Daily Archives: December 18, 2015

All I Have Today Is Good News

Unfathomable Grace

When describing the ministry of Jesus, the Apostle John said:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.     (John‬ ‭3:16-18)

Today, I do not want to talk about bad news. I wish not to dialogue about the many horrible earthly consequences experienced by sinners in this life. These might include a lack of purpose, twisted thinking, ruined reputations, sour marriages, rebellious children, national chaos, cultural demise, persistent depression, sexual confusion, personal addiction, neighborly abuse, and the utter devaluation…

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December 18, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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Star Wars & Christians: Old, new analysis awakens

Star Wars & Christians: Old, new analysis awakens

Posted on December 18, 2015 by Baptist Press

The latest Star Wars movie has awakened a force of Christian-themed commentary touching on subjects from the film’s theological errors to its relation to the storyline of the Bible.

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Israeli Messianic Group 'One for Israel' Brings Gospel to Jews and Arabs Using High-Tech Evangelism, Equipping Leaders

Israeli Messianic Group ‘One for Israel’ Brings Gospel to Jews and Arabs Using High-Tech Evangelism, Equipping Leaders

Posted on December 18, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Convinced that the only way to truly bring peace to Israel is through the knowledge of the Gospel, One For Israel, a groundbreaking initiative of native born Israelis, is seeking to share the good news of the Messiah with Israeli Jews and Arabs using innovative methods and high-tech evangelism.

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“Star Wars:” The return of the transcendent (COMMENTARY)

“Star Wars:” The return of the transcendent (COMMENTARY)

Posted on December 18, 2015 by Religion News

(RNS) “The Force Awakens” gives us hope for the possibility of redemption and conversion.

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Jedis, Pastafarians and Zuists: How should Christians respond to the rise of DIY religion?

Jedis, Pastafarians and Zuists: How should Christians respond to the rise of DIY religion?

Posted on December 18, 2015 by Christian Today

Start writing online about ‘fake religions’ and the time between posting the article and an atheist troll gleefully commenting that it’s an oxymoron can be measured in milliseconds.

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Is There a Right Way to Do Christmas?

Is There a Right Way to Do Christmas?

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Crosswalk

What can you do if you feel like you are striving too much this Christmas?

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5 Unsaid Rules of Being a

5 Unsaid Rules of Being a “Good Christian”

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Crosswalk

Have you ever talked to a person, bared your soul, shared your burdens and unhinged your padlocked doors only to have your heart trampled due to its “supposed” lack of faithfulness?

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Stand for Truth Thursday: 3 Tips for Sharing the Gospel with Muslims

by Paula Hendricks Marsteller

Wondering how to share Christ with your Muslim friend or neighbor? Here are three takeaways from the book “The Gospel For Muslims.”

The Bravest Sentence in the Whole Bible

by Erin Davis

Since nothing is impossible with God, let’s all be brave!

8 Ways to Fight for Purity

by Bethany Baird

Being a pure girl in a wild world isn’t easy. Here are eight tips to help you stand for purity.

Will Siri Still Love Me?

by Jessie Minassian

Thinking God will run out of forgiveness is just as ridiculous as thinking Siri is going to stop loving me.


Minnesota School Holiday Concert Includes Chants Of ‘Allahu Akbar’

Some parents at a Minnesota school are upset with a choir teacher’s decision to have students sing a Ramadan song that includes the words “Allahu akbar” during a holiday concert.

For a Thursday night holiday concert at Blaine High School, one of the songs chosen is “Eid un Sa’Eid,” an English-language song with some Arabic words that celebrates the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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‘Left Behind’ Producer Reveals Potential End-Times Prophecy Moment He Noticed During GOP Debate

A Christian filmmaker took to Facebook after the Republican debate this week to highlight some key moments that he thought were incredibly profound — comments from the candidates about the current “alliance of Iran and Russia” in the Middle East.

Paul Lalonde, producer and writer of end-times film “Left Behind,” wrote on the movie’s official Facebook page that he was struck by GOP candidates’ open discussion about this coalition, saying that he believes that the alliance possibly pertains to biblical prophecy.

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These are the Days that Try Men’s Souls

We live in a world in which many people if not most, are engulfed with fear and anxiety. Some fear the future; and they’re anxious about what’s going to happen in that future. Others fear the past and they’re anxious about what has happened. And still others fear even the present as anxiety has gripped their souls and they cannot imagine how they can cope with the ugliness of present circumstances in their lives. Thousands of people each day wake up with untold burdens to bear and anxiety with which they must deal with. Are you one of these? Are you bearing secretly a heavy burden?

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Abbas – the ‘evil’ man with whom Israel must make peace

Markell points out that Israel is being told this is the person with whom it must make peace.

“Israel is supposed to make peace with barbarians,” she continues. “And the entire world thinks that Israel is at fault for there being no peace in the Middle East. So far, 19 Israelis have been stabbed in cold blood. Where’s the outcry? Instead, the outcry is over the plight of the so-called Palestinian people.”

Markell says all of this is to be expected from a people who are “out for Jewish blood.”

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Apologetic Material On Christmas Issues

Here’s a collection of resources.

Star Wars and the Ancient Religion

Here is  decent overview of the religion of the Star Wars movies. Enjoy!


Hillsong Church Rendition of “Silent Night” Features Roaring 20’s Flappers In Nightclub Setting

From Berean Research:

Over at Now the End Begins, blogger Geoffrey Grider fills us in on Hillsong Church’s Christmas extravaganza that includes nearly naked “drummer boys” and songs about Santa Claus and Rudolf. Grider lamented: “It’s just not a proper celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ without roaring 20’s flappers, rock bands, hoochie coochie dancers, laser light shows and lots and lots of leg in a nightclub setting. Happy Birthday, Jesus, hope you like it.”

The question is: Does Hillsong Church’s production in any way honor God?

Um, no. Watch the Youtube video of Hillsong’s 2014 version of Silent Night, Holy Night and decide for yourself.

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Oh good grief! School district censors Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown ChristmasThere’s a ban on the Baby Jesus in Johnson County Kentucky. Todd Starnes, host of Fox News and Commentary, informs us that that an elementary school was instructed to remove a scene where Linus shares the true meaning of Christmas by reading from the Gospel of Luke. Starnes laments:

There are some days when this anti-Christmas nonsense is enough to make you deck somebody’s halls.

The latest yuletide lunacy comes from Johnson County, Kentucky where the school district has censored an elementary school presentation of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

The district also ordered other schools to remove all religious references from their upcoming Christmas productions.

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Star Wars and the Ancient Religion

I believe there are good reasons for viewing this film. We can certainly respect its artistic and entertainment value. Galactic battle scenes and human drama are entertaining. But also, by seeing this movie, Christians can sharpen their understanding of both contemporary culture and their appreciation of the Christian faith, allowing them to see in antithetical clarity both the Christian message and the message of Star Wars in order to present the gospel in a fresh way for our time.

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Would Discovery of Aliens Destroy Christianity?

Not all Christians may believe in the prospect of discovery of alien life, but all Christians should offer reasonable responses to honest questions. One such question is whether discovery of alien life would hurt Christianity.

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The Subtle Lie is the Most Dangerous Emergent Theology

The blatant lies are the easiest to identify and refute. Gary Gilley joins the program today.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Islam, Islamic Terrorism and Chrislam

We can choose to remain in ignorant bliss. Elijah Abraham answers your questions on today’s program.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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More “Christian” Confusion

Is there any place safe to send our children to school anymore? Robert Meyer and Dave Wager join the program to discuss these issues.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Government Education From the Perspective of the Gospel

We’re looking at you, Government-Mandated Public Education System. Scott Alan Buss joins the program today.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Featured Blogs


More Pseudo-Christian Megachurch Dirtbaggery from Hillsong

This exposes Hillsong for what it genuinely is.  The curtain is pulled back and everyone is free to see what the cult is all about:  deriding authentic Christianity and replacing it with a falsified pseudo-Gospel.


The Daily Discovery (December 18, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Be a Yoda, Not a Grinch – “In the next seven days, Star Wars and Christmas return, and for many, it may feel like almost too much to handle. December’s already the most anticipated month of the year with the first snowfall, the days off from work, and the time with friends and family celebrating the birth of Jesus. And then the Force decides to awaken again now.  Along with the rest of you, still filled with the galactic wonder and nostalgia of a child born in the eighties, I’m excited to see J.J. Abrams’s latest installment. But I haven’t yet. Therefore, in the words of Master Yoda, ‘Not if anything to say about it I have.’”

Liberation Letter – “Took a walk downtown tonight. The air was cold and clear—so clear there were glimmers of the snow-crusted Wasatch in the distance. Temple Square was ablaze in Christmas lights, and big banners declared ‘A Savior Is Born!’ A caroling troupe of Mormon missionaries from Brazil were singing Charles Wesley’s ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.’ The Temple itself—this mecca of Mormonism—glowed in soft white light, but to me it resembles a great sarcophagus. Behind the Temple is the Tabernacle, and the soothing sounds of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir spilled out and filled the crowded square with music. The promise of warmth and a pew where I could sit and write has drawn me inside the Tabernacle.”

When ‘Just’ Is a Four-Letter Word – “Insecurity is the haven of ‘just’ and the flipside of pride. It has been difficult for me to work out the pride-insecurity relationship. Insecurity feels much safer, somehow more humble, than pride. But insecurity is pride dressed down; both are rooted in an inherent focus on self above all.”

Three exceptional Christmas songs – “Many of the most well-known (and most enduring) songs are Christmas songs—scan through any hymnal, and you will be surprised about the percentage of songs that are devoted to Advent.  Not all Christmas songs are good, of course. In fact, some of them are particularly cheesy. But many more tend toward excellence than silliness, and the reason for this is simple: they start with the birth of the Savior.”

The Subtle Lie is the Most Dangerous – Emergent Theology – “The blatant lies are the easiest to identify and refute. It is the subtle twisting of that which is presented as ‘truth’ that is the most sinister deception. We see this in the growth of the Emergent theology that has infiltrated our Christian Colleges and many of our churches.”


SERMON:

Steve Lawson – The Use of Your Time (Jonathan Edwards)


VIDEOS:

Todd Friel Holds Joel Osteen to the Bible (Part 1)

Todd Friel Holds Joel Osteen to the Bible (Part 2)


“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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A La Carte (December 18)

A La Carte Friday News Headlines Kindle DealsThis is the rare day when I was not able to track down any interesting Kindle deals. There have been lots of good ones over the past days, though, so if you haven’t seen them, check the A La Carte archives. And now, some links:

A Date Night Fool’s Gold

J.A. Medders has a helpful follow-up to my recent article called You Don’t Need a Date Night. He says, “If you stack up all of the time you spend as a married couple, date nights are a puny fraction of time in your married life. The piled up moments during the week can be just as, if not more, thrilling and fortifying than a faux candlelight dinner and overpriced cheese board.”

Christ-Centered Silence for the Noisy Advent Season

“We all have extra events in December. Whether for work, school, church, or the community, seasonal social opportunities keep us occupied. We assume everyone is ‘crazy busy.’ It’s a noisy season, one of music and cheer. To enjoy the season to its fullest, then, one of the most significant disciplines we can practice both individually and corporately is ‘Christ-centered silence.’”

Did Jesus Even Exist?

Michael Kruger responds to the most recent attack on the historicity of Jesus. “The reason most Christmas articles simply want to rewrite the story of Jesus is because virtually all scholars agree–liberal and conservative alike–that there is little reason to doubt his existence.”

7 Ways to Become a Better Sermon Listener

Almost all of us need help here, don’t we?

This Day in 1953. 62 years ago today, Ed Welch was born. Happy Birthday, Ed!

Shepherd the Flock of God That Is Among You

I very much appreciate what Darryl communicates here.

Does Your Church Need to Die?

Ray Ortlund levels the challenge: “If you are not satisfied that your church is living proof of the risen Lord, here’s a crazy thought. Maybe your church needs to die, in order to live. And I don’t mean change the style of music. I mean something deeper.”

Ad Blockers Will Force Reforms in Online Marketing

This is a good article on the prevalence of ad blockers and the problems that cause people to use them.


Born Again by the Book

Born Again by the BookWhen you were born again, what happened? In twelve minutes, John Piper explains how God brings about the miracle of the new birth.

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The Peculiar Glory of the Incarnation

Glory of the IncarnationIt’s a joy to reserve this part of the year to remember and celebrate the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. This, of course, is what Christmas is about in the truest sense. Amid all the tinsel, the gingerbread cookies, and the trees and stockings and gift shopping, true Christians pause to reorient our thoughts and our affections to what Christmas is really about: the incarnation of the Son of God.

And that kind of theological shorthand has become so familiar to us that we cease to be amazed at the truth we speak of when we speak of the incarnation. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.”

God. Becoming man. The infinite, eternal, self-existent, self-sufficient, almighty God, without shedding His divine nature, taking upon Himself—in addition to His divine nature—a human nature—truly becoming one of us. In the incarnation of the Son of God, it can properly be said that the immutable, unchangeable God became what He wasn’t, while never ceasing to be what He was.

The incomprehensibility of that thought alone is sufficient to bow our hearts and intellects before divine wisdom in worship. This kind of mind-bending wisdom is so lofty—so far beyond our natural understanding—that we wouldn’t believe it if Scripture didn’t teach it so plainly. We already referenced John 1: The Word was God, and the Word became flesh. We also see it in Philippians 2:6–7, where Paul tells us that while Christ was existing in His very nature as God nevertheless assumed to Himself the very nature of a servant, and was born as a man.

You see, the Lord Jesus Christ did not come into being at the incarnation; He existed for all eternity as God Himself—the Second Person of the Holy Trinity—God the Son. And so as God, He shares all the attributes of God: infinity, eternality, omniscience, immutability; everything that properly belongs to the nature of God the Father belongs to the nature of God the Son, for they share the very same nature, the same essence, the same being. And yet, God the Son became man! Again, becoming what He wasn’t while never ceasing to be what He was.

The Irish Reformer, James Ussher, said of the incarnation that it is “the highest pitch of God’s wisdom, goodness, power, and glory.” Pastor and author, Mark Jones, said, “The incarnation is God’s greatest wonder, one that no creature could ever have imagined. God himself could not perform a more difficult and glorious work. It has justly been called the miracle of all miracles” (Knowing Christ, 25).

If we’re honest, and if we can slow our minds down and turn our thinking from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season to truth, we’re forced to admit that there is a peculiar glory of this greatest of God’s miracles—that, among all the amazing works that Almighty God has accomplished in this world, the incarnation has a special luster of magnificence. And I think the reason for that peculiar glory is that the incarnation takes two things of an infinite difference and distance, and puts them side by side. The incarnation takes the infinite God, and the finite man, and unites them together in One magnificent Person. And it’s the juxtaposition of the majesty of God with the humility of man that renders the glory of the Lord Jesus—the glory of the incarnation—more especially brilliant than all other of God’s glorious works.

Lion and LambJonathan Edwards once preached a sermon on Christ as the Lion and the Lamb from Revelation 5, entitled “The Admirable Conjunction of Diverse Excellencies in Christ Jesus,” a title packed with significance. It is to say that in Christ, there is a joining together of attributes and qualities that are significantly different from one another, and this conjunction of diverse excellencies, Edwards said, is admirable. By its very nature, it evokes admiration. Praise. Wonder. Delight. Amazement. Worship. We struggle even to put it into words, but the conjunction of diverse excellencies in Christ is glorious. And there is no greater display of that glory than in the incarnation, because it is only by the incarnation that such a conjunction is even made possible.

And so I want to briefly reflect on this admirable conjunction of diverse excellencies in Christ, to set these contrasting glories side by side. My hope is that as you meditate on these diverse excellencies, they will stir you to consider Christ in this Christmas season, in all His admirable glory as the God-man, the Word made flesh.

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Consider that the uncreated Creator (John 1:1–3; Col 1:16) in a manner of speaking was created (i.e., with respect to His human nature); He was born (Gal 4:4–5; John 1:14). Luther contemplated this truth and was catapulted to worship. He wrote: “All praise to Thee, eternal God, / Who, clothed in garb of flesh and blood, / Dost take a manger for Thy throne, / While worlds on worlds are Thine alone. Hallelujah.” Augustine marveled in simplicity as he considered, “Man’s maker was made man.”

Consider that the Sustainer of all things, who at all times upholds all things by the Word of His power (Heb 1:3), the One in whom all things hold together (Col 1:17), was Himself being sustained in the womb and at the breast of a Hebrew maiden. Mark Jones reflects, “Jesus drank from his mother’s breasts and Jesus provided his mother with the milk to feed him” (Knowing Christ, 32).

Consider that the infinite God was clothed in finite humanity. The eternal (Micah 5:2; 2 Tim 1:9; Titus 1:2) stepped into time. The immense and omnipresent One who filled all space and time, whom the highest heavens cannot contain (1 Kgs 8:27), confined Himself to the single space of Mary’s womb, and then the cattle’s trough, and then Calvary’s cross, and then Joseph’s grave. The immutable One who is perfect and so could not change either for the better or for the worse, (Mal 3:6) nevertheless increased in stature (Luke 2:52). The perfect One was made perfect (Heb 5:9).

The omniscient One who knew all men (John 2:24–25) and all things (John 16:30; 21:17), the One in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col 2:3), increased in wisdom (Luke 2:52), learned obedience through His sufferings (Heb 5:8), and submitted Himself to a measured ignorance (Mark 13:32). The omnipotent One (Job 42:2), the source of all strength (Neh 8:10), who commanded the winds and waves with a word (Luke 8:25), knew what it was to grow weary (John 4:6). The God who neither slumbers nor sleeps (Ps 121:4), slept (Luke 8:23). The perfectly blessed One (Rom 9:5), possessed of infinite joy (Heb 1:9) and impassible, was a man of sorrows (Isa 53:3), experienced the trouble of soul (John 12:27), breathed the sighs of grief (Mark 8:12), wept at death (John 11:35), and mourned over man’s sin (Matt 23:37).

Consider that the One who was rich, enjoying the heavenly worship of the saints and angels, nevertheless for your sakes became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich (2 Cor 8:9). The One who owned the cattle on a thousand hills (Ps 50:10), whose Father’s house has many mansions (John 14:2), nevertheless had no place to lay His head (Luke 9:58).

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Consider that the bread of life come down from heaven, who out of His infinite fullness satisfies the hunger of every soul who feasts upon Him (John 6:35), knew what it was to became hungry (Matt 4:2; 21:18). The fountain of living waters (Jer 2:13) who invited the thirsty to come to Him and drink (John 7:37–38) and never be thirsty again (John 4:13–14), knew what it was to become thirsty (John 19:28).

Consider that the Truth (John 14:6) was falsely accused of bearing false witness (Mark 14:56–59). The Healer who virtually banished disease from Israel in His ministry (Matt 8–9) bore our griefs (Isa 53:4) and was wounded for our transgressions (Isa 53:5) .

Consider that the Majestic King of kings (1 Tim 6:15; Rev 17:14; 19:16), worthy of all honor and glory, was mocked, spat on, and beaten (Matt 26:67–68). Man’s Judge (John 5:22, 27; Acts 17:31) was judged by man to be deserving of death (Mark 14:64).

The Author of Life (John 1:4; 5:26) died (Acts 3:15).

The fountain of all blessedness, infinitely worthy of all blessing (Matt 3:17; Heb 7:26), became a curse for us (Gal 3:13).

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And all of this was for us. The incarnation was designed to bridge the infinite chasm between God and man that existed by nature—insofar as God is by nature infinitely higher than man—but also which was doubly compounded by our sin. Man had sinned against God, and so man must make atonement for sin. But we are absolutely powerless to do so! Only God can atone for sin! And yet only man’s sacrifice would be accepted on behalf of man. And so in the infinite, marvelous wisdom of God, God became man!

For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time (1 Tim 2:5–6).

Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people (Heb 2:14–17).

This admirable conjunction of diverse excellencies in Christ was designed to rescue you from the sin which enslaves you. If you do not know the Christ of Christmas—this admirable Savior in whom this peculiar glory of juxtaposed perfections is displayed—I urge you to turn from your sins and trust in Him for your righteousness. I urge you to receive the best Christmas gift you’ll ever get: Christ Himself (2 Cor 9:15).

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Stephen Charnock wrote, “What a wonder that two natures infinitely distant should be more intimately united than anything in the world . . . that the same person should have both a glory and a grief; an infinite joy in the Deity, and an inexpressible sorrow in the humanity; that a God upon a throne should be an infant in a cradle; the thundering Creator be a weeping babe and a suffering man; [the incarnation astonishes] men upon earth, and angels in heaven” (Works, 2:150).

Dear Christian, does it still astonish you?

Can you slow down the holiday hustle and bustle long enough to let your mind ponder these astonishing truths? to let the eyes of your heart fix their gaze upon the glory of the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ? My prayer for you this Christmas is that you would do just that. That you would take these truths and turn them over in your mind—like Mary, to treasure these things and ponder them in your heart (cf. Luke 2:19). And that your heart would be stirred to worship God in Christ for the peculiar glory of the incarnation. For then, and only then, are you truly celebrating Christmas.


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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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December 18, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Dec. 18, 2015

BLOOMBERG

The House adopted a $622 billion measure to revive dozens of business and individual tax breaks, and made some of them permanent, ahead of a vote Friday on a companion plan to fund the U.S. government and lift the ban on crude oil exports.

Defense Secretary Carter has ordered U.S. Navy to buy fewer ships so the service can spend more on jets such as the F-35 as well as munitions and upgraded systems for electronic warfare.

The Federal Reserve succeeded in nudging borrowing costs higher Thursday after its first interest-rate increase since 2006, and policy makers only needed to siphon $105 billion from money-market funds to achieve their goal.

Ukraine said it won’t repay $3 billion in bonds due to Russia, moving a step closer to a court battle amid a new wave of economic tension between the two ex-Soviet neighbors.

Prices for brand-name drugs are typically higher in the U.S. than other developed countries. The drug industry has argued it’s misleading to focus on U.S. list prices that exclude discounts struck behind closed doors with insurers. A Bloomberg News analysis finds that even after these discounts, prices are higher in the U.S. than abroad. Seven of eight top-selling drugs examined still cost more in the U.S. than most other countries.

Glencore’s credit rating was cut to Baa3, the lowest investment grade at Moody’s Investor Service, who said the commodities trader will likely be able to maintain the level even if conditions in metals market don’t improve for a long time.

The self-driving car, that cutting-edge creation that’s supposed to lead to a world without accidents, is achieving the exact opposite right now: The vehicles have racked up a crash rate double that of those with human drivers. The glitch? They obey the law all the time, as in, without exception.

Record warmth and no snow have turned the U.S. Northeast into a welcoming winter home for birds that would have normally taken to the skies weeks, if not months, ago for the trip south.

Officials from Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, raided 24 banks on Thursday in an investigation into suspected money laundering by a Turkish businessman.

The House passed a $1.1 trillion spending measure that averts a U.S. government shutdown and ends a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports, a plan that ensures fiscal peace in Congress through most of 2016.

AP Top Stories

Pope Francis has signed off on the miracle needed to make Mother Teresa a saint, giving the tiny nun who cared for the poorest of the poor one of the Catholic Church’s highest honors just two decades after her death.

New Orleans will remove four Confederate statues from city streets after months of heated debate about how to commemorate US history without glorifying slavery, local media reported.

A transgender Arkansas inmate in a men’s prison who castrated herself cannot sue prison officials for refusing to provide hormone therapy to assist her efforts to change genders, a federal appeals court ruled.

An all-girls Catholic prep school in Massachusetts violated state anti-discrimination law by rescinding a job offer to a man in a same-sex marriage, a judge ruled.

The incremental intensification of the American war effort in Iraq and Syria took another step forward Thursday, when Defense Secretary Ash Carter confirmed that U.S. commandos are now active in northern Syria. The troops have been meeting with Syrian Arab rebels with whom they hope to forge a partnership in the fight against the Islamic State.

For the first time, researchers find a compound in some red wines and olive oils can interfere with gut microbes in ways that could potentially help to prevent heart disease in humans.

After a comet for Halloween, another Earthly holiday will be marked by a visit from a celestial body — this time a large asteroid zipping past on Christmas Eve. The massive space rock, about 1.2 miles in length, will cruise by our planet about 28 times farther than the distance between Earth and the Moon.

BBC

The number of forcibly displaced people worldwide will “far surpass” a record 60 million this year. The report by the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said “one in every 122 humans is today someone who has been forced to flee their homes”. The figure includes 20.2 million refugees, the highest total since 1992, the UNHCR added.

Beijing has issued a second pollution red alert, little more than a week after the first ever such warning.

The African Union has announced a plan to send 5,000 peacekeepers to protect civilians in Burundi, even without the government’s consent.

US forces flown to Libya to support government troops had to leave after landing because of demands from a local militia group, US officials said.

WND

A detained German terrorist told authorities that Chancellor Angela Merkel can expect an Islamic blitzkrieg from returning fighters.

The Home Office has lost touch with more than 10,000 asylum seekers in Britain and efforts to trace them are considered “a drain on resources.”

Sweden welcomed Syrian Refugees with open arms. Sweden’s government and people rolled out the welcome mat for refugees by bringing in over 200,000 Syrians. The humanitarian act of generosity and virtue has now been met with messages of hate and intolerance, and if true, those very refugees are threatening to kill Swedish citizens if they refuse to convert to Islam.

Tuesday’s budget bill, which President Obama applauded, includes provisions for more than $1.6 billion to resettle illegal immigrants through 2018.


 

Top News – 12/18/2015

Global Reading of Shema Prayer Announced for Monday Amid Growing Crisis Around World
The prayer event is intended to be a response to the conflict over the Temple Mount and the increasingly tense situation in Syria, which many leading rabbinic leaders have declared part of the Messianic process.

Migration CRISIS: Germans and French back plan for 2,500-strong border force
Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande agreed to support the move during talks at an EU summit in Brussels. The proposed force, which also includes a coastguard, is set to get sweeping powers to deploy armed guards on the bloc’s external borders. Britain is not expected to be part of the formation of the scheme which is focused on the Schengen passport-check free zone, but could be asked to contribute border guards in the future.

Calais migrants ‘armed with iron bars and hammers’ launch mass bid to reach UK
Locals in the lawless port town went online this afternoon to report that a number of migrants brought traffic to a standstill and are storming the entrance to the tunnel. Squadrons of French riot police, known as the CRS, are apparently at the scene and there were reports of violent clashes in the streets.

Scientists manipulate rat consciousness, could treat brain injury
By flashing laser pulses at specific areas of rats’ brains, scientists were able to either wake the rodents or put them to sleep, which may help in developing treatments for brain injuries and neurological disorders.

World to Observe Day of Atonement as UN Makes Yom Kippur Official Holiday
The UN on Thursday recognized Yom Kippur as an official United Nations holiday. And so, from next year on, there will be no official meetings at the UN on Yom Kippur and employees can take the day off and go out to not have lunch.

Sadness, shame and blame at Yale over First Amendment repeal video
Members of the Yale University community on Thursday responded with a mix of embarrassment, sadness and literal disbelief to a viral video showing students there freely signing a petition that calls for the repeal of the First Amendment.

Is Russia gearing up for war with Turkey?
After the downing of its jet by Turkey Moscow also rushed its latest S-400 air defense system to the Hmeimim base in Syria. That system has a range and capacity that far outstrips the weaponry on board the Moskva, meaning the ship may not have much strategic necessity. But by dispatching a key warship like the Moskva – with its crew of some 500 – the Kremlin seems to be making a clear statement of strength.

Putin gives Russian Constitution priority over international court rulings
President Vladimir Putin has signed into law the bill allowing the Constitutional Court to overrule the decisions of international courts if such decisions contradict the principle of supremacy of the Russian Constitution.

Saudi official: Arab culture ‘immersed in hatred’
Ibrahim Al-Buleihi, a member of Riyadh’s Shura Council – the formal advisory body to Saudi Arabia’s absolute monarchy, affirmed that Arab culture’s “hatred of the other” is to blame for the Islamic State (ISIS) attacks in Paris,

CNN Sashays With Satanists
On Dec. 13, as many Christians celebrated the third Sunday of Advent and rejoiced over the incarnation of Jesus Christ, CNN was celebrating Satan. Literally. Ling’s stars of the week were the leaders of a “Satanic Temple” based in Detroit. Within four minutes, CNN was promoting a bitter young man named Michael Mars whose idea of recreation in his bedroom was spraying fake blood into the face of a statue of the mother of Jesus.

Wiesenthal Center applauds Vatican’s statement on the divine covenant with the Jewish people
The Simon Wiesenthal Center applauds a new Vatican document that instructs Catholics not to target Jews for conversion, affirms G-d’s continued covenant with the Jewish people, and asks Catholics to work with Jews to eradicate anti-Semitism.

6.5 Magnitude Earthquake CHIAPAS, MEXICO
Magnitude M 6.5 Region CHIAPAS, MEXICO Date time 2015-12-17 19:49:57.4 UTC Location 15.86 N ; 93.30 W Depth 126 km

Japan’s far-flung island defense plan seeks to turn tables on China
Japan is fortifying its far-flung island chain in the East China Sea under an evolving strategy that aims to turn the tables on China’s navy and keep it from ever dominating the Western Pacific Ocean… The United States, believing…Japan in particular – must help contain growing Chinese military power, has pushed Japan to abandon its decades-old bare-bones home island defense in favor of exerting its military power in Asia.

Israel and Turkey reach ‘understanding’ on restoring ties
Israel and Turkey have reached a preliminary agreement on normalising relations, an Israeli official said. Ties broke down after the Israeli navy raided a flotilla trying to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza in 2010. Ten Turkish activists were killed. The deal will see Israel compensate families of those killed while Turkey will drop all claims against Israel, the unnamed official said.

EU renegotiations: Pathway for deal found – Cameron
David Cameron has said there is a “a pathway to a deal” on new terms for Britain’s membership of the EU after talks with other leaders. The prime minister set out his reform demands, which include controversial plans to curb access to benefits for migrants, at a dinner in Brussels. He said “good progress” has been made but it would be “hard work” to get a deal by his February deadline.

Libya militia chases away US troops
US forces flown to Libya to support government troops had to leave after landing because of demands from a local militia group, US officials say. It follows reports that 20 US special forces troops, equipped with advanced weaponry, landed on Monday at an airbase in western Libya.

Khomeini grandson gets cautious election blessing form Iran’s incumbent supreme leader
A grandson of the leader of Iran’s 1979 revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, is expected to seek election early next year to the body that chooses Iran’s supreme leader and is said to have the cautious blessing of the incumbent, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Registration opens on Thursday for the election that is likely to see the first member of the family of Iran’s revolutionary founder test his popularity at the ballot box.

‘Israel, Iran have fastest growing defense budgets in Middle East’
Israel and Iran have the fastest growing defense budgets in the Middle East while other Gulf Arab states cut spending due to falling oil prices, according to a report published Thursday. Worldwide, though, defense spending increased because of security threats, with many Western governments deciding not to make cuts, London- based global intelligence firm IHS said.

UN Security Council adopts resolution to cut off ISIS funding
The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution to cut off funds for the Islamic State… Measures such as asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo will be taken against the Islamic State, also known as the IS, ISIS and Daesh that controls large swaths of Syria and Iraq, including oil and gas fields, according to the resolution.

Report: German spies again cooperating with Syrian secret service
Germany’s spy agency is working again with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s secret service to swap information on Islamist militants…despite Berlin’s opposition to Assad staying in power under any peace deal in Syria. Citing well-informed sources, the mass-circulation newspaper said German foreign intelligence BND agents had been traveling regularly to Damascus for some time for consultations with Syrian colleagues.

US poised to lift sanctions on Iran under nuclear deal
The United States appears poised to lift at least some sanctions against Iran — possibly as early as January — as members of Congress urge a swift, robust U.S. response to Tehran’s recent ballistic missile test.

Putin Praises Donald Trump as ‘Bright and Talented’
In Vladimir Putin’s view, Donald Trump is “bright and talented.” But as much as those words sound overtly like praise, there are some murky nuances. The most unequivocally favorable part of the comments the Russian leader made Thursday to a scrum of reporters after his annual year-end news conference was about the Republican presidential aspirant’s claims that he wants to improve relations with Russia.

Thousands RIOT after officials threaten to build asylum centre in tiny town in Netherlands
Police fired warning shots in a bid to disperse the crowd in Geldermalsen, Netherlands where 2,000 people joined the protest. Pictures and videos of the incident showed dozens of youths tearing down fences, throwing beer bottles and fireworks at police, and chanting slogans against the proposed centre for asylum-seekers in the town of 27,000.

India’s nuclear explosive materials are vulnerable to theft, U.S. officials and experts say
The sites are spread out over vast distances: from the stony foothills of the Himalayas in the north down to the red earth of the tropical south. Shuttling hundreds of miles in between will be occasional convoys of lightly-protected trucks laden with explosive and fissile materials — including plutonium and enriched uranium — that could be used in civilian and military reactors or to spark a nuclear blast.

Parents Question Choice To Sing ‘Allahu Akbar’ At Holiday Concert
Some parents in the Anoka-Hennepin School District are questioning a choir teacher’s decision to use a song about Ramadan performed in Arabic at a holiday concert.


Top Headlines – 12/18/2015

US considering response after Iran violates UN security council resolutions

US poised to lift sanctions on Iran under nuclear deal

PA reveals Hamas has ordered suicide bombings

Security and Defense: IDF preparing for increase in terror shootings

‘Anti-Zionist Jewish terrorists want regime change in Israel,’ Shin Bet charges

Netanyahu signs controversial natural gas deal

US lawmakers: Condemn EU’s product labeling plan

Czech Parliament rejects labeling of products from Israeli settlements

After diplomatic battle, UN recognizes Yom Kippur as official holiday

Paris synagogue goers mildly poisoned by toxin smeared on lock

British chief rabbi supports teaching Islam in Jewish schools

Herzog: Israel-Turkey deal ‘must not give Erdogan a foothold in Gaza’

Israel and Turkey move closer to reconciliation, normalized relations

Turkish security forces kill 54 Kurdish militants

Assad ally announces candidacy for Lebanese presidency

‘Russia open to Assad’s ouster as part of Syrian peace process’

Putin pours fresh scorn on Turkey for downing Russian jet

Putin calls Trump ‘outstanding, talented’

Putin says welcomes Trump’s calls for deeper ties with Russia

US-Russia proposal aimed at cutting ISIS funding approved by UN Security Council

UN Security Council adopts resolution to cut off ISIS funding

Migrant crisis: Dutch town riots over asylum centre plan

US evangelical leaders urge Christian acceptance of refugees

UN: World’s refugees and displaced exceed record 60 million

‘They don’t speak for me’: New Muslim groups reject CAIR representation

‘US part of the problem, not part of the solution in Israeli-Arab dispute,’ Joint List chief says

Obama Reassures Americans No Credible Threat of Terror

Johnson: Yes, terrorists could try to ‘exploit’ refugee system

FBI alerted about group of men asking about Bagnell Dam

Feds can’t say whereabouts of those whose visas were revoked over terror threat

‘Star Wars’ Theaters Tighten Security Due To Heavy Crowds And Suspicious Activity

Parents Question Choice To Sing ‘Allahu Akbar’ At Holiday Concert

Backlash over lesson about Islam leads to Va. school closings

Two Indiana school districts shut down amid threats toward schools

Christian college places professor who wore headscarf on leave

China calls for crackdown on online videos promoting terrorism

India’s nuclear explosive materials are vulnerable to theft, U.S. officials and experts say

Cameron pleads for leaders’ help to keep Britain in EU

Humans Are Slamming Into Driverless Cars and Exposing a Key Flaw

World Bank lends Iraq $1.2 bln to face oil and security shocks

Dow closes 250 points lower as oil slides; energy down nearly 2.5%

Diesel tankers make U-turn in mid-Atlantic as Europe stocks swell

Strong 6.6-magnitude quake strikes southern Mexico

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits North of Ascension Island

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Danglas, Philippines

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Vostok, Russia

Confirmed: 4.6-Magnitude Earthquake in British Columbia Caused by Fracking (Likely World’s Largest)

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Feugo volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

New storm approaches Philippines after typhoon kills 20

Tornado takes Sydney, Australia residents by surprise

2015 May Close With Lowest Number of Tornado Fatalities on Record

NOAA Relies On ‘Compromised’ Thermometers That Inflate US Warming Trend

Beijing issues second ever ‘red alert’ for severe smog

France widens bird flu restrictions to tackle outbreak in southwest

High Court Strikes Down Flu Vaccine Requirement in NYC’s Preschools

High School Seniors Now Prefer Marijuana to Cigarettes

Secret hashtags help teens share dangerous habits

George Washington University’s Sonia Suter warns of DNA cocktail on the way: ‘Multiplex parenting’

Planned Parenthood Declares Victory, Praises Fully Funded Budget Deal

Pope Francis approves miracle required to make Mother Teresa a saint

Good grief! Kentucky school district censors religious lines from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Matt Walsh – If Your Church Makes Christianity Cool And Comfortable, You Should Find A New Church

Ron Luce’s Teen Mania Shutters Ministry After Financial Collapse

Wheaton Suspends Hijab Wearing Professor

Pastor James McConnell Islam remarks case judgement reserved

Methodist Minister: I Help Women Get Abortions ….Because I’m a Christian

Parents Question Choice To Sing ‘Allahu Akbar’ At Holiday Concert

Pope approves miracle for Mother Teresa’s sainthood

What Christians Need to Know About Mother Teresa

Houston Hospital Seeks to Remove Mans Life Support Without His Consent

Google Chairman Wants ‘Hate Speech’ Spell Checker to Filter Internet


Frontrunning: December 18

  • Oil heads for third straight weekly loss as supply weighs (Read More)
  • BOJ’s $2.5 Billion ETF Boost Seen Having Little Impact on Stocks (Read More)
  • Japan core CPI seen flat in November, household spending down (Read More)
  • Dollar gets altitude sickness as BOJ disappoints (Read More)
  • Fed Hikes, but Some Rates Veer Lower (Read More)
  • White House calls for ‘common sense steps’ to help Puerto Rico (Read More)
  • Martin Shkreli, Pharma Executive, Arrested on Fraud Charges (Read More)
  • Vilified for drug pricing, CEO Shkreli busted for securities fraud (Read More)
  • Japan’s far-flung island defense plan seeks to turn tables on China (Read More)
  • Hedge-Fund Casualties Jump to 257 in Third Quarter Amid Rout (Read More)
  • From Russia with love: Putin, Trump sing each other’s praises (Read More)
  • Manhunt for Texas affluenza teen after he apparently goes missing (Read More)
  • Swiss Regulator Bars 6 Former UBS Workers in Currency Inquiry (Read More)
  • The U.S. Pays a Lot More for Top Drugs Than Other Countries (Read More)
  • Judge Faults Uber for Confusing Drivers With New Contract (Read More)

 

The Briefing

1) Wheaton controversy irreducibly theological: one cannot know the living God and deny his Son

Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?, The Catholic Thing (Francis Beckwith)

Wheaton professor’s suspension is about anti-Muslim bigotry, not theology, Washington Post (Miroslav Volf)

The Professor Suspended for Saying Muslims and Christians Worship One God, The Atlantic (Ruth Graham)

2) Pro-abortion movement laments pro-life direction of country, denies real effects of Roe

America’s Abortion Wars (and how to end them), Newsweek (Kurt Eichenwald)

Abortion Statistics: United States Data and Trends. NRLC

3) Liberal agenda to move the American conscience on abortion is on display in Hollywood  

Planned Parenthood praises ‘Scandal’ for controversial abortion episode, The Hill (Bradford Richardson)

Why abortion is no longer out of the picture, Financial Times (Francine Stock)

Marvel’s First Abortion, Daily Beast (Samantha Allen)

4) Kentucky school cuts Bible passage from Charlie Brown program, loses meaning of Christmas

Bible passages cut from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ at Eastern Kentucky school, Lexington Herald-Leader (Valarie Honeycutt Spears)

Dear Lexington editors: If Linus doesn’t say you know what, then what is he allowed to say?, Get Religion (Terry Mattingly)

 

In other news…


December 17, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Having reached a deal on a nearly $2 trillion deal to keep the government open, President Obama and congressional leaders tried to build support Wednesday for the massive bill, which hikes spending across government, thrilling Democrats, and extends a host of special interest tax breaks, exciting Republicans…. (more)


December 17, 2015
POLITICO — The House Freedom Caucus hates the massive government-funding bill: Spending levels are billions of dollars higher than what conservatives wanted, and at least two top policy priorities – – language addressing Syrian refugees and so-called sanctity of life – – were cut…. (more)


December 17, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — With all the debate about a moratorium on Muslim immigration, the main concern seems to be the threat of jihadist terrorism. That’s understandable. It’s an imminent threat. In fact, it is a brutal present reality…. (more)


December 17, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — Asked during the debate which leg of the nuclear triad requires the most attention, Donald Trump said a few things about the danger of terrorists getting a nuclear weapon. Then, he added, “I think, for me, nuclear is just the power, the devastation is very important to me.”… (more)

December 16, 2015
MARLO LEWIS — Is the Climate Change Agreement adopted by the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris a treaty? In other words, is it the type of international agreement to which the United States is a party only if the U.S. Senate ratifies it?… (more)

December 16, 2015
JAKE JACOBS — December 16, 1944, was the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge as Adolf Hitler made a desperate attempt to split the British and Americans Armies in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg…. (more)

December 16, 2015
NEWSMAX — The Rev. Franklin Graham said Tuesday that the United States should end all immigration until a “broken” system is fixed…. (more)

December 16, 2015
NEWSMAX — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has the “right spirit” in calling for a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States – – but such a restriction should be placed on all refugees and immigrants, renowned economist Larry Kudlow tells Newsmax TV…. (more)

December 16, 2015
GREG COROMBOS — House Speaker Paul Ryan calls the omnibus spending bill a compromise that gives both sides of the aisle some of what it wants, but Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, says the bill is a non-starter because it doesn’t take the steps necessary to keep terrorists from entering the country…. (more)

December 16, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — The United States is fighting a clash of civilizations with a dysfunctional immigration system, which is mocked and exploited by its mortal enemies. In response, today WND has launched a petition demanding that Congress temporarily halt Muslim immigration into the U.S…. (more)

December 16, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — San Bernardino mass-murderer Tashfeen Malik wrote social-media posts that endorsed jihad and expressed disdain for America. Yet, that did not cause U.S. immigration agents to question her admission into our country, much less deny it. In fact, our government consciously avoided learning about Malik’s Islamist rants…. (more)


December 16, 2015
PAUL BREMMER — It is often claimed Islam is a “religion of peace,” but during Tuesday’s GOP undercard presidential debate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum boldly declared that Islam is more than just a religion…. (more)

December 16, 2015
NEWSMAX — Ted Cruz won the fifth Republican debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday, but Donald Trump held his own and Chris Christie “helped himself,” political strategist Dick Morris told Newsmax TV…. (more)


December 16, 2015
CHARLES HURT — Stop the madness. These debates cannot go on. There were, literally, more candidates on stage for Tuesday night’s Republican debate than there were at a Jeb Bush debate watching “party” in Miami… (more)

December 16, 2015
LEO HOHMANN — Thousands of Palestinians marched in celebration of Hamas’ 28th anniversary Monday chanting slogans of support for the destruction of Israel while putting out a statement endorsing the recent wave of terror…. (more)

December 16, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Homosexual activists in North Carolina have filed a lawsuit targeting a state law that allows officials with religious objections to excuse themselves from responsibilities for same-sex “marriage” events, and have other officials without those concerns fill in…. (more)

December 15, 2015
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY — Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has done it again. Speaking aboard the USS Yorktown on the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Trump called on our government to stop letting Muslims enter the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”… (more)

December 14, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Americans now name terrorism, more than any other issue, as the most important problem facing the country in the wake of the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, according to a new poll…. (more)


December 14, 2015
NATIONAL REVIEW — President Obama’s use of statistics to portray his ISIS strategy as a success is “reminiscent” of the Vietnam War, Charles Krauthammer said tonight on Fox News’s Special Report…. (more)

December 14, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Obama tried to calm Americans’ fears of another terrorist attack Monday, asserting that the U.S.-led coalition is attacking the Islamic State “harder than ever,” but the White House also struggled to explain why the administration prohibits immigration officials from reviewing the social media messages of all foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas for evidence of jihadi sympathies…. (more)

December 14, 2015
CNN POLITICS — Call it the Republican establishment’s nightmare scenario. The GOP establishment, confronted by a recalcitrant electorate that refuses to leave Donald Trump, is being forced to take a fresh look at Ted Cruz, a man with grassroots strength in key early primary states and few friends in Washington…. (more)

December 14, 2015
NEW YORK TIMES — Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas were on a collision course in the Republican primary even before CNN announced podium positions for Tuesday’s debate in Las Vegas. Thanks to Mr. Cruz’s surge in polls, the two men will be standing at lecterns next to each other…. (more)


December 14, 2015
NEWSMAX — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years and freed in exchange for five detainees in Guantanamo Bay, will face charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy in a general court-martial, the Army announced on Monday…. (more)

December 14, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — The fine print of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, a reading has revealed, reverses policies put in place to prevent the foreign takeover of the United States’ ports and other crucial national infrastructure…. (more)

December 14, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Planned Parenthood will soon find itself in court discussing the “humane” way fetal remains are “steam-cooked” and sent to Ohio landfills…. (more)


Sessions: Omnibus bill decided by four members in secret

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What a colossal disaster this thing is. It is a betrayal. Good for Sessions by the way.

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Napolitano: Hillary Clinton is now “a likely target” of an FBI criminal investigation

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Judge Napolitano weighs in on whether Ms. Clinton will even make it to the convention next year.  It’s hard to imagine the FBI blowing up Hillary’s candidacy especially given the current executive. But who knows. It’s been a strange race.

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A Free Market in Interest Rates

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Gold is real power in the hands of people. This is the main reason central banks, Marx, Lenin, Keynes and many other “planners” throughout history have hated it. The “barbarous relic.” A tool of the petty bourgeoisie. Kind of like guns in the hands of the citizenry, gold has served as a check on the excesses of those in power. Gold flows have historically impacted rates of interest. Those who would prefer to set rates of interest themselves however,

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Rush Limbaugh: Disband the Republican Party

Smacks GOP for ‘out–and–out, in–our–face lying’

Conservative talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh went on the warpath against the Republican Party during his recent broadcast, chastising the GOP’s relinquishing of the “power of the purse” to President Obama, via passage of the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill, and saying in the bluntest of terms: The party of the so-called ideological right ought to just toss out the white flag.

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New House Speaker Paul Ryan Grows Muslim-Friendly Beard As He Begins Campaign Of Defending Islam

Rep. Paul Ryan was officially elected as the 54th speaker of the House after he got the votes of 236 members by the full House of Representatives

“Do the opposite of what the pagans do. Keep the beards and cut the moustaches short.”the Prophet Mohammed

Washington, DC – On October 29th, 2015, Paul Ryan was elected Speaker of the House after being nominated by house Republicans. Ryan wasted no time in letting America know where he stood on the topic of Islam in America. Ryan also wasted no time in growing a full, thick beard that sent the Washington rumor mills into hyper-overdrive. As his beard came into place, he told reporters on December 8th that he usually doesn’t wade into “what’s going on in the presidential election” — but he wanted to make “an exception” in the case of Donald Trump.

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” the real-estate magnate’s campaign said in a press release Monday.

Hey @USHouseHistory, when was the last time a Speaker of the House sported a beard? https://t.co/tXbN864sS1 pic.twitter.com/DvMJyhwDdN

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) November 30, 2015

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Ryan stressed outside of a closed caucus meeting that he “made very clear at the time” the House passed a pause on the Syrian refugee program “there would not be a religious test.” Turning his attention to Trump’s proposal: “This is not conservatism. What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for,” Ryan said. “And more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for. Not only are there many Muslims serving in our armed forces dying for this country, there are Muslims serving right here in the House working every day to uphold and to defend the Constitution.”

Now to us, this is a very interesting and revealing sequence of seemingly unrelated events that actually are quite related. Ryan has leveraged social media to hammer home the point that he now “has a beard”, posting photos to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter just to name a few. History shows us that only two ethnic groups of people have rules regarding the growing and wearing of beards – Jews and Muslims. Ryan, a staunch Roman Catholic, is not Jewish. So that only leaves Islam. With that in mind, take a look at his new spending bill.

Paul Ryan Partners With Barack Obama To Betray America With ‘Fundamental Transformation’ Spending Bill

Rep. Paul Ryan’s first major legislative achievement is a total and complete sell-out of the American people masquerading as an appropriations bill. Ryan’s omnibus serves a chilling purpose. By locking in the President’s refugee, immigration, and spending priorities, Ryan’s bill is designed to keep these fights out of Congress by getting them off the table for good. Delivering Obama these wins–and pushing these issues beyond the purview of Congress–will suppress public attention to the issues and, in so doing, will boost the candidacy of the Republican establishment’s preferred presidential contenders, who favor President Obama’s immigration agenda.

The massive appropriations bill will provide more than $1.6 billion to resettle illegal immigrants arriving at the U.S. border through 2018.

Paul Ryan is 100% in line with Obama’s liberal agenda, he is 100% against Donald Trump, and he has just authorized billions to be spent to bring more Muslim migrants into the United States.

And, oh yeah, he suddenly has a full beard. Do a Google search on what Taqiyya is.

Allahu akbar.


Minnesota Students Forced To Sing Muslim Song ‘Allahu Akbar’ During Christmas Concert

Some parents in the Anoka-Hennepin School District  are questioning a choir teacher’s decision to use a song about Ramadan performed in Arabic at a holiday concert

EDITOR’S NOTE: The words “allahu akbar” are forever linked with the mass killing of innocents at the hands of Muslim terrorists, and are shouted before the commencement of their demonic acts. Now a high school in Minnesota is forcing their students to sings a song glorifying the “religion of death” at, of all places, the annual holiday concert. If it was your child being compelled to do this, what would you do? They say that the kids can chose to “not perform”, but I am sure they are applying massive pressure on those who do not wish to be a party to this.

At Thursday night’s concert at Blaine High School, one of the songs students will be singing includes Arabic words, including the phrase “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is great.” Christian and Jewish songs will be performed as well, but the Ramadan song is getting all the attention.

It started with a post on Facebook. A parent of a ninth-grade Blaine choir student posted the lyrics to the song the choir has been practicing. When others learned students would be singing the song on Thursday, the comments took a turn.

One person posted, “No child should be forced to sing a song about the Muslims and the religion of hatred.”

Another parent, who didn’t want to be identified, told WCCO phone that considering the recent events in Paris and San Bernardino, singing a song about Allah would be “insensitive.”

The Anoka- Hennepin School District said they have received about a dozen complaints about the song. Some are from parents, some are from people not even affiliated with the school.

In a statement, the district said that they have students from many different backgrounds and cultures, and they promote equal opportunities for all students.

“Songs are not performed in a worship setting or to promote religion,” the district’s statement said. “but rather in an educational setting where students are learning and performing music.”

A spokesman for the district said the Arabic song will be sung during an audience participation portion of the concert.

During that time, a Jewish song and Christian songs, such as “Away in the Manger” and “Silent Night,” will be sung as well. A hallelujah chorus will also be sung near the end of the program.

While the Ramadan song mentions brotherhood and peace, the district says that any student who doesn’t feel comfortable singing it doesn’t have to. Their grade will not be affected.

Zain Bhikha – Eid un Sa’Eid Lyrics

Ramadan has come and gone
Eid has dawned upon us
Thank You Allah for this blessed day
It’s a time of happiness, a time of joy
Thank You Allah for this blessed day
Eid-un Sa’eed-un
Yawm-un farhaan-un
Yawm-un jameel-un
Eid-un Sa’eed
Eid-un Sa’eed-un
Yawm-un jameel-un
Yawm-un farhaan-un
Eid-un Sa’eed
All over the world
Under the big-blue sky
Muslims unite to worship Allah
It’s a time of brotherhood, a time of peace
Muslims are singing praises to Allah
Allahu Akbar
Allahu Akbar full lyrics here


Is Islam a Religion of Peace? :: Durie at Independent Journal Review

by Mark Durie
Independent Journal Review
December 16, 2015

http://www.meforum.org/5715/islam-religion-of-peace


CAIR’s Help For San Bernardino Terrorist’s Family Takes a Page from PLO :: Kassam at Breitbart

by Raheem Kassam
Breitbart
December 16, 2015

http://www.meforum.org/5718/cair-terror-benefits


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December 18, 2015

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Obama: No Credible Terrorism Threat Over the Holidays

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And we thought the holidays were about joy, hope and peace. The commander in chief — who is leading a government that 56% Americans believe cannot protect the nation from a large-scale attack and 77% believe cannot protect the nation from a lone-wolf attack — said his intelligence community has not received credible information that there will be a terrorist attack over the holidays. “At this moment our intelligence and counterterrorism professionals do not have any specific and credible information about an attack on the homeland,” Barack Obama said Thursday. “That said, we have to be vigilant.”

The biggest obstacle to the Obama administration’s ability to protect the homeland is that Obama makes everything political. Currently, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations sent a letter of questions to the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson kicking off an investigation into the DHS policy of not reading what visa applicants post on the Internet via social media as part of the vetting process for entrance. This is the same administration that shuttered a task force that was tracking members of the Muslim movement to which one of the San Bernardino killers belonged because it was “profiling Muslims.”

Meanwhile, the feds charged the friend of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino murderers, for conspiring to commit another terror attack with Farook in 2012. Enrique Marquez Jr. passed a background check and bought the rifles Farook used in the San Bernardino attack — a straw purchase. And who wants to bet that Obama, ever the opportunist to plug for gun control, uses this to argue that the nation’s background check system isn’t doing a good enough job vetting citizens seeking to purchase arms? Better to ban, he might say. And in the meantime, given his impeccable timing for national security boasts, you better watch out this holiday season.

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Don’t Trust Democrats With Secrets and Email Tech

Playing fast and loose with secrets — national and otherwise — is only a problem for Democrats if political enemies do it because that’s when the rules matter. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is in hot water with the Democratic National Committee after his staffers accessed voting data compiled by the Hillary Clinton campaign. As part of its service to the candidates, the DNC keeps a database of potential Democrat voters (and you thought they didn’t want to keep track of illegal immigrants). Each candidate’s campaign can access the data, and add their own information and firewalls to keep the candidate’s own research secret from the others. During scheduled maintenance on Wednesday, a Sanders staffer accessed the data of the campaign of the heiress to the Democrat nomination. In this age of data-driven campaigns, this was a huge no-no. The DNC blocked Sanders’ access to the data until there was assurance that all of the ill-gotten information was destroyed. Maybe Sanders just wanted his fair share.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that the Party of Clinton played fast and loose with sensitive information. Regarding that email scandal, a recent review from the intelligence community confirmed (despite State Department protests) that at least two emails containing information that was top secret — the highest classification level — passed through Clinton’s server. Meanwhile, Obama Defense Secretary Ashton Carter admitted Wednesday that he too used his private email account to communicate about official business. Think about it: The cabinet member heading up the defense of the nation was using unsecured email. Amazingly, Carter kept using his private email for at least a full two months after Clinton’s email habits were discovered and roundly criticized. It seems that Democrats — and especially those in the Most Transparent Administration in History™ — have a systematic problem with following the rules.

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Why Wheaton College Is Right

Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins created a stir last week by announcing she would wear a hijab, the head scarf worn by Islamic women, to “stand in religious solidarity with Muslims” during Advent. Hawkins was later suspended by the school, though not for the reasons presumed by secularists and even some Christians. To be clear: We believe there are numerous flaws in the way she spiritually rationalizes and physically chose to display solidarity. But that alone is not a sufficient reason for punishment. What got Hawkins suspended was a fundamental assertion in her statement: “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”

It’s not difficult to see why this might raise some critical issues for a Christian school. In a statement, Wheaton wrote, “The freedom to wear a head scarf as a gesture of care and compassion for individuals in Muslim or other religious communities that may face discrimination or persecution is afforded to Dr. Hawkins as a faculty member of Wheaton College. Yet her recently expressed views, including that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, appear to be in conflict with the College’s Statement of Faith.”

As RedState’s outgoing editor in chief and seminary student Erick Erickson points out, “Muslims are not ‘people of the book’ in common understanding among evangelicals, though they do descend from Abraham. They do not worship the same God. According to Islam, Allah neither begets nor is begotten — a line explicitly rejecting the trinity. Professor Hawkins and her supporters may wish to distract or may not even care, but Wheaton sets its hiring standards and requires fidelity to the Bible. Professor Hawkins’ statement suggests a theological diversion not in keeping with Wheaton’s standards.” That’s why the college’s response isn’t just justified, but warranted.

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Water Under the Historically Revisionist Bridge?

By Arnold Ahlert

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There’s an old saying attributed to Russians who endured the travails of Soviet totalitarianism: “The future is known — it’s always bright — but the past keeps changing.” According to Hollywood Reporter, Apex Entertainment is producing a feature movie entitled “Chappaquiddick,” a film whose utterly twisted rationale is revealed by Producer Mark Ciardi: “I’ve done a lot of true life stories, many sports stories, but this one had a deep impact on this country. Everyone has an idea of what happened on Chappaquiddick, and this strings together the events in a compelling and emotional way. You’ll see what [Senator Ted Kennedy] had to go through.”

What Kennedy had to go through? How about what Mary Jo Kopechne had to go through?

Hollywood may wish to engage in another Orwellian effort stringing together events in a “compelling and emotional way,” but pesky facts are indisputable: After a drunken Kennedy drove his car off Dike Bridge into Poucha Pond, the man who would become the “Lion of the Senate” extricated himself and left the 28-year-old Kopechne to drown.

According to Edgartown search-and-rescue head John Farrar, who reached the scene the next morning, Kopechne’s corpse was positioned in a way that indicated she was searching for pockets of air. Farrar believes she lived for two hours after the crash. In other words, if Kennedy had merely knocked on the door of the nearest house — only yards away — and summoned that rescue squad, Kopechne might have survived. Not that anything Farrar said became part of the public record. “I was told outright by the D.A.’s office that I would not be allowed to testify on how long Kopechne was alive in the car,” he told People magazine in July 1989. “They were not interested in the least in anything that would hurt Ted Kennedy.”

After leaving the scene, the rest of Kennedy’s “ordeal” consisted of walking back to the party he attended — and trying to get his cousin, Joe Gargan, to say that it was Gargan driving the car. Gargan refused, but insisted that they return to the scene and attempt to rescue Kopechne. When that proved unsuccessful, Ted went back to his hotel room, where he tried to set up an alibi with the hotel clerk. After that he went to bed without notifying authorities until after 8 a.m. the next day.

Kopechne was buried only a day after she died, and a petition by a district attorney to exhume her body was denied by a judge, making it impossible to determine the exact cause of her death. Ultimately, Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident causing injury. Judge James Boyle suspended the minimum sentence requirement of two months’ imprisonment, citing Kennedy’s “unblemished record.” That would be an unblemished crime record: Ted was suspended from Harvard for cheating and was arrested four times for traffic violations as a law student in Virginia. Moreover, proving he remained a person of “integrity” going forward, he and former Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd shared in a “sandwich” with a distraught La Brasserie waitress in 1985. We’ll spare you the details in keeping with our standards as a family publication.

Chappaquiddick occurred in 1969. Nonetheless, the liberal voters of Massachusetts kept re-electing Teddy, who remained a senator until his death in 2009, 40 years later. Adding insult to injury, Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, a place where America buries its war heroes.

Kennedy biographer and former New York Times reporter Adam Clymer sums up the liberal mindset regarding Ted’s sordid life, insisting his “achievements as a senator have towered over his time, changing the lives of far more Americans than remember the name Mary Jo Kopechne.” Liberal blogger Melissa Lafsky did Clymer one better, grotesquely speculating that because of Kennedy’s “life and career that are being (rightfully) heralded,” maybe Kopechne would have felt her own death was “worth it.” Author Joyce Carol Oates was equally despicable in the effort to find the right balance between Kopechne’s death and Kennedy’s subsequent career, asking, “If one weighs the life of a single young woman against the accomplishments of the man President Obama has called the greatest Democratic senator in history, what is one to think?”

In a world uncontaminated by a bankrupt political ideology, one would think Obama is lying, Clymer, Lafsky and Oates are sickos who think a young woman’s life is a “reasonable” tradeoff for a privileged politician’s lifelong liberalism, and that Ted got away with murder — figuratively and literally.

But we don’t live in that world. We live in a world where substantial numbers of Americans learn “history” by watching Oliver Stone’s and Michael Moore’s revisionist movies in all their propagandistic glory. According to Hollywood Reporter, “Chappaquiddick” is a “political thriller that chronicles the true story of what is described as the seven most dramatic days of Kennedy’s life. On the eve of the moon landing, Senator Kennedy becomes entangled in a tragic car accident that results in the death of former Robert Kennedy campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne. The senator struggles to follow his own moral compass and simultaneously protect his family’s legacy, all while simply trying to keep his own political ambitions alive.”

“Entangled?” Apparently, the car drove itself into Poucha Pond. And no doubt Teddy struggled to follow his own moral compass, give or take a “waitress sandwich” — or his alleged attempt to treasonously enlist the Soviet Communists to unseat President Ronald Reagan in 1984, an utterly unsuccessful plot that was discovered in 1991, when USSR archives were declassified by Boris Yeltsin.

On several occasions, comedian Dennis Miller has asserted that Hillary Clinton will be our next president — because she best exemplifies what America has become. If she does, perhaps it’s because the only thing leftists are better at than airbrushing the contemptible career of a dead Democrat is airbrushing the contemptible career of a living one. And maybe in the midst of next year’s presidential campaign, another leftist hack channeling Lafsky or Oates will assure us that Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Chris Stevens would have felt that dying in Benghazi was “worth it” in return for Clinton’s ascension to the Oval Office.

When it comes to progressive historical revisionism, the sky — or the bottom of a bottomless pit — is the limit.

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Jonah Goldberg: “The whole system seems to have lost its mind. That there’s even a debate about whether security officials should be allowed to look at the social media posts of immigrants is a sign that our bureaucrats have such open minds their brains have fallen out. We should have seen this coming five years ago, when we learned that Obama told the new head of NASA to make one of his top priorities outreach to the Muslim world. Terrorism is a big concern, but this sense that the political system is unresponsive, unaccountable and operating on its own self-interested ideological agenda is bigger. It is the ur-complaint that explains everything from enduring outrage over the lies that greased Obamacare’s passage to fury over illegal immigration, disgust over corruption at the IRS and VA, the immortality of the Ex-Im Bank and countless other outrages du jour. The failure of credible politicians to address this anxiety created an opportunity for Donald Trump. At least he’s willing to say Washington is stupid.”

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Insight: “Arbitrary power has seldom … been introduced in any country at once. It must be introduced by slow degrees, and as it were step by step.” —Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Upright: “I believe the church should be leading when it comes to what we call racial reconciliation, or what we call unity. … Leadership in churches has to make a concerted effort to even speak about these things. A lot of times they don’t because it’s uncomfortable for the people [who’re] sitting in pews. But these are the uncomfortable conversations that need to come from the pulpit as well as in the small groups, as well as around the dining table as well as in the homes — there needs to be an honest conversation about race. That’s how things change. Things change through repentance.” —New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson

“Imagine ‘life in a magical land where abortions and birth control are free and plentiful.’ This place exists.” —Planned Parenthood promoting a piece by Fusion’s Rosie J Spinks

Wrong prescription: “Only by recognising and treating Isis as a bona fide state can we hope to understand its workings and motivations and, ultimately, contain its murderous advance across the region.” —The Independent’s Vadim Nikitim on “Why it’s time to grant Isis diplomatic recognition”

The lady doth protest too much: “I don’t have horns.” —Hillary Clinton

Village Idiots: “We have built in some unfortunate incentives [into ObamaCare] that discourage full-time employment. … I really worry about it because there is a trend to try and move more and more people into part-time work.” —Hillary Clinton (That’s what happens when a bunch of bureaucrats with no free-market understanding approve an economic bludgeon. Clinton’s reforms wouldn’t solve any of these issues.)

Braying Jackass: “The only time I turn football on during the week … is when the Redskins play, because I love to see them lose. And they’ve lost more than they’ve won this year. If they’re ahead, I turn it off. I check back later to see if they’re losing.” —Harry Reid

And last… “A Bernie Sanders staffer patched into [Hillary Clinton’s] campaign model system but [you can] trust her email was safe from the Chinese.” —Stephen Miller

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Bomb Threats Going Off Across America: Texas, California, New York, Arizona…

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 06:58 AM PST

(Written By Lisa Haven) Bomb threats are breaking out all across America as multiple schools, malls, theaters, and other public areas are becoming targeted. Within the last week alone, multiple events have broken out and there has been a surge in such threats. Schools from Houston, Texas, to Los Angeles, California, to New York, to Muncie, Indiana, toMiami and Fort Lauderdale Florida, to Farmington, New Mexico to many others have been specifically targeted.

Additionally multiple malls were put on notice due to bomb threats made against them including the following malls: Arizona Mills Mall in Tempe Arizona, Largo Mall near Tampa, Florida, Shops at Riverside near Hackensack, New Jersey, Animas Valley Mall in Farmington, New Mexico, and others. This is just a small piece of what’s really going on. MORE

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Arrested German Jihadist Warns Merkel Of Coming “Islamic Blitzkrieg”

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 06:53 AM PST

A detained German terrorist told authorities that Chancellor Angela Merkel can expect an Islamic blitzkrieg from returning fighters. Lawyers for a disillusioned member of the Islamic State group say the man, known only as Harry S, wants to “come clean.” The 27-year-old from Bremen told Der Spiegel that he “saw it all” and wants to talk. He is the first terrorist to help intelligence officials piece together the fate of German-speaking jihadists Mohamed Mahmoud and Berlin rapper Denis Cusper, known as “Deso Dogg.”

Harry S, who was radicalized after meeting a Salafist René Marc S (known as the Emir of Gröpelingen), during a prison stint in 2010, said he spent three months in ISIS-controlled territory before returning home in July. Authorities say he also carried the ISIS flag in an execution video released by the Sunni terror group. “He is a lackey who allowed himself to be misled by the propaganda of ISIS and who misled himself,” the terrorist’s lawyer, Udo Würtz, told the magazine Wednesday. Harry S said he was twice approached by ISIS members in the spring to conduct terror attacks inside Germany, but told them he was not ready. He fled Syria in the middle of the night after months of witnessing executions. READ MORE

 

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Paul Ryan Hands Everything Obama Wants in $1 Trillion Omnibus Bill – Including Funding Refugee Plan and CISA …

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 06:49 AM PST

(Written By Tim Brown) Well, I’m glad people who supported the Romney/Ryan ticket are seeing exactly what some of us tried to warn about, and that is that House Speaker Paul Ryan is neither Constitutional nor is he a small government representative. The $1 trillion, 2000 page plus Omnibus bill that is passing the House is sure to pass the Senate and with it will not only go funding for Obama’s Muslim invasion, but also the tyrannical internet privacy bill known as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) First, consider that the spending for Muslims to enter the US from Syria is not authorized in the Constitution. Congress has been given parameters to spend on, which you can view here. This is not one of them. Second, as The Hill reports:

House leadership allies Wednesday night fought off a last-ditch attempt to add conservative provisions to the $1.1 trillion spending package that would have driven away Democratic votes. The powerful Rules Committee, which decides how exactly a bill will be structured on the floor, rejected a suite of amendments from the House Freedom Caucus that focused on a range of topics, from national security and abortion to environmental regulations Breitbart rightly calls Paul Ryan’s first legislation to pass the House as a “sell-out of the American people masquerading as an appropriations bill.” That’s spot on, but this isn’t Ryan’s first sell-out. READ MORE

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ISIS is steadily gaining strength in another Middle Eastern country while everyone looks the other way

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 06:43 AM PST

Militants affiliating themselves with the terrorist group ISIS are taking advantage of a power vacuum in Yemen to establish an increasingly strong foothold there as the government focuses on fighting other rebels, experts say. ISIS-linked terrorists have launched deadly attacks on mosques, carried out car bombings, and exploited sectarian tensions to lure new recruits, using extreme brutality and violence to bring in new blood and distinguish themselves from the powerful Al Qaeda branch in Yemen, The New York Times reported earlier this week.

“A video released recently by the branch underscored its determination to showcase its brutality,” The Times reported. “In one section, the video shows masked gunmen leading prisoners to a small boat that was set out to sea and then blown up. Another vignette showed four captives made to wear what appeared to be mortar shells, draped around their necks, then pose for the camera before the shells were detonated.” READ MORE

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Charity Finds $50,000 Under Baby Jesus

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 06:36 AM PST

The Children’s Home in Amarillo, Texas, received a mysterious phone call earlier this week, telling them to inspect their nativity.   Lo and behold under their tiny Savior, the receptionist found a gift: a $50,000 check left by an anonymous donor.   “A gift like this is inspiring and when our kids see generosity like this it inspires them to give back and serve others,” says The Children’s Home President Darrin Murphy.

“A gift such as this helps us to be able to continue providing the basic needs for our kids and allows them to have enriched lives and futures.”  The charity is located at 3400 Bowie Street, prompting some news outlets to call it “The Miracle on 34th,” as a nod to the Christmas classic.    According to their website, the organization serves the needs of children who would otherwise suffer or go without. They work with children ages 5 into young adulthood who come to us from their families, foster care or the judicial system. READ MORE

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7 Christians Jailed for Refusing to Convert to Catholicism

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 06:32 AM PST

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that seven Evangelical Christians in Chiapas, Mexico, were incarcerated on December 15 after refusing to convert to Catholicism. State and federal authorities had been informed of threats to illegally expel or incarcerate members of the Evangelical community weeks in advance but have refused to intervene. The imprisonment comes as the culmination of an ultimatum that was given by local officials of Leyva Velazques, a municipality of Las Margaritas, Chiapas, to the local Evangelical community to convert to Catholicism, leave the village, or face prison.

According to Luis Herrera, Director of the Coordination of Christian Council of Churches, eight families in the village have succumbed to the ultimatum and signed documents indicating their conversion to Catholicism. Mexico’s Constitution explicitly protects the right of all citizens to profess and practice the religious belief of their choice. The seven who are currently jailed have refused to convert. In an interview with ICC, Jorge Lee Galindo, Director of Impulso 18, a human rights organization in Mexico City, said that for months the Christian community has been pressured to recant their faith or face expulsion from Leyva Velazques. READ MORE

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How children of the future could have 32 parents: DNA cocktail on the way, experts warn

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 06:28 AM PST

Scientific advances will soon allow children to have any number of parents, legal experts warn. The arrival of ‘multiplex parenting’ is a ‘mere matter of time’ as the techniques have been shown to work on mice, according to a study. In theory, any number of parents from three upwards – of either sex – could contribute DNA to create a baby. Sonia Suter, a law professor at George Washington University, has explored the issues raised by the technique, called in vitro gametogenesis (IVG). She suggests babies could be used to create ‘clans’ of large numbers of people, linked through their shared offspring.

The method would also enable the creation of ‘solo’ children from one parent – as well as hope for infertile adults who would not need a donor egg or sperm. Professor Suter said that while technical challenges remain, IVG ‘potentially allows for methods of procreation that have never been possible before’. ‘IVG could facilitate multiplex parenting, where groups of more than two individuals – whether all male, all female, or a combination – procreate together, producing children who are the genetic progeny of them all,’ she said. Writing in the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the professor added: ‘Procreation in this manner troubles many people because of its significant divergence from our understanding of reproduction as something that occurs between two people.’ READ MORE

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Wheaton Students Demand Reinstatement of Hijab-Wearing Professor Who Declared ‘We All Worship Same God’

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 06:23 AM PST

A number of students from a prominent Christian-identified university are demanding that school officials reinstate an associate political science director who posted photos of herself wearing an Islamic hijab, stating that she was doing so to show solidarity with Muslims. As previously reported, Larycia Hawkins posted to Facebook two photos of herself wearing a hijab last Thursday, and stated in a lengthy explanation that she plans to wear it everywhere she goes during the Advent—including at the Christian college and to church.

“I stand in human solidarity with my Muslim neighbor because we are formed of the same primordial clay, descendants of the same cradle of humankind—a cave in Sterkfontein, South Africa that I had the privilege to descend into to plumb the depths of our common humanity in 2014,” Hawkins wrote.
She said that not only does she have a common ancestry with Muslims, but that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” Hawkins asserted. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.” READ MORE

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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Albert Mohler Blog: “Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?”

In this blog essay, Dr. R. Albert Mohler responds to the question as to whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

“Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God. Christians worship the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and no other god. We know the Father through the Son, and it is solely through Christ’s atonement for sin that salvation has come. Salvation comes to those who confess with their lips that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in their hearts that God has raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9). The New Testament leaves no margin for misunderstanding. To deny the Son is to deny the Father.”

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TMS: The Gospel according to Christmas Carols

It’s that time of year. Turn on the radio, take a trip to the mall, or simply stroll down the aisles of the local grocery store, and you’re likely to hear songs about Jesus’ birth playing in the background.

We call them “Christmas carols,” but they are really Christian hymns celebrating the incarnation of our Lord and Savior. For a few weeks each December, these profound songs of worship become a ubiquitous part of the holiday atmosphere. Our society’s pervasive interest in them provides us with a unique opportunity to share the gospel. It is the perfect time to explain the meaning of these songs to those who don’t know Christ.

Today’s post is just one example of how the content of Christmas carols can be used to share the good news of the gospel. It is adapted from an evangelistic message I put together a couple holiday seasons ago. Whether you follow a format like this or not, be sure to make the most of this Christmas season—sharing the truth of God’s grace with unbelieving friends and family.

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The carols that we sing each year do such a magnificent job of underscoring who Jesus is and why He came. It makes me sad, really, when I hear secular musicians singing Christmas carols; the irony strikes me about how these musicians, who make no claim to believe in Jesus, sing these beautiful songs about His birth. Yet, the reality is that they have no idea what they are singing about.

Perhaps you are in a similar place, familiar with the tunes of the great Christmas carols because you’ve heard them every winter season. But you’ve never stopped to consider their lyrics. Let’s consider some of these great songs and the profound truths they proclaim.

1. In O Holy Night, we are reminded that the world was “in sin and error pining,”  wasting away until our dear Savior “appeared and the soul felt [the] worth” of His salvation.

2. In God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, tidings of comfort and joy come from knowing that “Jesus Christ our Savior” was born “to save us all from Satan’s power, when we were gone astray.”

Human beings, guilty of disobedience and rebellion against God, are enslaved to sin. They face God’s wrath against them. The Bible says that “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” and that “the wages of sin is death” including eternal separation from God. But, “God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

3. In Hark the Herald Angels Sing, we learn that only through “the new born King” can “God and sinners [be] reconciled.” We are also reminded that Jesus, being God, took on human flesh. “Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ the everlasting Lord; . . . Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail the incarnate Deity.”

These words echo the words of the Apostle Paul who wrote that “there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men,” the Lord Jesus Christ. “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself”—providing a way of salvation for those who deserve nothing more than God’s condemnation.

4. There are many Christmas carols, of course, that speak of Christ’s birth: Away in a Manger, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Go Tell It on the Mountain, and others emphasize the very heart of Christmas – the birth of the Messiah.

But Jesus did not stay a baby in the manger. The reason we celebrate His birth is (1) because of who He is – the Son of God – and (2) because of what He came to do – to save His people from their sins.

Because God is holy, He must punish sin. If sin is to be forgiven, it must be covered by an adequate sacrifice. The carols we sing at Christmas remind us that Jesus Christ was born to be that perfect sacrifice. In other words, He came to die.

5. The words of What Child Is This? underscore this truth beautifully. In the second verse, we find these lyrics: “Nails, spear shall pierce Him through, the Cross be borne for me [and] for you.” When Christ died on the Cross, He paid the penalty for sin for all those who would believe in Him.

Quoting Paul again, in his letter to the Colossians, we read this about those who have trusted Jesus Christ. “When you were dead in your transgressions and [sins], [God] made you alive together with [Christ], having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us . . . ; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”

6. The last verse of The First Noel reiterates this point: “Then let us all with one accord, sing praises to our heavenly Lord, [who] hath made heaven and earth of nought, And with His blood mankind hath bought.”

The very God who created the world out of nothing, is the same God who makes salvation, forgiveness, and eternal life possible through Jesus Christ.

Of course, Jesus Christ did not stay in the tomb; He rose again on the third day, demonstrating that He had truly defeated sin and death. Forty days after His resurrection, He ascended to heaven where He now sits at His Father’s right hand. By paying sin’s penalty and defeating its power, Christ alone makes salvation available to all who believe in Him as their Lord and Savior.

7. The fact that sinful men and women can experience peace with God (and subsequently peace on earth) when they really deserve death is the essence of grace. That’s why the author of Silent Night could pen these words, “Radiant beams from Thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace.”

Redeeming grace is why Jesus came. It is why He died; so that through Him, sinful men and women might be reconciled and restored to God. The message of Christmas brings sinners to a crossroads, where they must deal with the Person of Jesus Christ. Will you embrace Him as Lord  and Savior? Or will you dismiss His claim on your life and reject the salvation He offers?

He is the only way of salvation. As the apostle Peter proclaimed about Jesus: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

8. The well-known carol Joy to the World exhorts its listeners with these words: “Let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare Him room,” meaning that each person is called to embrace Jesus Christ, as both Savior and King.

9. The very title of O Come Let Us Adore Him underscores the worshipful attitude that characterizes all those who truly trust in Him. And Angels We Have Heard on High exhorts one and all to “come, adore on bended knee, Christ, the Lord, the new-born King.” The Word of God calls every person to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ – believing in Him, trusting in His sacrifice, and submitting to His authority in life.

10.  So what will you do with Jesus Christ this Christmas season? Will you ignore Him? Will you dismiss Him? Will you sing the songs of Christmas without thinking about the very words you are singing?

Or will you submit to Him for who He truly is—no longer a little baby born in a stable in Bethlehem—but the risen and exalted Son of God who died for sin and rose again and now sits at the right hand of His Father in heaven. He Himself said, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

If you have not come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, having never been reconciled to God, let me extend to you the Bible’s invitation to embrace the true gift of Christmas. It is the gift God gave to the world — namely, His Son.

The Lord Jesus promises forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life to all who will come to Him: “All whom the Father gives Me will come to Me. And the one who comes to Me, I will certainly not cast out.” The gospel of John reiterates that promise, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

The Apostle Paul summed up the good news of salvation with these words: “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

With these truths in mind, I love the words of the second verse of Angels from the Realms of Glory. They serve as a fitting conclusion:

Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you; break your chains.
Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

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Blasphemy and the hatred of the World

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

10 Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! 12 Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. (2 Timothy 3:10-13 NASB)

Receiving Christ’s Word and becoming like Him in our conduct will unavoidably mean being treated by the world in the way it treated Christ.

14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (John 17:14 NASB)

The believer is privileged to participate in the fellowship of His suffering (Philippians 3:10), and it is only as…

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