Daily Archives: March 3, 2017

March 3, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report

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With the Russian currency already going from best to worst among major peers in a matter of weeks, the increasing likelihood that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this month is set to deal another blow to the ruble by cutting into its appeal as a carry-trade.

Congress hasn’t figured out how to pay for it yet, but more than 350 companies have told the Trump administration they’re interested in working on the controversial border-wall project. Responses to what’s called a presolicitation notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on Feb. 24 have poured in from potential vendors around the world. Among them: Swiss cement giant LafargeHolcim Ltd.; British construction company Balfour Beatty Plc; and General Dynamics Corp., a U.S. defense contractor that makes submarines and tanks.

Turkey vowed to capture a Syrian town if the U.S. doesn’t clear out the Kurdish fighters who control it, signaling its patience has worn thin over Washington’s backing of the militia — a partner in the campaign against Islamic State.

The threat to U.S. airports from terror groups such as al-Qaeda and Islamic State is expected to grow because of instability in parts of the Middle East and Asia, a former high-ranking intelligence official said Thursday.

Following reports that a major chunk of their health-care legislation was being held for House GOP review in a secret room somewhere in the Capitol complex, Democrats and Republicans who hadn’t been invited started the hunt. Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, was first on the scene of the supposed secret location.

The world’s biggest pension fund posted the biggest quarterly gain in its history as Japanese stocks surged and a plunge in the yen boosted overseas investments after Donald Trump’s election victory. The Government Pension Investment Fund returned 8 percent, or 10.5 trillion yen ($92 billion), in the three months ended Dec. 31.

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The Philippines on Thursday dismissed as “thoughtless and irresponsible” a report by Human Rights Watch that President Rodrigo Duterte had turned a blind eye to murders by police in what the group called a “campaign of extrajudicial execution”.

Wildlife officials say they have evidence of a rare jaguar sighting in the United States Dos Cabezas Mountains in Arizona, giving conservationists hope that the endangered cat is re-establishing itself here.

Yahoo, which disclosed two massive data breaches last year, said on Wednesday that about 32 million user accounts were accessed by intruders in the last two years using forged cookies.

The calm that has prevailed for more than a decade along the Lebanon-Israel border is being rattled by a flurry of fiery warnings from both sides that has many here concerned another war between the Jewish state and Lebanon’s Hezbollah organization may be drawing closer.

California surveyors say the Sierra Nevada snowpack is close to setting records after five years of punishing drought. Officials said Wednesday the snowpack’s water content measured at 185 percent of normal. A year ago, it was 84 percent of normal.

Scientists are one step closer to figuring out what dinosaurs actually looked like-and they’re doing it by pointing laser beams at dinosaur fossils to show previously unknown features and details, including the actual fleshy outlines of prehistoric creatures.

Zimbabwe has appealed for international help for victims of floods that have left 246 people dead and displaced hundreds since December when torrential rains started pounding a country emerging from severe drought.

President Donald Trump announced from the deck of America’s newest aircraft carrier Thursday that he had spoken with maritime leaders to discuss plans for a “major expansion” of the Navy.

Malaysia has canceled visa-free travel for North Koreans, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Thursday at a press conference after the ministry’s Excellent Service Award ceremony in Malaysia.

Before woolly mammoths went extinct thousands of years ago, their dwindling population suffered a series of genetic mutations that hampered their ability to survive, researchers said.

Fiat Chrysler said time and again its Fiat brand can be turned around in the US. It has introduced new models to do so. The plan has not worked. Fiat’s sales continued to free fall in February.

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Alleged members of a Central American street gang have been charged with the deaths of three New York teenagers, in a case cited by President Donald Trump.

More than 160 couples in a village in eastern China have decided to divorce in order to get more compensation after the forced demolition of their homes. The couples found they could qualify for two new houses and at least $19,000 extra if they divorced and claimed compensation as singles. Some are over 80, and most said they planned to continue living together.

A unit of the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin has exceeded the value of an ounce of gold for the first time. It closed at $1,268 on Thursday while a troy ounce of gold stood at $1,233.

Uber has lost its attempt to prevent its drivers being forced to take English language tests. The ride-hailing app went to court after Transport for London (TfL) said that drivers should have to prove their ability to communicate in English.

US air strikes have hit suspected al-Qaeda targets in Yemen for a second consecutive day.

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Ryan Zinke, in one of his first acts as the newly seated secretary of Interior, overturned a much-hated and twelfth-hour Barack Obama-era ban on lead ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges.

The death of a 40-year-old woman was reported by her husband to Gaza Al-An news agency. The report mentioned that the woman before passing away gave birth to 69 children.


The Briefing 03-03-17

Two rival visions of religious liberty: Debating religious freedom and freedom from discrimination

Morality and economics: When investing according to biblical values is viewed as “intolerant”

“Not your dad’s marijuana”: Pediatricians amplify warnings against pot use for teens

“It was inhumane. It was barbaric.” Lester Tenney, survivor of the Bataan Death March, dies at 96

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Top News – 3/3/2017

The pope will meet all EU leaders ahead of Rome summit
Pope Francis will meet with the leaders of all EU nations at the Vatican on March 24th ahead of the bloc’s special summit in Rome, Vatican sources said on Thursday. The March 25th summit will mark the 60th anniversary of the bloc’s founding treaty. The pontiff will meet the leaders in the afternoon, the sources said.

The Whole Jeff Sessions Story Is Rooted in Fake News
The question Democrats are now using to accuse Attorney General Jeff Sessions of lying under oath was based on a discredited news report published by CNN.

Is There Actually a Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in America?
Dozens of bomb threats have been called into Jewish institutions since early January, and scores of headstones at two Jewish cemeteries—one near St. Louis, the other in Philadelphia— were desecrated in February. But is there actually a rising tide of anti-Semitism in America?

Former US official: US and Israel need to get creative to deal with Iran
The US and Israel may need to be creative in dealing with Israel’s neighbors and forming alliances to deal with Iran…Mary Beth Long told an Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference on Iran in Tel Aviv on Thursday. The former top US defense official did not fully spell out what she had in mind, but the implication was that Israel might need to compromise in other areas, possibly on the peace process front, to help line up moderate Sunni allies against Iran.

Jewish cemetery vandalized in Rochester, NY — third incident in US in less than 2 weeks
A Jewish cemetery in Rochester, New York, was vandalized, the third such incident in the United States in less than two weeks. Five headstones were found toppled Thursday morning at the Waad Hakolel Cemetery, also known as the Stone Road Cemetery, in the city in western New York, according to News 10 NBC WHEC…The last two weeks saw vandalism at Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia and St. Louis, as well as two more waves of bomb threats…

Zimbabwe hit by deadly floods after drought
Zimbabwe has appealed for $100m (£82m) to help those hit by floods that have killed 246 people since December. Officials say floods, which follow a crippling drought, have swept through villages, destroying roads, crops and livestock in the south of the country. The air force has transported some marooned villagers to safety.

Yemen: US air strikes ‘target al-Qaeda’ for second consecutive day
US air strikes have hit suspected al-Qaeda targets in Yemen for a second consecutive day, according to Yemeni security sources and local residents. The home of an al-Qaeda leader in the Yashbum valley, southern Shabwa province, was among the locations hit. On Thursday, the Pentagon said it had carried out more than 20 strikes in Shabwa, Abyan and Baida provinces.

Exorcists warn against Wiccan spell to bind Donald Trump
…“You can’t stop someone from placing a curse, but as a Christian, if you are you praying to God and going to him, the curse will have no power,” Father Lampert said. For Catholics, he said going to Mass, receiving the Eucharist and going to Confession, is strong protection against evil. “Curses are effective when people are weak,” Father Lampert explained. “People are fearing devil more than trusting God.”

Illegal…with a Satanic shrine…’kidnapped, drugged and raped a 14-year-old Houston girl and murdered another to appease insulted demon’
Two illegal immigrant gang members from El Salvador who had a Satanic shrine in their Houston apartment are suspects in the killing of one teenager and the kidnapping of another…Genesis lashed out at their captors by destroying the makeshift Satanic shrine, the first victim told police. Flores responded by sacrificing a cigarette to the gang’s shrine, but then said the ‘Beast’ required a soul sacrifice, according to the court hearing.

Trump’s advisers push him to purge Obama appointees
Advisers to President Donald Trump are urging him to purge the government of former President Barack Obama’s political appointees and quickly install more people who are loyal to him, amid a cascade of damaging stories that have put his nascent administration in seemingly constant crisis-control mode.

Red Cross says seven treated for exposure to toxic agents near Mosul
Five children and two women are receiving treatment for exposure to chemical agents near the Iraqi city of Mosul, where Islamic State is fighting off an offensive by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday. The ICRC “condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons during fighting around the Iraqi city of Mosul”, it said in a statement.

Chief Rabbi Sets Value for Biblical Half-Shekel, Paving the Way for the Temple’s Comeback
In another essential step forward towards practically bringing the Third Temple, the Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Israel has set the current value of the Biblical half shekel every Jewish male was required to give to the Temple. This mitzvah (Torah commandment), performed in a merely symbolic manner for 2,000 years, is making a rapid comeback in many ways.

Are Attacks Against President Trump a Satanic Ploy to Destroy America?
Robertson concluded with an appeal to pray for the President and for the nation because he believes the war against the President is a spiritual one. “”We need this land, it’s so important. I counsel you: Pray for this nation, pray for the president, pray for this nation. What’s being done against him surpasses—it’s not human, it’s a spiritual thing.”

Trump’s Official Statement: This Is a ‘Witch Hunt’ Against Sessions
As the White House indicated earlier on Thursday, Trump stands behind his man. In his statement, the president argues that Sessions said nothing wrong and the calls for his resignation amount to nothing more than a “witch hunt.” The media, he says, are ignoring the real story.

‘Don’t feed the migrants’: Calais mayor bans charities from distributing food to prevent new Jungle
Posters explaining the new rules were placed around the remnants of the ‘Jungle,’ whose population reached 10,000 at its peak, while heavily armed police patrolled the territory. Bouchart said that she understood the situation “from a human standpoint,” but said long-term concerns were at play.

Report: Some Cardinals Want Pope Francis to Resign, Fear Schism Worse Than The Reformation
According to a report in The London Times and best selling Catholic author and journalist Antonio Socci, about 12 cardinals who have supported Pope Francis since his election in March 2013 now fear that his controversial reforms may cause a schism in the Church, and so they hope to pressure the Pope to resign.

Official: Yemen raid yields data on al-Qaida explosives
U.S. special operations forces gathered valuable intelligence on the al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen in a raid last month, including data on the explosives they’re manufacturing and the types of threats they’re developing, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.

Valerie Jarrett Moves In With Obamas In DC “To Lead The Fight & Strategy To Topple Trump”
Obama’s goal  is to oust Trump from the presidency either by forcing his resignation or through his impeachment, The Daily Mail reports according to a family friend. To help him “lead the fight and strategy to topple Trump” his longtime consigliere, Valerie Jarrett, has moved into The Obama’s house with them in Washington.

Trump Issues Statement On Sessions’ Recusal
“Jeff Sessions is an honest man. He did not say anything wrong. He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional. This whole narrative is a way of saving face for Democrats losing an election. They lost the election and now, they have lost their grip on reality. The real story is all of the illegal leaks of classified and other information. It is a total witch hunt!”

The “Sinister” Side Of Central Bank-Issued Digital Currency
Central banks and international financial institutions represent? – ?and work for? – ?creditors first and people second. That is why they can be serially wrong with so little direct consequence. This is the backdrop against which we are invited to trust the banking system with central bank-issued digital currency.

Is Something Strange Happening Inside the Earth?
Why are “giant fountains of lava” suddenly pouring out of some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the entire planet, and why are so many long dormant volcanoes suddenly roaring back to life?  The spectacular eruption of Mt. Etna in Italy is making headlines all over the world, but it is far from alone.  According to Volcano Discovery, 35 major volcanoes either are erupting right now or have just recently erupted, and dozens of others are stirring.  So what is causing this upsurge in volcanic activity?  Is something strange happening inside the Earth?

Army places Muslim chaplain in charge of ministering to 14,000 troops In January, Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz received the call every Army chaplain dreams of, the call that validates years of intense study and hard work toward keeping the U.S. military in good spiritual health. He was offered the job of chaplain for an entire division, an honor for anyone in his field but a milestone in his case. After a ceremony this summer, Shabazz will become the first Muslim division-level chaplain in the history of the U.S. military – a Muslim spiritual leader for more than 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers.


Valerie Jarrett Has Moved Into Obama’s Anti-Trump Command Center To Aid In The Effort To Sabotage The President

Barack Obama And Valerie Jarrett - Public DomainNever before have we seen a previous president and his team openly attempt to sabotage the next president, but that is precisely what is happening. Traditionally, most ex-presidents have chosen to move far away from Washington, but Barack Obama decided to purchase a home less than two miles from the White House, and many of his former staff members are either working directly with him or are working for his political organization Organizing for Action. And of particular concern is the fact that Valerie Jarrett has actually moved into Obama’s five million dollar home, which many are referring to as Obama’s “anti-Trump command center”. For eight years the Obamas wouldn’t even sneeze without consulting Valerie Jarrett first, and needless to say Jarrett has not moved in to help them pick out wallpaper and drapes. Jarrett is a hardcore political operative, and she has reportedly convinced Obama that he needs to lead the fight against Trump. (Read More…)


March 2, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — “Be a leader, not a Tweeter,” is the advice offered to President Trump by Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD). However, the survey of attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) found that 70 percent of respondents favor Trump’s use of Twitter to communicate…. (more)

March 2, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The script on the immigration debate flipped once again this week. Now it’s a Republican president offering to reach a deal on a grand bargain that includes legalizing illegal immigrants, and it’s Democrats who are balking, saying they can’t trust the president to be an honest broker…. (more)

March 2, 2017
THE EDITORS OF THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump promised again on Tuesday night that Republicans would repeal and replace Obamacare. It was good to hear this expression of resolve, for achieving the desirable goal will require persistence and follow through…. (more)


March 2, 2017
BYRON YORK — Before President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress, I asked several Republican operatives, professionals who both opposed and supported Trump in the GOP primaries, to let me know what they thought…. (more)

March 2, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump has withdrawn the nomination of former Federal Communications Commission Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel. The withdrawal was listed Tuesday on the U.S. Senate website. Her renomination had been announced by former President Barack Obama in January just weeks before leaving office. It was the second time Obama tried to cue Rosenworcel for a new five-year term…. (more)

March 2, 2017
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Establishment furor over the six-week-old Trump administration is growing. Outraged New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recently compared President Trump’s victory to disasters in American history that killed and wounded thousands such as the Pearl Harbor surprise bombing and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks…. (more)

March 2, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick of Judge Neil Gorsuch may just garner the 60 votes he needs to be confirmed to the bench. After heavy pressure from outside groups, some Democratic senators from red states applauded when Mr. Trump touted Mr. Gorsuch in his address to Congress on Tuesday. Among them were Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Jon Tester of Montana, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and Angus King of Maine, who is registered as an independent but caucuses with the Democrats…. (more)

March 2, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — They’ve taken down General Michael Flynn. The former Trump national-security adviser resigned under fire when a false narrative – – his purported collusion with election-hacking Russians – – was inflamed by criminal intelligence leaks, exacerbated by his poor judgment (or, at the least, poor execution of his duty to brief senior administration officials). Now, the swamp is after its next scalp, Sebastian Gorka, a White House counterterrorism adviser. If the White House is wise, they won’t get it…. (more)

March 2, 2017
NATIONAL REVIEW — Climate-change alarmists who have been largely unchallenged by the media over the past decade have finally met their match in Fox News host Tucker Carlson. And it ain’t pretty…. (more)


March 2, 2017
TELEGRAPH — It built its reputation on princesses finding their prince, living happily ever after in storylines which set the benchmark for romance for generations of children. Now, Disney is to move firmly into a new era as it introduces its first “exclusively gay moment”, disclosing the new version of Beauty and the Beast will star a manservant exploring his sexuality…. (more)

March 2, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — When Virginia Delegate Robert Marshall asked the state’s 133 local governments to provide numbers on noncitizens and jury pools, Loudoun County produced some hefty figures. Between 2009 and 2014, the Washington, D.C., exurb of more than 350,000 residents had disqualified more than 9,000 of them for jury duty because they were not U.S. citizens…. (more)

March 1, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Seeking to jump-start his legislative agenda, President Trump stood before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night and demanded that lawmakers work with him to crack down on illegal immigration, increase economic growth and rebuild the U.S. military – – sticking to the campaign promises that resonated with blue-collar Americans and put him in the White House…. (more)

March 1, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump over the course of one hour on Tuesday delivered a remarkably well-crafted, conventional speech to a joint session of Congress that could reset the political contours of his young presidency and boost support for his agenda…. (more)

March 1, 2017
RICH LOWRY — I agree with everyone that it was the best Trump speech yet. It’s been mystifying for a while why Trump wouldn’t just do a few simple things to sound a little more unifying and normal, and tonight he did them. He denounced bigotry, struck an optimistic tone, invoked the American story, associated himself with many sympathetic people in the balcony and ended by saying God created us equal…. (more)

March 1, 2017
NEWSMAX — Tears streaming down her face, the wife of slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens was recognized by President Donald Trump during his Tuesday night speech to Congress – – eliciting a more than 2-minute-long applause…. (more)


March 1, 2017
NEWSMAX — Donald Trump “became president of the United States” when he recognized the widow of slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, CNN commentator Van Jones said Tuesday…. (more)


March 1, 2017
PHILIP KLEIN — When Barack Obama was president and Republicans raised alarms over the mounting federal debt, there was always a question of whether they’d be just as willing to fight for fiscal restraint when a Republican was president. Tonight, we started to get an answer…. (more)

March 1, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A majority of online and social media defenders of Obamacare are professionals who are “paid to post,” according to a digital expert. “Sixty percent of all the posts were made from 100 profiles, posting between the hours of 9 and 5 Pacific Time,” said Michael Brown. “They were paid to post.”… (more)

March 1, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Roughly two dozen pro-life activists, students and clergy held a prayer vigil outside a Planned Parenthood facility in the nation’s capital on Tuesday, kicking off an international campaign to hold around-the-clock outreach efforts outside abortion clinics during the season of Lent…. (more)

March 1, 2017
NEWSMAX — A total of 225 companies so far have expressed interest in participating in building the border wall, The Hill reports. Large construction companies such as Caddell and engineering firms like Raytheon have added their names to a federal website to be included in the bidding process. Smaller companies also are on the list, and, according to The Hill, 20 are owned by Hispanic Americans…. (more)

February 28, 2017
WES VERNON — In selecting Tom Perez to head the Democrat National Committee, anti-American leftists have chosen the man to keep the fight going full-speed in their effort to make their capture of the Democrat Party complete…. (more)

February 28, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Bill Gates was recently quoted as saying that bioterrorism could kill more people than nuclear war, but that Western governments are not ready to deal with it. The situation may be worse than he thinks. What news stories about his remarks at the Munich Security Conference did not explain is that the FBI has still failed to resolve the question of who carried out the post-9/11 anthrax attacks on America…. (more)

February 27, 2017
NEWSMAX — Three high-profile Republican senators said Monday night they want to see a full repeal and replace of Obamacare, not merely a fix. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, and Rand Paul of Kentucky said on their individual Twitter accounts they’d like the 2010 Affordable Care Act wiped from the books so a replacement law can be put in its place…. (more)

February 27, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The leader of the conservative Freedom Caucus won’t vote for an Obamacare repeal bill that includes refundable tax credits, a key part of potential legislation to gut the law…. (more)

February 27, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Houston, we have a (bigger) problem. Although it received little attention, this week total federal debt surpassed an incredible $20 trillion. To put that in perspective, that’s larger than the entire economies of China, Japan, and Germany combined…. (more)

Destroying America on Purpose

On today’s program we analyze the spiritual, financial and moral condition of the United States of America, a nation founded upon biblical teachings and moral Law. We discuss just how far we have fallen from our beginnings and how we have allowed enemies of America to infiltrate our government and undermine the Christian foundation of our nation.

Let’s look at Saul Alinsky’s infamous Rules for Radicals and the Cloward-Piven Strategy; both have been used to undermine our nation and set us up for a tremendous and perhaps a fatal national fall. Just how close are we, can this trend be reversed, and what are Christians to do about all this?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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America’s Biggest Problem: Seeker-Friendly Churches

This morning we discuss an article by Pastor Bryan Fischer who points the finger squarely at the professing Christian Church in America for our nation’s decline in morality and biblical values. The Christian Church is supposed to be the moral and spiritual conscience of our nation, challenging government and people when they stray from God. Instead, Fischer thinks it has become the problem rather than the solution. We also check in with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action to discuss the spiritual and political climate in Madison regarding life, marriage, and religious freedom issues. From today’s interview with Julaine: “Law is always downstream of culture.”

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Is Public Education Out of Control?

This morning we look at the continuing deterioration of our public education system. We cover stories about kindergarten children being indoctrinated in the LGBT movement, Universities teaching courses on “White privilege,” and a story by Linda Harvey at WND with some concerns about President Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, wondering if she has sold out to the LGBT movement.

We also check in with Tina Griffin of Counter Culture Mom reporting from the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) convention. We’ll discuss Cosmopolitan Magazine’s ‘porn,’ and of course, the Oscars and the fact that many Hollywood celebrities have no idea how out of touch they are with regular Americans.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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The Three Stages of Islamic Jihad

America and the Christian churches in it are rapidly reaching a crossroad when it comes to Islam. Islam in its teachings calls for world wide domination and submission to Allah, the false god of Islam. Unbelievers, those Islam refers to as “infidels,” either convert to Islam, face very punitive restrictions, or sometimes they are put to death. This is the “jihad” taught in the Quran. Jihad has three unique stages, each one building power upon the other. As Muslim presence increases, pressure is applied on a nation and its people to conform or face dire consequences. Elijah Abraham, a former Muslim and now born-again believer joins us this morning. to explain what’s happening in the states and what Christians can do.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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A Surprise From Hollywood?

This morning we cover a fascinating story from World Net Daily about Hollywood actually planning to release a movie about how a homosexual walked away from the gay lifestyle and became a Christian pastor. And it is not some low grade production with “B List” actors. It stars a couple of prominent actors–one of whom is an open homosexual and activist for the movement.

In our first segment we check in with William Murray of The Religious Freedom Coalition, looking at the plight of Christians in Egypt and Nigeria, along with how Christians are being left behind in the wave of immigration hitting Europe and America.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Top Headlines – 3/3/2017

Israeli official to Hamas: We know of your cooperation with ISIS In Sinai

Lieberman: Hamas won’t suddenly become pacifists

Antisemitic acts in US gain attention of Netanyahu, other Israeli leaders

NYPD: Anti-Semitic incidents doubled in 2017

Are Jews ready to leave America?

Why Is YouTube Punishing People Who Translate and Expose Anti-Semitism on Its Platform?

Report: Iran preparing massive military buildup

Egyptian Court Clears Way for Hosni Mubarak’s Release

Mubarak acquitted in final ruling on Egypt’s Arab spring deaths

U.S. Strikes Terrorism Targets In Yemen As War Against Al-Qaida Persists

Official: Yemen raid yields data on al-Qaida explosives

Terror Threat to U.S. Airports Said to Grow as al-Qaeda Rebounds

At peace talks, Syria rebels urge Trump to correct Obama’s “catastrophic mistakes”

Palmyra: Syrian forces ‘completely retake’ IS-held town

American Pastor Paid for Rescuers to Liberate ISIS Sex Slaves

Jailed ISIS fighters await death, boast of killing hundreds

EU parliament lifts Le Pen’s immunity over grisly IS group tweets

Sweden Reinstates Conscription, With an Eye on Russia

Theresa May: Scotland’s government ‘obsessed’ with independence

In possible response to Trump, EU parliament calls to end visa-free travel for US citizens

Oregon judge faces scrutiny for allegedly helping illegal immigrant escape ICE

Trump’s advisers push him to purge Obama appointees

Barack Obama and His Deep State Operatives Are Attempting to Sabotage the Duly Elected President of the United States

Valerie Jarrett Moves In With Obamas In DC “To Lead The Fight & Strategy To Topple Trump”

Claire McCaskill accused of lying in attack on Jeff Sessions

O’Reilly: Democrats’ ‘Hypocrisy is on Full Display’ in Sessions Case

Sessions Removes Himself From 2016 Campaign Investigations

Kremlin: Sessions uproar an impediment to fixing relations

Trump voices ‘total’ confidence in Sessions, keeps focus on military buildup

Trump calls criticism of Sessions a ‘witch hunt’

Sessions gets boost from Senate allies – and Dem’s Twitter flub – amid Russia uproar

Top Dem on House intel panel accuses Comey of withholding Russian probe info

Pence used personal email for state business – and was hacked

‘Secret’ Obamacare Plan Leads Lawmakers on Hunt Across Capitol

Press coverage of Trump in first month of office: 88 percent ‘hostile,’ says new study

YMCA bans 24-hour news channels at its work-out facility after directors say political discussions led to near fights

AI Scientists Gather to Plot Doomsday Scenarios (and Solutions)

Global stocks off highs, dollar edges lower as Fed rate rise looms

SE Asia Stocks-Most fall ahead of Yellen speech as Fed rate hike looms

Bitcoin value tops gold for first time

The “Sinister” Side Of Central Bank-Issued Digital Currency

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Samsat, Turkey

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Nemuro, Japan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Saiki, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kandrian, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near the Iceland region

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 30,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

‘Tsunami of sewage spills’ at Mexican border ‘deliberate,’ says California mayor

Alarm after river in Pyrenees turns fluorescent green with dye used as part of an investigation

71 Rochester Students Ordered Out Of Class Over Vaccination Concerns

Teenager’s sickle cell reversed with world-first therapy

Some birth defects 20 times more likely for moms with Zika, CDC says

Artificial human life could soon be grown in lab after embryo breakthrough

Artificial embryo shows early potential for medical therapies, not babies

Apple, IBM, Amazon, and Others Team Up to Support a Transgender High School Student

Michigan lawmaker wants bill banning police from having sex with prostitutes during investigations

Expert: MS-13 gang suspected in satanic murder is “extremely violent” – Both men have immigration holds and are thought to be in the country illegally

Exorcists warn against Wiccan spell to bind Donald Trump

Report: Islam Will Surpass Christianity as World’s Dominant Religion by End of Century

Report: Some Cardinals Want Pope Francis to Resign, Fear Schism Worse Than The Reformation

Mike Ratliff – Thinking from a transformed perspective

Leaving the NAR Church: Penny’s story

Fundamentalist pastor charged in toddler’s pneumonia death

Married lesbian Baptist co-pastors say all are ‘beloved’

Disney Airs its First-Ever ‘Gay’ Cartoon Kiss

Chinese Christians Sentenced for Buying, Selling Devotionals

German school bans Muslim students from ‘provocative’ praying

Posted: 03 Mar 2017 07:12 AM PST

A school in western Germany has asked its teachers to report Muslim students who are found praying, with authorities branding the practice “provocative.” The move…

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Google Creates A.I Censorship For Web, Media Celebrates

Posted: 03 Mar 2017 06:47 AM PST

“What if technology could help improve conversations online?” That’s the lowkey Orwellian message that greets visitors to the website of Perspective, Google’s new AI system

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Earthquake Activity in Israel Confirms Revelation 11

Posted: 03 Mar 2017 06:36 AM PST

(By Kelly Mcdonald Jr) “At that same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand men were killed…

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15 Prophetic Signs of Jesus’ Imminent Return

Posted: 03 Mar 2017 06:15 AM PST

Some people see everything as a sign. Others see nothing as a sign. We must avoid both extremes. But signs are important. What if there were no stop signs? Street signs? Caution signs?

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Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes Turkey producing injuries

Posted: 02 Mar 2017 08:40 PM PST

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 has hit a town in south-eastern Turkey, causing a number of injuries

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Will 2020 Election Be Between Donald Trump And Oprah Winfrey?

Posted: 02 Mar 2017 08:23 PM PST

When Donald Trump originally announced that he was going to run for president, he said that his ideal choice for a running mate was Oprah Winfrey.

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71 Students Removed From Class After Failing To Show Vaccination Proof…

Posted: 02 Mar 2017 01:18 PM PST

Dozens of students in one Minnesota school district were ordered out of class Wednesday. The Rochester School District says 71 students failed to provide documentation…

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PLAYING GOD: Scientists Attempt to Produce ‘Human life’ after embryo breakthrough…

Posted: 02 Mar 2017 01:12 PM PST

Artificial human life could soon be grown from scratch in the lab, after scientists successfully created a mammal embryo using only stem cells. Cambridge University…

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DAYS OF LOT: Government Now Indoctrinating 4-Year-Olds With Gay Education

Posted: 02 Mar 2017 01:04 PM PST

Children as young as 4 could be exposed to explicit teaching on same-sex relationships under government plans announced today. Education Secretary Justine Greening has outlined…

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Cult Leader Claims She Is God and Will Soon Conquer the Devil

Posted: 02 Mar 2017 12:48 PM PST

“Lady Perfect” Vicentia Tadagbe Tchranvoukinni says she is God and will have victory over the devil. The controversial Tchranvoukinni said she fell from heaven “To…

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Are Recent Headlines Revealing Fulfillment Of Jeremiah 16:16 Prophecy?

Posted: 02 Mar 2017 12:43 PM PST

With anti-Semitic attacks in the United States on the rise, a prominent Israeli politician said this week he thought American Jews could flood into Israel….

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March 3, 2017: Verse of the day

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4:18 path of the … light of dawn. The path of the believer is one of increasing light, just as a sunrise begins with the faint glow of dawn and proceeds to the splendor of noonday.

MacArthur Study Bible

4:18–19 The path of the righteous is the way of wisdom (v. 11). dawn … full day. The image here is of ever-increasing brightness, from first light until noon. The path of a person refers to the moral orientation of his or her life (v. 14; cf. 2:8, 13, 15, 20; 3:6; Ps. 25:4). It is this that shines brighter and brighter, i.e., keeps increasing in the way in which it displays God’s light (cf. Ps. 19:8; 119:105, 130; Prov. 6:23). This contrasts with the way of the wicked (4:19), which is the way of “evil” (v. 14). The person whose life is oriented toward evil will stumble through life in deep darkness.

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March 3, 2017: Daily Devotional Guide Collection

March 3

The End of Growth

Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies Himself.

1 John 3:3

 

Second Peter 3:18 commands believers to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Your response to this verse is either action or inaction. If you desire to mature in Christ, you will experience blessing, usefulness, and victory by following the biblical path of glorifying God. And as David discovered, you will also experience joy: “I have set the Lord always before me…. Therefore my heart is glad” (Ps. 16:8, 9).

The apostle John summed up the goal of spiritual growth when he said, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). The growth process will end on the day that we see Jesus Christ and become like Him.[1]


March 3 Standing Against the Devil

“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

James 4:7b

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Anyone who possesses scriptural humility will take an uncompromising stand against Satan.

The successful diplomat or politician is quite adept at the art of compromise and finding the middle ground on various issues. But such skill is a hindrance when it comes to determining your position before God. If you humbly, by faith and repentance, submit yourself to God’s authority, you will immediately find yourself the enemy of Satan. You are either in God’s kingdom and under His lordship, or you are in Satan’s kingdom and under his lordship. It is impossible to have one foot in each kingdom and to be serving both kingdoms’ rulers.

To “resist the devil” gives us insight into what it means to be an enemy of Satan. “Resist” means “to take a stand against” the person of Satan and his entire system, which includes everything he does and represents. Such resistance is the complete opposite of the position you had before you submitted to God. Ephesians 2:1–2 reminds us of what that position was: “You were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [Satan].” At that time, you had no power to resist the Devil and no desire to serve God, because you were slaves to Satan and his system (Heb. 2:14–15).

But all of that can and will change if you humbly switch your allegiance from Satan’s kingdom to God’s kingdom. In today’s verse the apostle James is promising you that as a part of that changed loyalty, you will automatically be in a position to take a stand against Satan. The minute you forsake Satan’s mastery he will flee from you.

Many Christians wrongly assume that Satan is much more powerful than he really is. But if you understand James’s promise you will know you have abundant spiritual resources to handle Satan’s empty threats. Being humble before God doesn’t mean being weak before Satan. God enables you to stand firm and resist.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God for the wealth of spiritual resources He provides for you to stand against the Devil.

For Further Study: Read Ephesians 6:10–18. Make a list of the spiritual weapons God has given us. ✧ Pick one of these, and do some additional reading and study to improve your application of it.[2]


MARCH 3

AN OVERWHELMING SENSE OF DISMAY

Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

—Exodus 3:6

In olden days men of faith were said to “walk in the fear of God” and to “serve the Lord with fear.” However intimate their communion with God, however bold their prayers, at the base of their religious life was the conception of God as awesome and dreadful. This idea of God transcendent runs through the whole Bible and gives color and tone to the character of the saints. This fear of God was more than a natural apprehension of danger; it was a nonrational dread, an acute feeling of personal insufficiency in the presence of God the Almighty.

Wherever God appeared to men in Bible times the results were the same—an overwhelming sense of terror and dismay, a wrenching sensation of sinfulness and guilt. When God spoke, Abram stretched himself upon the ground to listen. When Moses saw the Lord in the burning bush, he hid his face in fear to look upon God. Isaiah’s vision of God wrung from him the cry, “Woe is me!” and the confession, “I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips” [Isaiah 6:5]. KOH110-111

Lord, when do I ever get that sense of sinfulness and guilt, fear and dismay in my encounters with You? Forgive me for my casual approach to You and renew in me a fear and wonder in Your presence. Amen. [3]


March 3

God the Source of Mercy

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.—Matt. 5:7

Pure mercy is a gift of God that comes with the new birth. People can be merciful only when they have experienced God’s mercy.

God has both absolute and relative attributes. His absolute attributes—such as love, truth, and holiness—have characterized Him from all eternity. But His relative attributes—like mercy, justice, and grace—were not manifested until man, whom He created in His own image, sinned and became separated from his Creator. Apart from sin and evil, mercy, justice, and grace have no meaning.

When man fell, God extended His love to His fallen creatures in mercy. Only when they receive His mercy can they reflect His mercy. Thus God is the source of mercy. “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness [mercy] toward those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:11). It is because we have the resource of God’s mercy that Jesus commanded, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36).

We cannot have the blessing apart from the Blesser. We cannot even meet the condition apart from the One who set the condition. We are blessed by God when we are merciful to others, and we are able to be merciful to others because we have already received salvation’s mercy. Furthermore, when we share the mercy we have received, we will receive even more mercy.

ASK YOURSELF
When we talk about Christ’s character being formed in us, we understand the concept in theory. But what are some of the telltale signs that He is actually working His will through us in our interactions with others? How do you know when it’s Him, not you—when it’s the Spirit of God bearing fruit in your life?[4]

MARCH 3

GLORY OF THE TRINITY

Three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

1 John 5:7

 

The more I read my Bible, the more I believe in the triune God!

With the prophet Isaiah, I am stirred by the vision of the heavenly creatures, the seraphim around the throne of God, engrossed in their worship and praise.

I have often wondered why the rabbis and saints and hymnists of the olden times did not come to the knowledge of the Trinity just from the seraphims’ chorus: “Holy! Holy! Holy!”

I am a Trinitarian—I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, begotten of Him before all ages. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified.

Isaiah was an astonished man. He could only manage this witness: “Mine eyes have seen the King” (6:5). Only the King of glory can reveal Himself to the willing spirit of a man so that an Isaiah, or any other man or woman, can say with humility but with assurance, “I know Him!”

 

Lord, the modern world has all but packed You into a small box and placed You in the corner closet—accessing You only for occasional holidays or special family events. But in reality You are a great God, and I bow before You today.[5]


March 3 Uncompromising Prayer

“In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus … I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer” (Dan. 9:1–3).

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Uncompromising prayer brings glory to God.

Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9:1–19 illustrates the key elements of effective intercessory prayer. Those elements will serve as the focus of our studies for several days, but first some background to Daniel’s prayer will be helpful.

Verse 1 says that Daniel prayed in the first year of the reign of King Darius, the first great king of the Medo-Persian Empire. About sixty-five years earlier, God had punished the sinful kingdom of Judah by allowing King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to conquer Jerusalem and take Israelite captives back to Babylon.

Subsequently the Babylonian Empire fell to the Medo-Persian Empire. Darius conquered Babylon on the night King Belshazzar threw a drunken festival at which God wrote the doom of his kingdom on the wall (Dan. 5:24–28).

Daniel was among the captives originally transported to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. Throughout the lengthy captivity period, he never forgot he was God’s child and always represented God properly despite his difficult circumstances. He was a man of uncommon wisdom and courage. His trust in God was unwavering and his commitment to prayer uncompromising—even when his prayers could have cost him his life (Dan. 6:4–11).

As a result, God protected him, exalted him, and was glorified through him—as evidenced by King Darius’ decree that everyone in the kingdom was to fear and tremble before Daniel’s great God (Dan. 6:26).

Since Daniel understood the priority of prayer, he refused to be intimidated or distracted from it. His commitment is worthy of imitation. Can that be said of you? If everyone followed your pattern of prayer, would God’s Kingdom be strengthened?

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Consistency is important in prayer. You might try praying for different requests on specific days. For example, on Mondays you could pray for your governmental leaders, on Tuesdays for your pastor and the ministries of your church, etc.

For Further Study: Read Daniel 6. ✧ What rank did Daniel hold? ✧ Why did King Darius want to promote Daniel? ✧ What was the reaction of the commissioners and satraps to Daniel’s popularity? ✧ How did they deceive the king? ✧ How did God protect Daniel?[6]


MARCH 3

SPIRITUAL EXCELLENCE: FREEDOM IN THE SPIRIT

Now the LORD is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.

2 CORINTHIANS 3:17

The essence of true religion is spontaneity, the sovereign movings of the Holy Spirit upon and in the free spirit of redeemed men. This has through the years of human history been the hallmark of spiritual excellency, the evidence of reality in a world of unreality.

When religion loses its sovereign character and becomes mere form this spontaneity is lost also, and in its place come precedent, propriety, system—and the file-card mentality!

Back of the file-card mentality is the belief that spirituality can be organized. Then is introduced into religion those ideas which never belong there—numbers, statistics, the law of averages and other such natural and human things. And creeping death always follows!

Now a file card is a very harmless little tool and a very useful one for some purposes. Its danger comes from the well-known human tendency to depend upon external helps in dealing with internal things.

Here’s how the file card works when it gets into the Christian life and begins to create mental habits: it divides the Bible into sections fitted to the days of the year and compels the Christian to read according to rule. No matter what the Holy Spirit may be trying to say to a man, still he goes on reading where the card tells him, dutifully checking it off each day. This can be a deadly snare, and often liable to quench the spontaneous operation of the Spirit![7]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 76). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

[2] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[3] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[4] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 71). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[5] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 75). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[7] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.