Daily Archives: December 13, 2015

Cold Case Christianity podcast talks about lack of authenticity in the church

WINTERY KNIGHT

Church sucks, that's why men are bored there Making church less boring for young people

Here’s an episode of the Cold Case Christianity podcast that I really liked. This is one you definitely do not want to miss. I wanted to summarize the first topic of three that he covers, because it’s something that’s been coming up a lot lately. Topics 2 and 3 are worth listening to, as well.

You can grab the MP3 file here.

Topic #1: Why are young people leaving church?

  • problem: not convinced Christianity is true
  • problem: apparent conflict with science
  • problem: unanswered questions
  • problem: difficulties inside the church
  • problem: the church’s (correct) position on same-sex marriage

Jim’s claim: if people do not think that the Bible is accurate and divinely inspired, then they are going to be tempted to pick and choose what to believe and what not to believe

Jim reads a blog post from a young lady who attends church, and here are her top…

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December 12-13, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Top News – 12/12/2015

Saudi Arabia: First woman councillor elected
A woman has won a seat on a municipal council for the first time in Saudi Arabia, after the kingdom lifted its bar on women taking part in elections. Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi won a seat in Mecca province in Saturday’s vote. Women have also won in several other regions in the country, including Jeddah and Qatif, reports suggest.

COP21: Paris climate deal is ‘best chance to save planet’
The climate deal reached in Paris is “the best chance we have to save the one planet we have”, US President Barack Obama has said. He said it could be a “turning point” towards a low-carbon future. China, the world’s biggest polluter, also hailed the deal, as did India. But some campaigners said it did not go far enough to protect the planet.

Pakistan market bombing kills 15 people in Kurram
At least 15 people have been killed by a bomb blast in a crowded market in a town in northwest Pakistan’s Kurram tribal agency, near the Afghan border. More than 40 people were hurt in the blast at the Eid Gah clothes market in the town of Parachinar. TV images showed people fleeing over ground covered in clothes and debris.

‘Mein Kampf’ for sale in British bookshop at airport in Amman, Jordan
Looking for your next airport read? Flying through Jordan? Though it might make you cringe, it’s possible to pick up a copy of Mein Kampf at a popular British bookstore there. It sounds a bit strange, but large multinational British bookseller WH Smith was spotted recently selling Adolf Hilter’s anti-Semitic manifesto Mein Kampf at its branch at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman.

IDF officer detained in Britain on war crime allegations from Gaza war
A retired IDF officer was detained for questioning in recent weeks upon landing in Britain on allegations that he was involved in war crimes during the Gaza war in the summer of 2014. The reserves officer was questioned for hours and was only released following Foreign Ministry intervention. The British authorities subsequently apologized to the officer.

Russia fires warning shots at Turkish ship
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday one of its warships, the destroyer Smetlivy, had been forced to fire warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean Sea to avoid a collision… It said in a statement that the Turkish fishing vessel…had failed to respond to earlier warnings, but had sharply changed course after shots were fired before passing within just over 500 meters of the warship.

Jews for Jesus denounces Vatican for no converting Jews policy
The Jews for Jesus organization has denounced the Vatican for saying that the Catholic Church must not try to convert Jews to Christianity. David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, said in a statement issued Friday that his organization finds the position “…egregious, especially coming from an institution which seeks to represent a significant number of Christians in the world.”

‘We are all Jews’: Israel honors US soldier who stared down Nazi 70 years ago
It was January, 1945 and Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds had a gun to his head. The commandant of the Stalag IXA POW Camp near Ziegenhain, Germany, ordered Edmonds, of the 422nd Infantry Regiment, to turn over the Jewish-American soldiers under his command. Edmonds and his men – Jews and non-Jews alike – stood together in formation. “They cannot all be Jews,” the German said, looking over the more than 1,000 POWs.

Death toll from day of clashes in Burundi capital rises to nearly 90
Nearly 90 people were killed during Friday’s clashes in the Burundian capital, the army said on Saturday, the worst outbreak of violence in Burundi since a failed coup in May.

Cruz opens up 10-point lead on Trump in Iowa
Ted Cruz has soared ahead of Donald Trump in a new Iowa poll, opening up a 10-point lead in the critical first-in-the-nation voting state.

Kurt Russell: ‘Absolutely Insane’ to Think Gun Control Will Stop Terrorists
Actor Kurt Russell put gun control activists on blast during a recent interview. “If you think gun control is going to change the terrorists’ point of view, I think you’re, like, out of your mind,” Russell said to anti-gun Hollywood reporter Jeffery Wells while promoting his new film, “The Hateful Eight.” “I think it’s absolutely insane.”

Christian female fighters take on IS in Syria
Babylonia has no regrets about leaving behind her two children and her job as a hairdresser to join a Christian female militia battling against the Islamic State group in Syria.


Top Headlines – 12/12/2015

At Hanukkah parties in Washington, signs of healing from rifts over Iran

One killed in confrontation with IDF forces on Israel-Gaza border

Israel’s Vice PM blasts EU for giving funds that reach Palestinian terrorists while calling to fight terror

Senior PLO leader warns that if Israel doesn’t agree to a Palestinian state, ISIS jihadists will replace the PA

US courts: Arab, Muslim detainees can sue Bush-era officials over post-Sept. 11 treatment

U.S. confidence in protection from attack lowest in over a decade

San Bernardino Attackers’ Friend Spoke of ‘Sleeper Cells’

Theft of dozens of propane tanks, purchase of 150 prepaid cell phones in Missouri puts FBI on alert

Fire at California mosque ‘possible arson’

Trump lead among Republicans undiminished in first poll after Muslim comments

Saudi Prince Alwaleed calls Trump a disgrace, says he should quit presidential race

Swiss media: Two Syrians arrested in Geneva, traces of explosives in their car

US urges citizens to avoid travel to Lebanon due to security concerns

Libya’s rival factions agree date to sign UN peace deal

Another World Heritage Site at Risk as ISIS Takes Over Sabratha, Libya

Triple terror: Up to 60 killed, 80 wounded, 3 car bombs explode in Syrian Christian town

ISIS claims truck bomb attacks in Kurdish-held Syrian town

Syria’s Assad says he won’t negotiate with ‘terrorists’ as US wants

Russia says fight against Islamic State hindered by focus on Assad regime change

Putin orders military to be ‘extremely tough’ to protect Russian forces in Syria

Putin Tells Defense Chiefs to Strengthen Russian Nuclear Forces

Kremlin: Russia is supplying weapons to ‘the legitimate authorities’ of Syria

Erdogan says Turkey will not withdraw troops from camp in north Iraq

Turkey fines Twitter for failure to remove ‘terrorist propaganda’

Turkey issues arrest warrant for dozens linked to Erdogan foe

Critics try, but fail to kill $1 billion weapons deal for Saudi Arabia

21 people found shot dead after attacks in Burundi capital

U.S. and Russia trade accusations at U.N. over Ukraine conflict

Ukraine Lawmaker Manhandles Prime Minister, Sparking Parliament Brawl

Cuba, US agree to restore direct postal service as countries begin to normalize ties

$700 million mine-hunting drone can’t find explosives

Drone squad to be launched by Tokyo police

Facebook User in Thailand Facing 32 Years in Prison for Liking Something on Facebook

Investors flock to cash ahead of Fed meeting

Bad omen: Junk bonds are getting trashed

Russia plans $40 a barrel oil for next seven years as Saudi showdown intensifies

A new space race: satellites could test the world’s climate vows

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Southeast Indian Ridge

Another earthquake swarm shakes east-central Idaho

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

NASA sees formation of Tropical Depression Melor in northwestern Pacific Ocean

Powerful Alaska Storm to Rival Strongest on Record

Record-Breaking Warmth to Surge Across Eastern US This Weekend

In final push for climate deal, nations seek turning point from fossil fuels

World climate accord hopes to be ‘historic turning point’ against global warming

Mexico issues first permit to grow and use marijuana

GOP lawmakers in Arizona announce new plan to defund Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood Caught Breaking State Law to Send Aborted Babies to Landfills

Abortion falls to record low in the US, CDC says

Pro-Lifers Slam Christian College Seeking Exemption to Discriminate Against Women Who Had Abortion


Top News – 12/12/2015

Thousands of Iraqis in Baghdad, Basra protest Turkish deployment in north
Thousands of Iraqis protested on Saturday against Ankara’s deployment of troops to a base near the northern city of Mosul, with some burning Turkish flags and threatening violence against the soldiers for what they see as a violation of sovereignty.

World awaits landmark climate deal
Organisers of climate talks in Paris have released details of a proposed landmark deal to curb climate change. France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the final draft of the agreement aimed to limit warming to “well below 2C”.

Mexico issues first permits to grow and smoke marijuana
Mexico yesterday granted the country’s first ever permits to grow and consume cannabis, in what advocates called a step towards legislation. Health officials authorised the permits one month after Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that the individuals- members of a pro-cannabis group- could legally produce marijuana for their own recreational use.

COP21: Climate deal ‘final draft’ reached in Paris
Organisers of the climate talks in Paris say a final draft text has been reached after nearly two weeks of intensive negotiations. An official in the office of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the AFP news agency the draft would be presented to ministers at 10:30 GMT. No details of the proposed agreement have been released so far.

Tech giants pledge $1bn for ‘altruistic AI’ venture, OpenAI
Prominent tech executives have pledged $1bn (£659m) for OpenAI, a non-profit venture that aims to develop artificial intelligence (AI) to benefit humanity. The venture’s backers include Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel, Indian tech giant Infosys and Amazon Web Services. Open AI says it expects its research – free from financial obligations – to focus on a “positive human impact”.

Gambia declared Islamic republic by President Yahya Jammeh
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared his Muslim-majority country an Islamic republic, saying the move marks a break with the colonial past. Mr Jammeh told state TV the proclamation was in line with Gambia’s “religious identity and values”. He added that no dress code would be imposed and citizens of other faiths would be allowed to practise freely.

Burundi crisis: At least 34 bodies found in Bujumbura
At least 34 bodies have been found in Burundi’s capital after the worst night of violence in recent times. Most of the bodies found on the streets of Bujumbura appear to be young men killed by gunfire, some with their hands tied behind their backs. The bodies were found a day after attacks on military sites. Residents accuse police of taking revenge.

Planned Parenthood sending aborted babies to landfills
Ohio’s attorney general excoriated Planned Parenthood on Friday for disposing of fetal remains in landfills.

China just dropped a hint about the next massive change for its currency
China’s Central Bank suggested in an editorial on Friday that it may be time to de-peg the yuan from the dollar, and instead peg it to a basket of currencies, The Wall Street Journal reports. The posting, published in Chinese state media outlet The People’s Daily, gave no details on what that basket would include, or when these moves could be made.

Putin Tells Defense Chiefs to Strengthen Russian Nuclear Forces
President Vladimir Putin ordered defense chiefs to strengthen Russia’s strategic nuclear forces amid rising tensions with the U.S. over the global balance of power.

An ISIS invasion in Libya raises fears over the destruction of ancient Roman ruins
A rapid advance by Islamic State (ISIS) forces into Sabratha in Libya, just 50 miles west of the country’s capital Tripoli, has raised fears over the destruction of ancient Roman ruins in the town, a Unesco heritage site.

U.S. Intel: ISIS May Have Syrian Passport Printer
The Islamic State may have gotten a passport printer, and could be using it to send militants into the United States carrying Syrian passports that are by all appearances authentic, according to a Homeland Security intelligence report.

Fresh-Faced Star Of France’s Far Right Is Candidate Of Steel
She’s the youngest French lawmaker and in an election this weekend could become the youngest president of a powerful region. Marion Marechal-Le Pen, 26, is the fresh-faced rising star of the far-right National Front, using a soft touch to deliver hard messages on migrants and Muslims that outdo her tough-talking aunt, party leader Marine Le Pen.

QUENTIN LETTS: How I was vaporised by the BBC’s Green Gestapo after daring to mock the Met Office and global warming
George Orwell devised the word ‘unperson’ to describe someone who had so offended official thought, he or she was vaporised — not just liquidated but wiped from the record for eternity.

U.S. confidence in protection from attack lowest in over a decade
Confidence in the U.S. government to protect its citizens from militant attacks has fallen to its lowest in more than a decade after a pair of suspected militant Islamists gunned down 14 people at a holiday party in California, a poll released on Friday found.


Top Headlines – 12/12/2015

At Hanukkah parties in Washington, signs of healing from rifts over Iran

One killed in confrontation with IDF forces on Israel-Gaza border

Israel’s Vice PM blasts EU for giving funds that reach Palestinian terrorists while calling to fight terror

Senior PLO leader warns that if Israel doesn’t agree to a Palestinian state, ISIS jihadists will replace the PA

US courts: Arab, Muslim detainees can sue Bush-era officials over post-Sept. 11 treatment

U.S. confidence in protection from attack lowest in over a decade

San Bernardino Attackers’ Friend Spoke of ‘Sleeper Cells’

Theft of dozens of propane tanks, purchase of 150 prepaid cell phones in Missouri puts FBI on alert

Fire at California mosque ‘possible arson’

Trump lead among Republicans undiminished in first poll after Muslim comments

Saudi Prince Alwaleed calls Trump a disgrace, says he should quit presidential race

Swiss media: Two Syrians arrested in Geneva, traces of explosives in their car

US urges citizens to avoid travel to Lebanon due to security concerns

Libya’s rival factions agree date to sign UN peace deal

Another World Heritage Site at Risk as ISIS Takes Over Sabratha, Libya

Triple terror: Up to 60 killed, 80 wounded, 3 car bombs explode in Syrian Christian town

ISIS claims truck bomb attacks in Kurdish-held Syrian town

Syria’s Assad says he won’t negotiate with ‘terrorists’ as US wants

Russia says fight against Islamic State hindered by focus on Assad regime change

Putin orders military to be ‘extremely tough’ to protect Russian forces in Syria

Putin Tells Defense Chiefs to Strengthen Russian Nuclear Forces

Kremlin: Russia is supplying weapons to ‘the legitimate authorities’ of Syria

Erdogan says Turkey will not withdraw troops from camp in north Iraq

Turkey fines Twitter for failure to remove ‘terrorist propaganda’

Turkey issues arrest warrant for dozens linked to Erdogan foe

Critics try, but fail to kill $1 billion weapons deal for Saudi Arabia

21 people found shot dead after attacks in Burundi capital

U.S. and Russia trade accusations at U.N. over Ukraine conflict

Ukraine Lawmaker Manhandles Prime Minister, Sparking Parliament Brawl

Cuba, US agree to restore direct postal service as countries begin to normalize ties

$700 million mine-hunting drone can’t find explosives

Drone squad to be launched by Tokyo police

Facebook User in Thailand Facing 32 Years in Prison for Liking Something on Facebook

Investors flock to cash ahead of Fed meeting

Bad omen: Junk bonds are getting trashed

Russia plans $40 a barrel oil for next seven years as Saudi showdown intensifies

A new space race: satellites could test the world’s climate vows

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Southeast Indian Ridge

Another earthquake swarm shakes east-central Idaho

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

NASA sees formation of Tropical Depression Melor in northwestern Pacific Ocean

Powerful Alaska Storm to Rival Strongest on Record

Record-Breaking Warmth to Surge Across Eastern US This Weekend

In final push for climate deal, nations seek turning point from fossil fuels

World climate accord hopes to be ‘historic turning point’ against global warming

Mexico issues first permit to grow and use marijuana

GOP lawmakers in Arizona announce new plan to defund Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood Caught Breaking State Law to Send Aborted Babies to Landfills

Abortion falls to record low in the US, CDC says

Pro-Lifers Slam Christian College Seeking Exemption to Discriminate Against Women Who Had Abortion


Weekend Snapshot

Dec. 12, 2015
Top Stories This Week
Top Opinion
Michelle Malkin: National Security Profiling Is a No-Brainer
Tom Fitton: Benghazi Scandal Exposed
Tracy Miller: Congress Uses ‘Sleight of Hand’ to Pay for Highway Bill
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Quote of the Week

“To think there is a right to bear arms because of the 2nd Amendment is to mix up cause and effect.” —Frank Fleming


Third Avenue junk fund blowup exposes risks of unsellable assets

Maybe.
Maybe.

Illiquidity, ah yes, it makes yet another appearance. I remember as I watched markets implode in 2008 the inability to get off of assets was of serious concern to everyone. “How are we going get rid of this crap?” Many a morning I remember getting up and looking at the tape, which for a long stretch was unmercifully bad, and hearing about how such and such was “illiquid”, how the markets generally lacked liquidity etc.

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Art Cashin on the recent instability in the markets, Reminds him of 2007 blowups, “Monday morning could be very interesting.” (Video)

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It’s funny how words and names flash up out of the darkness and suddenly become important. Friday’s was Third Avenue, a mutual fund company whose junk bond fund just blew up. The fear is that the there are other bond mines out there. Cashin says that it reminds him of the early part of the financial crisis in 2007.

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Stocks Tumble in Worst Week Since August as Fed Anxiety Spreads

U.S. stocks capped their worst week since the August selloff as optimism over the economy’s strength gave way to anxiety over the Federal Reserve just as commodities and credit markets flashed signs of danger.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell 3.8 percent in the five days to end at a two-month low. Energy shares plunged as the cheapest crude oil since 2009 rekindled anxiety over deflation before the Fed’s Dec. 16 policy decision. Financial shares, the ostensible beneficiaries of any rate hike, tumbled 5.4 percent, as asset managers were routed after a high-yield mutual fund suspendedredemptions.

Optimism that the U.S. economy is strong enough to withstand higher rates transformed into anxiousness, as a commodity selloff clouded the prospects for a global recovery and rekindled deflation concerns. The benchmark U.S. equity gauge ended at its lowest level since October amid concern that a rout in high-yield credit markets will spread at the same time that money managers must cope with shifting monetary policy.


Dow closes down about 300, S&P off nearly 2% as oil slumps

http://player.cnbc.com/p/gZWlPC/cnbc_global?playertype=synd&byGuid=3000465281&size=530_298U.S. stocks closed out a volatile week with sharp losses Friday, as oil hit near-seven-year lows and another corporate merger weighed ahead of the Fed’s highly anticipated decision on rates next week. News of a roughly $800 million junk bond fund preventing withdrawals also unnerved markets. ( Tweet This )

The S&P 500 had its worst week since the middle of August, while the Dow Jones industrial average and the Nasdaq composite had their worst week in a month. The major averages ended the week with losses of more than 3 percent, with the Nasdaq composite the worst performer, off about 4 percent for the week.

“What really conspired to weigh on investors today is they weighed on the Dow-DuPont combination as a move to battle low growth. And here it is, oil, telling us the same thing,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank. “That and then retail sales came in OK, but lower than expectations. Just a fair amount of negativity.”


Bad omen: Junk bonds are getting trashed – USA Today

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the afternoon of December 4, 2015 in New York City.

Junk bonds are getting trashed – leading to the biggest mutual fund closure since the 2008 financial crisis – and raising a potentially a bad omen for stock investors, too.

The iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate high-yield exchange-traded fund (HYG)  is down 14% from its highest point over the past year – a massive downdraft that’s already causing major dislocations in this market. The high-yield ETF has fallen to its lowest levels since 2009 – which the wounds from the financial crisis were still fresh.

Pain is getting so bad the Third Avenue Management firm that specializes on risky bonds is liquidating and preventing investors from pulling their money out of its roughly $1 billion junk bond fund. It’s the biggest failed mutual fund since the Primary Reserve Fund in 2008.


Obama Told NSC And FBI To ‘Downplay’ Terrorist Angle Of San Bernardino

A source told Jack Murphy of SOFREP that the FBI instantly believed the shooting, which left 14 dead, to be a clear act of terrorism. The White House, however, didn’t feel the same way and quickly moved in to squash the terror classification.

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Larry Kudlow: I’ve Changed. This Is War. Seal the Borders. Stop the Visas.

I know this is not my usual position. But this is a war. Therefore I have come to believe there should be no immigration or visa waivers until the U.S. adopts a completely new system to stop radical Islamic terrorists from entering the country. A wartime lockdown. And a big change in my thinking.

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72 DHS Employees on a Terror Watchlist

A congressional investigation found that 72 employees of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) were on a terror watch list.

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An Establishment Unhinged

Pat Buchanan: Are Japan and Israel fascistic for not allowing Muslim immigration?

The establishment seemed to have become unhinged.

Why the hysteria? Comes the reply: Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration tramples all over “American values” and everything we stand for, including the Constitution.

But is this really true?

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Rush Limbaugh Just Exposed The Reason Obama Says ‘ISIL’ Instead Of ‘ISIS’

ISIS is an acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, whereas ISIL stands for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The Levant includes the entire region, Limbaugh pointed out.

“It would include Israel, which, to these people, Israel is a fraud. Israel doesn’t deserve to be there. That’s all Palestine and that’s what I think is behind the pronunciation, this insistence that it be called ISIL,” the national talk show host said.

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Israeli breakthrough helped cure Jimmy Carter’s cancer

Researched and tested at Tel Hashomer Sheba Medical Center, Keytruda fights tumors using the body’s natural immune system

An Israeli-tested drug that tackles cancer through sophisticated manipulations of the body’s natural immune system was key in helping rid former US president Jimmy Carter of life-threatening tumors that developed after he was diagnosed with melanoma earlier this year.

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Barack Obama, apologist for Islam

By Dr. Michael Brown

It cannot be denied: Obama is a leader who reveres Islam and is committed to defending it before the world – even when it potentially undermines national security and international order.

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Liberals love it when you destroy your country

A media analyst says he’s not surprised that TIME magazine has named Germany’s chancellor “Person of the Year.”

The magazine sang the praises of Angela Merkel for what they claimed was her leadership on the Greek debt crisis and the surge of Syrian refugees.

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Baffling ‘odd’ gaps in California terror attack

3rd shooter, lack of video, CAIR’s role all questioned

More than a week after Syed Farook and his jihadist wife slaughtered 14 people and injured 21 at a Christmas party in San Bernardino, lingering questions about how the incident occurred and the way it is being handled by the FBI continue to fester just below the surface.

As WND reported, several witnesses said they saw a third shooter dressed in black carrying an assault rifle.

But there are other oddities peculiar to this case.

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Carl Icahn Warns “Meltdown In High Yield Is Just Beginning”

12-12-2015 • http://www.zerohedge.com, by Tyler Durden

Amid the biggest weekly collapse in high-yield bonds since March 2009, Carl Icahn gently reminds investors that he saw this coming… and that it’s only just getting started!

As we warned here, and confirmed here, something has blown-up in high-yield..


Over 100 MILLION Guns Sold in US Since Obama Became President (Video)

A poster showing Barack Obama is seen in the background as customers line up to look at firearms at a gun shop in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008. The Cheaper Than Dirt gun store recorded a record day of gun sales the day after the election of President-elect Barack Obama and is having trouble keeping up with the demand for assault riffles. (Flickr)

William La Jeunesse reported today on FOX News that 100 million guns have been sold in the US since Obama became president. Today’s increase in sales is nationwide not just in California.
La Jeunesse said:

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Teddy Roosevelt Has The Perfect Answer For Today’s Muslim Migrant Immigration Crisis

There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all

America, a nation built on immigrants, has before been faced with a migrant crisis a time or two. But unlike how our leaders chose to handle it in 2015, our leaders a century ago had a much different perspective on things. Immigration is good for any nation, but multiculturalism is always the kiss of death. Listen to the words of the great American president, Teddy Roosevelt, and what his thoughts were on immigrants from any culture entering our borders, it’s quite enlightening.

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American … There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag … We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” – Teddy Roosevelt, 1907

In other words, what Roosevelt was saying as it is applied to today’s America, is that Muslims or any other vetted people group are welcome, but only as it relates to them becoming American citizens. Make allowances for Sharia Law? NO. Change our customs to suit Muslim customs? NO. Ban pork from any restaurant? NO. Tell women to dress more modestly because it offends Muslims? NO. Make newspapers and magazines stop publishing things offensive to Muslims? NO. Change anything at all because Muslims don’t like it? NO. I could go on but you get the idea.

My own grandfather came to Ellis Island in 1923, from Scotland, and he came with an accent so thick you could barely understand him, beautiful as it was. But he became an American with Scottish roots, and not a Scottish-America. Makes a big difference where you place the word, doesn’t it? Teddy Roosevelt also had this to say about “hyphenated” Americans:

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all. This is just as true of the man who puts “native” before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance.” – Teddy Roosevelt, New York City, 1912

Once you allow for multiculturalism, like England has done, the death of your own culture is sure to follow. Mass immigration has left Britain an “unrecognisable” country that many people would not want to leave to their children and grandchildren, Nigel Farage has said. In one of his strongest attacks on immigration policy, he said the arrival of migrants has some British people feeling that parts of the country are now alien to them.

Teddy Roosevelt has the answer as to how we handle today’s Muslim immigration problem, if only we would heed his words. But I wonder what he would say about having a Muslim in the White House?


Russian Army Could Soon Receive Newest S-500 Air Defense System, Range of 370 Miles

Posted: 12 Dec 2015 07:25 AM PST

The Russian Armed Forces could soon receive the first preproduction prototypes of the next-generation S-500 air defense system, defense expert Igor Korotchenko asserted. Russia is paying particular attention to developing aerospace defense systems, he noted. “We heard figures indicating that the Russian Aerospace Forces will soon receive more S-400 systems. The S-500 will soon finish state tests and enter service,” Korotchenko said following the board meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry on Friday.

The Russian army, according to Korotchenko, has achieved significant progress and is one of the best globally. “It is fully capable of defending our country for decades to come.” The S-500 Prometey, also known as 55R6M Triumfator-M, is a cutting-edge anti-aircraft and anti-ballistic missile system currently under development in Russia. The long-range system, designed by Almaz Antey, is said to have a range of 600 kilometers (more than 370 miles). The system could simultaneously intercept up to ten ballistic missiles traveling at a speed of 5 kilometers per second. READ MORE

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Teddy Roosevelt Has The Perfect Answer For Today’s Muslim Migrant Immigration Crisis.

Posted: 12 Dec 2015 07:11 AM PST

( Written By NTEB ) THERE CAN BE NO DIVIDED ALLEGIANCE HERE. ANY MAN WHO SAYS HE IS AN AMERICAN, BUT SOMETHING ELSE ALSO, ISN’T AN AMERICAN AT ALL

America, a nation built on immigrants, has before been faced with a migrant crisis a time or two. But unlike how our leaders chose to handle it in 2015, our leaders a century ago had a much different perspective on things. Immigration is good for any nation, but multiculturalism is always the kiss of death. Listen to the words of the great American president, Teddy Roosevelt, and what his thoughts were on immigrants from any culture entering our borders, it’s quite enlightening.

“IN THE FIRST PLACE, WE SHOULD INSIST THAT IF THE IMMIGRANT WHO COMES HERE IN GOOD FAITH BECOMES AN AMERICAN AND ASSIMILATES HIMSELF TO US, HE SHALL BE TREATED ON AN EXACT EQUALITY WITH EVERYONE ELSE, FOR IT IS AN OUTRAGE TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANY SUCH MAN BECAUSE OF CREED, OR BIRTHPLACE, OR ORIGIN. BUT THIS IS PREDICATED UPON THE PERSON’S BECOMING IN EVERY FACET AN AMERICAN, AND NOTHING BUT AN AMERICAN … THERE CAN BE NO DIVIDED ALLEGIANCE HERE. ANY MAN WHO SAYS HE IS AN AMERICAN, BUT SOMETHING ELSE ALSO, ISN’T AN AMERICAN AT ALL. WE HAVE ROOM FOR BUT ONE FLAG, THE AMERICAN FLAG … WE HAVE ROOM FOR BUT ONE LANGUAGE HERE, AND THAT IS THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE … AND WE HAVE ROOM FOR BUT ONE SOLE LOYALTY AND THAT IS A LOYALTY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.” – TEDDY ROOSEVELT, 1907

In other words, what Roosevelt was saying as it is applied to today’s America, is that Muslims or any other vetted people group are welcome, but only as it relates to them becoming American citizens. Make allowances for Sharia Law? NO. Change our customs to suit Muslim customs? NO. Ban pork from any restaurant? NO. Tell women to dress more modestly because it offends Muslims? NO. Make newspapers and magazines stop publishing things offensive to Muslims? NO. Change anything at all because Muslims don’t like it? NO. I could go on but you get the idea. READ MORE

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BBC Host is Canned For Opposing “Global Warming”

Posted: 12 Dec 2015 06:54 AM PST

George Orwell devised the word ‘unperson’ to describe someone who had so offended official thought, he or she was vaporised — not just liquidated but wiped from the record for eternity.  That way the unperson couldn’t set a bad example.
All memory of the impertinence would be forgotten, Comrades! Orwell was satirising Stalin’s Russia, where such practices were all too common. When a Politburo member called Nikolai Yezhov, People’s Commissar for Water Transport, fell out of favour with Joseph Stalin in 1940, he was not just killed.

A photograph of him beside Stalin in happier days was doctored to remove all trace of the unfortunate Yezhov. It was as though he had never existed. And he was not the only one. Though the circumstances are less dramatic, I am at present feeling a few twinges of solidarity with Yezhov. Earlier this year, I made a jaunty little Radio 4 programme called What’s The Point Of The Met Office? Last week, after a bizarre and focused lobbying campaign from environmental activists, the programme was removed from the BBC’s iPlayer playback facility. To adapt Orwell, What’s The Point Of The Met Office? became an un-programme. READ MORE

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DEVELOPING: Powerful Alaska Storm to Rival Strongest on Record

Posted: 11 Dec 2015 09:25 PM PST

A potent storm that will cross the Aleutian Islands of Alaska this weekend could become the strongest recorded storm to impact the region. This storm comes a little over a year after ex-Super Typhoon Nuri became the most powerful system on record to cross Dutch Harbor, Alaska, which is located in the Aleutian Islands, with a central low pressure of 924 millibars (27.29 inches of Hg). The intensity of a storm is measured by the central pressure, with lower pressure equating to a stronger system. Previous to Nuri, the old record stood at 925 millibars (27.32 inches of Hg) at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, from a strong storm that hit on Oct. 25, 1977.

To put this in perspective, Hurricane Katrina made landfall at 920 millibars (27.17 inches of Hg). A storm is forecast to race to the northeast and reach the western Aleutian Islands by Saturday evening, rapidly intensifying in the process. By the time it reaches the Aleutian Islands, the storm’s pressure could dip below 930 millibars (27.46 inches of Hg). Further strengthening is forecast to occur once the storm enters the Bering Sea, potentially rivaling the intensity reached by ex-Super Typhoon Nuri in November of 2014. READ MORE

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Scientists Claimed They Found Elusive ‘Planet X.’

Posted: 11 Dec 2015 08:35 PM PST

It’s a big, dark presence at the farthest reaches of our solar system, a mysterious force powerful enough to skew the paths of planets in orbit and yet so subtle that it slips undetected past even the most powerful telescopes on Earth. For centuries, it has eluded some of the most brilliant minds in astronomy — some say it even destroyed one. It’s the subject of endless calculations and rampant speculation, crackpot theories and countless hours spent gazing, fruitlessly, at the night sky. It’s known as Planet X.

And on Tuesday, a group of astronomers said they’d found not just one such presence, but two of them. “ALMA discovers the most distant object of the solar system,” read the title of one paper uploaded to the research-sharing site arXiv. “The serendipitous discovery of a possible new solar system object with ALMA,” went the other. Using the Atacama large millimeter/submillimeter array (ALMA), a powerful telescope located in the high desert of Chile, the researchers said they’d come across two extremely large objects skimming through the outskirts of the solar system.Though both studies were submitted to the prestigious journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, neither has been peer-reviewed or formally published — steps that are par for the course with any kind of serious scientific research but especially when pronouncements of previously unknown planets are at stake. They’re both based on limited observations — just two spottings apiece for each odd object. And even after just 48 hours online, they have garnered a great deal of skepticism within the astronomy community. READ MORE

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Louisiana Church Slapped With Criminal Summons Over Worship Exceeding 60 Decibels

Posted: 11 Dec 2015 06:55 PM PST

“Silent Night” has new meaning for a Louisiana church after they were issued criminal sanctions because their worship services exceeded 60 decibels – which is about the same noise level of a dishwasher. The executive pastor of Vintage Church was issued a criminal summons and the rest of the staff was threatened with “physical arrest” if they used any microphones or amplified sound in their worship services, according to a lawsuit filed by Liberty Institute. Jefferson Parish, Louisiana and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office are named in the lawsuit – alleging that the local government is “imposing unwarranted and unreasonable demands on the members of Vintage Church.”

“Federal and Louisiana law both protect Vintage Church from this sort of targeted enforcement,” Liberty Institute attorney Justin Butterfield said. For the record, I reached out to the sheriff for comment – but he declined to speak to me. The trouble started back in August when the small evangelical congregation announced plans to expand its existing sanctuary – located within a subdivision. However, that meant the church had to temporarily relocate its two Sunday morning worship services to an enclosed outdoor tent. The church applied for, and was granted a permit to erect the structure. READ MORE

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ALERT: ISIS may be plotting attack in Chicago

Posted: 11 Dec 2015 06:35 PM PST

Source indicate that U.S. officials have provided information to authorities in Switzerland that indicate the extremist plotting an attack against Geneva also discussed attacking Chicago, according to CNN. However, officials for both the FBI and in the city say there is no credible information that indicates the attacks have advanced beyond just talking.

In Chicago on Friday, an FBI spokesperson had the following to say: “We have heard the recent news reporting of threats to the Chicago area. While we are aware of no specific or credible threat to Chicago at this time, the FBI remains vigilant and will continue to work closely with our other law enforcement partners to keep our community safe.” SOURCE

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Christmas Will Experience Rare Full Moon, Hasn’t Occurred Since 1977

Posted: 11 Dec 2015 06:28 PM PST

A rare Full Moon that hasn’t occurred since 1977 will be full on Christmas. It will be full at 6:11 a.m. EST on December 25th, according to Fred Espenak with NASA. A Christmas full moon will not happen again until 2034. December’s full moon is called the Full Cold Moon, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.

It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The moon is above the horizon for a long time. It has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low sun, according to the site. SOURCE

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Stand Guard Over the Nation

Posted: 13 Dec 2015 06:44 AM PST

( Written By Cindy Jacobs)
“For thus has the Lord said to me: ‘Go, set a watchman, Let him declare what he sees.’” (Isaiah 21:6)

While many nations are being impacted by increased violence from radical Islamic terrorists, as Christians, we must prepare to individually stand guard over the spiritual walls of our neighborhoods and cities through intercessory prayer. The Isaiah 21 passage I quoted from gives a picture of God in His mighty power, preparing to deal with the nation of Babylon. Babylon was such a dominant world power at the time that no one thought it could come down; however, the message conveyed through this chapter is,

“There is no strongman or nation that God cannot deal with or pull down.” We serve a powerful God who created the universe, and we need not fear the enemy, no matter how terrible they seem to be. The strongman of ISIS will one day come down and be defeated. In the meantime, we need to watch, pray, and not give in to fear. We must be prepared to stand in the gap and form a hedge, or wall, of protection for the places where we live ( see Ezekiel 22:30). Remember, in the time of Nehemiah, the walls of the city of Jerusalem were broken down—it was defenseless against an enemy’s attack. Without walls, a city could not be adequately protected. READ MORE

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The “Antichrist” preview thru Antiochus Epiphanes

Posted: 13 Dec 2015 06:29 AM PST

(Written By Larry W. Cockerham) Antiochus IV Epiphanes was the eighth in a succession of twenty-six kings who ruled from 175 BC  to 164 BC over the Syrian section of Alexander’s empire. The name Epiphanes means the a Illustrious One, although his contemporaries nicknamed him Epimanes, meaning a madman He differs in many respects with the little horn of Daniel Chapter seven seeing that the little horn of 7:8 appears in the context of the fourth kingdom (Rome), while the little horn of 8:9 appears in the context of the third kingdom (Greece). Yet taken as a whole Antiochus IV Epiphanes is undoubtedly one of the greatest prototypes of the Antichrist in all of God’s Word.

The prophecies of Antiochus Epiphanes in Daniel (Dan. 8:9-14; 23-25; 11:21-35) have both a historical as well as future fulfillment. Because these prophecies point both to Antiochus Epiphanes as well as the future Antichrist of the New Testament Bible students call them a double reference prophecy. However, liberal commentators, such as D.S. Russell, see in these verses only a historical fulfillment due to their late dating of the Book of Daniel (165 B.C.). Conservative scholars, on the other hand, realize both a historical completion (they were still future when Daniel wrote them) in Antiochus as well as future prophecies that prefigure the Antichrist. There are also differences of opinion among fundamental Bible scholars as to where the prophecies regarding Antiochus end and those pertaining to the Antichrist begin. We will at this time focus on the comparisons or parallels between the wicked Syrian king Antiochus IV who viciously and cruelly persecuted the Old Testament saints of God and the coming man of sin commonly referred to in the New Testament as the Antichrist.

(1) Both involve two end-time periods. When it comes to the larger picture, these two periods of persecution leading up to the first and second coming of Christ are portrayed in both the exploits of Antiochus IV as well as those of the coming Antichrist. Lehman Strauss explains thusly: Both of these periods witness the wrath of God being extended to His chosen people. The first of these periods of wrath commenced with the Babylonian captivity and concluded with the atrocities of Antiochus, after which there was deliverance. The second of these periods is yet future. It will commence with the beginning of the seventieth week (Daniel 9:24-27) and conclude with the atrocities of Antichrist, after which there will be deliverance. Therefore not only is there a typical relationship between the two persons of Antiochus IV Epiphanes and the upcoming Man Of Sin, but there is also an association between the two time periods leading up to the end of each era.

(2) Both begin as a little horn. (cf. Daniel 7:8; 8:9). Both Antiochus and the Antichrist grow to become a great power from a small beginning. Notice that the little horn of Daniel 8:9 waxed exceedingly great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. And it waxed great even to the host of heaven (Dan. 8:9-10a). This is true of the Antichrist as well (cf. Dan. 11:41-42). He will begin as an insignificant political figure in the beginning. However he will gain worldwide power by the midst of the tribulation hour and exert control over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations (Rev. 13:7).

(3) Both persecute the saints of God. The cruel and violent persecutions of Antiochus Epiphanies’ are recorded in histories annals for all to observe. In the spring of 168 B.C., the armies of the Syrian king had arrived within four miles of the great city of Alexandria to compel the pharaohs to surrender. But the Egyptians had appealed to Rome for assistance. A Roman fleet was anchored in the bay and their representative Popilius Laenas, soon met with the king. After drawing a circle with his staff around the Syrian king, and forcing him to give an immediate response, the king reluctantly accepted the ultimatum to depart. After being humiliated and forced to leave Egypt, Antiochus’s vengeance was quickly turned upon Jerusalem. He killed over eighty thousand men, women, and children and sold forty thousand into slavery (2 Macc. v. 5-14). The holy place was robbed of its treasures and the temple was dedicated to Jupiter Olympus. The temple was defiled by offering a sow upon the altar and scattering its juice over all the sanctuary and vessels. He substituted the Jewish feasts with the drunken revelry of Bacchanalia, forcing the Jews to worship Bacchus, the god of pleasure and wine. The licentious festival of Saturnalia, the worship of Saturn, was also enforced upon the inhabitants. He forbade the reading of the Holy Scriptures and the tradition of circumcision. Throwing them headlong with their infants off of the highest wall in Jerusalem, Antiochus killed two mothers who had circumcised their children in defiance of the law. He also cut out the tongues of a mother’s seven sons and after that had each of them roasted alive on a flat iron (2 Macc. vii. 3-5). Then the mother herself was murdered. John Walvoord notes a detailed description of the violent atrocities and murder of thousands of Jews by Antiochus while marching through Judea is found in 1 Maccabaeus 1:20-28 and 2 Maccabaeus 5:11-17.5 READ MORE

 

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Russia fires warning shot at Turkey boat in Aegean

Posted: 13 Dec 2015 06:13 AM PST

Russia says one of its warships fired warning shots at a Turkish fishing vessel in the Aegean Sea to avoid a collision.
A Russian defence ministry statement said the Turkish vessel approached to 600m (1,800ft) before turning away in response to Russian small arms fire. The Turkish military attache in Moscow has been summoned to the foreign ministry over the incident. Relations remain tense over Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian bomber.

The Russian SU-24 bomber was shot down by two Turkish F-16s in the Turkish border-Syria area on 24 November. Turkey maintained the plane crossed into its airspace, although Russia disputes this. And last week, Turkey complained over what it said was a sailor on a Russian naval ship brandishing a missile launcher as the vessel passed through Istanbul. Russia rejected the criticism saying the crew had a “legal right” to protect the ship. READ MORE

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Israel Successfully Test-Fires Arrow 3 Missile Defense System In Outer Space.

Posted: 13 Dec 2015 06:06 AM PST

THE ARROW 3 MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM OPERATES IN SPACE, TRAVELING AT TWICE THE SPEED OF A TANK SHELL TO LEAVE THE ATMOSPHERE. IT IS DESIGNED TO SEEK AND DESTROY IRANIAN SHIHAB 3 MISSILES

Israel carried out a landmark successful interception of a target in space using its Arrow-3 missile defense system on Thursday, amid reports of advances by Iran in its long-range ballistic missile program. The Defense Ministry’s Missile Defense Organization, which worked with the American Missile Defense Agency on the project, launched an Arrow-3 interceptor from a military installation in central Israel on Thursday morning, after the system’s radar and fire control station detected a target in space, which represented an incoming ballistic missile.

A Sparrow-type target fired from an Israeli fighter aircraft flying off the Mediterranean coast went into space, where it released two targets for Arrow-3’s radars to lock onto. Once outside the atmosphere, the Arrow-3 missile released a kill vehicle, which deployed its own sensor, and guided itself for a direct collision with the target. The kill vehicle depends on kinetic impact and high precision to destroy its target, and is the only Israeli missile defense system that does not carry explosive warheads. READ MORE

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EU Border Force Proposed to Trump National Sovereignty

Posted: 13 Dec 2015 06:00 AM PST

(Via Zero Hedge) Last weekend we wrote that in Europe’s attempt to contain the greatest refugee crisis since WWII, it would directly take control over the border control of the one country which over the summer lost its sovereignty (but at least it still has the euro), and which serves as a springboard for tens of thousands of migrants to proceed onward with their journey to Germany (where as reported earlier, they are no longer desired, as their continued arrival results in a plunging approval rating for Angela Merkel). We added that the deployment of additional officers will begin next week, and noted that as our friends at Keep Talking Greece wrote:

“the masks have fallen. Hand in hand, the European Union and the Frontex want to cancel national sovereignty and take over border controls in the pretext of “safeguarding the Schengen borders”. With controversial claims, they use the case of Greece to create an example that could soon happen “in the border area near you.”  And the plan is all German.” Finally, we asked whether this was merely Paranoia

 “or just another confirmation that the Eurozone is using every incremental, and produced, crisis to cement its power over discrete European state sovereignty and wipe out the cultural and religious borders the prevent the amalgamation of Europe into a Brussels, Berlin and Frankfurt-controlled superstate? “

It was not paranoia, because according to blockbuster FT report released moments ago, “Brussels is to propose the creation of a standing European border force that could take control of the bloc’s external frontiers even if a government objected.” As even the otherwise pro-EU FT cautiously notes, “The move would arguably represent the biggest transfer of sovereignty since the creation of the single currency.” FULL REPORT

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If You Are a Christian, Please Stop Doing These 5 Things

Posted: 13 Dec 2015 05:55 AM PST

1. Telling people “I’ll pray for you” without actually praying for them.

Guilty as charged. I can’t think of anybody who hasn’t done this at one time or another. And while most of us don’t actually mean to forget, it’s probably best that we just set aside time on the spot to pray for people. Are we really so busy that we can’t stop and pray for someone’s needs? We need to make sure we are fulfilling our duties as Christians and actually follow through with them. One prayer could be the tipping point to someone coming to know the love of God. Don’t miss the opportunity to speak life into someone because you don’t think you have time.

2. Attending Church on Sunday, but ignoring God’s voice the rest of the week. 

Ouch! This one stings a little. Many of us get in the habit of making God just another addition to our weekly check-list, but the reality is that our entire lives should revolve around him. God deserves #1 priority in each of our lives, and to treat him any differently would go against the foundations of the Christian faith. Evaluate the way you are spending your time, money and energy. If you want to see a change in your life then you need to begin giving God the place of honor he deserves. Stop treating God like the last kid picked in doge-ball.

3. Praying for God’s provision when we have yet to use what he has already provided.

Way too many of us tend to treat God like a personal genie. Prayer was given to us as an open line of communication between us and God, but the harsh reality is that way too many of try to use it like a drive-thru at a fast-food restaurant. You don’t get to pick and choose the way God provides, but you do get the opportunity to trust his plan and have faith in his promises. I can’t begin to explain how many times I’ve ignored God’s provision because it wasn’t wrapped the way I intended it to be. Every time we purposely ignore God’s provision, we are indirectly telling him, “I don’t trust your plan.”

4. Trying to be so relevant that we actually hurt the message of Jesus. 

There is nothing wrong with trying to be relevant, but we need to understand that there is a BOLD line between being trendy, and then completely disfiguring the message of Jesus. We can’t expect to bring any change to the world when we don’t look any different from it. I’m a firm believer that Jesus came to reclaim culture and not abolish it, but this doesn’t mean we need to water down His message so that it’s easier to swallow. FULL LIST

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The Watchlist Gun Bans Begin: Obama Enlists Governors to Bypass Congress: “By Executive Order”

Posted: 13 Dec 2015 05:46 AM PST

With strong resistance in Congress to gun control measures, Obama has taken to working outside his constitutional authority yet again. But he, his pen and his phone, are not alone this time. To bring teeth to his pending executive orders, President Obama is working to enlist the help of many of the state governors who he hopes will sign their own executive orders. To that end, Gov. Dannel Malloy in Connecticut is taking the first plunge in this end run around that pesky Constitution and Bill of Rights. Of course, Connecticut, home to the Sandy Hook shootings, has already seen its gun rights eviscerated:

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy plans to sign the first executive order in the nation to ban the sales of guns to people on federal government watch lists. “We intend to prevent, by executive order through my powers as governor, those on government watch lists from obtaining a permit to purchase a firearm in Connecticut,” the Democratic governor said in a news conference Thursday.

Anyone who wishes to buy a gun in Connecticut must first apply for a permit from a public safety agency, then a thorough background check is conducted, Malloy said. “The executive order would add an additional level of protection and require those who apply for a permit to be screened against government watch lists,” Malloy said during the news conference. READ MORE

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URGENT UPDATE — 6 Missouri Walmarts Now Report Bulk Cell Phone Purchases by ‘Middle Eastern’ Men – Dozens of Propane Tanks Stolen in KC

Posted: 12 Dec 2015 05:13 PM PST

The FBI was alerted after a large quantity of cell phones was purchased at several mid-Missouri Walmarts in the last week. Early Saturday morning two “foreign speaking” men set off alarms after they entered the local Walmart store in Lebanon, Missouri and purchased 60 cellphones. The purchase was made around 4 AM in the morning. Police were called but released the men saying they didn’t have a legal reason to detain them.

The Macon County Sheriff’s office is investigating a second suspicious purchase of dozens of cellphones at the Columbia Walmart on Conley Road. A third suspicious purchase was made at a Walmart in Macon, Missouri. On Thursday a fourth Walmart in Jefferson City in mid-Missouri reported another bulk cell phone purchase.

** Earlier today The Gateway Pundit reported that dozens of propane tanks were recently stolen near Kansas City. This afternoon two more Walmarts reported bulk cell phone purchases.
This brings the total to six stores reporting bulk cell phone purchases in rural Missouri.
KRCG TV reported:  FULL REPORT

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Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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The Real Reason Saudi Arabia Will Not Take in Migrants

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Saudi Arabia

I have heard this asked over and over – Why are migrant Muslims not being taken into Saudi Arabia?  I’ve wondered about it too, and it has angered me. One would think that Muslim “refugees” would be so much happier going to a country where the culture is familiar to them.

But then I read an article which explains why this is happening.  This angered me even more, as I’m sure it will anger you.

FROM THE DAILY CALLER:

“Thousands of Middle Eastern migrants have swarmed into Europe, and Saudi Arabia is now finally offering to help.

No, the Gulf state isn’t offering to take in any of the so-called refugees. The Saudis are offering something much nicer to the European states having to deal with the migrant surge — paying for the construction of 200 mosques in Germany.

To any sane person, this overture would come across as…

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Another 'War on Christmas'? Microsoft's New Ad Omits God From 'Let There Be Peace on Earth' Lyrics

Another ‘War on Christmas’? Microsoft’s New Ad Omits God From ‘Let There Be Peace on Earth’ Lyrics

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Last week, Microsoft released their new advertisement to celebrate the Christmas season. The video was meant to call for the celebration of Christmas season. However, some viewers say the company did not include God in the latest ad.

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Social Security Numbers from Donors To Churchs, Other Nonprofits, Wanted by IRS

Social Security Numbers from Donors To Churchs, Other Nonprofits, Wanted by IRS

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Gospel Herald

If ever there were an infringement on the rights of people of faith, it would be for the IRS to demand that the social security numbers of those who donate to religious organizations be kept on file. While the IRS can’t legally demand this, at least not as of yet, it is something that they want to push toward.

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Prayer for When Life is Out of Control: 'Get Alone, Allow God to Fill In Shattered Places'

Prayer for When Life is Out of Control: ‘Get Alone, Allow God to Fill In Shattered Places’

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Gospel Herald

What’s a desperate, hurting soul to do when life is completely out of control? Cling to Jesus, suggests inspirational speaker Micah Maddox. “If you know Him, He’s already with you. Right there, in the midst of the uncontrollable, He knows every single detail of your struggle. He is an anchor that does not budge. When everything else changes, Jesus is a constant.”

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Iran Now Has One of Fastest Growing Christian Population As More Muslims Are Having Dreams and Visions of Jesus

Iran Now Has One of Fastest Growing Christian Population As More Muslims Are Having Dreams and Visions of Jesus

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Despite severe persecution and acts of terror from ISIS headlining the front pages, Christianity remains strong and is in fact a fast growing religion in one of the most hardline Islamic countries today – Iran.

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New Study Indicates Shifts In America’s Largest Churches: Megachurches 2015 Report

New Study Indicates Shifts In America’s Largest Churches: Megachurches 2015 Report

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Gospel Herald

While there are more participants in megachurch worship than ever before, individual attendance is declining, indicates a new study released by Dallas-based Leadership Network this month.

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Joey+Rory Feek Reaction to 2016 Grammy Nomination: 'God Is So Good,' While Gracefully Facing Terminal Cancer

Joey+Rory Feek Reaction to 2016 Grammy Nomination: ‘God Is So Good,’ While Gracefully Facing Terminal Cancer

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Today brought tears and a wonderful morning start for Joey Martin Feek and her husband, Rory Feek, of the country music duo Joey + Rory, as they discovered they received their first Grammy Award nomination for best country duo/group performance. Joey, 40, who recently entered hospice with terminal cervical cancer, is enjoying a “very special Christmas” celebration with family in her hometown of Alexandria, Ind.

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Franklin Graham Says 'The Enemy Is Here' In Response to San Bernardino Attacks, Urges Obama to Fight Radical Islam

Franklin Graham Says ‘The Enemy Is Here’ In Response to San Bernardino Attacks, Urges Obama to Fight Radical Islam

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Evangelist Franklin Graham has warned that the United States “cannot afford to let our guard down” amid the threat of radical Islam and urged President Obama to acknowledge that “the enemy is here”.

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The One Prayer that Works Every Time

The One Prayer that Works Every Time

Posted on December 13, 2015 by Church Leaders

A powerful truth about the kind of prayer God will always answer.

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For those with faith, believing is truly seeing

For those with faith, believing is truly seeing

Posted on December 12, 2015 by World Magazine

FAITH & INSPIRATION | For those who have faith, believing is truly seeing

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Religious reaction to Paris climate accord

Religious reaction to Paris climate accord

Posted on December 12, 2015 by Religion News

(RNS) A sampling of the initial responses from faith-based groups and commentators to the climate accord reached in Paris.

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Confirmed Dinosaur Blood on Ancient Fossil Astonishes Evolutionists   Dec 07, 2015 08:13 am

DinosaurRALEIGH, N.C. – Researchers have confirmed that biomaterial discovered on an ancient fossil is in fact preserved dinosaur blood, astonishing evolutionists who continue to believe the fossil is 80 million years old. Over the past decade, scientists have unearthed a number of dinosaur fossils with preserved blood vessels and soft tissue. Many evolutionists…

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False Teacher and Reality Show ‘Preacher’ Le’Andria Johnson Continues to Defend Use of Profanity   Dec 05, 2015 10:16 am

Johnson-compressedATLANTA — A Grammy Award-winning gospel singer who leads a purported church in the Atlanta area, and who came under fire in September for using profanity and drinking on her live Periscope account, is continuing to use profanity purposefully—this time on her Twitter account. As previously reported, Le’Andria Johnson of Imperfect People Changing (I.P.C.)…

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School District Votes to Allow Boy in Girl’s Locker Room Following Ultimatum From Obama Admin   Dec 09, 2015 11:05 am

Locker Room Credit Joe Zlomek-compressedPhoto Credit: Joe Zlomek CHICAGO — A school district in Chicago has voted to allow a male student who identifies as female to use the girls’ locker room in light of an ultimatum issued by the Obama administration. As previously reported, an unidentified high school student within Township High School District 211 requested to use the girls’ locker room…

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Liberty University President Draws Concern After Telling Students: ‘We Could End Those Muslims’ With Guns   Dec 06, 2015 11:36 am

Falwell-compressedLYNCHBURG, Va. — The president of what is purportedly the largest Christian university in the world remains unremorseful after concerns were raised over the spirit of his comments about “ending Muslims” that he made to students and faculty at a convocation on Friday, which also drew applause from those gathered. “I’ve always thought, if more good people had…

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Colorado Bible Study Goes to Pot: ‘Stoner Jesus’ Group Combines Weed with the Word   Dec 06, 2015 08:28 am

Study-compressedCENTENNIAL, Colo. — A Bible study group in Colorado has literally gone to pot, inviting its members to smoke marijuana together while discussing the Scriptures. The group is called the “Stoner Jesus Bible Study” and was formed after Colorado legalized the use of recreational marijuana. It was formed by Deb Button, who first posted her invite on Craigslist. Only…

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Bible Verse Bench Remembering Toddler Killed in Car Crash Removed from Park   Dec 10, 2015 07:28 am

Bench-compressedELKIN, N.C. — A bench placed in memory of a toddler that was killed in September in a hit-and-run car accident has been removed from a public park after officials said that permission was not obtained to place it—an assertion that the family denies. Mason Roten was 16 months old when a car pushed the vehicle his father was driving off the road and into a tree,…

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Students Show Support for Teacher Reportedly Reprimanded for Talking About God in Class   Dec 08, 2015 08:07 am

Santa Rosa-compressedSANTA ROSA, Texas — Dozens of students from a high school in Texas showed their support on Monday for a math teacher who was reportedly reprimanded for speaking about God in the classroom. More than 50 students from Santa Rosa High School gathered outside the school yesterday chanting and holding signs in advocacy for algebra teacher Charles Zeissel. “If…

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Atheist Group Seeks End to Tennessee Police Department’s ‘Adopt a Cop’ Prayer Program   Dec 10, 2015 07:27 am

JCPD-compressedPhoto Credit: Facebook JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — A prominent professing atheist group is seeking to put an end a Tennessee police department’s “Adopt a Cop” program, which invites local residents to pray for members of the city’s police force. The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter on Tuesday to the Johnson City Police Department to…

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Preacher’s ‘Emotional Harm’ Conviction for Quoting ‘Wrong’ Scripture on Homosexuality Overturned   Dec 11, 2015 04:40 pm

Overd-compressedTAUNTON, UK — A street preacher in the UK who was charged with making “homophobic” remarks and was ordered to pay a fine for his speech, including to a man to whom he quoted Scripture from the book of Leviticus, has been vindicated of his conviction of causing “emotional harm.” As previously reported, Mike Overd, a street preacher for five years, was…

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‘The Bible Makes Gruesome Bedtime Reading’: Atheist Group Seeks ‘Bible-Free’ Hotel Rooms Nationwide   Dec 11, 2015 11:12 am

Gideons Bible pdMADISON, Wisc. — A professing atheist group known for its activism has sent a letter to hotel chains nationwide, requesting that it make available “Bible-free” rooms for those who do not wish to have a copy of the Scriptures in their room during their stay. The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently wrote to 15 hotel chains to make the…

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Need help exchanging “whispers with God”?

Berean Research reports:

Christendom’s premiere Emergent organization, Catalyst, is urging women to “exchange whispers with God” on its new Catalyst smartphone app, via featured teacher Lysa Terkeurst:

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John 3:16 no longer one of the most popular verses for sharing

According to Christian Examiner

YouVersion, a digital Bible app that works on every device, just shared its 2015 statistics, including its most shared verses by country—and John 3:16 isn’t one of them.

YouVersion is celebrating its 200 million downloads, 1,200 Bible versions, and 900 languages, a staggering increase from the 12 versions and 2 languages it offered when it was launched in 2006 by LifeChurch.tv, based in Oklahoma.

What God is doing through YouVersion is incredible—changing mobile devices into Bibles that people carry with them everywhere they go,” Bobby Gruenewald, pastor and innovation leader at LifeChurch, told Christianity Today.

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See Something…Say What? – Hal Lindsey

Such confusion comes as a result of America severing itself from its spiritual and intellectual foundation. Without underpinning, the nation’s beliefs are no longer steadfast. Even supposedly bedrock values like freedom of expression fall victim to the whims of intellectual fashion. We fight our battles now as those nations who do not revere God.

It has not always been so. Even the most secular of America’s founders held the Bible in high esteem. It gave their thinking a firm foundation.

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Preparing for What is to Come

Jan Markell first talks to Dr. Randy White who counters the popular evangelical opinion that we must take in all Syrian refugees. Then Jan, Eric Barger and Larry Kutzler discuss the coming censorship of all things Christians and conservative. Google recently censored this ministry for posting “inappropriate content” on some YouTubes. Jan and her co-hosts warn that this is a foreshadowing of things to come when we don’t follow the liberal, godless pattern of content, programming, etc. Prepare yourselves for what is to come. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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What is the Biggest Danger Facing America?

We invite you to weigh in on a couple of questions of interest. First, which of these is the biggest danger facing the Christian Church in America: Secular humanism; Islam/Chrislam; Emergent theology; or prosperity preaching”? Secondly, if you believe God is preparing to severely chastise America for our unfaithfulness and sin, what will be His […]

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Explain This, Mr. Bible Believing Christian!

Who are you to criticize Islam? David Limbaugh is today’s guest on the program.

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Financial Chaos Looming? A Biblical Response

Our nation is close to $100 trillion in debt. Doug Wakefield joins us today.

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Don’t Worry, It Could Never Happen in America!

Think again. Pastor Saiko Woods joins the program today.

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This ‘n’ That

  • Falsified Ministries gives us some thoughts to ponder about Star Wars.
  • God isn’t fair and Christmas proves it (Part 1 and Part 2).
  • And free books are really good!
  • Especially books like John Owen’s Mortification of Sin.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable (this one’s for you, Lori).
  • For 400 years God was “silent,” but was He absent?
  • Please, are we really surprised by this? And will we be surprised when decisions like this end up in disaster?
  • Hat tip to Elizabeth Prata for these vintage Christmas photos.
  • Another thanks to Elizabeth for this quote from Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
  • I’m busy for some different reasons, but I can totally identify with Lyndon. Thank you, readers, for being patient with us busy bloggers!
  • Speaking of Lyndon, his recent article about the Book of Mormon is helpful.
  • The Cripplegate responds to Pope Francis’ claim that Muslims are his brothers and sisters.
  • Entreating Favor reviews Mike Abendroth’s new book, Sexual Fidelity: No Compromise.
  • Sigh. This is sad.
  • God is a God of the details:

Stand for Truth Thursday: Being a Girl in a Transgendered World

by Erin Davis

As God’s girls who believe that His Word is true, it feels like we see pink and blue in a world that sees rainbow. Here are five ideas on how to stand for truth.

The Cure for I-Want-Itis

by Erin Davis

Even though I know that Jesus is the true gift of Christmas, it’s hard to make my eyes focus on Him when all the stuff I’ve been hoping for is just waiting to be unwrapped.

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.


On Leaving Church, Revisited

An article written a year ago which was just one of many penned by me on a daily basis has turned out to be quite a showstopper. Indeed, the reaction was a big surprise to me, as I really did not expect it would turn out to be such a hot potato piece with so much interest generated.

Given that most of my articles may get a handful of responses, this one has gotten plenty, and continues to do so. I refer to my article, “On Leaving Church” which I posted on December 26, 2014. It has become by far my most read, most liked, most shared, and most commented-on article of all time. You can find it here: http://billmuehlenberg.com/2014/12/26/on-leaving-church/

Consider these statistics. Although the article has only been up for a year, it has had:
-over 426,000 views (the next most highly viewed article – on jihad in the West – has only 40,000)
-over 87,000 FB shares (that’s a lotta shares)
-294 tweets (whatever that means!)
-over 440 comments (with several hundred more, had people provided their full name as my commenting rules require)

Not bad for a small-time website like mine. These stats make it clear that this article has clearly been my most highly interacted-with article of all time. So it obviously struck a chord – or raw nerve – with many. Indeed, the numerous comments under the article – many by “dones” – were very revealing in so many ways.

church 13Obviously this is a massive issue and one which will not go away any time soon. So let me speak a bit more to all this. Of course entire libraries have been filled with books which discuss the issue of the church, what it is, what it means, what it is called to do, etc.

I certainly cannot enter into all of that here. Suffice it to say that there is the universal, invisible church, and there are local physical manifestations of the church wherever believers meet together to worship God, receive the teaching of the Word, partake of the sacraments, fellowship, and so on.

And even this minimalist description of what the church is and does will have some wanting to disagree in various areas. And disagreement aplenty can be seen in the hundreds of comments under my original article. That debate cannot here be resolved.

But let me state a few points. Some folks either did not read my article very carefully or misconstrued what I had to say. I never said that leaving church was just fine – I simply said it was happening and suggested some possible reasons as to why this might be so.

And I did clearly state that we must meet together for regular fellowship somewhere, somehow. I never advocated lone-wolf Christianity. Neither does the New Testament of course. We need each other and we are a Body of believers. It really is impossible to grow as a Christian without one another.

Let me offer just one quote here on this by John Stott from the preface to his commentary on Ephesians. There he eloquently speaks about the importance of the church:

One of our chief evangelical blind spots has been to overlook the central importance of the church. We tend to proclaim individual salvation without moving on to the saved community. We emphasize that Christ died for us ‘to redeem us from all iniquity’ rather than ‘to purify for himself a people of his own’. We think of ourselves more as ‘Christians’ than as ‘churchmen’, and our message is more good news of a new life than of a new society.
Nobody can emerge from a careful reading of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians with a privatized gospel. For Ephesians is the gospel of the church. It sets forth God’s eternal purpose to create through Jesus Christ a new society which stands out in bright relief against the sombre background of the old world. For God’s new society is characterized by life in place of death, by unity and reconciliation in place of division and alienation, by the wholesome standards of righteousness in place of the corruption of wickedness, by love and peace in place of hatred and strife, and by unremitting conflict with evil in place of a flabby compromise with it.

Amen to that. Let me share a few more thoughts that other writers have offered in recent months on the matter of “dones”. Not only are plenty of articles being penned on this subject, but entire books now exist as well. Just one worth noting is this: Josh Packard and Ashleigh Hope, Church Refugees: Sociologists Reveal Why People Are DONE With Church But Not Their Faith (Group Publishing, 2015).

As one write-up about this research says, “Will the Dones return? Not likely, according to the research. They’re done. Packard says it would be more fruitful if churches would focus on not losing these people in the first place. Preventing an exodus is far easier than attempting to convince refugees to return.”

Felicity Dale, also commenting on the research of Packard, ends her article on this subject this way:

While the Dones are not going back to the institutional church no matter how much it is “tweaked”, most of them have not abandoned God. In fact, some say that they have left “the church” to preserve their faith. And, the kind of church they are interested in looks surprisingly like the church portrayed in the book of Acts. Here are some of the characteristics of that church:
-All the churches in the Bible met in a home and functioned like a small spiritual family. The current institutional church, by contrast, spends a great deal of energy and money getting and maintaining a church building.
-The churches in the Bible were simple. We describe “simple church” as a way of being/doing church where any believer could say, “I could do that!” (“they were astonished that Peter and John were unschooled, ordinary men” (Acts 4:13).) The institutional church, by contrast, requires highly educated, highly school (seminary, etc.) highly creative people to be successful. (Think Rick Warren, for instance.)
-In the New Testament (NT) churches, everyone used their gifts. In institutional church, only a few, highly gifted people (worship leaders, preachers, etc.) use their gifts.
-In NT church, Jesus brought the agenda for the meetings. In institutional churches, a few, very smart people design the worship experiences.
-In the NT, churches were started in a few hours or a few days. Institutional churches require a great deal of planning and resources and take months or years to start.

Now all this  can likely open up other cans of worms. I am not here to jump on the “let’s attack the institutional church” bandwagon. Plenty of others are already doing this, and I believe their thoughts can be a mixed bag. Indeed, as was to be expected, in the comments under my first article much was made of this.

This included those who mentioned, if not promoted, books like Pagan Christianity? (Frank Viola and George Barna, 2008). My intent is not to enter into that discussion again. Suffice it to say that whenever this particular volume is mentioned, I usually refer folks to an excellent, even-handed and nuanced review of it by New Testament scholar Ben Witherington: benwitherington.blogspot.com.au/2008/06/pagan-christianty-by-george-barna-and.html

Another article also mentions research done by Barna, this time on “what church-goers want preached from the pulpit”. The list – taken from a survey of nearly 3,000 active church-goers – is interesting:
1. Abortion: Beginning of life, right to life, contraception, adoption, unwed mothers. 91%
2. Religious persecution/liberty: Personal duty, government duty, church response, global conditions. 86%
3. Poverty: Personal duty, government role, church role, homelessness, hunger, dependency. 85%
4. Cultural restoration: Appropriate morals, law and order, defensible values and norms, self-government. 83%
5. Sexual identity: Same-sex marriage, transgenderism, marriage, LGBT. 82%
6. Israel: Its role in the world, Christian responsibility to Israel, US foreign policy toward Israel and its enemies. 80%
7. Christian Heritage: role of Christian faith in American history, church role in US development, moder-day relevance. 79%
8. Role of Government: Biblical view, church-state relationship, personal responsibility, limitations. 76%
9. Bioethics: Cloning, euthanasia, genetic engineering, cryogenics, organ donation, surrogacy. 76%
10. Self-governance: Biblical support, personal conduct, impact on freedom, national sovereignty. 75%
11. Church in politics/government: Separation of church and state, legal boundaries, church resistance to government. 73%
12. Islam: Core beliefs, response to Islamic aggression, threat to US peace and domestic stability. 72%

Perhaps if these sorts of issues were discussed more often in our churches (along of course with solid biblical preaching and teaching), we might have fewer people leaving. I am not calling here for some trendy “relevance”. Being worldly, carnal and compromised is obviously not a relevance I can support. But being relevant by speaking to some of the key moral and social issues of the day is I think quite different, and much-needed.

But much more must be said about the “dones” phenomenon. As to what can be done about all this (no pun intended), well, that is the stuff of another few articles, if not books! But some folks are making various proposals. Jon Nielson for example addresses this at least backhandedly in his article, “3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church”. Briefly, these are
1. They are converted.
2. They have been equipped, not entertained.
3. Their parents preached the gospel to them.

In that sense, prevention is certainly better than cure. If we are properly discipling people – including making sure they are genuinely converted in the first place – that would perhaps go a longs way in cutting the number of “dones”. Many other suggestions could be offered here of course.

So forgive me already if I have again simply raised questions without giving much-desired solid answers! I confess to not having all the answers. I am not sure if anyone does. It is one thing to see a problem, and offer some possible reasons as to why that problem is happening. It is another matter to come up with clear answers and solutions to these problems.

But this is an ongoing conversation. My first article generated a huge response, and who knows, this one might as well. But at least we can have a discussion about all this. Indeed, we must talk about it. Simply doing church as usual without seriously and prayerfully reflecting on these problems will likely help no one.

At the end of the day all the research and polling and surveys and sociological analysis has a place in all this. But I would tend to want to fall back on more sobering and more likely realities: perhaps so many are leaving church because God no longer seems to be there. As another commentator said about more Barna polling:

The study also asked people 30 and younger who are no longer attending church services, why they have stopped attending. The number one reason? They “feel God is missing in church”. Another reason cited was the lack of relevancy. That makes sense to me: What is the MOST relevant aspect of a church service, if not God? If God is missing in a church service, that service is irrelevant!

Last century one powerful prophetic voice offered us a simple yet profound analysis of all this. He would have little time for surveys and sociological assessments. I quoted this in my first article, but it is worth ending with again. This is what A. W. Tozer put our problem down to:

“If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference.”

http://www.churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/177144-thom-schultz-rise-of-the-done-with-church-population.html
http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/53478-where-are-people-leaving-the-church-going
http://www.glennbeck.com/2015/09/23/christian-pollster-sheds-new-light-on-what-church-goers-want-preached-from-the-pulpit
http://www.churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-articles/159175-3-common-traits-of-youth-who-don-t-leave-the-church.html
http://notforitchingears.com/2015/01/21/barna-study-even-christians-are-leaving-our-churches/


Four kinds of Christmas

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I Read the Bible and Feel Nothing — What Should I Do?

I Read the Bible and Feel Nothing — What Should I Do?When you don’t feel affections for God while reading your Bible, Pastor John counsels that you apply your heart.

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This Week in Calvinism – December 11, 2015

  • Regarding 2 Peter 3:9, Jordan Cooper writes, “God’s saving will embraces all of his creation. We thus affirm the Calvinistic belief monergism, while simultaneously affirming the Arminian commitment to universal grace.”
  • Calvinism obliterated? No, not really. It’s the same arguments we’ve all heard before, but at least he puts a little effort into it.
  • Unlike this KJV-only Baptist preacher. He attempts to refute Calvinism by showing that our doctrine “is a bunch of garbage. It’s a bunch of hogwash for a bunch of lazy people that don’t want to do anything for God.”
  • Tim Challies shares his top books of 2015.
  • James White responds to Steve Hays’s accusations regarding Islam. Looking back several years at how Mr. Hays was so gung ho about waging war in the Middle East and torturing Muslims in the name of “national security,” I find myself less than sympathetic to his position.

W4YW: Politicians (Pro & Con), Christmas Cynicism, & Grandparent Gifts

Wisdom For Your Weekend: your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web.

Videos of the Week

Marco Rubio on What It Means to Trust in Jesus. Whether you are Democrat or Republican, if you are a believer you’ll find this deeply encouraging—to have someone in the public eye pointing out the trustworthiness of Jesus (from what sounds like personal experience). For the record, if sincere politicians from the “other” side say something like this, we’ll post it, too!

Is Donald Trump Wrong about Muslim Immigration? Russell Moore. In a word, yes. If there is something to be thankful for in the entire “Trump Fiasco” (patent pending), it’s that he provokes conversations with his—shall we say—more colorful comments. Recently he suggested that we close our border to all Muslims. This is an obviously foolish agenda, and one that flies in the face of Christian principles. For the sake of religious liberty, for the sake of integrity, and for the sake of basic humanity, Russ Moore says we’ve got to reject this for the folly that it is.

Articles of the Week

Cynicism and Christmas Songs, Jared Musgrove. I (Chris) am a sucker for songs written during the American Civil War, so it’s no surprise that my favorite Christmas carol is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” It’s a song that deals head-on with the seemingly naïve joy and happiness of Christmas. Musgrove seems to like it too, for the way it counters our cultures inherent cynicism. (By the by, I like Echosmith’s rendition best.)

10 Church Planting Proverbs, Darryl Dash. This is a handy little list. Dash has compiled some of the catchiest quotes about church planting. And they’re not just catchy; they’re packed with wisdom. Spend some time with these modern-day proverbs. Incorporate them into your life. Memorize a few. You’ll be glad you did.

What Should I Do about Grandparent Gift-Giving? Jen Wilkin. If you’re a parent, you may suffer from a seasonal disorder known as FPS—Fretful Parent Syndrome. It manifests whenever your carefully laid plans of a minimalist Christmas are torpedoes by the grandparents, who swoop in with mountains of toys. If you’re exhibiting any of the symptoms—anxiety, frenetic attempts at control, excessive use of the words “spoiled” or “extravagant” or “frivolity”—then Wilkin is here to give you your meds.

10 Random Things To Know About Pastors, Ron Edmondson. This won’t be true of every pastor, of course, but Edmondson provides a handful of truths that are probably true of most. (I think he’s 10 for 10, personally.) If you aren’t a pastor, you’ll find this enlightening. If you are a pastor, you’ll be nodding your head along with this.

On The Lighter Side

Causes of Death in Shakespeare Plays [Graph]. Back in Shakespeare’s day, we’re guessing the line was, “Knives don’t kill people. People kill people.” Or maybe even, “Knives don’t kill people. Shakespeare kills people.”

Shakespeare deaths

 

Wisdom For Your Weekend is presented to you by Chris Pappalardo, with occasional guidance from J.D. Greear. This is our attempt to reflect Proverbs 9:9: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”


Weekend A La Carte (December 12)

Daily Christian News Information Kindle DealsCruciform Press has 6 Kindle books marked down to $1.99: Grieving, Hope, and Solace by Al Martin, The Good News About Satan by Bob Bevington, Friends and Lovers by Joel Beeke, Hit List by Brian Hedges, Broken Vows by John Greco, and Brass Heavens by Paul Tautges. There are also several little books by John Piper at $2.99: Good News of Great Joy, The Marks of a Spiritual Leader, Doctrine Matters, Love to the Uttermost, and Captive to Glory. Also consider The ISIS Crisis by Charles Dyer ($3.50); Prepare by Paul Nyquist ($3.50); Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke ($1.99).

Also, you can use the code 25OFFBOOK to get 25% off any one print book (until December 14). Click here to get started.

There are a couple of new reviews of Do More Better that may interest you: A Productivity Coach, Not a Guru by Paul Tautges and this review by Jeremy Walker.

On Disputable Matters

D.A. Carson writes on an issue that is always pressing. “Every generation of Christians faces the need to decide just what beliefs and behavior are morally mandated of all believers, and what beliefs and behavior may be left to the individual believer’s conscience.”

Imprint of King Hezekiah’s Seal Found in Jerusalem

Here’s a neat story from the world of biblical archeology. “The royal seal of an ancient biblical king has been unearthed near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.”

How Jane Austen’s Emma Changed the Face of Fiction

“The story of a self-deluded heroine in a small village, Jane Austen’s Emma hardly seems revolutionary. But, 200 years after it was first published, John Mullan argues that it belongs alongside the works of Flaubert, Joyce and Woolf as one of the great experimental novels.”

The Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Child

Here’s a sweet bit of writing that will be good for any parent to read.

This Day in 1841. 174 years ago today, J.C. Ryle was ordained in the Church of England. *

The World War 2 Meme That Circled the World

My grandfather used to draw Kilroy on every birthday or Christmas card. Now I know why.

Reformed Baptist Seminary

My gratitude goes to Reformed Baptist Seminary for sponsoring the blog this week.


The Daily Discovery (December 11, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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God Is Not Fair and Christmas Proves It (Part 3) – “That’s not fair! That plaintive wail echoes across playgrounds, dining room tables, sports arenas, comment threads, and opinion pages. Built into each of us is a strong sense of what is and isn’t fair, and we’re often quick to complain when inequity appears. Never mind that—apart from the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit—our whole perspective is based on a false, subjective definition of what is truly “fair.” Lost in the corruption of sin, we cannot accurately measure what fairness looks like in terms of eternity—and if we could, we wouldn’t want it.

6 Ways Not to Preach the Birth of Jesus – “For preachers, the Advent or Christmas season may not seem like the most wonderful time of the year. While proclaiming the story of Jesus’s birth is a tremendous privilege, the number of potential preaching texts seems in short supply. Neither Mark nor John includes the birth account. To make matters worse, at least two passages in Matthew’s account don’t appear to be listener-friendly. One seems too mundane (Matt. 1:1–17), the other too disturbing (Matt. 2:16–18). But there is another challenge awaiting preachers. The Gospel accounts of Jesus’s birth have been overlaid with centuries of exegetical misunderstandings and legendary elaborations. R. T. France quips…”

Of the Father’s Love Begotten – “Aurelius Clemens Prudentius was born in Spain in 348 A.D. He was loyal to the Roman Empire and considered it an ‘instrument in the hands of Providence for the advancement of Christianity.’ Thirty-five years prior to his birth, Christianity had been granted full toleration under the Edict of Milan. With Constantine’s conversion, Christianity became the favored religion of the Empire, a change that is oft maligned by younger evangelicals suspicious of ‘Christendom,’ but must have been a welcome relief and answer to prayer for the beleagured saints in the fourth century.”

Giving as an Act of Worship – “In the final phrases of Philippians 4:18, Paul describes Christian giving in the language of Old Testament sacrificial worship—language that originated all the way back in Genesis 8. After Noah and his family emerged unharmed through the flood of God’s judgment, he worshiped God: ‘Then Noah built an altar to Yahweh, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. Yahweh smelled the soothing aroma (same as ‘fragrant aroma’ in Phil 4:18) and Yahweh said to Himself, ‘I will never again curse the ground on account of man…” (Gen 8:20–21).”

Plan Your 2016 Devotions with a Bible-Reading Calendar – “A new year is fast approaching and with it 365 366 (leap year!) opportunities for daily devotions. That makes this the time to plan what you will do in the year ahead. As is the case in so many areas of life, those who plan do. The reason so many of us fail to be diligent in our devotions is that we do not diligently plan.”


SERMON:

John MacArthur – Tough Questions Christians Face


VIDEOS:

Intimacy begins OUTSIDE of the bedroom.

Unborn children are not merely “potential human beings.”


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


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What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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Encouraging Living Waters Video about sharing the Gospel

The Domain for Truth

This video was somehow very encouraging for me tonight.

One thing I am looking forward to in heaven is to see the fruit of God’s work in our evangelism.

There is so much we don’t see.  We witness the Gospel out of our faithfulness to the Lord.  We love people like Paul did in Romans 9.

Yet so little we see.

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