April 26, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Apr. 26, 2016

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Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s new online bank, acquired from General Electric Co. last week, caps a decade-long shift by the firm and Morgan Stanley to lean more on deposits for funding — efforts that will help them comply with a U.S. rule to be unveiled Tuesday.

Orders for U.S. durable goods climbed less than forecast in March as demand for capital equipment remained weak, a sign that a diminished growth outlook is impeding investment.

States and cities have dramatically scaled back taxpayer subsidies to corporations in the past two years, doling out fewer and smaller breaks to lure development projects. Government subsidies of at least $50 million have plummeted about 70 percent since 2013.

For years, most Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders had to fly to Omaha, Nebraska, pay jacked-up hotel rates and line up early on a Saturday to hear Warren Buffett at the company’s annual meetings. No longer. When “Woodstock for Capitalists” returns on April 30, anyone with an Internet connection will be able to stream video of the question-and-answer session online for the first time, thanks to a partnership with Yahoo! Inc.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency within the Department of Defense historically known for creating the Internet itself, has published a call for companies to submit proposals to build a robust messaging platform that the military could use for secure communication of everything from intelligence to procurement contracts.

AP Top Stories

Islamic militants in the Philippines have beheaded a Canadian hostage, raising fears for more than 20 other foreigners held captive on remote islands, with troops and police vowing Tuesday to hunt down the extremists.

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has condemned the killing of a senior army officer who was shot along with his wife and bodyguard in an attack that also wounded their child in an expanding wave of violence in the central African nation.

Australia’s largest-ever defense contract has gone to a French shipbuilder to produce a new generation of submarines, thrilling officials in Paris and inaugurating half a century of close defense cooperation between the nations.

A Thai court on Tuesday granted a foreign same-sex couple full custody of their surrogate baby daughter following a legal battle with the mother who refused to hand her over after giving birth.

Fridges zapped off in kitchens across Venezuela as the government turned off the electricity supply to help ease a power shortage that is worsening the country’s economic crisis.The government imposed a four-hour blackout in eight states starting Monday and said the measure will last 40 days.

A newly identified Windows 10 security flaw lets hackers install malicious apps on any machine, without business owners being made aware anything out of the ordinary is happening. The issue lets anyone familiar with Windows security bypass its defenses without leaving any trace on the machine.

The U.S. military conducted “freedom of navigation” operations against 13 countries last year, including several to challenge China’s claims in the South and East China seas, according to an annual Pentagon report released on Monday. The operations were against China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Libya, Malaysia, the Maldives, Oman, the Philippines and Vietnam, the report said.

A South Carolina man will plead guilty to federal charges he lied to investigators and concealed knowledge of his friend’s plans for a deadly mass shooting that killed nine parishioners at a Charleston church last year, court papers showed on Monday.

The United States offered its backing for a NATO naval operation off Libya in support of a controversial Italian plan to close the Western Mediterranean migrant route to Europe.

The number of people caught trying to enter the United States illegally from Mexico rose in the first months of this year compared to the same period last year, officials said Monday. The US authorities detained 33,335 people in March, up 11 percent from the same month in 2015.

European aerospace giant Airbus delivered its first made-in-the-USA aircraft on Monday to mark a new stage in its battle for the home market of rival Boeing.

U.S. home prices continued their steady 5.4 percent upward march in February as buyers competed for a limited number of available properties.

BBC

Thousands of activists gathered at the North Carolina legislature on Monday as it reconvened for the first time since enacting a law criticized as anti-gay.

Swedish intelligence service Sapo is investigating a possible terror threat to the capital, Stockholm, local media said. Iraqi authorities had informed Sweden that seven or eight militants from the so-called Islamic State group had travelled to Sweden, newspapers reported.

The first all-out doctors’ strike in the NHS’s history is a “bleak day”, ministers say, but hospitals seem to be coping well during Tuesday’s stoppage.

The European Space Agency has launched a second radar satellite into the EU’s new Sentinel constellation.

The Saudi cabinet has approved sweeping economic reforms aimed at moving the country away from its dependence on oil profits. Just over 70% of revenues came from oil last year but it has been hit by falling prices.

WND

President Obama and Congress agreed to fund the permanent resettlement of 10,000 Syrian refugees, but the number of Syrians entering the U.S. over the next three years will end up being up to 10 times larger, says one analyst who follows the global refugee movement. And it’s all about to be done under the radar of Congress with nearly zero media coverage.

At least six members of AmeriCorps, the national volunteer service nonprofit that exists under the auspices of the federal government, used their organizational positions to support women seeking abortions and, in some cases, even provide them transportation to the clinics, a government watchdog group found.


Top News – 4/26/2016

We must protect Israel from its lying enemie
I first set eyes on two swamplands more than 70 years ago. Both would find a special place in my heart for years to come. One was Florida, the other Israel. Since then, I have spent my life working to improve and build them both.

Report: AmeriCorps Volunteers Escorted Women to Abortion Clinics
Several AmeriCorps volunteers recently helped young women get abortions, which is a “direct violation” of the federal funding rules that cover the group, The Hill reports.

EU FALLING APART: Former Italy PM warns bloc DISINTEGRATING which could spark WAR
“The EU is going through a crisis which leads me and others for the first time to consider whether we are not heading towards disintegration. “The EU has never been hit by such a high number of different crises of this gravity.

Military Buildup? Turkey Deploys Missile Systems on Border With Syria
The Turkish army has pulled additional forces to the border with Syria, placing several rocket launchers near the Turkish city of Kilis, local media reported.

Clashes break out on Temple Mount after Jews bow down
A protest erupted on Tuesday morning on the Temple Mount after several Jews visiting the site began prostrating themselves and began reciting Jewish prayers which are strictly forbidden under current agreements between Israel and the Waqf.

Iran and Russia move closer but their alliance has limits
Tehran had cause to celebrate: the Kremlin’s decision a year ago to press ahead with the stalled sale of the S-300 system was the first clear evidence of a growing partnership between Russia and Iran that has since turned the tide in Syria’s civil war and is testing U.S. influence in the Middle East.

ISIS fighters in Sweden to attack ‘civilian targets’ in Stockholm – reports
Swedish security services are on high alert in connection with a potential terror threat, officials said. Reports in Swedish media say several Islamic State fighters have arrived in Sweden to carry out attacks on civilian targets in the capital Stockholm.

British MP called to ethnically cleanse Israeli Jews
UK Labour Party MP Naz Shah has declared that all Israeli Jews should be “relocated” to the United States. She even suggested that the British government could pay for the “transportation costs” of removing Jews from the Middle East.

Saudi general: ‘If Netanyahu accepts the Arab Peace Initiative, we’ll open an embassy in Israel’
Anwar Eshki, a retired Major General in the Saudi army said in an interview with AL-Jazeera that he opposes arming the Palestinians, “like Iran does,” because it will be counterproductive.

SOLAR SECTOR BOUNDARY CROSSING
On April 28th, probably late in the day, Earth will cross a fold in the heliospheric current sheet–a vast wavy structure in interplanetary space separating regions of opposite magnetic polarity. The crossing could trigger geomagnetic activity and auroras around Earth’s poles

Blowing Dust Causes Pileup; I-10 Closed for 62 Miles in Arizona, New Mexico
Blowing dust in southeastern Arizona caused a pileup along Interstate 10 Monday afternoon, closing down a 62-mile stretch of the freeway , according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The westbound side of I-10 was closed off near San Simon, about 15 miles from the New Mexico state line after two tractor trailers collided.

California Firearm Owners Brace For ‘Gun-Megeddon’
The package of 10 gun control bills, which opponents are calling “Gun-Megeddon,” has firearms owners fearful of losing their Second Amendment right to bear arms. “Gun-Megeddon is definitely coming to pass,” said Craig DeLuz of the Firearms Policy Coalition.

White House says it will offer largest military package in US history
The United States plans to offer Israel the largest military assistance package in US history, according to an Obama administration official. “We are prepared to sign an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with Israel that would constitute the largest single pledge of military assistance to any country in US history,” a White House official told Reuters.

Iraq: Sadr supporters in mass protest for political reform
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, in protest at a months-long political crisis and lack of reform. Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr has asked his supporters to march towards the Green Zone, where the government is based. He wants Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to press ahead with his plan to replace ministers appointed on the basis of political affiliation with technocrats.

Egypt Clamps Down on Protests Over Red Sea Islands
Authorities acted quickly to suppress demonstrations only days after the biggest protests in a year Egyptian security forces quickly snuffed out a series of protests across Cairo against the government’s decision to transfer control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

France wins $40 billion Australian submarine contract
Australia has awarded the A$50 billion ($40 billion) contract to build the country’s new fleet of submarines to French naval contractor DCNS, sources said on Tuesday, dealing a major blow to Japan’s nascent defense export industry.

Palestinian Authority backs convicted killer for Nobel Peace Prize
Palestinian leaders have offered up an unlikely candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize: A man serving five life sentences for murder. Marwan Barghouti, who founded al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades and is called “the Palestinian Mandela,” was convicted in 2004 of five counts of murder – including a 2002 attack at a Tel Aviv seafood market in which three civilians were killed. While in prison, he has toyed with running for president and polls suggest he would win if it were up to the voters.

Canadian executed by Islamic militants in Philippines: Trudeau
Islamic militants in the Philippines have executed a Canadian hostage, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday, after the Filipino authorities said they had found the head of a foreign man on a remote island.

Iran unveils new main battle tank made from US and Chinese designs from the 1960s
Earlier this month, Iran unveiled a new main battle tank, the Tiam, that appears to be a mashup of Chinese and US tanks from the 1960s, The Diplomat reports. The tank appears to have the main hull and engine of the US’ M47M Patton, a variation of the M47 Patton made in the early 1960s, and the turret of China’s type 59/69 tank, first produced in 1958.


Top Headlines – 4/26/2016

  • The Fed Is Meeting in April to Talk About June (Read More)
  • Global stocks, oil prices climb as investors ready for Fed (Read More)
  • Apple Results to Show How Far iPhone Sales Have Fallen  (Read More)
  • On Election Eve for five states, Trump rips Cruz and Kasich (Read More)
  • President Xi Jinping’s Most Dangerous Venture Yet: Remaking China’s Military (Read More)
  • Oil’s Recovery Inches Higher as ‘Fracklog’ Awaits Price Trigger (Read More)
  • Malaysia’s Reputation Takes Another Hit as State Fund Defaults  (Read More)
  • Citadel Tops List of Private U.S. Trading Venues (Read More)
  • Mitsubishi Motors says it used non-compliant mileage data for 25 years (Read More)
  • BP Results Still Hurt by Gulf of Mexico Spill (Read More)
  • Read More is subsidizing foreign millionaires (Read More)
  • Earnings Blowups Send Tech Traders to Options Market for Hedges (Read More)
  • Saudi Arabia Approves Economic Reform Program (Read More)
  • Obama calls for strong, united Europe (Read More)
  • Taxpayer Subsidies to Companies Fall 70% as U.S. States Pull Back (Read More)
  • Driven up the wall by Trump, Mexico looks to recast image in U.S. (Read More)
  • Goldman Says China’s Iron Speculation ‘Concerns Us the Most’ (Read More)
  • Ex-CIA Agent Loses Appeal Against Extradition to Italy (Read More)
  • Goldman Bank Website Caps Quiet Shift Before New U.S. Cash Rule (Read More)
  • U.S. Ospreys win Japanese hearts and minds with quake relief flights (Read More)
  • Macau Casino Stock Rally Seen Unsustainable as Downturn Endures (Read More)

US ready to offer Israel largest aid package in history

Israelis optimistic Obama’s successor will be more pro-Israel

Poll: Palestinian support for two-state solution declining

Palestinian Officials Criticize Abbas for Delaying UN Resolution Against Settlements

Jordanian government warns Israel of “serious consequences” of Jewish visits to Temple Mount

UNRWA celebrates bus bombing, Israel does nothing

Israel holding Palestinian journalist as ‘terror’ suspect

‘Israel boycott halted security deal that could have foiled Paris attacks’

Report: U.N. Pressing for ‘Alternative’ Ways to Admit More Syrian Refugees to U.S.

ISIS pay scale revealed: Documents show salaries based on number of wives, sex slaves

ISIS bombing in eastern Baghdad kills at least 11

At least 60 killed in Aleppo violence in past three days

Obama’s former Mideast adviser: We should have bombed Assad

Syria, Russia sign deals worth 850 million euros to restore Syrian infrastructure

US warships may join EU in patrolling waters off Libya

Turkey deports 3,300 suspected jihadi fighters

Dutch newspaper publishes cartoon depicting Turkey’s Erdogan as an ape crushing free speech

Hungary’s PM Orban: ‘Islamization’ banned by constitution

Suspected Islamists kill Bangladeshi gay activist working for U.S. embassy

Canadian man decapitated by Philippine extremists

Afghanistan facing its worst humanitarian crisis since war began, Red Cross says

Saudi Arabia aims to become major weapons producer

Saudi Prince Shares Plan to Cut Oil Dependency and Energize the Economy

Iran Threatens Lawsuit in Hague Court Over U.S. Ruling on $2 Billion

F-22 fighter jets are in Romania to keep tabs on Russia’s Black Sea antics

Obama: Putin not “entirely persuaded” on idea of European unity

European Ministers Lay Out Explicit Plan to Create United States of Europe

Obama: We are living in the most peaceful era in human history

Venezuelan power rationing begins amid protests

China could slam door on Apple, says top global risk expert

This city embedded traffic lights in the sidewalks so that smartphone users don’t have to look up

‘Death ray’ could be used at Heathrow to shut down flying drones

Chernobyl could trigger more cancer, deaths 30 years after nuclear disaster

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Puerto Madero, Mexico

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Itbayat, Philippines

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Lambasa, Fiji

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Tenggar Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Eight killed as ‘golf ball’ hailstones, storms lash Myanmar

Rise in CO2 has ‘greened Planet Earth’

Skid Row overdoses likely caused by tainted batch of street drug Spice

Cartel drug war erupts in Acapulco after gunmen attack police headquarters, hotel

Chilling video shows Indian girls as young as 5 being forced into marriage, bursting into tears during wedding

Artist crucifies Jesus on dartboard

Evangelical Bible Teacher Jen Hatmaker Affirms LGBT “Christians”

Facebook Tells Woman to Remove Posts Opposing Men in Women’s Bathrooms

The Jewish Passover and The Connection To Jesus Christ!


Stories Of Despair From The Forgotten People That The U.S. Economy Has Left Behind

Forgotten - Public DomainThere is so much economic despair in our country today, but if you have a good job and if you live in a good neighborhood you might not ever encounter it.  There really are “two Americas” in 2016, and they are getting farther and farther apart with each passing year.  On the one hand, you have lots of people smiling in New York City these days because of the stock market boom, and property values have soared to ridiculous levels in San Francisco because of the tech bubble.  But in between the two coasts there are vast stretches of forgotten people that the U.S. economy has left behind.  In this article I am going to share some of their stories with you. (Read More…)


Earth Changes In 2016? How To Get Prepared For The Coming Earthquakes And Volcanic Eruptions

Four Horsemen - Public DomainAll over the world seismic activity is increasing.  In recent weeks we have seen a dramatic earthquake in Ecuador, more than 600 earthquakes have experts extremely alarmed about what is happening to Japan’s southern Island, and 37 volcanoes around the planet are erupting right now.  Most of the large earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that we have witnessed lately have come along the Ring of Fire, which is an area of seismic instability which roughly encircles the Pacific Ocean.  Fortunately the west coast of the United States has been spared so far, but scientists tell us that tension has been building up along the San Andreas fault and the Cascadia Subduction Zone for decades, and they assure us that it is only a matter of time before we see a major event.  What that day arrives, will you be prepared? (Read More….)


Hundreds of Trillions in Flaky Financial Instruments – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

There are five “too big to fail” banks in the United States that each have more than $40 trillion in exposure to derivatives (four of them actually have over $50 trillion in exposure). It should be noted that the “official” US national debt is sitting at a grand total of about $17.7 trillion. (If unfunded liabilities are included, the actual national debt is about $75 trillion.) So, ponder the derivatives exposure of these five big banks, which is for each of them more than two or three times the size of the total “official” US government indebtedness.

And unlike stocks and bonds, these derivatives do not represent “investments” in anything. They are essentially just highly leveraged (i.e., 100 to 1 or more) paper wagers about what will happen in the future. Trading in derivatives is basically just a form of legalized gambling, and the “too big to fail” banks have transformed Wall Street into the largest casino in history. When this derivatives bubble bursts, the entire world financial system will collapse.

These “too big to fail” banks run up enormous profits from their derivatives trading. According to the New York Times, US banks “have nearly $280 trillion of derivatives on their books” in spite of the fact that the financial crisis of 2008 was triggered by – indeed, was all about derivatives. With nearly $280 trillion of derivatives on their books, they earn huge profits (i.e., many billions of dollars) from trading in them. This incredible derivatives binge (which has grown dramatically since 2008) is driven by raw, unadulterated greed within the big banks, which have sophisticated computer models that are supposed to keep the system stable and help them manage these risks.

But all computer models are based on assumptions. And all of those assumptions were originally made by computer quants. When a “black swan event” comes along, such as a 9/11-type terror attack, a war, a major pandemic, an apocalyptic natural disaster, or a collapse of a very large financial institution, these models can (and very likely will) break down very rapidly (i.e., in minutes).

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, December 2015)


Jen Hatmaker: “Christians should open wide their churches to LGBT community”

So many Christian women who love the Lord are very upset with me for warning them about Jen Hatmaker. Yes, I know, Jen is the lovable mom, writer and speaker who is known for being “Raw and Real.” Apparently she says what women think, or wish they could say, and she tells a lot of […]

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Cold Hard Facts On Cults

By Marsha West Six years ago I penned a piece entitled “Caught up in a cult?”  My concern at the time was that a growing number of people were being drawn into cults and cult-like groups that call themselves Christian.  They had no clue that they’d strayed off The Safe Path into The Deep Weeds.  […]

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Calvary Chapel, Bill Hybels, and Jesuit Mysticism

Roger Oakland of Understand the Times International says that Calvary Chapel has a new found connection with Bill Hybels, one of the architects of the seeker-sensitive movement.  Oakland wonders how big of an impact this union will have.  There’s a program Willow Creek implemented by Bill Hybels’ son-in-law Aaron Niequist called The Practice that Oakland sees as “the epitome […]

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Three signs of a believer

By Elizabeth Prata Tom Chantry at The Cripplegate has written a very good essay titled Occam’s Razor and the Perpetuity of Evangelical Scandal In it, he states logically and simply that if people would simply stop accepting at face value the proclamations of celebrity pastors and the like that they are Christians, lives would be made […]

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Transgender Activists Put Ideology Above Safety and Well-Being of Young People

Thanks largely to the mainstream media’s biased reporting, most people are unaware that the controversial bathroom bills in South Dakota and North Carolina actually approved a generous accommodation to transgendered students.  According to Peter Sprigg of CNSNews, “The South Dakota bill regarding school bathrooms, HB 1008 required ‘reasonable accommodation’ in the form of ‘a single-occupancy restroom, a unisex restroom, or […]

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Turning American Law Upside Down for the Transgendered

The Left’s goal is “clear and explicit,” says David French of National Review.  It is “to equate sincere religious objections to sexual immorality with the invidious discrimination of Jim Crow, and then to banish believers to the same margins of society currently occupied by white supremacists.” According to French, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ […]

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Discernment Challenge: If you see something, say something!

Every week it seems, Marsha and I receive at least a couple of messages from women who are fraught with angst over a social media post from their friend, relative or church that promotes a false teacher. “What should I do? Should I say something?” For me there is only one answer: Yes! You can’t […]

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10 Cravings of the Sinful Nature

What are the cravings of the sinful nature? What kinds of strong desire does the sinful nature produce? What does the intense longing that comes from your sinful nature look like?

Here are 10 examples. You’ll recognize them immediately.

1.  When you are blessed, the sinful nature produces pride: The sinful nature wants to take the credit.

2. When others succeed, the sinful nature produces envy: The sinful nature says, “It should have been me.”

3. When you do something good, the sinful nature is self-righteous: It says, “Look what I did!”

4. When you do something wrong, the sinful nature goes into denial: The sinful nature says, “It wasn’t me!”

5. When you suffer, the sinful nature indulges in self pity.

6. When you don’t get what you want, the sinful nature gets irritable, frustrated, and angry.

7. When your work is not recognized or appreciated, the sinful nature gets resentful.

8. When you are in a conflict the sinful nature produces self-justification: It says, “I’m right!”

9. When you hear about the love of God, the sinful nature produces unbelief: It will say, “That can’t be true!”

10. When you hear what the Bible says about sin, the sinful nature responds with evasion. Thinking about the sin of others do you think, “Well, I wouldn’t have done that. I’m better than that.” Guess where that comes from?

The list goes on and on, so learn to detect the voice of the sinful nature. Learn to read your heart and predict where your sinful nature will go.

  • If the fires have burned low in your marriage, expect your sinful nature to produce thoughts about divorce. Something within you will say, “You deserve better than this. There must be another person out there for you.”
  • If you are discouraged in ministry, expect the sinful nature to produce thoughts about quitting. The sinful nature will say, “You deserve better than this. There’s something else you could do.” The sinful nature will always produce these cravings, strong desires, and intense longings.

The Christian life is a sustained battle against the constant impulses of sin that rise from the sinful nature. If you are a Christian, your sin is forgiven, but it has not yet been expelled. You are now involved in a lifelong struggle, with the help of the Spirit of God, against the desires of the sinful nature.

Which of these ten is the biggest struggle for you? Which do you think is the most tragic?

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4 Ways the Enemy Pulls Us into Recurrent Sins

Many believers struggle with sins that continue to haunt them, even when they fight hard to gain victory. Satan and his forces delight when Christians keep losing that battle. Perhaps understanding better what the enemy does will help us say “No” to his next attempt to lure us across the sin line:

  1. He attacks us in our aloneness. It’s not a surprise that sins we often struggle with are hidden sins. It’s chasing pornographic images when nobody’s watching. It’s cursing when nobody’s listening. It’s committing adultery, but only through sneaking around. It’s thinking about how important and talented we are, but doing so only in the privacy of our minds. It’s plagiarizing a sermon, trusting that nobody will ever find out. It’s separating ourselves from the people of God, seeking to avoid any conviction that might call us to repentance. Secrets almost always = the enemy’s victory.
  2. He turns our attention to the temporary and emphasizes the fun of sin. That’s the nature of sin: the temporary pleasures of the moment overshadow any future consequences. The fruit hanging from the forbidden tree captures our attention, even though we usually know that any pleasure it brings will be only fleeting. That’s also why some sins become recurrent and domineering in our lives – the temporary “fun” of sin leaves us only wanting more (it NEVER fully satisfies), and we return to it again and again.
  3. He camouflages the consequences of our choices. Adam died after he ate the fruit in the Garden of Eden, but it was 900+ years later; it’s the enemy who still says to us today, “If there are any consequences to your sin, they’ll be so far in the future that it won’t matter.” You’ve probably heard his voice in your ear with that same message. “Go ahead, it won’t hurt you.” “You’ve done it before, and it didn’t cost you anything.” “Nobody will know.” “You’ve gotten away with it before without any consequences.”
  4. He mis-magnifies the grace of God. I suspect this tactic may surprise you. Of course, Satan doesn’t like our teaching the grace of God by which He saves us. The enemy delights, though, when we bank on the grace of God as permission to continue in our sin. “God will forgive you anyway, so what’s the big deal?” he asks. We buy into his false teaching, continue to live in sin, and wrongly assume that God’s abundant grace gives us clearance to sin abundantly.

If you’re caught in recurrent sins, recognize what the enemy’s doing – and turn back to God.


The Daily Discovery (April 26, 2016)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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In Order That You May Know – “What does biblical assurance look like? Can we spot the evidence of true faith and the Spirit’s sanctifying work in our lives? And how do we know what to look for? The apostle John’s first epistle is devoted to answering those very questions. Surely no other passage of Scripture confronts the false promises of no-lordship theology with more force than this brief but potent letter. John’s purpose statement is explicit: ‘These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life’ (1 John 5:13, emphasis added). There the apostle spells out his intention. He is not trying to make believers doubt; he wants them to have full assurance. What he has to say will not shake genuine believers; though it should certainly alarm those with a false sense of assurance.”

The Two Kinds of Conversation You Need To Have With Your Children – “Over the course of my years of parenting, I have picked up advice from a hundred different sources. Like most parents I have read a few books on parenting, some of them general works and some of them targeted at specific joys or challenges. I have read a lot of blog posts and other articles addressing one angle or the other. Of course I’ve been challenged by the Bible through personal study and sermons. And then there are those personal one-on-one conversations with other parents where I have asked them questions or they have volunteered counsel. I remain a firm advocate of saying to people, ‘I’d like my children to be like yours. Tell me what you’ve learned along the way.’”

Jen Hatmaker: “Christians should open wide their churches to LGBT community” – “So many Christian women who love the Lord are very upset with me for warning them about Jen Hatmaker. Yes, I know, Jen is the lovable mom, writer and speaker who is known for being “Raw and Real.” Apparently she says what women think, or wish they could say, and she tells a lot of great, emotional stories. But if we judge her fruit (that’s her doctrine, ladies; not her social works) against the truth of Scripture, we find that underneath that sweet funny rawness of hers is a wolf who is luring women by the hundreds of thousands into the maw of deception. Is that unloving of me? No!”

4 concerns about Jen Hatmaker’s teachings – “It’s no surprise to me that last week’s book review post, ‘7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess’ by Jen Hatmaker, received a mixed response. Along with the many women who thanked me for posting the review, a number were also upset that I would dare to question anything about this popular speaker and teacher. Let me clear up one thing: the review was a warning not against the woman, but about how she is handling God’s Word to an international audience. In addition to her numerous books (often used as ‘Bible’ studies in women’s ministries), Jen Hatmaker is known for her presentations at a women’s gathering called ‘IF’, which I’ve warned about in the past.”

“Woman, just try harder!” – “When I first heard the Gospel and believed, I knew I was washed clean and forgiven. But I didn’t have anyone who really understood the full and complete Gospel to disciple me. Nor did my husband. We had just come out of the Catholic system and were on our second or third seekermergent church (hey, we liked the music!), when the Lord graciously opened our eyes to the Scriptures and the truth of who He is – and who we aren’t! Still, without proper discipleship, we got caught up in all the glitz and programs of today’s celebrity-driven church ‘bible’ studies.”


SERMON:

Ray Comfort – America’s Greatest Sin…it’s not what you think.


VIDEOS:

This could be the greatest Christian century ever.

The Will Of God


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


A La Carte (April 26)


Links I like

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Kindle deals for Christian readers

Finally, every volume in Zondervan’s Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary series is on sale for $4.99 each.

Saeed Abedini Answers Abuse Allegations

CT print managing editor Katelyn Beaty recently spoke with Saeed about the abuse allegations, how he came to Christ in Iran, and how American Christians have more influence in global affairs than they think.

Inside Bethel Church

Martyn Wendell Jones offers an intriguing look at this controversial but popular church.

The Least Attended Church Gathering

Nick Batzig:

God has ordered things in His church in such a way that prayer is one of the foremost means by which He gives His people spiritual power and vitality for the advancement of His Kingdom through the preaching of the Gospel and the carrying out of deeds of love and mercy. So why does the church in the Western world fail so miserably at coming to the throne of grace in order to receive the grace and mercy needed on a daily and weekly basis (Heb. 4:16)? I would offer the following 4 reasons.

The Two Kinds of Conversation You Need To Have With Your Children

Tim Challies:

Over the course of my years of parenting, I have picked up advice from a hundred different sources. Like most parents I have read a few books on parenting, some of them general works and some of them targeted at specific joys or challenges. I have read a lot of blog posts and other articles addressing one angle or the other. Of course I’ve been challenged by the Bible through personal study and sermons. And then there are those personal one-on-one conversations with other parents where I have asked them questions or they have volunteered counsel. I remain a firm advocate of saying to people, “I’d like my children to be like yours. Tell me what you’ve learned along the way.”

Ten Sentences That Make Pastors Cringe

Thom Rainer offers of the most painful 10 sentences for pastors to hear from church members.

The Bread Looks Different Today Than it Did Yesterday

Michael Kelley:

But homemade bread is different. Sometimes it’s a bit saltier; sometimes it doesn’t rise quite right; sometimes the crust is thicker than the day before. That’s because a machine didn’t make this kind of bread. Instead, it’s personalized. It’s touched, kneaded, and baked by hand, and so what comes out of the oven is not a complete carbon copy of what came out of the oven yesterday.

That’s not to say it’s not still bread; it certainly is. It has the same qualities; the same ingredients. But the end product is always going to be unique from yesterday.


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Five reasons why the Shorter Catechism is worth engaging.

A Note to Ph.D. Students: Here’s What We Are Really Looking for in a Job Interview | Michael J. Kruger, Canon Fodder
We’ve just gone through this hiring process for our new PhD program at PRTS. This is great advice.

Responding to the Moral Whiplash | Erik Raymond, TGC
“As Christians we wake up, read the news, and yet again get whiplash. ‘What in the world is going on?’ And more importantly, ‘What do I do?’”

Feeding on Christ The Least Attended Church Gathering | Nicholas Batzig, Feeding on Christ
Four reasons why the prayer meeting is so neglected.

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Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves by Adam Levin ($1.99)


Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise ($0.99). I loved this book.


Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest by Edward T. Welch ($2.99)


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Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentaries from Zondervan (whole series on sale, $4.99 each)

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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


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


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.

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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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