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September 13, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Sep. 13, 2016 |

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An article by University of California-San Francisco researchers, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, shows how far back efforts go: In 1965, the Sugar Research Foundation, the precursor to today’s Sugar Association, paid Harvard scientists to discredit a link now widely accepted among scientists-that consuming sugar can raise the risk of cardiovascular disease. Instead, the industry and the Harvard scientists pinned the blame squarely, and only, on saturated fat.

Hedge funds have suffered their biggest withdrawals since the financial crisis, with investors pulling $23.3 billion in the first half of the 2016, according to data from Hedge Fund Research.

AP Top Stories

Donald Trump will have an address on Pennsylvania Avenue whether or not he wins November’s election, after his new super-luxury hotel opened on Monday, steps from the White House. Not everyone was applauding his name in large gold-colored letters adorning the 263-room, $212 million Trump International Hotel glinting in the bright morning sun.

Three robed women tricked their way into a Mombasa police station where they stabbed one officer and set fire to the building with a petrol bomb before being shot dead, an officer and a witness said on Sunday.

Around 1,100 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Sunday, bringing the tally over the weekend to 3,400, the Italian coastguard said.

A new resolution to ban all domestic ivory sales has been passed by a global group of conservationists and governments. The measure, adopted Saturday at a major summit in Hawaii, aims to curb the illegal killing of elephants, whose numbers are rapidly dwindling as poachers slaughter them for their tusks and humans encroach on elephants’ natural habitats.

Nearly two million Muslim pilgrims performed a symbolic stoning of the devil on Monday, the riskiest part of the annual haj pilgrimage, a year after the ritual’s worst disaster in decades. Last year, Saudi Arabia said that nearly 800 pilgrims were killed when two large groups of pilgrims arrived together at a crossroads in Mina, a few kilometers east of Mecca, on their way to performing the stoning ritual at Jamarat. Counts by countries of repatriated bodies showed over 2,000 people may have died, more than 400 of them Iranians.

Health and city officials in Thailand downplayed risks from rising infections from the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is linked to serious birth defects, and expressed concern that disclosing information would damage its tourism industry. Thailand is combating the risk by misting and spraying mosquito-infested areas. Twenty-two new cases were confirmed on Sunday in the upmarket Sathorn area of Bangkok, part of the city’s Central Business District, including a pregnant woman who later gave birth with no complications.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a similar allegation. The remarks follow Netanyahu’s claim during an address rejecting criticism of Israeli settlement building that the Palestinians were seeking a state with “no Jews”.

Dutch police are adopting a centuries-old pursuit to resolve the modern-day problem of increasing numbers of drones in the skies, becoming the world’s first force to employ eagles as winged warriors. The eagles will now be launched whenever drones are believed to be posing a danger to the public, such as during sensitive state visits or if the remote-controlled tiny craft are flying too close to airports.

Britain’s interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday she was looking at a work permits system to control migration from the European Union, responding to Brexit voters’ demand for tighter border controls.

Nearly 160 years after the massacre of a wagon train in southern Utah, the pioneers’ descendants got their first glimpse of what is believed to be their gravesites. Descendants of the Mountain Meadows Massacre victims gathered Saturday about 35 miles southwest of Cedar City to look at piles of rocks. Those rocks could likely be where their relatives were laid to rest, according to a California archaeologist.

China will become the world’s first trillion-dollar aviation market as its expanding middle class takes to the skies in ever greater numbers, US manufacturer Boeing predicted Tuesday. The world’s most populous country is expected to add more than 6,800 new aircraft to its commercial fleet worth $1.03 trillion by 2035.

Wells Fargo announced on Tuesday that it will eliminate all product sales goals in retail banking, effective January 1, 2017. The move comes after officials announced last week that Wells Fargo will pay $185 million in penalties and $5 million to customers for opening fee-generating accounts without authorization to do so.

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Three Syrian men have been arrested in Germany on suspicion of being sent by so-called Islamic State (IS) to launch attacks, prosecutors said.

One crew member has died and four others have been injured in an accident on the Harmony of the Seas, the world’s biggest cruise liner. The crew member died when a lifeboat, with five crew, became detached from the fifth deck during a safety exercise.

The US has flown two supersonic B-1B Lancer strategic bombers over South Korea in a show of force, just days after North Korea carried out its fifth nuclear test.

South Africa has barred controversial US pastor Steven Anderson from visiting the county because of his critical remarks about homosexuality.

Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC) is looking to raise $8bn by listing its shares in Hong Kong, making it the world’s biggest share sale this year.

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President Obama will veto a bill allowing families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts, White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced today.

President Obama marked the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha Monday with a call for the U.S. to welcome refugees and immigrants.


Top News – 9/13/2016

‘Devout’ Roman Catholic Tim Kaine Butchers the Bible and Embraces Gay Radicalism
Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine butchered the Bible and made one of the most twisted arguments for same-sex “marriage” that you’ll ever hear. Yet the very article laying out his arguments described him as a “devout” Roman Catholic. How can this be?

Tiny ‘Fitbit’ can track your body from WITHIN: Dust-sized wireless sensors to be tested on humans in two years
It sounds like something from a science fiction film, but experts have created a ‘neural dust’ that can be implanted into the body. The tiny wireless sensors will be placed in the body to track neural activity in real-time, to monitor people’s health from the inside. The technology has been demonstrated successfully in rats and could be tested in people within two years…

Researchers demonstrate acoustic levitation of a large sphere
When placed in an acoustic field, small objects experience a net force that can be used to levitate the objects in air. In a new study, researchers have experimentally demonstrated the acoustic levitation of a 50-mm (2-inch) solid polystyrene sphere using ultrasound—acoustic waves that are above the frequency of human hearing.

Lawmaker Subpoenas FBI Official For ALL Hillary Case Records During House Hearing
I’m going to issue a subpoena, and I’m going to do it right now,” Chaffetz said to Herring after being told that he could not commit to handing over all of the documents. “I’ve signed this subpoena. We want all the 302s, and we would like the full file.”

It ‘Turns Users Into Zombies’: Pennsylvania Men Behind Bars After Flakka-Influenced Murder
Two Pennsylvania men are behind bars in connection with a homicide case that is believed to have been carried out under the influence of Flakka. James Heimbach, 30, and Charles Yocum, 32, both of the Bethlehem area are accused of killing Joseph Goda, 28, this month after investigators found the man’s bloodied and bitten body in the trunk of a vehicle.

EARTH’s MAGNETIC FIELD RINGS LIKE A BELL
In the Lofoten Islands of Norway, Spaceweather.com reader Rob Stammes operates a magnetic observatory. 24 hours a day, he measures the strength and direction of the local magnetic field as well electrical currents running through the ground. During geomagnetic storms, his chart recordings go haywire. On Sept. 12th, something different happened. They rang like a bell:

Astronomers Discover Asteroid Just 2 Days Before It Almost Hits Earth
Asteroid 2016 RB1 came within 23,900 miles of Earth Wednesday morning, which is shockingly close to the orbit of some communications satellites.

Hillary: I Didn’t Tell The Truth Because ‘I Just Didn’t Think It Was Going To Be That Big A Deal’
Hillary Clinton told Anderson Cooper she didn’t have her campaign tell the truth about her health issues because, “I just didn’t think….

EXCLUSIVE: John Kerry’s State Department Funneled MILLIONS To His Daughter’s Nonprofit
More than $9 million of Department of State money has been funneled through the Peace Corps to a nonprofit foundation started and run by Secretary of State John Kerry’s daughter, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show.

Israeli leaders meet with leaders of Eastern faith traditions
Working to strengthen Israel-Asia ties the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin met with spiritual leaders from the East. A delegation that included Hindu gurus, Buddhist monks and Shinto priests met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday on the first day of a Jerusalem conference designed to deepen Israel-Asia ties.

Japan earthquake: Tremor hits Saitama Prefecture in the Tokyo area
A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 has struck Saitama Prefecture in the Kantō region, which includes the Greater Tokyo Area, seismologists and witnesses say.

Iran launches new navy ship as tensions rise with U.S. in Gulf
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard launched a new 55-metre-long naval ship on Tuesday that is capable of transporting a helicopter and up to 100 men… The ship’s launch in the port city of Bushehr, comes at a time of high tension between Iran and the United States over Gulf waters. U.S. officials says there have been more than 30 close encounters between U.S. and Iranian vessels in the Gulf so far this year…

U.S. bombers fly over South Korea in show of force after nuclear test
Two U.S. B-1 bombers flew over South Korea on Tuesday in a show of force and solidarity with its ally after North Korea’s nuclear test last week, while a U.S. envoy called for a swift and strong response to Pyongyang from the United Nations. …Sung Kim, the U.S. envoy on North Korea, added that the United States remained open to meaningful dialogue with Pyongyang on ending its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Obama marks Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha with call to accept refugees
President Obama marked the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha Monday with a call for the U.S. to welcome refugees and immigrants. …Mr. Obama said in a statement. “And as a nation, we remain committed to welcoming the stranger with empathy and an open heart — from the refugee who flees war-torn lands to the immigrant who leaves home in search of a better life.”

Exclude Hungary from EU, says Luxembourg’s Asselborn
Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn has called for Hungary to be suspended or even expelled from the European Union because of its “massive violation” of EU fundamental values. He cited the Budapest government’s treatment of refugees, independence of the judiciary and freedom of the press. “Hungary is not far away from issuing orders to open fire on refugees,” he suggested.

India imposes Eid curfew across Kashmir
A curfew has been imposed across Indian-administered Kashmir as Muslims across the country celebrate Eid. Fresh violence on Tuesday left one protester dead and at least 22 others were injured as security forces blocked roads to several important mosques. Mobile and data services have been stopped. An Eid curfew is extremely rare in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Education Min. Bennett: Judaism studies more important than math, science
Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Monday that the study of Judaism is more important in his eyes than the study of mathematics or science. “We must be a spiritual super power. In this way, we will get back to being a light unto the nations,” Bennett said… He defended the comments in an interview…”We are Jews. It’s not enough to be the Start Up Nation, we must also be the Bible Nation.”

IDF says Syria fired missiles at its jets, but denies claim aircraft was downed
The Syrian army claimed on Tuesday it had shot down an Israeli warplane and a drone after an Israeli attack on a regime position in southern Syria, state media reported. Syrian news agency SANA reported that President Bashar Assad’s forces shot down the Israeli aircraft in Syria after the IAF struck in the southern Quneitra countryside in response to a mortar exploding in the Golan Heights.

Iran threatened to shoot down US Navy spy planes in the Persian Gulf
Iran threatened to shoot down two US Navy surveillance aircraft flying close to Iranian territory in the Persian Gulf over the weekend, the latest in a series of recent provocations between Iran and the US military in the region, three US defense officials with knowledge of the incident told Fox News.

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

What Happens If Hillary Clinton Has To Drop Out?
Hillary Clinton’s doctor now says the Democratic presidential candidate, 68, was officially diagnosed with pneumonia sometime on Friday, and has been campaigning with the serious respiratory illness for a week, leading to her “medical episode” at Sunday morning’s September 11th memorial event.

Mark Cuban’s dire prediction about Trump goes too far
Recently several media outlets ran stories saying “Mark Cuban Predicts a Stock Market Crash if Trump Wins the White House.” Look, Mark is one of the smartest guys in the room and thinks outside of the box but sometimes makes statements that are over the top. Implying the market will crash in the event of a Trump win this November takes the election rhetoric a little too far.

The Fed Used Jackson Hole to Plan Negative Rates
Jackson Hole revealed things that did not make it into reports by the mainstream media. Turns out, the academic and philosophical underpinnings were being laid down for a radical expansion of the Federal Reserve’s toolbox.

Category 5 Super Typhoon Meranti is strongest storm of 2016 season
Churning the waters of the Northwest Pacific is the strongest tropical cyclone of the 2016 Northern Hemisphere season: Super Typhoon Meranti. It is the fourth Category 5 storm on Earth this year, which is close to the annual average of between four and five such storms.


The Briefing 09-13-16

Could reality TV define our national reality? “Sister Wives” polygamy case appeals to Supreme Court

Rationality, desperation theory, and the attempt to understand North Korea’s latest nuclear test

Birds of a feather flock together: What your friendships reveal about your worldview

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How Is the Godless West Working Out? Dennis Prager

The West has been in moral decline since World War I, the calamity that led to World War II and the death of national identity and Christianity in most of Europe.

There has always been one exception: the United States. But now that is ending. The seeds of America’s decline have been sown since the beginning of the 20th century, and they came to fruition with the post-World War II generation, the baby boomers.

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Ex-Secret Service Agent Who Protected Clinton Shares ‘Nonpartisan’ Rundown of Why Her Fainting Video ‘Really Scares’ Him

He went on to describe how the agents finally got Clinton into the vehicle, a short process during which the former secretary of state appeared to collapse. But it was what the Secret Service didn’t do that Byrne described as “very disturbing.”

He wrote:

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Tim Kaine’s Radical Roots

Tim Kaine took a life transforming “mission” trip to Latin America in 1980. Conveniently left out of these stories, are the radical reality of the Cold War in Latin America and Tim Kaine’s Soviet sympathizing mentors. In fact, whatever Kaine’s intentions, he more likely met Karl Marx than Jesus Christ while there.

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Clinton Collapse: Is Hillary Clinton Going To Drop Out Of The Race For The White House?

Hillary Clinton's CollapseWhat was once unthinkable has now become a very real possibility.  We have all seen the video which shows Hillary Clinton fainting and collapsing into the arms of Secret Service agents as she waited to get into her van following an abrupt exit from a ceremony commemorating the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  What has been obvious to many of us for quite a while is now being talked about on every political talk show in America.  Not too long ago, you were called a “conspiracy theorist” if you dared to question Clinton’s health, but today it is the central issue of the presidential campaign.  With less than two months to go until election day, all of a sudden we are facing some unprecedented scenarios.  Last month, I openly pondered if Clinton’s rapidly declining health would allow her to make it to election day, and today it is being reported that Democratic operatives are scrambling to figure out who would replace her if she does decide to drop out.  This has already been the craziest election season in modern times, and I have a feeling that it is about to get even crazier. (Read More….)


“President Obama wants this to be the last month of an open, uncensored Internet”

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Why would Obama push to move Internet control from the USA to an international body? Seriously, why?

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Bill Clinton says that Hillary “frequently” passes out like she did like on Sunday, CBS News edits out

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This is not surprising. It highlights yet again the extent to which the #oldmedia is in many respects just a mouthpiece. For the record the video in the attached article from Mediaite has been removed and I can not find it elsewhere at this moment. (I’ll post if it shows up later in the day.)

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About Those Mysterious Blue Sunglasses Hillary Was Wearing At The 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

I had the fortunate experience of trying a pair of blue glasses several months ago. My father was an observer and he was amazed at how much better I walked, without any dyskinesia or twitching.

Photos showing Hillary Clinton wearing a pair of brightly-colored blue tinted dark sunglasses went viral yesterday. Millions of people wondered why Hillary was not only just about the only person wearing sunglasses, but also about their vibrant, deep-blue tint. A quick Google search for ‘parkinson’s disease + blue glasses’ will clear that up for you instantly.

Here is a random sampling of the headlines that search generated:

I think you get the idea, there are dozens more and videos as well. In 1995 Tom Reiss made a posting to an online discussion group called the Parkinson’s Information Exchange Network On-line. (PIENO). He suggested that there was evidence that stimulating the optic nerves with dark blue light activated neural pathways which helped some Pwp overcome their movement disorders.

Parkinson’s induced Dyskinesia and Blue Lenses:

Look at the dramatic before and after of this Parkinson’s sufferer and see how the dark blue lenses make a huge difference. This is why Hillary was wearing them on Sunday even though the sun was not that strong at all and nearly no one else around her was wearing sunglasses. 

On 9.1.1995 H. M. Laswi wrote:-

  • I purchased a pair of Blue Glasses for my father who is a PD patient. The first reaction that my father had when he wore these glasses was better ability to open his eyes. He usually had a hard time opening his eyes during an OFF state. This relaxed his eye lids thus allowing him to open up his eyes. The shades slightly reduced the stiffness of his muscles. Try them, they do work.

An undated posting by Rita Weeks says:-

  • I am 50 year old woman with PD. My greatest problem with my PD used to occur when trying to walk (or breathe) in bright afternoon sunlight. I tried the blue filters and now have a pair of my prescription glasses tinted blue. I have dramatic improvement in my movement while wearing blue glasses. I have a dramatic reduction in my rigidity, and fine motor skills when wearing the blue glasses. Do not know what is causing the change in movement. I have discussed this with several neurologists as of yet we have no answers. Try dark blue.

On 10.1.1995 Jeffrey Romanyshyn wrote:-

  • I had the fortunate experience of trying a pair of blue glasses several months ago. My father was an observer and he was amazed at how much better I walked, without any dyskinesia or twitching. I am 27.

Apparently, dark blue sunglasses has been a tool Parkinson’s sufferers have been using for over two decades to maintain physical control over their movements. And also equally apparent is the fact that they failed to work for Hillary on Sunday as this video clearly shows her body locked tight in a Parkinson’s “freeze” episode:


Frontrunning: September 13

  • IEA Changes View on Oil Glut, Sees Surplus Enduring in 2017 (Read More)
  • Futures dip with oil as investors assess rate hike chances (Read More)
  • Hilsenrath – Divided Federal Reserve Is Inclined to Stand Pat (Read More)
  • ‘I didn’t think it was a big deal,’ Clinton says of pneumonia bout (Read More)
  • Clinton’s Lead Narrows Among Independents, Voters Nationally (Read More)
  • Libor’s Reaching Point of Pain for Companies With Big Debt Loads (Read More)
  • Trump luxury hotel opens just blocks from the White House (Read More)
  • Soaring Student Debt Prompts Calls for Relief (Read More)
  • U.S. bombers fly over South Korea in show of force after nuclear test (Read More)
  • Iran threatened to shoot down US Navy spy planes in the Persian Gulf (Read More)
  • S.Korea’s biggest earthquake triggers nuclear safety concerns (Read More)
  • Libor’s Reaching Point of Pain for Companies With Big Debt Loads (Read More)
  • Record new U.S. military aid deal for Israel to be signed in days (Read More)
  • Pimco Bond Fund Cuts Bet as Dimon to Gundlach Warn on Rates Path (Read More)
  • Chinese Debt Soars Into Space (Read More)
  • High Frequency Traders Elbow Their Way Into the Currency Markets (Read More)
  • Oprah to Help Weight Watchers Find New Leader After CEO Resigns (Read More)
  • Some of the Biggest Hedge Funds Are Bleeding Cash (Read More)

Top Headlines – 9/13/2016

US envoy: Israel to get largest aid package in history

Senator holding up Israel defense deal, insisting on role for Congress

Why is the US going ahead with terror cases against Saudis but not PA?

Israel, PA said to reach deal on massive Palestinian electricity bill

IDF seizes bomb-making material in overnight raids

Syria claims to have shot down Israeli warplane and drone

IDF says Syria fired missiles at its jets, but denies claim aircraft was downed

Israel strikes in Syria after mortar shell hits Golan

Syria Is Calmer but Cautious as Cease-Fire Begins

Syria’s seven-day ceasefire takes effect but violence erupts within hours

Kerry raises possibility of US approving strikes by Assad

Bashar al-Assad: ‘We want to recover all areas from the terrorists’

Pentagon confirms it killed senior ISIS leader Abu Muhammad al-Adnani

Sniper takes out ISIS executioner from a mile away

Turkey removes two dozen elected mayors in Kurdish militant crackdown

Car Bomb Attack on Turkey Ruling Party Wounds 48

Iran threatened to shoot down US Navy spy planes in the Persian Gulf

Kashmir braces for Eid bloodshed amid summer of violent protests

Curfew imposed in Indian Kashmir on Eid as drones keep vigil

President Obama Will Veto Bill Allowing 9/11 Lawsuits Against Saudi Arabia

Should Americans be able to sue other governments? Gulf states say no.

South Sudan’s leaders got rich off war as their people suffered, report finds

Hundreds of Christians Demonstrate Wearing Sackcloths to Seek God’s Forgiveness for War-Torn South Sudan

All-female suicide cells the new strategy for ever-evolving terror machine ISIS

Islamic State-linked cases in U.S. number 110 since 2013: Justice Department

Disturbing, Dramatic New Details Emerge About San Bernardino Terror Attack

Fire set to mosque attended by Orlando killer

Trump Wants Border Wall, but Britain Is Building One in France

Resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees in Britain will cost nearly two billion pounds, says watchdog

Obama marks Muslim holiday with call to accept refugees

The worst condition Hillary Clinton suffers from isn’t pneumonia, it’s dishonesty

Clinton allies criticize campaign over health secrecy

Clinton says she didn’t think pneumonia diagnosis disclosure ‘was going to be that big a deal’

Hillary Clinton’s ‘undercover nurse’ sparks wild conspiracy theories

Calm before storm? Pressure mounts as MSM admits Clinton’s health is ‘campaign issue’

Pneumonia: The signs, symptoms, causes and treatments of the life-threatening disease that could alter the US election

Bill Clinton to fill in for ill wife at California and Nevada events

What Happens If Hillary Clinton Has To Drop Out?

Former DNC chairman calls for Clinton contingency plan

Tim Kaine’s radical roots

Obamacare marketplaces remain vulnerable to fraud, new government audits find

The Fed Used Jackson Hole to Plan Negative Rates

Trump says Fed keeping rates low because of pressure from Obama

Flynn: US economy is the biggest national security threat

The White House will end U.S. oversight at month’s end, unless lawmakers step in

Facebook is imposing prissy American censorship on the whole rest of the world

Israel Meets Facebook Officials Over Incitement Complaints

Three Fed Officials Say No Hurry to Raise Short-Term Interest Rates

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

Violence in southern India as top court orders water sharing

China, Russia set to stage military drills in S. China Sea

U.S. bombers fly over South Korea in show of force after nuclear test

North Korea defied world with nuclear test. Now it seeks aid for flood disaster.

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse to Take Place This Week – Facts on the Last Eclipse of 2016

Study: Full moon can trigger big earthquakes

Odds of mega-quake rise at high tide: study

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kyonju, South Korea

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits the Easter Island region

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Bengkulu, Indonesia

Emergency responders train for earthquake in Indiana

Super Typhoon Meranti targets Taiwan, mainland China

Category 5 Super Typhoon Meranti is strongest storm of 2016 season

Tropical Storm Malakas forms in the West Pacific

NASA catches Tropical Depression 19W nearing Vietnam after formation

Hurricane Orlene No Threat to Land in the Eastern Pacific

Tropical Storm Ian forms in the central Atlantic

Extreme flooding predicted to hit Mali’s Inner Niger Delta

N. Korea flood death toll rises to 133 with 395 missing: UN

Sugar Industry Manipulated Heart Studies, Review Finds

Fear the superbug: Watch bacteria develop high-level drug-resistance in a giant Petri dish

Indianapolis fertility doctor accused of using own sperm

Chinese gay activist challenges homosexuality ‘disorder’ textbooks

Gay Senator Opposes Australian Plan for Marriage Equality

NCAA pulls 7 postseason events out of NC due to LGBT law

Pastors could face jail over Mass. anti-discrimination law

Pope Francis to address gathering of world’s wealthiest and most famous

Israeli leaders meet with leaders of Eastern faith traditions

Humans may speak a universal language, say scientists


Delivering the Bible Where There’s No Texting, Facebook… or even the Written Word

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 05:56 AM PDT

Rapidly changing advancements in technology are helping to spread the Gospel message in new ways, and often in record time. International Bible translators, Wycliffe Associates…

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Billy Graham Warns Against This Prominent Deception

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 05:49 AM PDT

Moral relativism now sweeps the nation. Children are being taught that they can pursue their own truth and each person can have their own moral…

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Rabbi Cahn Warns America ‘Accelerating’ Toward Doom

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 05:43 AM PDT

Just after Islamic terrorists crashed jetliners into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, several national Christian figures drew…

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List of Doctors Questioning Hillary’s Health Growing

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 05:39 AM PDT

Hillary Clinton’s health problems have been the subject of headlines for years: the vision problems, the concussion, the blood clots, the fainting, the falls and…

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Magnitude-3.5 Earthquake Shake Up San Francisco Region

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 05:32 AM PDT

California residents in the San Francisco region was shaken up a bit as reports indicate that a magnitude-3.5 earthquake struck near Piedmont Tuesday morning, according…

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Obama: ‘As We Mark Eid al-Adha This Year, We Are Reminded of the Millions of Refugees’

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 05:26 AM PDT

President Barack Obama issued a statement today marking the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. “For Muslims, Eid al-Adha commemorates the day when prophet Abraham was…

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Major U.S. Tech Firms Urge Congress to Surrender Internet to Foreign Powers

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 05:22 AM PDT

Looks like the Internet exchange to foreign powers is getting a backing by major technology companies including Facebook, Google, and Twitter who are all urging…

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WAR DRUMS: B-1B Nuke Bombers Fly Over South Korea

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 05:17 AM PDT

The US Air Force flew two powerful nuclear-capable B-1B bombers over South Korea this morning in a show of strength to the neighbouring rogue state…

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Iran threatens to shoot down US Navy planes…

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:55 PM PDT

Iran threatened to shoot down two US Navy surveillance aircraft flying close to Iranian territory in the Persian Gulf over the weekend, the latest in…

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Category 5 Super Typhoon to strike Taiwan with flooding rain, damaging winds Wednesday

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 06:50 PM PDT

Super Typhoon Meranti will hold on to its intensity over next couple of days before pounding Taiwan with flooding rain, damaging winds and dangerous storm…

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Sailors and Cargo Stranded At Sea Amid Global Shipper’s Bankruptcy

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 01:29 PM PDT

One of the world’s largest shipping companies is sinking in a sea of red ink, leaving sailors and cargo stranded in vessels anchored offshore and…

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School gives 3 Days notice that it will be closed so Muslim staff can celebrate Eid

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 01:20 PM PDT

Imagine receiving a notice that your child’s school was going to be closed to celebrate a Muslim holiday and only giving you a three days…

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Obama Hands Syria Over to Putin

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 01:13 PM PDT

The Syrian cease-fire agreement that US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced Friday night, September 9, in Geneva hands…

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Government Begins Tracking Of Your Medications

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 11:22 AM PDT

(Reported By J.D Heyes) The digital age is leading to the end of centuries-old constitutional privacy guarantees, as evidenced by the growth of Internet cloud-based…

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New Study Says Full Moons Can trigger Big Earthquakes

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 11:17 AM PDT

Could California’s long-dreaded “Big One” be triggered by a full moon? Perhaps, says a new study out Monday that claims large earthquakes are more likely…

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Beware of This Slippery Talk That Offends Holy Spirit

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 11:14 AM PDT

(By Shane Idleman) The key is to find the biblical balance: “The true saints of God, who have clear heads, and pure, warm hearts, have…

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Schoolchildren in California Diagnosed with Leprosy, Investigation Continues

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 09:40 AM PDT

Two schoolchildren in California are suspected of having leprosy, but where might they have caught the disease? This week, officials in Riverside Country (which is…

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September 12, 2016
ALAN KEYES — Every now and then I get an email with the subject line “Is America a nation adrift?” When I noticed it again recently, it occurred to me that the question is outdated. There may have been a time when it was appropriate to see the crisis of this nation using the driftwood analogy. But given the choices – or rather, the lack of real choice – we are being offered this election year, it’s clear that America is no longer drifting…. (more)

September 12, 2016

CLIFF KINCAID — On Saturday, the Washington Post ran a story saying Donald J. Trump was a sexist for questioning whether Hillary Clinton looked healthy and fit. One day later, its email service known as “The Post Most” carried the news by Chris Cillizza, “Hillary Clinton’s health just became a real issue in the presidential campaign,” after she almost collapsed when leaving a 9/11 memorial service…. (more)


September 12, 2016

FOX NEWS — Hillary Clinton appeared wobbly Sunday and stumbled as Secret Service agents helped her into a van to depart the 9/11 commemoration ceremony early. The Democratic presidential nominee felt overheated, her campaign said, when she left at about 9:30 a.m. ET and traveled to her daughter’s nearby apartment…. (more)


September 12, 2016
JOSEPH FARAH — 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 theories” to genuine concern, if not panic. A series of uncontrollable coughing fits during public speeches didn’t do it. Compelling video of apparent, inexplicable seizures didn’t do it. The opinion of nationally recognized medical authorities didn’t do it. Virtually none of that was even reported by what we euphemistically call the “mainstream” media…. (more)

September 12, 2016
NEWSMAX — Hillary would not have left the 9/11 ceremony unless she absolutely had to. She has always made 9/11 her signature issue and, amid concerns about her health, she would not have left unless she had no alternative…. (more)

September 12, 2016
PAUL BREMMER — Muslims from around the world are coming to America to wage “settlement jihad” and implement Shariah law, a Department of Homeland security whistleblower warns. The eye-opening observations were made by former Department of Homeland Security officer Philip Haney at the ACT for America 2016 Conference Tuesday…. (more)

September 12, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — If there is a theme to this 15th annual observance – – the word “anniversary” just seems so wrong – – of the most lethal enemy attack ever carried out on American soil, it is erasure…. (more)

September 11, 2016
GEORGE WILL — Republican congressional leaders ardently want conservative members of the House to not force a vote on impeaching the IRS commissioner. The public does not care about John Koskinen’s many misdeeds. And impeachment will distract attention from issues that interest the public. And because Democrats are not ingrates, the required two-thirds of the Senate will never vote to convict Koskinen, whose behavior continues the pattern of doing what Democrats desire with the most intrusive and potentially punitive government agency…. (more)

September 11, 2016

NEWSMAX — Sen. Marco Rubio Friday strongly disagreed with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s leadership capabilities over President Barack Obama’s, saying Putin is a dictator, not a strong leader…. (more)


September 11, 2016

NEWSMAX — North Korea is growing the capacity to launch ballistic missiles from submarines, and over time, the country’s forces could come close enough to the coasts of the United States, retired Admiral James Stavridis, now dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, said Friday…. (more)


September 11, 2016

BOB UNRUH — President Obama’s transgender agenda has taken huge leaps forward in the last year or so. There have been orders for public building managers, for colleges and even for public schools to allow a male who says he’s female to use locker rooms and restrooms set aside for women…. (more)


September 11, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — John Lester, the Air Force vet who buzzed Hillary Clinton at this week’s candidate forum with a tough question on her mishandling of classified information, is a smart guy. And that’s not the only reason he’s got me jealous. I have been trying since the e-mail scandal broke 18 months ago to think of a good example to convey the fatuousness of Mrs. Clinton’s “I never sent or received anything ‘marked classified'” talking point… (more)

September 10, 2016
WASHINGTON POST — With Election Day less than two months away, Democrats are increasingly worried that Hillary Clinton has not built a formidable lead against Donald Trump despite his historic weaknesses as a national party candidate…. (more)

September 10, 2016
NEWSMAX — Political analyst Dick Morris thinks Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s top aide, is a “trained agent” of radical Islam and is the “Manchurian candidate” in the 2016 presidential election…. (more)

September 10, 2016

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The right-leaning Wall Street Journal editorial board said Donald Trump’s remarks during this week’s presidential forum on military issues showed him to be both “reassuring and scary.”… (more)


September 10, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — “Could your Congressman pass an FBI background check?” is the question posed on the cover of the DVD version of Trevor Loudon’s new film, “The Enemies Within.” In fact, however, the FBI only provides background information about federal employees, not elected officials. In Mrs. Clinton’s special case, there was an opportunity to recommend prosecution of her over her mishandling of classified information, but FBI Director James Comey declined, keeping her presidential campaign alive…. (more)

September 10, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — An interview between CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Donald Trump’s campaign manager turned testy Friday morning as the host paused their discussion to make sure he wasn’t being accused of running defense for Hillary Clinton…. (more)

September 10, 2016

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A Pennsylvania Republican and some outside groups want the House GOP to sue President Obama to prevent the transition of the Internet away from U.S. government oversight…. (more)


September 9, 2016
NEWSMAX — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham didn’t care for Donald Trump’s comment at an NBC candidates’ forum Wednesday in which he said Russian President Vladimir Putin has been more of a leader than American President Barack Obama has…. (more)

September 9, 2016
NEWSMAX — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has gotten himself blacklisted from Mark Levin’s radio show, The Washington Examiner reports…. (more)

September 9, 2016
JEROME CORSI — The handling of an email to Hillary Clinton from longtime adviser Sidney Blumenthal discovered in a new release of documents is a “smoking gun” violation of national security laws requiring a prison sentence, charges a former military intelligence officer…. (more)

September 9, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Imagine a mafia don who wants to have some evidence destroyed, maybe even have a witness “disappear.” Does he have a sit-down with his trusted capos, who will then give the job to a reliable button-man? Not if he’s taken the Clinton Family course in advanced criminology – – known around the campus as “(C).” If the don is a graduate, he knows the new way to get away with murder is to have all your orders communicated by your lawyers…. (more)

September 9, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — America wants to know: Who is the “mystery man” attached at Hillary Clinton’s hip while she campaigns for the White House? He’s been on the stage, in her plane, by her side and following her everywhere she goes…. (more)

September 9, 2016

POPULAR SCIENCE — A new species of blood fluke was found infecting the lungs of turtles in Malaysia. This parasitic flatworm has been dubbed Baracktrema obamai, in honor of the President of the United States (who is the fifth cousin twice removed of one of the discovering scientists)…. (more)


September 8, 2016

WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — The Clintons, in their crimes and misdeeds, have managed for the most part to escape retribution (legal or otherwise). There are reasons for that – often boiling down to one factor: no witnesses, or an unwillingness of witnesses to speak out…. (more)


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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


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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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Priscilla Shirer & Women’s Bible “Mis-studies”: When Your Church Doesn’t Care About Your Soul (Or The Scripture)

Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen warns of the abominable teaching that’s coming to a church near you — perhaps even the church you attend!  “This is a reminder about the danger of Shirer,” says Ahlheim.  “It does not take much discernment to recognize her as a false teacher with toxic teaching. If Christ’s presentation of […]

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Calvary Chapel: Another Wave Of The Spirit Or A Wave Of Deception?

It was my absolute pleasure to finally meet Roger Oakland at this year’s Great Lakes Prophecy Conference in Appleton Wisconsin over the weekend. Roger and many other excellent speakers gathered at the same Calvary Chapel church that I reported has separated from the Calvary Chapel Association in Costa Mesa, Calif., due to the rampant red […]

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Your Best Life Now – A Polemical Review

Heresies taught in this book (please click links for explanation):

Kenyonism

Osteenism

Montanism 

Review

Thank you for reading this. Itʼs important for you to take this for what it is, a biblical critique of the book you just bought, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential. The basic premise of this book is that you are promised to have your best life now if you follow seven steps outlined by Mr. Osteen that are supposedly supported in Godʼs word.

downloadThe title of this book should cause you some consternation if you are a professing Christian. Your best life is not now, no matter what worldly possessions you have or worldly happiness you attain. Your best life is yet to come in your eternal state with your Creator after you die. The only application of attaining your best life now is if you are headed for hell. Sadly, this is where most of Mr. Osteenʼs followers are headed since he does not preach the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ, but peddles a prosperity gospel comprised of health, wealth, and happiness.

This is not biblical Christianity, but a clever enterprise to attract worldly- minded people to the things lost soulʼs already crave in their fallen state -health, wealth, and happiness- while misusing and abusing Godʼs word as the supposed impetus for these me-centered worldly aspirations.

Here are the seven steps to living up to your full potential according to Mr. Osteen:

1) Enlarge your vision.
2) Develop a healthy self-image.
3) Discover the power of your thoughts and words. 4) Let go of the past.
5) Find strength through adversity.
6) Live to give.
7) Choose to be happy.

As you can see by this list, this book is nothing more than a self-help manual based on an old non-Christian idea that focuses on the power of positive thinking instead of Jesus Christ and His perfect work. The bookʼs main focus is on financial success and material gain. Here are some excerpts that are clearly unbiblical and cannot be supported by scripture, even though Mr. Osteen will inject out of context bible verses in order to lead you to believe otherwise:

“God wants to increase you financially.”

“Perhaps youʼre searching for a parking spot in a crowded lot, say ʻFather, I thank you for leading and guiding me. Your favor will cause me to get a good spot.”

“When you think positive, excellent thoughts, you will be propelled toward greatness, inevitably bound for increase, promotion, and Godʼs supernatural blessings.”

“God helps those who think well of themselves.”

As Christians, we are to commanded to “set our minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2) and taught “godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6). We are to be satisfied and sufficient, and not seek for more than what God has already given us. He alone is the source of true contentment, not the health, wealth, and prosperity that Mr. Osteen teaches. In fact, Paul proclaims “in whatever situation I am to be content…In any and every circumstance including plenty and hunger, abundance and need” (Philippians 4:11-12). Nowhere in the New Testament are we taught to seek the selfish aspirations Mr. Osteen espouses.

Mr. Osteenʼs obsession on material and financial gain is the exact antithesis of the Bibleʼs teachings. Consider these verses for clarity:

  •  “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:25).
  •  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
  • Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life-is not from the Father but is from the world (1 John 2:15-16).

In summary, this book is a self-help manual that promotes the lie of the power of positive thinking. Thinking highly of yourself is not a pathway to happiness, its a pathway to pride and will clearly distance you from God.

  •  But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says “God opposes the proud
  •  but shows favor to the humble” (James 4:6).
  •  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves (Philippians 2:3).

And finally, this verse captures the kind of person God seeks:

  •  “….But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word (Isaiah 66:2).

In conclusion, Mr. Osteenʼs book is devoid of the central truths found in Godʼs word. This book is a false representation of a Christian book because there is no mention of sin, the cross, redemption, repentance, salvation, and eternity. This book is about the here and now and how to get the most out of your life with a self-centered and proud disposition while claiming it to be Godʼs will for you. If you donʼt see the problem with this philosophy, then you may not be a true follower of Jesus Christ. Thatʼs ok, I myself have been where you are. Now is your opportunity to turn to God and seek His free and perfect gift of salvation. Please listen to this link and pray to God to have mercy on you.

Please consider checking out these other resources for further information of this book, this non-Christian philosophy, and the dangers of following the teachings of Joel Osteen. May God bless you and I pray you seek the truth.

Check out these other reviews of Your Best Life Now for further information.

Review – 9 Marks 

Review – Tim Challies 

Review – Christian Communicators Worldwide

Source: Your Best Life Now – A Polemical Review

The Circle Maker – A Polemical Review

Heresies taught in this book:

Montanism 

Mysticism

Review

[From Worldview Times, author Gary Gilley] This latest prayer fad stems from the teachings of Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington D.C., and in particular his 2011 book, The Circle Maker. The publisher claims that Batterson is offering a new way of praying (see advertisement on page 233 of The Circle Maker) based on a Jewish legend of Honi the Rainmaker, also called Honi the Circle Maker (pp. 11-13, 226). Honi, who lived a century before the ministry of Christ, supposedly drew a circle in the dirt, stepped into that circle and prayed for rain to end a devastating drought. He told God that he would not leave the circle until the Lord sent rain and, according to the myth, God soon sent rain. It should be noted that the story of Honi is at best a legend and most likely a myth. There is no independent or historical evidence that anything like this event ever took place. Even more importantly, this account is not drawn from Scripture. Nevertheless, when Batterson discovered the story he claimed it forever changed the way he prayed (p. 21). Now he circles his prayers, either by stepping into a drawn circle (it is recommended that a circle be drawn on the ground with chalk) like Honi, or by walking around the object of his desire, as the Jews walked around Jericho in the Old Testament. Batterson teaches that circling our prayers will result in God responding by producing a miracle. If my count is correct, and I am sure I missed a few, the word “miracle” shows up some 166 times, averaging almost one appearance per page of actual text. While certainly God can and does bring about miracles today, Batterson has cheapened the meaning and reduced it to the accomplishment of an improbability rather than the reversal or defiance of the laws of nature that the Lord set in place. Walking on water is a miracle, the purchase of a piece of property that was hard to get is not. Batterson does not distinguish between the two. Despite these obvious issues, on the back cover of the book it is boldly stated:

In The Circle Maker, Pastor Mark Batterson shares powerful insights from the true legend of Honi the circle maker, a first-century Jewish sage whose bold prayer ended a drought and saved a generation. Drawing inspiration from his own experiences as a circle maker, Batterson will teach you how to pray in a new way by drawing prayer circles around your dreams, your family, your problems and most importantly, God’s promises. In the process, you’ll discover this simple yet life changing truth.

There are numerous red flags in this short blurb. Two that should be noted immediately is that the author is “drawing inspiration from his own experiences,” not from Scripture. Experiences are not inspired, the Bible is. Therefore personal experience, not backed by the Word, is of little value at best and highly dangerous and destructive at times. We must never base our lives and theology on experience but on God’s revealed truth. Secondly is the word “new.” Batterson is offering us a “new” way to pray, which means it is not taught in Scripture. When someone offers us something new as a way of living the Christian life, the wise believer runs the other way. If it is new, it is not of God. If the Lord wanted us to incorporate something into our lives He revealed it in the Bible. The Circle Maker is much like The Prayer of Jabez. Both promise miracles if we will but follow little known and obscure prayers found in the past. Despite the fact that these prayers are not taught or mandated in Scripture, and not even drawn from Scripture as in the case with Honi, a unique system of prayer is based on these stories. It should not take a theologian, or even a very mature Christian, long to realize that something is wrong with drawing circles as part of our prayer life, and especially making outlandish promises in connecting with this method.

The very fact that a church leader and author is attempting to instruct fellow believers how to practice the Christian life, especially in a vital area such as prayer, based on an extra-biblical myth rather than Scripture, should be all a discerning believer needs to know to walk away from his teachings on the subject. But it might prove helpful to dig a little deeper into Batterson’s theology. This is especially true given that Christian notables such as John Ortberg, Ruth Graham, and Rich Wilkerson (founder of Peacemakers) endorse The Circle Maker, and that Batterson considers Andy Stanley and Louie Giglio among his close friends. In fact, he has spoken at Stanley’s Catalysis Conference on a number of occasions. [1] And his teachings on prayer have been adopted by Nancy Leigh DeMoss of Life Action Ministries (more on this later).

Below are some concerns about Batterson’s approach to Scripture and his theological teachings, in addition to the fact that the whole circle prayer methodology is based on an ancient myth and not Scripture:

  • We are told that every promise in the Bible is ours to claim, no matter the context. For example, Batterson was reading from the book of Joshua concerning the Lord’s promise to Joshua that he would give “you every square inch of land you set your foot on – just as I promised Moses.” As he read this promise given specifically to a biblical character he felt that God wanted him to stake claim to the land that he believed God was giving him and his church (p. 17). Such misuse of Scripture and misappropriation of biblical promises to others, but claimed for himself, are found throughout the book (see pp. 15, 41, 53-55, 59, 89-90, 100-101, 128, 131, 151, 199). Batterson is even willing to mistranslate Scripture to make his point. The most blatant example is Habakkuk 2:1, in which the author inserts “circle” into the verse to support his theology, translating, “I will stand upon my watch, and station me within a circle” (p. 159). The NASB reads, “I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me…” Batterson claims that Habakkuk and this text were the inspiration for Honi: “His inspiration for the prayer circle was Habakkuk. He simply did what the prophet Habakkuk had done” (p. 159). This clearly is not true. At no time did the Old Testament prophet (or any other personage in Scripture) draw a circle and then step into it to pray.
  • Prosperity theology abounds. In addition to the constant use of the word miracle to describe answers to prayer, statements like the following are common: “I’m confident that you are only one prayer away from a dream fulfilled, a promise kept, or a miracle performed” (p. 15), and “[God] allows our small plans to fail so that His big dream for us can prevail” (p. 71). Nor are these mere cheerleading slogans which echo the preaching of Joel Osteen and other prosperity teachers, (pp. 15, 51, 71, 180-188, 197-198); Batterson obviously embraces the theology behind the prosperity gospel which is that visualization plus faith plus verbalization lead to miracles. At one point he tells his readers to record their vision (visualization), have faith and verbalize (pp. 184-185).
  • Following prosperity methods, He adds that drawing a circle and stepping into it in prayer are the keys to getting what we want from God. Batterson often promises that by drawing circles around what we want will lead to miracles and fulfilled dreams (e.g. p. 16). After all, “God said it, I’ve circled it, and that settles it” (p. 94). This quote is found in the context of a story of a young boy who is unable to talk. A pastor claimed Isaiah 59:21 as a promise from God that someday the boy will be able to speak. Apparently the promise has not been fulfilled ten years later, but his parents have circled it in their Bible and are convinced that God will one day deliver on His promise. The tragedy of accepting false teachings becomes real when a story such as this is read. It is more than a bit irritating that people buy into these deceptions; it is heart breaking (cf. pp. 23, 37, 64, 79-80, 129, 138).
  • Much of Batterson’s understanding about how God directs us is based upon the idea that the Lord will speak to us directly apart from Scripture. Batterson assures us that we should expect God to prompt us regularly, giving us revelations which carry the full weight of His promises. It is these subjective promises that we can claim, not just biblical promises. In addition to the story above we can expect God to give us the name of our child (p. 26), define our specific purpose in life (p. 29), give us revelation about the purchase of property (pp.40-41, 107), show us how much money He will give us (pp. 63, 67-68), and tell us when to take wool socks to work (p.115). He will occasionally tell us what to preach (p. 131) and prompt us to make phone calls (pp. 200-202). And despite the fact that there is no clear way that these so-called voices can be discerned to be the Lord’s (something he admits), still we need to obey these promptings as we would Scripture (pp. 117-121, 125, cf. p. 208).

Given the obvious problems with the exaggerated claims of Batterson and the clearly unbiblical basis and assertions in reference to prayer circles, what is the attraction? Apparently, the incredible promises given coupled with such little effort (praying inside a drawn circle or walking around the object of one’s desires while praying) are just too much to resist. After all Batterson tells his readers, “The Circle Maker will show you how to claim God-given promises, pursue God-sized dreams, and seize God-ordained opportunities. You’ll learn how to draw prayer circles around your family, your job, your problems, and your goals” (p. 16). In a YouTube video Batterson adds, “You can’t just read the Bible, you need to start praying circles around the promises.”[2] I guess such an offer is just too good to refuse for many Christians. Of course, those who actually analyze Batterson’s promises in light of Scripture, especially that the basis of prayer circles is an ancient myth and not the authoritative Word of God, will see through the deception.

Biblical Prayer

To hear all the praise being poured out on Mark Batterson’s The Circle Maker and prayer circles, the unaware child of God might swear that this kind of prayer is what Jesus practiced and taught His disciples. But this is not true. As a matter of fact, circle prayers are not mentioned in the Bible at all. David did not write a psalm about them, Jesus did not mention them, and the epistles, while calling on us to pray without ceasing, are silent on the subject. Paul, in his marvelous New Testament prayers (e.g. Ephesians 1:15-23; 3:14-21; Colossians 1:9-14) ignores them. At no time or place in all of the Word of God are we commanded, told to examine, follow as a model, or use circles for our prayers.

It would be good to close this paper with a very brief overview of what the Bible teaches about prayer. It is not as if the Bible has no instruction concerning how to pray. And it is always of utmost importance to begin with Scripture on any subject and let it inform us before we jump in another direction. What do we know about prayer from God’s Word? There is so much mentioned concerning prayer in the Bible that whole volumes could not do it justice, so we will narrow our scope to just one incident in the life of Jesus. When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1), what did He say? Did He say, “Well, boys, first you draw a circle in the sand; next you stand in the circle and pray for what you want”? Not at all. In Luke 11:2-4 He gives them what we often call the Lord’s Prayer. It begins with God and His greatness. Next it focuses on the big picture of God’s plan for the future – His kingdom. Concerning the individual the requests are simple. While there is certainly nothing wrong with bold prayers, and there are many found in Scripture, most are not “big, audacious, and hairy” as Batterson calls for (p. 179). The disciples were taught to ask for daily physical needs, “Give us each day our daily bread.” And they were to seek the forgiveness of their sins even as they forgave others. And finally they were to ask for deliverance from temptation. While other prayers in the Bible, especially the prayers found in the epistles mentioned above, line out many other things for which we are to pray, it is most instructive to read Jesus’ answer to a direct question about how to pray. How simple, clear, free of gimmicks, and authentic is this example of prayer. No true Christian wants to minimize the power of prayer, but it must be prayer as taught in Scripture not based on myth and/or invented by people. [Source link with full article]

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Please check out these online reviews that explain in detail how dangerous and unbiblical this book is.

Review – Challies

Review – Beginning and End

Review – Glen Chatfield

Video – Chris Rosebrough and Brannon Howse 

Source: The Circle Maker – A Polemical Review

If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. 25 For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Luke 9:23-26 (NASB) 

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Hillary Clinton’s Close Ties to the Muslim Brotherhood

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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For the last seven years, the American public has had to watch the POTUS welcoming his good friends from the Muslim Brotherhood into the White House. The only other group which came close in number of visits to the White House were the LGBT lobbyists. This president is an arrogant Marxist elitist ideologue, who cares not for the little people.

Now we are rapidly approaching the 2016 presidential election. We are being subjected to the liberal rhetoric coming from the left, ad nauseam. The Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, is a dangerous woman. The purpose of this article is to wake up the American voters — especially those still on the fence. These independents are always the ones who impact election outcomes. This election will, in my opinion, be the most important one in the history of our country.

There are too many Hillary scandals to write about them all. I…

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