Daily Archives: December 8, 2015

December 8, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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San Bernardino victim had clashed with shooter over Israel, Holocaust

San Bernardino victim had clashed with shooter over Israel, Holocaust

Posted on December 7, 2015 by Religion News

(RNS) Co-workers with opposing views of faith and Israel: one a radicalized Muslim, the other a Messianic Jew.

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Obama's claims on Islam evaluated

Obama’s claims on Islam evaluated

Posted on December 7, 2015 by Baptist Press

In an address on a ‘new phase’ in America’s war on terror, President Obama said committing acts of violence in name of Allah represents a perversion of Islam. His remarks drew response from evangelical scholars of Islam.

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The World's Most Popular Bible Verses, According to 200 Million YouVersion Users

The World’s Most Popular Bible Verses, According to 200 Million YouVersion Users

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Christianity Today

Every second, 112 people open the Bible app. Here’s what they’re looking at.

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Billy Graham’s Daughter Has a Message for World Leaders

Billy Graham’s Daughter Has a Message for World Leaders

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Tru News

Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of reknowned Christian evangelist Billy Graham, has a message for world leaders: If you forsake Him, He will forsake you.

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Child Welfare Seizes Kids Because of Alleged ‘Christian Indoctrination’

Child Welfare Seizes Kids Because of Alleged ‘Christian Indoctrination’

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Tru News

Norway’s child welfare agency seized a Christian couple’s children on charges that parents subjected them to “Christian radicalization and indoctrination.”

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5 Things to Notice When You Read Luke's Christmas Story This Year

5 Things to Notice When You Read Luke’s Christmas Story This Year

Posted on December 7, 2015 by Crosswalk

Look deeper beyond just the familiar story of Christmas and see that these verses are practically relevant for us even thousands of years later.

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4 Conditions to Drawing Near to God

4 Conditions to Drawing Near to God

Posted on December 7, 2015 by Crosswalk

Hebrews 10:22 calls us to draw near to God, but, just how are we supposed to do this?

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3 Things I Didn't Understand about God as a Rebellious Teen

3 Things I Didn’t Understand about God as a Rebellious Teen

Posted on December 7, 2015 by Crosswalk

Growing up, my curiosity and need to push back often resulted in rebellion. I didn’t grasp my parents’ discipleship role over me, and I sure didn’t grasp these three essential truths!

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New Study Indicates Shift in America’s Largest Churches: Megachurches 2015 Report 


Releasing the Pressure of a Perfect Christmas

by Samantha Nieves

Chasing down the perfect Christmas? It’s time to end the chase.

Freebie Friday! Beyond the Tree

by Erin Davis

For fellow grinches everywhere, this giveaway is for you.

Stand For Truth Thursday: The Ripple Effect

by Bethany Baird

Everyone knew that “Christianity” and “Heidi” did not mix. But that didn’t stop Sheila.

6 Questions to Ask Every Time You Post

by Erin Davis

Every single time you post to social media, ask yourself these questions.

Biblical versus Cultural Christianity (Chart)
by Crossroad, 11/15/15  Crossroad

This chart is an attempt to answer those who judge Christians by the atrocities committed in the name of “Christianity” through the ages — including our own times. Those wars, persecutions, and cruelties had little to do with Biblical Christianity. They had everything to do with man’s greedy, power-hungry human nature which seeks its own ways rather than God’s. The ungodly expressions of our human nature may change from culture to culture, but the result is usually the same: the people imagine a god that fits their new cultural wants and values, and they learn to see this distortion of Christianity as the true church. Biblical Christianity means being joined to Jesus Christ through faith in what He did for us at the cross, then allowing Him to live His life through us, so that others might know Him and see His love. (That love may include sharing His warnings as well as His promises with those in need.) The established Church, like Old Testament Israel, has always tended to drift away from its devotion to God and become just other institutions, subject to the same human impulses and painful consequences as the rest of the world. Please don’t blame human evils on a “straw-man” or a convenient cultural distortion of Christianity. Consider some of the differences between Biblical faith and today’s cultural deviations. Click here to read this chart!


Microsoft Removes God From ‘Let There Be Peace on Earth’ Lyrics in New Ad

Technology giant Microsoft has released a commercial in which the popular song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” is performed with the reference to God omitted.

A television commercial posted on YouTube last week featured Microsoft employees and a children’s choir singing the song to employees at an Apple store.

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IHOP-KC Once Again Withholds Mention of Catholic Participation at Onething Conference

According to John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire:

Francis Chan & Mike BickleLike the saying goes, It is deja vu all over again. In 2012, the Catholic Church was scheduled to participate in the International House of Prayer’s Onething conference. While this startling information was available on Catholic sites online, there was virtually nothing about it on the IHOP-KC and Onething websites.

In 2012, Catholic participation was canceled, and this spiritual partnership never took place. In 2015, the Catholics are once again scheduled to participate at Onething, and IHOP-KC founder Mike Bickle has determined yet again to keep this information off the IHOP-KC and Onething websites.

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Understanding the Times: Preparing for What is to Come

Our theme this week is, “It could never happen in America.” Of course, our great grandparents may have been able to say this with a little confidence but today, we are witnessing history most Christians would rather not see repeated! An openness to socialism has spread across the land, and moral relativism now rules our […]

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On Catholicism and Islam

By Bill Muehlenberg If some folks – including many Catholics – have felt uneasy about some of the things the current Pope has said about Islam, they would be quite right to feel that way. Even allowing for a hostile secular media, when we read his actual words – sometimes from a speech, sometimes from […]

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God’s New Sound

Kudos to Herescope’s researchers for their willingness to tackle topics many discernment ministries won’t touch.  After reading “Part 11: The Physics of Heaven* A Serial Book Review & Theological Interaction” penned by Pastor Larry DeBruyn, you’ll understand why some researches shy away from esoteric topics such as the so-called “physics of heaven.”   This is no easy […]

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Nine Reasons People Aren’t Singing in Worship

Food for thought from Renewing Worship blog: Worship leaders around the world are sadly changing their church’s worship (often unintentionally) into a spectator event, and people are not singing any more. Before discussing our present situation, let’s look back into history. Prior to the Reformation, worship was largely done for the people. The music was […]

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Bullets For All

“What painful irony!” notes Peter Jones of truthxchange.  “Spiritually-ignorant young people, foolishly worshiping “the great Satan,” singing as they die; “I will love the Devil and his song,” butchered in cold blood by religiously-driven Islamist jihadists claiming to serve Allah destroying the “great Satan,” in actions of clearly Satanic inspiration.” Dr. Jones writes: What distressing […]

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Lay Aside the Weight of Low Self Image

Lay Aside the Weight of Low Self ImageIf we find that we struggle with a low self-image, we need to look carefully at it, because it may not be low at all. It may in fact be a frustrated inflated self-image.

Paul wrote this in Romans 12:3:

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

What our world often calls low self-image, I think Paul would say is just another way of thinking too highly of ourselves.

Holy and Unholy Ways of Thinking Highly of Yourself

There’s a holy and humble way to think highly of yourself. If you are a Christian, you are a saint who is part of “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for [God’s] own possession that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). You are a new creation in Christ and no longer that old condemned person (2 Corinthians 5:17). God intends for this to be part of your self-image.

But there’s an unholy, prideful way to think highly of yourself — being selfishly ambitious and counting yourself more significant than others (Philippians 2:3). This should not be part of your self-image as a Christian, and if it is, it usually results in “quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder” (2 Corinthians 12:20). This is probably the high thinking Paul had in mind in Romans 12:3.

Holy and Unholy Ways of Thinking Low of Yourself

Likewise, there are holy and unholy ways of thinking low of yourself.

If you see yourself as having once been the foremost of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15), only being what you now are by the grace of God (1 Corinthians 15:10), you look for the low seat at the banquet (Luke 14:10) because you consider others more important than yourself (Philippians 2:3), and the cry of your heart is “[Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). This is holy lowliness.

But if you suffer from a chronic sense of failure, underachievement, and shame because compared to others you just are not smart enough, attractive enough, competent enough, gifted enough, organized enough, educated enough, successful enough, rich enough, or prominent enough, that is almost always an unholy lowliness.

And this sort of low self-image also tends to result in “quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder” (2 Corinthians 12:20). Because, in truth, we are thinking quite highly of ourselves indeed, and are sad, ashamed, and frustrated that we can’t garner the admiration of others we desire. And we are ripe to tear down those we see above us.

Fighting Unholy Lowliness

We all battle this at times. It is a temptation common to man (1 Corinthians 10:13). And Paul helps us fight this inverted form of thinking too highly of ourselves in Romans 12.

He reminds us that “as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (Romans 12:4–5). We are meant to be different because we have different functions. This undermines envy and encourages our sense of stewardship.

And Paul tells us these different functions come to us as grace-gifts from God: “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them” (Romans 12:6). What we have, we have received from God, and he wants us to be content with what we have (Hebrews 13:5). And we are to use what we have received “according to the measure of faith that God has assigned” (Romans 12:3). The gifts come from God and the faith to use them comes from God. In fact, we “cannot receive even one thing unless it is given [us] from heaven” (John 3:27). This undermines covetousness and encourages our faith in God.

Unholy lowliness comes from comparing ourselves with one another in the spirit of the disciples who competed over “which of them was to be regarded as the greatest” (Luke 22:24). No doubt some felt clearly superior, while others felt envy due to their lesser giftings, opportunities, or attention.

But if we put this unholy lowliness to death by choosing to believe that all of us have been assigned by God sacred functions in Christ’s body, and humbling ourselves under God’s mighty hand, trusting him to exalt us at the proper times and ways (1 Peter 5:6). If we really seek to consider others more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3), and not trust our impulse to be first, and remember that the least among us often is the one God considers great (Luke 9:48), then we will be thinking with godly “sober judgment” (Romans 12:3).

Low self-image — unholy lowliness — which is in truth thinking too highly of ourselves, is weight we must lay aside in order to run our faith race (Hebrews 12:1). Let us look to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2) who showed us how to do this by coming to us as one who serves (Luke 22:27) and humbling himself to the lowest place for us (Philippians 2:8)



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The Paradox of Chronic Pain | TGC
“Only recently have I discovered that I’m not alone in this pain. About 40 percent of Americans suffer from chronic, persistent, and untreatable pain. Imagine this: in a congregation of 200 adults, about 80 of us are currently in pain. So how can pastors, churches, and ministries better understand and care for their suffering members? ”

4 Simple Responses to Science-Based Atheism | TGC
“You don’t need a degree in science to have something to say to those with scientific objections to faith. Here are four simple responses to those who claim science has either disproved God or has made belief in God unnecessary.”

Relativity, Moral Relativism, and the Modern Age | AlbertMohler.com
“Moral relativism and the rejection of absolute truth now shape the modern post-Christian mind. Indeed, relativism is virtually taken for granted, at least as an excuse for overthrowing theistic truth claims and any restrictive morality.”

The 2016 Reading Challenge
New reading challenge from Tim Challies. “Whether you are a light reader or completely obsessed, this 2016 Reading Challenge is designed to help you read more and to broaden the scope of your reading.”

Building Margin into Your Schedule | Thinking Out Loud
“About five years ago in a Sunday morning service our pastor was talking about the importance of having margin in your life. Margin to hear from God, to wait before Him and to expect miracles. That’s vital at a time of year when margin is slim because of the busy-ness of the season.”

Four Reasons Burnout Is More Prevalent in Ministry Leadership | Eric Geiger
“While the burden will be great, ministry leaders must care for themselves so that they can care for others over the long haul. When a ministry leader burns out, the whole body suffers.”

Enough is Enough | Gentle Reformation
“Enough is enough of believing no correlation exists between the violence of the shooter at the Planned Parenthood clinic and the violence within. The poor victims killed by the shooter were innocent and should not have had their blood shed and lives ended so suddenly and tragically. So what about the unborn being taken into the clinic to be aborted? As Hosea said, ”They sow the wind and they reap the whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7).”

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Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More – Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow Prior $1.99.

Jesus and the Feminists: Who Do They Say That He Is? by Margaret Kostenberger, $2.99.

The Mark of the Christian by Francis Schaeffer $3.67.

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Evolution destroyed in under 5 mins: David Berlinski
“David Berlinski (born 1942) is an American philosopher, educator, and author.Berlinski is a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. A critic of the theory of evolution, Berlinski refuses to theorize about the origins of life, and describes himself as a secular Jew.”


Pope Francis Says Muslims are His Brothers and Sisters

Pope Francis, In a sermon preached in front of many muslims at a mosque in the central african republic, expressed very clearly his thoughts about islam he said that Muslims are our brothers and sisters. later that day he posted this on twitter.

It is time for born again Christians to come to grips with the fact that this man worships a different God. Pope Francis MuslimsThere is simply no excuse for a born again christian to have any doubts about this anymore. It is not new for this Pope to say controversial things. Not too long ago he claimed that Atheists would go to heaven too. he said “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!” Roman Catholic theology, because it is works based, puts a great emphasis on doing good, and therefore is not evangelistic. For many centuries the devil used the Roman Catholic Church to murder anyone who didn’t agree with them, but now it seems he has shifted his strategy to being ecumenical, even Mother Theresa said,

“We never try to convert those who receive aid from Missionaries of Charity to Christianity but in our work we bear witness to the love of God’s presence and if Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, or agnostics become for this better men — simply better — we will be satisfied. It matters to the individual what church he belongs to. If that individual thinks and believes that this is the only way to God for her or him, this is the way God comes into their life — his life. If he does not know any other way and if he has no doubt so that he does not need to search then this is his way to salvation.”

Pope Francis, center, right, poses with South Korea's religious leaders at Myeong-dong Cathedral in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Jung Yeon-je, Pool)

This is a common belief within Roman Catholicism, when a college roommate told me that he was becoming Roman Catholic because “faith alone is found nowhere in scripture” he went on to say that “of course, we will be shocked, by just how many people make it to heaven. The God of Roman Catholicism is much less likely to send people to hell” in response to a question about whether mormons and Jehova’s witness are saved. Muslims and Christians couldn’t teach anything more different. They deny Jesus is God and teach that he didn’t actually die on the cross. If this is true then Jesus never resurrected and in 1 Cor 15:12-19 paul says, “if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith”. It is impossible to go to heaven except through Christ (John 14:6) but not just any Christ, the actual Christ that is sitting at the right of the Father as we speak. I totally get it, in our nature we seek to want to make God less just, we want to make Him into a God in our own image. We do this in what is masked as love and a desire for all to be saved, in an attempt to be liked by all people. In doing so we end up trashing Christ, and what He said.

When will Christians wake up? When will we start evangelizing our Catholic friends? How many more outrageous statements does this Pope have to make before you wake up to realize Roman Catholics and evangelicals cannot be together?


A La Carte (December 8)

News Headlines Kindle DealsToday’s Kindle deals include The Upper Room by John MacArthur ($2.99); Jesus on Every Page by David Murray ($1.99); Compassion Without Compromise by Adam Barr ($1.99); Mormonism 101 by Mill McKeever ($2.99); 52 Words Every Christian Should Know by Kendell Easley ($0.99); Preparing for Jesus’ Return by A.W. Tozer ($1.99); The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching edited by Scott Gibson ($1.99); 131 Christians Everyone Should Know by Mark Galli ($2.99); A History of Israel by Walter Kaiser ($2.99).

Are Evangelicals Addicted to Pseudo-Events and Media Outrage?

Joe Carter asks (and answers) the question. “As Christians, we’re expected to take an eternal perspective, viewing events not just in their historical context but also in their eschatological context. But we can’t do that while focusing on the pseudo-events and social media outrages of the last 24 hours.”

Four Productivity Lies

Desiring God ran an article I prepared. “As Christians, we can think about productivity in the best and highest terms. We can be motivated to live for the good of others and the glory of God, and structure our lives to do this.” Also, thanks to David Murray for “Do Less Better,” his encouraging review of Do More Better.

Bible-Reading Booklets for Kids

David Murray has (finally!) begun selling his little Bible-reading booklets for children. “Each book has about 100 days of Bible reading, each day has a brief question, and each week has an area for prayer points.” My kids have used the older print-it-yourself version for a long time and have done well with them.

Daily Bread

I’m looking forward to the rest of this little series from Mellisa Kruger. She’ll be writing about the value of reading God’s Word every day.

Relativity, Moral Relativism, and the Modern Age

Al Mohler: “Moral relativism and the rejection of absolute truth now shape the modern post-Christian mind. Indeed, relativism is virtually taken for granted, at least as an excuse for overthrowing theistic truth claims and any restrictive morality.”

This Day in 1691 and 1934. Today marks the deaths of both Puritan Richard Baxter and missionaries John and Betsy Stam (324 years ago and 81 years ago respectively). *

The Cure for College Student Narcissism

Alex Chediak suggests a simple solution to the problem of student narcissism.

When God was Silent

Just because God was silent for the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments doesn’t mean he wasn’t at work. Diane explains.

Themelios

For those interested, a new issue of Themelios has been released with 193 pages of editorials, articles, and book reviews.


How the Origin of the Universe Points to the Existence of God (Video)

J. Warner Wallace, author of God’s Crime Scene, discusses the nature of the universe and the evidence for God’s existence. Did the universe have a beginning? If so, what is the best explanation? Can the beginning of the universe be explained from “inside the room” of the natural universe, or does the best explanation for the universe lie “outside the room”? For more information about this “inside” or “outside the room” approach to the evidence in the universe, refer to J. Warner’s book, God’s Crime Scene.

To see more interview videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.


How to Overcome Your Fears

A Christian is a person who submits his or her whole life to the lordship of Jesus Christ. This is the polar opposite of the great movements of our time, both within our own culture and around the world.

What are the great things in the Bible that God does with regard to humanity?

  • God brings about the beginning of life.
  • God makes us male and female.
  • God tells us what marriage is.
  • God determines the timing our death.

Now think about the great social issues that are at the center of so much controversy in our time. One thing ties them together. We have been the assuming for ourselves the right to do the things that belong to God.

Why Are There So Many Fearful Christians?

We want to determine the beginning of life, which children should come to birth and which should not see the light of day. We want to make gender a matter of personal choice. We want to define what marriage is and who it is for. And with the same frame of mind, we want the “right” to determine the time and circumstances of our own death.

The same impulse is at work in each of these cases. We are putting ourselves in the place of God. We want to remove him from the throne, and we want to occupy the place of supreme authority over all things ourselves. We have welcomed and embraced the satanic proposal first put forth in the garden of Eden: “You shall be as God.” Precisely the same problem lies at the root of the violent terrorism that is causing so much fear around the world today.

When you can say, “To live is Christ,” then you can also say, “to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21).

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Think about who God is: God is the judge, and judgment belongs to him. He is the One who, on the last day, will bring the immoral and the unbelieving to judgment. But now we have people who see it as their job to bring justice and judgment to “the infidels.” What we have in the jihadists is just another example of man putting himself in the place of God.

What is the Christian response to a world in which men and women are increasingly putting ourselves in the place of God? The first thing to say is that the cultural Christianity that pervades our country can offer no response whatsoever. Why?

Because many of us have been raised with and shaped by a diminished gospel that says, “God loves you and all you have to do is say ‘yes’ to him and you will be safe, secure, and blessed forever.” So people say “yes” to God and then spend the rest of their lives in some degree of irritation or resentment that this God, to whom they have said “yes,” has not made their lives as they would want them to be.

Do you see what has happened: What is wrong with this picture? What is actually going on?

We see ourselves as the ones on the throne and God as the one who exists to serve us by making our lives as we want them to be. That is why I say that the church has, in large measure, been permeated by the same self-exalting spirit that is at the root of the landslide in our culture, and of the terrorism that is causing so much fear in our world.

The first word of the gospel is that there is a sovereign Lord who lays claim to the whole of your life. The second word is that you are a sinner who deserves nothing but judgment from God. The third word is that he has sent his Son Jesus Christ into the world as the Savior, who alone is able to bring peace and reconciliation between you and God. The fourth word is that this Savior can be yours, as you turn to him in faith and in repentance.

How Can Christians Overcome Our Fears?

Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord. (1 Peter 3:14-15)

Peter is telling us how we can overcome our fears. If you are the lord, everything that you cannot control will cause you to fear. What if there is a bomb? What if one of my children choose the wrong path? What if I get cancer?

But when Christ is the Lord of your life, you have reason for confidence. Your Savior is Lord!

Jesus Christ was sovereign over your birth. He is sovereign over your life, and he will be sovereign over your death.

Sovereign over your birth means that of all the millions of people who could potentially have come from the union of your father and your mother, God created you! In great love and mercy, he planned that you should be for all eternity!

Sovereign over your life means all that has a happened to you, the good you have enjoyed and the evil you have suffered, was known to God before the beginning of time. Life is full of surprises for us, unexpected twists and turns, but nothing ever comes as a surprise to him. Before a word is on my tongue, God knows it completely.

God’s sovereignty over your life means that God works through all that has happened in your past and whatever will happen in the future to advance the great purpose for which he brought you into being. This is what the apostle Paul is talking about when he says, “For those who love God all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28). God’s good purpose is that a reflection of his dearly loved Son will radiate from you for his glory and for your joy forever.

Sovereign over your death means Jesus Christ is in complete control of the timing, the circumstances, and the outcome of your death, which for a Christian believer, whenever it comes, will be an immediate translation into glory.

In your book were written…the days that were formed for me. (Psalm 139:16; cf Job 14:5)

George Whitfield said, “We are immortal till our life’s work is done.” You can’t use that as an excuse for irresponsible behavior – driving down the wrong side of the road at 90 mph. That is an abuse of the truth. Satan tried that abuse when he suggested to Jesus that he should jump from the pinnacle of the temple, “Nothing bad will happen!”

Jesus said, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”

Instead, use this truth when you struggle with fear. If you are afraid of flying on an airplane, this is a great thing to say to yourself as you put on your seat belt while they go through the pre-flight routine: “I am immortal until my life’s work is done.”

The freedom from fear that a believer under the Lordship of Christ enjoys is beautifully expressed in the Heidelberg catechism:

Q: What is your only comfort in life and in death?

A: That I am not my own, but belong – body and soul, in life and in death to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ…He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven.

What This Looks Like in Practice

To honor Christ the Lord means that you hold all that you have in this life with an open hand. It means that you will use the word “my” tentatively, as if it were in parentheses:

  • “My” house, means the house that God has entrusted to me for a time.
  • “My” children means the loved ones who belong to God and are lent to me for a time.
  • “My” work means the service that God has called me to do for a time.
  • “My” money is the resource that God has trusted me to steward on his behalf.
  • “My” friends are the people God has given as companions for a few laps of the journey.
  • “My” life means the opportunity that God has given me to serve at his pleasure in this world until he calls me home.

I can talk like this because I’m not the one who is on the throne. Thank God for that! Otherwise, I’d be riddled with fear.

We will do much better when it comes to dealing with loss (whether that be the loss of a position, loss of a person, or loss of property) if we believe and remember that what we have belongs to God and is loaned to us for a time.

C.H. Spurgeon says,

A man does not cry when he has to return a tool which he has borrowed…He knew that he borrowed it, he never called it his own, and he hands it back thankful that he had it for so long. [1]

The last time Moses spoke to God’s people before he died, he said to them, “Behold I set before you two ways of living. One way is a blessing and the other is a curse. There is a way that will lead to life, and a way that will lead to death.”

I feel a bit like that today. We live at a time where the great movement of our culture is to crown self as lord. Go down that path and you will always be haunted with fear. There can be no greater curse than the curse of that path, and no greater misery than the misery that lies at the end of it.

I want to say with Moses, “Choose the path that leads to life, the path on which you crown Jesus the Son of God and the Lord and Savior of your life.” Friend, when you can say, “For me to live is Christ,” then you will also be able to say, “to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

Here is the testimony: “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord” (Romans 14:8). When this Savior is the sovereign Lord over your life, over your death, and over your eternity, what in all the world would you have to fear?

Say today to all of your fears, “I am immortal till my life’s work is done.”

[1] C. H. Spurgeon, Sermon #828, “Dying Daily,” August 30, 1868. http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols13-15/chs828.pdf.

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What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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Investors Business Daily has some good news for us. The Democrat Party of Venezuela has been CRUSHED in a recent election.

Excerpt:

Venezuela’s voters delivered a sledgehammer blow to the country’s ruling Chavista socialists Sunday, winning a likely supermajority in the National Assembly. It’s a great awakening from a 17-year nightmare.

Given the past two decades of near-victories, electoral fraud, chicanery and fractious political opposition mistakes, many Venezuelans are still in disbelief at the scale of the victory in the nation’s legislative elections, which have decisively handed one of Venezuela’s leading governing bodies over to the democratic, pro-free-market opposition.

As this was written, the opposition, known by its Spanish initials MUD, had declared a 112-seat, or two-thirds, supermajority in the National Assembly as a result of Sunday’s vote. The Chavistas won just 46 seats.

It’s total victory in legislative terms and will enable the legislature…

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Biblical versus Cultural Christianity (Chart)

Biblical versus Cultural Christianity (Chart)
by Crossroad, 11/15/15 

This chart is an attempt to answer those who judge Christians by the atrocities committed in the name of “Christianity” through the ages — including our own times. Those wars, persecutions, and cruelties had little to do with Biblical Christianity. They had everything to do with man’s greedy, power-hungry human nature which seeks its own ways rather than God’s. The ungodly expressions of our human nature may change from culture to culture, but the result is usually the same: the people imagine a god that fits their new cultural wants and values, and they learn to see this distortion of Christianity as the true church. Biblical Christianity means being joined to Jesus Christ through faith in what He did for us at the cross, then allowing Him to live His life through us, so that others might know Him and see His love. (That love may include sharing His warnings as well as His promises with those in need.) The established Church, like Old Testament Israel, has always tended to drift away from its devotion to God and become just other institutions, subject to the same human impulses and painful consequences as the rest of the world. Please don’t blame human evils on a “straw-man” or a convenient cultural distortion of Christianity. Consider some of the differences between Biblical faith and today’s cultural deviations. Click here to read this chart!

December 8, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Dec. 8, 2015

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The day after President Obama issued a fresh call for congressional authorization for the battle against Islamic State, some lawmakers leading the debate couldn’t agree on whether Obama has provided a valid plan or Congress should come up with one of its own.

After its steepest losing streak on record, Japan’s yen is poised to seize the crown of best-performing major currency from the dollar in 2016, according to two of the biggest U.S. investment banks JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley.

The U.S. Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship would be ineffective at hunting for mines because an underwater drone made by Lockheed Martin Corp. that’s supposed to find them doesn’t always work, the Pentagon’s weapons-testing office found.

It finally happened: This year, millennials surpassed baby boomers as the largest share of the U.S.’s voting-age population.

Beijing has suspended schools, restricted car travel and banned fireworks and outdoor barbecuing as the Chinese capital copes with the thick blanket of gray smog that’s enveloped the city and is expected to remain in place for much of the week.

AP Top Stories

The number of fighters from Western Europe pouring into Syria has more than doubled since last year, swelling the ranks of the Islamic State and other extremist groups by more than 30,000 despite efforts by the U.S. and other Western countries to cut off the flow, according to a new report by an international security firm. There is also mounting evidence that significant numbers of these fighters – an average of between 20 percent and 30 percent – are starting to return to their home countries, posing threats that became a grisly reality in the November 13 attacks in Paris, which were coordinated by an ISIS recruit who returned to France.

The operators of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) have placed a bizarre advertisement in a Malaysian newspaper seeking the owners of three 747-200F aircraft apparently abandoned there.

The US Supreme Court appeared on Monday to back lawmakers who want to restrict the type of guns such as semi-automatic assault weapons used in recent mass shootings.

A British couple have been jailed for six years each for keeping a Nigerian immigrant as a slave for more than two decades, a London court clerk said.

The largest US destroyer ever built headed for sea trials Monday, its angular radar-evading form cutting a distinctive figure on Maine’s Kennebec River, the US Navy said. The $4.3 billion USS Zumwalt is the first in a new line of revolutionary guided missile destroyers.

The defections of two fighters, an American and a U.S. resident, from Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels highlight tensions within al-Shabab over whether it should remain affiliated to al-Qaida or switch allegiance to the Islamic State group, according to an al-Shabab commander.

China and Russia will sign nuclear energy, aviation and space deals next week during a visit to China by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, a senior Chinese diplomat said.

Oil prices resumed their slide on Tuesday, with U.S. crude falling below $37 per barrel for the first time since early 2009, amid fears the world was running out of capacity to store crude as a global glut intensifies.

Concerns over the global mining industry grew Tuesday after London-based Anglo American said it will shed 85,000 employees – or 63 percent of its workforce – in a radical restructuring meant to cope with tumbling commodity prices.

Student debt assistance may shape up to be the hot new workplace benefit in 2016-the kind of perk that serves to attract top talent by promising to relieve workers of onerous student debt.

You’ve probably received a newfangled chip card that offers better protection against ID theft when used in a store. Too bad most stores aren’t accepting them yet. Three-quarters of retailers haven’t enabled the card readers that accept chip cards, even though most national and regional chains have installed them at their checkouts, according to a new report by Consumer World. That’s bad news for Americans who are left at risk of ID theft, but it could also be a costly mistake for retailers. After Oct. 1 of this year, the stores could be financially liable for any losses from card fraud if they swipe chip cards rather than use the chip technology for verification.

BBC

An image of a portrait underneath the Mona Lisa has been found beneath the existing painting using reflective light technology, according to a French scientist.

Pope Francis pushed opened the huge bronze Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome to launch the Catholic Church’s “Year of Mercy”. Tens of thousands attended a Mass in St Peter’s Square for the start of the Pope’s “revolution of tenderness”.

The United States has deployed a P-8 Poseidon spy plane to Singapore for the first time. It is the latest in a series of US military actions seen as a response to China’s increasingly assertive claims over territory in the South China Sea.

UK scientists said they have reached a milestone in the fight against malaria by creating a genetically modified mosquito that is infertile. The plan is to wipe out the insects that spread malaria to people via bites. Two copies of the mutant gene render the malaria-carrying female insect completely barren. But one copy is enough for a mosquito mum or dad to pass it on to offspring.

Ukraine says it has restored part of the electricity supply to Crimea, more than two weeks after power lines to the territory were blown up.

WND

Gay-themed traffic signals in Linz aimed at promoting greater tolerance have been removed, the Austrian city’s new far-right traffic official said on Monday.

A Catholic church’s website in Sydney, Australia, was hacked by the Islamic State group and littered with beheading videos.


 

Top News – 12/8/2015

Preparing for What Is to Come – Markell
I’d like to prepare you for what is likely to come, so consider this information a warning and perhaps a harbinger of things to come. Fascism starts slowly. It did in Nazi Germany and it has here. Christianity is not appreciated by the Left any longer. They just mocked conservatives and Christians over guns, faith, and prayer. It started with the New York Daily News but moved on to scolding by many on the Left.

North Korea prepares for nuclear tests as Kim Jong Un survives ‘assassination attempt’
NORTH Korea is preparing to launch another round of nuclear testing, newly-released satellite images appear to show, amid reports the tyrannical despot Kim Jong Un narrowly avoided being killed in an assassination attempt.

ISIS now recruiting in CHINA for fight against the West with twisted song in Mandarin
The terror group – also called Daesh – has released a song in Mandarin which calls on its “Muslim brothers” to awaken.

Ahead of the Game: Russia Moving Faster in Syria Than US Media Can Report
US diplomacy expert Robert Farley has put forward what he considers “Russia’s five next big moves in Syria”, which are set to come in the nearest days or weeks; however, as it turns out, the first four are already very active on the ground.

EU will FALL APART in a decade, admits European Parliament head
He did not specify what exactly was threatening the EU but focused heavily on the migrant crisis, which has stretched Europe’s unity and many of its member countries’ tolerance this year. The European Parliament head said the EU was not without alternatives and “could of course be reversed”. He warned other options included a removal of the free-movement Schengen zone to a Europe in which nationalism, borders and walls were prevalent.

Norway – Record Rain Causes Flooding in South
Severe flooding has been reported in parts of southern Norway after heavy rain brought by storm Synne between 04 and 06 December 2015. Maudal in Gjesdal, Rogaland saw just under 300 mm of rain in 3 days. No injuries or deaths have been reported. However the flooding has caused some damage to roads, bridges and homes in Rogaland, Aust-Agder and Vest-Agder counties. Around 100 families had to be evacuated from their homes in Eigersund,

El Hierro Volcano activity report – 2 new earthquakes on Sunday
2 new earthquakes in the deeper zone South-West of the island (29 to 35 km). A shallower series in the 20 to 25 km range would be a significant change.

Northeastern Indian Lost Israelite Tribe Lighting Hanukkah Candles
Hundreds of the Bnei Menashe community from across northeastern India gathered Sunday in the town of Churachandpur in the Indian state of Manipur to light the first Hanukkah candle. “Even in far-off Manipur, the flame of Jewish survival continues to burn brightly.”

Obama now wants guns from these 47,000 people
If the federal government doesn’t want the 47,000 people on its No-Fly List to board airplanes, those individuals should be banned from ever owning guns, President Obama argued in his Sunday address from the Oval Office – but if his proposal ever becomes law, America could see U.S. Marines, congressmen, journalists and even federal air marshals mistakenly stripped of their firearms.

Netanyahu: Gas plan is vital to Israel’s existence
PM argues the need to develop additional gas fields, revealing that Israel’s power plants were hit with rockets in the past, and a lone gas rig could face a similar threat.

Turkish PM says wants to visit Baghdad amid row over troops
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday he wanted to visit Baghdad as soon as possible to try to calm a row over Turkish troops deployed to train their Iraqi counterparts in the fight against Islamic State.

Obama, Clinton meet for secret lunch as they pursue tech industry over encryption, terror threats
Before their secret White House lunch on Monday,….Obama and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton made remarks on national security and implied their support for bypassing encryption technology to stop terrorists.

Outbreak of flesh-eating skin disease grips ISIS-controlled areas in Syria
The collapse of the medical services in the terrorist-controlled territory of war-torn Syria is responsible for the spread of a flesh-eating virus, known as Leishmaniasis, transmitted through parasites which abundantly munch on corpses dumped in the streets.

POLAR GEOMAGNETIC STORMS
Earth is moving through a broad stream of solar wind flowing from a coronal hole on the sun. As a result, auroras are dancing around the Arctic Circle.

A far-right, pro-Israel France? Expert says this is where all of Europe is heading
France went to the polls on Sunday in regional elections and the far-right National Front party, formerly known for its anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant stances but now known for its support of Israel and opposition to radical Islam, came out as a winner across the country.

Groundbreaking Petition Signed by Leading Rabbis Calls for Increased Partnership Between Jews and Christians
While not the first initiative of its kind, the petition is proving historic. “The real importance of this Orthodox statement is that it calls for fraternal partnership between Jewish and Christian religious leaders, while also acknowledging the positive theological status of the Christian faith. Jews and Christians must be in the forefront of teaching basic moral values to the world,” said Riskin in a statement released by the CJCUC.

Largest destroyer ever built for US Navy heads to Atlantic for testing
The largest destroyer ever built for the US Navy cut an imposing figure as it drifted down the Kennebec River in Maine and toward the open ocean on Monday. The USS Zumwalt, a 610-foot, 15,000-ton behemoth, will undergo sea trials before joining the US fleet some time next year.

Strong earthquake strikes near Escuintla in Guatemala, southwest of capital city
A strongly felt earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 has struck near the city of Escuintla in south central Guatemala, not far from the capital, seismologists say. (

Bacteria containing mcr-1 gene resistant to all known antibiotics found in Denmark
JUST weeks after the discovery in China of bacteria resistant to all known forms of treatment, the same strain has been found in Denmark. Worse: It’s been there since 2012. Late last week researchers at the Technical University of Denmark announced they had found the feared ‘invulnerability’ gene among E. coli bacteria samples taken from humans and food.

‘Spell-check for hate’ needed, says Google’s Schmidt
Technology companies should work on tools to disrupt terrorism – such as creating a hate speech “spell-checker” – Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt has said. Writing in the New York Times, Mr Schmidt said using technology to automatically filter-out extremist material would “de-escalate tensions on social media” and “remove videos before they spread”.

ISIS Manifesto Lays Out Frightening Preparations for European Dominance
According to the manifesto, refugees arriving from Syria to places like Italy had ties to ISIS and other Islamic extremist groups. “No doubt, some of these refugees were undercover fighters of Al Qa’idah and the Islamic State.” The manifesto also explains that these sleeper agents are highly trained in combat techniques and encouraged to build ties with other cells as well as local communities.

Pope Francis opens St Peter’s Holy Door to launch jubilee
Pope Francis pushed opened the huge bronze Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome to launch the Catholic Church’s “Year of Mercy.” …Under the year’s theme of mercy, the Pope has said priests can absolve women who have had abortions. During the jubilee celebrations, one of the most important events in the Roman Catholic Church, pilgrims travel to Rome and religious sites around the world.

Chennai begins floods clean-up
A major clean-up operation is under way in the southern Indian city of Chennai (Madras) after a week of devastating floods. Water levels are receding from most parts of Tamil Nadu state, where at least 280 people are now known to have died in floods since last month. Garbage and sludge have collected on the streets and sewage has entered homes, damaging properties.

China pollution: First ever red alert in effect in Beijing
Schools in Beijing are closed and outdoor construction halted as the Chinese capital’s first ever pollution “red alert” came into effect. The alert, the highest possible warning level, was issued late Monday and will last until midday on Thursday. Limits have been placed on car use and some factories have been ordered to stop operations.

An Unlikely Damascus Road
A few days before the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks, I was introduced to a little book which revealed to me one of the most amazing stories of Christian conversion I had ever heard or read. The book—FROM PEARL HARBOR TO CALVARY (originally published in 1959 as From Pearl Harbor to Golgotha)—tells the story of Capt. Mitsuo Fuchida, a pilot in the Imperial Japanese Navy, who commanded the entire first wave of the attacks on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.

As threat of Islamic Terrorism expands Obama admin remains stuck on radicalization
The photo of Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook going through customs at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, unearthed by ABC and riding the Internet today, says it all. It tells us the critical information about who they were, which is far more important than in which country they may have been radicalized. Photographed at O’Hare, Malik and Farook were terrorists on their way back into the United States to commit unspeakable evil. The camera doesn’t lie. The coming mission of Malik and Farook was written on their faces even back in 2014.

Thanks Obama: Smith & Wesson And Sturm, Ruger Are Soaring
Following President Obama’s speech last night, Smith & Wesson is up 7.75% today (its best day in 4 months) and Sturm Ruger is up 8.25% today (most in 8 months)…

Russia appears to have ‘gone ballistic’ in Syria — and it may be helping ISIS
Russia is showing no signs that it intends to forgive and forget Turkey’s decision to down a Russian warplane two weeks ago. Moscow has chosen to retaliate for the incident asymmetrically, hitting Turkish economic and military interests instead of engaging in a direct conflict with Ankara that might lead to a military confrontation with NATO.

‘Mother Earth’: UN Draft Global Warming Treaty Promotes Gaia Worship
Environmentalists and scientists have increasingly turned to religion to gain support for regulations aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions. Activists hope support for a treaty from prominent religious figures, like Pope Francis, will add moral weight to their call to fight global warming. But would Pope Francis support protecting “Mother Earth”? — a phrase explicitly referring to Greek pagan mythology….

Trump Calls For Moratorium On Muslims Entering United States
Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on. According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population.

Rick Santorum Lashes Out At Bill Clinton: ‘What Kind Of Darkness Do You Have In You?
“To take that moment and put it in a context of some sort of twisted political game, that’s just really disturbing. And I felt like that that maybe provided some insight as to that world in which Bill and Hillary Clinton live.”


Top Headlines – 12/8/2015

Iran tests another mid-range ballistic missile in breach of UN resolutions

Russia expects Iran nuclear deal to be implemented in January

Merkel’s government announces support for EU labeling of settlement products

Two Jews arrested on Temple Mount for Hanukkah prayer

Israeli President Rivlin heads to US to meet with Obama

Kerry’s ‘one state’ comments cause consternation in Israel

Jerusalem residents remain rattled, yet resolute, in face of protracted terror wave

Israeli civilian in critical condition after terrorist stabbing in Hebron

ISIS attack in Israel is just a matter of time

‘IDF training for possibility of an ISIS strike from Sinai or Golan Heights’

Hamas denies Clinton remark that ISIS visited Gaza

Russia appears to have ‘gone ballistic’ in Syria – and it may be helping ISIS

Pentagon says Russian – not American – warplanes hit a Syrian army base

Syria slams US-led coalition deadly strike against troops as ‘act of aggression’

Report: NATO says won’t send ground troops to fight IS

Iraq threatens Turkey with UN action over troop deployment

US confirms death of top Islamic State leader in Libya

Amnesty: Most Weapons Used by IS Were Seized From Iraqi Army

San Bernardino Killers Were Long Radicalized, F.B.I. Investigators Say

Terror couple’s bombs were set to kill first responders

Homeland Security chief to revamp terrorism alert system

Extremists have targeted refugee program to enter US, Homeland Security chairman says

Grappling with attacks, US leaders ask Muslim Americans to fight back

Republican candidate Carson says all visitors to U.S. should be monitored

Trump Calls for ‘Complete Shutdown’ of Muslims Entering the U.S.

Jewish groups blast Trump for call to block entry of Muslims

White House says Trump statement on Muslims contrary to US values

Hillary Clinton Urges Silicon Valley to ‘Disrupt’ ISIS

Generation of Syrian children face ‘catastrophic’ psychological damage

ISIS Hacks Church Website to Post Beheading Videos, Threaten Christians

Police Probe Report of Pig’s Head Left Outside Mosque

Texas police use drone to catch armed suspects near school

Ongoing violence threatens Ukraine cease-fire

EU, Ukraine to Introduce Trade Pact Despite Russian Threats

China wants robots to replace millions of low-paid workers

Is the Future of Music a Chip in Your Brain?

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge to Assault Weapons Ban in Chicago Suburb

Firearm stocks jump amid gun control talk

Why the Dow Jones Industrial Average Could Begin a 70% Decline in the Next Few Weeks

Oil slumps 6 percent to near seven-year low on OPEC inaction, dollar

7.2-Magnitude Quake Hits Tajikistan, Shakes Pakistan, India, Afghanistan

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Masagua, Guatemala

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Illapel, Chile

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Chayek, Kyrgyzstan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Karakul, Tajikistan

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 19,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

China pollution: First ever red alert in effect in Beijing

France moves at ‘breakneck speed’ to get Paris deal done by end of week

Kerry: Paris climate talks will spark action without political constraints

‘Mother Earth’: UN Draft Global Warming Treaty Promotes Gaia Worship

In Special Weather Report, Katy Perry Calls for Action to Change the Dismal Forecast for Children

Liberals Praise Hillary Clinton’s New Ad With Same Sex Couples Kissing

IRS proposes churches, other nonprofits get Social Security numbers from donors

Pope Francis to launch year-long jubilee of mercy Tuesday

University of Tennessee to Employees: ‘Ensure Your Holiday Party is Not a Christmas Party in Disguise’


Frontrunning: December 08

  • Anti-Trump Effort Launches Super PAC (Read More)
  • Muslims decry Trump’s proposal to keep them out of US (Read More)
  • Debate Heats Up Over No-Fly List, Gun Sales (Read More)
  • OPEC Takes Down Oil Majors as Lower-for-Even-Longer Kicks In (Read More)
  • Chinese Companies Are Trapped in IPO Logjam (Read More)
  • Republican Ted Cruz vaults into first place in new Iowa poll (Read More)
  • Washington denies U.S.-led coalition hit Syria army camp (Read More)
  • Fear at the tap: Uranium contaminates water in the West (Read More)
  • Investors Unchain Themselves From ETFs as Stock Volume Surges (Read More)
  • Texas Won’t Get Chance This Week to Fight Refugees’ Arrival (Read More)
  • Bank of France Sees Weaker Fourth-Quarter Growth After Attacks (Read More)
  • Turkish leader’s son denies Russian allegations of Islamic State trade (Read More)
  • Yen Embraced by U.S. Banks as Heir Apparent to Dollar’s Throne (Read More)
  • Boston College basketball players among 28 sick after eating at Chipotle (Read More)
  • Architect of Valeant’s Turnaround Is Under Fire (Read More)
  • Valeant Said to Consider Sale of Paragon Unit, Reuters Reports (Read More)
  • Canadian Pacific Revises Its Offer to Acquire Norfolk Southern (Read More)
  • Chicago police commander faces trial for putting gun in suspect’s mouth (Read More)
  • U.S. to deploy spy plane in Singapore amid China tensions (Read More)
  • Investors Place Record Bets on Rising U.S. Interest Rates (Read More)

 

The Briefing

1) Dividing line in America defined by theism, not belief in the transcendent

America’s dividing line: Thoughts, prayers and belief in a transcendent God, CNN (John Inazu)

2) Feminist Gloria Steinem’s individualism glaringly excludes the individual in the womb

At 81, Feminist Gloria Steinem Finds Herself Free Of The ‘Demands Of Gender’, NPR (Terry Gross)

3) Bermuda hotel celebrates inclusion by excluding marriage event in the name of diversity

Bermuda Hotel Cancels Heritage Scholar’s Speeches on Same-Sex Marriage for Being ‘Anti-Diversity’, The Daily Signal (Kate Scanlon)

No Room for Sanity at the Inn: Stifling Democratic Debate over Same-Sex Marriage, Public Discourse (Anthony Esolen)

4) Canada primed to legalize marijuana, eyes consequences in Colorado

Canada’s next big move? It may be legalizing pot., Washington Post (William Marsden)

In other news…


Daily Digest

December 8, 2015

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U.S. Borders Present ‘Significant’ Terrorist Pipelines

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The Obama administration’s lax border security and unquestioning acceptance of everyone who wishes to enter the U.S. is no longer just a question of immigration policy. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) told an audience at the National Defense University Monday that the Islamic State has tried to use the refugee program to enter America. “I can reveal today that the United States government has information to indicate that individuals tied to terrorist groups in Syria have already attempted to gain access to our country through the U.S. refugee program,” McCaul said.

Last week, a report from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee found that violent jihadists could easily cross the borders with Canada and Mexico. There are reports of an Islamic State training camp in Mexico, and the Canadian government’s policies toward Syrian immigrants could provide a pathway for Islamic State militants to simply travel south and hop across the U.S.-Canadian border. “Security observers have argued that Canada represents a substantial vulnerability, because it provides immigrant visas to individuals who pose a significant threat.” the Senate’s report read. “Witnesses testified before the committee that if someone gets into Canada, they will most likely be able to enter the U.S.”

This is not an unfounded fear. Judicial Watch reported a group of five men were arrested along the U.S.-Mexico border at the beginning of December. They were of Middle Eastern decent, and Border Patrol agents discovered “stainless steel cylinders in backpacks,” Judicial Watch said. McCaul suggested refugees — by definition people who want to return to their homes — should shelter under a no-fly zone in Syria enforced by the countries battling the Islamic State. But that would require a strategy from the Obama administration. But instead, the director of the Department of Homeland Security held a press conference Monday with the ADAMS Center, an Islamic group that has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Obama keeps sending all the wrong messages.

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Trumping Immigration Again

We’ve warned of Barack Obama’s jihadi pipeline and the Syrian refugee Trojan horse, and everyone saw the carnage wrought by two fanatical Muslims in San Bernardino. But Donald Trump just took the debate to the next level in calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” Whatever the latter part of that means. Less than a full day after Obama’s pathetic national address on his plan to keep doing all the things that allowed the Islamic State to flourish in the first place, Trump’s was a calculated but cynical media play designed to gain attention and set the negotiating line as far in his direction as possible (“Art of the Deal,” anyone?). Perhaps it was because Ted Cruz has now taken the lead in Iowa and Trump needed a boost. In any case, his declaration had the intended effect: Every media outlet went after every Republican they could find to see who would denounce the party’s presidential frontrunner. And just about all of them obliged. How could they not?

So instead of unifying the nation — or even just the Republican Party — Trump’s comments have created more infighting. That isn’t to say there’s not some good reason for that, given the sense of many Americans that no one in Washington is doing anything remotely close to what’s best for the country, all while bowing to the demands of political correctness. Unfortunately, the worst part is that Trump has now erected the very straw man Obama looked so foolish fighting on Sunday night. In doing so, Trump makes Obama look more reasonable by comparison.

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SCOTUS Declines ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban Case

Second Amendment rights continue to face legal challenges. The latest setback comes from the Supreme Court, which rejected a challenge to a ban on so-called “assault weapons.” Highland Park, Illinois, enacted a ban in 2013 based on the following criteria, as reported by The Hill: “any semi‐automatic gun that can accept a large‐capacity magazine and has one of five other features: a pistol grip without a stock; a folding, telescoping, or thumbhole stock; a grip for the non‐trigger hand; a barrel shroud; or a muzzle brake or compensator. Some weapons, such as the AR‐15 and AK‐47, are prohibited by name.” The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ban against a challenge from Arie Friedman and the Illinois State Rifle Association. And on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

In an unusual step, Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas voiced opposition to the Court’s move. Thomas wrote, “The Court’s refusal to review a decision that flouts two of our Second Amendment precedents stands in marked contrast to the Court’s willingness to summarily reverse courts that disregard our other constitutional decisions.” To do so, he argued, gives blessing to a lower court decision that “eviscerates many of the protections recognized in Heller and McDonald.” For example, weapons in “common use” was key to the Court’s previous gun rulings, and it’s hard to argue that semiautomatic rifles don’t fit that description, even if they do have extra-scary features like pistol grips and folding stocks that have no effect on functionality.

“If a broad ban on firearms can be upheld based on conjecture that the public might feel safer (while being no safer at all), then the Second Amendment guarantees nothing,” Thomas wrote. He concluded that the Seventh Circuit is guilty of “relegating the Second Amendment to a second-class right,” and SCOTUS did nothing to stand for Rule of Law.

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Redefining the ‘War on Women’

By Charles Paige

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter has announced that women will soon be permitted to take any position in the U.S. military, including combat roles. Until now, more than 200,000 jobs were limited to men. “This means that as long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not before,” Carter said. “They’ll be able to drive tanks, give orders, lead infantry soldiers into combat.”

The change applies to all service branches. Carter concluded, “There will be no exceptions.”

The New York Times’ opening line got it right, terming the announcement a “historic transformation of the American military.” Unfortunately, much like the Obama administration’s transformation of the health care system, the change is unlikely to be for the better.

The arguments presented in defense of the announcement are telling. Virtually all of the points had to do with how the decision will make the military more “fair” and will empower and provide new opportunities for women to reach their potential. Yet as the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces warned when it published its final report in 1992, “Risking the lives of a military unit in combat to provide career opportunities or accommodate the personal desires or interests of an individual, or group of individuals, is more than bad military judgment. It is morally wrong.”

We’ll see if women feel empowered if the U.S. government institutes another draft.

There was little mention of how the decision will help the military accomplish its primary task — fighting and winning wars — most likely because there is no evidence to suggest it will. In fact, the most objective study conducted (by the Marine Corps) was ignored precisely because it didn’t fit the administration’s preferred narrative or outcome. Cutting off discussion about the Marine Corps findings, Carter emphasized, “We are a joint force and I have made a decision that will apply to the whole force.” One-size-fits-all political correctness.

Former Marine Tom Neven wrote, “Another problem with the new policy is the poisonous effect it is already having on troop morale. Young soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines are not stupid. They hear their superiors mouthing words about maintaining standards and seeking input from all concerned, but then see the preordained results. Surveys were ignored and test results rejected. Notwithstanding assurances to the contrary, they see standards being changed.”

While the concept of the lowest common denominator may be useful in some settings, national defense isn’t one of them. Being fair may give some on the Left a warm fuzzy, but it will only embolden those who wish to do us harm and increase the likelihood of that warm feeling being followed by the hot flash of explosions and incoming rifle fire.

Unfortunately, even a new commander in chief and defense secretary are unlikely to reverse the new policy. Toothpaste doesn’t go back in the tube.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, strongly opposed the policy change and declined to appear with Carter for the press conference, but he put it bluntly: “Moving forward, my focus is to lead the full integration of women in a manner that maintains our joint warfighting capability, ensures the health and welfare of our people, and optimizes how we leverage talent across the Joint Force.”

The focus now must be on holding the Pentagon to Carter’s promise that “there must be no quotas or perception thereof,” as well as other leaders’ assurances that standards won’t be lowered. To the latter point, however, it’s only a matter of time before standards are lowered. In the words of former Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey, “If we do decide that a particular standard is so high that a woman couldn’t make it, the burden is now on the service to come back and explain to the [defense secretary], ‘Why is it that high?’”

Uniformed leaders will undoubtedly carry out their orders, but they should also rigorously document, analyze and present the impact those orders have on combat formation cohesion and effectiveness.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Thomas Sowell: “When the President of the United States asks the television networks to set aside time for him to broadcast a speech from the Oval Office, we can usually expect that he has something new to say. But President Obama’s speech Sunday night was just a rehash of what he has been saying all along, trying to justify policies that have repeatedly turned out disastrously for America and our allies. This was not a speech about how the Obama administration is going to do anything differently in the future. It was a speech about how Obama’s policies were right all along. Obama is one of those people who are often wrong but never in doubt. … Obama may think of himself as a citizen of the world, but he was elected President of the United States, not head of a world government, and that does not authorize him to gamble the lives of Americans for the benefit of people in other countries. … When Obama spoke of the danger of our being ‘drawn once more into a long and costly ground war in Iraq or Syria,’ that was yet another fantasy, that wars are optional. When terrorists are at war with us, we cannot simply declare that war to be over, whenever it is politically convenient, as Obama did when he withdrew American troops from Iraq, against the advice of his own generals. That is what led to the rise of ISIS. Our only real choice is between destroying ISIS over there or waiting for them to come over here and start killing Americans. As in other cases, Obama has made a choice that reflects politics and rhetoric, rather than reality.”

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Spiritual movements are revolts of thought against inertia, of the few against the many; of those who because they are strong in spirit are strongest alone against those who can express themselves only in the mass and the mob, and who are significant only because they are numerous.” —Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973)

Upright: “The president reiterated a constant theme of his administration [in Sunday’s speech], saying that we should not give in to fear. He misses the point. We are not afraid of radical Islam. We are afraid of the continued weak response to it.” —Gary Bauer

Non Compos Mentis: “The fear that you have just mentioned is in fact my greatest fear as a prosecutor, as someone who is sworn to the protection of all of the American people, which is that the rhetoric will be accompanied by acts of violence. My message to not just the Muslim community but to the entire American community is: we cannot give in to the fear that these backlashes are really based on.” —Attorney General Loretta Lynch

The BIG Lie: “That’s the message of the child whose birth families like mine celebrate on Christmas — a prince born in a stable who taught us that we should love our neighbors as ourselves; and that we are our brothers’ keeper and our sisters’ keepers; that we should feed the hungry, visit the sick, welcome the stranger. These are the lessons of Jesus Christ. But they’re also the bedrock values of all faiths.” —Barack Obama (Islamic jihadis don’t seem to view that as a bedrock value.)

Dezinformatsia: “It is very difficult to find much space between the coming Christian caliphate, which reveres the Second Amendment as a holy text, and the one set up … in Syria and Iraq — except the location of the final battle. … [B]oth groups want to implement the laws of their gods and look forward to the end times when their gods will beat up everyone else’s gods.” —Susan Grigsby in the Daily Kos

Braying Jenny: “You have such a push to buy in gun magazines, in open stores, guns on display everywhere. It’s a society that has kind of bought into the Kool-Aid that the more guns there are, the better protected you are.” —Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Late-night humor: “Russia is planning to build a base on the moon where astronauts will live permanently. When asked if they really wanted to spend the rest of their lives in a barren, lifeless landscape, the Russians said, ‘No, that’s why we want to go to the moon.'” —Jimmy Fallon

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Pakistani Intelligence Blocks Western Inquiry Into San Bernardino Shooter

Pakistani Intelligence Blocks Western Inquiry Into San Bernardino Shooter

Posted on December 7, 2015 by Tru News

Pakistani security forces appeared to be blocking the reporting this weekend on the background of Tashfeen Malik, one of the San Bernardino shooters.

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Guess What Happened The Last Time The Price Of Oil Plunged Below 38 Dollars A Barrel?

Question Mark Burning - Public DomainOn Monday, the price of U.S. oil dropped below 38 dollars a barrel for the first time in six years.  The last time the price of oil was this low, the global financial system was melting down and the U.S. economy was experiencing the worst recession that it had seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s.  As I write this article, the price of U.S. oil is sitting at $37.65.  For months, I have been warning that the crash in the price of oil would be extremely deflationary and would have severe consequences for the global economy.  Nations such as Japan, Canada, Brazil and Russia have already plunged into recession, and more than half of all major global stock market indexes are down at least 10 percent year to date.  The first major global financial crisis since 2009 has begun, and things are only going to get worse as we head into 2016. (Read More….)


20 Super Wealthy Individuals Have More Money Than The Poorest 152 Million Americans Combined

Wealthy - Public DomainDo we need any more evidence before we will finally admit that the middle class in America is being systematically destroyed? As you will see below, when you add together all of the wealth of the poorest 152 million Americans, it still falls short of the combined net worth of the 20 wealthiest Americans. This is a list that includes Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Mark Zuckerberg. To many, the core of the problem is that people like Gates and Buffett are making too much money. But I disagree. There is nothing wrong with working hard, building a company and making lots of money. The real problem is the fact that the bottom half of the country is steadily getting poorer. Once upon a time, this nation had the healthiest and most vibrant middle class in the history of the world, but now that middle class is dying. If we don’t do something about this, soon we may not have much of a middle class left. (Read More…)


Farook was obsessed with Israel –what else need we know? – Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager: ‘There is no greater predictor of violence than Jew-hatred’

According to the father of the San Bernardino terrorist, Syed Rizwan Farook, his son was “obsessed with Israel.”

In an interview in the Italian newspaper La Stampa, the senior Syed Farook said, “My son said that he shared [Islamic State leader] Al Baghdadi’s ideology and supported the creation of the Islamic State. He was also obsessed with Israel.”

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1 Christian: 236 of 237 Syrian Refugees Admitted Since Paris Attacks Are Muslims

Since the Paris terror attacks on November 13, the State Department has admitted 237 Syrian refugees into the United States – 236 Sunni Muslims and one Christian (0.4 percent), according to data from the State Department Refugee Processing Center.

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Ted Cruz Is the One Candidate Who Can Face down Washington — And Win — Andrew McCarthy

Reinvigorating American principles will require taming Washington. It calls for restoring the Constitution as a vital limit on government, not a relic . . . or an obstacle. Ted Cruz gets this. Many Republicans talk the talk — we hear it in every election season, right up until it is time to stop campaigning and start governing. Senator Cruz walks the walk. That is why I believe he should be the next president of the United States.

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Hated Of All Nations – Israel Blamed Again And Again By UN For Middle East Woes

Each month at the United Nations brings another series of condemnations solely aimed at Israel. Last week, six resolutions were passed against the tiny Jewish State. No other nation state received any condemnation, just Israel. Over 75% of all UN condemnation resolutions ever passed have been solely against Israel………..  Click here for full story


OUTRAGE – Al Jazeera producer rips media show of terrorist’s face, Considered “Offensive” and “Disrespectful”

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 07:19 AM PST

The producer of Al Jazeera America, Hashem Said, has come out swinging against members of the U.S. media who have shown terror attacker Tashfheen Malik’s face absent burqa, saying it’s offensive and “disrespectful” to her Muslim faith and family. In a tweet, Said wrote: “Come on ABC … the family attorney says #TashfeenMalik wore a burqa that covered her face, and you’re putting out pictures of her without it?” He also explained in subsequent tweets his point of view, Mediaite reported: “Because it’s disrespectful. If she was wearing a burqa that covers her face, it’s disrespectful to show a pic without.”

Twitter, in response, exploded. “I think murdering 14 people puts slightly more shame on her culture and family than not having her face covered,” wrote one, Mediaite reported. And another: “Yeah, we should always respect mass murderers.” Yet one more, demanding an apology from Said: “I honestly think you should apologize for what you said. Those people’s lives mattered more than any dishonor to her family.” As Mediaite noted, Said then tried to shrug off the criticisms with humor. READ MORE

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England Storm Resurrects Waterfall back to life for the first time in Hundreds of Years

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 07:09 AM PST

Storm Desmond has brought a waterfall back to life at a famous beauty spot for the first time in living memory. While they last, the falls at Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales are believed to be the highest in England, thundering off a cliff 260ft (80m high).

Local residents and tourists gathered on Sunday to see the phenomenon, which is believed to be the first time the falls have flowed in hundreds of years. Stu Gledhill, who filmed the scene, wrote on YouTube: “Talking to two neighbours who are both around 80 and have both lived in Malhamdale all their lives. “They have never seen this happen before, and some suggestions are that it could be nearly 200 years since it was last recorded.” READ MORE

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PROPHETIC ALERT: Will the US Dollar Be Replaced?

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 07:00 AM PST

( Written By Perry Stone) Will the dollar be replaced? Several years ago a person within inside connections to the Federal Reserve, sent me pictures of a prototype new currency that was being planned in the future for the North American Republic – consisting of Canada, New Mexico and America. It included all levels of currency (ones, fives, tens, twenties, etc.) with Spanish, English and French words disrobing the amount – readable in the language spoken in all three countries. There was a blue flag with three stars and bar codes on each bill that could trace how much $ your were carrying through scanners. With the IMF allowing the Chinese Yuan to be accepted as a global currency to compete with the dollar, China will likely manipulate the interest rates on borrowing to zero and do other “tricks” to make their currency the new global currency to replace the dollar.

Should this occur and the dollar value plummets, look down the road for a new replacement currency within the United States that will connect the three nations mentioned above. This replacement will also bring all cash that is in hiding to the surface, since the old currency will be replaced – similar to what Germany did with the German Marks in the 1920’s. Our national debt is so high, that we are one major disaster away from a national crisis. John Kerry accidentally let the words, “North America Republic” slip a few months ago. I will be showing the currency and giving inside information from IMF bankers about secret plans occurring next year at our Prophecy Conference in April during our “closed door session.” Perry Stone Ministries

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New explosion of ash at Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 06:52 AM PST

Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano, located 50 kilometers east of San José, erupted at 1:12 p.m. on Monday and launched ash and vapor into the air for about 10 minutes, experts with the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the National University (UNA) reported. This is the second event this month after another 10-minute explosion recorded on Dec. 7. also spewed ash and gases into the air. Experts from UNA’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) reported the explosion reached just under 400 meters in height.

UCR’s Mauricio Mora at 2:30 reported there were no more explosions. Mora was conducting an inspection in the volcano’s surrounding areas and said experts are evaluating whether the explosion was an isolated event or is part of an eruptive process. OVSICORI on its website reported that current wind conditions likely would take the ash west, and residents northeast of the capital – such as in Coronado and Sabanilla – could experience ash falling on their roofs and properties. READ MORE

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BREAKING NEWS – Quoting Bible illegal in Cincinnati, Ohio starting this Wednesday!

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 06:40 AM PST

At today’s meeting of the Cincinnati City Council law and public safety committee, Council Member Chris Seelbach “will propose an ordinance that would impose a $200-a-day fine on a therapist or counselor practicing the therapy that aims to “change” lesbians, gay men, bisexuals or transgender people from their sexual orientation or gender identity,” according to Cincinnati.com. According to the article it will likely be a done deal on Wednesday of this week. Seelbach is confident that he has the necessary votes both to make it out of committee tonight and to pass it as law on Wednesday. Although a few states have passed similar laws, no major city has done so, and Cincinnati.com is exultant in claiming that Cincinnati is leading the way in such wickedness.

Why “wickedness”? Because this law is nothing less than a denial of the biblical doctrine of sanctification, threatening fines of $73,000 per year to a pastor that uses 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 to help those caught in sin: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). READ MORE

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Obama Lies About Intelligence Briefings in Speech to Nation

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 06:33 AM PST

President Barack Obama tried to reassure the American people from the Oval Office on Sunday evening that he takes the threat of terrorism seriously: “For seven years, I’ve confronted this evolving threat each morning in my intelligence briefing.” However, as the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) has shown, Obama skips more than half of his daily intelligence briefings.

The data comes from the White House itself, which has admitted Obama’s absence but has said he reads the material on his iPad. In 2012, just before the Benghazi attacks, the GAI released a study covering Obama’s Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) attendance from January 2009 through mid-June 2012. It found that “During his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his PDB just 536 times–or 43.8 percent of the time. During 2011 and the first half of 2012, his attendance became even less frequent–falling to just over 38 percent. By contrast, Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush almost never missed his daily intelligence meeting.” READ MORE

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San Bernardino Attack Eye-Witness: “Three Tall White Men Did It”

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 06:28 AM PST

A few interesting details have surfaced regarding Wednesday’s mass shooting dubbed ‘terror attack’ which killed 14 and injured 17 others. One of the most interesting comes from an eyewitness. We now know that ATF investigators recovered police issued firearms from the alleged shooters. This key detail was leaked by 2016 GOP Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina during a press interview after she had overheard a newsroom report that doesn’t fit the official narrative.

We also know that active shooter drills actually took place near the crime scene just days before and possibly even on the same day of the mass shooting as reported by Mac Slavo. Additionally details from an eyewitness, who came forth on the day of the shooting, may have been overlooked by investigators and suggest that there were actually ‘three white shooters’ instead of the radicalized husband and wife natural-born killer team portrayed in some mainline reports.

The witness, Sally Abdelmageed, worked at Inland Medical Center where the attack took place and saw it all unfold firsthand. It’s also important to note that Abdelmageed is likely not lying and that this quite possibly might be the most accurate eyewitness account publicized to date. After all how can two shooters, a man and a petite woman, be mistaken for three white military men with athletic builds? READ MORE

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If Christianity Bores You, Then You Haven’t Met Jesus

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 06:16 AM PST

(Written By Jarrid Wilson) I used to think Christianity was boring, dull and hands-down a waste of time. I was never a fan of going to church or getting dropped off at yet another youth group event when I was younger. It all seemed to be pointless and irrelevant to my current stage of life. I felt this way for the first 19 years of my life, that is, until I actually experienced Jesus for who He really was and not who I assumed Him to be.

I dropped my pride and finally let God in. Only then was my life transformed. This didn’t happen overnight, but with persistence and humility, my relationship with God truly started to grow. For a lot of people, the idea of Christianity doesn’t bring much excitement to the table. The thought of reading a Bible, attending a church service or even praying makes certain individuals cringe. And let’s not forget to mention those who claim to be believers, yet still think the wondrous life of a Christ follower is still not what it’s cracked up to be. For the two groups I have previously mentioned, I beg to differ. READ MORE

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Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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

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

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

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

About Christianity
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If you see something, say something: so that Obama can prosecute you for hate speech

WINTERY KNIGHT

Obama thinks that bringing what looks like a bomb to school is cool Obama thinks that bringing what looks like a bomb to school is “cool”

Does Obama really want Americans to say something when they see people acting suspiciously? Let’s take a look.

Here’s an article about that from The Stream.

Excerpt:

“If you see something suspicious, say something,” said President Obama after the Paris massacre. He’s offered similar calls for vigilance after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino. But does he mean it?

[…]Remember the so-called “clock kid” in Irving, Texas?  Teenager Ahmed Mohamed brought a homemade device to school that looked like a suitcase bomb. He ignored a teacher’s advice to stash the device, which he falsely claimed was an alarm clock he had built. He brought the device into another classroom, with the alarm clock set to go off in the middle of the lesson. When hauled off to the principal’s office his answers raised enough suspicion for the police to be called. His reticent answers…

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Steps for Personal and Family Revival

  1. Pray the prayer of the psalmist: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting” (Ps. 139:23-24).
  1. Be totally honest as you answer each question.
  1. Agree with God about each need He reveals in your life. Confess each sin, with the willingness to make it right and forsake it.
  1. Praise God for His cleansing and forgiveness.
  1. Renew your mind and rebuild your life through meditation and practical application of the Word of God.
  1. Review these questions periodically to remain sensitive to your need for ongoing revival.

 

A. Genuine Salvation (2 Cor. 5:17)

  1. Was there ever a time in my life that I genuinely repented of my sin? Yes or No
  1. Was there ever a time in my life that I placed all my trust in Jesus Christ…

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When will Heaven and Earth pass away?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-20 NASB)

Some have used the passage above to teach that Christians must still keep the whole Law, but a careful reading of the passage clearly shows that…

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Liberalism is a Spiritual Problem

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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We’ve all heard Conservatives give their reasons for the words and actions of liberals. One radio personality says “Liberalism is a mental disorder.” Rather funny, right? Actually, this is no laughing matter.

I believe that the Word of God clearly shows that liberal minded people are deceived people who are lost in their sins. God has given many of them up to their own lusts and desires.

“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen” (Romans 1:24-25).

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

I have liberal members of my own family.  They taunt me and try to engage me in heated debates. I used to fall for that, but soon learned that it was…

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Is it wrong to pass incremental pro-life laws?

WINTERY KNIGHT

I'm Scheming Unborn Baby, and I approve this decision I’m Scheming Unborn Baby, and saving a life is a good thing

Pro-life debater Scott Klusendorf summarizes a recent debate between a pro-life incrementalist and a pro-life abolitionist. An incrementalist is a pro-lifer who wants to pass laws that save lives right now, while still working for a full ban on abortion. An abolitionist is a pro-lifer who does not want to pass laws that solve part of the problem, preferring to hold off on laws that save lives until they can get all abortions banned.

So there was a debate, and Scott watched it, and here is his review.

First, the intro:

T. Russell Hunter issued a very public challenge calling for any pro-life leader to debate him on incrementalism. Gregg Cunningham, a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Executive Director of the Center for Bioethical Reform, accepted. The formal debate structure was as follows: 20-minute…

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