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May 27, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Nearly 71 years after U.S. forces dropped a devastating nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, President Barack Obama used the backdrop of the city’s memorial peace park to call for a world without such weapons.

The House soundly rejected a measure to fund the Energy Department and U.S. nuclear programs that got tied up in controversy over political riders about lesbian, gay and transgender issues, as well as a dispute about overall spending levels.

The U.S. economy expanded at a slightly faster pace in the first quarter than previously estimated, reflecting less damage from trade and inventories. Gross domestic product rose at a 0.8 percent annualized rate in the three months ended in March, the smallest gain in a year.

Tens of thousands of travelers standing in interminable security lines this holiday weekend will, at least momentarily, entertain fantasies of revenge against the Transportation Security Administration. Airports could actually do something about the hated agency, and a few are weighing a radical option: firing TSA screeners and hiring private replacements.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie for the third consecutive year, with Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga declared co-champions after a roller-coaster finish. Thirteen-year-old Jairam is the younger brother of the 2014 co-champion, Sriram Hathwar. Nihar, at age 11, is the youngest winner of the bee on record. Scripps made the bee tougher after two consecutive ties, forcing the last two spellers to get through three times as many words as in years past.

Singapore’s property market may be closer to a bottom than Hong Kong. Governments in Asia’s two most expensive residential markets have imposed curbs in recent years to tame prices and improve affordability. As demand has dropped amid a slowdown in the region’s economies, home prices in both cities are in the midst of a correction.

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Obama administration officials told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday they would oppose new sanctions on Iran if they interfere with last year’s international nuclear agreement, laying the groundwork for a potential fight over any legislation.

Authorities say all 19 people who were trapped in a Kentucky cave have waded through neck-deep water to get out. McDaniel says there is only one way in and out of the Hidden River Cave in south-central Kentucky.

Kurdish and Arab fighters aided by US soldiers battled the Islamic State group north of its Syrian stronghold of Raqa as Iraqi forces edged towards the jihadist-held city of Fallujah. The twin offensives are two of the most significant ground assaults against the extremists since they declared a self-styled “caliphate” straddling Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Airport screening delays have caused more than 70,000 American Airlines customers and 40,000 checked bags to miss their flights this year, an executive for the airline told a U.S. congressional subcommittee on Thursday.

Three pieces of debris found washed ashore in Mozambique and the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius will be examined by investigators in Australia to see if they came from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, officials said Thursday.

Human rights groups have documented at least 1,400 killings in Davao, Philippines that they allege had been carried out by death squads since 1998. Most of those murdered were drug users, petty criminals and street children.

A superbug resistant to all known medications has been found in the United States for the first time, raising new concern about the dwindling effectiveness of antibiotics, the top US public health official said on Thursday.

An annual Jewish pilgrimage to Africa’s oldest synagogue got under way in Tunisia where security forces were deployed heavily to ward off potential jihadist attacks.

More than 4,000 would-be refugees were rescued at sea Thursday in one of the busiest days of the Mediterranean migrant crisis, and at least 20 died trying to reach Europe as Libyan-based smugglers took advantage of calmer seas to send desperate migrants north.

The Federal Reserve has a big problem if it wants to raise rates again. It will have to pay U.S. and foreign banks enormous sums of money instead of U.S. taxpayers. Not only would the Fed likely draw the ire of Congress, but it could also become a target of the next U.S. president-be it Clinton or Trump. That’s because the gangbuster profits of $90 billion (plus) per year that the Fed remits to the Treasury could easily dwindle to zero.

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A top cyber-security firm is investigating whether North Korea could be linked to attacks on banks in recent months. Symantec said it had evidence that the same group attempted to steal money from a bank in the Philippines, one in Vietnam and Bangladesh’s central bank.

Brazilian police are hunting more than 30 men suspected of raping a teenage girl in Rio de Janeiro, and of putting video of the attack on social media. The girl, 16, believes she was doped after going to her boyfriend’s house on Saturday and says she woke up in a different house, surrounded by the men.

Search teams looking for the flight recorders of the EgyptAir plane have picked up a radio signal from an emergency locator transmitter, Egyptian investigators say.

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A major U.S. government study on rats has found a link between cellphones and cancer, an explosive finding in the long-running debate about whether mobile phones cause health effects.

Documents obtained from the St. Louis Fire Department to settle a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit detail nearly five dozen medical emergencies at the city’s Planned Parenthood abortion business, nearly double what had been previously revealed.

Quotations attributed in the Quaker Valley High School yearbook to a terrorist and two of history’s most notorious mass murderers – Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – have district leaders apologizing and offering refunds to families.


Top News – 5/27/2016

Earthquake measuring 6.5 magnitude strikes deep off Tonga
A powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude struck 572 kilometres (355 miles) beneath the earth’s surface on Friday about 340 kilometers west of the South Pacific island nation of Tonga, the United States Geological Survey reported.

Israel forming civil defense units in Arab and Jewish villages
Israel is forming civil defense units throughout northern Israel to assist in any future conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, Col. Eren Makov, the Northern Regional Commander of the Homefront Command recently stated. “There is a big change in the Arab population in Israel in that they are much more willing to cooperate with us,” Makov said in an interview. “We give them training in what to do and they see it as a contribution.”

NASA spots monster hole open up on our star
NASA has revealed that a massive hole, measuring more than ten per cent of the Sun’s surface area, has opened up on our star. The remarkable footage was captured by the US space agency’s Solar Dynamics Observatory between May 17 and 19. The video shows a giant dark area on the star’s upper half, known as a coronal hole.

Elderly Christian woman stripped naked and paraded through streets by mob
A 70-year-old Christian woman has been stripped naked, beaten and paraded through the streets by a mob of around 300 Muslim men in a village in southern Egypt. The mob also burned down seven homes belonging to Christian families…after rumours circulated in the village that a Christian man was having a relationship with a Muslim woman.

Syria war: Turkey anger over US commando photos
Turkey has hit out at the US over images said to show US special forces in Syria wearing insignia of Kurdish militia, during joint operations against so-called Islamic State (IS). Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the US “two-faced” and said the practice was “unacceptable”. The images appear to show a US special forces soldier wearing the patch of the YPJ – a Kurdish militia group.

Migrant crisis: UK set to send Royal Navy warship to Libya
The UK is set to send a Royal Navy warship to the Mediterranean to help tackle arms smuggling in Libya, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. He told the G7 summit in Japan the UK was ready to take an “active leadership role” in helping Libya deal with people trafficking and the migration crisis. The UK already has a survey vessel, HMS Enterprise, operating in the area.

South Africa approves land expropriation bill
South Africa’s parliament has approved a bill allowing the government to expropriate land in the public interest. The measure will allow the compulsory purchase of land to place more in black ownership. Most of South Africa’s land remains in white ownership two decades after the end of apartheid.

Satanists Plan to Celebrate 6/6/16 in L.A.
June is a time of celebration. Graduations take place. Father’s Day is observed. And summer officially begins. It’s also when the Satanic Temple of Los Angeles has scheduled festivities for a revered day in the diabolic community — 6/6/16.

U.S. sees first case of bacteria resistant to all antibiotics
U.S. health officials on Thursday reported the first case in the country of a patient with an infection resistant to all known antibiotics, and expressed grave concern that the superbug could pose serious danger for routine infections if it spreads.

North Korea Linked to Digital Attacks on Global Banks
Security researchers have tied the recent spate of digital breaches on Asian banks to North Korea, in what they say appears to be the first known case of a nation using digital attacks for financial gain.

Billy Graham’s Daughter: God Keeping My Father Alive Might Have Something to Do With the ‘Return of Jesus’
Billy Graham’s daughter Anne Graham Lotz told a gathering of pastors Thursday that the 97-year-old legendary evangelist’s vital signs are great and there must be a reason why God is keeping him alive.

Brexit would be serious risk to global economic growth: G7 leaders
A British exit from the European Union would be a serious risk to global economic growth, Group of Seven leaders said in a summit declaration on Friday, although German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the issue had not been discussed.

Plans to create an EU army ‘kept secret’ from voters
Plans to move towards the creation of a European army are reportedly being kept secret from British voters until the day after next month’s referendum.

Peak Petro-State – The Oil World In Chaos
Pity the poor petro-states. Once so wealthy from oil sales that they could finance wars, mega-projects, and domestic social peace simultaneously, some of them are now beset by internal strife or are on the brink of collapse as oil prices remain at ruinously low levels.


Top Headlines – 5/27/2016

Knesset warns Arab MKs against Temple Mount visits during Ramadan

Arab MKs to defy Netanyahu, visit Temple Mount

Majority of Israelis don’t trust Netanyahu on security, believe government won’t pursue peace

After purported coalition snub, Sissi said to back Palestinian peace demands

Palestinian official: Egypt peace bid ‘not in conflict’ with Paris push

Palestinian PM denies report of planned Israel-Egypt-PA summit

UN chief said planning final visit to Israel, Palestinian Authority

Sanders’ DNC platform team pushes for Palestinian rights, blasts Israeli war crimes

US: Lieberman appointment raises ‘legitimate questions’ about Israeli policy

Nasrallah calls Liberman ‘show-off, insane, minister of war’

Israel freezes returning terrorists’ bodies to families after funeral incitement

‘Martyr’: Palestinian media praise killer of US tourist in Israel

Signal From EgyptAir Flight MS804 Could Pinpoint Location of Wreckage

Egypt: Muslim Mob Attacks Christians, Parade Naked Woman

Sending Weapons to ‘Christian Militias’ in ISIS War in Iraq Is ‘Bad Idea,’ Chaldean Patriarch Warns

As deadline approaches, no progress on humanitarian aid to Syrians

U.N. envoy tells Security Council no Syria talks for two-three weeks

Turkey threatens EU migration agreement

France Could Be Immobilized by Massive Protests Over Labor Law Reforms

As EU vote looms, migration to Britain nears record high

Putin says EU needs Russia to stay on global stage

Putin: Russia and EU Have ‘No Problems’ That Cannot Be Solved

G7 agrees need strong message on South China Sea; China says don’t ‘hype’

New satellite imagery shows Chinese drone on contested island

South Korea fires warning shots after boats from North cross sea border

North Korea Linked to Digital Attacks on Global Banks

America’s nuke program runs on floppy disks

Salvadoran gangs use Facebook to track down victims

“Insider threat” highlights security loopholes at U.S. airports

Intruders breach US airport fences about every 10 days

Airport screening made 70,000 miss American Airlines flights this year

Atlanta airport tests new system to ease security lines

As hunger stalks Venezuela, government encourages city-dwellers to start planting

In Brazil’s political crisis, a powerful new force: Evangelical Christians

Commentary: Here’s what really went wrong with Brazil’s economy

Oil dips after hitting $50/bbl as glut worries resurface

Trump vows to undo Obama’s climate agenda in appeal to oil sector

Clinton campaign’s email defense takes hits from all sides after IG report

CERN researchers discover a natural process that reflects back sunlight easing warming

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Naze, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Timor Sea

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

New lava flows at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano

‘Nightmare Bacteria’ Superbug Found for First Time in U.S

Global economic crisis tied to thousands of cancer deaths

House Republicans scuttle spending bill over LGBT provision

Elton John, Vladimir Putin Meeting Over LGBT Rights Postponed

Gates leaves Boy Scouts presidency, defends gay adult policy

Satanists Plan to Celebrate 6/6/16 in L.A.

The Religion of Fundamental Social Justice Is Causing an Existential Crisis at American Colleges and Universities, NYU Prof Says

‘Emoji Bible’ Seeks to Appeal to Millennials

High school students defy atheists, recite Lord’s Prayer at graduation

Billy Graham’s Daughter: God Keeping My Father Alive Might Have Something to Do With the ‘Return of Jesus’

Ann Graham Lotz: God Keeping My Father Alive Might Have Something to Do With the ‘Return of Jesus’

HAW and WOF NARpostles

Worshipping Religious Liberty: SBC Joins Mosque Building Effort

Satanists Plan to Celebrate 6/6/16 in L.A.

Hillsong NY Features Naked Dancing Cowboy

Don’t let this be your kid: disturbing video of girl from Bethel Church in Redding, Ca.

Chuck Baldwin – Hillary Clinton Admits U.S. Created Al-Qaeda, ISIS

Christians ordered to keep faith quiet… by the Archbishop of Canterbury

China is building a Muslim theme park to promote its state-sanctioned version of Islam


Frontrunning: May 27

  • Oil prices ease from seven-month high to below $49 (Read More)
  • Wall Street Waits for Yellen Before Taking Off for a Long Weekend (Read More)
  • Donald Trump Celebrates Clinching GOP Delegate Race (Read More)
  • Trump vows to undo Obama’s climate agenda in appeal to oil sector (Read More)
  • Japan Fails in Bid to Have G-7 Warn of Global Crisis Risk (Read More)
  • Valeant Rejected Joint Takeover Approach From Takeda, TPG (Read More)
  • Activist William Ackman, Valeant Investor, Tries Life as an Inside Man (Read More)
  • Islamic State drives Syria rebels from near Turkish border (Read More)
  • Singapore court revokes bail decision for ex-BSI wealth manager (Read More)
  • CEO Bonuses: How Pro Forma Results Boost Them (Read More)
  • French fuel blockade lifted, Hollande says won’t let protesters choke economy (Read More)
  • Hollande Vows to Press New French Labor Law as Unions Resist (Read More)
  • U.S. futures regulator adds hedging exemptions to position limit proposal (Read More)
  • California’s Recovery Loses Luster as Tax Increases Set to Lapse (Read More)
  • Russian demining experts return from Syria-Ifax cites defense ministry (Read More)
  • Miami’s Condo Frenzy Ends With Inventory Piling Up in New Towers (Read More)
  • Automakers recall 12 million U.S. vehicles over Takata air bags (Read More)

 














































May 26, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did break her department’s rules by setting up her own secret email server, the inspector general concluded in a report sent to Congress on Wednesday that says she failed to report hacking attempts and waved off warnings that she should switch to a more official email account…. (more)

May 26, 2016
TIME — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe invited the Chinese businessman whose donations to him have been named as a focus of Justice Department investigators to a 2013 fundraiser at Hillary Clinton’s personal Washington, D.C., residence…. (more)

May 26, 2016
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Can you say awkward? Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday was forced to publicly double down on an unpopular stance – – his announced refusal to endorse Donald Trump, despite the candidate’s lone stand in the Republican field – – when reports of his supposed reconsideration made the media headlines, and aides had to come out and say: These reports aren’t true…. (more)

May 26, 2016
REUTERS — U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has fired his national political director after six weeks on the job, campaign sources said on Wednesday. Trump told staffers and supporters gathered backstage before a campaign rally in California on Wednesday that political director Rick Wiley “should be fired” for his handling of a fundraising deal with the Republican National Committee, according to the sources…. (more)


May 26, 2016
NEWSMAX — Officials from 11 U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday, seeking to overturn a directive from the federal government that public schools should allow transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity…. (more)


May 26, 2016
REUTERS — Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Wednesday signed into law a bill banning most abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother’s life is at risk, a spokesperson told Reuters on Wednesday…. (more)

May 25, 2016
JOE KOVACS — With Donald Trump reminding the nation of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Clinton aide Vince Foster in 1993, conservative firebrand Ann Coulter couldn’t resist chiming in with a comical, conspiratorial tweet Tuesday afternoon…. (more)

May 25, 2016
USA TODAY — The Transportation Security Administration ousted its head of security this week because the agency is seeking a “different approach,” not because of any wrongdoing, TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger said Tuesday…. (more)

May 25, 2016
TIMES OF ISRAEL — Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei on Monday said the United States cannot “do a damn thing” about the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program…. (more)


May 25, 2016
NEWSMAX — Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby’s “incompetence” in the Freddie Gray case should prompt a “second look” at whether legal action against five officers still facing charges should even proceed, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy tells Newsmax TV…. (more)

May 25, 2016
BOB UNRUH — The executive committee of the Alabama Republican Party has sided with state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in a lawsuit over his administrative orders to judges regarding “same-sex marriage.”… (more)


May 25, 2016
BOB UNRUH — An affidavit in one of the court cases resulting from an undercover video investigation of Planned Parenthood’s for-profit sale of the body parts of unborn babies reveals a Texas prosecutor shared confidential details with Planned Parenthood during the investigation…. (more)

May 25, 2016
NEWSMAX — Bill Cosby was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report in which a woman said the comedian gave her three blue pills that put her in a stupor, unable to stop his advances…. (more)

May 25, 2016
ABC NEWS — Facebook is making several changes to its trending topics feature following an investigation stemming from anonymous allegations of political bias, the social network’s general counsel announced in a newsroom post on Monday…. (more)


May 24, 2016
NEWSMAX — Voters say that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump should release his taxes before the November election, a Washington Post-ABC News poll shows…. (more)

May 24, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Facebook announced Monday it was sending employees out for retraining and would discontinue some of its practices as it sought to defend itself against charges of political bias against conservatives…. (more)

May 24, 2016
JOSEPH FARAH — It gets wackier and wackier. Barack Obama last week named a transgender man named Barbara Satin to be a member of his Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships – – another obvious poke in the eye at America’s Bible-believing community…. (more)

May 24, 2016
BOB UNRUH — President Obama has used his bully pulpit in the past few weeks to tell North Carolina and the rest of the nation that men who say they are women must be allowed to share bathrooms and showers with women and girls…. (more)

May 24, 2016
BOB UNRUH — President Obama’s open-bathrooms campaign already has been taken to court by the state of North Carolina, as well as a civil and religious rights organization, the Alliance Defending Freedom, on behalf of several schools, and decisions are somewhere in the future…. (more)


May 24, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — Department of Homeland Security officer Philip Haney saw something nobody else in the intelligence and law-enforcement community was seeing. Four years before the Boston Marathon bombing, he began developing a file on the mosque attended by the perpetrators of the attack, the Tsarnaev brothers…. (more)

May 24, 2016
CNN — Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department’s public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say…. (more)


May 24, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — The second officer to be tried in the Baltimore prosecutions arising out of Freddie Gray’s death in April 2015 has been acquitted in a bench trial. The case against the officer, Edward Nero, was among the most inane brought by the incompetent, race-baiting prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby. As we’ve previously recounted, Gray died after suffering a severe spinal injury while in custody in a police van…. (more)


May 24, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Obama announced Monday that the U.S. will lift its weapons embargo on its old enemy Vietnam, in a move he said will help the two countries fully normalize relations…. (more)

May 23, 2016
ALAN KEYES — “… [Y]ou are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will render to each one according to his works: …to them that are contentious and who obey not the truth, but give credit to iniquity, there will be wrath and fury.” (Romans 2:5-6, 8)… (more)

May 23, 2016
NEWSMAX — Billionaire GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump insists he doesn’t need big Republican donors to defeat Hillary Clinton this November. Trump also suggested on “Fox & Friends” Sunday morning that he may “sell a building” to continue self-financing his own campaign – – which he says has already cost him $50 million…. (more)

‘Clinton Cash’ Movie Threatens To Totally Derail Hillary’s Quest To Win Democratic Nomination

Liz Peek of the Fiscal Times writes that new documentary film “Clinton Cash,” based on Peter Schweizer’s bestselling book of the same name, is “the weapon that could knock Clinton out.”

Bernie Sanders has an almost impossible path to the nomination, but if he could gin up righteous anger about how Bill Clinton earned $105 million for 542 speeches from 2001 to 2013, he might indeed turn the heads of some of those slavish Superdelegates lined up behind Hillary. As he has pointed out, polling suggests he is more likely than Hillary to beat Donald Trump in a head-to-head contest. Isn’t that what Democrats want?

The most inflammatory charges about the Clinton Foundation stem from Peter Schweizer’s 2015 book Clinton Cash. Spurred by that best-seller, The Wall Street Journal and others have conducted their own investigations into the foundation. The Journal summarized “…that at least 60 companies that lobbied the State Department during [Clinton’s] tenure donated a total of more than $26 million to the Clinton Foundation.”

Early on, Bernie Sanders swore off discussing Hillary’s email scandal. He has also ignored the revelations in Clinton Cash. Now that a movie of the same name has been launched, which makes Schweizer’s allegations more accessible, Sanders’ camp should seize the moment.

Clinton Cash Documentary could give Bernie Sanders a decided edge:

Democrats have only themselves to blame. In their haste to crown Queen Hillary, they overlooked…well, everything. They decided that the rosy afterglow of Bill Clinton’s presidency, celebrated for economic growth not seen since, would suppress the scandals that tainted those eight years. They chose to ignore the infidelities, the perjury, Travelgate, the Whitewater scandal and so much more. They also dismissed the more recent investigation into Benghazi as a Republican witch-hunt; concerns about Hillary’s private email server were simply more of the same.  Ancient history, the party decided. They were certain: the country is ready for a woman president!

Here’s what they neglected: the stench of corruption lingers. Like the smell of smoke that seeps into clothes and drapes and never entirely disappears, charges of dishonesty are almost impossible to stamp out. Even people too young to remember the long-running saga of Clintonian misbehavior have a vague sense that the iconic power couple did something wrong. When Bernie Sanders hints that Hillary’s wealthy donors expect something in return, it resonates.

And that’s before any discussion in this campaign cycle about the pattern of pay-to-play that Peter Schweizer narrates so clearly in his devastating Clinton Cash. This is the weapon that could knock Clinton out. We’ll see if Sanders grabs hold of the opportunity; if he doesn’t, you can bet that Donald Trump will. source


The Relationship Between The United States And China Is Officially Going Down The Tubes

Abstract Geometric World - Public DomainWhat happens when the two largest economies on the planet start fighting a trade war with one another?  Well, we are about to find out.  As you will see below, the U.S. has gone “nuclear” on China in a trade dispute over steel, and the Chinese response is likely to be at least as strong.  Meanwhile, events in the South China Sea have brought tensions between the Chinese government and the Obama administration to a boiling point.  The Obama administration strongly insists that China does not have a legal right to those islands, and in China there is now talk that it may ultimately be necessary to confront the United States militarily in order keep control of them.  Most Americans may not realize this, but the relationship between the United States and China is officially going down the tubes, and this is likely to have very significant consequences during the years to come. (Read More…)


A Spirit Of Violence And Civil Unrest Is Rising In America

Riot 2 - Public DomainIt was only a matter of time before our deeply divided nation was going to start coming apart at the seams.  Waves of anger, frustration, violence and civil unrest are starting to sweep across the United States, and political rallies for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump have become a focal point for releasing some of that energy.  The angry mob that threw rocks, bottles and burning T-shirts at police and Donald Trump supporters on Tuesday night wanted to get the attention of the national media, and they got it in droves.  Now that the election is less than five months away, this kind of scene is going to be repeated over and over, and this is something that I warned about back in March.  Millions upon millions of our young people have fully embraced the radical left, and they have already made it exceedingly clear that they are not afraid to use violence to advance their cause. (Read More….)


6 Giant Corporations Control The Media, And Americans Consume 10 Hours Of ‘Programming’ A Day

Faces - Public DomainIf you allow someone to pump hours of “programming” into your mind every single day, it is inevitable that it is eventually going to have a major impact on how you view the world.  In America today, the average person consumes approximately 10 hours of information, news and entertainment a day, and there are 6 giant media corporations that overwhelmingly dominate that market.  In fact, it has been estimated that somewhere around 90 percent of the “programming” that we constantly feed our minds comes from them, and of course they are ultimately controlled by the elite of the world.  So is there any hope for our country as long as the vast majority of the population is continually plugging themselves into this enormous “propaganda matrix”? (Read More….)


The Next Wave: ‘Puppy Play’, ‘Ecosexuals’ And ‘Polyamory’

What - Public DomainIn an era when “anything goes”, some people are pushing the envelope to shocking new extremes.  At one time, most of the debate was about one or two of the “alternative lifestyles” that are out there, but now there are a multitude of rapidly growing “communities” that are into things that would have been unheard of in previous generations.  We have gotten to a point where a large portion of our young adults are completely rejecting traditional values regarding marriage and family, and they are seeking out other paths that they hope will lead them to the fulfillment that they crave. (Read More…)


Why Do So Many Preachers In America Refuse To Talk About Hell?

Hell Bridge - Public DomainWhen was the last time you heard a sermon about hell?  Just think about that for a moment.  Once upon a time in America, preachers all across the land regularly unleashed fiery sermons that directly confronted people with the reality of heaven and hell.  But today, that has completely changed.  In fact, there are some very well-known ministers in this country that purposely avoid ever using the word “hell” because it might offend someone.  It turns out that “happy church” can be a very lucrative business model, and many people seem to love the “me first” prosperity gospel that has infected virtually all of the major denominations at this point.  So there are countless messages about “blessing”, “breakthrough” and how God can make your life better, and very, very little preaching about sin, judgment, the cross and the urgency that we should feel to reach lost souls with the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Read More…)


Does the Origin of Man Really Matter?

How you understand origins will set the framework for understanding Scripture. Jay Seegert joins us today.

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Deliver Us From Doctrine: Social Justice “Christianity”

A look at the Justice Conference and how the message from Jim Wallis, Father Pfleger and Tony Campolo is an injustice on young Christians everywhere.

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Liberals Censor Speech But Claim Diversity

President George Washington once said, “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” Was this an exaggeration or are religious freedoms, particularly those protected under the First Amendment, that important? Like many modern day corporations, especially those whose owners are under 35, Facebook […]

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Pastor Randy White takes a look at books being written about dying, going to heaven, and coming back. Leaving a church should only be done for…

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So ‘Global’ Isn’t Always A Good Thing?

A fascinating discussion on the coming One World Government with Gary Kah on today’s program.

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War is Upon Us – Whether We Want it or Not

One more note of interest: Mike is back! We check in with Robert Meyer of Renew America on today’s program.

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Yes, Bethel Redding and Bill Johnson are part of the New Apostolic Reformation

Holly Pivec of Spirit of Error addresses Arch Heretic Bill Johnson’s denial that he’s a part of the New Apostolic Reformation, which he clearly is as Holly reveals in her blog post:

PinocchioFollowing Christianity Today’s recent cover story on Bethel Church in Redding, California, I’ve been contacted by people wondering about Bill Johnson’s statements made in that article distancing himself from the New Apostolic Reformation ( NAR ). The two specific statements he made are that his church does not have any official ties to the NAR and that he’s “not completely clear on what it is.”

Despite Johnson’s distancing himself from the NAR , he very clearly is part of it. Let’s look at his two claims.

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Worshipping Religious Liberty: SBC Joins Mosque Building Effort

Should Christians stand and fight for religious liberty?  Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen says yes, but “We should be cautious about how we align with this god of religious liberty because it is nothing less than the current ‘spirit of the world,’ the one beckoning for tolerance and co-existence.”  He writes:

Southern Baptists, through their Ethics And Religious Liberty Commission and their International Mission Board, have joined hands with Muslims and others to help build a mosque.

But they have to.  It’s inevitable when you hold closely to the tenets of American Christianity.

The SBC’s ERLC and IMB have joined in with the likes of the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom, the Interfaith Coalition on Mosques, the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, the Sikh Coalition, and other unlikely allies to support building a mosque.  According to The Becket Fund For Religious Liberty (An organization in which Russell Moore is on the Board of Directors) over 20 “interfaith” groups have united to push forward the agenda of the god of religious liberty in support of the mosque.

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Will the Traditional Christian Belief of Eternal Hell Be Minority View Soon?

Noting a 13 percentage point drop over the past 20 years in Americans who believe in a fiery underworld, the author notes that the stats present “a conundrum that continues to tug at the conscience of some Christians, who find it difficult to reconcile the existence of a just, loving God with a doctrine that dooms billions of people to eternal punishment.”

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The Daily Discovery (May 26, 2016)

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Why I Don’t Use an Ad Blocker – “Let’s just get it out there: Online advertising is a mess. We understand that it is a necessity, but we despair at how ugly it has become. Like you, I hate visiting a website and having to deal with flashing, flickering, or inappropriate banner ads designed to distract me from what I am attempting to watch or read. Even more than that, I hate autoplaying videos that interrupt and annoy, and I utterly loathe pop-under ads that open secretly and hide under my browser. I am not opposed to advertising. I generally don’t mind seeing appropriate and respectful advertisements that relate to my interests or to the site I am viewing. But for every useful ad, I have had to endure ten thousand awful ones. So have you, I’m sure.”

An Interpretive Grid: Understanding Dispensations – “As you consider the title of this series, perhaps you find yourself saying, ‘I do not even know what a dispensation is.’ If that is the case, this series is actually just right for you. We are going to begin with some very simple concepts and work our way up from there. Let us take an introductory look at what dispensations are and what dispensationalism is. It is really a manner of looking at the Bible. I have found that so many people can testify to the fact that once a person gets a grasp of this set of ideas called dispensationalism, you will actually find that your Bible suddenly comes to life and you are able to read it and understand it in a new and fresh way. You will look at it and say to yourself, ‘Oh, that is why I could not figure it out before—I did not have the right grid to look through.’”

What Should Christians Think about Cremation? – “Over recent years, I have noticed that more and more Christians are opting for the cremation of their bodies after death. The primary reason for this seems to be financial, as cremation is considerably more affordable than the pricey cost of caskets, plus the other amenities of a funeral, visitation, and memorial service. The assumption seems to be that cremation versus burial is a matter of complete indifference, a subject about which the Bible has little or nothing to say. Let me admit, up front, that the Bible does not forbid cremation and loved ones have no reason to worry that a cremated body will be ineligible for the future resurrection. After all, bodies that have been in the ground for centuries have likely disintegrated as much or more than a cremated body. Moreover, the future resurrection is a miracle from start to finish. We may trust God, who made everything out of nothing, to sort out the molecules when it comes to the coming resurrection of our bodies. My own parents asked to be cremated, and we their children honored that request. So in raising the subject of a Christian view of cremation, I do not believe that ultimate matters are at stake.”

Pursuing Marriage God’s Way – “How should single Christians find a spouse, that is a million-dollar question. Literally. Countless books are written on the subject, many large churches have a single’s pastor, either in title or function, retreats and conferences for singles are held. Single Christians, who desire to be married, spend an enormous amount of time, energy and money trying to figure it out.”

Note to Aspiring Preachers: Here are Seven Key Pitfalls to Avoid – “Preaching is hard work. To those sitting in the pews, preaching can look relatively effortless–especially when it is done well.  But do not be fooled.  Preaching exhausts the body and the soul in ways that are incommensurate with its duration.  I could work in the yard all day in 90 degrees of heat and (somehow) feel less exhausted than preaching two services.”


SERMON:

Matt Chandler – God is for God


VIDEOS:

After all, boys will be girls.

Should we call people who have had abortions “murderers?”


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

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This ‘n’ That

  • Free Spurgeon book!
  • You can’t make this stuff up.
  • So apparently this is happening in the LCMS.
  • This is very cool.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • James Boice on the faithful preaching of the Word.
  • J.C. Ryle on growing in holiness.
  • It seems like “Christian Progressivism” should not be a legitimate phrase.
  • Citizens of Heaven:

A La Carte (May 27)

Today’s Kindle deals include No Greater Valor by Jerome Corsi ($1.99), Shame Interrupted by Ed Welch ($2.99), and Heroes and Monsters by Josh James Riebock ($1.99). New from GLH Publishing is The Holy Spirit by John Owen ($0.99).

Logos users will want to check out the Spring Sale; as you purchase more items, your discount gets deeper.

Eternity Etched On My Eyes

This is a powerful bit of writing. “‘I’m so weak. I’m so weak. I’m so weak,’ I whispered from the floor where I lay in my room, overwhelmed with the ongoing pain day after day. I looked up at my nightstand where the little orange bottle sat containing the narcotic medication. If I took a bunch, I wouldn’t feel the pain anymore. I slowly lifted myself off the floor and sat on the edge of my bed.”

Don’t Dismiss Housework

So good: “The work of a stay-at-home mom—as well as the labor done by many domestic workers—is often disdained by our society because it fixates on and around the home. Yet traditionally, the home was not a place to be despised.”

Multi-Site Church Video Screen Utterly Fails At Pastoral Counseling

In my mind this is a great example of what satire can accomplish so well. “Going to the screen from which they get their weekly Sunday messages, the couple began pouring out their marital issues to the inanimate object, including Judy’s spending and Derrick’s untidiness. However, after a good half-hour with no response from the video screen, the couple’s discussion stalled, and they left discouraged.”

We Are Not Entitled to the World’s Respect

“If we genuinely are willing to take our cues from the New Testament, rather than instinct, we might be surprised to find the way the apostles would have us to engage with our society.”

Grieve and Receive the Gift of Special Needs

Andrew Wilson writes movingly of both the grieving and the gift of children with special needs.

4 Ways to Categorize Complaints in the Church

Here’s one for pastors and church leaders to consider.

This Day in 1564. 452 years ago today, French Protestant Reformer John Calvin died. *

How to Glorify God by Being a Generalist

I really appreciate what Joe Carter says here about the value of being a generalist (as opposed to a specialist).

Flashback: To The Other Woman’s Embrace

“I sometimes wonder what it was like for Sarah as she watched Abraham and Hagar walk into that tent together—what she thought, what she felt. What was it like for the wife to watch her husband seek privacy with that other woman, knowing exactly what they were about to do?”

Horton

Men’s ideas of the wrath to come may be judged of by the earnestness with which they exhort others to fly from it. —J.C. Ryle


Links I like

Links I like

Just a couple of Kindle deals worth your attention: Shame Interrupted by Edward T. Welch ($2.99) and Anxious for Nothing by John MacArthur (free).

In case you missed it, this week’s episode of Reading Writers features a really fun interview with Tim Challies where we talk about how he reads as much as he does, where he reads, and how he really feels about graphic novels.

The limitations of parachurch ministries and church planting

Nathan Knight:

…do not look to the glitz of a parachurch organization to assess you, train you, and send you. Instead, give extended time and service to a local church in the audience of its elders as the primary means of readying you for gospel ministry—whether as a church planter, a future pastor, or something else entirely.

John Webster, 1955-2016: “There is Nothing that the Gospel Does Not Explicate”

Fred Sanders:

Some of us will now have to break the habit of calling John Webster the greatest living theologian. In due course we’ll have to find a way to estimate where he ranks, and how well he fits in, among the great list of teachers who have doctored the church.

If the American church is dying it’s because we deserve it.

Jake Meador:

For years, conservative evangelicals, including writers at this site, have tried to defend the religious right where we could, arguing that what we need is not a repudiation of the religious right but a better religious right. We needed a religious right more understanding of how institutions work. We needed a religious right that understood that fighting a culture war requires actually having a Christian culture. We needed a religious right that paid as much attention to daily rituals as it did to world views. But the religious right’s overall project was basically sound and the men leading it were trustworthy. That’s what we told ourselves. So we defended many of the men who have now proven themselves to be so cowardly and lacking the very thing they said the secularists and liberals were missing—a moral compass.

3 Reasons Why More Millennials Live With Parents Than in Any Other Living Arrangement

Chris Martin:

So, it’s only by about half of a percentage point, but more Millennials live with their parents than in any other kind of living arrangement. This is remarkable, worthy of note, and must grab the attention of the local church.

We must ask the question, “Why?” “Why are young people living with their parents more than they ever have in the past?”

A Pharisee in Tax Collector’s Clothing

Barnabas Piper:

Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee prayed boldly “God, I thank you I am not like that man” while the tax collector knelt in a corner, beat his chest, and prayed “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner.” One of these men went home right in the eyes of God, and we all know which one. And we all despise the other.

In a weird, ironic, but quite predictable plot twist by pursuing the position of tax collector we have become the Pharisee.

We. All of us.

Ecclesiastical Antinomianism

Nick Batzig:

To church hop every time you find something with which you are unhappy is a form of ecclesiastical Antinomianism. It shows a lack of unwillingness to submit to those whom God has put in authority over you–as well as to the brethren in that particular congregation. When men and women leave a congregation because they have rubbed shoulders with the leadership over adiaphora in worship or congregational life, they often think that they can keep their friendships with those in that congregation without inflicting any harm or incurring any loss. However, when an individual or family leaves a church because of their discontent with leadership, they are also walking away from the congregation that they may have vowed to love and support. They can no longer fulfill the “one another” imperatives of the New Testament in that particular local congregation. The body suffers as it loses one of its necessary members (Rom. 12; 1 Cor. 12-14; Eph. 4).

Risk or Rust

Darryl Dash:

“Risk or rust,” wrote Jack Miller, one of my heroes of the faith.… Miller wasn’t advocating for foolish risk-taking, or being motivated by presumption rather than faith. He was concerned about our tendency to stop risking, and to prioritize fear over obedience. He didn’t coast in his own ministry, and his legacy continues.

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Check Out

Blogs

Why I Am Not Roman Catholic | Tim Challies
“In very important ways the answer to the question ‘Why am I not Roman Catholic?’ is ‘R.C. Sproul…’ ”

When Grace Hurts the Church | Aaron Menikoff, TGC
“…it’s helpful to remember that when it comes to God’s sovereignty in salvation, most of us fit into one of three categories:”

Gospel-Centered Comfort for Suffering: Martin Luther’s Pastoral Counseling | Bob Kelleman, RPM Ministries
“We can encapsulate Luther’s practice or methodology of sustaining in tweet-size fashion: The human comforter is a sorrow sharer who points people to the supreme Comforter by incarnationally entering the sufferer’s earthly story.”

Browse Worthy: Eternity Etched on My Eyes | Barry York, Gentle Reformation
“Katie is a dear friend to most of us on Gentle Reformation. She recounts on Warhorn blog, in a post entitled ‘Eternity Etched on My Eyes’, her testimony of the long valley of pain the Lord took her through due to surgeries seeking to correct a misshapen spine. In so doing, she also honors her parents, Dave and Jenny Long, who moved heaven and earth to help their daughter, and ends by reflecting on how her suffering prepared her family for what happened to her father.”

Six Questions Leader s Should Routinely Ask Themselves | Eric Geiger
“Because our leadership is short, we should lead and serve with thoughtful intentionality. Wise leaders routinely evaluate their lives and leadership. Here are six questions leaders should routinely ask themselves:”

Grieve and Receive the Gift of Special Needs | Andrew Wilson, Desiring God
“Because our children are such a beautiful gift, we often feel guilty for even saying this, but we might as well admit that we didn’t want our children to have regressive autism, any more than we wanted them to have Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy, or whatever else. ”

Family Worship: A Guide to Daily Reformation at Home | Donald John Maclean, Meet the Puritans
“Reformation Scotland Trust was formed in 2013. Their stated aim is ‘to promote the restoration of the Christian Church in Scotland, by informing, educating and promoting understanding of the attainments of the Second Reformation in Scotland.’”

Why I Bought a Chromebook Instead of a Mac | Matt Novak, Gizmodo
“Chromebooks have surpassed sales of Mac laptops in the United States for the first time ever. And that doesn’t surprise me. Because roughly a year ago I made the same switch. Formerly a lifelong Mac user, I bought my first PC ever in the form of a Chromebook. And I’m never looking back.”

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Holman Commentary Series ($2.99)


Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection by Edward T. Welch ($2.99)


The Church: The Gospel Made Visible by Mark Dever ($2.99)


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Are You Ready For The Emoji Bible Translation?

Posted: 26 May 2016 04:49 PM PDT

Apparently some millennials failed to read the Word of God because it wasn’t in a language they understood—until now. Behold, the Bible Emoji, or Scripture…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Italy’s Mount Etna volcano erupts again

Posted: 26 May 2016 04:47 PM PDT

Italy’s Mount Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano, has once again erupted, spewing red torrents of lava into the sky. Wednesday’s eruption was short…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

China Warns America to Leave South China Sea After Intercepting Spy Plane

Posted: 26 May 2016 04:36 PM PDT

Military tensions heightened between China and the United States as the Obama Administration looks to clamp down on Beijing’s influence along the Pacific Rim. On…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Microsoft and Facebook are building the fastest trans-Atlantic cable yet

Posted: 26 May 2016 04:28 PM PDT

Here is some news you don’t read every day: Microsoft and Facebook today announced that they are teaming up to build a subsea cable across…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Drug-Resistant Super-Bug Found in U.S. Woman

Posted: 26 May 2016 04:25 PM PDT

The United States’ first known case of a superbug that cannot be killed by any existing antibiotic was announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Christian School Targeted For Liberal Efforts for LGBT Laws

Posted: 26 May 2016 11:13 AM PDT

Due to federal policy changes, private Christian schools may soon have serious decisions to make. One example is the Pre-K through 8th grade church-affiliated St….

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Nuclear threats in US worse than previously known

Posted: 26 May 2016 11:06 AM PDT

Conflicting with a prior industry study, a new analysis claims 96 nuclear facilities in the US are less safe than reported, citing risks such as…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Indiana Residents Stunned by Military Drill

Posted: 26 May 2016 11:03 AM PDT

Residents of Beech Grove, Indiana, thought that war had broken out last night after the Marion County police dispatch was flooded with 911 calls from…

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Obama Races to Cement Big Pacific Rim Trade Deal

Posted: 26 May 2016 10:48 AM PDT

President Obama is racing against the clock to cement a massive Pacific Rim trade deal that all of his potential successors oppose, with his administration…

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Obama Claims World leaders Are ‘Rattled’ by Trump’s Ignorance’

Posted: 26 May 2016 10:36 AM PDT

President Obama, during a Thursday press conference in Japan, took potshots at Donald Trump and said the billionaire businessman’s run for the White House has…

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Central Pains Under Tornado Threat

Posted: 26 May 2016 10:21 AM PDT

A severe weather outbreak, including tornadic supercells, is possible Thursday afternoon and evening, following two days of destructive tornadoes in the Plains states. The storms…

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2 Miracle Stealers We Need to Bind and Break Right Now

Posted: 26 May 2016 10:15 AM PDT

(Written By Jennifer Leclaire) I’ve been decreeing and declaring—and witnessing—more miracles in the past year than I’ve seen in the past 10 years. We saw…

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Two F/A-18s Crash Off North Carolina Coast

Posted: 26 May 2016 10:12 AM PDT

Two F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters crashed Thursday off the coast of North Carolina, defense officials told Fox News. The Coast Guard said four people were…

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Trump Clinches GOP Nomination

Posted: 26 May 2016 10:04 AM PDT

Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the GOP presidential nomination, securing his status as the presumptive Republican nominee and avoiding…

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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.

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

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

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

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

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


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Legalism and Lawlessness – Grace To You

Luke 18:11-12; Galatians 5:1; Ephesians 2:4-10; Colossians 3:1-10; Titus 2:11-12

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by Jeremiah Johnson

The opposite of wrong isn’t always right. Sometimes it’s simply a different kind of wrong.

There are two dominant errors Christians fall into that can damage and destroy their integrity. You can think of them as two equally treacherous ditches on either side of the narrow way (Matthew 7:14).

On one side you have legalism. With strict rules that govern outward behavior, legalists don’t put much emphasis on integrity. It matters what you do—or moreover, what you don’t do—not why or how you do it.

In legalism, conformity takes the place of faithfulness. Your rigid adherence to the rules is what matters—not the attitude that undergirds your outward obedience or the true nature of your heart’s affections. Integrity is merely the measure of how consistently you follow the rules. It has nothing to do with the inner transforming work of the Spirit, or the mortification of the flesh (Romans 8:13).

Legalists also measure their own spiritual maturity by the flaws they can spot in others. Christ’s parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in Luke 18 is a prime example. Scripture makes it clear the Pharisee prayed these words for his own benefit: “God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get” (Luke 18:11-12).

Christ was born into a world ruled by the Pharisees’ heavy-handed legalism. They had reduced God’s law—along with its rich symbolism that pointed to the coming Messiah—to an oppressive list of prescriptions and prohibitions. The apostles knew firsthand the threat that legalism posed to the early church, and warned against succumbing to its influence. Paul exhorted the Galatians to withstand the pressures of the legalistic Judaizers, who attempted to add works to grace: “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).

One of the dangers of legalism is that it shortcuts the need for integrity. When godliness isn’t measured in holiness and maturity, but by how your life looks relative to others, there’s no need to discipline your heart and mind. Sins that no one else can see essentially don’t count, and you wind up living a hypocritical double life. Your outward behavior might look godly but it’s a worthless façade if your heart is still dominated by selfishness, lust, hatred, and pride. And if your godliness is just a façade, you can be sure it will eventually collapse and expose the hypocrisy within.

The opposite error of legalism’s spiritual pantomime is lawlessness. Just as legalism posed a threat to the early church, antinomianism—the belief that God’s law no longer applies to Christians—was a spiritual plague in the first-century church.

Paul wrote to the Ephesian church to encourage them to shed their sinful habits and live out the transformation God had already worked within: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). He hammered that same point in his letter to the Colossians:

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. . . . Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him. (Colossians 3:1-10)

He issued a similar reminder in Titus 2:11-12, “For the grace of God has appeared . . . instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age.”

Despite these and other clear exhortations from Scripture, antinomianism still lives—and thrives—in corners of the church today.

We’ve dealt with the Hypergrace movement in the past (here and here)—in simple terms, it stresses Scripture’s indicative statements (for example, that we’ve been saved by grace—Ephesians 2:8) while downplaying its imperatives (like exhortations to walk in godliness—Ephesians 2:10). The result is a kind of practical antinomianism that shrugs at sin in a believer’s life while pointing to the completed work of Christ.

But that imbalanced emphasis on God’s grace undercuts the importance of cultivating a life of integrity. In fact, it makes it virtually impossible. Consider this definition from John MacArthur’s book The Power of Integrity:

Integrity essentially means being true to one’s ethical standards, in our case, God’s standards. Its synonyms are honesty, sincerity, incorruptibility. It describes someone without hypocrisy or duplicity—someone who is completely consistent with his or her stated convictions. A person who lacks integrity—who says one thing and does another—is a hypocrite. [1] John MacArthur, The Power of Integrity (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1997), ix.

If a believer is to live with integrity, he cannot compromise on Scripture’s exhortations to “deny ungodliness and worldly desires,” “to lay aside the old self,” “to live sensibly, righteously and godly,” and walk in the good works for which the Lord has called and transformed us.

In fact, applying God’s grace as an immediate free pass for your sin is the height of duplicity. It’s an overt denial of the Spirit’s sanctifying work within you, and it trains you to take both your sin and God’s grace lightly. It breeds carelessness and corruption, and can lead to tragic spiritual shipwreck.

Living with integrity means avoiding legalism and lawlessness, and the hypocrisy inherent in both extremes. Instead, we need to pursue the balance Paul strikes in his letter to the Ephesians—one that clings to the gospel while pursuing holiness:

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. . . . For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:4-10)


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Five Steps to Renewing Your Mind – Unlocking the Bible

What does your stream of consciousness sound like?

There are words floating through my mind at all times; some are good and purposeful, and others are not. My mental monologue generally contains too much self-focused and self-defeating babble.

“What a stupid thing to say!” (Imaginary palm to the forehead.) “Did she just ignore me?” (Anger, followed by a fearful feeling that I am easily forgotten.) “That’s a good idea for a blog post…or maybe it’s just dumb.” (Internal debate.) “I’d like to ________, but I don’t know if I can pull it off.” (Who do I think I am?)

On, and on it goes. It’s exhausting.

My mind needs a refresher. Maybe you too will benefit from these steps.

Step 1: Ask the Lord to guard and direct your mind.

My mind is the place of my intellect, reasoning, and intentions; my behavior begins in my mind, and my mind is where spiritual transformation happens (Romans 12:2). The object of my regular thinking will determine how my days, years, and ultimately my life plays out. Everything starts in the mind.

Too often, I simply don’t bother to ask for the Lord’s protection, direction, and oversight of my mind. From now on, I will do my best to start my day with a simple prayer: Jesus, by your Holy Spirit, keep my mind firmly set where you want it to be focused today.  

Step 2: Recognize the source of self-focused and self-defeating thoughts.

Given that my behavior begins in my mind, and my mind is where spiritual transformation happens, is it any surprise that the adversary wants to mess with my thinking?  It must be his favorite first attempt to distract and disarm Christians, and it usually works.

I have experienced periods of mental oppression that seem almost physical. A feeling of heaviness accompanies my self-defeating thoughts. Most of the time, I realize that I am engaged in a spiritual battle of some sort, but I cannot immediately free myself of it. I pray. I confess. I read God’s Word. I pray some more. (It should be noted that in my case this is not clinical depression and, if it were, I would seek medical treatment.)

Eventually my mind is unencumbered, but it is not because I thought positively enough or talked myself out of it. That may work temporarily, but it won’t root out the problem.  I know who the enemy is, and I also know the only One who can defeat him.

Recognize the enemy, and fight him with God’s power and with Scriptural truth.

Step 3: Replace self-focused thinking with a God-focused mindset.

After praying for the Lord to protect my mind and recognizing the enemy, I have a choice. Will I train my brain to concentrate on the things of God, or will I let it be consumed by the things of this world?

To focus my mind on God requires some work. If I don’t take purposeful action to set my mind on Jesus Christ, then I’m allowing my mind to go anywhere it wants to go. I know where it will go, and it’s nowhere good.

I know myself. So, even when I am fully confident of God’s love and care, I still must decide what I will and will not think about.

The following verses help me to set my mind on things above, and not on earthly things:

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5)

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Step 4: Rest in the truth that you are accepted in Jesus Christ.

I’ll pray for the Lord to protect my mind, help me recognize the enemy, and work to keep my mind focused on God. Sometimes I will be successful, and sometimes I will not be. Over time, it will be more often the former.

There are days when all I can do is rest in the truth that I am at peace with God, that I am free from accusation, and that I am God’s child.

Through faith in Jesus Christ, we are at peace with God. “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:5).

In Christ, we are free from accusation. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

In Christ, we are children of God and heirs along with Jesus. “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ…” (Romans 8:16-17).

My identity in Jesus Christ is the central fact that influences my present circumstances and determines my eternal future, and it is available by faith alone. Don’t doubt; don’t wonder; don’t question it.

Accept God’s gracious gift, and rest in it.

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 daily.

By using these five techniques, I hope that the next time I feel stupid, ignored, or I question my ability, I will learn to test my thinking. God doesn’t condemn me, so I know that thoughts of self-condemnation are not from him. There is no fear in God’s love, so when I feel afraid or defeated, I can safely ignore those thoughts too.

Ultimately, God wants me to be transformed to be like his Son, Jesus. Jesus did not engage in the type of mental machinations that I’ve described—he was totally focused on the will of the Father. Because that was true of him, it will increasingly be true of me…and someday, that work in me will be complete.

How do you keep your mind from dwelling on unhealthy, untrue, or distracting thoughts?

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The Pursuit of Sanctification – The Master’s Seminary

The Christian life is anything but a passive pursuit. The New Testament commands believers to “be all the more diligent” (2 Peter 1:10), to take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5), to “strive to enter through the narrow door” (Luke 13:24), to “run” that we may obtain the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24), and to “work out” our salvation (Philippians 2:12). Our spiritual growth clearly involves human exertion. But what, then, are we to make of God’s sovereignty over our growth?

In recent years, that question has fueled intense theological debate on the driving force behind sanctification. Is spiritual growth produced by the believer or is it sovereignly performed by God?

In Philippians 2:12–13, Paul lays it out as a paradoxical truth:

So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. (emphasis added)

Who is responsible for our sanctification? The answer is more complex than some make it out to be.

Paul sees sanctification as a two-sided coin. He focuses first on the believer’s role in sanctification. Some misguided interpreters completely misread this exhortation as if it said, “work for your salvation,” “work at your salvation,” or “work up your salvation.” But both in the immediate context of this letter and the broader context of the New Testament, none of those interpretations is correct. Paul is not speaking of attaining salvation by human effort or goodness, but of living out the life God has graciously granted.

Alive by Faith

To the Ephesians Paul wrote, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8–9).

Faith alone has always been the way of salvation. Noah was a righteous man by faith (Genesis 6:9; Hebrews 11:7). Abraham was saved by God’s grace working through his personal faith: “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness” (Romans 4:3). The Mosaic law did not alter the way of salvation. It was only by faith that Moses and all Old Testament saints were saved (Hebrews 11:23–38). All those believing men and women “gained approval through their faith” (Hebrews 11:39), by which God granted them His righteousness—salvation—in advance on account of the future death of His Son.

Working Out What God Worked In

So, salvation is from God alone, yet in Philippians 2:12, Paul focuses on the responsibility of believers to live lives that are consistent with that divine gift.

Strabo was an ancient Roman scholar who lived about sixty years before Christ. He recorded an account concerning some Roman-owned mines in Spain. He uses the very same verb that Paul does in Philippians 2:12, katergazomai, when referring to the Romans as working out the mines. Strabo’s point was that the Romans were extracting from within the mines all their richness and value.

That’s a fitting expression of what katergazomai (work out) means in Philippians 2:12. I am to mine out of my life what God has richly deposited there in salvation. I am to produce such precious nuggets of godly character from what He planted when He saved me.

Working by the Spirit

Everything in life requires energy. It takes energy to walk and to work. It takes energy to think and to meditate. It takes energy to obey and to worship God. Where does the believer get the energy to grow as a Christian, to live a life that is holy, fruitful, and pleasing to the Lord? Philippians 2:13 makes it clear that God is the necessary source of that sanctifying energy we are commanded to expend. In the words of Galatians 5:25, since “we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”

So who is responsible for your growth as a Christian? God is responsible for supplying everything you need for life and godliness, and you are responsible for actively using that power to grow in sanctification for His glory. The paradox is found in the believer being both fully responsible, and yet fully dependent on God’s supply. We may not fully comprehend the paradox, but we can exercise faith that it is resolved in the infinite wisdom of God and respond in obedience to His commands.

Today’s post is adapted from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Philippians.

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Seven Marks of a Godly Servant – Unlocking the Bible

You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave. (Matthew 20:25b-27)

While the specific ways in which we serve will differ in time, place, and position, there are things that all God’s servants have in common.

A Servant Is Humble

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:3-8)

Just before his death, Jesus decided to give his followers a clear picture of the attitude they should have. He took off his outer garments, got a basin, and washed their feet.

The 12 pairs of feet Jesus washed belonged to hairy men who walked rough roads shared with all manner of livestock, in a time before regular road cleaning or daily showers. Cleaning them would be the job of a servant, and a lowly one at that. The disciples resisted the idea that their master and teacher should stoop to such a thankless task, but Jesus persisted.

You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. (John 13:13-17)

If Jesus humbled himself in this way—and even further in his death—then we also should be humble in all we do for him and others.

A Servant Prepares

Rather, train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come … Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. (1 Timothy 4:7b-8; 15)

When you’re hiring someone to make important repairs or improvements to your house or car, you want someone who’s spent hours learning and perfecting their craft, and is respected in their field. You wouldn’t take on someone with no experience.

However, that is exactly what Jesus does. He is taking on complete novices with no real experience in the work of God whatsoever. Provisionally, through Scripture, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and the ministry of the Church, God offers on-the-job training.

Jesus completed the work of salvation for us on the cross, brings us into it, gives us the Holy Spirit as our counselor, and sets us about his business. He has finished the work of our salvation, but he still calls us to work for his kingdom. Therefore, with gratitude and love, we train to be the most effective servants possible.

A Servant Perseveres

Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes … If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! (Luke 12:35-37a; 38)

The work we’ve been given is long and tiring, receives little thanks or recognition, and may seem to count for little while it’s being done. Continuing in such work is a challenge none of us is up to on our own.

But we are not on our own. The Master gives us others to work beside, a glorious future to work toward, and a promise that our work is not in vain. Most importantly, he give us himself, working in us and through us, so that we may be truly ready for whenever he comes.

A Servant Serves Where Needed

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them…I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. (1 Corinthians 9:19; 22b-23)

Jesus walked hundreds of miles. He likely often slept on the ground. He was pawed at by people. He got dirty. He had to deal with the bickering of his coworkers. He washed his follower’s grimy, smelly feet.

He did what was needed to advance the gospel. While pursuing that end, there was no task beneath him.

Likewise, Christ’s followers should have no limits to their willingness to serve; whether that means going abroad or going into the not-so-nice part of town; giving to missions or giving up free time; changing a tire or changing a diaper.

A Servant Serves (or Not) As God Directs

David wanted to serve and honor God by building God a wonderful and permanent house. He drew up building schematics, made plans for all the details of the Temple, and even talked to the priests and Levites to make sure everyone was on the same page. Even with all the preparation he had done, and all the other ways he had served God, 1 Chronicles 28 shows that the Lord did not allow David to build the temple. It was for Solomon, David’s son, to build it. David, as God’s obedient servant, accepted this and made as much ready for Solomon as he could.

Sometimes the Lord says no to our plans to serve. Maybe there’s someone more qualified, or we are already serving in other places. Maybe we don’t know why. But we trust and obey God, knowing that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

A Servant Expects to Suffer

A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. (Matthew 10:24-25)

As Jesus’s light shines through us, people who love darkness (John 3:19) will become convicted and uncomfortable in the light of his glory, and will hate and ridicule us. If we truly seek to serve Jesus, it’s only a matter of time before we must share in a portion of his suffering.

But we take heart that someday Jesus will stand in victory, and we who acknowledged him before men will stand with him.

A Servant Is Not Ashamed

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

The work we do we do is for Jesus, by the Father’s command, through the power of his Holy Spirit. We have the privilege to carry the gospel—that Jesus died to pardon sins and rose to conquer death—to the world.

It is a joyous work we’ve been given, and we look to the day when our Master returns and says to each of us, “‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:23).

What other characteristics mark a true servant of Christ?

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Strange Fire Q&A: Why have some gifts ceased and others continue? Are we picking and choosing? – The End Time

One hundred years ago, the modern Pentecostal movement was born. By October 2013 the Pentecostal movement has morphed into the Charismatic movement with its particular brand of false doctrine, had infected much of western Christianity and polluted quite a bit of Christianity abroad. The excesses of the movement include faith healing, reports of raising the dead, babbling tongues, alleged prophecies and direct revelation, disorderly church services and worse. The movement assaulted the sufficiency of scripture, the inerrancy of scripture, besmirched the name of Jesus Christ and damaged the faith of many.

John MacArthur and his team at Grace To You took a stand against this movement and sought to bring clarity to why its doctrines needed comparison to the Bible correction. To that end, they organized the Strange Fire Conference, held in the fall of 2013. One of the main purposes of the conference was to initiate a substantive discussion about these issues. It achieved its purpose. Every sermon preached at the conference rebuked the movement simply by preaching the truth, and brought correct biblical doctrine to the fore. Given the outcry, it seems that the effect was immediate.

There were many good questions asked at the various seminars and Q & A sessions held during the conference period, but not all of them could be immediately answered. After the conference concluded, ministers and theologians at Grace Community Church and The Master’s Seminary wrote out answers to these unanswered questions, compiled them, and put them on one web page.

The page is a treasure trove of good, solid rebuttals to and practical helps about what to do if encountering Charismatic doctrines in your church, in your family, or in yourself.

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Why are the teaching gifts and others in the list of gifts in effect today if the others ceased? Do we pick and choose?

As in all matters of life and doctrine, we must follow carefully the teaching of Scripture. We must be careful to interpret the text and to apply its direct teachings and its principles to every area of life. God has indicated clearly in His Word that some spiritual gifts were given for the duration of the church’s time on earth and some were intended for use only during the establishment of the church. We don’t have the authority to decide which gifts belong in those categories, nor do we desire to make that decision. Our only desire is to follow what God has revealed to us in Scripture.

The miraculous sign gifts accompanied the apostles and validated them as true spokesmen for Christ (2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:3–4). The ministry of the apostles and New Testament prophets was to lay a doctrinal foundation for the church (Ephesians 2:20). They laid the foundation on which the evangelists, pastors, and teachers can build (Ephesians 4:11–13). Evangelists anchor new people into the foundation, and pastors and teachers strengthen and grow them from the foundation.

After the apostles died and the canon of Scripture was completed, the church has carried on through the equipping ministry of evangelists, pastors, and teachers. And now every Christian has the ability to discern truth from error by studying the written Word of God.
For a careful explanation of which gifts have ceased and how we know they were intended by God as temporary gifts, I refer you to Tom Pennington’s excellent teaching in “A Case for Cessationism.” Explore our sermon archive for more detailed exposition on the key passages related to the temporary spiritual gifts, such as 1 Corinthians 13:8–13, 2 Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 2:20–21, and Hebrews 2:2–4.

Study finds 10 million Muslims have become followers of Christ since 1960.

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(Washington, D.C.) — An unprecedented spiritual revolution is underway in the Islamic world.

From 1960 to 2010, the number of Muslims who have converted away from Islam and become true followers of Jesus Christ has skyrocketed, from fewer than 200,000 to some 10 million people. Amidst persecution and even genocide, the Church in the Middle East is growing in ways never seen in fourteen centuries of Islam. And there is now scholarly documentation backing up these numbers.

Yesterday, I had the honor of addressing the pastors at the “Watchmen on the Wall” conference organized by the Family Research Council. Tony Perkins, president of FRC, asked me to brief the gathering on the latest on the persecuted Church in the Middle East and it was my joy to do so — especially to share this exciting news.

Here are notes I used for my presentation. You’ll find details regarding the soaring number of Muslim conversions under point…

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Creflo $ putting the $ back in Hill$ong

In spite of Creflo Dollar peddling the false Health and Wealth (HAW) gospel, attributing the satanic to God, peddling his Word of Faith (WOF) doctrine that we are gods and financially pimping his congregation to buy a $65 million jet, Hillsong have decided to invite this heretic to speak in Hillsong Africa.

We are talking about a well-known financial “crook” who is coming to the desperate in Africa to spiritually and financially fleece them. The bible does not promote the Health and Wealth heresy or the Word of Faith heresy. They are in fact damnable according to scriptures as they preach false gospels (Galatians 1-2).

If you want to know why the NAR-driven Hillsong would consider inviting Creflo $ to speak at their movement, this article should help shine some light on this issue:

HAW and WOF NARpostles

Hillsong advertised the following,

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HAW and WOF NARpostles

Between 1948 to the 1980s, the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) movement constructed the Charismatic Renewal, attempting to convince Christianity that God was restoring the gifts (charismata) of the Spirit to the church.

When Christianity embraced this NOLR restorationist doctrine, the NOLR let out their infallible Apostles and Prophets who used the Ephesians 4:11 as a battering ram to knock down the doorway of salvation (Jesus Christ) to let all their trolls to roll out all their whacky NOLR doctrines and New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).

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Thus the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) was born and appropriately labeled as such by C. Peter Wagner.

The popular NOLR “Prophet” William Branham throughout the 1940s and 50s taught that sickness and poverty occurred when mankind (through Adam), gave his authority over to Satan. Thus the NOLR healing movement in the 1950s swept through America and through the rest of the world because of this satanic teaching (sickness and poverty…

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