Daily Archives: August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Aug. 2, 2016 |


Consumer purchases climbed 0.4 percent, a bit more than anticipated in June, exceeding a gain in incomes that prompted American households to tap into savings.

Ford and General Motors U.S. light-vehicle sales in July fell more than analysts had anticipated while Nissan gained less than expected, reinforcing concerns that the market may have peaked with last year’s record deliveries.

Around the world, governments are planning fresh spending to boost growth and support wages, heeding the advice of the Harvard University economist and others who have argued that economies need the jolt as society ages and productivity sags. That’s signaling the ascendancy of energizers like Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the firing of austerity advocates such as former U.K. Chancellor George Osborne.

Vancouver, with its stunning views of the mountains and yacht-dotted harbor, has long been one of the world’s most expensive places to live but price gains have reached a whole new level of intensity this year. Low interest rates, rising immigration, and a surge of foreign money-particularly from China-have all driven the increases.

Euro-denominated investment-grade notes had their biggest monthly returns in four years in July. Gains in sterling investment-grade debt were the best since 2009 and those in the sterling junk market surged. Many investors thought that, Brexit or not, you can’t fight the European Central Bank, which is buying more and more corporate and sovereign bonds and driving yields lower. Taking more risk may be the only way to earn higher returns.

U.S. college endowments are poised to take the worst slide in performance since the 2009 recession.

Bottled water will be more popular than soda for the first time in the U.S. this year, thanks to its convenience — and fears over what’s coming out of the tap.

In the Bernese Oberland town of Interlaken, the Balmers hostel is out to prove a holiday in Switzerland isn’t synonymous with eye-watering prices. For just $5, guests can spend the night in a colorful hammock in an old barn. The tactic — in addition to the shared sleeping space, guests have access to facilities like showers, wireless Internet, the garden and a ping-pong table — seems to be working.

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A Taliban truck bomb exploded outside a protected hotel compound used by foreign service contractors in Kabul on Monday, ripping a deep crater in the ground and leaving a tangle of wreckage but causing few casualties.

A false warning of a megaquake about to strike Tokyo was issued by Japan’s weather agency and quickly cancelled Monday, but not before terrifying users of a smartphone app who received it.

The Satanic Temple, a humanist and social justice organization which incorporates Satanic imagery in its mission, made waves this weekend when the group announced their plan to roll out after school clubs in elementary schools all across the United States. While the Satanic Temple already has clubs in several schools, they’re seeking to open chapters in schools with ‘Good News’ Clubs, highly conservative evangelical clubs that operate in the public schools.

An outbreak of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Florida, marking the first time the virus has been found to be transmitted via infected mosquitoes within the continental U.S. The outbreak has infected at least four people, three men and one woman, through local transmission.

Several people who showed up at a Kentucky Walmart parking lot while heavily armed explained to police over the weekend that they were innocently preparing for the end of days. The 26-year-old driver was carrying a loaded AK-47 and was wearing a camouflage bulletproof vest, with a .357 Magnum strapped to his waist, according to police. [Police said that] these people weren’t a danger to the public, but rather heavily armed proud shoppers.

Wearing traditional dress from feather headdresses to loincloths, members of Taiwan’s indigenous community met President Tsai Ing-wen Monday as she made a landmark apology for centuries of suffering including the loss of ancestral lands.

Four people were killed and three wounded in Saudi Arabia when a shell fired from inside Yemen exploded in a town close to the border, Saudi civil defense said on Monday.

A group backed by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch is investing nearly $4 million in an advertising campaign attacking Democrats in three of the nation’s top Senate contests. The Freedom Partners Action Fund is targeting Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania in the television and online advertising blitz.


A helicopter has dropped barrels suspected to contain chlorine gas on a town in northern Syria, a doctor and rescuers have said. About 30 people were affected by the attack.

Pope Francis has set up a special commission to study whether women will be allowed to become deacons in the Catholic Church.

Ninety people are undergoing hospital checks in remote northern Russia because of an anthrax outbreak that killed a boy on Monday. Eight people are confirmed as infected with anthrax, a rare but deadly bacterial disease. It is believed to have spread from reindeer.

The United States has carried out air strikes on positions of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Libya, following a request by the UN-backed government there, the Pentagon said.


A new law went into effect in Texas on Monday that allows certain students to bring guns into classrooms, with supporters saying it could prevent mass shootings and critics saying the measure will endanger safety on campuses.

A longtime FBI employee with top-secret clearances pleaded guilty to acting as an agent of China and providing officials in that country with sensitive information.

A federal judge on Monday blocked North Dakota’s voter identification law after a group of American Indians said it unfairly burdens them – the latest court ruling against voting laws that critics say disproportionately affect minorities.

Top News – 8/2/2016

Pope orders study of women’s role in early Church, cheering equality campaigners
Pope Francis has set up a commission to study the role of women deacons in early Christianity, the Vatican said on Tuesday, raising hopes among equality campaigners that women could one day have a far greater say in the Roman Catholic Church.

3 of 4 NYT bestsellers are anti-Clinton books
For the first time, three of the top four New York Times nonfiction best sellers are anti-Clinton books. Two new books jumped to the front of the all-important hardcover nonfiction list just this week: Armageddon, by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann, and Hillary’s America, by Dinesh D’Souza.

Turkey’s Erdogan blasts EU for not adhering to migrant deal
Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the European Union Tuesday of not upholding its side of an EU-Turkey agreement on migration, saying that promised funds and visa-free travel for Turks in the EU had not been delivered. The agreement was instrumental in stemming the flow of people heading from Turkey to the nearby Greek islands.

Millennials key to biometric banking
The new biometric banking applications specifically target millennials, with many in this generation quick to adopt the new technology. Ease of transaction, increased security, and greater user experience are the top tier features that attract customers to biometric banking.

Satanists Plan To Infiltrate Elementary Schools Across The Country With New Satan Club
The Satantic Temple of Utah plans to unveil a new after school program Monday designed for the nation’s elementary-age children, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The group plans to petition schools so its curriculum can be part of official clubs as early as this fall. The Satanists are targeting Utah, New York, Massachusetts, Arizona, Minnesota, Louisiana and Florida to include the curriculum.

4.2-magnitude earthquake shakes southcentral Alaska
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake was recorded by the Alaska Earthquake Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks just before 4:30 p.m. Monday. The earthquake, recorded at 4:24 p.m. about 19 miles north of Hatcher Pass, was felt throughout Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla and Palmer, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center.

Magnitude 5.8 earthquake strikes off Indonesian coast
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Indonesia, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The underwater earthquake occurred at 06:40 local time (23:40 GMT), nine kilometers (5.5 miles) off the coast of the southern Sumbawa island, the USGS said on Sunday.

Venezuelan Government: You Are To Leave Your Jobs For 60 Days To Work In the Fields
The decree says that the government must do what is “necessary to achieve strategic levels of self-sufficiency,” and states that workers can be forcefully moved from their jobs to work in farm fields or elsewhere in the agricultural sector for periods of 60 days.

King David’s Descendents Making Case to Reclaim Ownership of Temple Mount
In another manifestation of Biblical precepts interacting with modern life, a private foundation representing the descendants of King David recently launched a lawsuit presenting a legal claim to ownership of the Temple Mount.

Typhoon Nida shuts Hong Kong, more than 150 flights canceled
Typhoon Nida swept through Hong Kong on Tuesday, shutting down most of the financial hub and disrupting hundreds of flights with gale-force winds, while low-lying areas were put on flood alert. Hong Kong’s first major typhoon this year brought gusts of more than 100 km per hour (62 mph) and prompted authorities to issue an amber warning, signifying heavy rain, at 5.20 a.m. Hong Kong time.

Japan defense review expresses ‘deep concern’ at Chinese coercion
Japan’s annual defense review on Tuesday expressed “deep concern” over what it sees as China’s coercion, as a more assertive Beijing flouts international rules when dealing with other nations. Japan’s Defence White Paper comes amid heightened tension in Asia less than a month after an arbitration court in the Hague invalidated China’s sweeping claims in the disputed South China Sea, in a case brought by the Philippines.

Turkish government has taken over military factories, shipyards, PM says
Turkey has taken over factories and shipyards that had been under control of the military general staff as part of a wide-ranging shake-up of the armed forces… Yildirim, who was speaking to members of his ruling AK Party in parliament, also said the restructuring of Turkey’s armed forces would not weaken the military, but put its focus on activities essential for national security.

Rescuers say toxic gas dropped on Syrian town where Russian helicopter shot down
A Syrian rescue service operating in rebel-held territory said on Tuesday a helicopter dropped containers of toxic gas overnight on a town close to where a Russian military helicopter was shot down hours earlier. A spokesman for Syria Civil Defence told Reuters that 33 people, mostly women and children, were affected by the gas in Saraqeb.

Foreign Appetite For U.S. Securities Has Taken a Drubbing
…When the Federal Reserve hiked benchmark rates in December, the initial jump in the short-end of the nominal U.S. yield curve raised expectations that foreign buyers would snap up the country’s assets… In fact, net foreign flows to the U.S. have been decidedly weak this year, thanks to an exodus by foreign central banks and sovereign wealth funds, who’ve been dumping U.S. securities in order to raise cash to put to work at home.

Russia anthrax outbreak affects dozens in north Siberia
Ninety people are undergoing hospital checks in remote northern Russia because of an anthrax outbreak that killed a boy on Monday. Eight people are confirmed as infected with anthrax, a rare but deadly bacterial disease. It is believed to have spread from reindeer. More than 2,300 reindeer have died in the outbreak, in the Yamalo-Nenets region of Siberia. Reindeer-herding families have been moved out.

Migrant crisis: Germany warns Turkey against ‘blackmailing EU’
Europe must not let itself be blackmailed by Turkey in talks about visa-free travel for Turkish citizens in the EU, German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has said. Visa-free access to the EU is seen as a reward for Turkey’s role in halting an influx of migrants into Europe. But the move has been delayed because of a row over anti-terror legislation following Turkey’s failed coup.

US launches air strikes on IS in Libya
The United States has carried out air strikes on positions of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Libya, following a request by the UN-backed government there, the Pentagon says. The strikes targeted positions in the port city of Sirte, an IS stronghold. Libyan PM Fayez Sarraj, in a televised address, said the strikes caused “heavy losses”.

Business leaders fear for Israel’s economic future
In a letter to the prime minister, heads of Israeli business organizations say companies and well-educated people are leaving the country. …business leaders, have written to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking him to set annual growth targets for the Israeli economy and to redefine the conduct of economic and social policy.

Why Did Russia Send ‘The Terminator’ on a Humanitarian Mission in Syria?
While we don’t yet know which rebel group shot down a Russian military helicopter in Syria today, killing all five on board, photographic and video evidence of the wreckage reveals that what Russia is presenting as a pacific tool of humanitarian aid was in fact an assault craft rigged with rocket pods.

Donald Trump is getting slammed by billionaires with way more money than him
Over the last week, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has campaigned with three billionaires: Michael Bloomberg last Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention, Mark Cuban on Saturday during a campaign event, and Warren Buffett on Monday.

‘She’s the devil’: Trump just launched his fiercest attack yet on Hillary Clinton
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s increasingly hostile rhetoric toward Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reached a new high on Monday when he called Clinton “the devil” during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

Black Lives Matter Coalition Makes Demands as Campaign Heats Up
More than 60 organizations associated with the Black Lives Matter movement have released a series of demands on Monday, including for reparations.

EU officials fear plans for gas pipeline linking Turkey and Russia will strengthen Moscow
Declarations by Russia and Turkey last week reviving plans for the TurkStream natural gas pipeline linking the two have worried EU diplomats who see it strengthening Moscow’s hand – but analysts say the project is more rhetoric than reality.

Satanic Group Wants to Set up Clubs in Schools
The organization said it is also setting up clubs in Florida, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Missouri and Maryland.

Top Headlines – 8/2/2016

  • European shares hit two-week lows, yen rises as Japan backs stimulus (Read More)
  • Australia Rejoins Global Disinflation Fight With Record Low Rate (Read More)
  • Japan Cabinet Approves $274 Billion Stimulus Package (Read More)
  • Yen Surges to Three-Week High as Japan Stimulus Underwhelms (Read More)
  • Warren Buffett Takes On Donald Trump at Hillary Clinton Rally in Nebraska (Read More)
  • Trump campaign asks Capitol Hill to back him in Khan controversy (Read More)
  • Government Spending Makes a Comeback While Austerity Starts to Fade (Read More)
  • Rio’s Olympics Woes Sour IOC on Developing World as Games Site (Read More)
  • Overseas Yield Hunters Bag Record Share of U.S. Corporate Debt (Read More)
  • Turkish government has taken over military factories, shipyards, PM says (Read More)
  • China regulator says Didi, Uber deal will need Mofcom approval (Read More)
  • As Kremlin Ties Turn Frosty, Oligarch Nets Owner Buys Up Brooklyn (Read More)
  • Student-Loan Defaulters in a Standoff With Federal Government (Read More)
  • These Government Rules Trap 65 Million Americans in Poverty (Read More)
  • Aetna Tops Views, Stops ACA Expansion Plans (Read More)
  • Texas allows guns in college classrooms under new law (Read More)
  • China says willing to explore free trade deal with Britain (Read More)
  • Tisch Says We ‘Live by the Sword’ at Loews as Gold Bet Doubles (Read More)
  • Japan defence review expresses ‘deep concern’ at Chinese coercion (Read More)
  • China’s ‘mosquito factory’ aims to wipe out Zika, other diseases (Read More)

IDF chief goes to US ahead of finalization of aid package deal

Khamenei says talks with US are ‘lethal poison’ to Iran

Khamenei: Saudi ties with Zionist regime a stab in the back to Muslims

Israeli lawmakers advance bill to streamline cybersecurity

Terrorist attack foiled in Nablus; ‘major’ arms dealer arrested

Taliban terror continues to rise amid Afghanistan attacks

U.S. warplanes launch bombing campaign on Islamic State in Libya

Egypt rankled by Hamas’s burgeoning ties to Islamic State

Syria war: Russian helicopter shot down, killing five on board

ISIS: ‘Listen Putin, we will come to Russia and kill you at your homes’

ISIS details ‘Why We Hate You’ in new magazine

Islamic State calls slain Muslim American soldier an ‘apostate’

Clinton spat with Benghazi mom takes back seat to Trump-Khan debate

Trump says election may be ‘rigged,’ Clinton is ‘the devil’

DHS grants Syrians temporary amnesty

Europe loses track of thousands of child refugees amid fears of ISIS recruiting

Pope Demands Poland Open Borders To Third World Migrants

Europe under threat: soldiers patrol the beaches in France

Polish Experts: ‘Europe is at The End of its Existence. Western Europe is Practically Dead’

Turkey, Russia pursue gas pipe dream as EU frets

Russia cyber attack: Large hack ‘hits government’

South Korean prosecutors say North may have hacked into emails of Seoul officials

Julian Assange: WikiLeaks Emails Will Prove Hillary Armed ISIS In Syria

NSA Whistleblower: Agency Has All of Clinton’s Deleted Emails

Judge blocks North Dakota’s voter identification law

Venezuela is on the brink of total collapse

Venezuela’s top officials sport luxury watches while the rest of country starves

Texas shale oil has fought Saudi Arabia to a standstill

China Holds Live-Fire Navy Drills in East China Sea

False Alert of Massive Earthquake Triggers Panic in Japan

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits the South Indian Ocean

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits the South Indian Ocean

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Pakokku, Burma

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Honiara, Solomon Islands

Hong Kong Closes Stock Market as Typhoon Nida Shuts City

Atlantic tropical storm to aim for Central America, Mexico at midweek

Vietnam town ripped to shreds by tornado in epic dashcam footage

From California to Nevada, wildfires burn in seven Western states

Pioneer Fire grows to 38,000 acres, drones interfere again

Google’s Alphabet is part of a $700 million effort to cure disease without meds

CDC issues historic travel warning over Miami Zika outbreak

Spread of Zika, and cloud of fear, threatens Florida’s tourism way of life

Melania Trump naked pictures row ‘may help Donald Trump win LGBTQ and single white male vote’

Registered sex offenders on parole in NY barred from playing Pokemon GO

Israeli Army Identifies a New Threat: ‘Pokemon Go’

Australians urged not to pledge ‘Jedi’ as their religion in Census

Amount of Australians listing The Force as their religion is unnervingly large

Armed men in body armor at Walmart tell police they were preparing for doomsday

Deadliest July in Chicago in 10 years

Barack Obama Is On Track To Be The Only President In History To Never Have A Year Of 3% GDP Growth

Barack Obama Giving A Speech - Public DomainWe just got another extremely disappointing GDP number.  It was being projected that U.S. GDP would grow by 2.5 percent during the second quarter of 2016, but instead it only grew by just 1.2 percent.  In addition, the Census Bureau announced that GDP growth for the first quarter of 2016 had been revised down from 1.1 percent to 0.8 percent.  What this means is that the U.S. economy is just barely hanging on by its fingernails from falling into a recession.   As Zero Hedge has pointed out, the “average annual growth rate during the current business cycle remains the weakest of any expansion since at least 1949″.  This is not what a recovery looks like. (Read More….)

Painful To Watch: This Is The Weakest U.S. Economic ‘Recovery’ Since 1949

Dollar Bending - Public DomainMost of us have never witnessed an economic “recovery” this bad.  As you will see below, the average rate of economic growth since the last recession has been the lowest for any “recovery” in at least 67 years.  And unfortunately, the economy appears to be slowing down even more here in 2016.  On Friday, I talked about how the U.S. economy grew at a painfully slow rate of just 1.2 percent in the second quarter after only growing 0.8 percent during the first quarter.  And last week we also learned that the homeownership rate in the United States has dropped to the lowest level ever.  This is not what a recovery looks like.  Instead, it very much appears that a new economic downturn has already begun. (Read More….)

The Price Of Oil Is Crashing Again, And That Is Very, Very Bad News For The U.S. Economy

Oil Price Crashing - Public DomainThis wasn’t supposed to happen.  The price of oil was supposed to start going back up, and this would have brought much needed relief to economically-depressed areas of North America that are heavily dependent on the energy industry.  Instead, the price of oil is crashing again, and that is really bad news for a U.S. economy that is already mired in the worst “recovery” since 1949.  On Monday, U.S. oil was down almost four percent, and for a brief time it actually fell below 40 dollars a barrel.  Overall, the price of oil has fallen a staggering 21 percent since June 8th.  In less than two months, the “oil rally” that so many were pinning their hopes on has been totally wiped out, and if the price of oil continues to stay this low it is going to have very seriously implications for our economy moving forward. (Read More….)

Goldman Sachs Subpoenaed For Connection To Global Corruption Ring

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Goldman is in the top 5 crony capitalist companies based in the USA. It might be number 1 but there are contenders.

In another life I wanted to work at Goldman.

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Obama The Community Organizer Says Donald Trump “Unprepared” To Be President

Former community organizer Obama slams Republican nominee for president Donald Trump at a joint press conference with the prime minister of Singapore at the White House Tuesday morning.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Poor little Barry Soetoro. he has forgotten where he came from. In a speech this morning at the White House, Obama said that the billionaire businessman Donald Trump, with 40 years experience in international finance, real estate and business with thousands of employees, is “unfit to be the next president”.  Guess Trump should have spent some time working as a community organizer in Chicago if he wanted to have Obama’s endorsement. 

Obama said Trump does not have the judgment, temperament or understanding to occupy the Oval Office. Obama scolded Trump for his “attack on a Gold Star family.”

“He is woefully unprepared,” Obama stated.

The president asked Republicans why do they keep endorsing him and what does it say about the Republican party that Trump is your standard bearer. This isn’t an “episodic gaffe,” this is daily and weekly, Obama said. Obama called on Republicans to repudiate and condemn the party’s nominee.

“There has to come a point at which you say somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world,” Obama said at the event with PM Lee Hsien Loong.

“There has to be a point in which you say this is somebody I can’t support for president of United States,” the president said. “There has to be a point in which you say ‘enough.'”

“I recognize that they all profoundly disagree with myself or Hillary Clinton on tax policy or on certain elements of foreign policy,” Obama said of Republicans. “But you know, there have been Republican presidents with whom I disagreed with but I didn’t have a doubt that they could function as president.”

From President Obama’s press conference:

OBAMA: I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president. I said so last week. He keeps on proving it. The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family, that [General] Hayden — had made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country, the fact that he does not appear to have basic knowledge around critical issues in Europe, the Middle East, in Asia.

Obama’s previous experience was community organizing, how “fit” was that?:

It means that he is woefully unprepared. This is not just my opinion. What’s been interesting has been the repeated denunciations of his statements by leading Republicans. Including the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader, prominent Republicans like John McCain.

The question they have to ask themselves is if you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him? What does this say about your party, that this is your standard bearer?

This isn’t a situation where you have an episodic gaffe. This is daily, and weekly, where they are distancing themselves from statements he’s making. There has to be a point in which you say, this is not somebody I can support for president of the United States. Even if he purports to be a member of my party. And, you know, the fact that that has not yet happened makes some of these denunciations ring hollow.

I don’t doubt their sincerity. I don’t doubt that they were outraged about some of the statements that Mr. Trump and his supporters made about the Khan family. But there has to come a point at which you say somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world. Because a lot of people depend on the White House getting stuff right. And this is different than just having policy disagreements.

I recognize that they all profoundly disagree with myself or Hillary Clinton on tax policy or on certain elements of foreign policy. But you know, there have been Republican presidents with whom I disagreed with but I didn’t have a doubt that they could function as president…

There has to come a point in which you say, enough. And the alternative is that the entire party, the Republican party, effectively endorses and validates the positions that are being articulated by Mr. Trump. And as I said in my speech last week, I don’t think that actually represents the views of a whole lot of Republicans out there. source

Welfare World Order – Terry James

Watchmen on the wall should be alert as never before. It is becoming clearer by the day. The self-appointed governing elitists of planet earth are using the slothful inclination of fallen mankind as fuel for the engine of their drive toward a new world order.

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Hacked Emails Include Info On Hillary’s Arming of Jihadists, Including ISIS, in Syria

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew that the US was sending arms from Libya to Syria back in 2011, a year before the Benghazi consulate attacks.

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Franklin Graham Rips Into Pope’s Comments

“It’s a religion that calls for the extermination of ‘infidels’ outside their faith, specifically Jews and Christians. It’s a religion that calls on its soldiers to shout ‘allahu akbar’ [“Allah is supreme” in Arabic] as they behead, rape, and murder in the name of Islam. Radical Islamists are following the teachings of the Quran,” he wrote.

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Pope equates capitalism with terrorism

“When you place at the center of the world economy the ‘God of Money,’ that’s terrorism against all humanity.”

In an interview on his flight back from World Youth Day in Poland, where he also visited the Auschwitz death camp, Pope Francis related to the issues of terrorism and capitalism in the world today, even implying a comparison between the two, as reported by NBC News.

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The Coming Election Fraud

Now that Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Democrats’ candidate for President of the United States, prepare for the most fraudulent, corrupt and dishonest if not outright criminal election process in the history of this county.

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Watch Ray Comfort stun atheists with 1 question

You see what you’re doing? …’ ‘Yeah, lyin’ to myself’

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Islamic State calls on members to carry out jihad in Russia

Posted: 02 Aug 2016 05:20 AM PDT

It now appears that Russia is one of the latest targets marked by the Islamic State as it has reportedly called on its group members…

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Sinkhole swallows part of Ipswich backyard in Australia

Posted: 02 Aug 2016 05:11 AM PDT

A giant sinkhole filled with swirling water has opened up in the backyard of a home in Ipswich, west of Brisbane. Reports indicated that a…

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Hail storm damaged cars, homes and injured 12-year-old girl in Calgary

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 08:09 PM PDT

A devastating hailstorm has caused extensive damage throughout Northeast Calgary, According to to reports the neighbourhoods of Taradale and Coral Springs were especially hit hard. Residents…

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Couple Arrested After Allegedly Abandoning Two-Year-Old to Play ‘Pokémon Go’

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 07:34 PM PDT

The Pokemon Go zombies are still out in force and here is another report to prove it. According to a report coming out of Arizona,…

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The Price Of Oil Is Crashing Again, And That Is Very, Very Bad News For The U.S. Economy

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 06:57 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) This wasn’t supposed to happen. The price of oil was supposed to start going back up, and this would have brought much…

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Chelsea Clinton: I Left the Church When I Was 6 Because It Opposed Abortion

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 02:01 PM PDT

I’ve never met anyone six years of age that was pro-choice but apparently Chelsea Clinton is a first! In a new interview, Chelsea Clinton, the…

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Katy Perry’s parents make Plea ‘Don’t judge her, pray for her’

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 01:51 PM PDT

In case you didn’t know Katy Perry was raised in a Chrisitan home with both her parents Keith and Mary Hudson, who are both ministers…

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Why is the Navy Naming a Ship After a ‘Gay’ Child Molester?

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 01:33 PM PDT

(By Matt Barber) Attention on the poop deck. It seems our “first gay president” intends to “milk,” with pride, his obsession for all things LGBT…

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Zika Prompts Travel Warning For Miami

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 01:29 PM PDT

The Zika virus is causing all kinds of problems in Miami, Florida and now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended on Monday that…

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Why the Wilderness Can Make or Break your Ministry.

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 11:54 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) Whether we desire to go through one or not, we will all experience a “Wilderness Experience” in our walk with the Lord….

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‘Homeland Security’ Grants Syrians ‘Temporary Amnesty’ in USA…

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 10:56 AM PDT

In a shocking ruling today, Homeland Security granted a new temporary amnesty Monday to more than 8,000 Syrians living in the U.S. right now, saying…

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Bizarre Triangular Craft Spotted In Virginia

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 09:55 AM PDT

A man in Virginia has captured a very bizarre video of a triangular shaped craft after claiming him and his mother spotted the object above his…

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Our Time is Short

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

What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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

The Gospel In A Nutshell

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

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl

Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:

The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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12 Times Pope Francis Has Openly Promoted A One World Religion Or A New World Order

Pope Francis In The Popemobile - Public DomainOn Sunday, Pope Francis told hundreds of thousands of young people gathered for World Youth Day in Poland that they need to “believe in a new humanity” and that they should refuse “to see borders as barriers”.  Every two or three years, Catholics from all over the planet converge for one of these giant conferences, and as you will see below the Pope has not been shy about using historic occasions to promote his agenda.  Unfortunately, it has become exceedingly clear that his agenda includes moving humanity toward a one world religion and a new world order.  Of course Pope Francis is not going to use those exact phrases, but at this point it is very obvious what he is trying to do.  If you don’t believe me now, perhaps you will see things differently after you have viewed the evidence that I have compiled in the rest of this article. (Read More…)

The Parody of Pokémon GO

To evaluate elements of popular culture from a theological or theoretical perspective sets you up to sound like a jerk. It’s unavoidable. It’s hard to be critical and not sound uptight.

But what is the alternative? Should we close our eyes and fail to see that every new form of media presents a mixture of advantages and disadvantages? Automobiles allow us to travel faster and longer. But they have come with a cost to our natural environment in congested highways and air pollution. Smart phones provide instant access to a universe of information. And they also monopolize our attention such that we now impulsively check social media and find it difficult to sustain rigorous thought.

Technology gives, and it takes away.

Concerning this tendency, I once heard a lecture by Neil Postman in which he explained how each and every technology involves a particular philosophy—an underlying set of assumptions and aims, which influence the way people understand their own identity, think about life’s purpose, and relate to others in the world.

This notion is basically what Marshal McLuhan meant when he famously declared “the medium is the message.”

What is Pokémon GO?

If you’re not familiar with Pokémon GO, you should be (that is, assuming you want to relate to people in contemporary culture). It is now everywhere. In fact, as I write this sentence, I am looking through my window at a construction worker who appears to be playing. How do I know? I suppose he could be searching for a lost chipmunk, but he’s walking with a smart phone in front of his face. Chances are that he is trying to capture a Pokémon. If you are unfamiliar with how the game is played, here is an overview. Assuming you’re up to speed, I will proceed to offer a few observations.

To start with, we should recognize some of the positive features of Pokémon GO. For one, unlike most electronic games, it requires players to spend a lot of time walking outside. According to a Washington Post report, it has already led to an increase in exercise in the U.S. This is especially good news for children struggling with obesity.

The game also presents opportunity to meet people in your community. Tony Kummer, in his piece on what parents should know about the game, describes what such interaction may look like. Of course, there are also liabilities, such as the possibility of being lured into a dangerous area, walking off a cliff (which happened in California), or accidentally stepping into traffic.

How does Pokémon GO shape a player’s outlook on life? This technology shapes our identity, our life’s purpose, and our relationship to others.

How Pokémon GO Shapes Us

What does Pokémon GO tell us about ourselves?

It shapes our identity.

In short, we are to see ourselves as zealous consumers. As the Pokémon franchise’s motto puts it, “Gotta catch ‘em all!” Here is how Time Magazine describes it:

But there is a problem: the key principle of the Pokeocracy is acquisitiveness. The more Pokemon you have, the greater power you possess (the slogan is GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL). And never underestimate a child’s ability to master the Pokearcana required to accumulate such power.

Scripture explains this dilemma most clearly in the tenth commandment concerning covetousness. We know the problem too well. We’ve lived with it our entire lives. We gotta catch ‘em all! At age one-and-a-half my son has a limited vocabulary; but he is quite good at saying the word “more.” I want to blame it on his mother, but I know better.

Our calling, however, is to suppress covetousness.

It shapes our life’s purpose.

In addition to fostering a certain identity, Pokémon GO also teaches users about purpose. What is the purpose of catching all those Pokémon? Simply put, it is so you can employ them in battle. To engage this combat, you have to go to a “gym,” which you’ll see on your map represented by a tower with a Pokemon sitting on top. That elevated creature is the current champion of that gym, the one whom you are to defeat.

With regard to purpose, Henry David Thoreau famously said, “Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end….”[1] In other words, you may have technologically sophisticated mechanisms, but if the end toward which these devices strive is misguided, you’ve done little more than create a pretty distraction. In this instance, purpose falls short of eternal significance.

It shapes our relationship to others.

The final lens through which to consider Pokémon GO is the way it leads users to relate to other people. Reviews of the game often make this point, highlighting the way it draws you into “community” among other players.

It seems to me, however, that this is strange form of community. The face to which players look is that of the Pokémon whom you are seeking to capture. You only see other people through your peripheral vision as they face their Pokémons.

This is a far cry from the relational warmth of a personal community.

By relating to one another peripherally, humans will never realize the communion for which we were created. Such individualization profoundly diminishes community life. Moreover, from a biblical point of view, it fails to grasp the heart of community, which is not founded on our common interests, but is rather grounded in a person, the crucified and risen Savior.

The reality of his good news guides our relationship to others, proclaiming the grace of this Christ to those in need and celebrating it among those who share a common faith. This union is the ultimate expression of community.

The Eternal Parody

As Pokémon GO takes the medium of “augmented reality” into the mainstream, we observe some interesting ironies.

  • Players walk by sight following imaginary creatures; followers of Christ walk by faith, following a living Creator.
  • Players operate as individuals among other players; the church is a Body, fellow members of one another.
  • Players define success by capturing creatures; the church is called to take every thought captive to obey Christ.
  • Players are fundamentally consumers, zealous to accumulate bigger prizes; Christians have been crucified with Christ, and are called to present themselves as living sacrifices to God.

In short, Pokémon GO is the parody of which the kingdom of Christ is the reality.

How can we keep eternal reality central in the midst of augmented reality and other technology?

[1] Henry David Thoreau, Walden (London: Bibliolis Books, originally published in 1854, reprint 2010) 47. | Post Credit: Chris Castaldo]


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Healing for Backsliders

I will heal their backsliding.— Hosea 14:4

One word describes Israel’s history: backsliding. Two words describe God’s response: chastising and healing. Most of Hosea’s message was about the backsliding and the chastising, but here his theme moves on to the healing.

Hosea’s prophecies tell us that backsliding is very common. Octavius Winslow said, “There is a tendency to secret, perpetual, and alarming departure from God.” Backsliding requires no effort. You don’t need to do anything to slip away; it is such a gradual process that it is usually unnoticed until it is too late. And this despite preachers like Hosea pointing it out so clearly.

It usually begins in the heart. Love for God and His people diminishes. Reverence for the Bible decreases. Enjoyment of prayer evaporates. Delight in the Lord’s Day fades. It is like an ant removing sand, one grain at a time, from one side of a set of scales to the other. No change is noticed until suddenly the scales tip. Church activity and service may cover up the worrying inward reality for a time, but when the scales eventually tip, outward moral catastrophe is usually imminent. And, as Israel discovered, backsliding and its eventual chastisement is a miserable experience.

Remember Bunyan’s erring pilgrim who had to go back for his mislaid scroll—he ended up covering the same road three times, and it was dangerously late and dark when he finally arrived exhausted at his lodgings. Ask Naomi how bitter backsliding is (Ruth 1:20 –21). Ask the prodigal son how depressing backsliding is (Luke 15:17).

But, and here is great encouragement, backsliding can be healed—not by the backslider but by the Lord. “I will heal their backsliding.” No one can return from backsliding except through the merciful intervention of Christ. Look at Peter weeping bitterly over his declension and desertion. Who can restore him? “Go tell the disciples, and Peter…” (Mark 16:7). The Lord intervenes to heal his backsliding. So Israel, and so you, backslidden Christian, look to Christ as the great Healer of backsliding. True grace is indestructible. It may decay but it can never die. Bring your faint embers and remaining sparks to the Lord and say, “Heal my backsliding. Fan my embers into flame.”

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The Briefing 08-02-16

The Democratic platform on taxpayer-funded abortion is now the most radical in the world

Iowa Civil Rights Commission threatens to silence church pulpits on LGBT issues

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The Pagan, the Pious, and those Perishing

Unfathomable Grace

Paulwas loving and humiliatinghis readers. It mattered not whether they were Jewish or Gentile. He cared not whether they were rank Romans or holy Hebrews. Whether irreligious or religious, whether immoral or moral, whether church abstainers or church attenders,Paul soughtto helpallhis friends byforcingthem to bow theirknees before the Holy Judge.

Hebegin by humbling the pagan:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth … Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves … God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil…

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How the Standard of Proof Helped a Skeptic Become a Christian (Video)

J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Lee Strobel and describes his journey from skepticism to faith. Can a proper understanding of the “standard of proof” help someone overcome their skepticism? This clip is excerpted from a Sunday morning service at Woodlands Church in Woodlands, Texas.

To see more interview videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.

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