March 13, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Germany’s Angela Merkel at the White House on Tuesday will test the power dynamic between the West’s two pre-eminent leaders, one struggling for credibility on the world stage while the other fights for political survival at home.

A group of former U.S. officials plans to seek its latest round of informal talks with North Korean officials as tensions escalate in the region.

Sweeping White House promises that insurance premiums will fall and more people will have coverage under the Obamacare replacement plan may be hard to keep as conservatives demand limits to government involvement in health care before they support the measure. Top officials from Donald Trump’s administration fanned out across political talk shows on Sunday to sell the merits of the American Health Care Act, the House bill intended to replace former President Obama’s signature health law.

A clash between South Sudanese government forces and rebels in the oil-rich northeastern state of Bieh left at least 23 people dead, army spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said.

New Jersey Transit, under state and federal inquiry for violating safety rules and operating protocols, logged the most accidents last year among the 10 biggest U.S. commuter railroads, federal records show.

Oil steadied below $49 a barrel as U.S. drillers continued to boost activity, countering OPEC’s efforts to drain a global glut.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will warn U.S. President Donald Trump that a proposed tax overhaul could spark retaliatory measures, including higher tariffs for American companies, according to Der Spiegel magazine.

While speculators continue to push the value of the digital money to record highs against the U.S. dollar, the system that verifies bitcoin transactions — known as the blockchain — is more backlogged than at any point in the currency’s eight-year history. The number of transactions awaiting verification is up more than fivefold from a year ago, and the jam is forcing users to pay increasingly high fees to speed up confirmations, which in some cases is making bitcoin more expensive to use than Visa Inc. or PayPal Holdings Inc.

Iceland is back. The government announced that, effective Tuesday, it will lift almost all of the remaining capital controls, allowing its citizens, corporations and pension funds full access to the global capital markets. Iceland’s krona plunged early Monday and bond yields climbed.

AP Top Stories

The American Civil Liberties Union wants to take over your town. On Saturday, the organization is launching a nationwide campaign to push local governments to become “Freedom Cities” by adopting a series of policies to make them safe havens for immigrants and refugees amid what the group has dubbed President Trump’s “mass deportation agenda.”

An intruder carrying a backpack was arrested after scaling a fence around the White House and entering the grounds, the U.S. Secret Service said on Saturday, in the latest breach of security at the president’s official residence.

The United Nations is calling for a united effort among member countries to tackle the “largest humanitarian crisis” in more than 70 years. More than 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria are facing the threat of starvation and famine. $4.4 billion is needed by July to avert this disaster.

Twin bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims on Saturday killed 46 people in Damascus, most of them Iraqis, a monitoring group said, in one of the bloodiest attacks in the Syrian capital.

A day after a court removed her from power over a corruption scandal, ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye maintained her silence on Saturday as her opponents and supporters divided the capital’s streets with massive rallies that showed a nation deeply split over its future.

Vietnam on Monday demanded that China stop sending cruise ships to the South China Sea in a response to one of Beijing’s latest steps to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway. A Chinese cruise ship with more than 300 passengers visited the disputed Paracel Islands earlier this month.

The death toll in a horrific fire at a government-run shelter for Guatemalan teens has climbed to 39, officials said.

Up to 15 percent of active Twitter accounts are run by bots, capable of liking and re-tweeting.

Chinese officials are issuing new warnings about the specter of global religious extremism seeping into the country, following reports of fighters from China’s Muslim minority fighting alongside militants in Syria and Iraq.

BBC

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed she will ask for permission to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence. The Scottish first minister said the move was needed to protect Scottish interests in the wake of the UK voting to leave the EU.

Syria’s children “hit rock bottom” in 2016, with more killed than in any other year of the civil war. At least 652 children died – 255 of them in or near a school – last year, a 20% jump from the number killed during 2015.

Unvaccinated children would be banned from childcare centers and preschools under an Australian government plan.

WND

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it possesses a “limited amount” of 9mm bullets for agents in the field as well as for training purposes, and it is rationing its ammunition based on internal requests until it can award a new contract.

President Trump’s budget proposal this week would shake the federal government to its core if enacted, culling back numerous programs and expediting a historic contraction of the federal workforce. This would be the first time the government has executed cuts of this magnitude — and all at once — since the drawdown following World War II.


Top News – 3/13/2017

After Criticizing WikiLeaks, Ben Sasse Reports Hacking Attempts
The coolest man in the Senate, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) hit at WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, hard this past week. Well, after Sasse’s strong statements from Thursday, he began having computer troubles on Saturday, and took to Twitter to let people know.

Putin Spokesman: Russian Ambassador Met With Clinton’s Aides During the Presidential Campaign
“Well, if you look at some people connected with Hillary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that he had lots of meetings of that kind,” Dmitry Peskov told CNN “GPS” host Fareed Zakaria. “There are lots of specialists in politology, people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.”

Exclusive: Japan plans to send largest warship to South China Sea, sources say
Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, three sources said, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two.

Severe storm to hit Northeast
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch from late Monday night through Tuesday evening for New York City and parts of northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut, while winter storm warnings and watches were issued for the remainder of the Northeast.

Ministerial initiative on Temple Mount raises ire among Arab MKs
The initiative to establish an advocacy foundation for Jewish connections to the Temple Mount has been met with fury among Arab lawmakers who claim the initiative is an attempt to change the status quo and harm an Islamic holy site.

‘US Will Not Be Happy’ With China Embracing Mediator Role in Middle East
Earlier, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that Beijing was ready to help Riyadh and Tehran resolve bilateral tensions. “We hope that Saudi Arabia and Iran can resolve the problems that exist between them via equal and friendly consultations,” Wang said March 8 at an annual news conference in Beijing.

Liberman suggests new peace push afoot, calls for population swaps
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Monday that any future peace agreement with the Palestinians should not see some current Israeli Arab MKs as citizens of Israel. Writing on his Facebook page, Liberman suggested that a new push for peace was on the horizon and warned against repeating what he said were the mistakes of the past…Liberman said that “the only way to a sustainable agreement is through land and population swaps as part of a larger regional peace deal.”

Top Trump adviser Greenblatt to meet today with Netanyahu, Abbas
Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump’s special representative for international negotiations, is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday, three days after Trump’s phone call with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas about ways to advance the Middle East diplomatic process. Greenblatt is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, and with Abbas in Ramallah.

Wave of threats at Jewish centers across the US sends police scrambling
Jewish community centers and synagogues across the United States received another series of phoned-in threats Sunday, prompting another round of police response. No suspicious items were found…”We do believe that this is part of, as I mentioned on Tuesday, a larger picture – a national trend. That’s why I did mention that the FBI was involved. They are assisting us. The state police has taken a lead role from a New York state perspective,” Brighton Police Chief Mark Henderson said.

Chilean Palestinians threaten to boycott Christians over anti-BDS meeting
Palestinians in Chile threatened to boycott a local Christian organization over a scheduled meeting with the Israeli Christian-Zionist leader Father Gabriel Naddaf. Last week, Naddaf, the head of the Christian Empowerment Council, was on a tour of the South American country, sponsored by the local JNF-KKL chapter and the Zionist Federation of Chile, to speak out against the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement.

Ethiopia rubbish dump landslide: Search for survivors
Rescue workers are searching for survivors of a landslide that has killed 50 people at a vast dump in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. Officials say the death toll for the Saturday night landslide at the Koshe landfill is likely to rise. A resident said 150 people were there at the time. A number of makeshift houses are now buried under tonnes of waste.

Australia considers childcare ban on unvaccinated children
Unvaccinated children would be banned from childcare centres and preschools under an Australian government plan. Some Australian states already have “no jab, no play” laws, but PM Malcolm Turnbull is calling for nationwide legislation. Health groups have supported the push, arguing parents and the community have an obligation to protect children.

Australia considers childcare ban on unvaccinated children
Unvaccinated children would be banned from childcare centres and preschools under an Australian government plan. Some Australian states already have “no jab, no play” laws, but PM Malcolm Turnbull is calling for nationwide legislation. Health groups have supported the push, arguing parents and the community have an obligation to protect children.

Turkey rallies row: Germany and Netherlands harden stance
Several EU leaders have criticised Turkey, amid a growing row over the Turkish government’s attempts to hold rallies in European countries. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Germany and the Netherlands of “Nazism” after officials blocked rallies there. Dutch PM Mark Rutte called his comments “unacceptable”, while Germany’s foreign minister said he hoped Turkey would “return to its senses”.

IS fighters left in Mosul will die, says US envoy McGurk
Any Islamic State militants left in the Iraqi city of Mosul will die there, the US envoy to the multinational coalition battling the jihadist group says. Brett McGurk said coalition and Iraqi government forces were “committed to not just defeating them in Mosul, but making sure these guys cannot escape”. He issued the warning after the Iraqi army’s ninth division cut off the last road out of the west of the city.

Syria war: 2016 deadliest year yet for children, says Unicef
Syria’s children “hit rock bottom” in 2016, with more killed than in any other year of the civil war, the United Nations children’s organisation says. At least 652 children died – 255 of them in or near a school – last year, a 20% jump from the number killed during 2015, Unicef said. The figure includes only formally verified deaths, meaning the number could be far higher.

SXSW 2017: Why is the Vatican at a tech conference?
As Bishop Paul Tighe sat down for our interview, he joked that not only is he probably the only priest at South by Southwest, but also the only person with grey hair. His presence here marks the first time the Vatican has attended the South by Southwest Interactive conference, and their panel – titled Compassionate Disruption – is one of this year’s most talked about events. “In a world where increasingly [we’re] not invited to part of conversations, I think if people are interested in having us, we’re delighted to be here.

Palestinian children reportedly pretend to execute IDF soldiers in foreign aid-funded schools
An investigation by British newspaper Mail on Sunday found that Palestinian 24 schools named after terrorists, in addition to evidence of promoting violence against Israel by teachers, while describing terrorists as heroes. The paper also stated that these schools are funded by British foreign aid. The piece includes photos of children pretending to kill an IDF soldiers as part of a school play.

Japan plans to send largest warship to South China Sea
Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, three sources said, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two. China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fueled concern in Japan and the West, with the United States holding regular air and naval patrols to ensure freedom of navigation.

Russia, Turkey, Iran to press ahead with Syria talks: Kazakhstan
Russia, Turkey and Iran are pressing ahead with a fresh round of Syria talks in Kazakhstan, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said on Monday, despite a request from Syrian rebels to delay the meeting. “We are awaiting confirmations from the other parties to the meeting,” Abdrakhmanov told parliament, adding that delegations had already started arriving in the Kazakh capital, Astana.

Freed Jordanian who killed 7 Israeli girls shows no remorse
A Jordanian soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls in a 1997 shooting rampage was unrepentant after his release from prison Sunday, lashing out at Israelis with harshly derogatory remarks.

My message for Evangelical Christians: stop being silly, little wimps
In July 2012 I was speaking at a youth retreat in the mountains of Tennessee when I received a call from CNN.  It seemed that Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy had publicly commented on the issue of same-sex marriage and now the gay mafia were out to destroy him and his restaurant chain.  Would I, asked CNN, be willing to offer the orthodox Christian perspective on homosexuality and defend Chick-fil-A in this controversy?  After reviewing Cathy’s remarks and concluding that they were neither outrageous nor biblically incorrect, I agreed to the interview and, later that day I defended the Christian position on the network as vigorously as possible in the time that I had.

US Exorcists: Demonic Activity on the Rise
There is an alarming increase in demonic activity being reported by those who work in exorcism ministry, said the exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Although steps are being taken to increase the number of exorcists, demand is still outpacing supply.

Global Leaders Rattle Their Sabers As The World Marches Toward War
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. Will Trump be able to show that he is tough without going over the edge and starting an actual conflict?

Czech President Mocks Media, Declares Himself An “Agent Of Putin, Trump, China And Israel”
“I am an agent of Russia, and particularly of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin” he declared, speaking in Russian. “I should add that I am also an agent of the Chinese President. Lately also of the new American President. I am an agent of Israel, which I have been supporting all this time.”

Republican senator: GOP risks losing House majority if health bill approved
Republican Sen. Tom Cotton said GOP members of the House should not “walk the plank” by approving the Republican health care bill, warning that it could cost the party the House majority and put the entire GOP agenda at risk.


The Briefing 03-13-17

Freedom of conscience vs. abortion “rights”: New Mexico legislature debates radical new abortion bills

Catholicism and the priesthood: Pope breaks with tradition, says he’s open to allowing married priests

When homework makes history: Danish boy finds German warplane wreckage during WWII assignment

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Many Young Adults Are Turning To Witchcraft As A Way To Rebel Against Their Conservative Christian Upbringings

Witchcraft Witch - Public DomainYoung adults in America are far less likely to identify themselves as “Christians” than previous generations of Americans, but that does not mean that they have given up on searching for spiritual meaning in their lives. According to Wikipedia, one very popular form of witchcraft known as Wicca has been growing at a rate of more than 100 percent annually in recent years, and this has been happening at a time when Christianity has been in decline in the United States. Of course other pagan and occult groups have been exploding in popularity as well, and as you will see below, one of the primary reasons for this is because many young adults are seeking ways to rebel against their conservative Christian upbringings. (Read More…)


$21,714 For Every Man, Woman And Child In The World – This Global Debt Bomb Is Ready To Explode

Debt Bomb Globe - Public DomainAccording to the International Monetary Fund, global debt has grown to a staggering grand total of 152 trillion dollars.  Other estimates put that figure closer to 200 trillion dollars, but for the purposes of this article let’s use the more conservative number.  If you take 152 trillion dollars and divide it by the seven billion people living on the planet, you get $21,714, which would be the share of that debt for every man, woman and child in the world if it was divided up equally. (Read More…)


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What the Hell is Going On? Part III

03-13-2017 • https://www.lewrockwell.com

In Part One and Part Two of this article, I revealed how the Deep State’s fake data and fake news propaganda machine can be overcome by opening your eyes, observing reality, understanding how Fed created inflation has destroyed our lives, and why the election of Trump was the initial deplorable pushback to Deep State evil.

“The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”H.L. Mencken

“This new regime will enthrone itself for the duration of the Crisis. Regardless of its ideology, that new leadership will assert public authority and demand private sacrifice. Regardless of its ideology, that new leadership will  assert public authority and demand private sacrifice. Where leaders had once been inclined to alleviate societal pressures, they will now aggravate them to command the nation’s attention. The regeneracy will be solidly under way.” – The Fourth Turning – Strauss & Howe

We are now seven weeks into the Trump presidency and it seems like seven years with the amount of incidents that have occurred before and since his inauguration. When in doubt, Trump’s brain dead, hyperventilating with hate, opponents either blame the Russians or declare him Hitler. The histrionics displayed by the low IQ hypocritical Hollywood elite, corrupt Democratic politicians, fake news liberal media and Soros paid left wing radical terrorists over the last two months has been disgraceful, revolting, childish, and dangerous.

A counter-revolution by the gun owning normal people in the 85% red area of the country that voted for Trump would not be a pleasant experience for the paid protesters, vagina hat wearing feminazis and the safe space anti-free speech lefties on campuses across the land.

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Article Image

What the Hell is Going On? Part III

03-13-2017 • https://www.lewrockwell.com

In Part One and Part Two of this article, I revealed how the Deep State’s fake data and fake news propaganda machine can be overcome by opening your eyes, observing reality, understanding how Fed created inflation has destroyed our lives, and why the election of Trump was the initial deplorable pushback to Deep State evil.

“The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”H.L. Mencken

“This new regime will enthrone itself for the duration of the Crisis. Regardless of its ideology, that new leadership will assert public authority and demand private sacrifice. Regardless of its ideology, that new leadership will  assert public authority and demand private sacrifice. Where leaders had once been inclined to alleviate societal pressures, they will now aggravate them to command the nation’s attention. The regeneracy will be solidly under way.” – The Fourth Turning – Strauss & Howe

We are now seven weeks into the Trump presidency and it seems like seven years with the amount of incidents that have occurred before and since his inauguration. When in doubt, Trump’s brain dead, hyperventilating with hate, opponents either blame the Russians or declare him Hitler. The histrionics displayed by the low IQ hypocritical Hollywood elite, corrupt Democratic politicians, fake news liberal media and Soros paid left wing radical terrorists over the last two months has been disgraceful, revolting, childish, and dangerous.

A counter-revolution by the gun owning normal people in the 85% red area of the country that voted for Trump would not be a pleasant experience for the paid protesters, vagina hat wearing feminazis and the safe space anti-free speech lefties on campuses across the land.

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ACLU Launches Movement To Promote Resistance And Protest Of The Trump Administration

The American Civil Liberties Union staged a nationwide training event Saturday to make sure people are aware of their rights as protesters and urge organized, public resistance by those opposed to policies of President Donald Trump.

EDITOR’S NOTE: There is an enormous difference between protecting the rights of the people to engage in civil and political protest of our government, and actively working to create groups to resist and oppose the government. Now that the ACLU has aligned itself with the Obama Shadow Government, it has launched PeoplePower.org to spread anarchy and the liberal, socialist, Marxist, globalist agenda. Their new logo proudly features the raised red fist from Stalin-era Russian propaganda posters. Forward, Comrade!

Organizers said the event at a sports arena on the University of Miami campus was live-streamed to locations in all 50 states. ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said 200,000 people had signed up to attend one of an estimated 2,000 local events.

The event, staged in town hall style, was aimed at capitalizing on numerous demonstrations since Trump’s election in November and to make sure people know their rights to protest, Romero said. He said priority issues are immigration, the First Amendment free speech and religious freedom rights, civil and reproductive rights and rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people.

“We will bring all the lawsuits necessary to defend these rights,” Romero said. “We’ll do the work in the courts. You do the work in the streets. People are motivated. They want to be engaged.”

The ACLU also launched a new grassroots online organizing platform called PeoplePower.org. It’s billed as a way for people considering a local protest or rally to connect and coordinate with others around the country with similar intentions, and to provide details of ACLU initiatives.

Another plan is creation of “freedom cities” around the country that would encourage local officials to pass laws resisting Trump policies such as stepped-up deportations of people living in the country illegally, said Faiz Shakir, ACLU national political director.

Other parts of Saturday’s event detailed the rules for demonstrations on streets, sidewalks and in public parks, and the rights people have when arrested such as the right to remain silent. ACLU attorney Lee Rowland said large demonstrations generally require a local permit, but government can’t typically shut down protesters in public places without good reason.

“The government can’t censor you just because it disagrees with your opinion,” Rowland said.

Also speaking at the event was Padma Lakshmi, an Indian-born cookbook author, actress, model and television host. She said she emigrated to the U.S. at age four and said the nation appears to be retreating from its welcoming ways.

“Lately I’ve started to feel like an outsider,” she said. “What makes America great is our culture of inclusion. We must not tolerate the intolerance.” source


Top Headlines – 3/13/2017

  • Oil touches three-month lows, as U.S. supply swells (Read More)
  • Oil Steadies Below $49 as U.S. Drilling Threatens Longer Glut (Read More)
  • Traders Brace as Crucial Events Loom for Markets (Read More)
  • Preet Bharara’s Probes Likely to Continue After His Exit (Read More)
  • Dollar steadies after three-day fall (Read More)
  • GOP Health Plan Would Hit Rural Areas Hard (Read More)
  • GOP healthcare bill hangs in the balance (Read More)
  • At the Fed, spring comes early with return to new ‘normal’ (Read More)
  • Your Pension Check May Soon Be Coming From an Insurance Company (Read More)
  • ECB’s Smets Says Bank Hasn’t Taken First Step Toward Removing Stimulus (Read More)
  • Market Drift Suggests Some Investors May Be Trading on U.K. Economic Data Ahead of Release (Read More)
  • Trump’s Trade ‘Hammer’ Aims to Pound China, Mexico and the WTO (Read More)
  • Credit Reports to Exclude Some Negative Data, Boosting Scores (Read More)
  • HSBC Shares Gain After Bank Names AIA’s Tucker as Chairman (Read More)
  • China may roll back electric car quotas as industry pushes back (Read More)
  • Anti-immigration hardliner joins Finns party’s leadership race (Read More)
  • This Banker Emerged From the Collapse a Billionaire Hero (Read More)
  • Japan to send largest warship to South China Sea (Read More)
  • Russia, Turkey, Iran to press ahead with Syria talks: Kazakhstan (Read More)
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Trump mulls Middle East peace conference

Abbas tells Abdullah of Trump’s commitment to peace process

Despite denials, Tony Blair reportedly offered to aid Trump on Mideast

In ‘candid’ talk with PM, Reform leaders highlight growing US partisan divide on Israel

Antisemitism and Aliyah

New York Jewish Center Reopens After Second Bomb Threat in One Week

German newspapers: Netanyahu is a mad dictator like Khamenei

Iranian FM chides Netanyahu over Purim spiel, says Persians saved the Jews 3 times

Several Hamas cells uncovered

Police briefly close Haifa mall over car bomb scare

Jordanian soldier who killed 7 Israeli children receives hero’s welcome

Mattis’ Pentagon pick seen as supporter of Muslim Brotherhood, group Trump may outlaw

White House plans meeting with Saudi prince amid terror threats

Death toll from Damascus bombing climbs to 74

Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate claims twin bombing in Damascus

Assad calls U.S. forces ‘invaders’, but still hopeful on Trump

Turkish referendum campaign in Europe fires up tensions

Turkey warns ‘fascist’ Netherlands will pay in rally row

Dutch PM: Turkish president must stop provocation, apologise for comments

Italy vows to uphold free speech after clashes

Chinese Communist Party officials harden rhetoric on Islam

Many foreign tourists say they’re afraid to visit the US after Trump travel ban

McCain to Trump: Retract wiretapping claim or prove it

Authorities Question CIA Contractors in Connection With WikiLeaks Dump

FBI undercover stings foil terrorist plots – but often plots of the agency’s own making

MPs slam Theresa May over lack of a plan if Brexit talks collapse

Two decades later, ‘Phoenix Lights’ remains a mystery

Under Trump, the Moon regains interest as possible destination

Thousands of people could live in space colonies orbiting the Earth in 20 years, expert claims

Japan recalls tsunami, nuclear tragedy six years on

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Cyclone kills 50, affects 176,000 in Madagascar

Major nor’easter threatens to halt travel from DC to Boston

Niger drought leaves schools closed

UCSD scientists worry Trump could suppress climate change data

Video shows environmental activists defacing popular Trump golf course

15 killed, dozens missing in Ethiopia garbage dump landslide

Deadly fungus outbreak infects dozens in US

Employees who decline genetic testing could face penalties under proposed bill

White House vows plan will offer insurance to every American, downplays upcoming CBO report

GOP Health Plan Risks Backlash From Seniors

731 people get gender changes on NYC birth certificates

Transgender candidate: Race for governor not about gender

Hip-hop and zen: Rap stars are embracing meditation to reduce stress, find inner peace

‘Ghosts’ drive Brazil’s president from residence: report

The Progressive Disease of Spiritual Deception in Our Time

Louie Giglio Goes New Age

Bible 2: Volume 1 – Hail to the King of the Jews, Baby!

Best Kong Hee moments – from blessing oil to having God apologise to him

Jane Whaley/WOFF – ADAs accused of coaching sect members out of jobs in 25th District

‘Holy’ spirits: Pastor starts distillery

Christian Counselor Charged With 1994 Murder of Teenage Boy Found Dismembered at Gas Station

White evangelicals say Christians face more persecution than Muslims

UW Students Support Religious Freedom for Muslims, Not Christians

Weight Scale Banned From Campus Gym After Students Call it ‘Triggering’

Posted: 13 Mar 2017 07:16 AM PDT

Welcome to 2017 where even weight scales are now becoming offensive to folks! In fact, If you’re hoping to find a weight scale anytime soon…

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Iowa Students Apologize for American Flag Colors, Offensive to Refugees

Posted: 13 Mar 2017 06:57 AM PDT

Apparently, Not only is the US Flag offensive in the US but now even wearing the colors “Red, White and Blue” is crossing the line…

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Senate Passes Bill Forcing Churches In Hawaii to Refer Women to Abortion Clinics

Posted: 13 Mar 2017 06:43 AM PDT

If you live in Hawaii this next story should bring a little bit of concern to you as a new report indicates that the Hawaii…

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North Korea May have missile capable of striking US Soon

Posted: 13 Mar 2017 06:35 AM PDT

With the tensions rising in the South China Sea and the recent military movement taking place should the United States be concerned with an attack…

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Many Young Adults Are Turning To Witchcraft As A Way To Rebel Against Their Conservative Christian Upbringings

Posted: 13 Mar 2017 06:25 AM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Young adults in America are far less likely to identify themselves as “Christians” than previous generations of Americans, but that does…

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DEVELOPING: Japan sending largest warship to South China Sea as tensions rise

Posted: 13 Mar 2017 06:18 AM PDT

It looks as though everyone wants to show up to the South China Sea lately! We have the United States arriving with Nuclear Bombers and Attack…

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DEVELOPING: U.S. Deploys attack drones to South Korea amid tension with North

Posted: 13 Mar 2017 05:58 AM PDT

As tensions continue between North Korea and the United States, The US has reportedly deployed attack drones to South Korea, according to a U.S. military spokesman. This…

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Shock Claim: People Could Soon Live in Colonies Orbiting Earth

Posted: 12 Mar 2017 07:53 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) When we watch movies such as Star Wars and Star Trek, we see large groups of people living on space stations….

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Indiana Lawmakers Considering Bill Protecting Religious Expression in Public Schools

Posted: 12 Mar 2017 07:48 PM PDT

Indiana is now in the spotlight for “Religious Expression” as Lawmakers in Indiana are reportedly considering a bill that would protect students from personal religious…

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Largest US Onshore Oil Discovery in 30 years

Posted: 12 Mar 2017 07:35 PM PDT

(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) The Spanish oil company Repsol recently announced the largest discovery of onshore oil in the United States in 30 years. The…

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Vatican May Allow Married Men to Become Priests

Posted: 12 Mar 2017 07:22 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) Recent reports have revealed that the Pope is opening up to the idea of allowing married men to become priests. Presently,…

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Tombs Of Esther and Mordechai Remain Standing 2,500 Years Later

Posted: 12 Mar 2017 07:08 PM PDT

It seems like Biblical discoveries are becoming and more common nowadays and now yet another discovery has been made and this one is reportedly coming…

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DEVELOPING: Major nor’easter threatens travel from DC to Boston

Posted: 12 Mar 2017 06:57 PM PDT

Winter has decided to return with a vengeance and now according to recent reports is producing a major nor’easter that is threatening to shut down…

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What We Need To Learn From 3 Cities Jesus Rebuked!

Posted: 12 Mar 2017 06:47 PM PDT

In this segment, we will discuss a deeper understanding of the text in Matthew Chapter Eleven of why Jesus rebuked the three Cities he did…

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Cindy Jacobs Recommends Praying These Powerful Scriptures Every Day

Posted: 12 Mar 2017 12:53 PM PDT

(By Cindy Jacobs) As a prophetic intercessor, my regular prayer time usually involves listening to the Holy Spirit and praying what is on His agenda…

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Why So Many Christians Refuse to Take Prophecy Seriously

Posted: 12 Mar 2017 12:48 PM PDT

(By J.D. King) Many people naturally have questions about the mechanics of spiritual gifts. This is particularly the case when it comes to the prophetic….

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Demonic Activity in United States on the Rise

Posted: 12 Mar 2017 12:44 PM PDT

(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) Frances Lampert, an exorcist in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, recently reported an alarming increase in the amount of demonic activity. He…

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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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