Dec. 18, 2015
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.
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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.
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.
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)
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…
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.
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.
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.
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
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 full lyrics here
Is Islam a Religion of Peace? :: Durie at Independent Journal Review
by Mark Durie
Independent Journal Review
December 16, 2015
CAIR’s Help For San Bernardino Terrorist’s Family Takes a Page from PLO :: Kassam at Breitbart
by Raheem Kassam
December 16, 2015
December 18, 2015
“[A] good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life.” —George Washington, 1790
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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.
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.
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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By Arnold Ahlert
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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