Daily Archives: November 1, 2015

Ravi Zacharias’s comments about the biggest challenge to Christian Apologetics

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“I really think that today, as Christian apologists, that the biggest challenge to the faith is not an intellectual question. In fact, I have not heard an intellectual question to the faith that has disturbed me. I am more convinced than ever of the message of the Gospel. But the biggest challenge to the Christian faith is this: If the message that we have lays claim to a supernatural regeneration, then why is it that we do not see that regeneration more often? No other religion claims a supernatural regeneration. They may claim ethics and morality. Hinduism does. But we are the only ones who claim a new birth. Born of the Holy Spirit, our hungers have changed, our disciplines have changed, our behavior has changed. If it is a supernaturally engendered thing, why do we not see it more often? And if that is true of the common person…

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JAS: Questions from Students in the Middle East (video)

The primary worldview it the Middle East derives from the teachings of Islam. The Muslim religion speaks about Jesus, even calling Him a prophet, yet offers a very different view of both God and of Jesus than found in the Bible. In this program, Ravi Zacharias will help you to discover that those with a Muslim worldview share many of the same questions as others who seek Christ.

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JAS: Questions from Students in the Far East (video)

As a native of India, Ravi Zacharias offers a strong understanding of the worldview of people from Asia and the Far East. In this session, he discusses some of the top questions those from this part of the world have asked, along with biblical answers in response. Dealing with God’s existence, the exclusive claims of Christ, and struggles with identity, you’ll find God’s Word offers solid answers and genuine hope for those who desire to know more about important spiritual questions.

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October 31-November 1, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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What Is Reformation Day?

“Martin Luther, a scholar, took quill in hand, dipped it in his inkwell and penned his 95 Theses on October 31, 1517. These were intended to spark a debate, to stir some soul-searching among his fellow brothers in the church.”

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When Luther Shook Up Christianity

acquiring national identities: Germany, France, Spain, Portugal and England. Because the church was the largest landowner in Europe, rulers could seldom avoid a papal dispute over revenue. Luther escaped the hangman’s noose in part because he won the backing of a German prince fed up with Rome. But most important, Luther succeeded because he tapped into the root of revolutionary change: the human desire to know God.

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Four Warning Signs You’re Approaching Burnout

When I sense these reappearing in my life, I know it is time to evaluate quickly. I may need to get away for a day, adjust my sleeping, or double-check my eating and exercise routine. I have learned that if I can catch these early, I can address them much more quickly and easily than if I foolishly attempt to push through the approaching burnout. Attempting to push through burnout is poor and stupid self-leadership.

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Eight Life-Changing Things Someone Taught Me

“This are just a few of the small things that have changed me throughout life. If you’ve known me for any length of time, you’ve probably heard me talk about one or all of them. I hope even more, though, that you’ve seen me live them.”

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Let’s Be Clear About What Real Christian Persecution Looks Like

“When we start to take on the language of violence—“culture war,” “attacks on values,” “faith under siege”—to describe ideological differences that are actually relatively peaceful in practice, we not only overstate reality. We risk losing perspective on what real persecution looks like.”

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40 Things I’ve Learned in 40 Years

So much time is wasted on things that just don’t matter:  Life is short and too often is spent pursuing after and worrying about things that don’t matter in the end. I don’t want to live with regrets. I’ve wasted too much time already. You too? Let’s seek to glorify God in what we do with our time that remains.

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Reformation Reminders: Rome & Her Desecration of Christ

Scripture could not be more clear on the adequacy and finality of Christ’s atoning work. Yet, in every mass, Rome asserts that Christ, cannot really be seated anywhere in heaven, but is ready, waiting, and being summoned back down for additional sacrifice to atone for sin. On this teaching alone Rome renders herself a desecration to Jesus Christ. Furthermore, if anyone calls Rome’s mass into question, he is declared anathema

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The Sexual Revolution, Entertainment, and Christian Art

Those are stories worth telling, and the only thing stopping Christians from telling them is a reductionist view of what Christian art can and should be. It is a brave new entertainment world; making art that goes against the flow of the sexual revolution requires bravery. But, on the other hand, the darkness of the current backdrop makes the truth shine all the more brightly.  

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Tips For Being a False Teacher

There is absolutely nothing worse than some punter with their head in the Bible while you’re trying to tell them what God really says. You’ll find them regularly popping up at the worst moments, quoting parts of the Bible and requesting references. Worse still, when you provide those references (ideally obscure Old Testament passages from the King James Version) they go and look them up! This is one of the most frustrating occurrences you can face.

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Letting The Law In The Back Door of Justification

People still do things like this today, mixing a bit of law with the gospel, mixing works with grace.  They talk about a “lawful gospel” or say that the gospel includes law, or they say that we are justified by faith alone – but define faith as “faithfulness” or “obedient faith.”  These types of statements have been used by advocates of the Federal Vision, which is why historic Reformed/Presbyterian churches have very decisively rejected Federal Vision teaching with a loud and unanimous NO.

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Texas Teen Says Teacher Told Students to Deny God in Assignment or Fail

(CN) — A Texas teen says that her teacher told students this week that they must deny God in their reading class or fail the assignment.

Jordan Wooley, a seventh grade student at West Memorial Junior High School in Katy, spoke before the school board Monday night to tell her story.

Massachusetts ‘United Church of Christ’ Hosts Blasphemous ‘Drag Gospel Festival’

(CN) — A United Church of Christ congregation in Massachusetts recently hosted what it called a “Drag Gospel Festival” in support of the homosexual and transgender members in its assembly.

The First Church of Somerville (FCS) hosted the event October 16-18 both during its Friday night drag show and Sunday morning worship service.

Muslim Men, Children Cut and Whip Their Bodies Bloody for Muhammad’s Grandson

(CN) — A number of Shiite Muslim men and children around the world are in the midst of observing a 10-day Islamic festival in remembrance of Muhammad’s grandson—an event that involves cutting ones head with knives or spears or self-flagellating themselves with chains.

Online photos captured the bloodiness of the Muslim traditions surrounding the Day of Ashura, which marks the death of Husyn ibn Ali approximately 1,300 years ago. He was the son of Fatimah, Muhammad’s daughter, and was beheaded during the Battle of Karbala in 680 A.D.

Pastor Delivers Ten Commandments on Horseback to Oklahoma Capital in Protest of Monument Removal

(CN) — Nearly a dozen Texas Christians rode 100 miles to Oklahoma City this week to deliver a tablet engraved with the Ten Commandments after a Decalogue display was removed from the grounds of the capitol building earlier this month.

“We’re riding for the law of God today,” John Riggs, pastor of the Texoma Cowboy Church in Wichita Falls, told those gathered. “We fully believe that this country was founded upon the principles of God’s word. It breaks our hearts to see where this country is headed and to see the removal of the law of God from our land, from our buildings.”

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Billy Graham’s Warning to American Churches: ‘Prepare for Persecution’

Evangelist Billy Graham speaks at the dedication of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, May 31, 2007.

The Rev. Billy Graham has issued a written warning to America’s churches: “Prepare for persecution.”

The renowned preacher and founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association penned a commentary that was posted on his website last week and is slated to appear in the November edition of Decision magazine.

In the magazine, Graham notes that the American church has been largely unfamiliar with persecution, writing that this “immunity to persecution that Christians in our country have experienced in the past two or three centuries is unusual.”

“As a whole, our nation does not know what privation is. We do not know what sacrifice is. We do not know what suffering is. Suppose persecution were to come to the church in America, as it has come in other countries,” wrote Graham.

“Since we have experienced little religious persecution in this country, it is likely that under pressure many would deny Christ. Those who shout the loudest about their faith may surrender soonest.”

New Muppets 'too toxic for children,' PTC says

New Muppets ‘too toxic for children,’ PTC says

Posted on November 1, 2015 by Christian Telegraph

In a study of &The Muppets,& the Parents Television Council reports that the new TV show includes a preponderance of sexual innuendos and other offensive content not suited for children,

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Letting the government under the church tent

Letting the government under the church tent

Posted on October 31, 2015 by World Magazine

GOVERNMENT | Letting the government get its nose under the church tent

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A theological and journalistic reformation

A theological and journalistic reformation

Posted on October 31, 2015 by World Magazine

HISTORY | Martin Luther’s bold theological stand on Oct. 31, 1517, made independent journalism possible

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Straight-talking Jesus: There's no one-size-fits-all way of evangelism

Straight-talking Jesus: There’s no one-size-fits-all way of evangelism

Posted on October 31, 2015 by Christian Today

Pastor and author Phil Moore is not afraid of plain speaking when it comes to exploring what the Bible says.

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5 Ways for a Church Member to Leave a Church Well

5 Ways for a Church Member to Leave a Church Well

Posted on October 30, 2015 by Church Leaders

“Sometimes people remember how you arrived. They almost always remember how you left.”

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How Should Christians Think About Socialism?

How Should Christians Think About Socialism?

Posted on October 30, 2015 by Church Leaders

“It may be that Bernie Sanders is naming things in our society that need addressing.”

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Christian Football Coach Suspended for Praying After Games Following Complaints from Satanists, Atheist Students

Christian Football Coach Suspended for Praying After Games Following Complaints from Satanists, Atheist Students

Posted on October 30, 2015 by Gospel Herald

A Christian football coach has been suspended from his position at Bremerton High School in Washington State after he refused to stop praying following a Friday night football game that Satanists had threatened to protest.

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ISIS Unleashes Death Squad to Murder Christians In Syria

ISIS Unleashes Death Squad to Murder Christians In Syria

Posted on October 30, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Radical Muslim terror group ISIS/ISIL is reported to have unleashed its death squad to hunt down and murder Christian refugees in Syrian refugee camps, reported Breaking News Israel. The death squad is the latest horrific tactic employed by the Muslim radicals to eliminate Christians in the region and establish a conservative Muslim society.

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Texas Teen Says Teacher Told Students to Deny God in Assignment or Fail

“Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real,” she said. “Our teacher had started off saying that the assignment had been giving problems all day. We were asked to take a poll to say whether God is fact, opinion or a myth and she told anyone who said fact or opinion was wrong and God was only a myth.”

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As Darkness Falls – Hal Lindsey

A shadow descends over our world. Spiritual in origin, this deepening darkness attacks human minds and thought. It diminishes, then destroys the ability to see things for what they are. Put simply, it inhibits people from thinking straight.

We see the process described in the 1st chapter of Romans, beginning at verse 18. The words are both historic and prophetic. Romans 1 does not contain a phrase identifying it as a “last days” scripture. Nevertheless, as we will see, it has great prophetic significance.

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We Cannot be Silent – Albert Mohler

We Cannot Be Silent is a book about that revolution, how it happened and what it means for us, for our churches, and for our children. It is important to trace the revolution, and understand that the most heated controversies of our day did not emerge from a vacuum onto the daily headlines. Every revolution has a story, and the story of this revolution is one that we can now trace. To put the truth plainly, this revolution did not start with same-sex marriage, and it will not end there.

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Godlessness is Reaching Epidemic Proportions

Imagine the world with no rules, accountability, or consequences for evil actions? This image is one where people take a life with no remorse. It is a place where life savings are greedily stolen, women and children are abandoned, and even basic respect that was afforded to a mother and father is absent. This place of our worst imaginings is one fraught with lawless, heartless, and treacherous people who are concerned with no one but themselves. That would be a world where the concept of love is foreign, while brutality, slander, and darkness become the norm.

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Luther’s Reformation in a Neat Video


Halloween, Christ, and Culture

As the world around us becomes darker, Christians are supposed to be the light that points people to Jesus Christ and exposes evil in our culture. With rapidly growing immorality in America, why does it seem like the church is conforming to the pattern of this age rather than influencing culture for Christ? Our children […]

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Sounds Good But Smells Bad

A clean environment, equality for women, social justice for all, income distribution. Something stinks.

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Your Painful Story Brings God Glory

Your Painful Story Brings God GloryWe can all think of an instance where someone revealing their difficult story has touched us. What if they never had told their story? What if you never tell yours?

A good friend, who is a pastor, has a child who is a heroin addict. I’m sure he was tempted to hide his family problems from the church where he worked. He could have withdrawn socially and spiritually from the church and maybe someone would have asked about him, or maybe no one would have noticed as he and his wife drifted into isolation with their secret. But isolation rarely leads to anything good.

When God Doesn’t Fix It

As we all know, telling our personal stories of struggle and pain can be dangerous. Fortunately, this minister realized he wasn’t the only one going through a trial. Parents in his church and community were facing the same issues and needed the same kind of support he did. God used him and his willingness to share his pain to form a confidential support group for parents whose children were involved in destructive lifestyles. He wasn’t shouting his story from a megaphone on a Sunday morning, and he wasn’t doing it in a way that would shame his child. He was privately sharing his suffering with those who needed to hear it most.

In the group, parents of alcoholics and drug abusers came together and prayed for their children in a faith-filled, understanding, and supportive environment. Think of how many families have been helped because they now have a safe place to discuss their struggles! I’m so thankful my friend knew God could redeem his broken story, and he was willing to be a part of redeeming other people’s broken stories.

Imagine how thankful the parents who come to this group are for his willingness to be transparent. He didn’t wait for his story to be resolved or to have a happy ending. He shared his story of struggling with a child he loves dearly but couldn’t help.

Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn

His story reminds me that when God uses our stories to heal others, they don’t have to be finished. They don’t have to be wrapped up into a neat, tidy bow with all the answers before God can use them. He can redeem our stories while they’re still tattered, and we’re still in the brokenness.

I know a lot of people who are in troubled marriages, and they feel as if they have to wait until their marriage situation is resolved before they can talk about it. But more people live in the tension than live in the extremes. When people are willing to share their struggles, they can help others who are living under that same burden.

If you’re like me, the testimonies you find the most inspiring aren’t those that are easy, comfortable, and happy all the way through. It’s the testimonies of those who have struggled deeply and found God faithful even in the midst of their brokenness.

Truths You Can’t Live Without

God can use your story, whatever it is, for the salvation of the nations. I say that, not even knowing what your story is, because that is a principle that comes from the Bible. People hear about the gospel from those who are living out the gospel. They are redeemed when we point them to the Redeemer. They can be saved when those of us who are saved point to the Savior.

What trial is God bringing into your life for the purpose of equipping you to do his work? What trials are you going through right now that God is using to equip you for future ministry?

God wants to use your story for the salvation of the nations. Not because of the greatness of your story but because of the greatness of our God.



What Moral/Social Issues on the Horizon Might Surprise Most Christians?

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Are You Cheating on God? 8 Questions That Reveal Your Heart’s Ultimate Desire

This week, a pastor at a large church in south Florida admitted to an affair. Shortly after the admission, he resigned. It’s a gut-wrenching story. Another leader for Christ forced to resign because of an affair.

Cheating on a spouse is a serious offense. Rightfully so. When a covenant is broken, there are ramifications. But as I read this story, God spurred another question in my mind.

“Frank, are you cheating on me?”

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Hey God, nice to talk with you too. Can you not say hey first? Anyway, the question sunk deep into my heart. And I want to ask you the same question.

Are you cheating on God?

You and I are in a relationship with God. A relationship that parallels (and exceeds) the one between a husband and a wife. When Tiffani and I exchanged vows, I knew what I signed up for. From that point forward, she wasn’t competing with other women. She was the only woman. I pledged to remain pure and faithful to one woman … for the rest of my life. That’s heavy.

And if vowing faithfulness to one person is heavy, how much more so with God?

When Moses delivered the Ten Commandments to the Israelites in Exodus 20:2-3, the first commandment was, “You will have no other gods before me.”

When God says, “You shall have no other gods before me,” he is also saying, “Don’t cheat on me. Don’t place anything in front of me. Vow to remain faithful to me.” You get the idea?

God is jealous (Exodus 20:4-5). He relentlessly pursues you because he infinitely loves you. And when anything other than God sits at the apex of your desires, values, worth and identity, destruction is certain. You place a weight on something only God can bear.

So, I want to ask you again … Are you cheating on God? The following eight questions will reveal the ultimate desire of your heart.

1.) What thoughts occupy your mind when you have nothing else to think about?

If you realized how powerful your thoughts were, you would never think a negative thought. Peace Pilgrim

What we think about most determines what we value. And what we think about most is eventually who we become. Thoughts are powerful. Dr. Caroline Leaf, a Christian pathologist, wrote a fascinating book (the book is titled Switch on Your Brain) about the power of thoughts. In the book, she says this: “Nothing happens until you first build the thought … the thought produces words, actions and behavior.”

That’s real.

Your thoughts expose the desires of your mind and heart. So, where does your mind wander when you are alone? Is your mind turned toward God? If God is the love of your life, the ultimate desire of your heart, your mind will gravitate toward him. You will set your mind on the things above. Your desire to know him and grow toward him will increase.

2.) If everything was taken from you and only God was left, would he be enough?

Really, take a moment to consider this question. If you are a follower of Jesus, this is the end goal. You are on a one-way trip to dwell with God. Forever. That’s weighty stuff. And if God is most important, the thought of dwelling with God forever should excite you.

Is God enough? Just being honest, many days I don’t believe he is. I love my stuff. I love my family. I love golf. If all of these were taken from me, I am not sure God would be enough. Unlike Job, I would probably want to curse God and die.

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Reformation Day: Jesus Came Knocking

Reformation Day: Jesus Came KnockingSometime around A.D. 95, Jesus, through the apostle John, came metaphorically knocking on the door of the church in Laodicea with an unsurpassed invitation:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

Pulled out of its context, this verse can sound like Jesus was calling softly and tenderly. Paintings inspired by this verse tend to portray a gentle Jesus mildly knocking. In reality, he was anything but soft and tender, gentle and mild. This invitation came on the heels of a bracing rebuke and serious warning. Jesus was pounding on the Laodicean’s door with the urgency of emergency:

“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.” (Revelation 3:15–19)

Jesus was pounding on the door of a church whose trust in an idol put them in grave spiritual danger. Their prosperous tepidness made him want to gag. But because he loved these lukewarm Christians, he lovingly disciplined them with hard words and called them to zealous repentance and reformation.

When Jesus Came Knocking in Wittenberg

On October 31, 1517, Jesus, through a little-known German priest/professor named Martin Luther, came quite literally knocking on the Wittenberg door of the Roman Catholic Church.

Unrestrained corruption of power and wealth was a sin-cancer that had metastasized in the Roman Catholic Church and spread to many of her leaders and, through them, into her doctrines and practices. This cancer was killing the church. She too had grown very prosperous and yet did not realize how wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked she had become. She had not listened sufficiently to Jesus’s authoritative voice in the Scriptures, or to the prophetic voices of warning that he had repeatedly sent to her. The Lord was at the end of his patience.

But because he loved his sin-diseased church whose idolatry put her in grave spiritual danger, he sent an unlikely messenger from an unlikely town — so very like the Lord — with a hard word of loving discipline. Professor Luther walked up to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg with a hammer, a few nails, and a parchment listing 95 stinging indictments against the Roman Catholic Church. Unlike what the Laodiceans received, Luther’s theses were not inerrant Scripture. In fact, later Luther knew a number of them did not go far enough. But still, they were a largely biblical call to zealous repentance, as the first thesis so clearly captures:

When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Matthew 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.

In the pounding of Martin’s hammer, Jesus came knocking. And his knocking set off a chain-reaction that exploded into the Protestant Reformation, a gospel detonation that is still shaking the world nearly 500 years later.

A Reformation Detonation

As a result of October 31, 1517, hundreds of millions of Christians all over the world have submitted to God’s word as their highest authority (Sola Scriptura) and his teaching that salvation is a gift given by God’s grace alone (Sola Gratia) through the instrument of faith alone (Sola Fide) in the death and resurrection of their one savior and mediator, Jesus Christ (Sola Christus), so that all glory would always redound to the Triune God alone (Sola Deo Gloria).

Wherever the church opened the door to Jesus, repentance and reformation was like chemotherapy to the cancer of spiritual corruption and recovered belief in the gospel of Christ spread spiritual health through much of Europe, then on to the New World, Asia, and Africa. It spawned massive evangelism, church planting, Bible translation, and frontier missions efforts. And in its wake it brought about all manner of social good: stronger families, honest commerce, economic empowerment for the poor, hospitals and clinics for the sick, education for the masses, encouragement for the scientific enterprise, democratic forms of civic government, and on and on.

When we really comprehend the massive floodgate of mercy that was opened to us because Jesus came knocking in Wittenberg, Reformation Day (October 31st) becomes a thanksgiving day — a day for feasting or perhaps for fasting and prayer for another reformation detonation in our lives and churches and nations.

Is Jesus Knocking on Your Door?

In fact, given the prosperity that most of us in the West are experiencing and the arid spiritual climate most of us live in, it may be that the best way we can observe Reformation Day is to do some serious, prayerful soul-searching. Have we allowed a Laodicean type of acedia to settle in? We know that significant portions of the Western church are diseased with various heresies. Do they provoke us to earnest prayer?

And we should ask ourselves, is Jesus knocking — or pounding — on our door? Are we hearing him? Are we ignoring or even resisting him? Are we tolerating and justifying any idols? One clear symptom of idolatry is spiritual lukewarmness. Tepidness typically does not feel like a grave danger. It can feel like a tolerable and even nearly pleasant malaise. But it is deadly. In this state we do not realize how wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked we are.

And because Jesus loves sinful people like us, when we fall into such a state he comes knocking — hard. We often do not recognize it as him at first because he can come in the form of a messenger, sometimes an unlikely one. And the pounding of their hard words can make us defensive and mad.

But let us listen carefully and drop our guard. The hard words are painful, especially to our pride. But Jesus (or his imperfect messenger) is not being mean or condemning us. It is the loving discipline of our Savior to warn us. Lukewarmness means spiritual life-threatening idolatry. The cure is for us to “be zealous and repent” (Revelation 3:19).

If Jesus is knocking on our door, let us welcome him in fully that we may eat with him and he with us (Revelation 3:20). Accepting his unsurpassed invitation to joy through repentance and reformation may be the greatest way to celebrate Reformation Day.


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Notable Voices: October 31, 2015

3 Ways Social Media Can Help Curb Church Decline — Sam Rainer

I’ll be addressing several points related to church decline in my webinars next week, but in this article Sam points to social media as one step churches can take to turn around declines in church attendance.


Ditch the Preaching “Rules” For Principles  — Erik Reed

Too often, pastors get intertwined in a strict set of rules regarding their preaching. Erik pushes against that preaching trap with some helpful words of advice.


Five Leadership Books You May Not Have Read, But Should — Eric Geiger

Those who lead are those who read, and leaders who are constantly improving are leaders who are constantly reading. In this post, Eric shares five books essential to growing as a leader.


Beware of the Selfie-Preacher — Erik Raymond

Don’t be this preacher. Just say no to selfies…and selfie preachers.


13 Posters to Celebrate Reformation Day — Aaron Earls

Today is Reformation Day as well as Halloween. So here is a little humor for your holiday.


Five Church Trends to Watch for 2016 — Church Answers Live

On this week’s episode of Church Answers Live, I discussed five church trends to look for in 2016. Don’t forget to join us every Thursday at 3:00 PM Eastern for Church Answers Live.

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Is the Reformation Over?

R.C. Sproul:

Contrary to some of these contemporary assessments of the importance of the doctrine of justification by faith alone, we recall a different perspective by the sixteenth-century magisterial Reformers. Luther made his famous comment that the doctrine of justification by faith alone is the article upon which the church stands or falls. John Calvin added a different metaphor, saying that justification is the hinge upon which everything turns. In the twentieth century, J.I. Packer used a metaphor indicating that justification by faith alone is the “Atlas upon whose shoulder every other doctrine stands.” Later Packer moved away from that strong metaphor and retreated to a much weaker one, saying that justification by faith alone is “the fine print of the gospel.”

Karl Barth, Christ, and the OT

This is long but really interesting.

When God seems unreal

Ray Ortlund:

Sometimes God seems unreal, remote, theoretical. When that is so, there is always a reason. God is in fact real. So are we. That it doesn’t seem so demands an explanation.

Four Things Joy Says

Michael Kelley:

If you’re one of the six people who hasn’t seen Inside Out, this is Joy (by the way, feel free to come back to this post in two hours after you’ve seen the movie. And wept. A lot). The movie takes place inside Riley’s head, and the audience is privy to the personification of emotions like joy, sadness, fear, and disgust. Joy, in the movie, becomes a walking, talking, thinking entity. And it makes me wonder, as a Christian, what she would really say if Joy could talk to us today.

This is an important question because joy is one of those things we tend to confuse with something else. But if joy could talk, maybe she would clear up some of those misconceptions. So what would Joy tell us if she could? I think it would be at least four thing.

Reformation Day: Jesus Came Knocking

Jon Bloom:

Unrestrained corruption of power and wealth was a sin-cancer that had metastasized in the Roman Catholic Church and spread to many of her leaders and, through them, into her doctrines and practices. This cancer was killing the church. She too had grown very prosperous and yet did not realize how wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked she had become. She had not listened sufficiently to Jesus’s authoritative voice in the Scriptures, or to the prophetic voices of warning that he had repeatedly sent to her. The Lord was at the end of his patience.


Weekend A La Carte (October 31)

Here are a few new Kindle deals: The Betrayal by Douglas Bond ($0.99); Recovering the Reformed Confession by R. Scott Clark ($0.99); Tributes to John Calvin by David Hall ($1.99); Martin Luther by Stephen Nichols ($1.99); The Deity of Christ by Christopher Morgan & Robert Peterson ($4.61).

Is the Reformation Over?

If you know much about R.C. Sproul, you’ll be able to anticipate his answer to this question. His final paragraph is pure gold. I predict that as we come to the 500th anniversary of 1517, we will find a resurgence of people disagreeing with him.

An FAQ on Mysticism

Justin Taylor posted a very, very helpful FAQ on mysticism. He defines mysticism, provides historical examples, and then shows both the similarities and differences with biblical spirituality.

Daylight Savings Time

Here are the realities and myths of daylight savings time.

Absurd Creature of the Week

Here’s a bizarre and beautiful creature. “These are the rare dalcerids, also known as the jewel caterpillars, creatures of such beauty that you might just want to wrap one in a gold chain and hang it around your neck.”

This Day in 1517. At age 31, German Augustinian monk Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg—which sparked the Protestant Reformation! *

The Refugees’ Journey Through Europe

What a sad, sad situation as refugees pour into Europe.

Reformed Presbyterian Theological Journal

Thanks to RPTS for sponsoring the blog this week with news of their new (free) journal. This blog depends upon sponsors to cover the various costs involved, so I am grateful to each one of them.

Why I’m Not a Christian

Cameron Fathauer was one of my summer interns this year (who, after the summer, was involved in a terrible accident). He has been released from hospital and today is leading an event meant to answer tough questions about Christianity. He invites you to participate via livestream.


This ‘n’ That

  • The five fruits of Calvinism.
  • This would’ve come in handy back in college.
  • I cannot vouch for the resources and links provided in this article, but I do think the points are well taken.
  • I really wish I could have taken Martin Luther cookies to the office today. It would have been a nice contrast to grown adults in Halloween costumes.
  • The Master’s Seminary has a good article on the fire that fueled the Reformation.
  • And while we’re on a Reformation streak, I highly recommend this biography of William Farel. I read it several years ago and could not put it down.
  • In honor of yesterday being National Cat Day, here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Stay away from Hillsong. All things Hillsong. Even if the lyrics to a song seem orthodox or harmless, just stay away lest you lead some less discerning Christian down a deceptive path. Says Al Mohler of this movement, “What has made Hillsong distinctive is a minimization of the actual content of the Gospel, and a far more diffuse presentation of spirituality.”
  • Have you read J.C. Ryle’s Holiness? You should.
  • Using these words incorrectly may make you look kinda silly.
  • What is the first step down for any church?
  • Helpful stuff from Pastor Tom Chantry.
  • When you’re weary with sin:

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Wisdom For Your Weekend: your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web.

Video of the Week

Why Abortion Is Unjust Discrimination, Stand to Reason. The dreaded “a-word.” It’s a topic that’s quickly becoming one of the most charged issues in our society…again. In 1973, when Roe v. Wade legalized elective abortion, some might have thought the discussion would be laid to rest. But it’s never been more in the public’s eye than today. This helpful animated video gets at the heart of the pro-choice position, and offers a handy mnemonic (SLED) to remember how we can defend the “small, vulnerable, and defenseless persons who can’t stand up for themselves.”

Articles of the Week

What To Do When Bible Reading Gets Boring, David Murray. The Bible isn’t a boring book. But sooner or later, regardless of your zeal for Scripture, it’s going to feel boring. Fortunately, re-igniting that zeal isn’t terribly complicated. There are a number of ways (Murray gives us 12) to shake off the dust and see the Bible again for what it truly is—the most life-giving book there is.

Four Warning Signs You’re Approaching Burnout, Eric Geiger. Burnout is common in any job, but it plays a special role in ministry. After all, the stakes seem so high, it’s easy to overwork. The end result, however, is a crash-and-burn—not good for you or the people you lead. So be on the alert: catch the signs of burnout before it becomes an emergency.

Four Tips for Becoming a False Teacher, Tim Grant. For some, the task of wrenching the Bible out of context and teaching creative lies comes naturally. But in case you aren’t a natural heretic, Grant offers a tried and true method. Even you can be a false teacher if you follow his advice. (Hint: don’t follow his advice.)

Your Husband’s Infidelity Is Not Your Fault, Julie Roys. This goes in the growing category of, “Shouldn’t need to be said.” However, the language surrounding affairs almost always includes at least one voice hinting—or outright saying—that affairs are the result of one spouse not meeting the sexual needs of the other. And it’s usually the cheated-on wife that gets the rude accusations. Roys gets at the true heart of adultery, in an article that should be required reading for just about everyone.

On The Lighter Side

How All 50 States Got Their Names, Matt Soniak. I’m proud to say that I knew the origin of my home state (Pennsylvania, a.k.a. “William Penn’s Woods”) and my new home state (North Carolina, named for King Charles of England). See how you fare.

Wisdom For Your Weekend is presented to you by Chris Pappalardo, with occasional guidance from J.D. Greear. This is our attempt to reflect Proverbs 9:9: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”

 


The Daily Discovery (October 31-November 1, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Multi-Site Churches are from the Devil – “At bottom, I think the kind of multi-site churches (realizing there are a few different approaches) that feature one pastor being beamed into several sites around a region—and in some cases around the country or world—is simply idolatry.  It’s certainly cult of personality multiplied and digitized for a consumer audience.  As a brilliant young man remarked to me this morning, ‘The pastor now becomes the new icon in the midst of the Protestant worship service.’  I think that’s well said.  Video multi-site tends to idolatry, pride, and self-promotion—even where the ambition of spreading the gospel is genuine.  In other words, the ends do not justify the means because some of the ends produced will undoubtedly be odious in God’s sight.”

Exegetical Critique of Multi-Site: Disassembling the Church? – “Praise God for our brothers and sisters in multi-site churches who are reaching their communities with the gospel of Jesus Christ! Assenters and dissenters to this approach alike should be able to say with Paul, ‘What then? Only that . . . Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice’ (Phil. 1:18). But the fact that Paul’s primary goal was to see the gospel proclaimed does not mean he cared nothing for how a church is structured. Church structure may be secondary, but it remains important and a matter addressed in the Scriptures, which therefore requires Christian obedience.”

Theological Critique of Multi-Site: What Exactly Is a “Church”? – “In your mind, what are the necessary elements which must be present for a group of Christians to become a local church? I assume you don’t think that three Christians throwing a Frisbee at the park constitutes a local church. So what would? What if the three friends leave the park, head down to the local diner, and pray before their meal? Are they a church then? What if they pull out their Bibles and exhort one another? Agree to meet weekly? Serve communion? Make some sort of covenant? Get the local city officials to recognize them as a church with a legal document? Stop meeting in a diner booth and find a building with a steeple? What’s the tipping point between ‘three Christian friends hanging out’ and ‘three Christians who together constitute a church’?”

Historical Critique of Multi-Site: Not Over My Dead Body – “Congregationalists and Baptists have spilled a lot of ink during the past five centuries arguing about church government. Whether they’ve been fending off Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, or those within their own ranks, Congregationalists and Baptists have dug deep into both Scripture and their inkwells in order to discover, declare, and argue for a biblical church polity.”

Twenty-Two Problems with Multi-site Churches – “I love my gospel-loving friends in multi-site churches— both leaders and members! But as Christians we work continually to reform our churches in light of Scripture. So I trust a little push back on the multi-site structure serves everyone, assuming my concerns turn out to be valid. Below are 22 misgivings I have about the multi-site model. All of these apply to churches that use a video preacher. Over half apply to churches who employ a preacher on every campus.”


SERMON:

Matt Chandler – The Apostles’ Creed (Part 5): Suffered Under Pontius Pilate; Was Crucified, Dead and Buried


VIDEOS:

The Cross Preachers Ignore

What to say to someone with depression.


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


10/31/15 Giving Up

READING:  Matthew 19, Mark 10

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  How much am I willing to give up for God? He has been really good to us — so good that we’ve become accustomed to His blessings. I wonder which of these characters of today’s readings would most reflect my life today:

  1. The rich young ruler who refused to give up his possessions to follow God: “When the young man heard that command, he went away grieving, because he had many possessions” (Matthew 19:22).
  2. James and John, who followed God but wanted the best seats in the kingdom: “They answered Him, ‘Allow us to sit at Your right and at Your left in Your glory’” (Mark 10:37).
  3. Jesus, who knew what was coming in Jerusalem and still set His focus on obedience: “Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes,and they will condemn Him to death. Then they will hand Him over to the Gentiles, and they will mock Him, spit on Him, flog Him, and kill Him, and He will rise after three days” (Mark 10:33-34).

I want to be as obedient as Jesus — to be willing to give up my life for the gospel. If I’m fully honest, though, I suspect I’m sometimes like James and John. At my core, I sometimes assume that faithfulness should bring recognition and reward. May God forgive me.

ACTION STEPS: Evaluate your own life in light of the above three responses to God’s call.

PRAYER: “God, make me willing to give up all for You — and to expect nothing for me when I do.”


11/01/15 Whatever He Commands

READING:  Matthew 20-21

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  Sometimes the simplest verse in a reading grabs your attention. Today’s reading includes much about Jesus’ rejection of the Jewish leaders. They assumed they were in God’s good standing because they were the people of Abraham, but they were the people who had first rejected the Redeemer. They would, in fact, kill God’s Son.

On the other hand, these chapters echo with what it takes to be a Christ-follower. We are to be willing to be last (Matt. 20:16), servants who are committed to being “slaves” in order to lead (Matt. 20:26-28). We are to serve just as Jesus served.

That’s where a simple verse hits home today. Jesus told His disciples to go to Jerusalem to find a donkey and colt that He would need, and “the disciples went and did just as Jesus directed them” (Matt. 21:6). They didn’t always follow Him so obediently, but this time they did.

I am reminded here of the number of times the Old Testament included a similar summary statement like, “So Moses and Aaron did this; they did just as the Lord commanded them” (Exo. 7:6). The Old Testament leaders Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded them, and the disciples later did just as Jesus directed them.

Christian faithfulness is not rocket science. It’s not that complicated. It may not always be easy, but it’s seldom impossible to know what to do. We’re to do just as Jesus directs us. Period.

ACTION STEPS: Commit to doing whatever Jesus tells you to do today — regardless of what that “whatever” might be.

PRAYER: “God, don’t let me forget this commitment today. Help me to know Your leading and then follow it without reservation.”


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.


What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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

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

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

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

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

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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October 31-November 1, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Top News – 11/1/2015

U.S. House Speaker Ryan rules out work with Obama on immigration
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday it would be ridiculous to work with President Barack Obama on immigration policy reform, saying he cannot trust the president on the issue.

Will a Jerusalem summit launch the fightback for the free world?
Bringing together a network of like-minded conservative business, security and political leaders from Europe, America, Israel and elsewhere, event organizers say that far from ad hoc interventions by governments, the only real way to tackle the challenges faced by free societies throughout the world is to build and cultivate strong, values-based relationships on a societal level, mobilizing the people to stand strong in defense of the principles they cherish.

(ALMOST CERTAIN) CHANCE OF STORMS
NOAA forecasters estimate a 90% chance of geomagnetic storms on Nov. 2nd-3rd when a fast-moving stream of solar wind is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field. Solar wind speeds could exceed 800 km/s and spark a strong G3-class geomagnetic storm. Sky watchers in the USA should be alert for Northern Lights as far south as, e.g., Oregon and Illinois.

Hope for a Quick Rebound in Oil Prices Fades
Have oil prices reached the bottom? Goldman Sachs is suggesting oil could hit $20. Although no one has a crystal ball, there is increasing acceptance that a price recovery could take years.

The Sinai plane crash: Did ISIS do it?
If it is true that jihadists are behind Saturday’s Russian plane crash in Sinai, it would have “massive implications” for Egypt and other parties, including Israel, says Professor Yoram Meital, Chairperson of the Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy.

Dead comet with skull face to hurtle by Earth on Halloween
A massive space rock that will shave by Earth on Halloween looks like a dead comet with a skull face, NASA said after gaining a closer look at the spooky space object. Astronomers initially thought the object was an asteroid when they spotted it in early October, and named it Asteroid 2015 TB145.

Earthquake Swarm Tally in San Ramon Keeps Rising, Quakes Now Near 450 in Two Weeks
The earthquake swarms in one San Francisco Bay Area city keeps rising, and according to the US Geological Center’s past historical data, has shattered old records. As of Wednesday, the USGS noted that San Ramon, about 45 miles from San Francisco had experienced 446 quakes, including 86 quakes that were a magnitude of 2.0 or higher, since Oct. 13. A total of 28 earthquakes have been documented alone since Tuesday.

Massive crack opens up in Wyoming mountain
A massive crack the size of seven football fields has formed in the foothills of a mountain range in northern Wyoming. The gaping gash in the Bighorn Mountains has been wowing locals for weeks as it continues to grow to over 750-yards long and about 50-yards wide, according to a hunting outfitter group.

Students rally in support of officer who flipped girl from desk
A group of Spring Valley High School students walked out of class Friday morning, peacefully protesting the firing of school-resource officer Ben Fields. “They said, ‘Bring back Fields.’ Everybody was saying that,” Spring Valley senior Ty’Juan Fulton, 18, said of the former deputy. Fields also was a coach for the Spring Valley football team.

Iranian Defense Minister Threatens ‘Bloodthirsty’ U.S. and Israel With ‘An Unforgettable Lesson’
Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan on Saturday issued a threat to the U.S. and Israel – who he called “warmongering” and “bloodthirsty” – in the event of a military move against his country. “[O]ur armed forces are always ready to give a response to the U.S. administration and the Zionist regime’s mischiefs,” Dehghan said on Saturday, according to Iran’s Fars News Agency which described the potential Iranian action as “crushing.”

South China Sea disputes increasing demand for U.S. security presence: Pentagon chief
Disputes over territory in the South China Sea are causing countries in the region to increase their demand for an American security presence, the U.S. defense chief said on Sunday. A U.S. warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of one of China’s man-made islands in South China Sea on Tuesday in the most significant U.S. challenge yet to territorial limits Beijing claims around the Spratly archipelago.

Islamic State seizes central Syrian town near key highway
The Islamic State militant group has expanded its presence in central Syria, seizing control of a town that lies near a highway leading to the capital, Damascus… The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said after intensive clashes with government troops, IS forces captured Mahin in the central province of Homs on Sunday and were now pushing their way northwest toward the majority-Christian town of Sadad.

UK builds first permanent Middle East base for 40 years
Work has begun to construct Britain’s first new permanent military base in the Middle East since 1971. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and naval personnel attended a ceremony to mark the start of construction of HMS Juffair at Mina Salman Port in Bahrain. The establishment is being developed to support Royal Navy deployments in the Gulf through the creation of a permanent and improved base.

US prisoner release: Nearly 6,000 drug inmates to go free
The US will release nearly 6,000 people jailed for drug crimes in the coming days, an effort to reform policies that led to mass incarceration. About 3,400 inmates were already confined in places like halfway houses. Another 1,700 of the inmates are not US citizens and will possibly face deportation.

Somalia: Al-Shabab attack kills 15 in Mogadishu hotel
Al-Shabab Islamist militants have attacked a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing at least 15 people. Gunmen used two car bombs to blast their way into the Sahafi hotel compound before storming the building, police said. Victims included at least one MP and the general who led the 2011 offensive that drove al-Shabab out of Mogadishu.

IDF warns soldiers: Beware of CIA recruitment
Channel 2 reported Sunday that the information security department, part of the IDF’s intelligence force, issued a call to its officers and soldiers to beware of recruitment attempts by the CIA. The advisory called on soldiers to “be aware and report any unusual incidences.” The warning was issued to all officers and soldiers of the IDF.

The Continuing Saga of Smart Meters
For those of you who have just heard of smart meters, or have had one placed on your home knowingly or unknowingly, or for those who think that said smart meters are a new development around the world to make it cheaper and easier for you to get electricity, gas and water via the smart grid, think again.

Storms, tornadoes lash Texas; death toll rises to 6
HOUSTON — The death toll rose to six in Texas as more bodies were recovered on Saturday after another band of strong storms and heavy rain spawned three tornadoes and dangerous flooding in the waterlogged state.

Crunch talks for Merkel on refugee crisis as thousands more arrive
Nearly 10,000 refugees continued to arrive in Germany daily, police said on Saturday, highlighting the scale of the challenge facing the country’s stretched border staff ahead of a crunch meeting between Angela Merkel and a Bavarian ally on the crisis.

Turkey’s Election Could Only Deepen Its Political Divide
The second Turkish election in five months comes at a time of major political crisis, as President Erdogan exerts his authority

U.S. pledges nearly $100 million to support Syrian opposition as anti-ISIS offensive begins
A newly formed U.S.-backed Syrian rebel alliance launched an offensive against the Islamic State in the northeast province of Hasakah on Saturday, a day after the United States said it would send Special Operations forces­ to advise insurgents fighting the jihadists.

After vowing to end two wars, Obama may leave three behind
President Obama’s decision to expand the U.S. war effort in Iraq and Syria is a reflection of the conflicting pressures on a commander in chief who doubts that military force alone can end the conflicts in those countries, but who also feels compelled to act in the face of a humanitarian catastrophe and a growing threat to the United States.

Islamic State claims responsibility for Russian plane crash in Egypt
A militant group affiliated to Islamic State in Egypt claimed responsibility for the downing of a Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday, the group said in a statement circulated by supporters on Twitter.


Top Headlines – 11/1/2015

Russia backs New Zealand’s UN bid to restart Israel-Palestinian talks

Abbas: Israel rejected US offer to broker talks to calm incitement

Obama to Rabin rally: ‘A bullet can take a man’s life but, his dream for peace will never die’

Bill Clinton: Israel must decide how to ‘finish last chapter’ of Rabin’s story

Clinton at memorial rally: Rabin’s death was worst day of my presidential career

Rivlin at Rabin memorial rally: ‘Rabin fell in the battle but we were all the target’

Report: Nine bodies of Palestinian terrorists transferred to PA

Palestinian attacker shot and killed after trying to stab soldier near Hebron

Israel legalizes hundreds of West Bank settler homes

Pro-Palestinian activists condemn Israel in march on Buenos Aires embassy

Netanyahu on gas deal: Project will provide Israel with influx of billions of shekels

Israel losing edge in technology ‘war’ with Iran, IDF intel head warns

Report: Israeli Air Force attacked Hezbollah targets in Syria

Lebanese army kills 3 Islamists near Syria border

Kerry: US forces in Syria do not signal entering another Middle East war

U.S. pledges nearly $100 million to support Syrian opposition as anti-ISIS offensive begins

UN’s Ban: Assad’s Future Should Not Hold Up Talks on Syria

Iran’s Khamenei calls for Syrian elections to solve crisis

Saudi says no peace in Syria until Assad, Iran quit war-torn country

Turkey, US launch air strikes which reportedly kill at least 50 ISIS gunmen

Syrian, Russian air raids kill 64 people in Aleppo

Report: Breaching embargo, Russia flying Iranian weapons into Syria

Victory over ISIS in Iraqi town has some supporting Iran

ISIS takes over Syrian town in Homs province

ISIS affiliate in Egypt says downed Russian plane in Sinai; Moscow denies claim

Egyptian PM says no ‘irregular’ activities believed behind plane crash

Initial reports reveal Russian plane crashed due to technical fault, no survivors

Russia grounds airline’s A321 fleet after Egyptian crash

Lufthansa, Air France avoid flying over Sinai after Russian plane crash

UAE carriers re-route flights over Egypt’s Sinai after Russian crash

A Mass Migration Crisis, and It May Yet Get Worse

Crunch talks for Merkel on refugee crisis as thousands more arrive

Turkey, Roiled by War and Insecurity, Votes Again for a New Parliament

Turkey’s Election Could Only Deepen Its Political Divide

Sunday’s election last chance for Erdogan to force ‘executive presidency’

Bush’s UN Ambassador: Obama’s engagement of Iran is a dangerous game

Khamenei: The US is a main cause of problems in the Middle East, not a solution

China, Japan, South Korea Declare Cooperation Fully Restored

Arctic attracting new military scrutiny

Blimp fiasco renews criticism of costly military surveillance program

Gunman kills 3 in downtown Colorado Springs shooting spree, police say

Fort Bragg soldier’s suicide bomber costume prompts emergency response

‘Like a war’: Survivors of deadly Romania nightclub blaze describe horror

15 die when militants lay siege to hotel with bombs and guns in Somalia

Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility for Attacks on 2 Publishers in Bangladesh

Philippines market fire kills 15, report says

11 killed as Pakistanis vote in local government polls

Two bomb blasts on Tanzania’s Zanzibar after disputed vote, no injuries

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Waiouru, New Zealand

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Mutsu, Japan

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Turriabla volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Cyclone Chapala takes aim at war-torn Yemen

Storms, tornadoes lash Texas as death toll rises to 6

Horrors of one-child policy leave deep scars in Chinese society

6 Reasons Planned Parenthood’s Claim It Isn’t Selling Aborted Babies’ Organs Anymore is a Farce

‘I do, I do, I do:’ Brazilian female trio get hitched

China sentences ‘cult’ leader to life in prison amid crackdown: Xinhua

Billy Graham’s Warning to American Churches: ‘Prepare for Persecution’

Jeremiah 10:2 Alert! – Dead comet with skull face to hurtle by Earth on Halloween

“Activating” the kids at Bethel Redding

German Protestant “Evangelical” Church Says We Should Not Try To Convert Muslims

Actress Leah Remini blasts Scientology in exclusive ’20/20′ interview


Top News – 10/31/2015

Massive ‘crack in the Earth’ opens up suddenly in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains
A dramatic crack has suddenly formed in the foothills of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains that measures an impressive 750 yards long and 50 yards wide… First reported by SNS Outfitter & Guides, a hunting company, on their Facebook page, the mammoth chasm appeared over the course of just a couple of weeks. It’s an impressive example of just how quickly very large geological events can occur under the right conditions.

Dead comet with skull face to hurtle by Earth on Halloween
A massive space rock that will shave by Earth on Halloween looks like a dead comet with a skull face, NASA said after gaining a closer look at the spooky space object. Astronomers initially thought the object was an asteroid when they spotted it in early October, and named it Asteroid 2015 TB145.

Sinai plane crash: No survivors on Russian airliner KGL9268
A Russian airliner has crashed in central Sinai killing all 224 people on board, Egyptian officials have said. The Airbus A-321 had just left the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, bound for the Russian city of St Petersburg. Wreckage was found in the Hasana area and bodies removed, along with the plane’s “black box”. An official described a “tragic scene” with bodies of victims still strapped to seats.

Bucharest nightclub fire leaves Romania stunned
Twenty-seven people – mostly teenagers and young people – have been killed after fire broke out at a nightclub in Bucharest, officials say. The blaze took hold at the Colectiv club on Friday night, causing a stampede for the exit. Emergency response chief Raed Arafat said 155 people were being treated in hospitals in the Romanian capital.

Philippines market fire ‘kills 15 traders’ in Zamboanga
Fifteen traders including six children have been killed in a fire at a public market in the Philippines, police say. About 13 others were injured in the blaze at a market in the southern city of Zamboanga. The fire began when sparks from low-hanging electric cables set fire to umbrellas and piles of used clothing, police said.

China building collapse in Henan province kills 17 workers
A two-storey building has collapsed in China’s central Henan province killing 17 construction workers and injuring 23 others, state media has reported. Rescue workers searched overnight pulling bodies and survivors from the debris in Beiwudu in Wuyang county. Nine of the injured, being treated at a hospital in nearby Luohe city, are in a serious condition, officials said.

Pro-Palestinian activists condemn Israel in march on Buenos Aires embassy
Demonstrators condemn the Israeli government during a demonstration outside the country’s embassy in Buenos Aires as tensions between Israelis and Palestinians flare in the Middle East. Members from Palestinian solidarity organizations and their supporters marched to the Embassy of Israel in Buenos Aires on Friday to call for peace and to condemn the Israeli government…

IDF coordinating with Russia, Egypt to help locate Russian plane crash in Sinai
An IDF spokesperson said Saturday that the army is coordinating with both Russia and Egypt to help locate the remnants of a Russian plane that crashed in the Sinai earlier in the day. The IDF sent out surveillance aircraft to comb the area where the aircraft is believed to have crash landed. The IDF added that it would be ready to offer further assistance to Russia and Egypt if necessary.

UN draft resolution asks UN to refer North Korea to ICC
The European Union and Japan circulated a draft U.N. resolution Friday that condemns “gross” human rights violations in North Korea and encourages the U.N. Security Council to refer the reclusive Asian nation to the International Criminal Court.

Turkey has killed 2,000 militants at home and abroad: Erdogan
Turkey has killed around 2,000 militants in recent operations inside and outside its borders and the operations will continue, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

Germany’s ability to act on migrants threatened, Merkel deputy says
German’s Social Democrat vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, warned on Friday that a dispute among the conservatives over how to handle record inflows of migrants into the country was jeopardising the government’s ability to act.

Israel charges Palestinian, 13, with attempted murder
A 13-year-old Palestinian appeared in court Friday, charged with attempted murder over the stabbing and serious injury of two Israeli schoolboys in occupied east Jerusalem, the Israeli justice ministry said.

IS beheads four Iraq Kurd fighters after joint US raid
Baghdad – The Islamic State group beheaded four Iraqi Kurdish fighters following a joint raid with American special forces against the jihadists, according to a video posted online.

Knife-wielding Palestinians strike in West Bank, Jerusalem; two dead
JERUSALEM – Knife-wielding Palestinians attacked Israelis in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank on Friday and police said they had shot dead two assailants, in a further wave of violence spurred partly by tensions over a Jerusalem holy site.

US escalates involvement in Syria amid talks on Assad future
WASHINGTON — The United States escalated its fight against the Islamic State in Syria on Friday, pledging the first open deployment of military boots on the ground, even as U.S., Russian and other diplomats pressed a new peace effort that America hopes will hasten the departure of Bashar Assad.

Mass release of U.S. prisoners spells deportation for hundreds
WASHINGTON – Almost a third of 6,000 federal prisoners scheduled to be freed between Friday and Tuesday, part of a push to reduce America’s soaring incarceration rate, will immediately be turned over to U.S. immigration authorities for deportation proceedings.

Romanian nightclub explosion leaves 26 dead, 145 injured
BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Twenty six people died and 145 were injured in a fire and explosion in a Bucharest, Romania, nightclub during a rock concert that featured fireworks late on Friday, government officials and witnesses said, in one of the capital’s worst incidents in decades

Russia sees need for more military cooperation with US
VIENNA – Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday a U.S. decision to deploy special forces in Syria would make cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries more important. Earlier on Friday, U.S. officials disclosed plans to station dozens of special forces troops as advisers in Syria to help in the fight against Islamic State militants

Rabin’s true legacy
It is notable that the same week that Israel marked the twentieth anniversary of the assassination of prime minister and defense minister Yitzhak Rabin, Palestinian Authority President and PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas went before the UN Human Rights Commission and asked the UN to establish “a special regime of international protection” for the Palestinians against Israel.

The Growing Backlash Against Liberal Media Bias
If you think media bias is bad now, brace yourself.It’s no secret that students these days are being taught to be biased in the direction of the “progressive” point of view. The trend in journalism “education” is even more pronounced.


Top Headlines – 10/31/2015

New Zealand circulates UNSC draft resolution for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

‘I don’t want right of return for Palestine refugees, but a solution for them,’ Abbas says

Dems push resolution on two-state solution in memory of Rabin

Science and Technology Minister says two-state solution ‘dead’

In fight for Israel’s democracy, all sectors of society unite to remember Rabin

‘Yigal Amir was willing to die in order to derail Oslo,’ Rabin assassin’s brother says

Abbas and the mysterious multi-billion-dollar fund

Palestinians submit new evidence of alleged Israeli war crimes to ICC

ICC mulls war crimes charges against Israel, Palestinians amid ongoing violence

I didn’t mean to let Hitler off the hook for the Holocaust, Netanyahu says

Palestinians report many wounded in clashes with IDF along Gaza fence

Israel charges Palestinian, 13, with attempted murder

Knife-wielding Palestinians strike in West Bank, Jerusalem; two dead

IDF to return bodies of five Palestinians killed during stabbing attacks

Thousands march in funeral procession for five terrorists

New US aid package may include more F-35 fighter jets for Israel

Dutch food authority recommends banning kosher slaughter

Russian passenger plane crashes in Sinai with 224 people on board

IDF coordinating with Russia, Egypt to help locate Russian plane crash in Sinai

Iran FM calls for unity in fight against ‘extremism’

Iran threatens Arabs as much as Islamic State says Bahrain

Seized Turkish Media Outlets Turn Pro-government Overnight

Turkey has killed 2,000 militants at home and abroad: Erdogan

IS beheads four Iraq Kurd fighters after joint US raid

Report: Iran signals readiness to compromise before key Syria talks

At least 57 killed in missile attack on Syrian town, monitor says

Ahead of International Syria Talks, Israeli Minister Elkin Meets Russian FM Lavrov to Lay Out Israel’s Red Lines

World Powers Agree on UN Plan for Syria

Diplomats call for cease-fire in Syria, outline first steps toward ending war

Russia sees need for more military cooperation with US

Syria conflict: Russia warns US of ‘proxy war risk’

US escalates involvement in Syria amid talks on Assad future

Assad kills 40 in Damascus bombing bonanza

Dems decry Obama decision to deploy special ops to Syria

Black Hawk drone: Unmanned chopper passes critical Pentagon test

MI5: Islamic State planning massive attack in UK

Orban Accuses Soros of Stoking Refugee Wave to Weaken Europe

Swedish politician says country ‘facing collapse’ due to mass influx of refugees

Germany’s ability to act on migrants threatened, Merkel deputy says

Mass release of U.S. prisoners spells deportation for hundreds

Saudi Arabia downgraded after budget surplus turns negative

Pakistan on Path to Reforming Blasphemy Laws Targeting Christians

UN draft resolution asks UN to refer North Korea to ICC

China’s Supersonic Ship Killer Is Making U.S. Navy’s Job Harder

European Union sides with United States on South China Sea incident

First Batch of Hillary Clinton Emails Since Benghazi Testimony Released

Boo! Halloween Asteroid Looks Just Like a Creepy Skull

NASA Adds to Evidence of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks

Massive ‘crack in the Earth’ opens up suddenly in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kefamenanu, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Youdian, China

Desperation grows as Afghan-Pakistan quake victims wait for aid

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 25,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 25,000ft

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 25,000ft

Lascar volcano in Chile erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Rare cyclone heads toward Arabia, may dump year’s worth of rain

Deadly Floods, Possible Tornadoes Strike Texas as Storm Sweeps Through

The ‘driest place on Earth’ is covered in pink flowers after a crazy year of rain

Studies indicate statins could dampen flu vaccine effect

Glamour Magazine Names Cecile Richards “Woman of the Year” After Selling Aborted Baby Parts

New British Law Requires Teachers and Doctors To Report Female Genital Mutilation

Video – Perry Stone Says Giving Money Just as Important as the Blood of Jesus – 2:42

Apostate Church Now Hosting Drag Queen Gospel Festival Insisting God Is a Woman

The Juvenilization of American Christianity

3,000-year-old seal of King Solomon unearthed from Jerusalem’s Temple Mount

Dozens led to Christ through the gospel Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Following the leader wherever HEE may go…..

Calvary Chapel Pastor Greg Laurie Posts Photo with New Age Advocate Roma Downey

Growing Number of Pastors Believe Christianity and Islam Are Similar

World Congress of Families is full of Mormon connections

How Can Anyone Still Be An Interventionist?

Muslim Mob Hacks to Death Christian Mother in Uganda for Conversion

Netanyahu Takes Hardline Position Vows Israel “Will Forever Live By The Sword”


The Calm Before The Storm

Storm - Public DomainHave you noticed that things have gotten eerily quiet in the month of October?  After the chaos of late August and early September, many had anticipated that we would be dealing with a full-blown financial collapse by now, but instead we have entered a period of “dead calm” in which things have become exceedingly quiet in almost every way that you can possibly imagine.  Other “watchmen” that I highly respect have made the exact same observation.  Even though the economic numbers are screaming that we have entered a global recession, they aren’t really make any headline news.  A whole host of major financial institutions around the planet are currently in danger of collapsing and creating the next “Lehman Brothers moment”, but none of them has imploded just yet.  And of course Barack Obama seems bound and determined to start World War III.  On Monday, it was announced that he is sending a guided missile destroyer into Chinese waters in the South China Sea.  The Chinese have already stated that they might just start shooting if this happens, but Barack Obama doesn’t seem to care.  But until the shooting actually begins, that is not likely to upset the current tranquility that we are enjoying either. (Read More….)


Expert That Correctly Predicted Market Moves In July, August And September Says Stocks Will Crash In November

Dollars Folded - Public DomainWhen someone is right over and over and over, eventually people start paying attention.  Personally, I have learned to tune out the “forecasts” of most “economic experts” out there.  As an attorney, I was trained to be skeptical, and I have found that most forecasts about what the financial markets are going to do are not worth the paper they are printed on.  However, once in a while something comes along that really gets my attention.  Over the past few days, I have seen a number of references to the remarkable forecasts of Bo Polny of Gold 2020 Forecast.  In recent months he has correctly predicted that U.S. stocks would begin to drop in July, that there would be a huge plunge in August and that that the month of September would be rather uneventful.  Now he is saying that he expects “November to be a complete meltdown on the U.S. and world markets”.  Just because he has been right in the past does not guarantee that he will be correct this time around, but lots of people (like me) are starting to pay attention. (Read More….)


18 Reasons Why I Don’t Celebrate Halloween

Halloween Fire - Public DomainThis year, 64 percent of all Americans will celebrate Halloween, but I will not be one of them.  For me, it is a wretched, horrible holiday that celebrates the darkest side of humanity, and it is deeply rooted in ancient pagan traditions that would get people thrown in prison if they attempted to duplicate them today.  With each passing year, the sexually suggestive costumes being marketed to our young girls become even skankier, the horror movies become darker and even more demonic, and the number of Americans that participate in occult ceremonies just continues to grow.  In fact, it has been estimated that the number of self-identified witches in the United States is doubling every 30 months.  Those that are deeply into the occult take this holiday very seriously, and the dark forces that they are dealing with are very real.  So no, I don’t want anything to do with this festival of death.  In no particular order, the following are 18 reasons why I don’t celebrate Halloween… (Read More…)


Chipotles close in Oregon and Washington after 22 sick from E. coli

Posted: 01 Nov 2015 06:40 AM PST

DEVELOPING: Twenty-two cases of E. coli infection have been traced to Chipotle restaurants in Oregon and Washington, which closed abruptly Friday, health authorities said Saturday. Since Oct. 14, three people in Clackamas and Washington counties in Oregon, both in suburban Portland, have fallen ill, said Jonathan Modie, Oregon Health Authority spokesman. And 19 cases in Clark County, which contains Vancouver, Wash., just north of Portland; Cowlitz County, north of Vancouver; King County, where Seattle is the largest city; and Skagit County about 50 miles north of King County, also have been reported.

About a third of the victims have been hospitalized, he said. No one has died from the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria, the most common in food-borne outbreaks. “Many people affected with Shiga toxin E. coli may not seek health care, so the number of people made ill by this outbreak is likely more than identified,” Modie said in a statement. “Health officials want people who have eaten at a Chipotle between Oct. 14 and 23 and become ill with vomiting and bloody diarrhea to see their health-care provider and mention this outbreak.” FULL REPORT

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Gay Activists Demand Secular Non-Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Posted: 01 Nov 2015 06:33 AM PST

Twenty-five years ago, a small group of activists charged the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade with being a public gesture of pure homophobia. They built their case around the allegedly bigoted “Catholic character.” The trial was held before the judges of the left-leaning secular media. A jury composed of the general public yawned, wondering why a 250-year-old civic and religious institution needed to become a battlefield in the culture wars. The activists found this lack of popular support impossible to fathom. Enraged, they determined to do more than just march up Fifth Avenue.

They sought to humiliate their enemies, including the parade’s organizers, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Catholic Church herself. Then the unexpected: the committee responsible for sponsoring and staging the parade stopped defending itself against the worst of the charges. The case has now moved to the penalty phase.This week, the victors revealed their demands: a Saint Patrick’s Day parade that is both non-Catholic and—incredibly—non-Irish. As outlandish as that sounds, all indications are that the activists will get what they want, because they’ve somehow managed to capture the imagination of the parade’s new boss—Quinnipiac University president John L. Lahey. FULL REPORT

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STUNNING WARNING: War Coming to Europe!

Posted: 01 Nov 2015 06:29 AM PST

With millions of Muslim migrants pouring into Europe, some experts are warning the continent faces a future of revolution, civil war or surrender to Islamic rule. Author, WND columnist and anti-Shariah campaigner Pamela Geller thinks it is already too late. Asked if she thought it would come to civil war in Europe, Geller told WND, “Yes, I do.” She’s not alone. “If the European political establishment maintains its stranglehold on power, it seems unavoidable that Islam will continue to build a political presence that will ultimately lead to Muslim uprisings and a European reaction outside of accepted political channels,” said G.M. Davis.

Davis, a Stanford Ph.D. and the author of “House of War: Islam’s Jihad Against the World,” believes the only way the problem could be solved peacefully is through “an effective anti-Islamic political movement” taking shape in Europe “within a generation.” The situation in Europe already seems to be spiraling out of control. Austrians are stocking up on weapons, and intelligence analysts warn of an imminent terrorist attack in the United Kingdom. FULL REPORT

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VATICAN EXORCISTS: Halloween causes increase in occult activity, insomnia, mental illness

Posted: 01 Nov 2015 06:24 AM PST

Vatican exorcists have condemned the celebration of Halloween saying the festival is the equivalent ‘of singing hosannas to the devil’. Rome’s chief exorcist, Gabriel Amorth, has warned of a danger to young people at Halloween, because of the increase in occult activity, which fuels insomnia, mental illness; depression and suicidal thoughts in children, he claims.
He said: ‘Halloween is really a spiritual gathering presented as a form of game.’ ‘Europe is pulling away from God and Jesus and worshipping Satan. So should we really be surprised that the world seems to be going to wrack and ruin.
‘And psychiatrical and psychological studies show that children can’t sleep, are agitated, depressed, obsessed, suicidal?’

Experts say demonic activity is on the rise due to an increased interest in the occult among the young including ouija boards and seances. The Catholic Church claims that that a spike in possessions in October is down to the phenomenon of Halloween. An emergency number run by the Pope John Paul II Community’s Anti-Sect service receives hundreds of calls for help over this period, especially from parents who fear that their child has been initiated into the occult. The numbers of calls from those who need assistance has grown from 43 in 2002 to 1,502 last year, the association claims. FULL REPORT

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Seffner, FL residents evacuated after sinkhole opens

Posted: 01 Nov 2015 06:19 AM PST

A sinkhole opened up on the side of a Seffner home Friday evening, prompting nearby residents to be evacuated. Hillsborough County authorities said the sinkhole opened on Clay Pit Road shortly before 7 p.m. According to code enforcement officials, the sinkhole is approximately 27 feet deep and 22 feet across.

County officials said because the sinkhole is on private property, they can’t go in and fill it. It will be up to the homeowner to contact their insurance company to take care of the sinkhole.What do you think? At least two surrounding homes have been evacuated. There are no reports of injuries. SOURCE

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10 Differences Between Real Pastors and Hyped-Up Entertainers

Posted: 01 Nov 2015 06:13 AM PST

(Joseph Mattera) There is a great tendency in human nature to crave the affirmation of other human beings. With some people, their need for affirmation is so great it hinders their ability to discern between the will of God and the will of man. What is more alarming is the fact that those who lead churches and Christian organizations are not exempt from this tendency. The fact of the matter is, if you are a local church pastor, chief executive officer of a ministry or business, you are called to lead not entertain. Many do not understand the difference. If your primary goal is to make people happy, become an entertainer, not a leader. Leaders by nature should be on the cutting edge of God’s will, which challenges people to leave their comfort zones.

Often times this causes people to be upset with their leaders. The leader also should keep people accountable to standards of excellence. This becomes especially difficult when a leader is close friends or family with those aligned under their spiritual authority. Many do not understand how to discern between business and friendship, and it causes a rift in the relationship. The following are ten contrasts between entertainers and leaders: FULL REPORT

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Martin Luther warned about appeasing Islam 500 years ago

Posted: 01 Nov 2015 05:57 AM PST

On Oct. 31, 1517, an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther posted 95 debate questions on the door of Wittenberg Church, which began the movement known as “the Reformation.” In 1521, 34-year-old Martin Luther was summoned to stand trial before the most powerful man in the world, 21-year-old Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Charles V of Spain’s empire spanned nearly 2 million square miles across Europe, the Netherlands, the Far East, Philippines, North and South America, and the Caribbean. At the Diet of Worms, Charles V initially dismissed Luther’s theses as “an argument between monks” and simply declared Martin Luther an outlaw. Martin Luther was hid by Frederick of Saxony in the Wartburg Castle, where he translated the New Testament into German.

Charles V’s unruly troops sacked Rome and imprisoned Pope Clement VII for six months. He oversaw the Spanish colonization of the Americas, and began the Counter-Reformation. He eventually responded to the pleadings of the priest Bartolome’ de Las Casas and outlawed the enslavement of native Americans. During this time, Muslim Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent invaded Europe on land and sea. In 1529, 35-year-old Suleiman the Magnificent sent 100,000 Muslim Turks to surround Vienna, Austria. FULL REPORT

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Did Actor Hugh Jackman Just Have a Saul of Tarsus Moment?

Posted: 31 Oct 2015 06:20 PM PDT

Before one of today’s most lauded actors sets a foot onto stage, he offers his performance up to God.  “Allow me to surrender,” Hugh Jackman will say, and then he embraces what he feels God has called him to do. In a candid new interview with Parade, Jackman opened up about his faith, telling the magazine quite blatantly: “I am a Christian. “I used to go to different evangelists’ [revival] tents all the time,” the actor says. “When I was about 13, I had a weird premonition that I was going to be onstage, like the preachers I saw.” The new revelation could be a change of pace for the actor, who is set to portray the apostle Paul, and has previously been open about not “clicking” with Christianity.

“I just find the evangelical church too, well, restrictive,” Jackman said in an earlier interview with the magazine. “But the School of Practical Philosophy is nonconfrontational. We believe there are many forms of Scripture. What is true is true and will never change, whether it’s in the Bible or in Shakespeare. It’s about oneness. Its basic philosophy is that if the Buddha and Krishna and Jesus were all at a dinner table together, they wouldn’t be arguing. There is an essential truth. And we are limitless.” FULL REPORT

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Saudi Arabia downgraded after budget surplus turns negative

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 08:43 PM PDT

The oil crash is crushing Saudi Arabia’s budget. Standard & Poor’s downgraded Saudi Arabia’s credit rating on Friday. The dramatic plunge in oil prices over the past 18 months has caused a “pronounced negative swing” in Saudi Arabia’s financial picture, S&P warned. The oil-rich kingdom has gone from a healthy budget surplus of 7% of GDP in 2013 to a projected deficit of 16% this year.

S&P estimates that unless oil prices rebound meaningfully, Saudi Arabia will suffer deficits each of the next three years. A lower credit rating means that borrowing becomes more expensive. S&P’s outlook on OPEC leader remains negative, leaving the option for the credit ratings firm to downgrade it further if the government fails to rein in deficits or runs low on cash. It’s the latest alarm being raised on the trouble facing the oil-dependent Middle East. FULL REPORT

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Was So Inspired by Christian Movie ‘War Room’ That She Totally Transformed This Old, Wooden Trailer

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 07:52 PM PDT

“Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson was so moved by the hit Christian film “War Room” that she decided to create her own designated prayer room, entirely devoted to praying, reading the Bible and practicing her faith. “The movie ‘War Room’ really inspired me — so here is mine,” she wrote on Instagram, sharing pictures of the room that she created and decorated. ‘What a war room is all about is a room secluded from anything else — a room where it’s solely for you and God to talk.” The room, which appears to have been assembled inside of a stand-alone, wooden trailer on Robertson’s property, is based on the hit movie “War Room” that recently took the box office by storm, bringing in $11 million in its opening weekend.

The film focuses on the power of prayer, with some of the central characters each creating a special room where they can go to utter prayers, read the Bible and spend time with the Lord. It’s a theme and plot line that Robertson was clearly profoundly inspired by, creating her own “war room” where she said that she can go to “prepare for the daily battles and struggles we all go through.” “[It is a place] for you to have a pre-day, mid-day or post-day talk or cry with God. It is for you to find your identity in HIM!” she wrote. “To find your strength in HIM!.” FULL REPORT

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Hell Is No Laughing Matter!

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 07:37 PM PDT

(Greg Laurie) There was a time when one of the criticisms of the church, and of preachers in general, was that there was too much hellfire-and-brimstone preaching. If this was referring to some guy getting worked up as he talked about judgment all the time with a twinkle in his eye, then I’m with the critics. Here is my concern, however. Where are the hellfire-and-brimstone preachers today? When I turn on Christian radio or Christian television, I rarely hear a mention of hell, much less a sermon on the topic of hell. What I do hear is a lot of preaching on how to be successful, see your dreams fulfilled and be prosperous. But I don’t hear any sermons anymore about the subject of hell.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not going to start preaching or writing about hell every week. On the other hand, I’m not going to skip it because it is awkward or difficult or makes people uncomfortable. Jesus spent more time talking about hell than anyone else in all of the Bible. It isn’t unloving to address this subject. Rather, it’s the most loving thing I could do. If you were asleep in a house that was on fire, and I walked by and did absolutely nothing to get you out of that potential disaster, what kind of neighbor or friend would I be? I would want you to wake up. I would want you to get out. And if Jesus, the very author of grace, spoke about hell more often than anyone else, then it must be a crucial truth. If Jesus took the time to elaborate on it, then certainly we need to know more about it. FULL REPORT

 

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Activists press for mandatory ‘Gay’ lessons for kindergarteners

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 07:27 PM PDT

A dispute has erupted across Scotland over a proposal by activists to impose mandatory LGBT training on children as young as 5 years old. A homosexual-activist group called Time for Inclusive Education launched a petition demanding children in their earliest years of schooling “learn about homosexual, bisexual and transgender issues.” But Rev. David Robertson, moderator of the Free Church of Scotland, calls the proposal a “Trojan horse to impose an ideological perspective on all pupils.”

His comments were reported by the Christian Institute, which has opposed such plans. The proposal already has the backing of the National Union of Teachers, which has endorsed an “LGBT History Month” as well as an “inclusive” curriculum. A spokeswoman for the group, Christine Blower, wants everyone to support the idea. FULL REPORT

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Two dead as torrential rains, tornadoes lash central Texas

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 06:47 PM PDT

At least two people were killed when a storm with high winds and heavy rains pelted central Texas on Friday, flooding highways, causing evacuations after rivers overflowed and spawning tornadoes that ripped through buildings outside San Antonio. The body of one man swept away by raging waters when his vehicle was caught southeast of Austin has been recovered, a Travis County emergency official said, adding one elderly woman was still missing.

Near San Antonio, U.S. Army officials said the body of an individual, who was washed downstream when a vehicle was picked up by fast moving flood waters, was found on Friday afternoon on Camp Bullis. The names of both victims have not been released. There were more than 40 high-water rescues in the area with about 13 inches (33 cm) of rain falling within a few hours in parts of the region south of the state capital of Austin, officials said. Some area rivers hit record flood peaks, the U.S. Geological Survey said, adding the levels began to drop from Friday afternoon. FULL REPORT

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When Will Revival Happen?

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 05:51 PM PDT

(Daryl Billings) It’s obvious to believers that things are out of control in the United States of America. However, this is not an article about how terrible things have become. I am declaring it’s time for all who believe that Jesus Christ is Lord to rise up and take our place as those who are in charge. I don’t think a change in political leaders is the way for change to happen. I’m not against having believers in political office.

I’m all for moral and ethical leaders. Revival will begin when we realize we are carrying the answer to cultural change. Let me use the example of the parting of the Red Sea for the children of Israel. Exodus 14 has the entire story. Things looked bad for the freed slaves. The army of Pharaoh was pursuing them in order to annihilate all of them and the army was close. The children of Israel were not trained soldiers and they were blocked from escape by a large body of water. People were afraid and they begin to blame their leaders for their problems. They said it would better if things could return to the “old times”. Back when they were slaves. FULL REPORT

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Fireballs Will Blaze in the Sky Through November

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 03:45 PM PDT

During the next couple of weeks, there is a fairly good chance that Earth will encounter a swarm of unusually large space particles, capable of generating some eye-catching fireball meteors. The Taurid meteors, sometimes called “Halloween fireballs,”(fireballs are extremely bright meteors) create one of this year’s longest meteor showers, with at least a couple of shooting stars per hour from Oct. 20 to Nov. 30. But a one-week time frame extending from Nov. 5 through Nov. 12 is when the Taurids are most active.

During peak times, about a dozen or so meteors may be seen per hour by an observer with clear, dark skies. (City lights or even slight haze will reduce substantially the number of faint meteors seen.) These meteors are often yellowish-orange and, as meteors go, appear to move rather slowly. Meteors — popularly known as “shooting stars” — are produced when debris enters and burns up in Earth’s atmosphere. The meteors that make up the Taurid meteor shower are attributed to debris left behind by Encke’s Comet, or perhaps by a much larger comet that upon disintegrating, left Encke and a lot of other rubble in its wake. Indeed, the Taurid debris stream contains noticeably larger fragments than those shed by other comets, which is why in certain years — and 2015 is predicted to be one — this rather elderly meteor stream occasionally delivers a few unusually bright meteors. FULL REPORT

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England Stands Alone Against New EU Army

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 03:43 PM PDT

England, the country that birthed the greatest missionary endeavors in history and gave the world the King James Bible is standing alone against an attempt by the European Union to form their own standing army to enforce border control and stand against Russian aggression. The announcement of the EU army came from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who earlier this year launched a proposal to establish what he called a Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP). At first, the proposal seems innocuous enough; indeed the name itself suggests something akin to NATO, which was formed during the Cold War to provide a unified defense pact between the United States and Western Europe against Soviet aggression.

However, unlike NATO which consists of various armies by individual member nations, the CSDP calls for more than mere cooperation. Instead, Juncker is calling for all members to provide money and resources for an army that would be under the command of the EU. Germany, one of the strongest members of the EU has signaled it is fully on board with the new army. Responding to Juncker’s proposal, German Defense Minister, Ursual von der Leyen said Germany needs to strengthen defense cooperation in order to help the continent quickly respond to outside threats that may emerge. Leyen said the EU army, that would be under the command of Brussels, is one of Germany’s “long-term goals.” FULL REPORT

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“The CNBC moderators acted less like journalists and more like Clinton campaign operatives. … The CNBC debate will go down in history as an encyclopedic example of liberal media bias on stage. The audience roared its disdain for these so-called ‘journalists,’ and all of America heard it. CNBC should be embarrassed for their pitiful display of partisan liberal media bias and apologize to the GOP candidates and the American people.” —Brent Bozell


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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.


What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.


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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GodLife: What to do When Your Money is Gone

Scripture:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Unemployment can disrupt our plans to buy a home, pay for school or help a parent. Few people make plans for job loss. Some might save a percentage of their money with hopes of earning more in the future. We’re tempted to lose hope and give up on future plans when we lose our jobs. Even though their situation looked hopeless, God told the Israelites in Jeremiah 29:11 about His good plans for hope for their lives. Isn’t that great? Jesus loves you so much He has a plan for your life.

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If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and though you have not seen…

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