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November 16, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Obama summoned the imagery of ancient Greece to call for the world’s democracies to pull together and confront the “enormous disruptions” of globalization in the face of a backlash that has ushered in Brexit and the U.S. election of Donald J. Trump. In what is likely to stand as his final major address overseas, Obama in Athens invoked the roots of western civilization forged 25 centuries ago by philosophers such as Socrates and Aristotle, giving rise to concepts of individual freedom, equality and rule of the people. Yet in today’s world, looking to the recent past for answers to economic challenges probably won’t work.

A confluence of post-crisis regulation, diverging monetary policies and money market reform is said to have restricted the availability of dollar funding, with the cost to convert local currency payments into dollars reaching its highest levels in about three years for both the euro and the Japanese yen – despite abundant levels of global liquidity. That trend could be made “permanent” under a Trump regime, Deutsche Bank says, as the President-elect’s policies reduce the movement of capital around the globe and spark another round of cross-border deleveraging.

Add another credit indicator to the financial warning signs flashing in China. The adjusted loan-to-deposit ratio, which includes a range of off-balance sheet items and is an indicator of the banking system’s ability to weather stress, climbed to 80 percent as of June 30, according to S&P Global Ratings. For some smaller lenders, the ratio has already topped 100 percent, S&P estimates.

In a troubled oil world, the Permian Basin is the gift that keeps on giving. One portion of the giant field, known as the Wolfcamp formation, was found to hold 20 billion barrels of oil trapped in four layers of shale beneath the desert in West Texas, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a report on Tuesday. That’s almost three times larger than North Dakota’s Bakken play and the single largest U.S. unconventional crude accumulation ever assessed. At current prices, that oil is worth almost $900 billion.

Traders assign about a 94 percent probability, the highest level this year, to a Fed boost at its final meeting for the year on Dec. 13-14, futures contracts indicate. Trump’s spending plans, and Republican control of Congress, are causing the market to revise higher its outlook for the pace of Fed rate increases.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore is poised to become the latest central bank to test its own digital currency, which it will use in a trial of a blockchain-driven system for interbank payments.

AP Top Stories

Days after helping to capture the Iraqi town of Bashiqa northeast of Mosul, Syrian Kurdish fighters walk proudly past the corpses of Islamic State combatants still lying in the ruins.

Global temperatures are soaring toward a record high this year, the U.N. weather agency said Monday, while another report showed emissions of a key global warming gas have flattened out in the past three years.

India is to use indelible ink to prevent people from exchanging old notes more than once, the government said Tuesday, a week after the withdrawal of high-value banknotes from circulation in a crackdown on “black money”.

Austria does not need to implement an emergency cap on asylum seekers at the moment because the number of refugees entering the country has waned, Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said.

Florida saw a significant spike in murders after enacting a “Stand Your Ground” law allowing people to use lethal force in self-defense in public or on private property, international researchers said Monday.

A measure that would make Denver the first city in the United States to legalize the use of marijuana in such venues as clubs, bars and restaurants is expected to get enough votes to pass, backers and opponents of the initiative said on Tuesday.

U.S. aviation startup Boom Technology is aiming for its first supersonic commercial flights next decade.

Russian media reported Monday that Moscow and Tehran are negotiating an arms deal worth about $10 billion through which Russia would send a massive supply of military equipment to its Middle Eastern ally.

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More Americans now die from drugs than from guns or in car accidents, and increasingly, the victims are young, white and middle class.

Australian, Canadian and US warships are helping with evacuations and supplying aid to the New Zealand town of Kaikoura after a series of tremors.

Cuba has pardoned 787 prisoners in response to a call by Pope Francis to consider granting inmates amnesty.

US carmaker Ford is pushing ahead with plans to move some production to Mexico despite a threat by President-elect Donald Trump to impose hefty tariffs.

The European Commission has warned that eight eurozone countries (Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Lithuania and Slovenia) are at risk of breaking EU rules because of excessive budget deficits.

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

New evidence suggests China is engaged in large-scale forced organ harvesting, killing prisoners of conscience, including many Christians, and selling their organs on the lucrative international market.

Women who have things mansplained to them in the workplace can now report it to a dedicated hotline. Unionen, Sweden’s largest union, is encouraging members to call up when male colleagues give them unsolicited lectures on things they already understand.


Top News – 11/16/2016

Rep. Jason Chaffetz: I Will Continue to Investigate Clinton! FBI Director James Comey Likely To Be Replaced By President Trump
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Here Are The Early Favorites For Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee
Though it’s difficult to assess who Trump might pick from the list of possible candidates his campaign compiled during the general election, some Court-watchers are placing bets on the early favorites.

It’s us or them’ Cheers as Sarkozy lashes out at Islamists ahead of French elections
Speaking to thousands of cheering supporters in Nice on Tuesday night, the right-wing candidate lashed out at François Hollande’s flailing Socialist government, and presented himself as the saviour of France before promising to “re-establish authority”.

Trump’s Choice of Stephen Bannon is Nod to Anti-Washington Base
In naming Stephen K. Bannon to a senior White House post, President-elect Donald J. Trump has elevated the hard-right nationalist movement that Mr. Bannon has nurtured for years from the fringes of American politics to its very heart…

Is Trump the Prophesied Leader Who Will Unite Christians Against Radical Islam?
“The Malbim wrote that before the coming of the Messiah, the world will separate into two groups: the Bnei Yishmael (Muslims), and the Bnei Edom (Christians),” “According to the prophecy, the Bnei Yishmael will join together, and the Christians will remain calm, even apathetic, despite the obvious threat.”

State Dept on ‘Illegal Settlements’: Jews Bad, Arabs Good
building Jewish homes in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem without legal authorization is “corrosive to peace,” while building illegal Arab homes in the same territory is not only a good thing, demolishing them is also corrosive to peace.

Russia’s Non-Participation in ICC Rome Statute Explained by National Interests
Russia’s decision to not take part in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is explained by national interests…

Report: Hillary ‘physically violent’ after losing
Hillary Clinton lost her composure entirely when her loss to Donald Trump became evident, “crying” so much that it was “hard to understand what she was saying.” Klein said she even turned combative against her staff. “Is it any wonder that so many of her followers are emulating Clinton’s behavior, going on full-fledged temper tantrums and riots, shedding massive amounts of tears because the election didn’t go the way they wanted it to?”

Immigration hardliner says Trump team preparing plans for wall, mulling Muslim registry
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped write tough immigration laws in Arizona and elsewhere, said in an interview that Trump’s policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.

Turkey taps new ambassador to Israel, closing in on full renewal of ties
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces envoy to Tel Aviv in reciprocal move after Israel nominated its ambassador to Ankara.

New administration will be willing to alter American policy – Trump adviser Woolsey to RT
“Positive change” under the Trump presidency can spread across US borders, Woolsey said, stating that “there are opportunities for former adversaries such as the US and Russia to work together on some things,” particularly noting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Comments by Brian Tamaki blaming gays, murderers and sinners for earthquakes called ‘ridiculous’
Bishop Brian Tamaki’s comments about the cause of the devastating earthquakes that struck the country have been labelled “ridiculous” by John Key, while the mayor of Kaikoura called them “pathetic”. In a Destiny Church sermon on Sunday, before Monday morning’s quake struck killing two and leaving thousands stranded, Tamaki said “sexual perversion” was to blame for natural disasters.

Angela Merkel signals key concession on freedom of movement as Canada hints at trade deal with post-Brexit Britain, plus PMQs live
In comments seen as a significant shift, the German Chancellor suggested that the European Union needs to “discuss further” the rules around freedom of movement. It suggests for the first time that Britain may be able to gain full control of its borders while still retaining access to the single market.

Turkey appoints ambassador to Israel
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Kemal Okem as the country’s ambassador to Israel on Wednesday. The nomination comes just 24 hours after Israel appointed 53-year-old Eitan Na’eh as the ambassador to Turkey, the first appointment since the reconciliation agreement was signed in June.

CRISPR gene-editing tested in a person for the first time
A Chinese group has become the first to inject a person with cells that contain genes edited using the revolutionary CRISPR–Cas9 technique. On 28 October, a team led by oncologist Lu You at Sichuan University in Chengdu delivered the modified cells into a patient with aggressive lung cancer as part of a clinical trial at the West China Hospital, also in Chengdu.

France’s Sarkozy Urges Tax On US Goods If Trump Exits Paris Deal
Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy suggested Europe impose a carbon tax on all U.S. products if President-elect Donald Trump pulled the country out of the Paris climate change agreement. Over 100 countries have ratified the 2015 Paris deal to curb carbon emissions in an effort to tackle climate change. Trump, a climate change denier, promised to withdraw from the agreement during his campaign.

Most of arrested Portland protesters are from Oregon
Most of the 112 protesters arrested in Portland last week didn’t vote in Oregon, according to state election records. Approximately 30 percent did cast a ballot in Oregon or in another state. At least seventy-nine demonstrators either didn’t turn in a ballot or weren’t registered to vote in the state.

Google, Facebook move to restrict ads on fake news sites
Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) and Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Monday announced measures aimed at halting the spread of “fake news” on the internet… Google said it is working on a policy change to prevent websites that misrepresent content from using its AdSense advertising network, while Facebook updated its advertising policies to spell out that its ban on deceptive and misleading content applies to fake news.

Nigeria Boko Haram: 75,000 children ‘risk dying of hunger’
Some 75,000 children in north-eastern Nigeria risk dying of hunger in “the few months ahead”, the UN says. UN humanitarian co-ordinator Peter Lundberg said that overall 14 million people needed humanitarian assistance in a region that was the former stronghold of Boko Haram militants.

House extends Iran sanctions giving Trump leverage over nuclear violations
The US House of Representatives approved an extension for 10 years of Iran sanctions, including many currently under waiver as part of the Iran nuclear deal, a move that could pave the way for President-elect Donald Trump to pull out of the deal. The bill approved late Tuesday by the House simply extends existing Iran sanctions for a decade, to the end of 2026. They were due to expire on Dec. 31, 2016.

First India, Now Australia Should Abolish Big Bank-Notes According To UBS
Despite widespread chaos, bank runs, tumbling currency, and economic uncertainty in India following its surprise announcement last week, UBS analysts think Australia should follow India’s lead and scrap its biggest bank notes, extending the war on cash further across the globe.

Illegals demand Obama issue mass pardons amid Trump deportation fears
Illegal immigrants are preparing to ask President Obama to pardon some 750,000 Dreamers, saying such a move is their last, best hope to stave off what they fear will be a wave of deportations once Donald Trump takes the Oval Office. Community leaders have planned a rally in New York on Wednesday to make the request.

Most Voters Saw, Rejected News Media Bias
7 in 10 (69%) voters do not believe the news media are honest and truthful. 8 in 10 (78%) of voters believe the news coverage of the presidential campaign was biased, with nearly a 3-to-1

U.S. says war crimes probe of U.S. forces in Afghanistan unwarranted
An International Criminal Court investigation of possible war crimes by U.S. forces in Afghanistan is not “warranted or appropriate,” the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday after prosecutors in The Hague found initial grounds for such a probe.

Cliff Barrows, longtime associate of Billy Graham, dies at 93
Cliff Barrows, who provided the soundtrack for Billy Graham’s global crusades for decades and remained a close friend to the Charlotte-born evangelist, died Tuesday at Carolinas HealthCare System-Pineville after a brief illness. He was 93.


The Drought That Was Prophesied To Hit The Southern United States Is Now Here

us-drought-monitor-november-8-2016A record-setting drought has gripped the southern United States, but most people have no idea that this drought is the fulfillment of a prophecy that was given four years ago. Back in 2008, John Paul Jackson released a DVD entitled “The Perfect Storm” in which he detailed many of the prophetic events that God showed him would soon come to America. In 2012, he released a video update to “The Perfect Storm” that you can view on YouTube right here. In that update, he shared a list of future headlines that God had revealed to him over the years. Some of these headlines have already happened since that time, and now we are watching another be fulfilled right in front of our eyes. (Read More…)


11 Very Depressing Economic Realities That Donald Trump Will Inherit From Barack Obama

donald-trump-and-barack-obama-talking-in-the-oval-office-public-domainIt would be a grave mistake to understate the amount of damage that has been done to the U.S. economy over the past eight years.  In this article, I am going to share some economic numbers with you that are extremely sobering.  Anyone that takes a cold, hard, honest look at the numbers should be able to see that our economy is in terrible shape.  Unfortunately, the way that we see things is often clouded by our political views.  Up until the election, Democrats were far more likely then Republicans to believe that the economy was improving, but now that is in the process of completely reversing.  According to Gallup, only 16 percent of Republicans believed that the economy was getting better before the election, but that number has suddenly jumped to 49 percent after Trump’s election victory.  And the percentage of Democrats that believe that the economy is getting better fell from 61 percent to 46 percent after the election.  Here are some additional details from Gallup(Read More….)


The Briefing 11-16-16


Top Headlines – 11/16/2016

  • U.S. stock futures slip as post-election rally slows (Read More)
  • Pence Ousts Lobbyists From Transition Team (Read More)
  • Infighting hits Trump’s foreign policy transition (Read More)
  • Trump’s Win and Transition Turmoil Buy Time for FBI Chief Comey (Read More)
  • Elizabeth Warren Sends Donald Trump Letter Criticizing Transition Team’s Wall Street Ties (Read More)
  • Saudi Arabia set to reveal depth of oil reserves (Read More)
  • China Discovers the Price of Global Power: Soldiers Returning in Caskets (Read More)
  • Populism Takes Over the World (Read More)
  • Citadel looking into becoming a Treasury primary dealer (Read More)
  • Snapchat Files for $25 Billion IPO (Read More)
  • French Election Turns on Issue of Identity (Read More)
  • Former Wall Street boss forks over $500K to settle dispute (Read More)
  • Almost 500 migrants reach Italy, more deaths reported at sea (Read More)
  • Kerry arrives at climate negotiations overshadowed by Trump (Read More)
  • Fake Content Pressures Facebook, Google (Read More)
  • Another Financial Warning Sign Is Flashing in China (Read More)
  • How Hedging and a Certain Someone Upended the Peso (Read More)
  • Here are some SEC rules that may weaken under Trump (Read More)
  • Fed’s Bullard Leans Toward Backing December Rate Rise (Read More)
  • Macron Declares Bid for French Presidency as Pro-EU Liberal (Read More)
  • Sanctuary-City Mayors Gird for Fight as Trump Threatens Budgets (Read More)
  • The Best and Worst Countries to Be a Rich CEO (Read More)

Russia Has Long-Term Ambitions In The Middle East: Israeli Official

UN committee votes to condemn Russian occupation of Crimea

NATO says Crimea still a concern, day after Trump-Putin call

Netanyahu: Israel in ‘close contact’ with Moscow to avoid issues over Syria

Aleppo airstrikes restart as Russia announces major Syria offensive

Russia uses aircraft carrier for big attack on Syrian rebels

UN committee strongly condemns Syrian attacks in Aleppo

Hezbollah shows off tanks, missiles in Syria

Iran says intel service confiscated ISIS-linked explosives

Bashar al-Assad says Donald Trump a ‘natural ally’ for Syria alongside Russia and Iran

Syria conflict: Assad hopes for ‘anti-terror ally’ in Trump

UN Syria envoy warns of terror risk if Assad wins total military victory

While Assad bans aid deliveries, UN tells agencies to cut back Syria funding requests

Syria’s food production edging nearer to collapse, UN warns

Nimrud: Photos show IS destruction of ancient Iraqi city

Iraq’s Yazidi plot rise of rebuilt capital next to city devastated by ISIS

Sanhedrin to Trump-Putin: Fulfill Cyrus-like role in Jerusalem

Netanyahu calls on Obama not to back any new peace moves as term ends

France, Egypt say Israeli settlement bill a risk to two-state solution

Settlers vow resistance against demolition of homes

Trove of 3,600-year-old artifacts found near Judean foothills

Jordan slams bill to ban loud Muslim call to prayer

Israel appoints first ambassador to Turkey since Gaza spat

Turkey’s slide into dictatorship ignored

House Votes to Extend Iran Sanctions in Bid to Ensure Nuclear Compliance

John Kerry says Yemen’s Houthis and Saudi coalition agree to ceasefire

Afghan Officials: Suicide Bomber Kills 4 in Kabul

U.S. says war crimes probe of U.S. forces in Afghanistan unwarranted

Court in Egypt Overturns Mohamed Morsi’s Death Sentence

Air strike targeting militants kills seven in southern Libya

Militants claim bombing of 3 oil pipelines in south Nigeria

UN says 75,000 children in Nigeria risk dying in ‘months’

‘Islamist hyperextremism’ could bring world to brink of catastrophe – report

Terror attacks in developed world surge 650% in one year

Disneyland Paris sees record low attendance amid terrorism concerns

Greek police use tear gas, stun grenades to quell anti-Obama protesters in Athens

Obama offers Greeks reassurance about US commitment to NATO

Report: Cities nationwide enacting more policies to criminalize homelessness

Gutfeld Rips ‘Moron’ Emanuel for Declaring Chicago Will Always Be a Sanctuary City

Illegals demand Obama issue mass pardons amid Trump deportation fears

Donald Trump reverses himself on the electoral college, says he could have won the popular vote

Tech CEO who vowed to murder Donald Trump with a sniper rifle resigns

Reid resumes attacks on Trump, says election ‘sparked a wave of hate crimes’

FBI: Legit Hate Crimes More Prevalent in Blue States

Is Planned Parenthood affiliate fueling anti-Trump protests?

Some New York City students allowed to skip class to join in Trump protests

79 Anti-Trump Protesters Arrested Didn’t Vote in Election

New Yorkers build walls of sticky notes in defiance of Trump

After complaints, Trump-branded buildings being renamed

Donald Trump’s secret ‘God vote’

Hopeful and relieved, conservative white evangelicals see Trump’s win as their own

How Trump Could Spell Trouble for the Fed

Cabinet split threatens to derail May’s Brexit talks

Top tax-writing Republican says TPP trade deal not dead in Congress

Pence removing lobbyists from Trump transition team

Republican leaders to Obama administration: Stop enacting new regulations

Fight looms between ‘fired up’ Obama and Trump over regulatory rollback

Obama warns against ‘a crude sort of nationalism’ taking root in the U.S.

Soros bands with donors to resist Trump, ‘take back power’

Chinese media praise Trump’s ‘experience and ideology’

Congressional Clinton probes will go forward post-election, GOP lawmakers say

Facebook and Google move to kick fake news sites off their ad networks

Twitter Finally Answers Critics, Adding Tools to Curb Abuse and Harassment

FBI gains access to tweet-mining app despite Twitter snooping ban

Android backdoor is secretly sending user data and texts to China, and no one knows why

Secrets Of Online Shopping Discrimination

Virtual Reality Headsets Concern Doctors

Biggest Spike in Traffic Deaths in 50 Years? Blame Apps

AT&T And NASA To Build National Drone Tracking System

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Pangai, Tonga

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Jarm, Afghanistan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Bouvet Island, Bouvet Island

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Blenheim, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 39,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 22,000ft

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

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,500ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 15,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Langila volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 14,000ft

Dukono volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

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

Tornado, flooding continue to batter a stormy South Africa

20,000 evacuated amid relentless rain in Dominican Republic

Tehran shuts schools as thick smog is linked to hundreds of deaths

Swimmers brave first Dead Sea crossing in eco campaign

At U.N. Meeting, Diplomats Worry Trump Could Cripple Climate Pact

France, UN tell Trump action on climate change unstoppable

France’s Sarkozy Urges Tax On US Goods If Trump Exits Paris Deal

Zika Virus Teams Up With Other Viruses to Sicken People

CRISPR gene-editing tested in a person for the first time

How I became a cyborg and joined an underground medical movement

Study: Obamacare Premiums to Increase 27%

VA Scraps Rule to Allow Sex-Change Surgeries Over Funding

Tinder Launches Transgender-Inclusive Update, Allowing Users to Select Personalized Gender Identity

‘They Beat My Husband As We Pleaded For Them To Stop’: New Film Highlights Persecution Of Christians Around The World

Contemplative Prayer – Is Christianity Missing Out on Something Vital?

Cliff Barrows, longtime music director for Billy Graham, dies at 93

Trial Pushed Back For Former Pastor Charged in Wife’s Stabbing Death

Canada – Nursing Home Euthanizes Woman Who Only Had a Bladder Infection

Indiana University Caught Paying $200 for Brains of Aborted Babies for Research

Biggest Political Upset in American History Poised to Shift US Supreme Court

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 08:04 AM PST

Uniting a diverse coalition of blue-collar workers, pro-life advocates and people of all backgrounds, last week Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the U.S. election—becoming…

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Trump: A ‘Wrecking Ball’ for Political Correctness

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 08:00 AM PST

Author and speaker Lance Wallnau met with Donald Trump several months before the election. “I had the strangest sense that I was dealing with something…

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Lawmakers Mark ‘National Bible Week’ on House Floor

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 07:57 AM PST

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of National Bible Week (Nov. 13-19), several lawmakers shared some of their favorite Scriptures and talked about the Word…

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AMERICA GREAT AGAIN? Dollar hits 14-year high as Trump-fueled bond sell-off resumes

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 07:49 AM PST

The dollar hit a 14-year high against a basket of currencies on Wednesday as a post-U.S. election sell-off resumed across global bond markets, lifting Treasury…

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Twitter suspends Alt-Right accounts

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 07:47 AM PST

Twitter suspended a number of accounts associated with the alt-right movement, the same day the social media service said it would crack down on hate…

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Donald Trump, the Election and the Spirit of the Antichrist

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 06:12 AM PST

(By Bert Farias) As I’ve watched the media coverage of Trump protesters on the streets of America I’ve realized something. Many professing Christians are acting…

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Russia quits International Criminal Court

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 06:08 AM PST

Moscow said Wednesday it is formally withdrawing its signature from the founding statute of the International Criminal Court, saying the tribunal has failed to live…

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Two volcanoes erupt simultaneously in Peru – A first time for the country

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 06:04 AM PST

This is the first time, two volcanoes erupt simultaneously in Peru. Sabancaya and Ubinas volcanoes are separated by a distance of 100 kilometers, have different…

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Over 1,250 dead waterbirds found near Edam, Netherlands

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:59 AM PST

Over 1,250 dead birds have been found in the province of Noord-Holland in the past week, increasing fears that bird flu has taken hold in…

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The Drought That Was Prophesied To Hit The Southern United States Is Now Here

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:47 AM PST

(Reported By Michael Snyder) A record-setting drought has gripped the southern United States, but most people have no idea that this drought is the fulfillment…

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Researchers identify antibody that neutralizes 98% of HIV strains

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:40 AM PST

An antibody from an HIV-infected person has successfully neutralized 98 percent of HIV isolates tested, including the lion’s share of strains resistant to other antibodies…

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Homeland Security Warns Of Holiday Threat…

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:35 AM PST

U.S. officials issued a somber warning today that the coming holiday season could mean “opportunities for violent extremists” to strike, especially as terror groups are…

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China Pushes For Global “Internet Rules”

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:32 AM PST

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater cooperation among nations in developing and governing the internet, while reiterating the need to respect so-called…

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Streisand Urges Obama to Bypass Congress and Appoint Supreme Court justice Now!

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:28 AM PST

Singer Barbra Streisand, a major Hillary Clinton supporter and one of Hollywood’s most outspoken leftist activists, is calling on President Obama to bypass Congress and…

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Mayor de Blasio urges all Americans to continue protesting Trump

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 05:09 PM PST

Pointing to Donald Trump’s recent comments on abortion and controversial appointment of an extremist right favorite to the White House, Mayor de Blasio on Monday…

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Netanyahu asks Obama not to make any Israeli-Palestinian moves in final weeks of term

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 04:59 PM PST

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said he hoped President Barack Obama would not back any new U.N. initiatives on Palestinian-Israeli peace in the final…

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GOG AND MAGOG: Russia and Iran in talks for $10 billion military deal

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 04:46 PM PST

Russia and Iran are currently in talks over a $10 billion military deal which would include the transfer of advanced weapons and hardware to Iran,…

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Max Lucado Says His Church Is Scared of Donald Trump

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 04:42 PM PST

During a recent interview with Premier Radio’s Loretta Andrews, Pastor Max Lucado said there are several people in his church who are now afraid because…

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Scientists Discover Musical Complexity in Birds That ‘Utterly Defies Evolutionary Predictions’

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 02:37 PM PST

Scientists have found that many birds exhibit strikingly human-like musical principles in their songs—a revelation that may be difficult for evolutionists to explain. In a…

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Baptist Convention Issues Warning After Congregation Votes to Allow Openly ‘Gay’ Members and Leaders

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 02:35 PM PST

The Baptist General Convention of Texas has sent a warning letter to a congregation in Dallas that recently voted to allow open homosexuals as members…

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Liberals Are Deamanding People To Stop Congratulating Engaged Couples

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 02:18 PM PST

A fashionable liberal cultural dictum states that congratulating a newly engaged couple should be avoided, because it draws attention to the failure of others to…

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Saudi warns Trump on blocking oil imports…

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 11:18 AM PST

Saudi Arabia has warned Donald Trump that the incoming US president will risk the health of his country’s economy if he acts on his election…

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AT&T and NASA To Build National Drone Tracking System…

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 11:09 AM PST

The largest telecommunications company in the world wants to serve as a watchdog for all drones in the United States — and in the process,…

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Obama Warns Of World War III; Civil War in Response to Populist Uprising

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 10:56 AM PST

President Barack Obama is warning the world and America about a rising populism that he says is sweeping the planet, urging people to be vigilant…

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Organizer Says Anti-Trump Protests Could Last Four Years

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 10:52 AM PST

The man behind a series of protests meant to get the attention of President-elect Donald Trump said there is no reason to believe they won’t…

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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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Responding to the Effeminacy of the Culture and Its Tantrums

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After reading this article addressing the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations for Trumptraumatic stress disorder, I’d like to share my thoughts as to why the children of the Left are in epic meltdown.

It is Leftist ideology, which Scripture identifies as futile thinking (Romans 1:18-25; Ephesians 4:17-19; 1 Peter 4:3-5), that has produced such rational, logical, and emotional imbalances in our land. This “futility of the mind” results in entitlement, tantrums as two year olds, and the riots of radicals and thugs. It is a worldly thinking rooted in darkened, foolish hearts that asserts change requires aggression against their neighbor in the form of looting, vandalism, verbal abuse, psychological and emotional manipulation, physical abuse, and even cold-blooded murder.

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