Daily Archives: November 10, 2015

November 10, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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The Most Terrifying Thing God Can Do

“What we learn from Romans 1 is that the most terrifying thing God can do in this life is give you over to your sin. We see that God is the one who restrains human evil—He restrains evil in this world and evil within each one of our hearts. But as people continue to rebel and as they continue to pursue their sin, God eventually lessens His restraint.”

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The Gospel Remedy for Homosexuality

“The Bible is the infallible standard by which we must view homosexuality and understand the gospel remedy for it. Unfortunately, the reliability of the Bible in this area has been questioned by many today who claim the Christian faith. Christians who view Scripture as authoritative and inspired must not accept this watered-down view of God’s Word.”

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Messy Grace

“Messy Grace is a powerful memoir of a child raised by two lesbian moms and a gay dad. Despite the negative depiction of angry Christians at gay pride marches and other public events, the young boy is befriended by compassionate Christians who share the rugged gospel with him—complete with its sexual ethic of biblical marriage between one man and one woman.”

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A Church Transforming Proverb

“Please, please, please, the next time someone comes to you with a “story” about someone, don’t be so foolish as to believe it without asking for the other side. Instead, say, “I know you would not want me to be a Proverbs 18:13 fool, so would you mind if I asked this person for his/her side of the story?”

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Going With The Crowd

“We need to remember what our Lord has proclaimed about the broad road. He tells us that it leads to destruction. Jesus was never one to say that we should go along to get along. He was saying for us to follow Him in the way to righteousness, not the world and their folly. Given what He has said, do you really want to be someone who goes along and gets along?”

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Why The Race Conversation Is So Hard

“Identity politics defines peoples’ identities according to the groups they occupy, whether those groups are based on gender, race, class, religion, sexual orientation, or something else. It is a way of thinking which the democratic West learned at least in part through the twentieth-century women’s rights and civil right’s movements.”

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God’s Will for Your Life

“Christians, if you are sitting around waiting for God to tell you if you should move into a different house, or find a new job, or get married, you will be waiting for a long time.”

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Porn Use as Grounds for Divorce: How My Opinion Changed

“In the past, when asked if divorce could ever be a viable option for these women, my typical response has been a reluctant no. As much as my heart went out to these women trapped in horrific marriages, I simply didn’t see any biblical justification for divorce in situations of porn use.”

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Vatican Used for Money Laundering, Insider Trading, and Market Manipulation

Vatican Used for Money Laundering, Insider Trading, and Market Manipulation

Posted on November 10, 2015 by Tru News

Vatican financial investigators suspect a department of the Holy See which oversees real estate and investments was used in the past for possible money laundering, insider trading and market manipulation, according to a report seen by Reuters.

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10 Bible verses to help you grow in wisdom and stature

10 Bible verses to help you grow in wisdom and stature

Posted on November 10, 2015 by Christian Today

How do we attain wisdom? How do we adopt more of the wisdom of Christ into our own lives?

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What is pornography? A vital question that most people can't answer

What is pornography? A vital question that most people can’t answer

Posted on November 10, 2015 by Christian Today

The consumption of pornography is one of the biggest issues of the 21st Century, writes Natalie Collins, so why do Christians still shy away from talking about it?

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How to Have a Thankful Heart Through Difficult Times

How to Have a Thankful Heart Through Difficult Times

Posted on November 10, 2015 by Crosswalk

Adult thoughts of school, jobs, finances, and traveling can weigh heavy on us even as we attempt to drum up feelings of thankfulness on its namesake holiday.

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An Unexpected Prescription for Panic

by Erin Davis

I wish I was always cool as a cucumber, but the reality is that sometimes life makes me anxious. What should we do when anxiety hits? The Bible offers a surprising prescription.

Freebie Friday! Choosing Gratitude

by Erin Davis

We’re thankful for you. Here’s proof. (Hint: It’s free stuff!)

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.


Welcome to Starbucks’ new cross-dresser commercial

Wow! Starbucks has released its first homosexual-themed commercial this week, featuring two crossdressers. Who would have seen that coming?  Hey, remember when CEO Howard Schultz was invited to the Global leadership Summit? Christian News Net reports: In the one-minute commercial, Starbucks Corporation featured the top two contestants from RuPaul’s “Drag Race” season six: Adore Delano […]

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Wisconsin Church Event: “Raising a Jedi: Spiritual Formation and the Force”

The church advertisement quotes John 1:5, with the tagline, “Faith & The Force: A Light Shines in the Darkness.” That verse is supposed to be about Jesus. But here we see a church using it to describe a mystical power from the Star Wars blockbuster franchise. But is this “Force” in the Star Wars films […]

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Christians Mystically Encountering God

By Marsha West For a couple of decades there has been a big push by numerous evangelical leaders to incorporate pagan practices into the visible Church.  These unbiblical practices have their origins in Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, likewise the New Age movement.  Roman Catholic Trappist Monks fully embraced Eastern religion’s pagan practices.  […]

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The Transgender War on Everything

By Bill Muehlenberg War has been declared on normality, reality, biology, morality and sanity. The militant homosexual/transgender revolutionaries have unleashed a reign of terror on everyone and everything that stands in their way. And everywhere casualties are mounting up. All this chaos, carnage and confusion is being brought upon us by the aid of scientifically […]

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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?

Mike Ratliff of Possessing the Treasure offers solid evidence that true believers are under fire from spiritual forces of evil. For this reason Paul urged the Church to put on the whole armor of God to protect against the fiery darts that come our way. (Ephesians 6:1-20)   Evil entities can and will camp out in the […]

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“Prophetic Prayer” Claims God Has Given Donald Trump “Anointing for Mantle of Government”

Here we go again.  As you can see by the headline, one of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) “prophets” has uttered a prophecy for  a presidential candidate.  Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!  Why? Because the majority of NAR prophets’ predictions never come to pass.  For example, on September 28, 2009 the “prophets” […]

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Illinois School Rebuked by Govt for Denying Transgender Unrestricted Locker Room Access

Today Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, opined on the gravity of this situation on his daily radio show The Briefing.  Mohler concluded his remarks by saying: “we have to recognize how front and center this must be in the 2016 presidential race, because as we have two opposing candidates eventually representing the two […]

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7 Problems With the Roman Catholic Mary

By Jordan Standridge About 10 years ago I was walking around the Duomo of Milan and these ladies captured my attention as they were staring at this stained glass picture of Mary. Being spotted by one of the ladies she quickly came to me to hand me a rosary. As she tried to convince me […]

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Support For Chrislam Grows As Increasing Number Of Pastors See Common Ground

A new survey reveals that continuous attempts by Muslims to rewrite history and make false claims about Islam are starting to bear fruit as an increasing number of protestant pastors are starting to call Islam spiritually good. The news comes from a LifeWay Research survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors. Five years ago only nine percent of pastors said there were similarities between Islam and Christianity. However, in the most recent survey the number nearly doubled with 17 percent saying the two religions shared common ground……………  Click here for full story


Welcome to Starbucks’ new cross-dresser commercial

Wow! Starbucks has released its first homosexual-themed commercial this week, featuring two crossdressers. Who would have seen that coming?  Hey, remember when CEO Howard Schultz was invited to the Global leadership Summit? Christian News Net reports: In the one-minute commercial, Starbucks Corporation featured the top two contestants from RuPaul’s “Drag Race” season six: Adore Delano […]

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Thousands of Christians Flee Syria as ISIS Advances in Sadad; Catholic Priest Provides Shelter to Iraqi Christians 


Matt Chandler: How is the Gospel Underestimated Today?

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Starbucks, Christmas, and Christians

Red_Coffee_CupFacebook has been abuzz lately with angry reactions to Starbuck’s holiday cup design. In case you’ve missed the controversy, in years past, Starbuck’s festive cups have featured vibrant images of reindeer, snowflakes, Christmas trees, and the like. But this year, the cup is just plain red.

Some concerned folks, particularly in Christian circles, have insisted the lack of Christmas-themed doodles represents a war on Christmas. So is Starbucks playing Scrooge? Or are the naysayers overreacting?

Yesterday, I was asked to give my opinion on the issue. While I generally try to steer clear of seemingly trivial issues (like the design of a disposable coffee cup), I think the hubbub created over this current controversy warrants a response.

Here are three thoughts in response to hullaballoo over the red Starbucks holiday coffee cup.

1. The true meaning of Christmas is not found in pictures of reindeer, snowflakes, Christmas trees, etc. Consequently, to remove those kinds of pictures does not constitute a war on Christmas.

To accuse Starbucks of starting a war on Christmas implies that, in years past, their cups have actually promoted the true meaning of Christmas. But such is hardly the case. A Google Images search of previous cups reveals doodles of snowmen, ice skaters, toy nutcrackers, and the like.

Some former designs featured words like “wish” and “gifts,” and even ambiguous references to “hope” and “love”. But there was nothing that pointed to the true, biblical meaning of Christmas—namely, that God the Son became a man so that He might save the world from sin. Hence, it seems inconsistent for Christians to be outraged about the design this year, when they had no qualms about this issue before.

For those who are upset about the word “Christmas” not being on a Starbucks cup, the reality is that most of the previous designs did not include that word either. Moreover, Starbucks still sells their “Christmas Blend”—which prominently displays the word Christmas on its packaging. And even if it did not, why should evangelicals be offended when a Roman Catholic term gets dropped in the product packaging of a secular coffee company?

But I digress…

The point (which I will phrase in the form of a question) is this: How can the removal of winter-themed doodles constitute a war on Christmas, when none of those doodles represented the true meaning of Christmas in the first place? For my part, I don’t think it does, especially when the company provides an explanation for its motivation that seems entirely believable.

It is also important to add that Starbucks is not a Christian company. Whether or not believers want to boycott Starbucks or any other business is a matter of their own Christian liberty. But it seems unreasonable to expect Starbucks (or any other secular business) to promote a consistently Christian worldview in the secular marketplace.

2. This supposed “war on Christmas” should not be classified as persecution against Christians.

I am not blind to the fact that American society, in the name of tolerance, is growing increasingly hostile to biblical Christianity. The Lord Jesus promised that His followers would be hated by the world, and so it should not surprise us when society seeks to silence or harass those who desire to honor Him.

But thinking the design of a Starbucks holiday cup constitutes persecution against Christians is simply unreasonable. When we consider what believers have suffered in the name of Christ, both throughout church history and in certain parts of the world today, it would be inappropriate to think that this situation approximates true suffering for the sake of the gospel.

Real persecution may soon be coming to the American church. But this is not that. And when Christians create a firestorm of controversy over something like this, they unnecessarily escalate feelings of antagonism and ill will in the eyes of the watching world. Rather than defending Christmas, these kinds of sensational outbursts do more to harm than help the church’s testimony to the Lord Jesus Christ.

3. A Christian response to the unbelieving world at Christmastime should focus on the gospel, not on a Starbucks cup design.

The true meaning of Christmas, as noted above, is the reality of the Incarnation—that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:18). As the most famous verse in the Bible rightly declares, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Born in a manger in Bethlehem, the Lord Jesus lived a sinless life and died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for sin, so that those who embrace Him in saving faith might be forgiven and reconciled to God. That is the true message of Christmas: that God became man so that as a perfect man He might reconcile sinful men and women to God.

When believers allow themselves to get distracted by silly controversies about cup designs, they can easily lose sight of what this holiday season is actually all about. To reiterate our point from earlier: it is not about snowflakes, reindeer, and evergreen trees. Rather, it is about the reality that sinners can be saved eternally by believing in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

It should be our joy to share that message with the unbelieving world around us. Needless to say, if we are faithful to that end, the design on our coffee cup doesn’t really matter.

(Today’s post was also published concurrently on Preachers & Preaching.)


NEW BOOKLET TRACT: How to Stand Fast in the Last Days

NEW BOOKLET TRACT: How to Stand Fast in the Last Days

NEW BOOKLET TRACT: How to Stand Fast in the Last Days—What Scripture Tells Us by Warren B. Smith is our newest Lighthouse Trails Booklet Tract.  The Booklet Tract is 16 pages long and sells for $1.95 for single copies. Quantity discounts are as much as 50% off retail. Our Booklet Tracts are designed to give […]

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NEW BOOKLET TRACT: The Unacknowledged War and the Wearing Down of the Saints

NEW BOOKLET TRACT: The Unacknowledged War and the Wearing Down of the Saints

NEW BOOKLET TRACT: The Unacknowledged War and the Wearing Down of the Saints by Cedric Fisher is our newest Lighthouse Trails Booklet Tract. The Booklet Tract is 14 pages long and sells for $1.95 for single copies. Quantity discounts are as much as 50% off retail. Our Booklet Tracts are designed to give away to […]

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Why I Know the Gospels Were Written Early (FREE Bible Insert)

Early DatingThe first criteria I use to test the reliability of a witness is simply this: was the alleged “eyewitness” really present when the crime occurred? You can’t be a true eyewitness if you weren’t even there to see what it is you said you saw! This simple criteria is part of a four part reliability template I describe in Cold-Case Christianity, and reflects the California jury instructions for jurors who are asked to assess the reliability of eyewitnesses on the stand. As a skeptic, I examined this issue related to the claims of the Gospel authors. Matthew and John were allegedly eyewitnesses to the life of Jesus. Mark (according to the first century bishop, Papias) chronicled the eyewitness account of the Apostle Peter, and Luke recorded his own investigation of the eyewitnesses. But how early are these accounts? Could they have been written by people who were actually present during the life and ministry of Jesus?

The evidence indicates the Gospels are, indeed, early enough to have been written by eyewitnesses. Here is an excerpt from Cold-Case Christianity describing the evidence for the early dating of the New Testament Gospels:

The New Testament Fails to Describe the Destruction of the Temple
We begin with perhaps the most significant Jewish historical event of the first century, the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in AD 70. You might think this important detail would be included in the New Testament record, especially since this fact would corroborate Jesus’s prediction (in Matthew 24:1–3). But no gospel account records the destruction of the temple. In fact, no New Testament document mentions it at all, even though there are many occasions when a description of the temple’s destruction might have assisted in establishing a theological or historical point.

The New Testament Fails to Describe the Siege of Jerusalem
Even before the temple was destroyed, the city of Jerusalem was under assault. No aspect of this three-year siege is described in any New Testament document, in spite of the fact that the gospel writers could certainly have pointed to the anguish that resulted from the siege as a powerful point of reference for the many passages of Scripture that extensively address the issue of suffering.

Luke Said Nothing About the Deaths of Paul and Peter
The apostle Paul was martyred in the city of Rome in AD 64, and Peter was martyred shortly afterward in AD 65. While Luke wrote extensively about Paul and Peter in the book of Acts and featured them prominently, he said nothing about their deaths. In fact, Paul was still alive (under house arrest in Rome) at the end of the book of Acts.

Luke Said Nothing about the Death of James
James was martyred in the city of Jerusalem in AD 62, but like the deaths of Paul and Peter, the execution of James is absent from the biblical account, even though Luke described the deaths of Stephen (Acts 7:54–60) and James the brother of John (Acts 12:1–2).

Luke’s Gospel Predates the Book of Acts
In the introduction to the book of Acts, Luke wrote: The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. (Acts 1:1–2) It’s clear that Luke’s gospel (his “former book”) was written prior to the book of Acts.

Paul Quoted Luke’s Gospel in His Letter to Timothy
Paul appeared to be aware of Luke’s gospel and wrote as though it was common knowledge in about AD 63–64, when Paul penned his first letter to Timothy. Note the following passage:

The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” (1 Tim. 5:17–18)

Paul quoted two passages as “scripture” here—one in the Old Testament and one in the New Testament. “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing” refers to Deuteronomy 25:4, and “The laborer is worthy of his wages” refers to Luke 10:7. It’s clear that Luke’s gospel was already common knowledge and accepted as scripture by the time this letter was written.

Paul Quoted Luke’s Gospel in His Letter to the Corinthians
Paul also seems to have been familiar with the gospel of Luke when he wrote to the Corinthian church (nearly ten years earlier than his letter to Timothy). Notice the similarity between Paul’s description of the Lord’s Supper and Luke’s gospel:

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood.”(1 Cor. 11:23–25)

And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. (Luke 22:19–20)

Paul appears to be quoting Luke’s gospel—the only gospel that has Jesus saying that the disciples are to “do this in remembrance of me.” If Paul is trying to use a description of the meal that was already well known at the time, this account must have been circulating for a period of time prior to Paul’s letter.

Luke Quoted Mark (and Matthew) Repeatedly
Luke, when writing his own gospel, readily admitted that he was not an eyewitness to the life and ministry of Jesus. Instead, Luke described himself as a historian, collecting the statements from the eyewitnesses who were present at the time:

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:1–4)

As a result, Luke often repeated or quoted entire passages that were offered previously by either Mark (350 verses from Mark appear in Luke’s gospel) or Matthew (250 verses from Matthew appear in Luke’s account). These passages were inserted into Luke’s gospel as though they were simply copied over from the other accounts. It’s reasonable, therefore, to conclude that Mark’s account was already recognized, accepted, and available to Luke prior to his authorship of the gospel.

Based on these facts, an early dating time-line can be established:

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Illustration from Cold-Case Christianity

The evidence from history (and the texts themselves) most reasonably points to the early authorship of the Gospels. This early dating is helpful in assessing their truth status. If the Gospels were written this early, in the very region where the events took place, it would have been difficult for them to include obvious lies, given that they would have been written to people who were alive during the events recorded in the New Testament. These people would have been available to vet the content of the Gospels and call them out as lies if they contained fallacious information. The early dating of the Gospels is an important factor in determining their reliability (although it is only one of four criteria). This article is simply a brief outline of the case. For more information, refer to Cold-Case Christianity. In addition, if you would like a printable copy of this diagram, I’m offering it as this month’s FREE Bible Insert. Just visit the home page at ColdCaseChristianity.com and click the Bible Insert link in the right tool bar.

J.Warner Wallace is a Cold-Case Detective, a Christian Case Maker, and the author of Cold-Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene.


Why I’m Happy To Be Part of God’s Not Dead 2 (Video)

J. Warner Wallace, author of God’s Crime Scene, discusses his small scene in God’s Not Dead 2 (he appears in this film along with Christian Case Makers, Lee Strobel, Gary Habermas and Rice Broocks). This video is excerpted from the God’s Not Dead “Heart of the Story Video” (http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/). For more information about J. Warner’s books or free resources, please visit http://www.ColdCaseChristianity.com.

To see more interview videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.


There Is a War on Christmas, but You Won’t Find It In Starbucks

There is a real war on Christmas.

But it has nothing to do with Starbucks.

I’ll explain.

If you’re one of the Christians “outraged” at Starbucks’ new minimal holiday cups you have been duped. Deceived. Tricked… Into thinking a company that takes snowmen and ornaments off of their cups is throwing down the gauntlet on Jesus.

The over-hyped media blitz about the war on Christmas is really a war on Christian intelligence.

The real war on Christmas, which I’ll share in just a minute, is much darker than any coffee Starbucks serves up.

One quick rant: We should never expect a mainstream, non-Christian company to uphold “our” beliefs and convictions about Jesus. Starbucks is not the church and they can do whatever they want with their cups. Besides, they never had the baby Jesus or the cross on their cups—we’re talking about Snowmen. Trees. Ornaments. Snow flakes.

These symbols might mean a lot to us, but they are not Christian.

I repeat. These symbols are not Christian.

Every year the controversy about mainstream companies assaulting our right to say Merry Christmas gets stirred up and social media goes crazy with well-meaning Christians posting knee-jerk responses.

It’s ridiculous. I’ll prove it to you.

There are Christians in prison in Iran right now. People Like Pastor Saeed Abedini who have given their life for the gospel and endured extreme persecution—with no end in sight.

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There are Christians in Afghanistan who worship together—risking their lives in the midst of religious extremists.

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There are teenagers in Sudan who are staking their claim for Jesus at the risk of torture, banishment and death.

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This is the real war on Christmas.

The one that we like to look away from because it’s horrible, dark, gruesome and evil.

These are acts of war—focused on the actual person of Jesus and his followers.

If we could bend all of this energy away from cups and holiday greetings and open up our eyes to see the real battle—remember, the one where Satan seeks to devour us? Just think about the impact we could have on the mission of Christ?

It would be astounding.

If we could bypass all of these silly arguments and get serious about Christmas—and what it really means for the world, we would never cry out about pithy slogans or decorations. We would, instead, cry out for the world to know Jesus and for our brothers and sisters in prison—and suffering from persecution—to find freedom and relief through the very power of God.

We have the Holy Spirit within us. The same Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead and claimed victory over death and sin forever.

This Holy Spirit does not suffer silly arguments and neither should we.

This Holy Spirit is ready to be unleashed like wind all over the world when the Church prays holy prayers filled with expectancy, power and confidence in the strength of God and his listening ears.

Who cares what happens with cups and ornaments? Let’s care about what happens to people. Real people. Our real brothers and sisters who are experiencing the war on Christmas like you and I have never imagined.

Would Jesus jump on social media in outrage over Starbucks’ coffee cup color selections? I think it’s silly to think so. Not just silly, I’ll say it—it’s foolish.

Don’t fall for it. Don’t get sucked in.

Instead, let’s take our collective strength—and our social media real estate—and shoot up prayers and encouragement to the imprisoned, the persecuted and the faithful.

It’s so much easier to debate the color of cups—and call that a war—than it is to fix our gaze on real persecution and all the darkness surrounding it.

Let’s never forget about the real war on Christmas.

Jesus come quickly.

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God Will Never Forsake You

God Will Never Forsake YouThe love of money — a craving for money as the source of our security — is an epidemic in our world, and maybe especially in our nation. So how do we kill the craving within us? In this lab, John Piper models what it means to fight temptation with the promises of God.

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God Is Glorified in Our Weakness

God Is Glorified in Our WeaknessIn three minutes, Trip Lee explains how he’s seen God’s strength glorified in his weakness. He encourages believers to embrace their weakness and rest in God’s strength.



A La Carte (November 10)

Today’s Kindle deals include the classic (and still relevant) Christianity and Liberalism by Gresham Machen ($0.99); Finding Truth by Nancy Pearcey ($5.99); Heresy by Alister McGrath ($3.99); and In My Father’s House by Mary Kassian ($0.99).

My Abortion Story

“I had an abortion years ago. For the most part, I don’t even let my mind go there for fear of the terrible sadness that will follow. I know that others, like me, must be feeling the same pangs of grief.” She pens a moving letter to her child.

Three Reasons to Not Make Sexually Immoral Jokes

This is simple but important.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ Wedding

Nancy Leigh DeMoss is getting married this Saturday and is inviting you to watch the ceremony via livestream.

You Cannot Domesticate Pride

It’s very true and deadly dangerous.

The New Intolerance of Student Activism

There’s a scary little glimpse of our culture there at Yale. “It is no surprise that the students behave like bullies even as they see themselves as victims.”

Underprogram Your Church

Jared Wilson offers 10 reasons you should underprogram your church.

This Day in 1871. 144 years ago today, Henry Stanley finds David Livingstone at Ujiji, Lake Tanganyika, one of the most famous moments in missionary history, supposedly greeting him with the words, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume.” *

7 Gospel-Centered Principles for Protecting Your Marriage

“What can a couple do to preserve the joyful loving intimacy of their marriage? Consider these seven gospel-centered principles.”

New Teaching Fellows

Ligonier Ministries announces a pair of new teaching fellows. I really appreciate the direction the ministry has taken with its teaching fellows.


The Daily Discovery (November 10, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Welcome to Starbucks’ new cross-dresser commercial – “Wow! Starbucks has released its first homosexual-themed commercial this week, featuring two crossdressers. Who would have seen that coming?  Hey, remember whenCEO Howard Schultz was invited to the Global leadership Summit? Christian News Net reports…”

A Story of Redemption: My Abortion Story – “I had an abortion years ago. For the most part, I don’t even let my mind go there for fear of the terrible sadness that will follow. I know that others, like me, must be feeling the same pangs of grief. These images give us a glimpse of the brutality of what we participated in. It’s absolutely horrifying. As I’ve reflected on my own abortion in the wake of these videos emerging, I was reminded of something I did during my post-abortion counseling that helped me to grieve. I decided to write a letter to my baby to help me process, once again. I want to encourage you to do the same.”

The Broad Road and the Narrow Gate – “I find that I am often confused when I listen to or read modern day attitudes and notions, and maybe the reason for this is that they are… well, confusing. During my secular education and training, there was the appearance of great academic freedom; all the teachers preached it, all the professors demanded it. Listening to the popular media, freedom of expression and freedom of thought are touted as the right paths. I was always taught that to be broad-minded was good, and that to be narrow-minded was bad; free-thinkers were to be lauded, if not always copied…”

An Interview with Sam Allberry – “Sam Allberry joins Colin Smothers on Danvers Audio to talk about his book ‘Is God Anti-Gay,’ reparative therapy, pastoral ministry, and the practical benefits of a robust theology.”

God Says “No” for Your Joy – “The only time God gives us restrictions or prohibitions is for our joy. He never says “no” to us unless “no” will make us ultimately happier. Back in Eden, before the horrible fall, the only prohibition God placed on Adam was this: ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’ (Genesis 2:16–17) Adam, you have complete freedom to eat of every single tree in the entire garden except for the one tree that will kill your joy.”


SERMON:

Dr. James White – Understanding the Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Who is Jesus? (What the Bible Really Says About Him)

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What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


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

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

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On the issues: assessing the 2016 Republican presidential candidates

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Latest Republican presidential primary polls Latest Republican presidential primary polls (click for larger image)

The PDF is here. (50 pages, but you only have to read about the candidates you might consider voting for)

Unfortunately, radically leftist Politico is the only one with a write-up on it, so here goes:

The hard-line conservative arm of the Heritage Foundation has tough criticism for much of the 2016 field, but high praise for the Texas senator.

The political arm of The Heritage Foundation has released a detailed assessment of the 2016 Republican presidential field — and it offers harsh words for many candidates. But not for Sen. Ted Cruz.

Cruz receives almost exclusively praise for his stances in the 50-page 2016 presidential policy scorecard, the first of its kind produced by Heritage Action. The report grades the candidates across six categories: growth, opportunity, civil society, limited government, favoritism and national security.

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November 10, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Nov. 10, 2015

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President Obama’s plan to shield more than 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation before he leaves office was dealt another blow by an appeals court’s refusal to let the program begin while 26 states fight to derail it, increasing the likelihood that the U.S. Supreme Court may be asked to weigh in.

Millennials are increasingly shunning big banks and going local with their money. Community banks won with younger customers last year, netting a 5 percent increase in account holders ages 18 to 34, while credit unions recorded a 3 percent gain, according to data compiled by Accenture Plc. By comparison, large national and regional banks struggled to retain millennial clients — losing 16 percent of them over the same period.

The threat from a slowdown in China reasserted itself on financial markets, as fresh signs of weakness in the world’s second-largest economy sent industrial metals lower with U.S. and emerging equities.

Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian bought Amedeo Modigliani’s painting of a reclining nude woman for $170.4 million, the second-highest price for an artwork at auction, in a volatile sale at Christie’s in New York.

Credit Suisse Group AG Chief Executive Officer Tidjane Thiam said he sees the risk of a “traumatic event” in global markets once the current period of low interest rates comes to an end.

Wage growth is poised to accelerate at small U.S. companies this month after a slowdown in October. A net 17 percent of managers last month said they plan to increase pay, up 1 percentage point from September and matching the highest level since 2007.

The U.S. economic expansion isn’t set to die of old age. Seventy six months after emerging from the longest recession since the Great Depression era, the U.S. economy’s upswing is now the fifth longest of 34 since 1900 and almost twice the length of the average. It has defied “double dip” warnings by seeing off external threats including Europe’s debt crisis and the recent China-led slowdown in emerging markets as well as home-grown risks including double-digit unemployment, a government shutdown and repeated cold snaps.

AP Top Stories

Since recreational use of the marijuana became legal in several states, authorities report a major jump in the number of pot-filled packages being sent through the mail.

At least 22 people were killed in mortar fire Tuesday on Syria’s coastal city of Latakia, in one of the bloodiest shellings there since the country’s war began, state media reported.

Two weeks of new thermal scanning in Egypt’s Giza pyramids have identified anomalies in the 4,500 year-old burial structures, including a major one in the largest pyramid, the Antiquities Ministry announced Monday.

A Marksville, La. police body camera recorded the father of a 6-year-old autistic boy with his hands up and posing no threat as police fired into his car, severely wounding the motorist and killing his son, the man’s lawyer said Monday.

A U.S. federal judge on Monday for the first time ordered the National Security Agency to cease collecting the phone call records of a lawyer and his firm, providing an unprecedented but narrow and largely symbolic victory to privacy advocates.

The air campaign against the Islamic State group has made progress in degrading the jihadist organisation but will not be enough without local boots on the ground, the US air force secretary said on Tuesday.

For most of its history, Hamtramck, Mich., was a Polish city, but in recent decades it became increasingly Muslim. In 2013, it became the first city in America to have a majority Muslim population, with most immigrants coming from Yemen, Bangladesh, and Bosnia. And last week, it elected a majority-Muslim city council – Muslims now occupy four of the six council seats – likely the first American city to do so. Karen Majewski, the city’s mayor, is of Polish descent.

Ohio’s prison system pushes low-income offenders deeper into poverty by charging fees for their jail time, saddling inmates with debts as high as $35,000, according to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. Forty of the state’s 75 county jails that house low-level nonviolent offenders charge a booking fee, daily fees of as much as $50 to $60 a day, or both and of those just half take the offender’s income into account when deciding how much of a fee to impose, the report found.

As China’s industrial base needs more and more energy sources, and the United States becomes more energy independent, the People’s Republic will import five times what America will by 2040. And India will become a massive importer.

BBC

The European Commission has called on Turkey urgently to address significant failings on human rights and democracy. A delayed annual report on Turkish prospects for EU membership says there have been serious setbacks in the past two years on freedom of expression.

Australia’s immigration minister has said police used tear gas to bring an end to unrest at the Christmas Island migrant detention center.

Two Palestinians aged 12 and 13 have stabbed and wounded an Israeli security guard in East Jerusalem, police say.

WND

For the first time in four years, NASA is looking for more astronauts.

Boston Mayor Walsh gave his signature OK to an ordinance that allows police to confiscate fake guns that appear real from kids and adults alike who carry them on city streets.

3D printing has exploded in recent years and has rapidly gone from something in research labs to something people do at home, but some of the objects produced by commercial 3D printers could be toxic to your health and to the environment, according to new research.

Two Muslim truck drivers were awarded $240,000 by a federal jury in Peoria, Illinois last month after they were fired for refusing to deliver beer because they claimed that doing so would violate their religious beliefs.


 

Top News – 11/10/2015

It’s All Because Of The Temple Mount
the Temple Mount is being used as an excuse for Muslims to slaughter Jews. For deep down, the Muslims feel that the front lines of the struggle are on the Temple Mount, regardless of the presence of Jews there. The Mount is not just a sentimental site. It is not even a historic site. It is more like a huge power socket that connects to, and has nourished, the Israeli motor for the past 3,000 years.

Second cyclone kills 6 on Yemen island
The cyclone caused panic and prompted appeals for help for residents on the island, already badly battered by last week’s cyclone Chapala. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) spokeswoman Clare Nullis said Friday tropical cyclones are extremely rare over the Arabian Peninsula, and two back-to-back was “an absolutely extraordinary event”.

EARTH-DIRECTED CME?
Yesterday, Nov. 9th, the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2449 erupted, producing an M3-class solar flare and a bright CME. Radio emissions from shock waves in the CME suggest that it blew away from the sun faster than 950 km/s (2 million mph).

Deeply Flawed Film Attempt to Disarm Evangelicals With The “Armor of Light”
Liberals, as a general rule, dislike religion, and in specific, they dislike Christianity. This fact was made perfectly clear at the 2012 Democrat Convention in Charlotte, as the crowd literally and loudly denied God three times.

Oklahoma world’s No. 1 earthquake area
“We have had 15 (earthquakes) in Medford since 5 o’clock Saturday morning,” he noted. “We’ve got an earthquake issue.” Skinner said the world is going through a seismic phase.

12 quakes jolt Andaman & Nicobar islands in 24 hours
The sea around the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago has witnessed 12 earthquakes in 24 hours, with almost all measuring 5 and more on the Richter scale, but no tsunami alert has been issued. The region yesterday saw nine quakes, of these, one was recorded in North Sumatra region in Indonesia while others have been recorded in and around the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

White House: Israeli-Palestinians talks unlikely in Obama’s last 14 months
“I think we have been quite candid about the fact that given the dynamic on both sides, it is unlikely that the two state solution will be reached within the next 14 months,” Earnest said.

Obama’s immigration action blocked again; Supreme Court only option left
President Barack Obama’s executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation suffered a legal setback on Monday with an appeal to the Supreme Court now the administration’s only option. The 2-1 decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to uphold a May injunction deals a blow to Obama’s plan, opposed by Republicans and challenged by 26 states.

Navy launches second test missile off Southern California coast
The U.S. Navy said it launched a second — and final — missile in a planned exercise Monday afternoon from a submarine off the Southern California coast. The second test launch of the Trident II (D5) missile from a ballistic submarine in the Pacific Ocean took place Monday afternoon, the Navy said.

Egypt pyramids scan finds mystery heat spots
An international team of architects and scientists have observed “thermal anomalies” in the pyramids of Giza, Egyptian antiquities officials say. Thermal cameras detected higher temperatures in three adjacent stones at the bottom of the Great Pyramid. Officials said possible causes included the existence of empty areas inside the pyramid, internal air currents, or the use of different building materials.

Jordan policeman shoots dead foreign trainers
A policeman has opened fire at a police training centre in Jordan, killing two Americans, a South African and two Jordanians, officials say. The Jordanian embassy in Washington said the Jordanian assailant also wounded two Americans and two Jordanians, before being shot dead. President Barack Obama said the US was taking the attack “very seriously”.

EU criticises Turkey over human rights and democracy
The European Commission has called on Turkey urgently to address significant failings on human rights and democracy. A delayed annual report on Turkish prospects for EU membership says there have been serious setbacks in the past two years on freedom of expression. It also says the independence of the judiciary had been undermined and that new laws run against EU standards.

David Cameron sets out EU reform goals
David Cameron has outlined his goals for reforming the UK’s membership of the EU, saying they will be difficult, but not impossible, to achieve. He said Britain faced the biggest decision of “our lifetimes” in an in/out referendum promised before the end of 2017. But he was confident of getting the reforms he wanted, describing talks with EU partners “mission possible”.

Senegal’s President Sall condemns ‘excessive form of Islam’
Senegal’s President Macky Sall has called for a fight against the “excessive form” of Islam which has led to the growth of jihadi groups. Muslim clerics needed to be trained to promote “tolerant Islam”, he added. Mr Sall, a Muslim, also called for greater intelligence-sharing between governments.

Amnesty International criticizes proposal to halt ICC action against Israel
Amnesty International on Tuesday criticized a section of New Zealand’s proposed UN Security Council resolution which calls for a renewal of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), yet proposes that the Palestinians pause their efforts to bring Israel to the dock of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague. In a statement, Amnesty expressed that it is “deeply concerned” that the move could damage chances for a lasting peace.

Starbucks Plain Red Cups Spark Controversy
As the holiday season approaches, retailers are hauling out their holiday merchandise. Starbucks is doing the same, but a design change to their holiday cups has many Christians up in arms.

Jordanian officer fatally shoots two Americans, South African at security training site
A Jordanian officer shot dead two U.S. government security contractors, a South African trainer and two Jordanians at a U.S.-funded police training facility near Amman on Monday before being killed in a shootout, Jordanian authorities said.

Obama, Netanyahu at White House seek to mend U.S.-Israel ties
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday that he remained committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as they sought to mend ties strained by acrimony over Middle East diplomacy and Iran.

Portugal Socialists threaten to topple new government
Portugal’s parliament is expected to topple the country’s right-of-centre administration, led by Pedro Passos Coelho of the centre-right Social Democratic Party (PSD), on Tuesday – just a day after it put forward its programme for government.

On climate change, Catholic leaders must believe in miracles
The bishops want to protect the poor from climate risks, but the risks from poverty are much greater and more immediate than those from climate change. For the first time, “Catholic leaders representing all regional and national bishops conferences” have come together in a “joint appeal.” According to reporting in the New York Times, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, India, called the October 26 meeting at the Vatican a “historic occasion.”

How Obama and Kerry Caused the Stabbing Terror Spree in Israel
Before the Muslim terror stabbing spree, Netanyahu had made repeated efforts to meet with the leader of the PLO. And for once, Abbas, the PLO leader, had not been averse to a meeting.Instead it was Secretary of State John Kerry who told Abbas not to meet with Netanyahu.Abbas went to the UN and disavowed the Oslo Accords. The first Muslim stabbings of Jews, with the encouragement of the PLO, began a few days later

Pope stumbles in church for second time in three days
ROME – Pope Francis had to be helped up the steps to an altar at a Rome basilica on Monday after stumbling in public for the second time in three days. Two church officials flanked the 78-year-old pontiff and took him by the arm as he faltered on his way up the steps during a service in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. On Saturday, the pope tripped on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, stopping his fall with his outstretched hands, before two aides helped him back to his feet.

Europe – and echoes from the past
It is up to Israel to display the wit and the will to resist this European pressure, because the Europeans, as with much of what they are doing to themselves and to us, are simply wrong.

12 quakes jolt Andaman & Nicobar islands and around in 24 hrs
The sea around the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago has witnessed 12 earthquakes in 24 hours, with almost all measuring 5 and more on the Richter scale, but no tsunami alert has been issued.


Top Headlines – 11/10/2015

Netanyahu to Obama: Israel has not given up hope for a two-state solution

President Obama Meets Benjamin Netanyahu Amid Dispute Over Iran Nuke Deal

Netanyahu on mending ties with Obama: ‘Our meeting was good, one of the best’

Netanyahu, Obama agree to expedite talks on new military aid package

IDF plans 2016 reservist call up to cope with persistent violence

‘Current wave of Palestinian terrorism can continue for an unknown time’

Spread of terror in Israel tracked in new interactive map

Abbas claims Hamas and Israel are meeting to annex part of Sinai to Gaza

Iranian hackers targeted Israeli nuclear scientists, security researchers say

Netanyahu gave red line to Putin on Syria intervention

‘Russia, Iran have signed contract for S-300 missile system delivery’

Combat report: Russian Air Force destroys 448 terrorist facilities in Syria over 3 days

Russian officials believe Sinai plane brought down by bomb

ISIS Airline Bombing Is ‘Russia’s 9/11,’ US Homeland Security Committee Says

Egypt says top terrorist in ISIS-linked group killed in shootout

EU warns of refugee ‘catastrophe’ as winter closes in

Al Qaeda Terror Boss Discovered On Migrant Boat, Authorities ‘Tried To Hide News’

Liberal cabinet ministers to oversee task of bringing Syrian refugees to Canada

Jordanian officer fatally shoots two Americans, South African at security training site

On the brink: Christianity facing Middle East purge within decade, says group

NATO ponders future of Afghan mission as fatigue, frustration mount

U.N. warns Burundi violence could escalate to mass atrocities

Portugal Socialists threaten to topple new government

Former Pentagon Officials: U.S. Navy is ‘Strained’

Navy launches second test missile off Southern California coast

California missile test: Social media nightmare or exactly what the Navy wanted?

Appeals court rules Obama can’t block deportations of 5 million people

One Killed in Police Shooting on Spartanburg, S.C., College Campus

U.S. judge again rules NSA collection of phone data is likely unconstitutional

Stocks tumble as Dow drops 180 points on rate hike fears

China to Allow Direct Conversion Between Yuan and Swiss Franc

Three Planets and Crescent Moon Make a Line

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Atka, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kandrian, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Atka, Alaska

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands

12 quakes jolt Andaman & Nicobar islands and around in 24 hrs

South Kansas earthquake rattles Wichita

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Rinjani volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 12,000ft

Scientists call reports of imminent Mount St. Helens eruption ‘fabrications’

Cyclone Megh Makes Direct Hit on Socotra; Second Yemen Landfall Expected Tuesday

Tropical Storm Kate forms, approaching Bahamas

Heavy Flooding in Areas of Israel on Monday

Johannesburg limits water use as drought worsens

China smog hits ‘record’ levels

OPEC’s Strategy Seen Potentially Backfiring

Oops! Deepwater Horizon Dispersants Backfired

Did ExxonMobil commit securities fraud by denying climate change?

President Obama joins Facebook, addresses climate change in first post

Pentagon ‘gay’ rape debacle: Report alleging male-on-male sexual trauma retracted

South African Authorities Searching for Pastor Who Fed Congregation Live Snakes

Prominent Rabbi Warns Friends Not to Leave Israel Because Messiah is “Here With Us Already”

Jesus Christ, the Key to Unlocking All of Scripture

Global Warming Hoax Spiraling Into Radical Tyrannical Beast

Starbucks cups have some evangelical Christians seeing red


Frontrunning: November 10

  • Bonds Rise as China Drags Down Metals, Selloff in Stocks Resumes (Read More)
  • European Stock Rally Runs Out of Steam Amid China Growth Concern (Read More)
  • Obama’s immigration action blocked again; Supreme Court only option left (Read More)
  • Ukraine: Cyberwar’s Hottest Front (Read More)
  • With $170.4 Million Sale at Auction, Modigliani Work Joins Rarefied Nine-Figure Club (Read More)
  • IEA Sees OPEC Market Share Growth in 2020 as Rivals Stagnate (Read More)
  • Hedge Funds Load Up on Sugar (Read More)
  • Tencent Profit Hits Record as Online Games, Video Lure Users (Read More)
  • Cameron Confident of EU Reforms as He Seeks to Keep Britain in EU (Read More)
  • Airstrikes Alone Can’t Defeat Islamic State, U.S. Air Force Says (Read More)
  • How the Unshackled Ruble Has Changed Russia’s Economy Forever (Read More)
  • Debate gives Rubio chance to win over big-money Republican donors (Read More)
  • Jeb Bush’s Comeback Plan Looks Weaker Than Advertised (Read More)
  • Bank of America Cut Off Finance Sites From Its Data (Read More)
  • Millennials Ditch Big Banks and Go Local With Their Money (Read More)

 

The Briefing

1) Obama immigration executive order blocked by court, sets up Supreme Court ruling

Appeals Court Deals Blow to Obama’s Immigration Plans, New York Times (Michael D. Shear and Julia Preston)

2) University of Missouri system president resigns in midst of racial concerns

University of Missouri president and chancellor step down amid race row, CNN (Elliott McLaughlin)

3) Concern about trajectory of nation shared by both partisan groups, with problem differing

Values, outlook worry voters, Baltimore Sun (David Lauter)

4) Study finds journalists, interpreters of news overwhelmingly identify as politically liberal

Republicans’ media bias claims boosted by scarcity of right-leaning journalists, Washington Times (Kelly Riddell)

5) Authoritative view of science  overlooks role of politics in scientific formulation

How Politics Shaped General Relativity, New York Times (David Kaiser)

The Price of Denialism, New York Times (Lee McIntyre)

6) Morality looms large even in article on demand for ‘natural’ food for dogs

Frozen Turducken for Fido? Here’s the Whole Foods of animal food., Washington Post (Thomas Heath)

In other news…


Pocketbook Pain: The Rapidly Rising Cost Of Living Is Absolutely Killing The Middle Class In America

Pain In The WalletAll over America, the middle class is dying and poverty is on the rise.  One of the primary reasons for this is the rapidly rising cost of living in the United States.  The cost of just about everything that average families shell out money for on a regular basis – food, rent, health insurance, etc. – is rising much faster than wages are.  In a previous article I noted that the federal poverty level for a family of five is $28,410, but 51 percent of all American workers are making less than $30,000 a year at this point.  We have seen an explosion in the number of people in this country that are considered to be “the working poor” and it gets worse with each passing year. (Read More…)


We Have Never Seen Global Trade Collapse This Dramatically Outside Of A Major Recession

Globe Interconnected - Public DomainIf you have been watching for the next major global economic downturn, you can now stop waiting, because it has officially arrived.  Never before in history has global trade collapsed this dramatically outside of a major worldwide recession.  And this makes perfect sense – when global economic activity is increasing there is more demand for goods and services around the world, and when global economic activity is decreasing there is less demand for goods and services around the world.  So far this year, global trade is down about 8.4 percent, and over the past 30 days the Baltic Dry Index has been absolutely plummeting.  A month ago it was sitting at a reading of 809, but now it has fallen all the way to 628.  However, it is when you look at the trade numbers for specific countries that the numbers become particularly startling. (Read More….)


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The US Dollar Bull Market Could Trigger a $9 Trillion Debt Implosion

The US Dollar rally, combined with the ECB’s policies and the Fed’s hint at raising rates in December, is at risk of blowing up a $9 trillion carry trade.

When the Fed cut interest rates to zero in 2008, it flooded the system with US Dollars. The US Dollar is the reserve currency of the world. NO matter what country you’re in (with few exceptions) you can borrow in US Dollars.

And if you can borrow in US Dollars at 0.25%… and put that money into anything yielding more… you could make a killing.

A hedge fund in Hong Kong could borrow $100 million, pay just $250,000 in interest and plow that money into Brazilian Reals which yielded 11%… locking in a $9.75 million return.

This was the strictly financial side of things. On the economics side, Governments both sovereign and local borrowed in US Dollars around the globe to fund various infrastructure and municipal projects.

Simply put, the US Government was practically giving money away and the world took notice, borrowing Dollars at a record pace. Today, the global carry trade (meaning money borrowed in US Dollars and invested in other assets) stands at over $9 TRILLION (larger than the economy of France and Brazil combined).


Economic Totalitarianism: The First Step Is Getting Rid Of Cash

The movement toward electronic money is moving at high speed but few of us have stopped to consider the implications of a cashless society where the loss of privacy and freedom may be facing it’s greatest challenge yet. The global establishment increasingly views a “cashless society” as the ultimate answer to many political and social woes but to get there is going to take some arm twisting to those who still like their cash…………….  Click here for full story


Muslim Migrants In Germany Riot In Churches, Steal From Stores And Defecate In Gardens

Residents in the German town of Ellwangen are reporting that thousands of Muslim migrants who recently arrived are defecating on people’s gardens, staging riots in church and stealing from local stores, while police in the area struggle to cope with the disorder.

Ellwangen, which has a population of around 23,500 and a strong Catholic community, was recently inundated with 4,500 Muslim asylum seekers who are staying in the old army barracks on the edge of town.

The original plan was to house just 500 immigrants, but this quickly ballooned to ten times that figure, at which point “serious mass brawls and conflicts” began, prompting the police to be called out routinely. The state government is set to fork out €5.1 million euros of taxpayer money to renovate and expand the barracks.

A friend of a local reports that store owners are struggling to do any business since people are afraid to go into town because of the migrants.

“I read about serious theft problems in stores where ‘refugees’ walk in, take what they want or need, and walk out again without paying,” writes the individual. “In the beginning, grocery stores called the police, but stopped doing so after they were told to write up the losses and contact someone at the local municipality to reimburse them. (I had a verbal confirmation from a wife of a German police officer).”

Women are also afraid to walk into town alone, with reports of a woman being raped and a 10-year-old girl being sexually harassed.

“The most disturbing news he informed me about, however, was that the so called refugees go into churches to disrupt service. They would simply walk in and start to riot. ‘These people want to destroy us’, is what he said, literally. He is a very well educated business man; not someone inciting hatred against refugees. Most of the people living in that town and neighboring villages are honest, hard working people, trying to do good and be good, and now are forced to watch how their town and livelihoods are destroyed by the decision of the government to take in people that are violently opposed and opposite to the German and Christian culture.”

The report also states that residents have been forced to put up signs asking migrants not to defecate in their gardens, a common practice, and to use toilets instead.

According to the individual, anyone who criticizes the behavior of the migrants is immediately labeled a “Nazi”. Locals are so enraged that a dead cat was placed on the doorstep of the Mayor.

While Austrians are purchasing shotguns, the individual also adds that many Germans are buying pepper spray as a means of self-defense.

Similar stories are also emerging from all over Germany as small villages and towns begin to feel the impact of the migrant influx. In the post below, a woman relates how rapes, theft, the killing of pets and drug dealing all shot up after the arrival of asylum seekers. source


Is It Iran’s Middle East Now?

by Jonathan Spyer
Fathom
Autumn 2015

http://www.meforum.org/5622/iran-middle-east


What Happens When Sin Goes From Shocking to Amusing?

Posted: 10 Nov 2015 05:25 AM PST

( Shane Idleman) Unlike today, many early political leaders were not ashamed to admit the true source of America’s strength—they were biblically correct, rather than politically correct. They were statesmen, not politicians. A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation. You may say, “Times change.” And you are correct, but God’s standards do not. The sin that once amazed us now amuses us; just look at what is considered “entertainment” today. When sin begins to amuse us, we are dangerously close to the edge—”Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20).

Darwin is praised and curriculum that removes God is applauded. Boys can be girls, and girls boys. Men can marry men—women marry women. Chaplains can no longer look to the true source of truth and comfort. Up is down and down is up. America, wake up—we are a nation void of understanding … void of truth. No matter how many laws are passed in favor of same-sex marriage or how many Facebook users update their profiles to self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (800,000 in the last year), it will not change God’s mind. “I am the Lord thy God—I change not” (Malachi 3:6). FULL REPORT

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Is Africa the Western world’s testing ground for microchip implants, weaponized viruses and experimental vaccines?

Posted: 10 Nov 2015 05:14 AM PST

The African continent continues to be used by Western powers as a testing ground for some pretty heinous things, the latest of which appears to be microchip implants. This is a concept privacy advocates in the U.S. have long warned about. According to Patriot Truther and BusinessWire, credit card company Visa recently introduced a new specification for the use of biometrics with chip card transactions that can enable palm, iris, facial or voice biometrics. The first-of-its-kind technology is designed to be incorporated for use with the EMV® (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) chip industry standard to ensure the cards can be used around the globe.

With current surveillance technology, the biometric cards will also be traceable and trackable, as will the biometric data. This information will be valuable to merchandising corporations, technology companies and, of course, governments. “There is increasing demand for biometrics as a more convenient and secure alternative to signatures or PINs, especially as biometrics technologies have become more reliable and available,” claimed Mark Nelsen, senior vice president of Risk Products and Business Intelligence for Visa Inc. “However, to support wide adoption, it is equally important that solutions are scalable and based on open standards. Building on the EMV chip standard provides a common, interoperable foundation, as well as encourages innovation in cutting-edge biometric solutions.” FULL REPORT

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Second nuclear missile test launched by Navy, Warning message to America’s enemies

Posted: 10 Nov 2015 05:08 AM PST

To the astonishment of Californians, the U.S. Navy has now launched a second thermonuclear missile over Los Angeles. “The second test launch of the Trident II (D5) missile from a ballistic submarine in the Pacific Ocean took place Monday afternoon,” reports the LA Times. As Natural News readers know, two days ago I exhaustively documented the escalation of the covert war between the United States and a Russian-Chinese partnership. The Trident missile launch, I explained, was a “warning shot” against Russia and China:

Last night’s test launch of the Trident missile over Orange County was staged near a high population area for a tactical reason: To have as many witnesses (and videos) as possible, sending a very visible warning message to China that says, “We can destroy you if you don’t back off.” Russia and China, I explained, are partnering for a “massive first strike” against the United States, involving cyber attacks, economic attacks, missile attacks against US Navy warships and even the possibility of EMP weapons that attack America’s power grid infrastructure. As published in the LA Times, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter all but said the missile launches are a warning against global aggressors: (bolding added) FULL REPORT

 

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Michele Bachmann: ‘We’re Seeing the Fulfillment of Scripture In Front of Our Eyes … He’s Coming Soon’

Posted: 10 Nov 2015 05:01 AM PST

Speaking about her trip to Israel and current world events, former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said “we’re seeing the fulfillment of scripture right in front of our eyes,” and Christians must do all they can to “share Jesus Christ with everyone” because “He’s coming soon.” Rep. Bachmann made her remarks from Israel during a Nov. 4 radio interview with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, the host of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins.”

“Almost every article in the paper” concerns Israel and Middle East events “and it ties with so much biblical prophecy,” said Bachmann. “This week really was about biblical prophecy in many ways.” “And we’re seeing as events are speeding up,” she said, “events are speeding up so quickly right now, and we see how relevant the Bible is, and we’re reading our newspaper at the same time we’re learning about these biblical events.” FULL REPORT

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US and Chinese Ships Face Off Again In The South China Sea

Posted: 10 Nov 2015 04:46 AM PST

The U.S. and China have come face-to-face once again on the issue of the South China Sea. Tensions between the two countries are rising as a result of Washington’s decision to deploy a U.S. Navy warship to a region that Beijing insists is a part of Chinese territory. On Tuesday, October 27, 2015 the U.S. Navy deployed the USS Lassen into the 12-nautical mile boundary of some islands in the Subi Reef. China claims this region to be a part of it sovereign territory and so, Beijing views the deployment of a U.S. Navy warship in the area as a strong violation of its territorial integrity. The U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer was ordered into the region prior to U.S. Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter’s visit to the USS Theodore Roosevelt, also operating in the region. The fact that the U.S. chose a warship and not any ordinary seafaring vessel to conduct a run-of-the-mill surveillance operation has sent a strong message to China.

While Washington has advised China against its land reclamation projects and island building in the South China Sea over the last two years, the recent naval mission is the first example of the U.S. adopting a strong military position on the matter. As such, it has been interpreted as a powerful warning to Beijing that the U.S. will not condone indiscriminate territorial assertions in the South China Sea. China has announced its sovereign rights over much of the South China Sea, and the state has singlehandedly claimed more territory in the last two years alone than all the other disputants have, put together, over the last forty years. FULL REPORT

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It’s a Starbucks coffee cup, America, not the Holy Grail

Posted: 09 Nov 2015 08:19 PM PST

( Todd Starnes ) There’s trouble brewing at Starbucks and if you believe what you read on social media – their 2015 Red Holiday Cups are the greatest threat to Christianity since the Islamic State started beheading the faithful. A very vocal group of Christian coffee lovers is a bit perturbed at the lack of yuletide flavor in their 2015 Red Holiday Cups. Previous designs have included all sorts of Yuletide accessories from scarves to ornaments to snowflakes.

But this year Starbucks decided to go minimalistic. It’s just a plain red cup – no holiday messages, no holiday images. And that has folks accusing the coffee giant of being anti-Christmas. “It’s not just about a cup,” said Arizona-based evangelist Joshua Feuerstein in a message to The Washington Post. “The cup is symbolic of a larger war against Christianity in this country.” FULL REPORT

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We Have Never Seen Global Trade Collapse This Dramatically Outside Of A Major Recession

Posted: 09 Nov 2015 08:04 PM PST

If you have been watching for the next major global economic downturn, you can now stop waiting, because it has officially arrived. Never before in history has global trade collapsed this dramatically outside of a major worldwide recession. And this makes perfect sense – when global economic activity is increasing there is more demand for goods and services around the world, and when global economic activity is decreasing there is less demand for goods and services around the world.

So far this year, global trade is down about 8.4 percent, and over the past 30 days the Baltic Dry Index has been absolutely plummeting. A month ago it was sitting at a reading of 809, but now it has fallen all the way to 628. However, it is when you look at the trade numbers for specific countries that the numbers become particularly startling. Just within the last few days, new trade numbers have come out of China. China accounts for approximately one-fifth of all global factory exports, and for many years Chinese export growth has helped fuel the overall global economy. FULL REPORT

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University of Kansas Student Senate Bans Gender Pronouns Because They’re Microaggressions.

Posted: 09 Nov 2015 07:56 PM PST

A governing body made up of students at the University of Kansas has voted to eliminate their use of gender specific pronouns, stating the terms pose “microaggressions” towards people who don’t fit traditional gender roles. Last Wednesday, the KU Student Senate, in a 2/3 majority vote, passed a bill altering the Senate’s official Rules & Regulations which would require senators to use “inclusive” terminology, such as “they them or their,” as opposed to “his,” “her,” “he,” or “she.”

“This is a key first step in making our campus more inclusive,” said Harrison Baker, the student senator who authored the bill. “Hopefully this will be a catalyst to create discussions on campus and cause change to happen elsewhere.” The elimination of gender pronouns, the bill claims, is “to increase the inclusivity of Student Senate and prevent the microaggressions gender pronouns pose to individuals who don’t use them.” Critics say the student body has little evidence to back up the claim that gender pronouns produce microaggressions. 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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Lessons From: The Publican and the Pharisee

Regeneration, Repentance and Reformation

Taken and adapted from “Sermons of Martin Luther”
Written by Martin Luther

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And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who…

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