January 28-29, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 01/28/2017

Pastor Resigns From Southern Baptist Mission Board Over Legal Brief Supporting New Jersey Mosque   Jan 26, 2017 07:00 am

A pastor who had served as a trustee of the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) International Mission Board, led by “Radical” author and former Alabama pastor David Platt, has resigned out of his concerns over the board’s participation in an amicus brief supporting the construction of a New Jersey mosque. Dean Haun, the pastor of First Baptist Church of…

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US Supreme Court Rejects ‘Sister Wives’ Appeal Effort to Overturn Ban on Polygamous Cohabitation   Jan 24, 2017 12:43 pm

(Reuters) — The U.S. Supreme Court has turned away a challenge to Utah’s anti-bigamy law brought by the polygamist stars of the popular reality television show “Sister Wives.” The justices declined Monday (Jan. 23) to take up an appeal by Kody Brown and his four wives, only one of whom he is legally married to, of a lower court’s ruling that threw out…

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Trump Reinstates Ban on US Funds Promoting Overseas Abortions   Jan 23, 2017 02:19 pm

(The Hill) — President Trump on Monday morning signed an executive order blocking foreign aid or federal funding for international nongovernmental organizations that provide or “promote” abortions. The order comes one day after the 44th anniversary of the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal, and days before the annual “March for Life” in…

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Apostate ‘Elder Team’ Welcomes Homosexuals ‘In Any and All Levels of Leadership’ After ‘Seeking Unity’   Jan 25, 2017 06:15 pm

DENVER, Co. — Members of the elder team of Denver Community Church (DCC) announced this week that following a two-year discussion period, and out of a desire to “seek unity,” they have decided to allow homosexuals and transgenders to have full inclusion, permitting them to serve “in any and all levels of leadership.” DCC is led by Michael Hidalgo, and its elders…

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Satanic Temple’s Quest to Erect Homage to Satan at Arkansas Capitol to Have Public Hearing   Jan 26, 2017 01:02 pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission subcommittee has allowed the Satanic Temple’s request to erect a Baphomet statue at the state capitol to move forward with a public hearing. A meeting was held on Wednesday, which included a presentation from Satanic Temple spokesman Doug Mesner, who goes by the name Lucien Greaves. “It’s…

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Trump, Pence Attend Prayer Service Featuring Muslim, Buddhist & Sikh Invocations, Liberty Univ. Praise   Jan 21, 2017 02:33 pm

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attended the traditional National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, which featured representatives from various religions, including Islam, Sikhism and Buddhism. The gathering featured a variety of music and speakers, with prayers in the name of Jesus and songs such…

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Wholesome Fun? Popular Children’s Magazine Includes Homosexual Men in Latest Issue   Jan 23, 2017 09:48 am

Photo Credit: Facebook COLUMBUS, Ohio – A widely-read children’s magazine that prides itself on its “wholesome” content has decided to feature two homosexual men in its pages for the first time. Highlights for Children, often referred to as Highlights, is a popular children’s magazine that has been published monthly since 1946. Advertised as a…

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US House Votes to Permanently Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortion   Jan 25, 2017 07:01 am

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act on Tuesday, essentially placing a permanent ban on taxpayer funding of abortions, as outlined in the Hyde Amendment. The matter now moves to the Senate for consideration. The Act had been introduced by Rep. Chris Smith, R-New…

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Southwest Airlines Flight Turns on Pink Cabin Lights for Pro-Abortion ‘Women’s March’ Participants   Jan 22, 2017 06:02 am

Photo Credit: Krystal Parrish WASHINGTON — A Southwest Airlines flight transporting a number of men and women to the “Women’s March” on Washington on Thursday reportedly turned the cabin lights pink to show support for those attending the event, which was largely pro-abortion and feminist. “Southwest turns on the pink lights and a loud cheer erupts….

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Man Who Prosecuted ‘Ten Commandments’ Judge One of Top Three on Trump’s SCOTUS Shortlist   Jan 25, 2017 11:04 am

Pryor and Moore WASHINGTON — As President Trump plans to announce his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court next week, reports state that he has narrowed his preferences down to three judges from the federal appeals circuit: William Pryor, Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman. Some continue to express concern about the possibility of Pryor serving on the nation’s…

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Weekend Snapshot

Jan. 28, 2017
Top Stories This Week
Top Opinion
Erick Erickson: Twenty-First Century Slavery
Caroline Camden Lewis: #NotMyMarch: Elitism, Abortion and the March for (Some) Women
Jonah Goldberg: Humiliating Mexico Over Border Wall Would Be a Big Mistake
More Opinion →
Quote of the Week

“In economic terms there’s little difference between asking [the Mexicans] to pay for [the wall] and forcing them to build it themselves. … [N]ations don’t just act on their interests; they act on their honor. And shouting ‘You’ll pay!’ is a surefire way of guaranteeing no one will hear anything else.” —Jonah Goldberg


Now that he’s president, Donald Trump admits he needs God more than ever

Now that he is president of the most powerful country in the world, President Donald Trump says he needs God more than ever.

Speaking with David Brody of “The Brody File” for the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump said in a recent interview…..

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Top News – 1/29/2017

Knesset to approve bill legalizing settlements on private Palestinian land
The Knesset is likely to pass into law on Monday the controversial settlements bill that retroactively legalizes close to 4,000 settler homes on private Palestinian property. News that the Knesset would hold a second and third reading on the bill was first delivered to the residents of the Ofra settlement during a Jerusalem meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief-of-staff Yoav Horowitz on Saturday night.

Yemen al-Qaeda: US commandos raid stronghold
The US has carried out a commando raid on an al-Qaeda stronghold in central Yemen, killing 14 militants, the military says. One US soldier died and three were injured. Several Apache helicopters were reported to have taken part in the operation in al-Baida province. Three al-Qaeda leaders were among those killed in a battle lasting 45 minutes in a village in Yakla district. Earlier reports suggested a higher death toll.

Trump puts Bannon on security council, dropping joint chiefs
President Donald Trump is reshuffling the US National Security Council (NSC), downgrading the military chiefs of staff and giving a regular seat to his chief strategist Steve Bannon. Mr Bannon, formerly the head of the populist right-wing, Breitbart News website, will join high-level discussions about national security. The order was signed on Saturday.

Iran says to ban U.S. visitors in retaliation to Trump move
Iran said on Saturday it would stop U.S. citizens entering the country in retaliation to Washington’s visa ban against Tehran and six other majority-Muslim countries announced by new U.S. President Donald Trump. “While respecting the American people and distinguishing between them and the hostile policies of the U.S. government, Iran will implement the principle of reciprocity until the offensive U.S. limitations against Iranian nationals are lifted,” a Foreign Ministry statement said.

House to take first crack at repealing Obama-era regulations
Determined to reverse eight years of a Democratic administration, House Republicans are on track to overturn a handful of rules finalized in President Barack Obama’s final months in office to deal with climate change, federal contracting and background checks for gun ownership. Opponents criticize the regulations as job killers that will hold the U.S. economy back. Now, they’re turning to an oversight tool used successfully only once before to void a rule issued by a federal agency.

Expect More Conflict Between Cities and States
With the federal government and most states controlled by conservative Republicans this year, Democrats are looking to Democratic cities and counties to stand up for progressive policy. But they may want to temper their expectations. State lawmakers have blocked city action on a range of economic, environmental and human rights issues, including liberal priorities such as minimum wage increases, in recent years.

David’s Sling nearing operational readiness
The joint Israeli-US missile defense system known as David’s Sling—part of Israel’s multi-layered missile defense program—is nearing operational readiness and has been cleared to be presented to potential customers abroad, such as Poland. David’s Sling is part of Israel’s anti-missile defense program, and is meant to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets, and cruise missiles fired at ranges of 40km to 300km.

Netanyahu tweet causes standoff with Mexico
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tweet in support of Trump building a wall on the US-Mexico border has incensed Mexican diplomatic officials. The Mexican government sent a strongly worded letter to the Israeli government, saying “the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs has expressed to the Israeli government – via its embassy in Mexico – the Mexican government’s absolute shock, disappointment in, and rejection of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s statement regarding the construction of a wall on the border.”

FBI request for Twitter account data may have overstepped legal guidelines
The FBI appeared to go beyond the scope of existing legal guidance in seeking certain kinds of internet records from Twitter (TWTR.N) as recently as last year, legal experts said, citing two warrantless surveillance orders the social media company published on Friday. Twitter said its disclosures were the first time the company had been allowed to publicly reveal the secretive orders, which were delivered with gag orders when they were issued in 2015 and 2016.

Trump, the Mideast conflict and the Jordanian option
…a new American administration…presents the opportunity for Israel to take the lead in advocating a far more ambitious initiative – a major investment in the economic prosperity and political stability of the Kingdom of Jordan…Jordan has the potential (once again) to become a major stabilizing influence on Palestinian politics, which would serve the interests of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian people itself.

President Trump “doesn’t mind some humor,” but thinks his son is off limits.
Trump on Thursday for the first time shared his displeasure with a “Saturday Night Live” writer who came under fire for tweeting that 10-year-old Barron Trump will “be this country’s first homeschool shooter.”

Fears grow over jihadist cyber threat
Jihadists have yet to shut down a power grid, paralyse a transport network or banking system or take over a key industrial site from afar, but experts say the threat of such a cyber attack should be taken seriously.

Trump order sets military buildup in motion
President Donald Trump on Friday took the first formal step to undertake a costly military buildup, signaling what could be a major turnaround from years of relying on a smaller, more agile force and within strict spending limits mandated by Congress.

The shocking aftermath of ISIS’ trail of destruction: Iraqi troops discover the iconic tomb of the prophet of Jonah smashed to smithereens as they retake parts of Mosul
Iraqi forces battling Islamic State in Mosul have unveiled the destruction left behind by the jihadis who levelled one of the city’s most well-known Muslim shrines. ISIS destroyed the Nabi Yunus shrine and mosque – built on the reputed burial site of a prophet known in the Koran as Yunis and in the Bible as Jonah – which was a popular pilgrimage site.

Trump and Putin make counter-terror top priority in first call
Donald Trump held a series of phone calls with world leaders on Saturday – including one with Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin said both sides had agreed to make fighting “international terrorism” – including so-called Islamic State and “other terrorist groups” in Syria – a top priority.

California Could Cut Off Feds In Response To Trump Threats
The state of California is studying ways to suspend financial transfers to Washington after the Trump administration threatened to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities, KPIX 5 has learned.

The Trap Is Set: “Both Sides Are Utterly Unprepared For What’s Coming”
If there’s one thing that should be absolutely clear in the current political environment in America, it’s that  there exists a deep division between the people of this nation. Both of sides of the aisle argue vehemently about what’s best going forward, sometimes to the point of physical violence. And though the election of President Donald Trump speaks volumes about the sentiment of Americans, the following video report from Storm Clouds Gathering warns that both sides are utterly unprepared for what’s coming.

Chicago turns to tech to curb murder rate: Will it work?
In recent months, Chicago has come under fire for violence and police misconduct. Could new technology help?

ACLU wins emergency, national stay of Trump’s refugee ban
A federal judge granted an emergency stay Saturday to temporarily allow people with valid visas who landed in the U.S. to stay in the country, following chaos and detentions after President Donald Trump’s executive order related to immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.

When The Rich Become Preppers, It’s Time To Worry
The message here is clear enough: The wealthy have caught onto the idea that the probability of a major social disruption is high enough to merit serious action. Prepping is now becoming “a thing.”


Top Headlines – 1/29/2017

Al-Sisi: Egypt working so US Embassy transfer to Jerusalem will not complicate Palestinian issue

Syrian army seizes Damascus water source as rebels withdraw – pro-government media, monitor

Chemical weapons found in Mosul in Isis lab, say Iraqi forces

Trump gives US military 30 days to devise plan to defeat IS

Trumps plan to destroy ISIS may hit limits

Trump orders ISIS plan, talks with Putin and gives Bannon national security role

Trump and Putin have first official phone conversation amid European anxiety about future relations

Trump, Putin discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran deal

Trump and Putin make counter-terror top priority in first call

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin ready to hold summit following historic phone call

Iraqis lament Trump travel ban that disregards their service to America

Rouhani in criticism of new US policies: ‘No time to create walls between nations’

Iran says to ban U.S. visitors in retaliation to Trump move

France, Germany unite in face of Trump refugee ban

Canada’s Trudeau welcomes refugees, airline rejects U.S.-bound passenger

12 refugees detained under ban after Trump’s order; one released

Anger and anxiety at Muslim travel ban as relatives and protesters gather at airports across the country

With US ban, despair sets in among refugees, their American relatives

Green card holders included in Trump ban: Homeland Security

Judge blocks US from deporting visa holders detained after Trump’s refugee order

Trump: ‘Very strict’ US travel ban ‘working very nicely’

Donald Trump Says He’ll Give Christian Refugees Priority

Fear and rage on US-Mexico border

Israeli security firm: Smart fence ‘best option’ for US-Mexico border

Trump: Israel’s security fence proves Mexico wall will work

Netanyahu backs Trump’s Mexico wall, touts similar one on Egypt border as ‘great idea’

Facing Mexico’s fury, Israel backtracks on Trump border wall praise

US Jews see ‘tragic irony’ in refugee ban on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jewish group vows ‘relentless’ fight against ‘cruel’ Muslim ban

California campaign to secede gains momentum

California Could Cut Off Feds In Response To Trump Threats

Battle of Titans: Showdown looming between Donald Trump & US Central Bank

How to Handle the Coming Bond Market Turbulence

Real World Economics: Rising interest rates, bigger federal deficits a deja vu of 1980s

When The Rich Become Preppers, It’s Time To Worry

Trump orders lobbying restrictions on ex-officials

EU leaders vow ‘firm’ response to Trump

Theresa May secures multi billion pound fighter jet deal with Turkey before challenging President Erdogan on human rights

China military official says war with US under Donald Trump ‘becoming practical reality’

Trump just reversed the last 8 years of Obama in one week. What happens now?

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

Strong earthquake activity on Kolbeinsey Ridge north of Iceland

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 18,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

Italy’s Etna Volcano Awakens with New Explosions in the New Year

Under Trump Administration, EPA Workers Are Coming Back To Work In Tears

President Trump Confronts ABC Reporter about Lack of March for Life Coverage

ABC deletes Trump’s March for Life reference in its online transcript

Canada may contribute to Dutch-led international abortion fund

2016 baby bump after China relaxes one-child rule

Panel clears Dutch doctor who asked family to hold patient down as she carried out euthanasia procedure

Chicago turns to tech to curb murder rate: Will it work?

‘I hereby divorce you!’ Egypt’s verbal divorce phenomenon surges

Canada’s Trudeau welcomes refugees; U.S.-bound passengers turned away…

Posted: 29 Jan 2017 09:15 AM PST

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed those fleeing war and persecution on Saturday even as Canadian airlines said they would turn back U.S.-bound passengers to comply…

Trump To Enlist Local Police in Illegal Immigration Crackdown

Posted: 29 Jan 2017 09:12 AM PST

To build his highly touted deportation force, President Donald Trump is reviving a program that deputizes local officers to enforce federal immigration law. The program…
White House discussing asking foreign visitors for social media info and cell phone contacts

Posted: 29 Jan 2017 08:52 AM PST

Amid the chaos and confusion of President Donald Trump’s new executive order on immigration and refugees, sources tell CNN that White House policy director Stephen…
Legal challenges mount for Trump’s travel ban from 7 Muslim countries

Posted: 29 Jan 2017 08:42 AM PST

Civil liberties groups are challenging Donald Trump’s executive order barring all immigration from seven majority-Muslim nations for 120 days, which the president signed Friday evening….
Worship Artist Credits Psalms 91 for ‘Miraculous’ Cancer Healing

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 08:44 PM PST

Worship singer Darlene Zschech is behind some of America’s most widely-sung worship songs, including: “Victor’s Crown,” “In Jesus’ Name,” “Worthy Is the Lamb,” “At the…

Morgan Freeman Calls Speaking in Tongues the ‘Language of Heaven’

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 08:41 PM PST

“Some people feel they are touched by Heaven in a physical way every Sunday,” Freeman said as he entered Newlife Pentecostal Church in Albuquerque, New…
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg opposes Trump’s immigration order

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 08:26 PM PST

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday publicly opposed two executive orders signed by President Donald Trump aiming to curtail immigration and bolster border security,…
Trump Says He ‘Needs God Even More’ as President

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 08:17 PM PST

During an interview with The Brody File on Friday, Donald Trump said he thinks he need God even more due to the office of the…
Obama Admin Issues Memo on Last Day Allowing Transgender Immigrants to Change Gender on Docs

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 08:13 PM PST

The Obama administration used its last day in office to issue a memo allowing male immigrants who identify as female, and vice versa, to change…
Seattle approves safe sites for addicts to inject drugs…

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 07:07 PM PST

Officials in Seattle on Friday approved the nation’s first “safe-injection” sites for users of heroin and other illegal drugs, calling the move a drastic but…
California Could Cut Off Feds In Response To Trump Threats

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 07:02 PM PST

The state of California is studying ways to suspend financial transfers to Washington after the Trump administration threatened to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities,…
Federal judge grants emergency stay of Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 06:55 PM PST

A Brooklyn judge issued an emergency stay, temporarily freezing the expulsion of travelers under the newly-signed executive order by President Donald Trump that covers 7…
UN Urges Trump to End Ban On Refugees

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 06:50 PM PST

UN agencies issued a joint statement calling on Washington to continue letting refugees into the US after Donald Trump signed an executive order banning entry…
Fears grow over jihadist cyber threat

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 01:58 PM PST

Jihadists have yet to shut down a power grid, paralyse a transport network or banking system or take over a key industrial site from afar,…
‘Virgin Mary will marry Prophet Mohammed in heaven,’ claims Egyptian scholar, angering Christians

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 01:53 PM PST

An Egyptian cleric has earned the ire of the country’s Christian community by claiming that the Prophet Mohammed would marry Mary, the mother of Jesus,…
Israel’s Netanyahu hails Trump decision on Mexico wall

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 01:49 PM PST

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to Twitter on Saturday to hail new US President Donald Trump’s decision to build a wall on the border…
Google Recalls Staff to U.S. After Trump Immigration Order, Slams Trump’s Decision

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 01:44 PM PST

Alphabet Inc.’s Google delivered a sharp message to staff traveling overseas who may be impacted by a new executive order on immigration from President Donald…
DEVELOPING: Fear and rage mounting on US-Mexico border

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 01:41 PM PST

At the busy San Ysidro border crossing between the United States and Mexico, it’s hard to find anyone with positive words about President Donald Trump’s…
DEVELOPING: Iran to ban U.S. visitors in retaliation to Trump move

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 01:36 PM PST

Iran said on Saturday it would stop U.S. citizens entering the country in retaliation to Washington’s visa ban against Tehran and six other majority-Muslim countries…
DEVELOPING: Protesters Gather At JFK In Support Of Detained Refugees

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 01:29 PM PST

Demonstrators on Saturday gathered at John F. Kennedy International Airport to protest the detainment of two Iraqis. The pair was locked up following an executive…
US-bound Muslim travellers are stopped from boarding flights as Donald Trump’s ban sweeps into force

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 01:26 PM PST

Passengers travelling to the USA are being prevented from entering the country just hours after President Trump introduced a ban on Muslims. Seven people, six…
Trump’s Order Blocks Immigrants at Airports, Stoking Fear Around Globe

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 01:23 PM PST

President Trump’s executive order on immigration quickly reverberated through the United States and across the globe on Saturday, slamming the border shut for an Iranian…

Top News – 1/28/2017

What to Expect From the First Official Phone Call Between Putin and Trump

As far as the conversation’s subject matter is concerned, all that is known for sure is that Putin will formally congratulate Trump on assuming office as the 45th president of the United States. Otherwise, Peskov and the Kremlin have been tight-lipped about the subjects to be discussed.


Netanyahu to Major Rabbi: Without Faith, I Couldn’t Face the World

The PM told the Rebbe that “we had a big miracle that we’re over a difficult time in the US. Now a new president has been elected and we should pray that he will be good for the Jews and for Israel.”Responding to a question from the Rebbe, Netanyahu described in some detail the great danger Israel faced from Iran, and his tough mission of going to the American Congress to warn the entire world about the Iranian menace, a menace not only to Israel but to the whole planet.


Under Trump Administration, EPA Workers Are Coming Back To Work In Tears
The EPA is undergoing a facelift and some are not happy about it. ProPublica reported that EPA employees are coming into work in tears….. let’s not forget that Middle America has been crying for the past eight years, as Obama’s war on coal has led to coal miners being laid off, which led to the destruction of local economies. So, spare me the sob stories from government bureaucrats.

Trump pledges to prioritize Christians as he freezes US refugee program
President Donald Trump pledged Friday to prioritize Christian refugees in the Middle East as he used his executive power to suspend the U.S.’s refugee resettlement program. Trump told the Christian Broadcasting Network that he would favor Christians…“We are going to help them. They’ve been horribly treated,” the president responded.

Syrian army seizes Damascus water source as rebels withdraw
Syrian government forces took back control of an area near Damascus that provides most of the capital’s water supplies after reaching a deal for rebel fighters to withdraw, pro-government media and a monitoring group said. The Syrian army and its allies launched an offensive last month to drive insurgents from the Wadi Barada valley, which they have controlled since 2012, and to recapture a major spring and pumping station.

Trump bars door to refugees, visitors from seven nations
President Donald Trump on Friday put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travelers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries, saying the moves would help protect Americans from terrorist attacks. In the most sweeping use of his presidential powers since taking office a week ago, Trump paused the entry of travelers from Syria and the six other nations for at least 90 days…

Ohio State class teaches students to detect and respond to microaggressions, white privilege
A class to be offered this spring at Ohio State University is an identity politics-based course that in large part is focused on teaching students how to detect microaggressions and white privilege. The course is dedicated to social justice themes, and pledges to…define and address “systems of power and privilege,” advance notions of diversity and inclusion, and prioritize “global citizenship,” its description states.

Yemen: Food crisis could become famine this year, UN warns
The conflict-driven food crisis in Yemen could become a full-blown famine this year, the UN’s humanitarian chief has warned. Two million people need emergency food aid to survive and child malnutrition has risen 63% in a year, Stephen O’Brien told the UN Security Council. A child under five dies every 10 minutes of preventable causes, he said.

Theresa May ‘to discuss trade’ with President Erdogan on Turkey visit
Theresa May is set to discuss a post-Brexit trade deal with Turkey during weekend talks in the country with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The prime minister arrived in Ankara from the US, where she met President Trump. A new trading relationship with Turkey following the UK’s exit from the European Union would form part of discussions, Number 10 said.

German Muslim students protest Holocaust remembrance, attack Israel
Muslim students with Arab and Turkish origins protested participation in an International Holocaust remembrance event for the liberation of the German extermination camp Auschwitz on January, 27­ while the school management showed understanding for their criticism of Israel. “Some Muslims students said they would not participate in the action,” said…a teacher at the school in the city of Gelsenkirchen…

Rouhani in criticism of new US policies: ‘No time to create walls between nations’
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday it was no time to build walls between nations and criticized steps towards cancelling world trade agreements… “To annul world trade accords does not help their economy and does not serve the development and blooming of the world economy,” Rouhani told a tourism conference in Tehran. “This is the day for the world to get closer through trade.”

Obama Can’t Sneak Gun Grab Past Congress
Former President Obama, snubbed by Congress during his eight years in office in almost every attempt to abridge the Second Amendment and grab guns from Americans, is facing one last failure.

North Korea appears to have restarted plutonium reactor: think tank
New commercial satellite imagery indicates North Korea has resumed operation of a reactor at its main nuclear site used to produce plutonium for its nuclear weapons program, a U.S. think tank said on Friday.

Netanyahu interviewed by anti-corruption police for third time
Israeli detectives have interviewed Benjamin Netanyahu for a third time as part of a series of investigations into his conduct in office. Amid reports in the Israeli media that police are close to deciding whether to indict the prime minister, in a post on Facebook he accused his perceived enemies in the media and politics “of an attempted coup by undemocratic means”.

The Rioting for Pay Work Ethic
As a teenager, I could not work summer jobs for minimum wage in order to learn a work ethic. For starters, the communist labor system did not allow for remunerated child employment of any sort, at any age. It was not that hard work was for tractors like American smart-alecky youth say nowadays. There were no teenage jobs to be had. But we learned plenty about work ethic when we helped our families survive and maintain a meager place to live.

Nikki Haley Puts U.N. on Notice: U.S. Is ‘Taking Names’
The American ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, issued a stark warning on Friday to allies and rivals abroad, saying in her first remarks at the headquarters of the world body that the Trump administration would hold to account those who do not back the United States.

Bomb-shelter builder stays busy as customers prep for ‘Trumpocalypse’
Inside his football field-size warehouse an hour’s drive southeast of Dallas, Gary Lynch is busy trying to keep up with orders for his solid-steel bomb shelters.He offers visitors a tour of a 600-square-foot model under construction for a Saudi customer.

Shabab Militants Attack Kenyan Military Base in Somalia
A suicide bomber from the Islamist militant group Shabab rammed a vehicle into a Kenyan military base in southern Somalia on Friday morning, setting off a ferocious firefight that killed dozens of people.

REPORT: Global Terrorism Surged 25% In Obama’s Final Year In Office
According to a newly released report, Global terrorism grew by 25 percent in Barack Obama’s final year in office. The report which shows a sharp spike in terrorism carried out worldwide, comes from the London-based research firm IHS Markit.

Jonathan Cahn calls out Obama, gives charge to Trump
…“Poll after poll foretold a sure Democratic victory if not a landslide,” Cahn said. “The Democrats prepared for victory. The Republicans prepared for defeat … but then something happened. And nobody was sure what exactly what. The election took a strange turn and whatever everybody was sure couldn’t happen, happened. The media was in shock. The Democrats were in shock. Obama was in shock. The Republicans were in shock. Obama was in shock. And it appears Donald Trump couldn’t believe it happened, either.

Goodbye, Obama, you “sleeper cell” traitor and enemy of America… (you won’t be missed) ..Leaving the White House is “sleeper cell” Barack Hussein Obama, an enemy of liberty, a serial liar and someone who meticulously followed a Soviet-style plan of subversion to systematically destroy America. Let’s hope Trump initiates criminal investigations into at least some of the anti-American hucksters and mafia bosses who ran his regime (Lois Lerner, Loretta Lynch, Eric Holder, etc).

WARNING: Economy Slows to 1.9% Rate in 4Q ’16
The U.S. economy’s expansion slowed in the fourth quarter, and annual growth failed to reach 3% for an 11th straight year, reflecting the huge hurdles the Trump administration faces in trying to speed up a 7½-year-old expansion.


Top Headlines – 1/28/2017

‘Abbas, Hollande to meet to continue work of Paris peace conference’

Hamas rewriting charter without anti-Semitism, claims official… but still rejects Israel

Trump’s Holocaust day statement fails to mention Jews or anti-Semitism

American Jews’ declining attachment to Israel

Israel returns two bodies of slain Palestinian assailants

Russia to start mass-producing advanced fighter jet in 2019

Western navies said planning major drill off coast of Iran

Senior Benghazi-related executives resign at State – reportedly directed by Trump

Trump: Mattis’s view on torture will override my own beliefs

Trump suspends refugee arrivals, prepares ‘new vetting’ to weed out Islamic terrorists

In Iran, Shock and Bewilderment Over Trump Visa Crackdown

U.S.-backed Iraqi fighters say Trump’s refugee ban feels like ‘betrayal’

Former Soviet Jews protest Trump’s refugee ban

Australia’s refugee deal in jeopardy after Trump’s ‘extreme vetting’ order

Sanctuary cities see legal holes in Trump’s immigration orders

Trump to Sign Executive Order Ending Obama’s Unconstitutional Executive Amnesty

Jerry Brown Signs Bill That Could Let Illegal Aliens Vote

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim says a united Mexico will help the government negotiate with Trump

Trade war looms as Donald Trump and Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico feud over border wall

Donald Trump’s wall plan sparks avocado price hike fears

Berlin mayor to Trump: ‘Don’t build this wall!’

North Korea appears to have restarted plutonium reactor: think tank

Putin and Trump likely to discuss Ukraine sanctions: White House aide

Russian Embassy mocks Theresa May over ‘beware Vladimir Putin’ speech with president due to speak to Donald Trump on Saturday

Prince Charles complains Brexit ‘obsession’ has stifled debate on Christian persecution

Donald Trump tells Theresa May: ‘Brexit is going to be a wonderful thing for your country’ as two leaders hold hands at White House

In gamble, Trump team embraces stock market surge

GDP shows economy slows to 1.9% growth

Trump adviser Gary Cohn’s $285 million Goldman Sachs exit raises eyebrows

Buffett, Gates have hope for America after Trump ascension

Surprise! Trump doing what he said he would

Trump tells Republican lawmakers: Enough talk. Time to deliver

Pence tells Congress to ‘buckle up’ and get ready to enact major change

Bomb-shelter builder stays busy as customers prep for ‘Trumpocalypse’

German Newspaper Editor: Assassination Easiest Way To End “Trump Catastrophe”

Trump calls media ‘the opposition’

Political World Embraces Encrypted-Messaging App Signal Amid Fears of Hacking

US no longer has geography as defense, ally in cybercombat

FBI request for Twitter account data may have overstepped legal guidelines

Facial recognition cameras are planned for New York City bridges and tunnels

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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?


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).


Law or Gospel — Which comes first?

Sometimes in life, the question is posed to us, “Which do you want first — the bad news or the good news?”

In response to this question, some choose to hear the good news first. It appears they desire to be thoroughly overwhelmed with the positive before getting their dose of the negative.

Others choose differently. They would rather hear the bad news first, get it out of the way, and put behind them their wonder and worry. Then, after processing the ramifications of the bad news, they hope to soothe the pain an end the conversation on a good note with positive vibes.

Well, Scripture does not offer us options. The Bible makes the choice for us, and it chooses to present the negative before the positive. The Bible declares bad news before declaring good news. It first presents the holy, wise, beneficial and condemning Law, then it publishes the “good tidings of great joy” or the Gospel. (Is. 60:1-2)

Understanding God’s Law

God’s Law was first presented in the opening chapters of Genesis. Some of it was stated; all of it was written upon man’s heart. Adam and Eve were to be entirely holy and obedient. They were to worship God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, all the time. Whether they ate, or drank, or whatsoever they did, they were do to it all for the glory of God. As image-bearers, they were to keep up God’s image. As men and women created in his likeness, they were to be like God. Vocationally, they were to enjoy and steward the garden and all God’s creatures. Relationally, they were to love one another and populate the planet. Ceremonially, they were to enjoy and glorify the Lord by walking with him in the cool of the day and never eating from the forbidden tree. These were some of their obligations, and as long as they performed perfectly they were guaranteed life in the family and kingdom of God.

However, things soon went from glorious to ghastly. Outside of them, they experienced the testing of God and the temptation of Satan. Within them they chose to question God’s truth, wisdom, and affection. Then, drawn away by their own lusts and enticed, they followed their internal sinful inclinations and externally ate of the forbidden fruit. Therefore, the holy, wise, and beneficial Law became a harsh taskmaster. It showed them the standard, showed them their guilt, and plagued their consciences. It encouraged them to hide, fear, and religiously self-medicate. It declared them wicked, separated from God, at enmity with God, and deserving of death, and it promised this for both them and their children. Yes, the Law of God promised to give them that which they deserved. It promised to pay them based upon performance, and this proved to be very, very bad news.

Understanding God’s Gospel

God, through the Law declared to Adam and Eve who they were, what they had done, and what they had justly earned — condemnation. Then God mercifully, graciously, and lovingly went to work. He performed on their behalf and promised them an eternity of undeserved blessings:

He predetermined to love his enemies.
He sought out his enemies while they hid from him in fear.
He called to the man and woman who vainly had self-medicated themselves.
He promised to rescue them and their children; they would be removed from Satan’s family.
He promised to do so by means of a special Son – one to come who would be fiercely bitten yet ultimately victorious.
He promised to damn the Evil One.
He then covered or clothed Adam and Eve by means of his ceremonial sacrifice.
He perfectly performed for and made promises to them who had performed so wickedly for him.
Friends, are we seeing the difference? The Law presents our duty to perfectly perform, and it only results in bad news. For there is none who keep all the Law, all the time, both internally and externally. However, the Gospel is not like the Law. The Gospel presents not our duty to perform for God, but it presents God’s performance and promise for us. Through the Law we lose our credentials to be a part of God’s family and enjoy his kingdom. Through the Gospel we gain credentials that cannot be earned or lost.

A Great Illustration

Perhaps nowhere is the distinction better seen between Law and Gospel than on Calvary’s cross. On that day, the Law had placed a criminal beside Jesus. There he was guilty, vile, dying, hopeless, and still hurling insults at the Son of God. He was getting that which he earned and deserved. He was being treated justly and fairly. His payment was based upon his performance, and he had hell to pay. The Law had nothing good to say to the thief on the cross. But then God went to work; Jesus granted the Law-breaking criminal complete pardon, intimate communion, and never-ending paradise. These blessings were not based upon any labors of his own, but only based upon the performance and promise of God. These blessings were not earned; they were a gift. A divine swap occurred. Jesus (The Law Keeping Man) received that which he did not deserve so that the thief (The Law Breaking Man) might also receive that which he did not deserve. And this is a fantastic picture of the Gospel. Communion with God that was lost by man seeking to keep the Law, was granted to man as a gift of God.

Responding to the Gospel

Therefore, how should we respond to the Gospel? While believing in divine sovereignty, what is our human responsibility?

Let us make the Gospel our Gospel. Along with the Apostle Paul let us call it “mine.” The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit offer this gift to you. They command you to receive it and enjoy it. If you find yourself with faith, willing to repent and receive, call out to Jesus in prayer right now. Call Jesus, “My Jesus.” Call Jesus’ righteousness, “My Righteousness.” Call Jesus’ Gospel, “My Gospel.” (Rom. 2:16; 2 Tim. 2:8) Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. As a matter of fact, if you draw near to God, it is only because he has already been drawing nearer to you.

Let us not water down the Gospel. This is always our tendency, to add human works to the sufficient work of Jesus Christ. Friends, re-read the letter to the Galatians. If we must perform, it is not Gospel. If we must labor, it is not Gospel. If it involves our works, it is not Gospel. If it is conditioned upon us in anyway, it is not Gospel. If it is a contract, it is not Gospel. If it can be lost, it is not Gospel. The Gospel represents the unilateral work of God on behalf of men. The Law ought never be divorced from the Gospel, but it must never be confused either.

Let us celebrate the Gospel. William Tyndall wrote of the Gospel, “It makes a man’s heart glad, and makes him sing, dance, and leap for joy.” It is the best of news. It means we can sabbath. It means we can boldly approach the throne of grace with confidence. It means we are seen as Christlike image-bearers. Give God the celebratory praise he deserves. He has labored perfectly on your behalf, give him reverent and radical praise and worship.

Let us not be ashamed of the Gospel. (Rom.1:16) Paul wrote, “Woe if I do not preach the Gospel. (1 Cor. 9:16) He wrote, “How beautiful are the feet of those who spread the Good News.” Friends, just as Adam and Eve were to physically reproduce, we are to spiritually reproduce around the world. This is our mission. This is our great mission. This is our Great Commission. Let us be humble, for we cannot make someone believe. Let us be zealous, for God has a tendency to honor those who labor hard. And let us become flexibly relevant in order to better spread the Gospel. (1 Cor. 9:22-23) As Gospel-lovers and Gospel-beneficiants, let us do that which is Lawful and bring in the Gospel-harvest.

Then, let us live Lawfully in accordance with the Gospel. Now that we have been saved from having to perform, let us perform. Yes, with Gospel-eyes, let us look at the Law and enjoy practicing that which is holy, wise, beneficial, and worshipful. Living in the power of the Gospel, let us enjoy becoming more and more like Jesus — the Author and Finisher of our Faith. And when we look at the Law, let us not get frustrated and despondent. Instead, let us glory in the Law, for there is the description of who we are in Christ today, and it also shows us all we will be in glory tomorrow when our old flesh is finally exterminated.

Bottom line, the Law shows us how to perform for God, but the Gospel shows us how God performs for us. This is radical. This is crazy. This is beautiful. This is truth.


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?

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Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

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

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

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

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


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