Daily Archives: October 11, 2016

October 11, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Russian state television is back on a war footing. This time, the ramped-up rhetoric follows the collapse of cease-fire efforts in Syria. As the U.S. and Russia accused each other of sinking diplomacy, Moscow increased its military presence in the Mediterranean and Baltic regions, and suspended a nuclear non-proliferation treaty. A prime-time news program warned that the U.S. wants to provoke a conflict.

China’s currency outflows may be bigger than they look, with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. warning that a rising amount of capital is exiting the country in yuan rather than in dollars.

Russia, the world’s largest energy exporter, is ready to join OPEC in limiting oil production with either a freeze or a cut, said President Vladimir Putin.

It’s normal for millennials to say “s-” and “f-” at work, and new research finds that younger women are among the most likely demographic to drop the f-bomb in the office. About three-quarters of female millennial managers and executives admitted to swearing at work, according to a new study of 1,500 Americans conducted by work management platform Wrike. Just 58 percent of Generation Xers and Baby Boomers in the same roles said they swear while on the clock.

Saudi Arabia and Russia, the world’s two largest crude oil producers, said they’re ready to cooperate to limit output, helping send prices to a one-year high in London.

Construction on what will be the world’s tallest building by 2020 has officially started in Dubai, home to Burj Khalifa, currently world’s tallest man-made structure. The tower will be “a notch taller” than the 828-meter Burj Khalifa, also developed by Emaar.

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A Syrian refugee arrested in Germany on Monday was ready to strike imminently with attacks similar to those in Brussels and Paris, and the suspect was probably inspired by the Islamic State militant group, investigators said.

Haiti began three days of mourning Sunday for hundreds killed in Hurricane Matthew as relief officials grappled with the unfolding devastation in the Caribbean country’s hard-hit south.

A Russian newspaper predicts a direct military confrontation between Russia and the United States as tensions heat up over Syria, stoking worries about World War III. The tabloid Moskovsky Komsomolets said it would be on a par with the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Nigeria’s secret police seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and assets in a series of anti-corruption raids targeting senior judges, drawing sharp condemnation Sunday from the bar association and rights groups.

Chicago’s public schools and its teachers’ union make the final push to avert a looming strike on Tuesday with its success hanging on each side’s willingness to accept unappetizing concessions.

In Southern California, scientists listening to rumblings deep underground found seismic activity at deeper-than-expected levels, and it may signal new earthquake extremes.

A series of multi-story buildings built by local villagers and packed with migrant workers collapsed in China on Monday, killing at least 20 people, the government and reports said. The cause of the collapse was still under investigation.

A cluster of Civil War-era cannonballs washed up on a South Carolina beach on Sunday after Hurricane Matthew whipped the southeastern U.S. coast with strong winds and heavy flooding. The U.S. Air Force later detonated the roughly 150-year-old ammunition at a nearby Naval base in Charleston.

Russia’s defense ministry said Monday that the country was poised to transform its naval facility in the Syrian port city of Tartus into a permanent base.

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned on Monday that the world has reached a “dangerous point” as tensions between Russia and the United States spike over the Syria conflict.

The trial of Simone Gbagbo for crimes against humanity resumed Monday, after a two-month break for health reasons, with a witness accusing the Ivory Coast former first lady of having distributed arms following her husband’s 2010 election defeat.

The stock market is getting expensive, and the analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch warn that many stocks are reaching valuations last seen during the tech bubble of the late 1990s.

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South Korean tech giant Samsung has permanently ceased production of its high-end Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after reports of devices it had deemed safe catching fire. Owners are expected to be able to return the phones for a refund or exchange for a different Samsung phone.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has cancelled a planned visit to France amid a row over Syria.

One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a new report by Save the Children. The study says girls as young as 10 are forced to marry much older men in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia.

Haiti’s interim president has warned his country risks “real famine” following the “apocalyptic destruction” of Hurricane Matthew.

Australian opposition MPs have said they will block the prime minister’s plan to hold a national vote on legalizing same-sex marriage.

Muslim clerics in Nigeria have called on members of parliament not to pass a gender equality bill. They say the clause which gives men and women equal inheritance rights is totally against their religion. In Islam, women receive half of men’s share of inheritance.

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Canada wants you. Denizens of Cape Breton Island, a visually stunning but population-starved Nova Scotia coastal retreat, are busily recruiting disaffected U.S. voters, urging them to consider a move north of the border in the event that their candidate loses.

More couples these days want to avoid parenthood and embrace life without children. So some are marking the start of their childless families with ‘vasectomy parties.’


During The Coming Economic Crisis Two-Thirds Of The Country Will Be Out Of Cash Almost Immediately

money-one-dollar-bills-public-domainDid you know that almost 70 percent of the U.S. population is essentially living paycheck to paycheck?  As you will see below, a brand new survey has found that 69 percent of all Americans have less than $1,000 in savings.  Of course one of the primary reasons for this is that most of us are absolutely drowning in debt.  In fact, the total amount of household debt in the United States now exceeds 12 trillion dollars.  So many Americans are so busy just trying to pay off their existing debts that they can’t even think about saving anything for the future.  If economic conditions remain relatively stable, the fact that so many of us are living on the edge probably won’t kill us.  But the moment the economy plunges into another 2008-style crisis (or worse), we could be facing a situation where two-thirds of the country is in imminent danger of running out of cash. (Read More….)


PROJECT FEAR: Corrupt Pro-Hillary Liberal Media Launches All-Out Assault To Stop Donald Trump

CBS, NBC Hype ‘GOP Civil War,’ Predict Loss of House and Senate with Donald Trump

EDITOR’S NOTE: The media is supposed to be an impartial group of journalists and reporters who report the facts and let the people decide. But in this presidential election, the corrupt liberal media is working overtime to take down Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton. But guess what? Project Fear failed with Brexit in England, and it will not work here in America in November. 

Following the leaked tape of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump making lewd comments about women over the weekend, members of the Republican Party started to distance themselves. And NBC seemed quite giddy about it as they kicked off NBC Nightly News Monday with “Civil War” emblazoned across the screen. As if he was announcing the latest Marvel blockbuster Anchor Lester Holt declared, “With Donald Trump’s fortunes fading over his lewd comments about women, a GOP civil war has broken out.

Donald Trump Rally in Ambridge, Pennsylvania shows huge, highly-energized overflow crowds day after second debate:

“Tonight, abandonment and astonishment as the country’s top Republican walks away from the top of his ticket,” hyped NBC’s Hallie Jackson at the start of her report. She would go on to parade out naysayers to declare the GOP was in free-fall:

DAVID WASSERMAN: It’s time for Republicans to hit the panic button, because trump could drag them into the political abyss…

BENJAMIN GINSBERG: Each member, each candidate is running for him or herself. And that may include embracing Donald Trump or not embracing Donald Trump.

Jackson even claimed, “Our new polling shows more voters want Democrats to control congress by the widest margin since 2013.” The NBC reporter lied and stated that the Republican National Committee was “silent” on Republicans denouncing Trump’s comment.

But according the CBS’s Julianna Goldman that is far from reality, “One group that is sticking by Trump is the Republican National Committee, which also said today that it will still provide money and other resources to the Republican nominee.” But Goldman’s CBS Evening News report hyped the “GOP civil war” just as much as Jackson’s.

Goldman seemed almost excited as she went into detail about how little Democrats needed to do to win back control of both Congressional chambers. “Democrats need 30 seats to take control of the House and just five seats to win back the Senate,” she said, ignoring the historical difficulty of taking a seat from an incumbent Senator.

The CBS reporter touted how democrats were pouncing and running ads attacking Republicans for not ditching Trump sooner. She even went so far as to showcase an ad against Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman crafted by his opponent Ted Strickland. “Where did you stand on Joe McCarthy? George Wallace? This is one of those moments,” the ad said, “History will judge Rob Portman a coward,” far from an impartial reporting of the ad campaign.

It is one thing to report that there is discontent within a party, but it’s another thing to take pleasure in it. It is clear that the liberal networks take pleasure in the GOP’s infighting because this is not how they report on Hillary Clinton’s struggle to lasso Bernie Sanders’ supporters. Back in May both CBS and NBC attacked Sanders supports’ for protesting at the Nevada Democratic Convention after being steamrolled by party insiders for extra delegates. Both networks used party talking points to label Clinton’s opposition as having a “penchant for actual violence.” source

Source: PROJECT FEAR: Corrupt Pro-Hillary Liberal Media Launches All-Out Assault To Stop Donald Trump


Top News – 10/11/2016

5 Biggest Temple Stories of Year Prove Third Temple is Closer Than Ever as Yom Kippur Approaches
While today, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, means long hours of intense prayer, the modern holiday service is really a stand-in for Biblical sacrifices performed by the High Priest as he entered the Holy of Holies in the Temple in order to beg forgiveness for the Jewish people.

UK weather: Britain set for FIRST SNOW of year THIS WEEKEND as winter freeze sets in
Temperatures will take a tumble over the next few days with even the risk of a flurry of sleet or snow over high ground. Overnight temperatures in Scotland and the north will dip to low single figures with lows close to freezing in parts.

Netanyahu Asking Kerry to Avoid UN 2-State Resolution
Kerry responded by saying the Administration has not yet made its decision on this matter — which is probably what he would have said if he didn’t want an Obama anti-Israel move to hit the news before the election.

The Speaker’s Pathetic Attempt To Sabotage Trump
In an incredible act of cluelessness, Paul Ryan chose to come out and distance himself from Donald Trump by refusing to stand by the Republican nominee for President. Some might even say the move smells of sabotage.

Arizona Muslim admits to targeting JCC for terror attack
Mahin Khan, 18, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism and conspiracy to commit misconduct involving weapons in Maricopa County Superior Court, according to reports.

Israel prepares for Yom Kippur
With the Jewish Day of Atonement just hours away, Israel prepares for the most solemn day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur, amid an elevated security risk days after a deadly terror attack rocked Jerusalem. Public transportation will begin to shut down early Tuesday afternoon across the country.

Turkish PM slams Clinton for comments on arming Syrian Kurdish forces
A proposal by Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee in the US presidential election, to arm Kurds fighting Islamic State in Syria is “unethical” and not befitting a NATO ally, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday.

War Talk Returns to Russian TV as U.S. Ties Hit Deep Freeze
Russian state television is back on a war footing. This time, the ramped-up rhetoric follows the collapse of cease-fire efforts in Syria. As the U.S. and Russia accused each other of sinking diplomacy, Moscow increased its military presence in the Mediterranean and Baltic regions, and suspended a nuclear non-proliferation treaty. A prime-time news program warned that the U.S. wants to provoke a conflict.

O’Reilly: At Least 3 Media Orgs Have ‘Ordered Employees to Destroy Trump’
At least three media organizations have “ordered their employees to destroy Donald Trump,” Bill O’Reilly said this morning. Sitting down with Bill Hemmer to analyze last night’s second debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton, O’Reilly said he’s “100 percent convinced” of the media plot against Trump.

Clinton Campaign Email Outlines Effort “To Produce an Unaware and Compliant Citizenry”
A Clinton campaign email released as part of the Wikileaks data dump…talks about the need to maintain political power by producing “an unaware and compliant citizenry”….sent to Hillary Clinton’s campaign…by former Clinton administration official Bill Ivey… …According to his bio, Ivey “is a trustee of the Center for American Progress (a Clinton campaign front), and was a Team Leader in the Barack Obama presidential transition.”

Hurricane Matthew: Haiti risks ‘real famine’, says interim president
Haiti’s interim president has warned his country risks “real famine” following the “apocalyptic destruction” of Hurricane Matthew. Jocelerme Privert said famine could take hold within three to four months if the situation was not managed properly. It comes as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for a “massive response” to help the country.

Syria conflict: Russia’s Putin halts France visit amid row
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has cancelled a planned visit to France amid a row over Syria. He had been due to meet French President Francois Hollande and open a new Orthodox church later this month. But after France’s government said talks would be confined to Syria the visit was halted, French presidential sources said.

Australia same-sex marriage vote blocked by opposition
Australian opposition MPs have said they will block the prime minister’s plan to hold a national vote on legalising same-sex marriage. Malcolm Turnbull wants to hold a non-binding ballot, or plebiscite, next year on whether the law should change. Opponents say a national ballot is a waste of money and could unleash a wave of homophobia. Labor says parliament should make the decision.

Ethiopia withdraws from Somalia el-Ali in Hiran region
Ethiopian troops fighting militant Islamist group al-Shabab have withdrawn from a key military base in central Somalia’s Hiran region, residents say. Al-Shabab fighters have taken control of el-Ali village following the withdrawal, the residents added. Ethiopian forces had destroyed the base before abandoning the area, a radio station run by al-Shabab said.

Over 850 volunteers to conduct Yom Kippur services in secular communities
Throngs of Israelis will flock to synagogue Tuesday night and Wednesday to participate in Yom Kippur prayers and observe the fast. But, while services for the holiest day on the Jewish calendar abound in major towns and cities, secular kibbutzim and smaller communities can encounter problems finding prayer leaders, a quorum and other prayer necessities.

Crude oil is ripping higher after Putin says ‘Russia is ready’ to cap its production
Crude oil prices rose to their best levels of this year on Monday after more indications that major oil producers are willing to strike a deal on output. The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed at an informal meeting last month to discuss capping output when it holds its formal meeting in November. Reuters reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin said he hoped OPEC reaches an agreement, while speaking at an energy congress in Istanbul.

Merkel visiting Ethiopia as state of emergency unfolds
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Ethiopia, where her meeting on Tuesday with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is expected to focus on the country’s newly declared state of emergency and other issues including migration.

Turkey, Russia sign gas pipeline deal as ties improve
Turkey and Russia on Monday signed a deal to build a gas pipeline from Russia as the two countries pressed ahead with efforts to normalize ties. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan watched as their countries’ energy ministers sealed an intergovernmental agreement for the “Turkish Stream” project that would bring gas from Russia to Turkey. It would then be distributed to European Union nations.

Coal-Mining CEO Says ‘Tesla Is a Fraud’
In a discussion on CNBC Monday morning, Robert Murray, CEO of coal-mining company Murray Energy Corp, took a shot at electric car manufacturer Tesla over the taking taxpayer subsidies and failing to turn a profit. Following the attack, Elon Musk took to Twitter to refute the claims and challenge Murray’s beliefs head-on.

Today’s Nukes Are Thousands of Times More Powerful Than WWII A-Bombs
The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II—codenamed “Little Boy” and “Fat Man,” respectively—caused widespread destruction, leveled cities, and killed between 90,000 and 166,000 people in Hiroshima (about 20,000 of which were soldiers), and between 39,000 and 80,000 in Nagasaki. These are the only two nuclear weapons ever used in warfare, and let’s hope it stays that way, because some of the nuclear weapons today are more than 3,000 times as powerful as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

Obama breaks another promise to ‘save’ the Iran deal
The Obama administration keeps on breaking its promises on the Iran deal — its promises to the American people, that is. The latest betrayal: The Treasury Department just lifted key restrictions on Iran’s ability to do business in US dollars and access world financial markets — breaking Team Obama’s explicit vows as it lobbied Congress not to nix the deal.


October 10, 2016
The superintendence of God is the decisive factor in events
ALAN KEYES — Late last night, I read the article “The logic behind Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation,” in which Bill Federer recounts interesting details of the interplay of war and political perception that made that Proclamation one of the Civil War’s most decisive events…. (more)

October 10, 2016
DAN POPP — We’re taught that there may be a price for holding principles. Integrity could cost us our friends, our possessions, even our life. But there’s also a price for abandoning principle. And that price is much higher…. (more)

October 10, 2016

POLITICO — It was the ugliest debate in American history. For 90 minutes, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton called each other liars, untrustworthy and unfit for office as they sparred not so much about their policy differences as their basic character…. (more)


October 10, 2016
CBS NEWS — It looked like a scene straight out of “Westworld,” but it was the second presidential debate of the 2016 election. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was mid-sentence when a black fly landed on her forehead, square between the eyes. Clinton, for her part, continued with what she was saying, seemingly unfazed by the unexpected visitor. However, the insect’s sudden appearance got us thinking…. (more)

October 10, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Utah Sen. Mike Lee made a personal appeal to Donald Trump to quit the presidential race Sunday, saying the New York real estate mogul can still secure a lasting “legacy” in the hearts and minds of the people by sacrificing his self-interest for the good of the country…. (more)

October 9, 2016

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Deseret News has sat on the sidelines of presidential politics for the last 80 years, but now it thinks it’s time for Republican nominee to go. The Utah-based newspaper, which is published by and is to a certain extent a mouthpiece of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, laid out its reasoning in an editorial Saturday…. (more)


October 8, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Tic Tac USA, the company behind the famous crunchy breath mints, has rebuked Donald Trump’s dirty mouth. Though it didn’t use the Republican nominee for president’s name, it’s clear enough what the company was talking about…. (more)

October 8, 2016

NEWSMAX — Conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck on Saturday compared GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump to disgraced Democrat Anthony Weiner, who lost his job as a congressman from New York in 2011 after a sexting scandal…. (more)


October 8, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Billy Bush, a co-anchor on NBC’s ‘Today’ and former celebrity gossip show host, apologized for comments he made in a newly surfaced video wherein he and Republican Donald Trump have a vulgar conversation about sex with women…. (more)

October 8, 2016
RED STATE — Pundits have noticed that the Twitter account of Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has been very silent in the last 24 hours. Now it appears that she is pulling out of a previously scheduled Fox News Sunday appearance:… (more)

October 8, 2016

NEWSMAX — The Republican National Committee has reportedly halted mailing operations devoted to helping elect Donald Trump, at least temporarily. According to Politico, an email from the RNC to a “Victory” program mail vendor carries the subject line: “Hold on all projects” and asks the vendor to “put a hold” on mail production…. (more)


October 8, 2016

NEWSMAX — Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence suddenly canceled a campaign appearance on behalf of embattled Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Saturday – – a growing sign of dissension in Republican ranks as calls mounted for Trump to step down after a sex tape emerged Friday.CNN reported that Pence was canceling the event with House Speaker Paul Ryan. Trump had been scheduled to appear but he also canceled Friday after the tape emerged…. (more)


October 8, 2016
RED STATE — The fallout from the Trump video is getting worse. Mark Halperin of Bloomberg is now reporting that major GOP donors are dumping their support of Donald Trump and seeking a new GOP candidate for the race. RNC officials are allegedly meeting to discuss the future of the candidacy (RNC lackey Sean Spicer denies this) and there are reports that a meeting has been taking place at Trump Tower as well…. (more)

October 8, 2016

NEWSMAX — Two days before what is widely seen as a make-or-break presidential debate, Donald Trump was again forced to defend himself against Republicans and Democrats after a tape emerged of him speaking about groping women, adultery and other crude, sexually aggressive comments…. (more)


October 8, 2016

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A top Republican congressman has retracted his endorsement of Donald Trump on Friday night after a video was leaked in which Trump made controversial statements about seducing women in 2005. House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who represents Utah’s Third Congressional District, told a local Fox News station he’s no longer backing the billionaire businessman…. (more)


October 8, 2016
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — “Power corrupts.” That doesn’t merely mean that having power can corrupt a person. It also means that people in powerful position can easily corrupt those around them…. (more)

October 7, 2016

WALL STREET JOURNAL — Newly disclosed emails show top Obama administration officials were in close contact with Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign in early 2015 about the potential fallout from revelations that the former secretary of state used a private email server…. (more)


October 7, 2016
DAILY CALLER — Leaked emails from Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s personal email account published by WikiLeaks reveal the Clinton campaign’s coordination with George Soros’s Open Society Foundations on the subject of police reform…. (more)

October 7, 2016

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Russia managed to hit the U.S. on several diplomatic and strategic fronts on Friday, capping a week of rapidly deteriorating relations between the two super powers…. (more)


October 7, 2016

BOB UNRUH — For some 11 months, the makers of the new movie “I’m Not Ashamed” about the young girl who was the first victim of the Columbine killers in Colorado in 1999 were unable to promote their movie through Youtube. The trailer was taken down late in 2015, and the movie’s entire channel then was suspended. It’s back now, with the movie opening on Oct. 21, but the makers still want to know why the Internet company took the damaging action…. (more)


October 7, 2016

WASHINGTON TIMES — Donald Trump is urging terminally ill voters to get out and vote, joking to a crowd Wednesday that people with only two weeks left to live should at least hang on until the election is over. “I say kiddingly, but I mean it: I don’t care how sick you are,” the Republican presidential nominee said during a rally in Reno, Nevada…. (more)


October 7, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday slammed the respected RealClearPolitics website, which says a Republican is likely to replace Reid in the Senate next year…. (more)

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
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)

Top Headlines – 10/11/2016

  • Samsung scraps Note 7 (Read More)
  • Note 7 fiasco could burn a $17 billion hole in Samsung accounts (Read More)
  • Trump’s struggles may depress Democratic voter turnout (Read More)
  • Major Investor Sues Theranos  (Read More)
  • S. Africa’s Gordhan to Be Charged; Rand Plunges Most Since June (Read More)
  • Oil price falls back from one-year highs, hit by OPEC deal concerns (Read More)
  • Saudi Capital Spending to Drop 71% in 2016 Amid Low Oil Prices (Read More)
  • How Julian Assange Turned WikiLeaks Into Trump’s Best Friend (Read More)
  • Rising OPEC Oil Output Shows Challenge of Curbing Production (Read More)
  • Hundreds stranded in North Carolina floods after Hurricane Matthew (Read More)
  • Didi, China’s Uber, Navigates Rough Regulatory Road (Read More)
  • Apple Pay, Now 2 Years Old, Looks for Ways to Be More Useful (Read More)
  • British lawmaker likens Russia’s behavior in Syria to that of Nazis (Read More)
  • Bankers’ love of London complicates Brexit relocation plans (Read More)
  • Pound Slides a Fourth Day as Analysts Ax Forecasts (Read More)
  • Now Your Boss Can Buy Back Your Vacation Days (Read More)
  • Facebook Rolls Out Workplace Chat Tool (Read More)
  • Dubai Kicks Off Construction of World’s Tallest Building???Again (Read More)
  • Swiss Regulators Target Banks in 1MDB Crackdown (Read More)

Kerry said to tell Israeli PM that US hasn’t decided yet on UN resolution

Netanyahu prefers Clinton to Obama administration, leaked email suggests

IDF imposes general closure on Judea and Samaria, crossings to Gaza over Yom Kippur

Obama breaks another promise to ‘save’ the Iran deal

Warming Relations in Person, Putin and Erdogan Revive Pipeline Deal

Putin and Erdogan pledge deeper military contact after gas deal signed

Putin says Russia, Turkey agree aid must reach Syria’s Aleppo

Russia plans permanent navy base in Syria

Syria conflict: France wants Russia on war crimes charges

Syria conflict: Russia’s Putin ‘delays France talks’ amid row

Escalation in Syria means EU less likely to soften stance on Russia

UN chief ‘disappointed’ in Security Council vote on Syria

ISIS confirms death of propaganda chief

ISIS suffers major land loss ahead of planned Mosul assault report finds

In coastal Libya, Islamic State prepared to build a nation

Hillary In Leaked Email: Saudi Arabia And Qatar Are Funding ISIS

Why Yemen conflict has become another Syria

UN chief urges independent investigation of Yemen attacks

Yemen conflict: US ‘could be implicated in war crimes’

Dubai says starts building world’s tallest tower

UN Says South Sudan Again Suspends Airdrops of Food Aid

Ethiopia Blames Egypt for State of Emergency

Merkel visiting Ethiopia as state of emergency unfolds

Myanmar sends troops into Muslim-majority region after deadly attacks

250 terrorists active in Kashmir to ‘avenge’ Army’s surgical strikes

Thai police warn of Bangkok bomb plot, step up security

IAEA chief: Nuclear power plant was disrupted by cyber attack

War Talk Returns to Russian TV as U.S. Ties Hit Deep Freeze

Vladimir Putin named inaugural winner of Venezuela’s ‘Hugo Chavez peace prize’

Mexican officials quietly helping thousands of Haitian illegal immigrants reach U.S.

WikiLeaks’ Podesta email release reveals massive Clinton ‘hits’ file on Sanders

O’Reilly: At Least 3 Media Orgs Have ‘Ordered Employees to Destroy Trump’

Crude oil is ripping higher after Putin says ‘Russia is ready’ to cap its production

Air Force’s X-37B Space Plane Mystery Mission Wings by 500 Days in Orbit

Scientists in California just discovered a new type of earthquake

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Exhaling Earth: Scientists closer to forecasting volcanic eruptions

UN: Haiti needs ‘massive response’ after hurricane

Cholera concerns in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew; Death toll tops 1,000

Obama signs North Carolina disaster declaration

1,500 stranded in North Carolina town as major flooding persists from Matthew

1 million without power in North, South Carolina due to Hurricane Matthew

Tropical Storm Nicole on path for Bermuda; hurricane watch issued

Students Flood College Mental-Health Centers

Arkansas Investigates Mumps Outbreak With More Than 400 Possible Cases

Wilmette personal trainer accused of knowingly transmitting HIV

‘3-parent’ baby method already used for infertility

Australian parliament rejects bill for same-sex marriage vote

Why more and more women are identifying as bisexual

More than 1,300 elderly people go missing in China every day, report says

Millennials: This Generation Is Most Likely to Swear at Work

Creepy clown craze sweeps the globe

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg on Kaepernick’s anthem protests: ‘It’s dumb and disrespectful’

Bishop Eddie Long Returns to Church After Rumors of Treatment in Mexico

Joyce Meyer Undead, David Barton Buys A Ph.D & Conan O’Brien Is Ordained

Lysa TerKeurst’s book Unglued is Un-biblical

The New Age Implications of The Message “Bible’s” “As Above, So Below”

Band-Aids vs. Chemotherapy: Why Suffering Women are Drawn to False Doctrine

Former pastor accused of raping 8yo girl ordered to buy father beer as punishment

When ‘Religious Freedom’ Leaves Children Dead

Bill Randles – God is Exposing our Shame…(America)

Joyce Meyer Claims Earned PhD from Life Christian University, Missouri Law Forbids Use of False and Misleading Degrees

Bethel Church: Pimping Heresy

‘No excessive weight’ says Hillsboro church to worship team

David Barton Contradicts Oral Roberts on ORU’s Basketball Program

The Swiss Army Knife Anointing – 5 Signs You May Have It

Pastor Saeed Abedini Files for Divorce From Wife

Are Tennessee Church Shootings Jihad?

This 81-year-old woman got a ‘Don’t Euthanize Me’ tattoo

Woman Says God Raised Her From the Dead to Reach Muslims

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 08:35 AM PDT

After lying naked and cold in a morgue for two days, Sabina says she saw herself hopelessly stuck at the bottom of a deep well….

Read more at End Time Headlines.

The Winged Bull of Nimrod and Part of the Temple of Baal Are Being Displayed in the Colosseum in Rome

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 08:30 AM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) If you thought having “the harbinger of Baal” in New York City was bad, wait until you hear what they are…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Major Evangelical Magazine Publishes Scathing Anti-Trump Editorial

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 08:23 AM PDT

As conservative religious voters grapple with how to respond to an audio recording of Donald Trump lewdly boasting about groping women, Christianity Today, the flagship…

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Virtual Girlfriends On the Rise

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 08:20 AM PDT

A man has told how he spends up to £1,000 a year on mundane ‘fake girlfriend’ texts – and insists he feels a connection with…

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RUMORS OF WAR: South Korea Warns It Will Shoot Chinese Boats Fishing Illegally

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 08:16 AM PDT

Violent confrontations could escalate between South Korea and Chinese boats found fishing in its waters after the US ally sanctioned a greater use of force,…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Russia Warns US behaviour Could Have ‘Nuclear’ Implications

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 08:09 AM PDT

A Russian news presenter, dubbed the “Kremlin’s chief propagandist”, has warned the United States any “impudent behaviour” towards Moscow could have “nuclear” implications. Dmitry Kiselyov,…

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30 U.S Cities Have Officially Changed Columbus Day to ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 06:35 AM PDT

The effort to change the federal holiday of Columbus Day to “Indigenous Peoples Day” is gaining momentum across the country as two more cities make…

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Pope Francis Invites French Muslim Leaders to Meet in Vatican

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 06:32 AM PDT

Pope Francis will receive a delegation from the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) in the Vatican on November 3, according to French media…

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Leaked Email Reveal Saudi Arabia And Qatar Funding ISIS

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 06:22 AM PDT

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton sent an email to her campaign chairman John Podesta in 2014, who was then-counselor to President Barack Obama, that said…

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Netanyahu asks Kerry not to promote anti-Israel resolutions

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 06:18 AM PDT

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel would expect that the Obama administration will not carry out a shift…

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DEVELOPING: UNESCO to vote on resolutions ignoring Jewish ties to Temple Mount

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 06:11 AM PDT

UNECO is slated to vote twice this month on Palestinian initiated resolutions that ignore Jewish ties to its most holy religious site of the Temple…

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Putin cancels visit to France amid Syria tensions

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 06:06 AM PDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin has canceled a planned visit to France after Paris shortened the program for the trip. The development comes amid increased tensions…

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Wikileaks release Part 3 of Podesta emails

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 06:01 AM PDT

A fresh batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman and former counselor to President Obama, John Podesta, has been released by Wikileaks. As many…

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Pictures of US jets painted in Russian colors spark Syria false flag conspiracy

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 05:54 AM PDT

Photos showing US jets being painted Russian colors have triggered debates and conspiracy theories online, with many saying Washington plans to conduct false flag attacks…

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Media Organizations Have ‘Ordered Employees to Destroy Trump’…

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 05:44 AM PDT

At least three media organizations have “ordered their employees to destroy Donald Trump,” Bill O’Reilly said this morning. Sitting down with Bill Hemmer to analyze…

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‘3-parent’ baby method already used for infertility

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 05:38 AM PDT

The first babies to be created using a “three-parent” method to overcome their parents’ infertility are due to be born in early 2017. New Scientist…

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DEVELOPING: Arkansas Investigating Massive Mumps Outbreak, 400 Infected

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 07:13 PM PDT

The Arkansas Department of Health is investigating a mumps outbreak that may have infected hundreds of people. A total of 427 suspected cases of mumps…

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Warren Buffett Just Released His Own Tax Data to Hammer Trump

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 06:10 PM PDT

Warren Buffett just fact checkedDonald Trump. In a debate Sunday, Trump acknowledged using a nine-figure loss in 1995 to reduce tax obligations and sought to…

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War Talk Is Back on Russian TV as U.S. Ties Hit Post-Soviet Low

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 06:03 PM PDT

Russian state television is back on a war footing. This time, the ramped-up rhetoric follows the collapse of cease-fire efforts in Syria. As the U.S….

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Bank of America issues scary “recession warning”

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 02:16 PM PDT

There’s a chilling trend in the market, and it could wreak havoc on your portfolio, a top market watcher said. “We are seven years into…

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CLOWN-APOCALYPSE: Creepy clown craze sweeps the globe

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 02:09 PM PDT

The sinister clown scare is spreading worldwide. The bizarre craze seemed to be confined to the US, where sightings of so-called creepy clowns emerged in…

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Vatican knowledge of extraterrestrials revealed in Podesta emails

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 02:00 PM PDT

Aliens want to help mankind but fear our violent tendencies, according to an email exchange revealed by Wikileaks. Mails sent by astronaut Edgar Mitchell to…

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Church Requires Worship Team to Not Have ‘Excess Weight,’ and Use ‘Effective Deodorant’

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 11:39 AM PDT

The church required that those seeking to become worship members should carry “no excessive weight,” according to Oregon Live. “Weight is something that many people…

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Bomb squad detonates Civil War era cannon balls unearthed by Hurricane in SC

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 11:31 AM PDT

Bomb squads successfully detonated Civil War-era cannon balls uncovered on a beach near Charleston after Hurricane Matthew ripped through the area. Charleston County Sheriff’s Department…

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Russia and Turkey call for urgent end to bloodshed in Syria

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 11:24 AM PDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have urged a swift end to the bloodshed in war-torn Syria, following talks between…

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France threatens Damascus & Moscow with ICC War Crimes Probe Over Aleppo

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 11:21 AM PDT

France says it will ask the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Russia and Damascus in Aleppo. It comes after Moscow…

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The Danger of Christian Leaders Endorsing Candidates

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 10:27 AM PDT

(By Dr. Michael Brown) Last year, for the first time in my life, I endorsed a political candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, but I’m not sure…

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Paul Ryan Will No Longer Defend Donald Trump

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 10:23 AM PDT

House Speaker Paul Ryan told fellow Republicans Monday he will no longer defend GOP nominee Donald Trump and will instead use the next 29 days…

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Hurricane Matthew leaves thousands stranded in North Carolina; Nearly 1 million without power

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 10:19 AM PDT

Rescue crews were racing to reach as many as 2,000 people stranded at their homes in North Carolina after a levee broke Monday, one day…

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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

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.

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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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A Safe Space for Scattered Sheep?

In an age when most self-proclaimed Christians are actually certifiable heretics (no really, check out the link – it’s not satire), where can we flee?  Is it possible to filter out the heresy, and create a safe space for Christians fleeing from the wolves that have infiltrated the visible Church? Diana Lesperance over at The […]

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Bethel Church: Pimping Heresy

The culture of Bethel Church in Redding CA “is one that is defiantly non-orthodox and non-biblical,” warns Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen.  “So experience-driven and Word-avoiding are the faithful at Bethel that it is reported that Johnson’s wife, Beni, engages in ‘grave sucking,’ a maneuver that presumably allows one to absorb ‘the spiritual anointing of deceased Christians by lying atop their graves.'”

Ahlheim begins with a quote from Charles Spurgeon: “That very church which the world likes best is sure to be that which God abhors.”  Now see why he believes God abhors self-professed “apostle” and lead pastor Bill Johnson’s “church.”

bill-johnsonBethel Church of Redding, California was founded in 1952 and was affiliated with the Assemblies of God until 2006, when current pastor Bill Johnson led the church to dissociate itself from the denomination. The current attendance at Bethel’s Redding location is just under 8,700 each Sunday. The now denominationally independent church operates on a $9 million annual budget.

But Bethel’s impact in terms of numbers of souls it touches is far beyond the confines of its Redding headcounts. Bethel is, like Hillsong, an international influence, gaining traction for the prosperity/dominion theology that undergirds it through the primary mechanism of music.

In March 2016, Billboard Magazine noted that, since its first top ten hit on the Top Christian Albums ranking, Bethel Music has had a total of nine Top Ten appearances since that initial 2012 entrance. The album Have It All: Live At Bethel Church sold 25,000 copies in the first week of its release, placing it at number two on the Top Christian Albums chart and taking the twelfth spot on the overall Billboard 200.

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CultureWatch: Three Spiritual Realities Concerning the US Elections

I am not a prophet, and I am not inspired. Only the Word of God can be depended on to provide absolute truth. But after nearly a lifetime of Christian experience, thought and study, I can offer what are some very strong convictions I have, and throw them out there for your consideration.

These three things I am about to share are among the most strongly held beliefs I have had as a believer. They come from the very depths of my soul, and I feel compelled to share them, regardless of how they will be received. As mentioned, none of this is infallible, but it is something that lies so very heavily on my heart that I feel compelled to share it.

america-20One. This election is about the just judgment of God on America and the West.

I have been saying this for months now. I simply can see no other way around this. How else can we explain the situation we find ourselves in? To end up with the two most corrupt, decadent, immoral, lying and arrogant pagan candidates in memory is not only incredible in itself, but it must mean that God is rightly bringing his very just and long overdue judgment on a decadent, corrupt and ungodly America – and by extension, the rest of the West.

If God is bringing his righteous judgment on a nation that has squandered its Christian heritage, told God to get lost, and has embraced every sort of unrighteousness and immorality, then I say ‘Bring it in God’. We can plead for his mercy, but we certainly deserve his judgment.

I will keep praying that God might somehow be merciful to this once great nation. But I will equally rejoice if he unleashes his fully justified wrath on this wicked and godless nation. And of course judgment must first begin with the household of God, so the church is every bit as much in need of judgment as the surrounding secular culture.

Two. This is far more than about just politics, but it concerns the church of Jesus Christ.

All this is much, much more than mere politics. Politics is of course very important and impacts all of us, one way or another. But spiritual matters are even more vital. And since the church of Jesus Christ is being fully dragged into this, we must take this with the utmost seriousness.

I have already written about how so many in the church have thrown outs their commitment to biblical moral absolutes, and are now simply card-carrying moral relativists. The excuses made for the latest revelations of Trump’s despicable behaviour confirms all this: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2016/10/09/moral-relativism-winning-evangelicalism-losing/

We are utterly destroying our witness and testimony before the whole world as we spruik for a debauched, arrogant pagan womaniser. And we do it proudly and happily. And we do it foolishly thinking it will somehow make “America great again”.

Plenty of committed Christian leaders have spoken out on this wretched idolatry and apostasy. Britanny Pounders shares my heart here in her piece, “Trump and the Apostate Church: The Destruction of a Testimony”:

I sat in church yesterday morning and I just felt grieved. It was hard for me to participate. In fact, I left early. The amount of “church people” who are dismissing this entire debacle as acceptable and normal, and attacking the voices who are saying, “no, this isn’t who we are!!!” makes me question everything. Do I even want to leave my little girl in the nursery with groups of people who feel it’s morally acceptable to defend this all for the sake of their party? The amount of church leaders who work in the youth groups who aren’t fighting this on a spiritual front and remaining silent leaves me wondering why bother? Where are the courageous men who are standing up and leading our boys towards Christ and demanding that they not become a part of the group who gives it up to go along? These are the men and women I entrust influencing the spiritual lives of my family… where is the righteous outrage? Where is the accountability as a body towards one another?
And for those of you who are wondering, I can assure you, my church is probably symptomatic of your church. The Church as a whole is destroying their testimony, their integrity, by their silence or outright acceptance.

As Collin Hansen of the Gospel Coalition puts it:

An aspiring president of the United States can brag about sexually assaulting women and still claim the backing of many if not most of the older stalwarts in the Religious Right. Trump can maintain nearly all his evangelical support in the voting booth despite unrepentant lying and cheating. But these same leaders still insist on a traditional, biblical ethic when it comes to views on same-sex marriage in evangelical ministries. You can say we’re electing a commander in chief and not a Sunday school teacher. You can say that God often raises up pagan leaders to deliver his people from their enemies. But no one is fooled by your arguments. They can see you will apparently excuse anything in a Republican nominee so long as the alternative is a manifestly unqualified Clinton. And they will conclude that they don’t really need to listen to you when it comes to “traditional, biblical ethics.”

Or as Kevin Baird has rightly said:

It is time for conservative Christians and in particular evangelical leadership to tell Donald Trump…”You’re fired”. You are fired as our nominee. We are asking that you step down for the good of this nation. Reason? Total and complete undermining of our concerns, objectives and goals as Biblically-based Christian citizens. A complete loss of moral authority to bring leadership to moral concerns and an inability to execute a campaign that solicits the evangelical base….
We are not hirelings for the conservative movement. We are not window dressing for what’s left of the Republican Party. Our voice cannot be prostituted for the pragmatic cause of defeating the evil Clintons. It is time to call this WHOLE political system to account. We have spent untold hours excoriating the Clintons through the years (which was and is well earned), but we cannot now put our head in the sand acting like our principles do not matter because OUR candidate must prevail. If you do not think a watching world is taking note…I can assure you they are. Does it feel like they are exploiting this moment for their leftist agenda? Yes, it does. But we have no one to blame but ourselves as we let our anger rule our primary voting. That fact, however, is not justification to stay quite now.

Andy Couch says this:

There is a point at which strategy becomes its own form of idolatry—an attempt to manipulate the levers of history in favor of the causes we support. Strategy becomes idolatry, for ancient Israel and for us today, when we make alliances with those who seem to offer strength—the chariots of Egypt, the vassal kings of Rome—at the expense of our dependence on God who judges all nations, and in defiance of God’s manifest concern for the stranger, the widow, the orphan, and the oppressed. Strategy becomes idolatry when we betray our deepest values in pursuit of earthly influence. And because such strategy requires capitulating to idols and princes and denying the true God, it ultimately always fails.
Enthusiasm for a candidate like Trump gives our neighbors ample reason to doubt that we believe Jesus is Lord. They see that some of us are so self-interested, and so self-protective, that we will ally ourselves with someone who violates all that is sacred to us—in hope, almost certainly a vain hope given his mendacity and record of betrayal, that his rule will save us.

Exactly. Forget the “But Hillary…” baloney I hear a million times a day from the Trumpites. What matters here is Jesus Christ, and his reputation. Right now his name is mud, and the whole world can see the rank idolatry of millions of evangelicals who put Trump on a pedestal while dragging Christ through the dirt. Enough already.

Three. This is part of the separating and sifting work that God is bringing on his people.

The separation of the sheep from the goats, or the wheat from the tares, of course centres on Jesus Christ and what we make of him. But by way of extension, this election cycle is bringing all this into sharp relief, especially when it comes to Christian and Trump. There we see a very real division and separating process, even with brother turning against brother.

This election is certainly bringing out the divisions – big time. And so much of it involves this simple thing: do we regard Jesus Christ and him alone as the answer to our problems, the one who we alone can trust in, the only one who can make America great again?

Or are we now putting all that faith and trust in a bogus political messiah? Have we as the people of God sunk so low that we now almost seem to be saying, “For me to live is Trump…”? I have never witnessed in all my Christian life so much hideous idolatry and blasphemy when it comes to this man.

Millions of believers seem to have made a pact with the devil: ‘You make America great again through Trump, and I will throw out every single biblical truth and value I used to hold to about the importance of integrity, character, humility, godliness, righteousness and so on.’

Yes they really do seem to be that bad. And I have personally witnessed all this hundreds of times now. I have been on the receiving end of all this damnable Trump worship. For example, I have been called just about every ugly and filthy name out there by ‘Christian’ Trump supporters, all because I will not join in their devotion to Trump.

I can truly say I have only experienced this much hate, abuse, ugliness and poison from a few other groups, such as the militant homosexuals and angry atheists. When things get this bad, you know something sure ain’t right.

When people who claim to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ can treat fellow believers with such utter contempt, derision and hatred – all because of a political candidate – then you really have to ask about their spiritual bona fides. Jesus made it perfectly clear that if you claim to love God but hate your brother, you are none of his (1 John).

So this really has become a sifting time, where those whose supreme allegiance to Christ is being clearly identified, while those who are carnal and fleshly, and think that politics alone can save us, and all moral principles must be sacrificed in order for the right candidate to win, are also being fully exposed.

Thankfully not all Trump supporters are idolatrous apostates. But far too many are, and it is to those people I speak here. There is only one thing these people need to do: they need to get on their faces before Almighty God and repent of their idolatrous worship of this pagan pretender to the throne.

And the exact same thing can be said about any Christian who is doing the same with Hillary Clinton.

America today is at a crossroads. But more importantly, the American church is at a crossroads. And the whole world is watching. Will we sell our souls to the devil for mere political gain, or will we proclaim that Jesus Christ alone is Lord and Saviour?

http://www.libertyjuice.com/2016/10/10/trump-and-the-apostate-church-the-destruction-of-a-testimony/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/10/08/this-is-the-last-spastic-breath-from-the-religious-right-before-its-overdue-death/?tid=ss_fb
http://drkevinbaird.com/wp/2016/10/09/its-time-evangelicals-said-to-donald-trump-youre-fired/
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/october-web-only/speak-truth-to-trump.html?start=1

Source: Three Spiritual Realities Concerning the US Elections

A Recipe for Humble Pie

Clint Archer of The Cripplegate shares the three ingredients for his Humble Pie recipe “so you can cultivate humility in the presence of true greatness…”:

humble-pieIn elementary school I was really bad at playing soccer. But my school tried to be inclusive and didn’t want any kid to feel left out, so they had as many teams as there were players.

The coveted “A team” was kitted out in glamorous, white, satin shirts and shorts with golden trim, while the rest of us had itchy yellow and brown shirts. But at least we got to play. I was too maladroit to qualify for the talented B or promising C team, or even the undaunted D team. No, I was cast down to the freakish menagerie of hopeless misfits known as the E team.

We seldom actually played games since few other schools even had an E team, but when we did, we played our uncoordinated hearts out!

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As we observe Yom Kippur tonight, it’s worth asking: Where do we as modern Jews receive atonement for our sins?

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

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At sundown tonight, we begin Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

In the Hebrew Scriptures, the Israelites were commanded by the Lord to fast and pray and bring their sacrifices to the Temple in Jerusalem, and then to ask for the Lord’s forgiveness for all the sins they and their nation had committed that year.

According to Moses and the Holy Scriptures, only the blood sacrifice of a perfect animal — sacrificed with a humble, repentant heart, and with faith in God’s mercy and grace — would bring about forgiveness of sins.

  • “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” (Leviticus 17:11)
  • “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 9:22)
  • “Blessed is…

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Godlessness and false doctrine

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

16 These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.
17 But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, 18 that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” 19 These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. Jude 1:16-19 (NASB) 

Only regenerate believers have a transformed mindset while everyone else has the “natural man mindset.” The transformed mindset should be growing more and more apparent to the believer as they become spirit-filled and walk in obedience to his or her Lord. Now we will take a look at end result of those with the natural man mindset as God gives them up.

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