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August 19, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The U.S. Justice Department halted a decade-long experiment of hiring private companies to help manage the soaring prison population, sending shares of facility operators Corrections Corp. of America and GEO Group Inc. plunging.

Some couples-generally those with one person who earns far more than the other-will see their tax bills fall after marriage. But for two well-paid professionals, tax bills can soar post-marriage, as their combined incomes put them in the highest tax brackets. And well-off couples just got another financial incentive to cancel the wedding. Unmarried couples can now deduct effectively twice as much of their mortgage and home interest on their tax returns, thanks to a change this month by the Internal Revenue Service.

Free health care for all, a $757 monthly stipend for college students and robust safety nets for the less fortunate all cost money – Denmark devotes slightly more than 30 percent of its gross domestic product to social spending, one of the highest levels in the rich world.

AP Top Stories

Flood waters receded in much of southern Louisiana on Wednesday, after a days-long deluge that inundated vast areas, claimed at least 11 lives and impacted some 40,000 homes.

A 29-year-old Wisconsin man died on his family’s farm after fumes from a cow manure pit mixed with unusual weather conditions to form a “deadly dome of air,” authorities said. Michael Biadasz died after becoming overwhelmed by gases emanating from the waste repository, the coroner ruled.

The brazen kidnapping of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s son has unleashed fears of a new war between rival cartels in the violence-weary country.

The U.N. envoy for Syria says the United Nations will “count on” Moscow to help ensure that Russia-backed forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad will hold to a hoped-for 48-hour pause in fighting in Aleppo.

Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charitable foundation hired the security firm FireEye to examine its data systems after seeing indications they might have been hacked, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has dismissed suggestions that the influx of refugees over the past year brought Islamic extremism to Germany. Merkel said that “the phenomenon of Islamist terrorism by IS isn’t a phenomenon that came to us with the refugees, it’s one that we had before too.”

Federal police executed at least 22 people on a ranch last year, then moved bodies and planted guns to corroborate the official account that the deaths happened in a gunbattle, Mexico’s human rights commission said Thursday.

Seven Chicago police officers should be fired for filing false reports in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014, the police superintendent said Thursday, in a move aimed at repairing the reputation of a department dogged by decades of cover-ups and scandal.

Federal prosecutors are investigating whether a Massachusetts town’s rejection of plans for a Muslim cemetery violated any civil rights. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said Thursday the prosecutors will examine whether the town of Dudley violated the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester’s right to religious exercise.

Target cut its profit forecast and a key sales outlook Wednesday as it saw fewer customers in its stores and acknowledged it didn’t push the second part of its “Expect More, Pay Less” slogan.

Physical gold demand in Asia improved modestly this week as consumers returned to the market ahead of upcoming festivals in India and China when demand is usually high.

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Aerial photos have been released showing Islamic State (IS) militants using civilians as shields to escape the northern Syrian town of Manbij.

The German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, has called for a partial ban on the burka, a day after saying a full ban might not be constitutional. He said the burka did not fit in with Germany’s open society and showing the face was essential to social cohesion.

The UN has finally acknowledged it played a role in an outbreak of cholera in Haiti in 2010 that has since killed about 10,000 people in the country. Scientific studies have shown that Nepalese UN troops were the source of the disease – but the UN repeatedly denied responsibility until now.

Australia has blocked the sale of Ausgrid, the country’s biggest energy grid, to two Chinese companies over security concerns.

When the weather is hot, zebra finches in Australia sing to their eggs – and these “incubation calls” change the chicks’ development, a study has found. The surprising discovery suggests that the birds are preparing their offspring for warm conditions after they hatch.

China’s internet regulator has demanded stricter controls over the popular practice of live streaming, as part of a range of new requirements for sites. As well as asking sites to step up control of live broadcasts, the Cyberspace Administration of China wants the content monitored full-time. It is the latest move by authorities to clamp down on what it sees as “inappropriate” content online.

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Two independent sources told EurActiv.com that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara.

Princeton has become no man’s land. The famed Ivy League institution rolled out a series of gender-neutral terms aimed at removing the word “man” and other male-leaning language from official school material.

A Native-American autistic man says an Obama appointee in the Department of Education called him a “weetard,” spat on him and savagely beat him – to the point where he needed three surgeries – because he wore a Washington Redskins sweater.


Top News – 8/19/2016

Earthquake rattles three Caribbean islands
An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.0 rattled three Caribbean islands on Friday but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said that the quake, which occurred at 3:21 am (Trinidad time) occurred near the French island of Guadeloupe, Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda.

Did This Climate Alarmist Just Admit His Own Position Is Propaganda?
In attempting to explain how science works to ignorant climate change skeptics, a climate alarmist unwittingly revealed his own ignorance of basic philosophy. He took a story about people being unwilling to see the truth through propaganda and argued that it proves his point that we should all believe the propaganda.

The Real Captain America: Bioengineering the Super Soldiers of Tomorrow
Current science has illuminated several key areas to increase physical performance through gene doping. These include, endurance, strength, pain tolerance, improved energy levels and enhanced vascularity. Each of these areas have benefit to the warfighter.

Fire near Santa Barbara scorches 500 acres
A new wildfire has ignited near Santa Barbara scorching more than 500 acres and causing evacuations in just a few hours, authorities said Thursday.

Just the FBI’s Notes on Hillary Clinton’s Investigation Require Top Security
Her claims that she didn’t jeopardize national security are running out of air.

Zika virus could have Alzheimer’s-like effect in adults
Zika can “wreak havoc” on the brains of adults and cause major, lasting damage, according to a new study. The research could overthrow the assumption that the virus is only of major worry to pregnant women.

UN admits involvment in introducing cholera to Haiti
Following inadequate sewage treatment at UN base, cholera was introduced into Haiti’s biggest river in 2010 resulting in the sickening of 800,000 people; UN cites diplomatic immunity in protection from legal action.

Alleged NSA data dump contain hacking tools rarely seen
A stolen cache of files that may belong to the National Security Agency contains genuine hacking tools that not only work, but show a level of sophistication rarely seen, according to security researchers. That includes malware that can infect a device’s firmware and persist, even if the operating system is reinstalled.

Obama’s Lie Revealed as State Department Admits $400 Million to Iran Was Prisoner Ransom
The U.S. State Department on Thursday confirmed that the $400 million payment to Iran was contingent on the release of several American prisoners in Iran last January. The confirmation by the State Department comes following a report by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that gave new details on the U.S.-Iran money exchange.

‘Radically rewritten’ bacterial genome unveiled
The scientists replaced 7 of its 64 genetic codons — sequences that code for amino acids — with others that produce the same components…it is a major step in the push to engineer organisms with new properties,… They say the work also serves as a prototype for the Human Genome Project—Write, in which scientists aim to synthesize a human genome.

Hebrew Nation Radio: Lutheran Church’s Rejection of Israel Brought Louisiana Flooding Catastrophe
After historic flooding devastated Louisiana this week, a Hebrew Roots radio station suggested that the statewide disaster could be understood as divine retribution for anti-Israel resolutions passed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) in New Orleans last weekend. “I think you can connect the dots,” wrote a news editor for Hebrew Nation Radio in an article about the flooding. “There is a measure for measure principle here.”

Huge Hack Exposes Soros’s War on Israel
The leaks shed new light on the intensity of Soros’s animus against the Jewish state. One of the Open Society Foundations’ aims was to “challeng[e] Israel’s racist and anti-democratic policies” and subvert its image as a democracy in the international arena.

5.8-Magnitude Quake Rocks Australia
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake rattled Australia’s central and north Queensland on Thursday, officials said. Geoscience Australia said the earthquake struck off the coast of Bowen about 2.30 p.m.(local time), ABC Australia news reported.

Massive 7.3 magnitude earthquake rocks British islands
A 7.3 magnitude earthquake is described as “very strong” by seismologists. The quake struck the South Georgia island region at a depth of about 10 kilometres, according to the USGS. The islands host a British Antarctic research station – around 1,500 miles east of the Falklands.

Japan eyes fighter drone, seeks record defense budget amid China assertiveness
Japan aims to develop a prototype drone fighter jet in two decades with private sector help in a technology strategy that focuses on weapons communications and lasers… The plan will be announced this month…as tension rises in the East China Sea and North Korea steps up its missile threat, government officials with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Illegal Migrants from Terror-Linked Countries Surging at Southern Border
U.S. officials are trying to establish closer cooperation with various Latin American nations to combat an increase in the number of illegal migrants from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East attempting to sneak into the United States. Between October 2015 and May 2016, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency…detained 5,350 African and Asian migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to Reuters.

THREAT OF WAR Fears of all-out conflict in Ukraine as sabre-rattling Vladimir Putin places 40,000 troops and armoured vehicles along the border
AS many as 40,000 Russian troops are massing on the country’s border with Ukraine – prompting fears of a new military invasion. The Pentagon has identified eight staging areas dotted along the border, suggesting Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is preparing for new incursions.

Satellite images used to predict poverty
Researchers have combined satellite imagery with AI to predict areas of poverty across the world. There’s little reliable data on local incomes in developing countries, which hampers efforts to tackle the problem. A team from Stanford University were able to train a computer system to identify impoverished areas from satellite and survey data in five African countries.

UN admits role in Haiti’s deadly cholera outbreak
The UN has finally acknowledged it played a role in an outbreak of cholera in Haiti in 2010 that has since killed about 10,000 people in the country. Scientific studies have shown that Nepalese UN troops were the source of the disease – but the UN repeatedly denied responsibility until now. …But the UN still says it is protected by diplomatic immunity from claims for compensation from victims’ families.

Terror deaths in Western Europe at highest level since 2004
The start of 2016 saw the highest number of terrorism deaths in Western Europe since 2004, BBC research has revealed. The first seven months of the year saw 143 deaths, which is also the second worst start to the year since 1980. The Madrid train bombings in March 2004 left 191 people dead.

Islamic State takes responsibility for Moscow police attack
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a traffic police post outside Moscow on Wednesday in which both attackers were killed, calling it revenge for Russia’s aerial bombing campaign in Syria. The militant group made the claim via the Amaq news agency…and released a video in which the purported attackers said they wanted to take revenge for Russia killing Muslims in the Middle East.

Zika infection may affect adult brain cells
Concerns over the Zika virus have focused on pregnant women due to mounting evidence that it causes brain abnormalities in developing fetuses. However, new research in mice from scientists at The Rockefeller University and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology suggests that certain adult brain cells may be vulnerable to infection as well. Among these are populations of cells that serve to replace lost or damaged neurons throughout adulthood, and are also thought to be critical to learning and memory.

China says navy carries out drills in Sea of Japan
China’s navy has carried out drills in the Sea of Japan, the Chinese military’s official newspaper said on Friday, describing the exercises as routine and done in accordance with international law and practice.

Turkish media all in on anti-Americanism, says killer Scott Peterson involved in coup
As Turkey presses the Obama administration to hand over a Pennsylvania-based cleric, claiming he spearheaded last month’s coup attempt, the Muslim nation’s media is pointing an accusatory finger at a respected American academic — and in a bizarre twist, an infamous San Quentin death-row inmate convicted of killing his wife.

Dr. Drew ‘Gravely Concerned’ About Hillary Clinton’s Health After Viewing Records (Audio)
Dr. Drew Pinsky is “gravely concerned” about Hillary Clinton’s health — as well as what he believes is her highly antiquated health care. After evaluating her medical records with friend Dr. Robert Huizenga — yes, the guy from “The Biggest Loser” — Pinsky called the Democratic presidential candidate’s treatment “1950-level care.”

PA: There’s no proof of Jewish existence in Jerusalem
Adnan al-Husayni, the Minister of Jerusalem Affairs in the Palestinian Authority (PA) government, on Thursday accused Jewish organizations of preparing plans to demolish the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and to establish an “imaginary” Holy Temple in its place.

Turkey’s Erdogan links coup suspects, PKK to bomb attacks
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused followers of a U.S.-based Islamic cleric he blames for last month’s coup attempt of being complicit in attacks by Kurdish militants in Turkey’s southeast which killed 10 people.

‘Firenadoes’ rage in California as blaze menaces 82,000
Weary firefighters Thursday battled a raging inferno that was threatening the homes of more than 82,000 people in southern California and sent flaming “firenadoes” tearing across the brush.


Frontrunning: August 19

  • European shares, oil ease as markets return to Fed-watching (Read More)
  • Brent crude slides, but on track for third week of gains (Read More)
  • Rio 2016: Lochte’s Teammates, USOC Join With Police in Discrediting Robbery Story (Read More)
  • OPEC Freeze Wouldn’t Be So Potent as Gulf Rivals Pump More (Read More)
  • Hackers targeted Trump campaign, Republican Party groups (Read More)
  • Key Figure in 1MDB Probe Is Arrested in Abu Dhabi (Read More)
  • VW’s German Production Grinding to Halt Over Spat With Supplier (Read More)
  • NBC’s $12 Billion Olympics Bet Stumbles, Thanks to Millennials (Read More)
  • Ukrainian MP offers more details on alleged payments to Trump campaign chief (Read More)
  • Viacom, Sumner Redstone Near Settlement Ousting CEO Philippe Dauman (Read More)
  • Merkel sees no end to EU sanctions against Russia (Read More)
  • Gap Faces a World That Doesn’t Want to Be Normal Anymore (Read More)
  • Dividends Eat Up Bigger Slice of Company Profits (Read More)
  • Chicago Schools Step Back From Brink Ahead of Bond-Market Return (Read More)
  • Monte dei Paschi CEO, former chairman under investigation (Read More)
  • Bank Mergers Heading for Seven-Year High, Pushed by Costly Rules (Read More)
  • Everybody Has a Plan for Fannie and Freddie But Nothing Gets Done (Read More)

Top Headlines – 8/19/2016

Russian builds up army near Ukraine border amid new Crimea tensions

Ukraine President warns of conflict escalation, possible ‘martial law’

Turkey’s Erdogan links coup suspects, PKK to bomb attacks

Turkish media all in on anti-Americanism, says killer Scott Peterson involved in coup

U.S. Concedes $400 Million Payment to Iran Was Delayed as Prisoner ‘Leverage’

Syrian Kurds blame regime attacks on Iran and Turkey

Syrian Government and Russia Are Accused of Using Napalm-Like Bombs

Inside Syria’s prisons, where an estimated 17,723 have died since 2011

Photos show IS militants fleeing Manbij with ‘human shields’

India to tap Israeli radar tech to thwart terrorism in volatile Kashmir

Abbas no longer opposed to Cairo peace summit – report

“Dangerous precedent for free speech”: NJ Gov. Chris Christie signs law punishing boycotts of Israel

PA: There’s no proof of Jewish existence in Jerusalem

Four dead in Nablus as Palestinian police battle gunmen

Suicide bombers hit Libyan troops in Sirte, kill at least 10

South Sudan government accused of recruiting child soldiers

Feds to Investigate Town’s Rejection of Muslim Cemetery

Leaked Board Documents: Soros Organization Tried To Influence Supreme Court Ruling On Illegal Immigration

Hacked Memo: George Soros Lobbied Obama To Accept 100,000 Refugees Per Year – and Succeeded

Report: Illegal Migrants from Terror-Linked Countries Surging at Southern Border

Twitter: We suspended 360K accounts over ‘violent extremism’

Alleged NSA data dump contains powerful, rarely seen hacking tools

FBI documents viewed in secure areas of the U.S. Capitol

Report: Clinton told FBI Colin Powell advised her to use personal email

Dr. Drew ‘Gravely Concerned’ About Hillary Clinton’s Health After Viewing Records

Report: Great Britain team member robbed at gunpoint in Rio

Police say Ryan Lochte, swimmers lied about alleged robbery

US apologises for swimmers’ ‘unacceptable behaviour’

US: North Korea shrinks warning time for nuclear attack on America

7.4 magnitude earthquake hits near the South Georgia Island region

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern East Pacific Rise

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near the South Georgia Island region

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

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

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near the South Georgia Island region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

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

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft

Chikurachki volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 10,000ft

Dukono volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Tropical Storm Kay Forms in Pacific Off Mexico’s Coast

Tropical Storm Fiona strengthens, but is not expected to affect land

Storm to batter Britain: 1,500-mile-wide Atlantic storm will bring early autumn to Britain as 55mph winds and rain expected

Advocate editorial: Vacation or not, a hurting Louisiana needs you now, President Obama

Obama golfs with Larry David at Martha’s Vineyard

Flashback: Obama ripped Bush’s ‘unconscionable ineptitude’ during Hurricane Katrina

Hebrew Nation Radio: Lutheran Church’s Rejection of Israel Brought Louisiana Flooding Catastrophe

Homes burn, thousands flee as out-of-control brush fire chars more than 31,000 acres in Cajon Pass

‘Firenadoes’ are striking east of Los Angeles

As people flee disasters, is this what climate change looks like?

New Zealand launches water supply inquiry after thousands fall sick

U.N. takes responsibility for role in Haiti cholera epidemic

Zika now spreading in Miami Beach, sources say

Zika infection may affect adult brain cells

2 Zika awareness billboards showing condom removed amid controversy

Judge Permanently Blocks Parts Of Florida Law That Cut State Funding To Planned Parenthood

Someone Decided to Make a Smart Sex Toy… and Then Someone Hacked It

Is Hayden a Boy or Girl? Both. ‘Post-Gender’ Baby Names Are on the Rise.

Same-Sex Couples More Likely to Ask Presbyterian Pastors to Marry Them

How the trend for ‘Facebragging’ could be fuelling divorce

Over 1,000 Christians Protest Against Satanic Black Mass in Oklahoma City


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BREAKING – Massive fire engulfs London tower block, residents still feared inside

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 08:49 AM PDT

We are receiving reports coming in that a massive fire has broken out in London resulting in Twelve fire engines and 80 firefighters to battle a…

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Russia drill calls for ‘NATO’ soldiers to ‘lay down arms, stop being pawns’…

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 08:41 AM PDT

Russian troops were allegedly on the hunt for NATO soldiers during a mission in the northwest of the country. However, there is no need to…

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Scientists Propose How To Survive “Zombie Outbreak”

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 08:37 AM PDT

Now we have scientists going over the methods of a hypothetical scenario involving a “Zombie Apocalypse”. So just in case we see one n the…

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Chinese Navy holds deep-sea combat drills in Sea of Japan amid mounting tensions

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 08:19 AM PDT

It appears all the players are flexing their muscles in the south China Sea Region and now reports indicate that China’s navy has carried out…

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BREAKING NEWS: Trump’s Campaign Manager Resigns Amid More Questions of Ukrainian Political Ties

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 08:11 AM PDT

Wea re receiving a breaking news alert that Donald Trump’s campaign chairman and chief strategist Paul Manafort has just resigned. The Republican nominee confirmed Manafort’s…

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Why Did The U.S. Just Move nukes from Turkey to Romania?

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 08:05 AM PDT

Two independent sources told EurActiv.com that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between…

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Uproar over Franklin Graham Appearance at Vancouver event

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 08:01 AM PDT

Not everyone is excited about Franklin Graham’s soon arrival to Vancouver. In fact a report is indicating that Metro Vancouver Christians are colliding over the…

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‘Super Lice’ Spreads To 48 States…

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 07:56 AM PDT

The recent “Super Lice” outbreak seems to be spreading throughout America rather quickly and is now reported to be in at least 48 states. But health…

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Hillary told FBI Colin Powell advised her to use personal email!

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 07:52 AM PDT

Well if the pressure gets to be too much you can always do what most people do and start pointing the finger somewhere else. Now…

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DEVELOPING: Mystery Lights Continue Over San Diego…

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 07:42 AM PDT

The mysterious lights are continuing in San Diego, California and have residents uneasy.  The recent occurrence was a reported Bright flash that lit up parts…

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Illegal Migrants from Terror-Linked Countries Surging at Southern Border

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 06:29 AM PDT

A shocking report coming from Breitbart news this morning is indicating that U.S. officials are trying to establish closer cooperation with various Latin American nations…

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DEVELOPING: TB Outbreak Spreading In Swedish Refugee Centers

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 06:26 AM PDT

A once nearly eradicated disease is making a quick comeback! According to a new report coming out of Sweden, The number of reported cases of…

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Santiaguito Volcano Erupts Spewing Ash 13,000ft in Guatemala

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 06:19 AM PDT

We are receiving reports that Santiaguito volcano has erupted spewing a column of volcanic ash and steam that rose to 13,000 feet over the Guatemalan…

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China Sides With Russia In Syrian War, Will Provide “Aid And Military Training” To Assad

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 06:13 AM PDT

Look who’s joining forces with Russia and Syria! Could this spell bad news for the United States in the near future? Ever since the return…

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Zika in Miami Beach may threaten $24 Billion tourism industry

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 06:04 AM PDT

Florida may be catching more than a virus from a mosquito. According to a new report coming out the cost of the Zika spreading in…

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Radiologist Claims Hillary Clinton Has a “Serious Underlying Disease”

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 05:58 AM PDT

Board-certified diagnostic radiologist Dr. Milton R. Wolf says that Hillary Clinton has a “serious underlying disease” that her campaign is hiding from the American people….

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Powerful 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Southern Atlantic Ocean…

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 05:56 AM PDT

The USGS is reporting that A powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake has shaken the southern Atlantic Ocean early Friday with an epicenter 195 miles (316 kilometers) from…

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China building ‘death drone’ cruise missiles guided by artificial intelligence…

Posted: 19 Aug 2016 05:51 AM PDT

China is developing a new range of killer cruise missiles fitted with technology which will effectively turn them into killer robots. Dubbed “death drones”, the…

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DEVELOPING: Iowa Investigating Cause of Two Recent Fish Kills

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 07:39 PM PDT

Two fish kills in Iowa has prompted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to launch investigations in northwest Iowa.  According to the reports, Investigators were…

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Say Goodbye to Traditional Names, ‘Post-Gender’ Baby Names Are on the Rise.

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 07:29 PM PDT

You want a sign of the times we are living in? How about this headline? We have now come to a time when people are…

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Woman sets Guinness World Record with 17-month-long pregnancy

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 07:20 PM PDT

To all the women who think carrying a child for nine months of pregnancy is rough you may have got off easy because a report…

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Two Months Left Until Obama Gives Dictators Control of Internet

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 07:12 PM PDT

The internet as we know it may never be the same again after October of this year! President Barack Obama is determined to give away…

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Holy Spirit Overtakes Olympic Runner Who Gave Up the Gold

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 05:49 PM PDT

What an amazing an inspirational story this is! The two were rivals, but now their legacy of teamwork will become legendary. When Team USA’s Abbey…

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Naked Donald Trump statues pop up in cities across the U.S.

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 05:42 PM PDT

Life-size naked statues of the Republican presidential nominee greeted passers-by in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Cleveland on Thursday. They are the…

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Muslim inmate sues Indiana sheriff over halal diet

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 02:23 PM PDT

So much for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! A Muslim inmate is suing a central Indiana sheriff for denying him a diet that follows Islamic…

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Obama gets update on deadly Louisiana floods, heads back to golf course

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 02:20 PM PDT

Where’s the outrage? Not even the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy could pry President Obama away from the golf course Wednesday. With 11 people…

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Zika infection may affect adult brain cells

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 02:11 PM PDT

Concerns over the Zika virus have focused on pregnant women due to mounting evidence that it causes brain abnormalities in developing fetuses. However, new research…

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Hebrew Radio Station Suggests Louisiana Flooding “Divine Retribution” For Lutheran Church’s Rejection Of Israel

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 01:38 PM PDT

(By Abra Forman) After historic flooding devastated Louisiana this week, a Hebrew Roots radio station suggested that the statewide disaster could be understood as divine…

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DEVELOPING: US Moving Nukes Closer to Ukraine

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 01:16 PM PDT

Not only is Russia making big moves towards Ukraine but now it appears that the United States is now making their move. According to a…

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Obama Admin Admits $400M Payment Was Ransom

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 01:13 PM PDT

It appears that now the Obama Administration is back-peddling after vehemently denying that the recent exchange of $400 Million dollars to Iran was not a…

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Obama Set To Implement Federal Regulations To End Single-Sex Bathrooms on Federal Property

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 11:54 AM PDT

President Barack Obama’s deputies will insert a rule in federal regulations on Friday to prevent federal facilities from operating single-sex bathrooms. The rule in the…

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Louisiana Facing Historic flooding, Obama Nowhere To Be Found

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 11:46 AM PDT

Now that the flood waters ravaging Louisiana are receding, it’s time for President Barack Obama to visit the most anguished state in the union. Last…

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Louisiana Floods uproot caskets from graveyards

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 11:43 AM PDT

Coffins float eerily down a submerged road in Louisiana after severe flooding dislodged them from graveyards. At least four people have died and more than…

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This Destructive Spirit Is Destroying Destinies

Posted: 18 Aug 2016 11:07 AM PDT

(By Jennifer Leclaire) Less than a year ago I sounded the alarm about a destructive spirit that’s rising fast. It’s especially deceptive because the one…

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This ‘n’ That

  • Is C.S. Lewis a trojan horse for bad theology?
  • I don’t know what’s more fun about this: the (alleged) impromptu performance, or the fact that Dick Van Dyke was eating at Denny’s!
  • How does an 11-year old even buy a house?
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable (a unique one today).
  • Taking the mystery out of knowing God’s will:

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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When Sin Turns into an Affliction (Bunyan)

The Reformed Reader

Israel’s complaining and grumbling began early on in the wilderness years. In fact, if my count is correct, they complained around 5 times in the first year or so after God rescued them from Egypt.  In one instance of their grumbling, God gave Israel what they whined for: meat to eat.  In fact, God said to Israel, “You will eat it [meat] for a whole month until you gag and are sick of it” (Num. 11:20 NLT).

In their hearts, the people of Israel craved, coveted, and longed for the things of Egypt.  This was such a deep heart issue that they wouldn’t listen to God’s word nor would they remember his promise and his provision.  John Bunyan commented on this deep-rooted sinful craving:

But now, how shall this man be reclaimed from this sin? How shall he be brought, wrought, and made, to be out of love with…

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Does Christ Want Us to Give Everything?

Luke 21:1-4

Code: B160819

by Jeremiah Johnson

Sometimes you know what the sermon is going to be before the pastor even says a word. Certain Bible stories and Scripture passages naturally lead to familiar principles and well-worn applications. It’s not always easy to fight off that arrogant “Been There, Done That” feeling—especially for those of us who grew up in the church.

This passage from Luke’s gospel might prompt a similar response at first glance. Luke records a familiar vignette from the days leading up to Christ’s arrest and execution.

And [Jesus] looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1-4)

You might expect a sermon on that passage to be a short treatise on self-denial, selflessness, humility, sacrificial giving, or vows of poverty—or some other point that is routinely wrung out of those verses. But as John MacArthur explains in his commentary on Luke’s gospel, those meanings and applications are utterly foreign to what is commonly known as the story of “The Widow’s Mites.”

All those ideas, however, are imposed on the narrative; Jesus drew no principle regarding giving from her behavior. The text does not record that He condemned the rich for their giving, or commended the widow for hers. There is no judgment made regarding the true nature of her act, nor is anything said about her attitude, or the spirit in which her gift was given. Since Jesus made no point about giving, neither should the interpreter. [1] John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Luke 18-24 (Chicago: Moody Publishers 2014), 168.

That might come as a shock to you—it certainly did to me when I first heard John’s sermon on this passage (titled “Abusing the Poor”). But in spite of seemingly universal agreement that this brief passage applies to the act and attitude of our giving, that’s simply not the point of the story.

It is not, as many suggest, a sweet little sidebar about God’s pleasure in our self-sacrifice. If it was, that meaning would be explicit in Christ’s words. It is simply bad hermeneutics to infer, suppose, or jump to conclusions about the point of this passage that extend beyond Christ’s recorded words.

Moreover, if you’re determined to make these verses a lesson about giving—that is, if you interpret Christ’s statement as an affirmation of the widow’s gift—the only legitimate point you can draw from the text is that God wants you to give absolutely everything you have, and resign yourself to a life of destitution. And we know that’s not biblical, because God’s Word is clear elsewhere about the importance of being a good steward with your money.

In fact, the only instance when Christ ever told anyone to give away everything they had was during His conversation with the rich young ruler (Matthew 19:21). And we know that the Lord’s words were not a prescription for an alternate means of salvation or a pattern for giving, but a test of the young man’s true affections.

So if this anecdote from Luke’s gospel has nothing to do with giving, what is the point? Why did Luke and the Holy Spirit include it in this gospel account?

The first step to making sense of Luke 21:1-4 is to understand that these verses do not represent a change of topic or train of thought—that they belong in the immediate context of everything Christ said before and after the widow deposited her offering.

We need to remind ourselves from time to time that, while the words of Scripture were directly inspired by the Holy Spirit, the chapter and verse numbers are not. In this case, the chapter break inserts a speed bump into Luke’s gospel that the apostle never intended. The verses immediately prior (Luke 20:45-47) contain Christ’s scathing critique and condemnation on the Jewish religious elite.

And while all the people were listening, He said to the disciples, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets, who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”

And who were the scribes? Here’s how John MacArthur explains their place in first-century Israel:

Not all Pharisees were scribes, but the scribes were primarily Pharisees, who were interpreters and teachers of the law of Moses and the traditional rabbinic writings. Their teaching provided the theological framework for the Pharisees’ legalistic system of works-righteousness. The scribes were the dominant force in Judaism, not only theologically, but socially. Their views affected every aspect of life, and they also handled all legal matters, including property, estates, and contracts. They were revered, and given the respectful title of Rabbi (Matthew 23:7). [2] The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Luke 18-24, 163.

The influence the scribes wielded was corrupted on several fronts, and their hypocrisy infected the entire nation. Christ’s criticism emphasized several examples of their overweening pride. But their corruption wasn’t limited to haughtiness and self-promotion. As John MacArthur explains,

[Jesus also exposed] a more sinister aspect of their hypocrisy—their rapacious greed that led them to prey on the most defenseless members of society. That the scribes would stoop so low as to “devour widows’ houses” graphically illustrates the intense desire for wealth that characterizes false teachers (cf. Micah 3:5, 11; 2 Peter 2:1-3, 14). . . . The Old Testament teaches that widows are to be protected and cared for (Exodus 22:22; Deuteronomy 10:18; 14:29; 24:17-21; 27:19; Psalm 68:5; 146:9; Proverbs 15:25; Isaiah 1:17; Jeremiah 22:3; Zechariah 7:10), but the scribes consumed their meager resources. They took advantage of their hospitality, cheated them out of their estates, mismanaged their property, and took their houses as pledges for debts that they could never repay. [3] The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Luke 18-24, 166.

The moment Jesus finished denouncing the scribes for “devouring widows’ houses” (Luke 20:47), His audience saw the reality of His words borne out in vivid, tragic detail. The widow’s offering was a devastating illustration of the wicked religious system Christ had just condemned. Through her final offering, this widow succumbed to an institutionalized scheme of works-righteousness that had bled her dry. In fact, it likely killed her, as Scripture tells us she gave up “all that she had to live on” (Luke 21:4) in her last-ditch effort to obtain a blessing.

In that sense, her gift was not an example for us to follow but a warning about how false religion preys on people.

As the story of this widow reveals, deceptive, self-righteous religion preys on the weak, the desperate, and the defenseless. Far from being pleased with her giving, Jesus was angry that the so-called worship she had bought into had taken her last cent. The Lord would go on to pronounce judgment on that very apostate Judaism in the next section. [See Luke 21:5-6; and for a more in-depth study of Christ’s condemnation, see John MacArthur’s sermon “Abusive Religion.”]

Money has always been at the heart of satanic religion (cf. Luke 16:14; 19:46; 1 Peter 5:2), consequently abuse of the poor by false religious systems has continued from our Lord’s day to our own. [4] The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Luke 18-24, 170.

The corruption of first-century Judaism ought to sound familiar to us. Countless men and women today likewise give what little money they have—and often more than they can afford—to prosperity preachers, faith healers, and other religious hucksters in search of physical and financial blessings. Christian television is dominated by ministries that make outrageous promises of health and wealth if viewers will only first “sow a seed” of financial faith into their coffers. But the only ones who ever get rich are the vile false teachers themselves, while more and more people fall for their lies.

Just as Christ warned His disciples about the danger the scribes presented, we need to be bold and faithful about calling out the wolves who prey on people in God’s name. We need to be clear about what God’s Word says in all matters, and what it doesn’t—leaving these charlatans no room to operate their blasphemous Ponzi schemes.

That’s the lesson we need to take away from the story of this widow—that God’s people cannot idly stand by while false teachers twist the truth and line their pockets in God’s name. We need to be outraged when wolves attempt to fleece God’s flock. And we need to protect and care for those who are most susceptible to their lies.


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Two gates, two ways, two destinations

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

13 Εἰσέλθατε διὰ τῆς στενῆς πύλης· ὅτι πλατεῖα ἡ πύλη καὶ εὐρύχωρος ἡ ὁδὸς ἡ ἀπάγουσα εἰς τὴν ἀπώλειαν καὶ πολλοί εἰσιν οἱ εἰσερχόμενοι διʼ αὐτῆς· 14 τί στενὴ ἡ πύλη καὶ τεθλιμμένη ἡ ὁδὸς ἡ ἀπάγουσα εἰς τὴν ζωὴν καὶ ὀλίγοι εἰσὶν οἱ εὑρίσκοντες αὐτήν. Matthew 7:13-14 (NA28)

13 Go in through the narrow gate; because wide is the gate and broad is the way leading to destruction and many are those going in through it. 14 How narrow the gate and how hard is the way that leads to life and few are the ones finding it! Matthew 7:13-14 (translated from NA28 the Greek text)

It has been said that no prophet preached about Hell as much as our Lord Jesus Christ. It is also true that His preaching would be considered “divisive” and “offensive” in today’s politically correct culture. However, I seriously doubt that if…

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