Daily Archives: November 6, 2015

November 6, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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Your Obedience is Not Just About You

May God forbid that we slouch into a posture of Christianity that accepts lethargy and mediocrity. There should never be any acceptance of slacking off. To the one who has shrunk-wrapped their Christian experience down to themselves, it is not about you! Consider who God is and respond to him. Look around and see your church family. Consider their need of your obedience. And look around at the world that is hungry and hurting. They need to see the way out, the way home.

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The Old Testament’s Message to our Culture

There’s no question that the Old Testament is a challenging read; it doesn’t yield its wisdom quite as easily as fortune cookies. However, it does repay disciplined and prayerful reading and research. Remember it was the Old Testament Paul was referring to when he said: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

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International (MNN) -- New Bible app makes it easier to minister to people where...

International (MNN) — New Bible app makes it easier to minister to people where…

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Mission Network News

Gideon International and Faith Comes By Hearing partners to spread the Word through new Bible app.

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The Evangelism Conversation No One Is Having

The Evangelism Conversation No One Is Having

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Church Leaders

“It’s not that people aren’t interested in spirituality; it’s that they don’t think the church can help them.”

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Why You Don’t Have to Choose Between Happiness and Holiness

Why You Don’t Have to Choose Between Happiness and Holiness

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Church Leaders

&A gospel that promotes holiness over happiness isn’t good news.&

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Kyrgyzstan (ODM) -- Couple shares the Gospel; forced to flee village.

Kyrgyzstan (ODM) — Couple shares the Gospel; forced to flee village.

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Mission Network News

Open Doors USA shares Kyrgyzstan persecution update and requests prayer for Janysh and Laura, who fled their village in southern Kyrgyzstan.

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Church Attendance Plunges after Nepal Becomes a Secular State

Church Attendance Plunges after Nepal Becomes a Secular State

Posted on November 6, 2015 by Christianity Today

Christians mostly welcomed new constitution. Nepal’s main trading partner did not.

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Study says Christians are more selfish. Let's prove it wrong.

Study says Christians are more selfish. Let’s prove it wrong.

Posted on November 6, 2015 by Christian Today

Maybe it’s time that we redoubled our efforts to teach about the importance of serving others, writes Andy Walton.

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When It’s Hard to Be a Christian at School

by Erin Davis

If you’ve ever wondered how to stand for Christ in the halls of your school, you’re gonna love what we’re launching next. (PS: We need your input!)

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.”)


“God has Revealed Something to Me…”

The Word of God is alive, teaching us everything we need to know about who God is and who we are before and after saving grace through the blood of Jesus Christ alone.  And as believers we have been given the Holy Spirit and the grace of God to teach us and when necessary rebuke […]

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Why God May be Ready to Shake America

It’s not what you think. Julaine Appling joins the program today.

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Is Humpty Dumpty About to Fall?

America is $80 trillion dollars in debt with all things considered. Is the Church preparing Christians for the days ahead?

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Preparing for and Facing Adversity as Christians

Running from adversity is running away from God’s will. Dave Wager joins the program today.

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Is America on the Brink of Chaos?

We cannot remain lawless forever. Pastor Seiko Woods joins us on today’s program.

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‘Prophetic Prayer’ Claims God Has Given Donald Trump ‘Anointing for Mantle of Government’

‘Prophetic Prayer’ Claims God Has Given Donald Trump ‘Anointing for Mantle of Government’

By Heather Clark Christian News Network DALLAS, Texas — A leadership and motivational speaker recently delivered what he called a “prophetic prayer” to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump via his attorney, claiming that God has given Trump “an anointing for the mantle of government.” Lance Wallnau of Dallas posted a video on Facebook on Tuesday […]

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Pew Research: U.S. is Less Religious and More Accepting of Homosexuality

According to recent findings from Pew Research Center, the U.S is becoming less religious.

“An extensive new survey of more than 35,000 U.S. adults finds that the percentages who say they believe in God, pray daily and regularly go to church or other religious services all have declined modestly in recent years,” reported Pew Forum.

The number of adults who say they believe in God in has declined from 92% in 2007 to 89% in 2014. Those who are “absolutely certain God exists” have decreased from 71% to 63%. Many say they “do not belong to any organized faith,” specifically Millennials.

Here’s the silver lining: “The study also suggests that in some ways Americans are becoming more spiritual. About six-in-ten adults now say they regularly feel a deep sense of ‘spiritual peace and well-being,’ up 7 percentage points since 2007. And 46% of Americans say they experience a deep sense of “wonder about the universe” at least once a week, also up 7 points over the same period.”

Views on abortion have remained stable. About 53% say “abortion should be legal in all or most cases.” Attitudes about homosexuality have shifted since 2007 especially with Millennials. “The survey finds that acceptance of homosexuality is growing rapidly even among religious groups that have traditionally been strongly opposed to it. For instance, more than a third of evangelical Protestants now say homosexuality should be accepted by American society, up 10 points since 2007.”

Read the full study here.

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The 6 Assassins of A Man’s Contentment

You have enemies as you try to live as a content man. Most of the time we think the enemies are from without—people around us and circumstances upon us. But the true enemies of contentment are within in us, which is where contentment is either fed or starved.

At the heart of contentment is an embrace of the present and a willingness to enjoy the good things we have right now. These enemies distract us from the present and prompt us to either idolize or demonize our past and future. We either worship or hate the past or future, but doing so makes it impossible to embrace the glory of the contented life.

The following 6 assassins are at work within you to destroy your enjoyment of the life God has given you…

1. Regret

Sometimes we should regret things. If we make bad decisions, if we hurt other people, we need to acknowledge our mistakes and feel their weight. But some men allow their regrets to turn into a cancer of self-loathing that undermines their ability to make balanced and healthy stories out of their lives.

2. Nostalgia

In the words of Don Draper, nostalgia is “delicate, but potent. It’s a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone.” It recalls to mind the successes and joys of the past, while suffocating our ability to enjoy the present. Our lives can never escape the unrealistic burden of having to measure where we are now according to a standard set a year or decade ago.

3. Fear

Some people are so consumed by their fear of what will come tomorrow that they are paralyzed today. They worry that if they enjoy something too much, they will be devastated if it goes away. As a result, they are always hedging their bets, always pulling back at the last second from the edge of truly enjoying life. Their fear becomes a self-fulfilling cycle of discontentment.

4. Vision

To have vision for the future is a good thing, but some men become blind to the present. They can’t appreciate what they have now because they’re waiting to achieve the goals that will finally turn their life around. These men are greyhounds chasing the rabbit around a track with no finish line.

5. Multitasking

Multitasking spreads our attention across many activities, but keeps us from fully engaging any of them. There is no sense of completion for the multitasker because there is always something undone. When we multitask we don’t give ourselves fully to anything. Instead, we give some of ourselves to everything. This nullifies the reward of of seeing one thing to the end.

6. Hurriedness

Busyness is doing all the things that we are responsible for, but hurriedness is the frantic mental and emotional state we experience that accompanies our busyness. Hurried people can’t celebrate (which is the secret sauce of contentment) because they are focused on the next thing on their to-do list.

These assassins are deadly because they hide in the inner recesses of our hearts and enable us to have a certain degree of productivity. But the victory is short-lived.

Contentment is the fuel for a life well-lived.


Three Helpful Truths about Mental Illness

With the holiday season approaching, I have mixed emotions. I love the decorations, pumpkin-flavored everything, Christmas music, and candles with scents like “Frosted Snowflake” and “Fireside Flannel.”

But along with the excitement comes a twinge of dread.

For the roughly 20% of people affected by mental illness, namely anxiety and depressive disorders, the holidays can be a difficult time. More external triggers, anything from the weather to the excessive amounts of sugar we tend to consume, come into play.

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There are internal triggers, too. Loneliness can be magnified against all the talk of family gatherings and parties. On the flipside, too much festive togetherness can cause anxiety and an intense urge to withdraw. Even memories from seasons past, good and bad, can create swells of sadness or fear. People without mental illness are not necessarily immune to these things, but healthy brain chemistry makes their impact manageable and temporary, instead of detrimental and lasting.

As a member of the 20%, I’m in holiday prep mode. I’m practicing healthy coping skills, planning to avoid triggers that are within my control, and seeking the Lord’s help and protection. And as I become more ministry-minded, that percentage means something different to me this year. It means that one out of every five people I interact with could be like me.

It has also occurred to me that mental illness is still, in some ways, a dark corner in Christian subculture and the church. While I won’t attempt to remedy that all in one small post, I do want to share some truths that are incredibly helpful to me and that I hope will give light to others who are members of both the body of Christ and the 20%.

1. There is something wrong.

Whether I’m in the middle of an anxiety spell or a bout of depression, nothing makes me feel abnormal like a good party, and the holidays are full of them. It’s easy for me to look at other people who seem to be effortlessly enjoying themselves and think, “What is wrong with me? Why can’t I just have fun and really be present?” The answer is that there is definitely something wrong with me. But the comforting news is that there is something wrong with everyone else, too.

We know that sin came into the world through Adam and Eve and because of that, death spread to everyone and everything (Romans 5:12). Sin corrupted every molecule of creation and made things that were created to be right, wrong. Sin birthed disease, disorder, and decay. Cells in our bodies have been corrupted to create cancerous tumors. Our joints deteriorate and become arthritic. And in the same way, the chemicals in our brains that were designed to harmonize in balance and self-regulate have been corrupted to sink too low or climb too high.

Understanding that mental illness is no more or less a side effect of our fallen world than cancer or arthritis is comforting. It takes away any stigma or shame. For me, the broken nature of sin manifests itself in my body in the form of clinical anxiety and depression. So yes, there is something wrong with me, but it is nothing that falls outside of Christ’s intentions to redeem.

2. It’s not a matter of faith.

This is where it gets tricky. According to a study conducted within the last two years, 50% of evangelical Christians surveyed believe that prayer and Bible study, alone, can heal mental illness. And I’ll admit that I wrestle with that idea, myself, from time to time.

If my faith were stronger, would this go away? Maybe I don’t really believe that God can heal me. Maybe I don’t really trust God, and that’s why I have panic attacks. If I really believed his plans for me are good, then I wouldn’t be so sad.

Scripture says that half of evangelical Christians, along with those questions that fester in my mind, are wrong. My faith didn’t cause my mental illness, and it is not the solution to it. My faith will determine how I do or do not glorify God through it, as well as how I deal with it daily, but it does not determine if or when or how I will be healed of it.

God has promised me a perfect body, including a perfectly functioning mind, one day (1 Corinthians 15:43-44; Philippians 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). I have full faith in that promise because it is part of God’s covenant with me through Jesus Christ. Does he have the ability to give me a healthy, right mind between now and then? Absolutely. Does my faith decide that? Nope.

Concerning healing from anything, our end of the deal begins and ends with placing faith in Jesus Christ for salvation and trusting that the Lord’s will is perfect, he is sovereign over all circumstances, and that all things are possible (Isaiah 46:9-10; Matthew 19:26). Even the ability to have faith is not of our own making, but an invitation from God and a gift of his grace (John 6:44, Ephesians 2:8).

3. Medication is okay and often necessary.

Speaking of what is and is not in our power to do about mental illness, medication is on the “is” list. I would even call it a gift. In his mercy, the Lord has given man the intelligence, skill, and material to create medications to subdue the effects of some mental illnesses. That is something we 20% members should be thankful for, not afraid or ashamed of.

However, I’ll be the first one to admit that’s easier said than done. Throughout my life, there have been seasons when I’ve been able to live well without the help of meds and seasons when I’ve needed them. Just recently, I decided to start taking medication again after five years of doing relatively fine without it. Through prayer, wise counsel, and some divinely orchestrated situations, it became clear to me that this was the right choice. That didn’t necessarily make it easier to accept, though. After five years of “fine,” I think I had lulled myself into a false sense of self-sufficiency. That’s the scary place to be. Admitting weakness, calling on the Lord for help, and taking that help in whatever form he sees fit to give is good and right (2 Kings 20:1-7; 2 Corinthians 12:7-12).

So that’s how faith and mental illness are not connected, and I want to end with how they are connected. When my mind is at its most fragile, the one leg I have to stand on is that the Lord has promised to keep me from all evil and to keep my life (Psalm 121:7). He is my refuge…even from my own mind (2 Samuel 22:31; Psalm 71:1, 18:2; Nahum 1:7). In the throes of anxiety and depression, there has never been a time when I have cried out to the Lord and he did not (eventually) answer me. He has provided wise counsel, supportive relationships, and sometimes just a moment of clarity long enough to see my way out.

So as another holiday season begins, those of us in the 20% can rest on the promises of God. He promises to give us joy. He is our hope. He has called us by name. And when dark days loom, he promises to be with us. We will pass through and not be utterly consumed (Isaiah 43:2).

Which of these truths is most helpful to you today? Who can you encourage with these truths?

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The Dangers of Man-Centered Theology

I recently stumbled across a video where a guy who looked like he was possibly preaching, claimed to have had a real vision of Jesus. In the video he claims that, get this, Jesus asks him for forgiveness! It was just an incredible reminder of the times we are living in. We live in a day where the Church has become completely man-centered. to the point where now Jesus needs to ask us for forgiveness.

Man-centered theology is natural. We are born worshipping ourselves. It is in our veins because of original sin. We think the world revolves around us, and ultimately we think God exists for us. Man-centered theology can show up many different ways, but ultimately it is the exaltation of man and the belittling of God.

Your theology matters. It affects the way you think, the way you live, the way you approach others around you, and ultimately it affects your truman showrelationship with God.

As we were preaching through Ephesians in our Young Adult Sunday school class, it was pretty evident that a right understanding of scripture does not allow for any boasting in the Christian life. The more you read the Bible the more you realize that the Bible is God-centered, and eternity in heaven will be a celebration of the Glory of God. In fact I believe that the a major purpose of our salvation is for the angels to watch us in heaven worshipping God, and scratching their heads in utter amazement that sinful people like me will be able to be in God’s presence worshipping him. They’ve seen us sin, they’ve seen how hypocritical we are, and seeing us in heaven worshipping God will be yet another reason for the angels to worship the Trinity.

And yet despite the fact that scripture is so clear that salvation is not about us, we are always tempted to make it all about us. Have you noticed how many preachers talk about the worth of man, and seem to neglect speaking about God’s glory and His worth?

Our flesh is always telling us to think highly of ourselves. But I think we need to resist this urge to exalt ourselves. Here are some reasons to put away man-centered theology and to embrace a God-centered mindset.

Man-Centered Theology can lead to depression

We are all born with a Anthropocentric view. For me it had led me to really think that the whole world revolved and should revolve around me. Discovering the sovereignty of God has been one of the greatest treasures of my life. After dealing with depression for a few years, I had the privilege of reading through the Bible in 10 weeks at a Bible School. When I realized I was not the center of the universe I could suddenly sleep at night. When I realized that God was fully in control and that man including myself was sinful and desperately evil (Romans 3:10-23) suddenly I came to grips with two facts, first that I was worshipping myself rather than God, and second that I desperately wanted everyone around me to worship me as well. In our fallen nature we automatically think very highly of ourselves. And because of this we desire everyone around us to think highly of us. When they don’t reciprocate sometimes it ends up affecting us in a very negative way. Sometimes like in my life, it can lead to depression. The Bible tells us something significantly different. The bible tells us that the more we make of Christ the happier we’ll be (Phil 1:20-21). The more we value others the more like Christ we will be (Phil 2:3-4). When everyone around us doesn’t love us as much as we love ourselves problems are bound to happen.

Man-Centered Theology leads to a minimized view of salvation

When you reject the doctrine of total depravity your view of humans and particularly yourself become warped. I would say though, that it is natural to road ragehave a man-centered theology. We always give ourselves the benefit of the doubt. We love minimizing our sin and maximizing the sin of others. David in the midst of one of the most egregious acts of treason this world has ever seen, considering he was the man after God’s own heart, gets presented with a story of a man who cooks someone’s pet lamb. David in anger, claims the man should die. If that man deserves death what does David deserve? Yet we do the same. When someone cuts us off we instantly demand the death penalty, when we cut someone off we think they deserved it. We love minimizing sin. This is why works-based religions are so popular. Works-based religions exist because people have a high view of self and a low view of God. The fact of the matter is that if you believe in Hell and that it is eternal, then you must believe that the gap between us and God is eternal. The greater the gap you see the better your theology is. It is simply impossible to over-exaggerate how vast the gap between a non-christian and God is. When we realize this the more thankful we will be.

Man-Centered Theology leads to a lack of evangelism

One of the main motivations for evangelism is the fact that God opened up our eyes to see the truth. We weren’t in a tough bind and all we needed was a little break. We weren’t drowning in the ocean and all we needed was a life-preserver. We weren’t mostly dead as Billy Crystal would lead us to believe. We were completely dead. We were like Lazarus in the tomb. And when we consider our state properly our thankfulness to the Creator will be greater. David in Psalm 51 realizes his sin, sees it for what it is, and knows God has forgiven him. This realization automatically propels him to evangelism, he says in verses 14 and 15,

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation;
Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
That my mouth may declare Your praise.

A right understanding of salvation gives you the motivation to tell others about God’s saving power. The more you exalt man the less thankful you will be and the less you will evangelize.

Man-Centered Theology confuses what the Sunday morning gathering is about

We live in a very consumeristic society. We want to be served and we want to be served right now. Young guys like me think that we can solve all the church-serviceproblems of the church, we think that we need to give the world what it wants. Suddenly church services are more like Rock concerts, sermons are less than 20 minutes, and the focus for the Sunday morning gathering become the “seeking” unbeliever. This turns an attender into more of a spectator and not a participant as the Bible would encourage us. By now we’ve all seen Victoria Osteen tell us that church is about us. This demonic mindset also trains the attendee to be a critic rather than an encourager. Hebrews 10:24-25 the famous anti-skipping church passage is so much more than a call to attend church, it is a radical call to all attenders to be engaged mentally in the gathering of the saints. It calls us to not only attend, which is obviously step one, but to be a participant who is others focused. It is an understanding that when I show up at church I am training myself to think about the other members in the church. We know that every Sunday morning God’s glory is at stake in the heart of every member.

Man-Centered Theology leads to a misunderstanding of the Gospel

Ultimately salvation is not about you. God loved us despite us. The angels who will see us worshipping God for eternity will be scratching their heads wondering how in the world did so and so get saved (1 Peter 1:12). This will lead the angels to turn to God and his miraculous saving power as the only explanation, and will lead them to more worship of God. God saved us to bring glory to Himself and it just so happens to be to our benefit. We are most joyful when we obey and know God. You can have a man-centered understanding of the Gospel and still be a Christian no doubt, but other than the problems listen above, it is interesting to note that every false religion has an entirely man-centered theology. What separates Christianity from every other religion is the fact that it is entirely God who saves and it is He who initiates, justifies, regenerates, and ultimately it is He who will sanctify and glorify the believer. We will spend eternity in awe of his greatness, and it won’t be long enough to fully grasp it.

If you desire to fight our natural tendency to think highly of ourselves and you wish to have more of a God-centered theology here are 10 books I and others pastors have found helpful to help in that area.


The Fruit of Patience

The prophet Habakkuk was sorely distressed. His misery was provoked by the spectacle of the threat of the pagan nation of Babylon against Judah. To this prophet it was unthinkable that God would use an evil nation against His own people; after all, Habakkuk mused, “God is too holy even to look upon evil.” So the prophet protested by mounting his watchtower and demanding an answer from God: “And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith” (Hab. 2:2–4).

The final words of this utterance, “the righteous shall live by faith,” are cited three times in the New Testament by the familiar words, “the just shall live by faith.” In this phrase, “faith” refers to “trust in God.” It involves trusting in the future promises of God and waiting for their fulfillment. The promise to Habakkuk is one of just thousands given by God in Scripture to His people. Such promises characteristically come with the admonition that though they tarry, we must wait for them.

Waiting for God is at the heart of living by faith. The Christian does not share the cynical skepticism dramatized by the theatrical production Waiting for Godot. The end of Christian hope is never shame or embarrassment, because we have a hope that is a sure anchor for our souls. It is this hope in the trustworthy promises of God that is the ground of the Christian’s virtue of patience.

We are told that we live in a culture that is consumed by consumerism. Madison Avenue daily feeds our instant gratification, which is not merely a weakness; it is an addiction in our time. The epidemic of credit-card indebtedness bears witness to this malady. We want our luxuries, our pleasures, and our niceties, and we want them now. The antiquated virtue by which stewardship capitalism had its impetus was the principle of “delayed gratification.” One postponed immediate consumption in favor of investing for future growth. By that principle, many prospered—but not without the necessary exercise of patience.

For me to live another day requires a continuation of God’s gracious patience with my sin.

When the Bible speaks of patience, particularly as one of the fruits of the Spirit, and as one of the characteristics of love, it speaks of it as a virtue that goes far beyond the mere ability to await some future gain. It involves more than the rest or peace of the soul that trusts in God’s perfect timing. The patience that is in view here focuses more on interpersonal relationships with other people. It is the patience of longsuffering and of forbearing in the midst of personal injury. This is the most difficult patience of all. When we are injured by others, we long for vindication, a vindication that is speedy. We fear that the axiom “justice delayed is justice denied” will work its havoc in our souls. The parable of the unjust judge speaks eloquently to this human struggle, when our Lord asks rhetorically: “Will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night?” The parable that calls us not to faint in times of trial ends with the haunting question: “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?” The parable ties together patience and faith. If we look at the triad of virtues underscored in the New Testament—faith, hope, and love—we see that each one of these virtues contains within it the necessary ingredient of patience. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13 that love suffers long. This longsuffering, forbearing patience is to be the Christian’s reflection of the character of God. It is part of God’s character to be slow to anger and quick to be merciful. Part of the incomprehensibility of God in terms of my own relationship with Him is this: I cannot fathom how a holy God has been able to put up with me marring His creation to the degree I have for three score and five years. For me to live another day requires a continuation of God’s gracious patience with my sin. The bare and simple question is this, “How can He put up with me?” The mystery is compounded when we add to the patience of God not only His patience with me but His patience with you, and you, and you, and you—multiplied exponentially throughout the whole world. It becomes even more difficult to fathom when we see a sinless Being being more patient with sinful beings than sinful beings are with each other.

God’s patience is long but not infinite. He warns that there is a border to His longsuffering, which He will not extend. Indeed, He has appointed a day in which He will judge the world, and that day will mark the endpoint of God’s striving with us. It will also mark the day of vindication for His longsuffering saints.

To be sure, a longsuffering patience is one of the most difficult exercises we can achieve. It is subjected to trial everyday. Such trials can eat away at our love, our hope, and our faith. This erosion can leave us broken and embittered. In this regard, we must tie ourselves to the mast and look to the manifold witnesses that Scripture provides of the people of God who endured such trials and tribulations. We look to Job, the classic paragon of patience who cried from the dung-heap: “Though he slay me, I will trust in him.” The patience of Job was merely an outward display of the faith of Job, the hope of Job, and the love of Job.

This post was originally published in Tabletalk magazine.


Words of Comfort: Forgiven.

The life of Joseph is a foreshadow of the life of Jesus. Joseph forgave his brothers, the sons of Israel, explaining that God used their act of betrayal to bring him to Egypt, so he could save their lives.

Jesus, during the trial before His crucifixion, told Pilate that his authority to sentence Him to death was due only to God’s will. “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above” (John 19:11). Jesus, too, forgave those who crucified Him (Luke 23:34).


Simultaneous Joy and Sorrow

Simultaneous Joy and SorrowHow can someone have unshakeable joy in Jesus and deal with the painful realities of life? In fifteen minutes, John Piper embraces and explains the necessary tension between joy and sorrow in the Christian life. With every trial we face, God has given us a specific grace designed for that trouble.

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Celebrity pastors are not a new phenomenon, nor is our human tendency to exalt our leaders to unsustainable heights. What is new is the number of celebrity pastors and the speed at which they are being created and corrupted. Every generation has had a handful of well known pastors, but why are there now so many, and how do they achieve so much influence with so little accountability?

What Getting Dumped Says About You | Desiring God
Breakups are bad enough. Getting broken up with — that’s another monster entirely.

Why every seminary student should read J. C. Ryle | Southern Blog
Ben Rogers recommends Ryle’s Expository Thoughts and Simplicity in Preaching as a good starting point for Seminary students.

New Book

The First Days of Jesus: The Story of the Incarnation by Andreas Kostenberger and Alexander Stewart. Companion volume to The Final Days of Jesus.

Kindle Books

The Most Encouraging Book on Hell Ever by Thor Ramsey $1.99.

What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung $4.74.


A La Carte (November 6)

Today’s Kindle deals include several titles in the excellent New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology series: The Messianic Hope ($0.99); The Ten Commandments ($2.99); Future Israel ($2.99); and Sermon on the Mount ($2.99). Also consider How to Read the Bible in Changing Times by Mark Strauss ($1.99) and A Simple Christianity by John MacArthur ($2.99).

Where Are the Mature Women Writers?

Aimee Byrd asks some good questions. “Has the Reformed church invested so little into their women that there are only a few that can contribute on a deeper theological level? I don’t think that is the case. But have we adequately shown that we need and value their insight and teaching?”

This Glorious Grace

You may be interested in this new album from Austin Stone Music. I’ve really been enjoying it.

Pray For Your Church 31 Day Challenge

Mike Leake is leading another 31-day prayer challenge. “Whatever local church God has placed you in, I want to challenge you to spend the next 31 days praying for the local body of Christ where God has placed you.”

Long Term Scripture Memorization

Chris Brauns shares the system he uses to memorize Scripture and to remember it for the long haul.

The Grizzly Toll

WORLD: “In a recently released Center for Medical Progress (CMP) video, a Michigan Planned Parenthood executive encourages her colleagues to stop ‘denying the reality’ of pro-life images of aborted babies and start acknowledging abortion does involve violence and the killing of persons.”

This Day in 1935. American revivalist Billy Sunday died 80 years ago today. Sunday was a baseball player who became one of America’s most famous evangelists. *

TSA Remains Terrible

I think the more you fly the more you come to suspect this: “Unfortunately, as lots and lots of evidence has shown, the TSA needs to get lucky to actually stop anyone. That’s backed up by a new report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General.”

The Transgender Movement and Government Overreach

ERLC covers disturbing news out of Illinois. “The federal government’s actions in Palatine, Illinois is government overreach at its worst.” Indeed. (And, on a similar note, you may be interested in Adam4d’s comic Intolerant.)


The Daily Discovery (November 6, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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The Dangers of Man-Centered Theology – “I recently stumbled across a video where a guy who looked like he was possibly preaching, claimed to have had a real vision of Jesus. In the video he claims that, get this, Jesus asks him for forgiveness! It was just an incredible reminder of the times we are living in. We live in a day where the Church has become completely man-centered. to the point where now Jesus needs to ask us for forgiveness.”

The Decline of Fundamentalism – “We owe a massive debt of gratitude to the pioneers of the fundamentalist movement. Sadly, few Christians understand the necessity of the war they fought in the last century. If not for their bold stand, the vast majority of American churches probably would have capitulated to the influence of theological liberalism—a juggernaut that spiritually devastated Europe, the heartland of the Reformation.”

The Fruit of Patience – “The prophet Habakkuk was sorely distressed. His misery was provoked by the spectacle of the threat of the pagan nation of Babylon against Judah. To this prophet it was unthinkable that God would use an evil nation against His own people; after all, Habakkuk mused, ‘God is too holy even to look upon evil.’ So the prophet protested by mounting his watchtower and demanding an answer from God: ‘And the LORD answered me: ‘Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith’ (Hab. 2:2–4).”

Church Discipline in Church History (Part 1) – “The issue or topic of Church Discipline is one which seems to be becoming one of more focus as the twenty-first century church seeks to either maintain or recapture ground lost to the post-modern era from which it is emerging. For some this may be a topic of which little or nothing is known while for others it may be a bit of a ‘hobby-horse’ issue. Therefore, it will not be the goal of this series to try to convince anyone of the requirement of this practice one way or another. Rather, the focus will be to provide background information from the foundation of the church at Pentecost to the present regarding the practice of church discipline and it its goal of restoration within the context of the church. This is undertaken in order to equip the one who has little current knowledge as well as provide balance for those who may have made this into a pet theological issue. In order to accomplish these lofty goals a survey style of presentation has been chosen which will begin in the first century AD and progress to the third century followed by the period of the Protestant Reformation and ending with own time.”

How Does the Bible Address the Question of Why God Allows His People to Suffer? – “The Bible addresses the question of suffering, in one sense or another, in almost every book. But two of the most interesting sources are the book of Ruth and the book of Job. With different characters and with different stories and in different styles—but with the same God—they demonstrate God’s power, presence, and purposes in the midst of perplexing pain.”


SERMON:

Matt Chandler – The Apostle’s Creed (Part 9): I Believe in the Holy Spirit


VIDEOS:

Essential or Fundamental Doctrines?

The Psychological Manipulation of the “Invitation”


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


Christian Headlines Daily –

http://www.christianheadlines.com/

Top Headlines

 Moody Bible Institute Sued for Allegedly Taking Advantage of Seniors
 Christian Charity Says It’s Time to Hold Porn Industry Accountable
 U.S. Congressman: God Has a Plan for the Federal Reserve
 Muslims Who Raped Two Pakistani Christian Teenagers Acquitted in Trial
 Kentucky’s New Governor Has ‘Fervent Christian Faith’
 Family Creates Bucket List for Terminally Ill Baby
 Doctors and Hospitals Saying No to Obamacare
 Feds Give School One Month to Open Girls’ Locker Room to Transgender Student
 Pew Study: More Americans Reject Religion, but Believers Firm in Faith
 Trump under Fire for Posting Picture of Jeb Bush Next to Nazi Swastika

Opinion

 God is Still Not Dead in America
 More on Marijuana Madness: Taking the Debate Further
 The Urgency of Winning People for Christ
 Have Americans Really Changed Their Minds on Same-sex Marriage?
 Sabor-tooth Psychology: Why Darwinism Can’t Explain Religion

11/06/15 As a Witness to Them

READING:  Mark 13

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  In my reading the Scriptures this year, I’ve been halted more than once by God’s commitment to get His name to the nations. I’ve known that truth, but it’s been more obvious to me this year. In the Old Testament, He often led His people into difficult situations so the nations might know of His might. In today’s New Testament reading, it’s clear that God uses even persecution to proclaim His name.

Mark 13:9  “But you, be on your guard! They will hand you over to sanhedrins, and you will be flogged in the synagogues. You will stand before governors and kings because of Me, as a witness to them.”

Seldom do we understand all that God orchestrates in our lives, especially when the events are difficult — even leading to death at times. Nevertheless, God apparently gives believers opportunities to stand for Christ under persecution in ways they would not have had apart from such difficulty. Just as Paul and Silas had opportunities to witness in an unscheduled prison visit in Acts 16, perhaps we, too, will have more opportunities brought about by persecution.

We may not like that concept, but there’s no question that such an open door will force us to determine what we truly live for. If we’re living for ourselves, we’ll protect our name. If we’re living for God, we’ll proclaim His name — regardless of the cost.

ACTION STEPS: Today, read some stories about persecution (e.g., http://www.persecution.com/public/homepage.aspx?clickfrom=%3d6d61696e5f6d656e75). Pray for God’s name to be proclaimed.

PRAYER: “God, give me faith to live — and die — for You. Use me as You wish to honor Your name.”



Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


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.


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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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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November 6, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Nov. 6, 2015

BLOOMBERG

Benjamin Netanyahu is looking past his fraught relationship with President Obama to a more lasting concern as he visits Washington next week: rebuilding Israel’s standing with American Democrats.

The House passed a long-term U.S. highway funding plan Thursday, handing new Speaker Paul Ryan a legislative victory and paving the way for the first multi-year transportation law since 2012.

Employment snapped back with a vengeance in October, wage growth accelerated and the jobless rate fell to 5 percent, boosting the odds that Federal Reserve policy makers will raise borrowing costs next month. The 271,000 gain in payrolls was the biggest this year and exceeded all estimates in a Bloomberg survey of economists.

Toyota is spending $1 billion to form a research institute focused on the artificial intelligence and robotics technology it needs to make cars that can overcome driver errors and reduce traffic fatalities.

Sotheby’s sold $726.7 million of art in two days in New York, with works by Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh leading the way.

The White House launched what it calls the “Healthy Communities Challenge” on Friday, a competition among 20 cities with high rates of uninsured people. The city that makes the most progress enrolling uninsured people will see an appearance by Obama.

AP Top Stories

Russia ordered a halt Friday to flights to Egypt as concerns grew that a bomb downed a Russian plane after takeoff from its Sharm el-Sheikh resort, while British carriers started to evacuate holidaymakers.

As soon as the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen breached 12-nautical-mile territorial limits around one of China’s man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea last week, a Chinese warship shadowing its movements began demanding answers.

Two centuries-old burial vaults discovered beneath a street in the heart of New York University’s campus by workers replacing a water main were likely part of a Presbyterian church cemetery, an archaeologist said Thursday.

Israeli soldiers shot and killed an elderly Palestinian motorist who the military said tried to run them over in the occupied West Bank on Friday and a knife-wielding assailant wounded an Israeli civilian.

A number of rare and historic artifacts appear to have been unearthed after record rainfall in South Carolina last month, including pottery, boats and a possible mammoth skeleton, archaeologists said on Thursday.

Experts will next week begin inspecting the site in the southwestern Polish city of Walbrzych where a Nazi train that could contain looted treasure is allegedly buried, the city said Thursday.

A first group of experts, including the two men who claimed to have found the armored Nazi train, will likely start their non-invasive search early next week,

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s halt on flights to Egypt from Russia will affect tens of thousands of Russians and is expected to devastate Egyptian tourism. Russian officials and tourism experts say there’s about 30,000 to 40,000 Russians now in Egypt.

Republican Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor, announced on Tuesday that he has approved an agency rule that paves the way for the state to implement its program of drug testing some applicants for food stamps, job training or unemployment insurance. The drug-testing program became law as part of the state’s budget earlier this year, and will begin on Nov. 9.

A Picasso picture of a cabaret artist, which carries a second painting on the reverse, sold for $67.45 million in New York Thursday, scoring a windfall for American billionaire Bill Koch.

For the second time in five months, Mahan Air has purchased jets from Europe — violating terms of an agreement with the Obama administration.

A Pennsylvania small-town police officer who fatally shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay face down on the ground was acquitted Thursday at her murder trial.

BBC

UK investigators looking at what caused a Russian airliner to crash in Egypt believe a bomb was put in the hold prior to take-off, the BBC has learned.

Mustard gas was used in an attack on a town in northern Syria in August, chemical weapons experts are reported to have concluded.

Two British bankers have been convicted by a New York jury of manipulating inter-bank lending rates.

There have been 11 high school football deaths in the US since July, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, seven were directly related to football trauma.

More than a dozen people are feared dead after a dam holding back waste water from an iron ore mine in Brazil burst, flooding nearby homes.

WND

The pro-amnesty “United We Stay” nonprofit has created a “Bill of Rights for Undocumented Americans” demanding the country read and agree to its list of 10 demands, which are all based on the presumptive claim of all – even illegals – are human and therefore entitled to citizenship.

The White House has quietly and subtly put out the word that using the phrase “juvenile delinquent” is an offensive and unfair label that should be removed from federal government lips. Attorney General Loretta Lynch referred to those in the minor-age category who commit crimes as “justice-involved youth.”

White Americans in their 40s and 50s are “committing suicide at an unprecedented rate,” as well as dying from rampant drug abuse.


 

Top News – 11/6/2015

We are angry
Israelis are angry because we see the world’s nations have learned nothing from their past, and that we Jews still have to depend only on ourselves to survive.

Teneo, firm with Clinton ties, declines to answer Senate questions
In its letter, a copy of which was given to Reuters by the committee, Teneo declined to help with most of the panel’s queries, including questions about a previously unreported three-hour meeting at the consulting firm’s office in 2012 with Cheryl Mills when she was chief of staff to Clinton at the State Department.

Chemical weapons used by fighters in Syria – sources
Chemical weapons experts have determined that mustard gas was used in a Syrian town where Islamic State insurgents were battling another group, according to a report by an international watchdog seen by Reuters.

‘Cloud tsunami’: Ominous storm shelf cloud looms over Sydney
Rough weather has moved to Australia’s biggest city, Sydney. The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of severe storms across Sydney, the Hunter region, and the South and Central coasts, saying that heavy rainfall and flash flooding may be in store for residents.

Muslim council calls to ban all Jews from Temple Mount
Muslim council of clerics demands return to pre-1967 status, when Jordanian occupation forbade Jewish visitors completely. Ironically, the announcement read: “the Muslims want Al-Aqsa Mosque to be returned to the situation before 1967, when it was liberated from all occupation and under the rule of the Arabs and the Muslims, since it belongs only to the Muslims.”

INCOMING CME, CHANCE OF STORMS ON NOV 7th
Another round of geomagnetic storms may be in the offing. Sunspot AR2443 erupted on Nov. 4th, hurling a CME into space. The magnetized cloud of plasma is expected to deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field on Nov. 7th.

Egypt – Floods Strike Again – Fatalities in Beheira and Alexandria
One person has died in the recent spate of flooding in Alexandria. Local authorities in Alexandria declared Thursday 05 November 2015 an official day off to give the city time to recover from the flooding once again.

3 Killed in Flash Floods in Amman, Jordan
PETRA, the Jordan News Agency, described the downpour as “a heavy cloudburst of no more than an hour”. The rain started at around 08:00 local time today. Streets and traffic tunnels were flooded and 100s of vehicles were washed away or left stranded.

Moderate earthquake: M5.5 quake has struck near Nikolski in Alaska
A moderate earthquake magnitude 5.5 (ml/mb) has struck on Thursday, 87 km SSW of Nikolski, Alaska (54 miles). A tsunami warning has been issued near Nikolski in Alaska (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Moderate earthquake, 5 mag has occurred near Finschhafen in Papua New Guinea
A tsunami warning has been issued near Finschhafen in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 77.12 km (48 miles). The 5-magnitude earthquake was detected at 16:11:49 / 4:11 pm (local time epicenter).

Moderate earthquake, 5.3 mag was detected near Coquimbo in Chile
A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.3 (ml/mb) was reported 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Coquimbo in Chile on Friday. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Our World: Showdown at the OK Corral
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with US President Barack Obama next week is likely to look less like a rapprochement than a showdown at the OK Corral. The flurry of spy stories spinning around in recent weeks makes clear that US-Israel relations remain in crisis. Two weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal published a fairly detailed account of the US’s massive spying operations against Israel between 2010 and 2012.

Toyota invests $1 billion in artificial intelligence in US
Toyota is investing $1 billion in a research company…to develop artificial intelligence and robotics, underlining the Japanese automaker’s determination to lead in…cars that drive themselves and apply the technology to other areas of daily life. Toyota Motor Corp…said Friday the company will start operating from January 2016, with 200 employees at a Silicon Valley facility near Stanford University.

Socialists gather in NYC to plot political overhaul
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. The event, titled “Putting Socialist Revolution on the Table,” kicks off Saturday at the Shabazz Center and includes panel discussions on Black Lives Matter. It covers women and LGBT leadership, how to be a revolutionary and dispelling myths about China’s socialism.

Migrant crisis: Germany to fast-track asylum returns
Germany is to speed up the repatriation of failed asylum seekers, after the governing coalition resolved a rift on the issue. Chancellor Angela Merkel said five special centres would handle the applications of asylum-seekers deemed to have little chance of staying. Her Christian Democrats and their junior partners, the Social Democrats, have argued for weeks over the plan.

UN climate conference: France to impose border controls
France will impose border controls for one month from 30 November for the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said it was a precaution “because of the terrorist threat or risk of public disorder”. “It is by no means a suspension of Schengen,” he stressed, referring to the EU free travel zone where passport checks are minimal or non-existent.

Netanyahu heads to US to push for $50b. military aid package
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to leave for Washington on Sunday in hopes of securing a decadelong, $5 billion a year military aid package to help Israel defend itself against Iran and other regional threats. On Monday, US President Barack Obama plans to host Netanyahu at the White House for their first face-to-face meeting in a year.

Sheriff Clarke: Obama ‘Is Hallucinating If He Thinks He Has Improved Race Relations in America’
As for President Barack Obama’s claim that his presidency has helped “mobilize America on behalf of issues of racial disparity,” Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said the opposite is true and Obama is “hallucinating if he thinks he has improved race relations in Ameirca.”

The “War On Terror” Is The Hoax Foundation Of The Police/Spy State
The “war on terror” was a hoax. Americans were deceived by policymakers, who are pursuing a hegemonic agenda. The American people were too trusting and too gullible and, consequently, Americans were easily betrayed by Washington and by the presstitute media.

“There’s A Total Lack Of Confidence” McCain Warns Obama Of Growing “Military Dissatisfaction”
Conjuring images of “the kind of incrementalism that defined much of the Vietnam conflict,” John McCain came out swinging today exposing the frustration top military officers have with President Obama’s policies. “There’s a total lack of confidence in the president’s leadership,” the warmonger raged, adding – as perhaps a veiled threat – “there’s a level of dissatisfaction among the uniformed military that I’ve never seen in my time here.”

Russian plane crash: UK suspects bomb was placed in hold
UK investigators looking at what caused a Russian airliner to crash in Egypt believe a bomb was put in the hold prior to take-off, the BBC has learned. The government decided terrorism was likely after receiving intelligence based on intercepted messages between militants in the Sinai peninsula.

Palestinian attempts to stab Israeli in W.Bank, shot dead
A Palestinian attempted to stab an Israeli at a junction in the occupied West Bank on Thursday and was shot, police said.

Iranian president criticizes recent arrests of journalists
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized in remarks published Thursday the recent arrests of journalists amid an ongoing crackdown on expression by the country’s hard-liners.


Top Headlines – 11/6/2015

Obama rules out Israeli-Palestinian peace deal before leaving office

Netanyahu heads to US to push for $50b. military aid package

369 House lawmakers urge Abbas to end incitement against Israel

Within one hour in West Bank: Car ramming attack and stabbing

Terrorist killed after attempting to stab IDF soldier at Gush Etzion Junction

Majority of Israeli Jews back killing terrorists on the spot

77% of world Jews feel secure in their countries, poll finds

Palestinian government shuts Arab newspaper over report on Israel ties

Jordan’s King Abdullah: Cameras will not be installed inside al-Aksa Mosque

40-year-old mother of 7 indicted for spying for Al Aksa terror group

Sharm el-Sheikh flights shutdown triggered when British spies uncovered Isil bomb plot after Russian air crash

Obama says ‘possibility’ of bomb on plane that crashed in Egypt

US lawmaker: All indicators point to Islamic State attack on Russian plane

Russian plane crash: UK suspects bomb was placed in hold

Egypt minister says no evidence yet that bomb brought down Russian plane

ISIS hands out candy to celebrate ‘downing’ of Russian plane

Russia says flew 81 sorties, hit 263 targets in Syria in last two days

Russia ‘sent anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria’ to back up air campaign

NATO tests its capabilities – and wants Russia to take note

Report: Chemical weapons used by fighters in Syria

Lebanon: Arsal border town rocked by bomb

France to deploy largest warship in mission against IS

European Union: Three million more migrants could arrive by end of 2016

Migrant crisis: New footage shows refugee unrest at UK base in Cyprus

US deploys ground-attack A-10 planes to Turkey

Four charged in Ohio with aiding al-Qaida in Arabian Peninsula

Afghanistan to acquire attack helicopters from India to fight Taliban insurgency

China, Vietnam agree to maintain peace in South China Sea

China, The Roaring 20’s and The US Dollar has 5 More Years of Pseudo Life

Will there be a government shutdown this December?

Share of First-Time Homebuyers Falls in U.S., Now at 28-Year Low

Details of Pacific Trade Pact Fuel Debate

Violence as anti-capitalist march hits London

US to call for tighter security at foreign airports

Creepier than Google Glass? A third eye in the middle of your head

Massive Solar Storm Halts Air Travel in Sweden

Studies Suggest Sun Triggers Massive Earthquakes

Strong 6.3 earthquake hits Russia’s Kamchatka, no damage done

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Nikolski, Alaska

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Coquimbo, Chile

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kavieng, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Dili, East Timor

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Yamada, Japan

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Rinjani volcano in Indonesia erupts to 17,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft

Deep magma chambers seen beneath Mount St. Helens

Tropical Cyclone Megh to Follow in Footsteps of Chapala in the Arabian Sea

Cyclone killed eight in southeastern Yemen: official

Exxon Mobil Investigated for Possible Climate Change Lies by New York Attorney General

Colombia drought threatens one of world’s top coffees

El Nino Rains May Increase Risk for Disease Outbreaks, Crop Loss in East Africa

Life after Ebola: The survivors facing health problems and grief

46,471: Drug Overdoses Killed More Americans Than Car Crashes or Guns

US Reform Jews adopt sweeping transgender rights policy

With The ‘Transgender’ Movement, Liberalism Has Finally Descended Into Total Madness

Feds Give Chicago School 30 Days to Open Girls’ Showers to Trans Student

Japan same-sex couples recognised in two Tokyo districts

Michigan Women Central to US Gay Marriage Case Adopt Kids

Mormon Church Bars Children of Same-Sex Couples From Baptism, Blessings

The great exorcism boom

Texas Court to Decide If Gov’t Can Regulate Homeschool Curriculum

SBC Missions Agency Faces $21M Deficit – Could Be The End of Full Time Missionaries

SBC Mega Church Pastors Average $142,575 in Salary + $31,495 in Benefits

Houstons Lesbian Mayor Vows to Continue Push for Transgender Bathroom Ordinance

Gay Man Seeks Right to Marry His Adopted Son

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

Muslims Who Gangraped Christian Girls at Gunpoint Acquitted by Pakistani Court

Michigan town is 1st American city to elect majority Muslim council


Frontrunning: November 06

  • Dollar at three-month high as payrolls paralysis sets in (Read More)
  • 5 Things to Watch in the October Jobs Report (Read More)
  • China to Lift Ban on IPOs (Read More)
  • ArcelorMittal Is Latest Victim of China’s Steel-Export Glut (Read More)
  • ‘Hope to see you again’: China warship to U.S. destroyer after South China Sea patrol (Read More)
  • Giants Tighten Grip on Internet Economy (Read More)
  • Questions Surround Valeant CEO Pearson (Read More)
  • Steep drop in German industrial output raises questions over euro zone growth (Read More)
  • Islamic State Affiliate at Center of Russia Jet Crash Probe (Read More)
  • Goldman Sachs attempts to woo junior bankers with swift promotions (Read More)
  • Tullett Prebon May Purchase ICAP’s Voice-Broking Business (Read More)
  • VW’s Porsche Unit Rejects Media Report on Manipulation Software (Read More)
  • U.S. calls Netanyahu’s new media chief’s remarks ‘offensive’ (Read More)
  • Standard Chartered’s Shares Plunge 7% After Fitch Downgrade (Read More)
  • McDonald’s French fries return to Venezuela after 10 months (Read More)
  • American Apparel Founder Says He’s Broke and Can’t Afford Lawyer (Read More)
  • China’s Stock-Market Bulls Are Back, But Where Are the Earnings? (Read More)
  • New kind of “designer” immune cells clear baby’s leukaemia (Read More)
  • Has Bernie Sanders Peaked? (Read More)
  • MetLife Says Finra Staff Recommends `Significant Fine’ of Broker (Read More)
  • Allergan CEO Saunders warms up to drug discovery (Read More)
  • AstraZeneca to Buy ZS Pharma for $2.7 Billion in Cash Deal (Read More)

 

The Briefing

1) Cultural confusion over transgender movement now focused on transgender bathroom access

In All-Gender Restrooms, the Signs Reflect the Times, New York Times (Aimee Lee Ball)

As Transgender Students Make Gains, Schools Hesitate at Bathrooms, New York Times (Julie Bosman and Motoko Rich)

Opponents of Houston Rights Measure Focused on Bathrooms, and Won, New York Times (Manny Fernandez and Alan Blinder)

In Houston, Hate Trumped Fairness, New York Times (Editorial Board)

2) Parental busyness used as reason for institutionalizing day care, less time with parents

Raising Kids and Running a Household: How Working Parents Share the Load, Pew Research Center

Stressed, Tired, Rushed: A Portrait of the Modern Family, New York Times (Claire Cain Miller)

3) Child and teen overuse of technology cutting even into sleep 

Teens spend more time on media each day than sleeping, survey finds, USA Today (Matthew Diebel)

In other news…


Invasion U.S.A.

Today we have a very real invasion, an invasion of Muslims from different parts of the world. That leads me to wonder, who will win the war of evangelization, Christians or Muslims? Already Islam has a head start in our country in jails and prisons, and is more than willing to convert former Christian-leaning people with their brand of hateful religion.

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Obama Unleashes His Pro-Criminal Agenda

The president is freeing prisoners prematurely by the thousands — and giving them special privileges.

President Obama is attempting to fundamentally redefine and mainstream criminal behavior by fast-tracking criminals’ federal employment applications, weakening criminal law penalties, and trafficking in get-out-of-jail-free cards for tens of thousands of imprisoned federal drug offenders.

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Showdown at the OK Corral – Caroline Glick

Why Obama has no intention of letting bygones be bygones in his upcoming meeting with Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with US President Barack Obama next week is likely to look less like a rapprochement than a showdown at the OK Corral.

The flurry of spy stories spinning around in recent weeks makes clear that US-Israel relations remain in crisis. Two weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal published a fairly detailed account of the US’s massive spying operations against Israel between 2010 and 2012.

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Iran Bigger Threat Than ISIS – Joel Rosenberg

The gravest threat facing the world today is indisputably radical Islam, the American-Israeli New York Times best-selling author and former US and Israel political adviser, Joel Rosenberg, said at the Jerusalem Leadership Summit in the capital on Wednesday.

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Russia’s muscle is moving closer to Canada’s doorstep

Posted: 06 Nov 2015 08:35 AM PST

An oddity of Canada’s foreign policy of late is how gravely we viewed Russia’s expanding power in distant Eastern Europe and Syria, yet took scarce note of Moscow’s actions closer to our own Arctic and Asia-Pacific interests. Even allowing for the vast distances involved, Vladimir Putin’s strategic thrusts are almost on our doorstep and may well require far more serious attention from the incoming Liberal government.

For Russia is militarizing its section of the Arctic and expanding its naval operations through the already tense Asian rim of the Pacific at a time when more than half dozen nations there — including, in particular, the U.S., China and Japan — are struggling to redefine a new balance of power in the region. Granted, Russia is not Canada’s only concern, but Russia is special. It’s our feisty northern neighbour and our relations are in the pits. Canada was reportedly even seen in Moscow as the most anti-Russian nation on Earth in the more recent Stephen Harper years. FULL REPORT

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LDS Church says children of same-sex couples cannot be members

Posted: 06 Nov 2015 08:30 AM PST

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is confirming new policies affecting members in same-sex relationships and their children, and the changes mean that children of same-sex couples cannot become members of the LDS Church unless they are of legal age, are no longer living with their parents, and have disavowed the practice of same-sex relationships.

The LDS Church has made changes to its handbook for Bishops and Stake Presidents, known as Handbook 1, reflecting those new policies. The changes prompted responses from the group Equality Utah and a prominent former Mormon who was excommunicated on grounds of apostasy. The LDS Church will not permit children of parents in a same-sex marriage, “natural or adopted”, to receive a name and a blessing, which is a ceremony performed by members of the faith’s priesthood. FULL REPORT

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Iran bans US consumer goods

Posted: 06 Nov 2015 08:25 AM PST

Coca-Cola and Wrigley gum won’t see a newly-opened Iranian market. On Thursday, the Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh directed a blockade of American consumer goods, Press TV reports. The minister said the decision is based on guidance from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a letter to President Hassan Rouhani. According to Khamenei, the nuclear accord with world powers reached in July, should help the Iranian economy become more independent, which should have happened years ago.

This includes boosting national production and checking imports of US-made goods. Rouhani said he would comply with the guidance. The Iranian media has reported Khamenei met with students, where he said the United States still remains the main enemy of Iran. FULL REPORT

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Clinton Signed NDA Laying Out Criminal Penalties for Mishandling of Classified Info

Posted: 06 Nov 2015 08:18 AM PST

As the nation’s chief diplomat, Hillary Clinton was responsible for ascertaining whether information in her possession was classified and acknowledged that “negligent handling” of that information could jeopardize national security, according to a copy of an agreement she signed upon taking the job. A day after assuming office as secretary of state, Clinton signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement that laid out criminal penalties for “any unauthorized disclosure” of classified information.

Experts have guessed that Clinton signed such an agreement, but a copy of her specific contract, obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute through an open records request and shared with the Washington Free Beacon, reveals for the first time the exact language of the NDA. “I have been advised that the unauthorized disclosure, unauthorized retention, or negligent handling of SCI by me could cause irreparable injury to the United States or be used to advantage by a foreign nation,” the agreement states. FULL REPORT

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Paula White Halloween Photo Stirs Religious Controversy

Posted: 06 Nov 2015 08:13 AM PST

Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf made an appearance on evangelist Paula White’s Instagram, much to the chagrin of her followers. “Little Red Riding Hood with the Big Bad Wolf (emojis)️ #love #marriage #life #fun #makingmemories” the newlywed posted. The post has more than 1,500 likes and hundreds of comments. “By dressing up for Satan’s holiday, you are praising him. This is righteous judgment, not pointing a finger. The enemy needs to be exposed openly,” one commenter posted.

Another wrote: “Dressing Up in a Costume…(Costume Parties-Fall Festival-Family Day,…) There is NOTHING WRONG with that…” The back-and-forth is similar to conversations Christians have had in recent weeks regarding celebrating Halloween. Some, like Pat Robertson, say Oct. 31 is the day millions celebrate Satan. Others, including director Darren Wilson, say the holiday is a chance for the community to come together. FULL REPORT

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One World Religion Being Promoted? Rabbi, imam and bishop to adorn Belgian stamp

Posted: 06 Nov 2015 06:36 AM PST

The Belgian post office, Bpost, announced that next year it will release a stamp featuring Belgian faith leaders, including the country’s chief rabbi Albert Guigui. The stamp, which will bear the slogan, “Everybody equal, everybody different,” is aimed at promoting unity and tolerance. Rabbi Guigui, who leads the congregation at the Great Synagogue of Europe in Brussels, told The Times of Israel that last November he was invited to appear on the stamp together with Imam Khalid Benhaddou from Ghent and the Bishop of Antwerp Johan Bonny. The three were photographed standing close together and clasping hands in Antwerp by Flemish photographer Lieve Blancquaert.

“The stamp is meant to show that in Belgium, despite what is happening and what people hear in the news, there are good relations between faiths. The photo shows us holding hands, united and working together,” said Guigui, who is 70 years old and has been chief rabbi of Belgium for the past 30 years. The rabbi thinks that a stamp can be an effective means of promoting tolerance. FULL REPORT

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Oprah’s Controversial ‘Belief’ Goes Step Further, Calls Islamic Jihad ‘Misunderstood’

Posted: 06 Nov 2015 06:32 AM PST

Jihad—aka the term used when terrorists launch an attack—is a “misunderstood” term, according to a Southern California dean. In the introduction for the Muslim section of Oprah Winfrey’s Belief, Varun Soni, dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California says many have been interpreting the term jihad all wrong. “Many people interpret (jihad) as a holy war, but there is nothing holy about war,” Soni says. “What jihad actually represents is an internal struggle in our own heart.” He further states that jihad isn’t just a Muslim concept, but the reality of the human condition. FULL REPORT

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Restoring the Word and Spirit to Our Generation

Posted: 06 Nov 2015 06:29 AM PST

( Bert Farias ) A Facebook friend of mine wrote me the following, concerning the Word and the Spirit that men of old carried: “The men and women of old knew nothing of the extensiveness of error in the cotton candy gospel of today. They nipped it in the bud. They stated without apology that without holiness we won’t see the Lord. They knew Scripture far better than today’s Bible professors. Sister Pauline Parham, the daughter-in-law of Charles Parham, told me in Dallas in the early ’80s that the old preachers knew the Word far better than the new generation, and powerful moves of the Spirit not seen today were common.”—(Charles Parham [1883-1929] was the first preacher to articulate Pentecostalism’s distinctive doctrine of evidential tongues, and to expand the movement.)

Add to that the following prophecy given to F.F. Bosworth’s granddaughter: “The ministers of your grandfather’s day lit a Pentecostal fire that swept the world in their generation, but that fire has now died down to where only ashes and embers are left. But I am going to use your grandfather’s recordings to breathe on these embers with the wind of My Spirit, and that fire will rekindle and sweep the world again in a new Pentecostal revival.” We are facing a huge famine today of the true word of the Lord, sound doctrine, and the genuine move of the Holy Spirit. 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.


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.


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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GTY: The Decline of Fundamentalism

Jude 3

Code: B151106

by John MacArthur

We owe a massive debt of gratitude to the pioneers of the fundamentalist movement. Sadly, few Christians understand the necessity of the war they fought in the last century. If not for their bold stand, the vast majority of American churches probably would have capitulated to the influence of theological liberalism—a juggernaut that spiritually devastated Europe, the heartland of the Reformation.

The original fundamentalists were American theologians and pastors who understood that some biblical doctrines are too precious to take lightly. They resolutely defended foundational Christian truths like biblical inerrancy, the exclusivity of Christ, His resurrection, the realities of eternal life and eternal damnation, and human depravity. Those first fundamentalists prevailed through their unwavering commitment to God’s Word and refusal to negotiate on its truth. They are the reason why liberalism never overran the American church landscape, and why we can still find churches today where Scripture is supreme and the gospel is faithfully preached.

Sadly, however, the fundamentalist movement began to unravel almost as soon as it had experienced its initial successes. One wing of fundamentalism, desperate for academic respectability, could not resist the pluralism of the modern age. Schools that had been founded to counter theological liberalism were overexposed to liberal theology and began to compromise on the issue of biblical inerrancy, capitulating at the very point where early fundamentalism had taken its strongest stand. Incredibly, some fundamentalist schools and churches abandoned their commitment to biblical inerrancy within one generation of their founding! Most of these institutions and the people associated with them quickly repudiated the designation fundamentalist.

Another wing of fundamentalism moved the opposite direction. They were keenly aware that an obsession with academic respectability had led their brethren to abandon the fundamentals. For that reason they distrusted scholarship or spurned it altogether. This right wing of the fundamentalist movement was relentlessly fragmented by militant separatism. Legalism led to an extreme emphasis on external issues. Petty concerns often replaced serious doctrine as the matter for discussion and debate. This branch of the movement quickly reached the point where some of its adherents spent more time arguing about men’s hair length and women’s clothing than they spent defending the real fundamentals of the faith.

All the squabbling and extreme legalism eventually sullied the term fundamentalism. Intellectually and temperamentally, these fundamentalists utterly abandoned the high ground that the fathers of the movement had held so tenaciously. As a consequence the movement succumbed to a subtle depreciation of doctrine. The published material from this side of fundamentalism is notable for its total lack of any significant works with real doctrinal or biblical depth. The term fundamentalist became exclusively linked with this militant group.

In recent years, the term fundamentalist has been hijacked by the secular media, who apply it to every conceivable kind of religious fanatic.

Widening the Gate

The polemical, theological spirit of early fundamentalism is all but dead. Modern evangelicals are too willing to downplay doctrine. Unlike our fundamentalist forebears, many today are perfectly agreeable to the suggestion that true Christianity ought to be broad enough to accommodate widely differing—even contradictory—belief systems. Many evangelicals are seeking to forge spiritual alliances with Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, charismatic extremists, and even rank liberals—without regard to the fundamental doctrinal differences.

Historically, evangelicals and fundamentalists almost universally have rejected the ecumenical movement. The primary force in ecumenism has been the World Council of Churches, an organization that never really cared for biblical Christianity, preferring to recruit its membership primarily from among ultra-liberal denominations. Consequently, ecumenism has had little or no influence among evangelicals.

Even during the ecumenical movement’s most prosperous era, the 1960s, evangelical churches experienced dramatic growth while ecumenical churches quickly waned. A decade ago the World Council of Churches appeared to be a monument to a lost cause.

But now the picture is changing. Incredibly, today’s most powerful ecumenical forces are all under the banner of a foundering evangelicalism: the charismatic movement, Catholic-evangelical accords, cooperative mass evangelism, and a host of voices in the Christian media.

Lowering the Bar

An aggressive effort is being made to divest “the fundamentals” of key evangelical distinctives. Influential voices within evangelicalism are urging us to pare back the essentials to the barest possible statement of faith, and these voices can be heard across the spectrum of evangelicalism. Appeals for broader tolerance and more inclusivism have come from charismatics, dispensationalists, Calvinists and Arminians, Reformed and Lutheran leaders—so-called evangelicals of almost every stripe.

Paul Crouch, for example, president of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (until his death in 2013), wrote, “As I have said so often, one theologian’s heresy is another theologian’s orthodoxy.” Crouch nevertheless acknowledged that Jude chapter 3 commands us to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. “So what is ‘the faith’?”

Crouch, as one voice in an ever-growing chorus, argued that the Apostles’ Creed should be the dividing line between who is in “the faith” and who is not. But does that creed offer us a definitive set of non-negotiable fundamentals for the Christian faith? And how can we be confidant in it as authoritative on these matters? We’ll examine that next time.

(Adapted from Reckless Faith.)


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TMS: The Love You Don’t Need

“All you need is love.”

So said the Beatles. If they had been singing about God’s love, the statement would have a grain of truth in it. But what usually goes by the name love in popular culture is not authentic love at all; it is actually a deadly fraud. Far from being “all you need,” the world’s distorted view of love is something Christians desperately need to avoid.

The apostle Paul makes that very point in Eph 5:1–3. He writes, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.”

The simple command of verse 2 (“walk in love, as Christ loved us”) sums up the whole moral obligation of the Christian. After all, God’s love is the single, central principle that defines the Christian’s entire duty.

That kind of love really is “all you need.”

Romans 13:8–10 says, “The one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments . . . are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Galatians 5:14 echoes that selfsame truth: “The whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Jesus likewise taught that all the law and the prophets hang on two simple principles about love—the First and Second Great Commandments (Matt 22:38-40).

In other words, “love . . . is the bond of perfection” (Col 3:14, NKJV). When Paul commands believers to walk in love, the context reveals that in positive terms, he is talking about being kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving to one another (Eph 4:32). The model for such selfless love is Christ, who gave His life to save His people from their sins. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). And “if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11).

In other words, true love is always sacrificial, self-giving, merciful, compassionate, sympathetic, kind, generous, and patient. Those and many other positive, benevolent qualities (cf. 1 Cor 13:4-8) are what Scripture associates with divine love.

But notice the negative side as well, also seen in the context of Ephesians 5.

The person who genuinely loves others like Christ does must refuse every kind of counterfeit love. The apostle Paul names some of these worldly forgeries. They include immorality, impurity, and covetousness. The passage continues:

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not associate with them (vv. 4–7).

Immorality is perhaps our generation’s favorite substitute for love. Paul uses the Greek word porneia, which includes every kind of sexual sin. Popular culture desperately tries to blur the line between genuine love and immoral passion. But all such immorality is a total perversion of genuine love, because it violates both the Great Commandment (Mark 12:29-30) by disobeying God’s Word, and the Second Great Commandment (Mark 12:31; cf. Rom 13:9-10) by seeking self-gratification rather than the spiritual good and sanctification of others.

Impurity is another devilish perversion of love. Here Paul employs the Greek term akatharsia, which refers to every kind of filth and impurity. Specifically, Paul has in mind “filthiness,” “foolish talk,” and “crude joking,” which are the peculiar characteristics of evil companionship. That kind of camaraderie has nothing to do with true love, and the apostle plainly says it has no place in the Christian’s walk.

Covetousness is yet another corruption of love that stems from a narcissistic desire for self-gratification. It is the exact opposite of the example Christ set when He “gave Himself up for us” (v. 2). In verse 5, Paul equates covetousness with idolatry. Again, this has no place in the Christian walk, and according to verse 5, the person who is guilty of it “has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

Such sins, Paul says, “must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints” (v. 3). Of those who practice such things, he instructs his readers to “not associate with them” (v. 7), but rather to “expose” their deeds of darkness (v. 11).

Christians, then, are not showing authentic love unless they courageously speak the truth about all the popular perversions of love. Most of the talk about love these days ignores that principle. “Love” has been redefined as a broad tolerance that overlooks sin and embraces good and evil alike. But that is not love; it is apathy mixed with compromise.

God’s love is not at all like that.

Remember, the supreme manifestation of God’s love is the cross, where Christ “loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (v. 2). Thus Scripture explains the love of God in terms of sacrifice, atonement for sin, and propitiation: “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

In other words, Christ made Himself a sacrifice to turn away the wrath of an offended Deity. Far from dismissing our sins with a benign tolerance, God gave His Son as an offering for sin, to satisfy His own wrath and justice in the salvation of sinners. That is the very heart of the gospel.

God manifest His love in a way that upheld His holiness, justice, and righteousness without compromise. True love “does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth” (1 Cor 13:6). That is the kind of love we are called to walk in. It is a love that is “first pure, then peaceable” (cf. Jas 3:17).

Conversely, any so-called “love” that ignores God’s holiness or denies biblical truth is a deadly counterfeit that threatens to enslave and to deceive. It is the love you don’t need, because it is not really love at all.

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Today’s post is adapted from Dr. MacArthur’s article in The Master’s Seminary Journal entitled: God’s Word on Homosexuality: The Truth about Sin and the Reality of Forgiveness.

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Is there a war going on between God and His forces on one side and Satan and his forces on the other?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2 The Lord said to Satan, “ The Lord rebuke you, Satan! Indeed, the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?” (Zechariah 3:1-2 NASB)

I have had a rough couple of days. For a while I could not figure out what was wrong. Then at 3:30am this morning, not being able to sleep, I asked God for help. Things began to become clear. I was being accused by the enemy. I do not pretend to be righteous by my own merit. If I was I would have lost it a long time ago. However, our enemy loves to attack us, especially when we attack him and his strongholds. It is imperative to know…

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