March 7, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Mar. 7, 2017 |

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Republicans unveiled their long-awaited legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, proposing to phase out key parts of the law over several years as they try to break a stalemate between moderates and conservatives in their party.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer refused on Monday to explain President Donald Trump’s explosive allegation that his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, had ordered surveillance against him.

The U.S. Air Force is retiring one of its earliest combat drones, the MQ1-Predator, an aircraft that provided war fighters an unmatched battlefield surveillance tool. With armaments added, the vehicle pushed mechanized killing into the unmanned age, allowing remote pilots to dole out death from above.

President Trump jumped back into the debate over drug pricing, sending pharmaceutical stocks down again with a tweet promising to lower medicine costs for American people.

Since June 2014, when the ECB cut rates below zero, deposits at euro-zone banks have jumped by 802 billion euros ($848 billion), according to central bank data through the end of January. Lending to nonfinancial companies and consumers in the currency area rose by 169 billion euros over the same period, while deposits at the ECB in excess of required reserves soared by 1.1 trillion euros.

AP Top Stories

A Syrian air force pilot who bailed out as his warplane crashed on Turkish territory told a Turkish rescue team his MiG-23 had been shot down, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.

One of Africa’s oldest and largest elephants was killed by poachers in Kenya on Monday, according to a conservation group that protects the dwindling group of giant “tuskers”.

China will raise its defense budget by about 7 percent this year, a government spokeswoman said Saturday, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy despite regional tensions over the South China Sea and other issues.

India’s national airline claimed Monday to have set a new record with the first round-the-world flight staffed entirely by women.

Thousands of people are expected to converge in the city of Selma, Alabama for the annual re-enactment of a key event in the civil rights movement.

A former Guantanamo Bay inmate was killed in a US air strike in Yemen last week, the Defense Department said, as part of a stepped-up campaign against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Tesla is currently investigating what may have caused a Model S P85 to catch fire while at one of the company’s Supercharger stations in Shanghai, China. The incident occurred late last week, and curiously enough, initial reports indicate that the car wasn’t actively charging at the time the fire began to spread.

The United States started to deploy the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defense system in South Korea on Tuesday after North Korea’s test of four ballistic missiles, U.S. Pacific Command said, despite angry opposition from China.

The United States is considering separating immigrant children from their parents in a bid to deter illegal migration, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Monday.

South Korea will ban imports of U.S. poultry after a strain of H7 bird flu virus was confirmed at a U.S. chicken farm, the agriculture ministry said on Monday.

How hot are Earth’s scorching insides? A sweltering 2,570 degrees Fahrenheit, a new study finds. The discovery reveals that the mantle under Earth’s oceans – the area just below the crust that extends down to the planet’s inner liquid core – is almost 110 degrees F hotter than scientists previously thought, the researchers said. The finding will help scientists more accurately model Earth’s many geodynamic processes, including plate tectonics.

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Sudan and Somalia, countries targeted under a new US travel ban passed by President Donald Trump, have attacked the move, along with the United Nations.

The impact of the Zika virus on infected Canadian travellers was “more severe” than expected, say researchers.

Brazil has been in recession for two years, the latest figures show, marking the deepest economic decline since records began. The economy contracted by 3.6% in 2016, meaning it is now 8% smaller than it was in December 2014. The two-year slump has seen the number of unemployed rise by 76% to 12.9 million, a rate of 12.6%.

Traffic signals depicting pedestrians in dresses have been unveiled in Australia as part of a gender equality campaign. The trial program in Melbourne is designed to “reduce unconscious bias”.

Iraqi forces say they have retaken the main government offices in Mosul as the offensive continues to oust the so-called Islamic State (IS) group. The advance could pave the way for an attack on the heavily-populated old city, where the militants are still entrenched.

WND

WikiLeaks on Tuesday released what it said is the full hacking capacity of the CIA in a stunning 8,000-plus page disclosure the anti-secrecy website contends is “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.”

It’s being billed as “A Day Without a Woman,” but apparently only pro-union, pro-choice, anti-Israel women who can afford to skip work need apply. The one-day “general strike” is coming under fire from the right and the left for its mixed political messages, as well as the havoc caused by the closure of some schools Wednesday driven by anticipated staff absences.

When President Trump issued an executive order “protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry” into America Monday, he also called for a report on foreign nationals charged with and convicted of terrorism-related offenses, including so-called “honor killings” committed in the U.S.


Top News – 3/7/2017

Hardline Islam and Saudi money are spreading across the Indian Ocean and into Asia
a dark force is spreading across parts of south and south-east Asia that is threatening social cohesion and peaceful coexistence: the rise of Islamism.

Madagascar Braces for Extreme Rains From Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Enawo
Dangerous Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Enawo was plowing westwards at 6 mph on Monday morning towards Madagascar, and is expected to make landfall on the island on Tuesday morning. The storm is passing over waters of 29°C—approximately 0.5°C above average in temperature—and is an unusually wet storm, with amounts of water vapor near the very high end of what is observed in tropical cyclones.

Switzerland earthquake: Tremor near Zurich also felt in Italy and Germany
A moderate earthquake (erdbeben) with a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 has struck southeast of Zurich, with shaking felt in Liechtenstein, Austria, southern Germany, and northern Italy, residents and seismologists say.

Switzerland funds NGOs that call for Israel’s destruction
Switzerland finances organizations in Israel and the Palestinian territories that call for the annihilation of Israel and for the death of Jews, according to a Basler Zeitung report.

Josh Earnest Won’t Deny Trump Tower Was Surveilled By Obama Administration
When pressed by ABC’s Martha Raddatz on Sunday, Josh Earnest opted not to categorically “deny that the Obama Justice Department” monitored Trump Tower during the 2016 election.

North Korea bars Malaysians from leaving, in ‘diplomatic meltdown’
North Korea barred Malaysians from leaving the country on Tuesday, sparking tit-for-tat action by Malaysia, as police investigating the murder of Kim Jong Nam in Kuala Lumpur sought to question three men hiding in the North Korean embassy.

Erdogan compares German actions to those of Nazi period
“Germany, you have no relation whatsoever to democracy and you should know that your current actions are no different to those of the Nazi period,” Erdogan said at a rally in Istanbul. ”

Archeologists discover 2,000-year-old ‘Emperor’s Road’ near Beit Shemesh
A wide and well-preserved 2,000-year-old road dating to the Roman period was unearthed last month during archaeological excavations carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority and students near Beit Shemesh. The dig, located just off of Highway 375, was conducted prior to laying a water pipeline to Jerusalem at the initiative of the Beit Shemesh water corporation Mei Shemesh.

IDF forces defuse two explosive devices found near Gaza border
Two explosive charges found near the border fence with the Gaza Strip were defused by IDF troops on Tuesday morning, the army said. According to the statement, the two charges that had been laid in an off-limits area in the Northern Gaza Strip, were planted in order to harm IDF troops. After they were neutralized the charges were taken in for further examination.

‘ISIS fighters trying to flee Mosul, Iraqi forces to prevail’
A US general in the international coalition in Iraq says that Islamic State forces defending western Mosul are disorganized and some foreign fighters are trying to leave the city. Government forces nontheless face a “very hard fight” in the battle for the city but they will prevail, US Air Force Brigadier General Matthew Isler said.

Europe court backs Belgium’s rejection of visa to Syrians
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has backed a Belgian decision to refuse a humanitarian visa to a Syrian family. The family of five, from Aleppo, had applied for a 90-day visa at the Belgian embassy in Lebanon, so they could later seek asylum in Belgium. Initially, the Court’s top adviser said Belgium was wrong to deny them a visa.

Syrian children in state of ‘toxic stress’, Save the Children says
Millions of Syrian children could be living in a state of “toxic stress” due to prolonged exposure to the horrors of war, aid group Save the Children says. The damage to an entire generation of children could soon become irreversible without immediate help, it adds. The stress of war has led to increased bedwetting, self-harm, suicide attempts and aggressive behaviour among many children, according to a new report.

North Korea says missiles were drill for strike on US bases
Nuclear-armed North Korea said Tuesday its missile launches were training for a strike on US bases in Japan, as global condemnation of the regime swelled. Three of the four missiles fired Monday came down provocatively close to US ally Japan, in waters that are part of its exclusive economic zone, representing a challenge to US President Donald Trump.

Missile defense system that China opposes arrives in South Korea
The first pieces of a US-built missile defense system designed to mitigate the threat of North Korean missiles arrived at the Osan Air Base in South Korea Monday night, according to the US military. The announcement comes just a day after North Korea test-fired four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.

Bizarre ‘megaship’ captured by International Space Station camera before Nasa ‘dims the feed’
A bizarre ‘megaship’ has allegedly been captured by an International Space Station (ISS) camera before Nasa reportedly dims the feed. Conspiracy theorists are claiming that the footage could have been altered by the independent space agency to make the objects ‘disappear’. In the clip, a long ‘cigar-shaped’ UFO is seen hovering above the Earth’s horizon with two bright reflective-objects sitting just below.

Trump signs revised travel ban in bid to overcome legal challenges
President Donald Trump signed a revised executive order on Monday banning citizens from six Muslim-majority nations from traveling to the United States but removing Iraq from the list, after his controversial first attempt was blocked in the courts. The new order, which takes effect on March 16, keeps a 90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

House Republicans Release Plan To Repeal and Replace Obamacare: Key Highlights
The plan would dismantle the key aspects of ObamaCare, including subsidies to help people buy coverage, the law’s fines on people who don’t purchase health insurance, the expansion of Medicaid, and drop the plan to tax employer-sponsored plans.

Exxon to invest $20 billion on U.S. Gulf Coast refining projects
Exxon Mobil Corp, the world’s largest publicly traded oil producer, said on Monday it would invest $20 billion through 2022 to expand its chemical and oil refining plants on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Schlichter Warns “Watch The Liberals – All They Have Left Is Lies”
“Watch the liberals. Listen to what they say, because their lies and their slanders are a road map to their plans for the future. Straightforward from here, given the chance, they absolutely intend to impose the kind of quasi-fascist rule they falsely accuse Trump of contemplating. But their problem is that we now recognize their lies, and we see their endgame, and the collapse of the media gatekeepers means they can no longer keep us blind and isolated. “

As U.S. aid to Pakistan shrinks, in steps China
Pakistani leaders often wax lyrical about their “sweeter than honey” relations with all-weather friend China. There’s no romance about their marriage of convenience with America. As the Trump administration plots its policy toward a key partner, it will find Pakistan being drawn deeper into Beijing’s embrace and its promise of $46 billion in energy, infrastructure and industry investments by 2030. The money could transform the Muslim nation’s economy.

North Korea says it was practicing to hit U.S. military bases in Japan with missiles
rth Korea was practicing to strike United States military bases in Japan with its latest barrage of missiles, state media in Pyongyang reported Tuesday, and it appears to be trying to outsmart a new American antimissile battery being deployed to South Korea by firing multiple rockets at once.

China’s Banking System Hits $33 Trillion, Overtaking The Eurozone As World’s Largest
Chinese bank assets hit $33 trillion at the end of 2016, versus $31 trillion for the eurozone, $16 trillion for the US and $7 trillion for Japan. The value of China’s banking system is now more than 310% the size of its GDP, compared to “only” 280% for the eurozone and its banks. China’s bank assets are projected to grow by $3.3 trillion in 2017.


The Briefing 03-07-17

Supreme Court announces it will not hear major transgender bathroom case, sending back to lower court

Amicus brief filed by liberal religious groups in transgender case undermines religious liberty

Trump’s wire tapping allegations come in the midst of a “civilization-warping crisis of public trust”

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Is The Left Trying To Start A Civil War?

Apocalyptic Skyline - Public DomainAn army of subversives is attempting to undermine the Trump administration from within the government, and at the same time a whole host of prominent leftist leaders are fueling the flames of hate against Trump and are promoting riots, civil uprisings and in some cases even violence. And of course the mainstream media is a more than willing accomplice, because pretty much everyone that works in the mainstream media absolutely hates Donald Trump. On a fundamental level, the United States is more divided today than it has been in any of our lifetimes, and the radical left is treating the presidency of Donald Trump as if it was the end of the world. We are seeing terms such as “Nazi”, “racist” and “dictator” thrown around very casually, but people need to understand that words really matter. When subversives on the left use such inflammatory language, there is a very real danger that they could actually spark a violent insurrection against the United States government. (Read More…)


A Third Of All U.S. Shopping Malls Are Projected To Close As ‘Space Available’ Signs Go Up All Over America

Abandoned Shopping Mall - Photo by Jeff TankIf you didn’t know better, you might be tempted to think that “Space Available” was the hottest new retail chain in the entire country.  As you will see below, it is being projected that about a third of all shopping malls in the United States will soon close, and we just recently learned that the number of “distressed retailers” is the highest that it has been since the last recession.  Honestly, I don’t know how anyone can possibly believe that the U.S. economy is in “good shape” after looking at the retail industry.  In my recent article about the ongoing “retail apocalypse“, I discussed the fact that Sears, J.C. Penney and Macy’s have all announced that they are closing dozens of stores in 2017, and you can find a pretty comprehensive list of 19 U.S. retailers that are “on the brink of bankruptcy” right here.  Needless to say, quite a bloodbath is going on out there right now. (Read More…)


March 7, 2017
ALAN KEYES — There is a very disturbing pattern here. We declare Jesus’ message and critique rival beliefs such as Islam. Some people don’t like what we say, and threaten violence to silence us. Then, instead of defending free speech and protecting us, the police shut down free speech to avoid public disorder. And then a court convicts us of provoking disorder and risking violence! (Michael Stockwell, convicted street preacher)… (more)

March 7, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Host Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday” spent most of his Sunday show on the subject of whether there is any evidence of Trump officials colluding with Russia to affect the 2016 presidential election. “On the Russian collusion, there’s a lot of smoke, no evidence,” said panelist Bob Woodward of Washington Post Watergate fame…. (more)

March 6, 2017
JOSEPH FARAH — After Donald Trump blew the whistle on the eavesdropping of his 2016 campaign headquarters by Barack Obama’s administration, few in the media or elsewhere seem to be asking the obvious questions: Was it legal? Was it ethical – – in the American way?… (more)


March 6, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — President Trump’s early Saturday morning tweeting has exploded to the forefront an uncovered scandal I’ve been talking about since early January (including in this weekend’s column): The fact that the Obama Justice Department and the FBI investigated associates of Donald Trump, and likely Trump himself, in the heat of the presidential campaign…. (more)

March 6, 2017
CHRISTOPHER RUDDY — When I woke up Sunday, I thought the morning news shows would all be talking about the unusual, perhaps dangerous, decision of the Obama administration to wiretap the offices of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump…. (more)

March 6, 2017
TELEGRAPH — Donald Trump escalated his war with Barack Obama as a committee in Congress agreed to look into his claims that the former president and his administration abused executive powers in last year’s election…. (more)


March 6, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Russian conspiracy allegations will continue to dog the White House until President Trump gets a handle on the administration’s opponents inside the U.S. intelligence community who are driving the story, warned Republican strategists in Washington…. (more)

March 5, 2017
DICK MORRIS — Dick Morris exposes the chilling plans, micromanaged by Barack Obama, Michele Obama, and Valerie Jarrett, to destroy the presidency of Donald Trump in a way unprecedented in American history. WATCH…. (more)

March 5, 2017
GINNI THOMAS — President Donald Trump has been leading America for some 45 days, and Democrats are hysterical in using every trick in their book to make governance impossible. They have slow-walked nominations, systematically leaked damaging, classified information to friendly reporters , disrupted Republican town halls, “flynned” Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and threw a cultural fit because Hillary Clinton lost and they don’t want to give up power…. (more)

March 5, 2017
NEWSMAX — The superiority of the U.S. armed forces will soon be surpassed by Russia and China, retired Gen. Wesley Clark warned on Sunday. “It is a story the American public needs to hear,” Clark said in an interview with John Catsimatidis aired Sunday on New York’s AM 970: More money is needed for the defense budget on a sustained basis, and President Donald Trump’s proposal to add $54 billion won’t cut it…. (more)

March 5, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump on Saturday accused former President Obama of tapping his phones at Trump Tower during the campaign, saying he was targeted with “Nixon/Watergate” and “McCarthyism” tactics. Mr. Obama denied the allegation Saturday afternoon through a spokesman…. (more)

March 5, 2017
NEWSMAX — A spokesman for former President Barack Obama strongly denied President Donald Trump’s tweeted accusation that his predecessor had his Trump Tower offices wiretapped, while another former Obama official cautioned to be careful while considering the official statement…. (more)

March 5, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., on Saturday said the country is “in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust” following President Trump’s alleging the Obama administration wire-tapped the campaign headquarters last October…. (more)

March 5, 2017
THE FEDERALIST PAPERS — The media is hiding something about President Trump’s Saturday morning tweets about surveillance at Trump Tower. Namely, that the evidence they deny exists was heavily reported on at the time of the tapping. While story after story breaks on Trump’s assertion that Trump Tower’s phones were tapped, with headlines repeating the phrase “no evidence” again and again, it’s easy to believe that lie…. (more)

March 5, 2017
CSC MEDIA GROUP — In an interview with Bret Baier on Friday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) was asked directly if he believed the Obama administration had been responsible for wire tapping Trump Tower in October, 2016 – -a month prior to the election…. (more)

March 5, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — The House Intelligence Committee has released the “Scope of Investigation” for its inquiry into the alleged Russian active measures campaign targeting the 2016 U.S. election. One item on the agenda is “What possible leaks of classified information took place related to the Intelligence Community Assessment of these matters?” That is an easy one…. (more)

March 5, 2017
JUDIE BROWN — While animal welfare is a very urgent concern for some in the philosophical and political community, there is a point in their arguments that represents a bridge too far. One such example of this is the statement that some animals deserve the protection of nonhuman personhood…. (more)

March 5, 2017
FRANCIS MARION MEMORIAL — General Francis Marion, known as “The Swamp Fox,” was a Revolutionary officer from Berkeley County, South Carolina. Even though he was a commissioned officer in the South Carolina Second Regiment, he also led a band of irregular fighters in the back- and low-country swamps of South Carolina fighting the British troops under Lord Cornwallis…. (more)

March 4, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — Conservatives in Congress are increasingly frustrated by what has been leaked about the Obamacare repeal legislation and by what they see as a lack of transparency, even as House Speaker Paul Ryan insists Republicans are all on the same page and predicts unity on a final vote…. (more)


March 4, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A mini-drama played out Thursday on Capitol Hill, one of those little controversies that is often dismissed as part of Congress’s daily and ridiculous inside baseball…. (more)

March 4, 2017
GARTH KANT — As Democrats and the major media attack Attorney General Jeff Sessions and push claims of the Kremlin’s influence on the Trump administration and Russian interference in the presidential election, one of the nation’s most prominent conservatives insists there really is a huge scandal…. (more)

March 4, 2017
WESLEY PRUDEN — Benjamin Franklin has been trying for years to give the Republicans needed advice from the grave, and they never listen. “We must indeed all hang together,” Franklin told his fellow conspirators in Philadelphia, “or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”… (more)


March 4, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Two Columbia University professors recently sent a letter to the institution’s president that linked a “fog” of political suffering to a “cluster of suicides” by students…. (more)

March 3, 2017
LIFE SITE NEWS — “Pope Francis has urged us to have fewer children to make the world more sustainable,” a panelist at a Vatican-run workshop on “how to save the natural world” claimed on Thursday. This solution to securing the world’s sustainability was presented by botanist and environmentalist Peter Raven during a press conference that concluded the “Biological Extinction” workshop that took place at the Vatican earlier this week…. (more)

March 3, 2017
NEWSMAX — Following two days of airstrikes against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) targets in Yemen, it was revealed Friday that President Donald Trump has granted his military commanders the power to authorize military strikes in certain countries without his permission…. (more)


Top Headlines – 3/7/2017

  • Trump’s New Travel Ban Replaces Chaos With Calm (Read More)
  • Indian Firms Look to Get Ahead of Immigration Curbs (Read More)
  • Republicans unveil plan to dismantle Obamacare (Read More)
  • Republicans Unveil Health Care Bill to Bridge Gaps in Party (Read More)
  • Wiretap Allegation Places Trump Nominee on Hot Seat (Read More)
  • German, U.S. finance ministers to meet in Berlin next week (Read More)
  • High Court Says Jury Secrecy Not Guaranteed If Racial Bias Exists (Read More)
  • Coming Soon to Your Local Mall: Celery and Dog Food (Read More)
  • Meet the Trader Amassing 3,000 Swimming Pools of Sugar (Read More)
  • Wahaha boss sees U.S. suffering more in any trade war with China (Read More)
  • OECD Sees Lots to Worry About in the Global Economic Outlook (Read More)
  • Fillon backers seek unity to revive French presidential bid (Read More)
  • Exxon’s $20 Billion Spending Plan Points to U.S. Energy Surge (Read More)
  • Hedge Funds Gird for Stock Selloff as Valuations Rattle Nerves (Read More)
  • Publicity looms as PwC, MF Global go to trial in New York (Read More)
  • CSX Names Railroad Veteran Hunter Harrison as CEO (Read More)
  • America’s Predator Retires, But the Reaper Lies in Wait (Read More)
  • ECB doing good job in balancing needs of euro zone members: Schaeuble (Read More)
  • One of the Rarest Precious Metals Is on Best Run in a Decade (Read More)
  • Why You Should Love America’s Worst Airport (Read More)
  • Carson calls slaves ‘immigrants’ in speech, drawing criticism (Read More)
  • Saudi Aramco to Pay Shell $2.2 Billion in Refinery Breakup (Read More)
  • Iraqi forces recapture Mosul government buildings, museum (Read More)
  • Signs of slowdown grow as Britain gears up to trigger EU divorce (Read More)

Liberman: Israeli annexation of West Bank will cause ‘immediate crisis’ with US

Knesset passes law barring boycott supporters from Israel

Netanyahu: 80% of security threats against Israel emanate from Iran

Trump calls Netanyahu to discuss Iranian ‘aggression’

U.S. Navy ship changes course after Iran vessel interaction: U.S. official

Iran launched 2 ballistic missiles, US officials say

Iran targets ships in ballistic missile tests

Merkel condemns Nazi insult from Turkey’s President Erdogan

Syrian children suffering staggering levels of trauma, report warns

Mosul IS offensive: Iraqi forces capture second bridge over Tigris

Ignoring UN, Russia and Assad continue Syrian chemical weapons and bombing attacks labeled war crimes

Kremlin says seriously worried about North Korea missile drills

Japan Moves to Highest Alert Level After North Korea Fires Missiles

THAAD missile defense system arrives in South Korea

North Korea missiles ‘drill for strike on US bases’: KCNA

Pentagon leaves open possibility of more North Korea launch attempts

NKorea: US-SKorea exercises leading to ‘nuclear disaster’

Missile tests add pressure on Trump over North Korea

Dalai Lama says Chinese hardliners have parts of brain missing

TSA Warns Local Police About Its New Airport Pat-Downs – A universal “comprehensive” search may prompt passenger complaints to law enforcement

Revised executive order bans travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from getting new visas

GOP lawmakers get behind Trump immigration order reboot amid new legal threats

Trump’s New Travel Ban Doesn’t Give Priority to Persecuted Religious Minorities

FBI probes involve 300 people admitted to U.S. as refugees – congressional sources

Oregon judge accused of helping illegal immigrant escape under investigation

The Arizona lawman challenging President Trump’s border wall

Senate Democrat Who Claimed Hard Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion: Uh, Never Mind

Michael Goodwin: Why Trump is right to suspect that he’s the target of a dirty game

Grassley probes FBI’s ties to British spy who investigated Trump

New York Times Confirmed Wiretaps Used Against Trump Aides… On Its Own Front Page

Video Emerges of Trump’s Purported Tirade Against Steven Bannon, Reince Priebus

Anonymous CNN Focused Sniper-like Scope on Trump

White House Rejects Comey’s Assertion That Wiretapping Claim Is False

Obama Audited Billy Graham, So Wiretapping Trump Tower is Not a Stretch

Waze and other traffic dodging apps prompt cities to game the algorithms

One Of The Biggest Senders Of Spam Leaked A Database With 1.4B Emails

How hackers use Facebook quizzes to nab your info

Coast Guard’s Twitter account hacked with sex invitation

US psychologists claim social media ‘increases loneliness’

Struggling shopping malls let high schools, doctors move in where Penney’s used to be

NASA Wants to Launch a Giant Magnetic Field to Make Mars Habitable

Asteroid ’20 times closer than the Moon’ just misses Earth

Lightning from space: Satellite promises a ‘quantum leap’ in forecasting

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Tilichiki, Russia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Reports Say 2017 Could Be a Very Bad Year for Lyme Disease

U.S. chicken, egg companies heighten security after bird flu case

UTA Professor Invents Breath Monitor To Detect Flu

Zika virus in Canadian patients ‘more severe’ than expected

$21.8 million in ObamaCare tax credits awarded to individuals who were not eligible to receive them

House Republicans release long-awaited plan to repeal and replace Obamacare

ObamaCare repeal bill would defund Planned Parenthood

Trump Tells Planned Parenthood Its Funding Can Stay if Abortion Goes

Planned Parenthood rejects Trump proposal to stop abortion services

For gay Zionists, making Aliyah is an opportunity to link both identities together

Coca-Cola serves up gay-friendly ad for all genders, generations

Supreme Court returns case on transgender bathroom access to lower court

Child porn case dropped to prevent FBI disclosure

‘The Shack’ Makes ‘Divine’ Box Office Debut; Christians Warn of Portraying God as Woman

The Jerusalem Temple Mount Myth – What if the Temple Mount isn’t the Temple Mount?

Marsha West – A Culture of Counterfeit Christians

Mike Ratliff – Warnings about heresy is not the same thing as being a “hater”

Married reverend accused by his wife of having affairs with SEVEN churchgoers at the same time is found hanged

Malaysian Pastors Are Disappearing: Why Is Government Silent?

Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Named for Margaret Sanger Dumps Botched Abortion Victim in Wheelchair

Trump Tells Planned Parenthood Its Funding Can Stay if Abortion Goes

Surge of Bird Flu Now Alarming Experts

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 08:24 AM PST

An avian influenza virus that emerged in 2013 is suddenly spreading widely in China, causing a sharp spike in human infections and deaths. Last month…

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Richard Gere demands Jerusalem Be Divided and End ‘Occupation’

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 07:17 AM PST

Hollywood A-lister Richard Gere, who portrayed King David in the eponymously titled 1985 film and is perhaps best remembered for his lead roles in An…

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Former Deputy Secretary of State calls Trump ‘Leading consumer and purveyor of Fake News’

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 07:12 AM PST

Former Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken slammed President Trump’s most recent allegations of wiretapping, calling the President “the leading consumer and purveyor of fake…

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David Letterman Calls Trump “Insulting to America”

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 07:06 AM PST

Looks like the David Letterman has come out hiding and now according to a new report, the Former late-night host David Letterman took aim at…

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Diligent Search Underway for Ark of the Covenant

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 07:00 AM PST

New interests have emerged regarding the em famous Ark of the Covenant which is a wooden and gold box that is believed to hold the…

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LGBT group pressures preschools to drop ‘Mom and Dad’ references

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 06:49 AM PST

Who would have ever thought the day would come when the terms “mom” and “dad” would be offensive? Welcome to 2017! According to a new…

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3 Horrific Consequences When a Nation Rejects God

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 06:46 AM PST

(By David and Jason Benham) Our constitutional right of religious liberty is the last standing obstacle in the way of the radical sexual revolution. Every…

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RUMORS OF WAR: North Korea warns drills by US and S.Korea May Lead to Actual War!

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 06:40 AM PST

North Korea has warned that US and South Korean joint military exercises could result in “actual war.” North Korean diplomat Ju Yong Choi described the…

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Lou Engle Issues Urgent Call to Fast After 2 Major Prophetic Signs

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 06:35 AM PST

Electing President Donald Trump wasn’t the end of our duty as Christians in the United States of America—it was just the beginning of it. Revivalist…

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5 Recent Technological Inventions That Affirm Daniel 12:4 Prophecy

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 06:31 AM PST

(By Kelly Mcdonald JR) “But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many shall run to…

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US deploys missile defense in S. Korea despite Russia and China opposition

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 06:25 AM PST

The US has begun to deploy its advanced THAAD anti-missile defense system in South Korea, despite angry opposition from Russia and China. The step comes…

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WikiLeaks publishes ‘entire hacking capacity of the CIA’

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 06:14 AM PST

Wikileaks is back again and now according to a new report, WikiLeaks has published what it claims is the largest ever batch of confidential documents…

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Trump offers Planned Parenthood funds if it halts abortions

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 06:10 AM PST

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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:

JESUS IS GOD

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!

JESUS IS HOLY

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

JESUS IS LORD

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


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