Daily Archives: October 15, 2015

Beware Of Those Who Never Admit Fault

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http://ssofdv.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/a-cry-for-justice-book.jpg?w=112&h=169  Over the years I’ve met people who would never admit when they were wrong or if they were at fault.  If they did something wrong or even sinful, they would make excuses, blame other people, play the victim, or simply deny wrongdoing altogether. It’s like the alcoholic who totally denies he has a problem and blames his wife for accusing him.  Since there is no true acknowledgement of sin/error, there is no true sorrow or repentance for sin/error.  It’s an ugly picture.

When a five-year-old child denies doing something wrong, that’s one thing.  But when someone who is more mature never admits fault it is clear sign of pride and it shows that the person does not understand the pervasiveness of sin in his or her own heart.  In fact, the more I meet people who never admit fault and never apologize, the more I am very cautious around…

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October 15, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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Are You Seeing a Pattern?

David was guilty of adultery, conspiracy, murder, and unfaithfulness as a husband and father, but he repented and was regarded as a man after God’s own heart. He was also the greatest songwriter of all history. We still sing the songs of this “sweet singer of Israel.” Elijah ran from Jezebel, pleading for euthanasia, but this same Elijah defied Ahab and all the prophets of Baal, and heard the still small voice of God at Horeb.

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He Delivers What He Desires

Consider the main idea of Jesus’ conversation and this devotional: Jesus desires, deserves, and demands water/fruit from his disciples, and yet he promises to deliver that which he desires, in supernatural abundance, if you will but ask. Now hear the good news of the Gospel of Jesus.

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Statement Calling For Constitutional Resistance To Obergefell v. Hodges

The proper understanding and definition of marriage is self-evidently a vital question affecting the whole people. To treat as “settled” and “the law of the land” the decision of five Supreme Court justices who, by their own admission, can find no warrant for their ruling in the text, logic, structure, or original understanding of the Constitution, would indeed be to resign our government into the hands of that eminent tribunal. That is something that no citizen or statesman who wishes to sustain the great experiment in ordered liberty bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers should be willing to do.

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New Home Missions

Dennis Blea, who works with the Navigators in Germany, told me about two Iranian visitors to his church who “had always wondered what a Christian church looked like.” He called the refugee crisis a great open door for conversion: “I think we need to go to them and bring the gospel to them while they are ‘trapped’ in Germany.”

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And Who Will Harm You If You Do What Is Good?

Don’t misunderstand. I’m not promoting a lemming-like acceptance of conventional wisdom or the judgments of the establishment.  There’s a healthy place for critique.  Nor am I suggesting we roll over and play dead when someone oversteps their bounds. I’m all for insisting on personal rights, especially when it concerns the well being of my family. We can and may involve others to help protect those rights. But we must at once learn how to be actually in the world and yet not of it, as well as to be “angry and sin not.”

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Going To Pot?

With sales of pot in Manitou Springs likely topping $25 million by next year, what’s sold in Manitou often finds its way elsewhere. That’s why adjoining states are crying foul, claiming Colorado is reaping the financial benefits of marijuana sales while exporting the problems to others. Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Kansas have filed lawsuits seeking compensation from Colorado. 

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What’s the Difference?

I do not see any difference in principle between the way Rev. Geering redefined the supernatural miracle of the our Lord’s resurrection and the way many scholars and teachers redefine the supernatural miracle of His miracle of creation. I am 90-years-old and my body will soon be buried. But I still believe in a future bodily resurrection. I therefore see no reason to doubt God’s account of His own work of creation.

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Tracking America’s Suicide

It seems that Quinn and Martland were apprised of a situation involving an Afghan mother who was severely thrashed by an Afghan soldier who had kidnapped her son, chained him to a bed, and was repeatedly raping the helpless child whenever he felt the inclination. Quinn and Martland confronted the Afghan commander, who then laughed in their face, said that “it was only a boy,” and that Americans should find better ways to use their time.

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 10 Morning Prayers to Use Daily

10 Morning Prayers to Use Daily

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Crosswalk

Saying a morning prayer is a great way to focus your minds attention on God as the first priority of your day! Use these suggested morning prayers as you seek God’s plan for your day and ask Him to guide your thoughts and actions.

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3 Things to Consider before Leaving Your Church

3 Things to Consider before Leaving Your Church

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Crosswalk

Are we are becoming a society of selfish Christians who we base our reasons for staying in or leaving a church on the question “what’s in it for me?”

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4 Ways I Found Hope One Fearful Halloween

4 Ways I Found Hope One Fearful Halloween

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Crosswalk

I’m not advocating the glorification of darkness or evil. But here are some truths I took away from one spooky Halloween.

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Boycott gay weddings, even in the family, Baptist leader tells Christians

Boycott gay weddings, even in the family, Baptist leader tells Christians

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Religion News

& I don’t think a faithful Christian can recognize or celebrate … what we don’t think is a marriage,” Mohler said. His new book decries same-sex marriage and other modern cultural sins.

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A Biblical Answer to Poverty: God’s People and the Marketplace

A Biblical Answer to Poverty: God’s People and the Marketplace

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Christianity Today

How should Christians respond to poverty? Helpful thoughts from Dr. Anne Bradley.

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It's Official: Terrorists Are Now the Persecuted Church's Greatest Threat

It’s Official: Terrorists Are Now the Persecuted Church’s Greatest Threat

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Christianity Today

State Department releases latest report on religious freedom in nearly 200 countries.

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Snapchat spirituality: How technology can be a force for religious good or evil

Snapchat spirituality: How technology can be a force for religious good or evil

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Religion News

After Jefferson Bethke’s video garnered 30 million views, he became &YouTube famous.& He says that churches and Christians should use technology more effectively, but they should be careful not to abuse it.

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Antichrist’s Warm-Up Act – Terry James

Bible prophecy foretells this most charismatic personality of human history basking in the end-times spotlight:

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)

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‘Are You A Christian?’ A Meditation On Martyrdom

Are you a Christian?

What would you say if a man holding a gun to your head asked this question?

Are you a Christian?

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Are Christians Welcoming Witchcraft?

The darkness of the occult and witchcraft has to a great degree been accepted in our society, but the question we should ask is to what extent has it seeped into our churches?

Every year Christians debate about holidays, holy days, celebrations and symbols. Should children be encouraged to go trick or treating? Is Halloween really evil? Can it be redeemed by calling it by another name?

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Surprised, Shocked, and Saddened over Statistics on Twenty-Somethings

Ken Ham of Answers In Genesis lays out the cold hard truth that a large number of the younger generation of Christians–millennials–who attend church regularly are biblically illiterate.  What happened in our churches that brought this sad state of affairs about? By Ken Ham If I told you the following statistics about a certain group […]

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Should Type-R Charismatics Get A Free Pass?

Strange FireIn October 2013 Grace to You (GTY) hosted the Strange Fire conference at Grace Community Church to launch John MacArthur’s book Strange Fire. The conference critiqued those on the fringe of the charismatic movement who flagrantly misrepresent the work of the Holy Spirit. The conference caused quite a stir, to say the least. But that was two years ago. Seems GTY is not going to let sleeping dogs lie:

While the response to the conference was overwhelming, many of the issues that were raised have yet to be seriously acted upon. Our goal is to fan the flames of this important discussion and continue the call for discernment and discipline in the charismatic movement. To that end, we want to rerun some of the important articles from before and after the conference, and encourage you to visit the Strange Fire website for all the sermons, articles, and videos from that landmark event.

The first person to fan the flames is Phil Johnson, executive director of Grace to You.

https://www.gty.org/Blog/B131014/


More From Ames On The State Of Believers At The Judgment

18. But although all shall be raised by Christ, yet not in one and the same way: for the Resurrection of the faithful is unto Life, and it is accomplished by vertue of that union, which they have with Christ, as with their Life. Col. 3. 4. 1. Thess. 4. 14. And by the operation […]

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Perkins On The State Of Believers At The Judgment

The last day of judgement shall be on this manner: I. Immediately before the coming of Christ, a the powers of heaven shall be shaken: the Sun and Moon shall be darkened, and the Stars shall seem to fall from heaven: at which sight the elect then living shall rejoice, but the reprobate shall shake […]

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Declining Resilience Among College Students?

A year ago I received an invitation from the head of Counseling Services at a major university to join faculty and administrators for discussions about how to deal with the decline in resilience among students. At the first meeting, we learned that emergency calls to Counseling had more than doubled over the past five years. […]

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The Sum Of Saving Knowledge On The Final Judgment

3. FOR CONVINCING A MAN OF JUDGEMENT BY THE LAW: CONSIDER, 2 THES. 1. 7. The Lord shall be revealed from Heaven with his mighty Angels, ver. 8. In flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. ver. 9. Who shall be […]

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Are Christians Welcoming Witchcraft?

Every year Christians debate about holidays, holy days, celebrations and symbols. Should children be encouraged to go trick or treating? Is Halloween really evil? Can it be redeemed by calling it by another name? I’ve heard Halloween described as harmless, satanic, fun, evil, innocent, or demonically inspired. What spirit is behind the festivities? Obviously, Christians […]

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In the World, But Not Of the World

The world around us is deteriorating rapidly.  Our children are being taught about things that are downright sinful and evil.  Yet we are not called to hunker down and disengage from the world–we are called to be light and salt and ambassadors for Jesus Christ. But how do we do this without partnering with the […]

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The Playboy Grave – Church & Culture Blog

Playboy magazine has decided to end printing the pictures of fully naked women. So as many have been joking, if you really did read it just for the articles you’re in luck.
 
It’s hard for younger generations to realize the cultural weight Playboy threw around. During the 1970s, it was estimated that one out of every four college males was reading it. It “was there at the start of the American sexual revolution in the early 1950s – and drove it wildly through the 1960s and 1970s spanning continents.”
 
Yet the greater cultural headline is why they will no longer feature nudity.
 
The rise of internet pornography.
 
The magazine’s circulation began to drop off in the early 1990s, from a record 7.2 million for the November 1972 edition to just 800,000 today. So the libertarian views of its founder, Hugh Hefner, the “leader of the revolution that helped take sex in America from furtive to ubiquitous,” have won. Or as Scott Flanders, Playboy’s chief executive told the New York Times, “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. It’s just passé at this juncture.”
 
Yes, it sadly is.
 
And because we live in such a pornified world, we can forget how damaging that world is.
 
Let’s not.
 
It is sexual sin. Jesus made it clear that when we give in to lust, it is akin to the act itself. It makes no difference whether you know the person or not; lust is not tied to relationship.
 
It is addictive. The ubiquitous nature of porn is new to our culture, and to human sexuality, but it is becoming increasingly clear that it is highly addictive in nature. As a result, it can not only begin to dominate a life, but can demand ever-increasing levels of exposure and ever-increasing degrees of experience to continue to stimulate.
 
It is degrading to women. In pornography, women are treated as objects. They are not fulfilling God’s dream for their life as His precious daughter, nor are they fulfilling His design for sexual expression and fulfillment. You are watching a woman who is being sinned against, treated in a way that is contemptible to her heavenly Father (whether she sees it or not – and the fact that many may not only adds to its tragic nature). And if you are a woman watching it for the men, it is equally degrading to them.
 
It leads to other sins. Studies are beginning to show that the effects of porn on men are more than temporary sexual stimulation: as they see women treated as objects, they begin to treat women that way. They become more sexually aggressive, leading to date rapes and expected “hook-ups.”
 
It harms your relationship with your current, or future, spouse. It is absolutely ridiculous to say that watching porn enhances a sexual life. Instead, it cheapens it. Those caught in its web testify to how porn quickly becomes a substitute for sexual intimacy with your spouse.
 
It desensitizes your soul. Sin of any kind desensitizes your spiritual life. Continued exposure to a sin such as pornography is like shooting Novocain into your soul. It deadens you and grieves the Holy Spirit in your life, forcing Him to withdraw His utmost filling in a way that diminishes His power and presence in your life.
 
It distorts sex. Nothing reduces sex to lust more than pornography. Yielding to such images is overwhelmingly addictive, like a narcotic that delivers a quick hit to the emotions or senses, but ravages you from within. It destroys real relationships, real intimacy, real sexuality.
 
So Playboy magazine finds its nudity irrelevant in a Playboy world. By helping create a sexualized world, it dug its own grave.
 
Unfortunately, it dug a grave for much more than itself.
 
James Emery White
 
 
Sources
 
“Playboy Magazine abandons nudity,” by Barney Henderson, The Telegraph, October 13, 2015, read online.
 
“Nudes Are Old News at Playboy,” by Ravi Somaiya, The New York Times, October 12, 2015, read online.
 
See also James Emery White, A Traveler’s Guide to the Kingdom (InterVarsity Press).

Real Repentance in Contrast To Repentance As Taught by Emergents and Other Heretics

Luther hits the proverbial nail on the head-

To repent means that a person knows and confesses from the heart that, as the Scripture says, he was conceived and born in sin [Ps. 51:5] and is, therefore, by nature a child of wrath [Eph. 2:3], condemned to everlasting death and damnation, and that here all works are of no avail.

They only make things go from bad to worse so long as people think they can accomplish by them what belongs to Christ alone, the sole mediator between God and men, who sacrificed Himself for us all that we might have forgiveness of sins through Him. If you believe the former, then you have the latter. If not, you will never ever be free [of sin], even if you torture yourself to death.

For it is called forgiveness of sins, not a payment for sins; a gift, not merit. But what God bestows on you out of pure grace for the sake of Christ, that is something for which you, you poor sack of maggots, cannot pay Him, nor can you buy or earn it from Him. That is what Luke means when he says that John preached a Baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins [Luke 3:3].


How Obama Ushered in the New Age of Christian Martyrdom

(GATESTONE INSTITUTE)—Everywhere that U.S. leadership helped Islamic jihadis topple secular autocrats in the name of “democracy and freedom,” indigenous Christian minorities are forced either to convert to Islam or die.Many are accepting death.Most recently, on August 28 near Aleppo, the Islamic…

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Pope asks forgiveness after sex scandals rock Vatican and Rome

The sin of homosexuality continues to plague the Roman Catholic Church. According to a Reuters report:

Pope Francis asked for forgiveness on Wednesday for scandals at the Vatican and in Rome, an apparent reference to two cases of priests and gay sex revealed this month during a major meeting of bishops.

“Today … in the name of the Church, I ask you for forgiveness for the scandals that have occurred recently either in Rome or in the Vatican,” Francis said in unprepared remarks during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

“I ask you for forgiveness,” he said before tens of thousands of people, who broke into applause. The pope then read his prepared address and did not elaborate.

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/pope-asks-forgiveness-sex-scandals-rock-vatican-rome-104533707.html/


 

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Hope Beyond the Heavy Burdens You Carry

Hope Beyond the Heavy Burdens You CarryGod’s blessings in this life often come with greater burdens.

We grow older, and we care for those who are younger. With each season, each month, each sunrise even, we’re responsible for a little more. Our friendships. Our church tasks. Our homes. Our work. Our children. Our spouses. And we carry them on our shoulders. We’re deeply invested in them. Our gut feelings are tied up in our “dependents,” however they depend on us.

A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping rain. . . . He who fathers a wise son will be glad in him. (Proverbs 19:13; 23:24)

We are woven into a single fabric, a single place — together with those we love, and with whom we labor — where God dwells, and where he works: “In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22).

Our tasks correlate and accumulate with the number who need us — to provide, to comfort, to give space, to move closer, to be obedient, to speak up, to hold our tongues, to protect, to let go, to pay for medical expenses, to buy gifts, to forgive mistakes. And there is no end in sight. There is no dream date, even in retirement, at which the world will say, “You have given enough.”

As we care for more and more people, we’re tempted to begin building a temple for ourselves. At one time, we proclaimed to those who rely on us, “Christ Jesus himself [is] the cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20). But as time went on, after mounting little pressures growing more every day, life doesn’t seem so different than being the cornerstone ourselves. We feel the weight of those around us piling up on our backs, not on the back of our Jesus.

We feel the weight of our families, our churches, our relationships, like an unforgiving dumbbell of duty, loaded with weighted plates of specific obligations, bending our spines to the point of breaking. The weight and consequences of crumbling boundaries tap our strength. And, after a while, we feel the task of divine perfection tempting us — and we would give it, if we could. We know that our dependents are gifts from God. Yet we increasingly feel like we are racing around the track with the gas light on.

The Life Spent on Others

It would be indulgent to pray for youth again — careless, free, without responsibility; without burden or brokenness. “I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one” (1 John 2:13). That feat never quite seems to end, even for the old men.

But God, understanding in his compassion and intimate in his wisdom, offers us grace in his knowledge of our feeling overwhelmed: “Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:30–31).

What does that mean? Is it a trite dismissal of exhaustion? Does God just give us another task — faith — on top of our heap of responsibilities, the burdens and expectations of those around us? “You’re exhausted? Believe God is enough.” No. It is not a further requirement:

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:29–31)

The tribes of the earth — the captains of industry, the earthly-minded, the self-livers, the others-blamers, the indulgent, the wolves, the servant-abusing — they will mourn, because the great shepherd has come to gather his elect, to name the faithful, to harvest his fruit. He brings great joy to the weary who have spent their lives for others in his name.

These are not merely complex verses about the end times — this is Jesus flipping to the final chapter of your life, and saying to you, the weary unrelenting servants, “I’m going to shatter this earthly projection screen that so easily hypnotizes the faithful with visions of lesser glories.”

A Coming Sabbath for Servants

The coming of the Son of Man is unique, not because Jesus does something different than he does every day, but because he makes it clear to everyone what he has already been doing every day — busting down the cosmic doors of the universe into our lives to rescue us from worthless tasks and to reveal the beauty of our everyday service that has grown dim and dingy in our weariness.

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.” (Matthew 24:32–33)

To the not-spring-chickens, to the gray-heads, to the balding, to the wrinkling, to the check-writers, to chair-stackers, to pray-ers, to the parents, to the foster parents, to adopting parents, to the forgiving friends, to the thankless task-doers, the last days are happening in your life today.

“Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). And until that day, we will not grow weary in doing “good to everyone, and especially [not] to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).

On that day, when Jesus comes, he will show everyone that your works in his name were not in vain, to the praise of his glory, for which you labor: “For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers” (1 Timothy 4:10). Every sacrifice will be repaid in full (Luke 14:14).

When life requires us to push harder, to protect more vigilantly, to give more freely, to expend unavailable energies, to accomplish impossible tasks, God offers us his sustaining love, his gentle concern, his guiding sovereignty.

We are not alone as we bear the burdens of those around us, because God joyfully bears us up with him each day with exactly what we need — his sustaining grace, more than ever on the days when we don’t feel it. When Christ returns, we will witness a global mourning among those who have recklessly cast aside the free offer of Christ’s grace in this life. And the unseen faithful and generous servants will finally rest.


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Kids of the Past vs. Kids of the Internet Generation

We all know there is a HUGE difference between kids of the past and kids of today, especially when it comes to technology. But how has technology played a part in the other areas of children’s lives, and how should this affect how we minister to them? Take a look at this awesome infographic I found this week (click on it to make it larger).

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If I deny Christ, can I still go to heaven?

Last week I was doing a Q/A session with AWANA students, and one of them asked this question:

In light of the shooting in Oregon, where the gunman asked students if they were Christian, and if they said ‘yes’ the gunman shot the student in the head, what would happen if a Christian lied? What if it would have been me, and I would have said ‘no’? Would I still go to heaven when I die?

This question is of particular importance because Christianity contains no exception to prohibitions against lying. Islam, for example, has a doctrine called Taqiyya, which allows a Muslim to temporarily deny his faith if his life is in danger—so long as it is not a “heartfelt” objection.

But Christianity is different. In fact, martyrdom is one of the chief means of propagating the gospel. As people boldly stand for Christ and refuse to recant even in the face of death, the gospel message is strengthened. The gospel itself is an example of this. Jesus valued his mission from God as more important than his own life, and his followers ought to do likewise.

And yet…

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many Christians have denied Jesus when faced with persecution. The most obvious example of this is Peter—he denied Jesus three times, yet Jesus directly told him that he was still a follower of Christ (John 21:19). So on the one hand, the heart of the gospel is a truth worth dying for (as evidenced by Jesus and most of the Apostles), but on the other hand the gospel offers forgiveness even to those who deny Christ.

This is potentially confusing because of 2 Timothy 2:12: “If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us.”

But the denial in this verse is not talking about the momentary denial like Peter, or like a student scared for his life in the face of a gunman. That denial references the absolute walking away from the faith; apostasy.  And in that case, there is no salvation.

This verse seems so drastic, and that is the point. Paul—himself facing martyrdom (4:6)—challenges his readers to persevere. But Paul does not want true believers to lose heart, and so he immediately follows verse 12 with:

“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13).”

There will always be moments where we lose faith, but for those who are in Christ, we should have confidence that while we may lose faith, Jesus may never lose us. Even if we momentarily are gripped by fear, and value our lives more than the life of Christ, Jesus still possesses us, and he cannot deny himself.

But if we are being honest with our selves, we know this. We know that if the gunman were to point his gun at us, we should say that we are Christians, and so boldly proclaim the gospel even in the face of death. But we also don’t know what we would do. Would we have the strength to do what we ought?

And this is where the promises of the Bible really come alive. Jesus tells us that the time will come when Christians will be delivered over to die, and in the meantime we should “not worry about what you are to say, for it will be given to you in that hour” (Matthew 10:19).

In other words, God doesn’t give us the grace or the wisdom to bravely face martyrdom until the moment when we need that grace. It doesn’t come in advance, but rather at the moment.

So if you don’t feel like you would face death well, then don’t worry (Jesus literally forbids it!). Instead, strive to grow in your faith and courage, knowing that if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.


Browse Worthy: Boning Up on Our Doctrine

Two of my favorite bloggers have done helpful series recently on doctrine. You would do well to sharpen your minds by reading these carefully written posts.

First, Kevin DeYoung reminds us of the five questions Francis Turretin asked in Institutes of Elenctic Theology regarding sanctification and good works. In the clear, readable style he’s known for, Kevin interacts with Turretin and others in pinpointing the distinctions necessary to stay on the straight and narrow path of holiness.

Five Questions about Sanctification and Good Works: How Does Sanctification Differ from Justification?

Five Questions About Sanctification and Good Works: Can We Fulfill the Law Absolutely in this Life?

Five Questions about Sanctification and Good Works: Are Good Works Necessary to Salvation?

Five Questions about Sanctification and Good Works: Can Justified Believers Do that which is Truly Good?

Five Questions about Sanctification and Good Works: Do Good Works Merit Eternal Life?

Next, David Murray highlights important truths in understanding the system that is known as Calvinism in his series. With great clarity, David makes the careful distinctions necessary to prevent veering off into forms of Calvinism that are caricatures of it rather than its true representation.

There’s More to Calvinism than the Five Points of Calvinism

There’s more to the doctrines of grace than THE doctrines of grace

Three Ways to Present the Doctrines of Grace

The Five Distortions of Calvinism

(With all the emphasis on the number five in both these series, I have to wonder if David will do one more. If so, I will gladly add it in!)


Grace Redeems the Worst Pasts

Grace Redeems the Worst PastsGod’s grace rescued one of the worst sinners in history, a man who by his own admission was a persecutor, blasphemer, and murderer. Paul’s story gives every sinner hope. In this lab, John Piper defines grace and explains how it meets us in the midst of our brokenness and rebellion.

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What Dave Gibbons Taught Me About Racism, Courage, and the Power of Listening

Dave Gibbons shared important insight into reaching other cultures, the power of one verses the masses, learning from the locals and developing leaders on Episode 26 of the ChurchLeaders Podcast. I loved all these things. But what impacted me most were a few thoughts he shared toward the end of the interview.

How the Church Can Address Racism

“It’s not that we don’t see color, because God made color; he created it. We actually have to affirm the color, but also learn how to embrace the other,” said Gibbons.

We often say our vision is to love God and love our neighbor. He said, “Fundamentally, our neighbor is someone not like you.” Like in the story of the Good Samaritan, it was shocking to the Jews that a Samaritan would be loving. This was not someone they would have been comfortable with.

“I think that’s the beauty of the Gospel… It’s not a politically correct thing to do, but it’s actually the command He gave us. To love God and then symbiotically we need to love our neighbors; someone not like you. In that pursuit, I believe we see more of who God is.”

What’s Some Advice You Would Go Back and Give Yourself?

“Don’t be afraid to identify clearly and address your fears. Spend time considering how you want to embrace the fear and move on to courage,” Gibbons said.

“I didn’t even know how to articulate some of my fears. For example, the fear of man and how that worked out in how I did ministry because a lot of it was probably I would do things based on what people would say or think versus really dealing with that fear and moving forward in faith.”

And One More Piece of Advice

“Take the time to really listen to those who are in your hand. Because a lot of times you’re looking at reaching out so much and trying to reach your community, that already, in the context of your relationships, there are these jewels like the Samaritan woman, like Rahab and the fishermen.

There is somebody, probably within your reach, that you haven’t seen that’s golden. It’s not about “I wish I had this mentor or I wish I knew this leader.” It’s probably someone within your reach, that may not be famous, but they are the exact person to mentor you where you are right now.

And then go deep with them, hang out with them and learn from them. Instead of just talking a lot, I would ask a lot of questions and watch how they live.”

Listen to the Episode 26 with Dave Gibbons.

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Hymn History—Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound

Amazing Grace, John Newton (1779)

This is perhaps the most well-known hymn. Christians and non-Christians alike sing this song by the former atheist slave trader. John Newton felt he was the worst “wretch” of all. But God caught his attention in a brutal storm at sea in 1748. Newton’s slave trade ship was almost wrecked, but Newton fell to his knees to ask for God’s mercy and grace. Years later, as a pastor in England, he wrote this song.

Be amazed by grace today.

But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Ephesians 4:7

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
1 Peter 4:10

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
2 Peter 1:2

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The Pleasure of Pleasing God

The Pleasure of Pleasing GodHow we live, day in and day out, affects our relationship with Almighty God. It’s a stunning truth the Bible teaches plainly. God so cares about us as a Father, that he finds happiness in our obedience and sadness in our disobedience.

I’m catching a glimpse of this in parenting my two-year-old daughter. There is a static element of our relationship: nothing she can do can make her less my daughter. She could run away, change her name, and say she’ll never talk to me again, but the fact remains — she’s my daughter. My love for her remains fixed and unchanged.

But there’s also a dynamic element in our relationship. When my daughter and I are playing together in the living room, my delight as a father is full. I have barriers in place for her and commands to be followed, but she can act like a wrecking ball in that fence of obedience, and it brings me incredible joy. And the more I laugh and delight in her, the more she works to keep me laughing. She’ll play the same games over and over again so that I keep playing; she’ll tell the same two-year old jokes to keep me laughing.

My daughter sees that what she is doing brings me pleasure as her father, and so she wants to do whatever it takes to keep bringing me pleasure. Not because she’s afraid that I’ll stop loving her at any moment so she needs to earn my delight — I don’t love her any more during these high moments of joy — but because she is finding her own joy in my joy.

Grieved Because I Love Her

But then the dinner bell rings, and we need to shift from playtime to dinnertime. If my daughter throws a tantrum because she wants to keep playing, the joy that I had turns into grief. Why? She’s no longer concerned about pleasing me; now she only wants to please herself. No longer is she seeking to find her delight in my delight but now is seeking to find her delight at the expense of my delight.

As her father, I’m grieved at her disobedience — not because I love her any less — but because she has chosen to disobey one of my good rules (eating!) and has instead chosen to find joy in something that will not satisfy.

While my love is steadfast, my happiness with my daughter can ebb and flow based on her posture toward me. Her actions have potential to bring me delight, but they also have potential to bring me sadness.

Union and Communion

This difference between static and dynamic aspects of relationships is seen in how we relate with God.

Our union with Christ is static. Union does not ebb and flow; it does not waver; it does not increase or decrease; it is consistent. And praise God for this fixed element! We don’t need to lose our assurance as children of God every time we sin. We can look back to our union with Christ and repent, rather than question if we are actually saved or not.

Our communion with Christ is dynamic. Communion increases and decreases. If you are walking in habitual sin, your relationship with God may feel dry. If you are walking in regular obedience, your relationship with God may feel full. If you seek to please God — to find your joy in what he delights in — then your communion with God will be rich. If you seek to please yourself at the expense of God’s pleasure, then your communion will be dull.

The Pleasure of Pursuing Holiness

Pleasing God directly relates to our pursuit of holiness. When we say no to sin, and yes to righteousness, we do so as two-year-olds bringing their Father pleasure. God is not apathetic to our obedience; he has committed his own joy to it.

When sin sings its siren song, we can listen to another voice saying to us, “Well done, enter into the joy of your Master” (Matthew 25:21), and that inspires the motivation that we need to pursue holiness. Knowing that our obedience has the ability to bring happiness to the God of the galaxies is incredible motivation. And knowing that our disobedience can bring God grief and sorrow keeps us from treating sin lightly.

Two Good Guides

We see this element at work in both the apostle Paul and C.S. Lewis.

When Paul looked to motivate his readers to obedience, he focused on the dynamic reality of pleasing God:

So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. (2 Corinthians 5:9)

Walk as children of light . . . and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:8, 10)

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. (1 Thessalonians 4:1)

And when C.S. Lewis thought about the promise of glory that is given to believers, he looked at how it relates to our pleasing God:

The promise of glory is the promise, almost incredible and only possible by the work of Christ, that some of us, that any of us who really chooses . . . shall find approval, shall please God. To please God . . . to be a real ingredient in the divine happiness . . . to be loved by God, not merely pitied, but delighted in as an artist delights in his work or a father in a son —it seems impossible, a weight or burden of glory which our thoughts can hardly sustain. But so it is. (The Weight of Glory, emphasis added)

Every decision that you make, every choice that you have in front of you to pursue sin or to pursue righteousness, is a chance to bring happiness to God himself.

We need the static element of union to keep us from doubting. But we also need the dynamic aspect of communion to keep us pursuing. Both are for our joy. We make it our pleasure to please him.


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A La Carte (October 15)

Today’s Kindle deals include Is It My Fault? by Lindsey & Justin Holcomb ($3.99); Pujols by Scott Lamb & Tim Ellsworth ($0.99); and A Path Through Suffering by Elisabeth Elliott ($1.99). New from GLH Publishing is The Gospel of the Kingdom: An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew by Charles Spurgeon ($1.50).

Nobody Cares How Hard You Work

Ouch! “We chronically confuse the feeling of effort with the reality of results—and for anyone working in a creative field, that means the constant risk of frittering time and energy on busywork, instead of the work that counts.”

The 9Marks Mailbag

I really enjoy the 9Marks mailbag feature. The latest version comes with this interesting headline: “Renting Out Church Facilities; Too Busy to Elder; Transitioning to Closed Communion; Problems with Secret Societies.”

Playboy Is Too Boring to Succeed

That’s the reality, isn’t it? And it’s a powerful illustration of the nature of sin. What at first is shocking and alluring eventually and inevitably becomes bland and boring.

Earliest Known Draft of King James Bible

This is an amazing discovery. “An American scholar has found what he says is an important new clue to the earthly processes behind that masterpiece: the earliest known draft, and the only one definitively written in the hand of one of the roughly four dozen translators who worked on it.”

Five Distortions of Calvinism

David Murray lists five ways that we may distort Calvinist theology through our words and actions.

This Day in 1949. Joni Earickson Tada was born. A very happy sixty-sixth birthday to you, Joni!

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

There are some top-notch photos from this year’s London’s Natural History Museum photography contest.

How to Diffuse the Accusation of Intolerance

This isn’t foolproof, I’m sure, but it’s at least a start.



Christian Headlines Daily – Thursday, October 15, 2015

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Top Headlines

Couple Who Believe in Faith-based Healing Convicted of Killing Son by Not Giving Him Medical Care

Religious Jews Target of Latest Attacks by Palestinians

Kidnapped Christian Schoolgirls Reportedly Alive, but Ill and Pregnant

Hillary Clinton Emerges Victorious in First Democratic Primary Debate

Pakistan’s Supreme Court Makes Landmark Judgment

Meet the Nobel-nominated Priest Who Rescues African Refugees from Mediterranean

Ohio Church Congregation Tips Domino’s Driver More Than $1,000 for $5.99 Pizza

Syrian Priest Kidnapped by Islamic State Released after 5 Months

As Conflict Escalates in Middle East, U.S. Says It is Not Taking Sides

Planned Parenthood Says It Will No Longer Accept Reimbursement for Fetal Tissue ‘Donations’

Opinion

Bad News, Indeed — Playboy Opened the Floodgates and Now the Culture is Drowning

How Does God View the Role of Women in Society?

Dealing with Miscarriage and Stillbirth

Why Playboy’s Announcement is Bad News

What We Mean by ‘Mine’: Working for God’s Kingdom


READING: Matthew 8:14-34, Mark 4-5

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  Is your life chaotic today? Chapters 4 and 5 of Mark portray Jesus as the master over nature (a calmed sea), demons (a freed demoniac), sickness (a healed woman), and death (a resurrected daughter). Within those stories, though, is a picture of Jesus as the master over chaos. When Mark could have easily said that “the sea was raging,” “the man had a lot of demons,” “a woman was sick,” and “the daughter was dead,” he instead piled us phrases to help us see (and perhaps even feel) the chaos. Read these dramatic descriptions, and enter the stories:

Mark 4:37  A fierce windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking over the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped.

Mark 5:3-5  He [a demoniac] lived in the tombs. No one was able to restrain him anymore—even with chains—because he often had been bound with shackles and chains, but had snapped off the chains and smashed the shackles. No one was strong enough to subdue him. And always, night and day, he was crying out among the tombs and in the mountains and cutting himself with stones.

Mark 5:25-26  A woman suffering from bleeding for 12 years had endured much under many doctors. She had spent everything she had and was not helped at all. On the contrary, she became worse.

Mark 5:35, 38  While He was still speaking, people came from the synagogue leader’s house and said, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher anymore?” . . . They came to the leader’s house, and He saw a commotion—people weeping and wailing loudly.

Fear. Out of control waves.

Possession. An out of control heart.

Disease. A patient with no control.

Death. Grief. Again, no control.

But, into the chaos steps Jesus, the Master over all. He who calms the waves also exorcises demons, heals sicknesses, and raises the dead. Chaos meets its match in the One who is in control.

Maybe your life is, in fact, chaotic today. You’d love to see change, but you’re not in control. That’s okay, though — Jesus is.

ACTION STEPS: Study these passages again to see Jesus in control. As you read, pray for God to help you trust Him in the chaos.

PRAYER: “God, give me faith today to see You as Lord over anything and everything I face.”


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

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October 15, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Oct. 15, 2015

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The U.S. will keep about 5,500 troops in Afghanistan into 2017, slowing the administration’s withdrawal timetable and ensuring that America’s longest war will endure beyond President Obama’s term in office.

Russian President Vladimir Putin continued a war of words with the U.S. over Syria, calling its policy weak and lacking in objectives as his air force carried out fresh bombing raids in support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

A new Gallup national poll finds that 28 percent of American adults surveyed had a “very favorable” view of Planned Parenthood, while 31 percent said they had a “mostly favorable” opinion. In contrast, 14 percent said they held a “mostly unfavorable” view of the women’s health provider, and another 23 percent said they had a “very unfavorable” view. When Gallup conducted the same poll in 1993, 81 percent of Americans held a favorable view of Planned Parenthood.

The number of Americans submitting applications for jobless benefits unexpectedly declined last week to match the fewest in four decades. Initial unemployment claims dropped by 7,000 to 255,000 in the week ended Oct. 10.

It’s more expensive for even the most creditworthy companies to borrow or refinance even as the Fed has kept its benchmark at near-zero the last seven years. Companies have loaded up on debt. They owe more in interest than they ever have, while their ability to service what they owe, a metric called interest coverage, is at its lowest since 2009.

The German government forced Volkswagen AG to recall about 2.4 million diesel cars after throwing out the carmaker’s proposal for voluntary repairs, setting off a chain reaction by authorities across Europe.

China’s broadest measure of new credit exceeded estimates in September, suggesting the government’s efforts to boost lending are gaining traction.

The person named as a suicide bomber in Turkey’s deadliest terror attack was the owner of an Islamic State gathering place well known to Turkish authorities and Turkish media, which had been sounding the alarm about his cell for more than two years.

Shares of Boeing and Airbus tumbled after Delta Air Lines said a surge of wide-body passenger jets are coming off lease, creating investor concern that the plane makers face pressure on pricing and orders for new aircraft.

AP Top Stories

An engine of a Boeing 747 operated by Iran’s Mahan Air detached from the plane shortly after takeoff from Tehran, causing terror among passengers but no injuries.

Russia’s air force hit 32 Islamic State positions in Syria over the past 24 hours, reducing the intensity of its air campaign to focus on new targets as militants regroup on the ground.

Big storms are expected this winter, prompting warnings of El Nino in Southern California.

Russia said Wednesday that one of its fighter jets had approached a US-led coalition warplane in Syrian airspace for identification purposes, as it sought to allay US fears of mid-air collisions.

One of Europe’s biggest glaciers, the Great Aletsch, coils 14 miles through the Swiss Alps – and yet this mighty river of ice could almost vanish in the lifetimes of people born today because of climate change.

A protein, known as GPR3, that appears to be key in the development of Alzheimer’s disease has been identified by scientists who say the discovery could provide a new drug target for dementia.

The White House informed Congress today that is has begun to deploy 300 armed U.S. Forces personnel to Cameroon as part of an effort to bolster that central African country’s fight against the violent extremist group Boko Haram.

Bank repossessions, the final stage of the foreclosure process, jumped 66 percent year over year in the third quarter of this year, according to RealtyTrac, a foreclosure sales and analytics company. It’s the largest annual rise ever recorded in bank repossessions by RealtyTrac. More than 123,000 homes went back to the bank in just three months.

BBC

One of New York’s most prominent restaurateurs plans to eliminate tipping in his eateries, a move that could inspire others to follow suit.

Ebola persists in the semen of male survivors much longer than previously thought. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine found two-thirds of men had Ebola in their semen up to six months after infection, and a quarter after nine.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez and Amnesty International have called for justice after the violent death of a transgender activist.

Two suicide bombers who carried out Saturday’s attacks in Ankara are thought to have links to Islamic State (IS), Turkish officials have told the BBC.

Attacks have continued in parts of Jerusalem only hours after Israeli forces launched a major security operation in Arab areas of the city.

Iran’s powerful Guardian Council has approved a deal on its nuclear programme agreed with six world powers, state media reports.

WND

Sheriff Brad Rogers, the top-ranking law enforcement official for Elkhart County, Indiana, said during a panel appearance on WNIT’s “Politically Speaking” segment that he wouldn’t abide government orders to register weapons from private citizens within his jurisdiction, no matter what President Obama presses.

The U.S.-led bombing campaign has killed an estimated 20,000 Islamic State fighters, an increase from the 15,000 the Pentagon reported in July, according to a senior military officer.

West Bloomfield, Michigan’s Police and DEA agents raided the home and office of an abortionist after a car accident revealed plastic containers filled with human tissue inside his vehicle.


 

Top News – 10/15/2015

New Anti-Terror Guidelines for Police: Shoot Them Now, Talk Later
“Shoot now and negotiate later” is the new directive for police when confronting terrorists in a closed place, such as a bus or building, Haaretz reported Thursday. The new guidelines change the tactic whereby a negotiating team would arrive before a SWAT team could do what it came to do and eliminate any threat of terror by killing the terrorist.

Indiana top cop to Obama: I won’t register guns
Sheriff Brad Rogers, the top-ranking law enforcement official for Elkhart County, Indiana, said during a panel appearance on WNIT’s “Politically Speaking” segment, that he wouldn’t abide government orders to register weapons from private citizens within his jurisdiction, no matter what President Obama presses. And he went on, saying citizens should always resist the idea of registrations for firearms.

DARPA developing vehicles that can literally disappear
One of the big challenges when fighting a battle is all the equipment left behind that could end up in the hands of an enemy. Well, DARPA, a research agency of the Department of Defense, may have come up with a solution. It is testing out a flock of small, single-use, unpowered vehicles delivering critical supplies like food or medicine that literally disappear after being dropped from an aircraft.

Syrian army and Russian jets target rebel towns north of Homs
The offensive that began before dawn expands on over a week of ground attacks launched with Russian air support in areas of western Syria that are crucial to Assad’s survival and held by rebel groups other than Islamic State.

Islam Plans to Destroy Israel by 2022
There is a date recurring obsessively in the proclamations of the leaders of the Arab-Islamic world: 2022. It is the year that they have reserved for the end of Israel. “By 2022, possibly earlier, Israel will be destroyed” has just said Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi of Iran’s Supreme Council for the Revolution, the right arm of Khamenei.

Hubble’s planetary portrait captures changes in Jupiter’s Great Red Spot
Scientists using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have produced new maps of Jupiter that show the continuing changes in its famous Great Red Spot. The images also reveal a rare wave structure in the planet’s atmosphere that has not been seen for decades.

DOJ Creates New Position to Tackle Domestic Terror Threat
The new lawyer, who the DOJ declined to name, will assist the department in identifying trends “to help shape our strategy, and to analyze legal gaps or enhancements required to ensure we can combat these threats.”

Swarm of small quakes rattles San Ramon area
San Ramon has had more than 20 small earthquakes in the past 20 hours, which is quite the coincidence because Thursday is the Great California Shakeout, a day to bring attention to earthquake preparedness. The quakes keep shaking the East Bay city. The latest was a 2.6 magnitude quake at 3:44 p.m. The biggest Wednesday just a bit over magnitude 3.0. Residents said they felt the largest quake, a magnitude 3.2, among a swarm of at least 20 little ones.

China economic growth seen slowing despite policy easing
China’s economic growth is expected to slow to 6.5 percent in 2016 from an expected 6.8 percent in 2015, even as the central bank eases policy further to ward off a sharper slowdown, a Reuters poll showed. A 25-basis-point reduction in benchmark interest rates and another 50 basis points of cuts in banks’ reserve requirement ratio (RRR) are expected by year-end, analysts surveyed by Reuters said.

Obama to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016
President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017…casting aside his promise to end the war on his watch and instead ensuring he hands the conflict off to his successor. Obama had originally planned to pull out all but a small, embassy-based U.S. military presence by the end of next year, a timeline coinciding with the final weeks of his presidency.

Iran broadcasts footage of underground missile base
Iranian state television broadcast unprecedented footage Wednesday of a deep underground tunnel packed with missiles and launcher units, which officials said could be used if “enemies make a mistake”. Related Stories The pictures were released just three days after Iran tested a new long-range missile that the United States said may have breached a UN Security Council resolution.

Attacks continue in Jerusalem despite new checkpoints
Attacks have continued in parts of Jerusalem only hours after Israeli forces launched a major security operation in Arab areas of the city. On Wednesday morning police blocked entrances to Jabal Mukaber, a district that was home to three men accused of killing three Israelis on Tuesday. Later, police said they shot dead a Palestinian who had stabbed an Israeli woman at Jerusalem’s main bus station.

Migrant crisis: EU leaders meet with focus on Turkey
European leaders are to discuss measures to ease the region’s migration crisis, with Turkey the focus of their efforts in Brussels. Nearly 600,000 migrants have reached the EU by sea so far this year. Turkey is hosting some two million migrants, most of them fleeing the war in neighbouring Syria.

Israel blasts German-Palestinian protest for ‘third intifada’
The Israeli Embassy in Germany condemned plans for a protest on Friday by the Palestinian community in that country…calling the third intifada against the Jewish state. “We believe that this form of a demonstration is forbidden in Germany,” the Israeli Embassy told the Tagesspiegel daily…The embassy said the German-Palestinian protest would be a call “to support the ongoing murder attacks on Israeli civilians.”

Niger imposes state of emergency on region hit by Boko Haram
Niger imposed a state of emergency on the southeastern region of Diffa on Wednesday where at least 40 people have been killed in recent weeks in attacks blamed on the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Pope asks forgiveness after sex scandals rock Vatican and Rome
Pope Francis asked for forgiveness on Wednesday for scandals at the Vatican and in Rome, an apparent reference to two cases of priests and gay sex revealed this month during a major meeting of bishops.

New York teen dies after hours-long beating at church
A New York couple was charged with manslaughter in the death of their 19-year-old son after allegedly beating him for hours during a family counseling session inside the “sanctuary room” of an upstate Christian church, police said on Wednesday.

With nothing to lose, Gazans join Palestinian unrest
Samir rushes forward and hurls the flaming bottle with all his might at the observation tower and the Israel soldiers inside, his contribution to the “intifada”.

Joel Osteen Says Stop Debating People Who Aren’t Christian
Lakewood Church pastor and New York Times best-selling author Joel Osteen advises Christians to be “respectful” when engaging people of other faiths. “I think [Christians should] take the high ground and respect where [other people are] coming from. What I’ve seen in life is most people get their faith or their religious background from their parents,” said Osteen to The Christian Post, noting that oftentimes Christians try to prove their faith by debating others.


Top Headlines – 10/15/2015

Abbas accuses Israel of ‘aggressive offensive’ despite day of Palestinian terror attacks

White House says US has ‘deep concerns’ about violence in Israel

Kerry to visit Mideast in bid to calm Palestinian-Israeli tensions

US: Israel may be using excessive force

‘US State Department has been traditionally hostile to Israel,’ Erdan says

Distancing From Israel Won’t Help U.S. Relationship With Arab States

Top U.S. general to visit Israel as defence aid talks expected to resume

With nothing to lose, Gazans join Palestinian unrest

Senior IDF Commander: Hamas is playing with fire

Another intifada brewing? Israel calls in troops to try to stop escalating violence

Government official on new steps to stem terror wave: ‘Dramatic times necessitate drastic steps’

Israel To Seal Off Jerusalem Arab Areas to Stem Attacks

Israel to revoke residency status of east Jerusalem Palestinians involved in violence

Israeli settlements shut their gates to Palestinian workers in light of violence

Police: Almost 400 arrested for rioting since Rosh Hashana

Israel Will Not Return the Bodies of Terrorists

Terrorist shot dead at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate in thwarted stabbing attack

Details of Jerusalem bus station stabber: Served 3 years in prison for terror activity

Police release footage of Pisgat Ze’ev attack after Palestinians deny teens were terrorists

Palestinian rioter sets himself ablaze during clashes with IDF

Mourners pray for the peace of Jerusalem at funeral of Alon Govberg

UN official hurt in stoning: ‘Allah will forgive them’

Israel Calls Citizen Gun Owners a ‘Force Multiplier’ Against Terrorism, Eases Gun License Rules

Pilgrims still coming despite tensions

Erdogan: Israel Defending Temple Mount ‘A Red Line’

Islamic Movement leader in court: In spirit and blood we will defend al-Aksa

Poll finds nearly half Israelis feel two-state solution is dead

New AP tally shows that at least 1,621 pilgrims killed in hajj crush, stampede in Saudi Arabia

Iran’s Guardian Council passes nuclear bill into law

U.S. to raise Iranian missile test at U.N. Security Council

Chinese admiral visits Iran, wants closer defense cooperation

EU’s Need for Turkey to Halt Refugee Flow Collides With History

Refugee Wins Lawsuit Against Germany For Not Processing Him Fast Enough

German parents outraged after schoolchildren asked to make beds, cook for refugees

ISIS calls on ‘Islamic youth’ to ignite holy war against Russians & Americans

Defense Ministry: Russia attacked 40 ISIS targets in Syria in past 24 hrs

Report: Russia says its jet neared US aircraft over Syria for identification

‘Progress’ in US-Russia talks on Syria airspace safety

Official: Russia ‘deliberately targeting’ US-backed forces in Syria

Russia ready to cooperate with all ‘constructive forces’ in Syria

Top Cuban general, key forces in Syria to aid Assad, Russia, sources say

1,500 Iranian fighters enter Syria under Russia’s cover, reports say

ICC to probe possible war crimes in Russia-Georgia conflict

Yemeni forces launch Scud missile toward Saudi Arabia – Houthi TV

Niger imposes state of emergency on region hit by Boko Haram

DOJ Creates New Domestic Terror Position

State Department religious freedom report focuses on terror groups

Confederate flag supporters indicted under Georgia terrorism law

Rushdie warns of new dangers to free speech in West

‘Government Corruption’ tops list of American fears

Trump: Economic bubble about to burst

Debt-limit anxiety is running high

Gold rallies for fourth day on hopes of delay in Fed rate hike

Asia stocks rise, dollar sags as weak U.S. data dents rate hike prospects

Treasury Considers Plan to Help Puerto Rico

Digital Allowance: Could Kids’ Phones Replace Piggy Banks?

Quake of magnitude 6.3 strikes off Russia’s Kurile Islands: USGS

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near San Alberto, Colombia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Canar, Ecuador

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia

Over 20 Earthquakes Strike San Ramon In 24 Hours

U.S. earthquake fears spur more drills: ‘Drop, cover, hold on’

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Tropical Storm Koppu to Strengthen, Target Philippines With Life-Threatening Flooding

Tropical Storm Champi forms in the West Pacific

A Megacity Without Water: Sao Paulo’s Drought

Nestle Is Illegally Bottling Water Amid California’s Drought, Lawsuit Says

Israel-California initiative to combat water scarcity

2015 becomes worst US wildfire year on record

Cuomo paid state workers to fill seats at climate change event

Obama ‘took the wrong side’ on climate change, says physicist Freeman Dyson

Condition of Scottish Nurse Suffering From Ebola Relapse Deteriorates

Poisonings in Poland Illustrate Global Challenge of Synthetic Drugs

Scientists claim they can change your belief on immigrants and God with magnets

Pope asks forgiveness after sex scandals rock Vatican and Rome

The ‘cult’-like church whose members are accused of fatally beating a teen

Officials Defend School Prayer in Oklahoma, Alabama

Christianity under global threat due to persecution, says report

Glimpses Inside Secretive Sect After Killing at Upstate New York Church

RCC Idolatry – Thousands visit human remains of youngest Catholic saint near Chicago

Former ROC pastor Geronimo Aguilar sentenced to 40 years in prison for child sex abuse

Fed officials seem ready to deploy negative rates in next crisis

Thousands of Muslim invaders slated for Idaho

JOHN KASICH RIPS OBAMACARE CRITICS FOR NOT UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE


Frontrunning: October 15

  • China economic growth seen slowing despite policy easing (Read More)
  • FBI, Justice Department Investigating Daily Fantasy Sports Business Model (Read More)
  • Obama to slow pace of withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan (Read More)
  • Corporate America’s Epic Debt Binge Leaves $119 Billion Hangover (Read More)
  • Islamic State battles insurgents as Syria army prepares assault (Read More)
  • Why Hillary Clinton Can’t Win by Going After the NRA (Read More)
  • Payments Startup Square Discloses IPO Plans (Read More)
  • Burberry and Bonds Not as Good as Gold (Read More)
  • AB InBev Plans $55 Billion Bond Sale to Fund SABMiller Deal (Read More)
  • Companies to Workers: Start Saving More—Or We’ll Do It for You (Read More)
  • The Ankara Bomber Owned One of Turkey’s Most Well-Known ISIS Hangouts (Read More)
  • The dog ate the card: Netflix blames weak U.S subscriber adds on new chip-based cards (Read More)
  • Wal-Mart Takes Page From Jeff Bezos Playbook: Investors Can Wait (Read More)
  • Germany says has ordered VW to recall cars at start of 2016 (Read More)
  • Texas Towns Push Back on Instant Slums (Read More)
  • Tesla unveils autopilot system, but don’t let go of the wheel (Read More)

The Briefing

1) Swerve leftward of Democrat party away from centrism exposes disappearing middle ground in American politics

The Two Parties Aren’t Crazy, Just Changed, Wall Street Journal (Gerald Seib)

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and the big Democratic debate, USA Today (Susan Page)

2) Election of gay married priest, Christmas parishes expose confusion of gospel mission in Church of England

Married gay priest elected to Church of England Synod, The Telegraph (John Bingham)

Church of England considers Christmas-only parishes, The Telegraph (John Bingham)

3) Gallup no longer polling 2016 election, as predicting voters considered too unreliable

Here’s Why Gallup Won’t Poll the 2016 Election, TIME (Daniel White)

In other news…


Daily Digest

October 15, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” —George Washington, 1793

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Obama to Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

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U.S. soldiers patrol the Khost province in 2009

Maybe you can teach an ideologue new tricks. Last year, Barack Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan was to bring the war “to a responsible end.” He wanted to pull most U.S. troops from the country until only 1,000 remained at the U.S. embassy. But with a wavering Afghan army and criticism by his generals, Obama has shifted course, saying he will keep the force shy of 10,000 troops in the country for now, but by the time he leaves office, Obama says he wants 5,500 troops there.

He has shifted from fulfilling his campaign promise to end the war to leaving the problem for the next administration. It’s the least he can do. If we want to see what would happen when a strong military presence is removed from Afghanistan, just look at what happened in the Afghan city of Kunduz, where the Taliban took the city, ferried out weapons, supplies and told the residents that they had nothing to fear. And with that buildup of Taliban and the Islamic State, what can a few thousand U.S. troops actually accomplish?

If Obama continues to lowball the number of troops needed, he will imperil U.S. interests in Afghanistan. Obama administration diplomat James Dobbins, who once represented our nation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, said, “I can’t promise you that retaining a commitment at the current level will ultimately yield a completely peaceful settled and stable Afghanistan. … You like Syria? How would you like to have another one?” The more apt comparison is Iraq, where Obama’s bull-headed and politically motivated abandonment created a vacuum now filled by the Islamic State.

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Profiles of Valor: USA Capt. Flo Groberg

On Nov. 12, Capt. Florent “Flo” Groberg will become the tenth living Medal of Honor recipient for actions while serving in Afghanistan. Groberg, who became a naturalized citizen in 2001, was serving as the brigade personal security detachment commander for 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. On Aug. 8, 2012, Groberg spotted a suicide bomber headed for his patrol. According to the Army’s account of his actions:

Groberg rushed the suspect and shoved him away from the patrol. Groberg then immediately confirmed the individual was wearing a suicide vest, and with the help of Sgt. Andrew Mahoney, a fellow Soldier with the PSD, grabbed the suicide bomber, physically driving him away from the formation and down to the ground.

While on the ground, the bomber’s explosive vest detonated. The explosion caused a second suicide bomber, who remained hidden behind a small structure near the road, to detonate his vest prematurely. Most of the blast of the second bomber’s suicide vest went straight into a building, adjacent to the patrol.

Groberg’s actions disrupted both bombers from detonating as planned, saving the majority of lives he was charged with protecting.

“[I]t was the worst day of my life,” he said, “because even though we defeated the enemy, I lost four of my brothers.”

Four Americans were killed by the blasts, but the damage would have been much worse without Groberg’s selfless act. He suffered significant injuries and spent nearly three years at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Still, he says, “The proudest thing I have ever done in my life is to wear this uniform and serve my country.”

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‘God Bless the Military’? Outrageous!

Mikey Weinstein’s Military Religious Freedom Foundation — the group that sought to remove “so help me God” from military academy cadet books — is at it again. This time, the fanatical anti-religious group’s target is a sign at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (set up just after 9/11) that reads, “God bless the military, their families, and the civilians who work with them.” Well, we can’t have that, now can we? MRFF alleges the sign sends the message that the base “gives preference to those who hold religious beliefs over those who do not, and those who prefer a monotheistic, intervening god over other deities or theologies.” Fortunately, base commanding officer Sea Killeen went to Alliance Defending Freedom for help, and won’t back down without a fight. “This sign will remain in its present location and not be altered in any way,” Col. Killeen wrote to MRFF. “Our legal team has conducted exhaustive research on this issue,” he added. “Several Supreme Court cases and other federal cases, to include the 9th Circuit, support the conclusion that the message on the sign does not violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. ‘God bless’ is commonly used in our culture in a number of contexts and there are numerous references to God in this nation’s symbols, songs, mottos, and oaths. This sign has the secular purpose of conveying a message of support, but does not advance or inhibit religion or any particular faith, nor does it foster excessive government entanglement with religion.”

So let Weinstein and company continue to throw tantrums or insist that to be fair we also well-wish troops with signs from the Church of Satan. We’ll still join millions of Americans in saying, “God bless the military, and God bless America.”

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ObamaCare’s Premium Results

By Michael Swartz

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As we all know, with the creation of ObamaCare we were told if you liked your insurance policy and doctor you could keep them. Those broken promises were just the tip of the iceberg. As we detailed a few months back, next year consumers could see premium increases of as much as 51%. But the bad news isn’t limited to premium increases.

In several states, most recently Kentucky, the insurance co-ops set up to enhance the market — at the cost of billions of federal dollars in seed money — are going belly-up. “Things have [financially] come up short of where they need to be,” wrote Kentucky Health Cooperative CEO Glenn Jennings in a statement to participants. The co-op’s demise was blamed on lower-than-expected risk corridor payments. Other states where co-ops have failed include Louisiana, Nevada, Iowa and New York, which was the nation’s largest.

And those likely won’t be the last. Eleven other co-ops are on an “enhanced oversight” financial probation, meaning out of 23 co-ops chartered just two years ago, a sizeable majority are facing financial difficulties. Taxpayers will be left holding the bag.

The concept of risk corridors was envisioned as one of three legs of the stool supporting ObamaCare from the insurers’ standpoint. Risk corridors, in essence, were intended to “stabilize” (read: compensate for overregulating) the market. Insurers that made a profit of more than 3% would remit an increasing share of those excess profits into a fund designed to compensate those that lost money — the more money lost, the higher the subsidy. This works in tandem with a risk adjustment program that directly shifted funds from insurers that had more healthy risk pools to ones that had sicker customers. Finally, a reinsurance program provides direct subsidies to insurers who have people with high medical expenses.

So, in essence, a back-door single-payer system without calling it such.

Only the risk adjustment program was intended to be permanent, with the others expiring after 2016. More importantly, as part of the CRomnibus spending bill last year, Congress added a provision to the risk corridor program making it revenue-neutral. Losing that blank check made it impossible for some of the weaker co-ops to continue because the profitable insurers are far outnumbered by the money losers.

The demise of these co-ops, combined with an ever-shrinking number of insurers willing to risk their bottom line, leaves thousands in an insurance limbo as their carriers fail or leave the market. Some Americans, like columnist Michelle Malkin, are facing this situation for the second time since ObamaCare took full effect, as their insurance plans got canceled. Then again, if you’re running a company losing 12 cents on the dollar as calculated by researcher Brian Blase at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, that’s usually an indication the market is a failure.

Neither forcing people to search for new insurance during the busy open enrollment season nor forcing them to cut family budgets for the next double-digit premium increase rank high on the political popularity list. You may recall open enrollment for 2015 was pushed back to begin after the 2014 election; a move the Obama administration claimed would give consumers more time to evaluate plans while cynics made the case that it was to push the sticker shock safely past the midterms. With the provisions for insurers ending after 2016, Barack Obama’s successor will have to deal with the fallout. To minimize the damage to Democrats in the 2016 elections, they will probably dupe Republican “leaders” into a one-year extension on the risk corridors and reinsurance.

It’s now legacy time for Obama. We contend he will be remembered as the man who destroyed American health care by wiping out a system that worked reasonably well and satisfied the overwhelming majority of Americans for decades, all to make the bulk of new enrollees dependent on the government through Medicaid. That’s one to tell the grandkids.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Cal Thomas: “Watching the Democratic candidates’ presidential debate Tuesday night one might think a Republican has been in the White House since 2009. These political Lilliputians could find little to say that was positive. The economy is bad, too many people aren’t working (whose fault is that?), we should spend trillions more we don’t have because everything we’re spending now isn’t producing results. Memo to Democrats: If your policies are failing, try something different. … [T]here was nothing about what people could, or should, do for themselves. It was all about government — big government, regulatory government, nanny government. The individual who shows initiative and succeeds is no longer the model; instead it’s the government is your keeper, you shall not want model. Even though government regularly proves its inability to achieve its advertised results, Democrats want us to believe that given more time — and especially more of our money — they can make it work. That has always been the cry of liberalism in its many incarnations. Most of the media will spin the Democratic debate as refreshing and new, but it was stale, old and uninspiring, like the candidates.”

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SHORT CUTS

Upright: “Las Vegas was a reminder that it is awfully hard to lose a nomination if no one truly plausible, let alone formidable, is running against you. The structure of the Democratic race from the beginning has been about propping up Hillary Clinton, and it still is. The party is putting on a master class in how to nominate someone under FBI investigation, and is willfully in denial about her vulnerabilities. Yes, Hillary had a good night. She was polished, knowledgeable, shrewd and hard-hitting — clearly, not someone to be trifled with. But the debate was a false indicator of her strength.” —Rich Lowry

Belly laugh of the week: “We’ve just come through two and a half hours of a Democratic debate that showed more substance and a more robust discussion about how to move America forward from our five candidates than nearly 10 hours of the first two Republican debates.” —Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Too much information: “I actually am aroused by [Bernie Sanders]. I’m serious. I find him to be eye candy, not ear candy, eye candy. I like an old Jewish guy who’s a socialist. That’s my type of guy. Everybody is talking about [Martin] O’Malley and how hot he was, but to me Bernie is hot.” —Joy Behar

Demo-gogues: “It’s not just mass shootings. It is the daily shootings that take place in cities across America. It is easier to buy a gun than buy a book.” —Barack Obama (“[T]hugs wielding firearms in mostly urban areas would find the book buying process extremely difficult. For one thing, they’d have to know how to read. The literacy rate in Chicago … is 53 percent. And you can bet that the literacy standard is hardly what you and I would consider adequate. Second, it would be extremely difficult for these wayward youths to choose suitable literature.” —Truth About Guns publisher Robert Farago)

Non Compos Mentis: “The families themselves of these [American] hostages [held in Iran] knew exactly what our strategy was and why it was important not to hold a nuclear agreement hostage to hostages. It was the right thing to do.” —John Kerry

And last… “This is not a healthy party. [Democrats] are relying on carbon-dated, pre-Obama candidates to hold onto his White House. There were more bathroom breaks at this debate than there were candidates of color and youth.” —Stephen Miller

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From Kumbaya To Chaos: How Obama Has Weakened America

Under Barack Obama, America is neither feared nor respected

Muslim-raised Barack Hussein Obama boldly declared 5 days before the 2008 elections that if he was president, even the rising of the oceans would cease. He stood in the Brandenburg Gate in Germany, and declared himself to be a “citizen of the world”, ushering in new era of global peace and prosperity. But 7 years later, the reality is that America is head-over-heels in debt, with a weakened military and no cohesive foreign policy. This has made our enemies very, very bold, and make no mistake about it, those enemies are about to test our resolve in a very big way. Obama promised a “fundamental transformation of America”, and on that he has absolutely delivered.

“If the US encroaches on China’s core interests, the Chinese military will stand up and use force to stop it,” the paper warned.

Chinese media criticised the US on Thursday for “ceaseless provocations” in the South China Sea, with Washington expected to soon send warships close to artificial islands Beijing has built in disputed waters.

An editorial in the Global Times, which is close to China’s ruling Communist party, condemned US “coercion”, adding: “China mustn’t tolerate rampant US violations of China’s adjacent waters and the skies over those expanding islands.”

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A picture is still worth a thousands words, this one speaks quite loudly

It said China’s military should “be ready to launch countermeasures according to Washington’s level of provocation”. “If the US encroaches on China’s core interests, the Chinese military will stand up and use force to stop it,” the paper warned.

Putin Calls U.S. `Weak’ on Syria as Russian Airstrikes Continue

Russian President Vladimir Putin continued a war of words with the U.S. over Syria, calling its policy weak and lacking in objectives as his air force carried out fresh bombing raids in support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

“I don’t really understand how the U.S. can criticize Russia’s actions in Syria if they refuse to have direct dialogue,” Putin told reporters Thursday during a visit to Astana, Kazakhstan. “The basic weakness of the American position is that they don’t have an agenda, though we’re keeping the door open” for high-level discussions with Washington, he said.

Russian warplanes flew 33 sorties and made 32 airstrikes in the past 24 hours against Islamic State positions in Syria’s Idlib, Hama, Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor provinces, Interfax news service reported, citing Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

Obama’s America in 2015 is a nation in retreat, hopelessly indecisive, and appeasing our enemies. We are importing over 250,000 Muslim migrants every year, the vast majority of whom are jihadi terrorists. Iran is about to get the bomb and we are helping them to do it. We are a nation that is ripe for destruction, and our enemies know it. That”smacking sound” you are hearing is the sound of them licking their lips in anticipation of taking the spoil.


Parents Demand Investigation Over Pro-Islam Textbooks In School

Parents in Tennessee have put their governor, legislature and state education department on notice that they want an investigation into pro-Islam bias in the textbooks and other materials used in public schools there…………… Click here for full story


Russian Military Advancements On Display In Syria

The Russian military surprised Western military experts last week by launching 26 high-tech Kalibr ship-launched cruise missiles, also known as 3M-14s on rebel targets in Syria. These missiles, being previously unknown, were seemingly showcased for the purpose of demonstrating the power and reach of the Russian navy and its highly advanced missile capabilities…………. Click here for full story


Big Brother – New Technologies Tracking You At Home & Work

Companies are increasingly being tempted to monitor, track, compare and rate their employees, right down to the level of eventually recording every employee statement and action. The ubiquitous nature of technology has made tracking and monitoring a person easier than ever before and now employers are using more sophisticated methods than to play big brother……………. Click here for full story


The Numbers Say That A Major Global Recession Has Already Begun

The biggest bank in the western world has just come out and declared that the global economy is “already in a recession”. According to British banking giant HSBC, global trade is down 8.4 percent so far this year, and global GDP expressed in U.S. dollars is down 3.4 percent. So those that are waiting for the next worldwide economic recession to begin can stop waiting. It is officially here…………. Click here for full story


Wal-Mart’s Worst Stock Crash In 27 Years Is Another Sign That The Economy Is Rapidly Falling Apart

Wal-Mart - Photo by MikeMozartJeepersMediaNow that a major global recession has begun, you would expect major retailers like Wal-Mart to run into trouble as consumer spending dries up, and that is precisely what is happening.  On Wednesday, shares of Wal-Mart experienced their largest single day decline in 27 years after an extremely disappointing earnings projection was released.  The stock was down about 10 percent, which represented the biggest plunge since January 1988.  Over 21 billion dollars in shareholder wealth was wiped out on Wednesday, and this was just the continuation of a very bad year for Wal-Mart stockholders.  Overall, shares had already declined by 22 percent so far in 2015 before we even got to Wednesday.  Here is more on this stunning turn of events from Bloomberg(Read More….)


Trump warns of stock market bubble burst

Economist agrees: ‘We are headed for the cliff’

Donald Trump, billionaire businessman and presidential poll frontrunner for the Republican Party, said America needs to be alert – the stock market bubble is about to burst, due in large part to the regulatory atmosphere created by the Democratic–supported Dodd–Frank as well as to Federal Reserve manipulation of interest rates.

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Has ancient biblical city of Sodom been found?

American archaeologist: ‘The site is monstrous’

The ancient city of Sodom, which the Bible says was destroyed by God for its wickedness, may have been found according to a team of American archaeologists.

Popular Archaeology reports a 10-year dig headed by Steven Collins of New Mexico’s Trinity Southwest University “has unearthed a goldmine of ancient monumental structures and artifacts that are revealing a massive Bronze Age city-state that dominated the region of Jordan’s southern Jordan Valley, even during a time when many other great cities of the ‘Holy Land’ region were either abandoned or in serious decline.”

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Obama Lied, My Health Plan Died — Twice – Michele Malkin

By Michele Malkin

The destruction of the private health insurance market is going exactly according to plan.

Obama lied and our health plan has now died — twice.

“Progressives” sneered at millions of us who received the first round of individual market health plan death notices. Mother Jones called it the “phony canceled health insurance scandal” when I first reported my 2013 health plan homicide by Obamacare.

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Palestinian Authority Wants UN ‘Protection Force’ in Jerusalem

In latest diplomatic move against Israel, and as Arab terror attacks continue to target Jews, PA to ask UN to deploy troops in Jerusalem.(ARUTZ SHEVA)—The Palestinian Authority wants the United Nations to consider deploying a military “protection force” in Jerusalem to help quell violence, the PA…

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It’s 1992 All over Again: Agenda 2030 Threatens Our Way of Life

By Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O’Neil(ILLINOIS REVIEW)—If it were possible to have a time machine traveling back to 1992 to visit the United Nation’s “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we would repeatedly hear the phrase “Sustainable Living” drilled into the minds of the 178 nations and state…

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Muslim Migrants In Germany Stage Mob Riots Shouting ‘Allahu Ackbar’

German parents outraged after schoolchildren asked to make beds, cook for refugees

The Muslim takeover of Germany is well underway, and just a few months into the migrant invasion they are doing exactly what we said they would do when it all started. It is mind boggling to imagine a world where leaders of some of the most powerful countries on Earth are stupid enough to let all these Muslims in. A ten year old could look at the facts and tell you not to do it, and yet here we are. England, Germany and many other Eu nations are beginning to collapse under the weight of the Muslim flood.

Tensions are high in Celle, Germany after hooded migrants were seen with sticks and pipes, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in a street rally.

Muslim Migrants SUE Germany for not paying them benefits FAST ENOUGH

Around 20 Syrian Muslim migrants have filed a case against the Berlin state Government demanding immediate access to shelter and benefits after waiting for more than a week to be registered by the authorities.

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The irony of this is that Germany who started two World Wars for world domination are now themselves being dominated by Muslims in a battle they cannot possible win.

It comes as serious splits emerged in Angela Merkel’s Government over how to divide economic migrants from genuine refugees fleeing war-torn countries.

Hundreds of asylum seekers are still waiting to be registered due to huge backlogs at the city’s main refugee centre. More than 170,000 Muslim migrants flooded into Europe last month alone as the continent’s unprecedented refugee crisis continues to spiral out of control.

German parents outraged after schoolchildren asked to make beds, cook for refugees

A school in Lübeck, Germany, included “practical work experience” at a local asylum center into a week activities. The plan angered parents opposed the idea of their children changing linen on refugees’ beds, helping to cook food and sorting clothes.

Migrants Dump Garbage from their Balconies : Augsburg Asylum Center, Germany

 This is what it looks like when the Muslim migrants come to your town.
An extract from a letter was posted in Facebook by a mother who obtained it from a friend whose son received it at school. Initially, the text sparked a mixture of bewilderment and disbelief in social media, but after a local newspaper got in touch with Schleswig-Holstein authorities, they confirmed the document was real.

The post got over 2,000 shares and more than 600 comments most of them asking why the refugees can’t take care of them themselves.

The Kiel Ministry of Education has made it clear that starting this week, 13-14-year-old eighth-graders from one school in the city of Lübeck have been putting fresh linen on refugees’ beds, helping out in the kitchen of the asylum seekers’ center and sorting clothes collected for the migrants. The chores last from 8:30am till 1:30pm.

European Union’s biggest and most squalid ghetto: Calais, France

With the world’s eyes on the more than half-million migrants flooding into Europe this year, France is finally beginning to take notice of the filthy Calais camp and the plight of those forced to bide their time in what they call “the jungle” — a network of makeshift shelters without water or other basic amenities.

With winter approaching, the government is sending a medical mission to Calais on Wednesday to evaluate the situation because “health protection is a fundamental right for each person on French territory,” said a statement signed by the Interior and Health ministries.

 

The French and British governments have focused on securing the Calais port and the Eurotunnel freight and passenger train site to keep migrants from sneaking rides, turning those sites into fortresses with towering fences topped with barbed wire.

The reinforced security has increased risks. Since June 26, 14 migrants have been killed, including a Syrian electrocuted Sept. 17 at the Eurotunnel site. The latest victim identified was a Moroccan who tried to swim to a ferry.

Britain signed an accord with Paris in 2003 designed to keep migrants in France, and the French government has bulldozed smaller camps in the past. But migrants keep coming. Up to 4,000 people languish sometimes for months in the Calais camp or in nearby towns.

The intense desire to reach Britain and a palpable sense of desperation inside the camp feed the risk-taking.

“Some people die here, some people break legs,” a 19-year-old from Darfour, in Sudan, Mustafa Ali, said recently, assessing his situation after a life-threatening journey to reach Calais. “This jungle is not good.”


Wal-Mart’s Worst Stock Crash In 27 Years Is Another Sign That The Economy Is Rapidly Falling Apart

Posted: 15 Oct 2015 05:18 AM PDT

Now that a major global recession has begun, you would expect major retailers like Wal-Mart to run into trouble as consumer spending dries up, and that is precisely what is happening.  On Wednesday, shares of Wal-Mart experienced their largest single day decline in 27 years after an extremely disappointing earnings projection was released.  The stock was down about 10 percent, which represented the biggest plunge since January 1988.  Over 21 billion dollars in shareholder wealth was wiped out on Wednesday, and this was just the continuation of a very bad year for Wal-Mart stockholders.  Overall, shares had already declined by 22 percent so far in 2015 before we even got to Wednesday.  Here is more on this stunning turn of events from Bloomberg

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. suffered its worst stock decline in more than 27 years after predicting a drop in annual profit, underscoring the giant retailer’s struggles to reignite growth. Earnings will decrease 6 percent to 12 percent in fiscal 2017, which ends in January of that year, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said at its investor day on Wednesday. Analysts had estimated a gain of 4 percent on average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. CONTINUE

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US and China brace for stand-off over disputed islands sail-by as Aussies fence-sit

Posted: 15 Oct 2015 05:07 AM PDT

China may use force if the US proceeds with its plan to sail within 12 miles of a reclaimed island in the South China Sea. Australia, which previously supported the American plan, said it wouldn’t be part of it. “We wouldn’t participate in any surveillance or whatever other activities the United States might have talked about,” Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said on Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg. He was commenting on the Pentagon’s plan to test China’s resolve to protect the waters around its artificial islands.

“On that issue, we’re not taking sides,” Robb added. China is building several artificial islands in the disputed sea territory hosting radar stations, airstrips and other facilities, which critics insist serve military purposes. China says the military aspect of its reclamation program is minimal and that the islands’ purpose is mostly civilian. At the same time Beijing believes that the islands are China’s proper sovereign territory and considers the waters within 12 miles of them to be its territorial waters. The US rejects the claims and, according to some media reports, is planning to sail a military patrol closer than 12 miles from at least one of the islands. CONTINUE

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ISIS retreating in Syria, missile system destroyed, 33 targets hit

Posted: 15 Oct 2015 05:02 AM PDT

Russian warplanes have destroyed a surface-to-air missile launcher that the Islamic State terrorist group previously captured from the Syrian Army, the Russian Defense Ministry reports. The bombing campaign in Syria is forcing the jihadists to flee. The 9K33 Osa short-range air defense launcher was destroyed by a Sukhoi Su-34 bomber in Eastern Douma near Damascus, ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told the media in his Thursday daily briefing.

The Su-34 dropped a precision anti-fortification bomb KAB-500 at a concrete shelter, where the launcher was hidden, destroying both the weapon and the building, he added. Osa, which is called Gecko by NATO, is a highly-mobile launcher equipped with six short-range surface-to-air missiles meant to provide tactical cover from enemy aircraft to ground troops. The launcher was destroyed during one of 33 combat missions that Russia conducted in Syria over the day. A total of 32 targets in the provinces Idlib, Hama, Damascus, Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor were hit, Konashenkov said. SOURCE

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Lee University Student Charged With ‘Commission of Act of Terrorism’

Posted: 15 Oct 2015 04:55 AM PDT

A student from Church of God’s Lee University was arrested this week after posting an anonymous shooting threat toward the Tennessee college on social media. Sophomore Olayinka Opaso, an 18-year-old Nigerian student, was charged with commission of an act of terrorism by the Cleveland Police Department after confessing to posting the threat to a senior Lee University official. Commission of an act of terrorism is a Class-A felony and is punishable by up to 25 years in prison for a first offense in the state of Tennessee. Lee University Campus Safety Director Matt Brinkman took Opaso into custody before transporting him to the Cleveland Police Department, where he was interviewed by local investigators.

Brinkman said that Lee placed heightened security on campus from both Campus Safety and the Cleveland Police Department after the threat was brought to the university’s attention. “We had police personnel present [on campus and at campus events] to ensure safety, to let students know that we were taking it seriously and to calm them,” Brinkman said. The threat was made on Yik Yak, a mobile messaging app that allows users to post anonymous text posts called “yaks” to other “yakkers” within a 5-mile radius. CONTINUE

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Astronomers may have found giant alien ‘megastructures’ orbiting star near the Milky Way

Posted: 15 Oct 2015 04:50 AM PDT

A large cluster of objects in space look like something you would “expect an alien civilization to build”, astronomers have said. Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State University, is set to publish a report on the “bizarre” star system suggesting the objects could be a “swarm of megastructures”, according to a new report. “I was fascinated by how crazy it looked,” Wright told The Atlantic. “Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilisation to build.”

The snappily named KIC 8462852 star lies just above the Milky Way between the constellations Cygnus and Lyra. It first attracted the attention of astronomers in 2009 when the Kepler Space Telescope identified it as a candidate for having orbiting Earth-like planets. But KIC 8462852 was emitting a stranger light pattern than any of the other stars in Kepler’s search for habitable planets. Kepler works by analysing light from distant places in the universe — looking for changes that take place when planets move in front of their stars. But the dip in starlight from KIC 8462852 doesn’t seem to be the normal pattern for a planet. CONTINUE

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Scientists: We can mind-wipe your belief in God

Posted: 14 Oct 2015 09:13 PM PDT

What could possibly go wrong with this?! Researchers in England claim they have the ability to alter a Christian’s beliefs in God with a common procedure used to treat depression. Experiments conducted at the University of York in York, England, allegedly changed Christian perceptions on God. Public policy preferences on immigration were also altered. Scientists used a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, on volunteers’ posterior medial frontal cortex to accomplish their objectives. “People often turn to ideology when they are confronted by problems,”

Dr. Keise Izuma told Britain’s Express on Wednesday. “We wanted to find out whether a brain region that is linked with solving concrete problems, like deciding how to move one’s body to overcome an obstacle, is also involved in solving abstract problems addressed by ideology.” Belief in God was allegedly cut by one-third after an electromagnetic coil strategically placed against a participant’s scalp had a current turned on, the newspaper reported. American volunteers were also less bothered by concerns over immigration.“As expected, we found that when we experimentally turned down the posterior medial frontal cortex, people were less inclined to reach for comforting religious ideas despite having been reminded of death,” Dr. Izuma said. CONTINUE

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Flip Flops Considered Blasphemous, Name of Allah Claimed To Be on Soles

Posted: 14 Oct 2015 09:08 PM PDT

Habib M. Iskandar Alkadri, a spokesman for the Islam Defenders Front, or FPI, in Indonesia is demanding the government respond immediately to the discovery that a brand of flip-flops or sandals appears to carry the name Allah on its soles. “FPI West Kalimantan urged the government and relevant agencies in this regard … to act decisively, by taking concrete steps. This is related to the abuse of Islam,” said Alkadri to the Tribune Pontianak Wednesday. Alkadri called for decisive action because the blasphemous footwear may not yet have spread to other markets, where it will cause greater offense.

It must be addressed immediately, traced and withdrawn from the market. We as community organizations can only make a non-formal appeal. The government can issue rules, but they must be executed firmly,” he added. Whether or not it was the designer’s intent, the controversial design on the shoe’s sole closely approximates the name Allah on the black flag, or Black Standard, carried by Islamic State fighters, its top line repeating the Shahada: There is no god but Allah. Mohammad is the messenger of Allah. CONTINUE

 

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Iran broadcasts rare images of underground missile bases

Posted: 14 Oct 2015 09:01 PM PDT

At first glance it looks like the set of a James Bond movie — a seemingly impregnable mountain base packed full of uniformed men and sinister-looking missiles on their launch vehicles parked along a long tunnel buried deep underground. But this is in fact a real-life missile facility in Iran, according to the country’s semi-official FARS news agency. In a rare moment of openness, Iran on Wednesday broadcast pictures from The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force of a tunnel reportedly dug some 1,640 feet (500 meters) under a mountain. The release of this footage comes just a few days after state media reported Iran had test-fired new generation long-range ballistic missiles.

The weekend test likely violated a U.N. resolution, a U.S. administration official told CNN. Based on information the administration has so far, the test appears to be in violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1929, which stipulates that Iran cannot engage in any activities related to ballistic missiles. The U.S. official emphasized, however, that the test is not in violation of the nuclear agreement reached in July between Iran, the United States and five other world powers because that accord is focused on restricting Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon. CONTINUE

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Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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

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

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Interviews with Text-Critical Scholars

Daniel B. Wallace

csntm_itunesThe Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) conducted a series of interviews with scholars of textual criticism at the Society of Biblical Literature conference in San Diego, California in 2014. These videos are currently being released on CSNTM’s iTunes U site for free. The first two interviews are by Dr. Ekaterini Tsalampouni of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Peter Gurry, a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge.

Make sure to check out these interesting and significant videos as they continue to come out over the next few weeks.

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Freeman Dyson: the last 10 years have proven climate change models wrong

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Apologetics and the progress of science Apologetics and the progress of science

This interview with liberal scientist Freeman Dyson appeared in the UK Register.

Introduction:

The life of physicist Freeman Dyson spans advising bomber command in World War II, working at Princeton University in the States as a contemporary of Einstein, and providing advice to the US government on a wide range of scientific and technical issues.

He is a rare public intellectual who writes prolifically for a wide audience. He has also campaigned against nuclear weapons proliferation.

At America’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dyson was looking at the climate system before it became a hot political issue, over 25 years ago. He provides a robust foreword to a report written by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change cofounder Indur Goklany on CO2 – a report published[PDF] today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF).

An Obama supporter who describes himself as “100 per cent…

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Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the “War of Gog & Magog.” Part Four in our series on the prophecies of Ezekiel 38-39.

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(Source: screen capture of a CNN report on July 9, 2015) (Source: screen capture of a CNN report on July 9, 2015)

(Central Israel) — Today is Part Four in our study of Ezekiel 38 & 39 and what Bible scholars call the “War of Gog and Magog.”

In light of the growing alliance between Russia and Iran, and the growing interest in eschatology among Muslims, Jews and Christians, many of you have questions regarding these prophecies.

Today, let’s answer three of the most frequently asked questions.

Q: Will the War of Gog and Magog happen before or after the Rapture?

A: The truth is we simply do not know the answer for certain, because Ezekiel does not say. Many of the theologians I cited in Epicenter believe the war will occur after the Rapture. In the novel Left Behind, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins describe the War of Gog and Magog as having already happened before the Rapture takes place. In

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GodLife: Experience Joy When You’re Sick

Scripture: “[The Lord] said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9a

When you or someone close to you is sick or very ill, do you get stressed out, anxious and worried?

You might feel the need to have control, to be stronger than you’re able to be, or to do the impossible. God is your strength, He has control and with Him, anything is possible. Even through sickness God can be glorified. He can take something bad and show you the beauty in it. Seek God’s purpose through your trials and you will find joy (James 1:2-4).

Do you know someone with cancer or some other illness?

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Church, Wake Up

The Domain for Truth

WakeUp

“The Christian world is in a deep sleep; nothing but a loud shout can awaken them out of it.” ~ George Whitefield

It does appear that many churches of USA is in a deep sleep.  While many are steeped in entertainment, many souls are dying and will be going to hell today, tomorrow, and the next subsequent days.  This is not a guilt trip to condemn one from enjoying the common things of life.  We are thankful to the Lord that he would allow us to enjoy aspects of His creative acts. But here is the question, when was the last time did I expose evil and shared the Gospel?  Have I become apathetic? Earth is the closest to heaven for the unbeliever and earth is the closest to hell for the believer.  Since we have the immortal blessings provided for us, we must press hard before the return of…

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Information Enigma: 21-minute video explains intelligent design

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Can random mutation and natural selection create new functional information? Can random mutation and natural selection create new functional information?

The video is here:

I have read and listened and watched a lot of material on intelligent design, but I have never seen so much value packed into such a short lecture. I really hope you’ll watch this and that it’s helpful to you.

Summary:

  • the big question when discussing the origin of life: where did the information in living systems come from?
  • Until 530 million years ago, the oceans were largely devoid of life
  • In a 10 million year period, many new forms of animal life emerged
  • New biological forms of life require new information
  • the discovery of DNA shows that living systems work because cells have information that allows them to build the components of molecular machines: cell types, proteins, etc.
  • can random mutation and natural selection create new functional information?
  • normally, random mutations tend to degrade the functionality of…

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How can our Righteousness exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. 2 For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3 For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:1-4 NASB)

I am sure when our Lord told His disciples on the Mount of Olives (Matthew 5:14-16), “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they…

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