September 12, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Sep. 12, 2016 |

BLOOMBERG

Investors nursing wounds after the worst selloff in three months for equity and debt markets got another stress to ponder after concerns over Hillary Clinton’s health flared anew.

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart repeated his call for a “serious discussion” about raising interest rates at the U.S. central bank’s meeting later this month, even after some recent disappointing economic indicators.

Samsung Electronics lost $22 billion of market value over two days as investors factor in a bigger hit to its bottom line from widening bans and warnings on its Note 7 smartphones.

Elon Musk unveiled a new version of Tesla Motors Inc. ‘s Autopilot software on Sunday, saying its emphasis on radar over cameras to guide semi-autonomous cars might have saved the life of a driver in May.

Lawyers who defend companies in product liability cases are celebrating an unusual order by a federal judge in Columbus, Georgia. In it, he told attorneys for the other side-the ones who represent injured consumers-that he was going to crack down on frivolous claims, and that the penalty could come from their wallet.

AP Top Stories

A man charged with committing a terrorist act and attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a man in Sydney was inspired by the Islamic State group, police said Sunday.

At least 13 people were killed and 203 injured in northwest Tanzania when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit the country Saturday, local authorities told AFP.

Eight youths left FARC rebel camps in Colombia on Saturday, as the insurgents began relocating children and teenagers as part of a historic peace agreement, the Red Cross said Saturday.

Saudi authorities deployed drones to watch over nearly 2 million pilgrims as they descended Mount Arafat on Sunday and entered the haj’s final stages, part of stepped-up efforts to avoid a repeat of last year’s crush amid an escalating war of words with Iran.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called for the withdrawal of U.S. military from a restive southern island, fearing an American troop presence could complicate offensives against Islamist militants notorious for beheading Westerners.

Turkey’s military said Sunday that its warplanes killed 20 Islamic State group fighters in an attack on targets in northern Syria, while Turkey’s president renewed a pledge to destroy the group.

John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, has been released from a Washington mental hospital for good, more than 35 years after the shooting.

Floods have damaged tens of thousands of buildings in northeastern North Korea after the worst downpour there for decades, state media said on Sunday, urging all soldiers and civilians to join a drive to help victims.

Native Americans protesting construction of a North Dakota oil pipeline near land they consider sacred on Saturday quietly celebrated the U.S. government’s decision to pause construction on federally owned land, and vowed to press for a full halt to the project.

Israeli aircraft struck Syrian army positions on Saturday after fire from its war-torn neighbour hit the Israeli-held zone of the Golan Heights earlier in the day, the military said.

The European Union will more than double emergency aid to Greece in order to improve living conditions for refugees and migrants who have been stranded in the country for months. Some 115 million euros ($129 million) in emergency support is being provided by the EU, in addition to 83 million euros earlier this year.

The Iraqi Army is preparing to close in on the northern city of Mosul, which has been under the fierce occupation of the Islamic State since July 2014. With a population once thought to reach nearly 2 million people, Mosul is the largest city ISIS holds, and the battle for it will be one of the largest ever against the armed group.

BBC

Five new pieces of debris that could belong to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been found in Madagascar. Two fragments appear to show burn marks, which if confirmed would be the first time such marks have been found.

A 95-year-old former SS medic has gone on trial in Germany, after his mass murder trial was postponed three times for health reasons. Hubert Zafke is accused of assisting in the killing of 3,681 people at the Auschwitz death camp.

Supporters of gay and lesbian rights marched to Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral in response to protests on Saturday opposing same-sex marriage.

The Colombian rebel group, the Farc, has handed over a first group of child soldiers as part of a peace accord signed with the government last month. The International Red Cross said the eight children would be given mental and physical examinations before being taken to temporary reception centers.

More than 13,000 Indonesian seaweed farmers have launched a massive class action in Australia’s federal court demanding compensation for the effects of Australia’s worst oil spill.

Three miners who have been trapped in an abandoned gold mine in the South African city of Johannesburg since Wednesday have emerged alive. The men fled the scene as soon as they came out fearing they would be arrested for illegal mining, police said. Others though remain trapped.

WND

Holidaymakers were forced to endure a terrifying two-hour flight alongside a migrant who repeatedly screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ and ‘death is coming’ – as it emerged the UK Home Office is using budget airlines to deport illegal immigrants.

Days before the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, terror group Al Qaeda has released a video referring to the day as a “slap” to the U.S. and calling on jihadis to carry out more attacks on U.S. soil.


 What if Hillary Has a Serious Medical Condition?

If however Hillary has a major medical condition, then she will have betrayed the Democratic Party, putting the election at risk by securing the nomination under false pretenses. Such a revelation would be explosive.

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Video: Mysterious Piece of Metal Appears to Fall Out of Hillary’s Pant Leg As She Collapses

At that moment a piece of metal appears to fall out of her right pant leg, making a distinct sound, and landing somewhere on the street.

A third handler grabs her left arm and they all three hoist her into the van as other members of her team surround her, seemingly attempting to block her from camera view. But the damage is already done.

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Pastors could face jail over anti-discrimination law – Todd Starnes

“Even a church could be seen as a place of public accommodation if it holds a secular event, such as a spaghetti supper, that is open to the general public,” the document states. “All persons, regardless of gender identity, shall have the right to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any place of public accommodation.”

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The Briefing 09-12-16

Terrorism and the reality of evil: 9/11 and the American mind

A terror cell of Islamic women in Paris: The threat of terrorism expands and still shocks

Inter-planetary Panspermia? A scientist argues for his own “improved” idea of Intelligent Design

The post The Briefing 09-12-16 appeared first on AlbertMohler.com.


Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes

HomelessJust like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate.  According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are homeless in America right now, but that figure is increasing by the day.  And it isn’t just adults that we are talking about.  It has been reported that that the number of homeless children in this country has risen by 60 percent since the last recession, and Poverty USA says that a total of 1.6 million children slept either in a homeless shelter or in some other form of emergency housing at some point last year.  Yes, the stock market may have been experiencing a temporary boom for the last couple of years, but for those on the low end of the economic scale things have just continued to deteriorate. (Read More….)


Top News – 9/12/2016

Oil falls as U.S. drills more
Oil fell for a second trading day in a row on Monday, after speculators cut their bullish bets by the most in three months last week and U.S. crude drillers added more rigs for a tenth week running.

Senator holding up Israel defense deal, insisting on role for Congress
“I’m offended that the administration would try to take over the appropriations process,” Graham, who chairs the Senate subcommittee on the foreign affairs budget, told The Washington Post over the weekend. “We can’t have the executive branch dictating what the legislative branch will do for a decade based on an agreement we are not a party to.”

Magnitude-5.3 earthquake jolts southeastern S. Korea: meteorological agency
SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) — An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 jolted the country’s southwestern region, South Korea’s meteorological agency said Monday. Busan Regional Meteorological Administration pinpointed the epicenter of the quake at 8 kilometers south of Gyeongju, some 371 kilometers southeast of Seoul. The quake was felt throughout Gyeongsang Province.

High Court scolds government for not upholding Western Wall deal
A Monday hearing on a 2013 petition against the Western Wall Heritage Foundation and the Prime Minister’s Office served as a forum for the High Court of Justice to scold the government for not upholding its deals…

Russia Flexes Military Might In Massive Military Exercise Involving 12,500 Troops In Crimea
The display of military might took place in Crimea on Friday as Russia showcased its ground, marine and air forces in the biggest exercises held on the strategic peninsula since its 2014 annexation from Ukraine. The drills involved 12,500 troops, fighter jets and anti-aircraft missiles, and happened at the Opuk training range on the Black Sea coast.

The worst condition Hillary Clinton suffers from isn’t pneumonia, it’s dishonesty
This display of infirmity came at the very worst moment possible: a ceremony to commemorate the victims of 9/11. America feels vulnerable, it needs direction and strength. The sight of Mrs Clinton’s fall suggests that she isn’t physically capable of providing either.

Pope Francis to address gathering of world’s wealthiest and most famous
Pope Francis will give an address to their inaugural gathering of the world’s top 500 CEOs and Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. The unprecedented meeting will take place in Rome and the Vatican on December 2-3. The two-day conference will be capped by an address from the Holy Father, Time announced Tuesday.

Duterte says he wants US special forces out of southern Philippines
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called for the withdrawal of US military from a restive southern island, fearing an American troop presence could complicate offensives against Islamist militants notorious for beheading Westerners.

Scientists find DNA of bacterium behind London’s Great Plague
This is the first time that plague DNA from 17th-century Britain has been pinpointed and marks a breakthrough in Great Plague research. The 1665 outbreak was Britain’s last major bubonic plague outbreak and claimed the lives of an estimated 100,000 Londoners.

Turkey removes two dozen elected mayors in Kurdish militant crackdown
Turkey appointed new administrators in two dozen Kurdish-run municipalities on Sunday after removing their elected mayors over suspected links to militants… Police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse demonstrators outside local government buildings in Suruc on the Syrian border as new administrators took over, security sources said. There were smaller protests elsewhere in the town.

Calm before storm? Pressure mounts as MSM admits Clinton’s health is ‘campaign issue’
Hillary Clinton’s admission that she has pneumonia after allegedly becoming “overheated” at a 9/11 event has even some in MSM acknowledging that the issue of the Democratic candidate’s health can no longer be ignored, as her tour has been put on hold.

Mexico Helping Unvetted African Migrants to U.S. Border, Many From Al-Shabaab Terror Hotbed
Hundreds of African asylum seekers have flooded Mexican border cities with the U.S. in an effort to get to California and Texas to obtain U.S. asylum — many of the unvetted migrants are from the terror hotbed of Somalia. Rather than having to hide along the way, the African migrants have been getting a special permit from Mexico that gives them a free pass to the U.S. border.

US military: Iranian behavior getting worse in Persian Gulf
Iran has stepped up its harassment of U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf, angering the U.S. military and members of Congress. Since the international nuclear deal with Iran was implemented in early January, the number of incidents involving U.S. and Iranian ships in the Gulf has approximately doubled.

Clinton cancels California trip after pneumonia diagnosis
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has cancelled a campaign trip to California after being diagnosed with pneumonia. Mrs Clinton was taken ill on Sunday at a 9/11 memorial ceremony and was seen stumbling as she left the event early. The candidate’s team initially said she was “overheated”, later revealing she had been diagnosed on Friday with pneumonia.

Mexicans march for gay marriage after opponents rally
Supporters of gay and lesbian rights marched to Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral in response to protests on Saturday opposing same-sex marriage. Demonstrators carried banners saying “I respect your family, respect mine.” The cardinal of Mexico City, Norberto Rivera Carrera, denied the Catholic church was behind the protests in cities across the country.

Senator holding up Israel defense deal, insisting on role for Congress
Senator Lindsey Graham is holding up the conclusion of a critical, decade-long defense deal between the US and Israel…that would increase US aid …next year by over $300 million… Graham’s effort is an intentional finger in the eye to the Obama administration, which has spent over a year negotiating a complex memorandum of understanding with Israel that will…increase US defense aid…from $3.1 billion to $3.3 billion a year in 2018.

Murder Rates Rose in a Quarter of the Nation’s 100 Largest Cities
Murder rates rose significantly in 25 of the nation’s 100 largest cities last year, according to an analysis by The New York Times of new data compiled from individual police departments.

NHS chiefs warn that hospitals in England are on the brink of collapse
The body that represents hospitals across England has issued a startling warning that the NHS is close to breaking point because of its escalating cash crisis.

Florida “earthquakes” actually Navy’s 10,000-pound bombs
Another apparent earthquake off Florida’s Atlantic coast has been attributed to the U.S. Navy testing the seaworthiness of a new vessel. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the Navy conducted a shock trial Sept. 4 on the USS Milwaukee off the Volusia and Flagler county coastlines.

Hillary Reportedly Rushed Out Of 9/11 Memorial After Suffering ‘Medical Episode’
Hillary Clinton reportedly suffered some sort of “medical episode” at Sunday’s 15th anniversary of 9/11 memorial service. According to Fox News’ Rick Leventhal, the Democratic presidential nominee was escorted from the memorial ahead of schedule and fainted on the way to her van.

Salt Cave Collapses Near Lot’s Wife in Sodom — Family Escapes
An avalanche of rocks caused the collapse of at least one of the salt caves around the area of Sodom, near the site where the formation known as Lot’s Wife stands, as the Sabbath drew to a close on Saturday. The caves are located along the Israeli shoreline of the southern end of the Dead Sea.

Huge 5.1 magnitude earthquake shakes Pacific island
A MASSIVE 5.1 magnitude earthquake has rocked the Pacific Island of Papua New Guinea.

Magnitude-5.3 quake hits Macedonia; at least 30 injured
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 struck on the outskirts of Macedonia’s capital on Sunday, injuring at least 30 people and causing minor damage to buildings, authorities said.

5.9-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Northern Tanzania, Killing at Least 11
A 5.9-magnitude earthquake has left at least 11 dead in the Lake Victoria region of northern Tanzania on Saturday. According to the Associated Press, the country’s president, John Magufuli, said that many had been killed by the quake that struck at 3:27 p.m. local time.


Top Headlines – 9/12/2016

Mahmoud Abbas: It’s Israel that’s ‘carrying out ethnic cleansing’

Netanyahu says Palestinians want a state without Jews

Israeli officials not invited to UN Middle East peace seminar

Report: Netanyahu and Erdogan will meet

Israel targets Syrian artillery after projectile lands in Golan Heights

At least 90 killed in Syria, including 28 children, after ceasefire plan announced

Syrian rebels give cautious backing to ceasefire deal

Hezbollah backs Syria ceasefire

Iran welcomes Syria ceasefire

New tricks make ISIS, once easily tracked, a sophisticated opponent

‘Homeland’ for Christians in Middle East pushed to protect them from ISIS genocide campaign

Libyan troops recapture key oil terminals from militia

At least 21 civilians killed in Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen

Rubio demands documents from Obama proving Iran money was not ‘ransom’

Drones keep watch as pilgrims move to haj’s final stages

Passengers terrified on easyJet flight as deported migrant screams ‘death is coming’ 17 times

Teen suspected of plotting ‘imminent’ attack on Paris, report says

France foiling terror plots ‘daily’ – Prime Minister Manuel Valls

France’s premier warns of new attacks, 15,000 people on police radar

France must ‘pre-emptively’ detain all suspected terrorists, says Nicolas Sarkozy

US response to 9/11 increased the global terror threat – Hollande

On eve of 9/11 anniversary, Al Qaeda threatens more attacks

15 years later, Americans feel more vulnerable to terrorism

Fifteen years after 9/11, the next president will face greater risks and a weaker military to combat them

Clinton has health ‘episode’ at 9/11 memorial, doctor says she has pneumonia

Doctors: Pneumonia is serious but Clinton should bounce back

Clinton ‘overheated’ on coolest day, just 75 degrees, breezy

Clinton’s stumble brings health, age into campaign limelight

Trump silent on Clinton health scare, but has long pushed idea she’s not well enough

Hillary’s media is torching its standards to cover the election

CIA Director John Brennan warns of Russian hacking

Putin playing Trump as ‘unwitting agent,’ former CIA chief says

Russia flexes muscles with large military drills in Crimea

China-Russia Launch South China Sea Naval Wargames

North Korea ready for another nuclear test any time: South Korea

South Korea prepares for ‘worst case scenario’ with North Korea

North Korea nuclear test: South would reduce Pyongyang ‘to ashes’

North Korea says sanctions push after nuclear test ‘laughable’

Mexico Helping Unvetted African Migrants to U.S. Border, Many From Al-Shabaab Terror Hotbed

More Anti-Government Protests Coming In Venezuela; Turning Point Can Be ‘Explosive’

Asia markets tumble as traders get jitters over the Fed’s next move

Florida “earthquakes” actually Navy’s 10,000-pound bombs

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Skopje, Macedonia

Fresh earthquake activity in Katla volcano

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Typhoon Meranti to intensify before striking Taiwan Wednesday

Tropical Storm Orlene forms in the East Pacific, likely to become hurricane

Washington’s decision on Louisiana Flood recovery: Timing is a concern

Life-altering science moves fast, sparking debate

Scientists find DNA of bacterium behind London’s Great Plague

Ecstasy making a comeback as purity rises in MDMA form, experts warn

Mexicans march for gay marriage, day after opponents rally

Prominent LGBTI Australians call for same-sex marriage plebiscite to be scrapped

Religious shift on same-sex marriage: Anglicans should vote ‘according to conscience’

Murder Rates Rose in a Quarter of the Nation’s 100 Largest Cities

New York City is Sinking Leaving Experts Scrambling For Solutions

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 09:33 AM PDT

New York City was proactive on tackling climate change risks long before Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across the boroughs in autumn 2012. Former Mayor Michael…

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U.S. Special Forces No Longer Welcomed In Philippines

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 09:29 AM PDT

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called for the withdrawal of U.S. military from a restive southern island, fearing an American troop presence could complicate…

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Hillary Health ‘CONSPIRACY’ Goes ‘Mainstream’ – Who’s Laughing now?

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 09:25 AM PDT

In the blink of an eye Sunday, the attitude about Hillary Clinton’s health among the nation’s “mainstream” media went from dismissing them as nutty “conspiracy…

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Why did Hillary hug a child while suffering from pneumonia?

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 09:22 AM PDT

Here is a very logical question to be asking today. Why is Hillary Clinton embracing a young child after leaving her daughter’s apartment – despite…

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Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake Strikes Southeastern South Korea

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 08:01 AM PDT

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 jolted the country’s southwestern region, South Korea’s meteorological agency said Monday. Busan Regional Meteorological Administration pinpointed the epicenter…

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Meteor spotted over North Carolina In Broad Daylight

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 07:56 AM PDT

A fireball shooting over northeast North Carolina was witnessed by hundreds of onlookers, according to a nonprofit organization and local news reports. Just before sunset…

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DIVERSE PLACES: USGS urges Kansans to prepare for earthquakes like Californians

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 07:48 AM PDT

Oklahoma’s largest earthquake ever still has people talking. Saturday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake caused only minor damage in Kansas, but officials with the US Geological Survey…

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Are you ready for the Legalization of Incest, Necrophilia, Pedophilia, Zoophilia and More?

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 07:40 AM PDT

(By Bethany Blankley) By destroying the institution of marriage, the “gay rights” LBGQTI movement made possible the extension of similar “legal rights” for other “lifestyle…

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College to investigate vandalism of 9/11 memorial

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 07:30 AM PDT

Occidental College is investigating reports of vandalism to a 9/11 memorial on its Eagle Rock campus. The memorial, consisting of 2,997 tiny American flags, was…

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ISIS female fighters vow to attack West…

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 07:26 AM PDT

White Widow Sally Jones is heading up a secret army of female jihadis hellbent on launching a wave of suicide attacks in the West –…

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Cops using artificial intelligence to stop crimes Before they happen…

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 07:23 AM PDT

Cops are already using computers to stop crimes before they happen, academics have warned. In a major piece of research called “Artificial Intelligence and life…

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DEVELOPING: Stock Selloff Resumes Amid Concerns About Tighter Monetary Policy

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:49 AM PDT

Looks like it will be another brutal day on Wallstreet as Stocks, bonds and oil prices continued to fall Monday amid concerns about tighter monetary…

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DEVELOPING: Global Sell Off Threatens to Spiral as Central Banks Prepare to Wean Off Stimulus

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:43 AM PDT

Treasuries erased losses while U.S. equity futures pared a decline as the biggest selloff for U.S. assets since June eased before a Federal Reserve official…

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Life-threatening disease could alter US election

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:38 AM PDT

Could the US Elections be in jeopardy? Pneumonia, the disease that Hillary Clinton is suffering from in the middle of her election campaign, can become…

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Tom Brokaw: Hillary Needs to ‘go to a Hospital and see a Neurologist’

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:33 AM PDT

The acclaimed American journalist who has long supported Hillary Clinton’s campaign and has called on the media to treat Donald Trump’s candidacy as a threat…

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DEVELOPING: North Korea Ready for Another Nuclear Test Any Time

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:24 AM PDT

North Korea is ready to conduct an additional nuclear test at any time, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said on Monday, three days after the reclusive…

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Russia and China to conduct joint military exercises in South China Sea

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:14 AM PDT

Russia and China plan to conduct joint naval drills Monday through Sept. 19 in the South China Sea — the first time any country has…

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US and Japan scramble for ‘Strongest’ Sanctions Against N.Korea Yet

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:11 AM PDT

Washington and Tokyo are seeking “the strongest possible” measures against North Korea after its latest and most powerful nuclear test, a top US envoy said…

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Glyphosate Found in Childhood Vaccines

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:07 AM PDT

When you think of vaccines, you probably don’t get an image of Roundup going into your bloodstream. However, a discovery is revealing that Glyphosate, the…

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China’s Next Territorial Claim May be Hawaii and Almost the Entire Pacific Ocean

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:03 AM PDT

China’s territorial claims may be expanding in the near future. The never ending ups and downs of what is quickly becoming the hottest geostrategic flashpoint…

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Escaping the Last-Days Delusion That’s Seeping Into the Church

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 04:56 AM PDT

(By F. Dean. Hackett) It was the perfect setting—that would soon become the perfect storm. She had a perfect marriage. Truly, they never fought or…

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Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 04:53 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very…

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China Arrests Catholic Bishop Appointed by the Vatican

Posted: 11 Sep 2016 02:31 PM PDT

China’s Communist Party arrested the Vatican-appointed coadjutor bishop of Wenzhou, Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin, earlier this week because he hasn’t been approved by Chinese officials….

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FBI Arrests Kentucky Woman for Allegedly Promoting ISIS-Inspired Attacks

Posted: 11 Sep 2016 02:23 PM PDT

Just days before the fifteenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, federal authorities have arrested a Kentucky woman who allegedly advocated online for terrorist…

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Rare Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake Strikes Skopje, Macedonia

Posted: 11 Sep 2016 02:18 PM PDT

A rare 5.3 magnitude earthquake has struck Skopje, Macedonia on September 11th causing Loud booms, destroyed cars, ceilings collapsed and supermarket damages being reported. The…

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Another state issues transgender rules for churches

Posted: 11 Sep 2016 02:11 PM PDT

It looks like “Transgender Rules” for churches are now spreading to other states. President Obama’s transgender agenda has taken huge leaps forward in the last…

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On eve of 9/11 anniversary, Al Qaeda threatens more attacks

Posted: 11 Sep 2016 02:05 PM PDT

Days before the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, terror group Al Qaeda has released a video referring to the day as a “slap”…

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Hillary Clinton’s health just became a real issue in the presidential campaign

Posted: 11 Sep 2016 01:48 PM PDT

Hillary Clinton falling ill Sunday morning at a memorial service on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks will catapult questions about her health…

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DEVELOPING: Dozens of birds fall from sky in Boston, dead from unknown cause

Posted: 11 Sep 2016 01:43 PM PDT

Dozens of birds have mysteriously fallen out of the sky in Boston, prompting health officials to launch an investigation. A total of 47 grackles rained…

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Frontrunning: September 12

  • Selloff gathers pace as stimulus pullback fears deepen (Read More)
  • Clinton’s bout of pneumonia raises worries for Democrats (Read More)
  • Google’s Self-Driving Car Project Is Losing Out to Rivals (Read More)
  • OPEC sees more oil supply from rivals, implying larger 2017 surplus (Read More)
  • Oil falls as U.S. drills more (Read More)
  • Bridgewater Said to Get $22.5 Billion in New Money Since 2015 (Read More)
  • North Korea ready for another nuclear test any time (Read More)
  • China Rethinks Its Alliance With Reeling Venezuela (Read More)
  • Florida Tests Divergent Strategies of Clinton, Trump (Read More)
  • Italy to cut growth forecasts – economy minister tells paper (Read More)
  • HSBC Banking Vice Chairman Spencer Lake Leaves Firm After Decade (Read More)
  • Hanjin ship unloads in U.S. as fresh funds pledged (Read More)
  • Brexit Banks Risk Finding No Offices If Quitting London for EU (Read More)
  • Six shot, one dead, at Alabama rally: media reports (Read More)
  • New Tricks Make ISIS, Once Easily Tracked, a Sophisticated Opponent (Read More)

Random Good Things For Edification

What does being a husband mean?
Things you should know about male headship.
Things you should know about female submission.
Biblical modesty for women.
What about the long ending of the Gospel of Mark — does it belong?
Good reviews of two Ben Hur movies — 1959 and 2016.  Much of what the review says about the 1959 version I had also seen problematic.
 A biblical defense of discernment ministries.

This ‘n’ That

  • The fire and brimstone preacher who succeeded.
  • The pope has declared Mother Theresa a saint; however, true Christians are all reckoned as saints at salvation. In light of this recent announcement by the Roman Catholic Church, it might be helpful to examine some hard truths about Mother Theresa.
  • FDA says we don’t need antibacterial soap. I wholeheartedly disagree.
  • On a somewhat related note, this is kind of fascinating (if it’s legitimate); however, I’d argue this offers reason why we should be working to develop new and stronger antibiotics, not reason to stop prescribing antibiotics altogether.
  • Why was this removed in the first place?
  • Can we please stop using the word “incarnational” to describe ministry, evangelism, or, well, anything other than the incarnation of Christ?
  • I’m interested in reading this work on the Socinian controversy.
  • Oh, Apple, don’t you know that we don’t handle change well?
  • Here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Perry Noble plans to return to ministry “in some capacity.”
  • Stop being judgmental by telling me not to be judgmental. Or something like that.

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

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New Believers Guide
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Jesus Booklet
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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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