Daily Archives: November 5, 2015

November 5, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

November 2 Quotes


Why the Church, and Why Now?

As our culture continues its downward trajectory, our biblical responsibility is to continue doing things that we have always done, which are: standing strong on the Bible and the gospel and involving ourselves in worship, nurture, service and outreach. I am confident that we will experience organic and sustained spiritual and numerical growth as we maintain our biblical focus. We will also find that what God has given in the church is exactly what the post-Christian culture needs.

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New Faith Index Lists Top Christian-Friendly Businesses

New Faith Index Lists Top Christian-Friendly Businesses

Posted on November 5, 2015 by CBN

Christian consumers spend $2 trillion annually and a new market index is making it easier for them to choose brands that align with their biblical worldview.

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Patterson calls Baptists back to evangelism focus

Patterson calls Baptists back to evangelism focus

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Baptist Press

Southern Baptists will ‘see an upturn’ in baptisms, giving, Sunday School attendance and church membership when ‘we get back into the highways and hedges and start giving the Gospel to people,’ Paige Patterson told students during a chapel service at Southwestern Seminary Nov. 4.

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Can You Create Your Own Happiness?

by Lisa Hallahan

For as long as I can remember, I’ve tried to be my own knight in shining armor.

When the Fire Alarm Sounds

by Leanna Shepard

One friend heard the fire alarm but lost nothing. Another heard the fire alarm and watched everything burn to the ground. How can this be?

We’re Unwrapping the Good Stuff Together

by Erin Davis

Since the Bible has so much to say about giving thanks, shouldn’t we learn to live with an attitude of thanksgiving? (Hint: the answer is “yes.”)

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.


Presidential Candidate Ben Carson: Seventh-Day Adventists Should “Ordain” Women

There are a number of problems within Seventh-day Adventistism. In fact, many consider it a cult for the reason that some Seventh-day Adventists believe Jesus is Michael the Archangel and that Saturday is the proper day of worship. Discover more of their teaching by visiting CARM.

Now to Christian News Network’s report.

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told reporters on Friday that he believes Seventh-Day Adventists should ordain women, expressing disagreement with current prohibitions against female headship.

“I don’t see any reason why women can’t be ordained,” he said, opining that it was a “huge mistake” for Adventist leaders to vote against female ordination.

http://christiannews.net/2015/11/04/presidential-candidate-ben-carson-seventh-day-adventists-should-ordain-women/


The great exorcism boom

Catholic Herald has the story of Roman Catholic priests’ attempt to rid a nation of all its demons:

Demons - Saint AnthonyFrom Manila to Mexico City Catholic priests are leading a new and sometimes spectacular crusade against demonic possession

Exorcism has become so popular worldwide that now it’s not only performed on tormented individuals but also on entire nations. A few months ago Mexico, the second largest Catholic country, was exorcised of its demons in an unprecedented rite of exorcismo magno performed in secret in the city of San Luis Potosí.

On May 20, the renowned Spanish exorcist Fr José Antonio Fortea, author of the book El Exorcismo Magno, joined Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, Archbishop Emeritus of Guadalajara, and a cadre of trained exorcists to perform the maximum type of exorcism, reserved for nations and dioceses, on the Mexican Republic itself. Fr Fortea explained that exorcismo magno is “useful in situations in which great violence has been unleashed in a country”.

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/issues/november-6th-2015/the-great-exorcism-boom/


Why God May be Ready to Shake America

We continue our look at why God may be preparing to shake America to its foundation and this morning we turn our attention to the people we have elected to govern us and give us laws that oppose the law and Word of God. America was established as a Democratic Republic where a moral people […]

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Thousands of Muslims in Northern Iraq Converting to Christianity after Witnessing ISIS Horror, Ministry Reveals: ‘They’re Just Sick of Islam


‘Soul Surfer’ Bethany Hamilton Opens Up about Surfing, Finding Your Passion, and God’s Faithfulness at Exclusive San Francisco Bay Area Event


‘Fixer Upper’ Stars Chip and Joanna Gaines Reveal How Commitment to ‘Putting Christ First’ Has Changed Their Lives 


‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Willie Robertson Voices Support for Ben Carson: ‘I Certainly Share His Faith’ 


Singapore’s City Harvest Church Has Experienced ‘Amazing Weekend of Spiritual Breakthroughs’ Despite Founding Pastor Kong Hee and Ex-Leaders’ Guilty Verdict 


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


Cheapening Grace, Part One – Church & Culture Blog

There was a British conference on comparative religions that brought together experts from all over the world to debate what was unique, if anything, about the Christian faith in relation to other religions.
 
Was it the idea that a god became a man? Was it the resurrection? Was it heaven, life after death, or an eternal soul? Was it love for your neighbor, good works, care for the poor or homeless? Was it sin or hell or judgment?
 
The debate went on for some time, until C.S. Lewis wandered into the room. Lewis himself had journeyed from atheism to agnosticism, and then eventually to Christianity. And after that, became one of the most famous of all Christian writers and thinkers from his positions at Oxford and later Cambridge.
 
Lewis asked what all of the debate was about, and found out that his colleagues were discussing what Christianity’s unique contribution was among world religions. Lewis said, “Oh, that’s easy. It’s grace.”
 
And after they thought about it, they had to agree.
 
Grace is the most distinctive idea within the Christian faith, but it is also the most controversial. It is what attracts people the most, but is also the stumbling block over which many fall. It drew thousands to Jesus during his life, but also nailed Him to the cross.
 
And it’s important to get grace right; to really understand it.
 
Grace is God’s gift of forgiveness and restored relationship in the face of our sin. It is freely given and totally undeserved. It’s not something we earn or work for – it’s not about what we do for ourselves, but what’s been done for us by another.
 
And we are to not just receive that gift of grace at the start of our relationship with Christ, but continue to live under that grace for our lives, and to give it freely to others. Every day of our life, in the midst of our sin and failure, the well of God’s grace is bottomless and because of that, we should show it to others every day of our life.
 
Grace truly is amazing.
 
But sadly, we can take that amazing grace and ruin it. We can throw it on the ground and trample it, making a mockery of it, and making it no grace at all.
 
One of the clearest examples of grace in the Bible is found in John’s biography of Jesus in the New Testament:
 
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”
 
He straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her….” At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time,… until only Jesus was left with the woman still standing there. Jesus… asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
 
“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:3-11, NIV)
 
That is one of the most well-known stories in the Bible and it’s a remarkable story of grace. The woman in the story clearly needed it. The Bible is very clear that she was, indeed, caught in the act. They had the evidence needed to convict her.
 
Here’s what that meant in the ancient near eastern culture of that day:
 
So that suspicious husbands couldn’t accuse their wives without reason, the law required testimony from two witnesses who saw the couple together. And not just together, but lying together, and clearly having sex. Not only that, the two witnesses had to see this at the same time and place. They had these witnesses, so there was no doubt she was guilty. But here’s where it gets even more repugnant.
 
Because the penalty being asked for was stoning, that tells us she was probably engaged to be married and was having sex with someone who was not her fiancé. Stoning was the penalty for an engaged person who was unfaithful to their fiancé.
 
Unfaithful wives could also be sentenced to death, but the law did not specify how she should die. That here we read they said she had to be stoned tells us she was engaged. So there was a pretty nasty betrayal going on behind the scenes as well.
 
So what did Jesus do? What did He say? His words have become almost legendary:
 
“If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her….” (John 8:7, NIV)
 
And no one did because no one was without sin. Jesus rejected a judgmental, condemnatory spirit and replaced it with grace. He didn’t see her through the lens of her sin. He saw her in a different way. Everyone but Jesus saw a woman caught in adultery. A moral failure. Someone deserving of condemnation and death.
 
But through the extension of grace, Jesus saw a precious child of God. Someone who was a struggling in life, and who had made many, many mistakes – just like everyone else. But he also saw someone who could get past the struggles, and grow toward the person God intended.
 
So after telling everyone else that they have no basis for condemning her, He added these words:
 
“Then neither do I condemn you.” (John 8:11, NIV)
 
But there was one more thing He said that is critical to focus on. He also said words that made the entire grace transaction a contingent affair; words that you have to get down, or you don’t “get” grace. And they were the final words He said to her in verse 11:
 
“Go now, and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:11, NIV)
 
Was that in any way unclear? I don’t think so.
 
He said, “Turn from the life that led you to this moment – because you are not innocent. Turn from it; see it for what it is. You have been rescued from the penalty of your sin; live like it.”
 
You see, to get grace right, it’s not just about grace.
 
It’s about grace and truth.
 
James Emery White
 
 
Sources
 
Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace? (Zondervan Publishing House)

The Gender Bender Tyrants and The War on Children

The sexual revolutionaries obviously hate our children as they seem hell-bent on doing everything they can to destroy them. Of course in the process they are also destroying our families, our marriages and our societies. But the secular left crusaders don’t give a rip how much damage they cause as they push their appalling agendas.

Consider the social revolutionary occupying the White house who is promoting gender bender lunacy in our schools. One Illinois case has been in the news of late, and it is a real shocker:

transgender 9The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has ordered a taxpayer-funded school district in the suburbs of Chicago to allow a male transgender student who dresses like a girl and otherwise identifies as female to use the girl’s locker room and shower on school premises. The feds delivered the edict against Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Ill. on Monday. The Department of Education has given the school district one month to let the student use the girl’s locker room. If the district does not capitulate, it risks losing federal funding.

Commentator Ben Shapiro made these remarks about this madness:

On Monday, the federal government declared itself fit for the madhouse by mandating that a Chicago high school allow a full biological male into the girls’ locker room for all purposes, including nudity. This biological male, the feds determined, was different because he thinks he is a female.
The feds have ruled that the presence of a twig-and-berries in the girls’ locker room has been mandated by Title IX of the Civil Rights Act. Yes, ladies and gents and non-cisgenders: it turns out that the battle against sexism enshrined in the ill-written Title IX was actually intended to force underage young women to look at the penises and testicles of mentally ill boys.

His concluding remarks are well worth sharing:

So here, in a nutshell, is the government’s new policy with regard to sex and sexuality among youngsters:
If you’re a boy who shows a picture of your penis to a girl in your class, you have likely violated both federal child pornography laws as well as local sexual harassment laws. If this happens consistently in your school, the school has violated Title IX.
If you’re a boy who says he’s a girl, the girl must be placed in position to see your penis and testicles. If the school does not allow this, the school has violated Title IX.
If you’re an adult who sexually touches a child with the consent of the child, you have committed a crime, since children are incapable of consent.
If you’re an adult who gives a child hormone therapy or surgery to prevent normal development of the genitals, with the consent of the child, you are a hero.
If this all makes sense to you, you should be working for the federal Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education.
This is what happens when a society loses its moral moorings. In its quest to destroy God, the left unhitched its wagon from eternal truths and, instead, decided to substitute its own idea of utopia. To reach that utopia – freedom from social expectations and standards – objectivity itself had to be destroyed, so as to avoid blame. Objective truth lost all meaning; only subjectivity mattered. Science became the enemy, since it establishes provable truths; it had to be quashed and quelled. Language became the enemy, since definitions exclude people and things not covered by those definitions; it had to be perverted and hijacked.
And so we now live through the looking glass, waiting for the next philosophically incoherent ruling from our masters of time and space. Or mistresses. Or whatever.

Yes the moonbattery which reigns in our highset offices shows no signs of abating, but looks to be getting worse.

Good news

The diabolical gender benders are not getting their way everywhere thankfully. Plenty of concerned citizens are fighting back at this deplorable madness. Consider the US city of Houston which has just had a big victory on all this. The radical lesbian mayor wanted to impose the same lunacy there as Obama wants to do.

The Campaign for Houston was mobilised to oppose this radical social engineering agenda. It said this on its website:

We have come together to urge Houstonians to vote NO on Mayor Parker’s ordinance in the November 3rd city elections, because it would force our wives and daughters to share their restrooms, dressing rooms and locker-room showers with men. The ordinance gives new special privileges to two special interests, neither of which qualify as true “minorities” requiring special legal protection.
Mayor Parker’s ordinance is built on deception. It is not about protecting the rights of women, racial minorities, the disabled, elderly or military personnel. There are already important laws on the federal, state and local levels that protect such individuals from discrimination for employment, housing and access to public accommodations. The ordinance’s naming of these groups is a ruse in an attempt to hide the ordinance’s real purpose, which is to make “sexual orientation” and “gender identification” two new protected classes.
Campaign for Houston is made up of parents and family members who do not want their daughters, sisters or mothers forced to share restrooms in public facilities with gender-confused men, who – under this ordinance – can call themselves “women” on a whim and use women’s restrooms whenever they wish. This “bathroom ordinance” therefore is an attempt to re-structure society to fit a societal vision we simply do not share or can support.
The ordinance also limits free speech and religious expression in unprecedented ways so as to not “offend” these two new “protected” groups, both of which are defined by their behaviors – not by characteristics given to them at birth.

And in yesterday election the Mayor’s sinister agenda was handed a resounding slap in the face. Another site proclaimed the victory:

Mayor Anise Parker’s insane civil rights proposition designed to hide an ordinance allowing boys in girls bathrooms went down in flames at the ballot box. The liberals picked a fight they shouldn’t have, now they have a huge loss at their feet.
The writing was on the wall even before the full tally came in Tuesday night. Early voting results showed that 62.5 percent of voters backed repealing the ordinance, compared with 37.5 percent supporting it.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker was dealt a death blow to her bathroom ordinance that allowed men to use women’s restrooms by the Texas Supreme Court and the Voters!
Mayor Anise Parker had tried every trick in the book to get her ordinance allowing males to use female restrooms, locker rooms and showers, but her opposition was relentless.
Campaign for Houston, led by Dr. Steven Hotze fought the ordinance in a number of formats and this Texas Supreme Court ordered vote by the citizens of Houston has spoken volumes.
Our own Joe Wurzelbacher and #TeamJoe, along with Liberty Alliance teamed up with Dr. Hotze to make sure all Houstonians understood what was under the deception, reaching far and wide to make sure the story was told.

That was certainly a big win indeed – a vote for sanity, morality and especially for our children. But the enemies of those three things are never content – they will keep on going until their job is done: the complete destruction of the West and the imposition on hapless humanity of their coercive utopian nightmare.

http://newzvids.com/obama-admin-transgender-boys-must-be-allowed-to-shower-with-girls-at-school/
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/03/feds-rule-force-high-school-girls-undress-next-naked-boys-think-theyre-girls/
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/03/us/illinois-school-district-transgender-ruling/index.html
https://www.campaignforhouston.com/about
http://joeforamerica.com/2015/11/landslide-houston-mayor-annise-parkers-bathroom-prop-goes-flames/


What to do with the Bible

I recently came across this short article (perhaps it was even a sermon outline?) by W. H. Pike, who pastored Eagle Rock Community Church in Los Angeles in the early 1900’s. It serves as the introduction for “The Summarized Bible,” by Kieth Brooks, which is a Logos resource I recently stumbled across and can’t put down (if you have Logos, look for that work). It is a list of commands the Bible has concerning itself. In other words, it tells you what to do with the Bible:   

The Bible is wonderful because it gives us a knowledge of God, of men, of the Universe, and of Redemption. No other book can be compared to it in this respect, but it not only informs us about these important truths, but it also tells us what we are to do with it. We have within the Bible itself instruction as to our attitude toward it.

We are exhorted to:

1. “Read it” (Neh. 8:8). And may I suggest that it be read slowly, carefully, prayerfully, in large portions, repeatedly, reverently and with a willing spirit to follow its precepts.

2. “Believe it” (Rom. 10:8). Because it is the Word of faith. It has been given to increase our faith in God and His working in the Universe.

3. “Receive it” (Jas. 1:21). Here it is the engrafted word that is to be received as the soil received the seed, or the tree receives the graft. Taking the Word of God in our heart life, allowing it to grow and bear its own fruit in motives and actions.

4. “Taste it” (Heb. 6:5). For it is the good Word of God. Some seem to be afraid of the Bible for fear it will require them to do something they do not wish to do. Be not afraid; it is good and right in all its requirements.

5. “Eat it” (Jer. 15:16). This process suggests that we not merely taste but actually live by it, as Jesus said, “Ye shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matt. 4:4.

6. “Hold it fast” (Tit. 1:9). It is a faithful word. All its promises are true; all its history is true; and its statements are truth. Therefore we are to rest our faith upon it.

7. “Hold it forth” (Phil. 2:16). Because it is the Word of Life. All who come under its benificent rays feel its life giving power.

8. “Preach it” (2 Tim. 4:2). Here it is called simply the Word. It suggests that we are not to preach any one part of it or any one phase of it, but preach it in its entirety and fulness.

9. “Search it” (John 5:29). This suggests work and patience. The Greek word carries the idea of “ransack” as the housewife goes through the home at housecleaning time; or “to track” as the hunter laboriously follows the game through the brush, so we are to search for truth and run down the lines of God’s revelations to man.

10. “Study it” (2 Tim. 2:15). Here is a word that means close application to the Word of God, as the builder minutely studies the plans of the architect before erecting the structure.

11. “Meditate on it” (Ps. 1:2). This word has much the same meaning as “eat” for it means literally “to chew the cud.” Turning the Word of God over and over in the mind till the sweetness of its truths feed our souls.

12. “Compare it” (2 Cor. 2:13). This is not so much what we do with the Scriptures as what the Holy Spirit does with them in our hearts. This is a divine commentary always at hand. Or as John puts it in his first epistle 2:27: “The annointing which ye received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you, but as His annointing teacheth you concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even so as it taught you, ye abide in Him.”

13. “Rightly divide it” (2 Tim. 2:15). This is not an arbitrary division of subjects but the following of a line of truth from the first place mentioned to the last place mentioned; noticing it in all its relation to other truths and as the word literally means “the cutting of a straight line” of truth in the Bible.

14. “Delight in it” (Ps. 119:92). Seven times in this Psalm the Psalmist speaks of delighting in God’s word. This should always be the heart ambition and attitude.

So, how are you doing? Go down this list, and ask yourself: “Am I using the word of God as it directs me? Or am I failing to follow the directions?”


We Cannot Love Without Hope

We Cannot Love Without HopeWhere do we find the strength we need to truly love the people in our lives? In this lab, John Piper looks at two verses in 1 Peter that describe our new birth, and the affects it has on our earthly relationships. True love only proceeds from genuine hope, which only comes from the word of God.

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The Gospel on 5 Fingers

If you picked up a hitchhiker (not that I recommend doing that) and he saw a Bible on your car seat and said, “I’ve heard about this thing called the Gospel – can you explain it to me before you drop me off in one minute up the street?” What would you say?

Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?

Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.


Answering Two Common Objections to the Existence of God (Cold Case Christianity Broadcast #50)

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace addresses two common objections to the existence of God. If God is the creator of everything we see in the universe, who created God? If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why does he allow people to behave badly and hurt one another? (For more information, visit http://www.ColdCaseChristianity.com)

Here is the audio podcast (the Cold-Case Christianity Weekly Podcast is located on iTunes or our RSS Feed):

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Imagine Your Way to Joy

Imagine Your Way to JoyJohn Milton captured it well. The author of Paradise Lost, in describing Satan’s first interaction with humanity in the garden of Eden, pictures Satan squatting like a toad, “close at the ear of Eve; assaying by his devilish art to reach the organs of her fancy, and with them forge illusions.”

That Satan tempts Eve by polluting “the organs of her fancy” — or her imagination — may seem like an odd or irrelevant feature of the poet’s rendering of Genesis 3. But Milton’s portrayal of Satan in the garden helps to show the significance of an often-overlooked aspect of sin: the power of imagination.

Sin’s Imaginary World

For sin to be accepted, approved, and even celebrated in our own minds, it must first be nourished by something stronger than just our senses. The seeds of sin, though sown in the flesh, are protected and watered by our imaginations. Sin is supplemented by story, an alternative narrative — an imaginative world in which sin does not afflict the conscience as easily because in that world, wickedness credibly plays the part of virtue.

Imagination puts flesh to the bones of our base desires so that our pursuit of “vain hopes, vain aims, inordinate desires,” as Milton wrote, appears not as sin to be fought but merely reality to be accepted — or worse, virtue to be extolled. Rarely will sin be celebrated as sin. Brazen debauchery may grab headlines, but that is precisely because it is recognized intuitively and openly as wickedness. However, those sins that we celebrate as virtues require sanitization. A large part of this sanitization process is to give the sin a home in a world with more or less of an “inner consistency of reality,” to borrow Tolkien’s language. This is imagination’s enterprise.

Sin is often at root a failure of imagination, the acceptance of an invalid alternative world or story which calls evil good and good evil.

Imagination in the Garden

So it is in the biblical account of the temptation in Eden. The serpent tempts Eve not by suggesting simple rebellion, but by offering an alternative world to her imagination in which God said, “You shall not eat of any tree in the garden” (Genesis 3:1). Eve rejects this world, but promptly replaces it with other another imagined world in which they might not even touch the forbidden tree (Genesis 3:3).

Eve’s imagination continues to expand the details of the prohibited world, envisioning what it would be like to become wise by eating from the beautiful tree, until her desire for her imagined reality surpasses her desire for God’s reality. Eve grasps the fruit, losing paradise.

Your Sin and Society’s

The imagination is strong enough to delude us into validating both personal and societal sins. For example, a workaholic father believes he’s loving his children when he gives up another weekend so that their college fund can grow — and he’s offended or angry when his kids can’t understand why Dad doesn’t have time to play catch with them. In his imagined world, he has cast himself as a hero who sacrifices his time and his interests to gain prosperity for his family.

In the same way, cultural sins are not merely base lusts and fleshly desires writ large in a society. The imagination must first craft an alternative “safe world” to allow a sin to flourish widely in the hearts and minds of a society.

Take, for example, America’s institutionalized celebration of abortion. When abortion is celebrated, what story do the tributes tell? It begins as the tragedy of victimized women, abused too long by an oppressive, patriarchal society. The only light of hope appears from the opaque windows of Planned Parenthood’s clinics, where women can finally grasp the power of self-determination. In such a story, suggesting that a baby’s life is more important than a woman’s choice to end or sustain that life is equivalent to growing a mustache to twirl and putting out the “Evil Henchmen Wanted” sign.

Amazingly, the imagination is able to transform even the most despicable sins to appear as noble acts of truth, goodness, and beauty by recasting them in illusory worlds and stories.

The Christian’s Hedonistic Imagination

From all this, you might begin to think that we should suppress imaginative activity. Imagination may appear to be a distraction from the pursuit of truth, or worse, a misleading trail away from it. Fidelity to reason alone, unpolluted by creations of the imagination, may appear a much safer stewardship of our cognitive capabilities.

However, dismissing the imagination from the Christian life will neither save us from sin nor help us grow in righteousness. In fact, all hope of putting off the old man and putting on the new rests in a God-given, Christ-purchased, Spirit-empowered redemption of the imagination.

What does “the new man” look like? We are given many details, but without the imagination, application is impossible. We know that the new man puts on kindness (Colossians 3:12), but one can only live out that kindness after the imagination has painted some concrete mental picture of the virtue.

The imagination enriches the life of the mind, allowing us to understand more clearly and feel more deeply concerning ideas that would otherwise remain ambiguous abstractions. For this reason, raising children in good stories is as important as raising them on their catechism. “What is the misery of that estate whereinto man fell?” Let me tell you a story about Frankenstein’s creature.

By using the imagination to envision the possibilities of our faithful service to God, we also find help in fighting our sins. The problem is that we are far too easily pleased with the imaginary worlds in which our sins find shelter. The glorious stories that act out God’s purposes will always be more beautiful than the stories we throw together to explain away our sins. So, we kill sin by expending imaginative effort to envision the superior delight and beauty of God’s stories over the twisted, ugly plots we write to justify evil.

The Imagination Will Yet Work

In an essay on the imagination, author George MacDonald wrote,

The imagination will yet work; and if not for good then for evil; if not for truth then for falsehood; if not for life, then for death. . . . The power that might have gone forth in conceiving the noblest forms of action, in realizing the lives of the true-hearted, the self-forgetting, will go forth in building airy castles of vain ambition, of boundless riches, of unearned admiration.

By the imagination, we are able to call into reality things not present. It is up to us whether we employ this capacity to build high the glorious walls of the fortress of the Almighty or whether we frantically add more padlocks to the gates of hell. We will create worlds to foster sin or righteousness. The question is not whether we will use our imaginations, but how.

God has created us with the capacity to act as “under-creators” by the exercise of our imaginations. Therefore, refusing to steward the imagination means refusing to love the Lord with your whole being. You are not your own, for you were bought with a price, so glorify God in your imagination.



A La Carte (November 5)

Today’s Kindle deals include 8 titles from Cruciform Press that have been marked down to just $1.99: The Most Encouraging Book on Hell Ever by Thor Ramsey, Cruciform by Jimmy Davis, Reclaiming Adoption by Dan Cruver, Torn to Heal by Mike Leake, Anchored in Grace by Jeremy Walker, Awaiting a Savior by Aaron Armstrong, Does God Listen to Rap? by Curtis Allen, Innocent Blood by John Ensor.

Duties of the Minister of the Gospel

Geoff Kirkland has a helpful article for ministers. He simply reminds pastors of their essential duties.

Seven Discoveries to Define and Ignite Passion for Missions

Julian: “As we prepare for a new missions course at GFC, I wanted to learn how John Piper and the elders of Bethlehem Baptist Church laboured to create a vision and passion for missions in their local church. Here are seven discoveries and truths they have learned and taught.”

Seven Myths of Contextualization

Bob Kauflin discusses the always-hot topic of contextualization.

Failure Deconstructed

I would have liked Ed Welch to go a bit deeper into his examination of failure, but what he shares here is at least a good start.

This Day in 1858. 157 years ago today, John and Mary Paton arrived on the island of Tanna (now called Vanautu). Mary died soon afterwards. *

10 Ways to Create Unhealthy Schism Over The Extent of The Atonement

These are worth thinking about.

How To Walk Into Church

I will have a review of this book soon. For now, check out the sale at Westminster Books. This is one to purchase in bulk and give out at your church.

Joel Osteen or Fortune Cookie?

For those who don’t keep up on social media, you may enjoy this revised quiz I shared yesterday. I made it 5 years ago but updated and quizzified it yesterday. It’s easy: You read the quote and tell me whether it’s from Joel Osteen or a fortune cookie. (And, to further prove the point, maybe try Paul Washer or Fortune Cookie?)


The Daily Discovery (November 5, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Joel Osteen or Fortune Cookie? – This is much more difficult than you might think!

Hope in Eternal Purity, Aim at Daily Purity – “How do you know that you are a child of God? Well, how do I know that John Piper is alive? Is it my birth certificate? Does anybody believe you are alive because you have on file a birth certificate? You don’t. It is because you breathe.”

The FAQs: What You Should Know About China’s ‘One-Child’ Policy – “In an attempt to limit population growth, China implemented a policy in the late 1970s that forbid families from having more than one child (there were, however, no penalties for multiple births, such as twins or triplets). Over the years, though, numerous exceptions have been allowed and by 2007 the policy only restricted 35.9 percent of the population to having one child.”

10 Skills Every Husband Needs – “Listen. Talk. Fight. Grow. Provide. Rest. Serve. Submit. Pursue. Worship. Being a husband is easy. Being a good one, however—one characterized by those ten actions—is not. That’s why I’m thankful for Darrin and Amie Patrick’s new book The Dude’s Guide to Marriage: Ten Skills Every Husband Must Develop to Love His Wife Well (Thomas Nelson). Cultivating such behaviors in a consistent manner, they contend, is the secret to a healthy, Christ-honoring marriage. I spoke with the Patricks—highschool sweethearts, pastor and wife, parents of four children—about the biggest issue couples face, the danger of mere compatibility, the effect of kids, and more.”

A Mighty Fortress – “It was 498 years (and three days) ago, in October of 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany. That event sparked the Protestant Reformation, as people throughout Saxony and the rest of Western Europe took a stand against the corruption and error of the medieval Roman Catholic Church. As for Luther, he quickly became a wanted man.”


SERMON:

Matt Chandler – The Apostle’s Creed (Part 8): From Whence He Shall Come to Judge the Living and the Dead


VIDEOS:

Matt Chandler Heavy Sermon Jam

How to Witness Honestly


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


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Christian Headlines Daily – Thursday, November 5, 2015

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Top Headlines

 Pew Study: More Americans Reject Religion, but Believers Firm in Faith
 Trump under Fire for Posting Picture of Jeb Bush Next to Nazi Swastika
 Families of Christians Killed by ISIS Encouraged by Outpouring of Support and Love
 Successful Christian Businessman Says Faith is Central in all His Business Decisions
 Church of Lucifer Opens in Texas amid Protests
 Kentucky’s New Governor Has ‘Fervent Christian Faith’
 Glamour Magazine Names Cecile Richards One of Its ‘Women of the Year’
 Homeowners Association Demands That Man Take Down Extensive Christmas Display
 ‘Fixer Upper’ Couple Discusses Faith, Commitment to Put Christ First
 The Top Seven Most Christian-friendly Companies Revealed

Opinion

 Have Americans Really Changed Their Minds on Same-sex Marriage?
 Sabor-tooth Psychology: Why Darwinism Can’t Explain Religion
 Why Would Drivers in China Intentionally Kill Those They Hit?
 The Big Picture: The Importance of Focusing on the Real Issues
 Where Lady Gaga and Warren Buffett Agree

READING:  Matthew 23, Luke 20-21

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  I wonder if I’m ever like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day. I know I’m not opposed to Jesus like they were. They wanted Him out of the way; I want Him in my life. On the other hand, I do wonder if Jesus might ever say these words about me:

Matt. 23:3  Therefore do whatever they tell you, and observe it. But don’t do what they do, because they don’t practice what they teach.

Matt. 23:28  In the same way, on the outside you seem righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 

God knows my heart inside and out. He knows when I don’t live what I teach. I pray that never happens, but God knows I don’t always live up to His mandates. I trust my rebellion is not “hypocrisy and lawlessness,” but I don’t know how to avoid those words fully if I blatantly reject the Word of God I teach. Hence, I’m challenged today to ask some hard questions, like:

  • Do I always faithfully read the Word I tell others to read?
  • Do I always pray like I tell others to pray?
  • Do I always tell the gospel story like I challenge others to do?
  • Do I make disciples like I’ve taught others?
  • Do I give sacrificially like I call others to do?
  • Do I love my wife as Christ loves the church — the way I teach others to love their wife?
  • Do I submit to God and resist the devil the same way I tell others to do?
  • Do I always reflect Christ as I expect others to do?
  • Do I fight against my hypocrisy as I challenge others to do against their hypocrisy?

My goal is not to be legalistic; instead, it’s just to be honest. I could, though, go on and on with the questions.  As a preacher of the gospel, I would never want Jesus to say to my hearers, “Do whatever he tells you, but don’t do what he does.” I want to be the same person on the inside and the outside.

ACTION STEPS: Take some time to answer the above questions (and any other questions you might be led to ask).

PRAYER: “God, change me in such a way that if others follow what I say and do, they will be following Christ.”


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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Look to Jesus
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30 Day Next Steps
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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.

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TMS: The Believer and Sanctification

The Christian life is anything but a passive pursuit. The New Testament commands believers to “be all the more diligent” (2 Peter 1:10), to take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5), to “strive to enter through the narrow door” (Luke 13:24), to “run” that we may obtain the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24), and to “work out” our salvation (Philippians 2:12). Our spiritual growth clearly involves human exertion. But what, then, are we to make of God’s sovereignty over our growth?

In recent years, that question has fueled intense theological debate on the driving force behind sanctification. Is spiritual growth produced by the believer or is it sovereignly performed by God?

In Philippians 2:12–13, Paul lays it out as a paradoxical truth:

So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. (emphasis added)

Who is responsible for our sanctification? The answer is more complex than some make it out to be.

Paul sees sanctification as a two-sided coin. He focuses first on the believer’s role in sanctification. Some misguided interpreters completely misread this exhortation as if it said, “work for your salvation,” “work at your salvation,” or “work up your salvation.” But both in the immediate context of this letter and the broader context of the New Testament, none of those interpretations is correct. Paul is not speaking of attaining salvation by human effort or goodness, but of living out the life God has graciously granted.

Alive by Faith

To the Ephesians Paul wrote, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8–9).

Faith alone has always been the way of salvation. Noah was a righteous man by faith (Genesis 6:9; Hebrews 11:7). Abraham was saved by God’s grace working through his personal faith: “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness” (Romans 4:3). The Mosaic law did not alter the way of salvation. It was only by faith that Moses and all Old Testament saints were saved (Hebrews 11:23–38). All those believing men and women “gained approval through their faith” (Hebrews 11:39), by which God granted them His righteousness—salvation—in advance on account of the future death of His Son.

Working Out What God Worked In

So, salvation is from God alone, yet in Philippians 2:12, Paul focuses on the responsibility of believers to live lives that are consistent with that divine gift.

Strabo was an ancient Roman scholar who lived about sixty years before Christ. He recorded an account concerning some Roman-owned mines in Spain. He uses the very same verb that Paul does in Philippians 2:12, katergazomai, when referring to the Romans as working out the mines. Strabo’s point was that the Romans were extracting from within the mines all their richness and value.

That’s a fitting expression of what katergazomai (work out) means in Philippians 2:12. I am to mine out of my life what God has richly deposited there in salvation. I am to produce such precious nuggets of godly character from what He planted when He saved me.

Working by the Spirit

Everything in life requires energy. It takes energy to walk and to work. It takes energy to think and to meditate. It takes energy to obey and to worship God. Where does the believer get the energy to grow as a Christian, to live a life that is holy, fruitful, and pleasing to the Lord? Philippians 2:13 makes it clear that God is the necessary source of that sanctifying energy we are commanded to expend. In the words of Galatians 5:25, since “we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”

So who is responsible for your growth as a Christian? God is responsible for supplying everything you need for life and godliness, and you are responsible for actively using that power to grow in sanctification for His glory. The paradox is found in the believer being both fully responsible, and yet fully dependent on God’s supply. We may not fully comprehend the paradox, but we can exercise faith that it is resolved in the infinite wisdom of God and respond in obedience to His commands.

Today’s post is adapted from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Philippians.

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How Church Bullies and Abusers Deceive Us

The Reformed Reader

http://ssofdv.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/a-cry-for-justice-book.jpg?w=112&h=169 Sadly, there is such a thing as a church bully.  He’s the guy who manipulates, pressures, blames, and coerces people to follow his ideas or agenda (for example, see what happened to Peter in Galatians 2:12).  This kind of person is very similar to an abusive husband (or wife – but most of the time a husband): he plays mind games on his wife, plays the Bible trump card of submission and patriarchy, and tricks people along the way with his compulsive lies.  One big question is, “How do church bullies and abusers deceive us?”  The answers to this question are important.  Jeff Crippen and Anna Wood have some helpful answers.  I’ve listed them below and edited them for length.  (Note: Crippen and Wood specifically talk about abusive people, but many of these points could also apply to church bullies.)

1) They create an atmosphere of chaos and confusion. …

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November 5, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Nov. 5, 2015

BLOOMBERG

U.S. technology companies, banks and farmers are among the biggest beneficiaries of falling tariffs that are part of the trade deal designed to liberate commerce among 12 Pacific Rim nations, according to a text of the agreement released Thursday. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will affect almost 40 percent of the global economy, maintains protection for a handful of politically sensitive U.S. industries by keeping existing tariffs in place for as long as 30 years for pickup trucks and 13 years for some types of footwear.

The dozen countries that signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership have committed to refrain from competitive currency devaluations and be transparent about their exchange-rate policies, the U.S. said. Negotiators for Pacific Rim nations including the U.S., Japan, Australia and Vietnam agreed last month to the deal, which would cut trade barriers on items ranging from cars to rice. It requires ratification by Congress.

Mark Carney signaled the U.K. needs record-low interest rates for a while longer as China drags on the world economy.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits climbed to the highest level in five weeks, representing a pause in the recent progress that left claims at their lowest level since 1973. Applications increased by 16,000 to 276,000 in the week ended Oct. 31.

Worker productivity unexpectedly grew in the third quarter, reflecting a slump in the number of hours worked by self-employed Americans. The measure of employee output per hour increased at a 1.6 percent annualized rate, exceeding all estimates.

The effects of El Nino are starting to reach the dinner table, with global food prices rising the most in three years on supply concerns for everything from New Zealand milk to sugar in Brazil and Southeast Asian palm oil.

Toyota will buy back as much as $6.6 billion of its stock this fiscal year, spending a record amount to reward shareholders as profit heads toward an all-time high for the third year in a row.

AP Top Stories

With a key Asian ally at his side, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made a subtle jab at China on Thursday by flying aboard an American aircraft carrier plying the contested waters of the South China Sea.

NATO’s secretary-general sounded the alarm Thursday over the build-up of Russian military forces from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean and called on the U.S.-led alliance to come up with a response.

Russia has sent missile systems to Syria to protect its military forces there, the head of Russia’s air force said on Thursday.

The Chipotle outbreak is the latest: After customers were sickened in Oregon and Washington, the chain is keeping more than 40 restaurants closed as the source of an E. coli outbreak is investigated.

Mexican and Argentine experts on Wednesday exhumed the body of a student who was found dead with his face skinned off hours after 43 of his colleagues disappeared at the hands of police and a drug gang.

A Russian-built cargo plane with passengers on board crashed on Wednesday after taking off from the airport in South Sudan’s capital, killing dozens of people, witnesses said.

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae reported net income of $2 billion for the July-September period, down from $3.9 billion a year earlier.

It’s open enrollment season, and for many workers that means learning they’ll be responsible for a larger portion of their health care costs in 2016. This growing burden is cutting into their retirement savings, according to a survey by LIMRA, an insurance and financial services trade association.

BBC

Three million migrants are likely to arrive in Europe by 2017 as the record influx via the Mediterranean continues, the European Commission said.

Two districts of Japan’s capital Tokyo have started issuing certificates recognizing same-sex partnerships. They are designed to encourage landlords and hospitals to treat gay couples the same way as married ones. However, the documents do not provide the same legal status as marriage.

German company Deutsche Bank has been fined $258m (£167m) by US regulators for working with US-sanctioned countries Syria and Iran.

Colombia’s constitutional court has lifted restrictions on same-sex couples adopting children. Until now, same-sex couples could only adopt a child if it was the offspring of one of the partners.

A narrow ruling by Mexico’s Supreme Court could eventually clear a path to make recreational use of marijuana legal.

A Somali court has ordered the deportation of 27 Kenyans found to be in the country illegally. This is the first time in 25 years that Somalia is to expel foreigners for overstaying their visas.

WND

The Workers World Party is taking to New York City for a two-day conference to show how to spread socialism around the nation and world, and to explain why the time is ripe for such expansion.

Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen suggested the Fed might consider negative interest rates, which effectively means financial institutions would charge customers to keep money in an account.

A documentary produced by a Walt Disney relative, “The Armor of Light,” takes a look at the Second Amendment through Christian eyes to suggest: it’s not really right for those of the faith to defend gun ownership.


 

Top News – 11/5/2015

Report: PLO threatens to end recognition of Israel
The Palestine Liberation Organization is threatening to withdraw recognition of Israel, its most senior peace negotiator told an Arab newspaper on Thursday.

Studies Suggest Sun Triggers Massive Earthquakes
In early 2014, Dr. Christopher Holloman’s team of researchers at The Ohio State University Statistical Consulting Service was able to construct a model that exhibited very strong agreement between solar magnetism patterns and the occurrence of large earthquakes.

Christian-Jewish Dialogue in Florida Discusses Middle East Peace
“Christian-Jewish Dialogue: Making the World Better Together,” which included a panel discussion between rabbis and pastors and a special Ladino concert featuring Israeli performers Dan Nadel and Lianne Aharony. Baredes said, “For us, this is the beginning of a huge future, showing that together through the culture and friendship, we can make a better future with peace and friendship and pull the communities together.”

Islamic State behind Russia plane crash: Britain
Britain said on Thursday there was a significant possibility that Islamic State’s Egyptian affiliate was behind a suspected bomb attack on a Russian airliner that killed 224 people in the Sinai Peninsula.

Parallel Universes Found? Seriously, Could Be a Bunch
a researcher at the European Space Agency’s Planck U.S. Data Center at the California Institute of Technology, said in a paper there was a chance that fluctuations he found while mapping cosmic microwave background was evidence of a “multiverse,” according to the International Business Times.

Snow in the Rockies and Severe Potential for the Southern Plains
A strong low pressure system will bring snow to the Rockies with severe weather and flooding possible in the southern Plains on Thursday. Well ahead of this system temperatures will be around 20 degrees above normal for the eastern United States.

Downtown fire causes brief power outage, traffic issues
Evans says an underground transformer was arcing , so crews taped off the area and police blocked Griffin Street between Young and Commerce Streets. He says this is the third incident crews have responded to in the last weeks. On Oct. 23 the same thing happened near Main and Field Streets. Another incident happened Tuesday afternoon on Commerce.

‘Solar storm’ grounds Swedish air traffic
Planes were grounded at some of Sweden’s busiest airports on Wednesday afternoon because of a “solar storm” interfering with air traffic control radar systems, authorities said. No aircraft were allowed to take off from airports in southern and central Sweden due to a massive geomagnetic solar flare storm causing problems for radar systems.

Another East Bay Earthquake Added to Slowing Swarm of Shakers
Since the swarm began about three weeks ago, around 540 earthquakes have been recorded in the area.

Strong earthquake hits Russia’s Kamchatka, no damage done
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake rocked Russia’s Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula on Thursday, a spokesman for the Kamchatka branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Geophysical Service said.

Migrant crisis: New footage shows refugee unrest at UK base in Cyprus
Footage has been sent to the BBC from the people being held at a British military base in Cyprus. The asylum seekers, mostly from Syria and Lebanon, say they are all desperate to leave for Europe.

Strong Earthquake Hits Eastern Indonesia; No Tsunami Threat
The magnitude-6.3 earthquake was centered 28 kilometers (17 miles) northeast of the Alor island chain in East Nusatenggara province, according to Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.

Japan same-sex couples recognised in two Tokyo districts
Two districts of Japan’s capital Tokyo have started issuing certificates recognising same-sex partnerships. They are designed to encourage landlords and hospitals to treat gay couples the same way as married ones. However, the documents do not provide the same legal status as marriage.

Life after Ebola: The survivors facing health problems and grief
Many patients who overcame Ebola following the 2014 outbreak are now facing physical and mental health problems, according to survivors groups in Sierra Leone. More than 28,000 cases of Ebola have been reported since the first confirmed case in March 2014 and around 17,000 of those survived.

Mexico court ruling sparks high hopes for marijuana legalization
Mexico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the green light to growing marijuana for recreational use in a landmark decision that could lead to legalization in a country with a bloody history of conflict with drug cartels. Supporters of reform sparked up joints to hail the court’s decision, which, while not legalizing use of marijuana, is one of the boldest steps ever taken in that direction in a country long reluctant to liberalize drug laws.

Details of controversial Pacific trade deal are released
Details of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal released Thursday set the stage for a raucous debate in the U.S. Congress but also may provide reassurances to those who worried the agreement could gut protections for the environment, public health and labor. The text of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement between the U.S. and 11 other countries including Japan and Mexico runs to 30 chapters and hundreds of pages.

Russia ‘sent anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria’ to back up air campaign
Russia sent anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria to back up its air campaign, the commander of the air force said in an interview published on Thursday. “We sent there not just fighter planes, strike aircraft and helicopters but also anti-aircraft rocket systems,” Viktor Bondarev told Komsomolskaya Pravda tabloid daily.

European Union: Three million more migrants could arrive by end of 2016
The European Union is predicting that three million more migrants could arrive in the 28-nation bloc by the end of next year. More than 700,000 people have come to Europe seeking sanctuary or jobs so far this year, overwhelming reception centres and border authorities.

Netanyahu’s new media adviser said Obama’s Iran policy is ‘modern anti-Semitism’
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s choice to serve as the next chief media adviser…posted…on his Facebook page…he refers to US President Barack Obama’s response to the premier’s Iran speech in Congress as “modern anti-Semitism.” Ran Baratz…once criticized Obama for the president’s response to the prime minister’s planned speech before Congress against the Iran nuclear deal.


Top Headlines – 11/5/2015

Islamic State affiliate in Egypt insists it brought down Russian plane

U.S. officials believe ISIS planted bomb on Russian plane

UK suspects explosive downed Russian plane over Egypt; Flights over Sinai delayed

Car bomb kills 6 in Sinai, ISIS in Egypt claims responsibility

Egypt’s President Sisi defends sweeping security laws

Egyptian flooding drowns Gaza’s tunnel business

‘Egypt has done more damage to Gaza tunnels in a few weeks than Israel did in 2 decades’

Report: PLO threatens to end recognition of Israel

Jordanian cleric walks back fatwa against killing Jews

Current terror wave: 1553 arrests and 437 indictments served

Major crossing Gilboa-Jalame closed after spate of terror attacks

Police remove east Jerusalem roadblocks after ‘achievement of stability’

Abbas demands Temple Mount status quo be restored to 1999

Spectacular archaeological find adds to Temple Mount’s contested history

Israel blasts Palestinians after accusations of organ-harvesting

Zuckerberg, Khamenai more powerful than Netanyahu, according to ‘Forbes’

US-Israel defense cooperation goes both ways, Pentagon says

Clinton: Israel and US have unbreakable friendship that transcends politics

Can 50 U.S. troops in Syria make a difference?

Iraq’s ruling alliance, militias urge PM to seek Russian strikes

Russia has sent missile systems to Syria, air force head says

Kremlin: Putin, Erdogan discuss Syria, ready for political dialogue

‘Unimaginable Horrors’ Detailed in US Report on ISIS’ Persecution of Christians

Evangelical strategist Joel Rosenberg sees Iran as bigger world threat than Islamic State

Iranian commanders refuse orders to fight in Syria, report says

Iran to meet Rouhani timetable on ending sanctions, nuclear chief says

Iran hard-liners denounce outreach to West at anti-US rally

Khamenei aide to state media: Iran won’t cooperate with United States

Backlash Against U.S. in Iran Seems to Gather Force After Nuclear Deal

Report: Iranian military hackers take aim at Obama administration officials

Netanyahu’s new media adviser said Obama’s Iran policy is ‘modern anti-Semitism’

Michelle Obama’s trip to Jordan delayed by sandstorm

Michelle O spends $70M to ’empower’ girls in Pakistan while US students fall further behind

Pakistan woman set on fire for refusing marriage

Toronto Imam who urges the spread of Islam to every home in Canada congratulates new PM Justin Trudeau

Asian stocks falter as Fed makes case for possible December rate rise

Yellen Says Negative Rates On The Table “If Outlook Worsened”

Rep. Brad Sherman to Janet Yellen on Interest Rates: ‘God’s Plan Is That Things Rise in the Spring’

Workers trapped in collapsed Pakistan factory plead for help on mobile phones

US government approves Italy’s request to arm its drones

UK unveils powers to spy on Web use, raising privacy fears

Using Google Street View to assess the engineering impact of natural disasters

The Nation Prepares for Extreme Space Weather

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Hachijo-jima, Japan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Sibolga, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kavieng, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kavieng, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pasirnangka, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Dili, East Timor

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Nemuro, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kavieng, Papua New Guinea

The Northwest’s Next Big Earthquake Predicted with New Map

Earthquake swarm in Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 25,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Rinjani volcano in Indonesia erupts to 17,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchakta, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Yemen Cyclone Leaves Devastation

Aid rushed to Yemen island after cyclone displaces over 40,000 – U.N.

Mexico’s Supreme Court Opens Door to Legalizing Marijuana Use

Colorado county bullish on pot starts new weed scholarship

Chemsex: the alarming new trend of 72 hour drug-fuelled sex sessions

Rise of ‘chemsex’ could spark massive HIV outbreak, experts warn

France ends ban on blood donations from gay men

‘Rumblings’ of Super Bowl Boycott After Houston LGBT Equal Rights Measure Rejected

Hillary Spars with Texas Governor over Houston’s Refusal to Allow Men in Ladies’ Rooms

UWM offers ‘voice feminization therapy’ to help students ‘live their gender identities’

Should you have sex with robots? Experts weigh in

5 students stabbed, suspect killed on California university campus

Gun Sales Set Record for Sixth Month in a Row

Nominal Christians are becoming more secular, and that’s creating a startling change for the U.S.


Frontrunning: November 05

  • BOE Stays Cautious on Rate-Hike Timing as Inflation Outlook Cut (Read More)
  • China Enters Bull Market (Read More)
  • Britain says Islamic State likely brought down Russian plane (Read More)
  • Dollar jumps as markets fix on December rate expectations (Read More)
  • Activist Investor Bill Ackman Plays Defense (Read More)
  • BOJ Survey Data Reveals Signs of Growing Inequality in Japan (Read More)
  • UAW Warns of General Motors Strike If Workers Fail to Approve Contract (Read More)
  • VW told to rip up governance model as emissions scandal deepens (Read More)
  • German Factory Orders Unexpectedly Decline for Third Month (Read More)
  • China seeks quantum leap to a new economic model (Read More)
  • Big Banks Lock Horns With Personal-Finance Web Portals (Read More)
  • Mexico court ruling sparks high hopes for marijuana legalization (Read More)
  • Toyota Cuts Global Sales Outlook as Quarterly Profit Rises (Read More)
  • France to miss agreed deficit targets – EU Commission (Read More)
  • France Plans HFT Fines for Alleged Euronext Manipulation in 2009 (Read More)
  • Maersk Line to Cut 4,000 Jobs as Market Deteriorates (Read More)
  • China Signals Reserve Ratios May Be Used to Discipline Banks (Read More)
  • VW Scandal Widens as India Says Vehicles Exceeded Emission Rules (Read More)
  • Google Will Tell Us What We’re Thinking (Read More)
  • How Richard Nixon Created Hillary Clinton (Read More)
  • Workers trapped in collapsed Pakistan factory plead for help on mobile phones (Read More)

Whole Foods Shares Tumble After Results Miss Analysts’ Estimates (Read More)


 

The Briefing

1) Dramatic conservative victories reveal 2015 elections to be a bellwether election

Matt Bevin, Republican, Wins Governor’s Race in Kentucky, New York Times (Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Alan Blinder)

6 reasons marijuana legalization failed in Ohio, Cincinnati Enquirer (Anne Saker)

Ohioans reject legalizing marijuana, Columbus Dispatch (Alan Johnson)

Why Ohio voted against legal marijuana — and what it means for the future of the pot debate, Washington Post (Christopher Ingraham)

Houston Voters Reject Broad Anti-Discrimination Ordinance, New York Times (Manny Fernandez and Mitch Smith)

2) Election results exposes major error in liberal narrative of American culture

Liberals Are Losing the Culture Wars, The Atlantic (Molly Ball)

3) ‘Suffragettes’ movie avoids early suffragette and feminist opposition to abortion

The Suffragettes Would Not Agree With Feminists Today on Abortion, TIME (Marjorie Dannenfelser)

4) View of modern parenting as more difficult than parenting in past reflects historical naiveté

Husbands and Wives Have Different Perceptions of Who Runs the House, TIME (Belinda Luscombe)

5) Russian plane crash possibly downed by ISIS, despite previous Western denial

Russian plane crash: U.S. intel suggests ISIS bomb brought down jet, CNN (Barbara Starr, Catherine E. Shoichet and Ashley Fantz)

In other news…



Former Reagan Administration Official Warns That Financial Disaster Is Dead Ahead

Disaster - Public DomainWhy won’t the American people listen to the warnings?  David Stockman was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1981, and he served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1985.  These days, he is running a website called “Contra Corner” which I highly recommend that you check out.  Stockman believes that a global “debt super-cycle” that has been building for decades is now bursting, and he is convinced that the consequences for the U.S. and for the rest of the planet will be absolutely catastrophic.  His findings are very consistent with what I have been writing about on The Economic Collapse Blog, and if Stockman is correct the times ahead of us are going to be exceedingly painful. (Read More….)


Christians Are At War With One Another As Americans Leave The Church In Droves

War Peace - Public DomainChristianity is under attack from a thousand different directions all at once, and yet many believers have turned their guns on one another.  This war among Christians seems to intensify with each passing year, and believers are often fighting for some of the stupidest reasons you can possibly imagine.  Meanwhile, people are leaving our churches in droves and church attendance is way down.  This is especially true of younger Americans.  According to an incredible new report that was just released by the Pew Research Center, only 27 percent of all Millennials (U.S. adults born since 1990) attend religious services on a weekly basis.  When you go into many churches in America on Sunday mornings, all you see are “the greys”, and I am not talking about space aliens.  But instead of focusing on fixing what has gone wrong, many Christians (including a number of very prominent ministers) spend most of their energy savagely attacking their brothers and sisters in Christ.  This is absolutely disgraceful and it needs to stop. (Read More…)


Obamafraud: How Obama Ripped Off the Entire Country

President Barack Obama and his socialist cabal, supported by the mainstream media, has perpetrated the world’s biggest Ponzi scheme. It’s crippling the U.S. economy, bankrupting the middle class, and driving up the national debt. It is known as Obamacare.

Let’s call it by its real name: “Obamafraud.”

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Banks Poised To Charge For Deposits

Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen suggested the Fed might consider negative interest rates, which effectively means financial institutions would charge customers to keep money in an account. Several of Europe’s ailing commercial banks have imposed the measure in a desperate attempt to reinvigorate the economy. But in the United States, banks have generally tried to entice customers with various interest rate advantages and other banking benefits, such as free checking and savings or even free money to open accounts. That could soon change……………  Click here for full story


Christian Festival Curbed As Concession To Muslims

Several schools in Germany have canceled an annual Christian celebration named after Saint Martin and replaced it with the more generic and secular “festival of lights” in consideration of the feelings of thousands of Muslims who’ve migrated to the country in recent days..……….  Click here for full story


Christian Students Increasingly Coming Under Persecution

The faith of Christian students seems to be increasingly coming under siege from two major fronts: a hostile public school system, as well as from many teachers and fellow students. Not to mention a government and legal system that in many ways tends to engage in what has been described as the “licensed discrimination of Christians”…‎…………  Click here for full story


Chinese Warships Dock In Florida As Ash Carter Waves “Big Stick” Around In South Pacific

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 09:29 AM PST

Earlier this week, 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and eight other countries, including China and the US held a summit to discuss defense and security in the South Pacific. Officially, this was the result: Unofficially, Beijing and Washington reportedly couldn’t get past China’s Spratly sandcastles, which a US destroyer visited late last month in a show of force thinly disguised as a “freedom of navigation” exercise. Here’s WSJ:

High-level defense talks crumbled over growing territorial disputes in the South China Sea, as the U.S. sought to show strength and assert its role as a counterweight to China. “We couldn’t reach a consensus,” said Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein at the conclusion of the Asean Defense Ministers Meeting Plus, which brings together 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and eight other countries, including China and the U.S. Mr. Hishammuddin denied that the rivalry between the U.S. and China was disrupting regional diplomacy, but behind the scenes other officials said the U.S. and China had been the main obstacles to any agreement. “The Chinese lobbied to keep any reference to the South China Sea out of the final joint declaration,” said a senior U.S. defense official accompanying Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the meeting here. A senior Philippine defense official said China had opposed any declaration that included mention of the South China Sea disputes, while the U.S. had opposed any declaration that omitted it. FULL REPORT

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Disney uses film to potshot gun owners

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 09:23 AM PST

A documentary produced by a Walt Disney relative, “The Armor of Light,” takes a look at the Second Amendment through Christian eyes to suggest: it’s not really right for those of the faith to defend gun ownership. The film from Abigail Disney, the grand niece of Walt Disney, examines if pro-gun people can simultaneously be pro-life, Fox News reported. As Teo Bugbee from the Daily Beast put it: “Namely, we experience this film through the eyes of two evangelical Christians determined to make a change in this country’s gun policy – Lucy McBath, the mother of Florida shooting victim Jordan Davis, and Reverend Rob Schenck, a pastor whose connection with McBath moved him to action. The Armor of Light is about the issue of guns, but it is also a document of Christian life in America at this heightened moment of political discontent.” But as other reviews found, the documentary is not simple Disney magic.

“‘Brothers and sisters. Fox News and the NRA are not spiritual authorities.’ It’s one of the many mic-drop moments at the pulpit for Rob Schenck, the evangelical minister speaking out against what he sees as an unholy marriage of Christianity and gun culture in ‘The Armor of Light,’” Variety’s Justin Chang wrote. “Here are principled believers willing to preach against the choir, and doing so with a nuanced conviction born of painful personal experience. It’s precisely the sort of faith-based provocation that Christian leaders would be far better off recommending to their congregations than the likes of ‘God’s Not Dead,’ which is not to imply that Disney’s lesson in loving, compassionate dissent should be heard by churchgoers alone.” FULL REPORT

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Colombia’s highest court legalizes adoption by gay couples

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 07:02 AM PST

Colombia’s constitutional court lifted a restriction on adoptions by gay couples on Wednesday, overturning a previous ruling that banned same-sex partners from adopting unless one of the pair was a biological parent of the child. In a 6-2 decision, the court said that excluding homosexual couples as possible adoptive parents “limits children’s right to a family.”

The ruling brought cheers from gay rights advocates in the largely socially conservative Andean country, while opponents promised to appeal the decision. Although same-sex couples in Colombia can get legal unions similar to civil marriages, Congress rejected a 2013 proposal to fully legalize gay marriage. SOURCE

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Machine Being Built to Receive Messages from the Future

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 06:56 AM PST

You can’t get a text message from a friend if you don’t own a phone. And you can’t get a message from the future unless you have a machine capable of receiving it. That’s exactly the kind of machine University of Connecticut physics professor Ronald Mallett has in mind. For years Mallett kept his time travel research a secret. He told the Hartford Courant that his father’s death in 1955 from a heart attack and reading the H.G. Wells’ novel “The Time Machine” first inspired him to study time travel. As a child he wanted to go back in time and save his dad.

While he’s said that kind of physical time travel isn’t possible, Mallett does think he could build a time machine that can receive messages from our descendants — children who aren’t born yet. Future generations could use Mallett’s machine to get in touch, which means as soon as we plugged in the machine, we could get a message. Strangely, the more I read about the man’s ideas, the less crazy they sound. FULL REPORT

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Was Obama’s Rule Foretold in an Ancient Jewish Prophecy?

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 06:52 AM PST

In the Zohar, a classic Jewish text, it is written that in the last days before the Messiah, all of the historic enemies of Israel will be reincarnated and brought back in the last generation before the redemption to battle Israel again. In this final battle at the end of days, they will all be thoroughly destroyed. Despite this being an esoteric reference in an ancient Jewish text, it is known that Saddam Hussein, the tyrannical former leader of Iraq, considered himself to be the reincarnation of Nebuchadnezzar, the Chaldean king credited with destroying the first Jewish Temple.

When Hussein commissioned a reconstruction project of the ancient city of Babylon, he had the inscription “To King Nebuchadnezzar in the reign of Saddam Hussein” inscribed on bricks inserted into the walls. Hussein was mimicking the original Nebuchadnezzar, who was said to have inscribed his name on the bricks when he built cities in his time. Hussein was hanged on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Tevet. The tenth of Tevet is a fast day commemorating the day Nebuchadnezzar began the siege on Jerusalem that led to the destruction of the Jewish Temple. FULL REPORT

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Scientists feverishly working to develop artificial meat as biotech industry’s next big product

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 06:43 AM PST

At a time when society is truly waking up to the harms of artificial foods and iffy food manufacturing techniques and embracing a healthier lifestyle as a result, the biotech industry has its eye on creating artificial meat. It sounds backwards, but it’s true: the industry is developing pseudo foods, making them sound like viable options that people should flock to in the near future. Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University in the Netherlands is the man responsible for creating a lab-grown hamburger using stem cells from cows.

In a video housed on BBC.com, he takes viewers through a brief tour of the lab where such substances are created, showing an elaborate shelving system where billions of cow stem cells are housed while explaining that such a process is an “inevitable” way of life. In that same video, he explains that small muscle tissues are created from the cow’s stem cells. These muscle tissues are ultimately assembled together, piece by small piece, to create an entire hamburger. Mmmm… nothing quite gets the salivary glands flowing than thought of chomping into a lab-created hamburger made inside a sterile lab environment by gloved humans. FULL REPORT

 

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After bankrupt U.S. bails out Puerto Rico, who will bail out the U.S.?

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 06:39 AM PST

Citizens of Puerto Rico have consistently voted against becoming the 51st state, but for some reason, President Barack Obama thinks Americans ought to treat them like one anyway. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the administration responsible for building the most debt in U.S. history now wants the American taxpayer further burdened by bailing out a cash-strapped Puerto Rico. The paper reported: The White House made its most forceful call for federal intervention in Puerto Rico’s debt crisis on Wednesday, outlining legislation to restructure more of the $72 billion in debt issued by the commonwealth.

The Obama administration’s proposal goes beyond legislation already introduced in Congress, which would allow for restructuring debt issued by municipal entities but not the obligations of the commonwealth itself. While Democrats have supported the existing legislation, it hasn’t gained traction among Republicans. FULL REPORT

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We Don’t Know the Day or Hour, But…

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 06:35 AM PST

( George O Wood ) “But concerning that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray. For you do not know when the time will come” (Mark 13:32-33). On the Mount of Olives facing Jerusalem, Jesus neared the end of His teaching about the future. Less than 72 hours before His crucifixion, He outlined the course of human history.

We now look back and see the remarkable accuracy of Jesus’ prophecy about events that would mark all ages leading up to the end time when He would return. Disciples in all centuries would need this information that the road wouldn’t be easy nor their burdens light. They would witness the growth of false religions both inside and outside the church, ethnic and social conflict, disasters in nature and persecution against them from all sides. In spite of all the travail, Jesus knew that His story would be told throughout the whole earth and that those who endured to the end would be saved. The news about the course of the age may be gloomy, but the future for Jesus’ followers is bright. He lets us know that He will return in great power and glory with all the angels and gather His elect from the ends of the earth. 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

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

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

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Morning Musing

Unfathomable Grace

I am no one without Jesus. Just put my name on the sheet with Lucifer, Pharaoh, Judas, Herod, and Demas. Without Jesus, I am just a God-despising rebel wishing I could be rid of God’s influence so I could rule my life.

I am someone incredibly loved by Jesus. Before the beginning of time, it appears my name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. He knew me before I knew him. He loved me before I loved him. As the song goes, “My name was graven on his hands; my name was written on his heart.” For a season, he sacrificed the glory of heaven for me. For a season, he walked in my shoes and died on my cross. For a season, he was forsaken by his Father. He did this for a season, that I might experience his loving grace, mercy, adoption, union, sanctification, and glory…

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What is “Apocalyptic Islam” and why is it so dangerous? The research behind my remarks to the Jerusalem Leaders Summit.

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Addressing the Jerusalem Leaders Summit on the threat of Addressing the Jerusalem Leaders Summit on the threat of “Apocalyptic Islam.”

(Jerusalem, Israel) — Eschatology is not a word that typically comes up in public policy forums. Yesterday afternoon, however, I had the honor of addressing the Jerusalem Leaders Summit here in the heart of the epicenter. My remarks focused on the rise of Apocalyptic Islam — what it is, why it is emerging as a far more serious threat to the U.S., Israel, and the world than Radical Islam, and how Shia and Sunni eschatology differ immensely from Jewish and Christian eschatology.

For the last several days, my fellow speakers — including Members of the European Parliament — and I have been meeting with Israeli government officials to share ideas on a range of economic and security matters. Yesterday morning, for example, we visited the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) and were briefed by the Knesset Member Tzachi Hanegbi, chairman of the Foreign & Defense Affairs…

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Two Kinds of Righteousness

Regeneration, Repentance and Reformation

Written by, Martin Luther

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Brethren, “have this mind among yourselves, which you have in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of god, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped”
–Philippians 2:5-6

There are two kinds of Christian righteousness, just as man’s sin is of two kinds.

1   The first is alien righteousness, that is the righteousness of another, instilled from without.  This is the righteousness of Christ by which he justifies though faith, as it is written in I Corinthians 1:30:  “whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.”  In John 11:25-26, Christ himself states:  “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me…..shall never die.”  Later he adds in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”  This righteousness, then, is given to men in baptism and whenever they are truly repentant. …

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In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 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

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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