Daily Archives: September 8, 2016

September 8, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Sep. 8, 2016 |


China has done more on sanctions against North Korea than previous rounds of penalties but could still “tighten up” further in prodding Kim Jong Un’s regime, President Obama said on Thursday during a trip to Asia.

President Obama said he remained hopeful of being able to close the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay before he leaves office in January.

The European Central Bank kept its stimulus program unchanged in a sign that policy makers don’t see an immediate danger to the euro-area recovery from risks including Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. The Governing Council left the main refinancing rate at zero, the deposit rate at minus 0.4 percent and asset purchases at 80 billion euros ($90 billion) a month, as predicted in a Bloomberg survey.

Though American demand for dairy has risen steadily for almost 40 years, some farmers nevertheless tried to limit the supply of milk by killing off their own cows. No, you read that correctly.

China’s four biggest banks reported that staff numbers fell by the most in at least six years in the first half, highlighting the possibility that employment has peaked at the firms that are the world’s biggest providers of banking jobs. A decline of 1.5 percent from the end of last year left 1.62 million workers at Agricultural Bank of China Ltd., Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd., China Construction Bank Corp. and Bank of China Ltd., earnings filings showed. Agricultural Bank, the No. 1 bank employer, saw its number of employees slip below half a million.

AP Top Stories

A Colorado mine that spewed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into rivers in three Western states was designated a Superfund site Wednesday, clearing the way for a multimillion-dollar federal cleanup. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added the inactive Gold King Mine and 47 other nearby sites to the Superfund list. It also included nine other sites in eight states and Puerto Rico.

NASA astronaut and Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams returned to Earth Tuesday after his U.S. record-breaking mission aboard the International Space Station. Having completed his fourth mission, Williams now has spent 534 days in space, making him first on the all-time NASA astronaut list.

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta space probe has located its lost Philae lander, wedged in a “dark crack” on the side of a comet.

Radical cleric Anjem Choudary, long a thorn in the side of British authorities, was jailed in London Tuesday for five-and-a-half years after being convicted of encouraging support for Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned Russia against interfering with Western “democratic processes” and accused Moscow of aggressive behavior aimed at eroding the international order.

Some 28 million children around the globe have been driven from their homes by violent conflict, with nearly as many abandoning their homes in search of a better life, UNICEF said in a report.

In 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released estimates of how many people in the country die every year from antibiotic resistant infections: 23,000. The agency estimates that an additional 15,000 die annually from Clostridium difficile, an infection linked to long-term antibiotic use.

French police were holding a couple with links to radical Islam on Wednesday after gas cylinders were found in a car near Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral, sources close to the investigation said.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defiantly reaffirmed his controversial campaign against drugs Tuesday and called for a redoubling of crime-fighting efforts across Southeast Asia as he prepared to face two prominent critics of his policy: President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The nation’s largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer, the stealthy Zumwalt, will join the Navy with a crew that’s the smallest of any destroyer built since the 1930s thanks to extensive automation.

Apache Corp. said it made a “significant” discovery in a Texas shale formation that holds enough crude oil to supply every refinery on the U.S. Gulf Coast for a year. The Alpine High discovery in West Texas contains an estimated 3 billion barrels of oil and 75 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.


Russian environmental inspectors are trying to establish why a river near the Norilsk Nickel industrial complex in the Arctic has turned blood-red.

Yosemite National Park in California is to gain a 400-acre addition, its largest expansion in nearly 70 years.

French President Francois Hollande has given a powerful defence of his country’s fight against terrorism, insisting that France will defeat its enemies because democracy always wins.

The US military says it has killed 13 jihadist militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in “counterterrorism strikes” in Yemen.


Superbug explosion triggers U.N. general assembly meeting. Antibiotic resistance has grown so dire that it will be the subject of a dedicated global summit later this month.

Mylan says middlemen and suppliers have forced them to jack-up the prices on EpiPens by hundreds of dollars, but two industry insiders say the company pays no more than $30 per device.

Thousands of people have left the Church of Denmark following a nationwide advertising campaign by the country’s atheist society. Between April and June, 10,000 people left the church – the highest number of registered withdrawals since 2007.

The Michigan state senate unanimously voted to let firms and researches test self-driving cars on Michigan roads without a person at the wheel.

 Top News – 9/8/2016

UNESCO Responds to Sanhedrin Demand for End to Muslim Occupation of Temple Mount
“According to God’s command, the people of Israel conquered the territory of Judah and the Temple Mount from the Canaanites under the leadership of Joshua the son of Nun and later by King David. These areas were sanctified for the people of Israel and for the construction of the Temple as a place of prayer every man.” Facing a strong international backlash against the resolution after the cancelled vote, Bokova backpedalled, saying in a July statement, “To deny or conceal any of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim traditions undermines the integrity of the site.”

Christian Conservatives Who Own Guns Have Different Attitudes than Those Who Do Not
In contrast to a widespread assumption, the research showed that it is more common for conservative Christians to own a gun than to not own one. Overall, 58% of SAGE Cons – the Spiritually Active, Governance Engaged Conservatives tracked in the ACFI research – currently own one or more guns. Nationally, it is estimated that about one out of three US adults own a firearm. That means that Christian conservatives are nearly twice as likely to own a gun as are adults who are not Christian conservatives.

Guccifer 2.0 angry about his DNC hack being blamed on Russians – WSJ
A person claiming to be the hacker responsible for leaking confidential materials from the Democratic Party told the Wall Street Journal that he is not connected to Russia and is angry that Moscow is getting all the credit for his actions. The hacker said he or she has “more info” that may be leaked to the public.

Report: Israelis and Palestinians agree to meet in principle Moscow
The report, released by Russian news agency Interfax, says that the two sides have agreed to a meeting in principle; it is the second of its kind in just three days.

EPA caught running ‘illegal’ experiments on humans
“EPA has been sponsoring experiments on human subjects involving exposures to small particle air pollution that EPA has declared publicly and repeatedly to be toxic, lethal, and carcinogenic,” the organization said. “This creates a dilemma for EPA: Either it broke the law by sponsoring human experiments forbidden under law and medical ethics, or its repeated claims to Congress and the American people about the health threat of exposure to low levels of particulate matter were a lie.”

Men Without Work: Millions Missing From The Workforce
Why are so many men in their prime working years unemployed? The Obama administration would have us believe that unemployment is low in this country, but that is not true at all. In fact, one author quoted by NPR says that “it’s kind of worse than it was in the depression in 1940.

Geophysicist says earthquake happened on newly discovered fault
According to a geophysicist, Saturday’s earthquake in Pawnee, Oklahoma happened on a newly discovered fault zone. Oklahoma researchers use a map of fault zones to predict where the next earthquake could happen, but Saturday’s quake was on a fault researchers said they didn’t know about.

Three Consecutive Earthquakes Hit Off Russia’s Bering Island Read more: https://sputniknews.com/environment/20160908/1045073359/russia-bering-island-
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has occurred off Russia’s Bering Island, the US Geological Survey reports. Earthquake © AFP 2016/ Richter magnitude scale Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake Strikes Off Philippines Coast – USGS MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has occurred off Russia’s Bering Island, followed by three more quakes of a lesser magnitude, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

WW3 WARNING Planet closer to catastrophic World War III than at any time for SIXTY years…
THE world is closer to a catastrophic and bloody World War III than at any other point in the past 60 years, experts have warned. Russia and China, both of which are pumping vast amounts of money into their militaries, could soon rival the US in terms of power and prestige. All three nations want to remain a global superpower – if not the only one – and are preparing for war, it is claimed.

Russian SU-27 Jet Intercepts US Navy Spy Plane Over Black Sea
A Russian fighter jet carried out an intercept of US spy plane flying over the Black Sea, according to US Defense officials… A Russian fighter jet intercepted a US spy plane flying over the Black Sea, according to US Defense officials cited by the Reuters news agency. The officials said that there were multiple interactions between two aircraft and called the intercept by the Russian jet “unsafe and unprofessional.”

Islamic State group: Turkey and US ‘ready to invade capital’
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. Mr Erdogan said US President Barack Obama floated the idea of joint action against the militants when they met at the G20 summit in China. He said Turkey would have “no problem” with such action.

Red river near Arctic nickel plant examined by inspectors
Russian environmental inspectors are trying to establish why a river near the Norilsk Nickel industrial complex in the Arctic has turned blood-red. Dramatic pictures of the discoloured Daldykan river have been posted widely on Russian media. The government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta says a leaking slurry pipeline carrying waste copper-nickel concentrate could be to blame.

Brexit: Donald Tusk tells Theresa May ‘ball’s in UK’s court’
European Council president Donald Tusk told Theresa May “the ball is now in your court” as the pair discussed the next steps on Brexit. Meeting the prime minister at Downing Street, Mr Tusk said the other 27 member states were waiting to see when the UK would formally trigger its departure from the EU. It is “in everyone’s interest” for this to start as soon as possible, he added.

Palestinian High Court suspends municipal elections
The Palestinian High Court of Justice ordered the suspension of the Palestinian municipal elections in the West Bank and Gaza until an undetermined date. The elections were supposed to take place in 416 locales on October 8. The High Court’s decision comes in response to a petition submitted by a Palestinian lawyer…because they will not be held in Jerusalem…

Report: Russia says Abbas, Netanyahu agree to meet in Moscow
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had agreed in principle to meet in Moscow, Interfax news agency reported. It would be the first meeting between the Israeli and Palestinian leader since the two last met officially in 2010.

Oklahoma mother, daughter arrested after alleged incestuous marriage
A mother and daughter from Oklahoma are accused of having an incestuous marriage. Patricia Spann, 43, and Misty Spann, 25, were married in March 2016 in Comanche County, court records show. Police say Patricia is Misty’s biological mother.

Brexit vote sparks new revolt by EU states
Former communist states are planning to exploit the fallout of Brexit with a “counter-revolution” designed to block migrant deals and assert the power of national governments over Brussels.

Shi’ite militia says sends 1,000 more fighters to Syria’s Aleppo
An Iraqi Shi’ite militia fighting in Syria on the government’s side has sent more than 1,000 extra fighters to southern parts of Aleppo over the past two days to reinforce its positions, the group’s spokesman Hashim al-Moussawi said on Wednesday.

Tampons coming to men’s rooms at Brown University
Brown University’s student body president will be hand-delivering menstrual products to all nonresidential bathrooms on campus, including men’s rooms, with the help of 20 other students.

Jerusalem Temple Floor Restored With Sacred Tiles
A Jerusalem temple floor of tile fragments from the Temple Mount – called “the most sacred site in Judaism” – has been restored for the first time by archaeologists.

Top Headlines – 9/8/2016

Soviet docs show Mahmoud Abbas was KGB agent, report says

Russian jet flies within 10 feet of US Navy spy plane, defense official says

Netanyahu vows to give EU ‘new understanding’ of Israel’s role in war on terror

Israel returns all bodies of East Jerusalem terrorists

American UN Envoy Samantha Power: ‘Undeniable’ That Antisemitism Is Getting Worse in Some Parts of the World

Israel: Rise of Social Media Linked to Rising Anti-Semitism

Dutch member of parliament refuses to shake Netanyahu’s hand

In bid to preserve history, Egypt looks out for Jewish antiquities

Plans for Japanese funded industrial park in Jericho moving forward

Israel begins work on NIS 2 billion underground Gaza barrier

Israel Strikes Syria After Projectile Lands in Golan Heights

Syria: The long path to peace

Syrian opposition says to reject any US/Russia deal unlike own plan

7 killed as scene of alleged Aleppo chlorine attack targeted again

Water supplies in Syria deteriorating fast due to conflict, experts warn

Iraqi Shi’ite militia says sends 1,000 more fighters to Syria’s Aleppo

Turkey says ready to help any U.S. initiative to capture Raqqa

US says Libya close to eliminating ISIS from Sirte

‘Real threat’ of ISIS terror in Australia

‘I will eat you alive’: Philippines leader Duterte vows revenge on ISIS affiliate

American Pastor Buys Weapons for Christian Militia Fighting ISIS in Iraq

UNICEF Report Finds Half of All Refugees Are Now Children

Nearly 50 million children uprooted: A global crisis by the numbers

Iran’s president: Saudi should be ‘punished’ for hajj deaths

Clinton defends Iran nuke deal, says US ‘not being played’ by Tehran

Journalists Caught in the Crossfire of the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

2 years after cease-fire weary Ukraine still at war

North Korea calls on ‘U.S. imperialist aggressors’ to leave Korean peninsula

Obama Puts South China Sea Back on Agenda at Summit

Pressing Asia Agenda, Obama Treads Lightly on Human Rights

Duterte, Obama shake hands and chat after rift over insult

Obama Administration Spends Another $10 Million To Register New Immigrant Voters

Taking page from Trump? UK building ‘big new wall’ to stop illegal immigrants

Mexico finance minister out in shakeup after unpopular Trump visit

Trump says Putin ‘a leader far more than our president’

Defense Secretary Warns Russia to Stay Out of U.S. Elections

Top spy: ‘Russians hack our systems all the time’

Nancy Pelosi asks Paul Ryan to ban GOP from using hacked documents

Paperless voting could fuel ‘rigged’ election claims

DHS chief has ‘a lot of confidence’ in security of US electoral infrastructure

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell gave Clinton tips for private email use

FBI director defends Clinton email probe, document releases

Assange says Clinton leaks might come as early as next week

Cuba is blocking text messages that contain words like ‘democracy’

Brexit vote sparks new revolt by EU states

‘Wolf Boys’: 2 American teens become brutal hitmen for feared Mexican drug cartel

Trump slams ‘dumbest’ foreign policy as Clinton vows no more troops in Iraq

Trump promises huge boost in military spending

War Games: Inside The Hardcore World Of Military Simulations

NASA set to launch near-Earth asteroid mission

US Geological Survey upgrades Pawnee quake to 5.8 magnitude

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Nikol’skoye, Russia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Iquique, Chile

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Nikol’skoye, Russia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Palu, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Calama, Chile

New earthquake activity in Katla volcano

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 26,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

River in Russia Mysteriously Turns Blood Red

California to extend most ambitious US climate change law

Rep brings mosquitoes to House floor, as Zika funding fight flares

WHO strengthens Zika safe sex guidance

This new gene technology could wipe out entire species – to save others

Dems use ObamaCare crisis to revive ‘public option’ push

Dems Praise Obama’s Effort To Prevent States From Defunding Planned Parenthood

‘Let God take you’: Woman said she left her blind, autistic son in field until he died, police say

Oklahoma mother, daughter arrested after alleged incestuous marriage

Masturbating in public is not illegal, Italy’s highest court rules

Tampons coming to men’s rooms at Brown University

Teach yoga and meditation to ‘unplug children’, says education minister

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BREAKING NEWS: Texas high school shooting: Shooter dead, 2 injured

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 09:28 AM PDT

One person is dead after a shooting Thursday morning at Alpine High School in western Texas, a county attorney said.The shooter in the Alpine High…

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Sensitivity Video Teaches Police to Ask Transgenders Their Preferred Pronoun, Allow Restroom Preference

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 07:20 AM PDT

A sensitivity training video recently released by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) teaches police officers nationwide to ask men who identify as women and…

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Did thousands of birds detect an earthquake was about to hit Oklahoma?

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 07:12 AM PDT

I remember years ago hearing about all the animals that fled from the coastlines along the banks of Sri Lanka and Indonesia prior to the…

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Girls exposed to transgender twerking & grinding in locker room Leads To Lawsuit

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 07:05 AM PDT

(By Todd Starnes) A Minnesota public high school is accused of turning a blind eye as a transgender student engaged in twerking, grinding and all…

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9th of Av: Think twice before messing with Israel

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 07:01 AM PDT

(By Bill Federer) Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 B.C. on the date in the Jewish calendar 9th of Av,…

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FEDS caught running ‘illegal’ experiments on humans

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 06:57 AM PDT

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been arguing for years that the presence of small particulates, things like diesel engine emissions and the smokestack vapor…

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UPDATE: Oklahoma Quake Upgraded To 5.8 Magnitude, Strongest Ever Recorded

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 06:54 AM PDT

Looks like what many in Oklahoma speculated about the recent powerful earthquake that struck their region turned out to be true. Many speculated that the recent…

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Brexit Vote Sparks New Revolt By EU States…

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 06:48 AM PDT

Looks like the “Distress of Nations” mentioned in Luke 21 may be picking up ace again as Former communist states are planning to exploit the…

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Women freezing their eggs while they wait for the “perfect” father

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 06:44 AM PDT

Here’s a bizarre story coming out today. Women are now freezing their eggs as they wait for “Mr. Perfect” to arrive. They are often portrayed…

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Clinton Campaign Warns Media To Not Speak On Hillary’s Health

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 06:35 AM PDT

Looks like the Clinton Administration is making threats again and this time it’s against the Main Stream Media. Hillary Clinton’s campaign is working the refs hard…

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Netanyahu and Abbas Agree To Meet in Russia For “Peace Talks”

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 06:18 AM PDT

The Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had agreed to meet in Moscow…

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Oklahoma mother, daughter arrested after alleged incestuous marriage

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 05:36 AM PDT

As we get closer and closer to the coming of the Lord we will see more and more stories like this one surfacing. A mother…

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Superbug Explosion Triggers U.N. General Assembly Meeting

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 05:27 AM PDT

Several times a week Brad Spellberg struggles with a difficult decision. A patient stumbles into his emergency room in southern California suffering from familiar symptoms:…

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Omaha schools pushing transgender politics on students

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 05:21 AM PDT

The Omaha Public School Board of Education is scheduled to hold a second vote on a volatile policy that would include adding gender identity –…

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Franklin Graham Says ‘Socialists and Atheists Are Scared to Death of the Church’

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 05:09 AM PDT

Commenting on how Christians over the centuries have provided – free of government interference – assistance, food, shelter, training, and health care to the poor,…

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Humanity closer to World War III than at any time in past 60 Years

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 04:51 AM PDT

The world is closer to a catastrophic and bloody World War III than at any other point in the past 60 years, experts have warned….

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The Rise Of Sologamy: Disturbing Marriage Perversion Trend Rising Rapidly

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 04:35 AM PDT

The next frontier of marriage appears to be sologamy—that is, to marry oneself. “Self-Marriage is a commitment to valuing and prioritizing self-love and self-care within…

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Island Reappearing in Rapidly Depleting Sea of Galilee Could Signal Beginning of Messianic Prophecy

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 04:27 AM PDT

Are we witnessing more fulfilment of “Bible Prophecy”? A new report is indicating that an island that has recently appeared in the middle of the…

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UK Takes Page From Trump to Stop Illegal Immigrants

Posted: 07 Sep 2016 05:56 PM PDT

In what could be a “told you so” moment for Donald Trump, the U.K. on Tuesday announced plans to build a “big new wall” at…

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WAR DRUMS: Large Hezbollah Force is Building on the Golan Border

Posted: 07 Sep 2016 05:41 PM PDT

War could be on near horizon in the Mideast as reports are indicating that a large Hezbollah force, backed by the Syrian army and pro-Iranian…

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Goldman Sachs bans top employees from donating to Trump campaign

Posted: 07 Sep 2016 05:36 PM PDT

Goldman Sachs has enacted a set of rules that bans the firm’s top employees from contributing to certain campaigns, including the Trump-Pence ticket. The rules…

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Obama Nominates Possible First Muslim-American Judge to Federal Court

Posted: 07 Sep 2016 02:31 PM PDT

We may have just witnessed the first Muslim-American Judge nominated to a US Federal Court. According to a new report today Muslim-American groups are applauding…

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Bakery Refuses to Write ‘Trump 2016’ on Cake…

Posted: 07 Sep 2016 02:27 PM PDT

A Facebook post shared by a Bossier Parish teen is getting a lot of attention. It reads, “Just left Albertsons. The woman behind the cake…

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FBI Director Defends Clinton Email Probe, Document Releases

Posted: 07 Sep 2016 02:23 PM PDT

FBI Director James Comey is defending the bureau’s Friday afternoon release of documents from the Hillary Clinton email investigation, saying “we don’t play games” and…

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Tropical Storm Newton could bring ‘life-threatening’ conditions to Arizona and New Mexico.

Posted: 07 Sep 2016 11:04 AM PDT

On the heels of the East Coast getting hammered by a hurricane, now report are indicating that At least two people have died due to Tropical…

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Disney World Starts Scanning Fingers of Kids as Young as 3

Posted: 07 Sep 2016 11:01 AM PDT

The technology that will pave the way for the future “Mark of the Beast” now appears to be closing in on the younger generation as…

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Large asteroid will come Ten times nearer to Earth than the moon today

Posted: 07 Sep 2016 10:53 AM PDT

An asteroid will pass extremely near our planet today. The 32ft (10 metre) long asteroid will pass by at a distance of one tenth of…

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1 in 6 Working Age Males Has No Job Under Obama

Posted: 07 Sep 2016 10:41 AM PDT

The numbers are in and after seven years of Obamanomics the economic climate in America is “worse than the depression.” One in six working-age males…

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The Briefing 09-08-16

My brother the mom? TIME preaches the moral revolution

Jesus vs. Christianity? The New York Times defines the new Christianity

Star Trek at 50: The worldview behind the Enterprise

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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.

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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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Last Night’s “Commander in Chief” Forum: Navy Vet Tells Hillary “I Would Have Been Imprisoned” If I Did What You Did (VIDEO)

(From Zerohedge)

“As a Naval flight officer I held the top secret sensitive compartmentalized information clearance. And that provided me access with materials and information highly sensitive to our war fighting capabilities. Had I communicated this information not following the prescribed protocols I would have been prosecuted and imprisoned. Secretary Clinton, how can you expect those such as myself who are and were trusted with America’s most sensitive information to have any confidence in your leadership as president when you clearly corrupted our national security.”

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Alcoholic Pastor, Perry Noble, Says He Will Return To Ministry

Not so fast, says Jeff Maples of Pulpit & Pen.  “Let’s be clear,” he warns, “if God is ever going to use Perry Noble for ministry, the first thing Perry Noble is going to have to do is repent.”  What sins has he committed that he must repent of?  According to Maples, for sinning against God and “misrepresenting him all those years he was pretending to be a pastor.” Likewise, “He needs to repent for all of his false teachings. He needs to repent for leading countless thousands upon thousands of his followers astray, away from the truth and into the darkness. He needs to repent to his family for being a hypocrite, a liar, and a bad leader. And he needs to turn to Jesus Christ in full faith and submit himself to the absolute final authority of Scripture and find a solid, bible-believing church to submit to for teaching and training in righteousness.”

perry-noble-2Perry Noble recently told his Facebook followers that he has completed alcoholic rehab, and would return to ministry–eventually. Noble, the man who is credited with single-handedly building the seeker-friendly Southern Baptist megachurch, Newspring, in Anderson, SC, was fired from his church. Noble is well known for his faulty biblical exposition, unsound theology, and an anger streak that could bring out the worst in anyone. He says,

I spent 30 days in a treatment facility in Arizona from mid-July until mid-August. Being in that place allowed me to come face to face with issues from my past as well as my current struggle, and placed me in a place to successfully overcome my overmedication via alcohol.

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An Inheritance Swap

Unfathomable Grace

In the beginning, the perfect God created a perfect planet, containing a perfect garden, filled with perfect animals, stewarded by perfect people. All was grand as Adam and Eve enjoyed perfect spiritual communion, intellectual veracity, emotional stability, relational intimacy, vocational satisfaction, physical health, and environmental stability. This is what God intended for his friends.

Then it happened. Sometimes this tragic episode has been called “The Fall” because the result was the entire human race falling from grace. Perhaps it could be better labeled “The Rebellion,” for it was no accident when perfectly wise individuals defied the one stated rule of their Creator. Yes, willfully, just as Satan and the demons arrogantly rebelled against God in the heavens, so the first couple defied God on earth. Truth claims were compared and contrasted. Free choices were made. Trust was transferred from the Creator to a created being. Spiritual alliances were formed. Sides were taken, and on one side were God and his obedient angels, on the other…

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Obama proposes rule to prevent states from defunding Planned Parenthood


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This story is from Life News, and I think it nicely shows just how pro-abortion Obama, and his Democrat Party supporters, are.


Pro-abortion President Barack Obama has proposed a new rule that would essentially prohibit states from defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business and a leading pro-life member of Congress is not happy about it.

The proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could prevent states from blocking Title X funding (federal dollars for family planning services) to abortion companies like Planned Parenthood.

“This latest stunt from President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services should surprise absolutely no one,” Rep. Diane Black told LifeNews.com

“We’ve known all along that the Obama Administration will go to untold lengths to protect its friends in the big abortion industry. After all, this Administration has previously used backdoor maneuvers to line…

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Interview with Lee Strobel – Part 2 (Cold Case Christianity Broadcast #71)

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Lee Strobel and describes the evidence he assessed when trying to determine if the Gospels were reliable accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus. What forms of evidence can we use to determine if the Gospels are telling us the truth? This video is excerpted from a Sunday morning service at Woodlands Church in Woodlands, Texas.

Here is the audio podcast (the Cold-Case Christianity Weekly Podcast is located on iTunes or our RSS Feed):


Source: Interview with Lee Strobel – Part 2 (Cold Case Christianity Broadcast #71)

Rebuilding Trust After a Deep Hurt

Rebuilding trust takes time when someone–husband or wife, or a close friend–has deeply hurt you. Do you fear forgiving the one who hurt you? This post by Donna Hart, PhD, a staff counselor at Biblical Counselor, appeared first here at her website and is used with permission.

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When we forgive a person who has sinned against us it means that we will no longer hold the sin against the offender. It does not mean that the relationship returns to where it was before.

Often a husband or wife may fear forgiving their spouse who has committed adultery, thinking that forgiveness means they have to immediately trust the spouse again. Trust will take time to rebuild, and the adulterous spouse will have to live out the consequences of their sin with patient endurance, persistently demonstrating trustworthiness.

God Calls You to Forgive

In the meantime, God calls the innocent spouse to forgive. He knows the spouse is not going to feel like forgiving, but our forgiving another is based on God’s forgiveness of us (Matthew 6:12, 14). God does not wait for us to be trustworthy before He forgives us.

He is aware of the sin that is deep within all of our hearts and knows it would be foolish to entrust Himself to us. He moves toward us in the middle of our guilt and shame offering us forgiveness. In the same way, we can move toward others before we feel safe, before we trust, and before there is proof of change.

Forgiveness: One Part of Reconciliation

Forgiveness is not the end of the process, but a part of the larger process of reconciliation that aims to restore the broken relationship. If we forgive someone but say we don’t want a relationship anymore, then there is no process underway.

How would you feel if God said, “I forgive you, but I don’t want a relationship with you?”

When we repent of our sin, accept Him as Savior, and ask for forgiveness, God forgives us and makes us His beloved children. We belong to Him as children who owe Him an enormous debt of love. God’s forgiveness leads to relationship – not away from relationship. The forward-looking goal of forgiveness is to have a goodwill attitude toward the offender, to avoid alienation, and make a future relationship with restored community.

The goal in forgiveness is reconciliation, not separation.

When to Delay Reconciliation

We are called by God to forgive those who sin against us and we must be ready and willing to do so, but pursuing reconciliation is complex and not automatic. There are, however, situations and sins that call for a delay in reconciliation or even an intentional separation from one another.

If the offender has not repented or acknowledged their sin, and does not seek forgiveness, we can still grant forgiveness, but reconciliation is not warranted.

It may be wise to delay reconciliation because of exceptional circumstances – such as situations of immediate danger or harm – to bring the offender to true repentance. In certain circumstances, not creating and maintaining separation may facilitate and assist a person’s sin.

Separation can be purposeful and must be done with a desire for God to rescue a loved one from a particular sins such as child abuse, chronic deceit/lying, physical or sexual assault, adultery, drunkenness, persistent verbal and emotional cruelty, a gambling addiction, and things like these. Constructive loving kindness means saying “no” and waiting for genuine change.

When trust is broken, restoration can be a long process determined by changing attitudes and actions of the offender. Words and tears are not enough and will never restore trust. When an offender genuinely repents, there is an acceptance and understanding that rebuilding trust will take time.

Restoration in these situations requires clarity of confession from the offender, authentic repentance, taking responsibility and providing restitution as appropriate.

Joseph Learned to Trust Again

The story of Joseph in the book of Genesis 42-45 gives us a picture of someone who has forgiven his brothers for their severe sins against him. Joseph wisely withholds reconciliation until his brothers have acknowledged their sin and demonstrated true remorse.

Joseph strongly desires to be reunited with his family, but refrains from restoring relationship until they bear fruit in keeping with repentance (Matthew 3:8). The fruit is seen in changed attitudes, new desires, and self-sacrificing behavior for the benefit of others.

Is your heart willing to move toward another after forgiveness has taken place? Take some time to analyze your heart and the reasons for your actions.

Use the following questions to probe your thinking:

  • Can you think of some ways you have avoided true reconciliation with someone you have been called to forgive how could you start to pursue true reconciliation with that person today?
  • How do you know you have truly forgiven a person even though reconciliation is delayed?
  • How can intentionally create distance in that relationship be motivated by a desire to reconcile?
  • Are you willing to be patient and wait on the Lord through whatever time it takes for the person to bear fruit of a changed attitude, desire, and care for another?

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TV’s Assault on Truth (D. Groothuis)

The Reformed Reader

book cover (This is a slightly edited re-post from Sept, 2012).

The appendix of Truth Decayby Douglas Groothuis is a short essay that describes how television is a “potent agent of truth decay” in today’s postmodern (or post-postmodern) world.  I found the essay to be helpful, so I’ll summarize Groothuis’ five ways television has contributed (and does contribute) to the decay of truth in our culture. (Note: this has to do with movies as well.)

First, television emphasizes the moving image over written and spoken language.  It is image-driven, image-saturated, and image-controlled.   …When the image overwhelms and subjugates the word, the ability to think, write, and communicate in a linear and logical fashion is undermined.  Television’s images have their immediate effect on us, but that effect is seldom to cause us to pursue their truth or falsity.  …As Kenneth Myers stresses, ‘A culture that is rooted more in images…

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The source of the righteousness that justifies

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

19 Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; 20 because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:19-20 (NASB) 

The real Gospel is not entertaining. It is not “fun.” It is not hip. It is not cool. No, it is blunt and abrupt and not politically correct. It calls everyone a sinner with no exceptions and those who are justified by God are so on the basis of the righteousness of another while they remain completely undeserving. Not one of them can take credit for their own salvation. After they have been baptized into Christ, they remain “sinners saved by grace.” They are not perfect…

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