What are your personal goals in 2014? Perhaps “The Invested Life” can help.

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As Christmas and New Year’s approach, many of us are reflecting on the year that’s passing and considering the year ahead. Perhaps we need less time on our smart phone, and more time with family. Less ice cream and more exercise. Less Facebook and more time in God’s Book.

What are your goals for 2014?

In the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), the Lord Jesus commands us to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Clearly, this is one of Christ’s most important goals for us in the coming year, that we learn to be more faithful and obedient followers of Him, and that we help others know Him and follow Him. Yet many Christians have never really thought much about what discipleship is, or how to do it.

The Invested Life: Making Disciples of All Nations One Person At A Time is book I wrote with my pastor, Dr. T.E. Koshy. He had been discipled by “the Billy Graham of India,” and developed a great love for investing in younger believers. Koshy discipled Lynn and me at Syracuse University, and continued to invest in us until he went home to be with the Lord in the fall of 2012.

The Invested Life is a simple, practical book that you may find helpful — and you may find helpful to share with others — as you consider how to obey the Lord in this vital area of discipleship.

In the book, we make that case that every Christian needs to be able to answer two simple questions:

1) Who is investing in you?

2) In whom are you investing?

Sadly, the American Church is experiencing an epic failure of discipleship. Most older believers are not spiritually investing in the lives of younger believers. We are failing to model and transmit Biblical truth and Christ-like character and a passion for evangelism and discipleship to the next generations. As a result, the American Church is weak and in desperate need of revival. That’s the bad news. The good news is that God loves us and He is ready to help us follow Him faithfully.

The Invested Life is available in paperback from Tyndale House Publishers. It is also available as an audio book from Brilliance Audio. (It was fun to read the book for the audio version, along with my wife, Lynn.)

My hope and prayer is that as you head into the New Year, you’ll find the book helpful. Curl up with it by the fire with a cup of coffee or tea, or listen to it when your driving in your car, or while working out, or going for a walk or run.

May the Lord bless you as you embark on living an invested life — growing as a s disciple and learning to make disciples, one person at a time.

You can find it your favorite local bookstore, or online:


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HECKUVA JOB, BARRY: Saudi Arabia Seeks Russian Help As Mideast Nuclear Arms Race Heats Up

There are credible theories that President Barack Obama actively conspired with Iran to allow that country to build nuclear arms.

As Caroline Glick put it, Obama “never explained how allowing Iran to continue to enrich uranium decreases the likelihood of war”:

The negotiations with the Iranians that culminated in [the] agreement went on for a year.

And yet, the final deal reflects Iran’s opening positions.

That is, over the course of the entire year, American and European negotiators were not able to move Iran’s positions one iota.

So what has the Obama administration been doing for the past year? Since Iran’s positions were the same all along, why didn’t they sign this deal a year ago? The US’s strength relative to Iran did not diminish significantly since a year ago. So the US didn’t need this agreement more now than it did a year ago.

Clearly, Obama did not spend the last year trying to build domestic American support for a deal that enables the regime that calls daily for the annihilation of America to become a nuclear power. With Iran building military bases all over Central and South America, Obama never bothered trying to make the case to the American people that they would be more secure with this regime in possession of the capacity to kill millions of Americans with one bomb.

Obama never stood before the Congress to explain how a deal that gives America’s Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval to Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program advances US national security. He never explained how allowing Iran to continue to enrich uranium decreases the likelihood of war.

As anyone could have predicted, the other shoe has dropped. Fars News reports that Riyadh has gone to Russia to seek its assistance in building nukes.

Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan in a recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked him to help Riyadh construct a nuclear power plant, the Arab-language al-Qods al-Arabi newspaper quoted informed diplomatic sources in the Persian Gulf Arab littoral states as saying.

According to the report, Prince Bandar has told Putin that if Russia declares readiness in this regard, Saudi Arabia can provide Moscow with preliminary studies that it has conducted since six years ago.

Saudi Arabia and other members of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) have been conducting nuclear studies and the PGCC secretariat has been in charge of these studies.

Last month, a report said that Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will.

In 2009, Obama famously said, “As the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act” to reduce their proliferation.

That statement had about as much veracity as his infamous “If you like your health care plan you can keep your health care plan” trope.

Although I feel certain that, at least when it comes to disarming America, Obama means business. He intends to strip away America’s nuclear deterrent force by 80 percent or more while China, Russia and Iran are ramping up their militaries to unprecedented heights.

This president is, without question, making the world a far more dangerous place and is actively undermining America’s national security interests.

Hat tips: BB and BadBlue News

Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: Latest Obama: Sorry, can’t help you because I’m constrained by the Constitution

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Nation

Latest Obama: Sorry, I’m constrained by the Constitution: Doug Powers
Steyn: Obamacare ‘the greatest act of punitive liberalism’ ever: Jeff Poor
Obama: only two parties now: Democrats and Impediments: Doug Powers

Quotes From 60 Democrats Who Lied About Obamacare: RWN
Nameless Republicans Complain to Liberals About Conservatives: RS
Mitch ‘Mr. Majestic’ McConnell is Melting: Dan Riehl

Obamacare could tip the scale in Iowa Senate race: David Freddoso
Obama To Use Executive Order to Force Gun Control by Fiat: Publius
Knives and the Second Amendment: David Kopel

Economy

It Costs $ 200B to Manage $ 500B In Federal Grants: P&F
The Problem With Bubbles: Mish
Top US hospital laying off staff due to Obamacare: DC

States Reject Big Government: RS
After Obamacare, Cities Want Pension Bailout Too: Ashton Ellis
Large employers cite upcoming Obamacare Cadillac tax for reduced benefits: Hot Air

Scandal Central

Hugh Hewitt: State Exchanges are ‘Failing Spectacularly’ (and No One’s Noticing): TruthRevolt
Cover Oregon giving out people’s personal Obamacare information by accident.: Moe Lane
Vermont health-care Web site security breached: Reid Wilson, WaPo

Obama FBI Partners with Left-Wing Extremist Group: Matt Barber
Obamacare website contractor admitted 30 “defects” on day of launch, WH launched anyway: Poor Richard
Obama Has Time for 5 Rounds of Golf, 10 Fundraisers Since Bungled Obamacare Launch: Angle

Media

The only honest article about The Knockout Game I’ve seen: Taki’s Mag
CNN Blasts “Obama Propaganda Machine” : Western
Fighting Back: USA Today Will no Longer Publish Obama Admin’s ‘Official’ Press Photos: TPNN

NYT Admits Iran Deal ‘Welcome Change of Subject’ from Obamacare: TruthTrevolt
Video: Politifact’s 2009 “Lie Of The Year” Deemed True 4 Years Later: Nice Deb
Time’s Mark Halperin: Death Panels Are ‘Built Into’ ObamaCare: Noel Sheppard

World

What If Islamists Took Control of the White House?: Howard Rotberg
Eugene McCarthy Erotic Fan Fiction: Erick Erickson
Former Blackwater CEO: ‘Iraq is completely lost’: BPR

Mark Levin interviws Amb. John Bolton on Iran and much more…: Scoop
Obama Administration to CLOSE EMBASSY AT VATICAN – Says It’s Unsafe: GWP
Angola Becomes First Nation To Ban Islam and Dismantle Mosques: RWN

Iran Brags About Playing Obama: Tatler
Hey Harry, you’re not the only guy with a nuclear option: MOTUS
Israel Launches Largest Ever Air Force “Exercise” The Day After Iran Deal: ZH

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Newegg trial: Crypto legend takes the stand, goes for knockout patent punch: Joe Mullin
4 World-Changing Products Dreamed Up by Bill Gates: Cliff Kuang, Wired
Level 3 may have helped the NSA tap Google’s fiber optic cables: Meghan Kelly

Cornucopia

Disappointed: 27b/6
The Hilarious Ingredients and Price of the ‘ObamaCare Burger’: IJ Review
Because It’s Cute, That’s Why: R.S. McCain

Image: Teaching Children Jihad in Dagestan – Robert Spencer
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QOTD: “In short, this [Iran] deal, which turns out to not really be a deal at all, but a lot of hype to distract from the Obamacare mess, would mean Iran can keep building its bomb with minimal inspection, get more money from American and European taxpayers, and keep funding terrorists around the world.

The West is willingly being played the fool by a player elites assume is actually rational, but is not. By the way, it is amazingly pathetic that President Obama won’t let you keep your insurance plan, but he will let the Iranians keep their enriched uranium program. Just what sort of idiot will negotiate with terrorist regimes, but not with Americans?” –Erick Erickson

Doug Ross @ Journal