Daily Archives: January 4, 2018

January 4 Understanding Your Spiritual Resources

“God … has blessed us with every spiritual blessing” (Eph. 1:3, emphasis added).

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As a Christian, you possess every spiritual resource you need to fulfill God’s will for your life.

The story is told of a wealthy London businessman who searched many years for his runaway son. One afternoon he was preparing to board a train to London when he spotted a man in ragged, dirty clothing begging for money from passengers along the station platform. His first impulse was to avoid the beggar, but there was something strangely familiar about him.

When the beggar approached and asked if the man could spare a few shillings, the businessman realized he had found his long-lost son. With tears in his eyes and joy in his voice he embraced his son, crying, “A few shillings? You are my son—everything I have is yours!”

That pictures many Christians who are ignorant or negligent of their spiritual resources. They are children of the King, yet live like spiritual paupers.

Paul repeatedly emphasized our sufficiency as believers. In Colossians 2:10 he declares that in Christ “you have been made complete.” In Philippians 4:13, 19 he says, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me … my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Peter adds that God’s “divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).

The word translated “spiritual” in Ephesians 1:3 speaks of the work of the Holy Spirit. Every blessing you receive, whether material or immaterial, has God as its source.

As a Christian, you possess every spiritual resource you need to fulfill God’s will for your life. You need not pray for more love, for example, because His love is already poured out in your heart through the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5). The same is true of joy (John 15:11), peace (John 14:27), strength (Phil. 4:13), and every other resource you need.

The key to spiritual progress and victory is learning to apply what you already have, not seeking more.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Praise God for His abundant spiritual resources. ✧ Ask Him to help you apply them with wisdom and consistency.

For Further Study: Read Matthew 6:25–34 and Philippians 4:6–8. ✧ What specific promises does God make in those passages? ✧ What does He require of you?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 16). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

January 4, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The Trump administration is pushing back against China’s efforts to boost its economic ties with Latin America, as the rivalry intensifies between the world’s two largest economies.

The Trump administration is poised to open the door to selling new offshore drilling rights from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arctic Sea, igniting a fight with coastal residents worried about oil spills befouling beaches and jeopardizing tourism dollars.

The White House is banning its employees from using personal mobile phones while at work in the West Wing, despite concerns among some staffers that they’ll be cut off from children and other relatives trying to reach them.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Sessions will instead let federal prosecutors where pot is legal decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law, the people said.

A suicide bomber killed 14 worshipers at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, a day after Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in a rare video.

A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Manhattan could get as much as 9 inches of snow late Thursday and Boston could see 14 inches.

Payrolls at U.S. companies increased in December by the most in nine months, consistent with further progress in the labor market, according to data released Thursday from the ADP Research Institute in Roseland, New Jersey. Private payrolls rose by 250k, exceeding all estimates in a Bloomberg survey, after a revised 185k increase in Nov.

The world’s biggest chipmakers and software companies, including Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp., are coming to grips with a vulnerability that leaves vast numbers of computers and smartphones susceptible to hacking and performance slowdowns.

On Tuesday, the technology website The Register said a bug lets some software gain access to parts of a computer’s memory that are set aside to protect things like passwords. All computers with Intel chips from the past 10 years appear to be affected, the report said.

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.

AP Top Stories

President Donald Trump appeared to threaten millions of dollars in U.S. aid to the Palestinians in a series of tweets Tuesday after a decision to also withhold funds from Pakistan earlier in the day.

Comparing the ongoing anti-government protests in Iran to demonstrations in the U.S. like Black Lives Matter, actress and activistYara Shahidi is urging Americans to consider just how interconnected the situation in Iran is to the U.S. experience.

Iran’s most fervent regional foes, Saudi Arabia and Israel, are both eagerly looking for signs of vulnerability and imminent change in their nemesis amid the past week of protests across the country. But they’ve taken vastly different approaches of how to engage with the upheaval.

Pakistan is shrugging off proposed U.S. aid cuts but frets that Washington could take more drastic measures to deter what it sees as the South Asian nation’s support for Taliban militants causing chaos in neighboring Afghanistan.

The recent influx of mostly young, male migrants into Germany has led to an increase in violent crime in the country, according to a government-funded study published Wednesday.

The U.N. human rights chief called on Iran on Wednesday to rein in security forces to avoid further violence and respect the right of protesters to freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly.

Tax reform could move the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates faster than it anticipates, minutes of the Fed’s December meeting showed.

BBC

Lawyers for US President Donald Trump are seeking to stop the release of a book containing explosive insights into his presidency, US media report.

A passenger train has caught fire in South Africa after colliding with a truck, killing at least 12 people and injuring 268, officials have said.

Winter storms have been sweeping across Western Europe, causing three deaths and widespread disruption. Tens of thousands of people have been affected by power cuts, and air travel has been disrupted.

The 11,500-year-old remains of an infant girl from Alaska have shed new light on the peopling of the Americas. Genetic analysis of the child, allied to other data, indicates she belonged to a previously unknown, ancient group.

Patients undergoing surgery in Africa are more than twice as likely to die following an operation as the global average, researchers said.

Twenty-five civilians are reported to have been killed in air strikes on two towns in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Syria’s capital, Damascus.

WND

Security researchers on Wednesday disclosed a set of security flaws that they said could let hackers steal sensitive information from nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and ARM Holdings.

Iceland on Monday became the first country in the world to force employers to pay workers the same rate – regardless of gender, sexuality or ethnicity.


The Briefing — Thursday, January 4, 2018

1) Mormon President’s death highlights differences between historic Christianity and Mormonism

Mormon Newsroom –
President Thomas S. Monson Dies at Age 90

2) Should the Mormon church be considered a Christian denomination?

AP (Brady McCombs) –
Mormon baptisms of Holocaust victims draw ire

3) In spite of “official” doctrine, Mennonite church continues leftward trend

Religion News Service (Kimberly Winston) –
Largest group of Mennonite churches leaves denomination

4) Another strange milestone in the sexual and moral revolution

Wall Street Journal (Lukas I. Alpert) –
Playboy Might Kill Magazine to Focus on ‘World of Playboy’


News – 1/4/2018

Trump to announce ‘most dishonest’ and ‘corrupt media awards’ next week
“I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock.” Trump tweeted on Tuesday, adding: “Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!”

‘In 2017, Jews Won War for Temple Mount’ – Activist
In the past year, an unprecedented number of Jews ascended to their holiest site, laying claim in a manner that some Temple Mount Activists consider even more significant than the IDF victory in 1967 that unified Jerusalem. The next step for the Jews, prayer on the Temple Mount, may be even closer than most realize, waiting on a court case set to be decided in just a few weeks. “The war for the Temple Mount is finally over,” Fried told Breaking Israel News. “Now, we need more Jews to go up to the Temple Mount, and we all need to do much more spiritual work because the next step is the Temple.”

Burning Man Announces Newest Centerpiece: Temple to Greek Goddess
The Burning Man Festival, held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada in August, has chosen its centerpiece structure, a massive wood temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Gaia, that is just one of the many pagan symbols featured at the popular desert gathering.

Neo-Nazi behind the Daily Stormer website has Jewish ancestry
Prominent American neo-Nazi comes from ‘mixed-race family’, says his mother, and has Jewish ancestors on both sides.  Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer’s mother, Alyse, confirmed to Newsweek magazine in an article published Wednesday that her son comes from a “large, mixed race family” with Native American heritage, and that he has Jewish lineage “on both sides of his family.” His Jewish heritage was first reported by Gawker in 2012 when he volunteered the information to a reporter, but this is the first time a family member has confirmed his background.

Israel strikes Gaza terror infrastructure following rocket fire
The Israel Air Force struck terror infrastructure in the southern Gaza Strip early Thursday morning following three mortar shells which were fired towards Israel on Wednesday. A statement released by the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit stated that the airstrikes targeted a “central terror infrastructure” and while Israel holds Hamas responsible…the statement did not mention the group, which rules the enclave.

Haley hosts reception for diplomats who voted ‘no’ on Jerusalem UN vote
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley hosted her counterparts from 64 nations on Wednesday night who abstained, voted ‘no’ or remained absent last month on a General Assembly resolution condemning the Trump administration for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital…”It’s easy for friends to be with you in the good times, but it’s the friends who are with you during the challenging times that will never be forgotten,” Haley said.

Deadly storm blasts across Europe, killing three
Winter storms are sweeping across western Europe, causing three deaths and widespread disruption. Tens of thousands of people have been affected by power cuts, and air travel has been disrupted. Two people drowned on Spain’s northern Basque coast after being swept away by a huge wave and a skier was killed by a falling tree in the French Alps.

Iran protests: US accused of ‘grotesque’ interference
Iran has accused the US of “grotesque” interference in its internal affairs in a letter to the UN. It said the US leadership, in “numerous absurd tweets, [had] incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts” which violated international law. Twenty-one people died in six days of protests sparked by Iran’s economic problems, which spanned several cities.

Tech giant is rolling out new robots to replace workers in hotels, airports and supermarkets
A Korean tech giant on Thursday announced new robots that take aim squarely at the jobs of many services industry workers around the globe. There have long been predictions that advances in artificial intelligence and automation could end up eliminating millions of jobs over time, and tech companies have been testing robots to carry out a variety of tasks — from working in a pizza parlor to making deliveries…

There Have Been More Than 30,000 Documented Terror Attacks Worldwide Since September 2001
When are we going to say that enough is enough?  According to Act For America,  more than 30,000 documented terror attacks have taken place around the world since September 11th, 2001.  And in case you were wondering, almost all of those terror attacks were committed by radical Islamic terrorists.

Vicious Winter Storm Brings Snow to Florida as It Winds Northward
For the first time in 28 years, it is snowing in Florida — and the storm is far from over.

Exclusive-Kris Kobach: Voter Fraud Commission ‘Being Handed Off’ to DHS, Will No Longer Be ‘Stonewalled’ by Dems
Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach says the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity will be “handed off” to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to “more effectively” investigate voter fraud without being “stonewalled” by Democrats.

Bombshell Study: Migrants Caused 92% Violent Crime Increase In Germany
Migrants are responsible for a 92% increase in reported violent crimes in Germany during 2015 and 2016, according to a university criminologist study.

A WORLD OF SHAME: Allied forces knew about Holocaust two years before discovery of concentration camps, secret documents reveal
Newly accessed material from the United Nations – not seen for around 70 years – shows that as early as December 1942, the US, UK and Soviet governments were aware that at least two million Jews had been murdered and a further five million were at risk of being killed, and were preparing charges. Despite this, the Allied Powers did very little to try and rescue or provide sanctuary to those in mortal danger.

Company Harvesting Human Body Heat to Mine Cryptocurrencies
A Dutch startup has been using the body heat of volunteers to mine cryptocurrencies in a project reminiscent of “The Matrix.”

Tech Firms: Spying On Iranian Activists
…Since 2009, Iran’s mullahs have mastered the surveillance capabilities of the internet and smart phones, in large part due to critical help they’ve received from western telecom companies, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.

Homosexuality Splits Mennonite Church
The largest conference of Mennonite churches in the U.S. split from the Mennonite community Monday in a dispute over the denomination’s stance on homosexuality.

Even The Penguins Are Panicking: North America Is Entering A Record-Setting Deep Freeze
North America is in the grip of a record-setting cold spell that’s set to culminate with the arrival of a “bomb cyclone” along the eastern seaboard late Thursday. The cold front has delivered temperatures that haven’t been seen in decades.

President Donald Trump Recognized as ‘Pro-Life Person of the Year’ for 2017
One of the most prominent pro-life groups in America has given its annual award to President Donald Trump, declaring him the 2017 “Pro-Life Person of the Year.”

Chelsea Clinton Sends Happy New Year Tweet to The Church of Satan 
Chelsea Clinton wished The Church of Satan a Happy New Year Tuesday during an exchange on social media.

Mid-Day Snapshot

Jan. 4, 2018

More Evidence the FBI Fixated on Trump, Fixed for Clinton

This is how banana republics operate, not republics defined by constitutional Rule of Law.

The Foundation

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” —John Adams (1775)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: January 4

  • Stocks records tumble, oil at highest since 2015 (Read More)
  • Massive Winter Storm Threatens East Coast With Snow and Floods (Read More)
  • Boston, New York Bear Brunt of Canceled Flights Before Storm (Read More)
  • Bitcoin Is a Hit in Countries Where Locals Face Currency Troubles (Read More)
  • Trump’s welfare plans have Republicans on edge (Read More)
  • Russia urges U.S. not to interfere in Iran’s ‘domestic affairs’ (Read More)
  • Commodities Are on Their Longest Winning Streak in History (Read More)
  • Cash-Strapped Venezuela Offers Diamonds for Medicines (Read More)
  • U.S. military warns against getting hopes up over North Korean overture (Read More)
  • The Rise of Untraceable ‘Ghost Guns’ (Read More)
  • German tax office targets Chinese online retailers: Handelsblatt (Read More)
  • Why Trump Ended His Hunt for Fake Votes (Read More
  • JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs come top of banker pay league in Britain (Read More)
  • Oil Rises From 3-Year High After Best Start to Year Since 2012 (Read More)
  • Iranian army commander offers to help police with protests (Read More)
  • How a Secretive Conclave Decides When U.S. Recessions Happen (Read More)

Headlines – 1/4/2018

Israelis voice warnings, Palestinians talk of ‘blackmail’ in wake of tweets by Trump

PA attacks on Trump triggered angry Twitter response threatening US aid

White House: Trump won’t subsidize Palestinians if they spread lies about the US

Nikki Haley says US may also cut funding to UN’s Palestinian relief agency

Top PLO official says Trump threatened to ‘starve Palestinian children’

Why Trump’s funding threat to Palestinians is even more dangerous than Jerusalem move

Rebuffing Trump aid threat, Palestinians say Jerusalem ‘not for sale’

Trump’s Mideast policy: Diplomatic Darwinism in the quest for the ultimate deal

Israeli Seen as Heir to Netanyahu Says Two-State Idea Is Over

Haley hosts reception for diplomats who voted ‘no’ on Jerusalem UN vote

The status of Jerusalem: A matter of logic

French Jews protest reprint of Holocaust-era anti-Semitic essays

Knesset Gives Preliminary Backing to Death Penalty for Terrorists

As economy crumbles and with ‘nothing to lose,’ war in Gaza grows likely

Israel strikes Gaza terror infrastructure following rocket fire

Despite rocket attacks, Israel to increase Gaza power supply

Israel to Resume Sale of Electricity to Gaza After 6-month Hiatus

Israel says Iran recruited Palestinian militants via South Africa

Iranian intelligence network exposed in Judea and Samaria

Iranian Intelligence Operating in West Bank, Israel’s Shin Bet Says

Turkish banker found guilty in Iran sanctions case allegedly tied to Erdogan

Europe Resists Trump’s Call for Tougher Measures on Iran

France: Israeli, US rhetoric on Iran ‘would lead us to war’

Ex-Mossad official: Iran protests mean nuke deal did not fix economy

Los Angeles’ large Iranian community cheers anti-regime protests

Iran accuses US of ‘grotesque’ meddling, ‘inciting’ protesters

Hezbollah chief: Iran protests will leave Trump disappointed

Iran’s regional enemies watch unrest, searching for leverage

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claim protests over

UN chief urges Iranians to avoid violence as protests continue

Putin’s Titanic has hit a fatal Middle East iceberg

Report says 23 civilians killed near Damascus, mainly from Russian air strikes

Syrian groups urge UN boycott of Putin-hosted conference

Nasrallah sees end of Syrian war, says Israel did not block weapons transfers

White House to announce cuts in ‘security assistance’ for Pakistan

Hindu Radicals Launch at Least 23 Attacks during 2017 Christmas Season in India

Startling maps show every terrorist attack worldwide over the last 20 years

North Korea accidentally hit one of its own cities with a missile, report says

Trump Watches From the Sidelines as the Koreas Begin to Talk

White House: Americans should worry about Kim’s mental fitness, not Trump’s

Trump Says Bannon ‘Lost His Mind’ After Ex-aide Calls Meeting With Russians ‘Treasonous’

Trump attorney sends Bannon cease and desist letter over ‘disparaging’ comments

Reporter to Sanders: Will Press Corps Be Invited to the Fake News Awards?

Macron proposes new law against fake news

Ex-U.S. NSA contractor to plead guilty to massive theft of secret data

Security flaws put virtually all phones, computers at risk

Nissan tech allows a car to read your mind to boost reaction times

Record-Breaking 2,000 New Asteroids Approached Earth in 2017 and Astronomers Expect to Spot Even More in 2018

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Izu Islands, Japan region

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Izu Islands, Japan region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Merizo Village, Guam

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near La Libertad, El Salvador

Earthquake swarm hits near Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens, an active volcano, had four times as many earthquakes than usual last month

Mount St. Helens Is Rumbling Again With 40 Earthquakes Since New Years Day

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

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

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 18,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 18,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Massive winter storm heads north after dropping rare snow on South

America’s Power Grid Is Showing Signs of Strain During Brutal Cold

Man Told to Stop ‘Slumber Parties’ for Homeless During Cold, He Says

Badly strained UK hospitals to delay non-urgent procedures

A popular sugar additive may have fueled the spread of not one but two superbugs

Yemen: Children hit by diphtheria outbreak

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

President Donald Trump Recognized as ‘Pro-Life Person of the Year’ for 2017

PCUSA Updates Book of Common Worship to Have ‘Inclusive Language’ for Same-Sex Marriage

Likud MK Warns Israel’s Nation-state Law Could Harm LGBT Rights

U.S. Mennonite Church Splits Over Homosexuality

Mormon “Prophet” Who Fought To Ban Gay Marriage Hailed As Hero After Death

‘Stay Strong, Keep Praising the Lord’ Popular TV Newscaster Posts Before Her Sudden Death

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 12:44 PM PST

‘Stay Strong, Keep Praising the Lord’ Popular TV Newscaster Posts Before Her Sudden DeathA public funeral is being held Wednesday for veteran newscaster Amanda Davis who suffered a “massive spontaneous stroke” while waiting to board an airplane last week. The 62-year-old award-winning journalist was a beloved fixture in Atlanta television news for thirty years, most recently serving as morning anchor for the CBS affiliate. Tuesday she was waiting to board a Texas-bound flight at

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to attend her step-father’s funeral when she collapsed. She was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.Her last Facebook post was just three days earlier, on Christmas Eve, in which she wrote, “Stay Strong, Keep Praising the Lord” to accompany a graphic about how to survive Christmas without a loved one. She also posted, “Thank God for the Christmases you had with them.” READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Life-threatening Tropical Cyclone “Ava” to hit Madagascar

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 12:36 PM PST

DEVELOPING: Life-threatening Tropical Cyclone “Ava” to hit MadagascarA tropical cyclone designated 03S, named Ava at 09:00 UTC, January 3, has formed east of Madagascar and is currently affecting Reunion, Mauritius and especially northern Madagascar where heavy rain is already causing problems. This system is expected to continue organizing and gaining strength until it makes landfall early Friday, January 5, 2018 (UTC) along the northeastern coast of Madagascar. Be ready for strong winds, dangerous storm surge, heavy rain, flooding and landslides.  Ava is the first

named cyclone of the 2017-18 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season. It comes unusually late in a season which runs November 15 through April 30/May 15. Showers produced by TC03S, now Ava, started across northern Madagascar late Tuesday, January 2 and intensified overnight Wednesday, reaching close to and over 200 mm (7.8 inches) in some places by Wednesday morning. Reunion and Mauritius saw first drops of rain around 09:00 UTC Tuesday and accumulated close to 100 mm (3.9 inches) in places over the next 24 hours. READ MORE

French President Macron proposes new law against ‘fake news’…

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 12:31 PM PST

French President Macron proposes new law against ‘fake news’…French President Emmanuel Macron says he will introduce a new law against the spread of “fake news” in the lead up to elections. Macron made the announcement during a New Year’s address to the press corps at the Elysee Palace in Paris. “I have decided that we will change our legal system to protect democratic life from this fake news,” Macron said on Wednesday evening. “During the election period,

on the internet, content will no longer have exactly the same rules,” he added. The proposed legislation will also change the role of French media watchdog CSA, Macron said. Macron has been highly critical of Russian media in particular, openly accusing TV channel RT of sowing disinformation about him via its website and social media during the 2017 French presidential election. READ MORE

Kim Jong Un orders largest-ever ICBM to be launched on NK 70th anniversary

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 12:22 PM PST

Kim Jong Un orders largest-ever ICBM to be launched on NK 70th anniversaryKim Jong Un has ordered his rocket scientists to construct North Korea’s biggest ballistic missile ever, and the despot reportedly plans to launch the record rocket on the regimes 70th anniversary in September. The rocket would be outfitted with re-entry capability — a feat the Hermit Kingdom’s last intercontinental ballistic missile wasn’t able to achieve — according to a defector who talked to a Japanese paper.

The defector, who was not identified but was said to be knowledgeable in the Hermit Kingdom’s missile program, told Japanese publication Asahi Shimbun earlier this week Kim laid out his plans during a meeting in Pyongyang on Dec. 11 and 12. The rocket, called the “Unha-4,” will be an upgraded version of the long-range ballistic missile Unha-3, which was launched in 2012 and 2016 and put North Korea’s first satellite into orbit. READ MORE

Alabama Church Transforms Building Into Warming Center for the Homeless and Their Pets

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 11:06 AM PST

Alabama Church Transforms Building Into Warming Center for the Homeless and Their PetsThe majority of the continental U.S. is experiencing temperatures even more frigid than usual, and those most vulnerable to the cold are people without homes. The cold is even affecting states in the South, prompting one church in Alabama to find a creative way to combat homelessness amid dangerously low temperatures. The Grateful Life Community Church in Huntsville has transformed its building into a

warming center, providing unconventional resources to the homeless such as haircuts and medicine as well as food, warm clothes, and somewhere safe to sleep.  “We welcome all of God’s children; all races, religions, orientations, and gender identities are welcome to join us,” according to a GoFundMe campaign set up by the church. READ MORE

Multitudes of Iranian Muslims Are Coming to Faith in Jesus

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 11:00 AM PST

Multitudes of Iranian Muslims Are Coming to Faith in JesusBy now many of you have heard of the continual Anti-government protests that are taking place in Iran.  According to reports, The demonstrations have already left at least 20 people dead and is showing no signs of subsiding anytime soon. Tens of thousands of protesters have formed the largest outpouring of government opposition since the volatile 2009 presidential elections. Recently, Dr. Micahel Brown has come out and shared what may be another key to what is going on in Iran.

Fasting to Break the Bonds of Wickedness and Undo the Heavy burdens!

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 10:49 AM PST

Fasting to Break the Bonds of Wickedness and Undo the Heavy burdens!(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, we will discuss how fasting breaks the power of sin and bondages off of our lives and sets us free from oppression, depression, and anxiety in our lives!

Mennonite Church USA’s Largest Conference Leaves Denomination Over Homosexuality

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 10:31 AM PST

Mennonite Church USA’s Largest Conference Leaves Denomination Over HomosexualityThe largest Mennonite conference in the United States has officially split from the Mennonite Church U.S.A. over changing views on homosexuality. The Lancaster Mennonite Conference, which has over 179 congregations across New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio and over 70,000 members, officially left the denomination on Monday after about 82 percent of voting congregational leaders chose in November 2015 to take such an action.

The shifting leniency of the Mennonite Church USA, an Anabaptist denomination, toward same-sex marriage was one of the reasons why the conference felt the need to split. Conference Moderator L. Keith Weaver told Lancaster Online that church polity, vision and governance were other reasons for the change. Churches within the Lancaster Mennonite Conference were given two years to decide whether or not they wish to remain in the conference. READ MORE

Why This Atheist Could No Longer Deny the Existence of God

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 10:24 AM PST

Why This Atheist Could No Longer Deny the Existence of GodIn the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, you might have missed a pretty incredible tweet from skeptical journalist-turned Christian apologist Lee Strobel—a message that briefly breaks down his take on the improbability of atheism. Strobel’s simple message truly resonated, too, as it was sent just before

Americans planned to celebrate Jesus’ birth, with scores of people responding to his breakdown of what non-belief truly entails. “To continue in atheism, I would need to believe that nothing produces everything, non-life produces life, randomness produces fine-tuning, chaos produces information. CONTINUE

Palestinian Official Fires Back at Trump Tweet: ‘We Will Not Be Blackmailed’

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 05:54 AM PST

Palestinian Official Fires Back at Trump Tweet: ‘We Will Not Be Blackmailed’Palestinian officials responded to President Donald Trump’s tweet threatening to defund the Palestinian Authority by saying they would not be blackmailed and that Jerusalem was not for sale. Meanwhile, Israeli officials said Trump had pulled off the P.A.’s “mask of hypocrisy.”  In a pair of tweets, Trump said on Tuesday that “we pay 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.” He added that, “with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?” In response to Trump’s tweet, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ office said Jerusalem is “not for sale,” according to a tweet from the AFP. READ MORE

Cancer patient ‘halts disease with TURMERIC’…First recorded case of its kind

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 05:45 AM PST

Cancer patient ‘halts disease with TURMERIC’…First recorded case of its kindA woman who battled blood cancer for years without success finally halted the disease with turmeric, it has been reported.  Dieneke Ferguson is now leading a normal life after giving up on grueling treatments that failed to stop it. Doctors say her case is the first recorded instance in which a patient has recovered by using the spice after stopping conventional medical treatments. With her myeloma spreading rapidly

after three rounds of chemotherapy and four stem cell transplants, the 67-year-old began taking 8g of curcumin a day – one of the main compounds in turmeric. The cancer, which has an average survival of just over five years, was causing increasing back pain and she had already had a second relapse. But it stabilized after Mrs Ferguson, from north London, came across the remedy on the internet in 2011 and decided to try it as a last resort. READ MORE

 

 

America’s Power Grid Showing Signs of Strain During Brutal Cold

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 05:41 AM PST

America’s Power Grid Showing Signs of Strain During Brutal ColdAmerica’s power grid is starting to show signs of fatigue as the nation grapples with a record-breaking cold snap.  Some power plants in New England that have been burning oil are running short on fuel, according to Marcia Blomberg, a spokeswoman for ISO New England Inc., the region’s grid operator. Restrictions governing air emissions are also a factor limiting their use.

“As oil inventories are depleted, replenishment of these fuels will be important given the uncertainty around weather and future fuel demands for the remaining two months of the winter period,” she said by email on Tuesday. Oil, a scant contributor to the nation’s power supply in normal weather conditions, has accounted for about 30 percent of New England’s electricity in recent days after temperatures plunged below freezing. A lack of pipeline capacity has constrained natural gas supplies to the region in recent years, causing prices to surge during severe cold snaps. READ MORE

Instead of Your New Year’s Resolutions, Choose God’s Divine Solution

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 07:04 PM PST

Instead of Your New Year’s Resolutions, Choose God’s Divine Solution(By Janet Perez Eckles) I stood by the table piled with my books after addressing a large group at a women’s conference. And right after I autographed her book, a sweet lady squeezed my hand. “Honey, I loved what you shared about what helped you get through the sorrow you experienced,” she said. “I also have known tragedy. But the reason I made it through is because Jesus gave me the answer. He first became my comforter. Then He became my counselor. And He never left me.”

There you have it: the wisdom of a heart turned from pain to peace. She didn’t bother with resolutions. Instead she embraced the ultimate solution that carried her from day to day, from month to month and from year to year. And as we begin this year, while the world is busy talking about their New Year’s resolutions, let’s welcome God’s solution. It’s powerful enough to change our outlook, our heart and our destiny. He promises to be: CONTINUE

Scientists are genetically engineering immune systems to attack and destroy HIV

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 06:58 PM PST

Scientists are genetically engineering immune systems to attack and destroy HIVThe battle against HIV has been a long and difficult. As scientists have searched unsuccessfully for a cure, more than 35 million people worldwide have died of the illness since the 1980s. Now emerging medical science—made possible by high-tech gene editing and grant money from the US National Institutes of Health—is yielding positive results in the petri dish and in monkeys, according to a new study published in the PLOS Pathogens.

The study was small, but suggested scientists can genetically modify the immune system to better fight the virus. The experiment involved genetically modifying stem cells to produce immune-system T cells and other blood cells with a specific chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) that enables them to identify and attach to antigens on HIV-infected cells. Once attached, the CAR-T cell kills the infected cells. Even better, the genetic modifications also protect the CAR-T cells from becoming infected with HIV themselves. READ MORE

Trump Warns Kim Of BIGGER Weapons!

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 06:52 PM PST

Trump Warns Kim Of BIGGER Weapons!President Donald Trump has fired off a tweet against North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un, claiming to have a “more powerful” nuclear weapons launcher. Trump’s tweet, amid a barrage of angry posts, is a belated response to Kim’s New Year speech, in which the North Korean leader claimed, “The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, and a nuclear button is always on my desk.” “This is reality, not a threat,” Kim said, adding that “these weapons will be used only if our security is threatened.” Trump tweeted in return that not only is his own “Nuclear Button” bigger and better,

but it actually works. He sarcastically pleaded Tuesday night for “someone from his depleted and food starved regime” to “please inform” Kim of those claims. In Kim’s New Year message, he also offered some hope of a thaw in relations with South Korea, saying he is open to talks over the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics. Trump attributed that to “sanctions and ‘other’ pressures” starting to have an impact on North Korea, before returning to his usual belligerent attitude. READ MORE

RUMORS OF WAR: One million lives lost within days if Kim triggers war ..

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 06:43 PM PST

RUMORS OF WAR: One million lives lost within days if Kim triggers war ..North Korea’s escalating aggressiveness could trigger a conflict costing “one million lives” within the first days of war, leading strategic consultant David Morey warned. North Korea has been threatening world peace by defying calls to give up its nuclear weapons development programme. Mr Morey said: “There is no good option when it comes to North Korea. You can’t ignore them, starve them, destroy them or even negotiate with them. “Destroying them would involve – some people think – a trillion

dollars and a million lives within the first days of a conflagration on the peninsula. So there’s no good option.” The public diplomacy expert said it was “unrealistic” to think sanctions on North Korea would ultimately dash Kim Jong-un’s nuclear ambitions. But he said stepping up the US and South Korea’s diplomatic approach to the North Korean issues could prove to be the best solution for a peace treaty with Pyongyang. READ MORE

Greek holiday hotspot rocked by seven tremors that ‘will not stop’

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 06:35 PM PST

Greek holiday hotspot rocked by seven tremors that ‘will not stop’Greece has been rocked by seven tremors near a popular holiday hotspot as a local expert forecast further tremors that could hit today.  Thessaloniki, the country’s second-largest city, was hit at the 6.24am local time (4.24am GMT) on Tuesday and measured up at 5.1 on the Richter scale. Kostas Papazachos, a Professor of Seismology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, warned that the flurry of activity could continue based on the history of the region. He said:

“From our experience, we find that the earthquakes will not stop immediately.  “There will be an evolution of activity. “We are cautious in the early hours. “We are dealing mainly with East-West fault, fault that defines Mount Beles to the south, fissures that are triggered and give us these little earthquakes. “I think that this phenomenon will continue for at least 1-2 days because if we look behind us and see the seismic history of the area, READ MORE

New Year’s Church Shootings Kill At Least 14 Christians

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 06:24 PM PST

New Year’s Church Shootings Kill At Least 14 ChristiansA Gunmen killed at least 14 churchgoers returning from midnight New Year’s services in Nigeria’s Rivers state. One relative told The Guardian the attacks happened around 12:30 a.m. in a coordinated attack in two different locations. Reports indicate that the shots were disguised by the sound of fireworks, making it difficult for people in the area to realize what was happening.

The exact death toll is disputed at this time. The Guardian reports a death toll of 14 people, while BBC cites police sources saying at least 16 were killed. One anonymous officer said, “14 persons died on the spot, while 12 who sustained gunshot wounds were rushed to the hospital and are receiving medical attention.” David Umahi, governor of the Ebonyi state, condemned the attacks as a national tragedy in an official statement, according to the Nigeria Independent. READ MORE

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

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 06:19 PM PST

‘Bomb cyclone’ to blast East Coast before polar vortex uncorks tremendous cold late this weekUnforgiving cold has punished the eastern third of the United States for the past 10 days. But the most severe winter weather yet will assault the area late this week. First, a monster storm will hammer coastal locations from Georgia to Maine with ice and snow. By Thursday, the exploding storm will, in many ways, resemble a winter hurricane, battering easternmost New England with potentially damaging winds in addition to blinding snow.

Forecasters are expecting the storm to become a so-called “bomb cyclone” because its pressure is predicted to fall so fast, an indicator of explosive strengthening. The storm could rank as the most intense over the waters east of New England in decades at this time of year. While blizzard conditions could paste some coastal areas, the most extreme conditions will remain well out over the ocean. READ MORE


What is The Gospel?


Selected Scriptures

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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What worldview does the maker of Star Wars movies want you to accept?

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I heard that there was a new Star Wars movie out, and that many of my Christian friends were going to see it. I passed on it, because there is something about that whole series that is creepy to me.

It looks like my concerns have some justification. I noticed a couple of reviews of the movie from Come Reason Ministries and Bnonn Tennant.

Here are 3 points that Lenny makes at Come Reason: (H/T Brian)

  1. Faith and tradition are disposable
  2. You don’t really need to put in years of work to be competent
  3. Men are inconsequential

All three points he makes seem to me to be exactly what the movie communicates, but I want to focus on point #3:

The most obvious message The Last Jedi sends is the one that Johnson clearly sought to send, that is that men offer nothing…

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January 4, 2017 A Weak Man’s Strong Tribute, Part 4

By James Boice on Jan 04, 2018 12:00 am

The worst thing of all was that David has been betrayed by his close friend (v. 9). This may have happened more than once in David’s life and no doubt did. But the situation in the psalm is adequately accounted for or at least well illustrated by the betrayal of Ahithophel, David’s trusted counselor, at the time of Absalom’s rebellion (2 Sam. 16:15-17:23).

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