Nov. 9, 2015
U.S. officials investigating the $12.8 trillion market for U.S. Treasuries are zeroing in on a practice of trading the debt before it’s issued, said a person familiar with the matter — spotlighting trades that several recent lawsuits allege are part of big banks’ efforts to rig Treasury markets.
The Financial Stability Board, created by the Group of 20, published its plan for tackling banks seen as too big to fail. The most systemically important lenders must have total loss-absorbing capacity equivalent to at least 16 percent of risk-weighted assets in 2019, rising to 18 percent in 2022, the FSB said on Monday.
Chinese investors, jolted out of complacency by the yuan’s Aug. 11 devaluation, are chasing dollar-denominated assets to guard against currency volatility.
Google wants to set the standard on artificial intelligence. The Web company, seeking to influence how people design, test, and run artificial-intelligence systems, is making its internal AI development software available for free. It’s based on the same internal system Google has spent several years developing to support its AI software and other mathematically complex programs.
As evidence grows that a bomb may have downed a Russian passenger jet over Egypt, the Kremlin is focused on countering the threat of terrorism at home from sympathizers of Islamic State.
UBS Group is adding staff to its wealth-management business in Israel as a boom in the country’s technology industry turns a growing number of entrepreneurs into millionaires.
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A state funeral in North Korea has sparked another fresh round of purge rumors after one of Kim Jong-Un’s most powerful aides was omitted from the official funeral committee list.
Russia announced Monday that it has agreed to push on with a deal to deliver S-300 missile systems to Iran after Moscow halted an earlier agreement due to UN sanctions slapped on Tehran.
A Jordanian army officer shot dead two American military personnel and one South African and wounded six other people on Monday at a U.S.-funded security training facility near Amman.
India’s Jet Airways injected life Monday into the Dubai Airshow, confirming an order for 75 Boeing 737 planes worth $8.25 billion at list price.
Catalonia’s regional assembly voted in favor of a resolution to split from Spain, energizing a drive towards independence and deepening a standoff with central government in Madrid.
A boy who aimed a laser pointer from a toy at the rearview mirror inside a public bus in Germany permanently damaged the retina of the bus driver’s right eye, a new case report reveals.
Indonesia’s anti-drugs agency has proposed building a prison on an island guarded by crocodiles to hold death row drug convicts, an idea that wouldn’t be out of place in a James Bond film. “We will place as many crocodiles as we can there. I will search for the most ferocious type of crocodile,” anti-drugs chief Budi Waseso said. Waseso said that crocodiles would be better at preventing drug traffickers from escaping prison as they could not be bribed — unlike human guards.
A storm brewing in the Pacific Ocean has forecasters warning of possible severe weather, including tornadoes, in the nation’s midsection on Wednesday, with Arkansas and Missouri the most likely targets.
US-based NGO Asia Catalyst estimates there are four million transgender people in China, and says they face severe discrimination. Sexually ambiguous characters have a long history in Chinese art and literature, but being transgender is still classified as a mental illness in the country –homosexuality was removed from the category in 2001 — although sex reassignment surgery is legal.
A swathe of China was blanketed with acrid smog Monday after levels of dangerous particulates reached around 50 times World Health Organization maximums, in what environmental campaigners said were the highest figures ever recorded in the country.
A Jordanian policeman has shot dead two American instructors and a South African at a police training center outside Amman, officials said.
Global temperatures are set to rise more than one degree above pre-industrial levels according to the UK’s Met Office. If temperatures remain as predicted, 2015 will be the first year to breach this key threshold.
Russia has signed a contract to supply Iran with sophisticated S-300 surface-to-air missiles.
President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are set to meet for the first time since relations deteriorated over a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.
A college in north-west China has come under fire for asking female students to sign a chastity pledge as part of a course.
A second extremely rare and powerful tropical cyclone has hit Yemen’s Socotra island in the space of a week.
Oprah Winfrey used her “Belief” series televised time to give a platform to an Islamic scholar to press the liberal-progressive view of the faith as a peaceful religion marred by a few ill-informed who skew the proper meaning of jihad.
Buried inside the Department of Defense budget bill that just passed the House is a $5 million compensation fund for families of killed Iraqi innocents.
In the small town of Marka, Jordan, about 20 minutes from downtown Amman, hundreds of Christian refugees and their families live under the steadfast care of Father Khalil Jaar, a humble priest originally from Bethlehem.
Top News – 11/9/2015
Strong earthquake strikes off Atka in Alaska’s Andreanof Islands
The 6.2-magnitude earthquake, at 6:03 a.m. local time on Monday, was centered about 93 kilometers (58 miles) east-southeast of Atka, which is a small town located on the eastern side of Atka Island. It struck about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake.
Massive mysterious spring die-off kills more than 50 percent of the global population of saiga in two weeks
Saiga suffered a massive die-off during the calving season. In the short period of only two weeks, more than half the world population was found dead, the bodies of adults and young calves scattered across the spring grassland in the thousands. What is surprising and of great concern in this case is the size and extent of the event — entire herds suffered near-100 percent mortality.”
US: Strikes against ISIS to increase
After lull in frequency of air attacks, US officials say militant movement is on the rise, offering up more viable targets that threaten fewer civilians.
Exclusive: Investigators ’90 percent sure’ bomb downed Russian plane
“The indications and analysis so far of the sound on the black box indicate it was a bomb,” said the Egyptian investigation team member, who asked not to be named due to sensitivities. “We are 90 percent sure it was a bomb.”
Iraq’s ruling alliance, militias urge PM to seek Russian strikes
Iraq’s ruling alliance and powerful Shi’ite militias have urged Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to request Russian air strikes on Islamic State militants, who control large parts of the country, members of the coalition and militias told Reuters.
Prominent Rabbi Warns Friends Not to Leave Israel Because Messiah is “Here With Us Already”
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky is one of the most prominent rabbis of this generation. He is a leader of the Haredi branch of Judaism and the author of numerous authoritative books on Jewish law. In a distinctly uncharacteristic manner, he has recently begun making declarations of the Messiah’s imminent arrival. “Yell it from the loudspeakers. The Messiah is at the door.”
Clinton Scandals Threaten Her White House Run
While Republicans are deciding among themselves whether to open a separate investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email controversy, evidence keeps piling up that shows serious problems ahead for Mrs. Clinton. Yet the media continue feasting on what they perceive as turmoil in the GOP presidential race.
Earthquake jolts Swat, surroundings
According to details, the epicenter of the quake was the border area of Afghanistan and Tajikistan, while its depth was 10 kilometres. The earthquake was measured at 5.3 on Richter scale.
Ashkelon submerged in severe flooding, heavy rain
Heavy rain hit Israel Monday morning, but no city was hit harder than Ashkelon where the emergency room at Brazilai Hospital was flooded and the roofs of parked vehicles could barely be glimpsed above the rising waters. The flooding was caused by nearly 1.2 inches of rain that fell in a short amount of time, overwhelming drainage systems and putting stress on the streets, even causing the partial collapse of Ben Yehuda Street.
Ground swallows dozen cars in Mississippi
Tests are to take place to determine why the ground opened up in a Mississippi city, swallowing 12 cars in a restaurant car park. The large gash, some 400ft (120m) long and 35ft (11m) wide, opened up late on Saturday in Meridian, near the Alabama state line. The area had suffered heavy rains over the past two weeks, the Meridian Star newspaper reported.
US and Israel leaders to hold first post-Iran deal meeting
US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are set to meet for the first time since relations deteriorated over a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran. The Washington talks come amid weeks of unrest between Israel and Palestinians. Six Israelis were wounded in knife attacks by Palestinians on Sunday. A Palestinian who drew a knife on Israeli guards was shot dead on Monday.
‘Russia, Iran have signed contract for S-300 missile system delivery’
Russia and Iran have signed a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, Sergei Chemezov, the chief executive of Russian state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec, was quoted by the RIA news agency as saying on Monday. “S-300, the air defense system, the contract has already been signed,” Chemezov was quoted as saying at the Dubai Airshow.
Second deadly cyclone in a week targets Yemen
The second cyclone in a week slammed into an island off Yemen’s coast Sunday with 127-mph winds, the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane, killing at least two people, officials said.
Germany’s capacity to take in refugees is limited, Schaeuble says
Germany needs to send a message to the world that it’s reaching the limit of its capacity to help Europe’s flood of migrants, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Sunday, as he advocated restricting family reunions for Syrian refugees.
NATO ponders future of Afghan mission as fatigue, frustration mount
NATO partners are considering ways of beefing up their training and assistance mission in Afghanistan as concern grows over the ability of local forces to fight an escalating insurgency by Taliban militants, according to officials in Brussels and Kabul.
Investigators ’90 percent sure’ bomb downed Russian plane
Investigators of the Russian plane crash in Egypt are “90 percent sure” the noise heard in the final second of a cockpit recording was an explosion caused by a bomb, a member of the investigation team told Reuters on Sunday.
Bachmann: Jesus is ‘coming soon’
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) calls in an interview for converting as many people as possible to Christianity because Jesus is “coming soon.”
Top Headlines – 11/9/2015
Netanyahu, Obama to Discuss Syrian War Amid Wave of Violence in Israel
Bad tidings await Netanyahu on US trip – Netanyahu Will Not Get The Additional Aid He Is Requesting
Obama and Netanyahu: A Story of Slights and Crossed Signals
PM, White House to focus on common ground
IAI unveils unprecedented radar system as long-range ballistic missile threats increase
Israel Air Force hits Hamas terror target after rocket lands in Israel
Seven wounded, one terrorist killed in 3 West Bank attacks
Abbas urges Sisi: Pressure Israel to stop ‘assaults against al-Aksa Mosque’
Report: US, Britain, using Israeli intel to determine cause of Egyptian crash
British jihadis may have been part of Sinai plane bombing
Russian plane crash: Calls for new era of airport security after Sinai terror
Russia Evacuates 11,000 Tourists From Egypt
Confirmation of Attack on Russian Jet May Strengthen Putin’s Resolve in Syria
US role in Syria brings push for Congress vote on new war powers
U.S. Military Officials Aim to Bolster Troop Presence in Europe to Deter Russia
Germany reaching maximum capacity for refugees, says Finance Minister
AfD Protest In Berlin Demands Stronger Borders, Calls For Merkel To Resign
More US Troops Possible in Syria, Defense Sec. Ash Carter Says
US warns Putin against ‘nuclear sabre-rattling’
ISIS kidnaps, kills seven in southern Afghanistan
NATO ponders future of Afghan mission as fatigue, frustration mount
Yemen fighting kills more than 50
Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers kill at least three in Chad
Burundi violence: Scores flee homes before crackdown starts
School bans drawings of religious figures after Muhammad assignment
Michigan city elects for the first time a Muslim majority city council
Fed rate hike ‘makes sense’, says U.S. central banker
Fed’s Williams: Next Step for Fed Is to Raise Rates, Data Decides When
Homelessness in Hawaii grows, defying image of paradise
House Panel Chairman Sees Risk of Bomb on Puerto Rico Flights
Venezuela says U.S. intelligence plane violated air space
No UFO Here! Mysterious Flying Object Seen in Southern California Was Just a Missile Test
UFO scares are the price we pay for secret missile tests, expert says
6.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Sabang, Indonesia
5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Atka, Alaska
5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia
5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Sabang, Indonesia
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Sabang, Indonesia
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Sabang, Indonesia
Series of moderate earthquakes continue in northern Oklahoma
Tungurhua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft
Rinjani volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft
Second rare cyclone batters Yemen, kills one – official
Tropical Threat to Increase India Flood Risk Early This Week
Tropical Depression 12 Forms Near Bahamas
Tornadoes Possible in Arkansas, Missouri, Other States
Two dead, 28 still missing as recovery efforts ongoing near burst Brazil dams
New rainfall record set in central Israel
‘Life on planet at stake’, France warns as climate ministers meet
Every UN Climate Summit Hailed as ‘Last Chance’ To Stop ‘Global Warming’ Before It’s Too Late
Dangerous toxin closing California crab season
Sierra Leone declared Ebola free
World first use of gene-edited immune cells to treat ‘incurable’ leukaemia
Sir Elton John Fears Vladimir Putin Will Give Him A ‘Quick Polonium Injection’ Over Gay Rights Talk
Man ‘with terminal cancer marries sex doll so he doesn’t leave a grieving widow’
John Piper – Israel, Arabs, and the Family of God
Jackie Alnor – Does the NAR Have New Prophet?
New Spirituality Teacher -“The Jig is Up” to Those Who Believe in the Blood of the Lamb
UK Prison Minister Forced to Quit after Quoting Bible
Muslim scholar tells Oprah “Jihad” is “misunderstood” spiritual struggle
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- Chinese Buyers Seek Dollar Assets as Promise of Yuan Gains Fades (Read More)
- Banking Giants Learn Cost of Preventing Another Lehman Moment (Read More)
- Eurozone Finance Ministers Won’t Release $2.15 billion Loan to Greece (Read More)
- Greece plans a return to capital markets (Read More)
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1) Supreme Court takes up yet another religious liberty case against Obamacare
Supreme Court agrees to rule on birth control insurance mandate, USA Today (Richard Wolf)
In Houston, Hate Trumped Fairness, New York Times (Editorial Board)
2) Media’s fixation on same sex marriage evidenced in one edition of New York Times
Equality, Then What? New Plays Explore Modern Gay Life, New York Times (Alexis Soloski)
Gay Issues Enter the World of Philanthropy, New York Times (John Hanc)
In All-Gender Restrooms, the Signs Reflect the Times, New York Times (Aimee Lee Ball)
‘Becoming Nicole,’ by Amy Ellis Nutt, New York Times (Lisa Miller)
Sex, Lies and Houston, New York Times (Frank Bruni)
Gay Mormon Church Members Say New Rules Are Devastating, New York Times (AP)
3) Mormonism and Reformed Judaism illustrate different religious responses to cultural pressure
Mormons Sharpen Stand Against Same-Sex Marriage, New York Times (Laurie Goodstein)
Union for Reform Judaism Adopts Transgender Rights Policy, New York Times (Richard Pérez-Peña)
4) Study on children’s self esteem reveals little parents don’t already know
By age 5, children have a sense of self-esteem that rivals adults, study says, Washington Post (Lyndsey Layton)
In other news…
Dennis Ross, who served as US President Barack Obama’s Middle East adviser from 2009 to 2011, has issued an estimation of what topics Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s meeting on Monday will revolve around.
The current wave of Arab terrorism in Israel will garner at least as much attention as the controversial Iran nuclear deal the two have long been at odds over, according to the former adviser’s prediction, as published in Politico on Sunday night.
By David Fiorazo
It would appear our power grabbing U.S. government survived the backlash against the controversial implementation of Common Core State Standards in our education system. Sadly, many citizens have no idea what this is all about. The stage had to be set years ago and the players had to be in place in order for such a radical agenda to be enacted.
|School bans drawings of religious figures after Muhammad assignment
Posted: 09 Nov 2015 07:12 AM PST
A California school district announced last week a ban on the drawing of religious figures after a parent complained about a class assignment in which students were directed to draw the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The task was part of a 7th-grade history worksheet, “Vocabulary Pictures: The Rise of Islam,” at High Desert School in Acton, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. Muslims are forbidden from drawing Muhammad, and threats from Islamic terrorist groups have largely ended the practice among non-Muslims as well.
“I have directed all staff to permanently suspend the practice of drawing or depiction of any religious leader,” Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District Superintendent Brent Woodard told the Daily News in a text message on Wednesday. “I am certain this teacher did not intend to offend anyone and,in fact, was simply teaching respect and tolerance for all cultures.” Melinda Van Stone said she complained to the school when her 12-year-old son brought the assignment home in October. Van Stone would not tell the Daily News what religion she or her son practiced. FULL REPORT
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|Facebook’s ‘teleporter’ technology the final nail in the coffin for humanity’s connection with reality
Posted: 09 Nov 2015 06:58 AM PST
With their phones in hand, they bow their heads, eyes narrowing in on their pocket screens. No awareness of the now, they wander like intoxicated drivers, veering to the left and the right. Scrolling through their Facebook feed, they try to ignite some kind of spark to keep their dying souls alive in their virtual reality. Necks craned over, wandering aimlessly, they are unable to feel the real world around them. They stare into pixels for hours on end, forgetting what it was like to look into each others eyes for just a second or two. Trying to recreate closeness through the emoticons in the chat box, they have forgotten the bond only human touch can satisfy.
Everyone is present in the room, but their minds are somewhere else, swept up in a virtual reality. Their energy so distracted and scattered into the wind, like embers blown away. No more warmth, no more comfort, no more light of a blazing fire that crackled and echoed of stories and tales long into the night. FULL REPORT
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|World’s super-rich preparing for societal collapse with high-tech security systems, impenetrable homes and bulletproof everything
Posted: 09 Nov 2015 06:48 AM PST
Do they know something we don’t, or are they just paranoid? Whatever the reason, the world’s super-rich are spending millions on high-tech security and the kind of gadgets most of us thought only existed in James Bond films. A recent article in the Evening Standard examines the phenomenon of elites installing expensive, futuristic security systems and devices into their homes and automobiles.
There is a booming industry catering to paranoid billionaires, with companies developing and selling state-of-the-art security technology that would be the envy of even a 007-style secret agent. For example, a fellow named Heyrick Bond Gunning (no kidding, that’s his actual name) is the managing director of a security firm called Salamanca Risk Management, which provides “building and contents protection.” The former Grenadier Guards officer and his company are in the business of installing technology such as fingerprint-activated locks and programmable keys for rich clients’ families and household staff. FULL REPORT
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|Yuan Moves To Topple Dollar
Posted: 09 Nov 2015 06:14 AM PST
China took another step to boost the yuan’s global usage, saying it will start direct trading with the Swiss franc, as the nation pushes its case for reserve-currency status at the International Monetary Fund. The link will start on Tuesday, the China Foreign Exchange Trade System said in a statement, making the franc the seventh major currency that can bypass a conversion into the U.S. dollar and be directly exchanged for yuan. The rate will be allowed to fluctuate a maximum 5 percent on either side of a daily fixing, according to CFETS.
“This is an important step in strengthening bilateral economic and trade connections between China and Switzerland,” the People’s Bank of China said in a statement on its website on Monday. The link will help lower conversion costs and facilitate the use of both currencies in bilateral trade, it added.The announcement, which confirmed an earlier report, comes as the IMF prepares to meet this month to review its Special Drawing Rights. The executive board of the Washington-based institution will gauge whether the Chinese currency has fulfilled the criterion of being “freely usable,” after rejecting its bid in 2010. The other major currencies that can be directly converted into yuan are the U.S., Australian and New Zealand dollars, the British pound, the Japanese yen and the euro. FULL REPORT
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|FALLING AWAY – Most Christians in America Now Support Homosexuality?
Posted: 09 Nov 2015 06:01 AM PST
A comprehensive study released by the Pew Research Center analyzing various questions surrounding Americans’ relationship with religion has found that adults continue to overwhelmingly believe in God, but that support is declining. The poll also found that a majority American Christians now support homosexuality, but less so on abortion. Statistics from the 2014 Religious Landscape Study, which polled 35,000 American adults, found that 89 percent of the overall U.S. adult population believes in God, which is down from the 92 percent mark in 2007.
1 Timothy 4:1-2 – Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,
Other aspects of religious life were also documented — 55 percent of adults said they pray daily; 53 percent said they find religion very important; and 50 percent said they attend services at least monthly, with all numbers being down from the 2007 statistics. The number of adults who are religiously unaffiliated rose from 16 percent to 23 percent, though that category comprises a broad number of views. Sixty-one percent of the unaffiliated said they believe in God, but only 9 percent attend services at least monthly. On the other hand, those who described themselves as religiously affiliated continued to show strong religious practices, with 97 percent expressing faith in God, and 62 percent attending religious services at least monthly. FULL REPORT
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|Violent Shaking Along The Ring Of Fire Continues A Progression Of Disasters That Began In September
Posted: 08 Nov 2015 07:56 PM PST
( Michael Snyder ) Have you noticed that seismic activity along the Ring of Fire appears to be dramatically increasing? According to Volcano Discovery, 39 volcanoes around the world have recently erupted, and 32 of them are associated with the Ring of Fire. This includes Mt. Popocatepetl which sits only about 50 miles away from Mexico City’s 18 million inhabitants. If you are not familiar with the Ring of Fire, it is an area roughly shaped like a horseshoe that runs along the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur along the Ring of Fire.
Just within the last 24 hours, we have witnessed a 4.4, a 5.4 and a 5.7 earthquake in Alaska, a 6.8 earthquake in Chile and 20 earthquakes in Indonesia of at least magnitude 4.3. And as you will see below, this violent shaking along the Ring of Fire seems to continue a progression of major disasters that began back during the month of September. For whatever reason, our planet suddenly seems to be waking up. Unfortunately, the west coast of the United States is one of the areas where this is being felt the most. The little city of San Ramon, California is about 45 miles east of San Francisco, and over the past several weeks it has experienced a record-breaking 583 earthquakes…FULL REPORT
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|Terror alert as Islamic State’s ‘cyber caliphate’ hacks more than 54,000 Twitter accounts
Posted: 08 Nov 2015 07:34 PM PST
Details of more than 54,000 Twitter accounts, including passwords, were published last week in what experts have described as a dangerous escalation of the global cyber war. The group calling itself ‘cyber caliphate’, set up by ISIS member Junaid Hussain, encouraged its followers to seize control of the accounts and use them to spread ISIS propaganda. Victims were forced to defencelessly watch as ISIS rhetoric appeared under their names.
The jihadis also posted personal details on the social media platform – including mobile phone numbers of the heads of the CIA, FBI and America’s National Security Agency (NSA). Most of those affected are based in Saudi Arabia, but some are feared to be British. One victim, a half-British engineer based in Saudi Arabia said: “I am horrified at how they got hold of my details.” FULL REPORT
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|North Carolina’s New Welfare Rules Are Causing A Stir Across America.
Posted: 08 Nov 2015 07:23 PM PST
New food stamp restrictions have been signed into law in North Carolina. Starting next year, recipients of food stamps will have to meet work requirements to stay eligible for them. This new bill was passed by state lawmakers in September, then finally signed by Governor Pat McCrory in mid October. Approximately 45,000 beneficiaries will be affected by these new statutes.
In a nutshell, the law requires recipients to meet work requirements in order to receive the welfare which was originally laid out in the Personal Responsibility and Work opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 which was then removed following economic recession in 2008. In order to receive this welfare, any childless, able-bodied adult between 18 & 49 must meet work requirements in order to take part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP.) 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.
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.
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
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