Daily Archives: January 3, 2017

January 3, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Jan. 3, 2017 |


House Republicans abruptly voted Monday night to effectively weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics that investigates lawmakers’ alleged misconduct. Behind closed doors, the caucus voted to approve an amendment to a broader House rules package that would put the office under the House Ethics Committee and significantly restrict its authority.

President-elect Donald Trump chided Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the city’s 2016 homicide rate, saying he should request assistance from the federal government if he can’t reduce the crime.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the killing of 39 people (at least 65 wounded) celebrating the New Year inside a fabled Istanbul nightclub, an act of terrorism that has become grimly familiar in Turkey as it fails to keep the violence in Syria from spilling into its cities.

Computer code connected to Russian cyberattacks by U.S. intelligence agencies has been found in a laptop computer at a Vermont electric utility, a development that emerged a day after the Obama administration hit Russia with sanctions for hacking during this year’s U.S. election.

Kim Jong Un said North Korea is in the “last stage” of preparations to test-fire an inter-continental ballistic missile, adding to claims his isolated country has the technology to threaten the U.S. as Donald Trump prepares to take office.

The pace of German inflation more than doubled in December, driven by a surge in oil that is set to mask continued weakness in underlying price pressures in the months ahead. Consumer prices rose 1.7 percent from a year ago.

Paris could lure as many as 20,000 workers from Britain’s finance industry with the exodus potentially starting within weeks as the U.K. begins its withdrawal from the European Union, according to Europlace, the French capital’s lobby group.

Solar power is now cheaper than coal in some parts of the world. In less than a decade, it’s likely to be the lowest-cost option almost everywhere.

China initiated a rail-freight service to Britain as part of President Xi Jinping’s efforts to strengthen trade ties with Europe. The first train departed Yiwu in eastern Zhejiang province on Jan. 1 and will cover more than 7,500 miles in about 18 days before reaching London.

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One of the most violent years in Chicago history ended with a sobering tally: 762 homicides, the most in two decades in the city and more than New York and Los Angeles combined.

The declining effectiveness of Islamic State attacks against Iraqi forces in eastern Mosul suggests the militants are starting to run out of resources with the campaign in its third month, a U.S. general told Reuters.

In an effort to understand how to combat unemployment, poverty and social inequality, Finland and Scotland are embarking on bold and ambitious economic experiments that will have their governments pilot a Universal Basic Income (UBI) for every citizen, regardless of their employment status, albeit with a few caveats.

Pakistan began a special five-day polio immunization campaign in the southwestern city of Quetta for children under five after a rare strain of the virus was found in sewage samples.

New York City’s newest subway line is here to inspire change in more ways than one. After nearly 100 years of discussion, the city’s 2nd Avenue Subway line became a reality on New Year’s Day, giving commuters much more than alternate transportation routes. The station features installments from artist Vik Muniz’s project Perfect Strangers, a series of life-size mosaic portraits of everyday New Yorkers. Amongst the beautifully intricate artwork depicted on the walls of the station is a mural of two gay men – an IRL married couple – holding hands.

U.S. officials are urgently seeking an agreement with South Korea that would allow imports of American eggs so farmers can cash in on a shortage caused by the Asian country’s worst-ever outbreak of bird flu.

Russia wants to hold maritime drills with the Philippines to help combat terrorism and piracy, sending two warships to Manila for the first official navy-to-navy contact, as President Rodrigo Duterte pivots to United States’ traditional rivals.

More than 1,000 migrants tried to jump a high double fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Sunday in a violent assault that saw one officer lose an eye.


The German publisher of a special annotated edition of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf says sales have soared since its launch a year ago. About 85,000 German-language copies of the anti-Semitic Nazi manifesto have been sold.

The UK’s ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, has resigned. Sir Ivan, appointed to the job by David Cameron in 2013, had been expected to play a key role in Brexit talks expected to start within months.


During the month of November alone, the Obama administration sent enough border-crossing illegal alien children to live in American communities to fill up 12 Washington, D.C. middle schools. In fact, strung out over the entire 30-day period, the Obama administration processed and turned loose an astonishing 6,623 illegal alien kids who’d recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully, averaging more than 220 kids per day.

There’s a rehab in Evanston, Illinois, for millennials struggling with “failure to launch” syndrome and other issues such as mood and anxiety disorders that prevent them from becoming functioning adults in society.

The New Year brings a host of new laws across the country that go into effect starting Sunday – from restrictions on holding a cell phone while driving to greater freedom for carrying a gun in public.

Top News – 1/3/2017

Almost 1,000 cars torched around France on New Year’s Eve but government insists it ‘went particularly well’
Vandals in France torched 945 parked cars on New Year’s Eve in an arson rampage that has become a sinister annual “tradition” amid a row over whether the government sought to play down the figures. According to the French interior ministry, the total of 945, which included cars that were either “totally destroyed” or “more lightly affected”, amounted to a 17 per cent rise compared to last year.

‘Facebook Law’ Passes Knesset Preliminary Vote
The bill proposes to authorize the Administrative Court to issue, on behalf of a plaintiff, an order to remove content from the Internet in cases where there exist two cumulative conditions: one, that publishing the content constitutes a criminal offense; and two, that there exists a real possibility that publishing the content would harm the safety of an individual, the public, or the state.

Julian Assange: Obama Is Trying To ‘Delegitimize’ Trump With Russia Hack Claims
Julian Assange claims in an interview airing Tuesday that the Obama White House is “trying to delegitimize” Donald Trump’s administration by claiming that the Russian government hacked Democrats’ emails during the election. Assange, who was interviewed at the Ecuadorian embassy in London by Fox News’ Sean Hannity, also reiterated his claim that the Kremlin was not the source of hacked emails published by WikiLeaks.

Trump pleads with Chicago to ‘ask for Federal help’ after most violent year since ‘96
With Chicago’s homicide rates for 2016 at their highest since 1996, Donald Trump has called on city officials to “ask for Federal help” if authorities can’t curb the city’s increasing violence. Chicago murder rate is record setting – 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help!

Huckabee to Kerry: Yes, Israel is both Jewish and democratic
Former Arkansas Governor has a message for Kerry following his speech: Yerushalayim is one city and you don’t divide it.

Trump: North Korean nuclear weapons won’t happen
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump responded on Monday to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s threat to perform a test launch on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!” tweeted Trump.

EU Parliamentarians visit Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
“Terror used to be concentrated in certain countries such as the IRA in Ireland and the Basque terrorists in Spain. However at present we have global terror which we saw in Ankara, Paris, Tunisia, Egypt and Berlin, all stemming partially from the same origin and we must develop a global anti-terrorist strategy to combat it.

String of severe storms sweep across Southern states leaving at least 5 dead
Five people were killed Monday night as a powerful storm system swept across the Southern states, leaving a trail of destruction, officials said. The line of severe thunderstorms spawned several possible tornadoes, and the threat remained early Tuesday for southern Alabama, southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle.

This Ancient Hebrew Discovery is About to Rewrite History as We Know it
Archaeologist, epigrapher and professor of ancient Egyptian studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, Dr. Petrovich used Hebrew and the Bible to translate inscriptions found on 18 ancient stone slabs. His findings have truly rocked Bible critics to the core.

Mysterious Menorah, Cross Etchings Discovered in Judean Lowlands
Israeli hikers unearthed a water cistern in the Judean foothills last weekend engraved with a seven-branched menorah (candelabra) and a cross out of chalk bedrock. The menorah engraved on the wall of the cave has a three-foot base, and it evidently portrays the menorah that stood in the Second Temple. A cross was engraved near the menorah. Another engraving was found on the side of the cave which seems to resemble a type of key that is characteristic of antiquity.

Scariest People of 2016: No. 1-John Pleuss
It’s hard to say which is worse – an administrative law judge accused of deciding cases based on the attractiveness of claimants or a federal agency that allows him to remain on the payroll long after the allegations come to light. Such is the story of John Pleuss and the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, or ODAR.

Moscow seeks naval drills as Russian warships visit Manila
Russia wants to hold maritime drills with the Philippines to help combat terrorism and piracy, sending two warships to Manila for the first official navy-to-navy contact, as President Rodrigo Duterte pivots to United States’ traditional rivals. Admiral Tributs, an anti-submarine vessel, and a sea tanker Boris Butoma, arrived late on Tuesday for a four-day goodwill visit…

Exclusive: Trump team seeks agency records on border barriers, surveillance
In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction. The team also asked about the department’s capacity for expanding immigrant detention and about an aerial surveillance program…

Tremors In Assam As 5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Tripura
Tremors were felt across Assam and Northeast India as an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 jolted Tripura, near the India-Bangladesh border. The epicentre of the quake was near Ambassa, 59 km from state capital Agartala.

1,565 Refugees Diagnosed with Active TB Since 2012, Three Times More Than Previously Reported
Between 2012 and 2015, 1,565 refugees were diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB) in the United States, according to annual reports published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC data, which has been public but obscure until now, shows that the number of refugees diagnosed with active TB in recent years is more than three times greater than previously reported by any media outlet.

Syrian war: Peace talks under threat amid rebel warning
Syrian rebel groups say they are halting preparations for peace talks planned by Russia and Turkey for later this month. A statement, signed by a number of groups, cited “many big breaches” of the ceasefire by the Syrian government and its allies as the reason. The ceasefire deal was brokered by Turkey and Russia last Thursday and has mostly held since then.

Germany sees ‘overwhelming’ sales of Hitler’s Mein Kampf
The German publisher of a special annotated edition of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf says sales have soared since its launch a year ago. About 85,000 German-language copies of the anti-Semitic Nazi manifesto have been sold. Publisher Andreas Wirsching said “the figures overwhelmed us”. He is director of the Institute of Contemporary History (IfZ) in Munich.

‘Bloodshed will follow if Trump moves US embassy to Jerusalem’
The Palestinians will start a new violent uprising if Donald Trump’s incoming White House administration relocates the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a senior Fatah official said this week in an interview translated by MEMRI. “I believe that any American act of stupidity will ignite the Palestinian territories,” Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu al-Einein told Egypt’s Alghad TV on Sunday.

Assange To Hannity: Source For WikiLeaks Was Not Russian Government
In an exclusive interview with FOX News Channel’s Sean Hannity the founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange said Russia was not the source for the DNC and John Podesta hacks.

IS suicide bomber kills 36 in Baghdad market
A suicide bomber driving a pickup loaded with explosives struck a bustling market in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 36 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group hours after French President Francois Hollande arrived in the Iraqi capital.

Quake swarm near the California-Mexico border gets scientists’ attention
A swarm of more than 250 small earthquakes have struck since New Year’s Eve near the California-Mexico border, causing unease among residents and attention from scientists.

The Same Idiots Who Pushed the Iraq War Are Now Stirring Up Hysteria About Russia
The propaganda about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction was one of the most blatant examples of “fake news” in American history. Now, many of the same idiots who pushed the Iraq war lies are stirring up hysteria about Russia.

Puerto Rico’s new gov promises immediate push for statehood
Puerto Rico’s new governor was sworn in Monday, promising an immediate push for statehood in a territory facing a deep economic crisis.

Mark Zuckerberg reveals he’s no longer an atheist
Mark Zuckerberg is a true believer again. The Facebook founder, who formerly identified as an atheist, revealed last week that religion has come back into his life in a holiday post.

Journalists Exposed By WikiLeaks Will Now Cover Trump White House
WikiLeaks’ publication of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta revealed the close ties between prominent journalists and the Clinton campaign. Many of those same journalists will now be covering the Trump White House.

Shaky NZ felt record 32,000 quakes in 2016
New Zealand experienced a record breaking 32,828 earthquakes in 2016. There were also 80,000 landslides, two tsunamis and a volcanic eruption to cap off a year described by GeoNet as “the ground breaker”.

Istanbul Attack Is Turkey’s Fourth Terror Incident In Less Than One Month
A terrorist opened fire on a famous Istanbul nightclub Saturday, marking the fourth major Turkish terror attack in less than a month. The popular Reina club was reportedly full of nearly 600 people when a gunman dressed in a Santa suit killed nearly 40 people with a Kalishnikov rifle. The crowd was rife with foreigners with nearly eight different nationalities represented among the dead.

No Damage Reported After 3 Earthquakes Hit North Oklahoma
Three earthquakes have struck in the area of northern Oklahoma that was rattled last year by the largest earthquake in state history. The U.S. Geological Survey says back-to-back earthquakes hit Monday morning near Pawnee, about 75 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The USGS says the quakes had magnitudes of 3.2 and 3.3 and there are no reports of injuries or damage.

Earthquake swarm nears end, for now
People in Imperial Valley experienced a recent earthquake swarm this past weekend. It started New Year’s Eve day and the remnants of the swarm could still be felt today. “We’ve been experiencing a swarm of earthquakes with about ten events of magnitude three and larger, with the largest one a magnitude of 3.9….

The Briefing 01-03-17

As 2017 dawns, the world anticipates transition of America’s presidential administrations

In the final days of 2016, terrorist attacks in Berlin and Istanbul again shocked the world

Global government and the United Nations: UN swears in new Secretary-General Guterres

Why the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Soviet Union is important to remember

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January 3, 2017
ALAN KEYES — Winston Churchill famously said that “To ‘Jaw, Jaw’ is always better than to ‘War, War.'” My experience as U.S. ambassador to ECOSOC (the UN Economic and Social Council) and assistant secretary of state for International Organization Affairs compels me to disagree. Since the ultimate purpose of war is to break the enemy’s will, talk that effectively stigmatizes one’s adversaries can be a decisively important strategic weapon…. (more)

January 3, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — A Soros-funded faux Catholic group called Faith in Public Life is holding what it calls a “special briefing” on “Faithful Resistance to Rising White Nationalism,” featuring Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). This exercise is designed to further demonize white Americans who are waking up to what President Obama has done to them during his eight years in office…. (more)

January 2, 2017
GARTH KANT — Stunning video of anti-Trump riots, both before and after the election, show the modern leftist movement in America has become capable of shocking violence. But could the left really attempt a violent revolution to overthrow the U.S. government and overturn the American way of life?… (more)

January 2, 2017
JESSE LEE PETERSON — With just three weeks left in his final term as president, Barack Hussein Obama is behaving like a maniac; his desperate actions to salvage his disastrous legacy are unnerving the American people and our closest allies. Obama is doing all he can to sabotage President-elect Donald Trump to prevent him from successfully undoing the failed socialist policies of the last eight years. But he didn’t start this quest yesterday. This past year Obama covered a lot of ground in his bid to diminish and jeopardize America… (more)

January 2, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Obama will have one last chance to force Judge Merrick Garland onto the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday – – but it’s a legal gamble and one that has so many pitfalls that even those who say he could get away with it believe it isn’t worth the fight…. (more)

January 2, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Washington is bracing for a year of breakneck change as President-elect Trump and a new Congress take office with a jam-packed agenda ahead. Obama is doing all he can to sabotage President-elect Donald Trump to prevent him from successfully undoing the failed socialist policies of the last eight years. But he didn’t start this quest yesterday. This past year Obama covered a lot of ground in his bid to diminish and jeopardize America… (more)

January 2, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — The chief Sephardic rabbi in Israel says the U.S. abandonment of Israel at the United Nations is a reminder the Jewish state can only count on God. “Sometimes, we need to be reminded from above that we can count on no one but our Father who art in heaven,” Yitzhak Yosef told followers at the Western Wall. “Even America … forsook us last week at the U.N.”… (more)

January 2, 2017
ROBERT KNIGHT — President-elect Donald Trump said he would get rid of political correctness (PC), and it couldn’t come too soon. But the Trump Era has not quite begun, so we’re still saddled with some PC, big and small. On the big side, we’re being told over and over that Mr. Trump did not actually win the election, but stole it with Russian help and – – get this – – media complicity. If you don’t go along with this PC view of the election, you are some sort of cave dweller…. (more)

January 2, 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Former Chicago Superintendent of Police Garry McCarthy said Sunday that the Black Lives Matter movement was ultimately responsible for rising crimes rates in his city and nationally because it was making it harder for police to do their jobs…. (more)

January 2, 2017
NEWSMAX — The Wall Street Journal does not refer to President-elect Donald Trump’s “challengeable” and “questionable” statements as “lies,” no matter how false, because doing so would imply “moral intent” and runs the risk of looking biased, the paper’s Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker said Sunday…. (more)

January 2, 2017
DC CLOTHESLINE — With a stroke of the pen President Obama has unilaterally declared vast swaths of land in Utah and Nevada as two new national monuments, thus putting them under control of the federal government. Startlingly, the area in Nevada includes the site of the infamous Bundy Ranch standoff as well as land very close to the Bundy Ranch itself. With this move Obama has possibly triggered another armed standoff while also heading off any moves set to be made by incoming president Donald Trump…. (more)

January 1, 2017

WORLDNETDAILY — America’s not losing a president – – it’s gaining a national community organizer. President Obama used his last weekly address of 2016 to both praise his achievements and signal his intention to actively protect his legacy. “And as I prepare to take on the even more important role of citizen, know that I will be there with you every step of the way to ensure that this country forever strives to live up to the incredible promise of our founding – – that all of us are created equal, and all of us deserve every chance to live out our dreams,” he said…. (more)

January 1, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — It was the key national-security debate of the 2016 election. Donald Trump won the election, in no small part, because he appeared to be on the right side of it. Appeared is used advisedly: Trump was at least in the general vicinity of the bull’s-eye; his opponent wouldn’t even acknowledge the target existed – – except in the most grudging of ways, and only because Trump had forced the issue…. (more)

January 1, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, killing at least 35 people and wounding 40 others in what the province’s governor described as a terror attack…. (more)

January 1, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A Texas judge has temporarily blocked the Obama administration’s new requirements for transgender care, granting a preliminary injunction Saturday to several states and religious health organizations suing over the rules.The rule, which was slated to go into effect Jan. 1, says that doctors can’t refuse to provide medically necessary health services… (more)

December 31, 2016
CLIFF KINCAID — The Democrats have been saying that there’s proof that the Russians hacked into Democratic Party computers for the purpose of obtaining and planting information that would help elect Donald J. Trump as president. But the proof wasn’t provided when President Obama issued an executive order and announced the expulsions of Russians from the U.S., and sanctions against Russian officials…. (more)

December 31, 2016
ARS TECHNICA — Talk about disappointments. The US government’s much-anticipated analysis of Russian-sponsored hacking operations provides almost none of the promised evidence linking them to breaches that the Obama administration claims were orchestrated in an attempt to interfere with the 2016 presidential election…. (more)

December 31, 2016
GARTH KANT — Scathing criticism of President Obama’s decision to expel 35 Russian diplomats is pouring in, with the perhaps curious exception of the leaders of the Republican establishment…. (more)

December 31, 2016
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER — Syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer says President Obama’s new sanctions against Russia stem from a god complex. The commander in chief expelled 35 Russian diplomats and sanctioned nine individuals and entities on Thursday due to “significant malicious cyber-enabled activities” during the U.S. presidential election. Mr. Krauthammer told a panel on “Special Report” that the timing of the sanctions – – months after the alleged attacks – – is “ridiculous.”… (more)

December 31, 2016
BOB UNRUH — One of the ripple effects of the Obama administration’s decision to allow adoption of a U.N. resolution condemning Israel is that it sends a message some Palestinians understand as an authorization for violence…. (more)

December 31, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Matt Drudge wondered aloud Thursday evening whether his popular site was the object of a U.S. government cyberattack. Via the Twitter account for his Drudge Report, he said his news-aggregation site is the victim of the “biggest DDoS since site’s inception,” referring to a Distributed Denial of Service attack…. (more)

December 31, 2016

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Utah officials are vowing to sue President Obama over Wednesday’s designation of a new national monument in the state while working with the incoming Trump administration to rescind it…. (more)

December 31, 2016

WASHINGTON TIMES — In the wake of yet another federal court setback Thursday, “clean” video-streaming service VidAngel has taken its content offline, but it vows to continue its legal battle even as it tweaks its business model in the short term. The company is fighting off litigation from four major Hollywood studios which claim the service – – which scrubs sex, violence and/or foul language from movie content for subscribers – – infringes on their respective copyrights, Variety magazine reported Friday…. (more)

December 31, 2016
WES VERNON — Having been soundly rejected by the American people for his seeming determination to “transform” America into a Marxist socialist state, President Obama’s tin ear is adding to his self-delusion…. (more)

December 30, 2016
JOAN SWIRSKY — After watching all the pomp and circumstance of the presidential inauguration of January 20, 2009, I remember turning to my husband Steve and saying: “The sole mission of Barack Obama and his henchmen is to destroy Israel.”… (more)

Top Headlines – 1/3/2017

  • Stocks Gain With Commodities Amid China Optimism (Read More); Dollar, global stocks firm as 2017 trading starts in earnest (Reuters)
  • Oil hits 18-month highs as markets eye output cuts (Read More)
  • Earnings Recovery Set to Propel Stocks Higher in 2017 (Read More)
  • Republican-led Congress lays groundwork for Trump (Read More)
  • Battles Await Ambitious GOP Agenda, Including Repeal of ACA (Read More)
  • 2017 Will Be the Riskiest Year for Geopolitics Since WWII, Eurasia Group Says (Read More)
  • Trump team seeks agency records on border barriers, surveillance (Read More)
  • Paris Wants to Lure 20,000 Bankers From London (Read More)
  • Champions of 401(k) Lament the Revolution They Started (Read More)
  • Oil business seen in strong position as Trump tackles tax reform (Read More)
  • Shipping Alliances Shore Up Industry, Worry Customers (Read More)
  • China navy confirms carrier conducted drills in South China Sea (Read More)
  • China Gets Strict on Forex Transactions to Stop Money Exiting Abroad (Read More)
  • Trump aware of ‘urgency’ of North Korea nuclear threat: South Korea (Read More)
  • Trump Taps China Critic Lighthizer for U.S. Trade Representative (Read More)
  • Gunman in Istanbul nightclub attack may have trained in Syria (Read More)
  • What We Could Learn From the Fed Minutes (Read More)
  • Solar Could Beat Coal to Become the Cheapest Power on Earth (Read More)
  • Luxury Apartment Boom Looks Set to Fizzle in 2017 (Read More)
  • The Fallout From Madoff’s Fraud Includes an Ironic Twist for Investors (Read More)

Bolton to Trump: Cut aid to UN settlement resolution supporters

Israeli settlements grew on Obama’s watch. They may be poised for a boom on Trump’s.

Likud minister says party objects to idea of annexing territory

Report: Palestinian Arabs sell land near Tulkarem to Israelis

Palestinian organization said to have flown drone over West Bank settlement

Jewish groups speak out against Paris peace conference following UN vote

Hamas leader floats idea of West Bank-Gaza Strip federation

Hamas slams ‘barbaric’ Israel over decision not to return terrorists’ bodies

Egypt destroys 12 Gaza smuggling tunnels

INSS report: Hezbollah remains most serious conventional threat to Israel

No U.S. Aircraft Carrier in Mideast for Next Few Months

AG formally confirms Netanyahu is under investigation, details cases already closed

Likud MK to propose bill granting PM immunity from prosecution

SpaceX finds cause of explosion that destroyed Israeli satellite

Pakistani man indicted for spying on German-Israeli group for Iran

29 companies qualify to bid for Iran oil and gas projects

Former intelligence chief: Syrian crisis is strengthening Israel’s enemies

France calls on Russia to respect truce in Syria

Syrian rebel groups freeze talks over planned peace negotiations as forces strain ceasefire with attacks near Damascus

British soldier killed in incident at base near Baghdad

In Iraq, Hollande hopes for ‘year of victory against terrorism’

IS conflict: Baghdad suicide car bomb blast kills 35

IS makes unusual claim of responsibility for Istanbul attack

Istanbul Attack Is Turkey’s Fourth Terror Incident In Less Than One Month

Turkey Denies Appeal for American Pastor Jailed on ‘Terror’ Charges for Christian Faith

Suicide car bomber outside Mogadishu airport kills 3

UK Imam: War is Coming, Muslims Can Take Women As Sex Slaves

Almost 1,000 cars torched around France on New Year’s Eve but government insists it ‘went particularly well’

Fears of a ‘massive’ global property price fall amid ‘dangerous’ conditions and market slow-down

Finland is giving 2,000 citizens a guaranteed income

Oil prices rise as markets eye OPEC, non-OPEC production cuts

Brazil drug gangs spark prison riot, at least 56 dead

Decapitated bodies thrown over wall in Brazil prison riot

1,565 Refugees Diagnosed with Active TB Since 2012, Three Times More Than Previously Reported

Migrants in U.S., Mexico fret about Trump threat to halt remittances

Obama could still force Merrick Garland onto court during ‘intersession recess’

Why Obamacare is unlikely to die a swift death

Report: Dems target eight Trump nominees in bid to delay process, get picks to disclose more info

The Same Idiots Who Pushed the Iraq War Are Now Stirring Up Hysteria About Russia

Adviser contradicts Trump: Russians hacked the US

The US Has Yet To Provide Evidence Russia Directed A Hacking Operation To Undermine Election

Russian government hackers do not appear to have targeted Vermont utility, say people close to investigation

Assange To Hannity: Source For WikiLeaks Was Not Russian Government

WikiLeaks founder: Obama admin trying to ‘delegitimize’ Trump

Journalists Exposed By WikiLeaks Will Now Cover Trump White House

Spicer: Trump has own intel, Obama administration reports not ‘gospel’

Fridges and washing machines could be vital witnesses in murder plots

Long lines, frustration after U.S. Customs system outage at airports

States Wire Up Roads as Cars Get Smarter

China launches freight train to Britain

Pentagon rebukes North Korea over claim it will test missile that could reach US

Facing growing North Korea nuke threat, Trump vows: ‘It won’t happen!’

These doomsday shelters for the 1% make up the largest private bunker community on earth

Mysterious ‘Boom’ Rocks Homes in Southington, Surrounding Towns

Quake swarm near the California-Mexico border gets scientists’ attention

Shaky NZ felt record 32,000 quakes in 2016

No Damage Reported After 3 Earthquakes Hit North Oklahoma

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near South of the Fiji Islands

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Barranca, Peru

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near South of the Fiji Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Sindangsari, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kermadec Islands region

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 29,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 24,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Bay Area peaks get rare dusting of snow

China starts 2017 engulfed by smog, issues pollution alerts

Climate Change Skeptics Welcome Open Debate Under Trump Presidency

First Intersex Birth Certificate Marks New Option For People With Non-Binary Gender

Catholic priest accused of organising orgies in rectory and pimping out 15 women

Mike Gendron – Are We Really Catholic Bashing?

Pope Francis Urges: ‘Let Us Entrust the New Year to Mary’

Catholic Theologian – Shared Communion With Protestants Would be Blasphemy

Michelle Lesley – List of Not Recommended Women Teachers

Gospel Icon Kim Burrell Says Eddie Long, Andrew Caldwell and ‘Perverted Homosexual Spirit’ Embarrassing Church

Alabama Supreme Court Rules ‘Unborn Children … Are Human Beings’ Entitled to Protections of Law

Cult Of Hillsong: “Sin Files” on Members & Attendees?

Bill Johnson and Mike Bickle’s mutual admiration society

Pastor Refuses to Step Down After Sex Tapes With Multiple Women Are Made Public

The Creepy Tragedy of John Crowder

Clayton Jennings Denounced by his Elders; Jennings Responds by Threatening Elders and Their Families

Hillsong Lead Pastor Promotes F-Bomb T-Shirt

‘Trophy’ home tied to Trinity Broadcasting Network sells for $5.15 million

Higher Living Christian Church Under Pastor Andre Landers Has been Foreclosed and Evicted

Trump Inauguration to Feature Prayer of Prosperity Preacher Paula White Who ‘Secured His Calling’

Just Announced: SBC Endorses NAR-Charismatic False Teaching

The Evangelical Scion Who Stopped Believing – Bart Campolo Now A Rising Star of Atheism

Planned Parenthood Will Lead March on Washington to Declare Abortion a “Human Right”

African Prophetess Jailed For Death of 6 Children

Hundreds of Churches Vow to Protect (Illegal) Immigrants Facing Deportation as Trump Presidency Looms

More Than 744 People Have Been Euthanized in Canada Since It Was Legalized in June

The Netherlands – Parents OUTRAGED at curriculum as video emerges of children learning to PRAY at mosque

DANGER ZONE: Israel Braces for More ‘Surprises’ from Obama Admin.

Posted: 03 Jan 2017 09:15 AM PST

For thousands of years, Jews have prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. It was part of the outside retaining wall of the second Jewish…

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New GOP Controlled Congress Prepares To Undo Years of Obama Agenda

Posted: 03 Jan 2017 09:11 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.


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!


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?

A Gospel Presentation

God is Holy

The Bible teaches that the entire universe was created by God. And that God who has created everything has spoken to humanity in the Bible. And the Bible tells us that a fundamental characteristic of God is that He is holy. 1 John 1:5 says, “God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” That’s a way of saying that He’s entirely pure. God’s character is one of perfect moral uprightness. He is the essence of all that is good—so much so that, as the verse says, He can have absolutely no fellowship with “darkness”—no fellowship with that which is not perfectly holy, righteous, and pure.

God’s righteous character was expressed in the law He gave to Moses and the Israelites. You’ve heard of the Ten Commandments. They summarized the perfection of God’s character. These laws were directives for how people who were in a proper relationship with God must act.

We are Sinful

The problem is: all of us are sinful. We have all broken God’s law. All humanity has “gone astray like sheep, and each one of us has turned to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). We’ve tried to live our lives without God, according to our own standards, in our own ways. Whether we’re drug addicts and murderers, or white collar, well-to-do, upstanding citizens, we do what we do because we want to do it, with no consideration for God and what He would have us to do. The Bible calls that sin. It is the missing of the mark, the falling short of God’s standard of righteousness.

And in your heart of hearts you know you’re a sinner. I don’t know anyone who would say that they are perfect, even by their own standards. Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “There is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.” And if God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all, then in order to have fellowship with Him, we’d need to be perfectly holy like Him. But we’re not. Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We are stained by the “darkness” of our sin. And this is a problem, because if darkness can’t dwell with light, and we’re darkness and God is light, we’re cut off from a relationship with Him. We become absolutely incapable of doing the very thing we were created and designed to do: to enjoy a relationship with our Creator.

There is a Penalty for Sin

But it’s not just that we and God can’t be friends. There’s a penalty to be paid for sin. The Bible tells us that that penalty is death, Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin is death.” But the death that Paul talks about there isn’t just physical death. It’s not like we pay for our sins by going out of existence. The death talked about in that verse is a spiritual death. This is hell: eternal conscious torment. Jesus Himself calls it “a furnace of fire,” where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:50).

The idea of hell grates against the sensibilities of modern people, because nobody thinks they’re really bad enough to deserve something like eternal torment. They might admit that they’re not the greatest of people, but surely they don’t deserve that. But their reasoning is skewed. The punishment for sin isn’t merely measured by the sin itself. In other words, while there are qualitative differences in the experience of divine punishment, murder, lust, and lying all receive the sentence of an eternity in hell. That’s because punishment for sin is measured by the One sinned against. All sin is fundamentally a sin against God, and He is infinitely holy. Therefore, sin against an infinitely holy God demands an infinite punishment. That’s why the punishment is so serious: because God is actually that righteous.

And so the bad news is that we’re sinful, separated from God, and doomed to spend eternity in hell. There’s nothing we can do about it. We can’t simply tell God we’re sorry and we won’t do it again. What would you say about a judge who let a guilty, convicted criminal go free because he was sorry and said he wouldn’t do it again? You’d call him an unjust judge. But God is a perfectly just, perfectly righteous Judge. God’s justice demands that sin be punished, and the only payment is eternal spiritual death.

God Became Man

But the Good News is: God saw the miserable condition of humanity, and took pity on us. He knew that there was no way we could ever earn our way back to Him. We could never pay for our sins. But just when man was absolutely hopeless, when we were all doomed to spend eternity in hell with no way to pay our penalty, God the Father sent His Son to the earth on a mission. He was miraculously born to a virgin. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit miraculously conceived Jesus in Mary’s womb. And so being conceived by the Holy Spirit, Jesus was God. And being born to a human being, He was human. This is the greatest mystery in the universe. As finite human beings, we can’t entirely wrap our minds around this, but it’s true: Jesus was fully God and fully man.

He lived for 33 years on the earth. He grew up just like every other child. He became a carpenter like Joseph, His earthly father. The great difference, though, between Jesus and every other human being, was that He never sinned. Never once did He ever break God’s law. He always loved God with all His heart, soul, mind, and strength in everything He did. He never sought satisfaction outside of the Father Himself. He never disobeyed His parents, He was never selfish, He never spoke sinful words. In a word, He lived the life that you and I should have lived, but failed to live. He lived a life totally worthy of God, a life that was purely “Light,” like we said before, with no darkness at all.

Jesus Paid the Penalty

And because He was perfectly righteous, He was fit to be the substitute for sinners. The Bible records for us that the Jews plotted to kill Jesus because He preached a message that was very different to the religious establishment of His day. It was against the Jewish law to put people to death, so they sought help from the Romans, who were the governing body in Israel. Because the governor, Pontius Pilate, feared that the people would riot if he didn’t give them what they wanted, he agreed to crucify Jesus.

At the same time, Scripture also tells us that God sent His Son to die this way. It was all part of God’s plan. God used the sinful desires of the Jews and the Romans to accomplish something for His own good purpose. On the cross, Jesus suffered for sins. But He didn’t suffer for His own sins. He had no sins. He lived an entirely perfect life. No, on the cross, God “caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.”

The verse right before that, Isaiah 53:5, says, “He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.” What was happening on the cross was: God was carrying out the punishment against my sins—i.e., the pouring out of His wrath—on His innocent Son. Jesus voluntarily laid down His life in order to pay the penalty for sins. On the cross, God treated Jesus if He lived my life. And because I believe in Him, He treats me as if I lived Jesus’ life. See, because God is perfectly righteous, the only way to get to heaven is to be perfectly righteous. But because Jesus was perfectly righteous, and traded places with me on the cross, the perfect righteousness I need to go to heaven is His righteousness applied to my account.

After Jesus died, God miraculously raised Him from the dead three days later in order to show that He was satisfied with His sacrifice. Jesus was dead, but then He came back to life! It was a miracle. The Bible says God did this to “furnish proof to all men” that this message is true (Acts 17:30-31).

Our Response

And now, God promises that…

  • if you acknowledge that you are a sinner—that you have broken His law,
  • and if you admit that there is no way that you could earn His favor and His forgiveness,
  • and if you purpose to turn away from your life of sin and commit your life to Him,
  • and if you trust in Jesus’ righteousness alone for your acceptance before this holy God,

…then He will have treated Jesus as if He lived your life, and will treat you as if you lived Jesus’ life. You will be saved from the penalty of your sin, and will be able to enjoy fellowship with God forever in heaven, and even fellowship with Him starting now.

In other words, if you believe that you’re a sinner and deserve God’s punishment because of your sin, but you also believe that God sent Jesus to endure that punishment in your place, and that His sacrifice is the only way you can be forgiven, then God promises that He will forgive you and you will be saved. You’ll know the God who created you.

Don’t Waste Your Life

God designed your soul. And He designed you so that, just as a car engine is designed to run on gasoline, you’re designed to run on Him. He is what life is about. All of the disappointments, discouragements, and uncertainties of your life find their resolution in Him. And all of the satisfactions, fun experiences, and joys of life find their consummation in Him. Everything good in our lives is like a trail of breadcrumbs that leads us to the feast of God Himself. And everything bad in our lives is a reminder that life lived apart from knowing God in Christ is not the way it was meant to be.

And I also don’t want to see you waste your life. God created us for the purpose of rightly knowing and worshiping Him. That’s the meaning of life. That’s where true happiness and satisfaction are found. When you don’t live your life for that purpose, you waste it. So many people go through life seeking that happiness, but never find it because they don’t know what life is really about. I don’t want that for you. I don’t want you to suffer God’s wrath eternally for your sin. I want to spend eternity in heaven worshiping God with you, praising Him for how gracious He was to forgive our sins because of Christ’s sacrifice.

Receive Forgiveness

So would you receive Christ? Would you acknowledge your sinfulness before God and admit you can’t do a thing about it? Would you turn from your sin, and seek to live your life in submission to Jesus Christ? Would you trust in Jesus alone for your righteousness before God? Would you join me in worshiping the God we were created to know?


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more

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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

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

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

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

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

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Culture In Which All Truth Is Relative Suddenly Concerned About Fake News

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Bill Johnson and Mike Bickle’s mutual admiration society

In this blog post over at Spirit of Error, Holly Pivec exposes the love fest between two NAR leaders. It’s clear that the duo hold each other in high regard by their on stage behavior at IHOP’s recent OneThing conference.  Pivec writes:

Bill Johnson and Mike Bickle, OneThing conference. Photo credit: Spirit of Error

Anyone who has studied the New Apostolic Reformation ( NAR ) knows how difficult it is to pin down. One reason it’s so hard to pin down the NAR is because it’s a movement. It’s not a formal organization or denomination–with an official list of beliefs, leaders or organizations. So you can’t simply go to a website and find an exhaustive list of NAR churches and teachers.

So how can you tell if a teacher is part of the NAR ?

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January 3, 2017: Daily Devotional Guide Collection

January 3

No More Bad News

Separated to the gospel of God.

Romans 1:1

Thousands of babies are born every day into a world filled with bad news. The term bad news has become a colloquialism to describe our era.

Why is there so much bad news? It’s simple. The bad news that occurs on a larger scale is only the multiplication of what is occurring on an individual level. The power that makes for bad news is sin.

With so much bad news, can there really be any good news? Yes! The good news is that sin can be dealt with. You don’t have to be selfish. Guilt and anxiety can be alleviated. There is meaning to life and hope of life after death. The apostle Paul says in Romans 1:1 that the good news is the gospel. It is the good news that man’s sin can be forgiven, guilt can be removed, life can have meaning, and a hopeful future can be a reality.[1]

January 3 From Doctrine to Duty

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.”

Ephesians 4:1


There can be no right living without right principles.

Imagine someone saying, “I have some extra money lying around. I think I’ll send a large check to the government.” Absurd, isn’t it? But every year, honest wage–earners fill out forms and give part of their income to the government. Why? It’s not because they are generous but because there is a law—a doctrine—that says they have to.

Unless people know the reason for what they should do, it’s unlikely they’ll make a commitment to do it. Paul understood that, so he always taught doctrine before duty. “Therefore” in Ephesians 4:1 links the doctrine of chapters 1–3 to the duty of chapters 4–6. Doctrine and duty are inseparably linked; duty always flows out of doctrine. Right living is based on right principles.

Paul told the Colossian church, “We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (1:9). For what purpose? “So that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord” (v. 10). Spiritual knowledge, wisdom, and understanding make up the pathway of a worthy walk.

When pastors teach duty without teaching doctrine, they weaken the Word of God because they’ve eliminated the motive. They may be able to stir up emotions, but that brings no long–term commitment. The pastor’s responsibility is to teach the truth of God, and the hearer’s responsibility is to obey it.

Of course, the source of God’s truth is His Word: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16–17). Knowing the Bible well is our means of equipping ourselves for a righteous life.

As we think about our worthy walk, let’s avoid emotionalism and legalism, and instead focus on living what we learn from a thorough and personal study of God’s Word.


Suggestions for Prayer: If you have neglected studying the Bible, confess that to God, and ask Him to give you a greater desire to learn His Word.

For Further Study: Read Ephesians 1–3 and list all we are or have in Christ. Knowing what God has given you, can you do any less than commit yourself to Him completely?[2]



As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

—Psalm 42:1

In this hour of all-but-universal darkness one cheering gleam appears: within the fold of conservative Christianity there are to be found increasing numbers of persons whose religious lives are marked by a growing hunger after God Himself. They are eager for spiritual realities and will not be put off with words, nor will they be content with correct “interpretations” of truth. They are athirst for God, and they will not be satisfied till they have drunk deep at the Fountain of Living Water.

This is the only real harbinger of revival which I have been able to detect anywhere on the religious horizon. It may be the cloud the size of a man’s hand for which a few saints here and there have been looking. It can result in a resurrection of life for many souls and a recapture of that radiant wonder which should accompany faith in Christ, that wonder which has all but fled the Church of God in our day. POG007

O Lord, I pray that a thirst for You may build and grow, may prove unquenchable and may indeed result in a recapturing of “that radiant wonder,” both in my own faith and in that of the Church. Amen. [3]

January 3

Testimony to Jesus’ Sinlessness

John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?”—Matt. 3:14

John the Baptist’s initial reluctance to baptize Jesus is a testimony to Jesus’ sinlessness—and John’s awareness of his own sinfulness.

In effect, John said to Jesus, “I’m a sinner, just like everyone else I baptize, so why should You, the sinless Son of God, want me to baptize You?” In an indirect yet definite fashion, John agreed with the later description of Christ by the writer of Hebrews, “One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (4:15).

Jesus Himself testified to His perfect righteousness and His reason for wanting to be baptized, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matt. 3:15). Jesus’ words did not deny His superiority to John the Baptist or His sinlessness. “Permit it at this time” is an idiomatic expression meaning that Christ’s baptism, though seemingly not appropriate or necessary, was actually appropriate for this special time.

The Lord understood John’s strong hesitation, and knew it came from deep spiritual commitment and sincerity. Thus He gave John divine permission to do what he was otherwise reluctant to do, so he could perfectly fulfill the Father’s plan.

How do you think you would have reacted to Jesus’ request for baptism? How do you react today when you’re in His presence, in awe of His holiness and purity? Pray for the spiritual understanding to know that by His grace, He has washed this same righteousness over you.[4]



Thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.

Psalm 104:29

The average person in the world today, without faith and without God and without hope, is engaged in a desperate personal search and struggle throughout his lifetime. He does not really know what he is doing here. He does not know where he is going.

The sad commentary is that everything he is doing is being done on borrowed time, borrowed money and borrowed strength—and he already knows that in the end he will surely die! It boils down to the bewildered confession of many humans that they have lost God somewhere along the way.

Man, made more like God than any other creature, has become less like God than any other creature. Created to reflect the glory of God, he has retreated sullenly into his cave—reflecting only his own sinfulness.

Certainly it is a tragedy above all tragedies in this world that love has gone from man’s heart. Beyond that, light has gone from his mind. Having lost God, he blindly stumbled on through this dark world to find only a grave at the end!

Dear Lord, thank You for the hope that I have found in Christ. And thank You for giving meaning and purpose to my life. Help me to glorify You today.[5]

January 3  Blessing the God of Blessings

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us . . .” (Eph. 1:3).


When we bless God, it is with words of praise; when He blesses us, it is with deeds of kindness.

Paul’s brief doxology identifies God the Father as the ultimate recipient and source of blessing—the One to whom blessing is ascribed and the One who bestows blessings on those who love Him.

“Blessed” translates the Greek word eulogeō, from which we get eulogy. To bless or eulogize God is to praise Him for His mighty works and holy character.

That should be the response of your heart and mine, just as it has been the response of believers throughout the ages. The psalmist said, “Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer” (Ps. 66:20); and “Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone works wonders” (Ps. 72:18). Peter said, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).

When the situation is reversed and God blesses us, it isn’t with praise, for apart from Him there is nothing praiseworthy about us. Instead, He gives us undeserved benefits through His many deeds of kindness. Scripture identifies Him as the source of every good thing (James 1:17), who works all things together for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28).

That is but a sampling of the many blessings He lavishes on us in His Son, Jesus Christ. It’s a marvelous cycle: God blesses us with deeds of kindness; we bless Him with words of praise.

Beware of the sin of thanklessness. Recognize God’s blessings in your life, and let them fill your heart and lips with humble, sincere praise.


Suggestions for Prayer:  Identify ten specific blessings God has granted to you in recent days, and praise Him for each one. ✧ Ask Him to make you more aware of and thankful for His goodness in your life. ✧ Always be ready to seek forgiveness when you take His blessings for granted.

For Further Study: Read Psalm 103. ✧ What blessings does David mention? ✧ How do they apply to your life?[6]



…The Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.

JOHN 15:26

If I read aright the record of Christian experience through the years, those who most enjoyed the power of the Spirit of God have had the least to say about Him by way of attempted definition.

The Bible saints who walked in the Spirit never tried to explain Him. In postbiblical times many who were filled and possessed by the Spirit were by the limitations of their literary gifts prevented from telling us much about Him. They had no gift for self-analysis, but lived from within in uncritical simplicity.

To them the Spirit was One to be loved and fellowshipped the same as the Lord Jesus Himself. They would have been lost completely in any metaphysical discussion of the nature of the Spirit, but they had no trouble in claiming the power of the Spirit for holy living and fruitful service.

This is as it should be. Personal experience must always be first in real life. Knowledge by acquaintance is always better than knowledge by description, and the first does not presuppose the second nor require it.

What we have in the Christian doctrine of the Holy Spirit is Deity present among us.

He is not God’s messenger only—He is God!

He is God in contact with His creatures, doing in them and among them a saving and renewing work.[7]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 14). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

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

[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. 11). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

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

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 15). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

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