Daily Archives: March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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U.S. employers added jobs at an above-average pace for a second month on outsized gains in construction and manufacturing while wage growth picked up, as the labor market continued its steady improvement in the new year.

Mexico’s chief diplomat said that the nation hopes formal talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement will begin at mid-year and wrap up by December, projecting a more ambitious timetable than the one suggested by Donald Trump’s top commerce official.

The European Central Bank kept its quantitative-easing program unchanged as policy makers gauge whether a recent jump in inflation will endure.

Outsourcing companies in the Philippines, whose clients are mainly U.S. companies, are worried that Donald Trump’s plan to bring jobs back to America won’t end at just manufacturing but extend into services. The industry is considering hiring a U.S.-based consultant to monitor the threat of rising American protectionism.

The second of two key congressional committees cleared a Republican health care bill, moving the legislation to repeal and change many key parts of Obamacare a step closer to a full vote in the House of Representatives.

European Union leaders said the bloc is ready for U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Brexit at any time now and will respond within two days to the British government’s letter giving formal notice of the divorce.

Are millions of Americans just forgetting to file their taxes this year? More than halfway through the 2017 filing season, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service reported receiving 5.7 million fewer individual returns than at a comparable point last year. That’s an 8.5 percent drop.

Yes, the sober station wagon, one of the smallest, quirkiest niches of the global auto market, is poised for a remarkable renaissance. To anyone whose been on U.S. roads lately, this may be surprising news. Last year, some 55 percent of vehicles sold in the U.S. were either pickup trucks or SUVs.

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In stepping up legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, Democratic attorneys general are trying to use the court system to thwart the executive branch in the same way their GOP counterparts did under President Obama.

Bolivia passed a controversial measure Wednesday to expand production of coca, the raw material for cocaine. Leftist president Evo Morales dismissed warnings that an increase in coca crops would fuel the illegal drug trade.

Honduras’s prosecutors said Wednesday they would investigate alleged links between public figures, including an ex-president, and the Los Cachiros drug cartel. “The investigation will formally begin based on what was alleged by the gang member,” Prosecutors Office spokesman Yuri Mora said.

Encrypted messaging apps have become the hottest trend for White House officials but a new report suggests one of the apps trusted by a number of staffers in the Trump administration, IOActive, may be vulnerable to security exploits.

A Hawaiian island is one step closer to getting 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. Tesla, the clean energy powerhouse run by Elon Musk, has built a 13-megawatt solar farm on Kauai to help reduce the island’s dependence on diesel-burning power plants.

Pope Francis says the church must study whether it’s possible to ordain married men to minister in remote communities facing priest shortages.

Thousands of women in Warsaw showed Poland’s conservative government red cards and made noise with kitchenware to demand full birth control rights, respect and higher pay. The protest Wednesday was part of global Women’s Day in demand of equal rights. Similar protests were held in some 80 cities and town in Poland.

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The US Department of Justice is deploying 50 judges to immigration detention centres to clear a backlog of more than half a million cases. The judges will boost President Trump’s push to toughen enforcement of the law on illegal immigration.

Elon Musk, boss of electric car firm Tesla, says he can help solve South Australia’s power crisis within 100 days – and if not he’ll do it for free.

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye has become the country’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office. Judges unanimously upheld parliament’s decision to impeach Ms Park over her role in a corruption scandal involving her close friend, Choi Soon-sil.

India’s parliament has passed a law that increases paid maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks. The new law will apply to all organizations which employ more than 10 people.

Public video surveillance appears set to become more commonplace in Germany after the lower house of parliament approved a package of new measures. Security concerns will now be given greater weight against privacy when venues such as shopping centers apply for permission to install cameras.

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Thanks to staff & volunteers atLoganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, for assisting in our performance art project to demonstrate the lopsided ratio of male to female authors. We shelved all the general fiction works by men backwards, leaving only women’s works spine-out (and therefore legible). It’s a powerful statement.

American Legion officers say they were told they weren’t permitted to wear their affiliated jackets at a Dave & Buster’s in Michigan because they showed evidence of gang affiliation. The vests have patches of the American flag, the Prisoner of War flag and a bald eagle.

Several lawmakers are promoting a bill by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, that would make it a misdemeanor instead of a felony to intentionally expose someone to HIV, the virus that causes the immune system-weakening disease AIDS. The change would treat HIV like other communicable diseases under California law.


The Briefing 03-10-17

Liberal bias in sportswriting? The worldview chasm between sports fans, athletes, and sportswriters

In praise of homemakers: Why societies should greatly esteem the sacrifice of those who raise children

Those who say stay-at-home moms waste their education don’t get the nature of education or motherhood

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Top News – 3/10/2017

Shocking Upset Victories as Israel Approaches 70th Year Portend Change Bringing Third Temple
After a year typified by upset victories in sports and politics, some rabbis sees this week’s ‘turnaround’ holiday of Purim leading up to the celebration of Israel’s 70th year as a portal that will open the way for the most impressive upset victory of all time: the Third Temple.

CNN’s Reza Aslan Faces Backlash After Eating Part of a Human Brain While Filming with Hindu Cannibal Sect
Aslan, 44, met with the Aghori sect when he was invited to eat cooked brain tissue during a ritual in which they also spread ashes from cremated human bodies on his face. He drank an alcoholic drink out of a human skull before he ate the brain.

Trump administration to reportedly send more judges to immigration centers
The Department of Justice is deploying 50 judges to immigration detention facilities across the United States, according to two sources and a letter seen by Reuters and sent to judges on Thursday. The department is also considering asking judges to sit from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., split between two rotating shifts,

EU leaders grope for unity as Britain walks out
The leaders of the European Union tried to put a poisonous row with Poland behind them on Friday but struggled to agree on ways to hold the bloc together following the shock of Britain’s vote to walk out.

Plan to hire refugees damaging Starbucks’ brand and sales – Credit Suisse
Swiss financial services company Credit Suisse has warned that Starbucks’ decision to employ 10,000 refugees in protest against President Trump’s travel ban is having a negative impact on the coffee giant’s sales and brand.

Poll: Netanyahu easily wins additional term as PM
Survey released Friday shows Likud winning election, coalition retaining present strength – even with Yaalon making an independent bid.

Report: Trump to speak to Abbas for first time since becoming president
US President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will speak by telephone later on Friday, the White House and Palestinian officials said, their first contact since Trump took office. The call, scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Washington time (7:15 p.m. Israel time)

German police: Italian tourists among victims of ax attack
German police said Friday that two Italian tourists were among nine people injured when a man randomly attacked passengers with an ax in Duesseldorf’s main train station.

Turkey-PKK conflict ‘has killed 2,000’ since truce collapsed – UN
The UN has accused Turkish forces of serious violations during unrest in the south-east of the country that left 2,000 dead less than 18 months. Up to 500,000 people, mostly Kurds, were displaced between July 2015 and December 2016, a UN report said. Meanwhile, satellite imagery showed the “enormous scale of destruction of the housing stock by heavy weaponry”.

Cyclone Enawo: Five dead in Madagascar
Five people are now known to have died in Madagascar from a cyclone that made landfall in the north-east of the island on Tuesday, officials say. About 10,000 people have had to leave their homes because of damage from Cyclone Enawo.
Power supplies are also down in some areas, according to local media.

South Korea president Park Geun-hye ousted by court
South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye has become the country’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office. Judges unanimously upheld parliament’s decision to impeach Ms Park over her role in a corruption scandal involving her close friend, Choi Soon-sil. She now loses her presidential immunity and could face criminal charges.

IS conflict: US sends Marines to support Raqqa assault
The US has sent 400 additional troops to Syria to support an allied local force aiming to capture the so-called Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa. They include Marines, who arrived in the past few days. US special forces are already in Syria. Meanwhile, US-led coalition air strikes killed 20 civilians – including children – near the city, reports say.

Donald Trump set to send B-52 NUCLEAR BOMBERS to South Korea after North fires missiles at Japan
DONALD Trump is reportedly planning to send nuclear bombers to the Korean peninsula as tensions in the region reach breaking point. North Korea and the US have been teetering on the brink of war for months after Kim Jong-un carried out a series of controversial missile launches…Now US military chiefs are reportedly planning to fly in B-1 and B-52 bombers – built to carry nuclear bombs – to show America has had enough…

‘Ghost ships’ in European waters spark terror fears
Hundreds of ships are sailing into European waters after suspicious manoeuvres near terrorist hotspots, prompting fears that they are smuggling people and weapons with impunity. An investigation by The Times has uncovered how cargo ships and other large vessels routinely switch off GPS tracking so they can disappear, falsify their identification or veer off their usual course.

Could Mysterious Cosmic Light Flashes Be Powering Alien Spacecraft?
Bizarre flashes of cosmic light may actually be generated by advanced alien civilizations, as a way to accelerate interstellar spacecraft to tremendous speeds, a new study suggests. Astronomers have catalogued just 20 or so of these brief, superbright flashes, which are known as fast radio bursts (FRBs), since the first one was detected in 2007. FRBs seem to be coming from galaxies billions of light-years away, but what’s causing them remains a mystery.

Scientists discover the power of dopamine to change your decisions
…Your ability to make a split-second decision could be powered by dopamine, researchers have discovered…Now researchers from Salk Institute of Biological Sciences in San Diego have found that the chemical could also shape our decisions. They discovered that dopamine governs snap choices so precisely that measuring the brain chemical level right before a decision is made allows researchers to accurately predict the outcome.

Defiant Iran Conducts More Ballistic Missile Tests; This Time From Naval Vessel
As tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to mount, the semi-official news agency Tasnim is reporting that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has successfully conducted yet another ballistic missile test, this time from a navy vessel. Called the Hormuz 2, these latest missiles are designed to destroy moving targets at sea at ranges up to 300 km (180 miles).

Pope Francis issues veiled warning about Donald Trump: ‘Populism is evil’
Pope Francis has warned in an interview with a German newspaper of the dangers of rising populism in western democracies. The pope told Die Zeit on Thursday “populism is evil and ends badly as the past century showed.” He also said he rejects any kind of cult around the papacy and that he’s a normal believer just like everyone else.

Trump to hold phone call with Abbas
President Donald Trump will be holding a telephone call with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday evening for the first time since being sworn into office one-and-a-half months ago. The phone call is expected to take place at around 12pm (EST).

When Whistleblowers Tell The Truth They’re Traitors. When Government Lies It’s Politics
 Immediately after Wikileaks released thousands of documents revealing the extent of CIA surveillance and hacking practices, the government was calling for an investigation – not into why the CIA has amassed so much power, but rather, into who exposed their invasive policies.

No one is paying attention to the 2nd Islamic State that’s emerging in Syria
A new Islamic State is being constituted in Syria, and no one is paying attention—yet. “There’s a second Islamic State that has emerged,” says Theo Padnos. “…Nobody knows what is happening in the northwestern corner of Syria. I know because I’m in touch with some of these people, and they’re making videos all the time. We just haven’t connected the dots.”

‘Come on, you didn’t know you were at a witchcraft thing?’ Nuns roar back at ‘disgusting’ Katy Perry who ‘couldn’t recall’ attending Salem’s ‘Witch Walk’ during a confrontation to protest her purchase of their former convent
Katy Perry has been branded ‘disgusting’ by nuns at the center of a court battle over a spectacular former convent in Los Angeles the singer wants to buy. Sister Rita Callanan, 78, reveals the Order is so incensed about the sale of their one-time home they have now got the Pope involved, enlisting the help of his lawyer to help them win the case.

Defiant Iran Conducts More Ballistic Missile Tests; This Time From Naval Vessel
Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Force:  “The naval ballistic missile called Hormuz 2 successfully destroyed a target which was 250 km away.”

It Took $4 In New Debt To Create $1 In GDP
The US closed 2016 with 18.86 trillion in GDP, an increase of $632 billion from 2015; the question is how much credit had to be created to generate this growth. The answer: $2.511 trillion. This means that in 2016, it “cost” $4 in new debt to generate just $1 in new economic growth.

Canada’s New Blasphemy Laws
Although these motions against “Islamophobia” are not legally binding, extremists have already started demanding them as laws.


March 9, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — On “Fox & Friends,” President Donald Trump declared, in regard to the protests against him, “I think that President Obama’s behind it because his people are certainly behind it.” Once again, Trump has struck gold. It’s “gold” in the form of taxpayer money. In addition to funding from billionaire hedge fund operator George Soros, we find a federal financial connection to some of the anti-Trump protests…. (more)

March 9, 2017
BRYAN FISCHER — Well, now we know why the GOP establishment kept their ObamaCare replacement package locked in a room where not even GOP senators could read it. Everyone naturally wondered what they were hiding, and now we know. They were hiding it because it is a horrible, no good, very bad piece of legislation…. (more)

March 9, 2017
DAN POPP — The “Republicans” have introduced an antidote for Obamacare, and – – surprise! – – it isn’t the Constitution. Or free markets. Our old Marxist pal Paul Ryan, who once ran for Vice President on the promise to “save” FDR’s lawless Ponzi scheme, has cooked up a “replacement” for the ACA…. (more)

March 9, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Virginia Republican Rep. Dave Brat said if Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act with legislation just approved by two key House committees, they will make the same mistakes as Democrats and face voters’ wrath…. (more)

March 9, 2017
CURTIS DAHLGREN — “Your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams.” – – President Reagan’s farewell address to the United Nations (1989)… (more)

March 9, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Illegal immigration across the southwest border plummeted in the weeks after President Trump took office, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly announced Wednesday, calling the drop an early sign that Mr. Trump’s get-tough policies are working…. (more)


March 9, 2017
BOB UNRUH — The New York Times has removed the word “wiretapped” from the headline of a pre-inauguration story on data being used by the federal government to investigate aides to President Donald Trump…. (more)

March 9, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has reportedly accepted an offer from President Trump to be the U.S. ambassador to Russia. The veteran diplomat, who also sought the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, would take over perhaps the most politically fraught and high-stakes post in the U.S. ambassadorship ranks…. (more)

March 9, 2017
BOB UNRUH — There’s a new best-seller on Amazon called “Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide” that’s being touted as a guaranteed path for the party to become “unstoppable.” It’s 266 pages of blank paper…. (more)

March 8, 2017
WALL STREET JOURNAL — WikiLeaks released a massive trove of documents and files Tuesday that it says exposes how the Central Intelligence Agency hacks smartphones, computer operating systems, message applications and internet-connected televisions, in what would be one of the biggest breaches in the spy agency’s history…. (more)


March 8, 2017
WASHINGTON POST — A vast portion of the CIA’s computer hacking arsenal appeared to have been exposed Tuesday by the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, which posted thousands of files revealing secret cyber-tools used by the agency to convert cellphones, televisions and other ordinary devices into implements of espionage…. (more)

March 8, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Conservatives in the House and Senate haven’t given up hope that they can reshape Republican Obamacare replacement legislation to be more to their liking, despite mixed signals from the White House and congressional leadership…. (more)


March 8, 2017
ART MOORE — Republican critics of the health-insurance bill unveiled by the party’s House leadership Monday night held a press conference in front of the Capitol Tuesday afternoon calling for a two-step process that begins with a simple bill to repeal Obamacare and saves debate over replacement for later…. (more)

March 7, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — House Republicans released a long-awaited plan Monday to reduce the federal footprint in health care by repealing Obamacare’s unpopular mandates, replacing its subsidies with a new form of tax credits and gradually overhauling the Medicaid insurance program for the poor…. (more)


March 7, 2017
NEWSMAX — Not all House Republicans are satisfied with the GOP’s bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, with one calling it “Obamacare by a different form.” Politico spoke with a handful of GOP lawmakers from the House chamber who feel the bill, dubbed the American Health Care Act, is too similar to the existing law…. (more)

March 7, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Conservatives in Congress are casting stern glares at an GOP Obamacare replacement plan released Monday, spelling trouble for an effort that’s already on shaky footing…. (more)

March 6, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Sen. Rand Paul’s days-long quest to find the House Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare was derided by GOP lawmakers as a “publicity stunt,” but it might just put the Kentucky congressman back in the mix when it comes to influencing Congress as it prepares to make a series of key policy decisions…. (more)

March 6, 2017
PHILIP KLEIN — In releasing their healthcare plan on Monday, House Republican leaders sent a signal loud and clear: liberalism has already won. Barring radical changes, Republicans will not be passing a bill that ushers in a new era of market-based healthcare. In reality, the GOP will either be passing legislation that rests on the same philosophical premise as Obamacare, or will pass nothing at all, and thus keep Obamacare itself in place…. (more)

March 6, 2017
BOB UNRUH — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday closed the door on an Obama administration objective to redefine the term “sex” in federal law to include whatever gender a person may feel like on a particular day…. (more)

March 6, 2017
GARTH KANT — Headlines have screamed the denials by former President Obama and former members of his administration that he had wiretapped the Trump campaign. But a closer look shows the denials actually may have been non-denials, using artful language that may be more notable for it did not say, than what it said…. (more)

March 6, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The White House said Monday that President Trump is asking Congress to investigate leaks of classified government secrets, in addition to probing the possibility that President Obama ordered the wiretapping of his campaign operation…. (more)

March 6, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — They’re in retreat now. You may have missed it amid President Trump’s startling Saturday tweet storm, the recriminations over president-on-candidate spying, and the Jeff Sessions recusal – – a whirlwind weekend. But while you weren’t looking, an elaborate narrative died…. (more)

March 6, 2017
BYRON YORK — Put aside, for a moment, the raging controversies over this or that aspect of Donald Trump, the Russians and the election. And then ask: What do we know about the allegation at the heart of the matter: Did Trump, his campaign aides or his associates collude with Russians to influence the 2016 campaign?… (more)

March 6, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump plans to sign an executive order this week that scraps two major Obama energy and climate regulations in one fell swoop. The presidential executive order aims to roll back the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of former President Barack Obama’s climate agenda, and the Interior Department’s moratorium on new coal mining leases, which Trump has vowed to quash during his first 100 days in office…. (more)

March 6, 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)

The Dark Secrets Of The Catholic Church Are Starting To Come Out

Vatican St. Peter's Basilica - Public DomainWe aren’t supposed to talk about what goes on behind closed doors when the cameras are off and the public can’t see what is happening. There is corruption in virtually every large organization, but those that hold themselves out as “spiritual leaders” need to understand that they are going to be held to a higher standard than everyone else. And when those “spiritual leaders” greatly violate the trust that the public has put in them, the fallout can be absolutely devastating. In this article you are going to read about some things that are deeply disturbing. An immense wave of evil has swept through major religious organizations, and the Catholic Church is certainly no exception. (Read More…)


Global Leaders Rattle Their Sabers As The World Marches Toward War

The World Marches Toward War - Public DomainIran just conducted another provocative missile test, more U.S. troops are being sent to the Middle East, it was just announced that the U.S. military will be sending B-1 and B-52 bombers to South Korea in response to North Korea firing four missiles into the seas near Japan, and China is absolutely livid that a U.S. carrier group just sailed through contested waters in the South China Sea.  We have entered a season where leaders all over the globe feel a need to rattle their sabers, and many fear that this could be leading us to war.  In particular, Donald Trump is going to be under the microscope in the days ahead as other world leaders test his resolve.  Will Trump be able to show that he is tough without going over the edge and starting an actual conflict? (Read More…)


Top Headlines – 3/10/2017

  • Futures rise as investors count down to jobs report (Read More)
  • Individuals Tiptoe Further Into Long-Running Stock Rally (Read More)
  • American Diplomats’ Comfort With Tillerson Gives Way to Unease (Read More)
  • EU leaders grope for unity as Britain walks out  (Read More)
  • Trump’s disputes with local governments could create fresh conflicts of interest (Read More)
  • May Hears Hard Truths About Brexit as EU Prepares for Talks (Read More)
  • South Korean President Ousted Amid Bribery Accusations (Read More)
  • Park’s Ouster Raises Prospect of Reset With China, Kim Jong Un (Read More)
  • Americans Aren’t Filing Their Taxes This Year (Read More)
  • Italy prosecutors probe editor, ex-managers at top financial daily (Read More)
  • It’s Not Just America???the Rent Is High Everywhere (Read More)
  • Oil Traders Are Having Some Fun Again (Read More)
  • AIG CEO Quits Mid-Board Meeting (Read More)
  • Loaded With Cash, Brazilians Are Urged to Forget About Austerity (Read More)
  • A World Without Wi-Fi Looks Possible as Unlimited Plans Rise (Read More)
  • Fukushima Mysteries Rattle Japan’s Nuclear Industry (Read More)
  • China defends its Trump trademark approvals as in line with law (Read More)
  • Are There Taxes in Your Tax-Free Retirement Account? (Read More)

Kerry’s last-minute $221m. to Palestinians, frozen by Trump, now released… maybe

US Reform leaders talk two-state solution with Abbas

Palestinian Authority President Abbas Meets With Released Terrorists, Vows to ‘End Suffering of Heroic Brothers in Occupation’s Prisons’

Trump and Abbas to speak by phone for first time Friday

Panel clears Friedman for full Senate vote as US envoy to Israel

British Foreign Minister moralizes: Two states – or apartheid

Hamas to accept ‘1967 borders’ – but not recognize Israel

Minister floats plan for Gaza seaport island to end blockade

In Israel, a Street Sign Named After Yasser Arafat Stirs Emotions

Jordan: Israeli bill to quiet mosques is a violation of international law

Investigators say threats to Jewish groups in U.S. and UK are linked

Authorities believe one person could be behind bomb threats

Netanyahu arrives in Moscow for talks on Iranian ‘terror,’ Syrian peace

Rejecting Purim spiel, Putin tells Netanyahu to stop dwelling on past

Estonian FM in Israel: ‘We’re concerned by Russia’s collusion with Iran in Syria’

Putin set to host Erdogan for talks focusing on Syria

US envoy to UN: We must oust Iran, terror proxies from Syria

Defiant Iran Conducts More Ballistic Missile Tests; This Time From Naval Vessel

US planning longer, larger presence in Syria, top general says

US troop deployment in Syria risks entanglement in civil war

US to host 68-nation meeting on countering Islamic State

Suicide Bombers Kill Dozens at Wedding Party in Iraq

Mammoth pharaonic statues unearthed from muddy Cairo pit

General says no bad decisions were made in Yemen raid, probe is over

Merkel warns Turkey over democracy while urging closer ties

Germany’s AfD calls for ‘negative immigration’ of 200,000 people

Suspect Arrested in Ax Attack at Duesseldorf, Germany, Train Station That Injured 7

Two dead as gunmen open fire on Swiss cafe; terrorism ruled out

‘Ghost ships’ in European waters spark terror fears

Canada’s New Blasphemy Laws

Starbucks CEO’s refugee comments sour customer views of chain – survey

Will the long airport lines of spring break 2016 be back again this year?

More states seek to halt Trump’s new travel ban in court

Growing signs of trouble for Trump’s border wall

Pope Francis issues veiled warning about Donald Trump: ‘Populism is evil’

Bill Clinton warns US and Britain face an ‘identity crisis’ amid nationalist surge

Mike Pence says Turkey ties are “affirmation” of decision to fire Michael Flynn

Republicans want to know why Trump hasn’t fired the IRS head

Almost 7,000 IRS Documents Relating To Targeting Scandal Found. Bad News: No Clue When They’ll Be Public

Mnuchin calls on Congress to raise debt limit as deadline approaches

U.S. Consumer Comfort Just Reached Its Highest Level in a Decade

U.S. Household Net Worth Reaches Record $92.8 Trillion

Assange says leaks show CIA’s ‘devastating incompetence’

WikiLeaks aid on CIA software holes could be mixed blessing

Pence: US will ‘use the full force of the law’ on WikiLeaks if CIA leak legit

When Whistleblowers Tell The Truth They’re Traitors. When Government Lies It’s Politics

Congress Warns Donald Trump: Stop Deleting Your Tweets

Meghan McCain: Barack Obama will be ‘most bitter ex-president’ in history

Burger-flipping robot replaces humans on first day at work

It’s no R2D2, but Knightscope’s crime-fighting robots aid police

AI makes the heart grow fonder – It may be only a matter of time until humans and robots tie the knot

Facebook’s AI Chief: Machines Could Learn Common Sense from Video

A World Without Wi-Fi Looks Possible as Unlimited Plans Rise

Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt: ‘Big data is so powerful, nation states will fight’ over it

Here’s how the rich can escape NYC when a calamity hits

China Developing Advanced Spaceship That Can Land on the Moon

Drones threatened nuclear facilities

Fukushima disaster evacuees told to return to abandoned homes

Radioactive Boars in Fukushima Thwart Residents’ Plans to Return Home

Six years on, Fukushima child evacuees face menace of school bullies

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ovalle, Chile

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 36,000ft

Bezymianny volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 33,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

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

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Spectacular footage shows blue lava rolling out of Kilauea Volcano

PETA shelter was a ‘slaughterhouse,’ group claims

What Psychedelics Really Do to Your Brain

NFL abuse of painkillers and other drugs described in court filings

California lawmakers want to repeal HIV criminalization laws

Justin Trudeau Donates $650 Million to Fund Abortions Worldwide; Pro-Lifers ‘Horrified’

Was Franklin Graham Right to Call for a Disney Boycott?

What Anglican Church Vote on Gay Marriage and Archbishop’s Call for ‘Radical New Christian Inclusion’ Really Means

‘God Is Transgender,’ Says Transgender Pastor Opposing Texas Bathroom Bill

Air Force says words like ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ could be offensive

Democratic congresswoman claims ‘sex actions’ in Trump dossier are true despite a lack of evidence

Nuns Accuse Katy Perry of ‘Witchcraft’ in Lawsuit Over Former Convent

Sex orgies, prostitution, porn: Allegations shake Catholic Church in Italy

U.S. to Question India About Ban on Christian Charity

Philippines’ Duterte pleads with mayors to stop extremists, threatens martial law

Deadly protests break out after the removal of South Korea’s impeached President

Chicago’s violent gangs looting freight cars filled with guns

Sinclair Ferguson – What Is Discernment

Creflo Dollar “Made Me A Catholic” (When Heresy Leads To Apostasy)

“Shack” Author Paul Young States in Just-Released Book—Christ Is “In” Every Single Human Being

‘God Is Transgender,’ Says Transgender Pastor Opposing Texas Bathroom Bill

Jane Whaley/ WOFF – DA calls for investigation into accused ADAs

Ex-Muslim Loses Lawsuit Against Church

Missouri Rep. Introduces Bill to Criminalize Abortion as First-Degree Murder

Texas High School Makes Room Available for Muslim Students to Hold Friday Prayers

Global Leaders Rattle Their Sabers As The World Marches Toward War

Posted: 10 Mar 2017 07:03 AM PST

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Iran just conducted another provocative missile test, more U.S. troops are being sent to the Middle East, it was just announced…

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How Is TV and Movies Influencing Your Children?

Posted: 10 Mar 2017 06:56 AM PST

The recent release of the revised edition of the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast” has stirred parents up around the Nation! More and more…

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It has Begun! Canada Rolls Out New Blasphemy Laws

Posted: 10 Mar 2017 06:38 AM PST

Are you ready for the implementation of the “Blasphemy Laws“? Well if you live in Canada you are about to find out what it’s all…

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Is this the Main Reason Why the Lord hasn’t Returned Yet?

Posted: 10 Mar 2017 06:10 AM PST

(By Ricky Scaparo) Ok, we all know that no man knows the Day or the hour that the Lord will return! Not Jesus, Not the…

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Lou Engle Sees ‘Spiritual Battle’ Over Trump Presidency

Posted: 10 Mar 2017 05:57 AM PST

Ephesians 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this…

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Air Force Says Words Like ‘Boy’ or ‘Girl’ Could Be Offensive

Posted: 10 Mar 2017 05:38 AM PST

(Reported By Todd Starnes) The Air Force fears that words like “boy,” “girl,” “colonial” and “blacklist” might offend people, according to an email sent to…

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When Hyper-Grace Teachers Literally Rewrite the Bible

Posted: 10 Mar 2017 05:35 AM PST

(By Dr. Michael Brown) It is one thing for a teacher or preacher to under-emphasize a biblical theme. That’s bad enough. It’s another thing entirely…

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Christian Preschool Closes Rather Than Compromise Church Teachings

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 06:01 PM PST

One Christian School in Florida is choosing to shut down and close it’s doors rather than compromise their beliefs! According to the report,  The Christian…

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WAR DRUMS: Iran test fires more missiles in defiance of US, Meanwhile Nuclear Bombers on their way to S.Korea

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 05:49 PM PST

It almost appears that Iran is intentionally trying to provoke the newly elected president of the United States into a full-scale war in the Gulf! A…

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“Transgender Pastor” Opposing Texas Bathroom Bill Claims God is “Transgender”

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 05:37 PM PST

1 Timothy 4:1-2– Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines…

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Former Gang Member Transformed By The Power of God! Now Leads a Church

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 02:48 PM PST

The blood of Jesus can save and transform the worst of sinners! It transformed Saul of Tarsus who murdered and persecuted believers in the New…

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BREAKING NEWS: Axe slinging Man injures 5 in Dusseldorf train station

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 02:16 PM PST

We are receiving a breaking news report out of Germany where at least five people have been reportedly injured after an axe-wielding man went on a…

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Actions Speak Louder than Words!

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 02:09 PM PST

In this segment, we will discuss how we are seeing a rise of titles, positions, and platforms but the lack of true function, love, and…

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Theater Receives Threats Amid ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Ban Over ‘Gay Moment’

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 01:58 PM PST

Remember the recent story that went viral over the weekend regarding the Christian-owned drive-in movie theater in Alabama that decided to ban the showing of…

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Religious Expression Can Now Be Expressed In Kentucky Schools

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 12:46 PM PST

For all those in Kentucky who have children, you may be celebrating some news that is coming out regarding “Religious Expression.” That is because new…

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Pornography Outlined as ‘Public Health Crisis’ Unanimously Passes Tennessee Senate

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 12:35 PM PST

It looks like one state is taking a stand against immorality as reports indicate that a resolution declaring pornography as being a public health crisis has passed the…

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  • Are we still amusing ourselves to death?
  • On being light in this dark, sinful world.
  • When was the last time you hung out with your mom?
  • This was bittersweet news; I am thankful I had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Hutchison while at TMC (now TMU), but his retirement is well-deserved!
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Penal substitution is a notion developed during the Reformation”? Hm. That’s crazy, I thought it was a fact taught in that big book…what’s it called? Oh yeah, the Bible.
  • Do I wish Disney hadn’t gone the way of the world with the new Beauty and the Beast film? Of course. But the reality is, Disney is the world, so why would I expect them to do anything different?
  • What do you do when someone walks away from the Lord?
  • The impossibility of salvation:

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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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Salt, Light, and Social Justice Matthew 5:13-16

Matthew 5:13-16

Code: B170310

What does it mean for twenty-first century believers to be salt and light in the world?

Is it a call to promote social justice—to stand up for the oppressed and the outcast? Or is it a mandate for activism and lobbying—to reshape society through the political process? Does the church need to champion a moral agenda at home and abroad? Is it a call to redeem the culture?

Or is it something more?

We recently asked John MacArthur to help us understand how each of us is to function as salt and light in this sin-ruined world. Here’s what he had to say:

Serving as salt and light is not about our social agenda—it’s about God’s spiritual agenda. Those vivid metaphors of salt and light apply to the work of the gospel alone—not the social justice issue du jour.

This world is sprinting to hell. As Christians, we ought to have a moral and social influence in our communities. We ought to use the rights granted to us to promote morality and decency in the public arena.

But that’s not the sum total of our responsibility to this world. We can’t settle for mere social change and behavior modification. We must bring the light of the truth to bear in a world blinded by sin. And we must do what we can to halt society’s decay—not through protests and political action, but through the bold proclamation of the gospel.

 


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Has feminism been good for women?

WINTERY KNIGHT

Radical feminists complain a lot about sexism, but damage is self-inflicted Radical feminists complain a lot about sexism, but damage is self-inflicted

One problem with feminism is that it produces the very outcomes that feminists then turn around and complain about. For example, consider the women’s studies major that is favored by feminists. Does it produce a good financial return on investment?

Here is an article from the Daily Signal to answer that.

Excerpt:

While only 23 percent of American women identify as feminists, 47 percent of millennial women do.

But unfortunately, the policies supported by modern feminists have been particularly bad for young women.

[…]Today, millennial women struggle with significant student loan debt and often have a hard time finding a job that will get them out of mom and dad’s basement. About 42 percent of women have more than $30,000 in student loan debt, compared than just 27 percent of men.

This could be a function of more women…

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The Beth Moore Cornucopia of False Doctrine, Mysticism, and Impassioned Frenzy

Steven Kozar of Messed Up Church gives a whole host of reasons that author, speaker and Bible study teacher Beth Moore cannot be trusted.  Kozar has put much of her false teaching–yes, she’s a false teacher–into one place so that inquiring minds will have plenty of resources to explore what she teaches. Included are links to articles from Christians who have different theological perspectives, but according to Kozar “they all agree that Beth Moore’s teachings are not totally trustworthy and Biblical, and in some cases, she is teaching ideas that go directly against God’s Word.” Also included are sound clips so that we can hear unbiblical teaching coming from Mrs. Moore’s own lips, plus a video that shows her fawning over another false teacher, Word of Faith prosperity preacher Joyce Meyer.

Now to Steven Kozar’s exposé:

Beth Moore is a mainstream Evangelical superstar who speaks with an impassioned frenzy that inspires many women to become fanatical followers. She is not (officially) a pastor or theologian, but she serves both of those functions for millions and millions of people in the church. She first gained popularity in the 1990’s when her theology was viewed as middle-of-the-road, Bible-based, Baptist teaching, but her teaching has become more mystical and subjective over the years. Beth Moore sometimes refers to her own direct conversations with God in order to establish and validate her teachings, and she emphasizes unity in the church over sound teaching about important doctrinal matters. Moore has partnered with and endorsed Word of Faith false teachers like Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen and Christine Cain, and she is featured prominently on TBN:

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Source: The Beth Moore Cornucopia of False Doctrine, Mysticism, and Impassioned Frenzy

Basic Training: The Bible Is Sufficient

Michelle Lesley

For more in the Basic Training series, click here.

God said to me…/I heard God say…

Listen for God’s voice…

God spoke to me in a dream…

God gave me a vision of…

We hear things like this non-stop these days in pop-evangelicalism. And it’s not just in the whack job Word of Faith or New Apostolic Reformation movements, or in Charismatic churches, either. These words are coming out of the mouths of regular, every day Baptists and Methodists and Lutherans and Presbyterians, too. It’s largely due to the infiltration of Word of Faith and New Apostolic Reformation false doctrine into our churches via a) “Bible studies” from false teachers like Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, Priscilla Shirer, Christine Caine, Lysa TerKeurst and others and b) individual church members who feed on a steady diet of “Christian” television such as TBN, CBN, Daystar, and GodTV. Christians are getting the false…

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March 10, 2017: Verse of the day

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In spite of the crowd’s response, Jesus was not discouraged. His confidence in the success of His mission was firmly rooted in the omnipotent sovereignty of God. He knew that all those whom the Father gives to Him (cf. v. 39; 10:29; 17:2, 6, 9, 24) will come to Him. The neuter singular form of pas (all) views those whom God gives to Jesus as a collective body, those chosen in Him before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). This profound reality teaches us that all who are saved are a love gift from the Father to the Son. The whole history of redemption is the gathering of this redeemed body—or the calling of a bride for the Son as a love gift from the Father. The Son views every soul given by the Father to Him as an expression of the Father’s irresistible love, so that all whom He gives will come to Christ.

From the standpoint of human responsibility, “God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent” (Acts 17:30; cf. Matt. 3:2; 4:17; Mark 6:12), and “whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13; cf. John 3:15–16). Yet salvation does not depend on the human will. The redeemed are those “who were born, not … of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13). Salvation “does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy” (Rom. 9:16). Both repentance (Acts 11:18; 2 Tim. 2:25) and faith (Eph. 2:8–9; Phil. 1:29; cf. Acts 16:14) are granted by God. Otherwise no one would ever come to Him, since “there is none who seeks for God” (Rom. 3:11; cf. 8:7–8; 1 Cor. 2:14; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:1–3).

That God is absolutely sovereign in salvation is foundational to the Christian faith. Those errant theological systems (i.e., Pelagianism, semi-Pelagianism, and Arminianism) that make salvation dependent on man’s will in effect dethrone God, and are contrary to the clear statements of Scripture:

No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. (v. 44)

And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.” (v. 65)

For many are called, but few are chosen. (Matt. 22:14)

Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days. (Mark 13:20)

When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. (Acts 13:48)

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. (Rom. 8:28–30)

Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. (Eph. 1:4)

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Col. 3:12)

Knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you. (1 Thess. 1:4)

But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. (2 Thess. 2:13)

Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity. (2 Tim. 1:9)

For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory. (2 Tim. 2:10)

Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness. (Titus 1:1)

Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? (James 2:5)

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father. (1 Peter 1:1–2)

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)

The unbelief of spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1) sinners cannot thwart the saving work of God. Having chosen them in eternity past, He graciously and irresistibly calls them to Himself.

Lest any seeking souls should fear that they might not be among the elect, Jesus described the one whom the Father gave to the Son as none other than the one who comes to Me. From God’s view, we are given by His sovereign power to the Son. From our view, we come to Christ. And, of course, our Lord would never reject one who comes as a love gift from the Father. So Jesus added, I will certainly not cast that one out. The strong double negative ou mē states emphatically that Christ will not reject anyone who sincerely and submissively comes to Him. True saving faith can never be exercised in vain, but only at the prompting of the Father (v. 44).

Here again is the incomprehensible (to the human mind) interplay between divine sovereignty and human responsibility: only those given to the Son by the Father will come to Him, yet all who are “thirsty [may] come” and anyone “who wishes [may] take the water of life without cost” (Rev. 22:17). Though they seem impossible to harmonize, there is no conflict between those two truths in the infinite mind of God (Deut. 29:29). (God’s sovereignty in salvation does not negate the believer’s responsibility to evangelize the lost—Matt. 24:14; 26:13; 28:19; Mark 13:10; cf. Acts 8:25, 40; 14:7, 15, 21; 16:10; Rom. 1:15; 15:19–20; 1 Cor. 1:17; 9:16, 18; 15:1; 2 Cor. 10:16; 11:7; Gal. 1:8–9, 11; 2:2; Phil. 4:15; 1 Peter 1:12).

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March 10, 2017: Daily Devotional Guide Collection

March 10

Right Priorities

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Colossians 3:2

 

Where are your priorities? Are you focused on things of this world, or on spiritual issues? Would the coming of Jesus Christ tomorrow mess up your plans? Unfortunately, many Christians hope He doesn’t show up for a while.

What a sad commentary! If you would rather stay on earth than be in Christ’s glorious home in heaven, then you don’t love His appearing. It grieves God when we don’t live in anticipation of His glorious presence and are more interested in the mundane passing things of this world.

Where is your heart? It’s time to take a close look at your priorities. When you’re truly grateful for the salvation God has given, then you’re living in the hope of the fullness of that salvation yet to come. Make John’s desire your own: “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).[1]


March 10 Humility on Display

“Walk … with all humility.”

Ephesians 4:1–2

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Christ showed us humility by becoming a man and living as a servant.

Humility is not a very popular concept in our society, is it? We are taught to pursue honor and recognition from a young age. When my children were young, they stacked up trophies to the point of absurdity. Award shows are commonplace on television. We seem to have prizes for everything.

Humility is an elusive quality. The moment you think you are humble is the moment you forfeit it. But humility is the heart of the worthy walk; that’s why Paul listed it here first. No matter how elusive it is, we must keep striving for it.

The Greek word for  humility is a compound word. The first part means “low.” In a metaphorical sense it was used to mean “poor” or “unimportant.” The second part of the word means “to think” or “to judge.” The combined meaning is to think of yourself as lowly or unimportant.

Did you know this word never appears in classical Greek? It had to be coined by Christians. The Greeks and Romans had no word for humility because they despised that attitude. They mocked and looked down on anyone who thought of himself as lowly.

In contrast, Christ taught the importance of humility and was our greatest example of that virtue. The exalted Lord Jesus was born in a stable. During His ministry He never had a place to lay His head. He owned only the garments on His body. He washed His disciples’ feet, doing the job of a slave (John 13:3–11). When He died, He was buried in a borrowed tomb.

When the evangelical Moravian Brethren of Germany heard about slavery in the West Indies, they were told it was impossible to reach the slave population there because the slaves were separated from the ruling classes. In 1732 two Moravians offered to go and be slaves on the plantations and teach other slaves about Christ. They toiled at the sides of their fellow slaves, and the slaves listened because the two Moravians had humbled themselves. In a small way, that illustrates what Christ did for us: He humbled Himself by becoming a man so we could be saved.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Ask God to help you walk in Christlike humility.

For Further Study: Read about Christ’s example of humility in Philippians 2:5–11. What was His attitude toward Himself, and how can you emulate His humility?[2]


MARCH 10

I SEE THE GLORY OF GOD

But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.

—Numbers 14:21

Let us learn to admire God in all things, great and small—in the soft play of a kitten on the rug as well as in the vast and breath-taking sweep of some galaxy around a point so remote as to stun the imagination and make language dumb….

Two men stood on the shore watching the sun come up out of the sea. One was a merchant from London, the other was the poet, William Blake. As the bright yellow disk of the sun emerged into view, gilding the water and painting the sky with a thousand colors, the poet turned to the merchant and asked, “What do you see?” “Ah! I see gold,” replied the merchant. “The sun looks like a great gold piece. What do you see?” “I see the glory of God,” Blake answered, “and I hear a multitude of the heavenly host crying ‘Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty. The whole earth is full of His glory’” (see Isaiah 6:5). OGM147-148

Lord, as I go about my day may I not just see nature for what it is, but as a majestic expression of Your holiness. Amen. [3]


March 10

Jesus’ Definition of Peace

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.—Matt. 5:9

One of the most obvious facts of world history is that peace does not characterize man’s earthly existence. Yet two thousand years ago Jesus instructed God’s people to be peacemakers. He gave us a special mission to help restore the peace lost at the Fall.

The peace of which Christ speaks is unlike anything the world knows or strives for. His peace is not concerned with resolving conflict between governments and nations, with righting the wrongs of human oppression. His peace is the inner, personal peace that only He can give to the soul of man, a peace that only His children can emulate.

What makes Jesus’ kind of peace different? Instead of focusing on the absence of conflict and strife, Jesus’ peace produces righteousness, for only righteousness can bring two antagonistic parties together. It is what brings the unsaved person to God. It is God who reconciles a person to Himself, imputes Christ’s righteousness to him, and makes peace with him or her.

Only righteousness can usher in harmony and true well-being. James confirms the nature of God’s peace when he writes, “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable” (James 3:17). Peace cannot be divorced from holiness. “Righteousness and peace have kissed each other” is the beautiful expression of Psalm 85:10. Where there is true peace, there is righteousness, holiness, and purity. May those things characterize you as you strive to be a peacemaker.

ASK YOURSELF
What situations in your own life are in desperate need of peace and restoration? How do you think God wants to use you as a peacemaker in the midst of it? You’ve surely tried. You’ve wanted to see righteousness and justice returned. Pray that the Lord would show you how to exhibit His brand of peace in fresh, new ways.[4]

MARCH 10

NORMAL—OR NOMINAL?

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Luke 12:34

 

Is the Lord Jesus Christ your most precious treasure in the whole world? If so, count yourself among “normal” Christians, rather than among “nominal” Christians! My old dictionary gives this definition as the meaning of nominal:

Existing in name only, not real or actual; hence so small, slight, as to be hardly worth the name.

With that as a definition, those who know they are Christians “in name only” should never make the pretense of being normal Christians. Thankfully those who are “normal” are constantly being drawn to praise and worship, charmed by the moral beauty which is found only in Jesus.

I cannot understand how anyone can profess to be a follower and a disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ and not be overwhelmed by His attributes. Those divine attributes faithfully attest that He is indeed Lord of all, completely worthy of our worship and praise!

 

Heavenly Father, You are the Creator of heaven and earth. You are holy and righteous in all Your ways. You are my Treasure today and every day.[5]


March 10 Relying on God’s Character

“Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments. … Righteousness belongs to Thee, O Lord. … To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness” (Dan. 9:4, 7, 9).

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God’s attributes authenticate your prayers.

Prior to the Babylonian Captivity, God had warned His people not to adopt the idolatrous ways of their captors, whose gods were idols that could neither hear nor deliver from distress (Isa. 46:6–7).

In marked contrast, our God loves us and delivers us from evil. When we confess our sins and intercede for others, He hears and responds. In Isaiah 45:21–22 He says, “There is no other God besides Me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none except Me. Turn to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”

In his prayer Daniel mentions several attributes of God that have a direct bearing on answered prayer. In verse 4 he calls Him “the great and awesome God.” That speaks of His power and majesty. You can pray with confidence because God is powerful enough to change your circumstances when it serves His purposes.

God’s faithfulness is reflected in the phrase “who keeps His covenant” (v. 4). He always keeps His promises. He made a covenant with Israel that if they repented He would forgive them (Deut. 30:1–3). He promised never to forsake them (Deut. 31:6; cf. Heb. 13:5).

God’s love is seen in His acts of mercy toward those who love Him (v. 4). His justice and holiness are inherent in the phrase “righteousness belongs to Thee” (v. 7). God’s actions are always loving and righteous. He never makes a mistake (Gen. 18:25).

Verse 9 mentions two final attributes: compassion and forgiveness. “Compassion” is a synonym for mercy. “Forgiveness” means He pardons your wrongdoings by canceling the penalty that sin has charged to your account. He reconciles you to Himself in sweet communion.

What a gracious God we serve! Rejoice in His love, and lean on His promises. He will never fail you.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Praise God for His attributes of power, majesty, faithfulness, love, holiness, compassion, and forgiveness.

For Further Study: Read Isaiah 44, which sternly warns Israel to avoid the idolatry of Babylon during the Babylonian Captivity. ✧ What promises did God make to Israel? ✧ How did God characterize idolaters?[6]


MARCH 10

EFFECTIVE PRAYER: LETTING ALL OUR PRETENSES GO

Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

MATTHEW 23:28

The basic artificiality of civilized human beings is hard to shake off. It gets into our very blood and conditions our thoughts, attitudes and relationships much more seriously than we imagine.

The desire to make a good impression has become one of the most powerful of all the factors determining human conduct. That gracious (and scriptural) social lubricant called courtesy has in our times degenerated into a completely false and phony etiquette that hides the true man under a shimmery surface as thin as the oil slick on a quiet pond. The only times some persons expose their real self is when they get mad.

With this perverted courtesy determining almost everything men and women say and do in human society, it is not surprising that it should be hard to be completely honest in our relations with God. It carries over as a kind of mental reflex and is present without our being aware of it.

Nevertheless, it is an attitude extremely hateful to God. Christ detested it and condemned it without mercy when He found it among the Pharisees. The artless little child is still the divine model for all of us. Prayer will increase in power and reality as we repudiate all pretense and learn to be utterly honest before God as well as before men![7]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 83). 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. 78). 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. 82). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

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

40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers (Week One: Friday)

Friday

Confession: Psalm 130:1–4

Out of the depths I call to you, O Yahweh.

“O Lord, hear my voice.

Let your ears be attentive

to the voice of my supplications.

If you, O Yah, should keep track of iniquities,

O Lord, who could stand?

But with you is forgiveness,

so that you may be feared.”

Reading: Mark 10:13–16

And they were bringing young children to him so that he could touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant, and said to them, “Let the young children come to me. Do not forbid them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly I say to you, whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a young child will never enter into it.” And after taking them into his arms, he blessed them, placing his hands on them.

Reflection

When our Lord blessed the little children, He was making His last journey to Jerusalem. It was thus a farewell blessing which He gave to the little ones. It reminds us that among His parting words to His disciples, before He was taken up, we find the tender charge, “Feed my lambs” (John 21:15). The ruling passion was strong upon the great Shepherd of Israel, who “will gather the lambs in his arm[s], and he will carry them in his bosom” (Isa 40:11); and it was fitting that while He was making His farewell journey, He should bestow His gracious benediction upon the children.

Beloved, our Lord Jesus Christ is not here among us in person; but we know where He is, and we know that He is clothed with all power in heaven and in earth to bless His people. Let us then draw near to Him this day. Let us seek His touch in the form of fellowship and ask the aid of His intercession.

—Charles H. Spurgeon

As a Little Child

Response

Jesus says we must welcome in the kingdom of God like a child. What areas of your life are marked by self-sufficiency? Is your posture like that of a child—totally relient on God and receptive to Him?[1]

 

[1] Van Noord, R., & Strong, J. (Eds.). (2014). 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

12 There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12 (NASB) 

I have yet to encounter a person who has a problem with the gospel, the sovereignty of God, election, the exclusivity of genuine discipleship, et cetera who does not also force a man-centered perspective on God’s Word in one form or another. These same people lean towards a form of Christianity that is almost all experiential. Since their view of how the gospel works and how God works with Man is wrongly focused and the Word of God contains clear teachings about the sovereignty of God, these people conceive of their entire “Christian” paradigm from a philosophical and existential base rather than on the authority of Sacred Scripture.

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Obama’s Brother Malik Shows BHO’s Real Birth Certificate: Now What?

Malik Obama Tweets Alleged Barack Obama Birth Certificate in Kenya

Barack Obama’s brother Malik Obama tweeted out a birth certificate on Thursday allegedly belonging to his brother Barack.

The certificate is from a hospital in Mombassa, Kenya.

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Malik Obama Posts What Hes Says Is Barack Obama’s Real Birth Certificate…From Kenya!

Malik Obama tweeted a copy of what he claims is a valid birth certificate proving that his half-brother was born in Mombasa, Kenya.

Barack Obama is no longer president, but the birther movement alleging that he was born abroad still lives – thanks to his half-brother. The ‘birth certificate’ bears the letterhead of the ‘Coast Province General Hospital’ in Mombasa.

In 2009, a man by the name of Lucas Smith offered the document for sale on eBay.

The website eventually removed the page because it has a policy of barring its users from selling purported government documents.

Surely. What’s this? pic.twitter.com/jaczNXTIv0

— Malik Obama (@ObamaMalik) March 9, 2017

The sex of the baby is male, and the date of birth is listed as August 4, 1961, which is the former president’s genuine birthday.

The ‘document’ also lists the names of Obama’s parents, Barack Hussein Obama and Stanley Ann Obama (née Dunham).

The US Constitution does not permit citizens who were born abroad to attain the presidency.

During Obama’s years in the White House, President Donald Trump frequently promoted the conspiracy theory alleging that Obama lied about being born in Hawaii.

In an effort to put the matter to rest, the Obama White House released a copy of his long-form birth certificate in 2011.

Malik Obama is a resident of Kenya and a naturalized US citizen. It is estimated that he has between three and 12 wives thanks to Kenya’s legalization of polygamy, according to The Washington Post and CNN.

Last July, Malik Obama told the New York Post that he would be supporting Trump.

In an interview from his home in Kenya, Malik Obama said he was voting for the Republican candidate because ‘he speaks from the heart.’ source

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

It was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the so-called birth certificate that Obama presented to the American people was a forgery.

Now, Malik Obama – his disgruntled brother whips out the real deal; a birth certificate from Kenya.

Here it is:

Okay……..So, now what?

MARANATHA!

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Rules Being Enforced In Our Military About Transgenders Is Total Lunacy!

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

By now we all know that the “Hope and Change” drivel from BHO was all about the destruction of America as the world’s leader among nations.  From his apology tour to the Middle East, to his push for gay marriage and transgender laws; his determination to fundamentally change America was successful.

Now, President Trump is left with the largest mess ever left to an incoming president. And I’m not just talking about our national debt.  I am speaking of the erasing of anything resembling morals and right behavior; which by the way does come from our Bible.

Obama once said that we are not a Christian nation.  That was his deepest desire – to see Muslims take over our government and replace our Constitution with Sharia law.  Trumps victory has left the Marxist/Socialist left with a huge problem. They know that Trump intends to reverse all that he can.  But…

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