Daily Archives: November 22, 2015

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Anna Duggar for First Time Publicly Addresses Husband Josh Duggar's Infidelity, Scandals: 'It Was Heartbreaking'

Anna Duggar for First Time Publicly Addresses Husband Josh Duggar’s Infidelity, Scandals: ‘It Was Heartbreaking’

Posted on November 21, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Anna Duggar, former “19 Kids and Counting” star, spoke publicly for the first time about her husband Josh Duggar’s personal scandals, which include child molestation allegations and his admission of being “unfaithful” in his marriage.

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UK Prime Minister Shows Support for Persecuted Church

UK Prime Minister Shows Support for Persecuted Church

Posted on November 21, 2015 by CBN

UK Prime Minister David Cameron visited Open Doors UK and Ireland, as it celebrates 60 years of work supporting persecuted Christians throughout the world.

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Holiday Religious Expression Banned, then Reinstated, at Virginia Veterans Affair Medical Center

Holiday Religious Expression Banned, then Reinstated, at Virginia Veterans Affair Medical Center

Posted on November 21, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Salem Veterans Affair Medical Center managers in Virginia issued a statement to employees this week indicating Christmas trees and specific religious holiday decor would not be allowed in public office spaces this year, according to WSLS -TV on Friday. However, VA representatives quickly rescinded the directive yesterday, after meeting with office employees over backlash to the letter, and managers agreed to let Christmas decorations go up after all.

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Same-Sex Marriage Is About More Than Just Same-Sex Marriage

Same-Sex Marriage Is About More Than Just Same-Sex Marriage

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Gospel Herald

When most people consider the controversy surrounding same-sex marriage, the name Kim Davis usually comes up somewhere in the conversation. Even more recently, presidential contender Mike Huckabee’s name also comes up because of his decision to stand with Kim Davis, and the lawsuit with which he’s been slapped by Rude Music for playing the song “Eye of the Tiger” when Kim Davis was released from a Kentucky jail. But the controversy connected to same-sex marria

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Here's Where America's 338,000 Christian Refugees Come From

Here’s Where America’s 338,000 Christian Refugees Come From

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Christianity Today

Evangelical, Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, and other resettled believers hail from quite different countries.

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Woman Wins Appeal to Wear Colander on Head in DMV Photo as Part of ‘Religion’ to Mock Christians   Nov 15, 2015 09:26 am

Miller-compressedLOWELL, Mass. — A Massachusetts woman has won her appeal to wear a colander on her head for her driver’s license photo as part of a satirical religion that is meant to mock Christianity and its beliefs. Lindsay Miller of Lowell, who identifies as a member of the “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” or “Pastafarianism,” sought to wear the strainer for the…

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‘Eagles of Death Metal’ Was Playing ‘Kiss the Devil’ at Moment Terrorists Stormed Theater   Nov 17, 2015 08:27 am

Photo Credit: Vantage NewsPhoto Credit: Vantage News PARIS — The California-based band Eagles of Death Metal was playing their song “Kiss the Devil” at the moment that three terrorists stormed a Paris theater Friday and began opening fire, reports state. “Who’ll love the devil? Who’ll sing his song?” the song’s lyrics ask. “Who will kiss the devil on his tongue?” Photos of the…

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‘The Heavens Declare:’ Discovery of ‘Baffling’ Features on Pluto’s Surface Defies Evolutionary Models   Nov 16, 2015 07:59 am

Pluto-compressedNATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – A NASA spacecraft has discovered what appear to be ice-spewing volcanoes on the surface of Pluto, puzzling scientists who believed the distant world was old, dead, and dormant. Last week, scientists at an American Astronomical Society meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, announced new findings from NASA’s “New Horizons” spacecraft,…

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Breaking: France Drops ‘Twenty Bombs’ on Key ISIS Targets   Nov 15, 2015 06:45 pm

French Armed Forces pd-compressedRAQQA, Syria — French fighter jets dropped 20 bombs on key ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria on Sunday in retribution for the deadly massacre in Paris on Friday that killed over 130. The airstrike, carried out in conjunction with the U.S. from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, struck an ISIS command center, a jihadist training center and an ammunition…

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Illinois Teen Charged with Murder After Throwing Newborn Baby Out Eight-Story Window   Nov 15, 2015 11:58 am

Uddin-compressedCHICAGO — An Illinois teen is facing a murder charge after being accused of throwing her newborn baby out of her apartment window—located on the eighth floor of the building. Mubashra Uddin, 19, was denied bail Saturday after being arraigned in Cook County Bond Court on a first degree murder charge. Police believe that Uddin gave birth Wednesday night and then…

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Indiana Pastor’s Wife Who Died After Home Invasion Attack Was Pregnant with Girl   Nov 17, 2015 09:32 am

Blackburn-compressed  INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana pastor’s wife who died last week after being declared brain dead when she was shot in the head during a home invasion was pregnant with a girl, the church revealed this weekend. “During a home invasion on November 10, 2015, Amanda suffered a gunshot wound and was left critically injured,” Resonate Church Indianapolis wrote on a…

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New ISIS Video Threatens to ‘Strike America at its Center in Washington’   Nov 17, 2015 08:26 am

ISIS-compressed (1)A new video released by the barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is threatening to “strike America at its center in Washington” after taking credit for the French massacre that killed over 130 last week. The video begins with news footage of Friday’s attack in Paris, and addresses what it calls the “crusader…

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California Parent Concerned After Teacher Has Students Sing Islamic-Themed ‘Fight Song’   Nov 20, 2015 11:53 am

Song-compressedHUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A parent of a student at a middle school in California is expressing concern after a Seventh Grade teacher recently had the class sing about Islam. The unnamed teacher at Springview Middle School in Huntington Beach changed the lyrics to the popular secular tune “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten and made the song into one about Muslims….

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Community Pushes Back as Atheist Activist Group Seeks Removal of Cross from Texas Park   Nov 19, 2015 08:01 am

Cross-compressedPORT NECHES, Texas — Residents in a Texas city are pushing back after a prominent professing atheist group recently sent a letter demanding the removal of a cross monument from a public park. The cross at issue, a 10-foot cement monument, sits in Riverfront Park in Port Neches, and has done so for the past 45 years. But the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion…

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UK Mother Who Refused Abortion Following Cancer Diagnosis Gives Birth to Twins   Nov 16, 2015 07:56 am

Havana Harlow-compressedPhoto: Caters News Agency MANCHESTER, England — A woman in the United Kingdom who refused her doctor’s advice to abort after she was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant has given birth to healthy twins. Holley Tierney, 25, was 23 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Doctors originally thought she only had a pulled muscle, but…

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Are unrepentant sinners worthy to be baptized?

Berean Research has the story of a transgender Lutheran who is about to be ordained. Be sure to watch the video:

Transgender Lutheran

She says she is “worthy” and “deserving.”

She’s a he.
He’s transgendered (calls himself She).
He’s about to be ordained in the “Lutheran” “Church” (both in bunny ears)
He says he is worthy and deserving to be baptized, and worthy of the promises of God.
Unfortunately, God promises wrath to those who do not repent of their sin and believe on Jesus, who washes all sin clean by His shed blood.

The Reformation Project’s Matthew Vines is sharing this man’s testimony and speech from the RP’s recent Kansas City conference: Nicole Garcia lit up the room with a fiery, heartfelt, and theologically grounded keynote address on our opening night,” says Vines, who launched a campaign to get all churches (especially the theologically grounded ones) to stop calling homosexuality a sin and to embrace gay members and gay marriage. (See our White Paper on the Homosexual Agenda.)

Here is a snippet of the speech, which you can watch on YouTube in its entirety:

Is it any wonder that I identify with this story? A person of color. A person who is not of the dominant culture. A person who does not fit into the gender binary systems. I really see the world through the eyes of the Ethiopian eunuch. For I, too, believe that Christ Jesus suffered, died, and rose from the dead in order that I may have eternal life in his kingdom—that I am worthy of baptism, I am worthy of the promises of God. I have been recreated, justified, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

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Tenured California professor says study labeling “homophobia” a disease is “garbage”

According to Christian Examiner:

An Italian research group of social psychologists recently published a paper in The Journal of Sexual Medicine claiming “homophobia” is a disease and homophobic attitudes are strong indicators of mental disorders.

“Garbage,” says Robert Oscar Lopez, a professor at California State University-Northridge.

Lopez, reportedly a member of a church affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and frequent writer in conservative publications, explained the study was done mostly by homosexuals and their supporters in the social psychology field, an academic discipline notably lacking in social conservatives.

“It’s almost impossible for the research teams to critique their own methodologies or to improve or to see their own biases.”

http://www.christianexaminer.com/article/tenured.california.professor.says.study.labeling.homophobia.a.disease.is.garbage/49815.htm


SICK! ABC’s “Scandal” Sets Main Character’s Abortion to “Silent Night”

News Busters reports:

ABC’s Scandal just crossed a sickening line in the episode “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” The entire hour was an advertisement for Planned Parenthood, but the absolute worst scene was a montage set to the Christmas hymn “Silent Night,” a song that celebrates the birth of Christ, while main character Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) has an abortion, killing her and the president’s baby. Between the execution of a man that opens the graphic clip below, the talk of “soft tissue,” saying family destroys you, watching a doctor take his instruments between Olivia’s legs, and the hint of a smile on her lips at the end, it is a truly vile scene, stomach churning scene.

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/alexa-moutevelis-coombs/2015/11/19/sick-abcs-scandal-sets-main-characters-abortion


To warn is to love

By Bill Muehlenberg The Bible is full of warnings. They are there because God loves us, and wants us to turn from that which will harm us or lead us into great danger. Whether it is a warning about falling away, or a warning about judgment to come if sinners will not repent and turn […]

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Wesley Seminary Students Commemorate “Transgender Day of Remembrance”

H/T to Glenn Chatfield over at The Watchman’s Bagpipes blog for this one. This piece contains unbridled blasphemy that will raise the blood pressure of Bible believing Christians. Jeffrey Walton of Juicy Ecumenism reports that “During the communion liturgy, Wesley [Theological Seminary] Professor and Episcopal Priest Sathianathan Clarke proclaimed: ‘It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, O Father and Mother, creator of all things old, new and in transition.’”

“In transition” refers to transgender people who have convinced themselves that God made a mistake when He made them male and female. Sadly, these people have the ridiculous idea that male-to-female transsexuals are actually females trapped in male bodies, and vise versa.

So, let’s begin at the beginning of what Chatfield refers to as “blasphemy of great proportions”:

Students at United Methodist-affiliated Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC gathered Thursday for a special service to commemorate the lives of persons who identify as transgender.

The noontime “Transgender Day of Remembrance” service held November 19 at Wesley’s Oxnam chapel was sponsored by Of Sacred Worth, a student organization established to promote understanding of LGBTQ people in the church.

Wesley Seminary Students Commemorate “Transgender Day of Remembrance”


Bombs or Bibles?

Last Sunday, I heard a sermon on Jonah’s refusal to take the message of God’s forgiveness to the godless and cruel Assyrians of Nineveh. When the preacher described the Assyrians as the ISIS of the ancient world, I realized I could no longer stand simplistically in judgment of Jonah’s seemingly selfish attitude. This clear comparison provoked a number of questions in my mind, and a few things began to fall into place.

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Presidents and Thanksgiving

Finally, presidents have exhorted Americans to individually and collectively give thanks to God. Wilson counseled citizens “to render thanks to God” in their homes and places of worship on Thanksgiving Day. George W. Bush encouraged “Americans to gather in their homes, places of worship, and community centers” to pray and “reinforce ties of family and community.”

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A Missionary Afraid To Die Will Never Live

It can be argued that a Christian who fears death does not understand the purpose of his life. Our temporary life is to be used to glorify God, and not to bring ourselves comfort and security. John Piper said, “Death is like my car. It takes me where I want to go.” As disciples of Christ our lives should be dedicated to his service and glory. We must never place our personal wellbeing and safety ahead of the primary purpose we have been placed on this earth.

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Why Is The Charismatic Movement Thriving In Africa?

“How can one explain this phenomenon? I think that one reason why the charismatic movement in Africa has been like a wild bushfire is because it has not challenged the African religious worldview but has instead adopted it. It has simply baptised it with Bible verses and Christian words that previously meant something totally different.”

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Help For Hurting Churches Dealing With Apostasy

“The whole Old Testament is a story of Israel’s apostasy. In the New Testament, we have individual apostates such as Judas and Demas. Some in Corinth denied the resurrection, and some in Galatia went back to the law as a way of salvation.”

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Sin, Repentance, and Walking in the Light

We see clearly that our walking in the light isn’t perfect—not even close. We will never reach perfection on this earth. That’s why repentance is such a beautiful gift from our God. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Oh, what grace.

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Perhaps The Best Contemporary Worship Song Ever Written

Many of his hymns, which are now very traditional, have richly blessed the church. Perhaps none has been so beloved as his famous song written to assist men and women in preparing for the table of the Lord, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” This hymn was based on the doctrine found in Galatians 6:14, “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

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Simple Praying for Complex Times

The Lord used Luther to help move the church away from the superstitious and mystical views of prayer that were prevalent at that time to a powerful, biblical model of praying. We can use this model in the same way to help us to become more purposeful in prayer.  Luther’s approach encourages refocusing our prayers from purely personal concerns and mundane matters to the work of the church and the ministry of Christ.  To use his own words, this model or way to pray is simple

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Christian Community Doesn’t Require Our Blind Trust

The alternative isn’t for us to turn cynical and suspicious. Instead, it’s for us to become discerning—for the sake of our churches and families. As I referenced earlier, we can be uncomfortable with evaluating someone’s trustworthiness. It seems too close to judging. But Jesus’ words, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged,” do not ask us not to judge anyone ever (Matt. 7:1). Instead, his words serve as an admonition to judge rightly, acknowledging our own faults as well.

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Why Does God Allow the Wicked to Commit Evil?

Why does God allow evil rulers and terrorists to afflict innocent people and persecute Christians? Why does he allow believers to languish in North Korean work camps and Iranian prisons? Why does he place Christians under bosses who mistreat them or next to neighbors who make their lives miserable? I know a Christian woman whose husband gives her absolutely no money and makes her provide for all her own needs. Why does God allow these things?

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The New Totalitarians Are Here

It is not enough for these Americans to say: “I have had my day in court and prevailed.” In effect, they now add: “You do not have the right to hold a different opinion, even if you lose in the public arena. You may not hold on to your belief as a minority view, or even as a private thought. And if you persist and still disagree, I will attack you without quarter and set others on you to deprive you of your status in your profession, of your standing in your community, and even of your livelihood.”

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Paris, Brussels, and 21st Century Europe

Imran’s group wants what it calls “Belgistan,” and foresees Brussels as an “Islamic capital” within mere decades. He cites numbers to back his optimism. Imran says that in some cities in Belgium, such as Antwerp, 40 percent of the children in schools are Muslim. And though Muslims comprise only 25 percent of religious believers in the country, that is enough to make them the largest religious group, given that Belgium, like most of Europe, has rapidly de-Christianized. Imran’s group expects Muslims to be the majority in Belgium within 20 years.

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Elevation Church – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

The trouble is that these churches are so massive and wealthy that they can afford to send their pastors all over the world, exporting their dodgy theology and even dodgier ecclesiology.  I have a suspicion that much of the health and wealth teaching which is plaguing much of the church in Africa, Asia and South America is primarily an export from the US, with perhaps a little help from Europe, (all in the name of ‘spreading the gospel’).  It’s mainly a forlorn appeal but can we say to the mega churches – please stop it!

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Marxism in America ‘Cooking Up Chaos’

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 […]

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9 Facts Every Christian Should Know

by John Mays

The Bible states to “…believe with your heart and confess with your mouth and you will be saved”, (Romans 10:9-10).  It also tells us to “…preach the the gospel…”, (Matthew 28:19-20). Here is the problem though; most believe and do not care to tell you they do, and many do not know what the gospel even is; see 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. One provides a fasle sense of security and the other, well, if we don’t know what the gospel is how can we possibly share it with others. Too often Christian’s tell others “all you have to do is believe and confess”. Which in turn leads them, the Christian, to also feel they are sharing the gospel. When, in fact, neither are completely true. In more cases than not, the common evangelistic approach is a personal testimony, or an invite to church. Or, even worse, a fear of saying nothing due to a question and not knowing the answer. So what does all of tis have to do with 9 facts every Christian should know? I am glad you ask!

The 9 facts I am going to give you are simple. Yet, if EVERY Christian knew these 9 simple facts maybe, just maybe, it would take away some fear of sharing at least, and actually change the perception of Christians as a whole at best! If nothing else, these 9 facts prayerfully will strengthen the follower and help reach the lost.

Many times one of the objections to Christianity is the Bible. Yes, believe it or not, not everyone believes our Book. So here are the first four facts that anyone can remember and are quite effective. The acryonym MAPS. Memorize maps and you are on your way to defending the Truth of the Bible, or at least providing 4 basic reasons to believe it is true.

M – the M stands for manuscripts. We have over 5700 manuscripts of the New Testament. Some of which are dated within the first and second centuries. In comparison, Homer’s Iliad only has 643 copies and it is the most famous book of ancient Greece. Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars…only 10 copies. And the earliest date for it is 1000 years. Think about it! We have more manuscripts of the New Testament than any other historical document written. The Old Testament you ask? The Dead Sea Scrolls found in 1947 provide word for word accuracy of 95% of the Hebrew Bible.

A – Archeology. There is so much archeological evidence to list all of it here could not be possible. Just remember the A is for archeological evidence.

P – Prophecy. There are over 300 confirmed prophecies in the Bible.

S – Secular sources. Know that the Bible is not the only Book that discusses the life of Jesus and other events contained within our Book.

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The Gospel for Failures

If there is one thing that I’m good at, it’s failing. And I am quite sure that I am not alone in this skill. The entire human race specializes in failing. Everything from the most minuscule detail to really important things, we continually drop the ball on. For some it seems we can never get it right. We are constantly tripping over our shoelaces every step of the way.

Some of us, exhausted from our failing, readily admit it. We’re tired of being screw-ups. Others of us aren’t as easily ready to admit that we stink at life. Whether you show it or put on some facade that you’ve got it all together, the fact remains that we people are perpetual failures. We simply don’t live up to the standards. We fall devastatingly short of society’s demand for perfection and greatness and are continually frustrated with the fact that we can never even be good enough to make ourselves satisfied with our effort, let alone our loved ones we continually let down. (Let’s not even talk about God’s standards; we can’t even hold a candle to that.)

So, basically there are two options for failures. Trying harder and doing better isn’t an option. Because if we’re honest no matter how hard we try and no matter how much we improve, we never improve enough. So option one is to fake it. Just put on a mask and act like you’ve got it all together. Of course, everyone will know you’re a liar and that you’re really a big mess inside, but at least you appear nice and tidy. Since faking never fixes the problem the next option is just to embrace our failures. However, that doesn’t really work either. Embracing your failures doesn’t keep you from failing and it doesn’t fix you. You just end up looking proud of sucking.

Since all of our options are terrible options that don’t help anything, let me suggest a third option. Repent and believe the gospel. Many of us seem to have this idea that we have to have it all together – not so. The gospel is for those who don’t have it all together. The gospel is for failures. The greatest news is that God had our backs at the cross – when He didn’t have to. At the cross God declared that the entire human race is a bunch failures, crackpots, and screw-ups; and that we would need a rescuer, a redeemer, a savior – Jesus. Jesus came to save losers. Jesus died to save failures, crackpots, and screw-ups. Jesus succeeded in every part of life that we failed, for us.

God doesn’t just embrace us when we succeed and get it right. God doesn’t love us more when we do really well at obeying. The cross pronounced that God has loved us intensely in the midst of our mess ups and He proved it by killing His Son for our failures. Christ became our failures and gave us His perfection.

God has loved us intensely in the midst of our mess, and He has loved us intentionally to get us out of our mess. God doesn’t just blindly love us in our mess. That’s not the message the cross sends. The cross says that God loves us despite of our failings and Jesus is in the process of rescuing us from them. God doesn’t leave us to fail. He’s making us better.

One day all of our failings will be done away with and we will stand perfected in the presence of the only perfect One who has perfected us. One day there will be no more failing because Christ has triumphed over our failures.

“Try harder, do better, believe in yourself, you can do it” is not the gospel. It’s a recipe for disaster. It’s a self-help, self righteous rejection of Christ and His righteousness.

You’re a failure, you can’t do it, Jesus is perfect for you; He can do it, He did it. Repent and believe upon Christ. Denounce your own shallow righteousness and cling to the coat tail of Christ’s righteousness.

If you’re a failure, the gospel is for you.

The gospel is for failures.


Thanksgiving Starts on Sunday

Thanksgiving Starts on SundayWhen we gather together to worship, something wonderful is happening in us. While opening the Scriptures, singing, praying, and giving our offerings, a formation is underway: God is performing the slow and steady work of making us a thankful people.

Is your worship of God marked with open-eyed thankfulness?

Various churches offer thanksgiving during its services in various ways. Some show thanks through songs of praise. More liturgical churches will have a time of thanksgiving (spoken or sung) following an assurance of pardon. Still others sing the Doxology together as a moment of collective thanksgiving.

Whatever the practice of your local church, thanksgiving likely serves as a significant part of our gathered worship, and we should take fresh notice, and not simply go through the motions.

Kindling for Our Hearts

Have you ever have walked into a church gathering when your heart is lethargic or your mind is foggy? We all have. In these moments, we have the opportunity to acknowledge our condition, admit the inadequacy of what we are thinking or feeling, and choose still to worship our Maker along with his people.

We are a people plagued with gospel-amnesia, and we often forget the riches we have been given in Christ. It is in the remembering of God’s great works that our hearts are stirred with fresh affection for Jesus.

We need regular time to cultivate thankfulness in our hearts. In the hurry and rush of our modern society, corporate worship serves as a time set aside to remind us of who we are as the people of God. As John Broadus said (more than a century ago!), “We are so taken up with the affairs of the present that we don’t have time to give thanks for blessings of the past.” Is it not even more true today?

One of the means of grace that God has given us as his people is the gift of one another. When we gather together with our brothers and sisters in Christ, songs and sermons remind us of the good news of the gospel. Our tired hearts are refreshed and renewed when we hear truth.

Practicing Thanks Together

The practice of thanksgiving is faithful kindling for the fire of worship. In corporate worship, we are retelling the faithfulness of God in the gospel and throughout history. Together we give thanks to him, in the words of Joachim Neander, for wondrously reigning over all things, for sheltering us under his wings, for being our help and defense.

In the practice of thanksgiving, our hearts are lifted as we recall and give thanks in corporate worship. It is when we “ponder anew what the almighty can do” that our hearts are enlarged to run in the ways of God (Psalm 119:32).

Gratitude can be practiced at various points in a worship service: * In singing, we can thank God for his ways (Ezra 3:11, Psalm 69:30). * In Scripture reading, we can thank God for revealing to us his perfect word. (Speaker: “This is the word of the Lord.” Response: “Thanks be to God!”) * In confession, we can thank God for his mercy (1 Corinthians 1:4; 2 Corinthians 4:15). * In observing Communion, we give thanks (Mark 14:23, 1 Corinthians 11:24). * In times of corporate prayer, we give thanks (Ephesians 1:16, 1 Thessalonians 1:2; Philippians 4:6). * In a benediction, we can thank God for the joy of being gathered with his people (Psalm 111:1).

Fuel for Living Worship

Thankfulness is the fuel for living worship. While our gatherings are a theater for our thankfulness, our entire lives should be marked by gratitude. As we allow the truths of the gospel to enlarge our hearts, we find ever-increasing room for thankfulness to God.

This weekend, as you gather together with your church to worship, be reminded of the role of thanksgiving in your heart. We are tired and forgetful people, who need to be once again gripped by the glory of God. And all of us have much to be thankful for. And in the midst of this collective work together in worship, stoke the flame of thankfulness in your own heart.


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5 Reasons Some Bible-Believing Preachers Don’t Preach Judgment

What if someone told your preaching was missing one critical ingredient that could undermine the effectiveness of your entire ministry?

That is unfortunately the state of much evangelical preaching today—preaching that aims to be biblical, but is dangerously close to presenting a distorted, anemic view of God—or at worst an unbiblical view that can only be described as something other than true biblical Christianity.

This missing ingredient for many evangelical preachers today is the judgment of God.

Some preachers who want to be faithful to Scripture avoid preaching judgment unconsciously because of an underlying framework; others avoid it consciously as a “service” to their listeners who don’t want to hear about judgment.

Below are five reasons that keep preachers (either consciously or unconsciously) from preaching judgment and cause them to stray from the straight path of Scripture to the peril of themselves and those in their congregation.

First, many have bought into a version of the prosperity gospel.

Even pastors who consciously reject the prosperity gospel face the temptation to subtly believe it in their hearts and proclaim it from the pulpit. The American, materialistic culture compounds this. Instead of preaching judgment, preachers blunt the sharp edge of God’s wrath because their hearts (and the hearts of those they minister to) desire more what they can get out of Christianity instead of being totally faithful to God’s call to preach the Word in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2).

  Second, many idolize the love of God to the neglect—or flat out denial—of other attributes.

While Scripture is clear that “God is love” (1 John 4:16), it is also clear that He is holy, righteous, jealous, and the just judge of the entire universe—the One to whom we must all give account. Our “feel good” culture of positive thinking doesn’t like to talk about negative things like death or judgment—but Scripture does.

An example of this is when some wanted to change the lyrics of “In Christ Alone” for a PCUSA hymnal in 2013. Those compiling the hymnal wanted to remove the line “The wrath of God was satisfied” in favor of “The love of God was magnified.”

Often times ignoring God’s wrath to more fully present God’s love does the opposite of what it is trying to accomplish; in diminishing (or avoiding) the bad news, they make the good news optional. That is one reason why starting gospel presentations by saying “God loves you” can be largely unhelpful. Many in our egoistic culture would quickly respond, “Well of course God loves me, I’m pretty awesome!”—and then close themselves off to hearing and responding to the gospel of God saving us from His wrath.

Third, the church has a tragically diminished view of God’s holiness.

The holiness of God is one of the tragically neglected doctrines today in much evangelical belief and practice. The prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 6 and the apostle John in Revelation both received a special glimpse into the heavenly throne room and witnessed the content of heavenly worship. In both instances, the cry of worshippers was, “Holy, Holy, Holy”.

Only when we see God in light of His holiness and perfection can we understand how imperfect sinners like us deserve His righteous wrath. When we lose God’s holiness, His judgment seems optional.

Fourth, a pragmatic view of ministry supersedes biblical truth in order to fill pews.

Many churches today are run like businesses, basing their definition of success in metrics. Instead of prioritizing faithfulness to Scripture and making disciples, they care more about weekly attendance, bigger and better programs, and how much was put into the offering plate. When the goal is padding numbers for a strictly human definition of success, it is not surprising if some of the more “unsavory” doctrines—like judgment—get left by the wayside.

Fifth, preachers fear man over God.

Once we begin to fear man more than God, the desires of sinful man will shape our preaching instead of God’s desires as revealed in His Word. Preachers need to pursue the fear of God, which is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10), and let him define ministry success. In ministry and in everything else, Proverbs 29:25 rings true, “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.”

May our attitudes echo that of Paul in Galatians 1:10:

“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

What Are Some Consequences of Neglecting Judgment in Preaching?

J.I. Packer writes in A Quest for Godliness that if we neglect to preach God’s judgment on sin,

…we cannot present Christ as a Saviour from sin and the wrath of God. And if we are silent about these things, and preach a Christ who saves only from self and the sorrows of this world, we are not preaching the Christ of the Bible. We are, in effect, bearing false witness and preaching a false Christ. Our message is “another gospel”, which is not another. (164-165)

A false Christ cannot save sinners from God’s wrath. Preaching a false Christ will cause some to not be genuinely converted and can give false assurance to many who are still unconverted. Preaching the “good news” while neglecting the bad undercuts the goodness and glory of the good news by removing a reference point of the wrath that is due to us.

This also makes it impossible to truly understand the horror or the beauty of the cross— that simultaneously God could satisfy His wrath against sinful humanity and forgive us from our sins through the death and resurrection of His Son.

This falling short of God’s truth comes with stricter judgment for teachers and preachers (James 3:1). Not only do they damage their hearers by presenting a diminished view of God (or a different God altogether), they store up a special judgment for themselves, since they serve as God’s spokesmen.

Where do we go from here?

It is often easier for us to see where others ignore the obvious in Scripture than see where we do. Do you preach God’s judgment as it is clear in Scripture? Do you, like Paul, preach the kindness and severity of God (Romans 11:22), or preach Christ as Savior and the one appointed by God to judge the living and the dead (Acts 10:42)? This isn’t to say judgment needs to fill every sermon—I’m calling for the same balance the Scriptures present.

If you have neglected presenting a biblically balanced message of God’s judgment, confess it to God. Believe in the God of judgment who is also the One who extends mercy to us in Christ. Preach and read Scripture expositionally to give weight to everything God so graciously communicates to us.

Cultural pressures and itching ears can make us forget the great privilege and joy that comes with preaching judgment—the opportunity to proclaim the excellencies of the One who took the judgment that we deserve upon Himself, making the true life we all long for available to us.

Let us faithfully proclaim His gospel and pray our listeners would look upon the Savior in faith to escape the wrath to come.


“It’s Time We Talk”

The Supreme Court, in a moment of judicial insanity, mandates that homosexuals have the protected right to marry in spite of God’s definition of marriage–a man and a woman.  And yet most of our church leaders are silent.  But then again we have been silent on sexuality for hundreds of years on the subject, causing […]

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Living in Uncertain Days

Washington, D. C.; New York, New York; London, England; Mumbai, India; Nairobi, Kenya; Moscow, Russia; and now Paris, France. What do all of these cities have in common? Well, in the light of the tragedy of last week, the answer is obvious to anyone who pays attention to world events: all of these cities have been sites of international terrorism in the past fifteen years. The threat of terrorism continues to grow. And since September 11, we know it is no longer isolated to “over there.” Those of us old enough to remember know exactly where we were when the airplanes hit the Twin Towers.

However, all of these cities have something else in common for me: I have visited each of them since 9/11. I have toured some of these cities extensively and repeatedly. Now, with the addition of Paris to the list of international cities targeted by terrorists (twice in recent months), the possibility of my being in the middle of an attack is greater than ever. Of course, the United States has an extensive anti-terror team that works diligently to keep these incidents out of our country, but in reality, no one is completely immune from this kind of a threat.

It used to be that most ministry servants had a reasonable expectation of never being in harm’s way. Relatively few western Christians faced any kind of real world trouble. However, in the current situation, all that has changed. Nearly every missionary or Christian worker who travels abroad has to be vigilant. No longer is danger restricted to those who plan to work in closed or restricted access countries. Now ordinary missionaries who simply leave the United States face the very real prospect of being caught up in some international chaos. Terrorism, it seems, is here to stay—until Jesus sets all things right.

How might we process living and serving in this world plagued with random acts of terrorism? Do we need to live in fear and allow these threats to paralyze us from ministry? Should I curtail my international travels lest I leave my wife a widow? Should I avoid London, Paris, New York, Nairobi or Washington? I plan to be back in Nairobi this summer.

Several comforting truths come to mind from Scripture as I ponder this state of affairs. Christians need not fret about living in this world at this time, though they may need to be more vigilant.

God directs our steps. Psalm 37:23 reminds believers that “the steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way.” What a comfort to know that God knows and plans our path, even through this sin-cursed world! Does this mean that all believers will be preserved from all evil in every case? Not at all. But what it does mean is that if God chooses to send a believer along a path where evil happens, there is some divine purpose intended in the journey. Our hearts ache for the city of Paris as it recovers from this wanton act of barbarity. Undoubtedly, there are some there who know the Lord who can point others to Christ during this time. We need to pray that the believers caught up in all of the chaos will shine as lights in the midst of darkness.

God walks with us always, even in the valley of the shadow of death. Psalm 23:4 reminds us that like a shepherd, God goes with us through the valley; He does not abandon us to the valley of darkness. Jesus gave a similar promise to His disciples when He sent them into the world: “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). As I travel globally in the service of the Lord, I “go with God,” via con Dios. I know that He will be there with me, and in His will, I need not fear. For what it’s worth, this has been part of the reality that many missionaries have clung to down through Christian history, as they have left their homelands to go unto parts unknown bearing the banner of the cross.

As Christians, God has appointed our days from beginning to end. How often have we reminded the lost that they all have an appointment to stand before God? The truth is, we all do—lost and saved. I remember a number of years ago, I was visiting with a brother from India in the aftermath of the death of missionary Graham Starnes at the hands of Hindu radicals. The brother had invited me to India, and I wondered about the safety of this friend in India. He looked at me and said rather soberly, “Don’t worry Jeff. If it’s God’s will for you to come and die in India, then you will die in India!” My immediate response, rather humorously, was, “If it’s God’s will for me to come and die in India, then I’m not coming!” Of course, I was joking. Who am I to think I can “cheat death”? I know that my days are a part of the divine plan. In His time, I have an appointment to stand before Him. This does not give me liberty to act foolishly, to tempt God with wanton disregard of the consequences. It does mean that believers are secure in the will of God until such time as God deems our mission complete and calls us home—be that from my easy chair in Plymouth, Minnesota, or riding a subway in some international city while serving the Lord.

Christians must not be needlessly troubled by the terrorism of our world. Yes, things are getting worse and the dangers are coming closer to home. We should heed the warnings to be vigilant. But we should continue to serve the Lord fearlessly as He provides opportunity, trusting that He will direct our steps as He goes with us through our journey. At the appointed time, we will stand in His presence and not one day earlier!

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This essay is by Jeff Straub, Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Not every one of the professors, students, or alumni of Central Seminary necessarily agrees with every opinion that it expresses.


The Daily Discovery (November 21-22, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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3 Tips For A More Civil Conversation About Syrian Refugees – “Muslim extremists working for Islamic State (ISIS) slaughtered 129 people and injured another 350 in the streets of Paris on Friday. The group promised to bring the carnage to Washington, D.C. and New York City, soon. In the last couple of weeks alone, ISIS took responsibility for bringing down a Russian passenger airplane over Sinai, killing 224 people, and suicide bombings in Beirut, killing 40.”

Biblical ethics, government, and refugees – “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 borders to refugees).”

Studies in Judges – “Next week will be a light week, it being Thanksgiving and all. The family is running around in Phoenix and the AZ desert, so besides from twittering, I’m not going to have anything on the blog. A couple of years ago, I did an exposition on the books of Judges and Ruth for my volunteers. Doing a detailed study of the book caused it to become one of my favorites. There are some truly awesome stories within it’s pages.”

What the Bible Really Says About Singleness – “John Piper wrote of Barry Danylak and his work on Redeeming Singleness: How the Storyline of Scripture Affirms the Single Life (Crossway, 2010): I don’t know of anyone else who has ever provided the extent of biblical reflection on singleness that Barry has provided for us here. . . . My guess is that virtually every single who reads this book will finish with a sense of wonder at who they are, and how little they knew about this gift and calling. Here is an hour-long talk from Dr. Danylak where he lays out the biblical teaching on singleness…”

The Fundamentals Personified – “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.”


SERMON:

Matt Chandler – Linger 2014


VIDEOS:

Prop Preachers.

The Quran and the Siege of Paris


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


Weekend A La Carte (November 21)

There is not much new on the ebook front today, but it’s probably just as well—next week will be big because of Black Friday. Already I’m putting together a list of a ton of deals on books, ebooks, and lots of other good material. So be sure to check in on Friday.

Running Away with the Circus

Here’s an interesting reflection on the circus in the age of mass digital entertainment. Is there still a place for it in today’s world?

The Generation That Doesn’t Remember Life Before Smartphones

While we are on the subject of this digital world, Popular Mechanics covers the American teenager as the first generation that has no memory of life before smartphones.

On Being Matt Chandler’s Roommate

I enjoyed this one: “My sophomore year a student transferred in who captured the attention and imagination of much of the student body. His name was Matt Chandler.”

Four Types of Worship Teams

Jamie Brown reflects on four different types of worship teams, four approaches to how to structure, view, and lead a team.

That Old-Timey Accent

Ever noticed that people in old movies all kind of talked with the same funny accent? Here’s why.

How Should Christians Think About the Refugee Crisis?

Here is Russell Moore’s take on how we should think about the refugee crisis. He says to stop pitting security and compassion against each other.

Tomorrow in 1963. 52 years ago tomorrow beloved British author, apologist, and scholar C.S. Lewis died—one week before his 65th birthday. *

Why Isn’t It Faster to Fly West?

If the earth is spinning to the east at 1000 miles per hour, why can’t we fly west more easily? This video explains.

Thinking Conference

If you’re in Toronto, or looking for an excuse to visit, you might want to look at the Thinking conference. It should be a good one!

The New Man

Thanks to P&R for sponsoring the blog this week with an article entitled ‘Men, We Can’t Just ‘Do It’.”


 

World Headlines

At Least 27 Dead Following Mali Terrorist Attack: Gunmen Released Hostages Who Could Quote Koran

Singapore’s Megachurch Pastor Kong Hee Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison, Admits He Will Face ‘Very Difficult Days Ahead’

Despite ISIS Terror, Church in Iraq and Syria Perseveres: ‘All Tangible Elements Have Disappeared, But the Body of Christ Still Functions

Only Christianity Can Save Europe from Radical Extremists, Not Secularism, Says Bishop

Christian Man in Kenya Narrowly Escapes Death after Armed Muslims Attack Him, Abduct Wife and Children

Gov’t Officials in China Close Christian Church, Detain Five Pastors Charged with ‘Cult Activities’ as Persecution Continues 

Should Christians Pray for ISIS to be Converted or Defeated? Theologian Russell Moore, Franklin Graham Weigh in

Top Headlines

 Syrian Refugees One Part of Complex Picture
 For Syrian Refugees, Faith Groups Want a US Welcome Mat
 Australian Bishops Face Lawsuit for Distributing Traditional Marriage Booklet
 Singapore Megachurch Pastor Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Embezzling Millions
 Pastor Says Obama is ‘Denigrating Evangelical Christians’
 High Court to Consider State Abortion Law Case
 Poll Reveals Majority of Americans Oppose Taking in Syrian Refugees
 House Passes Bill to Suspend Welcome of Refugees in U.S.
 Country Singer Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer is Hoping for a Miracle
 Pope on Paris Attacks: ‘Jesus Weeps for a World at War’

Opinion

 Boys in Girls Locker Rooms: We Can Say No–and Win
 Gunmen Seize 170 Hostages in Mali Hotel
 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

Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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

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

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

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

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

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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November 21-22, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Top News – 11/22/2015

Poll: 40 Percent Of Millennials Want Speech Censored
A new Pew Research Center poll shows that 40 percent of American Millennials (ages 18-34) are likely to support government prevention of public statements offensive to minorities. Around 27 percent of Generation X’ers (ages 35-50) support such an idea, while 24 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 51-69) agree…12 percent of the Silent Generation (ages 70-87) thinks that government should prevent offensive speech toward minorities.

Turkish plane diverted to Canada over bomb threat
A Turkish Airlines flight from New York was diverted to eastern Canada after a bomb threat, but no device was found. The Turkey-bound flight carrying 256 people landed at Halifax International Airport following an alert received at 22:50 local time (02:50 GMT Sunday). Canadian police said the aircraft was searched but no device was located. The flight is due to continue to Istanbul.

Israeli seriously wounded in West Bank terror stabbing in third attack of day
In the third terror related incident of the day in the West Bank, an Israeli woman was seriously wounded after a Palestinian stabbed her at the Etzion Junction. Magen David Adom was treating the wounded Israeli at the scene and evacuated the woman in her twenties to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem with stab wounds to the upper body.

Brussels shutdown as manhunt for Paris fugitive Abdeslam continues
Central Brussels was almost empty on Saturday night as a terror alert led restaurants and bars to shut early amid fears of a Paris-style attack. Soldiers patrolled the streets as a manhunt continued for the fugitive Salah Abdeslam, who was thought to be armed with a suicide belt.

Turkish Airlines Flight Diverts to Canada After Bomb Threat
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police says it is investigating a bomb threat that caused a Turkish Airlines flight from New York City to Istanbul to divert and land in Canada. Halifax Stanfield International Airport said on its Twitter feed early Sunday that Flight 2 had landed safely and that police were at the scene.

Bangladesh executes two former members of Parliament
Bangladesh executed two men on Sunday who were accused of war crimes committed during the country’s 1971 war of independence, a move that could spark street protests in a country already on edge after a string of terrorist attacks.

Obama Strategy for Containing ISIS: Shut GITMO, Cancel Christmas?
As our beleaguered president mulls the chaotic state of the world, much of which is attributable to his arrogant, ignorant behavior, and his adamant refusal to accept the truth about the correlation between terrorism and Islam, our fragile planet spins irrevocably toward World War III.

States can guard against Fed-sponsored refugees
Protection of this nation from the insidious importation of terror under the guise of poor, despondent refugees. States must prosecute their authority as expressed by the Constitution.

Trump slams ‘dishonest’ media over Muslim database
Donald Trump on Saturday scolded the media for writing “false stuff” after a report that the Republican presidential front-runner wants a database to keep track of Muslims living in the U.S. Trump clarified that he only wants a database for Syrian refugees entering the country “if we can’t stop them, but we’re going to.”


Top Headlines – 11/22/2015

Kerry heads to Israel this week for talks on terror surge

Kerry visit to Israel and Palestine not about peace accord, says US official

4 wounded in Kiryat Gat stabbing attack

Suspected terrorist attack foiled in Hebron: Palestinian woman arrested with knife

Israeli military says it shuts down Palestinian radio station that was inciting violence

U.N. Security Council Unanimously Votes to Adopt France’s Counterterrorism Resolution

UN Secretary General Ban urges Russia, US, to cooperate on terrorism

Russia kills 10 militants who had sworn allegiance to ISIS

Brussels terror alert: Belgium warns of ‘imminent attack’ as restaurants and cafes ordered shut

US Embassy in Brussels: American citizens in Belgium should stay indoors

Paris attacks: Security around city’s water system upgraded following atrocities

FBI: Officials taking report about ISIS threat seriously at Philips Arena in Atlanta

Paris attacks caused archbishop to ‘doubt’ presence of God

After Paris, Pope Francis Tells Christians to Be Ready for the End of the World

Paris and Mali Attacks Expose Lethal Qaeda-ISIS Rivalry

Obama reaffirms commitment to destroying ISIS

Plane from New York to Turkey diverted to Canada over bomb threat

Sword-wielding man causes panic at New York Apple store

Suspected Islamists kill 10 in Cameroon suicide bombing

‘Nearly impossible’ to find jihadists among migrants, Greeks warn

Honduras detains Syrian, Pakistanis traveling illegally – police

Hillary: Muslims ‘Have Nothing Whatsoever To Do With Terrorism’

Muslim Countries Refuse to Take A Single Syrian Refugee, Cite Risk of Exposure to Terrorism

US urged to reject bomb sales to Saudi Arabia

Foreign drone crashes in southern Iran

Iran trains for capture of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa, but uses Dome of Rock model

In Berlin, Europe’s biggest department store takes settlement goods off shelves

Netanyahu to Germany: Take action against department store that removed Israeli goods

State of emergency, blackout in Russia’s Crimea after transmission towers in Ukraine blown up

Bill Maher on Terror Attacks: Wouldn’t Being Armed at Least Give Citizens a Chance?

Trump: ‘I want surveillance of certain mosques’

Poll: 40 Percent Of Millennials Want Speech Censored

Fed’s Williams Sees ‘Strong Case’ for Dec Increase If Data Holds Up

Southeast Asia Creates Unified Economic Community

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Ovalle, Chile

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near San Pablo Villa de Mitla, Mexico

5 Oklahoma earthquakes of 2.6 magnitude or greater recorded so far Saturday

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Copahue volcano in Argentina erupts to 14,000ft

Rinjani volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Myanmar Landslide Kills Dozens, With at Least 100 Still Missing

Rare November Snowstorm Targets Beijing, Northern China

Winter Storm Bella Dumps Up to 16 Inches of Snow in Chicago Suburbs; Record November Snowstorm in Moline, Illinois

14 inches of snow in southern Sioux Falls crushes record

Homicides of transgender women in US reach alarming high

Vatican indicts 5 in Vatileaks case

Hum with guns: Rio’s elite police meditate for peace of mind


Top News – 11/21/2015

Secret pagan basilica in Rome emerges from the shadows after 2,000 years
A mysterious Roman basilica built for the worship of an esoteric pagan cult and now lying hidden more than 40ft below street level has opened to the public for the first time. The basilica, the only one of its kind in the world, was excavated from solid tufa volcanic rock on the outskirts of the imperial capital in the first century AD.

FBI Director: It’s ‘Impossible’ To Vet Every Single Syrian Refugee
FBI Director James Comey has expressed serious concerns about pending legislation that would require “national security officials to certify whether an approved refugee to the United States” should be allowed to enter. “He has some really grave concerns that this legislation would allow anyone, any refugees” into America, Perez told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday.

‘Nearly impossible’ to find jihadists among migrants, Greeks warn
As the hunt for jihadists widens after last week’s Paris attacks, authorities in Greece warn it was virtually impossible to pick out dangerous extremists among arriving migrants, without prior intelligence. “If they are not already registered in the database, it’s nearly impossible,” says Dimitris Amountzias, police captain in charge of Moria, Greece’s main registration camp on the island of Lesbos.

17 Oklahoma earthquakes of 2.6 magnitude or greater recorded since Thursday’s 4.7
Three earthquakes of 3.0 magnitude or greater shook an area just northwest of Medford in Grant County within a 15-minute time period Thursday evening. The first and biggest of the three, a 4.1 magnitude temblor, hit at 4:40 p.m. and could be felt as far as the Tulsa area to the east and Wichita, Kansas, to the north, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Bailing out Obamacare insurers an ‘obligation’ of the federal government
The Department of Health and Human Services attempted to reassure private insurers…that they’ll be able to recover losses from participating in Obamacare…it was an “obligation” of the U.S. government to bail them out. …from 2014 through 2016, the federal government is to collect money from health insurers doing better…to provide a federal backstop to other insurers who incur larger than expected losses from rising medical claims.

Democrats, Even Clinton Supporters, Warm to Socialism
Senator Bernie Sanders’s speech on Thursday explaining his democratic socialist ideology carried little risk among supporters and other Democrats…according to a New York Times/CBS News poll released this month. Fifty-six percent of those Democratic primary voters questioned said they felt positive about socialism as a governing philosophy, versus 29 percent who took a negative view.

Thousands of Iranian soldiers stage mock siege of Temple Mount
Thousands of Iranian paramilitary forces participated in mock drills and exercises simulating the capture of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported Friday. Constructing a plastic replica of the al-Aksa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, “tens of thousands of soldiers” conducted staged exercises dubbed “Towards the Holy City.”

US urged to reject bomb sales to Saudi Arabia
A prominent international human rights group has urged the United States to stop selling bombs to Saudi Arabia while the country is engaged in war on the neighboring Yemen.

Syrian opposition say working towards Saudi meet, but no date set
Syrian opposition figures said on Friday efforts were under way to hold a conference in Saudi Arabia aimed at unifying President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents, but that no date had yet been set, after a report it would take place mid-December.

Belgium raises terror alert to highest level in Brussels
Belgium raised its terror alert to the highest level in the capital Brussels on Saturday, with the OCAM national crisis centre warning of an “imminent threat” a week after the Paris attacks.

Holocaust documents trove unearthed in Budapest apartment
Budapest – A vast and historically valuable trove of Holocaust-era documents, long thought destroyed during World War II, has been found hidden in a wall cavity by a couple renovating their Budapest apartment. The haul of 6,300 documents are from a 1944 census that was a precursor to the intended liquidation of the Hungarian capital’s 200,000 Jews in Nazi death camps.

What does the Bible really say about taking in Syrian refugees
It’s always problematic when you look to the mainstream media and other left-wingers for an understanding of what Scripture says. To listen to them, you’d think Jesus was concerned with little more than sending checks to the poor, installing solar panels on roofs and surrendering to any and all foreign enemies.

Prominent Scientists Declare Climate Claims Ahead of UN Summit ‘Irrational’ – ‘Based On Nonsense’ – ‘Leading us down a false path’
AUSTIN, Texas – A team of prominent scientists gathered in Texas today at a climate summit to declare that fears of man-made global warming were “irrational” and “based on nonsense” that “had nothing to do with science.” They warned that “we are being led down a false path” by the upcoming UN climate summit in Paris. The scientists appeared at a climate summit sponsored by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The summit in Austin was titled: “At the Crossroads: Energy & Climate Policy Summit.”


Top Headlines – 11/21/2015

Amnesty International: Palestinian terror attacks ‘reprehensible and unjustified’

East Jerusalem man arrested for making, selling explosives to terrorists

UK Jewish school evacuated by bomb squad

Polish nationalists burn Jew in effigy, prompting probe

Berlin department store removes Israeli settlement products

Report: Thousands of Iranian soldiers stage mock siege of Temple Mount

Russia’s Putin to visit Iran for gas exporters summit on Nov 23

Russia orders Lebanon to shut its air space for three days due to naval exercise

Russian pilots inscribe ‘For Paris’ on bombs destined for Syria

Syrian President Assad: Putin Is the Only World Leader Protecting Christians

UN calls on states to combat militants in Syria and Iraq

Dozens dead in heaviest east Syria strikes since war began

Obama Blocks 75 Percent of Terror Targets From Bombing

US Holocaust Museum: Don’t turn away Syrian refugees

Opinion: Stop pitting security and compassion against each other in the Syrian refugee crisis

‘You’re a virus, we’re the cure’: Anonymous takes down 20,000 ISIS Twitter accounts

Phoenix flagged as potential ‘hotbed’ for terror recruiting

Obama on Mali attacks: ‘This barbarity only stiffens our resolve’ against terror

US source: Al Mourabitoun, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb carried out Mali attack

Mali president says 21 dead in Bamako hotel attack

Mali hunting ‘more than 3’ suspects after hotel attack, president declares state of emergency

Belgium raises terror alert to highest level in Brussels

Germany could send troops into streets for first time since the Second World War

Soros-Backed Group Launches Bid to Keep Syrian Refugees Flowing

FBI Director: It’s ‘Impossible’ To Vet Every Single Syrian Refugee

Paris attacks: EU ministers consider Europe-wide CIA-style intelligence agency and increased border security checks

Rebuffed over refugees, Obama aims to shift focus to visas

ADL slams Trump’s call for a database of US Muslims

Trump’s Muslim database comments prompt Nazi comparisons

Trump causes firestorm with Muslim registry remarks – but what did he really say?

Homeland Security Running Hundreds of Sensitive, Top Secret Databases Vulnerable to Attacks

File Says N.S.A. Found Way to Replace Email Program

$17.5 Million Underground Nuclear-Proof Home For Sale In Georgia

IAEA report: Iran’s uranium stockpile has grown

Study estimates Israel’s nuclear weapon count stands at 115

Social Media Explodes After Mysterious Blast Heard Across the US Midwest

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

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Rinjani volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Lata, Solomon Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Lagunillas, Venezuela

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake hits Oklahoma

Western Kansas experiences tornadoes, blizzard, earthquake in matter of days

14 inches of snow in southern Sioux Falls crushes record

Prominent Scientists Declare Climate Claims Ahead of UN Summit ‘Irrational’ – ‘Based On Nonsense – ‘Leading us down a false path’

‘Frozen Ark’ collects animal DNA in face of mass extinction

D.C. smells like marijuana, and residents don’t really care

HHS: Bailing out Obamacare insurers an ‘obligation’ of the federal government

Ebola: New case in Liberia as 10-year-old boy treated months after country declared ‘free’ of disease

Stanford Scientists Urge Obama Administration to Lift Funding Ban on Chimera Research

Religious Freedom vs. Gay Rights: Indiana Bill Seeks Compromise

New Jersey Couple Loses Custody After Mom Takes Kids for Exorcism


Catholic Church Paid $79 MILLION By Obama Administration To Force Migrant Invasion

Catholic Church Facilitates Foreign Invasion As Paid Agitator

In an NTEB Special Report, we have recently received information that the Catholic Church received payments totalling $79,590,512.00 to facilitate the flow of undocumented and illegal immigrants into the United States in 2014. This is six million dollars more than they were paid in 2013. Now you know why Pope Francis is so eager to push Obama’s insane flood of illegal migrants, he’s getting paid millions to do it!

In the face of President Obama’s veto threat, the House passed a bill to slow Syrian refugees. But the Republican Congress also has the power to hold hearings into the millions of taxpayer dollars being funneled through Catholic and other church groups to bring them here. Many Catholics and non-Catholics alike would like to know how “religious compassion,” using federal money, is increasing the potential terrorist threat to America.

You may recall that Pope Francis promoted the Obama administration’s pro-immigration policies during his visit to the U.S. Left unsaid was the fact that the American branch of the Roman Catholic Church is getting millions of taxpayer dollars to settle refugees. According to their financial statement for 2014, the latest year for which figures are available, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops received over $79 million in government grants to provide benefits to refugees.

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL FINANCIAL REPORT FROM THE US CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS

Ann Corcoran’s Refugee Resettlement Watch website notes that Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Syracuse, New York, was closed down by the Catholic Church and has been leased to an Islamic society which renamed it Mosque Of Jesus The Son Of Mary.

“There are slim copper crescents where, for 100 years, there had been crosses,” reports Marnie Eisenstadt of the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse.com. She adds, “The six crosses were removed and replaced at the end of June. Four of them were massive: 600 pounds of concrete each, and more than 4 feet tall. The step was the last, and most visible, in the building’s change from church to mosque.”

The situation is even worse in Europe, where Islam is replacing Christianity as the dominant religion.


A Defiant Obama Thumbs Nose At America, Vows To Increase Muslim Refugee Flow Into U.S.

Pushing back against efforts to bar Syrian refugees from resettling in the U.S., President Barack Obama vowed Saturday that his country will be a welcoming place for millions fleeing violence around the world “as long as I’m president.”

Obama commented Saturday at a learning center in the Malaysian capital that serves the poor, including some refugees. He met with boys and girls wearing crisp white and black uniforms and neckties as they sat at tables and worked on painting and puzzle projects.

Obama: US Must Accept Syrian Refugees:

This is what a career serial liar sounds like, pay close attention…”if you like your country, you can keep your country”.

Obama said the youngsters “represent the opposite of terror, the opposite of the type of despicable violence we saw in Mali and Paris.”

Most of the children the president met with are Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic group. Tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled Myanmar to escape persecution by the country’s Buddhist majority, with many ending up in Malaysia, where Obama was attending a regional economic summit.

He said more and more countries are recognizing that they need to do more, vowing that “as long as I’m president we are going to keep stepping up.”

The refugees Obama met with have all been cleared to come to the U.S. and have been assigned to specific cities, the White House said.

Obama will confront the refugee debate even more directly when he returns to Washington on Monday. One of his first orders of business will be a White House meeting Tuesday with French President Francois Hollande, who is vowing war against the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, as European nations tighten border controls out of fear that terrorists could strike again. source


Iran Holds War Games Simulating Capture Of Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Thousands of paramilitary forces from the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard have held a war game simulating the capture of Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque from Israeli control.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The war games Iran held this weekend show you very clearly why Obama has been pushing his phony Iranian Nuclear Deal so strongly. His deal gives Iran $150 billion dollars towards helping to see their dream of the destruction of Israel come to pass. The attack on Israel is coming, and it will have America’s fingerprints all over it.

Iran’s state media reported Saturday that the forces stormed and “liberated” a replica of the mosque in the exercise. They say that 120 brigades from the Basij, the paramilitary unit of the Guard, participated in Friday’s exercise outside the holy city of Qom in central Iran.

The symbolic operations were backed up by Guard helicopters, drones and Tucano planes that bombed hypothetical enemy positions before ground troops captured the replica of the mosque set up at the top of a mountain.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard simulates capture of Temple Mount In Jerusalem Yesterday:

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In a common mistake, the Guard set up a replica of the gold-topped Dome of the Rock instead of the nearby mosque. Official photos showed one of the troops going to the top of the dome and waving an Iranian flag and a red-colored flag, a symbol of martyrdom.

The hilltop compound, which is holy to Jews and Muslims, has been at the heart of weeks of unrest between Israel and the Palestinians. Muslims call the spot the Noble Sanctuary, and the mosque is Islam’s third holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. Jews revere the spot as the Temple Mount — home to the biblical Temples and the holiest site in Judaism.

Iranian animated video shows the capture of Jerusalem by allied Iranian forces:

The current round of fighting was sparked in part by rumors that Israel was plotting to take over the site — a charge that Israel vehemently denies. Clashes outside the mosque erupted in September and quickly spread across Israel and into the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who heads the Guard’s aerospace division, said his force deployed Shahed-121, or Witness-129, drones during the war games. The drone, unveiled in 2013, has a range of 1,700 kilometers (1,050 miles), a 24-hour nonstop flight capability and can carry eight bombs or missiles.

Even so, the exercise appeared to be largely for show. Iranian commanders have not said how they would be able to deploy large numbers of forces against Israel, located 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) away, or overcome Israel’s powerful and technologically advanced military.

Iran, Israel’s arch-enemy, frequently expresses solidarity with the Palestinians and holds an annual “Jerusalem Day” each year on the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan. Iran does not recognize Israel, has called for its destruction and supports anti-Israel militants across the Middle East. source


HHS: Bailing out Obamacare insurers an ‘obligation’ of the federal government (That means you and me)

Image: Redflagnews.com
Image: Redflagnews.com

Well, there you go. We warned about this a month ago. Obamacare is a failed plan and it will fail more. But people will try to have the taxpayers pay for this disaster, Obamacare, aka Obama’s Iraq War. One month ago we said;

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Weekend Snapshot

Nov. 21, 2015
Top Stories This Week
Top Opinion
Todd Starnes: Obama Is Importing Muslims, Deporting Christians
Jim DeMint: After Paris, Obama’s Abandonment of Leadership
Michael Barone: Obama Gets Really Angry … at Americans
More Opinion →
Quote of the Week

“Last year, the Obama administration led a fierce legal battle to have a German Christian family thrown out of the United States. … And just a few months ago a federal immigration judge ordered a dozen Iraqi Christians deported from a facility in San Diego. … So the next time President Obama wants to lecture the nation about religion maybe he could explain why his administration is importing Muslims and deporting Christians.” —Todd Starnes


Muslims Must Denounce Armed Jihad :: Fatah in Toronto Sun

by Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun
November 17, 2015

http://www.meforum.org/5636/muslims-must-denounce-armed-jihad


Stunning Revelations Surfacing about Obama Administration!

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 08:15 PM PST

Over the past 24 Hours we have seen absolutely stunning revelations coming to surface and below I have provided the headlines with the links to put these puzzle pieces together!

1- The Catholic Church Was Paid $79 MILLION By Obama Administration To Force Migrant Invasion! http://endtimeheadlines.org/…/catholic-church-paid-79-mill…/

2- Pilots who have returned from deployments say Obama refuses to permit airstrikes 75 percent of the time against the Islamic State group.http://endtimeheadlines.org/…/u-s-pilots-claim-obama-block…/

3 – Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson dropped a bombshell during an interview with Steve Malzberg. Attkisson said President Obama has come to the point where he will not even listen to intelligence reports on certain Islamic terror groups – groups that are listed by the U.S. State Department as involved in international terror against Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims around the world. http://endtimeheadlines.org/…/breaking-news-obama-rejects-…/

4- Retired Egyptian Colonel Emad Salem about Obama’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS. http://endtimeheadlines.org/…/egyptian-colonel-exposes-oba…/

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Germany could send troops into streets for first time since World War 2

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 07:54 PM PST

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. 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. FULL REPORT

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‘Five bombings planned’ in Germany according to French intelligence dossier

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 07:41 PM PST

A plot to carry out a series of five bombings was behind Germany’s dramatic decision to cancel a high-profile football match at the last minute earlier this week, according to new claims. A newspaper claims to have seen a copy of a detailed dossier on the planned attacks in Hannover that was passed to the German authorities by French intelligence just two hours before kick-off. It was the contents of this dossier that prompted the Germans to order the immediate evacuation of the stadium half an hour later, Hannoverische Allgemeine Zeitung claims.

The dossier gives details of a plan by a five-member terror cell led by a German citizen to target the football match in a series of coordinated bomb attacks. There have been no arrests in connection with the threat to the match, suggesting members of the cell may still be at large. One member is a woman, according to the newspaper report, while another is named as Faiz A. FULL REPORT

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BREAKING NEWS: Obama rejects intel on known Islamic terrorists

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 07:26 PM PST

Citing insider White House sources, investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson dropped a bombshell during an interview with Steve Malzberg. Attkisson said President Obama has come to the point where he will not even listen to intelligence reports on certain Islamic terror groups – groups that are listed by the U.S. State Department as involved in international terror against Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims around the world. Attkisson is a former CBS journalist who left that organization after it stifled many of her investigative reports. She now heads up the independent Internet news site Full Measure. Here is an excerpt from her interview Friday with Malzberg:

“I have talked to people who have worked in the Obama administration who firmly believe he has made up his mind, I would say closed his mind, they say, to their intelligence they try to bring him about various groups he does not consider terrorists even if they’re on the U.S. list of designated terrorists. He has his own ideas. There are those who’ve known him for a long time that say this dates back to law school. He’s not necessarily going to listen to the people with whom he disagrees. He seems to dig in. And I would say that’s because he thinks he’s right.” FULL REPORT

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Massive fish kill at Sanibel beach in Florida

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 05:35 PM PST

SANIBEL ISLAND, FL – A massive fish kill on Sanibel Island could keep beachgoers out of the water and off of the sand. Before walking out on the beach at Gulfside City Park Wednesday night, you could certainly smell that something fishy was going on as thousands of dead fish have washed ashore. When Erin Neitzlt and her friend Joyce Nardo made their way to the Gulfside Beach, they were looking for a little getaway. “I just like the sea air. It smells good out here, listening to the waves. It’s a good way to relax out here and beat some stress,” said Neitzlt. “To relax, hear the waves, I love it here.”

They likely didn’t expect to find thousands of dead fish strewn across the beach, which could likely be the result of red tide. The latest reports released Wednesday by Florida Fish and Wildlife indicate the algae bloom, which is common in November, has made its way to Southwest Florida. “It’s a little fishy, but it’s refreshing,” said Joice Nardo. FULL REPORT

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Netanyahu hints ground forces needed to defeat militant Islam

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 05:17 PM PST

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intimated during his comments at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference on Wednesday that the West will need to commit ground forces in its war with Islamic extremists, though he stopped short of issuing an actual call for “boots on the ground.” Very few are the leaders in the West who are calling for ground troops in the war against militant Islam.

“I’m not going to tell you what is the mixture of air power, ground power and other means to fight these people,” he said, in answer to the question whether ground troops need to be committed by the West. “I am saying that you’re not going to change them, you will not win them over, you’ll not pacify them.” “Militant Islam must be identified, condemned and fought,” he declared. “The only way to defeat this is the way Nazism was defeated; first you defeat, then you de-Nazify. FULL REPORT

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Kansas Is turning away from religion more than ever before

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 05:08 PM PST

There is a trend, not just here in Kansas, but across the country where more and more people are denouncing organized religion. This group has grown so large, it’s now bigger than those who identify as Catholic. They’re referred to as the ‘nones’. This group has grown so large, it’s now bigger than those who identify as Catholic. They’re referred to as the ‘nones’. When filling out a religious affiliation survey – they claim no affiliation – instead they mark none. Many in this group say they still believe in God, but are turned off by organized religion.

Casey Schunn grew up in the Mennonite church. He loves the religion of his youth and recognizes he wouldn’t be the person he is today without it. But overtime, he fell away. “I started kind of losing interest my Sophomore year, and my junior year is when I really started getting into learning more about astronomy,” said Schunn. Schunn says church, the organized, sitting in the pew aspect is not terribly important to him. “I have felt close to God in a lot of different places. The closest I’ve felt to him was not in church,” said Schunn. “When I’m at church, more often than not, I feel like I’m wasting my time.” MORE

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Judgment On America? We Are On Pace For The Worst Year For Wildfires In All Of U.S. History!

Posted: 20 Nov 2015 04:57 PM PST

(Michael Snyder) Never before have so many acres burned in America up to this point in the year. I just went and checked the latest numbers from the National Interagency Fire Center, and it turns out that we are now on pace for the worst year for wildfires in all of U.S. history. So far in 2015, wildfires have burned an astounding 9,799,866 acres. Before this, the worst year for wildfires was in 2006 when a total of 9,506,582 acres had burned through November 13th. When I last reported on this, we were still behind 2006’s record pace, but now we have surged ahead of it.

Overall, the average for the last 10 years for the number of acres burned in the U.S. through November 13th is 6,464,947, and so we are more than 50 percent ahead of that pace right now. Clearly, what we have been experiencing is highly unusual. Could it be possible that this is some form of judgment on America? In August and September, all of a sudden it seemed like major fires were erupting all over the western third of the United States. I know, because at one point a huge fire came to within 10 miles of my own house. Fortunately, no homes were damaged in my area, but in other parts of the country a tremendous amount of property was destroyed. MORE

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Chinese troops from People’s Republic of China training on U.S. soil in joint operation project

Posted: 22 Nov 2015 06:54 AM PST

80 soldiers from China’s People’s Liberation Army are visiting Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Washington. It’s the first time Chinese troops have been invited to train in the continental United States. Troops are all smiles, but mindful of revealing too much. Army medic Sgt. Leslie Peterson hesitated to answer when a medic from the Chinese military asked a basic question about how Peterson would care for a soldier badly wounded in battle. “Can I answer that?” Peterson asked a higher-ranking U.S. soldier. Peterson was given a blessing to respond. Then she continued her demonstration that won applause from a couple dozen visitors at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Friday.

She was a hit with this contingent from China’s People’s Liberation Army. But her hesitation underscored the newness of an unusual military exchange at JBLM that’s connecting soldiers from two armies usually characterized as rivals. The exchange this week brought about 80 soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army to a military base in the continental U.S. for the first time. It marked a progression in an 11-year sequence of formal exchanges between the two armies focused on preparing for natural disasters. Leaders from both countries view disaster preparation as an area where they can cooperate and build trust, possibly reducing the likelihood of an armed conflict in East Asia. “Any time you continue to have partnership, you continue to communicate, you continue to train together, that’s what contributes to de-escalation,” said Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander JBLM’s I Corps. Maj. Gen. Zhang Jian, the highest-ranking Chinese officer participating in the exchange, gave a similar perspective. FULL REPORT

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Obama ignores pleas from 30 US governors against Syrian refugees – president vows to settle more refugees in US

Posted: 22 Nov 2015 06:50 AM PST

Pushing back against efforts to bar Syrian refugees from resettling in the U.S., President Barack Obama vowed Saturday that his country will be a welcoming place for millions fleeing violence around the world “as long as I’m president.” Obama commented Saturday at a learning center in the Malaysian capital that serves the poor, including some refugees. He met with boys and girls wearing crisp white and black uniforms and neckties as they sat at tables and worked on painting and puzzle projects. Obama said the youngsters “represent the opposite of terror, the opposite of the type of despicable violence we saw in Mali and Paris.”

Most of the children the president met with are Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic group. Tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled Myanmar to escape persecution by the country’s Buddhist majority, with many ending up in Malaysia, where Obama was attending a regional economic summit. Obama noted that the world is currently focused on the humanitarian tragedy in Syria, where years of civil war have forced millions to flee to other countries to escape the bloodshed. But he said the world must not forget about some 60 million people who have been displaced around the globe. Last week’s Paris attacks have led U.S. lawmakers to seek to halt or delay the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. out of concern that terrorists could try to slip in with them and carry out similar attacks. Obama has rejected that idea and pledged to veto any bill sent to him to block Syrians from entering. FULL REPORT

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Questions raised after carcasses of 3 dead fin whales found near Bella Bella on the central coast of B.C.

Posted: 22 Nov 2015 06:35 AM PST

Three fin whales have been found dead on a beach near Bella Bella on the central coast of B.C. The dead whales were spotted by a helicopter pilot flying over Bird Point, northwest of Bella Bella, who then notified Fishers and Oceans Canada (DFO) on Saturday. Paul Cottrell, Pacific Marine Mammal Coordinator with the DFO, assessed the whales and says there does not appear to be any obvious cause of death.

“It is very rare and odd that you get three large whales together in one small area,” says Cottrell. “We want to know why it happened, whether it is a natural event, killer whale predation or something else.” Cottrell says, to his knowledge, it has never happened in B.C. before, which is a source for concern. The fin whales are listed as threatened under the Species At Risk Act, meaning it is illegal to harm or disturb them. They are filter feeders and are the second-largest animal on the planet after blue whales. FULL REPORT

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Chicago’s first snow of the season brings largest November snowfall in 120 years

Posted: 22 Nov 2015 06:30 AM PST

The season’s first snowfall dropped as much as 17 inches across Chicago’s northern suburbs, and the total of 11.2 inches at O’Hare International Airport made it the largest November snowfall in 120 years. The steady stream of snow began Friday evening and carried into Saturday, bringing cold winds and slushy puddles to Michigan Avenue. But it also fashioned a wintry backdrop to the annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, transporting Chicagoans into a life-sized holiday snow globe.

The chill didn’t bother the Kendalls, who traveled from northwest Indiana for the festivities. They stood in Pioneer Court bundled in snow gear, relishing bites of candy-cane-garnished cheesecake as heavy snowflakes plopped onto their noses. “It rings in the beginning of Christmas season,” said Jessica Kendall. “The roads are warm, the snow’s melting and we had a nice, wintry drive.” MORE

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Obama says will not relent in fight against Islamic state, urges Russia to help?

Posted: 22 Nov 2015 06:25 AM PST

In a strange statement released from the White House the U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday said the United States and its allies would not relent in its fight to combat Islamic State extremists and would hunt down their leaders and cut off the group’s financing. “Destroying (Islamic State) is not only a realistic goal, were going to get it done,” he told a news conference after a meeting of Asian leaders in Malaysia.

“We will destroy them. We will take back land they are currently in, take out their financing, hunt down leadership, dismantle their networks, supply lines and we will destroy them.” Obama said it “would be helpful” if Russia directed its focus on tackling Islamic State and he hoped Moscow would agree to a leadership transition in Syria that meant its president stepping down. Really? Has president Obama been oblivious to what Russia id doing in the Mideast as we speak? SOURCE

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Turkey threatens Russia over bid to Obliterate ISIS

Posted: 22 Nov 2015 06:14 AM PST

Officials in the capital Ankara warned Russia to “immediately end its operation” after war planes hit Syrian ground “very close” to the Turkish border. Turkey sees the Turkmen population that inhabits villages near the border as natural allies in the struggle against President Assad’s brutal regime. Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish prime minister, said that “if civilians fleeing massacre and cluster bombs head to Turkey, and a new refugee influx emerges, everyone concerned will be held accountable.”

The Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov was called in for crisis talks as tensions between the two sides escalate over their different of opinion on the Syrian conflict. The Kremlin insists its air strikes are only targeting the abhorrent Islamic State jihadis, but Turkey and its allies claim Putin’s forces are mainly hitting anti-Assad rebels. A staggering 2.2 million refugees are already holed up in Turkey after fleeing the barbarous civil war in Syria. This comes after Russia blitzed ISIS extremists in Syria, wiping out 600 militants with a single airstrike. FULL REPORT

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UK Cinema chains refuse to show advert featuring Lord’s Prayer

Posted: 22 Nov 2015 06:08 AM PST

The UK’s three leading cinema chains have refused to show an advert by the Church of England that features the Lord’s Prayer, citing fears that it could offend people. The 60-second advert was due to be shown before Star Wars: the Force Awakens, released on 18 December, and has smashed records for advance ticket sales at UK cinemas. It was cleared by the Cinema Advertising Authority and the British Board of Film Classification, but the Odeon, Cineworld and Vue chains – which control 80% of screens around the country – have refused to show the advert because they believe it “carries the risk of upsetting, or offending, audiences”.

The church warned that the move could have a “chilling effect on free speech” and said it was at a loss to understand the logic behind the decision. Arun Arora, director of communications for the Church of England, said: “The prospect of a multigenerational cultural event offered by the release of Star Wars: the Force Awakens on 18 December – a week before Christmas Day – was too good an opportunity to miss and we are bewildered by the decision of the cinemas. FULL REPORT

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Oil May Plunge to $20, Signalling Economic Disaster: “The Numbers Are Dreadful And Unprecedented”

Posted: 21 Nov 2015 08:28 PM PST

The price of oil has long been a key indicator of economic health and stability. And that index is tanking fast. In the last few years, dramatic overproduction of oil has become a major tool of geopolitical conflict. As prices have plummeted from $110/barrel to $40, Americans have tapped huge sources of fracking and flooded the market; OPEC and the Saudis have continued pumping despite dropping prices; Russia, dependent upon oil for its economy, has been under siege via sanctions and bottom-level prices; ISIS and other terror organizations are undercutting everyone with illegal oil sales and China remains large in the whole affair. Proxy wars and threats and rumors of world war have accompanied bitter economic warfare over currencies and energy. Now, oil is at a record level of glut, and nearly every storage facility in the world is filled past capacity. The London Telegraph reports:

The world is running out of storage facilities for surging supplies of oil and may soon exhaust tanker space offshore, raising the chances of a violent plunge in crude prices over coming weeks, experts have warned. Goldman Sachs told clients that the increasing glut of oil on the global market […] could send prices plummeting to $20 a barrel, the so-called ‘cash cost’ that forces drillers to abandon production. “Risks of a sharp leg lower remain elevated,” it said.

It is estimated that at least 100m barrels are now being stored on tankers offshore, waiting for better prices. A queue of 39 vessels carrying 28m barrels is laid up outside the Texas port of Galveston, while the Iranians have a further 30m barrels offshore ready to sell as soon as sanctions are lifted. “The world is floating in oil, and commercial stocks on land are at a record high,” said David Hufton, head of oil brokers PVM Group. “The numbers we are facing now are dreadful. Stocks have been building continuously for two years. This is unprecedented.” FULL REPORT

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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GodLife: God in the Midst of the Storm

Scripture:

“….We found trouble all around us. We had fighting on the outside and fear on the inside.” 2 Corinthians 7:5

Times like this feel like a gathering storm. News of attacks around the world, claiming innocent lives, plane crashes in the Sinai Peninsula, bombings in Beirut, and attacks on the streets of Paris make us wonder–when will it all end?

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Liberals and ISIS – a Fatal Attraction

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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As a Jewish Christian, I am keenly aware of the left wing’s love affair with Islam and even with ISIS. I have pondered this over and over in my mind, trying to understand the rationale of these people.

I know that most on the left hate Israel and Christians. ISIS hates Israel and Christians. Can this be the bond these liberals feel with Islam and ISIS? Can they actually look past the atrocities done in the name of Islam because they feel a kinship with the terrorists over their disdain for Christians and Jews?

Other times I wonder if these people hope that when the jihadists make their way to American cities (they’re already here), the terrorists will have vetted prospective targets, and if they find that some are liberals – they will be spared. Could they actually be that stupid?

I have a strong suspicion that most or all…

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TMS: No Turning Back

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” is a polarizing hymn. Made popular by the Billy Graham crusades, it is inseparable from the concept of altar calls and emotional pleading. For some, it stands as a sort of Arminian anthem—a testimony to the power of human volition and an example of all that is wrong with modern Christian lyrics. For others, it is a song celebrating the simplicity of conversion–simple and sincere.

But when you know the story behind the song, you realize that it is not a statement about free will, nor about the ease of placing your faith in Christ. It actually stands as a monument to the international nature of the gospel, as well as a radical call to suffer and die with Jesus.

The late 1800s saw an evangelistic explosion in India. Entire provinces formally closed to the gospel were swept up a missionary movement perhaps unparalleled in history. Wales in particular sent hundreds of missionaries to Northern India, and they were joined by Indian evangelists, as well as missionaries from England, Australia, and the United States.

This movement was remarkable for two reasons; first, it was led mostly by Indians themselves, and those men became national figures. Second, this missionary endeavor was focused on Northern India, which was firmly in the grips of the most oppressive forms of Hinduism. It was a place where the caste system was entrenched, and where headhunters ruled.

These provinces often prided themselves on the hostile reaction they gave foreigners. Dozens and dozens of these missionaries were martyred, but despite the opposition and violence (or perhaps because of it) the gospel made inroads into this previously off-limits area.

In the 1880s a Welsh missionary who had endured severe persecution finally saw his first converts in a particularly brutal village in the Indian province of Assam. A husband and wife, with their two children, professed faith in Christ and were baptized. Their village leaders decided to make an example out of the husband. Arresting the family, they demanded that the father renounce Christ, or see his wife and children murdered. When he refused, his two children were executed by archers. Given another chance to recant, the man again refused, and his wife was similarly stuck down. Still refusing to recant, the man followed his family into glory.

Witnesses later told the story to the Welsh missionary. The reports said that when asked to recant or see his children murdered, the man said: “I have decided to follow Jesus, and there is no turning back.”

After seeing his children killed, he reportedly said, “The world can be behind me, but the cross is still before me.” And after seeing his wife pierced by the arrows, he said, “Though no one is here to go with me, still I will follow Jesus.”

According to this missionary, when he returned to the village, a revival had broken out, and those who murdered the first converts had since come to faith themselves.

The Welsh man passed along these reports to the famous Indian evangelist Sadhu Singh, who took the martyr’s last words, and put them to traditional Indian music in order to make one of the first uniquely Indian hymns. The song immediately became popular in Indian churches, and it remains a mainstay of worship music there to this day.

Eventually some of the American missionaries returned from India and they brought that song with them. Finally, it ended up with Canadian song writer George Beverley Shea, and he made it a staple at the Billy Graham crusades.

When viewed through the lens of Calvinism vs. Arminianism, the song seems to elevate free will. It can easily strike us as singing about our role in salvation, while minimizing the work of God in regeneration. That is why it is helpful to know the history, to understand that not all music was written in the context of debates about God’s role vs. people’s work in salvation.

In this song, the word “decided” does not have a minimalistic feel to it, but rather speaks of a once-for-all commitment; a commitment that the author knew would lead to imminent death.

Those who might use this song as an emotional manipulator, or as an example of how easy salvation is, should be embarrassed. Nothing could be further from the author’s intent. This song does not capture the ease of making a decision. Instead, it emphasizes the staggering cost of picking up your cross and following after Christ. For those who love Him, there is no turning back.

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What is the danger of entering temptation?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

9 “ Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘ Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘ Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’] (Matthew 6:9-13 NASB)

In this post we will look at the danger of “entering temptation.” There is no doubt that most believers walk in defeat in this battle much if not most of the time. On top of the guilt and self-abhorrence that are natural products of Christians sinning, there is also the battle fatigue that comes upon them which results in more guilt simply for being…

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More details on Kong Hee & cohorts sentencing

The Straits Times reports (screen grab image added),

City Harvest trial: Kong Hee sentenced to 8 years in prison, 5 other church leaders get between 21 months and 6 years

SINGAPORE – City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee, 51, was sentenced to eight years’ jail on Friday (Nov 20).

Former CHC fund manager Chew Eng Han, 55, received a six-year sentence, deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, 43, got five-and-a-half years, and ex-finance manager Serina Wee, 38, got five years.

Ex-CHC finance committee member John Lam, 47, and former finance manager Sharon Tan, 40, received lighter sentences. They got three years and 21 months respectively.

All six accused had been found guilty on Oct 21 of misappropriating $24 million in church funds, funnelling them into bogus investments that funded the singing career of Kong’s wife, Ms Ho Yeow Sun. Later, a further $26 million was used to cover their tracks.

Judge See Kee Oon said he had…

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Drisquallified leader invited to speak about biblical leadership at Noble’s conference

The Druckerite network and the Evanglical Industrial Network are still trying to get the unrepentant, sycophantic Driscoll back into ministry,  in spit of Driscoll disqualifying himself from pastoral ministry.

02_Code-Orange_COP Cult of Personality: When “church” is all about the leader and no one else. (Not even God.)

Recently, Perry Noble has invited Mark Driscoll to speak next year at his Leadership Conference. Perry Noble is a notorious heretic who shows great contempt against the Word of God and bullying Christians. So it does not surprise us to see two sheep-beaters speaking side by side.

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Throckmorton writes,

Mark Driscoll to Talk about Leadership at Perry Noble’s Church

You can’t make this stuff up.

Next year Mark Driscoll will speak at a one day you-can’t-live-without-it leadership conference for Perry Noble. Check out the conference description.

Pastor Mark will be speaking at the Lead Conference hosted by Perry Noble. This one-day conference will be held…

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