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November 21, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Nov. 21, 2016 |

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President Obama offered a depressing prognosis on Sunday for the bloody Syrian civil war, saying Russian and Iranian intervention on behalf of the country’s leader, Bashar al-Assad, has stymied any hope for peace.

President Obama said he didn’t discuss alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election in a four-minute meeting with Vladimir Putin in Lima, an encounter that’s likely the last between two leaders divided by Ukraine, Syria, human rights and cyber warfare.

A group of House Democrats called on President Obama to pardon about 750,000 young undocumented immigrants who are temporarily shielded from deportation under a 2012 executive order, a move that reflects growing concern about a shift in immigration policy expected after President-elect Donald Trump takes power in January.

Oil extended gains as Iran signaled optimism that OPEC will agree to a supply-cut deal and Iraq said it will offer new proposals to help bolster the group’s unity before members meet in Vienna.

Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors officially moved beyond cars and became a clean-energy company, as shareholders overwhelmingly approved the acquisition of SolarCity Corp. The deal, valued at about $2 billion, will integrate the maker of all-electric cars and batteries with the installer of rooftop solar panels. More than 85 percent of Tesla shares voted in favor of the merger.

America has $55.6 trillion in private financial assets and more millionaires than any other nation in the world by far. Today, more than 8 million households have financial assets of $1 million or more, not including homes or luxury goods, according to Boston Consulting Group. From 2010 to 2015, the number of millionaires jumped by 2.4 million. Another 3.1 million will be created by 2020, BCG estimates, at the pace of 1,700 new American millionaires every day.

Since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed 500- and 1,000-rupee notes from circulation, currency exchange providers in the U.S. have been unable to take the outlawed bills.

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A police officer was killed in Texas and another wounded in Missouri in apparently unrelated ambush-style shootings, while a third officer was shot and wounded in Florida, authorities said on Monday. The latest attacks on U.S. law enforcement revived painful memories of deadly ambushes targeting police in July in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

India is reeling after one of the worst train derailments in recent history. The wreck killed at least 115 people, injuring 150 others, 72 of whom are in critical condition.

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced the head of the journalists’ union and two of its board members to two years in prison and around a $650 fine each for harboring two wanted journalists.

Pope Francis created 17 new cardinals from across the globe on Saturday, elevating them in a time-honored ceremony to an elite body that advises and elects popes.

Iraqi civilians who escaped from the Islamic State group stronghold of Mosul said jihadists forced them from their villages and drove them “like sheep” to use as human shields.

Angela Merkel announced on Sunday she wants to run for a fourth term as German chancellor in next year’s election, a sign of stability after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president.

Intense government air strikes and artillery fire killed at least 27 people on Saturday in rebel-held parts of Syria’s Aleppo, where hospitals have been destroyed and schools forced to close.

The Catholic Church in Rwanda apologized Sunday for the church’s role in the 1994 genocide, in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at Western “bullying” and “hypocrisy” during his first meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and said when it came to alliances, the United States could not be trusted.

Yemen rebels and loyalist forces battled around third city Taez even as a 48-hour ceasefire announced by a Saudi-led coalition fighting the insurgents began following US pressure.

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A suicide bomber has killed at least 27 people at a Shia Muslim mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Many more were wounded in the blast at an annual Shia ceremony at the Baqir ul Olum mosque in the west of the city.

The US city of Bloomington in Indiana has renamed Good Friday and Columbus Day as “Spring Holiday” and “Fall Holiday” to be more “inclusive”.

When a Japanese start-up unveiled the world’s first robot that folds laundry some critics called it ‘ridiculous, frivolous, and a waste of engineering talent’. But electronics giant Panasonic thinks otherwise, and has invested $60m in the project.

A UN proposal to end heavy fighting in the city of Aleppo has been rejected by the Syrian government. Under the plan, rebel-held eastern Aleppo would remain under opposition control if rebel fighters withdrew.

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Pope Francis is giving Catholic priests the power to forgive abortions. “I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life,” he wrote in a letter made public on Monday. “In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father.”

A Swedish fighter for the terror group ISIS claimed over 50,000 Swedish kroner in benefits while living and working in its Raqqa stronghold.

Lance Cpl. Aaron Wixson is looking forward to the day he can attend the annual Marine Corps Ball in the outfit he feels most comfortable in. Last Friday, he wore female Dress Blues to the gala at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. But next year, Wixson hopes to trade in the female uniform for the iconic Dress Blues worn by men — the gender he identifies with even though it’s not the one on his birth certificate.


Top News – 11/21/2016

Pope extends power to forgive abortion to all Roman Catholic priests
Pope Francis on Monday extended indefinitely to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a right previously reserved for bishops or special confessors in most parts of the world. Francis, who has made a more inclusive and forgiving Roman Catholic Church a characteristic of his papacy, made the announcement in a document known as an “apostolic letter”…

‘Hitler Youth’ trend reportedly rising in Great Britain
Compounding concerns is the recent appearance of stickers plastered across the streets of Liverpool proclaiming some neighborhoods to be “Nazicontrolled zones.”

Ancient Secret of Daniel’s 70 Weeks Predicts End of Days Will Come This Year
An obscure 300-year old interpretation of the Book of Daniel presents a precise calculation which indicates the prophet spoke of this year as bringing the end of days. One rabbi agrees, believing that Daniel’s ancient, hidden secrets are being revealed now as never before.

Trump Win to Spur Massive Building Wave in Jerusalem
The election of Donald Trump has led to the fast-tracking of plans to build 1,400 new homes in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo as Israel anticipates an end to the “de facto” building freeze in place during the Obama administration.

Magnitude 4 earthquake shakes Kaohsiung
A magnitude 4.0 earthquake jolted southern Taiwan at 2:38 p.m. Monday and was felt at an intensity of 3 in Taoyuan District of Kaohsiung and 2 in Dapu Township in Chiayi County, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). There were no reports of damage or injuries.

The GOP All Star Team
Trump holds meetings with top Republicans while building next administration. Trump has been in near wall-to-wall meetings with leading Republicans as he looks to fill vacant slots for some of the most high profile cabinet positions, including secretary of state and secretary of defense.

North Texas land owners fight back against federal land seizure
Rob Henneke…describe the legal battle he is waging on behalf of property owners in North Texas whose land is being seized by the Bureau of Land Management… Jacki summarizes the absurd situation neatly: “Overnight, the Feds just show up one day and say, ‘So you thought this was your home, you’ve been paying taxes on it, but really it’s on federal land.

Obama says he may comment as citizen on Trump’s presidency
US President Barack Obama has said he may speak out after leaving office if he feels his successor Donald Trump is threatening core American values. By convention, former presidents tend to leave the political fray and avoid commenting on their successors. Mr Obama said he would give Mr Trump time to outline his vision but added that, as a private citizen, he might speak out on certain issues.

Asia leaders defend trade deals despite Trump stance
Asia-Pacific leaders have said they will pursue free trade deals despite Donald Trump’s US election victory. During the campaign, Mr Trump called for greater protection for US jobs and said he would tear up the Trans-Pacific Partnership – the biggest multinational trade deal in years. But after a two-day summit in Peru, leaders defended the benefits of open markets.

‘Hitler Youth’ trend reportedly rising in Great Britain
A growing number of children across the United Kingdom are being radicalized by far right-wing or neo-Nazi ideology, stoking fears that a new “Hitler Youth” is on the rise, The Daily Mirror reported Monday. Recently released figures by the UK government’s anti-radicalization task-force, “Prevent,” notes that nearly 300 children across Britain have been referred to the agency over the last year.

St. Louis cop ambushed, shot in face twice by wanted man fearing he would be recognized
A wanted man shot a 46-year-old St. Louis cop in the face — twice — fearing he would be recognized while driving alongside the officer on Sunday, authorities said. The on-duty sergeant with St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department was waiting for traffic to move near Hampton and Pernod Aves. around 7:30 p.m. when his assailant drove up to the marked SUV and opened fire, blasting out his window.

ISIS increase use of suicide car bombs in bitter Mosul battle
Battle hardened ISIS fighters are hanging tough inside the city of Mosul as they desperately cling on to their last remaining stronghold in Iraq. Iraqi troops called on heavy coalition air strikes over the weekend to try and aid their push inside the strategic city that has been held by the extremists since 2014.

My people believe U.S. was behind coup attempt
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted on Sunday that “his people” believe the U.S. to be behind the failed military coup that took place in Turkey this past summer.

Nearly 300 detained in Egypt over Sissi assassination plot, Sinai attacks
CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt will try 292 jihadist suspects linked to the Islamic State over plots to assassinate President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and the Saudi crown prince and attacks in the Sinai Peninsula, a prosecution official said Sunday.

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes Argentina
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake rattled western Argentina shortly before 5 p.m. local time on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Shaking was felt in areas as far away as Santiago, the capital of Chile, according to Reuters.

German Evangelicals Renounce Centuries-Old Mission to Convert Jews
The central decision-making body for Germany’s main Protestant church, encompassing 23 million members, passed the resolution declaring that Christians “are not called to show Israel the path to God and his salvation” on November 9 in Magdeburg, Religion News reported. It explained that since God never renounced His covenant with Israel, Jews do not need to embrace the Christian covenant to be saved.


 Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 11/19/2016

Trump on 60 Minutes: Same-Sex Marriage ‘Settled’ and ‘I’m Fine With That’   Nov 14, 2016 07:05 am

trump-60-minutes-compressedPresident-elect Donald Trump told CBS’ “60 Minutes” this past week that he believes the issue of same-sex “marriage” has been “settled” by the U.S. Supreme Court and that he is “fine with that.” The interview, which aired Sunday night, included a variety of topics, such as immigration, abortion and the protests following the election. “One of the groups…

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Texas Baptist Convention Issues Warning After Congregation Votes to Allow Openly ‘Gay’ Members, Leaders   Nov 15, 2016 07:03 am

Photo Credit: Facebook/Wilshire Baptist ChurchPhoto Credit: Facebook/Wilshire Baptist Church DALLAS, Texas — 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 and leaders. According to reports, Wilshire Baptist Church passed a motion 61 percent to allow those in unrepentant homosexual behavior to serve…

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Oregon Official Who Took Down Christian Bakery for Declining Same-Sex ‘Wedding’ Loses Election   Nov 16, 2016 07:02 am

Sweet-CakesPORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon official who ordered a couple to pay heavy emotional damages to two lesbians for declining to create a cake for a same-sex “wedding,” resulting in the eventual shutdown of their bakery, lost his election bid last Tuesday. Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) Commissioner Brad Avakian sought to serve as Oregon’s Secretary of State, but…

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Hillsong’s Carl Lentz Clarifies Answer to Oprah if Only Christians Can Be in Relationship With God   Nov 16, 2016 05:22 pm

Photo credit: InstagramPhoto credit: Instagram Hipster Hillsong NYC leader Carl Lentz recently clarified his response to talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who had asked Lentz on her “Super Soul Sunday” program if only Christians can be in relationship with God. “Do you believe that only Christians can be in a relationship with God?” Winfrey asked in a program that aired on Oct….

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Texas Mother Throws Son Out of House for Voting for Trump in School Election: Video   Nov 12, 2016 11:45 am

boy-compressedA video showing a young boy being told by his mother that he had to take his suitcase and leave because he voted for Trump in the school election is generating outrage nationwide. “Since you voted for Donald Trump, you can get your and get out,” the woman, whose name has not yet been released, declares to her son. “The suitcase is packed by the door,” she…

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Woman Who Used Coat Hanger in Effort to Kill Unborn Son Charged With ‘Attempted Criminal Abortion’   Nov 17, 2016 10:44 am

Yocca-compressedMURFREESBORO, Tenn. — A Tennessee woman who is accused of attempting a coat hanger abortion to kill her unborn son is now facing a charge of “attempted criminal abortion” after prosecutors dropped their original charge of first-degree attempted murder. As previously reported, Anna Yocca, 31, an unmarried mother, reportedly filled her bathtub with water last…

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Scientists Discover Musical Complexity in Birds That ‘Utterly Defies Evolutionary Predictions’   Nov 14, 2016 07:00 am

birdScientists 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 paper published in “Royal Society Open Science,” an international team of researchers share their findings from a thorough analysis of bird songs. The scientists focused on the singing…

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Minnesota Mother Sues After Son Receives Hormone Treatments Without Parental Consent   Nov 18, 2016 09:17 am

mn-compressedMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — A mother in Minnesota has filed a federal lawsuit against state and county officials after her teenage son was granted emancipation without her knowledge or consent and was subsequently provided with hormonal treatment to begin a “gender transition” without her approval. “Last year, without my knowledge or consent, without any court hearings…

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Pop Star Katy Perry Donates $10,000 to Planned Parenthood Over Concerns Org Could Be Defunded   Nov 14, 2016 07:02 am

perry-credit-ali-shaker-voa-compressedPhoto Credit: Ali Shaker/VOA Pop star Katheryn Hudson, who goes by the name Katy Perry, announced on Friday that she had donated $10,000 to Planned Parenthood over concerns that the organization could be defunded by the government under the new presidency. “It’s time to turn words into action,” she wrote on social media. “There are so many steps to take, but…

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Former New Mexico Inmate Sues for Being Prohibited From Practicing Satanism Behind Bars   Nov 13, 2016 05:06 pm

lujan-compressedALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A former prison inmate in New Mexico has filed a federal lawsuit against a chaplain and others for allegedly being prohibited from practicing Satanism while incarcerated. Monica Lujan, a member of the Church of Satan, is suing the Corrections Corporation of America and three of its employees. She had spent three years at the New Mexico…

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We Are Being Set Up For Higher Interest Rates, A Major Recession And A Giant Stock Market Crash

bear-market-bull-market-public-domainSince Donald Trump’s victory on election night we have seen the worst bond crash in 15 years.  Global bond investors have seen trillions of dollars of wealth wiped out since November 8th, and analysts are warning of another tough week ahead.  The general consensus in the investing community is that a Trump administration will mean much higher inflation, and as a result investors are already starting to demand higher interest rates.  Unfortunately for all of us, history has shown that higher interest rates always cause an economic slowdown.  And this makes perfect sense, because economic activity naturally slows down when it becomes more expensive to borrow money.  The Obama administration had already set up the next president for a major recession anyway, but now this bond crash threatens to bring it on sooner rather than later. (Read More….)


Surge of Immigration from Nations with Anti-Western Values

According to PoliZette, an “escalating number of migrants come from countries with illiberal outlooks.” For example, “In India, 73 percent believes it is sometimes acceptable to beat one’s wife, an opinion they apparently share with 65 percent of Iraqis, 61 percent of Egyptians, and 53 percent of Nigerians, according to the survey.” Edmund Kozak warns that,

burkaImmigration to United States from countries with values antithetical to those of the West is surging at an alarming rate, new analysis from the Center for Immigration Studies shows.

A comparison of the immigrant population in the U.S. that exploded between 2010 and 2015, and the cultural values of their home countries as indicated by the World Values Survey, paints a worrying picture of the future of American cultural and social cohesion.

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UK Researchers: Tax Food To Reduce Climate Change

According to Technocracy News:

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For those Technocrats who blame man for global warming, the most direct solution would be to just get rid of man, or at least slow his metabolic growth. Thus, taxing food makes perfect sense.

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A group of researchers in Oxford University, England have suggested that imposing a massive tax on carbon intensive foods – specifically protein rich foods like meat and dairy – could help combat climate change.

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The Briefing 11-21-16

Who’s checking the fact checkers? Fake news and the destabilization of the media

Confrontation between ‘Hamilton’ cast and Pence illustrates our deep cultural chasm in America

Why do some new buildings not have a 13th floor? Modernity’s lingering superstitions

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WEEKEND SNAPSHOT

NOV. 19, 2016
TOP STORIES THIS WEEK
TOP OPINION
Terence Jeffrey: Winning Coalition: Married, Mature, Church-Going, Self-Sufficient
Larry Elder: Just Because ‘Our Guy’ Won
Rich Lowry: America Is Not a Safe Space
More Opinion →
TOP HEADLINES THIS WEEK
Obama Condones Anti-Trump Protests [foxnews.com]
Keith Ellison Enters Race for DNC Chair [nbcnews.com]
Australia Resettling ‘Refugees’ in U.S. [hotair.com]
More Headlines →
QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Appropriately enough, the new virtue signals of tantrum-throwing young leftists stirring up trouble are safety pins — to show ‘solidarity’ with groups supposedly endangered by Donald Trump. Safety pins are also handy — for holding up the government-manufactured diapers in which too many overgrown dependents are swaddled.” —Michelle Malkin

 Top Headlines – 11/21/2016

  • Dollar dips, stocks fall as Trumpflation trade pauses (Read More)
  • A profile of RenTec’s Medallion fund: Inside a Moneymaking Machine Like No Other (Read More)
  • Mattis, Christie, Giuliani in contention for top posts (Read More)
  • Paulson’s Big Long: A Bet on Trump Yields Power and Profit (Read More)
  • Ex-PM Fillon is favorite to win French conservative presidential ticket (Read More)
  • In weekend of deliberation, Mattis favored for Trump Pentagon chief (Read More)
  • Citigroup Leads U.S. Banks Higher in Global Systemic Risk List (Read More)
  • Obama says urges a wait-and-see approach on Trump proposals (Read More)
  • Obama Seeks to Bolster Iran Deal (Read More)
  • Russia to deploy S-400 and Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad: RIA cites senator (Read More)
  • Trump Said to Discuss Treasury Post With Blackstone’s Gray (Read More)
  • Trump’s Offshore Cash Plan Will Benefit Investors Not Jobseekers (Read More)
  • British PM May says knows firms do not want ‘cliff edge’ after Brexit (Read More)
  • Why Saudi Arabia’s Oil Giant Aims to Be Big in Chemicals, Too (Read More)
  • ECB’s Costa says populism, protectionism creating uncertainty (Read More)
  • Advertisers Search for Middle America (Read More)
  • Symantec to Buy LifeLock for $2.3 Billion to Add ID Security (Read More)
  • Boral Buys Headwaters For $1.8 Billion in Infrastructure Bet (Read More)
  • Pope extends power to forgive abortion to all Roman Catholic priests (Read More)
  • Two police officers shot in San Antonio, St. Louis; a suspect killed (Read More)
  • Police clash with North Dakota pipeline protesters, arrest one (Read More)

Bolton warns Obama on Israel action at UN

Lapid: Keep Israel-US disputes behind closed doors

France reportedly backing out of Mideast peace summit following Trump’s election

Netanyahu: Abbas not taking the right steps for reconciliation with Israel

Palestinians call for investigation into Israel at UN climate talks

IDF officer demoted for fleeing terrorist attack

Ex-general says gender integration a leftist scheme to ‘weaken’ IDF

German Protestants officially renounce converting Jews to Christianity

Israel boycotted in Chilean event gathering diplomats’ wives

Record 700 Brazilians to move to Israel in 2016

Water Flow Into Israel’s Lake Kinneret Hits Lowest Rate in 90 Years

Sea of Galilee and rivers dry: “We want to plant, but there’s no water”

Palestinian olive harvest troubles: Is political tourism doing more bad than good?

Infighting clouds upcoming Palestinian leadership gathering

Monkey attack in Libya sparks tribal clashes that kill more than a dozen

Libya’s government faces forced currency devaluation

Egypt thwarts two ISIS-linked assassination attempts on President Sisi

Nearly 300 detained in Egypt over Sissi assassination plot, Sinai attacks

Increasingly paranoid ISIS leader reportedly refuses to sleep without suicide vest

Syrian government refuses UN truce terms for Aleppo

Obama presses Putin on Syria as Aleppo bombed by regime forces

Syria war: Aleppo self-rule plan rejected by government

Rescuers in Aleppo ‘run out of bodybags’ after intense day of bombardment where hospital is attacked

Aleppo Bombs Leave Quarter Million ‘Living in Hell’ and Without Hospital Care

In biblical lands of Iraq, Christianity in peril after ISIS

Iraqi battle for Mosul prompts fears of more sectarian violence

Trump, Though Critical of Nuclear Deal, Could Offer Opportunities for Iran

Russian President Putin says Trump confirmed willing to mend ties

Meeting Putin, Philippines’ Duterte rails at Western ‘hypocrisy’

Erdogan: My people believe U.S. was behind coup attempt

Fed up with EU, Erdogan says Turkey could join Shanghai bloc

Angela Merkel takes on populists as she seeks fourth term in 2017 election

First Brexit, Then Trump. Can Italy Avoid a Populist Uprising in Crucial Referendum?

China pledges further opening as leaders scramble for free trade

Obama defends free trade at Asia-Pacific summit rattled by Trump

Reporter to Obama: Will You Be Like Bush And Not Criticize Your Successor?; Obama: I Will If “Necessary”

Obama: I’ll push back on Trump if needed to defend US ideals

Schumer vows ‘tough vetting’ for Sessions

Pence says no need for apology after ‘Hamilton’ jeers, lecture

New York’s Cuomo unveils rights initiative, says election spawned ‘social crisis’

Police hunting suspect after Texas officer gunned down while writing traffic ticket

Violence in Rio de Janeiro Claims 5 Police, At Least 7 Civilians

Train Derailment in India Kills More Than 100

Kanpur villagers rescue train accident survivors, some rob them

Donald Trump expected to slash Nasa’s climate change budget in favour of sending humans back to the moon – and beyond

Powerful Next-Gen Weather Satellite Launches to Begin Forecasting ‘Revolution’

Earthquakes: Reckoning With ‘The Big One’ in California-and It Just Got Bigger

Kaikoura earthquake: More than 4000 tremors in seven days

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Zonda, Argentina

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hasaki, Japan

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 30,000ft

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

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Storm Angus brings 80mph winds and flooding to UK as thousands are left without power

The Florida Keys approve a trial release of genetically-modified mosquitoes to combat Zika

$800,000 Approved for Planned Parenthood Investigation by Republicans as Defunding Efforts Ramp Up

Detecting the language of suicide: There’s an app for that

Transgender Marine becomes one of first men to serve openly after US military drops ban

Sisters, Jesus Is Not Your Cheerleader

‘I Cannot Carry Your Judgment’: Pregnant and Unwed NYC Pastor Says She Refuses to Be Shamed Out of the Pulpit

Brian Tamaki and Hannah Tamaki strike back in charity row

The Unverifiable Legend of Smith Wigglesworth Who Supposedly Raised 14 People From the Dead

Argentines wrestle demons at ‘exorcism school’

Mystery as Virgin Mary statue ‘cries BLOOD’ in bizarre phenomena that’s left churchgoers stunned

African Albino Finds Acceptance in Christ after Being Shunned by Her Own People

Posted: 21 Nov 2016 07:50 AM PST

African natives with white skin and white or blond hair? Yes, there are people with those highly unusual features in the continent where black is…

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DEUTSCHE BANK: Trump Could Push Economic Expansion to New Record…

Posted: 21 Nov 2016 07:43 AM PST

It’s looking more likely that President-elect Donald Trump will preside over a continuing U.S. expansion that could take its place as the longest among American…

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Hillary Clinton’s Popular Vote Lead Over Donald Trump Now Exceeds 1.5 Million Votes

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 08:28 PM PST

It’s been nearly two weeks since the November 8 general election, but the results have not remained static as ballots continue to be counted. While…

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Powerful Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Strikes western Argentina

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 07:52 PM PST

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has hit western Argentina in the province of San Juan, the US Geological Survey reports. The quake was felt across the border…

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U.S. Football Coach Stopped by Atheists from Praying With Team, But Players Keep Tradition Going

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 07:30 PM PST

“You may have stopped our coach from praying, but you can’t stop us.” This was the implicit message relayed by the members of a high…

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Trump Walks into NJ Church and Receives Thunderous Applause

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 07:21 PM PST

The congregation of Lamington Presbyterian Church gave President-elect Donald Trump a standing ovation following the Sunday morning worship service. The New York Post reports that…

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Nearly 50 People in Philadelphia Overdose in One Day

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 05:56 PM PST

Narcotics officers believe a dangerous batch of heroin may be to blame for a surge in overdoses in Philadelphia’s worst drug-stricken neighborhoods. Detectives tell NBC10…

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Transgender Marine comes out, tests military’s new policy

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 05:52 PM PST

Lance Cpl. Aaron Wixson is looking forward to the day he can attend the annual Marine Corps Ball in the outfit he feels most comfortable…

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Feds seek help spying on ‘News Articles and ‘Blog Posts’

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 05:48 PM PST

The U.S. government has released newly developed software to researchers to enable them to spy on “news articles, blog posts” and the like, according to…

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U.S. Army Claims Christmas “Too Religious”

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 05:44 PM PST

When Fox News Radio host Todd Starnes invited a U.S. Army acoustic band to perform at his annual radio Christmas show, the initial reaction from…

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New Research Warns 800-Mile San Andreas Fault Could Rupture “All at Once”

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 05:37 PM PST

For years, scientists believed the mighty San Andreas—the 800-mile-long fault running the length of California where the Pacific and North American plates meet—could only rupture…

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Bolton warns Obama Not To Take Any Negative Actions Israel At UN

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 05:30 PM PST

Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton warned Sunday that President Obama should not take any actions before leaving office that could hurt Israel at the…

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Walking in Supernatural Faith for Your Everyday Circumstances

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 05:22 PM PST

(By Becky Dvorak) The gift of faith is a special kind of faith that is given as the Holy Spirit wills or desires in order…

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Another Satan Club Begins in an Elementary School Days Before Christmas

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 05:07 PM PST

A school district in Washington is the second in the nation to approve the controversial After School Satan Club and it will begin its program…

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Dallas church Who voted to perform gay marriages, kicked out of the Texas Baptists

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 04:59 PM PST

A young man came to the Rev. George Mason, wanting to talk about his parents’ wedding. The youth, of course, hadn’t been at the wedding….

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New valley opens and continues growing after New Zealand earthquake

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 03:09 PM PST

A whole new valley is opening up and continues growing swallowing land in Hurunui District after New Zealand’s earthquake. Yes, this huge crack in the…

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The Scales of Integrity

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 03:00 PM PST

(By Ryan Johnson) Regardless of how you may have voted in the recent Presidential election, the one thing that was a definite outcome was that…

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FBI issues terror attack warning for Thanksgiving, Including Shopping Malls and Gatherings

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 01:33 PM PST

The FBI is alerting law enforcement officials across the country that there is concern about a potential terrorist attack around Thanksgiving or the Inauguration, CBS…

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4,000 NATO troops take part in Lithuania’s largest exercise near Russia’s border

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 11:49 AM PST

Eleven NATO countries have sent 4,000 troops to Lithuania, the largest Baltic nation, to participate in this year’s Iron Sword exercises. The war games are…

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Kurdish militias & locals replace cross destroyed by ISIS atop Christian church near Mosul

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 11:44 AM PST

Local residents and Kurdish militia fighters have restored a cross to the top of Saint George’s church in the Iraqi town of Bashiqa. The cross…

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World leaders at APEC summit blast Trump over trade

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 11:38 AM PST

Several U.S. allies took aim at Donald Trump’s views on global trade, while China’s president made an impassioned call against the sort of protectionism favored…

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Christianity Growing in Indonesia Despite Burning of Churches By Islamist Extremists

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 11:35 AM PST

Not even the torching of their churches could stop Christians in Indonesia from holding services to worship God—even if they have to do it inside…

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NY Sees Religious Transformation: Could Be Majority Christian City By 2026

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 11:32 AM PST

New York City, known as the Big Apple, is seeing a big change—a religious transformation that’s seeing more Christian communities and leaders rising and flourishing….

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The Prayer Movement That’s Sweeping The Middle East

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 11:27 AM PST

The prayer movement, which happened in Erbil Friday brought, more than 20,000 Christians together during a time of intense bloodshed. The prayers did not just…

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19-Year-Old Homeschool Graduate Wins Canadian Provincial By-Election

Posted: 20 Nov 2016 11:25 AM PST

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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?


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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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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New study: decline in mainline church attendance linked to progressive theology

WINTERY KNIGHT

Church attendance for progressive denominations in free fall Church attendance for progressive denominations in free fall

I’m shocked and delighted to see this new study reported in the Weekly Standard, of all places. I guess everyone has an intuition that conservative churches that focus on the Bible have been growing in attendance. And progressive churches that focus on feelings and peer approval are in decline. But now we have some numbers that link the changes in attendance  to specific theological beliefs.

Excerpt:

A literal reading of scripture and faith in an interventionist God strengthen church attendance. According to a new academic study of what drives a mainline Protestant church to die out or succeed, preaching these two theological precepts makes all the difference.

The forthcoming article, entitled “Theology Matters,” confirms a truth universally acknowledged, or reasonably intuited anyway. The Christ-optional, Gospel-as-metaphor, liberal-progressive mainline Protestantism borne of our secular age keeps so loose a lock on wandering…

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Least qualified president ever leaves Trump foreign policy disasters

WINTERY KNIGHT

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

Of all the things that the least qualified president did in the last eight years, the most difficult for the incoming Trump administration to fix are the national security and foreign policy blunders.

It’s not just that he gave away all our classified secrets via Hillary’s unsecure e-mail server is a problem. And then there were the leaks of our national security secrets from people like Edward Snowden and gay private Bradley Manning. And of course the hacking of our computers by the Chinese. What else would you expect from a political party that focuses on free condoms and gay marriage?

But the worse mistakes are the foreign policy blunders – the creation of wars in other countries and the the supporting of our enemies (giving assault weapons to drug cartels, giving nuclear weapons to Iran, etc.) that are the most difficult…

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Modern Day Restoration of Apostles?

Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith examines what the New Apostolic Reformationreally teaches and lays out why it is a dangerous sect to be avoided at all costs.  Rosebrough covers all the bases.  He writes:

Wolf in sheep's clothingFor nineteen centuries the church has existed without any living apostles who operated in the same power, authority and office as Peter, James, John, Paul and the others whom Jesus sent into the world to make disciples. But for those who buy into the ideas and teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation (N.A.R.), this is a tragic turn of events and a grave error committed by the historic Church. Joseph Mattera, the head of The United States Coalition of Apostolic Leaders, writing in Charisma Magazine about the historical loss of apostles in the church explained the problem this way:

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Justin Peters & Jim Osman on Spiritual Warfare: Binding Satan

In this piece Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen tackles the the propensity some Christians have to “bind Satan.”  As if that’s even possible. Ahlheim reminds us that “a simple reading of Scripture and the application of just a bit of common sense would do much to aid believers in avoiding the pitfalls of spiritually toxic teachings, particularly those within the realm of spiritual warfare.”  He includes Justin Peters’ and Jim Osman’s teaching on Spiritual Warfare. Berean Research has a White Paper on this controversial topic. Now listen to what Bud has to say:

spiritual-warfare-1The most widely known – and the most widely misunderstood – concept of spiritual warfare.”  Justin Peters

“It sounds like hocus-pocus because it is hocus-pocus.”  Jim Osman

The modern church’s belief about what constitutes spiritual warfare is, as Justin Peters remarked, perhaps no better exemplified than by the almost universal, though Scripturally absent, practice of believers “binding Satan” or “binding demons.”   A Google inquiry for the phrase “binding Satan” returns over 564,000 hits.  A search with the prefatory “how to,” as in “how to bind Satan,” results in over 501,000 digital links.  Since the implementation of this maneuver requires prayer, searches for “binding Satan prayers” or “binding demons prayers” yields 420,000 hits for the former and 346,000 for the latter.

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November 21, 2016 Humor Monday Collection

Big Babies

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Before and After

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Convert

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Snowflake Therapy

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The Great Wall of America

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Thanks, Obama

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Way To Go!

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Pronunciation Guide

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Arsonist Hunting Permit

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United and Disunited

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Let’s Compare

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Tug of War

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Winning, Whining

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Why did the Russian Prime Minister just visit Jerusalem and Jericho? Moscow is moving aggressively to fill the vacuum Obama created in the Middle East.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

medvedev-netanyahumedvedev-abbas-shakinghands(Jericho, West Bank) — Make no mistake: the Kremlin is not waiting for the Trump-Pence administration to staff up and figure out its policies in the epicenter.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev are moving aggressively to meet with Middle Eastern leaders, court them, woo them, sell them weapons, sell them nuclear technology, and whisper in their ears that Moscow — not Washington — is the friend and ally they can trust over the long haul.

Last week, just days after the stunning American elections, I arrived in Jericho to host a conference of Palestinian pastors and ministry leaders and their wives. As it happened, when my wife and I arrived at the hotel where the conference was to be held, we found it surrounded by heavily armed soldiers. There were new checkpoints on all the nearby roads. There were snipers on the roof. There were armed bodyguards everywhere, and the lobby was filled…

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He Came to Divide, and I Give Thanks

Unfathomable Grace

In the United States of America, an incredibly contentious and bitter election has come to a close. For more than two years we went at it, and when it seemed we could not get any lower, we found ways to make our bantering more despicable. The candidates, their parties, and their platforms were polarizing and demeaning. Political parties were divided. Our nation showed its lack of unity. Differing church members struggled to worship and fellowship one with another. Friends accosted friends on social networking sights, and division was experienced within individual families.

As a result of the outcome, some have found themselves surprised and radically optimistic. To them the future looks very bright.

Many, including this author, are more cautiously optimistic. We pray America, our family, our neighbors, all our fellow citizens, and even our world might be graced by God and improved by this new regime.

And yes, there are many who are very mournful at the results. They see…

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