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

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The U.S. military directly entered Yemen’s war for the first time, launching three strikes on areas controlled by Yemen’s Houthi rebels after an American navy ship was targeted by two failed missile attacks this week. The U.S. hit radar sites involved in “recent missile launches threatening USS Mason and other vessels” operating in international waters in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandeb strait.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, an American-born monarch whose reign lasted seven decades and captivated a nation, has died. He was 88. The king became the one enduring force during Thailand’s transition from agrarian backwater to Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy. His reign encompassed more than two dozen changes of prime minister and 10 coups, the most recent in May 2014.

Wall Street’s booming business of selling bonds tied to rental-homes is taking a new twist: they’re adding government-subsidized rent checks to the mix.

Prime Minister Theresa May accepted that Parliament should be allowed to vote on her strategy for taking Britain out of the European Union as lawmakers who want to keep closer ties to the bloc began to assert themselves.

Actions by China’s policy makers to rein in property prices in the bubble-prone nation may prove so effective that the economy’s growth rate could be affected next year. At least 21 cities have introduced purchase restrictions and toughened mortgage lending since late September, reversing two years of easing to support home buyers.

Rising tensions between Moscow and Washington over the civil war in Syria, interventions in Ukraine and election-year accusations of hacking in the U.S. are spilling over into a increasingly divided United Nations Security Council, threatening to paralyze initiatives from North Korea to Africa.

The U.S. is set to double the volume of shale natural gas it’s sending abroad.

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San Francisco police use force against blacks more often than other racial groups and pull over African American drivers at a disproportionately high rate, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report released Wednesday that found evidence of bias on the force that is nearly equal parts white and minority.

A federal appeals court has concluded that ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft can be treated differently than taxis from a legal and regulatory standpoint, because they offer different kinds of service than normal cabs.

Rivers swollen by rainfall from Hurricane Matthew rose dangerously higher in North Carolina on Wednesday, prompting officials to go door to door urging residents to leave as a wide swath of the state faced its worst flooding in 17 years. Floodwaters have swamped areas across the central and eastern part of the state, where drownings in recent days have brought the death toll to 19.

U.S. prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency over a massive mine wastewater spill that fouled rivers in three states, a federal watchdog agency said. An EPA-led cleanup team inadvertently triggered the Aug. 5, 2015, spill while doing work at the Gold King mine near Silverton. The 3-million-gallon blowout tainted rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah with an estimated 880,000 pounds of toxic heavy metals including arsenic, mercury and lead.

The bodies of three South Koreans with gunshot wounds to the head have been found in the Philippines, a South Korean foreign ministry official said on Thursday, the latest in a string of killings of Koreans in the southeast Asian nation. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has waged a ruthless anti-crime campaign since taking office on June 30 in which more than 3,600 people have died in police operations and alleged vigilante killings.

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits stayed at a 43-year low last week in the latest sign that layoffs are scarce. Unemployment benefit applications were unchanged at a seasonally adjusted 246,000. Both figures were at their lowest levels since November 1973. The number of people receiving aid fell 16,000 to just over 2 million. That is the fewest since June 2000.

Billionaires on average became poorer last year as their collective fortunes shrank, even as Asia continued to crank out a new billionaire nearly every three days, a study found. Transfers of assets within families, falling commodity prices and a stronger dollar helped reduce total billionaire wealth by $300 billion in 2015 to $5.1 trillion.

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A Pakistani Christian woman on death row for blasphemy has had her appeal adjourned after one of the judges refused to hear the case.

Twenty-one of the schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria, have been freed, the president’s spokesman has confirmed. Four imprisoned militants were reportedly freed in exchange.

China’s annual rich list has indicated that, once again, the country has more dollar billionaires (594) than the US (535), and the gap is widening.

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For a second time in just weeks, a state finds itself on defense in a legal action triggered by its attempt to dictate what ministers and others say inside their churches. It’s over a a new “gender identity” definition adopted in Massachusetts. The measure makes “gender identity” a special class, with more protections than ordinary citizens.

The Satanic Temple of Seattle has withdrawn its request to start an after-school program at an elementary school in Mount Vernon.

HSBC’s technical-analysis team has thrown up the ultimate warning signal.In a note to clients released Wednesday, Murray Gunn, the head of technical analysis for HSBC, said he had become on “RED ALERT” for an imminent sell-off in stocks given the price action over the past few weeks.


Top News – 10/13/2016

Brand differentiation: How candidates characterize terror threat is hot campaign topic
Republican nominee Donald Trump has been highly critical of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for refusing to define the threat as “radical Islamic terrorism.” Clinton, meanwhile, routinely cautions against “inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric” in the wake of terror attacks on the homeland. Trump’s team of campaign advisers includes several former generals and defense officials who see and define the threat as he does.

Behind GOP defections: Trump seen as threat to donor class who seek his defeat
Republican elitists are abandoning Donald Trump not because they fear he’ll lose, but because they are terrified he will win and dismantle their cushy standing with the GOP donor class, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said.

PM: UNESCO theater of the absurd continues
PM Netanyahu told UNESCO members to visit the Arch of Titus and see which treasures were plundered 2000 years ago from the Temple.

Leaked Emails Show Hillary Clinton Campaign Chief Discussing ‘Revolution’ Against Bishop
The chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign appears to discuss with a progressive figure whether it is possible to “plant the seeds of the revolution” against the U.S. bishops and their stances, a leaked email hacked from a private account revealed. The email exchange, entitled “Catholic Spring,” also suggests that two organizations — Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United — were created for such a purpose.

Meet the Israeli lawmaker who wants to see a Jewish temple at Jerusalem’s holy Islamic site
Yehuda Glick’s flaming red hair isn’t the only thing that makes him stand out. The Brooklyn-born rabbi, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, is also one of Israel’s newest members of parliament. But he is best known as an activist who is demanding that Jews be allowed to pray at one of Islam’s holiest sites.

WWIII WARNING Third World War would be ‘extremely lethal and fast’ US Army chiefs reveal as they discuss taking out Russia or China
AMERICAN military bosses have confessed that World War 3 is “almost guaranteed” and will be “extremely lethal and fast.” Speaking at a ‘future-of-the-Army’ panel at the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, generals and other leading figures laid out their depressing forecasts for upcoming conflicts.

North Korea PURGE as Kim Jong-un sends senior official to ‘farm in the countryside’
A SENIOR North Korean official and his family have disappeared as part of a purge by dictatorial leader Kim Jong-un – with sources claiming they have been banished to the countryside.

‘Those who insult Islam MUST DIE’, shocking undercover footage of former Tory candidate
The documentary shows Mr Sadruddin, a leading religious figure in the Jamaat-e-Ulama UK, or Council of Muslim Scholars in the UK, and in the British Bangladeshi community, criticising atheists who he said had insulted Islam, in particular a Bangladeshi blogger.

Fox News: Decision to Not Prosecute Hillary Left FBI, DOJ Disgusted
“It is well known that the FBI agents on the ground, the human beings who did the investigative work, had built an extremely strong case against Hillary Clinton and were furious when the case did not move forward,” Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano said. “They believe the decision not to prosecute came from The White House.”

Moscow: Egypt ‘No Longer Able to Count on Washington’ to Fight Sinai Terror
Russia is joining Egypt in a military drill this month with future plans that seems to be a clear warning aimed at terrorists in Northern Sinai.

Jerusalem asks Holy See for help with UNESCO vote on Jerusalem
As the UN body’s executive board is expected to pass a resolution denying any Jewish connection to Jerusalem, the Israeli Foreign Ministry has asked the Holy See for assistance, arguing that the Christian connection is also being ignored.

FBI agents blast decision not to indict Clinton
‘Not one agent involved in case agreed with the FBI’s decision,’ source inside FBI says. Agents were ‘floored’ by failure to indict.

Nicole, headed for Bermuda, strengthens to a major hurricane
Nicole, which is on track to hit Bermuda, strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane on Wednesday, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Why Did Obama Remove a Ring from His Wedding Finger?
In a recent campaign stop in Greensboro, North Carolina on behalf of Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Hussein Obama is seen removing a ring from his wedding finger as he departs Air Force One to greet supporters on the tarmac. In this video, it can be clearly seen that the President surreptiously removes the ring, and drops it into in left front pocket before shaking hands.

CRISPR deployed to combat sickle-cell anaemia
In a paper published 12 October in Science Translational Medicine1, researchers reported some success in correcting the mutation in mice, though they concede that human applications are still years away. The efficiency of the process is also slightly too low for practical use,

Temple Mount Faithful to March to the Temple Mount From Jaffa Gate to Mount Moriah
On Sukkot, 17 Tishrei, 5777, Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, during a very critical time, the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement will march and make a pilgrimage to the Holy Temple Mount starting from Jaffa Gate through the streets of biblical Jerusalem to Mount Moriah. The security forces of Israel prepare themselves to prevent any Arab violence against the faithful marchers and pilgrims.

FBI Source: Majority Of Staff On Clinton Case Wanted Her Prosecuted
The decision at the FBI to not prosecute Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information was solely from the top down, a source told Fox News. “No trial level attorney agreed, no agent working the case agreed, with the decision not to prosecute — it was a top-down decision,”

Russia completes delivery of S-300 air defense missiles to Iran: RIA
Russia has completed the delivery of S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran, RIA news agency quoted Russia’s state arms export agency as saying on Thursday. Russia’s agreement to provide Iran with S-300 has sparked concern in Israel. Moscow canceled the contract to deliver S-300s to Iran in 2010 under pressure from the West.

U.S. military strikes Yemen after missile attacks on U.S. Navy ship
The U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes on Thursday to knock out three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi forces, retaliating after failed missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S. officials said. The strikes, authorized by President Barack Obama, represent Washington’s first direct military action against suspected Houthi-controlled targets in Yemen’s conflict.

Yemen conflict: US strikes radar sites after missile attack on ship
The US has hit radar sites in Yemen after one of its warships in the Red Sea came under missile attack for the second time in days. The Pentagon said the sites were on territory controlled by Houthi rebels. The rebels denied firing the missiles. It marks the first time the US has fired at rebel targets since the start of the Yemen conflict in March 2015.

Asia Bibi: Pakistan Supreme Court adjourns death row appeal
A Pakistani Christian woman on death row for blasphemy has had her appeal adjourned after one of the judges refused to hear the case. The judge cited a possible conflict of interest in the case of Asia Bibi. Hundreds of riot police had been deployed around the Supreme Court in the capital, Islamabad.

Home Front Command decentralizes units to deal with changing threats in Israel
The Home Front Command is training its personnel in new ways that are designed to decentralize units, and give lower-ranking commanders more autonomy in order to deal with the threat of mass projectiles, spread out over a wide area. Brig.-Gen. Itay Levi, the battalion commander of the Home Front Command Brigade Training base, told The Jerusalem Post…“We are looking at the threat changing before our eyes.”

‘Israel was created by the Rothschilds, not God,’ Labour member’s post reads
A British Labour Party activist has posted an antisemitic meme on his Facebook page in the latest scandal to hit the party, which has been plagued by antisemitic incidents under the leader of Jeremy Corbyn. The Labour Party member in question, Andy Slack, a councillor from Chesterfield, shared a graphic featuring a hook-nosed IDF soldier with a bloody mouth and reading “Israel was created by the Rothschilds, not God.”

Just the facts: Iran’s uranium enrichment and its nuclear potential
The heated debate over the Iran nuclear deal is now a matter of the past. Currently – at least for the next eight years and eight months – it is a fait accompli. At present, Iran is consumed with its upcoming presidential election – slated for May 2017 – and the question of whether the head of the Revolutionary Guard’s al Quds Force Gen. Qassem Suleimani will run after all.

Officials say US missiles destroy radar sites on Yemen coast
U.S.-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles destroyed three coastal radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory on Yemen’s Red Sea Coast early Thursday, officials said, a retaliatory action that followed two incidents this week in which missiles were fired at U.S. Navy ships.

Why Israel fears Obama’s last days
Israel faces a unique window of danger from Nov. 9 to Jan. 20: What might President Obama do in his final days in office to slam the Jewish state? Start with Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent flat refusal to promise a US veto on any upcoming anti-Israel resolution in the UN Security Council.

State Department Asked What Is Difference Between Yemen And Syria Bombings, Awkward Moment Follows
As we asked rhetorically yesterday, how Kerry can accuse Russia of committing war crimes in Syria with a straight face is unclear, as reports of atrocious crimes committed in Yemen continue to surface.

New York’s Central Park Crime Wave
Central Park is one of the most beautiful parks anywhere, but it has been plagued by cellphone robbery crews. Now after an attempted rape Monday night, police are stepping up patrols before it gets any worse.

Putin Ally Warns Americans To Vote For Trump Or Face Nuclear War
The name of what is arguably Russia’s most flamboyant, ultra-nationalist politician, and according to some the local incarnation of Donald Trump, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a deputy in the state Duma and leader of the nationalist LDPR party, is familiar to frequent readers: he most recently made an appearance on these pages two months ago, when he warned Germany that it risks utter destruction if it continued on its present track of operating Bundeswehr forces in the Baltics. Zhirinovsky also shares another feature with Donald Trump: both are outspoken to a fault. Which is why we were not surprised to read that as Reuters reported earlier, Zhirinovsky urged Americans to vote for Donald Trump as president or “risk being dragged into a nuclear war.”


The Briefing 10-13-16

Opening an irreversible door: New push for assisted suicide in the US raises huge moral concerns

In religious liberty crackdown, China to “protect” children from religious influence of parents

Pres. Reagan to 7th grader: Don’t ask government to do what you should do for yourself

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Top Headlines – 10/13/2016

  • Weak China data, stronger dollar send global stocks skidding (Read More)
  • Oil price gains limited by higher OPEC output, U.S. crude stocks (Read More)
  • A Trans-Atlantic Revolt Against Central Bankers (Read More)
  • Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf Quits in Fallout From Fake Accounts (Read More)
  • Stumpf’s departure likely to have big consequences for US banks (Read More)
  • SEC Said to Demand That Cooperman Agree to Hedge Fund Suspension (Read More)
  • FBI, DOJ roiled by Comey, Lynch decision to let Clinton slide by on emails, says insider (Read More)
  • Frenzy surrounds ‘Apprentice’ tapes (Read More)
  • U.S. Launches Strikes on Yemen After Warship Targeted (Read More)
  • U.S. lawmaker urges Saudi arms sales halt, cites possible Yemen ‘war crimes’ (Read More)
  • Kremlin tells Britain: You have to keep our diplomats safe (Read More)
  • Emir instructs 17 ambassadors to return to Qatar (Read More)
  • Haim Saban wants to put Clinton in the White House and take Univision public (Read More)
  • UK faces Brexit divorce bill of up to ???20bn (Read More)
  • U.S. military strikes Yemen after missile attacks on U.S. Navy ship (Read More)
  • China corporate raider’s wealth soars ninefold to $17bn (Read More)
  • Trump Attacks Washington Insiders Over Clinton Emails (Read More)
  • France’s Sapin Says No Doubt Now About Banks Leaving London (Read More)

UNESCO to vote on resolutions ignoring Jewish ties to Temple Mount

B’Tselem to address UN Security Council’s informal meeting on West Bank settlements

Hamas accuses Israel of shooting, killing Gaza boy

PA officer jailed after criticizing Abbas

Security forces arrest 20 Palestinians over Yom Kippur

Car rams checkpoint, injures 2 cops near Jerusalem in possible terror attack

In flyers, IDF warns Palestinian village of future action

‘Israel was created by the Rothschilds, not God,’ Labour member’s post reads

Why Israel fears Obama’s last days

Three Iranians caught in Italy with fake Israeli passports

Just the facts: Iran’s uranium enrichment and its nuclear potential

Republicans slam eased restrictions on business with Iran

Syria conflict: Russian war crimes claim ‘rhetoric’ says Putin

Russian Foreign Ministry says its embassy in Damascus was targeted

Russian senators back permanent deployment of air force to Syria

Russia tests ballistic missiles amid tensions with West

Russia renews bombings in Syria, West threatens diplomatic backlash

Kerry Opens a New Diplomatic Push for a Cease-Fire in Aleppo

Syrian terror plot suspect commits suicide in Germany prison

Syrian bomb plotter busted by refugees in Germany

Australia links teens charged with terror act to ISIS

State Department Asked What Is Difference Between Yemen And Syria Bombings, Awkward Moment Follows

Missile fired at US ship from Yemeni rebel-held territory for 2nd time in 4 days

U.S. military strikes Yemen after missile attacks on U.S. Navy ship

US missiles destroy Houthi-controlled radar sites on Yemen coast

Arms dealer says administration made him scapegoat on Libya operation to ‘protect’ Clinton

They survived Boko Haram. Now many of them are on the brink of starvation.

US authorities investigating small plane crash in Connecticut, possible terrorism connection

Deadly small plane crash in Connecticut appears to be suicide, official says

Connecticut plane crash likely deliberate; investigating Jordanian student

Trump: Islamic State will take over America if Clinton wins

Trump as president would pose global danger – U.N. rights chief

5 women level sexual assault allegations against Trump

Trump demands NYT retract ‘libelous article’ as new allegations of sexual assault emerge

Former Miss Arizona Says Trump Would Walk In on ‘Half-Naked’ Contestants

Trump Campaign Implements ‘Scorched Earth’ Strategy

Most GOP Senators Defecting from Trump Backed Amnesty Push

Major GOP Donors Are Asking Trump for Their Money Back

Bill Clinton: Donald Trump’s base is ‘your standard redneck’

Clinton bashes Trump over Russia praise, but emails show she praised Putin

Russia rejects allegations of meddling in US elections

Putin Ally Warns Americans To Vote For Trump Or Face Nuclear War

Astrologers predict the election: Trump is from Mars, Clinton is from Venus

Wikileaks Releases Another 1,193 Emails From John Podesta In Fourth Data Dump

Podesta Hacks Shows Clinton Staffers Discussing Which Emails To Release

Email Suggests Biden Aide Sabotaged His Presidential Aspirations To Help Hillary

Leaked Podesta Emails Show Coordinated Voter Fraud Likely In Colorado

More Dead Voters Discovered In Colorado

WikiLeaks: Podesta and Left-Wing Activist Plot ‘Catholic Spring’

Trump camp calls on Clinton to fire aides over emails mocking Catholics

Emails: Podesta Listed ‘Needy Latinos’ for Hillary to Call

FBI, DOJ roiled by Comey, Lynch decision to let Clinton slide by on emails, says insider

New email shows Brazile may have had exact wording of proposed town hall question before CNN

Eric Trump: WikiLeaks exposed true level of gov’t corruption

Pentagon joins Homeland, FBI in eyeing oversight, control of elections

US start-up Geofeedia ‘allowed police to track protesters’

HSBC: There’s Now a Very High Chance of a ‘Severe Fall’ In U.S. Stocks

Weak China data, stronger dollar send global stocks skidding

World’s billionaires lose 215m Euros each as global economy struggles

Space war, Vatican knowledge of extraterrestrials revealed in Podesta emails

New dwarf planet discovered billions of miles from the sun

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Higuera de Zaragoza, Mexico

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bouvet Island, Bouvet Island

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Faraulep, Micronesia

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

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

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 16,000ft

Hurricane-force winds, flooding to slam northwestern US through the weekend

Major Hurricane Nicole to make rare, dangerous strike on Bermuda

North Carolina Flooding: Hurricane Matthew Water-Swollen Rivers Set To Rise

Venezuela’s crisis causing widespread anxiety – but few can afford treatment

Democratic Minnesota governor says ObamaCare ‘no longer affordable’

Dutch may allow assisted suicide for those who feel life is over

#ClownLivesMatter vs #BlackLivesMatter: Twitterstorm erupts

Houston’s Next Large Hurricane Could Be the City’s “Doom”

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 07:21 AM PDT

Houston’s next hurricane could be the city’s “doom,” researchers say. According to a report by the New York Times, researchers from Rice University provided a…

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New Allegations of Sexual Assault Emerge Against Trump, Claims Allegations Are False

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 07:08 AM PDT

Four women accused Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of sexual assault on Wednesday in a series of reports, adding to the already damaging revelations about…

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Museum Invites Visitors to Desecrate Virgin Mary..

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 06:56 AM PDT

The new National Museum of Estonia features an exhibit that invites visitors to desecrate a virtual image of the Virgin Mary, in celebration of the…

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Italy Experiencing Rise in Exorcisms as Satanism Grows

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 06:51 AM PDT

The number of exorcisms has been rising sharply in Italy, with some 500,000 Italians requesting an exorcism each year and not nearly enough exorcists to…

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100,000 PA Voters Switch From Democrat To Republican…

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 06:45 AM PDT

Nearly 100,000 Pennsylvania Democrats have switched to Republican since the beginning of the year. What’s more: The Pennsylvania Republican party says more than 240-thousand new…

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40,000 Robots Deployed In China to Replace Human Workers

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 06:39 AM PDT

Foxconn has deployed 40,000 robots in its factories in mainland China as it aims to reduce the number of workers at its plants creating digital…

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Millions of North Carolina chickens die in Matthew floods…

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 06:35 AM PDT

Flooding from Hurricane Matthew has killed up to 5 million poultry birds in North Carolina, most of them chickens, the state’s top environmental official said…

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UPDATE: Category Four hurricane Nicole heading towards Bermuda…

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 06:32 AM PDT

Major Hurricane Nicole will continue to lash Bermuda with destructive winds and flooding rain through Thursday. Nicole, currently a Category 3 hurricane, continues on a…

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America plotting to allow 9,000 ISIS fighters escape terror capital Mosul to attack Russian troops

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 06:27 AM PDT

Thousands of ISIS fighters are to be given safe passage out of Iraq to fight in Syria, Russian military leaders claim. The jihadi army –…

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Trump Hate Growing, Debate watchers batter Trump piñata outside St. Louis restaurant

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 06:22 AM PDT

A crowd of St. Louis residents watched Donald Trump debate Hillary Clinton on TV at the Yaquis on Cherokee pizzeria Sunday night, then went outside…

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Turkey Warns “Russia & US will engage in global war unless proxy Syria conflict resolved”

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 08:41 PM PDT

The Syrian conflict has now become a “proxy war” between the two Cold War superpowers, believes Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Numan Kurtulmus, who warned…

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US military strikes Yemeni ‘radar sites’ in response to missile attack on navy destroyer

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 08:30 PM PDT

The US military has launched strikes on radar sites in Yemen, the Pentagon announced, according to Reuters. The move comes in response to failed attacks…

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Another state tells churches to shut up about transgenders

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 08:20 PM PDT

For a second time in just weeks, a state finds itself on defense in a legal action triggered by its attempt to dictate what ministers…

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Franklin Graham Prophesies Millions Will Weep, Wail and Scream in Hell

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 07:46 PM PDT

(By Jennifer Leclaire) Donald Trump has said Hillary Clinton is the devil. I don’t think he believes that, though many would have no trouble believing…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Putin Ally Tells Americans: Vote Trump or Face Nuclear War

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 05:09 PM PDT

Americans should vote for Donald Trump as president next month or risk being dragged into a nuclear war, according to a Russian ultra-nationalist ally of…

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WAR DRUMS: Obama Considers ‘Proportional’ Response to Russian Hacking in U.S. Election

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 05:06 PM PDT

President Obama is weighing a “proportional” response to Russia’s efforts to interfere with this fall’s election campaign through hacking, the White House announced Tuesday. “The…

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North Carolina’s record floods could have unexpected environmental consequences

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 04:21 PM PDT

Hurricane Matthew swept across the southeastern seaboard of the United States this weekend, bringing intense rainfall to North Carolina and triggering record flooding across much…

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Hurricane Nicole bears down on Bermuda, Days after Being Struck By Matthew

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 11:44 AM PDT

Hurricane Nicole barreled toward Bermuda Wednesday as a Category 2 storm, just days after Matthew killed hundreds in the Caribbean, mostly in Haiti. Packing 100…

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Total Amount of World Debt Just Hit a Record $152,000,000,000,000

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 11:37 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) If anyone ever asks you how much debt there is in the world, now you will know the answer. According to the…

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Atheist Activist Group Asks Wisconsin Police Department to Change Oath Dedicating Officers ‘Before God’

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 11:31 AM PDT

A professing atheist group has asked a Wisconsin police department to change the wording of its officer oath, which states that the individual will dedicate…

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WAR DRUMS: Russia tests ballistic missiles amid tensions with West

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 11:25 AM PDT

Russia´s military conducted a series of intercontinental ballistic missile tests on Wednesday, the latest flexing of its muscles as tensions with the US spike over…

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DEVELOPING: US Navy Destroyer Targeted Again By Yemen Missiles

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 11:12 AM PDT

BREAKING NEWS: US officials said a US Navy destroyer was again targeted in a failed missile attack from Yemen. The alleged attack is said to…

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San Antonio Police Face Discipline For Wearing Donald Trump Caps

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 11:06 AM PDT

More than a dozen San Antonio Police Department officers appeared to violate city policy on Tuesday when they appeared in a short video tweeted by…

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RED ALERT: HSBC Sounds the Alarm! Get ready for a ‘severe fall’ in the stock market

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 10:59 AM PDT

HSBC’s technical-analysis team has thrown up the ultimate warning signal. In a note to clients released Wednesday, Murray Gunn, the head of technical analysis for…

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Four Churches Tagged By Vandals in the Past Week

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 10:51 AM PDT

At least four churches have been tagged by vandals in the past week, according to two people KSAT spoke to on Monday. One of the…

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British tabloids go into WWIII frenzy over reported pull-out of Russian officials’ relatives

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 10:45 AM PDT

An unconfirmed report in a regional news site appears to be enough for British tabloids to remind readers how ‘Big Bad Vlad’ secretly wants to…

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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


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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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Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

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