Daily Archives: November 2, 2015

Because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who will render to each person according to his deeds:7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; 8 but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. (Romans 2:5-8 NASB)

In my research on the Hegelian Dialectic and Diaprax it was amazing how many and how often some very well known “Christian” leaders kept coming up. Several years ago I watched part of an interview done with Billy Graham in which he gave the reasons for his moving from “evangelism” as the primary focus of his ministry to that of Social Justice, world hunger, et cetera. He called it…

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November 2, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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Strangers And Aliens (7): The Living Stone And The Living Stones (1 Peter 2:4–6)

Our lives are acceptable to God not on the basis of our cooperation with grace (Rome et al), nor on the basis of congruent merit (a false covenant theology taught by some late medieval theologians and by the self-described Federal Visionists) but rather on the basis of Christ’s once-for-all sacrifice for us. His sacrifice was not the beginning of sacrifices to offered in continuation by us (Rome) butthe sacrifice because of which we are, by our union with him, now daily offering ourselves in thanks.

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A Philosophy of (Christian School) Education

A fifth reason for education is the theological argument.  By this Riesen means that the Christian message itself is an intellectual thing and thus it lends itself to the project of education.  Theology is an ally of education, and the Bible itself tells us to think.  Finally, there is the apologetic argument for education.  This is “the Christian interest in education required for its own defense.”

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Why False Teachers Abound

Things have not improved in our time. Vast numbers of people still listen to those who tell them what they want to hear without checking to see if this is what the Scriptures teach. “God is all love and everyone is going to heaven.” No! That is not what Jesus or the rest of the Bible says. “God just wants you to be happy and healthy.” No! God calls you and me to repentance and faith in Him. He looks for people with broken and contrite hearts, not presumptuous self-esteem.

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A Theology of Elders

An elder is a pastor is a shepherd is an overseer is a teacher is a leader, and in many ways the unifying concept underlying the biblical material is that of guardian. Our job, as elders, is to protect the church from harm – from danger, dispersal, division, drift, deviant doctrine, disobedience, destruction and ultimately the devil – while we wait for the day when Jesus returns, conquers the accuser, and takes his rightful place as the Shepherd to end all shepherds. Until that day, we are called to be not just gatherers, growers and governors, but also guides, gospellers and guardians

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Meaningless Verses and Meaningless Vows?

Some may think that the worst that can happen is a divorce, but I can think of other things that are far worse: A woman driven to substance abuse or even suicide by despair. A woman who is only a shell of her former self because her soul has been battered even if her body has not. A woman injured or killed at the hands of her husband. The collateral or direct damage to any children.

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Reformation Day and the Righteousness of God

Now that is so important, because if my righteousness depends on my doing anything, it becomes my own righteousness. It is no longer an alien righteousness, and it is not the righteousness of God. Faith is then made into a work, and then grace is no longer grace. If any part of justification is our doing—if we contribute to the basis of our righteousness in any way—then there is no Gospel, and we are all damned in our sins. God’s holiness is so magnificently perfect, His standard is so high, and our depravity is so pervasive, that all of our righteousness must be a free gift of His sovereign grace, because we could never earn it.

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Southern Baptists Kick Out Church for Affirming Homosexuality

Noting that the gaychurch.org website defines “affirming” as “the church does not view homosexuality in and of itself as a sin,” the association gave University Baptist a choice—disassociate from the website or disassociate from the association. The association gave the church until 2 p.m. on Oct. 20 to make a decision.

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Baptists and Presbyterians: Why We Disagree

The New Testament contains no “magic bullet” verse to abolish one side or the other in this debate, although both sides sometimes act as if it does. The New Testament does not say, “You shall baptize the infant children of believers when they are 8 days old, just as Abraham had them baptized when they were 8 days old.” Nor does it say, “The infant children of believers must not receive the sign of baptism until they make a credible profession of faith.” Those verses simply do not exist. Biblically, this issue of baptizing the infant children of believers remains difficult, even upon close examination, and that is why good Bible teachers remain divided by it.

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Does God Love You Even When You Keep Failing to Live Like Christ?

Does God Love You Even When You Keep Failing to Live Like Christ?

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Crosswalk

Are you a Christian, but often feel frustrated by your inability to conquer temptation and live like Christ? In Extravagant Grace, Barbara Duguid discusses how Christians can still find joy amidst sin and temptation by recognizing who they are in …

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3 Ways to Win at Spiritual Warfare

3 Ways to Win at Spiritual Warfare

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Crosswalk

It is not possible to go on to spiritual maturity without learning how to “overcome the evil one.”

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Why Some People Live Out Their Calling While Others Never Discover It

Why Some People Live Out Their Calling While Others Never Discover It

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Crosswalk

How can you know if you’re living out your calling? Ask yourself these questions.

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Michael Brown: The Church Has Sold Its Soul to Be Relevant

Michael Brown: The Church Has Sold Its Soul to Be Relevant

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Christian Post

The LGBT Movement will not outlast the revival of Christian witness and biblical principals for life, says author and ministry leader Michael Brown.

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'US Is in Trouble': Religious Liberty Attacks Mushroom

‘US Is in Trouble’: Religious Liberty Attacks Mushroom

Posted on November 2, 2015 by CBN

There’s a growing sentiment that Christians are under attack more than ever before in the U.S. Now those fighting back have evidence it may actually be worse than feared.

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5 Interesting Facts About Reformation Day

5 Interesting Facts About Reformation Day

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Christian Post

Churches worldwide are celebrating the Protestant Reformation which started when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in 1517.

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Reader Question: What Should I Do About Racism?

by Erin Davis

Ever wrestle with these complex questions? What causes racism? What should we do about it? Why are our hearts so prone to participate in it? Erin Davis shares 6 key truths.

Why a Pew Is Better Than a Podcast

by Erin Davis

Here are three reasons why a pew is better than a podcast.

What Do You Have in Common with a Mama, a Missionary, and a Marine?

by Leanna Shepard

What happens when ordinary people believe in an extraordinary God?

But What About the Real You?

by Jessie Minassian

Ever morphed into the kind of girl a guy wanted you to be? We think the real you is better. Here’s why.


Is America on the Brink of Chaos?

America–an imperfect nation founded on the principles of the Bible.  A nation where the rule of law was to establish justice, peace and opportunity for all.  A nation where if a person worked hard and respected proper authority he had a chance to build a good life for his family. But is that the “America” […]

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Four Myths about Christian Political Engagement

In case you’re keeping count, we are now a mere 371 days away from the 2016 presidential election. And many—if not most—of you are probably less than thrilled about the upcoming political season. Some of that frustration comes from the candidates on offer, but the bulk of it comes from a general annoyance with politics in general. I get it.

The question of politics has always been a tough one for me. On one hand, I often feel guilty for not doing more. Doesn’t obedience require standing up for truth and justice? But on the other hand, as a Christian leader, I often feel guilty for having said too much. Am I putting too many obstacles in the way of the gospel?

If you don’t struggle with that tension, you’ve probably fallen into a ditch on one of two sides, either investing politics with too much weight, or not enough. As Christians, it’s easy to look at politics and want to walk away altogether. It’s much harder—and much more necessary—to engage in politics as one way of impacting our society. The question is: how do we engage in politics without compromising the gospel?

As we enter this gruelingly long political season, here are 4 myths that we, Christian leaders, must avoid:

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Office Hours: What Happened To Reformed Orthodoxy? (2)

In the well-researched and written volume, Calvin Meets Voltaire: The Clergy of Geneva during the Age of Enlightenment, 1685-1798, Eighteenth-Century Studies Series (Ashgate: 2014), Jennifer Powell McNutt argued that there was more continuity, than has sometimes been thought, between 18th-century Genevan theology, piety, and practice and that of Calvin’s Geneva in the 16th century. She leans […]

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An American Reformation? A Conversation with Professor Amy Kittelstrom about the Religion of Democracy

Monday, November 2, 2015

In this interview, Dr Mohler interviews Professor Amy Kittelstrom.
Amy Kittelstrom is an associate professor of history at Sonoma State University, specializing in nineteenth-century American thinkers and their sociopolitical context. She received her PhD in history from Boston University, and is a past Fellow of the Center for Religion and American Life at Yale, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard, and the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton

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The Most Terrifying Thing God Can Do

Have you ever seen one of those photo collages of a drug addict as she descends deeper and deeper into her addiction? It is startling to see that in just a few short years an addict can be transformed—or perhaps better, deformed—from an attractive, fresh-faced young lady to a hollow-eyed shadow of a human being. Some drugs are so powerful and so devastating that they rot not only the mind and soul but the body as well. The substance that promises such delight actually delivers terrible destruction.

addictI see the horror of sin pictured in the decaying face of the addict. Her drug is both alluring and punishing. It promises joy and delivers bondage. Meth is its own punishment. It takes captive. It rots. It destroys. And in that way it is a particularly vivid illustration of every other sin.

I have been working my way back through the book of Romans, and am just now wading through the terrible truths that come at the end of the first chapter. Here Paul explains why and how God’s wrath is a just response to human depravity. As I have read and considered this passage I have been struck anew with the horror of sin. I have been startled again by the way in which God expresses his wrath.

What we learn from Romans 1 is that the most terrifying thing God can do in this life is give you over to your sin. We see that God is the one who restrains human evil—he restrains evil in this world and evil within each one of our hearts. But as people continue to rebel and as they continue to pursue their sin, God eventually lessens his restraint, he loosens his grip on the chain that is holding back the great waves of depravity within each human heart. As the rebellion continues, God eventually lets go, giving people their desire, giving them over to their sin.

We speak often of hell and eternal consequences for sin, but perhaps we give too little attention to God’s action against sin in this world and this life. God’s punishment for sin is sin. His punishment is allowing people to experience the life-stealing, soul-rotting consequences of their sin. He expresses his wrath by allowing them the very thing they want. He does this because when they get the thing they want, it only deepens their destruction. In this way, sin is its own punishment. And in all the world I see nothing more terrifying than this, than the prospect of God allowing people to experience the full impact and weight of their sinfulness. Nothing is more terrifying than God determining that he will no longer restrain the evil within them.

There is a call here for each one of us to identify sin in our lives and to put it to death. We need to pray that we would have a tender conscience that responds eagerly and immediately to the Spirit speaking through the Word. We need to heed the Holy Spirit as he calls and enables us to do this. We must take care that we do not harden ourselves against his presence lest he give us the very thing we want. How many who were once sure of their salvation were left spinning and doubting when God relaxed his grip and allowed them to sink deeper into that ongoing sin?

There is a call here as we interact with unbelievers as well, and it is a call to compassion. We can be compassionate because we get this glimpse into what God is doing, into how he is expressing his wrath against sinners. This compassion expresses itself in imploring people to turn from their sin, to understand that their sin only deepens their captivity, to understand that their growing desire to sin only proves their bondage. The greatest act of compassion is to tell people of their sinfulness and to point them to the hope of the gospel. It is for them, and for us, the deepest hope and the only hope.


Advice for Students Who Are Porn Addicts

Advice for Students Who Are Porn AddictsCut off the supply, and heal the wound. Ben Stuart offers helpful advice, on two fronts, for anyone struggling with an addiction to pornography.


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Halloween, Christmas, and Spurgeon’s Cigars

This year, as with every other one, Halloween came and went. And again, the unholy holiday did nothing more and nothing less for the cause of Christ than any other day of the year.

Some Christians may have revelled in their liberty to let their kids dress up as Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. (Incidentally, except for the snow man the other characters in Frozen would, like their creator Hans Christian Andersen, have been Lutheran; apropos costumes for Reformation month!). They may even have carved toothy grins into a pumpkin or two.Jesus pumpkin

Other Christians may have railed against the nefarious worldliness and ghoulishness inherent in the Catholic-turned-pagan carousing. Some probably contributed to the collective national insulin spike by dolling out assorted nutrition-free candies, while others likely distributed gospel tracts and toothbrushes to the dismay of their crestfallen trick-or-treaters.

So what? (Or in the ESV “What then?”)

It seems that every year this perennial discussion of liberty’s limits pops up like a whack-a-mole, only to reoccur eight weeks later with the flavor of controversy  having something to do with Christmas trees and mistletoe. I’ve contributed to this in the past and probably will again in December. But my 2c will be the same every time because the holly wreath withers, the polyester costume fades, but the word of the Lord stands forever. And Scripture is not silent on these issues.

Here are some passages we should store with our Fall and Christmas décor boxes in the basement, so we can dust them off and re-apply them as a seasonal reflex:

  • Romans 12: 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
  • Romans 14: 4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.
  • 1 Corinthians 10: 19 What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. … 23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor… 29 I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks? 31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  • 1 Corinthians 4: 4 For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. … that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.
  • 1 Peter 2: 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.

Every believer must apply these verses for themselves. By definition, Christian liberty can’t be regulated by arbitrary rules for or against the use of that liberty. But in each situation each believer must exercise common sense, wisdom from the Spirit, in love for other believers, as a testimony to unbelievers. And we must refrain from judging other believers who make choices that make our skin crawl. If it’s sin, that’s a different story. But if God thought an activity was sinful, he’d say so in his word.

I leave you with Charles Spurgeon’s famous response to Dr. Pentecost’s comments from the pulpit against the “sin of cigar smoking.” It’s a bit extreme, but in his characteristically charming way Spurgeon addresses liberty in Christ with humor and candor.

If anybody can show me in the Bible the command, ‘Thou shalt not smoke,’ I am ready to keep it; but I haven’t found it yet. I find ten commandments, and it’s as much as I can do to keep them; and I’ve no desire to make them into eleven or twelve. The fact is, I have been speaking to you about real sins, not about listening to mere quibbles and scruples. At the same time, I know that what a man believes to be sin becomes a sin to him, and he must give it up. …Why, a man may think it a sin to have his boots blacked. Well, then, let him give it up, and have them whitewashed. I wish to say that I’m not ashamed of anything whatever that I do, and I don’t feel that smoking makes me ashamed, and therefore I mean to smoke to the glory of God.”


Buying and Selling Jesus on the Cheap

I read the same words I had read a hundred times before and struggled with the same thought: How could Judas sell Jesus for just thirty pieces of silver? But this day was different. For this day, I was also struggling with hearing of yet another young adult ready to walk away from Jesus, deciding the world had so much more to offer.

Why are so many young adults leaving the church and deciding Jesus really isn’t for them? Perhaps they are willing to “sell Him so cheaply” because they also “bought Him so cheaply.”

So how do we raise spiritual champions? How do we point others to Jesus? We start by telling them the whole story. This generation wants truth.

Have we failed a generation by coaxing them in from the time they were toddlers with “goldfish for Jesus” and entertaining them with all the fun they could have—if they would only take a little Jesus, too?

Have we failed to help them understand how much it cost the Savior to forgive them for their sins and that the grace He offers is far from cheap? Have we failed to help them understand the gravity and certain penalty of their sins? Do they know their real need to have not only a cognitive belief in Jesus, but also a deep understanding of how much He has forgiven them? Have we communicated the importance of being deeply sorrowful and truly repentant of our sins, or have we hesitated to mention it, afraid they won’t raise their hands at the end of the sermon?

Do those who thought they were signing up for an all-expenses-paid trip to “happy heaven” feel like we’ve pulled some sort of bait-and-switch on them when God does something they don’t understand? Do they walk away when they accidentally bump into the hard stuff, like deny yourself and follow Him (Matt 16:24), because it’s more than they signed up for?

Are we raising spiritual weenies who are walking away from the church and from Jesus because it’s easy to walk away from a Jesus who they feel is asking too much? A Jesus who the world mocks and certainly doesn’t consider “cool” or a Jesus whose “rules” are far from politically correct or sitcom friendly?

Truth You Can Stand On

It’s easy to walk away when you never really understood the magnitude of your need for Him or ever really surrendered your life to Him. It’s easy to walk away when you really don’t know and love Jesus. When you “buy Jesus on the cheap,” it is nearly impossible to deny yourself and follow Him, especially when all your friends are running a hundred miles an hour with the world the other way.

So how do we raise spiritual champions? How do we point others to Jesus? We start by telling them the whole story. This generation wants truth. They really do.

They have been entertained almost to death. They need truth they can stand on. Yes, they need to know how amazing grace is, but they also need to know how much they need it. They need to understand the depth of their sin and be sick of themselves. We need to stop worrying about their self-confidence and, instead, help them to learn to stand Jesus-confident.

They need to know (and for that matter be relieved) that their best works will never be enough to snatch them from hell. Never, ever. They need to rest in the fact that God came and saved them, and they don’t need Jesus plus something else. He is enough to satisfy, really satisfy them (John 6:35), and, yes, give them peace and hope and joy as they trust Him (Rom 15:13). But He is also enough to carry them when all else fails them—and it might. It might soon.

But you don’t get all that from a cheap understanding of grace. Only when you understand how precious, how costly, how magnificent the gift of Jesus really is will you hold onto it with all that you have. Only when you truly love Him and know Him in real relationship can you walk through fire without being burned. It’s time to stop filling them up with all-you-can-eat pizza and leave them hungry enough to taste and see that the one true, living God who defines Himself (Ex. 3:14) and of whom we cannot pick and choose His attributes really is good—and really is worth following.

Stop the Small Talk

Our world is hard. In all likelihood this generation may face persecution as never before. It is time to stop the small talk. It is time to stop trying to pack the building and sell Jesus cheaply to the crowds and instead invest the time to go deep, talk about the hard stuff, and make disciples who will not only make disciples but will stand with confidence and proclaim the Lord to a world who hates Him and us as well.

Only when you understand how precious, how costly, how magnificent the gift of Jesus really is will you hold onto it with all that you have.

The time may very likely come when we (and our kids) will be asked to pick a side—to decide to deny Christ or not. None of us will ever be able to lay down lives for our Savior because of the ice cream we were fed but because of the real truth we were taught.

So please churches, please youth pastors, please parents, tell them all of the truth—the truth about themselves and the truth about their deep need for a Savior. Shoot straight with them. Tell them it requires more than just a cognitive belief (James 2:19). Help them see salvation requires true repentance (Acts 2:38). Help them see their sin and be sick of it, and teach them to surrender to His way over their way. But don’t stop there. Disciple them—help them know there is nothing better than a real daily relationship with Jesus. Help them see you following Him even when it is hard, because He is the one true God and the faithful One.

Oh friend, time is of the essence. The consequences are huge. Jesus is coming back. He is the faithful One. May He find us and those we love faithful as well. This grace we cling to is far from cheap and so very costly.


The Daily Discovery (November 2, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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The Lie of the ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ Mentality – “The mentality that ‘nobody’s perfect’ is killing our churches. Is it true? Sort of. Apart from Jesus, no one on this earth is perfect. But using that truth as a badge of honor or a license for sin does not promote holiness. In fact, it may kill our personal pursuit of holiness. We often think of the Bible’s call to holiness to be only an Old Testament concern, but Peter quoted Leviticus in his letter to exhort us to be holy in all of our conduct (1 Peter 1:15). Peter writes clearly, ‘As he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct’ (1 Peter 1:15). There you have it: be holy because God is.”

The Most Terrifying Thing God Can Do – “Have you ever seen one of those photo collages of a drug addict as she descends deeper and deeper into her addiction? It is startling to see that in just a few short years an addict can be transformed—or perhaps better, deformed—from an attractive, fresh-faced young lady to a hollow-eyed shadow of a human being. Some drugs are so powerful and so devastating that they rot not only the mind and soul but the body as well. The substance that promises such delight actually delivers terrible destruction.”

Comforting Those Caught in the Crossfire of the Abortion Debate – “It’s been 33 years since the Lord brought me to a place of healing from my abortion, but I remember the journey as if it were yesterday. I had been living with the secret sin of abortion for almost 10 years. Trapped in the middle of a culture war throughout the 1970s and 1980s, I felt I had no place to turn. I was a pregnant, unmarried 18-year-old in 1972 when I walked into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Topeka, Kansas. They referred me to a clinic in New York City where abortion was legal at the time. (The next year’s Roe v. Wade ruling would legalize abortion throughout the whole country.)”

Halloween, Christmas, and Spurgeon’s Cigars – “This year, as with every other one, Halloween came and went. And again, the unholy holiday did nothing more and nothing less for the cause of Christ than any other day of the year. Some Christians may have reveled in their liberty to let their kids dress up as Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. (Incidentally, except for the snow man the other characters in Frozen would, like their creator Hans Christian Andersen, have been Lutheran; apropos costumes for Reformation month!). They may even have carved toothy grins into a pumpkin or two.”

Is Fundamentalism Really A Dirty Word? – “Have you ever been called a fundamentalist? In recent years it has become the de facto terminology for people of any religious persuasion who hold ‘extreme’ views. Sadly, popular opinion and the secular media usually get to define what constitutes extremism. Today it includes anything from waging jihad to defending God’s design for marriage—and every socially unfashionable conviction in-between. And because the unbelieving world has zero use for doctrinal distinction, so-called fundamentalists from opposing faiths are grouped together as extremists. That’s why a world blinded by sin cannot see the difference between Christian and Islamic fundamentalists.”


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Nate Pickowicz – The Convicting Ministry of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8-11)


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


A La Carte (November 2)

Today’s Kindle deals include several from Crossway: Saturate by Jeff Vanderstelt ($4.99); Disciple by Bill Clem ($4.99); Community by Brad House ($4.99); Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson ($4.99). Also consider Sermons That Shaped America by William Barker ($1.99); Bonhoeffer Student Edition by Eric Metaxas ($1.99); NIV MacArthur Study Bible ($3.99); and How God Became Jesus by Michael Bird ($2.99).

The Kindle editions of the NIV Application Commentary set are on sale for just $4.99 or less each. This is considered a very good popular-level series. I’ve asterisked volumes especially recommended by the various experts I rely on to help me sort through commentaries: Genesis*; Leviticus, Numbers; Deuteronomy*; Joshua; Judges and Ruth*; 1 & 2 Kings; 1 & 2 Chronicles*; Esther*; JobEcclesiastes, Song of Songs*; Isaiah; Jeremiah, Lamentations; Ezekiel*; Daniel*; Joel, Obadiah, Malachi; Hosea, Amos, Micah; Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah; Haggai, Zechariah; Matthew; Mark*; Luke*; John; Acts*; Romans*; 1 Corinthians*; Galatians; Ephesians; Philippians*; Colossians & Philemon*; 1 & 2 Thessalonians; 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus*; Hebrews*; James; 1 Peter*; 2 Peter & Jude*; 1, 2, & 3 John*; Revelation*.

Sex & Money

This month’s free audiobook from Christian Audio is Paul Tripp’s Sex & Money. It’s free for the taking.

We’re Burning Babies

“I’ve now gone through the second set of leaked Planned Parenthood videos [which discuss] how to dispose of the babies once they’ve been turned into corpses. I’ve seen more in my work as an anti-abortion activist than I can possibly write, but for some reason, this series has left me more nauseated and heartbroken than the worst abortion footage I’ve ever seen.”

40 Thoughts for My 40th Birthday

Jared Wilson: “Today’s my 40th birthday. As a way of reflecting on my long, unbroken track record of unsurpassed mediocrity, here is a list of things I’ve learned, discovered, and experienced, and that I now think — one for each year of living.”

Bearing Burdens

It is worth reading this short article on the ministry of bearing the burdens of other people. The payoff is in the final paragraph.

Thermonuclear Art

Here’s some amazing footage of the sun. NASA says, “Presented in ultra-high definition video (4K) the video presents the nuclear fire of our life-giving star in intimate detail, offering new perspective into our own relationships with grand forces of the solar system.”

This Day in 1533. John Calvin fled Paris 482 years ago today for calling the church to turn from their traditions and embrace New Testament ideals. *

498 Years Ago

Last week Justin Taylor interviewed Carl Trueman about Martin Luther.

The Key to a Happy Marriage

This shouldn’t be too surprising. “After interviewing 468 married individuals on relationship satisfaction, covering everything from communication habits to finances, they found that the ‘most consistent significant predictor’ of happy marriages was whether one’s spouse expressed gratitude.”



READING:  Luke 19

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  The Bible is filled with various emotions, often within a single chapter. Consider these responses and emotions so apparent in today’s reading:

Zacchaeus is overwhelmed with joy when Jesus comes to his house:  So he quickly came down and welcomed Him joyfully”  (Luke 19:6).

BUT, the religious leaders grumble because Jesus eats with sinners:  All who saw it began to complain, ‘He’s gone to lodge with a sinful man!’” (Luke 19:7)

The people rejoiced when He made His entry into Jerusalem: Now He came near the path down the Mount of Olives, and the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen: ‘The King who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven!’” (Luke 19:37-38)

BUT, the religious leaders sought to destroy Him:  “The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people were looking for a way to destroy Him” (Luke 19:47)

In the midst of these emotions, though, is the picture of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-42). Here’s what I deeply love about this text: Jesus knew the city would reject Him — that is, He was not caught by surprise here — and He knew they deserved judgment; yet, He was still broken over their actions. His sovereign knowledge of their rejection and His correspondingly right judgment did not diminish his heartache over their condition. He really does love us, even in our rebellion.

ACTION STEPS: Take time today to evaluate your level of grief over those who reject God. Even when we know that God’s judgment is always right, it’s also right to weep over lostness.

PRAYER: “God, give me a broken heart over lost people. Break me over specific individuals. By name.”


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

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November 2, 2015 Humor Monday

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November 2, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Nov. 2, 2015

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President Obama will announce as much as $8 million in educational grants to communities on Monday as part of a meeting in Newark, New Jersey, with former prisoners who have found employment after ending their incarceration. The grants will go to nine communities in an effort to create effective education programs to help former inmates re-enter society.

Newly elected U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republicans will be a more focused, open and productive force under his leadership in an effort to become a more effective check on President Barack Obama.

A record 218,394 migrants fled across the Mediterranean Sea in October, more than in all of last year, the United Nations refugee agency said. The figure was up from 172,843 the previous month, and from 23,050 in October 2014.

An external impact probably caused structural damage leading to the crash of an Airbus A321 in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula killing all 224 on board, according to the Russian airline.

China’s crackdown on its financial industry is intensifying as authorities investigate strategies blamed for exacerbating a $5 trillion stock-market rout.

The U.S. and South Korea approved a joint plan to deal with North Korean missiles carrying nuclear and biochemical warheads after Kim Jong Un’s regime ratcheted up its threats of attack.

AP Top Stories

A clear majority of Iranian legislators said Monday the Islamic republic will not abandon the slogan of “Death to America” despite its July nuclear accord with world powers.

China’s first big passenger plane rolled off the assembly line on Monday as the Asian giant seeks the prestige of having its own aviation sector, and to challenge foreign giants Airbus and Boeing for market share.

A customer with a concealed carry license shot and killed an armed man attempting to rob a neighborhood store, Chicago police said Sunday.

One student was shot dead and another wounded after gunfire erupted Sunday near dormitories on the Winston-Salem State University campus.

Just like his predecessor, the freshly elected speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, has no qualms about opposing the White House. In a series of interviews Sunday, Rep. Ryan (R) of Wisconsin revealed that he has no intention of working with President Barack Obama on comprehensive immigration reform, an issue for which Obama had issued executive orders last year.

Scientists at the world’s largest atom smasher have made a precise tally of the jumbled cascade of particles produced when two proton beams are smashed together. The results could help researchers discover new types of particles, akin to the now-famous Higgs boson.

A British-built observatory located on Hawaii’s tallest mountain announced that it would be closing, meeting the request of Hawaii’s Gov. Ige to shut down 25 percent of the telescopes on the mountain, in order to facilitate the construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT).

China on Monday raised the daily reference rate for its yuan currency by the largest margin in a decade, officials and reports said, just three months after a surprise devaluation sent shockwaves through global markets.

The U.S. military on Sunday hailed the success of a complex $230 million test of the U.S. missile defense system that it said showed the ability of the Aegis and THAAD weapons systems to identify and destroy ballistic and cruise missiles at once.

Once taboo, cosmetic surgery for Brazilian men is advancing at a rapid pace, with one male going under the knife every two minutes, experts said in an article Sunday.

The US navy has found wreckage it believes to be from the doomed freighter El Faro which sank during Hurricane Joaquin a month ago, the National Transportation Safety Board said Saturday.

Despite an improving job market, more millennials are moving back home with their parents – and staying longer. A third of 18- to 34-year-olds are living with their families — more than during the Great Recession

BBC

China’s top family planning body has warned couples that they must continue to obey the country’s one-child policy until the law changes in March.

Prosecutors in Lebanon have charged a Saudi prince and nine other people with drug smuggling, a week after a record seizure at Beirut’s airport. He and four other Saudis were arrested after two tons of Captagon pills were found in cases being loaded on a private jet.

The US will release nearly 6,000 people jailed for drug crimes in the coming days. 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.

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Insiders in the group that represents ISIS in the Gaza Strip claimed to WND Sunday that the global jihadist group will soon release information purporting to show how it helped to bring down the Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt, killing all 224 people on board.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday that radiation levels of up to 9.4 sieverts per hour have been detected outside a reactor containment vessel at the meltdown-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. People exposed to the maximum radiation dose for some 45 minutes will die. Tepco expects decontamination work to take at least one month.

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 new study published in PNAS finds that firstborn children tend to score higher on objective measures of intelligence and self-reported measures of intelligence. But it finds that there are no birth-order effects on other personality characteristics.


 

Top News – 11/2/2015

Texas woman used in ‘blood ritual’ while being held captive
“It was a form of witchcraft where they cut her hair and drew blood from her,” he said.

Bomb May Have Blown Up Russian Airbus Flight over Sinai
Egyptian officials suspect that terrorists planted a bomb onboard the Russian Airbus A321 that crashed on Saturday over the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 crew and passengers.

Hunters Discover Massive “Gash” in Earth 150 Miles from Yellowstone Caldera
Hunters chasing after the antelope in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains have come across something quite unexpected: a crack in the earth about 700 yards long and 50 yards wide. The natural phenomenon was first recorded by Randy Becker and then later shared online by SNS Outfitters, an antelope hunting guide service, where the pictures soon started a buzz.

Russian bombs batter Syria; US jets silent for 3 days
The Russian defense ministry said Monday it had hit 94 targets in just the past 24 hours. US defense officials say Russian sorties have no bearing on coalition actions in Syria, and insist the situation reflects greater discrimination and refinement in terms of which targets are struck

Cyclone blows through the Persian Gulf
Thousands of oil workers were evacuated from the coast of Oman today as the most powerful cyclone in 60 years roared up the Persian Gulf…

Report: CIA Recruiting Israeli Soldiers
Channel 2 television reported that the IDF has warned soldiers, especially American “olim,” to be careful not to fall into a trap and leak confidential information.

New Rules of Engagement Result in Safer Security Forces, High Arab Casualties
In late September, 2015, following a critical increase in Arab terrorism, Israel changed the rules of engagement for its security forces. The perceived result has been a decline in injuries and casualties among Israeli police and the military– in part, due to the use of preemptive measures, and a sharp rise in injuries and casualties among Arab rioters and terrorists.

Voyager probes to receive humanity’s final message to the cosmos before contact lost
The probes were launched with the intention of exploring the farthest reaches of Earth’s solar system. Now, as they reach the outer edge of the planetary group, their on-board electricity supply is running out. Scientists are expected to lose contact with the probes in 2,920 days.

Author to conservatives: Persevere to outlast ‘gay revolution’
“Hey, buddy – we’re not going anywhere,” Brown proclaimed in an interview with WND. “We’re not backing down, we’re not bowing down, we’re not caving in, we’re not quitting. We are here for the long haul.” The Supreme Court may have declared “same-sex marriage” a constitutional right, and a majority of Americans now support “same-sex marriage,” but Brown does not believe that means the marriage fight is over.

Russian airline: The plane that crashed in Sinai must have been damaged by an external force
Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that there are not yet any grounds to rule out any theory for the crash of the Russian airliner in Egypt, including terrorism.

Magnitude-4.3 earthquake hits central Alaska near small town
The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a magnitude-4.3 earthquake hit central Alaska on Saturday night. The agency says the quake’s epicenter is 61 miles west of the town of Talkeetna, which has an estimated population of 900, and 97 miles northwest of Anchorage, the state’s largest city

GEOMAGNETIC STORMS LIKELY TODAY
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.

A series of earthquakes north of Phoenix jolts residents
A series of three sizable earthquakes, including a magnitude 4.1, jolted Arizona on Sunday evening rattling homes in the Phoenix area.

Israel is Avoiding the Abyss, For Now
For the past four weeks, Israel and the West Bank have been hit by a wave of stabbing attacks by Palestinian Muslims on Israeli Jews and protests in the West Bank. Palestinian fury derives from claims that Israel planned to change the status quo banning Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, as it is known to Jewish people, or Haram al-Sharif, as it is known to Muslims.

$20 trillion man: National debt nearly doubles during Obama presidency
When President Obama signs into law the new two-year budget deal Monday, his action will bring into sharper focus a part of his legacy that he doesn’t like to talk about: He is the $20 trillion man. Mr. Obama’s spending agreement with Congress will suspend the nation’s debt limit and allow the Treasury to borrow another $1.5 trillion or so by the end of his presidency in 2017.

Yemen island hit as Cyclone Chapala heads for mainland
A rare tropical cyclone has hit the remote Yemeni island of Socotra, killing at least one person before heading towards the Yemeni mainland. Many residents took shelter in schools and caves as the storm, named Chapala, brought hurricane-force winds, heavy rain and powerful waves to the island. Photos and videos posted online showed water flowing through the streets of the provincial capital, Hadibu.

Pope Francis to make official visit to Mexico in February
Pope Francis has announced that he will make his first official visit to Mexico early next year. The Vatican says the Pope’s eight-day trip will begin on 12 February. Pope Francis is expected to address issues such as poverty, organised crime and discrimination against migrants who look for a better life in their own country or abroad.

Turkey election: Erdogan calls on world to respect result
Turkey’s president says the world must respect the results of the election, which saw the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) regain its parliamentary majority. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said voters had chosen stability following unrest. With almost all ballots counted, state-run Anadolu news agency said the AKP had won 49.4% of the vote, with the main opposition CHP on 25.4%.

Jordanian sheikh stirs controversy with fatwa against killing Jews
A senior Jordanian Salafi sheikh… issued a fatwa against killing Jews. Sheikh Ali Halabi said…that Jews can be killed during war only…at other times is a betrayal. When asked by a student if it is permissible to kill Jews in Palestine, the sheikh answered: “Someone who protects you, gives you electricity and water, transfers you money and you work for him and take his money – would you betray him, even if he was a Jew?”

Unilateral building freeze reportedly implemented throughout east Jerusalem
The Jerusalem Municipality has suspended all building activity in the eastern portion of the capital, which will impact the controversial residential construction plan in Ramat Shlomo… According to the report, the construction freeze order, which will be submitted this week…applies unilaterally to Palestinian and Jewish homes.

Israel economy minister resigns to allow major gas deal: PM
Israel’s economy minister resigned on Sunday, opening the way for the government to greenlight a multibillion dollar gas deal with US energy giant Noble Energy, a statement from the Prime Minister’s office said.

STEALTH AGENDA: New UN Tribunal to Judge US for “Climate Debt”
The official draft text of the climate treaty for the soon-to-start UN Climate Summit in Paris proposes to establish a global Supreme Court that would rule on issues such as “climate justice,” “climate finance,” “technology transfers,” and “climate debt.”

Putin’s Approval Rating Reaches Historic Maximum of Almost 90%
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has reached historical maximum and hit almost 90%, according to a poll conducted by Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM).

Russian plane that crashed in Egypt ‘broke up in the air’
A Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula broke up in mid-air, an official of a Moscow-based aviation agency said on Sunday after visiting the disaster site, but stressed it was too early to draw conclusions from this.

Haitians Flow Into Cemeteries To Mark Voodoo Day Of The Dead
Revelers streamed into cemeteries across Haiti on Sunday bearing beeswax candles, food offerings and bottles of rum infused with hot peppers to mark the country’s annual Voodoo festival of the dead.


Top Headlines – 11/2/2015

Barkat to Netanyahu: Enough talk about strengthening Jerusalem, it’s time for action

‘Dividing capital into Arab and Jewish municipalities is the only way to end bloodshed’

Despite New Impetus, Differences Thwart Israeli-Palestinian Peace Effort

Trudeau tells Netanyahu there’ll be friendly ties but a ‘shift in tone’

US sends warning to Kuwait Airways over discrimination against Israelis

Israel economy minister resigns to allow major gas deal: PM

IDF warns soldiers: Beware of CIA recruitment

IDF on Mount Hermon preparing for Iran-backed terrorism

In new Hebrew clip, IS promises ‘great war’ on Jews

The Sinai plane crash: Did ISIS do it?

Russian aviation agency: Debris scattered widely suggests plane broke up at great altitude

Al-Qaida chief urges militant unity against Russia in Syria

Republicans say Obama’s deployment of 50 ground troops in Syria ‘shows weakness’

Putin’s Popularity Reaches Historic High of Almost 90 Percent

Turkey election: President Erdogan tightens his grip on power in surprise landslide victory

Turkish PM says election outcome a ‘victory for democracy’

Turkish PM calls for new constitution after election victory

US, South Korea defense chiefs urge North Korea to cease nuclear activities

U.S., South Korea defense chiefs vow no tolerance for North Korea provocation

Japanese Prime Minister: South China Sea a cause for international concern

Bill Gates: Only Socialism Can Save Planet

$20 trillion man: National debt nearly doubles during Obama presidency

Biometric banking is booming

Study: Self-driving cars have higher accident rate

Oil prices drop on China demand worries

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Taitung City, Taiwan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

Earthquake Swarm Tally in San Ramon Keeps Rising, Quakes Now Near 450 in Two Weeks

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 27,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 18,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Rinjani volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Tropical Cyclone Chapala Threatens Yemen With Flooding, Damaging Wind

Iraq declares state of emergency in areas hit by extreme rainfall

Texas, Southern Plains on Alert for Another Round of Flooding Rainfall

Chipotle closes dozens of stores in Washington and Oregon in E. coli scare

Paul Ryan doubtful about defunding Planned Parenthood

NGO petitions High Court to allow same-sex marriage in Israel

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

Haitians flow into cemeteries to mark Voodoo day of the dead

US prisoner release: Nearly 6,000 drug inmates to go free

Father stabbed in front of child in Calif. road rage attack

Philly-area police confirm finding needles in candy

Steve Lumbley – Superstition – The Fruit of Christian Zionism

W.F.White – The Pagan Pope Francis, Universalism, and The Global Agenda of Rome

German Church Removes Symbols of Christianity To Make Muslim Migrants ‘Comfortable’

UMC and Episcopalian Church Clergy Lead Prayer Rally to “Bless” Abortion Clinic

RCC idolatry tour Rolls into Dallas to display remains of young saint killed in rape attempt

Billy Graham, product of the religious system says: It’s a Sin to Criticize Your Pastor

New Jersey Pastor Ron Christian Found Dead Inside Church – No Foul Play Suspected

‘Muslims are just sick of Islam’: More refugees in Iraq embracing Jesus Christ


The Briefing

1) Kentucky governorship election’s significance elevated by conflicts over gay marriage, Kim Davis

Kentucky Gubernatorial Race May Give GOP an Opening, Wall Street Journal (Arian Campo-Flores))

2) Amendments to legalize marijuana in Ohio sow confusion as big business co-opts industry 

On Ballot, Ohio Grapples With Specter of Marijuana Monopoly, New York Times (Mitch Smith and Shery Gay Stolberg)

3) Possible overturn of Houston ‘bathroom ordinance’ threatens city’s progressive reputation, economic status

Gay rights battle flares in Houston over nondiscrimination ordinance, Washington Post (Sandhya Somashekhar)

The Equal Rights Fight Over Houston’s Bathrooms, New York Times (Mimi Swartz)

4) Discussion of dying sun reveals secular worldview expectation of end of world

Far in Space, a Glance at How Earth May End, Wall Street Journal (Gautam Naik)
In other news…

Letter to the Catholic Academy, New York Times (Ross Douthat)
Georgia Freemasonry outlaws homosexuality in its ranks, Atlanta Courier-Journal (Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy, Jim Galloway)
How China’s One-Child Policy Backfired Disastrously, National Geographic (Simon Worrall)

Frontrunning: November 02

  • Baffle with BS: German Bonds Decline Along With Peers as Draghi Cools QE Talk (Read More)
  • And yet… ECB’s Nowotny says low inflation forces ECB to act (Read More)
  • Stocks fall on China data, but stronger euro zone lifts gloom (Read More)
  • Global factories struggle as stimulus fails to spur (Read More)
  • Russian airline rules out technical fault, pilot error in Egypt crash (Read More)
  • Turkey returns to single-party rule in boost for Erdogan (Read More)
  • Shanghai Police Said to Raid Office of Hedge Fund Firm Zexi (Read More)
  • Volkswagen Failed to Report Fatal Incident to U.S. Regulator (Read More)
  • Jeb 2.0: Bush relaunches campaign with e-book, tour (Read More)
  • Clinton and Sanders Enter New Phase in Battle for New Hampshire (Read More)
  • Oil Guru Who Called 2014 Rout Sees OPEC Production on Hold (Read More)
  • Sprint Targets Snacks, Additional Cost Cuts (Read More)
  • Record Migrant Numbers Crossed Mediterranean in October, UN Says (Read More)
  • Apple Financing Seen a Boon for Cheaper Carriers Like T-Mobile (Read More)
  • Valeant Short Seller Dials Back Warning of Bombshell Report on Monday (Read More)
  • Shire to buy Dyax for $5.9 billion, still wants Baxalta (Read More)
  • National Bank of Greece Offers Debt Swap Following Stress Tests (Read More)
  • Visa Agrees to Buy Visa Europe for as Much as $23.4 Billion (Read More)
  • As third enrollment season kicks off, insurers move to curb costs, boost premiums (Read More)
  • Drug Makers Buy Pricey Vouchers to Speed Products to Market (Read More)

UN Creating An International Tribunal of Climate Justice To Bypass US Congress

At the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit in Paris, participating nations have prepared a treaty that would create an International Tribunal of Climate Justice giving Third World countries the power to haul the U.S. into a global court with enforcement powers.

Congress would be bypassed – left out in the cold – by this climate deal, critics say.Policies once left to sovereign nations could be turned over to a U.N. body if the U.S. and its allies approve the proposed deal in Paris during the summit scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 11.

According to the proposed draft text of the climate treaty, the tribunal would take up issues such as “climate justice,” “climate finance,” “technology transfers,” and “climate debt.” Buried on page 19 of the 34-page document is the critical text – still heavily bracketed with text that hasn’t been completely resolved and agreed upon – reads:

An International Tribunal of Climate Justice as a compliance mechanism is hereby established to address cases of non-compliance of the commitments of developed country Parties on mitigation, adaptation, [provision of] finance, technology development and transfer [and][,] capacity-building[,] and transparency of action and support, including through the development of an indicative list of consequences, taking into account the cause, type, degree and frequency of non-compliance.

The U.N. held a preparatory conference in September in Bonn, Germany, that drafted language to be approved at the upcoming Paris climate summit. At the Bonn meeting the U.N. brought together more than 2,000 participants from governments, observer organizations and the media.

But none of those media chose to report on the proposed new global tribunal.

The Paris Conference is mandated to adopt “a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all parties,” which is to come into force in 2020, according to IISD Reporting Services, which tracks the global sustainable development movement.

Like many initiatives that come out of the U.N., there has been a media blackout on coverage of the potential for a new world tribunal that would make binding decisions on a host of issues critical to the U.S. economy. The draft text has been available on the Internet since Oct. 20 for all to see.

“The only mentions one is likely to find with search engines are alarms being sounded by critics, the climate realists who reject the apocalyptic predictions (and discredited pseudo-science – see: here, here, and here) of the multi-billion dollar global warming lobby,” writes William F. Jasper for the New American magazine.

China, India behind the move

One such critic is the Craig Rucker, executive director and co-founder of CFACT.

Rucker points out that more than 130 developing nations – “led by South Africa and instigated by China and India” – are insisting they will not sign a climate deal in Paris unless it contains massive redistribution of wealth from developed to poor nations.

“Now they want the power to haul the U.S. and its allies before a U.N. Star Chamber to enforce compliance,” Rucker writes.

He also notes that this is not the first time the U.N. has tried to insert language creating a global climate court into a U.N. climate document. It happened in 2011 at a summit in Durban but was stripped at the last minute when CFACT blew the whistle and some media outlets picked up the story.

But this time around, the globalists writing the text have substituted the world “tribunal” for “court” and insist the body will be “non-judicial.”

“The slight edit to the terminology offers little comfort,” Rucker said, cautioning that the word “tribunal” could get watered down further if it attracts too much attention.

“If the climate tribunal becomes the focus of public scrutiny, watch for the negotiators to pull a switch behind closed doors and try and accomplish the same thing by re-branding it an enforcement ‘mechanism,’” he said.

Ceding sovereignty to U.N. bureaucracy

“Whatever they call it, countries who sign onto this agreement will be voting to expand the reach of the U.N. climate bureaucracy, cede national sovereignty, and create a one-way street along which billions will be redistributed from developed to poor nations,” Rucker says. “Developed nations would be expected to slash their emissions while the ‘poor’ countries expand theirs. China, which holds a trillion dollars in U.S. debt, would be counted among the poor.”

He said China and India are “delighted,” with the prospect.

“They would like nothing better than a world where the West cedes the competitive advantages their free market economies created,” Rucker writes. “They hope for a future where Asia does the manufacturing and the U.S. and Europe do the importing – until their wealth runs out, anyway.”

Obama, Kerry ‘desperate’ to claim treaty as success

Rucker said President Obama and John Kerry are desperate to claim the climate treaty as a foreign policy “success.”

“President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry are mired in foreign policy failures,” Rucker notes. “They desperately want to get this agreement signed so they can claim a victory for their legacies.

“How far are they willing to sell out American interests to get this ill-begotten agreement signed?” source


The UN Plans To Implement Universal Biometric Identification For All Of Humanity By 2030

Head Wireframe Graphics - Public DomainDid you know that the United Nations intends to have biometric identification cards in the hands of every single man, woman and child on the entire planet by the year 2030?  And did you know that a central database in Geneva, Switzerland will be collecting data from many of these cards?  Previously, I have written about the 17 new “Global Goals” that the UN launched at the end of September.  Even after writing several articles about these new Global Goals, I still don’t think that most of my readers really grasp how insidious they actually are.  This new agenda truly is a template for a “New World Order”, and if you dig into the sub-points for these new Global Goals you find some very alarming things. (Read More….)


New Push For Universal ID After Thousands Of Muslim Migrants ‘Disappear’ From Camps

According to German press reports, keeping track of all the Muhammads and Alis pouring across borders is proving ever so tricky for European countries being flooded with people on the move from the Middle East and Africa. Now, the United Nations is partnering with a private company to offer a solution – a new “universal” identification system that will comply with the United Nations’ sustainability goal of getting “legal” biometric IDs that include iris scans, photographs and fingerprints, “into the hands of everyone in the world by the year 2030.”…………. Click here for full story


Activists Press For Mandatory ‘Gay’ Lessons For Kindergarteners

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.”……… Click here for full story


Is Google Paving The Way For The Anti-Christ?

It now appears that Google is actively taking steps to consolidate every bit of information and put it into a single database to create a form of artificial intelligence that may very well put in place the infrastructure for the antichrist to take advantage of.“ Google will know the answer to your question before you have asked it, he says. It will have read every email you’ve ever written, every document, every idle thought you’ve ever tapped into a search-engine box. It will know you better than your intimate partner does. Better, perhaps, than even yourself,”…………… Click here for full story


Huge ice flash flood sweeps across Saudi Arabia

Posted: 02 Nov 2015 08:03 AM PST

Saudi Arabia has been hit by unprecedented ice flash floods, as seasonal low pressure brings huge downpours to Iraq and Iran as well. The shocking video shows chunks of ice the size of large ball bearings. Extreme weather conditions have been lashing the country since October 28, as the low pressure area concentrated over the northern part of the Persian Gulf, according to climate scientist Dr Abd al-Aziz al-Rubaie, as cited by thewatchers.com. FULL REPORT

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German Schools Abolish Christian Festival to Avoid Offending Muslim Migrants

Posted: 02 Nov 2015 07:51 AM PST

Primary schools and kindergartens in Germany are abolishing a Christian celebration and changing it into a generic “festival of lights” so as not to offend the hundreds of thousands of Muslim migrants pouring into the country. According to a translated report out of the Epoch Times, schools are re-naming the Christian-themed St. Martin’s Day, an annual celebration that takes place in numerous European countries on November 11. Several daycare centers in Düsseldorf have abolished the festival altogether out of “consideration for the refugees,” a decision that has prompted fierce criticism from head teachers at other schools in the region.

Others have re-named the event the “Festival of Lights” in order to “facilitate the integration” of the Muslim migrants, said Nanette Weidelt, head of the Düsseldorf Don Bosco-Montessori School. Leftist politicians have been attempting to amend the celebration for a number of years, with Rüdiger Sagel insisting the change was a necessary response to the “high proportion of Muslim children in the day care centers.” “You should not impose the Christian tradition,” Sagel asserted. However, some see the change as yet another example of how Germans are being forced to integrate with Muslim culture and not the other way around as it should be FULL REPORT

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One Of The Most Dangerous Volcanoes In North America Is Roaring To Life

Posted: 02 Nov 2015 06:15 AM PST

(Michael Snyder) More than 25 million people live in the vicinity of North America’s 2nd-highest volcano, and in recent weeks this volcano has been steadily rumbling and has been spewing out massive amounts of black smoke and ash. I have previously written about “the most dangerous mountain in the United States” (Mt. Rainier), but if the volcano that I am talking about today experiences a full-blown explosive eruption it could potentially be a cataclysmic event beyond what most of us would dare to imagine.

Popocatepetl is an Aztec word that means “smoking mountain”, and it is also the name of a giant volcano that sits approximately 50 miles away from Mexico City’s 18 million residents. “Popo”, as it is called by locals, was dormant for much of the 20th century, but it came back to life in 1994. And now all of this unusual activity in recent weeks has many wondering if a major eruption may be imminent. FULL REPORT

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Russian plane crash was NOT caused by a fault as evidence points at a bomb

Posted: 02 Nov 2015 06:11 AM PST

BREAKING NEWS – Fears were growing today that a bomb could have destroyed the Russian holiday jet that crashed in Egypt killing all 224 people on board. The Airbus A321 broke up mid-air shortly after takeoff from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, scattering wreckage over a wide area in Sinai. Terrorism and aviation experts believe a bomb may have been responsible, pointing to the fact there was no distress call and that the fuselage skin had peeled outwards possibly due to a ‘force acting outwards from within’.

A top official at Russian airline Metrojet also blamed ‘external activity’ for the disaster, insisting the jet was in ‘excellent’ condition and that the pilots ‘totally’ lost control of the aircraft. Alexander Smirnov, the deputy general director of Metrojet’s parent company Kogalymavia, told reporters in Moscow today that the cause of the crash ‘could only have been a mechanical impact on the plane’ in the air. ‘The plane was in excellent condition. We rule out a technical fault and any mistake by the crew,’ he said. The airline said its plane dropped 186mph in speed and around 5,000 feet in altitude one minute before it crashed into Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Kogalymavia’s deputy general director for engineering, Andrei Averyanov, said a 2001 incident when the plane’s tail section struck the tarmac on landing was fully repaired and could not have been a factor in the crash. FULL REPORT

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Russian airline official rules out technical error as cause of crash

Posted: 02 Nov 2015 06:05 AM PST

The Russian airliner that broke apart in mid-flight over the Sinai peninsula was not caused by any malfunction or pilot error, the airline said Monday, deepening the mystery over the disaster but leaving open probes into some kind of plot or attack. The latest statements in Moscow gave no indications of the direction of the investigations into Saturday’s crash that killed all 224 aboard.

But Alexander Smirnov, deputy general director of the airline, insisted the tragedy could only be the result of some “mechanical impact on the aircraft.” Dmitri Peskov, the personal spokesman to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that an act of terrorism had not been ruled out, but urged patience until the investigation presents its results. FULL REPORT

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Battle Continues Over Christian Business’ Right Not to Print T-Shirts With ‘Gay Pride’ Messages

Posted: 02 Nov 2015 06:01 AM PST

A court battle continues over the right of a Christian business not to print t-shirts for a “gay pride” event in conflict with its biblical beliefs after the Kentucky Human Rights Commission recently filed an appeal of a ruling in favor of the company. As previously reported, the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington (GLSO) had wanted the Kentucky-based Hand On Originals–a company that identifies as “Christian outfitters” on the home page of its website–to print t-shirts for the 2012 Lexington Gay Pride Festival. When manager Blaine Adamson declined the order due to the company’s biblical convictions, GLSO filed a complaint with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Human Rights Commission.

“I want the truth to come out—it’s not that we have a sign on the front door that says, ‘No Gays Allowed,’” owner Blaine Adamson said following the filing of the complaint. “We’ll work with anybody. But if there’s a specific message that conflicts with my convictions, then I can’t promote that.” HRC examiner Greg Munson ruled in October 2014 that Hands On Originals violated the law by not printing the shirts for the event. The company was then ordered to undergo diversity training so that it would not decline to print such messages in the future. FULL REPORT

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Same EPA that unleashed massive pollution in Colorado river now denying risk of harmful radioactive activity in St. Louis

Posted: 02 Nov 2015 05:54 AM PST

A five-year fire is burning beneath a landfill in a St. Louis suburb, and it’s rapidly approaching an old cache of nuclear waste. At present, St. Louis County emergency officials are unsure whether or not the fire will set off a reaction that releases a radioactive plume over the city. An emergency plan was put together in October 2014 to “save lives in the event of a catastrophic event at the West Lake Landfill.” St. Louis County officials warn, “There is a potential for radioactive fallout to be released in the smoke plume and spread throughout the region.”

Many residents are taking precautions; some are buying gas masks, while others are considering moving away. Just recently, over 500 local residents discussed the precarious situation at a church meeting which usually draws in less than 50 people. Nothing stands in the way of the uncontrollable landfill fire, which is smoldering hot underneath the trash of the West Lake Landfill of Bridgeton County, St. Louis. This “smoldering event” is not uncommon. Fires ignite and smolder under landfills because the trash becomes so compact and hot. In this case, the fire is brewing less than a quarter mile from an old deposit of nuclear waste that threatens to spread cancer-causing radon gas. FULL REPORT

 

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Mysterious ‘gash’ forms on Wyoming ranch, unleashing fears of hidden volcanoes and earthquakes

Posted: 02 Nov 2015 05:44 AM PST

When a pair of hunting guides noticed a crack in the ground in a remote ranch of central Wyoming last month, they didn’t think much of it. When they returned to the location in the Bighorn Mountains a few weeks later, they were shocked by what they found, according to NBC Affiliate KUSA. “There it was, this huge slide or crack or whatever it is,” Sy Gilliland, owner of SNS Outfitter & Guides, which offers guided elk, antelope, deer, moose and bear hunts, told KUSA.

“I don’t really think anyone knows what happened out there, all of a sudden it was just there. I think the reason it’s so fascinating is it’s so big. And it doesn’t make any sense, where it happened it’s just like the ground opened up, and the size of it is just huge.” How huge? About 50 yards wide and the length of six football fields, SNS reported on its Facebook page. Two posts about the crack generated widespread curiosity and were shared nearly 10,000 times. FULL REPORT

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Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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Rosebrough reviews Christine Caine at Passion 2015 Conference

Chris Rosebrough from Fighting for the Faith reviewed a sermon from Christine Caine at Passion 2015 Conference.

This message was:

CLAIRVOYANT

The only thing we can suggest you are about to hear is something you would expect a clairvoyant to say. Christine Caine treats the bible in this sermon in a similar way how a clairvoyant will speak vague things into a persons life as though they are predicting a persons fate/destiny.

NARCISSISTIC

Caine tried to preach a resonating, ear tickling message to half the people in the room (don’t burn your ploughs) and than preached against it  to say ‘burn your ploughs’. It gave the impression that she was able speak in to everybody’s lives when in fact all she was doing was giving the impression she looked prophetic.

FASCISTIC

The overall philosophy behind this message was fascistic and should unsettle Christians. Especially when she stated

‘God says, “I’m talking to leaders about you”…’

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Spiritual Amnesia

Unfathomable Grace

Agatha Christie, the famous mystery writer of the early 1900s, lived in Sunningdale, England. All seemed fairly well until one night in 1926. At the age of 36, Agatha Christie disappeared. Her family and the authorities commenced a search. Some days later, her abandoned and damaged care was found in a city about 100 miles away. However, Mrs. Christie was nowhere to be found. Many theories bounced about. Some believed the death of her mother was too much to bear. Others believed the trauma of her horrible marriage to Archibald had caused her to steal away in the night; perhaps the not-so-secret affair she discovered was too much to bear. Then there were others who speculated Archibald — her unfaithful husband — had committed serious foul play. However, this is not the end of the story.

Eleven days later, Agatha was found at the Swan Hydropathic Hotel. She was alive and well — at least…

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MY righteous one shall live by faith

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

37 For yet in A very little while,
HE who is coming will come, and will not delay.
38 But MY righteous one shall live by faith;
And if he shrinks back, MY soul has no pleasure in him. (Hebrews 10:37-38 NASB)

Nearly every day I receive contact from a dear soul or a couple or a family who have ‘lost their church.’ They were part of a vibrant, obedient, Bible preaching church then something changed. The leadership changed for some reason and there was some sort of hostile takeover by those who are consumed by Rick Warren’s ungodly Purpose Driven deception. Gone are in-depth Bible studies. Gone are expository sermons. Gone is ministry to the Body of Christ. Instead, the whole “enterprise” is all wrapped up in ministering to the “unchurched.” It becomes church for the world. Some of the contact I have received is couched in…

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