..;..The Temple & End Times - Amazing New Developments   -Prophecy News Watch
For us who are watching prophetic developments in the earth, there is something very exciting about monitoring the historic preparations taking place for the rebuilding of Israel's Temple.   In the last few weeks, two big stories have hit the headlines that are worth noting.  The first news item concerns the resurfacing of a report of a mysterious gemstone that could belong to the original breastplate of the High Priest. The second news headline is that Israel's reconvened Sanhedrin has taken the momentous step to nominate a High Priest - for the first time since the Temple's destruction in AD 70!  In this article we will look more at these intriguing developments and will then look at the prophetic implications for us as believers as we draw closer to the time of the Lord's coming. 
Headlines & Articles — Weekend, October 22nd-23rd, 2016
.;..OB-GYN to Hillary Clinton: 'No Medical Situation' Requires Late-Term Abortion
In response to Hillary Clinton's defense of partial-birth and late-term abortions at Wednesday night's debate, a California obstetrician-gynecologist has reportedly taken to Facebook to decry the claim that third-trimester abortion is necessary to help save the life of the mother.
..;.China Frees Pastor of 50,000-Member Church After 7 Years in Prison; Brutality Signs Evident
A Christian megachurch pastor from China's northern Shanxi province was reportedly released after spending seven years in prison for protesting against the demolition of a house church, and is believed to be showing physical signs of mistreatment.
.;..Astronomers Believe They've Discovered Why the Solar System Tilts  -CBN News
Astronomers believe a huge planet may exist on the edge of the solar system, and it may have caused the entire solar system to tilt.  California Institute of Technology scientists reported earlier this year that "Planet Nine" probably exists beyond Pluto, around 19 billion miles away. They believe it's ten times the size of Earth. Those scientists also now believe the mysterious planet, which hasn't been seen, could be responsible for the unusual tilt of the solar system in relation to the sun.
..;..Sweden Opens First Atheist Cemetery To Cater To a Growing Non-Religious Population    -UK Independent
A graveyard free of any religious symbols has been opened in Sweden to cater to the country’s growing number of atheists.  Josef Erdem, a teacher from Borlänge in central Sweden, first proposed the idea because he wanted people to “decide for themselves what their graves should look like”. He said he had grown up in Kurdistan and as a result his worldview had been shaped by having friends from all walks of life.  He sent in the formal application for the ground after negotiating with local representatives of the Church of Sweden.  The church will maintain the graveyard but that will be the extent of their involvement with the cemetery. 
.;..Bull of Nimrud Destroyed By Isis To Be Recreated In Rome   -UK Guardian
The human-headed winged bull of Nimrud that was destroyed by Islamic State last year will come back to life for tourists visiting Rome’s Colosseum...Alongside the winged bull, the exhibition will feature a reconstruction of the Temple of Bel at Palmyra...   
..;.Cardinal Dolan: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Prayed Together Before Al Smith Dinner
With all of the political barbs thrown in each other’s direction lately, one would think it would take miracle for someone to convince Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to take a quiet moment and pray together. Thursday night before the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner the miraculous happened. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who suggested the prayer and sat between the two presidential nominees during the evening, recounted the “touching” moment Friday on NBC’s Today show.
.;..Risk of ‘Mass Exodus’ of Doctors From Medicare     -Lifezette
New law's success or failure will 'profoundly influence the future of the U.S. health care system’
In what may be the most significant modification to Medicare since the program began in 1966, on Oct. 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). It dramatically changes how Medicare pays doctors for their services. Does it really matter how doctors get paid? Yes — the success or failure of the new payment system will profoundly influence the future of the U.S. health care system.
..;..Christianity Is Approaching 'Lights Out' In Germany    -Prophecy News Watch
....Germans have been leaving the Catholic Church in droves. In 2015, 181,925 Germans formally chose apostasy. By comparison, only 2,685 people have converted to Catholicism. The number of baby baptisms has also decreased by one third, from 260,000 baptized in 1995 to 167,000 in 2015.  The situation is even more dismal for weddings. Twenty years ago, 86,456 couples married in a church. Last year, the number dropped by almost half: in a nation of 80 million people, only 44,298 couples sworn eternal love in a church. The proportion of people who attend church has declined from 18.6% in 1995 to 10.4% in 2015.
.;..Scientists Admit Limit to Human Life Span  -World Mag
....Scientists are just beginning to believe what the Bible tells us in Genesis 6:3. ‘Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.’’ With that, God declared there would be no more Methuselahs, and new research published in the journal Nature is bearing that out.
..;.Raising Children In A Country Ruled By Moral Confusion    -Natashia Crane
.....In the past few days, I've watched with amazement as scores of articles denouncing Trump's character have been shared on social media by my liberal friends. They are rightly outraged at what he said.  But these are the same friends who are pro-choice, support transgender bathroom choice, believe there's no problem with sex outside of marriage, and think that not supporting same-sex marriage is bigotry. Liberal America, from whence does this hodgepodge of moral views come, other than from your own fickle liking? 
.;..An Establishment In Panic      -Pat Buchanan
....Establishment panic is traceable to another fear: Its ideology, its political religion, is seen by growing millions as a golden calf, a 20th-century god that has failed. Trump is “talking down our democracy,” said a shocked Clinton. After having expunged Christianity from our public life and public square, our establishment installed “democracy” as the new deity, at whose altars we should all worship. And so our schools began to teach.
..;.Two Diet Drinks a Day Could Double the Risk of Diabetes, Study Finds     -UK Telegraph
Two fizzy drinks a day could double the risk of diabetes - even if they are diet versions - a Swedish study has found.  Research by the Karolinska Institute on 2,800 adults found that those who consumed at least two 200ml servings of soft drinks daily were 2.4 times as likely to suffer from a form of type 2 diabetes. Many fizzy drinks are sold in 330ml cans, meaning that one and a half cans would be enough to double the risk.
.;..The Key to Successful MarriageIt’s In the Bible   -Lifezette
....Miriano latest book, “Marry Him and Be Submissive,” received backlash in Europe — especially in Spain. The book is based on biblical principles, but feminists are up in arms — and that includes Spain’s health minister, Ana Mato, who said, “I think it is inappropriate and disrespectful to women.”  But Miriano disagrees. She has argued she’s simply expressing marriage advice from a biblical perspective.
..;.Exorcist Priest and Soldier Arrested for Sex Abuse In Italy
 A Sicilian priest and a soldier have been arrested for sexual abuse, which they carried out under the guise of spiritual 'healing', local media reported on Friday. The pair, both based in Palermo, used the pretext of liberating victims from demonic possession in order to abuse women and children. The two were named by media as Salvatore Anello, 59, who belonged to the Capuchin order, and Salvatore Muratore, 52, who worked for the....
.;..Becoming Debt-Free  -Sharper Iron
Why are credit card fees and interest so high? Credit operates using basically a two-tier system. Tier 1 consists of those who pay no fees or interest. Consumers who pay off their balances on-time monthly pay no fees or interest charges. Tier 2 consists of those who pay fees and interest due paying late, not paying the minimum payment or due to carrying a balance and being charged interest. Tier 2 credit card customers not only pay for their own credit card service, they also pay for the credit services of those in Tier 1.
..;.Was Billy Graham the Father of the Religious Right?   -Thomas S. Kidd
....Since many younger people today may not fully appreciate Graham’s enormous influence, Wacker emphasized that Graham was the most important evangelist in the Christian history of the English-speaking world since George Whitefield. He probably preached to 215 million people face-to-face all over the world during his ministry. He made the Gallup “most admired man” list 59 times.
.;..Jim Elliot Was Not the First to Say It    -Douglas K. Kutilek
“He is no fool who gives away what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” That quote is universally associated today with the name Jim Elliot, one of five American missionaries who were martyred in South America in the 1950s. He had indeed written them in his journal, and they convey a profound truth. But they did not originate with Elliot. Almost those precise words were spoken and written centuries earlier.
..;.Gospel Weariness  -Tim Challies
....Trials do us good in at least one more way: Trials develop a gospel weariness, a weariness with this world. Reflecting on all he had seen and experienced my friend said, “I hate this world right now. All it has done is break my heart.” It had broken his heart and the hearts of the people he loves. “None of us want to stay here. We want to rise in the resurrection and be done with the pain. All this world does is fool you and fail you...."
.;..The Sentimentality Trap  -Benjamin Myers
....Sentimentality is emotional satisfaction without emotional connection, an agreement between the artist and the audience to skip straight to the gratification, which, due to the skipping, is not so gratifying after all—as Shakespeare knowingly suggests in his Sonnet 129 (“Th’expense of spirit in a waste of shame”). The popular painter Thomas Kinkade’s cozy little cottages, for instance, offer all the warmth of home—something I certainly enjoy—but what is the warmth of home without knowing the coldness of the world? 
..;.The Conversion of Charles Finney   -Justin Taylor
On October 10, 1821, a Sunday evening—a 29-year-old lawyer named Charles Grandison Finney knelt in the woods of Adams, New York, and had a conversion experience....Finney went on to become the great revival evangelist of the Second Great Awakening and the president of Oberlin College (1851–1865), but bequeathed to evangelicalism a Pelagian theology mixed with Higher Life perfectionism, the effects of which are still felt today.
.;..Is a Belief in Hell Incompatible with the Truth That God Is Love?  -Randy Alcorn
Many people today act as if we are the first ones to really believe in God's love. On the contrary, this has been a fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith throughout the ages. The Puritans believed strongly in the love of God. It never prevented them from embracing the doctrine of Hell, since that is revealed in Scripture also. We may pride ourselves in thinking we are too loving to believe in Hell. But in saying this, we blaspheme...
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Headlines & Articles — Friday, October 21st, 2016
.;..Why Trump's Rigged Election Claims May Not Be Far-Fetched   -CBN News
For weeks, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has warned that this presidential election may be rigged, and he has good reason to be concerned. Vote fraud tactics were revealed this week in an undercover video directed by investigative journalist James O'Keefe of Project Veritas. 
..;..Life v. Death: Clinton, Trump Outline Starkly Different Abortion Positions in Third Debate
In what is being praised as the most substantive of the three 2016 presidential general election debates, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and GOP nominee Donald Trump outlined starkly different positions on abortion. Trump backed overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide, and reiterated his support for a ban on most late-term abortions and for defunding Planned Parenthood. Clinton continued to support late-term abortions, backed Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding as beneficial for women and defended her opposition to a partial-birth abortion ban.
..;.Ben Carson: Christians Should Be Outraged by UN Denying Judeo-Christian History 
at Israel's Temple Mount   -Christian Post
Former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has slammed the United Nations and UNESCO for passing a resolution last week that denies the Christian and Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem. "Jews and Christians around the world should be morally outraged by UNESCO's theft, robbing them of their history and denying their connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall," Carson wrote in an op-ed published by the Independent Journal Review on Monday.
.;.Trump, Clinton Go Head to Head over Abortion
The third and final 2016 presidential debate on Wednesday night was arguably the most substantive of the bunch, with the candidates delving deeper than we've seen into the greatest variety of subjects and policy areas. For the first time in their three oft-times painful public showdowns, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic contender Hillary Clinton dove head-first into the abortion debate, with both candidates passionately defending their stances on the incredibly personal — and flammable — political issue.
..;.Temple Mount Activists Simulate Biblical Water-Drawing Ritual   -Israel National News
Temple Mount activists simulated yesterday a traditional water-drawing ritual for the Sukkot holiday, which included a special celebratory walk from the Tower of David Visitor's Center to the Shiloah spring, where they dipped in the spring's waters with the priestly blessing. 
.;..Yes, An After-School Satan Club Could Be Coming to Your Kid's Grade School -LA Times
Lilith Starr, a devil’s advocate in every sense, is in a rush to get her After School Satan Club started. As founder of the Satanic Temple of Seattle, she’s under pressure from national satanic headquarters — located in the Colonial witch trials city of Salem, Mass. — to launch a counter-strike against grade school Christianity by opening an after-school Satan Club. 
..;.Why the Supreme Court is the Most Important Issue for Voters  -Anita Staver
During this supercharged election season, where every news cycle brings salacious distractions from the mainstream media, voters tend to focus on the candidates instead of their policies. But whether Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are kind or rude, decent or vulgar, charitable or greedy, and healthy or weak, will never matter as much as their Supreme Court nominations. The next president will select one, and possibly three, justices during the next term, and this one act will transform the Court for the next 30 years or more.
.;..Has World War 3 Already Started?    -ZeroHedge
For the first time since Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, German tanks are once again advancing on Russia’s border. You probably haven’t heard this extraordinary piece of news. That’s because the mass media has basically ignored and obscured it. They’ve been busy covering far more important things… like transgender issues and Kim Kardashian’s latest stunt. That’s why you need to know about Operation Anaconda 2016. 
..;.If You Don’t Like Either Candidate, Then Vote for Trump’s Policies  -Wayne Grudem
Voting for Clinton and her ultraliberal policies is not an option for me as an evangelical Christian. Therefore I am left with two options: (1) vote for Trump, or (2) vote for a third-party candidate whose hopes of winning belong to fantasy, not reality. And if these are my only two options, then voting for a third-party candidate has the clear effect of helping to elect Clinton.
.;..743 Christians Attacked by Muslims in German Refugee Camps   -
A new report from a coalition of Christians groups in Germany has found that 743 Christians and 10 Yezidis were victims of religiously motivated attacks in refugee camps so far this year.
Headlines & Articles — Thursday, October 20th, 2016
..;..Blood Moons Came and Went, and Still No Collapse. What Will They Say Next?    -Jerry Bowyer
Is it all going to stop now? The blood moons are over. The alleged Shemitah is a year gone, and now the highly dubious Jubilee year just ended. And none of the financial asteroids arrived. And between the tetrad and the Jubilee, they had three years to do it, a pretty big target. The Blood Moon thing had been hyped to the max: TV appearances, a book, another book, another book, study guides for the books, DVDs, a documentary about the life of Rabbi Cahn, and that's just Cahn's work, add Mark Biltz and John Hagee and that's more books, more study guides, a feature length film, more ways to separate frightened people from their money. And as three of the lunar eclipses came and went there were no market collapses, not cataclysms. But instead of retraction, the Blood Moon Industry doubled down saying that the fourth blood moon would be the big one. 
.;..Health Care Nightmare Grows as Insurance Companies Pull Out of Obamacare
Like many American families, Will and Tina Clark signed up for Obamacare when their employer shut down its group insurance plan.They bought a similar plan, believing promises they'd be able to keep their own doctors. "We had a primary care, a children's doctor, OB/GYN and then a specialist and one by one as we went to utilize those doctors, those doctors said, 'Yeah, we don't take that plan,'" said Will Clark.
..;.Divided Together: Trump and the Christian Vote    -
While the chasm between Donald Trump’s supporters and the Never Trump camp extends beyond religious and secular boundaries, I’d like to focus on the effect the presidential election is having upon Christians, particularly right-leaning Christians who have, in the main, voted Republican since the 1980s. The recently revealed audio in which Trump speaks approvingly about adultery and even sexual assault, has driven a wedge in what was already a deep divide: Should Christians vote for Trump because, in spite of his abundant character flaws, he’s pledged to appoint Scalia-like Supreme Court justices, “protect Christians,” work with Congress and support pro-life legislation? 
.;..Christians, Let’s Not Give In to Pessimism   -Mark Tooley
Recently longtime evangelical leader James Dobson, now venerably age 80, warned of irreversible consequences if Hillary Clinton is elected. “… We won’t ever recover from it!” Dobson said, “We will go down in flames, maybe literally, if we put the wrong person in power.” Maybe Dobson, who’s justifiably concerned about growing assaults on religious liberty and conscience rights, is right. Others sound similar warnings about Trump, whose authoritarian rhetoric they fear foreshadows collapsing confidence in democracy and constitutionalism in favor of strong man rule. Maybe they’re right.  There’s nothing new about apocalyptic chatter in American politics. New England Federalists in the 1800 election claimed the....
..;..The Undeniable, Glaring Bias of the Mainstream Media -Michael Brown
....Why the ridiculously obvious double standard? Why the frenzied reporting of a National Enquirer report accusing Cruz of sexual infidelities but such studious silence when the same publication accuses Hillary? Did this notorious tabloid suddenly become reputable when it targeted the staunchly conservative Cruz but again became disreputable when it targeted Hillary? Worse still, as others have pointed out, the mainstream media has all but ignored the WikiLeaks email dumps, although the information contained in them so far would be enough to sink most campaigns. The coverage has been minimal, at best, and quite understated at that, giving the viewer the feeling that the news is marginal, while what really matters is whether Trump touched a woman on a plane 30 years ago....
.;..Jerry Falwell Jr. Censored Anti-Trump Column, Liberty U Student Editor Says
The president of Liberty University censored an article critical of Donald Trump, according to the sports editor of the school's official newspaper, the Liberty Champion. The editor, Joel Schmieg, posted a statement on his Facebook account claiming it was Jerry Falwell Jr., the university's president and a Trump supporter, who spiked the column, which criticized Trump for lewd comments he made on a hot mic during a taping of ...
..;.Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump: Abortion   -Christian Post
While Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton prides herself on being one of the biggest supporters of abortion and the nation's largest abortion provider Planned Parenthood, her Republican counterpart Donald Trump has made it clear that he will be no friend to the abortion industry if he wins the Oval Office.
.;..Priests, Sanhedrin Perform Reenactment of Yom Kippur Temple Service  -Breaking Israel News
Last Wednesday, a demonstration of the the Yom Kippur Temple Service was held in Hebron adjacent to the Cave of the Patriarchs. The rare display allowed participants to get a glimpse of what was once the glory of the Temple service. “In the days of the Temple, for one week before Yom Kippur, the Kohen Gadol (high priest) practiced the service in order to prepare,” said Rabbi Weiss. 
..;.No Pooh-Poohing Biblical History: The Lachish Latrine   -Prophecy News Watch
....You see, archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority, digging in the remains of what was once the biblical city of Tel Lachish, made a startling discovery that confirmed the biblical text in a most startling way: They found an ancient toilet. To fully appreciate the significance of the find, we need to go back in time to the eighth century before Christ. King Hezekiah, one of only a handful of post-Davidic kings that earns the Bible's seal of approval, initiated series of reforms aimed at eradicating syncretism in Judah.
.;..Perry Noble Opens Up About Double Life, Drinking Problem That Led to Firing From NewSpring Church
Three months after his firing from his job as senior pastor of the popular NewSpring Church in South Carolina, Perry Noble publicly revealed on Monday the details of his rocky marriage, drinking issues, and other aspects of the double life that led to his exit from the church he founded....
..;.Nine Things You Should Know About Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger -Joe Carter
....Although Planned Parenthood has attempted to distance itself from Sanger’s more illiberal views, they still praise her role and annually give the Margaret Sanger Award—the organization’s highest honor—to “recognize leadership, excellence, and outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement.”  Who was Sanger? Here are nine things you should know about one of the 20th century’s most controversial figures:
.;..Ben ZobristMajor League Believer   -Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra
In two of the last three Chicago Cubs games, Ben Zobrist has hit a late double to spark a rally. The first—against the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning—helped the Cubs win the National League Division Series. The second—against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth—led off an inning that would end with a game-clinching grand slam and a 1–0 lead in the National League Championship.  Zobrist is a key player on a team that hasn’t....
..;.The Missing Elements of Modern Worship   -Tim Challies
I once paid a visit to one of the most mega of America’s megachurches. It’s a church whose pastor is well-known, a church known for its innovation, a church held up as a model for modern evangelicalism. I went in with as open a mind as I could muster. I left perplexed. I was perplexed not by what was said or done in the service as much as what was left unsaid and undone. Since that visit I’ve had the opportunity to attend many more churches and, as often as not, they have been similar, missing a lot of the elements that used to be hallmarks of Christian worship. Here are some of the missing elements of modern worship.
.;..Seven Reminders for Pastors and Ministry Leaders who use Social Media  -
I’m not always the biggest fan of social media...What I don’t like are some of the negative impacts of social media. It seems people lose their filter when they are online. They must feel a certain anonymity – even though their name is on their account. As I’ve posted before, some people show their mean side on line – saying things they never would say without this medium making it so easy to do. So, if it’s here, and an almost necessity these days in ministry, it seems to reason we should keep in mind it’s impact and how this should influence our use of social media. That’s the purpose of this post.  Here are 7 reminders for pastors and ministry leaders on social media:
..;..The Split Between John Stott and Martyn Lloyd-Jones  -Justin Taylor
On Tuesday, October 18, 1966, an event took place that shook British evangelicalism—on the nature of the church and the basis of gospel unity and purity—with reverberations still being felt today....There is an unwritten convention that the chairman of a public lecture is simply there to help the event run smoothly and to offer polite thanks to the speaker at the end. If Lloyd-Jones’s address was startling, Stott’s intervention was more so. When he rose to announce the closing hymn, he publicly criticized Lloyd-Jones, arguing that “history” was against him because evangelicals in previous generations had tried to establish evangelical denominations and had failed, and that “Scripture” was against him because the faithful “remnant” in the Old and New Testaments was within the visible church not outside. Stott later apologized to Lloyd-Jones for abusing his position as chairman, but the damage had been done, and a public rift within the evangelical movement was opened up.
.;..There’s a Difference Between Being Brave and Being Courageous  -Sean Nolan
I’m not asking if you are brave, although you should be. I’m asking if you are courageous.  In the opening chapter of Joshua, God’s people are commanded to be strong and courageous four times (1:6, 7, 9, & 18). Nowadays we use the words brave and courageous interchangeably. But if we were to trace them back to their roots, the words mean different things.
..;.Why Study Church History?  -Jon Payne
If church history does not get your blood pumping, you had better check your spiritual pulse. The sixteenth century alone provides a treasure of soul-stirring narratives. Think of Martin Luther’s bold and daring stand for the gospel against the destructive errors of Rome. Consider the faithful witness of the English martyrs who died singing psalms as they were consumed by flames. Or, how about the courageous life of John Knox, who while enslaved in the bowels of a French galley ship cried out, “Give me Scotland, or I die”? The study of church history, however, is meant to provide more than just inspiration. Serious reflection on the past protects us from error, reminds us of God’s faithfulness, and motivates us to....
.;..The Song of a Faithful Man  -Chris Kundert
......Two years, week in and week out this routine continued, this poor man continued to endure the hunger of extreme poverty, bitter cold, spousal contempt for his beliefs, and disrespect from his son, and yet he sang on. I was only 7 years old but could see there was something special occurring in my life, because of this elderly man. The impact still reverberates in my heart today as a middle aged man.
..;.10 Tips for Leading Kids to Christ  -Jason K. Allen
My greatest stewardship in life is not training a generation of students at Midwestern Seminary. It is training my five young children in the fear and admonition of the Lord...This is definitely not an article about “success, and how we have achieved it.” Rather, as the old adage goes, we are beggars telling other beggars where we have found some bread. If you are seeking to influence little ones toward Christ, you might find these tips helpful...
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Headlines & Articles — Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
.;..'Worse than Watergate.' State Department Part of Clinton Email Coverup? -CBN News
....According to FBI records released Monday, Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy, a Clinton ally, offered the intelligence agency a "quid pro quo" to change the email's classification so that it wouldn't be seen. The FBI eventually said no. Both the intelligence agency and the State Department deny there was any deal. The political fallout? Republicans say the Obama administration was working to protect Clinton.
..;..Five Urgent Warnings From Big Banks That the 'Economy Has Gone Suicidal'-Mark Slavo
The economy has gone suicidal. It is working against the very people who need its energy to survive. It is collapsing on its own weight, and the weight of literally incalculable levels of toxic debt. And it is going to create the greatest disaster of our time, if the warnings from the world's most powerful bankers are any indication. While the general population is obsessed with the details of the world's most entertaining and bizarre election in American history, the big banks are gearing up for a deadly serious economic collapse. Just during the past few weeks, there have been major discussions about stock markets dropping, the insolvency of Europe's biggest investment bank, the mounting debt crisis and a deeper, long-term decline for 'everyday Americans.' Here's what you probably missed while the Hillary-Trump cage match has taken over the collective psyche....
..;.Poll: Millennials Desperately Need to Bone Up On the History of Communism
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, citing survey results released on Monday, blames widespread ignorance for the relatively positive views millennials have toward socialism and communism. Of the 2,300 Americans polled by YouGov, 80% of baby boomers and 91% of the elderly agree with the statement that “communism was and still is a problem” in the world today. Millennials? Only 55%. 
.;..Three Ways Hillary Plans to Deeply Worsen Our Abortion Problem  -Jay Hobbs
Election 2016 is just weeks away, and, with both major candidates for the presidency descending to historic lows in approval ratings, Christians and other pro-lifers are among those reconsidering their long-held default options for the nation's top executive.
..;..'An Evangelical Fundamentalist Convergence?'-John Vaughn
In early 2010 an article by Ben Wright appeared on the 9marks.org website titled, “An Evangelical Fundamentalist Convergence?” Pastor Wright saw hope in such a convergence, but we use it here with little optimism. After all, “convergence” is the antonym of separation. The antonym is needed now to avoid the confusion resulting from the lack of a clear term when striving to understand what is likely a new movement. For example, some just call the Convergents “Calvinists,” as if their recent identification with Calvinism were the root of all choices that separatists find objectionable. Others use the unhelpful phrase “these young guys,” as though younger Convergents consistently move away from separatism just because they are young. Nevertheless, something is going on—something that looks very much like the self-styled “Neo- Evangelicalism” of sixty years ago; something that in its efforts to engage....
.;..Why Christians Aren't Laughing at Lance Wallnau Saying God is Raising Up Donald Trump Like Cyrus in Isaiah 45    -Charisma News    SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW
Lance Wallnau believes God is raising up Donald Trump like he did King Cyrus in Isaiah 45. When the charismatic speaker/business consultant first said this long before the billionaire businessman received the Republican nomination, nearly everyone thought he was nuts. 
..;.How To Actually Help When Tragic Events Happen In The World   -Blazing Center
....I’m prone to feel helpless in the wake of each tragedy. Were it my family, neighbors, or friends then I would know what to do. I’d know how to love, care, and support. But when it’s people I don’t know suffering in places a long way from home, I’m a bit lost. How can I help? Even more, how can the normal church member help? The cutesy solidarity profile images on Facebook just don’t seem to do the trick. It seems stunningly trite to respond to national tragedy with a new profile picture. I can do better.
.;..Islamic Messianic Dreams Shattered as ISIS Defeated in Dabiq   -
As ISIS-held Dabiq in Northern Syria fell to rebel forces on Sunday, the Islamic prophesy of Messiah in which all the infidels either convert to Islam or die, what they call Mahdi, seems to have slipped away. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced on Sunday that Dabiq was fully under control of Turkish-backed Syrian rebels. 
..;.American Missionary Jeffery Woodke Believed to Be Kidnapped by Drug Trafficking Jihadists
Jeffery Woodke, 55, the U.S. missionary who was kidnapped by armed men from his home in Niger, West Africa, on Friday after they killed his two guards, is now believed to be in the hands of a drug-trafficking jihadist group called The Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa.
.;..Can Depression Be Cured? Latest Research   -David Murray
...The main findings in Dr. Gold’s research are really quite stunning and should result in a major re-evaluation of the understanding of depression. Here’s a simplified summary of the findings followed by a brief explanation of each one:
..;.The Evidence of True Belief  -Taigen Joos
....Have you ever known someone who has made some kind of profession of faith, even appeared to have some evidence of conversion and fruit, only to see them eventually walk away from the faith altogether? Unfortunately, those kinds of situations happen more often than we would like to believe. Our text this morning, Hebrews 6.1-6, will address that kind of thing, and I trust that we will take in what God’s Word says, believe it, and let it shape our thinking with regards to this subject as well.
.;..Do Visitors To Your Church Really Feel Welcome?   -Jared C. Wilson
I don't know of any church leader who wants visitors to their services to feel unwelcome or uncomfortable. And yet it still surprises me that many churches still don't think through some of the ways, both obvious and subtle, that work against making visitors feel "at home" with the congregation. If you're a church leader who cares about the experience of hospitality for those who visit your church services, I hope you will work through the following questions with eyes open to the impression your church may be leaving visitors.
..;.Evangelism That Works  -G. N. Barkman
Many Christians are looking for a style of evangelism that works, which is to say one that produces visible, measurable results. Surely every Christian desires to see people turned from darkness to light, but most have learned that reported results and genuine conversions are not necessarily the same thing. Let’s take a look at one of the Apostle Paul’s evangelistic efforts recorded in the opening verses of Acts chapter seventeen. Here we find a biblical example of evangelism that works.
Headlines & Articles — Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
.;..After Elections, Will Obama Betray Israel at UN?   -Breaking Israel News
....Is President Barack Obama intending to abandon the decades of bipartisan U.S. policy of vetoing anti-Israel U.N. Security Council resolutions?  Specifically, is Obama preparing to permit the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution supporting or recognizing a Palestinian Arab state, and declaring Jewish communities built within illegal? The signs are numerous. Obama is laying the groundwork to rationalize, and make palatable and understandable that he may take unprecedented unilateral actions against Israel. 
..;..Study: US Carbon Tax Would Devastate Economy and Not Change Temperature-The Stream
Newly proposed carbon taxes would devastate the U.S. economy while doing nothing to reduce projected global warming, according to a new study published by scientists at the libertarian Cato Institute. Researchers found that carbon taxes cause considerably more economic damage than generic taxes do and disproportionately target the poor, so even a revenue-neutral carbon tax would probably reduce economic growth while doing little to fix global warming. 
..;.Why Evangelicals Are Divided Over Trump   -Joe Carter
....Evangelicals are not a monolithic entity, and there have always been differences and disagreements on politics. Still, within the social conservative faction (which accounts for around 60 percent to 75 percent of evangelicalism) there has been a general sense of unity. At least there was before this election season. The candidacy of Donald Trump has caused a split within this group that has grown increasingly rancorous as....
.;..Will Evangelicals Pass the Test of Authenticity?  -George Yancey
....The recent “hot mic” revelations from Donald Trump add to what we already knew of his moral character: his willingness to degrade women, dismiss his wedding vows, and tolerate sexual assault. These are clear violations of the values we evangelicals espouse. Yet many evangelicals have minimized his words and actions. Are we setting our values aside as we try to protect the candidate we think will put us in the better power position? Will we pass the test of authenticity, or will we fail it as feminists did almost twenty years ago?
..;..New Universe Research Confirms Biblical Teaching on Astronomy
The universe is much bigger than scientists originally thought. It's a new discovery by man that has always been a part of what the Bible says. According to a new analysis of Hubble Space Telescope data, there are 10 times more galaxies in the universe than previously reported--about 2 trillion of them, rather than 200 billion. "We are missing the vast majority of galaxies because they are very faint and far away," Christopher Conselice, an astrophysics professor at the University of Nottingham in England and the lead author of the study, said in a statement. "The number of galaxies in the universe is a fundamental question in astronomy, and it boggles the mind that over 90 percent of the galaxies in the cosmos have yet to be studied. Who knows what interesting properties we will find when we study these galaxies with the next generation of telescopes?"
.;..Drowning In Debt: 35 Percent Of All Americans Have Debt That Is At Least 180 Days Past Due   -Snyder
More than a third of all Americans can’t pay their debts.  I don’t know about you, but to me that is a shocking figure.  As you will see below, 35 percent of the people living in this country have debt in collections.  When a debt is in  collections, it is at least 180 days past due.  And this is happening during the “economic recovery” that the mainstream media keeps touting, although the truth is....
..;.Will the Right to Die Become a Duty to Die?  -John Stonestreet
Coloradans will vote on an assisted suicide measure this November. Those who vote "Yes" are signing their own death warrants. In a recent article at National Review Online, George Weigel tells a chilling story about just how far the culture of death has advanced in some parts of the West. Three elderly parishioners at the Canadian church he attends during the summer were diagnosed with cancer. Now, that's bad enough. But what followed was even worse. The first thing they were asked after being told their diagnosis was, "Do you wish to be euthanized?" While this story should upset us, it shouldn't shock us.  Despite all the promises made by supporters of physician-assisted suicide, the so-called "safeguards" against pressuring....
.;..The Battle for Mosul Begins amid Fears of Humanitarian Crisis  -CBN News
The long-awaited offensive has begun in the fight to wrest Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, back from the Islamic State. Thousands of Iraqi troops from the south and Kurdish Peshmerga forces from the north and east have begun to move toward the de facto capital of ISIS in Iraq.
..;.Obama Cheers for Another 100 Years of Planned Parenthood  -Breitbart
President Barack Obama celebrated Planned Parenthood’s centennial anniversary Sunday by tweeting out his hopes for another 100 years for America’s largest abortion business: For a century, Planned Parenthood has made it possible for women to determine their own lives. Here's to another #100YearsStrong. Planned Parenthood was founded on October 16, 1916 by eugenicist Margaret Sanger who worked to control the populations of blacks and others she believed to be “unfit.”
.;..'Egregious and Sinister.' UNESCO Says Temple Mount Not Jewish  -CBN News
A day after the United Nations marked Yom Kippur as an official holiday, the U.N.'s educational, scientific and cultural organization voted for a resolution that claims Judaism's most holy sites aren't Jewish at all. In a vote of 24 in favor, 6 against and 26 abstaining, UNESCO gave preliminary approval to a resolution ignoring the Jewish connection to Jerusalem's Temple Mount and Western Wall.
..;..US Missionary Evangelizing Muslim World Forced to Strip, Then Kidnapped by Armed Men in Niger   -Christian Post
A California church is now praying desperately for the safe return of an American missionary working in Niger after he was forced to strip down to his underwear and then kidnapped from his home by armed men on Friday.  The missionary, identified as 55-year-old Jeffery Woodke of McKinlyville, California, in the North Coast Journal, is a longtime aid worker with Youth With A Mission charity, according to the Independent. "We are praying for the safety of Jeff, for the victims' families and for peace in the region," the Arcata First Baptist Church said in a statement on Facebook on Saturday. As recently as Sept. 17, Woodke was listed as an instructor at Redwood Coast School of Missions which is operated by the Arcata First Baptist Church.
.;..Freedom to Disagree at Risk in This Election -Jerry Newcombe
If you care about the freedom-to-disagree in America, keep your eyes on the gubernatorial election in the Tar Heel state. In "North Carolina Governor could lose election over bathroom bill."   Dana Millbank writes, "North Carolina's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, was a good bet for reelection earlier this year …. Since then, McCrory's fortunes have been, well, in the toilet."
..;.Church Apologizes, Asks Forgiveness for Banning Fat People From Worship Team -Christian Post
An Oregon church which came under fire in recent weeks for instituting a ban on fat people as part of a slew of mandatory guidelines to be a part of the congregation's worship team, apologized for the ban on Saturday and begged forgiveness to anyone their rules may have offended.
.;..Seeking Clarity In This Confusing Election Season: Ten Thoughts   -Kevin DeYoung
I’ve been the pastor at my church since the summer of 2004. That means this is the fourth presidential election we have been through together. In each of the previous three, there have been moments—small, isolated moments—of conflict surrounding the election... I hope these brief reflections will not be in the category of “stirring up,” but rather might provide some clarity about what Christians should agree on and what we may not have to agree on.   Here we go.
..;.Satanic Temple Withdraws Application for After School Satan Club In Seattle School -Christian Times
Parents were relieved when it was announced that the Satanic Temple cancelled its application for the After School Satan Club at the Centennial Elementary School in Seattle. Lilith Starr, head of the Satanic Temple in Seattle, said there is no available space for the temple to rent....
.;..Autopsy of a Deceased Pastor    -Thom Rainer
Autopsies are not a pleasant topic. I get that. But I would be negligent if I did not share with you about the numbers of pastors who are dead in ministry. You need to know. You need to grasp this reality. You need to pray for them. You need to walk alongside them. How did these pastors die? My figurative autopsies uncovered eight common patterns. Some pastors manifest four or five of them. Many manifest all of them.
..;.Three Awful Features of Roman Sexual Morality -Tim Challies
....Almost all of the New Testament texts dealing with sexuality were written to Christians living in predominantly Roman cities. This Christian ethic did not come to a society that needed only a slight realignment or a society eager to hear its message. No, the Christian ethic clashed harshly with Roman sexual morality. Matthew Rueger writes about this in his fascinating work Sexual Morality in a Christless World and, based on his work, I want to point out 3 ugly features of Roman sexuality, how the Bible addressed them, and how this challenges us today.
.;..Making Decisions in Light of God's Sovereignty  -Michael Kelley 
Jesus said to wait, and so they did. The fledgling church had been through the ringer. They had walked away from the crucifixion as a defeated movement, cowards to their own cause. But then they had seen the impossible stand before them. They had put their hands in His and watched Him do everyday things like eat a meal. And they had seen Jesus ascend into heaven. Now they were back in Jerusalem.  Waiting.  Waiting for power. Waiting for the comforter. Waiting for the Holy Spirit. But it strikes me that there are two ways we can wait: we can wait passively, or  actively.
..;.The Divine Unity of Holy Scripture  -Don Johnson
....We live in an age which puts incredible pressure on Bible-believers. This is not a new thing in the history of the world. The men who wrote the Bible faced pressure and antagonism on a scale that often surpassed anything believers have faced in recent times. The antagonistic environment in which the Scriptures were written inform our doubts and fears.
.;..My Neighbors Ate My Dog, and I’m Sad    -Dave Hare 
My greatest sacrifices as a missionary have been things I would have never imagined.
..;.Man and Woman Are Joined by God To Fulfill the Mandate of God   -Mike Harding
....It is absolutely necessary in a militantly pagan culture to submit our sexual practice as believers to the Lordship of Christ which will result in God’s glory and our good. Natural sexual desire is a gift of God and is to be placed in the service of God exclusively through marriage. God affirms the beauty of the one-flesh relationship exclusively within the confines of God-ordained marriage....

Robert G.

Payday Someday    I Kng 21:18,19,23  Mat 10:28
Is Hell a Myth?      Mat. 10:28
Prepare To Meet Thy God    Amos 4:12
The Meaning of Christmas    Luke 1:78
Ichabod: Goodbye To Glory     1 Sam. 4:18-22

Billy Sunday
Broken Down Altars    1 Kng 18:30
Show Thyself a Man     1 Kng 2:2
The Devil's Boomerangs     Ecc 11:9
Teach Us To Pray      Luk 11:1
The Blood of Jesus Christ    Heb 9:13-14

Charles H.
I Would, But Ye Would Not!    Mat 23:37
Open House For All Comers   Luke 15:2
Why Some Seekers Are Not Saved   Is 59:1-2
Fathers in Christ    1 Jn 2:13,14
The Fatherhood of God     Mat 6:9
The Drawings of Divine Love    Jn 6:44-45
The Saint's Horror at the Sinner's Hell   Ps 26:9

D. Marytn

A Living Hope of the Hereafter    I Peter 1:3-5
Faith On Trial   Psalm 73:1-2
The Christian & the Non-Christian   Eph. 4:20
The Breadth, Length, Depth, Height of God's Love
God Or Mammon    Matt. 6:19-24

T. DeWitt Talmage
The Laughter of the Bible    Psalm 126:2  2:4
The Power of Kindness    Prov. 15:15
Windows Opened Toward Jerusalem   Dan 6:10
The Ministry of Tears    Rev 7:17
The Spider in Palaces    Pro 30:28

G. Campbell
Christ's Call To Courage    Matt. 9:2, 22
The Optimism of Faith    Heb. 11:1
Christ's Vision of Jerusalem    Luke 9:51
As An Eagle...The Lord Did Lead    Deut. 32:11-12
How To Succeed In Life    Prov. 3:6

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