Daily Archives: January 3, 2018

January 3 Blessing the God of Blessings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Further Study: Read Psalm 103. ✧ What blessings does David mention? ✧ How do they apply to your life?[1]


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

JANUARY 3 HOLY SPIRIT: GOD IN CONTACT WITH HIS CREATURES

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

JOHN 15:26

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

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

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

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

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

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

He is God in contact with His creatures, doing in them and among them a saving and renewing work.[1]


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

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

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President Donald Trump is hardening his demands for a deal to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation, a dispute with congressional Democrats that hangs over talks this week to avoid a government shutdown.

Iran’s protests began far from Tehran over the cost of living. Soon demonstrators were calling for the death of the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader. The escalation was swift, as was security forces’ response.

The U.S. military says it has carried out a drone strike in Somalia that killed two al-Shabab extremists and destroyed a vehicle carrying explosives, “preventing it from being used against the people in Mogadishu.”

North Korea contacted authorities in Seoul over a hotline for the first time in about two years, paving the way for a thaw during the Winter Olympics despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s fresh taunts at Kim Jong Un.

A transformative genetic treatment for a rare, inherited form of blindness will come with a price tag of $425,000 per eye, or $850,000 for both, said Spark Therapeutics Inc., the tiny biotechnology company that is bringing the therapy to market.

America’s power grid is starting to show signs of fatigue as the nation grapples with a record-breaking cold snap.

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A new storm is making its way to the Southeast Wednesday, likely dumping rain, sleet and some snow before moving north. The storm has prompted schools to close in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Meanwhile, the Northeast is bracing for another brutal arctic invasion.

California’s 2017 wildfire season will go down as one of the worst in the state’s history, with a season that lasted longer than normal and featured multiple record-shattering blazes.

A Russian helicopter crashed in Syria on New Year’s Eve killing both pilots following a technical fault, Moscow’s defence ministry said Wednesday.

One U.S. service member was killed and four others wounded during a “combat engagement” in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, the U.S military said in a statement on Tuesday.

India is to buy 131 surface-to-air missiles from Israel in a $70 million deal, the defence ministry announced Tuesday ahead of a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A suicide bomber killed 11 people on Wednesday in an attack on a mosque in northeast Nigeria, the epicenter of the conflict with Islamist insurgency Boko Haram, military officials and an aid worker said.

The Trump administration on Tuesday called for the government of Iran to unblock social media apps, including Instagram.

The French government vowed a crackdown on urban violence Tuesday after shocking video footage emerged of a policewoman being beaten on New Year’s Eve.

China has taken a major step toward cleaning up the new cars sold in the country beginning January 1. As numerous countries debate plans to end sales of fossil-fuel vehicles completely at points in the future, China has now forced the end of production for some 553 models, starting Monday.

California is now the largest state in the nation to have legal and regulated recreational marijuana. And while that alone is a blow to the prohibitionist policies of the failed war on drugs, a lesser-known provision in the state’s new law, along with efforts in a few local jurisdictions, aims to repair some of the damage that the criminalization of marijuana has done to so many communities.

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said over the weekend that she is considering running for Senate. She said she is asking God if she should enter the race.

U.S. manufacturing expanded in December at the fastest pace in three months, as gains in orders and production capped the strongest year for factories since 2004, the Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday.

China’s central bank told a top-level government internet finance group that the monetary authority can tell local governments to regulate the power usage of bitcoin miners to gradually reduce the scale of their production, a source said.

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In a surprise move, Ethiopia’s prime minister has announced the release of all political prisoners and the closure of a notorious detention center, allegedly used as a torture chamber.

The mayor of New York City has announced plans to install 1,500 steel street barriers to prevent vehicle attacks. Bill de Blasio said the protective barriers were part of a $50m investment in security infrastructure.

Berlin authorities are the target of ridicule and disbelief after nine prisoners escaped or absconded from one prison in the space of five days. Six remain on the run from Plötzensee jail after four separate incidents.

At least 48 people have been killed after a coach plummeted 330ft down a cliff and landed upside down on a beach in Peru, officials said.

A private salvage company has resumed the search for flight MH370, hoping to find the plane that mysteriously disappeared in 2014. US-based Ocean Infinity will not get paid for the search itself but receive millions of dollars if successful.

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The University of California-Davis offers a “FREE power nap class” where “trained instructors” teach students strategies to help them avoid falling asleep in class.

Declining numbers of police officers in London have forced the city’s Metropolitan force to give up investigating certain types of crimes, according to The London Times.


The Briefing — Wednesday, January 3, 2018

1) U.S. government runs an operation to investigate U.F.O.s—why do we find the question so interesting?

New York Times (Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal, and Leslie Kean) –
Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

New York Times (Dennis Overbye) –
U.F.O.s: Is This All There Is?

New York Times (Ross Douthat) –
Flying Saucers and Other Fairy Tales

2) Further evidence of the moral chasm that separates Americans

Washington Post (Quinta Jurecic) –
The Trump administration’s disturbing fight to stop teenagers from getting abortions

Washington Post (Julie Zauzmer) –
In Manassas, a closed abortion clinic made new

3) Why some moral questions can’t be reduced to dollars and cents

Philadelphia Enquirer (Dan White) –
Economics and abortion: It’s more complicated than dollars and cents


News – 1/3/2018

Franklin Graham offers Rosie O’Donnell salvation in Jesus after she condemned Paul Ryan ‘to hell’
Rev. Franklin Graham offered Liberal comedienne and lesbian Rosie O’Donnell a chance to be saved by Jesus Christ after she told Republican Paul Ryan that he would go “to hell” for voting for tax cuts. The outspoken minister then directly appealed to the vulgar actress. “I hope one day you will put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and let him heal your heart, clean up your mouth, and forgive your sins,” the reverend concluded.

Germany to Censor Media in Upcoming Nazi-Style Purge
German government using Hitler-style law to censor news reports. German officials will start censoring Infowars and other media that report on Germany’s migrant crisis which makes Chancellor Merkel look bad. Germany is ramping up enforcement of a Nazi-style censorship law that will pressure Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites to remove content the government considers “hate speech.”

Hawkins: I Bet Freedom-Starved Iranians Wish They Had a Second Amendment
As we watch freedom-starved Iranians stand against an extremist regime bent on retaining power, it is a safe bet that Iran’s rank and file would benefit from a Second Amendment. The power structure in Iran right now is such that the right to keep and bear arms is not guaranteed by law. Additionally, only certain types of guns are allowable for private ownership, and those guns only go to people with special permission to own them.

Probe Uncovers “Laws Broken, False Statements” In FBI Handling of Clinton Emails
In what could be a major black eye for the deep state and yet another nail in the Clinton legacy coffin, The Hill’s John Solomon reports that Republicans on key congressional committees say they have uncovered new irregularities and contradictions inside the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server. “This was an effort to pre-bake the cake, pre-bake the outcome,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), a House Judiciary Committee member who attended the McCabe briefing before the holidays. “Hillary Clinton obviously benefited from people taking actions to ensure she wasn’t held accountable.”

A “Bomb Cyclone” Is Set To Detonate Off The East Coast
“This storm developing off the Southeast coast will meet the meteorological criteria of a “bomb” as it rapidly intensifies. The signal for a storm has been evident since last week, but as the track has been fine-tuned, impacts to the I-95 corridor are now expected. Snow, strong winds, and very cold temperatures are expected particularly the further east one heads,” said Ed Vallee, meteorologist at Vallee Weather Consulting LLC.

Geologists See 2018 As Year Of Monster Quakes
Geophysicists who studied seismic activity over the past 117 years report 2018 could be shaping up as a year of monster earthquakes – especially around the equator. Why? The signal that causes the alarm from a historical pattern, they say, is the slowing of the Earth’s rotation.

Nikki Haley Says Palestinians Could Lose US Aid if They Reject Negotiations With Israel
Haley told reporters at the U.N. on Tuesday that the U.S. remains committed to the peace process, but implied that America would cut off aid to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) if the Palestinians refuse to participate in negotiations.

Trump: My nuclear button is bigger than Kim’s
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” tweeted Trump.

Putin’s Titanic has hit a fatal Middle East iceberg
In 1912, imagine buying a super-expensive ticket on the unsinkable Titanic only to find out halfway across the Atlantic Ocean that not only is the Titanic sinking, but you are going to die drowning in the frigid waters. It’s 2018 and that’s exactly how Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Foreign Minister Lavrov are feeling at this exact moment about their buy into Iranian debt and Iranian “hegemony.” Iran’s genocidal Islamo-Fascist Regime is slowing or at the least, going up in flames. The problem for Putin is that Putin has put all his Middle East eggs in the Shiite Ayatollah’s basket, and that basket has just crashed to the ground.

UNESCO Produces Lion Idol, Consort of Goddess of Adultery
A UNESCO funded project reproduced a statue of a lion, the third project of its kind the organization has supported, leading at least one rabbi to conclude that the real goal of the political organization is to promote an agenda that has always stood as Israel’s nemesis: idolatry. Early pagans believed the lion was the consort of the goddess al-Lat. It has been conjectured that al-Lat was the pre-Islamic consort of the Arabian god Allah.

‘Frozen America’: 92% of Country Below Freezing
With temperatures dropping 15 to 25 degrees below average in vast areas of the US breaking century-old records, citizens and authorities are taking unusual measures to stay warm and to keep facilities running.

Planned Parenthood: We Did 321,384 Abortions; Got $543.7 Million in Tax Dollars
Planned Parenthood says its affiliates did 321,384 abortions in the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2016, according to its newly released 2016-2017 annual report.

Boom! US To Withhold Funding From Palestinians Until They Agree To Join Peace Negotiations
United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nicki Haley held a press conference on Tuesday regarding the Iranian democracy protests. Haley also touched on the North Korean threat and the Trump administration decision to withhold funding to Pakistan.

Germany To Censor Media In Upcoming Nazi-Style Purge
German officials will start censoring Infowars and other media that report on Germany’s migrant crisis which makes Chancellor Merkel look bad. Germany is ramping up enforcement of a Nazi-style censorship law that will pressure Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites to remove content the government considers “hate speech.”

Baltimore Sets New Per-Capita Homicide Record
Population shrinks while murder rate explodes in Democrat stronghold

Turkish State Institution Says Girls Can Marry & Get Pregnant Aged 9
Turkey’s top state religious institution has issued a new fatwa on marriage announcing that girls can get married and become pregnant as young as 9 years old.

PHOTOS=> Sanctuary State Signs Pop Up on California Highways for the New Year: “Felons, Illegals and MS13 Welcome!”
Anonymous Street artists moved out to highways once again to ring in the new year by posting messages to the “Welcome to California” highway signs.

Tables turn: Now FBI probed for election interferenceWhat began as an investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election has now become a probe into how federal law enforcement conspired to stop Donald Trump from becoming president.

Bone-Chilling Cold Grips Wide Swath of US, at Least 2 DeathsBone-chilling cold gripped much of the U.S. as 2018 began, breaking century-old records and leading to at least three deaths attributed to exposure to the dangerously low temperatures.

Pope Francis: Opponents of Mass Migration Sow ‘Violence, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia’
In his new message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis has denounced those who question the wisdom of mass migration, accusing them of demagoguery and promoting xenophobia.

Pakistan Summons US Envoy, Calls Emergency Meetings After Trump’s ‘No More’ Tweet
Islamabad called an emergency cabinet meeting to establish the “difference between facts and fiction,” and summoned the US ambassador after Trump targeted Pakistan in his first tweet in 2018, accusing it of “lies and deceit.”

Trump Accuses Obama Administration of Helping Fund Iran’s ‘Terrorism,’ Praises Protests
“The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their ‘pockets.’ The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!” Trump tweeted early Tuesday.


Planned Parenthood: We Did 321,384 Abortions; Got $543.7 Million in Tax Dollars

(Terrence P. Jeffrey – CNS News) Planned Parenthood says its affiliates did 321,384 abortions in the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2016, according to its newly released 2016-2017 annual report.

In the same report, Planned Parenthood says its affiliates received $543.7 million in payments from government—“Government Health Services Reimbursements & Grants,” the report calls them—in the year that ended on June 30, 2017. View article →


President Trump Is Right: Huma Abedin, Crooked Hillary And James Comey All Belong In Prison

If you mishandle classified documents, you go to prison.  That is how the law is written, and that is how the law is supposed to work.  But up until now top members of the Democratic Party have been immune from prosecution for mishandling classified documents even though evidence that they are guilty is publicly available for everyone to see.  On Friday, we learned that there were classified documents among the 2,800 work-related emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.  Huma Abedin regularly forwarded documents to her husband’s laptop, and every time she sent a classified document to his laptop it was a violation of federal law. (Read More…)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Jan. 3, 2018

Leftists Beclown Themselves on Iran

They are “justifying and excusing Islamic fascism in a broader and confused attempt at signaling tolerance.”

The Foundation

“The fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms and false reasonings is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you once to become acquainted with these, you could never entertain a thought, that all men are not, by nature, entitled to a parity of privileges.” —Alexander Hamilton (1775)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: January 3

  • North Korea reopens border hotline with the South (Read More)
  • North Korea warned against new missile test (Read More)
  • MiFID II’s First Day Comes Off Without Glitches, Regulator Says (Read More)
  • No Idea What MiFID Stands For? Here’s What You Need to Know (Read More)
  • As Trump Weighs New Tariffs, Imports of Washers and Solar Panels Jump (Read More)
  • Oil hits new two-and-a-half year highs as higher output looms (Read More)
  • Iran stages pro-government rallies after sixth day of protests (Read More
  • AMD Soars After Rival Intel Reveals Processor Flaw (Read More)
  • Bitcoin Loses Some Dazzle as Second-Tier Crypto Coins Catch Up (Read More)
  • The New Floor for Bond Underwriting Fees: $1 (Read More)
  • The Tax Law Hits Manhattan Home Sales (Read More)
  • Trump Tower meeting with Russians ‘treasonous’, Bannon says in explosive book (Read More)
  • Israel says Iran recruited Palestinian militants via South Africa (Read More)
  • Hungary, Poland want a strong say in Europe’s future: PM Orban (Read More)
  • Dominion Energy to buy Scana Corp in $14.6 billion deal (Read More)
  • Pershing Square, Valeant to appear in court on insider trading suit settlement (Read More)
  • Bonus or No, Don’t Get Your Hopes Up for a Raise (Read More)

Headlines – 1/3/2018

Palestinians: Law making Jerusalem division harder is a ‘declaration of war’

Jordan warns Israel of consequences of Unified Jerusalem vote

Jordan: Israel denying the region peace

Trump threatens to cut off US aid to Palestinians over Jerusalem dispute

Trump threatens to cut US aid to Palestinians to force peace talks

Trump threatens aid to Palestinians, appears to contradict himself on Jerusalem – claimed to have taken Jerusalem off the negotiating table

Netanyahu Allies Rethink Remapping of Jerusalem

2,700-Year-Old Jewish Seal Found in Jerusalem – History, too, recognizes the city as the Jewish capital

U.S. State Dept. ‘hasn’t changed’ position regarding status of West Bank as occupied territory

Eisenkot: Hamas stokes West Bank attacks to preserve Gaza calm

IDF chief: All of Israel’s fronts are highly volatile

Palestinian terror chief in Lebanon camp says he’s moved to Syria

Plague hits Palestinian sheep in the northern Jordan Valley

Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment

India shoots down $500m missile deal with Israel ahead of Netanyahu visit

Police probing possible corruption at Israeli Prime Minister’s Office

Among Netanyahu’s reasons for backing Iran protests: aligning with Trump

Netanyahu: Iranian Regime Tries Desperately to Sow Hate Between Iranians & Israelis

Israeli Intel Minister: Iran Working to Upgrade Hamas Terror Capabilities

Young, working-class and fed up: Iran’s deadly protests driven by a new crop of dissenters

Russia says ‘external interference’ fueling Iran protests

Security chief blames Saudi Arabia for Iran unrest

Ex-Iranian president, seen by some as moderate, condemns violence and US

Over 450 Protesters Arrested In Tehran During Crackdown On Anti-Government Demonstrations

EU deplores ‘unacceptable loss of life’ in Iran protests

US envoy calls for emergency UN session on Iran protests

Iranian protesters win bipartisan support in U.S. Congress

US demands Iran stop blocking social media

Trump denounces ‘brutal and corrupt’ Iranian regime

US stops short of calling for Iran regime change

Iran protests: US brands Tehran’s accusations ‘nonsense’

Trump Tweets Support For Iranians While Banning Them From The U.S.

France calls for Iranian restraint as top diplomat cancels trip

Rouhani calls on Macron to act over anti-Iran ‘terrorists’ in France

Yemeni FM: ‘We wish Iranian protesters success in achieving freedom’

Syria backs Iran against ‘conspiracy’ protests

Iran deal deadlines loom as Trump weighs sanctions

Egypt’s Sisi extends state of emergency for another three months

Dreaded, sadistic ISIS executioner reportedly captured in Iraq; could be executed himself

Egypt’s grand mufti says bitcoin ‘forbidden’ by Islam

Police Kill Christians in Churches in DR Congo as Demonstrators Protest President’s Rule

‘Worrying’ clampdown on human rights: UN condemns Saudi Arabia

White House says to announce actions on Pakistan within days

Tensions Rise Between Pakistan And U.S. After President Trump’s Tweet

Nikki Haley: ‘We will never accept a nuclear North Korea’

Trump to N. Korea: My nuclear button is ‘much bigger’ than Kim’s

Haley warns North Korea against another missile test

S. Korea offers to talk with North on Olympics cooperation

China will strictly implement UN resolutions on North Korea

Expect 2018 to be a year of living dangerously as global tensions rise

NYC to install hundreds of barriers to protect pedestrians from vehicle attacks

Congressional investigators find irregularities in FBI’s handling of Clinton email case

Hostility between Trump and media only intensifies during first year

Who will the ‘retail apocalypse’ claim in 2018?

Asia shares eye all-time top amid global growth cheer

A Cashless Society is Coming – Confirming What the Bible Prophesied 2,000 Years Ago

Israel to Launch First Ever Autonomous Nanosatellites on Formation Flying

Massive and Potentially Dangerous Asteroid Will Approach Earth Tonight

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits South of the Fiji Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Rodopolis, Greece

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near El Affroun, Algeria

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Madagascar on alert for Tropical Cyclone 3S this week

UK weather latest: Storm Eleanor cuts power to thousands of homes as 80mph winds buffet Britain

‘Bomb cyclone’ to blast East Coast before polar vortex uncorks tremendous cold late this week

Report: Scientists Find Alzheimer’s Treatment While Trying To Cure Diabetes

New ‘SofTouch’ Abortions Kill Unborn Babies In Only Minutes

Scientists Get Closer to Replicating Human Sperm

Scientists are genetically engineering immune systems to attack and destroy HIV

Two People Detained In Egypt’s Anti-Gay Crackdown Are Freed On Bail

New York gym offering naked workout classes just in time for those fitness resolutions

DEVELOPING: Deadly Bone-Chilling Cold Grips Wide Swath of USA…

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 03:46 PM PST

DEVELOPING: Deadly Bone-Chilling Cold Grips Wide Swath of USA…Bitterly cold temperatures gripped much of the nation on Tuesday, testing the mettle of even winter-wise northerners and delivering a shock to those accustomed to far milder weather in the South.  The cold has been blamed for at least a dozen deaths, prompted officials to open warming centers in the Deep South and triggering pleas from government officials to check on neighbors, especially those who are elderly, sick or who live alone. In St. Louis, where the temperature dipped 30 degrees below normal,

Mayor Lyda Krewson warned it was “dangerously cold.”  “It’s important that people look out for anyone in need of shelter,” she said. The National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories and freeze warnings covering a vast area, from South Texas to Canada and from Montana through Maine. The arctic blast was blamed for freezing a water tower in Iowa, halting a ferry service in New York and even trapping a swan in a Virginia pond. READ MORE

Scientists Find Alzheimer’s Treatment While Trying To Cure Diabetes

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 03:42 PM PST

Scientists Find Alzheimer’s Treatment While Trying To Cure DiabetesAlthough their goal was to cure diabetes, scientists may have stumbled onto a new medication to help treat the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.  According to a press release from researchers at Lancaster University, a new drug being tested for diabetes patients was found to have “significantly reversed memory loss” in test subjects and is now being examined as a possible treatment for neurodegenerative disorders.

The medication, known as a triple receptor drug — or “triple agonist” — reportedly works in multiple ways to protect the brain against degeneration and promote growth. Researchers say that a study of mice being given the drug found that the animals had an increased ability to learn and retain memories. “These very promising outcomes demonstrate the efficacy of these novel multiple receptor drugs that originally were developed to treat type 2 diabetes,” Professor Christian Holscher said in the release. READ MORE

Trump threatens to cut off aid to Palestinian Authority…

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 03:33 PM PST

Trump threatens to cut off aid to Palestinian Authority…Acknowledging his push to broker peace in the Middle East has stalled, President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to threaten to cut off U.S. aid money to the Palestinian Authority, saying they were no longer willing to negotiate. Trump, in a pair of tweets, said the U.S. pays “the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue … peace treaty with Israel.”

“We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?” he wrote. Trump infuriated many in the Middle East when he announced late last year that the U.S. would consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel and move its embassy there. READ MORE

Experts warn that powerful earthquakes will strike the Earth in 2018 as planet’s rotation temporarily slows

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 11:55 AM PST

Experts warn that powerful earthquakes will strike the Earth in 2018 as planet’s rotation temporarily slowsThe world is entering a period of higher seismic activity this year that will bring more earthquakes with it, scientists have predicted.  While that’s undoubtedly bad news for those living within affected areas, the ability to accurately predict when and where earthquakes will occur is growing all the time. This

prediction comes from the fact that the Earth is currently experiencing a periodic slowdown of its rotation. Historically, these slowdowns have coincided with peak times for earthquakes and seismic activity. “So far we have only had about six severe earthquakes [in 2017]. We could easily have 20-a-year starting in 2018,” said Dr Roger Bilham from the University of Colorado.  READ MORE

Scientists Warns Earth Approaching Mini Ice Age

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 11:41 AM PST

Scientists Warns Earth Approaching Mini Ice AgeAn Ice Age is potentially coming and scientists have claimed it could reverse damage from global warming.  Earth could be plunged into a mini Ice Age in the next few decades, but there is good news – it could override the damage done by global warming. By 2030 comes about, the temperatures on Earth could be so low that the River Thames freezes over during winter, much like in the last little ice age which spanned from the 13th to 17th century.

Maths professor Valentina Zharkova at Northumbria University said the Ice Age could help offset the damage of global warming. She said: “I hope global warming will be overridden by this effect, giving humankind and the Earth 30 years to sort out our pollution.” The sun follows cycles of roughly 11 years where it reaches a solar maximum and then a solar minimum. During the former, the Sun gives off more heat, and less in the latter due to a decrease in magnetic waves. READ MORE

32,000+ Millennials Are Ascending on Atlanta and Washington D.C. to Worship Jesus

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 11:28 AM PST

32,000+ Millennials Are Ascending on Atlanta and Washington D.C. to Worship JesusTens of thousands of college students and young adults are assembling this week in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, D.C., for Passion 2018, an annual Christian conference. And the photos emerging from the event are already pretty astounding. More than 32,000 Millennials are gathering at three separate locations from Jan. 1-3 —

Philips Arena and Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, and The Anthem in Washington, D.C. The speaker lineup includes Pastor Louie Giglio, founder of Passion, as well as Levi Lusko, Christine Caine, John Piper and scores of others. Music will be performed by Andy Mineo, KB, Matt Redman, Crowder and the Passion Band, among others. READ MORE

Very bright slow-moving fireball over the United Kingdom, Over 800 reports

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 11:22 AM PST

Very bright slow-moving fireball over the United Kingdom, Over 800 reportsA very large, slow-moving fireball meteor was observed over the United Kingdom at 17:33 UTC on December 31, 2017. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received over 400 reports within 2 hours and the count now stands at 801. The event was as seen from northern Scotland to southern England, UK.  The object was green and red in color and was traveling east to west from the North Sea toward Sunderland and Carlisle for more than 10 seconds. 11 people reported delayed sound associated

with the event, 11 a concurrent sound and 255 reported fragmentation. “The object fragmented in smaller parts at the end of its luminous path, before vanishing,” IMO’s Karl Antier said. “Rough automatic analysis of the reports received until now show the meteor started being luminous 80 km (50 miles) offshore Hartlepool, and traveled from east to the west to disappear 100 km (62 miles) onshore and 20 km (12 miles) South of England/Scotland border, halfway between Penrith and Carlisle (Cumbrie county).  READ MORE

Storm Carmen leaves one dead, 65,000 without power ahead of Eleanor, France

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 11:15 AM PST

Storm Carmen leaves one dead, 65,000 without power ahead of Eleanor, FranceStorm Carmen hit western parts of France on Monday, January 1, 2018, bringing heavy rain and wind gusts up to 130 km/h (81 mph). At least one person has been killed and 65,000 customers left without power in the third and strongest storm to hit France this winter. The fourth named storm – Eleanor – is expected to hit the country with strength comparable to Carmen today and tomorrow. Orange Alerts are in effect across 21 departments today and tomorrow. There was no major damage reported by Monday afternoon, according to local media reports.

However, French power grid company Enedis said some 65,000 of its customers in Brittany, Pays-de-la-Loire, and Nouvelle-Aquitaine in the country’s west were left without power. According to RFI, one man was killed when a tree hit his car in Saint-Jean-de-Port in French Basque Country. With Carmen now away, Meteo France placed 21 departments on Orange Alert as the country braces for yet another strong storm – Eleanor. In addition, the Finistere coastline is on alert for particularly intense waves which may breach beach walls and other coastline barriers, and cause flooding. READ MORE

 

Planned Parenthood Announces ‘My Body, My Choice’ License Plates to Counter ‘Choose Life’ Plates

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 11:06 AM PST

Planned Parenthood Announces ‘My Body, My Choice’ License Plates to Counter ‘Choose Life’ PlatesPlanned Parenthood of the Heartland has announced that its proposed “My Body, My Choice” license plates are now available for purchase by Nebraska residents after it submitted more than the 250 applications required by the state to request the production of certain specialty plates. The plates, which include the Planned Parenthood logo, are posted on the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles website among other specialty plates and cost $70.

Planned Parenthood issued a statement on Dec. 28 in which it said it was “proudly” unveiling the new plates. “‘My Body, My Choice’ license plates are an opportunity for Nebraskans to voice their own opinion on issues of women’s health—opinions that don’t necessarily reflect the opinion of the governor, lieutenant governor and some senators,” said Meg Mikolajczyk, associate general counsel and senior public affairs manager. READ MORE

UNESCO Produces Lion Idol, Consort of Goddess of Adultery

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 11:02 AM PST

UNESCO Produces Lion Idol, Consort of Goddess of AdulteryA UNESCO funded project reproduced a statue of a lion, the third project of its kind the organization has supported, leading at least one rabbi to conclude that the real goal of the political organization is to promote an agenda that has always stood as Israel’s nemesis: idolatry.  The Lion of al-Lāt is an ancient statue, almost 11 feet tall and weighing 15 tons, which stood in the temple of pre-Islamic goddess al-Lāt in Palmyra, Syria. In June 2015 the statue was severely damaged, along with many other artifacts at the historic site,

by the Islamic State (ISIS) after it captured Palmyra. The statue was eventually removed to the National Museum of Damascus where it underwent reconstruction. Part of the reconstruction of the lion statue was performed using high-intensity laser projection equipment adapted for large-scale 3-D printing in stone by the Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA) in Oxford. Much of the Lion project was underwritten by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) through its Heritage Emergency Fund and by the European Union. READ MORE

 

How the Signs in the Sky Confirm Scripture’s End-Times Roadmap

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 10:55 AM PST

How the Signs in the Sky Confirm Scripture’s End-Times Roadmap(By Ron Allen) The New Year is a good time for most of us to look ahead. The stars of the zodiacal constellation Aries (The Ram), which are visible overhead in the evening, give a useful roadmap to the future. Aries itself is a picture of a slain lamb, as attested by the name of its two distinctive stars El Nath (Wounded) and Sheratan (Bruised). However, this is not a picture of defeat, but of victory. This is the Lamb of Revelation 6, found worthy to open the seals of the future. Aries represents the promised victory of Christ. The defeated enemies of Christ are shown in the constellations Cetus (The Sea Monster) and Perseus (The Breaker).

Cetus is a picture of the seven-headed beast of Revelation 13 and 17, representing the nations which have fought against God. The feet of Cetus are in the constellation Eridanus (The River of Fire), a fate promised to God’s enemies in Revelation 21. The future of the leaders of the national rebellion against God and the Anti-Christ himself is shown in the constellation Perseus (The Breaker). Perseus is pictured as a man, symbolic of Christ, carrying the severed head of the evil one, as represented by the star Algol (Evil Spirit). As God has promised to destroy His enemies, so He has promised to restore His chosen people Israel. The nation has suffered much for its rejection of Christ, as pictured in the constellation Andromeda (The Chained Woman). CONTINUE


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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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LifeWay Releases Fitbit For Tracking Spiritual Health

NASHVILLE, TN—According to a LifeWay press release, the Christian retail giant has teamed up with Fitbit in order to release a new spiritual health tracker, a wrist-worn device that keeps track of all your spiritual activity. From raising hands in church and turning pages in your Bible to folding your hands to pray and serving […]

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