ISIS Turning Old Enemies into Awkward Allies
The fight against the Islamic militant group ISIS has alarmed so many governments and religious groups that it has been turning old enmities into an awkward tangle of alliances, most of them not publicly acknowledged.
I can take Kiev in two weeks, Vladimir Putin warns European leaders
Vladimir Putin has boasted to European leaders that his forces could sweep into Kiev in two weeks if he wanted. The Russian president reportedly made the threat to the European Commission president during talks on the Ukraine crisis.
Libya militias ‘seize ministries’ as al-Thinni reappointed
Libya’s militias have captured most government ministries in the capital, Tripoli, the government has said. Armed men had blocked staff from entering offices, it added in a statement. On Sunday, militiamen seized the US embassy, with videos showing cheering men diving from a balcony into a swimming pool.
Russia ‘to alter military doctrine towards Nato’
Russia is to alter its military doctrine as a result of the Ukraine crisis and Nato’s presence in eastern Europe, a top Russian official says. Mikhail Popov, a Kremlin adviser, said that deteriorating relations with the US and Nato would be reflected in the updated military strategy. Nato said on Monday it would boost its presence in eastern Europe to protect its members.
Ebola outbreak: West Africa food harvests ‘at risk’
The Ebola outbreak is putting food harvests in West Africa “at serious risk”, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warns. It has raised a special alert for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries worst affected. Rice and maize production will be particularly affected during the coming harvest season, says the FAO.
Nigeria’s Boko Haram ‘seize’ Bama town in Borno
Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram has seized the key north-eastern town of Bama after fierce fighting with government forces, residents say. Thousands of civilians have fled the town, along with soldiers, they added. However, military sources said the army was still in control of Bama, the second biggest town in Borno state.
Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador: Increased activity
Seismologists in Ecuador say the Tungurahua volcano is showing increased activity. About 40 explosions were registered on Monday and even though their intensity diminished, experts have not ruled out a renewed sudden increase. An ash cloud up to 3km (1.8 miles) in height has been rising from the volcano over the past few days.
Mexican state of Coahuila approves same-sex marriage
The northern state of Coahuila has become the second region in Mexico to officially allow same-sex marriage. Coahuila’s congress approved changes to the civil code which give same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples, including adoption. In Mexico, laws on same-sex unions fall under state legislation, and a number of them have divergent rules.
US army attacks terrorists in Somalia
US military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al-Shabaab militants in Somalia, a US Department of Defense spokesman said. “We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.
Did Joel Osteen’s wife commit ‘blasphemy’?
“She honestly believes that God exists to make us happy rather than holy,” Camp said. “She honestly believes that worship is about our fulfillment rather than His glory. That’s the bottom issue here.”
White House Scrambles to Defend ‘No Strategy’ on IS Line
Obama’s remarks Thursday drew ridicule, when he said “we don’t have a strategy yet,” and that “what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we are at than we currently are.”
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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile. He writes:
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5
What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law. But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9
Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved. It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.