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October 25, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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A decade after the triple-A failures of the subprime era, grade inflation is back on Wall Street. This time, Moody’s Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings Inc. are cutting companies slack on mergers and acquisitions

Federal prosecutors are preparing to charge several individuals and confiscate their property over the alleged looting of Venezuela’s state oil company in what may amount to one of the biggest asset seizures in U.S. history.

The U.S. Air Force has big plans to expand its fleets of fighter jets, bombers and drones. But who is going to fly them all? The dearth of combat pilots is becoming a crisis. The Air Force could be 700 fighter pilots below its needs by the end of the year, and it is short 200 drone pilots. What’s more, tens of thousands of commercial pilots are near the federally mandated retirement age of 65 — so current Air Force pilots will soon have a lot more help-wanted ads to sift through.

Canada’s debt, swelled by a decade-long housing boom to almost triple the size of its economy, is drawing increasing concern from an international banking community that says it threatens growth and financial stability. The combined debt of Canadian governments, companies and households reached $4.4 trillion in the first quarter, or 288 percent of gross domestic product, exceeding the same gauge for the U.S., the U.K. and Italy

Britons are more concerned with controlling immigration than maintaining access to the single market, adding further evidence that Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy is in line with the prevailing mood of the country.

A Hong Kong jury watched chilling video Tuesday of a British banker torturing an Indonesian woman and then talking for hours about how he repeatedly raped her and then killed her without feeling guilt or emotion.

Dozens of companies including Starbucks, Walmart, and Apple have introduced mobile wallets, which often can be loaded from a linked bank account or credit card. During checkout at stores, customers tap their phones on a payment terminal or scan a QR code. The transaction value of such payments will more than triple in the U.S. this year, to $27 billion, according to EMarketer.

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Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That’s sure to stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market.

A nurse who contracted Ebola two years ago while caring for the first person to be diagnosed in the U.S. with the deadly disease settled a lawsuit Monday against the parent company of the Dallas hospital where she worked.

One week into the fight for Mosul, and the battle has expanded across Iraq, but has yet to start inside the city itself.

Four civilians were killed and 14 other people injured in Central African Republic on Monday when U.N. peacekeepers exchanged fire with armed men during a protest against the U.N. military presence, the United Nations said.

Around 5,700 people were pulled to safety over the weekend as they attempted the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea. Unfortunately, not everyone made it, as at least 14 bodies were recovered and dozens more remain missing.

The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has passed an ominous milestone, ushering the planet into “a new era” of climate change, the UN said Monday. For the first time on record, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere averaged 400 parts per million (ppm) in 2015, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said.

South Korea’s finance minister said on Monday any amendment to the constitution to allow presidents to serve multiple terms will not have a bad effect on the economy, and changes to it could possibly have a positive impact in the long term.

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UN human rights staff has received reports of atrocities being committed by Islamic State militants as Iraqi government forces close in on Mosul. In one case, three women and three children were allegedly shot dead after trailing behind while being forced to march from one village to another. Elsewhere, 15 civilians were reportedly killed and their bodies thrown into a river in an attempt to spread terror.

Two men and two women have been killed on a ride at a theme park on Australia’s east coast.

Women have all but caught up with men at knocking back alcohol, a global study of drinking habits shows.

Norway has announced it is to allow more than 300 US troops to be stationed on its soil for a trial period in 2017. It represents a shift from the peacetime policy of the NATO member, which shares a border with Russia, of prohibiting the posting of foreign troops in Norway.

The ashes of cremated Catholics cannot be kept at home, scattered or divided among family members, the Vatican has announced in new guidelines. The two-page instruction by the Vatican’s department on doctrine said ashes of the dead must be kept in “sacred places” such as cemeteries.

At least 59 cadets and guards have been killed in an attack by militants on a police college in the Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said.

The Egyptian authorities have seized 9,920 tons of sugar in raids on factories and warehouses, amid a nationwide shortage of the commodity.

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Thanks to Wikileaks we now know that at least 65 mainstream reporters were working closely with the Clinton campaign this election year.

Residents of at least two cities in Texas are complaining that they voted for Donald Trump only to see the voting machine switch their ballot to Hillary Clinton.


Top News – 10/25/2016

Jack Chick, religious cartoonist and publisher, dies at 92
Jack T. Chick’s most popular tract, published in 1964, is titled “This Was Your Life!” Riffing on the then-popular reality-TV series, it tells the story of a high-living atheist who drops dead of a heart attack and is whisked to the gates of heaven, forced to review his life’s lowlights and, too late, plead for forgiveness.

Open Enrollment In Affordable Care Marketplace Will Bring Unpleasant Changes To Consumers
When the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period begins next week customers will see some changes, including fewer choices and higher prices.

The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own
The small drone, with its six whirring rotors, swept past the replica of a Middle Eastern village and closed in on a mosque-like structure, its camera scanning for targets.

Now Obama leaks that election could be rigged
Trump is right. He’s not running against Hillary Clinton. He’s running against the entire Obama administration. He’s running against rampant fraud of the kind perpetrated by the Democratic Party and its dirty-tricks tentacles. And he’s running against the entire media establishment as well as the in-bred Republican Washington establishment.

Excavation Reveals Spot Where Romans Breached Jerusalem’s Wall 2,000 Years Ago
Exciting evidence of the breaching of the third wall that surrounded Jerusalem at the end of the Second Temple period was uncovered last winter in the Russian Compound at the city center. The discovery was made in an archaeological excavation the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted in the location where the new campus of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is slated to be built.

ISIS terror kills 59 in Pakistan
The attack was carried out by three ISIS terrorists. The terrorists shot students who were at the Balochistan college, and shortly afterwards two of the terrorists detonated explosive belts. The third terrorist was shot. ISIS news network Amak reported the terror attack as being ISIS handiwork.

Minor earthquake felt in East Tennessee
The U.S. Geological Survey confirms a magnitude 2.9 earthquake hit near Louisville, Tennessee, Monday night.

Palestinians threaten against opposition to UNESCO Jerusalem vote
The Palestinian Authority and the Jordanians have warned the 21-member states of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee not to oppose or abstain from a Jerusalem resolution on Wednesday in Paris.

Do not make us your dogs,’ Phillippines President Duterte tells US
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte hit out against the United States again on Tuesday, criticising America’s influence on the Philippines region.

Iraqi forces kill 74 ISIS fighters in Kirkuk, ending three-day assault
Iraqi security forces have defeated the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in the northern city of Kirkuk, ending a three-day assault and killing at least 74 jihadis, the provincial governor said Monday.

Venezuela political foes to hold talks in surprise move
Venezuela’s government will hold talks with its bitter political opponents on Sunday as a political and economic crisis in the country worsens. Protests have been held in recent days over the suspension of a referendum process seeking to remove President Nicolas Maduro.

Turkey’s complex reasons for fighting in Syria and Iraq
For months, the US has been building up an alliance in the Middle East aimed at dislodging ISIS from its strongholds in both Iraq and Syria. But these efforts have been complicated in recent weeks by one of Washington’s oldest allies in the region: Turkey.

More than 20 killed in attack on Pakistani police academy
More than 20 people — including at least two police officers — were killed during an attack on a police training academy in Quetta, Pakistan, a Pakistani official said early Tuesday as he announced the assault had ended.

Russia reveals chilling first images of super-nuke ‘Satan 2’ which has ‘power to devastate area size of Texas’
Russia has revealed its biggest ever nuclear missile which is powerful enough to destroy a country as big as France with a single strike. Vladimir Putin is seeking to replace his arsenal of SS-18 Satan weapons with the new RS-28 Sarmat super-nukes.


Krauthammer: Dems Will Sell ‘Single-Payer Government System’ as Obamacare Fix

Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” while discussing reports on the Affordable Care Act premiums being raised, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said Democrats will try to solve Obamacare’s insolvency with a “fully controlled, single-payer government system.”

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October 25, 2016
ALAN KEYES — Saul of Tarsus, known to us as St. Paul, is often cited as an example of the way the Lord can transform and use, for His good purposes, people who have egregiously sinned against Him. Some self- professed Christian supporters of Donald Trump have cited St. Paul in their efforts to overcome objections to Mr. Trump’s candidacy, raised in light of the anti-Christian tenor of his way of life before he began pursuing his political ambitions. Aside from his self-flaunted reputation as a sexual libertine, Mr. Trump stood solidly in support of so-called “abortion rights,” just like Hillary Clinton…. (more)

October 24, 2016
WES VERNON — Having witnessed presidential races during much of the 20th and so far in the 21st century, it is hard to figure out what’s in store leading up to November 8th, when all the votes are in. Based on what is coming to the forefront even as I write, there is too much at stake this time for Hillary Clinton to “get away with it” as she has in the past…. (more)

October 24, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — Left-wing media critics I have debated over the years have repeatedly bashed the slanted “corporate media.” But now that a Republican presidential candidate has taken up this charge, with concrete proof, they are shying away from supporting his critique. You see, these critics were Bernie Sanders supporters, and Sanders has sold out to those special interests by throwing his support to the corporate candidate, Democrat Hillary Clinton…. (more)

October 24, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — So now Hillary finally knows what the “(C)” stands for in government documents: It’s Cartwright . . . as in four-star Marine General James E. Cartwright, the retired 67-year-old former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the expendable federal official against whom laws protecting classified information actually get enforced…. (more)

October 22, 2016
NEWSMAX — WikiLeaks deduced that its supporters may be behind the massive attack on the United States’ internet that left many websites and segments of the country offline Friday. The group posted a message on Twitter, asking its supporters to cease its cyber attacks. A wave of attacks hit several websites Friday morning and a second attack occurred early Friday afternoon…. (more)

October 22, 2016
ETF NEWS — A new email uncovered by WikiLeaks heavily suggests that Brent Budowsky, an ex-legislative director to Congressman Bill Alexander and oddly short-lived political blogger, was involved in an initiative to pay off the Sanders campaign to support Hillary Clinton…. (more)

October 22, 2016
NEWSMAX — Hillary Clinton has a pledge she likes to make on the campaign trail, one she repeated a few times during Wednesday night’s final presidential debate: “I will not add a penny to the debt,” reports The Washington Post…. (more)

October 22, 2016
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — Hillary Clinton can change her views in an instant on trade, guns, gay marriage, and all sorts of issues, but she’s consistent in this: she wants war. The Democratic nominee in the final debate reiterated her bellicose stance towards Syria. Combined with her 2003 vote for war in Iraq, and her central role in getting the U.S. into the 2011 war in Libya, Clinton could become the most hawkish candidate elected president in most Americans’ lifetimes…. (more)

October 22, 2016
JOSEPH FARAH — The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim Brotherhood front group posing as a “civil rights” organization, recently reported the results of a national opinion survey it sponsored on the presidential election…. (more)

October 22, 2016

NEWSMAX — Donald Trump began with self-deprecating jokes and some friendly jabs at his presidential rival Hillary Clinton as normal at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner…. (more)


October 22, 2016
NEWSMAX — Rep. Peter King slammed Hillary Clinton for offending Catholics in quoting Pope Francis during the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner Thursday night. King, a New York Republican, spoke to JD Hayworth on Newsmax TV’s “Newsmax Prime” Friday and said Clinton crossed the line…. (more)

October 22, 2016

NEWSMAX — It’s still too early to say who will win the presidential election despite several polls and the national polling average tipping the scales toward Democrat Hillary Clinton, pollster John Zogby told Newsmax TV…. (more)


October 22, 2016

WASHINGTON TIMES — Hillary Clinton’s secret email account caused her to miss a call, apparently to the French foreign minister, according to newly released emails Friday that showed the then-secretary of state frustrated by the system she had established. Top personal aide Huma Abedin was trying to set up a call with someone identified as Kouchner – – seemingly Bernard Kouchner, the top French diplomat at the time – – but Mrs. Clinton’s OK for the call didn’t get to Ms. Abedin in time…. (more)


October 22, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Hillary Clinton’s security detail hated her so much they laughed when she broke her elbow as secretary of state in 2009. “We sort of got the last laugh. It was kind of like payback: You’re treating us like s – -t. Hey karma is a bitch! We were smiling to ourselves,” an unnamed agent told The New York Post Wednesday…. (more)

October 22, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — A new thread from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s leaked emails show one of her former top aides discussing work with “very friendly” reporters in the early days of the Democrat hopeful’s secret email server scandal…. (more)

October 22, 2016
JOHN FUND — The last time an inarticulate, septuagenarian Republican candidate fared poorly in debates while running against a member of the Clinton family was 1996. That year Bob Dole lost to Bill Clinton. Dole is not Donald Trump, but Republicans reacted to Dole’s likely loss in October with a cold, unemotional strategy. It was best articulated by Haley Barbour, the chairman of the Republican National Committee: “If Clinton is elected, heaven forbid, the last thing the American people want is for him to have a blank check in the form of a liberal Democrat Congress.”… (more)

October 22, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Allegations that a top official at the State Department proposed a ‘quid pro quo’ with the FBI in order to declassify a Hillary Clinton email is leading to more scrutiny of his tenure at State, as well as President Obama’s record of ethics enforcement at departments across the executive branch…. (more)

October 21, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — Among the trove of emails released by WikiLeaks this month are at least 22 that reveal a smear campaign directed against WND senior writer and New York Times bestselling author Jerome Corsi in 2008, the year he released his No. 1 bestseller “The Obama Nation.”… (more)

October 21, 2016

FOX NEWS — Highly disruptive cyber attacks snarled Web traffic on the East Coast Friday, shutting down access to some of the Web’s most popular sites and frustrating their users. A slew of major sites including Twitter, Netflix, Spotify and Reddit were affected by what was described as several distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), on the Internet services company Dyn…. (more)


October 21, 2016
NEWSMAX — Most voters say that Hillary Clinton should have been indicted over her mishandling of classified information when she was secretary of state, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll…. (more)

October 21, 2016
GREG COROMBOS — Gun rights advocates and other experts are firing back at Hillary Clinton’s assertion in Wednesday’s presidential debate that she opposed the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision on gun rights because the court failed to protect toddlers from getting access to firearms…. (more)

October 21, 2016
WESLEY PRUDEN — Nobody has accused Hillary Clinton of setting an example of how to dress for success, and certainly not for fun. She’s clearly no Melania Trump. But she may be assisting the Chinese in bringing back “the Mao suit.” She probably shouldn’t expect a standing ovation from men…. (more)

October 21, 2016

DAVID FRENCH — I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughter’s face in a gas chamber. It was the evening of September 17, 2015. I had just posted a short item to the Corner calling out notorious Trump ally Ann Coulter for aping the white-nationalist language and rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. Within minutes, the tweets came flooding in. My youngest daughter is African American, adopted from Ethiopia, and in alt-right circles that’s an unforgivable sin. It’s called “race-cucking” or “raising the enemy.”… (more)


October 21, 2016

RICH LOWRY — No one can accuse Kellyanne Conway of complacency. She is already preparing for post-election recriminations. Donald Trump’s campaign manager has recently cited Hillary Clinton’s financial advantage, media bias, and President Barack Obama’s popularity as reasons Trump should be losing to Clinton even more badly. She also floated the stabbed-in-the-back thesis: “We have the Never Trumpers,” she said in a MSNBC interview, “who are costing us 4 or 5 percent in places.”… (more)


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)

Top Headlines – 10/25/2016

  • Hilsenrath: Fed’s Task Ahead: How Best to Signal Year-End Rate Move (Read More)
  • Fed Inclined to Raise Rates If Next President Pumps Up Budget (Read More)
  • World stocks, commodities climb as economic confidence lifts (Read More)
  • Ahead of earnings: Apple Boosted by IPhone 7 Demand, Slowing Pace of Sales Decline (Read More)
  • Campaigns Brace for Election-Day Legal Battles (Read More)
  • Philippines Duterte tells U.S. to forget about defense deal ‘if I stay longer’ (Read More)
  • China’s Aggressive New Deal Makers: $199 Billion This Year and Counting (Read More)
  • Inside Trump Tower, the Skyscraper Where Trump Is Already King (Read More)
  • On the ballot: two clashing visions of how America will powers its cars, homes (Read More)
  • Sunni Arabs forced to leave Kirkuk after Islamic State attack, residents say (Read More)
  • Xiaomi Goes Upmarket With New Devices to Arrest Sales Slide (Read More)
  • Credit-Card Scammers Flock to Online Shopping (Read More)
  • Ratings Inflation Is Back, Subprime Style (Read More)
  • Islamic State claims attack on Pakistan police academy, 59 dead (Read More)
  • Four killed on river ride at Australia’s biggest theme park (Read More)
  • DuPont Raises Profit Forecast as Margins Widen Before Dow Merger (Read More)
  • ‘Siri, catch market cheats’: Wall Street watchdogs turn to A.I. (Read More)

US lawmakers urge UNESCO panel to reject text erasing Jewish ties to Temple Mount

Ramallah, Amman alleged to threaten even more biased resolutions if ‘consensus’ text slamming Israel over Old City not approved unanimously

Coalition unlikely to back chairman’s bill seeking to bar Israelis from speaking at UN

Abbas ousts parliamentarian from Fatah

Lieberman: If Hamas forces war on us, it will be their last

Second Hamas man dies in tunnel ‘accident’ since Saturday

Putin reaffirms Israel-Russia ties

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to visit Israel

Bulgaria presidential candidate vows to improve relations with Russia

Bulgarian ex-energy minister cedes immunity over nuclear project, says innocent

Russians Conduct Nuclear-Bomb Survival Drills as Cold War Heats Up

Human Rights Watch: Russia, Saudi don’t belong on UN human rights council

Awaiting Next U.S. President: A Splintered Middle East in ‘Free Fall’

France clears “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais, children in limbo

French treatment of refugees likened to Nazis as Calais Jungle camp cleared

Relatives baffled and shamed as Israel’s ‘Isis family’ returns home

Yazidis guard ravaged home, ever wary of ISIS’ chemical attacks

Plans to send heavier weapons to CIA-backed rebels in Syria stall amid White House skepticism

Iraqi forces kill 74 ISIS fighters in Kirkuk, ending three-day assault

Dozens of Terrorists at Large in Kirkuk

Iraqi terror suspects latest examples of flawed refugee vetting system, say critics

Baghdad bombings kill at least 11

IS conflict: Call for inquiry into Iraq mosque attack

Explosion in Turkey resort town injures about a dozen people; cause unknown

Turkish and Kurdish soldiers join forces to gain advantage in Mosul push

Turkey’s Push to Join Battle for Mosul Inflames Tension With Iraq

Turkey’s complex reasons for fighting in Syria and Iraq

Germany says 35 Turkish diplomats applied for asylum

Mosul offensive: Iraqi Kurdish forces besiege key town of Bashiqa

UN gets reports of massacres by ISIS around Mosul

Terror in the US is a real danger during the Mosul campaign

Fears battle for Mosul could open new front in wider Sunni-Shia conflict

UN aborts plan to evacuate patients from Aleppo, blames all parties

Moscow says Russian and Syrian planes have not bombed Aleppo for a week

At least 59 killed after gunmen storm police training center in Pakistan

ISIS claims attack on Pakistani police college which killed 59

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah Surprisingly Backs Political Rival for Lebanon’s PM, Paving Way to End Crisis

Egypt’s security chief warns of scheme to incite chaos

Egypt seizes 9,000 tonnes of sugar in raids amid shortage

Clashes in Somalia displace 75,000 as rains threaten

Militants Bomb Kenya Hotel, Killing 12; Shabab Claim Responsibility

South African opposition says ICC withdrawal is illegal

For Iran, Exerting Force While Making Nice Is Part of the Plan

Kerry, Zarif win prestigious award for Iranian nuclear accord

North Korea slams threat of “criminal” sanctions over missile and nuclear tests

North Korean defector reveals they were taught Christians kill and suck people’s blood

Bomb in Thai south kills one, injures 19

Philippines Duterte tells US to forget about defence deal ‘if I stay longer’

Philippines’ Duterte tells U.S. not to treat his country ‘like a dog with a leash’

Myanmar army forces hundreds of Rohingya villagers from homes

Iceland, a land of Vikings, braces for a Pirate Party takeover

Maduro meets pope as Vatican steps into Venezuela crisis

Venezuela political foes ‘to hold talks’ in surprise move

Venezuelan prison holding U.S. man is lawless torture chamber, released man says

Nearly 1 in 4 students at this L.A. high school migrated from Central America – many without their parents

Berkeley protesters demand ‘spaces of color,’ harass white students trying to pass

Barclays Warns ‘Politics of Rage’ Will Slow Global Growth – Globalization is fundamentally incompatible with rising nationalist anger

‘Unquestionably An OPSEC Violation’: Clinton Sent US Operations Info To Podesta’s Hacked Email

Concern Grows Over Soros-Linked Voting Machines

Trump’s Right – The System Is Rigged And We Don’t Owe It Our Default Acceptance

Facebook co-founder drops unprecedented cash to stop Trump

Facebook and Free Speech – They won’t censor Trump but might censor you

Trump’s Twitter Insults Catalogued By New York Times

U.S. courts: Electronic surveillance up 500 percent in D.C.-area since 2011, almost all sealed cases

Tech blogger finds proof DNC chief’s emails weren’t ‘doctored’ despite claims

The Clintons’ top 10 pay-to-play scandals

Clinton ally helped fund campaign of key FBI official’s wife

Wikileaks: Soros Memo Accused Obama of Fueling Radical Islam to Push TPP

Yellen seen resisting pressure to resign if Trump wins election

The U.S. stock market is stuck in the danger zone

Workers will simply try to survive, rather than prosper, as tech takes over the economy

Military Warns Chinese Computer Gear Poses Cyber Spy Threat

Chinese Firm Says It Did All It Could Ahead of Cyberattack

Chinese firm issues US recall after massive cyberattack

Google Snaps Up Startup To Make Virtual Reality Better

Google buys Eyefluence eye-tracking startup

Strange messages coming from the stars are ‘probably’ from aliens, scientists say

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Copiapo, Chile

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

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 11,000ft

Ulawun volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Hurricane Seymour becomes Category 3 in the Pacific

Cyclone Kyant to target India with torrential rainfall later this week

People risk their lives during typhoon for the perfect selfie

Snakebites are on the rise — and these states are the riskiest

Neuroscientists show how tiny fibs snowball into big lies

India’s Tata gives UCSD $70M in hot area of genetics

Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes for healthcare

Obamacare’s Death Spiral: Double-Digit Cost Spikes, Disappearing Choices

University of Minnesota accused of using fetal tissue illegally

Forced Transgender Boy Quickly Returns To Normal After Removal From Mother’s Care

First transgender soldiers seek formal Army recognition

As a gay man, I’m horrified that Christian bakers are being forced to surrender their beliefs

Church raps Austria’s far-right presidential candidate for invoking God

Franklin Graham: Battle Against Godless Secularism Is for the Soul of the Nation

60 civilians killed, 200 injured as US-led coalition strikes Mosul residential areas

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 08:26 AM PDT

Over 60 civilians have been killed and at least 200 injured during three days of US-led coalition airstrikes on residential areas in Mosul, the Russian…

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Over 1 million Americans to become uninsured as Obamacare collapse accelerates

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 08:09 AM PDT

Americans were told that the Affordable Care Act was the health reform law that would finally insure everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, preexisting…

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Thousands More Migrants Arrive in Italy Over Weekend

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 07:44 AM PDT

Massive migration into Italy continues unabated, as some 6,100 migrants were rescued at sea over the weekend as they attempted to cross the Strait of…

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Gullible Christians Are Helping to Kill America

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 07:31 AM PDT

(By Mario Murillo) Satan’s masterstroke of deceiving, dividing and diluting Christians in America is now paying off. He has fooled gullible Christians into helping kill…

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Reports Of Votes Switched From Trump To Hillary In Texas

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 07:25 AM PDT

Residents of at least two cities in Texas are complaining that they voted for Donald Trump only to see the voting machine switch their ballot…

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Obama fights back after judge blocks transgender bathroom mandate

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 07:05 AM PDT

The Obama administration is appealing an injunction against its mandate for transgender bathrooms in public schools. Last Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor rejected…

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Secret Tape Reveals Hillary Personally Ordered Trump Disruptions

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 06:53 AM PDT

A strategy to have Donald Duck characters show up at Donald Trump rallies nationwide to disrupt his political campaign has been linked by an activist…

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Was Donald Trump anointed by God to be the next president of America?

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 06:43 AM PDT

(ATTENTION: The views and opinions of this article do not reflect those of End Time Headlines) Was Donald Trump anointed by God to be our…

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Obamacare premiums to soar 22%

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 06:26 AM PDT

Obamacare premiums are set to skyrocket an average of 22% for the benchmark silver plan in 2017, according to a government report released Monday. The…

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TWITTER Planning Hundreds More Job Cuts…

Posted: 24 Oct 2016 07:05 PM PDT

Twitter Inc. is planning widespread job cuts, to be announced as soon as this week, according to people familiar with the matter. The company may…

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Catholic University Forbids Pro-Life Poster

Posted: 24 Oct 2016 01:44 PM PDT

The largest Catholic university in the U.S. prevented an on-campus organization from displaying a pro-life poster, suggesting that the message was “provocative” and “hurtful.” DePaul…

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North Ireland Bakers Fined for Declining ‘Support Gay Marriage’ Cake Lose Appeal

Posted: 24 Oct 2016 01:38 PM PDT

The Christian owners of a bakery in Northern Ireland have lost their appeal of a ruling declaring them guilty of discrimination for declining to print…

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ACLU Condemns School’s salute to cops, Claims it sends “ominous, frightening message”

Posted: 24 Oct 2016 01:19 PM PDT

A patriotic, pre-game celebration honoring law enforcement and first responders at a high school football game has drawn the ire of the New Jersey chapter…

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The World’s first biometric fingerprint scanner for newborns has arrived

Posted: 24 Oct 2016 01:16 PM PDT

Fingerprint biometric scanners might be a popular tool for law enforcement and securing smartphones, but it could also help improve vaccination rates in developing countries….

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Facebook co-founder drops unprecedented cash to stop Trump

Posted: 24 Oct 2016 01:03 PM PDT

If the first $20 million yielded cheers, the second $15 million generated stunned silence. Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz vaulted suddenly and without any advance warning…

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End Times Rabbi Claims This Sukkot is “Transition Period Before Messianic Era”

Posted: 24 Oct 2016 12:59 PM PDT

While most understand the sukkah, the temporary booth Jews build on the holiday of Sukkot, to be a physical manifestation of spirituality, End Times expert…

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Professor Who Predicted Last Five Elections Says Trump Has 87% Chance of Winning

Posted: 24 Oct 2016 11:58 AM PDT

Political science professor Helmut Norpoth, who has accurately called the results of the last five presidential elections, still asserts that Donald Trump has an 87%…

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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

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


This is the Gospel:

Friend, God is holy. There is a God in heaven who has created you and me, and He is the authority over both of us. He is perfectly holy. “In Him is Light, and there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). And the problem with that is that if we want to have fellowship with God, we have to be light and no darkness at all. And yet here’s the problem: we are darkness. We are sinful. We’ve all broken His law. We’ve all lied, stolen, we’ve all looked with lust, we’ve all been angry with our brothers in our hearts. We’ve all fallen short of the glorious standard of perfection that God requires (Rom 3:23). And there’s nothing we can do about it. No amount of works, no amount of contrition, no amount of bad feelings, no amount of church attendance, no amount of Bible reading, no amount of evangelism can earn forgiveness of our sins and the righteousness which God requires (Titus 3:5; cf. Isa 64:6).

And yet God is gracious, and He loves us, and as His creatures He wants to display His glory in us by rescuing us from that. And so He sent His Son—God in the flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ—to be born as a helpless little baby (John 1:14; 3:16; Col 2:9). God of the universe, Sustainer of the universe, Himself being sustained in the womb of a teenage Hebrew girl, and upholding the world by the word of His power (Heb 1:3) while He is upheld by the nutrients from her own body! Unspeakable! And in great humility, He grows up with the growing pains of life in a fallen world, though He Himself never being with any sin—without sin entirely (2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15; 7:26). And He lives a perfectly righteous life. The way that you and I have failed to live before God—the way that we have failed in thought, word, and deed, and fallen short of God’s glory—Christ never did. Not even a thought. He loved God, His Father, perfectly. He always walked in perfect righteousness. He lived the life that you were commanded to live, that I was commanded to live, that we failed to live. He lived that perfect life that God is worthy of.

And not only did He live for us, He died for us. He went to the cross. Our sin demanded death. Our sin demanded eternal punishment. Our sin demanded wrath—just wrath exercised on us for eternity (Rom 6:23). But because of the infinite worth of Christ’s person, He was on that cross. And on that cross, God exercised upon Him the full fury of His own anger (Rom 3:24–26; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 3:10–14), that was rightly due to me and rightly due to you, and that you will experience if you don’t turn from your sin and trust in this Messiah. Christ was born, lived, died, and was raised (1 Cor 15:3–4). And He rose from the grave after being dead, demonstrating His victory over sin and death.

And now God promises that if you turn from your sin, if you repudiate all that you are and all that you were and all that you love, and you turn away from a life of pursuing sin—and if you repudiate not only your bad works but your good works, if you turn from trying to earn your salvation by all the good deeds that you might want to do as a moral person—if you turn away from all of that (Acts 17:30–31), and you trust in Christ alone for righteousness (Phil 3:7–8; cf. Rom 3:28; 10:4), God promises that He will forgive you. He will have treated Christ on the cross as if Christ lived your life. And He will then treat you, justly and legally and righteously, as if you lived Christ’s perfect life of righteousness (2 Cor 5:21). And you can be saved to know the God you were created to love and enjoy. You can have the fullness of joy, the eternal pleasures that are at the Father’s right hand in heaven (Ps 16:11), and begin even now, because eternal life is to know God (John 17:3).

Friend, would you repent? Would you turn from your sin and trust in this perfect Savior to avail for you before God, to pay for your sin and to provide your righteousness?


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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.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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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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Reformation Fire

“Is not My word like fire?” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock? (Jer. 23:29)

What caused the Reformation?

Many people might answer that question by pointing to Martin Luther and his 95 Theses.

But if you were to ask Luther himself, he would not point to himself or his own writings. Instead, he would give all the credit to God and His Word.

Near the end of his life, Luther declared: “All I have done is put forth, preach and write the Word of God, and apart from this I have done nothing. . . . It is the Word that has done great things. . . . I have done nothing; the Word has done and achieved everything.”

Elsewhere, he exclaimed: “By the Word the earth has been subdued; by the Word the Church has been saved; and by the Word also it shall be reestablished.”

Noting Scripture’s foundational place in his own heart, Luther wrote: “No matter what happens, you should say: There is God’s Word. This is my rock and anchor. On it I rely, and it remains. Where it remains, I, too, remain; where it goes, I, too, go.”

Luther understood what caused the Reformation. He recognized that it was the Word of God empowered by the Spirit of God preached by men of God in a language that the common people of Europe could understand and when their ears were exposed to the truth of God’s Word it pierced their hearts and they were radically changed.

It was that very power that had transformed Luther’s own heart, a power that is summarized in the familiar words of Hebrews 4:12: “The Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword.”

During the late middle ages, the Roman Catholic Church had imprisoned God’s Word in the Latin language, a language the common people of Europe did not speak. The Reformers unlocked the Scriptures by translating them. And once the people had the Word of God, the Reformation became inevitable.

We see this commitment to the Scriptures even in the centuries prior to Martin Luther, beginning with the Forerunners to the Reformation:

In the 12th century, the Waldensians translated the New Testament from the Latin Vulgate into their regional French dialects. According to tradition, they were so committed to the Scriptures that different Waldensian families would memorize large sections of the Bible. That way, if Roman Catholic authorities found them and confiscated their printed copies of Scripture, they would later be able to reproduce the entire Bible from memory.

In the 14th century, John Wycliffe and his associates at Oxford translated the Bible from Latin into English. Wycliffe’s followers, known as the Lollards, went throughout the countryside preaching and singing passages of Scripture in English.

In the 15th century, Jan Huss preached in the language of the people, and not in Latin, making him the most popular preacher in Prague at the time. Yet, because Huss insisted that Christ alone was the head of the church, not the pope, the Catholic Council of Constance condemned him for heresy and burned him at the stake (in 1415).

In the 16th century, as the study of Greek and Hebrew were recovered, Martin Luther translated the Bible into German, with the New Testament being completed in 1522.

In 1526, William Tyndale completed a translation of the Greek New Testament into English. A few years later he also translated the Pentateuch from Hebrew. Shortly thereafter he was arrested and executed as a heretic—being strangled and then burned at the stake. According to Fox’s Book of Martyrs, Tyndale’s last words were “Lord, Open the King of England’s Eyes.” And it was just a couple years after his death that King Henry VIII authorized the Great Bible in England—a Bible that was largely based on Tyndale’s translation work. The Great Bible laid the foundation for the later King James version (which was completed in 1611).

The common thread, from Reformer to Reformer, was an undying commitment to the authority and sufficiency of Scripture, such that they were willing to sacrifice everything, including their own lives, to get the Word of God into the hands of the people.

They did this because they understood that the power for spiritual reformation and revival was not in them, but in the gospel (cf. Rom. 1:16–17). And they used the Latin phrase sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”) to emphasize the truth that God’s Word was the true power and ultimate authority behind all they said and did.

It was ignorance of Scripture that made the Reformation necessary. It was the recovery of the Scripture that made the Reformation possible. And it was the power of the Scripture that gave the Reformation its enduring impact, as the Holy Spirit brought the truth of His Word to bear on the hearts and minds of individual sinners, transforming them, regenerating them, and giving them eternal life.

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A review of Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy record of achievements

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This article is from the Washington Examiner.

Excerpt:

Iraq:

[…][W]hen the [Iraq] war was at a tipping point in 2007 and General David Petraeus advocated for a surge of U.S. forces to regain lost momentum, she voted against it.

As secretary of state she failed to negotiate a residual force that would have prevented Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki from creating sectarian strife. The ensuing strife led to the creation of an irregular war between Sunni and Shia with the Islamic State growing from that turmoil.

Libya:

Clinton considers the 2011 overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya to be one of her finest hours as secretary of state. President Obama considers it one of his worst failures. As secretary of state, she pushed for U.S. and NATO involvement against Gaddafi. When he was overthrown, there was…

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