Daily Archives: December 29, 2015

December 29, 2015 Christian Briefing Report

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Refugees from war and persecution speak of hopes for 2016

Refugees from war and persecution speak of hopes for 2016

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Religion News

Those who fled are grateful to be alive. Yet, said one, &2016 may be different in some ways, but the truth is the trauma remains.&

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3 Diagnostic Questions to Show Who Is Really LORD of Your Money

3 Diagnostic Questions to Show Who Is Really LORD of Your Money

Posted on December 28, 2015 by Church Leaders

&The more we cling to money as ours, the more it seems to slip away from us.&

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1 Truth to Remember When Christmas is Over

1 Truth to Remember When Christmas is Over

Posted on December 28, 2015 by Crosswalk

If you’re feeling like the holidays came and went too fast, or you find yourself struggling with deep loss, one truth gives us hope…

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Top 10 Bible Reading Plans of 2015

Top 10 Bible Reading Plans of 2015

Posted on December 28, 2015 by Crosswalk

Here are the 10 most popular Bible reading plans on BibleStudyTools.com for 2015!

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What Does Your Preferred Bible Translation Say about You?

What Does Your Preferred Bible Translation Say about You?

Posted on December 28, 2015 by Crosswalk

You may own one Bible translation or you may own several (smart phones make this easy now), but chances are you have a default one that you go to more than others or prefer over others.

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3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church

3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Church Leaders

What is it that sets apart the kids who stay in the church? Jon Nielson

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What Does the Evidence in the Universe Tell Us About the Nature of God? (Video)

J. Warner Wallace, author of God’s Crime Scene, discusses the evidence in the universe and what this evidence tells us about the nature of God. Every crime scene says something about its related suspect, even before detectives ever identify the suspect specifically. What does the evidence in this “crime scene” tell us about a Divine Intruder? What characteristics must this Intruder possess? For more information about J. Warner’s “inside” or “outside the room” investigative approach to the evidence in the universe, refer to his book, God’s Crime Scene and visit http://www.ColdCaseChristianity.com.


A La Carte (December 29)

News Headlines Kindle DealsToday’s Kindle deals include the whole Vintage Puritan series which offers 38 Puritan classics at just $0.99 each. Also consider Look and Live by Matt Papa, one of my favorite books of 2014 ($2.99); Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley, a very solid church history 101 book ($4.99); Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family by Michelle Anthony ($1.99); 20 Compelling Evidences That God Exists by Ken Boa ($0.99); A Life Observed by Devin Brown ($1.99); A Year with C.S. Lewis ($2.99); Boring by Michael Kelley ($0.99); The People of God by Trevor Joy & Spence Shelton ($2.99).

The Dior Woman and True Freedom

This is a must-read article. “Have we really reached a point where freedom is portrayed by such petty play things like a little black dress, a helicopter ride, and a man to kiss but not commit to? Is freedom merely the absence of responsibility? If that’s the definition of freedom, I don’t want it.”

Plagiarizing and Quoting in Preaching

Here are some good, realistic, and helpful thoughts on preachers and plagiarizing. “If you find a great thought in Calvin, the best thing to do is to turn it over in your mind, polish it, reduce it to something manageable and add to it for the benefit of those to whom you preach. There is no need to feel as though you must quote and cite every thought that you glean from others.”

What A World Champion Whistler Sounds Like

Don’t pretend that you’ve never wondered before what a world champion whistler sounds like.

11 Ways to Write Better

“We are all writers now. Whether you write books, blogposts, emails, tweets, or text messages, you are a writer. No matter your preferred medium, here are a few tips to help you write more effectively…” I quite appreciate tip #1!

Using Your Memory to God’s Glory

“We don’t like to memorize stuff. We find it dull, painful, and pointless. … But the funny thing is, we will memorize that which is important to us. It’s really unavoidable.”

This Day in 1876. 139 years ago today, American hymn writer Philip P. Bliss and his wife died in a train wreck. Ironically, the night before he sang, “I’m Going Home Tomorrow.” *

2016 Reading Challenge for Kids

Redeemed Reader took my 2016 reading challenge and did up a version for kids.

Pastoring a Culturally-diverse Church

Paul, pastor at Grace Fellowship Church (where I serve as an elder), shares a few reflections on pastoring a culturally diverse church in a culturally diverse city.


End-Time Scenarios of the New Alchemists

In 2010, Tom Horn co-authored a treatise on their interpretation of Transhumanism called Forbidden Gates: How Genetics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Synthetic Biology, Nanotechnology, and Human Enhancement Herald the Dawn of Techno-Dimensional Spiritual Warfare. What exactly is Transhumanism?  CARM explains: Transhumanism is the idea that human beings, as a whole, can be drastically improved in physical […]

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Book Review: Priscilla Shirer’s “Fervent”

Priscilla Shirer is an actor, author, speaker, and Bible teacher.  As such she has influenced many professing Christians, mostly women. Following her appearance in the hit film War Room, much has been written about her.  Some bloggers expressed their concerns about her teaching, and rightly so as some of what she teaches is unbiblical. John Lanagan […]

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Christ Hidden in Our Schools, While Muhammad Roams the Halls Freely

It should come as no surprise that Christian practices are outlawed in Muslim countries, but it is pretty shocking to see this sort of thing happening in America. Under the guise of separation of church and state, the celebration of Christmas, which is a federal holiday, is taboo in many of our tax-payer funded public schools. […]

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Franklin Graham quits GOP, says America “in trouble” unless more Christians in office

Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, is unhappy with the way things are going in America. What will solve the problem?  He believes that if “godly men and women” get involved in the political process they can “change this wicked system.” How are we to determine if a person is “godly”?  The article […]

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Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

By Albert Mohler A statement made by a professor at a leading evangelical college has become a flashpoint in a controversy that really matters. In explaining why she intended to wear a traditional Muslim hijab over the holiday season in order to symbolize solidarity with her Muslim neighbors, the professor asserted that Christians and Muslims […]

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Democrats think Christians bigger threat than Muslims

Poll chief Fritz Wenzel said, “A surprising finding in the survey shows that one in three respondents said they believe Christians pose a greater threat to America than do Muslims. Among Democrats, 45 percent said Christians are more dangerous than are Muslims, while 36 percent of political independents said the same.

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Signs and Wonders in the Last Days

Make no mistake, these ‘powers, lying signs, and wonders’ will precede the arrival of the Antichrist because he will take advantage of the political, social, and economic chaos that is already ensuing, and ride in on his white horse to ‘save the day’. Of course, he too will have many supernatural tricks up his and the False Prophet’s sleeve to woo the masses and absorb the worship this world so desperately wants to give someone, anyone, other than to who it should go too, Jesus Christ.

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The Daily Discovery (December 29, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Lordship Is Not Legalism – “What does countercultural Christianity look like in America today? First, let’s be clear on what it doesn’t necessarily look like. Countercultural Christianity today isn’t defined by tattoos, craft beer, beards, and pour-over coffee. These are fine things, but they are in no way subversive, whether inside or outside Christianity. If they ever were countercultural, they aren’t anymore. They are mainstream, the majority, the megachurch, the Man.

When New is Old – “Everything that happens to-day, or will happen to-morrow is new to us, because we can only live in the present moment; and even though we endeavour to project ourselves a little forward, yet it is generally in a wrong fashion, so that we do not see the truth of coming events, seeing not, but only imagining that we see.”

On the Incarnation – “Dear friends in Christ, a warm welcome to all who join the Dominican friars on this Christmas morning to rejoice in the ‘marvelous exchange—O admirabile commercium—[by which] man’s Creator has become man, born of a virgin, [and] we have been made sharers in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.’ The mystery of the Incarnation, borne to us in the sights and sounds of the Christmas liturgy, fills our hearts with joy.”

A Plan To Read the Greek New Testament in a Year – “Several years ago, I created a plan to read through the Greek New Testament in a year. For the most part, it tracks pretty closely with Lee Irons’ excellent schedule for reading the Greek New Testament in a year. My plan, however, varies a little bit. Because John’s writing is simpler Greek, my schedule goes through John’s Gospel at a faster pace than Irons’. As a result, there are no readings scheduled at the end of the year from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. These open dates at the end can be used as catch-up days. The schedule is given in two formats below.”

What We Read in 2015 – “Maybe you love to read. Maybe you hate to read. Maybe you make time to read. Maybe you try to find every excuse possible to avoid reading. Maybe you start a book and not pick up another book until that one is finished. Maybe you start 15-20 books and only finish half…………..maybe.”


SERMON:

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Nate Pickowicz – Jesus Prays: For The Disciples (John 17:6-19)


VIDEOS:

How Do We Know If God Is Speaking to Us or If It’s Just Our Inner Conscience?

The Quran, the Bible, and the Islamic Dilemma


“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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Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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

Look to Jesus
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.

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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(TMS) Top Ten Countdown: A Biblical Response to Homosexuality

During the final ten days of December, we will be posting our top ten articles from 2015. Today’s post came in at number 3. It was originally published on June 26.

In light of the Supreme Court’s decision today, here are six articles from The Master’s Seminary Journal that address the issue of homosexuality from a biblical perspective.

1. God’s Word on Homosexuality: The Truth about Sin and the Reality of Forgiveness

Abstract: Through following a distorted meaning of “love,” some in the present day have condoned homosexual practice, without realizing that biblical love excludes homosexuality because of its sinfulness. Christians can best share the gospel with homosexuals by calling their lifestyle what the Bible calls it—sin. Genesis 1–2, Matthew 19, and Ephesians 5 describe clearly the way that God has instituted marriage as a monogamous, heterosexual relationship. Genesis 19, Jude 7, and 2 Peter 2 illustrate how the Fall almost immediately eroded the purity of human sexuality, including a devastation of the divine institution of marriage. Leviticus 18 and 20 and Romans 1 lay out very plainly God’s instructions about how repulsive homosexuality is in God’s sight. Yet Isaiah 56 and 1 Corinthians 6 make plain God’s plan for homosexuals to find freedom and forgiveness through a life-changing faith in Jesus Christ. The door is wide open for homosexuals and lesbians to accept God’s invitation.

2. The Church’s Response to Homosexuality

Abstract: A tidal wave of immorality has inundated the United States and the rest of the world, demanding that the church respond to homosexuality in four ways. First, it must expose the sinfulness of homosexuality as depicted in the NT. Second, it must clarify that the grace of God and forgiveness extends to homosexuals also. The NT also makes this clear. Third, the church must expel practicing homosexuals from its fellowship. For them to remain a part of the church activities is a blemish that cannot be tolerated because it would indicate moral compromise, a lack of courage in confronting sin, and a failure to exercise the biblical prerogative of excommunication. Fourth, the church must resist the assault of homosexuality on society as a whole. The purposeful effort to sell the homosexual lifestyle is organized and dangerous and needs a concerted resistance to halt that movement.

3. Christian Parenting and Homosexuality

Abstract: The difficulties encountered in parenting, including that caused by children’s depravity, are best resolved through implementing biblical principles. In a society that is permissive and even positive toward the homosexual lifestyle, Christian parents should adopt eleven biblical goals in rearing their children. (1) They should do everything to reflect God and His glory. (2) They should help their children understand the gospel so that they receive salvation. (3) They should protect their children from physical and spiritual harm. (4) They should instruct their children in the truths of Scripture. (5) They should interpret Scripture so as to give their children a Christian worldview. (6) They should prepare their children for the responsibilities of adulthood. (7) They should prevent their children from falling to temptation by teaching them the consequences of sin. (8) They should correct any tendencies their children display toward sinful activities. (9) They should provide for the physical and spiritual needs of their children. (10) They should provide positive behavioral examples for their children to follow. (11) They should establish clear lines of communication with their children. These goals will help them deal with the same morally degenerate world as existed during NT times.

4. Cultural and Medical Myths about Homosexuality

Abstract: Three questions need to be answered regarding cultural and medical myths about homosexuality: (1) Is there a “gay gene”? In giving a positive answer, some sources cite two categories, nature and nurture. Behavioral genetics have sought and allegedly found a source for homosexuality, but many scientists have strong questions about behavioral genetics. Various studies have failed to prove conclusively that a “gay gene” exists. (2) Is it possible for a person to change sexual orientation from being homosexual to heterosexual? The current consensus in the mental health profession is that attempts to convert a homosexual to a heterosexual are too likely to be harmful. A possibility of change has been demonstrated, but worldwide consensus continues to view such a change as impossible because of biological and psychiatric factors. Studies by Spitzer and Jones/Yarhouse have identified examples of change without harm to individuals involved. (3) How have homosexual activists impacted modern cultures throughout the world? Various pieces of legislation, both national and international, have put at risk anyone who dares to oppose homosexuality. Even some ecclesiastical leaders have softened their tone in speaking against this sexual deviation.

5. The Source and NT Meaning of Arsenokoitai with Implications for Christian Ethics and Ministry

Abstract: Traditional interpretation of rsenokotai (arsenokoitai, “homosexuals”) in 1 Cor 6:9 and 1 Tim 1:10 refers to sexual vice between people of the same sex, specifically homosexuality. Some restrict the term’s meaning to “active male prostitute,” but stronger evidence supports a more general translation, namely “homosexuals.” More recently the definition “homosexual” has been opposed on cultural and linguistic grounds, the claim being that the term “homosexuals” is anachronistic. In addition, criticism of the traditional rendering says the term today includes celibate homophiles, excludes heterosexuals who engage in homosexual acts, and includes female homosexuals. A concern for acts instead of the modern attention to desires was the only factor in the ancient world. The foregoing opposition to the translation of arsenokoitai by “homosexuals” has a number of debilitating weaknesses. Finally, this study argues that Paul coined the term arsenokoitai, deriving it from the LXX of Lev 20:13 (cf. 18:22) and using it for homosexual orientation and behavior, the latter of which should be an occasion for church discipline (1 Corinthians 5-6) and legislation in society (1 Tim 1:8-11).

6. God Gave Them Up: A Study in Divine Retribution

Abstract: Isaiah speaks of the judgment inflicted by God’s wrath as His strange act and His strange work. The Pauline picture of human history in Rom 1:18–3:20 tells more about God’s judgment and why it is “strange.” His threefold use of paredôken tells of God’s giving mankind over to deserved punishment, which is more than a permissive divine action and more than a privative action—a withholding of common grace. It must be a judicial act of God in imposing His wrath on mankind. The devolution in human history is reflected in the more recent tendency of society to accept the sin of homosexuality and other sexual deviations as a mere sickness and not as sin. Civilizations throughout the world, particularly in the United States, are hurrying to their destruction by neglecting the righteousness of God in Christ, thus bringing on themselves the judgment of God as described in Rom 1:18–3:20. This is God’s temporal judgment which is preliminary to His eternal judgment on a rebellious human race. Retributive justice is an attribute of God and a necessary feature of His actions toward unbelieving humanity.

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December 29, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Dec. 29, 2015

BLOOMBERG

For years, Vladimir Putin used Vnesheconombank (VEB) to pay for “special projects,” from the Sochi Olympics to covert acquisitions in Ukraine to oligarch bailouts. Now, the state bank needs a rescue of its own and it could be the Kremlin’s costliest yet.

College football game days may have a sinister side: They’re associated with a higher incidence of sexual assault, according to a new study that explored links between campus party culture and rape.

As the price of crude falls for a second year, marking the steepest decline since the recession, the impact is cascading through the finances of states, cities and counties, in ways big and small. Once flush when production boomed, some governments in major energy producing regions are facing a new era of unwelcome austerity as wells are shut — along with the tax-revenue gushers they spouted.

Confronting a drop in oil prices and mounting regional turmoil, Saudi Arabia reduced energy subsidies and allocated the biggest part of government spending in next year’s budget to defense and security.

The world’s 400 wealthiest individuals shed $19 billion in 2015, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Falling commodities prices and signs of a slower-growing China spooked investors around the world leading to the first annual decline for the daily wealth index since its 2012 debut.

Beijing advised children and the elderly to stay indoors today after pollution levels in the Chinese capital reached “heavy” levels.

Home values in 20 U.S. cities rose at a faster pace in the year ended October as lean inventories of available properties combined with steadily improving demand.

AP Top Stories

An independent computer security researcher uncovered a database of information on 191 million voters that is exposed on the open Internet due to an incorrectly configured database. The database includes names, addresses, birth dates, party affiliations, phone numbers and emails of voters in all 50 U.S. states and Washington.

An Ohio Grand Jury has declined to indict two police officers in the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was shot dead by a Cleveland police officer last year, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said.

Iran will take reciprocal measures in response to any breach of this year’s nuclear deal, the Foreign Ministry warned on Monday, after Tehran said new U.S. visa restrictions contravened the historic agreement.

Almost all people who overdose on prescription opioids continue to receive prescriptions for these painkillers, according to a new study.

Cars were banished Monday from the streets of Milan while in Rome every second vehicle was forced off the road as Italian authorities battled a buildup of smog after a spell of unseasonably dry, calm weather.

Belgian police have arrested two people suspected of plotting attacks in Brussels during New Year festivities, just weeks after the jihadist bombings and shootings in Paris which were allegedly planned in Belgium.

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a government office in a northwestern Pakistani city on Tuesday, killing at least 22 people and wounding 45.

Some of China’s most valuable historic artefacts went on display in Taiwan Monday at a new branch of one of the world’s top museums, as the island pushes its credentials as a cultural destination.

China has agreed to finance a much-needed overhaul of the Malian stretch of the key railway line between Bamako and Dakar, the Malian transport ministry said.

BBC

A Texas teenager who avoided jail over a fatal drink-driving crash by claiming he suffered from “affluenza” has been detained by police in Mexico.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is visiting Ramadi, a day after the city’s liberation from the Islamic State (IS) group.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the end of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, two years after the epidemic began there.

Central American nations have reached an agreement to allow several thousand Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica for over a month to continue their journey towards the United States. The migrants will be airlifted to El Salvador and put on buses, which will take them to the US. American legislation gives Cuban migrants preferential treatment.

Carlos Rosales Mendoza, the founder of one of Mexico’s most violent drug cartels, has been killed.

The Charlie Hebdo murders in January have catapulted France to second place in an annual list of the world’s most deadly countries for journalists. The nine journalists killed in the attack left France second only to Syria, where 13 journalists were killed in 2015 in the course of their work. In all, 69 journalists lost their lives in the line of duty.

WND

A new poll reveals that 45 percent of the Democrats who responded believe that Christians are a greater threat to America than Muslims.

New York City’s Commission on Human Rights published an update to its “Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Expression” law that could impose fines up to $250,000 on property owners who call employees or tenants a gender they don’t identify with, even if that gender is their true birth assignment.


Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven
In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences.

Large earthquake rocks Oklahoma early Tuesday morning; damage & power outages reported
A powerful earthquake rattled many Oklahomans out of bed early Tuesday morning. The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 4.3 earthquake hit near Midwest Boulevard and Covell Road at 5:39 a.m. Casey Moore, City of Edmond Spokesperson says right after the quake 4.400 customers in east Edmond were without power.

Trident nuclear deterrent under threat from underwater drones, expert warns
Rapid advances in underwater drone technology – autonomous underwater vehicles that can be controlled by ship- or land-based operators – threaten to make the controversial Trident nuclear submarines vulnerable, according to Paul Ingram, the chief executive of the British American Security Information Council

Here comes Storm Frank: NASA release pic of WORST STORM in year to smash into UK TONIGHT
Coastal regions are on alert for violent 120mph gales to send colossal waves tumbling over sea defences over the next 48 hours. More than month’s worth of rain is forecast to fall in Scotland and the north with flood-hit regions braced for more misery. It will be followed by a bitter Arctic plunge unleashing freezing winds and dumping inches of snow in parts of Britain, experts warn.

‘Affluenza’ teen and his mother detained in Mexico
The hunt for an 18-year-old Texas man who had pleaded guilty in the drunk-driving deaths of four people, but avoided jail time by successfully claiming his family’s affluence — or “affluenza” — was to blame, ended Monday night when Mexican authorities detained him and his mother in a popular resort city.

Court rules raising hands permitted on Temple Mount
The Jerusalem District Court accepted Monday the appeal of the Temple Mount activist Yehuda Etzion, and in canceling his expulsion from the holy site ruled that it was permitted to raise one’s hands while visiting there.

SUNSPOT ERUPTS, HURLS CME TOWARD EARTH
After several days of pent-up quiet, big sunspot AR2473 erupted on Dec. 28th (12:49 UT), producing a slow but powerful M1.9-class solar flare.

‘Shadow CIA’ 2016 Forecast: Turkey Set to Make a ‘Military Move’ Into Syria
“This is the year when Turkey, nervous but more politically coherent than it was last year, will likely make a military move into northern Syria while trying to enlarge its footprint in northern Iraq,” the Texas-based think tank noted in its forecast for 2016. The intelligence company maintains that Washington will likely “facilitate” Ankara’s predicted “heavy air campaign” in Syrian provinces bordering Turkey.

Papua New Guinea Rocked by 5.6-Magnitude Quake
The quake was registered at 01:51 GMT. The epicenter was located about 92 kilometers (57 miles) south of the town of Panguna at the depth of 47.2 kilometers.

5.1 magnitude earthquake jolts Swat, adjoining areas
A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit parts of Pakistan’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday, the met office said. The quake’s epicenter was determined at Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush Mountain range with a focal depth of 186 km, the met office said.

Palmyra arch from Syrian heritage site to be recreated in London’s Trafalgar Square
A monument from a temple in the ancient city of Palmyra destroyed by so-called Islamic State (IS) is to be recreated in London’s Trafalgar Square. The 2,000-year-old arch is all that remains of the Temple of Bel, part of the Syrian Unesco World Heritage site, captured by militants in May. It will be recreated from photographs, using a 3D printer.

Pakistan suicide bombing kills ‘at least 22’ in Mardan
A suspected suicide attack at a government office in north-west Pakistan has killed at least 22 people, police say. The bomb went off outside the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) office in the town of Mardan. A splinter faction of the Pakistani Taliban said it carried out the attack, which left more than 30 others wounded.

IDF Inaugurates New All-Commando Brigade
The new brigade, dubbed the Commando Brigade, will be comprised solely of infantry special-operations units removed from their previous chain of command structures to create this new tactical formation.“The dangerous winds blowing from Lebanon, threats by the Islamic State, the escalation in Judea and Samaria as well as threats from the southern border, demand the capability of the personnel in this new brigade now more than ever,

ISIS fatwa aims to settle who can have sex with female slaves
Islamic State theologians have issued an extremely detailed ruling on when “owners” of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, in an apparent bid to curb what they called violations in the treatment of captured females. The ruling or fatwa has the force of law and appears to go beyond the Islamic State’s previous known utterances on the subject, a leading Islamic State scholar said.

Oil slump weighing on housing markets in Texas, North Dakota
There’s a dark side to those delightfully low gas prices: Housing markets are slumping in communities that were recently flush from the U.S. shale oil fracking boom.

State Dept. counts ‘bringing peace’ to Syria as a 2015 win
The State Department is counting “bringing peace” to Syria as one of its wins in 2015. A boastful recap of the State Department’s accomplishments, written by spokesman John Kirby, includes the bold subheadline of “Bringing Peace, Security to Syria” above a more modest entry talking about U.S. aid for those affected by the country’s turmoil and the U.S. push for a political transition from President Bashar Assad.

ISIS Finally Comes After the Jews
The Kurds have essentially been the only group doing anything to battle ISIS on the ground and save Yazidi men, women, and children from enslavement and death.

A Nervous George Soros Lashes Out At Donald Trump: He Wants You To Be Afraid
It appears The Establishment has decided to bring in the big guns to dislodge The GOP’s nightmare scenario as Donald Trump goes from strength to strength in the polls. Writing in an op-ed for The Guardian, billionaire puppet-master George Soros urges Americans “to resist the siren song of the likes of Donald Trump,” adding that “the terrorists and demagogues want us to be scared. We mustn’t give in.”


Headlines – 12/29/2015

Palestinian Authority leaders to discuss cutting ties with Israel

Tibi tells Jordan’s parliament: Israel doesn’t support a Palestinian state

Bennett urges Israeli annexation of West Bank

Israel plans over 55,000 new West Bank settler homes: NGO

As NGO bill nears approval, Europe warns Israel against curtailing free speech

Wiesenthal Center: EU settlement labeling worse than Iranian threats

Israel reports record immigration of Jews from France in 2015

PM Netanyahu: Israel condemns terror, Palestinian Authority praises it

Israel likens Palestinian incitement to Nazi propaganda

IDF chief warns Hezbollah: ‘We stand ready for any challenge’

Israel Beefs Up Security Along Lebanese Border in Wake of Hezbollah Threats, Rocket Launches

Syrians on Golan planning ‘resistance front’ against Israel

Saudi mufti: ISIS are soldiers of Israel

Iraqi PM Abadi says 2016 will be year of final victory against Islamic state

Iraqi forces raise their flag over Ramadi government complex

Expelling ISIS from Ramadi: Why It Matters

Captured ISIS fighter says ‘trained in Turkey, ISIS thinks it’s safer here than Syria’

Seized documents reveal Islamic State’s Department of ‘War Spoils’

‘Department of Slaves’ and other ISIS horrors revealed in documents seized by US

State Dept. counts ‘bringing peace’ to Syria as a 2015 win

9 Christians Killed by Islamic Rebels on Christmas Day in Philippines

At least 80 killed after Boko Haram attacks northeast Nigerian city

Committee to Protect Journalists says 69 reporters were slain in 2015, 28 by Islamic militants

Threatening response, Iran suggests new US visa law violates nuclear pact

Kerry hails ‘significant progress’ in Iran deal implementation

New Iran sanctions fight looms in 2016

Iran Hands Over Stockpile of Enriched Uranium to Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 2016 calendar creates a buzz

Big-name scientists worry that runaway artificial intelligence could pose a threat to humanity

Database of 191 million U.S. voters exposed on Internet – researcher

New Facebook service ignites battle over net neutrality in India

How the EU could collapse in 2016

The Year Nothing Worked: Stocks, Bonds, Cash Go Nowhere

Wall Street’s forecast for 2016: Worse than 2015’s

Debt distress level at highest since recession

Oil prices remain weak as slowing demand adds to high output

Oil slump weighing on housing markets in Texas, North Dakota

This graphic shows the massive growth of space junk orbiting Earth since 1957

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Passo, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Alaid volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 15,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 12,000ft

Week of severe weather leaves at least 43 dead across seven states

UK PM on spot over floods as Europe hit by freak weather

UK floods: Storm Frank threatens more misery

Record Cold Temperatures Hit Los Angeles

California Drought Puts Tens of Millions of Big Trees at Risk: Study

Italy smog: Milan and Rome ban cars as pollution rises

‘We Won’t Make Frankensteins,’ Cloning Giant Boyalife’s CEO Says

Couple pays almost $100,000 to clone late dog

Guinea declared free of Ebola virus that killed over 2,500

An Actual Death Panel in Texas

Netanyahu ‘proud’ to welcome first openly gay Likud MK

Oregon bakery owners pay more than $135G in damages over refusal to make cake for gay wedding

Homeschooling Surges by 65% in UK as High Court Rules Atheism Must Be Taught in Schools

New Video – Ellen White, False Prophet – The Rotten Roots of SDA – 14:26

SBC President Ronnie Floyd to Speak at Major NAR Event

“Apostle” David E. Taylor  Does Damage Control After Release of Court Deposition 

NY Mansion Built to be Jesus Home After Second Coming Goes on the Market for $10M


December 28, 2015
ALAN KEYES — “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all his work which He, God, created and made…. (more)

December 28, 2015
NEWSMAX — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said that the GOP might have a “tough” time holding on to its majority in the Senate in next year’s elections but that he was confident that the party would hold onto Congress…. (more)

December 28, 2015
ROBERT KNIGHT — “Low Prices Fail to Spark Growth,” a recent headline in the Wall Street Journal said. Economists scratch their heads wondering why the windfall of low gasoline prices has not spurred consumer spending. After all, many people are saving $100 a month when they fill up their tanks at $2 a gallon instead of the $3.50 they shelled out in August 2014…. (more)

December 28, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — In a horrific case of misplaced courtship, a 30-year-old Muslim systems engineer was arrested in India and charged with kidnapping and rape after he abducted a former colleague and held her for five days to force her to convert to Islam and marry him…. (more)


December 28, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Russia has reorganized and intensified its international propaganda machine so effectively over the past decade that some Western lawmakers and diplomats say Washington now is badly losing a global messaging war to the increasingly modernized blitz of anti-U.S. content from Moscow-backed news operations…. (more)

December 28, 2015
TELEGRAPH — Up to 80 primary school-aged children a year in the UK are now seeking help towards potentially changing their gender amid signs of classmates encouraging each other to do so, a leading charity working in the area has disclosed…. (more)

December 28, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Comedian David Spade ripped President Obama and his wife as too “thirsty” to appear on television in a clip that went viral Sunday evening…. (more)


December 27, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Obama extended his “warmest wishes” to families across the U.S. celebrating Kwanzaa, a holiday which honors African-American culture…. (more)


December 27, 2015
GREG COROMBOS — President Obama is coming under fire from a respected terrorism expert after Obama said the public needs to keep in mind that while ISIS can kill Americans, it cannot bring down the nation…. (more)

December 27, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Let me ask you a question. Let’s say you are an authentically moderate Muslim. Perhaps you were born into Islam but have become secularist. Or perhaps you consider yourself a devout Muslim but interpret Islam in a way that rejects violent jihad, rejects the concept that religious and civic life are indivisible, and rejects the principle that sharia’s totalitarian societal framework and legal code must be imposed on the state…. (more)

December 27, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — The definition of a “right” just got a lot weirder – – and more dangerous. Planned Parenthood has declared it is a person’s “right” not to tell a sexual partner whether they are HIV-positive if they don’t want to…. (more)

December 26, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — The phrase “follow the money” is supposed to help explain human behavior, especially in politics. So why has Donald Trump embraced Russian President Vladimir Putin? Why has he denied the evidence of Putin’s killing of Russian journalists and dissidents? A savvy businessman, Trump is certainly not dumb. There must be something else to it…. (more)

December 26, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The Islamic State’s religious scholars have ruled that taking the organs of non-Muslims is permissible under Islamic law to save the life of a Muslim, because killing apostates to eat their flesh has previously been allowed…. (more)


December 26, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — I guess you could call it progress … On Christmas Eve, Barack Obama issued a statement denouncing the persecution of Christians in the Middle East…. (more)

December 26, 2015
LARRY KLAYMAN — As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and rejoice in the greatness of His and the Father’s universe, we turn to the New Year. A traditional ritual is reflecting on the past year, and as Time Magazine does, anointing the most prominent person of 2015. Indeed, 2015 has been for all practical purposes the “Year of the Muslim.”… (more)

December 25, 2015
Defend pro-life, pro-family liberty in 2016
ALAN KEYES — RenewAmerica and our citizen political groups fought tirelessly in 2015 to champion the conservative principles that you and I believe in. I exhort you to join our efforts in 2016 – -100% no exceptions pro-life and Personhood of all human beings; ordered liberty and equality of opportunity for all our citizens; and the rule of law, not of men, in our constitutional republic… (more)

December 25, 2015
BOB UNRUH — “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the Frank Capra/Jimmy Stewart Christmas story made in the aftermath of World War II that tells the story of an angel who hadn’t earned his wings and a small-town community leader who, it turns out, put his family and friends ahead of himself, probably has caused more than a few tears to be shed over the years… (more)

December 25, 2015
AFP — Pilgrims began celebrating Christmas Thursday in the birthplace of Jesus, but festivities were subdued against a backdrop of violence in the Holy Land and a growing jihadist threat across the Middle East. In other parts of the Middle East, and in the world beyond, Christians were fearful for their future, and some even prohibited from celebrating the holy day… (more)


December 25, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Activists who object to representations or examples of Christianity in just about all public settings have lost a round in their fight to censor Air Force Academy football players who take a knee – – Tim Tebow-style – – for a prayer before their football games… (more)

December 25, 2015
NATIONAL REVIEW — In the wake of video disclosures earlier this year that Planned Parenthood employees appeared to be engaging in the sale of body parts obtained through abortions, Utah governor Gary Herbert ordered state agencies to end the practice of funneling federal grants to Planned Parenthood’s Utah affiliate… (more)

December 25, 2015
NEWSMAX — The White House tried to use a secret “back channel” in Syria to get President Bashar al-Assad to step down – – including looking for a way to encourage a military coup, The Wall Street Journal reports… (more)

December 25, 2015
DICK MORRIS — On the heels of polls showing Bernie Sanders chopping 15 points off Hillary’s lead in Iowa – – narrowing her advantage to 50-45 – – Hillary Clinton has sent out an email to her supporters today (Wednesday, Dec. 23) warning them to brace themselves for the chance that she might lose Iowa or New Hampshire… (more)

December 25, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Some reporters are ignoring that a Washington Post cartoon portrayed Sen. Ted Cruz’s daughters as dancing monkeys and are instead focusing on the Texas senator’s general dislike for the “mainstream media.”… (more)


December 25, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Just as Barack Obama is plotting to create more limits on firearms, ammunition and the like during his final year in the Oval Office, there are court arguments developing that the longstanding federal ban on machine guns is, in fact, unconstitutional… (more)

December 25, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — As the Obama administration pressed the military to end all sex segregation, the Marine Corps decided to see for itself how other countries employ women in direct combat – – and it has amassed some surprising results over the past two years… (more)

January 1, 2016: The New Bank Bail-In System Goes Into Effect In Europe

2016 Sign - Public DomainIf you have a bank account anywhere in Europe, you need to read this article.  On January 1st, 2016, a new bail-in system will go into effect for all European banks.  This new system is based on the Cyprus bank bail-ins that we witnessed a few years ago.  If you will remember, money was grabbed from anyone that had more than 100,000 euros in their bank accounts in order to bail out the banks.  Now the exact same principles that were used in Cyprus are going to apply to all of Europe.  And with the entire global financial system teetering on the brink of chaos, that is not good news for those that have large amounts of money stashed in shaky European banks. (Read More….)


You Could Be Fined 250,000 Dollars If You Offend A Transgender Woman In New York City

Political CorrectnessPolitical correctness is officially out of control in New York City. According to brand new rules that were just issued by the New York City Commission on Human Rights, you could potentially be fined $250,000 if you purposely offend someone that is transgender. This includes such offenses as calling a transgender woman “him” when she wants to be called “her”, or not allowing a transgender woman to use the women’s bathroom. These guidelines are particularly focused on the behavior of landlords, employers and businesses, but they will undoubtedly create a chilling effect on speech all throughout New York City. (Read More…)


The McAvany Intel Memo

The global socialists have taken over the health care system of America (and most western countries) and want to dictate to everyone what kind of medical care they will or will not receive. The medical monopoly (i.e., the big pharmaceutical companies, the AMA, and the FDA) want to have 100% control over the health of the people – in large part to protect their hundreds of billions in annual profits. But the global socialists who control the American government (including the Democrat Party) and most western countries, see control of the health care system as a major element of total people control. Their vaccine strategy is designed to weaken the people, and, as we have seen in their African experiments, to set the stage for major population reduction.

Their strategy (and medical monopoly), however, has been threatened over the past 30 years by the emergence of the alternate medical system (i.e., naturopaths, homeopaths, chiropractors, osteopaths, acupuncturists, etc.); by numerous alternate therapies such as oxygen therapies, colon therapy, herbology, essential oils, bio-magnetic therapies, and a burgeoning health supplements industry. Why have over 40% of Americans started turning to alternate medical treatments and modalities? Because in many, if not most, cases these natural approaches work much better than the chemical-based treatment approaches of mainline medicine – and cost far less.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, June 2015)


Transgender Fad Rapidly Spreading In Primary Schools, ‘Clusters’ Emerging As Children Copy Friends

Posted: 29 Dec 2015 07:10 AM PST

(Breitbart) The number of primary school-aged children, some as young as four, beginning to “transition” their gender is rising rapidly in the UK. The popularity of the fad appears to be clustered, with children copying others in the same schools. Up to 80 primary school-aged children a year are now seeking help towards potentially changing their gender, the chair of Mermaids, a charity which lobbies for families who believe their children and teenagers are transgendered, has revealed.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Susie Green said that, in some cases, British children as young as four are already in the process of “transitioning” to another sex. She also described how her organisation has observed a cluster effect across the country, with children following one and another in the same school; a school where there might be a teacher who promotes transgender ideology.

Her anecdotal evidence correlates with the results of a study by Mark Zucker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada, which found that transgenderism was more prominent and persistent among children when promoted by adults. FULL REPORT

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Natalie Grant Pleads for Prayers as Daughter’s Lung Collapses

Posted: 29 Dec 2015 07:00 AM PST

(Christian Post) In an alarming Facebook post just days after celebrating Christmas with her family, singer Natalie Grant pleaded for prayers for one of her twin daughters who is in respiratory distress. “My daughter Gracie has pneumonia, a partial collapsed lung and is in respiratory distress. We would so appreciate your prayers,” Grant posted on her timeline.

Eight-year-old Grace Ana spent the holidays with her family in Seattle and appeared in perfect health just days before as she posed for a Facebook picture in front of a Christmas tree with her mother and sister. But on Dec. 28 Grant took to Facebook with another post that is now circulating around the Internet with petitions to pray for her daughter.

The singer made her request with a picture of Grace holding onto a stuffed animal while laying in a hospital bed wearing an oxygen mask, a polka dotted hospital robe and her nails painted festively in red. As of Monday there hasn’t been an update on the child’s condition, but Grant’s friends in the Christian industry, including Jason Crabb and Don Moen, have taken to social media to ask their supporters to join in prayer. FULL REPORT

 

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Hurricane force winds more powerful than 1987 storm which left 22 dead to strike Britain

Posted: 29 Dec 2015 06:55 AM PST

(Express) Hurricane  force winds of more than 120mph set to smash into Britain tonight in the form of Storm Frank are more powerful than those of the infamous storm of 1987 which claimed 22 lives. Met Office figures say the catastrophic winds which ripped up 15 MILLION trees across the country and left a £5BILLION trail of destruction in their wake peaked at 115mph. Tonight’s storms are set to top 120mph.

In 1987 weather forecaster Michael Fish famously laughed off predictions of a devastating storm leaving much of the country unprepared. But even with today’s more sophisticated forecasting techniques there will be little protection against the 120mph winds of Storm Frank.

Waves reaching 30-40ft are expected to breach sea defences and head inland across huge swathes of Britain’s western coastline. And communities in the north of England, already reeling from the severe floods of the Christmas period are to be hit again – and experts say the devastation is likely to be even WORSE. FULL REPORT

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Churches to provide shelter to illegal immigrants

Posted: 29 Dec 2015 06:42 AM PST

Fifty churches throughout the U.S. have said they will shelter illegal immigrants seeking sanctuary from upcoming raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Sanctuary movement, a political and religious group that works to protect those who illegally entered the U.S. to escape violence and economic instability in Central America, said over the weekend that its network of congregations will welcome any individual who fears he or she will be retargeted for deportation.

The announcement came after a report that the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration wing ICE was planning a January crackdown on individuals who had previously evaded deportation. Out of more than 100,000 people who traveled from Central America to the U.S. over the past year, less than 1,000 will be targeted in the raids. SOURCE

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Did 2015’s Prophetic Words Ring True?

Posted: 29 Dec 2015 06:38 AM PST

(Jennifer Leclaire) In the days and weeks ahead, prophetic voices around the world will release prophecies for 2016. You’ll read a handful of them on the “Prophetic Insight” section of charismamag.com. But before we charge ahead to weigh prophetic mandates, directives and warnings for 2016, let’s take a minute to look back at the prophetic words declared over 2015. After all, you can’t always limit God’s words to a 12-month timeline.

As I’ve said before, it’s possible that some 2015 prophecies won’t be relevant for years and others will remain relevant for years to come. So, again, before we move on to the next new prophetic word, let’s review what prophetic voices declared last year and respond according to His Spirit.

A Year of New Beginnings

I prophesied that “2015 is a year of new beginnings. That means some of you are going to birth some things. That means you may be a little uncomfortable in 2015. It means you will face some transition. It means you may enter into travail. It means you will face the accuser of the brethren and engage in spiritual warfare at new levels.” Was it true? It was for me and for many who I have come across in this past year. If you did not have a new beginning in 2015, there is still a new beginning available for you. As I recently wrote in my Plumb Line column, You Can Have a New Beginning in 2016—You Really Can.

The Turn-Around Year

The Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders (ACPE), led by Cindy Jacobs, declared 2015 was a turn-around year: This is the year when God will give His people the chance to recalibrate in the midst of what will seem to be a whirlwind year. To recalibrate means to correct in mid-course, modify, amend, change, metamorphose, renovate, transform, or turn.” Did this word come to pass? I believe it’s an accurate word in many respects. It was certainly a whirlwind year in the seven mountains of influence. How many of God’s people recalibrated, or repented, remains unclear. Repentance is a key to seeing 2 Chronicles 7:14 become a reality in America. I believe the Lord requires yet more repentance; true repentance. CONTINUE

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Keys to Revival in the Story of Legion

Posted: 29 Dec 2015 06:34 AM PST

(Ricky Scaparo) Mark 5: 1-13 – Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him,not even with chains, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. And he cried out with a loud voice and said,“What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.” For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” Then He asked him, “What is your name?” And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains. So all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.” And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.

Now I want to dig a bit deeper and look at the practical applications in these passages and reveal some key components that are crucial for Personal and Corporate Revival. Let’s look at the first key of this passage.

1- The demon possessed man was bound and dwelling in tombs.
Many Christians are bound and demonically oppressed and make their dwelling in Dead churches and hang with spiritually dead people. I have always said “Show me A Believer’s desired environment to worship in and I will show a reflection of his private devotional life. If an individual desires to be in a house of stale bread, No moving of the Holy Spirit, No operation of the Gifts and no convicting word coming from the pulpit, it will result in a dead, dry and powerless believer. We have a lot of believers today that are longing to see the real demonstration of God in the Church. They are longing for a place of true worship but have settled to remain in “Tombs” with other dead members. If we want Revival to come and remain in our Churches we have got to allow a place where the Holy Spirit can dwell in habitation and not only visitation.

Revelation 3:1 –  “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.

2- Men tried to bind him with chains and fetters
Many dead churches that are full of religion try to bind people with religion and the traditions of men. Remember the story of Lazarus? He is a great image of what religion can do to a man. Lazarus was dead, In a tomb and Stinking! Yes Jesus showed up and raised him from the dead but the bible says Lazarus came out of the tomb still entangled with his “Grave Clothes”. This is the case for many believers today. They have been set free from sin and death through the blood of Jesus but still remain in bondage to many substances and fleshly lusts. Many of these individuals remain in an environment that can’t set them free. They are confronted with counselors, programs and therapy to attempt them to set them free, only to frustrate them leaving them entangled and in bondage. Revival will result from a place of Power and Signs and Wonders. The book of Acts was a full depiction of the “Acts of the Holy Spirit” moving through yielded vessels turning cities upside down not by Word only but by Power and Demonstration including miraculous healings, raising the dead and radical conversions.

3- The man cried out day and Night
As I stated earlier, Many people that are in bondage are crying out day and night for deliverance and looking for a real anointing and move of the Spirit that will set them free. This is why it is so crucial to find a Church or a gathering of Believers that believe in the fullness of God and his power! A Church that believes in the Power of Pentecost and all the Gifts of the spirit. A Church that believes and teaches that there is still healing and Miracles today! A Church that preaches a Jesus that still sets men free from all the powers of the enemy! Look at the example in the story of the “Daughter of Abraham” in Luke Chapter 13 who was afflicted with a “Spirit of Infirmity” for 18 Years because no one in the Synagogue had the power to set her free until Jesus showed up one day and loosed her from her infirmity! When we allow the Holy Spirit to operate through deliverance resulting in men and women being set free you won’t have to wonder where Revival is because it will surely be among you!

4- Notice the Man was cutting himself
Many people who are “Cutters” and self afflict themselves are in deep depression and even demonic bondage and are desperate for deliverance and Peace. In fact according to one report it estimated that about one percent of the total U.S. population, or between 2 and 3 million people, exhibit some type of self-abusive behavior. In the U.S., it’s estimated that one in every 200 girls between 13 and 19 years old, or one-half of one percent, cut themselves regularly. True Revival will always be earmarked by testimonies of many being set free from oppression, depression, and suicide.

5- When Jesus showed up the man immediately was delivered and in his right mind.
When Jesus showed up on the shore everything changed! It didn’t matter how long the man was in the state he was in or how deep of depression and how many chains and fetters were binding him. Oh f we would just let Jesus back in her our Churches today! If we would let him show up in power and demonstration. Just like the daughter of Abraham that was bound for 18 years, When Jesus shows up everything changed! Regardless of whatever your situation is today or how long you’ve been in the tomb, one touch of Jesus can set you FREE!

Later we discover that the man requested to follow Jesus, but Jesus insisted that the man go back to his household and city in which he was from, and share his testimony, and no doubt this man’s testimony turned the city upside down when they saw him set free. When a church allows the Holy Spirit and the Gifts to operate in the church than there will be deliverances of this example. When the Spirit of God is allowed to flow into a church or an individual’s life than whatever is dead will be made alive again. Notice this man went back to share his testimony. If you want revival in your church or home let God be God ask for the Power of the Holy Ghost to invade your home and church and soon all will say ” Surely the Lord is among you”!

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Oregon bakery owners pay more than $135G in damages over refusal to make cake for gay wedding

Posted: 29 Dec 2015 06:29 AM PST

(Fox News) The owners of an Oregon bakery who denied service to a same-sex couple have paid more than $135,000 in state-ordered damages – months after refusing to do so – according to state officials Monday. Aaron Klein, co-owner of Sweet Cakes, by Melissa, dropped a check off for $136,927.07, according to the Bureau of Labor and Industries. The payment includes interest. Klein also paid $7,000 earlier this month.

Damages were award in July for emotional suffering caused by the bakery which refused to make a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer more than two years ago. The bakers said they refused to make the cake because of their religious beliefs.

The dispute goes back to January 2013 when Bowman-Cryer came into the shop with her mother for a cake-tasting appointment. However, Aaron Klein told the women that the bakery didn’t do cakes for same-sex weddings. The women filed complaints with the state and triggered a national debate over claims of religious beliefs against anti-discrimination laws. FULL REPORT

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New contagious form of cancer discovered

Posted: 29 Dec 2015 06:18 AM PST

(Business Standard) Contagious cancers may not be as rare as thought, say scientists who have discovered a second transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils – small dog-sized ferocious carnivores found in the Australian island state of Tasmania. Transmissible cancers – cancers which can spread between individuals by the transfer of living cancer cells – are believed to arise extremely rarely in nature.

One of the few known transmissible cancers causes facial tumours in Tasmanian devils, and is threatening this species with extinction. The discovery by researchers from the University of Tasmania in Australia, and the University of Cambridge in UK, calls into question our current understanding of the processes that drive cancers to become transmissible. FULL REPORT

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Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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The Popes Of Evangelicalism

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I always think it’s ironic and comical when a Christian mocks or discredits creeds and confessions then turns around to favorably quote popular evangelical leaders on social media. While social media is new, this anti-confessional and pro-popular leader mindset is not new. It was a central characteristic of 19th century American revivalist religion. For example, Charles Finney talked said it was “highly ridiculous” for a church to recognize and utilize the Westminster Confession of Faith. Finney called the Westminster Confession a “dead Pope;” he said “It is better to have a living than a dead Pope.” Richard Lints explained this well in 1993:

“The revivalist located the ‘living Pope’ not in Rome but in the human heart. The experience of the Holy Spirit became the lens through which the works and words of God were interpreted. The work of the Spirit was severed from the confessions and creeds of…

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