Daily Archives: March 21, 2017

March 21, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Republican leaders trying to gain party support for their bill to replace Obamacare made changes to limit Medicaid enrollment and phase out some taxes earlier, as President Donald Trump visits Capitol Hill to try to woo reluctant Republicans.

Travelers flying to the U.S. from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa will have to store most larger electronic devices in checked baggage under a new rule issued by the Trump administration.

President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan had no choice but to build its own submarine fleet as she promoted a deal to deploy the first vessel in less than a decade.

Global elites gathered at a three-day forum in Beijing pushed back against the protectionist rhetoric of U.S. President Donald Trump, while warning China it must curb what some see as its own mercantilism if globalization is to retain legitimacy.

Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Chevron Corp., are jumping into American shale with gusto, planning to spend a combined $10 billion this year, up from next to nothing only a few years ago.

Only 41 percent of workers have even tried to figure out how much they need in savings to retire comfortably. And those who have? When asked to guess how much they needed, 37 percent of workers say $1 million or more, according to the latest (and 27th) Retirement Confidence Survey.

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Fox News Channel has pulled legal analyst Andrew Napolitano from the air after disavowing his on-air claim that British intelligence officials had helped former President Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in April and later in the month travel to Russia for meetings and to a G7 summit in Italy, the U.S. State Dept. has confirmed.

All passengers and crew survived a plane crash in South Sudan on Monday in which the jet hit a fire truck on the runway before bursting into flames. 37 people had been treated for injuries in hospital but, miraculously, no one was killed

The tomb of Jesus has been resurrected to its former glory. Just in time for Easter, a Greek restoration team has completed a historic renovation of the Edicule, the shrine that tradition says houses the cave where Jesus was buried and rose to heaven.

Russia and the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia have signed a bilateral agreement establishing a Russian military base in northwestern Syria, a YPG spokesman said Monday. The Russian Defense Ministry issued a statement, saying it had no plans for additional bases in Syria but that it had set up a “reconciliation center” in the area.

Pope Francis asked for forgiveness on Monday for the “sins and failings of the Church” during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, saying he hoped his apology would help heal the African state’s wounds.

An Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan has been ordered to be deported to Mexico by an immigration judge. Miguel Perez was a permanent legal resident of the United States, where’s he’s lived since his family moved to Chicago when he was 8. Despite his longstanding residence and service in the armed forces, he is being deported because of a non-violent drug offense, for which he served seven years in prison, authorities said.

The fallout from Brazil’s rotten meat scandal accelerated on Monday when China, a huge client, suspended imports and the European Union demanded a partial ban. Another ban on Brazilian meat imposed by Chile sparked fears of a trade spat between the two South American partners.

Typically finding a prom date can be stressful. At tan Illinois High School, students are randomly assigned to another prom date so no one is left out.

Syrian government forces clashed with rebels and hammered opposition-held areas of east Damascus on Monday, before calm returned to the capital after a surprise assault.

China’s economy may be 35 times larger than Israel’s, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hoping to use that to advantage during a three-day visit to Beijing as he looks to reorient Israel’s economy towards Asia over Europe and the United States.

A SpaceX reusable cargo ship splashed down in the Pacific Ocean safely on Sunday, ending a mission to supply astronauts on the International Space Station, the company said. The Dragon capsule — the only such vessel capable of returning research samples and other material to Earth — remained docked with the ISS for nearly a month after delivering more than two tons of food, water and scientific equipment for NASA on February 23.

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President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump is to have an office in the White House. But she will not have an official title or salary when she works in the West Wing – the hub of US executive power. Her lawyer said the 35-year-old would have security clearance and access to classified information.

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Over the weekend, we reviewed the state of the solar data for March 2017. Now, there’s a two week straight lack of sunspots, the longest stretch since 2010.

North Carolina may have lost out on the NCAA championships, the NBA All-Star Game and Bruce Springsteen thanks to its hotly contested transgender bathroom law, but the state’s economy didn’t miss a beat. Economic indicators released for 2016 show that the boycott has failed to derail North Carolina as a regional and national powerhouse.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr restored a California man’s faith in humanity when he pulled over on the side of the road last week to pray with the distressed motorist after his car had run out of gas in an Oakland suburb.


The Briefing 03-21-17

In ongoing confirmation hearing of Neil Gorsuch, opening statements illustrate just what’s at stake

Money, budgets, and morality: Trump budget faces hurdles on both sides of the political aisle

Is it government’s job to make us happy? International Day of Happiness had some asking the question


Top News – 3/21/2017

Song Of Solomon Contains An Amazing Reference To The Pretribulation Rapture As Being In Springtime
Song of Solomon chapter 2 contains an amazing Springtime picture of the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ “My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”

The Media’s Cheery Ignorance about Islam’s Hostile Ideology
It is not the president who is spreading the idea that “Islam is an inherently hostile ideology,” that “Muslims are enemies of Christians and Jews” and that “Muslims have always had a comprehensive, actionable, and jihadist plan to take over” — but rather the Quran itself. US President Donald Trump repeatedly rebukes the media for “dishonest” coverage and “fake news.” Despite its fury over the accusations, however, the press continues to prove him right — albeit inadvertently.

North Korea to Tillerson: We Are Ready for ‘Any War the U.S. Would Like’
The DPRK has the will and capability to fully respond to any war the U.S. would like to ignite,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying, according to the South Korean newswire service Yonhap.

New ‘Safe Space’ Guidelines at University of Arizona Treat Students Like Preschoolers
The University of Arizona is encouraging college students to cry “ouch!” when they hear something offensive, make artwork about race relations, have story time, play four corners, and take a “time out” if they feel uncomfortable.

Michael Savage was target of NSA spying
Talk-radio host Michael Savage is among the public figures who were under surveillance by the National Security Agency as part of its “Project Dragnet,” according to a database revealed by an agency whistleblower. It shows Donald J. Trump and Infowars founder Alex Jones also were under illegal, unauthorized government monitoring during those years.

‘A third of secular Israeli Jews want to move abroad
“The fact that so many people say they would leave the country if they could indicates that many Israeli citizens do not feel a sense of belonging to the state.”

Amid border tensions, IDF chief alludes to strikes on Hezbollah convoys
Amid rising tensions on the Syrian border, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said Tuesday that the army would continue to work to prevent advanced weaponry from getting into the hands of the wrong people. Eisenkot, speaking at a security and strategy conference named in honor of the late former Mossad chief Meir Dagan in Netanya, made the comments days after Syrian government forces fired an anti-aircraft missile at Israel Air Force jets during an air-strike last Friday to halt the flow of advanced weapons to Hezbollah near Palmyra.

Mexico violence: Skulls found in new Veracruz mass grave
Dozens of skulls have been found at a site in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz. The find comes just days after Veracruz state Attorney General Jorge Winckler announced that more than 250 skulls had been discovered at another mass grave. On Sunday, Mr Winckler said 47 skulls had been unearthed at the new site near the town of Alvarado.

Syria war: Russia denies aiding Kurds to set up a military base
Russia is helping Syrian Kurdish YPG forces to establish a military base in northern Syria that will be used to train its fighters, the militia says. But Russian officials have insisted there are no plans to open new bases in Syria and the one near Afrin serves as a “reconciliation centre”. Russia says the role of the base is to negotiate local truces between the various warring sides in Syria.

LHC: Five new particles hold clues to sub-atomic glue
The Large Hadron Collider has discovered new sub-atomic particles that could help to explain how the centres of atoms are held together. The particles are all different forms of the so-called Omega-c baryon, whose existence was confirmed in 1994. Physicists had always believed the various types existed but had not been able to detect them – until now.

GOP leadership sets up ‘spin room’ ahead of health care vote
House Republicans announced they’ll have a space set up on Capitol Hill for lawmakers to spin their Affordable Care Act repeal and replacement bill to the media before it comes up for a vote on the House floor Thursday…Such a space, often nicknamed a “spin room,” is normal for big events like presidential debates…But it is highly unusual to do so for a piece of legislation ahead of a congressional vote.

David’s Sling officially enters service
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) officially inaugurated the David’s Sling missile defense system on Monday….It is officially operational and functions as a part of Israel’s multi-layered missile defense program. In this capacity, David’s Sling operates in the layer above the Iron Dome and below the Arrow system. Meaning, it is designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles and medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles fired from distances of 40-300km.

Syrian rebels launch offensive on Damascus gateway, retake ground
Syrian rebels stormed a major road junction leading into the heart of Damascus on Tuesday as they launched an offensive to regain ground lost to the army over the weekend…State media said rebels had re-entered parts of the city’s northeastern Jobar district and the army was bombing their positions. “At 5.00 a.m. (0300 GMT) we launched the new offensive and we restored all the points we withdrew from on Monday.

Assad to Israel: We have a right to defend our borders
Syrian President Bashar Assad warned Israel on Monday that his country has a right to defend its borders. “Defending our borders is our right, and it’s our duty, not only our right,” he told Russian reporters in Damascus according Russian news site Sputnik. Assad also told Russian parliament members, who paid an official visit to the capital on Monday, that he was counting on Moscow to prevent Israel from attacking his country in the future.

Assad sees key Russia role after Syria-Israel strikes
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday said Russia can play an important role in the crisis following Syria’s firing missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes in the conflict-torn country.

Car bomb kills at least 23 in Baghdad
A car bomb exploded in the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing at least 23 people and wounding 45 others in a mainly Shia district in southwestern Baghdad.

NY Attorney General Hires Public-Corruption Prosecutor To Target Trump Administration; WSJ Reports
“Mr. Master ‘will be working on a wide range of civil and criminal investigations and enforcement matters, including public corruption, complex civil litigation’ and potentially litigation against the Trump administration.”

The Global Famine Begins: UN Announces That The Worst Food Crisis Since World War 11 Is Happening Right Now
We always knew that this would start happening.  Earlier this month, I wrote about the severe economic problems that are plaguing South America, but up to this point I have neglected to discuss the horrific famines that are breaking out all over Africa.  Right now there is a desperate need for food in South Sudan, Somalia, northeast Nigeria, Eritrea and Kenya.  And Yemen, even though it is not technically part of Africa, is being affected by many of the same factors that are crippling nations all over eastern Africa.  The United Nations says that more than 20 million people could die from starvation and disease if nothing is done.

Top General Just Exposed Exactly What Obama Has Done To Our Military Over the Past 8 Years
Obama did everything humanly possible to destroy our country while in office. He weakened us on every front imaginable, as he made enemies out of our allies, and emboldened our enemies. One of his tactics destroy America as the world’s number 1 superpower was to completely gut our military, as Obama successfully took us back to pre-World War II capabilities. While most of us were aware of Obama’s antics while he was in office, now we’re learning something even more horrifying that’s taking place, as Obama’s leftover officials at the White House are doing everything they can to destroy our military, with an alarming report coming out of Washington from one of President Trump’s top military Generals.

BRIBES: King of Saudi Arabia Gave Obamas MILLIONS in GIFTS
It’s good America now has a president who can’t be bribed. Because Trump won’t be bought. We’ve learned through WikiLeaks and common sense that Obama was for sale to the highest Muslim bidder. And boy did the King of Saudi Arabia know it.

Trump’s Job Approval Rating Drops To Record Low, Breaking Key Correlation
In a new poll from Gallup, President Trump’s job approval rating dropped to 37%, while 58% of Americans disapprove of his performance so far as president. The slide is notable because one month ago Credit Suisse noted that Trump favorability was the only variable across the entire risk spectrum.


March 20, 2017
ALAN KEYES — The spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” has reportedly become an anthem popular among British rugby fans. Recently I read an article about this noting the “solemn origins” of the song as a “slave spiritual.” The article mentions that “Josephine Wright, a professor of music and black studies at the College of Wooster in Ohio” says that the spiritual’s lyrics “allude to feelings of despair and a desire for release from suffering.”… (more)

March 20, 2017
LARRY KLAYMAN — Thanks to yet another runaway hack federal judge, now all of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims have a constitutional right to enter the United States – – unrestricted at any time. That is the shocking but preposterous ruling of Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii v. Trump, issuing a temporary restraining order (TRO) against President Trump’s rewritten executive order temporarily suspending travel from the world’s most dangerous terrorist countries, to allow time to devise a strict means to vet potential terrorists… (more)

March 20, 2017
NEWSMAX — The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia. The reductions are nearing completion despite President Donald Trump’s argument that the treaty gives Moscow an unfair advantage in nuclear firepower…. (more)

March 20, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday said a House plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is fatally flawed because it relies on a three-pronged plan for totally gutting the 2010 law instead of killing it outright. GOP leaders have urged their troops to rally around a bill that repeals Obamacare’s mandate requiring people to hold insurance or pay a tax, replaces its subsidies with refundable age-based tax credits and reels in and caps funding for Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poor…. (more)


March 20, 2017
NEWSMAX — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., vowed to keep up the fight against the Republican healthcare bill – – which he said Sunday will not pass Congress because conservatives are “not for a gift for the insurance companies.”… (more)

March 20, 2017
NEWSMAX — The Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump is not sitting well with voters, as a majority believe Democrats in Congress are “stubborn” (64 percent), “weak” (58 percent), and neither cooperative (74 percent) nor effective (72 percent), according to the latest CBS News NationTracker poll…. (more)

March 20, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — President Trump is right to use his first federal budget to gut the Environmental Protection Agency and eradicate the cornerstones of Obama’s climate change strategy, says U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., because the EPA is being used as a tool by the left to kill free enterprise and destroy capitalism…. (more)

March 20, 2017
PAUL BEDARD — With the coverage of President Trump putting media bias on display as never before, an influential House chairman and longtime press critic has opened a campaign to call out the “mainstream media” for what he thinks it is…. (more)

March 20, 2017
ROBERT KNIGHT — On Feb. 2, at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump said, “My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty.” Right now, he has a golden opportunity. He can sign an executive order that has been on his desk since early February that would halt some of the ongoing attacks on religious conscience all over the country…. (more)


March 19, 2017
A special report from the Accuracy in Media Center for Investigative Journalism
CLIFF KINCAID — Senate Intelligence Committee leaders from both parties – – Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) – – have issued a disingenuous statement that “no element of the United States government” surveilled “Trump Tower.” They dishonestly evade the fact that media reporting two days earlier had said that British intelligence operating at U.S. behest had likely been implicated in wiretapping Trump and Trump associates, all at the instigation of the U.S. government…. (more)

March 19, 2017
DAILY WIRE — During a 2012 interview with Passport Magazine, Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon said that he wishes he could “rip pages out of the Bible” as soon as he arrives in a hotel room, though, to Condon’s disappointment, there are usually none available. “What is first thing you do when you get into a hotel room?” asked Passport Magazine, in a now-archived interview…. (more)

March 19, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A California man arrested on the White House grounds last week was on the property for a quarter-hour before being caught, the Secret Service acknowledged Friday. Jonathan Tuan Tran, 26, spent more than 16 minutes on the grounds of the executive mansion prior to being apprehended outside the White House on the evening of March 10, the Secret Service said in a statement, all the while President Trump was inside…. (more)


March 19, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — A leading critic of the Environmental Protection Agency who served on President Trump’s transition team is very encouraged by the administration approach to the agency in policy and budget, but he says Trump must make good on his promise to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate change agreement…. (more)

March 18, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump’s new border wall is supposed to be 30 feet high and should look imposing to potential illegal immigrants, Homeland Security officials said in documents Friday that officially requested the first bids to begin building the barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border…. (more)


March 18, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — It is not about the executive orders. When it comes to protecting the United States from the threats posed by radical Islam, it has never been about President Donald Trump’s executive orders: the first one that was torpedoed by the radical judiciary in January, and the new and improved version that was suspended this week – – the Lawyer Left having conveniently managed to shop its challenge to Barack Obama’s fellow Hawaiian and Harvard Law School classmate Judge Derrick Watson…. (more)

March 18, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — The chief of America’s Coast Guard says his force is invaluable to the United States, and its personnel, equipment and funding should be rebuilt and restored, just like the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin…. (more)

March 18, 2017
BYRON YORK — A key talking point in the theory that Donald Trump and the Russians conspired in the 2016 election is the allegation that last summer, during the Republican convention, the Trump campaign changed the GOP platform to weaken its stance on Russia’s aggression in Ukraine…. (more)

March 17, 2017
CONSERVATIVE TRIBUNE — Ever since a federal judge in Hawaii issued a sweeping freeze of President Donald Trump’s new immigration moratorium Wednesday, conspiracy theories have abounded across social media. The leading theory suggested that former President Barack Obama played a role in the ruling. As noted by Hawaii News Now, the former president arrived in the islands Monday for an unexpected visit…. (more)


March 17, 2017
LEO HOHMANN — The main plaintiff in the Hawaii case blocking President Trump’s revised temporary travel ban is an imam with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The irony is hard to miss: Trump has talked about declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, and now it is a Brotherhood-backed imam who is playing a key role in blocking his executive order on immigration…. (more)

March 17, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — This week’s rulings against President Trump’s revised executive order on travel and refugees have sparked heated pushback from Republicans on Capitol Hill, who say judges have crossed the line to become adversaries of this White House – – and suggested retribution could be coming…. (more)

March 17, 2017
BREITBART — Documents obtained by Judicial Watch 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 the same status or making them wait for years…. (more)

March 17, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — The House Republican health-care bill cleared another hurdle Thursday, but one of the most fiscally conservative GOP lawmakers says the bill will never pass unless it acts to immediately reduce the cost of coverage and includes repeal of Obamacare’s burdensome regulations…. (more)

March 17, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Republicans cleared a path Thursday for their Obamacare replacement to reach the House floor, pushing a bill through the Budget Committee on a tight vote that saw the first GOP defections. The committee was stitching together plans from two other panels, and now has produced a unified bill – – though Republican leaders say they’re still pondering changes designed to win over conservatives who fear the replacement bill is too expensive and too much like Obamacare…. (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)

Why Does The Beast In ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Look Eerily Similar To Baphomet?

Beauty And The Beast Baphomet - FacebookDoes it upset anyone else that the “beast” in Disney’s new remake of “Beauty and the Beast” is a goat-man with very long horns that bears quite a resemblance to Baphomet? In Disney’s 1991 animated version of “Beauty and the Beast”, the “beast” looked very much like a gentle lion. There were a couple of small horns poking out of his head, but those could have easily been mistaken as tufts of hair. But this time around, the “beast” has been depicted as a hybrid goat-man that has enormous goat horns sticking out of his head. And of course anyone that is familiar with the occult knows that the most famous goat-man in the entire world is Baphomet – the official symbol of the Church of Satan. Could it be possible that the similarity between this “beast” and Baphomet is more than just a coincidence? (Read More…)


The Upcoming Trade War Between The U.S. And China Will Be The Biggest In The History Of The Planet

Globe At Night - Public DomainThe United States and China are the two largest economies in the world by far, and the upcoming trade war that is about to erupt will be cataclysmic for both sides.  The Trump administration and the Chinese government are both gearing up for a prolonged trade war, and this is going to have very severe implications for the entire global economy.  During the campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly stated that we “can’t continue to allow China to rape our country”, and he was quite correct about that.  Over the past ten years, the U.S. has run a trade deficit of over $2 trillion with China, and as a result of imbalanced trade we have lost tens of thousands of manufacturing businesses, millions of good paying jobs, and hundreds of billions of dollars of tax revenue. (Read More…)


Top Headlines – 3/21/2017

  • Gorsuch Strives to Present Himself as Above Political Fray (Read More)
  • Investigation Could Hurt Trump’s Clout in Congress (Read More)
  • U.S. to Ban Laptops and Tablets in Cabins of Some Mideast Flights (Read More)
  • Tillerson no-show at NATO renews European disquiet about Trump (Read More)
  • Don’t Blame Your Social Media Feed for the Growing Political Divide (Read More)
  • High-Frequency Traders Fall on Hard Times (Read More)
  • Senate GOP Holdouts Split Into Rival Camps on Health Revamp  (Read More)
  • California’s Wet Winter Points to Some Sorry-Looking Salads (Read More)
  • Exclusive: Trump administration weighing broad sanctions on North Korea (Read More)
  • U.K. Inflation Gains More Than Forecast, Breaching BOE Goal (Read More)
  • French presidential debate lifts euro to six-week highs (Read More)
  • Shell’s Titanic Bet: Can Deep-Water Drilling Be Done on the Cheap? (Read More)
  • Meet the 13 Million Nerds That Apple’s Counting On  (Read More)
  • Macron on Top After First Debate of French Presidential Election  (Read More)
  • Rookie Currency Traders Are Causing Trouble at Crucial Moments (Read More)
  • Two in Five Americans Say They’ll Need $1 Million to Retire (Read More)
  • Porsche SE has no information about Piech’s stake sale talksa (Read More)
  • What the Biggest Banks Are Planning Once Brexit Starts (Read More)
  • Merkel ally says Turkey’s Erdogan ‘not welcome’ in Germany (Read More)

Trump support for two states is ‘encouraging’ – Palestinian official

Trump administration boycotts UN council session over anti-Israel ‘bias’

Egyptian, Palestinian leaders meet for reconciliation talks

Israel facilitates transfer of NIS 300 million cash to Gaza

Shin Bet chief: Terrorists planning attacks ahead of Passover

IDF Chief of Staff warns Shiite Hezbollah is violating UN resolutions and is arming itself in preparation for war against Israel

Israel’s multi-layer defense system nearing completion

Israel to deploy David’s Sling, final piece of missile defense shield

Air Force defends use of Arrow system against Syrian missile

Israel threatens to ‘destroy’ Syrian air defence systems

Israeli drone shot down by Syria forces

Assad to Israel: We have a right to defend our borders

Assad: Russia has ‘important role’ in preventing Israel-Syria clash

Syrian UN Envoy: Putin Sent Message to Israel That Its Freedom to Act in Syria Is Over

Putin Is the Middle East’s New Boss

Syria war: Russia denies aiding Kurds to set up a military base

Russian ambassador to Syria says Damascus clashes damaged embassy building

Turkey won’t accept ‘region of terror’ in northern Syria, deputy PM says

Clashes in Damascus after rebels tunnel into government-held areas

Saving Syria’s heritage: Archaeologists discover invisible solution

ISIS recruit may have used welfare cash to fund family’s terror journey

Iraqi prime minister joins Trump for meeting focusing on ISIS

Mosul battle: 180,000 civilians flee as Iraqi troops advance

Iraq car bomb kills 20 in south-west Baghdad

Europe’s attitude toward Turkey anti-democratic, deputy PM says

Al-Qaida calls on members to ‘kill Americans’

Iran accused of planning attack on head of French-Israel business group

Shock tactics: how the arms industry trades on our fear of terrorism

Iowa mosque gets note calling Muslims ‘vile,’ threatening genocide

US Muslims and Jews strengthen bonds amid acts of bigotry

US forbids any device larger than cellphone on airlines from 13 countries

Hawaii judge declines to narrow travel ban injunction

Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims

Comey says leaks could constitute ‘espionage’

White House: ‘No evidence’ of Trump-Russia collusion

FBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at far-right news sites

Anti-Trump media: 91% coverage negative, 96% of donations to Hillary

David Rockefeller, World’s Oldest Billionaire, Dies At 101

NYSE Arca Suffers Glitch During Closing Auction

U.K. to Trigger Brexit March 29, Starting Two Years of Talks

Trump pressures ‘sanctuary cities’ that won’t hold undocumented immigrants

Almost half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported

Tattoo Removal Business Booming As Fears Of Deportation Mount

30 Countries Are Refusing To Take Back Illegal Immigrants Convicted Of Serious Crimes

Real-life Robocops will soon replace human police

North Korean propaganda video threatens destruction of US aircraft carriers, bombers

U.N. Nuclear Inspector: North Korea’s Capability Has Entered A ‘New Phase’

Chernobyl-scale chemical disaster looms in Eastern Ukraine war, experts warn

Oil Drops as U.S. Drilling Growth Threatens to Counter OPEC Cuts

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Wabag, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Republican green groups seek to temper Trump on climate change

Winter 2016-17 goes down as 6th warmest on record in US; Storm parade nearly erases California drought

Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’

‘She has every right to compete with women’: Transgender weightlifter sparks criticism after competition win

YouTube reverses some restrictions on LGBT-themed content following uproar

‘Beauty And The Beast’ Director: ‘I Wish I Could…Rip Pages Out Of The Bible’

IRS granted Satanic cult tax-exempt status in 10 days, report says

Matt Walsh: Pro-lifers aren’t the ones being hypocrites, Tomi

T.D. Jakes and Joyce Meyer Teaching Word of Faith “Little Gods” Doctrine

Hillsong submits to NAR Apostle Cindy Jacob’s Prophetic Word

Rachel Held Evans Twists Scripture to Advance Social Justice

Bethel Attempts to Make “Same Old” Teachings Sound More “Mainstream”

Creflo Dollar’s ‘Uncharted’ Film Promises to Show How Donations to His Church Fulfill ‘Mandate From God’

BREAKING NEWS: Paul Washer Suffers Heart Attack, Is In ‘Critical’ Condition

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 07:36 AM PDT

We are receiving reports that Preacher, Author and Missionary Paul Washer has reportedly suffered a heart attack and is currently in the hospital in critical…

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What are you doing with your talent?

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 06:46 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In the parable of Matthew Chapter 25 many were given talents and some invested and one squandered it. How are you using your…

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We Won’t See Signs and Wonders in the Church Until We Cultivate This Daily Habit

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 06:33 AM PDT

(By Adam Wittenberg) Do you want more spiritual power? Do you desire to walk in signs and wonders? To see revival? To advance the gospel…

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Crucifixion Nails And Other Evidence of Jesus’ Life Discovered by Israeli Archaeologists

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 06:27 AM PDT

For many who walk by faith and not by sight, physical evidence isn’t necessary to affirm their faith in Jesus. However, for those who enjoy…

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When Kindergarten Begins Assigning Your Child’s “Gender Identity”

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 06:15 AM PDT

(By Dan Delzell) What will be the next step in the evolution of the gender revolution? Well, try to imagine a day when parents wait…

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Apple CEO Says “Globalization is Great for the World”

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 05:58 AM PDT

Would you be shocked to discover that the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook is declaring that globalization is “great for the world,”? Well according to…

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Secret Gay Club Created By Idaho School Hidden From Parents

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 05:47 AM PDT

Would you be upset if you discovered your child was a member of a hidden “Gay Club” that was created by your child’s high school?…

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Why Does The Beast In ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Look Eerily Similar To Baphomet?

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 05:37 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Does it upset anyone else that the “beast” in Disney’s new remake of “Beauty and the Beast” is a goat-man with very…

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Police to Use Drones to Pursue Criminals and Missing Persons

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 08:37 PM PDT

(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) In the United Kingdom, a revolutionary approach to law enforcement is being tested. Instead of using helicopters and more expensive equipment…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Myanmar Christians Flee Persecution By Thousands

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 08:34 PM PDT

(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) Myanmar (once called Burma) has been a country marred in turmoil and civil war since 1948. Rebel groups are battling government…

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Katy Perry Says She Sought God To Overcome Homosexuality

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 08:32 PM PDT

(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) Katy Perry grew up in a Bible-believing home. Her parents were actually pastors. She was taught the Biblical stance about marriage:…

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New Video Simulates North Korea Blowing up US Aircraft Carrier and Shooting Down Bomber

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 07:07 PM PDT

A new video being released from Kim Jong-un reveals a US aircraft carrier being blown up and a bomber being shot down. Along with this…

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Sun Experiences Longest Period of Inactivity in 7 Years

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 06:54 PM PDT

According to reports, the Sun has gone on a two-week drought of sunspots which is the longest stretch since 2010.  The report reveals that the…

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Upcoming Trade War Between U.S. And China Will Be Largest In History Of The Planet

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 06:39 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) The United States and China are the two largest economies in the world by far, and the upcoming trade war that…

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“Far-Right News” Sites Under the Microscope From FBI

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 06:33 PM PDT

It appears that “Far-Right” News Outlets will be placed even further under the microscope as reports indicate that Federal investigators are examining whether these type of news…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Syria Looking For Alliance With Russia Against Future Conflict With Israel

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 06:22 PM PDT

An interesting report is coming out of the Mideast regarding two Nations that will play a future role in Bibe Prophecy. According to sources, Syrian…

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Don’t Put Your Light Under a Basket!

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 01:27 PM PDT

(By Dr. Micahel Brown) Whenever I hear Christian leaders talk about the inevitable collapse of the church of America (or elsewhere) I ask myself, “But hasn’t…

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WAR DRUMS: China Positions 1,500 Missiles Aimed at US military Bases

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 01:22 PM PDT

Tensions are increasing and War Drums are pounding louder as now reports are indicating that China has positioned an arsenal of missiles within strike range…

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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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Disney’s Rainbow Activism

About the only thing worse than rabid anti-Christian bigotry is all the clueless Christians who do not know or care about it. There are so many believers who have their heads in the sand – they are totally oblivious to the very real war that has been declared against us and our children.

The homosexual militants have especially been targeting faith and family, including our children. As I wrote in my book Strained Relations:

A well-known saying states that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Homosexual activists know this all too well. As one lesbian put it, “Whoever captures the kids owns the future”. Thus the constant attempts by homosexual activists to influence children….
Another article in the homosexual press on the same issue reported that there are “probably around a hundred gay characters out there” in comics right now. Given that children are usually the main readers of comics, one has to ask if recruitment is not part of the strategy….
And we also have homosexual cartoon characters in both TV series and in the movies….
One quite well known homosexual blog site openly admits to just how intent the activists are in targeting young children in our schools. He says in an article entitled, “Can We Please Just Start Admitting That We Do Actually Want To Indoctrinate Kids?”: “‘NOOO! We’re not gonna make kids learn about homosexuality, we swear! It’s not like we’re trying to recruit your children or anything.’ But let’s face it – that’s a lie. We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept queer sexuality. In fact, our very future depends on it.”

I mention all this again because another tool of homosexual propaganda is coming to Australia on March 23, yet most believers seem utterly clueless about it all. I refer to the new Disney film Beauty and the Beast. Every parent should be aware of what is happening with the film, and keep their children away from this homosexual propaganda stunt.

For those who are still not aware of what is happening, a petition is circulating about this, and it offers this background:

The director of the much-anticipated Disney live action version of Beauty and the Beast has proudly revealed that the movie will feature Disney’s first-ever “exclusively gay moment.” The “gay” moment involves character Lefou, the sidekick of villain Gaston, played by actor Josh Gad.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” director Bill Condon said this week. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
Gad has confirmed the “gay moment” in the movie involving his character, tweeting today that he is “beyond proud of this.” This comes days after The Disney Channel aired a same-sex kiss on one of its shows. In recent years Disney has come under increasing pressure from LGBT activists to promote their agenda in their kids films, including a campaign to make Elsa from “Frozen” a lesbian.
lifepetitions.com/petition/disney-includes-exclusively-gay-moment-in-beauty-and-the-beast-sign-the-boycott

Yet far too many believers seem to think the film is just hunky dory. One “Christian” review of the film I read said it was no big deal and that kids would not know or be impacted by the homosexualisation found in the film. Thankfully not everyone was so clueless.

beautyAs one Christian mum said on the social media: “I was incredibly disheartened this morning, (actually disheartened is understating it – shocked and angry is closer to the mark), to hear the supposed ‘Christian’ Sydney radio station Hope 103.2 giving away free tickets to families, to go see Disney’s sodomy promoting version of Beauty and the Beast.”

Incredibly the station replied saying, “The admiration of one male character for another is shown as nothing more than that, and we easily saw this as friendship, as would any child.” Good grief. And another fellow weighed into the discussion by cavalierly saying, “It’s a movie not real life.”

But as another much more cluey Christian replied, “Advertising isn’t real life either. Ditto for porn.” What the ‘it’s no big deal’ folks just do not fathom is that the activists are deliberately targeting our children, and they know that the piecemeal approach is quite successful.

Thus you do not throw all your agenda items out in the first film, or TV show, or cartoon, or comic. You slowly, incrementally keep adding more and more, so that it is almost undetectable. It is the old frog in the pot of water routine: the frog will jump out of real hot water, but if you slowly turn up the heat while the frog is in the pot, it will stay there and die.

That is exactly what is happening here, yet most Christians just don’t get it. But all we need to do is listen to what the homosexual activists are saying about all this. I already mentioned above how proud those involved in the film are about the homosexual activity.

More can be said. Consider this from a secular site:

In an interview with People (via Variety), Gad talks of the moment in question, saying the “gay moment” is “subtle but incredibly effective” and “everything that needed to be said on this issue has definitely been said”. He added, “There is so much fear out there of that which we don’t understand, that which we don’t know. The “film is one of inclusiveness” and noted that the core theme is “never to judge a book by its cover.”
comicbook.com/2017/03/13/alan-menken-beauty-and-the-best-lefou-gay/

“Incredibly effective” he says. Yet most Christians are sleeping through this entire assault on biblical and family values. Another actor in the film, Ian McKellen, is also very proud of the homosexual content:

“I love the fact that there’s a little gay moment in this movie, you know, here we are in the 21st Century. There’s a lot of gay people around, why shouldn’t they be in the film. Just briefly, it’s lovely – lovely, lovely color,” McKellen said. McKellen was making reference to those who have raised concern or spoken out like the recent Alabama theater that refuses to show it – as “stupid” and “prejudiced.” McKellen even went on to joke that “Beauty and the Beast” has become “a gay extravaganza.”
endtimeheadlines.org/2017/03/beauty-beast-actors-mock-christians/

And then we have the director of the film Bill Condon spilling the beans about his real agenda. In an interview a few years ago the openly gay director was asked: “What is first thing you do when you get into a hotel room?” He replied, “I wish I could say I’m like Ian McKellen and immediately go rip pages out of the Bible, but there don’t seem to be bibles in the hotel rooms I stay in these days.”
http://www.dailywire.com/news/14505/beauty-and-beast-director-i-wish-i-could-rip-pages-amanda-prestigiacomo#exit-modal

One homosexual has even warned about this film:

As a proud member of the LGBT community, I smile when shows I watch — such as “NCIS New Orleans” and “How to Get Away With Murder” — include LGBT characters. But I am an adult… Somewhere along the line, Disney went off course. No longer did it see itself as a defender of children’s innocence. Instead, it saw itself as a conduit to social change. Walt Disney became Harvey Milk.
For those of us watching Disney over the past two decades, such a transformation was evident. Disney has worked to infuse its brand with political activism, and the LGBT left lobby has always been a primary benefactor….
Why do we have to expose our kids to such mature themes? Do they not have plenty of time to grow up? Or maybe the point is to make them grow up too soon and that is where I part ways with my community.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-disney-gay-themes-not-for-kids-20170306-story.html

Thankfully some countries are aware of what is going on here and taking action. In Russia the film has been given a 16+ rating.
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/russia-gives-beauty-and-the-beast-remake-16-rating-over-gay-moment

In Malaysia the homosexual content was edited out of the film, so Disney threw a hissy fit and pulled the movie from the country.
http://www.bizpacreview.com/2017/03/14/brief-gay-scene-nixed-disney-pulls-release-beauty-beast-mostly-muslim-malaysia-458993

And in Singapore Christian leaders have warned parents to stay clear of the film.
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/singapore-anglican-bishop-parents-should-be-strongly-advised-about-beauty-a

In Australia Kevin Donnelly said this: “Ignored is that the original story and earlier adaptations celebrated love between a woman and a prince without any reference to a gay relationship. And rewriting Beauty and the Beast is just the most recent example of the cultural left’s campaign against classic fairy tales and stories.”
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/twisting-the-tale-to-suit-cultural-lefts-agenda/news-story/d9699f4a92c264756147e47338291dbf

Some voices have been heard in the US as well, warning about this film. Franklin Graham said this:

They’re trying to push the LGBT agenda into the hearts of your children—watch out! Disney has the right to make their cartoons, it’s a free country. But as Christians, we also have the right not to support their company. I hope Christians everywhere will say no to Disney. I met Walt Disney when I was a young boy—he was very gracious to me, my father Billy Graham and my younger brother when we visited. He would be shocked at what has happened to the company that he started.
http://www.faithfamilyamerica.com/franklin_graham_says_watch_out_disney_is_pushing_the_lgbt_agenda_into_the_hearts_of_your_children

At John Piper’s website we read this warning:

Disney’s agenda may or may not come as a shock to us, but it should come as a timely reminder that we cannot relegate the work of teaching our children to Disney or Pixar, to Dora or Sesame Street. We can no more blindly take our kids to Disney movies than we can blindly sit them in front of the television to watch cartoons. This world is not our home, and this culture is not our ally, and our level of vigilance should reflect that.
http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/do-you-trust-disney-with-your-kids

We should all follow the lead of one concerned mother:

We’ve officially come to the conclusion that we won’t be seeing the live action version of “Beauty and the Beast” and we’ve cancelled our $6000 Disney World Vacation…. There comes a point where you have to take a stand for the things you believe in, this is my stand…. I’m not paying for simple entertainment that doesn’t accurately align with my personal beliefs.
http://www.thismodestmom.com/boycott-disney/

By way of conclusion, I offer these words from the family friendly MovieGuide:

Introducing modern leftist, homosexual politics into a timeless fairy tale for children is the height of self-righteous smugness. It not only offends viewers who don’t agree with such controversial politics, or who don’t agree with inserting controversial politics into a movie for children. It also takes the viewer’s attention away from the main story behind the movie to stroke the selfish egos of the leftist filmmakers behind such a narcissistic movie. Ironically, the kind of homosexual references included in this version of Beauty and the Beast contradicts the story’s main message that sacrificial love, not lust or bizarre fetishes, is what lifts people up and ennobles them.
http://www.movieguide.org/reviews/beauty-and-the-beast-2017.html

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March 21, 2017: Verse of the day

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19–20 In response to Moses’ request to see God’s “glory,” God says he will “cause all [of his] goodness to pass” before Moses (v. 19). By his “goodness” is meant his whole character and nature. In a later theophany the Lord passed by what may have been the same cleft of the rock (cave) for the discouraged prophet Elijah (1 Ki 19:11).

A further aspect of the revelation of God’s glory is the proclamation of his name. The name of God includes his nature, character, person (Ps 20:1; Lk 24:47; Jn 1:12), doctrine (Ps 22:22; Jn 17:6, 26), and standards of ethical and moral living (Mic 4:5). In this context his name includes his “mercy” (i.e., his “grace”) and his “compassion” (rehem, lit., “womb, bowels,” i.e., deep-seated feelings; GK 8167). Romans 9:15 quotes this verse and applies it to the sovereignty of God. The one restriction of the Lord is that Moses will not be permitted to see the Lord’s face (v. 20). In fact, “no one may see me and live” (v. 20; see Jn 1:18; 6:46; 1 Ti 1:17; 1 Jn 4:12).

Expositor’s Bible Commentary

33:19 The Lord’s words appear to be a response to Moses’ requests—that the Lord would show him his ways (v. 13) and his glory (v. 18). The description points forward to the event of the Lord’s self-declaration that is to come: “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord’ (see 34:5–6) … I will be gracious … and will show mercy” (see 34:6). Paul cites this in Rom. 9:15 to show that, when God shows mercy, it is because he has chosen to do so.

33:19 God as sovereign works his will in election (Rom. 9:15).

ESV Study Bible

33:19 my goodness … my name. Though the visible magnificence of this theophany is apparent from the text, the emphasis falls on a revelation to Moses of God’s sovereign, gracious, and compassionate nature (cf. 34:5–7). In Jesus Christ, the glory of the gracious and compassionate God that was withheld even from Moses is displayed to believers through the Spirit (John 1:14; 2 Cor. 3:18).

to whom … on whom. The Lord is sovereign in His purposes of mercy (Rom. 9:14–16). See “The Purpose of God: Predestination and Foreknowledge” at Mal. 1:2.

Reformation Study Bible

March 21, 2017: Daily Devotional Guide Collection

March 21

Grieving Over Lost Souls

How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!

Matthew 23:37

 

Jesus deeply cared for individuals. Our Lord brought Philip (John 1:43), Matthew (Matt. 9:9), and Peter and Andrew (Matt. 4:18–19) to faith with the call, “Follow Me.” In John 4, He met a woman at a well and brought her to salvation. In Luke 19, He found Zaccheus, a tax collector, whom He led to a confession of sin, repentance, and faith. In John 3, He taught Nicodemus about the new birth. In Mark 10, He led blind Bartimaeus to believe in Him. In Mark 5, Jesus healed a demon–possessed man in the country of the Gerasenes. And Luke 23 tells of His brief yet poignant encounter with the thief on the cross (vv. 40–43); before committing Himself to God, Christ rescued him from eternal hell.

Jesus’ heart grieved over the souls of lost men and women. In John 5:40, we see a glimpse of Christ’s passion when He said, “You are unwilling to come to Me that you may have life.” There’s a pensive quality to those words. Does your heart echo the affection of his speech?[1]


March 21 The Humility of Jesus’ Self–Emptying

“But emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond–servant, and being made in the likeness of men.”

Philippians 2:7

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As part of His humble descent from Heaven to earth, Jesus set aside the exercise of His divine privileges.

The next step in Jesus’ pattern of humility as He came to earth and lived among mankind was His emptying of Himself. But Scripture is clear that while on earth our Lord claimed to be God: “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). At no time did He stop being God.

The Greek word for “emptied” gives us the theological term kenosis, the doctrine of Christ’s self–emptying. The kenosis basically reminds us of what we saw in yesterday’s lesson: Jesus’ humble refusal to cling to His advantages and privileges in Heaven. The Son of God, who has a right to everything and is fully satisfied within Himself, voluntarily emptied Himself.

We have already noted that Jesus did not empty Himself of His deity, but He did lay aside certain prerogatives. For one thing, He gave up His heavenly glory. That’s why, in anticipation of His return to the Father, Christ prayed, “Glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I ever had with Thee before the world was” (John 17:5).

Jesus also relinquished His independent authority and completely submitted Himself to the Father’s will: “Not as I will, but as Thou wilt” (Matt. 26:39).

During His time on earth, Christ also voluntarily limited the use and display of His divine attributes. One good illustration of this concerned His omniscience, His knowledge of all things. In teaching about the end–times and His second coming, Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone” (Matt. 24:36).

Jesus’ self–emptying demonstrates a wonderful aspect of the gospel. Unlike man–centered, works–oriented religions, the biblical gospel has God’s Son willingly yielding His privileges to sacrifice Himself for sinners like us.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Pray that you would become more appreciative of the sacrificial humility Jesus Christ exercised on your behalf.

For Further Study: Scripture does not record a lot about Jesus’ boyhood. But the account we do have verifies His emptying. Read Luke 2:39–52. What does verse 47 imply about Jesus’ nature? ✧ How do verses 51–52 exemplify His emptying?[2]


MARCH 21

THE MYSTERY OF THE TRINITY

O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain.

—Psalm 104:1-2

God of our fathers, enthroned in light, how rich, how musical is the tongue of England! Yet when we attempt to speak forth Thy wonders, our words how poor they seem and our speech how unmelodious. When we consider the fearful mystery of Thy Triune Godhead we lay our hand upon our mouth. Before that burning bush we ask not to understand, but only that we may fitly adore Thee, One God in Persons Three. Amen.

To meditate on the three Persons of the Godhead is to walk in thought through the garden eastward in Eden and to tread on holy ground. Our sincerest effort to grasp the incomprehensible mystery of the Trinity must remain forever futile, and only by deepest reverence can it be saved from actual presumption….

“We think more loftily of God,” says Michael de Molinos, “by knowing that He is incomprehensible, and above our understanding, than by conceiving Him under any image, and creature beauty, according to our rude understanding.” KOH027, 030

My words, how poor they seem, yet I worship Your great mystery. Lord, accept the meditation of my heart as my expression of worship. Amen. [3]


March 21

Promise for the Persecuted

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.… Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.—Matt. 5:10, 12

Jesus pronounces a double blessing on those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, which is for His own sake. The specific blessing promised is that “theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life” (Mark 10:29–30).

First, Jesus promises us blessings here and now. Not every believer is rewarded in this life with the things of this life. But every believer is rewarded in this life with the comfort, strength, and joy of His indwelling Lord. He is also blessed with the assurance that no service or sacrifice for the Lord will be in vain.

Next, there is also a millennial aspect to the kingdom blessing. When Christ establishes His thousand-year reign on earth, we will be co-regents with Him over that wonderful, renewed earth (Rev. 20:4).

Finally, there is the reward of the eternal kingdom, the blessing of all blessings of living forever in our Lord’s presence and enjoying it to the utmost. The ultimate fruit of kingdom life is eternal life.

ASK YOURSELF
How do we keep these blessings and promises before us when the fire of persecution really heats up? How have you experienced the favor and reward of God even in the midst of situations in which you felt unjustly abused and ridiculed?[4]

MARCH 21

POUR YOURSELF OUT

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.

John 16:13

 

Science declares that nature abhors a vacuum. It should be happy knowledge to us, then, that the same principle is true in the kingdom of God—when you empty yourself, God Almighty rushes in!

The Creator God who fills the universe and overflows into immensity can never be surrounded by that little thing we call our brain, our mind, our intellect. Never can we rise to face God by what we are and by what we know!

Only by love and faith are we lifted thus to know Him and adore Him!

What a happy hour it becomes when we are drawn out of ourselves, and into that vacuum rushes the blessed Presence.

How wonderful in our humanity to sense the reality of the Holy Spirit’s invitation: “Pour yourself out! Give yourself to Me! Empty yourself! Bring your empty earthen vessels! Come in meekness like a child!”

Drawn out of ourselves by the Holy Spirit of God—for who knows the things of God but the Holy Spirit?

We are delivered from ourselves when we finally seek God for Himself alone!

 

Yes, Lord, deliver me from myself today! Help me to live for You and for others.[5]


March 21 Responding to Christ’s Invitation

“Thy kingdom come” (Matt. 6:10).

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The only acceptable response to Christ’s offer of the Kingdom is to receive it, value it, and pursue it!

Many people who think they’re Kingdom citizens will someday be shocked to discover they aren’t. In Matthew 7:21 Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.” Some people think highly of the Kingdom but never receive the King. They call Jesus “Lord” but don’t do His will. Lip service won’t do. You must receive the King and His Kingdom (John 1:12).

You must also value the Kingdom. In Matthew 13:44 Jesus says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure.” In verses 45–46 He compares it to a pearl that was so valuable, a merchant sold all he had to purchase it. That’s the value of the Kingdom. It’s worth any sacrifice you have to make.

Finally, you must continually pursue the Kingdom. In Matthew 6:33 Jesus says, “Seek first His kingdom, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” In context He was discussing the basic necessities of life such as food and clothing, reminding His disciples that their Heavenly Father knew their needs and would supply them if they simply maintained the proper priorities. Unbelievers characteristically worry about meeting their own needs (v. 32), but believers are to be characterized by trusting in God and pursuing His Kingdom.

Christ offers His Kingdom to everyone (Matt. 28:19). The only acceptable response is to receive it, value it, and pursue it. Is that your response? Have you received the Kingdom? Is it precious to you? I trust it is. If so, rejoice and serve your King well today. Make His Kingdom your top priority. If not, turn from your sin and submit your life to Christ, who loves you and longs to receive you into His eternal Kingdom.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for the heavenly citizenship you hold (Phil. 3:20–21). ✧ Ask Him to help you keep His priorities uppermost in your life.

For Further Study: Read Revelation 21–22. As you do, think of what eternity with Christ will be like. What aspects of eternity do you especially look forward to?[6]


MARCH 21

GOD BLESSES HIS CHILDREN FOR HOLY INTENTIONS

Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me….

JOHN 8:54

“Them that honour me I will honour,” said God once to a priest of Israel, and that ancient law of the kingdom stands today unchanged by the passing of time or the changes of dispensation. The whole Bible and every page of history proclaim the perpetuation of that law. “If any man serve me, him will my Father honour,” said our Lord Jesus, tying in the old with the new and revealing the essential unity of His ways with men.

It seems plain that almost any Bible character who honestly tried to glorify God in his earthly walk was so honored. See how God overlooked weaknesses and failures as He poured upon His servants grace and blessing untold. Let it be Abraham, Jacob, David, Daniel, Elijah or whom you will; honor followed honor as harvest the seed. The man of God set his heart to exalt God above all; God accepted his intention as fact and acted accordingly. Not perfection, but holy intention made the difference!

In our Lord Jesus Christ this law was seen in simple perfection. He sought not His own honor, but the honor of the God who sent Him.

“If I honour myself,” He said on one occasion, “my honour is nothing; it is my Father that honoureth me.” So far had the proud Pharisees departed from this law that they could not understand one who honored God at His own expense.[7]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 93). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

[2] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[3] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[4] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 89). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[5] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 93). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

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

40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers (Week Three: Tuesday)

Tuesday

Confession: Psalm 38:10–15

My heart throbs violently, my strength leaves me;

and the light of my eyes, that also is not with me.

My friends and companions stand aloof from my affliction,

and my relatives stand afar off.

Those who seek my life lay snares as well,

and those intent on my harm speak threats.

They also plot deceit all day.

But as for me, like the deaf I cannot hear,

and I am like the mute who cannot open his mouth.

And so I am like a man who hears not,

and in whose mouth there are no retorts.

Rather for you I wait, O Yahweh.

You will answer, O Lord my God.

Reading: Mark 12:13–17

And they sent some of the Pharisees and the Herodians to him so that they could catch him unawares in a statement. And when they came, they said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful and you do not care what anyone thinks, because you do not regard the opinion of people but teach the way of God in truth. Is it permitted to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?” But because he knew their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius so that I can look at it!” So they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” And they said to him, “Caesar’s.” And Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar the things of Caesar, and to God the things of God!” And they were utterly amazed at him.

Reflection

See their craftiness. They do not say, “Tell us what is good, what is expedient, what is lawful?” but, “What do you think?” They looked to this one object: to betray Him and to set Him at enmity with the rulers. And Mark declaring this—and more plainly discovering their self-will and their murderous disposition—affirms them to have said, “Should we pay [Caesar], or should we not?” (Mark 12:15 nrsv) They were breathing anger and travailing with a plot against Him, yet they feigned respect.

What did He say? “Why are you putting me to the test?” (Matt 22:18 nrsv). He talks with them with more than usual severity. Because their wickedness was now complete and manifest, He cuts deeper. He confounds and silences them by publishing their secret thoughts and making their intent clear to all.

He did these things to repulse their wickedness so that they might not suffer hurt in attempting the same things again. And yet their words were full of respect, for they both called Him Master, and bore witness to His truth and said He was no respecter of persons. Jesus, being God, was not deceived by these things. They also ought to have realized that the rebuke was not the result of conjecture, but a sign of His knowing their secret thoughts.

—John Chrysostom

Homilies of St. John Chrysostom

Response

God knows all of your secret thoughts. What areas of your life do you need to give over to Him? How can you turn your worship back to Him in these areas?[1]

 

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

No Condemnation (Hodge)

The Reformed Reader

Select Sermons of Charles Hodge Here’s a nice excerpt from a sermon Charles Hodge gave on Romans 8:1 (Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. NASB):

Behold, O Christian the deed of thy inheritance.  …Jesus Christ came down from heaven to seek and save his people, to accomplish the condition on which their salvation was suspended and [say] “It is finished.” For these he has suffered and obeyed. The demands of the holiness and justice of God are completely satisfied. And since Christ has died and God has justified, who is that condemneth? Can Satan their accuser before God effect it? We answer no, because he that died, has risen and standeth at the right hand of God where he maketh intercession for us and he it is whom the Father heareth always. Can our own corruptions condemn us? We answer no because the salvation of Jesus…

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What is genuine Christian behavior?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Ἡ φιλαδελφία μενέτω. Hebrews 13:1 (NA28)

1 Let brotherly love continue. Hebrews 13:1 (translated from the NA28 Greek text)

We cannot read the New Testament without seeing that believers are the ἐκκλησία or ekklēsia, “the called-out ones of God.” In the New Testament, the noun ἐκκλησία is found only in the Gospels in Matthew 16:18 and 18:17. Luke uses it in Acts several times, but Paul uses it throughout his epistles. More than half of its usage in the New Testament is in Paul’s epistles. In them, we see that he never thinks of the ἐκκλησία as a physical structure or man-made organization but as a dedicated group of disciples of Jesus Christ whom He has purchased with His blood. In light of these truths, we must seek to line ourselves up with God’s will in our obedience under the spiritual authority He has set over us. 

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