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November 3, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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An assistant attorney general allegedly gave Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman a “heads up” on a congressional hearing and the latest development in litigation over her use of a private e-mail server, according to purloined e-mails released by WikiLeaks.

Federal Reserve policy makers left interest rates unchanged while saying the argument for higher borrowing costs strengthened further amid accelerating inflation, reinforcing expectations for a hike next month.

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose to the highest level in almost three months, extending increases from a four-decade low. Jobless claims increased by 7,000 to 265,000 in the week ended Oct. 29.

Falling food prices may be good for your Thanksgiving tab this year, but they’re doing a number to the U.S. economy. Food commodity prices have fallen over 20 percent from early 2015, helping to keep inflation at bay and wages stagnant, according to a research note from Goldman Sachs.

Electric cars won’t cause oil demand to peak anytime soon, according to International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol. “The oil demand growth is not coming from cars, it’s from trucks, aviation and the petrochemical industry and we don’t have major alternatives to oil products there.”

AP Top Stories

The Chicago Cubs shed themselves of the “Curse of the Billy Goat” and ended a 108-year wait for a World Series title by beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings on Wednesday in a thrilling Game Seven classic.

An explosion ripped through the Colonial Pipeline in Alabama on Monday, killing one person and sending gasoline futures rising more than 11 percent in early morning trading over concerns that the pipeline’s closure would lead to gas shortages on the East Coast of the United States.

Already home to the fastest commercial train and laying claim to more high-speed rail than any other nation, China has proposed, in earnest, building a track to the United States. Don’t hold your breath on that one, but the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation’s latest project could be the real deal. According to local press, and a report in SmartRail World, C.R.C.C. has started development on a maglev train capable of 373 mph, faster than any other train.

Russia seeks “honest cooperation” for a political solution in Syria — “the sooner the better,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday as Moscow declared a brief truce in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo.

Gun safety advocates are pouring tens of millions of dollars into Maine and Nevada to support ballot initiatives that would mandate background checks for gun sales in an effort to clinch state-level victories after years of failed drives in Congress.

Armed paramilitary groups first gained prominence in the early 1990s, fueled by confrontations in Ruby Ridge, Idaho and Waco, Texas, culminating in a militia sympathizer’s 1995 bombing of a federal office building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people. Their numbers dwindled following that attack but have spiked in recent years, driven by fears that President Obama will threaten gun ownership and erode the power of local government. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist groups, estimates there were 276 active militias last year, up from 42 in 2008.

BBC

Parliament must vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU, the High Court has ruled. This means the government cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – beginning formal exit negotiations with the EU – on its own. Theresa May says the referendum – and existing ministerial powers – mean MPs do not need to vote, but campaigners called this unconstitutional.

About 240 migrants are believed drowned in two shipwrecks off the coast of Libya, migration officials said. No bodies have so far been recovered. More than 4,200 migrants have died making the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea this year, International Organization of Migration spokesman Leonard Doyle said.

The Islamic State (IS) group has released an audiotape which it says is from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ordering Iraqis to defend the city of Mosul against the Iraqi army.

The Venezuelan Armed Forces are taking control of the distribution of medicine and medical equipment to public hospitals, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino announced on Wednesday.

Thirty civilians have been killed in northern Afghanistan during an Afghan special forces mission supported by NATO, an Afghan spokesman said.

Air pollution has reached hazardous levels in the Indian capital, Delhi, after many firecrackers were set off to celebrate the festival of Diwali at the weekend.

The Nigerian government said it received about 700,000 applications for just 500 jobs at the national tax authorities.

Officials say they have discovered one of India’s largest-ever drug hauls concealed in a fizzy drinks factory. More than 20m tablets of the banned drug Mandrax, with an estimated street value of $450m, were seized in the western city of Udaipur in October.

Egypt has floated its currency in a move that has reduced its value by almost 50% against the dollar.

WND

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, group meetings, lectures and other programs to effectively cleanse what many campus leaders and left-leaning scholars contend is an unhealthy masculinity in young men today.

President Obama’s Department of Labor has identified dozens of U.S. employers who are violating the rules of the nation’s foreign guest-worker program, yet are still being allowed to continue replacing American workers with cheaper foreign labor.


Top News – 11/3/2016

Israel Rebuffs Obama’s Objection to Building in Shiloh
Shiloh was the first major holy site following Israel’s entry into the Promised Land. It was there that the Tabernacle (Tent of Meeting) and the Ark of the Covenant stood for 369 years, making Shiloh the primary destination of pilgrimage for the first four centuries of Israel’s existence as a landed nation.

Trump Victory Prophesied by Kabbalah, Says Mystical Rabbi
A noted Kabbalist arrived at the office of the head of the Republican party in Israel this week with the express purpose of reassuring him that in heaven, the matter has already been decided: Donald Trump will be elected to serve as the next President of the United States.

Saddam’s nuke scientist linked to U.S. shipping terminal
It sounds like one of those crazy Internet rumors you need to double-check with the fact-checking websites, but it’s not. It’s real. One of America’s busiest cargo shipping ports has been quietly turned over to a United Arab Emirates based company whose chairman is none other than the brother of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s top nuclear scientist…the Obama administration,… turned over a Port Canaveral terminal to UAE-based Gulftainer…

Wall-Building: Turkey to Fence Itself Off Syria in 2017
Ankara is expected to complete the construction of a 911-kilometer-long (566-mile-long) concrete wall on the Turkish-Syrian border in the first half of 2017, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said.

France closes 4 mosques for promoting ‘radical ideology
France’s interior minister has ordered the closure of four mosques that allegedly espoused a ‘radical ideology,’ the latest such shutdowns among dozens since the Nov. 13 Paris attacks nearly a year ago.

FBI Found No Conclusive Evidence Of Secret Trump-Russia Bank Server
Such a revelation from the FBI is unlikely to please the Clinton campaign, which has frantically been trying to find links between Trump and the Kremlin. FBI Director James Comey announced the investigation into Clinton’s emails was being reopened last Friday.

Iraqi Church Rescued From ISIS Holds First Service In Two Years
An ancient, bombed-out Christian church just outside of Mosul, Iraq, held its first Sunday service in more than two years Monday. The Syriac Catholic church, located in the city of Qaraqosh, held the service just days after Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) retook the city last week.

Salt Lake Water Woes
The Great Salt Lake is drying up and shrinking. In October 2016, the Great Salt Lake reached its lowest recorded level: 1277.5 meters (4,191.2 feet), averaged between the lake’s north and south arms. Five years of drought in the American West have contributed to the recent drop in the water line, as have higher-than-normal temperatures.

PLO launches campaign to force Britain to apologize for Balfour
The PLO is launching a year-long campaign to force Great Britain to apologize for the “crime” of the Balfour Declaration.

ISIS leader: Fight the ‘enemies of God’
In the recording, al-Baghdadi said he is “confident of victory” and called on the people of the Iraqi city of Mosul to fight the “enemies of God”, reported ITV news. He also calls on his followers to attack Turkey, calling the country the “ally of the atheists”. The recording, if authentic, would be the first one al-Baghdadi has released in almost a year.

Barring ‘Obstruction,’ Indictment Almost Certain In FBI Investigation
Fox News anchor Bret Baier said the FBI’s renewed investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server will almost certainly end in an indictment, unless some sort of “obstruction” arises.

3.8 magnitude earthquake hits off coast near Warrenton, rattling homes
Callers told NATU News the quake rattled their homes, shaking items hanging or on shelves and moving things around. Twitter users reported feeling the quake for a radius extending several miles. According to the USGS mapping tool, the 7:52 a.m. quake was centered near the coast about 10 miles west of Astoria at a depth of around 21 miles.

Central Italy feels impact of another earthquake
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck central Italy on Thursday morning in the same region hit by recent strong quakes, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It said the temblor, which struck at 1:35 a.m. local time was very shallow, only 10 kilometres deep, and was centred 51.5 km southeast of Perugia.

Armed migrants fight running battles in the French capital
The area around Stalingrad Metro station was turned into a refugee battleground as rival gangs of migrants set upon each other in shocking scenes of violence. Asylum seekers wearing hooded tops wielded makeshift clubs fashioned from lengths of wood which they used to bludgeon each other as horrified pedestrians looked on.

This search engine remembers literally everything that’s been on your computer
To make it easier to find things, Seattle-based Atlas Informatics launched Atlas Recall, which lets you search for anything you’ve ever looked at on your computer. …Once installed on your hard drive and browser, Atlas Recall runs in the background and begins collecting your activity. The company captures all the content you’ve looked at and stores it on its servers.

Syria conflict: Russia tells rebels to leave Aleppo
Russia and Syria have told rebel forces in Aleppo to leave by Friday evening. The Russian Defence Ministry said rebels would be allowed to leave unharmed and with their weapons via two special corridors on Friday, while six other routes would be opened for civilians, the sick and wounded. The rebels have rejected the offer.

Brexit: High Court judges to give legal verdict
The High Court is to rule on whether the government can begin the formal process of leaving the European Union without consulting Parliament. Senior judges heard a challenge last month from campaigners who argue Prime Minister Theresa May does not have the power to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty without MPs’ approval.

How worrying is Russia’s growing presence in the Middle East?
With tensions already high in the Middle East, Russia is upping the ante, deploying their sole aircraft carrier to the Mediterranean Sea just weeks after sending advanced anti-aircraft weaponry to Syria. The Admiral Kuznetsov was deployed…to the Syrian coast on October 15, leading a naval task force that included the Pyotr Veliky battlecruiser along with the Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov anti-submarine warfare destroyers.

ISIS leader in rare recording: Jews give everything to fight against jihad
Elusive Islamic State leader Abu Bkr al-Baghdadi called upon residents of Mosul on Thursday to fight what he said are the enemies of God, and called on ISIS fighters to destroy the Iraqi city’s “infidels” and invade Turkey. In a 31-minute audio recording…”This is what we were promised by Allah and His messenger,” two weeks after the beginning of the Iraqi military’s operation to liberate Mosul…

Nile ‘Disaster’: Flooding Turns River Brown, Shuts Down Water Treatment Stations
Days of heavy rain in Egypt have turned the Nile River, which almost all of the country’s 92 million residents depend on for water, into a turkey brown soup. The stormy weather and subsequent flooding swept tons of soil into the waterway, and the silt-loaded river has forced the closure of several main water treatment stations and caused the disruption of water supplies in some areas.

Wikileaks Exposes Collusion Between Clinton Campaign, State Department, And New York Times
And the hits just keep on coming. At the same time as the latest Wikileaks email dump revealed an email sent from the gmail account of DOJ assistant attorney general, Peter Kadzik, to the gmail account of John Podesta, warning him of a FOIA case that would make it “a while before the State Department posts the [Hillary] emails”, an off-the-record communication which the DOJ apparently had no complaints about, we learned of another coordinated, collusive event, this time involving not the Department of Justice, but the Secretary of State, the New York Times, and the Clinton campaign.

Military Leader: Iran Sending Elite Fighters Into U.S., Europe
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the country’s elite military force, is sending assets to infiltrate the United States and Europe at the direction of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to recent Farsi-language comments from an Iranian military leader.

Iraqi forces consolidate their gains in eastern Mosul
Iraqi special forces mopping up in territory seized in eastern Mosul killed eight Islamic State militants Wednesday as residents fled to safety from nearby areas and men shaved the beards they were forced to grow while the extremists were in control.

Hacked emails show Clinton campaign communicated with State
A State Department official appeared to coordinate with Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign hours before the former secretary of state’s exclusive use of private emails was first detailed in a news account last year, newly released hacked emails show.

Video: Why Are Russia and China Buying Up All of America’s Food?
The Port of New Orleans is quickly running out of food. The Russians and the Chinese are buying up a good portion of America’s grain and food. Inside sources are saying that China is preparing to buy up all beef. What is behind these actions. Could it have anything to do with an impending War between China and Russia and the United States.


Sen. Cotton: Clinton Foundation “May Be the World’s Largest Money Laundering and Influence-Peddling Operation”

The more we learn about the Clinton Foundation’s operations, whether it’s from the book Clinton Cash, or Bret Baier’s reporting or The Wall Street Journal’s reporting, the more it becomes clearer that the Clinton Foundation may be the world’s largest money laundering and influence-peddling operation. In fact……

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In God We Trust, in Hillary We Decline

No one—other than our Creator—knows what the outcome of what Tuesday night will be. Journalists, talking heads, videographers and poll predictors are pundits more than they are ready-made soothsayers, .and too few of them are telling the masses the truth: That Hillary Clinton, should she win, will have stolen rather than have won the election.

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Bret Baier: FBI Sources Believe Clinton Foundation Case Moving Towards “Likely an Indictment”

Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier reports the latest news about the Clinton Foundation investigation from two sources inside the FBI. He reveals five important new pieces of information in these two short clips:

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The Briefing 11-03-16

LGBT community to Peter Thiel: Being gay is about political identity, not sexual identity

Will Airbnb’s new “community commitment” eliminate discrimination, or is it just virtue signaling?

Who’s leading the opposition to expanding gambling in New Jersey? Area casino magnates

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Top Headlines – 11/3/2016

  • Cubs Win 1st Series Title Since 1908, Beat Indians in Game 7 (Read More)
  • Trump, Clinton blast each other on character; Clinton rises in poll (Read More)
  • Trump-effect grips world stocks, dollar (Read More)
  • No Brexit without Parliament approval: High Court (Read More)
  • With Iraqi troops at Mosul’s gate, Baghdadi promises victory (Read More)
  • China Slowdown Deepens Looming Pension Crisis (Read More)
  • Wells Fargo’s Stars Thrived While 5000 Workers Got Fired (Read More)
  • Ghost soldiers: the Russians secretly dying for the Kremlin in Syria (Read More)
  • Kentucky Plans to Pull At Least $800 Million From Hedge Funds (Read More)
  • Gold Bugs Don’t All Fear the Fed (Read More)
  • Egypt Free Floats Pound, Raises Lending Rates to Spur Economy (Read More)
  • Aging Pipelines Raise Concerns (Read More)
  • The Postwar Boom Isn’t Coming Back Anytime Soon (Read More)
  • John Mackey Will Be Sole CEO of Whole Foods Market (Read More)
  • Mystery Letter Haunts Scandal-Hit South Korean Leader (Read More)
  • Deutsche Bank set to be among hardest hit by new capital rules (Read More)
  • Facebook Shares Tumble After Projecting Higher Costs And Slower Growth (Read More)
  • U.S. Sues AT&T’s DirecTV for Alleged Collusion During Dodgers TV Talks (Read More)
  • High-Speed Traders Woo More Asia Recruits Than ‘Gloomy’ Banks (Read More)
  • Wall Street and Kochs Fuel Most Expensive U.S. Senate Race Ever (Read More)
  • The Mega Rich Have Found an Unlikely New Refuge (Read More)

Hamas looks to join PLO, marking major unification step

Netanyahu to Abbas: If settlements didn’t exist, would you recognize a Jewish state?

US irked as East Jerusalem housing plans move forward

New rail plans link Jerusalem to West Bank settlements

Netanyahu, on 2015 election day, claimed US part of scheme to unseat him – report

In deeply divided Israel, Jewish and Arab women build case for peace

Netanyahu Criticizes American Jewish Leaders Over Western Wall Protest

Abbas announces support for controversial UNESCO resolutions

Christian supporters of Israel plan to flood UNESCO with bibles

‘Balfour Declaration the crime of the century’

Reports: Sudan government arrests people returning from Israel

ISIS leader in rare recording: Jews give everything to fight against jihad

How worrying is Russia’s growing presence in the Middle East?

Syria conflict: Russia tells rebels to leave Aleppo

UN alarmed at ISIS using human shields

US general: Fight for Mosul will get tougher

ISIS leader confident of victory, in first message about Mosul battle

Mosul battle: ‘IS leader Baghdadi’ urges no retreat

Mosul battle: Militiamen ‘torture’ IS suspects on city outskirts

Iraqi militias ‘lock civilians in cages and strap them to car bonnets’ in torture campaign en route to Mosul

Sandstorm Hits Rukban Refugee Camp on Jordanian Border

Two U.S. military personnel, 16 Afghans killed in clash, police say

France Moves Over 1,600 Child Migrants out of Calais

Under Hillary Clinton Presidency, U.S. Muslim Population Would Exceed France’s by 2024

Iran claims it’s sending elite fighters to infiltrate US, Europe

Iran’s supreme leader criticizes US presidential candidates

Barack Obama warns ‘the fate of the world’ at risk if Donald Trump elected president and publicly criticises FBI and James Comey

Clinton Plugs Another Weak Story About Trump’s Ties to Putin

Assange says hacked Clinton emails didn’t come from Russia government

FBI’s Clinton Foundation investigation now ‘a very high priority,’ sources say

Senior FBI officials were told of new emails in early October but wanted more information before renewing Clinton probe

Wikileaks Exposes Collusion Between Clinton Campaign, State Department, And New York Times

Emails show Clinton campaign coordinated with State Dept. official before email revelation

Anthony Weiner reportedly checks in to rehab for sexting addiction – sexting victim accuses FBI’s Comey of victimizing her

‘How Do I Change My Vote?’ Searches Skyrocket as Donald Trump Urges Early Clinton Voters to Switch

Media fear FBI bombshell will hand election to Trump

Russian Hackers? 45% Call News Media ‘Primary Threat That Might Try to Change Election Results’

Hackers may abuse open data for ‘ultimate’ attack and chaos, says ‘father’ of World Wide Web

Nephew: George W. Bush may vote for Clinton

Bushes abandon Trump, but he’s running against the GOP brand, not just Clinton

Jeffrey Katzenberg Says Obama Still Has “Huge Agenda” Before Leaving White House

Former KKK Leader David Duke Blames Debate Protests On Black Lives Matter ‘Radicals’

Ambush-style killings of police up 167% this year

U.K. Lawmakers Must Vote on Brexit, High Court Rules; Pound Surges

Egypt devalues its currency, meeting key IMF demand

S&P posts 7-day slide as US election fears linger; Fed holds rates steady

The restaurant recession has arrived

Magnitude 5.0 quake hits central Italy

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 24,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

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

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

New tropical storm forms in the Western Pacific

Nile ‘Disaster’: Flooding Turns River Brown, Shuts Down Water Treatment Stations

Late-week cooldown to slash record heat across southern US

Is Insulin the New EpiPen? Families Facing Sticker Shock Over 400 Percent Price Hike

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

Obama requires LGBT equality from religious aid contractors

In Uganda, gay men say police use torturous method to ‘prove’ homosexuality

Moroccan teenage girls to face trial on homosexuality charges

German court rules parents of 15-year-old girl cannot stop her having sexual relationship with uncle, 47

Brownsburg priest who performs exorcisms says the number of people requesting them is on the rise

Benjamin Creme Forerunner of Maitreya Dies at 93

Mike Oppenheimer – The Sabbath is not in the New Covenant

Prophetess Amanda Wells Continues Her Plagiarism

Prophetess Jo Ellen Stevens – God’s Hands Are Tied – Only You Can Command Angels to Prevent Election Fraud

Georgia Drops Demands for Pastor to Hand Over Bible and Sermons, Now Wants Minister Credentials, Salar

DEVELOPING: Indictment ‘Likely’ in Clinton Foundation FBI Investigation

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 07:29 AM PDT

Fox News Special Report anchor Bret Baier reports that two sources with “intimate knowledge” of the Clinton Foundation FBI investigation say that an indictment is…

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Nancy Pelosi Claims FBI’s James Comey ‘Not in Right Job,’ Will Be ‘Casualty’ of Election

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 07:22 AM PDT

House Minority Nancy Pelosi has claimed that FBI Director Comey is “not in the right job,” following his decision to reopen the investigation into Hillary…

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Dr. James Dobson: The Upcoming Election Is a ‘Point of No Return’

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 07:13 AM PDT

(By Dr. James Dobson) Every four years, when Americans head to the polls to choose our next president, it’s easy, and frankly common, to label each…

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Emails show Clinton campaign coordinated with State Dept. official before email revelation

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 07:08 AM PDT

Newly released emails appear to show a State Department official coordinating with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign before her use of a private email to conduct…

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U.S. militia preparing for civil unrest as presidential election nears

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 06:59 AM PDT

Down a Georgia country road, camouflaged members of the Three Percent Security Force have mobilized for rifle practice, hand-to-hand combat training — and an impromptu…

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France closing mosques promoting ‘radical ideology’

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 06:51 AM PDT

France’s interior minister has ordered the closure of four mosques that allegedly espoused a ‘radical ideology,’ the latest such shutdowns among dozens since the Nov….

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Number Of Homeless In NYC Reaches All-Time High…

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 06:45 AM PDT

The number of homeless people living in New York City has reached a record-high. The Department of Homeless Services reported there were 60,252, up 200…

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Russian experts collecting evidence of anti-govt chemical attack in Aleppo

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 07:41 PM PDT

Russian military experts have been dispatched to the site of an alleged chemical attack in a government-held area of Aleppo that killed two Syrian servicemen…

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AG Loretta Lynch being pressured to come clean on secret airport meeting with Bill Clinton

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 07:07 PM PDT

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is facing a federal lawsuit to give details of a meeting she had with Bill Clinton days before she was to…

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Is Attorney General Lynch preparing a ‘November surprise’?

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 06:49 PM PDT

Is Attorney General Loretta Lynch preparing a “November surprise” that would help Hillary Clinton? As the Democratic Party candidate’s poll numbers plummet following the “October…

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George W. Bush may be voting for Hillary Clinton

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 06:44 PM PDT

George P. Bush says he might be the only Bush who will vote straight-ticket Republican this election. Bush, who is currently the Texas land commissioner,…

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Biggest supermoon in living memory set for November 14th

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 06:42 PM PDT

It is set to be an incredible astronomical show – and one which won’t appear again until 2034. On November 14th, the Moon will be…

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Russia warns rebels to leave Syria’s Aleppo by Friday evening

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 05:41 PM PDT

Russia and the Syrian army on Wednesday told anti-government rebels in Aleppo to leave by Friday evening, signaling an extended moratorium on air strikes in…

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Trump And Clinton Have Both Assembled An Army Of Lawyers To File Lawsuits And Contest The Election Results

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 05:31 PM PDT

What happens when you get thousands of lawyers involved in the craziest election in modern American history? Unfortunately, we may be about to find out….

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Turkey Banning Christians From Church

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 05:26 PM PDT

Christians who were thrown out of their church facility centuries ago when the Islamist Ottoman empire bludgeoned its way into power and turned it into…

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27% of government workers consider quitting if Trump wins

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 05:18 PM PDT

More than a quarter of federal government employees would consider quitting if Donald Trump were elected president, according to a new survey. Government Executive polled…

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Billy Graham: The One Thing You Need to Ask Before You Dabble in the Occult

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 05:11 PM PDT

What’s the harm in playing with a Ouija board at a slumber party? Or practicing silly little spells with your friends? One reader asked Billy…

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Obama delivers impassioned plea to America to reject Trump

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 05:06 PM PDT

“We won’t win this election, potentially, if we don’t win North Carolina,” he said during a campaign rally for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “I hate…

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Mississippi Church Torched And Vandalized With Pro-Trump Slogan

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 12:06 PM PDT

The mayor of a Mississippi town where a black church was torched and vandalized with the words “Vote Trump” said Wednesday it is being “investigated…

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Judge Rebukes Obama over Lack of Christian Refugees

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 11:58 AM PDT

A federal judge called out the Obama administration over the lack of Christian refugees being allowed into the United States from war-torn Syria. “It is…

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FEAR MONGERING? Hillary Clinton Hints of Civil and Nuclear War If Donald Trump Is Elected

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 11:51 AM PDT

Clinton specifically referred to the Civil War, suggesting that the country faced a similar threat of divisiveness from Donald Trump. “Abraham Lincoln understood a house…

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WikiLeaks: Peter Kadzik Leaked Email Investigation Intel to Hillary Clinton Campaign

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 11:49 AM PDT

Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik shared information about the congressional investigation of Hillary Clinton with his friend John Podesta, according to new emails revealed…

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An Urgent Call to Fast for the Deliverance of the Nation From Jezebel

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 11:17 AM PDT

(By Shawn. A. Akers) Christian leaders, through the Revival One Network (R1N), are calling for believers to fast and pray from Thursday morning until 10…

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If Donald Trump Wins, He Will Be 70 Years, 7 Months And 7 Days Old On His First Full Day In Office

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 11:12 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) A couple of weeks ago, it looked like Hillary Clinton was all set to cruise to victory, but now the FBI has…

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Six new Beatitudes are being proposed by Pope Francis

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 11:06 AM PDT

The Pope has offered a new list of Beatitudes at a Catholic Mass in Malmo, Sweden. At the Mass, which took place at the conclusion…

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Iran Sending Elite Fighters Into US and Europe…

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 10:59 AM PDT

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the country’s elite military force, is sending assets to infiltrate the United States and Europe at the direction of Iran’s…

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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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Clinton, Trump, Johnson, or Others? Advice for Christian Voters

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, US citizens will go to the polls to exercise their right to vote for a new president. Since the primary two parties in the US are Democratic and Republican, the focus of the election is on Hillary Clinton (Democratic) and Donald Trump (Republican). But there are other nominees such as Gary Johnson (Libertarian), Jill Stein (Green), Darrell Castle (Constitution), and Evan McMullin (Independent). My objective in this post is to provide basic guidelines for my fellow Christians as they cast their ballots on November 8.

  1. Make God’s Word your primary voting guide. “Your word is a lamp to [guide] my feet and a light to my path” (Ps. 110:105).
  2. Pray to God for guidance before casting your vote.  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him” (Prov. 3:5-6). Pray…

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After much prayer and soul-searching, I have reluctantly decided to vote for the Trump-Pence ticket. Here’s why.

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This is not easy for me. I did not get to this point lightly. Rather, it has been a matter of intense examination of the candidates and party platforms, studying the Scriptures (particularly I Samuel 8-12; see below), and listening to many thoughtful voices in the debate.

Anyone who has been tracking my writing during the course of this campaign knows how deeply concerned I am about Mr. Trump — his lack of experience, flip-flopping on issues, and the unkind and at times even vulgar or vitriolic language he uses against his critics. I had hoped he would be defeated in the primaries. Or challenged by a plausible third party candidate. Or would drop out after the release of the deeply offensive video of him speaking with Billy Bush.

But this is where we are. Now, it is truly is a binary choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. There’s no…

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Four Steps to Consider in Confrontation

Confrontation is never easy. It always comes at a cost. We are humans who live on a created planet full of other humans, and when we encounter each other, there will be opportunity for confrontation.

Relational heartaches come in varying degrees. Some heartaches are low-level tension and can be tolerated for some time because they aren’t that big of a deal. For example, your highly priced coffee may come out with whipped cream when you specifically asked for it to be left off. So you must confront the barista with her mistake and ask for a new drink. Low-level tension like this is no big deal.

But people can and will sin against you, and that’s where high-level tension and confrontation come into play. Anger, slander, and gossip are real sins that can surface at any time. Even differences in preference or personality can cause tension. Experiences that occur because of these are difficult and heavy to bear. So how do you know if you should confront someone? And what should you do?

Four Steps to Consider in Confrontation

Step #1: Consider the nature of who you are confronting.

If the depravity mentioned in Romans 3:23 (“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”) is true about our nature, don’t be surprised that someone who hasn’t trusted Christ acts in ways that are hurtful. Those outside the faith shouldn’t be seen as standard-bearers for Christian conduct, nor do they possess ultimate hope.

Having this mindset helps us enter into relationships with gospel-ambition. Be prayerful about tense situations with outsiders. Sometimes it’s best to wait before entering into confrontation; Jesus was patient with people who sinned against him. Having a godly response when things get hard is a gospel witness in itself.

Don’t lose sight of the mercy you were shown in Jesus. Don’t forget the moment you experienced the grace of God, and know that he is using you to be that bearer of grace in someone’s life.

Step #2: Go to the offender first.

Matthew 18 is our guide for restoration in the church, and its principles can be used in conflicts. The scripture reads in verse 15, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.”

First, go to the other person one-on-one and in private. If someone sins against you, you need to address them first—not another person, your spouse, or your small group. The offense didn’t occur to them, it occurred to you, and the problem is between you and the offender.

We go in private to respect our brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s easy to head straight to social media and address offenses with no responsibility. But it takes courage to address that person face-to-face. It costs us something to reconcile conflict when we follow the Bible’s instructions; we may lose personal comfort, or the bolstering of our pride in sharing another’s offense, but we gain restored fellowship and uphold truthfulness when we go to them first.

Step #3: Take others with you.

If the offender is a Christian, the stakes are higher: The reputation of Jesus is at stake. In Matthew 18:16-17, Jesus says that when private, one-on-one conflict resolution fails, we need to expand the circle:

But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that “every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

Jesus calls his disciples to increase those involved in the confrontation. Not because we want to pit pockets of people against each other, but because the church is where sin should be confronted with great care.

God uses the horizontal relationships of those committed to the local church to keep holiness a priority. As a pastor, I’ve seen hurt people enlisting others to their cause, rather than bringing gospel-minded people together (who are operating with evidences of the fruit of the Spirit).

In this step, communication and clarity are key. No one likes to step into a room and find an intervention waiting for them. That doesn’t show respect to someone, even if they have offended. For forgiveness to happen, a humble heart and biblical mind needs to be present among all believers.

Step #4: Remember you display Jesus.

More people are watching your life than you think—especially if you claim to trust Jesus. People will reject him sometimes, and not all confrontation (even if done right) will end with people hugging and reconciling. Jesus still loved those who rejected him and refused to listen to his words. What an example for us!

In my opinion, Christians should be the best at handling confrontation. We have the greatest power living in us. To think that the Holy Spirit can’t guide us in times of trial means we have forgotten how powerful God is. The Holy Spirit is the source of our strength, God dwelling in us. This is good news for you and me.

But what if we fail? We share the mess. We own our failure. We display the renewal God is doing in us by his grace. We aren’t perfect and never will be this side of heaven; God keeps working in us. Some of the most profound gospel-moments happen when I seek reconciliation with my children after I’ve wronged them, when they see their daddy embracing his sin, seeking forgiveness, and sharing the gospel in it..

When Someone Won’t Reconcile

At this point, you might be asking, “What do I do when someone won’t reconcile?” This is difficult and exhausting. There isn’t a clear equation I can give you to help every situation. The best I have found is in Romans 12:18: “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” You do your part, and the relationship stops there. We trust that God is working behind the scenes in 10,000 ways we can’t see. We pray for grace to abound.

Our job is to go as far as God gives us opportunity. When this is hard, we can rest in the finished work of Christ, be responsible in the power of the Holy Spirit, and faithfully long for what God is bringing in the new heaven and new earth.

Jesus never promised us that all of our relationships would be easy and governed by peace. He does however declare to be the peace that makes relationships right again. As we trust in him, we yield to Christ’s reign over every relationship his providence brings our way. We also remember that he first confronted us in our sin, so that we would know the fullness of his mercy and grace toward us.

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What Does It Mean to Be Reformed?

A guest blog by Tim Challies

Every year or so I find myself crawling back to a definition of the word Reformed that I first wrote up a couple of years ago. I find it worthwhile to revisit this every twelve months or so. With the amount of reading and studying I do in a year, I feel it is interesting to turn to this definition to see what I would change and what I would refine. I also find it humbling to see which parts of the definition I may have emphasized at the expense of others.

And so today I thought I would define the word Reformed, trusting that the readers of this site will find it helpful. While Calvinism and Reformed are not fully synonymous, most people understand them to be so. Because the differences between them are subtle, I will use them synonymously.

It is important to understand that because the Reformed tradition arose from the Protestant Reformation, the term Reformed was not defined from within a void. Rather, it was defined as a biblical response to the excesses and perversions of the Roman Catholic Church. The Reformers, having returned to Scripture, attempted to carefully and faithfully rebuild the church upon the teachings of the New Testament.

Thus by affirming Reformed theology, a person is implicitly denying certain other theologies, such as Catholic theology (which Reformed theology rose in opposition to) and Arminian theology (which later rose in opposition to Reformed theology). While Calvinism predates Arminianism, it was only codified in the five points after the rise of Arminianism. There is a sense in which Calvinism is both a cause of and the reaction to Arminianism. Or perhaps we could say that Arminianism is a response to Reformed theology, and the codification of Calvinism is a response to Arminianism.

There are many expressions of the Christian faith that are based at least partially on the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Bible. These are separated into four main divisions: Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant and Cults.

Protestantism can be fairly readily divided into two camps: Arminian and Reformed. The vast majority of Protestants hold to Arminian doctrine. We will concern ourselves today with the minority who consider themselves Reformed. These tend to be people who attend Presbyterian or Reformed Baptist Churches, though they may be found in other churches as well. Sadly, there are many churches that were once Reformed and may still use the title, even if they have long since abandoned the theology.

It is surprisingly difficult to find a worthwhile definition of Reformed. While many people claim to understand the Reformed faith and are eager to provide a definition, few seem to be both fair and adequate. Here are a couple of examples culled from a Google search:

1. A term used to refer to a tradition of theology which draws inspiration from the writings of John Calvin (1510-64) and his successors. The term is generally used in preference to “Calvinist.”

2. Referring to the Reformation, it’s theology, and/or those subscribing to it. Also used to differentiate a) Calvinism from Lutheranism, or b) Continental European Calvinism from Scottish Calvinism, aka Presbyterianism.

Those are both concise definitions but ones that do not capture the full sense of the word. A far better and more complete definition is found at Five Solas. There Professor Byron Curtis, a professor at Geneva College breaks the definition into four parts which I will expound in some detail. The first two parts define foundational Protestant beliefs and the second two are exclusively Reformed.

According to Curtis, to be Reformed is:

3. To confess the consensus of the five first centuries of the church:

Classic theism: One omnipotent, benevolent God, distinct from creation.
Nicene and Chalcedonian Trinitarianism: one God in three eternally existent persons, equal in power and glory.

Christ, the God-Man, the one mediator between God & the human race, incarnate, crucified, resurrected, ascended, & coming again.

Humanity created in the image of God, yet tragically fallen & profoundly in need of restoration to God through Christ.

The Visible Church: the community of the redeemed, indwelt by the Holy Spirit; the mystical body of Christ on earth.

The one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.

The Sacraments [Ordinances]: visible signs and seals of the grace of God, ministering Christ’s love to us in our deep need.

The Christian life: characterized by the prime theological virtues of faith, hope, and love

4. It would be correct to say that, to this point, we are dealing with a statement of the Protestant faith more than a statement of the Reformed faith. From this list we see that Reformed Christians adhere to all the foundational beliefs taught in the Bible. These beliefs were the foundation of the early church and are based on the teachings of the Bible as interpreted by the apostles and early church fathers. Many of these beliefs were changed or lost as the Catholic Church grew in power and authority from the fifth century onwards. Throughout history there were isolated and often-persecuted pockets of non-Catholic believers who held to many or all of these points of doctrine, but they were largely lost until their rediscovery at the time of the Reformation.

We will find that Professor Curtis’ definition is based largely upon a Presbyterian understanding of several doctrines. Reformed Baptists may take issue with the sacraments being signs and seals. I would suggest that Reformed believers will have a high view of two sacraments, though they may differ somewhat on just how they are to understood and how they are to be administered.

5. To confess the four solas:

The authority of Scripture: sola scriptura (Scripture alone)
The basis of salvation: Sola Gratia (Grace alone)
The means of salvation: Sola Fide (Faith alone)
The merit of salvation: Solus Christus (Christ alone)

6. Again, these form the basis for Protestantism as much as they do for the Reformed tradition, though sadly the majority of Protestants will never encounter the terms. These are the principles that drove the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century and separated it from the Roman Catholic Church. These four points of doctrine are based entirely on the Bible and were the theological driving force behind the newly formed Protestant movement.

7. To confess the distinctives of the Reformed faith:

In salvation: monergism not synergism. God alone saves. Such monergism implies T.U.L.I.P., the Five Points of Calvinism from the Synod of Dordt:
T = Total Depravity U = Unconditional Election L = Limited Atonement, or, better, Particular Redemption I = Irresistible Grace P = Perseverence and Preservation of the Saints

8. These five distinct points of doctrine are also known as the five points of Calvinism as they were first articulated by John Calvin after the Reformation was in full-swing. They are based entirely on the Bible. When people speak of being Reformed these five points of doctrine are most often what they are referring to. Most evangelical (non-Reformed) churches do not hold to all of these points. Some hold to two or three (and occasionally even four), but most reject them in favor of Arminian theology which is, at heart, synergistic, relying on a cooperative effort between man and God.

9. Other Reformed Distinctives: Professor Curtis goes on to list other points of doctrine he believes are Reformed distinctives. They include: The Regulative Principle of Worship, Covenant theology, and Life is religion (Christians have neither jobs nor careers; they have vocations (callings)). I would not consider adherence to these principles necessary to consider oneself Reformed and I suspect the majority of Reformed Christians would agree with me. It is these distinctions that provide some of the differences between Calvinist and Reformed.

10. Finally: in everything, Soli Deo Gloria – to God alone be the glory in all things. This is, once more, something all Christians would claim, either explicitly or implicitly. In all areas of life we are to give glory to God alone.

So what does this all mean? To be Reformed is to adhere to the purist teachings of the Bible — to affirm the doctrine taught by Jesus, Paul and the apostles. Scripture is considered the ultimate authority in matters of life and faith and all Reformed doctrine is founded on the Bible. I am convinced that Reformed doctrine is nothing more than the teachings of Jesus, the Apostles and the totality of the Scriptures. Were it not for human sin we would have to make no distinction between biblical Christianity and the Reformed faith.

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