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Top News – 4/14/2017

Barley Harvested for the Omer Offering
As soon as Passover ended, entire families, men women and children, gathered in a field in the Negev to harvest barley that would be used the next day by priests to recreate the omer offering of barley. The barley was prepared according to Torah law and presented as a wave offering in Jerusalem by priests in a ceremony that closely resembled what was once seen every year in Solomon’s Temple.

Report: US May Launch Preemptive Strike Against North Korea
the US has positioned two destroyers capable of shooting Tomahawk cruise missiles 300 miles from the North Korean nuclear test site. Also, US Air Force heavy bombers have been moved to Guam to drop conventional or nuclear charges on North Korea should the need arise.

‘Shariah cop’ cracks down on Minnesota Muslims
But when he isn’t in a turban, he wears a green uniform with a patch marking him as the “religious police.” That’s causing quite a stir, even in the Muslim enclave of Minneapolis’s Cedar Riverside community. In a recent interview with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Rashid said he aims to turn the city’s Cedar-Riverside area into a “sharia-controlled zone” where Muslims are learning about the proper practices of Islam and that “non-Muslims are asked to respect” it, the paper reported.

Nikki Haley: Russian veto is a ‘no’ to resolving the conflict in Syria
The US mission to the UN, which presides over the Council this month, pointed out that even China decided not to block the measure this time.

SOLAR FILAMENT EXPLODES, HURLS CME
On April 9th, a dark filament of magnetism on the sun rose up and hurled a portion of itself into space. At first it appeared that the CME would miss Earth, but a new analysis by NOAA forecasters suggests that a glancing glow is possible on April 14th.

At least 36 ISIS terrorists dead in massive US bombing
Massive MOAB bomb attack against ISIS tunnel network in Afghanistan kills dozens of terrorists, Afghan military reports. The 21,600 pound bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft on a massive ISIS tunnel network in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan used for smuggling weapons and fighters.

In battle for Mosul, new US strategy takes shape
The tactical assembly area for US forces south of Mosul is as nondescript as could possibly be…a platoon leader, says “we have the capability to address all targets; the point of the Paladin is a mobile artillery system. The fight that we bring is the precision munition capability. We are able to program and set those fuses and provide those rounds downrange in rapid time in order to accomplish [our task].” He’s…enthusiastic about providing fire support to the Iraqi security personnel who are slowly clearing Mosul of Islamic State fighters.

Hezbollah evacuating positions near Israel’s Golan Heights
Hezbollah forces have begun to evacuate territory near Syria’s Golan region, not far from the Israeli border, after the US State Department demanded that the Lebanese terror organization immediately leave the area, Syrian news agency Al-Ittihad reported Thursday. The report added that Hezbollah fighters began clearing their stronghold in the Qalamun Mountains nearly a week before the US military conducted airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air force on April 6.

Egypt Coptic Church cuts back Easter celebrations after attacks
Egypt’s Coptic Church says it will cut back Easter celebrations after the two bomb attacks that killed at least 45 people last weekend. Church events are cancelled and only prayers will be held, it says. Egypt’s government imposed a three-month state of emergency following the bombings in Alexandria and the Nile Delta city of Tanta on Palm Sunday.

Vice President Pence heads to Seoul as North Korea tensions flare
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will travel to South Korea on Sunday in what his aides said was a sign of the U.S. commitment to its ally in the face of rising tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program. Pence’s Seoul stop kicks off a long-planned 10-day trip to Asia – his first as vice president – and comes amid concerns that Pyongyang could soon conduct its sixth nuclear test.

A dark matter ‘bridge’ holding galaxies together has been captured for the first time
The first image of a dark matter “bridge”, believed to form the links between galaxies, has been captured by astrophysicists in Canada. Researchers at the University of Waterloo used a technique known as weak gravitational lensing to create a composite image of the bridge. Gravitational lensing is an effect that causes the images of distant galaxies to warp slightly under the influence of an unseen mass, such as a planet, a black hole, or in this case, dark matter.

Texas getting first immigrant center built under Trump
A private prison company announced Thursday it has won a $110-million federal contract to build in Texas the first new immigrant detention center under the Trump administration. The GEO Group said that its 1,000-bed detention facility will be in Conroe, north of Houston, and will open by the end of next year. The facility coincides with President Donald Trump’s promised expansion of immigration detention, part of a larger crackdown on immigrants in the country illegally…

Trump signs resolution allowing U.S. states to block family planning funds
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a resolution that will allow U.S. states to restrict how federal funds for contraception and reproductive health are spent, a move cheered by anti-abortion campaigners. “This is a major pro-life victory,” said…Speaker Paul Ryan, adding that a regulation enacted under Democratic former President Barack Obama had forced states to fund Planned Parenthood, a national non-profit that provides contraception, health screenings, and abortions.

U.S. military drops 22,000-pound bomb on Islamic State forces in Afghanistan
U.S. forces in Afghanistan dropped a 22,000-pound bomb on Islamic State forces in eastern Afghanistan Thursday, the Pentagon announced, using the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat.

Canada Moves Towards Legalizing Recreational Marijuana
The Canadian government introduced legislation on Thursday that put the country on track to make recreational marijuana use legal by July 2018, with plans to regulate production but left the details of how the drug will be sold up to the provinces.

U.S. Air Force deploys nuke-sniffer jet to Japan
The U.S. Air Force has deployed a nuke-sniffer aircraft at its base in Okinawa, Japan, according to multiple sources. The Boeing WC-135 Constant Phoenix, capable of collecting samples from the atmosphere after a nuclear explosion, arrived at Kadena Air Base, Stars and Stripes reported.

US May Launch Preemptive Strike On North Korea Ahead Of Nuclear Test
The U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that Kim Jong Un is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test, NBC reports.

Trump May Send Up To 50,000 Troops To Syria
According to Bloomberg’s Eli Lake, Trump may be on the verge of escalating the proxy war in Syria by sending anywhere between 10,000 and 50,000 troops on the ground, a move which many see as a potential precursor to a war involving the US and Russia.

Congress Panics As US Oil Assets Could Fall Into Russian Hands If Venezuela Defaults
If Venezuela defaults on its debt obligations, it could result in Russia taking control over U.S. refining assets, leading to more Russian “control over oil and gas prices worldwide,” which would “inhibit U.S. energy security, and undermine broader U.S. geopolitical efforts.”

Russian Foreign Minister Meets With Tillerson, Says They Inherited ‘Time Bombs’ From Obama Admin
In their “productive” conversation, Tillerson and Lavrov talked about the steps they must take to improve international stability. They agreed that North Korea has to be de-nuclearized and that the civil war in Syria must be addressed in an “orderly” way.

Academia Is Our Enemy So We Should Help It Commit Suicide
today, the higher education racket festers on the rear end of our culture, a painful, useless carbuncle of intellectual fraud, moral bankruptcy, and pernicious liberal fascism that impoverishes the young while it subsidizes a bunch of old pinkos who can’t hack it at Real World U. ….. we normals now have a chance to lance the boil that is 21st Century academia.

Lansing, Michigan rescinds ‘sanctuary’ status after criticism from businesses
The city council in Lansing, Mich. voted Wednesday to rescind its decision to deem itself a “sanctuary” city for illegal immigrants after concerns from the businesses that the status would draw unwelcome attention to the city.

Limbaugh: Proof-positive Obama was spying on Trump
But the biggest, …. is the one that confirmed the FBI did, in fact, obtain a warrant to spy on one of the Trump campaign advisers during the 2016 presidential race last year. “I cannot tell you how big this is,” ….. “This validates what Trump was saying about his campaign being surveilled. And it’s also the first time anything like this has ever happened.”

Syrian representative to the UN: Israel has directly supported ISIS
Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari accused Israel of providing support to the Islamic State group in Syria on Wednesday, claiming that the Jewish state has indirectly but significantly aided one of the most malicious terror groups in the region. Al-Jaafri stated that Israel had directly supported the terror group by bombing Syrian regime sites.

Japan says North Korea may have missiles equipped with sarin gas
North Korea may have the capacity to deliver missiles equipped with sarin nerve gas, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, amid concerns that the reclusive state could soon conduct its sixth nuclear test or more missile launches. “There is a possibility that North Korea already has a capability to deliver missiles with sarin as warheads,” Abe told a parliamentary session.

Nikki Haley: Russian veto is a ‘no’ to resolving the conflict in Syria
By casting a veto on a UN Security Council resolution condemning the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons, Russia said ‘no’ to resolving the conflict in the country, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Wednesday evening. The draft resolution, aimed at condemning the April 4th chemical weapons attack in Syria and calling on the Syrian regime to cooperate with an independent international investigation, would have passed if not for Russia’s veto.

Cyclone Cook: Evacuations as huge storm lashes north NZ
Heavy rain is lashing New Zealand’s North Island as Cyclone Cook, called the worst storm in decades, makes landfall in the north-east. States of emergency have been declared in the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty, with landslips, flash flooding and downed power lines closing roads. Some coastal areas have been evacuated, and local media say 15,000 homes are without power.

Trump says Nato ‘no longer obsolete’
US President Donald Trump has said Nato is “no longer obsolete”, reversing a stance that had alarmed allies. Hosting Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House, Mr Trump said the threat of terrorism had underlined the alliance’s importance. He called on Nato to do more to help Iraqi and Afghan “partners”.

Kim Jong Un is ‘preparing to detonate a nuclear bomb in a tunnel’ to mark ‘Day of the Sun’
US military bosses fear North Korea is ready to detonate a nuclear bomb it has placed in a tunnel. It is believed North Korea is in the final states of preparing for its sixth nuclear test. A Voice of America journalist tweeted that US government sources believe North Korea had placed a nuclear device in a tunnel and it could be detonated as early as this weekend.

Trump and Xi: Tensions Turn to Friendship
President Donald Trump was expansive on Wednesday about his relationship with a world leader he has gotten to know since taking office. “We have a very good relationship,” he said in a Wall Street Journal interview in the Oval Office. “We have a great chemistry together. We like each other. I like him a lot. I think his wife is terrific.”

Trump administration moving quickly to build up nationwide deportation force
The Trump administration is quickly identifying ways to assemble the nationwide deportation force… An internal Department of Homeland Security assessment obtained by The Washington Post shows the agency has already found 33,000 more detention beds to house undocumented immigrants, opened discussions with dozens of local police forces that could be empowered with enforcement authority and identified where construction of Trump’s border wall could begin.

CPS takes Ohio child after parents refuse to have their child evaluated on school’s insistence
One set of parents in Ohio is outraged after Child Protective Services took their child from his home on what many would call extremely flimsy grounds. According to these parents, CPS removed their 7-year-old child from their home after they refused to have their child diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder on the school’s insistence. Camden Maple is a typical young boy, according to his stepmother, Katie Maple. He’s energetic and “rambunctious,” acting out in class when he gets bored “like children sometimes do.”

French presidential race tightens further, markets nervous
Polls showed France’s presidential election campaign tightening further on Wednesday as financial markets fretted about the rising popularity of a far-left candidate who wants to put France’s European Union membership to a vote.

In surprise move, Iran’s Ahmadinejad to run for president
Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday stunned the country by unexpectedly filing to run in the May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the supreme leader to stay out of the race.

North Korea Said To Be Preparing Nuclear Device Detonation; Test Site Is “Primed And Ready”
Voice of America reports that according to US government and other sources, North Korea has “apparently placed a nuclear device in a tunnel and it could be detonated Saturday AM Korea time.”

Recession Alert: Government Revenues Suffer Biggest Drop Since The Financial Crisis
In the 12 months ended March 31, total federal revenues were $3.263 trillion: 1.3% lower than the $3.31 trillion reported one year ago, and the fourth consecutive month of declines. This was the biggest drop since the summer of 2008. Meanwhile, government spending in March just hit an all time high

This digital currency is about to succeed where bitcoin has failed
After languishing for years, the price of a single litecoin has shot higher in recent weeks as its users have thrown support behind a software update that would improve the network’s ability to quickly and efficiently process transactions.On Wednesday, support for a software upgrade called segregated witness—or segwit, for short—was quickly approaching the 75% threshold of processing power needed for it to take effect.


The Briefing 04-14-17

Trump signs law allowing states to defund Planned Parenthood, rolling back Obama regulation

Christianity, Islam, and Egypt: ISIS is targeting Christians in an attempt to destabilize the region

He is risen indeed! Celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

A high court in Sweden just ruled that a midwife must be willing to perform abortions to keep her job

Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Calling breastfeeding “natural” is unethical

Does it matter if the Passover story is literally true? Truth, fact, and the historicity of the Bible

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Why We Celebrate This Weekend


The Dow Falls Another 138 Points As Geopolitical Shaking Forces Investors To Race For The Exits

Stock prices just keep on falling, and many analysts are now wondering if a full-blown stock market crash is in our near future.  On Thursday, the S&P 500 and the Dow both closed at 2 month lows after Donald Trump dropped “the mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan.  It was the first time that one of these bombs has ever been used in live combat, and it is being reported that each of these bombs weighs 22,000 pounds and costs 16 million dollars to make.  Of course Trump was trying to send a very clear message to the rest of the world by dropping this bomb, and investors interpreted it as a sign that we are getting even closer to war. (Read More…)


Tech Stocks Experience Their Longest Losing Streak In 5 Years As Panic Begins To Grip The Market

S&P 500 tech stocks have now fallen for 9 days in a row.  The last time tech stocks declined for so many days in a row was in 2012, and that was the only other time in history when we have seen such a long losing streak.  As I have stated before, the post-election “Trump rally” is officially done, and the market is starting to roll over as investors begin to realize that all of the buying momentum has completely evaporated.  Tech stocks tend to be particularly volatile, and so the fact that they are starting to lead the way down should definitely be alarming to many in the investing community. (Read More…)


23 and Me (and You): Let the Buyer Beware

“Curious about genetic testing and what the results will tell you?” asks Chris Woodward of LifeZette. “Be sure you’re comfortable with privacy issues (or lack thereof).” Woodward writes:

Let the buyer beware! That is the message for people thinking about using home kits promising personal genetic information and details in exchange for something as simple as a saliva sample. The firm 23andMe is the latest company looking to become a household name — and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted it authorization to market genetic reports on personal risk for certain diseases.

The authorization includes reports on genetic risk for 10 conditions, including late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and harmful blood clots, among others.

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President Donald Trump Signs Bill to Overturn Obama Rule Forcing States to Fund Planned Parenthood

According to LifeNews:

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President Donald Trump signed into law today a bill to overturn a rule pro-abortion President Barack Obama put in place preventing states from defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business.  The rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) prevented states from blocking Title X funding to abortion companies like Planned Parenthood.

After the House first passed the measure, the Senate voted 50-50 for the bill, with a couple of liberal pro-abortion Republicans joining Democrats in supporting the abortion giant and Republicans voting pro-life. The tie vote made it so pro-life Vice-President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to approve the measure.

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Will Christianity Perish in Its Birthplace?

Whatever they did for democracy, the U.S. interventions in the Middle East and the vaunted Arab Spring have proved to be pure hell for Arab Christians|

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AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals

According to The Guardian “Machine learning algorithms are picking up deeply ingrained race and gender prejudices concealed within the patterns of language use.” So the question is, will robots display human prejudices?

An artificial intelligence tool that has revolutionised the ability of computers to interpret everyday language has been shown to exhibit striking gender and racial biases.

The findings raise the spectre of existing social inequalities and prejudices being reinforced in new and unpredictable ways as an increasing number of decisions affecting our everyday lives are ceded to automatons.

In the past few years, the ability of programs such as Google Translate to interpret language has improved dramatically. These gains have been thanks to new machine learning techniques and the availability of vast amounts of online text data, on which the algorithms can be trained.

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The Daily Wonder of Easter

Michelle Leslie reminds us that “As Christians, every day our sin sick souls need to bow at the cross and be washed afresh in the precious, atoning blood of Christ.”

“What should I preach about on Easter Sunday? Help me out, here.”

That’s the gist of a tweet I saw recently from a pastor. It caught me quite off guard, and it must have had the same effect on many others who punctuated their excellent advice –“preach the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ for our sins”- with lots of “duh’s” and other indications that this should be a no-brainer for a Christian pastor.

Traditionally, the prevailing line of thought about Easter (and Christmas) services has always been, “This is one of the two times a year that a lot of lost people go to church. It might be our only chance to reach some of them. Let’s make sure we give them the gospel.” Maybe after so many years of that, some pastors feel that their church members have heard it all before and they need to move on to something else in order to keep people’s attention. Sometimes, as a pastor, it’s tough to know just what to do to best reach people for Christ.

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April 14, 2017
SIENA HOEFLING — “That attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me. Big impact. That was a horrible, horrible thing.” – President Donald Trump, April 6, 2017. When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly used chemical weapons against his own people, U.S. President Donald Trump answered with punitive missiles. Assad violated previous agreements, said Trump, and the United States had a security interest “to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”… (more)

April 13, 2017
A Special Report from the Accuracy in Media Center for Investigative Journalism; Cliff Kincaid, Director
CLIFF KINCAID — Ever since President Trump’s missile strike on Syria on April 6, which angered Russia’s Vladimir Putin, the Washington Post has ever-so-subtly backed away from its robotic “Russian interference to help elect Trump” claims, asserted with absolute certainty. The Post now, on April 7, calls it the “alleged” Russian efforts to “interfere in the 2016 presidential race.” The Post no longer sounds so sure of itself and its anonymous anti-Trump intelligence agency sources…. (more)

April 13, 2017
BOB UNRUH — News headlines on Wednesday included Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Russia as well as that nation’s veto of a United Nations resolution against Syria over its sarin gas attack on citizens. But the biggest headline, talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh said, is the one that confirmed the FBI obtained a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign adviser during the 2016 presidential race…. (more)

April 13, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Republican lawmakers made their first official inquiry into opening an investigation of reports the Obama administration’s national security adviser and others “unmasked” several Trump campaign officials swept up in U.S. surveillance operations against foreign targets during last year’s presidential election campaign…. (more)

April 13, 2017
GEORGE WILL — With a mellifluous name suggesting bucolic tranquility, Representative Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, is an unlikely object of the caterwauling recently directed at him and the House Freedom Caucus he leads. The vituperation was occasioned by the HFC’s role rescuing Republicans from embracing an unpopular first draft of legislation to replace Obamacare…. (more)

April 13, 2017
NEWSMAX — It is “infinitely safer” for President Donald Trump to keep chief strategist Steve Bannon inside the White House rather than boot him amid reported infighting, according to political commentator Charles Krauthammer…. (more)

April 13, 2017

CAL THOMAS — Nearly three dozen men sit on death row in Arkansas, where capital punishment has been suspended since 2005. Unless clemency is granted, seven of them – – an eighth man was granted a temporary reprieve – – will be given lethal injections all within a 10-day period, between April 17 and 27…. (more)


April 13, 2017

NEWSMAX — Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a peaceful resolution of rising tension on the Korean peninsula in a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, as a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group steamed towards the region…. (more)


April 13, 2017

FOX NEWS — The cartel member suspected of shooting and killing Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010 with a gun supplied by the U.S. government was arrested in Mexico Wednesday, senior law enforcement, Border Patrol, and congressional sources told Fox News…. (more)


April 13, 2017
LEO HOHMANN — A government watchdog agency has filed a federal Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives seeking records related to a proposed rule change that would ban certain types of AR-15 ammunition…. (more)

April 12, 2017

NEWSMAX — The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of Donald Trump adviser Carter Page as part of a probe of possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign, The Washington Post reported Tuesday…. (more)


April 12, 2017

GARTH KANT — The White House press secretary was visibly amused by the suggestion from a network reporter that Russian President Vladimir Putin was snubbing the Trump administration, after months of the mainstream media advancing the Democrats’ narrative that the Russian had been colluding with the Trump team…. (more)


April 12, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — He has supported Donald Trump since the beginning of the 2016 presidential campaign, but former presidential adviser and presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan believes the president acted “rashly” when he decided to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield in response to a suspected chemical gas attack by the regime of Bashar al-Assad…. (more)

April 12, 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — As pressure builds on the Trump administration to articulate a clear strategy for U.S. involvement in Syria, White House officials have attempted to straddle the line between supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s removal and opposing the commitment of American military forces to his ouster…. (more)


April 12, 2017
BYRON YORK — Belligerence is in the air in Washington. President Trump is enjoying (extremely rare) bipartisan praise for a cruise-missile attack on Syria. There’s tough talk from some Republicans about more. And even tougher talk about Russia. North Korea, too…. (more)

April 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., called for House Speaker Paul Ryan to take a new “direction” or step down, CNN reported. “We need either a change in direction from this speaker, or we need a new speaker,” Amash said during a town hall meeting in Cedar Springs, Mich., when answering questions about the gridlock in Congress…. (more)

April 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump needs to learn the identity of the man or woman leaking embarrassing information about infighting between White House staffers and fire them immediately, veteran political commentator Michael Reagan says…. (more)

April 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared “a new era” in immigration enforcement on Tuesday, saying his prosecutors will try to bring stiffer criminal charges against repeat illegal immigrants and smugglers as part of President Trump’s crackdown. Mr. Sessions said his enforcement priorities will end the “catch and release” practices of the Obama administration and give the Justice Department a more active role in stemming illegal immigration…. (more)

April 12, 2017
BOB UNRUH — The American Center for Law and Justice on Tuesday declared victory over the Internal Revenue Service – – at least for one of its clients – – after a Washington state group with “tea party” in its name was approved by the federal agency to receive tax-exempt status as a lobbying organization. It took seven years…. (more)

April 12, 2017

BOSTON GLOBE — In the world of important political documents – – from the Magna Carta to the Pentagon Papers – – there are also those known for more pedestrian reasons. Count Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” in that category…. (more)


April 12, 2017
CHERYL K. CHUMLEY — CNN’s Don Lemon made national headlines just recently when he refused to cover Susan Rice, and the matter of her unmasking of names of those tied to President Donald Trump. He said it was a non-story – – and the conservative world, rightly so, reacted with accusations of bias. That fiasco came on the heels of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s long-winded, ridiculous report on Trump’s taxes – – a 20-plus minute annoyance that ended with a revelation, basically, that went like this: Trump filed…. (more)

April 12, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Oh, how nice, leave it to the intellectuals to once again, make lemons out of lemonade – – freedom out of Communism. MIT Press, that supposed bastion of scientific thought, the place where the brainiacs flock and fly – – meaning, this wasn’t an “oops, my bad” moment – – has just put out a new book aimed at the kiddie market. It’s called “Communism for Kids.” And it’s hitting the “best-seller” Amazon lists for the “communism and socialism” section – – yes, that’s truly a section…. (more)

April 12, 2017
NATIONAL REVIEW — Your local PBS station might seem like an unlikely place to find a documentary critical of public education, but that is exactly what viewers get this week with the late Andrew Coulson’s new documentary School, Inc. The film doesn’t attack public schools. Rather, it asks why education has yet to behave like other industries have in the last 200 years or so – – and why it has failed to achieve comparable gains…. (more)

April 10, 2017
ALAN KEYES — “The Trump administration rewarded Border Patrol agents for their support of Trump as president by picking an Obama holdover whom they despise to be their boss…. Many expressed regret for having supported Trump in the first place and for having believed he would actually listen to them and care about what they experienced while risking their lives for other Americans……. (more)

April 10, 2017

CLIFF KINCAID — The mainstream media have not challenged the claim that chemical weapons were used by Syrian and/or Russian forces. Hence, they have been forced to explain how they were used when Obama officials previously claimed they had been removed from Syria. It’s another new low for a press corps that was eager to regurgitate whatever the Obama administration had claimed as a success in foreign policy…. (more)


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Weekly Watchman for 04/14/2017

That’s a Great Question

We receive hundreds of emails and calls every month from listeners asking about certain topics that we might not have covered on air. This morning we share and discuss as many as we can in our “Great Question” segment.

In the first segment, we check in with Doug Wakefield of Best Minds, Inc. to discuss the tension between the U.S., Russia, China and North Korea and how it might affect markets and the world economy.

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Is Scientology Compatible with Christianity?

Why are people seduced by cults? What would make an intelligent person fall into deception or be drawn into anti-biblical teachings? Something that sounds good on the surface perhaps, but is not what it appears to be when you do a little digging. Today we will discuss the Church of Scientology with an expert, James Walker of Watchman.org and touch on some basics.

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The End Game in Syria and Israel

Many are wondering what the end game of leaders like President Trump and Russian President Putin might be in Syria and the Middle East. The U.S. attack on the air force base that Syrian President Assad used to attack his people with chemical weapons has the world on edge, and as the U.S. Secretary of State prepares to meet with Russian leaders today, an anxious world looks on hoping for a positive outcome that will avoid an escalation of war.

Hear what Gary Kay has to say on today’s program.

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World Religions and the Challenge of Religious Freedom

Freedom is not an easy concept, particularly when it comes to freedom of religious beliefs and conscience. While our nation was clearly established on Judeo-Christian principles from the Bible, our Founding Fathers were also very clear that government should never enforce a national religion upon its citizens. But at what cost do we allow any religion in the U.S.?

This morning we cover a controversy out of Deleware, where a local Muslim Imam opened a government meeting with a quote from the Quran–the very book that calls for Muslim domination of the world and persecution of anyone who opposes Islam.

In our first segment we check in with Roger Patterson the general Editor for an intriguing and informative new book World Religions and Cults – Volume 3.

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Syria, Chemical Weapons and Biblical Prophecy

Thursday evening, the United States launched a devastating attack on a Syrian Air Force base, from which a chemical weapons attack against its own people was based two days earlier. The world is once again on edge since Syria is allied with Russia, and many are wondering if this attack will escalate into regional war pitting two nuclear superpowers against one another.

Bible prophecy focuses heavily on Israel and the Middle East. Joining us today is Pastor Carl Gallups, an author and Bible prophecy teacher. We discuss current events and the chaos in the Middle East, viewing it all through the lens of scripture.

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The Supreme Ruler is Above the Supreme Court

Today Mike and Dave discuss the heated battle over the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court with guest, Julaine Appling. There are debates and fireworks over the possibility of the ‘nuclear option’ – which Harry Reid and the Democrats put in place – being used as a last resort in the face of opposition and filibusters. it’s just politics and this too shall pass.

Just as important is how Gorsuch will decide on issues and vote on cases presented to the Supreme Court once he is confirmed. We can speculate, but no one knows for sure. What we do know is Washington D.C. is just as divided as our nation politically and spiritually.

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The Changing Landscape of Religious Freedom

This morning we focus on the changing landscape of religious freedom in America and how the church views free speech from the pulpit. As secular culture and political correctness increase pressure on Christians, many churches are opting to ignore important social and political (moral) issues. We address a recent survey by the National Association of Evangelicals that shines some light on the opinions of pastors regarding politics, controversial issues and the church’s role.

In our first segment, Tina Griffin of Counter Culture Mom joins us to share her insights on how parents can guard children against some of the most deceptive forces today, including the anti-Christian entertainment industry.

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Wielding a Sharp Sword Carefully

Hebrews 4:12 says the Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit. Since we are armed with such a powerful weapon, we would be wise to wield it carefully instead of just flailing it around carelessly.

But how many times do we treat this powerful sword as a weapon to attack others instead of using it to convict the hearts and minds of people to submit to God? And how many times do we misuse this weapon for personal gain, even at the risk of God’s discipline?

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute joins us to discuss how we use this powerful weapon–God’s Word–with care and respect.

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Playing with Spiritual Fire

Death has been called the “great door to the unknown”. Since the beginning of time man has wondered if there is life after death; and if so what does that life look like. Of course, God’s Word speaks clearly to the issue. One key section is the ‘resurrection chapter’ where Paul teaches believers about the resurrection of the physical body after death. The other thing is as believers in Christ, we have assurance the world does not have about what happens after we die.

In out first segment, Jay Seegert joins us to discuss the Grand Canyon and the evidence it presents confirming the biblical account of creation.

In our second segment today we cover the story of one Theresa Caputo, the self-proclaimed “Long Island Medium” who was in Green Bay last night. Caputo claims to speak to dead spirits, bringing peace to people who wonder what has happened to their loved ones. We’ll take a look at Caputo’s claims and see what God’s Word has to say about contacting dead spirits.

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Top Headlines – 4/14/2017

Palestinians demand Britain apologize for Balfour Declaration

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Egypt lawyer gets 10 years, social media ban for Facebook posts

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HATED BY ALL MEN – Christians Now Being Harassed In 128 Nations

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 07:59 AM PDT

The number of countries in which Christians suffer from government restrictions and social hostilities grew from 108 to 128 in one year, according to a…

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FALSE FLAG? Assad Claims Chemical Attack Was ‘100 Percent Fabrication’

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 07:53 AM PDT

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has accused the US of fabricating last week’s chemical attack to justify a military strike, claiming the regime could not be…

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DEVELOPING: Dangerous Cyclone Takes Aim At New Zealand

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 06:19 AM PDT

After hitting New Caledonia with strong winds and heavy rain, Tropical Cyclone “Cook” has undergone extratropical transition but what’s left of it is still very…

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China Warns US Against Striking North Korea

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 06:11 AM PDT

China has warned the US against using military force against North Korea, after a surprise redeployment of an aircraft carrier group. Washington’s regional allies said…

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Keywords ‘World War 3’ Hits News Record As Fears Grow!

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 06:02 AM PDT

As warships move off the coast of North Korea and cruise missile stay pointed at Syria, you might be forgiven for the odd macabre thought…

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RUMORS OF WAR: What Happens If Kim Jong-Un Is Not Bluffing?

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 05:55 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to “solve” the North Korean problem, and the North Koreans have repeatedly promised to use nuclear weapons…

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If Jesus Can Restore Peter, He Can Restore You

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 05:49 AM PDT

(By J. Lee Grady) One of the saddest parts of the Easter story occurred the night Jesus was arrested. His disciple Peter was stressed to…

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Japan warns North Korea may be capable of arming missiles with sarin

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 05:44 AM PDT

North Korea may already have the capability to deliver missiles equipped with sarin nerve agent, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. His warning came…

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Satellite photos show North Korean nuclear site ‘primed and ready’

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 05:40 AM PDT

North Korean monitoring service 38 North said Wednesday the country’s Punggye-ri nuclear site is “primed and ready” for a sixth nuclear test. “The activity during…

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Tech Stocks Experience Their Longest Losing Streak In 5 Years As Panic Begins To Grip The Market

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 07:50 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) S&P 500 tech stocks have now fallen for 9 days in a row.  The last time tech stocks declined for so…

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Russian Newspaper Reporting Kim Jong-un orders evacuation of 600,000 from Pyongyang

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 07:36 PM PDT

North Koreaт leader Kim Jong-un ordered 25 percent of Pyongyang residents to leave the city immediately. In accordance with the order, 600,000 people should be…

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Foreign journalists in North Korea told to prepare for ‘Big’ Event this Thursday

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 07:24 PM PDT

Foreign journalists visiting North Korea have been told to prepare for a “big and important event” on Thursday, although there were no indications it was…

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DEVELOPING: North Korea Preparing Nuclear Test

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 07:20 PM PDT

US military bosses fear North Korea is ready to detonate a nuclear bomb it has placed in a tunnel. It is believed North Korea is…

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Scientists developing earthquake early warning system for entire West Coast

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 05:24 PM PDT

It’s a link up that could lead to a more improved earthquake early warning system for the entire west coast. On Monday, seismic sensors at…

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DEVELOPING: Mount Sinabung Volcano Unleashes Fresh Eruptions in Indonesia

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 05:16 PM PDT

Mount Sinabung on Indonesia’s Sumatra island has spewed hot smoke and ash high into the air on Wednesday, in its latest violent eruptions. According to…

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Magnitude-6.0 Earthquake rocks parts of the Philippines

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 05:05 PM PDT

The magnitude-6.0 quake that hit Wao, Lanao Del Sur Wednesday morning has left several structures in the municipality damaged. Lanao del Sur Local Disaster and…

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Successfully Preparing for Earth’s Final Hours

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 04:58 PM PDT

(Dr. Dave Williams) The borders of the prophetic puzzle are now in place. Nearly every day other pieces are falling into their proper positions, signaling…

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Ahmadinejad set to run for Iran presidency!

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 04:53 PM PDT

The former president of Iran who once admitted that he was trying help usher in the arrival of the Muslim Mahdi in Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad…

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Swearing ‘Pastor’ Embraces Open Abominations, ‘Doesn’t Care’ What Bible Says

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 04:47 PM PDT

A profanity-laced preacher who has lost hundreds in his congregation over his decision to allow open homosexuals to serve in leadership positions, and who says…

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Russia Vetoes UNSC Syria Condemnation

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 04:36 PM PDT

Moscow has vetoed a US-backed resolution condemning the Khan Shaykun incident on April 4 as a chemical attack while demanding that Syria open up its…

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Solar filament explodes hurling CME into space – G1-class geomagnetic storms possible this weekend

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 12:54 PM PDT

On April 9, 2017, a dark solar filament exploded hurling a powerful CME into space. At first it appeared that the CME would miss Earth,…

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A Prayer for Urgency and Militant Focus

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 12:49 PM PDT

(By Cameron King) Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the…

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Eyewitness Testimony That’ll Make You Never Doubt the Resurrection Again

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 12:42 PM PDT

Christianity’s core belief is that the Son of God took on human form, died for our sins and then rose from the dead to give…

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These 2 States Are Launching Biblical Pushback on Gay Marriage

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 12:39 PM PDT

Lawmakers in two states are working to pass bills that push back against the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. In Texas, lawmakers are weighing…

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Sweden Proposing Ban on Cars to avert Terrorism!

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 12:27 PM PDT

Cars and other vehicles “have turned into deadly weapons”, and should be banished from cities to stop attacks like the one in Stockholm from happening…

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DAYS OF LOT: Transgender Boy competes with girls track team for first time

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 12:23 PM PDT

Cromwell High School freshman Andraya Yearwood finally ran the race she had been dreaming of running, and not because she had a personal best time….

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WAR DRUMS: Japanese warships to join US fleet near North Korea as tensions rise

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 12:15 PM PDT

Navy destroyers will join USS Carl Vinson for military drills amid fears Pyongyang plans further nuclear and missile tests. Japan is preparing to send several…

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Popular Pastor Mentored by T.D. Jakes Accused of an Affair

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 12:12 PM PDT

There are reports that a popular pastor and mentee of Bishop T.D. Jakes had an extra-marital affair with his “spiritual daughter. Pastor Chris Hill of…

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North Carolina Church to Host Stadium-Wide Easter Egg Hunt With 20,000 Eggs

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 12:07 PM PDT

A church in North Carolina is going to celebrate Easter with a stadium-wide Easter egg hunt that will have approximately 20,000 Easter eggs. Element Church,…

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Was Jesus a Liberal or Conservative?

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 12:03 PM PDT

(By Garrett Kell) As we begin, I want to say that I’m not a political expert. I am a Christian pastor. This is important because I…

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Puerto Rico seen sliding toward bankruptcy as deadline nears…

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 12:00 PM PDT

Bankruptcy for Puerto Rico is looking ever more likely as the clock ticks down toward a May 1 deadline to restructure $70 billion in debt,…

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Russian nuke bombers fly near Japan… First Time In Months

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 11:56 AM PDT

For the first time in nearly three months, Russia flew nuclear-capable “Bear” bombers near Japan, Wednesday, the latest sign of increasing tensions in the region,…

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Hidden Submarine Poses Great Threat Amid Nuclear Attack Plan

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 11:52 AM PDT

Could Kim Jong-Un be planning an underwater nuclear attack using a secret submarine? While North Korea is still struggling to develop nuclear-headed airborne missiles, it is…

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Why Too Much Comfort Is Dangerous

Posted: 12 Apr 2017 11:48 AM PDT

(By Seth Barnes) When winter comes, I have a love-hate relationship with the indoors. Baby it’s cold outside. But I know that if I sit…

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WAR DRUMS: China warns war could break out ‘at any moment’ over North Korea

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 07:04 AM PDT

China has warned that conflict could break out “at any moment” over North Korea amid fears it is preparing to launch a sixth nuclear test…

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N. Korea will strike US bases in Asian Pacific & S. Korean presidential palace if US attacks

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 07:00 AM PDT

North Korea will strike US military bases in Japan and South Korea, as well as the South Korean president’s residence in Seoul, if America engages…

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Louisiana Church Offering Drive-Thru Good Friday Prayers

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 06:26 AM PDT

A congregation in Louisiana is going to offer drive-thru prayers for commuters as part of the holy day of Good Friday. For the third year…

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Muslim Professor Resigns after Christian Student Stands Up for His Faith

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 06:18 AM PDT

The Muslim professor at the center of a controversy with a Christian student at Rollins College in Florida has resigned her post, the school’s president…

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Muslim Parents ‘Turning to Christ’ Through Children Who’ve Embraced Christianity

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 06:08 AM PDT

Muslim families displaced by the Islamic State terror group are reportedly turning to Jesus Christ, following in the footsteps of hundreds of children who’ve embraced…

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Russia, Syria & Iran demand no further US strikes on Syria!

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 06:03 AM PDT

The US cruise missile attack on Syria was an act of international aggression, Russia, Syria and Iran have stated after a meeting of their foreign…

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WAR DRUMS: North Korea Warns U.S Not to Provoke! – ‘We will go to war if they choose’

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 06:00 AM PDT

North Korea won’t hesitate to go to war if provoked, its vice foreign minister said in an interview, adding that the North has “a powerful…

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WAR DRUMS: Japan sending warships to join US fleet to be ready for conflict.

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 05:55 AM PDT

North Korea has enemies surrounding its borders after causing global terror with its nuclear weapons program. Kim Jong-un has threatened to nuke many of his…

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WAR DRUMS: China Moves Additional 25,000 More troops to North Korean Border

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 05:50 AM PDT

US president Donald Trump has pressed China to do more to tackle North Korea’s nuclear missile plan. A military report from China stated they would…

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Marvel under fire for comic book’s hidden Islamist, anti-Semitic messages

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 05:43 AM PDT

Marvel Comics plans to take “disciplinary action” against an artist who slipped political propaganda into a comic book. The comic book giant has been under…

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Homeless man robs NYC churches to ‘get back at God’…

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 05:38 AM PDT

A Queens burglary suspect, motivated by his hatred of the Almighty, robbed four houses of worship in three weeks — including one that was hit…

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Extreme religious acts mark Good Friday in Philippines…

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 05:33 AM PDT

Whipping their backs to a bloody state and nailing themselves to crosses, devotees in the fervently Catholic Philippines marked Good Friday with extreme acts of…

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Russian Lawmaker Says U.S Greater Threat Than North Korea

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 05:30 AM PDT

A senior Russian lawmaker says the U.S. is a greater threat to global peace than North Korea. Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the Foreign Affairs…

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DAYS OF LOT: Dutch MPs vote to punish schools that refuse to teach LGBT awareness

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 06:44 PM PDT

An overwhelming majority of MPs in the Netherlands’ lower house of parliament have voted in support of a motion which would allow schools to be…

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Could North Korean Agents Release Biological Weapons In Major U.S. Cities?

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 06:38 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Most Americans have no idea that biological weapons could potentially bring our nation to a complete and utter standstill within a matter…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Could Australia Be Pulled Into Confrontation with China?

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 06:34 PM PDT

Wars can happen suddenly in an atmosphere of mistrust and provocation, especially if a minor power, like Australia, abandons its independence for an “alliance” with…

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Christian teacher in Germany banned from wearing cross necklace

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 05:52 PM PDT

School management has forced a teacher in Berlin, Germany, to remove a cross necklace from her attire when she’s in the classroom. School administrators in…

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3,000 Year Old Manure in Israel Offers Clues on Bible’s King Solomon Mystery

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 05:48 PM PDT

The discovery of 3,000-year-old manure in Israel’s Timna Valley could provide clues about the biblical King Solomon and his 10 century B.C. quest to build…

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Dow Falls Another 138 Points As Geopolitical Shaking Forces Investors To Race For Exits

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 05:43 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Stock prices just keep on falling, and many analysts are now wondering if a full-blown stock market crash is in our…

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China Flexes It’s Muscle Amid Growing Military Tensions

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 05:38 PM PDT

China has flexed its military muscle on state television as tensions escalate between the US and North Korea. China Central Television (CCTV) yesterday revealed footage…

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North Korea May Attempt Nuclear Detonation to Mark Sinister ‘Day of the Sun’

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 05:34 PM PDT

New satellite images have emerged purportedly showing how North Korea is preparing to detonate a nuclear bomb to coincide with its ‘Day of the Sun’…

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RUMORS OF WAR: U.S. May Launch Strike If North Korea Reaches For Nuclear Trigger

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 05:11 PM PDT

The U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that North Korea is about to…

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Newlyweds contract rare brain parasite during Hawaiian honeymoon

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 01:40 PM PDT

Among the lures of Maui, second-largest of the Hawaiian islands, is an area known for being less developed than most other regions of our 50th…

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British intelligence passed Trump associates’ communications with Russians on to US counterparts

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 01:37 PM PDT

British and other European intelligence agencies intercepted communications between associates of Donald Trump and Russian officials and other Russian individuals during the campaign and passed…

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President Trump Just Empowered the States to Defund Planned Parenthood

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 01:26 PM PDT

(Reported By Jessilyn Justice) President Donald Trump just moved Planned Parenthood funding to the state level, in essence defunding the abortion giant at the federal…

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More than quarter of UK’s birds at risk of extinction

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 01:21 PM PDT

More than a quarter of the UK’s birds are struggling to survive, with species including curlews and puffins now joining the at-risk list, according to…

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Thousands of Dead perch washing up in Lake Michigan

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 01:18 PM PDT

CBS Chicago reports that anglers found the dead fish at an old dock, a popular local fishing spot. Photos of the scene were then passed…

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NASA Announces Solar System May Harbor Alien Life

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 12:04 PM PDT

There might be alien life in our own solar system, Nasa has announced. All of the necessary things to support life have been found on…

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The Falling Away is Picking up Steam!

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 11:56 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will discuss how we are seeing more and more signs that are indicating that the “Falling Away” of…

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Trump strong dollar warning sends US currency tumbling

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 10:55 AM PDT

President Donald Trump has triggered a sharp decline in the US dollar by criticizing the currency’s strength on the back of increased confidence in his…

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Series of Strong Earthquakes Strikes Philippines – Fear of Big One

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 10:47 AM PDT

The seismic unrest spreads across the world! Magnitude 5.8, Magnitude 5.7 and 9 other strong earthquakes struck the Philippines on April 11, 2017, just a…

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US Drops Largest Non-Nuclear Weapon in fight against ISIS in Afghanistan

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 10:39 AM PDT

The U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, just days after a Green Beret was killed fighting ISIS there, a…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

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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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5 Reasons the Resurrection Brings Hope

RESURRECTION: As Easter Sunday approaches, have you wondered about the resurrection of Jesus Christ? How does the resurrection bring you hope? This article by counselor Lucy Ann Moll, a doctoral student in biblical counseling, appeared first at her website and is used with permission.

BCC logoHope is something God knows all of us needs. Aren’t we in a world of hurt? From hearing of terrorist bombings to learning of a neighbor’s divorce, you and I are tempted to become discouraged, aren’t we?

If the hurt is close to home, we may respond with sadness, anger, fear, or other emotions.

Thank God for Easter and the hope the resurrection brings!  

While Holy Thursday recalls the Last Supper and Good Friday remembers the crucifixion and death of Christ, Easter Sunday celebrates his resurrection.

We have peace with God

through our Lord Jesus Christ,

through whom we have gained

access by faith 

into this grace

in which we now stand.

Romans 5:1-2

Here are 5 reasons the resurrrection brings hope to followers of Jesus.

1. The Resurrection Means…We’re Justified

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.  (Romans 4:25)

Incredible, isn’t it? To imagine that Jesus dare to die and rise again. . .for us. . .me. . .you.

By his resurrection, all believers in Jesus are justified. Justification is a Bible word that means to “to be put right with.” According to Scripture, all of us are “objects of wrath” because we break God’s law and thus deserve eternal death. But God has a glorious and gracious plan of redemption.

Jesus!

God laid our punishment on Jesus on the cross. Why? So we could be justified before him. The resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for sin.

I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentence.

Luke 5:32

2. The Resurrection Defeated Death

For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. (Romans 6:9)

Truly free.

Yes, death is the just punishment for sin. But wonderfully, Jesus rose from the dead because the grave could not hold him. Death had no mastery over him. Therefore, you and I need not fear death. We also do not need to fear eternal punishment.

We are truly loved.

Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:25

3. The Resurrection Means…Union with Jesus

 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. (Romans 6:8)

God loves us higher and wider and deeper than we can possibly imagine.

By our faith, you and I received the righteousness of Christ because we are united to him. This means that when God looks at us, he does not see our unrighteousness, but the righteousness of Christ.

Now, as new creations in Christ indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we can walk in the way of love.

His grace was given us in Christ Jesus

before the beginning of time. 

2 Timothy 1:9

4. The Resurrection Gives…Living Hope

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)

We Christ followers have great hope. Not a false hope. Not well wishes. Rather, we have a trustworthy hope based on faith. We have been justified before God. We are no longer his enemies headed for hell.

Rather, we are blessed, chosen, forgiven, redeemed, and sealed by the Holy Spirit, guaranteeing eternal life. Also, we can now live according to our identity as children of God. As the apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Colossae,

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life,appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)

And God is able to make all grace abound to you. 2 Corinthians 9:8

5. The Resurrection Means…We’ll Be Raised Too

For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (1 Cor.15:21-22)

Jesus is described in Scripture as the firstfruits of the resurrection from the dead. This signals that his resurrection is a precursor to that of all believers.

Christians will enjoy the resurrected life just like Christ did, with glorified bodies raised in power (1 Corinthians 15:42-44). We suffer in this life with pain and illnesses. Indeed, in the counseling office, we comfort those who have been sinned against as well as the grieving.

But in the life to come, you and I will not suffer. Truly we will enjoy our life in Christ forever and ever.

I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:25-26)

He has risen. He has risen indeed.

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10 Reasons The Father Didn’t Turn His Face Away At The Cross

Psalm 22:1 is a key verse for the rejection theory. ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me?’ (Ps 22:1). What does it mean? Two things. First, context is clear. Look at the parallel verse: ‘why are you so far from helping me?’ This is the issue: ‘no help’. The sufferer is asking why God doesn’t save him from his oppressors. I.e. ‘Why do you let my oppressors torment me?’ The Father gives the Son over to suffering. Psalm 22:1 is the equivalent of Isaiah’s statement, ‘It pleased the Lord to bruise Him’. In fact, the Psalm later says it: ‘You have brought me to the dust of death’ (v. 15).

Christ took the penalty for our sin upon Himself. Our penalty was eternal separation from God. Therefore, the Son must have suffered separation from God—mustn’t He? What would that mean? Is this the severing of the Triune union between the Father and Son? Is this relational, being ‘cut off from…sweet fellowship with his heavenly Father’, such that Christ was ‘abandoned by his heavenly Father’ (Grudem, Systematic Theology, 574)? What does Townend mean, saying there was ‘searing loss’ when ‘The Father turns His face away’? The Father’s anger was upon the Son, who had ‘become sin for us’, so the Father had no choice but to reject and banish the Son from His presence.

Here are 10 reasons why I don’t believe it.

  1. The Father was never more pleased with the Son than at the Cross.

The Cross was Jesus’ ultimate act of obedience: obedience—even to the point of the Cross (Phil 2:8). If ever the Father could say, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’, it was at the Cross. The OT sacrifices were a ‘sweet smelling aroma’; how much more was Christ’s sacrifice a delight to God? ‘Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma’ (Eph 5:2).

  1. The Cross was the Father’s plan.

Jesus was ‘delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God’ (Acts 2:23). ‘It was the will of the Lord to crush Him’ (Isa 53:9, ESV). And the Lord takes pleasure in His will. In fact, the word for ‘will’ in Isaiah 53 is chaphets, pleasure, delight. ‘Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him’ (NKJV). Which takes us back to point one.

  1. The Triune union cannot be severed.

That really should be an obvious point. Father, Son and Spirit each fully and together possess the divine being or substance. They cannot turn on each other. The problem here is that some misunderstand the Trinity. The Trinity is three guys who get along really well with each other. But they’re independent enough to turn on each other, as well. This social model has made deep inroads in evangelicalism’s Trinitarian thinking, but it’s not the Bible’s God. That’s playing with tritheism.

  1. If the Father turned away from the Son, the Son turned away from Himself.

The Father fully possesses the divine attribute of justice. The Son fully possesses the divine attribute of justice. If justice demands the Father turn away from the Son, then precisely the same justice demands that the Son turn away from the Son. Moltmann was wrong: this would not be Father against Son, God against God. This would be Son against Himself, separating Himself from Himself (or the Son’s divine nature rejecting the human nature). Of course, the perfect Son was repulsed to be treated as a criminal—it was a heavy burden to bear—but this is another matter.

The rejection theory is well meant, but it doesn’t make sense. Moltmann wanted a God who felt pain, but it only humanises Him, which leaves us all in a desperate muddle.

  1. Was Jesus banished from God’s presence all through His earthly life?

Jesus wasn’t just ‘made sin’ at the Cross, but all through His earthly life. He was ‘born under the [curse of the] law’ (Gal 4:4). Did the Father ‘turn His face away’ from Jesus through all His earthly life?

  1. Psalm 22:1 doesn’t say the Father rejected the Son.

Psalm 22:1 is a key verse for the rejection theory. ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me?’ (Ps 22:1). What does it mean? Two things. First, context is clear. Look at the parallel verse: ‘why are you so far from helping me?’ This is the issue: ‘no help’. The sufferer is asking why God doesn’t save him from his oppressors. I.e. ‘Why do you let my oppressors torment me?’ The Father gives the Son over to suffering. Psalm 22:1 is the equivalent of Isaiah’s statement, ‘It pleased the Lord to bruise Him’. In fact, the Psalm later says it: ‘You have brought me to the dust of death’ (v. 15).

Secondly, it’s a rhetorical question. The sufferer knows full well why God does this. What’s the point of asking it, then? To express his distress. This is real suffering. He really doesn’t want to go through it. He would rather God saved Him instantly out of it. ‘If it is possible, let this cup pass from me. But not my will…’ (Matt 26:39).

Perhaps it also means, ‘It feels like you have abandoned me’ (Calvin), or ‘It’s really hard in my present circumstances to feel your closeness’ (which is a very real human reaction, isn’t it, as the extent of physical pain clouds over our spiritual senses). See Lucas Sharley, ‘Calvin and Turretin’s views of the Trinity in the dereliction’, RTR 75, no. 1, 2016.

  1. Psalm 22 affirms that the Father sustained the Son on the Cross.

Reading the whole of Psalm 22, it strongly affirms that God sustained the sufferer. I’m particularly drawn to the participles of v. 9. ‘You are the one bringing me up, from the time of my birth, and you are the one making me trust from the time I was breastfeed onwards’. The verbs are not just about the time of being born. These are ongoing realities. See also Isa 50:7, of Jesus at crucifixion, ‘The Lord God helps me’.

The Psalm heads to the great turning point in v. 21: ‘You have answered Me’. No hint of relational abandonment in that. Put v. 24 in large letters: ‘He has not hidden His face from Him’.

  1. Rejection would have been unjust.

Jesus became sin for us, but He was still the perfect Son of God. ‘Truly, this was a righteous man’ (Matt 23:47). The implications of this need to be honoured. To personalise this, if you were a judge, and your own innocent son valiantly stepped forward at a trial to take a criminal’s punishment upon himself, would you be angry with him and reject him?

  1. The value of the Cross doesn’t need bolstering with a ‘rejection by God’ theory.

Christ paid our debt. Our debt was eternal death, so where is there eternal death at the Cross? It’s not enough that Christ merely physically died, is it? We are due physical and spiritual death. Therefore, we need to bolster the cost of the Cross. We need to find spiritual death at the Cross.

The ‘rejection by God’ theory looks like the answer. However, division within the Triune God is not the same as our everlasting spiritual death. The Cross simply wasn’t everlasting; it was only a few hours.

Also, this misunderstands the atonement. The atonement doesn’t need to be a tit for tat arrangement—an exact exchange, as it were. An equivalent payment, yes; an exact payment, no. ‘The  payment  is  not  precisely  what  is  demanded  in  the  obligation,  but  an equivalent’ (Turretin).

There is inestimable value in the death of God’s Son. It was God’s Son who died. The value is in the Person: God’s righteous, precious Son. And the nature of His death: a freely given sacrifice, with perfect love for us and obedience to God. That’s what makes it ‘sweet smelling’ (Eph 5:2). We’re so used to people dying, that we miss the uniqueness of Christ’s death. It was the purest life that was willingly offered.

How could we forget this, that we would need to seek the value of the Cross elsewhere? That’s enough ‘value’ to pay the sins of all God’s elect people; and for the sins of the whole world, and a thousand worlds besides, many would add. When I remember who it was who died on the Cross—not just the method of execution, and not some theory of Trinitarian disruption—that’s when I fall silent. It was the incarnate Son of God.

  1. It’s not in Scripture.

There is no clear statement in Scripture that the Father turned His face away. If the Father-Son relationship was separated at the Cross, that would be huge. It would be the core meaning of the Cross. You would expect it to be everywhere in Scripture. But of course it’s not.

Does ‘The Father turn His face away’? ‘The Father gives His Son to die’, yes. ‘He prays, “Please take this cup from me”,’ yes. ‘He bears the full weight of my sin’, yes. But ‘He has not hidden His face from Him’ (Ps 22:24). Townend’s song is beautiful, and the metaphor admits to other meanings. I can sing it with a bit of double think: ‘The Father appears to turn His face away, by giving His Son over to execution, but actually sustains Him through His suffering’. As Jesus bore the full weight of sin, He was sustained by His God; and the Father was never more pleased with the Son.

Dr. Jared HoodLecturer in OT, WCF and Reformation History at the Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne and Editor of Reformed Theological Review, Australia’s leading evangelical journal. This article appeared on his blog and is used with permission.

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Four Things We Know About the Resurrection Body

At the resurrection, the transformation of the body you have now into the body you will have will be instantaneous.  All believers will receive this gift at the same time. What do we know about this new resurrection body? There’s continuity, but also changes. Here are four of them.

Four Changes with the Resurrection Body

1. Imperishable

So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. (1 Corinthians 15:42)

Lazarus was raised from the dead (John 11), but the body he came back in was the same body, not a resurrection body, which meant that at some point he would have to go through the whole miserable business of dying again!

But Jesus rose in the power of an endless life (Hebrews 7:16), and he’s never going to go through death again, and neither will you in the resurrection. Your resurrection body, like his, will be a body that will never die. Your resurrection body will never age, and it will never decline.

People say you can’t put an old head on young shoulders, but in the resurrection the wisdom of maturity will be combined with the strength of youth. All of Christ’s people will flourish to their full potential.

2. Glorious

It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. (1 Corinthians 15:43)

Think about the face of Moses, when he came down the mountain after he had been in the presence of God. His face was shining. Why? Because he had been in the presence of the Lord of Glory.

Think about the transfiguration of Jesus: He goes up the mountain with Peter, James, and John, and their faith was strengthened with a preview of the future glory of Jesus! There was a brightness and a radiance about him. And there will be a brightness, a radiance, and a glory, not only around you, but in you (in the resurrection body).

3. Powerful

It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. (1 Corinthians 15:43)

The [resurrection] body is going to have more energy, more physical capability, more stamina, more athleticism, more speed, more coordination, more durability than it ever had because we’re not going to need the body less, we’re going to need it more and use it more.¹

Think about what this will mean for all of our friends who have been restricted to wheelchairs, or have physical challenges that have restricted their lives in this world. What will it mean when finally and fully Jesus’ words will come true in all of their fullness? The blind will see, the deaf will hear, and the lame will walk.


Your resurrected body will be as eager to do the will of God as your redeemed spirit.
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The Garden of Eden offered scope for the pursuit of art in all its creativity, the pursuit of science in all its forms, and technology as well as theology. The same will be true of the world to come.

Donald Macleod says it well:

Not only the Creator but the Creation, too will be an object of wonder to the redeemed.  It will challenge their intellects, fire their imaginations, and stimulate their industry. The scenario is a thrilling one: brilliant minds in powerful bodies in a transformed universe.²

If you work out at the gym, and you want to engage someone in conversation, try asking them, “How would you like to have a really strong body, a really powerful body?” Then you can tell them, “You will have one on the resurrection!” I guarantee if you ask them this question, though, at first they’ll think you’re trying to sell them some kind of supplements!

4. Godly

It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. (1 Corinthians 15:44)

I use the word “godly” here, because the word “spiritual” is often misunderstood. A “spiritual” body! What is that?  That doesn’t sound like a body in which you could go bungee jumping, snorkeling, or snowboarding!

The resurrection body is a physical, material, flesh-and-bones body. When Paul speaks about a spiritual body, he’s speaking about a body that is fully responsive to the Holy Spirit. That is a marvelous thought! In the resurrection body, you will never feel or think or say, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Your resurrected body will be as eager to do the will of God as your redeemed spirit.

Here’s what you have to look forward to in the new heaven and the new earth: A body that is adapted to life forever and will never decline, a body that is glorious and powerful, a body that is fully responsive to the Holy Spirit.

How to Live in the Light of Your Resurrection Body

Recognize that you are wholly owned by Jesus Christ.

You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Christ has the right to determine where you live, what you do. He bought you with his own blood, and over every area of your life, Jesus Christ says, “Mine.” You are not your own! Your life is his to spend, and the great calling of your life is to glorify him.

Be done with everything that defiles your body or your soul.

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1)

“Since we have these promises,” not “since we have these rules.” He could have appealed to the law, but he is going for a higher motivation.

There is a glorious future for your mind, so use your mind in a way that glorifies God. Don’t pollute your mind! Fill your mind with what is pleasing to God.

It’s the same with your body. Don’t use your body as a vehicle for sin (Romans 6:13). Use your eyes, ears, hands, and feet in ways that honor Christ. Let your tongue speak words of kindness. Let your hands be a means of helping (not hurting) others.

Offer your whole self to God.

I appeal to you…brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1)

It is common in church circles to speak about “giving your heart to Jesus.” We understand what is meant by this, but the obvious question is: Why should it only be your heart? It’s not enough to say that your heart is in the right place. God wants more than your heart.

“Present your bodies.” The body is what gives us the capacity to act. Spend your strength in ways that honor Christ! This is the greatest motivation for living a sacrificial life. One of the implications of the doctrine of the resurrection is that you don’t have to worry half as much about your bucket list; you can afford to live sacrificially. You can afford to lay down your life if need-be.

The new earth will be better than the earth we have now. The resurrection body will be better than the body you have now. And you will have forever to savor the pleasures that God has in store for you.

That is the whole basis on which the Christian can say, “I will spend my life doing everything that you call me to do in this world until I see your face.” Otherwise, you will live another life, because you didn’t really believe in the resurrection.

Never give in to discouragement!

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

“Therefore…” Because you will soon savor the joys of life in the resurrection body. Because your struggles with sin in this world will soon be over. Because the weariness that comes with being stretched to the limit will soon be a thing of the past. Because you are pressing toward the resurrection…

Keep giving yourself to everything that God is calling you to do. Don’t hold back in any way!

Do it with joy, and do it knowing that if even a cup of cold water will not go without its reward, you can be sure that a life of faith laid down in service for Jesus Christ will be a life that cannot be lived in vain.

[1] Donald Macleod, A Faith To Live By, p. 277, Christian Focus, 2010. [2] Monthly record of the Free Church of Scotland, 1990, p. 125. This article is taken from the sermon The Joys of Life in the Resurrection BodyPhoto Credit: Lightstock]

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Friday’s Featured Sermon: “I Am the Bread of Life”

John 6:32–59

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Christ’s preaching has a tendency to shock our sensibilities. One of His most vexing statements occurs in the gospel of John: “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life” (John 6:54).

All sorts of theories and theological mischief have been concocted around those words. They were simply too disturbing for most of Jesus’ disciples who subsequently abandoned Him (John 6:66). Early on in church history that statement was the cause of pagan rumors that Christians practiced cannibalism. And Roman Catholics now use John 6:54 as justification for their belief that the elements of the Lord’s Table—the bread and the wine—are literally Christ’s flesh and blood.

Like most troubling theological issues, biblical context is critical if we are to come to a right understanding of Christ’s words in John 6:54. And John MacArthur does just that in his sermon, “I Am the Bread of Life.” In it he walks us through John 6:32–59 to bring clarity concerning Jesus’ discourse on Himself as the true eternal food all men need.

Hunger is a natural part of the human experience. We were created by God with a built-in desire for sustenance when our body lacks what it needs. But spiritual hunger is far more elusive to those who are spiritually destitute.

John 6 signifies the high-water mark of Christ’s ministry by every external metric of human success. His popularity had peaked as crowds thronged around Him. Stories of His miracles were spreading far and wide. And His expertise in all matters threatened the influence of every other established religious leader.

But Jesus wasn’t swayed by the veneer of a growing kingdom. Miraculously feeding thousands of hungry people in the desert (John 6:1–14) only inflamed their desires for more temporal satisfaction. They wanted more, but their hunger didn’t extend beyond their empty bellies.

John MacArthur’s message, “I Am the Bread of Life” digs right into the discussion between Christ and His legions of followers. He explains what really transpired and why Christ continually referred to Himself as “the bread of life” in contrast to the perishable bread the crowds longed for. And he reveals how God is the author of spiritual hunger as well as physical hunger. Ultimately, Pastor John answers two fundamental questions: Where do we find the bread of life, and how do we eat the bread of life?

Those questions form the dividing line between those who are Christ’s true disciples and those who are false disciples destined for apostasy. Answering them explains how we are to eat Christ’s flesh and drink His blood and inherit eternal life.

Click here to watch or listen to “I Am the Bread of Life.”

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