January 23-24, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Top News – 1/24/2016

Merkel admits: Anti-Semitism is worse than we thought
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday admitted that anti-Semitism is “more widespread” in Germany than some believe. Speaking in her weekly podcast and quoted by Haaretz, Merkel called for action to “deal with [anti-Semitism] – especially among young people… from countries where hatred of Israel and the hatred of Jews is widespread.”

2-state solution currently unrealistic, opposition leader says
Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) met with French President Francois Hollande and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius…where he told them…he does not believe the two-state solution is feasible at this time. “I have always been a proponent of the two-state vision, but we have to be realistic,” Herzog said. “It cannot happen at this time. Hatred and incitement among the Palestinians are just too great.”

Kurdish leader calls for redrawing Mideast borders
The president of Iraqi Kurdistan says the creation of an independent Kurdish state in the Middle East is “now closer than at any other time” and is calling on world leaders to accept that the nearly century-old Sykes-Picot pact that resulted in the Mideast’s current borders has failed. …“I think that within themselves, [world leaders] have come to this conclusion that the era of Sykes-Picot is over,”…

Slain ex-KGB spy accused Putin of pedophilia 4 months before poisoning
Alexander Litvinenko publicly accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being a pedophile just four months before he was poisoned in 2006… When the future Russian president was a student, he was filmed abusing children in an apartment where another top politician had a threesome with prostitutes, Litvinenko claimed in an article on the Chechenpress website in July 2006, four months before he was murdered…

Shannon Airport: Plane diverted after ‘security threat’
A Turkish Airlines plane travelling from Houston in the US to Istanbul has been diverted to Shannon Airport in the Republic of Ireland following a security threat. RTÉ reports that crew members became aware of a threat after a written note was discovered. The plane landed at the airport at 11:02 local time on Sunday and was met by emergency services.

7.1-magnitude earthquake hits Alaska
(CNN)A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Alaska early Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake’s epicenter hit near Cook Inlet, 162 miles southwest of Anchorage. It was about 50 miles deep. Joshua Veldstra, a professional photographer who lives in Homer, said the earthquake lasted about 30 seconds.

The dawn of a peace process for Syria?
UN-sponsored talks in Geneva, Switzerland, between the Syrian government and opposition groups have been hanging in the balance as the various backers have tried to resolve disputes among themselves.

Saudi says US well aware of Iran ‘mischief’
Saudi Arabia on Saturday said it does not see a “coming together” of Iran and the United States, which is well aware of Tehran’s regional “mischief”.

‘The storm of a generation’: Jonas leaves 17 dead; 8,700 flights axed; hundreds of cars stranded
The East Coast is battling ‘life-threatening blizzard conditions’ today as a ‘once in a generation’ storm continues to dump feet of snow across states from northern Georgia to New Jersey. The National Weather Service warned that the worst is still to come for many areas as one in seven Americans could get at least half a foot of snow by Sunday, and Washington could see snowdrifts more than four feet high.

Exposed: Anti-American Agenda in Common Core State Standards
This is a must read article. Common Core is further uncovered as a ruse on Americans and their precious children. In 1934, Technocracy called education “a system of human conditioning”, and that is exactly what they have accomplished with Common Core. If you love America’s kids, then these globalist destroyers need to be called out, shamed and stopped before we lose this entire generation to the global hive-mind.

Massive snowstorm brings flooding to East Coast
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A massive winter storm that dumped as much as 3 feet of snow on the eastern United States raised flood waters in communities up and down the Atlantic Coast, closing roads and prompting evacuations, authorities said Saturday.


Top Headlines – 1/24/2016

Merkel calls for ‘intensive action’ against anti-Semitism

German paper refuses to fully correct report demonizing Israel

Herzog urges French president: No more moves against Israel

Netanyahu ‘hopeful’ of normalization of ties with Turkey

Ambassador to Lebanon promises to help ‘Palestinian refugees’ in meeting with Hamas official who openly incites current terror wave

Haniyeh: Hamas not ramping up for war, ready for one if provoked

Rocket fired towards Israel falls inside Gaza

Palestinian killed by own bomb in attack on police in East Jerusalem

Faced with new ISIS threat, Israel readies itself for possible confrontation

Biden Says U.S. Is Prepared to Use Military Force in Syria

Syria conflict: ‘US expanding air strip’ in Kurdish north

Turkey’s difficulties with Syrian Kurds complicate strategy against Islamic State

U.S. Relies Heavily on Saudi Money to Support Syrian Rebels

Saudi-Iranian proxy war over Syria spreads to World Economic Forum meeting

35 arrested as migrants storm French port, disrupt ferry traffic

Saudi says US well aware of Iran ‘mischief’

Kerry tries to ease concerns about warming US-Iran relations

Iran’s leader says never trusted the West, seeks closer ties with China

Tunisia declares nationwide curfew as violent protests against unemployment and poverty spread

Page and McLaughlin: The FBI Will Recommend Prosecution For Hillary

NYT: Bloomberg may run for president as independent

The world has glimpsed financial crisis. But is the worst to come?

Failed Talks Raise Specter of Biggest Default in Puerto Rico Crisis

7.1-magnitude earthquake hits Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

Zhupanovsky volcnao on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 30,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 16,000ft

Tengger Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Copahue volcano in Argentina erupts to 10,000ft

Blizzard for record books paralyzes New York and Washington

At least 18 dead as some areas across Northeast see more than 3 feet of snow from monster blizzard

NYC under travel ban from deadly East Coast snowstorm

Storm, High Tide Cause Major Flooding in Several Jersey Shore Towns

Sea Isle City Mayor On Winter Storm: ‘Worse Than Sandy’

Good Samaritan killed in NC trying to help motorist stuck in snowstorm

Flint’s water crisis reveals government failures at every level

Pakistan reports 10,000 dengue cases in 2015

Argentina on alert with 1,100 cases of dengue fever

Florida leads U.S. in new HIV cases after years of cuts in public health

58,586,256 Abortions Later–Obama Celebrates Roe v. Wade: It Affirmed Freedom

Italians rally for gay civil unions ahead of battle in parliament

Judge Rules Employer Must Pay $115,000 to Transgender Over Bathroom Dispute


Top News – 1/23/2016

Russia, China and Saudi Arabia are on the ropes
Three huge, vastly important countries on the world stage are in deep economic and political trouble—far worse than we may realize. I’m talking about Russia, China and Saudi Arabia. Think America has problems? They pale in comparison to what Moscow, Beijing and Riyadh face, and our next president may have quite a bit of geopolitical leverage.

China’s Xi calls for creation of Palestinian state
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for the establishment of a Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, as he announced a series of multibillion-dollar investment plans for the wider Middle East.

58,586,256 Abortions Later–Obama Celebrates Roe v. Wade: It Affirmed Freedom
President Barack Obama issued a statement today, celebrating the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that declared abortion a constitutionally protected right.

Good Samaritan Shot to Death Helping Stranded Driver in North Carolina
A good Samaritan was shot and killed after trying to assist an allegedly intoxicated motorist stranded on an icy highway in North Carolina on Friday. A group of three people pulled over to help when they spotted a stuck car that slid off the road in Catawba around 5:30 p.m. local time, according to Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

Netanyahu ‘hopeful’ of normalization of ties with Turkey
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed hope in an interview with Turkish news agency Anadolu towards the normalization of ties with Turkey. “We are talking to them (Turkish officials), and they are talking to us and if we succeed, that will be good for both countries,” Netanyahu told the news agency on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Tunisia declares nationwide curfew as violent protests against unemployment and poverty spread
Tunisia is under a nationwide curfew after its biggest anti-government protests since the country gave birth to the Arab Spring five years ago. Hailed as the sole example so far of a peaceful Arab Spring revolution, the small North African state has been hit by major street protests in recent days over over unemployment and rising poverty.

Syria conflict: ‘US expanding air strip’ in Kurdish north
Satellite imagery appearing to show the US expanding a formerly disused air strip in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria has been seen by the BBC. The images, from the security analysts Stratfor, show a runway near the town of Rmeilan being extended from 700m (half a mile) to 1.3km. That would make it more suitable for a larger aircraft such as a Hercules.

US strips credentials of five Russian honorary consuls
The US has withdrawn the credentials of five out of Russia’s six honorary consuls, citing the harassment of its own staff in Russia. The US State Department said it was ready to take further measures “if there are additional efforts” to impede diplomatic and consular activity. Spokesman Mark Toner said there had been “widespread harassment” of staff.

Iranian, Chinese presidents agree to expand ties
Iran and China agreed to expand bilateral ties to form a comprehensive strategic partnership, President Hassan Rouhani and visiting Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping said on Saturday, calling it a “new season” in bilateral relations. The Chinese president is the first leader to visit Iran since international sanctions…were lifted on Jan. 16…

Iran set to be hooked up to global banks in weeks
Iran is set to re-engage with the banking world within weeks as international lenders link up with their Iranian counterparts using global transaction network SWIFT, Iran’s Middle East Bank and a senior central bank official told Reuters on Friday. A nuclear deal between world powers and Iran led to the removal of the curbs on Tehran’s banking, insurance and shipping sectors last weekend, as well as restrictions on oil exports.

Saudi-Iranian proxy war over Syria spreads to World Economic Forum meeting
Senior Saudi and Iranian figures clashed behind closed doors…convened by the World Economic Forum in Davos this week to try to promote peace in Syria, participants said. The barbed exchange between Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif…underlined the hostility between the two Gulf rivals, who are waging proxy wars in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

Switzerland ‘made secret deal with PLO’ after bomb attacks
Controversy is growing in Switzerland over an alleged secret deal, made almost 50 years ago, between the Swiss government and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). The agreement, detailed in a new book, was apparently designed to prevent terrorist attacks on Swiss territory.

French Prime Minister warns Europe will be ‘totally destabilized’ if it takes all refugees
The French Prime Minister has warned European leaders about saying that refugees will be “welcome” in Europe, because in just seconds their message will be “shared on smartphones in the refugee camps of Libya.”

Why North Korea’s Arrest Of An American College Student Should Come As No Surprise
This month’s arrest of a 21-year-old University of Virginia student in North Korea may have been shocking, but it was only the latest reported case of a Westerner held in that isolated nation.

This Is What The Death Of A Nation Looks Like: Venezuela Prepares For 720% Hyperinflation
For citizens of Nicolas Maduro’s socialist paradise the news is terrible, and getting worse with every passing day. Yesterday, we reported that one year after our November 2014 forecast, Barclays has decided that Venezuela is now past the “point of no return”, and a bankruptcy in 2016 will be “difficult to avoid.”

Haiti postpones Sunday’s presidential election as violence erupts
Haiti called off its presidential election on Friday, two days before it was due, over concerns of escalating violence sparked by the opposition candidate’s refusal to take part in a process he said was riddled with fraud.

4 dead after shootings in northern Saskatchewan
A gunman opened fire at a high school and a second location in an aboriginal community in northern Saskatchewan on Friday, leaving four dead and at least two injured, officials said.

Mitch McConnell Moves To Grant The President Unlimited War Powers With No Expiration Date
This morning, I came across an extremely important story with tremendous long-term negative implications for freedom in these United States. It relates to the fact that the always shady Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving to fast track an Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) for the President that would allow for unrestricted warfare against ISIS.

State tries to delay Clinton email release, blaming snowstorm
The State Department on Friday sought to delay its final release of emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal server, blaming a massive snowstorm hitting Washington as well as an internal “oversight.”


Top Headlines – 1/23/2016

IDF official: Hamas ready for fresh hostilities with Israel

Female terrorist subdued after attempting stabbing in West Bank settlement

Abbas Shrinks Responsibility for Stalled Peace Talks, Netanyahu’s Office Says

PM: The world sees Israel as an ally, not an enemy

2015 saw spike in anti-Semitic incidents on US college campuses

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah’s son taunts Israel on Twitter with smileys

Hundreds dead as ISIS makes gains in strategic Syrian city

Ash Carter says boots on the ground needed to defeat ISIS

France to Maintain ‘State of Emergency’ Until Islamic State Is Destroyed

French Prime Minister warns Europe will be ‘totally destabilized’ if it takes all refugees

At least 42 migrants drown as boats capsize off Greek islands

Fighting the phenomenon of teenage terrorists

Kerry: Government corruption at heart of terrorism

Kremlin denies report Putin envoy asked Syria’s Assad to step down

Syrian rebel groups hold Assad, Russia responsible for any failure of talks

Turkish border on brink of becoming a Russian warfront?

Syria, Iran Top Agenda as Kerry Meets Wary Arabs in Saudi

Kerry: Iran and the world were on a collision course to war

Iranian, Chinese presidents agree to expand ties

Chinese leader in Iran to discuss economy, regional crisis

Iran set to be hooked up to global banks in weeks

Iran general: US paid Tehran $1.7 billion to release ‘spies’

A Climate of Fear Intensifies in Egypt Before the Arab Spring Anniversary

Tunisia imposes nationwide curfew amid spreading unrest

300 Christians Form Armed Militia in Philippines to Defend Themselves Against Islamic Jihadists

Australia seeks regional terrorism cooperation amid attacks in Asia

Haiti postpones Sunday’s presidential election as violence erupts

Four dead in worst Canada school shooting in decade, suspect caught

U.S. weighs making Hawaii missile test site operational

Pentagon plans fleet of laser drones to shoot down missiles

U.S. Air Force says nuclear missile damaged in 2014

Tech companies use materials mined illegally by children in Africa

China’s central bank plans to launch its own digital currencies

Venezuela congress nixes Maduro request for emergency powers

This Is What The Death Of A Nation Looks Like: Venezuela Prepares For 720% Hyperinflation

12 trigger events that could unleash economic collapse in the U.S

‘Too Big to Fail’ Banks Thriving a Few Years After Financial Crisis

Oil Companies Face The Possibility Of Having Credit Rating Downgraded

Oil skyrockets 23% in 48 hours, tops $32

One Gallon of Milk Is Now Worth About Two Gallons of Oil: Chart

Mortgage Rates Creep Even Lower Among Global Concerns

Strong U.S. housing data offers ray of hope for slowing economy

Rise in space junk could provoke armed conflict say scientists

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Easter Island region

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Darab, Iran

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Olry, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ashkasham, Afghanistan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Lambasa, Fiji

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Vanuatu region

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Tengger Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

The final forecast: Crippling blizzard bears down on Washington, D.C.

Why the Full Moon Could Make This Weekend’s Blizzard More Destructive Due To Higher Coastal Tides

Flood threat, not snow, concerns New York, New Jersey coastal cities

State tries to delay Clinton email release, blaming snowstorm

After sandstorm, Israel braces for mega snowstorm

Feds: California reservoirs only half full after big storms

1 dead from listeria outbreak linked to Dole salads

Big Pharma Calls for New Incentives to Fight “Superbugs”

As Zika virus spreads, El Salvador asks women not to get pregnant until 2018

Appeals court: Kansas Constitution protects abortion rights

Jewish transgender man gives birth and embraces life as a single ‘abba’

Germany’s Protestant Church Votes of Allow Gay Marriage

Kerry Says Don’t Believe the Hype: World Changing for the Better

“All Israel will be Saved”: What it really means

Uh Oh….Mike Huckabee Says Ted Cruz is Not a True Christian Since He Doesn’t Tithe

A Word about visions, voices, and convulsions

Trial witnesses say imprisoned prophet Warren Jeffs still runs polygamous towns


2016 Market Meltdown: We Have Never Seen A Year Start Quite Like This…

Time Abstract - Public DomainWe are about three weeks into 2016, and we are witnessing things that we have never seen before.  There were two emergency market shutdowns in China within the first four trading days of this year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has never lost this many points within the first three weeks, and just yesterday we learned that global stocks had officially entered bear market territory.  Overall, more than 15 trillion dollars of global stock market wealth has been wiped out since last June.  And of course the markets are simply playing catch up with global economic reality.  The Baltic Dry Index just hit another new all-time record low today, Wal-Mart has announced that they are shutting down 269 stores, and initial jobless claims in the U.S. just surged to their highest level in six months.  So if things are this bad already, what will the rest of 2016 bring? (Read More….)


Without truth, society becomes incoherent

Without truth, society becomes incoherent

Posted on January 23, 2016 by World Magazine

POLITICS | Without an overarching narrative of truth, society is increasingly incoherent

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Christian refugees claim ISIS living among migrants in Germany

Christian refugees claim ISIS living among migrants in Germany

Posted on January 23, 2016 by Tru News

Christian refugees from Syria claim they saw a former ISIS member living in Frankfurt, Germany and that this is not an isolated case.

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More evangelical leaders join March for Life

More evangelical leaders join March for Life

Posted on January 22, 2016 by World Magazine

ABORTION | Thousands come out in the snow to remember the unborn on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade

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Producer defends ethics of Planned Parenthood videos

Producer defends ethics of Planned Parenthood videos

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Baptist Press

David Daleiden, producer of the videos of Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts, defends the undercover ethics of the Center for Medical Progress, explains a contradiction between devaluing the unborn yet selling their tissue; and recounts his personal story in addressing the issue.

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'Against Trump' Features 22 Conservatives Who Want to 'Stop Trump' as 2016 GOP Front-Runner

‘Against Trump’ Features 22 Conservatives Who Want to ‘Stop Trump’ as 2016 GOP Front-Runner

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Gospel Herald

Donald Trump may be one of the most controversial candidates running in the 2016 presidential election. Former VP presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin offered her endorsement of Trump, Conservative media talk show host giant Rush Limbaugh is endorsing Trump, even some religious leaders are supporting Trump. But Glenn Beck, another conservative talk show host giant, and over 20 other fairly well-known conservative talking heads are in the opposite camp, going as far as expressi

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Movieguide's 24th Annual Awards Nominees Named, Win Meeting with Sadie Robertson, Kevin Sorbo

Movieguide’s 24th Annual Awards Nominees Named, Win Meeting with Sadie Robertson, Kevin Sorbo

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Gospel Herald

“Home and Heart” is this year’s theme of the 24th annual MOVIEGUIDE Faith & Values Awards Gala scheduled for Feb. 5 at the Universal Hilton Hotel near Hollywood. The program rewards the best family-friendly movies and TV shows of the previous year. Fans can enter a contest to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles and the chance to meet and dine with celebrities Sadie Robertson and Kevin Sorbo.

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American Bible Society Releases 2016 Third Annual List of 'Most and Least Bible-Minded Cities' of U.S.

American Bible Society Releases 2016 Third Annual List of ‘Most and Least Bible-Minded Cities’ of U.S.

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Gospel Herald

The American Bible Society has released its third annual list of the “Most and Least Bible-Minded Cities in the United States,” based on each city’s Bible reading habits and beliefs.

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Should Christians get tattoos?

Should Christians get tattoos?

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Christian Today

We want to know how to live in the world in a way that’s distinctively Christian, so is it okay to get a tattoo?

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Religion in America: An Interview With Greg Smith of the Pew Research Center

Religion in America: An Interview With Greg Smith of the Pew Research Center

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Christianity Today

Greg Smith, of Pew Research Center, recently shared his perspective on religion in the United States with me.

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Religion is the number one topic on Facebook – again

Religion is the number one topic on Facebook – again

Posted on January 21, 2016 by Christian Examiner

Growing use of Facebook for religious and political discussion shows the social media platform as the new marketplace of ideas.

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5 Reasons to Take Your Bible to School

by Erin Davis

Need a reason to bring your Bible to school? We’ve got five of them!

Peace of Mind Doesn’t Come in a Box

by Samantha Nieves

If you’re battling fear and want to be set free, run to the Word of God.

10 Reasons to Hunt for Treasure

by Beecher Proch

You’ve got a treasure hidden in your home. Find out what it is and why it matters in this vlog!

When You Don’t Wanna Be Obsessed

by Bethany Baird

Four things to try when you just don’t feel like reading your Bible.


The Daily Discovery (January 22, 2016)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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The Character of the Christian: Above Reproach – “I told you last week about a new series that looks at the character of the Christian. What I mean to do is explore how the character qualifications of elders are actually God’s calling on all Christians. While elders are meant to exemplify these traits, all Christians are to display them. I want us to consider whether we actually do display these traits and to learn together how we can pray to have them in greater measure.”

If you can beat this sin, you can beat them all – “The past few days we’ve been shuddering at three R-Rated biblical images of the tongue: A Dangerous Fire, A World of Evil, and a Savage Beast. The fourth and final image that the Apostle James horrifies us with is that of a Polluted Spring.”

Beloved Brethren – “As glorious as it is to be brothers and sisters in Christ, that metaphor alone does not exhaust the description of believers’ relationship to one another. It goes even deeper than that. It’s true that the familial bond wrapped up in the term ‘brethren’ is objective; you don’t have a choice who your brothers and sisters are. And sometimes you don’t always like them, do you? And almost as if the Apostle Paul is thinking that very thing, he adds a second term of endearment to describe his relationship with his fellow-believers in Philippi. They are beloved.”

Pastoring Dementia Patients – “I was with some local pastors recently, thinking through dementia and dementia care in our churches. The following points came out of our discussion. I hope they help.”

Three Bible passages you don’t want to admit you don’t like (but kind of do) – “It’s okay to admit it. No one’s judging… Well, maybe some dude on Twitter is judging, but I’m not. There are some passages of Scripture that we all absolutely love and adore…”


SERMON:

Josh Buice – Love God Not Money


VIDEOS:

Are short-term missions trips a good idea?

Where Do You Put Your Hope


“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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Words of Comfort: Sir Isaac Newton

“This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.” Sir Isaac Newton

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Weekend A La Carte (January 23)

I have returned home safe and sound after speaking at the G3 Conference (which continues on livestream this morning). It was a joy to meet so many readers of this site and, unexpectedly, to meet one more on the way home—the Air Canada gate agent in Atlanta (Hi, Cindy!).

Freedom in Grief, Not Freedom From Grief

This is an important distinction for those who are grieving (and those who are grieving alongside them).

When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense

“We thought, back then, that few abortions would ever be done. It’s a grim experience, going through an abortion, and we assumed a woman would choose one only as a last resort. We were fighting for that ‘last resort.’ We had no idea how common the procedure would become; today, one in every five pregnancies ends in abortion.”

Group Prayer Participants You Don’t Want to Be

“I have learned through my mistakes and the conduct of others that there are certain types of group prayer participants none of us should want to be…”

Tim Challies and Going All in with Ebooks

There was a lot (a lot!) of response to my article about migrating to ebooks. Here is one from Logos.

The Road Not Taken

JT shows how just about everyone explains this one in the wrong way.

Notable Authors. If you’ve never checked out any books by author Os Guinness, I highly recommend you do so! I especially recommend Fool’s Talk and The Call.

The Biblical Call and Plan for Productivity

I was recently interviewed for the radio program The Christian Worldview. That interview is playing today.

Equipped for Christlikeness

I’m grateful to The Master’s College for sponsoring the blog this week with “Equipped for Christlikeness.”

Spurgeon

No matter what good truths you have to teach, no one will thank you if you do not speak kindly. —C.H. Spurgeon


Notable Voices: January 23, 2016

Four Mistakes Leaders Make When Handling ConflictEric Geiger

Handling conflict is inevitable for pastors and other church leaders. And often, how a church leader or pastor responds to conflicts and leads through it determines their success as a leader.

4 Ways to Invest In MarriagesMatt Chandler

Pastors are a major influencer and strengthener of marriages within their congregation. Matt shares four ways you can invest in the marriages in your church.

10 Things Pastors Will Think about as They Preach this WeekendChuck Lawless

Even while delivering a sermon, a pastor’s mind never stops. And the list Chuck provides here is but a small example of what goes through a pastor’s head while preaching.

Why Christians Don’t EvangelizeDaniel Darling

One might think the excuse most often given for not evangelizing is fear. And while that may be what is said, the root of the issue is likely one of the three reasons Dan covers.

9 Things That Worked in the Church a Decade Ago That Don’t TodayCarey Nieuwhof

This list could be much longer, but these nine are definitely true.

The post Notable Voices: January 23, 2016 appeared first on ThomRainer.com.


This Week in Calvinism – January 22, 2016

  • Isaiah 5:4 turned out to be the stumbling block that caused one forum member to turn away from Calvinism. But if you can prove to him, using Isaiah 5 alone, that this passage does indeed teach determinism, he’s willing to reconsider his position. I’m reminded of a quote from Jonathan Swift: “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.”
  • Regarding the hardening of Israel spoken of in the book of Deuteronomy, Jay Guin writes:

    In short, for Israel to be hardened, God need only let them be their natural selves. He doesn’t have to override their free will and force them to reject him.

    Now, this sound suspiciously like election, except that God never forces anyone to accept him. If we don’t really choose God, then our love isn’t real. For us to truly love God, we must be free not to love God. And so some of us will inevitably make the foolish choice to reject God.

    There isn’t a Calvinist I know who would say that those who have had their heart of stone replaced by a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26) don’t really choose God.

  • Why do so many evangelicals support Donald Trump? Adele M. Stan puts the blame on “Calvinism’s veneration of the rich and damnation of the poor.” Trump is a billionaire, so he is obviously one of God’s elect. Yeah, that’s exactly how Calvinists think.
  • Roger Olson has a bone to pick with John Piper (shocking, right?) regarding that whole “Christian hedonism” thing, namely, the following statement by Piper: “It is unbiblical and arrogant to try to worship God for any other reason than the pleasure that is to be had in him” Dr. Olson concludes:

    I worship and service God because, in the inimitable lyrics of my colleague Terry York he is “worthy of worship, worthy of praise.” I do look forward to the joy that comes from worshiping and serving God, but that is no part of my motive.

    Remember, this is the same Roger Olson who once admitted that he would not worship God if it were proven that Calvinism is true, since “[s]uch a God would be a moral monster.”

  • Tim Challies discusses eight ways to grow in the fear of God.

Evangelicals infected with ‘inclusivism’ – Robert Jeffress

More than 800 Wheaton alumni are threatening to withdraw their financial support if Professor Layricia Hawkins (right) isn’t reinstated following her controversial statement in social media that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.

Pastor Robert Jeffress, senior pastor at First Baptist Church-Dallas, points out that Hawkins isn’t alone in her unorthodox thinking. He says more than half (57%) of evangelicals today believe there is more than one way to God other than through Christianity.

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This ‘n’ That

  • Lyndon Unger is talking about modesty, a subject not discussed nearly enough, in my opinion.
  • Well, this isn’t right.
  • I really enjoyed this article over at Grace to You written by my friend, Cameron Buettel. Cameron clearly explains why “asking Jesus into your heart” is not a biblical idea.
  • You will appreciate Pastor Mike Abendroth’s latest video, where he explains that your mother doesn’t deserve to go to heaven (and neither do you!).
  • Here is your weekly dose of adorable (thanks, Lori!).
  • Okay, so the Packers lost the game in overtime (don’t get me started on that coin toss), but you have to admit, this play to tie the game was absolutely phenomenal.
  • How about a little refresher on the Old Testament?
  • I loved this sermon; it is simultaneously convicting and encouraging. Why integrity matters:

Muslims Coming to Christ Through God’s Word

“Christian aid groups working among refugees in Iraq and other places are reporting how God is using unimaginable pain to bring people to Christ,” writes Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis.

BibleFrom a human perspective, it’s very easy to feel discouraged in this day and age. It seems that no matter where we look around the world, there’s pain, suffering, and war. Our world longs for peace, but from a human viewpoint it seems hard (impossible, really) to find.

It’s important to remember that death and suffering was never originally part of God’s design. Everything was originally created “very good” (Genesis 1:31). It was Adam and Eve’s sin that brought death and suffering into God’s creation. The pain and suffering we see around us is a direct result of the rebellion of Adam and the continuing rebellion of his descendants.

We also need to remember that, even in the midst of pain, God is sovereign over circumstances. I’m reminded of a verse from Genesis, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive” (Genesis 50:20). Right now in the Middle East, the radical Muslim group ISIS is terrorizing Christians, putting many of them to death. The horrors ISIS is inflicting on men, women, and children seems unfathomable to us in the West, yet this is a daily reality for many people. Well, out of these horrors God is working.

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5 benefits of praying the Psalms | Southern Blog
“Praying the Bible means talking to God about what comes to mind as you read the Bible. Usually you might read the passage first, then go back and pray through what you just read.”

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“In short, one scandal after another has hit the abortion industry, its medical personnel, its educators, its researchers, its lobbyists, and its administrators. As a result, its ‘Teflon’ reputation is starting to wear a little thin and its ‘grand illusion’ has begun to lose its luster.”

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Information about current stats as well as the Set Free Summit in the Spring.

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Marco Rubio: Pastor in Chief?
I can’t quite figure out Marco Rubio. This is impressive, but in another video, he says he is “I am fully, theologically and doctrinally aligned with the Roman Catholic Church.”


Is Forgiving Forgetting? What to Do When You Remember Pain

I have been in and around church my entire life. As I have gotten older, there are certain “church sayings” that I have had to check for their truthfulness. One such phrase is “forgive and forget.” Continue reading

The Hal Lindsey Report – Hal Lindsey

But no matter. Iran, the world’s premier state sponsor of terrorism, has a hundred billion dollars in cash, access to world banking, the authority to earn billions more selling its oil, the ability to make business contracts with anyone it wishes, and the freedom to send its henchmen worldwide again. Oh, and the world’s blessing to continue working toward nuclear weapons with which to attack us and destroy Israel.

All in all, mission accomplished, President Obama and Secretary Kerry.

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Why Is The Fox Network Spending Millions To Bring The Devil Into Your Home?

Fox Network offering up a variety of pro-Satanic and LGBT-friendly publishing and programming

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (KJV)

Since it’s inception, the Fox network has portrayed itself as the home of conservatism and family values. But a closer look shows a completely different picture. In fact, they are doubling down on pro-Satanic and horror programming.

Last week, we told you about their new marquee show called “Lucifer“, a show about a cool, “hot looking” Devil who drives a Corvette and owns a nightclub. Today we find out that they are also prepping a new series based on the Exorcist. The drama is a modern reinvention of William Peter Blatty’s bestselling 1971 book, The Exorcist. The project is described as “a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.”

If this wasn’t bad enough, the rabbit hole goes deeper, a lot deeper

Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate News Corp. owns the publisher HarperCollins. HarperCollins bought Christian publisher Zondervan. Zondervan says that they are the largest publisher of Bibles in the world, including the Laodicean fanboy favorite the NIV “bible”. HarperCollins then bought Thomas Nelson Publishing, the largest general publisher of Christian material in the world. Combined they represent nearly half of all Christian reading material on the face of the earth. Let that thought think in. Rupert Murdoch with the Fox Network owns and controls half of all the world’s Christian publishing.

Now for the other shoe.

Rupert Murdoch’s empire also owns a company called Avon that publishes and promotes Anton Lavey’s book The Satanic Bible. Now do you see why they are pushing all this Satanic programming on their television network? It’s a full court press to make you comfortable with the Devil. They want you to think that the Devil is a joke and that Hell is not a real place. But it is.

When viewed in total, you can clearly see an organized effort by Rupert Murdoch to to use his wealth, influence and power to constantly and push a pro-Satanic and pro-LGBT agenda. Rupert Murdoch’s HarperCollins is also the publisher of ‘The Joy of Gay Sex’ and titles by anti-Christian author Richard Dawkins.

“And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.” Luke 13:32 (KJV)

The Fox network wants you to think of them as the “family channel”, and they don’t want you to dwell on the fact that they spend millions producing books, television and movies that glorify the Devil, promote the homosexual lifestyle, and trash biblical Christianity.  That makes them by definition both anti-family and anti-Christian.

It’s time to dump the Fox.


Understand The Times

Understand The Times has just posted a video alert. The purpose is to wake up the Church and the Body of Christ.

While the Reformation has been declared over by the alliance of Latter
Rain Charismatics, Catholic Charismatics and Pope Francis, there are others including Understand The Times that are concerned and are trying to warn the sheep.

The video clip we are featuring today is not new, but it is critical to
watch. Please click on the following link to watch the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRU9BQiQIVY

In a commentary we posted in early January, a video clip embedded in the
commentary showed Pope Francis declaring that all religions worship the same God.
http://www.understandthetimes.org/inthenews/1026na_emoruwrc.shtml

So, here is the question of the hour:

Will those who say the Reformation is over
and follow the Pope’s leading become part
of the One World Religion for peace the Pope
is advocating that embraces all religions?


Evangelical Intelligentsia leadership’s soft evangelicalism

From Berean Research:

Albert MohlerJD Hall of Pulpit & Pen reminds us that Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, “is the alpha-dog of the Reformed theological world, one of the architects of the SBC’s Conservative Resurgence, and is generally speaking the smartest person in the room (literally). Mohler’s theology is impeccably sound, but decisions in recent years have left many shaking their heads.” JD chides Mohler for what he believes are his troubling personal relationships and political denominational promotions.

And then there’s ERLC Research Fellow and Liberty University professor Karen Swallow-Prior. According to JD, Swallow-Prior, a self-described feminist, “has repeatedly shown a disregard for biblical holiness in her associations.” This includes “attending a ‘gay Christian’ film festival, partnering with unbelievers to advise animal rights groups [and] joining with feminists that bash complementarianism.”

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Olympics Rule Change: Transgender Males Will Be Allowed to Compete as Women Without Reassignment Surgery

Posted: 24 Jan 2016 08:04 AM PST

There’s great news for adventurous male Olympic hopefuls: if they declare themselves women and reduce their testosterone below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to competition, they can compete against ladies. There’s even better news for these men; according to transgender guidelines approved by the International Olympic Committee, genitalia does not serve as a prerequisite. The guidelines state: “To require surgical anatomical changes as a pre-condition to participation is not necessary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing legislation and notions of human rights.”

Cyd Zeigler at OutSports.com reported on the policy change. The IOC held a “Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism” in November at which they created the new guidelines, loosening prior rules adopted in 2004 to allow transgender athletes into the Games. The previous rules required that transgender athletes must have undergone external genitalia changes and removal of gonads, as well as obtaining legal recognition of their assigned sex from appropriate official authorities. FULL REPORT

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Magnitude 4.0 Earhquake strikes Southern California Near Ludlow

Posted: 24 Jan 2016 07:55 AM PST

The West Coast continues to reel under seismic shaking as a shallow earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.0 struck near Ludlow in San Bernardino County on Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The temblor struck at approximately 7:32 a.m., at a depth of roughly 1.3 miles. It was centered 5 miles west-southwest of Ludlow, 39 miles north of Joshua Tree and 47 miles east-southeast of Barstow, USGS’s incident page stated. MORE

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The Gospel of Me and the Curse of Trusting in Man

Posted: 24 Jan 2016 07:47 AM PST

(Bert Farias) The first order of life for every minister and saint is to put your trust in the Lord—to keep your eyes on Jesus. That’s easy to say, easy to agree with, but so many fail to see the importance of such a simple statement and the transformation it can bring in our lives. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord” (Jer. 17:7). “Cursed is the man who trusts in man” (Jer. 17:5). Modern Christians do not understand the distance of contrast between those statements. “God helps those who help themselves” is about the only verse many can quote concerning this theme. Oh, wait a minute, that’s not a Bible verse, is it?

American Christianity is infamous for what it has been able to do without God. We know how to raise money and make money; we’re slick with our sales and know how to promote our product or service; we know how to market our churches and ministries and on and on it goes. We are experts on almost everything, or at least we think and act like we are. We boast in our accomplishments. We love to talk about things we know, experiences we’ve had, our own status, important places we’ve been to, and important people we know. CONTINUE

 

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Bright fireball lights up night skies of Finland

Posted: 24 Jan 2016 07:35 AM PST

There were many of reports of a large, bright fireball that lit up skies over towns across southern Finland at about 8 pm on Saturday. Some eyewitnesses of the phenomenon said it looked like lightning or a camera flash. Still others reported they also heard a thunder-like rumbling afterwards.

The website of astronomy magazine Tähdet ja avaruus, which uses the assistance of astronomers from across Finland, says that there were some 200 reports of sightings of a bright flash of light in the dark skies of southern and western areas at about 8 pm Saturday. According to Tähdet ja avaruus the flashing light was likely a meteorite but said they had not yet seen Saturday night’s incident captured in a photograph. FULL REPORT

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Why Is Pope Francis So Determined To Bring “One World Religion”?

Posted: 24 Jan 2016 07:18 AM PST

Pope Francis, like all his recent predecessors, has expressed a desire for good relations among the world’s religions, as well as the various Christian churches, from the very beginning. Rarely, however, has that drive been as visible or intense as it is right now. We’re currently in the middle of a 10-day stretch that features three high-profile events: One could be described as fairly routine, but the other two are anything but.

On Jan. 17, Francis crossed Rome to visit the city’s historic Great Synagogue, his first visit to a Jewish place of worship since his election to the papacy in March 2013. It marked the third time a pontiff has gone to the Rome synagogue, located within the boundaries of what was once a papally-imposed Jewish ghetto. On Jan. 25, as popes do every year, Francis will go to Rome’s Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls to mark the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which falls on the feast of the conversion of St. Paul. Generally, it’s the most important annual occasion for popes to reflect on ecumenism. FULL REPORT

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Migrants with more than one wife will get EXTRA benefits under new reforms

Posted: 24 Jan 2016 07:13 AM PST

Polygamous marriages, largely confined to Muslim families, are recognised in Britain only if they took place in countries where they are legal. At present additional wives can receive reduced individual income support, meaning the husband and his first wife receive up to £114.85. Subsequent spouses living under the same roof receive a reduced allowance of about £40 each. Under the new system of universal credit, polygamous marriages are not recognised at all.

But a House of Commons library paper, published earlier this month, has highlighted a loophole that will allow additional wives to claim a full single person’s allowance while the husband and his first wife still receive theirs. This could mean some polygamous households will receive more under universal credit than under the present benefit and tax credit system, the paper said. “The Government decided that the universal credit rules will not recognise additional partners in polygamous relationships,” the paper states. “This could potentially result in some polygamous households receiving more under universal credit than under the current benefit and tax credit system. FULL REPORT

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Wealthy buying up luxury doomsday bunkers as world becomes more insane

Posted: 24 Jan 2016 06:09 AM PST

Recently, Tyler Allen, an Orlando, Florida-based sports bar and nightclub owner, handed over $3 million in cash for a luxury condo near Concordia, Kansas; it wasn’t the indoor swimming pool, hydroponic vegetable garden or 17-seat movie theater that impressed and attracted him. The main selling point, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal, was not the 1,820-square-foot apartment at all, in fact. It was the underground, decommissioned missile silo buried 174 feet below — a silo capable of withstanding even a nuclear attack.

Like so many who are concerned about the direction and future of the country feel obliged to do when the media comes calling, Allen insisted to the WSJ that, hey, he’s no crazy conspiracy nut or “tinfoil hat-wearing” type. Rather, he says, he is concerned about growing security threats like a global health pandemic, cataclysmic weather and terrorist attacks. “There’s a Camp David for the president,” he told the paper. “If you’re at a certain level where you can afford it, you can get that, too.” FULL REPORT

 

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Detroit collapsing into third world status as water supply becomes too toxic to drink… America’s infrastructure imploding

Posted: 24 Jan 2016 06:03 AM PST

Already pressured by a collapsing economy and a financial state of emergency, the people of Flint, Michigan, were also deprived of clean water in 2014, when the state decided to switch the city’s water source to the notoriously mucky Flint River in a bid to save money. In the absence of proper treatment, the water eroded the lead service lines and put all residents in danger. Although the lead-poisoned locals and children are now forced to deal with the consequences of this reckless act for the rest of their lives, the city and state officials responsible have yet to pay any noteworthy price.

As another man-made disaster quietly turns into past, the nearby rundown areas of Detroit are faced with a similar threat. Alongside miserable poverty, bad pipes and neglected water treatment systems are dragging Detroit into third-world status. After almost two years of drinking toxic water, the people of Flint were finally acknowledged in October 2015. In the meantime, the high levels of lead found in drinking water translated into brain damage, learning disabilities and pregnancy issues for the residents. Children have been permanently hindered in their natural development. But it took until January 2016 for the government to mobilize the National Guard and begin distributing bottled water and filters in Flint. 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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