October 7, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Employers continued to add to payrolls in September as record openings drew more Americans into the workforce and most found jobs, indicating the U.S. labor market is settling into a pace that will support the economy. The 156,000 increase followed a 167,000 rise in August that was more than previously estimated, a Labor Department report showed.

Some of the $68 billion the U.S. has spent since 2002 to support Afghanistan’s military may have been wasted on “ghost” soldiers and police who exist only on paper, according to a government watchdog who pressed the Pentagon to do more to stop such abuses.

Long known for its oil and gas, Russia is now moving to retake leadership in the world wheat trade it last held when the Czars ruled. In the process, it’s reshaping the market for one of the world’s most important traded food products.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to bring an end to a more than 50-year civil conflict, strengthening his attempt to salvage a peace accord rejected by voters earlier this month.

Deutsche Bank AG is holding informal talks with securities firms to explore options including raising capital should mounting legal bills require it.

If Prime Minister Theresa May gets her way on immigration, [many] might just leave London. Many foreigners in the City who are reeling from the government’s proposal to force companies to reveal how many non-British workers they hire as a way to push them to put natives first.

U.S. early warning satellites and sensors designed primarily to detect the launch of missiles carrying nuclear warheads are providing daily streams of intelligence on Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria, according to defense officials.

The rate at which American women are dying from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth is on par with Iran, China, and some nations that made up the Soviet bloc. The difference is that in those countries, the prognosis is for improvement. In America, it’s not.

AP Top Stories

Hurricane Matthew battered the Florida coast with powerful winds, potentially devastating storm surges and torrential rain on Friday, leaving hundreds of thousands without power as officials made last-minute appeals for any remaining holdouts to get out of the storm’s way. Hurricane Matthew claimed its first victim in the U.S. on Friday. More than 500,000 people were already without power across Florida, although officials said service was being restored in the southern part of the state.

Six Fort Campbell soldiers and two civilians have been charged with conspiring to steal sensitive military equipment – including highly classified materials – and selling it online. More than $1 million worth of equipment was stolen, and most of it was ultimately shipped to anonymous eBay bidders, including some in foreign nations, a federal indictment alleges. Some of the stolen equipment was so sensitive that the military is not allowed to sell it or give it away.

Syrian government troops advanced gradually against rebels inside ravaged second city Aleppo, as the UN Security Council prepared to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the violence.

Google has announced that its self-driving vehicles have logged 2 million miles of autonomous driving on public roads. Which sounds pretty impressive…until you remember that Tesla’s Autopilot system has racked up more than 50 times as many miles of autonomous operation.

The Obama administration is heatedly debating whether to trigger harsh sanctions against North Korea that would target Chinese companies doing business with the hermit regime, in a crackdown like the one that crippled Iran’s economy, Foreign Policy has learned.

Britain cannot be allowed access to the EU’s single market without accepting free movement of people, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, warning she would not allow a free-for-all.

The Japanese Ministry of Defense has released new details about its plans for future unmanned aircraft that would fly in supporting roles, aiding piloted fighters in the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, or JASDF.

BBC

The death toll in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew – the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade – has soared to more than 400, officials said.

Finland’s Defense Ministry says it has scrambled jets twice in the past 24 hours to monitor suspected airspace violations by Russian fighters.

Police in Victoria, south Australia, have warned the public not to engage in “intimidating” behavior after reports of clowns terrorizing people in Melbourne.

South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu has revealed that he wants to have the option of an assisted death.

WND

A hacker believed to be operating on behalf of the Russian government has released thousands of emails taken from the personal account of Capricia Penavic Marshall, a key Clintonworld figure who worked under Hillary Clinton at the State Department. The emails, which were released on the anonymously-operated site DC Leaks, are broken down into eight categories: “Atlantic Council,” “Clinton Foundation,” “Conversations with Clinton’s team,” “favor,” “fundraising,” and several others.

President Obama announced Thursday he will commute the sentences of another 102 offenders, mostly cocaine dealers. A total of 774 offenders have had their sentences cut by Obama, “more than the previous 11 presidents combined.”

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards told an Iowa crowd on Wednesday that she is “excited” to see so many women trying to normalize abortion by telling their stories.

A pedophile who downloaded a vast stash of obscene pictures of children has been spared jail – so he can become a dad.


Top News – 10/7/2016

New documents show White House, State Dept. coordinated on Clinton email issues
Newly disclosed emails show senior officials in President Barack Obama’s administration coordinated closely with Hillary Clinton’s staffers in the weeks leading up to her campaign launch to help quash potential fallout from the former secretary of state’s decision to use a private email server.

Assad offers rebels amnesty if they surrender Aleppo
Rebels holed up in Aleppo can leave with their families if they lay down their arms, President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday, vowing to press on with the assault on Syria’s largest city and recapture full control of the country.

Germany moves to run its own EU army – leaving both Brussels & NATO in new crisis
It reveals a radical change in German plans to not only boost its present army’s mandate in troubled hot spots around the world, but also clearly states that it should be running any multinational military organizations, such as the proposed EU army.

New York Times to Obama: Hit Israel hard
The New York Times has demanded US President Barack Obama use his last months in office to hit Israel hard diplomatically.

NY Times: UN Security Council should set Israeli-Palestinian peace terms
The New York Times, in an unusual move, has called on the United Nations Security Council to set the parameters for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

With Hurricane Matthew nearing Northeast Florida, authorities tell residents to ‘stay home’
Hundreds of thousands of residents were ordered this week to leave Jacksonville as part of a mass exodus in advance of Hurricane Matthew but by Thursday night authorities changed their message, urging people to stay put instead. In a tweet, the Sheriff’s Office directed people to stay off the roads and take shelter where they are.

Hurricane Matthew’s loop back to Florida would be ‘unprecedented’
Well, that would be weird. After Hurricane Matthew’s initial battering of the Southeast coast this week, the long-range forecast shows it looping back around toward Florida next week, potentially striking the state a second time. “While a loop back towards Florida and the Bahamas next week is not yet a sure thing, the increasing trend of our top models in that direction is a strong indication that Matthew will be around for a very long time,”

The human brains being grown OUTSIDE the body: Lab making miniature ‘organs in a jar’ is revealed
From what makes us right or left-handed to why we develop autism, there are many mysteries about the human brain we are yet to solve. Some of these questions can be answered by studying the brains of other animals like mice, for example. But this isn’t possible for other phenomena that are unique to human brains.

Syria conflict: Eastern Aleppo faces ‘total ruin’ in two months
Rebel-held eastern parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo may face “total destruction” in two months, with thousands killed, the UN’s envoy says. Staffan de Mistura told reporters that he was prepared to personally accompany al-Qaeda-linked jihadists out of the city if it would stop the fighting. He also appealed to Russia and Syria’s government not to destroy the city for the sake of eliminating militants.

Hurricane Matthew: Hundreds dead in Haiti storm disaster
The death toll in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew – the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade – has soared to more than 300, officials say. Some 50 people were reported killed in the town of Roche-a-Bateau alone. The nearby city of Jeremie saw 80% of its buildings levelled. In Sud province 30,000 homes were destroyed.

Finland jets monitor Russian fighters on border flights
Finland’s Defence Ministry says it has scrambled jets twice in the past 24 hours to monitor suspected airspace violations by Russian fighters. A Russian Su-27 fighter was detected in the Gulf of Finland south of Porvoo late on Thursday, the ministry said. Another Russian Su-27 was detected on a suspicious flight there earlier. “Russian military aviation over the Baltic Sea has been intense,” it said.

NY Times: UN Security Council should set Israeli-Palestinian peace terms
The New York Times…has called on the United Nations Security Council to set the parameters for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. “The best idea under discussion now would be to have the United Nations Security Council…lay down guidelines for a peace agreement covering… Israel’s security, the future of Jerusalem, the fate of Palestinian refugees and borders for both states,” the paper’s Editorial Board stated.

Americans & Evangelicals Misunderstand Basic Christian Doctrines – Fail Theology 101
Could you pass a basic theology quiz? Several thousand Americans just tried. Uh-oh. Too bad God doesn’t grade on a curve. One thing is certain: Americans love the Bible. A recent report from The American Bible Society and Barna Group finds that two-thirds of the nation believe the Bible contains “everything a person needs to know in order to live a meaningful life.”

Greenspan: US Must ‘Come to Grips’ With Entitlement Reform
Former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan said the U.S. central bank and their global colleagues have done as much as they can with easy money policies and keeping rates at record lows. The only viable option now, especially for America, is entitlement reform.

America’s Female Chess Champion Boycotts Iran Tournament Over Hijab Law
After learning that the 2017 Women’s World Chess Championship would be held in Iran, America’s top female chess player announced this week that she would boycott the tournament in the name of women’s rights.

Typhoon Chaba leaves six dead in South Korea
South Korea cleaned up Thursday after Typhoon Chaba lashed its southern coast with powerful winds and heavy rains that triggered flash floods and left six people dead and four missing. The violent storm passed over the southern tip of the Korean peninsula on Wednesday, pummelling the port of Busan — the country’s second-largest city — and the industrial city of Ulsan.

Paul Craig Roberts Rages “Washington Is Leading The World To War”
What must the world think watching the US presidential campaign? Over time US political campaigns have become more unreal and less related to voters’ concerns, but the current one is so unreal as to be absurd. The offshoring of American jobs by global corporations and the deregulation of the US financial system have resulted in American economic failure. One might think that this would be an issue in a presidential campaign.


Top News – 10/6/2016

ISIS Fighting End-of-Days Battle in Dabiq to Bring Muslim Messiah
While God’s judgement of the world hangs in balance during the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, a battle is being fought in a small, dusty town in Syria that ISIS and many of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims believe will usher in Mahdi, the Islamic concept of Messiah. “Meanwhile we can see a war between Russia and the US on Syria. Put simply, Gog and Magog.”

Clinton Sought Pentagon, State Department Contracts for Chelsea’s Friend
Hillary Clinton sought to arrange Pentagon and State Department consulting contracts for her daughter’s friend, prompting concerns of federal ethics rules violations.

Bring Your Bible to School Day Celebrates Religious Freedom
Bring Your Bible to School Day, occurring Thursday and hosted by Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian organization, is a national event where students can bring Scripture to school and talk about it with their peers.

EU opens door to GEORGIA as visa-free travel AGREED for Russian neighbour
EUROPE could see another increase in the numbers of migrants crossing its borders after European Union states agreed to grant Georgian nationals visa-free travel.

Portugal’s Guterres set to be next UN chief
The 67-year-old socialist politician, who will be the first former head of government to become UN chief, has pledged to revamp the global diplomatic body to boost its peacemaking efforts and promote human rights. The new UN chief begins his five-year term on January 1.

Final Obama Battle Waged Against Amona Jews
The new, and, God Willing, final confrontation between the departing Obama Administration and the still ticking Netanyahu government appears to center on Amona, located on a hill overlooking Ofra in Benjamin Region, at the heart of the liberated territories.

Code Red rocket alert sounded near Gaza border
A Code Red rocket alert was sounded at the Eshkol Regional Council Thursday afternoon near the Gaza Strip, forcing the residents to seek shelter for a second consecutive day. Security forces immediately began scouring the area in search for a possble fallen rocket.

Hurricane Matthew: Florida warned of ‘direct hit’
Florida residents have been warned to prepare for a “direct hit”, as Hurricane Matthew pounded the Bahamas after devastating parts of Haiti. Damage could be “catastrophic”, the state governor said. Evacuation orders have been issued along the coast.

Typhoon Chaba batters South Korea and heads to Japan
At least six people have been killed after Typhoon Chaba battered South Korea, authorities said. The southern cities of Busan and Ulsan were worst affected, as well as the resort island of Jeju.

Millions flee as Southeast U.S. braces for Hurricane Matthew
Roadways in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina were jammed and gas stations and food stores ran out of supplies as Hurricane Matthew approached, packing storm surges, heavy rain and sustained winds that accelerated overnight to around 125 miles (205 km) per hour.

Petition Drive Underway in Florida to Criminalize Abortion as First-Degree Murder
A petition drive is underway in Florida in an effort to place a measure on the 2018 ballot that would amend the state constitution to criminalize abortion as murder.

As many as 44 Afghan troops go missing while on US military training visits – Pentagon
In an effort to find illegal work and settle permanently in America, at least 44 Afghan troops visiting the US for military training have gone missing since January 2015, Pentagon officials said. It raises concerns about procedures for such programs.

DOJ striking side deals is ‘bracing’; insider says it’s way out of the norm and we’ve all been snookered
It was discovered by Fox News that the FBI made some very unusual side deals with Hillary Clinton’s top aides to allow them to destroy evidence in the Hillary email scandal to avoid prosecution. But now we are finding that the agency broke its own standard practices to allow these special deals.

Hurricane Matthew gains new fury as it hurtles to Florida’s heavily populated coast
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Matthew, though still a dangerous Category 3 hurricane as the day dawned, was expected to regain status as an even more powerful Category 4 storm in coming hours. Top sustained winds ratcheted up from 115 mph to 125 mph overnight.

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey taken to hospital under police escort
The Scottish medical worker, 40, was infected with the disease while nursing Ebola sufferers in Sierra Leone in 2014 and returned to the UK at the end of December that year.

A new fault line was discovered along the Salton Sea
The announcement, published this week in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, follows a recent rash of almost 200 small earthquakes at the Southern California inland sea and heightened concerns about the “Big One.”

Bisexual identity overtaking gay and lesbian in Britain, official stats show
The number of British people defining themselves as “bisexual” has jumped by 45 per cent in just three years, according new official estimates. For the first time, more young people in the UK describe themselves as bisexual than gay or lesbian combined, the figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Dems reject call to protect Internet news, talk radio from regs
In the latest partisan escalation on the Federal Election Commission, a top Democratic commissioner has ripped a Republican commissioner’s bid to protect books, radio and Internet media from regulation as “pitiful.” Ann Ravel, a former FEC chairwoman, joined other Democrats…to block Republican Lee Goodman’s proposal to explicitly expand the “press exemption” from regulations to books, satellite radio and Internet-based news media.

Massive Fireball Streaks Across East Coast, Prompts Plane Crash Fears
A massive fireball lit up the skies across parts of the East Coast and Canada Tuesday night, leading many to panic over fears of a plane crash. Phones lit up at police offices and newsrooms across the East Coast with many in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and even Canada reporting the meteor.

NSA government contractor ‘stole classified files’
A National Security Agency contractor has been arrested, accused of taking top secret information, officials say. Harold Thomas Martin III is charged with theft of government property and unauthorised removal of “highly classified” materials. The 51-year-old had a top secret national security clearance and faces 10 years in prison.

Syria war: IS bomb kills rebels at Turkey border crossing
At least 29 people, most of them rebel fighters, have been killed in a bombing near Syria’s border with Turkey, activists say. The attack reportedly occurred during a change of guard at the rebel-controlled Atmeh crossing, in Idlib province. It was not immediately clear whether the blast was caused by a suicide bomber or a remote-controlled device.

Hurricane Matthew: Struggle to reach worst-hit parts of Haiti
Rescue workers in Haiti are struggling to reach parts of the country cut off by Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Caribbean storm in nearly a decade. The hurricane has caused extensive damage in Haiti, killing at least 23 people. Another four also died in the neighbouring Dominican Republic. A presidential election due this weekend in Haiti has been postponed.

Poland abortion: Parliament rejects near-total ban
Poland’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly to reject a controversial citizens’ bill for a near-total ban on abortion. The government said that protests against the bill had given ministers “food for thought”. Poland already has among the tightest abortion laws in Europe, and the proposal sought to ban all abortions unless the mother’s life was at risk.

Typhoon Chaba batters South Korea and heads to Japan
At least six people have been killed after Typhoon Chaba battered South Korea, authorities said. The southern cities of Busan and Ulsan were worst affected, as well as the resort island of Jeju. Transport, schools, factories and the country’s main port ground to a halt. Footage showed muddy floodwaters rushing through city streets.

Al-Shabab ‘kills Christians’ in Kenya’s Mandera town
Militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it has killed six Christians in north-eastern Kenya in an attack aimed at forcing them out of the region. The grenade and gun attack was launched on a residential block in Mandera town when people were sleeping, police said. It was the latest in a spate of deadly attacks targeting Christians in the mainly Muslim region.

Israeli minister slams ‘unproportional’ US remarks on West Bank outpost
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked criticized the US administration after they released a harsh condemnation against Israel…in the wake of an announcement of Israel’s intention to build 98 housing units for Amona evacuees in the West Bank settlement of Shiloh. In an interview…Shaked stated that “Israel is doing what is right for itself. Their [the US] statement is a bit disproportionate to say the least.”

American Pastor Charged Under Russia’s New Anti-Evangelism Law Sees Appeal Rejected
An American pastor who was charged under Russia’s controversial anti-terror, anti-evangelism law has seen his appeal rejected, but has vowed to continue his religious freedom fight.

U.S. government condemns new Israeli plan on settlements
The United States sharply criticized Israel on Wednesday over plans to build a new Jewish settlement in the West Bank that it said would damage prospects for peace with the Palestinians and contradicted assurances made to Washington.

Socialism Explained (In 1 Cartoon)
Sooner or later, you run out of other people’s toilet paper…

IRS subjects tea party groups to new round of scrutiny, publicizes tax return data
The IRS‘ battle against holdout tea party groups is heating up again, after the tax agency promised it would begin processing their long-delayed applications, but sent a new round of prodding questions demanding still more information.

Texas man who killed neighbor couple has been executed
An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to killing a neighbor couple during a shooting rampage 13 years ago and said he wanted to be put to death for the crime was executed Wednesday evening.


Top Headlines – 10/7/2016

US rebuke of settlement plans ‘disproportionate,’ minister charges

What’s at stake in US-Israeli row over settlements

UN Security Council to discuss ‘settlements’

Special Security Council session; Settlements the obstacle to peace

West Bank Settlers Prepare for Clash, With Israeli Government

Bennett: Israel must make ‘sacrifices’ to annex West Bank

Biden: Peres was ‘the conscience and soul’ of Israel

Palestinian report: IDF artillery fired into Gaza in response to rocket fire

Gaza’s radicals want Israel to topple Hamas

Lieberman: Israel not interested in escalation with Hamas

Planned Hezbollah terror attacks in Haifa thwarted

Police: Group of W. Bank Palestinian teens arrested for terror activities

Soldiers rescued after straying into Palestinian village

Palestinian president leaves hospital after health scare

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas undergoes heart tests

A look at possible successors to Palestinian President Abbas

Incoming UN chief a friend of Israel, but won’t shy away from criticism

‘The new UN secretary general’s biggest priority must be Syria

Syria war: IS bomb kills rebels at Turkey border crossing

Iraqi militia fighters pour into Syria to support Assad

In Fight for Aleppo, Tangled Alliances Add to Chaos

UN envoy offers to escort rebels out of Aleppo

UN Syria envoy warns Aleppo could be ‘destroyed’ this year

Russia Warns US Not to Intervene in Syria, Threatens to Shoot Down Any Airstrike Attempts

Russia posts provocative tweet warning US on Syria, mocking Earnest

Obama administration becomes target of Russian ridicule

Cold War 2? Tensions rising between US, Russia

Is Vladimir Putin a dictator? Here’s what experts have to say.

Finland detects second airspace violation by Russian jets

Al-Shabab ‘kills Christians’ in Kenya’s Mandera town

UN body tells Saudi Arabia to end child executions

Saudi king could be killed by his son, says shadowy Iranian general

In battle for US Senate, Iran nuclear deal looms large

With Colombia off the menu, will Iran nuke deal negotiators scoop peace Nobel?

Thousands sign US chess champ’s petition to strip Iran of world championship over hijab law

Mall terrorist was newly interested in Islam, used steak knives during attack, FBI says

Dozens of Afghan troops AWOL from military training in U.S.

Satellite images show activity at North Korea nuclear test site: report

Philippines tells US no joint patrols in South China Sea

Philippines’ defence minister says military can cope without US aid

Once lauded as a peacemaker, Obama’s tenure fraught with war

Paul Craig Roberts Rages “Washington Is Leading The World To War”

Greenspan: US Must ‘Come to Grips’ With Entitlement Reform

World Bank president: Globalization not the root of all evil it’s made out to be

Flash crash: Pound plunges to $1.18 and FTSE 100 heads for record high as fears over hard Brexit intensify

FEC war: Dems reject call to protect Internet news, talk radio from regs

FBI files reveal missing email ‘boxes’ in Clinton case, allegations of evidence tampering

NSA government contractor ‘stole classified files’

N.S.A. Isn’t Sure if Suspect Leaked Data or Just Hoarded It

Evildoers of Twitter Beware: You Can Now Be Served Lawsuits in a Tweet

Facebook shows how it’s gonna make virtual reality social

Plan for NYC bridges includes color LED lights, facial recognition cameras

Uber oopsie: Self-driving car spotted going wrong way down one-way street

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Taitung City, Taiwan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Central East Pacific Rise

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Las Navas, Philippines

Katla volcano in Iceland Quivers

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

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 26,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 15,000ft

More than 130 reported dead in Haiti as extent of hurricane damage comes into focus

Obama declares state of emergency in Florida as Hurricane Matthew looms

Gov. Scott fears people not taking Hurricane Matthew seriously

Hurricane Matthew could leave 7 million in the dark

National Hurricane Center website goes down as Matthew nears Florida

A world without Twitter and iPhones: What has changed since the last major hurricane hit the US?

Florida governor says state won’t extend voter registration because of Hurricane Matthew, rebuffing Clinton campaign

Liberals Are Already Blaming Hurricane Matthew On Global Warming

Nicole becomes Category 2 hurricane

Tropical storm Aere picks up strength as central Vietnam braces for heavy rains

UN agreement reached on aircraft climate-change emissions

ObamaCare architect on defense over rising premiums, blames Republicans

Petition Drive Underway in Florida to Criminalize Abortion as First-Degree Murder

Israel adds $5 million in funding for LGBT community

DNA testing closes case of missing Virginia teen 30 years later

Special-needs boy, 10, doused with gas, set on fire in Texas town

Knife-Wielding Clown Menaces Subway Riders, Chases Teen out of Station: NYPD

Performers organize ‘Clown Lives Matter’ march in hopes to quench fears


Top Headlines – 10/6/2016

US again condemns Israeli settlements in West Bank

US: Israel broke its word on new settlements

Israel rejects US criticism, says no new settlements planned

US invokes Peres legacy in biting condemnation of settlement expansion

Biden to speak at Washington event memorializing Shimon Peres

Israeli jets strike Hamas targets in Gaza

Hamas warns it won’t ‘sit idly by’ as IDF planes strike Gaza

After airstrikes, Hamas said to appeal to Israel for calm

Israeli Navy Intercepts Women’s Flotilla on Way to Break Gaza Blockade

A Look Inside the Latest Gaza Women’s Flotilla – The activists on board are no peaceful bunch

From northern Israel to Jerusalem: 2,000 women march for peace

Ethiopian immigration to Israel resuming after 3-year freeze

Middle East Expert: Democratic VP Candidate Tim Kaine ‘Grossly Distorted’ Israeli Military Chief’s View of Iran Deal

Iran tells Saudi navy vessels to avoid its waters

Details of Russian bomber intercept over Europe revealed

Russia tells citizens to ‘prepare for nuclear war with West’

Deployment of S-300 to Syria signals surge in Russia-US tensions

What Russia sending more air defense missiles to Syria means

Kerry, Lavrov discuss Syria despite US suspension of talks

Iraqi militia fighters pour into Syria to support Assad

IDF arrests 14 Palestinians, seizes weapons and bombs

Iraq calls for U.N. emergency meeting on Turkey’s military deployment

Baghdad bridles at Turkey’s military presence, warns of ‘regional war’

Bomb kills at least 25 Turkish-backed rebels in north Syria: monitors, witnesses

France makes new push for Aleppo ceasefire

New satellite images reveal extent of Aleppo devastation

IS recruits, suicide bombers more educated than average, study finds

ISIS Calls for Random Knife Attacks in Alleys, Forests, Beaches, ‘Quiet Neighborhoods’

Brussels stabbing: two police officers targeted in suspected terror attack

Authorities: Sterling Heights Man Threatened To Decapitate 2 Macomb County Judges

Security Council agrees on Portugal’s Guterres next UN chief

UN makes power play against Trump

Kremlin says regrets way Russia is being used in US election campaign

International observers will watch U.S. vote closely

Bush’s homeland security chief endorses Clinton

Arms dealer who threatened to reveal Clinton’s Libya dealings rips DOJ for ‘injustice’

Republicans blast FBI for ‘astonishing’ agreement to destroy Clinton aides’ laptops

Congress Sleepwalks As U.S. Loses Control of Internet

Another Snowden? FBI secretly arrests NSA contractor in code theft, report says

IMF says global debt tops $152 trillion, urges some to spend more

IMF warns of risks to global economy as debt hits record $152trn

Deutsche Bank’s $14 Billion Scare

Deutsche Bank doesn’t need a bailout for now: IMF

Southwest Airlines Evacuated a Plane Over a Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Massive Fireball Streaks Across East Coast, Prompts Plane Crash Fears

Earthquake risk: New fault discovered in earthquake-prone Southern California region

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the West Chile Rise

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Oxapampa, Peru

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 18,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Hurricane Matthew: Eleven dead as UN warns of ‘worst humanitarian crisis in Haiti since 2010 quake’

Hurricane damage forces Haiti to delay voting yet again

Hurricane Matthew May Be Rare Major Hurricane Strike to Florida East Coast; Conditions Deteriorating in Bahamas

Florida Governor: State Could Be Facing ‘Biggest Evacuation Ever’ With Hurricane Matthew

One model now predicts Hurricane Matthew could hit Florida coming and going

Wet, Wild and Weird: Some Answers About Hurricane Matthew

Typhoon Chaba batters South Korea, killing at least three people

U.S. Southwest faces 99% risk of ‘megadroughts’ due to climate change

Paris climate accord to take effect; Obama hails ‘historic day’

Obama hails climate change deal as potential turning point

Mysterious paralysis-causing syndrome appears to be on the rise – CDC

What’s the Longest Humans Can Live? 115 Years, New Study Says

After protests, Poland won’t back total abortion ban

Israel’s Finance Ministry to invest NIS 10 million into supporting LGBT community

More young people are identifying as LGB than ever before

Feds: 80 charged in prison racketeering, drug conspiracies

Girl alerts bus driver to parents’ death from apparent drug overdose

American Pastor Charged Under Russia’s New Anti-Evangelism Law Sees Appeal Rejected


The Briefing 10-07-16

“This storm is a monster”: The incredible power of Hurricane Matthew hits the US

Society of Christian Philosophers scandalized by historic Christian position on homosexuality

InterVarsity affirms biblical teaching on sexuality, commits staff to historic Christian teaching

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October 6, 2016

NEWSMAX — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence won his debate against rival vice presidential Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine – – and “set the table for what Donald Trump needs to do” in his matchup with Hillary Clinton, pollster John Zogby told Newsmax TV…. (more)


October 6, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — While showering praise on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s Tuesday debate performance, Rush Limbaugh argued that Americans would have “more faith and trust” in politics if they were like the vice presidential nominee, telling his audience that it’s time to “make America more like Mike Pence again.”… (more)

October 6, 2016
BYRON YORK — Even allowing for spin, Republican and Democratic insiders gathered here at Longwood University drew vastly different takeaways from the vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine…. (more)

October 6, 2016
BEN SHAPIRO — I have a close friend who was recently dating a nasty fellow. He manipulated her emotionally; he drove a wedge between her and her family; he badmouthed her beliefs, tearing her down to build himself up. But she continued to date him, because apparently she loved him. She didn’t love the real him, of course – – that guy was a jerk. She loved the fantasy she’d created for herself…. (more)

October 6, 2016

NEWSMAX — Hillary Clinton owns a 6-point national lead over Donald Trump among likely voters, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday…. (more)


October 6, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — In a major development that will certainly be ignored by the mainstream media, longtime pro-Russian communist Angela Davis has announced that she will vote for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president…. (more)

October 6, 2016

ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Just when you think it can’t get any worse . . . According to House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), the immunity agreements struck by the Justice Department with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, two top subjects of the FBI’s Clinton e-mail investigation, included “side agreements.”… (more)


October 6, 2016
WESTERN JOURNALISM — Former President Bill Clinton, whose efforts to create a government health care system under the leadership of then first lady Hillary Clinton went down in flames, on Monday used words very different from those of his wife in discussing Obamacare…. (more)

October 5, 2016

THE HILL — Hillary Clinton was provided the exact questions she would be asked by daytime talk show host Steve Harvey, according to a report. The Washington Free Beacon reports that according to a leaked memo it obtained, the Clinton campaign was sent all questions one week by the program before the interview between Clinton and Harvey on Feb. 17…. (more)


October 5, 2016
BOB UNRUH — A court fight that erupted when state regulators targeted for punishment a businessman because they didn’t like his criticism of President Obama is being submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in the hopes that the First Amendment’s free-speech provision will be affirmed there…. (more)

October 5, 2016
NEWSMAX — President Barack Obama’s approval rating is at 55 percent, matching his best ratings since his first year in office and the highest ratings of his second term, according to a new CNN/ORC poll…. (more)

October 5, 2016

NEWSMAX — Democrat Tim Kaine tried to make the vice presidential debate all about Donald Trump on Tuesday, calling the Republican presidential nominee a danger to U.S. national security and someone who denigrates women and minorities and appears to pay little in federal taxes…. (more)


October 5, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Tim Kaine and Mike Pence repeatedly interrupted each other Tuesday as they squared off in a testy debate between vice presidential candidates…. (more)

October 5, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Mike Pence threw Donald Trump a lifeline Tuesday night. Will he take it? No, Pence’s debate performance against Tim Kaine probably won’t make up for Trump’s showing against Hillary Clinton last week. There is no precedent for a vice presidential debate doing that…. (more)

October 5, 2016

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — House Republicans are demanding to know why Justice Department officials entered into a pair of “side agreements” with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson – two of Hillary Clinton’s top former aides who went on to become her personal attorneys during the FBI’s email investigation that allowed law enforcement agents to destroy their laptops after searching their hard drives for evidence…. (more)


October 5, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Hillary Clinton padded the membership of a newly-created advisory board at the State Department with friends and donors, federal records show. The Foreign Affairs Advisory Board, which Clinton commissioned in 2011 to provide “independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of U.S. foreign policy,” was founded with 15 appointments to individuals who had donated personally to the Clinton Foundation and her political campaigns, or were affiliated with groups that had…. (more)

October 5, 2016
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — At 3:20 a.m., Donald Trump began tweeting. He was using all-caps and exclamation points. Before the sun came up he had already sunk to name-calling against former beauty queen Alicia Machado, adding an interesting flourish, “Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?”… (more)

October 5, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin is getting a little help from 2012’s Republican nominee. McMullin’s campaign on Monday sent out a fundraising pitch using an email list purchased from Mitt Romney, a spokesman confirmed to the Washington Examiner…. (more)

October 5, 2016
NEWSMAX — Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter…. (more)

October 5, 2016

CITIZEN ANALYST — Communists, Marxists, Islamists and other radical subversives are gutting the United States from within, by embedding themselves into every level of our governments, intelligence agencies, and military positions. They are working in concert with the same goal in mind: to bring America to her knees and destroy us once and for all. Political activist Trevor Loudon’s new film, The Enemies Within shines the spotlight on the different characters involved in this demonic plot to fundamentally transform the greatest, freest nation in history – – and in turn, the world…. (more)


October 5, 2016
MCCLATCHY — With costly healthcare, a stereotype of obesity and a culture of creatively fatty foods, “healthy” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think of the United States…. (more)

October 5, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Gun sales hit the 17th consecutive monthly record in September according to FBI data released on Monday, and overall sales are up 27 percent compared to the same period last year…. (more)

October 4, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Donald, this is a quiz: Whose candidacy for President of the United States threatens to take down this country – if not from an outside attack (because of downgrading of military preparedness)… …then possibly from within, a la Hillary carrying on the Obama legacy?… (more)

October 3, 2016
ALAN KEYES — A Dutch-led criminal investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 released Wednesday found evidence the airliner was struck by a Russian-made Buk missile that was moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia. (USA Today report, Sept. 28, 2016)… (more)

October 3, 2016

CLIFF KINCAID — For Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, the latest scandal is that employees of his California golf course say he wanted to fire women who weren’t pretty enough. That’s the big scoop from the Los Angeles Times. Trump is supposed to be on the defensive compared to a female candidate who helped orchestrate cover-ups of “bimbo eruptions” from her husband’s mistresses?… (more)


White House Intervened To Suppress Hillary email Scandal, Leaked Emails Reveal

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If there is one thing that defines Obama’s presidency it is the fait accompli. The White House denies, denies, denies, and then when it’s obvious that the White House engaged in some sort of nefarious behavior the president just looks at the critics and says, “Do something about it now.”

Just get Obamacare over the finish line. (You can keep your doctor. It’ll save the average family money.)  Just start the amnesty program without Congress’s approval.

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Franklin Graham: The Race for America’s Future

The United States is at a moral tipping point, and the upcoming elections could prove to be the most pivotal in our long, storied history.

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David Jeremiah: ‘Is This the End?’

‘Is This the End?’ NYC Times Square Jumbotron Ad Linked to Megachurch Pastor, End Times Theology

The book, titled Is This The End? Signs of God’s Providence in a Disturbing New World, is divided into two parts centered on two questions. The first asks if the end of America is near and the second asks if the end of the world is near.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Jeremiah said it’s “easy to look at today’s headlines, both in America and around the world, and get discouraged.”

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Americans Can’t Pass Theology 101

But just how deep does their Christianity run?

Not very, according to the results of a survey released late last month by LifeWay Research. The survey, commissioned by Ligonier Ministries, asked 3,000 participants a set of 47 questions about foundational Christian beliefs. Many of the answers revealed a mishmash of heresy and confusion about Christianity’s most basic doctrines.

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The Troubling Ties of Huma Abedin

Learn about the terror ties of the woman who could become Secretary of State or Chief of Staff for Hillary Clinton.

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WAR DRUMS: US Air Force Drops Two Fake Nukes as Tensions Rise With Russia

Posted: 07 Oct 2016 06:02 AM PDT

The tests in the Nevada desert come as tensions rise with Russia and the Pentagon seeks to replace its aging nuclear arsenal. A pair of…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

DEVELOPING: Matthew reaches Florida shoreline with heavy winds, rain; 400,000 without power

Posted: 07 Oct 2016 05:58 AM PDT

Hurricane Matthew lashed the Florida coastline Friday morning leaving more than 400,000 homes and businesses without power, as the Category 3 storm threatened to unleash…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Police issue warning as creepy Clowns terrorise people across Australia

Posted: 07 Oct 2016 05:53 AM PDT

Creepy clowns have been terrorising schoolchildren across America in recent months, and now it seems they have arrived in Australia. The haunting figures have been…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

DEVELOPING: Putin Adding Nukes While Obama Cuts

Posted: 07 Oct 2016 05:47 AM PDT

As of Oct. 1, Russia had hundreds more nuclear warheads deployed than the United States did. A startling 429 more, in fact, according to the…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Thousands of Fla residents ignore millions who evacuated historic Hurricane Matthew to SURF and PARTY through storm – led by Vanilla Ice!

Posted: 07 Oct 2016 05:43 AM PDT

As thousands of people across Florida seek shelter from Hurricane Matthew, some brave – or stupid – residents have opted to party and even surf…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Matthew heads for Two nuclear power stations

Posted: 07 Oct 2016 05:39 AM PDT

Hurricane Matthew is just miles away from Cape Canaveral and it is still heading north with two nuclear power stations and Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

FBI files reveal missing email ‘boxes’ in Clinton case, allegations of evidence tampering

Posted: 06 Oct 2016 06:34 PM PDT

Buried in the 189 pages of heavily redacted FBI witness interviews from the Hillary Clinton email investigation are details of yet another mystery — about…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Christian music banned on school bus in Arkansas

Posted: 06 Oct 2016 06:28 PM PDT

The music of Third Day, Chris Tomlin, Toby Mac and other popular Christian artists is no longer welcome on public school buses in Siloam Springs,…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Dozens of Afghan troops missing from military training in USA.

Posted: 06 Oct 2016 06:25 PM PDT

Forty-four Afghan troops visiting the United States for military training have gone missing in less than two years, presumably in an effort to live and…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Obama Quietly Delaying Thousands of Deportation Cases…

Posted: 06 Oct 2016 06:19 PM PDT

The Obama administration is delaying deportation proceedings for recent immigrants in cities across the United States, allowing more than 56,000 of those who fled Central…

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Hurricane Matthew could leave 7 million in the dark

Posted: 06 Oct 2016 06:16 PM PDT

Hurricane Matthew could knock out power for approximately 7 million people in the United States in a wide swath stretching from Miami to the Carolinas….

Read more at End Time Headlines.

DEVELOPING: Florida Gov. Rick Scott Warns of imminent deaths from Hurricane Matthew

Posted: 06 Oct 2016 01:16 PM PDT

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday issued a dire warning to residents living in evacuation zones to leave immediately or risk death because of an…

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WAR DRUMS: Russia Warns US Not to Intervene in Syria, Threatens to Shoot Down Any Airstrike Attempts

Posted: 06 Oct 2016 01:11 PM PDT

Russia has warned the United States not to intervene militarily in Syria against forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, threatening that it may shoot down…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Hurricane Matthew Death Toll Climbs to 108 in Haiti, Heads to United States

Posted: 06 Oct 2016 01:03 PM PDT

Hurricane Matthew has left at least 108 people dead in Haiti, the country’s embassy announced on Thursday while suggesting the death toll could rise because…

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This ‘n’ That

  • Our Creator is pretty amazing, isn’t He?
  • James Montgomery Boice on the bondage of the will.
  • There are many, many reasons why this person isn’t actually a pastor.
  • I don’t understand why parents allow their children to have smartphones. But then, there are a lot of things that parents allow their children to do that I don’t understand.
  • I am a member of the cult of people who love pumpkin-flavored (almost) anything.
  • I’m not worried about global warming either, but for different reasons.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Tullian Tchividjian put himself back in the news.
  • Julie Andrews’ voice is a gift.
  • Okay, now I really need to check into the origin of my coffee beans.
  • I’ve purposely stayed away from the latest Andy Stanley hullabaloo because, let’s face it, this isn’t exactly new territory for him and shouldn’t surprise us based on his history (see here and here). That said, I am glad for those who are speaking out, and I always appreciate my friend DebbieLynne’s approach to these types of issues and her appeal to biblical truth and authority.
  • On the dangers of self-directed discipleship.
  • Continuing John MacArthur’s series on the reality of the resurrection:

This Week in Calvinism – October 7, 2016


Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel In A Nutshell

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

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.


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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

CanIKnowGod.com is a website inspired by LifesGreatestQuestion.com, with new content, images, audio and video that will help you understand more about who God is and how to know Him. The site is mobile responsive and has an infinite scroll which makes for a very user-friendly experience. After you indicate a decision on CanIKnowGod.com, you are directed to a page that details what it means to have a new and transformed life through Jesus Christ. There’s even a Facebook page for daily updates, encouragement and scripture sharing.

Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

Jesus Booklet
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


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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