April 5, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Apr. 5, 2016

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President Obama sat side-by-side with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Oval Office on Monday, offering a symbolic rebuke to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has questioned whether there’s still a need for the defense alliance.

The Senate easily passed a bill allowing corporations to make a federal case of the theft of trade secrets, with backers hoping the House will quickly send it to President Barack Obama’s desk.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state and local governments can continue their longstanding method of drawing equal-sized election districts; rejecting calls for what might have been a transformational change reducing Hispanic voting clout.

America’s trade deficit widened in February to a six-month high as an increase in imports exceeded a more modest pickup in shipments overseas. The gap increased 2.6 percent to $47.1 billion from a revised $45.9 billion in January.

Twenty-two analysts have lopped 94 cents off the average estimate for Goldman Sachs’s adjusted earnings per share over the past four weeks — the fourth straight quarter they’ve cut figures in the final days, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. This time, the 11th-hour reduction is among the largest for the firm since the financial crisis, with analysts now predicting its per-share profit will tumble 45 percent from a year earlier to $3.31 — the steepest decline among major U.S. banks.

Bill Gross was warned he would lose his $200 million cut of the bonus pool if he quit Pacific Investment Management Co. before the end of the quarter, Pimco said in a court filing, challenging the central claim in his lawsuit against his former employer seeking hundreds of millions of dollars.

German factory orders unexpectedly fell in February in a sign that a global trade slowdown is weighing on Europe’s largest economy.

U.S. apartment vacancies climbed in the first quarter as a flood of newly built units hit the market, slowing the rate of rent increases.

San Francisco’s median home value was $1.1 million and the median monthly rent was $4,547 in February, the highest among the 50 largest U.S. cities, according to Zillow data.

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Azerbaijan and Armenian separatists in Nagorny Karabakh on Tuesday said they had halted fighting after four days of bloodshed, as international powers scramble to resolve the worst violence in decades over the disputed region.

Al-Qaeda shot down a government warplane over the town of Al-Eis in northern Syria on Tuesday and captured one crew member alive, a rebel source and a monitoring group said.

China on Tuesday banned imports of gold and rare earths from North Korea as well as exports to the country of jet fuel and other oil products used to make rocket fuel, a move in line with new United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang.

California and New York acted Monday to gradually push their statewide minimum wages to $15 an hour – the highest in the nation – as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders again seized on wage disparity and the plight of the working poor in their fight for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Islamic State group has mounted a deadly gas attack against Syrian troops at a besieged eastern airbase, state news agency SANA said, the latest report of the jihadists’ use of chemical weapons.

US naval forces in the Arabian Sea seized a shipment of weapons that the United States believes was sent from Iran and was bound for Huthi rebels in Yemen, the Navy said.The illicit cargo included 1,500 AK-47s, 200 RPG launchers and 21 .50 caliber machine guns, the Navy said in a statement.

Recent satellite images of North Korea’s main nuclear complex show suspicious activity that could be linked to re-processing plutonium for additional nuclear bombs, a US think tank said on Tuesday.

Having already made a .50-caliber sniper gun the official state rifle, Tennessee lawmakers on Monday gave final approval to making the Holy Bible the state’s official book.

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A former Catholic bishop accused of covering up the sexual abuse of children in Ballarat, Australia between the 1970s and 1990s has died. Retired bishop Ronald Mulkearns died aged 85.

The Australian government says the last remaining asylum-seeking children being held in mainland detention centers have been freed. However, dozens are still being held in centers on the Pacific island of Nauru.

Parliament in South Africa has started to debate an opposition-sponsored motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma after a court ruling against him. The Democratic Alliance (DA) says Mr Zuma is unfit to govern after failing to repay public money used to upgrade his private residence.

India has launched its “fastest train” capable of running at a maximum speed of 99 miles an hour.

A Swiss secondary school has caused uproar by allowing two Muslim boys not to shake hands with women teachers – a common greeting in Swiss schools. The boys had told the school in the small, northern town of Therwil it was against their faith to touch a woman outside their family.

State media in Syria have accused militants from so-called Islamic State (IS) of using mustard gas against government forces in the north-east.

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Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., slammed the maker of a double-barreled handgun that folds to appear as a smartphone, saying the U.S. Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ought to step in and investigate.

ISIS released a new propaganda recruitment tool of slick imagery that showed terrorists engaged in the group’s latest endeavor: fingerprinting and forensics.


Top News – 4/5/2016

2nd Temple Era Bronze Utensils Discovered in Migdal Excavations on Sea of Galilee
A decorated bronze incense scoop and a bronze jug were recently uncovered in archaeological excavations in Migdal, on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. The Israel Antiquities Authority is leading archaeological excavations slated for the construction of a guesthouse at Migdal. The land is owned by Arke New Gate.

New book reveals Obama stopped plan to topple Assad
Obama did not allow the CIA to execute a plan, which would have sought to overthrow the Assad government in 2012, according to a new book by a former David Laux CIA agent. If the program had succeeded, it possibly could have stopped the rise of ISIS and the flow of refugees into Europe, fleeing the chaos in Syria.

Islamic State hints at attacks in London, Berlin and Rome
The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday suggesting it may carry out further attacks in the West, naming London, Berlin and Rome as possible targets.

Former U.S. tax judge charged with cheating on her tax returns
“As a former tax court judge, Kroupa dealt regularly with individuals who cheated on their taxes, which makes these allegations particularly troubling,” Richard Weber, chief of criminal investigations for the Internal Revenue Service, said in a statement.

Panama Papers probes opened, China limits access to news on leaks
Authorities across the globe have opened investigations into the activities of the world’s rich and powerful after a cache of leaked documents from a Panamanian law firm showed possible wrongdoing using offshore company structures.

Jews Who Refused to Leave Yemen Have Second Thoughts
The 67 Yemeni Jews who refused to join the recent secret airlift to Israel organized by the Jewish Agency are now seeking to follow suit.

Netanyahu: ‘I’ll clear my schedule this week to meet Abbas’
“So, as I said this morning to an American congressional delegation, I’m inviting him again. I’m clearing my schedule this week. Any day he can come, I’ll be here.”

Moderate earthquake jolts north-eastern states
The tremor was felt at 1.12 p.m. with its epicentre located in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district, said an official of the Regional Seismological Centre in Shillong.

Magnitude 5.9 quake hits Sarangani
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit Sarangani on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported. The 5.9 magnitude quake’s epicenter was located 308 kilometers southeast of Sarangani (Davao Occidental) on Tuesday afternoon, 4:29 p.m.

Russia to start deliveries of S-300 missiles to Iran in coming days: agency
Russia will begin the first shipment of its S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran in the coming days, Interfax news agency quoted a senior Russian diplomat as saying on Tuesday. “I don’t know if this will happen today, but they (S-300 missiles) will be loaded (for shipment to Iran),” the agency quoted Zamir Kabulov, a department chief at the Foreign Ministry, as saying.

Suspicious activity’ at N. Korea’s nuclear complex
Recent satellite imagery shows “suspicious activity” at North Korea’s nuclear complex in what could be a sign that Pyongyang might be trying to harvest weapons-grade plutonium from spent nuclear fuel… The website 38 North said…satellite imagery has shown “exhaust plumes” from a thermal plant…where spent nuclear fuel rods are reprocessed to extract plutonium.

Iran: U.S. Violating Nuke Deal
Iranian officials on Monday accused the United States of violating the recent comprehensive nuclear agreement by working behind the scenes to stop American companies from conducting business with Iran, according to regional media reports. Iran has been complaining for months that it is not being granted enough sanctions relief under the agreement.

Stem cell therapy halves deaths from heart failure
Stem cells can repair a damaged heart and potentially halve the number of people dying from heart failure, scientists have shown, in a major breakthrough for regenerative medicine. For more than a decade scientists have been convinced that stem cells were the future of organ repair because they can become any cell in the body, reversing damage which was thought to be permanent.

Scientists to open MASS-CLONING factory this year to clone cows, pets and HUMANS
The ambitious and futuristic facility hopes to be mass-producing one million cows every 12 months by 2020. Not only will it clone cattle, but the factory, which will be located in the northern Chinese port of Tianjin, will also cater to more specific needs by genetically engineering police dogs and thoroughbred race horses.

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: 16 Azerbaijan troops killed
Azerbaijan says 16 of its troops have been killed in two days of clashes against ethnic Armenian separatists in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The separatists accuse Azerbaijan of using heavier weapons, including Smerch multiple rocket launchers. Azerbaijan also threatened a “major attack” on the region’s capital Stepanakert. The conflict – halted in 1994 – flared up again on Saturday.

Report: ISIS militants use mustard gas in attack on Deir al-Zor airport
Islamic State militants attacked Syrian army troops with mustard gas…against a Syrian military airport in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor that borders Iraq… Syrian state media did not disclose how many casualties were sustained in the latest drive…to capture the heavily defended airport located south of Deir al-Zor city, whose main neighborhoods are under the militants control.

Report: Syrian rebels shoot down warplane
Syrian rebels on Tuesday allegedly downed a Russian fighter jet belonging to the Syrian air force and captured the aircraft’s pilot, sources linked to the opposition reported. According to the report, the Syrian regime’s Sukhoi 22 warplane was downed by an anti-aircraft missile over the northern village of Kfar Jalis.

Was There A Run On The Bank? JPM Caps Some ATM Withdrawals
Under the auspices of “protecting clients from criminal activity,” JPMorgan Chase has decided to impose withdrawal limits on certain ATM transactions. As WSJ reports, following the bank’s ATM modification to enable $100-bills to be dispensed with no limit, some customers started pulling out tens of thousands of dollars at a time. This apparent bank run has prompted Jamie Dimon to cap ATM withdrawals at $1,000 per card daily for non-customers.

Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca ‘helped firms subject to sanctions’
he Panama legal firm at the heart of a massive data leak kept clients who were subject to international sanctions, documents show. Mossack Fonseca worked with 33 individuals or companies who have been placed under sanctions by the US Treasury, including companies based in Iran, Zimbabwe and North Korea.

EU begins shipping migrants in Greece back to Turkey
The European Union began offloading its refugee crisis onto its Turkish neighbors Monday, sending back more than 200 migrants in the first stage of a plan to deport thousands that has drawn condemnation from human rights groups.

Afghan forces’ retreat in Helmand should help battle Taliban: minister
The surprise withdrawal of Afghan forces from parts of Helmand province may leave large areas under Taliban control, but it should bolster the defenses of the volatile southern region, the country’s top defense official said.

Brazil impeachment battle rests on a handful of votes
With neither side commanding enough firm support in the battle to impeach Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, the outcome of a crucial vote in Congress this month may boil down to a handful of no-shows and abstentions.

The man who ran the world’s largest army was just charged with taking $12 million in bribes
China’s former top general who used to run the world’s largest army has been charged with taking bribes totalling 80 million yuan (HK$96 million), a source close to senior military officials told the South China Morning Post.


Top Headlines – 4/5/2016

  • Panama Papers: Biggest Banks Are Top Users of Offshore Services (Read More)
  • Panama Papers probes opened, China limits access to news on leaks (Read More)
  • Credit Suisse CEO Distances Bank From ‘Panama Papers’ (Read More)
  • Fed’s Evans says market more pessimistic on U.S. rate hikes (Read More)
  • IMF’s Lagarde Says Risks to Weak Global Recovery Are Increasing (Read More)
  • New U.S. inversion rules threaten Pfizer-Allergan deal (Read More)
  • Time Is Running Out (Again) for Greece (Read More)
  • The World Has Started Spending More on Weapons (Read More)
  • Ted Cruz Is Confident of Wisconsin Win Over Donald Trump on Tuesday (Read More)
  • Trump Faces Biggest Test Yet in Tuesday’s Wisconsin Primary (Read More)
  • Another Brazil State-Run Giant Readies Its Own Graft Writedowns (Read More)
  • Afghan Spy Agency Arms Villagers to Hold Off Islamic State (Read More)
  • Disney expands search for new CEO, COO Staggs leaving (Read More)
  • Economic models predict GOP White House, even with Trump (Read More)
  • Oil glut up close: How Cushing copes with full crude tanks (Read More)
  • Goldman Profit Estimates Cut Again as Analysts Project 45% Drop (Read More)
  • Former U.S. tax judge charged with cheating on her tax returns (Read More)
  • Russia to start deliveries of S-300 missiles to Iran in coming days (Read More)

Mideast conflicts fueling major rise in global military spending

Netanyahu dares Abbas to meet: ‘I’ve cleared my schedule for the week’

Rivlin: If Abbas is serious, I am ready to meet with him

Radical sheikh: This land will vomit Israeli ‘occupation’

Israel to cooperate with Iran, other Mideast powers on accelerator machine

Israel ‘our indispensable ally’ in war on Islamic terror, says Paul Ryan on visit to Jerusalem

Israel on defense aid: ‘If we don’t get what we need, we will wait for the next president’

US-Israel alliance needed now in light of ISIS, Iran threats, visiting US Speaker says

Islamic State executes 15 of its own near Raqqa, Syria: monitor

Iraq: Bomb attacks ‘kill at least 25’ across the country

Syria: Town Retaken From Islamic State

US says Iran pulling out of Syria; Tehran tells another story

Iranian military official warns US: Stay away from Iran’s red lines

New book reveals Obama stopped plan to topple Assad

Report: ISIS uses mustard gas against Syrian army

CENTCOM analysts reportedly claim to have lost jobs over Syria warnings

CSI: ISIS – Terror group launches forensics division

Hackers allegedly leak data of nearly 50 million Turks

EU-Turkey deal begins as Syrian refugees arrive in Germany and Finland

Migrants sent back from Greece arrive in Turkey under EU deal

As EU Begins Deportations, Pakistanis and Other Migrants Call for Help

At least 22 Islamic radicals linked to the Paris and Brussels attacks could still be at large

First Passenger Flight Takes Off from Brussels Airport Since Terror Attack

Turkey must stop meddling in other states’ affairs, end support of terrorism, Russia says

US says it seizes weapons ship from Iran likely headed to Yemen

Al Qaeda explosives experts transferred from Guantanamo Bay

Caught between White House and its critics, lawmaker pledges to renew Iran sanctions

Iran: U.S. Violating Nuke Deal

Air France is Letting Its Female Crew Members Opt Out of Flying to Iran

North Korea says under Leningrad-style siege from US

US-Philippine War Games Begin as China Warns ‘Outsiders’

There Are Now Four Women Vying to Become the First Female U.N. Secretary-General

Was There A Run On The Bank? JPM Caps Some ATM Withdrawals

Asian shares slide, frazzled by Fed, falling oil prices

Judge approves $20B settlement in BP spill, ending years of legal fights

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Olry, Vanuatu

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Illapel, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kirakira, Solomon Islands

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 25,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 18,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 14,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Tenggar Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

At least 45 killed in Pakistan as heavy rain causes roofs to collapse

Boy tests positive for Ebola in latest Liberia flare-up

Divided U.S. Supreme Court cautious about taking new cases

The Pill that Still Hasn’t Changed the Politics of Abortion

Hillary Clinton on Abortion: “The Unborn Person Doesn’t Have Constitutional Rights”

Planned Parenthood Exec Slams Hillary Clinton For Calling A ‘Fetus’ An ‘Unborn Child’

University denies buying, selling fetal tissue

4 men accused of raping 9-year-old girl on Easter as mom allegedly smoked meth

Hacker allegedly breaches porn site, steals more than 237,000 accounts

Israel investing NIS 11 million in LGBT tourism

Newspaper compares supporters of Bible bill to Ayatollahs

Franklin Graham Warns America: ‘I Fear That Our End Will Be Near’

TBN Founder’s Son, Paul Crouch Jr. Fired by Word Network

The Audacity of Pope Francis Being Called the “Holy Father”

Super Soaker “Baptism”

‘Death Simulator’ lets you experience passing away and cremation

Scientists seek to resurrect the aurochs, the extinct beast that inspired cave paintings

Scientists to Open Mass Cloning Factory This Year to Clone Cows, Pets and Humans

Terror Group Behind Easter Bombing Threaten More ‘Devastating’ Attacks on Christians


The Exodus Of People Moving Away From California Is Becoming An Avalanche

The Golden Gate Bridge - Public DomainOver the past ten years, approximately five million people have moved away from the state of California, and as you will see in this article this mass exodus appears to be accelerating.  So exactly why is this happening?  Once upon a time, it seemed like almost everyone wanted to live in California.  The nearly endless sunshine, the incredible weather, the pristine beaches and a booming economy motivated millions of young Americans to move out there to pursue “the California Dream”.  In fact, in the early nineties I actually explored the idea of moving out there myself.  But now the California Dream has become a nightmare.  Californians are being taxed to death, traffic in the major cities is absolutely horrific, violent crime and gang activity are on the rise, millions of illegal immigrants are putting an incredible strain on social support systems, and the ultra-liberal government in Sacramento seems to have gone completely insane.  In addition, the state faces constant threats from earthquakes, wildfires, droughts and mudslides, so it is quite understandable why so many people feel motivated to leave and never come back. (Read More…)


19 Facts That Prove Things In America Are Worse Than They Were Six Months Ago

American Flag Map - Public DomainHas the U.S. economy gotten better over the past six months or has it gotten worse?  In this article, you will find solid proof that the U.S. economy has continued to get worse over the past six months.  Unfortunately, most people seem to think that since the stock market has rebounded significantly in recent weeks that everything must be okay, but of course that is not true at all.  If you look at a chart of the Dow, a very ominous head and shoulders pattern is forming, and all of the economic fundamentals are screaming that big trouble is ahead.  When Donald Trump told the Washington Post that we are heading for a “very massive recession“, he wasn’t just making stuff up.  We are already seeing lots of things happen that never take place outside of a recession, and the U.S. economy has already been sliding downhill fairly rapidly over the past several months.  With all that being said, the following are 19 facts that prove things in America are worse than they were six months ago… (Read More….)


REVIEW: 'God's Not Dead 2' a frightening look at Christianity in America

REVIEW: ‘God’s Not Dead 2’ a frightening look at Christianity in America

Posted on April 5, 2016 by Christian Examiner

Twenty years ago, few Christians in America believed same-sex marriage ever would be legalized. And 10 years ago, not many of us could have imagined we’d all be debating whether a 5-year-old boy who’d rather be a girl can have his pick of restrooms at the local public school. So if we watch …

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'God's Not Dead 2': Film mirrors real-life religious liberty battles in Georgia and North Carolina

‘God’s Not Dead 2’: Film mirrors real-life religious liberty battles in Georgia and North Carolina

Posted on April 5, 2016 by Christian Examiner

When studio officials set a release date for God’s Not Dead 2 – which tells the story of a fictitious religious liberty case – they certainly did not know that the nation would be embroiled in a debate over real-life religious liberty bills.

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The ultimate oxymoron: “Christian Psychic”

It’s a dangerous thing to cause others to stumble into deception. But this book author will most likely convince many sheep that wrong is right, and, well, you know. Here’s what “author and paranormal investigator” Adrian Lee has to say about his new book, How To Be A Christian Psychic: Some Christians wrongly believe that […]

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Doppelgangers and Discernment

“Is there a marked difference between you and the unbelievers you work with?” asks Clint Archer.  “Are your closest counselors unbelievers? If the majority of your buddies are those who don’t respect God, then why do you gravitate to them? Here is a more revealing question: why do they gravitate to you?” Archer answers these […]

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Extrabiblical Movements

Writing for Grace to You, Cameron Buettel and Jeremiah Johnson examine the pervasiveness of pragmatism in the visible Church.  Because of the pragmatic approach to “doing church” we now have “seeker-sensitive gurus…devoted to developing the latest and greatest formula for selling the gospel. Every aspect of the church experience, from the style of music and […]

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7 Mountain Politics and Theology

What is “7 Mountains” theology?  Supposedly there are “7 mountains” of global society – Media, Government, Education, Economy, Religion, Entertainment and Family. Conquering these areas of influence is the key to taking a nation for the kingdom of God.  The 7 Mountain mandate is the brainchild of the Dominionist movement.  Over the years Dominionists have gone […]

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Guilty by Association or Accessory to Heresy?

I am getting so tired of pastors and authors and those who claim to be born-again teachers of the flock continue to “go anywhere for the cause of the Gospel,” and then either affiliate with heretics or forget to actually preach the Gospel.  Author Brandon Hines shares some thoughts on whether “guilt by association” is […]

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My parents didn’t let me choose my gender

When Maggie Sandusky was growing up she wanted to be a boy.  She’s relieved that her parents didn’t go the PC route and allow her to choose her gender.  “I’m glad my mom made me wear a shirt, taught me to dress like a lady, and didn’t fight to let me be a Boy Scout. […]

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Homosexuality Is a Sin to Be Mortified, Not a Behavior to Be Modified

The Intersect Project Rosaria Butterfield rocked the Evangelical world when she shared her self-proclaimed “train wreck conversion.” “As a leftist lesbian professor, I despised Christians,” she said. “Then I somehow became one.” Butterfield recently spoke at Southeastern Seminary about her latest book, Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. In her talk, she discusses where […]

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Russell Moore: What Will Be The SBC’s “Ethics” In The Defense of Abortion?

According to Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen, the very first tasked endeavor of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s expanded “Missionary Statement” is to “assist churches in applying the moral and ethical teachings of the Bible to the Christian life.”  This is an important endeavor to be sure. But is the ERLC still […]

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Doctrines of Demons

Must we know the enemy if we are going to do effective spiritual warfare? According to Anton Bosch of Anton Bosch Ministries “our knowledge base on demonology (the study of demons) is rapidly being expanded by means of extra-biblical sources, over-active imaginations, science-fiction books and even Hollywood. All these weird ideas are rapidly being added […]

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Franklin Graham Warns America: ‘I Fear That Our End Will Be Near’

Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has warned that much like the decline of the Babylonian empire close to 2,500 years ago, America may also be staring down at its end, unless it turns back to God.

“What’s the writing on the wall for America? As a nation we are found lacking because of sin and disobedience to God’s Holy Word. We have not honored Him. If we don’t turn back to God, I fear that our end will be near,” Graham wrote on Facebook Sunday.

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The Terminal Generation

Jan Markell and Eric Barger feature two guests. Dr. Gary Frazier reminds listeners that we are likely the terminal generation, the generation to experience Christ’s return, since Israel is back in her land. We feature Frazier’s newest book, “The Miracle of Israel” found here. Israel is the key to all events playing out today. David Fiorazo joins Jan and Eric to take a further look at the “me generation”. People today take 93 million “selfie” photos a day and obsess over themselves. The Bible predicts such self-absorption for a final generation. Find Fiorazo’s book here. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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What Makes the Case for God’s Existence So Strong? (Video)

J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Leon Fontaine of the Leon Show and talks about the evidence for God’s existence. What kinds of evidence can we use to make the case for God? What makes the case so strong? What tools can we borrow from crime scene investigations to help us make the case to others? For more information about the Leon Show, please visit: miraclechannel.ca. For more information about J. Warner Wallace’s book, God’s Crime Scene, please visit: godscrimescene.com

To see more interview videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.


Do Not Diminish God’s Love for You

Many Christians miss aspects of God’s love for them because they rely too heavily on John 3:16. God does love the whole world, but he loves believers in a special way.

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The Daily Discovery (April 5, 2016)

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Movie Review: God’s Not Dead 2 – “It’s been just over two years since the movie God’s Not Dead came out.  When it came out on DVD, I saw it and wrote a review.  I wasn’t a fan because God’s Not Dead wasn’t a movie about Christianity; it was a movie about cultural Christianity.  It was a movie about the sort of shallow religiosity that I was taught when I was a teenager. It was a movie where “theism” is the same as ‘Christianity’. It was a movie where people become Christians without repenting of their sin or even mentioning Jesus at all. It was a movie where the best part of the Christian life was attending a Christian Rock concert. It was a movie where a freshman took on a PhD philosophy professor/atheist with a few pithy quotes and a couple of hours spent in a library. It’s no shock that I really disliked the first movie; it showed the state of evangelicalism and pretty much explained why ‘I went to Heaven’ books are always on the best seller list. So, was God’s Not Dead 2 any better? Amazingly, yes.”

Straight Talk About the Seeker Church Movement – “And that’s why I’m here today in the studio with my friend and colleague, and fellow pastor, Phil Johnson. Phil is Executive Director here at Grace To You and a long time fellow preacher and teacher of mine and dear friend. And we’re going to talk about an issue that’s critically important and an issue that is very clear to us, you, our ministry family, wants some help to understand. So, Phil, thanks for sort of prompting my thinking on the subject and being here to help us clarify some of these things today.”

Abandoning Christ’s Gospel – “Listen to today’s typical gospel presentation. You will hear sinners entreated with such phrases as ‘accept Jesus Christ as personal Savior’; ‘ask Jesus into your heart’; ‘invite Christ into your life’; or ‘make a decision for Christ.’ You may be so accustomed to hearing those phrases that it will surprise you to learn that none of them is based on biblical terminology. They are the products of a diluted gospel. It is not the gospel according to Jesus.”

To Be Devoid of the Fear of God… – “Albert Martin’s The Forgotten Fear is a very good book on a much neglected topic. I reviewed my notes for it this week and was struck again by the urgency of the subject. In the book’s opening chapter Martin examines a series of texts related to the fear of God and, having looked at each of them, draws three important conclusions.”

Guilty, Without Possibility of Innocence – “So writes Marcos Ortega in an April 1st blog article at ‘Reformed Margins.’ It is a well written article—but it continues the same theme of, ‘If you will not legitimize the narrative, you are the problem.’ Instead of honestly acknowledging the reality of the actual intention, and even words, of my original commentary on an obviously non-Christian young man expressing his rebellion against authority (and follow up comments on the importance of fatherhood to all aspects of a young man’s life, from sexual morals to one’s view of authority), it seems that the reality of what I actually said is no longer relevant. In fact, I get the feeling it has never been relevant. Which is the real problem.”


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Eric BancroftAre We There Yet?


VIDEOS:

MacArthur on the Purpose Driven Life

Steven Furtick Narigetically Moralizes Jonah


“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 (April 5)

Today’s Kindle deals include The NIV Zondervan Study Bible edited by D.A. Carson ($3.99); The Grace of Repentance by Sinclair Ferguson ($2.99); Discovering the God Who Is by R.C. Sproul ($2.99); To the Glory of God by James Boice ($1.99); Each for the Other by Bryan Chapell ($1.99); The MacArthur Bible Handbook by John MacArthur ($2.99).

9 Things You Need to Know about Backpage.com and Sex Trafficking

This is awful but important. “Many assume sex trafficking is restricted to the darkest corners of the Internet. The online classified ad company ‘Backpage,’ however, has become the Walmart of sex trafficking and prostitution. For a modest fee, traffickers can post sex ads of women and children they control with force or fraud.”

Why Porn Kills Sex

On a similar note, Russell Moore looks at the recent edition of TIME, which has a cover story on porn, and talks about why pornography is so destructive to healthy sexuality.

My Pastor Uses Pre-Made Sermons

This is surprisingly common today. John Piper tells why it’s a bad idea.

Methuselah’s Age and the Patience of God

I enjoyed Nathan Busenitz’s reflection on the man who lived the longest.

5 Ways To Wound Immature Believers

“Making fun of immature Christians has turned into quite the lucrative market. The more mature Christians among us seem to have discovered this, as more and more spoof sites are cropping up.” Hmm…

This Day in 1524. 492 years ago today, “Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli marries Anna Reinhart for the second time—this time in public.” *

The Institute for Expository Preaching

Steve Lawson is leading one of his institutes for expository preaching here in Toronto. You can get details at the link.

Facing A Task Unfinished

“On February 21st, 2016, Getty Music in partnership with OMF International led an estimated 1.1 million believers together across 100 countries for an unparalleled ‘Global Hymn Sing’ featuring the hymn ‘Facing a Task Unfinished.’” Between you and me, I think the hymn was oversold a bit as “the greatest missions hymn ever,” but it is still really amazing to see how many people sang it!

Explainer: The Lexi Page Case

Joe Carter explains the Lexi Page case which you may have heard of via social media.

Barrett

An evangelicalism with no boundaries will inevitably result in an evangelicalism with no orthodoxy. —Matthew Barrett


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Blogs

Wisely Handling the Book of Proverbs | R. C. Sproul, Ligonier
“So, the book of Proverbs is concerned to give us practical guidelines for daily experience. It is a neglected treasure of the Old Testament, with untold riches lying in wait in its pages to guide our lives. It holds real, concrete advice that comes from the mind of God Himself.”

Also see my Top Resources for Proverbs.

Evangelistic Preaching | Barry York, Gentle Reformation
“Below are thirteen characteristics, briefly explained, which help distinguish an evangelistic sermon from what we might call an edification sermon. These qualities should not be understood as mutually exclusive, but rather as weighted tendencies or features.”

Here’s my series on evangelistic preaching:

What is Evangelistic Preaching?
4 Kinds of Evangelistic Preaching
Why Is Evangelistic Preaching So Rare Today?
4 Characteristics of Evangelistic Preaching
4 More Characteristics of Evangelistic Preaching

The Darkness of Porn and the Hope of the Gospel | Denny Burk
“TIME magazine has published one of the saddest, most horrifying cover stories I have ever read. It is not horrifying in the sense of the carnage of war. It’s horrifying in the sense that it documents the carnage of a culture that is committing slow-motion suicide. It is a civilization-wide calamity on a scale that we have not seen before.”

5 Reasons Emotional Intelligence Is so Important for Leaders | Art Rainer
“Emotional intelligence is the extent to which someone is able to understand, filter through, and leverage his or her emotions in order to accomplish a task.It is an interpersonal, intangible set of abilities. And whereas your IQ is a constant, EQ can be developed and increased. ”

Of Burner Phones and Busy Lives: Making the Best Use of Time | Nathan Eshelman, Gentle Reformation
“A couple of weeks ago I walked into a cell phone store and said, ‘I would like to trade in my iPhone 6 for a dumb phone.’ Puzzled, the clerk asked why I would do such a thing. I told him I longed for the simplicity of the 2000s. The look of puzzlement continued as I described why I only wanted talk and text: I am tired of the media access on my phone. It’s a time vacuum.”

12 Things to Know About the Anti-Christ | Matthew Holst, The Christward Collective
“Friends, the days are spiritually perilous with the spirit of anti-Christ alive and well (1 John 2:18). They are a foretaste of what is to come with the Man of Lawlessness.  Yet these are the days where we ought prepare ourselves for what is to come. ”

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The God We Worship: Adoring the One Who Pursues, Redeems, and Changes His People edited by Jonathan L. Master

Kindle Books

For your non-Kindle book buying needs please consider using Reformation Heritage Books in the USA and Reformed Book Services in Canada. Good value prices and shipping.


The Grace of Repentance by Sinclair B. Ferguson ($2.99)


The Beauty of Intolerance: Setting a Generation Free to Know Truth and Love by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell ($2.99)


The Truth About Man by Paul Washer ($2.99)


British English from A to Zed: A Definitive Guide to the Queen’s English by Norman W. Schur ($1.99). Ah, yes, the good old days.


Parents Who Think Too Much: Why We Do It, How to Stop It by Ann Cassidy ($0.99)

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Links I like

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And for sports fans, Pujols: More than the Game by Scott Lamb & Tim Ellsworth is 99¢.

Seven Reasons Your Pastor Is More Than a Podcast

“Another day. Another podcast comparison. Another hurt pastor.”

9 Things You Need to Know about Backpage.com and Sex Trafficking

Gaye Clark:

The Internet makes it easy for johns to order up a child as easily as a pizza.

Many assume sex trafficking is restricted to the darkest corners of the Internet. The online classified ad company “Backpage,” however, has become the Walmart of sex trafficking and prostitution. For a modest fee, traffickers can post sex ads of women and children they control with force or fraud.

4 Reasons Why Teaching a Children’s Sunday School Class is Good for Your Soul

Michael Kelley:

I am over halfway through my rookie season as a second grade Sunday school teacher. And over the course of these months, I’ve learned very, very much. But among the things that have become crystal clear to me is the face that teaching a children’s Sunday school class is extraordinarily good for your soul. And here are four reasons why.

Home Row

My friend Jeff Medders launched a new podcast focused on writers talking about writing. His first guest: Jared Wilson.

5 Ways To Wound Immature Believers

Mike Leake:

Making fun of immature Christians has turned into quite the lucrative market. The more mature Christians among us seem to have discovered this, as more and more spoof sites are cropping up. I find myself enjoying some of these and laughing along at some of the innocent humor. It’s good to be able to laugh at ourselves at times. But I also found myself quite convicted as I read through Christopher Love’s little book, Grace: The Truth, Growth, and Different Degrees. A powerful wave of conviction flooded over me as I thought about the many times I’ve rolled my eyes and silently mocked some well-meaning Facebook posts.

Always Reforming: Diversity and the Reformed Resurgence

This is the start of a really good and necessary conversation.

Wisely Handling the Book of Proverbs

R.C. Sproul:

Every culture seems to have its own unique, collected wisdom, pithy insights of the wise. Oftentimes, these tidbits of wisdom are preserved in the form of the proverb. We have proverbial sayings in American culture. I am thinking of sayings such as “A stitch in time saves nine” or “A penny saved is a penny earned.”


Franklin Graham Warns America: ‘I Fear That Our End Will Be Near’

Posted: 05 Apr 2016 06:33 AM PDT

Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has warned that much like the decline of the Babylonian empire close to 2,500 years ago, America may also be staring…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Colorado man wants to build a full-size replica of ancient Jerusalem

Posted: 05 Apr 2016 06:27 AM PDT

An American entrepreneur and visionary is planning a huge – and very expensive – religious theme park that will take years to complete and cost tens of…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Newspaper Compares Supporters of Bible Bill to Ayatollahs

Posted: 05 Apr 2016 06:14 AM PDT

(Todd Starnes) There are a lot of gun-toting, Bible-clinging patriots in my home state of Tennessee. So it was not all that surprising when lawmakers recently named…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Why You Need to Understand the Satanic Bible’s Shocking Golden Rule

Posted: 05 Apr 2016 06:11 AM PDT

(Matt Barber) “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” —Aleister Crowley, Satanic priest and paragon to Alfred Kinsey, father of modern sex education…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Persia Deploys Elite ‘Commandos’ to Syria

Posted: 05 Apr 2016 05:50 AM PDT

Iran has deployed a contingent of special forces “commandos” to Syria, according to a senior Iranian military commander. Speaking to Iran’s official Tasnim News Agency, Lieutenant Commander…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

28 people killed in floods in remote regions of Ethiopia

Posted: 05 Apr 2016 05:43 AM PDT

The state broadcaster in Ethiopia says 28 people have been killed in severe flooding in two remote regions. The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation reported Monday that 23 people…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

DEVELOPING: World equities rocked by new oil slide

Posted: 05 Apr 2016 05:37 AM PDT

Europe’s main stock markets dived Tuesday, after another sell-off across most of Asia that was sparked by a fresh drop in oil prices, dealers said. Around 0900…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

30 people killed by lightning in 10 days

Posted: 05 Apr 2016 05:32 AM PDT

At least 30 people mostly farmers were struck and killed by lightning in the last 10 days at different parts of the country as nor’westers started to…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Monster sinkhole swallows house and gardens in Vietnam

Posted: 05 Apr 2016 05:29 AM PDT

Hundreds of people living in Hoa Lac village (Tien commune, My Duc District, Hanoi) rushed out of their homes after hearing a terrifying noise outside. There they…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

The Exodus Of People Moving Away From California Is Becoming An Avalanche

Posted: 04 Apr 2016 08:10 PM PDT

(Michael Snyder) Over the past ten years, approximately five million people have moved away from the state of California, and as you will see in this article…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Huge Hailstones damage 1,000 houses in northern Vietnam

Posted: 04 Apr 2016 07:58 PM PDT

Around 1,000 houses and 100 hectares of vegetables fields were damaged in Tuyen Quang Sunday in the province’s worst hailstorm in 30 years. Hailstones as large as…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

DEVELOPING: ‘Suspicious Activity’ at North Korea’s nuclear complex

Posted: 04 Apr 2016 07:54 PM PDT

Recent satellite imagery shows “suspicious activity” at North Korea’s nuclear complex in what could be a sign that Pyongyang might be trying to harvest weapons-grade plutonium from…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

DEVELOPING: China jitters could trigger global market bloodbath, IMF warns

Posted: 04 Apr 2016 07:50 PM PDT

Jitters over the health of the Chinese economy could trigger a bloodbath on financial markets if a hard landing materialises, the International Monetary Fund has warned. The…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

DEVELOPING: CHASE Begins Limits On ATM Withdrawals.

Posted: 04 Apr 2016 07:43 PM PDT

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. capped ATM withdrawals at $1,000 per card daily for noncustomers—cracking down as people started pulling out tens of thousands of dollars at…

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19 Facts That Prove Things In America Are Worse Than They Were Six Months Ago

Posted: 04 Apr 2016 07:36 PM PDT

(Michael Snyder) Has the U.S. economy gotten better over the past six months or has it gotten worse? In this article, you will find solid proof that…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Forerunner of the Global Prayer Movement

Posted: 04 Apr 2016 07:12 PM PDT

(Steve Hickey) On April 9, a concert of prayer and worship will rise coast to coast in America. Many thousands will gather for UnitedCry DC16 at the…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano violently erupts, launching burning rocks

Posted: 04 Apr 2016 05:30 PM PDT

Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano violently erupted over the weekend, launching ash and burning rocks into the air after weeks of increased activity. Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Girls’ volleyball team shown ’50 Shades of Grey’

Posted: 04 Apr 2016 05:20 PM PDT

  A decision by two high school volleyball coaches — one a teacher, the other a school board member — to show the sexploitation film “Fifty Shades…

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Israel Investing Nearly $3 Million in Homosexual Tourism

Posted: 04 Apr 2016 12:30 PM PDT

Israel’s Ministry of Tourism will invest NIS 11 million ($2.9 million) to promote LGBT tourism to the Jewish state. The campaign will promote Israel as a liberal…

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‘Death Simulator’ that lets you ‘experience’ passing away and being cremated

Posted: 04 Apr 2016 12:24 PM PDT

Anyone who’s wondered what dying is like can now get an answer to their question thanks to a ‘death stimulator’ exhibit. The Samadhi Death Simulator is in…

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5 Reasons Why I’m Not Worried About the Antichrist

Posted: 04 Apr 2016 12:21 PM PDT

(Micahel Brown) There are some Christians who are so focused on the end times that they almost talk about the Antichrist more than Jesus Christ. Not only…

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Warfarin rat poison widely used as prescription blood thinner

Posted: 04 Apr 2016 12:14 PM PDT

Many drugs pushed out by Big Pharma are equivalent to rat poison, but only a handful can actually claim to be rat poison. Meet warfarin: a widely…

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Rick Warren Appoints Just-Freed Prisoner as Saddleback Church Pastor

Posted: 04 Apr 2016 12:10 PM PDT

Danny Duchene was nearly 20 years into a double life sentence in California’s Sierra Prison when he first encountered Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren through his bestselling…

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Popular ‘Simpons’ Character Smithers Comes Out as Gay

Posted: 04 Apr 2016 12:07 PM PDT

In a recent episode of Fox’s The Simpsons, “The Burns Cage,” Waylon Smithers Jr. (voice of Harry Shearer) comes out of the closet to Mr. Burns. Burns,…

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Dutch Sheets: Audacious Prayer Assignments Are Coming

Posted: 04 Apr 2016 10:19 AM PDT

(Dutch Sheets) A spirit of grace and prayer is being poured out upon this generation, awakening us to the condition of our nation, and to the truth…

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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

Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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

Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

Jesus Booklet
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

It is not just a handful of texts that teach the perseverance of the saints: the entire gospel sustains and confirms it. The Father has chosen them before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4), ordained them to eternal life (Acts 13:48), to be conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29). This election stands (Rom. 9:11; Heb. 6:17) and in due time carries with it the calling and justification and glorification (Rom. 8:30). Christ, in whom all the promises of God are Yes and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20), died for those who were given him by the Father (John 17:6, 12) in order that he might give them eternal life and not lose a single one of them (6:40; 17:2); he therefore gives them eternal life and they will never be lost in all eternity; no one will snatch them out of his hand (6:39; 10:28).

The Holy Spirit who regenerates them remains eternally with them (14:16) and seals them for the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). The covenant of grace is firm and confirmed with an oath (Heb. 6:16–18; 13:20), unbreakable like a marriage (Eph. 5:31–32), like a testament (Heb. 9:17), and by virtue of that covenant, God calls his elect. He inscribes the law upon their inmost being, puts his fear in their heart (Heb. 8:10; 10:14ff.), will not let them be tempted beyond their strength (1 Cor. 10:13), confirms and completes the good work he has begun in them (1 Cor. 1:9; Phil. 1:6), and keeps them for the return of Christ to receive the heavenly inheritance (1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:4–5).

In his intercession before the Father, Christ acts in such a way that their faith may not fail (Luke 22:32), that in the world they may be kept from the evil one (John 17:11, 20), that they may be saved for all times (Heb. 7:20), that their sins will be forgiven them (1 John 2:1), and that they may all be where he is to behold his glory (John 17:24). The benefits of Christ, which the Holy Spirit imparts to them, are all irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). Those who are called are also glorified (8:30). Those who are adopted as children are heirs of eternal life (8:17; Gal. 4:7). Those who believe have eternal life already here and now (John 3:16). That life itself, being eternal, cannot be lost. It cannot die since it cannot sin (1 John 3:9). Faith is a firm ground (Heb. 11:1), hope is an anchor (6:19) and does not disappoint us (Rom. 5:5), and love never ends (1 Cor. 13:8).

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation, volume 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008), 270.


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