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October 28, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Oct. 28, 2016 |

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President Obama has now ordered more prisoners released early from federal penitentiaries in a single year than any of his predecessors, after commuting the sentences of 98 people on Thursday. The announcement of the release of mostly non-violent drug offenders brings to 872 the number of people whose sentences Obama has shortened, with clemency granted to 688 people this year alone. That’s more than the past 11 presidents combined.

Plane carrying Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence has slid off the runway while landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, AP reports. Pence told reporters he’s fine, no one on board appears injured.

State election officials and cybersecurity experts disputed claims that the U.S. presidential election will be “rigged,” while acknowledging there are legitimate concerns about hacking and voter intimidation.

Northrop Grumman Corp.’s winning bid to develop and build the U.S. Air Force’s new $80 billion bomber held “significant structural advantages” over the competing proposal by Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., according to the Government Accountability Office.

The life expectancy for 65-year-olds is now six months shorter than in last year’s actuarial study. Longevity for younger Americans was also affected: A 25-year-old woman last year had a 50/50 chance of reaching age 90. This year, she is projected to fall about six months short. (The average 25-year-old man is expected to live to 86 years and 11 months, down from 87 years and 8 months in last year’s estimates.) Baby boomers, Generation X, and yes, millennials, are all doing worse.

The millennials notoriously debt-ridden and underemployed generation is apparently more broke than fame-hungry. This generation, now the largest in the country, has an annual spending power of $600 billion and each member spends an estimated $85 per day. But faced with unrelenting student debt and an uncertain job market, they don’t spend lightly.

The Pentagon has canceled 22 programs in advanced development after spending a combined $58.3 billion on them since 2002, according to the Defense Department’s latest assessment of its acquisition performance.

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As Iraqi forces fight to retake Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), clouds of toxic fumes are spreading across northern Iraq. The acrid smoke, which is so significant it is visible from space, is threatening to harm Iraqis’ health just as hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing Mosul for their lives.

The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world’s largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent. The agreement covers an area about twice the size of Texas in the Ross Sea.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday his country could join naval exercises with Japan, but repeated there would be no more war games with long-time ally the United States and again gave vent to his anger against Washington.

Russia denied any involvement in deadly air strikes on a Syrian school and rejected a UN-led investigation showing its ally Damascus had carried out chemical attacks, as Moscow’s relations with the West took another hit.

Exxon Mobil said Friday that third-quarter income fell 38 percent to $2.65 billion. Still, it was the company’s best quarter this year.

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Rebels in Syria have announced a big offensive aimed at breaking the government siege of east Aleppo. A UK-based monitoring group said the rebels had fired “hundreds” of missiles into western Aleppo, killing at least 15 civilians.

Islamic State (IS) militants have abducted tens of thousands of civilians from around the Iraqi city of Mosul to use as human shields, the UN said. The group also killed some 190 former members of Iraq’s security services and 42 civilians, apparently for refusing to obey its orders.

Seven leaders of an armed militia who led a 41-day stand-off at a US federal wildlife refuge in Oregon have been cleared of the charges against them. The surprise verdict acquitted them of conspiracy and firearms offences.

The Malawi Council of Churches (MCC) has told BBC Focus on Africa that it is backing an amendment of the country’s abortion law in Malawi so that a termination can be allowed in certain circumstances. They include a threat to a woman’s health, a pregnancy resulting from rape, incest or defilement or where there is severe malformation of the fetus.

NATO is not seeking confrontation with Russia and does not want another Cold War, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has told the BBC.

A group of warships including Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, is reportedly refueling at sea off North Africa en route to Syria. Plans for some of the ships to dock at a Spanish port were cancelled after NATO allies voiced concern. NATO is concerned planes from the carrier could be used to attack civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

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God promised the Holy Land to the people of Israel, Pope Francis said during a public address at the Vatican in Rome on Wednesday in a speech about migration.

Rigged elections. Vigilante observers. Angry voters. The claims, threats and passions surrounding the presidential race have led communities around the U.S. to move polling places out of schools or cancel classes on Election Day.

Pupils at a primary school were forced to chant “Allahu Akhbar” and “there is no God but Allah”, an appalled father has claimed. The father of the pupil at the girl’s primary school in German ski resort Garmisch-Partenkirchen discovered that his daughter had been forced to learn the Islamic prayer when he discovered a handout she had been given.

A school in the West Bank city of Tulkarem has been named “the Martyr Salah Khalaf School” in memory of the leader of the Black September terrorist group. Khalaf, who was also known as Abu Iyad, planned the attack on the Israeli Olympic compound during the 1972 Munich Olympics, which led to the deaths of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches.


Top News – 10/28/2016

Russia’s New Satan 2 Mega-Nuke Described With Chilling Accuracy in Isaiah Prophecy
Russia revealed a terrifying new addition to its nuclear arsenal, aptly dubbed Satan 2. Verses in the Book of Isaiah describing in detail what can only be nuclear destruction are suddenly relevant as never before as the hell weapon’s capabilities come to light.

Formerly Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Urges Christians to Support Trump
According to ChristianToday.com, Abedini, who was released last January after being imprisoned in Iran for three years, has revealed that Trump helped his family while he was imprisoned.

Donald Trump supporters warn of ‘another Revolutionary War’ if Hillary Clinton wins
“People are going to march on the capitols,” Jared Halbrook, 25, told the New York Times. “They’re going to do whatever needs to be done to get her out of office, because she does not belong there.” Earlier this month, a woman named Rhonda said at a Mike Pence rally that she was “ready for a revolution” if Mrs Clinton wins.

Ancient Muslim Inscription Confirms Dome of the Rock’s Jewish Temple Origin
Hebrew University this week revealed the existence of an ancient Muslim inscription testifying to the fact that the original name of the Dome of the Rock, Qubbat al-Sakhrah, was “Beit al Maqdis” بيت المقدس — “Beit Hamikdash” in Hebrew, aka the Jewish Temple — during the early Muslim era, Makor Rishon reported Friday.

Sukkot Prayers for Rain Emphatically and Immediately Answered
Less than one week after Jews began praying on Sukkot for winter rains, God showered rain down upon the Holy Land, albeit a bit too generously in some regions.

Homeless woman guards Trump’s star on Walk of Fame
After Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed by a vandal with a sledgehammer, an unidentified homeless woman took up a vigil “guarding” the star to prevent any further attempts at vandalism. The woman had a sign identifying herself as homeless and as a Trump supporter.

Likud deputy minister: Italy earthquakes retribution for UNESCO vote
Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara attributes two earthquakes in Italy, during which he was on a state visit to the Vatican, to Italy’s decision to vote for a UNESCO resolution disregarding Jewish connection to Jerusalem.

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels into holy Mecca – report
According to the Saudi-led coalition, Houthi rebels launched a Scud missile from Saada province towards Mecca at 21:00 local time (18:00 GMT) on Thursday.

‘No more cursing, or I’ll bring this plane down,’ Duterte hears God say
“While on up there on my way here, I heard a voice telling me to stop swearing or the plane will crash in midair, and so I promised to stop,” he said, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

3am earthquake wakes Cornwall residents after 30 second rumble
The British Geological Survey, which records seismic data across the UK, found nothing of note at its monitoring station at Carnmenellis monitoring station near Camborne. But a similar BGS station at Hartland did pick up faint traces of movement, lasting nearly five minutes.

Severe floods, thunder and lighting hit Eilat
Heavy rains swept across Eilat overnight Thursday, causing serious flooding and forcing the local airport to announce an indefinite closure due to dangerous quantities of water on the runways. The airport reported shortly before noon that it would be reopened and resume regular operations. Booms of thunder accompanied the giant lightning bolts that could also be see lighting up the night skies.

Fury as German primary school ‘forces’ children to chant ‘Allahu Akbar’ in Muslim prayer
PUPILS at a primary school were forced to chant “Allahu Akhbar” and “there is no God but Allah”, an appalled father has claimed. The father of the pupil at the girl’s primary school in German ski resort Garmisch-Partenkirchen discovered that his daughter had been forced to learn the Islamic prayer when he discovered a handout she had been given.

Town in the heart of Europe where ONLY Arabic can be spoken and Arabs can live
PROTESTS are taking place in a town in Bosnia-Herzegovina because only Arabs are allowed and most of the houses contain the third or fourth wives of wealthy sheikhs. Locals are fuming because they are are only allowed into the site in the south-eastern Europe country if they are servants or cleaners. The complex is surrounded by heavy security, gates and high walls…

Nato chief says alliance ‘does not want new Cold War’
Nato is not seeking confrontation with Russia and does not want another Cold War, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has told the BBC. The planned deployment of 4,000 extra troops to eastern Europe aims to prevent, not provoke conflict, he said. Despite current tensions, the military alliance does not see Russia as a threat, he added.

UN official: Palestinians must have security and civil control of Area C
The Palestinian Authority must have civil and security control of Area C, a United Nations Human Rights Council investigator said as he blamed Israel’s “occupation” of the West Bank and east Jerusalem on the settlement enterprise. “Without Israel’s settlement project, there would no rationale for the continuing occupation,” said Michael Lynk, who is the UNHRC’s special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories.

Tawdry US campaign a gift for Iranian hardliners
For hardliners in Iran, running down the United States has become a lot easier during the US election campaign — it’s just a matter of turning on the television. From the flurry of sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails, the unsavoury campaign has been lapped up in Iran, particularly by those who remain staunchly opposed to closer ties with the West.

Turkey’s Ongoing Military Purge Drives, Complicates Regional Ambitions
In an ambitious effort to ensure that Turkey plays a leading role in shaping Iraq and Syria after the ouster of the Islamic State, Turkish officials have gone on the offensive in recent months, deploying troops across borders, issuing threats to foreign governments, and publicly yearning to claw back former Ottoman territory carved away nearly a century ago.

The Filipino President Just Set Off a Diplomatic Earthquake
Duterte is known on our shores as a right-wing populist out of the Donald Trump file. The last thing our policy cliques and pundits want to do is understand and face what Duterte is driving at (and what drives him).

UN votes to launch talks on nuclear weapons ban
A UN General Assembly committee on Thursday voted to launch negotiations on a new treaty banning nuclear weapons despite fierce opposition from the world’s nuclear powers.

Caught On Tape: How Russian Soldiers Prepare For Nuclear War
The first images of the Russia’s recent nuclear attack drill have been released, confirming the massive scale of the preparations…


The Briefing 10-28-16

“Emma is a boy”: Atlanta paper features mother’s story of 12-yr-old daughter who wants to be a boy

Pansexual? Miley Cyrus and our cultural confusion

Media and young hearts: American Academy of Pediatrics updates screen time recommendation

115 boys to 100 girls: Armenia outlaws sex-selective abortions to avoid looming demographic crisis

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Schools All Over America Are Closing On Election Day Due To Fears Of Violence

vote-2016-public-domainWill this be the most chaotic election day in modern American history? All across the nation, schools are being closed on election day due to safety fears. Traditionally, schools have been very popular as voting locations because they can accommodate a lot of people, they usually have lots of parking, and everyone in the community knows where they are and can usually get to them fairly easily. But now there is a big movement to remove voting from schools or to shut schools down on election day so that children are not present when voting takes place. According to Fox News, “voting has been removed or classes have been canceled on Election Day at schools in Illinois, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and elsewhere.” Just a couple days ago, I shared with you a survey that found that 51 percent of all Americans are concerned about violence happening on election day, and all of these schools closing is just another sign of how on edge much of the population is as we approach November 8th. (Read More…)


October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — With the far-left Huffington Post proclaiming openly gay Shepard Smith as “the future” of Fox News, many conservatives are looking elsewhere for news and information. Almost on cue, it has been announced that a new digital conservative TV channel called CRTV is launching this December that will be featuring Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin and Mark Steyn. There is also talk of “Trump TV.”… (more)

October 27, 2016
MICHELLE MALKIN — Who are the haters? Who are the autocrats? Who are the serial abusers of power? Only one presidential candidate has wielded the sledgehammer of government against personal enemies. Only one presidential candidate has exploited a spouse’s public office to exact revenge on political dissenters…. (more)

October 27, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — What was the legal rationale under which Hillary Clinton quite intentionally shared classified information with her lawyers, including David Kendall, Cheryl Mills, and Heather Samuelson?… (more)

October 27, 2016
NEWSMAX — The Republican Party might be in a far stronger position in the race for the White House if Donald Trump were not the nominee. That’s according to a new AP-GfK poll that looked at a few “hypotheticals” involving the 2016 major party candidates for president and vice president…. (more)

October 27, 2016

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Evan McMullin is on the verge of defeating Donald Trump in Utah, foreclosing his path to White House. The late entry independent conservative candidate doesn’t have a shot at winning the presidency. But McMullin is giving voice to Republicans who oppose the GOP nominee, but can’t bring themselves to vote for Hillary Clinton…. (more)


October 27, 2016
NEWSMAX — A conservative pollster slammed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign Wednesday, calling it a joke and the worst he has ever seen. Frank Luntz spoke with Katie Couric of Yahoo Global News about the Republican presidential nominee who, according to many polls, is nearly even with Democrat Hillary Clinton less than two weeks before election day…. (more)

October 27, 2016
BYRON YORK — Donna Ryan is a retired director of finance who describes herself as a political moderate and whose political hero is Ronald Reagan. She worries about the national debt, the threat from the Islamic State, and a decline in public morality hastened by social media. She doesn’t believe the United States is particularly great now – – she rates it at a six when asked to place the country’s present condition on a one-to-ten greatness scale – – and she would like to see an America that is “free and truly leading the world in everything, including morals.”… (more)

October 27, 2016
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — What if you don’t care that Donald Trump is vulgar and vile? What if you don’t care that Trump is no conservative? What if you don’t care that Trump is untrustworthy? What if you don’t care that Trump is unprepared, uneducated, uncontrollable, and generally unfit for the presidency?… (more)

October 27, 2016

THOMAS SOWELL — Claiming the role of champions of the masses is something the political left has been doing ever since there has been a political left – – which is to say, ever since the late 18th century, when people with such views sat on the left side of the French National Assembly…. (more)


October 26, 2016
PJ MEDIA — Starting in December, conservatives will have a new (digital) TV network to watch: CRTV, or Conservative Review Television. Conservative Review is an influential conservative website which features contributors like Steve Deace, Daniel Horowitz, Michelle Malkin, and editor-in-chief Mark Levin. It has been focused on written media, but they are now expanding Mark Levin’s LevinTV, which will become part of CRTV. Existing memberships to LevinTV will be transferred…. (more)

October 26, 2016
DAVID FRENCH — Who in American politics is having a better year than Barack Obama? At this point in his second term, he has a better approval rating than every post-war president except Bill Clinton and Dwight D. Eisenhower…. (more)

October 26, 2016

NEWSMAX — President Barack Obama was fully aware of Hillary Clinton’s private email system even while he was claiming in a news interview he learned about it from watching the news, according to an email exchange released Tuesday by WikiLeaks…. (more)


October 26, 2016
NEWSMAX — The FBI “has lost credibility” and Director James Comey “should be ashamed of himself and should resign” – – because “he put the fix in” with the Hillary Clinton email probe, former New York Sen. Alfonse D’Amato told Newsmax TV on Tuesday…. (more)

October 26, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Hillary Clinton ignored the latest bad Obamacare news on the stump Tuesday, as she strived to survive through the November election before confronting the first major challenge for the next president: how to save President Obama’s health law…. (more)

October 26, 2016
NEWSMAX — Hillary Clinton’s “nastiness towards her agents” is legendary within the Secret Service – – and “being assigned to her detail is considered a form of punishment,” best-selling author Ronald Kessler told Newsmax TV on Tuesday…. (more)

October 25, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — A man claiming to be Bill and Hillary Clinton’s “fixer” – – hired to cover up their “dirtiest schemes,” including steamy sex romps and a major scandal involving former deputy White House counsel Vince Foster – – says the Clintons have an open marriage, patronize hookers, buy off news reporters and coordinated a scheme to destroy White House intern Monica Lewinsky after her affair with the president…. (more)

October 25, 2016
BOB UNRUH — 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 directly to Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Democratic opponent…. (more)

October 25, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Every time you think you must have heard the last of the irregularities in the Clinton e-mails investigation, another shoe drops. So now we learn that the political backers of a longtime Clinton crony and fixer, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, made $675,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to the election campaign of the wife of the FBI official who later ran the investigation of Mrs. Clinton…. (more)

October 25, 2016
BOB UNRUH — The new movie portraying the story of Rachel Joy Scott, the 16-year-old shot and killed by the two boys who carried out the massacre at Columbine High School near Denver in 1999, earned a top-tier 93 percent approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes over its opening weekend, when it also took in nearly $1,800 per screen…. (more)

October 25, 2016

WASHINGTON TIMES — Obamacare premiums will soar in 2017, the administration acknowledged Monday, with the price of the most popular benchmark plans jumping an average of 22 percent as the law continues to rely on older, sicker customers than its backers had envisioned…. (more)


October 25, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — The nation’s largest Catholic university told a group of pro-life students that it could not display posters reading “Unborn Lives Matter,” lest they provoke the Black Lives Matter movement. In a letter to the College Republicans, DePaul University president Father Dennis Holtschneider said the posters contained “bigotry” veiled “under the cover of free speech,” the Daily Wire reported…. (more)

October 25, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Actor Tom Hanks played “Doug,” a supporter of Donald Trump in a “Saturday Night Live” skit of “Black Jeopardy.” Wearing one of Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” hats and a denim jacket, Doug, facing off against two black contestants, pleasantly surprised host Darnell Hayes (played by Kenan Thompson) again and again with his right answers…. (more)

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)

“Iraqing” Healthcare : Obamacare Penalty For Not Having Healthcare To Double Alongside Premium Hikes

Obama Iraqed the healthcare system.

Hey alright! Just when you though Obamacare couldn’t get better…It gets better!

Nice too that the insurance companies and Pharma have so done well under the crony Obamacare system. The American people? Well, like we just said, it just keeps getting better!

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Top Headlines – 10/28/2016

  • European Stocks Fall on Earnings as Bond Rout Eases; Metals Rise (Read More)
  • Wall Street’s Frantic Push to Hire Coders (Read More)
  • Novo Nordisk Shares Dive on Lower Forecast (Read More)
  • Japanese core inflation hits three-year low (Read More)
  • AB InBev cuts revenue forecast after triple blow in Brazil (Read More)
  • Acquisition: General Electric Pursues Deal With Baker Hughes (Read More)
  • Or partnership: GE in discussion with Baker Hughes on potential partnerships (Read More)
  • Russia’s Lavrov says Marshall plan needed for Syria (Read More)
  • Syrian rebels launch Aleppo counter attack (Read More)
  • In Germany, Syrians find mosques too conservative (Read More)
  • Oregon militants acquitted of conspiracy in wildlife refuge seizure (Read More)
  • Some Cities Want Their Immigrants to Vote (Read More)
  • Americans Are Dying Faster. Millennials, Too (Read More)
  • It’s About to Get Harder to Seek Student Debt Relief (Read More)
  • Ex-Miss Finland says Trump groped her (Read More)
  • Apple Unveils New Macs, TV App (Read More)
  • Apple Increases Prices of Macs in U.K. by 20 Percent (Read More)
  • Podesta relative earned six-figure fees lobbying Clinton’s State Dept. during his tenure there (Read More)
  • Air Force One Isn’t the Only 747 With a President Onboard (Read More)
  • Bezos Rocket Company Is a New Leader in the Suborbital Space Race (Read More)
  • The World’s $49 Trillion Infrastructure Problem May Not Get Solved Anytime Soon (Read More)

Likud minister: Italy earthquakes retribution for UNESCO vote

Pope: God Promised The Holy Land To The People Of Israel

Shimon Peres tombstone to be unveiled at service marking 30-day mourning period

Peres tombstone to share UN quote from Isaiah – “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

UN official: Palestinians must have security and civil control of Area C

Israel eases Gaza restrictions with expanded fishing zone

Chinese Airline marks Israel as ‘Palestinian Territories’

Palestinian rivals, Mideast regional powers growing uneasy with Abbas

Abbas holds rare meeting with Hamas heads in Qatar

Under pressure, Abbas plans first Fatah congress since 2009

Gathering intel on Lebanon border shooting, IDF rules out Hezbollah

Saudi Arabia says Yemen rebels fire missile toward Mecca

UN votes to launch talks on nuclear weapons ban

Lost cause? North Korea nuke threat awaits next president

Schweizer: 12 Days from Election, Clinton World Still Has No Good Answers on Russian Uranium Deal

Caught On Tape: How Russian Soldiers Prepare For Nuclear War

Nato chief says alliance ‘does not want new Cold War’

Russia warships: Kuznetsov battle group ‘refuels off North Africa’

Putin says Russia does not plan to get militarily involved in Iraq, Libya

Bitter Rift Deepens as Russia Rejects Findings on Syria’s Use of Chlorine Bombs

UN preparing for possible chemical attack in Iraq’s Mosul

Satellite images show toxic sulfur clouds rising over Iraq

Iraqis find bomb factory, tunnels on long road to Mosul

Plan to battle ISIS creates uneasy alliance that has US working with Iran

UN: Airstrike on Syria school a potential war crime

White House blames Syria, Russia for deadly Syria school attack

Russian planes did not enter Syrian airspace where school was hit, agencies

ISIS finance chief reportedly vanishes from Mosul with millions of dollars

Mosul: IS group boosts propaganda amid battle

ISIS ‘executes’ 232 near Mosul and takes ‘thousands as human shields’, UN says

Islamic State takes over Iraq’s largest Christian town

ISIS plotting new attacks against West from Syria, US military says

EU hits more Syrian military, Assad officials with sanctions

Syria rebels ‘in push to break Aleppo siege’

French suicide bomber attacks troops in Aleppo

Violence flares in Turkey’s tense southeast after mayors’ arrest

Turkey’s Ongoing Military Purge Drives, Complicates Regional Ambitions

Iran says gas flow to Turkey halted after pipeline blast

Iran executed three Turks days after visit of President Erdogan

Slovenia starts burying hundreds killed as Nazi collaborators

Rohingya women say Myanmar soldiers raped them amid crackdown on militants

The Filipino President Just Set Off a Diplomatic Earthquake – Rodrigo Duterte’s tilt toward China is a fundamental shift in the Western Pacific power balance

Philippine leader Duterte says God told him to stop cursing

New Technology At Detroit Metro Airport Allows Travelers To Move Through Security Lines In A Flash

The FCC just passed sweeping new rules to protect your online privacy

U.S. lawmakers raise privacy concerns over new hacking rules

Cyberattacks put new focus on search-warrant rule change

Ukrainian Hackers Release Emails Tying Top Russian Official to Uprising

Putin slams claims Russia meddling in US polls as ‘hysteria’

Vladimir Putin: US hype on Russia is an election ploy

Tawdry US campaign a gift for Iranian hardliners

Trump cites voter registration problems to back up ‘rigged’ charge

Plane carrying GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence slides off runway at NYC airport

Pence plane scare latest incident in ugly history at LaGuardia Airport

Clinton eyeing Biden as her secretary of state, source says

NYC Chokehold Victim’s Daughter Slams Hillary Over Podesta Emails

Erica Garner blasts Clinton campaign over discussions staffers had about her father’s death in WikiLeaks emails

The Puppet Master: Leaked Emails Show Clinton Team’s ‘Make Soros Happy’ Mission to Please Uber-Liberal Billionaire

WikiLeaks: Team Hillary Feared Clinton-Cosby Comparisons

Leaked Emails Show Clinton Staffers Struggling To Handle Bill’s Women ‘Issues’

Emails show close Clinton allies in dark, shocked over ‘insane’ server setup

Dakota Access Pipeline: Police remove protesters; scores arrested

Oregon stand-off: Wildlife refuge occupiers in shock acquittal

Oregon case jury delivers blow to government in lands fight

Tony Blair: Remain voters should mobilise against Brexit

“Recession Risk Is Rising” Fast, Deutsche Bank Warns “Outlook Remains Fragile”

Venezuela crisis enters dangerous phase as Maduro foes go militant

Merkel says Facebook, Google ‘distort perception,’ demands they ‘reveal algorithms’

Robotic tutors for primary school children

Uber sees future of flying cars zooming over traffic

Another U.S. Air Force Weather Satellite Just Broke Up in Orbit

Could an astronaut’s corpse bring new life to another world?

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near San Antonio, Chile

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near False Pass, Alaska

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

3am earthquake wakes Cornwall residents after 30 second rumble

Italy earthquakes: Widespread damage in historic towns

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 16,500ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 13,000ft

Copahue volcano in Argentina erupts to 12,000ft

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

Cyclone Kyant weakens over sea

Floods and sandstorms during Israel’s first rains

Chaos in Eilat as airport, roads closed following massive rainfall

Deadly Colombia landslide engulfs highway near Medellin

Obama rallies Obamacare troops at ‘critical time’ for program

Obama says health consumers need to shop around

Millions buying insurance outside exchanges amid ObamaCare woes

Federal judge blocks two abortion laws in Alabama

A New Way to Hack Genes Holds Promise for Disease Cures

Scientists discover elixir of youth – for mice – and begin tests on humans

Hand, foot, and mouth disease pops up at three US college campuses

Yemen’s suspected cholera cases soar to 1,410 within weeks

Israel to give out preventative HIV meds for at-risk populations

Univ. of Northern Colorado students forced to use ‘mandatory’ gender-neutral language

World Bank appoints first adviser to tackle LGBTI discrimination

Virtual reality could help men who want to have sex with giants

These Real-Life Ghostbusters Will Help Sell Your Haunted House

At Jesus’s Jerusalem tomb, a race to reach original rock ‘where his body was laid’

Archaeologists spotlight first Solomon’s Temple-era artifacts ever found on Temple Mount

‘Pay to Slay’: Foreign Crime Family Reached Hillary Clinton for Immigration Favors so They Could Run a Baby Parts Harvesting Business

LifeWay Stops Selling Jen Hatmaker Books over LGBT Beliefs

Roger Oakland – Identifying Wolves—Past and Present

My Personal Story of Deception – One Womans Escape From the NAR Deception

Gary Gilley – Muslim Dreams and Visions 

Russian military asks Putin for permission to resume airstrikes on militants in east Aleppo

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 08:33 AM PDT

Russia’s General Staff has asked President Vladimir Putin to order the resumption of airstrikes in eastern Aleppo due to the increased activity of militants, the…

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Saturn’s North Pole Has Changed Color Leaving Experts Baffled

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 07:08 AM PDT

Add this to the long list of celestial End Times portents to keep you up at night: Saturn’s north polar hexagon, a six-sided vortex of…

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CONVENIENT TIMING: New report indicates that U.S. economy surges to strongest growth in two years

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 07:01 AM PDT

The U.S. economy grew at its strongest pace in two years in the third quarter, according to government data released Friday morning. Is this just…

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Ivanka Trump says her father will move US embassy to Jerusalem ‘100%’ if elected

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 06:52 AM PDT

Speaking at a synagogue in Florida, Ivanka Trump assured Jewish voters that her father would “100 percent” move the US embassy to Jerusalem if he…

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DAYS OF LOT: Children’s Magazine Pressured to Include Depictions of Homosexual Families

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 06:40 AM PDT

Highlights for Children, which publishes magazines for children 12 and under, is being pressured to showcase homosexual families, according to Life Site News. A girl…

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Professor Warns that Christians Are “Bigger Threat Than Islamists”

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 06:32 AM PDT

A professor from Northwestern University believes Christians pose a greater threat to the United States than Islamists. Though Professor Catherine M. Wallace calls herself a…

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Jury acquits leaders of Oregon standoff of federal charges

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 06:24 AM PDT

A jury delivered an extraordinary blow to the government Thursday in a long-running battle over the use of public lands when it acquitted all seven…

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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.

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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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Federal judge asks why Obama isn’t admitting Christian refugees from Syria

WINTERY KNIGHT

Democrats think that the real threat to America is not radical Islamic terrorism Democrats think that the real threat to America is not radical Islamic terrorism

This is from the Daily Signal.

Excerpt:

In an otherwise unremarkable opinion over the federal Freedom of Information Act, a federal appellate court judge has issued a sharp rejoinder to the Obama administration over an issue that has been discussed in the news—the almost complete lack of Syrian Christian refugees being brought over to the U.S.

[…]However, in a spirited concurrence written by Judge Daniel Manion, the judge expressed his “concern about the apparent lack of Syrian Christians as a part of immigrants from that country.”

According to Manion, it is “well-documented” that the refugees are not representative of that “war-torn area of the world.” Ten percent of the Syrian population is Christian and “yet less than one-half of 1 percent of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States this year are Christian.”

President Barack Obama set…

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