Friday, December 15, 2017

12-15-17 Rapture Ready News

15 Dec 2017

Weapons Went From The CIA To ISIS In Less Than Two Months, New Study Reveals
Years late to the party, mainstream media outlets like USA Today, Reuters, and Buzzfeed are just out with “breaking” and “exclusive” stories detailing how a vast arsenal of weapons sent to Syria by the CIA in cooperation with US allies fuelled the rapid growth of ISIS. Buzzfeed’s story entitled, Blowback: ISIS Got A Powerful Missile The CIA Secretly Bought In Bulgaria, begins by referencing “a new report on how ISIS built its arsenal highlights how the US purchased munitions, intended for Syrian rebels, that ended up in the hands of the terrorist group.”
Ancient weakening of Earth’s crust explains unusual intraplate earthquakes
Earthquakes typically happen along fault lines, like California’s San Andreas fault, where the edges of Earth’s tectonic plates scrape against each other, releasing enough energy to shake the ground. Some seismic activity occurs in the middle of tectonic plates, but these earthquakes are generally random, occur rarely and are poorly understood. But a few spots within the North American tectonic plate – thousands of kilometers away from the plate’s boundaries – experience earthquake activity frequently.
White House: Abbas’s Threatening Rhetoric Has ‘Prevented Peace for Decades’
The White House criticized Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday for his comments against U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying that such rhetoric has “prevented peace for decades.”…Palestinians should “ignore the distortions and instead focus on what the president actually said last week:
Violence erupts after prayers conclude in new Palestinian ‘Day of Rage’
This comes after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech at an emergency session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul Wednesday.
Kim Jong Un’s top aide executed by North Korean death squad, reports suggest
A key member of Kim Jong Un’s inner circle touted as a powerful military figure mysteriously vanished from public life recently, sparking rumors he was executed by a North Korean death squad after allegations of bribery, recent reports indicated. Hwang Pyong-so, a vice marshal who held the most senior position in North Korea’s military, hasn’t been seen in public since Oct. 13, sparking rumors of his death.
FBI on hot seat over ‘insurance policy’ against Trump election
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is demanding answers from the Justice Department concerning a cryptic text from one of the FBI’s top Russian counterintelligence experts discussing an “insurance policy” in the event that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump won election to the White House….after months of bashing then-candidate Trump in texts and stating that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton “just has to win,” Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page exchanged a mysterious text concerning a so-called “insurance policy” against a possible Trump win. On Aug. 15, 2016, Strzok wrote: “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in [Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s] office that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40 …”
24 hours to save the Earth! Three-mile wide ASTEROID on way TOMORROW night
NASA has branded the massive three mile (5km) wide space rock “potentially dangerous” – but unless something goes terribly wrong the asteroid will skim past Earth on the way to another orbit of the Sun. However, space watchers should note that the rock, called 3200 Phaethon, has triggered the dazzling Geminids meteor shower as parts of it break away. Asteroid 3200 Phaethon was first discovered in 1983 and a spokesman for Nasa said: “With a diameter of about 5km, Phaethon is the third largest near-Earth asteroid is classified as potentially hazardous.’”
EU BREAKS APART on migration: Merkel blasts EU member states for lack of solidarity
The German Chancellor said it was “not acceptable” for EU members to shirk their responsibility to meet migrant quotas. Concerns about migration have overshadowed the European Council summit in Brussels, which had been expected to revolve around Brexit and eurozone reform. Speaking on the second day of the EU summit, Angela Merkel said: “We are not so in agreement as regards internal solidarity on the migration issue. In most areas, if not all areas, we show solidarity, as part of the EU. “But there are some areas where solidarity is not shown and that is something I find not acceptable.”
At least 3 wounded in Bethlehem on second ‘day of rage’ 
Dozens of masked Palestinian youth clashed with Israeli forces near the security wall in Bethlehem Friday. Several were lightly wounded, three were evacuated by ambulance. At noon, forty men and youth with signs denouncing US president Donald Trump and calling Jerusalem the capital of Palestine marched toward the security fence near Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, a popular spot for Friday protests.
Chinese company weighs take over of Iran gas projects due to US sanctions 
China’s top oil and gas company CNPC is considering taking over Total’s stake in a giant Iranian gas project if the French company leaves Iran to comply with any new US sanctions, industry sources said. Total signed the $1 billion deal to develop the South Pars gas field in July. The contract gave CNPC the option to take over Total’s stake if it pulled out, according to sources involved in the talks.
Haley displays Iran’s military hardware to the press 
Standing before an exhausted missile that Washington says was made in Iran, shipped to Yemen and fired at Riyadh’s international airport, Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, declassified the US government’s findings of Iran’s military activities in the region on Thursday, warning of its rapid expansion and broad ambitions.
Brexit: EU leaders agree to move talks onto next stage
EU leaders have agreed to move Brexit talks on to the second phase, says European Council President Donald Tusk. This means talks can move on to the long-term relationship between the UK and EU, including trade and security. The first issue to be discussed, as early as next week, will be the terms of a transition period after the UK leaves in March 2019.
Saudi FM: Trump serious on Mid-East peace
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said President Donald Trump’s administration was serious about achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians… Concerning the “deal of the century” to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace, al-Jubeir—former Saudi Ambassador to the US—said in an interview…the American administration was “working on ideas and consulting with all parties, including Saudi Arabia, about those ideas and incorporating the views presented…
China’s DNA database in Xinjiang is in ‘gross violation’ of global norms, rights group says
…Authorities have collected DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans, and blood types of all residents in the region between the ages of 12 and 65. The DNA and blood types are being collected through a free annual physical exams program called Physicals for All, the human rights groups said.
Bill banning Down syndrome abortions passes in Ohio, heads to Kasich’s deskThe GOP-led Ohio state Senate on Wednesday passed a ban on abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, and Republican Gov. John Kasich has sent signals that he will soon sign the measure into law.
$7.8 Million Settlement Against Biomedical Companies Accused of Profiting from Fetal Tissue Sales
Two Yorba Linda biomedical procurement companies have reached a $7.8 million settlement with the Orange County, California, district attorney’s office following allegations they illegally profited from the sale of fetal tissue.
Judicial Watch: State Dept Cut Deal for Clinton to Keep Call Logs Secret, Abedin Took ‘Muslim Engagement Documents’
The government watchdog group Judicial Watch released documents today from the U.S. State Department showing that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aide Huma Abedin were allowed to “remove electronic and physical records under a claim they were ‘personal’ materials and ‘unclassified, non-record materials,” including files on Clinton’s telephone calls and schedules that were not to be made public.
NLRB Reverses Obama Employment Standard
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reversed a former President Barack Obama-era policy Thursday, that held employers responsible for violations committed by their subcontractors.
Obama Lies The NYTimes Didn’t Point Out
…Keeping with the newspaper’s definition, here are a few more Obama lies that the Times left-out.
FED Increases Rates Once Again on Trump – FED and Obama’s Massive Debt Only Things Preventing a Trump Balanced Budget
The Federal Reserve under Janet Yellen yesterday announced another Fed Fund rate increase of 0.25%. This is the fourth such increase since Donald Trump was elected President. The Fed increased rates only one time under Obama until last year’s election!
FCC SHREDS Obama-Era Net Neutrality, A Win For Internet Freedom … Patriots Cheering!
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed the FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” on Thursday, which will repeal the agency’s 2015 net neutrality regulation.
Alabama Vote Fraud? Doug Jones Supporter Says “We Came From Different Parts of the Country”
Claims of vote fraud in Alabama are swirling after a man was caught on camera appearing to reveal that supporters of Democrat Doug Jones “came from different parts of the country” to vote for him.
Technology Company Kernel Spending Millions To Microchip Humans To Create ‘Brain-Computer Interface’
…The first step was to get everyone in front of a computer, 1993-2007. Step 2 was to get the computer on people, 2007-2017. The third and final step will be to get the technology none of us can live without inside of us via microchip implants, 2018-2025. When Antichrist shows up, his mark will just be the latest and coolest implantable device sold to a lost world filled with people already wired.
Judicial Watch Sues California and Los Angeles Over Dirty Voter Registration Rolls
Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a federal lawsuit against Los Angeles County and the State of California over their failure to clean their voter rolls and to produce election-related records as required by the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) (Judicial Watch, Inc. et al. v. Dean C. Logan, et al.

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12-15-17 Daily Dig

Daily Dig for December 15

Edith Stein
The Savior has preceded us on the way of poverty. All the goods in heaven and on earth belonged to him. They presented no danger to him; he could use them and yet keep his heart completely free of them. But he knew that it is scarcely possible for people to have possessions without succumbing to them and being enslaved by them. Therefore, he gave up everything and showed more by his example than by his counsel that only one who possesses nothing possesses everything. His birth in a stable, his flight to Egypt, already indicated that the Son of Man was to have no place to lay his head. Whoever follows him must know that we have no lasting dwelling here.

12-15-17 Today in the Word

DEVOTION FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017
Ezekiel 37:21–28
RELATIONAL TOUGH LOVE
In his book Rebel with a Cause, Franklin Graham describes the tough love meted out by his parents during his rebellious youth. “ ‘If you don’t stop right now,’ Mama said, ‘I’m going to pull over and lock you up in the trunk.’ . . . Before I knew what was happening, she opened the back door, grabbed me with both hands, jerked me around back, opened the trunk, put me inside, and slammed the lid shut. I wasn’t expecting Mama to drive all the way to Asheville before letting me out, but she drove on and on.”
God had to enact tough love toward the Israelites after generations of disobedience. He sent the Babylonians who invaded the land, destroyed Jerusalem and the temple, and carried the people into exile. God’s discipline did not mean He had abandoned His people. His intention was to restore and renew His relationship with them. First, God promised to gather His people and “bring them back into their own land” (v. 21). Because the land was one of God’s original promises to Abraham, a return to the land was a sign of God’s care and blessing over His people. God also addressed the problem of sin that would accompany the return from exile, promising salvation for His backsliding people (v. 23).
Second, God promised new leadership. Unlike the previously wicked rulers, God promised a new king, and under this new leadership, Israel would “follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees” (v. 24).
Finally, God declared a restoration of His dwelling place. “I will put my sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling place will be with them” (vv. 26–27). His dwelling includes the promises of a restored relationship, a “covenant of peace” that will bind God to His people.
APPLY THE WORD
God’s love for us is described in H. W. Baker’s hymn, “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.” Consider singing or reading this hymn today as a reminder of God’s unfailing relationship with us:
“Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed, but yet in love he sought me
And on his shoulder gently laid, and home, rejoicing, brought me.”
PRAY WITH US
Pray for the Custodial Services team and the students who help them keep Moody’s buildings beautiful and clean. Thank God for them with us and pray for Cathy Sywulka, Danielle Hooper, Danny Hutcherson, David Boskovic, and Dean Gentry.

12-15-17 The First 15

December 15

The Just King

 
Weekly Overview:
What a gift we have in the Christmas season. God himself took on flesh and dwelt among us that we might find eternal relationship in him. His coming serves as a continual reminder of his grace and pursuit of us who are lost without him. As we look to Jesus this week to celebrate who he is and what he’s done, may you find life-giving hope and foundational joy.
“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” 

Isaiah 30:18

Often the word “justice” is taken as synonymous with punishment. Our societies have justice systems. We demand justice for the oppressed by punishing the wrongdoer. We see justice as the necessary counter to our world’s inherent depravity.

To be sure, justice is an incredibly important component to life. But we serve a King who, while entirely just, is also completely merciful. We serve a God who doesn’t shy away from consequence and conviction but looks for every opportunity to give good gifts to his children.

Isaiah 30:18 illustrates this heavenly tension in saying, “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” Isaiah spoke this word to an incredibly idolatrous people. Israel was not a nation we would judge as worthy of blessing. But God, through his heart of mercy and justice, constantly led his people back into his fold by whatever means necessary that he might reward them with good and pleasing gifts.

Even in moments of weakness your heavenly Father loves you. Even in moments where you would condemn yourself your Father delights in showing mercy. And even though we don’t deserve one good thing from a perfect God, because of his merciful justice he lavishly rewards even the smallest of good within us.

James 1:17 teaches us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” All that is good in your life was supplied by the hand of your heavenly Father. Every dollar you’ve made and possession you’ve received was God’s good pleasure to give you. Every friendship you’ve developed and family member added to your number was graciously provided to you because you serve a just and merciful King.

In this Christmas season may we celebrate the just heart of Jesus. May we find peace and comfort in the fact that God sees the world rightly but looks upon us with compassion. And may our hearts be filled with worship as we look to Jesus, our just King.

1. Meditate on the just heart of Jesus. Allow the truth of God’s character to open up places in your heart to receive him.

“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” Isaiah 30:18

2. Where do you see the merciful justice of God in your life? Where do you see him bestowing gifts upon you?

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17

3. Take time to worship Jesus in response to everything he’s given you. Offer up prayers of thanksgiving to him for all his goodness.

“Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.” Isaiah 12:5

Part of the mystery of the Christian life is embracing paradoxes. We serve a God of mercy and justice. We who deserve nothing have been given everything. Life with God is filled with glorious paradox. May we celebrate who God is this season and offer him our hearts in response to his great love. May we elevate the King of justice who in his loving-kindness took on flesh that he might get the punishment we deserved. All glory to Jesus, our just King.

Extended Reading: Isaiah 30