Daily Archives: November 19, 2015

November 19, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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7 Bible Verses to Read When Terror Strikes

7 Bible Verses to Read When Terror Strikes

Posted on November 19, 2015 by Crosswalk

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you! God’s Word always has a way of speaking to our hearts in times of trouble, trial or fear. When I read these scriptures after the terrorist attacks on Paris, they helped me remember that God is the ultimat…

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How Do We Respond in Light of the Terror All Around Us?

How Do We Respond in Light of the Terror All Around Us?

Posted on November 19, 2015 by Crosswalk

Evil seems to be running rampant in this world. How do we live in light of the terrors all around us?

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7 Things We’ve Learned About Reaching Millennials

7 Things We’ve Learned About Reaching Millennials

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Church Leaders

“The older a child gets today, the greater his or her chances are of disappearing from the church.”

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20 Bible Verses on Being Thankful

20 Bible Verses on Being Thankful

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Church Leaders

&Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,&

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Soldier in viral video: ISIS is a distraction from Satan, Jesus coming soon

Soldier in viral video: ISIS is a distraction from Satan, Jesus coming soon

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Christian Examiner

An Army sergeant stationed in South Korea has a message about the Islamic State and other distractions placed before Christians in the last days.

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Should refugees be vetted on the basis of religion?

Should refugees be vetted on the basis of religion?

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Religion News

ROME (RNS) The slaughter in Paris of 129 people and injuring of hundreds has intensified the debate in Europe about whether Syrian refugees pose a threat. The debate has spilled across the Atlantic.

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Announcing the 2016 GC2 Summit: The Global Refugee Crisis and the Christian Response

Announcing the 2016 GC2 Summit: The Global Refugee Crisis and the Christian Response

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Christianity Today

Since refugees are the new Ebola, how do we respond carefully and calmly?

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30 Ways to Be Crazy Generous

by Samantha Nieves

Q: What makes a generous person?
A: A thankful person.

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.


5 Gospel-Centered Responses to Anxiety, Fear, and Worry

A Word from Bob: Welcome to Part 5 of a blog mini-series on The Gospel Where You Cover ImageLive: God’s Prescription for Victory In Anxiety. I’m taking these thoughts from my booklet, Anxiety: Anatomy and Cure. You can read:

Gospel-Centered Response # 1: Faith in Your Father—Guard Your Relationship to God Your Guard 

Throughout Philippians, Paul weaves gospel-centered principles of the faith response to fear. Not surprisingly, he saturates his letter with encouragement to focus our hearts on faith in our Father: Philippians 1:2, 6, 7; 2:12-13, 15; 3:8-11, 15, 20-21; 4:4-7, 13, 19.

All of these passages speak to the reality that the believer has an eternally secure relationship with God by grace through faith in Christ. Martin Luther, who struggled with anxiety, noted that to deal effectively with life’s daily fears, we must first deal with life’s ultimate fear—separation from God (Hebrews 2:15). My ultimate anxiety is my fear that I will never find peace with God, never be accepted by God.

Luther, Paul, the author of Hebrews, and the Apostle John all understand the core gospel-centered “answer” to ultimate fear and anxiety. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).

When I was working with Mike, we explored his relationship with Christ. He summarized the impact of our interactions.

“If we had only focused on my ‘earthly’ fears, we never would have hit the heart issue. When we started applying Romans 8 to my life, and the truth that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ and that nothing can separate a Christian from God, that launched me on a path toward defeating anxiety. With that BIG issue settled, every other fear—while not wiped away—fell into place, a place I could handle with Christ. I needed the calm assurance of my eternally secure relationship with the God of peace before I could even begin to experience the peace of God in my daily struggles.”

Gospel-Centered Response # 2: Renew Your Image of God

Paul further stresses our faith relationship to God in the immediate context of Philippians 4:6 by sandwiching around and slicing within the following images:

  • The Lord is near (4:4)
  • The peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (4:6)
  • The God of peace will be with you (4:9)

When anxiety strikes, we focus so much on the situation and our feelings that we lose focus on God, or we accept a skewed view of God. Paul helps us to counter that temptation by renewing our image of God. He is the God of peace Who loved us so much that He sent His Son to reconcile us back to Himself.

Paul’s words remind us of Peter. “Cast all your anxiety on him.” Why? “Because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Is that your image of God: that you matter to Him, that He cares for you? (see also Matthew 6:25-34)?

Paul’s words also remind us of Hebrews. “I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6). Where’s our power to view life like that? “Because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper’” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

When we see God as our God of peace, then we can experience the peace of God that guards our hearts and minds. Robertson translates it beautifully: “Shall garrison. God’s peace as a sentinel mounts guard over our lives”

When Mike and I discussed this concept he almost jumped out of his chair.

“I don’t have to live an anxious, guarded life. I don’t have to guard myself or be self-protective. I don’t have to be self-focused—always stuck scanning my horizon fearfully. I can live an unguarded life because God is my Guard! I can protect others because God is my Protector! I can focus my energies on God and others because God is my Sentinel!” 

Gospel-Centered Response # 3: Engage in Worshipful Prayer Focused on God’s Character 

The word Paul uses for anxiety in Philippians 4:6 pictures being habitually and perpetually stuck in the abyss of worry about everything, being continually distracted by many cares that draw the mind in countless divided directions. Paul’s a realist, so he tells us how to stop living like that: seeing God as our Guard helps guard our soul against the attack of anxiety.

As a realist, Paul doesn’t just say what not to do. He tells us what to do instead. Instead of giving into anxiety’s attack, fight back through prayer. Paul chooses a word for prayer which highlights worshipful prayer focusing on God’s character. In anxiety, we choose a crippling focus on our circumstances. In worshipful prayer, we choose a healing focus on God’s character.

This God-focus is reminiscent of Isaiah 26:3. “Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee.” “Mind” is the Hebrew word for our imagination. It’s our ability to picture our world, to take snap-shot images that summarize our beliefs. Isaiah repeats “shalom” twice to communicate perfect peace, complete wholeness. We’ll experience shalom shalom when we focus our imagination faithfully on our faithful Father.

When we are feeling anxious, God speaks to us and says:

“I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you by my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:9-10).

When we anxiously fear spiritual separation anxiety, we must focus on our image of God Who is our faithful Father Who promises to forever love us in Christ.

Gospel-Centered Response # 4: Open Your Palms to God 

So far we’ve only look at one word—prayer—in the litany of counsel that Paul gives us about what to do instead of giving into anxiety. He also urges us to relate to God through petition, thanksgiving, and requests. 

When worry strikes, we’re to approach God our fatherly Guide with petitions—asking God urgently, specifically, and vulnerably to handle what we’re worry about, to supply our daily bread. In this spirit we present our requests to God. Paul pictures us asking God humbly, submissively, and trustingly.

Remember the musical Oliver? The poor orphan boy, Oliver, breaks the rules of the orphanage by daring to ask, “Please, Sir, may I have some more?” With both palms open wide and arms extended, Oliver lifts his empty bowl of soup heavenward. When anxiety attacks, attack back with trusting, humble asking.

“Father, I’m overwhelmed. I see no way out. I feel like I’m starved of resources. My bowl of soup is empty, my gas dank is on E, my resources are depleted. Rather than trusting in me, I’m clinging to You. I’m feeble. You’re Almighty. I refuse to rely upon myself. I choose to rely upon You.”

Gospel-Centered Response # 5: See God as a Rewarder, Not a Hoarder 

We’re to pray and petition our faithful Father with thanksgiving. The Greek is eucharistias from which we glean our word Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper. It means gratefulness and gratitude in recognition of the gracious goodness of another. When life stinks, our perspective shrinks. When worry assaults, all looks negative, dark, hopeless.

In response, Paul says, “Don’t stand there stuck in the muck of stinkin’ thinkin’ and shrinking thinking! Courageously choose thankfulness because you believe God is a Rewarder, not a Hoarder (see Hebrews 11:6). Choose to remember that God is for you and not against you (see Romans 8:31-35). Choose courageous trust.”

The Rest of the Story 

Do you have to face your fears alone? Never! God will never leave you or forsake. And, Christ gives us the people of God to journey with us as we face our fears. Join us in Part 6 as we ponder: It Takes a Congregation.

Applying the Gospel to Your Daily Life

Ponder an anxiety-producing situation you are currently facing. What specific application could you make using each of these five principles:

  • Faith in Your Father
  • Renew Your Image of God
  • Engage in Worshipful Prayer Focused on God’s Character
  • Open Your Palms to God
  • See God as a Rewarder, Not a Hoarder

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Right on Time

All the latter victims shared one simple characteristic, their phones rang. And in these latter executions, carried out as the whole world watched, their phone rang because a loved one on the other end was desperate to make sure that their beloved was safe. So killing the innocents wasn’t enough for the executioners. They also needed to know that the relative who called their love one for reassurance of their safety would know for the rest of their lives that it was their call that sealed the beloved victim’s fate.

This is pure, unadulterated evil.  Once and for all. No playing around.

But for those of us at home? Time is running out.

We need to bring the lost in.

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Time to Stop Apologizing for Islam – Hal Lindsey

The fears are raw in Europe right now. This is real terror. And what do the terrorists have in common? It isn’t nationality, or skin color. It’s a religion.

Jesus said, “The truth shall make you free.” [John 8:32 NASB] Let’s stop lying and covering up for Islam, and shine the light of truth on it. The only difference between a good Muslim and bad Muslim is when he starts reading the Koran and Hadith literally.

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End Times–The Bottom Line – Terry James

Jesus’ Olivet Discourse spoke to conditions exponentially moved beyond norms. In other words, the “distress” and “perplexity” that nations will be experiencing as His Second Coming nears will be beyond any ever known by people of earth. And, in biblical terms, “seas and waves” refer to the masses of peoples. Jesus said that because there will be unprecedented distress and perplexity among the nations, the peoples populating those nations will be “roaring.”

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Calming the End-Time Rage – Markell

By Jan Markell

A weariness has set in as the weight of the world’s sin presses down so heavily that it is harder and harder to keep going. We feel like we are climbing a steep mountain with a heavy load. Up is down, black is white, evil is good. Political correctness will eventually destroy the planet. We’re tired of the Keystone Kops running the show in nearly every capital of the world.

Those of us anticipating Christ’s return have a great advantage. We listen for a trumpet in the midst of the carnage. If we listen carefully, we think we hear the hoof beats of the four horsemen in the distance.

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Paris Aftermath, No Quick Fix

We westerners tend to think that the world should work the way we want it to. But when it doesn’t, then what? Here are some lessons from Paris. Listen Now | Download


The Daily Discovery (November 19, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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The Good Unwanted Gift of Singleness – “I wanted an MRS degree. Instead, I got a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. I was never the girl who dreamed about getting married. I entered college single, and ready to take on the world. I had Christ, I was getting a good education, and I was content. Desires for a family lived somewhere out in the land of my thirties. At some point in my college years, childhood friends began getting engaged, married, and then pregnant. Very quickly, “it is not good for man to be alone” started sounding like me, too.”

Why Are You Praying for Paris? – “#PrayForParis has been a common hashtag on Twitter and Facebook since the terror attack in Paris, France on November 13, 2015. About 129 people were killed in coordinated attacks around Paris, and over 300 more injured. Should we pray? Absolutely we should. I spent some time in prayer Saturday evening that God’s will and his justice would be done, and that through this tragedy people would be saved, repenting of sin and coming to know the Lord Christ as Savior.”

Can ISIS be Considered Real Muslims? – “Much of the world continues astir in the wake of ISIS’s brutal attack last Friday on Paris which left 129 people killed and more than 350 wounded. Social media was quick to explode with prayers, cries of shock, outrage, and condemnation. But one common thread we have seen running throughout the tweets and headlines and comments of many has been along these lines: ‘ISIS are not real Muslims.’”

Some provisional reflections on the refugee situation – “In the aftermath of the horror last weekend, a lively discussion has broken-out over the United States’s role in sheltering Syrian refugees. The issue came into focus shortly after the attacks when it was discovered that one of the Paris attackers was carrying a Syrian passport that was used to enter Europe through Greece as a refugee from Syria.”

Fundamental Doctrine – “Scripture isn’t all good news— it also conveys some serious threats. As we consider the fundamentals of our faith, it’s clear the Lord has set forth some truths that cannot be trifled with. While God’s Word offers many glorious promises for believers who affirm and embrace essential gospel truths, it also warns of damnation for those who deny certain doctrines.”


SERMON:

Don Green – How to Recognize True Repentance


VIDEOS:

A Chosen Race?

Abortion Workers: Don’t Choke on Your Donuts


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

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Check Out

Blogs

Scandal: U.S. Christian Groups Prioritize Muslim Refugees over Christian Ones. Here’s Why | Faith McDonnel, The Stream
“Their plight involves a nightmarish catch-22. When Christians flee as refugees they cannot go to UN-run refugee camps because there they face the same persecution and terror from which they fled. If they are not in the refugee camps they are not included in the application process for asylum.”

20 Principles for How Christians Should Relate to Muslims (John Piper Summary) | Justin Taylor, TGC
Justin points us to John Piper’s post-9/11 paper (as timely as ever) on relating to other religions.

What Phubbing Does to Your Relationships | Kyle Jaeger, attn:
“Phubbing” = Phone Snubbing

Don’t Follow Your Heart (New Book) | Jon Bloom, Desiring God
“This creed can sound so simple and beautiful and liberating. It’s a tempting gospel to believe. Until you consider that your heart has sociopathic tendencies.”

Shepherding Women: What Boundaries Must Be Maintained? | Thabiti and Kristie Anyabwile, The Front Porch
Podcast discussion.

The Good Unwanted Gift of Singleness | Katelynn Luedke, Desiring God

PCA Pastors, Remember Your Vows | MOS – Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals
And all other pastors too.

New Book

A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Sin: The Disease and Its Cure by Iain D. Campbell ($7.99).

Kindle Deals

Simplify by Joshua Becker ($0.99)

10-Minute Digital Declutter: The Simple Habit to Eliminate Technology Overload by S. J. Scott and Barrie Davenport ($0.99)

American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal by Taya Kyle with Jim DeFelice ($1.99)

The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5 by Taylor Pearson ($0.99 until November 20). This one’s for my entrepreneur friends.


Links I like

Kindle deals for Christian readers

B&H have put a number of books on sale through the end of ETS 2015 including:

Also on sale are three books from Christian Focus:

  • Joseph by Liam Goligher—$2.99
  • Jonah by Colin Smith—$2.99
  • Daniel by Sean Michael Lucas—$2.99

Three Things That Erode Our Confidence in God’s Promises

Michael Kelley:

There are certain things – ways of thinking – that can erode our confidence in God’s either ability or His willingness to keep His promises. What are those things? Well, the easy answer is circumstance. We encounter times of difficulty and trial and we think that those circumstances chip away at our resolve to believe. While that might be true, there are other things too that erode our confidence. And these things are not so easy to stomach, at least for me.

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus

This documentary looks fascinating:

It’s available now for purchase at Amazon and streaming on Netflix. Justin Taylor’s offered a few thoughts on the film here.

3 Forbidden Conversations That Positively Shape a Church

Erik Raymond:

Shaping organizational culture happens in many ways. We shape culture by the things we say. We cast clear and compelling vision. We lay out a strategy for how to accomplish the vision. We communicate values and behaviors we want to instill. We celebrate victories and highlight stories. These are all ways we can shape organizational culture.

We also shape and protect organizational culture by things we not allow to be said. By communicating what is off-limits or not tolerated, we shape the culture. By correcting in private, and reinforcing in public, we shape the kind of culture we believe helps execute our purpose.

Should We Pray For ISIS to Be Defeated or Converted?

Russell Moore:

As Christians we ought to be, above all people, concerned with such justice. We don’t just have the common grace motivation, rooted in the image of God and the law written on the heart, to care about stopping murder and injustice. We also have the personal implication. It’s our household being wiped out in the Middle East, the very place where our church started. For us, this isn’t a matter of “they”; it’s a matter of “us.”

Why evangelicals are torn about admitting refugees to the US

Trevin Wax:

It’s no surprise then that evangelical leaders have been calling for Christians to receive and serve refugees. A Christianity Today editorial this fall called Christians to embrace the “unparalleled opportunity to love neighbors here and abroad, and to showcase the beauty of the gospel that proclaims good news to the poor, liberty for those stuck in refugee camps, and a new life for those fleeing from oppression.”

Evangelicals recognize that many of these men, women and children are “brothers and sisters in Christ” who are leaving behind the cradle of Christian civilization.

But since the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, the debate over whether and how to receive refugees has intensified.


A La Carte (November 19)

Today’s Kindle deals include 5 volumes in B&H’s New American Commentary Studies at just $0.99 each: God’s Indwelling Presence by James Hamilton; Believer’s Baptism by Thomas Schreiner; The End of the Law by Jason Meyer; The Lord’s Supper by Thomas Schreiner; That You May Know by Christopher Bass; Enthroned on Our Praise by Timothy Pierce. Many of the volumes in the Perspectives series are also $0.99: Perspectives on the Sabbath; Perspectives on the Ending of Mark; Perspectives on Your Child’s Education; Perspectives on Family Ministry; Perspectives on the Doctrine of God; Perspectives on Election; Perspectives on Church Government; and Perspectives on Christian WorshipPerspectives on the Extend of the Atonement and Perspectives on Our Struggle With Sin are $2.99 each. James and Colossians & Philemon in the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series are $0.99 each.

Read Scripture Series: Psalms

I continue to enjoy The Bible Project. Their latest video provides a great overview of the book of Psalms.

U.S. Christian Groups Prioritize Muslim Refugees over Christian Ones

Here’s why Christian refugees are overlooked: “Their plight involves a nightmarish catch-22. When Christians flee as refugees they cannot go to UN-run refugee camps because there they face the same persecution and terror from which they fled.”

Only Two Religions

This is a helpful introduction into Peter Jones’ teaching about oneism and twoism—very helpful categories.

Brother, Where Is Your Identity?

David Powlison reminds you of important truths about your deepest identity.

IGNew Album. Today marks the release of a new album from Indelible Grace, the seventh in their history. It is titled Look to Jesus. As with all of their previous albums, this one features a collection of retuned hymns. You can listen to and buy the digital version at Bandcamp or pre-order the CD at their store.

Nobody Deserves That

It’s always fun when Adam4d uses one of my articles to draw a comic. He did that with “Nobody Deserves That.”

Stay & Wander

There is some amazing footage of the Alps (and the people who live deep within them) in this short film.


Featured Blogs


Top Headlines

 Boko Haram Attack Kills Dozens in Nigeria
 Bible Ministries Unite to Coordinate ‘International Day of the Bible’
 France Accepts Refugees Despite Terrorist Attacks
 2 Killed, 7 Arrested in Raid Targeting Paris Attack ‘Mastermind’
 Evangelical Leaders Now Backing Carson as Support for Trump Slips
 John Kasich Proposes Creation of New Agency to Promote Judeo-Christian Values
 U.S. and U.K. Governments Discriminate against Christian Refugees
 Bobby Jindal Drops Out of Presidential Race
 Religion Banned from ‘Downton Abbey’
 ISIS Threatens to Attack Washington, D.C.

Opinion

 Paris Aftermath, No Quick Fix: Where Do We Place our Trust?
 Ringleader of Paris Attacks Has Been Killed
 Why Missouri, Yale, and Rubio are Wrong About College
 A Time for War? ISIS and the Attack on Paris
 Bearing Each Other’s Burdens: the Importance of Community

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
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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The “Christian” left’s Biblical argument for taking in Syrian refugees

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A couple of my “Christian” friends are in favor of welcoming in Syrian refugees, because “the Bible says we have to be nice”. Does the Bible really support their view? Let’s take a look.

Wisdom requires us to avoid risks and threats

First, from Erick Erickson at Red State.

He writes:

Imagine a scenario where a Christian watches arsonists burn down a neighbor’s home, then demands that you house the neighbor as their house is in smoldering rubble.

That is basically why we have a Syrian refugee crisis. A group of Christians and secularists demanded we do nothing while ISIS sacked, raped, and pillages across the Middle East, displacing millions of Syrians. Now, we are supposed to take them all in.

[…][I]n addition to doing nothing as the situation worsened in the Middle East, the President has consistently refused to provide arms to Christian militias in the Middle…

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Bad Doctrine vs. Heresy: An Exercise in Theological Triage (via The Cripplegate)

TriageMore than ten years ago (can’t believe it’s been that long!), Al Mohler wrote a seminal blog post outlining what he called “theological triage.” Borrowing the term from the emergency room, Mohler discussed the need for Christians to prioritize certain doctrinal issues over others. In what can be the chaos of an emergency room, medical professionals need to know how to weigh the urgency of various patients’ needs against one another; that is, a gunshot wound should be prioritized over a sprained ankle. Similarly, in the theological world, Christians must understand the difference between (a) “first-order” doctrines—where to hold an errant position actually precludes one from being a true brother in Christ—and (b) “second-” and “third-order” doctrines—issues on which two genuine Christians can disagree and nevertheless be truly saved. In other words, we need to be able to discern the difference between bad doctrine and heresy.

All biblical doctrine is important. I would go so far as to say all biblical doctrine is essential. It’s difficult to put any doctrine into a second or third tier, because it somehow feels as if to do so is to say it’s not important. But employing theological triage doesn’t mean that everything that’s not first-order is unimportant, any more than a doctor’s prioritizing a gunshot wound necessarily thinks a sprained ankle is unimportant. But the fact remains: genuine Christians can disagree on things like the mode and recipients of baptism; but if two people disagree on the triunity of God, one is a Christian and the other isn’t.

The Reality of Damning Error

Some people reject the very notion that disagreements about doctrine could preclude someone from salvation. After all, no one has perfect theology, and we’re saved by believing in Christ, not by believing in doctrine, they say. And it’s true, regeneration does not promise protection from all error. But it does promise protection from some error—that is, the kind of error which, if believed, indicates you’re not a child of God at all. We know that that kind of theological error exists because the Apostle Paul wrote Galatians 1:6–9:

I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

Paul wrote that about the error of the Judaizers, which, if you think about it, by some evaluations was quite a fine point of doctrinal disagreement. Think about everything the Judaizers shared in common with the faith once-for-all delivered to the saints. They believed in one God, who exists eternally in three Persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They believed in the deity and humanity of Christ. They believed that He was Israel’s Messiah in fulfillment of the Old Testament. They believed in penal substitutionary atonement—that Christ bore the punishment of God’s wrath against the sins of His people when He died on the cross, so that they might be free from sin’s penalty and power (and one day its presence). They believed that He was buried, and that He rose on the third day. And they believed that repentance and faith in Christ was absolutely necessary for forgiveness of sins and fellowship with God in heaven. That is a lot of really important doctrine that they got right!

No Other GospelTheir one issue boiled down, basically, to whether good works were the cause or the result of salvation. Was law-keeping the ground or merely the evidence of saving faith? Are we saved by faith alone, or by faith in Christ plus our religious observance? Now, that point of disagreement is an admittedly fine distinction! And yet Paul still employs the harshest language of condemnation for their error. “A different gospel” (Gal 1:6). “No true gospel at all” (Gal 1:7). “Let him be anathema”—condemned to hell (Gal 1:8, 9). “Severed from Christ” (Gal 5:4). “They will bear their judgment” (5:10). “I wish they would emasculate themselves” (Gal 5:12). Strong words for a disagreement on the ordo salutis! What it teaches us is, at the very least, there are certain things which, if believed, preclude someone from salvation, because to believe those things is to believe a different gospel, which is really no true gospel at all, and therefore which cannot save but can only condemn.

What Are the Fundamental Doctrines?

That brings us to the natural question: How much can one get wrong and still be a true child of God? Or said another way: What are those false doctrines which, if believed, by definition indicate that someone is not truly saved?

I think we get a clue by understanding why Paul so severely condemned the Judaizers’ doctrine. It’s because there was something fundamental to that teaching that denied—was mutually exclusive to—the Gospel of grace. That’s how we answer the question of what’s bad doctrine versus what breaches the bounds into heresy. The wrong beliefs that indicate someone is not saved are those teachings, which believed, necessarily undermine or deny the Gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone according to Scripture alone for the glory of God alone.

But what are those wrong beliefs? I think we answer that question by asking a number of questions that span several categories of Christian doctrine.

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TMS: Transforming Homosexuality

Book Review: Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says About Sexual Orientation and Change, by Denny Burk & Heath Lambert (P & R Publishing, 2015)

Perhaps no subject is more hotly debated in today’s society than the issue of homosexuality. This topic has dominated political debate and public discourse for much of the past decade, if not longer.

Sadly, in many ways, churches and church leaders have been caught unprepared to biblically address the issue, understand the terms used in the debate, and specifically apply the biblical truth of the gospel to the topic.

In an effort to serve the church and proclaim the truth, Denny Burk and Heath Lambert have worked together to write Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says about Sexual Orientation and Change. This post is intended to offer a brief review of the book.

For the following reasons, I would highly recommend the book for church leaders and laymen.

Transforming Homosexuality addresses a vital topic.

In today’s culture, the discussion of homosexuality is unavoidable; therefore Christians (whether they be laymen or pastors) must be prepared to give biblical responses to assertions and questions on the topic.

As advocates of sinful political and social agendas grow ever more aggressive in advancing their cause, the need for Christians to be armed with biblical answers becomes increasingly apparent. With that in mind, Burk and Lambert offer clear, concise, biblical teaching on the issue. Their work in addressing the topic of homosexuality shows a blend of wisdom and compassion for their readers.

Transforming Homosexuality does not dodge hard questions.

In dealing with a discussion as emotionally-charged and media-driven as the topic of homosexuality, there is often an abundance of straw-man building, emotional ranting, and cowardly question dodging. But Burk and Lambert courageously avoid these tendencies, dealing with opposing arguments thoroughly and biblically.

They deal with objections from unregenerate secular opponents, as well as misguided Christians, with great care and kindness. The authors rebuke worldly thinking with regard to homosexuality, as well as errant methods Christians have promoted to oppose sexual sin. And in each case, they drive the conversation back to the inerrant truth of Scripture.

Transforming Homosexuality refutes errant doctrine.

Burk and Lambert’s text clearly seeks to equip the church in addressing the topic of homosexuality. Doing so necessarily requires refuting errant doctrine and treatment methods that the church has supported or promoted.

This text rightly gets to the heart of the problem, showing how the concept of orientation relates to the doctrines of original sin and depravity. The authors also rightly refute Christian support for what is commonly known as reparative therapy.

Burk and Lambert’s ambition—to give the church a resource that assists in biblically addressing the topic of homosexuality and fostering gospel transformation—is well served by their willingness to correct errors, not just in society at large, but also in the church.

Transforming Homosexuality demonstrates the sufficiency of Scripture.

As mentioned above, Burk and Lambert constantly rely on the Word of God as the authoritative source of truth. In this way, Transforming Homosexuality serves the reader in multiple ways.

It provides the reader a biblical grid to which he can align his thinking on homosexuality, sexual orientation, the nature of temptation, and sexual desire. It equips the reader with an immensely helpful resource to review when ministering to those wrestling with the topic of homosexuality. Also, Burk and Lambert offer model for practical biblical counseling.

Evangelicals ought to rest on the truth that Scripture is absolutely sufficient to handle all the issues of life, including those as complex as sexual temptation and sin. It’s one thing to believe that truth, and another thing altogether to know how to apply the sufficiency of Scripture in a counseling setting.

In Transforming Homosexuality, Burk and Lambert offer an affirmation of Scripture’s teaching on homosexuality, as well as a model for how to practically apply that truth to everyday life.

Transforming Homosexuality boldly proclaims the Gospel.

Without a doubt, the greatest strength of Transforming Homosexuality is it’s clear presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ—and the gospel’s unmatched power to truly transform sinners. This truth is boldly proclaimed as the only answer to sin of all kinds, including those related to homosexuality.

Burk and Lambert make clear that Christ alone is the only hope for the sinner—including the sexual sinner. The writers also point out that gospel transformation doesn’t simply lead the homosexual to a heterosexual orientation. True gospel transformation leads to holiness.

The love of Christ should compel every Christian to a compassionate desire for the salvation and gospel transformation of homosexuals. Transforming Homosexuality shines a bright light on the hope the gospel brings and offers a blueprint for how Christians ought to bring the truth of Scripture to bear when dealing with the issue of homosexuality.

As this post has endeavored to make clear, Christians cannot avoid the topic of homosexuality and the impact it is having on modern culture. We must be prepared to address the issue with compassion, grace, and truth. Burk and Lambert’s work in writing Transforming Homosexuality has provided a tremendous resource to help Christians—be they pastors or laymen—respond in such a Christ honoring way.

Note: Transforming Homosexuality was provided to me by the publisher for the purpose of review. To order the book, click here.

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Eric is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary, and shepherds a Bible study through the Cornerstone Fellowship Group at Grace Community Church. He works as a Broadcast Copywriter at Grace To You. He and his wife, Tara, have three sons.

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November 19, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Nov. 19, 2015

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Most Americans want the U.S. to stop letting in Syrian refugees amid fears of terrorist infiltrations after the Paris attacks, siding with Republican presidential candidates, governors, and lawmakers who want to freeze the Obama administration’s resettlement program.

President Obama will veto a House Republican proposal to sharply tighten screening of refugees from Syria and Iraq, according to the White House, which said the bill wouldn’t improve U.S. security after last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

Homelessness is on the rise in many of America’s biggest cities as wealth concentrates in urban centers, elevating rents and squeezing supplies of affordable housing in places like Los Angeles and New York, new federal data show. Homelessness in and around big U.S. cities increased 3 percent this year, even as the nation’s overall rate declined 2 percent.

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Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 271,000 for the week ended Nov. 14.

The suspected mastermind of last week’s Paris attacks was killed in the police raid of an apartment north of the capital, French officials said on Thursday.

French President François Hollande announced on Wednesday that the French government would honor its previously agreed-upon commitment to accept 30,000 refugees over the next two years, regardless of Islamic State group-linked terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 which killed at least 129 people and wounded more than 350.

Honduran authorities have arrested five Syrians intending to make it to the United States with stolen Greek passports, triggering alarm Wednesday in the wake of the Paris attacks launched by Syria-linked jihadists.

An Indonesian airline has grounded a pilot after he allegedly offered an air hostess to passengers as compensation for a delay on a flight to the resort island of Bali.

Students staged a protest Wednesday inside the office of Princeton University’s president, demanding the school remove the name of former school president and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson from programs and buildings over what they said was his racist legacy.

The Islamic State group said it had killed a Chinese and a Norwegian hostage, as French and Russian air strikes on its Syrian stronghold were reported to have left 33 fighters dead.

China vowed to bring to justice those responsible for killing one of its citizens after Islamic State said it had executed a Chinese captive, the only known Chinese hostage to have been held by the group.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City will not be intimidated by a newly released Islamic State group video showing images of Times Square, and that residents should continue to go to work and live their lives.

A woman must abide by an agreement with her ex-husband to destroy five frozen embryos if they got a divorce, despite her contention that they represent her last chance to have children, a California judge ruled Wednesday.

A parent’s worst nightmare became a tragic reality for Brian and Amy Doolin when their 7-year-old daughter, Gabriella “Gabby” Doolin, was found dead just minutes after being separated from her parents during a football game in Kentucky on Saturday. And now, authorities have ruled her death a homicide.

Yellowstone National Park proposes to kill roughly 1,000 wild bison this winter – mostly calves and females – as officials seek to reduce the animals’ annual migration into Montana.

Balkan countries have begun filtering the flow of migrants to Europe, granting passage to those fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Afghanistan but turning back others from Africa and Asia, the United Nations and Reuters witnesses said on Thursday.

Police have arrested a doctor and nurse in northern India over allegations they decapitated an infant by being too forceful during delivery, officials said Wednesday.

An Arizona highway trooper getting ready to cite a speeding driver instead wound up helping a woman in another car who delivered a baby boy on the side of the road.

After the death of their former scoutmaster, 19 adults have filed the largest single lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and two Connecticut chapters, claiming that the national and local organizations ignored signs of child abuse in the 1960s and 70s.

A 1,111 carat “high quality diamond” has been discovered at a mine in Botswana, said to be the biggest find in more than a century, according to the mine company.

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Three US citizens have been evacuated from Yemen by the Omani air force, Oman’s foreign ministry said.

Police in Honduras have arrested five Syrians who were travelling on stolen Greek passports and reportedly intended to enter the US by land.

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has said a political process to end the country’s bloody civil war cannot begin while it is occupied by “terrorists”.

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A new poll shows Americans also see a potential for conflict between culture practices allowed under Islamic law and the U.S. Constitution. A Muslim husband who appeals to Shariah to justify beating his wife, for example, should be arrested, say three in four American voters.

A Florida school district won’t back down on threats to criminally prosecute homeschool families who refuse to provide information that is not required by law.

President Obama on Thursday vowed to collaborate “meticulously” with Congress to shutter Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, citing the cost factor of housing and guarding the detainees in a speech from a global economic summit in Manila.


 

Top News – 11/19/2015

Britain braces for -10C Arctic blast: Forecasters warn of HEAVY SNOW by the weekend
A BITTER Arctic blast will bring heavy snow to Britain within days as temperatures plunge to -10C. Severe gales and heavy rain threaten to ravage Britain until the end of the month with some forecasters warning of a storm-hit run up to Christmas.

The American Left Hates Americans More Than They Hate ISIS
The President of the United States has taken the tacit of claiming it is all political. To the left, everything is political so they cannot fathom that some Americans might have looked at the events of Paris and decided we might want to be more cautious. Nope. To the political left, it is polling, politics, and racism.

Kerry in Israel Next Week to Squeeze Bibi for ‘Good Will’ for Abbas
John Kerry will be back in town on Tuesday for another round of pressing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to give Mahmoud Abbas another boost in confidence by surrendering more sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.

France to Find Compromise With Russia if Hollande Wants to Defeat ISIL
On Monday, Hollande called for a broad coalition including the United States and Russia to tackle ISIL which had claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks on Friday. The following day, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia and France’s navies must develop a joint plan of action for their operations in Syria.

BREAKING: Who Was Just Detained Heading For The U.S. Is Terrifying
Honduran authorities have detained five Syrian nationals on Tuesday trying to reach the United States using stolen Greek passports. The five men are being held in the capital city of Tegucigalpa for further investigation. Police said that the passports had been doctored to replace the photographs with the Syrians.

Chinese navy looms as Russia strikes Syrian rebels
TEL AVIV – As Russia’s Caspian Sea fleet launched precision-guided cruise missiles at Syrian rebel positions, a Chinese naval vessel continued to loom menacingly in the background, maintaining its presence in the Mediterranean Sea amid Chinese denials that the People’s Liberation Army will enter the Syrian conflict.

8 Syrians caught at Texas border
U.S. Customs and Border Protection appears to have validated Republicans’ biggest security concerns over Syrian migrants.

Contrary to Obama claim, US has history of admitting refugees based on faith
Immigration experts give President Obama Pinocchios for his claim that the U.S. has never used “religious tests” to determine which refugees get passage to America. Russian and Ethiopian Jews, Armenians Christians and Catholics from Vietnam have all been moved to the front of the line in previous eras based on their faith, according to historians. And giving one religious group preference is tantamount to sending others to the back of the lines.

U.S. Republicans, defying Obama, propose tightening Syrian refugee screening
House Republican lawmakers defied President Barack Obama on Wednesday and laid out plans to tighten screening of Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks, in a political fight that challenges the U.S. view of itself as a refuge for downtrodden immigrants.

No ‘religious test’ in House bill pausing Syrian refugees: Ryan
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan called on Congress on Wednesday to promptly pass legislation tightening controls on Syrians seeking asylum in the United States, but stressed that such a bill will not discriminate against Muslims. “We will not have a religious test, only a security test,” Ryan, the top House Republican said in a speech to the chamber. Some Republicans have said that only Syrian Christians should be eligible for asylum in the United States.

Hollande to tell Obama Europe can’t wait for US war of attrition with ISIS to succeed
French President François Hollande is to call for the US to review its strategy in fighting terrorist group Islamic State, arguing that Europe cannot wait for America’s long war of attrition with the jihadists to work… “The problem is that the attacks in Paris and the refugee crisis show that we don’t have time. There is an emergency.”

Mass grave in Iraq tells horror story of ISIS massacre
As Europe mourns ISIS’s deadly Paris attacks, only now is the scale of another massacre the West could have prevented becoming clear. Among the 37 skeletal remains were women and children as young as two. The dogs fed on the dead, scattering their bones. The victims had been captured, herded together and beheaded or shot. Some were buried alive.

8 Syrians Caught at Texas Border in Laredo
Two federal agents operating under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are claiming that eight Syrian illegal aliens attempted to enter Texas from Mexico…The federal agents spoke…on the condition of anonymity…local president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) confirmed that Laredo Border Patrol agents have been officially contacting the organization with concerns…about Syrians illegally entering the country in the Laredo Sector.

‘ISIS could use chemical, biological weapons against France’
France could face the risk of chemical or bacterial warfare in its fight against Islamist militants, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Thursday. “We must not rule anything out. I say it with all the precautions needed. But we know and bear in mind that there is also a risk of chemical or bacteriological weapons,”

Antibiotic resistance: World on cusp of ‘post-antibiotic era’
The world is on the cusp of a “post-antibiotic era”, scientists have warned after finding bacteria resistant to drugs used when all other treatments have failed. They identified bacteria able to shrug off the drug of last resort – colistin – in patients and livestock in China. They said that resistance would spread around the world and raised the spectre of untreatable infections.

CME ARRIVES, SPARKS AURORAS
A coronal mass ejection (CME) swept past Earth during the late hours of Nov. 18th, and when the CME’s flank hit Earth’s magnetic field it sparked a bright display of Arctic auroras.

Syria crisis: Assad says no transition while ‘terrorists’ remain
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has said a political process to end the country’s bloody civil war cannot begin while it is occupied by “terrorists”. Mr Assad told Italian state television the timetable for elections “starts after starting to defeat terrorism”. It is unclear whether he was referring only to Islamic State (IS) militants or also to Western-backed rebels.

Islamic State claims it has killed two more hostages
The Islamic State (IS) militant group says it has killed two hostages – a Norwegian and a Chinese citizen. IS gave no details about when or where Ole-Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, 48, from Norway and Fan Jinghui, 50, from China were killed. It had demanded ransoms from their countries. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said there was no reason to doubt the claim, and called it a “barbaric act”.

BREAKING: 4.7 magnitude earthquake felt across Kansas
A 4.7 magnitude earthquake centered near Cherokee, Oklahoma has shaken most of the state of Kansas according to the U.S Geological Survey. It was reported around 1:42 a.m. Thursday, November 19th.

6.8-magnitude quake rocks the Solomon Islands
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 has struck the Solomon Islands, seismologists say.

FBI, New York police aware of Islamic State video, say no specific threat
There is no “specific and credible threat” against New York City, despite a newly released Islamic State video suggesting America’s most populous city is a potential target of attacks such as those in Paris, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday.

Boko Haram suicide bombing kills 49 in Nigeria’s Yola
The suicide bomber exploded as truckers were tucking into dinner at the bustling marketplace where vendors urged them to buy sugar cane. At least 34 people were killed and another 80 wounded in Yola, a town packed with refugees from Nigeria’s Islamic uprising, emergency officials said. Later, two more suicide bombers killed at least 15 people in the northern city of Kano and injured 53, according to police.

Anti-Apec protests take place in Manila
Large protests are taking place on the streets on the Philippine capital, Manila, where leaders are attending the Apec regional trade summit. Hundreds of people from indigenous, student and labour groups clashed with police, who deployed water cannon.

Paris attacks: French seek to identify raid bodies
French experts are working to establish whether the suspected organiser of the Paris attacks was among those killed in a police raid on a flat on Wednesday. Police said Abdelhamid Abaaoud was the target when officers stormed the flat in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis.

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.

Honduras arrests five Syrians headed to US with stolen passports
Honduran authorities have arrested five Syrians intending to make it to the United States with stolen Greek passports, triggering alarm Wednesday in the wake of the Paris attacks launched by Syria-linked jihadists.

Islamic State says ‘Schweppes bomb’ used to bring down Russian plane
Islamic State’s official magazine carried a photo on Wednesday of a Schweppes soft drink can it said was used to make an improvised bomb that brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula last month, killing all 224 people on board.


Top Headlines – 11/19/2015

Netanyahu: Strong Israel is main stop-gap against Mideast collapse

Kerry to Visit Next Week to Discuss Israeli-Palestinian Confidence-building Measures

Abbas admits he rejected 2008 peace offer from Olmert

Netanyahu ‘overreacted’ by waging war against Hamas last year, Sanders says

Israel said to mull downgrading ties with Europeans over labeling

Despite recent attack, EU unlikely to support Israeli anti-terror measures

Paris terrorists are ‘beasts who have a name – radical Islam,’ Netanyahu says

Israel’s Bennett calls for ground troops to fight ISIS

Turkey, US to intensify drive to push ISIS from Syria border

Syrian Observatory: 15-day ceasefire near Damascus due to be announced shortly

90% of Syria’s ballistic missiles used up on rebels, says IDF officer

Iranian president calls for more cooperation in fighting ISIS

Russia says no agreement among world powers on Assad’s role in Syria

Passenger Jet En Route to Egypt Makes Emergency Landing After Bomb Threat

Report: Bomb that downed Russian plane in Egypt placed in main cabin

Islamic State says ‘Schweppes bomb’ used to bring down Russian plane

Putin sets up commission to combat terrorism financing

Terror on a Shoestring: Paris Attacks Likely Cost $10,000 or Less

Paris attacks: French experts seeking to identify whether Isil mastermind Abaaoud was ‘killed’

Two dead in Paris siege, including woman who blew herself up

Hours After Obama Taunts GOP With ‘Widows’ Female Suicide Bomber Explodes In Paris

France Prime Minister warns of chemical, biological attack risk as Belgians raid bomber’s ‘entourage’

Franklin Graham: Islam Has Declared War on the World

ISIS video threatens New York City; mayor says city won’t be intimidated

Stretched FBI braces for Islamic State holiday terror attacks

Sweden’s Terror Threat Level Has Been Upped to Its Highest Point Ever

Beijing vows justice as ISIS kills Chinese, Norwegian hostages

Teacher from French Jewish school stabbed by three ISIS supporters who yelled out anti-Semitic slurs: officials

France bans massive marches planned during Paris climate talks

French President Francois Hollande Welcomes Refugees Despite Paris Attack

Obama threatens to veto House GOP bill on Syrian refugee screening

No ‘religious test’ in House bill pausing Syrian refugees: Ryan

Canada may have to cut corners on security screening to meet Syrian refugees target

Copenhagen air terminal briefly evacuated over suspicious bag

Rubio backs push to delay NSA reforms after Paris attacks

Boko Haram Actually Kills More People In Terror Attacks Than ISIS

Boko Haram suicide bombing kills 49 in Nigeria’s Yola

Facebook activates “Safety Check” for Nigeria blasts after criticism

Iran starts dismantling nuclear equipment, U.N. report says

TSA fails to detect hidden weapons in three out of four cases

Drone Slams Into Truck Outside New Jersey Refinery

7.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Dadali, Solomon Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Abra Pampa, Argentina

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Dadali, Solomon Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Lefkada, Greece

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Nagarkot, Nepal

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kuripan, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Biha, Indonesia

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake shakes Oklahoma, Kansas

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 25,000ft

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 23,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Rinjani volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

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

Tropical Depression Twenty-One-E Forms off Mexican Coast; May Become One of Latest Eastern Pacific Storms of Record

Tropical Storm In-fa to Threaten Guam Saturday

Forecasters suspect tornado struck metro Atlanta area

Storm Barney Spreads Rain, Damaging Winds Across UK

China expects consensus to be reached at climate change talks in Paris

Alarming new ‘superbug’ gene found in animals and people in China

Judge rules divorced California couple’s embryos must be discared over woman’s objections

Chip Brogden – Revival or Reformation?

Imam, Rabbi And Pastor Join Hands In Powerful Display Of Unity

Josh Duggar Sued by Porn Star For Sexual Assault

Contrary to Obama’s Statement Federal Law Requires a Religious Test For Refugees


Frontrunning: November 19

  • Soothing Fed sounds send shares, emerging markets higher (Read More)
  • Belgian Police Conduct Raids in Connection With Paris Attacks (Read More)
  • The Paris Attacks Can’t Lead to a Closed Europe (Read More)
  • Alleged Mastermind of Paris Attacks Was ‘Emir of War’ (Read More)
  • U.S. Eyes Russia-Iran Split in Bid to End Syria Conflict (Read More)
  • Despite tensions, Asia-Pacific nations close ranks against terrorism (Read More)
  • Why U.S. Efforts to Cut Off Islamic State’s Funds Have Failed (Read More)
  • Pfizer-Allergan talks accelerate amid new inversion clamp-down (Read More)
  • Starboard Urges Yahoo to Drop Alibaba Spinoff Plan (Read More)
  • Belgravia Mansion Sales Slump as Russians Vanish From London (Read More)
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  • ECB’s Solution to Oil Puzzle May Decide December QE Debate (Read More)

 

The Briefing

1) Generic view of religion undermines ability to theological responses to Paris attacks 

Finding Peace Within the Holy Texts, New York Times (David Brooks)

In light of the Paris attacks, is it time to eradicate religion?, Washington Post (Miroslav Volf)

2) Abortionist physician for South asserts concern for pregnant woman, neglects baby

Why I Provide Abortions, New York Times (Willie Parker)

3) Atlanta considers billion dollar casino, fails to consider fallout of casino economies

Atlanta boosters to study impact of $1 billion casino, Atlanta Courier-Journal (Kristina Torres)

In other news…

Europe’s Refugee Problem, and Ours, New York Times (Ross Douthat)

Suspected architect of Paris attacks is dead, according to two senior intelligence officials, Washington Post (Anthony Faiola, Missy Ryan and Brian Murphy)

How to Talk to Children About Terrorism, New York Times (Pamela Druckerman)

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8 SYRIANS CAUGHT AT TEXAS BORDER IN LAREDO

11-19-2015 • Breitbart

UPDATE: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has confirmed that eight Syrians were taken into custody at the Laredo port of entry. 

Two federal agents operating under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are claiming that eight Syrian illegal aliens attempted to enter Texas from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. The federal agents spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity, however, a local president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) confirmed that Laredo Border Patrol agents have been officially contacting the organization with concerns over reports from other federal agents about Syrians illegally entering the country in the Laredo Sector. The reports have caused a stir among the sector’s Border Patrol agents.

The sources claimed that eight Syrians were apprehended on Monday, November 16, 2015. According to the sources, the Syrians were in two separate “family units” and were apprehended at the Juarez Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, Texas, also known officially as Port of Entry 1.

Border Patrol agent and NBPC Local 2455 President Hector Garza told Breitbart Texas, “Border Patrol agents who we represent have been contacting our organization to voice concerns about reports from other agents that Syrians crossed the U.S. border from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. Our agents have heard about Syrians being apprehended in the area from other federal agents.” Agent Garza added, “At this time, I cannot confirm or deny that Syrians have crossed, for security reasons.”

Agent Garza further stated that in matters as sensitive as Syrians crossing the border from Mexico, it would be highly unlikely that federal agencies would publicize it or inform a broad group of law enforcement. He did say that Local 2455 is taking the reports seriously and that they “will be issuing an officer safety bulletin advising Border Patrol agents to exercise extra precautions as they patrol the border.”

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Hillary Clinton Can’t Take A Joke, Goes After Comedians For Making Fun

11-19-2015 • http://popularliberty.com

In what appears to be a first for a serious presidential contender, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is going after five comedians who made fun of the former Secretary of State in standup skits at a popular Hollywood comedy club.

A video of the short performance, which is less than three minutes, is posted on the website of the renowned club, Laugh Factory, and the Clinton campaign has tried to censor it. Besides demanding that the video be taken down, the Clinton campaign has demanded the personal contact information of the performers that appear in the recording. This is no laughing matter for club owner Jamie Masada, a comedy guru who opened Laugh Factory more than three decades ago and has been instrumental in launching the careers of many famous comics. “They threatened me,” Masada told Judicial Watch. “I have received complains before but never a call like this, threatening to put me out of business if I don’t cut the video.”

Practically all of the country’s most acclaimed comedians have performed at the Laugh Factory and undoubtedly they have offended politicians and other well-known personalities with their standup routines. Tim Allen, Jay Leno, Roseanne Bar, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Jim Carrey, Martin Lawrence, Jerry Seinfeld and George Lopez are among the big names that have headlined at the Laugh Factory. The First Amendment right to free speech is a crucial component of the operation, though Masada drew the line a few years ago banning performers—including African Americans—from using the “n-word” in their acts.

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ISIS Schools Of Jihad Brainwash Muslim Children To Fight Holy War Against Infidels

ISIS in Afghanistan: School of Jihad

The schools are run by fighters who pledged allegiance to ISIS — the terrorist group that declared an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria. They live among the locals in the village of Shaigal, take local wives and collect taxes. They seem to control every aspect of life.

The teacher, Abdullah Gul, tells the students what “jihad” means: “We must implement God’s religion over all people,” Gul tells the children in the below video. “God says do jihad until intrigue, idolatry and infidelity are finished in the world.”

Young boys and girls cluster around a small room in a village school in eastern Afghanistan. The teacher calls on a young boy.

“Stand up, Daud. What is this called?” he asks, handing the boy an AK-47.

“Kalashnikov,” the boy replies.

“Why do we use this?”

“To defend the faith,” Daud responds.

This video takes place in Afghanistan, but ISIS training schools to teach jihad to children take place all over the Middle East. Just like Nazi Germany with the Hitler Youth before them, ISIS is creating an entire generation of brainwashed war fighters who will take jihad to every country in the world.

This is what World War III will look like.


Defying The People, Obama Doubles Down With White House Hashtag #RefugeesWelcome

This is WWIII, the battle has already started, the enemy is within the gates and he sits in the Oval Office. #RefugeesWelcome? No.

Interesting headlines popping up this afternoon, ones like you see here:

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort evacuated due to bomb scare:  The All-Star Movies Resort at Walt Disney World was briefly evacuated Tuesday because of a bomb scare. News 6 requested a comment from Disney about the evacuation, but the company has not commented. source
  • Merkel Cites Refugees as Boon as Anti-Immigration Party Advances:  “There’s good reasons why many citizens in Germany fear that mass immigration will lead to a change in our identity,” AfD co-head Frauke Petry said in a video on the party’s website. “Ordinary citizens will wind up paying the bill” for Germany taking in refugees, she said. source

  • Tennessee GOP leader: Round up Syrian refugees, remove from state:  A top Tennessee Republican lawmaker believes the time has come for the National Guard to round up any Syrian refugees who have recently settled in the state and to stop any additional Syrian refugees from entering Tennessee. source

  • America’s ‘enemies within’: How nearly SEVENTY have been arrested in America over ISIS plots in last 18 months – including refugees who had been given safe haven but ‘turned to terror’: 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. source

Last month, mere weeks before the attack in Paris, FBI director James Comey said at a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing that the federal government does not have the ability to conduct thorough background checks on all of the 10,000 Syrian refugees that the Obama administration says will be allowed to come to the U.S.

Comey said “We can only query against that which we have collected. And so if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing show up because we have no record of them,” source

Former FBI director James Kallstrom reiterated this after the Paris attack, saying the refugee policy was ‘crazy’ and that the FBI didn’t have enough manpower to watch the people that needed to be watched ‘by the thousands.’

President Obama has suggested that only bigotry would motivate conservatives to shut the door to unvetted Syrian Muslim refugees; Hillary Clinton has suggested the same. Today, the White House launched a #RefugeesWelcome hashtag campaign. At the Brookings Institute website, Jeremy Shapiro writes that we must be careful not to “overreact” to the Paris attacks; Secretary of State John Kerry says people “shouldn’t be hysterical” about the Syrian Muslim refugee issue. New York Mayor Bill De Blasio explains that closing our borders to Syrian Muslim refugees would grant “terrorists a victory over our democracy,” as though American democracy depends on importing hundreds of thousands of people who do not share Western democratic values; Bloomberg columnist Margaret Carlson avers that by accepting Muslims, even radical ones, we might westernize our enemies. source

Do you see what’s happening here? Is any of it starting to sink in? Obama and company are going to allow refugees into America, and if it costs some American lives due to terrorist attacks then so be it. That’s their attitude! This is an absolute crisis, and they think if they just keep repeating that “it’s all going to be alright”, then that will be good enough for the American people. Only it’s not going to be “alright”. It’s going to be a national nightmare. 

If this is allowed to continue unchecked, if Obama is allowed to do this to our nation, then we will be in the absolute worst crisis since the Revolutionary War in 1776. America, we are under attack right now, at this very moment. Our elected leaders are sowing the seeds that will bring this nation to it’s knees and the blood of America’s children will run in the gutter at the hands of Islamic terrorists. Obama is taunting you, out of control, drunk on power and daring you to stop him if you can.

“The President announced a plan to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States next year. We remain steadfastly committed to that plan because it is consistent with our values and our national security.” – The White House 

This is WWIII, the battle has already started, the enemy is within the gates and he sits in the Oval Office. #RefugeesWelcome? No.

Your move, America.


Why Prisons Are Cauldrons of Islamic Supremacy

by Raymond Ibrahim
FrontPage Magazine
November 8, 2015

http://www.meforum.org/5627/prisons-islamic-supremacy


Everything You Need To Know About Islam Revealed In 14 Minutes

Consider this video your final warning, a last-ditch effort to get you awake and ready for the war that has come to our shores.

“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”Qu’ran 8:12

As America prepares to undergo ISIS terror attacks at the hands of phony Syrian “refugees” brought over here to kill us by the Obama administration, now would be a good time for you to see with your eyes and hear with your eyes what the Qu’ran instructs the followers of Allah in Islam to accomplish.

The information contained in this video is not so much about Islam, it is from Islam and it’s followers. In their own words. Unlike the West, Muslims are united with one voice, they are not confused about what their god is telling them to do, and they are highly motivated to bring it to come to pass.

Consider this video your final warning, a last-ditch effort to get you awake and ready for the war that has come to our shores. It is only 14:20 long, but if you will take the time to watch it all the way through then you will know what they have prepared for you. You will know beyond the shadow of any doubt what a horrific liar and deceiver Barack Hussein Obama is.

“Behold, I have told you before.” Matthew 24:25 (KJV)

Most importantly, you will know what to expect in the days ahead.

The war is coming, get ready.


If The Economy Is Fine, Why Are So Many Hedge Funds, Energy Companies And Large Retailers Imploding?

Demolition - Public DomainIf the U.S. economy really is in “great shape”, then why do all of the numbers keep telling us that we are in a recession?  The manufacturing numbers say that we are in a recession, the trade numbers say that we are in a recession, and as you will see below the retail numbers say that we are in a recession.  But just like in 2008, the Federal Reserve and our top politicians will continue to deny that a major economic downturn is happening for as long as they possibly can.  In this article, I want to look at more signs that a dramatic shift is happening in our economy right now. (Read More….)


The American Left Hates Americans More Than They Hate ISIS

By Erick Erickson

The American public is fairly well united at this time. They do not want Syrian refugees and they want to unleash hell on ISIS. It is the American left, led by President Obama, opposing any action demanded by the public. They treat their fellow Americans with contempt in ways they do not treat ISIS. They say we should be more worried about Americans with guns than ISIS. They say any American who objects to bringing in Syrian refugees must be a bigot.

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As ISIS Threat Rises, Congress Creates ‘Transgender Task Force’ To Promote LGBT Rights

The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus announced its new “Transgender Task Force” to promote “transgender rights.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Is ISIS afraid of taking on the mighty United States? No, they are not. And why would that be? Because they see a country that, after 7 years of Barack Obama, has become so weak and so unfocused that we lack the national will to combat them. And they are right in thinking that. As thousands of Muslim migrants pour over our borders, Congress is more concerned with not offending transexuals then they are with keeping America safe. America has become Ronda Rousey, and we are about to get kicked to the face by ISIS. Lights out.

The new transgender task force, made up of nine members of the House of Representatives, wants to advance the transgender community using congressional resources. “The purpose of the task force is to analyze the challenges and barriers and figure out what the government’s role is in making life easier for transgenders,” Roddy Flynn, the executive director of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus told The Christian Science Monitor. “We need much more data about these barriers to the American dream.”

And LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) lamented that transgendered people are often “left out” of LGBT campaigns. “We all celebrate the great strides we’ve made in recent years in the LGBT rights movement, but too many times, the ‘T’ in LGBT has been an afterthought,” he told reporters Tuesday.

The task force follows the White House’s hiring of its first transgendered staff member back in Aug. when it appointed activist Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the new Outreach and Recruitment Director for the Office of Personnel.

“I’m honored to chair the first task force devoted to issues impacting the transgender community” #Equality4Trans pic.twitter.com/rN6sESbdYz

— Rep. Mike Honda (@RepMikeHonda) November 17, 2015

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“Her commitment to bettering the lives of transgender Americans, particularly transgender people of color and those in poverty, reflects the values of this administration,” Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett said, adding that Gurspan’s appointment “demonstrates the kind of leadership this administration champions.”

But critics warn that the current “transgender mania” sweeping the nation is promoting mass delusion instead of acceptance.

“Sex reassignment surgery, even today with all of its advances, cannot in fact change anyone’s [biological] sex, okay,” best-selling feminist author Camille Paglia said on the Brazilian television program Roda Viva. “You can define yourself as a trans man, or a trans woman, as one of these new gradations along the scale, but ultimately, every single cell in the human body, the DNA in that cell, remains coded for your biological birth.” “So there are a lot of lies being propagated at the present moment, which I think is not in anyone’s best interest.” source


As ISIS Threat Rises, Congress Creates ‘Transgender Task Force’ To Promote LGBT Rights

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 08:11 AM PST

THE CONGRESSIONAL LGBT EQUALITY CAUCUS ANNOUNCED ITS NEW “TRANSGENDER TASK FORCE” TO PROMOTE “TRANSGENDER RIGHTS.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: IS ISIS AFRAID OF TAKING ON THE MIGHTY UNITED STATES? NO, THEY ARE NOT. AND WHY WOULD THAT BE? BECAUSE THEY SEE A COUNTRY THAT, AFTER 7 YEARS OF BARACK OBAMA, HAS BECOME SO WEAK AND SO UNFOCUSED THAT WE LACK THE NATIONAL WILL TO COMBAT THEM. AND THEY ARE RIGHT IN THINKING THAT. AS THOUSANDS OF MUSLIM MIGRANTS POUR OVER OUR BORDERS, CONGRESS IS MORE CONCERNED WITH NOT OFFENDING TRANSEXUALS THEN THEY ARE WITH KEEPING AMERICA SAFE. AMERICA HAS BECOME RONDA ROUSEY, AND WE ARE ABOUT TO GET KICKED TO THE FACE BY ISIS. LIGHTS OUT.

The new transgender task force, made up of nine members of the House of Representatives, wants to advance the transgender community using congressional resources. “The purpose of the task force is to analyze the challenges and barriers and figure out what the government’s role is in making life easier for transgenders,” Roddy Flynn, the executive director of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus told The Christian Science Monitor. “We need much more data about these barriers to the American dream.”

And LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) lamented that transgendered people are often “left out” of LGBT campaigns. “We all celebrate the great strides we’ve made in recent years in the LGBT rights movement, but too many times, the ‘T’ in LGBT has been an afterthought,” he told reporters Tuesday. The task force follows the White House’s hiring of its first transgendered staff member back in Aug. when it appointed activist Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the new Outreach and Recruitment Director for the Office of Personnel. FULL REPORT

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Russia and US remove potential ‘dirty bomb’ parts from Antarctica

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 07:59 AM PST

Russia and the US have removed radioactive components from Antarctica that were left unprotected and could have been used by terrorists to craft a “dirty bomb,” said Valery Lukin, deputy head of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute. “Four radioisotope thermoelectric generators and four sources of ionizing radiation, which were used in different equipment, have been removed from Antarctica within the framework of the joint Russian-American program,” Lukin, who is also in charge of the Russian Antarctic Expedition (RAE), told TASS.

“These radioactive sources may be used by international terrorism for making a dirty bomb,” he added. According to Lukin, malefactors had previously attempted to get their hands on derelict radioactive devices, “but not in Antarctica.” The equipment, which has been recently removed by Russia and the US, had been stored in autonomous research facilities without security protection. FULL REPORT

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BREAKING NEWS – ‘ISIS branch’ seeking to produce chemical weapons

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 07:55 AM PST

Islamic State has a branch devoted to creating chemical weapons, AP reports, citing Iraqi and US officials. Earlier, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls also warned that Islamic State could potentially use chemical or biological weapon in its attacks. SOURCE

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Mainstream media blacks out massive anti-immigration protest in Poland after Paris attacks by Middle Easterners

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 07:50 AM PST

As President Obama politicizes the issue of admitting Syrian refugees into the U.S. who have not been properly vetted – by mocking Republicans who are opposed to the plan as cowards – there has been an upsurge of anti-immigrant sentiment building not just within the U.S. but all over the Western world. If you’ve not heard about or read about any of that, that’s understandable, considering that the mainstream American media – and many of its Left-leaning counterparts overseas – haven’t done their duty and reported it.

But some have, fortunately, and their reporting provides insight and context to an increasingly complex issue made even more so by the recent attacks in Paris. One of them is Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster. The media company reported that, following the Paris attacks, massive anti-immigrant protests were launched in nearby Poland. Local media in that country have also reported the story of a Polish national living in Norway who was arrested on terrorism charges in his native land after fighting for several months in Syria on behalf of ISIS, the group that claimed responsibility for killing 129 people in Paris recently. The suspect, a 26-year-old, was apprehended by Polish authorities in the city of Lodz; a spokesman for the local public prosecutor’s office there told reporters that the man could spend as many as six years in prison. FULL REPORT

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Schools won’t back down on threat to homeschoolers

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 07:43 AM PST

A Florida school district won’t back down on threats to criminally prosecute homeschool families who refuse to provide information that is not required by law. But officials in the Santa Rosa County district are changing the wording of the threatening letters dispatched to parents of homeschooling students. The district is demanding information such as proof of residency, Social Security number, race and grade. Assistant Supt. Bill Emerson told WND on Wednesday that future letters will not threaten criminal prosecution. Instead, the school will warn parents they are subject to truancy laws.

As WND reported, some homeschool parents were ordered by the district to register their children in classes within three days or face “criminal prosecution” under state law. The Home School Legal Defense Association said its members in the Santa Rosa County School District received letters demanding information that parents are not required to provide under state law. The parents also received a letter demanding they comply with a new district policy requiring them to show proof of residency and proof they no longer were registered at their previous residence. FULL REPORT

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China smog hits 50 times WHO limits, as U.S. consumers keep buying contaminated herbs and food from China

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 07:31 AM PST

In China, the fog in Changchun, the capital of Jilin province in the northeast, is so thick that buildings in the area are completely invisible. In other areas throughout the country, it’s not uncommon for people to walk the streets wearing face masks, surrounded by a blanket of haze. China’s smog problem – brought on primarily by vehicular emissions, heating needs and rising industrialism – has long been an issue. However, it’s recently reached a high of epic proportions.(1)

So bad is the smog that it’s now reached a shocking 50 times the World Health Organization’s (WHO) maximum. The organization recommends a maximum of 25 micrograms of the dangerous smog particulates during a 24-hour period. But in Shenyang, China, that figure has been exceeded to an unbelievable degree, reaching a whopping 1400 micrograms – more than 50 times what WHO suggests. In this area, it’s coal use that’s mostly to blame, with many people pointing fingers at heating companies who opt to use cheap, low-quality coal that wreaks havoc on the environment and in turn, on human health. FULL REPORT

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How India’s ‘Untouchables’ Are Stirring a Spiritual Revolution

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 07:27 AM PST

(J. Lee Grady) India’s economy is growing, and its population may soon overtake China as the world’s largest. But behind these trends is something much bigger: Christianity is growing faster than government leaders will admit, and the spiritual changes are reshaping a nation that has been identified with Hinduism for thousands of years. I saw this with my own eyes this week. A miracle is occurring in India that will shake the world in our lifetime. What is most remarkable about the growth of Christianity in India is that the people spreading the gospel most aggressively are not foreign missionaries but indigenous evangelists who have been stuck at the bottom of the oppressive caste system.

Consider the case of my friend Prasad, who is a Dalit—otherwise known as an “untouchable.” Defying his background, he planted a church in a major city in southern India 20 years ago. Today he oversees more than 100 churches in his region, and he provides hot meals to 1,500 poor children every day at 20 feeding centers where the gospel is served along with rice and vegetables. Another young pastor named David, who was trained by Prasad, recently moved into a one-room apartment in a slum community on the outskirts of a major Indian city. With a monthly income of less than $200, he and his wife are aggressively sharing Christ with children and adults. Both Muslims and Hindus are converting to Christianity because of the courage of a man who is classified by the caste system as “backward.” FULL REPORT

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Washington state governor declares state of emergency after deadly storm

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 06:16 AM PST

SEATTLE – Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency Wednesday in Washington state after days of rain and a powerful storm Tuesday killed three people, cut power to more than 350,000 residents and flooded rivers.The winds on Tuesday exceeded 100 mph in some areas of the Inland Northwest, where fallen trees were blamed for the deaths. A 54-year-old identified as Lea Anne Scott was killed when a tree fell in Spokane. A man in his mid-20s died when a tree crushed his car as he was driving in Snohomish County, authorities said. His identity was not yet available.

The third victim, identified by authorities as Carolyn M. Wilford, 70, died of head injuries after a tree landed on her car on Highway 904 about 15 miles southwest of Spokane. Inslee’s emergency proclamation covers all Washington counties, clearing the way for state officials to ramp up aid to those with storm damage. Crews in Spokane were working to clear at least 175 fallen trees Wednesday that blocked streets and slowed the morning commute. Officials were still asking people to stay home and off roadways Wednesday night if possible. 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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Refugee system discriminates against Christians

WINTERY KNIGHT

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Let’s start with the Washington Times.

They write:

Less than 3 percent of the Syrian refugees admitted to the United States so far are Christian and 96 percent are Muslim, the result of a referral system that Republican Sen. Tom Cotton says “unintentionally discriminates” against Christians.

[…]Figures from the State Department Refugee Processing Center updated Monday showed that 96 percent of the Syrian refugees accepted so far are Muslim, while less than 3 percent are Christian. The other 33 identified as belonging to smaller religious faiths or said they had no religion.

[…]The current system relies on referrals from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Syria’s population in 2011 was 90 percent Muslim and 10 percent Christian, CNS said.

So, the population as a whole is 90% Muslim, 10% Christian, but the refugees we’ve accepted are 96% and 3% Christian. And this is despite…

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Trading God

Unfathomable Grace

My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water. (‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭2:13‬)

It is one thing to forsake God if you have found something better. I suppose no one, other than God, could blame you for your decision. After all, trading in and trading up is something everyone is interested in doing. And who would then care what God thought about the matter? You have placed all your hope, confidence and security in someone or something else better and greater. Your new object of delight and adoration, it will take care of you.

However, pity the fool who substitutes God for broken, useless cisterns — sports, academics, food, drink, the next high, popularity, your significant other, unbridled hedonism, health and beauty, possessions, the next I-thing, religion, or the Christmas season. How horrid…

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Discipline: God’s Medicine

The Reformed Reader

Sometimes God disciplines his children when they stumble and sin. Does this mean God no longer loves those he chastens? Quite the opposite! Samuel Bolton explains it well:

“I grant that God’s justice is fully satisfied in Christ. He can require no more than what Christ has already done and suffered. Abundant satisfaction has been made. Therefore, far be it from any to say that God chastises his children for their sins as a means of satisfying his justice. Christ having done that has left nothing for us to bear by way of satisfaction. The Papists indeed say that our sufferings are satisfactions, and therefore they punish themselves and submit to penances. But no Protestant divines say so. We say that God does not chastise us as a means of satisfaction for sin, but for rebuke and caution, to bring us to mourn for sin committed, and to beware of…

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Pulpit & Pen weigh in on Stetzer’s Chrislam campaign

Pulpit & Pen weigh in on Stetzer’s Chrislam agenda.

11_Code-Black_ISL Chislam: A false movement that reconciles Christianity with Islam, that both worship and serve the same God.

Pulpit & Pen write,

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Ed Stetzer Wants Partnership with Muslim Leaders

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…

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Floyd partners with iHOP cult leader & false apostle/prophet Mike Bickle

For a long time we have observed false teachers and leaders in the SBC shake off their sheepskin and merge with the mainstream pack of wolves.

Ronnie Floyd, as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is one such man who has chosen to respond to the praises of man while shunning the truth and righteousness of the Holy Spirit & God’s Word. He can hold claim to all his accomplishment but one thing remains, his inability to discern the obvious shows that his faith is both juvenile and irresponsible.

If the Spirit of God is in Floyd, why does he not show it and instead (once again) side with dangerous men such as Mike Bickle?

05_Code-Blue_NAR The New Apostolic Reformation cult preach a false Jesus, false gospel and New Age metaphysical teachings and strategies in an attempt to bring heaven to earth.

Mike Bickle is one of the head movers and shakers in the…

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Dealing With False Teachers and False Prophets: At the Hole of the Asp, Part 1.

Regeneration, Repentance and Reformation

Taken and adapted from, “An Innocent Game For Babes In Grace; Or Diversion For Infants At The Hole Of The Asp.”
Written by William Huntington, (2 February 1745 – 1 July 1813). Huntington was an English preacher and a coalheaver.

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“And the child shall play on the hole of the asp,”
–Isaiah 11:8.

The asp, or aspic, is a most dangerous reptile, very numerous in the great deserts of Arabia, and in Ethiopia, and well-known in the Holy Land.

They are a kind of serpent, or adder, very small, curiously marked on the back, are very wise and subtle, apt to bite; and so venomous, that it is almost impossible to cure their bite. The venom which it conveys with its teeth spreads its contagion so fast, that unless a remedy be speedily procured, it is almost impossible to stop the infection. The venom of this creature is dreadful…

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What is moral inability?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

19 Then Joshua said to the people, “You will not be able to serve the Lord, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgression or your sins. (Joshua 24:19 NASB)

When my faith was young, Joshua’s statement in Joshua 24:19 seemed puzzling. Of course, I was a member in some churches that did their best to ignore anything resembling deep theological study. I remember a Q&A session with one of my former pastors in which this passage was read (not by me) then he was asked to explain it. The answer was that this was just an abstraction not to be taken literally and not to be applied to the Church age. Let’s take a closer look.

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