May 6, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Top News – 5/6/2016

Caught On Tape: 100s Of M1 Abrams Tanks Roll Through Houston, TX
Just days after we exposed Texas police planning for riots and conducting mass arrest drills, the site of hundreds of M1 Abrams battle-tanks rolling on a train through Houston raised more than a few eyebrows…

Trump tells Israel ‘keep building settlements’
Donald Trump raised eyebrows in the evangelical Christian community when he said during a GOP presidential debate earlier this year that he would be “neutral” in negotiating a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

United Europe ‘an illusion’: Top 3 EU politicians paint grim picture of bloc’s future
Three of the EU’s most senior politicians have painted a grim picture of the bloc saying the idea of a united European Union is “an illusion,” while it was also described as being a “fertile ground for populists.”

Sanctifying the Mount
How can such a sacred place be such an unholy mess? Instead of a unique place of worship, it is the scene of endless confrontations – between Jews and Arabs no less than among Jews. Instead of being an inspiration for piety, it is the focus of a turf war over who can worship where, from Muslims denying Jews access to the Temple Mount above, to ultra-Orthodox Jews denying the non-Orthodox access to the Western Wall below.

Lifting Anti-Russian Sanctions: Which Side Will France Choose?
the French National Assembly voted in favor of a resolution calling to lift anti-Russian sanctions. The proposal was submitted by a group of lawmakers who welcome Russia as an alternative to the US in cooperation with France, according to an article in Atlantico.

Waffen EUGENDFOR: The EU’s “Crisis Reaction Mechanism”
Screened from public view in North Rhine-Westphalia, units of European police and military have carried out a major exercise in putting down unrest and civil war-like actions. It is especially the financing of this exercise by the EU Commission that has prompted questions. The suspicion arises that EU functionaries are in the process of developing a Europe-wide anti-insurgency troop directly answerable to them.

Clinton to be interrogated by FBI over email scandal, possibly before California primary
FBI investigators will interrogate Hillary Clinton in the coming weeks over her use of a private email server for state communications, according to officials cited by CNN late Thursday. The news came after MSNBC interviewed the hacker “Guccifer”, who exposed the server containing 2,200 emails, 22 marked “top secret”, and claimed its security was easy to compromise.

Nuclear Waste Leak Continues at ‘America’s Fukushima’; 33 Left Ill by Radioactive Fumes
A nuclear waste leak at the Hanford Site in Washington state that rapidly intensified last month has left 33 workers ill from possible exposure to chemical vapors, while others scramble to pump the remaining waste out of the storage facility.

Fort McMurray Wildfire Explodes To 210,000 Acres; Now Larger Than Chicago
A large wildfire that has been burning for days exploded in size around Fort McMurray, Canada, growing eight times larger from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said in a Thursday news conference that the blaze grew from 25,000 acres to 210,000 acres in just 24 hours, making the fire larger than the city of Chicago.

3.8-magnitude quake hits northwest Arizona; swarm continues
Another swarm of earthquakes shook the ground in northwestern Arizona near Littlefield shortly before 7 a.m. on Thursday, according to the Arizona Geological Survey. Additional small aftershocks were anticipated.

Lampung Hit by 5.3-Magnitude Earthquake
Jakarta – A 5.3-magnitude earthquake has struck Tanggamus, Lampung on Friday. The earthquake had no potential to trigger a tsunami, it also did not damage buildings nor caused casualties.

Earthquake felt in Mesquite is a wake-up call to prepare for larger future quakes
An earthquake shook Mesquite and Bunkerville Thursday morning. The U.S. Geological Survey says it was a 3.8 magnitude quake with an epicenter about 21 miles south of Mesquite.

Americas, Asia do what OPEC wouldn’t: cut oil production
Wildfires in Canada. Instability in Venezuela. Stalling U.S. frackers. Drops in oil output are happening so fast that it looks as if the Americas alone could resolve global oversupply. The 70 percent oil price slide…has been pegged to one problem: production exceeding demand…But oversupply is evaporating quickly due to output cuts in the…United States, Canada and Latin America – and also increasingly in Asia.

Small magnitude earthquake swarm continues at Mount St. Helens
Beginning March 14, 2016, a number of small magnitude earthquakes have occurred beneath Mount St. Helens, at a depth between 2 and 7 km (1.2 to 4 miles). Over the last 8 weeks, there have been over 130 earthquakes formally located by the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network and many more earthquakes too small to be located. …Earthquake rates have been steadily increasing since March, reaching nearly 40 located earthquakes per week.

Palestinians to demand protection from war crimes at UN Security Council
The Palestinians plan to ask for international protection from alleged Israeli war crimes at Friday afternoon’s informal meeting of the UN Security Council in New York. The document presented to the council…states, “For nearly 50 years, since Israel occupied the West Bank…east Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip…Palestinian…population has endured…human rights violations, and…war crimes…

Defense Ministry: Israel’s war and terror casualty toll now at 23,447
Days ahead of Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers, the Defense Ministry released updated figures on the number of war and terrorism casualties, which currently stands at 23,447. The casualty count includes all those who fell since 1860. Sixty eight new casualties were added to the figure since the previous Remembrance Day. Additionally, fifty nine disabled IDF veterans died as a result of their condition.

IAF strikes Hamas targets in Gaza in response to continued mortar fire
The Israeli Air Force struck multiple targets in the Gaza Strip in response to the continued mortar assault on IDF forces on Friday morning after a series of incidences in which the IDF and Hamas’ forces in the Gaza strip exchanged fire. The IDF was carrying out operational activities in the Gaza border communities when the mortars were fired.

A dictatorship in the making?
Recep Tayyip Erdogan maneuvered to force out Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, demonstrating that the powerful president does not need the strong executive presidency he seeks since he already wields almost absolute power. This is the latest sign that Erdogan has consolidated power to such an extent that he can do almost anything he wants.

The San Andreas Fault Is ‘Locked and Loaded,’ a Leading Seismologist Warns
A leading earthquake expert has warned that a section of the San Andreas Fault in Southern California may be “ready to go,” and that a major temblor that could shake the Los Angeles metropolitan area is long overdue.

Airstrike at Syrian refugee camp kills at least 28
At least 28 people were killed when warplanes struck a refugee camp Thursday in Syria, the monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported, with many of the dead women and children.

Paul Ryan: ‘I’m just not ready’ to back Donald Trump
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he cannot yet support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Israel says found second Hamas tunnel from Gaza since 2014 war
Israel’s military said it had discovered a cross-border tunnel on Thursday built by the Islamist group Hamas from the Gaza Strip during a rare flare-up of violence along a border that has been largely quiet since a 2014 war.

Man seeks restraining order against God
An Israeli man has petitioned the Haifa Magistrate’s Court for a restraining order against God, claiming the Almighty has been particularly unkind to him.

Top Headlines – 5/6/2016

  • Trump, under pressure to unite Republicans, sharpens attack on Clinton (Read More)
  • Trump’s Campaign Upends the Science of Presidential Transition (Read More)
  • Trump says Britain would be better off outside EU (Read More)
  • Goldman Said to Extend Fixed-Income Job Cuts to 10% of Staff (Read More)
  • Apple’s Tim Cook to visit China for government meetings (Read More)
  • China regulator studying impact of overseas-listed firms relisting in China (Read More)
  • China Ponzi Warning to Asset Managers Cites Pooling of Cash (Read More)
  • CLSA Sees China Bad-Loan Epidemic With $1 Trillion of Losses (Read More)
  • Push for $15 Raises Pay???And Tensions (Read More)
  • GM, Lyft to Test Self-Driving Electric Taxis (Read More)
  • Herbalife Soars After Saying It’s Close to FTC Resolution (Read More)
  • Moderate Syrian Rebels Torn Between Giving Up, Joining Islamic Extremists (Read More)
  • ‘Paralyzing Volatility’ Means Trouble for Wall Street Giants (Read More)
  • The Downside of Hedging Currency Risk for Stock Investors (Read More)
  • Square Falls on Concerns Over Financing of Loan Program (Read More)
  • Credit Suisse Banker Case Said to Widen With Three New Suspects (Read More)
  • Greek Unions Call 48-Hour Strike to Oppose Austerity Bill (Read More)
  • No Sign of Brexit Revolution as U.K. Voters Opt for No Change (Read More)

Palestinians to demand protection from war crimes at UN Security Council

Despite attacks, hundreds of Gazans allowed to visit Temple Mount

Air Force attacks Gaza in reponse to mortar fire against IDF forces

Gaza clashes give residents a ‘reminder’ of war

IDF finds another Hamas attack tunnel

Veteran Hamas terrorist captured, reveals terror tunnel network

Israel’s Supreme Court urges return of Palestinian terrorists’ bodies

Sympathy for Palestinians over Israel up sharply among younger Americans

UK councils face court challenge over Israel boycotts

London looks set to elect first Muslim mayor

US Worried Political Chaos in Iraq Will Hurt IS Fight

Airstrikes Kill More Than 30 in Syrian Refugee Camp

More than 70 dead as Syria army battles jihadists south of Aleppo

Islamic State militants seize gas field in eastern Syria

From war in Syria to a Turkish sweatshop for child refugees

Turkey’s prime minister resigns amid high-level rifts and deepening crises

Kremlin to NATO: Resurgent Russia not a threat, but will defend its interests

Putin continues to ride high in popularity polls, latest research shows

Illegal immigrant numbers skyrocket at Mexican border

Vicente Fox: ‘Nobody Knows’ How Many Illegal Aliens are in U.S.

President Fox Apologizes, Invites Trump to Mexico

FBI interviews Clinton aides including Huma Abedin as part of email probe

Microsoft to help UN Security Council fight ‘digital terror’

April Marks 12th Straight Month of Record Gun Sales

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Tomatlan, Mexico

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Central East Pacific Rise

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

Sangay volcano in Ecuador eruptst o 26,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 22,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,500ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Rainstorm kills 7, injures 65 during Hindu pilgrimage

Fort McMurray wildfire: state of emergency declared as 1,600 buildings engulfed in flames

Expert says Canada wildfire evacuation largest in recent memory

Hepatitis C deaths hit all-time high in United States

Planned Parenthood helping transgender patients with sex changes

Sexual predator jailed after claiming to be ‘transgender’ to assault women in shelter

Some dating apps lead to STD outbreak

Students at Spanish college forced to take exorcism class

New Video – UNHOLY WAR – Christian genocide in Sudan by extremest Muslims (39:46)

Steven Furtick Epitomizes Everything That’s Wrong With the Religious System

Hillsong exposing their Chrislamic, Roman Catholic agenda

Quiverfull – Duggar cult founder plans ‘retreat’ to set up arranged marriages for teen’s
(warning for offensive language)

Will Christians Read Beth Moore’s First Novel?

Man seeks restraining order against God

Police On The Hunt For Thieves Who Stole Bibles From Christian Bookstore

May 5, 2016
BARBWIRE — It is altogether fitting that Donald Trump became the all-but-certain presidential nominee of the Republican Party on the same day that he cited the ridiculous allegations of the National Enquirer that Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael, had involvement in the assassination of JFK…. (more)

May 5, 2016

May 5, 2016
SUSAN FERRECHIO — Key Republican leaders met Donald Trump’s new status as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee with silence on Wednesday, and refrained from congratulatory statements or tweets about Trump’s longshot victory…. (more)

May 5, 2016
SUSAN FERRECHIO — Senate Republicans were already facing a tough re-election cycle, but Donald Trump’s sudden clear path to the Republican nomination now has both conservatives and liberals making doomsday predictions about how Trump’s candidacy will end up handing the Senate to Democrats…. (more)

May 5, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert admitted on Wednesday that he didn’t think Republicans would have trouble maintaining control of Congress until he saw ads linking his colleagues to Donald Trump. “I had no fear of losing the House until I saw this weekend the commercial against Sen. John Boozman in Arkansas,” Gohmert told Fox Business’ Stuart Varney…. (more)

May 5, 2016
CNN — John Kasich is dropping out of the Republican presidential race, he said Wednesday. Kasich’s decision to suspend his efforts came after he improbably became the last challenger to Donald Trump, who emerged as the presumptive GOP nominee Tuesday night when Ted Cruz dropped out…. (more)

May 5, 2016
NEWSMAX — Donald Trump, now the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, said Wednesday he would consider Ohio Gov. John Kasich as a potential running mate. Kasich has repeatedly said he has no interest in being anyone’s vice president, but he also said he was interested only in the Oval Office. Kasich was set to announce Wednesday that he is dropping out of the race…. (more)

May 5, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Billionaire businessman Donald Trump’s presidential run has reached a crossroads, and the sign in front of him says: “Show me the money.” Now that he’s the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mr. Trump doesn’t have enough time to build the national donor network he will need, and he will be forced to keep self-funding his campaign, a veteran GOP moneyman warned Wednesday…. (more)

May 5, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Hillary Clinton’s top aides to answer questions about her secret email server, including detailing who made the decision to set it up and whether it was intended to thwart open records laws…. (more)

May 5, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse lit up Twitter for the second time in 24 hours Wednesday night in a rant against presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and the GOP that backs him…. (more)

May 5, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Obama’s Justice Department on Wednesday threatened to pull federal education dollars from North Carolina if the state does not repeal a law prohibiting people from using public restrooms of the opposite sex…. (more)

May 5, 2016
ERIN MERSINO — The name Israel means he who prevails with God. Right now, there is an emergency calling for the performance of God’s love and work here on earth. In no uncertain terms, prevailing in this instance means life and losing results in death…. (more)

May 5, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The Associated Press is defending its coverage of a Navy SEAL who was killed this week in Iraq by claiming its news judgment compelled it to highlight the slain serviceman’s familial connection to a “disgraced” financier…. (more)

May 4, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — While Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump is talking about cooperation with Russia, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that one of America’s top generals, NATO Supreme commander General Philip Breedlove, is saying that the United States and its allies have to immediately address Russian military aggression…. (more)

May 4, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Donald Trump won the Indiana primary Tuesday, knocking Ted Cruz out of the Republican presidential race. Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, delaying her final victory even if the delegate math remains fundamentally unchanged…. (more)

May 4, 2016
BYRON YORK — Hours before the Cruz campaign’s election-night event, the buzz was that Ted Cruz would deliver “somber” remarks. “Somber” became the word of the moment as people who were inside the Cruz structure, but not high-up enough to know what was going on, tried to figure out what would happen…. (more)

May 4, 2016
NEWSMAX — In his most scathing attack yet on Donald Trump, Ted Cruz on Tuesday angrily labeled the Republican presidential front-runner a “pathological liar” and “serial philanderer” for whom “morality does not exist.”… (more)

May 4, 2016
NEWSMAX — Donald Trump is touting an unsubstantiated supermarket tabloid story accusing GOP presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz’s father of associating with JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the 1963 slaying…. (more)

May 4, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday ridiculed Donald Trump’s “kooky” allegation that Cruz’s father was with Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans in 1963 before Oswald assassinated John F. Kennedy, calling the GOP front-runner a “pathological liar,” an “utterly amoral bully” and a “narcissist” who essentially makes President Obama look like an amateur by comparison…. (more)

May 4, 2016
NEWSMAX — Rafael Cruz Tuesday ripped Donald Trump’s attacks linking him to Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated President John F. Kennedy in 1963, as “ludicrous.” “It’s ludicrous, it’s ludicrous,” Cruz, 77, the father of Trump rival Ted Cruz, told ABC News. “I was never in New Orleans at that time.”… (more)

May 4, 2016
NATIONAL REVIEW — The future of American politics is here, and it’s crazy – – maybe literally. On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump suggested that Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael, may have had something to do with the assassination of John F. Kennedy. “His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being – – you know, shot,” said Trump during a phone interview with Fox & Friends. “I mean, what was he doing – – what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting?” The source for the story that Papa Cruz was with Oswald in 1963 is, of course, the National Enquirer…. (more)

May 4, 2016
NEWSMAX — Tonight, the Kasich for America campaign’s Chief Strategist John Weaver issued the following statement: “Our party is facing a clear choice between positive solutions that can win in November and a darker path that will solve nothing and lead to Hillary Clinton in the White House, a Democrat Senate and a liberal Supreme Court. As long as it remains possible, Governor Kasich will fight for the higher path…. (more)

May 4, 2016
GREG COROMBOS — Escalating protests in Baghdad threaten the Iraqi government as Shiite Muslim factions battle for control for the country, and retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney says Iran could soon wield all the power in Iraq unless the U.S. changes course in significant ways…. (more)

May 2, 2016
EAGLE RISING, JAN. 2, 2016 — I kid you not. This is not meant as a way to bash Donald Trump, it’s simply a regurgitation of the latest studies of the polls. In a recent statistical study of the polling data, Nate Cohn of the Upshot at the New York Times found one very interesting tidbit…. (more)

May 2, 2016
AMERICAN THINKER — Former speaker of the House John Boehner recently spoke ill of fellow Republican Ted Cruz in a Q&A at Stanford university. His comments likening the candidate to “Lucifer in the flesh” got all the media attention, leaving this virtually unreported:… (more)

Scientists Explain Why It Is Inevitable That America Will Be Hit By Absolutely Monstrous Earthquakes

Plate Tectonics - USGSHave you noticed that the crust of the Earth is starting to become a lot more unstable?  Over the past couple of months, major earthquakes have shaken areas all over the planet and major volcanoes have been erupting with a frequency that is more than just a little bit startling.  Here in the United States, the state of Oklahoma absolutely shattered their yearly record for quakes last year, we just saw a very disturbing earthquake right along the New Madrid fault just recently, and as you will see below one scientist is telling us that the San Andreas fault in southern California “looks like it’s locked, loaded and ready to go”. (Read More…)

The Next Employment Crisis Is Here: Job Cuts At U.S. Companies Jump 35 Percent In April

Layoffs - Public DomainShould we be alarmed that the number of job cuts announced by large U.S. companies was 35 percent higher in April than it was in March?  This is definitely a case where the trend is not our friend.  According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, U.S. firms announced 65,141 job cuts during April, which represented a massive 35 percent increase over the previous month.  And so far this year overall, job cut announcements are running 24 percent higher than for the exact same period in 2015.  Meanwhile, on Thursday we learned that initial claims for unemployment benefits shot up dramatically last week.  In fact, the jump of 17,000 was the largest increase that we have seen in over a year.  Of course the U.S. economy has been slowing down for quite a while now, and many have been wondering when we would begin to see that slowdown reflected in the employment numbers.  Well, that day has now arrived. (Read More….)

Graham blasts Obama’s gay rights monument plan

Graham blasts Obama’s gay rights monument plan

Posted on May 6, 2016 by Tru News

Franklin Graham is blasting President Obama’s plan to declare the first national gay rights monument.

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Billy Graham Offers Encouragement to Christians Suffering With Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Billy Graham Offers Encouragement to Christians Suffering With Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Posted on May 6, 2016 by Gospel Herald

Evangelist Billy Graham has encouraged Christians who may have contemplated suicide in the past to hand over their guilt and shame to God, and rest in in the knowledge that he is able to forgive even the worst of sins.

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5 Surprising Spiritual Benefits of Owning Less Stuff

5 Surprising Spiritual Benefits of Owning Less Stuff

Posted on May 6, 2016 by Christianity Today

Minimalism was meant to help our finances. Here’s how it helped our faith.

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10 Things Everyone Should Know about Motherhood

10 Things Everyone Should Know about Motherhood

Posted on May 6, 2016 by Crosswalk

A mother’s prayerful reliance on Christ shows the world that he is the one who is doing the work, so he gets the glory (not us).

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Are Evangelical Churches Abandoning the Working Class?

Are Evangelical Churches Abandoning the Working Class?

Posted on May 5, 2016 by Christian Post

As cycles of unemployment, poverty and death have set in on many working class communities across America,are churches overlooking their responsibilities to help alleviate the pain and suffering of plighted working class families?

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Trump, Clinton, or Neither: How Evangelicals Are Expected to Vote

Trump, Clinton, or Neither: How Evangelicals Are Expected to Vote

Posted on May 5, 2016 by Christianity Today

An early look at data on the rising question debated by Russell Moore, Robert Jeffress, and many others.

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Prophecy News in Review Video

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Community Organizer Barack Obama Says Donald Trump’s Long Record ‘Needs To Be Examined’

Obama: Donald Trump’s record ‘needs to be examined’

President Barack Obama on Friday said the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has a “long record that needs to be examined” and insisted that the race for the White House is “not a reality show.”

“I just want to emphasize the degree to which we are in serious times,” Obama said from the White House briefing room after delivering remarks on the economy. “This is a contest for the presidency of the United States.”

Now isn’t that interesting? Barack Obama, the man who started his campaign for the presidency in the living room of a domestic terrorist says that Donald Trump ‘needs to be examined’. The man who promised the ‘most transparent administration in US history‘ and then sealed his own college transcripts. The man who claims to be a Christian, yet runs the most unGodly administration in US history.

So let’s take a moment, 12:12 to be exact, and lets ‘examine’ the lies, subterfuge and obfuscation of the Muslim-raised Barack Hussein Obama.

65 Outrageous Lies by President Obama:

There has not been a shadier, more duplicitous American president than Barack Obama. He has put America in a hole so deep that we likely will never climb out of it. Ten trillion in debt added in less than 7 years in office, as bad as that is, is not the worst of what he has done.

Barack Obama Lies To America:

Donald Trump as president will go a long way to erasing our National mistake of twice-electing a Marxist Muslim.

Make America Great Again.

Stand for Truth Thursday: Sit Out Senioritis

by Erin Davis

It may not be listed as a sickness on WebMD, but senioritis is a serious condition.

Social Media #RealTalk

by Samantha Nieves

When social media has you feeling less than, your heart needs God’s truth.

5 Tips For Interacting With Guys On a Mission Trip

by Paula Hendricks Marsteller

If you should ever find yourself on a mission trip with an eligible bachelor or two, consider me your sane voice of reason and remember these five things.

Before You Sign Up for a Summer Mission Trip

by Erin Davis

Some good (and not-so-good) reasons to say “yes” to a summer mission trip.

Whose Agenda are You Following?
May 05, 2016 08:40 am | Stand Up For The Truth

Let’s be reminded Who is in control and sovereign over all.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Big Brother Has Grown – and is Watching
May 04, 2016 05:55 am | Stand Up For The Truth

Few are scoffing any more.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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The Coming Collapse of Culture and Economy
May 03, 2016 06:13 am | Stand Up For The Truth

It is not a matter of if, but when. Doug Wakefield is today’s guest.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Is the Church in America Prepared for Harassment and Persecution?
May 02, 2016 06:35 am | Stand Up For The Truth

The American church model and whether or not it is important to be “relevant.”

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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This ‘n’ That

  • I just found out about this. Check your freezer!
  • If you have a pastor who is faithful to the Word, you have a great treasure.
  • Some sayings Christians ought to bury.
  • This also makes me a little queasy. What in the world is an “intercessory prayer mantle”?
  • This, on the other hand, is very cool.
  • Fun fact: I wish I could yodel. Of course, I think you have to be able to sing to do that, so there’s no hope for me this side of glory. But hey, at least I didn’t put together a YouTube video claiming to teach others how to yodel.
  • I don’t remember if I already shared this with you, but it’s gorgeous, so if I did, hopefully you don’t mind.
  • I say it every week: sigh. Big, long, loud, anti-egalitarian sigh.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • So…can we trust the New Testament text?
  • J.C. Ryle with eight profitable ways to read the Bible.

The Daily Discovery (May 6, 2016)


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The Scriptural Necessity of Christ’s Penal Substitution – “This introductory essay overviews the indispensable theme of Christ’s penal substitution on Golgotha’s cross. The subject unfolds in two parts; the first section provides background and context for this essential theological truth. The second section reasons that three compelling biblical necessities require a true believer in Jesus Christ to understand scripturally and accept the Savior’s penal substitution on behalf of redeemed sinners, especially oneself.”

The Rise of the Anti-Culture – “Is the culture war over? Or, to use less martial language, is Christian cultural engagement at an end? At the risk of depriving a rapidly shrinking handful of old-school Republicans and countless trendy Christian blog pundits of their reason to exist, I believe the answer is yes. It is over. For to engage a culture there must first be a culture to engage. And, as the ever-incisive Anthony Esolen has pointed out on numerous occasions we no longer have a culture. What we really have is an anti-culture.”

Preaching Points: The Pull of the Punch Line – “Johnny Carson hosted the “Tonight Show” for 30 years from 1962 to 1992. Known for his droll wit, urbane manner and his impeccably timed delivery of a punch line, Carson still holds a major influence on comedians and certainly every late-night talk show host. Carson knew how to tell a joke. Preachers, however, are no Carson and should not tell jokes in a sermon.”

7 Reasons Why a Trump Administration Might be a Good Thing – “No, no. I haven’t gone soft in the #NeverTrump department. Read on. ‘Their heart is as fat as grease; But I delight in thy law’ (Ps. 119:70).”

The Wrath of God Was Satisfied: Substitutionary Atonement and the Conservative Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention – “Current controversy over the nature of Christ’s atonement for sin points to a truth many younger evangelicals may not know, i.e., the substitutionary nature of Christ’s death on the cross was a major issue in the Conservative Resurgence that took place within the Southern Baptist Convention in the last quarter of the twentieth century.”


Art Azurdia – Loving God First (Revelation 2:1-7)


Everyone knows that God Exists

Modern Day Apostles?

“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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Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Christianity Today Astray has an interesting article about Bethel Redding.
Bill Randles has an examination of false prophet/Word of Faith teacher Bill Johnson.  Bill has another interesting article about how Satan hates women, which is one of the reasons for the moral downfall of our culture.
Doug Evans continues his series exposing the false teachings of IHOP.
The teachings of William Branham are examined by The Watchman Fellowship.  AND, they have a new profile on Jainism.
Fred has another episode regarding the fraud of charismania.
Jen Hatmaker seems to think she is the Messiah, or perhaps a pope!  She claims that SHE will radically change the church — for the worse, of course.  If you have a Facebook account, see what Christine Pack has to say about Jen Hatmaker.
SBC president Ronnie Floyd is getting direct revelations from God.  Yep, the same sort of direct revelations from God that SBC darling Beth Moore gets — lying imaginations.  Birds of a feather.
If that isn’t enough, another SBC favorite, Rick Warren, is also getting revelations from God!
Gary Gilley tells us about the “gospel” Rick Warren teaches.
Six years ago I wrote an article exposing the abuse, by way too many Christians, of 2 Chronicles 7:14.  Well, here we come to the annual “National Day of Prayer,” which gets major abuse of this passage, and I am thrilled to see someone else expose the nonsensical abuse of this passage.
Seems the “Holy Spirit” is doing a lot of whispering to ladies out there.  Um, I don’t think so!
Be very careful about the cats you pick up.
Kari Jobe — just another flake heretic distracting Christians from the truth.
Great satire from The Babylon Bee — and so very much on target!

Wisdom For Your Weekend: The Best Of The Best

Wisdom For Your Weekend is your weekly installment of what we’ve been reading—and watching—around the web. This week, as Chris Pappalardo is away recharging his batteries (yes, he runs on batteries), W4YW is taking a brief detour away from our usual timely articles. We raided the blog vault and bring to you the Most Popular W4YW Articles of all time, in case you missed these the first time around. Enjoy.

Most Popular W4YW Video

Reaction to the Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage, Russell MooreThere has been (and will continue to be) a lot of commentary coming on the heels of last June’s landmark Supreme Court decision, in which the Court voted 5-4 to make same-sex marriage legal nationwide. Moore offers a helpful perspective as we enter a new chapter in America. There is cause for concern, but much more cause for hope.

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7 Things to Do After You Look at PornographyPaul Maxwell. Most of us are aware that the act of looking at pornography is sinful. But the battle against sin continues well after the lustful looks. In fact, the immediate moments after indulging in sexual sin might be the most important of all. They can be an opportunity for the Enemy to sure up his victory, or an opportunity to let grace begin to heal you. These are 7 tangible ways to choose grace.

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A La Carte (May 6)

I have no Kindle deals to share with you today, but you can always breeze back through the A La Carte archives to find any you missed earlier in the week. I’m sure there will be some good ones next week as well.

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I do enjoy my morning cup of coffee, but these tips look like they might work just as well.

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This Day in 1619. 397 years ago today, the Canons of Dort, a Calvinist response to the Arminian Remonstrance, are promoted and taught in Dort’s Great Church. *

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Exactly. When you call her hot you force the rest of us into an unfair situation. It’s going to be weird whether we agree or disagree with your assessment!

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The man that is most busy in censuring others is always least employed in examining himself. —Thomas Lye

Links I like

Links I like

Today, I just have one book I’d like to share with you that’s on sale for the Kindle—Church History in Plain Language (4th edition) by Bruce Shelley ($2.99). This is one of my favorite primers on church history. I suspect it will become yours as well.

Stop Calling Your Wife Hot

Barnabas Piper:

Fellas, calling your wife hot to other people is awkward. We can’t agree with you. That would be really weird. We can’t disagree with you. That would be really mean. Ignoring you is rude, but it’s probably our best option in this case. Do you really want us trying to determine if your wife is, in fact, hot? I’m glad you think she’s a 10. You should. But calling attention to her hotness doesn’t honor her as much as it creates an opportunity for others to judge. And that’s just awkward.

What do kids think adults do at work?

This is fairly accurate:

The Kasich Conundrum

This was an excellent read. On a related now, this article on the difficult question many American evangelicals are facing in light of Donald Trump being the last candidate standing is also worth your time.

5 Things The Ascension Means

Jared Wilson shares five implications of the ascension of Jesus.

The Wisdom of God in the Frustration of Man

Jon Bloom:

Now in God’s wisdom he is letting human technological advancement move at a dizzying pace, in spite of the language, culture, geographical, political, and economic obstacles. Why? Beyond what is revealed in Scripture, we, like our ancient ingenious ancestors, do not yet know. But what we who believe Scripture do know is that God can be trusted in these matters. With thousands of years of retrospect, we know more than ever that the wisest thing we can do is to trust God’s promises and purposes far more than our shortsighted perceptions.

Dear Children’s Minister

Mark Dance:

Every church has someone who is in charge of the children’s ministry, regardless of where they are on the org chart or payroll. They are not in it for the money or the glory. They obviously love Jesus and our kids – so I’m going to love them back today through this letter, which I hope you will make sure they get.

The Rise of the Anti-Culture

Carl Trueman writes something that deserves consideration:

Let’s face it: We now live in a world where refusing a man the right to expose himself in a woman’s toilet is enough to risk your city losing the right to host a football game. Even to suggest there might be a debate to be had about such a thing is enough to render one liable to accusations of irrational hatred and dismissal as a benighted bigot. Culture did not bring that about. Anti-culture did—the wholesale repudiation of the past and its institutions and interdicts, and a Devil-may-care attitude to the future.

Mother’s Day and miscarriages

This interview with Jessalyn Hutto is well worth reading. Her book, Inheritance of Tears, is also one I would recommend.

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Franklin Graham: ‘This Could Be the Most Important Election’

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North Carolina says it will defy Justice Department over LGBT law: ‘We’re not going to get bullied’

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

What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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

The Gospel In A Nutshell

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

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl

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.

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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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