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August 3, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Aug. 3, 2016

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“We do not and will not pay ransom,” State Dept. spokesman John Kirby says on Fox News. President Obama, Secretary John Kerry and Kirby talked about the issue earlier this year, he says when asked about WSJ report that U.S. paid $400m to Iran around the time that four Americans detained in Tehran were released.

President Obama reaffirmed his support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the controversial 12-nation trade deal, and said that he believes he has “the better argument” than the pact’s foes, including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

U.S. working internationally to “impose norms and rules” on preventing states from hacking each other, President Obama says at news conference.

Money manager Bill Gross says investors should favor gold and real estate while avoiding most stocks and bonds trading at inflated prices.

“We have 15 cases, we have one square mile north of downtown Miami where we’re trying to make sure there’s not continued spread of Zika,” Fla. Gov. Rick Scott says on CNN.

Emirates suffered the worst incident in its 30-year history when a Boeing Co. 777-300 arriving from India crash-landed in Dubai before bursting into flames, with all passengers and crew managing to escape unharmed.

Bitcoin plunged after one of the largest exchanges halted trading because hackers stole about $65 million of the digital currency.

AP Top Stories

A man has been arrested in Pennsylvania after a standoff that police say started when he tried to flush a baby down the toilet.

Typhoon Nida swept through Hong Kong on Tuesday, shutting down most of the financial hub and disrupting hundreds of flights with gale-force winds, while low-lying areas were put on flood alert.

After half a decade or more in development, China is finally rolling out it’s groundbreaking “elevated bus” for road testing on a closed track. Called the “TEB-1” (Transit Elevated Bus), it probably won’t be hitting main roads throughout the country any time soon as the monstrosity still has to work out any kinks and safety issues before being unleashed on the cities of the most populated country in the world.

A coalition affiliated with the anti-racism Black Lives Matter movement called for criminal justice reforms and reparations for slavery in the United States among other demands in its first policy platform released on Monday.

A Nigerian accused of scamming $60 million from companies around the world through fraudulent emails has been arrested after months of investigation, Interpol and Nigeria’s anti-fraud agency said Monday. One company paid out $15.4 million.

A federal appeals court on Monday said a cache of exceptionally rare gold coins stolen from the U.S. Mint in the 1930s belongs to the U.S. government, not the Pennsylvania family that possessed it for decades. By a 9-3 vote, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said Joan Langbord and her sons Roy and David cannot keep the 10 “double eagle” 1933 $20 gold pieces, estimated to be worth several million dollars each.

More than 20 people were killed in three Mexican states plagued by drug violence over the weekend, with 11 found dead in a single day in Acapulco, authorities said.

BBC

North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile which landed in Japanese waters, South Korea and Japan said.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has named his wife as his running mate and candidate for vice-president as he seeks re-election for a third term.

Security forces in Colombia have carried out a huge operation to destroy 104 cocaine production laboratories in the south-eastern jungle.

Australia’s central bank has reduced interest rates to a record low, cutting its cash rate from 1.75% to 1.5%.

A Kenyan man accused of chopping off his wife’s hands and hacking her head with a machete after blaming her for their childless marriage should face the full force of the law, rights activists have said.

The explosion struck the al-Guwarsha area west of the city. The BBC was told at least a dozen people were injured.

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These are the new heavily armed police officers who will keep London’s streets safe from terror attacks. The heavily armed officers are part of a new wave of 600 highly trained marksmen deployed onto the streets of the capital today. Clad in grey Kevlar body armor and carrying a cache of weapons including sniper rifles, automatic assault rifles, handguns, submachine guns and Tasers, the armed response teams will also be trained to operate on water, and to abseil down onto buildings.

The Islamic State is targeting the U.S. Army, putting out a hit list of 700 soldiers and ordering its terror army to “kill the dogs.”

Hacking the presidential election itself could be next, a bipartisan group of former intelligence and security officials recently warned. Whoever was behind the DNC hack also could target voting machines and the systems for tabulating votes, which are dangerously insecure.

It’s one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities. Except there’s little proof that flossing works.

ISIS is using the latest issue of its online magazine to portray Christianity as a “false” religion and to encourage Muslims to launch more attacks on churches like the one carried out in France last week, Islam experts say.


Top News – 8/3/2016

Pope Francis: A Fool Or Liar For Islam?
Is the Pope really that dense? Is he incapable of distinguishing between violence committed in the name of a religion, and violence committed in contradiction of a religion?

Senior Democratic National Committee officials resign: DNC
One of the more remarkable incarnations of the prophesied ingathering of the exiles is the discovery of Jewish roots in African tribes. The King of Togo, a country in West Africa, plans to strengthen that Messianic vision by bringing hundreds of African kings to the Western Wall in Jerusalem this Sukkot (Festival of Booths) to sing out their love of the God of Israel.

Hundreds of African Kings, Many Claiming Jewish Ancestry, Will Gather to Praise God at Kotel
One of the more remarkable incarnations of the prophesied in-gathering of the exiles is the discovery of Jewish roots in African tribes. The King of Togo, a country in West Africa, plans to strengthen that Messianic vision by bringing hundreds of African kings to the Western Wall in Jerusalem this Sukkot (Festival of Booths) to sing out their love of the God of Israel.

‘Terrible & unnatural’: Pope Francis slams gender choice being taught to kids
Reflecting on the idea of gender identity freedom that is being promulgated across the globe, the 79-year-old pontiff termed such approach an “annihilation of man as an image of God.”

Survey Finds Israelis Have Few Delusions about Peace, IDF Brass
some 77% of Israeli Jews do not believe peace is a possibility. Incidentally, the Arab group is more optimistic, with 27% strongly believing in a coming peace, 19% moderately.

GEOMAGNETIC STORM
As expected, a CME embedded in a high-speed solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field during the late hours of Aug. 2nd. The resulting G1-class geomagnetic storm sparked bright green auroras over Antarctica.

Netanyahu: I’m shaken to the core of my being
PM comments on video showing Palestinian father urging soldiers to shoot his son, calling the world’s attention to culture of death. Encouraging someone to murder a child – let alone your own child – is probably the most inhumane thing a person can do.

Paul Ryan, Wasserman Schultz to test anti-establishment mood
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz are about to test voters’ anti-establishment mood, first hand. Fifteen states from Florida to Arizona still have House primaries in an election year that’s seen both parties’ supporters seethe against Washington.

Netanyahu Establishes Ties With New British PM Theresa May
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held his first phone conversation with his British counterpart Prime Minister Theresa May since she took office last month. According to Netanyahu’s office, the two leaders discussed ways to maintain and increase cooperation in a variety of fields, including regional issues and the threat of global terrorism.

Israeli Security Firm Wants to Help Trump Build Mexico Wall
Israeli security firm Magal Security Systems is putting itself in the running to become the firm hired to build GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s famous border wall between America and Mexico – providing Trump wins the election. The wall has become a signature feature of the business magnate’s campaign platform.

Turkish police raid science council, many detained, in post-coup purge: NTV
Turkish police raided the offices of the national science research council on Wednesday…widening an investigation into followers of the U.S.-based cleric suspected of masterminding last month’s coup attempt. Many people were detained in the raid on the offices of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Tubitak) in the northwestern province of Kocaeli, NTV said, without giving details.

Syria Aleppo siege: Fighting rages as Russian jets strike
ntense fighting has continued around the Syrian city of Aleppo, where a rebel offensive is trying to break a government siege of rebel-held areas. Over the weekend, the rebels tried to reconnect an encircled area in the east with insurgent territory in the west. They set off a huge tunnel bomb underneath army positions in the strategic Ramouseh district.

Irish archbishop moves priests after gay culture claims at Catholic seminary
Dublin’s archbishop has said he will stop sending trainee priests to the Republic of Ireland’s main Catholic college after allegations emerged of a gay culture at the seminary. St Patrick’s College in Maynooth is not the right place for men to study to become priests, Diarmuid Martin said. He is “unhappy about an atmosphere that was growing” in the seminary.

North Korea fires ballistic missile into Japanese waters
North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile which landed in Japanese waters, South Korea and Japan say. The missile was launched off the North’s east coast early on Wednesday and travelled about 1,000km (620 miles), one of the North’s longest launches to date. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said it was a “grave threat” to his country.

Fringe Washington gubernatorial candidate decries power of Jews
A fringe candidate for governor of Washington state calls Israel “an illegitimate terror state” and the Holocaust a “Holohoax.” The centerpiece of the campaign of David Blomstrom…is to inform the public about what he calls “Jewarchy,” defined…as “the inordinate power possessed by Jews…Examples include Zionists…the Jews many believe control the global economy…”

US police chiefs visit Israel to learn counter-terrorism techniques
Citing Israel’s preeminence in counter-terrorism operations, US police chiefs are visiting the country as part of an ADL delegation to learn advanced training techniques from Israel Police. Among the delegation are chiefs of the Orlando, Florida and San Bernadino, California, police departments, who recently witnessed unprecedented terrorist attacks in their cities.

Iran Bent on Destabilizing the Middle East
The Middle East assumption that religious differences will lead to fragmentation and a stalemate between Sunni and Shiite is a fiction since both sides have a common enemy and a common goal: Removing the U.S. and Israel from the Middle East.

Palestinian Goads Little Boy Into Throwing Stones, Urges Israelis: ‘Shoot Him and Kill Him!’
In a video clip posted on social media this week, a Palestinian man is seen encouraging a small child, possibly three-years-old, to throw stones at armed Israeli border policemen, and yells at the Israelis to shoot the boy.

North Korea Carries Out Another Missile Launch After Saying U.S. ‘Declared War’
North Korea launched another missile into the sea Wednesday, the latest weapons test amid ratcheted-up tension between the isolated country and the United States.

US Nuclear Airbase in Turkey at Risk
On Sunday, July 31, thousands of Turks mobbed the gates of the NATO airbase at Incirlik, threatening to seize the facility from the U.S. for allegedly supporting a failed military coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Tropical Storm Earl Strengthens in the Caribbean; Hurricane Warnings Issued
Tropical Storm Earl formed in the Caribbean Sea late Tuesday morning, the first Atlantic basin named storm since late June. Earl will track toward Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where strong winds and heavy rainfall will be threats late Wednesday into Thursday. Current indications are that the chance of a direct impact on the U.S. from Earl is low.

Family: British-Iranian woman held in Iran appears in court
A British-Iranian woman held in Iran for months over accusations she planned the “soft toppling” of the government while visiting relatives with her young daughter has appeared in court for the first time, her family said Tuesday.

Email fallout: 3 Democratic National Committee resignations
The chief executive of the Democratic National Committee and two other top officials have resigned in the wake of an email hack that embarrassed the party on the eve of its presidential nominating convention.


Top Headlines – 8/3/2016

  • European bank rebound not enough to save world stocks from further losses (Read More)
  • Republican rift widens as Trump declines to endorse Ryan, McCain (Read More)
  • New Rough Patch for Trump Campaign Roils Republicans as Defections Grow (Read More)
  • Obama says Trump unfit to be president (Read More)
  • World’s Largest Oil Hedge Set to Make Billions for Mexican State (Read More)
  • China’s robotics rush shows how its debt can get out of control (Read More)
  • Latest North Korea missile launch lands near Japan waters, alarms Tokyo (Read More)
  • Bitcoin worth $72 million stolen from Bitfinex exchange in Hong Kong (Read More)
  • The BoE’s Brexit day: what investors expect (Read More)
  • Under Tesla’s wing, SolarCity’s future remains uncertain (Read More)
  • Here’s What U.S. Executives Are Saying About Brexit on Their Earnings Calls (Read More)
  • Consumer Advocates Wary of Digitally Coded Food Labels (Read More)
  • Singapore Rig Giant’s Man in Brazil Says Managers Backed Bribes (Read More)
  • Japan’s Prime Minister picks hawkish defense minister in limited reshuffle (Read More)
  • Still Need Olympic Lodging? Rio Is World’s Priciest Airbnb City (Read More)
  • Euro zone business growth picks up slightly but still muted (Read More)
  • South Africa’s Schools, Like the Nation, Are Falling Short (Read More)

With bomb covered in poisoned nails, Palestinian tried to attack Jerusalem tram

Palestinian Goads Little Boy Into Throwing Stones, Urges Israelis: ‘Shoot Him and Kill Him!’

Iran’s Rouhani: US, Israel scuppering nuclear deal

U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed

Iran Bent on Destabilizing the Middle East

Saudi ex-general says Israel visit is not sign of normalization

Business leaders fear for Israel’s economic future

Car bomb targeting security forces in Libya’s Benghazi kills 22

Obama approves 30-day airstrike mission against ISIS in Libya

New Counterterrorism ‘Heat Map’ Shows ISIS Branches Spreading Worldwide

‘Break the Cross’: Islamic State Magazine Mocks Christianity, Claims Jesus Is ‘a Slave of Allah’

US spends $17 billion to arm struggling Afghan armed forces as Taliban surges

Tens of thousands flee South Sudan violence: U.N.

Turkish government has taken over military factories, shipyards, PM says

Turkish soccer federation fires 94 refs as coup crackdown grows

US Nuclear Airbase in Turkey at Risk

Turks Can Agree on One Thing: U.S. Was Behind Failed Coup

Turkey’s Erdogan blasts EU for not adhering to migrant deal

Migrant crisis: Germany warns Turkey against ‘blackmailing EU’

Russia anthrax outbreak affects dozens in north Siberia

Rescuers say toxic gas dropped on Syrian town where Russian helicopter shot down

Dozens ill after suspected chlorine attack in Syria

Syrian Government and Rebels Trade Gas Attack Accusations

ISIS hit list targets 700 U.S. Army soldiers: ‘Kill the dogs’

Terror-weary Germans turn on Merkel over refugee policy

Terrorism fears prompt private security boom in Germany

Forty people are injured as drinkers panic and stampede at a beer festival when someone shouts ‘ISIS’ and fires a fake gun

More than 20 reported dead in Benghazi car bombing

Father of Benghazi Victim: Either Hillary Is a Liar or Has a Bad Memory From Head Injury

Heads roll at DNC: 3 top officials out after email hack

Clinton regains firm lead on Trump after conventions

Trump: People without ID will ‘vote 10 times’

Obama brands Trump ‘unfit,’ challenges GOP to drop support

Trump calls Obama ‘worst president’, ‘a disaster’ after ‘unfit to serve’ slam

France’s Hollande Says Trump Excesses in U.S. Elections Make Him Sick

Nearly 90 percent of the French now disapprove of their president

The ATF Is Illegally Hoarding American Gun Owners’ Personal Information

Snapping up cheap spy tools, nations ‘monitoring everyone’

Millennials key to biometric banking

Supermarket self-service checkouts risk normalising theft, says criminologist

Hove bar blocks mobile phone signal to be more social

China, Not Silicon Valley, Is Cutting Edge in Mobile Tech

Chinese Navy holds live-fire drills in East China Sea

North Korea Carries Out Another Missile Launch After Saying U.S. ‘Declared War’

Latest North Korea missile launch lands near Japan waters, alarms Tokyo

U.S. military communications satellite fails to reach intended orbit

TransCanada seeks $15B for rejection of Keystone pipeline

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the South Indian Ocean

Typhoon Nida shuts Hong Kong, more than 150 flights canceled

Tropical Storm Earl to eye Belize and Mexico with flooding, damaging winds

In twist, environmentalists fight proposed carbon tax – because it doesn’t grow gov’t

UN expert calls for tax on meat production to deter people from eating

CDC struggling to wipe out mosquitoes carrying Zika virus

10 More Non-Travel Related Zika Cases Found In South Florida

Gay-sex scandal hits Irish seminary

With rules suspended, intersex athlete to take center stage at Rio Olympics

Seattle City Council bans ‘conversion therapy’

Pope Francis says it’s ‘terrible’ that children are taught they can choose gender

Pope Francis appoints panel to study ordaining women as deacons

Pope orders study of women’s role in early Church, cheering equality campaigners


The Briefing 08-03-16

Pending SB 1146 would mean the end of comprehensive Christian education in California

Schools that refuse federal aid or request Title IX exemption blacklisted by secular left

Pepperdine University “repents” of its Title IX exemption to escape LGBT fury

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OUTRAGE! Wall Street Journal Reveals Obama Paid Iran $400 MILLION Ransom For Captured Sailors

The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.

Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.

The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Video shows U.S. sailors’ capture:

The settlement, which resolved claims before an international tribunal in The Hague, also coincided with the formal implementation that same weekend of the landmark nuclear agreement reached between Tehran, the U.S. and other global powers the summer before.

“With the nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute as well,” President Barack Obama said at the White House on Jan. 17—without disclosing the $400 million cash payment.

Senior U.S. officials denied any link between the payment and the prisoner exchange. They say the way the various strands came together simultaneously was coincidental, not the result of any quid pro quo.

“As we’ve made clear, the negotiations over the settlement of an outstanding claim…were completely separate from the discussions about returning our American citizens home,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said. “Not only were the two negotiations separate, they were conducted by different teams on each side, including, in the case of The Hague claims, by technical experts involved in these negotiations for many years.”

But U.S. officials also acknowledge that Iranian negotiators on the prisoner exchange said they wanted the cash to show they had gained something tangible.

Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and a fierce foe of the Iran nuclear deal, accused President Barack Obama of paying “a $1.7 billion ransom to the ayatollahs for U.S. hostages.” “This break with longstanding U.S. policy put a price on the head of Americans, and has led Iran to continue its illegal seizures” of Americans, he said.

Since the cash shipment, the intelligence arm of the Revolutionary Guard has arrested two more Iranian-Americans. Tehran has also detained dual-nationals from France, Canada and the U.K. in recent months.

At the time of the prisoner release, Secretary of State John Kerry and the White House portrayed it as a diplomatic breakthrough. Mr. Kerry cited the importance of “the relationships forged and the diplomatic channels unlocked over the course of the nuclear talks.”

Meanwhile, U.S. officials have said they were certain Washington was going to lose the arbitration in The Hague, where Iran was seeking more than $10 billion, and described the settlement as a bargain for taxpayers.

Iranian press reports have quoted senior Iranian defense officials describing the cash as a ransom payment. The Iranian foreign ministry didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The $400 million was paid in foreign currency because any transaction with Iran in U.S. dollars is illegal under U.S. law. Sanctions also complicate Tehran’s access to global banks.

“Sometimes the Iranians want cash because it’s so hard for them to access things in the international financial system,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on the January cash delivery. “They know it can take months just to figure out how to wire money from one place to another.”

The Obama administration has refused to disclose how it paid any of the $1.7 billion, despite congressional queries, outside of saying that it wasn’t paid in dollars. Lawmakers have expressed concern that the cash would be used by Iran to fund regional allies, including the Assad regime in Syria and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, which the U.S. designates as a terrorist organization.

The U.S. and United Nations believe Tehran is subsidizing the Assad regime’s war in Syria through cash and energy shipments. Iran has acknowledged providing both financial and military aid to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and deploying Iranian soldiers there.

Col. Derek Harvey on if Obama paid a billion dollar ransom for the American sailors:

But John Brennan, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said last week that there was evidence much of the money Iran has received from sanctions relief was being used for development projects. “The money, the revenue that’s flowing into Iran is being used to support its currency, to provide moneys to the departments and agencies, build up its infrastructure,” Mr. Brennan said at a conference in Aspen, Colo.

The U.S. and Iran entered into secret negotiations to secure the release of Americans imprisoned in Iran in November 2014, according to U.S. and European officials. Switzerland’s foreign minister, Didier Burkhalter, offered to host the discussions.

The Swiss have represented the U.S.’s diplomatic interests in Iran since Washington closed its embassy in Tehran following the 1979 hostage crisis.

Iranian security services arrested two Iranian-Americans during President Obama’s first term. In July 2014, the intelligence arm of Iran’s elite military unit, the Revolutionary Guard, detained the Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief, Jason Rezaian, and charged him with espionage.

A fourth Iranian-American was arrested last year. A former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, Robert Levinson, disappeared on the Iranian island of Kish in 2007. His whereabouts remain unknown.

The Swiss channel initially saw little activity, according to these officials. But momentum shifted after Tehran and world powers forged a final agreement in July 2015 to constrain Iran’s nuclear program in return for the lifting of most international sanctions. A surge of meetings then took place in the Swiss lakeside city of Geneva in November and December.

The U.S. delegation was led by a special State Department envoy, Brett McGurk, and included representatives from the Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to U.S. and European officials. The Iranian team was largely staffed by members of its domestic spy service, according to U.S. officials.

The discussions, held at the InterContinental Hotel, initially focused solely on a formula whereby Iran would swap the Americans detained in Tehran for Iranian nationals held in U.S. jails, U.S. officials said. But around Christmas, the discussions dovetailed with the arbitration in The Hague concerning the old arms deal.

The Iranians were demanding the return of $400 million the Shah’s regime deposited into a Pentagon trust fund in 1979 to purchase U.S. fighter jets, U.S. officials said. They also wanted billions of dollars as interest accrued since then.

President Obama approved the shipment of the $400 million. But accumulating so much cash presented a logistical and security challenge, said U.S. and European officials. One person briefed on the operation joked: “You can’t just withdraw that much money from ATMs.”

Mr. Kerry and the State and Treasury departments sought the cooperation of the Swiss and Dutch governments. Ultimately, the Obama administration transferred the equivalent of $400 million to their central banks. It was then converted into other currencies, stacked onto the wooden pallets and sent to Iran on board a cargo plane.

On the morning of Jan. 17, Iran released the four Americans: Three of them boarded a Swiss Air Force jet and flew off to Geneva, with the fourth returning to the U.S. on his own. In return, the U.S. freed seven Iranian citizens and dropped extradition requests for 14 others.

U.S. and European officials wouldn’t disclose exactly when the plane carrying the $400 million landed in Iran. But a report by an Iranian news site close to the Revolutionary Guard, the Tasnim agency, said the cash arrived in Tehran’s Mehrabad airport on the same day the Americans departed.

Revolutionary Guard commanders boasted at the time that the Americans had succumbed to Iranian pressure. “Taking this much money back was in return for the release of the American spies,” said Gen. Mohammad Reza Naghdi, commander of the Guard’s Basij militia, on state media.

Among the Americans currently being held are an energy executive named Siamak Namazi and his 80-year old father, Baqer, according to U.S. and Iranian officials. Iran’s judiciary spokesman last month confirmed Tehran had arrested the third American, believed to be a San Diego resident named Reza “Robin” Shahini.

Friends and family of the Namazis believe the Iranians are seeking to increase their leverage to force another prisoner exchange or cash payment in the final six months of the Obama administration. Mr. Kerry and other U.S. officials have been raising their case with Iranian diplomats, U.S. officials say.

Iranian officials have demanded in recent weeks the U.S. return $2 billion in Iranian funds that were frozen in New York in 2009. The Supreme Court recently ruled that the money should be given to victims of Iranian-sponsored terror attacks.

Members of Congress are seeking to pass legislation preventing the Obama administration from making any further cash payments to Iran. One of the bills requires for the White House to make public the details of its $1.7 billion transfer to Iran.

“President Obama’s…payment to Iran in January, which we now know will fund Iran’s military expansion, is an appalling example of executive branch governance,” said Sen.James Lankford (R., Okla.), who co-wrote the bill. “Subsidizing Iran’s military is perhaps the worst use of taxpayer dollars ever by an American president.” source


Is Venezuela Becoming a Prelude to the Black Horse of Revelation?

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 09:57 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In the book of Revelation Chapter Six, it speaks of a time when a loaf of bread or three loaves of barley will…

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Water pistol emoji replaces revolver as Apple enters gun violence debate

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 08:47 AM PDT

Apple jumps on board with their attempt to end “Gun Violence” in America and around the world. How are they doing this? By replacing its…

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The Stock Market Has Predicted the Outcome of Presidential Elections With 86 Percent Accuracy

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 08:32 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) If you want Donald Trump to win the election, you should be rooting for a stock market crash between now and November….

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Spider-Man Writer Creates Transgender Superhero

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 08:27 AM PDT

Transgenders are now infiltrating the comic scene and has introduced it’s newest poster-child. Chalice who is a new superhero who can manipulate gravity so that she…

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ALERT: North Korea Fires Missile Into Japan Waters For First Time…

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 08:19 AM PDT

New developments with North Korea has The United States and Japan asking the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss Pyongyang’s launch…

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Over 400 Hundred Soldiers Resign From German Army

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 08:03 AM PDT

According to a report coming out of Germany, Over 400 German soldiers have filed applications for resignation from the country’s armed forces. Most applications have…

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Police Officer in Washington Transit Authority charged with aiding ISIS

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 07:58 AM PDT

BREAKING NEWS: The Islamic State is slowly infiltrating the United States slowly but surely and now a U.S. police officer has been charged with aiding ISIS….

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California Could Deprive Students from Attending Christian Universities

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 07:07 AM PDT

If you’re planning to attend a Christian College in California that plan may be derailed in the near future. That’s because a new report is indicating…

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes near Tambora Volcano, Indonesia, Possible sign of eruption

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 07:01 AM PDT

A powerful Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake has struck within miles of one of the locations of one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions in history. The Indonesian…

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Joe Biden Officiates Same-Sex Couple In His Own Home

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 06:31 AM PDT

In case you weren’t aware that Vice President Joe Biden could officiate weddings, not only is he able but apparently just presided over his first-ever…

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Khizr Khan Believes the Constitution ‘Must Always Be Subordinated to the Sharia’

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 06:24 AM PDT

We’ve heard a lot about this guy lately but here is some information ou may have not previously known. According to a new report, Khizr…

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Tropical Storm Earl forms in the Caribbean; Hurricane watches issued

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 06:11 AM PDT

Tropical Storm Earl has formed in the Caribbean Sea, the first Atlantic basin named storm since late June. Earl will track toward Belize and Mexico’s…

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Mumps Outbreak Underway In Long Island, New York

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 05:54 AM PDT

New York is now experiencing a mumps outbreak in the Long island region as More than two dozen people are thought to have contracted the…

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Giant sinkhole swallows 4 people in China, 2 still missing

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 05:34 AM PDT

A giant sinkhole has opened up in China and has swallowed several people according to reports coming out of the region. At least two people…

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Greatest Threat to America Isn’t Terrorism But This….

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 05:27 AM PDT

Despite the significant threat of terrorism taking place in America today, there is an even greater threat that could wipe out millions within weeks! Imagine…

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Howard Dean Doesn’t Consider Iran to Be a “Muslim Country”

Posted: 02 Aug 2016 07:31 PM PDT

If you were to ask Howard Dean what he thought of Iran his response would be pretty bizarre to most people. That’s because the Former Vermont Governor…

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Donald Trump Warns Americans To Get Out Of The Stock Market As The Dow Falls For A 7th Day In A Row

Posted: 02 Aug 2016 07:20 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) One thing that you have to appreciate about Donald Trump is that unlike most politicians, he actually says what is on his…

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Hollande Says Trump Makes Him Sick

Posted: 02 Aug 2016 07:16 PM PDT

It appears that the French President Francois Hollande wants the world to know how he feels about the Republican nominee Donald Trump and has reportedly…

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ISIS Magazine Mocks Christianity, Claims Jesus Is ‘a Slave of Allah’

Posted: 02 Aug 2016 07:05 PM PDT

In an unbelievable mockery of Christianity, the latest issue of its English-language magazine Dabiq, the Islamic State calls on Christians to abandon their faith, arguing…

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North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Into Sea (AGAIN)

Posted: 02 Aug 2016 06:57 PM PDT

Another day, Another missile fired from North Korea! A report indicates that North Korea has fired yet another ballistic missile on Wednesday from its western…

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98% Of Head Lice Now Resistant To Treatment

Posted: 02 Aug 2016 06:48 PM PDT

Most of us either have had head lice or knows someone who has had it sometimes in their life. It wasn’t too hard to get…

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DEVELOPING: U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed

Posted: 02 Aug 2016 06:40 PM PDT

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.


What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.


The Gospel In A Nutshell

Now, with regard to this rule of faith—that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend—it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief that there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth; that this Word is called His Son, and, under the name of God, was seen “in diverse manners” by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets, at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary, was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ; thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles; having been crucified, He rose again the third day; (then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father; sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe; will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises, and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire, after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened, together with the restoration of their flesh. This rule, as it will be proved, was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics.

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

It is not just a handful of texts that teach the perseverance of the saints: the entire gospel sustains and confirms it. The Father has chosen them before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4), ordained them to eternal life (Acts 13:48), to be conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29). This election stands (Rom. 9:11; Heb. 6:17) and in due time carries with it the calling and justification and glorification (Rom. 8:30). Christ, in whom all the promises of God are Yes and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20), died for those who were given him by the Father (John 17:6, 12) in order that he might give them eternal life and not lose a single one of them (6:40; 17:2); he therefore gives them eternal life and they will never be lost in all eternity; no one will snatch them out of his hand (6:39; 10:28).

The Holy Spirit who regenerates them remains eternally with them (14:16) and seals them for the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). The covenant of grace is firm and confirmed with an oath (Heb. 6:16–18; 13:20), unbreakable like a marriage (Eph. 5:31–32), like a testament (Heb. 9:17), and by virtue of that covenant, God calls his elect. He inscribes the law upon their inmost being, puts his fear in their heart (Heb. 8:10; 10:14ff.), will not let them be tempted beyond their strength (1 Cor. 10:13), confirms and completes the good work he has begun in them (1 Cor. 1:9; Phil. 1:6), and keeps them for the return of Christ to receive the heavenly inheritance (1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:4–5).

In his intercession before the Father, Christ acts in such a way that their faith may not fail (Luke 22:32), that in the world they may be kept from the evil one (John 17:11, 20), that they may be saved for all times (Heb. 7:20), that their sins will be forgiven them (1 John 2:1), and that they may all be where he is to behold his glory (John 17:24). The benefits of Christ, which the Holy Spirit imparts to them, are all irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). Those who are called are also glorified (8:30). Those who are adopted as children are heirs of eternal life (8:17; Gal. 4:7). Those who believe have eternal life already here and now (John 3:16). That life itself, being eternal, cannot be lost. It cannot die since it cannot sin (1 John 3:9). Faith is a firm ground (Heb. 11:1), hope is an anchor (6:19) and does not disappoint us (Rom. 5:5), and love never ends (1 Cor. 13:8).

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation, volume 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008), 270.


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