Daily Archives: April 8, 2016

April 8, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Apr. 8, 2016

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President Obama said he and his advisers “anguish” over civilian deaths caused by U.S. drone strikes while defending the program as a necessary component of the country’s defense.

There’s increasing evidence the People’s Bank of China’s year-and-a-half-long easing cycle is hitting the mark.

Junk bond sales, which had all but dried up at the start of the year, are showing signs of life. More than $10 billion of high-yield debt is on track to be sold this week in the U.S., which would make for the busiest five consecutive days since November.

Iran ratcheted up its offense in the oil market after breaking a pricing tradition, signaling it’s seeking to win market share when rival producers are trying to forge a deal on freezing output.

Pope Francis said Friday that Catholics should look to their own consciences rather than rely exclusively on church rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift emphasis from doctrine to mercy in confronting some of the thorniest issues facing the faithful.

Gold pared its biggest weekly advance in a month as a rebound in equities curbed demand for the metal as a haven.

AP Top Stories

Turkey and Israel are on the brink of restoring their ties after a bitter falling-out five years ago, the Turkish foreign ministry announced early Friday after talks in London.

Apple has filed a patent for a new laptop featuring a large touchpad where a keyboard would usually be.

“If they deport us, we will kill ourselves. We will not go back.” Another group of detainees on Lesbos, who, in an open letter obtained by the Guardian, declared the following: “We will accept death but not return back. We will all commit suicide if they deport us.”

Syrian rebel forces on Thursday took over a town near the Turkish border that had been the main stronghold of Islamic State in the northern Aleppo countryside.

Pope Francis insisted that individual conscience be the guiding principle for Catholics negotiating the complexities of sex, marriage and family life in a major document released Friday that rejects the emphasis on black and white rules for the faithful.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who last month criticized Chinese military deployments in the South China Sea, leads 1,000 business leaders to China next week, hoping to build on a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries.

A recent slate of laws that target trans and gender-nonconforming people for using public bathrooms that match their gender identities have come up for debate in several U.S. states – and those in favor of the anti-trans legislation have used the defense that they are necessary measures to “protect” children from “predators.” But the anti-trans panic is a pretty weak defense, as Jessica Williams pointed out Wednesday in a Daily Show segment.

The Indiana State Police fired a trooper who is facing a second lawsuit accusing him of preaching to citizens while on duty, saying Thursday he disobeyed a written order to stop the practice.

The U.S. military on Thursday christened an experimental self-driving warship designed to hunt for enemy submarines, a major advance in robotic warfare at the core of America’s strategy to counter Chinese and Russian naval investments.

Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro appeared in public for the first time in nine months, chatting with school children and criticizing Barack Obama’s recent visit.

US officials have issued arrest warrants for 22 people linked to a money laundering network operated by the Mexican drug cartel formerly run by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Composite metal foams, or CMFs, are tough – so tough that they can destroy an armor-piercing bullet on impact, Phys.org reported. Phys.org cites new types of body and vehicle armor as two evident potential uses for these foams, since they’re lighter than metal plating.

A standard letter will decrease from 49 cents to 47 cents this Sunday. The U.S. Postal Service announced that it will drop the price of postage stamps starting this weekend–the first time it has lowered the postage rate in 97 years. The only other time in history that the cost of a stamp has gone down was in 1919, when Congress reset postage prices to their pre-World War I levels.

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A shooting at a US Air Force base in Texas has left at least two people dead. The Sherriff’s office has tweeted they are still inside the building and the scene may still be “active”.

Saudi Arabia’s king has announced that a bridge linking the country to Egypt will be built over the Red Sea.

Thirteen North Koreans working at the same restaurant abroad have defected to South Korea.

At least 200 people are reported missing after a suspected attack by the so-called Islamic State (IS) on a cement factory near Damascus.

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European pro-gun groups are mobilizing against a new EU push to restrict the sale of firearms, claiming the proposal won’t work as an anti-terrorism tool.

Scientists are conducting the world’s first clinical trials on a drug to treat pedophiles before they sexually abuse children. The drug, called degarelix, is normally used to treat prostate cancer but was found to have the side effect of reducing sexual arousal.

Harvard economist Larry Summers says “it’s time to go after big money,” and he wants to start by banning the $100 bill. But critics say he and other globalist elites may have an ulterior motive for such a move.


Top News – 4/8/2016

Inside the Ring: Cybercom Sounds Alarm on Infrastructure Attacks
The commander of the U.S. Cyber Command warned Congress this week that Russia and China now can launch crippling cyberattacks on the electric grid and other critical infrastructures.

Bernie Sanders Smears Israel
he betrayed an ignorance of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would, if he were president, lead to the loss of Jewish and Arab lives. Naiveté is fine for Vox.com. But it is absolutely unacceptable for the Oval Office.

Anti-ageing pill that could see humans living up to a decade longer moves a step closer following discovery
“We’re excited about GSK-3. It could mean that all sorts of diseases related to ageing could be prevented for the near future if it was to become a therapy starting in middle age. I think that’s an even more exciting perspective than life extension,” he said.

Giuliani says he will vote for Trump
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Thursday he would be supporting Donald Trump for president in the April 19 Republican primary. “I support Trump. I’m gonna vote for Trump,” Giuliani told The New York Post. Giuliani said he expects Trump will get more than 50 percent of the statewide vote and amass a lion’s share of New York’s 95 delegates.

Pope Francis calls to accept gays
In a major shift of Catholic tenets of faith, pope releases paper instructing Catholics on how to live, tells them to accept homosexuals.

ISIS massacres 175 cement plant workers captured near Damascus – reports
slamic State militants have killed 175 workers who were captured at a cement factory situated to the east of Damascus, Sputnik Arabic reported, citing its sources.

Strong Quake Strikes Vanuatu; No Injuries or Tsunami Threat
Another strong earthquake struck the Pacific nation of Vanuatu on Thursday but there was no tsunami threat and no immediate reports of any damage or injuries. The magnitude-6.9 quake was the third strong earthquake to strike Vanuatu since Sunday, although none have caused problems.

Earthquake Hits Major Volcano Site
There was a major earthquake on the northern edge of the Bárðarbunga volcanic craters at around midnight last night. The quake measured 4.2 on the Richter scale and is therefore the largest quake to have hit the famous volcano since it stopped erupting in February last year.

Pakistan, India peace talks ‘suspended’
Pakistan’s ambassador to India has said the peace process between India and Pakistan is currently suspended. Abdul Basit said no meetings were currently scheduled between the foreign secretaries of the two countries. Diplomatic talks were postponed after an attack on an Indian air base in January which Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

NGO Monitor: UN agency regularly manipulates data to make Israel look bad
NGO Monitor on Thursday released a report highly critical of a UN agency deemed so biased in Jerusalem that the Foreign Ministry, according to diplomatic sources, stopped cooperating with it in any meaningful way several years ago. …According to the NGO Monitor report, the group “regularly presents data in a manipulative way that erases the context of terrorism and distorts law and morality.”

Turkey says reconciliation deal with Israel set to be finalized
Turkish and Israeli teams made progress towards finalizing an agreement to mend ties between them in talks in London and agreed a deal will be finalized in the next meeting to be convened very soon, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Friday.

Rev. Graham: PayPal Hypocrite, Does Business in Countries Where Homosexual Behavior Is Illegal
In response to PayPal’s decision to not open a new center in North Carolina because of the state’s law against men using women’s bathrooms and locker rooms, Rev. Franklin Graham said PayPal is a “hypocrite” and noted that PayPal does business in countries where homosexual behavior is illegal, but it decided to fault North Carolina.

Glenn Beck: U.S. In Chaos Because Americans Are Worshipping Baal and Moloch
Glenn Beck sees a nation in disarray — and knows that it’s due to Americans’ worship of pre-Abrahamic deities.

IS group doubles number of fighters in Libya: US
The number of Islamic State group fighters in Libya has doubled to up to 6,000 in as little as a year, the head of US forces in Africa warned Thursday.

Caught On Tape: Russian Attack Helicopter Hunts, Destroys ISIS Vehicles
While the “war against ISIS” has been quietly pulled from the front pages in recent months (even as both Russia and the US continue to pile forces into Syria), having served its political purpose, it continues on the ground. As evidence we have the following newly-released videos show Russian Mil Mi-28NE Night Hunter helicopters hunting Islamic State vehicles in Syria.

Syrian rebels seize Islamic State stronghold: monitor, sources
Syrian rebel forces on Thursday took over a town near the Turkish border that had been the main stronghold of Islamic State in the northern Aleppo countryside, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and rebel sources said.

Puerto Rico Bonds Crash After “Moratorium” Raises Default Risk
Just a day after Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed a law that enables him to temporary halt debt payments, dramatically raising the risk of widespread defaults, Puerto Rico securities had the biggest one-day drop in more than eight months.


Top Headlines – 4/8/2016

  • Stocks up as investors look to end bruising week on a high (Read More)
  • Treasuries Set for Two-Week Gain; Greenspan Warns of Global Risk (Read More)
  • Yellen, alongside Fed alum, says rate hikes on track (Read More)
  • Oil Prices Lifted by Fed Comments on U.S. Economy (Read More)
  • China says G20 summit should be about economics, not politics (Read More)
  • Cameron Accused of Hypocrisy for Stake in Father’s Offshore Fund (Read More)
  • US government to challenge MetLife ‘too big to fail’ decision (Read More)
  • Kerry visits Iraq, showing support for embattled PM (Read More)
  • The Unraveling of a Wall Street Scion (Read More)
  • How Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen has made al Qaeda stronger ??? and richer (Read More)
  • Pope calls for compassionate Church open to ‘imperfect’ Catholics (Read More)
  • The Art of Calling Brazil’s Currency Rally From 6,700 Miles Away (Read More)
  • War of Words Escalates in Democratic Race (Read More)
  • Travails of the active fund manager may only just be beginning (Read More)
  • For NATO trainers, race against time to prepare Afghan troops to go it alone (Read More)
  • No Love for Swiss Stocks Despite Record Payouts Versus Bonds (Read More)
  • ExIm Bank political stand-off robs Boeing of aircraft deals (Read More)
  • Damage Extensive for Crippled U.S. Littoral Ship in Singapore (Read More)
  • Trump, under fire on many fronts, expands campaign team (Read More)
  • Fed’s Williams eyes two 2016 rate hikes: Fox Business Network (Read More)
  • ‘Batman v Superman’ Seen Earning Less Profit Than Superman Alone (Read More)

Palestinians mull UNSC resolution draft

PM says Abbas effort to condemn Israel at UN ‘pushes peace away’

PA reveals covert talks on full IDF withdrawal

Report: Hamas taps over 1,000 terror operatives to dig Gaza tunnels

Bombing in Sinai kills 7, injures 15

1300 Ethiopian Jews to make aliyah

Israel, Turkey make progress towards deal to restore ties

5 years since first Iron Dome interception

Israel, US hold joint workshop to prepare for WMD attack

World War Three may have already begun in Iraq and Syria

Report: Hezbollah building ‘permanent’ base, arsenal in Syria

IS group doubles number of fighters in Libya: US

Lebanon debates Israel’s definition as ‘the enemy’ in school curriculum

Isis ‘teaching children how to make bombs at school’ and brainwashing pupils with jihadist ideology in Iraq

ISIS cell with weapons cache busted in Copenhagen

250 Syrian civilians feared kidnapped by ISIS near Damascus

Syrian rebels seize Islamic State stronghold: monitor, sources

Syria-Russia-Iran axis likely to liberate ISIS heartland, not Western backed forces

U.S., Russia Said to Team Up to Draft New Syria Constitution

Panama Papers Continue to Shake Leaders Worldwide, Including Cameron and Putin

US government, Soros funded Panama Papers to attack Putin – WikiLeaks

Rouhani: Iran doesn’t present a threat to anyone

UN takes on ‘violent extremism’ seen as a cause of terrorism

Student activist hacked, shot to death on Bangladesh street

Military launches robot warship

Govt Will Soon Owe More Money Than Entire Economy Produces

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Irapa, Venezuela

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

4.5 magnitude earthquake felt in Aghanistan

4.0 earthquake in northern Oklahoma rattles Wichita

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 19,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 15,000ft

Singabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Langila volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Tenggar Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Amid drought, Venezuela’s president orders 3-day weekends to save electricity

Op-Ed Putting human stem cells in animal embryos? The NIH should get on board.

Who needs sex to make babies? Pretty soon, humans won’t

Israel is ‘afraid’ of the abortion issue

Arizona woman allegedly faked cancer diagnosis to have state pay for abortion

California authorities raid home of anti-Planned Parenthood videographer

Rev. Graham: PayPal Hypocrite, Does Business in Countries Where Homosexual Behavior Is Illegal

Tennessee bill would allow counselors to deny service based on religion

20,000 lesbians in the desert: welcome to the Dinah, a world without men

Bill Clinton: ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protesters Are Defending Murders And Drug Dealers

Beck: The Constitution is the Same as God’s Will

Christian churches ‘must be made’ to affirm homosexuality, says NY Times columnist


April 7, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — Conservatives are frequently accused of being beholden to big corporations. But on the matter of mandatory, and sometimes risky, vaccines, it’s the liberals and the left-wingers who come down on the side of the drug companies, known as Big Pharma. They want government to force parents to have their infants injected with potentially dangerous vaccines that may be linked to the developmental disorder known as autism…. (more)

April 7, 2016
NEWSMAX — Donald Trump’s praise of Planned Parenthood for all of its services except abortion is a shallow view of an agency that reaps its profits from terminating pregnancies, Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director, tells Newsmax TV…. (more)

April 7, 2016
GREG COROMBOS — Pro-life activists are openly frustrated with the leading candidates for both the Democrat and Republican nominations, scolding Hillary Clinton for saying the unborn have no rights and slamming Donald Trump for offering a variety of positions in recent days…. (more)

April 7, 2016
THE EDITORS OF NATIONAL REVIEW — Throughout his presidential campaign, Ted Cruz has argued that conservatives should and would unite behind him. It finally happened in Wisconsin. Conservatives backed him over Donald Trump by 54 to 33 percent. Since they made up three-quarters of primary voters, that margin more than overcame Trump’s smaller advantage among moderate voters…. (more)

April 7, 2016
MICHAEL BARONE — Ted Cruz has won a very big victory over Donald Trump in Wisconsin, with a popular vote margin (as this is written) of 15 points and a likely Cruz delegate margin over Trump of 36 to 6 or 39 to 3…. (more)


April 7, 2016
NEWSMAX — The Republican establishment is still “toying with the idea” of denying the GOP presidential nomination to either Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh says…. (more)

April 7, 2016
JOE KOVACS — In the wake of Donald Trump’s lackluster showing Tuesday in the Wisconsin Republican Primary, radio host Rush Limbaugh says the businessman’s campaign has “gone off the rails.” “I can tell you right now what’s wrong with the Trump campaign. I can tell you why it’s gone off the rails, ’cause it has, and I can tell you what they would have to do to get it back on the rails,” Limbaugh said Wednesday. “I instinctively know.”… (more)

April 7, 2016
THE RIGHT SCOOP — Ted Cruz just gave his first post-Wisconsin victory press conference and you can watch the full presser below. In it he responds does to Trumpertantrum’s statement last night accusing him of all manner of wrongdoing…. (more)

April 6, 2016
NEW YORK TIMES — Senator Ted Cruz soundly defeated Donald J. Trump in the Wisconsin primary on Tuesday, breathing new life into efforts to halt Mr. Trump’s divisive presidential candidacy and dealing a blow to his chances of clinching the Republican nomination before the party’s summer convention…. (more)


April 6, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Sen. Ted Cruz was projected to win the Wisconsin primary Tuesday, delivering a stunning blow to GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump and resetting the race as it heads east later this month…. (more)

April 6, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders upended their respective parties’ front-runners with big wins in the Wisconsin primary Tuesday. Cruz’s victory over Donald Trump is an important step toward denying the real estate developer the delegates he needs to win on the first ballot at the Republican National Convention. Meanwhile, Sanders is extending a win streak that will keep the Democratic race going even though Hillary Clinton has posted a formidable delegate lead…. (more)

April 6, 2016
ELIANA JOHNSON — Last Friday, four days before Wisconsinites would cast their ballots, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, and Sarah Palin headlined an event for the Milwaukee County Republican party. Donald Trump, whose unconventional campaign rests almost entirely on his public appearances, had left it to Palin to carry the banner for him while he jetted off to Washington, D.C. There, he would cap a dismal week by sitting down with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus for a remedial lesson in delegate allocation…. (more)

April 6, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz touted during his victory speech that his campaign raised over $2 million on Tuesday ahead of his victory in Wisconsin…. (more)

April 6, 2016
NEWSMAX — With a likely loss looming in Wisconsin, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign is in disarray and he is laying off staff, Politico reports…. (more)

April 6, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Republican front-runner Donald Trump, campaigning Monday in Wisconsin, made fun of his GOP rival Ted Cruz’s well-known speech style…. (more)

April 6, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Donald Trump’s shifting statements on abortion has led a major pro-life group to back Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. National Right to Life’s political action committee said Monday it will support Cruz because he is the only candidate “who has always been pro-life.” The endorsement comes after front-runner Donald Trump made several differing statements over the past week on abortion…. (more)

April 6, 2016
THOMAS SOWELL — Donald Trump’s victories in the Republican primaries may make him seem like a sure winner. But those victories have been achieved by receiving either somewhat less than 40 percent of the votes or somewhat more than 40 percent, but never a majority…. (more)

April 6, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Sen. Kelly Ayotte introduced legislation Tuesday that would prohibit any transfers from Guantanamo Bay through September 2017, several months past the end of President Obama’s term…. (more)


April 5, 2016
RENEWAMERICA — At a town hall edition of the “Kelly File” with Sen. Ted Cruz Monday night in Madison, Wisconsin, Fox News host Megyn Kelly elicited a passionate response from Cruz over Donald Trump’s attacks on his wife and family. Asked if he expected an apology from Trump after Trump admitted he made an error in judgment, Cruz responded, “I don’t care who Donald Trump apologizes to. You know the apology I want? I want to see an apology from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to the millions of people” who are suffering because of the damage caused by Obamacare – drawing rousing applause from the audience…. (more)

April 5, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Conservative Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan thinks the seemingly endless controversies swirling around Donald Trump are, by comparison, making Hillary Clinton “look normal.”… (more)

April 5, 2016
YOUTUBE — Watch the fireworks between Scottie Nell Hughes and Ben Ferguson and Alisyn Camerota March 31 on CNN’s New Day…. (more)


April 5, 2016
UPI — Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz was greeted with a standing ovation at a Milwaukee County GOP event Saturday and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was standing in for front-runner Donald Trump, was met with steely silence three days ahead of the state’s crucial primary vote…. (more)


April 5, 2016
NEWSMAX — Fox News personality Greg Gutfeld criticized some of his fellow hosts on Fox News Channel for not being tough enough on Republican front-runner Donald Trump…. (more)

April 5, 2016
MAJ. GEN. PATRICK BRADY — America has no kings or queens, but we do have a nobility. America’s nobility is our military. Before we had a country, we had a military – – we would have no country without our nobility, a strong military. Who could not know that? But the military is being savaged as never before…. (more)

April 5, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that illegal immigrants and other noncitizens can be counted when states draw their legislative districts, shooting down a challenge by Texas residents who said their own voting power was being diluted…. (more


Stand for Truth Thursday: Living in a Gray World

by Jessie Minassian

We need to have answers to the tough questions about homosexuality, because if we don’t, culture will be more than happy to provide answers—truth optional.

Girls with Conviction Live with Passion

by Bethany Baird

Want to find what you’re passionate about? Start by knowing what you believe.

20 Things We’d Tell Our Twentysomething Selves

by Leanna Shepard

Important lessons for girls of every age.

Refuse to Settle for Glimpses of God’s Word

by Erin Davis

Could a Snapchat image of the Sistine Chapel ever do it justice? No way! In the same way, when we settle for glimpses of God’s Word, we miss the masterpiece.


The Daily Discovery (April 8, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Keeping the Faith in A Faithless Age: the Church as a Moral Minority – “For centuries the Christian church has been the center of Western civilization. Western culture, government, law, and society were based on explicitly Christian principles. Concern for the individual, a commitment to human rights, and respect for the good, the beautiful, and the true-all of these grew out of Christian convictions and the influence of revealed religion.”

Did God Break the Law for Love? – “It happened again. A popular preacher said something in a sermon, it made its way to social media, and lots of people got upset. This happens quite often, doesn’t it? I rarely pay attention to these things and comment on them infrequently. However, I am making an exception for the latest one because I suspect quite a few people who saw it on their Facebook timeline are saying, ‘Hang on! What’s so wrong with what he said?’ It’s one of those things that is just close enough to the truth to be confusing. So let’s turn it into an opportunity and consider how and why what he said is problematic.”

FAQ: The Ligonier Statement on Christology – “Earlier this year, Ligonier released The Word Made Flesh: The Ligonier Statement on Christology. Since then, we have received questions and comments, and we have compiled these into a list of frequently asked questions. We hope the answers to these questions serve people as they continue to read the statement and seek to understand Scripture’s teaching on the person and work of Christ.”

“Homophobia” in the church – “The Desiring God website recently did a post on ‘homophobia’ in the church. It was by a “worship pastor” (whatever that means) named Nick Roen. One question is how much editorial control Piper has over material posted at the website. Be that as it may, let’s comment on some of Roen’s statements…”

Back to the Basics: Scripture’s Clarity – “As I made known in our reintroduction to this feature at Parking Space 23, from time to time we will be pointing you to posts which have been previously published. In most cases we have accomplished this with something called a ‘Reprise.’ What this usually means is the contributor responsible for posting that day has had an extremely busy week; at least that has been the case for me. However, today I am going to do something a little different.”


SERMON:

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Grant Castleberry – The Honor of God


VIDEOS:

A Biblical Alternative To The Sinner’s Prayer by Paul Washer

Dr. John MacArthur on Mormonism


“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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This Week in Calvinism – April 8, 2016

  • Gerry T. Neal thinks Calvinist theologians value Calvinism over orthodoxy.
  • Ronnie Rogers offers his take on the “Calvinism makes God the author of sin” argument.
  • Drew Koehler describes his journey to Calvinism.
  • Dr. Michael Bruening, associate professor of history and political science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, will be traveling to France to study the detractors of John Calvin during the Protestant Reformation.
  • Tim Challies recalls the time he discussed Twitter with John Piper over a plate of guacamole at Chili’s.
  • John Piper discusses sanctification and complete assurance for incomplete people.

This ‘n’ That

  • While hilarious, the scary thing is that I wouldn’t be surprised if something like this actually happened.
  • The reasons are many and multifaceted why I’ve not jumped on the “all prescription medicine is evil” bandwagon that has captured so many. Still, this was a fascinating read.
  • On making Jesus in our own image.
  • A little more Spurgeon for you: on the certainty of the resurrection.
  • Why do we call Him Lord?
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable (thanks, Lori!).
  • This made me sad because I knew this man’s voice well from my time in Chicago; I of course hope he is now with the Lord.
  • Wait a minute, does this guy (girl, thing?) want to be a woman, or a dragon? It seems like even the Daily Mail can’t decide, because the pronouns in the article are all over the place.
  • Um, sorry, but climate change is not a gospel issue. Nope, not even if you pray about it at the Billy Graham Library. Seriously, that means nothing.
  • Jesus’ unjust trial and Peter’s shameful denial:

A La Carte (April 8)

My guess is that the next few days bring us a ton of deals related to Together for the Gopsel. Here is Christian Focus: Five Points by John Piper ($1.99); John Knox by Steven Lawson ($1.99); John Calvin by William Walker ($3.99); Theodore Beza by Shwan Wright ($3.99); A Christian’s Pocket Guide to the Papacy ($0.99); Rebels Rescued by Brian Cosby ($1.99); Presbytopia by Ken Golden ($3.99). There are also 3 in the Trailblazers series: Mary of Orange, John Knox, and John Calvin ($1.99 each).

Why International Adoptions by Americans Have Hit a 35-Year Low

“In 2004, Americans adopted 22,884 children from foreign countries—an all-time high. Twelve years later, that number has dropped to 5,648 children—the lowest level in 35 years, according to recently released statistics from the US State Department on fiscal year 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014 to Sept. 30, 2015). The sharp decline isn’t limited to the United States; global adoptions to the top 24 receiving countries dropped by 75 percent during the same 12 years.”

Faithful Preachers are Forgetful Preachers

H.B. Charles has some wisdom for preachers (and everyone else) about the value of a certain kind of forgetfulness.

Keeping the Faith in A Faithless Age

Al Mohler: “The church has no right to follow the secular siren call toward moral revisionism and politically correct positions on the issues of the day.”

How Many Heartbeats Do You Have Left?

Have you ever considered how many heart beats you have in your lifetime? BBC Earth’s Maddie Moate explains.

Safe Schools, Gender Non-Conformity, and Common Sense

Kevin DeYoung shares a letter he wrote to The Michigan Department of Education.

This Day in 1939. 77 years ago today, John Frame was born. You can wish Dr. Frame a Happy Birthday on Twitter!

When an Unbeliever Dies

This is good counsel on offering genuine comfort when an unbeliever dies.

Do You Really Need Email on Your Phone?

It’s worth considering.

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Heavenly doctrines should always be adorned with a heavenly life. —Thomas Brooks


6 Ways to Deal With Emotional Manipulation

Posted: 08 Apr 2016 06:58 AM PDT

(Jennifer LeClaire) Over the weekend, I posted a Facebook graphic titled “9 Sure Signs You’re Being Emotionally Manipulated.” Within minutes, it was liked and shared over 1,000…

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Globalist ban on $100 bill next step to cashless society

Posted: 08 Apr 2016 06:39 AM PDT

Harvard economist Larry Summers says “it’s time to go after big money,” and he wants to start by banning the $100 bill. But critics say he and…

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DAYS OF NOAH: Are You Ready For Lab Made Babies?

Posted: 08 Apr 2016 06:32 AM PDT

confidently predict that people will still be having sex in 20 to 40 years’ time, but they will be using sex to conceive their babies much less…

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Why Hasn’t God Judged America Yet?

Posted: 08 Apr 2016 05:19 AM PDT

(Ron Cantor) A very good question is why hasn’t God already judged us as we deserve? Despite our massive moral failures over the decades, clearly God has…

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Pope Urges Church To Be More Accepting Of Gays, Lesbians, Divorced Catholics

Posted: 08 Apr 2016 05:07 AM PDT

Pope Francis put his shoulder to the doors of the Catholic Church and shoved them open a little wider Friday, calling for the church to be more…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Could ‘Cold Blob’ Mean More Hurricanes this Year?

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 07:59 PM PDT

A “cold blob” of water in the North Atlantic could lead to more hurricanes this year, AccuWeather reports. It defines the cold blob as a large area…

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ISIS captures hundreds of Syrian cement factory workers

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 07:51 PM PDT

ISIS-affiliated militants captured more than 300 workers and contractors at a cement factory in Syria, state news reported Thursday. Al-Badiyeh Cement Co. said the militants were holding…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

U.S. Muslims to overtake Jews by 2026

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 07:25 PM PDT

The torrid pace of Muslim migration into the United States should be sending off alarm bells in the nation’s Jewish community, but so far it has barely…

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A ‘tidal wave’ is coming that will throw the US into recession

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 07:18 PM PDT

A tidal wave is coming to the US economy, according to Albert Edwards, and when it crashes it’s going to throw the economy into recession. The Societe…

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Mother Planning Marriage with Son and Trying For Baby

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 07:15 PM PDT

A mother reunited with the son she gave up for adoption 30 years ago says now they’re in love – and trying for a baby together. Kim…

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Justin Bieber Makes Boldest Stand for God Yet

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 07:07 PM PDT

(Taylor Berglund) Justin Bieber’s faith has been a major topic for the pop star. And this week, Bieber made one of his strongest declarations of faith yet….

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20,000 lesbians Gather for Debauchery in the desert

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 07:03 PM PDT

Every year at the end of March, 20,000 lesbians from around the world fly into the Californian desert for five days of debauchery, and I’m one of…

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Alleged Prophet went to heaven and took pics to prove it

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 05:24 PM PDT

In case the good news hasn’t hit you yet, Incredible Happenings Ministries founder and leader Prophet Mboro went through the pearly gates. Or so he says, according…

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Only 3 U.S. airports screen employees daily before work

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 04:05 PM PDT

At Senate Commerce Committee session, lawmakers heard that only three airports in the United States require their employees to undergo a security check before they begin their…

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Giant fireball ‘ten times brighter than the moon’ turns day to night

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 03:58 PM PDT

Spanish scientists have captured the moment a fireball said to be ten times brighter than the moon hurtled through the sky. The natural phenomenon was registered by…

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Violent Storm kills 5,000 birds in Jessore, Bangladesh

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 03:56 PM PDT

Roughly 5,000 birds of different species were killed as a nor’wester wreaked havoc at Tirerhat village in Jessore Sadar upazila on Wednesday night. Locals said they found…

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7 US Companies Blast Mississippi for Religious Freedom Stance

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 03:49 PM PDT

Executives of several major U.S. corporations urged Mississippi on Wednesday to repeal a new state law that allows businesses to deny wedding services to same-sex couples on…

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Robots Likely to take your job in the future

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 03:45 PM PDT

If you put water on the stove and heat it up, it will at first just get hotter and hotter. You may then conclude that heating water…

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UK Therapist Suspended for Sharing Christianity With Muslim Co-Worker Loses Appeal

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 03:40 PM PDT

An occupational therapist who was suspended from her job for nine months after her Muslim co-worker alleged that she was trying to convert her to Christianity has…

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North Korean submarine attempts missile test launch

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 03:29 PM PDT

North Korea tried to test-launch a ballistic missile from a submarine, a website that monitors the reclusive state reported, as Chinese state media said defiant actions by…

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Christian cross has no place on L.A. County seal, judge rules

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 03:23 PM PDT

In a long-awaited ruling, a federal judge has sided with plaintiffs who argued it was unconstitutional for Los Angeles County supervisors to place a Christian cross on…

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World War Three may have already begun in Iraq and Syria

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 03:19 PM PDT

The recent death of a Marine in Iraq exposed the fact the United States set up a firebase there, which in turn exposed the fact the Pentagon…

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‘Behemoth’ black hole discovered in far-off galaxy

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 03:11 PM PDT

Astronomers discovered a “behemoth” black hole weighing as much as 17 billion suns in a remote part of the universe, according to a report published Wednesday. Black…

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Fears Rise Of Discovered Planet Destroying Earth In Near Future

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 02:58 PM PDT

A mysterious planet that wiped out life on Earth millions of years ago could do it again, according to a top space scientist. And some believe the…

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Who’s the ‘Beast’ in the Book of Revelation?

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 12:18 PM PDT

(J.D King) As far back as I can remember, people have been speculating about the identity of the “Antichrist,” an evil figure referenced in portions of the…

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A fleet of trucks just drove themselves across Europe

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 12:15 PM PDT

About a dozen trucks from major manufacturers like Volvo and Daimler just completed a week of largely autonomous driving across Europe, the first such major exercise on…

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Parents furious over ‘privilege’ quiz

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 12:10 PM PDT

Florida parents are livid at a Spanish teacher who assigned middle-school students a form titled “How privileged are you?” during class. Seventh- and eighth-grade students at Monroe…

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Risk of Collapse at Jesus’ Tomb Unites Rival Christians

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 12:06 PM PDT

It was a typical day at the shrine around what many believe is the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem’s Old City. A Greek Orthodox choir sang inside…

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USA Takes In 2 Muslim Migrants For Every 1 From Europe

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 12:00 PM PDT

The United States issues twice as many green cards to migrants from Muslim-majority countries than from Europe, adding to a Middle Eastern migrant population in the country…

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Mystery ‘surveillance’ box on utility pole in Phoenix sparks questions

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 11:56 AM PDT

Questions remain regarding the origin of a mysterious box on a utility pole near 21st and Glendale avenues in Phoenix. “I think it was a surveillance box……

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Japan to print additional big bills as more citizens stashing cash

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 11:53 AM PDT

The Finance Ministry plans to increase the number of ¥10,000 bills in circulation, amid signs that more people are hoarding cash. It will print 1.23 billion such…

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Govt Will Soon Owe More Money Than Entire Economy Produces

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 11:48 AM PDT

An auditor for the Government Accountability Office told lawmakers Wednesday that in the next few years the federal government will owe more than our entire economy produces….

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Iran announces plan to produce explosives used in missile warheads…

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 11:43 AM PDT

Iran intends to produce the powerful explosive Octogen for use in the warheads of its missiles to improve their “destructive and penetration power,” Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier…

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JPMorgan CEO Warns of Economic Tragedy

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 09:51 AM PDT

In about a decade, the U.S. will have no choice but to take action to address a “tragedy that we can see coming,” according to JPMorgan CEO…

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NYC Turned Winter Wonderland in April

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 09:47 AM PDT

The next blast of cold air from the north could bring “unusual” April snow to Manhattan on Saturday and a chill to the greens in Augusta, Georgia,…

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Top Headlines

 Nepal Removes Christmas as a National Holiday, Christians Protest
 University Poster Campaign Identifies Being Christian as a Privilege, Draws Backlash
 Franklin Graham: ‘PayPal Gets Hypocrite of the Year Award’ for Boycotting North Carolina over Transgender Bathroom Bill
 Kevin Sorbo: Hollywood is ‘Waking Up’ to Christian Film Industry
 Turkey Seizes Six Churches as State Property in Volatile Southeast
 Southern Baptist Leaders Urge American Christians to Respond to Refugee Crisis with Faith, Not Fear
 Bangladeshi Law Student Attacked with Machetes and Shot for Speaking out against Islam
 ‘God’s Not Dead’ Actress Melissa Joan Hart Discusses New Role in Faith-Based Film
 Candace Cameron Bure Criticized for Posting Photo of Hillary Clinton
 Home of Anti-Abortion Activist is Raided by Government Agents Who Seize Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos

Opinion

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.


What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.


The Gospel In A Nutshell

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

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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.

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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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Blindness has blinded his eyes?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

15 Μὴ ἀγαπᾶτε τὸν κόσμον μηδὲ τὰ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ. ἐάν τις ἀγαπᾷ τὸν κόσμον, οὐκ ἔστιν ἡ ἀγάπη τοῦ πατρὸς ἐν αὐτῷ· (1 John 2:15 NA28)

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

If we are not prayerful and become careless in our own abiding in our Lord, we can become distracted and then susceptible to the wiles of our enemy to become discouraged and even despair about distractions all around us coming from the current state of Evangelicalism. On the other hand, when we are in the heat of battle and God is using us, it is amazing how clear we can see the compromises. We see believers with a love for truth and a profession of faith…

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