Daily Archives: December 1, 2016

December 1, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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House Democrats voted to keep Nancy Pelosi as their leader next year as she fended off assertions that a string of election disappointments means it’s time for a new generation and new type of leadership.

Apple Inc. plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch longtime leader Google.

State-sponsored hackers have conducted a series of destructive attacks on Saudi Arabia over the last two weeks, erasing data and wreaking havoc in the computer banks of the agency running the country’s airports and hitting five additional targets, according to two people familiar with an investigation into the breach.

Nestle says it found a way to reduce the amount of sugar in chocolate by as much as 40 percent, a discovery that may give the KitKat maker an edge as food producers face increasing pressure from governments, health advocates and shoppers to make products healthier.

AP Top Stories

Cuban-American lawmakers have denounced President Obama’s tepid statement about the death of Fidel Castro, accusing the White House of whitewashing decades of human rights abuses. But Obama’s reaction fits a modern tradition of American presidents playing down, or entirely ignoring, those sorts of criticisms when responding to a foreign leader’s passing.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan explained his comments about a plan to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a phone call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the RIA news agency cited Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov as saying on Thursday.

New revelations of the torture a California jogger endured while she was missing for three weeks following an apparent abduction include a message burned onto her skin by her captors, according to a local sheriff.

China has told Myanmar that they should work together to stabilize their shared border, in the wake of a series of attacks by ethnic armed groups on Myanmar security forces and thousands of people crossing into China to escape the violence.

Thousands of people have signed an online petition urging the Bank of England to ditch its new 5 pound notes following revelations the fivers are made of polymers that contain rendered animal fat. The bills entered circulation in September. BOE confirmed the notes contain tallow, the same substance found in candles and soap.

The end of the rainbow may mean jail time for one man who was caught on surveillance stealing a large pot of gold from a truck in New York City before scuttling away without anyone noticing. The NYPD is on the case, hunting for the thief who robbed an armored truck of a bucket of gold flakes worth $1.6 million Thursday.

North Dakota officials on Tuesday moved to block supplies from reaching oil pipeline protesters at a camp near the construction site, threatening to use hefty fines to keep demonstrators from receiving such critical supplies as food, building materials and even portable bathrooms.

President Obama has spoken with Tennessee’s governor to offer support for residents gravely affected by recent wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains. A statement from the White House says Obama asked Republican Gov. Bill Haslam for an update on the ongoing response to the wildfires, which destroyed hundreds of buildings and killed seven.

BBC

Colombian authorities say evidence is growing that a plane carrying a Brazilian football team crashed because it ran out of fuel as it tried to land. The plane had no fuel on impact, corroborating audio of the pilot asking to land because of a fuel shortage and electric failure.

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has been proclaimed Thailand’s new king, 50 days after the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The prince accepted the throne following an invitation from parliament, formalizing his accession. He becomes King Vajiralongkorn, the 10th monarch of the Chakri dynasty.

Ukraine has begun surface-to-air missile tests over the Black Sea, west of the Crimea peninsula. Russia, which annexed Crimea in 2014, had called the planned tests a provocation and threatened to shoot the missiles down.

US executive Martin Shkreli became a symbol of greed when he raised the price of a tablet of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750. Now, Sydney school students have recreated the drug’s key ingredient for just $20.

The Gambia has banned the internet and international phone calls as presidential elections are held in the West African state. Officials have also banned demonstrations to prevent unrest after the elections.

The eurozone’s unemployment rate has fallen below 10% for the first time since 2011. Unemployment fell to 9.8% in October – its lowest rate for seven years.

The gun that wounded French poet Arthur Rimbaud has been sold for $460,000 at an auction in the capital Paris. It was used by Rimbaud’s lover, fellow French poet Paul Verlaine, during a heated argument between the pair in Brussels on 10 July 1873.

Russia has indicated it is ready to discuss opening four safe corridors to the besieged, rebel-held east of the Syrian city of Aleppo,. They might be used to supply food and medicine to the 250,000 people there.

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Congress has backed away from its plan requiring young women to register with Selective Service for the military draft and will, instead, review the system to determine whether a draft makes sense any longer.

All residents of Israel are going to have to join the biometric database, which will include high-resolution facial photos and the fingerprints from both index fingers, Interior Minister Arye Dery announced yesterday.


Top News – 12/1/2016

McAuliffe Says Clinton Is Finished With Politics
Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend and associate of Bill and Hillary Clinton, said Wednesday that he thinks Hillary is finished with politics, the Washington Post reported. McAuliffe said that Clinton’s loss to President-elect Donald Trump has been especially tough for the Clintons.

Stunning World, UN Passes 6 Resolutions Confirming Everything Is Israel’s Fault
The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted six resolutions on “Palestinian and Middle East issues,” ranging from Jerusalem to the United Nations special information program on the question of Palestine.

Russia Ready to Cooperate With Trump Administration, Join Anti-Terrorism Efforts Read more: https://sputniknews.com/politics/201612011048051235-coope
Russia is ready to cooperate with Donald Trump Administration, hopes to join efforts with the United States in the fight against international terrorism, in particular in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

BuzzFeed Is Trying To Destroy One Of TV’s Most Famous Christian Couples
BuzzFeed is trying to take down one of television’s most famous couples because they are Christians who attend a church that believes gay marriage is sinful.

The revolution that gave us Brexit and Trump could be about to hit France
First Brexit, then Trump, and now it seems like the Western Revolt could sweep through the halls of power in Austria, Italy, France and Germany by this time next year. Yet the elites are still reloading and firing the same pistol, hoping that this bullet this time will stop the approaching threat.

Erdogan backtracks on Syria goals after call with Putin, says terrorists are only target
Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria does not target any country or individual, and is aimed only at terrorist groups, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. He had earlier stated that Turkey was in Syria to “end the rule of the cruel Assad.”

The new law more than doubles the required number of a religion’s followers for it to qualify for state subsidies and run its own schools. At leas
The new law more than doubles the required number of a religion’s followers for it to qualify for state subsidies and run its own schools. At least 50,000 members, against the previous 20,000, has now been set as a threshold for gaining official status as a religion.

Report: Obama won’t force a peace plan before he leaves
Obama will almost certainly not pressure Israel to advance a peace process with the Palestinians during his final weeks in office, a new report claims. AP reported that it had obtained information from “US officials” that Obama had no intention of shaking Israel up with a new peace plan before he steps down.

First case of sexually transmitted Zika virus in the UK
A woman in the UK is thought to have been infected with the Zika virus through sexual transmission, health officials have said. Public Health England (PHE) said that one case of “likely sexual transmission” of Zika virus infection has been reported in the UK.

EXCLUSIVE: Black Congressmen Refuse To Condemn Ellison’s Past Proposal For A ‘Black State’
Several Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus Tuesday refused to denounce Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison’s call for a black state. One congressman stated, “I don’t see anything really objectionable.”

Prince Alwaleed says women driving ban hurts Saudi economy
An influential Saudi prince, the billionaire investor Alwaleed bin Talal, has called on his country to lift its ban on women driving cars. He said it was a matter of economic necessity as well as women’s rights to lift restrictions. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive, and women’s rights activists have been arrested for defying the ban.

Martin Shkreli: Australian boys recreate life-saving drug
US executive Martin Shkreli became a symbol of greed when he raised the price of a tablet of Daraprim from $13.50 (£11) to $750. Now, Sydney school students have recreated the drug’s key ingredient for just $20. Daraprim is an anti-parasitic drug used by malaria and Aids patients.

Turkey’s Erdogan: Israel restricting Muslim worship
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey accused Israel of restricting Muslim worship while calling on all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem. Erdogan made the call to Muslims on Tuesday during public remarks at the Symposium of Jerusalem Platform in Istanbul. A Turkish government document sent to JTA summarized his remarks.

Israeli minister: More than Arafat, Abbas is Israel’s ‘number one’ enemy
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is the leading enemy challenging Israel’s existence, said Yuval Steinitz, the National Infrastructure, Energy and Water minister, on Thursday. In an interview with Israel Radio, Steinitz said that Abbas and the Palestinian Authority seek the destruction of Israel.

Angry Mobs Lock Up Indian Bankers As Cash Chaos Soars: “We Are Fearing The Worst”
India’s demonetization campaign is not going as expected. Overnight, banks played down expectations of a dramatic improvement in currency availability, raising the prospect of queues lengthening as salaries get paid and people look to withdraw money from their accounts the Economic Times reported.

Europe’s Trump moment: Countries see rise of populist leaders amid anger over economy, migrant crisis
Italians vote Sunday on a series of sweeping reforms, the outcome of which could determine the future of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s rule – but also serve as a gauge for the rising populist movement throughout Europe.

Death toll in storms sweeping South increases to 5
Possible tornadoes swept through parts of Alabama and Tennessee overnight, killing five people and injuring more than a dozen as heavy rains from storms moving across the South produced flooding in areas previously suffering from months of drought.

House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as leader
House Democrats have re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader. The California lawmaker, who has led the party since 2002, turned back a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan on Wednesday.

Unclaimed Dead To Be Buried In Mass Grave
Los Angeles County will bury 1,430 individuals in a mass grave Wednesday. “This holiday season, many of us are reminded how fortunate we are to be surrounded by loved ones,” Supervisor Don Knabe said at a gathering at the downtown Hall of Administration on the eve of the burial. “Sadly, not everyone shares this blessing.”

Record cold coming to ‘almost entire USA’ – Low temperature records set to be SHATTERED
Climatologist Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. announced: ‘I cannot recall last time I have seen such a cold anomaly forecast across almost entire USA.’


The Briefing 12-01-16

Redefining parenthood, redefining civilization: Ontario’s radical new “All Families Are Equal Act”

Who is the relevant authority on science? How evangelicals are baffling research scientists

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Top Headlines – 12/1/2016

  • Oil hits six-week high after OPEC deal, sterling jumps (Read More), Oil Holds Gains After OPEC Deal (WSJ), Hangover Awaits as OPEC Celebrates (BBG)
  • Opec agreement: the winners and the losers (Read More)
  • Russia’s Pledge to OPEC Will Mean ‘Herding Cats’ to Deliver Cuts (Read More)
  • Mnuchin Made Millions From Financial Crisis (Read More); Trump reverses stance by turning to Goldman alumni for key roles (FT)
  • Treasury Pick Says ‘No Absolute Tax Cut’ for Wealthy (Read More)
  • Death toll rises to seven in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains fires (Read More)
  • From Mexico to Vietnam: A Giant Aluminum Stockpile Is on the Move (Read More)
  • Ukraine says missile tests will avoid Crimea, mollifying Russia (Read More)
  • Dollar Slips Before Jobs Data as Oil Trades Near $50; Bonds Drop (Read More)
  • Fillon Pitches Bitter Economic Medicine in French Presidency Bid (Read More)
  • German Wunderkind Turns to Plan B After Abu Dhabi Investors Walk (Read More)
  • Putin curbs anti-Western rhetoric, says wants to get on with Trump (Read More)
  • Two Views of U.S. Jobs Data: Strong Enough for Fed But Not Trump (Read More)
  • Dollar General posts surprise drop in comparable sales (Read More)
  • China’s Dalian Wanda Group Faces Renewed U.S. Regulatory Scrutiny (Read More)
  • Trump ‘Villains and Heroes’ to Mingle at Annual Mercer Costume Party (Read More)
  • Thiel’s 1517 Fund Is Stalking the Next Zuckerberg (Read More)
  • Swiss upper house backs immigration bill avoiding EU quotas (Read More)
  • Qatari news site says website blocked, blames state censorship (Read More)

Abbas addresses Fatah congress for first time since 2009

Abbas: We will join all 522 international organizations

Minister: Abbas ‘No. 1 enemy of Israel,’ worse than Arafat

Palestinian leader seeks Trump support for independence

Abbas looks forward to working with Trump, hopes he’ll solve ‘Palestine issue’

John Kerry: There are ‘things we can do’ to preserve two-state solution

As Trump Charts New Mideast Policy, White House Contemplates Sabotage

US lawmakers call on Obama to refrain from action on Israel at UN

‘Anti-Balfour Declaration campaign amounts to political warfare’

Keith Ellison Allegedly Said U.S. Foreign Policy Is ‘Governed’ by Israel

US, Israel set to boost teamwork on cybersecurity

Hackers take over Israeli television

After Fire, Comes Flood: Israel Braces for Heavy Storms and Rains

MK wants to revoke citizenship for flag desecration

Does said threefold rise in German antisemitism signal a ‘new era’?

Erdogan calls on Muslims to ‘protect Jerusalem’

Declaration Of War? Erdogan Says Turkish Forces Are In Syria To End Assad’s Rule

Kremlin asks Turkey to explain Erdogan’s remark about toppling Assad

Despite Russian involvement in Syria, Israel to maintain watchful eye

Syria conflict: ‘Israeli jets’ strike outside Damascus

Syria: tens of thousands flee Aleppo before UN emergency talks

Syria war: Aleppo risks becoming giant graveyard – UN

Another Mass Grave Dug by ISIS in Iraq, and a Ghastly Ritual Renewed

ISIS uses water as weapon in Mosul fight

500,000 Iraqis face ‘catastrophic’ Mosul water shortages: UN

Prince Alwaleed says women driving ban hurts Saudi economy

Arrested German spy was a onetime gay porn actor – and a secret Islamist

How the Iran deal, Syrian civil war prepares Hezbollah for future of terror

CIA chief warns Trump: Scrapping Iran deal ‘height of folly’

CIA director John Brennan warns Donald Trump not to end Iran deal and be cautious with Russia

Ukraine prepares missile test near Crimea, angering Russia

Air Force: Hypersonic Missiles From China, Russia Pose Growing Danger to U.S.

China says it wants smooth military ties with Trump

Europe’s Trump moment: Countries see rise of populist leaders amid anger over economy, migrant crisis

UN hits North Korea with toughest ever sanctions

North Korea Nuclear Program Likely Undeterred by Sanctions

Trump offers to help Pakistan, calls PM Sharif a ‘terrific guy’: Islamabad

Cubans ‘fear reprisals’ if they don’t show grief over Castro’s death, dissidents say

Shock: 200% increase in assaults on Border Patrol agents

Sanctuary Cities Insist They’ll Stand Strong

5 Nevada counties to recount presidential race

Jill Stein files for recount in Michigan

Surprise! Jill Stein’s recount now costs almost $10 million

Clinton team sees recount effort as waste of resources

Recount Madness: Jill Stein launches it, Hillary backs it, Trump fuels it

The delusional melodrama of Jill Stein

Gingrich: Jill Stein represents ‘nut wing of American politics’

Caddell: Jill Stein Recount Effort a ‘Fraud,’ ‘Playing on People’s Emotions and Fears’

Jill Stein: Recount Not an Effort to Overturn Election Outcome

Anti-Trump forces launch attack on Electoral College

Obama Blames Dem Losses on ‘Fox News in Every Bar and Restaurant’

Obama Ethics Office Unleashes Tweet Storm Praising Trump

House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as leader despite discontent

FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails

FBI still hasn’t turned over Huma Abedin emails

Hackers target UK National Lottery players

Android malware infects 1M accounts globally

Android ‘Gooligan’ Hackers Just Scored The Biggest Ever Theft Of Google Accounts

UN panel: WikiLeaks’ Assange a victim of arbitrary detention

Italian referendum: The next vote that could shake Europe is coming up next week

How cities took over the world: a history of globalisation spanning 4,000 years

Angry Mobs Lock Up Indian Bankers As Cash Chaos Soars: “We Are Fearing The Worst”

Federal Debt Tops $19,900,000,000,000 On Black Friday

It’s going to cost taxpayers $108 billion to help student loan borrowers

Trump’s Cabinet: ‘Draining the swamp’ or diving right in?

Trump’s treasury pick has just the background he railed against

Trump’s Treasury nominee: People ‘that wanted to stop being friends, they’ve all come back’

Goldman Sachs poised for return to power in Trump White House

Goldman Says Trump’s Presidency Will Benefit Stocks in Almost Every Sector

The November Wall Street Never Saw Coming

Oil, bank stocks send S&P, Dow to record highs

OPEC Reaches Deal to Limit Production, Sending Prices Soaring

Forget the OPEC deal – oil stocks look ‘dangerous’ whatever happens

After new regulations, Oklahoma’s earthquakes calm down a bit

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Calama, Chile

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Cot, Costa Rica

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Little Sitkin Island, Alaska

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Paratunka, Russia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

Christchurch man’s drone footage captures extent of massive quake canyon video

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Copahue volcano in Argentina erupts to 14,000ft

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

First-person account inside the Gatlinburg fires: ‘Apocalyptic wasteland’

Tennessee officials say wildfires that left 7 dead ‘likely to be human-caused’

Rain finally comes to fire-ravaged Tennessee – along with tornadoes, mudslides and the threat of floods

5 people killed, 3 children injured after possible tornadoes sweep through the Deep South

Arctic air poised to invade the U.S. after record warm November

A radioactive berry-picking boom outside Chernobyl

World mayors gather to plot Trump-era climate plan

Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’

Earth warming to climate tipping point, warns study

Google Earth’s Timelapse update illustrates 30 years of climate change

Egypt reports outbreak of H5N8 bird flu in wild birds

Man ‘cured’ of prostate cancer after doctors shock tumour to death with testosterone

Inside the hunt for a vaccine for HIV

White, rural drug users lack needle exchange programs to prevent HIV infections

UK identifies first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus

Human embryo experiment shows progress toward ‘three-parent’ babies

Researchers may have ‘found’ many of China’s 30 million missing girls

Huge rise in ‘sextortion’ by crime gangs using social media to entrap victims

‘Fixer Upper’ stars under fire for attending ‘anti-gay’ church

Christians should not fear speaking about their faith at work and in public places, Theresa May says

Obama says marijuana should be treated like ‘cigarettes or alcohol’

Obama finalizes regulation to ‘ban the box’ on hiring job applicants with criminal records

Son accused of killing, dismembering parents during Thanksgiving visit

The Takeover of Rock Church NYC

Urgent Prophecy Held For Ransom by Jennifer LeClaire

Bethel’s baby buffoonery

Rick Joyner Says Donald Trump Is Like All Of Jesus’ Disciples At Once

Iniquity Shall Abound – Black Friday Mayhem

Interfaith Leaders Pledge To Stand By American Muslims, No Matter What

Abortion Doc Willie Parker: “My Christian Mind” Tells Me to Oppose Trump and Do Abortions

Margaret Sanger’s Dream Come True: Over 35% of Babies Aborted in 2013 Were Black

A New Sound in Prophetic Worship Emerges With Power

Posted: 01 Dec 2016 06:50 AM PST

(Reported By Jennifer Leclaire) Annie Edwards carries a new sound. It’s the sound of power. It’s the sound of a warrior. It’s the sound of…

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Trump’s Cabinet: A Motley Collection of Believers

Posted: 01 Dec 2016 06:36 AM PST

Abraham Lincoln had his “Team of Rivals.” John F. Kennedy had his “Wise Men.” While history hasn’t yet given a nickname for President-elect Donald Trump’s…

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Why Did Kim Clement Die Early?

Posted: 01 Dec 2016 06:11 AM PST

(Reported By Jennifer Leclaire) I’m troubled. With seemingly no regard for a grieving family, opportunists and speculators are flooding social media with opinions about why…

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Black Santa Coming To Mall Of America For The First Time

Posted: 01 Dec 2016 06:08 AM PST

The Santa Experience inside the Mall of America is bringing a unique experience to Twin Cities families this year. For the first time since it…

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Russian Warships Deployed To Crimea As Ukraine Tests Missiles

Posted: 01 Dec 2016 06:04 AM PST

Vessels from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet have taken up position near the disputed Crimean peninsula – which was illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014 –…

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Fantasia Turns Concert Into Worship Service; 10 Souls Reportedly Get Saved

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 07:06 PM PST

Popular R&B singer Fantasia Barrino has sparked a contentious debate online after she reportedly turned one of her recent concerts in Florida into a soul-stirring…

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Why Speaking in Tongues Is Not a Dead Practice

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 06:55 PM PST

Speaking in tongues is a practice that has been deemed dead by some quarters in the Christian community. While I have nothing against brothers and…

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British Prime Minister Takes Strong Pro-Christian Stand

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 06:52 PM PST

Theresa May has said Christians should be able to speak about their faith in the workplace. Responding to a question in Parliament today, the Prime…

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Android ‘Gooligan’ Hackers Just Scored The Biggest Ever Theft Of Google Accounts

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 06:44 PM PST

A new variant of Android malware is responsible for what’s believed to be the biggest single theft of Google accounts on record. The so-called Gooligan…

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Russia and China Prepare For All-Out Space War

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 06:41 PM PST

As countries seek to maintain control in outer-space, competition between nations will give rise to apocalyptic cosmic attacks, according to security officials. Nightmare scenarios might…

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Record cold coming to ‘almost entire US

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 06:35 PM PST

While we end November on a warm note here in the eastern US, there are changes unfolding across the Northern Hemisphere that will likely bring…

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Joel 1-2 Prophecy Prevails as Wildfires Ransack Gatlinburg

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 12:11 PM PST

Joel 1 and 2, which specifically prophesy the end of days, prevail as fires ransack the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. Dollywood employee Isaac McCord…

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Deadly 4.5 Earthquake strikes mine in Poland, 6 Missing and 2 Dead

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 11:28 AM PST

At least six miners are missing and two are dead after an earthquake occurred at the Rudna mine in Polkowice in southwestern Poland. The very…

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UFO sightings across Turkey spark fears of invasion

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 11:19 AM PST

Residents across Turkey have posted photos and videos on social media of an alleged UFO, resulting in #ufoattacktoturkey to begin trending on Twitter.  As people…

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12 Signs of Extreme Optimism in America Now That Donald Trump Has Been Elected

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 11:12 AM PST

(Reported By Michael Snyder) The election of Donald Trump has brought a giant wave of optimism to conservative America unlike anything that we have seen…

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President Obama Says ‘Michelle will never run for office’

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 11:08 AM PST

President Obama says both he and first lady Michelle Obama will be “very active” in working with people at the grass-roots level to support progressive…

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Chuck Pierce Prophesies ‘Short, 10-Year Window’ in the Nations

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 11:01 AM PST

(Reported By Jennifer Leclaire) Chuck Pierce is calling the month ahead “critical.” I sense this urgency in my spirit also and encourage you to partner…

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Five killed in overnight storms in TN and AL; one tornado confirmed, others reported

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 10:57 AM PST

At least five people have been killed by the storms in Tennessee and Alabama, authorities said. A husband and wife died and two others were…

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Tennessee father on desperate search for wife, daughters in midst of wildfires

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 10:51 AM PST

A Tennessee man was on a desperate search for his wife and daughters after wildfires engulfed his home and other buildings in the region this…

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Marilyn Hickey Reaches Over 1 Million Pakistanis With the Gospel

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 10:48 AM PST

(Reported By Taylor Berglund) Marilyn Hickey preached to over 1 million people in Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan, earlier this month. The momentous meeting…

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Hypersonic Missiles From China, Russia Pose Growing Danger to U.S.

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 10:43 AM PST

The United States is vulnerable to future attack by hypersonic missiles from China and Russia and is falling behind in the technology race to develop…

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Federal Debt Tops $19,900,000,000,000—On Black Friday

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 10:41 AM PST

The federal debt moved above 19,900,000,000,000 for the first time as of the close of business, Nov. 22, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, according to data…

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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.

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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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The History of Advent

Unlike modern Advent ceremonies, most celebrations of Advent in history had a twin focus. The Latin word adventus was the translation of the Greek parousia—a word used for both the coming of Christ in human flesh and his Second Coming. Advent, then, always tended to focus on both.

Many churches lit the first of their Advent candles today (hopefully without needing the fire department!). Even churches averse to liturgical practices find a way to mark the Advent season, if only by marking the days remaining until Christmas.

This is some of the story behind Advent.

UNKNOWN START

The earliest dating of Advent is impossible to determine. The start of Easter in Christian history is far more obviously tied to Passover (albeit with different methods for dating), and Christmas came to be associated with the birth of Christ as a result of it falling during the December Solstice, the darkest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. The coming of the Light of the World made a lot of sense in so much darkness. Within a few centuries of church history, both Easter and Christmas took on special meaning due to their use in commemorating the life of Jesus.

In the early centuries of the church, Advent almost certainly arose as a result of the fixed dating of Christmas. Once December 25 became Christmas, it was the center of gravity for the later half of the year—a perfect balance to Easter in the first half. In this way, Advent took on significance the same way Lent did: both were preparation for the more significant season on the horizon.

By the fourth century, the first written evidence of Advent is found in modern Spain and Europe (Hispania and Gaul). Probably the earliest official mention of Advent practices comes as the Council of Sargossa (AD 380) met to answer a gnostic-inspired movement called Priscillianism.

The heresy essentially held to a harsh form of dualism—light vs. dark, body vs. soul—so perhaps the celebration of the incarnation made theological sense as a counterbalance to this heresy. The council was not committed to any specific dating of Advent, though, and only suggested people attend church daily between December 17 and 29.

By the fifth and sixth centuries, more firm dating of the Advent season can be found in historical records—as well as Advent sermon series.

I made a short video of this same comment on my YouTube channel for those interested

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Top 7 Nations With Worst Record of Christian Persecution: Report

The seven nations where persecution was branded so extreme that “it could scarcely get any worse” include: Afghanistan, Iraq (northern), Nigeria, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Syria. “A virulent and extremist form of Islam emerged as the number one threat to religious freedom and was revealed as the primary cause of persecution in many of the worst cases,” the report noted.

A global charity that investigates the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities has issued a new report that reveals believers are facing a rising level of intolerance and such severe oppression, particularly under seven nations of concern, that “it can scarcely get worse.”

Persecution watchdog group Aid to the Church in Need released its 2016 “Religious Freedom in the World” report on Thursday, highlighting the growing cases of intolerance around the world, particularly between the time period of June 2014 and June 2016 — coinciding with the rise of the Islamic State terror group.

The report included case by case studies of a number of different countries around the world, and the religious discrimination people of faith face. Some of the most extreme forms of oppression were experienced by people in Iraq and Syria, including Christians and Yazidis, who have been targeted in an ongoing genocide campaign by IS.

One Yazidi boy trained for jihad in Syria shared the chilling words his radical instructors told to him: “You have to kill kuffars [unbelievers] even if they are your fathers and brothers, because they belong to the wrong religion and they don’t worship God.”

The report revealed that 196 countries were examined, with 38 showing “unmistakable evidence” of significant religious freedom violations. Twenty-three of those countries were placed in the top level “Persecution” category, while 15 others in the “Discrimination” group.

Religious freedom conditions “clearly worsened” in 14 countries, the report added, and only three — Bhutan, Egypt and Qatar — showed signs of improvement since the last study in 2014.

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America’s Declining Faith In Pastors And Churches

Religious authority is increasingly grounded in individual preferences, not religious leaders or institutions. That’s the new normal for American religion. When it comes to determining whether we’re “good Christians,” we rank following individual conscience higher than following the actual teachings of our churches, says Duke proessor Mark Chaves.  And just one in ten agrees the local church has any authority to say whether a person is or is not a Christian at all.

Religion holds powerful sway over people’s lives—but not always in ways we might expect. We typically imagine that the faithful check their brains at the church door and follow whatever dicta religious leaders offer. Maybe not.

While religious belief represents the greatest influence on how people voted in our recent presidential election, the opinion of their pastors mattered far less to them, according to research by Barna. A third of adults said their faith had “some” or “a lot” of influence on them. But less than half that total ascribed the same power to their pastor.

Like most surprises, this is unsurprising. In 2014 Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research conducted a survey to establish a baseline of religious belief in America. More than half of respondents agreed their pastor’s words had no real authority over their lives, even from the pulpit.

Whatever their personal beliefs, Americans’ faith in their pastors and churches has been in significant decline for decades. When the Gallup organization asked people to “rate the honesty and ethical standards” of various professionals in 2015, respondents placed clergy down at number 6. They fared better than bankers and lawyers, but nurses, pharmacists, medical doctors, high school teachers, and police officers were all considered more trustworthy and ethical than pastors and priests.

Not even half, just 45 percent, of respondents said clergy’s honesty and ethical standards were high or very high. The number has never been overwhelmingly high, but this is an all-time low. Gallup started asking the question back in 1977. Sixty-one percent rated clerical honesty and ethical standards high or very high then. It’s been as high as 67 percent (1985), but ever since the figure has trended down.

Pastors and priests look somewhat better than the institutions they represent. Confidence in organized religion has also been in decades-long decline. But it’s never been lower than right now, according to Gallup. While the “the church or organized religion” ranked higher than any other institution in 1973, it started to turn south in the middle 1980s, when for the first time confidence fell below 60 percent. The televangelism scandals of the era could explain the drop.

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December 1, 2016 Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Good news — Clayton Jennings has lost his ministry endorsement from his home church.
Tim Tebow and Clayton Jennings—I think I’m going to be ill!  Totally putrid video.  Both announcers have poor discernment.
The word eros is not in the Bible” — Something women need to remember.
Perry Noble: the man who never, ever should have been in a pastoral position — or any other leadership position for that matter!
The beginning of the demise of Calvary Chapel.  And more slipping down the slope.
Part two of the investigation into the Salvation Army.
Another false teacher, “pastor” Colby Martin, tries to demonstrate that God really is okay with homosexuality.  Why is it that these false believers seek support for homosexual behavior but not for adultery or prostitution or bestiality, etc?  Why is it that their favorite, untouchable sexual perversion is homosexuality?!?  I’d say this was the “things taught by demons” — Satan really found the niche, didn’t he?
The Covenants: The Continental Divide of Biblical Interpretation.  Excellent article with information needed for dealing with Seventh-day Adventists and others locked into legalistic adherence to the Old Testament covenants.  (Lengthy, but worth it — I get the magazine in the mail so I could read it while sitting on my sofa!)
What exactly is “Lectio  Divina?”
Hillsong’s marketing techniques are shared for all.  Somewhere along the line they forgot what the assembled Church is for.
No, Jesus was NOT married to Mary Magdalene.
Some good information about the business cult of Scientology (it is not a religion, contrary to their claims so as to be a tax shelter).
Some real concerns with Jan Markell.
Adventures in Missions’ World RaceParents’ Guide” seems to be a harbinger of cultism.
Are you being led by a “Judas Goat”?
If you want to teach the real gospel to a Catholic, then the Pope says you are guilty of “a grave sin.”  Well, I’d rather reach a Catholic with the truth so they can be eternally saved than to worry about “sinning” against the Pope!

The Watchmen Hall of Fame

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The Watchmen Hall of Fame has been created to commemorate the great Christian men who have been a faithful voice for the Christian Church over the last century. These are people that need to be highly respected and honoured for their hard work “fighting for the faith” or standing and contending “earnestly that was once and for all delivered to the saints.”

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We will be adding more to this list as times go on. In the mean time, we hope you appreciate and learn from these men who are faithful Church Watchers, serving Christ and His Church all around the globe by exposing the works of false teachings, false gospels and the false ministries (cults) of false men and calling sinners to repent of their sin and bringing them to Jesus.

Take note that these men are from a range of churches such as Baptists, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Presbyterian, Reformed, Anglican, etc…

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December 1, 2016: Verse of the day

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2:10–13 The language is once again messianic, describing the personal presence of the Messiah, dwelling on the throne of David in Jerusalem during the Millennium.

MacArthur Study Bible

2:10 The instruction to sing and rejoice is paralleled in the Psalms at the conjunction of divine justice (Ps. 35:27; cf. Prov. 29:6) and divine presence (Ps. 90:14). The dramatic return of the Lord to inhabit his rebuilt house is cause for praise for those who have returned to Judah.

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December 1, 2016: Daily Devotional Guide Collection

December 1 The Incarnation of Christ

“Although [Christ] existed in the form of God, [He] did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond–servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Philippians 2:6–8

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Christ is the perfect example of humility.

In his book Miracles, English scholar C.S. Lewis used this analogy to describe the incarnation of Christ:

One may think of a diver, first reducing himself to nakedness, then glancing in mid–air, then gone with a splash, vanished, rushing down through green and warm water into black and cold water, down through increasing pressure into the death–like region of ooze and slime and old decay; then up again, back to colour and light, his lungs almost bursting, till suddenly he breaks surface again, holding in his hand the dripping, precious thing that he went down to recover. He and it are both coloured now that they have come up into the light: down below, where it lay colourless in the dark, he lost his colour, too.

That was how Lewis illustrated the Incarnation, the central miracle of Christianity, which is also addressed in Philippians 2:5–8. In those verses Jesus is shown to be the perfect model of humility—the perfect illustration of Paul’s instructions in verses 3–4. He did nothing out of selfishness or conceit but regarded others as more important than Himself.

We are to imitate Christ’s perfect example of humility. James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” What about your life? Does it demonstrate a Christlike humility that God will delight to honor by exaltation?

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Suggestions for Prayer: Thank the Lord for Christ, whose life exemplifies the perfect pattern of humility for you to follow. ✧ Think of areas in your life where you are especially prone to exalt yourself at the expense of others. ✧ Acknowledge your sin to God and ask Him to help you be humble in those areas.

For Further Study: Read Isaiah 14:12–17 and Ezekiel 28:12–19, which tell of Lucifer’s fall from his exalted position in the presence of God. Write down ways his attitude is opposite Christ’s in Philippians 2:5–8.[1]


December 1

The Measure of Spiritual Maturity

In this I rejoice, yes; and will rejoice.

Philippians 1:18

A believer’s spiritual maturity can be measured by what it takes to steal his joy. Joy is a fruit of a Spirit–controlled life (Gal. 5:22). We are to rejoice always (Phil. 4:4; 1 Thess. 5:16). In all circumstances the Holy Spirit produces joy, so there ought not to be any time when we are not rejoicing in some way.

Change, confusion, trials, attacks, unmet desires, conflict, and strained relationships can throw us off balance and rob us of our joy if we’re not careful. It’s then we should cry out like the psalmist, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation” (Ps. 51:12).

Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33), and the apostle James said, “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials” (James 1:2). God has His own profound purpose in our afflictions, but He never takes away our joy. To maintain our joy we must adopt God’s perspective regarding our trials. When we yield to the working of His Spirit in our lives, our difficulties will not overwhelm us.[2]


DECEMBER 1

GOD’S DESIRE

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

—Genesis 1:27

I believe there is good sound reasoning back of all this. I believe that He created man out of no external necessity. I believe it was an internal necessity. God, being the God He was and is, and being infinitely perfect and infinitely beautiful and infinitely glorious and infinitely admirable and infinitely loving, out of His own inward necessity had to have some creature that was capable of admiring Him and loving Him and knowing Him. So God made man in His own image; in the image and likeness of God made He him; and He made him as near to being like Himself as it was possible for the creature to be like the Creator. The most godlike thing in the universe is the soul of man.

The reason God made man in His image was that he might appreciate God and admire and adore and worship; so that God might not be a picture, so to speak, hanging in a gallery with nobody looking at Him. He might not be a flower that no one could smell; He might not be a star that no one could see. God made somebody to smell that flower, the lily of the valley. He wanted someone to see that glorious image. He wanted someone to see the star, so He made us and in making us made us to worship Him. WMJ003

Lord, I can’t completely comprehend how or why You created me in Your image, as much like You as a creature could be. But I’ll respond today with admiration for Your creation and with worship for my Creator. Amen. [3]


December 1

Jesus’ Message Is for Everyone

And He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.—Matt. 12:18c

Contrary to Jewish thinking and expectations, the Messiah would be the Redeemer for all nationalities, not just the Jews. In fact, the Jews were to be the ones to proclaim God’s grace to the rest of the world. God told Abraham, “In you all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Gen. 12:3). It is therefore rather ironic that the Jews would resist the concept that God’s good news was for all peoples.

The reality that Jesus’ message would be for all mankind was readily apparent early in His ministry. The first woman He reached was a Samaritan (John 4:26). Concerning the Roman centurion whose servant He healed, the Lord said, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel” (Matt. 8:10).

But the idea of Messiah coming to preach to and redeem some Gentiles was still anathema to the Jews. When Paul addressed a large number of Jews in Jerusalem and told them God had commanded him, “Go! For I will send you far away to the Gentiles,” that sparked an intense reaction from them: “Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he should not be allowed to live!” (Acts 22:21, 22).

A real gospel stumbling block for the Jews was the truth that redemption and fellowship with God were for Gentiles as well as for them. But the saving message Jesus proclaimed has always been for people from every part of the world, without distinction—a fact over which we can all rejoice.

ASK YOURSELF
Increasingly each day, the makeup of America’s population reflects the faces of numerous nationalities and people groups. How open is your heart to their need for Christ’s salvation?[4]

 

December 1 The Preeminence of Christ

“God … has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb. 1:1–3).

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Christ is superior to everyone and everything.

The book of Hebrews was addressed to an audience composed of Jewish Christians, Jewish non-Christians who were intellectually convinced about Jesus but hadn’t yet committed themselves to Him, and Jewish non-Christians who didn’t believe the gospel at all.

The author’s goal was to demonstrate Christ’s superiority over everyone and everything that had preceded Him, whether Old Testament persons, institutions, rituals, or sacrifices. He specifically contrasted Christ with angels, Moses, Joshua, Aaron and his priesthood, the Old Covenant, and the sacrificial system.

The Jewish believers needed this focus on Christ’s superiority because most of them were suffering some form of persecution because of their Christian testimony. Some were in danger of confusing the gospel with Jewish ceremonies and legalism and of drifting back into their former practices.

Those who were intellectually convinced but spiritually uncommitted needed to be warned not to stop at that point but to go all the way to saving faith. They were in danger of committing the greatest sin any person can commit: rejecting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Those who didn’t believe in Christ at all needed to see that Jesus was in fact who He claimed to be. To such people the author explains the unique priesthood of Christ and the urgency of turning to Him in faith.

Within your circle of friends and associates, you probably have Christians who are weak in faith and need your encouragement and instruction. Be available to minister to them whenever possible.

Undoubtedly you also know people who are intellectually convinced that Jesus is who He claimed to be but aren’t willing to embrace Him as their Lord. Don’t be shy about urging them to move on to salvation.

To those who reject Christ outright, boldly proclaim the gospel, and trust the Holy Spirit to convict their hearts.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Praise Christ for His preeminence and surpassing grace.

For Further Study: Read Hebrews 1–2. To whom does the writer compare Christ? Be specific.[5]


DECEMBER 1

THE BREATH OF GOD

The word that I have spoken…shall judge him in the last day.

John 12:48

Two of the great realities in our midst are surely the promised presence of God and the testimony of His eternal Word!

By the “Word of God” I do not refer only to the book you hold in your hand—paper and letters, pages and ink—sewed together with silk thread. By the Word of God, I do mean the expression of the mind of God: the mighty, world-filling breath of God!

Most of the things men and women talk about cannot be counted among the great realities of life. In October, people talk a great deal about the World Series as a great reality, but by December they have forgotten who pitched and who struck out.

People spend their entire lives in the pursuit of those things that can only perish and fade away. But when it is all over, they are still going to be faced with the reality of the eternal Word of God, the revelation of Truth which God has given us!

Think of the changes that would come if humans would suddenly stop and hear the Word of God!

Lord, I pray that I will not spend my life in the pursuit of things that won’t last. Give me Your eternal perspective, Lord.[6]


DECEMBER 1

NOTHING CAN HINDER GOD OR A GOOD MAN

If any man will to do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God….

JOHN 7:17

The notion that hostile persons or unfavorable circumstances can prevent the will of God from being fulfilled in a human life is altogether erroneous.

Nothing, no one, can hinder God or a good man!

It is one of the glories of the Christian faith that it can be present in effective power regardless of whether or not the moral and political environment is favorable to it. We recall that H. G. Wells once said that he personally believed Buddhism to be the best religion, but admitted that it could flourish only in countries having a warm climate!

If true religion consisted in outward practices, then it could be destroyed by laws forbidding those practices. But if the true worshiper is one who worships God in spirit and in truth, how can laws or jails or abuses or deprivations prevent the spiritual man from worshiping?

Let a man set his heart only on doing the will of God and he is instantly free! No one can hinder him. It is only when we introduce our own will into our relation to God that we get into trouble. When we weave into the pattern of our lives threads of our own desires we instantly become subject to hindrances from the outside.

The essence of spiritual worship is to love supremely, to trust confidently, to pray without ceasing and to seek to be Christlike and holy, doing all the good we can for Christ’s sake.

How impossible for anyone to hinder that kind of practice![7]


[1] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[2] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 362). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

[3] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[4] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 344). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 348). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[6] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[7] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.