Daily Archives: October 16, 2016

October 15-16, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Top Headlines – 10/16/2016

VP Biden Threatens Russia With Cyber Attack; Russian TV Warns Citizens To Prepare Nuclear Shelter
Joe Biden threatened Russia with a cyber-attack in a televised interview on Friday, while Russian television warned citizens to prepare bomb shelters and check their gas masks. “We’re sending a message,” Biden warned. “We have the capacity to do it. It will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact.”

Israeli Ministry Presents “UNESCO Revised Bible”
Following the vote on Thursday in which the United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) erased all connection between Judaism and Jerusalem, the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs released a video featuring a reading of a revised “UNESCO Bible”.

Strong quake rattles Tohoku region
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 jolted northeastern Japan on Sunday, the Meteorological Agency agency said. No tsunami warning was issued.

Space war, Vatican knowledge of extraterrestrials revealed in Podesta emails
Mitchell, who died in February, tells Podesta in the mails from 2015, before mentioning a “nonviolent” alien species that wishes to share with mankind “zero point energy.” Podesta was serving as counselor to President Barack Obama during the exchange… Mansfield describes ETIs as being “the highest form of intelligence working directly with God.”

How could the Large Hadron Collider unlock other dimensions? WIRED explains
One of the strangest questions scientists are using the LHC to answer is how many dimensions there actually are.

5.2 quake hits Ioannina city in Epirus, Greece and seismic activity continues
A moderate earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale was recorded at 23:14 on Saturday in northwestern Greece. According to the Geodynamics Institute of the Athens Observatory the quake’s epicenter was located 12 km northwest of the city of Ioannina with 5km depth. A series of aftershocks measuring 4.4 to 4.9 on the Richter scale did not allow the residents of Ioannina to return to their houses.

Kuwait ruler dissolves parliament: official news agency
Kuwait’s emir ordered the dissolution of parliament on Sunday, saying regional developments and “security challenges” meant the national assembly should choose fresh representatives. The order was contained in a decree by Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah published by the Gulf Arab state’s official KUNA state news agency. The agency had no further details. Elections now need to be held under constitutional rules.

Countries Reach Landmark Deal to Limit Global Warming From Air Conditioners
More than 170 countries agreed early Saturday morning to limit emissions of key climate change-causing pollutants found in air conditioners, a significant step in the international effort to keep global warming from reaching catastrophic levels. The deal reached in Kigali, Rwanda, comes after years of wrangling over HFCs—short for hydrofluorocarbons—and could on its own prevent a 0.5°C (0.9°F) rise in temperature by 2100.

American Worker Forced to Train Foreign Replacement Reveals How Hillary Clinton Betrayed Him
…Emmons, who was one of the nation’s first whistleblowers to expose the displacement of American workers by foreign nationals…is one of thousands of American workers to have lost his job as a result of the cheap labor practices of the India-based outsourcing firm, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)–a Clinton Foundation donor whose anti-American worker business model has been “enabled” and endorsed by Hillary Clinton.

Haiti: Aid trucks looted as UN chief assesses hurricane damage
Angry Haitians looted aid trucks as the UN secretary general visited parts of the country hit by Hurricane Matthew, which killed 900 people. Ban Ki-moon said he witnessed a looting incident in Les Cayes, where he promised more aid to Haiti. He also urged countries to donate more. Officials say more than 1.4 million people urgently need humanitarian help.

Analysis: A new crack in the Sunni bloc?
There seems to be a growing rift between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the twin mainstays of the Sunni front against…Iran’s terrorist operations and nuclear building…and against the rogue Sunni Islamic State …Simmering tensions came to the boil…October 8. Egypt…voted with Russia to defeat the French proposal calling for a stop to bombing on Aleppo, it also voted for the Russian counter-proposal opposed by the West.

Attacks including suicide bombing by IS kill 46 in Iraq
Attacks killed at least 46 people in Iraq on Saturday, including a suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group that was the deadliest to hit Baghdad in months. The violence comes as Iraqi forces prepare for an operation to retake Mosul, the last IS-held city in the country — a key battle, but one that will not end the threat of attacks such as those carried out on Saturday.

Turkey-backed Syria fighters advancing on IS-held Dabiq: Prez Erdogan
Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters were advancing on the town of Dabiq on Saturday to retake it from Islamic State jihadists, the Turkish president said. After Jarabulus and Al-Rai in Syria, “we are now advancing. Where? To Dabiq,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in televised comments in the Black Sea province of Rize.

US, S. Korea say latest N. Korea missile launch fails
South Korea and the U.S. said Sunday that the latest missile launch by North Korea ended in a failure after the projectile reportedly exploded soon after liftoff.

Thousands flee as typhoon smashes into Philippines
Typhoon Sarika smashed into the main Philippine island of Luzon early Sunday, ripping off roofs, toppling power lines and forcing more than 12,000 people to flee to safer ground, officials said.

U.S. warship targeted in failed missile attack from Yemen: official
A U.S. Navy destroyer was targeted on Saturday in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, the third such incident in the past week, U.S. officials said.

Russia orders all officials to fly home any relatives living abroad, as tensions mount over the prospect of a global war
Russia is ordering all of its officials to fly home any relatives living abroad amid heightened tensions over the prospect of global war, it has been claimed. Politicians and high-ranking figures are said to have received a warning from president Vladimir Putin to bring their loved-ones home to the ‘Motherland’, according to local media.


Top Headlines – 10/16/2016

Leaked Clinton email: Facade of peace talks better than nothing

Israelis believe Clinton will push them harder on peace, back her anyway – poll

In 2013, Clinton doubted Israel could destroy Iran’s nuclear program alone

Iran demands halt in arms sales to Israel citing ‘humanitarian law’

Palestinians rebuke UNESCO chief for opposing Jerusalem resolution

B’tselem goes to UN, demands end to ‘occupation’

Leftist MK: By going to UN, B’Tselem helps ‘demonization of Israel’

B’Tselem head: I spoke out against occupation, not Israel, at UN

Israel to close off West Bank, Gaza for Sukkot holiday

Abbas hosts family of terrorist who murdered Israeli, praises ‘hero’

Police say they thwarted Temple Mount stabbing attack

US students expelled over Facebook group on killing Jews, black people

Egypt’s al-Sisi predicts long war against Sinai militants

Egyptian Air Force kills 100 ISIS terrorists

ISIS suicide bomber strikes Baghdad funeral tent, killing 35

Syrian bombing suspect spoke to ISIS contact about attack plans

Turkish-Backed Syrian Rebels Move on ‘Doomsday’ Village of Dabiq

Syrian rebels seize village where Islamic State promised final battle

Merkel says some actions in Syria ‘very close to war crimes’

Syria talks hosted by John Kerry end without agreement

‘Heinous crime against humanity’: how Saudi airstrikes have devastated Yemen

Yemen conflict: Saudis blame funeral hall bombing on mistake

The US just bombed Yemen, and no one’s talking about it

US warship possibly targeted by Yemen rebels for a third time

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have released two US citizens, John Kerry says

United Nations condemns attempted coup in Libya

Russia slams ‘unprecedented’ US threats over cyber attacks

Russia warns citizens to prepare for attack on homeland

Russia envoy: US tensions probably worst since Yom Kippur War

The West and Russia Clash in Election in Tiny Montenegro

India’s Modi, at summit, calls Pakistan ‘mother-ship of terrorism’

The world has more border barriers than at any time in modern history. The rise of walls marks an increasing wariness of globalization.

Lawyer: ‘Sodomized’ Guantanamo captive recovering after surgery

Imprisoned terror suspect beaten to death in Brazil

Trump insists election ‘rigged,’ calls for drug test for him, Clinton before debate

Leaked emails reveal Hillary Clinton’s life of deceit

New FBI files contain allegations of ‘quid pro quo’ in Clinton’s emails

Wikileaks releases 8th batch of emails from Clinton chair Podesta

Rigged Debates: Wikileaks Emails Confirm Media in Clinton’s Pocket

Possible US Election Day problems worry civil rights advocates

Clinton Allies ‘Believe The Obama Forces’ Committed Voter Fraud In ’08

Paula White, Michele Bachmann, Samuel Rodriguez Join Letter Denouncing Clinton Campaign’s ‘Christophobic’ Behavior

Hacked email: Dem operatives polled about Muslim faith of Obama’s father

Predicting terrorism from big data challenges U.S. intelligence

US detects what it says is failed N. Korean missile launch

Rare hunter’s supermoon to light up night sky this weekend

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Rodotopion, Greece

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ishinomaki, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Rodotopion, Greece

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Rodotopion, Greece

Earthquake swarm in Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 24,000ft

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

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

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 16,000ft

Flood, damaging wind threat to mount in northwestern US

Hurricane Matthew: Days of disaster unfold under a cloudless sky

UN chief in Haiti gets glimpse of Matthew’s destruction

UN chief warns aid ‘fatigue’ in hurricane-hit Haiti; Elections delayed

North Carolina’s Poultry, Hog Producers Bail Out From Under Hurricane Matthew

Flooding leaves thousands of animal carcasses in NC

Bermuda hopes for quick recovery after getting lashed by Hurricane Nicole

Thousands flee as typhoon lashes Philippines

Floods kill 11 people in central Vietnam, storm approaching

Crews Try to Keep Massive Northern Nevada Wildfire at Bay

Global deal reached to limit powerful greenhouse gases

Countries Reach Landmark Deal to Limit Global Warming From Air Conditioners

Planned Parenthood’s 100-year anniversary: Growing the abortion business and lawlessness

24 killed in stampede ahead of Hindu ceremony in India

China says supports Philippines’ Duterte drug war

‘A bloody scene’: 3 killed, 12 wounded in gun battle at LA restaurant

Judge dismisses Sandy Hook families’ lawsuit against gun maker

Swedish court allows the flying of ISIS flag

Posted: 16 Oct 2016 07:11 AM PDT

A Swedish court has dismissed a case against a Muslim man accused of inciting racial hatred for flying an Islamic State flag because it is…

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WikiLeaks releases 9th batch of emails from Clinton campaign chair

Posted: 16 Oct 2016 07:07 AM PDT

WikiLeaks have uploaded yet another batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta. This ninth release brings the total number of leaked files…

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Putin Says He is Waiting Until After Election To See “Actions of US”

Posted: 16 Oct 2016 06:53 AM PDT

Commenting on US Vice President Joe Biden’s statement on the possibility of cyberattacks against Russia, Vladimir Putin said it’s the first time that Washington has…

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Thousands flee as typhoon lashes Philippines

Posted: 16 Oct 2016 06:47 AM PDT

Typhoon Sarika lashed the main Philippine island of Luzon on Sunday, flattening homes and toppling trees and power pylons as more than 12,000 people fled…

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Thousands of Iraqi fighters have poured into Syria to aid Assad

Posted: 16 Oct 2016 06:44 AM PDT

The light was low and the music loud in the “Sun of the Countryside” nightclub. Suddenly, the DJ lowered the drumbeat to a whisper as…

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5 Urgent Warnings From Big Banks That the “Economy Has Gone Suicidal”

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 07:41 PM PDT

The economy has gone suicidal. It is working against the very people who need its energy to survive. It is collapsing on its own weight,…

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DEVELOPING: Missiles have been fired at US warships in Red Sea, Third attack in a week

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 07:35 PM PDT

Multiple missiles were fired Saturday at three US warships in the Red Sea, though none was hit and there were no casualties, the US military…

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‘Non-Theistic’ Satanic Temple Seeks to Offer Invocation at Boston City Council Meeting

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 07:07 PM PDT

The Boston chapter of the Satanic Temple recently sought to offer an invocation during their city’s council meeting, but the request was rejected. “The religious…

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Vandals spray-paint at least 20 vehicles outside Trump rally…

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 07:03 PM PDT

Several attendees left Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s Saturday rally in Bangor to find their parked cars vandalized with white spray paint. A Bangor police…

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CENSORSHIP: Obama looking to remove “Conspiracy Theory” Websites from Internet

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 02:20 PM PDT

President Barack Obama on Thursday decried America’s “wild, wild west” media environment for allowing conspiracy theorists a broad platform and destroying a common basis for…

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UPDATE: No breakthroughs after hours of closed-door meetings regarding Syria Crisis

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 02:11 PM PDT

International talks on Syria in Switzerland’s Lausanne have ended after four hours of discussion behind closed doors. No breakthrough has apparently been reached. Participants have…

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Wikileaks releases 8th batch of emails from Clinton chair Podesta

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 01:50 PM PDT

WikiLeaks has uploaded a new batch of 1,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta. The latest, eighth, release of emails brings the total…

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Deutsche Bank Collapse – Struggling bank could be told to sell its US business

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 01:46 PM PDT

The bank is engaged in an ongoing dispute with the US Justice Department which is likely to not just result in a huge fine but…

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RUMORS OF WAR: US and Russia in Dangerous Spiral

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 01:43 PM PDT

Relations between Moscow And Washington are on a precipitous decline as Russia attempts to assert itself as a resurgent world power in eastern Europe and…

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WAR DRUMS: Russian border patrol opens fire as North Korean fishing vessel

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 01:38 PM PDT

Russian border patrol was forced to open fire during inspection of a fishing vessel with North Korean crew onboard. The crew resisted search, behaved aggressively,…

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RUMORS OF WAR: US detects failed North Korean ballistic missile launch

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 01:36 PM PDT

US Strategic Command says its systems detected a failed North Korean ballistic missile launch Saturday evening near the northwestern city of Kusŏng. “We strongly condemn…

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 10/15/2016

American Pastor Formerly Imprisoned in Iran Announces Divorce From Wife   Oct 09, 2016 06:43 pm

Saeed and Negmeh AbediniBOISE, Idaho — An American pastor who had been imprisoned in Iran for three years until he was freed in January in a prisoner swap with the U.S. has announced that he is divorcing his wife out of his belief that they are “different people” and that the “only path toward healing is apart.” “My heart is deeply saddened to be sharing the news that Naghmeh and…

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Colorado College Student Charged After Using Skewer to Forcibly Abort Girlfriend’s Baby   Oct 08, 2016 12:19 pm

almCOLORADO SPRINGS, Co. — A Saudi man attending college in the United States on a student VISA has been charged with unlawful termination of a pregnancy and sexual assault after he allegedly used a skewer to forcibly abort the child his girlfriend was carrying. Ahmed Almesbahi, 23, is a student at University of Colorado Colorado Springs and studies mechanical…

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Christian Scientist Fired for Challenging Evolution Awarded Financial Settlement   Oct 10, 2016 07:02 am

Armitage IILOS ANGELES – An evangelical Christian scientist who was fired after discovering evidence that seemingly contradicted the evolutionary timeframe has been awarded a generous settlement after taking his case to court. As previously reported, Mark Armitage was a scientist at California State University—Northridge (CSUN) who discovered soft tissues on a large…

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Group Releases Statement as Man at Center of ‘Church Plant’ Tattoo Fundraiser Video Back in Rehab   Oct 10, 2016 03:02 pm

Screenshot from videoTEMPE, Ariz. — One of the men at the center of a controversial online video featuring a young man obtaining a tattoo and vaping at a fundraising effort for the tattoo artist’s part in their group’s proposed church plant is now back in rehab after continued drug use, a public statement released by his elders outlines. “The elders of Apologia became…

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CoverGirl Announces First Male Makeup-Wearing ‘CoverBoy’ Model   Oct 13, 2016 07:02 am

james-charles-compressedThe makeup giant CoverGirl has announced its first “Coverboy” model—a 17-year-old boy who regularly wears makeup and says that the practice is “becoming more widely accepted” in society. CoverGirl made the announcement on social media on Tuesday, introducing James Charles of Bethlehem, N.Y. as a “boundary breaker.” “Meet @JCharlesBeauty: makeup artist,…

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Republicans Begin Revoking Endorsement Over Trump’s Bragging About Sexually Assaulting Women   Oct 08, 2016 01:51 pm

Photo Credit: Gage SkidmorePhoto Credit: Gage Skidmore WASHINGTON — A number of Republican leaders nationwide are beginning to revoke their endorsement of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy after audio and video surfaced on Friday of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women in 2005, including seeking to have sexual relations with a married woman. “This is not a decision that I…

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Johns Hopkins Distances From Psychiatrists’ Report That There’s No ‘Scientific Evidence’ People Born Homosexual   Oct 14, 2016 04:05 pm

johns-hopkins-compressedBALTIMORE, Md. — Officials with Johns Hopkins Medicine have distanced themselves from a report written by two of its psychiatrists that states that there is no scientific evidence that people are born homosexual or in the wrong body. “In recent months, some have questioned our position, both inside and outside the institution, not because of any change in our…

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Faith Leaders Ask Obama, House Speaker to Renounce Report Equating Religious Freedom With Discrimination   Oct 12, 2016 06:19 pm

Bible cross pdWASHINGTON — A number of faith leaders, including those representing Mormonism, Islam and Christianity, have signed a letter asking Barack Obama, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch to publicly renounce a recent report asserting that religious groups “use the pretext of religious doctrines to discriminate.” The report,…

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New York Abortionist Arrested for Manslaughter After Woman Dies From Botched Abortion   Oct 12, 2016 12:34 pm

robert-rho-compressedNEW YORK — An abortionist from the Queens area has been arrested and charged with second degree manslaughter after a woman died following a botched abortion. Robert Rho, 52, Liberty Women’s Health Care of Queens was arraigned on Tuesday over the alleged incident, which occurred this past July. According to reports, Jamie Lee Morales, 30, sought an abortion…

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Evangelicals Divided on Whether or Not to Turn From Trump Following Release of ‘Indefensible’ Audio   Oct 13, 2016 11:49 am

Photo Credit: Michael VadonPhoto Credit: Michael Vadon Prominent professing evangelical leaders are divided on whether or not Christians should turn from Trump and vote third party or write-in following the release of a 2005 video in which Trump bragged about allegedly sexually assaulting women and attempting to have sexual relations with a married woman. James Dobson of Focus on the…

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Top News – 10/15/2016

Russia’s Rosneft, partners to invest around $12.9 billion in India’s Essar Oil: CEO
A group led by Russian oil major Rosneft (ROSN.MM) will invest around $12.9 billion in India’s Essar Oil ESRO.CL, Chief Executive Igor Sechin told reporters on Saturday. Sechin said a refinery and port owned by the Indian firm were worth around $10 billion and $2.9 billion respectively. India and Russia signed a deal on Saturday to pave the way for a group led by Rosneft to acquire Essar.

B’tselem goes to UN, demands end to ‘occupation’
The UN Security Council held a special session…on the subject of the Israeli settlements. Israeli left-wing NGO B’tselem was invited…to speak at the council condemning Israel over settlement activities. B’tselem chairman Hagi El-Ad, used his time at the UN to attack the Israeli government’s policies, blame the government for violence against the Palestinians, “take action (against Israel), now.”

‘Posturing’ Russians to send aircraft carrier and fleet along the English Channel
Russia is expected to sail its only aircraft carrier through the English Channel later this month amid strained relations between London and Moscow over the Syria crisis. Royal Navy chiefs and their Nato allies are drawing up plans to escort up to eight Russian warships which are due to leave port imminently to join the country’s air strike campaign against Syrian rebels.

More Than 1 Million to Lose Obamacare Plans as Insurers Quit
A growing number of people in Obamacare are finding out their health insurance plans will disappear from the program next year, forcing them to find new coverage even as options shrink and prices rise. At least 1.4 million people in 32 states will lose the Obamacare plan they have now, according to state officials contacted by Bloomberg.

CIA Prepping for Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia
The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election… officials with direct knowledge of the situation say the CIA has been asked to deliver options to the White House for a wide-ranging “clandestine” cyber operation designed to harass and “embarrass” the Kremlin leadership.

US and Russia discuss Syria ceasefire in Switzerland
New talks are set to start in Switzerland as the US and Russia try to broker another ceasefire in Syria. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia’s Sergei Lavrov are meeting delegates from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Qatar in the city of Lausanne. Since the collapse of a short-lived truce in September, Syria and its ally Russia have stepped up bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

Yemen conflict: Saudis blame funeral hall bombing on mistake
The Saudi-led coalition bombing Houthi rebels in Yemen says it attacked a funeral hall in the capital, Sanaa, based on “bad information”. At least 140 people were killed, most of them civilians, in the attack on 8 October – one of the single worst death tolls in the two-year conflict. A Saudi inquiry blames “non-compliance with coalition rules of engagement” and “the issuing of incorrect information”.

ISIS in Sinai could turn its guns on us ‘at any time’
In Egypt’s jihadist-infested Sinai, Islamic State-affiliated members of the Wilayat Sayna (Sinai Province) terrorist organization battle Egyptian security forces on a daily basis. Right across the border in Israel, the Caracal Battalion watches and prepares for the day that an Islamic State cell turns its guns, bombs and possibly rockets northward.

Hillary, Soros and the political genocide of Christianity
Hillary Clinton seems to have a problem with religious liberty when it conflicts with her progressive goals. During an April 2015 speech to the Women in the World Conference she said, “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” for the sake of giving women access to “reproductive health care and safe childbirth.”

Is The US On The Verge Of Mass Race Riots?
Ferguson, Baltimore, Ferguson (again), Milwaukee, Charlotte. Much has been made by the media of the recent riots that have taken place across America. Which begs the question: Are these riots passing occurrences or, like a series of smaller seismic events, a forewarning of much larger mass civil unrest to come? For the answers, we take a quick trip back in time.

Scenes From The Apocalypse – Mass Immigration Ruins The Streets Of France
The Paris you know or remember from adverts or brochures no longer exists. While no part of Paris looks like the romantic Cliches in Hollywood movies, some districts now resemble post-apocalyptic scenes of a dystopian thriller. This footage, taken with a hidden camera by an anonymous Frenchman in the Avenue de Flandres, 19th Arrondissement, near the Stalingrad Metro Station in Paris as well as areas in close proximity, shows the devastating effects of uncontrolled illegal mass immigration of young African males into Europe.

Dutch court upholds hate speech case against far-right MP Geert Wilders
A Dutch court on Friday upheld hate speech charges against anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, meaning his trial will now start later this month. “The court rejects all the defence’s objections,” judge Hendrik Steenhuis told The Hague district court.

World ISIS crushes Mosul rebellion, drowning fighters who aimed to return city to Baghdad
The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has quashed a rebellion in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, as a U.S.-Iraqi offensive looks set to begin, executing 58 people by drowning and burying them in a mass grave, according to Iraqi officials and residents.

7 Ways Russia Is Telling People to Prepare for War
With tensions between Russia and the United States at their highest since the Cold War, there have been alarming signs coming out of Moscow that suggest the country is ready for war.


Top Headlines – 10/15/2016

US, at UN, says Israel must choose between settlements or two-state solution

U.S. blasts Israeli activities in Judea and Samaria

UNESCO chief: We will fight delegitimization of Israel

Netanyahu mocks UNESCO motion on Temple Mount: Like denying bond between Batman and Robin

Bennett suspends Israeli cooperation with UNESCO after Temple Mount vote

Top UNESCO official tells Israeli TV he’s ‘sorry’ about Jerusalem resolution

Trump attacks UNESCO resolution in Facebook post

Venezuela accuses Israel of war crimes against Palestinians at UNSC

Japan withholds annual dues to UNESCO

US Christians Slam UNESCO Resolution, Say Denial of Jerusalem’s Jewish History Equals Rejection of City’s Christian Past as Well

PM to next UN chief: I hope for fairer stance on Israel

Israeli President Hosts Quiet and Highly Unusual Meeting of Muslim and Jewish Leaders

Border Police officer stabbed outside of Jerusalem

Amona: The Little Jewish Village That Makes Obama Boil

Chief rabbi calls Syrian conflict ‘Holocaust,’ urges action

Syria’s President claims Israel is supporting the “terrorists” in his country, including jihadist groups like ISIS

ISIS in Sinai could turn its guns on Israel ‘at any time’

Egypt: ‘IS militants’ kill 12 soldiers in Sinai peninsula

ISIS’ retreat to Mosul brings surrounding villages back to life, reveals extensive tunnel system

U.S. broadens Syria talks after failure of truce deal with Russia

Iran, Saudi Arabia join US, Russia for latest Syria truce push

If they really wanted to Stop the War in Syria, they’d target Russia

7 Ways Russia Is Telling People to Prepare for War

Russia: Syria meeting aims to isolate Nusra extremists

Pro-Assad forces make gains in Aleppo ahead of key Syria talks

Aleppo hospital bombed again as Assad vows to ‘clean’ city

Assad: taking Aleppo is key to pushing terrorists back to Turkey

Aleppo Has Become A ‘Living Hell’ Warns Christian Leader In Syria

Iraqi special forces arrive outside militant-held Mosul

Suicide bomber kills at least 31 at Baghdad Shi’ite gathering: police

Yemen Sees U.S. Strikes as Evidence of Hidden Hand Behind Saudi Air War

‘Heinous crime against humanity’: how Saudi airstrikes have devastated Yemen

An ‘eroding stalemate’ in Afghanistan as Taliban widens its offensive

Libya coup attempt as Tripoli militias seek to topple UN-backed government

Week of violence in South Sudan kills 60

Clashes in Somalia kill 11, displace 50,000

Three Kansas men calling themselves ‘Crusaders’ charged in terror plot targeting Muslim immigrants

296 Refugees Diagnosed with Active TB in Minnesota, Ten Times Any Other State; Majority Are Somalis

Tuberculosis epidemic larger than previously thought

Dutch politician Wilders will face trial on charges of inciting racial hatred

Man claims son was eaten by fellow inmates during riot in Venezuelan prison

Obama lifts restrictions on Cuban rum, cigars

Egypt inches toward IMF bailout as shortages, prices enrage

Twitter shares tumble 5% after Salesforce rules out bid

Land With Longest Stretch of Negative Rates Finds Rich Are Getting Richer Faster

Fed’s Yellen says ‘high-pressure’ policy may be only way back from crisis

U.S. Deficit Up for First Time Since 2009 on Spending Surge

Obama administration: Budget deficit increases to $587B

US finds growing evidence Russia feeding emails to WikiLeaks

Hillary, Soros and the political genocide of Christianity

Archbishop of Philadelphia Calls Clinton a “Scheming, Robotic Liar”

Charles Krauthammer: It’s not the ‘locker room’ talk. It’s the ‘Lock her up’ talk.

Trump denounces ‘lies and smears’ as more women come forward

Why do women’s groups treat Bill Clinton and Donald Trump differently?

Biden says Bill Clinton already ‘paid the price’ for infidelity

It’s Official: This Election Is Driving Americans Nuts

People are so stressed by this election that the American Psychological Association has coping tips

Obama decries ‘wild west’ media landscape

Obama warns ‘democracy itself’ at stake in US election

We are a republic, not a democracy — Kevin Huska

Anyone can chat with the White House… through a bot

Looming digital regulation has U.S. truck industry scrambling

United Airlines Computer Glitches Delay Flights, Infuriate Flyers

Yahoo’s data breach has Verizon feeling buyer’s remorse, may withdraw aquisition

Giant cyber wargame with ‘dark scenario’ of power cuts, ransomware and drones reaches its climax

Biden vows US will retaliate against Russia for hacks

CIA Prepping for Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia

Wikileaks: Clinton said US could ‘ring China with missile defense’ in speech

Obama expands his executive power beyond Earth

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Calamba, Philippines

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Eregli, Turkey

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 25,000ft

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 14,000ft

Two typhoons may threaten Philippines in a week’s time; China, Vietnam at risk for tropical impacts

Tropical cyclone Aere reborn: ‘Zombie storm’ headed for Vietnam

UN chief to visit hurricane-hit Haiti as funding appeal falls short

Thousands without power after rain, wind and tornado slam Pacific Northwest

Manzanita tornado may rank among Oregon’s most destructive

Leonardo DiCaprio Urged to Step Down From UN Climate Change Role

As Deadly Superbugs Rise, Big Pharma Presses Farm Antibiotics

More Than 1 Million to Lose Obamacare Plans as Insurers Quit

Leaked Emails Reveals Clinton Campaign Plotted Supreme Court Threat Over Obamacare

CERN Physicist’s Fertility Algorithm Prevents Unwanted Pregnancy With 99.5% Efficacy

Pro-Abortion Study Falsely Claims Women Have No Second Thoughts About Aborting Their Babies

No quick fix from China’s ‘two-child’ policy

Pentagon issues handbook on sex change in the ranks

Mormon Leaders Oppose Colorado Assisted Suicide Measure

Video Released After Brutal Beating of Chicago Police Officer – The officer decided not to shoot her assailant because she was worried about the ‘scrutiny’ she might face

‘Clown Lives Matter’ peace walk canceled after multiple threats

Attacker in clown mask stabs man in Sweden

Ginsburg: Sorry for criticizing Kaepernick anthem protest

WAR DRUMS: Russia accuses US of hostile ‘scorched earth policy’ towards Moscow

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 05:57 AM PDT

According to the Kremlin’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, the US has been refusing to release cash from the International Monetary Fund and the World…

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DEVELOPING: Royal Navy rush to intercept Russian warship in English Channel

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 05:54 AM PDT

Nato forces and maritime patrol aircrafts have been sent to monitor the Admiral Kuznetsov warcraft and seven vessels, including a nuclear-powered cruiser, as it closes…

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Bad News for Washington: Syrian Conflict Revealing New World Order

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 06:46 PM PDT

The post-Cold War world order is “coming apart at the seams,” with a limited number of countries no longer able to act according to their…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Hillary Clinton ready to go to war against Russia in Syria?

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 06:42 PM PDT

Let’s cut to the chase; Hillary Clinton is ready to go to war against Russia in Syria – with inbuilt, potentially terrifying, thermonuclear consequences. Anticipating…

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Pro-Russian rebels shoot down helicopter with NATO officials on board

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 05:32 PM PDT

Pro-Russian rebels shoot down helicopter with NATO officials on board over eastern Ukraine. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DPR) ministry of defence claims the chopper…

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Wikileaks Revela US could surround China with missiles if Beijing doesn’t agree to Washington’s requests

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 05:24 PM PDT

The US could surround China with missiles if Beijing doesn’t agree to Washington’s requests to use its influence to disrupt North Korea’s nuclear program, Hillary…

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Sterling plunges to its lowest level in 168 years

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 05:19 PM PDT

The British pound has fallen to a low measured against a basket of trading currencies not seen since the mid-19th century, according to the Bank…

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WAR DRUMS: Russians sending aircraft carrier and fleet to the English Channel

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 04:59 PM PDT

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BREAKING NEWS: CIA Prepping for Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 03:39 PM PDT

The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election, U.S. intelligence…

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Trump and Clinton Should Both Quit the Race, Says Desiring God Founder John Piper

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 03:32 PM PDT

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The Republican Party Has Spent $0 on TV Ads for Trump After Spending $42 Million for Romney in 2012

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 03:10 PM PDT

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Google News to determine FACT from FICTION by launching “fact check label”

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 02:59 PM PDT

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Manzanita tornado may rank among Oregon’s most destructive

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 02:53 PM PDT

In a slew of hail and heavy rains, Tillamook County saw its first tornado touchdown in nearly 20 years early Friday morning. The rotating cell…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Seven Ways Russia Is Preparing Prepare for War

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 02:46 PM PDT

With tensions between Russia and the United States at their highest since the Cold War, there have been alarming signs coming out of Moscow that…

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DEVELOPING: Two More Women Come Out Accusing Trump of Sexual Assault

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 12:55 PM PDT

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CUP OF TREMBLING: Israel Suspends Cooperation With UNESCO Over Jerusalem Draft

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DEVELOPING: Strong solar storm underway, sparking Northern Lights display from Europe to North America

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RUMORS OF WAR: The US and Iran Set Course for a Battle at Sea

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Largest Cyber Defense Exercise in History Underway, Preparing For Blackouts and Sabotage

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Executive Order Signed Coordinating Efforts to Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events

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NIGHTMARE: One Million in Obamacare to Lose Plans as Insurers Quit…

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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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“Nation Now Has Proof” of Hillary Scandals, But Leftist Media “Devote Its Front Pages to the Trump Story”

Breitbart reports:

corruption-2The Wall Street Journal’s Potomac Watch columnist Kimberley Strassel details the “devastating case against a Clinton presidency” that can be made by reviewing the WikiLeaks documents combined with what is already known in the public record. Strassel notes that although “the nation now has proof of pretty much everything [Hillary Clinton] has been accused of,” the media “has almost uniformly ignored the flurry of bombshells, preferring to devote its front pages” to the story that Donald Trump “made lewd remarks a decade ago and now stands accused of groping women.”

Only subscribers to WSJ have access to Kimberly Strassel’s entire article (here). Dave Andrusko has a piece entitled “Just Some of the Reasons Pro-Abortion Hillary Clinton Must Never Become President” that includes excerpts from Strassel’s article.  Andrusko writes:

Before I began this admittedly very long post, I looked at the online front page of today’s Washington Post. I stopped counting at the links to 15 attacks on Donald Trump, plus the ebook “Trump Revealed” in which a bevy of Post reporters went after Trump, plus a separate link to the “Financials, depositions and interview transcripts: The documents behind ‘Trump Revealed.’”

Whatever happens November 8, reporters/editorial writers of the Media Elite will indulge in ceaseless rounds of navel-gazing. If pro-abortion Hillary Clinton wins, they will congratulate themselves for having done their civic duty. If Trump wins, they will (a) bemoan that they didn’t have 20 attacks each day and (b) attempt to delegitimize his presidency from the hour he carried the day.

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Bad Fruit, Diseased Trees, and the Authority of God’s Word

diseased-tree-and-graveyardAuthor, speaker and blogger Michelle Lesley often has to deal with disgruntled people who contact her to defend a high-profile false teacher she has warned us about.  Yes, some who profess a belief in Christ actually stand up for wolves in the hen house and will even refuse to listen to the evidence.  Why? Because they’re not Bereans.  Moreover, a certain false teacher has become an idol.  Chew on that, brethren. Some wolves are idols.  So when a messenger like Michelle Lesley comes along and knocks down an idol, some professing Christians will shoot at the messenger.

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Sid Roth’s new Middle East Television Network to reach millions

Amy Spreeman of Berean Research reports:

sid-roth-2This is not good news. If you know anything about the theology of Sid Roth (“It’s Supernatural”) or his guests, then you understand that the announcement that Sid will reach an additional 150 Million viewers in the Middle East is concerning.

How many of them will be duped into the New Apostolic Reformation’s signs and wonders, spiritual warfare and demonic indwellings as told by false teachers that frequently promote their latest book or DVD programs on Sid’s show?

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‘Crazy Joe’ Biden Tells NBC News That Obama Is Planning a Cyber Strike On Russian Kremlin

The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For the last few years, Putin has been mopping the floor with the pusillanimous Barack Obama in the Middle East, in Ukraine, in Syrian missile strikes, you name it. None of these things has propelled Obama to action. But as more and more WikiLeaks come out that continue to embarrass and expose Crooked Hillary and her entire campaign team, now Obama is “fighting mad”. So mad, that he is now threatening to launch a cyber strike on the Russian Kremlin. As the former community organizer Obama walks right into the trap set for him by former KGB strongman Putin, the only thing you can be sure of is more WikiLeaks dumps on Hillary. A lot more. 

Current and former officials with direct knowledge of the situation say the CIA has been asked to deliver options to the White House for a wide-ranging “clandestine” cyber operation designed to harass and “embarrass” the Kremlin leadership.

The sources did not elaborate on the exact measures the CIA was considering, but said the agency had already begun opening cyber doors, selecting targets and making other preparations for an operation. Former intelligence officers told NBC News that the agency had gathered reams of documents that could expose unsavory tactics by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Vice President Joe Biden told “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd on Friday that “we’re sending a message” to Putin and that “it will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact.” When asked if the American public will know a message was sent, the vice president replied, “Hope not.”

Retired Admiral James Stavridis told NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden that the U.S. should attack Russia’s ability to censor its internal internet traffic and expose the financial dealings of Putin and his associates.

“It’s well known that there’s great deal of offshore money moved outside of Russia from oligarchs,” he said. “It would be very embarrassing if that was revealed, and that would be a proportional response to what we’ve seen” in Russia’s alleged hacks and leaks targeting U.S. public opinion.

Sean Kanuck, who was until this spring the senior U.S. intelligence official responsible for analyzing Russian cyber capabilities, said not mounting a response would carry a cost.

“If you publicly accuse someone,” he said, “and don’t follow it up with a responsive action, that may weaken the credible threat of your response capability.”

President Obama will ultimately have to decide whether he will authorize a CIA operation. Officials told NBC News that for now there are divisions at the top of the administration about whether to proceed.

Two former CIA officers who worked on Russia told NBC News that there is a long history of the White House asking the CIA to come up with options for covert action against Russia, including cyber options — only to abandon the idea. source

Source: ‘Crazy Joe’ Biden Tells NBC News That Obama Is Planning a Cyber Strike On Russian Kremlin

Turkey’s Dangerous Moves in Iraq | Bekdil at Gatestone

by Burak Bekdil
The Gatestone Institute
October 11, 2016

http://www.meforum.org/6326/turkey-dangerous-moves-in-iraq

Turkish intervention in Iraq is driven by sectarian concerns and ambitions.

In a span of five years Turkey has had serious political and military tensions with several countries in its vicinity: Israel, Syria, Russia, Jordan, Egypt, Cyprus and Greece. Most recently, Iraq has also joined the club of hostilities surrounding Turkey.

Despite the Iraqi government’s vehement requests that Turkey withdraw its troops in Iraq, Ankara shrugs it off and says it will maintain its military presence in the neighboring country for “Iraq’s stability.” What a nice neighborly gesture! Behind the Turkish indifference lies sectarian concerns and ambitions.

On October 1, Turkey’s parliament extended the mandate of Turkish troops deployed in Iraqi territory by one more year. The troops are stationed near Bashiqa in northern Iraq — as unwanted guests. That sparked a row with Baghdad and may further complicate the cold sectarian war between the Sunnis in the region, supported by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and their Shiite enemies, supported by Iran and the Shiite-controlled government in Baghdad.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi renewed the call for the withdrawal of Turkish soldiers from his country and warned that Turkey’s military adventurism could trigger another war in the Middle East. He said: “We do not want to enter into a military confrontation with Turkey … The Turkish insistence on [its] presence inside Iraqi territories has no justification.”

The Iraqi parliament said in a statement: “The Iraqi government must consider Turkish troops as hostile occupying forces.”

Turkey’s pretext that its troops are in Iraq to ‘fight ISIS’ doesn’t convince anyone.

Baghdad has also requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to discuss the issue. The UNSC should “shoulder its responsibility and adopt a resolution to end to the Turkish troops’ violation of Iraq’s sovereignty,” said Ahmad Jamal, spokesman for the Iraqi Foreign Ministry.

The Turkish move does not annoy only Iraq, but also its Western allies. Col. John Dorrian, the spokesman for the US-led coalition of 65 countries that fight the Islamic State (ISIS), said that Turkish troops in Iraq are not acting as part of the alliance. Dorrian said that Turkey is operating “on its own” in Iraq. He added that the coalition position is that every unit “should be here with the coordination or and with the permission of the government of Iraq.”

By October 9, things started to get more annoying. Iraq’s Ambassador to Turkey, Hisham Alawi, said: “If we do not reach some result, the Iraqi government will be forced to consider other options, and by doing so, Iraq would be practicing its right to defend its sovereignty and Iraq’s interests.”

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says his government’s use of force in Iraq is designed “to make sure that no change to the region’s ‘demographic structure’ is imposed by force.”

Ankara remains defiant. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that Turkish troops would remain in Iraq. Turkey’s pretext is that its troops are in Iraq to “fight ISIS.” That does not convince anyone. Turkey’s intention is largely sectarian (read: pro-Sunni) and Yildirim admitted that in a not-so-subtle way when he said that the Turkish troops were in Iraq also “to make sure that no change to the region’s ‘demographic structure’ is imposed by force.”

Turkey fears that the aftermath of a planned assault on Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and ISIS’s Iraqi stronghold, could see a heavy Shiite and Kurdish dominance in the Mosul area. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said: “Involving Shiite militias in the operation [against IS] will not bring peace to Mosul. On the contrary, it will increase problems.” Unsurprisingly Turkey’s pro-Sunni Islamists want Sunni dominance in a foreign country. This is not the first time they passionately do so. The problem is that Turkey’s sectarian ambitions come at a time when the coalition is preparing a heavy offensive on ISIS-controlled Mosul. Turkey’s primary concern is not to drive ISIS out of Mosul but to make it a “Sunni-controlled city” after ISIS has been pushed out. And this ambition jeopardizes the planned assault on ISIS.

Turkey’s primary concern is not to drive ISIS out of Mosul, but to ensure the city remains Sunni-controlled.

Iraqis think that the offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS is unlikely to begin as long as Turkish troops remain in Iraq. “I think that as long as these Turkish troops remain around Mosul, the operation to control the city will not start, or there must be a new agreement for the Turkish force not to take part in the offensive,” said Iraqi lawmaker Abdelaziz Hasan, also a member of the defense and security committee at the Iraqi parliament.

Turkey’s sectarian ambitions in neighboring Syria have ended up in total failure and bloodshed. Now Ankara wants to try another sectarian adventure in another neighboring and near-failed state, under the pretext of “bringing stability.” Yildirim said that Turkey “bears responsibility for stability in Iraq.” That is simply funny. You cannot bring stability to a country that looks more like a battleground of multiple religious wars than a country with just a few hundred troops.

Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based columnist for the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet Daily News and a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

12 Million People Have Already Watched This Video On Hillary’s Scandals From Whitewater To Emailgate

Former First Lady Hillary Clinton is the current darling of the liberal media and the frontrunner for Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election. However, a new video could destroy her political career, giving her a term in a jail cell rather than the Oval Office.

American Freedom Fighters has discovered that Hillary has made billions off the American taxpayers in illegal schemes and backroom deals. Despite spending millions on media damage control and a legal team, Clinton can’t stop Americans from seeing this video and discovering the truth about her antics. In this video, it is revealed that Hillary Clinton used the White House as a way to funnel money to powerful friends while her husband was president. Anyone who crossed Hillary died under mysterious circumstances. Hillary has managed to keep her past quiet with fear and threats, but a brave few are willing to speak out.

Hillary Clinton: A Career Criminal

From the Whitewater Scandal to Benghazi to Emailgate, Hillary’s time in national politics has been spent in constant scandal. The media refuses to discuss the dirty deeds of their favorite candidate, while she has escaped legal consequences due to a large legal team and constant intimidation of anyone who speaks out. This viral video finally gives Americans the information that they need to make an informed decision about Hillary Clinton and may even land her in court with felony charges. This time, there is nothing she can do. source

Genuine believers bear godly fruit

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, you will know them by their fruits. Matthew 7:15-20 (NASB) 

The fruit of a ministry in God’s economy is not the number of people “converted” under it. No, the fruit, which will be what God will use to judge, refers to the effectiveness that ministry has in leading and developing within those who are ministered to by it…

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Ezekiel 38 Prophecy: Free Download

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The amazing prophecies in Ezekiel 38 & 39, have received a lot of attention recently because of current events in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, & Russia. This remarkable prophecy predicts that a great power to the far north of Israel and a coalition of nations will attack Israel and be destroyed supernaturally by God on the mountains of Israel.

This special eBook by my friend, the late Dr. John Weldon, explains to you these incredible prophecies and how current world events point to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Obamacare update: between 1.4 and 2.5 million people will lose health care plans in 2017

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Is Barack Obama focused on protecting the American people? Is Barack Obama focused on protecting the American people?

Bloomberg reports on the latest triumph of Obama the health care expert.

Excerpt:

A growing number of people in Obamacare are finding out their health insurance plans will disappear from the program next year, forcing them to find new coverage even as options shrink and prices rise.

At least 1.4 million people in 32 states will lose the Obamacare plan they have now, according to state officials contacted by Bloomberg. That’s largely caused by Aetna Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and some state or regional insurers quitting the law’s markets for individual coverage.

Sign-ups for Obamacare coverage begin next month. Fallout from the quitting insurers has emerged as the latest threat to the law, which is also a major focal point in the U.S. presidential election.

While it’s not clear what all the consequences of the departing insurers will be, interviews with regulators…

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DEAD ON ARRIVAL: 1.4 Million People Set To Lose Healthcare As Obamacare Fraud Implodes

Millions of people in Obamacare are finding out their health insurance plans will disappear from the program next year, forcing them to find new coverage even as options shrink and prices rise.

EDITOR’S NOTE: From the very beginning, we tried to warn you that Obamacare was a smoke and mirrors con game, made to work only by massive infusions of taxpayer billions. Those billions can no longer sustain this fraudulent system, and now we are watching it collapse even before Obama leaves office. 

At least 1.4 million people in 32 states will lose the Obamacare plan they have now, according to state officials contacted by Bloomberg. That’s largely caused by Aetna Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and some state or regional insurers quitting the law’s markets for individual coverage.

Nancy Pelosi taken apart by David Gregory on false Obamacare promises:

Watching Nancy Pelosi attempting to answer simple questions on Obamacare is a great illustration of what mental illness looks like.

Sign-ups for Obamacare coverage begin next month. Fallout from the quitting insurers has emerged as the latest threat to the law, which is also a major focal point in the U.S. presidential election. While it’s not clear what all the consequences of the departing insurers will be, interviews with regulators and insurance customers suggest that plans will be fewer and more expensive, and may not include the same doctors and hospitals.

It may also mean that instead of growing in 2017, Obamacare could shrink. As of March 31, the law covered 11.1 million people; an Oct. 13 S&P Global Ratings report predicted that enrollment next year will range from an 8 percent decline to a 4 percent gain.

Vanishing Plan

Last year in Minnesota, Theresa Puffer, 61, used Obamacare to sign up for a BlueCross BlueShield plan after leaving her job following a skin cancer diagnosis. “I would have had a hard time finding any sort of coverage before the ACA,” Puffer said by phone.

Next year, Puffer’s plan is disappearing from Obamacare — making her one of about 20,000 Minnesotans in the same situation. To make matters worse, premiums for other plans in the state will rise by at least 50 percent, though subsidies under the law can help cushion the blow.

“Trying to determine which would be the best plan for my situation is not easy,” Puffer said. Her dermatologist appears to be out of network in other plans, she said. “I’m willing to pay a higher premium to see him, because when you have cancer you want to stay with the same group of doctors,” she said. “I’ve spent so much time trying to figure out what my options are.”

36 Times Obama Lied And Said You Could Keep Your Health Care Plan:

Bloomberg contacted officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and the 1.4 million-person estimate includes 32 states and only plans sold on the individual “exchange” markets. In Texas, Arizona, Georgia and Missouri, insurers have pulled out, but regulators couldn’t or wouldn’t say how many people are affected. Three states didn’t provide sufficient data.

Eleven states said they weren’t affected. In Washington, D.C., because one insurer withdrew some of its offerings, about 7,800 customers will need to choose new plans.

Normal Disruption

The U.S. agency that oversees Obamacare has said that some disruption is normal, and that choosing a new plan can help people get the best deal.

“It’s part of the normal business cycle for insurers to discontinue, change, and replace plans from year to year,” Benjamin Wakana, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said by e-mail on Oct. 5. “Such changes don’t prevent people from obtaining coverage. People can shop for new coverage through a transparent market.”

Obamacare Promises: Then vs. Now

HHS said Thursday that it will contact people losing their coverage and encourage them to sign up with new plans. The law requires all Americans to have insurance or pay a fine.

Nationwide estimates of the number of people losing their current plans are higher. For example, Charles Gaba, who tracks the law at ACASignups.net, estimates that 2 million to 2.5 million people in the U.S. will lose their current plans, compared with 2 million a year ago. Gaba’s estimate is based on insurance company membership data.

Fewer Choices

For the people losing plans, there are fewer and fewer choices. One estimate by the Kaiser Family Foundation predicts that for at least 19 percent of the people in Obamacare’s individual market next year there will be only one insurer to choose from.

In North Carolina, for example, a BlueCross BlueShield insurer will be the only option in 95 of the state’s 100 counties after Aetna and UnitedHealth said this year that they would leave. That will leave 284,000 people looking for a new plan, according to the state.

“Without any significant statutory and regulatory changes on the federal and state levels, we may face the crisis again,” said North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, a Democrat who’s up for election this year. “There needs to be a wholesale re-evaluation by leaders in Washington.”

Losing Access

In Tennessee, UnitedHealth and the state’s BlueCross BlueShield plan are pulling back, and about 117,000 people will lose the plans they have now.

Amanda Page Cornett, a 34-year-old musician and athletic trainer in Nashville, is among them. For 2015, Cornett was careful to pick a BlueCross BlueShield plan that covered specialists at Vanderbilt Health, to treat nerve pain stemming from a 2013 accident. Her condition worsened recently, she said, and she’s worried about losing access to her doctor.

“I’m hopeful that he’s going to be able to help me,” she said of her current physician. “I feel like now I have two and a half months to figure it out before they shut me out.” source

Source: DEAD ON ARRIVAL: 1.4 Million People Set To Lose Healthcare As Obamacare Fraud Implodes

Law, Gospel, and Conversion (Ursinus)

The Reformed Reader

In Reformed theology, the law and gospel are distinguished, yet God uses both in his sovereign way.  Zacharius Ursinus, the primary author of the Heidelberg Catechism, understood this well.  After talking about how the Holy Spirit is the primary agent in a sinner’s conversion, he talks about the instrumental causes of conversion (that is, the instruments the Spirit uses to convert a sinner).  Here are his comments:

The means or instrumental causes of conversion are the law—the gospel, and again, the doctrine of the law after that of the gospel. For the preaching of the law goes before, preparing and leading us to a knowledge of the gospel: “for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Rom. 3:20.) Hence, there can be no sorrow for sin without the law. After the sinner has once been led to a knowledge of sin, then the preaching of the gospel follows, encouraging…

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The Hedge is Down: Could This Be the End of America?

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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My husband and I watched an old Adrian Rogers’ sermon yesterday.  Adrian Rogers went home to be with our Lord in 2005.  He is greatly missed.  During his sermon, he spoke much of “hedges” placed by our Lord. His sermon title was “Will God Impeach America?”

Fromgotquestions.org

Question: “What is a hedge of protection?”

Answer: In the first chapter of Job, God points out to Satan that Job is “blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil” (Job 1:8). Satan replies, “Does Job fear God for nothing?…Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has?” It is common for Christians to adapt this verse and pray a “hedge of protection” around a friend or family member, but few people understand the original inspiration behind the phrase.

In the time of the Old Testament, wild animals were much more prevalent in…

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