Daily Archives: December 9, 2015

December 9, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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Is Christianity On The Verge Of Extinction In The Middle East?

Is Christianity On The Verge Of Extinction In The Middle East?

Posted on December 9, 2015 by Tru News

Christianity faces permanent extinction in Iraq the Middle East, as 1.3 million Christians have been displaced, murdered or taken prisoner since 2003.

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Reader Question: Is It Okay to Find Guys Attractive?

by Erin Davis

You look at a guy and get butterflies in your belly. What’s up with that?

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.




Financial Chaos Looming? A Biblical Response

I often wonder when the leaders of The Roman Empire realized “It’s over”.  The most powerful empire in the history of the world cut into pieces and destroyed through moral, social, political and economic turmoil.  Do we in America have a clue about what could be happening to us as we mock God and rely […]

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The Daily Discovery (December 9, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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God Is Not Fair and Christmas Proves It (Part 2) – “From an early age, we learn to spot hypocrisy—especially in the lives of our parents, teachers, and any other authority figures we hope to undercut. It’s a childish tactic for avoiding rules we don’t like and consequences we don’t want, and it’s one that many grownups still employ. Especially when it comes to God. One of the world’s primary means of escaping God’s authority—besides denying His existence—is to rhetorically point out seeming inconsistencies in His character. If your God is so loving, why does He send anyone to hell?”

Book Review: Do More Better – A Practical Guide to Productivity – “Getting more done. Siggghhhh. Bring on the low-grade guilt, memories of shipwrecked New Year’s resolutions, and the “I-am-so-lame” feeling as we watch productive people owning their to-do lists.”

Book Review: Do More Better – “Maybe you’re like me, and you’re one of those people who seems to do a lot. Like a lot a lot. Like, you don’t know you’re doing too much until you suddenly realize you’re doing too much a lot. You’ve got a system to keep yourself organized (kinda sorta maybe). You get what you need to done, but if you’re being honest, you know you’re not as efficient as you could be. You could be doing better—a lot better.

The Doctrine of Scripture: Defining Our Terms – “The doctrine of Scripture is foundational to the Christain faith. But there is more to say about Scripture than simply, ‘The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it.'[ If you don’t grasp what the Bible is and how it came to be, you’ll never fully grasp its meaning. Since the meaning of the Bible is vitally important to our faith and life, we will here briefly define a few key terms that relate to the doctrine of Scripture as the study of God’s Word written.”

Worshiping Angels – “Twice toward the end of Revelation, John falls down to worship an angel. Both times, the angel redirects his worship from himself to God. The two scenes look the same, but Austin Farrer notes a progression (A Rebirth of Images). In the first instance, John  falls to worship, and “immediately the heavens open, and he appears in whom God must be worshipped, riding the white horse, and called Faithful and True” (p. 73; Revelation 19:11). In the second instance, there is no Christophany. Instead, the angel speaks with the voice of Jesus (22:3-5).”


SERMON:

John MacArthur – Christians and Alcohol


VIDEOS:

What Does the Bible Say About Tithing?

Is Heaven Is For Real for Real?


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


Check out

Blogs

Calvin College features gay alumni in school paper | Denny Burk
“Calvin College recently published an article featuring to gay alumni who were the first couple in the county to receive a legal gay marriage.”

Themelios 40.3
“The Gospel Coalition just released the December 2015 issue of Themelios, which has 193 pages of editorials, articles, and book reviews. It is freely available in three formats: (1) PDF, (2) web version, and (3) Logos Bible Software. A print edition will be available for purchase in several weeks from Wipf and Stock. ”

How Twitter Helped Fred Phelps’ Granddaughter Walk Away from Westboro | TGC
“Social media deserves much of the criticism it receives. I’ve written about the uselessness of Twitter battles and I dread the black hole of some Facebook comment streams. But in the case of Megan Phelps-Roper, Twitter opened the world up to a cult member. And when she saw the humanity of her opponents, her hate melted away.”

The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism | Justin Taylor
“From my Themelios review of Tim Gloege’s Guaranteed Pure: The Moody Bible Institute, Business, an d the Making of Modern Evangelicalism (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015):”

Responding to the MTV Report on Our Abortion Data: A Guest Post by Scott McConnell
“When MTV published their article last week on our abortion research, the article was forwarded to me, and I was a bit taken aback. The headline is certainly a shocking one, and it makes Christians out to look like the hypocrites many non-Christians see them to be.”

8 Tech Trends to Watch in 2016 | Harvard Business Review
“At the end of each year, I apply my forecasting model to surface the most important emerging tech trends for the months ahead. My 2016 trends offer early warnings and opportunities for managers in all industries. Here are eight to note for 2016.”

Who Was Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones?
As he always told his family, he was a “Bible Calvinist not a system Calvinist,” and, at a time in which the glorious doctrines of grace are being found by large generations of young people, the need to rediscover Martyn Lloyd-Jones increases in importance.

Kindle Books

Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament by David Murray $1.99.

Already Gone by Ken Ham $2.99.

131 Christians Everyone Should Know by Mark Galli $2.99.

Video

What Sen. Ben Sasse said about the San Benardino attack is spot on
Sen. Sasse previously served as Acting Vice President for Westminster Seminary in Escondido, CA.


A La Carte (December 9)

Daily Reading Links and Kindle Deals for ChristiansToday’s Kindle deals include Faithful Preaching by Tony Merida ($2.99); Text-Driven Preaching by David Allen ($2.99); The Peacemaking Pastor by Alfred J. Poirier ($1.99); Real Christianity by William Wilberforce ($1.99); But Don’t All Religions Lead to God? by Michael Green ($0.99); Already Gone by Ken Ham ($2.99).

Almost all of The New American Commentary volumes are on sale with each volume just $2.99. I have marked with an asterisk the volumes that are considered top-5 on that book of the Bible. New Testament: Matthew*, MarkLuke*, John 1-11John 12-21ActsRomans1 Corinthians2 Corinthians*, Galatians*, Philippians/Colossians/Philemon1&2 Thessalonians1&2 Timothy/TitusJames1&2 Peter/Jude*, 1&2&3 JohnRevelation. Old Testament: Genesis 1-11, Genesis 11-50ExodusLeviticus*, Numbers*, DeuteronomyJoshua*, Judges/Ruth*, 1&2 Kings*, 1&2 ChroniclesEzra/Nehemiah/Esther*, JobProverbs/Ecclesiastes/Song of SongsIsaiah 1-39Jeremiah/LamentationsEzekielDanielHosea/JoelAmos/Obadiah/JonahMicah-ZephaniahZechariahHaggai/Malachi.

The reviews for Do More Better continue to come in: Here’s The Cripplegate, Aaron Armstrong, and Travis Peterson.

Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage

Josh Buice takes on a difficult topic and does very well with it. I take a very similar view to the one he arrived at.

Ministry Leaders and Burnout

Eric Geiger offers 5 reasons that burnout is so prevalent for those in ministry. I think #2 is especially prevalent: “The work (even the overwork) can feel holy.” The hardest things to say “no” to are the things that are just so good.

Nine Consequences of Debt

Randy Alcorn lays out some of the serious consequences of allowing yourself to get into debt. Here’s food for thought: “The more you’re inclined to go into debt, the more probable it is that you shouldn’t.”

The Twice-Yearly Sale

Christian Audio is having their twice-yearly sale. You can get most of their products for just $7.49.

The Ethical Dilemma of Self-Driving Cars

Ted-Ed covers a few of the ethical dilemmas related to self-driving cars.

This Day in 1608. 407 years ago today, English poet John Milton is born in London (most famous for his epic Paradise Lost). *

The #vtReading Challenge

If you are joining in with the 2016 Reading Challenge I posted the other day, be sure to check out this group at Goodreads.

Slow, Rusted, and Still in the Air

The B-52 bomber is an incredible piece of military technology that is still going strong, even thought it was supposed to retire decades ago. And it has no natural successor. “Today, there is a B-52 pilot whose father and grandfather flew the plane.”


Nine Consequences of Debt

Scripture discourages debt. It condemns the misuse of debt and the failure to repay debts (Psalm 37:21; Proverbs 3:27-28). If we take God’s Word seriously, we should avoid debt. In those rare cases where we go into debt, we should make every effort to get out as soon as possible (2 Kings 4:1; Matthew 5:25-26; 18:23-24). The question isn’t, “Why not go into debt?” but why? Unless the answer is extraordinarily convincing, we shouldn’t do it.

What are some of the consequences of a debt-laden lifestyle?

1. Debt lingers. The new boat is fun for a while, but two years later, when it’s sitting in storage, the motor needs repair, and the kids don’t want to ski anymore, we’re still paying for it.

2. Debt causes worry and stress. Stress experts say that the bigger a person’s mortgage (or any debt), the bigger the stress. Debt is a serious enemy of mental health.

3. Debt causes denial of reality. We drive our bank-financed cars, running on credit card gas, to open a department-store charge account so we can fill our savings and loan-funded homes with installment-purchased furniture. We’re living a lie and hocking the future to finance it. When creditors call many people won’t answer, believing that somehow they can go right on spending money they don’t have. One day it catches up—but by then integrity, relationships, and credibility have been ruined.

4. Debt leads to dishonesty. “The check’s in the mail” isn’t funny when you’ve heard it repeatedly from a Christian brother who is enslaved to debt—and now to dishonesty. Some people lie on credit applications, not revealing debt for fear they’ll be disqualified for further loans. Others desperately resort to criminal acts to try to keep up with their debt payments.

5. Debt is addictive. There are striking comparisons between debtors and drug addicts. The way out of both addictions can be very difficult. Those in debt with one income will almost always go into debt with two incomes, just as they will if the one income is doubled. Ninety-eight percent of the time debt is an internal problem, not an external one. It isn’t a matter of insufficient funds but insufficient self-control.

6. Debt is presumptuous. Scripture says the just shall live by faith. The borrower, however, lives by presumption. Undertaking any debt is a gamble that our future income will be sufficient to make payments. The Bible says we don’t know what a day may bring forth and we should not presume (Proverbs 27:1).

7. Debt deprives God of the chance to say no or to provide through a better means. God can give us direction either by providing funds or withholding them. When we borrow, we eliminate that second option and thereby blur God’s leading. If we really need something, there are alternatives to debt. One of them is to accumulate savings that will allow us a margin on which to draw when needed. But if the money for a need isn’t there, our first course should be to seek provision from God, not the banker (John 14:13-14).

8. Debt is a major loss of opportunity. Our loss isn’t simply the interest we’re paying. Our true loss is the difference between the money we’re losing and the money we could have earned with it. Worse yet, debt is a loss of opportunity to invest in eternity. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of debt is that it results in diminished giving, loss of opportunity to help others, and loss of eternal rewards.

9. Debt ties up resources and makes them unavailable for the kingdom of God. Whenever we’ve taught on giving at our church, many people say: “Now that I understand God’s principles of giving, I’d love to double or triple our giving, or even more. But we’re so strapped with debt, it’s just impossible.” Past unwise decisions inhibit present and future generosity. The solution is not to shrug our shoulders helplessly, but to give as much as we can now and commit ourselves to get out of financial bondage so we can give more in the future.

Without a firm conviction against going into debt, people will inevitably find the “need” to borrow. Those with convictions against borrowing will always find ways to avoid it. (In other words, they’ll choose to spend less money.) The more you’re inclined to go into debt, the more probable it is that you shouldn’t.

The basic question is this: Is the money I will be obligated to repay, and the bondage it will create, worth the value I’ll receive by getting the money or possessions now?

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Keeping the Heart in Our Christmas Traditions

Keeping the Heart in Our Christmas TraditionsI made spritz cookies the other day — those beautiful cookies that look like Christmas trees and taste like almonds and butter, sprinkled with colored sugar on top. For those of us of Scandanavian or Germanic background these cookies have been a holiday tradition for generations.

However, spritz cookies are also notoriously difficult to make. The butter in the dough (and there is a lot of it) must be neither too warm nor too cold. The dough cannot be refrigerated, the old-fashioned metal press is challenging to work, and the new plastic press can (apparently) break if used with dough that is too cold, or if the press dial isn’t turned the correct direction while pressing the cookies.

Why do I keep making these cookies? I thought to myself, after purchasing a new plastic press. I realized the answer was deceptively simple: It’s a family tradition. Year after year, my mother made these difficult, delicious delicacies at Christmas. Every. Single. Year. My usually patient and gentle mother would mutter something about that silly press, whack her sturdy metal press against the sheet in an effort to get the too-soft dough to stick to the pan, then jimmy the cookies off the press with a knife.

My brothers and I would vacate the kitchen and quickly occupy ourselves because “mom’s making the spritz cookies.” Not wanting to leave my mom alone in the kitchen with only that press, I’d usually return to help mom “decorate” those ridiculous cookies.

I’ve decided that some traditions deserve to be abandoned.

Jesus Taught About Traditions

In Mark 7, the Pharisees and scribes confronted Jesus because his disciples didn’t wash their hands before eating and didn’t keep “the tradition of the elders.” Hand-washing, Mark explains, was only one of many traditions that the Jewish elders established — above and beyond the Old Testament law — to maintain ritual purity (Mark 7:3–4).

Jesus had sharp words for them: “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men’” (Mark 7:6–7). Their traditions did not honor God at all because their hearts were far from him.

What does God want from us this Christmas? Our hearts. Because, as Jesus goes on to explain, it is not dirt entering our bodies that makes us spiritually unclean, but it is “what comes out of a person is what defiles him.” Traditions can never cover a heart that is dirty, or far from God.

Now, I doubt many of us would say our yearly Christmas traditions are on par with Scripture. However, how we approach our own man-made traditions can help us gauge whether or not our hearts are near or far from God this Christmas.

When our traditions help our hearts to draw near to the living God, they are a tool functioning rightly. But when our traditions distract our hearts from the true purpose of Christmas — adoring Christ the Lord — then it is time to reevaluate and perhaps to repent.

Evaluating Our Traditions

So, if our primary goal at Christmas time is to worship Christ from a pure heart, which traditions deserve to be kept or started? And which deserve to be trashed?

Each family will need to determine what works best. Some complicated or time-consuming traditions may be worth keeping, if they increase our joy in Christ and help us spread that joy to others. Perhaps other traditions that we take for granted serve more as distractions. Here are the kinds of questions regarding our traditions that can help us to evaluate our hearts this Christmas.

  • Does this tradition help us to value Jesus as the Greatest Gift ever given, or does it turn our hearts toward seeking lesser gifts at the expense of celebrating the Giver?
  • Does this tradition cause us to spend an inordinate amount of time, energy, or money on ourselves, and in doing so deplete our joy in Christ?
  • Does this tradition increase stress and decrease holiness in our family, or does it increase our joy in God and the relationships we have with those around us?
  • Does this tradition turn our hearts in thanksgiving to the God who made us and gave us all things through Christ?
  • Does this tradition help us to spread the love and joy of Christ and the gospel to fellow believers and to neighbors who don’t yet know Christ? If not, could it?
  • Do my family’s cumulative traditions allow me time for serving and bringing joy to those in the church or neighborhood who are hurting, suffering loss, or lonely during this season?

These questions helped our family have meaningful Christmases during two years of transition. One year we didn’t have a tree or gifts to exchange because we were living out of suitcases preparing to live overseas for a season. The next Christmas, we didn’t decorate the house or even make cookies, since we moved ten days before Christmas.

During these years, the traditions that mattered really stood out: our weekly worship with our church family, our celebration of Jesus through reading Scripture and setting up a small Jesse tree, and singing Christmas hymns (our favorite being “Joy to the World”). Last year, we added two new traditions: a Christmas cookie open house for our neighbors and handmade gifts to pass out in person to friends.

So, where is your heart this Christmas? How full is the measure of your joy in the midst of this season that celebrates his birth? It may be time to abandon an old tradition, or add a new one that will help spread your love for and joy in the Greatest Gift.


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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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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December 9, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Dec. 9, 2015

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The House overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to bar people who have visited Iraq and Syria in the past five years from a program that allows visa-free entry to the U.S.

“Information about a possible security threat against the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul” cited for cancellation of consular services on Dec. 9, according to statement on U.S. State Dept. OSAC website.

Anglo American Plc, a conglomerate spanning everything from brewing, publishing and gold mining during its peak in the early 1990s, will shrink beyond recognition after Chief Executive Officer Mark Cutifani on Tuesday announced a package of asset sales, mine closures and job cuts.

Brazil’s Supreme Court suspended for a week a congressional committee that would recommend whether to continue impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff after the government was defeated in a secret vote to appoint members of that committee.

Brazil’s consumer prices in November rose more than economists forecast, as President Dilma Rousseff faces impeachment proceedings that hamper attempts to fix the economy.

The biggest loser from a stronger dollar may be China, not the U.S. And that’s why some economists predict the Asian nation will loosen its currency’s link to the greenback and allow the yuan to depreciate.

U.S. gasoline pump prices are poised to drop below $2 a gallon for the first time in more than six years, which is sure to bring comfort and joy to drivers. Oil has plunged by 39 percent since June and may keep falling after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries essentially lifted the ceiling on its crude production.

AP Top Stories

Brazil’s consumer prices in November rose more than economists forecast, as President Dilma Rousseff faces impeachment proceedings that hamper attempts to fix the economy.

Turkish fighter jets carried out a new barrage of air strikes against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq overnight, the army said on Wednesday.

Despite a sharp drop in the price of solar panels and innovative financing plans that have brought the technology to many middle income households over the past decade, it is still seen as a luxury only rich, mostly white, consumers can afford. That perception both hampers solar expansion in less affluent communities and drives political opposition to initiatives promoting greater use of solar power as a renewable alternative to gas, oil and coal.

Russia warned in advance that its military would launch strikes Tuesday on Syria for the first time from a submarine stationed in the Mediterranean, the United States said. The strikes were aimed at “two terrorist strongholds” around Raqa, the de facto Syrian capital of the Islamic State group.

China said on Wednesday it had asked South Korea to ensure the safety of Chinese ships after South Korea’s navy fired warning shots at a Chinese vessel which crossed into waters disputed by North and South Korea.

The Geminid meteor shower that will peak this Sunday and Monday is supposed to be one of the most promising of the year with roughly 50 shooting stars per hour,

As Iraqi forces close in on the western city of Ramadi, thousands of civilians are effectively being held hostage inside by Islamic State militants who want to use them as human shields.

Australian police raided the Sydney home and office on Wednesday of a man named by Wired magazine as the probable creator of bitcoin and holder of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the cryptocurrency, Reuters witnesses said.

Nearly 30 years after Honda’s founder started developing the product and after more than a dozen years of testing, the company best known for its cars and motorcycles is about to start delivering its first aircraft.

A Chinese official has denounced the Dalai Lama for calling for dialogue with Islamic State militants, saying that it exposed the Tibetan spiritual leader’s “sympathy” for the group, state media said on Wednesday.

BBC

At least 46 security personnel, Taliban fighters and civilians have been killed in clashes in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said.

The US has imposed new sanctions on North Korea over its alleged weapons proliferation activities. The sanctions target the North Korean army’s Strategic Rocket Force, as well as two banks and three shipping companies allegedly involved in arms trade. The sanctions bar American citizens or companies from engaging in any transactions with the firms.

One of the world’s most famous gun-makers, Smith & Wesson, has nearly tripled profits for the three months to October.

Ethiopia’s government has increased to 10.1 million the estimated number of people who desperately need food aid because of a drought.

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Federal authorities are seeking the whereabouts of two Afghanistan men who were being trained at Moody Air Force base in Valdosta, Georgia, but suddenly went missing.

Anonymous, the globally known hacking group, called for supporters and activists to join in a “trolling day” against ISIS and help mock the terror group on social media.

Microsoft decided to leave God on the cutting-room floor for a commercial featuring “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”

The University of Mississippi, located in the heartland of the South, in Bible-belt country, has changed the name of its annual “A Grand Old Christmas” to “Hotty Toddy Holiday” out of concern the “Christmas” reference might be seen as offensive.


 

Top News – 12/9/2015

Exposing the Final Kingdom of Human Government
“It is the blueprint, it is the action plan, to inventory and control all land, all water, all plants, all minerals, all construction, all animals, all means of production, all energy, all information and all the human beings in the world. It is a completely comprehensive plan, it’s global and it’s implemented locally… It is in every single town all across the United States and across the world. It is run by the United Nations…

Bill to tighten visa restrictions passes in US House of Representatives
The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to tighten restrictions on travel to the United States by citizens of the 38 nations who are allowed to enter the country without obtaining a visa.

Syrian opposition talks open in Saudi Arabia
Rebel groups meet in Riyadh to find common ground ahead of possible talks to remove Assad regime from power.

79 percent of evangelicals believe ‘violence across the Middle East is a sign that the end times are nearer’
According to a survey conducted by the Brookings Institute’s Center for Middle East Policy entitled “American Attitudes Toward The Middle East And Israel“, 79 percent of all evangelical Christians in America believe that “the unfolding violence across the Middle East is a sign that the end times are nearer”. In addition, the survey also discovered that evangelical Christians are also far more likely to be pro-Israel than the population as a whole, and most of them believe that Israel will control more territory than it currently possesses before Jesus comes back.

Microsoft banishes God from Christmas song
Microsoft decided to leave God on the cutting-room floor for a commercial featuring “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” Producers for the computer giant’s latest television commercial reshuffled lyrics to the popular song to avoid airing, “With God as our Father, brothers all are we. Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony.”

Earthquake Of 7.1 Magnitude Off Indonesia’s Ambon Island: US Geological Survey
Geoscience Australia duty seismologist Eddie Leask said the quake was “very shallow at about 20km deep or so”. There was a chance of some minor tsunami activity closer to the epicentre, and it was possible there was some damage to villages in Seram, he said.

Su-24 downing gave grounds for war, but Russia decided against symmetrical response – Medvedev
Medvedev said Ankara had “violated the norms of the international law,” giving Russia what’s called in international judicial language ‘a casus belli’, or a reason to start a war.

‘Hopefully, no nukes will be needed’ against ISIS – Putin
Vladimir Putin has praised the Russian cruise missiles fired against terrorists in Syria from the sea. He expressed hope that these weapons would not have to be armed with nuclear warheads.

US government approves transgenic chicken
The eggs of the genetically engineered animal contain an enzyme that can treat a rare disease. The drug, Kanuma (sebelipase alfa), is a recombinant human enzyme marketed by Alexion Pharmaceuticals. It replaces a faulty enzyme in people with a rare, inherited condition that prevents the body from breaking down fatty molecules in cells. A form of the disease that strikes infants is quickly fatal.

Obama is fueling global jihad
Not surprising, at the UN climate summit in Paris, a baffled Barack Obama said that the San Bernardino massacre motive is a mystery – then uses the tragedy to push for gun control and declare “climate change is a threat to national security on par with terrorism.”

New Clinton Email Shows Pentagon Had Forces Ready To Respond To Benghazi Attack Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/12/08/new-clinton-email-shows-
American military forces were available for a rescue operation not long after the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, came under attack by terrorists Sept. 11, 2012, according to an email to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s closest aides.

Egyptian Muslim scholar: No connection between Temple Mt., Islam
Arab world outraged at latest research of renowned scholar of Arabic and Islamic studies Youssef Ziedan. Renowned Egyptian scholar Youssef Ziedan, a specialist in Arabic and Islamic studies, has given a series of interviews to Egyptian television stations of late, the purpose of which appears to be to anger his Muslim colleagues. His main point has been to say that there is actually no connection between Jerusalem and ancient Islam.

Number of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria ‘has doubled in past year’
The number of foreign fighters who have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join militant groups such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has more than doubled and could stand at 31,000, according to a new study. The figures show the extent to which a jihadist movement that grew out of Iraq’s insurgency and Syria’s civil war has become a hub for international terror.

Russia ratchets up pressure with Syria submarine strikes ahead of talks
Russia…launched strikes in Syria for the first time from a submarine stationed in the Mediterranean, ratcheting up its bombing campaign in the war-torn country. The strikes came with Syria’s splintered opposition due to begin Saudi-organised talks in Riyadh on Wednesday for difficult discussions on forming a united front in potential talks with President Bashar al-Assad to end the country’s four-year conflict.

Canada leads way in legalizing marijuana
Justin Trudeau raised eyebrows when he admitted to having dabbled in marijuana while a member of parliament, but his pledge as prime minister to legalize pot has been broadly cheered. He said in a policy speech on Friday that his Liberal government would introduce legislation as early as 2016 to legalize marijuana, making Canada the first in the G7 bloc of industrialized nations to do so, although precise details remain sketchy.

Someone Will Eventually Use CRISPR to Try to Make a Dragon or Unicorn
The world’s top geneticists decided to spend the vast majority of last week discussing how to keep new genetic editing tools from ultimately destroying the human race… A future where the gene editing technique CRISPR/Cas9 is used by… biologists…(to)…create fanciful organisms straight out of sci-fi is not just possible—it’s likely, argue two of the country’s top bioethicists.

Tiny chip that powers itself from radio waves
Dutch scientists have developed a tiny sensor powered by the radio waves it uses to communicate information. Such sensors could help advance the nascent Internet of Things industry, researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology said. Increasingly tiny chips that measure temperature, light, and air pollution are being deployed around cities and in smart homes and offices.

CNN anchor: Jews carried out terror attacks, should they be barred from entering US?
In reported cases of Jewish terror attacks, should all Jews be barred from obtaining visas in order to enter the United States? This was a question posed by CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield Tuesday morning during an interview with…Jeffrey Lord, when asked if his preferred presidential candidate was not applying a double standard to Muslims.

French authorities identify third attacker from Paris concert hall
World French authorities identify third attacker from Paris concert hall Resize Text Print Article Comments 9 Members of the band Eagles of Death Metal, Jesse Hughes, right, and Julian Dorio, kneeling, pay their respects to the victims who died in the attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. The band was in concert there at the time of the attacks. (Jacques Brinon/AP) By Daniela Deane December 9 at 5:00 AM LONDON — French authorities have identified the third attacker who blew himself up at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris last month in the deadliest attacks on French soil since World War II, French media reported Wednesday.

Ex-wife warns not to ‘glorify’ dead rocker Weiland
The ex-wife of grunge rocker Scott Weiland, who died after years of addiction, has urged fans not to glamorize the singer but instead learn from his mistakes.

Russia gave warning of Syria cruise missile strikes, US says
Russia warned in advance that its military would launch strikes Tuesday on Syria for the first time from a submarine stationed in the Mediterranean, the United States said.

Smartphones to die out ‘within five years’, says new study
According to a new study of 100,000 consumers, mobile technology is expected to be replaced by artificial intelligence. Many consumers believe smartphones will cease to exist within five years, according to new research carried out by researchers on behalf of Ericsson. The company’s ConsumerLab questioned more than 100,000 customers in its native Sweden and 39 other countries, seeking their views on their technological desires for the future.

Is Our Stoner President Mentally Impaired?
Members of Congress concerned about America’s survival have shied away from impeaching President Obama on national security grounds. They either think impeachment would take too long or that the political process of impeaching the first black Democratic President would be too polarizing. There is an alternative: removing Obama from office because of cognitive impairment.

Massive Worldwide Support for Sharia Law Among Global Muslim Community
In the aftermath of the uproar caused by Donald Trump’s press release “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,” the Pew Research Center released some truly astonishing polling data on the support among Muslims worldwide for Sharia law.

Barry and Bergoglio opening the door on Marxism today
The very first thing Barack Obama did on his first full day at the White House was to jack up the heat Out on the campaign trail, he had advised the plebes of the world to keep their thermostats—- to “72 degrees at all times”—no matter how frigid the winter and had lectured plain folk to pump air into their tires for the sake of the environment. It was said that the new administration made it warm enough in the White House to grow orchids.“Love the smell of orchids heavy with the scent of eco-hypocrisy…:” blogged savvy Michelle Malkin.

Israel sentences female Palestinian lawmaker to 15 months
JERUSALEM — An Israeli military court has sentenced a female Palestinian lawmaker to 15 months in prison after convicting her of belonging to an illegal organization and incitement, the army announced Tuesday, drawing angry denunciations from Palestinian leaders in the West Bank.


Top Headlines – 12/9/2015

The ISIS Trail of Death: Six countries, six attacks, at least 525 killed this fall

Woman Police Officer Sustains ‘Massive’ Injury, Bitten By ‘Rampaging’, Gun-Grab Migrant Screaming ‘Allah Hu Akbar’

America’s Muslims object to Obama’s push for more self-surveillance

Social media giants step up battle against terrorist activity

FBI puts California terrorist’s dad on watch list

Officials say San Bernardino killer was planning attack in 2012

California shooters had contact with other American, European extremists

Investigators looking into possibility Tashfeen Malik was ‘an operative’

Farook took out debt consolidation loan to support San Bernardino massacre: source

Arab Bank wins US appeal over thousands of terror-finance claims

Ex-Australia PM Tony Abbott says Islam must reform

UK officials react angrily to Trump comments on Muslims in London

White House says Trump’s Muslim comments disqualify him for president

US Jewish organizations harshly criticize Trump ahead of Israel visit

Zionist Union MK calls Trump ‘racist,’ adds he’s not welcome to Knesset

Trump vindicated again – Islamic immigrants violate Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952

FDR Halted German, Japanese Naturalization After Pearl Harbor

Carter Banned Iranians from Coming to US During Hostage Crisis

Rupert Murdoch on Trump’s Immigration Stance: “Complete Refugee Pause” Makes Sense

Bill to tighten visa restrictions passes in US House of Representatives

Migrant crisis: Sweden to open first tent refugee camp since Bosnian war

Christian Relief Group on Refugees: What Matters Is Who’s Vulnerable, Not Religion

Leaked ISIS Documents Reveal Terrorist Group’s Plans to Set Up Full Government

Amnesty report: ISIS armed with U.S. weapons

Flesh-eating skin disease grips ISIS-controlled areas in Syria

Dalai Lama calls for ‘dialogue’ with ISIS

Erdogan: Turkey ‘insists’ on safe zones, support for moderate Syrian forces

Iraqi PM asks NATO to press Turkey to pull troops from north Iraq

Turkish PM says wants to visit Baghdad amid row over troops

Russia says Turkey acted ‘recklessly’ by sending troops into Iraq

Russian submarine equipped with cruise missiles off Syria coast

Russia says it hit Islamic State with submarine-launched missile for first time

Can Putin Bomb His Way Out of Sanctions?

Russia expects Iran nuclear deal to be implemented in January

US conducting ‘serious review’ of reports Iran conducted missile test

France says ‘very attentive’ to Iran UN ballistic missile curbs

Air France to resume Paris-Tehran flights from April

A far-right, pro-Israel France? Expert says this is where all of Europe is heading

New Mossad chief facing challenge of Islamic State and empowered Iran

ISIS terror cell planned attacks inside Israel

Jerusalem mayor: Armed citizens help deter terror

Swedish PM: Stabbing attacks in Israel not terrorism

Two Israelis wounded in stabbing attack in Hebron area

Rivlin outlines vision for peace in DC

Customs officials intercept 4,000 dolls promoting anti-Israel incitement

Netanyahu: Gas plan is vital to Israel’s existence

German, US Jewish NGOs strongly rebuke Merkel’s support for labels on settlement products

Fleeing recession and violence, Brazilian Jews flock to Israel

At Least Nine Dead After Taliban Attacks Afghan Airport

Congress warns: ‘Commercial flights still major target for terrorism’ – Top TSA Official Stumped On How to Improve Airport Security

Google’s chairman wants algorithms to censor the internet for hate speech

Why 2015 Was a Breakthrough Year in Artificial Intelligence

Police Chiefs Say Scrutiny Over Videos Has Radically Changed Their Work – More Political, Less Secure

Smartphones to die out ‘within five years’ and get replace with artificial intelligence, says new study

This smart car seems to have tattled on its driver

Australian police raid Sydney home of reported bitcoin creator

Ted Cruz: U.S. Is One Liberal Justice Away from End of Gun Rights

Opec bid to kill off US shale sends oil price down to 2009 low

Oil price could hit $20 as Opec ditches quotas

New US space mining law to spark interplanetary gold rush

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Ovalle, Chile

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 25,000ft

Mt Etna volcano in Italy erupts to 15,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Chennai, India: End in Sight to Historic, Deadly Flooding

Norway – Record Rain Causes Flooding in South

Wettest day in Portland history causes landslides, floods

Beijing’s ‘airpocalypse’: city shuts down amid three-day smog red alert

Cardinal: If climate talks stall, pope may gently intervene

Pope Francis Calls for ‘God’s Mercy’ at Start of Yearlong Jubilee

Going to pot? Canada leads way in legalizing marijuana

Two hospitalized, nearly 200 sickened in Seattle norovirus outbreak

80 sickened after eating at Chipotle, Boston College says

Disease-resistant pigs latest win for gene editing technology

Transgender AND Transager: 52 Year-Old Father Lives as a 6 Year-Old Girl

District Votes to Allow Trans. Student in Girls’ Locker Room After Feds. Threaten to Pull $6M in Funding

Satanic group plans Christmas ‘snaketivity’ to rival Christmas Nativity display

What Christians Need to Know About Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and the IFCJ

Are Christian Leaders Leading the Church Down the Broad Road of Delusion?

Austin Texas Pastor Arrested for Sexual Abuse of Youth Member

Providing biblical counsel to homosexual youth soon illegal in Cincy…

Woman found dead in German hotel, after undergoing exorcism

Hillary Clinton Likens Pro-Lifers to Terrorists, Condemns Assault on Planned Parenthood

Hillary Clinton Accuses Liberty University President Falwell of Aiding ISIS


Frontrunning: December 09

  • Gloomy mood prevails despite calmer commodities (Read More)
  • A Strong Dollar Hurts China More Than the U.S. (Read More)
  • China Sets Yuan at Four-Year Low in ‘Stress Test’ (Read More)
  • Dow Chemical and DuPont Are in Advanced Talks to Merge (Read More)
  • Yahoo scraps plan to spin off Alibaba stake (Read More)
  • Electrolux Downsizes Small Appliances Unit, Cuts Jobs (Read More)
  • House Votes to Require Visas for Iraq, Syria Travelers (Read More)
  • It’s All Gone Wrong for One of World’s Biggest Mining Companies (Read More)
  • U.S. conducting ‘serious review’ of alleged Iran missile test (Read More)
  • Citigroup Sued by Failed Hedge Fund Over 2008 Crisis Trades (Read More)
  • Volkwagen Finds No Illegal Changes in Carbon-Dioxide Probe (Read More)
  • How Pfizer Set the Cost of Its New Drug at $9,850 a Month (Read More)
  • IMF Eases Lending Policy in Move Helping Ukraine in Bond Feud (Read More)
  • Who’s the Bear Driving Up the Price of U.S. Stock Options? (Read More)
  • Senator Cruz introduces bill to let states reject refugees (Read More)
  • Bill Gross’s Investors Pulled $74 Million From Fund in November (Read More)
  • Less Than Zero: Living With Negative Interest Rates (Read More)
  • Lynch says no indication California shooting couple were part of wider cell (Read More)
  • Get Ready for $2 Gasoline Again (Read More)

 

The Briefing

1) Influential Federal Judge candidly admits change of mind, court’s creation of rights

Justice Scalia’s Majoritarian Theocracy, New York Times (Richard A. Posner and Eric J. Segal)

Judge Posner’s troubling explanation for his shift on same-sex marriage, Washington Post (Ilya Somin)

Book Review (reviewing William N. Eskridge, The Case for Same-Sex Marriage: From Sexual Liberty to Civilized commitment (1996)), Journal of the University of Chicago Law School (Richard A. Posner)

Eighteen Years On: A Re-Review, The Yale Law Journal (Richard A. Posner)

2) Lutheran denomination breaks with Boy Scouts after false promise on homosexuality

Lutheran group severs relationship with Scouts, Baptist Press (David Roach)

3) Girls who want to be Boy Scouts challenge commitment of gender revolutionaries

‘I Want to Be a Boy Scout.’ There’s Just One Hitch., New York Times (Julie Turkewitz)

4) Kentucky gubernatorial inauguration reminds Christians of democratic duty to vote

Matt Bevin sworn in as Kentucky governor, Louisville Courier-Journal (Tom Loftus)

In other news…

Weak Commodities Prices Weigh on Global Stocks, Wall Street Journal (Riva Gold and Saumya Vaishampayan)

Hillary Clinton: How I’d Rein In Wall Street, New York Times (Hillary Clinton)
The Liberal Theology of Gun Control, Wall Street Journal (William McGurn)
Donald Trump Calls for Ban on Muslim Entry Into U.S., Wall Street Journal (Ried J. Epstein and Peter Nicholas)

Daily Digest

December 9, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“A universal peace, it is to be feared, is in the catalogue of events, which will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts.” —James Madison, 1792

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Leading From Behind Has Predicted Result

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Seems like no nation wants to take the lead to fight the Islamic State. So much for Barack Obama’s “international community” and “leading from behind.” Each one of them has a 1-2-3-not-it approach to summoning enough initiative for ending the Islamic State once and for all. Oh sure, Syrian rebels, the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army are all battling corners of the group on their turf, and the West is content to lob a few bombs in Islamic State territory every day, but no one has set a vision for the endgame. Now, the general secretary of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, announced the organization won’t be leading the effort to end the caliphate and ensure security for its partner nations.

“Muslims are on the front line in this war,” Stoltenberg said. “Most victims are Muslims, and most of those who fight against the [Islamic State] are Muslims. We can not carry on this struggle for them. The United States has a limited number of special forces. In the foreground, however, is strengthening local forces. This is not easy, but it’s the only option.” Despite the attack on America’s homeland in San Bernardino, Obama is content — using National Review’s Arthur Herman’s analogy — to huddle behind the Maginot Line while Nazi Germany perfects its Blitzkrieg tactics. Instead, he addressed the nation Sunday to say he was doubling down on his strategy of “inherent resolve” and oh, to make firearms more difficult to acquire, because that would disrupt the jihadists who by the way are waging a “knife intifada” in Israel. It’s time Obama adopted a winning strategy.

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The Syrian Refugee Religious Test

If the Syrian refugees the Obama administration is accepting into the United States really are the most needy — the ones most at risk at being caught in the crossfire of the Syrian civil war — then why has the U.S. government only accepted one Christian refugee? A total of 237 Syrian refugees entered the country since Nov. 13, the day the Islamic State struck Paris. But only one Greek Orthodox individual landed on our shores, despite U.S. law requiring that asylum seekers be asked about the role religion played in persecution. Remember: Christians are fleeing the Middle East after their churches are targeted and razed — and it’s not just the Islamic State carrying out the atrocities. The Obama administration, however, continues to refuse to consider religion with any of its Middle East dealings. In August, Immigration and Customs Enforcement was preparing to deport 27 Christians who were seeking asylum after fleeing the Islamic State.

As a result of the Syrian refugee question, Congress is stepping up its involvement with immigration policy. The House passed, with a 407-19 vote Tuesday, a measure reforming the nation’s Visa Waiver Program. The bill would require travelers holding passports for Western Europe who also traveled to Iraq, Iran, Syria or Sudan in the last five years to get a visa and undergo more scrutiny before entering the states. But there is only so much reform that Congress is willing to do. While there is bipartisan support to reform visas, the very program that accepted a single Christian will probably fall to Barack Obama’s veto pen. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) believes Democrats have enough votes to sustain the Obama administration’s Trojan horse refugee program for Syrians.

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French Raid Mosques, Democrats Visit Them

The attack in Paris was a hard lesson and wake-up call, but the French are showing signs of learning. During a state of emergency crackdown, “French authorities announced [last week] they shut down three mosques for an alleged ‘pattern of radicalization,'” reports USA Today. French authorities found Islamic State propaganda, as well as weapons and ammo, and they made scores of arrests.

Of course, USA Today also notes the flip side: “but terrorism analysts said such tactics are unlikely to be repeated in the USA.” Thanks to Barack Obama’s blinding Islamophilia, he would never allow such a thing. And Democrats follow his lead. That’s why several Democrat lawmakers attended a prayer service at a radical mosque and Obama’s DHS secretary held a press conference at a mosque tied to the Muslim Brotherhood — both after the San Bernardino attack.

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Denying Rights to Combat Terrorism?

By Louis DeBroux

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In a Sunday speech he clearly had no interest in giving, Barack Obama spoke to the nation from the Oval Office in an attempt to address the fears of many Americans following attacks in Paris (130 dead, almost 400 wounded) and San Bernardino (14 dead, 21 wounded) by Islamic jihadists. He failed to assuage those fears, primarily because he once again proved that he is clueless as to the real threat and the real enemy.

To no one’s surprise, Obama used these recent tragedies to renew his push for more gun control in what was actually pretty savvy political theater.

Under the guise of combatting terrorism, Obama declared, “To begin with, Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon? … We also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons like the ones that were used in San Bernardino.” Then he mocked, “I know there are some who reject any gun safety measures.”

This is craven theatrics, but it will work on some Americans. All the public is going to hear is “no-fly list” and “guns,” and then they’re going to think, “Why do Republicans want to put guns in the hands of terrorists?” Mission accomplished for Obama.

But there are three glaring problems with Obama’s proposed “solutions” — one practical, one political, and the other constitutional.

The practical problem is that neither Syed Farook nor Tashfeen Malik (the San Bernardino terrorists) was on the no-fly list. In fact, none of the terrorists involved in Islamist terror attacks on U.S. soil have been on the no-fly list, so Obama’s “solution” would not have prevented these terrorists from purchasing guns. Furthermore, legal purchases are not the only means of obtaining firearms. France has far more restrictive gun laws than the U.S., and yet the attacks in Paris still happened.

There is also the fact that the government terrorist watch lists, which include the no-fly list, are riddled with errors. There seems to be neither rhyme nor reason as to how someone ends up on the no-fly list. There are more than 280,000 Americans with no recognized ties to terrorism on the watch list, including some who are on the list for no other reason than making controversial statements on social media unrelated to terrorism, or refusing to be government informants, or simply due to clerical errors. Indeed, none other than deceased Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) was denied flying privileges five times because someone with a similar name was on the no-fly list. (In this case, however, at least TSA had the distinction of stopping a man responsible for the death of an innocent woman).

The constitutional issues with his “solution” are even more problematic.

Obama’s denial of gun purchases by law-abiding citizens would be a violation of our Second, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights. American citizens have a Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, and the Supreme Court has acknowledged in recent years that this is indeed an individual right. It would also violate Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures without probable cause, and Fifth Amendment protections against being deprived of God-given liberties without due process. Arbitrarily placing someone on the no-fly list and denying access to firearms would constitute a presumption of guilt by government.

The placement of American citizens on these watch lists was so arbitrary and capricious that last year a federal court ruled that the federal government’s system for addressing objections by citizens placed on the no-fly list was unconstitutional, as the government would not tell those on the list why they were on it or how to get off the list.

While Obama is eager to use any means to deny Second Amendment rights to American citizens, one wonders whether he would be willing to immediately fire the 72 Homeland Security employees who are currently on the no-fly list.

Our illustrious federal paladins missed the fact that the San Bernardino terrorists had been wedded to their radical Islamist ideology for “some time,” and had been planning such an attack for a long time, even going to a local firing range just days before the attack to practice shooting.

Maybe Obama’s minions missed these jihadis because they were more focused on punishing Obama’s political adversaries. After all, it was Obama’s own IRS that targeted conservatives for scrutiny, harassment and audits. And it was Obama’s Department of Homeland Security in 2009, just months after he took office, that published an internal report entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” which warned that potential domestic terrorists included veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, those who oppose gun control, so-called racists (as we all know, all opposition to Obama is solely because he is black), those who believe in limited government, those who oppose illegal immigration and those who revere the Constitution.

But surely Obama would never use that no-fly list as a back-door method to disarm his political opponents and deny them their rights, would he? Let’s ask Stephen Hayes, a writer for the conservative Weekly Standard and a Fox News contributor, who found himself on the no-fly list. Hayes notes, “The way I got off of it was, Bret Baier on ‘Special Report’ was hosting Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for an interview that was to be largely about immigration. And at the end of the interview, Bret raised my case and said, ‘Mr. Secretary do you think Steve Hayes is a terrorist?’” Soon thereafter, Hayes was removed. But most Americans don’t have those connections.

Patrick Henry, speaking at the Virginia Ratifying Convention of the Constitution, warned us to “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.” Thomas Jefferson concurred, declaring, “In questions of power, let us hear no more of trust in men, but rather bind them down from mischief with the chains of the Constitution.”

No president has ever proven more untrustworthy than Barack Obama, and we’d be fools to trust his promises of security in exchange for us giving up our constitutional rights. So thanks but no thanks. We’ll cling to our guns and religion.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Michelle Malkin: “Anti-profiling radicals want it both ways. They damn federal homeland security officials when they gather intelligence based on threat factors and behavioral factors — and damn them in hindsight if they don’t. FBI agents are condemned as bigots when they attempt the most modest of surveillance measures, and they are damned as bumblers when they fail to act on information gathered through those means. Perhaps you’ve forgotten how Muslim groups balked after 9/11 when federal investigators went to mosques to ask about knowledge of terrorist attacks. What were they supposed to do — go to Catholic nunneries and Buddhist temples instead? … [L]et’s remember amid this latest outbreak of anti-profiling hysteria that the same grievance groups who object to taking ethnicity, religion and national origin into account during wartime zealously defend discriminatory racial and ethnic classifications to ensure ‘diversity’ on college campuses, guarantee government contracts for minorities, and achieve manufactured ‘parity’ in police and fire departments. In suicidal America, there’s always a ‘compelling government interest’ for using discriminatory classifications — unless that compelling interest happens to be the nation’s very survival.”

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.” —William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

The bottom line: “The president said conservatives are afraid of Islamic women & orphans. No, just Islamic women willing to make their own child an orphan.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest

Upright: “There is not much the government can do about the sort of terrorist threat that President Obama described in his speech on Sunday. … The only viable alternative, self-help, is one that Obama seems ideologically incapable of considering. … In the face of self-directed terrorists who are invisible until they strike, the last thing we should do is prevent law-abiding Americans from carrying guns. Autonomous terrorism calls for autonomous defense.” —Jacob Sullum

“Stay informed — because stupid people are ruining America. God blessed me with a voice and a big mouth and I’m going to use it to try to wake people up and convert some of the stupid people.” —Herman Cain

Village Idiots: “We’re in a new phase in the global terrorist threat. … This new phase requires a new approach to counter-terrorism and homeland security. … In responding to this new environment, we must not vilify American Muslims. We must not throw a net of suspicion over American Muslims and an entire religion. We must not force American Muslims to run and hide and retreat to the shadows.” —DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

The FBI is watching a LOT of people: “You know, obviously we have concerns whenever we see people who have large stockpiles of weapons or appear to be in the process of accumulating weapons and ammunition.” —Loretta Lynch

Demo-gogues: “We have to look at [the climate issue] as if we’re fighting a war. And we are fighting a war. And the war is against climate change, and our goal is to save the planet for our kids and our grandchildren.” —Bernie Sanders

Late-night humor: “President Obama gave a rare national address [Sunday] night from the Oval Office. Then [on Monday], Hillary Clinton said it was her favorite episode of ‘House Hunters.'” —Seth Meyers

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Ever wonder why the media always seem to cover the same stories, almost exactly the same way ? (Video)

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A little holiday humor for you, and it’s from 2 years ago, but it illustrates an important point. And no it’s not some vast conspiracy we see below, it’s mostly laziness. But when parrots get lazy they can be easy to manipulate.

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Guess What Happened The Last Time Junk Bonds Started Crashing Like This? Hint: Think 2008

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The extreme carnage that we are witnessing in the junk bond market right now is one of the clearest signals yet that a major U.S. stock market crash is imminent.  For those that are not familiar with “junk bonds”, please don’t get put off by the name.  They aren’t really “junk”.  They simply have a higher risk and thus a higher return than other bonds of the same type.  And yesterday, I explained why I watch them so closely.  If stocks are going to crash, you would expect to see a junk bond crash first.  This happened in 2008, and it is happening again right now.  On Monday, a high yield bond ETF known as JNK crashed through the psychologically important 35.00 barrier for the very first time since the last financial crisis.  On Tuesday, high yield bonds had their worst day in three months, and JNK plummeted all the way down to 34.44.  When I saw this I was absolutely stunned.  This is precisely the kind of junk bond crash that I have been anticipating that we would soon witness. (Read More….)


79 percent of evangelicals believe ‘violence across the Middle East is a sign that the end times are nearer’

Death On A Pale Horse - Public DomainIs the return of Jesus Christ getting closer? According to a survey conducted by the Brookings Institute’s Center for Middle East Policy entitled “American Attitudes Toward The Middle East And Israel“, 79 percent of all evangelical Christians in America believe that “the unfolding violence across the Middle East is a sign that the end times are nearer”. In addition, the survey also discovered that evangelical Christians are also far more likely to be pro-Israel than the population as a whole, and most of them believe that Israel will control more territory than it currently possesses before Jesus comes back. Many “secular” Americans may find this strange, but evangelical Christians really do view everything that is going on in the Middle East through the lens of Bible prophecy. The vast majority of evangelicals truly believe that Jesus is actually coming back to our world, and most of them are fully convinced that Israel is going to play a leading role in the events of the last days. (Read More…)


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

Pope Francis’ June encyclical does refer to Earth as our “mother”, including taking quotes from Saint Francis of Assisi, but he clearly does so to highlight the importance of God’s creation and the alleged inter-connectedness of all things.

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Left Praises Hillary Clinton’s New Ad With Same Sex Couples Kissing

The Hillary Clinton campaign is out with an ad highlighting her record as an advocate for LGBT rights. The spot includes images of gay couples kissing each other.

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The Democrat Party is anti-Israel

The support for sanctions against Israel among Democratic voters is even higher, with 49 percent of Democrats supporting sanctions in response to Israel’s settlement-building, according to the survey.

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Top U.S. company banishes God from Christmas song

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 07:35 AM PST

Microsoft decided to leave God on the cutting-room floor for a commercial featuring “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” Producers for the computer giant’s latest television commercial reshuffled lyrics to the popular song to avoid airing, “With God as our Father, brothers all are we. Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony.” The ad features Microsoft employees and members of a New York City choir singing just outside an Apple store.

“To celebrate the holidays, Microsoft employees, who were selected from across the country, gathered together, meeting each other for the first time, at the new Microsoft 5th Ave Store to spread some holiday wishes,” a description of the video reads on YouTube. The ad has received over 1.5 million views since Dec. 1. The Christian Post reported Tuesday that a “making of” video of the commercial does include God, meaning the Creator was edited out for television broadcasts. READ MORE

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Compelling Historical Evidence for the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 07:21 AM PST

Here are some historical evidences for the virgin birth of Jesus Christ:

  •     A physician and world-class historian documented it
  •     Modern archaeology affirms it
  •     An agnostic professor of mythology is convinced
  •     Old Testament prophets predicted it centuries in advance
  •     The earliest Christians believed it universally

1. Documented by a physician & world-class historian.

The virgin birth of Jesus Christ was documented by a physician and world-class historian who interviewed eyewitnesses, probably including Mary herself, for his account of this world-changing event. Luke gives the most detailed account of the Nativity and mentions Mary 12 times, more than any other biblical writer. In addition to the birth of Christ, he also gives special, detailed attention to the birth of John the Baptist and many see his gynecological interests to be a result of his training as a physician. At the beginning of his Gospel, Luke indicates that he has made a thorough investigation of the things about which he is writing, which included his utilization of eyewitness accounts. He spent extended periods of time with Paul in Jerusalem and Judea and would have had the opportunity to interview those who were closest to the event, including Mary herself. READ MORE

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Huffington Post Says Domestic Disarmament, Not ‘Gun Control’ is Needed NOW!

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 07:15 AM PST

If you are still in question of total gun confiscation coming to America, just read this article recently posted from the Huffington Post! – In response to the almost daily mass shootings in the United States — which could be expected to rise now that they are also promoted by ISIS — good progressive persons are calling for some measure of gun control. They may well know, in their heart of hearts, that even if these measures are enacted, they will do little to reduce gun violence.

Universal background checks of gun buyers is a fine idea, but of limited value in a nation in which citizens already own 250 million guns, more than one for every adult. Providing more mental health treatment is always a good idea. But if you believe that one can tell which mental patients will resort to mass shootings, and that most of these can be stopped by therapists, there are several bridges in Brooklyn I would like to sell you. Slowing the speed by which magazines can be reloaded (by requiring a tool to reload) would help, but gun manufacturers already found a way to circumvent this regulation — by declaring that a bottom on the gun is a tool. READ MORE

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Trump Planning Temple Mount Visit

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 07:08 AM PST

Republican US Presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump is strongly considering a visit to the Temple Mount when he comes to Israel for the first time at the end of the month.A source closely connected to organizing the trip to Israel confirmed to The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that Trump’s staff is looking into the logistics of visiting the holy site and point of conflict between Israel and the Arab world. The planned visit follows Trump’s call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on” in light of “great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population.”

Palestinians have often used Israeli politicians’ visits to the Mount as an excuse for violence, falsely claiming Israel is changing the status quo.The government maintains the status quo, in that non-Muslims may visit, but not pray on the Temple Mount, which is administered by the Jordanian Islamic Trust (Wakf). Jewish visitors are often harassed at the holy site, and earlier this year, a delegation of US Congressmen visiting the plaza also complained of harassment by Wakf guards. FULL REPORT

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Powerful 6.9 Earthquake strikes off coast of eastern Indonesia

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 06:57 AM PST

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia, but officials say there is no threat of a tsunami. The US Geological Survey said 6.9 magnitude quake hit Wednesday afternoon 106 kilometres southeast of Amahai, a town on Seram, the biggest island in Maluku province.

It said the quake was centred in the Banda Sea at a depth of 33.9 kilometres. It said the quake was centred in the Banda Sea at a depth of 33.9 kilometres.Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In December 2004, a massive earthquake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. SOURCE 

 

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Obama forced to enact emergency measures as border surge worsens

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 06:48 AM PST

The surge of illegal immigrant children continued unabated in November, pushing the Obama administration to announce emergency measures to try to handle a problem it thought it had solved earlier this year. Two months into the new fiscal year, the number of unaccompanied minors jumping the border and getting caught is at an all-time high. So far, the U.S. Border Patrol has picked up over 10,500 — more than twice the number at the same point last year.

The number of families trying to cross also has surged, with more than 12,500 people caught — a 173 percent increase over last year. The family surge underscored the changing nature of the flow of migrants, with parents increasingly risking the journey with young children in tow, hoping to take advantage of what they believe are lenient deportation policies under President Obama. FULL REPORT

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Smartphones to die out ‘within five years’?

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 06:40 AM PST

Many consumers believe smartphones will cease to exist within five years, according to new research carried out by researchers on behalf of Ericsson. The company’s ConsumerLab questioned more than 100,000 customers in its native Sweden and 39 other countries, seeking their views on their technological desires for the future. Half of the respondents said they thought mobile technology would be a thing of the past by 2021, with increasingly prevalent artificial intelligence superseding many of its functions.

Rebecka Cedering Ångström of Ericsson ConsumerLab said: “A smartphone in the hand, it’s really not that practical. For example, not when one is driving a car or cooking. And there are many situations where display screens are not so good. Therefore, one in two think that smartphones will belong to the past within five years.” She also predicts that evolving technologies will enable customers to enhance their leisure time. “Just imagine watching football and being able to choose from where you want to see the game from different places in the stands, or perhaps even from the pitch. Shopping is also an area where you could [virtually] try on shoes and see how they fit on your own feet.” READ MORE

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‘Monster’ El Nino could usher in decade of more and stronger events

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 06:36 AM PST

In Buffalo, it hasn’t snowed yet this year. A Duluth, Minnesota, newspaper reported that the temperature was 40 degrees above zero, not below. And in Miami, beachgoers are staying indoors during what’s already the third-wettest December in local history. What’s going on with the weather? It’s the phenomenon called El Nino, which is happening now as ocean water temperatures rise above normal across the central and eastern Pacific, near the equator. Its effects will leave the U.S. Northeast warmer than usual, the Midwest drier, and the West and the South wetter. And scientists have a message for everyone bracing for one of the strongest El Nino events on record: get used to it.

While El Nino oscillates on a more or less yearly cycle, another dynamic in Pacific Ocean water temperatures, known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), has the potential to accelerate global warming and increase the severity of El Nino episodes, scientists said. The last time the PDO was, as it may be now, in a prolonged positive, or “warm” phase, it corresponded with two of the strongest El Ninos on record. 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.

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Resource Links

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30 Day Next Steps
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New Believers Guide
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Soul Diagnostic: How to Know if You Are a Christian

It’s critical that we use God’s objective word when evaluating whether or not we are a Christian, and not our subjective opinion. Scripture, not experience or sentiment, is the say on the status of our soul. After we die, when and we stand before God in the judgment (Heb. 9:27), he is not going to ask, “So, did you think you were a Christian in life? You did? Oh, OK, come on in to heaven.” He will judge by his standard. And, according to Jesus, on that day many will be surprised when they are shut out from heaven for all eternity (Matt. 7:21-23).

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GTY: God Is Not Fair and Christmas Proves It, Part 2

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by Cameron Buettel

From an early age, we learn to spot hypocrisy—especially in the lives of our parents, teachers, and any other authority figures we hope to undercut. It’s a childish tactic for avoiding rules we don’t like and consequences we don’t want, and it’s one that many grownups still employ. Especially when it comes to God.

One of the world’s primary means of escaping God’s authority—besides denying His existence—is to rhetorically point out seeming inconsistencies in His character. If your God is so loving, why does He send anyone to hell?

Questions like that are inherently flawed because they substitute subjective standards for God’s righteous and holy standards. Moreover, they reflect a prideful, humanistic perspective that puts the sinner in judgment of the standard, inverting the logical order of God’s design.

With Christmas on the horizon, there will be many opportunities to interact with unsaved family and friends. And in the event they raise some of these familiar gripes against God’s goodness, we want to help prepare you to answer their complaints—particularly since Christmas is the supreme example of how God’s unfairness is a tremendous blessing!

How can God justly condemn people who have never heard the gospel?

That question isn’t exclusive to non-Christians. Many pastors and missionaries struggle with this issue as well. But once again, the problem stems from a wrong view of man.

Just as man is born into bondage to his sin nature, he is also born into the just punishment for his sin (Romans 6:23). In the moment Adam sinned, he and all his offspring stood guilty and condemned—and only through Christ can we be redeemed (Romans 5:18–19). There are no free passes for ignorance.

Sometimes Christians can slip into the habit of merely paying lip service to God’s verdict on sinners, while harboring doubts about the justice of His condemnation of them—whether they hear the gospel or not. But that betrays the clear testimony of Scripture:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:18–20)

Put simply, God doesn’t believe in atheists.

Unbelievers are not morally neutral before they reject the gospel. Caught in the snare of sin, all people stand guilty and without excuse. Rejecting the gospel is merely one further expression of their relentless rebellion against the God they know to be true. When it comes to salvation, God doesn’t owe anyone anything. But in His grace and mercy, He has made possible the way for some to be redeemed.

Therefore, the question isn’t “How can God justly condemn people who have never heard the gospel?” but “Why does He use the truth of the gospel to penetrate hearts that have already rejected the testimony of His creation?”

Why doesn’t God save everyone?

Amazing Grace is a timeless anthem, reaching well beyond the confines of the church and permeating the modern world. But how often do we pause to reflect on its rich lyrics?

John Newton, like so many of the Puritan hymn writers, was astounded that a holy God was willing to save a wretch like himself. Charles Wesley similarly marveled, “And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior’s blood? Amazing love! How can it be, That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?”

Newton and Wesley’s common ground is not unusual. It is the pervasive view expressed throughout hymnody. The songwriters of old were amazed and overwhelmed that God would condescend to dwell among sinful men, fulfilling the law that they had broken and suffering the wrath that they deserved (2 Corinthians 5:21). They were astonished that God would save anyone—least of all themselves! They understood and gratefully expressed how they were the beneficiaries of God’s glorious unfairness.

Not only that, their hymns give voice to the convictions held throughout church history, going all the way back to the church’s formative years. God’s grace, His unmerited favor towards sinners, was something the apostle Paul simply could not fathom: “To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8).

Most unrepentant sinners favorably compare themselves to the rest of the fallen world. Even as believers, we can be tempted to discount the severity of our sin when it’s compared to the impurity around us. But in the light of God’s righteousness, expressed in His law, we’re able to accurately see the grievous nature of our sin. The only appropriate response is to echo the awe-struck perspective of Newton, Wesley, and the apostle Paul, and celebrate the amazing grace and mercy of our Lord.

In light of that grace, the question is not “Why doesn’t God save everyone?” but “Why does God save anyone at all?”

Next time we’ll conclude with one final complaint against God’s fairness, and reflect on the rich blessings of His unfair treatment.


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A Changed Mind and a Changed Life

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Karl Friedrich Lessing, German - The Robber and His Child - Google Art Project

Brian Schwertley:

“You must understand that when a person is regenerated (i.e., born again; see Jn. 3:3)4 and has true saving faith in Jesus Christ, he or she will repent of their past sinful lifestyle. True repentance involves a change of mind that results in a change of life. You see that your past life without Christ was lived in selfish vanity. You see that you were serving your sinful lusts rather than Jesus Christ. You see your sins as God sees them: evil, wicked, debauched, vain and hurtful to man and God. You are thoroughly convicted in heart and soul to put off these wicked activities (e.g., drunkenness, drug abuse, premarital sex, lying, theft, fraud, adultery, hatred, envy) and to replace them with activities that glorify and please God (e.g., Christian marriage, restitution, prayer, honest business practices, love, peace, kindness, etc.). God wants you to produce good fruit for…

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My Christmas Card to My Brethren

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH“The glory as of the only begotten of the Father,  full of grace and truth” 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:1-5)

My brothers and sisters in Christ – if it be God’s will, may we spend the next Christmas together with Jesus in heaven.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD’S BLESSINGS TO ALL!

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You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

20 Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called.
21 Were you called while a slave? Do not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather do that. 22 For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord’s freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brethren, each one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called. (1 Corinthians 7:20-24 NASB)

During the ministries of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles there was a full understanding of the nature of slavery. It dominated their culture. Therefore, we must take that into account when we read from God’s Word the true nature of our “personal relationship” with our Lord. The Greek word…

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Patriarchy? (Or: My Daughter Is NOT My Helpmeet)

The Reformed Reader

After seeing and hearing about patriarchy in the church (broadly speaking) and how it can be an occasion for pain, tears, and abuse, I decided to look into it a bit. One resource I recently read is No Will of My Own by Jon Zens. Although I was not overly impressed with it, and don’t really recommend it (it’s very short and I disagree with some of the author’s positions and generalizations), No Will of My Own does expose some of the dangers to which patriarchy has led.

What is patriarchy? Zens answers that question listing some beliefs of the patriarchy movement, including these: “A daughter should stay at home and serve her father until he chooses a husband for her.” “The daughter is a ‘helpmeet’ for her father.” “Parents should never let their daughter out of their sight.” “…Women are inferior to men, and …should therefore obey men.”…

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