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October 17, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Florida election officials must do more to ensure absentee ballots are counted, a federal judge said in a ruling that called the state’s current practice of invalidating ballots where signatures don’t appear to match those on file an “obscene” disenfranchisement.

OPEC’s decision last month to reverse its policy of unfettered production and cut oil output to boost prices may be at odds with the industry’s most important long-term trend: demand for what they produce could start falling within 15 years.

Apple Inc. has drastically scaled back its automotive ambitions, leading to hundreds of job cuts and a new direction that, for now, no longer includes building its own car.

Iraq has launched a long-awaited offensive to retake Islamic State’s last major stronghold in the country, amid mounting concern over the fate of 1.2 million trapped city residents.

The latest U.S. Littoral Combat Ship, the USS Coronado, to arrive in Southeast Asia is combat ready, according to a senior Navy officer, after a series of mechanical snafus cast doubt on the ability of the vessels to operate effectively in shallow coastal waters.

Morgan Stanley could do little but watch as a team of advisers overseeing $2.2 billion in assets quit last month to start their own shop, the latest in a string of departures that have shifted billions of dollars in assets away from big Wall Street banks.

China sent two astronauts into space to dock with an orbiting space lab, marking a crucial step toward the country’s ambition to build and operate its first space station by 2022.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Saturday that immediately exploded after launch. The missile was thought to be a mid-range weapon capable of hitting U.S. military bases in Japan or Guam in a move that comes as the international community considers further sanctions on the isolated nation.

Deutsche Bank AG, Germany’s biggest bank, is exploring shrinking its U.S. operations as mounting legal expenses threaten to eat into the firm’s capital.

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As many as 1.5 million Iraqis are bracing for a major offensive on the city of Mosul, an operation that could force as many as 1 million people from their homes and send as many as 100,000 refugees across the border into war-ravaged Syria.

Dramatic videos of deadly law enforcement encounters and the absence of reliable data about how often police use force contribute to a regrettable narrative that “biased police are killing black men at epidemic rates,” FBI Director James Comey said.

A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, officials said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued with little damage expected due to the remote location.

Montenegro’s ruling party faces its toughest test in 27 years in power on Sunday, when it hopes its election promise to bring the country into NATO and closer to the European Union will outweigh opposition allegations of cronyism and corruption.

At least 24 people were killed and 20 others injured in a stampede that occurred as they were crossing a crowded bridge to reach a Hindu religious ceremony in northern India on Saturday.

Twenty-one of the over 200 missing Chibok schoolgirls freed after being held by Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists for more than two years on Sunday spoke of their ordeal as they were reunited with their families. During a Christian ceremony held for them in the capital Abuja, a schoolgirl named Gloria Dame said they had survived for 40 days without food and narrowly escaped death at least once.

The United States and Britain called on Sunday for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Yemen to end violence between Iran-backed Houthis and the government, which is supported by Gulf states.

On Friday, the Florida Supreme Court continued to reverse its long-time support for the death penalty, citing shifting constitutional norms around a practice that appears to be on the wane in the US.

Pope Francis canonized Argentina’s “gaucho priest” Sunday, bestowing sainthood on the poncho-wearing pastor with whom the first Argentine pope shares many similarities, from a taste for mate tea to a dedication to bringing the ministry to even the most isolated people.

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NatWest bank has frozen the accounts of Russia’s state-run broadcaster RT, its editor-in-chief said. RT said the bank gave no explanation for its decision.

Wikileaks says an unidentified “state actor” has shut down internet access for its founder Julian Assange.

At least 25 inmates have been killed in clashes between two rival factions in an overcrowded prison in northern Brazil, local media report.

At least 25 inmates have been killed in clashes between two rival factions in an overcrowded prison in northern Brazil, local media report.

Women aged 25 to 35 are the most likely group in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland to access medication online to end a pregnancy, a study suggests. Data provided by Women on the Web, which offers abortion pills online, showed 5,650 women from both countries accessed the service from 2010 to 2015.

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41 percent of voters say November’s election could be “stolen” from Donald Trump due to widespread voter fraud.

A giant jade stone weighing 175 tons has been uncovered by miners in Myanmar. The stone is 14ft high and 19ft long, and is reportedly worth an estimated $170m.


Top News – 10/17/2016

Obama Cheers for Another 100 Years of Planned Parenthood
President Barack Obama celebrated Planned Parenthood’s centennial anniversary Sunday by tweeting out his hopes for another 100 years for America’s largest

US nuclear war fears see American military drills brought forward as Russia tension rises
Express.co.uk can reveal NORAD has started its ‘Vigilant Shield’ exercise today, believed to have been brought forward from their scheduled date. Global Thunder is also thought to have been brought forward, according to a DEFCON watchdog which uses contacts from within the military and US government to share nuclear war information.

Iceland and Norway could LEAVE European Economic trade area for new deal with Britain
The Progressive Party claims that due to “fundamental changes” to the EEA that include Britain opting to leave the bloc, the government must look into alternatives.

Huge earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea sparking Pacific RING OF FIRE fears
A HUGE earthquake measuring 6.9 magnitude struck off the coast of New Britain island in Papua New Guinea this morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake was so powerful that it was felt as far away as the capital Port Moresby, 750 km (460 miles) away on the country’s south coast.

5.2 quake rattles northwestern Greece, no injuries
Some damage was reported to homes in villages near Ioannina but there were no immediate requests for help. A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck the northwestern Greek city of Ioannina, the Athens Observatory’s geodynamic institute said on Sunday, causing minor damage but no injuries.

Magnitude 3.4 earthquake strikes in central Vietnam
The central province of Quang Nam was hit by two earthquakes measuring between 3.1 and 3.4 on the Richter scale on Saturday morning, according to a statement by the Institute of Geophysics. No casualties have been reported, but locals are getting shaky about increased seismic activity.

6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Tibet – USGS
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has shaken the Himalayan region of Tibet, China, the US Geological Survey reported, adding that the depth of the quake was about 32km. The tremor took place 17km from the Chinese town of Aduo and 294 km from the city of Chamdo, the USGS reported.

Latest Wikileaks #Podesta emails: Black voters, ‘backstabbing’ & San Bernardino
The thousands of emails already released also cover topics including US allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar clandestinely funding ISIS, the Clinton campaign’s efforts to handle the media, and courting billionaire donors. You name it, John Podesta sent or received an email about it.

After Elections, Will Obama Betray Israel at UN?
“There is a distinct possibility that the Administration may seek a new U.N. Security Council resolution embodying the two-state, with [pre-] 1967 lines and agreed land swaps, and some vague statements about Jerusalem.”

Hillary’s ‘War Drums’ Confirm Putin’s Fears Of A World “Rushing Irreversibly” Towards Nuclear Showdown
As election day looms in America, it appears the writing that Vladimir Putin drew on the wall just a few short months ago is coming to fruition. Having lost his patience with the constant spewing of anti-Russia propaganda – missing the bigger picture of vicious circle towards muclear confrontation – Putin implored the western media, for the sake of the world, to listen:

The stock market is turning into a sloppy, ugly mess—and it could get worse
It is getting dicey out there for Wall Street investors, although stocks eked out a modest rise on Friday. U.S. equities have been bouncing around lately. And the trend has been predominantly lower. Although it hasn’t been the sort of dizzying tumble for equities that would elicit an instant spike in fear… the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.22% down nearly 300 points since the end of July.

Syria conflict: EU push to boost pressure on Russia over bombing
The UK and France are expected to push for strong condemnation of Russia and Syria as EU foreign ministers meet to discuss the war in Syria. The US and UK warned of new sanctions in response to continued air strikes on Aleppo following talks on Sunday. An Aleppo resident told the BBC the city had endured heavy bombing in the past 24 hours, with “bunker-buster” munitions shaking the ground.

China’s Shenzhou 11 blasts off on space station mission
China has launched two men into orbit in a project designed to develop its ability to explore space. The astronauts took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northern China. They will dock with the experimental Tiangong 2 space lab and spend 30 days there, the longest stay in space by Chinese astronauts.

‘Nazi Republicans leave town or else,’ spray-painted on firebombed HQ
The local Republican Party headquarters in Orange County, North Carolina, was struck overnight with a flammable material thrown through a front window of the building, local authorities said in a statement on Sunday. Someone also spray-painted graffiti including a swastika and the words “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” on an adjacent building, the town of Hillsborough said on its website.

Report: Hamas launches long-range rocket into Mediterranean Sea
The Gaza-based terror organization Hamas on Monday reportedly test-fired at least one long-range missile, launching the weapon into the the Mediterranean Sea, according to a Channel 2 report. Residents situated in Israel’s southern communities reported hearing an explosion following the event, the report added.

Iran holds air force drills to display defense capabilities
Iranian forces launched air defense drills on Monday in the central province of Isfahan, Fars news agency reported, aiming to display its ability to safeguard the country’s airspace. The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Air Force (IRIAF) is holding the three-day maneuvers in which fighter bombers, reconnaissance aircraft and home-built drones will take part.

Emergency: US, Russia Entering State of War
The US and Russia have all but declared war. Alex breaks down how this manufactured conflict is being used to take over what remains of the United States by the globalists.

Local GOP office in North Carolina firebombed
A GOP office in Hillsborough, North Carolina, was firebombed overnight, with a swastika and the words “Nazi Republicans get out of town or else” spray painted on an adjacent building, according to local officials.

Iraq Embarks On Offensive To Drive ISIS From Mosul
Iraq’s military has launched an offensive aimed at wresting control of Mosul from Islamic State militants, according to the country’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi. In a televised speech, Abadi said he would keep an earlier promise to defeat ISIS by 2016 — and declared that soon the Iraqi flag would be raised in Mosul.

What the WikiLeaks emails tell us about Hillary Clinton
Take a deep dive into the more than 10,000 Clinton campaign emails published by WikiLeaks, and here’s what you’ll learn: Hillary Clinton is a careful, methodical, tightly-controlled politician. Her jokes, her tweets and even her purported ad libs are often scripted by aides.

U.S., Britain considering new sanctions on Russia, Syria
With military options all but eliminated, the United States and Britain on Sunday said they were considering new sanctions to pressure the Syrian and Russian governments to halt an offensive against rebel-held parts of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.

Greek PM bolsters grip on party in congress vote
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was reconfirmed as leader of his leftist Syriza party on Sunday, boosting his approval rates amongst grassroots members in the process.


Franklin Graham sounds off on the Evangelical response to Trump’s latest scandals

A lot of people are slamming evangelicals for supposedly giving Donald J. Trump a pass. That’s simply not true. No one is giving him a pass. I’m certainly not, and I’ve not met an evangelical yet who condones his language or inexcusable behavior from over a decade ago.

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Obama Enters the Media Wars – Why His Recent Attack on Free Speech is So Dangerous and Radical

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Obama is no friend to free speech as many journalists can attest, even some within the #oldmedia like Susan Page at The USA Today. He clearly dislikes the emergence of an alternative narrative to the one he has sought to craft from the beginning of his presidency. Obama’s White House had “journalists” flowing in and out of it all the time. Even Jon Stewart had secret meetings with the President.

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Doug Casey: The Greater Depression is going to be worse than even I thought it would be.

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The Crash of 2008 didn’t just go away (as too many of us know). It still hangs over the globe. But things have changed. We now have more debt on the books and an even more emboldened political class.

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The Briefing 10-17-16

Planned Parenthood: 100 years of searing the American conscience on abortion

After decades of draconian one-child policy, China unable to convince its people to have more children

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Top Headlines – 10/17/2016

  • Bonds Selloff Spreads on Inflation Concern; Stocks Fall With Oil (Read More)
  • Trump charges U.S. election results being rigged ‘at many polling places’  (Read More)
  • CNN’s Stelter Blames Firebombing of NC Republican Office on Trump’s ‘Over Heated’ Rhetoric (Read More)
  • Britain, France seek EU condemnation of Russia over Syria (Read More)
  • Inside the Secret Society of Wall Street’s Top In-House Lawyers (Read More)
  • Lack of new blood casts doubt over Wells Fargo’s change plan (Read More)
  • Iran Boosting Oil Production in Possible Hitch to OPEC Deal (Read More)
  • OPEC’s Oil U-Turn Missed Looming Peak Demand (Read More)
  • Crown Shares Post Record Fall as China Detains Casino Staff (Read More)
  • Samsung Self-Tested Batteries in Galaxy Note 7 Phone (Read More)
  • Big Winner From London’s Brexit Exodus Isn’t Even in Europe (Read More)
  • China 2016 economic growth seen slowing to 6.6 pct, 6.5 pct in 2017 (Read More)
  • One of China’s Poorest Provinces Puts Nation on Track to Beat 6.5% Growth (Read More)
  • ECB’s QE programme strains eurozone repo market (Read More)
  • Capital One US Delinquencies at Multiyear High  (Read More)
  • Dumber Stock Market Theory Gains Traction in Earnings Day Impact (Read More)
  • China Foreign Currency Shares Plunge in Sudden Afternoon Selloff (Read More)
  • China launches longest manned space mission (Read More)
  • UK prosecutors question Barclays executives for Libor probe (Read More)

Leak shows Clinton doubted Israel could suppress Iran nuclear program alone

Hamas test-fires long-range rocket into sea off Gaza

Loud shots and explosion sounds heard in Gaza border towns due to Hamas training

Netanyahu’s office denies he agreed to construction freeze

Netanyahu: Peace Now, B’Tselem are ‘deluded,’ slander Israel

After UNESCO resolution, minister urges mass Western Wall prayer service

UN chief rejects UNESCO resolution on Temple Mount

UNESCO’s Jerusalem resolution ignores Christian roots, too

How US states are countering the BDS movement against Israel

No Jewish majority between Jordan River and sea, says ‘national demographer’

Islamic State flag is legal in Sweden, prosecutor rules

Israel believes Islamic State has lost 10,000 fighters in past 18 months

ISIS bomber hits Shiite mourners in Baghdad, kills 4 civilians

Battle for Mosul: Operation to retake Iraqi city from IS ‘begins’

Syria Rebels Capture Dabiq, Where ISIS Promised Final Battle with West

Iraq Braces for New Wave of Displaced as 1.5 Million Threatened by Battle for Mosul

US, UK Say Support Is Weak for Military Action Against Syria

Britain, France seek EU condemnation of Russia over Syria

US, UK say they’re weighing new sanctions on Syria, Russia

Hollande says France will not ease pressure on Russia over Syria

US, others express hope for Yemen cease-fire in next days

Saudi Bank Stress Builds as Kingdom’s Cash Injection Falls Short

Kuwait’s ruler dissolves parliament citing ‘security challenges’ – Move sets the stage for early elections amid concerns over rise of Islamic State, drop in global oil prices

‘Island of despair’: Australia intentionally torturing refugees on Nauru, says major Amnesty International report

Refugees being driven to suicide on Nauru, rights group Amnesty says

North Korean Official Says Country Will “Strike” US if Necessary

Indian Prime Minister suggests Pakistan ‘radiates the darkness of terrorism’

China defends Pakistan after ‘mother-ship of terrorism’ comment

Xi warns of globalisation backlash at BRICS summit

Global economic recovery ‘still treacherous’ says China’s Xi

Euro ‘house of cards’ to collapse, warns ECB prophet

The stock market is turning into a sloppy, ugly mess – and it could get worse

Is the Fed’s next decision on rates all about politics?

Police: Local GOP office in N.C. vandalized, firebombed

Pat McCrory: Firebombing ‘an attack on democracy’

As Trump rails against ‘rigged’ elections, Pence says GOP will accept will of the people

Biden: Trump words are ‘sexual assault,’ Bill Clinton’s past ‘shouldn’t matter’

Wikileaks: Hillary Clinton Campaign Plans to Get Ahead of ‘Hyper Sensitive’ Health, Tax Issues

Newt Gingrich: Hillary’s dangerous dream of open borders

Hillary Clinton backers worried about Clinton Foundation scandals

WikiLeaks: Podesta lamented that a Muslim, not a white man, named as killer in 2015 massacre

WikiLeaks says Assange’s internet link was severed by ‘state party’

‘Maybe I said something wrong’: Putin mocks US surveillance during presser power blackout

How could the Large Hadron Collider unlock other dimensions? WIRED explains

China launches longest manned space mission, aims to explore ‘more deeply and more broadly’

Buckle up, space tourists! Blue Origin on track to launch people next year

6.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Kandrian, Papua New Guinea

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Dartang, China

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pimentel, Peru

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 30,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 24,000ft

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

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Sarika aims for China, Vietnam as Philippines braces for second typhoon in a week’s time

Haiti: Aid trucks looted as UN chief assesses hurricane damage

Priests, martyrs and mystic nun proclaimed new Catholic saints

FBI Director Rejects Talk of Epidemic of Police Bias Against Blacks

FBI director: Stats don’t back up claims about police shooting epidemic

When liars defend liars: Dr Michael Brown whitewashes the heresies of Bill Johnson

Christian Leaders Finally Speak Out About Jesus Calling, Saying: “WE LOVE IT!!”

New Life Church is Having a …..Holy Ghost Weiner Roast!

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

Update Your Salvation Scorecards – Saddleback Church’s Pastor Rick Warren Baptizes 45,000th Person in 36 Years

Baptist Minister Defends Aborting Her Baby: “God Helped Me Make the Best Decision”

Pastor Arrested After Allegedly Impregnating 15-Year-Old Girl From His Youth Group

Hillary’s Abortion Doctor – She’s a “Christ figure”

Hillary Clinton’s war on faith  – “Deep seated …….religious beliefs have to be changed”

DEVELOPING: Massive Voter Fraud Investigation Underway In Texas

Posted: 17 Oct 2016 09:21 AM PDT

Less than a month before the Nov. 8 election, allegations of voter fraud in Tarrant County are under investigation by the state, prompting concern that…

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Russian Today bank accounts suddenly ‘Frozen in UK’…

Posted: 17 Oct 2016 09:14 AM PDT

NatWest bank has frozen the accounts of Russia’s state-run broadcaster RT, its editor-in-chief says. Margarita Simonyan tweeted: “They’ve closed our accounts in Britain. All our…

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Deutsche Bank reportedly to slash US business

Posted: 17 Oct 2016 09:06 AM PDT

Germany’s biggest bank, Deutsche Bank, wants to cut back its US operations and ax another 10,000 jobs as it tries to overhaul costs for its…

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MEDIA BLACKOUT: Thousands march in protest against same sex marriage in Paris

Posted: 17 Oct 2016 09:03 AM PDT

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Paris to protest against same sex marriage, which was legalized in France in 2013. The protest was…

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RUMORS OF WAR: North Korea warns it is prepared to use nuclear weapons first

Posted: 17 Oct 2016 06:07 AM PDT

North Korea has warned that it may carry out further nuclear tests and says it is prepared to launch a preemptive strike on the United…

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Russia Plans to Turn Cell Phone Towers Into Cruise Missile Jammers

Posted: 17 Oct 2016 06:02 AM PDT

Here’s a nightmare scenario that keeps Russian generals up at night: American submarines and aircraft launching precision-guided cruise missiles by the hundreds. Within minutes, they…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Russia Building Fallout Shelters to Prepare for a Potential Nuclear Strike

Posted: 17 Oct 2016 05:59 AM PDT

Managers of the Zenit Arena, a giant half-built stadium in St. Petersburg, received an official letter from the Ministry of Emergency Situations last week demanding…

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Strong 5.2 Earthquake rattles northwestern Greece

Posted: 17 Oct 2016 05:54 AM PDT

A quake of magnitude 5.2 struck northwestern Greece, close to the country’s border with Albania, late on Saturday, Athens’ Geodynamic Institute reported, causing damage but…

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Powerful 6.9-magnitude Earthquake Strikes off Papua New Guinea

Posted: 17 Oct 2016 05:50 AM PDT

A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, officials said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued with little damage expected due…

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Assange’s internet link intentionally severed by state party

Posted: 17 Oct 2016 05:39 AM PDT

WikiLeaks has activated “contingency plans” after its co-founder’s internet service was intentionally cut off by a state actor, the media organization said in a tweet….

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KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: Iraq begins military offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS

Posted: 16 Oct 2016 05:27 PM PDT

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced late Sunday the start of a military offensive to retake Mosul, the country’s second largest city, from the Islamic…

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River turns blood red overnight alarming residents in Guatemala

Posted: 16 Oct 2016 05:23 PM PDT

The Samalá river in Quetzaltenango turned blood red overnight on October 14, 2016, alarming residents of nearby communities. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources…

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Catastrophic floods kill at least 11 and destroy throusands of homes in Vietnam

Posted: 16 Oct 2016 05:10 PM PDT

At least 11 people have died and several more are missing in heavy flooding in central Vietnam. Tens of thousands of homes have been completely…

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Baptist Minister Defends Aborting Her Baby: “God Helped Me Make the Best Decision”

Posted: 16 Oct 2016 05:01 PM PDT

Thousands, maybe even millions, of women sit in American churches each week, hurting silently because of a past abortion. Abortion is tragically common even among…

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Why Is Obama Threatening Russia With World War 3 Right Before The Election?

Posted: 16 Oct 2016 04:58 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) It sure seems like an odd time to be provoking a war with Russia. As I write this, we stand just…

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WAR DRUMS: Britain and U.S. consider more sanctions against Assad supporters

Posted: 16 Oct 2016 03:28 PM PDT

Britain and the United States said on Sunday they were considering imposing additional sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his supporters for their actions…

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The stock market is turning ugly —and it could get worse

Posted: 16 Oct 2016 03:21 PM PDT

It is getting dicey out there for Wall Street investors, although stocks eked out a modest rise on Friday. U.S. equities have been bouncing around…

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UFO expert found dead days after cryptic text…

Posted: 16 Oct 2016 03:14 PM PDT

A conspiracy theorist texted his mom to say ‘If anything happens to me, investigate’ just days before his mysterious death. Max Spiers, 39, a father…

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Republican HQ in North Carolina firebombed

Posted: 16 Oct 2016 03:08 PM PDT

The weekend firebombing of a North Carolina Republican headquarters drew national attention Sunday, with one state GOP official calling it an act of “political terrorism.”…

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Our Time is Short

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


What is The Gospel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel In A Nutshell

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

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


What Is the Gospel?

 

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


A Message from God

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

Why Is the Gospel Good News?

So, what is the good news about Jesus Christ?

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

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

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

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

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

God

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

Mankind

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

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

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

But . . .

Jesus Christ

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

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

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

Our Response

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

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

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


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

It is not just a handful of texts that teach the perseverance of the saints: the entire gospel sustains and confirms it. The Father has chosen them before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4), ordained them to eternal life (Acts 13:48), to be conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29). This election stands (Rom. 9:11; Heb. 6:17) and in due time carries with it the calling and justification and glorification (Rom. 8:30). Christ, in whom all the promises of God are Yes and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20), died for those who were given him by the Father (John 17:6, 12) in order that he might give them eternal life and not lose a single one of them (6:40; 17:2); he therefore gives them eternal life and they will never be lost in all eternity; no one will snatch them out of his hand (6:39; 10:28).

The Holy Spirit who regenerates them remains eternally with them (14:16) and seals them for the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). The covenant of grace is firm and confirmed with an oath (Heb. 6:16–18; 13:20), unbreakable like a marriage (Eph. 5:31–32), like a testament (Heb. 9:17), and by virtue of that covenant, God calls his elect. He inscribes the law upon their inmost being, puts his fear in their heart (Heb. 8:10; 10:14ff.), will not let them be tempted beyond their strength (1 Cor. 10:13), confirms and completes the good work he has begun in them (1 Cor. 1:9; Phil. 1:6), and keeps them for the return of Christ to receive the heavenly inheritance (1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:4–5).

In his intercession before the Father, Christ acts in such a way that their faith may not fail (Luke 22:32), that in the world they may be kept from the evil one (John 17:11, 20), that they may be saved for all times (Heb. 7:20), that their sins will be forgiven them (1 John 2:1), and that they may all be where he is to behold his glory (John 17:24). The benefits of Christ, which the Holy Spirit imparts to them, are all irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). Those who are called are also glorified (8:30). Those who are adopted as children are heirs of eternal life (8:17; Gal. 4:7). Those who believe have eternal life already here and now (John 3:16). That life itself, being eternal, cannot be lost. It cannot die since it cannot sin (1 John 3:9). Faith is a firm ground (Heb. 11:1), hope is an anchor (6:19) and does not disappoint us (Rom. 5:5), and love never ends (1 Cor. 13:8).

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation, volume 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008), 270.


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October 16, 2016 Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Well, I’m way behind on so many things around the house, not to mention my blog and other apologetics ministry duties.  I had the audacity to spend much of Thursday with doctors and tests.  Then we left home at “zero dark thirty” Friday morning to drive 70 miles to a 1-room school conference, which lasted all the way to 9PM.  From there we drove anther 25 minutes to the motel where conference attendees stayed because Saturday morning we boarded a school bus about 1.5 miles away to spend the morning touring a couple restored schools and some other historic sites before heading to a restaurant for a late lunch.  Finally arrived home about 1530 yesterday afternoon and spent the afternoon/evening unpacking, collecting notes and handouts in one place for addressing later and then just sitting down and relaxing.
Why a 1-room school conference?  Because we have a hobby photographing them, and six years ago started a blog to post our photos (later split to two for separating Iowa from other states).  The blog led to the hobby taking on a life of its own, with a lot of people contacting us with information about the schools, newspaper interview, requests for presentations at various venues, and invitations to the annual convention in Iowa, during the last two of which I was requested to speak about out school house blog!
So this afternoon I’m going to be trying to catch up on all my emails (culling what can be quickly dispensed with and leaving important stuff until tomorrow) and reviewing all my news sites for important updates and information; the latter of which includes apologetics issues — and this post includes all I’ve collected this week and this afternoon.  And then I hope to download my camera!
So with that introduction to what’s been happening in my life, it’s time to be alerted to some more false teachings and more false teachers.
This is very unsettling — Seth Barnes of Adventures in Missions is being called “daddy” and he denigrates real fathers.  This is indeed cultic!  Then there’s AIM’s Project Searchlight, which indoctrinates its attenders with all sorts of false charismania teachings.
Contrary to Andy Stanley’s ideology, there are very, very good reasons to preach from the Bible.
Jonathan Cahn is just a false teacher, he is also a false prophet.
Bethel Church pimping heresy.
Tyler Johnson, another Bethel charlatan, this time with a “Dead Raising Team.”
AAAANNNNDDDD, Bill Johnson recommends heretic Todd Bentley.  One false teacher pimping another false teacher.
Muslim dreams and visions.  Discernment is certainly needed.
The Church continues battle apostasy as more and more teachings invade assemblies where the shepherds are not doing their job protecting their flocks.  I have reported various false teachings weekly, but one can never keep up with the way false teachings multiply.  Here is an interesting term for what is happening with more and more Christian leaders: Cathangelicalism.
My July 6th edition of “RAAH” had a link to Apologia Church, which is a very “seeker-sensitive” group; now we have another report which shows problems with this sort of “church.”
Seems like the devil gets false teachers all sorts of ways to spread their garbage; Sid Roth has a new television network in the Middle East.
Don’t let liberal Christians tell you that capital punishment is not Christ-like.
Shawn Bolz continues to prove he is a false prophet.
An assembly of the apostate Episcopal Church denomination has a a crucified Christ as a woman.   Blasphemy!
A problem with the evangelical darling, Kirk Cameron — a total lack of discernment.
Beth Moore doesn’t like to be criticized.  Perhaps if she would quit teaching falsely, she wouldn’t be criticized!
Sad, sad is the list of high-profile “Christians” who endorse all the “Jesus Calling” nonsense.  They prove they cannot be trusted with the Word of God.
A “Holy Ghost Wiener Roast”!?!  Will market-driven ideology ever take a break?

Source: Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

An Illustration of Repentance

The Westminster Shorter Catechism has an excellent definition of repentance in Question 87: “Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, doth, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience.”

In the heat of the Christian life, however, that definition may seem more theoretical than practical, not particularly helpful when seeking to live a life of repentance (See the first of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses: When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, “Repent” (Mt 4:17), He willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.) We recognize that repentance is a grace. That is, it is a gift from God. It is not something we work up for ourselves. It is not turning over a new leaf. It is a turning away from sin and a turning to God that is fueled, as it were, by the Spirit of God at work within us.

We all recognize that the first act of repentance is only the beginning. We recognize that sins must be mortified. We recognize that there is the problem of indwelling sin in the life of the believer. But I suspect that we don’t often attach repentance to these things. In part, this may be because we do not have a sense of what repentance look like when God is working repentance in us.

Perhaps an illustration will help. Imagine repentance as a man walking in one direction who suddenly realizes that he is walking in the opposite direction from which he should be walking. He stops. He turns around. Then he begins walking in the new direction. It is a quick and simple process. He realizes. He stops. He turns. But imagine someone on a bicycle realizing he is going the wrong direction. In one sense, it is still obvious. He stops. He turns around. He begins bicycling in the new direction. But it is a longer process. He has to come to a stop. Depending on his speed, that may take some time. The turning around also takes longer. And it takes longer to get up to full speed in the new direction. The process is the same for a man in a car. But it takes longer than for the man on the bike, and it may require going somewhat out of his way before he gets back on the right track. The process is the same for a man in a speed boat. He has to slow down, enter the turn, and come back. But the time and distance required to do so is much longer than what was required for the man walking. Now imagine that the man is piloting a supertanker. It takes him miles to slow the ship down enough to even begin to make the turn. The turn itself is immense, taking him quite a distance from his intended course. Then again it also takes a large amount of time to get up to full speed in the new direction.

Now apply the images to repentance. Some sins are small and easy. We stop and walk the other way. Some sins, like the bicycle, are a little more difficult. In God’s work in the believer, He takes a little time to bring the believer to an awareness that his course is actually a sinful one. Then there is the process of coming to a stop, the process of the turn itself, and the process of getting up to speed in faithfulness. But some sins are enormous. We may not be aware that they really are sins. Or they may be so deeply ingrained in us that we are not willing, at first, to recognize them as sins. God works patiently with us, carefully slowing us down, as the captain does with the ship, so that He can bring us through the turn and into the new direction, where He can bring us up to full speed.

There are two things that I find helpful about this illustration. First is the fact that God does not work repentance in us instantaneously, but over time. So the awareness of sin and the desire to change come gradually. God brings us, as it were, to a full stop slowly and carefully. So there are going to be many slips and falls on the way to that stopping point. The second thing has to do with the turning itself. In the image of the ship turning, there is a long time when the ship is neither on the old course, nor on the new course but, as it were, dead in the water. So it may well be in the life of the Christian. The sin has been admitted. The slips and falls have gotten fewer. But there seems to be little progress. We seem to be dead in the water. At that point, we are in the turn. Speed will pick up. Godliness will grow. But it will do so slowly, as God patiently works with us.

So if you have prayed for repentance for some particular sin, and there has been no instantaneous change, keep praying. God has promised to work, and He will. And you will be glad in the end that He did it slowly and carefully.

Benjamin Shawn is Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Originally published at GPTS Rabbi.

Source: An Illustration of Repentance

You cannot coast into Christ-likeness

When it comes to discipline in the Christian life, many believers question its importance. Devotion to prayer declines into drudgery. The real-life usefulness of meditation on Scripture seems uncertain. The purpose of a discipline like fasting is a mystery. Why not leave spiritual discipline to those who seem to more disciplined by nature and let the rest of us “live by grace”?

We are not what we shall become

First, we must understand what we shall become. The Bible says of God’s elect, “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29). God’s eternal plan ensures that every Christian will ultimately conform to Christlikeness. We will be changed “when he appears” so that “we shall be like him” (1 John 3:2). If you are born again (John 3:3-8), this is you, Christian, as soon as “he appears.”

So why talk about discipline? If God has predestined our conformity to Christlikeness, where does discipline fit in? Why not just coast into the promised Christlikeness and forget about discipline?

Although God will grant Christlikeness to us when Jesus returns, until then He intends for us to grow toward it. We aren’t merely to wait for holiness, we’re to pursue it. “Strive for peace with everyone,” we’re commanded in Hebrews 12:14, “and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” Notice carefully what that says: without holiness—that is, Christlikeness; Godliness—no one will see the Lord, regardless of how many times they’ve been to church or how often they’ve engaged in religious activities or how spiritual they believe themselves to be.

Made righteous

It’s crucial—crucial—to understand that it’s not our pursuit of holiness that qualifies us to see the Lord. Rather, we are qualified to see the Lord by the Lord, not by good things we do. We cannot produce enough righteousness to impress God and gain admittance into Heaven. Instead we can stand before God only in the righteousness that’s been earned by another, Jesus Christ.

Only Jesus lived a life good enough to be accepted by God and worthy of entrance into Heaven. And he was able to do so because he was God in the flesh. Living a perfect life qualified him to be a sacrifice the Father would accept on behalf of others who by sin had disqualified themselves from Heaven and a relationship with God. As proof of God’s acceptance of Jesus’ life and sacrifice, God raised Him from the dead.

In other words, Jesus lived a perfectly righteous life in complete obedience to the commands of God, and he did so in order to give the credit for all that obedience and righteousness to those who had not kept all of God’s law, and he died for them on a Roman cross to receive the punishment they deserved for all their sins against God’s law.

As a result, all who come to God trusting in the person and work of Jesus to make them right with God are given the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). The presence of the Holy Spirit causes all those in whom He resides to have new holy hungers they didn’t have before. They hunger, for example, for the holy word of God—the Bible—that they used to find boring or irrelevant.

They have new holy longings, such as the longing to live in a body without sin and to have a mind no longer tempted by sin. They yearn to live in a holy and perfect world with holy and perfect people, and to see at last the One the angels perpetually praise as “Holy, holy, holy” (Revelation 4:8). These are some of the holy heartbeats in all those in whom the Holy Spirit resides.

Consequently, when the Holy Spirit indwells someone, that person begins to prize and pursue holiness. Thus, as we have seen in Hebrews 12:14, anyone who is not striving for holiness will not see the Lord. And the reason they will not see the Lord in eternity is because they do not know the Lord now, for those who know Him are given His Holy Spirit, and all those indwelled by the Holy Spirit are compelled to pursue holiness.

No coasting

And so, the urgent question every Christian should ask is, “How then shall I pursue holiness, the holiness without which I will not see the Lord? How can I become more like Jesus Christ?”

We find a clear answer in 1 Timothy 4:7: “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness” (NASB). In other words, if your purpose is Godliness—and godliness is your purpose if you are indwelled by the Holy Spirit, for He makes godliness your purpose—then how do you pursue that purpose? According to this verse, you “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.”

This verse is the theme for Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. In it I attempt to unpack the meaning of 1 Timothy 4:7 and apply it, chapter-by-chapter, in practical ways. I will refer to the scriptural ways Christians discipline themselves in obedience to this verse as the Spiritual Disciplines.

I maintain there that the only road to Christian maturity and godliness (a biblical term synonymous with Christlikeness and holiness) passes through the practice of the spiritual disciplines. I emphasize that godliness is the goal of the disciplines, and when we remember this, the spiritual disciplines become a delight instead of drudgery.

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Donald S. Whitney is professor of biblical spirituality and associate dean of the School of Theology at Southern Seminary. A longtime pastor and author of numerous books on the Christian life, he is also founder of The Center for Biblical Spiritualityand is author of numerous books including Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Lifeand Praying the Bible. This article was originally published on the Crossway blog.

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New study: unborn child’s heartbeat is detectable at 16 days

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A new study conducted by University of Oxford was published in the journal eLife. (H/T Dad)

Here is the report from the Oxford University website:

When does our heart first start to beat? Until now, researchers thought that the first time our heart muscle contracted to beat was at eight days after conception in mice, which equates to around day 21 of a human pregnancy.

Now, a team funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) at the University of Oxford has demonstrated earlier beating of the heart in mouse embryos which, if extrapolated to the human heart, suggests beating as early as 16 days after conception.

In the study, published in the journal eLife, researchers looked at the developing mouse heart and found that the muscle started to contract as soon as it formed the cardiac crescent – an…

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Millennials who elected Obama will face high taxes, poverty and unemployment

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We can't raise taxes enough to fix this overspending We can’t raise taxes high enough to fix this much overspending

My regular readers have probably noticed that I have stopped blogging about day-to-day politics, ever since the Republican primary candidates with conservative records (Cruz, Jindal, Walker) were eliminated from the GOP primary. I have heard though that the mainstream media is going all in to elect Hillary Clinton. My concern is that many people rely on television news and will never think about two really important issues. First, Obama has been the worst President in the history of the country and has destroyed the economy for decades to come. Second, his disregard for national security and weak foreign policy has emboldened the enemies of Western democracies, e.g.  Russia, Iran, etc. We will see the consequences of this (wars and terrorism) for years to come. Those are the real challenges we face as a nation.

This Hoover Institute article by Victor…

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The harlot in your bosom!

Regeneration, Repentance and Reformation

Taken and adapted from, “The Godly Man’s Picture Drawn with a Scripture Pencil”
Written by  Thomas Watson
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“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” –Hebrews 12:1

There is usually one sin that is the favorite…

…It is the sin which the heart is most fond of. A godly man will not indulge his darling sin: “I kept myself from my iniquity.” (Psalm 18:23). “I will not indulge the sin to which the bias of my heart more naturally inclines.”

“Fight neither with small nor great — but only with the king.” (1 Kings 22:31). A godly man fights this king sin. If we would have peace in our souls, we must maintain a war against our favorite sin, and never leave off until it is subdued.

Question:  How shall we…

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The supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. Philippians 1:19-20 (KJV) 

The NASB translates the passage above as:

19 for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1:19-20 (NASB) 

What is this “provision” or “supply” Paul is…

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