Daily Archives: November 20, 2015

November 20, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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Why Are There Only 53 Christians Among America’s 2,184 Syrian Refugees?

Why Are There Only 53 Christians Among America’s 2,184 Syrian Refugees?

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Christianity Today

Amid claims of discrimination, World Relief points to other explanations.

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Singapore megachurch leaders draw jail terms in pop music fraud

Singapore megachurch leaders draw jail terms in pop music fraud

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Religion News

The pastor, a voice for the prosperity gospel, divurted millions of dollars to his wife’s secular singing career.

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How to Want More of Jesus and Less of You

How to Want More of Jesus and Less of You

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Crosswalk

Our identity and worth must be rooted in the fact that we are sinners saved by the grace of Jesus Christ alone, adopted into His family, and called His children.

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Baptist pastor: Trump was right, bombing 'you-know-what' out of ISIS is 'biblical response'

Baptist pastor: Trump was right, bombing ‘you-know-what’ out of ISIS is ‘biblical response’

Posted on November 19, 2015 by Christian Examiner

First Baptist Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress, who has said Satan is the father of Islam, calls on the American government to enact a biblical response to Islamic terrorism – bombing them in order to protect U.S. citizens from their threats.

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Todd Starnes: Obama is importing Muslims, deporting Christians

Todd Starnes: Obama is importing Muslims, deporting Christians

Posted on November 19, 2015 by Christian Examiner

FOX News Commentator Todd Starnes talks about President Barack Obama’s comments following the Paris attacks by Islamic radicals, and the possible relocation of Syrian refugees to the United States.

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'Downton Abbey' Creators Banned Christianity, God From Show For Fear Of Alienating Atheist Viewers

‘Downton Abbey’ Creators Banned Christianity, God From Show For Fear Of Alienating Atheist Viewers

Posted on November 19, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Since the creation of “Downton Abbey” in 2010, historical adviser Alastair Bruce has worked to make the show as historically accurate as possible, from the character’s outfits to even the smallest home decor.

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Stand for Truth Thursday: Before We Take a Stand

by Jessie Minassian

Have you ever been smacked across the head with a 2×4 of truth? It feels about as good as a sucker punch to the ribs. Let’s keep that in mind as we learn to share God’s truth in love.

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.

November 20, 2015 Worldview Weekend Newsletter

Two New Special Broadcasts on ISIS

Guest: Iranian born and former Muslim Shahram Hadian joins us today to follow up on our program from earlier this week. 

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Topic: 100,000 Syrian refugees to be brought into America each year till the end of 2017. If 20% of these are ISIS terrorist then that is an estimated 40,000 ISIS terrorists inside the U.S. Topic: The President of France says just 72 hours after the attack on his country that his country will allow 30,000 refugees into France. Are the politicians today useful idiots, being blackmailed, or paid off? Sharam has uncovered a $1.5 billion dollar program that Brannon calls the refugee industrial complex. What major globalist foundations are behind this complex and how much federal and United Nations money is being spent on this refugee industrial complex? Topic: Are the goals of the refugee industrial complex three fold? 1. Collapse the economy of nations for the purpose of socialism and nationalizing by putting the refugees on welfare when they arrive? 2. Bring in more liberal socialist voters to ensure the election of liberal, socialist, globalist candidates. 3. Bring in more agitators that will agitate to the point of conflict and then cause civil unrest that will justify more government and the nationalizing and federalizing of all police. Topic: Syrian and ISIS connected refugees are under investigation. Topic: We take your calls.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-november-18-2015

Cecil Rhodes, John Ruskin, Central Banks, and a Revived Roman Empire That Will Lead to The Coming Religious Reich
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/cecil-rhodes-john-ruskin-central-banks-and-revived-roman-empire


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Did the President of France know the attack of November 13, 2015 was coming as far back as September while continuing to be critical of those warning that terrorists could be among the refugees? Guest: John Loeffler. Topic:
Topic: Hear a detailed timeline of how Obama orchestrated the Arab spring, funded Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and has been sympathetic towards Islam. Topic: Hear how legal immigration has allowed men into the U.S. to attend college as well as provide material support to Al Qaeda. Topic: After pushing for a 500% increase in H1-B visas why is Ted Cruz once again flip flopping on another issue such as immigration? When will the American people realize that the D and R part are really one party and stop believing that even when some candidates claim to be outsiders they are really major insiders playing the public as fools? Topic: What is the solution to what is happening on a global scale?
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-november-19-2015

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WVW-TV Presents: Do You Believe in The Deity of Jesus Christ & The Trinity? Then The Koran Says in 5:72-73 You Are An Infidel with
Usama Dakdok
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/do-you-believe-deity-jesus-christ-trinity-then-koran-says-572-73-you-are-infidel

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WVW-TV Presents: Why Believe The Bible? with Mike Gendron
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/why-believe-bible

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WVW-TV Presents: The Good Shepherd, His Sheep & Thieving False Teachers: A Study of John 10 (Part Four & Final Part)
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/good-shepherd-his-sheep-thieving-false-teachers-study-john-10-part-four-final-part


IHOP-KC’s Mike Bickle on “fake” and genuine Holy Spirit manifestations

John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire gave us Related Southern Baptist Convention president to speak at IHOP-KC;s “Onething” gathering.  In part two Lanagan covers IHOP-KC’s false teachings, Catholic leanings, NAR ideology, and long term contemplative influence. Be sure to view the video. Mike Bickle tells the IHOP-KC students, “I know that I know the value of genuine manifestations. […]

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Our Church, Our Children and the “Sinner’s Prayer”

Amy Spreeman of Berean Research shares a letter she received from a mom who learned that, while she attended a Bible study, the children’s leaders were “cheerfully working to coerce the children into praying the Sinner’s Prayer.” But is reciting a prayer out loud or in our heads even biblical? Some say yes, others say no. Amy believes “it is biblical to pray to Jesus to ask Him to forgive us our sins. But without true repentance, there can be no regeneration.” Thus, “it is not biblical to say someone is saved ‘because of reciting the Sinner’s Prayer.’ We must put our trust, hope, and faith in Christ and His sacrifice on the cross, but to give someone assurance of salvation based on reciting a prayer, or thinking the words in our heads as someone else says them, does not produce saving faith.”

Letter: Our Church, Our Children and the “Sinner’s Prayer”


Evangelical Grand Canyon University to Grant Employee Benefits to Homosexual Staff

According to Christian News Network:

Arizon’s Grand Canyon University has announced that it has decided to grant employee benefits to homosexual staff while reiterating its belief that marriage can only be defined as the union of one man man and one woman.

The university says that it made the change as federal and state governments “have recently changed their long-held definition of marriage and now recognize same-sex marriage as lawful.”

http://christiannews.net/2015/11/19/evangelical-grand-canyon-university-to-grant-employee-benefits-to-homosexual-staff/


Boys in Girls Locker Rooms

When taking on the government, there are some handy tools. Not least of which: common sense and the law. Listen Now | Download

 This ‘n’ That

  • Do not waste your time and money on this movie.
  • I haven’t had an opportunity yet to listen to this message by Dr. Abner Chou, but considering the source and the topic, I can say with confidence that it will be excellent.
  • Noble, Furtick, Driscoll, and Terkeurst all headlining the “Most Excellent Way to Lead” Conference? Um, no thanks. I’d rather learn leadership from someone with integrity.
  • Look, we’ve likely all said dumb things on social media, and we’ve probably all occasionally deleted a tweet. But this deletion was quite noticeable, Ms. Moore.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Wow, even with the conviction, I didn’t necessarily see this coming, but it’s good.
  • Why Romans is the best book in the Bible (check out the rest of the posts in this series as well).
  • And while we’re sharing resources from No Compromise Radio, Mike Abendroth’s new book, Sexual Fidelity: No Compromise, is now available. I’ve read it and you should read it.
  • The authenticator of Scripture:

A La Carte (November 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include Recapturing the Voice of God by Stephen Smith ($4.99); Preaching the Old Testament by Scott Gibson ($1.99); Picture Perfect by Amy Baker (free); Salvation and Sovereignty by Kenneth Keathley ($2.99). New from GLH Publishing is Thomas Boston’s The Crook in the Lot ($0.99).

The Syrian Refugee Controversy

Joe Carter’s article will get you caught up on the Syrian refugee controversy (as it pertains to inviting refugees into America).

Bad Doctrine vs. Heresy

Mike Riccardi uses Mohler’s theological triage to attempt to sort the bad doctrine from the outright heresy.

The Short Half-Life of Online Empathy

“Everything’s accelerated these days, and the same must be said for grief online. The Internet cycles through all five stages in as many tweets. We find it hurtling toward us: unavoidable, wall-to-wall.”

Windows Turns 30

Microsoft Windows turns 30 this week. Here’s a visual tour of its history. How many of these versions did you use?

Meaningless Chatter

Here is a selection of words and phrases you may use (especially if you’re a preacher or church leader) that really have no meaning.

This Day in 1541. 474 years ago today at the age of 32, John Calvin established a theocratic government in Geneva, which provided a home base for Protestantism throughout Europe. *

Fascinating Letters From the Time Archives

Time shares the 7 most fascinating letters from their archives. They come from Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Harry Truman, and Tennessee Williams, among others.

What Is an Evangelical?

Christianity Today: “About 2 out of 5 Protestants who call themselves evangelicals no longer qualify under a new definition of what true evangelicals believe. Meanwhile, 1 in 5 Protestants who don’t self-identify as evangelicals actually have beliefs matching the new definition of evangelical.”


Links I like

 

Whatever happened to Generation X?

Jason Hayes:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/144128576

Free Christmas Study Guide

Jacob Abshire’s put together a Christmas study guide that’s worth checking out.

Brother, Where Is Your Identity?

David Powlison:

Who are you? What gives a man his identity? On what foundation are you building your sense of self? Your answer, whether true or false, defines your life.

Wrong ways of defining who we are arise naturally in our hearts, and the world around us preaches and models innumerable false identities. But Jesus maps out and walks out a counterintuitive and countercultural way to know who you are. Your true identity is a gift of God, a surprising discovery, and then a committed choice.

It would un-Jesus him

Ray Ortlund shares a terrific quote from Charles Spurgeon.

Before You Debate, You Have to Agree

Trevin Wax:

“Facts are our friends,” says evangelical leader Ed Stetzer, pointing out why we should not resist the facts, no matter what they might tell us. But what happens when people decide they only want “friendly facts” that fit into their preexisting worldview?

The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say, “You’re entitled to your own opinions, but you’re not entitled to your own facts.” He’d have been surprised to see that, in a world of social media and multiple news sources, many Americans now feel entitled to both.

Self-Esteem and the Esteem of Christ

Brandon Smith:

I remember thinking that getting older and getting married would fix both problems. When I got older, I’d be the top dog at a company, or a college, or an industry. I would become the guy everyone else would long to know and be known by. The room would light up just because Brandon Smith walked into it.


Check out

Blogs

Christ’s Body and Affections In Heaven | Mark Jones, Reformation21 Blog
“Jesus remains forever the God-man. He will always be fully God and fully man. For him to somehow “shed” his humanity would be a great loss to us in heaven, for we would have no way of seeing God. But what about his affections in his state of glory?”

The Gospel for the Hopeless: An Interview with John Barros | Tabletalk
John talks about his ministry at an Orlando abortion clinic.

Brother, Where Is Your Identity? | David Powlison, The Gospel Coalition

How to Witness at Work | Tom Nelson, The Gospel Coalition

The Revenge of the Coddled: An Interview with Jonathan Haidt | Dominic Bouck, First Things
Haidt talks about the culture of hyper-political correctness, especially on college campuses.

3 Tips For A More Civil Conversation About Syrian Refugees | Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist

Why Abraham Kuyper Became a National Hero | Justin Holcomb, LogosTalk
Learn more about the influential Dutch theologian.

Texas Pastors Celebrate Win In Gender Fight | Bonnie Pritchett, The Aquila Report
“The victory was no small feat for the coalition of evangelical pastors and conservative business leaders and elected officials who—outspent 10 to 1—faced a national campaign to advance LGBT rights in Houston. ”

Kindle Deals

Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength by Laurie Helgoe ($7.87). This is the kind of popular book I like to buy on a Friday to relax with over the weekend. I very rarely read the whole thing but always pick up some fascinating info that helps me understand myself and others.

The Fight of Your Life: Manning Up to the Challenge of Sexual Integrity by Tim Clinton and Mark Laaser ($1.99)

Christians in an Age of Wealth: A Biblical Theology of Stewardshipby Craig L. Blomberg ($3.99)

Christian Bioethics: A Guide for Pastors, Health Care Professionals, and Families by C. Ben Mitchell and D. Joy Riley ($2.99). I never fully agree with what I read in books about Christian ethics but they always help me to think better.

Preaching the Old Testament edited by Scott M. Gibson ($1.99)

Video

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus – Full Trailer
More information at http://www.patternsofevidence.com


Biblical ethics, government, and refugees

Syrian refugee camp

Relevant Magazine recently ran a post called “What the Bible says about how to treat refugees.” To help you understand where they are coming from, remember that Relevant seems to exist primarily to tie Christian ethics to whatever cause célèbre has captured the kids these days. The list was frustrating to read not because of what it said, but what it omitted (to spare you the click, the gist is that Christians should open their boarders to refugees).

But the actual refugee problem runs deeper than that, and it is yet another evidence of the juvenilization of evangelical thought that actual theologians think the issue of Syrian refugees should be settled by pointing to Levitical law about letting foreigners reap in your grain field.

At risk of sounding pedantic, this is a complex issue with competing interests and ethics. Namely:  

Christian ethics in government?

First, should governments exercise Christian ethics? If in the context of a debate about a bill in Congress regulating refugees from Syria, a person is going to argue that Levitical Law should guide us, does that mean that Congress should be influenced by the Bible’s ethics?

I say yes, Congress should be guided by biblical ethics. But I couldn’t help but notice that people making the “Leviticus says you should receive refugees” argument were—only a few weeks ago—saying that government workers were not supposed to follow their religion whilst on the clock. Remember Kim Davis?

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But I’ll take a victory where I can, and so for the sake of this argument let’s agree that the government should operate based on biblical principles.

Levitical Law for the USA?

Levitical Law concerning refugees was grounded in the basic fact that God cared for Israel while she was enslaved in Egypt and while she was wandering in the wilderness, so they should care for others who were enslaved and are now refugees In this video, Master’s Seminary’s Michael Grisanti argues that Deuteronomy 10:18-20 is a key passage explaining this dynamic:

“[Yahweh] executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.  So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. You shall fear Yahweh your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name.”

It is clear that Mosaic Law commanded the Israelites to care for sojourners and exiles. But this is contingent on a few presuppositions, not the least of which is that Israel itself had purged the idols from within her own boarders. Deuteronomy 10 is surrounded by passages about idolatry (9 is the rebuke for the golden calf, and 11 is the appeal for the Israelites to break from idol worship).

In other words, Israel was supposed to be a beacon of truth in the middle of a world of lies. And when people wanted truth, they would flee to Israel. When people were hopeless (as in the case of Ruth) or hopeful (as in the case of the Queen of Sheeba), then Israel would be the place they could come and find Yahweh.

To the extent with which I agree with the Relevant take on refugees, it is right here: God cared for Israel when they were persecuted, so those that worship the God of Israel should care for others who are persecuted.

Does this apply to the USA? Well, in as much as you grant that we too were founded with God’s favor as a nation of religious freedom, then the principle does apply. God has showed kindness to our country, and our country has often been a place of refuge for those fleeing religious persecution. In fact, this is a hallmark of our history: we revere religious freedom, and welcome others who do as well.

Government’s responsibility to protect:

This is the issue too often overlooked by arm-chair politicians wielding only Deuteronomy 10. Those in government have an additional responsibility beyond simply welcoming refugees like Israel was supposed to. They are called by God to protect their citizens from harm (Gen 9:6; Acts 14:6; Rom 13:4-5; 1 Peter 2:13-14). So if you buy that government legislatures should follow biblical ethics, then you have to ask: what ethics apply to this situation.

What is this situation? A nation torn by war and genocide largely fueled by their tyrannical leadership and hatred of Christ has essentially collapsed. They are being bombed the Russians, gassed by their own government, and the Christians there are being persecuted from the fleeing Muslims. Many of them are attempting to illegally flee across land into Europe, or attempting dangerous crossings of the Mediterranean.

But the same terrorists that are devastating Syria (and Iraq) are following the refugees to Europe. It is a horrible situation: as more people die tragic deaths crossing into Europe, the more political pressure is put on Europe to open their boarders and allow hundreds of thousands of these refugees. The more open Europe becomes, the easier it is for terrorists to get in as well.

The result is a complex moral situation. A Christian leader in Europe (or in the United States) has to legitimately ask himself what is the equilibrium? How do you balance the desire to rescue refugees with the desire to keep terrorists out of your own country?

This is not simply a political issue either. In the United States there are several Democrats that are in favor of pausing the Syrian refugee program, and there are several Republicans in favor of expanding it. Just as it is complex theologically, it is also complex politically.

Remember that the Boston Marathon bombing was perpetrated by brothers in the Untied States as refugees. The Paris attacks were similarly planned by people who came into Europe posing as refugees.

Now, as you remember that, pretend you are a political leader in the US—someone who actually has the authority to increase the flow of Syrian refugees into the country, or who has the authority to stop the flow altogether. As you wrestle through the issue, you are aware that your job according to the Bible is to protect your people. Your job as a believer in Christ is to demonstrate biblical ethics, which also includes showing kindness to refugees. Both are God-given principles that you must balance.

As you imagine the dilemma that person is faced with, do you now understand how superficial it makes Christianity look if Christian leaders are saying the issue is as simple as Levitical law about refugees?

The truth is that in a fallen world this is difficult. Obviously compassion is worth some risk, and obviously compassion is not worth every risk.  You are to love your neighbor, and for those in government their neighbors are the citizens they protect as well as the refugees that flee, and these are often in tension.

The Christian response should be to pray for wisdom in our leaders, to pray for safety for our nation, and to seize any opportunity we have to show love and mercy to those who have lost their home nation.


Franklin Graham: Islam Has Declared War on the World

Outspoken evangelist the Reverend Franklin Graham has stated that the attacks in Paris and Beirut have shown that “Islam has declared war on the world.”

In a statement posted on his Facebook page Monday evening, the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association also mentioned other brutal attacks by Islamic terrorists.

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The Daily Discovery (November 20, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Accepting Syrian Refugees is Not Compassion – “One of the most hotly contested issues in America today is the President’s proposal to bring to America thousands who are exiting war-torn Syria for Europe and the Unites States. Many fear, with good cause, that among the thousands are scores of Syrian bred terrorists who hate all that we love and are committed to our destruction.”

Bad Doctrine vs. Heresy: An Exercise in Theological Triage – “More 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.”

A Call for Theological Triage and Christian Maturity – “In every generation, the church is commanded to ‘contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.’ That is no easy task, and it is complicated by the multiple attacks upon Christian truth that mark our contemporary age. Assaults upon the Christian faith are no longer directed only at isolated doctrines. The entire structure of Christian truth is now under attack by those who would subvert Christianity’s theological integrity.”

You’re Not A Bad Christian Just Because You Want To Be Cautious About Syrian Refugees – “My opinions do not fit neatly into the ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ paradigm. If you assume you know my position based on the title of this piece, you’re probably assuming incorrectly. To very briefly summarize, I understand the hesitations about taking in the refugees, I believe it would be reckless to admit thousands without thorough background checks ahead of time, I do think we should be discriminatory in who we accept and who we don’t, I do think 10,000 is probably too many at this precise moment in time, and I am extremely concerned about importing radical Islamic ideology into our communities.”

A Song for the Weak and Broken – “In his preface to the Olney Hymns, John Newton wrote that the collection was ‘intended as a monument, to perpetuate the remembrance of an intimate and endeared friendship.’ Who was the friend? William Cowper. I have been working with the William Cowper text Heal Us for years. The message of the lyrics and tone of gospel music complement each other because, musically and historically, the African-American church has sung some of the most powerful songs of lament — the ‘sorrow songs’ as W. E. Dubois famously called them.”


SERMON:

Art Azurdia – A Clarion Call to Worldly Christianity (Part 1)


VIDEOS:

Worse Than An Unbeliever?

NT Wright says Penal Substitution is for 5 year olds


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


Top Headlines

 Courageous Letter of Man Who Lost Wife in Paris Attacks Goes Viral
  Obama Threatens to Veto Bill That Would Require Vetting of Syrian Refugees
 Syrian Patriarch, Speaking for Eastern Christians: ‘The West Has Betrayed Us’
 Paris Attack ‘Mastermind’ Confirmed Dead in Police Raid
 John Kasich Proposes Creation of New Agency to Promote Judeo-Christian Values
 Megachurch Pastor: Islam is ‘Inspired by Satan Himself’
 Catholic Stephen Colbert Invites Atheist Bill Maher Back to the Faith
 Franklin Graham to Speak at Japanese Revival Meeting This Weekend
 Boko Haram Attack Kills Dozens in Nigeria
 Bible Ministries Unite to Coordinate ‘International Day of the Bible’

Opinion

 Why Evangelicals are Torn about Admitting Refugees to the US
 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


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


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GTY: The Fundamentals Personified

1 Corinthians 3:11

Code: B151120

by Cameron Buettel

Fundamental doctrines are fundamental because they are essential to believe and damnable to deny. They bring conviction and provoke rebellion. They affirm truth and expose error. They are preached by those who love the truth and rejected by those who hate it. Either way they demand a response from everyone who claims faith in Christ.

This series on the fundamentals of the Christian faith has explored how we determine which doctrines are fundamental, and explained these doctrines. We’ve learned that fundamental Christian doctrines are only found in God’s Word, expressed clearly in Scripture, essential for salvation, and undeniable. Not surprisingly, the common thread that runs through all fundamental doctrines is that they are summed up in the person and work of Christ. John MacArthur put it this way:

Paul wrote, “No man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11). Christ Himself embodied or established every doctrine that is essential to genuine Christianity. Those who reject any of the cardinal doctrines of the faith worship a christ who is not the Christ of Scripture.

How are the fundamentals of the faith personified in Christ?

With regard to the inspiration and authority of Scripture, He is the incarnate Word (John 1:1, 14). He upheld the written Word’s absolute authority (Matthew 5:18). Christ Himself established sola Scriptura as a fundamental doctrine when He upbraided the Pharisees for nullifying Scripture with their own traditions: “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me. But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’ Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men. . . . You nicely set aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition” (Mark 7:6–9). Our Lord had much to say about the authority and infallibility of the Word of God.[1] John MacArthur, Reckless Faith (Wheaton: Crossway, 1994) 113–114.

Implicit in the rejection of biblical inspiration and inerrancy is the indictment of Christ’s character. You cannot affirm the truth of all He said without recognizing His affirmation of God’s Word as entirely true. Christ’s words establish the accuracy and exclusivity of Scripture as fundamental doctrines. Furthermore, His works establish fundamental doctrine, as John explains in his book Reckless Faith:

In the doctrine of justification by faith, it is Christ’s own perfect righteousness, imputed to the believer, that makes the pivotal difference between true biblical justification and the corrupted doctrine of Roman Catholicism and the cults. That is what Paul meant when he wrote, “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Romans 10:4). It is also why Paul wrote that Christ is become to us righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30), and it is why Jeremiah called Him “The Lord our righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:6). The Lord Himself, Jesus Christ, is our righteousness (Jeremiah 33:16). That is the very essence of justification by faith alone, sola fide.

Of course, all the fundamental doctrines related to the incarnation—the Virgin Birth of Christ, His deity, His humanity, and His sinlessness—are part and parcel of who He is. To deny any of those doctrines is to attack Christ Himself.

The essential doctrines related to His work—His atoning death, His resurrection, and the reality of His miracles—are the very basis of the Gospel (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:1–4; Hebrews 2:3–4). Reject them and you nullify the heart of the Christian message.[2] Reckless Faith, 114.

The fundamentals of the Christian faith are not man-made parameters. They were not invented by legalists who want to enforce their litmus test for salvation. As we have seen throughout this series, they are essential truths drawn faithfully from Scripture and embodied in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. The apostles also recognized this, as John MacArthur points out:

The fundamentals of the faith are so closely identified with Christ that the apostle John used the expression “the teaching of Christ” as a kind of shorthand for the set of doctrines he regarded as fundamental. To him, these doctrines represented the difference between true Christianity and false religion.

That is why he wrote, “Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9). Far from encouraging union with those who denied the fundamental truths of the faith, John forbade any form of spiritual fellowship with or encouragement of such false religion (2 John 10–11).[3] Reckless Faith, 114–115.

It is telling that even after His departure from earth, Jesus Christ remained the central character for the rest of the New Testament. The apostle Paul spoke for all of Christ’s disciples when he said, “Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified” (1 Corinthians 1:22–23). Indeed it was the Christ-centered nature of apostolic preaching that the Pharisees were determined to suppress (Acts 4:18–20). They knew, as did Paul, that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ were the essence of all Christian doctrine.

Recovering the Spirit of Early Fundamentalism

The pioneers of fundamentalism carried on that uncompromising apostolic resolve. They sensed the urgent need to defend foundational biblical truths against the rise of liberal theology. Their lives were not distinguished merely by opposition to worldly activities but also by a love for God’s Word and the sacredness of His saving message. Because those truths remain the same, and because Satan’s assaults on them continue, Christians need to recover the spirit of early fundamentalism. John MacArthur stresses that very point in the following video:

In spite of Satan’s assaults, we can rest assured that fundamental Christian doctrines are unshakeable truths. We must hold fast to these treasured truths and not blow about in the breeze of public opinion and bow to the Baal of tolerance. As John MacArthur explains:

Nothing is more desperately needed in the church right now than a new movement to reemphasize the fundamental articles of the faith. Without such a movement to restore true biblical discernment, the true church is in serious trouble. Compromise on essential doctrines represents one of the most serious threats to evangelicalism in our day.

We need to stand in the twenty-first century as a clarion voice of truth in the spirit and heritage of our fundamentalist predecessors.[4] Reckless Faith, 117.


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GTY: Fundamental Doctrines Cannot Be Denied

1 John 1:6; 1 Corinthians 16:22; John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Revelation 22:18-19; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Peter 3:16

Code: B151118

by Cameron Buettel

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.

But today’s popular preaching philosophy echoes that corny old song: “You got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and latch on to the affirmative.” The problem with that philosophy is you can’t simply eliminate the negative when it comes to God’s Word. Biblical prohibitions don’t go away because we decide to ignore them.

Imagine you’re on a road trip. You’ll never successfully reach your destination if you ignore all the road signs, especially if some of those warn of danger. You need to know how to get there but you also need to know the hazards to avoid along the way. Likewise, we must heed God’s clear warnings while traveling the narrow road to eternal life.

We’ve already discussed fundamental doctrines that must be believed to inherit eternal life. But what about doctrines we cannot deny?

In his book Reckless Faith, John MacArthur explains how the prohibitions in Scripture shape essential doctrines:

Certain teachings of Scripture carry threats of damnation to those who deny them. . . . Such doctrines, obviously, involve fundamental articles of genuine Christianity.

The apostle John began his first epistle with a series of statements that establish key points of the doctrine of sin (hamartiology) as fundamental articles of faith. “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6). That condemns wanton antinomianism (the idea that Christians are under no law whatsoever) and makes some degree of doctrinal and moral enlightenment essential to true Christianity. A second statement rules out the humanistic notion that people are basically good: “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). And a third suggests that no true Christian would deny his or her own sinfulness: “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us” (1 John 1:10). [1] John MacArthur, Reckless Faith (Wheaton: Crossway, 1994) 112–113.

The apostle’s words draw a clear line of distinction between true and false professions of faith. At the heart of this distinction is the doctrine of repentance. Those who profess faith in Christ but deny Him through persistent sinful lifestyles are lying about their faith. Conversely, those who deny their sin are actually calling Jesus Christ a liar. Either way it is damnable denial.

John MacArthur also warns of the danger in denying Jesus Christ the love He is so worthy to receive: “First Corinthians 16:22 makes love for Christ a fundamental issue: ‘If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be accursed.’” [2] Reckless Faith, 113.

Moreover, our love must be biblical, and not merely directed at a “christ” of our own design:

The truth of Jesus’ incarnation is also clearly designated a fundamental doctrine: “Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist” (1 John 4:2–3). “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist” (2 John 7). Those verses by implication also condemn those who deny the Virgin Birth of our Lord, for if He was not virgin-born, He would be merely human, not eternal God come in the flesh. [3] Reckless Faith, 113.

That God came and dwelt among us in human flesh (John 1:14) is both an historical fact and essential doctrine. Denial amounts to a rejection of His saving work performed on our behalf (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Additionally, Scripture pronounces damnable curses on anyone who adds to, subtracts from, or distorts God’s written Word (Revelation 22:18–19). We must be reverent in our study of the Bible, and careful how we represent its truth to others (2 Timothy 2:15). As John MacArthur explains, even the way we handle Scripture can invite the wrath of God:

And since those who twist and distort the Word of God are threatened with destruction (2 Peter 3:16), it is evident that both a lofty view of Scripture and a sound method of Bible interpretation (hermeneutics) are fundamental tenets of true Christianity. [4] Reckless Faith, 113.

Christianity is more than just the sum of the basic truths you can affirm. Just as important are Scripture’s warnings of denying fundamental truths. Thankfully, God loves us enough to warn of the eternal danger facing those who deny those truths regarding His character, His Son, and His Word.


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November 20, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Nov. 20, 2015

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More than 73 people were freed from the Radisson Blu Hotel in the Malian capital of Bamako while gunmen who carried out a morning attack have barricaded themselves on the seventh floor with about another 100 hostages.

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi set the scene for further stimulus in two weeks’ time, saying the institution will do what’s necessary to reach its inflation goal rapidly.

The fate of Barack Obama’s signature health-care law may depend on how long Anthem Inc. and Aetna Inc. are willing to wait before starting to make money off it.

China said it cracked the nation’s biggest “underground bank,” which handled 410 billion yuan ($64 billion) of illegal foreign-exchange transactions, as the authorities try to combat corruption and rein in capital outflows that have hit records this year. More than 370 people have been arrested or face lawsuits or other punishment in the case centered in eastern Zhejiang province.

The Islamic State attacks in Paris have accelerated international efforts to resolve the civil war in Syria that helped spawn the extremist group’s rise. Yet after more than four and a half years, the obstacles remain the same. A deal among 17 nations in Vienna on Nov. 14 offered a time line for Syrian opposition groups to help draft a constitution and elect a new government by 2017. The agreement, which included Iran and Russia, means that a cease-fire is obtainable within weeks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Gold held above a five-year low as Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said that U.S. policy makers have done their best to prepare markets for the first interest-rate increase since 2006.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told President Barack Obama he’ll consider sending the country’s maritime forces to back up U.S. operations in the South China Sea.

AP Top Stories

Lawyers for Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, released on Friday after 30 years in a U.S. prison, said the conditions of his parole are unreasonable and illegal and should be vacated by a federal court.

More than 1,300 people, around two-thirds of them combatants, have been killed in Russian air strikes in Syria since Moscow’s aerial campaign began on September 30, a monitor said Friday.

Chinese police have killed 28 members of a “terrorist group” in the mainly Muslim Xinjiang region, authorities announced Friday, in the bloodiest such operation in months and as Beijing denounces Western “double standards” in the wake of the Paris attacks.

According to a study published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, scientists in China have discovered significantly increased levels of bacteria resistant to the antibiotic colistin in pigs. The drug is a last line of defense against a host of bacterial infections, many of which are common in people. Researchers said they expect the resistant bacteria to spread outside of China, if it has not already done so.

The Turkish authorities have seized close to the Syrian border a record haul of almost 11 million pills of the synthetic stimulant drug captagon which is believed to play a crucial part in Syria’s civil war, reports said Friday. Anti-narcotics police confiscated over 10.9 million pills weighing almost two tons in two separate raids.

A slow economic recovery and a declining job market are driving more Mexicans to leave the United States than enter it, according to a report released Thursday by Pew Research Center.

Congress is poised to enact a law denying or revoking passports for U.S. citizens who haven’t paid their taxes.

BBC

President Obama has landed in Malaysia for the final leg of a six-day visit to Asia, amid high security following last week’s attacks in Paris.

At least 2,000 troops have been stationed around the capital Kuala Lumpur, with police citing unconfirmed reports of a “terrorist threat”.

A third body has been recovered from the apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis raided by police after last Friday’s attacks, prosecutors said.

Six senior officials of Singapore’s City Harvest megachurch have been jailed over a $35m fraud case. The evangelical church’s pastor and founder, Kong Hee, was jailed for eight years – others received between 21 months and six years.

Kenyan police have been deployed to ease a traffic jam reportedly stretching for 30 miles on the highway between Mombasa and Nairobi.

South Korea has confirmed it has accepted an offer from North Korea to hold talks next week.

WND

U.S. military pilots who have returned from the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq are confirming that they were blocked from dropping 75 percent of their ordnance on terror targets because they could not get clearance to launch a strike, according to a leading member of Congress. Strikes against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) targets are often blocked due to an Obama administration policy to prevent civilian deaths and collateral damage.

Hillary Clinton sees no connection between Islamic terrorist networks seeking to create a “would-be caliphate,” the “radical jihadism” they preach, and Islam. “Let’s be clear: Islam is not our adversary. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.”

President Obama’s marquee deportation amnesty has been stalled, but the rest of his executive actions on immigration, announced exactly a year ago, are moving forward – including his move protecting more than 80 percent of illegal immigrants from any danger of deportation.

Parents at a California middle school are demanding to know why a teacher had students sing an Islamic “fight song.” A seventh-grade teacher at Spring View Middle School in Huntington Beach, California, deviated from the district’s official curriculum and had students sing “This Is My Fight Song.”


 

Top News – 11/20/2015

Western Kansas experiences tornadoes, blizzard, earthquake in matter of days
Many of us got a powerful wake up call at 1:42 this morning when an earthquake in Oklahoma shook us awake! It had dozens of people calling 911. The quake that measured a magnitude 4.7 was centered near Cherokee, Oklahoma. And we weren’t the only ones to feel it. In fact, it was so powerful that it could be felt more than 950 miles to the west in Tucson, Arizona.

Russia’s Putin to visit Iran in late November
President Putin will set off for Tehran on November 23 to attend a meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), the Kremlin’s top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov told journalists on Friday. He added that the Russian president – who last visited Iran in 2007 – will likely hold talks with senior Iranian officials.

Russian State Duma and Federation Council adopt statement on counterterrorism
Russia’s State Duma and Federation Council on Friday adopted a statement on the fight against terrorism. The statement stresses the necessity of toughening punishment for terrorism.

Stanford Researchers Urge Lifting of NIH Funding Restrictions on Chimeric Research
The researchers believe that work on what are called chimeric embryos is vital to advance our understanding of early human development, further our ability to accurately model devastating diseases and facilitate drug testing to ensure that potential therapies are safe and effective.

‘Military Paralysis’: Europe Lacks Resources, Political Will to Tackle ISIL
“Amid all the bellicose rhetoric, it might be difficult not to conclude that Europe was on the verge of marching into Syria to take on ISIL toe-to-toe. Yet nothing could be further from the truth,” “Without US backing, Europe doesn’t have any choice but to fall into line. Europe has neither the resources nor the leadership to engage on the ground in a conflict on the scale of Syria.

World leaders arrive for summit amid heavy security
Shortly after Obama arrived, reports from the African nation of Mali said gunmen shouting Islamist slogans attacked a luxury hotel in the capital of Bamako, taking 170 guests and hotel staff hostage. It was not immediately clear who the gunmen were affiliated with.

‘You’re a virus, we’re the cure’: Anonymous takes down 20,000 ISIS Twitter accounts
The international hacking group Anonymous claims to have taken down 20,000 Islamic State-linked Twitter accounts as it wages “total war” against the terrorist organization. Their #OpParis operation is in revenge for the deadly attacks on November 13.

Satanists seek to ally with U.S. Muslims after Paris terror
The Satanic Temple has a message for alienated U.S. Muslims: Let’s be friends. American satanists who recently tried to install a bronze Baphomet statue near a Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma now want to ally with alienated Muslims.

Ebola: New case in Liberia as 10-year-old boy treated months after country declared ‘free’ of disease
A 10-year-old boy has been diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia almost three months after the country was declared officially free of the virus. The case means that a new outbreak will be formally declared in the West African nation, which has already seen thousands of deaths.

Rebuffed over refugees, Obama aims to shift focus to visas
Regrouping from an embarrassing defeat in the House, the White House tried to change the subject away from its Syrian refugee program on Friday, Under the program, foreigners from 38 countries can enter the U.S. without visas for short stays.

2 strong aftershocks hit western Greek island of Lefkada
Two strong aftershocks have rocked the western Greek island of Lefkada, where a 6.1-magnitude quake killed two people this week and caused extensive damage. The Athens Geodynamic Institute said Friday’s aftershocks were of magnitude 4.8 and 4.6 and struck under the sea off Greece’s western mainland, 300 kilometers (186 miles) west of Athens.

Earthquake of magnitude 6.2 strikes off Japan’s Bonin islands: USGS
The quake at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), hit at 0540 GMT. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

US approves genetically modified salmon for food
US regulators have given the go-ahead to genetically modified salmon, making it the first GM animal destined for human consumption. The Food and Drug Administration said it had given approval on the grounds that “food from the fish is safe to eat”. The biotech company behind the fish, AquaBounty, first submitted its application almost 20 years ago.

Islamist gunmen attack luxury hotel in Mali capital, 170 taken hostage
Gunmen shouting Islamic slogans attacked a luxury hotel full of foreigners in Mali’s capital Bamako early on Friday morning, taking 170 people hostage, a senior security source and the hotel’s operator said. …The identity of the Bamako gunmen, or the group to which they belong, is not known.

Pollard released from US prison after thirty years behind bars
Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard was released from prison on Friday after 30 years behind bars. He was released from the federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, after serving a life sentence for passing classified information to an ally. Greeted by his wife Ester, the couple were en route to Manhattan to enjoy their first Shabbat dinner together outside of a government facility, according to Pollard’s lawyer.

SYRIA: Additional Assyrian Christians Released!
Members of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group have released another 37 Assyrian Christians who had been kidnapped nine months ago. Those freed on November 7th—including men and women in their 60s and 70s—were among the 253 Christians snatched during ISIS attacks on Assyrian villages in Syria’s northeastern Hasaka province. Thankfully, the newly released hostages arrived safely at the local town of Tel Tamar.

Obama Pushes France into Putin’s Arms
President Obama’s deliberately defeatist foreign policy has scored another major victory for Russia. He has pushed NATO member France and its weak socialist president into the arms of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. It may be that François Hollande felt that he had no alternative to deal with the international terrorist networks that have targeted his country and were begun decades ago by the old Soviet Union.

Russian foreign minister: Obama wants to spare ISIS so they can force Assad out in Syria
If we’re going to quote Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov – and we are – this is probably as good a time as any to remember that everyone who takes a shot at Barack Obama is not necessarily someone we should admire or trust. The Russians may be pleasing conservatives at the moment by showing Obama up, but they still have a geopolitical agenda that would prop up some of the worst characters on the face of the Earth for the sake of Russia’s own influence and power, and of Vladimir Putin’s personally.

Poll: Only 28% of Americans agree with Obama on Syrian refugees
Clothes-free Emperor.If you’re among those who think that the blanket acceptance of Syrian refugees might not be the brightest idea, congratulations, you’ve managed to “pop off” in such a way that you’ve upset President Obama. He doesn’t like you, and he takes every opportunity to portray you as a tiny, statistically unimportant, percentage of the population.

Obama: Incompetence Or Treason?
This is not mere incompetence, but a carefully planned program of eradication: A plan to crush what he hates, the West, Christianity, Israel and America.As of late, there is a constant drone of political pundits, even from CNN, asking “Why is Obama doing this? Why is he saying that?” Even former President Carter, the weakest president of the twentieth century, has said “Obama is inept.” Does Obama live in his own little world? Is he truly inept or is there much more to this man that our miserable main-stream media didn’t tell us or bothered to find out?


Top Headlines – 11/20/2015

New terrorist attack as gunmen hold 170 hostages in Mali Radisson hotel where French troops are stationed

Mali: Muslims screaming “Allahu akbar” take hostages, free those who can recite Qur’an

At least 5 dead, including American tourist, in West Bank and Tel Aviv terrorist attacks

Hamas praises ‘heroic’ terror attack which killed two in Tel Aviv

Future of security: Israeli model shows high cost of living with terror threat

Netanyahu hints ground forces needed to defeat militant Islam

Iraqi Kurds Smuggling Oil Through Israel to Circumvent Baghdad

Netanyahu: Those who don’t condemn terror in Israel as they do in Paris are hypocrites

‘Terror is a global problem requiring a global solution’

Swedish Jews close synagogues after terror threat raised

Authorities uncover cell of Israeli Arabs planning to join ISIS

Syria crisis: Assad says no transition while ‘terrorists’ remain

Terrorist Alert: U.S. State Dept Warns Americans Abroad to Steer Clear of Vatican

Planned UN ‘hub’ in Washington aims to influence US counterterrorism strategy

Syrian community leader: ISIS is already in America

Kerry: The US will ‘neutralize’ ISIS quicker than it did al-Qaida

Testing the gates? Syrians nabbed south of the border, Arizona arrests stoke terror fears

House approves Syrian refugee screening bill, defies veto threat

An angry Obama upbraids critics who want to block refugees from Syria

Visa Waiver Program is more of a threat to U.S. than Syrian refugees, critics say

Don’t ‘scapegoat’ Syrian refugees, Catholic bishops and evangelicals say

Evangelical Groups Tell Political Leaders: ‘Jesus Was A Refugee’

Whoopi Goldberg on Syrian Refugee Crisis: ‘Hitler Was a Christian’

Contrary to Obama claim, US has history of admitting refugees based on faith

Syrians flee war to brave smugglers’ gauntlet in volatile Latin America

Refugees put Merkel to test as she marks 10 years in power

Threat of Paris-style attack bursts Germans’ security bubble

France PM says Paris attacks ringleader used migrant crisis to get into country

Paris attacks re-ignite debate over NSA tactics, metadata program

Syria peace deal elusive as ever in wake of Islamic State attacks

Officials: IS determined to produce chemical weapons

The tiny pill fueling Syria’s war and turning fighters into superhuman soldiers

Mass grave in Iraq tells horror story of ISIS massacre

How Putin Has Turned the Paris Attacks to His Advantage

Egypt, Russia sign deal to build a nuclear power plant

China: Security Forces Kill 28 ‘Terrorists’ in Xinjiang

New tech search reveals China’s elusive ‘ghost cities’

Throngs of children are trying to cross the Texas border again

Hillary Clinton: ‘Gun Violence Is a National Emergency’

NY D.A. calls on Congress to help law enforcement access encrypted smart phone data

Stocks dip fractionally as Street anticipates rate hike

Quake of magnitude 6.2 strikes off Japan’s Bonin islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Georgetown, Saint Helena

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits South of Tonga

Oklahoma earthquake rumbles through nine US states

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 25,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Rinjani volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Crews continue cleanup after Northwest storm leaves thousands without power

Up to 20 inches of snow reported in Northwest Kansas

Red tide likely cause of massive fish kill on Sanibel Island

Thanksgiving Meal Costs Most Ever as Bird Flu Hits Turkeys

Genetically modified salmon OK’d for human consumption in US

New case of Ebola found in Liberia -U.N. official

Antibiotic resistance: World on cusp of ‘post-antibiotic era’

UnitedHealth may exit Obamacare individual exchanges

Gov. Fallin calls for termination of Planned Parenthood contracts in Oklahoma

Why Congress is creating a transgender task force

Feds to require shelters to accommodate transgender individuals

Ex-Subway spokesman Jared Fogle gets more than 15 years in prison

Survival of the richest: how London’s super-rich are trying to buy immortality

Kong Hee sentenced to 8 years in prison, 5 other church leaders get up to 6 years

IHOP-KC’s Mike Bickle on fake and “genuine” Holy Spirit manifestations

PC-Religion Is Dumbing-Down Sunday Schools


Frontrunning: November 20

  • French, U.S. Troops Enter Mali Hotel as Gunmen Hold Hostages (Read More)
  • Top suspect seen on CCTV in metro during Paris attacks (Read More)
  • Paris Attacks’ Alleged Ringleader, Now Dead, Had Slipped Into Europe Unchecked (Read More)
  • Global shares march on as alarm bells ring for metals (Read More)
  • European Stocks Rise With Asian Shares as Zinc, Ringgit Advance (Read More)
  • World leaders arrive for summit amid heavy security (Read More)
  • Paris Attacks Fan Encryption Debate (Read More)
  • Obamacare’s Fate May Rest on Patience of Insurers Aetna, Anthem (Read More)
  • Pfizer Heads for Fight With U.S. on Tax-Saving Allergan Deal (Read More)
  • Inside the Money Laundering Scheme That Citi Overlooked for Years (Read More)
  • Draghi Says ECB Will Do What It Must to Spur Price Gains (Read More)
  • U.S. probes Bosch in VW cheating scandal – sources (Read More)
  • Greece passes bailout bill but government majority shrinks (Read More)
  • Goldman Said to Raise $1.3 Billion to Buy Hedge Fund Stakes (Read More)
  • Syrians flee war to brave smugglers’ gauntlet in volatile Latin America (Read More)

 

The Briefing

1) Jewish prayer at shared holy site sparks controversy, exposing significance of theology 

Jewish activists secretly pray at Muslim holy site, USA Today (Shira Rubin)

2) Significance of sibling-relationships to later life underlines tragedy of one-child China

Opposite-Sex Siblings Build Confidence in Romance, Wall Street Journal (Ann Lukits)

End of China’s One-Child Policy Stings Its ‘Loneliest Generation’, New York Times (Javier C Hernandez and Amy Qin)

China’s Quiet Two-Child Experiment, Wall Street Journal (Mei Fong)

3) Sociologists argue next step in sexual revolution for men to take up more feminine roles 

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

In other news…

The tiny pill fueling Syria’s war and turning fighters into superhuman soldiers, Washington Post (Peter Holley)

House Approves Tougher Refugee Screening, Defying Veto Threat, New York Times (Jennifer Steinhauer and Michael D. Shear)

In His Own Words: Audio Proof That Barack Hussein Obama Is A Muslim

WHEN SOMEONE SHOWS YOU WHO THEY ARE, BELIEVE THEM

” The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer”Barack Hussein Obama

Here we have compiled four solid minutes of Barack Hussein Obama praising Islam, oftentimes at the expense of Christianity. Some of the quotes you have heard before, others will be quite surprising to you. What becomes clear over time, is that, no matter where Obama was actually born, he is absolutely a Muslim.

At the G20 Summit this past week, Obama had two main missions. One, push for support for Climate Change. Secondly, he bashed anyone and everyone who dared to suggest there is a link between terrorism and the Syrian refugee process.

Obama is a traitor of the highest magnitude, and one can only hope that his impeachment cannot be far behind. He has no strategy to deal with ISIS, or any other faction of Islamic terrorism. The time he is ever vaguely passionate when he speaks is when he is bashing Americans use the term “radical Islamic terrorism”, a term he refuses to use.


Germany May Put Armed Soldiers On Streets For First Time Since WWII

Germany could deploy armed soldiers on its streets for the first time since the Second World War, as Europe went into lockdown in the wake of the Paris attacks.

EDITOR’S NOTE: With visions of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi SS spinning in their heads, Merkel and company are fast coming to an inescapable conclusion. German streets filled with Muslim migrants are increasingly not safe, and the only answer may well be having to place armed soldiers on every streetcorner. Europe in lockdown, score another round for ISIS.

The German proposals would be highly controversial in a country that remains deeply reluctant to use its armed forces because of its Nazi past. Ministers raised the idea after Tuesday night’s friendly football match between Germany and Holland in Hanover was cancelled minutes before kick-off following a tip-off from intelligence in another EU state.

According to German media, a group of attackers had planned to set off multiple explosives at the stadium, where Angela Merkel was due to attend the match, and to detonate a bomb in the city centre.

Wolfgang Schäuble, the finance minister, has publicly called for the military to be used in the event of coordinated terror attacks on a German city.

“If we had a situation like Paris, perhaps with attacks in three of four places, we’d have to think about whether our police capabilities are enough,” Mr Schäuble told the Rheinische Post newspaper. “What can we do to support security forces that are already overwhelmed on some normal weekends in the face of great challenges?”

The minister’s comments have reopened the debate over the military’s role in modern Germany, where much of the public remains deeply sensitive to the idea of soldiers on the streets.

Under the constitution, the armed forces can be deployed in a crisis, but until now they have only been used to help with relief after natural disasters. Thomas de Maiziere, the interior minister, said the police were “vigilant and well-prepared” and he saw “no need” for the military to become involved. source


In major blow to Obamacare UnitedHealth looks to leave the system

Shocking that such a simple system is failing so badly.
Shocking that such a simple system is failing so badly.

Obamacare has been collapsing for a while. Actually pretty much since it started. A bunch of the state co-ops are dead. More are readying themselves for the grave. And now even the crony partners are starting to abandon the scheme. Indeed repeal may not even be necessary. Ironically the Obamacare experiment may long stand as a testament to one of pro-market economist FA Hayek’s key insights,

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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

Not the Laugh Factory
Not the Laugh Factory

I’m sorry, but is this Cuba, or Prague circa 1980? Since when is OK for presidential candidates to come after comedians who make fun of them? Even Nixon went on Laugh-In for crying out loud.

Intimidation is a key tool used in crony systems.

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An excellent 5 minute video explaining* the players in the Syrian war (Plus what’s really going on there.)

Image: Mint Press News
Image: Mint Press News

War is fundamentally crony. There is death and destruction and despair for most, but for some people, companies, and governments there is money to be made too. Sometimes very big money indeed. The conflict in Syria is an example. It’s not really about religion and terrorism. (Though these are hugely important factors.)

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‘They Don’t Get It — This is World War III’ – Mark Levin

“These people inside Washington – they don’t get it,” Levin said. “This is World War III. Could you imagine during World War II or World War I having these discussions? World War I, under a hideous president, Woodrow Wilson, World War II under an almost equally hideous president, FDR – did they worry about any of this stuff? Was this the national debate? The national debate was how to secure the nation and destroy the enemy and how to destroy the enemy as quickly as possible – victory, victory, victory. Do these guys even talk about victory? This entire debate is absurd.”

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Hillary: Muslims ‘have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism’

No connection between ‘radical jihadism’ and Islam

Hillary Clinton sees zero connection between Islamic terrorist networks seeking to create a “would-be caliphate,” the “radical jihadism” they preach, and Islam.

The Democrat front-runner for her party’s 2016 presidential nomination said Friday, “Let’s be clear: Islam is not our adversary. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.”

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Utah school apologizes for homework assignment to make propaganda poster for terrorist group

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 07:14 AM PST

SALEM, Utah — Students in 9th grade at Salem Junior High School were given a homework assignment where they were told to draw a propaganda poster for a terrorist organization. After parents complained, the assignment was canceled. However, many students had already completed it, leaving some parents concerned about what they had been exposed to in the process. Annie Langston couldn’t believe her 14-year-old daughter Mikalia was given the assignment.

“My initial response was, ‘there’s no way you’re going to do this assignment,’” Langston said. To complete her assignment, 9th grade Mikalia ended up on the Internet, where she typed in, ‘how to recruit for ISIS’ into Google. Her mother thinks it’s an inappropriate topic for her teenager to explore while the world remains on high alert after recent threats from the deadly terrorist organization. She decided to write a letter to the teacher and the principal, asking for an explanation. FULL REPORT

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Satanists in 2 US states offer Muslims helping hand amid growing Islamophobia

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 06:48 AM PST

With fear of Islamophobic assaults rising after recent terror attacks in Paris, Muslims in two US states have gotten a helping hand from… Satanists. “Big dudes” have offered to escort Muslims and Sikhs afraid of hate-attacks for groceries and elsewhere. “If there is anyone in the San Jose region who is Muslim and afraid to leave their home out of fear for some kind of backlash, don’t hesitate to reach out to us,” the San Jose, California chapter of the Satanic Temple posted on Facebook.

The San Jose chapter’s initiative is supported by the national organization’s Minneapolis chapter, which also offered to help Muslims in the Twin Cities. “It’s not to ride the tide of sentiment or capitalize on people for further name recognition,” the Satanic Temple in Minneapolis said on Facebook. FULL REPORT

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BREAKING: RAF scrambles Typhoon jets to intercept two Russian bombers near UK airspace

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 06:41 AM PST

The RAF scrambled Typhoon fighters from a base in Scotland to intercept two Russian bombers near British airspace over the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday evening, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. An MoD spokesperson said: “Typhoon aircraft went up from RAF Lossiemouth to intercept two Russian Tu-160 aircraft flying in Britain’s area of interest in international airspace over the Atlantic and remained with them until they left the area.”

Intercepts of Russian aircraft by NATO have increased over the last year amid heightened tensions between the West and Moscow over the Ukraine crisis. In January, Britain summoned the Russian ambassador to explain a similar episode when Russian bombers flew over the English Channel, forcing British authorities to reroute civil aircraft. Yesterday’s scrambling of RAF jets is just the latest in a string of incursions by Vladimir Putin’s airforce into foreign airspace, including a similar incursion in September. In July, RAF jets were also scrambled to intercept 10 Russian military planes in Baltic airspace. FULL REPORT

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JEB BUSH: Obama and Hillary Can’t Even Say the Words ‘Islamic Terrorism’

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 06:34 AM PST

President Barack Obama believes the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) is simply a law enforcement exercise and doesn’t recognize the real danger of the terrorism it espouses, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tells Newsmax TV. “Neither he nor Hillary Clinton can even say ‘Islamic terrorism,’” the GOP presidential candidate said Thursday on “Newsmax Prime.”

“They cannot use the two words in a sentence.” Clinton, the Democrats’ front-runner for president, declined to use the term “radical Islam” in Saturday night’s debate. “I don’t think we’re at war with Islam,” Clinton said. “I don’t think we’re at war with all Muslims. I think we’re at war with jihadists.” MORE

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Severe Storms bring Gigantic Hail, Flooding Rain and a Tornado to Argentina

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 06:29 AM PST

Severe thunderstorms tore through parts of northern Argentina and southern Brazil Wednesday into early Thursday, dumping damaging hail, flooding rain, even spawning a tornado. Hail up to the size of tennis balls pelted parts of Córdoba and Santa Fe provinces, west and northwest of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires on Wednesday.

Social media photos showed vehicles covered in dents, windshields smashed, homes with damaged shutters and roofs in Santa Fe province. The hail was enough to cover the grass. An eerie hail fog lingered after the storm passed in some places. If that wasn’t enough, a tornado was spawned in Córdoba province Wednesday. FULL REPORT

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Huge meteor fireball explodes across four states in the US

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 06:24 AM PST

Residents of four US states – Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee – have anxiously reported a loud blast. Their first suggestion was a meteor, but more frightening versions followed.Some said, though, that they saw the actual meteor, and in some pictures, one can see a bright flash of light in the sky. Other posted to Twitter that their saw “huge burst of light coming down,” and it looked like “100 feet off the highway, not 100 miles.” MORE

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Giant sinkhole swallows house with terrifying speed

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 06:19 AM PST

This is the terrifying moment a house was swallowed whole by a sinkhole. Footage of the natural phenomenon shows a home cordoned off by police on a beach shoreline in Bangladesh.

As locals stand beside the property, the ground underneath the house can be seen sliding into the sea with astonishing speed. Moments later, there is no sign the house was ever there. No injuries were reported but local authorities are investigating what may have caused the sinkhole to form. SOURCE

 

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Shock as 20 cows die of mysterious disease in Chuka

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 06:07 AM PST

Over 20 cows have been reported dead after a mysterious disease hit a village in Chuka Igambang’ombe Constituency. Villagers, especially farmers in Kiang’ondu, are now a worried lot, claiming the government has done little to help them and are calling on the national and county governments to step in and stop the disease from spreading. Among those affected is Mutwiri Mutegi, a farmer, who claimed that a county livestock department representative had toured the village once but did not enforce quarantine in the face of the deadly disease.

“This disease has been here close to a month now and some symptoms such as the cows legs swelling are easily noticeable,” said Mutegi. He claimed that when they reported the matter, the officers demanded bribes, which they could not afford. On their part, veterinary officers who toured the region said the signs and symptoms portrayed by the animals could be those of ramp skin and anthrax, a deadly disease that is highly contagious. FULL REPORT

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Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

If you picked up a hitchhiker (not that I recommend doing that) and he saw a Bible on your car seat and said, “I’ve heard about this thing called the Gospel – can you explain it to me before you drop me off in one minute up the street?” What would you say?

Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?

Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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

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

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

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

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

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Dynamic of U.S. presidential campaign changing in light of ISIS attacks in Paris & pursuit of chemical weapons. Here’s why.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

ISIS-chemweapons-headlinesThirdTarget-FirstHostage(Des Moines, Iowa) — The barbaric attacks in Paris by jihadists loyal to the Islamic State could the dynamic in the presidential campaign in a profound way.

So could the news — just breaking in the last 24 hours — that the Islamic State is actively pursuing the production of chemical weapons to advance their genocidal aims.

So could the seizure of a hotel in Mali by al-Qaeda jihadists. And new ISIS threats to attack Washington, New Yorkand the U.S. homeland.

Such developments put into sharp relief the need to choose a new President who doesn’t simply have a great tax reform plan, and a plan to grow the economy and create millions of jobs and reduce spending and balance the budget and reform entitlements. We certainly need a President who will defend the sanctity of innocent human life, and the sanctity of Biblical marriage. Those are vital issues. But so…

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Gallup poll: Americans think health care is less affordable after Obamacare

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Investors Business Daily talks about the latest Gallup poll.

Excerpt:

The official name of ObamaCare is the “Affordable Care Act.” So, as it enters its third year, how is it living up to its moniker? Not every well, according to a new Gallup poll. Cost and access to care remain the top concern of 42% of Americans, which is actually up from 2013, the year before ObamaCare went into effect, when 39% cited these as top concerns. And it’s far above 1997, when just 22% listed cost and access as top health concerns.

Oops.

It’s not hard to understand why. Even those getting generous subsidies through ObamaCare exchanges often find that they can’t afford treatments because of the health plans’ high deductibles.

The New York Times found that more than half the plans offered through the federal Healthcare.gov exchange had deductibles of $3,000 or…

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CHRISTIANS NOT QUALIFIED AS REFUGEES FROM SYRIA TO COME TO U.S.

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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We have seen the photos of the so-called refugees from Syria.  I do not see women, children or the elderly in these pictures.  What I am seeing are young, able bodied Muslim men. Now we are reading statistics showing that no one really knows the proportion of Islamic terrorists to those who are truly fleeing Syria in fear of their lives.

This morning I read that Christians do not qualify as “Refugees” from Syria. Are they serious?  ISIS has been responsible for the most grisly slaughters, rapes and enslavement of Christians in that region.

This decision was obviously made by Obama and relayed to our State Department.  This man is a monster, and it looks as if no one will challenge him. He has reduced our military to a size comparable to before WWII. He has fired Generals who were obviously not “yes” men. He has built his own…

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BREAKING NEWS: Kong Hee sentenced eight years jail

Channel News Asia has been continually reporting the unfolding of events in the Singapore courts of the sentencing of six City Harvest Church leaders.

Press report on Kong & cohorts back in court for oral submission

The judge has sentenced Kong Hee eight years jail in prison.

Kong Hee jailed Phil Pringle

This is the latest update:

City Harvest trial live updates: Leaders sentenced to jail

SINGAPORE: The six City Harvest leaders who were found guilty of criminal breach of trust and falsifying church accounts were on Friday (Nov 20) received jail terms of between 21 months and eight years.

3.00pm: The six leaders have been sentenced to between 21 months’ and eight years’ jail, with senior pastor Kong Hee receiving the heaviest sentence of eight years behind bars. Judge See Kee Oon said Kong Hee, the church’s founder, was found to be the most culpable among the convicted church leaders.

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The end of this age and the Kingdom of God

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “ See to it that no one misleads you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
9 “ Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and…

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J. Warner Wallace explains and defends the doctrine of Hell in five podcasts

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Straight talk on the doctrine of Hell from cold case homicide detective J. Warner Wallace.

Number 1:

In the wake of Rob Bell’s new book, “Love Wins,” many people are beginning to question the nature and existence of Hell and how exactly God decides who must go there. For many, the idea that our temporal, finite sin on earth should deserve an eternal punishment of infinite torment in hell is ridiculously inequitable. Why would God torture infinitely those who have only sinned finitely? Jim addresses this objection and answers listener email.

The MP3 file is here.

Number 2:

A loving God would never create a place like Hell, would He? Any God that would send people to a place of punishment and torment is unloving by definition, right? In this podcast, Jim responds to these foundational objections to…

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Marxism in America ‘Cooking Up Chaos’

Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

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How did one of the greatest Christian societies in the world decline to the point in which Bible-believing Christians may soon be criminalized in our own country? What happened to America’s Judeo-Christian foundation? Consider the concept of “cultural hegemony” and let’s look at some history.

Karl Marx believed faith in God was like a bad drug. He once said, “The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.” Disciples of Marxism believe in and work toward a state-controlled, godless paradise. Capitalism and western civilization have been in their way. In fact, Marx claimed that mankind’s foundation was the history of the “class struggle.”

Antonio_GramsciFollowing in his footsteps in the early 1900s, atheist, philosopher, and founder of the Communist Party of Italy, Antonio Gramsci believed the new battleground must become the culture. America would never be defeated militarily. In order to overthrow the greatest nation on…

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Media reports suggest Kong faces “up to 12 years’ jail”

With Kong Hee facing possibly many years of imprisonment, it is about time Australian authorities start looking at Kong Hee’s mentor Phil Pringle. (After all, both Pringle and Kong acknowledge the fact that Kong learnt how to financially run a church.)

03CWCPortrait_Phil Pringle Phil Pringle: Kong Hee’s Advisory Pastor and Personal Mentor.

Asia One reports,

Kong Hee faces up to 12 years’ jail

THE Public Prosecutor has asked for stiff sentences for all six City Harvest Church (CHC) leaders, including the recommendation that church founder Kong Hee be sentenced to 11 to 12 years in jail, The Straits Times has learnt.

The six were found guilty last month of misusing some $50 million in church funds. Of that, $24 million was used to bankroll the music career of Kong’s wife, singer-pastor Ho Yeow Sun.

Apart from Kong, 51, the prosecution recommended a jail sentence of 11 to 12 years each for deputy…

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Press report on Kong & cohorts back in court for oral submission

When reading through this article, one can’t help notice the argument, appealing to the effects of the family.

It is an illegitimate argument that there was no “no real victim” and that there was”no personal gain” when one analyses Kong Hee and Sun Ho’s “ministry”. We have video footage of Kong Hee shamelessly exploiting the sick in his church to give money to the building fund at the expense of church members medical needs and medical bills.

The most vulnerable people in his church are the victims to Kong Hee and Sun Ho’s exploitation for their highlife and celebrity status (in the name of Jesus).

What about the families of the sick who gave all their money to the Building Fund? What about those families who downgraded their lifestyles to give to the Building Fund, only to find out that what they were giving too was a sham?

Remember: the money went…

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Do Black Lives Really Matter? Perhaps Not Those Slaughtered by Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab in African Countries

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Sometimes I wonder if Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson even read the news. Oh – but wait – When there is a mass slaughter of Christians in Nigeria or Kenya, the major  news sources do not consider this to be “News worthy.” Sickening.

IN KENYA LAST APRIL

From Independent.com.uk.

“Two injured students being helped off the university campus by Kenyan soldiers.

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Five people are detained by police on suspicion of being involved in the massacre of almost 150 students at a university in Kenya.

Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka said on Twitter yesterday that security agencies arrested three people trying to cross into Somalia.

The arrests bring the number of held suspects to five as two of them were arrested at the college. Four gunmen were killed during the 15-hour siege.

He said the suspects are associates of Mohamed Mohamud, also known as Dulyadin Gamadhere, a former teacher at…

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