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September 7, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Sep. 7, 2016 |

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Hackers in Russia attack U.S. computer systems “all the time” and cybersecurity “will continue to be a huge problem” for the next president, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said. “The Russians hack our systems all the time, not just government but also corporate and personal systems.”

Saudi Arabia is weighing plans to cancel more than $20 billion of projects and slash ministry budgets by a quarter to repair finances squeezed by low oil prices, people familiar with the matter said, efforts that analysts expect to slow economic growth.

An abrupt drop in the Institute for Supply Management’s services gauge on Tuesday to a six-year low is the latest in a string of unexpectedly weak data for August. Other less-than-stellar figures include an ISM factory survey showing a contraction in manufacturing; a cooling of hiring; automobile sales falling short of forecasts; and an index of consumer sentiment at a four-month low.

The Swiss National Bank imposed sub-zero rates in early 2015, effectively charging banks for excess deposits. Many lenders including UBS Group AG and Credit Suisse Group AG have passed on at least some of the burden — they don’t disclose how much — to cash-rich clients like asset managers and big companies.

For decades, a growing pool of college graduates poured into the U.S. labor market, boosting productivity and shaping America’s status as the world’s dominant economic power. That driver of growth is diminishing. Enrollment has declined every year since peaking in 2011, according to the Census Bureau and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The reasons include an aging population, rising tuition costs and a healthy rate of hiring that lessens the demand for learning.

Mercedes-Benz is looking at mounting automated flying drones onto a new line of electric vans as part of a 562 million investment aimed at speeding delivery times for online orders. The small pilotless aircraft would be part of a suite of on-board systems, including digital sorting equipment that could cut both costs and delivery times in half for the final portion of a package’s journey. The two drones can each fly items weighing as much as 4.4 pounds as far as 6 miles, enabling service to difficult-to-reach to places.

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Almost half a century later, scars from the U.S. Air Force’s bombings are still visible in Laos’ Xieng Khouang Province, the area in the impoverished country most heavily bombed during the Vietnam War. From 1964 to 1973, U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos, one-third of which did not explode, according to the Lao National Regulatory Authority for unexploded ordnance (UXO).

The Islamic State group has reportedly banned women from wearing a burka, a veil that covers the entire face, as a security precaution in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The alleged new rule is striking in part because the militant group also known as ISIS has beaten and killed women in the past for refusing to wear the conservative garment. Militant leaders banned burqas after a group of veiled women carried out attacks against several ISIS commanders.

All flights out of London City Airport were disrupted when nine protestors who said they were with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement locked themselves together on one of the airport’s runways Tuesday morning.

This weekend, Daimler confirmed that it has at least six, and as many as nine, electric car models in the pipeline. That push for a large electrified fleet is part of a plan by Mercedes to go head-to-head with Tesla, maker of the Model S and Model X, as well as Audi, which has its own portfolio of electric cars well under way.

Supporters of Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court selection, on Tuesday launched a new push to persuade the Republican-led Senate to act on the nomination before the Nov. 8 presidential election, but their calls fell on deaf ears.

Militants stormed a building housing an international aid organization in Kabul, provoking an overnight firefight with security forces in which three gunmen and one civilian were killed, Afghan officials said Tuesday.

An average of 44 people are being killed each day in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on crime, according to police data released Tuesday that showed the death toll surging to nearly 3,000.

The nation’s progress in getting more people covered by health insurance slowed significantly this year, the government confirmed Wednesday in a report that tempers a historic achievement of the Obama administration. About 1.3 million fewer people were uninsured the first three months of this year, driving the uninsured rate to a record low of 8.6 percent.

New data from eVestment show that institutional investors across a variety of groups sold Apple in the second quarter. The drop in Apple’s ownership was bigger than any other major stock.

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested he and the US are ready to drive so-called Islamic State (IS) from its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.

The US Senate has failed to pass a funding bill to help fight the Zika virus for a third time.

Killings in Chicago have hit a 20-year high as the grim toll for homicides passes 500.

Bolivian transgender activists celebrated on Tuesday as they became the first to be issued with new IDs.

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Muslim-American groups are applauding President Barack Obama’s nomination of a Washington lawyer to serve in U.S. District Court – a move that could make him the first ever Muslim-American federal judge, according to advocates.

CA – Jurupa Unified School District officials received an unconfirmed report that two Indian Hills Elementary School students were diagnosed with leprosy, which prompted them to send a letter home to parents Friday, Sept. 2.


Top News – 9/7/2016

Ryan: FBI Acting Like ‘Political Operators’ for Clinton
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) slammed the FBI on Tuesday for acting like “political operators” by releasing Hillary Clinton’s FBI report the Friday before Labor Day weekend. “It’s like the most buried time you could put out stories. I’m surprised. I mean, I can’t believe they would do what is such a patently political move. It makes them look like political operators versus law enforcement officers,”

State Letter Reveals Plan for U.S. Legal Commitment to Unratified Nuclear Treaty
The plan was outlined in a letter from the State Department to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), who is challenging the administration’s effort to lock in American adherence to the signed but unratified Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, or CTBT.

‘Grave Damage’ About That ‘SECRET’ Email Sidney Blumenthal Sent To Hillary Clinton
A memo Sidney Blumenthal forwarded to his friend Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state contained information classified as SECRET both when he sent it and currently, the FBI’s Clinton email investigation report says. It was already known that about two dozen of the hundreds of emails Blumenthal sent Clinton during her tenure contained classified information.

Nanotech To Bring Radical Life Extension
This week, in an onstage Q&A at Singularity University’s Global Summit, Diamandis elaborated on his vision on how nanotechnologies can lead to techniques to spot disease and even regenerate the body, interface with human mind and bring radical life extension. As time progresses, the entrepreneur see humans and technology interacting to ultimately link the human mind up to machines and bring longer lifespans.

Iran president calls on Muslims to punish Saudi ‘crimes’
Hassan Rouhani accuses Riyadh of supporting terrorism ahead of upcoming hajj pilgrimage, which has been blocked to Iranians

Russia, Abbas, Pushing for Moscow Summit with Netanyahu
The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday pointed out the importance of Russia’s role in organizing the Palestinian-Israeli negotiating process, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement following the meeting of President Putin’s special envoy to the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, with high-ranking PA and PLO officials.

AURORAS ON JUPITER
On Aug. 27th, for the first time ever, NASA’s Juno spacecraft swooped over Jupiter’s south pole. The flyby revealed an astonishing vortex of infra-red light: “While we knew that the flyby of Jupiter’s south pole might reveal the planet’s southern aurora, we were still amazed to see it for the first time,”

Congressional report warns of ‘growing’ war threat
seven-plus years into the administration of President Obama, a congressional report warns of a “low but growing” threat the nation will be plunged into “war with another great power,” according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. The assessment comes in a Congressional Research Service report titled “How Big Should the Army Be? Considerations for Congress.”

‘I will eat you alive’: Philippines leader Duterte vows revenge on ISIS affiliate
The statement comes in response to a bombing that took place last week at a crowded market in Duterte’s hometown, Davao City, which killed 14 people and injured 68 others. The government blamed Islamic State-linked militant group Abu Sayyaf for the blast.

Saudi Grand Mufti: Iranians aren’t Muslims
The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia exacerbated already serious tensions with Iran when he claimed that the leaders of the Shi’ite country aren’t Muslims yesterday (Tuesday).

88 U.S. Generals, Including Holocaust Survivor, Sign Letter of Trump Support
A group of 88 U.S. military generals, including the only Holocaust survivor to become an American general, signed an open letter supporting Donald J. Trump for president on Tuesday. The letter, which includes four four-star and 14 three-star flag officers, was organized by Major Gen. Sidney Shachnow and Rear Admiral Charles Williams. The two major issues that spurred the letter are opposition to the temperament accusation and national security.

Magnitude-4.0 earthquake beneath Mauna Loa
The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded a magnitude-4.0 earthquake beneath the Island of Hawaii at 4:25 a.m. Tuesday. According HVO, the earthquake occurred underneath Mokuaweoweo, Mauna Loa’s summit caldera, at a depth of 1.2 km (0.74 mi).

Minor earthquake in the State of Washington rattles homes
A 3.2 magnitude earthquake struck the northwest of the State of Washington on Tuesday night, the United States Geological Survey reported, briefly shaking homes and rattling residents. The quake hit the Sudden Valley area at 11:50 p.m. local time, the USGS said.

Tokyo shaken by magnitude 4.9 earthquake; no tsunami warning
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 shook buildings in Tokyo on Wednesday, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Iran vessel ‘harasses,’ sails close to U.S. Navy ship in Gulf: U.S. officials
A U.S. Navy coastal patrol ship changed course after a fast-attack craft from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps came within 100 yards (91 meters) of it in the central Gulf on Sunday, U.S. Defense Department officials said on Tuesday. It was at least the fourth such incident in less than a month. U.S. officials are concerned that these actions by Iran could lead to mistakes.

UN: Palestinian economy could double without Israeli occupation
The Palestinian economy could easily double, while sky-high unemployment and poverty would plummet if the Israeli occupation were lifted, the United Nations development agency said Tuesday. In a new report, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) pointed to a long list of ways the Israeli occupation stifled the economies of the West Bank and Gaza Strip…

The cloak-and-dagger US payments to Iran: planes, cash and Swiss banks
The Obama administration disclosed to Congress on Tuesday that it transferred a total of $1.7 billion in cash through Swiss banks to Iran around the time American hostages were released this year, about four times the amount originally disclosed to the public, sources told Circa. The news was delivered by the State, Defense and Treasury Departments in a private briefing to congressional staff…

Jerusalem Biblical Temple floor designs ‘restored’
Archaeologists in Jerusalem say they have for the first time reconstructed likely designs of a Biblical Jewish temple floor using original fragments. Experts reassembled pieces of tiles found amid tons of earth from the site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif. They say the tiles date from the period of the Second Temple, during the time of King Herod about 2,000 years ago.

Calais migrants: Work to start on UK-funded wall
Construction of a UK-funded wall near Calais’ so-called Jungle migrant camp will begin very soon, a minister says. Dubbed the “Great Wall of Calais” by some media, the 4m (13ft) wall will run for 1km (0.6 miles) along both sides of the main road to Calais port. Home Office minister Robert Goodwill said security around the port was being “stepped up with better equipment”.

WHO strengthens Zika safe sex guidance
Men and women returning from any area where the Zika virus is circulating should practise safe sex for at least six months to avoid the risk of spreading the disease, says the World Health Organization. The advice applies even if a person has no symptoms. It comes a few weeks after doctors discovered the virus in the sperm of an Italian man six months after he first had Zika symptoms.

Children left gasping for air after suspected gas attack in Aleppo
More than 80 people were suffering severe breathing difficulties in Syria’s embattled city of Aleppo after another chemical attack Tuesday on a rebel-held neighborhood, said the Syrian Civil Defense, a volunteer rescue group.

Saudi Mufti: Iran leaders not Muslim, Iran decries Saudi ‘extremism’
Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, said in remarks published on Wednesday that the leaders of regional rival Iran were not Muslims and saw Sunni Muslims as their enemy. Al al-Sheikh was reacting to comments by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticizing Saudi management of the haj and suggesting Muslim countries think about ending Saudi control of the annual pilgrimage.

Obama suffers the slings and arrows of a restive world
President Barack Obama bade farewell to G20 leaders in Hangzhou, China, on Monday by reminding them they’re living in “turbulent” times — and he wasn’t kidding. His valedictory Asia tour, which moved on to Laos later in the day, is unfolding amid diplomatic slights and great power rivalries that reflect the unstable nature of the world Obama will bequeath to his successor in January.

This Is How North Korea Will Get Its Nukes Past American Missile Defense Systems
When North Korea launched three ballistic missiles this week, it wasn’t just a show of force toward the world leaders gathered in China for a meeting of the G-20. It was also a test of what may be new technology to thwart missile defense systems and provide Pyongyang with an edge in an eventual conflict with the United States.


Top Headlines – 9/7/2016

Palestinian Officials Deny Abbas Willing To Meet Netanyahu In Moscow

President Abbas: Israel Put Off Talks Planned This Month

UN: Without ‘occupation’ Palestinian economy could double

Subterranean cemetery ‘city’ being constructed in Jerusalem in response to the renewal of ancient Jewish traditions

Second Temple courtyard flooring possibly revealed

World War One shells found in receding waters of the drought-hit Sea of Galilee

Netherlands, Israel to build gas pipeline to Gaza

Lieberman to permit entry from Gaza into Israel if quiet maintained

‘Hezbollah, Syrian army preparing large operation near Israel border’

Children left gasping for air after suspected gas attack in Aleppo

Syria conflict: Government helicopters ‘drop chlorine’ on Aleppo

Turkey’s government says under popular pressure to drop EU talks

Tunisia fears jihadists returning home from Libya, seeks joint action

Iran vessels harass another US Navy ship in Persian Gulf, defense officials say

Republicans seek to censure Obama administration on $400 million ‘ransom’ to Iran

U.S. Transferred $1.3 Billion More in Cash to Iran After Initial Payment

US payment of $1.7 billion to Iran made entirely in cash using non-U.S. currency

Iran and Saudi Arabia Squabble as Millions of Muslims Begin Pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia’s top cleric says Iranians are ‘not Muslims’

MPs call for UK to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia

U.S. Lawmakers seek to stall $1B arms sale to Saudis

More than 28 million children ‘uprooted’ by conflict and face further dangers – UNICEF report

ISIS bans burkas at security centers after veiled woman killed several ISIS commanders and members

A Court on the French Island of Corsica Has Upheld the Burkini Ban to ‘Maintain Public Order’

Merkel vows to ‘win back trust’ after poll loss blamed on migrant crisis

Muslims complain about town’s 9/11 memorial

Philippines scrambles to soothe tensions after insult to Obama

UN Commissioner Warns of ‘Weaponized’ Populism from Wilders, Trump, Farage Turning ‘Into Colossal Violence’

Franklin Graham: 2016 Presidential Election ‘Most Critical in Our Lifetime’

Donald Trump: Israel will be destroyed unless I’m elected

Trump says latest FBI document dump ‘disqualifying’ for Clinton

Hillary Clinton coughs and a nation listens

Washington Post: Can we just stop talking about Hillary Clinton’s health now?

James Woods Says It’s Time to Seriously Check Into Hillary’s Health. These Prominent Doctors Agree

80 Percent Captured at Border Set Free in U.S., Says Agent

Athens won’t get EU rescue loans after breaking reform promise

Brexit Hasn’t Brought a Trade Apocalypse for the U.K…Yet

A potato general? Starved Venezuela appoints 18 czars to handle food distribution

‘We are not butchers’: Philippines defends drug war at Asian summit

UN Security Council condemns latest North Korean missile test

Ahead of summit, Philippines shows images of Chinese boats at disputed shoal

How the South China Sea fight could go digital

A livestream of a small town in Wyoming is bringing the internet together

An unexplained event occurred in the Earth’s stratosphere for first time since records began

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Uyuni, Bolivia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hirara, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Southeast Indian Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Rosario, Philippines

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Big Island of Hawaii

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 37,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Hurricane Newton Hits Mexico, Could Bring Flash Floods to Southwest U.S.

Dangerous flooding may unfold in southwestern US as Newton threatens 2 months’ worth of rain in hours

Tropical Storm Lester Over Open Pacific Waters; No Longer a Land Threat

Tropical Storm Malou to unleash heavy rain, strong winds over Tokyo this week

Floods kill 60, displace 44,000 in N.Korea: UN

Flood threat as plastic bags clog Bangkok’s bowels

Iran’s pistachio farms are dying of thirst

1,400 flee wildfire on Spain’s Costa Blanca

Climate change is a racist crisis: that’s why Black Lives Matter closed an airport

Tiny ‘fitbits’ to keep tabs on the body from within

Cancer breakthrough: Scientists develop ‘smoke detector’ test that can spot disease before symptoms are noticeable

Unconfirmed reports of leprosy at elementary school prompt parent notification

Senate resumes gridlock as Zika funding vote fails

Aerial Spraying for Zika Stirs Controversy in Miami Beach

100,000 Chileans Say Abortion Has No Place in Chile

Planned Parenthood-backed bill faces ACLU, media backlash in California

House panel seeks criminal charges for University of New Mexico in abortion research

Brazzers porn forum hacked, user data exposed

Man charged after Green Bay Juggalos host blood-drinking ritual, cutting off woman’s finger

Violent Labor Day weekend adds to Chicago’s historic bloodshed


The Briefing 09-07-16

Collapse of human dignity: Zika crisis leads to arguments for abortion, euthanasia, infanticide.

Why is Ian McEwan’s new book sparking cultural conversation? The protagonist is an unborn baby.

Phyllis Schlafly, a defining leader in the modern conservative movement, dies at age 92

Obama Sent Three Secret Shipments of $400 Million to Iran

Treason is much too polite a word.

They don’t like Santa in the Islamic Republic of Iran, but they let Obama play Secret Santa anyway with planeloads and planeloads of cash. Foreign cash, of course. Shipping US money to Iran would be illegal. But then again so is funding terrorism and that didn’t seem to stop Obama.

It never does.

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Russian fighter comes within 10 feet of US Navy plane…

Posted: 07 Sep 2016 10:34 AM PDT

If it’s not Iran making dangerous close encounters with America it’s Russia. According to a new report, A Russian fighter jet carried out an intercept…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

River in Russia Mysteriously Turns Blood Red

Posted: 07 Sep 2016 10:30 AM PDT

Startled residents of a Russian city inside the Arctic Circle have been posting photos of a local river that has mysteriously turned blood red. Photos…

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DAYS OF NOAH: Scientists Attempting To Engineer Extinction

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 06:58 PM PDT

What if you could get rid of the mosquitoes that carry Zika virus? All of them. An entire species. Would it be right to do?…

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Dangerous flooding may strike southwestern US as Newton threatens 2 months’ worth of rain in hours

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 06:48 PM PDT

Catastrophic flooding may not be over yet for America! According to a new report, Significant flooding may develop across the southwestern United States through Wednesday…

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The One Trillion Dollar Consumer Auto Loan Bubble Is Beginning To Burst

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 06:23 PM PDT

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ITT Tech Schools to Shut Down Immediately, Impacting Tens of Thousands of Students

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 06:09 PM PDT

Another for-profit college has closed, leaving tens of thousands of students in the lurch. ITT Educational Services announced on Tuesday that it is shutting down…

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Obama Warns Of Consequences If China Violates Rules and Norms

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 05:17 PM PDT

The United States welcomes China’s rise — but there will be consequences if Beijing violates international rules and norms, says U.S. President Barack Obama. “When…

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DEVELOPING: Russian Plan to Disrupt November Elections Under Investigation

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 05:10 PM PDT

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Are We in the Midst of a Second Cold War with Russia?

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 05:02 PM PDT

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Posted: 06 Sep 2016 04:58 PM PDT

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Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel In A Nutshell

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

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

CanIKnowGod.com is a website inspired by LifesGreatestQuestion.com, with new content, images, audio and video that will help you understand more about who God is and how to know Him. The site is mobile responsive and has an infinite scroll which makes for a very user-friendly experience. After you indicate a decision on CanIKnowGod.com, you are directed to a page that details what it means to have a new and transformed life through Jesus Christ. There’s even a Facebook page for daily updates, encouragement and scripture sharing.

Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

Jesus Booklet
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.

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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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New ISIS Military Commander Gulmurod Khalimov Was Trained By Obama State Dep’t Back In 2014

Gulmurod Khalimov, the new ISIS military commander whom the U.S. just days ago announced a $3 million bounty for, was trained by the State Department in an anti-terror program as recently as 2014 while serving in the security service of Tajikistan.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Remember a few weeks ago when Donald Trump said that President Obama and then Secretary of State Crooked Hillary “founded and funded” ISIS? Remember how the liberal media mocked him for that? Today we find that the new ISIS military commander, Gulmurod Khalimov. was trained by the Obama State Department. Trump right yet again!

He replaces former ISIS commander Tarkhan Batirashvili, aka Umar al-Shishani, who was also trained by the United States as part of the Georgian army and who ISIS claimed was killed fighting in Iraq this past July.

Donald Trump says Obama and Crooked Hillary founded and funded ISIS:

The State Department confirmed Khalimov’s U.S.-provided training to CNN in May 2015:

“From 2003-2014 Colonel Khalimov participated in five counterterrorism training courses in the United States and in Tajikistan, through the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security/Anti-Terrorism Assistance program,” said spokeswoman Pooja Jhunjhunwala.The program is intended to train candidates from participating countries in the latest counterterrorism tactics, so they can fight the very kind of militants that Khalimov has now joined.

A State Department official said Khalimov was trained in crisis response, tactical management of special events, tactical leadership training and related issues.

Unironically, the State Department spokeswoman said that Khalimov had been appropriately vetted:

“All appropriate Leahy vetting was undertaken in advance of this training,” said spokeswoman Jhunjhunwala.

At that time, Khalimov appeared in a video threatening the United States:

“Listen, you American pigs: I’ve been to America three times. I saw how you train soldiers to kill Muslims,” he says.Then, he threatens, “we will find your towns, we will come to your homes, and we will kill you.”

Khalimov and Batirashvili are hardly the first terrorist leaders operating in Syria to have been trained by the United States. source

Obama Nominates Possible First Muslim-American Judge to Federal Court

Muslim-American groups are applauding President Barack Obama’s nomination of a Washington lawyer to serve in U.S. District Court — a move that could make him the first ever Muslim-American federal judge, according to advocates.

If confirmed, Abid Riaz Qureshi would sit on the District of Columbia’s federal bench, the White House announced Tuesday. Qureshi, who graduated Harvard Law School in 1997, is a partner in the D.C. office of Latham & Watkins LLP, specializing in healthcare fraud, securities violations, and cases involving the False Claims Act, according to a White House statement.

Muslim-American groups are applauding President Barack Obama’s nomination of a Washington lawyer to serve in U.S. District Court — a move that could make him the first ever Muslim-American federal judge, according to advocates.

If confirmed, Abid Riaz Qureshi would sit on the District of Columbia’s federal bench, the White House announced Tuesday. Qureshi, who graduated Harvard Law School in 1997, is a partner in the D.C. office of Latham & Watkins LLP, specializing in healthcare fraud, securities violations, and cases involving the False Claims Act, according to a White House statement.

“I am confident he will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice,” Obama said.

Muslim-American organizations hailed the historic announcement.

The One Trillion Dollar Consumer Auto Loan Bubble Is Beginning To Burst

Soap Bubble - Public DomainDo you remember the subprime mortgage meltdown from the last financial crisis?  Well, this time around we are facing a subprime auto loan meltdown.  In recent years, auto lenders have become more and more aggressive, and they have been increasingly willing to lend money to people that should not be borrowing money to buy a new vehicle under any circumstances.  Just like with subprime mortgages, this strategy seemed to pay off at first, but now economic reality is beginning to be felt in a major way.  Delinquency rates are up by double digit percentages, and major auto lenders are bracing for hundreds of millions of dollars of losses.  We are a nation that is absolutely drowning in debt, and we are most definitely going to reap what we have sown. (Read More….)

Not “Tired,” but Tried and True!

There are some naysayers in the Christian community who have come out against online discernment ministries (ODM’s) as they feel the work “discerners” do is, in their view, unbiblical Amy Spreeman of Berean Research, a popular discernment blog, disagrees.  In this piece, Amy explains the purpose of ODM’s and why pointing discouraged and confused believers in the right direction has helped them discover Truth.  Because of ODM’s, many people who were once caught up in a cult, false teaching, and idolatry say they’ve been set free.

Sheep butting heads “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”  — 2 Timothy 4:3-4

I recently heard someone lament that discernment reporters always trot out the same tired old Scripture verses to defend why they report all the negative things that today’s Bible teachers teach and do that aren’t lining up with Scripture. I thought it a strange thing, to tell Christians that using the Word of God as a basis for following His commands to be discerning and defend the true faith as being a bad thing.

When Jesus’ disciples asked Him what would be the signs they could look to as the end of the age, the first thing Jesus did was to warn them not to be deceived. (You can read about that here.)  His words were to the believers and true followers. Yes, it seems that true Christians CAN be deceived, or Jesus wouldn’t have warned us to take care not to be.

Why do reporters write about those in our times who are twisting Scripture? Is it because we are hateful, or singularly focused on negative things?  No. I believe that discerning Christians need to be Bereans to continually search Scriptures to make sure they are following the truth rather than what sounds almost true. But here’s the problem: They are not being taught how to do that by their leaders. Instead, their leaders are giving a nod of approval to false teachings and teachers.

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Unfathomable Grace

In heaven, Lucifer promised more than he could deliver. He offered his fellow angels the opportunity to dethrone God and rule the universe as sovereigns. However, he had not the clout to make this happen. Lucifer and the demons were found out, excommunicated, and destined for an appointment with the Lake of Fire. Satan lied!

In the garden, in front of Adam and Eve, he twisted God’s truth and replaced it with his own. He offered them the opportunity to distrust God and follow his lead. He promised them they would be “just like God.” But again he oversold. Again he promised more than he could deliver. In the beginning, Satan lied!

And on, and on, and on, it goes. Jesus was personally targeted by the devil:

And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of…

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Famous Quotes About Islam Through the Centuries

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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I happened upon something online which I found most compelling. We who call Islam and the Qur’an dangerous, terrifying and a global menace, are called “Islamophobes” by the liberal left. Barack Obama invariably says to the American people that ISIS has absolutely nothing to do with Islam.

This article should set the record straight.

Political correctness is basically a new tactic with which to attack the truth. If you say anything derogatory about Islam, you are labeled an Islamophobe.

I found a site called WikiIslam. On this site is chronicled quotes from historic individuals on the religion of Islam and on the Qur’an and its prophet, going back hundreds of years.. I believe that that these people were not labeled anything derogatory. Their words were believed and regarded as truth.

I chose only a fraction of the historical figures who spoke out about Islam. There is not room in my…

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10 Spurgeon Quotes for Wounded Christians

Charles Spurgeon had a massive ministry that reached millions. “But Spurgeon himself was very much mortal. The preacher was anything but bulletproof. In fact, for most of his life Spurgeon nursed deep wounds and struggled to cope with a myriad of emotional and physical maladies.”

Read more: 10 Spurgeon Quotes for Wounded Christians

Black Lives Matter’s agenda is about more than race

“‘Black Lives Matter is a radical social intervention.’ That’s a direct quote from Black Lives Matter’s website. While the media have typically focused on Black Lives Matter’s assertions of societal racism and systemic police brutality, they have largely ignored the movement’s LGBTQ agenda. One of the ‘guiding principles’ of Black Lives Matter states: ‘We are committed to… doing the work required to dismantle cis-gender privilege and uplift Black trans folk…’ Another principle explains: ‘We are committed to fostering a queer-affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking or, rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual unless s/he or they disclose otherwise.’ Yet Black Lives Matter’s LGBTQ agenda extends far beyond normalizing all permutations of sexuality. Black Lives Matter also advocates redefining the family.”

Read more: Black Lives Matter’s agenda is about more than race

Why Will You Stay Away?

Unfathomable Grace

God foreordains our sin. There is much mystery here. Our human responsibility is not being denied. God is not the author of our sin. However, whatsoever comes to pass, we know it has been sovereignly decreed by our sovereign God.

God foresees our sin. He is omniscient and knows those transgressions which he has decreed. He also can look down the corridor of time and see the end from the beginning. Therefore, before we take our first breath, he has fully read our entire diary. Yes, God knows and notes all our sinful affections, thoughts, words, and deeds.

God foreloves sinners. Fully knowing the rebels we were destined to become, God predetermined to come to earth to live, die, and redeem us — his children. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Before we were yet sinners, Christ loved us. And why do we love him now? We love him because he first loved…

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All in need of God’s righteousness have condemnation awaiting them

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; 10 as it is written,
“There is none righteous, not even one;
11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood,
16 Destruction and misery are in their paths,
17 And the path of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:9-18 (NASB) 

In this post we will look at Romans 1:18-3:20…

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