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February 10, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Feb. 10, 2016

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Chair Janet Yellen said the Federal Reserve still expects to raise interest rates gradually while making it clear that continued market turmoil could throw the central bank off course from the multiple increases that policy makers have forecast for 2016.

Treasuries fell before a scheduled auction of 10-year notes that may draw the lowest yield since 2012, and as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stuck to her call for gradual interest-rate increases.

U.S. and European Union regulators reached an agreement on oversight of the $553 trillion global derivatives market, seeking to prevent capital increases from hitting EU banks this year and enabling CME Group Inc. to continue settling some of the world’s most common contracts.

Worldwide mobile application store revenue is set to reach $101 billion in five years as smartphones become cheaper and data plans more accessible, drawing in people in developing countries, according to data provider App Annie.

Japan widened sanctions against North Korea in response to the Kim Jong Un regime’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch.

Google Inc.’s artificial-intelligence system will be interpreted as a driver by federal regulators, a step toward compliance that would help the tech giant’s self-driving cars hit U.S. roads.

Credit Suisse has turned bearish on the U.S. dollar versus the other two G3 currencies for the first time since the greenback’s scintillating rally began in the middle of 2014.

Stan Kroenke, the billionaire owner of the NFL’s Rams, has agreed to purchase the historic W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch in Texas, representatives of the ranch said on Tuesday. Terms for the purchase of the more than 520,000-acre estate were not disclosed. The ranch had been listed with an asking price of $725 million.

In anticipation of America’s most glamorous yacht convention, the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, a privately owned Benetti ship is estimated to cost $73 million. Called the 11.11, it has a top speed of 17.5 knots and its four decks are kitted-out so that 12 guests can travel in total luxury.

AP Top Stories

With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Trump was trouncing the rest of the field, with 35 percent of the vote; his closest rival, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, trailed by 19 percentage points.

The Democratic race was over the second that polls closed in New Hampshire at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday night, when Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders was instantly declared the winner. By the time all the votes had been counted, five hours later, Sanders had defeated his rival Hillary Clinton by an eye-popping 21 percentage points, the largest margin of victory in a contested Democratic primary in the Granite State since the start of the modern era.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is set to propose spending hundreds of millions more to address Flint’s water crisis and to update infrastructure, including lead water pipes, in the city and across the state.

Moscow on Wednesday warned that Washington’s deployment of a US missile defence system to South Korea could spark an arms race in the region.

Iran will sign a contract with Russia for the purchase of Sukhoi-30 fighter jets, Iran’s defense minister said Wednesday.

North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader.

A Russian-backed regime onslaught in northern Syria was reported Wednesday to have killed more than 500 people this month, as Turkey faced mounting pressure to open its border to people fleeing the violence.

A Russian-backed regime onslaught in northern Syria was reported Wednesday to have killed more than 500 people this month, as Turkey faced mounting pressure to open its border to people fleeing the violence.

Identity thieves attempted to breach computer systems at the Internal Revenue Service to file fraudulent tax refunds. The criminals were especially after E-file PINs, which are used by some individuals to electronically file a return, the agency said in a statement released Tuesday. Around 464,000 unique social security numbers were involved, and of that total, 101,000 SSNs were used to successfully access an E-file PIN.

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Cybersecurity experts have said parents should boycott or at least be cautious of VTech’s electronic toys because of how it has handled a hack attack.

President Obama has released the final budget proposal of his presidency, a $4.1tn program that includes a $10.25 per barrel tax on oil.

A group of vulnerable Cuban migrants (113, including children and pregnant women) have been flown by the Costa Rican authorities to a Mexican border town, from where they are expected to enter the US.

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The name of Jesus is not welcome in the Johnson Space Center newsletter, according to a complaint filed on behalf of a group of Christians who work for NASA.

40 Days for Life, the pro-life campaign to end abortion, begins on Wednesday, Feb. 10, in 273 cities around the world. The movement starts at the local level and encompasses prayer, fasting, community outreach and vigils outside abortion centers. Originally started in 2004 by a group in Bryan-College Station, Texas, the group has official affiliates active in 32 countries.

The city of San Diego is being charged with taking political correctness to “a whole new extreme” by banishing the phrase “Founding Fathers” from the vocabulary of city employees.


 

Top News – 2/10/2016

London on emergency flood alert as Thames Barrier is raised to protect capital
Storm Imogen has seen heavy rain lash the country causing river levels to rise dramatically. The high river flow coupled with rising tide has forced the Environment Agency to shut the barrier today. Tide alerts have been issued for riverside properties and it is expected to remain high all week.

A Seat at the Table: Kurds Could Participate in Syrian Peace Talks
There is a great probability that Syrian Kurds will take part in the next round of Geneva peace talks on Syria’s reconciliation, Syrian opposition figure Qadri Jamil said Wednesday.

Supreme Court halts Obama’s climate-change plans
Obama’s regulations on carbon emissions must be put on hold until a litany of lawsuits by 27 states are resolved, the judges ruled. The states argued Obama’s EPA regulations were tantamount to “an unprecedented power grab.”

Hawaii’s Big Island declares emergency over dengue fever infections
The mayor of Hawaii’s Big Island declared a state of emergency on Monday to deal with a growing outbreak of dengue fever…with 250 cases confirmed over the past four months. As a result of Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s order people on the Big Island will be allowed to resume disposing of old tires in landfills, since tires which are left lying around are a known breeding spot for mosquitoes.

Obama climate initiative: Supreme Court calls halt
President Barack Obama’s plans to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide from US power plants have been stalled by the US Supreme Court. The court ruled that the president’s Clean Power Plan could not go forward until all legal challenges were heard. Designed to cut US emissions by 32% by 2030, the scheme put huge emphasis on a shift to renewable energy.

‘End of Europe’: Trump slams Merkel’s refugee policy, wants good relations with Russia
Donald Trump lambasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel for allowing thousands of migrants into Germany, saying this could be “the end of Europe.” Trump also said the US could have “very good relations” with Russia. “If you don’t treat the situation competently and firmly, yes, it’s the end of Europe. You could face real revolutions,” Trump was quoted as saying, as cited by Reuters.

Russia has offered US ‘concrete plan’ to end Syrian crisis – Lavrov
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has revealed the US is studying Moscow’s “concrete” plan to end the war in Syria, while expressing concerns that rhetoric over the humanitarian issue is hindering efforts to resolve the crisis in the Arab country.

French parliament approves stripping citizenship from terrorists
Lawmakers in France’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday night narrowly voted to pass a highly controversial proposal to amend the constitution to strip people convicted of terrorist offences of their French nationality, AFP reported.

Ignoring Obama, Iran upgrades its nuclear-capable Emad missile
n open defiance of recent US sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan on late Tuesday told local media that Tehran will soon be rolling out an upgrade of its nuclear-capable medium-range Emad missiles.

U.S. & India consider joint patrols in South China Sea – U.S. official
The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defense official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway.

Why the West is standing by amid Russia’s campaign in Syria
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is “horrified” by the impact that Russia’s relentless airstrikes on Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, are having on civilians.

Chile earthquake: Strong tremor strikes near Tongoy and La Serena
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 has struck off the coast of central Chile, centered off Tongoy and La Serena, seismologists say. No tsunami warnings have been issued.

When Maine Required Childless Adults to Work to Get Food Stamps, Guess What Happened
One trillion dollars—that’s how much the government spent last year on means-tested welfare aid, providing cash, food, housing, medical care, and social services to poor and low-income individuals. The food stamp program is the nation’s second largest welfare program.

Strong earthquake hits Solomon Islands
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit the Solomon Islands at 12.19am today, according to the Malaysian Meterological Department.


Top Headlines – 2/10/2016

Netanyahu: Israel needs fences on all borders to keep out ‘predators’ in region

Palestinian killed in Gaza tunnel collapse

‘Our tunnel counter-measures are hidden from public view,’ chief of staff says

One injured in stabbing attack in Gush Etzion

Israel locks down Palestinian village after settler stabbed

UK ‘concerned’ over punishment of minor stone-throwers in fatal attack

Abbas: Children carry out attacks because of Duma

Building freeze in Judea and Samaria – ‘It’s not a building freeze, it’s an eviction’

Haniyeh headlines Turkish conference to ‘liberate Jerusalem’

Israel, India to sign weapons deal

Pentagon budget requests $146 million in support for Israel defense

Is the Mirowitz Jewish school bomb threat connected to similar international incidents?

Report: Israel, EU conducting secret talks over settlement labeling plan

50 European MPs slam Israel’s NGO bill as ‘inherently discriminatory’

Iran said to hack former Israeli army chief-of-staff, access his entire computer

Iran to unveil upgraded ballistic missiles that could reach Israel

Turkey’s Erdogan chastises US for support of Syrian Kurd rebels

Turkey detains 34 people with explosives, suicide vests at Syrian border

Leftwing US academic hits back at Erdogan, accusing him of double standards on terrorism

Top intel official confirms ISIS made, used chemical weapons

Russian special forces ’embedded in ISIS,’ top official says

Scant hope of Syria peace breakthrough as Russia pounds rebels

Syrian opposition to Obama: Stop Putin from killing our children

‘UK military games in Jordan may be preparation for future anti-Russia operations’

Why the West is standing by amid Russia’s campaign in Syria

Damascus vows to recapture Aleppo from rebels

Syria: Assad regime kills so many detainees it amounts to ‘extermination’ of civilian population, UN says

Syrian opposition group claims missile attack on Assad’s mother’s funeral

‘Islamic State Commander’ Found Living As Refugee In Rural German Village

Canada to turn 7 military bases into refugee camps, taxpayers to fund mosques

As Europe faces Syrian refugee crisis, Gulf States slammed for not taking in Arab brethren

NATO Weighs Mission to Monitor Mediterranean Refugee Flow

Erdogan threatened to ‘open doors to Greece and Bulgaria’ and flood EU with migrants

Intel Community Foresees Worst Year Ever for Jihadi Terror Against U.S.

ISIS determined to strike U.S. this year, Senate told

Iraqi PM calls for major cabinet reshuffle

Iraq’s largest dam at ‘higher risk’ of failure: US

US Source: North Korea satellite in stable orbit but not seen transmitting

N. Korea starts to feel neighbors’ wrath over rocket launch

Intelligence chief: North Korea restarts plutonium reactor

North Korea may get plutonium from restarted reactor in weeks: U.S.

North Korea Nuclear Effort Seen as a Top Threat to the U.S.

U.S. & India consider joint patrols in South China Sea – U.S. official

China’s message to dissenters: Flee if you dare

DNI: China Continues Cyber Espionage

US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you

Facebook’s India stumble could embolden other regulators

Judge irked by State Dept.’s delay in releasing rest of Clinton’s emails

‘Voter-Shaming’ Mailer That Made Noise in Iowa Shows Up in New Hampshire

Astrologers predict New Hampshire results: whoever wins will be president

Man Attempts Exorcism On Ted Cruz During Rally

Trump, Sanders ride U.S. anti-establishment tide to New Hampshire win

$365,694,500,000: U.S. Merchandise Trade Deficit With China Hit Record in 2015

This ‘Chart of Doom’ explains when a global recession will begin

Global central banks are running ‘out of ammo’

99 Cent Gas May Be on Its Way

Will oil be so cheap that it won’t pay to pump it out of the ground?

Oil rises toward $31 as Russia floats idea of supply cut

Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan

Indian scientists study chunk that fell from sky, killed man

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Ovalle, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ovalle, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pangai, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Carlsberg Ridge

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft

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

Copahue volcano in Argentina erupts to 12,000ft

Tengger Caldera volcano in Indonsia erupts to 10,000ft

Zika Virus May Strain Blood Supply As Blood Banks Turn Away Potential Donors

China Reports First Case of Imported Zika Virus

Report: Number Of Bed Bugs At NYC Hotels Skyrocketing

Yoga Emergency Therapy As Alternative To Urgent Care, Hospital ER

Company Developing ‘Tech Tattoos’ So People Can Track Their Medical, Financial Info

Latest Undercover Video Shows Leading Abortion Group Calling ‘Scheme to Profit Off Baby Body Parts’ a ‘Win-Win’

Nigeria blasts UN for pushing ‘LGBT’ agenda

Texas Judge Says Because Of His ‘Faith In God’ He Will ‘Only Be Conducting Traditional Marriages’

Georgia Bill Would Allow Prayer Back in Schools


Frontrunning: February 10

  • Global Stocks Bounce Back After Market Selloff; Asia Stumbles (Read More)
  • New Hampshire Bucks the Establishment to Back Trump and Sanders (Read More)
  • Trump shows his U.S. presidential bid is no mere publicity stunt (Read More)
  • Clinton Is Outdone by a Competitor Once Considered a Fringe Candidate (Read More)
  • Deutsche Bank Jumps as Lender Said to Consider Bond Buyback (Read More)
  • Bank Executives Leading Surge of Insider Buying Amid Stock Rout (Read More)
  • Morgan Stanley Trading Executive Provides Grim Picture for Wall Street (Read More)
  • Carlyle starts $200m share buyback as quarterly profits drop (Read More)
  • Deutsche Bank’s Short-Term Fix (Read More)
  • Russia’s Biggest Oil Producer Skeptical on Output Deal With OPEC (Read More)
  • Credit Suisse chief says bank sector sell-off ‘not justified’ (Read More)
  • Turkish soldiers clash with Kurdish militants crossing from Syria (Read More)
  • Nomura head blames SWFs for Japan sell-off (Read More)
  • Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan (Read More)
  • No easy way out for Deutsche Bank as investors ‘lose faith’ (Read More)
  • Dollar Bulls Await Yellen as Citigroup Says Pessimism May Reign (Read More)
  • Spain’s Abengoa asks for loan of up to 750 mln euros (Read More)
  • U.S., Russia Make Syria Diplomacy Push as Assad Gains Ground (Read More)
  • Pimco Boosts Government Debt as Treasuries Rally to Top Place (Read More)
  • U.S. 10-Year Sale’s Lowest Yield Since 2012 May Diminish Demand (Read More)

The Briefing 

1) Results of New Hampshire primary reflect the truth that even geography matters to worldview

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Win the New Hampshire Primaries, New York Times (Patrick Healy and Jonathan Martin)

New Hampshire Now Least Religious State in U.S., Gallup (Frank Newport)

2) Bernie Sanders’s “religious feelings” have no doctrinal content yet still trouble atheists

Bernie Sanders disappoints some atheists with his ‘very strong religious’ feelings, Salt Lake Tribune (Kimberly Winston)

Sick and Tired of ‘God Bless America’, New York Times (Susan Jacoby)

3) GOP shouldn’t cut the “God talk,” religion a good indicator of worldview and policy

Republicans should cut the God talk, USA Today (Cal Thomas)

4) Florida man’s crime of assault with a deadly alligator a picture of human ingenuity in sin

Assault with a deadly weapon: Florida man charged with throwing alligator into Wendy’s, Washington Post (Niraj Chokshi and Sarah Larimer)

 

In other news…


Suicide Epidemic: Why Does The Number Of People Killing Themselves Just Keep Going Up?

Suicide - Public DomainDid you know that more Americans now die from suicide than are killed in car crashes each year?  According to the CDC, there has been a substantial spike in suicide deaths in the United States in recent years.  Today, approximately 9.3 million Americans admit to having suicidal thoughts, and approximately 2.7 million Americans each year actually make a plan for how they would commit suicide.  We are a deeply, deeply unhappy nation, but of course this phenomenon is not just limited to America.  According to the World Health Organization, suicide is now the third highest cause of death in the entire world.  Globally, suicide rates have soared by 60 percent over the past 45 years, and the WHO is now projecting that by the year 2020 someone will be committing suicide somewhere in the world every 20 seconds. (Read More…)


 

A 918 Point Stock Market Crash In Japan And Deutsche Bank Denies That It Is About To Collapse

Financial Crisis 2016On Tuesday junk bonds continued to crash, the price of oil briefly dipped below 28 dollars a barrel, Deutsche Bank was forced to deny that it is on the verge of collapse, but the biggest news was what happened in Japan.  The Nikkei was down a staggering 918 points, but that stock crash made very few headlines in the western world.  If the Dow had crashed 918 points today, that would have been the largest single day point crash in all of U.S. history.  So what just happened in Japan is a really big deal.  The Nikkei is now down 23.1 percent from the peak of the market, and that places it solidly in bear market territory.  Overall, a total of 16.5 trillion dollars of global stock market wealth has been wiped out since the middle of 2015.  As I stated yesterday, this is what a global financial crisis looks like. (Read More….)


Nervousness About Global Banking Giants Intensifies

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Zerohedge: The Complete Breakdown Of Every Hillary Clinton Speech, And Fee, Since 2013

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Daily Digest

February 10, 2016

THE FOUNDATION

“[T]he mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of an enlarged and permanent interest, is but too often drowned, before public bodies as well as individuals, by the clamors of an impatient avidity for immediate and immoderate gain.” —James Madison, 1788

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Trump, Sanders Ride Populist Wave

By Nate Jackson

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The clear winners in New Hampshire Tuesday were Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. The two populists rode voter discontent to sizeable victories. Sanders, of course, had near home field advantage being from next-door Vermont. And Trump’s New York values obviously played well among a moderate electorate. Neither (“yuge”) win was surprising, so here are a few things that stood out on the GOP side (more on Sanders and the Democrats in Mark Alexander’s essay this afternoon).

  • Since the current primary format began in 1976, no Republican has lost both Iowa and New Hampshire and gone on to win the nomination. That said, 2016 is unlike any election cycle in memory, and our hope is that Trump joins Pat Buchanan (1996) and John McCain (2000) in the annals of Republicans who won New Hampshire and failed to become the nominee. Trump is running strong throughout the South, however, and he’s still the odds-on favorite.
  • Ted Cruz came in a surprising third after investing relatively little in doing well in a state with an electorate stacked against him. His showing only strengthens his position heading into the South.
  • Marco Rubio’s fifth-place finish could prove disastrous. Coming off his impressive showing in Iowa, falling behind John Kasich and Jeb Bush was obviously a huge disappointment for the Florida senator. Both governors will stay in the race, making the path forward harder for all three. Rubio’s debate gaffe — repeating memorized talking points in response to criticism for repeating memorized talking points — almost surely cost him dearly, even if vision matters more than experience. He admitted as much, telling supporters, “I did not do well on Saturday night. So listen to this: That will never happen again.”
  • John Kasich’s investment in the Granite State paid off with a second-place showing, though he still won less than half Trump’s share of the vote. Given that the Ohio governor so far spent most of his resources in New Hampshire, the question now is where he goes from here. He doesn’t poll strongly in any of the upcoming primary states (especially in the South) and has virtually no national campaign organization. Team Kasich should enjoy the attention while it lasts, because this is probably the high-water mark of his bid.
  • Jeb Bush continues to be the “not dead yet” candidate. He not only accomplished what he had to in order to stay alive — beating Rubio — but he’s got a bit of momentum heading to South Carolina, which is a state very friendly to the Bush family. He’s also got money, even after outspending Cruz 30 to 1 in New Hampshire. So as he had to instruct an audience recently, “please clap.”
  • Chris Christie put all his marbles into performing well in New Hampshire and all he could muster was 7.5%, good for sixth place. He didn’t benefit from his debate broadside against Rubio. And instead of heading to South Carolina, he’s flying back to New Jersey to assess his campaign. Look for a drop-out announcement soon.
  • Ben Carson didn’t even wait for the results before flying to South Carolina. Carly Fiorina’s terrific debate performances haven’t translated into actual votes. Jim Gilmore won 130 votes, which is less laughable than the 12 he secured in Iowa. All three should head for the exits.

In the end, New Hampshire provided some clarity in the race, but not much — in fact, it may have done the opposite. At least five candidates will move on, and a protracted battle looms. The biggest problem is that the circular firing squad may prove to be the party’s undoing in November in what should have been a “gimme” election.

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Obama’s Real Power Plan

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Any way you cut it, Barack Obama wins. The Supreme Court on Tuesday placed a stay on a key portion of the chief executive’s Clean Power Plan. At the request of 27 states and coal industry monoliths, the court in a 5-4 decision signaled that it had serious concerns about Obama’s plan to limit carbon emissions by legislating through regulating. The move was somewhat unusual because SCOTUS didn’t wait for a ruling by a lower court. Obama’s spokesman Josh Earnest responded to the temporary stay saying the EPA regulations are grounded in the nation’s other environmental laws and the administration will continue to implement the regs without directly defying the court. “Even while the litigation proceeds, EPA has indicated it will work with states that choose to continue plan development and will prepare the tools those states will need,” Earnest said. “At the same time, the administration will continue to take aggressive steps to make forward progress to reduce carbon emissions.” Under Obama’s plan, the carbon emission regulations wouldn’t go into effect until 2020, but states needed to submit plans on how they were going to comply with the regs relatively soon.

Obama had to have gambled the courts would check his Clean Power Plan, but he still gets political credit on the Left for trying to implement it. Heading into the presidential election year, Obama is showing his fellow ecofascists how important it is for them to elect Democrats so they can seat leftists on courts. It’s the same play as with immigration and Obama’s other executive actions.

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Threat Assessment: ISIL Coming to U.S.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday, with an annual assessment of threats to U.S. vital interests and national security. Clapper noted that “homegrown violent extremists” will pose “the most significant Sunni terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland in 2016.” He estimated this would be terrorists who are inspired by foreign terror groups, not under the direct control of those groups, similar to the Chattanooga and San Bernardino attacks in 2015. Clapper described the Islamic State as “the pre-eminent global terrorist threat,” and said their “estimated strength worldwide exceeds that of al-Qaida.” He noted, “In 2014, the FBI arrested nine ISIL supporters — in 2015, that number increased over five-fold.” Ominously, he warned that ISIL has succeeded in making and using chemical weapons — the first terrorists group to use “chemical warfare agent in an attack since Aum Shinrikyo used sarin in Japan in 1995.”

When asked by Arizona Sen. John McCain about whether he’d ever seen such diverse challenges to security, Clapper replied, “In my 50-plus years in the intelligence business, I cannot recall a more diverse array of challenges and crises that we confront as we do today.” Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart also provided testimony and warned that ISIL would likely be capable of striking the continental U.S. within the year. “ISIL will probably attempt to conduct additional attacks in Europe, and attempt to direct attacks on the U.S. homeland in 2016.”

Despite Barack Obama’s assurances that “we’ve contained them,” apparently that’s not the case.

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Will Lynch Rig the Clinton Investigation?

The FBI has officially announced that it is, in fact, investigating Hillary Clinton’s email subterfuge. Obviously, this creates more pressure on Clinton, just as voters head to the polls in New Hampshire. But it’s also causing the pressure to mount on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to recuse herself. Lynch’s Justice Department will be the arbiter of whether an FBI investigation yields an indictment, and anyone who doesn’t think Lynch is a partisan hack isn’t paying attention. A few months back, Barack Obama declared Hillary’s whole email kerfuffle was no big deal, saying, “I can tell you that this is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.” That’s a blatant lie given that a couple dozen of Clinton’s 1,500 classified emails can’t be released even in redacted form because the top secret information contained therein would be too damaging if made public. But given Obama’s declaration, will his attorney general effectively disagree and countenance an indictment? Many Republicans don’t think so and are calling for a special prosecutor. Part of the reason is Lynch’s own partisan history. She gave $10,700 to Democrats between 2004 and 2008, including $4,600 to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. And she might have a continued job in a future Clinton administration. The bottom line is, never underestimate the willingness of Democrats to circle the wagons.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Ben Shapiro: “[C]onservatism has very little to do with attitude. Conservatism demands Constitutionalism, and in the aftermath of a century of progressive growth of government — including growth at the hands of so-called conservatives — change need not be gradual. The attitude matters less than the goal. We can have hard-charging conservatives like Mark Levin; we can have 10-dollar-word conservatives like many of the writers at National Review. What we can’t have is nonconservatives redefining conservatism as an attitude, and then ignoring the underlying philosophy. Yet that’s precisely what we have in this race. The entire Republican race thus far has avoided policy differentiations in favor of critiques of attitudes. Who is more palatable, the shifty-seeming Cruz, or the smooth-talking Rubio? Who is more worthwhile, the brusque Chris Christie or the milquetoast Jeb Bush? Who cares? Republicans have spent so long in the wilderness that they’ve forgotten what animated them in the first place. At some point, Republicans forgot that their job was to determine the best face for a conservative philosophy, and instead substituted the face for the philosophy. The conservatism simply fell away. … Conservatives need to worry less about how they fight — whether they wear creased pants or hurl nasty insults — and instead contemplate why they’re fighting in the first place.”

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Everything is destroyed by its own particular vice: the destructive power resides within. Rust destroys iron, moths destroy clothes, the worm eats away the wood; but greatest of all evils is envy, impious habitant of corrupt souls, which ever was, is, and shall be a consuming disease.” —Menander (342-292 BC)

Upright: “Madeleine Albright … said just a couple days ago women who don’t help women, essentially don’t support Hillary, have a special place in hell. I think it was Mark Twain who said heaven for the climate, hell for the company. It looks like the sisterhood of the marching pant suits is going to have to dress light. If she loses women, it shows you how much of a shellacking she took.” —Charles Krauthammer

Thanks Obama: “Tonight we serve notice to the political and economic establishment of this country that the American people will not continue to accept … a rigged economy where ordinary Americans work longer hours for lower wages while almost all new income and wealth goes to the top 1%.” —Bernie Sanders on the “recovery” brought to us by his fellow socialist

A vast right-wing conspiracy: “Senator Sanders and I both want to get secret, unaccountable money out of politics. And let’s remember … Citizens United, one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in our country’s history, was actually a case about a right-wing attack on me and my campaign. A right-wing organization took aim at me and ended up damaging our entire democracy. So, yes, you’re not going to find anybody more committed to aggressive campaign finance reform than me.” —Hillary Clinton (Translation: Free speech is bad when people criticize her.)

Dezinformatsia: “People talk about the liberal media and they say the whole media is liberal and the whole establishment is liberal. It’s not true. … If you are a liberal, you are not a majority in this country and you know it and it always feels this way.” —MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

Non Compos Mentis: “Two weeks ago I paid $1.51 a gallon for gasoline in downstate Illinois. … I think we’re missing an opportunity here — a 5-cent increase in the federal gas tax can really fund an infrastructure program that can help create new jobs in this economy and help businesses. Now is the time to do it.” —Sen. Dick Durbin

Late-night humor: “I saw that the unemployment rate in the U.S. just fell below 5 percent, which is the lowest it’s been in eight years. When asked for comment on the number of unemployed Americans, Obama said, ‘Uh … I can’t wait to be one of them!'” —Jimmy Fallon

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Further Proof That Barack Obama Is An Anti-Christian Muslim Spokesman

While standing in front of a glass wall where the word “Allah” was written 99 times in Arabic calligraphy, the President took a stab at Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump by stating there was “inexcusable anti-Islamic rhetoric in the political sphere.

Amidst all of the American flags and presidential seals, there was something missing when President Barack Obama gave an economic speech at Georgetown University in 2009 — Jesus. The White House asked Georgetown to cover a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name in Gaston Hall, which Obama used for his speech. But when Obama gave a speech at the  mosque of the Islamic Society of Baltimore, nothing was covered up.

The name of Allah was on full display for all to see.

While standing in front of a glass wall where the word “Allah” was written 99 times in Arabic calligraphy, the President took a stab at Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump by stating there was “inexcusable anti-Islamic rhetoric in the political sphere.”

The White House staff were even gifted Qurans at the event.

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So where are all the White House photos with Barack Obama in a church, any church, and holding a Bible? You will never see them because they don’t exist. What does exist are endless images of Obama and Islam. When was the last time he gave a speech about the persecution of Christians? The last time he gave a speech thanking Christians for starting this nation?

When someone shows you who they are, believe them

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We feel it important that you know exactly where your president stands in regards to his faith and his god. Click on the image above to read the 20 quotes he has made about Islam, and 20 quotes he has made about Christianity. Nothing edited or mashed up, just exactly in the context he originally spoke them in with fully-sourced links so you can see where they come from.

If after reading this, you still want to think he is not a Muslim, then that will be your right to do so. But it won’t be because someone didn’t try to warn you and open your eyes to the truth.


Super Bowl 50 Breakfast: Tony Dungy Urges Athletes to Make Faith Ultimate Priority: 'If You Follow the Lord, You'll Be Okay'

Super Bowl 50 Breakfast: Tony Dungy Urges Athletes to Make Faith Ultimate Priority: ‘If You Follow the Lord, You’ll Be Okay’

Posted on February 10, 2016 by Gospel Herald

During his address at the Super Bowl 50 breakfast, 2-time Super Bowl Champion and TV analyst Tony Dungy opened up about how his faith has influenced his impressive career and exhorted his fellow athletes to make their spiritual lives the ultimate priority.

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Megachurches Have Less Involved Members Than Smaller Congregations, Study Finds

Megachurches Have Less Involved Members Than Smaller Congregations, Study Finds

Posted on February 10, 2016 by Christian Post

Members of large churches are less involved than those of smaller congregations, according to a recent study from Duke University.

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NASA Bans the Word 'Jesus'

NASA Bans the Word ‘Jesus’

Posted on February 9, 2016 by Gospel Herald

It seems the name of Jesus doesn’t sound good for NASA officials. A group of lawyers representing NASA issued an order that bans the word “Jesus” on Johnson Space Center (JSC) newsletter. The national space agency’s decision roused the anger and disbelief among Christians throughout the country.

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Designer Babies: Is Genetic Editing of Human Embryos Equal to Playing God?

Designer Babies: Is Genetic Editing of Human Embryos Equal to Playing God?

Posted on February 9, 2016 by Gospel Herald

British scientists this month received permission to alter the DNA of human embryos within the overall mission of correcting devastating diseases in the womb. The work of one authorized stem cell scientist, using embryos donated by couples with a surplus after IVF treatment, will look at the fertilized eggs’ development from a single cell to about 250 cells. The research could help scientists understand why some women lose their babies before term, and provide better clinical treatments

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The Danger of “Easy Theism”

Faith Is Not BlindNot long ago, Oprah Winfrey interviewed distance swimmer, Diana Nyad, and inadvertently started an online firestorm over their comments related to atheism and theism. During the show, Nyad identified herself an atheist and said, “I can stand at the beach’s edge with the most devout Christian, Jew, Buddhist, go on down the line, and weep with the beauty of this universe and be moved by all of humanity. All the billions of people who have lived before us, who have loved and hurt and suffered. So to me, my definition of God is humanity and is the love of humanity.” After hearing this, Oprah responded, “Well, I don’t call you an atheist then. I think if you believe in the awe and the wonder and the mystery, then that is what God is. That is what God is. It’s not a bearded guy in the sky.” Nyad attempted to reaffirm her lack of belief in a Divine Being, but Oprah seemed to miss the point, attempting instead to rope her into some form of theism on the basis of Nyad’s admitted awe of God’s creation. Later in the show, Nyad spoke of her belief in the soul, in spite of her atheistic worldview: “We all have souls and I feel their (humanity’s) collective souls.” When Oprah asked her what happens when we die, Nyad said, “I think that the soul lives on because we have created so much energy and when we display courage and hope it lives on. But I do believe the body goes back to ash and it is never more.”

Both Oprah and Nyad displayed a similar form of what I call “Easy Theism”. Oprah is willing to accept any expression of awe and wonder as some form of belief in God, and Nyad (although she claims to be an atheist) accepts a form of substance dualism (as exhibited by her belief in a soul) incompatible with atheistic materialism. Both Oprah and Nyad have cobbled together a worldview, borrowing ideas from one another until they’ve created something palatable and comfortable. If nothing else, this exchange between Oprah and Nyad illustrates the danger of Easy Theism:

Easy Theism Fails to Recognize the Irreconcilable Differences
The obviously subjective nature of Easy Theism reflects the contemporary view of tolerance (“all views have equal merit and none should be considered better than another”). From Oprah’s perspective, anything close to theism is close enough. Muslims, Christians, New Age mystics, Jewish believers, Hindus or Buddhists; all forms of theism are equally acceptable, true and worthy under this view. The problem, of course, is the refusal to recognize the distinct, contradictory claims of these theistic worldviews. Each makes a conflicting claim about the character of God, the nature of Jesus and the way of Salvation. They can all be wrong, but they can’t all be right. Easy Theism ignores the irreconcilable differences between these belief systems. This is precisely why so many atheists were offended by Oprah’s statement. Theists aren’t the only ones want the distinctions to be recognized. Atheists are just as dogmatic about their distinctive views and reject any attempt to minimize the dissimilarities.

Easy Theism Fails to Recognize the Irrational Inconsistencies
All too often, those who are willing to borrow from theism to create a personal form of atheism fail to see the logical inconsistencies. If atheism is true, we live in a purely material universe. Faithful and consistent atheists openly deny the existence of the soul. Atheism proposes a universe populated by matter and governed by the laws of physics. Such a universe has no room for immaterial souls. When Nyad embraces the idea of a soul capable of living beyond the grave, she is borrowing from theism and creating a new form of Easy Theism, even as she clings to her identity as an atheist.  She fails to see her logical inconsistency. In addition, we might ask why she would “weep with the beauty of this universe.” What makes the universe so beautiful or awesome? Is it simply a matter of her personal opinion? I’ve known many bank robbers over the years who couldn’t care less about the beauty of the universe. For them, the most beautiful sight was an un-crowded bank lobby without video cameras or bandit barriers. Whose version of beauty should we accept and honor? From an atheistic worldview, why would one subjective opinion about beauty be any more valid than the other? Nyad seems to recognize something transcendent about the beauty of the universe as she offers it to us as evidence of her “spiritual” inclinations. Once again, she’s borrowing from theism. From a theistic worldview the transcendent beauty of nature is directly connected to the transcendent nature of its Creator.

Easy Theism is far more popular these days than other “dogmatic” views of the world. Both Oprah and Nyad seem uncomfortable with the unflinching doctrinal claims of theism and atheism. Oprah seems to be willing to compromise the distinct nature of theism in an effort to embrace every possible view, and Nyad incorporates elements of theism in an effort to avoid the doctrinal claims of atheism. It’s time for all of us to become comfortable with the resolute claims of our respective worldviews. We can still love and accept each other without compromising our beliefs or embracing inconsistent elements of opposing views in an effort to create a form of Easy Theism.

J. Warner Wallace is a Cold-Case Detective, a Christian Case Maker, and the author of Cold-Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene


The Daily Discovery (February 10, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Yes, Abortion Fans Resent Children. That Should Come as No Surprise. – “When I saw the Doritos ad I thought it was just another one of these kinds of things — disturbing but also cute, but also terrifying. In the commercial, a pregnant woman is undergoing an ultrasound while her husband stands by and eats Doritos. The baby somehow notices his dad snacking and ejects himself from his mother’s uterus so he can have a chip. End scene. Stupid, crass, but whatever. It didn’t have a deeper meaning, it was just a dumb commercial.”

A Six-Inch Swath of Orange Shag – “So the other night at the recent Republican debate, three candidates said they would be fine with women having to register for the Selective Service. Those three were Christie, Bush, and Rubio. After the debate, Cruz said that he thought the idea was ‘nuts.’ ‘We have had enough with political correctness — especially in the military,’ Cruz said. So let us talk about this for a minute, shall we? I have some random thoughts on the subject, which will probably require systematic organization later.”

When I Die – “When I die, let it be known that I will never become an angel. I, as a sinful human being have been granted the blessed opportunity to respond to and preach the gospel that the angels long to look upon (1 Peter 1:12). I will put on the imperishable and join the heavenly hosts, to worship my beloved savior forever, but I will always be of human kind (1 Cor. 15:53).”

Is Church Membership Really Required? – “This month we will be inducting new members into the most honored body the world has ever known: the church of Jesus Christ. The initiation fee for this club is so high that no human could have ever paid it; God himself had to pick up the tab. The benefits of the club never expire. The fellowship of the club is unmatched; you receive intimate access to the Lord himself (John 17:23).”

What Christians can’t forget about work – “One of the worst times in my life was when I was underemployed for several months immediately after college ended. I’d spent months trying to find work so I could graduate and go to work the next day. I’d done my best with interviews (though I interviewed terribly at the time), and tried to put together a winning portfolio and résumé. I’d taken all the advice I’d been given and in the end? I was still working at the bookstore in the mall, rather than in my field of study.”


SERMON:

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Art Azurdia – So Who is the Holy Spirit? The Sacred Communicator.


VIDEOS:

Jesus never said anything about homosexuality?

Holy Discontentment


“All death can do to the believer is deliver him to Jesus.  It brings us into the eternal presence of our Savior.” – John MacArthur

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A La Carte (February 10)

Today’s Kindle deals include The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper ($2.99); What Is Reformed Theology? by R.C. Sproul ($2.99); Mark: The Gospel of Passion by Michael Card ($2.99); Your Future Other Half by Rebecca Vandoodewaard ($2.99); Faithful Preaching by Tony Merida ($2.99); Moments Together for Couples by Dennis & Barbara Rainey ($1.99).

Speedos or Shorts? Bikinis or Bathing Suits?

I appreciate the big point in Carl Trueman’s article, but it’s equally worth reading for the one-liners like this: “quackery has never been a bar to influence.” (And he’s not even writing about the presidential primaries.)

You Won’t Be So Passionate When You’re 40

Erik Raymond describes an experience that was similar to one I had at a similar age.

Why the Founding Fathers Spoke the King James Bible

Here’s a great little article from Thomas Kidd. “One of the besetting problems of ‘Christian America’ history writing is that it often interprets biblical quotes from the Founders as evidence that they were personally devout…”

Ecstasy and Exodus

The Economist writes about the worldwide influence of Pentecostalism. This line is particularly telling: “In every country where Pentecostalism has thrived, its leading practitioners have faced investigations of their finances.”

Prayer Triads

I have read before of prayer triads and quite like the idea. Melissa Kruger explains what they are and how they function in her church.

This Day in 1546. 470 years ago today, German Reformer Martin Luther wrote in a letter to his wife Kate: “Pray, and let God worry.” *

Crucial Questions

Westminster Books is offering a great deal on R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions series of booklets.

3 Ways Our Culture Is Different

Gavin Ortlund outlines 3 ways that our culture is different from every culture before it.

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The transformed and renewed mind is the mind saturated with and controlled by the Word of God. —John MacArthur


Check Out

Blogs

Change… Friend? or Foe? | Homeschool on the Croft
An old friend from Scotland reflects on changes in her life in a way that resonated with some recent changes in my own life too.

The past year has seen so many changes in our lives. None of them have been tragic. None of them have caused sorrow and grief – unlike the case for so many people, some of whom are known to me and very dear to me. None of the changes have broken my heart, and yet… there’s a ‘but still….

Learning from a Giant: Three reasons to read John Owen | Matthew Barrett and Michael Haykin, Credo Magazine
“Why should we read, get to know, and learn from a Puritan like John Owen? As J. I. Packer has argued, we need to read the Puritans, and John Owen especially, because we are spiritual dwarfs by comparison.”

Breaking Through the Despair of Unbelief | Tony Reinke, Desiring God
“Michael Reeves may now serve as the President of Union School of Theology in Oxford and be recognized as the author of wonderful books like Delighting in the Trinity and Rejoicing in Christ – but those affections for God were hard-won.”

3GT Short: On Grieving | Gentle Reformation
A podcast in which the participants’ recent painful bereavements are discussed in the light of God’s Word.

3 Ways Our Culture Is Different than Every Other Culture in History | Gavin Ortlund, TGC
“Here are three ways our culture is eccentric in its basic instincts about God, morality, and life”

The Beauty and Challenge of Singleness | Drew Hunter, TGC
“What does it mean to live as a single man in today’s world? Some men are single at 20, others at 60. Some are single by choice, others by undesired circumstance. Some have always been single, others become so again following divorce or the death of a spouse. How does God’s Word give us a vision for living single for his glory?”

3 Truths to Fight Pastoral Despair | Scott Slayton, TGC
“Pastors preach the gospel every week. We stand behind the pulpit, look across the room, and proclaim the free pardon of sin found in Christ alone. We remind people of the hope they have in Christ when they walk through life’s darkest valleys-then we wrestle with crippling despair ourselves as we forget the very gospel we preach to others.”

Kindle Deals

Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black on sale for $39.99. An inexpensive tablet and a Kindle reader.
Bible Atlas & Companion by Hudson and Barrett ($2.99) Not useful for the traditional Kindle, but great for Kindle App on your tablet or Desktop.
God in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue by Daniel Walker ($2.99)
Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp ($1.99)
No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World’s 14 Highest Peaks by Ed Viesturs and David Roberts ($1.99).

And a couple of others that may interest you. Contending with Christianity’s Critics: Anwering New Atheists and Other Objectors by William Lane Craig ($0.99) The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper ($2.99)

Video

David Powlison: “Depression and Suffering: Finding Hope and Healing for Ourselves and Others” | TGC
Click through for an outline and video of David Powlison’s address on depression delivered at RTS Charlotte on January 18, 2016.


Kirk Franklin to Appear on Kanye West’s Blasphemous ‘Gospel Album With a Whole Lot of Cursing’

Posted: 10 Feb 2016 08:34 AM PST

Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin recently joined blasphemous rapper Kanye West in the studio as he is set to appear on the rapper’s seventh release, which is self-described as a “gospel album with a whole lot of cursing.”
A photo surfaced online days ago showing Franklin with the profanity-laden West, alongside other secular artists such as Kid Cudi, Puff Daddy, 2 Chainz and French Montana. West, who also goes by the name Yeezus, a spin off of Jesus, confirmed Franklin’s contribution to the project this past week.

“When I was sitting in the studio with Kirk—Kirk Franklin—and we’re just going through it, I said, ‘This is a gospel album with a whole lot of cursing on it, but it’s still a gospel album,’” he stated in an interview on Big Boy Radio. “It’s the gospel according to Ye. It’s not exactly what happened in the Bible, but it’s this story idea of Mary Magdalene becoming Mary.” READ MORE

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Is World War III Setting Up In The Middle East?

Posted: 10 Feb 2016 08:29 AM PST

Are Saudi Arabia and Turkey about to send ground troops into Syria? If so, how will Russia, Iran and the Syrian government respond? In 2016, Syria has become ground zero for a conflict that has been raging for centuries. For more than a thousand years, the Sunnis and the Shiites have been wrestling with one another for control of the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other Sunni nations had hoped to turn Syria into a Sunni nation, and for years they have been funding and arming ISIS and other Sunni insurgent groups in an attempt to overthrow the Assad regime.

Initially the Assad regime was losing quite a bit of ground, but the tide turned once the Syrians invited the Russians and the Iranians to help them. Of course the Iranians have their own long-term goals. Once Assad leaves power, the Iranians hope to turn Syria into a truly Shiite nation that is run and dominated by Hezbollah. At this moment, the Sunnis are losing and the Shiites are winning. Relentless Russian airstrikes have enabled Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah ground forces to advance, and now they have surrounded Aleppo. Before the war Aleppo was the largest city in Syria, and if it falls, the war will be very close to over. READ MORE

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New NBC Sitcom Suggests Jesus Is a Full-On Homosexual

Posted: 10 Feb 2016 08:23 AM PST

(Jennifer Leclaire) How far across the line will Antichrist agendas go? Isn’t it bad enough to suggest that God is a woman and that Jesus is a transgender? I’d expect that from the gay lobby that’s working to influence the culture through media and entertainment. But when NBC gets on board with this blasphemy, it surprises even me.

NBC is propagating a false—homosexual—Jesus in its freshman show Superstore. This is no small offense—and it’s not accidental. No, Justin Spitzer, who serves as writer and executive producer, appears to be blatantly smearing Christ and angering many of His followers. In Superstore, “America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) and Ben Feldman (Mad Men, A to Z) star in a hilarious workplace comedy (from the producer of The Office) about a unique family of employees at a supersized megastore,” NBC reports. READ MORE

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What US Pastors Can Expect Soon: It’s Going to Get Ugly

Posted: 10 Feb 2016 08:19 AM PST

(Bethany Blankley) On May 18, 2014 Belfast Pastor James McConnell could not have known that the sermon he preached, “There is but One God,” would lead to his prosecution on two counts for violating Northern Ireland’s Communications Act of 2003. A guilty verdict carries a punishment of six months in prison and a hefty fine. In his sermon he called Islam “satanic” and “a doctrine spawned in hell.” He preached that the one true God is not Allah and that Christians are being persecuted for rejecting Islam.

McConnell led Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle Belfast for 57 years. It is now one of the largest evangelical congregations in the U.K. McConnell was served papers nearly 18 months after he preached this sermon. The trial did not take place until December 2015. Prior to court proceedings, McConnell was given the option to sign an admission of guilt, otherwise called an “informed warning,” to avoid prison. McConnell refused and was prosecuted instead. Of his refusal, he told the Belfast Telegraph,”I am 78 years of age and in ill health but jail knows no fear for me. They can lock me up with sex offenders, hoodlums and paramilitaries and I will do my time. I have no regrets about what I said. I do not hate Muslims but I denounce Islam as a doctrine and I make no apologies for that. I will be pleading ‘not guilty’.” READ MORE

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There are now 260,000 robots working in American factories

Posted: 10 Feb 2016 08:16 AM PST

There are now more than 260,000 robots working in U.S. factories. Orders and shipments for robots in North America set new records in 2015, according to industry trade group Robotic Industries Association. A total of 31,464 robots, valued at a combined $1.8 billion, were ordered from North American companies last year, marking a 14% increase in units and an 11% increase in value year-over-year.

Shipments rose 10% over 2014 to 28,049 units. The biggest increase in robot orders came from buyers in the automotive, semiconductor and electronics industries, according to the trade group. The most popular jobs for these robots were industrial, including coating and dispensing, material handling and spot welding. READ MORE

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Pope Francis to stand with migrants at U.S. border

Posted: 10 Feb 2016 08:00 AM PST

Pope Francis, who has spent the past several months pressing nations, including America, to embrace those fleeing the unrest in the Middle East, Africa and Asia with open arms – and open borders – is now taking that stance to a new political level and planning a solidarity stand with migrants along the U.S.-Mexico boundary. Market Watch reported Francis is due to arrive in Mexico on Friday for a six-day visit. And as part of that visit, he is planning to stand on the U.S. border, in Ciudad Juarez, and deliver a mass.

The town is located just 90 yards from U.S. land. About 200,000 are expected to turn out for the mass on the Mexico side, and another 50,000 from Rio Grande in Texas, the Wall Street Journal reported. “This is one community, despite the fence,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, during a press conference reported by Market Watch. “I think it will be moving to see this single community even though it is located on two sides of the border.” FULL REPORT

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Tennessee health officials confirm first case of Zika virus

Posted: 10 Feb 2016 06:47 AM PST

The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed Tuesday that the first case of the Zika virus has been reported in East Tennessee. Health officials said the person recently traveled to South America before returning to Tennessee. “We have been expected an imported case of Zika virus disease and we believe more infections are likely as people travel to and from areas where the disease is currently being transmitted,” said Dr. John Dreyzehner, Tennessee Department of Health commissioner, in a release.

Affected areas include many countries in the Caribbean and South and Central America. Officials said Zika virus is almost always a mild illness. Testing is not necessary for most people. In pregnant women, there have been increased cases of microcephaly associated with the Zika virus. Microcephaly is a condition where the child’s head is smaller than normal and may lead to the child experiencing other health problems. READ MORE

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UPDATE: That Wasn’t a Meteorite That Killed a Man in India, So what was it?

Posted: 10 Feb 2016 06:28 AM PST

The news reported by Indian newspapers and picked up by many outlets around the world was startling: A bus driver was killed and three people were injured after a meteorite hit a college campus on Saturday. If true, it would have been the first scientifically confirmed report in history of someone being killed by a meteorite impact. By Tuesday, however, the story appeared to be fizzling as scientific experts weighed in.

The early reports included images of a crater, five feet deep and two feet wide. Witnesses described hearing an explosion, and the police recovered a black, pockmarked stone from the site, in southeast India. The chief minister of the state, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, promised compensation for the families of the driver, who was hit by debris, and for the other three people, The Times of India reported. READ MORE

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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 In A Nutshell

Now, with regard to this rule of faith—that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend—it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief that there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth; that this Word is called His Son, and, under the name of God, was seen “in diverse manners” by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets, at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary, was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ; thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles; having been crucified, He rose again the third day; (then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father; sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe; will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises, and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire, after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened, together with the restoration of their flesh. This rule, as it will be proved, was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics.

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


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


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Barna Update | Perceptions of Jesus, Christians & Evangelism in the UK

Jesus remains a central figure in the American context, but what does the rest of the world know and believe about Jesus? In a new study, Barna Group uncovers perceptions of Jesus, Christians, and evangelism in the UK.

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Perspectives on the Popularity of Socialism Today

The Appeal of Socialism to our Youth

Twenty years ago if a Presidential candidate called himself a Socialist, he would have lasted in the race for about two minutes.  These days we have two Democratic candidates tripping all over themselves to prove they are a bigger socialist than the other.  Youth are flocking to the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, an avowed […]

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Socialism, Sanders and (In)Sanity

With a hardcore socialist seeking to become President of the United States, and having just won the New Hampshire primary, it is worth looking briefly at both matters: Sanders and socialism. As to the former, the Vermont Senator is a self-declared socialist whose proposed policies are frightening in the extreme.

Nick Sanchez highlights the hardcore ideas of Sanders:

Bernie Sanders’ success in the Democratic primary is a sure sign that many liberal Americans have swung leftward to embrace a “socialist” label that even Barack Obama avoided during his own campaign just eight years ago. The reported that Sanders is “so liberal he resisted joining the Democratic Party for decades” and “hasn’t changed his views since his first election to office 35 years ago.”
Gathered below are 10 socialist ideas the Vermont senator is pushing in his race for the White House.
1. Free college
2. Single-payer healthcare
3. Scandinavian-style socialism
4. Massive wealth redistribution sanders b
5. Political revolution aimed at the wealthy
6. A big minimum wage increase
7. A hefty estate tax
8. Economic protectionism
9. Expand Social Security
10. Curtailing free speech

Or as Paul Sperry writes, Sanders

proposes completely nationalizing our health care system and putting private health insurance and drug companies “out of business.” He also wants to break up “big banks” and control the energy industry, while providing “free” college tuition, a “living wage” and guaranteed homeownership and jobs through massive public works projects. Price tag: $18 trillion. Who will pay for it all? You will. Sanders plans to not only soak the rich with a 90 percent-plus tax rate, while charging Wall Street a “speculation tax,” but hit every American with a “global-warming tax.” Of course, even that wouldn’t cover the cost of his communist schemes; a President Sanders would eventually soak the middle class he claims to champion. From each according to his ability, to each according to his need, right?…
What’s revolting is how this hardcore commie’s campaign has gotten this far. With his ascendancy in both Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders is no longer just a fool; he’s now a dangerous fool. While it may be hard to hate the old codger, it’s easy — and virtuous — to hate his un-American ideas. They should be swept into the dustbin with the rest of communist history.

For more background on this guy, read the entire article. But Sperry is right to say “he’s not even a socialist. He’s a communist.” But instead of focusing on Clinton’s main competition for the Democratic nomination, let me spend the rest of this piece reminding you what socialism is really all about.

With whole libraries already available on the topic, I cannot do too much here. Indeed, my own library of hundreds of books on this topic is safely sitting back at home, but I am on the other side of the country at the moment. So let me offer just a smattering of quotes – some of my favourite quotes on the dangers and delusions of socialism.

“The Communists. The Jacobins. The Communards. The Maoists. The Khmer Rouge. They all caused untold suffering in the phony and vain attempt to make everyone equal… phony because it was just a fig leaf for terrible people to seize power. We are not supposed to be all equal. Let’s just forget that. We are supposed to have equal rights under law. If we do that, we have done enough. If we try to engineer outcomes, if we overturn tradition to make everyone the same, we ruin society. If we upset tradition to allow for an equal shot at the starting gate, everyone wins, except for the charlatans and would be dictators. Yet another reason to be a Republican. Give everyone an equal shot — but do not require equal outcomes or even roughly equal outcomes by law. That way lies catastrophe. Every soul deserves a shot at a Cadillac, but not everyone should be guaranteed a Cadillac… that way lie the tumbrels and the guillotine.” Ben Stein

“How do you spot a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you spot an anti-communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.” Ronald Reagan

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” Ronald Reagan

“Millions of individuals making their own decisions in the marketplace will always allocate resources better than any centralized government planning process.” Ronald Reagan

“Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.” Ronald Reagan

“Socialists ignore the side of man that is the spirit. They can provide you shelter, fill your belly with bacon and beans, treat you when you’re ill, all the things guaranteed to a prisoner or a slave. They don’t understand that we also dream.” Ronald Reagan

‎”Socialists have always spent much of their time seeking new titles for their beliefs, because the old versions so quickly become outdated and discredited.” Margaret Thatcher

‎”For the socialist, each new discovery revealed a ‘problem’ for which the repression of human activity by the state was the only ‘solution’ ” Margaret Thatcher

“No theory of government was ever given a fairer test or more prolonged experiment in a democratic country than democratic socialism received in Britain. Yet it was a miserable failure in every aspect.” Margaret Thatcher

“To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.” Margaret Thatcher

“I went to the University of Chicago as a Marxist, after a year of studying under Milton Friedman I was still a Marxist, but one summer of working for the government was enough to turn me around. I realized that government was nowhere near capable of doing what the people on the Left wanted government to do, and we’d be lucky if they didn’t make matters worse.” Thomas Sowell

“If the preconceptions of the Left were correct, central planning by educated elites who had vast amounts of statistical data at their fingertips and expertise readily available, and were backed by the power of government, should have been more successful than market economies where millions of individuals pursued their own individual interests willy-nilly. But, by the end of the 20th century, even socialist and communist governments began abandoning central planning and allowing more market competition.” Thomas Sowell

“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” Thomas Sowell

“The strongest argument for socialism is that it sounds good. The strongest argument against socialism is that it doesn’t work. But those who live by words will always have a soft spot in their hearts for socialism because it sounds so good.” Thomas Sowell

“What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise people – like themselves – need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.” Thomas Sowell

“In the Western world, countries that were once the crucible of freedom are slipping remorselessly into a thinly disguised serfdom in which an ever higher proportion of your assets are annexed by the state as superlandlord. Big government is where nations go to die – not in Keynes’ ‘long run,’ but sooner than you think.” Mark Steyn

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.” Milton Friedman

“A society based on the freedom to choose is better than a society based on the principles of socialism, communism and coercion.” Milton Friedman

“I reject as impracticable the insane Socialist idea that we could have a system whereby the whole national production of the country, with all its infinite ramifications, should be organized and directed by a permanent official, however able, from some central office. The idea is not only impossible, but unthinkable. If it was even attempted it would produce a most terrible shrinkage and destruction of productive energy.” Winston Churchill

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” Winston Churchill

“There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as “caring” and “sensitive” because he wants to expand the government’s charitable programs is merely saying that he’s willing to try to do good with other people’s money. Well, who isn’t? And a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he’ll do good with his own money – if a gun is held to his head.” P.J. O’Rourke

“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” Alexis de Tocqueville

“A society that chooses between capitalism and socialism does not choose between two social systems; it chooses between social cooperation and the disintegration of society. Socialism is not an alternative to capitalism; it is an alternative to any system under which men can live as human beings.” Ludwig von Mises

“Liberalism is really piecemeal socialism, and socialism always attacks three basic social institutions: religion, the family, and private property. Religion, because it offers a rival authority to the state; the family, because it means a rival loyalty to the state; and property, because it means material independence of the state.” Joseph Sobran

“Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion.” Richard John Neuhaus

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http://nypost.com/2016/01/16/dont-be-fooled-by-bernie-sanders-hes-a-diehard-communist/

When Anointings Compete – Rafael Cruz Gets Some Pub From Kenneth Copeland

This piece over at Pulpit & Pen includes a video showing Arch Heretic Kenneth Copeland laying hands on GOP candidate Ted Cruz’s father. Many supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz are unaware that dear ol’ dad is ensconced in the unbiblical New Apostolic Reformation movement (NAR). Copeland says he believes with all his heart that Ted Cruz “is called and anointed to be next President of the United States.” Really? Five years ago former Texas governor Rick Perry was approached by NAR “prophets” who convinced him that God had told them that he was the “anointed president” and that the state of Texas would lead the U.S. to an economic and spiritual recovery. Obviously the voice that spoke to these self-professed prophets wasn’t God. We know this because Rick Perry flubbed up so badly during one of the debates that he had to drop out of the race. Perhaps Gov. Perry felt he should be the one to cast the first stone at those who prophesied falsely…? We may never know.

So, now to Seth Dunn’s report…

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Kirk Franklin to Appear on Kanye West’s Blasphemous “Gospel Album With a Whole Lot of Cursing”

Christian News Network reports:

Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin recently joined blasphemous rapper Kanye West in the studio as he is set to appear on the rapper’s seventh release, which is self-described as a “gospel album with a whole lot of cursing.”

A photo surfaced online days ago showing Franklin with the profanity-laden West, alongside other secular artists such as Kid Cudi, Puff Daddy, 2 Chainz and French Montana. West, who also goes by the name Yeezus, a spin off of Jesus, confirmed Franklin’s contribution to the project this past week.

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Perspectives on The Hillary Clinton Speech Issue

What Clinton said in her paid speeches, ‘She sounded more like a Goldman Sachs managing director.’

Hillary and former Goldman Sachs CEO and disgraced financier John Corzine. Photo: Truthdig
Hillary and former Goldman Sachs CEO and disgraced financier John Corzine. Photo: Truthdig

The speeches are starting to leak out. I wonder what she said when she addressed other banks? I wonder what Bill Clinton said in his speeches? That would be pretty interesting.

Hillary and Robert Rubin. Former Co-Chairman of Goldman Sachs
Hillary and Robert Rubin. Former Co-Chairman of Goldman Sachs  Photo:Commondreams.org
Hillary and Lloyd Blankfein, current CEO of Goldman Sachs
Hillary and Lloyd Blankfein, current CEO of Goldman Sachs

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Zerohedge: The Complete Breakdown Of Every Hillary Clinton Speech, And Fee, Since 2013

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(Alternative News, Apologetics, Current Events, Commentary, Opinion, Theology, Discernment Blog, Devotionals, Christian Internet Evangelism & Missions Activist).

“A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or a council without it…” – Martin Luther

“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”

— Augustine

This blog is an aggregator of news and information that we believe will provide articles that will keep people informed about current trends, current events, discussions and movements taking place within our church and culture.

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“#BroadwayFiances to become #HillsongHusbands?”

Hillsong informed Chris Rosebrough last year that Carl Lentz was counselling the #BroadwayFiances, Reed Kelly and Josh Canfield.

“Now when I covered the story earlier last week, I made it clear that I had heard through channels that Carl Lentz had said that they had addressed this and that the pastors of Hillsong were “privately counseling” the couple.” [Source]

Clearly Hillsong think they have done a “fantabulous” job with their private counselling sessions (whatever that means). And it’s great to know that Hillsong senior pastor Brian Houston claims to be a traditional church and does not accept same-sex marriage…

Unless he’s lying again.

Now the #BroadwayFiances have some news to share with the world:

Josh Canfield announces,

Wanted to share this beautiful moment. I was so surprised because I wasn’t expecting a ring until our wedding. #wedding2016#broadwayfiances#survivorlove#tiffanyandco#gaynyc#loveislove#comitted@thereedkelly

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Here is the video from the Instagram announcement:

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Therefore, having been justified by faith…

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Δικαιωθέντες οὖν ἐκ πίστεως εἰρήνην ἔχομεν πρὸς τὸν θεὸν διὰ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ (Romans 5:1 NA28)

1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

In this post we will look at Romans 4:13-5:1 which is the application of the theology that Paul presents in Romans 3:20-31, which could be summarized with the statement, “By works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight since through the law come knowledge of sin, but the righteousness of God is manifest through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.”  In this time of “doctrinal indefiniteness” that seems to have overridden most of the “visible church,” we must become determined to define the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ biblically and in no uncertain terms that we truly…

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The Essence of Faith: Neither Obedience Nor Love

The Reformed Reader

The Christian's Reasonable Service, 4 Volumes In Reformed theology when we talk about the essence of justifying faith, we exclude love and obedience.  In other words, justifying faith is passive, outward looking, and receptive: it does not work or earn, but receives a free gift of grace that comes from God in Christ.  Wilhelmus a Brakel says it well when he explains what the essence of justifying faith is not:

First, faith does not consist in love, which is what the papists and the Arminians maintain.  Love is not the essence of faith, for 1) faith and love are two distinct virtues (1 Cor. 13:13).  It is rather obvious that one virtue cannot be the essence of another.  2) Love is the fruit of faith (Gal. 5:6).  Faith does not derive its efficacy from love, but rather faith is efficacious toward the operation of love.  …The result of something cannot be its essence.

Secondly, faith…

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