Daily Archives: November 23, 2015

November 23, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

November 23 Quotes


How Women Who Aborted Feel about the Local Church

How Women Who Aborted Feel about the Local Church

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Christianity Today

Two in three evangelicals were attending monthly or more at the time of their first abortion.

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Abortion, women's views of church focus of study

Abortion, women’s views of church focus of study

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Baptist Press

Many women with unplanned pregnancies go silently from the church pew to the abortion clinic, convinced the church would gossip rather than help, a study released today (Nov. 23) by LifeWay Research shows.

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Tullian Tchividjian Breaks Lengthy Social Media Silence after Divorce to Reveal He Is Receiving 'Help And Healing' He Needs

Tullian Tchividjian Breaks Lengthy Social Media Silence after Divorce to Reveal He Is Receiving ‘Help And Healing’ He Needs

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Tullian Tchividjian, a grandson of prominent evangelist Billy Graham who resigned as senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida in June after confessing to an “inappropriate” relationship, has broken his months-long silence on social media to reveal he is receiving the “help and healing” he needs.

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Bigotry? Hatred? Christians say they’re tired of being made into the bad guys

Bigotry? Hatred? Christians say they’re tired of being made into the bad guys

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Religion News

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s bigotry! It’s hatred! It’s discrimination! That’s the tenor of the talk these days as powerful advocates try to write protections into law for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Those advocates, battling against conservative Christians who are staunch in their beliefs of right and wrong, wonder why anyone would deny others their […]

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Kingdom Coders

Kingdom Coders

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Christianity Today

A snapshot of Christian witness in the world (as it appeared in our December issue).

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When God Hits Below the Belt

When God Hits Below the Belt

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Christianity Today

Sometimes he pulls us into the ring—but he always gives us grace to endure.

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The Divine Rise of Multilevel Marketing

The Divine Rise of Multilevel Marketing

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Christianity Today

Behind the $34 billion industry making its way to your church.

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Happy Thanksgiving? Terror, Not Turkey, Top Concern

Happy Thanksgiving? Terror, Not Turkey, Top Concern

Posted on November 23, 2015 by CBN

Cities across the U.S. are on high alert this Thanksgiving week amid concerns of a potential holiday terror attack.

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Thanksgiving's Greatest Enemy

Thanksgiving’s Greatest Enemy

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Crosswalk

Thanksgiving’s greatest enemy isn’t simply ingratitude. It starts much sooner than that.

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Are There Really Demons That Rule over Nations?

Are There Really Demons That Rule over Nations?

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Crosswalk

According to the Bible, every nation has one or more demons assigned to wreak havoc on the people in that nation.

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2 Words That Will Change Your Life: Thank You

2 Words That Will Change Your Life: Thank You

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Crosswalk

Our thankfulness is never to be based on a set of circumstances. It’s based on a Person.

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Stand for Truth Thursday: Before We Take a Stand

by Jessie Minassian

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

30 Ways to Be Crazy Generous

by Samantha Nieves

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

Are You an Innie or an Outie Kind of Girl?

by Bethany Baird

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

“Get ’Em Young”: Evolutionists Praise New Book Teaching Children About Their “Grandmother Fish”

According to Christian News Network:

An evolution-promoting author has released an illustrated children’s book, titled “Grandmother Fish,” that uses whimsical text and drawings to convince preschoolers that they are the products of evolution and the descendants of animals.

“Grandmother Fish: a child’s first book of Evolution” is a 40-page children’s book written by Jonathan Tweet. The book begins by introducing its readers to a fish from whom all humans supposedly descended.

http://christiannews.net/2015/11/23/get-em-young-evolutionists-praise-new-book-teaching-children-about-their-grandmother-fish/


Albert Mohler “America’s Evangelical Founding Father: A Conversation about George Whitefield with Historian Thomas Kidd”

In this interview, Dr Mohler interviews Professor Thomas Kidd


Thomas Kidd is professor of history at Baylor University, and is Associate Director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He has authored many books including God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution, The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America, and most recently co-wrote Baptists in America: A History, with co-author Barry Hankins. Another of his recent publications, the topic of our discussion, is George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father

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How Should Christians Respond to Syrian Refugee Crisis?

ISIS murderers continue their rampage in Iraq and Syria and boast that they will infiltrate the U.S. through the flood of refugees we are now considering accepting.  President Obama and most progressives are all for opening our arms and helping by allowing 10,000 of these refugees into our nation.  Conservatives think this is tantamount to […]

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Lord’s Prayer Banned as “Offensive and Hurtful”

TRIGGER WARNING: Hurtful and offensive video ahead.

Those of you who watched the video, did you survive? Or was it too traumatic for you?

If so, I’m sorry. Instead, why don’t you watch something much less hurtful and offensive – like, say, 50 Shades of Gray or Reservoir Dogs, or The Life of Brian, or The Last Temptation of Christ?

What am I talking about? Read the full story here, but in summary, the biggest cinema chains in England (representing 80% of all cinemas) have decided to ban a one-minute video showing different people each reciting a line in the Lord’s Prayer because it “could cause offense to those of differing political persuasions, as well as to those of differing faiths and indeed of no faith.” This, despite the advert being passed uncut by the British Board of Film Classification and given a “safe for children” certificate, as well as receiving clearance from the Cinema Advertising Authority.

Even new atheist, Richard Dawkins, says it should be shown, saying, “I strongly object to suppressing the ads on the grounds that they might ‘offend’ people. If anybody is ‘offended’ by something so trivial as a prayer, they deserve to be offended.”

And, wait for it, the assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, said he was “flabbergasted that anyone would find this prayer offensive to anybody, including people of no particular religious belief.”

When was the last time Christians, Muslims, and Richard Dawkins agreed on something? Eh, maybe time for some second thoughts?

Ironically, the advert was scheduled to be screened before the new Star Wars film – a film which has spawned its own religion with 177,000 claiming Jedi to be their religion in the 2011 British census! Apparently, the Jedi religion is fit for the cinema, but the Christian one is not. As Giles Fraser said:

They say that people might be offended by the Lord’s Prayer. But for years now we have been told by secularists that religious people have to stop being so easily offended when their faith is challenged. And I agree. But secularists have to stop being so easily offended too. “Don’t impose your religion on us,” they shout. Well, it’s no more of an imposition than all the other advertisements we have to put up with.

This is a revealing and worrying insight into the anti-Christian prejudices of those who control much of the media in the UK. For too long, the advocates of multi-culturalism and political correctness on both sides of the Atlantic have used their power to silence the Christian voice in the public square. Let’s hope and pray that, as is happening in America, events like these begin to expose the cowardly and bigoted agenda of secular humanism and that Christians will be emboldened to speak out and speak up again.

One thing’s for sure, in God’s good providence, far more people have already the seen the Lord’s Prayer video than ever would have, had the hyper-sensitive censors not intervened. In other words, despite the devil’s rage, God’s kingdom is coming, and God’s will is being done on earth as it is in heaven. “For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”


Loving Jesus More Than Life

Loving Jesus More Than LifeDo you truly love Jesus? If you did, how would you know? The Bible helps us navigate and even command our own emotions. In twelve minutes, John Piper asks four questions about what it means to love Jesus, and leads us, through the words of Jesus himself, to make Jesus our greatest Treasure.

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Blogs

Five Mistakes Pastors Make On Social Media | The Exchange: Marty Duren
This goes too far, but still worth hearing the challenge: “A pastor who is not on social media could be compared to a pastor not using the telephone, computers, or microphones when they preach. Social media gives each pastor the equivalent of their own TV station, radio station, and printing press. This is one area of our culture pastors cannot afford to sit-out. The potential reach of social media is far more than the average pastor will person ally minister to personally in their lifetimes.”

Five Ways to Dramatically Improve Personal Productivity
“Have you ever sat down at the end of a long day and thought, ”Man, I did a lot of stuff but I didn’t get anything done.” Days like that are no good. But weeks like that are even worse. There’s a big difference between getting things done and getting the right things done.”

The Need for Illustrations in Preaching by R.C. Sproul | Ligonier Ministries Blog 
“That which makes the deepest and most lasting impression on people is the concrete illustration. For Luther, the three most important principles of public communication were illustrate, illustrate, and illustrate. He encouraged preachers to use concrete images and narratives. He advised that, when preaching on abstract doctrine, the pastor find a narrative in Scripture that communicates that truth so as to communicate the abstract through the concrete.”

Paul’s Seminary Epistles | Acts 29
“Sometime over the last few years, I started referring to Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus as the Seminary Epistles. I knew that this short three-book series is, of course, usually called the Pastoral Epistles, but I also noticed that, while Paul’s tone and content are clearly “pastoral” in the broad sense of that word, he is nevertheless dealing with the work of training and equipping young pastors to serve congregations. Sounds like seminary to me.”

Borrowing Too Much For A Worthless Degree | The Federalist
“Students who attend for-profit college default on their student loans at four times the rate of community college-goers.”

Planned Parenthood Social Media Gimmick Backfires
“Planned Parenthood asked people on Twitter to describe the billion-dollar abortion provider in one word, and the response it got was not at all what it expected.”

Kindle Books

Recapturing the Voice of God: Shaping Sermons Like Scripture by Steven Smith $4.99.

Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb $3.99

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey $6.99. New York Times bestseller which has been read by millions around the world. A book to read every year or two.

Video

The Foolishness of Stephen Colbert | Mere Orthodoxy — Christianity, Politics, and Culture
Have a look at the video and then read this thought-provoking commentary. Remember, Colbert is a Roman Catholic, and therefore unlikely to have grasped the Gospel of grace — but the basic point of the article still stands.

“Are Colbert and Maher opposites? In some ways. Yet, they’re also of a similar, rare ilk. In an age dominated by relativism, they are two men with the gumption and conviction to try and convert one another. The exchange should be studied by a church which finds herself in a similarly awkward, tense cultural moment. Now, more than ever, we need to be reminded that the motivation of our faith is still love, and the content of our faith is still “foolishness to the Greeks.” May we not resolve the cultural tension by changing the subject in the name of peace. Rather, may we invite all those who scorn and laugh at us into Christ’s banquet hall. In other words, may we learn from Stephen Colbert how to be better, more loving fools.”


A La Carte (November 23)

Crossway has several Christmas-themed books on sale for Kindle including: The Dawning of Indestructible Joy and The Innkeeper by John Piper ($3.99 each); Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus by Nancy Guthrie ($2.99); The Three Wise Women by Christin Ditchfield ($1.99); The Invention of Lefse by Larry Woiwode ($1.99). Also consider The Dating Manifesto by Lisa Anderson ($2.99); Wisdom & Wonder ($0.99) and Rooted & Grounded ($1.99) by Abraham Kuyper; Setting Our Affections upon Glory by Martyn Lloyd-Jones ($2.99). Not surprisingly, Amazon is offering Kindle devices for sale as part of their Black Friday week event.

The Bible App Deep Dive

I enjoyed this extensive review and comparison of various Bible apps. It’s fun to see how far apps have come over the past few years.

Holiday at the Dictator’s Guesthouse

If you’re in the mood for a long read, you’ll enjoy reading about one eccentric who decided to travel to North Korea in order to leave a Bible behind. It didn’t go very well.

Don’t Forget These Heroes of Paris

The terrible events in Paris did not unfold without some heroics. “At center stage in this show of courage and compassion were men and women who risked their lives to save others.”

Questions Through the Decades

Alan Wilson shares a series of questions which characterise each decade of life.

This Day in 101. According to tradition, Clement of Rome, “the first apostolic father,” died 1,914 years ago today. *

Syria’s Lost Children

Even while people consider how to help Syrian refugees, it is important that we do not lose sight of who many of them actually are. “Photojournalist Magnus Wennman traveled around Europe and the Middle East, capturing these children of war as they tried to find some rest in a frightening, uncertain world.”

Forgetting to Preach the Gospel

The new emphasis on gospel-centered preaching is a good thing. “As with any philosophy, it is often easier to believe in theory than it is to implement in practice. In this blog we will look at three common ways that those committed to gospel-centered preaching unintentionally forget to preach the gospel.”

Why Fractals Are So Beautiful

“You don’t have to look hard to notice aspects of nature that clearly don’t fit the Euclidean framework. Rivers, mountains, coastlines, lightning, our circulatory system: Where’s the symmetry and structure? Where’s the order? The answer, as mathematicians are discovering more and more often, involves fractals: geometric figures that occur in nature, even in seemingly chaotic systems.”


Links I like

We’re heading into the most terrifying time of the year—Black Friday. I’ll be keeping track of the deals that come onto my radar and doing a big round-up (likely with frequent updates) on Friday and throughout Cyber Monday. For now, here are some advent-related Kindle deals:

What they need on Sundays

Jared Wilson:

Brothers, let’s not go about our weekly sermon preparation and personal discipleship in sackcloth and ashes. Let’s get into the vineyard of God’s word, get some holy sweat worked up, whistling while we work, lifting our hearts in worship. Let’s get into the kitchen of study and prep and start putting together the banquet. And come Sunday let’s spread the feast out rich and sumptuous, beckoning our people to taste and see that the Lord is good. They don’t need our doomsdaying or dimbulbing. Still less do they need our shallow pick-me-ups and spitpolished legalism. Like our brother Wesley, let us set ourselves on fire with gospel truth that our church families might come watch us burn.

The Foolishness of Stephen Colbert

Dustin Messer:

It’s clear that neither Maher nor Colbert are likely to pick up a “coexist” sticker for their laptop. Both comedians understand the comprehensive claim being made by various faiths. All can’t be true; all can’t be equal. Each worldview—including Maher’s atheism—makes a claim that is exclusive. This clarifies the subtext in the aforementioned interview. It explains the downright awkward feel of the whole thing. Bill can’t say “you do you!” to Stephen any more than Stephen can say “to each his own!” to Bill. Both men are drawing up borders which leaves the other on the “outside.” Both are representatives of kingdoms making the exact same claim on the exact same sphere. For either to capitulate with a “if that works for you…” sentiment would be paramount to treason.

Why Fractals Are So Beautiful

Joel Bezaire:

You don’t have to look hard to notice aspects of nature that clearly don’t fit the Euclidean framework. Rivers, mountains, coastlines, lightning, our circulatory system: Where’s the symmetry and structure? Where’s the order?

The answer, as mathematicians are discovering more and more often, involves fractals: geometric figures that occur in nature, even in seemingly chaotic systems.

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

Kevin Halloran:

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.

Dear Whoopi, Hitler wasn’t a Christian

Marty Duren writes an open letter to Whoopi Goldberg in response to her comment, “There have been a lot of monster Christians. Hitler was a Christian.” It’s pretty terrific.


Top Headlines

 Why Imprisoned Pastor’s Wife Kept Her Marital Abuse a Secret – Until Now
 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
 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’

Opinion

 Boys in Girls Locker Rooms: We Can Say No–and Win
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 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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Take the Calvinism Test.

A Twisted Crown of Thorns ®

The label Calvinist is thrown about flippantly. In some circles it’s used with a snarl and a growl. In most cases people do not actually know what it means. However Times Heraldhas noted that….

 This label that once was considered very bad in almost all Christian circles is enjoying incredible new popularity. Surging numbers of Christians are attending Calvinistic conferences and reading Calvinistic books and articles.

Calvinism is still misunderstood and is recovering from so many decades of bad press. In spite of that, however, more people opening called themselves Calvinists or variations of that, like mild Calvinists or moderate Calvinists. Have you been labeled a Calvinist? How can you know if you or someone else is such an animal? In a moment I’d like to give you a simple test to determine just that.

The nickname Calvinist comes from the Reformer John Calvin (1509-1564). Although John…

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21 Misunderstandings of Calvinism: The Third and Fourth Misunderstandings

Reformedontheweb's Blog

By Sam Waldron

I. Misunderstandings related to Total Depravity

(3) Total depravity means that men are as bad as they can be!

Once more this is not mainline Reformed teaching. While it is true that men can do no spiritual or saving good, the Reformed tradition has recognized that unconverted men can and do perform what is often called acts of civil righteousness. It was better that Ahab outwardly responded to Elijah’s rebuke than if he had not, but it did not mean that Ahab had truly repented or truly done anything spiritually good. Here is the language of 1 Kings 21:27-29: “It came about when Ahab heard these words, that he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and fasted, and he lay in sackcloth and went about despondently. 28 Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 29 “Do you see how Ahab has…

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November 23, 2015 Humor Monday

‘Container’ in Chief

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Petulant Obama Mocks GOP on Refugees

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Islamic Extremists

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‘Widows and Orphans’

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Why?

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Two-Faced

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Clinton on Terrorism

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Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev

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Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez

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Barack Obama

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November 23, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Nov. 23, 2015

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The U.S. shouldn’t put a temporary freeze on its visa waiver program as a way to increase border security against the threat of terrorism, although “enhancements” may be needed, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Sunday. “No, I would not do that at all,” Johnson said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press”.

Most Americans want the U.S. to stop letting in Syrian refugees amid fears of terrorist infiltrations after the Paris attacks, siding with Republican presidential candidates, governors, and lawmakers who want to freeze the Obama administration’s resettlement program. The findings are part of a Bloomberg Politics national poll released Wednesday that also shows the nation divided on whether to send U.S. troops to Iraq and Syria to fight the Islamic State, an idea President Obama opposes, and whether the U.S. government is doing enough to protect the homeland from a comparable attack.

Belgian police arrested five more terror suspects in raids across the country as Brussels remained under an unprecedented lockdown for a western capital that has brought business to a standstill. The clampdown in Brussels continued for a third day on Monday after a series of searches by counter-terrorism forces resulted in the arrest of 21 individuals in total over concern that a terrorist cell was planning an attack on the Belgian capital.

U.S. states are still repaying federal loans for unemployment benefits more than six years after the recession, costing businesses from mighty Apple to Ohio’s humble Canton Chair Rental hundreds of millions in taxes and interest. And only a third of states are prepared for the next downturn.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, visiting Iran for the first time since 2007, held talks with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as he seeks to strengthen his country’s strategic alliance with the Islamic Republic.

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes retreated in October from the second-highest level since 2007 as lean inventory limited momentum in residential real estate.

AP Top Stories

The deep sea hunt for a missing Malaysian airliner has shifted to a remote part of the Indian Ocean where a British pilot has calculated that the Boeing 777 made a controlled ditching last year with 239 people aboard, officials said Monday.

Anti-Muslim hate crimes rose 300 percent in Britain in the week following the coordinated attacks in Paris, according to figures published on Monday. A “vast and overwhelming majority” of the 115 attacks were against Muslim women and girls aged between 14 and 45 who were wearing traditional Islamic dress.

A 22-year-old pregnant woman in the New York City borough of the Bronx was strangled and stabbed before her baby was ripped from her womb. Police arrested a woman at the scene who they believe murdered the Bronx 22-year-old before taking the child in the bloody altercation and allegedly claiming it as her own.

Trying to reassure a nation on edge, President Obama said Sunday the Islamic State group “cannot strike a mortal blow” against the U.S., and he warned that overreacting to the Paris attacks would play into extremists’ hands. “We will destroy this terrorist organization,” he vowed.

Warplanes took off Monday from France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, newly deployed to the eastern Mediterranean, for operations over areas held by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, military sources said.

A shootout Sunday night at a city park in New Orleans, sent at least 16 people to the hospital and hundreds more to flee the area, according to reports. Eyewitnesses say at least two men were armed during the public event, which USA Today reports was a music video taping with nearly 500 attendees.

Once considered “the Saudi Arabia of Water,” Brazil is now nearly depleted of it. As drought continues to scorch Southeastern Brazil to unprecedented degrees, San Paolo’s primary water reservoir, the Cantareira, has been reduced to its last drops. As of August, it is 17 percent below capacity.

A northern white rhinoceros, one of just four left on Earth, died on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park after suffering from a bacterial infection and age-related health issues.

The Massachusetts State Board of Education has voted to forego Common Core testing in favor of redesigning its own state exam, an influential move from a national education leader that may hasten the end of a national high-stakes testing era, while challenging education experts to come up with a better alternative.

BBC

Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air strikes, are reported to have gained ground from Islamic State (IS) in the west of the country.

Ten Australians have been arrested in nationwide protests involving both anti-Islam and anti-racism groups.

A slow international response and a failure of leadership were to blame for the “needless suffering and death” caused by the recent Ebola epidemic, an independent panel of global health experts has concluded.

WND

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called for the “dissolution” of radical mosques following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Belgium’s Prime Minister, Charles Michel threatened similar action in his country where the attacks were staged.

GunTV, a new home shopping channel, is set to launch this January, giving Second Amendment enthusiasts the ability to purchase firearms from the comfort of their couches, with the click of a remote button.

U.S. actions in the Middle East helped Islamic State to gain influence, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, according to Interfax.


 

Top News – 11/23/2015

‘Sophisticated network’ of radical mosques in U.S
There are more than 80 radical mosques in the U.S., according to the Clarion Project, a non-profit group that describes itself as “dedicated to exposing the dangers of Islamist extremism.” The Islamic Center of Tucson was “basically the first cell of al-Qaeda in the United States,” terrorism expert Rita Katz told The Washington Post in 2002.

Mideast chaos, violence won’t end with IS defeat
The chaos and violence gripping the Middle East are not likely to evaporate even if the forces arrayed against the Islamic State group manage to crush the brutal army and its drive to establish an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria and beyond.

Report: Russian ground troops arrive in Syria in unprecedented military action
The report, which has not been substantiated by other sources, claims Russian military forces have been providing cover for T-90 tanks along with military air support which have attacked multiple strategic targets held by rebel forces in Idlib and Latakia.

ISIS Vows to Attack Times Square and The White House Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/54362/isis-releases-videos-threatening-attacks-i
”De Blasio added, “There is no credible and specific threat against New York City.” New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said, “There is, as we have repeated frequently, no city in America that is better prepared to defend and protect against a terrorist attack.” The FBI released a statement stating that “there is no specific articulable threat to the city at this time”.

Geological Discovery Proving Source of Earth’s Water Amazingly Similar to Biblical Account of Creation Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.co
Scientists have struggled for years trying to understand the source of Earth’s oceans and the planet’s water. Until recently, the prevailing scientific theory held that icy comets hit the Earth while it was still forming. A discovery last year by geologists seems to prove that the real source of the earth’s water is from deep underground, amazingly similar to the Bible’s account of creation, which described waters below and waters above (Genesis 1:7).

Kerry agenda in Israel has no plans for new peace talks, State Dept. official says
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on his visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority is not planning to restart peace talks or broker any agreement. Kerry will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in an effort to tamp down the current violence.

Syrian Army Liberates Two Christian Villages From the Clutches of ISIL
The Syrian Army has managed to regain control of the Christian villages of Mheen and Hawwarin, located in southeastern Homs province, a source in the Syrian military told RIA Novosti.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard simulates capture of Temple Mount
Thousands of paramilitary forces from Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard have held a war game simulating the capture of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem from Israeli control, state media reported on Saturday.

Fear has engulfed Europe
Five minutes from where he had dinner in Paris, dozens were being murdered; when he arrived in Hanover, alerts of a bomb led to the evacuation of a stadium; when he landed in Marseille, the airport was evacuated and a Jewish teacher was stabbed. One week in Europe made it clear to Ben-Dror Yemini just how explosive the situation in Europe is, and how long is the road ahead in the fight against jihad.

UK calls on France & Canada to track down alleged Russian sub
Britain has once again been forced to call in foreign help after it says it spotted a Russian submarine off the west coast of Scotland. Despite the presence of French and Canadian patrol planes and Royal Navy ships, no trace of the sub has been found. The alleged Russian vessel is believed to have been seen at least 10 days ago in the area, and the search to find the sub has been taking place ever since.

Soldiers patrol Brussels, guard EU buildings, after overnight arrests
Soldiers patrolled the streets of Brussels and guarded European Union buildings on the third day of a security lockdown on Monday, as police hunted a suspected Islamist militant who has been on the run since this month’s attacks in Paris.

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits Afghanistan
The US Geological Survey reported that a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit northeastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan and Tajikistan. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Why Does Global Warming Only Turn Muslims Into Terrorists?
Global warming is the cause of terrorism in the Middle East and around the world according to Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, and other Democrats. Let’s add in the Prince of Wales. With a straight face they make this claim, ignoring any and all other evidence to the contrary.

Israeli Teen Returns from 15 Minutes of Clinical Death with Spiritual Messages Concerning the Coming Redemption
In a video posted on YouTube, Natan is shown speaking to an Orthodox Jewish audience in a synagogue in Israel, just days after his near death experience. He relates his understanding of what was revealed to him in the next world during the 15 minutes that he was pronounced clinically dead.

Anti-Israel UN resolutions expected to pass
A number of anti-Israeli resolutions are expected to pass on Monday at the United Nations… Twenty resolutions are to be proposed…including ones calling for the Palestinian right of return, placing responsibility for terror on Israel while disregarding the terrorism in Israel in recent weeks, and accusing Israel of changing the status quo at the Temple Mount compound.

Last Jewish family in Aleppo flee for Israel
It took a knock on the door in the dead of night and a hair-raising journey through territory held by al-Qaeda militants to end 3,000 years of Jewish history in northern Syria. The last Jewish family in the city of Aleppo was taken across the border to safety in Turkey last month with the help of an Israeli-American businessman and moderate rebels with the Free Syrian Army.

Britain to dedicate 10,000 elite troops to fight ISIS terror threat amid fears of decade-long campaign
Two new 5,000-strong strike forces will be formed to take on Islamic State terrorists, David Cameron announces today. He will put £12billion aside to create our fastest-ever rapid reaction troops as fears grow of a 10-year campaign. New military hardware is “vital” at a time “when the threats to our country are growing”, Cameron said…

Five Syrians Stopped at Laredo International Bridge One
Five more Syrians have been stopped at a Laredo port of entry on Friday. This brings the total number of Syrians seeking to enter the US through our city this week up to 13. According to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security…A family consisting of a man, woman and child, and two other men were taken into custody by Customs and Border Protection — a standard procedure.

Europe recession ‘could be permanent’, think tank warns
The worst effects of the European recession risk becoming permanent in places, according to a left-leaning think tank. The IPPR’s latest report pointed to the high level of unemployment and underemployment across Europe and said the chances of these becoming entrenched is “deeply alarming”. It said there was 10% unemployment and a 5% underemployment rate in Europe.

Myanmar landslide: ‘Many missing’ at Kachin jade mine
Many people are still missing after a massive landslide at a jade mine in Myanmar’s northern Kachin state. At least 104 bodies have now been recovered, with some estimates saying more than 100 people are still missing. The incident happened in Hpakant on Saturday when a huge amount of mining debris collapsed, engulfing the homes of some miners.

Report: Russian ground troops arrive in Syria in unprecedented military action
In an unprecedented move, Russia has sent ground-troops into the Syrian battlefield in support of Bashar Assad…according to a report by Kuwaiti daily al-Rai. The report…claims Russian military forces have been providing cover for T-90 tanks along with military air support which have attacked multiple strategic targets held by rebel forces in Idlib and Latakia.

Putin arrives in Iran as Russia eases nuclear export ban to Islamic Republic
President Vladimir Putin has eased an export ban on nuclear equipment and technology to Iran, a Kremlin decree published on Monday showed, after Tehran struck a deal with world powers on its nuclear program in July. The decree, issued on the same day as Putin arrived in Iran on an official visit, said Russian firms were now authorized to export hardware and to provide financial and technical advice to help Iran with three specific tasks.

Inside Vladimir Putin’s Multi-Billion Dollar, Triple-Decker War Room
We got a look at Putin’s new multi-billion, National Control Defense Center which is so … how shall we put this… so “Soviet”, that you’d imagine Sean Connery might be creeping around the compound in a suit carrying a silenced pistol.

Some 16 people taken to hospital after New Orleans shooting: local TV
At least 16 people were taken to the hospital after a shooting at a playground in New Orleans, a local TV station reported on Sunday, citing police. WWL TV said the shooting occurred while about 500 people were at Bunny Friend playground for the making of a music video.

Post correspondent Jason Rezaian sentenced to prison term in Iran
Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who has been held by the government of Iran for the past 16 months and was convicted on unspecified charges last month, has been sentenced to a prison term, the state news agency announced Sunday.

David Cameron to make case for airstrikes on Isis in Syria soon
David Cameron will set out the case for British airstrikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria within days, in the hope of winning parliamentary approval in early December. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said the prime minister would address a number of questions raised by MPs surrounding the diplomatic and military implications of attacking IS in Syria.

Iran’s Guard simulates capture of Al-Aqsa Mosque
Paramilitary forces from Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard have held a war game simulating the capture of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque from Israeli control, state media reported Saturday.

6.2 magnitude quake shakes Pakistan, India, Afghanistan
KARACHI, Pakistan – A powerful earthquake shook parts of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan late Sunday, sending panicked people on to the streets, officials said.

How Hitler-Era Brown Shirts Took Over Hunter College
Led by a screaming woman in hijab and a man, assisted by the usual outside agitators, students screamed themselves hoarse at Hunter College, a branch of City University of New York… “Zionism out of CUNY!” “Zionists out of CUNY!” “Intifada, Intifada” was chanted, screamed, roared, over and over again. You may see it here and here.


Top Headlines – 11/23/2015

Hamas and Hezbollah leaders meet in Beirut to discuss Palestinian ‘intifada’

Young Israeli woman killed in West Bank stabbing attack

Former settler leader thwarts Palestinian knife attacker

New Palestinian propaganda video: ‘Death to the settler’

Gaza rocket lands in southern Israel

German dep’t store apologizes, restocks Golan Heights wines

17% of Israeli Arabs support ISIS, expert says

Terrorism Raids in Belgium Yield 16 Arrests

Brussels shutdown as manhunt for Paris fugitive Abdeslam continues

Reports: Soldiers descend on major hotel in Brussels

Obama warns against overreaction to Islamic State attacks

Russia Says U.S. Policies Helped Islamic State, Interfax Reports

Syrian president says his troops are advancing on all fronts thanks to Russian airstrikes

UK PM Cameron to push for war with case for joining Syria air strikes

Trump calls for return to waterboarding to interrogate terrorists who are ‘chopping off’ heads

Gangs of New York: Sicilian mafia offers Big Apple protection from ‘psychopathic’ ISIS

Catholic Church Facilitates Foreign Invasion: Received over $79 million in government grants in 2014

US Accepts Only 5 Syrian Christian Refugees Since October

Indonesia may offer island to process refugees to Australia

Thousands of refugees in Jordan return to Syria

Jordan’s King Abdullah to meet with Putin to discuss war against militants in Syria

Told he must go, Syria’s Assad may outlast Obama in office

Leaders to defy terror threat by attending Paris climate summit

France Is Pledging 100% Security Within Climate Conference Walls

‘Bride’ Tower in Southern Iraq to Be the Tallest Building in the World

Don’t change your holiday plans: US Homeland Security

Hundreds of Security Badges Missing From Atlanta Airport

At least 16 hospitalized in New Orleans playground shooting

Euro hits 7-month low, pressured by ECB stimulus expectations

Swiss alternative bank breaks negative rates taboo

Brazil’s new middle class faces plunge back to poverty

U.S. oil plunges more than 2 percent on supply glut woes

Crude Prices Fall; $40 Per Barrel ‘Very Possible’

Venezuela Sees Crude in Mid-$20s If OPEC Doesn’t Act

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Ashkasham, Afghanistan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Lagunillas, Venezuela

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hongtu, China

Hidden earthquakes present challenge to earthquake early-warning systems

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 26,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Copahue volcano in Argentina erupts to 14,000ft

Rinjani volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Typhoon ‘Marilyn’ to miss Philippines

Chicago Sets Record for Snowiest November Storm in 120 Years

Liberia monitors over 150 Ebola contacts as virus re-emerges

Transgender Pilots Frustrated Over Extra Scrutiny From FAA

Call to boycott ‘transphobic’ Zoolander 2 film

Australian Bishops Face Lawsuit for Distributing Traditional Marriage Booklet

Church of England: banning Lord’s Prayer adverts will have a ‘chilling’ effect on free speech

University yoga class suspended over ‘cultural appropriation’ dispute

Massachusetts abandons Common Core tests, but impact’s here to stay

Want Bishop T.D. Jakes For Your Next Revival? Got $122,000.00 For His Honorarium?

SBC President Ronnie Floyd and IHOP Now Bringing Catholic Track

Philadelphia Baby’s Brain Tumor Shrinks After Kiss From Pope

Catholic Church Facilitates Foreign Invasion

The Truth About the Talmud – Judaisms Holiest Book


Frontrunning: November 23

  • Brussels on Edge as Lockdown Continues (Read More)
  • Stocks Pare Decline as Crude Oil Erases Drop on Saudi Comments (Read More)
  • Italy’s Eni Plans to Pump Arctic Oil, After Others Abandon the Field (Read More)
  • Treasuries Decline as Economists Say GDP to Be Revised Higher (Read More)
  • Why the Housing Rebound Hasn’t Lifted the U.S. Economy Much (Read More)
  • Argentina Fever Is Back for Investors as Kirchner Rival Triumphs (Read More)
  • Explosion damages toilet at Japan’s controversial shrine for war dead (Read More)
  • Paris Terror Attacks Act as Drag on French Hotels, Restaurants (Read More)
  • Sixteen people injured in New Orleans park shooting (Read More)
  • The 1-Day Jump That Shows Goldman May Be Right on Metal Cuts (Read More)
  • Unemployment Debt Weighs on U.S. States 6 Years After Recession (Read More)
  • Greek disposable income shrinks twice as fast as GDP (Read More)
  • Petco Near $4.5 Billion Deal to Be Sold to Private-Equity Firm CVC, Pension Fund (Read More)
  • Guotai Junan Unit Says Chairman Yim Fung Can’t Be Contacted (Read More)
  • VW’s Bad News Drip Continues Two Months After Scandal Started (Read More)
  • IRS Urged to Focus Audits on Wealthiest (Read More)

 

The Briefing

1) Mali and Paris attacks reveal rivalry between ISIS and al Qaeda with same deadly worldview

Deadly Siege Ends After Assault on Hotel in Mali, New York Times (Dionne Searcey and Adam Nossiter)

Brussels Placed at Highest Alert Level; Subway Is Closed, New York Times (Andrew Higgins and Kimiko De Freytas-Tamura)

Paris and Mali Attacks Expose Lethal Qaeda-ISIS Rivalry, New York Times (Anne Barnard and Neil MacFarquhar)

2) Favorite loses Louisiana governorship overwhelmingly, exposing importance of character 

John Bel Edwards defeats David Vitter in Louisiana governor’s race, Washington Post (Douglas McCollam)

3) Vocabulary debate over bathrooms and bathroom access adds to moral confusion of society

Making Bathrooms More ‘Accommodating’, New York Times (Emily Bazelon)

In other news…


Turkey: The Country ISIS Uses As A Home Base And Where It Has Sold 800 Millions Dollars Of Oil

ISIS - Public Domain
If we truly do want to get rid of ISIS, why aren’t we doing anything about the Islamic governments that are funding them, aiding them and facilitating the sale of their oil?  As you will see below, ISIS fighters hop back and forth over the Turkish border with impunity, there are “direct dealings between Turkish officials and ranking ISIS members”, and more than $800,000,000 worth of ISIS oil has been sold in Turkey.  If these things are true, action must be taken.  According to a recent Rasmussen Reports survey, 92 percent of Americans consider Islamic terrorism to be a serious threat to the United States, and a Washington Post-ABC News survey found that 83 percent of registered voters believe that a terror attack that causes a large amount of casualties inside the United States is likely in the near future.  The American people clearly want ISIS to be dealt with, so why isn’t the Obama administration doing anything to go after the state sponsors of such terror? (Read More…)


The U.S. Dollar Has Already Caused A Global Recession And Now The Fed Is Going To Make It Worse

Dollar Hands - Public DomainThe 7th largest economy on the entire planet, Brazil, has been gripped by a horrifying recession, as has much of the rest of South America.  But it isn’t just South America that is experiencing a very serious economic downturn.  We have just learned that Japan (the third largest economy in the world) has lapsed into recession.  So has Canada.  So has Russia.  The dominoes are starting to fall, and it looks like the global economic crisis that has already started is going to accelerate as we head into the end of the year.  At this point, global trade is already down about 8.4 percent for the year, and last week the Baltic Dry Shipping Index plummeted to a brand new all-time record low.  Unfortunately for all of us, the Federal Reserve is about to do something that will make this global economic slowdown even worse. (Read More….)


Inside Putin’s Massive War Room Where He Personally Oversees Bombing Of ISIS In Syria

Russia’s strongman Vladimir Putin has been overseeing the daily airstrikes in Syria from a colossal three-floor war room in Moscow

Sitting at a desk on the central level of the first floor, the Russian President can be seen observing every detail. Putin is surrounded by his trusted military advisers, who have been working hard to shore up the Assad regime in Syria. Long rows of identical desks and computer terminals are crammed into the enormous space, filling up three floors with analysts monitoring activities in the conflict zone.

Strategically positioned the off-green coloured panel walls, several large television monitors can be seen providing the latest updates to the action in the ongoing conflict.

Russia has stepped up air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria with long-range bombers and cruise missiles after the Kremlin said it wanted retribution for those responsible for blowing up a Russian airliner over Egypt.

Russia began a large-scale bombing campaign against targets in Syria on September 30, in which Moscow says is focused on Islamic State militants.


The Kurds Can Defeat ISIS if We Provide Incentives

by Jonathan Spyer
The Jerusalem Post
November 22, 2015

http://www.meforum.org/5640/kurds-isis


Exposed: Obama’s Love for Jihadi Muslims and Hatred for Persecuted Christians

On full display before an apathetic America.

Finally, no one should be shocked by these recent revelations of the Obama administration’s pro-Muslim and anti-Christian policies. They fit a clear and established pattern of religious bias within his administration. For example:

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Majority of Americans Feel Like ‘Stranger in Own Country’

According to the Reuters survey, 58 percent Americans say they “don’t identify with what America has become.” While Republicans and Independents are the most likely to agree with this statement, even 45 percent of Democrats share this feeling.

More than half of Americans, 53 percent, say they “feel like a stranger” in their own country. A minority of Americans feel “comfortable as myself” in the country.

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Why ISIS Targeted France And Who Is Next

The horror that unfolded in Paris last week, and the recent downing of a Russian airliner must have left many wondering: who will be next? Which city of ‘infidels’ and ‘crusaders’ will face the wrath of ISIS or some other terrorist group, hell bent on shedding the blood of the innocent and leaving a long trail of destruction and pain in its wake?………….. Click here for full story


Christian Refugees Left Out In The Cold

According to recent State Department statistics, out of 2,184 Syrian refugees admitted into the U.S. since the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011, only 53 (2.4 percent) have been Christians while 2,098 (or 96 percent) have been Muslims……………. Click here for full story


 

It’s Official: ‘Homophobia’ Now A Mental Disorder!

If you think there might be something wrong with homosexuality, you most likely have a mental disorder, according to a recent study by a team of Italian researchers.………. Click here for full story


Smart TV or I Spy TV?

Vizio is going a step further by not just recommending viewing choices but going so far as to share it with advertisers. Vizio refers to its new tracking system as “Smart Interactivity,” and unlike other smart TV sets by Samsung and LG Electronics which require you to opt-in, Vizio automatically turns on the feature….………… Click here for full story


The Underground Revival in the Middle East That Might Take Down Islam

Posted: 23 Nov 2015 08:32 AM PST

The churning, tempestuous world looks remarkably different than many imagine. This is undoubtedly true if you’re an average American. In the darkest corners of the Middle East there’s a revival beginning that’s unprecedented in the history of world missions. I’ve previously reflected on it here and here, but I wanted to take this amazing story further than before. I hope that you’ll journey with me as I explore unbelievable developments in the expansion of Christianity in the Middle East.

Reliable reports suggest more Muslims have become followers of Jesus over the last two decades than in Islam’s combined 1,500-year history. Based on the accounts of several missiologists, it has been surmised that “more Muslims have committed to follow Christ in the last 10 years than in the last 15 centuries of Islam.”[1] In spite of great difficulty and turmoil, Christianity is unquestionably expanding throughout Islamic world. God is up to something amazing in a region that many have thought was unreachable. FULL REPORT

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US Promises Ground Deployment to Syria ‘Very Soon’

Posted: 23 Nov 2015 08:23 AM PST

US Envoy to the US-led anti-ISIL coalition said that the country plans to deploy its ground special forces to Syria very soon. The US State Department’s anti-ISIL coalition envoy Brett McGurk told CBS News that the 50 US Army Special Forces troops are scheduled to go into Syria “very soon.” According to McGurk, it is now possible to attack ISIL’s headquarters in Syria’s Raqqa, which is colloquially referred to as a “capital” of the Islamic State organization.

McGurk added that the US views Russia’s participation in the conflict against ISIL positively. “They will be going in very soon,” McGurk told CBS, adding that the precise timing is sensitive information. McGurk also said that Syria has a dire situation with foreign fighters. The US envoy compared the situation to the Soviet-led war in Afghanistan, during which the US sent in advisors, as well as funded and trained Islamist militants to fight Soviet forces and the country’s government. FULL REPORT

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Is the New UN ‘Hub’ in D.C. a Step Toward World Government?

Posted: 23 Nov 2015 08:18 AM PST

Amid growing concerns that the United Nations is taking steps to create the global state predicted by the biblical prophets, the U.N. is opening a “regional hub” in Washington, D.C., FoxNews.com reports. With the apparent blessing of the Obama administration, the chief U.N. human rights agency plans to use the “hub” as a center for “organizing against the death penalty” and for “affecting the legal frameworks, policies, and strategies of American counterterrorism.”

Known as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the “hub” also has a number of more “nebulous ‘thematic’ objectives for the U.S., which include, according to an OHCHR information document, ‘the establishment of national participatory bodies for reporting and implementing recommendations of human rights mechanisms’ and the aim of ‘widening the democratic space’ with the aid of undefined ‘National Human Rights Institutions,’” George Russell wrote in hisFoxNews.com story. “All of those themes, along with OHCHR’s view of itself as ‘the principle advocate for human rights within the U.N. system,’ seem likely to bring the U.S. into closer proximity to the U.N.’s tangled, proliferating and often sweepingly contradictory notions of international human rights law—and also, perhaps, to the notoriously dictatorship-riddled, 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council,” Russell wrote. FULL REPORT

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‘Get ’Em Young’: Evolutionists Praise New Book Teaching Children About Their ‘Grandmother Fish’

Posted: 23 Nov 2015 08:14 AM PST

An evolution-promoting author has released an illustrated children’s book, titled “Grandmother Fish,” that uses whimsical text and drawings to convince preschoolers that they are the products of evolution and the descendants of animals. “Grandmother Fish: a child’s first book of Evolution” is a 40-page children’s book written by Jonathan Tweet. The book begins by introducing its readers to a fish from whom all humans supposedly descended. “This is our Grandmother Fish,” the book’s opening line says. “She lived a long, long, long, long, long time ago.”

“She could wiggle and swim fast,” the next page says. “Can you wiggle?” Tweet then introduces other important figures in the evolutionary tree—a reptile, a mammal, an ape, and then a primitive human. Other creatures, including sharks, dinosaurs, horses, whales, and elephants, are described as “cousins.” The book closes with a description of evolutionary concepts for parents to explain to their children. Tweet, who is a Seattle-based game designer and evolution promoter, hopes “Grandmother Fish” will cause young children to accept evolution. FULL REPORT

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UK calls on France & Canada to track down alleged Russian sub

Posted: 23 Nov 2015 06:59 AM PST

Britain has once again been forced to call in foreign help after it says it spotted a Russian submarine off the west coast of Scotland. Despite the presence of French and Canadian patrol planes and Royal Navy ships, no trace of the sub has been found. The alleged Russian vessel is believed to have been seen at least 10 days ago in the area, and the search to find the sub has been taking place ever since.

The only problem is, Britain scrapped its own £4 billion ($6 billion) fleet of Nimrod surveillance aircraft in 2010 as part of a cost cutting exercise. As a result it has been forced to call on France for assistance, which has provided an Atlantique 2 patrol plane for the search. A Royal Navy frigate and a hunter-killer submarine have also been trying to find the elusive sub. However, it has proved to be so difficult to locate, London has had to plead for another Atlantique aircraft and a plane from Canada to join the search for the Russian vessel, according to the Daily Telegraph. FULL REPORT

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SHOCK REPORT: 150 on flight from Mexico allowed to skip customs, leave JFK airport…

Posted: 23 Nov 2015 06:53 AM PST

Airline and security officials at Kennedy Airport let 150 passengers arriving from an international flight leave the airport without going through customs, the Daily News has learned. American Airlines Flight 1671 arrived at JFK from Cancun, Mexico, at 8:50 p.m. Friday.

When the plane landed, passengers walked out of the airport without having their passports or bags checked by Customs and Border Protection, sources told The News. A source familiar with the matter said passengers disembarking the plane “just followed” a gate agent. The security snafu came just two days after ISIS released a video threatening New York City with a terrorist attack. FULL REPORT

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Deadly ‘kissing bug’ reported in North Carolina

Posted: 23 Nov 2015 06:47 AM PST

A deadly insect known as the “kissing bug” has been reported in North Carolina, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Triatomine bugs can carry a parasite that causes Chagas disease. These bugs are typically found in the southern United States, Mexico, Central America and South America. Its not clear which part of North Carolina the insect was found.

The CDC says these bugs can live in cracks and holes indoors and in outdoor spaces including:

  • Beneath porches
  • Between rocky structures
  • Under cement
  • In rock, wood, brush piles, or beneath bark
  • In rodent nests or animal burrows
  • In outdoor dog houses or kennels
  • In chicken coops or houses

To keep these bugs away from you home, the CDC suggests:

  • Sealing cracks and gaps around windows, walls, roofs, and doors
  • Removing wood, brush, and rock piles near your house
  • Using screens on doors and windows and repairing any holes or tears
  • If possible, making sure yard lights are not close to your house (lights can attract the bugs)
  • Sealing holes and cracks leading to the attic, crawl spaces below the house, and to the outside
  • Having pets sleep indoors, especially at night
  • Keeping your house and any outdoor pet resting areas clean, in addition to periodically checking both areas for the presence of bugs FULL REPORT

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The U.S. Dollar Has Already Caused A Global Recession And Now The Fed Is Going To Make It Worse

Posted: 23 Nov 2015 06:43 AM PST

(Michael Snyder) The 7th largest economy on the entire planet, Brazil, has been gripped by a horrifying recession, as has much of the rest of South America.  But it isn’t just South America that is experiencing a very serious economic downturn.  We have just learned that Japan (the third largest economy in the world) has lapsed into recession.  So has Canada.  So has Russia.  The dominoes are starting to fall, and it looks like the global economic crisis that has already started is going to accelerate as we head into the end of the year.  At this point, global trade is already down about 8.4 percent for the year, and last week the Baltic Dry Shipping Index plummeted to a brand new all-time record low.  Unfortunately for all of us, the Federal Reserve is about to do something that will make this global economic slowdown even worse.

Throughout 2015, the U.S. dollar has been getting stronger.  That sounds like good news, but the truth is that it is not.  When the last financial crisis ended, emerging markets went on a debt binge unlike anything we have ever seen before.  But much of that debt was denominated in U.S. dollars, and now this is creating a massive problem.  As the U.S. dollar has risen, the prices that many of these emerging markets are getting for the commodities that they export have been declining.  Meanwhile, it is taking much more of their own local currencies to pay back and service all of the debts that they have accumulated.  Similar conditions contributed to the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s, the Asian currency crisis of the 1990s and the global financial crisis of 2008 and 2009. FULL REPORT

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Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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

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

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Pew Research: 40% of millenials oppose free speech

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First, let’s see the data, then we’ll talk about who made this happen, and what Christians can do about it.

This is the raw data is from the leftist Pew Research Center.

It says:

American Millennials are far more likely than older generations to say the government should be able to prevent people from saying offensive statements about minority groups, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data on free speech and media across the globe.

We asked whether people believe that citizens should be able to make public statements that are offensive to minority groups, or whether the government should be able to prevent people from saying these things. Four-in-ten Millennials say the government should be able to prevent people publicly making statements that are offensive to minority groups, while 58% said such speech is OK.

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Surprise! Anti-war President blocked 75% of airstrikes on ISIS targets

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Washington Free Beacon reports.

Excerpt:

U.S. military pilots who have returned from the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq are confirming that they were blocked from dropping 75 percent of their ordnance on terror targets because they could not get clearance to launch a strike, according to a leading member of Congress.

Strikes against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) targets are often blocked due to an Obama administration policy to prevent civilian deaths and collateral damage, according to Rep. Ed Royce (R., Calif.), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The policy is being blamed for allowing Islamic State militants to gain strength across Iraq and continue waging terrorist strikes throughout the region and beyond, according to Royce and former military leaders who spoke Wednesday about flaws in the U.S. campaign to combat the Islamic State.

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Guardian’s detailed report on Royal Commission report against Brian Houston

Hillsong tantrum The lies, spin and manipulation will begin when Brian Houston gives his sermon this Sunday at Hillsong Church. Expect damage control and serious bible twisting in this sermon to control people (in Jesus name). #HillsongOvationStartsNow #UselessWorship

The Guardian reports,

Hillsong’s Brian Houston failed to report abuse and had conflict of interest – royal commission

Brian Houston, the founder of the Hillsong Church, failed to alert the police about allegations his father had sexually assaulted children, and had a conflict of interest when he assumed responsibility for dealing with the accusations, a royal commission has found.

In October 2014 the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse examined the responses of the Assemblies of God in Australia (now Australian Christian Churches) to allegations against three men, including Frank Houston, a preacher who helped build the Pentecostal movement in Australia and who died in 2004.

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Hillsong Church Board and Elders risk credibility over latest Hillsong statement?

The Royal Commission recently released their report on Brian Houston, claiming:

“We do not accept the views expressed by Pastor Brian Houston.” [Source]

Contrary to the Royal Commission’s finding, The Hillsong “Church” Board and Elders recently released a controversial media statement in defense of Hillsong and Brian Houston’s management over the allegations of his father’s pedophilia revelations.

For the record, these are the church board members and elders that are currently listed on the Hillsong Church website:

“The Hillsong Board:”

  • Brian Houston
  • Nabi Saleh
  • George Aghajanian
  • Joel A’Bell
  • Leigh Howard-Smith
  • Grant Thomson
  • Dane Gambrill
  • Phillip Bradley Denton
  • Dwayne Mark Nielsen
  • Don Cooper-Williams
  • Lalita Stables
  • Ben Houston

[SOURCE]

“The Hillsong Eldership:”

  • Nabi Saleh
  • George Aghajanian
  • Joel A’Bell
  • Dr. Gordon Lee
  • Robert Fergusson
  • Gary Clarke
  • Steve Dixon
  • Craig Coles
  • Dr. Jo Thomas
  • Andrew Denton

[SOURCE]

We will review this questionable media statement in future articles by drawing on exhibits and testimonies from the Royal Commission and other sources:

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BREAKING NEWS: Royal Commission criticises Houston in report

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The Sydney Morning Herald reports,

Royal Commission sex abuse inquiry censures Hillsong head Brian Houston

Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston failed to tell police his father was a self-confessed child abuser and had a clear conflict of interest in dealing with the sex claims himself, an inquiry has found.

The high profile pastor gave evidence to the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in October last year.

Brian Houston . . . did not refer the allegations of child sexual abuse against Mr Frank Houston to the police.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

In a report released on Monday, the commissioners found that Mr Houston and the church’s executive team failed the victim, known as AHA, who was molested by Frank Houston for a number of years from the age of seven.
When the allegations surfaced almost 30 years later in 1999…

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Barack Obama Should be Tried for Treason

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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Many people who have followed this president’s trail of treasonous and criminal acts against the United States of America are beyond frustrated. We are wondering what has transpired behind the scenes to seemingly make BHO untouchable no matter what he does.

Are people in high places being threatened? Perhaps their families have been threatened as well.  Has he created that “domestic army” he spoke about frequently – an army with just as much power as our National Military?  We know that he has scaled down our military to a size comparable to pre WWII times. Maybe his personal army is bigger and stronger. Who knows what this man is doing?

In this article I will site numerous actions by this president which should qualify as Treason.  During my research for this piece, I came across a website which brilliantly articulated this man’s offenses.  I will quote from them and then…

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Doctrine and truth

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

3 Ἀγαπητοί, πᾶσαν σπουδὴν ποιούμενος γράφειν ὑμῖν περὶ τῆς κοινῆς ἡμῶν σωτηρίας ἀνάγκην ἔσχον γράψαι ὑμῖν παρακαλῶν ἐπαγωνίζεσθαι τῇ ἅπαξ παραδοθείσῃ τοῖς ἁγίοις πίστει. (Jude 1:3 NA28)

3 Beloved, being extremely eager to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you encouraging you to contend for the faith delivered once for all to the saints. (Jude 1:3 Translated from the NA28 Greek text)

One of the topics of contention that I often deal with “commenters” whom I screen and block and with those who contact me via email is that “doctrine” is different from the truth given to the Church by our Lord through the Apostles. These are the same people who contend that there is a seperation between truth and the revealed truth the Church has in God’s Word. 

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What do we do with the imprecatory Psalms? Ten helps from David Murray

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“O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed, blessed shall he be who repays you with what you have done to us! Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!” (Psalm 137:8-9)

Any Christian who has a high view of the normativity of all of Scripture (OT and NT) for the Christian church will wrestle with the language of cursing and imprecation found in the Psalms. Are we not called to love our enemies? How then can a Christian take such language upon his lips? Are not certain Psalms no longer relevant to Christians?

In the book Sing a New Song: Recovering Psalm Singing for the Twenty-First Century (Reformation Heritage Books, 2010), David Murray contributes a useful chapter to the discussion entitled “Christian Cursing?” (See pgs. 111-121) The chapter is short, but contains several good insights.

Murray begins with what he deems…

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Political Correctness – The Devil’s Tool of Deception

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

bible-by-candlelight“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a…

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Does the New Testament book of James undermine salvation by faith alone?

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Are people brought into a right relationship with God because God provides for their salvation, or must we do works in order to earn our place with God in the afterlife?

The Bible is pretty clear that God provides our salvation from our rebellion by himself, all we have to do is accept it.

Look at Romans 3:21-30:

21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,

22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;

25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith.

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