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March 17, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is considering “all options” to counter North Korea’s nuclear threat while criticizing China over moves to block a missile-defense system on the peninsula.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday it may be necessary to take pre-emptive military action against North Korea if the threat from their weapons program reaches a level “that we believe requires action.”

Brazil ended a 22-month streak of formal job losses in February in a sign that the economy may be emerging from the worst recession in a century. The country added 35,612 jobs in February in the first monthly increase since March 2015.

Cape Town, the crown jewel of South Africa’s tourism industry, has 100 days before it runs out of water. After two years of the least rainfall on record, the average level of the six main dams that supply the city of 3.7 million people has dropped below 30 percent, one of the lowest levels on record.

Output at U.S. manufacturers rose in February for a sixth consecutive month, underscoring a sustained rebound in the industry. The 0.5 percent gain at factories, which make up 75 percent of overall industrial output, matched the prior month’s advance, marking the best back-to-back performance in three years.

The low birth rate and slowly recovering economy are keeping Japan’s job-to-applicant ratio at a 25-year high, with the figure at 1.43 for January. In Tokyo, there are more than two jobs for every applicant.

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Sicily’s Mount Etna volcano unleashed an explosion Thursday, hurling molten rocks and steam that rained down on tourists, journalists and a scientist who scrambled to escape the barrage. Ten people were reported injured.

Somali pirates on Thursday handed over an oil tanker and eight Sri Lankan hostages captured just days ago, the Oceans Beyond Piracy NGO told AFP, bringing to a close the first such attack since 2012. “The Puntland maritime police force freed the ship. They made (the pirates) an offer they couldn’t refuse and the pirates have left.”

A Philippine lawmaker filed an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday because of the thousands of deaths in his anti-drug crackdown and alleged corruption, although the bid faces an uphill battle with Duterte’s allies holding an overwhelming majority in Congress.

The United States reiterated its condemnation of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, vowing to maintain related sanctions until Moscow returns the strategic Black Sea peninsula to Ukraine.

Florida Governor Rick Scott on Thursday replaced a local prosecutor who declared she would not seek the death penalty in a case against a man accused of killing an Orlando police officer and refused to recuse herself.

The GOP health care bill narrowly passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee on Thursday, after three Republicans joined all the committee’s Democrats in voting against it. The committee’s Republicans also unanimously passed several motions urging big changes to the bill that some members said needed to be made for it to pass in the House.

Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria early Friday, prompting retaliatory missile launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.

Huge groups of humpback whales have been seen gathering in the Southern Hemisphere, and it’s leaving scientists and people on the internet a little confused.

In the wake of a disappointing holiday season, J.C. Penney said recently that it will close 130 to 140 stores by the second quarter. The store closures represent 13% to 14% of the company’s current store base and less than 5% of annual sales.

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Israel has shot down a Syrian missile using its most advanced anti-missile system for the first time, Israeli media said.

Pakistan says it has asked Facebook to help investigate “blasphemous content” posted on the social network by Pakistanis. Facebook has agreed to send a team to Pakistan to address reservations about content on the social media site, according to the interior ministry. Blasphemy is a highly sensitive and incendiary issue in Pakistan.

More than 1,100 complaints of child sexual abuse have been made against the Anglican Church of Australia, a royal commission inquiry has heard. The allegations, dating from 1980 to 2015, have been made against 569 church figures, including 247 ordained clergy.

At least 31 people, including women and children, have been killed after a boat carrying Somali refugees was targeted in a helicopter attack off the coast of Yemen, the International Organization for Migration said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet President Donald Trump in Washington, with transatlantic trade and NATO ties high on the agenda.

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Acid attacks in Britain’s capital are soaring to new heights, new data reveals. A Freedom of Information request submitted by the Mirror shows that between 2011 and 2016, London had nearly 1,500 cases of the devastating crime, which burns the skin and leaves victims cowering from their injuries.

President Donald Trump asked Congress for $999 million to start building the wall along the border with Mexico this year, and wants $2.6 billion for the project in next year’s budget.

Teachers at a primary school in Sydney, Australia have been threatened with beheading and other violence from young Islamic students, prompting one of them to quit her job.

Russia’s justice ministry has filed a lawsuit with its supreme court to declare the national headquarters of the country’s Jehovah’s Witnesses an extremist organization.


Top News – 3/17/2017

Clinton private email probe hindered by State Department, Chaffetz says
The head of the congressional committee investigating Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information on her private email server blasted the State Department on Wednesday for hindering its probe by not providing requested documents. “We need to understand the gravity of this. There is a reason the State Department, years after, is still holding off on giving us documents,” Chaffetz told Fox News. “The more they want to hold them, the more curious we are on what’s in them.”

It Appears that Rockets were Launched at Israel, Multiple Intercepts
3:52 AM Update: It is now believed that 3 rockets were launched at Israel from Syria at 2:43 AM. The unconfirmed reports say that two rockets landed in Israel. One rocket landed in Jordan.As a result of the rocket intercept, there are fires reported in Almog, Kibbutz Harel, Argeman, Mitzpe Yericho, Vered Yericho.

Hungary to build new line of border fences to keep out migrants
Hungary’s second line of fences on its border with Serbia will be built by the end of May and will be able to prevent any new wave of migrants coming from Turkey, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told state radio on Friday.

U.S. policy of ‘strategic patience’ with North Korea over: Tillerson
A U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea has ended, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in South Korea on Friday, adding that military action would be “on the table” if North Korea elevated the threat level.

Christian Media Giant Produces Major Series Promoting God’s Land
An unusual new television series, a cooperative effort of three Christian organizations, explores the modern miracle that is Israel, and its role as an incarnation of God’s Biblical promise – from a Christian point of view. Providing an intimate look at Israel’s history, culture and modern-day life, it allows Christians an insider’s view of the unique Jewish journey.

Israeli missile defense systems now protect fighter jets
When the Arrow missile system was delivered to the Israel Air Force in 2000, Israel became the first country in the world with the ability to protect itself against ballistic missile threats…There is no room for mistakes and missiles need to be intercepted as far way as possible…If the reports are right from Friday morning’s predawn IAF raid in Syria, the Arrow missile has undergone another revolution – it can now be used to protect Israeli aircraft operating behind enemy lines from hostile surface-to-air missiles (SAMs).

AJC urges Congress to back letter to Trump calling for two-states
The American Jewish Committee is rallying support for a congressional letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reaffirm support for a two-state solution…On Wednesday, the AJC sent a letter to members of the US House of Representatives asking them to sign on and support the letter authored by Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and David Price, D-N.C., and other measures that preserve peacemaking options even though “current conditions do not provide grounds for optimism.”

Tillerson: Military action against North Korea ‘an option’
The US has said its policy of “strategic patience” with North Korea is over, and suggested it may decide to take pre-emptive military action. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the option was “on the table” if the threat from the North’s weapons programme reached a level requiring it. During a visit to South Korea, he also said the US was exploring a range of new diplomatic and economic measures.

Merkel and Trump to discuss trade and defence in US talks
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet President Donald Trump in Washington, with transatlantic trade and Nato ties high on the agenda. Mr Trump has ruffled feathers in Germany by threatening its carmakers with tariffs and calling on Berlin to boost defence spending. Mrs Merkel will be accompanied by top executives from German companies Siemens, Schaeffler and car giant BMW.

Israel’s Arrow anti-missile system ‘in first hit’
Israel has shot down a Syrian missile using its most advanced anti-missile system for the first time, Israeli media say. A surface-to-air missile (SAM) was intercepted using the Arrow system, designed to stop long-range ballistic missiles, reports say. And in a rare admission, Israel said it had targeted several sites in Syria.

Republican health bill still alive despite renegade conservative votes
The much-criticized Obamacare replacement bill passed the House Budget Committee on Thursday with one vote to spare, as three conservative Republicans broke ranks to vote against Paul Ryan’s health care proposal. Reps. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, Dave Brat of Virginia and Gary Palmer of Alabama voted against the legislation. Combined with unified Democratic opposition, the bill was reported favorably by a vote of 19-17.

‘After School Satan Club’ Received Fast-Tracked Tax-Exempt Status from IRS
Documents…show the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) fast-tracked tax-exempt status for an “After School Satan Club” in Tacoma, Washington, while the federal agency was discovered to be either denying conservative and Christian groups…or making them wait for years. According to the watchdog group…the After School Satan Club at Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma applied for its tax-exempt status designation on October 21, 2014 and received it only 10 days later on October 31, 2014.

Exorcist fails to drive out ‘evil spirits,’ forcing Brazilian president to leave ‘haunted’ presidential palace
It seemed like a scene from the sci-fi movie “Ghostbusters.” The only difference was that the “ghosts” that apparently showed up at the official residence of Brazilian President Michel Temer seemed scary enough to force the president and his family to leave the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia.

New York Assemblyman Unveils Bill To Suppress Non-Government-Approved Free Speech
“…the deeper problem with the bill is simply that it aims to censor what people say, under a broad, vague test based on what the government thinks the public should or shouldn’t be discussing…”

Senators Demand State Department Probe Into Soros Organizations
“Over the past few years, the U.S. Mission there has actively intervened in the party politics of Macedonia, as well as in the shaping of its media environment and civil society, often favoring left-leaning political group over others.  We find these reports discouraging and, if true, highly problematic.  Much of the concerning activity in Macedonia has been perpetuated through USAID funds awarded to implementing entities such as George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.”

U.S. Military Power in Syria May Increase by 1000 Troops as Russia Bombs ISIS
The Pentagon has considered increasing the U.S. military presence in Syria by up to 1,000 troops as the international battle to oust the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, from their de facto capital of Raqqa heats up.

BBC team among injured in Etna volcano drama
Ten people were injured by flying rock and lava after Mount Etna, Europe’s biggest active volcano, burst into life on Thursday, according to a BBC journalist and others caught up in a terrifying drama on the upper slopes. The 10 suffered minor burns, cuts and bruises and six were hospitalised.

Southern Baptist leaders tout unity amid rift that could cost church millions
A show of unity this week by leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) puts a happy, but perhaps temporary, face on a struggle over the direction of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. The head of the 15-million-member evangelical denomination’s public policy arm, Russell Moore, has criticized President Trump and – most provocatively – SBC leaders who openly support him.


The Briefing 03-17-17

What does it mean to be male and female? New push for Equal Rights Amendment would have courts decide

Justice Samuel Alito: “A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs.”

1 child, 3 parents: The biological and legal revolutions that are redefining parenthood and the family

Reflecting on the 100th anniversary of the fall of the Romanovs and the rise of Communist Russia

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12 Reasons Why The Federal Reserve May Have Just Made The Biggest Economic Mistake Since The Last Financial Crisis

Wrong Way Signs - Public DomainHas the Federal Reserve gone completely insane?  On Wednesday, the Fed raised interest rates for the second time in three months, and it signaled that more rate hikes are coming in the months ahead.  When the Federal Reserve lowers interest rates, it becomes less expensive to borrow money and that tends to stimulate more economic activity.  But when the Federal Reserve raises rates , that makes it more expensive to borrow money and that tends to slow down economic activity.  So why in the world is the Fed raising rates when the U.S. economy is already showing signs of slowing down dramatically?  The following are 12 reasons why the Federal Reserve may have just made the biggest economic mistake since the last financial crisis… (Read More…)


The Debt Ceiling Deadline Has Passed, And Now The Biggest Test Of Donald Trump’s Presidency Begins…

Trump First Weekly Address - Public DomainOn Wednesday, the temporary suspension of the debt ceiling ended, and so now the federal government is not going to be able to go into any more debt until the debt ceiling is raised.  For the moment, the Trump administration can implement “emergency measures” to stay under the debt limit, but it won’t be too long before we get to a major crisis point because the federal government is quickly running out of cash.  Already, the U.S. Treasury has less cash on hand than Apple or Google, and that cash balance is going to keep on dropping until the debt ceiling is finally lifted. (Read More…)


March 16, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — With massive leaks of classified information, some of them stemming from undiscovered moles in the intelligence community, the media continue treating former officials of the CIA and NSA who have presided over this debacle with honor and respect…. (more)

March 16, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — Whereas, generations of children have been raised on wholesome Disney movies that, whether animated or live-action, were stories of character and virtue, from “Old Yeller” to “Cinderella” – – even including explicitly Christian allegories like Pinocchio (“Prove yourself brave, truthful, and unselfish, and someday, you will be a real boy”);… (more)

March 16, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — The U.S. Marine Corps needs to punish whoever posted and disseminated photos of women in compromising moments, but the military must also realize its relaxing of rules regarding sexual conduct was a huge mistake, according to a top researcher on military personnel…. (more)

March 16, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER EDITORIAL BOARD — House Speaker Paul Ryan says the nation has just two options. It can accept his repeal and replace bill or it can keep the mess it already has. “It really comes down to a binary choice,” he said, trying to whip recalcitrant conservatives into line behind the American Health Care Act. “This is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing Obamacare.”… (more)

March 16, 2017
YAHOO NEWS — US Republicans clashed Wednesday over plans to replace Obamacare, with President Donald Trump and top allies in Congress pitching a health care plan that is staring at defeat unless party rebels’ demands for changes are met…. (more)

March 16, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The uncertain future of the Republican proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare is threatening to complicate President Trump’s working relationship with House Speaker Paul Ryan…. (more)

March 16, 2017
BYRON YORK — President Trump is up to his ears in the House Republican struggle to repeal and replace Obamacare. So, amid reports of dissension and disarray in the GOP effort, when Trump traveled to Tennessee to address a campaign-style rally in Nashville Wednesday night, what did he do?… (more)

March 16, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump slammed a federal judge’s decision in Hawaii that put his second travel ban on hold – – calling it “unprecedented judicial overreach” that “makes us look weak.” “We are going to fight this terrible ruling,” Trump told supporters Wednesday night at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. “We are going to take our case as far as it needs to go, including all the way up to the Supreme Court…. (more)

March 16, 2017
LEO HOHMANN — President Donald Trump needs to score a “big hit” on the one issue that helped catapult him into the White House, and he needs it soon, say some of his staunchest supporters. After more than 50 days in office, Trump has struggled to hit a “home-run” on immigration, the kind that would solidify his base and send a message to his enemies…. (more)

March 16, 2017
NEWSMAX — The nation’s commitment to religious liberty is being tested, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said Wednesday night. The Associated Press said the conservative jurist’s remarks came in a speech in Madison, N.J., at an event sponsored by a Catholic organization…. (more)

March 16, 2017
PAUL BEDARD — In a clash with President Trump’s environmental team, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has declared that climate change is a threat to national security and one military planners must consider in drawing up strategies…. (more)


March 15, 2017
NEWSMAX — Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs says House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. has accomplished “next to nothing” in his entire political career and should resign…. (more)

March 15, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump’s desire to see the American Health Care Act survive in the House has, for now, aligned his interests with the conservatives who say they won’t support the bill until it does more to roll back Obamacare. But the White House’s alliance with congressional conservatives may not extend to upcoming legislative battles, when Trump’s preference for ends over means may redirect his focus on any given issue…. (more)

March 15, 2017
CHELSEA SCHILLING — On her show Tuesday evening, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow publicly presented what she says is part of President Trump’s 2005 tax return – – and even after major buildup by the news organization, the “big story” about the president’s taxes appeared to fall flat…. (more)


March 15, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — Former President Obama used the British to spy on President Trump – – both as a presidential candidate and as president-elect – – to avoid having American “fingerprints” on the scandal, according to Fox News judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano…. (more)

March 14, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Powerful conservative groups wary of alienating President Trump are blaming their opposition to his healthcare initiative on House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis…. (more)


March 14, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Sen. Tom Cotton said Tuesday that it’s vital for Republicans to get legislation repealing Obamacare right on the first try because he doesn’t believe there are going to be three steps to the process, as proponents have outlined. “There is no three-step plan. That is just political talk,” Mr. Cotton, Arkansas Republican, told radio host Hugh Hewitt…. (more)

March 14, 2017
WESLEY PRUDEN — Paranoia is suddenly what’s for dinner in Washington. The most fervent patriot can be a spy and never know it until someone posts a video of the high crime and misdemeanor of someone shaking a Russian hand. “There I was,” recalls Trevor Potter, the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission and a prominent Washington lawyer, “standing in the entrance hall,” about to join a lavish holiday party of diplomats, journalists, consultants, lobbyists and former officials of several governments at the home of the French ambassador…. (more)

March 14, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump signed a new executive order Monday to reorganize the executive branch, making it “less wasteful and more productive.”… (more)

March 14, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Faced with students who won’t buy lunches low in salt and sugar and jacked up with bland-tasting grains, the nation’s 54,000 school cafeteria workers are urging Washington to junk health-focused rules pushed by former first lady Michelle Obama…. (more)

March 14, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Nearly 500 jurisdictions are now sanctuary cities, according to a group that’s tracked the issue for more than a decade, and who said there’s been a massive surge in the number of places trying to thwart federal immigration agents since President Trump’s election…. (more)

March 14, 2017
Trump never promised to free health care from government control
ALAN KEYES — As things are going right now, it looks like sincere conservatives who accepted the “lesser-of-evils” reasoning to vote for Donald Trump will soon be choking down its consequences when it comes to policy. President Trump is praising the bill to “repeal and replace” Obamacare offered by the GOP’s House Leadership…. (more)

March 13, 2017
LARRY KLAYMAN — This morning I turned on Fox News only to watch Rep. Peter King of New York trash some in the Republican Party and the so-called “far right,” undoubtedly meaning yours truly, over our outrage at the apparent misuse of the nation’s intelligence agencies to not only wiretap President Trump and his associates, like Gen. Michael Flynn, but also to conduct surveillance on the populace as a whole…. (more)

March 13, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — One of The Washington Post’s big disclosures on Sunday was a front-page story about President Donald Trump’s choice of a cemetery. It was the latest contribution from reporter David A. Fahrenthold, whose job it is to probe every aspect of the life of the new President, no matter how esoteric and trivial…. (more)

March 13, 2017
GARTH KANT — The woman who is perhaps the nation’s top investigative journalist is fighting back against Big Brother. Sharyl Attkisson shared with WND a detailed and harrowing description of what it was like to experience a reality straight out of Orwell: The reporter claims she was spied on by the Obama administration while investigating its scandals…. (more)

Shadow Government Headquarters Complete As Muslim Valerie Jarrett Moves Into Obama’s New Home

Barack Obama is turning his new home in the posh Kalorama section of the nation’s capital – just two miles away from the White House – into the nerve center of the mounting insurgency against his successor, President Donald J. Trump.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Is this actually happening? Yep. His Muslim advisor Valerie Jarrett has packed her bags and is actually moving into Obama’s new mansion in Washington, DC. This will now be the command center where anarchists will be trained, and insurrection against our government planned and fomented. This, the Obama Shadow Government, the Marxist dream of Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers, is now nearly complete and will be Obama’s actual legacy.

Obama’s goal, according to a close family friend, is to oust Trump from the presidency either by forcing his resignation or through his impeachment. And Obama is being aided in his political crusade by his longtime consigliere, Valerie Jarrett, who has moved into the 8,200-square-foot, $5.3-million Kaloroma mansion with  the former president and Michelle Obama, long time best friends.

Jarrett played a vital – if at times low-key – role in the Obama presidency. She lived in the White House, dined with the Obamas, and help shape his domestic and foreign policies.

Valerie Jarrett Moves In With The Obamas At Shadow Government Headquarters

The former president has set up an office on the West End of the national’s capitol, where he recently hosted an open house for his White House staff – including Joe Biden, Susan Rice, Josh Earnest and Jarrett.

But the office, part of his post presidency perks, cannot be used for political purposes. The rent on his home is paid by him personally.

CNN hires Valerie Jarrett’s daughter to cover Trump’s Justice Department

On Tuesday, former Attorney General Eric Holder revealed that Obama is indeed getting closer to making his public reappearance in politics.

‘It’s coming. He’s coming,’ Holder said speaking to reporters. ‘And he’s ready to roll.’

According to the family source, Obama was at first reluctant to assume the role of leader of the opposition.

‘No longer the most powerful man in the world, he was just observing Trump and not liking what he saw,’ said the source.

‘He was weary and burned out after eight years in office. But Valerie convinced him that he didn’t have any choice if he wanted to save his legacy. And, as usual, he bowed to Valerie’s political wisdom and advice.’

Obama’s Ties to the Muslim Brotherhood

In his only public comment against Trump since leaving the presidency, Obama came out in support of the protests opposing President Donald Trump’s executive order to restrict immigration from predominantly Muslim countries.

A spokesman said the former president thinks they’re ‘citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.’

After Obama left office, Jarrett moved all her White House belonging into the Kalorama mansion.

‘There was never any doubt that Valerie would have a suite of rooms in the house that the Obama’s are renting,’ said the source. ‘Obama trusts her judgment more than any other person on the planet, as does Michelle.

Obama doesn’t make a decision without her.’

Spurred on by Jarrett and Michelle, the ex-president has come to embrace his role as the leader of the opposition against Trump, whose policies he loathes and whose presidency he considers illegitimate. source


Trump Isn’t Spending Money on Climate Change Because It’s a Waste of Money

According to Townhall:

Speaking to reporters yesterday from the White House briefing room, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney was asked about the elimination of funding for climate change research in President Trump’s budget. Mulvaney didn’t mince words with his answer.

“Part of your answer is focusing on efficiencies and focusing on doing what we do better. As to climate change, I think the President was fairly straightforward saying we’re not spending money on that anymore,” Mulvaney said. “We consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that. So that is a specific tie to his campaign.”

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Top Headlines – 3/17/2017

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Abbas: World terror will remain until Palestinian conflict solved

Senior Hamas leader: Quran tells us to drive Jews out of Palestine’s entirety

Jordan’s king meets with Trump adviser on Mideast peace push

In ‘historic’ move, Trump envoy hosts interfaith meeting

US envoy’s meeting with Israeli settler leaders raises policy concerns

Abbas says US envoy didn’t make any offers, just listened

In unprecedented session, settler leaders meet Trump’s envoy

Netanyahu, Trump envoy make ‘progress’ on settlement construction

Netanyahu vows new settlement amid talks with US envoy

Rights group says Israel tightening restrictions on Gazans

Israel aid said untouched in Trump’s new budget cuts

Italy pledges to affirm Jewish ties to Temple Mount at UNESCO

Israel court recognizes Arab residents’ ties to Jerusalem

At Jewish schools hit by bomb threats, trying to teach students just enough to cope

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announces that the Palestinian National Fund is a terrorist organization

Rocket fired from Gaza lands near Netivot; none hurt

Israel intercepts missile fired at IAF jets by Syria

IAF ‘Arrow’ battery intercepts Syrian missile, in first reported use of the system

Israeli fighter jets fired upon during Syria mission in clash with pro-Assad forces

Israel dismisses Syria’s claims it downed IAF jet, damaged another

U.S. Military Power in Syria May Increase by 1000 Troops as Russia Bombs ISIS

U.S. Military Denies Reports It Bombed Mosque in Syria

UN envoy says Damascus bombings aim to derail Syria peace talks

Iraq says half of western Mosul retaken from ISIS

Turkish ambassador: Iran’s regional ambitions must be contained

Navy SEALs startled by terrorists’ combat readiness in Yemen mission

Yemen at ‘point of no return’ as conflict leaves almost 7 million close to famine

Somali pirates release oil tanker and crew after first hijack for five years

Islam: The world’s fastest growing religion

Car bomb hits army base in eastern Afghanistan

Prosecutors: Man allegedly planted bomb at NYC bus terminal

One hurt in letter bomb blast at IMF Paris office

Student ‘fascinated by firearms’ wounds four in French school shooting

Europe headed for ‘religion wars’ despite Wilders’ stumble, Turkish minister says

Tillerson says North Korea ‘need not fear’ US

Tillerson calls on NKorea to quit nuke program

N. Korean diplomat blames US for rising tension

North Korea says Malaysia “incident” political scheme by U.S., S.Korea

Kim Jong-Nam’s killing a ‘US plot’, North Korea claims

North Korean hacking group behind recent attacks on banks

China pledges firm response if Japan interferes in South China Sea

Trump admin to appeal travel ban rulings ‘soon’

Judge Who Ruled Against Trump Travel Ban Is Former Obama Classmate

In Trump era, some Mexican migrants head north – to Canada

ICE Agents Now Going To Courthouses To Arrest Undocumented Immigrants

MDCPS Superintendent: ‘Over My Dead Body’ Will Immigration Agents Enforce On School Grounds

23 Percent of Public Schoolchildren Live in Immigrant Households

Immigrants are going hungry so Trump won’t deport them

Fiance of woman killed in crash with undocumented immigrant says President Trump called him

Michael Savage Following Alleged Assault: ‘It Is Clearly Open Season on Prominent Trump Supporters’

Violent threats against the president are OK now?

Trump’s Steep Cuts Face Rebuff in Congress Even With GOP Control

Trump Budget Proposes Killing All Funding for PBS, NPR and National Endowment for the Arts

Trump’s budget to cut billions to EPA, foreign aid

Are Collapsing Pensions “About To Bring Hell To America”?

Brazilians protest against reforms to pension system

Venezuela has a bread shortage. The government has decided bakers are the problem and seizes them.

Queen formally approves law giving UK PM May power to trigger EU exit talks

Senators Demand State Department Probe Into Soros Organizations

Yahoo cyber indictment shows Kremlin, hackers working hand-in-hand

Kremlin, on US Yahoo hack charges, says its spies not involved

Is It Hypocritical To Charge Russia For Hacking Yahoo When The US Does The Same Thing?

McDonald’s got Twitter bump after hacked account insulted Trump, expert says

Pakistan to seek Facebook, Twitter help to remove blasphemous content

Google adds tool to flag ‘offensive’ search results

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits south of Bali, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ubala, Colombia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near La Ligua, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bitung, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Auki, Solomon Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits east of the North Island of New Zealand

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 18,000ft

Nevado De Chillan volcano in in Chile erupts to 18,000ft

Mount Etna: BBC crew caught up in volcano blast

China’s ‘airpocalypse’ linked to Arctic sea ice loss

White House: Climate funding is ‘a waste of your money’

3rd case of bird flu detected in Tennessee

Philippine lawmaker seeks to impeach Duterte over drug fight

Chinese researchers announce designer baby breakthrough

U.K. grants first license to make babies using 3-person DNA

Feminists stage bloody fake abortion on woman dressed as Virgin Mary

Number of Swedish Children Wanting to Change Gender Doubling Each Year

Bill Condon on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ gay controversy: ‘I’m sort of sick of this’

Exorcist fails to drive out ‘evil spirits,’ forcing Brazilian president to leave ‘haunted’ presidential palace

‘After School Satan Club’ Received Fast-Tracked Tax-Exempt Status from IRS

Who was the real “St. Patrick”? – The truth is more amazing than the myths

Namaste, Satan – The spiritual dangers associated with the practice of yoga

The false NAR Gospel of Todd Bentley that damns (Part 1)

The Pharisees Weren’t Concerned With Sound Doctrine

New York Assemblyman Unveils Bill To Suppress Non-Government-Approved Free Speech

California Pastor Murdered While Meeting With Member for Prayer

Silence in Case of Missing Malaysian Pastor

Pharisees and False Teachers: A Modern Day Look at the Crooks Christ Couldn’t Stand

A Manifesto of Christian Discernment

Queen of Rome, Queen of Islam, Queen of All: The Marian Apparitions plan to unite all religions Under the Roman Catholic Church

Mother of 5 Comes Out as a Man, Her Only Son Becomes a Girl and Husband Says It’s OK

Two South Korean Pastors Arrested in China for Smuggling Persecuted North Koreans

Pastors Miraculously Released From Muslim Jail

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 08:59 AM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) Charisma News recently reported that two pastors were miraculously freed from a prison in the Middle East. The two men were…

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New Study Shows Atheism is in World-Wide Decline

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(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) Contrary to popular belief, Christianity is not dying out. A new study shows that Christians are having more children than atheists….

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Baby Receives Miracle After Prayer

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 08:33 AM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) A miracle recently occurred in a small town in North Carolina. Melanie and Mike Leitner’s new born child, Ella, was born…

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Nikki Haley Lashes Out Against the UN

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 08:21 AM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) Nikki Haley, the current US ambassador to the UN and former South Carolina Governor, has recently lashed out against the UN….

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Syria Claims Israeli Jet Shot Down After Strike Near Palmyra Overnight

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 06:42 AM PDT

According to reports coming from the Mideast, The Syrian Army is claiming that an Israeli military jet has been shot down after Israel struck a “military…

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Turkey Threatening to Send Europe ‘15,000 Refugees a Month’…

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 06:34 AM PDT

Looks like the refugee floodgates area about to open wide as new reports indicate that Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has threatened to “blow the…

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Fake Love Gospel and Fake Preachers Are Killing America

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 06:23 AM PDT

(By Bret Farias) Why does it seem like much of America respects Islam’s evil agenda and the LBGTQ agenda but does not respect the church’s…

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Fear and Panic in Pakistan After Huge Flash Seen and Heard In Sky

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 06:16 AM PDT

Reports coming out of Pakistan are indicating that a huge flash and explosion has been reported causing Residents of Gilgit and Ghizer Districts in Pakistan…

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Smartphones Now Replacing Drugs As New Addiction

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 05:45 AM PDT

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CNN Continues To Questions The Existence Of Jesus

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 05:31 AM PDT

(Reported By John Stonestreet) Ah, springtime. Flowers blooming, birds singing, and articles questioning the historicity of Jesus hitting the newsstands. Insurance company Geico has done…

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Iran Closing In On Israel – Deal With Syria Could See New Military Base

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 05:21 AM PDT

(Reported By PNW) Iran is on the verge of reaching a deal with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad to build a military base…

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New Reality TV Show to Feature “Transgender Bride”

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 05:18 AM PDT

The “Transgender Mania” is continuing to spread across America and is invading everything from Hollywood to Mainstream. Now a transgender bride will be starring in…

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Dubai Police Force To Roll Out First Robo-Cop

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 05:06 AM PDT

Dubai is about to see a real life “Robo-Cop” as reports are indicating that The UAE is about to roll out it’s first police robot…

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Is there a Coming Army Rising Up to Fight the Antichrist Spirit?

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 04:53 AM PDT

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Venezuela seizes bakeries amid bread shortage…

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 06:04 PM PDT

The economic crisis in Venezuela is reaching new levels as now reports are coming in that bread shortages in the country have produced massive lines which have…

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Ex-New Age Blogger Warns Members of the Occult Forming New World Order Prophesied in Daniel

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 05:36 PM PDT

(Reported By Jessilyn Justice) Former New Age blogger Steven Bancarz says the new world order Daniel predicted is alive—in the occult realm. Bancarz identified a…

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The Dangers of Laziness and Idleness in the Life of the Believer!

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 05:32 PM PDT

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Violent Volcanic Explosion From Mt. Etna Results In Multiple Injuries

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 01:52 PM PDT

We are receiving reports coming out of Italy that nearly a dozen people have been injured including Scientists, tourists, and a television news crew after a “violent…

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12 Reasons Why The Federal Reserve May Have Just Made The Biggest Economic Mistake Since Last Financial Crisis

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 01:42 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Has the Federal Reserve gone completely insane? On Wednesday, the Fed raised interest rates for the second time in three months,…

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Despite Pressure, Leah Remini Will Not Bow to Scientology Threats

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 01:39 PM PDT

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BREAKING NEWS: 3rd Case Of Bird Flu Detected In Tennessee

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 01:31 PM PDT

According to sources, A third commercial poultry breeding operation in the state of Tennessee has now tested positive for bird flu. This follows the recent…

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U.K. Grants Official License to Create Babies Using “3-Person DNA”

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 01:18 PM PDT

According to reports, Britain has just made history as Newcastle University has just announced its scientists have received an official license to create babies using…

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Google Ready To Crack Down on “Offensive Searches”

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 01:06 PM PDT

Google continues to crack the whip and is working feverishly to improve the quality of its search results by directing a group of employees known…

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American Bombers in South Korea Carry Out Nuke Strike Drills…

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 09:38 AM PDT

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Should We send Refugees To Hawaii?

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 09:17 AM PDT

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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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The Religion of Secularism

Secularism is the belief that man does not need God or God’s laws in man’s social, governmental, educational, or economic affairs. Ironically, secularism rejects religion, yet is itself a religion. In these United States of America, many of our politicians, courts, schools, and businesses embrace and promote the religion of secularism under the rubric of freedom from religion and by the advancement of human autonomy, which inevitably leads to anarchy.

“In God we trust” officially became the national motto of the United States in 1956 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law. Originally implemented in part to distinguish the United States from the Soviet Union and its explicit state atheism, the motto has remained to our day. Like many mottoes, however, the phrase has unfortunately become more of a throwaway statement for many Americans than a declaration of true faith in the one and only God of Scripture.

It is indeed our hope that our nation—and every nation—would genuinely trust God. Although many people claim to trust God, they act as if He has no authority whatsoever over their lives. They are an authority unto themselves, and the foundation for their self-appointed authority is as unstable as the emotions of their ever-changing hearts. Whether or not they know it, they have succumbed to secularism, which begins in the heart and ends in death. Secularism is the belief that man does not need God or God’s laws in man’s social, governmental, educational, or economic affairs. Ironically, secularism rejects religion, yet is itself a religion. In these United States of America, many of our politicians, courts, schools, and businesses embrace and promote the religion of secularism under the rubric of freedom from religion and by the advancement of human autonomy, which inevitably leads to anarchy.

It’s bad enough that secularism is a growing problem in our culture, yet it’s even worse that it’s making inroads in the church. Worship is often shaped by the felt needs and wants of secularized people. Many pastors will not preach on hell for fear of scaring people away. Some of our most popular religious leaders do little more than take self-help messages and dress them up with a veneer of Christianity. Even some preachers have embraced secularism’s teaching that we define our own reality. Thus, they are happy to redefine gender, marriage, and a host of other divinely revealed institutions and norms.

Secularism is not only a problem out there in the culture, it is something we must fight in our hearts, our homes, and our churches. We are too easily tempted to forget God and to avoid conflict with the world. It sometimes seems easier to live as if God really isn’t there, to go about our days without reflecting on His authority and that we’re called to live all of life coram Deo, before His face. But if we forget Him, we’ll forget who we are. We are His people, and we are called to stand firm against the creeping darkness of secularism, declaring to our hearts, our homes, our churches, and our nation that the Lord God Almighty has authority over all and that, unwaveringly, in God we trust.

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Namaste, Satan

Na-ma-stay is the pronunciation. It’s a Hindu salutation that is said at the beginning and end of most yoga classes. Participants place their palms together before the heart, bow their heads, and utter “Namaste,” which means “The divine in me bows to the divine in you.” But wait! We all know professing Christians who participate in yoga classes.  Many of them have been warned that there are spiritual dangers associated with yoga and are not concerned in the least. According to Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler, who has warned of the spiritual dangers for years, “The bare fact is that yoga is a spiritual discipline by which the adherent is trained to use the body as a vehicle for achieving consciousness of the divine.”

So, should believers avoid yoga altogether?  What about “Christian yoga“?  And what is the association between yoga and Satan? Pam Frost answers these questions in a piece she penned for truthXchange.  Some of what Frost reveals about this Hindu practice is chilling. She writes:

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Namaste, Satan.

These are surely shocking words to the ears of most yoga enthusiasts, who find the association of yoga with Satan to be both disturbing and incongruous with their own understanding and experience of yoga. Yet, so begins an article announcing yoga classes to be held in the Satanic Temple of Salem, Massachusetts. How could something so widely considered beneficial in every way suddenly be associated with the devil? After all, yoga has achieved status in the West as the seemingly ubiquitous answer for the general well-being of just about everyone—from children in our public schools to the elderly in assisted living, from those with robust health in the prime of their lives to those with terminal illnesses nearing the end of their lives, and everyone in between. Many healthcare professionals recommend yoga for purported benefits such as the increased strength, flexibility and balance attributed to yoga’s postures; for the reduced blood pressure and heart rate attributed to yoga’s breathing techniques; and for the inner peace and global harmony attributed to yoga’s meditative spirituality. Yet, while most acclaim what they believe to be the positive benefits of yoga, William J. Broad, in his New York Times Magazine article How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body, warns that it can actually cause serious physical injuries such as trauma to the back, neck and head, as well as brain injuries and even stroke. But as Christians, we also need to ask whether there could be real spiritual dangers associated with the practice of yoga. We need to understand what the essence of yoga really is.

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Children, Mums, Dads and the Gender Benders

“It is not just religious conservatives who have problems with the transgender revolutionaries,” says Bill Muehlenberg. “Many others also have some valid concerns about it, and how it impacts our culture and our kids.” In this piece over at Culture Watch, Muehlenberg offers examples of non-religious people who have problems with the trans agenda. He writes:

That the trans revolution is causing massive devastation to countless families and children, as well as to society and culture as a whole, is something I have now documented numerous times. So too have many others. But our concerns are often dismissed as mere ‘religious bigotry’ and the like.

However I can assure you that there are plenty of non-religious folks who also have problems with the trans agenda and their radical take on gender (that it is fluid and a social construct, and has no biological basis, etc). Non-Christians, feminists and even lesbians among others have all expressed real concerns about the gender activists.

There would be plenty of these folks out there, but let me just highlight four of them who have spoken on these issues at various times. Consider as my first exhibit the lesbian academic and social commentator Camille Paglia. She has often been critical of feminist excesses, and is not too keen about the trans mania as well.

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Five Prayers to Grow in the Fear of the Lord

As believers, we know we are to honor and fear the Lord, but our culture doesn’t lend itself to a reverential disposition. Instead, our culture does us the further disservice of not having much appreciation for the truth.

To acquire both—reverence and truth—we have to search the Scriptures and combat the messages we inevitably hear. As we do, the truth about Christ and who he is leads to honor, fear, and reverence—for our God is matchless and true.

We are a people of the faith—belonging to the “body of truth,”[1] or as Jude puts it, “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). The faith is precious, Christocentric knowledge that we have inherited as believers; by reflecting upon these passages of Scripture,[2] we can begin to grow in our fluency with it and deepen our reverence for God.

Five Prayers to Grow in the Fear of the Lord

Read, reflect, and pray with me:

1. His Gospel Plan

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. (1 Corinthians 15:3-7)

Father, how contrary this is to my natural disposition, that in being sinned against, you made a plan to come remarkably nearer—when I want to avoid people whose sin affects me! Through a detailed plan of action and decree revealed through prophecies in the Holy Scriptures, your plan is specific and glorious. I hold dear this singular pattern, that Christ died, was buried, was raised, and made appearances; it is true that you are the resurrected Lord, and I join the chorus of believers throughout history bearing witness to this fact today.

2. His Humble Mission

…who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:6-11)

Father, you are glorified in the humble mission and, then, the glorious exaltation of Christ. My obedience comes through Christ’s, the indescribably greater obedience; and my humility in view of him is infinitely less than the humility Christ assumed. His Name is exalted in every way—in true servanthood, obedience, and humility, and, therefore, in honor bestowed to his Name in the heavens and earth forever. So every single person will praise the exalted, worthy Lord with their mouths on the day you’ve appointed.

3. His Exclusive Kingship

…Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:12-16)

Father, when Christ was in his trial to death, speaking with Pilot, he confessed his Kingship, and gave testimony that truth is from God through himself (John 18:36-37). You alone have authority and belong to light beyond comprehension, sight, or survival by us—except for believers who are permitted near through your sacrifice. I praise you that death could not keep you; you alone are immortal of your own accord. In the presence of many witnesses throughout my life, may I always speak the truth about you, as you did.

4. His Inexhaustible Glory

Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” (Acts 7:54-56)

Father, this is the grace you give those called to die for you—remembrance that the Son of Man, the Christ, is irrevocably positioned at the right hand of God. Christ is my security and hope in every trial, and would be in martyrdom, should you ever call me to it. Your glory is inexhaustible; you are worthy of my life and my death; your exaltation is my hope.

5. His Overcoming Power

Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:5)

Father, culture tells me that there is no exclusivity to our faith, but I know better. I know that you are the only reality, the only Judge, and the only Savior. What kind providence you have given to me, and those I call my family in Christ! Who can possibly overcome but us who are found in you?

Let’s Fear the Lord Together

The death, burial, resurrection, and appearances of Christ; the humble mission of Christ from the Father and glorious exaltation at this moment; the confession that proceeded from his mouth of exclusive Kingship and truth; the glory of God and position of Christ that gives unlimited courage for those who believe; the power of Christ who alone overcomes, and us in him—let’s revere the Lord together!

[1] Lightner, Robert P. “Philippians”. In The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, edited by J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. [2] A short summary of John H. Leith’s longer list in Christian Doctrine from the Bible to the Present.

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Feeling God?

Spanish mystic Teresa of Avila

Do you ever wonder if there’s something more to the Christian life? Maybe you’ve heard of or know people who tell you about having some sort of amazing God-experience—whether it’s been intense feelings of peace and joy, some kind of ecstatic excitement, maybe even visions or voices—and you wonder if you’re missing out. You hear about these things and you think to yourself “I want more”.

There have been times in my life when I’ve thought that maybe if I prayed in a different way, or if I sang songs in a different style, or if I used that Bible reading plan, then maybe I would experience God in a fuller, deeper, and more intimate way. Maybe if I just did something differently, then God by his Holy Spirit would fill me with these feelings of excitement, making my Christian walk just that much better.

As I speak with Christians at church or university, it seems that this desire to ‘experience’ or ‘feel’ God more intimately is quite widespread. People who desire such an experience feel they’re missing out on something. As one Christian said to me at church after hearing a sermon on Psalm 103, “There must be something more to the Christian life than I am currently feeling”. I wonder what advice you would give to such a person? On one hand, you may be right to point out that what we know to be the truth shouldn’t be overshadowed by being caught up in an experience-hungry age—but does this downplay too seriously the proper place of our emotions? My hope is that we can speak in such a way that values a desire for intimacy with God by speaking truthfully about the work of the Holy Spirit in the here and now.  View article →

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Why Christians Don’t Love the World”

1 John 2:15-17

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Loyalty matters. The military shows no mercy to traitors and defectors—those who have violated the trust of brothers-in-arms. On a more personal level, few things can match the devastation caused by a husband or wife abandoning his or her partner. The sense of betrayal leaves long-term scars that never fully heal.

But as devastating as the consequences of human-to-human betrayal can be, they pale in comparison to the eternal consequences awaiting professing Christians who turn their backs on Christ.

As Christians, all of us have felt the sting of losing brethren to the world. Scripture reserves some of its harshest commentary for spiritual defectors—apostates—who depart from the Christian faith. They are described as “faithless” (Jeremiah 3:6) and “false brethren” (Galatians 2:4). People with “evil, unbelieving heart[s]” (Hebrews 3:12) who “in time of temptation fall away” (Luke 8:13), “trample under foot the Son of God” (Hebrews 10:29), and are “marked out for . . . condemnation” (Jude 4). “They went out from us, but they were not really of us” (1 John 2:19).

Second Timothy 3:4 gets to the heart of the matter when it describes apostates as “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” Ultimately, the distinction between the imposters and those who are truly part of Christ’s church boils down to who (or what) they really love. It’s why the apostle John warned: “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). What a terrifying warning: Scripture declares that loving the world is synonymous with alienation from God.

In his message, “Why Christians Don’t Love the World,” John MacArthur examines 1 John 2:15-17 to warn us about the seductive threat posed by the world and the satanic system it represents. Specifically, he points us to four critical reasons why we shouldn’t love the world:

–   Because of what the world really is.
–   Because of who we really are.
–   Because of what the world really does to us.
–   Because of where the world will really take us.

None of us should feel immune to the lure of the world. We need to be able to see what really lies beneath its attractive veneer. To that end, “Why Christians Don’t Love the World” is a helpful and powerful warning that we all need to hear.

Click here to listen to “Why Christians Don’t Love the World.”

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New study: nearly half of millenials reject monogamy

WINTERY KNIGHT

Marriage and family Marriage and family

Study reported on by The Stream:

A new report found nearly half of American millennials don’t want monogamous relationships.

YouGov revealed the research on monogamy and cheating, showing couples under 30 are significantly less monogamous than older generations.

Only 51 percent of people under 30 reported desiring a “completely monogamous” relationship, compared to 58 percent from the 30-44 age bracket, 63 percent from the 45-64 age bracket, and 70 percent from the 65 plus age bracket polled.

[…]Reports also show that men and women are cheating at almost equal rates.

It’s not just adultery that millenials don’t care about any more, it’s premarital sex. An article from the Washington Post found that both men and women no longer desire their romantic partners to be chaste:

Dating has changed hugely over the past generations, and so have cultural ideas about what men and women value most in a mate.

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How the Social Gospel is Becoming the Dominant Theology in Evangelicalism

According to Jeff Maples of Pulpit & Pen many well-meaning Christians are buying into the social gospel propaganda. “Christians are being guilted into believing that if they don’t jump onto the social justice bandwagon, they are being disobedient to the Great Commission,” says Maples. “This is simply false and it’s underhanded.” He writes:

There is a dangerous trend that is sweeping throughout churches, especially in America. The church has largely redefined the gospel from its most basic tenets to something that tends to have a mass appeal to outsiders–the “social gospel.” The social gospel comes in many different flavors and is advanced by those of various theological traditions, but it appears to be most prevalent in the cabal of New Calvinism. However, they are certainly not the only ones. The Gospel Coalition, which should be rightly renamed The Social Gospel Coalition, is by far the most prominent outlet for the advancement of social justice in the Church.

The social gospel advances ideas such as racial justice, open borders, and left-wing political ideology that has a facade of Christlikeness, but under the surface, merely replaces the gospel with social activism. The social gospel is different from the culture war, as the culture war tends to try to instill and enforce conservative and religious ideology through the use of boycotts and other “take-overs” of the culture. The social gospel, on the other hand, is an attempt to appease the world and the culture by encouraging Christians to adopt political social justice ideas through the guise of “gospel mandates.”

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THE SELECTIVE MORALITY OF THE TRANSGENDER AGENDA

Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

More and more people think they have the freedom to do or be whatever they want regardless of truth or consequences, but this is simply due to our sin nature. It’s in our DNA. We want to be our own gods – especially gods of our own bodies – and we not only lack moral restraints, we are also being conditioned by a rebellious, permissive culture and a godless secular government.

In the last several decades, we’ve seen a public push by those on the left to accept evil as good in just about any form, and to accommodate behaviors we would have called “sins” fifty years ago. (or at least our great grandparents would have)

I can hardly imagine how hard this is on innocent children growing up in this world today. The moral confusion and social pressure are intense, and now there is the expectation that everyone else…

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Barna Update | The Credibility Crisis of Today’s Pastors

Barna’s State of Pastors report, produced in partnership with Pepperdine University, reveals that pastors in America face several hurdles to their cultural influence. It’s not that people dislike pastors; it’s just that they don’t really care about them. Watch experts discuss the impact of these findings from our recent State of Pastors event.

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Weekly Watchman for 03/17/2017

The Selective Morality of the Transgender Agenda

In the last several decades, we’ve seen a public push by those on the left to accept evil as good in just about any form, and to accommodate behaviors we would have called “sins” fifty years ago. (or at least our great grandparents would have)

I can hardly imagine how hard this is on innocent children growing up in this world today. The moral confusion and social pressure are intense, and now there is the expectation that everyone else abandon absolute truth and comply with the gender theory claim that biological facts are now mere ‘social constructs.’

Do you think most people in Hollywood, the liberal media, public education system, or leftists in government care about truth or about the morality of this ideology? Tragically, some parents are imposing their own will on their children and encouraging them to “identify” as the opposite of who God made them to be.

Then there are sad, cultural indicators of how far we have fallen for the lies.

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Faith: But faith in Whom?

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no man may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, took the wrath of God against sin on the cross in our place, so through our faith in Him we might be forgiven of our sins and have eternal life with God. Faith plays a crucial role in the life and eternal destiny of every human being. Today we discuss our faith in Jesus Christ and God’s faithfulness toward us even when we are not faithful to His will for us with Pastor Mike Abendroth.

We also discuss a movement within a certain sect of Roman Catholicism calling on Pope Francis to proclaim Mary “co-redemptrix” with Jesus Christ. But the group claims this will point people to Jesus rather than distract them away from the only one who can save us. We’ll discuss their argument in our final segment today. Join us live at 9am central Thursday.

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Islam, ISIS & National Security

President Trump has vowed to destroy ISIS. But will that really do anything significant in ending the scourge of Islamic terrorism? Or will the next radical organization simply step up and fill the void?

The truth is we are not merely fighting a minority of radical terrorists…we are fighting against an ideology bent on world domination and elimination of any religious beliefs that do not submit to the false god Allah.

Ryan Mauro of The Clarion Project joins us to discuss ISIS and president Trump’s new “travel bans”. He will also contrast the “Woman’s March” in our nation with the strong women fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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Apostasy & Lies: Will Fans of ‘The Shack’ Care?

Can we at least agree, as Christians, to hold up Young’s words and beliefs against the truth of God’s Word revealed to us in Scripture? As we approach this program today, we should ask what your thoughts are and do you think Young’s description ad understanding of God line up with the Bible or contradict it?

The Shack appeals to our human desire to be loved and forgiven, but it discounts what is required by God: confession and repentance. The movie plays right into the growing mindset in America about wanting benefits without responsibilities. It’s overall message is that God conforms to us instead of our need to be transformed into the image of Christ which produces holy living. The Shack is the prefect message for people who want to think we are all basically good in nature and character.

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Prophecy & the Flood of Noah

Today we revisit one of the most basic and debated topics involving our understanding of God and this world: Creation. Is there an intelligent ‘Designer’ and if so, how long ago did He create the Heavens and the earth? Does the age of the earth matter? What about Noah and the Great Flood – true history or a clever fable taught to young children in Sunday school?

These are important questions, and the Bible has the answers – if we are honestly pursuing truth and are open to revisiting some of our assumptions about God and creation based on what we were taught and told by man. Jay Seegert (TheStartingPointProject) helps us sort all this out today thanks to his expertise on the subject and clear explanation.

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