March 22, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump will travel to Brussels in May to attend a meeting of NATO, his first scheduled trip overseas that comes as European leaders remain anxious about whether the U.S. will continue its level of support for the 28-nation alliance.

A familiar group of conservative rebels stands between House Speaker Paul Ryan and his goal of passing an Obamacare repeal measure on Thursday: the House Freedom Caucus.

A group of wealthy progressive donors that wants to restore the Democratic Party’s clout plans to meet this week with groups that helped kick off protest marches and town-hall confrontations to oppose President Donald Trump’s agenda. The Democracy Alliance,a group of 112 prolific political contributors that includes George Soros, Tom Steyer and Donald Sussman, is expected to draw more than 400 donors in all from 32 states to discuss how to turn the demonstrators’ enthusiasm into electoral success.

Calif. lawmakers introduce bill to require state’s retirement systems to divest pension fund holdings from cos. that win contracts to build President Trump’s proposed border wall.

Sears Holdings Corp. suffered its worst stock decline in six weeks after acknowledging “substantial doubt” about its future; raising fresh concerns about whether a company that was once the world’s largest retailer can survive.

Payless Inc., the struggling discount shoe chain, is preparing to file for bankruptcy as soon as next week, according to people familiar with the matter.

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More than 2,600 Nigerians who fled into northern Cameroon to escape Boko Haram jihadists have been forced to go home since the start of the year, the UN said Tuesday.

While Donald Trump’s political fortunes were rising, his net worth was dropping to a mere $3.5 billion, or roughly a third of what he claimed during his successful campaign for the U.S. presidency, according to the latest Forbes list of the world’s billionaires. Trump tumbled more than 100 spots to No. 544 on the magazine’s 31st annual list.

China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday denied reports that China will begin preparatory work this year for an environmental monitoring station on disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.

Mexico’s government on Tuesday warned Mexican companies that it would not be in their best “interests” to participate in the construction of U.S. President Donald Trump’s border wall, though there will be no legal restrictions or sanctions to stop them if they tried.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has governed on a platform that has garnered international praise by refugee advocates for its welcoming stance. But a number of Canadians aren’t a fan of the country’s border policies, and actually support ramping up deportation efforts of undocumented immigrants, a new poll shows.

The company building the Dakota Access pipeline said Monday that the project remains on track to start moving oil this week despite recent “coordinated physical attacks” along the line.

The number of unmanned aircraft, or drones, in the United States will jump dramatically over the next five years, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The increase comes after the Obama administration in 2016 implemented new rules that opened the skies to low-level small drones for education, research and routine commercial use. Policy makers are still debating whether to allow a sweeping expansion in drone use for activities like deliveries where aircraft would fly beyond the sight of an operator.

A Czech zoo is taking no chances after the recent killing of a rhinoceros at a wildlife park near Paris by assailants who stole the animal’s horn – the zoo has started to remove the horns from its 21 rhinos as a precaution.

U.S. mortgage application activity fell from a nearly four-month peak as borrowing costs on 30-year home loans held at their highest level almost three years, Mortgage Bankers Association data released on Wednesday showed.

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An aircraft cabin ban on large electronic devices was prompted by intelligence suggesting a terror threat to US-bound flights, say US media. The so-called Islamic State group (IS) has been working on ways to smuggle explosives on to planes by hiding them in electronics, US sources tell ABC. The tip-off was judged by the US to be “substantiated” and “credible”.

Germany’s cabinet has backed a bill to clear men handed sentences for homosexuality after World War Two under a Nazi-era law. The notorious Paragraph 175 of the penal code was eventually relaxed in 1969, but not before 50,000 men were convicted. Many were sent to jail and some took their own lives because of the stigma.

Two in five North Koreans are undernourished and more than 70% of the population relies on food aid, the United Nations said.

Australia’s Northern Territory has decriminalized abortion as part of wide-ranging reforms on the medical termination of pregnancy.

A new start-up says that it intends to offer an electric-powered commercial flight from London to Paris in 10 years. Wright Electric said by removing the need for jet fuel, the price of travel could drop dramatically.

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The fence-jumper who wandered around the White House complex for 17 minutes was able to elude the Secret Service in part because the agency has taken down alarm sensors along an area of one fence that he scaled, according to two sources.

Some of the wealthiest New Yorkers are asking the state to raise their taxes. Eighty people including George Soros, Steven Rockefeller and Abigail Disney wrote to lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying they and other top earners should pay more to support schools, roads, bridges and programs to help poor and homeless residents of the state.


The Briefing 03-22-17

Judge Neil Gorsuch remains poised and unscathed as Supreme Court nomination hearing continues

Time for every brand to pick a political side? The politicization of every dimension of American life

Beyond ‘He’ or ‘She’? TIME magazine and the hyper-individualization of gender and sexuality

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Top News – 3/22/2017

Was Top FBI Official Financially Compromised During Clinton Investigation?
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was the subject of scrutiny last year when it was revealed that his wife received campaign money from one of Hillary Clinton’s close political allies, but a new Freedom of Information Act request reveals that he wasn’t just hiding those contributions from the public – he was hiding them from the FBI.

NSA: Nation State Cyber Attack Included Virtual ‘Hand-to-Hand Combat’
Foreign government hackers caught secretly breaking into a U.S. national security network waged a 24-hour battle with cyber security officials trying to counter the cyber attack, the deputy director of the National Security Agency said Tuesday. “It was a nation state actor who had gotten in and what we saw for the very first time, the adversary, once we detected them, instead of disappearing they fought back,” “So it was basically hand-to-hand combat in a network where we would take an action [and] they would then counter that,”

Terrifying EARTHQUAKE fears as cities at risk of being ‘dropped into sea’
California is at risk of falling by at least three feet as a result of a devastating earthquake, the study warned. The findings showed the Orange County coast is prone to a dramatic and sudden “sinking” after discovering evidence of ancient tsunami activity that dropped land in the region. Robert Leeper, who carried out the study with the help of the US Geological Survey, said: “It is not just a gradual sinking. This is boom — it would drop.

Strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes off Bali
A powerful earthquake has just struck off the coast of Bali. The quake, measuring in as a magnitude 6.4 on the richter scale, struck 35 km South East of Badung around 7.10am local time, according to Geoscience Australia. It hit at a depth of 124km and could have been felt by people up to 278km away.

Latest Iranian threat: Drones in Yemen
Iran is increasing its support for Houthi forces in Yemen through the transfer of new technology and advanced weaponry. That is the conclusion of a new report by Conflict Armament Research, a UK-based organization that identifies and tracks conventional weapons. In their March 2017 report, “Iranian technology transfers to Yemen,” the findings indicate that drones are “used by Houthi forces to attack coalition missile-defense systems.”

Kuwait trying to oust Knesset from Inter-Parliamentary Union
Kuwait has decided to forge ahead with a move that would attempt to expel Israel from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The Arab country…officially decided to pursue this step during a gathering of the Arab Parliamentary Union…in Morocco…Marzouq Al-Ghanim, said that his country was inspired to lead the effort to oust Israel from the IPU after the Kuwaiti parliament was tasked with preparing a list of clauses that would determine the sanctions that should be imposed on parliaments that breach the basic principles of the IPU.

‘If antisemitic parties rise to power, we will call on European Jews to flee’
A European Jewish leader said Monday that the rise of extremist parties in Europe could ultimately lead to an exodus of Jews from countries where antisemitism is becoming increasingly visible. Speaking at the annual conference of the Rabbinical Center of Europe in Pomezia, Italy, the organization’s director, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, warned that it will not be long before extremist parties which now have a great deal of power become the ruling parties in Europe.

Boko Haram crisis: Cameroon ‘forcing Nigeria refugees home’
The UN refugee agency has criticised Cameroon for the forced return of hundreds of refugees to north-east Nigeria after they had fled from the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency. The UNHCR said forced returns had “continued unabated” despite an agreement earlier this month. Under the deal, any returns would be voluntary and only “when conditions were conducive”.

Pakistan reinstates secret military courts despite criticism
Pakistan’s lower house has passed a bill to reinstate secret military courts, despite criticism from human rights activists. Military courts were first set up as a response to the 2015 attack on a military-run school by the Pakistani Taliban that killed 134 children. The courts, which try civilians charged with terrorism offences, had a two-year mandate that expired on 7 January.

IS conflict: Air strike ‘kills dozens in village near Raqqa’
At least 33 people have been killed in an air strike on a school in a village west of the Islamic State-held Syrian city of Raqqa, a monitoring group says. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the building in al-Mansoura was being used as a shelter for displaced people when it was hit on Monday night. The activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently said the fate of 50 families who were there was unknown.

Israel plans mass evacuation if war erupts again
If Islamic militants in Gaza or Lebanon go to war with Israel, they could find their usual targets empty. Israel is drawing up contingency plans to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from border communities to protect them from attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah or other Islamic militant groups. The mass evacuations would be the biggest in Israel’s history, part of a bigger plan where the army works with municipalities to keep civilians safe.

Exclusive: North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms – envoy
North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue “acceleration” of its nuclear and missile programs, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday.

The Mainstream Media Is Using “Trolling” As An Excuse To Censor The Right
“…a ‘review team’ is subjectively deciding which content it will censor. What happened to the programmers and objectively censoring ‘trolls’ and abuse? The whole thing is much more similar to McCarthyism, except instead of targeting ‘communists’ during the Cold War, they are targeting ‘right-wing’ websites and individuals. Truly a threat to ‘national security’ in the same vein as ISIS, isn’t it?”

Top Hezbollah Commander Mustafa Badreddine Assassinated By Own Group: Israeli Military
Israel’s military chief said Tuesday that a top Hezbollah commander who died last year was assassinated by members of his own group, the Iran-backed Lebanese Shiite militia.Mustafa Badreddine died near the Syrian capital, Damascus, in May 2016, and Hezbollah said that Syrian rebel shelling caused his death.

They Thought She Was Crazy: Doctor Extracts RFID Chip From Sex Trafficking Victim
If someone walks into a hospital and claims that they’re being tracked, and that they need to have a tracking device removed, there’s a pretty good chance that they’re going to be sent to a mental institution instead. However, according to a doctor who wished to remain anonymous to protect his patient, that very situation occurred last October and it didn’t end how you might expect.

Banks Slash Loan Books While Equities Hover Near All-Time Highs; Someone Is Massively Wrong
Loan issuance to businesses and consumers is plunging while metrics like auto delinquencies and credit card charge offs are soaring to ‘great recession’ levels.  Of course, all this loan data continues to deteriorate as equities surge to all new highs with each passing day.  So, who’s right?

Police: Chicago Teen Apparently Gang-Raped On Facebook Live
A 15-year-old Chicago girl was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to police, authorities said Tuesday.


Have We Reached A Turning Point For Stocks? Tuesday Was The Worst Day For The Stock Market In 6 Months

New York Stock Exchange Trading Floor - Public DomainThe post-election stock market rally is officially over.  After hovering near record highs for the past couple of weeks, U.S. stocks had their worst day in six months on Tuesday.  For quite some time it has been clear that the momentum of the post-election rally had been exhausted, and a pullback of this nature was widely anticipated.  But even though stocks fell by more than 1 percent during a single trading session for the first time since last September, it is going to take a whole lot more than that to bring stock prices back into balance.  In fact, stocks are so overvalued at this point that it would take a total decline of about 40 to 50 percent before key stock valuation measures return to their long-term averages. (Read More…)


Franklin Graham: Pray for Gorsuch — ‘Atheist Progressives’ Want to ‘Marginalize Christians,’ Strip God From Society

….adding that “atheist progressives” are working furiously to “strip God and all references to Him” from the public square and are pushing Christians “into the shadows.”

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Note to parents: Remember the saga of Katy Perry

Pop singer Katy Perry – a preacher’s kid raised in a Christian home – received an award over the weekend from the Human Rights Campaign, the largest pro-homosexual lobby in the U.S. In her acceptance speech, she stated:

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Hillary’s New Look—And What It Means – Ed Klein

Experience tells us that when Hillary experiments with her hair style, she’s up to something. I reported on that “something” a month ago when I revealed that, as fanciful as it might seem, Hillary has plans to run again for president.

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Top Headlines – 3/22/2017

Lack of 2 state solution is existential threat to Israel – ex-Mossad chief

Netanyahu: Building in East Jerusalem is non-negotiable

Tel Aviv to get Israel’s first 100-floor skyscraper

‘A third of secular Israeli Jews want to move abroad’

Israel plans mass evacuations if war erupts again

Hamas tried to get more accurate maps to aim rockets

Shin Bet: Hamas stealing Gaza aid from Turkish charities

Hamas aims to improve its image with new ideological document, but won’t revoke charter

Gazan teen said killed by IDF while attempting to cross border

Eisenkot: IDF will keep thwarting arms transfers to terror groups

Amid border tensions, IDF chief alludes to strikes on Hezbollah convoys

IDF chief: Hezbollah commander killed by his own men last year

Iran Reportedly Built Weapons Factories in Lebanon for Hezbollah

Iran says it’s ‘completely ready’ to restart nuclear program

Mossad chief: Iran is main threat to Israel with or without nuclear deal

Intelligence official says Russia must contain Iran in Syria

Syrian rebels report fresh Israeli airstrikes near Damascus

Netanyahu: The Russian policy regarding Israel’s attacks in Syria has not changed

‘Please don’t forget us’: the hellish search for Syria’s lost prisoners

Five years after ouster, Egypt’s Mubarak walks free

Attack in central Nigeria kills at least 17, official says

US drone kills militant blamed for attack on Sri Lanka cricket team in

Turkey’s Erdogan says may review ties with Europe after referendum

EU official: Turkey putting membership bid at risk

The Media’s Cheery Ignorance about Islam’s Hostile Ideology

No electronics ban on flights to US from Israel

Britain will ban electronic devices on flights from six Middle Eastern nations amid terror threat

AQAP trying to hide explosives in laptop batteries, official says

US, UK officials: No specific terror threat behind laptop ban

Fallout from electronics ban worries travel advocates

Bid to strip terrorist’s citizenship may mark new Trump way

North Korea to Tillerson: We Are Ready for ‘Any War the U.S. Would Like’

Trump administration weighing broad sanctions on North Korea

North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms – envoy

US expects next North Korean missile launch soon

North Korea fails in new missile test, Seoul says

China says number of “terror attacks” is down, but threat remains high

FBI head confirms Russia election probe, says Moscow backed Trump

Kremlin says US intelligence committee is “confused”

EU official: we can make members accept refugees

Rape focuses critical attention on ‘sanctuary’ states

U.S.-Mexico border wall fight: California considers divesting from companies involved in the project

San Francisco supervisors move to bar border wall contractors from doing business with the city

Mexico violence: Skulls found in new Veracruz mass grave

Mexico threatens to ditch US corn imports

Saudi Arabia’s Oil Supremacy Falters

Billionaire bunkers: How the 1% are preparing for the apocalypse

One-third of Americans say they’d have trouble coming up with an emergency $2,000

$20 trillion debt deserves as much attention as Dow hitting 20,000

Stock market falls 1.2%, ending longest streak of calm since 1995

Dow and S&P post first 1% fall in 5 months as banks tumble, health care reform worries remain

EU to threaten Britain with court action if Theresa May refuses to pay 50bn Euro Brexit divorce bill

Goldman Sachs Does The Obvious – Moves Staff From London To EU Over Brexit

Goldman building robo-adviser to give investment advice to the masses

Drone-catchers emerge on a new aerial frontier

Walmart wants to deploy in-store drones

Twitter software helps find, ban users advocating violence

Google Steps Up Effort to Keep Ads Away From Controversial Content

Pope tells young to resist ‘false’ reality of social media

Hyperloop tech company offers first look at futuristic travel pods

Trump signs NASA bill aimed at sending people to Mars

Travel Tips From a Real Space Tourist: Get Ready to Feel Awful

Rosetta comet orbiter films deep-space landslide

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Banjar Pasekan, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kotaagung, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Mutis, Colombia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Calama, Chile

Chirinkotan volcano on the Kuril Islands erupts to 20,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Mudslides in Peru create water crisis, treatment systems severely clogged

The unnamed phenomenon behind Peru’s extraordinary flooding

Israel issues Peru travel warning amid heavy rains, flooding

First endangered bee in the United States named

20 million at risk of starvation in world’s largest crisis since 1945, UN says

13 killed in Kenya in drought-related violence

Israeli-American partnership to launch cannabis sleep aid

Trump to Republicans: Vote for Obamacare repeal or lose your seat

Conservatives rebuff Trump, say they have votes to derail health bill

Gorsuch to Feinstein: Abortion ruling is ‘precedent’ and acknowledged the ruling had been reaffirmed ‘many times’

Transgender rapist moved to women’s prison after sex change

Power Rangers Introduces First Openly Gay Cinematic Superhero

Sandy Simpson – Screwtape Legacy

Furtick, Elevation Church activate N.A.R. Apostles

More Hillsong victims appearing at Royal Commission: Brian Houston summoned again?

Jane Whaley/WOFF – Trial date requested in Word of Faith abuse case

6 Signs of a Toxic ‘Apostle’

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 09:05 AM PDT

(By J.Lee Grady) I’ve just spent two weeks in South America, where the Holy Spirit is moving in unprecedented ways. Churches are growing and average…

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What the Bible Actually Says About Profanity

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 09:02 AM PDT

(By Kerby Anderson) While profanity is exploding in culture and society, it should never be excused by people of faith. Your children are facing an…

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BREAKING NEWS: Shots fired at UK Parliament; officer stabbed and assailant shot

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 08:51 AM PDT

DEVELOPING – A police officer has been stabbed and an alleged assailant was reportedly shot after gunfire broke out at the UK Parliament in London…

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Should High School’s Islamic Prayer Room Be Open To ALL Religions?

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 07:33 AM PDT

It appears a new debate is heating up in Texas and this one is regarding a public High School that recently opened up a prayer…

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The Wilderness Will Make Or Break You!

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 07:23 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, I will discuss four things that inevitably always happen during a prolonged time in the Wilderness with a lack…

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Have We Reached A Turning Point For Stocks? Tuesday Was The Worst Day For The Stock Market In 6 Months

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 07:10 AM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) The post-election stock market rally is officially over. After hovering near record highs for the past couple of weeks, U.S. stocks…

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Texas A&M’s first openly gay student body president to take office

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 07:07 AM PDT

Texas A&M just made history with it’s first “openly gay” president to take office. The report indicates that Bobby Brooks the 21-year-old junior has been…

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Mexico Threatens to End US Corn Imports

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 06:55 AM PDT

This next story is far from being corny! According to reports, Mexico is now pulling out all the stops to use as weapons in its…

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Retired NBA Star Shaquille O’Neal Joins “Flat Earth” Hysteria

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 06:45 AM PDT

Look who just joined the “Flat Earth”, “Round Earth” hysteria that has been taking theological circles by storm. According to reports, Retired basketball superstar Shaquille…

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NY School Pushes ‘Total Indoctrination,’ Comparing Trump to Hitler and Mussolini

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 06:35 AM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) A group of moms in Saratoga Springs, New York has decided to fight back against what they call the radical left-wing…

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Israel Preps Mass Evacuation Plans For War, Netanyahu Warns Putin More Strikes Will Come

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 06:28 AM PDT

Are we about to see a major war take place in the Middle East that will thrust us into the fulfillment of Psalm Chapter 83…

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Shocking Bible Code Matrix Contains The Exact Day And Year That David Rockefeller Would Die

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 08:03 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Did someone know in advance that David Rockefeller would die on March 20th, 2017? What I am about to share with…

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Jerusalem to Host This Year’s “Gay Parade”

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 07:46 PM PDT

Revelation 11:8– And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our…

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Britain Bans Electronic Devices On Flights from 6 Mideast Nations Amid Terror Threat

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 07:29 PM PDT

British passengers have been banned from bringing laptops, tablets and other electronic devices on board of flights from the Middle East and North Africa after…

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PAYLESS Filing for Bankruptcy as Soon as Next Week…

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 07:14 PM PDT

Payless Shoe store looks to be the next company to bite the dust in the ongoing economic purge of retail stores across the Nation. According…

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BREAKING NEWS: Bali Struck by Strong 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 06:52 PM PDT

We are receiving reports of a strong earthquake measuring 6.4 that has struck Bali. Sources indicate that Quake shook up the resort island but did not…

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Three Right-Now Presidential Prayer Strategies

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 05:08 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) Our country is at a tremendous crossroads. We have internal strife between conservatives and liberals. There is strife within the Christian…

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Pastor Alarid Prophesies Over New Mexico Governor

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 04:26 PM PDT

(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) Charisma News recently released a report about a pastor who put his faith into practice. Brian Alarid is the lead pastor…

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Samuel Alito Issues Warning About Eroding Religious Freedoms

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 04:23 PM PDT

(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) In 2015, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito spoke prophetically when he stated that the acceptance of gay-marriage in America would lead…

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Twitter Ends more than 636,000 accounts since 2015 to tackle extremism

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 01:43 PM PDT

Twitter along with Facebook and Google are making unprecedented efforts in purging their sites from what they consider as “Extremism”. Twitter alone has just reported that…

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North Korea Poses No Fear of Sanctions! Plans to Accelerate Nuclear Pursuit

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 01:34 PM PDT

It appears that we are moving full steam ahead towards a future military conflict with North Korea as reports are now indicating that the communist…

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School Orders Boy to “Tolerate” Undressing with Girl and Make it “Natural”

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 01:26 PM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) A teenage boy was told by his principal that he had to “tolerate” undressing in front of a female student and…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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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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