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October 31, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Oct. 31, 2016 |

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Hillary Clinton and her aides intensified criticism of James Comey as word emerged that the FBI director defied U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch by informing lawmakers of newly discovered e-mails that may relate to its investigation of the Democratic presidential nominee.

San Francisco, where the Nov. 8 ballot will include a measure allowing the parents or legal guardians of any student in the city’s public schools to vote in school board elections. The right would be extended to those with green cards, visas, or no documentation at all. “One out of three kids in the San Francisco unified school system has a parent who is an immigrant, who is disenfranchised and doesn’t have a voice.”

If the world’s biggest economy is really on the upswing, then why are America’s banks stockpiling a record amount of ultra-safe bonds? Commercial banks in the U.S. have amassed $90 billion of Treasuries and non-mortgage debt from federal agencies this year alone, bringing the total to $754 billion, according to data compiled by the Fed. Including federally guaranteed mortgage-backed securities, banks now own $2.4 trillion of government bonds, which would be the most since the central bank began compiling data in 1973.

At a delicatessen counter in eastern Caracas, Venezuela, Humberto Gonzalez removes slices of salty white cheese from his scale and replaces them with a stack of bolivar notes handed over by his customer. The currency is so devalued and each purchase requires so many bills that instead of counting, he weighs them.

China’s factories may be on the cusp of delivering a new shock to the global economy after years of undercutting rivals with cheaper costs. This time, increases in prices could reverberate around the world.

The third powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake to hit Italy in two months spared human life Sunday but struck at the nation’s identity, destroying a Benedictine cathedral, a medieval tower and other beloved landmarks that had survived the earlier jolts across a mountainous region of small historic towns.

Millennials’ seemingly unquenchable thirst for coffee is helping to push global demand to a record just as supplies are tightening. Americans are becoming java junkies at an earlier age, and young adults are increasing their daily consumption at a fast enough pace to make up for declines by older folks.

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Spain’s 10-month political deadlock is over and a new government is finally in place, but it’s anybody’s guess how long it will last. Parliament on Saturday approved Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy’s reappointment as prime minister, but only because the leading opposition Socialist party, with 84 deputies, abstained.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his government would ask parliament to consider reintroducing the death penalty as a punishment for the plotters behind the July coup bid.

A Richmond mayoral candidate and ex-Virginia lawmaker who was jailed last year in a sex scandal involving a 17-year-old girl vowed Saturday to continue campaigning after being accused of making sexual advances and sending explicit text messages to a former legal client.

The family of an American backpacker who was sexually assaulted after she fell 150ft down a cliff in Thailand have hit out at her attacker’s five-year jail sentence. Hannah Gavios, 23, broke her back and lay helpless trapped on rocks while Apai Ruangwong, 28, subjected her to a 10-hour ordeal on September 1.

Hundreds of people braved the late autumnal cold in Moscow on Saturday to remember victims of the Stalin era, reading out names of people murdered at the height of the Terror.

Syrian government forces launched a counteroffensive under the cover of airstrikes in an attempt to regain control of areas they had lost to insurgents the day before in the northern city of Aleppo.

Australia on Sunday announced plans to ratchet up its tough policy against refugees by banning any asylum seeker who attempts to reach its shores by boat from ever visiting the country.

Preservation experts have opened for the first time in at least two centuries what Christians believe is Jesus’s tomb inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

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The European Union and Canada have signed a long-delayed landmark trade deal, following weeks of uncertainty due to opposition in Belgium.

Roof tiles with built-in solar panels have been unveiled by Tesla chief executive Elon Musk. The tiles, made from glass, are intended to be a more attractive way to add solar panels to homes, compared with currently-used solar technology.

A Brazilian evangelical pastor, Marcelo Crivella, has been elected mayor of Rio de Janeiro in the second round of municipal elections.

A snake with the largest venom glands in the world could hold the answer to pain relief, scientists have found. New research published in the journal Toxin found it targets receptors which are critical to pain in humans and could be used as a method of treatment.

Dozens of people have been killed at a Yemeni prison complex in air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition, reports said.

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Highlights for Children is popular among preschoolers and schoolkids and a fun way to learn to read, but the magazine recently became embroiled in a controversy over gay inclusion.

Hundreds of children across the country have shown up at hospitals unable to move their arms or legs. Dozens of kids have become paralyzed in the past few months alone. They suffer from a mysterious illness that continues to alarm and puzzle scientists. This kind of sudden and devastating paralysis hasn’t been widespread since the days of polio.

A privacy-rights defender is calling on AT&T to shut down a telephone spy operation it has rented out to police agencies, because it accesses “trillions” of private telephone records.


Top News – 10/31/2016

Central Colombia Hit by 5.4-Magnitude Earthquake
The earthquake occurred at 00:20 GMT on Monday at a depth of 44 kilometers (about 27 miles) with the epicenter located in 25 miles of the small town of Colombia. The largest urban center relatively close to the earthquake at approximately 67 miles was Neiva with the population of 352,855.

Assange: Next WikiLeaks batch will lead to Hillary Clinton’s arrest
Julian Assange said Sunday that the next batch of hacked emails he plans to release will lead to the arrest of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Two days ago, the FBI reopened the investigation into her private server as Secretary of State, knocking her campaign sideways. After releasing 21 emails batches this month, Assange has more than 50,000 to go “ with enough evidence to see Hillary Clinton arrested.”

Congress: Attorney General Lynch ‘Pleads Fifth’ on Secret Iran ‘Ransom’ Payments
Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year, prompting accusations that Lynch has “pleaded the Fifth” Amendment to avoid incriminating herself over these payments, according to lawmakers and communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) initially presented Lynch in October with a series of questions about how the cash payment to Iran was approved and delivered.

Last Stronghold of ISIS Caliphate Set to Topple in Battle for Mosul
US-backed Iraqi ground troops, following on the heels of the army’s counter-terrorism unit, launched what it expects to be the final assault on the city of Mosul, the last major stronghold of the Islamic State in Iraq, on Monday.

Report: DOJ Tried Repeatedly To Kill FBI’s Clinton Foundation Investigation
Senior-level Justice Department officials pushed back heavily on an ongoing FBI investigation of the Clinton Foundation, according to a bombshell report from The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper laid out numerous examples, based on law enforcement sources, of senior DOJ officials intervening to quash the probe.

Comey Has Clinton Dead to Rights
Comey would not be doing this if he did not have the goods on Clinton and most likely Huma Abedin as well. It has now caught Clinton and Abedin in a web of deceit. In searching the devices that Abedin shared with Weiner, the FBI must have discovered emails that were clearly classified. They were sent by Clinton and they were on Abedin’s home device that Weiner had access to in a file next to his pedophilia. The agents worked this up the chain, Comey realized he had no choice but to let the American people know.

Federal Outlaws Brutally Attack Bundy Defense Attorney Marcus Mumford
Defense Attorney Marcus Mumford was viciously attacked by federal marshals as he attempted to make his arguments to the Court. According to eyewitness, Jeff Banta, another of the acquitted defendants, Mumford put his arms out to block federal marshals from taking Ammon while saying, “What are you doing…what are you doing? At which point a mob of federal marshals – six men and 3 women attacked Defense Attorney Marcus

Hillary’s Two Official Favors To Morocco Resulted In $28 Million For Clinton Foundation
Jackson’s close ties and loyalty to the Clintons were revealed when she joined the Clinton Foundation’s board of directors in 2013, just months after she left the EPA. Jackson is also close to John Podesta, Clinton’s national campaign chairman. Morocco’s state-owned phosphate company, OCP, would ostensibly have benefited from Jackson’s move to shut down Mosaic. Mohammed donated up to $15 million to the Clinton Foundation through OCP.

Italy trembles: Over 200 aftershocks follow devastating earthquake
The danger of a major new jolt remains in Italy, as over 200 aftershocks were registered following a devastating 6.6 magnitude earthquake in central regions of the country. Sunday’s earthquake in central Italy was followed by numerous aftershocks, 15 of which had a magnitude ranging from 4.0 to 4.6, according to Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).

Russian PM to discuss Israel-PA peace
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is scheduled to visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) on November 9 with the aim of advancing the peace negotiations between the sides, i24news reported Sunday, citing a report on the PA’s official television station. “a number of bilateral intergovernmental and interagency agreements and documents are due to be signed after the talks.”

Political victory for Hezbollah expected in Lebanon election
Lebanon is poised to elect a strong Hezbollah ally as the country’s president Monday, in a boost for the pro-Iranian axis in the region. If there is no last-minute surprise, 81-year-old former general Michel Aoun, a Maronite Christian, will easily be elected by parliament to the top office. The pro-Hezbollah Beirut daily As-Safir reported yesterday that he is on track to win in the first round and enjoys the backing of 94 of the 127 MPs.

UNHRC official: ‘Israel’s status at UN depends on ending the occupation’
Israel’s status at the United Nations depends on it’s ending the “occupation” and on the ability of Palestine to act as a state, warned special investigator and Canadian legal expert Michael Lynk during an official briefing to that body. …In his 26-page report and in his comments to the Third Committee he said that Israel must immediately end “the occupation.”

Brazil shifts right, evangelical elected Rio mayor
An evangelical mega-church bishop who once branded Catholics demons was elected mayor of Rio de Janeiro, in nationwide municipal elections confirming Brazil’s shift to the right.

Police Officer Dies of Complications From Shooting After He Predicted He Would Be Shot
An Alaska police officer who reportedly predicted that he would be shot has died from surgery complications two weeks later. Sgt. Allen Brandt was shot on patrol after responding to reports of gunfire in Fairbanks earlier this month. Earlier that same night he told his wife and children he would be shot, according to reports.

Is This Why Comey Broke: A Stack Of Resignation Letters From Furious FBI Agents Tyler Durden’s picture by Tyler Durden
According to the Daily Mail, and a source close to James Comey, the decision, at least in part, came after he “could no longer resist mounting pressure by mutinous agents in the FBI” who “felt that he betrayed them and brought disgrace on the bureau by letting Hillary off with a slap on the wrist.”

FBI Director James Comey Begins Briefing Congressional Leaders on Clinton Email Review
“For the young people here who didn’t live in the ’90s … this is what life is like with the Clintons,” Ryan said. “It’s scandal after scandal after scandal.”

Egypt bans TV interview with corruption critic
A rare TV interview with Egypt’s former chief auditor – who went on trial for spreading false news after publicly alleging massive government corruption – has been banned, the former official said.


The Briefing 10-31-16


OBAMA GIVES TRUMP A GIFT: ObamaCare Collapsing Nationwide One Week Before Election Day

When Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces launched in fall 2013, Arizona seemed like a success. Eight insurers competed to sign up consumers, offering a wide variety of plans and some of the lowest premiums in the country.

Today, with ACA enrollment starting Nov. 1, Arizonans will find in most counties only one insurer selling exchange plans for 2017. Premiums for some plans will be more than double this year, some of the biggest increases in the nation. Only last-minute maneuvering prevented one Arizona county from becoming the first in the nation to have no exchange insurers at all.

A similar dynamic is playing out in other states’ exchanges, which are a critical centerpiece of the 2010 health law. About one-third of U.S. counties will have just one exchange insurer next year, up from 7% this year, estimates the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, which studies health-care issues. In many cases, remaining insurers are seeking significant rate increases.

Obama on Showing ACA Works: ‘We’re Not Going To Get That Much Help Through the Media’

A look at what happened in Arizona shows the cascading effects of problems with the design and implementation of the ACA, combined with early missteps by insurers. Some priced plans aggressively, angling for market share and betting special programs built into the law would protect them from losses. Those protections didn’t work as expected. Enrollees’ health-care expenses repeatedly overshot the projections of nearly all Arizona’s insurers. The result: a flood of red ink, then withdrawals and premium increases.

“The Arizona market is the poster child for the problems the exchanges are experiencing nationally,” says Tom Snook, a Phoenix-based actuary for consultants Milliman Inc.

Opponents of the health law have cited the problems in Arizona and other states to argue for unraveling the legislation, and they have proposed changes such as expanding health-savings accounts and allowing insurers to sell plans across state lines.

Trump: My employees are having problems with Obamacare

Obama administration officials say they are bolstering the exchanges, and the consumer impact of premium increases will be limited by the law’s subsidies for lower-income people, received by about 85% of enrollees nationally. “We’re making really good progress in addressing a lot of the issues,” says Kevin Counihan, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services unit charged with implementing the health law. He calls Arizona an “outlier,” saying that insurers elsewhere have succeeded with ACA plans.

The ACA transformed the individual insurance market, where consumers buy their own plans. Before the law, insurers could refuse to sell to people with pre-existing health conditions. Starting in 2014, consumers couldn’t be denied coverage, or charged more, if they were ill. Individuals could shop for plans via an online marketplace. Partly to ensure that healthy people signed up to balance out the sick, the law contained penalties for most people if they didn’t obtain coverage. Arizona expanded Medicaid, as the law envisioned.

Insurers saw uncertainty in the new marketplace, but also potential. They had to guess what prices they needed to charge to cover the health costs of new enrollees. A 2013 Society of Actuaries report suggested that the Arizona individual-insurance market could more than double, growing to 570,681 consumers, with more than 80% of them buying through the exchange. The health-care costs of the newer customer base would be around 22% higher than the old one, it suggested.

President dodges blame for Obamacare premium increases

Insurers believed they had protective guardrails—programs in the law to limit losses for companies that drew a lot of unhealthy, high-cost consumers. One insurer, Health Net Inc., told investors in November 2013 it could effectively pay out $1.20 in claims for each $1 it got in premiums and still break even with help from an ACA program called “risk corridors.” Some of Health Net’s Arizona products were among the lowest-priced in the country, according to Kaiser.

Kim Walton, 62 years old, of Tempe, says his monthly insurance bill dropped by more than two-thirds compared with his pre-ACA plan, with help from a federal subsidy. Unlike his old plan, his new ACA insurance covered any costs tied to his pre-existing health conditions—he earlier had a hip replacement and suffered a broken neck. “It was perfect,” says Mr. Walton, who owns his own business.

Krysti Horwitz of Phoenix steered clear of the exchange. Ms. Horwitz, 35, and her husband, who own an online-marketing business, were healthy. In 2013, they had a plan that she said cost them significantly less than a new ACA one would. They weren’t eligible for subsidies. They decided to keep what they had, an option the Obama administration authorized in late 2013.

By spring of 2014, with the first year of the new ACA plans barely under way, insurers had to guess again at pricing. Rate requests for 2015 plans were due, though insurers still had scant information about who signed up. That was partly because federal officials extended the deadline for enrollment after technical problems with HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange being used in Arizona and many other states.

One thing was already clear: Health Net’s low-price gambit had won huge market share. The company ended up with nearly 92,000 enrolled in individual plans in 2014, more than seven times its 2013 total, according to insurance-data firm Mark Farrah Associates’ Health Coverage Portal.

That posed a challenge for rivals, including startup Meritus, one of the nonprofit cooperative plans launched under the ACA. Meritus drew only a few thousand consumers in 2014, and it needed to boost enrollment to sustain itself, according to Tom Zumtobel,the co-op’s former CEO, who took over in late 2014.

Meritus worked to reduce its prices, and its rates came in below competitors’ in 2015.

Once again that year, Arizona had some of the lowest exchange premiums in the U.S., and one of the most competitive marketplaces, with 11 insurers, according to the Kaiser data. Enrollment grew, particularly at Meritus, where it surged to about 48,000 in 2015, according to Mark Farrah Associates.

On Oct. 1, 2015, insurers got a huge blow: Federal regulators announced the risk-corridor program, which many companies expected to limit their financial risk, would pay out only 12.6% of the amount expected. The program hadn’t taken in enough money from successful insurers to cover the requests of those with significant losses.

For Meritus, it was “operationally devastating,” says Mr. Zumtobel. That Oct. 30, just two days before consumers were set to start buying their 2016 exchange plans, Arizona’s regulator put the co-op under supervision, barring it from selling new insurance policies.

Remaining insurers began retrenching. The 2016 plans included more-limited networks of health-care providers. The total number of exchange insurers ticked down to eight, from 11, and premiums rose. “We started to see the cracks,” says Jerry Anderson, an insurance agent in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Nearly all the Arizona individual business of exchange insurers plunged into the red, according to Mark Farrah Associates, the insurance-data firm. Health Net booked nearly $40 million in losses on its Arizona individual business in 2014, and another $39 million the following year, according to Mark Farrah Associates, when the insurer agreed to be acquired by Centene Corp. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, the biggest player in the state’s individual market, had priced less aggressively than Health Net but still saw steep losses.

Based on regulatory filings, McKinsey & Co. estimated the insurance industry suffered cumulative losses of between 9% and 11% of premium revenue on individual plans last year. Only about one-quarter of insurers reported a profit on the business.

In Arizona, insurers set their rates too low to cover their enrollees’ health expenses. There were fewer people than actuaries once projected, with about 203,000 choosing exchange plans during the enrollment period for this year. The share of enrollees who were healthy was smaller than companies projected, partly because the law’s penalties weren’t enough to prod them to enroll, insurers say. The unhealthy people who did sign up were more costly. Insurers say that some consumers appeared to be buying plans specifically when they had health needs.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona’s ACA plans in 2014 were priced around 35% higher on average than its individual plans in 2013. “In hindsight, it wasn’t even close to enough,” says Jeff Stelnik, a senior vice president at the nonprofit. ACA-plan enrollees had medical costs around 250% higher on average than individual members before the health law, due partly to far higher prevalence of conditions such as diabetes, he says.

Insurers began to bail out. On April 19, UnitedHealth Group Inc. said it would pull out of nearly all state ACA exchanges, including Arizona’s, for the next year amid growing losses. Others in Arizona retreated, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Health Net, which decided to pull out of the state’s most populous county, Maricopa, as well as adjacent Pinal, for 2017. On Aug. 15, Aetna Inc. announced it would leave most of its exchanges, including Arizona’s.

Aetna’s decision created a crisis: Pinal County would have no exchange insurers for 2017. The void would short-circuit a central mechanism of the law, because consumers can get subsidies only through an ACA marketplace.

The situation drew attention from Republicans critical of the ACA, including Arizona Sen.John McCain. He introduced a bill meant to “protect AZ from Obamacare collapse,” according to a press release. Obama administration officials said they believed the situation would be resolved.

In September, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona announced it would continue to sell exchange plans in Pinal next year after all. The decision came after state and federal regulators “expressed their concern for Pinal residents,” though the insurer made the call on its own, says Blue Cross’s Mr. Stelnik.

Neighboring Maricopa County, the state’s most populous, also ended up with just one insurer—Centene, Health Net’s new parent, which announced Sept. 14 it would sell exchange plans there next year. Centene CEO Michael F. Neidorff says his company has a very different approach from Health Net, which he says “thought they would get the revenue, the growth,” and relied on ACA risk programs for protection. Centene said it expects to be profitable in Arizona, as it has been in other exchanges.

That left only one county in Arizona, Pima, with more than one exchange insurer—it has two. There will be a few more options sold outside the exchange, to people who don’t get federal subsidies.

Premium increases are steep, though the effect will be blunted for those who get subsidies. Blue Cross’s rates are up by an average of 51% from this year, Centene’s Health Net unit’s, by nearly 75%.

Mr. Walton, the consumer who benefited from lower premiums at the start of the exchange, worries he won’t be able to find a plan that includes his primary-care physician and his cardiologist. “I don’t know what’s going to happen come November,” he says. source


If Hillary Clinton Is Charged With Obstruction Of Justice She Could Go To Prison For 20 Years

prison-photo-by-sean-munsonIn the world of politics, the cover-up is often worse than the original crime.  It was his role in the Watergate cover-up that took down Richard Nixon, and now Hillary Clinton’s cover-up of her email scandal could send her to prison for a very, very long time.  When news broke that the FBI has renewed its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, it sent shockwaves throughout the political world.  But this time around, we aren’t just talking about an investigation into the mishandling of classified documents.  I haven’t heard anyone talking about this, but if the FBI discovers that Hillary Clinton altered, destroyed or concealed any emails that should have been turned over to the FBI during the original investigation, she could be charged with obstruction of justice.  That would immediately end her political career, and if she was found guilty it could send her to prison for the rest of her life. (Read More….)


Is Hillary Panicking?

There is something in those emails that genuinely frightens the Clinton campaign. Which is why it took the crazy risk of going after the FBI with both barrels. It’s desperate to smear the FBI as much as possible in order to neutralize any revelations or even potential charges.

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Comey’s Hand Forced by Seething FBI

The picture painted by DiGenova, based on what he says are discussions with current and former FBI agents, is one of “seething” rage inside the Bureau at the way Comey handled the investigation concerning Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

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Top Headlines – 10/31/2016

  • FBI in Internal Feud Over Clinton Probe (Read More)
  • As Clinton struggles, Trump tries to raise doubts (Read More)
  • Dollar shakes off Clinton FBI scare, global stocks stay spooked (Read More)
  • Oil slides as non-OPEC nations demure on output limit plan (Read More)
  • Mark Carney stands ready to serve 8-year term at Bank of England (Read More)
  • Clinton Team Questions FBI Director’s Motive (Read More)
  • OPEC Splits Prevent Deal With Other Producers to Curb Supply (Read More)
  • After a Blockbuster Election, CNN and Fox Plot Their Next Moves (Read More)
  • Once the hope candidate, Obama in his final days faces a hopeless electorate (Read More)
  • Banks Are Hoarding $2.4 Trillion of Bonds (Read More)
  • Iraqi forces resume offensive towards eastern Mosul (Read More)
  • There Are 5.6 Million Cheap Apartments in America. Not for Long (Read More)
  • China as Factory to World Mulls the Unthinkable: Price Hikes (Read More)
  • CenturyLink to buy Level 3 Communications for $19.43 billion (Read More)
  • Vatican and China Inch Toward a Diplomatic Breakthrough (Read More)
  • British murder accused Jutting ‘sexually assaulted’ at school (Read More)
  • Yellen Imitates Greenspan in Reversal of Mid-1990s Rookie Role (Read More)
  • Pro-Russian candidate to face second round in Moldova presidential vote (Read More)
  • Germany welcomes foreign takeovers, but wants fair conditions: Merkel spokesman (Read More)
  • Pirate Party Surge Falls Short as Icelanders Back Stability (Read More)
  • Miami baseball star Fernandez was drunk, had cocaine in system at fatal crash (Read More)
  • MGM Resorts ready to bet up to $10 billion on Japan casino, possibly via REIT (Read More)

Bennett: Time for Israel to annex Judea and Samaria

Israel must annex West Bank settlements if UNSC adopts Palestinian resolution – education minister

Tanzania assisted Israel during UNESCO Jerusalem resolution

Foreign Ministry: Amona relocation could cause serious international backlash

Ancient Muslim inscription proves Jewish ties to Temple Mount

Israel Calls on Google, Apple to Remove ‘False, Aggressive’ Gaza Game App Encouraging Violence Against IDF Soldiers

Israel-praising Evangelical bishop wins runoff election for Rio mayor

Syrian state media say militants fire poison gas in Aleppo

Aleppo fighting spreads amid accusations of gas attack

Syrian rebels’ Aleppo offensive could amount to war crimes, UN envoy warns

Iraqi, Kurdish Forces Bracing for More IS Suicide Attacks

Car bomb kills at least eight in Baghdad market

First mass in two years held in Iraq’s main Christian town

Egypt marks year since plane downed by IS over Sinai

ISIS claims responsibility for Germany stabbing that killed teen

Saudi Arabia says it foiled IS plot to bomb World Cup qualifier

Iran criticizes Saudi re-election to UN human rights council

Iran denies US accusation of Yemen arms shipments

Mass protests over Moroccan fish vendor’s death echo Tunisian Arab Spring uprising

Libya crisis talks held in London with economy ‘near collapse’

Turkey sacks 10,000 more civil servants, shuts media in latest crackdown

Turkey Shuts News Outlets, Tightens Anti-Terrorism Law

Some of the most important gains made in Afghanistan are slipping away

Hate speech trial of anti-Islam Dutch lawmaker begins without him

Where is Kim Jong-un’s wife? Seven-month public absence sparks rumours of rift

Hundreds attack Hindu homes, temples in Bangladesh

Plane evacuated after possible bomb threat at Fort Lauderdale Airport

FBI Obtains Warrant for Newly Discovered Emails in Clinton Probe – as Reid Accuses Comey of Hatch Act Violation

FBI Investigation Into Bribery With Clinton Foundation Spans Nation, Multiple Field Offices, Says WSJ

FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe

Is This Why Comey Broke: A Stack Of Resignation Letters From Furious FBI Agents

Sources: FBI knew about new Clinton emails for weeks before telling Comey

Harry Reid says FBI Director James Comey ‘may have broken’ federal law

Harry Reid accuses Comey of sitting on proof of Trump-Russia ties, possible Hatch Act violation

FBI shadow: Now it’s Clinton vs. Comey, with hypocrisy on both sides

New poll: 34 percent ‘less likely’ to vote for Clinton after new email revelations

Flashback: Bill Clinton cheered 11th hour indictment that doomed Bush re-election

Obama to Clinton volunteers: Ignore ‘noise and distractions’

Strongest earthquake in over 30 years leaves 15,000 homeless in Italy

Italian earthquakes could go on for weeks in domino effect -scientist

Religious life turned upside down by Italian earthquake

Holy sites hit hard by Italian earthquake

6.6-Magnitude Earthquake Flattens Much Of Historic Basilica In Central Italy

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Colombia, Colombia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near the West Chile Rise

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near San Antonio, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Calama, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Colombia, Colombia

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 26,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 18,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kachatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 14,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

2 billion children breathe toxic air worldwide, UNICEF says

Pollution in India’s Capital New Delhi Reaches Peak Levels After Diwali Weekend

3D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensors

‘Bionic eye’ helps man see for the first time in more than a half-century

Abortion By Prescription Now Rivals Surgery For American Women: Report

In Calif., Pro-life Counseling Must Include Abortion Options

Charleston ‘on eggshells’ on eve of two racially charged trials

16 dead, 40 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

Some Florida parents plan to arm themselves while going trick-or-treating over clown concerns

The plague of fake news is getting worse — here’s how to protect yourself

The Story Behind the Story of Jim Cymbala and Roberta Langella – (How Celebrity Christianity, Spiritual Abuse, and Bad Theology Leads to Suicide) – Part 2

Spiritual Formation—A Dangerous Substitute For the Life of Christ

Pastors, it’s time to audit what your women are studying

Dr. Michael Brown’s Smear Campaign Against Anonymous “Discernment Ministries

Victor Bernard ran a cult where he sexually assaulted young women he brainwashed to believe he was ‘Christ’

Scholar Says Christian Fundamentalism More Dangerous than Islamic Terrorism

Memo to the Washington Post: The Bible Does Reject ‘Transgender’ Behavior

‘Highlights for Children’ faces pressure to include gay families in magazines

Russia preparing army of robots

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 10:32 AM PDT

Russia is preparing an army of robots and drones to unleash on its enemies Vladimir Putin has ordered his military to modernise and create “intelligent…

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New email shows DNC boss giving Clinton camp debate question in advance

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 10:28 AM PDT

Another leaked email has emerged showing Democratic National Committee boss and former CNN contributor Donna Brazile sharing a debate question in advance with the Hillary…

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The Shocking Reason millions of born again Christians will still vote for Hillary Clinton

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 08:03 AM PDT

(By Mario Murillo) She is a smooth criminal. She is the consort of a sexual addict. She is chugging the longest train of scandal and…

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Tokyo could ban US troops from stationing on disputed isles if Moscow hands them over

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 07:45 AM PDT

Ahead of Vladimir Putin’s December trip to Japan, diplomatic sources told local media that Japan could block the US from being stationed on the islands…

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Israel must annex West Bank settlements if UNSC adopts Palestinian resolution

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 07:40 AM PDT

Israel should declare sovereignty over the occupied territories in the West Bank, which is home to Israeli settlers, if the UN adopts any Security Council…

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RUMORS OF WARS: Half of Russians fear Syria standoff could spark WW3

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 07:37 AM PDT

Almost half of all respondents in a recent opinion poll said they feared that the aggravation of relations between Russia and the West caused by…

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NASA’s ‘Intruder Alert’ system spots asteroid on near-collision course with Earth

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 07:18 AM PDT

A large chunk of space rock is coming dangerously close to the vicinity of the Earth, but scientists are sure it won’t collide with our…

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Doug Schoen: I’m Withdrawing Support of Hillary With Reopening of Investigation

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 07:01 AM PDT

During the Sunday broadcast of “Fox Report Sunday,” Democratic pollster Doug Schoen said he is having to reassess his support of Hillary Clinton due to…

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Parents plan to arm themselves while trick-or-treating over clown concerns

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 06:27 AM PDT

Some Florida residents plan to take some extra precautions when they trick-or-treat with their children on Monday amid reports of creepy clowns scaring communities. Kimberly…

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Students launch Planned Parenthood club at Virginia public high school

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 06:23 AM PDT

A Virginia public school has allowed a Planned Parenthood student group to form on campus. The stated purpose in the constitution and bylaws of the…

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Will Obama Betray Israel at UN After Election?

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 06:19 AM PDT

A full page advertisement ran Saturday in the New York Times asking, “after the elections, will President Obama betray Israel at the United Nations?” Placed…

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Number of Illegals Pouring in, Worst “Ever Seen”!

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 06:03 AM PDT

The flood of illegal aliens pouring across the southern border has become a “crisis situation” and is even worse than the record 2014 border surge,…

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Could Tennessee experience an earthquake similar to one in 1800s?

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 07:06 PM PDT

Can you believe that in the winter of 1811-1812 a series of earthquakes in northwest Tennessee shook the ground so hard that church bells rang…

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If Hillary Clinton Is Charged With Obstruction Of Justice She Could Go To Prison For 20 Years

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 05:13 PM PDT

(Reported By Micahel Snyder) In the world of politics, the cover-up is often worse than the original crime. It was his role in the Watergate…

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Justice Department Obtains Warrant to Review Clinton Aide’s Emails

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 05:07 PM PDT

Federal investigators have obtained a warrant to begin searching a large cache of emails belonging to a top aide to Hillary Clinton, federal law enforcement…

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DEVELOPING: Italian earthquakes could go on for weeks in domino effect

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 05:01 PM PDT

The earthquakes that have buffeted central Italy over the last two months could continue in a devastating domino effect with one large quake leading to…

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650,000 Emails Found On laptop Of Weiner and Abedin

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 04:50 PM PDT

The surprise disclosure that agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation are taking a new look at Hillary Clinton’s email use lays bare, just days…

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DEVELOPING: Mystery Continues As Hundreds Of Kids Suddenly Paralyzed

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 04:37 PM PDT

Erin Olivera waited weeks for doctors to tell her why her youngest son was paralyzed. Ten-month-old Lucian had started crawling oddly — his left leg…

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Yahoo holds key to FBI probe of Hillary-Huma emails

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 04:27 PM PDT

Yahoo.com holds the key to determining just how severely Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton may have violated national-security laws with emails that Huma forwarded to…

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Will Barack Obama Delay Or Suspend The Election If Hillary Is Forced Out By The New FBI Email Investigation?

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 02:22 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Just when it looked like Hillary Clinton was poised to win the 2016 election, the FBI has thrown a gamechanger into…

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Lithuanians Handed 75-Page Instruction Manual To Prepare For Russian Invasion

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 02:18 PM PDT

Lithuanians have been handed manuals telling them what to do in the event of a Russian invasion, it has emerged. The 75-page booklet, called ‘Prepare…

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DEVELOPING: Russian submarines spotted in the Irish Sea

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 02:10 PM PDT

Russian submarines have been detected in the Irish Sea as tensions rise between Moscow and Britain over the Kremlin’s aggression in Syria and Eastern Europe….

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Truckload of Manure dumped at Democratic headquarters in Ohio

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 02:07 PM PDT

For those who think this election season can’t get crappier, we bring you to Warren County, Ohio, where a large truckload of manure was dumped…

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Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel In A Nutshell

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

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


What Is the Gospel?

This post is adapted from the tract “What Is the Gospel?” by Greg Gilbert.


A Message from God

What exactly do Christians mean when they talk about the “gospel of Jesus Christ”? Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about Jesus! It’s a message from God saying, “Good news! Here is how you can be saved from my judgment!” That’s an announcement you can’t afford to ignore.

Why Is the Gospel Good News?

So, what is the good news about Jesus Christ?

Since the earliest Christians announced the good news about Jesus, it has been organized around these questions:

  1. Who made us, and to whom are we accountable?
  2. What is our problem?
  3. What is God’s solution to our problem?
  4. How can I be included in his solution?

Christians through the centuries since Christ have answered those questions with the same truth from the Bible.

  1. We are accountable to God.
  2. Our problem is our sin against him.
  3. God’s solution is salvation through Jesus Christ.
  4. We come to be included in that salvation by faith and repentance.

Let’s summarize those points like this: God, Mankind, Jesus Christ, and Our Response.

God

The first thing to know about the good news of Jesus is that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Everything starts from that point, so if you get that point wrong then everything else that follows will be wrong. Because God created everything—including us—he has the right to tell us how to live. You have to understand that in order to understand the good news about Jesus. To understand just how glorious and life-giving the gospel of Jesus Christ is, we have to understand that God is also holy and righteous. He is determined never to ignore or tolerate sin. Including ours!

Mankind

When God created the first human beings, Adam and Eve, he intended for them to live under his righteous rule in perfect joy—obeying him and living in fellowship with him. When Adam disobeyed God, though, and ate the one fruit that God had told him not to eat, that fellowship with God was broken. Moreover, Adam and Eve had declared rebellion against God. They were denying his authority over their lives.

It’s not just Adam and Eve who are guilty of sin. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin is the rejection of God himself and his authority over those to whom he gives life.

Once you understand sin in that light, you begin to understand why “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). That’s not just physical death, but spiritual death, a forceful separating of our sinful, rebellious selves from the presence of God forever. The Bible teaches that the final destiny for unbelieving sinners is eternal, active judgment in a place called “hell.”

But . . .

Jesus Christ

The word “Christ” means “anointed one,” referring to anointing a king with oil when he is crowned. So, when we say “Jesus Christ,” we’re saying that Jesus is a King!

When Jesus began his public ministry, he told the people, “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus died on a cross, the awful weight of all our sins fell on his shoulders. The sentence of death God had pronounced against rebellious sinners struck. And Jesus died. For you and me!

But the story doesn’t end there. Jesus the Crucified is no longer dead. The Bible tells us that he rose from the grave. Jesus’s rising from the grave was God’s way of saying, “What Jesus claimed about who he is and what he came to do is true!”

Our Response

What does God expect us to do with the information that Jesus died in our place so we can be saved from God’s righteous wrath against our sins? He expects us to respond with repentance and faith.

To repent of our sins means to turn away from our rebellion against God. Repentance doesn’t mean we’ll bring an immediate end to our sinning. It does mean, though, that we’ll never again live at peace with our sins.

Not only that, but we also turn to God in faith. Faith is reliance. It’s a promise-founded trust in the risen Jesus to save you from your sins. If God is ever to count us righteous, he’ll have to do it on the basis of someone else’s record, someone who’s qualified to stand in as our substitute. And that’s what happens when a person is saved by Jesus: All our sins are credited to Jesus who took the punishment for them, and the perfect righteousness of Jesus is then credited to us when we place our trust in what he has done for us! That’s what faith means—to rely on Jesus, to trust in him alone to stand in our place and win a righteous verdict from God!


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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.


Please take the time to watch this clip, so that you might understand the authentic Gospel


This is the Gospel:

Friend, God is holy. There is a God in heaven who has created you and me, and He is the authority over both of us. He is perfectly holy. “In Him is Light, and there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). And the problem with that is that if we want to have fellowship with God, we have to be light and no darkness at all. And yet here’s the problem: we are darkness. We are sinful. We’ve all broken His law. We’ve all lied, stolen, we’ve all looked with lust, we’ve all been angry with our brothers in our hearts. We’ve all fallen short of the glorious standard of perfection that God requires (Rom 3:23). And there’s nothing we can do about it. No amount of works, no amount of contrition, no amount of bad feelings, no amount of church attendance, no amount of Bible reading, no amount of evangelism can earn forgiveness of our sins and the righteousness which God requires (Titus 3:5; cf. Isa 64:6).

And yet God is gracious, and He loves us, and as His creatures He wants to display His glory in us by rescuing us from that. And so He sent His Son—God in the flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ—to be born as a helpless little baby (John 1:14; 3:16; Col 2:9). God of the universe, Sustainer of the universe, Himself being sustained in the womb of a teenage Hebrew girl, and upholding the world by the word of His power (Heb 1:3) while He is upheld by the nutrients from her own body! Unspeakable! And in great humility, He grows up with the growing pains of life in a fallen world, though He Himself never being with any sin—without sin entirely (2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15; 7:26). And He lives a perfectly righteous life. The way that you and I have failed to live before God—the way that we have failed in thought, word, and deed, and fallen short of God’s glory—Christ never did. Not even a thought. He loved God, His Father, perfectly. He always walked in perfect righteousness. He lived the life that you were commanded to live, that I was commanded to live, that we failed to live. He lived that perfect life that God is worthy of.

And not only did He live for us, He died for us. He went to the cross. Our sin demanded death. Our sin demanded eternal punishment. Our sin demanded wrath—just wrath exercised on us for eternity (Rom 6:23). But because of the infinite worth of Christ’s person, He was on that cross. And on that cross, God exercised upon Him the full fury of His own anger (Rom 3:24–26; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 3:10–14), that was rightly due to me and rightly due to you, and that you will experience if you don’t turn from your sin and trust in this Messiah. Christ was born, lived, died, and was raised (1 Cor 15:3–4). And He rose from the grave after being dead, demonstrating His victory over sin and death.

And now God promises that if you turn from your sin, if you repudiate all that you are and all that you were and all that you love, and you turn away from a life of pursuing sin—and if you repudiate not only your bad works but your good works, if you turn from trying to earn your salvation by all the good deeds that you might want to do as a moral person—if you turn away from all of that (Acts 17:30–31), and you trust in Christ alone for righteousness (Phil 3:7–8; cf. Rom 3:28; 10:4), God promises that He will forgive you. He will have treated Christ on the cross as if Christ lived your life. And He will then treat you, justly and legally and righteously, as if you lived Christ’s perfect life of righteousness (2 Cor 5:21). And you can be saved to know the God you were created to love and enjoy. You can have the fullness of joy, the eternal pleasures that are at the Father’s right hand in heaven (Ps 16:11), and begin even now, because eternal life is to know God (John 17:3).

Friend, would you repent? Would you turn from your sin and trust in this perfect Savior to avail for you before God, to pay for your sin and to provide your righteousness?


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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As Hillary Unfavorables Hit New High, WikiLeaks Warns It’s Launching ‘Phase Three’ Of Election Emails

Sixty percent of voters view Hillary Clinton unfavorably, according to a ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday morning, the highest level of unpopularity yet for the Democratic presidential nominee.

On Sunday night, Wikileaks enigmatically tweeted that it would launch “phase 3 of [its] US election coverage” in the coming week. The site put politicians on notice Sunday evening in a tweet that also included a plea for donations.

Using the last two nights’ results, after FBI Director James Comey revealed a further Clinton-related email investigation, 47% of the Democratic nominee’s supporters said they were very enthusiastic about her, compared with 51% across the previous six nights.

Trey Gowdy on FBI Finding 650,000 Clinton Emails

As the Hill noted, Wiki did not provide information about what the third phase entails or if there are still more revelations to come. As a reminder, Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange currently finds himself in the Ecuador embassy where his internet access has been revoked for the duration of the presidential campaign to avoid the appearance of intervention.

Wikileaks supporters, now including a number of disgruntled GOP nominee Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders supporters, promptly replied with tweets expressing hope that phase three would ultimately damage Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign. User “CorruptMedia” responded with a Photoshopped estimating what CNN coverage of Clinton being escorted to jail would look like.

We commence phase 3 of our US election coverage next week. You can contribute: https://t.co/MsNZhrTzTL @WLTaskForce pic.twitter.com/XferJnMGux

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 30, 2016

A new archive of Clinton-related documents would further irk a campaign still reeling from FBI director James Comey’s announcement on Friday that new emails related to the Clinton server probe had been discovered.

Wikileaks has already posted hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chief John Podesta: the former led to the resignation of former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz after it was revealed that the DNC was actively scheming to prevent Bernie Sanders’ nomination;  the former has led to a series of dramatic revelations into the strategic operations of the Clinton campaign, with the most damaging emails exposing the Clinton Foundation and WJC’s consulting outfit Teneo as an “influence-peddling” pay-to-play organization as noted most recently in “Doug Band To John Podesta: “If This Story Gets Out, We Are Screwed”

Source: As Hillary Unfavorables Hit New High, WikiLeaks Warns It’s Launching ‘Phase Three’ Of Election Emails

October 31, 2016 Monday Humor Collection

Knock Knock

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Hillary’s Voters

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Compassion

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45% say emails worse than Watergate, 61% fear probe to drag into White House

According to Washington Examiner:

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Photo credit: Timetoast

The specter of a drawn-out, Nixon-like investigation is clouding Democrat Hillary Clinton‘s race for the presidency with a new poll showing nearly half equating the email scandal to Watergate and even more worried that the FBI probe will drag on into her presidency.

While polls out Monday morning do not show a big swing away from Clinton to Republican Donald Trump, they do show renewed concerns about the revived investigation into her email server due to thousands of previously unknown emails found on the computer of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

While unlike Watergate, which eventually led to former President Richard Nixon’s resignation, a Morning Consult poll asked voters to compare the 1970s-era affair to the email controversy and 45 percent said the Clinton email scandal is “worse than the Watergate scandal.” [crn_link url=”http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/45-say-emails-worse-than-watergate-61-fear-probe-to-drag-into-white-house/article/2606040″%5D

Speaking of the Watergate scandal, see also Timm Amundson’s piece “If the Media Investigated Hillary Like They Did Watergate, We Wouldn’t Need WikiLeaks” penned prior to the FBI’s announcement that it was going to re-open the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s personal email server. Amundson writes: “Today, mainstream publications have become willing accomplices in suppressing the same type of information they worked so tenaciously to expose all those years ago.”

Source: 45% say emails worse than Watergate, 61% fear probe to drag into White House

Reformation Day celebrates the supremacy of Scripture and reason in theology

WINTERY KNIGHT

Martin Luther defies the Roman Catholic hierarchy with his 95 Theses Martin Luther defies the Roman Catholic hierarchy with his 95 Theses

The Ligonier Ministries web site has a summary of the event that kicked off the Reformation.

Excerpt:

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther tacked up 95 theses on the church door at Wittenberg. With this act, he hoped to provoke a discussion among the scholars about the abuses of the indulgences by the Roman Catholic Church. He was not trying to create a public furor by any means, but within a fortnight, these theses had spread through the country like wildfire. The last thing Luther had in mind was to start some kind of major controversy, but nevertheless major controversy did begin.

From the discussions at Wittenberg, the disputations began to accelerate and escalate. Copies of the theses reached Rome and critical meetings were scheduled with the young monk. In these debates, Luther was maneuvered into proclaiming publicly that he had questions…

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Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and Russia’s acquisition of American uranium

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Hillary Clinton look bored about the deaths of 4 Americans who asked for her help Hillary Clinton look bored about the deaths of 4 Americans who asked for her help

That headline is sensational, but consider this article by Andy McCarthy in National Review.

It says:

Hillary and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, operated the Clinton Foundation. Ostensibly a charity, the foundation was a de facto fraud scheme to monetize Hillary’s power as secretary of state (among other aspects of the Clintons’ political influence). The scheme involved (a) the exchange of political favors, access, and influence for millions of dollars in donations; (b) the circumvention of campaign-finance laws that prohibit political donations by foreign sources; (c) a vehicle for Mrs. Clinton to shield her State Department e-mail communications from public and congressional scrutiny while she and her husband exploited the fundraising potential of her position; and (d) a means for Clinton insiders to receive private-sector compensation and explore lucrative employment opportunities while drawing taxpayer-funded…

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Towers of Disappointment

The tower of Babel stands as one of humanity’s most spectacular displays of pride. Yet, on the surface, what happened at Babel doesn’t look like anything horrifically evil. We may think that God overreacted a bit. These people are just building a tower, after all. What’s the big deal?

But the story of Babel shows us a glimpse into the very heart of what makes sin … sin. If you’ve ever wondered why shameful desires have such power over you, or why you just can’t shake certain habits, Babel reveals the reason why.

Babel also shows us why the good parts of life never seem quite good enough. Have you ever wondered why happiness has always seemed just out of reach, why every blessing in your life seems colored with disappointment, why all the things that promise to make life perfect only make life more complicated? Look no further than Babel.

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Here’s What Pastors Recommend Doing on Halloween

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Americans will spend an estimated $8.4 billion celebrating Halloween this year, an average of $82.93 per shopper, making it the eighth biggest holiday for U.S. retailers. Businessmen aren’t the only ones who see Halloween as profitable, however. Many pastors see the holiday as an opportunity to expand Christ’s Kingdom.

Protestant clergy in the United States recently responded to a survey conducted by LifeWay Research. Pastors answered the question: “What do you encourage your church members to do at Halloween?”

Most saw the day as a chance for outreach. More than two-thirds (67 percent) said they recommended inviting friends to a church event like a fall festival. Fifty-two percent said church members should try to build relationships with their neighbors who come to trick-or-treat. Another 26 percent advised handing out tracts to trick-or-treaters.

Only a small minority told their congregants to “avoid Halloween completely” (8 percent) or failed to make any of these recommendations (12 percent). Pastors 65 years old and over were the most “skeptical” of Halloween, 13 percent of whom recommended skipping it.

Results of LifeWay's Halloween Survey

“This is a time when your neighbors literally come to your doorstep,” LifeWay Research Executive Director Scott McConnell said. “Pastors don’t want their church members to waste that chance to make a connection or invite someone to church.”

McConnell pointed out that Halloween offers “more interaction among neighbors across America than any other day,” and that it was “only natural that pastors encourage their congregations to invest in these relationships.”

In 2015, LifeWay surveyed attitudes regarding Halloween. Christians who attend church more regularly tend to be more “skeptical” of the holiday. Only 44 percent of regular churchgoers agreed that Halloween is “all in good fun,” whereas 82 percent of occasional churchgoers said the same. However, only 28 percent of self-identified Evangelicals indicated that they skipped participating altogether, in comparison to 21 percent of American in general.

Despite these reservations, most Christians still decide “to embrace the fun side of Halloween—dressing up in costumes, handing out candy or carving pumpkins—while avoiding its darker elements,” according to LifeWay. Indeed, 22 percent of Evangelicals said they made a conscious effort to avoid the “pagan elements” of the holiday, compared to 14 percent of Americans at large.

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Free Ebook: ‘The Reformation’ by Stephen Nichols

How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World

It is difficult to overstate the ongoing importance and impact of the Reformation. In The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World, Stephen J. Nichols takes this key period of history and presents its major players in a fresh way. From Martin Luther, a simple monk who wielded the mallet, to kings and queens, this book goes behind the scenes to uncover the human side of these larger-than-life Reformers. Along the way readers meet Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, Kings Henry VIII and Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey, Anne Bradstreet, and many others.

For those wanting to see history in its context, Nichols also provides a sampling of primary source materials. The Reformation engages readers with the foundational truths of the gospel that can never be taken for granted by the church in any age.

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Luther’s 95 Theses

On this day 499 years ago, a monk named Martin Luther (1483–1546) approached a church door in Wittenberg, Germany and posted a list of topics for academic debate at the local university. With this relatively innocuous act Luther started a movement that developed into the Protestant Reformation. That list of topics which Luther posted on…

Reformation Day — Luther the Movie

Reformation Day — Luther the Movie – “In this day, 499 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the castle door in Wittenberg.  It was designed to spark conversation and debate.  It would do much more than Luther ever imagined.  It was the early spark of the Protestant Reformation. The full movie about Martin Luther (2003) can be watched here…”

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The Big Five Doctrines of the Reformation

reformation-wall-in-genevaHave you ever wondered why people call themselves “Reformed”? The word “reformed” generally means “improved”—as in, desperate parents may send an incorrigible adolescent to a reformatory school to get them back in line; politicians promise economic reforms to undo the damage of their predecessors. In theological circles, the word is written with a capital, and acts as a self-designation for those who consider themselves to be direct doctrinal descendants of the progenitors of the Reformation, namely Martin Luther, Jean Calvin, et al.

For example, plain vanilla Baptists get upgraded to “Reformed Baptists” if they embrace not only the tenets of Baptists, but also the doctrines for which the Reformers risked life and limb.

Exactly 499 years to the day (October 31, 1517) the Catholic priest, Martin Luther, nailed, to the door of the Wittenburg Castle Church, his list of 95 things the Catholic Church needed to reform/improve in order to be faithful to what the Bible teaches.

Reformed folk today come in various subspecies: some don’t hold to all five tenets of the Calvinist TULIP* scheme, others have shed the Reformers’ eschatology and ecclesiology, such as infant baptism. But all who brandish the prefix “Reformed” will share a profound commitment to the five slogans of the Reformation that functioned as the five-fold battle cry of essentials around which all Reformers united.

Ironically, these five mottos are commonly referred to by their Latin monikers. I say it’s ironic because the Reformers were committed to translating the Scriptures and theological writings out of the elitist Latin language and into any and every vernacular tongue imaginable. But the description of this commitment has come to us in Latin: Post tenebras lux,(after darkness light).

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Any visitor to South Africa’s Kruger National Park wants to see the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. Though there are countless species to keep career game wardens busy for a lifetime, nothing trumps the satisfaction of spotting the Big Five.

Here is a quick primer on the doctrinal biggies of the Reformation, the so-called “Five Solas.”

  1. Scripture Alone (Sola Scriptura)

While the Catholic church taught that authority lies in two main sources: the Scriptures (Old & New Testaments) and the magisterium (the official dogma of the Pope and his councils), the reform Luther wanted was that the church should recognize only one source of revelation: Scripture alone.

See 2 Pet 1:21; 2 Tim 3:16; Mark 7:7; 1 Cor 4:6.

The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith articulates it this way:

Those things which are necessary to be known, believed and observed for salvation, are so clearly propounded and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of ordinary means, may attain to a sufficient understanding of them.” (1689 BCOF, Ch 1, Par 7).

 

  1. By Grace Alone (Sola Gratia)

Where the Catholic church taught that salvation came to an individual by means of Christ’s work on the cross and man’s work in response (including necessary sacraments such as baptism into the Catholic church and communion administered by an authorized Catholic), the Reformers insisted that salvation came by one means: God’s free, unmerited favor initiated by him, or simply put, by grace alone.5solas

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

See also, Titus 3:5; Romans 3:24

 

  1. Through Faith Alone (Sola Fide)

Similar to the previous one, this doctrine emphasizes that the instrument by which grace is administered is not faith in combination with the practice of certain sacraments, but faith alone. Good works follow salvation from sin, but those works are not accounted as the means of saving grace.

Faith thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification; yet it is not alone in the person justified, but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces, and is no dead faith, but worketh by love.” (1689 BCOF ch 11, par 1,2)

 

  1. Through Christ Alone (Solus Christus)

Integral to the Catholic system of salvation is the role of priests. These are men who mediate between sinners and the Savior. The Reformers emphasized that anyone can go directly to the Savior, and that he is the only needed mediator…

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

Although priests did have a mediatorial role in the Old Testament, once Christ came he fulfilled that role once for all and is the only needed mediator (Heb 7:23-25). Especially relevant today is that this doctrine is the opposite of the Catholic assertion that Mary occupies an office of “co-redemptrix” alongside Christ.

 

  1. To God’s Glory Alone (Soli Deo Gloria)

Johan Sebastian Bach famously signed the written score of his compositions with this Latin dedication. The Reformers were ardent about reserving all glory for God (á la Jude 25) and not sharing it with deceased saints, Mary, the Pope, or anyone who occupied an elevated position in the Catholic system. See Isaiah 46:5-11.

Conclusion 

Please remember I called this post a primer. This is not meant to satiate your hunger for Reformation knowledge; it is meant to whet your appetite. But you do well for now if all you know about Reformed theology is that the Bible is the sole authority, grace is all that saves you, by nothing but faith, through Christ’s work alone, and exclusively for God’s glory.

Happy Reformation Day.

 

 

* Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints.

Source: The Big Five Doctrines of the Reformation

Reformation Day 2016

Whether a Christian is anonymous or not, Christians must stand against the Modern Day Down-grade in the church. Remember:

To counter the Deformation
Is to keep up the Reformation

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For this Reformation Day, we think it is a good idea to promote the ‘Survey of Heresies’ resource by Phil Johnson.


A Survey of Heresies

It’s important for Christians to have a grasp of heresies that the church has battled over the centuries, because they often return with new clothing, and the unprepared Christian is likely to fall into these old pits. Phil does an excellent job of looking at some of the major heresies that are revisiting the church today: Socinianism, Arianism, Pelagianism, Gnosticism, and Judaizing. This is an excellent 6 part series that will shore up some weak points in the church today.

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Semper Reformanda 2016

In honor of Reformation Day we would like to promote theological resources, two of which are from the Pirate Christian Radio Conference which was themed Semper Reformanda.

The Pirate Christian Radio Conference Audio

Reformanda the Card Game 

Both are excellent resources that bring to light the Heresies of today and how to combat them using God’s Word. One is in the form of audio lectures and the other is in the form of an educational card game.

Happy Reformation Day!

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October 29-30, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 10/29/2016

‘You Don’t Have to Like Her’: Oprah Winfrey Endorses Clinton for President on T.D. Jakes Show   Oct 26, 2016 02:00 pm

jakes-compressedTalk show host Oprah Winfrey recently appeared on the “T.D. Jakes Show,” where she urged viewers to vote for Hillary Clinton, stating that “you don’t have to like her” to vote for her. During the broadcast, Jakes, leader of the Potter’s House megachurch in Dallas, Texas, asked Winfrey how the country can be unified rather than divided. “We have focused so…

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Activist Seeks Punishment of Air Force Commander for Stating Jesus ‘Affects His Decisions’ in Interview   Oct 25, 2016 11:50 am

kerstenINCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — An activist that often works to separate God from the military is seeking the punishment of an Air Force commander who responded to a recent interview question that Jesus is his guide and influences his decisions. The Incirlik Air Base in Turkey published the interview last month on its website, which recently decided to feature new…

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Judge Says Mother Caused ‘Significant Emotional Harm’ to Boy in Treating Him as Girl   Oct 27, 2016 05:41 pm

little-girls-dress-with-decoration-compressedLONDON — A judge in the United Kingdom has declared that a mother caused her male child “significant emotional harm” by treating him as a female now that he has shown interest in masculine activities after being removed from the woman’s custody. According to reports, the seven-year-old boy, who is only being identified as “J”, had been living with his mother…

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Legal Challenge Dropped After Court Declares Gender Identity Laws Don’t Apply to Churches   Oct 27, 2016 07:01 am

church-hymnals-compressedDES MOINES, Iowa — A legal challenge that had been filed against the Iowa Human Rights Commission over its interpretation of local laws pertaining to gender identity has been dropped after a federal judge noted that churches are not generally considered places of public accommodation by the courts. “This lawsuit was necessary to ensure that the state won’t…

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Students ‘Appalled’ by Catholic University’s Decision to Forbid Pro-Life Poster   Oct 24, 2016 09:37 am

Photo credit: TwitterPhoto credit: Twitter CHICAGO – The largest Catholic university in the U.S. prevented an on-campus organization from displaying a pro-life poster, suggesting that the message was “provocative” and “hurtful.” DePaul University is a private university in Chicago, founded in 1898. Although the university celebrates its “Catholic character” in its…

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Iranian Pastor Imprisoned for Spreading Christianity Now Free   Oct 23, 2016 04:06 pm

IraniTEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian pastor who has been behind bars for the past five years has been set free, various sources report. As previously reported, Behnam Irani, who leads the 300-member Church of Iran in Karaj, was initially detained in 2006 while holding a Bible study and given a suspended five-year sentence. He was arrested again in 2010 for “action against…

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Man Who Identifies as Woman Pleads Guilty to Voyeurism at Idaho Target   Oct 26, 2016 11:43 am

Smith Mugshot-compressedAMMON, Idaho — An Idaho man who identifies as a woman has plead guilty to a charge of felony voyeurism after he recorded video footage of a teenager trying on a swimsuit in a Target fitting room. Sean Patrick Smith, 46, who goes by Shauna Patricia Smith, was to go before a jury within days, but on Oct. 17, he unexpectedly entered a guilty plea of “Video…

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Obama Admin Appeals Nationwide Ban on Policy Allowing Male Students in Girls’ Restrooms   Oct 24, 2016 04:59 pm

Toilet1WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has filed a notice of appeal a judge’s preliminary injunction banning the enforcement of the government’s recent restroom directives for public schools, particularly surrounding those with gender dysphoria. “Please take notice that Defendants, the United States of America; the United States Department of Education; the…

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‘He Died a True Christian’: Syrian Woman Tells Story of Son Who Died Refusing to Deny Faith in Christ   Oct 28, 2016 03:07 pm

assaf-compressedA Syrian woman recently shared the heartwrenching story of the death of her 18-year-old son, who was shot and killed by ISIS-aligned militants after he refused to deny his faith in Christ. Alice Assaf of Adra al-Ummaliya near Damascus told her story to Dr. Yvette Elbayadi Isaac of the American human rights group Roads of Success, which posted the interview…

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Roy Moore, Attorney Walk Out Over Objections to Using Retired Rather Than Sitting Judges for Appeal   Oct 28, 2016 12:06 pm

moore-attorney-compressedMONTGOMERY, Ala. — Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and his attorney walked out of the state Supreme Court on Thursday in objection to officials ignoring their motion to recuse Acting Chief Justice Lynn Stuart and others from participating in the selection of judges for Moore’s appeal, and that the judges be active and not retired. “We have a motion…

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The FBI’s October Surprise Is Devastating for Hillary Clinton

In light of the FBI re-opening its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s personal email server, David French of National Review wonders if Democrats will ask Mrs. Clinton to step aside for the good of the country.  French writes:

hillary-clinton-2On Friday afternoon, the FBI uncorked the mother of all October surprises, announcing in a letter to Congress that it has re-opened its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s “personal email server.” The reason? During an “unrelated investigation”* it uncovered e-mails that “appear to be pertinent” to Clinton’s case. It is seeking to determine whether the e-mails contain classified information and can’t yet determine their significance.

Stripped of the legalese, it means that Hillary is back in legal jeopardy. The FBI doesn’t investigate and recommend enforcement actions against computer servers. It holds people accountable, and Hillary is the person most responsible for her own e-mail. I have three initial thoughts.

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Top News – 10/30/2016

6.6-Magnitude Earthquake Flattens Much Of Historic Basilica In Central Italy
A strong earthquake in Italy’s Umbria region destroyed a centuries-old basilica that was built at the birthplace of Saint Benedict and his twin sister Saint Scholastica early Sunday. No deaths were reported from the quake, which followed a series of smaller temblors.

Turkey sacks 10,000 more civil servants, shuts more media in post-coup crackdown
Turkish authorities have dismissed more than 10,000 civil servants over their suspected links with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating the failed coup in July. Thousands of academics, teachers and health workers were among those removed through a new emergency rule decree…late on Saturday while 15 media outlets, almost all of which reported from the largely Kurdish southeast, were shut down.

US orders families of consulate workers in Istanbul to leave
The State Department is ordering family members of employees posted to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul to leave because of security concerns. In a statement issued Saturday, the State Department says the decision is based on security information indicating extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to attack U.S. citizens in areas of Istanbul where they reside or frequent.

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack outside U.S. embassy in Nairobi
A follower of Islamic State was responsible for an attack last week on a Kenyan police officer outside a U.S. embassy in Nairobi, the group’s Amaq news agency said on Saturday. A knife-wielding man whom police described as a criminal was shot dead outside the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi last Thursday after he attacked and injured a Kenyan police officer.

ABC/Wapo Effectively Admit To Poll Tampering
Just yesterday we wrote about the very curious ABC / Wapo poll which seemed to show Hillary’s blow-out 12-point lead from last Sunday get cut in half in a matter of just two days…Ironically, these new results do not reflect the latest FBI bombshell as polling was concluded on October 27th and it still includes an 8-point sampling advantage for democrats.

Yemen conflict: Dozens killed as air strikes hit prison in Hudaydah
Dozens of people have been killed at a Yemeni prison complex in air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition, reports say. Strikes hit a building used as a prison in the al-Zaydiya security headquarters in the western port of Hudaydah, security and medical officials say. The city is under the control of Houthi rebels, who have been battling the government since 2014.

Italy quake: Powerful tremor near Norcia destroys buildings
A strong earthquake has struck near Norcia in central Italy, destroying numerous buildings. It comes nearly two months after a major earthquake killed almost 300 people and destroyed several towns. The quake early on Sunday measured 6.6, larger than August’s quake and aftershocks last week. It is thought to be Italy’s most violent in decades.

Australia asylum: Arrivals by boat face lifetime visa ban
Australia has unveiled tough new plans to bar any asylum seekers who try to reach the country by boat from ever being able to enter. The lifetime ban on visas would apply even to those travelling as tourists, for business, or who married an Australian. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the move would send “the strongest possible signal” to people-smugglers.

Netanyahu to visit 3 states never-before visited by sitting Israeli PM
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced at Sunday’s cabinet meeting that within the next three months he will travel to four countries, including three where no sitting Israeli prime minister has ever visited: Australia, Singapore and Kazakhstan. The fourth country is Azerbaijan, a strategic country on Iran’s border. Like Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan is a majority Muslim country.

Video: D’Souza Has A Word For Christians Not Voting This November
Here’s D’Souza’s message for Christians planning to not vote this November. If not now, when? If not us, who?

What Evangelicals Can Do to Bring Change to the Supreme Court
A new poll from LifeWay Research shows that few Americans with evangelical beliefs consider Supreme Court nominees, religious freedom or abortion as issues of top importance when it comes to voting for the next president.

After the Bundy acquittal, some surprising lessons of the Malheur occupation
Ammon Bundy spent 10 hours over three days explaining to an Oregon jury how and why he, his brother Ryan, and a band of Western compatriots bore arms to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for over a month last winter.

Turkey’s Erdogan says Ankara aims to reinforce troops on Iraq border
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was aiming to reinforce its troops deployments in its Iraqi border town of Silopi and that it would have a “different response” for Shi’ite militia groups if they cause terror in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar.

Iceland’s Pirates see softer than expected support in early poll results
Support for Iceland’s Pirates in parliamentary elections has turned out lower than anticipated, making it less likely that the anti-establishment party will be part of a new government, early election results showed on Sunday.

Poll Shows Voters Agree With Trump That ‘This Changes Everything’
A new poll shows the America people are responding to days of WikiLeaks revelations depicting the seamy side of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign operation….Donald Trump leads Clinton by 2.4 points in the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times “Daybreak” tracking poll, 46.2 percent to 43.8 percent. The poll, which is updated daily….

Obama’s Iranian Lies
Obama opposed naming Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps a terror group even while it was closely involved in organizing attacks against American soldiers in Iraq. Bank Sepah is an IRGC bank. The IRGC, despite Obama’s denials, is an Islamic terror group with American blood on its hands. John Kerry admitted that the IRGC have been “labeled as terrorists” when discussing how the Shiite terror organization will benefit from Obama’s sanctions relief.


Should Hillary Step Down to Avoid Constitutional Crisis?

The announcement by the FBI that it has reopened the criminal investigation into Hillary’s email server is more than an embarrassment to the Clinton presidential campaign.
It is a ticking time bomb that could do more damage to our country than the Watergate scandal if allowed to explode.

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Hillary’s Server and Weiner Scandals Converge; 3 Things You Need to Know Read

Here are three things related to Clinton’s use of her own email server out of her New York home that you should know.

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Millennials Agree With Marx More Than the Bible, Study Finds

A new report on Americans’ attitudes toward socialism says that statements of Karl Marx have more support among millennial than what the Bible says….

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Feds Plan to Force Vaccinations

A public-interest legal team has filed comments with the federal government objecting to a planned Centers for Disease Control rule-change that would allow the government to impose forced vaccinations on Americans under certain circumstances.

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American Christians Cave on Core Beliefs

Sixty percent of Americans agreed with the statement “heaven is a place where all people will ultimately be reunited with their loved ones.”

And only 40 percent of those surveyed agreed “hell is an eternal place of judgment where God sends all people who do not personally trust in Jesus Christ.”

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Pastors, They Are Coming After You

Who, after all, is this ambiguous “they” I’m referring to, and why are “they” coming after “you” – referring obviously to Christian leaders? And what, pray tell, are “they” coming to do to “you”?

So I’ll admit it. I did come up with the title of this article for shock value, but the fact is, you need to be shocked.

In other words, the title may be sensational, but it is only sensational because it is true.

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3 competing theories on why the FBI re-opened the Hillary email server investigation

There are 3 competing theories as to why he might be doing this now that come to mind.

1. He might be seeking to restore his badly damaged reputation, recognizing that the damage he has inflicted on the FBI is substantial.

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Top Headlines – 10/30/2016

UN expert to examine Israeli human rights groups

Kerry slams Human Rights Council’s ‘excessive, biased focus on Israel’

Ivanka says Trump would ‘100%’ move US embassy to Jerusalem

Palestinian pollution of Alexander River kills fish, causes noxious odor

Iranian-Jewish MP: Tehran knows war with Israel ‘suicide’

War In Europe: Lithuania Prepares For Russian Invasion As NATO Sends Troops To Eastern European States

Lithuania issues updated Russian invasion advice booklets

Russia Blames US for Near-Collision of Planes Over Syria

At least 21 dead as Syrian forces counter rebel offensive in Aleppo

Thousands of displaced people flood Mosul as ISIS loses ground

Iraqi Shia militias tighten noose around Isis with Mosul offensive

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack outside U.S. embassy in Nairobi

US Orders Families of Consulate Workers in Istanbul to Leave Over Terror Fears

Turkey sacks more than 10,000 civil servants over links with failed coup

Yemen conflict: Dozens killed as air strikes hit prison in Hudaydah

War pushes Yemen to partition, thwarting peace efforts

Twin suicide bombings kill at least nine in Nigeria

Egypt tourism in limbo a year after Russian plane bombing

Refugee children sleeping rough on site of destroyed Calais Jungle – three days after camp was ‘cleared’

Clinton battles to quell resurgent email crisis days ahead of election

Hillary Clinton Assails James Comey, Calling Email Decision ‘Deeply Troubling’

Justice Department told FBI not to reveal news of Clinton email

FBI’s Comey Acted ‘Independently’ in Sending Letter About Clinton Emails

Abedin-Weiner electronic device was laptop, had tens-of-thousands of emails, source

Clinton aide Huma Abedin has told people she doesn’t know how her emails wound up on her husband’s computer

John Fund: If Hillary wins, we’ll have a potential blackmail target in the White House

Social Media Blackout? FBI Emails Are Not ‘Trending’ On Twitter, Facebook, Buzzfeed, Or Snapchat

EU data protection watchdogs warn WhatsApp, Yahoo on privacy

NASA’s New ‘Intruder Alert’ System Spots An Incoming Asteroid

More than 15,000 near-Earth objects and counting

Italy earthquake: 6.6-magnitude tremor rocks nation’s center

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Taltal, Chile

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near San Antonio, Chile

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 27,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 24,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 17,000ft

Cousin Of Polio May Be Causing Outbreak Of Paralysis In Children

Brazil mutant mosquitoes to breed out diseases

Parents furious at BBC sex-change show aimed at primary schoolers

Mormon and gay: Church says you can be both

Taiwan’s gay pride parade brings tens of thousands to streets

Swirling Scandal Involving Shamanistic Cult Threatens S. Korean President

South Korea: thousands of protesters call for president to resign

Movies, zombies, Halloween changing Mexico’s Day of the Dead

Mexico City stages first Day of the Dead parade

Creepy clowns in Germany might get jail time

Christian Persecution Rising as 75 Percent of World’s Population Lacks Religious Freedom

Genetically engineered humans will arrive sooner than you think. And we’re not ready.

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 06:11 AM PDT

Artificial intelligence has become the pet anxiety of luminaries like Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking. They have all expressed concerns about our Promethean…

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Toddler makes miracle recovery just before life support was due to be turned off

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 06:04 AM PDT

This might be the most wonderful story you hear all week. A little three-year-old boy has made a miraculous recovery after his family was prepared…

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Are Forced Vaccinations In The Near Future?

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 05:59 AM PDT

A public-interest legal team has filed comments with the federal government objecting to a planned Centers for Disease Control rule-change that would allow the government…

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Going to Church Improves More than Just Your Spiritual Well-Being

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 05:49 AM PDT

Most Christians would not deny that they feel better after attending their weekly worship service and past research bears that out. Now, a Harvard University…

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WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? Abedin pleads ignorance of how emails got on computer

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 05:45 AM PDT

Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin reportedly has said she does not know how tens of thousands of emails related to the FBI investigation of her…

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Huma Swore Under Oath She Gave Up ‘All Devices’…

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 05:36 AM PDT

In a normal election year, a normal candidate’s close aide who caused even minor embarrassment to a campaign so near to Election Day would be…

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Millions of Mutant Mosquitoes to be Released in Brazil

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 05:33 AM PDT

Scientists in Brazil are preparing to release millions of factory-bred mosquitoes in an attempt to wipe out their distant cousins that carry tropical diseases. The…

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6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Italy as Quakes Continue to Reel the Capital

Posted: 30 Oct 2016 05:28 AM PDT

A powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked central Italy on Sunday morning, injuring at least 20 people, in the strongest tremor to hit the country in more…

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Obama Threatens to Veto Military Spending Bill Because It Protects Religious Freedom of Faith Groups

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 08:23 PM PDT

President Barack Obama is reportedly prepared to veto the critically important and wide-ranging defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2017 if the final version of…

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Cities Pushing For Illegals to Vote

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 08:16 PM PDT

“Look at illegal immigrants voting all over the country,” Donald Trump recently claimed in a Fox News interview, part of his ongoing effort to cast…

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United Nations Attempting to outlaw nuclear weapons

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 07:55 PM PDT

The United Nations says it’s time to take another look at eliminating nuclear weapons. But the countries that have them are united by one thing:…

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UPDATE: FBI still does not have warrant to review new Abedin emails linked to Clinton probe

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 07:52 PM PDT

When FBI Director James Comey wrote his bombshell letter to Congress on Friday about newly discovered emails that were potentially “pertinent” to the investigation into…

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Three in Florida and Virginia charged with criminal voter fraud

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 07:46 PM PDT

Officials in Florida and Virginia filed voter fraud charges against three people in apparently unrelated cases on Friday, just 11 days before American voters cast…

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West ‘Can’t Afford to Stumble Into Military Conflict’ Between US, Russia and China

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 07:43 PM PDT

The US leadership needs to reconsider its relations with geopolitical competitors, China and Russia, putting “great power relations” before hegemonic ambitions. Whether one likes it…

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Schools All Over America Are Closing On Election Day Due To Fears Of Violence

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 07:37 PM PDT

(Reported by Michael Snyder) Will this be the most chaotic election day in modern American history? All across the nation, schools are being closed on…

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Democrats should ask Clinton to step aside

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 07:33 PM PDT

Has America become so numb by the decades of lies and cynicism oozing from Clinton Inc. that it could elect Hillary Clinton as president, even…

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BREAKING NEWS: Knifeman on the run after stabbing four people in Frankfurt train station

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 01:21 PM PDT

A knifeman is on the run after he stabbed four people in Frankfurt train station.  The attack this afternoon occurred at Hauptwache station and there…

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Surprise! US Intel Chief Confirms: Russia Not Behind Massive Online Attack

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 12:00 PM PDT

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has revealed that a non-state actor, and therefore not the Russian government, may have been behind the massive attack…

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‘UFO’ spotted over Vienna, frightened onlookers call police

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 11:55 AM PDT

Startled residents in the Austrian cities of Graz and Vienna were so spooked by an apparent UFO hovering in the skies, they called the police….

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Homeless woman attacked by mob for defending Trump’s Hollywood star…

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 11:52 AM PDT

A homeless woman quietly demonstrating in support of Donald Trump near his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday was violently harassed and…

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Top News – 10/29/2016

Likud MK rapped for saying Italy earthquake was divine punishment for UNESCO vote
The Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara’s remark earlier this week that the earthquake that rattled Italy was divine retribution for UNESCO’s vote on the Temple Mount.

Twin suicide bombings kill at least nine in Nigeria
Twin suicide bombings by suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at least nine people in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, officials and witnesses said.

Russian, US jets had near miss over Syria: US officials
Aboard a US military aircraft (AFP) – A Russian fighter flew dangerously close to a US warplane over eastern Syria, US defence officials said Friday, highlighting the risks of a serious mishap in the increasingly crowded airspace. The “near miss” occurred late on October 17, when a Russian jet that was escorting a larger spy plane manoeuvred near an American warplane, Air Force Lieutenant General Jeff Harrigian said.

Mosul Iraq battle: Shia militias aim to take Tal Afar
Iraq’s Shia militia groups say they have launched an attack against Islamic State militants west of Mosul, as the offensive to retake the city continues. The Hashid Shaabi groups say their aim is to oust IS from the town of Tal Afar, cutting jihadist supply routes to Mosul from Syria. Tal Afar had a Shia majority before IS overran it in 2014. Mosul is a Sunni city, and the Shia militias have pledged not to enter it.

Lithuania issues updated Russian invasion advice booklets
Lithuania has updated its civil defence booklet telling citizens what to do in the event of a Russian invasion. It includes large sections on survival techniques and warns that Russia would not hesitate to use military force against its neighbours. Tens of thousands of copies of the 75-page guide have been distributed.

Central African Republic: Clashes leave 25 dead – UN
Twenty-five people have been killed in two days of violence in the Central African Republic, the UN peacekeeping mission has said. On Thursday, 15 people died in clashes between Muslim fighters of the former Seleka militia and the Christian vigilante anti-Balaka group, it said. Six police officers and four civilians died in an ambush on Friday.

‘Gay Thought Police’ Like Soviet-Era Bullies
One of the core beliefs of the movement for LGBT equality has always been that anti-gay bullying, especially of young people, must end. And yet, in recent days, thousands of online comments and threats from LGBT people have been directed against two young gay men who expressed their opinions about the current presidential race.

Congress: Attorney General Lynch ‘Pleads Fifth’ on Secret Iran ‘Ransom’ Payments
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year, prompting accusations that Lynch has “pleaded the Fifth” Amendment to avoid incriminating herself over these payments, according to lawmakers and communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

US Supreme Court to decide ‘battle of the toilets’
The US Supreme Court said Friday that it will decide which bathrooms should be used by transgender people, a highly sensitive question with national political resonance.

Russia fails to win re-election to U.N. Human Rights Council
Russia failed to win re-election to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, beaten out by Hungary and Croatia, following lobbying by rights groups against Moscow’s candidacy because of its military support for the Syrian government.

Hillary Holds 4 Minute Press Conference: Demands “Full And Complete Facts” From FBI
Blink and you missed it: in a brief, 3 minute 47 second address to the press, a defiant Hillary slammed the FBI, said that she hopes that whatever information the Bureau has will be shared with the American people and added that she is confident that no charges will be brought against her by the FBI, while taking the opportunity to ask people to go out and vote for her.

Russia will attack the West if provoked in Syria, warns former UK ambassador to Moscow
Russia will attack the West if provoked in Syria, the UK’s former ambassador in Moscow said, as he warned of “the most dangerous situation in our relations I have ever seen.” It comes with relations between the West and Russia at their worst point since the Cold War.


Top Headlines – 10/29/2016

Russia loses UN Human Rights Council place, Saudi Arabia re-elected

Russia will attack the West if provoked in Syria, warns former UK ambassador to Moscow

Russian, US jets had near miss over Syria: US officials

Russian embassy in Damascus shelled by militants

Putin rejects Russian request for Aleppo strikes

Syrian rebels in Aleppo unleash car bombs, mortar attacks in new offensive

Iraqi forces keep up push toward Mosul as Shiite militas join battle

Hezbollah ally set to become president of Lebanon

Palestinian attempts to run over, stab soldiers in West Bank, army says

Gaza flotilla families refuse to drop case against Israel

Clinton bemoans US not rigging 2006 Palestinian election in newly-released tape

Hacked emails show Clinton walking fine line between Obama, Israel

Republican senators call on Obama to sever ties with UNESCO

Likud MK rapped for saying Italy earthquake was divine punishment for UNESCO vote

UNESCO had help from Israeli NGOs and their Funders

Archaeologists question ‘oldest’ Hebrew mention of Jerusalem

Enraged protesters attack Israeli event at UK university

Israel to name nuclear facility after Shimon Peres

UN votes to start negotiating treaty to ban nuclear weapons

Former Putin aide’s curious death in DC deemed an accident

Bomb-laden car explodes near central bank in Yemen

Two suicide bombers kill at least 5 in northeast Nigeria’s Maiduguri

Ten bodies bearing signs of torture found in Benghazi

Venezuelan president threatens to jail opponents

Dutch anti-Islam MP Wilders to snub hate speech trial

Congress: Attorney General Lynch ‘Pleads Fifth’ on Secret Iran ‘Ransom’ Payments

New Clinton emails found during Anthony Weiner sexting probe

FBI reopens Clinton probe after new emails found in Anthony Weiner case

Clinton calls on FBI to release ‘full and complete facts’ of email review

James Comey Under Fire to Explain FBI Review of Clinton E-Mails

Comey memo to FBI staffers says election, timing required disclosure of renewed probe

Bernstein: FBI Would Not Reopen Case Unless New Evidence Was “A Real Bombshell”

Trump called it months ago: Anthony Weiner threatens national security

Trump on FBI Clinton Probe: This Is Bigger Than Watergate

Trump on Clinton emails: FBI has a chance to ‘right the horrible mistake’ it made

Giuliani: Initial FBI probe of Clinton’s emails ‘was a sham’

Wall Street Gets Whiplash As FBI Reopens Hillary Email Investigation

The Stock Market Plummeted After Friday’s Clinton Email News. Here’s Why

Clinton fails to contain damage from email leaks

Podesta Part 21: Wikileaks Releases Another 1,400 Emails; Total Is Now 35,594

How Podesta got hacked: ‘Password’ email revealed in WikiLeaks dump

Clinton’s State Department spent $5.4 million on ‘crystal stemware’

FBI sued over records of Bill Clinton, Loretta Lynch meeting

Most Democrats Would Reelect Obama Over Clinton If They Could

Some Cities Want Their Noncitizen Immigrants to Vote

Election 2016: Tracking Reports of Voting Problems Across the United States

2 Investigators: Chicago Voters Cast Ballots From Beyond The Grave

Action News Investigation: Voting from the Grave in Philidephia

‘Vote Flipping’ Happens, But It Doesn’t Mean the Election Is Rigged

Rancher yearns for Trump wall on US-Mexico border

Dead Migrants’ Corpses Overwhelm Texas County

Facebook executives feel the heat of content controversies

After DDOS attack, senator seeks industry-led security standards for IoT devices

Hackers are able to seize control of consumer drones and make them fall from the sky

‘Could Have Been Devastating’: 20 Taken to Hospitals as American Airlines Plane Catches Fire at O’Hare Airport, Officials Say

FedEx cargo plane catches fire at Fort Lauderdale airport

2016 to finish with three straight super moons

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Ustica, Italy

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hirara, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Olry, Vanuatu

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

Klyuchevskoy volano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Ulawun volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

4 years after storm, some places changed by Sandy forever

Democrats Face Difficult Obamacare Fight in 2017, Even If Clinton Wins

Economist On Rising Affordable Care Act Costs: You’re Going To Have ‘Riots’

Injectable birth control for men holds promise; risks remain

Hillary Clinton’s 4 Lies About Abortion and Planned Parenthood

Supreme Court takes up transgender school bathroom case

She’s selling her virginity for $400,000, and for ‘love’

Prenups Aren’t Taboo for Millennial Couples

Divorcing couple go to court over Cubs Series tickets

Poll: National Anthem Protests Leading Cause For NFL Ratings Drop

Halloween countdown: States, residents get ready for creepy clowns

The Surprising Prayers of North Korea’s Christians

Congress Considering Emergency Hearing on Reopened FBI Investigation into Clinton Emails

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 06:57 PM PDT

Cameron Joseph, the Washington Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, has claimed he has heard reports that the House Oversight Committee is considering…

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DEVELOPING: 900 US Troops Deployed To Poland As “War Drums” Continue With Russia

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 05:57 PM PDT

With US and Russia engaged what some call a new Cold War, some 900 US troops are about to find themselves on its most dangerous…

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Clinton calls on FBI to release ‘full and complete facts’ from email probe

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 05:48 PM PDT

Hillary Clinton and her campaign criticized the FBI’s Friday announcement that it would be examining more emails potentially connected to its earlier investigation of her…

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OCTOBER SURPRISE: White House Claims no ‘Advance Warning’ of revived FBI investigation of Clinton

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 05:38 PM PDT

As news of the FBI’s decision to reexamine its investigation into Hillary Clinton quickly took over the internet Friday afternoon, the White House said it…

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UPDATE: New Emails in Clinton Case Came From Devices Once Used by Anthony Weiner

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 02:48 PM PDT

A new trove of emails that appear pertinent to the now-closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server was discovered after the F.B.I. seized at…

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Wearing the wrong attire to vote could result in being arrested

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 02:42 PM PDT

A Texas man wore his Donald Trump hat and “basket of deplorables” T-shirt to cast his ballot earlier this week and was arrested. Brett Mauthe…

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LifeWay pulls Christian author’s books off the shelves over LGBT beliefs

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 02:38 PM PDT

LifeWay Christian Resources is pulling Jen Hatmaker’s books from its shelves after the author and former HGTV star caused quite a stir earlier this week…

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Loretta Lynch ‘Pleads the Fifth’ on Secret Iran ‘Ransom’ Payments…

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 02:11 PM PDT

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran…

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Russian and US jets nearly collide over Syria…

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 02:02 PM PDT

A Russian fighter flew dangerously close to a US warplane over eastern Syria, US defence officials said Friday, highlighting the risks of a serious mishap…

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Leaked Audio From 2006 Reveals Hillary Proposing RIGGING Palestine Election…

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 01:59 PM PDT

On September 5, 2006, Eli Chomsky was an editor and staff writer for the Jewish Press, and Hillary Clinton was running for a shoo-in re-election…

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‘Skynet’ nuclear apocalypse scenario may come true, warns Russia’s top arms official

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 01:54 PM PDT

The future of warfare involves increased use of robots, but putting a non-human in control of a nuclear arsenal is a scary scenario, believes Dmitry…

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Israeli Deputy Minister Claims Italian earthquakes retribution for anti-Jewish UNESCO vote

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 01:52 PM PDT

UPDATE: As I am reporting this information Italy has just suffered another 5.9 Magnitude Earthquake making this the third consecutive earthquake that has been significant in…

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OCTOBER SURPRISE: Election rocked as FBI reopens probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 12:35 PM PDT

The FBI has reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while secretary of state after discovering new emails, in a stunning…

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This Week in Calvinism – October 28, 2016


This ‘n’ That

  • Here’s a bit more background on this unique World Series.
  • This would be a fantastic job…if it didn’t require working for an organization with aberrant theology.
  • It seems to me this article should have a subtitle: “Duh.”
  • I can’t believe they’re killing this, just as mine is dying and I was looking at having to replace it.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable (to the reader who sent me this, yes, you win! But I lost your name, so leave a comment and identify yourself!).
  • Dear Kirk Cameron…a thousand times, no.
  • Jen Hatmaker is a fairly influential name among evangelical women. In this interview, she doesn’t just tip her hand, she lays all the cards on the table and, unsurprisingly, they boldly reveal her ignorance of and disdain for the Word of God.
  • How healthy is the women’s ministry in your church? Looking beyond babies and baking, Melissa Kruger offers some compelling points in this article.
  • Well, as long as the Vatican says so.
  • Please tell me nobody is surprised by this. How much did this “study” cost?
  • What does it mean to fear God?
  • Jesus is God:

Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel In A Nutshell

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

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


What Is the Gospel?

This post is adapted from the tract “What Is the Gospel?” by Greg Gilbert.


A Message from God

What exactly do Christians mean when they talk about the “gospel of Jesus Christ”? Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about Jesus! It’s a message from God saying, “Good news! Here is how you can be saved from my judgment!” That’s an announcement you can’t afford to ignore.

Why Is the Gospel Good News?

So, what is the good news about Jesus Christ?

Since the earliest Christians announced the good news about Jesus, it has been organized around these questions:

  1. Who made us, and to whom are we accountable?
  2. What is our problem?
  3. What is God’s solution to our problem?
  4. How can I be included in his solution?

Christians through the centuries since Christ have answered those questions with the same truth from the Bible.

  1. We are accountable to God.
  2. Our problem is our sin against him.
  3. God’s solution is salvation through Jesus Christ.
  4. We come to be included in that salvation by faith and repentance.

Let’s summarize those points like this: God, Mankind, Jesus Christ, and Our Response.

God

The first thing to know about the good news of Jesus is that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Everything starts from that point, so if you get that point wrong then everything else that follows will be wrong. Because God created everything—including us—he has the right to tell us how to live. You have to understand that in order to understand the good news about Jesus. To understand just how glorious and life-giving the gospel of Jesus Christ is, we have to understand that God is also holy and righteous. He is determined never to ignore or tolerate sin. Including ours!

Mankind

When God created the first human beings, Adam and Eve, he intended for them to live under his righteous rule in perfect joy—obeying him and living in fellowship with him. When Adam disobeyed God, though, and ate the one fruit that God had told him not to eat, that fellowship with God was broken. Moreover, Adam and Eve had declared rebellion against God. They were denying his authority over their lives.

It’s not just Adam and Eve who are guilty of sin. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin is the rejection of God himself and his authority over those to whom he gives life.

Once you understand sin in that light, you begin to understand why “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). That’s not just physical death, but spiritual death, a forceful separating of our sinful, rebellious selves from the presence of God forever. The Bible teaches that the final destiny for unbelieving sinners is eternal, active judgment in a place called “hell.”

But . . .

Jesus Christ

The word “Christ” means “anointed one,” referring to anointing a king with oil when he is crowned. So, when we say “Jesus Christ,” we’re saying that Jesus is a King!

When Jesus began his public ministry, he told the people, “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus died on a cross, the awful weight of all our sins fell on his shoulders. The sentence of death God had pronounced against rebellious sinners struck. And Jesus died. For you and me!

But the story doesn’t end there. Jesus the Crucified is no longer dead. The Bible tells us that he rose from the grave. Jesus’s rising from the grave was God’s way of saying, “What Jesus claimed about who he is and what he came to do is true!”

Our Response

What does God expect us to do with the information that Jesus died in our place so we can be saved from God’s righteous wrath against our sins? He expects us to respond with repentance and faith.

To repent of our sins means to turn away from our rebellion against God. Repentance doesn’t mean we’ll bring an immediate end to our sinning. It does mean, though, that we’ll never again live at peace with our sins.

Not only that, but we also turn to God in faith. Faith is reliance. It’s a promise-founded trust in the risen Jesus to save you from your sins. If God is ever to count us righteous, he’ll have to do it on the basis of someone else’s record, someone who’s qualified to stand in as our substitute. And that’s what happens when a person is saved by Jesus: All our sins are credited to Jesus who took the punishment for them, and the perfect righteousness of Jesus is then credited to us when we place our trust in what he has done for us! That’s what faith means—to rely on Jesus, to trust in him alone to stand in our place and win a righteous verdict from God!


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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.


Please take the time to watch this clip, so that you might understand the authentic Gospel


This is the Gospel:

Friend, God is holy. There is a God in heaven who has created you and me, and He is the authority over both of us. He is perfectly holy. “In Him is Light, and there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). And the problem with that is that if we want to have fellowship with God, we have to be light and no darkness at all. And yet here’s the problem: we are darkness. We are sinful. We’ve all broken His law. We’ve all lied, stolen, we’ve all looked with lust, we’ve all been angry with our brothers in our hearts. We’ve all fallen short of the glorious standard of perfection that God requires (Rom 3:23). And there’s nothing we can do about it. No amount of works, no amount of contrition, no amount of bad feelings, no amount of church attendance, no amount of Bible reading, no amount of evangelism can earn forgiveness of our sins and the righteousness which God requires (Titus 3:5; cf. Isa 64:6).

And yet God is gracious, and He loves us, and as His creatures He wants to display His glory in us by rescuing us from that. And so He sent His Son—God in the flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ—to be born as a helpless little baby (John 1:14; 3:16; Col 2:9). God of the universe, Sustainer of the universe, Himself being sustained in the womb of a teenage Hebrew girl, and upholding the world by the word of His power (Heb 1:3) while He is upheld by the nutrients from her own body! Unspeakable! And in great humility, He grows up with the growing pains of life in a fallen world, though He Himself never being with any sin—without sin entirely (2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15; 7:26). And He lives a perfectly righteous life. The way that you and I have failed to live before God—the way that we have failed in thought, word, and deed, and fallen short of God’s glory—Christ never did. Not even a thought. He loved God, His Father, perfectly. He always walked in perfect righteousness. He lived the life that you were commanded to live, that I was commanded to live, that we failed to live. He lived that perfect life that God is worthy of.

And not only did He live for us, He died for us. He went to the cross. Our sin demanded death. Our sin demanded eternal punishment. Our sin demanded wrath—just wrath exercised on us for eternity (Rom 6:23). But because of the infinite worth of Christ’s person, He was on that cross. And on that cross, God exercised upon Him the full fury of His own anger (Rom 3:24–26; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 3:10–14), that was rightly due to me and rightly due to you, and that you will experience if you don’t turn from your sin and trust in this Messiah. Christ was born, lived, died, and was raised (1 Cor 15:3–4). And He rose from the grave after being dead, demonstrating His victory over sin and death.

And now God promises that if you turn from your sin, if you repudiate all that you are and all that you were and all that you love, and you turn away from a life of pursuing sin—and if you repudiate not only your bad works but your good works, if you turn from trying to earn your salvation by all the good deeds that you might want to do as a moral person—if you turn away from all of that (Acts 17:30–31), and you trust in Christ alone for righteousness (Phil 3:7–8; cf. Rom 3:28; 10:4), God promises that He will forgive you. He will have treated Christ on the cross as if Christ lived your life. And He will then treat you, justly and legally and righteously, as if you lived Christ’s perfect life of righteousness (2 Cor 5:21). And you can be saved to know the God you were created to love and enjoy. You can have the fullness of joy, the eternal pleasures that are at the Father’s right hand in heaven (Ps 16:11), and begin even now, because eternal life is to know God (John 17:3).

Friend, would you repent? Would you turn from your sin and trust in this perfect Savior to avail for you before God, to pay for your sin and to provide your righteousness?


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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The FBI and Clinton: Too Little Too Late?

You would have read about the FBI reopening its case against the crooked Hillary. Of course there has been an ongoing investigation which she has managed to dodge, evade and pretend is no biggee. The latest revelations in today’s press may be too late to impact on November 8, but we can always hope some sanity – and some justice – nonetheless prevails.

Here is how one news report opens on this breaking story:

clinton-hilThe Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system as secretary of state after finding new evidence on seized devices belonging to Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin, according to Fox News. Donald Trump called the stunning announcement “bigger than Watergate”, and Clinton appeared blindsided by the news, declining to mention it during a rally in Iowa just 11 days out of the election.
Fox News reports an FBI source confirmed that the new emails were discovered after the bureau seized devices belonging to Weiner, a former member of Congress and mayoral candidate, and Abedin, a top Clinton aide who recently announced she was separating from her husband….
FBI Director James Comey confirmed the bureau was investigating new emails related to Clinton.
“In previous congressional testimony, I referred to the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had completed its investigation of former Secretary Clinton’s personal email server. Due to recent developments, I am writing to supplement my previous testimony,” Mr Comey wrote.

As mentioned, this is a ray of hope that finally some investigations really will get to the truth of this crooked and perverse politician. The FBI blew it big time by earlier finding plenty amiss with Hillary, but not doing anything about it. But we will have to wait and see how this pans out. Matt Walsh offers some brief commentary on this:

In the meantime, all we need to know is this: The Democratic nominee for president is under an active FBI investigation. All reports indicate that she will still be under investigation when the election is held on Nov. 8. Liberals now must decide, then, if they want to be the first voters ever in history to cast their ballots for a suspected felon. Will they debase themselves and their nation by putting a woman into the White House even as the FBI has yet to decide whether she actually belongs in prison?
I suspect they will, without much hesitation. But if they’re going to make a disgrace and a mockery of our entire political system by electing Hillary Clinton, they certainly lose the right to lecture Trump voters in the process. It’s no secret that I am not a Trump fan, but I can’t stomach the Clinton voters who pretend to be traveling on the morally superior route. Your candidate is under investigation by the FBI, for God’s sake. This has never happened in the two-and-a-half centuries of our nation’s existence. Electing her would be a historic low point. The kind of thing our grandkids will read about and shake their heads in confusion.
Here’s the deal: You can’t complain about injustice while you vote for a woman who would already be in jail if she had a different last name, or at least a different letter next to her last name. You can’t complain about “inequality” while you further that inequality by supporting an elitist crook who has been placed so conspicuously above the law. You can’t scream about Trump “undermining our democratic system” while you help a blatant criminal rise to the top of it. And you absolutely cannot ever again speak about the rule of law, because the rule of law dies with Hillary’s inauguration. And you will have played a part in making that happen.
Maybe that’s something you should stop and think about.

So we will have to see just what comes of this. But let me deal with one other issue that crops up so often in this election cycle.

Of Course NeverHillary

On a related front, one of the more foolish things the AlwaysTrump camp throws around at me and others – and they do say heaps of foolish and nutty things – is that we are not attacking Hillary like we do Trump. Um, that is simply ludicrous and false, for plenty of reasons.

I just did a quick search of my site, and I have over a hundred articles in which I discuss the Clintons, with at least half of them about Hillary. And articles on Obama number well over 350. So I for one have always been writing about how bad the Clinton–Obama axis is.

And of course the case for NeverHillary is easily made. See just these five articles for a full rundown of her many evil ways and dangers:

http://theweek.com/articles/601909/case-against-hillary-clinton
http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/264499/clinton-record-john-perazzo
http://www.news-press.com/story/opinion/2016/10/23/krautahmmer-my-case-against-hillary-clinton/92516652/
https://www.voiceofresistance.org/case-against-hillary.html
https://askdrbrown.org/library/conservative-christians-be-assured-president-hillary-clinton-will

I have shared these before, and they are still well worth sharing far and wide at this late stage in the election cycle.

But there are still a few very simple reasons why I have been more outspoken about the other New York liberal. First, the bulk of my readership is comprised of Christians and conservatives. Thus the overwhelming majority of people I am interacting with and writing for would never even think about voting for Clinton. So there is no need to beat a dead horse in this regard.

Also, the Republican Party is in theory supposed to represent the conservative side of politics, of which I am a part. Thus one would think that they would actually run with a conservative and a Republican. Instead, they have run with a longstanding liberal, Democrat supporter, and buddy of the Clintons.

Um, why in the world should I vote for a guy like that? If I wanted to vote for a lefty Democrat, I would have run with Hillary. That is why I have so often written about the fraud Trump. He is destroying the GOP, trashing the conservative brand, and is helping to bring down a country I love.

So of course I will speak about him more. A wolf who presents himself as a wolf is far less of a threat than a wolf who presents himself as a sheep, complete with sheep’s clothing. That is far more dangerous and destructive. Here then is the simple truth of the matter:

Hillary was never supposed to represent me or my party or my values or my beliefs or my principles or my politics or my ideology. So of course NeverHillary. That is a no-brainer. But here we have a guy who is claiming to represent all that when he most certainly does not. So this wolf in sheep’s clothing is just as anathema to me – if not more so – as the wolf not pretending to be anything else than a wolf.

Once, again, you can vote for whoever you want. Go for it. I will think and act according to my deeply held biblical values and beliefs. I will not throw out my values and principles for crass political expediency. If that gets you outraged, that is your problem, not mine. Here I stand, I can do no other.

God have mercy on America.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/fbi-reopens-probe-into-clinton-emails-director-james-comey-says-new-emails-have-surfaced/news-story/f24611f036f859b339bb05bbabaee1ce
http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/you-demean-yourself-and-your-nation-by-voting-a-suspected-felon-into-the-white-house/

Source: The FBI and Clinton: Too Little Too Late?

 

Christians and Halloween

Is it appropriate for professing Christians to celebrate Halloween? Some believers say “absolutely not” while others say, “what’s the big deal?”  The big deal is the pagan origins of Halloween. Travis Allen offers his thoughts on the “All Saints Day” celebration over at Grace to You. He writes:

halloween-pumpkin-2Halloween. It’s a time of year when the air gets crisper, the days get shorter, and for many young Americans the excitement grows in anticipation of the darkest, spookiest holiday of the year. Retailers also rejoice as they warm up their cash registers to receive an average of $79.82 per household in decorations, costumes, candy, and greeting cards. Halloween will bring in approximately $8 billion this year.

It’s a good bet retailers won’t entertain high expectations of getting $79.82 per household from the Christian market. Many Christians refuse to participate in Halloween. Some are wary of its pagan origins; others of its dark, ghoulish imagery; still others are concerned for the safety of their children. But other Christians choose to partake of the festivities, whether participating in school activities, neighborhood trick-or-treating, or a Halloween alternative at their church.

The question is, How should Christians respond to Halloween? Is it irresponsible for parents to let their children trick-or-treat? What about Christians who refuse any kind of celebration during the season—are they overreacting?

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Obamacare “architect” Johnathan Gruber: Increase the Obamacare fines to force young people into enrollment (VIDEO)

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That’s right, Mr. Gruber, who famously explained that Obamacare only became law because of the “stupidity of the American voting public“, explains now that Obamacare is not imploding (HA!), but “it could work better.” One of the ways Obamacare could work “better” is if the fines for not carrying health insurance were raised. This would force, Gruber argues, young “free riders” into the system so that they in turn can subsidize older and less healthy Obamacare participants.

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Clinton Struggles To Contain WikiLeaks Damage As Voters Grow Weary Of The Constant Scandals

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In fact, just last weekend ABC released a poll that drew huge media attention on the Sunday talk show circuit as it showed Hillary opening up a 12-point national lead.  Now, just a few days later, that exact same poll shows only a 5-point lead.  That data seemingly proves one of two things, either the polls are indeed “rigged” to show a desired outcome or the daily drip of WikiLeaks emails is finally starting to take a toll on the Clinton campaign.

But the ABC poll isn’t the only one tightening with most of the recent polls from the Real Clear Politics average showing only a modest lead for Hillary.

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