Daily Archives: April 2, 2017

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 04/01/2017

Teen Who Threw Newborn Out Window Won’t Do Jail Time, Must Delete Facebook Due to Uproar Over Crime   Mar 27, 2017 05:57 pm

OMAHA, Neb. — A Nebraska teenager who threw her newborn baby out the window won’t be spending any time behind bars, but instead has been ordered to therapy, community service and probation, and must delete her Facebook account due to outrage from thousands upset over the girl’s crime. Antonia Lopez, 16, gave birth in the middle of the night on September 30, and…

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Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill Prohibiting Punishment of Those Who Believe in Biblical Marriage   Mar 28, 2017 06:01 am

Photo Credit: Steve Bott RICHMOND, Va. — The Democratic governor of Virginia has vetoed a religious freedom bill which would have prohibited the government from punishing those who believe in biblical marriage and conduct their public lives in accordance with that conviction. “Although couched as a ‘religious freedom’ bill, this legislation is nothing more…

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Man Who Identifies as Woman Dominates Female Weightlifting Competition   Mar 27, 2017 08:38 am

Photo Credit: New Zealand Herald MELBOURNE – A 39-year-old man who identifies as a woman dominated a women’s weightlifting competition in Australia last week, becoming the first “transgender” person from New Zealand to compete in the games. Gavin Hubbard of New Zealand describes himself as a female. Although he spent over 30 years living as man and…

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Liberty University, Liberty Counsel Named in Lesbian’s Lawsuit Over Ex-Partner’s Escape From Country With Daughter   Mar 26, 2017 09:16 am

Miller and Isabella Liberty University and the religious liberties organization Liberty Counsel have been named in a revived parental kidnapping lawsuit that had been placed on hold while one of the defendants in the case was on trial. “We were surprised to learn that we’ve brought back into a case that we’ve previously been dismissed out of,” David…

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Crazed Indiana Man Yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ Arrested After Strangling Thrift Store Employee   Mar 31, 2017 03:26 pm

MUNCIE, Ind. — An Indiana man broke a police officer’s hand during a scuffle as he was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly strangled a thrift store employee who sought to intervene as he went berserk in his quest to convert those present to Islam. Reports state that he repeatedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” as he fought being taken into custody by police. Khalid…

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Laughing Planned Parenthood Abortionist: It ‘Takes More Force’ to Dismember Some Babies   Mar 30, 2017 06:01 am

LOS ANGELES — Newly-released undercover footage from the Center for Medical Progress captures a Planned Parenthood abortionist laughing about how much force is required to dismember babies when chemical agents aren’t used, and joking that she first thought she needed to go to the gym just to get in shape to perform a dilation and evacuation procedure. “Research…

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California AG Charges Man Behind Planned Parenthood Expose’ Videos With 15 Felonies   Mar 29, 2017 11:11 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California state prosecutors have charged the pro-life investigator behind the 2014-2015 undercover Planned Parenthood videos with 15 felonies less than a year after Texas officials dropped all charges. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra alleges that David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress, along with his co-worker Sandra…

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Tennessee Couple Arrested After Allegedly Seeking to Sell Baby on Craigslist   Mar 29, 2017 05:10 pm

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee couple has been arrested after allegedly seeking to sell their infant son for $3,000 on Craigslist. John David Cain, 26 and Deanna Greer, 37, were arraigned on Monday at the Greene County General Sessions Court on charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect after they handed off the baby to an undercover investigator on…

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Student Groups at Christian-Identified University Seeking Softer Policies on Homosexuality   Mar 25, 2017 01:46 pm

WAYNE, Pa. — Two student groups at a Christian-identified university in Pennsylvania are asking that the school soften its policies on homosexuality, including removing language in its student handbook that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. Members of Eastern University’s “gay-straight alliance” club known as Refuge, as well as its Political…

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Montana House Advances Bill That Would Ban Sharia Law in State   Mar 26, 2017 06:01 am

HELENA, Mont. — The Montana House of Representatives has advanced a bill that would ban Sharia law in the state. Senate Bill 97, sponsored by Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, passed mainly along party lines on Monday 56-44. While it does not specifically mention Sharia law, it was often the focus of discussion during debate. “If you go back and listen to the…

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Top News – 4/1/2017

More Dangerous Than The NSA? The Massive Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard Of
If you’re one of the countless Americans who was distraught to learn of the revelations made by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, the mere idea that there might be yet another agency out there – perhaps just as powerful and much more intrusive –  should give you goosebumps.

Trudeau “Christians are the worst part of Canadian society”
Why didn’t Trudeau bring Christian or Jew refugees to Canada who fled rape, beatings and many more sufferings, Trudeau seems to hate Christians, he says: “Christians are the worst part of Canadian society” WATCH.

Morgan Stanley: Used Car Prices May Crash 50%
For all of you pension funds out there scooping up all of the AAA-rated slugs of the latest auto ABS deals for the ‘juicy yield‘, now might be a good time to review what happened to the investment grade tranches of MBS structures back in 2009…

Damascus Destroyed-Mark of the Beast- World War III Is Knocking On the Door
…The winds war are blowing. Syria looks like and feels like Sarajevo prior to the commencement of World War I in which one assassination set up a war that killed millions. This conflict, which will go nuclear, looks and feels like World War I from our past. However, these events and their outcome have been foretold thousands of years ago in the Bible. As I review the relevant passages, perhaps you will get the same sinking feeling in my stomach that I did when I began to realize the inevitability of it all.

VA retaliation against whistleblower: doctor kept in empty room
Dr. Dale Klein may be the highest-paid U.S. government employee who literally does nothing while he’s on the clock. A highly rated pain management specialist at the Southeast Missouri John J. Pershing V.A., Klein is paid $250,000 a year to work with veterans, but instead of helping those who served their country, he sits in a small office and does nothing. All day. Every day.

American Jobs Once Again Flowing Into Mexico After Brief, Trump-Induced Pause
“When you dissect the worst-case scenarios, it still makes sense to go forward with their business plans.  It’s a competitive world.”

New terrorist laptop bombs may evade airport security, intel sources say
US intelligence and law enforcement agencies believe that ISIS and other terrorist organizations have developed innovative ways to plant explosives in electronic devices that FBI testing shows can evade some commonly used airport security screening methods, CNN has learned.

Vimeo Voids Christian Content

We have to expect to see a lot more of this in the days and years to come. “Vimeo, a leading online film production and sharing outlet, pulled the entire 850-count video catalog of Pure Passion ministry this month after determining the video content ‘demeaned’ homosexuals.”

Teaching Children Hymns

Jacob explains why he and his wife are teaching their children the great hymns.

How Magellan Circumnavigated the Globe (Video)

Here’s a short account of Magellan’s historic, deadly voyage.

You Cannot Raise Snowflakes in Jesus’ Name

“Today’s parents often go to ludicrous lengths attempting to remove all risk from their children’s lives and protect them from any negative assessment. There are very real consequences in the child’s life when parents raise their children in this self-referential environment. Children are taught that they have a right not to hear anything they do not agree with, and when they do, they should take it personally. This mollycoddling of our children does not prepare them for life.”

The Attraction of Reformed Theology

What is it that people find attractive about Reformed theology? Kyle Borg offers a good answer. “I am persuaded that it is in the theology of the Reformation where the glory of God works itself out most vividly, substantively, and with the greatest consistency.”

Why Japan’s Rail Workers Can’t Stop Pointing at Things (Video)

I’m sure there’s a principal of diligence we can draw from this practice of pointing at things.

An FAQ on The Collected Works of John Piper

Crossway has just published The Collected Works of John Piper, a massive 13-volume set. Justin Taylor has a thorough FAQ on the set, the methodology behind it, and the future additions to it.

Flashback: The Way the World Works

There are a hundred explanations for this desire to protect and preserve life. But the only one that really makes sense, and the only one that is compelling enough to believe, is that God is the creator of life, and that he has given life intrinsic value.To recklessly endanger life is to reject both the giver and his gift.


Weekend Snapshot

Apr. 1, 2017
Top Stories This Week
Top Opinion
John Stossel: Free Market Care
Tony Perkins: Planned Parenthood’s Killer Workout
Stephen Moore: The False Compassion of Liberalism
Jonah Goldberg: Reaction to Pence Story Shows Traditional Christians Face Double Standard
More Opinion →
Quote of the Week

“While the media like to blame ‘unyielding, right-wing extremists’ for the demise of bipartisanship, it is the Left that is poisoning the well. … The Democrat Party of JFK is dead. The radicals have taken over. For all the media’s talk about how Ronald Reagan could not be nominated in today’s Republican Party, Bill Clinton could not be nominated in today’s Democrat Party.” —Gary Bauer


Top Headlines – 4/1/2017

Abbas: Trump is serious about peace

Where Did Jared Kushner Disappear To? Wasn’t Jared Kushner supposed to make Israeli-Palestinian peace?

Fatah official: Israel not a ‘peace partner’

US: ‘Unrestrained’ Israeli settlements do ‘not help advance peace’

UK, France, Germany slam Israeli announcement to build new settlement

Though politically challenging, new settlement curb likely a win-win for Netanyahu

The sword of Netanyahu still looms, as he emerges victorious from coalition crisis

Herzog: Gov’t on the way to falling apart

Kahlon warned Netanyahu: If we go to elections, you will not be next PM

Anti-Israel ‘apartheid’ report was no secret, despite UN chief’s disavowal

Hamas steps up security following terror chief’s assassination

Hamas looking undersea, not just underground, for attack routes

Israel takes baby step toward rebuilding Temple?

Pakistan Allows One Citizen to Register as a Jew for First Time Since 1980s

For some, Passover Seder will address global refugee crisis

Trump seeks to ‘reboot’ US relationship with Egypt in Monday talks

The threat of ISIS terrorist attacks is growing in south Sinai

Syria’s conflict: More war crimes, more peace talks-and more radicalization by Russian design

No deal in sight as fifth round of UN Syria talks concludes

UN urges new efforts to defeat Boko Haram and tackle hunger

At least 22 dead, 57 wounded in Pakistan market blast

US Defense Secretary Mattis says Iran continues to sponsor terrorism

US defense chief worries about ‘reckless’ NKorea actions

Defense Sec. James Mattis: North Korea ‘Has Got to Be Stopped’

US sanctions North Koreans linked to weapons, financial networks

FBI releases photos from 9/11 attack at Pentagon

New terrorist laptop bombs may evade airport security, intel sources say

Sessions Moves To Quickly Deport Imprisoned Immigrants

Federal officials defend immigration arrests in courthouses

Customs and Border Protection asks companies for drone tech

Passenger jet in near-miss with large drone at 10,000 feet on Heathrow approach

Russia develops hypersonic 4,600 mph Zircon missile

Putin spokesman: US-Russia relations ‘maybe worse’ now than Cold War

Michael Flynn’s Immunity Request Rejected By Senate Intelligence Committee

Trump faces questions of interference in investigations

Obama Officials Made List of Russia Probe Documents to Keep Them Safe

White House wants Congress to dig deeper on snooping after Obama official comments

Trump’s approach to intel agencies shows anxiety, distrust

Trump’s poll numbers are low. But the people who put him in office say it’s not time to judge him – yet

Without Obama, once-booming gun industry poised to shrink

Stock Surge in First Quarter of 2017 Rides the Tech Wave

No Joke: April Fools’ Comet to Pass Closest to Earth Since Discovery

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Tinabogan, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Ovalle, Chile

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Reykjanes Ridge

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kuril’sk, Russia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bouvet Island, Bouvet Island

Klyuchevskoy volcano in Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 25,000ft

Chirinkotan volcano on the Kuril Islands erupts to 22,000ft

Feugo volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Landslide buries over 2 dozen people in central Indonesia

New Mexico hit by ‘flash drought’ weather phenomenon

Wildflowers, dormant for years during drought, bloom big across California

Robotics aid in the study of corn and drought tolerance

3 in custody in connection with I-85 fire, bridge collapse – 1 arrested 19 times since 1995

Officials Brace For Possible Cases Of Zika With Outbreak Of New Aggressive Mosquito In SoCal

NYC to automatically ban mohels linked to newborn herpes cases

Doctors Perform Heart Surgery On Baby Still Inside Womb To Remove Tumor

Obamacare Choices Could Go From One to Zero in Some Areas

It’s On: GOP Appears Ready to Go ‘Nuclear’ if Democrats Mount Indefensible, Unpopular Filibuster of Gorsuch

Gorsuch explains his stance on gay rights: “No one is looking to return us to horse and buggy days.”

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Showed Support For His Clerk’s Gay Marriage

Census 2020: Dispute over LGBT questions is really about federal spending

Gilbert Baker, LGBT rainbow flag creator, dies aged 65

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  • Salvation is a work of the Trinity.
  • In case you’re looking for Kevin DeYoung.
  • God didn’t need to create such a colorful world, but we are thankful He did!
  • I am thankful for unknown, but faithful pastors.
Putin Spokesman Warns US-Russia relations ‘maybe worse’ now than Cold War

Posted: 01 Apr 2017 08:03 AM PDT

The relationship between the U.S. and Russia may be more antagonistic now than it was during the decades-long Cold War, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top…

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China Bans Veils and ‘Abnormal’ Beards to Combat Extremism

Posted: 01 Apr 2017 07:58 AM PDT

China has banned wearing veils as part of a major crackdown on what it sees as religious extremism in the western province of Xinjiang. The…

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Terrorist Laptop Bombs May Evade Airport Security

Posted: 01 Apr 2017 07:52 AM PDT

US intelligence and law enforcement agencies believe that ISIS and other terrorist organizations have developed innovative ways to plant explosives in electronic devices that FBI…

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Police in Sudan Arrest Christians at School, Prevent Others From Leaving

Posted: 01 Apr 2017 07:43 AM PDT

Police accused staff members of a Christian school in Sudan of obstructing the work of a Muslim-owned business trying to take it over, sources said….

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RUMORS OF WAR: Top U.S. Commander Warns Iran’s Heightened Threat May Require Military Action

Posted: 01 Apr 2017 07:34 AM PDT

The U.S. needs to consider military action to disrupt Iran’s malign activities in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, which have intensified since…

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Top News – 4/2/2017

As French election race tightens, Macron defies National Front
France’s centrist presidential contender Emmanuel Macron singled out the far-right National Front as his chief rival on Saturday, vowing to win the first round on April 23 as a new poll showed the election race getting tighter.

Rare Total Solar Eclipse Coming Soon Hasn’t Happened Since 1918… but Here’s Where It Gets Weird
It’s being called “The Big One”. Coming this summer, we will see an event unlike any we’ve seen in North America since 1918: a total solar eclipse crossing the entire United States in a line from coast to coast on August 21, 2017.

Moscow And Beijing Join Forces To Bypass US Dollar In Global Markets, Shift To Gold Trade
The Russian central bank opened its first overseas office in Beijing on March 14, marking a step forward in forging a Beijing-Moscow alliance to bypass the US dollar in the global monetary system, and to phase-in a gold-backed standard of trade.

Blaming Russia For Everything
With the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing on Thursday, this determination to squelch any dissenting American views as “Russian disinformation” moved up a notch. The craziness has now become the focus of an official Senate investigation into Russian “meddling” in American political life. We have taken another step down the path of a New Cold War that blends a New McCarthyism with a New Orwellianism.

Montana Democrats Vote Against Bill Banning Sharia Law, Call It ‘Repugnant’
Democrats in Montana have opposed a bill banning the use of foreign law in its state courts on the grounds that such legislation would target Muslims.

US believes jihadists found innovative ways to put explosives in laptops
US authorities reportedly believe that jihadist organizations have discovered innovative ways to insert explosives inside electronic devices that can evade common screening techniques used by most airports.


Top Headlines – 4/2/2017

Norway FM: Two-state solution ‘under pressure’

Jerusalem demonstration calls for ‘end to occupation’

Three hurt in Jerusalem Old City stabbing, attacker shot dead

Mother of JCC bomb hoaxer: He’s autistic, doesn’t know what he’s doing

Bomb wounds 16 near police training centre in Egypt’s Nile Delta

Iran rejects U.S. terror claim by Mattis, blames Saudi

Trump’s stance on Iran emboldens nation’s hardliners

Merkel: Migrants and Germans can learn from each other

Carr: Real ‘Fake News’ Is Media’s Failure to Cover Illegal Immigrant Crimes

China Bans Veils and ‘Abnormal’ Beards in Western Province of Xinjiang

Venezuela crisis casts shadow over Ecuador presidential election

Turmoil Deepens in Latin America as Paraguay’s Congress Smolders

With Trump approval, Pentagon expands warfighting authority

Airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert as government officials warn of ‘credible’ cyber threat

More Dangerous Than The NSA? The Massive Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard Of

In April Fools’ Day post, Russian Foreign Ministry suggests callers procure the services of its hackers to further their political agendas

DNC’s Perez says Trump a bully, ‘didn’t win election’

Soon you’ll be able to go to work in a flying taxi

Klyuchevksoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 25,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 21,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

154 dead, 220 missing in Colombia after wall of water roars through city

Ex-North Carolina governor who signed bathroom bill, LGBT advocates agree: The state didn’t really repeal the law

PROPHECY WATCH: Is Israel Taking Baby Step Toward Rebuilding Temple?

Posted: 01 Apr 2017 03:21 PM PDT

With June marking the 50th anniversary of Israel’s reunification of the capital city of Jerusalem along with the Temple Mount, the Israeli government is considering…

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Activist group claims 20% of millennials are LGBT

Posted: 01 Apr 2017 03:09 PM PDT

The LGBT advocacy organization GLAAD, touting an online poll it claims shows a stunning 20 percent of American millennials aged 18-34 “identify as LGBTQ,” is…

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Rolling Stone Blasts ‘Duck Dynasty’ – Calls Them “Christian-Right Hillbillies”

Posted: 01 Apr 2017 02:57 PM PDT

Duck Dynasty was a modern-day version of Mayberry – a television show that celebrated faith and family and ducks. And now the show has ended…

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It’s Time to Prophesy in This Ezekiel 37 Hour

Posted: 01 Apr 2017 02:53 PM PDT

(By Torrey Marcel Harper) While recently attending a prophetic round table in Washington, D.C. a word from the Lord concerning this year rang loud in…

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DEVELOPING: Airports and nuclear power stations put on terror alert

Posted: 01 Apr 2017 02:38 PM PDT

Britain’s airports and nuclear power stations have been told to tighten their defenses against terrorist attacks in the face of increased threats to electronic security…

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154 reported dead, after three rivers overflow in Colombia

Posted: 01 Apr 2017 02:17 PM PDT

An avalanche of water from three overflowing rivers swept through a small city in Colombia while people slept, destroying homes and killing at least 154…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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:

JESUS IS GOD

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!

JESUS IS HOLY

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

JESUS IS LORD

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


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William Lane Craig explains the resurrection of Jesus in Ireland

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I have a couple of friends in Northern Ireland, and one sent me an alert about this article in The Irish News, authored by the top living defender of Christianity, William Lane Craig.

Most churches don’t do a good job of explaining the vital importance of the resurrection when discussing why anyone should consider Christianity as a worldview. Here is how William Lane Craig sets the stage for his defense of the resurrection:

Most people are happy to agree that God exists; but in our pluralistic society it has become politically incorrect to claim that God has revealed Himself decisively in Jesus.

What justification can Christians offer for thinking that the Christian God is real?

The answer of the New Testament is the resurrection of Jesus. It is God’s vindication of Jesus’ radical personal claims to divine authority.

So how do we know that Jesus is…

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Announcement: Apostle Kong Hee & 5 CHC leaders back in court on April 7.

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The Straits Times has officially reported that Apostle Kong Hee is back in court on April 7:

City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee and 5 CHC leaders back in court on April 7

For your convenience, this article will provide as a resource. We will:

  1. Identify the six accused.
  2. Recap the allegations made in court against Kong Hee and the other five.
  3. Recap on the verdict of each individual.
  4. Supply links how Kong Hee demonized and maligned his own government.
  5. Provide resources how Kong Hee and/or Phil Pringle have used international conferences to malign Singaporean authorities and manipulate people to give money to support Kong Hee’s case (and learn how involved Pringle was in Kong Hee’s ministry, by influencing him in making important decisions regarding the purchase of SunTec, prophesying over Sun’s music career and allowing Kong Hee to copy the C3 building fund model).
  6. Exhibit videos of Kong Hee exploiting…

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C. Peter Wagner – The Don Quixote of Evangelicalism (Part 1): Knighted as a General.

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Charles Peter Wagner is famous for leading what is known as the New Apostolic Reformation.

Wagner was one of the most influential heretical figures last century in evangelicalism, encouraging Christians to convert to his NAR movement. In other words, he has been leading people away from the Christian faith into his ways of doing what he thinks is biblical Christianity.

However, in his attempt to invent his own NAR theology, Wagner has been proven to fail spectacularly. Not just once. Not just twice. Not even three times. We are talking about a man who has proven again and again why we as Christians should stick to the bible and not our own silly novelties. Whatever he touches or praises does not turn to gold but turns to shame, irony and embarrassment. Sometimes what he praises or endorses evolves into a scandal, cover-up or illegal activity.

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Apostle Brian Houston acknowledges Rick Warren as an NAR Apostle.

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The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) leaders are no longer are hiding their agenda in front of Christendom.

Recently on Instagram, Brian Houston named Rick Warren as ‘The General’, which is code talk for an NAR Apostle. This is because in the NAR, ‘Apostles’ are called to be ‘Generals’ leading the end-times army (also known as Joel’s Army). With Rick Warren’s background in associating the church to ‘Nazi Germany’, we think Brian’s bestowal is quite a fitting title for Rick Warren, considering ‘The General’ sends out members of his church with a particular agenda, with their own ‘mission projects’ around the world.

Rick Warren’s Apostolic vision “is the global expansion of the kingdom of God. It is the total mobilization of his church. And the third part is the goal of a radical devotion of every believer.” And in all seriousness, ‘Apostles’ like Rick Warren and Brian Houston desire to raise up young men and women who, instead…

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April 2, 2017: Verse of the day

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The Psalmist’s Relationship to God (vv. 1–2)

The opening verses begin with a statement of the psalmist’s relationship to God. The essence of that relationship is in the names for God he uses. The first word is el, translated simply “God” in verse 1. El is the most common name for God. But the unique quality of this name is that it delineates God as “the Strong (or Mighty) One.” It is appropriately chosen in verse 1, for it is in God as the Mighty One that the psalmist takes refuge.

The second name is Jehovah, translated “Lord” in the first part of verse 2. This is the personal name of the great God of Israel. It was revealed to Moses at the burning bush. “Moses said to God, ‘Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you,” and they ask me, “What is his name?” Then what shall I tell them?’

“God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: “I am has sent me to you” ’ ” (Exod. 3:13–14). Since this name is the covenant name for God in relation to his chosen people, it is appropriate that David’s confession, “apart from you I have no good thing,” is in this verse, where the name is mentioned, rather than in verse 1.

The third name for God is Adonai, translated “Lord” in the first part of verse 2. Adonai can designate an earthly Lord as well as God. So when the psalmist says, as he does, “I said to the Lord [Jehovah], ‘You are my Lord [Adonai],’ ” he is saying that the God of Israel is his master. That is, God is not only the strong, powerful God in whom he can take refuge but also the one who is able to—and does—order his life and direct what he should do. We have an equivalent of this in our common New Testament way of speaking when we say that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Savior corresponds to el, since it is as “the Strong One” that Jesus saves us. Lord is the equivalent of Adonai. It means that Jesus is also Master of our lives.

Is Jesus your Lord and Savior, your Master? If he is, you should be able to say, as David does, “apart from you I have no good thing.”

This means that God is the source of all good. James says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17). It means that if we do not have God himself, even the best things of life will be valueless to us. Jesus said, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” (Matt. 16:26). It means that, having come to know God as our refuge, redeemer, and Lord, nothing hereafter can ever mean as much to us as God does.[1]


2 The psalmist approaches God as “my Lord” (Adonai) and as “my good” (NIV, “I have no good thing”). The designation “my Lord” reveals the psalmist’s submission to him as “Master” and “Ruler” (see 8:1), in contrast to those who run after other gods (v. 4). Hence his confidence is in God’s care for him. He further describes his relationship to his God as the source of all of his benefits (cf. 23:6; 73:25). The sovereign God is “my good,” i.e., the reason for his existence and joy (cf. v. 11). Weiser, 173, contends, “The relation to God dominates the whole of human life because God lays claim to the whole man.” The spirit of joy and confidence in God’s sovereign care is also stated in 73:25: “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you” (cf. v. 26).[2]


16:1, 2 As the perfect Man, completely dependent on God, Christ cries out for preservation to the One who is His only refuge. Throughout His thirty years of life on earth, the Savior not only acknowledged God as His Lord but joyfully confessed God as the absorbing passion of His life. The words “My goodness is nothing apart from You” are not a denial of the Savior’s sinlessness, but are simply a moving testimony that Christ found all His sufficiency in God. This testimony is comparable to the worship of Psalm 73:25: “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.”[3]


16:2 I have no good besides You. I.e., “My well-being is entirely dependent upon You.”[4]


16:1–2 The Lord Is My Refuge. The Lord is the only one on whom the psalmist relies for well-being (no good apart from you, v. 2).[5]


16:2 apart from you The psalmist finds contentment and sufficiency in Yahweh. The psalmist of Psalm 73 makes a similar statement in response to the prosperity of the wicked (73:25).[6]


[1] Boice, J. M. (2005). Psalms 1–41: An Expositional Commentary (pp. 131–132). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[2] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 187). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 565). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ps 16:2). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[5] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 955). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[6] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 16:2). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

APRIL 2 – THIS LITTLE CHEAP GOD

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

—1 Timothy 1:17

If God had goodness, but there was one spot in God that wasn’t good, then He wouldn’t be our God and Father. If God had love but didn’t have all the love, just ninety-nine and nine-tenths percent of the love—or even a higher percentage—God still wouldn’t be God. God, to be God, must be infinite in all that He is. He must have no bound and no limit, no stopping place, no point beyond which He can’t go. When you think of God or anything about God you’ll have to think infinitely about God.

You may have a charley horse in your head for two weeks after trying to follow this, but it’s a mighty good cure for this little cheap god we have today. This little cheap god we’ve made up is one you can pal around with—“the Man upstairs,” the fellow who helps you win baseball games. That god isn’t the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He isn’t the God who laid the foundations of the heaven and the earth; he’s some other god. AOG006-007

Lord, forgive me for assuming such a cheap familiarity with such an awesome God. You are worthy of so much more. May I begin to learn to think infinitely about You today. Amen. [1]


The Response to Grace

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1:17)

Having begun the passage with thanksgiving, Paul now closes it with a doxology. Eternal literally means “of the ages.” It refers to the two ages in Jewish thought, the present age, and the age to come. God had no beginning and will have no end. He exists outside of time, though He acts in it. He is immortal, imperishable, and incorruptible. He will never know death, decay, or loss of strength. Because God is invisible, He can be known only by His self-revelation. That He is the only God is a fundamental truth of Scripture (cf.. Deut. 4:35, 39; 6:4; Isa. 43:10; 44:6; 45:5–6, 21–22; 46:9; 1 Cor. 8:4, 6; 1 Tim. 2:5). He alone is worthy of all honor and glory forever and ever. The doxology closes with the emphatic Amen, meaning “let it be said.”

In contrast to the false gospel of the errorists, Paul emphasizes the true gospel and his participation in it by God’s grace. That grace is available to the worst sinner who comes to the Lord Jesus Christ in humble faith and repentance.[2]


17 Paul concludes this section with a brief prayer or doxology, consisting of the following elements: (1) specification of the recipient (“to the King eternal [King of the ages] … the only God”); (2) ascription of praiseworthy attributes (“be honor and glory”); and (3) a solemn affirmation of the truth of the statement (“for ever and ever. Amen”; cf. Rev 1:6; 4:11; 5:12–13; 7:12). The doxology has a liturgical ring to it and may reflect Diaspora synagogue worship (cf. Tob 13:7, 11).

God’s eternal kingship is commonly acknowledged in the OT (esp. Jer 10:10; cf. Pss 10:16; 74:12). The term “immortal” is a Jewish import from Greek philosophy (Wis 12:1; Philo). “Invisible” casts God as incapable of being depicted in visual images (Ex 20:4–5; Col 1:15; Heb 11:27; cf. Jn 1:18; 5:37; 6:46; 1 Jn 4:20). Note that both characteristics, “immortal” and “invisible,” as well as “only,” resurface in the doxology at the end of the letter (6:15–16).

“Only God” (see Jude 25; cf. Jn 5:44) reflects the monotheism characteristic of both Judaism and Christianity (cf. Dt 6:4; Ro 3:29–30; 16:27; 1 Co 8:4–5; Gal 3:20; Eph 4:5–6). This contrasts sharply with the polytheism of the Greco-Roman world. With Paul, one may legitimately marvel that the transcendent, glorious God has in Christ Jesus come into the world to save sinners.[3]


1:17 As Paul thinks of God’s marvelous dealings with him in grace, he bursts out into this lovely doxology. It is difficult to know whether it is addressed to God the Father or to the Lord Jesus. The words the King eternal seem to refer to the Lord Jesus because He is called the “Kings of kings, and Lord of lords” (Rev. 19:16). However, the word invisible seems to refer to the Father, since the Lord Jesus was obviously visible to mortal eyes. The fact that we are not able to distinguish which Person of the Godhead is intended might serve as an indication of Their absolute equality.

The King eternal is spoken of, first of all, as immortal. This means incorruptible or imperishable. God in His essence is also invisible. Men have seen appearances of God in the OT, and the Lord Jesus fully revealed God to us in visible form, but the fact remains that God Himself is invisible to human eyes. Next He is spoken of as God who alone is wise. In the final analysis, all wisdom comes from God (Jas. 1:5).[4]


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

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1995). 1 Timothy (pp. 32–33). Chicago: Moody Press.

[3] Köstenberger, A. (2006). 1 Timothy. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 507). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 2079–2080). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.