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:

Source: http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2017/03/this-n-that_10.html


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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