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September 21, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Obama’s signature initiative for Africa — a $9.7 billion plan to double electricity access in the world’s poorest continent — has fallen well short of its goals, so far producing less than 5 percent of the new power generation it promised.

A humanitarian convoy in Syria was attacked by either Russian or Syrian government aircraft. Twenty people were killed in the attack on Monday

For the first time, fans can buy Super Bowl tickets straight from the National Football League. Starting today, the NFL will make Super Bowl LI ticket packages available through a site run by Ticketmaster. For as little as $5,500 and as much as $12,000, fans will get to pick their specific seats, attend parties before and after the Feb. 5 championship in Houston and, in some cases, get on-field access after the game.

Turkish police shot and wounded a knife-wielding man who attempted to enter Israel’s embassy in Ankara.

As Federal Reserve officials gather to issue their monthly assessment of the world’s largest economy, a new study lays bare the extent to which many small firms are pressed for cash.

House flippers and property developers are increasingly crowdfunding — tapping the virtual wallets of anonymous internet backers on platforms such as RealtyShares, LendingHome, PeerStreet and Patch of Land. For riskier ventures, such as building new homes and buying, renovating and selling existing ones, they’re finding quick financing can be easier to get online than from banks. That’s contributed to an increase in home flipping.

The $1.9 trillion shortfall in U.S. state and local pension funds is poised to grow as near record-low bond yields and global stock-market turmoil reduce investment gains, increasing pressure on governments to put more money into the retirement systems.

U.S. retail sales will grow about 4 percent this holiday season, buoyed by a better job market, according to a forecast by Deloitte LLP. Still, the news isn’t all good for big retail chains. Consumers are increasingly buying gifts at niche retailers, potentially pulling spending away from places like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Macy’s Inc., Deloitte said in an annual report.

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Several protesters and a dozen police officers have been injured and about five people arrested after violent protests erupted following a deadly police shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday. Officers in riot gear deployed tear gas into a crowd of protesters after individuals targeted police cruisers.

Heavy bombing pummeled rebel-held parts of Aleppo on Monday, an AFP correspondent in the city said, less than two hours after Syria’s army announced the end of a week-long truce. Air strikes hit five eastern neighborhoods of the battleground city, while heavy shelling was heard coming from Aleppo’s southern outskirts.

Tesla’s ability to roll over-the-air updates out to its vehicles like they were iPhones is just one of the ways the company is redefining cars-but that advantage can also be a weakness. A group of Chinese hackers recently found a way to seize control of the Tesla Model S using the car’s wireless network. Once the hackers remotely made their way into the Tesla’s computer, they were able to control the car’s infotainment and gauge cluster screens, move the car’s power-operated seats, lock and unlock the doors, fold the mirrors, pop the trunk-and worst of all, engage the brakes while the car was rolling.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Cuba Monday for a visit in which he was expected to meet counterpart Raul Castro and his older brother and predecessor Fidel.

Nazi-era newspapers, coins, documents and copies of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” have been found in a “time capsule” that was buried in 1934 in the foundations of a Nazi training center, a Polish town official said Tuesday.

Both sides would benefit if Israel recognized it cannot permanently occupy Palestinian land and if Palestinians rejected incitement and recognized Israel’s legitimacy, U.S. President Barack Obama told the United Nations on Tuesday.

GitHub revealed the full extent of North Korean websites that can be accessed by outsiders, and as you might expect, it’s a small list consisting of just 28 domains.

The number of immigrants in the U.S. illegally has held steady since the Great Recession ended, totaling 11.1 million in 2014, 11.2 million in 2012 and 11.3 million in 2009, according to a study released Tuesday by Pew Research Center.

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An air strike on a medical facility near the Syrian city of Aleppo has killed five employees of an international aid agency, the group says, including nurses.

The 193 countries of the United Nations are to sign a landmark declaration to rid the world of drug-resistant infections or “superbugs”. Six years in the making, the international commitment could prevent 700,000 deaths a year, say experts.

At least 29 people have drowned after a migrant boat capsized off the Egyptian coast.

President Obama has announced a pledge by 50 nations to take in 360,000 refugees from war-torn countries this year.

Zimbabweans risk imprisonment for abusing the national flag, authorities warned in the wake of anti-government protests. Those who bring disrepute face a $200 fine and/or six months in jail.

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This week, Hungary, which has during the past year come under pressure for its handling of Europe’s mass migration crisis, has become the first government to open an office specifically to address the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Europe.

Professor Eduard Verhagen, who is responsible for the Groningen protocol for the euthanasia of infants, has predicted that a center for the euthanasia of children will open within a year in the Netherlands. Under current Dutch legislation, euthanasia is legal for infants up to a year old, and for children over the age of twelve.


Top News – 9/21/2016

Pope says we should be ashamed of war
Pope Francis on Tuesday denounced those who wage war in the name of God, as he met faith leaders and victims of war in Assisi to discuss growing religious fanaticism and escalating violence around the world.

‘Out of control’ Chinese space station to crash to earth in 2017
China appears to have confirmed speculation that it has lost control of its 8.5-ton space station, which is expected to come crashing down to Earth in 2017.

4.7-magnitude earthquake strikes Iran; UAE not affected
According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the epicentre of the tremblor was 73kms west of Iranshahr, Iran and 400kms north of Muscat, Oman. The earthquake struck at a depth of 10kms, according to EMSC, with no current reports of any damage in the area.

China’s Growing Interest in Middle East, Israel Leads to Stronger Ties
“China’s involvement and interest in the Middle East and in Israel in particular has been gradually growing and has reached new heights this year, both politically and economically,”

Minority voters abandoning Clinton as Trump rises in polls
support for the former Secretary of State among members of the Democratic base appear to be turning away from their party’s standard-bearer.

US-led forces strike Syrian troops, prompting emergency UN meeting
Moscow cited the strikes, which allowed Islamic State fighters to briefly overrun a Syrian army position near Deir al-Zor airport, as evidence that the United States was helping the jihadist militants. “We are reaching a really terrifying conclusion for the whole world: That the White House is defending Islamic State.

Iran threatens to ‘turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust’ if Israel missteps
“If the leaders of the Zionist regime make a mistake then the Islamic Republic will turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust,” reads banner on military truck in missile parade.

Charlotte protests: Police injured after black man shot
Twelve police officers have been injured during protests sparked by the police shooting of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina. Demonstrators destroyed marked police cars around the block of flats where the shooting took place, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department tweeted. One officer was hit in the face with a rock, it said.

Syria aid convoy attack: US ‘holds Russia responsible’
The US has said it holds Russia responsible for a deadly attack on an aid convoy near the Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday. The White House has called it an “enormous humanitarian tragedy”. Meanwhile, US officials have told the BBC that two Russian war planes were responsible for the attack.

US senators seek to modify new $38 billion Israel aid package
Republican US lawmakers launched an effort on Tuesday to modify a $38 billion military aid agreement with Israel by providing more money and easing controls on how it is spent… Senators Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte, John McCain and Ted Cruz told a news conference they had filed a measure to give Israel an additional $1.5 billion in military aid, while renewing US sanctions on Iran.

Sisi meets Jewish leaders, praises Israeli cooperation in war on terror in Sinai
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi applauded the level of cooperation between Israel and Egypt in a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders in New York on Tuesday. Among those attending the meeting were representatives of B’nai B’rith and the World Jewish Congress.

Cal Reinstates Class Observer Deemed ‘Effort to Erase Jewish History From Israel’
Administrators at University of California, Berkeley reinstated a class Monday originally suspended days after an Observer story by Abraham H. Miller deemed the class “so biased it mocks the very purpose of a university.”

Satanic Temple headquarters to open quietly in Salem
When The Satanic Temple officially opens its doors on Friday, Salem will become home to the organization’s international headquarters. But pitchfork-wielding mobs protesting the move seem unlikely, as the fire-and-brimstone theology of the Puritans who once populated the city has given way to a “live and let live” attitude in present day Salem.

‘70% of European Jews won’t go to shul on High Holy Days despite heightened security’
A poll released on Tuesday claiming that 70% of European Jews won’t go to synagogue on Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur due to security concerns, has been met with skepticism by prominent Jewish leaders.

“We Haven’t Seen This Since The Great Depression” – Gallup CEO Destroys The “Recovery” Lie
I’ve been reading a lot about a “recovering” economy. It was even trumpeted on Page 1 of The New York Times and Financial Times last week. I don’t think it’s true. The percentage of Americans who say they are in the middle or upper-middle class has fallen 10 percentage points, from a 61% average between 2000 and 2008 to 51% today.

Trump-Clinton debate expected to shatter records
The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON Trump campaign manager remarks on ‘hurt feelings’ in Bush family Overnight Cybersecurity: Republicans seize on Reddit claims in Clinton probe Cruz: ‘My focus is on defeating’ Clinton MORE and Donald Trump promises to be the most watched ever, with an audience that could exceed 100 million people, according to experts interviewed by The Hill. A debate with an audience that size would be something never seen before in U.S. politics and would be a figure close to what the Super Bowl gets.

‘Sickening’ airstrike on UN aid trucks in Syria may be the last straw in US-Russia relations
A week into a cease-fire in Syria brokered by Russia and the US, Russian-made warplanes hit a UN aid convoy traveling to the besieged town of Aleppo to provide relief to Syrians at the scene of some of the most intense fighting in the country’s five-year civil war.


Obama Used His Final UN Address To Promote A ‘Liberal World Order’ And A Palestinian State

barack-obama-addresses-the-united-nations-public-domainDuring Barack Obama’s eighth and final address to the United Nations he let his true colors show. He staunchly defended globalism, he took several not very subtle shots at Donald Trump, and he boldly declared that Israel “cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land”. That statement about “Palestinian land” was extremely alarming to many, because there are indications that Obama may decide to support a UN Security Council resolution that establishes the parameters for a Palestinian state during his final months in the White House. Barack Obama has promised to squeeze every ounce of “change” out of the remainder of his term that he possibly can, and his last UN speech showed what is on his heart at this moment. (Read More…)


Clinton gave State Department appointments to 194 donors

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Only seems right given the system we operate in today don’t you think?

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Haitian President EXPOSES the Clinton Foundation

This is an important 6-minute video of Haitian president exposing Clinton corruption. — OTM

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The Clinton Agenda of Global Government

How the Democratic presidential candidate would use the UN to crush individual liberties

Hillary Clinton is planning to hold “a number of bilateral meetings” during this week’s gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where climate change and the rights of migrants and refugees will top the agenda. Hillary loves the United Nations. She said while serving in the Senate, for example, that “a strong United Nations is in America’s interest.” As Secretary of State, she declared that the UN “remains the single most important global institution.” She added, “We are constantly reminded of its value.”

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Obamacare Imploding, Clinton Pushes For Complete Gov’t Take Over Of Health Care

Obamacare exchanges are imploding nationwide, and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is pushing for a government-run public option as a solution to the failing healthcare system.

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Frontrunning: September 21

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  • BOJ overhauls policy focus, sets target for government bond yields (Read More)
  • BOJ Shifts Policy Framework to Targeting Japan’s Yield Curve (Read More)
  • Fed Focus Turns to Dots as Hike Odds Fade: Decision-Day Guide (Read More)
  • Oil jumps after surprise drop in U.S. crude inventories (Read More)
  • Hedge funders pony up for Hillary Clinton super-PAC (Read More)
  • Bill Clinton’s Speaking Fee Overlaps With Foundation Business (Read More)
  • AC Milan’s Chinese Buyer Said to Show False Bank Letter in Talks (Read More)
  • Top Earners Back Clinton in Bloomberg Poll After Decades With GOP (Read More)
  • Why Canadians Are Being Offered Cash to Abandon Their Homes (Read More)
  • U.S. Charges N.Y. Bombing Suspect, Cites Views in His Notebook (Read More)
  • VW Sued for a Record $9.2 Billion in German Investor Lawsuits (Read More)
  • Protest erupts after police kill black man in North Carolina (Read More)
  • Saudi Arabia’s Clout in Washington Isn’t What It Used to Be (Read More)
  • Wealthy Kids Save More for College, Thanks to the IRS (Read More)
  • OECD Sees Globalization Stalling as Weak Trade Hurts Economy (Read More)

The Briefing 09-21-16

The irrationality of terrorists: One was a “normal American kid,” the other had a history with the FBI

The heart is desperately wicked: Experts unable to find predictor for “Lone Wolf” terror

What is the proper moral reflex in response to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in Tulsa?

Real ethics for artificial intelligence? Human beings and the gift of moral consciousness

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September 20, 2016
ALAN KEYES — The word “person” may have its roots in a Latin word that referred to the character an actor portrayed in a drama, and quite possibly even to the mask ancient actors once wore (or held in front of their faces) to represent their characters. This etymology reminds us that the dichotomy between what we can perceive and what remains inevitably hidden behind every act of human perception appears to be an indefeasible aspect of human nature… (more)

September 20, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — The Washington Post is not sloppy, it is dishonest. Forget Kenya or Hawaii as Barack Obama’s birthplace. The issue is that he was mentored by a communist named Frank Marshall Davis, who taught him that blacks had a “reason to hate” and that Christianity was the white man’s religion…. (more)

September 19, 2016

NEWSMAX — Three separate attacks carried out in the United States on a single day – – a New York bombing, a Minnesota mass stabbing, and a New Jersey pipe bomb blast – – were under investigation Sunday for potential terror links…. (more)


September 19, 2016

WASHINGTON TIMES — Investigators scrambled Sunday night for clues behind an apparent terrorist explosion that rocked New York on Saturday as the Islamic State claimed credit for a Somali immigrant’s stabbing rampage in Minnesota… (more)


September 19, 2016
ABC 7 — CHELSEA, Manhattan (WABC) – – Eyewitness News captured exclusive video of the man believed to be behind weekend bombings in Chelsea, Seaside Park, and Elizabeth being taken into custody following a incident with police in Linden, New Jersey…. (more)

September 19, 2016
NEWSMAX — Barack Obama has claimed the U.S. cannot send wire payments to Iran, justifying his controversial $400 million cash payment in January, but a Treasury Department spokesman said two wire payments were made in the past 14 months, according to a Politico report… (more)

September 18, 2016

NEWSMAX — Donald Trump has built a New York City real estate empire on $885 million in tax breaks, grants and incentives that have helped him lower construction costs and sell apartments within those core properties at higher prices because of lowered taxes, according to news reports…. (more)


September 18, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Without mentioning Donald Trump by name, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed indirect support for his presidential campaign on the basis of Trump’s stated desire for amicable U.S. relations with Russian…. (more)

September 18, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — The Obama State Department is convinced that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and his regime’s cronies are financing terrorism. How come? Well, because they conduct business in cash. In fact, in its most recent annual report on state sponsors of terrorism, State frets “that 60 percent of all business transactions [in Syria] are conducted in cash and that nearly 80 percent of all Syrians do not use formal banking services.” This has created a “vast black market,” the components of which are exploited by “some members of the Syrian government and the business elite . . . in terrorism finance schemes.”… (more)

September 18, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Pa., argued in the weekly GOP radio address that the federal government has taken over every aspect of the lives of ordinary Americans. “A regulatory superstate has replaced the sovereignty of the people,” he said. “So-called experts in Washington churn out all kinds of rules and red tape without accountability, hurting millions of Americans.”… (more)

September 17, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — One of my favorite Andy Griffith episodes shows Goober growing a beard to try to look smart. Picking up an apple, he declares, “One time you was a seed.” Unfortunately, the extreme makeover didn’t work for Dana Milbank of the Washington Post during an appearance on the Clinton News Network (CNN). His new beard didn’t disguise the loony opinions that have become his hallmark… (more)

September 17, 2016
PHILIP KLEIN — Donald Trump has famously vowed to “Make America Great Again,” but his actual vision for the nation has less in common with Ronald Reagan (who used the phrase in his 1980 campaign) and more in common with Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society,” which represented one of the most massive expansions of government in American history… (more)

September 17, 2016

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Donald Trump outlined a revised campaign tax reform proposal Thursday that would seek to decrease losses to the Treasury by limiting tax breaks across the board, a policy that will invite opposition from a range of interests and advocacy groups… (more)


September 17, 2016
NATIONAL REVIEW — Donald Trump and his allies had been privately celebrating Hillary Clinton’s stumbles – – first on the campaign trail last weekend and then in the polls this week, which seemed to tighten dramatically after the former secretary of state was forced to disclose that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia and misled the media and the public about it…. (more)

September 17, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Major media figures were left fuming on Friday after they played a willing role in giving Donald Trump free national airtime to promote his hotel and play up his support for veterans, while the press waited for his briefing announcement on where he thinks President Obama was born… (more)

September 17, 2016

NEWSMAX — Jimmy Fallon poked fun at Hillary Clinton’s recent medical woes during a show taping Friday, wearing a medical mask when he first greeted her on the set of “The Tonight Show.” CNN producer Dan Merica tweeted a photo of the pair high-fiving moments after Clinton walked out. The show is slated to air Monday… (more)


September 17, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — A new report on Friday revealed that Congress is beginning an investigation into President Obama’s secret bankrolling of an effort to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the last election, an effort that failed…. (more)

September 16, 2016

JOSEPH FARAH — Donald Trump’s scheme to get Washington more involved in the rearing of children is a bad idea and an unconstitutional one at that. It needs to be said, even as I see some so-called “conservatives” praising the initiative. Let’s count the ways this notion fails the practical and constitutional tests:… (more)


September 16, 2016
MONA CHAREN — There may be valid criticisms of the Trump (Ivanka as much as Donald) child-care proposal, but the New York Times and the Huffington Post did not find them. As is always the case with new proposed social spending, the New York Times chides the United States for being so very retrograde… (more)

September 16, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — The Obama administration is moving forward with plans to relinquish U.S. control over Internet domains, but many conservatives are demanding the president not change what is working fine by ceding control to other countries, which could then limit the content their own citizens can see… (more)

September 16, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Missouri’s Republican-led legislature has significantly expanded gun rights in the state, establishing a public “stand your ground” right and allowing gun owners to carry concealed firearms without a permit. Lawmakers overrode Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the sweeping gun rights law late Wednesday… (more)

September 16, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — House conservatives are making the case for the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen ahead of Thursday’s debate, and one of them is also blasting Republican leaders for failing to hold Obama administration official accountable for anything and even being “afraid” of the administration… (more)

September 16, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — According to a study from the centrist Brookings Institution, the cap on the number of charter schools in Massachusetts hurts disadvantaged students. “The evidence is that, for disadvantaged students in urban areas of Massachusetts, charter schools do better than traditional public schools,” researchers wrote (emphasis in original)… (more)

September 16, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — While the Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to hear a challenge to the non-discrimination policy in the commonwealth’s largest school district, the lead counsel in the case warns that the impact of the court’s decisions will go far beyond bathrooms and eventually impact every student – – including to the point where boys will be “bedding down” with girls on overnight school trips… (more)

September 15, 2016

CLIFF KINCAID — The media are returning to their protective mode regarding Hillary Clinton, after pretending to raise questions about her health. But very few questions have been answered. Here are some that still linger: (1) Mrs. Clinton and her media entourage have claimed in the past that her coughing fits were caused by allergies. So what really caused her to leave the 9/11 memorial and nearly collapse?… (more)


Top Headlines – 9/21/2016

France planning big push for Mideast peace conference

UN chief: One-state solution for Israeli-Palestinian conflict would ‘spell doom’

Sisi urges Israel to end regional instability by making peace with the Palestinians

Mideast Expert: Many in Washington Concerned Obama ‘Won’t Have Israel’s Back’ at UN After November Election

How Obama’s kicking Israel on his way out of office

Obama: Israel cannot ‘permanently occupy, settle Palestinian land’

Obama tells UN Palestinians must ‘reject incitement,’ recognize Israel

Pro-Israel US senators seek to overturn parts of new Israel aid package

Fatah’s Response To Palestinian Terrorism Onslaught: Israel Is The Problem

As Prime Minister arrives, UN speeches ignore Palestinian violence

Netanyahu says he’ll urge ‘uniform’ global fight against terror at UN

Israel shoots down Hamas drone off the Gaza coast

Abbas lauds Jordanian ‘martyr’ who tried to stab Israeli troops

‘70% of European Jews won’t go to shul on High Holy Days despite heightened security’

Navy can tackle advanced Hezbollah missile, says outgoing commander

Replica of Syrian arch destroyed by Isis unveiled in New York City

Amal Clooney wants to prosecute Syria’s president for war crimes

International gathering again puts Syria no closer to peace

UN chief vents frustration at leaders who keep ‘feeding the war machine’ in Syria

Ban Ki-moon condemns ‘apparently deliberate’ Syria aid convoy attack

Syria conflict: US ‘holds Russia responsible’ for deadly aid attack

Russia denies strike on aid convoy, offers bizarre explanation

U.N. suspends aid after convoy attack; Kerry says ceasefire ‘not dead’

France’s Hollande blames Syria for ceasefire failure

UN chief accuses Syria govt of killing most civilians in war

Turkey’s Erdogan urges world to act against US-based Gulen

“Serious concern” in Somalia as 5 mln go hungry, UN says

Children dying of starvation in Yemen’s conflict

Disease outbreak kills 19 in rain-hit Sudan: minister

White House presses Congress on bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia

Saudi plane isolated at Manila airport after false hijack alarm, incident over

Chelsea Bombing Suspect Ahmad Rahami Charged With Using Weapons of Mass Destruction

Suspect wrote ‘bombs will be heard in the streets,’ authorities say

Bombing suspect’s father says he called FBI on his violent son 2 years ago

Ex-extremist: Bombing suspect’s Pakistan trip should have ‘raised alarm bells’ in US

Just days after jihadist bombing in New York, de Blasio touts ‘diversity,’ calls for more Muslim migrants

George Soros to invest $500 million in help for refugees

Obama: 50 countries to take in 360,000 refugees this year

Obama calls on world leaders to do more to help refugees

Ten Times in Past Two Years Terrorists Slipped Through Immigration Process into U.S.

Border Patrol chief: Agents ‘most assaulted’ law officers in the U.S.

Montage: 11 Times Obama Talked Down the U.S. in His Final U.N. Address

Obama At United Nations Calls For America To Be ‘Bound By International Laws’ Give Up Control

Trump: Hillary Clinton First Presidential Candidate Proposing to Abolish U.S. Borders

Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton wants to ‘abolish’ the border, another falsehood by the GOP nominee

Trump calls African-American communities in the worst shape ‘ever, ever, ever’

Trump, Clinton boost diplomatic credentials with Sissi meetings

RFK’s daughter claims George H.W. Bush will vote Democrat

Clinton email wiper appears to have asked online how to hide ‘VIP’ info

Street clashes, election protests in Congo kill at least 44

Russian elections strengthen Putin’s hand despite nation’s economic woes

“We Haven’t Seen This Since The Great Depression” – Gallup CEO Destroys The “Recovery” Lie

Why North Korea’s latest nuclear test has experts especially worried

Ahead of World Peace Day, UN chief says Global Goals are ‘building blocks for peace’

A 100-year solar storm could fry our power grids – these are the places most at risk

Former Astronaut and ‘Asteroid Day’ Expert on Life-Threatening Impacts

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Izu Islands, Japan region

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Nioumachoua, Comoros

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Klyuchevskoy volcano in Russia erupts to 27,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 18,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 16,000ft

Dukono volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Planes grounded in Costa Rica as Turrialba volcano sending ash cloud 4,000m into sky

Powerful Typhoon “Malakas” hits Kyushu with record-breaking rain, heading toward Tokyo

Tropical Storm Lisa joins Karl in Atlantic

U.S. housing starts tumble, flooding in the South blamed

Earth roasts through hottest summer ever recorded

As ‘environment powerhouse,’ Brazil to join Paris climate accord, President tells UN Assembly

A vote for Trump is a vote for climate catastrophe

Cow farts can now be regulated in California

Illumina, Secret Giant Of DNA Sequencing, Is Bringing Its Tech To The Masses

Microsoft will ‘solve’ cancer within the next 10 years by treating it like a computer virus, says company

Rep. Diane Black: The insidious way Team Obama is funneling money to Planned Parenthood

HHS Says States Must Give Federal Dollars To Abortion Providers

Satanic Temple headquarters to open quietly in Salem


6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks southern Japan

Posted: 21 Sep 2016 06:24 AM PDT

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck early Wednesday in the sparsely populated Izu Islands southeast of Japan’s main island of Honshu, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported….

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History teacher’s lesson includes stomping American Flag in classroom

Posted: 21 Sep 2016 06:20 AM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) A North Carolina history teacher is facing a firestorm of controversy after he allegedly stomped on an American Flag inside a…

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George Soros to invest $500 million in help for refugees

Posted: 21 Sep 2016 06:18 AM PDT

Well, as if anyone should be shocked by this information? Billionaire investor George Soros pledged on Tuesday to invest up to $500 million in programs…

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Obama Pushes Globalism At UN Summit, Urges the Embrace of Internationalization

Posted: 21 Sep 2016 06:13 AM PDT

Is Barack Obama one of the new mouthpieces to advance the New World Order? In his last address before the United Nations Tuesday, President Barack…

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Is the United States at Risk of Losing Religious Freedom?

Posted: 21 Sep 2016 06:08 AM PDT

(Reported By CBN News) A report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights appears to place “nondiscrimination” above religious liberty. A commission report released Sept….

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U.S. Government to Cover Sex Change Operations for Active Duty Soldiers

Posted: 21 Sep 2016 05:58 AM PDT

The U.S. Department of Defense will now cover costs for the sex change operations of soldiers in active duty, according to reports. “[A] Defense Department…

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Judge Refuses to Order District to Immediately Re-Hire High School Football Coach Fired for Praying

Posted: 21 Sep 2016 05:55 AM PDT

A federal judge has declined to grant a preliminary injunction against officials with a Washington school district who fired a high school football coach in…

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Violent Protests Break out In Charlotte ignited by fatal police shooting; 12 officers injured

Posted: 21 Sep 2016 05:52 AM PDT

All lanes of Interstate 85 were reopened early Wednesday but still littered with some rocks and glass after a night of protests over an officer-involved…

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World Council of Churches Increases Anti-Israel Obsession

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 06:36 PM PDT

The Bible warns us that in the time of the end that Jerusalem would become a “Cup of Trembling” to ALL the Nations of the World….

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MODERN DAY ELIJAH – How One Man Took Up His Cross Against Baal

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 05:37 PM PDT

With little fanfare, a replica arch from the Temple of Baal was unveiled in a New York park, but one righteous man took a stand….

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DEVELOPING: ‘Smoking Gun’ May Have Just Been Discovered In Hillary’s Email

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 05:32 PM PDT

There may have been found a “smoking gun” in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, as new reports on Tuesday document that an aide apparently had asked…

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Internet Takeover Jeopardizes Upcoming Presidential Election

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 05:25 PM PDT

Well isn’t this just wonderful and convenient timing? According to a new report, Changing who controls the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)…

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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.

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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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Minnesota let in thousands of refugees and unskilled immigrants from Muslim countries

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Democrats think that the real threat to America is not radical Islamic terrorism Democrats think that the real threat to America is not radical Islamic terrorism

An interesting article from the far left Minneapolis Star Tribune gives some details about the recent terrorist attack at a Minnesota mall:

Isaiah Mordal had just finished a long day at the Pretzelmaker shop in the Crossroads Center mall. He was supposed to get off work at 5 o’clock but stayed until 8 to fill in for a sick co-worker.

When his shift finally ended, Mordal walked outside with his girlfriend, Johanna Bohnenkamp, who is nearly nine months pregnant. As he did, a man in a security guard’s uniform walked past, approached a woman nearby and stabbed her. Then he stabbed her companion.

And then he turned to face Mordal.

“I was in complete shock,” Mordal said Monday of the knife attacks at the St. Cloud mall on Saturday night that left 10 people injured. “He had…

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Service or Sabbath

Unfathomable Grace

There is certainly a time for us to sacrifice, labor, toil, work, serve, or minister. God gives all of us spiritual and temporal gifts, and he expects us to steward and spend them for his glory and our neighbor’s good. Yes, it is good for us to work as did Moses, labor as did disciples, minister as did Paul, and serve as did Mary.

There are certainly benefits when we do serve. As the Father witnesses our obedience, worship, and selfless service, he smiles. It thrills him to see what he does through the hearts and hands of his redeemed children. He loves to see us loving and looking like his Beloved Son. Yes, when we labor, God grins, brothers and sisters are benefited, the Gospel is promoted, and our own souls are encouraged and made glad.

However, despite the duty and benefits of service, something better is before us. According to Jesus, it is better for us…

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Is the Bible Foundational to Christianity? Engaging with Andy Stanley

The sermon itself was deeply confusing and left many questions unanswered about the proper role of God’s Word in our lives. Unfortunately, much of the confusion in the sermon was driven by Stanley’s commitment to a particular methodology about how to reach non-Christians.  For whatever set of reasons, Stanley has become convinced that the Bible gets in the way. I disagree. On the contrary, the strategy of downplaying the Bible for the sake of the Gospel is a false dichotomy.  The two cannot and should not ever be pitted against each other.

One of the most profound challenges for Christians as we live in an ever-more-hostile world is how to properly defend the faith against the incessant attacks against it.  And these attacks have taken their toll. We have seen far too many casualties over the years as people leave the church because they had doubts or questions that were never answered.

It is precisely this issue that is behind Andy Stanley’s recent sermon, “The Bible Told Me So” (preached Aug 28, 2016). Stanley, son of well-known Atlanta pastor, Charles Stanley, is the senior pastor of Northpoint Community Church in Alpharetta, GA.

Stanley’s concern in this sermon is for those who have experienced what he calls “deconversions”—people who went to church as a child but have drifted away from the faith as they have reached adulthood. They drifted away because they went to a church that refused to answer their difficult questions and insisted that they were “just supposed to have faith.”

There is little doubt that Stanley has put his finger on a critical issue for the church today, and he should be commended for it. We need to find a compelling way to address the questions and doubts people have about their faith without ducking the hard questions.

But while Stanley has correctly diagnosed the disease, serious questions remain about whether he has offered an adequate cure. Indeed, in many ways, his suggested cure becomes problematic enough that one begins to wonder whether it just might be more troubling than the disease itself.

So what is the cure that Stanley has offered?  In brief, Christians need to stop basing their faith on the Bible.

The cause of these deconversions, Stanley argues, is that Christians, from an early age, are taught the children’s lyric, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”  Why is this phrase a problem?  Stanley answers: “because the implication is the Bible is the reason we believe.”

Why would it be a problem if the Bible is the reason we believe? Stanley tells us: “If the Bible is the foundation of our faith, here is the problem, it is all or nothing. . . Christianity becomes a fragile house of cards that comes tumbling down when we discover that perhaps the walls of Jericho didn’t.”

In other words, the cure (or at least part of it) for these deconversions is to take the Bible out of the equation.  If we do that, then we don’t have to worry about defending it or upholding it.  Problem solved.

Or is it?

While one sympathizes with Stanley’s desire to remove obstacles to belief in Jesus, his solution does not solve the problem.  In fact, it creates even bigger ones.  It becomes (as we shall see below) the equivalent of sawing off the branch you’re sitting on.

Just a Method to Reach Unbelievers?

Now, before we go further, it should be noted that Stanley’s desire to remove the Bible as the basis for our belief in Jesus is driven by his concern to reach unbelievers (or ex-believers). Since unbelievers don’t accept the authority of the Bible, he thinks he will be more effective if the Bible is taken out of the mix.

Similar sorts of methods have been advocated in the past. Most notably, John Wenham’s Christ and the Bible attempts to prove the inspiration of Scripture by first accepting the NT Gospels as generally reliable historical documents, then moving to the resurrection, then finally to Jesus’ view of Scripture, which would (presumably) lead one then to believe in inspiration.

But even if Stanley is trying to follow a method like Wenham’s, I would argue he has done so in a manner that goes well beyond the language used by Wenham and others like him.  As will become clear below, he makes a number of statements that are provocative enough that when they are not properly nuanced or clarified they can leave both believer and unbeliever deeply confused about the Bible.

The fact that these statements have left people confused (and even worried) is evident from the extensive on-line discussions about the sermon that have already taken place.  I have also seen this personally as numerous people have approached me with concerns about the sermon, asking if I might write something that might clarify the issues.  And that is the purpose of this post.  I have a tremendous amount of appreciation and respect for Andy Stanley, but I wanted to provide some answers to the questions people are asking.

Can the Bible Be the Reason We Believe in Jesus?

So, we turn now to Stanley’s primary claim, namely that the Bible should not be the “reason we believe.”  In order to evaluate this claim, it might be helpful to distinguish between two different questions: (a) Is it possible to believe in Jesus on a basis other than the Bible? and (b) Is itpreferable to believe in Jesus on a basis other than the Bible?

As for the first of these, it is true that a person can believe in Jesus without believing in the Bible. Indeed, they don’t even have to know a Bible exists to believe in Jesus.  Think of the person in the jungles of the Amazon who hears a missionary preach and converts.  He may live for many years not aware of a Bible or even able to read one.

And even for those who have read their Bible, they don’t have to believe all of it to be saved (though, obviously, they have to believe in certain parts to be saved).  A person can reject inspiration and still be a Christian—though it is a very serious doctrinal error.

But, just because it is possible to believe in Jesus apart from believing the Bible doesn’t mean that is the preferable approach.  One does not follow from the other. And it certainly doesn’t mean it is dangerous or problematic to believe in Jesus on the basis of the Bible.

It is worth noting that neither Jesus nor the apostles give us the impression that believing on the basis of the Bible is some sort of problem.  On the contrary, Jesus plainly states, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me” (John 5:46).  In other words, belief in the writings of Moses (part of the OT) would actually lead a person to believe in Jesus!

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12 Myths About Calvinism

1. Calvinism is not a system of theology that denies God’s universal love. While there are some Calvinists who do deny God’s universal love for all men, this is certainly not a necessary or a central tenet of Calvinism. Calvinists do, however, believe that God has a particular type of love for the elect (an “electing love”), but most also […]

Evangelical Misogyny and the Spiritual Oppression of Christian Women

When it comes to women in the Church, author, speaker and blogger Michelle Lesley reminds us that “there’s no watered down, Barbie doll, ‘pink is for girls’ version of theology that women are to be taught while the real thing – serious Bible study and theology – is reserved for men.”  She points out that […]

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What do you think about all this Satan stuff?

It’s a fact of earthly life that when God opens the windows of heaven to bless us, the devil opens the doors of hell to blast us. When God begins moving, the devil fires up all his artillery. — Adrian Rogers According to a number of Bible scholars, Isaiah 14:12-15 tells the story of Lucifer, […]

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Nancy Leigh (DeMoss) Wolgemuth Mixes Pagan Witchcraft Circle-Making With Christianity

And people wonder why “Cheetos-eaters living in their mothers’ basements” (discernment bloggers) blog about Christian celebs like Nancy Lee (DeMoss) Wolgemuth!  “Watchbloggers” as we’ve been dubbed, feel that our brethren should know when a Christian leader strays from the truth. And according to Jeff Maples of Pulpit & Pen, DeMoss-Wolgemuth strayed when she began promoting a prayer practice that he believes to be outright witchcraft.  That’s right.  Witchcraft.

Occult symbolOne of the most basic devices used in ancient pagan spirituality is the “circle of protection.” You find it everywhere from the Eastern mystery religions to modern witchcraft. The circle of protection was commonly used in old Gypsy magic, as it was thought to create an impenetrable barrier of protection around those in which it was created.

This “magic” circle, spiritual in nature, could be something physical, such as lines drawn in the dirt or sand, or even a sprinkling of salt. But they could also be imaginary. On page 43 of Gypsy Magic: A Romany Book of Spells, Charms, and Fortune-Telling by Patrinella Cooper, she says …

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What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

19 “After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.” (John 14:19 NASB)

When our Lord spoke of the “world” in John 14:19, he was talking about those in this temporal existence who are not believers. They are not true Christians even though some in that group may profess to be so. In this context he was also referring to the Jewish religious leaders of his own day who opposed him and his ministry and who would continue to oppose the early church as is seen all through the books of Acts for example. What is it that separates those alive in this world who truly see Jesus for who he really is, believe and are saved from those who refuse to do so, reject the gospel, and remain in their sins, even…

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