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Is the central banking system on the verge of another crash?

August 05, 2016

Why do investors need to know about the central banking system? Have the banks learned anything from the 2008 market crash? Neil Irwin, The New York Times economic correspondent and author of The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire, discusses whether the economy is on the verge of another crash.

Arutz Sheva

China conducts ‘combat patrols’ over contested islands

August 05, 2016

China’s air force sent bombers and fighter jets on “combat patrols” near contested islands in the South China Sea, in a move a senior colonel said was part of an effort to normalize such drills and respond to security threats.


Ex-cabinet minister says Israel-Saudi peace ‘in the cards’

August 05, 2016

Israelis will be able to travel to Gulf state ‘much sooner than you dream about,’ Rabbi Michael Melchior says, following visit by Riyadh delegation.

Times of Israel

Swedish church to use drones to drop thousands of Bibles in ISIS-controlled Iraq

August 05, 2016

A major evangelical free church in Sweden is preparing to use drones to drop thousands of Bibles into areas of Iraq controlled by Islamic State. The Livets Ord (Word of Life) church in Uppsala in the north of Sweden has said it will use drones flying at high altitude to release thousands of small, electronic Bibles into Iraq.

Christianity Today

Israel Reject’s Obama’s Latest Remarks on Iran Nuclear Deal

August 05, 2016

Israel is rejecting remarks by President Barack Obama contending it no longer opposes the nuclear deal that world powers struck with Iran in 2015.

The Associated Press

Black holes could be ‘back doors’ to other parts of the universe, claim scientists

August 05, 2016

Black holes could be “back doors” to other regions of the universe, a new study suggests. However, it is unlikely anyone passing through one of the gateways would survive, say scientists. First they would be “spaghettified” — stretched out like a strand of pasta — by the black hole’s immense gravity.

The Daily Mirror

This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult

August 05, 2016

Forget telephoto lenses and fake mustaches: The most important tools for America’s 35,000 private investigators are database subscription services. For more than a decade, professional snoops have been able to search troves of public and nonpublic records—known addresses, DMV records, photographs of a person’s car—and condense them into comprehensive reports costing as little as $10. Now they can combine that information with the kinds of things marketers know about you, such as which politicians you donate to, what you spend on groceries, and whether it’s weird that you ate in last night, to create a portrait of your life and predict your behavior.


Propaganda film suggests Iran DID videotape cash-drop plane and photograph shipment of cash during January prisoner swap

August 05, 2016

Iranian state-run media in Tehran did indeed videotape the arrival of a January 17 flight carrying $400 million in cash from the United States — and the money itself — judging from a documentary that aired the following month in the Islamic republic.

Daily Mail

How to Pack for Emergency Situations

August 04, 2016

We often talk about the need for people to prepare for emergency situations. In relation to personal preparedness, I’m frequently asked, “What equipment do you carry with you?”


IS plans to hit US air bases in Mideast

August 03, 2016

Israeli cyberintelligence group Intsights says it breached Telegram group run by jihadists, found list of US bases in Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia to be attacked.

Times of Israel


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If You Persevere

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by Dr. Steve Elwart

Genesis 2:24. Image: Logos

Image: Logos

So God created mankind in his own image; in his own image God created them; he created them male and female. God blessed these humans by saying to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it! Be masters over the fish in the ocean, the birds that fly, and every living thing that crawls on the earth!”

Genesis 1:27–28 (ISV)

I am sitting in a hotel room in the Chicago suburb of Joliet, Illinois. I have just returned from the wedding of my great-nephew, Jared and his bride Cait.

During the ceremony, several things ran through my mind. It occurred to me that marriage is a different kind of institution where the greatest rewards come “at the back end” of the marriage. As I told the couple, “You think you are in love and I know you are, but you really do not know what love is. Come back in 10, 20, 30 or 40 years and we’ll talk.”

It is only over time that a love that brings two people together deepens and comes to its fruition. The phrases, “and the two shall become one flesh”, “for better or for worse”, sickness and in health”, and “till death do us part“ really takes on meaning after years have passed.

Marriage and the Musical

There is a musical called “Side Show” based on the true story of the Hilton twins. The Hiltons were Siamese twins who rose from poverty as a sideshow attraction to become a singing and dancing vaudeville act in the 1930s and, later, stars of some B-grade films.

One unusual element of this play is that the two lead actresses must play the parts of the Hiltons, who are conjoined. It doesn’t matter how good their individual talents are if they can’t work together and if they can’t do it convincingly. The success of the show depends on the success of their partnership. If one of them decides to go solo, the show is over.

That is a good metaphor of marriage. Once the commitment is made, husband and wife are, as it were, “joined at the hip.” They succeed or fail together. Other people don’t generally think of one without thinking of the other. Wherever life’s drama takes them, their success depends on doing it together.

Marriage and the River

During the ceremony, my thoughts went to the town where I live, Vicksburg, Mississippi. It is there the Mississippi and the Yazoo Rivers come together and continue downstream. Although the Mississippi is nicknamed, “The Big Muddy,” the Yazoo is muddier and has a pronounced brownish color to it. You can see where the two rivers come together — the Mississippi is at first separated from the Yazoo and you can see how, at first, the two rivers flow alongside each other by the pronounced color of the water in the river. The western part of the channel, the Mississippi, bluish green and the eastern part, the Yazoo, a deep brown. The two rivers flow downstream side by side until eventually they commingle and the river is all one again.

Marriages are like both the musical and the river. At first you have two very distinct people but, over time, they become one. After being married myself for over 35 years, I have come to realize there is, after a fullness of time, a period where one cannot imagine life without their spouse, and where one is, the other is also. It was unfortunate, but for health reasons, my bride could not accompany me to the wedding, but I signed the wedding registry “Steve and Inez Elwart.” Wherever I am, she is there with me. Two have become one flesh.


Not all marriages are like that though. They take work.

There are highs and lows in a marriage and sometimes it seems easier to just separate and be done with it. Even with marriages that put Christ in the center of their relationship, there can be tough times. Two people need to learn to persevere and commit to their marriage, remembering their promise to God, and weather the storms that may come into their lives.

Paul’s Thoughts on Commitment

Lastly, Paul wrote in Ephesians:

Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of his wife as the Messiah is the head of the church. It is he who is the Savior of the body. Indeed, just as the church is submissive to the Messiah, so wives must be submissive to their husbands in everything.

Ephesians 5:22–24 (ISV)

Many husbands like to remind their wives about this phrase. There are two things to point out about these verses. First, there is a difference between being submissive and servile. While the husband needs to be head of the house as Christ is the head of the Church, this does not mean a wife should be a doormat.

The second thing to point out is the Holy Spirit, through Paul, also has this to say about husbands:

Husbands, love your wives as the Messiah loved the church and gave himself for it,

Ephesians 5: 25 (ISV)

A husband needs to love his wife as Christ loved the Church. What did Christ do for the Church? He died for it.

How many of us, as husbands, are willing to die for our wives?

Mark Twain’s Thought on Marriage

As two people go through life in a Christ-centered marriage, the bond between them can grow stronger and stronger over time. It was summed up well by Mark Twain.

Twain once imagined Adam standing at the graveside of Eve, reflecting on their sins, accomplishments and joys. Finally Adam says: “Where she was, there was Eden.”

So for Jared and Cait and all those who embark on a life together, remember it not only takes love, but commitment to each other and to the third person in the relationship:

Jesus Christ.

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Astrology – A Dangerous Myth

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by Dr. Chuck Missler

Zodiac Constellations

It seems astonishing that in our “enlightened” culture, despite our space-age sophistication, many people still believe in astrology! A Gallup Poll concluded that 55 percent of teenagers believe in astrology; 1220 of the 1750 newspapers include a horoscope column of some kind to serve their readers. Many simply dismiss this as a harmless form of entertainment, feeding their curiosity. However, in the Old Testament it was a form of divination and a capital crime: practicing astrology was punishable by death!

Empirical Results: It Doesn’t Work

Ten Questions for the Astrologers

  1. What is the likelihood that 1/12th of the world’s population is having the same kind of day today?
  2. Why is the moment of birth, not conception, crucial for astrology? [Is that why identical twins always have the same personality?!]
  3. If the mother’s womb can keep out astrological influences until birth, can we do the same with a cubicle of steak?
  4. If astrologers are as good as they claim, why aren’t they richer? (Ex: stock market, etc. How many foresaw Black Monday, October 1987? None.)
  5. Are all horoscopes done before the discovery of the three outermost planets incorrect (Uranus, 1781; Neptune, 1846; Pluto, 1930)?
  6. Shouldn’t we condemn astrology as a form of bigotry? (i.e., refusing to hire a Leo or date a Virgo, etc.)
  7. Why do different schools of astrology disagree so strongly with each other? (…precession of the Earth’s axis, how many planets and celestial objects to be included, allocation of personality traits, etc. No convergence of consensus.)
  8. If the astrological influence is carried by any known force, why do the planets dominate? [The obstetrician who delivers the child turns out to have about six times the gravitational pull of Mars and about 2,000 billion times its tidal force (less mass, but a lot closer!)]
  9. If astrological influence is carried by an unknown force, why is it independent of distance? [The importance of Mars in a horoscope is identical whether the planet is on the same side of the sun as the Earth or seven times farther away on the other side, etc.]
  10. If astrological influences don’t depend on distance, why is there no astrology of stars, galaxies and quasars? [Doesn’t the omission of Rigel, the Crab pulsar, and M31 render a horoscope incomplete?]

(Excerpted from Sky & Telescope, August 1989)

A Warning

Danger: don’t play around with things that are expressly prohibited in the Word of God. They are not just manifestations of ignorance, or harmless “entertainments.” They are occultic and very dangerous. They are “entries” for malevolent influences that are out to destroy the very future you’re inquiring into! God means what He says and says what He means. You have access to far more powerful — and reliable — supernatural resources in the Holy Spirit, which has expressly been given to you if you are, indeed, in Christ. Do your homework. Your eternity depends on it.

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