Feb. 23, 2016
The Obama administration aims to send Congress its long-awaited plan for closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay by Tuesday, to meet a deadline imposed by lawmakers after months of delay.
The limited cease-fire due to start in Syria this week drew expressions of skepticism, predictions of intensified Islamist violence and hope that desperately needed humanitarian aid will make it to ravaged areas.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for talks this week as each country accuses the other of escalating military tensions in the western Pacific.
Prosecutors across the U.S. have asked Apple Inc. to unlock iPhones at least nine times since Oct. 8, as a battle pitting security versus civil liberties plays out in a California terrorism case.
Sales of previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly rose in January to the second-highest pace since early 2007, indicating the industry will keep prospering. Closings, which usually take place a month or two after a contract is signed, advanced 0.4 percent to a 5.47 million annual rate.
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North Korea warned on Tuesday of harsh retaliation against South Korea and its ally the United States, which are preparing for annual joint military exercises next month amid heightened tensions following the North’s nuclear test and rocket launch.
China’s ambassador to South Korea warned Tuesday that the planned deployment of a US missile defense system in the country could damage Beijing-Seoul ties, possibly irreparably.
Sea levels on Earth are rising several times faster than they have in the past 2,800 years and are accelerating because of man-made global warming, according to new studies.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said on Monday the state has the power to block any debt offerings by financially distressed school districts, including the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools (CPS), which has been dependent on borrowing to fund operations.
For years they were the highly-advanced aircraft without a mission, decried by critics as having been built from more than $80 billion in taxpayer dollars for an enemy that doesn’t exist. But now, more than a decade after the first jets went operational, the next-generation stealth F-22 Raptors are… still looking for that enemy, and settling for bombing militants in Syria and Iraq in the meantime.
Israeli soldiers have been ordered to take their guns with them when off duty to allow them to intervene in the event of Palestinian attack, the military said on Tuesday.
A suspected car thief has been pictured on CCTV ordering food at a McDonald’s drive-through. Essex Police have issued an image of a man ordering from a blue Audi A3 with cloned plates at a McDonald’s in Basildon. One pedestrian was almost run over by the vehicle. Two men got out of the car and ran off. “Officers did manage to get the car back.”
Cambodia health officials on Monday were screening hundreds of villagers for HIV after 14 locals tested positive for the virus, sparking fears of a fresh outbreak.
Tensions have increased significantly along the Demilitarized Zone since North Korea’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch, a North Korean military official told The Associated Press on Monday, adding that while he could not comment on operational details, “the reality is that it is touch and go.”
Lumber Liquidators’ stock plunged Monday as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says people exposed to certain types of the company’s laminate flooring were three times more likely to get cancer than the agency previously predicted.
Branches of at least three Russian banks have been attacked during a spate of weekend violence across Ukraine that coincided with the second anniversary of the ouster of Kiev’s Moscow-backed leadership.
At 106 years old, she’s seen more than a dozen presidents come and go, but Virginia McLaurin says she can finally die happy after meeting President Barack Obama.
The Syrian government and the main opposition umbrella group say they accept the terms of a deal to cease hostilities from Saturday.
Mining giant BHP Billiton has posted a huge half-year net loss of $5.67bn and warned that weak commodity prices will continue.
Islamist militias in Libya have lost two major areas in the eastern city of Benghazi, military sources and residents have told the BBC.
Khalil Abu-Rayyan is a 21-year-old Dearborn Heights, Michigan, man who gets excited by thoughts of beheading Americans, burning people alive and throwing homosexuals off of tall buildings. Beyond these fantasies, he’d actually made plans to shoot up a church full of Christians in Detroit, according to court records documenting his Internet conversations with an undercover FBI agent. He chose this church because it was large – up to 6,000 members – and he knew it would be an easy target. “A lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church.”
Fox to develop Muslim sitcom to fight Islamophobia.
A number of published reports on Monday extolled the claim by the Centers for Disease Control that there has been a huge drop in cases of human papillomavirus since a few years back when the government, and private for-profit companies that make the medicine, started aggressively pushing vaccinations for all young girls – and even boys.
A sequel to “Star Wars” may arrive sooner than anyone expects, as China funnels vast resources into an outer space program that may stoke new tensions with the United States. The country plans to launch more than 20 space missions in 2016, making the year ahead the busiest ever for the nation’s rapidly growing space program.
Top News – 2/23/2016
World Medical Association to revise ‘Hippocratic Oath”
The WMA says that the ethical obligations of doctors may need to be redrafted to reflect social changes. “In recent decades, respect for patient self-determination has been established as one of the most important principles of medical ethics,” says the WMA.
IVF an “evolutionary experiment” – genetics expert
Heart and artery malfunction was reported “very convincingly” in the assisted reproduction children, including those with brothers and sisters who were conceived naturally, Dr Gagneux said.
Expert: U.S. military could topple like Jenga blocks
An expert on military preparedness says the United States armed forces could topple like a Jenga block tower if President Obama’s social agenda is allowed to continue.
Obama plan to shut Guantanamo names no sites to replace Cuba-based prison – report
President Barack Obama is expected to submit a plan to Congress outlining steps to close Guantanamo Bay. His long-awaited blueprint reportedly does not name specific locations that could replace the US prison in Cuba, however. The administration is going to submit the Pentagon-drafted plan on Tuesday, meeting a congressionally-mandated February 23 deadline.
Senate Republicans Plan to Follow Joe Biden’s Advice on the Supreme Court Vacancy
Months before the 1992 presidential election, Joe Biden urged fellow U.S. senators to shut down the nomination process and block President George H.W. Bush’s judicial picks from a confirmation vote. Today, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, called on the Senate to follow what he dubbed “the Biden Rules.”
WEATHER ALERT: Britain set for HEAVY SNOW TODAY in worst cold snap for a YEAR
ARCTIC gales, snow and freezing rain is sweeping Britain today with the entire country facing the worst winter blast for at least a year.
China Removing Thousands From Homes to Hunt for Aliens
In what would make for a decent episode of The X-Files, the Chinese government is forcing more than 9,000 residents from their homes in order to better search for alien life in the cosmos.
Slovenian army to help police control migrant inflow on border
The Slovenian army will be sent to guard the border with Croatia and help police control the flow of migrants into the country under legislation passed by parliament late on Monday. The act giving the army the power to control the migrant flow was passed by 69 votes to five, parliamentary speaker Milan Brglez said.
Attacks on Christians in U.S. double in 3 years
The new report, titled “Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America,” reveals a list that admittedly is not exhaustive but still totals 1,285 cases at the start of this year. “hostility to religion in America is rising like floodwaters.”
Light earthquake, 4.7 mag has occurred near Al Hoceima in Morocco
A light earthquake with magnitude 4.7 (ml/mb) was detected on Tuesday, 61 kilometers (38 miles) from Al Hoceima in Morocco. The 4.7-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 10:12:33 / 10:12 am (local time epicenter). The epicenter was at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).
Syrian govt. accepts halt to ‘combat operations’ in line with U.S.-Russian plan
The Syrian government said on Tuesday it accepted a halt to “combat operations” that does not include the Islamic State group, the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, or groups connected to it, in line with a U.S.-Russian plan.
Earthquake Felt In Oklahoma City Metro Area
Oklahoma – A 3.5-magnitude earthquake rattled residents in the Oklahoma City metro area Monday night. The earthquake happened at 8:35 p.m.
Largest fireball since Chelyabinsk falls into the ocean: Nasa reports huge explosion of seven meter space rock over the Atlantic
A huge fireball crashed into the Atlantic earlier this month – and went almost unseen. The event took place on February 6 at 14:00 UTC when a meteor exploded in the air 620 miles (1,000km) off the coast of Brazil. It released energy equivalent to 13,000 tons of TNT, which is the same as the energy used in the first atomic weapon that leveled Hiroshima in 1945.
Islamic State ‘releases Assyrian Christian hostages’
Islamic State (IS) militants have released the last of more than 200 Assyrian Christians they kidnapped in north-eastern Syria a year ago. Some 42 captives were freed on Monday morning, following mediation by the Assyrian Church, activists said. One Assyrian group said IS had demanded an $18m (£13m) ransom.
Syria conflict: Warring parties accept US-Russia truce plan
The Syrian government and the main opposition umbrella group say they accept the terms of a deal to cease hostilities from Saturday. The government said it would halt “combat operations” in line with the plan announced by the US and Russia. But the opposition said its acceptance depended on government forces ending sieges and air strikes of civilians.
Canadian Parliament overwhelmingly passes anti-BDS motion
Canada’s Parliament passed a motion formally condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. The motion passed Monday in a 229-51 vote, CIJ News reported. Introduced last week by members of the opposition Conservative Party, the motion won support from the ruling Liberal Party as well.
Report: Iranian Revolutionary Guards planning attack on Saudi airliner in Southeast Asia
A terrorist plot to hijack or bomb a Saudi Arabian passenger plane in Southeast Asia has reached an “advanced stage” of implementation, the Manila Times reported on Sunday. The news outlet cited “a reliable airport source,” that warned of the threat of a terrorist attack that would be carried out somewhere in Southeast Asia after Iran warned of “divine revenge” against Saudi Arabia following the kingdom’s execution of the Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr last month.
Afghan army abandons three bases in Helmand province
In an apparent bid to bolster security in other parts of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, the Afghan army abandoned a number of its bases in two hard-fought districts over the weekend, according to a report from the Afghan news outlet TOLO News.
Obama Cracks Joke About Scalia’s Death
During his National Governors Association speech Monday, President Obama joked there was a lot to get done during his final days in office, including “appointing judges.”
Islamic State rigs currency rates in Mosul to prop up finances
Islamic State militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul are manipulating the exchange rate between U.S. dollars and Iraqi dinars to squeeze money out of local people as coalition bombers attack the group’s finances.
China signals no South China Sea backdown as foreign minister goes to U.S.
China’s South China Sea military deployments are no different from U.S. deployments on Hawaii, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday, striking a combative tone ahead of a visit by Foreign Minister Wang Yi to the United States this week.
Iranian media outlets add to bounty for killing Britain’s Rushdie
Iranian state-run media outlets have added $600,000 to a bounty for the killing of British author Salman Rushdie imposed in 1989 over the publishing of his book “The Satanic Verses”.
The Obama Administration Wants to Make Sure Non-Citizens Vote in the Upcoming Election
Several well-funded organizations — including the League of Women Voters and the NAACP — are fighting efforts to prevent non-citizens from voting illegally in the upcoming presidential election. And the United States Department of Justice, under the direction of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is helping them.
Top Headlines – 2/23/2016
1) Pope’s recent advice to follow “conscience” in contraception and LGBT issues deeply flawed
Francis Says Contraception Can Be Used to Slow Zika, New York Times (Simon Romero and Jim Yardley)
Pope Francis Says Contraception Can Be Acceptable in Regions Hit by Zika Virus, Wall Street Journal (Francis X. Rocca)
2) Younger Americans more accepting of LGBT lifestyles, but Christians bound by the Word of God
Va. House vote hints at a generational divide on gay rights, Washington Post (Jenna Portnoy)
3) Same-sex ex-couple’s custody case a tragic picture of the insanity of the sexual revolution
Same-sex ex-couple’s custody case to proceed, Associated Press as in the Louisville Courier-Journal (Bruce Schreiner)
In other news…
Pakistan PM promises tougher stance on ‘honour’ killings, Guardian (Jon Boone)
Pope Calls for Worldwide Abolition of Death Penalty, Reuters (Philip Pullella)
Georgia Senate Passes Religious Freedom Bill, CNN (Steee Almasy and Dave Alsup)
Kalamazoo Searches for Motive in Spree That Killed 6, New York Times (Mitch Smith, Monica Davey, and Alan Blinder)
Transgender Rights Targeted in Twice as Many Bills This Year Verses 2015 – Report, Guardian (Molly Redden)
Frontrunning: February 23
- Risk rally fades as stocks, oil slip back into the red (Read More)
- Syrian govt. accepts halt to ‘combat operations’ in line with U.S.-Russian plan (Read More)
- Earliest Chinese Data Signal Slowdown Hasn’t Bottomed Out Yet (Read More)
- The Trickle of U.S. Oil Exports Is Already Shifting Global Power (Read More)
- Greek police remove migrants from Macedonian border as more land in Piraeus (Read More)
- Clinton, Sanders race takes on angrier tone after Nevada (Read More)
- London Whale’ Breaks Silence (Read More)
- Once more, Vienna ranked world’s nicest city and Baghdad worst (Read More)
- Why Oil Producers Will Be Over a Barrel for a Long Time Yet (Read More)
- Hunt for foreign assets pits Japan Inc vs China (Read More)
- Uber Says Driver Suspected of Killing Six Had Clean Record and 4.7 Rating (Read More)
- British business bosses say exit from EU would hit economy and jobs (Read More)
- Ticket to a Tax Audit: $1 Million (Read More)
- BlackRock Warns Bond Traders They’re Underestimating the Fed (Read More)
- Suffering Miners Narrow Down (Read More)
- Home Depot Profit Tops Estimates as Housing Gains Spur Sales (Read More)
- Robots Are Reading Trader Chats to Stop Next Wave of Bank Fines (Read More)
- Apple, FBI Wage War of Words (Read More)
Did you know that there are some U.S. states that have already officially fallen into recession? Economic activity all over the planet is in the process of slowing down, and there are some areas of the country that are really starting to feel the pain. In particular, any state that is heavily dependent on the energy industry is hurting right now. During the years immediately following the last recession, the energy industry was the primary engine for the growth of good paying jobs in America, but now that process is completely reversing. All over the U.S. energy companies are going under, and thousands upon thousands of good jobs are being lost. (Read More….)
Americans are more afraid of their own corrupt government than ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING ELSE including death, rape, murder, nuclear war, pandemics, terrorism, zombies, and even clowns.
‘Risen’ outperforms horror film in ‘good vs. evil’ battle
The faith-based film Risen outperformed expectations and opened in the Top 3 at the box office over the weekend, even beating a new horror film in what observers had labeled a good vs. evil movie battle.
3 Steps for Fighting the Accuser
There is a reason so many Christian men and women hang on to the guilt of their sin even though they know about God’s total forgiveness.
33 Powerful Truths in the Face of Cancer
If you’ve had personal experience with cancer, you understand how cruel it can be. But here’s Truth that rises stronger and stands powerfully in the face of fear…
Pastors Praise Tullian Tchividjian for ‘Honesty, Humility and Repentance’
Tullian Tchividjian is being praised by a number of pastors for his &honesty, humility, and repentance& as he continues his recovery from a cheating scandal that shook his ministry.
America Under A Strong Delusion
Recently, I have reluctantly come to the realization that Americans, with very few exceptions, are really not interested in facts or logic. We are living among a generation where facts no longer seem to matter.
The truth of the matter is that America is finally under the judgment of God. Our nation has been given over to what it wants. America is under a deluding influence.
Azusa Now, Catholics and…Greg Laurie?
There’s an interesting connection between NAR/Latter Rain leader Lou Engle, his Azusa Now unity movement and Greg Laurie’s Harvest America. First, the event itself: “Can you believe with us that denominations will unite, that the races could come together, that God could make us one, as the antidote to the terrific division in our day? […]
“Together 2016”: Denominations link arms with Chrislebrities to erase doctrinal divisions
Doctrinal distinctives? Divisions? Not any more. Several major denominations will be blended up smoother than a Vitamix cocktail in a few weeks. This summer, a “Next Great Awakening” is bringing Assemblies of God Supt. George O. Wood and Southern Baptist Convention president Ronnie Floyd together to link arms in spiritual unity with the Pentecostal Charismatic […]
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Gladiator-style takedown of demonic forces…naming names, Part 2
By Marsha West It really doesn’t matter whether or not people believe in angels and demons. And it doesn’t matter if skeptics think those who do are wingnuts. The fact remains that a large number of educated, intelligent people believe in supernatural beings such as angels, demons, spirit guides, fairies, ghosts, poltergeists and whatnot. It’s […]
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This week’s Look.It.Up. Question:
NEW! BEREANS: CAN WOLVES BE CHRISTIANS? Jesus warned us of false teachers and “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Yet many will scold you for warning about the likes of known false teachers (whom we are to mark and avoid), claiming that these teachers are Christian. Opinions are plentiful, but what does God’s Word say? Look.It.Up. Guidelines: […]
The cult of women’s self-esteem
Self-esteem is not a biblical concept. In fact, selfism was birthed in humanistic philosophy and psychology. Before we get to Dalrock’s piece, let’s hear what the Bible says: Many define self-esteem as “feelings of worth based on their skills, accomplishments, status, financial resources, or appearance.” This kind of self-esteem can lead a person to feel […]
Looking at HGTV’s Fixer Upper Joanna Gaines’ testimony: Christianity, or Prosperity Gospel?
Elizabeth Prata of The End Time is to be commended for tackling such a controversial topic as this one will surely be. Full disclosure: My husband and I are fans of Fixer Upper and regularly watch the show. So when I came across Elizabeth’s blog post, my first thought was, “Uh-oh.” Nevertheless, I felt I should […]
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I Used to Be Transgender. Here’s My Take on Kids Who Think They Are Transgender.
By Walt Heyer When a 9-year-old boy who identifies as Stormi, a transgender girl, started selling Girl Scout cookies, one neighbor was not amused, according to Buzzfeed. The neighbor rebuffed him, reportedly saying, “Nobody wants to buy Girl Scout cookies from a boy in a dress.” The neighbor is being called transphobic—but perhaps the neighbor thought […]
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Pope Francis calls Donald Trump “not Christian” over wall stance
Ironically this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Many Protestants believe that Pope Francis isn’t a true Christian either. Why? Because he teaches a false gospel. (See our White Paper on the RCC). That aside, the Pope of Rome has no business injecting his personal views into American politics the way […]
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Pastor sleeps outside because his church pushes gays in the cold
Aren’t pastors supposed to preach the Word, in and out of season? Or should they leverage the season to preach in favor of normalizing the sins Jesus died to forgive? It’s all mixed up. Michigan news outlets are cheering on a local pastor for taking a stand against his mean denomination in this one-sided report: […]
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Goddess Worship in America and How It’s Affecting the Church
Lighthouse Trails is offering a new booklet tract by Maria Kneas and John Lanagan. The booklet reveals the little known fact that full-blown Goddess worship developed in the 1950s. Goddess worship is embraced by the world of the occult. Witchcraft, radical feminism and even some liberal churches is steeped in goddess worship. The occult world holds to […]
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People who use the Logos ecosystem may be interested in several Cruciform Press bundles that are deeply discounted. Also, they have just begun a sale on Wipf & Stock resources which may be of special interest to pastors, students, and scholars.
Justin Taylor shares D.A. Carson’s answer to Tony Reinke’s question. (Did you get all that?) “It is sad if knowledgeable pastors don’t make use of Barth, but it is even more sad if they make a wrong use of Barth. Barth has the capacity to say contradictory things without embarrassment.”
Be sure to read this article on the best kind of discipleship. This is a serious, serious challenge to me.
Carl Trueman: “The seriousness of a society’s funeral rites speak volumes about the seriousness of a society, for the way we treat the dead is really a function of how we value life.”
John Piper writes about life, dreams, and goals after 70. “At 70, I am energized to dream great things, because this year Hillary turns 69, Bernie turns 75, and Donald turns 70. … They only get to be President of a tiny territory called the U.S.A. I get to be an ambassador of the Sovereign of the universe.”
Ed Welch has a short but pointed article on slaying the ugly dragon of pornography.
Bob Kellemen is comparing the world’s 8 ultimate life questions to the Bible’s 8 ultimate life questions and seeing that the Bible wins every time.
This Day in 155. 1,861 years ago today, Polycarp, an early church father who was a disciple of the apostle John, was burned at the stake for his faith in Christ. *
WORLD has an article telling why Apple’s compliance or non-compliance with an order to unlock an iPhone is such a big deal.
Is it possible that our generation will see the end of malaria? “The Nobel laureate Baruch Blumberg once estimated that malaria has killed half of the people who have ever lived. In 2015 alone, it killed almost half a million people, 70 percent of which were children. Today, about 3.2 billion people are, according to the World Health Organization, at risk of contracting it, most of whom are children and pregnant women.”
One word of God can do more than ten thousand words of men to relieve a distressed soul. —John Flavel
Our Time is Short
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.
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
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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