March 8, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The Obamacare replacement bill, unveiled on Monday night and endorsed by President Donald Trump with a tweet on Tuesday morning, eliminates the net investment income tax, a 3.8 percent surcharge on almost all earnings from investments. The net investment income tax is paid only by single people with incomes above $200,000 and married couples earning more than $250,000.

For International Women’s Day, a coalition of activists, including those behind the Women’s March, is asking women across the U.S. to do something that’s become nearly verboten for many American workers in the past several decades: They’re calling for a strike.

Tokyo’s first-ever female governor has set an ambitious target to accelerate her plans for change: having women take a majority of seats in July’s city assembly election.

Of all the shortages that plague Venezuela – of food and medicine, even money- the lack of passports is in some ways the cruelest. For sheer hardship, it can’t match the kind of suffering inflicted by a scarcity of, say, drinking water or high-blood pressure pills, but it has the surreal effect of making people feel like they’re trapped, like they’re prisoners in their own dysfunctional land.

China’s foreign minister urged North Korea to halt its nuclear activities and the U.S. to suspend nearby military drills, as a way to quell growing tensions and get Kim Jong Un back to the negotiating table.

U.S. airports estimate they need almost $100 billion for capital projects during the next five years and can only fund about half of that on their own, according to a study by a group representing commercial airport owners.

Eight of the world’s largest oil companies are responsible for as much of the climate-damaging pollution spewed into the atmosphere as the entire U.S., according to a study by a London-based researcher.

AP Top Stories

An increasing number of school districts have announced the cancellation of classes in order to accommodate employees who have planned to participate in the “A Day Without a Woman” national protest on Wednesday. Event organizers have encouraged women to take the day off from work and not to patronize any businesses to recognize “the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system — while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity.”

A new round of bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the United States and in Canada forced lockdowns and evacuations on Tuesday, and all 100 U.S. senators asked the federal government to help them enhance security.

The US government has slapped $1.2 billion in fines on Chinese telecom giant ZTE for violations of US export controls for selling goods to Iran and North Korea, officials announced Tuesday.

Iran says it has successfully tested a Russian-made long-range missile, stoking anxieties as tensions between the nation and the United States continue to climb. A report Saturday from the official IRNA news agency claimed that Iran officials had successfully launched an S-300 System missile from in the nation’s central desert during military tests.

The way we respond to oil spills may have just changed for good. A new material created by Seth Darling and other researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory can absorb up to 90 times its weight in oil, and it can be reused.

Israel has stepped up its battle against outside supporters of an international boycott movement against the Jewish state with a new law that would bar entry to them.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday scrapped plans to hear a major transgender rights case and threw out a lower court’s ruling in favor of a transgender Virginia student after President Donald Trump rescinded a policy protecting such youths under federal law.

A U.S. Navy ship changed course toward Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, a guard commander was quoted as saying on Wednesday while issuing a warning. Multiple fast-attack vessels from the Revolutionary Guard had come within 600 yards of the USNS Invincible, a tracking ship, forcing it to change direction.

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More than 30 people have been killed after attackers dressed as doctors stormed the largest military hospital in Kabul, Afghan officials said. Militants armed with guns and grenades gained entry after one detonated explosives at a hospital gate and then opened fire on staff and patients.

Armed thieves masquerading as police have carried out a robbery at Johannesburg’s international airport in South Africa, reports said. The thieves are said to have driven into a restricted zone on Tuesday evening and taken containers of cash.

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.

More than 200 weather records were broken during Australia’s most recent summer, a climate group has warned.

The US aid organization Mercy Corps said Turkey has revoked its registration, forcing it to stop operations that help hundreds of thousands of Syrians.

WND

Peter Pan Syndrome hits an all-time low. Today’s “manolescent,” the same who may have played with dolls in his mom’s basement, is being lured to take his fetish all the way; all the way to Lumidolls, a startup brothel of, get this, blow-up “adult” dolls operating in a nondescript apartment building in Barcelona, Spain.

Texas – There’s a special space for Muslim students at Liberty High School – room C112 – an empty classroom provided by the school for daily prayer sessions.


Top News – 3/8/2017

North Korea Could Soon Launch Attack on Hawaii
North Korea could soon have the capacity to launch an attack on Hawaii that would devastate America’s Pacific military bases, accelerating the need for the United States to upgrade missile defenses in the area.

Reports: The Obama administration wiretapped Trump, world leaders, journalists, everyone?
Team Obama monitored the phones of the Trump campaign, wiretapped 35 world leaders, bugged a private climate change strategy meeting between United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and tapped officials at the World Trade Organization, Italian diplomats, European Union economic officials, the report said. Wikileaks on March 5 tweeted excerpts from a report it released last month detailing Obama’s wiretapping history:

Could Catholicism handle the discovery of extraterrestrial life?
As it happens, Pope Francis is three years ahead of us. “If an expedition of Martians arrives and some of them come to us and if one of them says: ‘Me, I want to be baptized!’, what would happen?” the pope said during morning Mass in May of 2014. Simple. For the pope of the peripheries, no matter how distant they may be, the Church does not turn others away.

I Expect US Embassy in Jerusalem Soon, Defense Minister Liberman Tells VP Pence
The comment came on the heels of a factfinding mission by two Republican senators to Jerusalem last weekend. The members of the House Subcommittee on National Security affirmed during the trip, which included scouting locations for the embassy, that President Donald Trump would not veto the Jerusalem Embassy Act when it comes up for review again in May.

Public erupts on N.Y. Times promoting itself as ‘Truth’
‘Support fact-based journalism. Hilarious’

Shocker! CIA can mimic Russian cyber hack
If the WikiLeaks revelation about CIA hacking capabilities is any indication, the bugging of Trump Tower could have been done without wiretaps or formal court warrants. That’s because it is now confirmed that the U.S. government has the ability to use everyday items to listen in on private conversations.

Trump tests Israel’s ‘special relationship’ with Germany
And there is concern in Berlin that ties could become even more strained with Donald Trump as US president. He has expressed ambivalence about the creation of a Palestinian state—a central aim of German policy in the Middle East—and offered only the mildest of criticism of Israeli settlements.

USGS study says massive earthquake along San Andreas Fault is way overdue in Grapevine
A recently published study reveals new evidence that a major earthquake is way overdue on a 100 mile stretch of the San Andreas Fault from the Antelope Valley to the Tejon Pass and beyond.

Netanyahu: Israel can normalize ties with Arab states if ‘we act wisely’
Israel is the strongest country in the Middle East and should use its stance as leverage, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. Speaking to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Netanyahu stressed that both diplomatically and militarily, Israel is strong and only getting stronger. Netanyahu added that by understanding regional interests, Israel could achieve diplomatic ties with regional Arab countries.

China calls on N Korea to suspend missile and nuclear tests
China has proposed that North Korea suspend its tests of missile and nuclear technology to “defuse a looming crisis”. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that in exchange, the US and South Korea could halt annual joint military drills, which consistently infuriate the North. The appeal comes after North Korea test-launched four missiles on Monday, breaking international sanctions.

Afghanistan: IS gunmen dressed as medics attack Kabul military hospital
Attackers dressed as doctors have stormed the largest military hospital in Kabul and a gun battle is under way, the Afghan defence ministry says. At least three people have been killed, officials say, but some reports suggest the final toll could be higher. Afghan commandos have landed on the Sardar Daud hospital roof and are fighting the militants.

China sees first monthly trade deficit in three years
China has reported its first monthly trade deficit in three years, after imports surged and a slowdown during the Lunar New Year holidays hit output. Higher commodity prices and domestic demand were credited with pushing February’s imports up 38.1% on a year earlier. But exports unexpectedly fell 1.3%, giving a trade deficit of $9.2bn for the month.

WikiLeaks publishes ‘biggest ever leak of secret CIA documents’ The US intelligence agencies are facing fresh embarrassment after WikiLeaks published what it described as the biggest ever leak of confidential documents from the CIA detailing the tools it uses to break into phones, communication apps and other electronic devices. The thousands of leaked documents focus mainly on techniques for hacking and reveal how the CIA cooperated with British intelligence to engineer a way to compromise smart televisions and turn them into improvised surveillance devices.

North Korea preps new missile test as THAAD arrives in South Korea
As a controversial U.S. missile defense system arrives in South Korea, U.S. officials have told CBS News that North Korea appears to be preparing for another launch of a new medium-range missile it first test fired last month, and may also be testing engines for a longer-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

U.S. ship changed course toward Iranians on Saturday: Iran commander
A U.S. Navy ship changed course toward Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, a guard commander was quoted as saying on Wednesday while issuing a warning. A U.S. official told Reuters on Monday that multiple fast-attack vessels from the Revolutionary Guard had come within 600 yards (550 meters) of the USNS Invincible, a tracking ship, forcing it to change direction.

House panels to launch fight in Congress over Obamacare replacement
A potentially lengthy U.S. legislative fight over replacement of the Obamacare health law gets underway on Wednesday as two House of Representatives committees begin negotiating over changes to a Republican plan backed by President Donald Trump. Both Democrats and Republicans are expected to try to reshape legislation that dismantles key provisions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.

Chinese Military Enters Afghanistan Fray with Pentagon’s Knowledge
The United States is aware of, but not openly reacting to, Chinese military ground operations inside war-ravaged Afghanistan. Adam Stump, a Department of Defense (DoD) spokesman, confirmed to Breitbart News that the Pentagon is fully “aware” of the communist country’s military operations on Afghan soil, adding that the U.S. mission continues apace.

Former NSA Whistleblower: “Trump Is Absolutely Right, Everything Was Being Monitored”
Legendary NSA whistleblower William Binney (and creator of NSA’s global surveillance system) confirmed to Fox News, that President Trump is “absolutely right” to claim he was wiretapped and monitored… he was.

Pat Buchanan Exposes The Beltway Conspiracy To Break Trump
Russian hacking of the DNC is a problem, not a scandal. The scandal is this: Who inside the government of the United States is trying to discredit, damage or damage or destroy the President of the United States?

IBM to build quantum computers, selling machines millions of times faster than anything made before
IBM has taken its first step towards selling computers that are millions of times faster than the one you’re reading this on. The company has set up a new division, IBM Q, that is intended to make quantum computers and sell them commercially. Until now, quantum computers have mostly been a much hyped but long away dream. But IBM believes they are close enough to reality to start work on getting software ready for when they become commercially available.

A seafood company killed a lobster – and was convicted of animal cruelty
An Australian seafood company was recently convicted of animal cruelty – for killing a lobster. The legally actionable problem was not actually taking the life of the lobster. It’s that the lobster was killed in a way deemed to be unnecessarily – and illegally –

Israel parliament approves travel ban for foreign supporters of BDS movement
Israel’s parliament has approved a new law banning anyone found to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement from entering the country. The bill, proposed by the pro-settlement Jewish Home party, comes after a human rights organisation had a visa denied for spreading “Palestinian propaganda” and warnings from the UN over a crackdown on activists.

Ivanka Trump clothing line reports record sales
Ivanka Trump’s eponymous women’s fashion line is reporting record sales figures despite calls for a boycott and controversies surrounding President Trump.


The Briefing 03-08-17

Trump calls their bluff: Planned Parenthood won’t stop abortions—only “3%” of organization—for funding

Reviewing ‘The Shack’: The missing art of evangelical discernment

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Every ‘Conspiracy Theorist’ In America Has Just Been Vindicated…

Conspiracy Pyramid Eye - Public DomainYes, the government can use your phone, your computer and even potentially your television to spy on what you are doing inside your own home. On Tuesday, Wikileaks released thousands of documents that prove what virtually every “conspiracy theorist” in America has been saying for years about government spying. And I don’t even like to use the term “conspiracy theorist” much, because the truth is that most “conspiracy theorists” are simply citizen journalists that are attempting to expose things that the mainstream media doesn’t want to talk about. And one of the things that the mainstream media has always been hesitant to address is the unconstitutional surveillance that U.S. intelligence agencies systematically conduct on their own citizens. (Read More…)


This Region Of The World Is Being Hit By The Worst Economic Collapse It Has Ever Experienced

South America On The Globe - Public DomainThe ninth largest economy in the entire world is currently experiencing “its longest and deepest recession in recorded history”, and in a country right next door people are being encouraged to label their trash so that the thousands upon thousands of desperately hungry people that are digging through trash bins on the streets can find discarded food more easily.  Of course the two nations that I am talking about are Brazil and Venezuela.  The Brazilian economy was once the seventh largest on the globe, but after shrinking for eight consecutive quarters it has now fallen to ninth place.  And in Venezuela the economic collapse has gotten so bad that more than 70 percent of the population lost weight last year due to a severe lack of food.  Most of us living in the northern hemisphere don’t think that anything like this could happen to us any time soon, but the truth is that trouble signs are already starting to erupt all around us.  It is just a matter of time before the things currently happening in Brazil and Venezuela start happening here, but unfortunately most people are not heeding the warnings. (Read More…)


Top Headlines – 3/8/2017

  • GOP Disagrees on How???and Whether???to Pay for Tax Cuts (Read More)
  • ‘It’s like kumbaya:’ Trump’s genial private meetings with CEOs jar with public attacks (Read More)
  • New Health Plan Sparks Debate Over Obamacare Comparisons (Read More)
  • China Grants Preliminary Approval to 38 New Trump Trademarks (Read More)
  • Questions About Loyalty to Trump Stall Treasury Picks (Read More)
  • Women in U.S. plan to stay off the job, rally in anti-Trump protests (Read More)
  • CEOs Widen Income Gap Over Staff as Survey Shows 5.5% Pay Jump (Read More)
  • Investors Who Missed Bitcoin Rally Go for Dash, Ether, Monero (Read More)
  • Stocks Have Tripled Since Crisis, but Low Rates Are Still Squeezing Savers (Read More)
  • China Shuts Hershey-Lotte Plant in Latest Missile Spat Response (Read More)
  • Swift Banking System Bars North Korean Banks (Read More)
  • New Adidas CEO Plans Fast-Fashion Focus to Catch Up to Nike (Read More)
  • Brazil’s worst-ever recession unexpectedly deepens in late 2016 (Read More)
  • Swirl of Government Corruption Unnerves Brazil (Read More)
  • SoftBank to Move 25% Stake in ARM to Saudi-Backed Fund (Read More)
  • Eight Fossil Fuel Giants Pollute as Much as the Whole U.S. (Read More)
  • U.S., Russia Counter Erdogan in Syria as Kurds Get Shield (Read More)
  • IS leader Baghdadi abandons Mosul fight to field commanders, U.S. and Iraqi sources say (Read More)
  • Iran Wields Growing Influence in Unexpected Places (Read More)
  • Who’s to Blame for the Trucker Shortage? (Read More)
  • As North Korea missile threat grows, Japan lawmakers argue for first strike options (Read More)

Arab League to resist embassies moving to Jerusalem

US envoy at UN makes bid for reviving Israeli-Palestinian talks

US, Israel discussing settlement restrictions – State Department

Defense minister rejects annexing Judea and Samaria

Anti-Trump sentiment may turn against Israel, Ya’alon warns

Sixth wave of threats hits Jewish centers across North America

While some parents pull out of JCCs, others vow to remain despite bomb threats

Entire US Senate demands Trump take action on threats to Jewish centers

White House condemns anti-Semitism in ‘strongest terms’

Knesset holds emergency debate about US anti-Semitism

Christian groups launch TV series defending Israel

Switzerland funds NGOs that call for Israel’s destruction

Israel passes law barring entry for supporters of boycott of Jewish state

As drugs flood into Gaza, Hamas to get tougher on smugglers

Hamas accuses Abbas of contributing to ‘siege’ of Gaza

IDF forces defuse two explosive devices found near Gaza border

Netanyahu: Israel won’t tolerate violations of its borders

Netanyahu, Trump ‘speak at length’ about the Iranian threat

Archeologists discover 2,000-year-old ‘Emperor’s Road’ near Beit Shemesh

Europe court backs Belgium’s rejection of visa to Syrians

UN says Trump’s revised travel ban will worsen plight of refugees

Hawaii plans to fight President Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 2.0’

‘ISIS fighters trying to flee Mosul, Iraqi forces to prevail’

After advance deep into Mosul, daring raid turns into IS ambush

Malaysia foils ‘Yemeni attack on Arab royals’

Iran setting up shell shipping companies to export weapons and illicit goods: investigation

North Korea warns of ‘actual war’, U.S. calls it ‘pariah’

North Korea says missiles were drill for strike on US bases

North Korea bars Malaysians from leaving, in ‘diplomatic meltdown’

China Proposes Deal to Ease Tensions Over North Korean Missiles

China’s anger over U.S. antimissile system poses challenge to Trump

China to develop satellite-delivery rockets released from airplanes

WikiLeaks releases ‘entire hacking capacity of the CIA’

WikiLeaks Posts Thousands of Purported CIA Cyberhacking Documents

Edward Snowden: WikiLeaks document dump on CIA hacking capability ‘looks authentic’

FBI prepares for new hunt for WikiLeaks’ source

WikiLeaks CIA documents are most recent weapon in US-Russia battle

The CIA may be spying on you through your TV

CIA planned to hack cars and trucks

House intelligence chair says he has seen no evidence Obama administration ordered wiretap of Trump

NSA Whistleblower Backs Trump Up on Wiretap Claims

Josh Earnest Won’t Deny Trump Tower Was Surveilled By Obama Administration

Franken says he thinks Sessions committed perjury

O’Reilly: How Obama Admin May Have ‘Created Chaos’ for Trump WH

Donald Trump has no intention to back off tweets

Facebook begins flagging ‘disputed’ (fake) news

West Virginia Removes 36,635 Departed Voters from Voter Rolls

Self-driving bus with no back-up driver nears California street

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: If we don’t use robots, everyone else will

IBM to build quantum computers, selling machines millions of times faster than anything made before

Brazil’s worst-ever recession unexpectedly deepens in late 2016

To fund border wall, Trump administration weighs cuts to Coast Guard, airport security

Man accused of decapitating mother was in US illegally

A section of the San Andreas fault close to L.A. could be overdue for a major earthquake

California fault capable of producing magnitude-7.4 earthquake, study says

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Mutsu, Japan

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Olry, Vanuatu

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kuripan, Indonesia

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

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 14,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Madagascar Braces for Extreme Rains From Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Enawo

Oklahoma declares state of emergency after wildfires in four states kill 6

Famine warning signs were clear – so why are 20 million lives now at risk?

8 Dead, 28 Injured in Stampede After Church Advertises Free Food at Prayer Meeting in Zambia

A seafood company killed a lobster – and was convicted of animal cruelty

Drugs are killing so many people in West Virginia that the state can’t keep up with the funerals

Forget your GP, robots will ‘soon be able to diagnose more accurately than almost any doctor’

Conservatives push back on ObamaCare repeal bill, vow to introduce their own

Did Paul Ryan intentionally sabotage his own health care plan?

HHS Secretary Price: GOP ObamaCare replacement bill ‘a work in progress’

Millions Risk Losing Health Insurance in Republican Plan, Analysts Say

Planned Parenthood Rejects Trump Compromise on Funding: Abortion ‘Vital to Our Mission’

Transgender candidate running for Conn. governor

Idaho school turmoil over sex survey

‘Day Without a Woman’ strike will see some schools shut in solidarity with teachers

Stephen Sizer – Jesus is the True Temple

The Den at the Epicenter of Hillsong for Youth?

1,000 ‘Faith Leaders’ Endorse Blasphemous ‘Shack’ Film

The Shack Movie Bombs as “Evangelism Tool”

Jane Whaley/WOFF – Fiery NC church leader could be mistaken for successful CEO

Mindfulness, meditation techniques being used in public schools, over 750,000 students impacted

Canada’s New Blasphemy Laws

Major Christian Charity Is Closing India Operations Amid a Crackdown -Suspected of Engaging in Religious Conversion

Proof That Zechariah 12:3 Is Literally Unfolding Before Our Eyes

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 07:48 AM PST

(By Susan Michael) For the Christian reader, it’s a name that invokes the Psalms describing its beauty, its spiritual significance and the importance of praying…

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School Teaches Zi and Zir Without Permission from Mom and Dad

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 07:36 AM PST

(Reported By Todd Starnes) Indiana parents are furious after eighth-graders at Lincoln Junior High School were exposed to a classroom lesson on sexual orientation, gender…

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Supreme Court Censures Judge for Telling Media She Can’t Do ‘Gay Weddings’

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 07:30 AM PST

The censorship and bullying continue for those who take a stand for their convictions and faith! Such is the case coming out of Wyoming where…

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Why The Church Must Restore the Message of Repentance!

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 07:21 AM PST

In this segment, we will discuss how the early Church preached a message that today is systematically being removed from pulpits across the Land and…

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Statue of Liberty mysteriously goes dark except for crown and torch

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 07:15 AM PST

Concerns have risen over the recent incident that has taken place in New York City regarding the statue of liberty. According to reports, Sections of…

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Biblical king’s palace uncovered beneath shrine destroyed by ISIS

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 07:01 AM PST

Another Biblical discovery has been made recently after reports indicate that Archaeologists in Mosul discover a major find under the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah…

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Nike Rolls Out Swoosh Branded Muslim Hijab Sportswear

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 06:50 AM PST

Are you ready for the new Muslim Hijab with the Nike swoosh branded on the side? According to reports, the Sports clothing manufacturer is rolling out a…

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Facebook Begins Flagging ‘Fake News’

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 06:41 AM PST

And so it begins! Facebook is ready to move to the next level of removing all forms of “Fake News” from it’s social media platform….

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Planned Parenthood Rejects Trump, Claims Abortion ‘Vital to Our Mission’

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 06:27 AM PST

Looks like Planned Parenthood isn’t shutting down shop anytime soon and now has reportedly rejected the recent proposal by the President of the United States…

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Dozens of Chinese Christians Arrested for Worshiping in House Churches

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 06:18 AM PST

Even in 2017 Americans truly don’t understand the definition of real persecution for their faith in Christ. However, in other parts of the World, it…

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This Region Of The World Is Being Hit By The Worst Economic Collapse It Has Ever Experienced

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 06:06 AM PST

(Reported By Michael Snyder) The ninth largest economy in the entire world is currently experiencing “its longest and deepest recession in recorded history”, and in…

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Coca-Cola Begins Promoting the Gay Agenda

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 06:00 AM PST

I hear Christians constantly say they are going to boycott every company that sides with agendas that are contrary to their moral beliefs. The only problem…

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Has ‘Conspiracy Theorists’ Just Been Vindicated?

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 05:49 AM PST

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Yes, the government can use your phone, your computer and even potentially your television to spy on what you are doing…

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Transgender candidate running for Conn. governor

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 08:27 PM PST

Connecticut may see their first transgender governor if Jacey Wyatt wins the race! According to a report, She has run for local office in Branford, Conn….

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DEVELOPING: Record Setting Cold Front in Canadian Arctic poised to invade eastern U.S. this weekend

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 08:23 PM PST

Hope you’re ready for bone-chilling winter air to come with a vengeance this weekend? According to reports, In recent days, some of the coldest March air in…

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LATEST UPDATE: The Earth Continues To Groan and Travail

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 08:08 PM PST

In this segment, we will discuss recent events taking place around the world dealing with the persistent travail of creation and how headlines are shadowing…

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Powerful Insights into the Word of God!

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 06:01 PM PST

In this segment we will be discussing the powerful benefits and promises connected to reading, meditating and releasing the Word of God over our lives!

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Sea of Galilee Experiencing lowest water levels in 100 Years

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 02:17 PM PST

A new report coming out of Israel is revealing that water levels of the Sea of Galilee has declined to its lowest level in a…

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How to know if I am a son or daughter of the Most-High

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 02:09 PM PST

In this segment, we will be discussing how we can be assured in our hearts that we are a son and daughter of the Most-High…

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Mysterious ‘Doorway To The Underworld’ in Switzerland Rapidly Growing In Size

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 02:00 PM PST

According to the latest reports coming out of Switzerland, there is a massive hole in the ground known as the “doorway to the underworld” that…

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Switzerland Struck with Largest Earthquake In 12 Years

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 01:46 PM PST

We are receiving reports that Switzerland has just been struck with the largest earthquake in 12 years. According to reports from a local affiliate, the earthquake…

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Massive Sinkhole Swallows House In South Africa Prompting Fears

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 01:40 PM PST

According to a report from a local affiliate out of South Africa, There is anger and fear in Khutsong on the West Rand after a…

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Wikileaks Reveals CIA planned to hack cars and trucks to carry out undetectable assassinations

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 01:28 PM PST

A chilling new report from WikiLeaks has claimed the CIA planned to hack cars and trucks to carry out assassinations. The secretive organisation said the…

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Tel Aviv Fulfilling Biblical Prophecy and Future Promises!

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 01:20 PM PST

President Trump has pledged to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. While the Old City of Jerusalem is the center of biblical…

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Major earthquake ‘Certain’ to hit Southern California

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 01:17 PM PST

It is simply a matter of time before a major earthquake hits Southern California, according to a new study by the US Geological Survey (USGS),…

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DEVELOPING: More bomb threats at Jewish groups

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 10:57 AM PST

Five bomb threats were made against Jewish organizations in New York City Tuesday morning, igniting another wave of anti-Semitism across the country. Calling it “unprecedented”…

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BREAKING: Four Dead, Thousands Evacuate After Strong Winds Fan Wildfires in Four Plains States

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 10:52 AM PST

Destructive and deadly wildfires broke out in the Plains on Monday and grew quickly in size, forcing thousands to evacuate and contributing to the deaths…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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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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