Daily Archives: January 22, 2018

January 22 Praying for Believers

“For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you, and your love for all the saints, I do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers” (Eph. 1:15–16).

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Your love for other Christians is as much a mark of true faith as your love for God.

The Ephesian Christians demonstrated two important characteristics of genuine Christian faith: faith in the Lord Jesus and love for fellow believers.

“Faith in the Lord Jesus” implies both an affirmation of Christ’s deity and submission to His sovereignty. Because He is God, He is the Sovereign Lord, and therefore we must obey what He commands (John 14:15; 1 John 2:3–6).

Your “love for all the saints” is as much a mark of true faith as your love for God. John said, “The one who says he is in the light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now” (1 John 2:9). In that passage “light” is a metaphor for righteousness and truth, and “darkness” is a metaphor for sin and error. It is sinful and erroneous to claim you love God if you have no love for other believers. Those who love God will love fellow-believers as well.

If you love others, you will pray for them and will praise God for their spiritual progress—as Paul did for the Ephesians; and they will do the same for you. That’s a wonderful dynamic within the Body of Christ, one you must diligently pursue.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  If you haven’t done so already, start a prayer list of individuals for whom you will pray each day. List their names and some specific requests. Record answers to your prayers as you see God moving in their lives. ✧ Remember to thank God for their spiritual progress as well as praying for their needs. Let them know you are praying for them. That could be a source of great encouragement for them. ✧ If you are at odds with another believer, seek to reconcile immediately (Matt. 5:23–24), so your witness will be strong and the Lord’s name won’t suffer reproach.

For Further Study: Read Philippians 1:9–11 and Colossians 1:9–14. ✧ What requests and concerns did Paul express in his prayers? ✧ Do your prayers reflect Paul’s priorities? If not, what adjustments must you make to have a more Biblical pattern of prayer?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 34). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Seminar: Finding Your Confidence, Identity, and Security in Christ (Podcasts)

The audio segments below were taken from the live presentation of the “Finding Your Confidence, Identity, and Security in Christ” seminar. For the various counseling options available from this material visit www.summitrdu.com/counseling.

NOTE: Many people have asked how they can get a copy of the seminar notebook referenced in this verbal presentation. You can request a copy from Summit’s admin over counseling at counseling@summitrdu.com (please note this is an administrative account; no individual or family counsel is provided through e-mail).

Chapter 1.
If Not Self-Esteem, Then What?

https://player.pippa.io/brad-hambrick/episodes/finding-your-confidence-identity-security-in-christ-part-1?theme=white

Chapter 2.
A Portrait of Christ-Honoring Identity

https://player.pippa.io/brad-hambrick/episodes/finding-your-confidence-identity-security-in-christ-part-2?theme=white

Chapter 3.
A Portrait of Christ-Honoring Purpose 

https://player.pippa.io/brad-hambrick/episodes/finding-your-confidence-identity-security-in-christ-part-3?theme=white

Chapter 4.
A Portrait of Christ-Honoring Confidence

https://player.pippa.io/brad-hambrick/episodes/finding-your-confidence-identity-security-in-christ-part-4?theme=white

Chapter 5.
A Portrait of Christ-Honoring Security

https://player.pippa.io/brad-hambrick/episodes/finding-your-confidence-identity-security-in-christ-part-5?theme=white

Chapter 6.
A Portrait of Christ-Honoring Wisdom

https://player.pippa.io/brad-hambrick/episodes/finding-your-confidence-identity-security-in-christ-part-6?theme=white

If this post was beneficial for you, then consider reading other blogs from my “Favorite Posts on Self-Esteem” post which address other facets of this subject.

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JANUARY 22 GETTING GLORY FOR GOD—OR FOR OURSELVES?

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

1 CORINTHIANS 10:31

I think that we ought to be mature enough to confess that many have been converted to Christ and have come into the church without wrestling with that basic human desire for honor and praise. As a result, some have actually spent a lifetime in religious work doing little more than getting glory for themselves!

Brethren, the glory can belong only to God! If we take the glory, God is being frustrated in the church.

The work of the ministry which the saints are to do will bring about the edifying of the Body of Christ—and this is not just in reference to the ordained ministry as we know it. It is the ministry of all Christians to have some share in the building up of the Body of Christ until we all come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man, with a measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Surely in this sense God desires to use the Body of Christ for doing His final work—His eternal work.

But Christian believers and Christian congregations must be thoroughly consecrated to Christ’s glory alone!

This means absolutely turning our backs on the modern insistence for human glory and recognition.

Natural gifts and talents are not enough in God’s work. The mighty Spirit of God must have freedom to animate and quicken with His overtones of creativity and blessing.

You can write it down as a fact: no matter what a man does, no matter how successful he seems to be, if the Holy Spirit is not the chief energizer of his activity, it will all fall apart when he dies![1]


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

Three Seminary Presidents to Unleash Mark Driscoll at Conference

(Pulpit & Pen) The “Unleashed Conference” is a Phoenix-area conference organized by Ryan Rice of North Valley Community Church. According to its website, the point of the conference is to help the city of Phoenix, which they call “one of the most post-Christian and Biblically illiterate cities in America,” and so bring together “local and national leaders about how preaching God’s Word has expanded the Kingdom of God from generation to generation and how churches that commit to communicating the timeless truths of Scripture are thriving in the midst of troubled times.”    View article →

Source: Three Seminary Presidents to Unleash Mark Driscoll at Conference

The Battle for a Man’s Mind

Paul concludes his majestic treatise on the gospel of Jesus Christ in the book of Romans with a call for a renewed mind that is transformed by the gospel. He writes, “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God” (Rom 12:2). In other words, the believer has an entirely different worldview because his thinking is liberated from the mold of this age (fallen world) by the lens of the gospel. This worldview transformation is the only way the believer can live out the will of God in daily life.

A worldview is how we frame the world and make sense out of everything we experience. God has not given Christians a set of detailed instructions for us to mindlessly follow. Rather, he has given us his word, gospel and Spirit to transform us. Taking “every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor 5:10) involves redefining every category in life, including manhood. A Christian man must rethink the very meaning of his existence in the world as a man. Manhood is to be radically reoriented and framed according to the gospel deeply within a man’s heart. This gospel reorientation involves the most fundamental categories of a man’s life.

In Genesis 2, the Scripture teaches that God created man to live his life under his authority as a leader, provider, and protector, committed to God’s glory and human flourishing. Living out man’s purpose involved worshipping God, working for communal good, and family. After God’s image bearers join a satanic rebellion in Genesis 3, sin corrupted man’s thinking about all of the categories that are to frame his life. We now read about fallen man blaming others rather than leading, serving self rather than providing for others, and harming others rather than protecting them. No longer is the worship of God and service to the community primary in his thinking—he is.

Thus, every aspect of culture is corrupted by the reality of sin in the world, the community, the home, and the workplace. That is why the quest for redeemed manhood always drives us back to Jesus Christ. He is the ultimate example of what a true man looks like, but more importantly, he is our Savior. One mistake men often make, is to treat the problems in their life as though they are isolated matters, and the real issue lies outside of them. The starting point of a redeemed worldview is knowing the greatest danger to any man exists inside of him, not outside of him.

Every man must realize that of first importance in winning the spiritual battle of our lives involves framing his life according to biblical truth. Here are some suggested reminders to help a man frame his thinking (and his sons) in the battle for a renewed worldview:

  1. Today will I see myself as the owner of my life or as a steward of the life I’ve been given by my Creator and Savior?
  2. Will I worship Jesus as Lord today or will I serve my desires as Lord?
  3. I deserve the judgment of God, but I have salvation and live by the grace of Christ. Will I proceed today with a sense of entitlement or an awareness of grace?
  4. Will I add to the darkness of the fallen world by seeing others as the problem or will I shine the light of the gospel by seeing others as people to lovingly lead and serve?
  5. Will I see myself as most important today at the expense of others or will I think humbly and walk in line with the gospel by self-sacrificially providing for others?
  6. Today, will I think I am superior to others and am willing to harm them for my benefit, or will I know my own neediness and courageously protect others even if it is personally costly?

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The Passion Movement: The Emergent Church On Steroids

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

One has only to see the “line up” of so-called pastors at Passion events to discern the heart of this movement.

  • Bill Johnson (Bethel Church)
  • John Piper
  • Beth Moore
  • Francis Chan
  • Louis Giglio
  • Christine Caine
  • Andy Stanley
  • Tomy Campola
  • Many more not named here

It grieves my heart when I see Christian singers like Chris Tomlin jumping on board with Passion.  Where is the discernment?

Jesus Culture is part of this Passion Movement

What exactly is Jesus Culture Movement?

Excerpts from pointingtojesus.blogspot.com

Before looking at Jesus Culture’s teachings in-depth, a brief look at the people who influence them is necessary. While who they associate with may not alone make the movement heretical, the people Jesus Culture support and have speak at their conferences gives reason for one to worry. First, the movement is heavily influenced by Bill Johnson, senior pastor at Bethel Church. He has been heavily influenced…

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‘Bethelated’ spirits? Bethel teaching we can walk through walls & walk on water.

Back in 2008 with many involved in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), the Lakeland revival was going on – with Todd Bentley being recognized as a New Breed (little god) on earth. This theology came out of the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR). (That is the sonship spirit, the power gospel and the kenotic Christ.)

‘Prophet’ Paul Cain (a heavy advocate of the NAR), announced he was now seeing the fulfilment of what the NOLR prophesied about the New Breed when he prayed for Todd Bentley. (Cain was involved in the NOLR.)

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The NOLR raised its ugly head at the Lakeland revival, with many pushing the idea of a civil war in the church (noted by Charismatic journalist writer Lee Grady), Christ’s returning for this end-time revival (Wendy Alec), enforcing the end-times Apostolic/Prophetic government to establish their militant Joel’s Army (Wagner and Co.

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January 22, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

Lawmakers failed to negotiate an end to the government shutdown Sunday despite a bipartisan effort to broker a deal, raising the political stakes as federal agencies begin closing at the start of their normal workweek.

U.S. President Donald Trump will formalize his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by transferring the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv in 2019, Vice President Mike Pence told the Israeli parliament.

As a siren warned of an approaching North Korean missile, hundreds of people in central Tokyo hurried for cover in buildings and under ground. But unlike the false alarm in Hawaii nine days earlier, this was just a drill. The government planned Monday’s exercise to raise awareness about taking action should a ballistic device be detected heading for the densely populated Japanese capital.

An advance team for North Korea arrived in Seoul on Sunday as Pyongyang reversed a decision to cancel the visit, a day after signing an agreement with the South to march under a unified flag at next month’s Winter Olympics.

Facebook Inc. acknowledged today that social media can have a negative impact on democracies, and that the company has more work to do in order to ensure that the good outweighs the bad.

Saudi Arabia on Monday announced $1.5 billion in new aid for Yemen, where nearly three years of conflict have devastated the local economy and pushed millions to the brink of famine, causing what the United Nations describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The equity rally that saw the S&P 500 Index cap its third straight weekly advance — the best start since 1987 — is being driven by two things: Upward earnings revisions and the crush of money flowing into stocks. Optimism that the advance fueled by Donald Trump’s presidency will keep going is high among institutions and mom-and-pop investors alike. A survey by the University of Michigan shows that a record 66 percent of Americans believe the stock market will climb in the next year.

The world’s biggest financial market is embracing the iPhone era as investors find new ways to work when they’re not on the trading floor. In a JPMorgan Chase & Co. survey of more than 400 institutional FX, rates and commodities traders, 61 percent said they’re “extremely” or “somewhat” likely to use a mobile trading app this year, up from 31 percent in 2017.

The world now has 2,043 billionaires, after a new one emerged every two days in the past year, the nonprofit organization said in a report published Monday. The group of mostly men saw its wealth surge by $762 billion, which is enough money to end extreme poverty seven times over, according to Oxfam.

AP Top Stories

Two improvised explosive devices detonated at the Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales, Florida, about 30 minutes east of Tampa. No one was injured by the blasts around 5:30 p.m.

The European Union imposed travel bans and asset freezes on North Koreans accused of helping Pyongyang evade United Nations sanctions linked to the secretive country’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology captured lava fountains shooting out of the Mayon volcano in Albay, the Philippines, on the night of January 21. The institute said lava reached over 1,600 feet above the crater and ash fell in the Albay neighborhoods of Oas and Guinobatan.

The United States is accusing Russia of “costing innocent Syrian lives” amid new reports of a suspected chemical attack in Syria.

Nine Syrian civilians were killed on Monday by insurgent shelling of the old quarter of Damascus, Syrian state television said, citing a source from the capital’s police.

There were more than 25,000 murders across drug-ravaged Mexico in 2017, the highest annual tally since modern records began, government data showed.

China’s top newspaper, decrying Washington as a trouble-maker, said on Monday U.S. moves in the South China Sea like last week’s freedom of navigation operation will only cause China to strengthen its deployments in the disputed waterway.

California’s iconic Highway 101 in Santa Barbara reopened on Sunday nearly two weeks after it was covered with 12 feet (3.7 meters) of debris from mudslides, and a day after the discovery of a missing woman’s body pushed the death toll to 21.

Tourists vacationing in Jamaica have been warned to stay on their resorts after a recent spell of violence in Montego Bay.

Swiss-based commodities fund Tiberius Group plans to make a foray into cryptocurrencies with the launch of what may be the first digital money underpinned by physically deliverable metals including industrials such as aluminum and copper.

BBC

In a move that could revolutionize the way we buy groceries, Amazon opens its first supermarket without checkouts – human or self-service – to shoppers on Monday. Amazon Go, in Seattle, has been tested by staff for the past year. It uses hundreds of ceiling-mounted cameras and electronic sensors to identify each customer and track what items they select. Purchases are billed to customers’ credit cards when they leave the store.

At least 22 people have now been reported killed in a siege by gunmen at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel, the health ministry said.

Some 82% of money generated last year went to the richest 1% of the global population while the poorest half saw no increase at all.

WND

California will take the next step in blurring the lines between citizens and non-citizens beginning April Fool’s Day when the state complies with a court order to begin automatically registering to vote all those who are granted driver’s licenses.


The Briefing — Monday, January 22, 2018

1) Politics at a fever pitch as limited government shutdown is underway

 

2) As thousands of women march, record numbers file to run for political office

USA Today (Mabinty Quarshie) –
Is the Women’s March more inclusive this year?

New York Times (Susan Chira) –
The Women’s March Became a Movement. What’s Next?

3) 45 years after Roe v. Wade decision, the American conscience remains unsettled on the question of abortion

Time (Kate Pickert) –
What Choice?: Abortion-rights activists won an epic victory in Roe v. Wade. They’ve been losing ever since

4) How scientific developments have bolstered the pro-life argument

The Atlantic (Emma Green) –
Science Is Giving the Pro-Life Movement a Boost

5) As President Trump addresses March for Life, we pray for a shift in the ‘moral intuition’ of Americans

NPR (Sarah McCammon) –
‘You Love Every Child’: President Trump Addresses March For Life


The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want To Talk About #ReleaseTheMemo, But This Could Be The Biggest Scandal In D.C. Since Watergate

Republican members of Congress are pushing for the release of a memo that reportedly shows that government surveillance powers were illegally used against Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, and that the Obama administration, the FBI and Hillary Clinton illegally colluded in a concerted effort to try to destroy Trump’s chances of winning the presidency.  If these allegations turn out to be true, this will be the biggest scandal in American political history, but so far the mainstream media doesn’t want to talk about it.  Other than Fox News, it is hard to find any coverage of this memo on any of the mainstream news networks.  But as you will see below, Republican members of Congress are making a tremendous amount of noise about it. (Read More…)


News – 1/22/2018

Neutron star cosmic collision keeps burning brighter, baffling scientists
The event, reported last October, marked the fifth observation of gravitational waves – ripples in the very fabric of spacetime, caused by huge cosmic cataclysms. Radio telescopes have remained trained on the site since detection, and found that the emissions weren’t fading away as expected – to the contrary, they actually brightened.

Will Turkish Invasion of Syria Bring About Pre-Messianic Conflict With Russia?
A massive Turkish ground force crossed into the Afrin region of Syria to fight the Kurdish militia and push them out of Syria. The Turkish government claims their goal is to establish a 19-mile buffer zone against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a militant group based in Syria. If the conflict intensifies, it could pit Turkey directly against Russia, which has boosted its military presence and bases in Syria in an effort to support the Syrian government in the country’s nearly seven-year-long civil war. A conflict between Turkey and Russia was predicted over 200 years ago by Rabbi Elijah ben Solomon Zalman, known as the Vilna Gaon, …

California to register illegal aliens to vote – automatically
The state has long provided driver’s licenses to all who simply claimed, without proof, that they were citizens of in the country legally. There were no checks made or documentation required. But beginning April 1 every person who gets a California driver’s license will be automatically entitled to vote.

Report: Trump suggests annexation of 10% of Judea and Samaria
Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat revealed in a report prepared for the PLO Central Committee meeting last week details of the American proposal for a “deal of the century” aimed at advancing an agreement to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. According to the report, the outline drawn up by US President Donald Trump’s negotiating team included the annexation of 10% of Judea and Samaria by Israel and the placement of the capital of the future state of Palestine in the suburbs of Jerusalem.

Analysis: A new anti-Israel axis is forming
With Hamas running out of options in its terror war against Israel from Gazan soil, the Islamist terrorist organization is looking for other options to hit Israel. After Israel proved it can virtually neutralize every rocket launched at southern Israel from Gaza and developed what is dubbed ‘an underground Iron Dome’ in order to combat the increasing threat of Hamas’ terror tunnels, the Palestinian terror group is now threatening Israel from the north.

The age of Neo-Stalinism
Today, the judicial system has turned into a disgusting parody of itself; supported by politicians, Academia, media and NGOs, it is now a powerful lever used by prominent people to promote the ideology of political correctness and multiculturalism. The goal of this ideology is ethnic and cultural substitution and, as a consequence, Islamization. It is not actively displayed, although it is not concealed.

Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander
Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”

Israeli Obstacles to Peace
Abbas has never met an offer he liked. In 2008, then prime minister Ehud Olmert offered him everything he demanded, and Abbas walked away. In 2014, then-president Barack Obama offered him even more than Olmert did. And Abbas walked away.

Iran says warplanes warned off 2 Western vessels during drill
Iranian warplanes warned off two “coalition vessels” during military drill in waters off the country’s southeast, a senior naval officer said, in the latest confrontation between Iranian and Western forces that patrol the Gulf. The vessels approached the area of the drills early on Monday to monitor Iranian ships, said Rear Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi, spokesman for the drills, according to Tasnim news agency.

French prison guards in nationwide strike after attacks
A series of attacks against prison guards by inmates at institutions across France has led to a nationwide strike in the country. Unions have vowed a “total blockade” of prisons on Monday as their dispute with the government over safety improvements and wage rises enters its second week. France’s Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet said she would meet union leaders to try to end the crisis.

Syria offensive: Turkish troops ‘capture villages’ in Afrin
Turkish forces have captured a number of villages in north-western Syria, on the third day of an offensive to oust Kurdish fighters, Turkish media report. Turkish troops, accompanied by allied Syrian rebels, reportedly seized control of several areas in the region of Afrin on Monday. But Kurdish fighters later said they had recaptured two of the villages.

US shutdown: Government services closed as working week begins
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be unable to report for work on Monday, as the US Senate struggles to end a government shutdown. Some will not be paid until the stalemate is resolved. A rare Sunday session of the Senate yielded no agreement between Democrats and Republicans, with immigration one of the main sticking points.

Scientists are worried a mysterious “zombie” disease killing deer could spread to humans
Deer across North America are dying from a mysterious disease that gradually destroys the animals’ nervous systems. And scientists are concerned that the infection could make its way to humans. Chronic wasting disease — or “zombie deer disease” — was first observed in 1967 in Fort Collins, Colorado, and has since infected wild herds in 24 states and Canada, as well as in South Korea and Norway, NPR reported.

China, Unhampered by Rules, Races Ahead in Gene-Editing Trials
In a hospital west of Shanghai, Wu Shixiu since March has been trying to treat cancer patients using a promising new gene-editing tool. U.S. scientists helped devise the tool, known as Crispr-Cas9, which has captured global attention since a 2012 report said it can be used to edit DNA. Doctors haven’t been allowed to use it in human trials in America. That isn’t the case for Dr. Wu and others in China.

Paris dustmen film swarming plague of rats as Paris faces up to mass rodent infestation
Paris rubbish collectors have released a video to sound the alarm over a plague of rats that have invaded the banks of the Seine, claiming that the rodents now pose a physical threat to dustmen. Shot last month between the tourist landmark of the Musée d’Orsay and the Pont Royal, the film shows a huge group of the large vermin desperately trying to escape from a deep plastic municipal rubbish bin.

PROPHECY COMING ALIVE: Just Like The Bible Said, Israel Will Turn The Desert Into Paradise
“G-d will console Zion..and He will make her wilderness like Eden and her desert like the garden of G-d” Isaiah prophesied and the prophecy is happening now…

A workshop on how women can dress in accordance with Islam has been approved by city officials in Dresden, Germany
A course offered by an educational center in Dresden that tells how to properly wear the burqa is going forward, despite some outcry from those who say the class contributes to the oppression of women. What’s even more outrageous is that this course has been sanctioned by city authorities.

Number of young women using ADHD medicine up by 700 percent, CDC says
Are more people suffering from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder? More prescriptions are certainly being filled, because the number of women in their late 20s using ADHD medicine jumped to 700 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Brazil declares yellow fever emergency in Minas Gerais
Brazil’s south-eastern state of Minas Gerais has declared a public health emergency following a deadly outbreak of yellow fever. At least 15 people have died there since December. Many areas, including the state capital Belo Horizonte, have been affected. A mass vaccination programme is in place in three southern states.

BREAKING: FIVE MONTHS Worth of Peter Strzok Text Messages GO MISSING – FBI Cites Mystery “Glitch”
Additional text messages sent and received by disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok have been handed over Congress, reports the Associated Press. In yet another twist to the Peter Strzok saga, the FBI failed to hand over a block of the agent’s text messages because they have gone missing.

Major state to register illegal aliens to vote – automatically
California will take the next step in blurring the lines between citizens and non-citizens beginning April Fool’s Day when the state complies with a court order to begin automatically registering to vote all those who are granted driver’s licenses.

Look who’s suing to quash U.S. terrorist screening
A group established as a front for the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. is suing the federal government’s Terrorist Screening Database, contending it stigmatizes its targets without due process.

HHS Rescinds Obama-Era Rule Banning States From Excluding Planned Parenthood From Medicaid Program
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has rescinded an Obama-era rule that banned states from excluding the abortion giant Planned Parenthood from their Medicaid program.

Amazon’s Automated Grocery Store of the Future Opens Monday
…The Seattle store, known as Amazon Go, relies on cameras and sensors to track what shoppers remove from the shelves, and what they put back. Cash registers and checkout lines become superfluous – customers are billed after leaving the store using credit cards on file.

Ryan Zinke Signs Over Road For King Cove
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will swap federal land with the Aleut of King Cove, Ak., on Jan. 22, answering decades of pleas from local officials to build a road on roughly 500 acres.

Trump Undoes Obama’s Legacy In First Year
As president, Barack Obama repeatedly mocked Donald Trump’s political ambitions, laughing at the idea of Trump ever winning the presidency.

More than 25,000 Murdered in Mexico in 2017, Country’s Deadliest Year
Mexico saw a total of 25,339 murders last year, official data has shown, after 2017 was already established as a record-breaking year based on killings carried out until November.

NEW WORLD (DIS)ORDER: George Soros Suffers Embarrassment of the Century, May Be Banished from His Own Country That Detests Him
Hungarian-born US billionaire Soros has been called “a public enemy” by Prime Minister Viktor Orban who accuses the 87-year-old of orchestrating migration into Europe since the refugee crisis began in 2015. Hungary erected fences on its southern borders in 2015 and last year began holding all adult asylum-seekers in guarded border camps.

MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

JAN. 22, 2018

The Schumer Shutdown

The Democrat leader hypocritically embraces the “politics of idiocy” he roundly condemned in 2013.

THE FOUNDATION

“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.” —Thomas Jefferson (1775)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: January 22

  • Senator says FBI lost crucial texts tied to Clinton probe (Read More)
  • Agencies Implement Shutdown Plans (Read More)
  • Government Shutdown Starts to Bite, Raising Political Stakes (Read More)
  • Stocks Muted After U.S. Government Shutdown (Read More)
  • What the Shutdown Says About Politics in 2018 (Read More)
  • This Rare Bear Who Called the Crash Warns Housing Is Too Hot Again (Read More)
  • Biggest U.S. East Coast Oil Refinery Files for Bankruptcy (Read More)
  • Sanofi digs deep to buy U.S. haemophilia group Bioverativ for $11.6 billion (Read More)
  • Celgene to Buy Juno Therapeutics for $9 Billion (Read More)
  • One of the World’s Hottest Stocks Is Now Tumbling (Read More)
  • AIG Strikes $5.56 Billion Deal to Acquire a Bermuda Insurer (Read More)
  • Nafta Is Nearing a ‘Danger Zone’ (Read More)
  • More than 10 percent of $3.7 billion raised in ICOs has been stolen (Read More)
  • Fresh Doubts Raised on China’s Bad-Loan Data (Read More)
  • U.K.’s Prudential Was Mystery Victim of HSBC’s Front-Running (Read More)
  • China, Unhampered by Rules, Races Ahead in Gene-Editing Trials (Read More)
  • Halliburton beats on fourth quarter profit, makes tax provision (Read More)

Headlines – 1/22/2018

Pence lands in Israel as PM Netanyahu stresses ‘no alternative’ to US as peace broker

Jordan’s king tells Pence U.S. must rebuild trust after Jerusalem decision

Jordan’s king says East Jerusalem must be capital of Palestinian state

Pence says he and Jordan’s Abdullah ‘agreed to disagree’ on Jerusalem

Pence said to ask Egypt, Jordan to coax Palestinians back to table

Pence ‘extreme and delusional,’ says Joint List MK

Israeli Arab lawmakers to boycott Pence speech

Palestinians burn photo of Pence in Bethlehem protest over Israel trip

Abbas heads to Europe in bid to circumvent US in peace process

Abbas to ask European Union to recognize Palestinian state

Paris suburb to recognize Palestinian statehood

Slovenia to recognize Palestinian state next month

Pope renews call to maintain Jerusalem status quo

27 percent of European Jews say they don’t feel safe in survey

Ministry of Diaspora Affairs report shows hike in worldwide anti-Semitism

Bennett: Rising antisemitism due to far right, refugees, social media

Rivlin: Gaza about to collapse, epidemics on horizon

Nasrallah warns Israel against continued construction of border wall

Turkey advised US before Syria strikes; contacts ongoing

US urges Turkey to ‘exercise restraint’ in Syria operation

Erdogan to YPG: You can’t rely on US support to defeat Turkey

Turkish forces push into Syria, battle Kurdish militia

Turkish border town hit by another rocket from Syria

Assad slams Turkey’s Syria offensive as ‘support for terrorism’

French calls for emergency Security Council meeting on Syria

IS and how it continues to plague Iraq

Russia, Iran open their arms as Turkey loses patience with U.S.

Iran may try to loosen Revolutionary Guard’s grip on economy

Iran deal ‘fixes’ to dominate Tillerson’s agenda in Europe

Spurned by Trump, Europeans ponder how to meet Iran ultimatum

UN appeals for $3B in aid to war-battered Yemen

Deadly Kabul hotel siege investigated as a possible ‘insider attack’

Las Vegas Women’s March set as anti-Trump protests mark inauguration’s one-year anniversary

Newly released texts between ex-Mueller team members suggest they knew outcome of Clinton email probe in advance

Senator says FBI lost crucial texts tied to Clinton probe

Contrite Facebook executives seek to ward off more European rules

Google Has An Actual Secret Speech Police

Security fears spark crackdown on Chinese tech

Inside Amazon’s surveillance-powered no-checkout convenience store

‘We loot or we die of hunger’: food shortages fuel unrest in Venezuela

One Year of Trump: Border Wall Prototypes Sit in Desert As Border-Crossings Surge to Obama Levels

Senate at Impasse as Votes Delayed Until Monday

Trump’s budget chief says shutdown could last more than a week

Trump keeps parks, monuments open to shun Obama’s ‘weaponization’ of shutdown

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Masachapa, Nicaragua

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Villa Rica, Peru

Mayon volcano in the Philippines erupts to 12,000ft

Wicked-strong storm beats the Netherlands with 90-mph wind gusts

Scientists worry brain-wasting ‘zombie deer’ disease could spread to humans

Flu season getting worse, as illness has ‘lot more steam’ than expected

Flu outbreak: 100 people a week dying in US as virus continues to spread

China, Unhampered by Rules, Races Ahead in Gene-Editing Trials

Planned Parenthood Condemns House Passage of Bill to Ensure Babies Born Alive During Abortion Receive Care

First same-sex active-duty couple marries at West Point

With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tally

Jamaica declares emergency over parts of island as gun crime soars


What is The Gospel?


Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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