Monthly Archives: August 2016

August 31, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)



The Federal Bureau of Investigation is working “very hard to understand” whether a foreign government is hacking U.S. systems in order to influence elections or other national affairs, Director James Comey said.

Move over millennials, there’s a new workaholic generation in town. Generation Z, currently in school and the early years of college, is more willing to work longer hours and weekends than their elders are, according to a recently released report by Monster Worldwide Inc., the job-search firm.

China’s got the world puzzling over its oil hoard. From underground caverns by the Yellow Sea to a scattering of islands in the Yangtze River delta, the government has been stockpiling crude for emergencies in a network of storage sites dotted around the country. Record purchases this year by the world’s biggest energy consumer have helped oil prices recover from the worst crash in a generation. What the country plans to do next could determine where they go from here.

Wage growth is picking up across America – and even non-oil states are getting in on the action. The median U.S. worker benefited from a 3.4 percent year-on-year increase in wages in July, only marginally lower than the bumper 3.6 percent the previous month, which was the fastest pace of wage growth since January 2009.

Workers at a Coca-Cola factory in southern France opened a shipment of orange juice but found a huge shipment of cocaine instead.

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Democrats in Congress, including party Senate leader Harry Reid, asked the FBI to investigate concerns that the Russian government may be attempting to undermine the U.S. presidential election through cyber-attacks that could include tampering with voting results.

A security panic that crippled Los Angeles International Airport and sent hundreds of passengers fleeing from terminals was triggered by reports of gunfire that proved false but were amplified by word-of-mouth and social media, police said on Monday.

In a sign of growing concern in Congress, 20 Democratic senators are demanding answers about steep price hikes for the life-saving EpiPen injector device.

The United States and India urged Pakistan Tuesday to do more to counter extremist groups operating from its soil as the world’s two largest democracies announced measures to strengthen security and energy ties.

Nearly a third of U.S. counties likely will be served by only one insurer that participates in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace in 2017, according to an analysis published on Sunday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The 31 percent of U.S. counties that will have just a single option of insurers within the ACA’s exchanges would represent an increase from 7 percent this year, the nonpartisan group found.

President Obama will meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday in China on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, with Syria high on the agenda, top aide Ben Rhodes announced Monday.

France’s interior minister said Monday that the country is at war with an enemy trying to pit Muslims against non-Muslims, making it urgent to create a strong bond between the nation and citizens of the Islamic faith.

The Federal Reserve, with its bargain-basement interest rates and money printer always on standby, is manipulating financial markets and crushing capitalism, bond king Bill Gross said in his latest broadside against the U.S. central bank.


The first Aboriginal woman elected to Australia’s lower house of parliament has promised to bring the “fighting spirit of her clan” to political life. In her maiden speech, Linda Burney wore a traditional kangaroo-skin cloak with her personal totem, the white cockatoo, known as the noisy messenger bird.

A deceased baby was cremated in Australia despite the parents wanting a burial after being incorrectly identified by a hospital staff. Two babies – one stillborn and one miscarried – were mixed-up at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital last year because a blanket obscured an ID tag. The incident follows a deadly newborn “laughing gas” mix-up at another Sydney hospital.

Nigeria has slipped into recession, with the latest growth figures showing the economy contracted 2.06% between April and June. The country has now seen two consecutive quarters of declining growth, the usual definition of recession.

Acer has unveiled the world’s first laptop to feature a curved screen. The company says the innovation should make it more immersive to play video games on the machine.

A Russian air strike in Syria killed the chief strategist of so-called Islamic State (IS), the defence ministry in Moscow has said.

Russia has said it does not accept the findings of a UN-led investigation that concluded Syria’s government had used chemical weapons against civilians. A report said last week that chlorine had been used by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces on two occasions.


The Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security is contemplating a special declaration that will allow it to control America’s elections, according to a new report.

While the Obama administration has been pursuing Islamist refugees from Syria to bring thousands to the safe haven of the United States, Christians have been under fire – often literally – and losing their property and lives in Iraq and Uganda. And Syria, Bangladesh and Congo. Also, Philippines, Egypt, Tanzania, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Eritrea, Turkey, Iran and Nigeria. Even Germany. By Muslims.

Secretary of State John Kerry suggested Americans would be better off if the media did not cover terrorism “quite as much,” and that “would do us all a service.”

Top News – 8/31/2016

North Korean soldiers ‘given nuclear backpacks’ as tensions rise over joint US-South Korean military exercises
Elite North Korean soldiers are being armed with “nuclear backpacks”, a source has claimed as tensions increase over the authoritarian state’s attempts at military escalation. An anonymous source told Radio Free Asia special units have been formed since March to carry the weapons and had been taking part in simulated training exercises with dummy bombs.

ISIS No. 2, Mohammad al-Adnani, Killed in Aleppo, Syria
ISIS No. 2 and international spokesperson Mohammed al-Adnani is reported dead in Aleppo. He is the third top terrorist to die in recent months. It is not clear whether he was killed by ground forces or in an air strike, however; according to The Keffiyeh Monitor, his death comes eight months after he was severely injured in an air strike.

Iran Satellite Launch Prompts Fear of Long Range Ballistic Missile Attack
Iranian officials announced on Tuesday that the country is preparing to launch three new satellites into space, renewing concerns from defense experts about Iran’s ongoing research into long-range ballistic missile technology that could help it fire a nuclear weapon at Western nations.

Holoportation is a new type of 3D capture technology that allows high-quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed and transmitted anywhere in the world in real time. When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, this technology allows users to see, hear, and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in the same physical space.

5.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Kumamoto prefecture, Japan
A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has struck the Kumamoto perefecture of the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). High-speed rail service has been suspended, according to JR railway operator. The train services are about to resume shortly, it added.

German Army to prevent Islamist infiltration with all-out background checks on new recruits
All recruits willing to join the Germany military will have to undergo detailed background and security checks – run by the military intelligence agency – that would rule out a threat of insider attacks and help detect Islamists and far-right extremists. The extraordinary measure is set out in a new bill, expected to be approved by the German cabinet on Wednesday, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

Why do Florida’s Orthodox Jews support Trump? Because they fear Clinton
“Shalom! We’re voting for Trump because we can’t have Hillary in the White House. She’s not good for us!” Raab isn’t sure whether the employee was Jewish, let alone observant. But he may as well have been speaking for the vast majority of the Sunshine State’s Orthodox Jews.

High Priest is Chosen by Sanhedrin, Temple Service Could Be One Week Away
A significant step was recently taken towards reinstating the Temple service when the nascent Sanhedrin selected Rabbi Baruch Kahane as the next Kohen Gadol (high priest). The selection was made as a precaution for Yom Kippur. If the political conditions should change, allowing the Jews access to the Temple Mount, they will be required by Torah law to bring the sacrifices.

Hurricane watch issued for Florida’s Gulf Coast, North Carolina coast under tropical storm warning
Crowds thinned Tuesday on the beaches of North Carolina’s Outer Banks ahead of a tropical weather system that threatened to bring strong winds and heavy rains that could flood low-lying areas. Elsewhere, a powerful hurricane threatened to pass “dangerously close” to Hawaii, and a hurricane watch was issued for parts of Florida’s Gulf Coast because of a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico.

Trump agrees to meet with Mexican president
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Tuesday that he had accepted an invitation to visit Mexico from President Enrique Pena Nieto ahead of his immigration policy speech in Arizona.

Nigerian Clinton Foundation Donor Investigated for Hezbollah Ties
Nigerian billionaire philanthropist Gilbert Chagoury, who has been a major donor of the Clinton Foundation, was denied entry to the U.S. last year due to suspected ties to the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah. Chagoury, 70, has been friendly with former President Bill Clinton and his wife, current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, since the 1990s, and has donated between $1 million and $5 million to the couple’s foundation, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Gigantic 6.8 magnitude earthquake rocks Pacific island
A GIGANTIC 6.8 magnitude earthquake has rocked the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea. The earthquake struck just 55 miles outside the town of Rabaul and at a depth of 310 miles. It would have been felt by people 470 miles away and could have cause damage to buildings up to 37 miles away. It is not known how much damage the earthquake has caused or if anyone has been injured.

Earthquake jolts parts of China, Pakistan
Tremors were felt in Islamabad and adjoining areas. According to the Met Department, the earthquake measured 5.1 on the Richter scale and while the focal depth was 10 kilometres, its epicenter was China’s Sichuan area.

Obama’s Doctor Says Hillary Clinton Should Undergo A ‘Thorough Neurological Examination’
Obama’s longtime doctor, David Scheiner, said Tuesday that Hillary Clinton should undergo a “thorough neurological examination” to see if she has lasting damage from a Dec. 2012 concussion she suffered after a fall.

Syria conflict: Russia questions Syria chlorine attacks probe
Russia has said it does not accept the findings of a UN-led investigation that concluded Syria’s government had used chemical weapons against civilians. A report said last week that chlorine had been used by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces on two occasions. But Russia, a close ally of Mr Assad, told the UN Security Council a number of questions still had to be clarified.

Islamic State: Abu Muhammad al-Adnani ‘killed in Aleppo’
The chief strategist of the Islamic State group, whose calls for attacks against the West during Ramadan led to mass bloodshed, has been killed in Syria, IS-affiliated media say. The Amaq news agency said Abu Muhammad al-Adnani died in Aleppo province. The Pentagon said an air strike had targeted Adnani in the town of al Bab and the results were being assessed.

Nigerian economy slips into recession
Nigeria has slipped into recession, with the latest growth figures showing the economy contracted by 2.06% between April and June. The country has now seen two consecutive quarters of declining growth, the usual definition of recession. Its vital oil industry has been hit by weaker global prices, according to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

US calls Iran’s actions in Arabian Gulf ‘unsafe’ and ‘provocative’
The head of US Central Command (CENTCOM) called on Iran on Tuesday to stop what he said were “provocative” actions in the Gulf and accused the Iranian leadership of trying to create instability in the region. CENTCOM Commander General Joseph Votel told reporters at a Pentagon press briefing that Iran was alone is carrying out what he said was the “unprofessional” harassment of navy vessels in international waters.

Homeland eyes special declaration to take charge of elections
Even before the FBI identified new cyber attacks on two separate state election boards, the Department of Homeland Security began considering declaring the election a “critical infrastructure,” giving it the same control over security it has over Wall Street and and the electric power grid.

Human Rights Watch: Palestinians Abuse Media, Activists
Palestinian authorities are silencing dissent by cracking down on free speech and abusing local journalists and activists critical of their policies, a leading international human rights group said Tuesday.

Powerful Russian Weapons’? Washington Post Fears Putin’s ‘October Surprise’
In yet another instance of what has become an all-too-common attempt to blame a Russian boogeyman for political failings in the United States, the Washington Post has published a dire op-ed warning of an ‘October surprise’ from the Kremlin.

ISIS Anthrax Arrests Could Signal America’s Worst Nightmare Is Coming True
Two Islamic State operatives were arrested in Kenya after trying to launch an anthrax attack, raising fears the terrorist group is increasingly close to acquiring the deadly biological weapon.

FBI Is Releasing Hillary Clinton Email Report, Notes From Her Interrogation
The FBI will release its report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation as early as Wednesday, CNN is reporting. Along with the 30 page investigative report, the FBI will also release a 12-page copy of notes taken during Clinton’s July 2 interview with FBI investigators and Justice Department attorneys.

US general: ISIS forces defied orders to fight to the death
A top US general said Tuesday that ISIS fighters defied their leader’s orders to fight to the death in a recent battle, instead retreating to the north. Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of US forces in the Middle East, said that the refusal to follow orders occurred during the battle for the recently liberated town of Manbij, Syria.

The Briefing 08-31-16

There never was any middle ground: A response to David Gushee’s volcanic LGBT prediction

What happens when religious liberty faces “other stronger interests”? Well, who’s defining “stronger”?

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Top Headlines – 8/31/2016

iPhone spyware spotlights Israel’s secretive surveillance industry

Israel lashes back after UN envoy’s comments on settlements

Israel lambastes UN Mideast envoy for ‘distorting history’

Czech textbooks drop Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

With school year around corner, Netanyahu says ‘study Bible’

Four men in car burst through Ben Gurion Airport security barrier

Egypt opens Gaza border crossing for Muslim pilgrimage

Egypt’s New Law on Churches Angers Christian Critics

IDF shuts down Palestinian radio station for incitement

Caroline Glick: The end of Mahmoud Abbas

UN: Violations of Israel-Lebanon cease-fire could spark war

U.S. Army Fears Major War Likely Within Five Years — But Lacks The Money To Prepare

High-profile meeting between Venezuela and Iran should set off alarm bells, experts say

Iran’s Launch of Shia Army Threatens to Escalate Sectarian Tensions

Iraq blacklists tankers involved in shipping Kurdish crude

US calls Iran’s actions in Arabian Gulf ‘unsafe’ and ‘provocative’

Report: US drone enters Iran’s airspace, leaves after warning

Turkish women in desperate hunt for embryos after IVF clinics shut down in wake of coup

Security Council Weighs Accountability for Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria

Russia questions report blaming Syrian govt for gas attacks

Report: UN funneled millions to Assad regime via aid program

IS buried thousands in 72 mass graves, AP finds

Up to 15,000 Isis victims buried in mass graves in Syria and Iraq

Senior ISIS Strategist and Spokesman Is Reported Killed in Syria

Does Killing Terrorist Leaders Make Any Difference? Scholars Are Doubtful

US general: ISIS forces defied orders to fight to the death

Italy rescues 3,000 migrants from Mediterranean as arrivals surge

Tens of thousands migrate through Balkans since route declared shut

Thousands of migrants rescued off Libya

Greek ‘Thought Police’ Prosecute Bishop For (Accurately) Calling ‘Refugees’, “Illegal Migrants”

ACLU: Christian woman forced to remove headscarf for license – clerk insisted that only Muslim women are allowed to cover their hair

Yemen death toll rises to 10,000

Myanmar holds historic peace talks with ethnic groups

Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan hit by suspected suicide car bomb

Truck bomb explodes near Somali presidential palace

Kyrgyz president orders government to strengthen anti-terrorism measures

French restaurateur throws out two Muslim women, filmed saying ‘All Muslims are terrorists’, enquiry launched

Vicars told not to wear dog collars in public and churches should have ‘bouncers’ due to terror fears

India, US to Intensify Intelligence Sharing on Terrorism

John Kerry: You Media People Should Stop Reporting on Terrorism So People Don’t Know What’s Going On

FBI Recovers Another 30 Benghazi Emails Hillary Clinton Deleted

FBI to release Clinton probe files, as candidate pressed to answer new questions ‘under oath’

Trump risks alienating voting blocs with wavering on immigration

Trump to visit Mexico, meet president, hours before immigration speech

Homeland eyes special declaration to take charge of elections

A Candidate’s Death Could Delay or Eliminate the Presidential Election

Baltimore Residents Beg Police To Protect Their Neighborhoods

EU-U.S. trade deal in doubt as France urges end to talks

G20 Summit to deal with rising anti-globalization sentiment

Pope Francis receives Facebook CEO in private audience

Pope Francis, Zuckerberg: Communications tech a tool vs poverty

Lawsuit alleges local courts force poor into ‘debtors’ prison’

IRS doesn’t tell 1M taxpayers that illegals stole their Social Security numbers

State aid: Ireland gave illegal tax benefits to Apple worth up to 13 billion Euros

EU hits Apple with $14.6 billion tax bill

EU ruling on Apple stirs calls for U.S. tax reform

Apple: You can have taxes or you can have jobs but you can’t have both

Significant extraterrestrial signal detected from space

6.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Namatanai, Papua New Guinea

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

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Constitucion, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Luganville, Vanuatu

Fears Iceland’s largest volcano may erupt following earthquakes

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

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 17,000ft

At Least 11 Dead After Typhoon Lionrock Hits Northern Japan

Madeline still on path to Hawaii island, Lester re-intensifies

Tropical systems threatening Outer Banks and Gulf Coast

Snow plows used in recovery after storm hammers Colorado Springs area with floodwaters, hail

More than 300 million at risk of life-threatening diseases from dirty water, UN says

Warren, MI To Ticket Residents Over Mosquitoes, Standing Water Ahead Of Yellow Fever Threat

CDC Almost Out of Zika Money, Director Says

Mysterious illness continues to spread at Manhattan High School

Ebola Virus Genetic Material Can Remain in Semen for 18 Months, New Study Shows

Gonorrhea Is Becoming Untreatable, U.N. Health Officials Warn

WHO urges shift in STD treatment due to antibiotic resistance

Dr. Keith Ablow: Why do men like Anthony Weiner keep sexting — even when it destroys their lives?

Court: Gays can seek parental rights for nonbiological kids

George Soros’ quiet overhaul of the U.S. justice system

Leaked Memo Reveals Soros Plan for Federally Controlled Police

President Obama Grants 111 Additional Commutations, the Most Commutations Granted in a Single Month

Chicago: The shocking numbers behind the violence

Dad claims he crashed car because he was trying to kill 2-year-old son

Belief in elves very strong in West Iceland

‘No doubt’ Iceland’s elves exist: anthropologist certain the creatures live alongside regular folks

Iceland unearths rock to appease angry elves

Christian Leader Arrested in Russia as Law Banning Evangelism Outside of Churches Goes Into Effect

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 06:54 AM PDT

Catch a glimpse of what will most likely come to America in the near future. We are receiving the first reports of Christian leaders being arrested…

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DEVELOPING: Residents Stock Up and Board Up as Hurricane Churns Toward Hawaii

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 06:44 AM PDT

Preparing for what could be the first hurricane to make landfall in Hawaii in years, residents on the Big Island are stocking up on food…

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RUMORS OF WARS: Is Russia Conducting A Massive Mobilization Of Troops For An Invasion Of Ukraine?

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 06:38 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) The drumbeats of war are growing louder. Fighting in eastern Ukraine between separatists and pro-government forces has risen to an intensity not…

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READY FOR WAR: North Korean Soldiers Armed With “Nuclear Backpacks’

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 06:25 AM PDT

According to the latest reports coming out of the East, Elite North Korean soldiers are being armed with “nuclear backpacks”, a source has claimed as…

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Meet the Christian Woman Who Boldly Witnessed to Jihadi John Before Her Death

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 06:18 AM PDT

(Reported By Jessilyn Justice) Islamic State hostage Kayla Mueller’s faith was so bold, so raw, so refreshing, 20/20 investigated her Christianity for an episode on…

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Powerful 6.8 magnitude Earthquake Rocks Pacific Island

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 05:45 AM PDT

A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea according to reports. According to reports, The earthquake struck just 55 miles…

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Iran Welcomes War With America

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 05:40 AM PDT

Iran seems like they are provoking a war with the US and now they are laying out the “welcome mat” for the occasion. Last week,…

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FBI Raids American Muslim’s Home In Detroit, Finds ‘Arsenal’

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 05:31 AM PDT

An American Muslim convert allegedly bought illegal grenades from an undercover FBI agent and was stockpiling ammunition in an underground container, according to federal court…

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Soros Removing Conservative Hosts and Commentators

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 05:27 AM PDT

Does billionaire activist George Soros have the economic clout to push out conservative hosts and commentators that oppose with his leftist agenda? Among the 2,500…

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A Candidate’s Death Could Delay or Eliminate the Presidential Election

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 04:50 AM PDT

I found this to be very interesting. An article was published by U.S News regarding how the presidential election could be delayed or scrapped altogether…

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Larry the Cable Guy: ‘Hillary Will Be the End of the Country’

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 08:03 PM PDT

Larry the Cable Guy dropped by “Fox and Friends” today to share some laughs and give his thoughts on the 2016 race. The superstar “Blue…

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DEVELOPING: East Coast In Possible Crosshairs Of Tropical Storm

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 07:52 PM PDT

Forecasters expect a tropical cyclone that’s brewing in the Gulf of Mexico to soon gain enough strength to be named as a tropical storm. For…

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DEVELOPING: Mysterious Illness continues to spread at Manhattan High School

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 07:47 PM PDT

The number of students being sent home at a local high school due to an illness continues to increase daily. KSNT News contacted USD 383…

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Mexico issues transit visas to surge of African migrants; Allows passage to USA…

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 07:35 PM PDT

Mexican immigration authorities say 424 migrants from African countries arrived at the southern state of Chiapas over two days last week. The National Immigration Institute…

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Homeland Security Wanting To Take Control Of Elections

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 07:31 PM PDT

Even before the FBI identified new cyber attacks on two separate state election boards, the Department of Homeland Security began considering declaring the election a…

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Homeowner told to remove “noxious & offensive” pro-police flag

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 03:23 PM PDT

(By Todd Starnes) Looks like the American Flag isn’t the only flag that is found offensive here in the United States but apparently Rodney Ivester,…

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Internet Outrage After Mother Reveals sleeping Naked with her 16-year-old Son

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 03:18 PM PDT

Another day and another bizarre story to report. Now a woman is leaving the internet in shock by querying whether there’s anything wrong with sleeping naked…

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E-cigarettes as bad for the heart as tobacco

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 03:07 PM PDT

Using electronic cigarettes could be as bad for the heart as smoking tobacco, research suggests. Scientists found inhaling nicotine vapour damages key blood vessels, raising…

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UPDATE: More Clowns Reported in Woods in South Carolina

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 03:03 PM PDT

Remember the story of the clown drawing kids into the woods in South Carolina? Now Deputies in South Carolina have increased patrols after getting new…

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Americans Stealing Medications From Their Pets

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 02:02 PM PDT

Some of us may be sharing a little too much with our pets. Sure, people share their dinners with their dogs, and some share their…

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ISIS says top-tier leader Abu Mohammed al-Adnani killed in Aleppo

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 01:57 PM PDT

Reports are indicating that Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, Islamic State spokesman and its leader in Syria, has been killed in Aleppo province, according to ISIS’ own…

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Antibiotic-Resistant Super-STD’S Posing New Threat

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 01:48 PM PDT

Growing resistance to antibiotics has complicated efforts to rein in common sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday…

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Why have so many animals and people been killed by lightning lately?

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 01:41 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) Have you noticed how many animals and people that have been killed lately by lightning strikes? I’m sure it happens often but…

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George Washington University Hires Former Al-Qaeda Recruiter…

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 01:19 PM PDT

Would you hire a former Al-Qaeda recruiter? Well George Washington University has hired a former Islamic extremist to work at its center on homeland security…

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DEVELOPING: Russia Positions Troops 50 Miles From Alaska…

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 01:15 PM PDT

Russia may be getting a little too close for comfort. According to a new report, Russia has announced plans to position a new coastal defense…

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G20 Summit to deal with rising “Anti-Globalism”

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 01:11 PM PDT

The G20 Summit is to about to take place amid weak economic recovery and the lowest rate of global trade growth in three decades and…

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

What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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

The Gospel In A Nutshell

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

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl

Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:

The Gospel on 5 Fingers

Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.

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Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

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

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

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

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

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Augustine and Joy in the Christian Life

Many Christians recognize the name of Augustine of Hippo from his valiant defense of the biblical doctrine of divine sovereignty against the man-centered heresy of the British monk Pelagius. And we know that the Reformers made exceedingly frequent references to Augustine’s work as they fought against the man-centeredness of the Roman Catholic Church. But what many don’t know about Augustine was his consistent emphasis on the centrality of the affections—and particularly joy—in the believer’s life. In fact, he even defined love for God in terms of enjoying Him:

“I call [love to God] the motion of the soul toward the enjoyment of God for his own sake, and the enjoyment of one’s self and of one’s neighbor for the sake of God.” [1]

It was this pursuit of his own pleasure—indeed, his own pleasure in God Himself—that strengthened Augustine to engage in the many debates and altercations of the Pelagian controversy. When a friend asked him why he even bothered with the polemical disputes, he answered:

“First and foremost because no subject gives me greater pleasure. For what ought to be more attractive to us sick men, than grace, grace by which we are healed; for us lazy men, than grace, grace by which we are stirred up; for us men longing to act, than grace, by which we are helped?” [2]

For Augustine, there was no dichotomy of “enjoying sovereign grace” on the one hand and “fighting for sovereign grace” on the other. The latter was fueled by the former. The joy of the Lord was his strength (Neh 8:10).

Everyone Desires to Be Happy

At the heart of Augustine’s emphasis on joy lay a fundamental assumption about human nature:

“Every man, whatsoever his condition, desires to be happy. There is no man who does not desire this, and each one desires it with such earnestness that he prefers it to all other things; whoever, in fact desires other things, desires them for this end alone.” [3]

He would express this maxim in multiple ways:

“What is a life of happiness? Surely [it is] what everyone wants, absolutely everyone without exception. … It is known to everyone, and if they could all be asked in some common tongue whether they wish to be happy, they would undoubtedly all reply that they do. … Thus all agree that they want to be happy, just as they would, if questioned, all agree that they want to enjoy life, and they think that a life of happiness consists of this enjoyment. One person pursues it in this way, another in that, but all are striving for the same goal, enjoyment.” [4]

“[The human soul] tends towards what it loves, so that attaining it, it may find rest. … Just as the body gravitates according to its weight, so also the soul, in whatever direction its movement tends, is carried along by love.” [5]

Augustine understood that, invariably and without exception, life is about the affections. We are by nature designed to seek after joy, satisfaction, delight, and happiness. Whatever we do, we do it because we believe it will satisfy the cravings of our souls.

Happiness is Only Found in God

But as Augustine would learn all too painfully, true joy, satisfaction, delight, and happiness are only found in God Himself. Every human being seeks to satisfy the longings of his soul, but only he who comes to know and worship the true God through Jesus Christ is the one who will find such satisfaction.

In that famous opening paragraph of the Confessions, he declares, “You have made us, O Lord, for Yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in You.” That is to say, God has so designed human beings that the deep longings and desires for happiness and joy that are built into the very fabric of our souls are only met and satisfied by Him. We, like Solomon, will pursue satisfaction in everything under the sun, but unless we recognize that true happiness is only found in God, we too will be striving after the wind.

“A happy life is to be sought from the Lord our God. Many different people have given many different answers when discussing wherein true happiness resides. But why should we go to many teachers or consider many answers to this question? It has been briefly and truly stated in Holy Scripture: Happy the people whose God is the Lord (Psalm 144:15).” [6]

“You Yourself are their joy. This is the happy life, and this alone: to rejoice in You, about You and because of You. This is the life of happiness, and it is not to be found anywhere else.” [7]

And so it is not uncommon for Augustine to refer to God as the treasure chest of his holy joy. In the Confessions, he called God “my holy sweetness,”[8] “O God most beautiful,”[9] and “O my joy.”[10]

He would go on to explain that the counterfeit beauty of sin pales in comparison to the true, authentic beauty that exists in God. Sin never delivers the satisfaction we seek from it. That satisfaction is found only in God Himself:

For in vice there lurks a counterfeit beauty: pride, for instance—even pride apes sublimity, where as You are the only God, most high above all things. As for ambition, what does it crave but honors and glory, while You are worthy of honor beyond all others, and eternally glorious? The ferocity of powerful men aims to inspire fear; but who is to be feared except the one God? Can anything be snatched from His power or withdrawn from it—when or where or whither or by whom?

Flirtatiousness aims to arouse love by its charming wiles, but nothing can hold more charm than your charity, nor could anything be loved to greater profit than your truth, which outshines all else in its luminous beauty. Curiosity poses as pursuit of knowledge, whereas you know everything to a supreme degree. Even ignorance or stupidity masquerades as simplicity and innocence, but nothing that exists is simpler than Yourself; and what could be more innocent than You, who leave the wicked to be hounded by their own sins?

Sloth pretends to aspire to rest, but what sure rest is there save the Lord? Lush living likes to be taken for contented abundance, but You are the full and inexhaustible store of a sweetness that never grows stale. Extravagance is a bogus generosity, but You are the infinitely wealthy giver of all good things. Avarice strives to amass possessions, but You own everything. Envy is a contentious over rank accorded to another, but what ranks higher than You? Anger seeks revenge, but whoever exacts revenge with greater justice than Yourself? Timidity dreads any unforeseen or sudden threat to the things it loves, and takes precautions for their safety; but is anything sudden or unforeseen to You? Who can separate what You love from You? Where is their ultimate security to be found, except with You? [11]

Let us follow in the footsteps of Augustine—who followed Paul, who followed the Lord Jesus—and seek all our satisfaction in God Himself, for He is where it is to be found. He has made us for Himself. And our hearts are indeed restless till we rest in Him.

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[1] On Christian Doctrine, 3.10.16.

[2] Quoted in Brown, Augustine of Hippo, 355.

[3] Quoted in Hand, Augustine on Prayer, 13.

[4] Confessions, 10.20.29-21.31.

[5] Quoted in Hand, Augustine on Prayer, 14.

[6] Ibid., 24.

[7] Confessions, 10.22.32.

[8] Ibid., 1.4.4.

[9] Ibid., 1.12.

[10] Ibid., 2.2.2.

[11] Ibid., 2.13.

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The Dumbing Down of College Curriculums


According to Charles Sykes of The Daily Signal, “a survey sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1989 found that a majority of college seniors would flunk even a basic test on Western cultural and historical literacy: 25 percent could not distinguish between the thoughts of Karl Marx and the United States Constitution (or between the words of Winston Churchill and those of Joseph Stalin), 58 percent did not know Shakespeare wrote ‘The Tempest,’ and 42 percent could not place the Civil War in the correct half-century”  So with this in mind the question we must ask ourselves, says Sykes, “is no longer whether students have learned specific bodies of knowledge; it is whether they are learning anything at all.” He writes:

College EducationLet’s concede at the outset that many students find their college years enlightening and enriching. But something is rotten in the state of academia, and it is increasingly hard not to notice.

There once was a time when employers could be reasonably certain that college graduates had a basic sense of the world and, as a minimum, could write a coherent business letter. That is simply no longer the case, as some academic leaders appear ready to admit.

Harvard’s former president, Derek Bok, mildly broke ranks with the academic cheerleaders when he noted that, for all their many benefits, colleges and universities “accomplish far less for their students than they should.” Too many graduates, he admitted, leave school with the coveted and expensive credential “without being able to write well enough to satisfy employers … [or] reason clearly or perform competently in analyzing complex, nontechnical problems.”

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