Daily Archives: November 2, 2016

November 2, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Nov. 2, 2016 |


Two Des Moines area police officers were shot to death while sitting in their patrol cars early Wednesday in what authorities described as separate ambush-style attacks, and police said they are searching for a known suspect.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, missing for more than two years, may have plummeted at 25,000 feet a minute in its final moments and wasn’t configured to land when it hit the water, according to the latest analysis by Australian investigators.

Steel tycoon Alexey Mordashov became Russia’s richest person, passing metal billionaire Vladimir Potanin. Mordashov’s fortune rose $126 million to $15.7 billion Monday, topping Potanin by $200 million, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index

The heating fuel may surge to $20 to $25 per million British thermal units in New England this winter, the highest in the world, as pipeline bottlenecks limit supplies during frigid weather, traders including Consolidated Edison Inc.’s ConEdison Energy said.

The Pentagon will need as much as $500 million extra to finish the development phase for Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35, the most expensive U.S. weapons system ever, officials said.

There’s one certain winner of next week’s presidential election, according to HSBC Holdings Plc: investors in gold.

AP Top Stories

The FBI has unexpectedly released documents concerning ex-president Bill Clinton’s pardon of the husband of a wealthy Democratic donor, in a surprise move just days before the election in which his wife is seeking to become America’s first female president.

French demolition teams cleared the last shacks in the Calais “Jungle” on Monday, signalling the end of the notorious camp as concerns mount for thousands of migrants sleeping rough in Paris.

The woman at the center of a political scandal that has cast the South Korean presidency into crisis was detained late on Monday, hours after she had arrived at the office of local prosecutors to answer questions. Prosecutors are investigating allegations that Choi Soon-sil used her friendship with President Park Geun-hye to influence state affairs by gaining access to classified documents and benefited personally through non-profit foundations, a prosecution official said.

Wealthy powerbrokers. Special interest groups. Millions of dollars pouring in to elect conservatives or liberals. It sounds like a typical election-year contest for Congress or a state legislature, but it’s actually a high-stakes battle for institutions that were once considered above politics: state supreme courts. Political groups view control of the high courts as essential to either defending or thwarting state laws. And they are more and more willing to spend big to gain the advantage.

A new discovery could lend evidence to the theory that lost pilot Amelia Earhart died as a castaway some time after safely landing her plane near an Island in the Pacific Ocean.

Pakistan accused India Monday of killing four civilians and wounding six others in cross-border fire, amid heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Dangerous bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can spread from sick patients in a hospital to the scrubs of health care workers, a new study finds. These pathogens can also find their way from the patient to items in their hospital room, such as the bed rail, according to the study.

Boeing and Iran are “within days” of finalizing the details of Iran Air’s massive order for 80 aircraft after it was approved by the U.S. government last month.


Child sex abuse allegations involving one of Iran’s best-known Koran reciters are causing shock and anger in the country; days after several accusers took the unprecedented step of going public with the claims.

A young couple in Washington is accused of injecting three young children with heroin to “make them go to sleep”. Police say Ashlee Hutt and Mac Leroy McIver were found living with three children, aged six, four and two, among rat droppings, drug needles and heroin.

Former Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has made her first appearance in court over corruption allegations, claiming she is a victim of political persecution.

Electoral officials in Ivory Coast say the yes campaign has won Sunday’s referendum on a new constitution, with 93.42% of the votes. The turnout – 42.42% – is higher than an earlier 7% estimate by opposition parties that boycotted the polls.

All 33 miners trapped in a coal mine in China by an explosion have been found dead, report state media.

French authorities have begun moving 1,500 migrant children from the Calais “Jungle” camp, a week after demolition began. The unaccompanied children will be taken to reception centers around the country.

Iraqi forces are securing their foothold in the city of Mosul, moving from house to house to clear areas of Islamic State (IS) militants. Soldiers and special forces paused their advance on Wednesday, a day after pushing into the eastern outskirts.

WND New government data shows 1.6 million legal and illegal immigrants settled in the United States during 2014, up 40 percent since President Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009.

For 11 years, Professor Duke Pesta gave quizzes to his students at the beginning of the school year to test their knowledge on basic facts about American history and Western culture. The most surprising result from his 11-year experiment? Students’ overwhelming belief that slavery began in the United States and was almost exclusively an American phenomenon, he said.

They might have finally hit gone too far when Sunday night’s HBO episode of their new futuristic show “Westworld” featured a four-minute orgy scene with approximately 40 actors engaging in a variety of sex acts.

Top News – 11/2/2016

Iraqi forces advance into E. Mosul, ISIS moves west
Iraqi forces Tuesday made significant advances into Mosul from the east Tuesday on the 16th day of the coalition offensive to drive ISIS from Iraq’s second city. Iraqi forces are reported by official sources to be in control of the Gogjali neighborhood and the Mosul state TV building….

GERMANY AT BOILING POINT: Furious mob takes to streets hunting and attacking migrants
The incident has highlighted once again the seething resentment that the far-right has for refugees who are spread out in accommodation centres across the country.

WAR ON THE STREETS OF PARIS: Armed migrants fight running battles in the French capital
A MIGRANT turf war erupted into violence on the streets of one of Paris’ trendiest neighbourhoods early this morning as asylum seekers beat each other to a pulp with wooden clubs.

‘We’re being invaded right now’
The question is, why are liberals so quick to embrace this invasion, and why are traditionalists and conservatives like myself so resistant to erasing the borders, language and culture of this great nation?” More than 3 million foreigners came to the United States in 2014 and 2015 according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies. The foreign-born population in the United States, now standing at 43.3 million people, is at an all-time high.

Clinton, Trump Prepare for Possibility of Election Overtime
Clinton is assembling a voter protection program that has drawn thousands of lawyers agreeing to lend their time and expertise in battleground states, though the campaign isn’t saying exactly how many or where. It is readying election observers in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada and Arizona to assess any concerns — including the potential for voter intimidation — and to verify normal procedures.

Hackers may abuse open data for ‘ultimate’ attack and chaos, says ‘father’ of World Wide Web
“If you disrupted traffic data for example, to tell everybody that all the roads south of the river are closed, so everybody would go north of the river, that would gridlock you [and] disable the city,” he told the outlet.

Netanyahu to Abbas: If settlements didn’t exist, would you recognize a Jewish state?
“I [have] turned not only to Hamas, but to President Abbas, and I said, ‘Would you recognize a Jewish state, assuming we solve the settlement problem?’” Netanyahu said. “And they won’t, because the real settlement issues are the settlements of Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa, Akko,” Netanyahu said.

Volcano on Rome’s doorstep is slowly reawakening
A dormant volcano just outside Rome could be slowly reawakening, scientists have said, raising fears of a Pompeii-style ash-and-rock cloud sweeping across the Italian capital…an international team of researchers reported that the ground in the region is rising by 2-3mm per year and underground chambers located several kilometres below the towns of Ariccia, Castel Gandolfo and Albano are filling up with magma…

Another Earthquake Hits Oklahoma Area Shook by Major Temblor
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has shaken north-central Oklahoma, hitting the same area where a record-setting 5.8 magnitude quake struck two months ago. The earthquake occurred at 11:27 p.m. Tuesday. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the epicenter was near Pawnee, about 70 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

Islamic State-Linked Magazine Urges ‘Lone-Wolf’ Attacks in West to Avenge Mosul
In the second issue of the magazine, titled Nashir – Now Fight Has Come, the writers remind Muslims…of the “privilege” they have residing “among our enemies who live peacefully in their countries,”… “…You should stop its bleeding by carrying out exhaustion operations of the Enemy’s power and blood … cut their heads by your knives, let us hear your guns blasting their heads,” it also states, according to FD.

Number of home-schooled students has doubled since 1999, new data shows
Approximately 1.8 million U.S. children were home-schooled in 2012, more than double the number that were home-schooled in 1999, when the federal government began gathering data on national home-schooling trends, according to estimates released Tuesday. The estimated number of home-schooled children represents 3.4 percent of the U.S. student population between the ages of 5 and 17.

Society Commentary DC City Council Votes to Allow Physician-Assisted Suicide. That’ll Change Us All, for the Worse.
Earlier today, the D.C. City Council voted to allow physician-assisted suicide. But the debate isn’t over. The Washington Post reports that “the council must still hold a final vote on the bill, possibly as early as Nov. 15,” and that the mayor, Muriel Bowser, must decide if she’ll sign or veto the bill.

Mosul battle: Iraqi troops secure foothold in eastern outskirts
Iraqi forces are securing their foothold in the city of Mosul, moving from house to house to clear areas of Islamic State (IS) militants. Soldiers and special forces paused their advance on Wednesday, a day after pushing into the eastern outskirts. A BBC journalist says they are moving with caution, amid fears of ambushes, secret tunnels and booby traps.

Is a ‘Moroccan spring’ coming?
Angry demonstrations in Morocco have raised the question of how stable the kingdom, which survived the Arab spring intact, actually is today. The trigger for the protests, which have been peaceful thus far, bears similarities to that which set off unrest in Tunisia nearly six years ago and spread into the convulsions that swept up Egypt, Libya and Syria.

Hurrah to American Express for Dumping Roger Waters for Anti-Israel Bias
Major companies pride themselves on being good corporate citizens. It is not always true, but when a positive example is set, it merits praise. I would like to single out American Express for its integrity after withdrawing its sponsorship for a tour by former Pink Floyd front man, Roger Waters. According to the New York Post, “The credit giant took off the table a $4 million sponsorship of Waters’ 2017 tour in North America following his partisan and anti-Israel rhetoric this month at a festival that American Express sponsored.”

Russian Armada Enters Mediterranean En Route to Syria
A Russian naval contingency led by the missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky has arrived in the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean, Russia’s Defense Minister General Sergey Shoigu said on Tuesday, according to a TASS report.

Venezuela’s Currency Disintegrates: Bolivar Plummets 20% In One Week
When we reported last week that Venezuela’s government has finally thrown in the towel on the hyperinflation plaguing the bankrupt nation…

3,210 Syrian Refugees So Far in 2016; Up 675% from 2015; 99.1% Are Muslims
The Obama administration has resettled 13,210 Syrian refugees into the United States since the beginning of 2016 – an increase of 675 percent over the same 10-month period in 2015.

The U.S. Stock Market Isn’t Going Clinton’s Way
Few institutions have a better track record calling presidential races than the U.S. stock market. At the moment, it’s sending information that counts against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

China proudly debuts its new stealth jet it built ‘by hacking into US computers and stealing plans’
China’s controversial stealth jet has China’s controversial stealth jet has made its first flyby, giving the public and media a glimpse of the aircraft believed to be a copy of America’s F-22 and built using hacked US military blueprints. Taking to the skies at the airshow in the southern city of Zhuhai, in Guangdong province, the J-20 stealth fighter passed by onlookers in a thunderous demonstration.

The restaurant recession has arrived (Blame stealth inflation)


When life gets expensive people stop going to Outback. I think Confucius said that.

Add the political pressure to raise minimum wages and things don’t look so good for restaurants right now.

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The Briefing 11-02-16

Top Headlines – 11/2/2016

  • U.S. Election Angst Spreads as Stocks Drop, Bonds Rise (Read More)
  • Fed Doesn’t Aim to Push Inflation Beyond 2% (Read More)
  • Tighter Race Brings a Shift in Tactics (Read More)
  • After another release of documents, FBI finds itself caught in a partisan fray (Read More)
  • Trump Tells Early Voters to Change Their Ballots If They Have ‘Buyer’s Remorse’ (Read More)
  • More Pot, Fewer Guns, Higher Pay: Other Big Issues on the Ballot (Read More)
  • Banks No Longer Make the Bulk of U.S. Mortgages (Read More)
  • Kuroda dismisses idea of BOJ buying municipal bonds (Read More)
  • AT&T-Time Warner Deal Stirs Streaming Concerns (Read More)
  • MH370 May Have Fallen at 25,000 Feet Per Minute: New Analysis (Read More)
  • Gun control groups spend millions on state ballot initiatives (Read More)
  • NATO builds up offensive capability on borders of Russia & Belarus, Moscow to respond (Read More)
  • Philippines’ Duterte rails at U.S. ‘monkeys’ for halting gun sale (Read More)
  • How a Smooth Talker Convinced Bankers to Invest $32 Million, Then Vanished (Read More)
  • Maersk Shares Sink After Profit Hit by Weak Freight Rates, Oil Prices (Read More)
  • Alibaba revenue beats expectations with strong e-commerce, media growth (Read More)
  • Hard-Partying Tech Founders Drop J??germeister for Yoga (Read More)
  • Buy Gold No Matter Who Wins the Election, HSBC Says (Read More)

Putin cites Israel as positive example in fight against terror

State Comptroller report: Israel unprepared for cyber attacks

Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Exploited Flaw in Windows

Putin Wants to Push Microsoft Out of Russia in Battle with U.S.

US, Russia planes have closest call yet over Syria – Pentagon

Russian Warships in Mediterranean Prompt Fears Among Syrian Rebels

Russia accuses rebels in Aleppo of killing civilians

Russia says Syria peace talks halted indefinitely

Russia calls for 10-hour ‘humanitarian pause’ in Aleppo

Russia’s Foreign Minister Says Syria Process ‘Sabotaged’

Islamic State-Linked Magazine Urges ‘Lone-Wolf’ Attacks in West to Avenge Mosul

ISIS child soldiers are latest casualties of brutal terrorist army

Syrian refugees: we were tricked into returning to Turkey

Is a ‘Moroccan spring’ coming?

U.N. peacekeepers failed to respond to S.Sudan hotel attack: inquiry

Aid workers accused of sex with underage refugees in Europe

Pope urges Europe to accept more refugees, but understands reservations

Pope Francis Warns Nations Not to Take in More Refugees Than They Can Assimilate

Call for boycott of Chobani yogurt over hiring of refugees

North Korea preparing for another ballistic missile launch, sources say

Chicago Soars Past 600 Homicides After Bloody October

2 Iowa police officers killed in apparent ambush attacks

Election drives gun-buying surge, Beretta election sale on magazines

Former DNC chair Ed Rendell: Clinton campaign is making a mistake by attacking FBI director

After another release of documents, FBI finds itself caught in a partisan fray

FBI surprises again, shares files on Bill Clinton pardon of Marc Rich

Huma Abedin learned FBI was looking at her emails from the press

Emails show Justice Department official overseeing Clinton probe has close ties to Podesta

‘Kept me out of jail’: Top DOJ official involved in Clinton probe represented her campaign chairman

Latest from the Trump conspiracy factory: Bill Clinton’s black son

Trump denounces apparent KKK support, Clinton goes after heckler as rhetoric revs up

Franklin Graham Calls Nation to Prayer on Eve of Election Day, Father Billy Graham’s 98th Birthday

Trump urges early voters with ‘second thoughts’ to recall ballots

Clinton, Trump Prepare for Possibility of Election Overtime

Ready for the next @POTUS? White House reveals digital transition plan

Both Clinton and Trump Warn the Other Would Destroy the U.S.

Hundreds of US economists warn against voting Trump

The U.S. Stock Market Isn’t Going Clinton’s Way

Wall Street stocks tumble as poll suggests Trump win

German Economists Urge EU to Shun Brexit Taboos to Keep U.K. In

Venezuela’s Currency Disintegrates: Bolivar Plummets 20% In One Week

Venezuela is telling hungry city dwellers to grow their own food

Oil Market Turns Skeptical About OPEC’s Ability to Deliver Cuts

State of emergency declared in Alabama after deadly pipeline blast

Pipeline Blast May Create ‘Epic Problem’ for Drivers

Mysterious green fireball observed in skies above Japan on Halloween likely a meteor

Closest supermoon since 1948 on November 14, 2016!

2011 article after Japan earthquake: “Supermoon” and Earthquakes: Is There a Correlation?

Is the ‘big one’ about to hit Rome? Series of tremors and volcano’s reawakening prompt fears of major quake

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Nikol’skoye, Russia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Haebaru, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Sola, Vanuatu

4.5 magnitude earthquake in Oklahoma felt in Kansas City metro

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

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

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

China to provide N.Korea $3 million in flood relief supplies

Floods in Egypt spark criticism of delays to relief efforts

Polio-like illness linked to one death, 8 hospitalizations in Washington state

How nanoscience will improve our health and lives in the coming years

Trump, Pence vow to ‘repeal and replace’ ObamaCare as enrollment begins

With insurers pulling out of markets, some Obamacare users “really nervous”

Ballot measures would legalize pot, end death penalty, create single-payer health care

Washington, D.C., approves ‘Death With Dignity Act’

Parents injected children with heroin as ‘feel good medicine,’ police say

BBC children’s director says she is ‘proud’ of transgender programme aimed at children

‘Westworld’s’ four-minute orgy scene leaves some viewers outraged

Pope: Catholic church ban on female priests is forever

In ‘historic’ first, women pray with Torah scrolls at Western Wall

Violent outbreaks at the Kotel between orthodox and liberals

Ambassador: Denying Israel’s ties to Temple Mount is like denying Sweden’s to IKEA

Brandon & Jen Hatmaker double down on “holy” homosexual “marriage”

Clayton Jennings: Capturing Weak Women – The Saga Continues

Educating Dr Michael Brown: The NAR’s Definition and Role of Apostle

Leading Physician Confirms Unborn Children Feel Excruciating Pain During Late-Term Abortions

Washington, D.C., approves ‘Death With Dignity Act’

Obama requires LGBT equality from religious aid contractors

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 06:19 AM PDT

The Obama administration announced a rule last week that threatens to strip federal contracts from religious relief organizations and charities that adhere to traditional views…

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Strong 4.5 Earthquake Strikes Oklahoma, Homes Reported Shaken

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 06:09 AM PDT

Social media has been flooded with reports of an earthquake after a 4.5-magnitude tremor hit near the second-largest city in Oklahoma. It comes two months…

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Hillary Clinton Explodes On Protestor!

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 06:03 AM PDT

Hillary Clinton launched a tirade on Donald Trump supporters when she was heckled at a Florida rally by a protester who called her husband a…

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DEVELOPING: Huma Abedin Connected To Terrorists and 9/11 Funders

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 05:58 AM PDT

For nearly 20 years, Hillary Clinton has had an extremely close working relationship with a young beauty who was raised in Saudi Arabia. Hillary’s ties…

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Universities work to purge male students of their ‘toxic’ masculinity

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 05:51 AM PDT

Universities across the nation are taking steps to actively purge male students of what’s been labeled “toxic masculinity.” Examples abound of campuses hosting training sessions,…

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Search under way after 2 Iowa cops gunned down in ‘ambush’ attacks

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 05:47 AM PDT

BREAKING NEWS – Authorities in Iowa have called for a manhunt after two police officers were killed in seperate ambush attacks early Wednesday morning while…

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Alabama declares emergency over pipeline explosion

Posted: 01 Nov 2016 07:40 PM PDT

Alabama governor Robert Bentley has declared a month-long state of emergency after a pipeline explosion in Shelby County that killed one and injured six workers….

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Texas Pastor Stunned After TSA inspects His Bible

Posted: 01 Nov 2016 07:24 PM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) The pastor of a Texas megachurch said he was stunned when a government agent stopped him at a TSA checkpoint so…

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D.C. gathering to pray for nation 3 nights until election

Posted: 01 Nov 2016 07:16 PM PDT

What advice would George Washington have for voters in 2016? “Pray,” he would probably say. Not just because the bombastic presidential campaign of 2016 has…

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‘Biggest scandal in U.S. history about to break’

Posted: 01 Nov 2016 07:11 PM PDT

While the FBI and the Justice Department dig into some 650,000 emails on the computer of Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner, the man who reported…

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Number of home-schooled students has doubled since 1999

Posted: 01 Nov 2016 07:04 PM PDT

Approximately 1.8 million U.S. children were home-schooled in 2012, more than double the number that were home-schooled in 1999, when the federal government began gathering…

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NORAD Conducts Homeland Security Drills in California

Posted: 01 Nov 2016 07:01 PM PDT

The North American Aerospace Defense Command announced a series of aerial homeland security exercises that were to take place Tuesday afternoon between Julian in San…

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‘All indications show that Trump will be the next President’

Posted: 01 Nov 2016 06:49 PM PDT

The Republican Party’s Israel representative, attorney Mark Zell, said that all indications show Donald Trump will be the next US president. “His chances are improving…

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New Obama Admin. Rule Could Ban Religious Charities from Contracts

Posted: 01 Nov 2016 05:38 PM PDT

A new rule from the Obama administration threatens to take away federal contracts from religious relief organizations and charities if they discriminate against LGBT people…

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WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton Will Be Arrested

Posted: 01 Nov 2016 05:35 PM PDT

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has pledged the “next batch of hacked emails” his organization plans to release will lead to the arrest of Democratic presidential…

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UNBELIEVABLE! FBI email decision isn’t scaring away voters from Clinton

Posted: 01 Nov 2016 01:12 PM PDT

A new poll suggests that FBI director James Comey’s announcement of further relevant emails to the Hillary Clinton investigation doesn’t matter all that much to…

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Why are Evangelicals Casting Their Vote for A Guy Who Has No Chance of Winning The Election?

Posted: 01 Nov 2016 12:58 PM PDT

In case you haven’t heard by now, there is an independent candidate that has suddenly emerged out of Utah and has decided to step in the…

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Thousands of UnitedHealthcare customers are no longer covered at CHI Memorial

Posted: 01 Nov 2016 11:56 AM PDT

CHI Memorial CEO Larry Schumacher earlier this month told doctors that the insurance company also was not willing to negotiate any pay increases for physicians…

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North Korea preparing for another ballistic missile launch…

Posted: 01 Nov 2016 11:51 AM PDT

North Korea is preparing to launch another intermediate-range ballistic missile in the next 24 to 72 hours, two U.S. officials with knowledge of the latest…

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Adele: Not the Time for ‘Building Walls or Sh** Like That Right Now’

Posted: 01 Nov 2016 11:42 AM PDT

British pop superstar Adele is apparently not a fan of one of Donald Trump’s signature policy proposals. In an otherwise non-political, wide-ranging interview for the…

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25 Black Church Leaders Concerned About Hillary Clinton’s Positions on Abortion, Religious Freedom

Posted: 01 Nov 2016 08:32 AM PDT

A group of 25 African-American religious leaders and activists, made up largely of Democrats, has sent a letter to Hillary Clinton expressing frustration and concern…

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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.


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!


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

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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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Learning Lessons from Liberals

Dead Germans. They are the subject of a lecture I give every spring in my church history classes: a brief overview of German theologians from the 19th and early-20th centuries.

It’s kind of a depressing lecture to deliver — the sad tale of skepticism intersecting with scholarship; a dismal depiction of the disaster unleashed by unrestrained doubt and disbelief.

Despite standing in the shadow of the Reformation, many German Protestant theologians abandoned the historic truth claims of biblical Christianity due to the mounting popularity of Enlightenment rationalism. In so doing, they shipwrecked their own souls while simultaneously devastating the faith of millions of others.

Higher critics, such as Johann Eichhorn and David Strauss, denied the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible. Moses didn’t write the Pentateuch, they claimed; nor did Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John write the four gospels. To make matters worse, they suggested that the Jesus of the Bible is not the same as the real Jesus of history. In their “quest to find the historical Jesus,” the critics created a “Jesus” of their own imaginations — essentially reducing him to a nice guy who couldn’t do any miracles, never claimed to be God, and was largely misunderstood by first-century Judaism.

Liberal theologians, from Friedrich Schleiermacher to Albrecht Ritschl, similarly disavowed the truth claims of the Bible. They looked instead for a new foundation on which to base their contrived version of Christianity. Some found it in the personal experience of romanticism; others in the moral ethics of the social gospel. But by denying core Christian doctrines (like the substitutionary death of Christ and His bodily resurrection), liberalism denied the very essence of the gospel message (cf. 1 Cor. 15:3-4). As Richard Niebuhr explained — summing up the bankruptcy of liberal theology — liberalism asserted that a “God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross” (The Kingdom of God in America, 193).

As you might imagine, the material in this lecture unfolds like a catastrophic train wreck … as we watch theologian after theologian jump the rails by abandoning the most-basic fundamentals of biblical Christianity.

(Thankfully, the subsequent lecture is on the modern missions movement, which gets everything back on track.)

But, in the midst of the chaos and carnage, are there lessons that we can learn from the German liberal theologians and higher critics, even if it is almost entirely from their negative example? I think so.

Here are seven such lessons, arranged in no particular. (I include these in the class notes for the seminary students I teach.)

7 Lessons We Should Learn from the German Liberal Theologians and Higher Critics:

1. The way to reach skeptics with the gospel is not by watering down the gospel. Many of the liberal theologians thought they could make Christianity more appealing to Enlightenment rationalists if they abandoned the historical authenticity of the text; and if they redefined the gospel as something other than salvation from sin through Christ (thereby making it less offensive to modern minds). But, in so doing, they actually undid the very gospel they thought they were helping to preserve.

2. True religion can be lost in just one generation. Most of the German liberals were the sons of orthodox, Protestant ministers. The fact that they turned their backs on the faith of their fathers is tragic. As those training to be pastors, seminary students need to make sure they are shepherding their own families first and foremost.

3. German liberalism does not represent merely a divergent form of Christianity, but — in actuality — a completely new religion. If historical fact is removed from the gospel it is no longer the gospel. The apostle Paul makes this point clear in 1 Corinthians 15, where he asserts that if Jesus did not really rise from the dead, then we are fools and our faith is worthless.

4. The liberals honored doubt as being noble and intellectually honest. In reality, doubting God’s word is a heinous sin. It is a sin that Satan has been promoting ever since the Garden of Eden (in Genesis 3). To doubt God’s Word is to make God a liar. It is also to reject the true gospel for a gospel of one’s own imagination. As Augustine told the heretic Faustus, “You ought to say plainly that you do not believe the gospel of Christ. For to believe what you please, and not to believe what you please, is to believe yourselves, and not the gospel.” (Against Faustus, 17.3)

5. German liberalism teaches us that ideas have consequences, and that bad ideas have very bad consequences. Millions of people in the last few centuries were tragically led astray through the influence of the liberal theologians and higher critics. The warning of James 3:1 certainly seems apt here: “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.”

6. The social gospel of the liberals is still alive and well in many mainline Protestant churches. The skepticism of the higher critics is still very much part of biblical studies in the academic world. Future pastors need to be ready to confront these kinds of errors with biblical truth (Titus 1:9).

7. Higher criticism, in particular, is built on the notion that the wisdom of man trumps the revealed wisdom of God. This is the height of arrogance. But it is not surprising, since Paul himself noted that the wisdom of God seems like foolishness to the world (1 Cor. 1:18). We must guard ourselves against the temptation to covet worldly praise and academic accolade. To be faithful to the gospel, we will necessarily be thought out-of-vogue with many of today’s leading philosophical thinkers. While we must avoid anti-intellectualism on the one hand, we must also guard ourselves against the allure of whatever is popular in the secular academic community.

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With the liberation of Mosul underway, Iraq wants to create a new province to protect Christians & other minorities. I wholeheartedly agree. Here’s the latest.

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Finally, the battle to liberate Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, from the bloodthirsty clutches of the Islamic State is underway.

With Iraqi Christians, Yazidis and other minorities suffering nothing short of genocide, the Iraqi military is currently engaged in a serious, systematic, albeit long-overdue campaign to crush ISIS and restore safety and stability to northern Iraq once and for all. Baghdad is working with a coalition that includes Iraqi Kurdish paramilitary forces known as the Peshmerga, backed up by U.S. intelligence, air support, special forces and tactical advisors.

This is good news, and I’m encouraged by early reports of progress, as this is a strategy to defeat ISIS that I’ve been advocating for some time (see here, here, and here).

The big question, as I see it, is not whether this coalition will ultimately be successful in liberating northern Iraq from ISIS (I believe they will be), but what happens the day after ISIS is…

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How Church Bullies Deceive Us

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http://ssofdv.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/a-cry-for-justice-book.jpg?w=112&h=169 I originally wrote this post one year ago (November, 2015), but it is still very relevant today.  I’m re-posting it with the hopes and prayers it will help Christ’s church even in some small way!


Sadly, there is such a thing as a church bully.  He’s the guy who manipulates, pressures, blames, and coerces people to follow his ideas or agenda (for example, see what happened to Peter in Galatians 2:12).  This kind of person is very similar to an abusive husband (or wife – but most of the time a husband): he plays mind games on his wife, plays the Bible trump card of submission and patriarchy, and tricks people along the way with his compulsive lies.  One big question is, “How do church bullies and abusers deceive us?”  The answers to this question are important.  Jeff Crippen and Anna Wood have some helpful answers.  I’ve listed them…

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Half of Obamacare enrollees are skipping doctor visits to save money


Can you cover more people for more conditions and have costs go down? Can you cover more people for more conditions and have costs go down?

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Obamacare enrollees are covered, but they’re not really covered, because they can’t afford doctor visits.

The Washington Free Beacon explains.


Half of Obamacare enrollees are skipping doctor visits to save money, according to a report from GfK, a market research group.

Only 33 percent of the general insured population is doing the same, according to the report.

“Even before the news broke that the cost of mid-range health insurance from the Affordable Care Act exchanges will rise about 25%, millions of Obamacare customers were already skipping doctor visits to save money,” the study said. “With mid-level exchange premiums set to rise about 25%, more cutbacks in care seem likely.”

Obamacare enrollees were asked what steps they had taken in the past year to lower their health care costs.

Thirty-six percent of Obamacare enrollees cut…

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