Daily Archives: November 18, 2015

November 18, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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Oklahoma Sheriff Places 'In God We Trust' Decals on Fleet Vehicles, Prompts Polarizing Viewpoints for Christians and Non-Christians

Oklahoma Sheriff Places ‘In God We Trust’ Decals on Fleet Vehicles, Prompts Polarizing Viewpoints for Christians and Non-Christians

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Gospel Herald

‘In God We Trust’ decals are being placed on Creek County Sheriff Office fleet vehicles in east-central Oklahoma. However, Sheriff John Davis said it is not for religious reasons.

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Save persecuted religious minorities first (COMMENTARY)

Save persecuted religious minorities first (COMMENTARY)

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Religion News

It’s not un-American to save Assyrian Christians, Yazidis and others from genocide at hands of Islamic State.

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Should Christians Support Turning Away Syrian Refugees?

Should Christians Support Turning Away Syrian Refugees?

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Crosswalk

As we mourn and pray for the people of France, Christians have begun asking what is to be done about the flood of Syrian refugees at our doorstep.

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He Had Gay Parents and Hated Christians. What Happened Next is Nothing Short of a Miracle!

He Had Gay Parents and Hated Christians. What Happened Next is Nothing Short of a Miracle!

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Crosswalk

Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach was raised witnessing all the worst in the interactions between the LGBT community and Christianity, but after God taught him to love without sacrificing truth, even his parents came to know the Lord, and Caleb has become a…

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3 Reasons It's Important to Help Everyone, Not Just Those We Deem Worthy

3 Reasons It’s Important to Help Everyone, Not Just Those We Deem Worthy

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Crosswalk

The “undeserving poor& don’t appear to work hard enough to help themselves. But it is not our job to choose who deserves help.

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Terrorism: You Don't Have to Live in Fear

Terrorism: You Don’t Have to Live in Fear

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Crosswalk

Why Christians Can Be Courageous

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5 Tips to Survive (& Thrive) amidst Thanksgiving Chaos

5 Tips to Survive (& Thrive) amidst Thanksgiving Chaos

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Crosswalk

Sometimes, we’re just enduring Thanksgiving verses enjoying it. We’re just surviving verses thriving. We hold on to expectations only to find them crushed. Discover hope and help to survive – and thrive – amidst Thanksgiving chaos.

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Arguably one of the most spiritually dangerous cults in the world today, IHOP (International House of Prayer), headed by the New Apostolic Reformation’s false prophet, Mike Bickle, is hosting its annual Onething Conference December 28-31.

IHOP, known for it’s youth-targeted, stage-managed productions of audio-visual, hyper-sensual emotional stimuli that simulates a spiritual revival, will be hosting a series of questionable speakers and worship leaders, at best, as well as outright false teachers. Among these speakers are Mike Bickle himself, Francis Chan (again), and Daniel Kolenda, who apparently, get this, raises people from the dead. According to the event’s website, Kolenda is

a modern missionary evangelist who has led more than 10 million people to Christ… He is a gifted preacher whose ministry is marked by incredible miracles—healing the blind, the lame, the deaf, the leper, and even raising the dead—and powerful evangelism, but most importantly, a passion to see the gospel preached to the poor

Now we all know Francis Chan fell off the wagon years ago and has been endorsing Mick Bickle’s garbage for quite some time. But there’s one speaker at this year’s event that might surprise you–Southern Baptist President, Ronnie Floyd.

But really, this should come as no surprise. Being that the theme of this year’s Onething event is “Until the Fame of Jesus Fills the Earth,” (whatever that means) they seem to have the same goal in mind as Ronnie Floyd. Onething’s website presents their mission as,

We invite you to join 20,000 young adults in Kansas City this December to encounter Jesus through extended times of worship, teaching of the Word, and ministry in the power of the Spirit. Our primary aim is to encounter Jesus, so that we might go forth to do His works and change the world, until the fame of Jesus fills the earth.

Ronnie Floyd’s theme for the Southern Baptist Convention, titled The Great Awakening, carried the call to “prayer, fasting, revival, spiritual awakening, evangelism, church planting, and the call to complete the Great Commission.” So, while the wording may be slightly different, the basic idea is the same. Their goal is to push an experiential form of evangelism through a charismatic production of pseudo-gospel and spiritual manifestations that are centered around their own hopes and purpose of revival, rather than an obedience to the Word of God.

And Floyd is willing to partner with this dangerous cult to make it happen.

To top it off, the worship music at the event will be led by Roman Catholic, Matt Maher, who recently played on stage with Pope Francis at the Catholic World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Does Ronnie Floyd not know who these people are? Does he not know that fellowship with darkness is forbidden in Scripture?

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? – 2 Corinthians 6:14

Does it make sense that the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, instead of exposing this cult for what it is (Ephesians 5:11) he’s taking part in it?

Is it Ronnie Floyd’s sound theology, biblical preaching and uncompromising stand for truth that the NAR and IHOP are seeking from Floyd at this event? Doubtful. More likely it’s his notoriety, fortune, and charisma, and his ability to draw a crowd and please the world that makes him so attractive.

I really can’t say that much of anything surprises me in the Southern Baptist Convention anymore. On the one hand, we have many theologically conservative pastors who preach the Word of God with conviction regularly. But within the leadership of the SBC, all discernment has been lost. We have seminary leaders promoting atheist groups, Russell Moore at the ERLC regularly partnering with Roman Catholics, and Lifeway peddling all sorts of heresy for cash. The convention has lost its convictions and is no longer rooted in sound doctrine. It’s merely a money making machine for its leadership, a pyramid scheme if you will, that once you’ve made it to the top, you’re in.

When are Southern Baptists going to wake up and take out the trash?


Ed Stetzer Wants Partnership with Muslim Leaders

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Last month, Ed Stetzer spoke at an interfaith gathering with Islamic extremists, including known aiders and abetters of international terrorism. Stetzer provided Southern Baptist-owned Lifeway data to assist the Muslims in “learning how to relate” to evangelicals and how to “build bridges” with other faiths. Speaking with Stetzer at the ironically-themed “Spreading Peace Convocation” was Obama’s spiritual advisor, Joel Hunter, radical sheik Hamsa Yusef, cop-killer supporting Muslim and friend of Anwar Awlaki, Suhaib Webb. Stetzer was paid to hand over the Southern Baptist intellectual property to the Islamic extremists by Islamic globalist organization funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Interfaith Peace Corps and the syncretistic Chrislam organization, Glocal.

If you’re still busy picking your jaw up off the floor, being apprised of a Southern Baptist employee and prominent evangelical handing over the goods to assist radical Islamic extremists and at least one known associate of dangerous terrorists, you can click here to read all the information yourself.

Fast-forward to November 13.

Islamic extremists, some with automatic rifles and some with other improvised devices attacked sites throughout Paris. The world is outraged and mourning. The French president, Francois Hollande, called the attacks an “act of war” and promised no pity to the perpetrators. Then, the French government responded in a way uncharacteristic of the French stereotype all-too-common in many minds – they bombed the living daylights out of ISIS targets. In airstrikes billed as “massive,” France bombed the Islamic State’s capitol, a jihadi training camp and munitions dumps. Montjoie Saint Denis!, as they say. And good for them.

A few lessons ought to be learned, including that maybe we (that is, the free world) should be bombing Islamic militants before they strike. And, there’s probably something to say about immigration policy, which surely would upset pro-open borders and unlimited immigration, Russell Moore. But how did Ed Stetzer respond?

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One wonders exactly what kind of “partnership” Stetzer wants with Muslim leaders. Will it be with those like Suhaib Webb, with whom he partnered last month at the Spreading Peace Convocation, who raised funds for cop-killer, Jamil Al Amin, along with terrorist, Anwar Awlaki?

Nevermind the fact that calling this a “decade’s long struggle with radical Islamists” is off by centuries, this demonstrates an incredible naivety on the part of Stetzer and the evangelical intelligentsia, and also displays Stetzer’s trajectory toward syncretistic interfaith partnership.

Can you trust that Stetzer won’t take Lifeway and whatever portion of evangelicalism he represents into Chrislam? You may laugh at the notion, but I’ll remind you, he’s already been paid by them. He has already been on their payroll…literally.

Be on guard. There’s more than just his awkward chin hair to make one think he’s going full Islam.

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No European democracy has the perfect way to handle Islam

The goal of ISIS  is to bring the entire world under the caliphate and also come under sharia law.  In other words, world domination.  And you’d better believe that Islamic terrorists will stop at nothing to achieve this.  An article in The Economist tells us that, France has done its collective best to offer Muslim […]

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Massachusetts OKs woman’s anti-Christian license

Yes, free speech. I get it. But when a state government institution changes its policy to legally allow one person to hatefully mock a people group, it is the picture of a world turned completely upside down: BOSTON (November 15, 2015) — A member of the “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” is being allowed […]

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Thousands resign from false Mormon church – ‘cuz gay pride.

Thousands of Mormons surrounded the LDS Church in Salt Lake City, Utah over the weekend, many symbolically submitting their official resignation letters. Is it because they finally realized Joseph Smith was a false prophet? Or that their extra-biblical Book of Mormon is heretical? Nope. It’s because they think their church leaders are bigoted against homosexuals. […]

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It’s time for Obama to make a choice: lead us or resign

Michael Goodwin of the New York Post wrote a scathing piece that was directed at Barack Obama. Because the United States has failed to lead in the fight against Islamic terrorism, Goodwin believes that the terrorists smell weakness.  He points out that, In the last two weeks, [ISIS] shot down a commercial Russian airliner over Egypt and […]

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ISIS is Near, No One is Safe and Why We Should Think About It

By Jordan Standridge By now you’ve heard that ISIS has struck again, and again they have directed their hate towards Paris. Over 100 people enjoying dinner, enjoying entertainment struck dead without a thought. Before you think this is only a French problem, know that there are over 1000 active ISIS probes in the United States. […]

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Hebrew Roots: About that Cepher “Bible”

Recently I’ve been seeing a lot of advertisements for The Cepher Bible, a new translation of sorts brought to you by WND, where editor Joseph Farah sells Cepher alongside The Harbinger, The Rabbi Who Found Jesus, the Mystery of the Shemitah and other questionable books. WND is a source to mark and avoid for […]

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Leaving Lysa: Why You Shouldn’t Be Following Lysa TerKeurst or Proverbs 31 Ministries

Bible study author, speaker and blogger Michelle Lesley is a Berean.  “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” Acts 17:11   Michelle does not take pleasure in exposing teachers who are not doctrinally sound. […]

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Play Depicts Jesus as a Transgender “Woman”

Oh, look: A play depicting Jesus Christ as a transgender woman is on stage in Ireland. “The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven” is going to be performed this Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Outburst Queer Arts Festival in Belfast. The play’s creator, a transgender, plans to use God’s own breathed-out Word to justify […]

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Outraged husband of 9/11 hero returns “Woman of the Year” award over Jenner

According to Christian Examiner:

Bruce-Caitlyn Jenner James Smith, widower of Moira Smith, a police officer who died rescuing others from the south tower during the 2001 attacks on the New York World Trade Centers, FedExed his wife’s Woman of the Year award back to Glamour magazine.

He was outraged the award this year was given to Bruce Jenner, who changed his name to Caitlyn after having sex-change operations earlier this year.

Smith said giving the award to Jenner insulted his wife’s memory.

http://www.christianexaminer.com/article/outraged.husband.of.9.11.hero.returns.woman.of.the.year.award.over.jenner/49800.htm/


Planned Parenthood to Spend $20 Million to Elect Pro-Abortion Hillary Clinton, Take Over Congress

Life News reports:

The Planned Parenthood abortion business announced today that it plans to spend $20 million to elect pro-abortion Hillary Clinton president and take over Congress. This comes after the abortion giant has been caught up in a massive scandal involving its sales of aborted babies and their body parts.

“Extremists made the 2016 election about attacking reproductive rights,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards says in a new promotional video to abortion activists.

“Enough is enough,” Richards said in the video. “With our supporters, we’re launching ‘I Vote Planned Parenthood Action.’ We’ll organize and mobilize to elect lawmakers who are in our corner.”

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/11/17/planned-parenthood-to-spend-20-million-to-elect-pro-abortion-hillary-clinton-take-over-congress/


Beth Moore’s strangely disappearing tweet: a discernment lesson

Elizabeth Prada, who blogs over at The End Time,  reports on the case of the disappearing tweet. It seems that one of Mrs. Moore’s tweets suddenly flew the coop (got deleted) which surprised many of her fans.  So Elizabeth fills us in on what took place in Twitterland a couple of days ago:   In […]

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Are You an Innie or an Outie Kind of Girl?

by Bethany Baird

Innie or outie? Find out which kind of girl you are (no belly button required!).

Tell Us How to Help You Stand

by Erin Davis

How can we help you stand for truth? Weigh in.

100 Reasons Every Human Can Be Thankful

by Erin Davis

Need a reason to give thanks? We’ve got 100 of them.

This Changes Everything

by Samantha Nieves

Gospel focus cultivates gratitude in ways we’d never expect.


The Daily Discovery (November 18, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Getting the Gospel Right – “The gospel of Jesus Christ is a sacred message. It is God’s chosen means for reaching all who would come to saving faith (1 Corinthians 1:21). Whether you preach to a congregation or witness to your neighbor, eternal destinies hinge on the proclamation of Christ crucified. It’s why the apostle Paul asks the rhetorical questions…”

Gone Fishin’ – A Forgotten Model of Pastoral Ministry – “What is a minister of the Gospel like? The most common answers include models like Shepherd, Servant, Preacher, Theologian, Teacher, Counselor, Leader, and so on. But one model that’s rarely thought about or spoken about today is the first model that Jesus used – Fisherman (Matt. 4:19).”

Satan’s Great Trick – “One of Satan’s greatest tricks is to convince you that the sin you are being tempted with is a very small sin. ‘This is just a little one. It’s not like you’re going to kill anyone. It’s not like you’re committing adultery. You’ve done it before and God didn’t strike you down. The joy will by far outweigh the risk. We will keep this one between just you and me.’ And too often you believe his lie. You indulge in what seems like just a little sin, a harmless peccadillo.”

Will Christ be enough if your dreams don’t come true? – “I’m nearly done reading Jared Wilson’s latest, The Story of Everything, which as was entirely expected, has been rocking my socks. One of the particularly provocative points made in the book (at least so far) is his calling out of the “chase your dreams” style of encouragement among Christian leaders—particularly to those inclined toward the arts.”

20 Principles for How Christians Should Relate to Muslims (and Those of Other Religions) – “John Piper’s August 2002 paper on ‘Tolerance, Truth-Telling, Violence, and Law: Principles for How Christians Should Relate to Those of Other Faiths‘ did not get a great deal of attention at the time (so far as I recall), but it remains just as relevant now as it did in the months following 9/11.”


SERMON:

John MacArthur – How to Listen to the Lord (Mark 4:21-34)


VIDEOS:

The Purpose for Parables

The Lord’s Word to His Church: Thyatira


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


A La Carte (November 18)

Today’s Kindle deals include one of my favorite Michael Horton books, Putting Amazing Back into Grace ($2.99). Also consider Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God by C.J. Mahaney ($2.99); Going Public by Bobby Jamieson ($4.99); Scripture Alone by James White ($2.99); and these 3 from Christian Focus: Joseph by Liam Goligher, Jonah by Colin Smith, and Daniel by Sean Michael Lucas ($2.99 each). You may want to download Don’t Follow Your Heart by Jon Bloom which is available free at Desiring God.

10 Questions about Adventism

Nathan Busenitz is finding out what I learned a little while ago: That critiquing Seventh Day Adventism brings about some harsh responses.

What ISIS Really Wants

“The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.”

If We Perish, We Perish

Amy makes an important point here: “It’s ironic that two months ago, when a drowned toddler was the Face of the Refugee, there was only criticism for those countries who didn’t open their arms wide.  Now, when the Face of the Refugee is a terrorist, those same doors are slamming shut.”

How One Man’s Face Became Another Man’s Face

“Patrick Hardison’s face was not always his own. Three months ago, it belonged to a young Brooklyn bike mechanic.” This article (which contains a handful of swear words) describes a procedure on the very frontier of medical science: a face transplant.

Christmas Books

Westminster Books has deals this week on Christmas books. There are some good choices there for individuals and families.

This Day in 1874. 141 years ago today the Women’s Christian Temperance Union was founded in Cleveland. *

Talking with Catholics about Jesus

Mark Gilbert: “Here are my answers to some great questions a student at a theological college asked me about talking with Catholics about Jesus.”

For the Love

TGC has a helpful review of Jen Hatmaker’s popular new book For the Love. They point out strengths and weaknesses and make it sound like there are probably better books to read.


Featured Blogs


Top Headlines

 Religion Banned from ‘Downton Abbey’
 ISIS Threatens to Attack Washington, D.C.
 War with Islam? Evangelicals Ponder Christian Response to Paris Attacks
 Obama Denounces Religious Test for Refugees: ‘That’s Not Who We are’
 Palestinian Authority: Israel to Blame for Paris Terrorist Attacks
 Evangelical Leaders Now Backing Carson as Support for Trump Slips
 State Governors Refuse to Accept Syrian Refugees
 4 Ways ISIS Grounds Its Actions in Religion, and Why It Should Matter
  ‘The Voice’ Contestant Wows Audience with Rendition of ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’
 Pro-life Bill Could Reach Pro-abortion President

Opinion

 ISIS Attacks in Paris: The West’s Failure to Comprehend Evil
 70 Million Prayed for Paris Last Weekend
 Do Some People Have an ‘Infidelity Gene’?
 We are at War: 2 Lessons from the Paris Massacre
 Why Can’t Christians Just Join the Revolution?

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

CanIKnowGod.com is a website inspired by LifesGreatestQuestion.com, with new content, images, audio and video that will help you understand more about who God is and how to know Him. The site is mobile responsive and has an infinite scroll which makes for a very user-friendly experience. After you indicate a decision on CanIKnowGod.com, you are directed to a page that details what it means to have a new and transformed life through Jesus Christ. There’s even a Facebook page for daily updates, encouragement and scripture sharing.

Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

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

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

About Christianity
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November 18, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Nov. 18, 2015

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Bold steps need to be taken to lower tensions in the South China Sea, U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday in Manila, affirming his support for the Philippines’ effort to settle its territorial dispute with China through international arbitration.

The Federal Reserve is on the verge of relinquishing the tools it used to rescue American International Group Inc. and Bear Stearns Cos. That probably won’t appease lawmakers who’ve said they’re still concerned the central bank might abuse its powers as the lender of last resort.

U.S. natural gas futures were little changed as traders awaited a report expected to show the biggest seasonal supply gain in a decade.

New-home building declined more than projected in October, led by a slump in apartment construction and showing fitful progress in residential real estate.

Pacific Investment Management Co. has lost its title as manager of the world’s largest emerging-market bond fund, battered by ill-timed bets that fueled an investor exodus. Assets managed by Pimco Emerging Local Bond Fund have tumbled 62 percent from an April 2013 peak to $6 billion at the end of October.

AP Top Stories

The Obama administration is defending its process for screening Syrian migrants as rigorous and safe, following the declaration of more than half the nation’s governors that they would not accept the refugees in their states.

A woman blew herself up and a suspected jihadist was killed during a huge police assault in Paris Wednesday targeting the suspected mastermind of last week’s attacks in the capital.

Russian warplanes battered the Islamic State stronghold of Raqa in Syria on Tuesday, after giving the United States a “professional” warning of an imminent strike, US officials said. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said it was the first time Russia had shared information on “some of their operations” since Moscow began its bombing campaign on September 30.

A bomb that downed a Russian plane in Egypt last month had been placed in the aircraft’s main cabin not in the cargo compartment as reported earlier.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II warned Tuesday of a “third world war against humanity”, describing the Islamic State group as “savage outlaws of religion” in the wake of the Paris attacks. During an official visit to Kosovo, Abdullah said both Europe and Islam were under attack from the “scourge” of terrorism that could strike anywhere and at any time.

China’s vast appetite for luxury items was the underlying cause of last week’s execution-style killing of two government conservation workers in Cambodia. The killings happened in an area heavily affected by the illegal trade in rosewood (also known as hongmu), a rare precious wood prized in the Chinese luxury market for ornately carved beds and other status symbols.

An elderly woman survived the slayings of six people at an east Texas campsite over the weekend by hiding in the woods for several hours before calling for help, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said.

Turkish police detained eight suspected members of the Islamic State jihadist (IS) group, state media said Wednesday, adding they were planning to sneak into Europe posing as refugees.

The hacker group Anonymous claimed Tuesday to have taken out 5,500 Twitter accounts linked to the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks.

Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front said it had downed two Russian reconnaissance drones over a military airport it controls in northwest Syria. If confirmed, the incident would be the first time that the armed opposition down a Russian aircraft since Moscow launched strikes in Syria on September 30.

The armadillos in the southern United States carrying the bacteria that can cause leprosy are now found over a much larger geographic range than just a few years ago, a new study suggests.

BBC

President Obama has condemned the actions of two dozen governors refusing to resettle Syrian refugees as hysterical and offensive. He said some Republican rhetoric on the issue was a “potent recruitment tool” for Islamic State militants.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged to “refocus” his military’s efforts in Syria to put more emphasis on the training of local ground forces.

Cuba has blamed US policy for a surge in migration from the Communist-run island to the U.S.

Bolivian President Evo Morales has apologized for joking about the possibility of Health Minister Ariana Campero being a lesbian. He said he had no intention of offending anyone and respected sexual diversity.

Reports from the northern Nigerian city of Kano said there have been two blasts at a big mobile phone market. Residents said one of the bombs went off inside the market, called Farm Centre, and the other outside. There are no details yet of casualties.

Air strikes by France and other nations on the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Raqqa in Syria since Sunday have killed at least 33 militants, activists said

WND

President Obama hopes to make gun control the top issue of his final year in office, saying Americans aren’t more violent than other people but they “have more deadly weapons to act out their rage.”

A longtime federal immigration agent confirms there is no good way to vet tens of thousands of refugees effectively for admission into the United States, and he says history proves being wrong about just a tiny fraction of them can lead to calamity for the nation.

A judge will be asked at a court hearing to suspend a new California law that forces faith-based, pro-life pregnancy clinics to inform clients of the government’s subsidized abortion services.


 

Top News – 11/18/2015

GLANCING-BLOW CME EXPECTED TODAY
A magnetic filament on the sun erupted during the late hours of Nov. 15th, hurling inky-black fragments of itself into space. Shortly thereafter, a CME was observed racing away from the sun:

Obama blames Republicans for rise of ISIS
Obama came out swinging against Republicans, calling the political party a “potent recruitment tool” for the terrorist organization.

Lawmaker warns that FCC rules could crush political websites
For Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who’s leading the charge to stop “net neutrality” regulations, the possibility that political content on the web, like the Drudge Report or Fox News, could be regulated is a major motivation. “When it comes to the content side, I have the sense that this is the very beginning of the net neutrality debate,” the Tennessee Republican told the Washington Examiner.

Obama says gun control to be top issue of final year
President Obama hopes to make gun control the top issue of his final year in office, saying Americans aren’t more violent than other people but they “have more deadly weapons to act out their rage.” In an interview published Tuesday in GQ magazine, Mr. Obama said easy access to guns is “the only variable” between the U.S. and other developed countries.

Governors Press White House for Refugee Information
In a call with senior Obama administration officials Tuesday evening, several governors demanded they be given access to information about Syrian refugees about to be resettled…in their states. Top White House officials refused. …While promising to consider what Brown and other senators had said…the administration had no plans to increase information sharing on refugees with states as of now.

Obama focuses on South China Sea dispute ahead of Apec
US President Barack Obama has put a firm focus on the South China Sea dispute, as an economic summit of Asia Pacific nations begins in Manila. Mr Obama said China must stop land reclamation in the disputed waters, a day after committing monetary and naval assistance to the Philippines… The territorial dispute is not officially on the agenda of the summit but is expected to overshadow it.

Senegal plans to ban full-face amid militant threat
Senegal plans to ban women from wearing the full-face Islamic veil in public in an attempt to curb jihadi activity, the interior minister has said. The move should not be seen as anti-Islamic, as Senegal was a mainly Muslim state, Abdoulaye Daouda added. If the plan becomes law, Senegal will be the fifth African state to restrict the wearing of the full-face veil.

Sorry, Left-Wingers, But Governors CAN Turn Away “Refugees”
Something amazing seems to be in the process of happening—a majority of the governors of our states appear to be finding the courage to stand up to the federal government and Obama’s plan to resettle terrorists disguised as “refugees” all across the country.

Brother of Paris Attacker Worked in Belgian Immigration Department
However, a bit of interesting information was released about the man. An ex-mayor of Molenbeek said up until the time Mohamed was arrested, he worked for the district’s immigration department. In light of the current mass refugee influx in Europe suspected to be ushering in scores of ISIS militants, this is a most remarkable detail.

The once unthinkable has finally happened in North Dakota
Proof that the shale boom is practically over keeps growing. Oil production in North Dakota fell year-over-year in September for the first time in 11 years.

Rev. Graham: ‘Islam Is Not a Peaceful Religion as George W. Bush Told Us and As President Barack Obama Has Said’
America must modify its immigration rules to prevent Muslims who are not fully screened from entering the country, otherwise we will “see much more of what happened in Paris,” said Rev. Franklin Graham, who added that “Islam is not a peaceful religion” contrary to what Presidents Bush and Obama have claimed.

Spain issues arrest warrant for Benjamin Netanyahu
A Spanish judge has issued arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other former and current government officials for a deadly fight at sea in 2010. As long as the warrant is in effect, if Netanyahu and those officials set foot in the western European country, they could be detained and questioned.


Top Headlines – 11/18/2015

IDF responds to earlier rocket fire by hitting two terrorist targets in Gaza

Rocket launched from Gaza strip, falls adjacent to Gaza-Israel border

False alarm causes Iron Dome to fire interceptor missile

FM official: South African arrest warrants against IDF officers ‘ugly and provocative’

Biggest Jewish event ever: 5 million to pray together

Russian envoy to Israel: Mutual attraction between Russia and the Mideast has resumed

Can ICC recognize ‘Palestine’ even if move violates international law?

Netanyahu: The Islamic Movement seeks to replace Israel with a caliphate

Israel bans Islamist party, claiming it is inciting violence

Arabs in Israel Fear Outlawing Islamic Movement Is Just the Beginning

In Wake of Paris Attacks, Ex-Mossad Chief Says Time for America, Europe to Adopt Israeli Security Model

Schumer: ‘Condoning’ Terror Against Israel Led to Paris Attacks

French aliya is on the rise but barriers remain

Jordan’s King Abdullah: We are facing a Third World War

Gulf Cooperation Council condemns Paris attacks

Franklin Graham: Muslim Immigration Will Bring Paris Attacks to US Doorsteps

White house says examining options to enhance screening for Syrian refugees

Obama Chides Anti-Refugee Crowd for Being ‘Scared of Widows and 3-Year-Old Orphans’

Jeb Bush said he wouldn’t ban Syrian refugees from entering the U.S., separating himself from most Republicans

Refugee resettlement process leaves Syrian Christians in the cold

UN warns Europe against ‘backtracking’ on migrant commitments

U.S intel assessment last May foreshadowed complex ISIS attacks aimed at West

Paris attacks: Syrian passport in Paris may be planted, says German minister

Heavy gunfire in Paris suburb as police hunt for second terrorist

Second Disaster Averted? German soccer stadium, concert arena reportedly evacuated over ‘concrete’ threat

Fans boo, chant ‘Allahu Akbar’ during moment of silence for Paris attacks before Turkey-Greece game

Stretched FBI braces for Islamic State holiday terror attacks

‘Operation Isis’ Anonymous activists begin leaking details of suspected extremist Twitter accounts

ISIS Calls Anonymous ‘Idiots’ as Cyber War Heats Up

Paris attacks: Black Lives Matter drops F-bomb on City of Light

Kerry: Charlie Hebdo Massacre Had Clearer ‘Rationale’ Than Paris Attacks

Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist Tells ISIS: ‘If God Exists, He Hates You’

Rev. Graham: ‘Islam Is Not a Peaceful Religion as George W. Bush Told Us and As President Barack Obama Has Said’

America Is Being Destroyed by Spiritual and Moral Decay, Not Terrorism

ISIS Is Islamic and Bruce Jenner is a Man

‘They might have guns, but we have flowers’: Video shows father reassuring son in wake of Paris attacks

Hours Before the Terror Attacks, Paris Practiced for a Mass Shooting

Two Air France Flights to Paris Diverted After Bomb Threats

Putin: ISIS financed from 40 countries, including G20 members

Kerry: Islamic State is feeling the pressure, losing ground in Middle East

Kerry says ceasefire in Syria potentially weeks away

Russia not committed to Assad, says John Kerry

France, Russia pummel ISIS stronghold as critics blast US rules of engagement

French leader seeks U.S. and Russian unity to intensify Islamic State fight

Obama Open to Russia’s Cooperation in Syria If It Centers Attacks on Islamic State

Russia confirms that explosive downed plane over Sinai

Vladimir Putin vows revenge on those responsible for Russian airplane bombing over Egypt

Egypt says it will work with Russia against terrorism

Explosion blamed on Nigeria’s Boko Haram kills 32, wounds 80

Kosovo opposition lawmakers fire tear gas, pepper spray in parliament in protest

New York police department deploys new counter-terrorism unit

Obama says gun control to be top issue of final year

2 killed after 6.5 magnitude quake strikes Greece

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Gul’cha, Kyrgyzstan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Makurazaki, Japan

Minor Earthquake Recorded in Central Georgia

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchakta, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

Rinjani volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

India’s Chennai hit by rain and deadly flooding

‘Blood rain’ falling from the sky in Spanish town challenges scientists’ imagination

2 killed, 300,000 without power in Northwest wind storm

4 killed in wildfires raging across Australia’s southwest

Sanders Doubles Down on Link Between Climate Change and Terrorism

Humanity’s future in the balance at UN climate summit

Senate Votes to Block Obama’s Climate Change Rules

US judge bars Alabama from defunding Planned Parenthood clinics

New life: Texas abortion center’s conversion sends message, draws fire

Spike Seen in Reported Cases of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Charlie Sheen says he is HIV-positive, bad boy days are over

Charlie Sheen says he has paid millions to keep HIV secret

Charlie Sheen’s girlfriends didn’t know he had HIV

Source: Sheen had sex with ‘several women’ last week, didn’t divulge HIV status

Connecticut Boy Scouts sued by 19 people for sexual abuse

Salt Lake City elects 1st openly gay mayor

Christian University Grants Employee Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

Barbie ad stars a boy for the first time. The end of gendered toys?

Ed Stetzer Wants Partnership with Muslim Leaders

U.S. Christian Groups are Prioritizing Muslim Refugees over Christian Ones

Things You Should Know About Islam part 1

Things You Should Know About Islam part 2

Russia’s Christian Renaissance Explains her Current World Role


Frontrunning: November 18

  • Security jitters drive European investors back to safe havens (Read More)
  • Global Anti-ISIS Alliance Begins to Emerge (Read More)
  • Merkel says cancelling soccer match was ‘responsible’ decision (Read More)
  • Paris attacker may have had accomplice on journey through Balkans (Read More)
  • Drop Assad demands if you want to unite against Islamic State: Russia to West (Read More)
  • Putin sets up commission to combat terrorism financing (Read More)
  • Turkey Detains IS Suspects En Route to Germany, Anadolu Reports (Read More)
  • Xi says China’s economy resilient, ample room for manoeuvring (Read More)
  • LinkedIn’s Hoffman: Half of Tech ‘Unicorns’ May Not Succeed (Read More)
  • Sky Upgrades TV Service to Fend Off Rivalry From Netflix, BT (Read More)
  • World’s Worst Currency Rout Turns Norway Prince Into Fishmonger (Read More)
  • As stock buybacks reach historic levels, signs that corporate America is undermining itself (Read More)
  • El Nino Is Causing California Power Prices to Spike (Read More)
  • Fear Spreads as China’s Finance Firms Face Arrests (Read More)
  • Yahoo a new target in NY daily fantasy sports probe: source (Read More)
  • From Berkshire to Zurich, Here’s What Insurers Lost on Tianjin (Read More)
  • ConAgra Foods to split into two public companies (Read More)
  • Asset Managers to Face Scrutiny Over Costs, Value in FCA Study (Read More)

 

The Briefing

1) In aftermath of Paris, Western nations confronted with inability to predict evil

Paris attacks: How a ‘really great guy’ became a suicide bomber, Financial Times (Anne-Sylvaine Chassany and Adam Thomson)

France’s War Within, New York Times (Sylvie Kauffmann)

Call to Arms in France Amid Hunt for Belgian Suspect in Paris Attacks, New York Times (Aurelien Breeden, Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura and Katrin Bennhold)

2) In light of attacks, refugee crisis causes conflicted conscience in Western nations

Fear of new terrorist plots spreads; German stadium evacuated after threat, Washington Post (Missy Ryan, Anthony Faiola and Souad Mekhennet)

Refugee Crisis: More Horrors To Come, Forbes (Paul Johnson)

3) China persists in using organs from executed prisoners, undermining human dignity

China Bends Vow, Using Prisoners’ Organs for Transplants, New York Times (Didi Kirsten Tatlow)

4) Challenge Boy Scouts face after concessions to moral revolution exposes loss of ‘boyhood’ from public consciousness

Boy Scouts Search for a New Path, Wall Street Journal (Michael S. Malone)

 

In other news…

France calls for European partners to join expanding ‘war’ on Islamic State, Washington Post (Missy Ryan, Anthony Faiola, & Brian Murphy)

The Islamic State wants you to hate refugees, Washington Post (Adam Taylor)

Ryan calls for ‘pause’ on Syrian refugee program, Washington Post (Mike DeBonis & Karoun Demirjian)
First Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony Held in Ireland, New York Times (Douglas Dalby)

Obama Kissed The Devil, And Now Pandora’s Box Has Been Opened And All Hell Is Breaking Loose

Horror Skulls - Public DomainA soccer game between the national teams of Germany and the Netherlands was canceled due to terror concerns on Tuesday, but this is only just the beginning.  From now on, very few people will be able to attend large gatherings in the western world without thinking about the possibility that they might be shot or blown to bits.  This is how terrorism works – it instills fear in people.  And that is why the recent attacks in Paris were so effective.  By striking random targets such as a rock concert, a precedent has been set that an attack can happen anywhere and at any time.  The target does not have to be politically significant or related to the war on terror in any way.  Just a few of these random attacks would be enough to cause mass paranoia among the hundreds of millions of people that live in Europe and North America, and now that radical Islamists are starting to understand this, all hell is breaking loose. (Read More…)


At G20, Obama Says ‘We’ When Discussing The Muslim Community In America

“I think that the Muslim community has to think about how we make sure that children that are not being infected with the this notion that they can kill innocent people, and that somehow that is justified by religion.”

Many times over the past 7 years, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have let references to the fact that he is a Muslim just kinda slip out. Back in 2010, Michelle in a speech mentioned that Kenya is Barack’s home country. In an interview with ABC News, Obama talked openly about his Muslim faith, until his Democrat interviewer kindly reminded him “don’t you mean to say Christian faith?”.  Oh, yeah, that. It’s very hard to keep a lie of this magnitude completely under wraps, and when he is tired and not thinking clearly, things slip out. Like they did yesterday.

Politico ran a story a few weeks back entitled “Why Obama Looks So Exhausted“, and at the G20 Summit this week he looked like he was still in much need of rest. In the video clip above, Obama talks about the need for the Muslim community to take a stand against terror, and in the process of doing so said “we” when mentioning Muslims as a group.

“I think that the Muslim community has to think about how we make sure that children that are not being infected with the this notion that they can kill innocent people, and that somehow that is justified by religion.”

If it walks like a duck, you know….


Obama: Delusional or Something Even Worse?

After the commercial break, O’Reilly started in again: “Is President Barack Obama delusional about ISIS? Joining us now from Washington, Charles Krauthammer. Is he?”

Responded Krauthammer, a Pulitzer-winning columnist and former psychiatrist: “Judging from the press conference, there are several explanations for that appalling performance; the kindest is that he’s delusional.”

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Obama’s praise of Islam: 4-minute montage

Since his election, President Obama has gone out of his way to praise the tenets of Islam–sometimes even at the expense of Christianity. A few of his greatest hits include: – “We are no longer a Christian nation.” – “If you took the number of Muslim Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in […]

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America Is Charlie Sheen: The CDC Says There Are 20,000,000 New STD Cases In America Each Year

Charlie Sheen - Photo by Angela George on FlickrCharlie Sheen’s announcement that he is HIV positive has created a huge uproar as critics attack him from every direction, but the truth is that Charlie Sheen is simply a reflection of our society as a whole.  You see, the truth is that it isn’t just big Hollywood stars that are engaged in insanely risky sexual behavior.  According to the CDC, there are 110 million cases of sexually-transmitted disease in America today, and another 20 million STD cases are added to that total every year.  The United States has the highest STD infection rate in the entire industrialized world, and more than half of all Americans will have a sexually-transmitted disease at some point during their lives.  Approximately one out of every four teen girls in the U.S. has at least one sexually transmitted disease, and our nation spends $16,000,000,000 a year treating STDs.  So go ahead and point a finger at Charlie Sheen if you want, but just remember that he is only a very small part of a raging national epidemic. (Read More….)


Big List: All These Terror Attacks In U.S. Covered Up By Feds

As France grapples with the implications of allowing hundreds, possibly thousands of ISIS radicals into its country as immigrants and “refugees” in the wake of last week’s massive terror attack on Paris, the Obama administration has continued to cover up the Islamic threads that run through two recent terror attacks on U.S. soil while doubling down on the importation of more Muslim refugees……………  Click here for full story


Biometric Payments: Will it Replace Bank Cards / Passwords

In spy films, like those in the James Bond franchise, biometric fingerprint scanners are commonplace. There’s nothing good ole Q can’t dream up. But fiction has now become reality. Government agencies as well as private sector corporations are developing state-of-the-art technology that can collect, store, and recognize details of not only a person’s fingerprints, but also their face, irises, and even veins……….  Click here for full story


Earthquake Strikes Near Boston

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 07:53 AM PST

A small earthquake was reported near Holliston, about 20 miles west of Boston Tuesday night. The USGS says the magnitude 1.5 earthquake was reported at 8:19 p.m. The Holliston Fire Department said there were numerous reports of towns in the region hearing an explosion or buildings shaking, but there are no reports of any damage.

Medway Police say they received about 50 calls around the time of the earthquake. “Initially it was folks heard a loud bang in the area, their homes shook, their buildings shook,” Medway Town Administrator Michael Boynton said. John Ebel of the Weston Observatory says this earthquake was felt because it was centered in a populated area. FULL REPORT

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FOILED: Latest Suspects had planned attack on Paris business district

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 07:48 AM PST

Suspected Islamist militants uncovered in a Paris suburb by police were planning an attack on the French capital’s La Defense business district, a source close to the investigation and two police sources said on Wednesday. A woman suicide bomber and another militant died when police raided the apartment in the St. Denis suburb as part of the investigation into last week’s coordinated bombings and shootings.

“The police forces were looking for terrorists who were preparing another attack on the basis of information from the (local) counter-terrorism services and overseas,” said the source close to the investigation. “This new team was planning an attack on La Defense.” The French interior ministry declined to confirm or deny the information. FULL REPORT

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POSING AS REFUGEES: 8 arrested at Istanbul airport

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 07:42 AM PST

Eight people have been arrested at Istanbul’s main airport hub amid fears they are Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists posing as refugees on their way to Germany. Police sources said one of the suspects had a hand-drawn picture of a planned route from Turkey to Germany, via Greece, Serbia and Hungary.

It is believed the group are Islamic State militants planning to make their way to Germany posing as refugees. The Anadolu Agency said the group arrived in Istanbul from Casablanca, Morocco, and were interviewed by criminal profiling teams at Ataturk Airport. Anadolu said the eight claimed to be tourists visiting Istanbul but a hotel refuted claims they had reservations there. The arrests come as Europe is on high alert following the terror attacks in Paris which have left 129 dead and hundreds injured. FULL REPORT

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ENEMY FROM WITHIN: Nearly 70 are arrested in America over ISIS plots

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 07:39 AM PST

US authorities have charged at least 66 men and women with ISIS-related terror plots on American soil – including a handful of refugees, Daily Mail Online can reveal.  The terror group has set its sights on Washington, D.C. as it vows to further infiltrate the West and ramp up its blood-soaked offensive. Presidents Obama insists says that ‘slamming the door’ on Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS would be a betrayal of American values. But 34 governors are refusing to take in any more, in case jihadi fighters slip into their states and repeat the carnage of Paris.

Analysis by Daily Mail Online reveals that a handful of foiled plots have already involved immigrants accused of harboring sympathy for ISIS.  The threat also comes from within, with American teenagers and Islamic converts among those seduced by the group’s torrent of chilling online propaganda.  They include a U.S. Air Force veteran accused of waging war on the country he once served and a National Guard soldier who allegedly plotted to gun down his own colleagues.  Others are seemingly ordinary American citizens, including a young nurse, a pizza parlor boss and schoolgirls tricked into becoming shrouded ISIS brides. FULL REPORT

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Los Angeles declares homeless crises, 26,000 call sidewalks, cars and storm drains home…

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 07:35 AM PST

With an estimated 26,000 people calling Los Angeles sidewalks, cars and storm drains home, city officials on Tuesday approved an expanded campaign to help the homeless this winter by opening public buildings as temporary shelters and allowing people to sleep inside vehicles in designated lots. The move comes as Los Angeles’ homeless population has multiplied across the region and Southern California is expected to be hit by severe rainstorms and possible flooding from El Niño, which could put unsheltered residents at increased risk.

The City Council also approved what members said were changes to soften a controversial law allowing authorities to seize individuals’ property stored on sidewalks and in alleys, though opponents said the new language continues to criminalize homelessness. It also moved to create a special fund to tackle the problem, examine ways to expand voluntary storage facilities and push for creation of a homelessness czar. FULL REPORT

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Despite Outcry French President to Welcome 30,000 New Refugees!

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 07:30 AM PST

French President Francois Hollande today promised that “France will remain a country of freedom,” defending his decision to honor a commitment to accept migrants and refugees despite Friday’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. “Life should resume fully,” Hollande told a gathering of the country’s mayors, who gave him a standing ovation. “What would France be without its museums, without its terraces, its concerts, its sports competitions? “France should remain as it is. Our duty is to carry on our lives.”

In the same spirit, he added, “30,000 refugees will be welcomed over the next two years. Our country has the duty to respect this commitment,” explaining that they will undergo vigorous security checks. Hollande noted that “some people say the tragic events of the last few days have sown doubts in their minds,” but called it a “humanitarian duty” to help those people … but one that will go hand in hand with “our duty to protect our people.” FULL REPORT

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Sweden raises terror threat level to second highest citing ‘concrete information’

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 07:20 AM PST

Sweden’s security chief has raised the country’s terror threat level to four on a scale of five, citing “concrete information.”
“One of the reasons for the increase is that the security service has received concrete information and concluded that we must act within the framework of our counter-terror work,” Sweden’s Security Police (SAPO) said in a statement. “The strategic threat assessment is based partly on what is known in the present, and on possible future developments…” the statement continues, noting that the threat level is “assessed continuously” and “may change.”

It goes on to state that the chief prosecutor at the National Security Service has launched a preliminary investigation regarding “preparation for terrorist offenses.” The decision to raise the terror threat level was based on data from the National Center for Terrorist Threat Assessment. The center is responsible for producing threat assessments for Sweden and Swedish interests abroad. SOURCE

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Pastafarian can wear strainer on head in license photo

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 06:32 AM PST

A woman who belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is allowed to wear a pasta strainer on her head in her driver’s license photo due to religious beliefs, the AP reports. Lowell, Mass., resident Lindsay Miller says wearing the colander allows her to express her beliefs, like other religions are allowed to do, according to AP. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a satirical movement promoting a lighthearted view of religion. Members of the church often are referred to as “Pastafarians.”

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles says usually head coverings are not permitted for license photos, but exceptions are made for religious beliefs, AP reports. Last year, a similar incident happened in Utah involving a former porn star who said she intended to make a statement and was allowed to wear a colander as a hat in her driver’s license photo, The Spectrum reports. 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

CanIKnowGod.com is a website inspired by LifesGreatestQuestion.com, with new content, images, audio and video that will help you understand more about who God is and how to know Him. The site is mobile responsive and has an infinite scroll which makes for a very user-friendly experience. After you indicate a decision on CanIKnowGod.com, you are directed to a page that details what it means to have a new and transformed life through Jesus Christ. There’s even a Facebook page for daily updates, encouragement and scripture sharing.

Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

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

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

About Christianity
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What percentage of Muslims approve of radical Islam and terrorism?

WINTERY KNIGHT

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Normally, when people ask me about this question, I go straight to the 2013 Pew Research survey which I blogged about before. But now I have something even better.

Here’s a post from Ben Shapiro at Breitbart News which looks at several polls from several different countries.

Shapiro writes: (links to polls removed)

So, here is the evidence that the enemy we face is not a “tiny minority” of Muslims, let alone a rootless philosophy unconnected to Islam entirely. It’s not just the thousands of westerners now attempting to join ISIS. It’s millions of Muslims who support their general goals, even if they don’t support the group itself.

France. A new, widely-covered poll shows that a full 16% of French people have positive attitudes toward ISIS. That includes 27% of French between the ages of 18-24. Anne-Elizabeth Moutet of Newsweek wrote, “This is the ideology of young…

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