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November 15, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Chinese President Xi Jinping told Donald Trump in their first conversation that cooperation was the only correct choice for ties between the world’s two largest economies, with the U.S. president-elect promising “one of the strongest relationships.”

A group of online consumer loans that were packaged into bonds is going bad faster than lenders and bond underwriters had expected, the latest sign that some startups that aimed to revolutionize the banking industry underestimated the risk they were taking. Delinquencies and defaults are reaching key levels known as “triggers” for at least four different sets of bonds.

The global bond rout intensified Monday, with a gauge of Treasuries volatility surging to the highest since February, on expectations that President-elect Donald Trump will increase government spending to boost economic growth and stoke inflation. The yield on the benchmark 10-year note climbed to 2.26 percent, the highest closing level since Jan. 1.

German authorities conducted nationwide raids early Tuesday against a radical Islamist movement after the Interior Ministry banned the Salafist organization, accusing it of radicalizing youths.

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President Obama opened his final foreign trip as president Tuesday with reassuring words in Greece about the U.S. commitment to NATO even as he prepares to hand off to a Donald Trump administration, saying Democratic and Republican administrations alike recognize the importance of the alliance to the trans-Atlantic relationship.

Egypt’s Court of Cassation on Tuesday overturned a death sentence against deposed president Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered a retrial.

Spanish archaeologists have unearthed an ancient Egyptian mummy in “very good condition” near Luxor, Egypt’s antiquities ministry has announced.

A powerful earthquake rocked New Zealand Monday killing at least two people, damaging roads and buildings, and prompting a tsunami warning that sent thousands fleeing to higher ground.

Homeless people had VIP seats at a special Mass Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica, where Pope Francis lamented attitudes that cut off many of the world’s poor from the benefits of progress.

Researchers were intrigued by an increasing number of sores on red squirrels in the United Kingdom and Ireland, so they decided to run tests on the animals to find out what was causing these mysterious marks. After investigating, they now say they have found the cause: Some squirrels harbor the same bacteria that caused leprosy in humans in medieval Britain.

Britain has no overall strategy for leaving the European Union and splits in Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet could delay a clear negotiating position for six months, according to a memo for the government that was leaked to The Times newspaper.

After selling most of his stock in Barrick Gold Corp. in the second quarter, billionaire investor George Soros more than doubled his remaining holding in the mining company. Soros Fund Management LLC bought 1.78 million Barrick shares in the third quarter, taking total holdings to 2.85 million, according to a regulatory filing.

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Warplanes have bombed besieged rebel-held eastern districts of the Syrian city of Aleppo for the first time in three weeks, a monitoring group says.

A US road safety body has demanded that electric cars travelling at low speed make a noise to warn pedestrians.

Floods in the Dominican Republic have displaced more than 20,000 people, officials said.More than 4,000 homes have been flooded and at least 50 totally destroyed after heavy rainfall caused rivers to break their banks.

The authorities in the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego are planning to cull 100,000 beavers. With no natural predators, the beavers have reproduced rapidly and are a threat to the native forest, environmentalists said.

A priest abducted in the Mexican state of Veracruz has been found alive after three days, but with signs of torture, Church officials said.

A bank manager has told how two airplanes full of banknotes were used in a cash exchange being investigated in a major Nigerian corruption case. The quantity of cash, totaling $3.8m, was so great that it took 10 days to count it, Sunday Oluseye told the court in Abuja.

The number of Indian students studying in the US soared by 25% to a record high, figures from 2015-2016 show. The 2016 Open Doors data says Indian students contribute more than $5.5bn to the American economy.

German police have carried out nationwide dawn raids on more than 200 mosques, apartments and offices associated with an Islamist group. Up to 900 people are estimated to have joined IS in Syria or Iraq via Germany.

Eight civilians have been killed and five others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in a town south-west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials said.

WND

Are robo-censors about to be unleashed online? That’s a concern being raised by privacy advocates across the United States after a proposal was released by the European Commission that would have websites enter into agreements with copyright holders for automatic filtering of user-generated content, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

“Islamic State” (IS) is specifically training terrorists to merge with asylum seekers looking for safer havens in Europe.

Secretary of State John Kerry winged his way Monday from New Zealand to the Middle East on the next leg of what may be his longest trip yet, a journey during which America’s top diplomat will account for roughly 16.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. That’s more or less the amount of CO2 – one of the key “greenhouse gases” blamed for global warming – produced by the average American in a full year.


 Top News – 11/15/2016

Rabbis Urge Trump, Putin to Help Rebuild Temple in Jerusalem
A group of leading Israeli rabbis see in US President-elect Donald Trump and Russia President Vladimir Putin echoes of King Cyrus of Persia, who 2,500 years ago assisted the Jewish people in rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem. “The political conditions today, in which the two most important national leaders in the world support the Jewish right to Jerusalem as their spiritual inheritance, is historically unprecedented.”

Giuliani, Bolton lead field for secretary of state
Aides to President-elect Donald Trump Monday night indicated that former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani was the leading candidate for secretary of state in the new administration, while former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton was also in the running.

Hopeful and relieved, evangelicals see Trump’s win as their own
For months, Rose Aller kept her support for Donald Trump a secret from her colleagues at the Northern Virginia school where she works as a substitute teacher. “You’re judged for your beliefs,” she said. “Our media branded you a racist, a bigot, a homophobe if you were Republican.” So Aller stayed quiet.

3,600-Year-Old Pagan Canaanite Treasure Trove Discovered in Judean Foothills
Israeli archaeologists announced the discovery Monday of a rare treasure of gold and silver objects dating back about 3,600 years to the Middle Bronze Age, or the Canaanite period. They were found in the archaeological site of the Tel Gezer National Park, in the Judean foothills near Beit Shemesh.

NYPD boosts security for Thanksgiving parade; Islamic State calls it an ‘excellent target’
The New York Police Department said it would be strengthening its security preparations for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after the Islamic State said it would make a good target for a terror attack. The NYPD made the announcement Monday after the militant group included pictures of the parade in a guide to mass terror attacks in the latest issue of its propaganda magazine.

Britain kills off plans for EU army after string of countries back the UK
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the UK had successfully won over enough other countries to force the plans to be watered down. The policy win came as the US President Elect, Donald Trump, said countries should not expect protection from NATO if they do not meet defence spending targets.

Obamacare Premiums to Increase 27%
A new study obtained by the Washington Free Beacon shows premium increases under Obamacare will actually be higher than the federal government’s projections.

Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov Aircraft Carrier Begins Combat Operations in Syria Read more: https://sputniknews.com/military/201611151047453340-admi
Russian Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft-carrying cruiser has begun combat operations in Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday. “Today, we started a major operation to launch massive strikes on Daesh and al-Nusra Front targets in the Idlib and Homs provinces [in Syria],” Shoigu said at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with the ministry’s leadership and defense enterprises.

Trump gets tough, looks to ban Muslim Brotherhood
President…Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to jumpstart a bill in Congress that would ban the Muslim Brotherhood by declaring it a terrorist organization.

Hezbollah shows off tanks, missiles in Syria
The Lebanese terror group Hezbollah has shown off its forces on foreign soil for the first time; it has also shown off its arsenal of tanks and APCs for the first time ever; Hezbollah now has capabilities usually only national militaries have.

Conservative cardinals challenge Pope over teachings on family
Four conservative Roman Catholic cardinals on Monday made a rare public challenge to Pope Francis over some of his teachings in a major document on the family, accusing him of sowing confusion on important moral issues. The cardinals – two Germans, an Italian, and an American – said they had gone public with their letter to the pope because he had not responded.

New Zealand rocked by FOURTH earthquake in TWO days
NEW ZEALAND has been hit by another earthquake just days after two people were killed when a massive quake caused a tsunami. The quake measured 5.4 on the Richter scale, according to the USGS. It hit the town of Blenheim – in the most northern point of the country’s southern island, just before 6.09pm (local time).

FBI gains access to tweet-mining app despite Twitter snooping ban
The FBI has gained access to Twitter-linked analytics tool Dataminr, citing the use of Twitter by terrorist organizations. But that appears to violate Twitter’s fine print, which forbids its data from being used to “investigate, track, or surveil” users.

Massive special op against Islamists carried out in 10 German federal states, 60 cities
German police have carried out a large-scale operation targeting Islamists across ten German federal states, the country’s Interior Ministry (Bundesministeriums des Innern) reported on Tuesday. The raids took place in 60 cities, including capital Berlin.

Mysterious ‘earthquake lights’ illuminate New Zealand sky during tremor
The skies over New Zealand were mysteriously lit up in various colors while the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck close to the city of Christchurch. Footage of the unusual sky was posted on YouTube and showed what appeared to be bright flashes “during the peak of the shaking” on Sunday, according to video uploader Zachary Bell.

Emanuel Tells Undocumented Immigrants Chicago ‘Always Will Be A Sanctuary City’
Even as President-elect Donald Trump vows to immediately deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants when he takes office in January, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reaffirming Chicago’s commitment as a so-called “sanctuary city.” “To be clear about what Chicago is, it always will be a sanctuary city,” the mayor said Monday.

Egypt: Mohammed Morsi death sentence overturned
Egypt’s highest court has overturned a death sentence against ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Morsi had been condemned to death for his part in a mass prison break during the 2011 revolution. He was elected president in 2012, but removed by the military a year later after street protests against his rule.

Settlers vow resistance against demolition of homes
Residents of the Amona outpost promised to resist any evacuation attempts, after the High Court of Justice rejected last-minute appeals for a delay and insisted…their hilltop community…be demolished by December 25. “We’ll stand here like a bulwark!” Amona spokesman Avihai Boaron promised at an emergency meeting the community’s 40 families held on Monday night…

Palestinian U.N. Ambassador: We’ll Use ‘Weapons That We Have in U.N.’ If Trump Moves U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour said Friday that if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on his campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, then “nobody should blame us for unleashing all of the weapons that we have in the U.N. to defend ourselves, and we have a lot of weapons in the U.N.”

Russia’s Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev Has Been Detained Over a Bribe
Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev has been detained over a $2 million bribe allegedly received for a “positive” assessment, which led to oil producer Rosneft acquiring a 50 percent stake in Bashneft, the country’s Investigative Committee said on Tuesday.

EU ministers plan to enhance defence and security without competing with Nato
The European Union has agreed a plan to strengthen the defence and security roles of the bloc that could see it sending swift response forces to foreign countries for the first time. The EU is said to be considering strategies to act without US support.

Soros And Liberal Mega-Donors Plot For War With Donald Trump
George Soros and other liberal mega-donors are gathering in Washington for a three-day, closed-door meeting where they will discuss opposing Trump’s plan for his first 100 days in office.

CBS News defends holding Trump’s call for calm until it aired on ‘60 Minutes’
CBS News’ “60 Minutes” — which scored the first full sit-down with Donald Trump since he became president-elect — is facing questions over what it chose not to release from the interview before it aired.

China still has the two most powerful supercomputers in the world
hina’s Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe-2 topped the list of supercomputers, maintaining the lead the systems had six months ago, according to the Top500 supercomputer rankings.

Rare “Supermoon”, First of Century, Marks Closest Approach to Earth in 68 Years
Charisma News noted the auspicious date of the previous super-supermoon in 1948 and asked if tonight’s sighting, falling six days after the US election, signalled a watershed moment for Israel’s future. It quoted the Bible, noting that celestial events could be interpreted as signs of divine will.


The Briefing 11-15-16

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Geography, demographics, and worldview: Sorting through the aftermath of the 2016 election

Hollywood in mourning: For America’s cultural elites, election night was a disaster

Academic elites at Harvard reflect on radical ideological uniformity in wake of election

The Battle of Ideas: “Elections determine who takes power, not who offers the truth.”

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What Donald Trump Just Did Is Going To Have Social Conservatives In A State Of Complete Shock

donald-trump-thumbs-up-trump-presidential-transition-teamThis is NOT what most social conservatives were expecting. Like millions of other Americans, I greatly celebrated when Donald Trump pulled off a miracle on election night. But within a week of his stunning election victory, many social conservatives already feel like they are being stabbed in the back. On Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a post-election interview with Trump in which he explained that his stance on gay marriage is that it is “settled” and that he has no plans to try to overturn the Supreme Court decision legalizing it. According to CNN, this answer “could leave conservatives worried”… (Read More…)


The Election Of Donald Trump Is Already Having An Enormous Impact On The Economy

donald-trump-and-barack-obama-in-the-oval-office-public-domainThe election of Donald Trump has sent shockwaves through the U.S. economy and the U.S. financial system.  Since November 8th, the Dow has hit a brand new all-time record high, the U.S. dollar has strengthened greatly, and bank stocks are way up.  But not all of the economic news is good news.  Unlike stocks, bonds have reacted very negatively to Trump’s election victory.  The past week has been an absolute bloodbath for bond traders, and as you will see below this is going to have dramatic implications for all U.S. consumers moving forward. (Read More….)


MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

NOV. 15, 2016

Obama’s Obnoxious Condescension

His attitude toward Trump is an attempt to preserve his own legacy.

MORE ANALYSIS AT THE PATRIOT POST
Now That the 2016 Election Is in the Rearview Mirror
TOP OPINION
Rich Lowry: America Is Not a Safe Space
Thomas Sowell: What Now?
Cal Thomas: Advising the President-Elect
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TOP HEADLINES AROUND THE WEB
Keith Ellison Enters Race for DNC Chair [nbcnews.com]
Obama Punts Decision on Dakota Access Pipeline [washingtonexaminer.com]
Chicago Vows to Remain Sanctuary City [chicagotribune.com]
UVA Profs: No More Quoting Jefferson [washingtontimes.com]
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TOP QUOTES
QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Pity the anti-Trump protesters thronging the streets of American cities. Apparently, no one ever told them that they live in a geographically, economically and ideologically varied nation, and that about half of its inhabitants might support a Republican candidate for president. They mistook the country for the campus of Oberlin College.” —Rich Lowry


THE FOUNDATION

“In reality there is perhaps no one of our natural Passions so hard to subdue as Pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will now and then peek out and show itself.” —Benjamin Franklin (1771)

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November 15, 2016
WES VERNON — Look, you lefties out there are just going to have to suck it up. The heart and soul of America loves America and rejects the America-haters. That is the essence of what happened Tuesday. We want our country back. You wanted to shove it in the other direction. We (hopefully) have settled that argument…. (more)

November 15, 2016
STEFANI WILLIAMS — Finally, this grueling election is over – – one of the most polarizing and bizarre elections in our nation’s history. Here we had two of the least liked or trusted contenders ever to run for the Oval Office: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Had the Democrats nominated anyone other than Clinton to run against Trump, it’s likely they would have one of their own sitting in the White House on January 20th…. (more)

November 15, 2016
Self-government of the heart makes self-government of the people possible
ALAN KEYES — According to Plutarch, before Rome’s greatest orator, Cicero, began his ultimately ill-starred political career, he consulted the oracle at Delphi. He asked “how he should attain most glory.” Came the answer: “by making his own genius and not the opinion of the people the guide of his life.”… (more)

November 14, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — Aware that their credibility is shot with the American people, the publisher and executive editor of the New York Times sent a “To our readers” note on Friday, saying, “we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism.”… (more)

November 14, 2016

NEWSMAX — President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday chose Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, the favorite of the party’s establishment and a low-key Washington insider, to serve in the influential position of White House chief of staff…. (more)


November 14, 2016
CBS NEWS — The following script is from “The 45th President,” which aired on Nov. 13, 2016. Lesley Stahl is the correspondent. Rich Bonin and Ruth Streeter, producers. During what seemed an interminable campaign, a divided country found all kinds of ways to describe Donald Trump: visionary businessman, vulgar self-promoter, political neophyte. But after Tuesday, for all Americans, there’s only one description that counts: president-elect…. (more)

November 14, 2016

WASHINGTON POST — In three distinct segments last night, “Saturday Night Live” pretty well encapsulated many of liberal America’s reactions to Donald Trump’s election as president. It was a little like working your way through the five stages of grief on live TV…. (more)


November 13, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES — Hillary Clinton on Saturday cast blame for her surprise election loss on the announcement by the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, days before the election that he had revived the inquiry into her use of a private email server…. (more)


November 13, 2016

NEWSMAX — New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. has admitted his paper underestimated Donald Trump’s support among American voters. Sulzberger promises to “rededicate ourselves” to the newspaper’s standards of reporting news “honestly,” but had the “Gray Lady” been fair to start with, it would not need to rededicate itself, New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin said in a Saturday opinion piece…. (more)


November 13, 2016
REUTERS — Kathryn Stellmack expects the world from Donald Trump. After listening to his speeches and casting her vote for him, she expects Trump to toughen immigration laws, restore lost jobs, upend a corrupt political system, build a wall on the border, and be, as the millionaire put it, the “greatest jobs president that God has ever created.”… (more)

November 13, 2016
NEWSMAX — President-elect Donald Trump is being threatened following Tuesday’s election with calls through social media for his assassination, and the Secret Service will likely investigate all threats they deem to be credible ones, according to security sources…. (more)

November 13, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The lame-duck session of Congress that opens Monday will likely be the lamest in recent memory in terms of what it accomplishes, conservative experts say…. (more)

November 12, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — CBS’s “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson asked one of the dumbest questions during the campaign on his November 6 show. He asked Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, “Let me ask you this, before people get lost in the numbers, on the question of [the] Latino vote, it used to be seen by a number of Republicans as something the party had to do to catch up with the future of the country. As the Latino vote grows, do you think Donald Trump has helped or hurt that effort?”… (more)

November 12, 2016

NEWSMAX — President-elect Donald Trump began laying the groundwork on Friday to take office on Jan. 20, 2017, gathering the most loyal advisers from his insurgent campaign and three of his children to plot his transition strategy…. (more)


November 12, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Trump bandwagon is growing quickly as the transition team scrambles to put together a full slate of leaders to fill out the administration and plot an agenda, and is leaving lobbyists on the outskirts. One transition team member, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said an all-hands meeting just before the election was sparsely attended. Wednesday’s meeting had 10 times more people…. (more)

November 12, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., recommended on Friday that President-elect Trump nominate fellow former GOP presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat…. (more)

November 12, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President-elect Donald Trump on Friday identified deregulation of banks as a top priority for his incoming administration in some of his first comments on his policy intentions since winning the presidency…. (more)

November 12, 2016
PHILIP KLEIN — Over the course of nearly six years, Republicans have passed dozens of bills to repeal all or part of Obamacare, but they have always been stymied – – first by a Democratic Senate and then by President Obama. As frustrating as this was to conservatives, this reality also came with a political benefit to the GOP: because Republicans knew their moves would eventually be blocked, they were able to tout their efforts to repeal Obamacare without having to deal with the consequences, or wrestle with the hard work of unifying the party around an alternative…. (more)

November 12, 2016
RICH LOWRY — In the course of about six hours, what was supposed to be a Republican existential crisis turned into a Republican wave. What was supposed to be a victory of the coalition of the ascendant became a dispiriting rout of the coalition that didn’t show up…. (more)

November 12, 2016
U.S. NEWS — On Thursday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, held a conference call with devastated staffers that put the rosiest possible frame on a calamitous picture. The message to the dozens of mostly young, sleep-deprived and shell-shocked aides: We did everything we could have. We wouldn’t have changed a thing. You should still be proud…. (more)

November 12, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — There’s little doubt the mainstream media tried to elect Hillary Clinton as president. But they got Donald Trump. The power of the press is legendary and enormous. So, how did that happen?… (more)

November 12, 2016
NEWSMAX — America “dodged the bullet” on Election Day with a rejection of Hillary Clinton, writer and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza told Newsmax TV. In an interview with host Joe Pagliarulo on “The Joe Pags Show,” D’Souza, the author of “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party,” said there was “a terrifying array of forces against” Donald Trump, as well as a “revolt against Trump” within the GOP…. (more)

November 12, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President-elect Trump said he received a call from the husband of his general election rival, former President Bill Clinton, who told him that his campaign was “one of the most amazing he’s ever seen.”… (more)

November 12, 2016
NEWSMAX — Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly’s memoir is due out in days, but a sneak peek reveals how she got violently ill before moderating what turned out to be an infamous Republican presidential debate, the New York Times reported…. (more)

November 11, 2016
NEWSMAX — Donald Trump’s election has completely eradicated President Barack Obama’s legacy, which was dependent on Hillary Clinton winning the White House, conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer said. “Obama’s legacy is toast; it’s gone,” Krauthammer said Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File.”… (more)

Top Headlines – 11/15/2016

  • Biggest Global Bond Rout Since 2003 Pauses (Read More)
  • Oil prices jump 3 percent on hopes of OPEC output cut (Read More)
  • Italy polls get worse for Renzi as referendum nears (Read More)
  • Trump will get wake-up call when he takes office, Obama says (Read More)
  • With Priebus, Ryan’s Speakership Has Direct Channel to Trump (Read More)
  • Supreme Court now in Trump’s hands (Read More)
  • Trump could return Iraq war boosters to power (Read More)
  • 2016’s battle for Senate: Crushing the Tea Party (Read More)
  • NATO says Crimea still a concern, day after Trump-Putin call (Read More)
  • Thousands of students carry protests against Trump into second week (Read More)
  • U.S. Businesses Bet on Which Trump Will Govern (Read More)
  • Carney Says U.K. Inflation Slowdown Doesn’t Change Outlook (Read More)
  • Giuliani: Defeating ISIS Is an Early Focus for Trump (Read More)
  • Schumer under pressure to add Sanders to leadership team (Read More)
  • German Cooling, Italy Rebound Keep Euro-Area Growth at 0.3% (Read More)
  • Dirty Linen: Bed Sheets Scandal Hits the Cotton Industry (Read More)
  • 76 national security experts urge Trump to keep Iran deal (Read More)
  • Trump Win Dims Greek Debt-Relief Expectations From Obama Visit (Read More)
  • Hong Kong court, in line with China ruling, bars pro-independence lawmakers (Read More)
  • Berkshire Hathaway Discloses New Investments in Airlines, Slashes Wal-Mart Holdings (Read More)
  • World’s Biggest Real Estate Frenzy Is Coming to a City Near You (Read More)
  • Apple’s Smart Glasses Could Be Here by 2018 (Read More)
  • Egyptian court overturns ex-president Mursi’s death sentence (Read More)
  • Multinational firms dumping Venezuela operations in fire sales (Read More)

Settlements bill puts Israel on collision course with Obama

US slams proposed Israeli bill on settlements as ‘troubling step’

A Small Settlement is Provoking a Constitutional Crisis of Sorts in Israel – and Could Impact U.S. Ties

Israel’s Right, Cheering Donald Trump’s Win, Renews Calls to Abandon 2-State Solution

Israeli minister: Trump election is time to ‘reset’ policies

Palestinian U.N. Ambassador: We’ll Use ‘Weapons That We Have in U.N.’ If Trump Moves U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

Israeli bill to muffle Muslim call to prayer stokes tempers on all sides

Arab MKs perfom Muslim call to prayer in Knesset

Jewish federations call for Western Wall deal to be fully implemented

Israel to launch major expedition to find Dead Sea Scrolls

Israeli bill to muffle Muslim call to prayer stokes tempers on all sides

UN health agency gives Israel top marks for disaster relief

Israel, Turkey get down to details on gas pipeline

Erdogan: Turkey could put EU talks to a referendum next year

Turkey’s NTV: Explosion in Istanbul suburb wounds ten

Turkey temporarily closes Syrian border gate after clashes

Shadowy Hamas official with ties to Iran tapped to lead Gaza

Syrian refugees regret move to Gaza

UN peacekeepers return to Syrian side of Golan Heights

Opposition-held area in Damascus hit barrel bombs

Aleppo residents terrified after text message: leave or die

Rebels shell Syrian Army with poison gas in Aleppo, scores injured – military

Mosul hospitals ‘overwhelmed’ by child casualties

Suicide Bombers Kill 12 in Iraqi Cities of Fallujah, Karbala

Kurdish All-Female Militia Launches Offensive Against ISIS to Avenge Sex Slaves

Russian Jet Crashes Off Syria While Trying to Land on Carrier Kuznetsov

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin hold first conversation and vow new US-Russia partnership to tackle international terrorism

Kremlin spokesman: Putin may discuss Syria with Obama in Peru

EU will maintain Russia policies, even if US changes course – Mogherini

Jihadists say Trump victory a rallying call for new recruits

US forces may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan, international prosecutors say

Russia may sell Iran $10 billion worth of tanks and jets in new arms deal

Trump will inherit ‘full tool set’ to hammer Iran, says Treasury official

EU ministers reaffirm Iran deal in face of Trump presidency

EU says to stick to Iran rapprochement despite Trump’s criticism

76 Experts Urge Donald Trump to Keep Iran Deal

11 Arab nations accuse Iran of sponsoring ‘terrorism’

Report warns of Asia arms race if Trump withdraws US forces

U.S. on alert for new nuclear or missile test by North Korea

Obama: Trump committed to NATO alliance; Dems should reflect on election loss

White House expects Trump to uphold US treaties

Yes, Trump will have broad power to crack down on immigration

Agents Brace for Pre-Trump Border Surge

LAPD will not help deport immigrants under Trump, chief says

Emanuel Tells Undocumented Immigrants Chicago ‘Always Will Be A Sanctuary City’

Mexico moves to help migrants after Trump win

Rise in racist incidents points to Trump-emboldened backlash

Hate crimes against Muslims up 67 percent in 2015, FBI says

Questionable reports of Trump-fueled violence proliferate on social media

Anti-Trump message takes darker turn with calls for assassination

British journalist calls for assassination of President Trump

University of Michigan cancels plan to help students ‘cope’ with Trump using coloring books, Play-Doh and bubbles

Rush: Trump Would Win Popular Vote If Needed

God Uses Strong Christian Support to Place Donald Trump in the White House

Jews, Muslims ramp up alliances in wake of Trump’s election

Meet the Jews in Donald Trump’s inner circle

In Trump’s orbit, Jewish son-in-law expected to stay a power center

Stephen K. Bannon: Friend of the Jewish People, Defender of Israel

Anti-Bannon Hysteria More Evidence Left Has Lost Touch with American People

Priebus’ first role is defending colleague Bannon from accusations of racism, hate

Giuliani emerges as favorite for Trump’s secretary of state

Insiders describe ‘knife fight’ over Trump cabinet picks

Congress reconvenes, grappling with new world order

Blind ‘Nostradamus of the Balkans’ predicted Obama would be the last President

Here’s why President Obama is unlikely to pardon Hillary Clinton

Election’s over but WikiLeaks founder Assange still without internet

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange questioned on Swedish rape allegations

Soros And Liberal Mega-Donors Plot For War With Donald Trump

U.S. Workers to Lose in China Trade War

China fires its first warning shot, warning iPhone sales will suffer if Trump starts a trade war

Trump Tech Meltdown Hits Fourth Day With Amazon Cut by $35 Billion

Dow posts 6-day winning streak, closes at record high despite tech fall

Russia’s economy minister detained, investigated over alleged $2mn bribe linked to big oil deal

Oil pipeline protests planned nationwide

Brexit plan is ‘months away’ as civil service needs 30,000 extra staff to cope with workload, according to leaked memo

TSA abandons PreCheck expansion search over cybersecurity concerns

Online freedom hit by pressure on social media, apps

Two-thirds of the world’s internet users live under government censorship: report

Molecules you leave on your phone can reveal intimate lifestyle secrets

Australian telescope joins $100 million search for alien life

Sunday Night ‘Supermoon’ Wows Skywatchers (Photos)

How will tonight’s moon affect human behaviour?

Mysterious green and blue flashes appeared as New Zealand earthquake struck

Double tectonic shifts may have teamed in New Zealand quake: experts

‘Like living on a waking dragon’: New Zealanders count cost of earthquake

Thousands stranded in New Zealand after earthquakes

Earthquake: More cows stranded on an outcrop of land after three saved video

‘Utter devastation’ after major quake, aftershocks hit New Zealand

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Kaikoura, New Zealand

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Blenheim, New Zealand

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kaikoura, New Zealand

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Chernabura Island, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Blenheim, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kaikoura, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kashima-shi, Japan

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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.


Do You Know Him?


What Is the Gospel?

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

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

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


The Gospel In A Nutshell

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

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


What Is the Gospel?

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


A Message from God

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

Why Is the Gospel Good News?

So, what is the good news about Jesus Christ?

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

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

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

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

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

God

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

Mankind

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

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

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

But . . .

Jesus Christ

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

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

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

Our Response

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

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

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


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


This is the Gospel:

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

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

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

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

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


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Who do you think that I am?

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

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

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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

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

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

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

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


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