Monthly Archives: July 2016

If Everything Is So Great, Then Why Do Two-Thirds Of Americans Say The Country Is On The Wrong Track?

Wrong Way - Public DomainAmericans appear to be increasingly pessimistic about the future of America.  According to a Real Clear Politics average of recent polls, 68.9 percent of Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track, and only 23.1 percent of Americans believe that we are headed in the right direction.  But if you have been listening to the endless parade of political speeches at the Democratic and Republican National conventions, you would be tempted to think that the greatest days for the United States are right around the corner.  The politicians keep promising us that better times are coming if we will just make the “correct” choices on election day, but no matter who we send to Washington D.C. things just seem to keep getting worse and worse.  Let’s take a look at just a few of the signs that indicate that our country is going in the wrong direction… (Read More…)

Can an Unchanging God Be Compassionate?

Psalm 103:13; Psalm 145:8-9; Lamentations 3:22-23

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by John MacArthur

The God of Scripture is the one true constant in all the universe: “I, the Lord, do not change” (Malachi 3:6). His nature and His thoughts are as immutable as His eternal plans. Specifically, He does not alter His Word, revise His will, revoke His promises, or change His mind: “God is not man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19).

The necessary implication of God’s immutability is that He is not subject to shifting moods, flashes of temper, fluctuating dispositions, or seasons of despondency. In theological terms, God is impassible. That means He cannot be moved by involuntary emotions, suffering, pain, or injury. In the words of the Westminster Confession of Faith (2.1), God is “infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions.”

Divine impassibility is not an easy concept to grasp. Robert Ingersoll, the famous nineteenth-century skeptic, wrote, “Think of that!—without body, parts, or passions. I defy any man in the world to write a better description of nothing. You cannot conceive of a finer word-painting of a vacuum than ‘without body, parts, or passions.’” [1] Robert G. Ingersoll, The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, 12 vols. (New York: Dresden, 1900) 2:361-62. Nowadays even some Christian theologians shun the idea of divine impassibility because they think it makes God seem cold and aloof.

But that’s a false notion. To say that God is not vulnerable, that He Himself cannot be hurt, and that He isn’t given to moodiness is not to say He is utterly unfeeling or devoid of affections. On the contrary, Scripture says “God is love” (1 John 4:8). His compassion, His lovingkindness, and His tender mercies endure forever (Psalm 136). His divine affections are more real, more sure, and more trustworthy than any human emotions could ever be. In fact, the constancy and infinity of God’s tender affections epitomize why divine impassibility is such a wonderful truth. “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is [His] faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

The main problem in our thinking about these things is that we tend to reduce God’s attributes to human terms, and we shouldn’t. We’re not to imagine that God is like us (Psalm 50:21). His affections, unlike human emotions, are not involuntary reflexes, spasms of temper, paroxysms of good and bad humor, or conflicted states of mind. He is as deliberate and as faithful in His lovingkindness as He is perfect and incorruptible in His holiness.

The unchangeableness of God’s affections is—or should be—a steady comfort to true believers. His love for us is infinite and unshakable. “As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:11). And His constant mercy is a secure and dependable anchor—both when we sin and when we suffer unjustly. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him” (Psalm 103:13). Far from portraying God as unsympathetic and untouched by our suffering, Scripture stresses His deep and devoted compassion virtually every time it mentions the unchangeableness of God.

Notice that I have quoted almost entirely from Old Testament texts to establish the connection between God’s compassion and His immutability. The commonly-held notion that the Hebrew Scriptures portray God as a stern judge whose verdicts are always unrelentingly severe is an unwarranted caricature. The tender mercies of God are a persistent theme throughout the Old Testament. From beginning to end the entire Bible presents God as “gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness . . . good to all, and His mercies are over all His works” (Psalm 145:8-9).

In fact, God’s lovingkindness is often given particular stress in the very places where His fiery wrath against sin is mentioned. (See, for example, Nehemiah 9:17; Psalm 77:7-10; Isaiah 54:8; 60:10; Habakkuk 3:2). Even the prophets’ most severe threats and harshest words of condemnation are tempered with reminders of God’s inexhaustible kindness and sympathetic mercy (Jeremiah 33:5-11; Hosea 14:4-9).

Of course, there’s a careful balance that must be maintained here. It is neither wise nor helpful to pit the divine attributes against one another as if they were contradictory (they are not)—or to act as if God’s merciful attributes automatically overruled the gravity of divine justice (they do not). “Behold then the kindness and severity of God” (Romans 11:22). All God’s attributes are equally—and infinitely—exalted in Scripture.

It is a serious mistake to imagine that God’s wrath conflicts with His mercy. It is a particularly egregious error to pit God’s holiness against His tenderness or to think God’s lovingkindness toward sinners simply cancels out His wrath against sin. Don’t dream for a moment that divine mercy eliminates the threat of God’s judgment. God would be unjust if He did not punish evildoers (Exodus 34:7; Nahum 1:3). On the contrary, God’s wrath magnifies His mercy—revealing the severity of punishment that we have been spared from.

There is no conflict or contradiction among God’s attributes. God’s unchanging nature doesn’t make Him incapable of responding to us with compassion. Rather, His impassibility reassures us that His compassion never changes.

(Some of the above material will be included in a book scheduled to be released by Ligonier Ministries in late 2016.)


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Just How Sick is Hillary Clinton? What the Press is Not Telling You

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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In December of 2012, Hillary Clinton suffered a severe concussion after an accident.     At the Benghazi hearings, we saw Hillary wearing thick glass lenses. Doctors have said that those particular lenses have prisms in them for people who are suffering with double vision.

From the Dailymail.co.uk

Bill Clinton reveals it took Hillary ‘six months of very serious work to get over’ her concussion after accident – so why did State Department claim that she ‘fully recovered’ a month later

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffered a concussion and blood clot in December 2012, for which she was hospitalized for three days
Karl Rove suggested last week that Hillary Clinton is hiding something about her health

On Tuesday Bill Clinton spoke out about his wife’s health and said ‘there’s nothing to’ the Republican’s claims

Hillary’s concussion ‘required six months of very serious work to get over,’ Bill said…

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CHRISTIANS: ‘Love One Another’ is a Commandment From Jesus- Even During Elections

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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I am writing this article with the heaviest heart I have had since I was born again in 1983.  What I am witnessing in the body of Christ is not only appalling, it is making our enemy, the devil, leap for joy.  Satan is the father of lies and author of confusion.  He accuses the brethren night and day before our God. He is watching as we tear one another apart; sever relationships with one another, and fall out of fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ – over this election.

“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the…

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Of Serial Killers, Hidden Sins, and Forgiveness in Christ

“How can you not know your own father was a serial killer?”

That question fueled the lunchtime discussion between my coworkers and me. A coworker’s friend met the daughter of a famous serial killer. The killer’s daughter confessed to having no idea that her father was regularly killing people during the time she was being raised by him.

“How could you not see it?!”

“How does this happen?”

This particular serial killer hid his dark secrets well–and he’s not the only one. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve flipped on the news to see an interview with a friend or neighbor of a terrible criminal. Time after time the interviewees say something like, “He seemed like a nice guy to me–I had no idea he could do something like this.”

Hiding Our Sins

The scary truth is that we all hide sin. We may not be hiding a murderous streak like these examples, but we have other things we work hard to keep a secret.

Some put on the mask of good works, success, religion, or irreligion to cover up their sin. Others mock the need for a mask; like ISIS flaunting their depravity and hatred toward God in front of the watching world. Some claim that the need for a mask to hide our sin is artificial, or psychologize everything by saying that if people only had a better upbringing or economic status, everything would be fine. Others just label the sin something not so harsh, like a “mistake.”


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Even though sin should be evident to people, many people don’t believe in the sinfulness of humanity precisely because humans are good at covering up their tracks. It’s not natural in our culture to walk into the grocery store and point at the guy stocking shelves and say, “He’s a sinner going to hell!” But if he doesn’t know Christ, that is true.

How can humanity deny the sinfulness of the Holocaust? Of ISIS? Of the mass shootings like Fort Hood or Sandy Hook? We can’t. We can try to explain it away, but no explanation satisfies. I agree with G. K. Chesterton, who wrote that original sin “is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved.”

Hiding our sin may work in the public sphere for a time, but there will be a day when all will be laid bare before Almighty God. All of our sins–whether a white lie or a double homicide–will be laid before God and we will be held accountable. The masks will be ripped off and the filthy hearts of humanity will be shown for what they are–no matter how good they look dressed up here on earth.

What could be more terrifying than standing before a holy God on judgment day?

Our Glorious Hope

The good news for Christians is that Christ has freed us from fearing that Day through his death on the cross. We have had masks and sins to pay for, but they have been paid and we can live in freedom and honesty–not having to cover our tracks. Colossians 2:13-15 says,

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

The good news of the gospel is that this offer is available to all who would believe–whether you’re a sinful youth group kid (like I was), a guy stocking shelves at the grocery store, an ISIS member, or serial killer like David Berkowitz.

Glorious Hope for a Serial Killer

David Berkowitz is the famed “Son of Sam” serial killer that plagued New York City in the 1970s, murdering six women. Berkowitz had a hard life growing up: he was plagued with seizures, contemplated suicide while young, and lost his mother at the age of fourteen.

His already dark and lonely life grew darker when he began experimenting with the occult after meeting a couple of cult members at a party. This soon took him into deep darkness where he followed the instructions of demons to viciously kill six people over the span of one year from the summer of 1976 to the summer of 1977.

Berkowitz was able to cover his tracks and escape the law for a while, but his sin eventually caught up with him. He was sentenced to 365 consecutive years in prison (one life sentence for each of the women he killed). He describes this prison sentence as being “virtually buried alive behind prison walls.”

While Berkowitz’s situation seemed hopeless, hope was not out of reach.

Ten years into his prison term, a fellow prisoner reached out to him and shared the gospel. Although Berkowitz tried to avoid him at first, his hopeless situation led him to pursue a friendship, clinging onto any glimpse of hope offered. The new friend gave Berkowitz a Bible from the Gideon’s and told him to start reading the Psalms.

Here is what happened next in Berkowitz’s own words:

One night, I was reading Psalm 34. I came upon the 6th verse, which says, “this poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him from all his troubles.” It was at that moment, in 1987, that I began to pour out my heart to God. Everything seemed to hit me at once. The guilt from what I did…the disgust at what I had become…late that night in my cold cell, I got down on my knees and I began to cry out to Jesus Christ. I told Him that I was sick and tired of doing evil. I asked Jesus to forgive me for all my sins. I spent a good while on my knees praying to Him. When I got up it felt as if a very heavy but invisible chain that had been around me for so many years was broken. A peace flooded over me. I did not understand what was happening. But in my heart I just knew that my life, somehow, was going to be different.

And something was and is very different from that day in his lonely prison cell.

Today Berkowitz ministers to other prisoners; and although he is behind bars, he has a letter writing ministry sharing his story and warning people of the dangers of the occult. God has even opened the door for him to share his story on national television multiple times.

David Berkowitz’s story proves that Jesus gives us freedom. We can be honest with ourselves and God, and receive forgiveness.

Glorious Hope for You and Me

Your sin probably isn’t as bad as David Berkowitz’s. But if you’re a human being, you have enough sin to damn you for all of eternity.

If you are in Christ, you can be sure your sin is paid for. You won’t have to hide your sin in the same way because we are free to expose it as we trust in the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse us from all sin. And although you still battle sin daily, your new heart and new identity in Christ will help you say “no” to ungodliness and do what’s right (Titus 2:11-12). You won’t be so focused on covering your sin because you will be focused on doing good works for the Lord (Titus 2:14). Your eyes will be on Jesus, the One who heard your cry and saved you from all of your troubles.

While some may scoff that serial killers can be forgiven, we should rejoice. It could be us with a harsh prison sentence–not 365 years behind bars, but an eternity of torment and God’s judgment for having rejected the forgiveness that Christ offers. In Christ, we can be forgiven.

I don’t know of any better news than this for a serial killer, a serial killer’s daughter, or anyone else.

You can read more of David Berkowitz’s story here.

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Life and death

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

16 οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον, ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλʼ ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον (John 3:16 NA28)

16 “Thusly, for God loved the world, so that He gave his only Son, that all those trusting in him might not be destroyed but might have life eternal. (John 3:16 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

26 ὥσπερ γὰρ τὸ σῶμα χωρὶς πνεύματος νεκρόν ἐστιν, οὕτως καὶ ἡ πίστις χωρὶς ἔργων νεκρά ἐστιν (James 2:26 NA28)

26 As indeed for the body without spirit is dead, thusly also the trust without works is dead.  (James 2:26 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

There is no more dramatic contrast between two words than those describing what are alive and those describing what are dead. For instance, in James 2:14-26 James describes the difference between living faith (trust), which is saving…

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Stand Firm as the Day of The Lord Approaches

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

5 So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 (NASB) 

Genuine Christianity is vastly different than the religiosity and Churchianity all around us. I remember as a much younger Christian as I studied eschatology, that we always assumed that the attacks on Christians during the close of the end of this age would come from the secular, from the evil that is opposed to everything about our faith. However, over the last several years as I have battled in the truth war and studied the writings of the reformers such as William Tyndale, Martin Luther, and John Calvin; Puritans such as John Owen and John Bunyan; and men such as Gordon H. Clark, it has become clear that the visible church is mostly anti-Christian. On the other hand, God…

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Everything you (and your pastor) must know about the NAR

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is a dominionist movement that also goes by names like Third Wave, Seven Mountains, Latter Rain, Kingdom Now, Joel’s Army, Manifest Sons of God, Charismatic Renewal, and more.  This week we feature our White Paper on this dangerous counterfeit “Christianity” which asserts that God is restoring the lost offices of […]

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Goats In The Pulpit; SBC & FBC Orlando Promote Apostasy (Part 2)

Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen has written a four-part article on the apostasy undertaken by First Baptist Church Orlando.  We posted part one with the following lead-in to Bud’s piece: What happened at First Baptist Church Orlando the night of June 14 was the theological equivalent of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was […]

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Goats In The Pulpit; SBC & FBC Orlando Promote Apostasy (Part 1)

Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen begins with a quote from Justin Peters: What happened at First Baptist Church Orlando the night of June 14 was the theological equivalent of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was a day of infamy. It was the day that a flagship church of the Southern Baptist Convention, quite literally, […]

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Victory in Christ Jesus

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written,
“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
WE were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 But in all these…

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My Spirit, My Head, My Heart, My Hands, and My Eternal Security

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How do we know we are eternally secure? How do we become certain we are one of God’s elect children? Is there any way for us to be confident that Jesus’ atonement covered all our sins — even our sins of unbelief? What ought we to look for in order to be assured we have truly been redeemed and reconciled? Can we know for certain we are not a duplicitous, hypocritical, superficial Pharisees waiting to be surprised and outed on the day of judgment?

The Apostle John provides help for us in his first letter:

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So…

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The new birth in Christ

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:6-8 (NASB) 

I grew up as a Southern Baptist. Much of the memories from my childhood have something to do with being at church each and every Sunday morning and evening. One thing I remember was an annual event in our church called a ‘Revival.’ The Pastor and his staff would plan it for a certain range of dates, put those dates in every church bulletin leading up to it, put signs up in front of…

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Consumer-driven pastors are so predictable…

With the release of the Pokemon GO! phenomena sweeping the globe, we anticipated that sooner or later there would be seeker-driven churches once again relying on worldly methods to try and draw a crowd of people to church. Rather than “contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3), their latest approach as usual, will be entirely man-centered rather than Christ-centered.

The Super Apostle of the Purpose-Driven Life movement is also stooping to rely on the foolishness of this world to “win souls” to Jesus. Yes. Rick Warren is using Pokemon GO! to get people to church. Rick  Warren doesn’t rely on the power of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit to draw people to be saved. He’s relying on the latest gimmick, exchanging the power of God for the latest popular fad?

We ask this question of you Rick Warren. Is “seeking and finding”…

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Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2 (NASB)

The growing apostasy in the Church in our time is actually the culmination of decades of poor, man-centered doctrine within our churches and ministries coupled with relentless assaults of liberalism by unbelieving believers bent on remaking Christianity into a politically correct social institution. Those people behind this see Christianity as just another religion. Since these people have the appearance of godliness, but deny its power, their motives for this could not be to partake of what they are denying, therefore, we must assume that they see the fulfillment of their spiritual journey elsewhere. They refuse to say that Jesus is Lord…

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Strangers in Jenner, Pokémon, Kardashian Country

Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

KardashiansWe love our entertainment in America and it’s so easy to waste a lot of time. But perhaps more important is a fact most people do not seem to realize: how we spend our time affects both soul and spirit, either drawing us closer to God or further away.

It’s the ‘hours of influence’ principle which in early computer days was known as “garbage in, garbage out.” It’s easier to reprogram a computer than it is our minds, which the Bible says we are to renew (Rom. 12:2).

Christians are to be set apart, striving for holiness instead of happiness and godliness instead of ungodly pursuits. We should stand out from the world and shine light in the darkness, not participate in its deeds (Eph. 5:11).

Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus:

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,

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At the root of hypocrisy is pride the antithesis of humility

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

18 Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before stumbling. (Proverbs 16:18 NASB)

At the root of hypocrisy is pride the antithesis of humility, which is exemplified for us by Paul’s attitude to the Ephesian church in Ephesians 3:8. On the other hand, pride is absolutely never portrayed in the Bible in a positive way. Never is pride tolerated. Never is it praised as it is today. However, in the visible church in our time don’t we hear sermons and read teachings about “positive pride” and the building up of self or the searching inside to find the real “you” that God is deeply in love with and only wants you to find it so He can show you what a fantastic you that you really are? Well, I have a Greek word for that, σκύβαλον. In any case, let’s look at the Greek words in…

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July 21, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Jul. 21, 2016 |

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The number of applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, reaching a three-month low, indicating the labor market remains steady. Initial jobless claims dropped by 1,000 to 253,000 in the week ended July 16.

A $100 million bet says that thousands of Texans will abandon cars and pick-ups for a needle-nosed bullet train that zips past cattle and ranches to deliver riders from Dallas to Houston in 90 minutes — a third of the time required to drive. The Texas Central Railway is only a virtual train, as almost all the $12 billion for the nation’s first privately financed high-speed rail line has yet to materialize, not to mention the land it would require.

It’s getting harder for corporate debt investors to avoid the volume of negative yielding bonds that are now pouring into credit markets. Investors are holding about $512 billion of investment-grade company bonds with yields below zero, an eleven-fold increase on the start of the year,

Temperatures on the Antarctic Peninsula have reversed course, dropping by an average of about 0.5 degree Celsius per decade since the late 1990s while the rest of the world experienced record heat.

Southwest Airlines Co. said technical disruptions grounded some planes, blocked use of its website and prevented travelers from checking in for flights Wednesday. Intermittent issues with “multiple technology systems” started in the afternoon. The problems forced Southwest to ground flights that hadn’t left their airport gates, and to manually process some customers.

AP Top Stories

The gunman who killed three police officers and wounded three others in Louisiana’s capital, Baton Rouge, on Sunday reportedly suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

A video emerged online on Wednesday showing the moments before an unarmed black Florida man was shot by police as he lay in a street with his hands up next to an autistic patient whom he was trying to help. Behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey was hospitalized after he was shot three times in the leg by a North Miami police officer during an incident on Monday

A federal judge is hinting he might issue a ruling forcing the government to stop asking people to declare whether they are male or female to get a passport because of a challenge by a Colorado Navy veteran who doesn’t identify with either gender.

Turkey faced fresh accusations it was flouting the rule of law with its purge of 50,000 people after an attempted coup, as the president gathered security chiefs Wednesday for the first time since the putsch.

A mountain goat in Alaska jumped into the ocean and drowned while trying to escape crowds trying to take its picture.

Gunmen killed eight fishermen in the popular Mexican surf resort of Puerto Escondido late on Monday, prosecutors said, in a rare shooting for a part of the country that has largely avoided serious gang violence.

The holders of the third and final winning ticket from January’s record-smashing Powerball jackpot have finally been identified.

Months after three lottery players matched six lucky numbers in the $1.6 billion drawing, officials revealed Tuesday that Southern California couple Marvin and Mae Acosta came forward Friday to claim their prize. All $528.8 million of it. “We have committed nearly all of this new resource to a trust and to charities that are important to us,” the couple said. “While we are very grateful for the wonderful wishes and encouragement we’ve received, it is not our intention to become public figures, and we ask for and appreciate privacy going forward.”

The fatal shooting of a Kansas City, Kansas, police officer was not part of a planned ambush, but the work of “another criminal” trying to evade arrest, authorities said Wednesday.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack onboard a train in Germany Tuesday that left three people seriously injured, according to the terrorist group’s news agency.

Singapore said Thursday it had seized nearly $180 million linked to scandal-tainted Malaysian state fund 1MDB, raising the pressure a day after Washington moved to grab more than $1 billion in assets over “enormous” fraud.

A 13-year-old from Missouri surrendered to police Wednesday morning after an elderly couple in their 70s were shot and critically wounded at a beauty supply store following a suspected shoplifting.

BBC

Russian track and field athletes will remain banned from the Olympics following claims the country ran a state-sponsored doping program.

Turkey’s president has declared a state of emergency for three months following Friday night’s failed army coup.

US authorities have charged a Ukrainian man alleged to be the mastermind of the world’s biggest online piracy website.

The bodies of 22 people have been found on a migrant dinghy in the Mediterranean, the aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said. More than 200 survivors who were on the dinghy have been transferred to a boat operated by MSF. There were 50 children among them.

WND

A new 21st century map of the human brain contains 180 distinct areas in each hemisphere, including 97 previously undiscovered territories.

Israeli rabbis who are both Zionist and ultra-Orthodox have published a letter opposing Thursday’s gay pride parade in Jerusalem, calling the event a “parade of abomination.”


Top News – 7/21/2016

Goodlatte, Chaffetz Request Perjury Investigation of Hillary Clinton
“The evidence collected by the FBI during its investigation of Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email system appears to directly contradict several aspects of her sworn testimony. In light of those contradictions, the Department should investigate and determine whether to prosecute Secretary Clinton for violating statutes that prohibit perjury and false statements to Congress…

Japan Orders Hundreds Of Missiles, Helicopters, As China Flexes Muscles
The U.S. approved Japan’s request to buy hundreds of anti-aircraft missiles Tuesday, a sale that could be worth as much as $821 million. The U.S. Navy announced earlier this week that four more Bell V-22 Osprey helicopters will be delivered to Japan in the next four years. Japan is eligible to purchase up to 246 SM-2 Block IIIB Standard missiles from U.S. defense manufacturer Raytheon. The missiles “will be used for anti-air warfare at sea,”

Italy will DESTROY EU: Warning as Italian referendum to spark euro economic APOCALYPSE
ITALY is on the brink of financial and political meltdown as the leader of the Eurozone’s third-largest economy tinkers on the edge of career suicide, plunging the already beleaguered European Union into fresh chaos.

Bosses fired woman for refusing to remove her veil – and court backs them
The woman, who converted to Islam and started wearing a full face-covering headscarf in the law offices where she worked, had sued bosses over her sacking.

Mike Pence: ‘I’m a Christian, a Conservative, and a Republican, in That Order’
Pence, he told delegates at the convention, is “a man of solid character who sees public service as a calling, not a career.” “This man is a Reagan conservative through and through, pro-growth, pro-life, pro-strong defense,” said Ryan of the father of three.

Erdogan to world leaders: Mind your own business
“The world is not just the EU,” Erdogan retorted, “the death penalty exists in countries like the US, in Russia, and in China.” The Turkish President didn’t withhold his ire from his French and Egyptian critics either. To the French Foreign Minister, who has harshly denounced the “purge”, the President offered advice that he should “deal with the French’s own problems and stay out of our business.”

Report: Trump raises new questions about commitment to NATO allies
Trump was quoted as saying he would force allies to shoulder defense costs that the United States has borne for decades, cancel longstanding treaties he views as unfavorable, and redefine what it means to be a partner of the United States.

Rate of new HIV infections increased in 74 countries over past decade
A major new analysis reveals that although deaths from HIV/AIDS have been steadily declining from a peak in 2005, 2.5 million people worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2015, a number that hasn’t changed substantially in the past 10 years.

Short, sharp earthquake jolts Central California
A short earthquake rattled Central California, but there are no reports of injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 4.2 magnitude quake struck Tuesday afternoon and was centered 9 miles southeast of Ridgemark.

U.S.-backed Syrian force gives Islamic State 48 hours to leave Manbij
A U.S.-backed force fighting to drive Islamic State out of Manbij said on Thursday it was giving the jihadist group 48 hours to pull out of the surrounded northern Syrian city. A statement from the Manbij Military Council said the Islamic State militants would be allowed to leave the city with light weapons, without a fight.

Turkish academics ‘very scared’ as government imposes travel ban
Israeli and Western researchers involved with Turkey’s academia told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that Turkish academics are living in fear, since the government implemented a travel ban in the aftermath of the recent coup attempt. Academics were banned from traveling abroad on Wednesday in what a Turkish official said was a temporary measure to prevent the risk of alleged coup plotters in universities from fleeing.

‘Palestinians, Sudan working to restrain Israeli breakthrough in Africa’
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki announced on Wednesday that the Palestinian Authority and Sudan are coordinating to “restrain Israeli movements” in the African continent. “President Mahmoud Abbas and his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir discussed developing a strategy for the African continent and coordinating to restrain Israeli attempts to make a breakthrough in Africa,” the Palestinian foreign minister…

Global Warming Expedition Stopped In Its Tracks By Arctic Sea Ice
A group of adventurers, sailors, pilots and climate scientists that recently started a journey around the North Pole in an effort to show the lack of ice, has been blocked from further travels by ice.

“My Own People Hate Me!” – Black Brooklyn Cop Slams “False Narrative Of Black Lives Matter”
I have come to realize something that is still hard for me to understand to this day. The following may be a shock to some coming from an African American, but the mere fact that it may be shocking to some is prima facie evidence of the sad state of affairs that we are in as Humans.

Iraq’s ‘Black Devils’ strike fear in the ISIS terrorists they hunt
Within the Kurdish people’s rugged army is an elite unit that specializes in rooting out ISIS sleeper cells and responds first when the black-clad jihadist army strikes in northern Iraq’s no-man’s land. They are called the “Black Devils” by the terrorists they hunt, and they embrace the name.

Federal Debt Tops $19,400,000,000,000
The federal debt moved above $19,400,000,000,000 for the first time as of the close of business on Tuesday, according to the data released today by the U.S. Treasury.

Rev. Graham: America ‘Is Beginning to Implode, We’re On The Precipice of Anarchy’
Evangelist Franklin Graham held a prayer rally in Cleveland before the start of the Republican National Convention during which he said the nation is in trouble, the nation has ejected God from the public square, “and our country is beginning to implode,” that we are “on the precipice of anarchy.


Top Headlines – 7/21/2016

  • Global stocks nurse nine-month highs before ECB meeting (Read More)
  • Kuroda Says No Need and No Possibility for Helicopter Money (Read More)
  • As Republican Party tries to heal wounds, discord rules at convention (Read More)
  • GOP Divided as Cruz Snubs Trump (Read More)
  • Trump Chooses War With Cruz at Convention Aimed at Unification (Read More)
  • Trump considering fracking mogul Harold Hamm as energy secretary (Read More)
  • Turkey says no return to past repression despite state of emergency (Read More)
  • UK says unlikely to trigger formal EU divorce before year end (Read More)
  • Citadel Hiring About 17 Portfolio Managers From Shuttered Hedge Fund Visium (Read More)
  • Goldman Sachs under spotlight in Malaysian fund scandal (Read More)
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk Announces Heavy Truck, Ride Sharing Fleet of Cars (Read More)
  • France orders Nice policing inquiry after July 14 attack (Read More)
  • Another First for S&P 500 as Record Comes With Yuan in Reverse (Read More)
  • Komatsu to buy U.S. mining equipment rival Joy Global in $3.7 billion deal (Read More)
  • Cryptocurrency Platform Ethereum Gets a Controversial Update (Read More)
  • Exxon Grabs Reins in InterOil Hunt as Rivals Bow Out of Deal (Read More)
  • Son of Bangladesh opposition leader gets seven-year jail term for money laundering (Read More)
  • Chinese Private Equity Funds Are Taking on the World’s Giants (Read More)

Turkey’s Erdogan declares state of emergency after coup bid

Turkey detains more judges and military officers

Turkey blocks access to WikiLeaks after release of 300k govt emails over post-coup purges

Turkey’s Erdogan says foreign states maybe involved in failed coup

Erdogan to world leaders: Mind your own business

Did Turkey help Gaza terrorists fire rockets at Israel?

Hezbollah says Golan explosions caused by Nusra Front rocket fire

Israeli Jet Reportedly Strikes Syrian Army Near Golan, Rebels Say

Hamas sentences three ‘spies for Israel’ to death

Palestinian organization blasts latest Hamas death sentences

Dore Gold: The way it is now, peace talks won’t go very far

Top Trump advisor: Settlement annexation legitimate if PA continues to avoid real peace

Knesset approves controversial law to remove lawmakers from office

Israel renews ties with largely Muslim nation Guinea, part of growing courtship of Africa

Largest French aliya flight of summer lands in Israel

Iraq’s ‘Black Devils’ strike fear in the ISIS terrorists they hunt

Kerry warns of new challenge in securing Iraq after ISIS

Germany fears more ‘lone wolf’ attacks after train rampage

South Sudan government rejects foreign troops, backs protest

In New Threats to West, Iran Prepares Plans to Build Uranium-Enrichment Plant, Boasts Increased War Games

UN chief: Make sure Iran nuclear deal benefits Iranian people

North Korean radio broadcasts string of random numbers

Republicans rattled by fall of Roger Ailes, party’s wizard behind the curtain

Ted Cruz refuses to endorse Trump, receives thunderous boos from RNC crowd

Mike Pence bid for Republican unity marred by clashes on convention floor

Hillary Clinton Hatred Remains Unifying Theme of Third GOP Convention Night

Cleveland Police: Protester Lights Himself On Fire While Trying To Burn American Flag

Trump could seek new law to purge government of Obama appointees

Trump says he might not protect NATO countries against Russia

Theresa May meets Angela Merkel, says UK seeks ‘sensible,’ ‘orderly’ Brexit

Federal Debt Tops $19,400,000,000,000

Hungry Venezuelans cry at the sight of food, as economic crisis deepens

The world’s fastest consumer drone can record 4K video at 85 miles per hour

‘Pokemon Go’ concerns prompt Japan to issue safety guidelines

Mysterious Daily Booms Have Small Town in California Looking to the Sky, Spawn Alien Theories

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Dili, East Timor

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

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Tenggar Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

At least 75 dead, missing in recent China flooding

Iraq heat wave sends temperatures up to 124 degrees Fahrenheit

A Dangerous and Deadly Heat Wave Is Scorching the Midwest

Global Warming Expedition Stopped In Its Tracks By Arctic Sea Ice

Storage device writes information atom-by-atom

These Physicists Want to Send Your DNA Into Space With Lasers

Intersex person who was denied a passport over gender designation sues U.S. government

Transgender student sues Wisconsin school district over bathroom access

Under unprecedented security, Jerusalem gears up for gay pride march

Jerusalem mayor says he’ll avoid pride parade to not offend religious

Leading rabbis champion peer who called LGBTs ‘deviants’

After rabbi’s anti-gay comments, Ya’alon warns of national religious ‘radicalization’

Church of England Increasingly Divided over Same-Sex Marriage

Christian Students in China Barred From Going to College Unless They Stop Going to Church

Rev. Graham: America ‘Is Beginning to Implode, We’re On The Precipice of Anarchy’

Thousands of Muslims Converting to Christianity in Bangladesh Despite Rising Persecution

TBN’s Holy Land Experience to unload furniture, statues amid financial turmoil

Newport Beach Estate Once Owned by TBN For Sale at $4.6 million

Jan Crouch Left A Personal Net Worth Estimated at $50 million

You Can’t Make this Stuff Up – Churches Are Using Pokémon Go as Evangelism Tool

Thousands of Muslims Converting to Christianity in Bangladesh Despite Rising Persecution

New Post – Let Priest-craft Float Away!

Youth pastor arrested, charged with sexually assaulting teenager

Illinois pastor charged with burglarizing church

Bill Johnson’s Feelings Hurt For Being Called ‘False Teacher’

A Bad Rap (About Tithing)

Christian Zionism Is Not The Gospel of Jesus Christ!


World View Weekend Update


WVW-TV Presents: One of the Most Important TV Programs We Have Produced. Black Lives Matter: Muslims & Marxists Agitating For Guerrilla Warfare

The Black Panthers, Nation of Islam, CAIR, and Black Lives Matter are all united in their hatred of America, hatred of capitalism, hatred of Police, hatred of law and order, hatred of Christianity, and their desire for revolution. Brannon will read from FBI reports going back to the 1960s that reveal the tactics we are seeing in 2016 are right out of the Communist/Marxist playbook. Topic: Did you know that while Campaigning for president Obama appeared with and marched with the Black Panthers? Do you know the worldview of the Black Panthers?Topic: Attorney General Eric Holder refused to prosecute the Black Panthers for voter intimidation and was even involved in giving a pardon to Weather Underground members that the FBI declared terrorists for their war on America and police.

Topic: Muslims and Marxists have infiltrated the American governments at high levels and many of them are agitating for conflict in order to blame it on Capitalism. Brannon explains the connection between communism, black lives matter & murder of cops. The murder of cops today goes back to communists, Students for a Democratic Society or SDS and the weather underground of the 1960s and 1970s and their goal of a Communist revolution in America.

Topic: Communists hate local police under local control but love a police state. Doubt this? Read their writings & praise of Cuba and the former USS. Topic: Four Communist stages of revolution.
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Worldview Radio: Today Brannon begins a look at the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers. The man in Baton Rouge that murdered 3 Police Officers and shot several others was a member of the Nation of Islam. But how much do you know about the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers and their past and present leaders? Topic: Learn about the worldview of Black Panther Stokely Carmichael and how he was praised by Jesse Jackson. Topic: How long have these groups been working to overthrow America and in what manner? How have these groups hijacked important racial issues? How and why have members of our government apparently allowed some of these groups or individuals to be successful and how will they use it for their globalist agenda? Topic: We take your calls.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-july-18-2016

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Obama’s Links to Pro-Terrorist Groups
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/obama-s-links-pro-terrorist-groups

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WVW-TV Presents: Refuting The False Claims of Islam’s Useful Idiots Within Evangelicalism (Part #3)

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/refuting-false-claims-islams-useful-idiots-within-evangelicalism-part-3

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WVW-TV Presents: The Sufficiency of Jesus Christ & How The Church of Rome Denies This Doctrine
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/wvw-tv-presents-sufficiency-jesus-christ-how-church-rome-denies-doctrine
Trump Battles Globalist Republicans

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/trump-battles-globalist-republicans

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Worldview Radio: Four Points To Remember When Watching The Fundamental Transformation of America and the World
1. Working theories are fluid and need to be developed in real time. 2. Pieces of the puzzle have already been built and are being built to complete the global governance puzzle when ready.(Brannon gives examples) 3. Globalist will allow the radical and violent dogs off the leash to further the conflict that produces the change. (Brannon gives examples) 4. The chaos and agitating is about the goal of destroying free-market capitalism, national sovereignty, and individual freedoms. (Brannon gives examples) Topic: We take your calls.
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-july-19-2016

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Does Doctrine Matter Anymore?
http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/does-doctrine-matter-anymore


19.4 Trillion Dollars In Debt – We Have Added 1.1 Trillion Dollars A Year To The National Debt Under Obama

Debt Debt And More Debt - Public DomainIn 2006, U.S. Senator Barack Obama’s voice thundered across the Senate floor as he boldly declared that “increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.”  That was one of the truest things that he ever said, but just a couple of years later he won the 2008 election and he turned his back on those principles.  As I write this article, the U.S. national debt is sitting at a grand total of $19,402,361,890,929.46.  But when Barack Obama first entered the White House, our federal government was only 10.6 trillion dollars in debt.  That means that we have added an average of 1.1 trillion dollars a year to the national debt under Obama, and we still have about six more months to go. (Read More….)


The War Behind Our Woe – Hal Lindsey

As we go deeper into the last days, we see a growing paradox concerning Satan. A smaller percentage of people in western nations believe in him than at any time in the last thousand years. And yet, his power, chutzpah, rebellious ways, and even his evil are celebrated as heroic throughout popular culture. With fewer and fewer taboos, the craving for forbidden fruit drives humanity lower and lower until finally it begins to praise this abominable embodiment of evil — Satan.

The Bible shows him intensifying his activities in the end times.

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Defiant Cruz stands by refusal to endorse Trump

Ted Cruz on Thursday strongly defended his refusal to endorse Donald Trump during his Republican National Convention speech, saying he’s not “in the habit” of backing politicians who attack his family.

“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” Cruz said at a morning meeting where he faced sharp questions from the Texas delegation in Cleveland.

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Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?

More generally, cell phone use plays a factor in one in four car accidents. Texting by pedestrians has grown into such a significant public safety concern that cities, campuses, and companies are taking measures to curb emergency room visits and even deaths from those “distracted while walking.”

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Voting for Hillary? It may cost your life

Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D., exposes Clinton’s plan to abolish private medicine

At some point in your life, you will be a patient needing medical care. Your very life may depend on the kind of care you receive. You need timely, accessible, affordable, quality medical care without long delays to see specialists, and a variety of specialists without denials due to third-party insurance or government “gatekeepers.”

In this presidential election, you will be choosing between polar opposites on many issues – national security, border integrity, Supreme Court appointments, strength of our military, the economy, jobs, trade and your medical care.

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A La Carte (July 21)

I have returned home from my week-long writer’s workshop in England. It was a very interesting time and at some point, perhaps on the other side of this jet lag, I’ll let you know about it. But for now, enjoy these articles:

Christian Audio $4.99 Sale

Christian Audio has a whole load of books at just $4.99 each and quite a few of them are even new releases. (Also, don’t forget about the bundle I created with them to get you started on a free trial membership).

CBMW’s New President

Yesterday CBMW announced that Denny Burk has become the new president. Here he talks about his vision for the organization.

Which Countries Have the Most Immigrants?

There’s lots of politicizing in this article, but also lots of interesting facts. Naturally, I found the comments about Canada especially interesting.

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Prayer

Melissa offers a few common sense tips on prioritizing prayer even as a busy mom.

As Seemed Best to Them…

And, on the subject of parenting, Nick Batzig offers some helpful thoughts as well. “Most of us would admit, if we were honest, that we often wish that the Scriptures were a detailed handbook for what to do in each and every interaction with our children. While the Bible speaks both directly and indirectly to every aspect of parenting, it does not give us a detailed checklist that–if husbands and wives would simply consult in each and every interaction with their children–would guarantee a favorable outcome.”

Back to the Early Church?

“While there were some great things happening then, I’m not so sure that I am eager to get back to the early church days. They, too, had their problems. Here are a few reasons why we might put the brakes on the glamorization of the early church.”

When We Say, “I Forgive You”

“What do we mean we say, ‘I forgive you’? More importantly, do we mean what the Bible means? When we really dig into Scripture’s teaching on forgiveness, we find that it stretches and challenges us, forcing us into the uncomfortable territory of being more like Jesus.”

This Day in 1936. 80 years ago today, American missionary to the Congo, Bill Chesney, was born. He would be martyred by rebel groups at the age of 28. *

Why Red Light Cameras Don’t Work

Or, at least, why they aren’t an awfully good solution overall.

Flashback: 7 Different Ways to Read a Book

Just like the title says: Here are 7 different ways to approach a book.

MacArthur

The single greatest support of truth in your preaching is the power of an exemplary life. —John MacArthur


Muslim Revial in UK? Muslim Refugees Turning to Christ

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 09:35 AM PDT

Is the United Kingdom witnessing the beginning of a revival among it’s Muslim population? According to a report from CBN, Muslims seeking asylum in the UK are…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS: Iran left with no choice but to confront the US

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 09:23 AM PDT

Iran is left with no choice but to confront the US, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani warned Wednesday. Iran’s Press TV quoted Larijani as issuing…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

China Sees 75 Dead Or Missing In Worst Flooding In Years

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 09:20 AM PDT

It seems like China can’t catch a break lately with all the devastating flooding they have received. Now reports coming out of that region are…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Brazilian police arrest 10 suspected of planning terrorist acts during Olympics

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 09:09 AM PDT

Ten suspects have been arrested by Brazilian police in regards to plotting terrorist acts during the Olympics. According to officials there, The group was motivated by…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Ground collapses in Russia creating enormous crater in the Earth

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 08:43 AM PDT

Russia is definitely not exempt from large sinkholes and one report coming from this region is giving evidence of such. A large 15 meters wide…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Three-Month State of Emergency in Turkey as Purge Continues!

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 08:35 AM PDT

The purge continues in Turkey as we are now receiving reports that 2 Constitutional Court judges have been arrested in Turkey, and  all military judges…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Mysterious Mass Die-Off, 70 Pilot Whales Wash Ashore In Chile

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 08:26 AM PDT

The amount of marine life that has mysteriously washed ashore beaches around the world has become staggering and yet another report indicating that a mysterious whale mass die-off…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

ALERT: Earthquake Swarm In CA Has Produced 70 Quakes In 7 Days

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 08:19 AM PDT

UPDATE: In the last seven days, central California has been shaken by a continual “Earthquake Swarm” that has reportedly produced 70 small earthquakes. This swarm…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Twitter Executives Refuse to Answer Whether They Believe in Freedom of Speech

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 08:05 AM PDT

It’s really hard to believe that Facebook or Twitter truly believe in “Freedom of Speech” when we constantly hear about personal FB pages and Organizations…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Netanyahu Warns “We’ll stop transfer of weapons from Iran to Lebanon”

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 07:53 AM PDT

If Iran believes they will transfer weapons with ease to Lebanon, they better think again! That’s because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed on Tuesday…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Human DNA sent into Space to ‘back-up’ species so we’re Never extinct

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 07:44 AM PDT

As fears mount the humanity’s time on Earth is limited, scientists are making contingency plans by setting up a cosmic CLOUD of human data. As…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Man Accused Of Building Chemical Weapon Inside Walmart

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 07:35 AM PDT

I’ve seen a lot of strange things inside a Walmart store, but I have never seen someone building a chemical weapon inside one. But apparently,…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Police Come Under Rifle Fire In Columbus, Ohio

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 07:24 AM PDT

We’re receiving reports out of Columbus, Ohio that Police officers have come under rifle fire. According to RT News, The incident prompted police to shut…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Occult Music Festival Invades the Holy Land

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 07:19 AM PDT

(By Kehila News) If the name makes you think of Disneyland, you’re right. “Tomorrowland” is a theme section at Disneyland. The original Walt Disney, a…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

DEVELOPING: India Moves Nearly One Hundred Tanks, Troops to Chinese Border

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 07:23 PM PDT

While we have been focused on the Republican National Convention and the recent Police attacks in America, it appears that War may be on the…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Could This Bizarre Winged Creature Be A Fairy, An Alien Or A Locust From The Book Of Revelation?

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 07:16 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) I wasn’t going to write about this. I was trained as an attorney and I am skeptical by nature, and so…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Leading Rabbis Protest ‘Abomination’ of Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 07:08 PM PDT

Did you know that the city of Tel Aviv in Israel is one of the largest Homosexual hotspots in the world? In fact, According to…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Dollar General sued for firing man over Sabbath

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 06:50 PM PDT

Dollar General Inc. must defend itself at trial against a Seventh-day Adventist store manager’s claim that the company failed to accommodate his religious beliefs when…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Top Rabbis Claim Unmistakable Signs of Messiah Coming

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 06:44 PM PDT

We are seeing multiple signs of the coming of the Lord all around us from an increase of Wars and Rumors of Wars to Terrorism…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

19.4 Trillion Dollars In Debt – We Have Added 1.1 Trillion Dollars A Year To The National Debt Under Obama

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 06:29 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) In 2006, U.S. Senator Barack Obama’s voice thundered across the Senate floor as he boldly declared that “increasing America’s debt weakens…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

50,000 Gazan Youth Attend Hamas Summer Camps; Prepare For Jihad & Martyrdom

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 06:24 PM PDT

While children around the world spend their summer vacation at camp or enjoying time at the beach, the youth of Gaza are being prepped for…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Is North Korea Preparing For a Sudden Attack?

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 06:17 PM PDT

North Korea has made headlines quite a bit as of lately and tonight they are back in the headlines once again as reports are indicating…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Russians stocking up supplies as Fears Of War with NATO Circulate

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 02:19 PM PDT

War could very well be on the horizon, and Russian citizens across the country are making preparations as reports indicate stocking of essential supplies like…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

How The Government Takeover of America Has Already Started

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 02:06 PM PDT

(Reported By Jessilyn Justice) With a flourish of his pen, President Barack Obama initiated the beginnings of martial law—four years ago! Yet many American citizens…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Sydney primary school bans clapping for the “Noise Sensitive”

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 02:01 PM PDT

The madness continues as a Sydney primary school has apparently banned clapping at an assembly, and insists that it be replaced with students “punching the air,…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Earthquake swarm continues in California

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 12:18 PM PDT

A couple of days ago we reported on an earthquake swarm that has been occurring in Central California  that has been going on since July 17th and…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Refugees Secretly Flooding Into US Cities

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 11:58 AM PDT

President Obama has been set on flooding the United States with Syrian refugees delivering 625 to U.S. cities in one week and crossing the 6,000 mark…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Firefighters forced to remove police flag due to ‘extremist’ fears

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 11:39 AM PDT

Another pathetic and sad story is coming out of California today as a gathering of firefighters in Riverside County, California desired to respect Officers that…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

FBI Special Agent Omits God From Pledge of Allegiance

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 11:18 AM PDT

According to a report coming out today, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins sent a letter today to the FBI Louisiana Field Office tended to…

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L.A. Times Suggests Military Coup Against President Trump

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 11:07 AM PDT

Jamie Kirchick, writing in the Los Angeles Times, requests that readers should envision a military overthrow against a future President Donald Trump — and contends…

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U.S. to bake for days under enormous ‘heat dome’

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 10:57 AM PDT

The United States is about to experience some of the hottest temperatures of summer and will be sweltering for days. What’s being deemed as a…

Read more at End Time Headlines.


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


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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

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

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

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

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


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