Jan. 26, 2016
President Obama will propose in his budget to let small employers more easily pool their 401(k) plans, in an effort to encourage them to offer the retirement accounts as fewer U.S. workers enjoy pensions. Obama also will propose in his 2017 spending plan next month making it easier for job-hopping workers to keep track of multiple retirement accounts and combine them. He wants Congress to provide $100 million to test new, more portable accounts.
Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose at 5.8 percent, a faster pace in the year ended November, underscoring the shortage of supply amid steady demand.
Across the U.S., the story is much the same. The world’s economic woes — from China to Russia to South America — are damping sales in the high-end real estate market. Haywire overseas stock markets and dropping currency values caused in part by plummeting oil prices are dulling demand for mansions, penthouses and winter escapes.
American International Group (AIG) plans to return $25 billion to shareholders over the next two years as Chief Executive Officer Peter Hancock divests assets and seeks to boost returns to protect his job amid criticism from activist investor Carl Icahn.
The risks from Zika virus sweeping through the Americas are serious enough that some countries are telling their citizens to put off getting pregnant for months or even years.
De Beers sold $540 million of diamonds in its first sale of the year, more than double the amount at the biggest producer’s previous offering.
China’s biggest energy company predicted the nation’s refineries will increase output in 2016, exacerbating a fuel glut and boosting exports of the surplus to regional markets. Net export of oil products — which strips out imports — will rise by 31 percent this year to 25 million metric tons.
Nigeria’s central bank disappointed financial markets by ignoring calls to devalue the currency, while keeping its benchmark interest unchanged at 11 percent to help support an economy hit by plummeting oil prices.
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Air strikes by the Russian military in support of forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have helped turn the tide in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Cuba’s tourism industry is under unprecedented strain and struggling to meet demand with record numbers of visitors arriving a year after detente with the United States renewed interest in the Caribbean island.
A man in China who enjoyed eating raw beef became infected with a parasite – a 20-foot-long tapeworm -that came from including this food in his diet, a new case report reveals.
A woman posting on a channel called Umm Isa Amrikiah on the Telegram messenger app called out male Islamic State sympathizers as hypocrites and urged them to “get off their couches” and kill Westerners.
Pope Francis will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by attending an ecumenical service in Sweden as a guest of the Lutheran church, the Vatican said Monday. In a highly symbolic act of reconciliation that would even recently have been unthinkable for a Catholic pontiff, Francis will visit the Swedish city of Lund on October 31 for a commemoration jointly organized by his own inter-faith agency and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF).
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday criticized Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, accusing him of placing a “time bomb” under the state, and sharply denouncing brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government.
Undocumented immigrant families are being detained at the United States border in numbers not seen since 2014, suggesting that the surge in illegal immigration that summer was not an aberration but the establishment of a new normal.
The amount of sea level rise that comes from the oceans warming and expanding has been underestimated, and is likely about twice as much as previously calculated, German researchers said Monday.
U.S. Secretary of States John Kerry met Cambodian leaders on Tuesday but failed to secure their commitment to a more robust stance with Southeast Asian nations against China’s pursuit of territorial claims in the South China Sea.
A U.S. judge granted Planned Parenthood class action status on Monday for its challenge to Arkansas’ ban on Medicaid funding to the health care provider over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.
Government forces have retaken control of a strategically important town in southern Syria, activists said.
Brazil’s government says it will deploy 220,000 soldiers in its fight against mosquitoes spreading the Zika virus. The soldiers will go from home to home handing out leaflets on how to avoid the spread of Zika, which has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains.
US President Barack Obama has said he will ban solitary confinement as a form of punishment for juvenile and low-level offenders in federal prisons.
The Central Intelligence Agency has declassified hundreds of documents about unidentified flying objects that have been held as secret for some time. Mostly, the documents hail from the 1940s and 1950s.
Harvard University has been awarded $28 million to investigate why brains are so much better at learning and retaining information than artificial intelligence. The award, from the Intelligence Advanced Projects Activity, could make AI systems faster, smarter and more like human brains.
Italy is gearing up for a tidal wave of as many as 400,000 immigrants “in the coming weeks,” according to Italian sources, and worse still, they will be coming to stay.
Top News – 1/26/2016
Thunder Energies Discovers Invisible Entities
Thunder Energies Corp (TNRG:OTC) has recently detected invisible entities in our terrestrial environment with the revolutionary Santilli telescope with concave lenses (Trade Mark and patent pending by Thunder Energies). Thunder Energies Corporation has previously presented confirmations of the apparent existence of antimatter galaxies, antimatter asteroids and antimatter cosmic rays detected in preceding tests. In this breaking news, Thunder Energies presents evidence for the existence of Invisible Terrestrial Entities (ITE)
‘X-Files’ Creator: ‘I Thought The FBI Was Going To Shut Me Down’
Creator, writer and director Chris Carter tells a real-life tale about the show in its early days that’s worthy of the show’s catchphrase, “The truth is out there.” “I had someone come up to me during the original run of the series, who said they worked in some high place in a secret government agency, [and] said that we were very close to the truth,” Carter told The Huffington Post. all of a sudden, as we got close to airing, the FBI called and said, ‘Who are you and what are you doing?’ And for a second, I thought it was going to be the long arm of the law coming in to shut me down.”
Swine flu OUTBREAK: 72 more deaths as killer disease continues its spread across Europe
AN OUTBREAK of swine flu has killed 72 more people and is putting thousands more lives in danger as the deadly virus continues to spread across eastern Europe. Up to 40,000 people are expected to contract the disease in the Ukaine capital Kiev, where residents are covering their faces with masks or scarves.
Disney sued for ‘replacing theme park workers with cheap migrant labour’
Leo Perrero and Dena Moore, who used to work at Walt Disney World in Florida, have launched lawsuits against the entertainment giant and two consulting companies. They have alleged that Disney is colluding with firms HCL Inc and Cognizant to abuse temporary visas meant to fill specialty occupations.
Migrant crisis RIPS EU apart: Schengen agreement SCRAPPED amid final bid to avert chaos
TURMOIL within the European Union has grown as bewildered leaders agreed to scrap its founding principle of free movement in response to the escalating migrant crisis. Ailing Brussels staggered ever closer to its own grave with the announcement the flagship Schengen agreement, for so long thought indispensable, is being shelved because of the refugee chaos.
Vatican Announces Today Pope Francis Will Attend 500th Anniv Of Protestant Reformation Ceremony
In a gesture that would even recently have been unthinkable for a Catholic pontiff, Francis will visit the Swedish city of Lund on October 31 for a commemoration jointly organised by his own inter-faith agency and the Lutheran World Federation.
New World Paradigm: Russia, Iran and China Make a Strong Team
Cooperation between Russia, Iran and China might signal a formation of a new world paradigm, able to re-define the global situation in the world both politically and strategically; the recent developments in the relations between the three might be more significant than many realize, according to an American investigative journalist.
Jump this! Olympics to let men compete as women
How long will most female athletic teams last if they’re all open to males?” Kinsolving asked at the time. The world is about to find out, with the International Olympic Committee announcing it will allow transgenders in virtually all athletic competitions without undergoing reassignment surgery. That means men competing against women in various sporting events. “They ought to make good boxers and power lifters,” commented Jim Hoft at The Gateway Pundit.
Israeli economy experienced deflation in 2015
Israel has negative inflation for unprecedented second consecutive year, while the Bank of Israel is not expected to drop interest rates to halt the worrying trend.
Moderate earthquake, 5.2 mag has occurred near Ndoi Island in Fiji
A moderate earthquake magnitude 5.2 (ml/mb) strikes 119 km E of Ndoi Island, Fiji (74 miles) on Monday. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).
New Earthquake of Magnitude 4.9 Hits Northern Morocco
This is the third earthquake that hits the region in the last four days. Last Thursday, a quake with a magnitude of 5.9 on the scale of Richter his was recorded off Nador in the same region.
Magnitude 5.8 earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea
An earthquake of magnitude 5.8 struck off the Pacific Ocean nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The earthquake, about 169 km (105 miles) southeast of the town of Rabaul, hit at a depth of 46 kilometres. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
China shares end at 14-month lows after late selling frenzy
Chinese shares plunged more than 6 percent to 14-month lows on Tuesday after oil prices dropped again, reviving concerns about global growth and prompting a sell-off in the world’s equity markets. Battered by a late selling frenzy, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index .SSEC ended down 6.4 percent at 2749.79 points, its lowest close since Dec. 1, 2014.
Islamic State setting up terror training camps in Europe, police agency warns
Terror group Isil has set up secret training camps across Europe to prepare fighters to carry out “special forces style” attacks in the UK or other EU countries, Europol has warned. The international police agency said apart from bases in Syria, the barbaric organisation had “smaller scale training camps in the EU and Balkan countries”.
Filmmakers who targeted Planned Parenthood face charges
A Texas grand jury has cleared Planned Parenthood of misconduct after the abortion provider was accused of selling foetal body parts for profit. Instead, the panel charged the filmmakers behind the accusations with tampering with government records. The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) secretly filmed videos that caused an outcry and prompted efforts to withdraw Planned Parenthood’s federal funding.
Fatal stabbing at asylum centre shocks Sweden
Sweden’s prime minister has described as a “terrible crime” the stabbing of a 22-year-old female employee at a centre for young asylum seekers. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven visited the centre for unaccompanied migrants in Molndal, near Gothenburg, hours after the killing. An asylum seeker of 15 was arrested on suspicion of murder. The victim has been named locally as Alexandra Mezher.
Denmark to vote on controversial migrant assets bill
The Danish parliament will vote on Tuesday on a highly controversial proposal to confiscate asylum seekers’ valuables to pay for their upkeep. The proposal drew sharp criticism at home and abroad when it was announced earlier this month. Danish authorities insist the policy brings migrants in line with jobless Danes, who must sell assets above a certain level to claim benefits.
The Death Knell For ‘Peak Oil’
Hedge funds and private equity groups armed with $60bn of ready cash are poised to snap up the assets of bankrupt US shale drillers, almost guaranteeing that America’s tight oil production will rebound as soon as prices start to recover. Daniel Yergin, founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, said it is impossible for OPEC to knock out the US shale industry though a war of attrition even if large numbers of frackers fall by the wayside over coming months.
Life In The Internet Outhouse
I’ll never regret the day I dumped social media down the toilet. There was a brief time, back in the early days of social media, when I had both a Facebook and a Linked-In account. This was long before the revelations of Edward Snowden. This was long before I came to view the Internet as a technology that – more often that not – is highly detrimental to intelligence, attention span, human interaction, basic courtesy and common sense.
ISIS builds stronghold in Libya: Obama and Hillary ignore their handiwork
The very mention of Libya by Democrats only serves to remind many Americans about a chapter in recent history that doesn’t advance the progressives’ plan for America’s future. The U.S.-led overthrow of dictator Muammar Gaddafi, the ensuing chaos, violence and destruction by Islamists, and the tragic terrorist attack at a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, has created a political firestorm for both President Barack Obama and presidential wannabe Hillary Clinton, Obama’s handpicked Secretary of State.
Campaigns target charitable offering and church tithing
Political spin has done more than enter the realm of defining terms such as charity, church, offering and tithing. It has skewed, sullied and merged the whole concept of each one of these. How? Government intervention for the purpose of raising revenue to sponsor itself and those who leach off of it, from elected officials to bureaucrats and welfare junkies. Picking up the ball, campaign groupies continue to muddle meanings for their own ends.
“Gangs” Of “All-Male” Moroccan Migrant Children “Take Over” Stockholm Train Station; Steal, Grope, Beat Women
“Stockholm police estimate that at least 200 Moroccan street children move in the area around the main train station in the centre of the capital, sleeping rough, and living off criminal activity. They grope girls between their legs, and slap them in the face when they protest. All police officers are aware of this.”
Could the eastern US face more snow later this week?
As millions of people dig out and recover in the wake of the Blizzard of 2016, many are wondering when the next snowstorm will hit. Another storm bears watching on Friday.
Argentina Scrambles to Fight Biggest Plague of Locusts in 60 Years
Farmers and fumigators in Argentina are running out of time as they scramble to control the country’s worst plague of locusts in more than half a century, officials warned on Monday.
Peace talks between Damascus & opposition to start January 29 – UN Syria envoy
Talks between Damascus and the Syrian opposition will begin on January 29, the UN’s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has told journalists in Geneva. The negotiations will focus on a broad ceasefire, stopping Islamic State militants and increasing aid, he added.
‘Slow-moving’ earthquake continues march south through Western Washington
Also known as “slow earthquakes,” the tremors are a phenomenon that occur along the Cascadia Subduction Zone every 12-15 months. The latest began Dec. 22, 2015, according to the seismic network. They subsided for a time, but resumed in the past several days. The latest tremors were recorded in areas including South Kitsap, Olympia, and Tacoma.
Top Headlines – 1/26/2016
Houston Grand Jury Clears Planned Parenthood, Indicts Filmakers Instead
Houston prosecutor is a long time Planned Parenthood board member
1) Every presidential election boils down to a choice between competing worldviews
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Battle for Party’s Future, New York Times (Patrick Healy)
The Democrats Stumble Toward 50 Shades of Socialism, TIME (Joe Klein)
2) Character, conviction, and worldview must be central in determining how a Christian votes
Hey reporters: Donald Trump tries to woo Iowa evangelicals, by attending liberal church?, Get Religion (Terry Mattingly)
In other news…
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: January 26
- China shares end at 14-month lows after late selling frenzy (Read More)
- China Dec gold imports through Hong Kong highest since 2013 (Read More)
- China Contagion Fades as European Stocks Pare Drop, Oil Rises (Read More)
- Apple set for slowest ever iPhone sales growth (Read More)
- Saudis, Russia Seen by Iraq as More Flexible on Oil-Output Cuts (Read More)
- China Probes NEV sector for subsidy fraud (Read More)
- J&J forecasts 2016 sales below analysts’ estimates (Read More)
- Wider China-Hong Kong Discrepancy Revives Fake Trade Doubts (Read More)
- German two-year yields hit new low as March ECB cut almost priced in (Read More)
- AIG to Sell Broker-Dealer Network (Read More)
- At $3.68 Million, This California Home Has Everything But Buyers (Read More)
- Pimco to Vanguard Step Into Credit Fray to Buy High-Grade Bonds (Read More)
- Vacant Office Spaces Pile Up in Houston (Read More)
- Khomeini Grandson Barred From Iran Poll in Blow to Reformers (Read More)
- Germany’s Cautious Savers Find New Taste for Risk (Read More)
- In coastal New Jersey, a flood of criticism for Christie follows storm (Read More)
- European Stability Mechanism head rules out haircut for Greek debt (Read More)
- One Salmon Costs More Than Barrel of Oil as Slump Deepens (Read More)
10 Scriptural reasons Jesus Calling is a dangerous book
Do you get flustrated trying to explain to your church friends why the book Jesus Calling is one we should be avoiding? My friend Warren B. Smith has just put together a new Lighthouse Trails Booklet Tract to help. It’s a 16-page explanation that you can hand out at your women’s Bible study, or stuff […]
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Controversial Christian historian David Barton…misinterpretations…errors…and Glenn Beck
By Marsha West “If your family homeschools, or if you send your kids to a Christian school, or even if you are actively involved in Republican politics, listen to talk radio, and consider yourself a TEA party oriented person, the name David Barton has circled around your orbit at least a few times.” ~ Fred […]
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Evangelical Intelligentsia leadership’s soft evangelicalism
JD 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 […]
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Follow Up: SBC President Ronnie Floyd, Featured Speaker at New Apostolic Reformation’s IHOP
Bible study author, speaker and blogger Michelle Lesley takes prominent Christian leader Ronnie Floyd to task for uniting with wolves in sheep’s clothing and then inviting the sheep that he’s supposed to keep watch over to join him in the wolf’s lair. What kind of Church leader would do such a thing? Michelle has the […]
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Part 2 Review: “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess”
What if everything you and your family did to honor God had you counting to seven? Even to the point of employing Catholic mysticism into 7 sacred pauses? (You’re probably thinking, “huh?”) Last week in my post, Woman, just try harder!, we reviewed Part I of Elizabeth Prata’s excellent article on the book, “7: An […]
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4 concerns about Jen Hatmaker’s teachings
It’s no surprise to me that last week’s book review post, “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess” by Jen Hatmaker, received a mixed response. Along with the many women who thanked me for posting the review, a number were also upset that I would dare to question anything about this popular speaker and teacher. Let […]
Liberty University Welcomes Reality Show “Pastor” and Collaborator With “I Am a God” Rapper Kanye West
On January 18, Jerry Falwell, Jr., president of Liberty University (LU), rolled out what was called a “hero’s welcome” for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump when he spoke at a mandatory convocation service. LU’s motto is “Training Champions for Christ.” Falwell received flak for giving what many felt was a personal endorsement of Trump. He told the […]
Evangelicals looking to the wrong savior
There’s a lot of evangelical hand-wringing of late, over which Christian candidate can bring our nation back into the greatness that it once was. “If we can only elect a true Christian,” is a sentiment often heard among those who see the nation sinking into darkness. The Washington Post reports in an article, Donald Trump […]
Sozo – a dangerous “inner healing and deliverance ministry”
Before I get to Kim Olsen’s blog post, those who are unfamiliar with Sozo prayer need to know more about it. First of all, Sozo prayer is the brain child of husband and wife team Bill (self-proclaimed modern-day apostle) and Beni (New Age guru) Johnson, both of whom are pastors of the infamous Bethel Church in Redding […]
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Sheep stumbling is a serious matter.
“Donald Trump doesn’t have to be a Christian in order to run for president or to speak at Liberty University. But Liberty University—as a Christian institution of higher learning—has a responsibility not to confuse people about what Christianity is. And today they fell short of that in a big way.” So says writer Denny Burke […]
Here’s How 770 Pastors Describe Their Struggle with Porn
More than half have wrestled with pornography, but less than 1 percent recommend revealing this to the congregation.
The Mahdi is Coming
Apocalyptic Muslims gear up for the global Islamic state.
Finally, the leaders of Iran and the Islamic State deeply believe that Allah and the Mahdi have appointed them to spread Islam across the world. They believe that anyone who is not following their religion is an apostate who is bringing “fesad” (or corruption on the earth). Subsequently, from their perspective, the killings of these “fossad” (or the “corruptors”) will bring Imam Mahdi to the world faster, grant them Allah’s blessings, and rid the world of impurity.
We have not seen global economic activity fall off this rapidly since the great recession of 2008. Manufacturing activity is imploding all over the planet, global trade is slowing down at a pace that is extremely alarming, and the Baltic Dry Index just hit another brand new all-time record low. If the “real economy” consists of people making, selling and shipping stuff, then it is in incredibly bad shape. Here in the United States, the dismal economic numbers continue to stun all of the experts. For example, on Monday we learned that the Texas general business activity index just hit a six year low… (Read More….)
Living in the final days: Rouhani meets Pope Francis to position Tehran as a potential top player in efforts to resolve Middle East conflicts
VATICAN CITY – Iran’s president paid a call on Pope Francis at the Vatican Tuesday during a European visit aimed at positioning Tehran as a potential top player in efforts to resolve Middle East conflicts, including Syria’s civil war.
President Hassan Rouhani’s motorcade of limousines crossed St. Peter’s Square for the late-morning, closed-door meeting Tuesday with the pontiff.
Rouhani asked Pope Francis to pray for him after private talks at the Vatican.
Rouhani told Francis after their 40-minute meeting Tuesday: “I ask you to pray for me.” The Iranian called the visit “a real pleasure.”
Germany’s Muslim population is set to nearly quadruple to an astonishing 20 million by 2020 – just four years from now.
A new study on porn addiction revealed ninety-six percent of youth pastors and ninety percent of pastors have viewed an image of sexual intercourse online and over half of the pastors and youth pastors who participated in the study said they had either struggled with porn in the past or were currently struggling with it.
ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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The Danger of Theological Pride – “As a new Christian in college, I was an impressionable young woman. Studying the Bible was novel to me and I depended on the guidance and mentorship of some ‘older’ women to help me figure out how I was to live the Christian life. I was eager to understand God’s word, and was full of questions for Christian friends and leaders in my campus ministry.”
How Married People Can Combat the Singleness Epidemic – “Much has been said about the fact that singles are waiting longer and longer to get married. There’s been a lot of speculation on why this is the case. Some say men are prolonging their adolescence in life, causing them to lack a desire to grow up and take on the responsibility of family. Others think it’s due to the fact women have more career opportunities, so their need for someone to provide for them is no longer there. Still others attribute it to the greater acceptance in our culture of co-habitation, which grants benefits without total commitment. Whatever the belief may be, many think they have solutions to the problem. Men need to grow up. Women need to quit being so feminist. Young adults need to abstain from sexual intimacy outside of marriage. Now, I definitely think there is some truth to all of the above. However, it seems to me, much of the debate revolves around singles, our issues, and our need to resolve them.”
Three Pastoral Reminders From Three Dead Guys – “As a young pastor, I find myself in constant need of wisdom. So what a joy it was to slowly work my way through three volumes in Crossway’s excellent Theologians On the Christian Life series. I found these books to be brimming with sage pastoral counsel and searching application. Jonathan Edwards helped reorient my thinking about beauty. John Newton recalibrated my heart by calling me to look, and look again, at an all-sufficient Christ. And Herman Bavinck reminded me of the power of speaking courageously for Christ in this world with meekness. So instead of a typical book review, what follows are three brief pastoral reminders that I gleaned from spending time with a Congregationalist, an Anglican, and a Dutch Reformed scholar. Though dead, they still speak.”
iPhones, Androids, and Your Church – “There’s no denying that the world has gone ‘mobile.’ In the last few years, life has changed dramatically thanks to the little rectangles most of us rely on and rarely separate from. For the church, technology sometimes almost feels a little out of place. For those of us grounded in wanting to preach the same message, the same Gospel that has stood for thousands of years without need of our modification, it can be easy to set aside technological opportunities along with the latest fad in theology. But that need not be the case. We live in a time where God has given us exciting tools to use for His glory, and they are becoming commonplace among excellent churches.”
3 Ways to Share the Gospel This Week – “‘Preach the gospel at all times and, if necessary, use words.’ This classic quote, misattributed to Saint Francis of Assisi, is both clever and catchy. It just isn’t biblical. Evangelism—communicating the good news of King Jesus—always requires words. Christians are called to adorn the gospel with actions (Titus 2:10), to be sure, but our actions are not the gospel. No amount of righteous living can replace the necessity of verbally proclaiming God’s saving achievement in Christ. But even though all evangelism involves sharing the same message, not all evangelism occurs in the same manner. Here are three kinds we see modeled in the New Testament.”
Voddie Baucham – Church Growth
St. Patrick’s Bad Analogies
“I don’t want God telling me what to do.”
“All death can do to the believer is deliver him to Jesus. It brings us into the eternal presence of our Savior.” – John MacArthur
David Barton prays an anointing on Glenn Beck
From Berean Research:
One must wonder why Christian historian David Barton and Mormon Glenn Beck have been spending so much time together. And when they pray, what are they praying for? Is it Beck’s repentance and salvation in Jesus Christ of the Bible?
Well, not exactly.
As a follow up to Marsha’s must-read article, Controversial Christian historian David Barton…misinterpretations…errors…and Glenn Beck, Warren Throckmorton emailed us to share this interesting video and article. Notice what Barton is praying, and how afterward Beck is deeply affected.
Grand jury indicts pro-life investigator behind baby part videos, clears Planned Parenthood
Lifesite News reports:
The lead investigator behind the undercover Planned Parenthood videos faces up to 20 years in prison after a Houston grand jury decided on Monday not to charge Planned Parenthood with any wrongdoing – and instead indicted him for offering to purchase human organs from the abortion provider.
Center for Medical Progress lead investigator David Daleiden faces a second-degree felony charge of “tampering with a governmental record,” and a misdemeanor charge for violating the state’s “prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs.”
That is, jurors in the state of Texas are accusing David Daleiden of trying to illegally traffic in aborted babies’ body parts.
Jonathan Cahn Partners With Arch Heretic Kenneth Copeland
From the Museum of Idolatry:
Jonathan Cahn’s transition to the dark side is now complete. He has now taken his eschatologically indefensible prognostications to the Dark Lord of the Heretical Sith, Ken Copeland.
“I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.”
— Romans 16:17–18
Need we say more?
The Fox Facebook page boasts ‘Lucifer’s waiting for you. Tune into Fox right now!’
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” Isaiah 14:12 (KJV)
Honestly, it’s crazy. Absolutely insane. Everywhere you look on social media, Fox is blowing the trumpet inviting you to welcome Lucifer into your homes. You can even live Tweet ‘questions for Lucifer’ when the show is running on Monday nights. The comments people are leaving on the Lucifer Facebook page are quite revealing:
- Christy Smith Please don’t cancel. Because of religious crazy nuts. Love it. Lucifer new favorite show. Just waiting for the out cry.
- Twayna Powell Love this show and how they put a face to Lucifer…. And the ascent was a killer….. And good eye candy…
- Alex Vogelgesang Oh, and Lucifer has great taste in music
- Janet De Vries Ergang The show was very good and quite amusing! I will watch it again next Monday.
- Gina Brochu Oh man, the people who are offended by this show (Yes, Folks, it’s just moving pictures) or see Armageddon pointing its ugly face, should go to church and leave us alone
- Dayna Webb It was a funny show. If these religious nut jobs actually watched the show, they’d see that he is very respectful of God and refers to him as Father.
- Michelle La Rue Buckingham LOVE IT!!! My husband and I never agree on t.v. shows, but we both loved this one!!
Fox’s new show is the very essence of Satanism in America. Make the Devil look good, give him a little bit of conscience for wider appeal, use the name Lucifer instead of Satan because we all know that “Lucifer” is when he was still a “good guy”. But that’s wrong. Lucifer was the bad guy by his own choice, a traitor like Judas was. Judas was with Jesus three and a half years but never a good guy, and neither was Lucifer.
You can see by the comments above that Fox has absolutely found it’s audience. They are counting on God-hating, anti-Bible atheists to push this show to the top. And there are no shortage of those people in America.
The Devil comes for one reason, and one reason only: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 (KJV)
30 seconds after the Rapture, you will find the Fox Network 100% up and functioning, with hardly an employee missing.
The Devil takes care of his own.
Catherine Parks writes about the ugly reality of sexual abuse in the church. “In recent months, I have thought frequently about abuse allegations in the church. I have read story after story about abuse victims who went to church leaders and either were not believed or were blamed in part for what happened.”
Joe Carter does one of his FAQs about yesterday’s outrageous news: “A grand jury in Harris County, Texas (the county where Houston is located) has indicted two of the undercover videographers associated with the Center for Medical Progress.”
“Distraction can be a huge hindrance in our prayer life, but I am also discovering that it provides an opportunity for growth. Here are seven strategies for fighting distraction, and harnessing it to deepen and direct our prayers.”
This is great stuff. I especially appreciate #21!
This article contains some interesting ideas for prayer. And this is definitely true: “Every Christian knows he should pray. Simply urging the church to pray more usually results in condemnation about our prayer life rather than consecration in this holy duty.”
This Day in 1987. 29 years ago today, John Piper received the first copy of his book, Desiring God. *
I’m linking to this article primarily because of the joy of reading this paragraph: “In 2015 in the United States, the process for picking a new president began in earnest. Not only is the process obnoxiously overblown, it provides a never-ending selection of sulfurous soundbites to a salaciously saccharine and spongy constituency. Rallies for would-be presidents show throngs cheering for one whose lies have been exposed and who is under investigation by the FBI, and for yet another whose brainless bigotry, bombast and buffoonery know no limits. And these are only the (as I write) “popular” candidates.”
Let’s face it: McDonald’s breakfast is a remarkable feat of food engineering. (Related: How on earth do you get a whole industry to transition to cage-free eggs?)
Basically, because they’re awful at what they do.
Unity without the gospel is a worthless unity, it is the very unity of hell. —J.C. Ryle
“If we are faithless, he remains faithful.” In this lab, John Piper asks whether this popular phrase was written to be a comfort or a warning.
J. Warner Wallace, author of God’s Crime Scene, discusses the nature of the universe and the evidence for God’s existence. The universe appears to be uniquely fine-tuned for the existence of life. From the incredible calibration of the universal constants, to the nature of the galaxies, to the unique attributes of our planet, the universe had to be “just so” in order for life to emerge on earth. Why is this the case? Does the appearance of fine-tuning most reasonably indicate the existence of a Fine-Tuner? Can fine-tuning be explained from “inside the room” of the natural universe, or does the best explanation for the design of the universe lie “outside the room”? For more information about this “inside” or “outside the room” approach to the evidence in the universe, refer to J. Warner’s book, God’s Crime Scene.
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What is The Gospel?
God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.
The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.
God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.
But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.
This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.
God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.
God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.
Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.
There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.
The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.
The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.
If you picked up a hitchhiker (not that I recommend doing that) and he saw a Bible on your car seat and said, “I’ve heard about this thing called the Gospel – can you explain it to me before you drop me off in one minute up the street?” What would you say?
Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?
Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:
1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension
Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:
1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.
2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.
3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.
4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).
5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.
That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.
That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.
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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.
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