Daily Archives: September 12, 2017

September 12, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)



President Donald Trump plans an aggressive travel schedule, taking him to as many as 13 states over the next seven weeks, to sell the idea of a tax overhaul as the administration tries to avoid repeating the communications failures of its attempt to repeal Obamacare.

President Donald Trump will visit China in November, a person familiar with his plans said, as tensions flare on the Korean peninsula due to Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests.

The United Nations Security Council approved new sanctions aimed at punishing North Korea for its latest missile and nuclear tests after the U.S. dropped demands such as an oil embargo to win support from Russia and China.

In supporting a watered-down version of North Korea sanctions, China and Russia had a stern warning for the U.S.: Don’t try to overthrow Kim Jong Un’s regime.

North Korea appears to be stepping up efforts to secure bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, which could be used to avoid trade restrictions including new sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council.

Less than a year after being driven out of its Libyan stronghold, Islamic State is re-emerging in the North African oil producer.

Philippine financial markets were closed on Tuesday along with government offices and schools as heavy overnight rains flooded parts of the capital Manila and nearby provinces.

A U.S. Supreme Court justice on Monday issued a short-term order restoring President Donald Trump’s ban on thousands of refugees seeking entry to the country.

On Tuesday, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook will take the stage for the first time in the Steve Jobs Theater at its new campus. Apple plans to unveil three phones-another first-including a premium model that could cast a halo over the rest of the line, and perhaps even the rest of the smartphone industry.

Chinese regulators aren’t the only ones getting nervous about the astronomical rally in bitcoin. Bullish bets on the cryptocurrency are now considered the most crowded trade in financial markets, according to fund managers surveyed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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Climate change denials amid catastrophic hurricanes are a reminder that humans are not a particularly smart species, Pope Francis said Sunday while flying over areas in the Caribbean decimated by Hurricane Irma.

Russians shunned the polls Sunday for local elections which are the last vote before the presidential elections in March next year, with very low turnout rates as the opposition cried foul.

Russia’s military said Tuesday that Syrian troops have liberated about 85 percent of the war-torn country’s territory from militants, a major turn-around two years after Moscow intervened to lend a hand to its embattled long-time ally.

Egypt’s defense minister, on a visit to Seoul, announced that his country has cut military ties with North Korea, according to a report by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

China is facing heightened threats from foreign infiltration via religion and from the spread of extremism, a top official for religious affairs said on Tuesday, after strict new rules were passed to manage religious practice in the country. China’s five officially sanctioned religions – Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Christianity – vowed to fight “desensitization” at a forum on the topic held in Beijing last week, according state media.


Turkey has signed a controversial deal with Russia to arm its forces with Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles.

Australia has begun sending out ballots for a non-binding vote on support for legalising same-sex marriage. The survey does not have the power to change the law but could lead to a vote in parliament.

At least 18 policemen have been killed in an attack on a convoy in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula claimed by so-called Islamic State, security sources said.

Bangladesh’s prime minister has urged Myanmar to take back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Rakhine state. Some 370,000 Rohingyas have crossed the border since violence began last month.

A new program of free secondary school education started in Ghana. This was a key campaign promise of President Nana Akufo-Addo who was elected last year. The 400,000 students entering secondary school this year will also receive free textbooks, meals and other benefits.


Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is reportedly considering a Senate run in Utah if longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch retires.

The federal debt officially surpassed $20 trillion for the first time on Friday, as the debt subject to the legal limit set by Congress jumped $317,645,000,000 in one day-following President Donald Trump’s signing of a spending-and-debt-limit deal that will fund the government through Dec. 8.

A generous legal loophole in U.S. immigration laws is allowing thousands of illegal “students” to receive special visas to enter America, according to a new report on the scam. The report found that 42 of the country’s worst colleges and universities, some that aren’t even accredited, are providing the needed “student” documentation to immigrants to clear immigration requirements of the Department of Homeland Security. In the process, the mostly for-profit schools fill their classes and weak students get to come to the U.S.

Pope Francis has sharply criticized climate change doubters, saying history will judge those who failed to take the necessary decisions to curb heat-trapping emissions blamed for the warming of the Earth.

The Briefing 09-12-17

Government is never neutral: A lesson in how bureaucracy really works

Search-and-destroy mission in Iceland as babies with Down syndrome are nearly eliminated

Kate Millett’s legacy: A worldview that sees family as a problem cannot but end in sadness

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News – 9/12/2017

North Korea rejects UN sanctions resolution, warns US
North Korea on Tuesday rejected a UN Security Council resolution imposing tougher sanctions and said the United States would soon face the “greatest pain” it had ever experienced.

World stocks build on record highs as Irma weakens
World stocks climbed to record highs on Tuesday as an easing in tensions over North Korea and signs that Hurricane Irma was causing less damage than feared in the United States boosted risk appetite.

Hurricane Irma: Florida residents warned to beware alligators, snakes
Florida’s Department of Health has warned residents to beware of alligators and snakes displaced by Hurricane Irma. “After storms, be alert to wildlife-snakes, alligators, etc. may have been displaced as a result of strong winds or rain,” the Department tweeted Monday.

9/11 now a time to repent
September 11 is no longer just a day for remembrance. It’s a day for repentance. President Donald Trump, responding to a petition from the Christian group “In God We Trust,” recently declared Friday, September 8, through Sunday, September 10, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance.

On 9/11, US ‘Became’ State of Israel, Says Friedman
“On September 11th, 2001, the United States, in a very real and profound way, became the state of Israel. It was attacked by a hateful and barbaric enemy, obsessed by a culture of death and destruction. “It is so right and appropriate that apart from the United States, the only nation in the world to build a 9/11 memorial containing the names of each and every life that was stolen in this tragic act is the state of Israel.”

‘Israel to occupy parts of south Lebanon in next conflict with Hezbollah’
In the event of another war with Hezbollah the IDF’s objective would be to occupy parts of southern Lebanon where the group has support and infrastructure, in order to force a UN resolution favorable to improving the security situation on Israel’s northern border, a senior IDF officer said on Monday.

Israel warns of Europe terror threat in holiday travel advisory
Ahead of the mass exodus of Israelis looking to exploit remaining days of annual leave during the upcoming High Holidays, the Israeli National Security Council’s Counterterrorism Bureau has issued a number of travel warnings for Israelis seeking to travel abroad. The travel warnings are based on the real likelihood of threats against Israeli and Jewish targets across the world…Most of the travel warnings relate to Arab and “enemy” countries.

IS attack on Sinai convoy ‘kills 18 Egyptian police’
At least 18 policemen have been killed in an attack on a convoy in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula claimed by so-called Islamic State, security sources say. Militants detonated a roadside bomb near the town of el-Arish, reportedly destroying three armoured vehicles and a fourth with signal-jamming equipment. They then opened fire with machine guns at survivors of the blast.

North Korea slapped with UN sanctions after nuclear test
The United Nations has imposed a fresh round of sanctions on North Korea after its sixth and largest nuclear test. The measures restrict oil imports and ban textile exports – an attempt to starve the North of fuel and income for its weapons programmes. The US had originally proposed harsher sanctions including a total ban on oil imports.

Turkey signs deal to get Russian S-400 air defence missiles
Turkey has signed a controversial deal with Russia to arm its forces with Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara had already paid the deposit on the deal, estimated to be worth $2.5bn (£1.9bn). Turkey has the second-largest army in Nato. Alliance members are urged to buy compatible weapons systems.

Brexit: EU repeal bill wins first Commons vote
The government’s bid to extract the UK from EU law in time for Brexit has passed its first parliamentary test. MPs backed the EU Withdrawal Bill by 326 votes to 290 despite critics warning that it represented a “power grab” by ministers. The bill, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, now moves onto its next parliamentary stage.

Iraq holds 1,300 foreign wives and children of IS suspects
The Iraqi authorities are holding more than 1,300 foreign family members of suspected Islamic State militants at a displaced people’s camp south of Mosul, officials and aid workers say. The women and children, from at least 13 countries, mostly fled Tal Afar as troops recaptured the city last month. The Norwegian Refugee Council, which is providing assistance at the camp, said they were in “de-facto detention”.

Hurricane Irma: Florida to re-open storm-ravaged Keys
Parts of the Florida Keys, the low-lying islands which bore the brunt of Hurricane Irma when the category-four storm struck on Sunday, are to re-open. Entry is being restricted to residents and business owners as work continues to clear roads and check the state of bridges linking the islands. Some 60% of homes in the state are still without power.

Anarchy In the Caribbean
Escaped prisoners and hundreds of looters armed with guns and knives are terrorising hurricane-hit islands amid anarchy in the Caribbean, it has emerged. Britain and France have both sent extra police resources and the Netherlands have dispatched troops to the region amid reports of lawlessness in the wake of the devastating 185mph storm.

Hamas ready to reconcile with Fatah with no conditions
Ismail Haniyeh, political chief of Hamas, said the organization is ready to talk reconciliation with the rival government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas without preconditions. Hamas had previously demanded that Abbas halt a series of measures taken against the Islamic militant group before sitting down to discuss a reconciliation deal.

Venezuela Supreme Court has staged effective coup: jurists’ group
Venezuela’s Supreme Court has progressively dismantled the rule of law, becoming an instrument of President Nicolas Maduro’s government in what amounts to a coup against the constitutional order, an international human rights group charged on Tuesday. The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said the top court had undermined human rights and infringed the Constitution through a series of rulings since December 2015.

Inside The Opioid Crisis: What The Mainstream Media Won’t Let You See
“…the trend exemplifies the cry of the bottom 90% of Americans who have turned to opioids to escape the physical and or figurative pain of not being able to achieve the American Dream…”

BREAKING: Immigration Official Comes Forward, Drops Truth Bomb about DACA According to a former immigration official, the Obama administration never acted to prevent widespread DACA abuse. Matt O’Brien, the former manager of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) investigation unit, recently told reporters that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is rife with fraud. As reported by Breitbart, O’Brien stated, “Based on what I had seen and what I discussed with my colleagues, the fraud rate is 40 to 50 percent. It’s possible that it was higher.”

Tesla’s Wireless Power Invention Finally Comes to Market After 118 Years
Once the darling of the elite Industrialists of the late 19th and early 20th century, fell into disfavor when Nikola Tesla invented wireless energy. The elite did not want anything that they could’nt put a meter on. After 118 years, Tesla’s invention is coming to market.

Just As Hurricane Hits Florida, Trump Bows His Head & Does Something Incredible
Hurricane Irma already looks to be one of the most destructive natural disasters in American history. As President Trump and his administration prepared for this hurricane, the president did something unexpected. While meeting with his cabinet at Camp David on Wednesday, President Trump bowed his head in prayer, according to a Tweet from Donald Trump. The prayer itself was led by Vice President Mike Pence.

Apocalyptic September? Here Is A List Of 27 Major Disasters That Have Already Happened So Far This Month 
Two major hurricanes, unprecedented earthquake swarms and wildfires roaring out of control all over the northwest United States – what else will go wrong next?  When I originally pointed to the month of September as a critical time, I had no idea that we would see so many catastrophic natural disasters during this time frame as well;

NASA: “Sun Erupts With Significant Flare”
The sun emitted a significant solar flare on Sept. 10, 2017. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured an image of the event. The full halo coronal mass ejection was so powerful and widespread, there actually appears to be an Earth directed component. If so, an impact to the earth’s geomagnetic field may be possible as soon as tomorrow.

Debt Nightmare: Does Anyone Actually Care That Our Exploding National Debt Is Destroying Our Future?

When will America finally wake up?  The borrower is the servant of the lender, and we now have a colossal 20 trillion dollar chain around our collective ankles.  We have willingly enslaved ourselves, our children and our grandchildren, and yet our addiction is so insatiable that we continue to add more than 100 million dollars to our debt load every single hour of every single day.  The national debt is sitting at a grand total of $20,162,176,797,904.13 at this moment, but now that the debt ceiling has been lifted that number is expected to shoot up very rapidly toward 21 trillion dollars by the end of the year.  The national debt had been held down by accounting tricks to keep it under the debt limit for many months, but every time this has happened before we have seen the national debt absolutely explode back to projected levels once the debt ceiling was raised. (Read More…)

September 12, 2017
ALAN KEYES — “From the beginning of our nation, Americans have joined together in prayer during times of great need, to ask for God’s blessings and guidance. As response and recovery efforts continue, and as Americans provide much needed relief to the people of Texas and Louisiana, we are reminded of Scripture’s promise that ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.'” (President Trump’s National Day of Prayer Proclamation)… (more)

September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — The war against Islamic terrorism has not “really” changed in the 16 years since the 9/11 attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Monday, but he’s not “particularly surprised” by that…. (more)

September 12, 2017
BLOOMBERG — Twenty miles may have made a $150 billion difference. Estimates for the damage Hurricane Irma would inflict on Florida kept mounting as it made its devastating sweep across the Caribbean. It was poised to be the costliest U.S. storm on record. Then something called the Bermuda High intervened and tripped it up…. (more)

September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — Hurricane Irma knocked out power to about 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida, even as the storm weakened as it crept up the state’s west coast, according to state officials and local electric utilities…. (more)

September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — The national debt has exceeded $20 trillion for the first time ever – – rising the same day President Donald Trump signed a bill into law suspending the debt ceiling and allowing unlimited federal borrowing. The debt ceiling had been frozen at about $19.84 trillion since mid-March, and the Treasury Department was forced to use “extraordinary measures” to prevent borrowing from exceeding that level, the Washington Examiner reported…. (more)

September 12, 2017
CNS NEWS — The federal debt officially surpassed $20 trillion for the first time on Friday, as the debt subject to the legal limit set by Congress jumped $317,645,000,000 in one day – -following President Donald Trump’s signing of a spending-and-debt-limit deal that will fund the government through Dec. 8…. (more)

September 12, 2017
ALICIA POWE — Democrats have been probing for more than a year allegations that the Trump administration colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election but have not presented any evidence…. (more)

September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Supreme Court on Monday temporarily restored part of President Trump’s travel ban, potentially blocking up to 24,000 refugees from being able to enter the U.S…. (more)

September 12, 2017
PAUL BEDARD — An FEC bid to regulate politicking on the internet, possibly including news outlets like the Drudge Report, is being expanded to the biggest providers – – Google, Facebook and Twitter…. (more)

September 10, 2017
TAMPA BAY TIMES — Streets throughout downtown had been empty for hours and people were returning to their homes to ride out Hurricane Irma ahead of the city’s 6 p.m. curfew. But what they spotted on the way was too much to pass up for some people, including 10-year-old Felix Carrillo and his mom, Hilda Carillo…. (more)

September 10, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump and members of his Cabinet bowed their heads in prayer as they met at Camp David in Maryland before the president offered words of support for those impacted and still threatened by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma…. (more)

September 10, 2017
NEWSMAX — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asked President Donald Trump in one of their first meetings to stop his talk of “draining the swamp,” according to former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon…. (more)

September 10, 2017
THE TELEGRAPH — North Korea’s sudden advancement in developing nuclear weapons may be due to secret support from Iran, British officials fear. The Foreign Office is investigating whether “current and former nuclear states” helped Kim Jong-Un in his drive to mount nuclear warheads on missiles…. (more)

September 10, 2017
FOX NEWS — Fresh evidence submitted in a major 9/11 lawsuit moving forward against the Saudi Arabian government reveals its embassy in Washington may have funded a “dry run” for the hijackings carried out by two Saudi employees, further reinforcing the claim employees and agents of the kingdom directed and aided the 9/11 hijackers and plotters…. (more)

September 9, 2017

September 9, 2017
AP NEWS — Hurricane Irma’s leading edges whipped palm trees and kicked up the surf as it spun toward Florida with 125 mph winds Saturday on a projected new track that could subject Tampa – – not Miami – – to the storm’s worst fury. Tampa has not taken a direct hit from a major hurricane in nearly a century. The westward swing away from Miami in the overnight forecast caught many people off guard along Florida’s Gulf coast and triggered an abrupt shift in storm preparations. A major round of evacuations was ordered in the Tampa area, and shelters there soon began filling up…. (more)

September 9, 2017
DAILY MAIL — The largest evacuation in US history is under way with more than 5.6million people being told to leave their Florida homes before Hurricane Irma strikes. The state’s governor, Rick Scott, urged people who had not left yet to leave as soon as possible. He warned those who plan to stay that they may have to ride out the dangerous storm at their own risk…. (more)

September 9, 2017
TIME — Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, has a constitution that recognizes other major religions, and practices a syncretic form of Islam that draws on not just the faith’s tenets but local spiritual and cultural traditions. As a result, the nation has long been a voice of, and for, moderation in the Islamic world…. (more)

September 9, 2017
NEWSMAX — Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence seemed to suggest that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are due to Mother Nature showing her “rage” at President Donald Trump and others who do not believe that humans are causing climate change. Lawrence spoke with the UK’s Channel 4 about her new movie “Mother!” Near the end of the interview, the subject of American politics was broached…. (more)

September 9, 2017
BYRON YORK — Commentary on the DACA controversy frequently notes that the nation’s nearly 700,000 so-called Dreamers are a law-abiding group. But a new bill to give DACA recipients full legal status, sponsored by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake and Democratic Sens. Richard Durbin and Chuck Schumer, would allow newly legalized Dreamers to have many run-ins with the law – – arrests, charges, convictions – – and still receive benefits. Schumer, the Democratic leader, is demanding quick passage…. (more)

September 9, 2017
BOB UNRUH — The list of defenders of Colorado baker Jack Phillips in his case against Colorado’s order that he promote same-sex marriage in violation of his faith reads like a who’s who of America’s leaders. First, the Department of Justice has come down on Phillips’ side in his dispute with the state over his decision to not create a wedding cake for a couple…. (more)

September 9, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Trump Justice Department has once again cleared former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner of criminal liability stemming from the tea party targeting. In a letter to top Republicans, Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd said they re-reviewed the case and concluded there isn’t enough evidence to charge Ms. Lerner, who was at the center of the targeting…. (more)

September 9, 2017
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — Former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton waged an illegal war in Libya that created a vacuum into which all sorts of terrorists flooded, thus helping Islamic State destabilizing the region. It has always struck me as odd that Clinton was never asked about this in the presidential debates, and that Obama seems to have made this war – – on which he was campaigning right up until Benghazi – – not stick to him…. (more)

September 8, 2017
THE NEW YORKER — he United States has no diplomatic relations with North Korea, so there is no embassy in Washington, but for years the two countries have relied on the “New York channel,” an office inside North Korea’s mission to the United Nations, to handle the unavoidable parts of our nonexistent relationship. The office has, among other things, negotiated the release of prisoners and held informal talks about nuclear tensions. In April, I contacted the New York channel and requested permission to visit Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea…. (more)

September 7, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump has given military orders for U.S. forces to shoot down and destroy any missile launched from North Korea and moving toward the continental United States, Hawaii, and Guam. Sources close to the president’s national security team tell Newsmax the order was given to Pentagon brass in the wake of last month’s threat by North Korea to fire a ballistic missile aimed at Guam, a U.S. territory…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 12, 2017

Construction Worker Shortage Acute After Hurricanes

An industry already short on workers will need creative solutions in order to quickly rebuild TX and FL.

The Foundation

“When Men are employ’d they are best contented.” —Benjamin Franklin (1771)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 12

  • Trump Plans Aggressive Road Show to Sell Tax Overhaul (Read More)
  • Trump to weigh more aggressive U.S. strategy on Iran (Read More)
  • Florida Turns to Recovery as Irma Moves North (Read More)
  • What to Expect at Apple’s Biggest Event in Years (Read More)
  • A $150 Billion Misfire: How Forecasters Got Irma Damage So Wrong (Read More)
  • North Korea warns U.S. of ‘greatest pain’, rejects sanctions (Read More)
  • DowDuPont to Change Breakup Plan (Read More)
  • U.K. Inflation Jumps More Than Forecast to Match 4-Year High (Read More)
  • States to Trump: Leave Retirement Rule Intact or We’ll Act (Read More)
  • Why American Workers Pay Twice as Much in Taxes as Wealthy Investors (Read More)
  • Equifax Breach Tests Trump Pledge to Dismantle Rules (Read More)
  • Corruption Battle Roils Ukraine (Read More)
  • Less spark, slimmer profits for electric carmakers (Read More)
  • Fintech Firm SoFi Says CEO Mike Cagney Will Step Down (Read More)
  • Rich People From These Nations Hide the Most Offshore Wealth (Read More)
  • Google Plots to Conquer Self-Driving Cars—by Making Peace With Detroit (Read More)
  • Ferrari’s Entry-Level Portofino Confronts $2.5 Million Mercedes (Read More)
  • How Two Years of Crisis Has Tested Volkswagen’s CEO (Read More)
  • Move Over, Millennials: ‘Generation Z’ Has Arrived (Read More)
  • BP files for IPO of U.S. Midwest, Gulf Coast pipeline assets (Read More)
  • Fixing the Stock Market’s ‘Clogged Toilet’ Starts in Delaware (Read More)

Featured Blogs

Headlines – 9/12/2017

UN rights head accuses Israel of ‘serious violations’ of international law

Fatah Official: Abbas to Ask UN General Assembly to Determine Borders of Palestinian State

Hamas says ready to reconcile with Fatah with no conditions

Will Abbas be forced to choose war against Israel?

The situation in the West Bank is ‘fragile,’ says Israeli security chief

In partial victory for settlers, state backs bid to save 6 of 15 outpost homes

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz says that he intends to extend Jerusalem train line to go all the way to Temple Mount

New Hamas leadership cosying up to Tehran

With reforms, Palestinian economy could grow 7% each year

Trump supports $75m. additional aid to Israel beyond Obama-era MOU – earlier report to retun aid was incorrect

At sites of bombings, PM vows Israel will relentlessly confront Iranian terror

Netanyahu to receive huge archive documenting Argentina’s Nazi ties

Netanyahu to discuss Hezbollah threat with Latin American leaders

Lebanese parliament speaker: ‘IDF flyovers a direct threat to Lebanon’

Hezbollah 2nd in command: ‘IDF maneuvers near Lebanese border not a sign of impending war’

600 Conservative rabbis, leaders demand Netanyahu honor Western Wall deal

High Court dismisses petition seeking public buses on Shabbat

Israeli company to build US-Mexico border wall prototype

16 years on, US and Israel mourn 9/11 attacks, laud anti-terror alliance

Remembering September 11, facing new hate

George Soros And The Politics Of Hope And Hate

ISIS attacks convoy in Egypt’s Sinai, kill 18 policemen

After alleged Israeli airstrike, Liberman warns Syria: ‘Don’t test us’

Lieberman warns Syrians any confrontation will ‘end badly for them’

Saudi Arabia, Jordan back Syria safe zones after talks with Russian FM

Russia, Jordan agree to speed de-escalation zone in south Syria

Saudi Arabia says it breaks up IS attack plot, spy ring

Suicide bomber wounds three in attack on NATO convoy in Afghanistan

Multiple Libya peace plans are a hindrance, UN envoy to say

Al Shabaab storms Somali border town, kills 24 Somali soldiers

Apparent ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ Is Now Unfolding In Myanmar, U.N. Says

UN says 313,000 people have fled to Bangladesh

Sweden, Britain seek U.N. meeting on situation in Myanmar

Intelligence Minister: Netanyahu must push Trump to end Iran deal

Yisrael Katz: ‘Iran is new North Korea’

UN to vote on watered-down new sanctions against North Korea

UN approves new sanctions on North Korea

North Korea warns ‘thirsty beast’ US of harsh response to any new sanctions

North Korea ‘ready and willing’ to respond to ‘US gangster’-led sanctions vote

North Korea threatens ‘pain and suffering’ if new UN sanctions approved

South Koreans fear being caught in nuclear crossfire

Who Will Protect the Next Olympics From North Korea?

North Korean Defector Claims Kim Jong-Un’s Days Are Numbered

Merkel compares annexation of the Crimea with the division of Germany

Top Russian Diplomat Urges US to Stop Destroying Russia-US Relations

Moscow considering deeper cuts to U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia

Bomb threat prompts closure of Santa Monica Pier

Robert E. Lee statue removal crane involved in deadly Dallas crash

Fox News host asks if 9/11 memorials will come down next

U.S. Supreme Court Temporarily Restores Trump’s Refugee Travel Ban

Illegal immigration in Southwest doubled over past four months

Key US surveillance law faces Congress fight

US national debt tops $20T for first time in history

Americans headed towards $1 trillion in credit card debt, study says

Monster Solar Flare Marks 7th Powerful Sun Storm in 7 Days

204 earthquakes since Sept. 2: Over 30 quakes have struck Southeast Idaho so far today as temblor swarm surpasses 200

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Iwo Jima, Japan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Pijijiapan, Mexico

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Tanaga Volcano, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Paredon, Mexico

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Neochorion, Greece

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Paredon, Mexico

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Amatignak Island, Alaska

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 33,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 23,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

British billionaire Branson calls for ‘Marshall Plan’ after Irma ravages Caribbean

Hurricane expert Klotzbach: #Irma at landfall comes in 7th behind 1935 Labor Day storm

Irma unleashes record flooding in Jacksonville, ‘incredible’ floods in Charleston

Irma’s flooding rainfall, tornado threat to expand from Florida to Georgia, Tennessee

Irma’s trail of destruction in Florida Keys revealed

Power out for nearly 6 million people across Florida, governor asks citizens to stay in place

Delta cancels 900 flights, power outages continue to spike in Georgia

Hurricane Irma gas shortages could worsen as drivers return to Florida homes

Elon Musk Magically Extends Battery Life Of Teslas Fleeing Irma

Aircraft carrier is rushed to the hurricane-battered Keys

Harvey, Irma deliver one-two punch to battered flood insurance program

Why Hurricane Irma wasn’t far worse, and how close it came to catastrophe

After an earthquake and a hurricane – and Trump’s failure to send condolences – Mexico rescinds offer of aid to U.S.

Meteorologists baffled by bizarre isolated winds that whip San Francisco Bay Area

This is how much of the world is currently on fire

Pope blasts climate skeptics, cites ‘moral’ duty to act

WHO: Over 500 dead as Congo cholera epidemic spreads

After 15 die in hepatitis outbreak, San Diego begins sanitary street washing

Less Than Half of U.S. Teens Complete HPV Vaccinations

Changing a flower’s color with the CRISPR gene-editing tool

Pope Francis questions whether Trump is really ‘pro-life’

Mother Stabs 8-Day-Old Baby, Tells Police It Was ‘The Devil’s Baby’

12-Y-O Boy Starts Gender Transition to Become a Girl, Then Changes His Mind Years Later

Christian Parents Pull Son From Church of England School After It Allows Boys to Dress as Girls

China’s underground churches head for cover as crackdown closes in

Charismatic Prophets Claim Hurricanes are “Latter Rain” Predicted in Joel 2

Charisma Magazine suffering MBDS: How Bickle fails his own cult criteria.

Jory Micah Denies Inerrancy, Doubles Down by Denying the Trinity

Kong Hee’s Sentosa penthouse back on the market at $11.5m

ELCA Presiding ‘Bishop’ Claims: ‘There May Be a Hell, But I Think It’s Empty’

Four members of paramilitary religious sect in New Mexico – including two leaders – plead not guilty to child abuse charges

Pilgrims flock to Bavarian village for ‘second apparition of Virgin Mary’

Bodies of 400 Children at Catholic Care Home Found Buried in Mass Grave; Abuse Suspected

61 Percent of Roman Catholics Now Support Abortion

Eat, pray, live: the Lagos megachurches building their very own cities

North Korea warns US to prepare for ‘Greatest Pain’ ever in latest threat

Posted: 12 Sep 2017 06:01 AM PDT

North Korea has warned the United States to prepare for the “greatest pain” the nation has ever suffered as Kim Jong-un rejects UN sanctions. Pyongyang rejected a UN Security Council resolution to slap sanctions on North Korea following its sixth nuclear test and ramped up tensions with its latest threat sparking fears World War 3 could break out.

A defiant North Korea “categorically rejected” the resolution, saying the United States was “fired up” for confrontation and would soon face the “greatest pain” it had ever experienced. North Korea’s ambassador, Han Tae Song, told the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday the US was “fired up for political, economic, and military confrontation”. READ MORE


US debt surpasses historical $20 trillion

Posted: 12 Sep 2017 05:57 AM PDT

The United States has now officially accumulated a $20 trillion debt. The ceiling was broken after the White House allowed the Treasury to borrow more money. As of Tuesday, the American national debt stood at $20.16 trillion, according to the US Debt Clock website. This is almost $62,000 per person and over $167,000 per tax payer.

The debt number had been stagnant since March due to the debt ceiling, as the US Treasury faced a temporary ban on further borrowing. On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a law to suspend the debt ceiling until December 8. The Treasury can now borrow freely till that date. Since Trump’s inauguration, the debt has increased about $215 billion from around $19.94 trillion. READ MORE

Gnats Mysteriously Swarm Philadelphia; People Fleeing, Seeking Shelter…

Posted: 12 Sep 2017 05:45 AM PDT

A large swarm of insects are creating a lot of buzz in Philadelphia. Residents across the city took to Reddit to share their concerns. “Probably an exodus from the hurricane,” one person said. “People are running all over Old City and fleeing seeking shelter,” another said. Others on Twitter were just as

mystified. But police say they don’t know where the gnats, or what some are calling flying ants came from. “Hmm. No, We don’t know where all of these gnats came from, either. However, we, for one, welcome our new insect overlords,” said police in a Tweet. READ MORE

20 Nigerian Christians Massacred In Nigeria

Posted: 11 Sep 2017 07:29 PM PDT

Muslim Fulani herdsmen in central Nigeria’s Plateau state massacred 20 Christians, including children, as they slept in the hours after midnight on Friday (Sept. 8) in an apparent reprisal attack that mystified villagers, sources said. Police reportedly said the attack was an act of vengeance after the discovery last week of a slain and beheaded Fulani boy who was a resident of Ancha village, Miango District in the

Bassa Local Government Area. But a village Christian told Morning Star News that the area’s terrified residents were at a loss to explain why they were targeted, as the murder of the Fulani took place at another village. “The village where they claim one of them was killed over a year ago is not part of our village, and we have never had any misunderstanding with them in the past,” READ MORE

Franklin Graham Warns World Needs to Prepare for Jesus Christ’s Return

Posted: 11 Sep 2017 07:21 PM PDT

The numerous hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and other natural phenomena affecting the world today should serve as a reminder that people need to be prepared for the return of Jesus Christ, said evangelist Franklin Graham. “Wildfires raging on the West Coast. Violent hurricanes, one after the other, ravaging everything in their paths, with one of the worst — Irma—bearing down on Florida. A magnitude 8.1 earthquake shook the southern parts of Mexico this week, and we even recently experienced a rare

solar eclipse,” Graham said in a Facebook post on Sunday. “The Bible says in Luke 21:25, ‘…there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves.’ In Matthew 24:7 it says, ‘For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.’ These are some of the Biblical signs before Christ’s return.” READ MORE

Is YouTube Targeting Christians and Conservatives With Its Advertising Policy?

Posted: 11 Sep 2017 07:17 PM PDT

Since YouTube enacted a new advertiser-friendly strategy in March that gives more control to brands over where their ads show up on the online video sharing platform, alarms have been sounded that YouTube may be unfairly demonetizing videos posted by Trump supporters, conservatives and

Christians. As reports have surfaced in the last few months showing that conservatives of many stripes have had their videos marked as “unsuitable for all advertisers” by the Google-owned platform — thus making them ineligible to receive advertising revenue — READ MORE

How Unified Prayer Brings Deliverance and Breakthroughs!

Posted: 11 Sep 2017 06:59 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, you will discover how the power of agreement in prayer will always bring powerful breakthroughs and deliverances in our lives. Discover how when we release our prayers on Earth it ultimately opens the hands of the Lord to bring the answers from Heaven! For the entire message watch the video below:

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Earthquake Swarm Continues In Idaho, Over 200 Plus Since Sept 2nd

Posted: 11 Sep 2017 03:25 PM PDT

The earthquake swarm in Southeast Idaho looked like it might be ending or at least slowing down on Thursday and Friday. But then Saturday arrived and by day’s end 19 quakes had struck. There have been 34 more temblors so far Sunday, bringing the earthquake total since the swarm began on Sept. 2 to 204 quakes. All of the quakes have occurred in the Caribou County area east, southeast and northeast of Soda

Springs. They have been felt throughout Southeast Idaho and as far away as Logan, Ogden and Salt Lake City in northern Utah. Earthquake experts say the worst-case scenario is that the swarm ends with a destructive 7.0 magnitude quake that will destroy buildings and kill people, but the chances of that are slim. READ MORE


Parents Face Backlash for Opposing Church of England School’s Transgender Policy

Posted: 11 Sep 2017 12:30 PM PDT

A Christian couple who pulled their young children out of school because of the school’s transgender policy is unwavering in their stance, despite increased persecution. The parents are now suing the school, which calls the parents “transphobic.”  Lawyers for the couple will argue that the school is discriminating

against them by implying that their Christian faith makes them transphobic. They also say England’s Equality Act, which protects transgender rights, should not apply to people under age 18. Nigel and Sally Rowe of Isle of Wight, England, removed their two young sons, ages six and eight, from the unidentified Church of England school because the school allows boys to wear dresses to school and otherwise dress as girls.  READ MORE

Bizarre winds leave Meteorologists baffled in San Francisco…

Posted: 11 Sep 2017 12:26 PM PDT

Meteorologists are baffled by strong wind gusts that ripped through concentrated pockets of the Bay Area early Monday morning, while other areas remained completely still.  The National Weather Service reports that a gust of 54 mph roared through Pebble Beach at 2:30 a.m., while only 10 minutes away in Monterey conditions remained completely calm. “We had a very unusual event happen overnight,” says

Charles Bell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Bay Area. “We had isolated strong periods of winds. It’s really remarkable. Usually wind storms are more widespread, while this wind occurred in concentrated pockets.” The first gusts roared through Pebble Beach and the southwesterly winds traveled north reaching up to 40 mph in Santa Cruz, up to 37 mph in Los Gatos and at the San Jose Airport. READ MORE

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:


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!


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.”


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).


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.


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.


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.”


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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Sanctification is the triumph of grace over the power of sin

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Romans 6:1-2 (NASB) 

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! 16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? Romans 6:15-16 (NASB) 

As I stated in yesterday’s post, if the Gospel is preached correctly, that is, with justification by faith alone being central with absolutely no merit or work by the believer having any bearing on it, then the two rhetorical questions Paul raised in the two passages above should be on the forefront of the…

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The Imputation of Righteousness

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. Romans 5:6-11 (NASB) 

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Are Protestants Closer to Catholics than Martin Luther? A Response to the Recent Pew Study (Part 1)

“U.S. Protestants also are split on another issue that played a key role in the Reformation: 46% say the Bible is the sole source of religious authority for Christians – a traditionally Protestant belief known as sola scriptura. Meanwhile, 52% say Christians should look both to the Bible and to the church’s official teachings and tradition for guidance, the position held by the Catholic Church during the time of the Reformation and today.”

Mark Twain once quipped, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

Ah statistics.  They can be very helpful. Or very misleading.  And much of it depends on how the questions are asked.

Last week it was announced that a new Pew foundation study demonstrated that modern Protestants are a lot less like Martin Luther and a lot more like Roman Catholics than people might think.

When it comes to the two main issues of sola scriptura (Scripture alone) and sola fide (faith alone) apparently Protestants aren’t so Protestant after all.  The study conclusions state:

For example, nearly half of U.S. Protestants today (46%) say faith alone is needed to attain salvation (a belief held by Protestant reformers in the 16th century, known in Latin as sola fide). But about half (52%) say both good deeds and faith are needed to get into heaven, a historically Catholic belief.

U.S. Protestants also are split on another issue that played a key role in the Reformation: 46% say the Bible is the sole source of religious authority for Christians – a traditionally Protestant belief known as sola scriptura. Meanwhile, 52% say Christians should look both to the Bible and to the church’s official teachings and tradition for guidance, the position held by the Catholic Church during the time of the Reformation and today.

When these two questions are combined, the survey shows that just three-in-ten U.S. Protestants believe in both sola fide and sola scriptura.

These stats, if true, would certainly be stunning.  Indeed, even depressing.  And given the low-level of theological knowledge among most self-identified evangelicals, we might easily believe these stats are right on the mark.

But, I think there are reasons to doubt them.  And those reasons are centered upon the very definition of sola scriptura and sola fide in the questions asked.

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Three Keys to Fight Spiritual Wandering

Wanderlust = A strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world

I love to travel.

My passport is full of stamps holding stories of far off places, magnificent lands, and beautiful people, each painting pictures of God’s creative genius. I’m a firm believer that some of the best adventures are had exploring new areas, meeting new people, tasting new foods, and experiencing new cultures. It’s one of my all-time favorite things.

Some people have diagnosed me with wanderlust. But I don’t think that sense of wanderlust is accurately encompassed by cute sayings on Pinterest. Neither do I believe traveling is limited to visiting new geographical locations.

In fact, I do the most traveling within my own soul. Prone to wander, Lord I feel it.

I am prone to leave the God I love in search of pleasures in other places.

Prone to Wander

It’s illogical, really. As believers in Jesus, we’ve been brought into a kingdom that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading (2 Peter 1:3-5). We’ve been rescued from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9), yet we are inclined to flee to other territories and things that cannot satisfy.

We are prone to wander to broken cisterns, flawed humans, and lifeless water. We travel from our First Love to lesser loves, from the greatest Treasure to cheap trinkets, from full joy to lesser thrills. And we wander to towns emptied of glory, cities filled with destruction, and villages that reek of lies and disappointment.

These new locations are littered with rocks that dash our hopes, potholes that swallow our faith, and bridges of fear that break under the weight of our worship. All roads in this dark place lead to dead ends (Proverbs 14:12).

Fighting the Wanderlust

So how do we fight our spiritual wanderlust?

1. Preach

We remind ourselves of truth, preaching the gospel to each other and ourselves daily. We have no good apart from the Lord. His nearness is our good, our refuge, and our motivation to reject avenues of self-gratification. He helps us press on, stay the course, and make disciples (Psalm 16:2; Psalm 73:28; Philippians 3:12-16; Matthew 28:18-20).

So we acknowledge our need of a Savior today. We preach the truth to ourselves that only God satisfies and his grace is sufficient for our vagabond souls. Through Jesus, the Father is taming our nomadic hearts and reshaping them to steadfastly pursue his. This only comes through the power of the gospel and dependency on the steadfast One.

2. Pray

Without the Holy Spirit, we are helpless. We need him to lead us, and we need our hearts softened by the Word and prayer in order to be sensitive to his leading.

His sovereign shepherding may take us down alleys and back roads that seem too narrow for survival. Those are the times when we, in our flesh, will want to dart off in search of easier routes. So we resist the urge to run. Instead, through prayer, we stake our hearts in the power of the resurrected King and his flawless guidance that takes us into paths of life and joy (Psalm 16:11).

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41)

We need the Spirit, our divine guide on this journey to the Celestial City, to charge our hearts and govern our ambitions, those desires inclined to choose anything other than Christ.

3. Persevere

Yes, we need the Spirit, but we also have a responsibility to build ourselves up in our faith, pray in the Spirit, and keep ourselves in the love of God as we wait for Jesus (Jude 20-21). We are to actively guide our hearts (Proverbs 23:19), put to death our fleshly impulses (Romans 8:13), and walk in a manner worthy of the gospel (Ephesians 4:1).

Big-scale adventure isn’t found in the pages of a passport, but on the narrow path to holiness.
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The book of Proverbs is filled with commands to ponder the path of our feet, to spiritually check ourselves before we wreck ourselves, and to diligently guard the way we’re walking. We are commanded to follow the Captain of our souls, not our own whims. Because of the gospel, we can now say no to spiritual trips that drift us away from Jesus—but we must intentionally fight to corral our hearts with the gospel.

Don’t load up on emotional airlines that will carry you away from truth. Do not be driven by vehicles of circumstance. Fight detours in your soul. Keep your gaze fixed on Christ, and do not turn to the right or to the left (Proverbs 4:25). Discipline your heart for “Little by little, one travels far” (J. R. R. Tolkien).

We must be vigilant. We must persevere.       

Bind My Wandering Heart

Our hearts are prone to wander. Maybe that’s why Paul prayed they would grow roots in the stabilizing force of God’s love (Ephesians 3:17). It’s only when we’re planted in him that we find the contentment and excitement our souls crave, but we have to teach our hearts to yearn for the true and better adventure led by the true and better Adventurer.

This is Jesus, the one who takes us to places we’ve never been and shows us what we’ve never dreamed. 

With him, our nail-scarred Guide, we’re on a journey to the everlasting city whose builder and maker is God (Hebrews 11:10), a place where death is swallowed up in victory (1 Corinthians 15:54), and where we will wander no more (Revelation 21:3-5).

You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you. (Augustine)

Big-scale adventure is not found in the pages of a passport, but on the narrow path to holiness.

That’s the real trip of a lifetime — to an eternity. Bind my wandering heart to Thee.

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Protestant and Catholic

Kevin DeYoung runs through the primary differences between Protestants and Roman Catholics. “Should Catholics and Protestants treat each other decently and with respect? Of course. Will we labor side by side on important moral and social matters? Quite often. Can we find born again Christians worshiping in Catholic churches? I’m sure. But are the disagreements between Protestants and Catholics, therefore, negligible? Hardly. The differences still exist, and they still matter.”

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Charismatic Prophets Claim Hurricanes are ‘Latter Rain’ Predicted in Joel 2

A solar eclipse…a hurricane…then a mighty move of God, declares the (false) prophet. What exactly will God do? Pulpit & Pen News has the story:

Pentecostals associated with the “First Wave” of the charismatic movement claim that their fraudulent faux-miracles and gobbledegook tongues are the “latter rain” prophesied in Joel 2. Many Christians are familiar with the prophecy of Joel 2 because it is cited by Peter on the Day of Pentecost during the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Jews. The portion of that prophecy cited in Peter’s sermon is in Acts 2:17-21 and cites Joel 2:28-32

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29 Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. 30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

Peter says that this prophecy had been fulfilled, saying in verse 16, “This is what was uttered by the prophet, Joel…”

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Source: Charismatic Prophets Claim Hurricanes are ‘Latter Rain’ Predicted in Joel 2

Homosexuality, Gender Identity, and Other Sexual Immorality

Bible study author, speaker and blogger Michelle Lesley has written a thought-provoking piece for Bible believing Christians (those who hold to the authority of Scripture) that lays out the biblical view of how we must respond to all the troubling sexual issues that are impacting the world and the Church. She writes:

Sexuality in Western culture is a mess. Within the last hundred years or so, we’ve devolved from a society that had, broadly speaking, a general understanding of, and compliance with, the Bible’s parameters for sex to today’s sexual mores that barely top short of child molestation and bestiality and permits – even encourages – nearly every other form of perversion.

It can be difficult to know how to approach these issues which have been suddenly thrust upon us, and with which the average person – Christian or not – has very little experience. How are Christians to think about, believe, and address these issues in our families, churches, and communities? Do we just go with the “live and let live” flow of modern society? No. As with every other issue in life, our thinking, our words, and our actions must be shaped by and in submission to the authority of Scripture. Not public opinion. Not political agendas. Not our own personal feelings, opinions, and experiences. Scripture.

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Source: Homosexuality, Gender Identity, and Other Sexual Immorality

September 12, 2017: Verse of the day


22:11 Do not be far from me The psalmist calls on God’s presence since birth to petition God to be close to him now. Job, in the midst of his suffering, made a similar appeal when he asked God, as his Creator, to remember him (Job 10:8–9).[1]

[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 22:11). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.