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November 14, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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74% in national survey say Trump was legitimately elected, including 99% of his own supporters, an ABC/WaPo poll shows. 58% of Clinton’s supporters and 62% of those who didn’t support either candidate also agree.

President-Elect Donald Trump said the issue of marriage equality in the U.S. is settled Supreme Court law and he’s “fine with that,” yet pledged to support overturning the 1973 high court decision that a woman has a right to choose to have an abortion. On CBS’s “60 Minutes,” the Republican said it was “irrelevant” whether he personally supports same-sex marriage.

The global bond rout intensified, sending two-year note yields above 1 percent for the first time since January, on speculation that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates as Donald Trump tries to increase spending to boost the world’s largest economy.

Bankers and lawyers are already counseling some Chinese clients to hit the pause button until Trump clarifies his stance on cross-border deals for U.S. targets, according to three advisers to Chinese clients.

Indian government’s surprise move to ban high-denomination banknotes on Nov. 8 has seen lenders lure $29.8 billion, as customers across the nation queue for hours to deposit the old bills. The decision has also put tremendous pressure on the banking system to replenish the funds, as the banned bills accounted for 86 percent of money in circulation.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning for the United States, citing dangers linked to protests and possible assaults by racists following the election of Donald Trump.

France can’t take any more immigrants and it isn’t racist to say so, Marine Le Pen, head of France’s National Front, said in an interview with BBC television. “We are not going to welcome any more people,” she said. “Stop. We are full.”

Australia should follow India’s lead and scrap its biggest bank notes, UBS Group AG said.

Armenia and Azerbaijan, technically at war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region despite a cease-fire brokered by Russia 22 years ago, are beefing up their arsenals just seven months after the worst fighting in two decades. Armenia has acquired Russian-made Iskander ballistic missiles, while Azerbaijan says it’s tested combat drones produced with Israel and is in talks with Pakistan to buy high-tech weapons.

A rare Patek Philippe became the most expensive wristwatch ever sold in an auction as it went under the hammer for $11 million at a sale by Phillips in Geneva.

AP Top Stories

A full moon the likes of which we haven’t seen for almost 70 years will grace skies around the world on Monday night. The supermoon – so named because the moon will be both in its full phase and at its closest point to Earth during its orbit at the same time – will be the closest of its kind since 1948.

This cosmic coincidence won’t happen again until 2034Iraqi Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State in northern Iraq unlawfully destroyed Arab homes in scores of towns and villages in what may amount to a war crime, U.S.-based rights group Human Rights Watch said on Sunday.

Several dozen female Democrats circulated a letter on Friday calling for Nancy Pelosi (D) of Calif., to stay on as House minority leader, citing a need for female leadership now more than ever. “After everything that happened in this campaign, the defeat of Hillary Clinton is an especially heavy blow to the aspirations of young women and girls,” the Democrats wrote, as reported by The Hill. “They need to see the first woman Speaker — and every woman Member of Congress — standing firm in the halls of power, continuing the fight for their rights, their dignity, and their dreams.”

Carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels have been nearly flat for three years in a row — a “great help” but not enough to stave off dangerous global warming, a report said Monday.

The United States Customs and Border Protection agency plans to send an additional 150 agents to the southern border region of Texas to combat a recent rise in apprehensions, mostly of children and families crossing illegally, it said on Saturday.

Wildfires near the Georgia-North Carolina line are spewing smoke so thick that residents are being urged to wear special masks if they must do outdoor activities. The fires – many of them suspected arsons – have prompted evacuations in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee in recent days.

Should a doomsday agricultural crisis hit the world’s driest environments, scientists and farmers will turn to an up-and-coming research center and seed bank in Morocco to restock their harvests.

BBC

Strong aftershocks have rocked New Zealand following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed two people. The South Island has seen hundreds of tremors, including a 6.3-magnitude quake, after the initial one struck after midnight on Monday.

Iraqi government forces say they have captured Nimrud, the site of an ancient Assyrian city overrun by Islamic State (IS) group militants two years ago.

WND

The stock prices for Sturm, Ruger (RGR) and Smith & Wesson (SWHC) have both dropped by more than 20% since Trump won.

The United States has agreed to resettle an unspecified number of refugees languishing in Pacific island camps in a deal that is expected to inspire more asylum seekers to attempt to reach Australia by boat, officials said on Sunday.

Calling it a “security” issue and arguing utility poles are not built to sustain their weight, the chief of the Swedish Transport Administration banned Christmas lights from most towns this year. Some critics believe it’s actually an attempt at appease a growing Muslim population.

A major corporation that contracted with Planned Parenthood to dispose of baby bodies from the abortion industry giant has given up in its fight against a grassroots organization that launched a campaign to unveil the company’s actions.


 Top News – 11/14/2016

Israel’s muezzin law. A fresh Palestinian issue
Finally, on Sunday, the Ministerial Legislative Committee approved the Muezzin Law for limiting the sound level of the muezzins’ call. The bill is still to be enacted by the Knesset. However, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas instantly threatened the measure would “drag the region into a disaster” and vowed to bring it before the UN Security Council.

Trump could WIPE OUT the EU – populist tide could be HAMMER BLOW to Brussels, Lord says
Lord Salisbury, a former MP and leader of the House of Lords, claimed the first evidence of whether a “Trumpist tide” will pour across the continent in 2017 will be seen at the beginning of next month.

Arsonists Target Ancient Jewish Sites Absalom’s Tomb and Cave of Jehoshaphat
The Israeli authorities reported an arson on the weekend of November 12, in the area of the “Tomb of Absalom” and the “Cave of Jehoshaphat,” situated in the Kidron Valley on the eastern side of the Old City separating the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives.

EU says to stick to Iran rapprochement despite Trump’s criticism
The European Union said on Monday it would keep pushing to restore ties with Iran in line with last year’s nuclear deal, which US President-elect Donald Trump has said he will rescind.

British journalist calls for assassination of President Trump
A British journalist is in hot water after she advocated for the assassination of President-elect Donald Trump. Monisha Rajesh, a freelance writer…set off a firestorm with a tweet last week, writing “IT’S ABOUT TIME FOR A PRESIDENTIAL ASSASSINATION!” Rajesh’s comment sparked a wave of angry responses on Twitter, and she ultimately shut down her account.

Mild earthquake rattles southwest Alaska
the U.S. Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude at 5.5. It was recorded just before 1 p.m. AKST. The quake on the Alaska Peninsula was felt in Dillingham and was centered about 35 miles south of the community of Pilot Point, or 400 miles southwest of Anchorage.

EU will maintain Russia policies, even if US changes course – Mogherini
Brussels will pursue its own policies when it comes to Russia even if the new American administration abandons Obama’s course for US-Russian relations, the EU foreign policy chief announced after dining with EU Foreign Ministers.

6.2 aftershock shakes New Zealand after more powerful earthquake kills at least 2
A new earthquake measuring 6.2 has struck 39km west of Kaikoura, New Zealand. This is one of the most powerful in a series of tremors that followed a 7.8 magnitude quake which struck the town, located some 180km northeast of Christchurch, on Sunday.

‘Like living on a waking dragon’: New Zealanders count cost of earthquake
Tens of thousands of people fled their homes in the middle of the night on Monday to seek higher ground following a tsunami alert covering the entire east coast, although the warnings were later lifted. Across the country, two people have been declared dead. Prime minister John Key was quoted as saying the damage bill from the earthquake was likely to be at least “a couple of billion dollars”.

British ‘sharia courts’ under scrutiny
For more than 30 years, sharia courts enforcing Islamic law have been operating quietly across Britain. But two official inquiries have put them in the spotlight amid accusations that they discriminate against women. Very little is known about them, even their number, which one study by the University of Reading puts at 30, while the British think tank Civitas estimates there are 85.

Trump election: Up to three million migrants ‘to be targeted’
US President-elect Donald Trump has said he will deport or jail up to three million illegal migrants initially. Those targeted would be migrants with criminal records, such as gang members and drug dealers, he told US broadcaster CBS in an interview. There were an estimated 178,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records in the US in 2010, according to a congressional report.

New Zealand hit by aftershocks after severe earthquake
Strong aftershocks have roiled New Zealand following a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that killed two people. The South Island has seen hundreds of tremors, including a 6.3-magnitude quake, after the initial one struck after midnight on Monday. The epicentre is northeast of Christchurch, near the town of Kaikoura which has been cut off by landslides.

Trove of ancient gold, silver discovered at Israeli archeological site
A treasure trove of gold and silver objects dating back about 3,600 years from the Canaanite period has been found in the Tel Gezer excavation center. The Israel Antiquities Authority announced Monday that it believes the objects found were part of a ceremonial offering that was laid in the center of the structure being excavated.

Palestinians: Israeli bill to silence mosques will lead to ‘catastrophe’
The Palestinian leadership has summarily condemned a proposed bill to ban religious institutions from using outdoor loudspeakers. Nabil Abu Rudeinah, the spokesman of the Palestinian Authority Presidency, said the bill “will lead to catastrophes” upon his arrival in the Turkmenistan, where a PA delegation is participating in an official visit.

Analysis: Settlements bill puts Israel on collision course with Obama
Right-wing ministers…put Israel on a collision course with US President Barack Obama over settlements…as he weighs a possible peace initiative or action on settlements at the United Nations Security Council… …Ministerial Legislative Committee gave their initial approval…to retroactively legalize over 2,000 settler homes, many of which are built on private Palestinian property.

Chaos Ensues As Europe Splinters In Response To Trump: UK, France, Hungary Snub EU Emergency Meeting
While America’s so-called “establishment”, the legacy political system and mainstream media, appear to be melting, and transforming before our eyes into something that has yet to be determined, Europe also appears to be disintegrating in response to the Trump presidential victory: as the FT reports, in a stunning development, Britain and France on Sunday night snubbed a contentious EU emergency meeting to align the bloc’s approach to Donald Trump’s election, exposing rifts in Europe over the US vote.

Blocks Of Anti-Trump Protest Buses Caught On Tape
As our reader notes, “I have a video of 5 city blocks on the West side of Chicago lined with busses from Wisconsin (Badger Bus Lines) bringing in protestors. The Sears tower is visible in the background.”

Iraqi forces retake ancient Assyrian village of Nimrud, Iraqi military says
For centuries, the massive Assyrian city in Northern Iraq lay buried beneath the sands of time, forgotten by history. Archeologists first began excavating Nimrud — built nearly 3,000 years ago — in the 1840s. In the decades that followed, they unearthed priceless treasures from the city, including palaces adorned with unique frescoes and giant sculptures, that offered a window into Iraq’s glorious past.

Iraq troops aim to tighten noose on Islamic State in Mosul
Iraqi soldiers fighting just north of Mosul, within sight of city neighborhoods, said on Sunday they were ready to tighten the noose around Islamic State militants waging a brutal defense of their Iraqi stronghold.

(Video) When People Laughed At The Idea Of Trump Actually Being Elected
When People Laughed At The Idea Of Trump Actually Being Elected President! [Compilation]

6.2-magnitude quake shakes northwestern Argentina
A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit northwestern Argentina Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Erdogan hints at referendum on Turkey joining EU
Accusing Brussels of wanting Turkey to abandon its bid to join the EU, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted in an interview published Sunday he might put the question to a referendum.


The Briefing 11-14-16

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MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

Trump Talks Tranquility

Trump’s decisions since the election are a hopeful sign of things to come.

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FBI Operated 23 Tor-Hidden Child Porn Sites [arstechnica.com]
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TOP QUOTES
QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You hear suicidal talking heads in the liberal media saying that Trump tapped into something they didn’t see. Of course they didn’t see it. They’re liberals.” —Michael Reagan


THE FOUNDATION

“I often note with equal pleasure that God gave this one connected country to one united people — a people descended from the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in manners and customs, who by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side through a long bloody war, have nobly established general liberty and independence.” —John Jay (1787)

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Top Headlines – 11/14/2016

  • Trump shapes White House, hires establishment figure, firebrand (Read More)
  • The Trump Effect: Rout in Global Bonds and Emerging Markets Intensifies (Read More); Government Bond Rout Deepens (WSJ); Dollar soars as U.S. yields spike; global shares divided (Reuters)
  • Oil pinned near three-month lows as gloom grows over OPEC (Read More)
  • Thin Rank of Donors May Contend for Top Posts (Read More)
  • Trump’s Election Upends Agenda for Obama’s Last Foreign Trip (Read More)
  • Britain building contacts with President-elect Trump: PM’s spokeswoman (Read More)
  • How Trump’s Plans Could Be Stymied by Fiscal Hawks (Read More)
  • China’s Xi tells Trump cooperation is only choice (Read More)
  • China Pumps the Brakes on U.S. Dealmaking After Trump Win (Read More)
  • China October crude oil output drops to lowest since May 2009 (Read More)
  • ‘Utter devastation’ after major quake, aftershocks hit New Zealand (Read More)
  • Double tectonic shifts may have teamed in New Zealand quake  (Read More)
  • Election over, Congress pivots to lame-duck debate over spending (Read More)
  • Where Have All the Activists Gone? Down-Market (Read More)
  • UniCredit, SocGen decline to comment on merger rumor (Read More)
  • The end of the era of central bank independence (Read More)
  • American Apparel files for second bankruptcy in just over a year (Read More)
  • U.S. Two-Year Yield Tops 1%; Pimco Says Rates May Be Bottoming (Read More)
  • Sterling slips back below $1.25 as dollar rallies (Read More)
  • Goldman Sees the Possibility of Stagflation Under Trump Presidency (Read More)
  • Saudi central bank: hopes money rates to keep falling, not worried by U.S. (Read More)
  • It’s Not Just Deutsche Bank; German Banking Gloom in Charts (Read More)
  • Global Warming Nears Tipping Point (Read More)
  • Federal Reserve’s vice-chair readies markets for rate rise (Read More)
  • Samsung to buy car tech firm Harman for $8 billion, South Korea’s biggest overseas deal (Read More)
  • Siemens to buy Mentor Graphics in $4.5 billion deal (Read More)
  • One Less Haven for Investors as Trump Damages Denmark’s Appeal (Read More)
  • Trudeau Clears Path for Canada to Approve Kinder Morgan Pipeline (Read More)

PA threatens to make US ‘miserable’ if embassy moved to Jerusalem

Netanyahu warns ministers against predicting Trump’s Israel policy

Knesset marks 21 years since Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination

Bill to Legalize West Bank Settlements Advances in Israel

Easing blockade on Gaza, Egypt may be signaling thaw with Hamas

PA stops paying terrorists, Hamas outraged

Israeli journalists accuse Facebook of infringing on freedom of speech

Israel PM backs bill to limit noise from mosques

Abbas: Bill to limit muezzin noise will ‘drag area to catastrophe’

Ancient Jerusalem tombs damaged in suspected arson

U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers killed in Jordan were working for the CIA

Egypt detains 200 alleged Islamists over calls to protest

In post-Arab Spring Egypt, Muslim attacks on Christians are rising

Erdogan hints at referendum on Turkey joining EU

Tensions flare as Turkey heads to vote on new Erdogan powers

UN reports show Islamic State using chemical weapons in Mosul

Gasps, tears as Iraqis return to church destroyed by ISIS

Syrian Rebels Brace for a Trump Cutoff, and Look for a Silver Lining

Paris attacks: France state of emergency to be extended

ISIS urges truck attacks, says Thanksgiving Day Parade an ‘excellent target’

Iran Breaks Nuclear Deal, But the Obama Administration Won’t Say It’s a ‘Formal Violation’

Iran deal violation: Sign of emboldened country or more transparency?

Report: Senior Iranian Cleric Warns President-Elect Trump ‘Not to Play Around’ With Tehran; Says Democrats, Republicans Both in ‘Service of Zionists’

Iran resort hopes relaxed rules will attract tourists

Thousands of Loyalist Protesters Rally Against Independence in Hong Kong

80,000 gather for Catalan pro-independence demo

Narendra Modi Defends Currency Move as Millions in India Scramble for Cash

Italian referendum a bigger risk than Donald Trump, analysts warn

$221,692,000,000: Federal Taxes Set Record for October; $1,459 Per Worker; Feds Still Run Deficit of $44,192,000,000

Trump election: Nato chief warns against going it alone

Chaos Ensues As Europe Splinters In Response To Trump: UK, France, Hungary Snub EU Emergency Meeting

EU braces for ‘more businesslike’ ties with Trump’s America

Obama on farewell tour to a Europe fearful of ‘Trump effect’

Trump pits establishment against populism in his White House team

Michael Savage Warns Donald Trump: ‘Rinse’ Reince; He’s ‘Everything the Voters Rejected’

Trump says he will deport 2 to 3 million immigrants immediately

Ryan: ‘We are not planning on erecting a deportation force’

Trump repeats vow to build border wall, but admits ‘there could be some fencing’

Trump Blasts New York Times Shortly After He Vowed to Be “Restrained” on Twitter

Political correctness insanity paved the way for Trump

Sorry, Lady Gaga, but blocking Trump in Electoral College is mission impossible

Darrell Huckaby on the Electoral College: Take a seat – history class is in session

Trump seeks to calm protests, tells racist supporters to ‘stop it’

Blocks Of Anti-Trump Protest Buses Caught On Tape

Want to get away from Trump? Try Mars

‘Not if, but when’: NASA simulates a huge asteroid hitting a major city

New Zealand earthquake: Powerful aftershocks keep rocking the country after 7.8 magnitude quake kills two in South Island

6.2-magnitude quake shakes northwestern Argentina

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Little Sitkin Island, Alaska

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kandrian, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Caucete, Argentina

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

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

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 12,000ft

Dukono volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Intense storm and hurricane-force winds thrash Brisbane airport

U.S. to push ahead on climate pact before Trump takes over: Kerry

Florida Keys Voters Split on Genetically Modified Mosquito Trial

Trump’s presidential pen could remake Supreme Court’s agenda

Donald Trump Appears to Soften Stance on Immigration, but Not on Abortion

Trump win resets culture war debate on abortion, LGBT rights

Trump Says Same-Sex Marriage Is Settled Law, Abortion Isn’t

Katy Perry Donates $10,000 to Planned Parenthood: ‘Time to Turn Words Into Action’

Julian Assange to be questioned by Ecuador over rape allegation

CIA Document Confirms Reality Of Humans With ‘Special Abilities’ Able To Do ‘Impossible’ Things

Former City Harvest leader claims in court he was brainwashed by Kong Hee

Desperate Apologists for the NAR: Dembski and Qureshi Put Their Faith in Bentley and Bethel

Pentecostal Evangelist Verna Linzey Passes Away at 97

Texas Baptist association threatens to expel Dallas, Austin churches over LGBT policies

Radical Islamist Kills Toddler, Burns 3 Children in Indonesian Church Bombing

North Korean Defectors Say Over 75 Percent of Christians Do Not Survive Persecution


Trump repeats vow to build border wall, but admits ‘there could be some fencing’

Posted: 14 Nov 2016 07:03 AM PST

President-elect Donald Trump, in his first television interview since his surprise election victory, repeated his vows to build a wall across America’s southern border, deport…

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Zuckerberg Vows to weed out “Fake News” from Facebook

Posted: 14 Nov 2016 06:55 AM PST

Facebook is taking steps to eliminate fake news and hoaxes that some critics have suggested might have influenced the 2016 presidential election, CEO Mark Zuckerberg…

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Democrats Are Now Calling For A ‘Revolution In The Streets’

Posted: 14 Nov 2016 06:46 AM PST

(By Michael Snyder) The surprise victory by Donald Trump on November 8th has spawned a series of violent protests and riots all over the nation…

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Ministry in Iran Seeing Revival and Converts

Posted: 14 Nov 2016 06:37 AM PST

Hundreds of Iranian and Afghan Muslims are coming to Christ despite the very real threat of violent persecution or death. Elam Ministries reported that more…

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California history teacher placed on leave after comparing Trump to Hitler

Posted: 14 Nov 2016 06:29 AM PST

A California history teacher was placed on leave Thursday after a complaint over a lesson where he compared President-elect Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. The…

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Diabetes Cases Soar By 75%…Number of adults with disease rises by 1.5 million

Posted: 14 Nov 2016 06:26 AM PST

Data shows the number of adults with the disease has risen by 1.5 million in the past ten years, with GPs now reporting 3.6 million…

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Double tectonic shifts may have taken place in New Zealand Earthquake

Posted: 14 Nov 2016 06:10 AM PST

The powerful earthquake that struck New Zealand was unusual in that a big event on one fault may have immediately triggered a big event on…

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Mysterious green and blue flashes seen as NZ earthquake struck…

Posted: 14 Nov 2016 06:02 AM PST

Incredible footage filmed during the New Zealand earthquake shows the night sky lighting up with bright colours. Quick-thinking New Zealanders managed to film the scene…

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Supermoon could have triggered powerful New Zealand earthquake

Posted: 14 Nov 2016 05:56 AM PST

As space enthusiasts gear up for the much-anticipated supermoon on Tuesday night, a New Zealand seismologist is more skeptical towards the phenomenon, saying it could…

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DEVELOPING: Dam breached on New Zealand river, residents urged to seek higher ground

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 08:24 PM PST

Residents of the Marlborough region of New Zealand are being urged to go to higher ground immediately, after a slip dam breached on the Clarence…

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GOP President-Elect Donald Trump Says Same-Sex Marriage Is ‘Settled’ Law

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 08:09 PM PST

For all those folks that had their hopes up that the new sheriff in town was going to overturn the “Same-Sex Marriage” law passed by…

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Trump Vows “No Big Vacations” and No Salary As US President

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 06:27 PM PST

Donald Trump is pledging no long vacations and no presidential salary during his time in the White House. “There’s just so much to be done,”…

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Head of Pepsi Issues Unreal Trump Statement

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 06:05 PM PST

While President Barack Obama, defeated 2016 Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and President-elect Donald Trump have all called for unity, PepsiCo CEO and chairperson Indra…

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How Trump’s ‘100-Day Action Plan’ Could Impact LGBTQ Rights

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 05:55 PM PST

President-elect Donald Trump released his “Contract With the American Voter” in October. Also known as his “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again,” it…

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University Admissions Officer Blasts Christians and Conservatives as “Worthless Trash”

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 05:43 PM PST

A top admissions officer at George Mason University (GMU) condemns faithful Christians and conservatives as “worthless trash,” a sentiment that could alarm thousands of high…

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DEVELOPING: 6.3 magnitude aftershock strikes NZ hours after 7.8 earthquake and tsunami

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 05:39 PM PST

A major 6.3 magnitude aftershock has rocked New Zealand just north of where a massive 7.8 earthquake struck hours earlier. The aftershock hit shortly after…

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Trump Cites 10th Amendment In Agenda

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 05:32 PM PST

Nothing about Donald Trump’s candidacy for the presidency was normal. After all, he defeated more than a dozen recognized names in the Republican Party –…

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Trump’s Election Leaves American Muslims Reeling and Scared

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 05:22 PM PST

On the morning after the election, Alia Ali had a sickening feeling as she headed to her job as a secretary at a New York…

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Britain deploying long range missiles on Russia’s border for first time since Cold War

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 05:02 PM PST

Britain is to deploy batteries of high precision long range missiles on Russian’s border for the first time since the Cold War. The long range…

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North Dakota Sues Obama Admin Over Rules That Might Require Doctors to Assist With ‘Gender Transitions’

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 01:23 PM PST

The state of North Dakota is now the sixth state to sue the Obama administration over rules that some believe might require doctors to aid…

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High School Football Coach No Longer Leading Prayers Following Complaint From Atheist Group

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 01:20 PM PST

A high school football coach in Pennsylvania is now no longer leading prayers with his team following the receipt of a complaint from a prominent…

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Christmas lights now banned as ‘security’ threat

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 01:09 PM PST

Calling it a “security” issue and arguing utility poles are not built to sustain their weight, the chief of the Swedish Transport Administration has banned…

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Bill Johnson Shares His Pain After Massive Attacks for Defending His Trump Vote

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 01:04 PM PST

(Reported By Jennifer Leclaire) Bill Johnson, the senior leader at Bethel, is speaking out today after massive backlash for his statements on voting for Trump….

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Southerners urged to use masks to avoid wildfires smoke

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 12:57 PM PST

Wildfires near the Georgia-North Carolina line are spewing smoke so thick that an emergency manager is urging residents to wear special masks if they must…

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Trump promises to deport at least 2 Million ‘criminal’ immigrants in post-election interview

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 12:46 PM PST

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to deport or incarcerate “probably two million,” or even three million “criminal” illegal immigrants, once he takes office. The businessman…

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Iowa lawmaker proposes bill punishing schools coddling anti-Trump students

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 12:37 PM PST

Following Donald Trump’s win in Tuesday’s presidential election, many high school and college students were having a tough time dealing with the reality of the…

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Palestinians Threaten Trump Over US Embassy Move

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 12:34 PM PST

The Palestinian Authority has threatened to “make life miserable” for US President-elect Donald Trump if he follows through on his election campaign promise to move…

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ISIS Sets Its Crosshairs On Thanksgiving Day Parade…

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 12:25 PM PST

Following up on their October instructions for lone jihadists to conduct knife attacks, the Islamic State’s latest magazine offers tactical instructions on how to use…

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Turkey issues warning over travel to United States Over Trump Protests

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 12:21 PM PST

Turkey warned its citizens about travel to the United States on Saturday in response to what the foreign ministry called increasingly violent protests against President-elect…

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Ring of Fire Awakens as New Zealand slammed with series of Quakes, Tsunami

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 12:08 PM PST

A powerful earthquake struck New Zealand’s South Island early Monday, killing at least two people, causing damage to buildings and infrastructure, and prompting emergency services…

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.


What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.


The Gospel In A Nutshell

Now, with regard to this rule of faith—that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend—it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief that there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth; that this Word is called His Son, and, under the name of God, was seen “in diverse manners” by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets, at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary, was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ; thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles; having been crucified, He rose again the third day; (then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father; sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe; will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises, and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire, after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened, together with the restoration of their flesh. This rule, as it will be proved, was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics.

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


What Is the Gospel?

This post is adapted from the tract “What Is the Gospel?” by Greg Gilbert.


A Message from God

What exactly do Christians mean when they talk about the “gospel of Jesus Christ”? Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about Jesus! It’s a message from God saying, “Good news! Here is how you can be saved from my judgment!” That’s an announcement you can’t afford to ignore.

Why Is the Gospel Good News?

So, what is the good news about Jesus Christ?

Since the earliest Christians announced the good news about Jesus, it has been organized around these questions:

  1. Who made us, and to whom are we accountable?
  2. What is our problem?
  3. What is God’s solution to our problem?
  4. How can I be included in his solution?

Christians through the centuries since Christ have answered those questions with the same truth from the Bible.

  1. We are accountable to God.
  2. Our problem is our sin against him.
  3. God’s solution is salvation through Jesus Christ.
  4. We come to be included in that salvation by faith and repentance.

Let’s summarize those points like this: God, Mankind, Jesus Christ, and Our Response.

God

The first thing to know about the good news of Jesus is that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Everything starts from that point, so if you get that point wrong then everything else that follows will be wrong. Because God created everything—including us—he has the right to tell us how to live. You have to understand that in order to understand the good news about Jesus. To understand just how glorious and life-giving the gospel of Jesus Christ is, we have to understand that God is also holy and righteous. He is determined never to ignore or tolerate sin. Including ours!

Mankind

When God created the first human beings, Adam and Eve, he intended for them to live under his righteous rule in perfect joy—obeying him and living in fellowship with him. When Adam disobeyed God, though, and ate the one fruit that God had told him not to eat, that fellowship with God was broken. Moreover, Adam and Eve had declared rebellion against God. They were denying his authority over their lives.

It’s not just Adam and Eve who are guilty of sin. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin is the rejection of God himself and his authority over those to whom he gives life.

Once you understand sin in that light, you begin to understand why “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). That’s not just physical death, but spiritual death, a forceful separating of our sinful, rebellious selves from the presence of God forever. The Bible teaches that the final destiny for unbelieving sinners is eternal, active judgment in a place called “hell.”

But . . .

Jesus Christ

The word “Christ” means “anointed one,” referring to anointing a king with oil when he is crowned. So, when we say “Jesus Christ,” we’re saying that Jesus is a King!

When Jesus began his public ministry, he told the people, “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus died on a cross, the awful weight of all our sins fell on his shoulders. The sentence of death God had pronounced against rebellious sinners struck. And Jesus died. For you and me!

But the story doesn’t end there. Jesus the Crucified is no longer dead. The Bible tells us that he rose from the grave. Jesus’s rising from the grave was God’s way of saying, “What Jesus claimed about who he is and what he came to do is true!”

Our Response

What does God expect us to do with the information that Jesus died in our place so we can be saved from God’s righteous wrath against our sins? He expects us to respond with repentance and faith.

To repent of our sins means to turn away from our rebellion against God. Repentance doesn’t mean we’ll bring an immediate end to our sinning. It does mean, though, that we’ll never again live at peace with our sins.

Not only that, but we also turn to God in faith. Faith is reliance. It’s a promise-founded trust in the risen Jesus to save you from your sins. If God is ever to count us righteous, he’ll have to do it on the basis of someone else’s record, someone who’s qualified to stand in as our substitute. And that’s what happens when a person is saved by Jesus: All our sins are credited to Jesus who took the punishment for them, and the perfect righteousness of Jesus is then credited to us when we place our trust in what he has done for us! That’s what faith means—to rely on Jesus, to trust in him alone to stand in our place and win a righteous verdict from God!


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.


Please take the time to watch this clip, so that you might understand the authentic Gospel


This is the Gospel:

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

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

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

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

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


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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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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EXPOSED: Blocks Of George Soros Funded Anti-Trump Protest Buses For Paid Agitators Caught On Tape

Video reveals that the “spontaneous” anti-Trump protesters are actually paid agitators bused in courtesy of the George Soros machine

EDITOR’S NOTE: Video taken on the ground in Chicago yesterday show block after block of buses that are being used to bring in professional agitators to protest Donald Trump’s landslide victory over Hillary Clinton. Who is paying for all these buses bringing in all these protesters? Why, it’s our old friend George Soros, of course. And he is playing his favorite card, the race card. Soros, you will recall, spent millions busing in agitators to fuel the race riots in Ferguson, Baltimore and Chicago

From Zero Hedge: Earlier today we showed that, contrary to USA Today’s claims that the anti-Trump protests across the nation are “spontaneous, involving people from all walks of life”, according to Wikileaks documents at least two of the people profiled by USA Today have a history of being professional agitators for the Democratic party, whose task is to stir up popular protests and – in extreme cases – unleash rioting, such as the following clip showing the latest day of violent protests in Portland revealed.

As our reader notes, “I have a video of 5 city blocks on the West side of Chicago lined with busses from Wisconsin (Badger Bus Lines) bringing in protestors. The Sears tower is visible in the background.”

The video was taken at 3:30pm on South Canal Street in Chicago on Saturday. As our reader points out, hundreds of the participants that took part in the downtown Chicago protests from November 12 were bused in using these vehicles. Other arrived by train. source

Police repeatedly charge anti-Trump protesters as Portland chaos continues https://t.co/h3Y24Ykb9h pic.twitter.com/vPPD10sQbw

— Ruptly (@Ruptly) November 13, 2016

Source: EXPOSED: Blocks Of George Soros Funded Anti-Trump Protest Buses For Paid Agitators Caught On Tape

Anti-Trump Protests: Proof Of Professional Activist Involvement

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11-14-2016 • zerohedge.com by Tyler Durden

 

USA today presents them as ordinary people. However, WikiLeaks exposes them as experienced protest organizers and activists.

USA Today presents the protests as spontaneous, involving people from “all walks of life” – certainly not professional protesters. If anyone in the crowd has protest experience, it hasn’t been since the Vietnam Era:

They come in all ages and walks of life, unflinching and determined to be heard.

Mothers with young children, hoping to impart an up-close lesson in history. Animated college students stretching their political vocal cords for the first time. Aging Baby Boomers who haven’t toted a protest sign since their anti-war days in the 1970s.

Ben Wikler, Washington director for the professional activist group MoveOn, is quoted – only to insist that these are not organized protests but an “enormous outpouring of spontaneous energy and concern.”

MoveOn urged Americans to gather peacefully to “take a continued stand against misogyny, racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia.” Within hours, about 275 protests and vigils had been organized nationwide Wednesday, Wikler said. “There was an enormous outpouring of spontaneous energy and concern.”

So should we expect that everyone quoted in that article is there out of spontaneous concern? Would a reputable newspaper properly identify its sources, noting if they were known activists and organizers? Let’s meet USA Today’s first protester:

Democrats Are Now Calling For A ‘Revolution In The Streets’, And I Believe That They Are Quite Serious anti-trump-protest-photo-by-fibonacci-blue

anti-trump-protest-photo-by-fibonacci-blueThe surprise victory by Donald Trump on November 8th has spawned a series of violent protests and riots all over the nation as stunned leftists continue to throw the largest post-election temper tantrum in U.S. history.  Protesters in large cities all across America have been disrupting public transportation, looting stores, hurling objects at the police and burning Trump in effigy.  There have even been shootings at anti-Trump rallies in Seattle and in Portland.  Hundreds of protesters have been arrested so far, and organizers are promising that this is only just the beginning.  Meanwhile, large numbers of enraged leftists are physically threatening Trump on Twitter, and some are even calling for a violent revolution.  Sadly, I believe that they are quite serious about this. (Read More….)

The Far Left Is Planning The Biggest Political Protest In United States History For Inauguration Day

inauguration-day-public-domainWe have seen very large protests in major cities all over America since Donald Trump won the election, but the biggest one of all is being planned for January 20th. Radical leftists are calling for thousands upon thousands of activists to descend upon Washington D.C. on Inauguration Day, and they are planning to disrupt the inauguration festivities as much as they possibly can. And if you doubt that the “Not My President” movement can pull this off, you may want to consider that 25,000 protesters showed up in New York City on Saturday on very short notice. These people are bitter, angry, frustrated and incredibly motivated. At this point they still have more than two months to organize their forces, and many are expecting that this is going to be the most chaotic Inauguration Day in American history. (Read More…)

Another real, raw, ‘Christian’ mommy blogger comes out

Amy Spreeman of Berean Research has the story of yet another “Christian” who’s in rebellion against God:

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Photo credit: Chicago Tribune

Now that Jen Hatmaker has made Christian and Gay Okay, another popular blogger many Christian women follow announced on Facebook and Twitter that she has a new girlfriend. The Washington Postpicked it up over the weekend:

Christian author Glennon Doyle Melton — known as the “ultimate confessional writer” for her honest portrayals of her struggling marriage, addiction and eating disorder — has opened up with another big revelation.

She is dating again, her new partner is a woman and that woman is celebrity soccer champ Abby Wambach.

The blonde pair smiled together in a photo posted Sunday night on the Momastery blogger and mom of three’s Facebook page. “Oh my God, she is so good to me. She loves me for all the things I’ve always wanted to be loved for. She’s just my favorite. My person,” wrote Melton, best known for her 2014 New York Times bestseller “Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life” and 2016 memoir “Love Warrior,” an Oprah Book Club pick.

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Kay Cude poetry: At The Rapture

Kay Cude poetry. Click to enlarge. Used with permission.

Artist’s Statement:

I was deeply drawn to this painting because of the look on the face of the child clutched out of death into the arms of his beloved mother. I see peace mixed in with awe as he looks into the face of one who has nurtured him since birth; the face of the one he is so grateful to see. I am reminded of the nurturing love of the Father and Son for Their beloved redeemed; perhaps we will have that same look upon our faces as we look into the glorious and wonderful face of Christ Jesus at the Rapture.

Worst president ever leaves Trump a looming economic crisis

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Is Barack Obama focused on protecting the American people? Is Barack Obama focused on protecting the American people?

Consider this article from the Wall Street Journal, which discusses the latest CBO (Congressional Budget Office) report.

Massive budget deficits:

One lesson is that the days of easy deficit reduction are over. The annual deficit in 2016 rose for the first time in three years—by $148 billion to $587 billion. That’s 3.2% of GDP, up sharply from 2.5% last year. Mr. Obama has been able to ride falling defense spending from reduced military deployments overseas, but Pentagon outlays were flat in 2016. Military spending will probably have to increase in future years, no matter who wins Tuesday, to meet the growing challenges from Russia, China and Iran.

Looming entitlement crisis:

Mr. Obama will also leave town having failed over eight years to do anything to slow the booming burden of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Outlays for those three programs…

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From the Vault: Two Ways to Know You Are Saved

This post remains one of our most popular ever, and for good reason. The question of assurance is a troubling one for many people in the church. I myself struggled for years to feel completely sure that I was saved. There’s much more to say about the issue than this, but for those wondering, “Am I really saved?”, this is a helpful start.

I get the question from Christians a lot: “How can I know for sure that I’m saved?” So often, in fact, that I wrote a book addressing it: Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart. I struggled with the question a lot myself until someone pointed me to passage from 1 John that helped open my eyes. In 1 John 5:13–18, John identifies 2 ways that we can be sure of our salvation.

1. We have placed our hopes for heaven entirely on Jesus. (1 John 5:13)

“I write these things to you,” John says, “who believe in the name of the Son of God.” It’s so simple that we’re liable to miss it, but assurance comes from believing in Jesus. This is the gospel: when we trust in his name, we cease striving to earn heaven by drawing upon our own moral bank account; instead, we withdraw on his righteous account in our place.

The gospel, by its very nature, produces assurance. Because the gospel proclaims “Jesus in my place,” my assurance does not depend on how well or how much I have done. It depends on whether or not I rest in his finished work. So the question is not, “Can I remember praying a prayer?” or “Was my conversion experience really emotional?” The important question is, “Are you currently resting on Jesus as the payment for your sin?”

A lot of Christians get caught up looking for assurance to a prayer they prayed 2 years, 5 years, or 30 years ago. But John does not say, “I write these things to you who prayed the sinner’s prayer.” He writes to those who believe. The point is not the prayer you prayed, but the present posture you are in.

2. You have a new nature. (vv. 16–18)

If you have been born of God you have been given a new nature.  And that comes with new desires. So you do not “keep on sinning,” as John writes, because you have new desires. As an earthy way to think about this, you might imagine some vomit on the ground. None of us would require a list of rules keeping us from eating it. Why? Because we find it disgusting. Now, a dog has a totally different nature, with different desires. A dog would find that vomit as appetizing as we find it disgusting.

This is how God changes us: not by browbeating us with rules, but by giving us a new heart. You no longer love dishonesty and hatefulness and immorality like you used to. You do not avoid them because of threats from God, but because these things start to make you sick.

Of course, this does not mean that you become immediately perfect, or that you no longer struggle with sin. But you stop engaging in sin willfully and defiantly. You cannot love God and love the things that grieve him. You cannot have a mouth that sings praise to Jesus with a life that openly crucifies him. It is not your mouth that best reflects your love for God; it is your life.

And when you do start to go back toward your sin—which we all do!—Jesus protects you and renews you (v. 18). In fact, one of the signs that your salvation is genuine is that even though you fall, you never permanently fall away. God brings you back, again and again. As Proverbs says, “The righteous man falls seven times, and rises again” (Prov 24:16).

Your new nature is not demonstrated by never falling, but by what you do when you fall. Salvation does not means sinless perfection, but it does mean a new direction.

Source: From the Vault: Two Ways to Know You Are Saved