Monthly Archives: October 2016

October 29, 2016 Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Ed Stetzer honored heretic C. Peter Wagner!  I can’t add to that as a reason to never trust Stetzer for anything to do with theology.
The social justice Jesus is NOT the Jesus of the Bible.
Discernment and Revelation.  Excellent article naming lots of those in the Spiritual Formation movement, as well as other practitioners of similar mysticism and those claiming direct revelations from God.
Michael Brown defends the indefensible.  As noted in my last RAAH report, Brown cannot be trusted with theology.
Modern Day Montanism.  A 52-minute teaching, well worth educating yourself about.  He names names!
Be careful about what bands/singers you promote, in whatever way you do it (including social media).  They may be teaching Christ from their lips while their hearts are far away from him with their sinful lifestyles which reject Him.  (Or, in the case of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. e.g., they worship false gods!)
Church by the Glades continues to prove it is nothing more than a goat-pen led by false teachers.  It is difficult for me to believe that these people really think this honors God. (And really, is sitting in old cars for church conducive to thinking about worship or attending a concert/drive-in movie?)
The Roman Catholic Church really needs to get control of their universities!  These schools continually violate RCC doctrine and principles, and may as well just call themselves secular institutions.
Rick Warren — need I say more?
More proof that Jen Hatmaker is a false teaching wolf to be avoided.  Read the RNS article linked to — if you can stand it.
Apostasy in the Christian Church — good examination of what are necessary beliefs and teachings for the true Christian.
It’s a long program, but very enlightening about Hillsong’s heresy in their songs.
Where does the Catholic Church find biblical authority for this rule?
Cedar Creek in Ohio is just another “church” who seem to think they need a secular concert to start their worship services. Interesting that I couldn’t find any type of doctrinal statement on their site, and they look to my like a bunch of goat-pens.

BREAKING: FBI reopens criminal investigation of Hillary. This is a huge story — especially coming just days before the election. Here’s the latest.

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UPDATED: For yet another week, the news of the American election cycle continues to go from bad to worse to nightmarish to surreal. With the future of the world’s greatest democracy — and world’s only superpower — at stake, it’s important to take a few minutes to see what is happening and consider why it matters.

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

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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

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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?


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

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

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

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

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


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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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October 27, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Oct. 27, 2016

BLOOMBERG

High-definition, three-dimensional CT scans of luggage may soon replace static X-ray images at airports as part of a wave of new technology designed to speed up security lanes while improving detection of weapons and explosives.

Global banks will probably lose their current legal rights to provide services in the European Union after Brexit. Passporting, which allows London-based lenders and insurance companies to sell their services anywhere in the single market, is unlikely to continue after the U.K. leaves the 28-nation bloc.

Meet China’s millennials — a generation that’s more risk-taking and idiosyncratic than its predecessor. And they’re dreaming big. Having grown up in a booming economy that grew nine-fold since the turn of the century, China’s 7.5 million school leavers this year are intent on forging paths very different from their parents, who defaulted to the factory floor, construction site or staid state-sector job. More than 15 percent of respondents said they want to start their own businesses, while 8 percent aspire to take on new professions spawned by rising consumerism and the ever-increasing role the internet is playing in people’s lives. The most sought after jobs: online live-streamer or blogger, voice actor, make-up artist and game tester.

For its next act, the $3.5 trillion ETF industry wants to sell you the steady income of a dividend, the upside of a small cap and the good night’s sleep of a low-volatility stock, all at once. And they really hope you buy it. Just about every big fund provider, from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to BlackRock. and Franklin Templeton Investments, is pinning the next leg of growth on the idea.

AP Top Stories

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength and firming economic growth. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 258,000 for the week ended Oct. 22.

Three in four Americans have a “great deal” of respect for their local law enforcement, according to a Gallup poll, marking the highest rate of community approval in nearly 50 years. The number has increased by 12 points since last year, with 17 percent saying they have “some” respect for police and only 7 percent saying they have “hardly any.”

Pro-immigrant protesters chained themselves together and blocked lanes on the George Washington Bridge between New Jersey and New York City on Wednesday, briefly halting traffic during the morning rush on the busiest U.S. bridge.

More than 1,000 people living in villages near Mosul have been evacuated to nearby camps by Iraqi Special Forces, amid reports of atrocities committed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State against civilians in recent days. About 9,000 people have been displaced since US-backed coalition forces launched an offensive on Oct. 17 to retake the ISIS-held city.

Worldwide populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have plunged by almost 60 percent since 1970 as human activities overwhelm the environment, the WWF conservation group said on Thursday.

Delta Air Lines has launched a new feature that allows flyers to track their luggage using a map view. That means that when a customer wants to see the location of their bag on the map, the display will start by showing a zoomed-out map of the US as the bag travels from one airport to the next.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sought to assure Japan on Wednesday that his high-profile visit to China last week was about economics, not security, and vowed to stand on Tokyo’s side over the disputed South China Sea when the time came.

With the battle for Mosul just a week old and Iraqi forces beginning to trudge to the outskirts of the Islamic State-controlled city, the Pentagon is pushing hard for a wider offensive that will target the Syrian city of Raqqa in the coming weeks. And the lethal Joint Special Operations Command (or JSOC) is playing a key role.

Venezuela’s increasingly militant opposition stepped up its push to oust leftist leader Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday with protests that drew hundreds of thousands but also saw unrest leading to dozens of injuries and arrests.

Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes rose more than expected in September, another sign of the underlying momentum in the housing market.

BBC

Between 800 and 900 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed since Iraqi forces launched an offensive to retake Mosul last week, a top US general said. Up to 5,000 IS fighters were thought to be in Mosul before the assault began.

Historic buildings in central Italy have been badly damaged by two strong earthquakes that forced hundreds of residents out of their homes. It was “miraculous” no deaths had been reported.

The Pentagon is suspending plans to collect bonuses that were given to California National Guard veterans in error.

Ethiopia has withdrawn troops from Somalia, where they had been battling Islamist militants. It blames a lack of international support for the move, following the EU’s recent cut in its funding for foreign troops in Somalia.

South Korea, Japan and the US have agreed to work together to increase pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

The UK’s service sector helped the economy to grow faster than expected, 0.5% in the three months after the Brexit vote, official figures have indicated.

WND

The state of Georgia is demanding copies of the sermons and related notes of a lay pastor who was fired by the Department of Public Health after it investigated what he said in his church.

Support for a so-called assault weapons ban in the U.S. just hit a record low of 36 percent, according to a new Gallup poll released on Wednesday.


Top News – 10/27/2016

Strange messages coming from the stars are ‘probably’ from aliens, scientists say
Scientists have heard hugely unusual messages from deep in space that they think are coming from aliens. A new analysis of strange modulations in a tiny set of stars appears to indicate that it could be coming from extraterrestrial intelligence that is looking to alert us to their existence.

Is FBI Director James Comey a ‘Dirty Cop’?
Is James Comey, the Director of the FBI, a “dirty cop”? According to many agents in the FBI and outside analysts and prosecutors, he is. The fact of the matter is that Comey did things in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server that no other Director of the FBI would have allowed.

Vladimir Putin can do anything he likes in Syria – the West doesn’t care enough to stop him
Vladimir Putin has exploited Barrack Obama’s weakness on this issue like Rafael Nadal sending a lowly ranked tennis player scurrying to and fro across the court, steadily dragging him out of position before sending down a blistering winner into an empty space.

‘Europe is SERIOUSLY ILL’ Deutsche Bank demands £133BILLION slush fund from EU taxpayers
The news comes after British CEO John Cryan today warned of rapid restructuring as the bank posted a two per cent profit amid its weakening position. According to German media, David Folkerts-Landau, Deutsche Bank’s Chief Economist, said a €150bn (£133bn) pot of cash could be enough to recapitalise the banks. In a bizarre interview Mr Folkerts-Landau said “Europe is seriously ill” and demanded the EU look at bending new rules to avoid disaster.

Trump Tells GOP Jerusalem Rally He’ll “Make US, Israel Safe Again”
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a rally in Jerusalem held by Republican supporters he will make “America and Israel safe again.”

YouTube bans ‘Clinton’s black son’
The YouTube decision blocked the nine-minute feature “BANISHED – The Untold Story of Danney Williams,” which had received 1.2 million views since Williams posted it last week. Produced by filmmaker Joel Gilbert, it drew nearly 100,000 views per day and more than 1,000 viewer comments, with the overwhelming majority expressing support for Williams and outrage at the Clintons for not being willing to allow a DNA test to determine paternity.

GEOMAGNETIC STORMS TODAY
Minor (G1) to moderate (G2) geomagnetic storms are likely on Oct. 27th as Earth continues to move through a fast-moving stream of solar wind. Polar sky watchers should remain alert for auroras.

Jerusalem reference found on ancient wine ledger
Israeli archaeologists have discovered an ancient wine ledger they believe contains the earliest written reference to Jerusalem outside the Bible. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) seized the 2,700-year-old papyrus from thieves who had taken it from a desert cave near the Dead Sea. Two lines in Hebrew detail the shipment of wine from the king’s household.

Deadly Colombia landslide engulfs highway near Medellin
A landslide on a major highway in Colombia has killed at least six people, officials said. On Wednesday Tonnes of earth engulfed the main highway leading north from Colombia’s second-largest city, Medellin. The mud from the mountainside covered an area the size of two football fields and buried two cars, a lorry and two motorbikes, rescue workers said.

Italy earthquakes: Bad weather hampers rescue efforts
Bad weather has been hampering rescue efforts in central Italy after two strong earthquakes damaged buildings and injured dozens of people. Hundreds of residents spent the night in cars and emergency shelters after Wednesday’s quakes, but officials said the situation was not “catastrophic”. No deaths have been reported. Historic buildings have collapsed, and one mayor said his town was “finished”.

EU-Canada trade deal: Belgians break Ceta deadlock
Belgian political leaders have reached a consensus in support of the Ceta trade deal between the EU and Canada, Prime Minister Charles Michel has said. He said “an agreement” was found after the latest round of negotiations with Belgium’s French-speaking communities who had been holding up the deal. A signing ceremony on Thursday was cancelled after the region of Wallonia vetoed the agreement.

Palestinian rivals, Mideast regional powers growing uneasy with Abbas
Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab states are piling pressure on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to resolve divisions in his Fatah party and with the rival Hamas movement, amid growing concerns about whether Palestinian democracy is under threat. Neighboring states…fear the festering divisions could lead to conflict…

Jews blamed for Holocaust in UK event slammed by Israeli embassy
An event at the British Parliament’s House of Lords on Tuesday night apparently set the stage for accusations blaming the Jews for the Holocaust. In a video…by Spokesperson of the Israeli Embassy in London Yiftach Curiel, an unnamed speaker at at the event can be heard suggesting that an anti-German protest by a US rabbi had provoked Hitler’s decision to carry out the genocide of the Jews.

Earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude shakes Turkmenistan
An earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude shook Turkmenistan on Wednesday 11 km east of Balakabat near the Caspian Sea, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Italy earthquakes: Tremors shake buildings and down power lines following ‘apocalyptic’ quakes
Two powerful earthquakes have today rocked central Italy after they struck within the space of two hours. Several buildings including churches are believed to have been damaged, a major motorway was closed and residents fled their homes in scenes described as “apocalyptic”.

Syria airstrikes kill as many as 22, mostly children, outside school
Airstrikes in Syria killed up to 22 people, mostly children, on Wednesday when warplanes struck a residential area housing a school complex in the northern rebel-held province of Idlib, activists and rescue workers said.

ISIS leaders may flee Mosul as their ranks are decimated
US military officials expect that senior leaders of ISIS may try to flee Mosul, the capital of ISIS’ self-styled caliphate in Iraq, as their control of the city comes under attack from Iraqi forces, backed by the US.

Putin Tried To Warn Us About Syria Three Years Ago, But Nobody Listened
As Russia and the United States approach arguably the most dangerous crossroads in history — and as Western media continues to crucify Russia for its actions within Syria — a closer look at the rationale Putin used for intervening in the Syrian war paints a sane explanation of how we ended up at this juncture of a global conflict.

Caught On Tape: ISIS Destroys Abrams Tank With Anti-Tank Missile
With so much chatter about ‘cyber-war’, we thought a gentle reminder of what real ‘kinetic-war’ looks like… A Russian-made anti-tank missile reportedly obliterated a US-made Abrams tank involved in the offensive on the terrorist-held city of Mosul, Iraq. Footage of the alleged incident was released by ISIS’ propaganda channel.

VIDEO: Hillary grips aide’s hand — to climb one step
Hillary Clinton needed a helping hand to trek up a single step during a visit in Florida today. Clinton was outside to greet supporters in Lake Worth when she attempted to stand on a small riser. She needed assistance to get onto it as she could be seen reaching her hand out for a boost or some added steadiness.


 The Briefing 10-27-16

By failing to address America’s astronomical national debt, we are stealing from the next generation

From the terminally ill to the mentally ill: Europe’s ever-expanding euthansia laws

Canadian doctor helps 94-yr-old commit suicide who wasn’t terminally ill but feared he was a burden

Denying coverage for terminal illness, insurance offers California mother suicide pills—for $1.20

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Let’s Be Clear – A Vote For Warmonger Hillary Clinton Is A Vote For World War 3

World War IIIIf you want to see war without end, vote for Hillary Clinton. It is tremendously ironic that Hillary Clinton and the mainstream media have attempted to portray Donald Trump as “dangerous” and “temperamental”, because it is Clinton that actually has a long history of being emotionally unstable. She has a temper that is absolutely legendary, and she has been cussing out the men and women in her security detail for decades. Hillary Clinton played a key role in starting the civil war in Syria, thanks to her Libya is a post-apocalyptic wasteland today, and now she is picking a fight with the Russians before she has even won the election. Of all the candidates there were running for president this election cycle, there was nobody that was even close to as dangerous as Hillary Clinton, and if she wins the election I am fully convinced that World War 3 will begin before her time in the White House is over. (Read More…)


Get Ready For Civil Unrest: Survey Finds That Most Americans Are Concerned About Election Violence

city-abstract-public-domainCould we see violence no matter who wins on November 8th?  Let’s hope that it doesn’t happen, but as you will see below, anti-Trump violence is already sweeping the nation.  If Trump were to actually win the election, that would likely send the radical left into a violent post-election temper tantrum unlike anything that we have ever seen before.  Alternatively, there is a tremendous amount of concern on the right that this election could be stolen by Hillary Clinton.  And as I showed yesterday, it appears that voting machines in Texas are already switching votes from Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton.  If Hillary Clinton wins this election under suspicious circumstances, that also may be enough to set off widespread civil unrest all across the country. (Read More….)


Top Headlines – 10/27/2016

  • Clinton Foundation’s Fundraisers Pressed Donors to Steer Business to Former President (Read More)
  • Democrats ask judge to sanction Republicans over Trump (Read More)
  • Inside the Trump Bunker, With 12 Days to Go (Read More)
  • U.K. Growth Shows an Economy Resilient to Brexit (Read More)
  • Qualcomm to buy NXP Semiconductors for about $47 billion including debt (Read More)
  • OPEC May Need Help to End the Global Oil Glut (Read More)
  • Russia denies its warships will join Aleppo bombardment (Read More)
  • Deutsche Bank Posts Surprise Profit on Trading Jump, Cost Drop (Read More)
  • Barclays Posts 35% Jump in Profit on Bond-Trading Revenue (Read More)
  • At Iraqi village, victory is fraught with risks in Mosul offensive (Read More)
  • EU puts more Syrian military, senior officials under sanctions (Read More)
  • Belgium Agrees Deal to Back EU-Canada Trade Pact (Read More)
  • Twitter to Cut Workforce as Revenue Growth Slows (Read More)
  • Tsipras Attacks Greek Court After Judges Cry Foul Over Sex Leak (Read More)
  • Harvard Endowment Called ‘Lazy, Fat, Stupid’ in Internal Report (Read More)
  • Goldman’s Multifactor Robots: A Post-Human Guide to Investing (Read More)

New UNESCO resolution ignores Judaism’s connection to Temple Mount

UNESCO vote ignoring Jewish ties to Temple Mount a ‘blood libel,’ says Herzog

After 2nd anti-Israel vote, PM recalls envoy to UNESCO

Knesset speaker asks Vatican to help fight UNESCO decisions

Pope Francis: ‘God promised the land to the people of Israel’

As U.N. Ignores Jewish Ties to Holy Site, Israel Produces Ancient Evidence

Police willing to lift ban on lawmakers’ visits to Temple Mount

Haredi MK to Netanyahu: ‘Keep ban on Temple Mount visits’

Rivals, regional powers grow uneasy with Palestinian leader

Palestinian kids, 8, detained with knives outside settlement

Shin Bet nabs Israeli resident planning multiple terror attacks

Trump tells Jerusalem rally he’ll ‘make Israel, US safe again’

Trump’s Israel adviser says settlements not illegal

Jerusalem to approve new construction

Russians conduct nuclear-bomb survival drills as Cold War heats up

Russia reportedly tests nuclear-capable hypersonic glider warhead

Britain, U.S. sending planes, troops to deter Russia in the east

U.K. to Send Formidable Force to Eastern Europe

‘This is our continent’: Britain to deploy drones & tanks to Estonia

Russia beefs up Baltic Fleet amid NATO tensions: reports

Russian armada enters Mediterranean ahead of beefed-up Syria blitz, US officials say

Russian warships, likely headed to Syria, withdraw refueling request in Spain

Russia drops Spain ship refueling request amid NATO uproar

Russia: Syrian Foreign Minister to hold Moscow talks on Aleppo this week

UN chief calls security council’s failure on Aleppo ‘our generation’s shame’

Syria conflict: Schoolchildren killed in Idlib air raids

Assad’s allies warn Turkey against any Aleppo advance

Jihadists shave beards, change hideouts as Iraqis near Mosul

Captured battlefield cellphones, computers are helping the U.S. target and kill Islamic State’s leaders

ISIS leaders may flee Mosul as their ranks are decimated

Group: ISIS land mines killed, wounded dozens in Syrian town

IS executes dozens of prisoners near Mosul, officials say

ISIS Burns 6 Men Alive in Bakery, Uses Dough Mixer to Kill 250 Children

ISIS-aligned group takes Somali town

Warning of ISIS Plots Against West, U.S. Plans Assault on Raqqa

Oil fires started by IS outside Mosul turn sheep black

IMF, US Treasury Chiefs Visit Gulf Amid Oil Price Slowdown

Moscow to host Iran, Syria ministers for war talks

Iran Revolutionary Guard unveils maritime ‘suicide’ drone

The ransom effect? Iran handing down harsh sentences for Iranian-Americans after swap

Nigerian Middle Belt State: 800+ Christians Killed, 800+ Injured, 100+ Churches Destroyed

After fire rages, French officials declare ‘jungle’ migrant camp closed

Terrorism possible in Virginia shooting at hands of Kenyan refugee, police say

In first, US, Israel abstain on UN vote against Cuba embargo

In Cuba, online media pry open state grip on news

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Hit With Federal Contempt Charge

Immigration protest shuts down upper lanes of George Washington Bridge during rush hour commute

Sanctuary city illegal immigrant sparks $61M fire in national forest

Feds: 275,000 born to illegals in one year, would fill city the size of Orlando

Spike In Immigrants Illegally Crossing Into US Ahead Of Election

Trump promises ‘new deal for Black America’

Justice Clarence Thomas: Nation’s capital is ‘broken’

Investigation Finds People Voting Twice In Colorado

Texas voters claim machines switching their votes

Texas County Switches to Paper Ballots after Software Glitch

Media pays little attention to escalating attacks, thousands of threats against Trump supporters

Goldman Sachs: Don’t expect Brexit-type surprise in presidential race

The FBI’s Clinton Probe Gets Curiouser – New evidence of a conflict of interest and a double standard

‘There’s no good answer’: Podesta leaks show Clinton campaign stumped by email server debacle

Emails show Clinton campaign expressed concerns about Sanders’ rise

‘Bill Clinton Inc.’: Email details how top aides helped make ex-president rich

Obama steers clear as North Dakota pipeline protests veer out of control

Carter suspends Pentagon’s demand of the return of cash bonuses to California soldiers

Thousands take to the streets in Venezuela in protests against socialist government

Venezuela: Opposition Escalates as Anti-Maduro Protests Turn Violent

Future of TV could be pills that make people hallucinate television shows, Netflix boss says

Google’s neural networks invent their own encryption

Is Facebook’s Facial-Scanning Technology Invading Your Privacy Rights?

Sweden bans drones with cameras

British UFO investigator found dead after ‘vomiting black liquid,’ sending chilling text message to mother

Investigator claims ‘UFO wreckage’ is evidence aliens visited the Earth 250,000 years ago

Signals from space aliens? Scientists disagree

‘Sinking’ San Francisco High-Rise Sparks Fears Among Residents

Radioactive leak at Norway nuclear reactor

Two powerful earthquakes hit Italy near site of deadly August quake

Earthquake Rattles Rome, Shaking Historic Palazzi

Panic, but few injuries, as Italy quakes crumble buildings

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Bitung, Indonesia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Balkanabat, Turkmenistan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Ascension Island region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tingo Maria, Peru

Chiles-Cerro Negro volcano in Colombia erupts to 36,000ft

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

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 16,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

Hurricane Seymour Beginning to Weaken Quickly After Reaching Category 4 Strength in the Eastern Pacific

Andhra Pradesh on alert as Cylone Kyant nears, to spare Odisha

Flood kills 1 in western Indonesia

Farmers on edge as northeastern US drought puts crops in jeopardy

Americans More Scared of Clowns than Climate Change

Chinese officials ‘interfered’ with air pollution data: media

World wildlife ‘falls by 58% in 40 years’

The long, twisted shadow cast by Nazi medical experiments

ObamaCare premium hikes fuel Trump, GOP case in key swing states

Health law tax penalty? I’ll take it, millions say

Haiti cholera scandal: US bolsters UN wall of denial, legal investigator says

Mosquitos to be infected with bacteria in fight against Zika virus

Gene study clears ‘Patient Zero’ as cause of U.S. HIV epidemic

California STD cases reach 20-year high – increases outpace rest of U.S.

Female gamer says she was sexually assaulted in virtual reality

In first, rabbi stripped of title over sexual harassment claims

In haunted Salem, a Jewish church founder preaches the art of ‘Satanic’ social change

Have you heard that Israeli leaders are urging Jews to read through the entire Bible, verse by verse, chapter by chapter? Amazing, but true.

Georgia Demands Pastor Surrender Sermons After Filing Federal Religious Discrimination Claim

State of Georgia Demands Pastor Turn Over Sermons

Wacky Church Under Fire Over ‘Miracle Cure’ for Autism

How Churches Kept Dallas From Exploding After a Gunman Killed 5 Police Officers

German school forces children to chant ‘Allahu Akbar’…

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 08:24 AM PDT

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…

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Britain’s First Ever Christmas Coin Features Jesus In Nativity Scene

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 08:16 AM PDT

An Anglican bishop in Wales has designed the Royal Mint’s first official UK Christmas coin. Bishop of St Asaph Gregory Cameron, besides being a keen…

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George Soros reveals election results on leaked tape

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 07:59 AM PDT

In recent weeks, Democrats have attempted to paint Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump as a lunatic for claiming that the election is going to…

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LIVING THE DREAM: Muslim Migrant with Four Wives and 23 Children Receives $390,000 a Year in Benefits

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 07:44 AM PDT

A Syrian refugee who was granted asylum in Germany, along with his four wives and 23 children, is now reportedly receiving 360 thousand euro ($390,000)…

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Texans Shatter Turnout Records in First Day of Voting

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 07:42 AM PDT

Texans turned out in record numbers on the first day of early voting for the 2016 General Election. Harris County led the way with over…

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Jay Z, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez and Bon Jovi to Hold Concerts for Hillary Clinton

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 07:12 AM PDT

Jay Z, Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Lopez are staging concerts around the country in support of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in the…

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Immigration Protesters Block Rush Hour Traffic on George Washington Bridge

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 07:06 AM PDT

Traffic on the world’s busiest bridge was brought to a near standstill Wednesday morning as a group of 10 immigration rights activists blocked motorists from…

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Tomb Of Jesus Exposed for First Time in Centuries

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 07:03 AM PDT

For the first time in centuries, scientists have exposed the original surface of what is traditionally considered the tomb of Jesus Christ. Located in the…

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Detroit Airport Now Taking 10 Fingerprints, Iris Scan, High-Res Photo Of Face…

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 06:59 AM PDT

Metro Detroit Airport now has a new way to allow people to move seamlessly through airport security. It’s called CLEAR and it’s now in operation…

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Premature Baby Smiling 5 Days After Birth Goes Viral

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 07:44 PM PDT

A touching and inspiring photo showing a premature baby with a big smile on her face has gone viral after being shared on Facebook. The…

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American Israelis casting their ballots for Trump

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 07:35 PM PDT

Yael Kaner grew up in a left-leaning home in Massachusetts during the 1960s and 1970s. “I was brought up Democratic. That was my family’s tradition,”…

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Survey Finds That Most Americans Are Concerned About Election Violence

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 07:22 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Could we see violence no matter who wins on November 8th? Let’s hope that it doesn’t happen, but as you will…

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WAR DURMS: US official Warns That Russia might shoot down US aircraft in Syria

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 07:19 PM PDT

Russia could shoot down a U.S. aircraft if a no-fly zone were imposed over Syria, National Intelligence Director James Clapper said Tuesday. “I wouldn’t put…

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10 Army Soldiers Request Recognition as Opposite Gender Following Lift on Open ‘Transgender’ Ban

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 06:00 PM PDT

10 Army soldiers have come forward to request recognition as the opposite gender following a move by the U.S. Department of Defense to lift the…

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Wild Elk Spotted in South Carolina for First Time Since 1700s

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:52 PM PDT

A wild elk has been spotted in South Carolina for the first time in 275 years, officials say. The bull elk was likely kicked out…

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‘Why isn’t President Obama fighting anti-Israel UNESCO resolutions?’

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:45 PM PDT

A week after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) ratified a resolution negating the Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and Western…

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Russia reportedly tests nuclear-capable hypersonic glider warhead

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:37 PM PDT

Russian strategic missile troops reportedly launched an RS-18 ballistic missile on Tuesday. The launch may have been a test of the advanced hypersonic glider warhead,…

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Microchip Implants Being Marketed As Human Body Enhancements

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:26 PM PDT

Microchipping of animals for medical and tracking experiments has gradually become acceptable, but humans? Whoa, not so fast! Privacy proponents, conspiracy theorists and faith-based groups…

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Wikileaks Reveal That Obama Sought Muslims for Top White House Jobs

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 02:19 PM PDT

The newest batch of John Podesta emails from WikiLeaks shows President Barack Obama’s transition team kept lists of Muslim and Asian candidates for administration jobs….

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3 Maine Women Face Theft Charges for Stealing Dozens of Trump Signs

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 02:08 PM PDT

Three Maine women have been charged with theft for stealing dozens of Donald Trump signs. Police say Elizabeth Stothart, Martha Murdick and Heidi Kendrick were…

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WAR DRUMS: NATO Gathering Allies To Confront Russia

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 01:53 PM PDT

NATO will press allies on Wednesday to contribute to its biggest military build-up on Russia’s borders since the Cold War as the alliance prepares for…

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State of Georgia Demands Pastor Turn Over Sermons and Notes

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 01:49 PM PDT

The state of Georgia is demanding copies of the sermons and related notes of a lay pastor who was fired by the Department of Public…

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Pope Francis: ‘God promised the land to the people of Israel’

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 01:42 PM PDT

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…

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WAR DRUMS: Britain sends soldiers, tanks to Russian border, Largest Deployment since Cold War…

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 01:31 PM PDT

Britain is sending hundreds of soldiers and hardware to Russia’s borders as part of a huge military deployment. A total of 800 troops, drones and…

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Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Vandalized With Sledgehammer

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 01:26 PM PDT

Donald Trump took a lot of hits today, and not just in the Presidential race. With less than two weeks to go before America decides…

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Second Powerful 6.1 Aftershock rattles Italy after 5.4, Shakes Colosseum and Pantheon…

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 01:22 PM PDT

A pair of powerful aftershocks shook central Italy on Wednesday, knocking out power, closing a major highway and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets…

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Strong 5.6-magnitude Earthquake Strikes central Italy, felt in Rome

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 10:37 AM PDT

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit a rural region of central Italy on Wednesday evening, with the impact felt as far away as Rome. The emergency services…

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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?


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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30 Day Next Steps
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New Believers Guide
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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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A Look At The RACIST Democratic Party Since the Civil War

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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As a Jew, I was born into the Democratic Party. Most Jews are. It seems that this is true in Black families as well. When a Jew or a Black changes parties and becomes Republican or just plain Conservative, they are disparaged and vilified to the point of being shunned by family and communities.

My mother was so much more upset at the fact that I had become a Conservative, than knowing that I believed in Jesus Christ as my Savior!

I ran across a great website – the article is from 2012, but absolutely needs to be read by Blacks across our nation. Many of them are finally waking up to reality, but sadly many are still so duped.

I am going to print this article in its entirety. Please share this with all of your black friends, neighbors and co-workers before they go into the polling places and…

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Holiness and Halloween

As a church history professor, October 31st is one of my favorite holidays. That’s because it is Reformation Day; and this year will mark 499 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517.

Watch Jamie Jackson’s interview with Dr. Nathan Busenitz concerning how Christians should think about Halloween.

To be honest, I would much rather talk about Reformation Day than Halloween. But most of American society does not share my passion for church history. For them, October 31st is all about Halloween traditions and festivities.

Due to its pervasive nature in American culture, Christians often wonder how they should respond to this October holiday. Is it permissible for believers to participate in certain activities related to Halloween, or should they try to avoid it completely?

In answering such questions, I believe there are two primary considerations Christians ought to keep in mind.

1. First, believers should avoid any activity that is prohibited by Scripture. Consequently, they ought to abstain from anything that smacks of immorality, debauchery, or Satanic worship.

Though some Halloween traditions have pagan roots, American culture has largely turned Halloween into a secular (i.e. non-religious) holiday. Even so, Christians ought to apply biblical discernment carefully as they consider to what extent they will participate in any Halloween-related activities.

In our unbelieving society, there are those who use Halloween as an opportunity to celebrate sexual sin, drunkenness, grotesque depravity, and even demonic activity. Because Scripture clearly forbids those things, Christians should have nothing to do with anything that promotes or induces such behavior.

As believers, we are called to flee from the sinful deeds of darkness, not revel in them. So any type of Halloween costume, activity, or party that celebrates those things should be totally avoided. Many Scripture passages could be cited to make this point. Ephesians 5:8–12 is one such place:

For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.

The Scriptural mandate is unmistakable: Stay far away from anything that is idolatrous or immoral (cf. Rom. 13:12–14; Gal. 5:19–21; Eph. 5:18; 1 Thess. 1:9; 4:3–8; 1 Pet. 4:3–6; etc.).

It should also be noted that, as believers, we do not share our culture’s morbid fascination with fear and death, because in Christ we have been set free from bondage to such things (Heb. 2:15). Consequently, Christians should not join with our unbelieving society in celebrating violent, ghoulish, or macabre themes. Moreover, our culture’s preoccupation with the “spooky” and the “scary” desensitizes their hearts and diverts their attention away from that which is truly terrifying: namely, the judgment of God that awaits all who die apart from Christ (Heb. 9:27; 10:31).

On the other hand, not every tradition associated with Halloween in American culture is inherently evil. For example, there is nothing in Scripture that forbids children from dressing up in innocent costumes and gathering candy from well-meaning neighbors. So how should Christians think about those kinds of things?

That brings me to a second point:

2. When it comes to those things not specifically prohibited in Scripture, Christians ought to apply biblical principles in order to make wise, God-honoring decisions.

A great place to find these principles is in passages like Romans 14–15 and 1 Corinthians 8–10, where the apostle Paul gives instruction to those who were wondering if it was acceptable for believers to eat food offered to idols. These principles are often discussed under the category of Christian liberty.

Though the situation is not a direct parallel, the principles Paul articulates in these passages provide a helpful paradigm for applying biblical wisdom to these kinds of situations.

The foremost of these principles might be stated in the form of three questions:

A) Will participating in this activity dishonor Christ? In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul wrote, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” The implications of that statement are universal and all-encompassing. Stated negatively, Christians should not participate in anything that would bring dishonor or reproach on the name of Christ.

Stated positively, believers should only do that which can be done for God’s glory. We should not merely attempt to avoid His disapproval, but should actively seek to please Him in all we do (2 Cor. 5:9). Consequently, as we think about how to approach Halloween or any other holiday, we ought to be looking for opportunities to serve Him and advance the truth of His gospel.

B) Will participating in this activity violate my conscience? In these same chapters, Paul makes it clear that it is a sin to violate one’s conscience (cf. Rom. 14:22–23; 1 Cor. 8:7). So, if an activity—even one that some believers might find acceptable—violates a person’s conscience, that person should avoid it.

C) Will participating in this activity tempt fellow believers to sin? Paul emphasizes that believers need to be careful, in practicing their Christian liberty, not to cause a weaker brother or sister to stumble (1 Cor. 8:12–13). In other words, we need to be aware of the fact that other Christians might have more sensitive consciences than we do. Accordingly, we should avoid putting them in situations where—by following our example—they might fall into sin by violating their conscience.

A friend of mine who works in the Spanish ministry at our church recently helped me think about the implications of this principle within a multi-ethnic environment. For non-Hispanic Americans, it can be easy to think about Halloween only through the lens of secular American culture. But for many believers from Latin American backgrounds, October 31st is closely associated with the Day of the Dead and its clearly unbiblical practices. As a result, these believers might find the celebration of Halloween to be a stumbling block, even if other Americans would not.

By simply being aware of those kinds of cultural issues, especially in multicultural church contexts, Christians can demonstrate biblical sensitivity and love to fellow believers from ethnic backgrounds that are different than their own.

It is also important to note, of course, that many churches offer excellent alternatives to Halloween—from Reformation Day celebrations to Harvest Festivals to things like AWANA’s Fairmont Fair. In other words, choosing not to celebrate Halloween does not require turning out the lights and sitting quietly in the back room of the house hoping no one rings the doorbell.

Nonetheless, in answer to the question—“Is it permissible for Christians to participate in any Halloween-related activities?” —the bottom line is this: By avoiding that which is sinful and by applying biblical wisdom to that which is not (using biblical principles like the three delineated above), believers can approach the Halloween season in a way that is both faithful to God’s Word and filled with wholesome fun for them and their families.

For a longer and more detailed article addressing this same issue, I gladly recommend Grace to You’s treatment which can be read by clicking here.

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Why Prophecy?

Dr. Ed Hindson, a guest on The John Ankerberg Show recently said,

“Bible Prophecy is not written to scare us.
Bible prophecy is written to prepare us.”
 

I have never felt we need to be prepared more that I do now.  People I talk with are afraid and uncertain about the future.  Because I believe studying prophecy is essential to our living with hope and certainty in uncertain times, I wrote a brief article entitled Why is prophecy important? that I would love to share with you.

Many people are scared to study prophecy, while others just simply don’t see the importance of it.  Did you know that of the 31,124 verses in the Bible, 8,352 contain prophetic material? That means that 27% of the entire Bible contains prophetic material.

I would like to encourage you not to be fearful of Bible prophecy but instead, choose to be prepared in these uncertain times.  Please take the time to read this article – it will only take a few minutes.  I believe you will benefit greatly from it. 

Click HERE to READ Why is Prophecy Important?

Albert Mohler Blog: “How Will We Live Now? Francis Schaeffer’s “How Should We Then Live” After 40 Years”

In this essay, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. reflects on Francis Schaeffer’s book How Should We Then Live? forty years after its initial publication. Mohler writes:

“Schaeffer perceived the presuppositions of the looming humanistic and secular worldview as showing up first in art and high culture. He was right. While most evangelicals were watching Gunsmoke and taking their kids to the newly opened Walt Disney World, Schaeffer was listening and watching as a new worldview was taking hold of the larger culture.”

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October 26, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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A tractor trailer full of beer drove itself down Colorado’s I-25 last week with nobody behind the wheel. Uber Technologies Inc. and Anheuser-Busch InBev NV teamed up on the delivery, which they said is the first time a self-driving truck had been used to make a commercial shipment. With a police cruiser in tow, the 18-wheeler cruised more than 120 miles while a truck driver hung out back in the sleeper cab.

Twitter Inc., having failed to sell itself, is planning to fire about 8 percent of its workforce as the struggling social-media company prepares to go it alone for the time being.

London property prices are set to fall next year as uncertainty about Britain’s exit from the European Union damps the U.K. housing market, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

Geomagnetic conditions increased early Tuesday before weakening by midday, according to the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center. The event led the PJM Interconnection LLC, operator of the biggest U.S. power grid, and Midcontinent Independent System Operator, which manages high-voltage transmission lines across 15 U.S. states and one Canadian province, to issue warnings. The storms can cause voltage corrections and trigger false alarms in some power system equipment, the Boulder, Colorado-based center said. They can also create drag on satellites in low-Earth orbits, forcing course corrections and disrupting navigation and high-frequency radio signals. The storm’s aurora can sometimes be seen as far south as Illinois and Oregon.

Twenty-four percent of new homes completed in 2015 included a garage with room for three or more cars, according to census data

Facebook’s software knows your face almost as well as your mother does. And like mom, it isn’t asking your permission to do what it wants with old photos. As advances in facial recognition technology give companies the potential to profit from biometric data, privacy advocates see a pattern in how the world’s largest social network and search engine have sold users’ viewing histories for advertising. The companies insist that gathering data on what you look like isn’t against the law, even without your permission.

AP Top Stories

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio to stand trial in December on a criminal contempt charge of violating the terms of a court ruling against the controversial sheriff in a 2007 racial profiling case.

Convincing North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons is a “lost cause,” US Director of National Intelligence James Clappersaid, causing concern in the State Department and ally South Korea over an issue of long-standing US policy. The United States has always maintained it cannot accept North Korea as a nuclear state and, under President Barack Obama, has made any talks with the North conditional on Pyongyang first making some tangible commitment towards denuclearization.

Iraqi forces were inching to within striking distance of eastern Mosul Tuesday as defense chiefs from the US-led coalition met in Paris to review the offensive on the jihadist bastion.

Police in Tunisia have arrested two American citizens on suspicion of terrorist activities after finding videos and pictures praising Islamic State, a security official said on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is confident after speaking to his Philippine counterpart that the two countries can “work through” a period of confusion caused by anti-American rhetoric from President Rodrigo Duterte, the State Department said on Monday.

New-home sales advanced 3.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 593,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

BBC

Russia has withdrawn a request for three warships to dock at the Spanish port of Ceuta for refueling; the Spanish foreign ministry says.Spain had been coming under pressure from NATO allies not to allow the refueling of Russian warships bound for Syria.

Scientists are planning to release an army of millions of modified mosquitoes in areas of Brazil and Colombia. They say the unusual approach is an attempt to provide “revolutionary protection” against mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and chikungunya.

More than 20 people, many of them children, have been killed in air strikes on a rebel-held village in north-western Syria, activists said.

The Gambia says it will pull of the International Criminal Court (ICC) after accusing the tribunal of persecuting and humiliating Africans. The small West African nation joins South Africa and Burundi in withdrawing from the court.

Thirty people have been kidnapped and killed by militants linked to so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan’s Ghor province, officials said. An IS commander was killed during a police operation to free them and the militants killed the civilians in revenge.

Hong Kong is well-known for having some of the world’s tiniest and most expensive homes, but one landlord is offering a modern twist on its famous “coffin apartments”. Ten “space capsule” units have just come on the market in the western Sai Ying Pun district, offering a total of 24sq. ft. of living space for $658 a month.

WND

The number of migrants arriving at the U.S. border seeking asylum has soared dramatically in 2016 and is now about 10 times higher than it was in 2009, according to statistics from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Students at California State University-Chico are being treated to an educational campaign instructing them to avoid phrases like “man up” and “like a girl.” The school’s athletics department announced last week that it will participate in the “You Don’t Say” campaign at the behest of the Chico State Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and has already begun hanging posters around campus admonishing students to avoid a variety of potentially-offensive words and phrases.


Top News – 10/26/2016

A $350 million skyscraper in San Francisco that’s tilting and sinking has residents worried
Pamela Buttery noticed something peculiar six years ago while practicing golf putting in her 57th-floor apartment at the luxurious Millennium Tower. The ball kept veering to the same corner of her living room. Those were the first signs for residents of the sleek, mirrored high-rise that something was wrong. The 58-story building has gained notoriety in recent weeks as the “leaning tower of San Francisco.” But it’s not just leaning. It’s sinking too.

Earthquake Rattles Rome, Shaking Historic Palazzi
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 rattled a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome, on Wednesday, just two months after a powerful temblor toppled villages, killing nearly 300 people.

Earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude shakes Turkmenistan
An earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude shook Turkmenistan on Wednesday 11 km east of Balakabat near the Caspian Sea, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Rio fights Zika with biggest release yet of bacteria-infected mosquitoes
Two South American metropolises are enlisting bacteria-infected mosquitoes to fight Zika, in the world’s biggest test yet of an unconventional yet promising approach to quell mosquito-borne diseases. Mosquitoes that carry Wolbachia bacteria — which hinder the insects’ ability to transmit Zika, dengue and other viruses — will be widely released in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Medellín, Colombia,

EU MASTERPLAN: Jean-Claude Juncker unveils 10-point plot to SAVE struggling Union
JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has today unveiled the European Union’s roadmap for 2017 as he struggles to save the bloc from the triple threat of mass migration, economic stagnation and Brexit. The EU Commission chief called for a “Europe that delivers” as he vowed to focus on youth unemployment, tax-dodging and green initiatives in the next calendar year.

Obama Admin Targets Soldiers’ Bonuses, Lets Bad VA Employees Keep Theirs
The Los Angeles Times reported last week that the Pentagon demanded that thousands of California soldiers repay bonuses they were given to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Defense Department asked the soldiers to repay the bonuses, which amounted to $15,000 or more each, after audits revealed they were overpaid by the California National Guard.

BRINK OF WAR: UK sends TANKS, DRONES and 800 SOLDIERS to Russian border as tensions grow
The show of force comes just days after the Russian leader’s fleet passed just miles off the British coast. The British soldiers will travel to Estonia, in what is the biggest build-up on Russia’s border since the Cold War. The move will take place this spring, with Denmark and France also taking part in the huge military exercise.

Jack Chick, Gospel Tract Artist And Evangelist, Goes Home To Be With The Lord At Age 92
“Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Brother Jack Chick passed away Sunday evening, October 23, peacefully in his sleep. He was 92,” the note said. “He will be interred in a small private ceremony. Condolences can be sent to Chick Publications, and they will be taken to his widow. God bless you all.”

Hillary Clinton Tops ‘Islamist Money in Politics’ List
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has received more campaign contributions than any other U.S. politician from “individuals who subscribe to the same Islamic supremacism as Khomeini, Bin Laden and ISIS,” reports the Middle East Forum think tank. “And thou shalt take no gift; for a gift blindeth them that have sight, and perverteth the words of the righteous.” Exodus 23:8

Michael Moore: Here’s why Trump will win election
It’s a stunning prediction: America will deliver the “biggest ‘F— you’ ever recorded in human history” and put GOP nominee Donald Trump in the White House this November. That’s according to leftist activist and filmmaker Michael Moore, who made the statements in a fiery video clip from his latest documentary, “Trumpland.” “He is the human Molotov cocktail that they’ve been waiting for. The human hand grenade that they can legally throw into the system that stole their lives from them.

Why Evangelicals Calling for Trump to Withdraw Are Wrong
I am profoundly disturbed by the calls for his withdrawal. Why? Because they demonstrate a profound ignorance and naiveté regarding how our government actually functions and what is at stake. Though well intended, they are foolhardy.

Iran Revolutionary Guard unveils maritime ‘suicide’ drone
Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has unveiled a new drone for use by its naval units, suggesting it could be a “suicide drone” that would crash into ships. The unveiling comes as Iranian forces have had a series of tense encounters with the US Navy.

Pope Francis the manager – surprising, secretive, shrewd
As a result, Francis believes that only by reducing the power of the curia – including surprising it on some decisions – can the 1.2 billion-member Church embrace those who have felt marginalized, such as gays and the divorced.

‘There’s no good answer’: Podesta leaks show Clinton campaign stumped by email server debacle
“There is just no good answer,” Clinton aide Philippe Reines tells Podesta in a panicked mail from March 2015 in which they discuss Clinton’s reasoning for using a private email server. The mail is sent to Podesta after New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman mailed Clinton aide Anne-Marie slaughter saying, “I have to say I am troubled by what I have read about what Hillary did.”

UNESCO resolution is a ‘disgrace to intelligent people,’ says Temple Mount archeologist
On the eve of UNESCO’s Wednesday vote in Paris to ratify a resolution denying Jewish ties to Judaism’s holiest site, Temple Mount Sifting Project co-founder and archeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkay dismissed the ballot as an affront to science and history.

Earthquake of 5.6 magnitude strikes off Tonga: USGS
A 5.6 magnitude undersea earthquake struck 130 kms (80 miles) northwest of the South Pacific island nation of Tonga on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake was originally reported as 6.1 magnitude but was later downgraded by the USGS.

China to carry out more military drills in South China Sea
China will carry out military drills in the South China Sea all day on Thursday, the country’s maritime safety administration said on Wednesday, ordering all other shipping to stay away. China routinely holds drills in the disputed waterway, and the latest exercises come less than a week after a U.S. navy destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands, prompting a warning from Chinese warships to leave the area.

AI creates gallery of nightmare images for Halloween
If AI did not already have a bad enough reputation, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are now teaching a machine how to be terrifying. The Nightmare Machine turns normal images of faces and familiar landmarks into darker versions of themselves. Members of the public are then being invited to vote for the scariest AI-generated faces.

Syria conflict: Helicopter ‘drops bombs on Turkish-backed rebels’
A suspected Syrian government aircraft has for the first time attacked Turkish-backed rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria, Turkey says. A military statement said a helicopter dropped barrel bombs on the rebels in the village of Tal Nayif, south-east of Dabiq, killing two and wounding five. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said such attacks would not halt its operations against IS.

Calais ‘Jungle’: Fires rage across migrant camp
Fires are raging across parts of the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais, three days into a French operation to demolish it. It was unclear who set the dozens of fires overnight and in the morning. The clearance began on Monday and about 4,000 migrants – out of some 7,000 – have been taken from the squalid camp to shelters around France.

The Gambia joins African queue to leave ICC
The Gambia says it will pull of the International Criminal Court (ICC) after accusing the tribunal of persecuting and humiliating Africans. The small West African nation joins South Africa and Burundi in withdrawing from the court. The ICC was set up to try the world’s worst crimes but has been accused of unfairly targeting African leaders.

In dramatic vote, UNESCO Jerusalem resolution passes with slim support
In a dramatic upset the World Heritage Committee approved Wednesday, with less than a majority vote, a resolution that ignored Jewish ties to the Temple Mount. …Assuming that consensus support, the Palestinians and the Jordanians submitted the softer version of the resolution for a vote on Wednesday. …Among the critical differences was the restoration of the Jewish terms of reference for the Western Wall

German Ammunition Sales Skyrocket Tenfold In First Half Of 2016
While the rest of the world is devolving into proxy, or even outright warfare, one nation is profiting handsomely. Germany’s ammunition exports skyrocketed in the first half of 2016, a leaked report has revealed according to Germany’s Deutsche Welle. And ironically Turkey, a country whose political relationship with Germany has deteriorated sharply over the past year – if only for popular consumption – and is currently suppressing its political opposition, has moved up the list of the country’s best customers.

Arizona Obamacare Plan To Jump By 116 Percent When Premiums Go Up Next Year
The Department of Health and Human Services revealed Monday that premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, and that about 1 in 5 consumers will have plans only from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna scaled back their roles.

TRUMP on Track to Win More Black Votes Than Any GOP Candidate Since 1960
In the past month the number of black voters for Donald Trump has increased significantly. At the beginning of October 9% of African Americans supported Trump.

Top U.S. Commander Sees Tough Fight in Surprise Visit to Iraqi Base
U.S. commanders expect ISIS resistance to strengthen as Iraqi forces move closer to the strategic city of Mosul, the head of U.S. Central Command said during a surprise trip to this U.S. logistics base Tuesday night.

Denuclearizing N. Korea a ‘lost cause,’ US intel chief says
Efforts to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear program and “denuclearize” the Korean Peninsula are bound to fail, US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Tuesday. The United States is set to deploy its THAAD missile defense system to South Korea as soon as possible, despite opposition from China, in an effort to protect against North Korea’s pursuit of missile and nuclear technology.

Trump brand loses luster with affluent
Event planner Beth Bernstein decided she had had enough with Donald Trump after his 2005 hot-mic boasts about groping women came to light earlier this month. She removed photos of weddings she had thrown at a Trump hotel in Chicago from her website, wrote to hotel staff to remove her from the list of “preferred vendors” and posted a sort of call to arms on her blog.


The Briefing 10-26-16

Which Hillary Clinton? Sanders and Warren vow to hold Hillary’s feet to the fire on left-wing policies

The false promise of “comprehensive sex education”: Louisville schools look to standardize sex ed

The Vatican, cremation, and worldview: What the historic Christian teaching on burial says about faith

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Obamacare Architect LAUGHS About Skyrocketing Premiums [VIDEO]

Ezekiel Emanuel stopped by “Morning Joe” on Wednesday to talk about the Affordable Care Act premium increases that will affect more than one million Americans.

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Hillary’s Climate of Hate

Just how vindictive can she be?

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.

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Is Halloween Evil? Why Witches, Occultists And Satanists Celebrate Halloween And Why You Should Not

halloween-pumpkin-public-domainOn October 31st, most people will simply ignore the dark side of Halloween. The vast majority of the population will dress up in costumes, go to parties and eat candy without ever even considering where the holiday came from or what certain people are doing behind closed doors. But the truth is that Halloween night is one of the biggest nights of the year for witches, occultists and Satanists. All over America, those that are deep into the dark arts will be contacting the dead, casting spells and conducting blood sacrifices. As you will see below, there is a reason why animal shelters across the country ban the adoption of black cats this time of the year. But even our “innocent” Halloween traditions such as dressing up in costumes, “trick or treating” and carving jack-o’-lanterns all have their roots in ancient pagan practices. And every year the costumes for our young girls become even more sexually suggestive, the horror movies become even more demonic, and the public’s fascination with the occult just continues to grow. It truly is a festival of death, but most people don’t seem to care. In fact, experts are telling us that Halloween has now become America’s second biggest holiday. (Read More…)


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UNESCO adopts another resolution ignoring Jewish link to Temple Mount

In dramatic vote, UNESCO Jerusalem resolution passes with slim support

UNESCO resolution is a ‘disgrace to intelligent people,’ says Temple Mount archeologist

Palestinians threaten against opposition to UNESCO Jerusalem vote

Pro-Israel organizations meets with UNESCO director-general in protest against upcoming committee resolution

Palestinian lawmaker: Boycott of Israel is our best ‘weapon’

Palestinian campaign vs Balfour shows hostility to Jewish state undimmed after 100 years

Hamas returns Arafat’s Nobel prize to PA

Anti-Abbas clashes erupt in three West Bank refugee camps

Palestinian security apparatus arrest cell planning multiple assassinations

Israeli prosecutors charge 13 people for mocking Palestinian baby’s death

PM: ‘No change yet’ as police suggest limited Temple Mt. access for MKs

Shrine to Jesus in Israel ‘robbed and vandalised’

Oldest Hebrew mention of Jerusalem found on rare papyrus from 7th century BCE

IDF soldier injured by fire opened from Lebanon

Israel postpones choosing new ambassador to Turkey

Secret documents expose Israeli politicians, senior defense officials as KGB spies

Russia unveils ‘Satan 2’ missile powerful enough to ‘wipe out UK, France or Texas’

NATO says Russian battle group may be used against Aleppo civilians

Spain reviews plan to let Russian warships refuel en route to Syria

US official: Russia might shoot down US aircraft in Syria

Trump: Clinton’s Syria policy will lead to World War Three

Top U.S. Commander Sees Tough Fight in Surprise Visit to Iraqi Base

Iraqi Forces Evacuate 1,000 Civilians From Mosul Front Lines

Mosul battle: UN receives reports of IS atrocities

Isis seize and kills dozens in strongholds around Mosul to quell uprising

Mosul: ISIS sends ‘suicide squads’ to Iraqi stronghold

‘Sniper of Mosul’ strikes fear in hearts of ISIS fighters

US says coalition laying groundwork to retake Raqqa from ISIS

Islamic State takes control of half Iraqi town near Jordan-Syria border: sources

Afghan Officials: IS Abducts, Massacres 30 Civilians

Turkish army: Suspected Syrian government air strike kills Turkey-backed rebels

Syria conflict: Helicopter ‘drops bombs on Turkish-backed rebels’

Rights group: torture reports after failed coup in Turkey

GOP lawmakers may seek to renew Iran sanctions in November

German police carry out raids on suspected terrorist financiers

German Ammunition Sales Skyrocket Tenfold In First Half Of 2016

Man arrested after making threats to Islamic center of Southern California had guns, ammo

Michigan Township Defies Feds: ‘Will Not Actively Participate in the Refugee Resettlement Program’

Clinton’s Florida Secret Weapon: New Puerto Rican Arrivals

They crossed the border illegally, and can’t vote. But they can knock on doors.

Emails show Clinton camp scrambling over 2015 threat of Biden run

Young Jewish billionaire pledges $35m to thwart Trump

Just 4 in 10 confident vote will be counted accurately

Foreign observers ratchet up presence at US poll sites, amid interference claims

Several schools close for Election Day over fears of students’ safety

Big threat to our nation: An election-night hack

US Treasury tells banks to provide details on cyber attacks

‘Major Computer Outage’ Reported At Dozens Of DMV Field Offices

Internet Crashes Will Be Hard To Stop After Obama’s Internet Giveaway

AT&T Is Spying On Americans For Profit, New Documents Reveal

Big tech-media mergers raise fresh privacy concerns

Sex, honour, shame and blackmail in an online world

The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

China to carry out more military drills in South China Sea

Denuclearizing N. Korea a ‘lost cause,’ US intel chief says

‘Solar Winds’ Spur Geomagnetic Storm That May Affect Power

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Mawlaik, Burma

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

Minor earthquake felt in East Tennessee

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

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

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

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

CO2 levels mark ‘new era’ in the world’s changing climate

Hacked emails reveal plan to counter Rupert Murdoch’s climate denial

UN expert: Junk food is a human rights concern

Trump vows to ‘repeal and replace Obamacare’ as costs climb

ObamaCare fallout: As premiums rise, so does cost to taxpayers

Arizona Obamacare Plan To Jump By 116 Percent When Premiums Go Up Next Year

Scientists are bewildered by Zika’s path across Latin America

University sells HIV testing kits in vending machine

Actor accused of sex crimes wins award, sparking outcry

Top Vatican cardinal interviewed about sexual assault allegations

Atheist billboard in Nebraska removed amid boycott threats

Rick Warren: Replace Words in the Bible to Make it All About You

Jen Hatmaker Affirms Gay Marriage – Proves She Has No Idea Who God Is

Virginia pastor, wife charged with $1.2 million congregation fraud scheme

Youth pastor charged with prostituting teen boys, drugging them with crystal meth

CCCU’s New Membership Standards Allow Pro-Gay Marriage Schools to Have Non-Voting Status

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 08:15 AM PDT

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities has revised its membership standards to allow schools that recognize gay marriage to remain part of the group…

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Government hiding unprecedented TB infection rates among relocated refugees

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 06:37 AM PDT

More Americans might be accepting of President Barack Obama’s zealous push to flood the country with refugees from war-torn parts of the world, if only…

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Activist Seeks Punishment of Air Force Commander for Stating Jesus ‘Affects His Decisions’ in Interview

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 06:29 AM PDT

An activist that often works to separate God from the military is seeking the punishment of an Air Force commander who responded to a recent…

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Human Urine Eroding World’s Tallest Church Tower

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 06:25 AM PDT

The world’s tallest church is slowly disintegrating at its base due to human urine. Officials responsible for upkeep of the Ulm Minster Church in Ulm,…

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Reports of Mysterious Lights Seen In Arizona

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 06:15 AM PDT

Some people have been messaging us saying they saw some strange lights in the East Valley on Tuesday. Ashley Grayson posted on our Facebook page…

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Massive DMV Computer Outage Across CA Sparks Fears Of Election Day Attacks…

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 06:08 AM PDT

More than 100 DMV offices across the state were impacted by a massive computer outage that started Monday. All systems are expected to be back…

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Megyn Kelly and Newt Gingrich go “Toe-to-Toe”!

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 06:03 AM PDT

There are times when words do not do complete justice to a moment. Tuesday night’s Newt Gingrich-Megyn Kelly showdown is one of those times, which…

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Alert level raised for Alaska volcano after explosion detected

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:56 AM PDT

Scientists raised the alert level for a remote Aleutian volcano on Monday after an explosion was detected on the mountain and heard by residents of…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Putin promises ‘confrontation’ if Clinton keeps up Russia talk

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:50 AM PDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a veiled threat to Hillary Clinton, saying his country will engage in “confrontation” with the US if she continues…

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An Ancient Rabbi Brings an Urgent Warning to Christian Leaders Today

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:29 AM PDT

(By Michael Brown) In the year 123 A.D., the Roman government launched a severe crackdown against the Jews, culminating in 134 A.D., when all Jewish…

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Adele urges concertgoers to vote for Hillary Clinton

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:21 AM PDT

Adele told her audience at a Miami concert on Tuesday night to vote for Hillary Clinton. The presidential nominee was watching from the audience on…

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Hillary Clinton Would Ban ‘Some of the Most Popular’ Firearms in America if Elected

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:16 AM PDT

A report by the Washington Times confirms Hillary Clinton would ban “some of the most popular” firearms in America if elected to the White House….

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UNESCO adopts another resolution ignoring Jewish link to Temple Mount

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 05:12 AM PDT

An important panel at the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) on Wednesday morning approved a controversial resolution that ignores Jewish and Christian…

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Trump says Clinton policy on Syria would lead to World War Three

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 07:04 PM PDT

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Democrat Hillary Clinton’s plan for Syria would “lead to World War Three,” because of the…

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Men and women share horror stories from their experiences using a Ouija board

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 06:32 PM PDT

With Halloween fast approaching, people love to hear spooky stories that send shivers down their spines.  And just in time, Reddit users have taken to…

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Democrats caught stuffing ballot with campaign materials

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 06:22 PM PDT

When Jena Jones opened up her absentee ballot last week, there was a lot more in the envelope than she expected. In addition to actual…

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‘God’s Cartoonist’ Jack Chick Dead at 92

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 06:16 PM PDT

Jack Chick, the cartoonist behind Chick Tracts, died Sunday evening at age 92. Known as “God’s cartoonist,” Chick wrote and illustrated hundreds of gospel tracts…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Russians Conduct Nuclear-Bomb Survival Drills as Cold War Heats Up

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 05:54 PM PDT

Russian authorities have stepped up nuclear-war survival measures amid a showdown with Washington, dusting off Soviet-era civil-defense plans and upgrading bomb shelters in the biggest…

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WikiLeaks names 65 reporters in cahoots with Hillary

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 05:42 PM PDT

Internal strategy documents and emails among Clinton staffers shed light on friendly and highly useful relationships between the campaign and various members of the U.S….

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Mississippi High School In “Hot Water” After Baptising Football Player

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 05:35 PM PDT

A Mississippi high school is facing controversy after word got out that a football coach baptized one of his players. The Newton High Tigers are…

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BREAKING NEWS: IDF Strikes Hamas Posts Inside Gaza After Rocket Fire

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 05:22 PM PDT

DEVELOPING: Israel’s military struck what it called terror infrastructure belonging to Hamas in northern Gaza after a rocket was fired from there toward southern Israel….

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UNESCO World Heritage Committee to vote on Jerusalem resolution Wednesday

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 05:16 PM PDT

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will vote Wednesday on a resolution similar to the resolution ratified last week that denies Jewish and Christian ties to…

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WAR DRUMS: Nato steps up plans to send Thousands of troops to Russian border amid WW3 fears

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 05:09 PM PDT

NATO has been forced to step up its plans to deploy thousands more troops to the Russian border as Vladimir Putin increases the country’s war…

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College threatens police response for students wearing ‘offensive’ costumes

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 05:04 PM PDT

Tufts University has sent out a letter that is sure to spook Greek life students ahead of Halloween weekend. Students involved in fraternities and sororities…

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DEVELOPING: ‘Solar Winds’ Spur Geomagnetic Storm That May Affect Power

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 04:58 PM PDT

Charged particles flowing from the sun have touched off a strong geomagnetic storm across the Earth that can disrupt power grids, satellites and radio navigation…

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Michigan town votes unanimously to ban Syrian refugees…

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 12:00 PM PDT

Waterford Township trustees in Oakland County, Michigan, passed a resolution on Monday telling the federal government not to resettle any refugees, including those from Syria,…

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AT&T Is Spying on Americans for Profit, New Documents Reveal

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 11:54 AM PDT

On Nov. 11, 2013, Victorville, California, sheriff’s deputies and a coroner responded to a motorcyclist’s report of human remains outside of town. They identified the…

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Russia publishes image of missile that could ‘wipe out Texas’

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 11:51 AM PDT

Russia has declassified the first ever image of its new thermonuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile, the RS-28 Sarmat. In May this year Sputnik, a Russian publication…

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Franklin Graham Pulls From Nehemiah in ‘Message to a Troubled Nation’

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 11:18 AM PDT

(By Franklin Graham) Our country is in trouble—we’re in trouble spiritually, racially, economically and politically. Washington is broken. Our state capitols are broken. And I…

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The British toystore selling ‘Muslim Barbies’, Koran cards and prayer mats

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 11:10 AM PDT

A British Muslim ‘Mumpreneur’ has set up the world’s first Islamic online toy store. Nazia Nasreen, 31, says her range of ‘Muslim Barbies’, colourful prayer…

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Fed up with media, Trump launches his own ‘nightly campaign coverage’

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 11:06 AM PDT

The Trump campaign launched what it says will be “nightly campaign coverage” in a live broadcast on the Republican nominee’s Facebook page Monday night. The…

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US Govmnt Warns Russian hackers could FAKE voter fraud after Presidential election attempting to destabilize the US

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 11:01 AM PDT

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials are warning that hackers with ties to Russia’s intelligence services could try to undermine the credibility of the presidential…

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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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Why you Should Watch The Atheist Delusion by Ray Comfort

the-atheist-delusion-dvd_3d-1Ray Comfort recently released a new movie, “The Atheist Delusion” which is free on YouTube. The movie is an hour long and is a response to Richard Dawkins’ famous book The God Delusion.”

The movie’s description states:

Having to prove the existence of God to an atheist is like having to prove the existence of the sun, at noon on a clear day. Yet millions are embracing the foolishness of atheism. “The Atheist Delusion” pulls back the curtain and reveals what is going on in the mind of those who deny the obvious. It introduces you to a number of atheists who you will follow as they go where the evidence leads, find a roadblock, and enter into a place of honesty that is rarely seen on film.

The Atheist Delusion is a mix of interviews on college campuses, television clips, beautiful sceneries and more.  There is a great structure to the movie and it progresses nicely to a final goal. It is tremendously interesting and it really does a good job of keeping interest throughout. It would be a fantastic movie to watch with the family, the youth group, Bible study or even the entire church. There are several reasons why watching movies like these are great for believers, here are some that come to mind.

It glorifies God

This movie encourages the watcher to be amazed by God and his creative power. It continually glorifies God and His beauty.  It is very informative about how the world is designed, how the body works and how the mind rejects Him despite the fact that He is so obvious. It causes confidence in the believer, and it evokes praise in their heart to the Lord. It also makes the believer thankful to the Lord for salvation and it pushes the believer to long for heaven. All this glorifies the Lord.

It’s encouraging to believers

I believe that ultimately apologetics ends up being more for believers than for unbelievers. What I mean is that God saves people not through evidence but through the preaching of the Word. Archaeological discoveries, scientific discoveries, and movies like these, can’t convince an unbeliever only scripture can (Romans 10:17) but it can have a great effect on the believers confidence in the Bible. In turn that believer is encouraged and more likely to share the Gospel. 

It shows that atheists aren’t as confident as they let on

Talking to an atheist can be intimidating, they seem so certain about their position, they throw science at you as if it proves evolution and Christians run away scared. This movie and others like this really have a way of giving confidence to believers. Movies like these show that atheists, and really all unbelievers, have so much doubt and are on time to time they rethink their “certainties”. There is no such thing as an atheist, and the Bible is completely true when it says that the fool says in his heart that there is no God (Ps. 14:1) and  when it says that all people know God exists but suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Rom. 1:18).

It teaches you to ask good questions

Ray comfort is a master of asking questions. We all know how to lead someone to Christ. As many preachers have said, if you know enough to get to heaven you know enough to help someone else get there. What we are not very good at is asking good questions. Ray Comfort really does a great job of making people think and he does it by asking great questions.

It encourages evangelism

I can’t write a blog post without mentioning evangelism. This whole movie is about sharing the gospel, and to do so confidently. The movie has the effect of not only making the believer more confident in the truth found in Scripture, but it makes talking to atheists less intimidating. Everyone thinks about eternity. Everyone knows death is around the corner, and we all know that we have serious issues when it comes to our sin. Movies like these tend to remind the believer that people don’t have life figured out, and when you can get them away from others who encourage them in their unbelief, you find that you can have very profitable conversations with even the staunchest of atheists.

I highly encourage you to watch this movie and to share it with your families, and churches. I am very thankful for Ray Comfort and how the Lord has used him to encourage thousands of Christians to be confident in the Bible and to be motivated to share the Gospel.

Source: Why you Should Watch The Atheist Delusion by Ray Comfort

Luther’s Personal Reformation

It was just over 500 years ago, in the fall of 1510, that a desperate Roman Catholic monk made what he thought would be the spiritual pilgrimage of a lifetime.

He had become a monk five years earlier, much to the surprise and dismay of his father, who wanted him to become a lawyer. In fact, it was on his way home from law school, that this young man—then 21 years old—found himself in the midst of a severe thunderstorm. The lightning was so intense he thought for sure he was going to die. Fearing for his life, and relying on his Roman Catholic upbringing, he called out for help. “Saint Anne,” he cried, “Spare me and I will become a monk!” Fifteen days later, he left law school behind and entered an Augustinian monastery in Erfurt, Germany.

The fear of death prompted him to become a monk. And it was the fear of God’s wrath that consumed him for the next five years—so much so, in fact, that he did everything within his power to placate his guilty conscience and earn God’s favor.

He became the most fastidious of all of the monks in the monastery. He dedicated himself to the sacraments, fasting, and penance. He even performed acts of self-punishment like going without sleep, enduring cold winter nights without a blanket, and whipping himself in an attempt to atone for his sins. Reflecting on this time of his life, he would later say, “If anyone could have earned heaven by the life of a monk, it was I.” Even his supervisor, the head of the monastery, became concerned that this young man was too introspective and too consumed with questions about his own salvation.

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But the haunting questions would not go away.

This young monk became particularly fixated on the apostle Paul’s teaching about the “righteousness of God” in the book of Romans, and especially Romans 1:17. In that verse, Paul says of the Gospel, “In it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘But the righteous man shall live by faith.’”

But this young man’s understanding of that verse was clouded. Reading it through the lens of Roman Catholic tradition, he twisted its meaning, thinking that he had to somehow become righteous through his own efforts in order to live a life of faith. But therein was the problem. He knew he was not righteous. Despite everything he did to earn God’s favor, he knew he fell short of God’s perfect standard.

And so, as he would later recount, he came to hate the phrase “the righteousness of God” because he saw in it his own condemnation. He realized that if the perfect righteousness of God is the standard (which of course it is), and if he as a sinful man could not meet that standard (which of course he couldn’t), then he stood utterly condemned. So, out of frustration and despair, he plunged himself all the more fervently into the strict practices of monastic life, trying his hardest to work his way to salvation. And he grew more and more discouraged and desperate.

So it was, five years after he became a monk, in the year 1510, that this desperate man made what he thought would be the spiritual pilgrimage of a lifetime. He and a fellow monk travelled to the center of Catholic thought and power—the city of Rome. If anyone could help him calm the storm that waged in his soul, surely it would be the pope, the cardinals, and the priests of Rome. Moreover, he thought that if he paid homage to the shrines of the apostles and made confession there, in that holy city, he would secure the greatest absolution possible. Surely this would be a way to earn God’s favor. The young man was so excited that when he came within sight of the city, he fell down, raised up his hands and exclaimed “Hail to thee, holy, Rome! Thrice holy for the blood of martyrs shed here.”

But he would soon be severely disappointed.

He tried to immerse himself in the religious fervor of Rome (visiting the graves of the saints, performing ritualistic acts of penance, and so on). But he soon noticed a glaring inconsistency. As he looked around him at the pope, the cardinals, and the priests, he did not see righteousness at all. Instead, he was startled by the corruption, greed, and immorality.

As the famous church historian Philip Schaff explained, the young man was

shocked by the unbelief, levity and immorality of the clergy. Money and luxurious living seemed to have replaced apostolic poverty and self-denial. He saw nothing but worldly splendor at the court of [the] Pope . . . , [and] he heard of the fearful crimes of [previous popes], which were hardly known and believed in Germany, but freely spoken of as undoubted facts in the fresh remembrance of all Romans.  . . . He was told that “if there was a hell, Rome was built on it,” and that this state of things must soon end in a collapse. (Schaff, History of the Christian Church, VI:129)

A desperate man on a desperate journey, having devoted his life to the pursuit of self-righteous legalism and finding it empty, went to Rome looking for answers. But all he found was spiritual bankruptcy.

Needless to say, Martin Luther left Rome disillusioned and disappointed. He reported that, in his opinion, “Rome, once the holiest city was now the worst.”  Not long afterward, he would openly defy the pope, calling him the antichrist; he would condemn the cardinals as charlatans; and he would expose the apostate tradition of Roman Catholicism for what it had become: a destructive system of works righteousness.

Luther’s journey to Rome was a disaster. Yet, it played a critical part in his journey to true, saving faith. A short time later, the fastidious monk discovered the answer to his spiritual dilemma: If he was unrighteous, in spite of his best efforts, how could he be made right before a holy and just God?

In 1513 and 1514, while lecturing through the Psalms and studying the book of Romans, Luther came to realize the glorious truth that had escaped him all those years before: The righteousness of God revealed in the gospel is not merely the righteous requirement of God—of which all men fall short (Rom. 3:23)—but also the righteous provision of God whereby, in Christ, God imputes Christ’s righteousness to those who believe (Rom. 5:1-2, 18).

Luther’s own remarks sum up the glorious transformation that discovery had on his heart:

At last meditating day and night, by the mercy of God, I gave heed to the context of the words, “In it the righteousness of God is revealed, as it is written, ‘He who through faith is righteous shall live.’” Then I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that through which the righteous live by a gift of God, namely by faith. . . . Here I felt as if I were entirely born again and had entered paradise itself through the gates that had been flung open. An entirely new side of the Scriptures opened itself to me . . . and I extolled my sweetest word with a love as great as the loathing with which before I had hated the term “the righteousness of God.”

After a lifetime of guilt, after years of struggling to make himself righteous, after trying to please God on his own, and after a disappointing trip to Rome, Martin Luther finally came to understand the heart of the gospel message. He discovered justification by grace through faith in Christ; and in that moment, he was transformed.

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10 Things You Should Know about the Reformation

This is a guest post by Tim Chester, coauthor of Why the Reformation Still Matters. This post is part of our 10 Things You Should Know blog series.


1. The Pope started the Reformation.

The fourteenth century was a bad time for the papacy. For a period, there were two rival popes and the papacy was under pressure from the French monarchy. It wasn’t a good time for the city of Rome either—seven successive popes abandoned Rome in favor of Avignon in France. Rome was sidelined and Saint Peter’s Basilica fell into disrepair. The popes returned to Rome in 1377 and then sorted out their divisions in 1417.

A hundred years on, things were looking up: in 1505, Pope Julius II had decided to knock down the old St Peter’s and start again. He had big plans for his own tomb and wanted a basilica to match. It was time to make Rome magnificent once again. But that didn’t come cheap, so the church embarked on a fundraising campaign. It was this campaign that brought Johann Tetzel to Germany to sell indulgences, promises of time off purgatory in exchange for cash. And so it was that on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his protest against indulgences to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

2. The Reformation was about sausages.

During Lent 1522, a group of students in Zurich held a sausage-themed party. Traditionally only vegetables and fish were eaten during Lent. But they wanted change and that meant hot dogs. The city council fined the host of the party, albeit only a nominal amount. A few days later, Huldrych Zwingli, the leader of the city’s church, produced a pamphlet in support of the students. The Bible, he argued, didn’t have much to say about sausages—there was certainly nothing about eating sausages during Lent.

The Council convened a debate to decide whether Zwingli’s views matched what was taught in the Bible. Zwingli won the day. But really, he’d won before it started because the terms of the discussion assumed the authority of Scripture. And that, rather than sausages, was the real issue – though it’s reassuring to know that bacon sandwiches get the thumbs up.

3. Luther’s marriage was a bit fishy.

Catholicism’s focus was on becoming right with God through the sacraments or monastic life, but the Reformers preached that being right with God is a gift. There’s no need to do works for God’s benefit. It’s already a done deal—achieved by Christ and received by faith. And that frees you up to serve your neighbour in love.

In 1523, a group of nuns contacted Luther. Convent life made no sense, so the nuns wanted Luther to help them escape their cloistered life. Luther enlisted a merchant who regularly delivered herring to the convent. On April 5, the nuns escaped by hiding among the empty fish barrels. Their families refused to take them back, perhaps because what had just happened was still a crime under Church law. So Luther set about marrying them off—no easy matter, perhaps, since they smelled of fish!

Gradually, he found husbands for them all—all except one. No husband could be found for the ringleader, Katharina von Bora. So, somewhat against his wishes, Luther himself married her. He was forty-one and she twenty-six. It turned out to be a good match.

4. There were 97 theses before there were 95 theses.

Luther’s famous ninety-five theses were not his first stab at provoking a debate. A few weeks before, he’d posted ninety-seven theses. They included an attack on the Greek philosopher Aristotle, who’d made something of a comeback in the Medieval period. As it happens, no one took much notice of Luther’s ninety-seven theses. Yet they were much more central to the thought of the Reformation.

So, when Luther was summoned to account for his actions before his Augustinian order, it was to the themes in the ninety-seven theses that he returned. Aristotle said we become righteous by doing right acts—your identity is the result of your actions. It’s something you achieve. Luther said this gets things the wrong way around. In the gospel, our identity is a gift from God. It’s something you receive. And then our actions flow from our new identity. Unbelievers can be constrained by laws and peer pressure, but a life of wholehearted righteous living is only possible if God makes us new people.

5. The Reformation involved a rediscovery of the work of the Spirit.

In 1524, Desiderius Erasmus published an attack on Luther. Erasmus was Europe’s leading celebrity academic. Erasmus thought people already had enough power in themselves to do good. He defined free choice as “a power of the human will by which a man can apply himself to the things which lead to eternal salvation, or turn away from them.” Luther replied, “You do not realize how much you attribute to it by this pronoun ‘itself’—its very own self!—when you say it can ‘apply itself’; for this means that you completely exclude the Holy Spirit with all his power, as superfluous and unnecessary.”

As far as Erasmus was concerned, we just need to try harder. But Luther realized our problem was much more fundamental than that. Our problem is not that we’re lazy or ignorant, but that we’re sinners deep down to the very core of our being. So, if we’re ever going to please God, we need a radical inner transformation. And that’s what the Holy Spirit does.

6. The Reformation wasn’t about salvation by works—at least not quite.

There’s a version of the Reformation which says Catholics believed in salvation by works and the Reformers believed in salvation by faith, but it’s more subtle than that. In fact, Catholics talked a lot about faith and grace. They would happily say we’re saved by grace. They would happily say that righteousness comes by faith.

But grace for the Catholic Church is like a shot of adrenaline that boosts your spiritual performance. And righteousness is a God-given ability to live a righteous life—if you work at it at. Baptism gives you a kick start and the mass gives you a boost along the way, but it’s up to you to live a righteous life that will win God’s approval. So the net result is grace plus works and faith plus works.

Just to be clear, the Council of Trent says, “If anyone says, that by faith alone the ungodly are justified in such a way as to mean that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to receive the grace of Justification and that it is not necessary for a man to be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema.” (Canon IX)

The Council of Trent was the Catholic Church’s response to the Reformation, a response it has never repudiated. The reason this subtlety matters is that it brings the issues closer to home. Evangelicals all know we begin the Christian life by faith. But we all too easily slip into thinking we need to win God’s approval through our activities. We become more Roman Catholic than we realize.

7. The Reformation wasn’t about the authority of Scripture—at least not quite.

In his attack on Luther, Erasmus begins by talking about Scripture. “I confess it is right,” he says, “that the sole authority of Holy Scripture should outweigh all the votes of all mortal men.” So far so good. But he continues, “The authority of the Scripture is not here in dispute. . . . Our battle is about the meaning of Scripture.” He goes on to say we need the authority of the Church to determine the true meaning of Scripture.

In other words, everyone agreed with the authority of Scripture. But the Catholic Church placed Church tradition alongside Scripture and claimed the exclusive right to interpret the Bible. The Reformers, however, rejected the notion that the church establishes the authenticity of the gospel. It’s the other way round: the gospel establishes the authenticity of the church. They were happy to learn from church tradition, but when push came to shove, Scripture alone is our ultimate authority.

Again, this brings the issues closer to home. Today no evangelical rejects the authority of Scripture. But all too often we place our experience alongside Scripture or use experience to interpret Scripture—rather than the other way round.

8. The Reformation is not over.

Earlier this year I stood in Piazza Martin Lutero in Rome. Yes, they’ve named a square after Luther. In Rome. With the Pope’s blessing. Proof surely that the Reformation is over? Sadly not. It’s true that the rise of secularism means Protestants and Catholics often find themselves standing together on issues of morality and religious freedom. It’s also true that many Catholics and Protestants hold similar theological views.

But that’s because many Catholics no longer follow the official Catholic teaching and many Protestants have lost touch with their Reformation roots. But the fault lines of the Reformation have not gone away. “The Pope’s a Catholic” is the epitome of a non-news story. But, despite the PR coming out of the Vatican, in a 1985 lecture, Pope Francis claimed the Reformation underlies all the problems of Western civilization, from secularism to totalitarianism. He labeled Luther and Calvin “heretics.” Lutheranism is “a good idea gone foolish” while the “schismatic” Calvin tore apart humanity, society and the church.

9. The Reformation still matters and not just when we’re talking to Catholics.

The Reformation was always intended to be an ongoing project. One of its slogans was semper reformanda. It’s usually translated as “always reforming,” but a better translation is “always being reformed.” The church is always being reformed by God’s Word. It doesn’t describe a movement forward to some uncharted horizon, but a continual movement back to God’s Word. On justification, Scripture, preaching, grace, the Holy Spirit, the sacraments, and everyday life, evangelicals have important lessons to learn from the Reformation.

10. The Reformation makes us small and Christ big.

Why was the Reformation controversial in the sixteenth century? Why does it remain controversial today? The answer, I believe, is that the Reformation (or rather the biblical gospel it rediscovered) makes us small and Christ big. At the heart of the Reformation was the realization that:

  • We are more helpless than we realize.
  • Christ is more sufficient than we realize.
  • God is more gracious than we realize.

This is what’s meant by soli Deo gloria, “to the glory of God alone.” There’s no room in Reformation theology for human boasting. No one can claim their salvation or their knowledge of God is down to their intellect, morality, or religion. It’s all of God from start and finish. That’s our great hope and confidence. Our salvation is founded on the certain promises of God and the finished work of Christ. And if it’s all of God from start to finish, then the glory goes to him alone.


Tim Chester (PhD, University of Wales) is a pastor of Grace Church, Boroughbridge, and curriculum director of the Acts 29-Oak Hill Academy, which provides integrated theological and missional training for church leaders. He is the coauthor of Total Church and is the author of over thirty books, including You Can Change, A Meal with Jesus, and Good News to the Poor.

Source:  10 Things You Should Know about the Reformation

A Brief Look at Heaven

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely...

In this day, there is no shortage of confusion about Heaven: it’s one of the topics of Christian theology that innumerable unbalanced and unregenerate people love to focus on (that and angels, which is highly related).  There is no shortage of fools and frauds that claim to have insight into Heaven; what it’s like, the nature of it, who goes there, etc.  Also, the last twenty years or so has produced a gaggle of I Went To Heaven books where some clown claimed to go to Heaven and get the inside scoop (every single one of those people is lying, and I explain why here).   There’s no shortage of claims about Heaven out there, and it gets prettycrazy.  Try and survive a few minutes of this barking-mad insanity, which is shockingly peddled by the New Apostolic Reformation crowd (Just kidding…I’m not shocked for a second).

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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.

BBC

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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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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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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