Daily Archives: August 30, 2016

August 30, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Aug. 30, 2016 |


The U.S. will hit its goal of taking in 10,000 refugees from Syria on Monday, a month ahead of the deadline set by President Barack Obama.

Two senior North Korean officials were executed with an anti-aircraft gun in early August on the orders of Kim Jong Un. Ri Yong Jin, a senior official in the education ministry was arrested for dozing off during a meeting with Kim and charged with corruption before being killed. If true, it would mark the first executions ordered by Kim from outside his party or the military.

Apple was ordered to pay a record $14.5 billion plus interest after the European Commission said Ireland illegally slashed the iPhone maker’s tax bill, in a crackdown on fiscal loopholes that also risks inflaming tensions with the U.S. Treasury.

Explorers in 2015 discovered only about a tenth as much oil as they have annually on average since 1960. This year, they’ll probably find even less, spurring new fears about their ability to meet future demand.

Last Wednesday, Starwood’s tech-centric hotel brand, Aloft, unveiled its top-secret “Project Jetson.” Now, for the first time, hotel guests can talk to their rooms, thanks to the help of Apple’s ubiquitous voice-powered assistant, Siri.

U.S. highway fatalities spiked to 35,092 last year on the highest one-year increase in the tally since 1966, the Transportation Department said. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is attributing the 7.2 percent increase in deaths on the highways to more driving due to job growth and lower gas prices as well as more driving by young people. Drunk driving, speeding and distraction from phones and other devices are contributing the the alarming increase.

Republican voters in Arizona and Florida are expected to pick Senators John McCain and Marco Rubio as their respective U.S. Senate nominees when they go to the polls on Tuesday.

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The U.S. on Monday urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. But Turkey’s president vowed to press ahead with the military operation until the IS and Kurdish Syrian fighters no longer pose a security threat to Ankara.

The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials.

One woman was killed and four people were injured last week after a truck carrying Takata airbag parts exploded in Texas, wiping out both the vehicle and a nearby home.

German federal prosecutors said Monday they had brought charges against a 16-year-old girl who allegedly stabbed a policeman in February in an operation for the Islamic State jihadist group.

On Sunday, the simulation ended. Six scientists have completed a yearlong Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in a dome in near isolation. For the past year, the group in the dome on a Mauna Loa mountain could go outside only while wearing spacesuits.

More parents are refusing to vaccinate their children now than a decade ago, but the reasons for refusals have changed, a new study suggests. Parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids are now more likely to say their reason is that they do not see a need for vaccination, the researchers found.

Afghan Special Forces have rescued a kidnapped Australian aid worker, officials said on Monday, four months after she was taken at gunpoint in the country’s volatile east.

Turkish air strikes in north Syria killed 25 Kurdish militants, the Turkish military said on Sunday, the fifth day of a cross-border campaign launched alongside its Syrian rebel allies that aims to strike at Kurdish forces and Islamic State.

A South African hotelier said Monday he had picked up a piece of aircraft wreckage off the Mozambican coast in the latest possible find of debris from the missing MH370 flight.

Elementary school students attended school in Sandy Hook on Monday for the first time since a shooting rampage there killed 20 first-graders and six educators. It was a great and uneventful day for the just under 400 students at the new 86,000-square-foot Sandy Hook Elementary School, which was built to replace the one torn down after the December 2012 shooting.


Rules over how female students wear their hair at a South African high school have been suspended after anti-racism protests from black pupils, a local minister said.

About 6,500 migrants have been rescued off Libya, the Italian coastguard says, in one of the biggest operations of its kind to date.

A car driven by a suicide bomber has exploded after ramming the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, officials said.

The US says fighting between Turkey, pro-Turkish rebels and Kurdish-aligned forces in northern Syria is “unacceptable” and must stop.


President Obama is prepared to enter into the Paris climate accord as early as this week even though Republicans have insisted that the pact must be ratified by the Senate.

The Veterans Affairs Department quietly moved this month to ban flying of Confederate flags from fixed flagpoles at the cemeteries it runs, striking yet another blow against the controversial emblem. Congress had debated and rejected that change, but the Obama administration decided to move forward anyway, saying it was unilaterally imposing the restrictions.

A man was stopped by a Clemson University administrator for praying on campus, telling him and a Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) activist that “this is not a designated free speech area,” and asking them to leave the area.

Top News – 8/30/2016

Is CNN Altering Trump’s Tweets?
On Sunday, CNN decided to remove a specific word from one of Trump’s posts regarding Hillary Clinton. The word “Crooked” in “Crooked Hillary Clinton” was completely omitted from a tweet displayed on screen and read on air by anchor Jim Sciutto. Trump had originally written: “I think that both candidates, Crooked Hillary and myself, should release detailed medical records.

World not prepared for biological attacks, new technology threats: Ban Ki-moon Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/53842303
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has sounded an alarm that the world is not prepared to face the threats from biological attacks while the Interpol and experts warned about the dangers of terrorists using 21st century technologies to wreak unprecedented levels of mass destruction.

U.S. Army Fears Major War Likely Within Five Years — But Lacks The Money To Prepare
What’s focusing the minds of U.S. Army leaders right now is the fear that they will be in a major war within five years. They know they’ll be fighting terrorists and insurgents for the foreseeable future, but what really preoccupies them is the likely return of large-scale conventional conflict — maybe with Russia in Eastern Europe, or Iran in the Middle East, or North Korea in Northeast Asia. Maybe in all three places.

Unlike the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick, Frederick Douglass Loved ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’
National Football League player Colin Kaepernick created a stir on Friday when he refused to stand for the national anthem at the start of a preseason game. Douglass…encouraged black Americans to sign up and fight for the Union under the American flag during the Civil War, played a crucial role in recruitment efforts, and convinced many former slaves to serve in the military and embrace the United States as the vessel—not the thwarter of freedom.

Tropical storm warning issued for North Carolina
A tropical storm warning was issued for parts of North Carolina as Tropical Depression 8 moves near the East Coast. The warning was issued Monday for portions of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, meaning tropical storm-force winds will be possible on Tuesday. Tropical Depression 8 is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm….

North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un ‘brutally executes two top ministers in public’
UNHINGED North Korean despot Kim Jong-un has brutally executed two officials for disobeying his orders as part of a high-level purge, sources say. They are the latest in a string of slaughters carried out at the bequest of the 32-year-old tyrant and the victims are said to be agriculture minister Hwang Min and Ri Yong Jin, a senior official at the education ministry.

George Soros’ quiet overhaul of the U.S. justice system
Progressives have zeroed in on electing prosecutors as an avenue for criminal justice reform, and the billionaire financier is providing the cash to make it happen. The billionaire financier has channeled more than $3 million into seven local district attorney campaigns in six states over the past year — a sum that exceeds the total spent on the 2016 presidential campaign by all but a handful of rival super-donors.

The Weimar Triangle: Is There Any Chance to Bring the Tripartite Back to Life? Read more: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20160830/1044769825/weimar-tr
It is now 25 years since a trilateral cooperation group between Germany, France and Poland was created, and now the three founders have vowed to reinvigorate the format. Sputnik Polska talks to Polish politician Tadeusz Iwiński about the possibilities of reviving of the full-fledged alliance within the European Union.

FBI detects breaches against two state voter systems
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has found breaches in Illinois and Arizona’s voter registration databases and is urging states to increase computer security ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, according to a U.S. official familiar with the probe. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Monday that investigators were also seeking evidence of whether other states may have been targeted.

Los Latinos de California Gritan: Vote for Donald Trump!
Americans of diverse Hispanic descent are supporting Donald Trump. Undocumented Latino supporters for Donald Trump are coming out of the shadows. On August 28th in Anaheim California, they were definitely not hiding. Like other Californians, they are fed up with an entrenched, corrupted political class which has turned the Golden State into a sanctuary state for illegal aliens.

ISIS Suicide Bomber Tries to Kill Priest With Axe, Blow Up Hundreds of Christians at Indonesian Church
A teenage Islamic State terror group supporter attacked a Roman Catholic priest with an axe at a church in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra in Indonesia, but failed to set off explosives that could have killed hundreds of worshipers during Sunday mass. …”Police are interrogating the perpetrator… and will search his house for any bomb-making materials.”

France, joining German Econmy Min, urges halt to trade talks with U.S.
Current transatlantic trade talks should be halted and a new set started, France’s trade minister said on Tuesday, adding his voice to calls from within Germany for an end to the negotiations. Matthias Fekl said he would request a halt to negotiations with the United States over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on behalf of France at next month’s meeting of European Union trade ministers…

Leaked Soros Document Calls For Regulating Internet To Favor ‘Open Society’ Supporters
…George Soros’s Open Society Justice Initiative calls for international regulation of private actors’ decisions on “what information is taken off the Internet and what may remain.” Those regulations…should favor “those most supportive of open society.” …“The Open Society Justice Initiative uses law to protect and empower people around the world, supporting the values and work of the Open Society Foundations.”

Zika virus: Singapore confirms 41 locally transmitted cases
Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of the Zika virus which were locally transmitted. Most of those infected were foreign construction workers, and all lived or worked within the same region of the country, said the health ministry. None were known to have travelled to Zika-affected areas recently. Thirty-four people have fully recovered but seven are still in hospital.

Syria war: US warns over Turkish-Kurdish violence
The US says fighting between Turkey, pro-Turkish rebels and Kurdish-aligned forces in northern Syria is “unacceptable” and must stop. Clashes in places where so-called Islamic State (IS) was not present were a “source of deep concern”, the US envoy to the anti-IS coalition tweeted. Turkish forces have attacked what they say are Kurdish “terrorists” since crossing the border last week.

Chinese embassy blast: Car bomb attack in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
A car driven by a suicide bomber has exploded after ramming the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, officials say. The suicide bomber died and three embassy employees, all Kyrgyz nationals, were injured, Deputy PM Zhenish Razakov said. China’s foreign ministry condemned the bombing as an “extreme and violent attack”.

Thousands of migrants rescued off Libya
About 6,500 migrants have been rescued off Libya, the Italian coastguard says, in one of the biggest operations of its kind to date. Some 40 co-ordinated rescue missions took place about 20km (12 miles) off the Libyan town of Sabratha, it added. Video footage shows migrants, said to be from Eritrea and Somalia, cheering and some swimming to rescue vessels, while others carried babies aboard.

UN Security Council to convene ‘Arria-formula’ meeting on Israeli settlement building
The UN Security Council will hold a meeting on October 14 to address Israeli settlement building. News of the upcoming meeting emerged after UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov appeared in front of the Security Council on Monday and slammed Israel for continuing to build settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Greek ‘Thought Police’ Prosecute Bishop For (Accurately) Calling ‘Refugees’, “Illegal Migrants”
Greece is presently in the “coalmine” of an endless economic and immigration crisis. This month, for the first time, there was a request to activate an anti-racist law, passed in September 2014, against a Greek citizen who also has institutional status. The government asked the district attorney to prosecute the Bishop of Chios Island, Markos Vasilakis, because he dared to say, during a sermon, that the thousands of people who recently arrived from Turkey on the island of Chios are illegal migrants, and not Syrian refugees.

IS buried thousands in 72 mass graves, AP finds
Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, the young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening to the men in his family die. On the other side of the mountain, another survivor peered through binoculars as the handcuffed men of neighboring villages were shot and then buried by a waiting bulldozer. For six days he watched as the extremists filled one grave after another with his friends and relatives.

Pope Francis chats in person with Facebook CEO Zuckerberg
Pope Francis has met with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, at the Vatican. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke says one topic of discussion at Monday’s meeting was “how to use communication technologies to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and make a message of hope arrive, especially to those most in need.”

Baltimore Residents Beg Police To Protect Their Neighborhoods
As Justice Department civil rights lawyers held a meeting to talk about overhauling the Baltimore police department, another group of Baltimore residents gathered to beg the police to fix the crime in their neighborhoods.

‘Longest living human’ says he is ready for death at 145
Mbah Gotho, from Sragen in central Java, was born on December 31, 1870, according to the date of birth on his identity card. Now officials at the local record office say they have finally been able to confirm that remarkable date as genuine.

Largest Quakes to Hit Katla Volcano in Decades
Two earthquakes of magnitude 4.6 and 4.5 hit Katla volcano in Mýrdalsjökull glacier last night, followed by a series of aftershocks. These are the largest quakes to hit Katla since 1977, when a 5.1 earthquake was measured there. Two earthquake swarms occurred in the Katla caldera last night.

Top Headlines – 8/30/2016

  • EU demands Apple pay Ireland up to 13 billion euros in tax (Read More)
  • Dollar Advances as Treasuries Drop on Rate Outlook; Stocks Rise (Read More)
  • Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan hit by suspected suicide car bomb (Read More)
  • France, joining German Economy Minister, urges halt to trade talks with U.S. (Read More)
  • Euro zone monthly economic sentiment falls more than expected (Read More)
  • Japan’s Household Spending and Unemployment Fall in July (Read More)
  • At Ports, a Sign of Altered Supply Chains (Read More)
  • Food Price Deflation Cheers Consumers, Hurts Farmers, Grocers and Restaurants (Read More)
  • Fed’s Fischer says U.S. job market ‘very close’ to full strength (Read More)
  • Defiant Rousseff says Brazil’s democracy on trial with her (Read More)
  • Yuan Bears Emerge From Hibernation as Fed Imperils G-20 Calm (Read More)
  • Employers Find ‘Soft Skills’ Like Critical Thinking in Short Supply (Read More)
  • Can Assange and Denton revive the Wikileaks-Gawker revolution? (Read More)
  • Beneath Yuan’s Quiet, China Worries Rise (Read More)
  • Massachusetts Could Swap Time Zones for Later Winter Sunsets (Read More)
  • Fight for Syria’s Aleppo exposes limits of Russian air power (Read More)
  • Japan’s First Home-Made Jet Back in Hangar After Aborted Tests (Read More)

Amid talk of Obama peace push, Israel invokes his vow not to impose solution

Report: Netanyahu Warns Visiting US Delegation Against Lame-Duck Moves by Obama on Israel-Palestinian Track

UN says Israelis, Palestinians both imperil 2-state solution

Liberman said to rule out deal with Hamas for soldiers’ bodies

Palestinian authorities abuse journalists, activists, human rights group says

Lithuania town marks 75th anniversary of massacre of Jews

Polish soccer fans torch ‘Jewish’ effigies, fly banner calling for burning of Jews

3,000 year old treasures dated to the time of King David unveiled

Iran confrontations with US Navy double from last year, more frequent than thought

Iranians destroy US Navy with willpower in propaganda film

Khamenei: Our enemies will face a harsh response if they attack

Oil wells south of Mosul burn days after key town retaken

Fight for Syria’s Aleppo exposes limits of Russian air power

Obama and Erdogan to meet on sidelines of G20 summit

White House: Turkish push complicates front against ISIS

Islamic State Bombing Kills 54 Government Recruits in Yemen

ISIS Terrorists Infiltrating Canada, Suspected of Plotting Attacks

Canadian teachers instructed on how to combat ‘Islamophobia’

German prosecutors file terror charge against teenage girl

LAX returning to normal after panic due to unfounded shooter report

NKorea to Children: Protect Our Leader, Become ‘Five Million Nuclear Bombs’

North Korea publicly executes two officials: South Korean newspaper

White House says it sees a path to approval of Pacific trade deal

‘Fiscal crisis’ warning as deficits rise, debt set to hit $20T next year

Leaked Soros Document Calls For Regulating Internet To Favor ‘Open Society’ Supporters

FBI alert sparks fears that state voting systems are under digital assault

FBI detects breaches against two state voter systems

Russian hackers targeted Arizona election system

Driverless taxi firm eyes operations in 10 cities by 2020

New FAA commercial drone regulations go into effect

FAA Expects 600,000 Commercial Drones In The Air Within A Year

Lost heritage: Massive quake deals blow to Italy’s art treasures

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits North of Ascension Island

Magnitude-4.5 earthquake hits remote Northern California

Largest Quakes to Hit Katla Volcano in Decades

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

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

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 11,000ft

Lionrock to slam northern Japan with flooding rainfall through Tuesday

Tropical duo to threaten Hawaii into Labor Day weekend

North Carolina warily watching 2 tropical weather systems

Yet another tropical system may emerge as a post-Labor Day threat to Caribbean, US

11 years later, New Orleans remembers Katrina

Freak lightning bolts kill 300 reindeer in Norway

Obama will bypass Senate, ratify Paris climate accord himself during trip to China: report

Hunger grips thousands of new South Sudan refugees in Uganda

New ‘zombie’ drug may be emerging in Florida as flakka use declines

Doctors refusing to treat unvaccinated families get academy’s backing

Transgender Missouri inmate latest to push for hormone treatment

States, religious groups sue HHS over transgender treatment requirements

Anglicans consider new synod to oppose gay marriage

FBI’s massive porn sting puts internet privacy in crossfire

Women lining up for free sterilization in Venezuela as economic crisis deepens

Tension mounts across Venezuela as protesters gear up for Sept. 1 anti-Maduro rally

August most violent month in Chicago in 20 years

Baltimore reaches 200 homicides with man’s fatal stabbing

‘Longest living human’ says he is ready for death at 145

Top NASA expert Warns Earth’s Temperature Rising At Pace Unseen In a Thousand Years

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 09:58 AM PDT

According to a new report, The average temperature of Earth is rising at a pace “unprecedented in 1,000 years,” which could put at stake the…

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Eight Carolinas colleges included on ‘Shame List’ for LGBT discrimination

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 09:46 AM PDT

If you live in the Carolinas and are a college student or perhaps a parent sending their son or daughter off to college here is…

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DEVELOPING: Threats Lead to Agriculture Dept. Closing Offices in 5 States

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 09:38 AM PDT

The Agriculture Department said Tuesday it had closed offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats that it considered serious. USDA spokesman Matthew Herrick said…

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Major Cities All Over America Have Become Infested With Opioid Addicts And Extremely Violent Gangs

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 09:34 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Violence and drugs are flooding the streets of our major cities, but those that live in cushy suburban neighborhoods may not have…

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Water in Flint, Michigan producing rashes and hair loss across the city

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 09:30 AM PDT

Remember the story a while back about the tainted water supply in Flint, Michigan? Now reports are indicating that the results of an investigation seeking…

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POLICE STATE: Leaked Memo Reveals Soros Plan for Federally Controlled Police

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 09:25 AM PDT

According to a report from Breitbart, A leaked document from George Soros’s Open Society Foundations exposes the billionaire’s level of involvement in attempting to build…

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DEVELOPING: Hawaii bracing for back-to-back hurricanes…

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 09:20 AM PDT

Hawaii could be in for some rough times this week because according to a report from the National Weather Service, Hurricane Madeline could come dangerously…

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Bill Clinton Suggests Giving Detroit Jobs To Syrian Refugees…

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 09:15 AM PDT

In a previously little-noticed video from February at the Clinton Global Initiative, former President Bill Clinton suggested that the U.S. use Syrian refugees to rebuild…

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Thousands of dead fish seen in Portland Harbor, Largest In Years

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 07:07 AM PDT

Another Mass-Fish Kill has been reported and this time, reports are indicating that thousands of dead fish could be seen in Portland Harbor Saturday.  Reports…

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Watered-Down Mainline Christianity Is a Sign of the End Times

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 07:01 AM PDT

Recently The Christian Post caught up with Pastor Greg Laurie and sat down with him an interview in which he clearly stated that the “Watered-Down”…

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New Jersey Borough Council Resists Humanist Group’s Demand to Remove ‘Religious’ Veterans Display

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 06:56 AM PDT

The borough council of one New Jersey municipality has resisted a humanist group’s demand to remove what was deemed a religious veterans display from the…

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10 Prominent Doctors Question Hillary’s Health

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 06:50 AM PDT

Despite what one physician described as an “outbreak of vituperation and anger” against those with opinions about Hillary Clinton’s health, more doctors are expressing concerns…

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Typhoon Threatens to Bring Flooding to Northern Japan

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 06:37 AM PDT

Japan is getting hammered yet again as reports indicate that a typhoon slammed into northern Japan on Tuesday evening, threatening to bring floods to an area…

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DEVELOPING: Iceland’s Katla Volcano Rocked By Two New Earthquakes

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 06:27 AM PDT

Iceland’s Meteorological Office says two earthquakes early Monday rocked the caldera of Katla, one of the country’s largest volcanos. Gunnar Gudmundsson, a geophysicist, said authorities…

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Newly Discovered Asteroid Buzzes By Earth

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 06:21 AM PDT

An asteroid gave Earth a close shave Sunday (Aug. 28), just a day after astronomers first spotted the object. The newfound asteroid 2016 QA2 zoomed…

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American Flags Officially BANNED at Football Games in South Carolina

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 06:15 AM PDT

If you’re very patriotic and plan on watching some football in South Carolina don’t except to get a war welcome. That’s because the state recently…

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WH Calls Russian-Made Missiles Deployed at Iranian Nuclear Site ‘Objectionable’ – But ‘Defensive in Nature’

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 06:09 AM PDT

So how does the White House feel about the recent deployment of missiles to the Iranian Nuclear Site by Tehran? According to a new report…

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Perry Stone Breaks Down Threat of Internet Takeover By UN

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 06:04 AM PDT

Recently International Evangelist Perry Stone expressed the dangers of the upcoming Internet takeover scheduled in October by the Obama Administration to hand over the Internet…

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Western Churches In Crosshairs Of Islamic State

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 05:47 AM PDT

Counter-terror experts fear ISIS extremists armed with knives will target a Western church for their next attack. Christian leaders are being warned to increase security…

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The Day The Lights Go Out And The Trucks Stop Running

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 07:48 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) What would happen if some sort of major national emergency caused a massive transportation disruption that stopped trucks from running? The next…

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August Marks “Most Violent” Month in Chicago in more than 20 years!

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 07:44 PM PDT

Chicago is reportedly witnessing the worst violence the city has witnessed in twenty years. Tavon was among more than 400 people shot in Chicago this…

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More NFL Players May Join Colin Kaepernick’s Protest

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 07:41 PM PDT

It looks like floodgates have been opened with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his recent refusal to stand for the national anthem before games….

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Floods, Lightning And Golf-Ball Size Hail Strikes UK

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 12:04 PM PDT

Extreme weather has struck parts of the UK producing golf ball sized hail stones, flooding, and a massive lightning storm. According to reports, Emergency crews…

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Banks prepare for ‘economic nuclear winter’ Senior banking analyst warns of EU Apocalypse

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 11:59 AM PDT

Grim economic reports are coming in as Banks are allegedly preparing for the worst in the second half of the year as it faces an…

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Pope Francis and Mark Zuckerberg Meet to Chat About Technology and Charity

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 11:50 AM PDT

Well isn’t this sweet. The Leader of the Catholic Church meets with the Leader of Social Networks. According to a recent report, Pope Francis talked…

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America Without Electricity Would Produce a State of Armageddon

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 11:47 AM PDT

Today we often take our electricity and communications for granted. The degree to which modern economies and modern societies rely upon both is staggering with…

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The Briefing 08-30-16

Sexual assault education … in kindergarten? When morality is untethered from revelation

Whose life should be saved first? The irreducibly moral dimension of public health

Peace in the Americas: Permanent cease-fire concludes half-century civil war in Colombia

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August 29, 2016
ALAN KEYES — Remember the slogan Barack Obama used to assuage people’s fears that participation in Obamacare would force them to give up their current doctors and other service providers? An article in the Weekly Standard highlights the fact that “Obamacare’s flagship website, heathcare.gov, no longer even addresses the issue.” As the article points out, the Obamacare website’s language was never in line with Obama’s unequivocal guarantee that “you can keep your doctor.”… (more)

August 29, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — Using various writers, including its in-house faux conservative bloggers and columnists, the Washington Post is going over the edge with its assault on Donald J. Trump. Does the paper realize how ridiculous it looks?… (more)

August 29, 2016
RED STATE — When Ted Cruz took the stage in Cleveland and urged Republicans to vote their conscience, it was thought by many to be a risky move that potentially damaged Cruz because in the era of Trump “voting your conscience” means rejecting the Cheeto Jesus. (The fact that pro-Trump delegates booed that suggestion shows the previously unplumbed depths of ethical and moral corruption that exists in the GOP.)… (more)

August 29, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — The notion that the government should make day care more affordable has gained bipartisan traction in this election cycle, but studies suggest that extensive use of commercial day care facilities – – especially for children younger than 3 – – can do more harm than good in the long term…. (more)

August 29, 2016
WALL STREET JOURNAL — When the Obama administration announced its plan to give up U.S. protection of the internet, it promised the United Nations would never take control. But because of the administration’s naivete or arrogance, U.N. control is the likely result if the U.S. gives up internet stewardship as planned at midnight on Sept. 30…. (more)

August 28, 2016
GREG COROMBOS — A leading amnesty foe is blasting Donald Trump for moving far away from his earlier proposal on how to handle the millions of people in the country illegally, and he said the Republican presidential nominee now holds a position largely identical to those offered by Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and the Senate’s Gang of Eight…. (more)

August 28, 2016
NEWSMAX — Donald Trump expressed “regret” about some of his fiery rhetoric last week after casino magnate Sheldon Adelson urged him “to demonstrate a measure of humility” in a private meeting the day before speaking in North Carolina, according to news reports…. (more)

August 28, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is selling pro-LGBTQ merchandise on the GOP nominee’s website. “Show your pride and your support for Trump with this exclusive equality tee,” reads the Trump shop’s description of the “Trump Pride Men’s Tee.”… (more)

August 28, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — “Confidentiality”? Yes, that’s the State Department’s story on why the Obama administration is stonewalling the American people regarding the president’s illegal and increasingly suspicious Iransom payoff. The administration refuses to divulge any further information about the $1.7 billion the president acknowledges paying the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism…. (more)

August 28, 2016
BOB UNRUH — A ministry that takes Bibles and the message of Jesus to repressed peoples in the Middle East is marking the fifth anniversary of the deaths of two sisters for reading the Bible. Bibles for Mideast says the two teens, Arifa, 17, and Akhtar, 19, were kidnapped and gunned down by Lashkar-e-Taiba members…. (more)

August 27, 2016
THE ATLANTIC — Barely a week into the job, Donald Trump’s new campaign CEO is already facing harsh scrutiny over a 20-year-old domestic-violence charge and an allegation of voter-registration fraud…. (more)

August 27, 2016
NBC NEWS — Donald Trump’s personal physician said he wrote a letter declaring Trump would be the healthiest president in history in just five minutes while a limo sent by the candidate waited outside his Manhattan office…. (more)

August 27, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — A Wisconsin focus group seems to think the 2016 presidential election can be boiled down to a contest between a “liar” and America’s “drunk uncle.”… (more)

August 27, 2016
NATIONAL REVIEW — If you live in one of these 30 major cities across the country, be sure to clear your calendar on September 10 for a free concert . . . in support of expanded access to abortion. According to the event website, “All Access isn’t just a concert, it’s a powerful cultural event that unites people of all ages, racial and gender identities to expand our access to abortion and celebrate our collective power.”… (more)

August 27, 2016
BOB UNRUH — The Pentagon should benefit from the wisdom of the Olympians, according to experts on military policy, and allow men to have certain responsibilities and women others…. (more)

August 27, 2016
WORLD NEWS — President Robert Mugabe has ordered the arrest of the entire Zimbabwean Olympic team for failing to win a medal at the just concluded Rio 2016 Olympics, a report from NTA says…. (more)

August 27, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — The largest union representing New York City police officers has awarded its Man of the Year honor to an outspoken black conservative and supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump…. (more)

August 26, 2016
NEWSMAX — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has adopted a phrase he slammed former opponent Jeb Bush for using. Trump mocked Jeb Bush’s slogan “Jeb can fix it” in a November 2015 tweet…. (more)

August 26, 2016
NEWSMAX — Former Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor mocked Donald Trump for backing away from his hardline stance on immigration Thursday with a series of tweets suggesting the Republican presidential nominee cribbed former primary candidate’s Jeb Bush’s plan…. (more)

August 26, 2016
LEO HOHMANN — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is seeking sweeping changes in the way refugees are awarded welfare benefits after he blew the whistle on an “embarrassing” situation in his own state. An Iranian refugee left Maine to fight for ISIS while he and his family received food stamps and other benefits for four years…. (more)

August 26, 2016
JEROME CORSI — Judicial Watch’s release this week of 725 pages of State Department emails involving Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin demonstrates the Obama administration considers a large percentage of the emails sent through Clinton’s private server too sensitive for Congress or the American public to read…. (more)

August 26, 2016
NEWSMAX — Hillary Clinton passed the 50 percent plateau among American voters, leading Donald Trump 51 percent to 41 percent in the latest Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday…. (more)

August 26, 2016
NEWSMAX — Steve Bannon, the CEO of Donald Trump’s campaign, was charged with injuring his former wife in a domestic violence case when they were married in the 1990s, according to California court documents and news reports…. (more)

August 26, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — The IRS is still holding up three tea party groups’ applications, Commissioner John Koskinen admitted in a letter to Congress last week – – but he insisted he agents are finally about to begin processing them. Mr. Koskinen is hoping to head off yet another judicial spanking for his agency, which has suffered a string of defeats in federal courts that ruled he is still improperly targeting conservative groups and mistreating them more than three years after the tax agency admitted to its bad behavior…. (more)

August 25, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — Some of us in the media watchdog business think Americans are anxious to read every last word from the New York Times and the Washington Post. These are important papers that do help shape the national agenda. But many people look instead to publications like the National Enquirer – the tabloid solidly in the corner of Donald J. Trump, the one he used to smear Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Similarly… (more)

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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Assemblies of God Leader Dr. George Wood Joins New Age Sympathizer Leonard Sweet at Luther 2017 (Another Step Toward Rome?)

From Berean Research:

George WoodDr. George Wood caught flack when he and Oral Roberts University President Billy Wilson co-chaired the ecumenical gathering Empowered21 Global Congress .  Many well-known New Apostolic Reformation/Dominionists (NAR) leaders were featured at the event. For those unfamiliar with the NAR, check out our White Paper on this dangerous cult.  In a nutshell, the NAR teaches that God is restoring the lost offices of church governance, namely the offices of prophet and apostle.  Among the speakers at E21 were self-proclaimed NAR “Prophetess to the Nations” Cindy Jacobs and “apostle” Bill Johnson of Bethel “Church” in Redding CA.  We reported on E21 here, herehere,here and here.   Now we learn from Lighthouse Trails that Dr. Wood will share a platform with Emergent Church theologian Leonard Sweet.

Cautions my cohort Amy Spreeman to our readers,

“You may decide to share this on your social media accounts and find that there are some who will become over-the-top defensive and willing to overlook what is a continuing pattern of red flags with Assemblies of God Supt. George O. Wood.  I myself have landed in hot water with angry pastors simply by sharing reports of Mr. Wood’s ecumaniacalism with Mormons a few years back.

Folks may ask, “Is it a crime to appear on stage with someone?” Guilt by association doesn’t mean much, unless there is a continuing pattern, and unless it’s more of an affiliation than a simple six-degrees-of-separation appearance.  In this case, consider that Leonard Sweet is the conference organizer. And no, Wood never did share the Gospel with the young Mormon students.”

Now on to the article:

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Francis Schaeffer, the West, and God’s Judgment

I was recently reminded that one of my favourite prophetic voices of last century, Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984), in one of his volumes utilised some of the most well-known prophetic books in the Old Testament. So I hastily went to my shelves, grabbed the thin book, blew off the dust, and read it once again.

And I am so glad I did. I refer to his very important book, Death in the City (IVP, 1969). The material in this book is actually based on a week-long series of lectures he gave at Wheaton College in Chicago in 1968. The talks centred on Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Romans 1 – a heavy duty combination indeed – and how they relate to the West.

Those who know me and my writings know that I often speak about the West in terms of being past its use by date, and now seemingly under the judgment of God. Yet here was Schaeffer a full half century ago saying the same thing and making prophetic warnings about it.

Schaeffer 2Romans 1 of course speaks about God abandoning a people (see verses 18-32), while Jeremiah and Lamentations warn about and bemoan the fact that God is judging his people, with the seemingly inviolate temple and city of Jerusalem both being utterly destroyed by Israel’s enemies.

It is in that light that Schaeffer examines the contemporary West, and sees no other option than to say we too are under the just judgment of God. The entire 143-page book is a must read, but let me try to distil some of the highlights here for you.

The book begins with these trenchant words: “We live in a post-Christian world.” He details the enormity of what this means and then says: “Do not take this lightly! It is a horrible thing for a man like myself to look back and see my country and my culture go down the drain in my own lifetime.”

The West has abandoned its spiritual heritage and is now wallowing in sin, immorality and apostasy. “There is only one perspective we can have of the post-Christian world of our generation: an understanding that our culture and our country is under the wrath of God.”

This is serious business: “Do you think our country can remain as it has been, after it has thrown away the Christian base? Do not be foolish. Jeremiah would have looked at you and said, ‘You do not have the correct perspective. You should be crying’.”

How should believers respond today? We must pronounce hard truths to wake up a dead culture and a dead church: “Our generation needs to be told that man cannot disregard God, that a culture like ours has had such light and then has deliberately turned away stands under God’s judgment. There’s only one kind of preaching that will do in a generation like ours – preaching which includes the preaching of the judgment of God.”

He cites Jeremiah 1:10 then explains:

Notice the order. First, there was to be a strong negative message, and then the positive one. But the negative message was first. It was to be a message of judgment to the church which had turned away and to the culture which flowed from it. Judah had revolted against God and His revealed truth; and God says that Jeremiah’s message was to be first a message of judgment. I believe the same message is to be ours today. Christianity is not romantic, not soft. It is tough-fibered and realistic. And the Bible gives us the realistic message that Jeremiah preached into his own days, a message I am convinced the church today must preach if it is to be any help in the post-Christian world.

Instead of soft, syrupy and sentiment preaching, we need powerful, Holy Ghost-inspired preaching, one that takes our condition seriously. Says Schaeffer:

A negative message is needed before anything positive can begin. There must first be the message of judgment, the tearing down. There are times, and Jeremiah’s day and ours are such times, when we cannot expect a constructive revolution if we begin by overemphasizing the positive message. People often say to me, What would you do if you met a really modern man on a train and you had just an hour to talk to him about the gospel? I would spend forty-five or fifty minutes on the negative, to show him his real dilemma—to show him that he is more dead than even he thinks he is; that he is not just dead in the twentieth-century meaning of dead (not having significance in life) but that he is morally dead because he is separated from the God who exists. Then I would take ten or fifteen minutes to tell him the gospel. And I believe this usually is the right way for the truly modern man, for often it takes a long time to bring a man to the place where he understands the negative. And unless he understands what is wrong, he will not be ready to listen to and understand the positive. I believe that much of our evangelistic and personal work today is not clear simply because we are too anxious to get the answer without having a man realize the real cause of his sickness, which is true moral guilt (and not just psychological guilt feelings) in the presence of God. But the same is true in a culture. If I am going to speak to a culture, such as my culture, the message must be the message of Jeremiah. It must be the same in both private and public discourse.

Speaking truth in this way will be costly and it will be painful. But it must be done: “We must realize that to know the truth and to practice it will be costly . . . We must keep on speaking and acting even if the price is high. We must keep on preaching, even if the price is high. There is nothing in the Bible that says we are to stop. The Bible rather says, keep on, keep on.”

It will be just as hard for us as it was for Jeremiah:

Men haven’t changed, not one bit. For a man to think that he can preach the Word of God today and not experience the true price of the cross of Christ in the sense of not being accepted by the culture … any man who thinks he can speak truly of the things of God today into such a culture as our own and not have such words spoken against him is foolish. It is not possible. … To think one can give the Christian message and not have the world with its monolithic post-Christian culture bear down on us is not to understand the fierceness of the battle in such a day as Jeremiah’s or such a day as our own.

And we must persevere, regardless of all the opposition and hostility: “My last sentence is simply this: The world is lost, the God of the Bible does exist; the world is lost, but truth is truth, keep on! And for how long? I’ll tell you. Keep on, keep on, keep on, keep on, and then KEEP ON!”

To tie all this together, let me finish with two more quotes from the book. Early on in the book he offered us the big picture:

The church in our generation needs reformation, revival, and constructive revolution. At times men think of the two words reformation and revival as standing in contrast one to the other, but this is a mistake. Both words are related to the word restore. Reformation refers to a restoration to pure doctrine; revival refers to a restoration in the Christian’s life. Reformation speaks of a return to the teachings of Scripture; revival speaks of a life brought into its proper relationship to the Holy Spirit.
The great moments of church history have come when these two restorations have simultaneously come into action so that the church has returned to pure doctrine and the lives of the Christians in the church have known the power of the Holy Spirit. There cannot be true revival unless there has been reformation; and reformation is not complete without revival.
Such a combination of reformation and revival would be revolutionary in our day – revolutionary in our individual lives as Christians, revolutionary not only in reference to the liberal church but constructively revolutionary in the evangelical, orthodox church as well. May we be those who know the reality of both reformation and revival, so that this poor dark world may have an exhibition of a portion of the church returned to both pure doctrine and Spirit-filled life.

And toward the end of the book he reminds the individual believer how he should live:

Christianity is not just a mental assent that certain doctrines are true – not even that the right doctrines are true. This is only the beginning. This would be rather like a starving man sitting in front of great heaps of food and saying, “I believe the food exists; I believe it is real,” and yet never eating it. It is not enough merely to say, “I am a Christian,” and then in practice to live as if present contact with the supernatural were something far off and strange. Many Christians I know seem to act as though they come in contact with the supernatural just twice – once when they are justified and become a Christian and once when they die. The rest of the time they act as though they were sitting in the materialist’s chair.

Only a totally transformed life, coupled with a fearless proclamation of the truth, can make an impact on a post-Christian culture.

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Why America’s ‘Nones’ Left Religion Behind

About half of current religious “nones” who were raised in a religion (49%) indicate that a lack of belief led them to move away from religion. This includes many respondents who mention “science” as the reason they do not believe in religious teachings, including one who said “I’m a scientist now, and I don’t believe in miracles.”

Perhaps the most striking trend in American religion in recent years has been the growing percentage of adults who do not identify with a religious group. And the vast majority of these religious “nones” (78%) say they were raised as a member of a particular religion before shedding their religious identity in adulthood.

As part of a new survey connected to our broader Religious Landscape Study, we asked these people to explain, in their own words, why they no longer identify with a religious group. This resulted in hundreds of different responses (after all, everyone’s religious experience is a bit different), but many of them shared one of a few common themes.

About half of current religious “nones” who were raised in a religion (49%) indicate that a lack of belief led them to move away from religion. This includes many respondents who mention “science” as the reason they do not believe in religious teachings, including one who said “I’m a scientist now, and I don’t believe in miracles.” Others reference “common sense,” “logic” or a “lack of evidence” – or simply say they do not believe in God. 

But there are other reasons people give for leaving behind their childhood religion. One-in-five express an opposition to organized religion in general. This share includes some who do not like the hierarchical nature of religious groups, several people who think religion is too much like a business and others who mention clergy sexual abuse scandals as reasons for their stance.

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10 Things Christ Promises to Reward

Our lives are filled with many choices of how to spend our time, energy, and resources. Some live for money and possessions, amassing as much as they can, while some invest their time in education or entertainment, hoping to find long-lasting value and enjoyment.

How do we make the best use of the choices we have in life?

Imagine that you are a stock trader at your office, researching the best stocks to invest. You feel a nudge on your shoulder and look up to see Jesus Christ himself standing beside your desk! He smiles, reaches into his pocket and gives you a sheet with the 10 best companies to invest your money in for the next 50 years. You can’t believe what just happened! God has given you the winners you were trying to predict. You are astonished at the grace of God and are excited to go “all in” with your money into those companies. Anything less than going “all in” would be the waste of a lifetime.

God promises to reward us for how we serve him on earth.
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The truth is, if you are a Christian, God has already given you the incredible opportunity of knowing the future so that you may be able to invest your life wisely in the light of it. The Scriptures tell us specifically about the things that Christ will reward.

As you read, make it your prayer and ambition to go “all in” for these investment opportunities. Here are 10 things Christ promises to reward:

1. Prayer and Fasting

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.…But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:6, 17-18)

The first guaranteed winner is prayer and fasting. God desires that his children seek him through faith-filled prayer and fasting, and he promises to reward those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6). Prayer is one of the chief ways we show our reliance on God and are able to know him. Be sure to put your stock in what God values and rewards, and make sure you are living a life characterized by seeking God through prayer and fasting.

2. Compassion for the vulnerable

…Then the righteous will answer him, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?” And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:37-40)

The next amazing promise from God involves having compassion for the vulnerable. Compassion for our needy brothers and sisters by clothing, feeding, and welcoming them is seen by God as us clothing, feeding, and welcoming Christ himself. This is a magnificent picture of serving God and something God promises to reward.

3. Bearing insults and being excluded for the name of Christ

Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. (Luke 6:22-23)

It seems to be backwards for us to be told to “rejoice” and “leap for joy” when we are hated for being Christians. But that is exactly what Jesus says. He knows that persecution in his name brings promised blessing and rewards and glorifies the Father. The gospel of Jesus Christ is so great that, even when we are ridiculed on earth for it, we receive treasure in heaven.

What is your first reaction to persecution? If it is anything other than rejoicing, you have an incomplete view of who Christ is. Christ died for our sins to reconcile us to God and buy us eternal life, something that nobody and nothing can take away (Romans 8:38-39)!

4. Love for your enemies

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. (Luke 6:35)

Just as Christians receive blessing from God for being insulted for the name of Christ, they receive blessing and rewards for loving the very ones who insult them. When we love our enemies, we emulate the kind of mercy and grace that our Savior showed to those who were crucifying him when he said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).

Christ showed the grace of the Father by loving his enemies and gives us the opportunity to show his grace and gain eternal rewards by doing so.

5. Generous giving

…Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38)

Giving to others is the fifth action God promises to reward. Every dollar you have, every material item you own, every skill you have is a gift from Almighty God. Knowing that all we have is a gift from God (James 1:17), why should we not seek to generously give to others, especially when we consider that this is an activity God promises to reward?

6. Hospitality that cannot be repaid

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:12-14)

There are many things in life that will not repay you here on earth, including the many times we are hospitable. But God does not overlook our efforts. He promises to reward us at the resurrection of the just for our hospitality in his name.

How does that change your attitude toward showing hospitality to others? How can you be more hospitable to in the future?

7. Endurance through pressures in ministry

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

If you have ever been discouraged in ministry, take heart. God promises to reward us for how we serve him on earth. Instead of falling into discouragement or depression, cling tightly to the promise that God will reward you for your trials and afflictions. Let that be fuel to propel you into a deeper trust and dependence on God as you serve him.

8. Quality work for your employer

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)

The gospel of Jesus Christ does not just penetrate personal and spiritual lives of believers, it enters into the workplace as well. When we do our best work for our employer, we are doing our best work for Jesus.

Working heartily for the Lord is one way to show him your gratitude for the amazing things he has given you in Christ. God will not let your effort go unnoticed, but promises to give you a reward for your labor.

9. Faithfulness through trials

…In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:6-7)

God desires that we walk by faith at all times, and keeping faith during trials is no exception. Fighting for faith during such times is tough! But pressing on will prove your faith genuine and bring promised rewards from God.

10. Faithfulness to the truth

For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. (2 John 1:7-8)

God deeply desires our full commitment to his truth. Jesus said he is the truth (John 14:6), so that makes sense! Our commitment and self-examination honors God and secures the reward that we will receive.

These 10 actions are all great investment opportunities. God tells you what will be rewarded, so go “all out” in living your life!

The greatest loss that any person could experience would be to stand in the presence of God without Jesus Christ and his righteousness, and therefore be unable to participate in the resurrection to everlasting life. Knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior and serving him as your Lord is worth any cost, because nothing is of greater value.

This article was adapted from the chapter called “Profit” in Unlocking the Bible Story, Volume 4.



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