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October 21, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Oct. 21, 2016 |

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To date, 40 states and 27 county or local election agencies have requested help from the Department of Homeland Security to ensure voting systems are secure.

Internet service was disrupted for many people in the Eastern U.S. on Friday after a web-hosting service was attacked by hackers.

Bombardier Inc. will cut an additional 7,500 jobs — more than 10 percent of its workforce — over two years as the maker of trains and airplanes accelerates a restructuring plan after taking on billions of dollars of debt developing its marquee C Series jetliner.

Baby boomers are starting to outgrow their midlife crisis years, and that’s bad news for automakers who want to sell sports cars. It was a sign of things to come this month when Ford Motor Co. idled its Mustang plant for a week as sales for the year fell 9 percent. Other sports cars have faded at a similar rate, and even stalwarts like the Chevrolet Corvette and most Porsche models are slumping.

Next year will be a test of strength for Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, as it tries to regain control of the market and lift prices. After two years of pumping at full blast, and helping drive prices to 12-year lows in January, the Saudis now appear willing to pull back.

Zimbabwe’s tentative return to its own currency is getting a hostile reception from citizens, who fear a recurrence of the 500 billion percent inflation that plagued the southern African nation before it abandoned its dollar seven years ago. The country will soon introduce so-called bond notes, pegged to parity with the U.S. dollar and beginning with denominations worth from $2 to $5.

Four years after Edvard Munch was crowned the most expensive artist at auction, the Norwegian painter will take center stage again in New York next month. The artist’s 1902 canvas “Girls on the Bridge” is estimated at more than $50 million, the most costly of the announced lots for the bellwether semiannual auctions in November.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is running recruiting ads on Spotify, the music streaming service in which it’s an investor, as part of a retooled effort to reach young potential employees.

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Residents began returning on Wednesday to the village of Sheikh Amir on the road to Mosul, recaptured overnight by advancing Kurdish fighters in the early days of the biggest advance that has been launched against Islamic State. They found a village rigged with explosives and dug in with elaborate underground defenses, abandoned by the Islamists who have retreated closer to Mosul, 19 miles to the west.

A powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake in western Japan knocked loose roof tiles, toppled store shelves and caused power outages Friday afternoon, but apparently caused no widespread damage. At least seven people were injured, one seriously.

A ship involved with the deep-sea sonar search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is being fitted with a drone that will examine several sonar contacts of interest on the remote seabed west of Australia, officials said.

Bao Bao the female giant panda will leave the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. early next year and move to China under a breeding agreement, officials at the zoo said on Thursday.

Microsoft shares popped up to an all-time high of above $60 on Thursday as strength in its cloud business helped propel it past Wall Street financial targets in its fiscal first quarter. It’s the first time Microsoft has set an all-time high record since December 1999.

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Islamic State (IS) militants have mounted a ferocious counter-attack in north Iraq, killing at least 19 people in and around the city of Kirkuk.

South Africa has formally begun the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), notifying the UN of its decision. South Africa did not want to execute ICC arrest warrants which would lead to “regime change”, a minister said.

A flotilla of Russian warships is passing through the English Channel en route to Syria. Two British naval ships are shadowing the vessels.

US government lawyers have said they will prosecute a former NSA contractor, accused of stealing masses of government data. Harold Thomas Martin is alleged to have spent more than 20 years collecting data from multiple government agencies. Court documents say 50 terabytes of data had been seized but it is not clear how much of this was classified.

More than 500 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean are at risk from mosquito-borne diseases, a summit in Cuba has heard. Dengue, chikungunya and Zika are threatening half the population of the region, delegates heard.

The Mexican authorities say they have stopped a lorry carrying 121 Central American migrants, who were trying to reach the US illegally. They were found after police heard calls for help coming from the vehicle and the sound of crying children. Many of the migrants, who included 55 minors, were badly dehydrated.

Pakistan has banned all television and radio content from India and threatened to shut down any stations that flout the sanction.

A number of major Indian banks are taking safety measures amid fears that the security of more than 3.2 million debit cards has been compromised.

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On Friday morning, Dyn – a company that hosts domain name systems – announced it has been the subject of a cyberattack that caused major problems for numerous websites. People have reported issues with Twitter, Spotify, SoundCloud, Vox Media sites, Airbnb and numerous other sites.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is celebrating an event 43 years in the making: the completion of the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, the first US reactor to enter commercial operation in 20 years.


Top News – 10/21/2016

Bull of Nimrud destroyed by Isis to be recreated in Rome
The human-headed winged bull of Nimrud that was destroyed by Islamic State last year will come back to life for tourists visiting Rome’s Colosseum…Alongside the winged bull, the exhibition will feature a reconstruction of the Temple of Bel at Palmyra…

US, Egypt, Asking PA Not to Approach UNSC before Nov. 8
The US and Egypt, which is a temporary member of the UN Security Council, have recently passed on messages to the Palestinian Authority leadership asking them not to promote any move against Israel until after the Nov. 8 elections in the US, Ha’aretz reported, citing a senior PA source.

O’Keefe complaint to FEC cites Dems’ ‘criminal conspiracy’
The filing of the complaint with the federal agency follows the release earlier this week of two videos on which Democrats explain how they can attempt to change the outcome of the election through apparently fraudulent means – like having people travel across state lines to vote illegally.

WikiLeaks publishes list of Obama emails, reveals his address
WikiLeaks reveals first batch of US president Barack Obama emails sent via secret address bobama@ameritech.com https://t.co/Ni95WAl8a6 — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 20, 2016

Russian warships filmed off coast of Britain as Royal Navy shadows Syria-bound vessels through English Channel
Russian warships have been pictured off the coast of Britain, en route to a suspected bolstering of the bombing campaign on the besieged Syrian city Aleppo. Royal Navy vessels were closely monitoring the fleet as it passed through the English Channel at around 9am on Friday.

Earthquake shakes western Japan
A magnitude-6.6 earthquake has hit western Japan. However, no tsunami warning has been issued and there are no reports of major damage.

Discovery: ‘Jerusalem’ on Hebrew Papyrus
A unique, 2,700-year-old Papyrus which mentions the Hebrew word “Yerushalma” (possibly meaning “to Jerusalem”) will be revealed next week at a conference on Innovations in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and Its Environs,.. on the Mount Scopus Campus of the Hebrew University, Makor Rishon reported. Researchers say the papyrus may be the earliest evidence in Hebrew of the connection between the city of Jerusalem and the period of the Kings of Israel.

WikiLeaks reveals US Democrats’ disdain for Netanyahu
Email…leaked…by WikiLeaks…between officials…of the US Democratic Party have shed further light on the general distaste…for Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s 2015 election campaign strategies. The emails between…Paul Begala, and John Podesta…also revealed that the former had been backing and advising Leader of the Opposition Isaac Herzog during Israel’s 2015 elections.

3 sex-spread diseases hit another record high, CDC says
Infections from three sexually spread diseases have hit another record high. Chlamydia (kluh-MID’-ee-uh) was the most common. More than 1.5 million cases were reported in the U.S. last year, up 6 percent from the year before. Nearly 400,000 gonorrhea (gah-nuh-REE’-uh) cases were reported, up 13 percent. And there were about 24,000 cases of the most contagious forms of syphilis, up 19 percent.

NSA contractor faces spying charges
US government lawyers have said they will prosecute a former National Security Agency contractor, accused of stealing masses of government data. Harold Thomas Martin is alleged to have spent more than 20 years collecting data from multiple government agencies, federal prosecutors said. Court documents say 50 terabytes of data had been seized but it is not clear how much of this was classified.

Mosquito-borne virus threat to Americas laid bare
More than 500 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean are at risk from mosquito-borne diseases, a summit in Cuba has heard. Dengue, chikungunya and Zika are threatening half the population of the region, delegates heard. This is the first gathering of Zika-affected nations since the World Health Organisation declared the virus a global emergency in February.

Russian warships pass through English Channel
A flotilla of Russian warships is passing through the English Channel en route to Syria. Two British naval ships are shadowing the vessels. The Ministry of Defence said they would be “man-marked every step of the way” while near UK waters. A Russian tug, believed to be in convoy with the taskforce, entered the channel first off the coast near Ramsgate.

Belgium-Canada Ceta trade dispute bedevils EU summit
Late-night talks failed to break the deadlock over a landmark EU-Canada trade deal, as Belgium’s Wallonia region reiterated its objections. The 28 EU leaders will discuss the draft Ceta deal shortly in Brussels. All of them, including Belgium’s national government, back it. But Wallonia says Ceta is a threat to farmers and welfare standards.

Ethiopia ‘detains 1,600’ under state of emergency
The Ethiopian authorities have detained more than 1,600 people under the state of emergency, a government minister has told the BBC. A statement, quoted by state-affiliated FBC website, lists arrests in the Oromia and Amhara regions, which have recently seen massive demonstrations. This is in addition to Monday’s arrests of 1,000 people near the capital.

South Africa to withdraw from war crimes court
South Africa has formally begun the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), notifying the UN of its decision. South Africa did not want to execute ICC arrest warrants which would lead to “regime change”, a minister said. Last year, a South African court criticised the government for refusing to arrest Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir.

‘Israel has every right to refuse a 1967 withdrawal’
US support for a resolution to replace UN Security Council Resolution 242 would conflict with commitments given to Israel by Washington going back to 1973, former Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. “I remember that after the ’73 war the United States gave Israel commitments that it would not allow for a change in United Nations Security Council Resolution 242,” Gold said.

NSA Can Access More Phone Data Than Ever
One of the reforms designed to rein in the surveillance authorities of the National Security Agency has perhaps inadvertently solved a technical problem for the spy outfit and granted it potential access to much more data than before, a former top official told ABC News.

ISIS attacks Iraqi city of Kirkuk
ISIS militants carried out coordinated attacks on several security buildings in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, officials said.

Nationalists and Populists Poised to Dominate European Balloting
As Europeans assess the fallout from the U.K.’s Brexit referendum, they face a series of elections that could equally shake the political establishment. In the coming 12 months, four of Europe’s five largest economies have votes that will almost certainly mean serious gains for right-wing populists and nationalists. Once seen as fringe groups, France’s National Front, Italy’s Five Star Movement, and the Freedom Party in the Netherlands have attracted legions of followers by tapping discontent over immigration, terrorism, and feeble economic performance. “The Netherlands should again become a country of and for the Dutch people,” says Evert Davelaar, a Freedom Party backer who says immigrants don’t share “Western and Christian values.”

UNESCO Confuses With Temple Mount Resolution
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently passed a resolution that denies any Jewish historic claim to the Temple Mount and surrounding holy sites in Jerusalem, Israeli media reported.

Philippines’ Duterte, in China, announces ‘separation’ from US
Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte declared his “separation” from longstanding ally the United States in Beijing on Thursday, as he rebalances his country’s diplomacy towards China.

Nigeria’s Buhari tells released Chibok girls he will “redouble” rescue efforts
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday told a group of 21 girls released by Islamist militants last week that he will “redouble” efforts to bring home about 200 still missing after the kidnapping in Chibok in 2014.


October 21, 2016
WES VERNON — “It doesn’t seem to matter anymore. No matter which way you turn, no matter which exit you try to make a mad dash for (figuratively speaking), you barely miss getting beyond the gate that slams shut in your face.” Sound familiar? That was the lead warning in this column May 4, 2015, titled “Don’t you get it? We’re surrounded.”… (more)

October 20, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — I was disinvited from a college debate on the campus of the State University of New York in New Paltz last March. Left-wing professors didn’t want to hear me debate a left-winger on media coverage of the elections. It was the first time in academic history, to my knowledge, that an actual debate was cancelled because of faculty objections to one side of the debate…. (more)

October 20, 2016
BYRON YORK — Standing in a garish hotel lobby, casino music pounding, a Republican who has worked hard to help Donald Trump couldn’t quite believe how the final presidential debate had ended just a couple of hours earlier…. (more)

October 20, 2016
NEWSMAX — Threatening to upend a fundamental pillar of American democracy, Donald Trump refused to say Wednesday night that he will accept the results of next month’s election if he loses to Hillary Clinton. The Democratic nominee declared Trump’s resistance “horrifying.”… (more)

October 20, 2016

NEWSMAX — Donald Trump’s refusal in Wednesday night’s debate to say whether he would accept the November election results if Hillary Clinton won brought widespread attacks across the political spectrum…. (more)


October 20, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of being “a puppet” for Russian President Vladimir Putin and urged voters to send a signal in this presidential election by rejecting the kind of candidate who has been accused of demeaning and assaulting women, mocking the disabled and inciting violence, as the two candidates faced off Wednesday in their final debate…. (more)

October 20, 2016
NEWSMAX — Donald Trump “did OK” in his final debate with Hillary Clinton on Wednesday – – “but probably not well enough to expand his base,” because he lacked proper preparation, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told Newsmax TV…. (more)

October 20, 2016
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — Sen. Hillary Clinton voted for the Iraq War, and said she learned from her mistake. Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led the Obama administration into a war in Libya…. (more)

October 20, 2016
PHILIP KLEIN — The outcome of Wednesday’s debate is pretty straight-forward: Donald Trump has lost the presidential election – – it just won’t be official for another few weeks…. (more)

October 20, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Donald Trump’s electoral map looks worse than Mitt Romney’s did four years ago at this point in the race, upending the billionaire businessman’s claim that his unorthodox appeal would be able to put new states in play for the GOP. He has done just that – – only it’s mostly been in the wrong direction, leaving him struggling to win states that have been deep red for generations…. (more)

October 20, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday called for a “serious criminal investigation” into the dozens of White House visits that Robert Creamer made to the White House since 2009…. (more)

October 20, 2016
THE TELEGRAPH — Russia has begun its biggest surface deployment since the end of the Cold War as it aims to effectively end the war in Syria on the eve of the US election, Nato officials warned last night…. (more)

October 20, 2016
NEWSMAX — Despite U.S. declarations that Russia is violating the landmark 1987 treaty on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF), Moscow appears to be continuing with a program to produce a ground-launched cruise missile, U.S. officials told The New York Times…. (more)

October 20, 2016
THE SUN — ROYAL Navy sailors track a menacing fleet of Russian warships as they carry out practice bombing sorties off the Scottish coast, in dramatic images released today. Our boys have the eight-strong flotilla of Vladimir Putin well within their sights – – just hours after Russian media mocked the ‘tiny’ British fleet…. (more)

October 20, 2016
BOB UNRUH — A federal judge on Wednesday doubled down on his suspension of President Obama’s transgender bathroom plan for schools, affirming the injunction prevents the imposition of the program nationwide…. (more)

October 20, 2016
THOMAS SOWELL — It is never easy to tell what people’s motives are. But, when the political Left proclaims their devotion to improving the lives of others in general, and of the poor in particular, we can at least get some clues from the way they go about it…. (more)

October 19, 2016
ABC NEWS — Seaweed could hold the key to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, one cow burp at a time. New research carried out in north Queensland could drastically reduce the impact the agricultural industry has on the global environment…. (more)

October 19, 2016
BYRON YORK — The fundamental question in tonight’s debate is whether Donald Trump gets a third chance to convince Americans he is a plausible president. Trump’s people believe he has such a chance, that a large group of voters will be open-minded all the way to election day. But the polls suggest he has an impossible job ahead…. (more)

October 19, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — Is Hillary Clinton a “sex freak” who has paid fixers to arrange sex between her and other men and women? That’s according to a National Enquirer headline story splashed across the Drudge Report Tuesday. The tabloid magazine claims to be in contact with a “former Clinton family operative who is sensationally breaking ranks with his one-time bosses.”… (more)

October 19, 2016
BILL FEDERER — Americans won the battle of Kings Mountain, Oct. 7, 1780 in which 668 British were captured, 163 wounded and 290 killed, as compared to only 29 Americans killed. Thomas Jefferson called the victory of the battle of Kings Mountain: “the turn of the tide of success” in the War for Independence…. (more)

October 18, 2016
DAILY CALLER — FBI agents say the bureau is alarmed over Director James Comey deciding not to suggest that the Justice Department prosecute Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information…. (more)

October 18, 2016
NEW YORK POST — Hillary Clinton swiped State Department furniture to decorate her Washington home, a former member of her security detail has alleged to the FBI. “Early in Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, she and her staff were observed removing lamps and furniture from the State Department which were transported to her residence in Washington, DC,” an agent on the detail told the FBI…. (more)

October 18, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — So much has happened in the last week, it seems like eons have passed since Donald Trump’s leaked tax-return information was all the rage. The big story was a few pages of the mogul’s 1995 state income-tax returns, which showed a gargantuan loss of $916 million…. (more)

October 18, 2016
Donald may not be old enough to be president
ALAN KEYES — In my column for the Daily Caller this week, I write about the significance of the lewd remarks Donald Trump made boasting about how his “star power” lets him have his way with women, invasively groping their private parts without their consent. Quick to apprehend the politically costly impression this particular brand of sexual prowess might have on Trump’s candidacy, his defenders conjure up a change of venue. They push the line that his remarks were just “locker room talk.”… (more)

October 17, 2016
MONA CHAREN — It’s been nearly a week since the Access Hollywood tape helped to persuade key parts of the nation that Donald Trump might have a character problem. “Would you vote for a sexual predator?” asked New York magazine. “Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton: Choose Your Sexual Predator” headlined The Federalist…. (more)

Obamacare’s Collapsing. That Was Always The Plan

This was always the plan. I told Fox News back in August 2013 that Obamacare was designed to fail, thereby necessitating a government option. That option would bankrupt insurance companies – the government doesn’t have a necessity for profit margin, and therefore, for decent service – and lead to the complete government takeover of healthcare Obama has always sought.

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God Deposes Kings and Raises Up Others

Franklin Graham sums it up nicely:

“Contrary to what one of the candidates said…our country isn’t great because we are good. America is great because God has blessed it. We need His favor to survive as a nation.”

I do not much think either candidate is showing God’s “favor.”

I think we are in big trouble.

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The Briefing 10-21-16

With marijuana on the ballot, cash-strapped states are looking to capitalize on cannabis

Whose child is this? With the redefinition of marriage comes the expanded definition of parenthood

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Top Headlines – 10/21/2016

  • Trump, Clinton trade barbed jokes for charity (Read More)
  • Islamic State retaliates as Iraqi forces push on Mosul (Read More)
  • Hedge Fund Managers Struggle to Master Their Miserable New World (Read More)
  • Woebegone Stock Pickers Vow: We Shall Return! (Read More)
  • Madonna pledges oral sex for Clinton voters (Read More)
  • AT&T Discussed Idea of Takeover in Time Warner Meetings (Read More)
  • U.S. has few good options for response to Philippines’ Duterte (Read More)
  • San Francisco lawsuit, NYC law highlight global risks for Airbnb (Read More)
  • Duterte didn’t really mean ‘separation’ from U.S., Philippine officials say (Read More)
  • China’s property market shows signs of cooling  (Read More)
  • A $47 Billion Bid to Create the World’s Largest Tobacco Company (Read More)
  • Vatican and China in final push for elusive deal on bishops (Read More)
  • SpaceX Explosion Investigation Focuses on Fueling Snafu (Read More)
  • U.S. mall investors set to lose billions as retail gloom deepens (Read More)
  • Tesla, rivals joust over how to put self-driving cars on the road (Read More)

WikiLeaks reveals US Democrats’ disdain for Netanyahu

Visiting parliamentarians reject UNESCO’s Jerusalem vote

UNESCO Confuses With Temple Mount Resolution

Former FM director-general: ‘Israel has every right to refuse a 1967 withdrawal’

‘46% of Palestinians support Jordanian-Palestinian confederation based on two states’

Report: IDF didn’t brief PM, cabinet on true scope of Hamas tunnel threat

Interior minister to revoke residency of Gazan indicted for terror plot

Israel: Troops shoot Palestinian throwing rocks in West Bank

Protestors in Amona: They’ll need to drag us from our homes

Dozens of Haredim attack police in Jerusalem

Jerusalem March attracts tens of thousands

Archaeologists find battle site where Romans breached Jerusalem walls

Israel looks to buy three new nuke-capable subs – report

Brexit will bring closer Israel-UK ties, British envoy says

Mossad man ‘met with Morsi on eve of his becoming Egypt president’

Two Sinai IS fighters killed in battle with Egyptian forces

War on jihadist groups leaves Cairo caught between Sunni allies, Shiite powers

Lebanon detains 8 Syrians for plotting attacks on UN peacekeepers, tourists

US, Saudi Arabia blacklist Hezbollah members, financiers

Russian aircraft carrier is more a show of force than ‘start of world war’

EU leaders fail to agree on threatening Russia with sanctions over Aleppo

Italy resists EU push for Russia sanctions over Aleppo bombings

UN rights boss denounces air strikes on Aleppo as war crimes

U.N. says still no Aleppo medical evacuations, Syria blames U.N.

Wary of Russian Guarantees, Residents Stay Put in War-Torn Aleppo

Iraqi special forces join battle for Mosul; US soldier dies

Islamic State claims it shot down an American A10 fighter jet in north-west Syria

ISIS Fighters in Iraq Attack Kirkuk, Diverting Attention From Mosul

ISIS takes 550 families to be human shields in Mosul

Kurdish forces vow no retreat until Nineveh plains are retaken from Isis

Peshmerga destroy Isis vehicle laden with explosives near Mosul dam

Turkish Red Crescent says sending aid for 10,000 to Iraq’s Mosul

Survey: Christian refugees facing more persecution in Germany

1,400 migrants rescued off Libyan coast

Nigeria’s Buhari tells released Chibok girls he will “redouble” rescue efforts

Ethiopia ‘detains 1,600’ under state of emergency

South Africa plans to withdraw from the International Criminal Court

Philippine Islamists attack S. Korean ship, abduct crewman

Rodrigo Duterte flummoxes US with call for ‘separation’

Duterte aligns Philippines with China, says US “has lost”

Czechs set up unit to counter perceived propaganda threat from Russia

Hillary Clinton embraces George Soros’ ‘radical’ vision of open-border world

Clinton’s debate reference to nuclear response rekindles judgement questions

Clinton server email at heart of ‘quid pro quo’ controversy contained Benghazi intel

Authorities reportedly warn election officials about Russian hackers faking fraud

President Obama says GOP nominee’s efforts to ‘sow seeds of doubt’ about the legitimacy of elections ‘undermines our democracy’

Pence says Trump will accept ‘clear result’

Caddell: Media Have ‘Selective Memory’ When It Comes to Democrats Accepting Election Results

8 Times Liberals Claimed An Election Was Stolen Or Rigged

Fear Of Violence May Be Behind Fewer Political Signs And Stickers This Election Year

2,000 Seattle teachers wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirts to class

Fans watching fewer NFL games cite protests as primary reason

Nearly 850,000 people in Madagascar face “alarming” hunger levels

EU leaders scramble to salvage free trade pact with Canada

NSA Can Access More Phone Data Than Ever

NSA contractor faces spying charges

Prosecutors: NSA contractor’s alleged theft ‘breathtaking’ in scope

The mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ might be causing the whole solar system to wobble

At least 7 injured after powerful 6.6 earthquake rocks Japan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Naisano Dua, Indonesia

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

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

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

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 16,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 15,000ft

Typhoon Haima barrels into China after unleashing deadly landslides in the Philippines

Hong Kong streets become raging river after heavy rain

Haiti hurricane victims face choice: leave or rebuild

Drought, hunger add to South Sudan’s woes

Mosquito-borne virus threat to Americas laid bare

Assisted suicide bill passes New Jersey Assembly

President pushes ObamaCare despite double-digit rate hikes

‘I Had Nothing to Do With That!’ Obama Dodges Blame For Skyrocketing Health Insurance Premiums

For Californians living near the border, Mexico offers what the U.S. does not: reliable health care at a cheap price

Hillary Clinton Slammed by Women’s Rights Group for Saying China Ended Forced Abortions

James Dobson Calls for Pro-Life Protests in Response to CA Pro-Abortion Law

California police officer accused of soliciting prostitution

Mother accused of prostituting her own daughters

Study: Divorce Major Reason Millennials are Leaving the Church

Vatican and China in final push for elusive deal on bishops

Sweden opens first atheist cemetery to cater to growing non-religious population

Revive Us 2016, the Symptom of the Larger Problem of Americanism & Nationalism

Sins of the Fathers, Nepotism, and Apostasy in the Church

CDC: Nearly 13,000 Fully Developed Babies Aborted Every Year

Email Ties Hillary Directly to $12 Million Pay for Play Scheme with Morocco

Over 1,200 Terrorists Prepare to Attack Aleppo From South-West

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 08:24 AM PDT

Over 1,200 terrorists including 30 suicide bombers ready to attack Aleppo from south-west, the Russian General Staff said. The Russian General Staff said that terrorists…

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Mysterious hexagonal clouds in Bermuda Triangle behind centuries of bizarre disappearances?

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 07:38 AM PDT

After claiming the lives of at least 75 planes and hundreds of ships the mystery behind the Bermuda Triangle may have finally been cracked. The…

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DEVELOPING: Major Cyber-Attack Brings Down Sites Across Globe

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 07:34 AM PDT

Sites across the internet had problems on Friday morning following a cyberattack on a major internet management company. Dyn announced on Friday morning that it…

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Archeologists confirm evidence found of “Third Wall” from Second Temple era in Jerusalem

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 06:15 AM PDT

Israel’s Antiquities Authority (IAA) confirmed they have found the site in which the Romans breached the Second Temple in Jerusalem. They also announced they have…

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EU Backs Out On Sanctions Against Russia over Syria

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 06:01 AM PDT

EU leaders backed down on Friday from an explicit threat of sanctions against Russia over the bombing of Aleppo but warned that they would consider…

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Powerful Earthquake in western Japan knocks out power, injures 7

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 05:56 AM PDT

A powerful earthquake in western Japan knocked loose roof tiles, toppled store shelves and caused power outages Friday afternoon, but apparently caused no widespread damage….

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Risk of ‘mass exodus’ of doctors from Medicare…

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 05:46 AM PDT

In what may be the most significant modification to Medicare since the program began in 1966, on Oct. 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…

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REAL OR FAKE? ‘Mysterious dragon like creature’ filmed flying through Chinese mountains going viral

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 05:40 AM PDT

A video showing a ‘dragon’ flying across a mountain range in China has left netizens bickering over whether the footage is real or fake. Uploaded…

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Clinton receives most and highest donations from prominent Islamists, including ISIS.

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 05:30 AM PDT

The Middle East Forum’s “Islamist Money in Politics” (IMIP) project is releasing the names of the top-ten recipients of 2015-16 campaign contributions from individuals who…

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Wikileaks publishes list of Obama emails, reveals his address

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 01:28 PM PDT

Wikileaks reveals first batch of emails involving US president Barack Obama. Within those are emails sent from secret address used by the president. The first…

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Australian City Attempting to Ban Pornography

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 11:55 AM PDT

As part of a campaign to combat violence against women, city leaders and Christian ministries in Toowoomba, Australia, are working together to create a city…

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Franklin Graham Warns “America In More Dangerous Position Today Than 8 Years Ago”

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 11:51 AM PDT

Franklin Graham is urging Americans to pray now that the presidential debates are over, arguing that the United States is in a far more dangerous…

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The Historic Moment of Wednesday’s Debate the Liberal Mainstream Media Won’t Talk About

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 11:45 AM PDT

In the 2016 presidential election cycle, there’s been one constant: This election has been unlike any other. So, when someone says a candidate has done…

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Can Judgment be Far Off? Government Bans Bible

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 11:40 AM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) A Bible was removed from the waiting room of a Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Athens, Ohio, after a veteran…

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DEVELOPING: US plunging into war with Yemen

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 11:32 AM PDT

The top U.S. commander in the Middle East said he suspects Iran is playing a role in recent missile launches by Houthi rebels in Yemen…

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RUMORS OF WAR: US Warns ‘Overwhelming’ Response to Any North Korea Use of Nukes

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 11:28 AM PDT

The United States warned Wednesday that any attack on American allies or use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an “overwhelming”…

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Republicans rip Trump for refusal to say he’ll accept election results

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 11:19 AM PDT

In one of the most notable moments of the third and final presidential debate of 2016, Donald Trump refused to agree to accept the results…

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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.


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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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The New Evangelical False Gospel of Unity

There tends to be a great amount of resentment towards discerning believers who are quick to rebuke other Christians who are in sin or even false believers who are masquerading as Christians. The argument is that it distracts from the love of Jesus and unity among the brethren.

Titus 3:10-11 is possibly one of the most twisted passages of Scripture used against discerning believers.

As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

Unity has become the gospel in modern Christendom. Ecumenism is the new rage. Everyone is into it.

So then why kill the buzz? Isn’t it good that everyone is getting along?

Jesus came not to bring peace, but a sword (Matthew 10:34). He did not come to tell everyone that they could believe what they want to believe, worship whatever idols they want to worship, and seek whatever God they want to seek.

First and foremost, God hates idolaters. So much so, that His first two commandments are devoted to this eternal truth (Exodus 20:1-6).

He doesn’t even want to hear from or be consulted by idolaters (Ezekiel 14:3).

Idolatry is equated with a rejection of God’s word and seen as a rebellion against Him (1 Samuel 15:23). We are commanded to take no part in idolatry or the unfruitful works thereof (Ephesians 5:11).

We must flee from idolatry (1 Corinthians 10:14, 1 John 5:21). Believers can therefore in no way be united with idolaters.

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? – 1 Corinthians 6:14-16a (ESV)

The Bible is very clear that spiritual enterprise between believers and unbelievers is no different than practicing the idolatry itself.

No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. – 1 Corinthians 10:20

Many of these Pagans masquerade as true believers; speaking Christian language and affirming certain Christian orthodoxies (2 Corinthians 11:13). Many charismatics such as the New Apostolic Reformation, Roman Catholics, and religious cults fall into this category. On the surface, they look like Christians. They hold to some Christian morals and values. They have a form of godliness, but deny its power (2 Timothy 3:5). When you truly examine their beliefs, you see that they have abandoned the truth and hold to damning doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1).

These are the ones that cause divisions. And it’s these who Titus 3:10-11 is referring to–those who hold to false doctrines.

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. – Romans 16:17

It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. – Jude 19

These people are false converts; they do not know God or have His Spirit. Whatever appearance of holiness they have is only a facade–it is not of God (Romans 10:3-12).

God does not save through a false Jesus or a false Gospel.

To be co-belligerents with those who deny the true saving Gospel of Jesus Christ for the advancement of the purposes of God is to deny the power of God himself. It is to partake in the wickedness and idolatry of those who reject Him. It is to elevate your own purpose above His. Just as the people on earth tried to build the “stairway to Heaven,” God, in His infinite wisdom, knew their intentions, and knew that their purposes would ultimately lead people away from God–so He destroyed it. God knows that partnering with those who are lost will serve only to compromise the Gospel and lead people away from Him.

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. – 2 Peter 2:1-2

Believers must be united around one thing only–the truth of Jesus Christ. Any other unity is superficial and forbidden by God. We must be of the same mind and judgment–and that is only found in the Word of God (1 Corinthians 1:10).

[Contributed by Jeff Maples]

Source:  The New Evangelical False Gospel of Unity

HUGE LOSS FOR THE ISLAMIC STATE: Dabiq seized by coalition forces. What happened to all the Islamic prophecies of an apocalyptic, End of Days battle in which the West would be destroyed?

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The false prophecies of ISIS have fallen flat.

As the battle to liberate the city of Mosul from the control of the Islamic State in Iraq was launched this week, coalition forces quietly liberated another key site from ISIS control in Syria — the Syrian town of Dabiq.

Few Westerners seemed to notice, but this was actually huge strategic and psychological loss for the Islamic State. Why? Because ISIS leaders have long proclaimed that Dabiq would be the site of an apocalyptic battle in the End of Days. Indeed, control of Dabiq is central to the eschatology of the Islamic State.

“The Islamic State’s magazine is called, Dabiq,” I noted on Fox News in January. “Most people have no idea what that means. [Dabiq] is a little town in the north of Syria. Why is that important? Because they believe, based on ancient Islamic prophecies, that the Western world — ‘the forces of Rome’…

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Why Busy Parents Need Bible Study

I used to love studying my Bible. I would wake up in the morning, grab my first cup of coffee, and settle into uninterrupted time reading my Bible. I loved it. Whether I was preparing for a full day of work at the office, a Saturday with my husband or friends, or a Sunday serving at church, my time studying my Bible was fuel that energized me for whatever faced me that day.

And then I had kids.

Nearly four years into our marriage, we welcomed our twin boys into the world. After a couple of years of painful infertility, we were elated to begin our life with them. Like many new parents, we were unaware just how radically our life would change. And change, it did.


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In the midst of night-feedings and long, cry-filled days, my husband and I searched for a new normal, one that vainly attempted to include sleep, time in the Word, and the occasional shower. Ever the adaptable one, he succeeded in finding time to take in Scripture. I, however, did not.

Eventually I got into a groove, but it took far too much time and convincing to help me see that God’s Word was vitally important in my life, and I resolved to never make the same mistake again. If you, like me, struggle to see the necessity of studying your Bible for discipleship, or you just don’t know how you will fit it in, I hope that what I’ve learned along the way will help.

But first, a caveat.

What Do I Mean by “Study Your Bible”?

I can almost hear the responses now:

  • “But I can’t study my Bible right now! It’s too overwhelming.”
  • “My kids wake up early.”
  • “My kids don’t sleep through the night.”
  • “My kids don’t take naps.”
  • “My job is all-consuming.”
  • “I work odd hours that make consistency difficult.”

I get all of those objections, and I’m right there with you.

But studying the Bible doesn’t need to be super involved. You aren’t trying to be a biblical scholar. (Unless, of course, you are, in which case that’s an entirely different article.)

When I’m talking about studying the Bible, I am talking about regular intake of God’s Word. This can be a formalized study, where you do personal study on your own time and meet with others to discuss. This can be using a Bible reading plan. But the point for all of us is seeing the value of regular intake of Scripture. So, here we go.

Why Do We Need the Bible?

You aren’t going to make time for Bible study if you don’t see a deep need in your soul for the Word of God. We make time for what we need, or what we want. Both of those are attached to our desires. You need food to survive, so you make time to eat. You want to play tennis, so you make time for recreation. So you need a desire for the Word of God (want) or an awareness of your lack of desire (need) to motivate you to take in the scriptures.

Throughout Scripture, we see the link between God’s people knowing they need him, and how they take action to drink deeply of his goodness (Psalm 119; Jeremiah 15:16). God has chosen to reveal himself to us through Christ, as seen in his Word (John 1), so the way we know him most fully is through the Bible.

Even Jesus knew and modeled this. When he was drawn into the wilderness to be tempted, he used Scripture to speak against Satan, saying:

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)

Jesus shows that our physical hunger is a parable of a deeper spiritual reality that we would do well to grasp. We need food, yes, but even more we need the spiritual food that can only be found in God’s Word.

We need God to get us to this point, an awareness of our need and dependence, and a deep desire to know him, before we can even begin to move forward with studying our Bibles.

Where Do I Start?

What I often tell new parents is to start small. I once heard a wise, older woman say, “You’d be surprised what 15 minutes of Bible study will do for your soul.” I have found this to be true.

Maybe you don’t have the desire yet, but you feel your need. This is good. Sometimes desire comes after obedience, sometimes before. Either way, God is honored by faithfulness that truly seeks to do the right thing.

Try fifteen minutes a day of reading your Bible:

  • Maybe it’s your lunch break at work, or right after your kids go to bed.
  • Maybe it’s nap time, or a few minutes before your kids wake up.
  • Maybe you steal a few minutes in the carpool line at school pick-up, or listen to the Bible while you wash dishes.

You could start with the Gospels or an epistle. You could begin in Genesis and work your way through the Old Testament. Starting small can be the key to starting at all.

But maybe you want a little more structure. What do you do then? You could join your church or community Bible study for a more structured time. Or maybe you have a friend who wants accountability like you do; you could read a book of the Bible together and discuss it week by week. Couples could spend time reading Scripture together, and then praying that passage for your children. There are countless small things you can do to increase your Bible intake and grow your desire for God’s Word.

In all of these things, the promise that God’s Word will do its intended work is sure (Habakkuk 2:3; Philippians 1:6). The circumstances of our lives may shift, but our need for his Word remains the same.

God will use his Word in your life—you need only to crack it open.

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And so, while InterVarsity did well to call for churches to reach out with sensitivity and compassion to the LGBT community and to recognize the struggles experienced by many true believers, they erred seriously by putting forth the mixed message of Marin and others, a message that surely was felt in InterVarsity’s campus ministry as well.

 

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is one of the leading campus ministries, and its publishing arm, InterVarsity Press, is one of the top Christian publishers. But this fine ministry is learning the hard way that, when it comes to homosexuality, you cannot straddle the fence.

In a moment, I’ll explain exactly why I say that InterVarsity has tried to straddle the fence when it comes to homosexuality, but first, here’s the relevant background.

Last week, InterVarsity announced “that it will begin dismissing employees who disagree with its theological stance on human sexuality starting on November 11.”

As reported on The Atlantic, “Rather than force employees to sign a document outlining their position, the organization is asking employees to out themselves. Once the employees inform their supervisor of their personal views, the ‘involuntary terminations’ will be triggered.”

From the standpoint of the historic, biblical faith, there is nothing in the least bit controversial about this, and InterVarsity is actually calling on its employees to act with integrity: If they do not agree with the ministry’s moral and spiritual standards, standards they agreed to uphold when joining the ministry, they should immediately resign.

As for the specific issue of men having sexual and romantic relationships with other men and women having sexual and romantic relationships with other women, this is a non-negotiable and it represents a line that must be drawn in the sand.

Not surprisingly, given today’s confused and compromised spiritual climate, there has been a backlash from within InterVarsity.

As Jonathan Merritt reports on the Religion News Service, “40 authors in InterVarsity’s publishing house stable including Shane Claiborne, David Dark, Christena Cleveland, Ian Morgan Cron, and Chris Heuertz are calling on IVCF head Tom Lin to immediately replace the policy with one that makes space for opposing views. The letter indicates that the signers ‘do not all share the same theological or political views’ but ‘are united in our concern for the dignity and care of our fellow Christians whose jobs are threatened by your policy.’”

Also this week, “a public protest letter from ‘concerned ICVF alumni’ was posted on Change.org and addressed to Tom Lin and IVCF’s board of trustees. Similar to the authors’ letter, this petition stated that signers ‘hold a range of beliefs with regard to marriage and human sexuality.’”

The protest letter specifically states that, “we would be remiss not to address the particular pain, rejection, and fear that this policy has caused lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex members of InterVarsity in the days since its publication. Being LGBTQI in InterVarsity has never been easy, even for those who agree with its traditional position, but this policy places additional burdens on our siblings in Christ who too often have been marginalized or outcast among Christian communities. Whatever our disagreements, InterVarsity can and must do better.”

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Evangelicals and Lust for Political Power – Beyond the Lesser of Two Evils

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Needless to say, I have received many critical responses to my blog post of October 10, in which I warned that evangelicals should not publicly support Donald Trump due to his consistent track record of misogyny, racism, divisiveness, and demagoguery. Although I received much more support than criticism, I believe the critics deserve a response. Many of them are genuinely distressed. They are being bombarded with the argument – implicit or explicit, rational or emotionally manipulative – that as Christians they must vote for Trump.

To be sure, I was very careful not to say that a person should not vote for Trump, and most readers understood that. A vote for a presidential candidate is highly complex. There are so many issues at stake, so many factors that should inform a thoughtful Christian’s decision, that we can be sure intelligent Christians will disagree here. Each will follow his or…

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