Daily Archives: March 28, 2017

March 28, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Mar. 28, 2017 |


Texas and a dozen other mostly Republican-led states are throwing their support behind the Trump administration’s temporary ban on new visas for people from six mostly Muslim nations.

Asia is a key part of Moscow-based Rostec State Corp.’s plan to become one of the world’s top five defense companies within a decade, according to a senior executive. Rostec, whose units account for about 70 percent of Russia’s defense industrial base and include AK-47 assault rifles and MiG fighter jets, will focus on selling more to countries including India, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Ford will announce investments in three Michigan plants, Donald Trump said in a Twitter post, two weeks after the president urged car companies to follow his pledge for eased regulations with more hiring.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to revive a $5.7 billion settlement of retailer claims that Visa and MasterCard improperly fixed credit-card swipe fees, in a rebuff that could mean years of additional litigation.

President Trump is set to sign an executive order that will in part reverse two main planks of federal efforts under President Obama to adapt to climate change, according to details of the order shared with Bloomberg News. The White House is expected to rescind Obama’s order to federal agencies to plan for climate change and another to have the military plan for the national security implications.

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The leaders of Britain and Scotland met for talks, but failed to resolve their differences over a new push for Scottish independence as the U.K. prepares to leave the EU.

Pakistan has begun building a fence along its border with Afghanistan to curtail the movement of militants, its army said, in a move criticised by its eastern neighbour for dividing communities.

Fire inspectors visited a Northern California building three days before a blaze ripped through it, killing at least three people. Documents released by the city of Oakland late Monday show inspectors found multiple violations Friday when they visited the building where recovering drug addicts and squatters lived in squalid conditions. A fire on Monday gutted the building and killed three people and injured four.

Bahrain said on Sunday it had broken an Iranian-linked “terrorist cell” suspected of involvement in a bomb attack on a police bus in February and plotting to assassinate senior officials, state news agency BNA reported.

Hundreds of rebels left their last bastion in Syria’s Homs city on Monday, resuming an evacuation expected to be among the largest of its kind under a Russian-backed deal with the government.

A report from a U.S. think tank says China has nearly completed construction work on three man-made islands in the South China Sea, giving it the ability to deploy combat aircraft and other military assets to the disputed region.

An “unprecedented” 21 different types of dinosaur tracks have been found on a stretch of Australia’s remote coastline, scientists said Monday, dubbing it the nation’s Jurassic Park. Paleontologists from the University of Queensland and James Cook University said it was the most diverse such discovery in the world, unearthed in rocks up to 140 million years old in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Boko Haram Islamists raided a village in northeast Nigeria, in the latest rampage to steal food and medical supplies, as fears grew of more attacks, locals and security personnel said on Sunday.

Michigan and the city of Flint agreed to replace thousands of home water lines under a sweeping deal to settle a lawsuit by residents over lead-contaminated water in the struggling community. Flint will replace at least 18,000 lead or galvanized-steel water lines by 2020, and the state will pick up the bill with state and federal money, according to the settlement filed in federal court.

The U.S. military is developing a fairy-tale-inspired “Gremlin” program that aims to launch and retrieve drones in midair. “Gremlins” are a swarm of drones deployed from a manned aircraft.

US consumer confidence spiked to a 16-year high in March, according to the Conference Board’s monthly survey. The headline index jumped to 125.6, the highest since December 2000. Economists had forecast that the index dipped in March to 114.0 from a 15-year high of 114.8.


The globally popular statue of a young girl staring down Wall Street’s iconic bull will stay in place until next March, New York’s mayor has said.

Carlos the Jackal, a notorious Venezuelan militant serving two life sentences, has been handed a third by a French court.

A Tennessee couple has been accused of trying to sell a five-month-old baby for $3,000 on Craigslist.

An outbreak of meningitis in several states of Nigeria has killed at least 140 people, officials said.


Hamas has recently developed a new high-powered rocket of which it has already produced several dozen, Army Radio reported on Tuesday. According to the report, the rocket is short-range and can carry a relatively heavy explosive load. In the event of a future conflict between Israel and Hamas, the new rocket would have the most effect on the Israeli communities bordering the Gaza Strip.

According to the watchdog organization Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights (IOHR), IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) recently captured 197 children in western Mosul. The militants intend to use the abducted children as human shields to stand in the way of the advancing coalition troops.

University of Regina will be hosting a “Masculinity Confession Booth” along with a number of other workshops and screenings to combat “hypermasculinity.” “Come and share your sins so we can begin to discuss how to identify and change our ways !!!”



Fetch My Spectacles


The Briefing 03-28-17

Does the secular European project have a future?

On terrorism — can you read the mind of a dead man? Police in London try.

The ultrasound of unborn baby said to “upset” mothers considering abortion. Why?

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March 27, 2017
ALAN KEYES — These days, the logic of statements made by our politicians and government officials often defies reason. Take this statement, made by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, justifying the cuts the Trump administration wants Congress to make in the U.S. State Department’s budget:… (more)

March 27, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — BuzzFeed, described by Wikipedia as “a liberal American internet media company based in New York City,” is in the “donor spotlight” at the national news museum in Washington, D.C., known as the Newseum. The “honor” demonstrates how the media have changed and how low they have sunk…. (more)

March 27, 2017
THE RESURGENT — Representative Mo Brooks, a Republican from the 5th Congressional District in Alabama, has filed a one-sentence bill to completely repeal Obamacare…. (more)

March 27, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — It was a careful choice of words, Bernard Lewis being nothing if not careful. In 2004, the West audibly gasped when its preeminent scholar of Islam famously told the German newspaper Die Welt,”Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century,” if not sooner…. (more)

March 27, 2017
ROBERT KNIGHT — It’s been a long while since I perused Time magazine, either online or in print. Years ago, the weekly ceased being an interesting news magazine and evolved into a caricature of fashionable left-wing thought. It is no longer required reading. However, Time managed to work its way back into national consciousness this week with its colorful cover asking, “Is Truth Dead?” The irony of Time’s editors raising that question probably never dawned on them…. (more)

March 27, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump will issue an executive order on Tuesday to begin undoing former President Obama’s rule on carbon emissions, Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt said Sunday…. (more)

March 27, 2017
JOSEPH FARAH — Headlines in the popular press and science journals have been screaming the claim since January: “Planet Earth makes its own water from scratch deep in the mantle.”… (more)

March 26, 2017
PHILIP KLEIN — Broken promises are as old as politics itself, and there are many famous examples of them in modern history. President George H.W. Bush’s “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge comes immediately to mind, as does President Bill Clinton reneging on his middle-class tax cut, and President Barack Obama never closing Guantanamo Bay. But in each of those cases, those were promises that were made in a given campaign by a given politician. The promise of Obamacare repeal is much different…. (more)

March 26, 2017
MCCLATCHY DC — Donald Trump ran for president as a businessman who could make a deal. But on Friday, he failed to close the biggest deal of his young presidency. And then, like a businessman, he moved on…. (more)

March 26, 2017
NEWSMAX — White House chief of staff Reince Priebus is mostly to blame for the implosion of the GOP healthcare replacement bill, the New York Times reported. But other groups and individuals factored into the bill’s doom as well…. (more)

March 24, 2017
WASHINGTON POST — House Republican leaders abruptly pulled a rewrite of the nation’s health-care system from consideration on Friday, a dramatic acknowledgment that they are so far unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “We just pulled it,” President Trump told The Washington Post in a telephone interview…. (more)

March 24, 2017
THE RESURGENT — In an interview with CNN, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) scorched the House Leadership’s proposed Obamacare replacement bill for perpetuating the status quo. Citing a comment from Speaker Paul Ryan, Wolf Blister prefaced his question to Senator Lee by saying conservatives will get roughly 85 percent of what they want from the American Health Care Act. Lee respectfully but strongly disagreed with Speaker Ryan’s assertion that this bill provides 85 percent of what conservatives want in healthcare reform…. (more)

March 24, 2017
NEW YORK TIMES — President Trump, the author of “The Art of the Deal,” has been projecting his usual bravado in public this week about the prospects of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Privately he is grappling with rare bouts of self-doubt…. (more)

March 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — House Republican leaders expect to vote Friday on their embattled health-care bill, moving on the legislation under pressure by Trump administration officials who voiced urgency during a closed-door meeting on the Capitol with conservative holdouts…. (more)

March 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Mo Brooks said Thursday he was still against the American Health Care Act – – “a massive Republican welfare plan” – – even after meeting with such heavy hitters as House Speaker Paul Ryan, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus…. (more)

March 24, 2017
RALPH Z. HALLOW — House Speaker Paul Ryan didn’t just step in it again, big time, on the Ryancare bill this week. The Wisconsin Republican unmasked himself as the man most capable of demolishing his own party and the Trump presidency. The Ryan American Healthcare Bill is a piece of moderate GOP trash that Mr. Ryan owns and has been trying and failing miserably to sell as the long-promised Republican repeal and replacement of Obamacare…. (more)

March 24, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — On the same day that the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal warned that President Donald Trump was going to go down in history as a “fake president,” in part because of his “false tweet” about the “wiretapping” of Trump Tower, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee disclosed evidence of the wiretapping, also known as surveillance…. (more)

March 24, 2017
FOX NEWS — Republican congressional investigators expect a potential “smoking gun” establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee this week, a source told Fox News…. (more)

March 24, 2017
DAILY MAIL — The British-born jihadi who killed four and injured 29 in Westminster was last night revealed to be a middle-aged criminal career who MI5 had investigated in the past and had a previous conviction for stabbing a man in the nose. English teacher Khalid Masood, 52, a ‘lone wolf’ attacker, who was living in the Birmingham area, had a series of convictions for assault and other crimes…. (more)

March 24, 2017
ART MOORE — In a refrain that has become remarkably familiar in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, a neighbor of Khalid Masood – – the 52-year-old Muslim who ran over pedestrians on Westminster Bridge then killed a police officer at the Parliament building Wednesday – – described him as a “normal calm and kind family man, always with a smile on his face.”… (more)

March 24, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — One of the Senate’s most conservative members says Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch showed lawmakers and the nation this week why he is a tremendous choice for the high court, while also rejecting the attempts of Democrats to discredit Gorsuch and promising President Trump’s choice will be confirmed…. (more)

March 24, 2017
WESLEY PRUDEN — Neil Gorsuch took the best shots, such as they were, of disheartened, dismayed and despondent Democrats this week, and nobody laid a glove on him. He was as fresh when it was over as when the slugging, such as it was, began. “So what have we learned?” asked The New York Times, which presumes to be the leader of the insurrection against the new presidency. “He’s probably going to be confirmed.”… (more)

March 23, 2017
PETER LEMISKA — Considering America’s 240-year history, 16 years is not a long time. But for some, it’s long enough to forget the outrage and fear all Americans felt after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001…. (more)

March 22, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — President Donald Trump is usually a fan of Fox News, but his opinion may now be changing. Fox News has been caught misrepresenting its own interview with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on the subject of alleged wiretapping of President Trump, in order to make Trump look bad. The cable channel also threw one of its own commentators, Judge Andrew Napolitano, under the bus for highlighting a possible British role in gathering intelligence on Trump and his associates…. (more)

March 22, 2017
BOSTON HERALD — President Trump’s transition team may have had its communications picked up and distributed throughout the intelligence community, according to a leading Republican on the House Intelligence Committee – – news that had conservatives claiming vindication as shock waves spread across Washington…. (more)

After Dramatic Obamacare Failure, Trump Now Faces A Looming Government Shutdown He May Not Be Able To Prevent

If you thought that the Obamacare debacle was bad, just wait until you see what happens next.  The continuing resolution that is currently funding the government expires on April 28th, and if a new funding agreement is not reached prior to that time, there will be a government shutdown like we witnessed in 2013 starting on April 29th.  Unfortunately, as I will explain below, if a government shutdown happens it may go for a lot longer than just a couple of weeks this time around. (Read More…)

The Religious Left Becomes a Political Force in Trump Era

Financial support is also picking up. Donations to Jim Wallis’ Christian activist group Sojourners have picked up by 30 percent since Trump’s election, the group said.

But some observers were skeptical that the religious left could equal the religious right politically any time soon.

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The False Compassion Of ‘Liberalism’*

Don’t worry. It’s for a good cause.

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The Two Faces of Denial

Another reason so many Americans live in denial of where we are headed is because of the non-stop culture of mindless entertainment and distractions we live in – think Internet, video games, television, social media (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, etc.), sports and spectator sports, smart phone apps and texting, etc. In the Roman Empire, non-stop entertainment and distractions were called “bread and circuses.” Part of the reason those people lived in apathy and denial of the rapid decline in their day and the rise of freedom-destroying evil was that they were entertained and distracted non-stop by their government.

This “bread and circuses” phenomenon is 100 times greater in our day in America and other Western nations – and not just for the young, but for people of all ages. Deep thought, discernment, and recognition of rising evil comes from thinking people who read good books, who have studied history and the Bible, and who understand and apply the principles of what works and doesn’t work in life. It comes from people who have not been completely dumbed down by television propaganda, mindless/shallow distractions, by non-stop government disinformation/brainwashing, or by a socialist controlled educational system.

But sadly, even among those who do understand the times and who do see America’s decline into a socialist dictatorship, like their counterparts in Russia (in 1916/17) or in Germany (1932-37), most are doing little to nothing to prepare for the coming train wreck or to get out of harm’s way. Not only are they doing little or nothing to fight back against the emerging dictatorship, but they are doing little to nothing to prepare personally, physically, financially, or even spiritually. Even though they do understand the times, they are doing very little to prepare for those times – for what is coming (perhaps very shortly). In this respect, they too are in denial – hoping and wanting to believe that somehow we will return to the “good ol’ days”; everything will continue to go on like it always has – everything will be fine, because it has to….”

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, October 2016)

Top News – 3/28/2017

Former PM Tony Blair: We Need a New Kind of Peace for Israel
Speaking at the annual AIPAC conference, former British prime minister and Middle East expert Tony Blair discusses why the old ideas about peace between Israel and the Palestinians won’t work anymore. (video)

Tony Podesta Made $500K Lobbying For Chinese Firm Convicted Of Illegal Sales To Iran
The seriousness of the illegal sales to Iran were so extreme and continued for so long — from 2010 to last year — the Department of Justice (DOJ) imposed a record $1.19 billion fine on the ZTE Telecommunications company, making it the largest penalty ever imposed in a U.S. sanctions case.

‘We had him booted out’: Palestinian won’t get top UN post, US envoy Haley tells AIPAC
The US won’t allow a Palestinian to secure “one of the highest positions” at the UN, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said, explaining why the US had blocked a former Palestinian prime minister’s appointment to lead the UN’s Libya mission.

DNA-repairing drug could fight aging and radiation damage
the scientists used the compound to fight aging by fixing the chemical communication going on inside cells. Now the team has shed more light on the role that NAD plays in regulating the interactions between certain proteins that keep the body running like a well-oiled machine.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces Coming Crackdown on Sanctuary City Funding
It also made clear that failure to remedy violations could result in withholding of grants, termination of grants, and disbarment or ineligibility for future grants.” “The Department of Justice will also take all lawful steps to claw-back any funds awarded to a jurisdiction that willfully violates Section 1373.

Vimeo Declares War on Gospel Transformation
If Jesus has changed your life and set you free from homosexual practice, your testimony is not welcome on Vimeo – not now, not ever. And if you see homosexuality as another aspect of sexual brokenness, something for which Jesus died and something from which you can be healed, your opinion is not welcome on Vimeo. Case closed, door shut, end of subject. In the words of Dr. David Kyle Foster, director of Pure Passion Ministries and himself a former homosexual, “This is pure religious bigotry and censorship.”

Report: Hamas develops new ‘high-powered’ rocket akin to Hezbollah projectiles
Hamas has recently developed a new high-powered rocket of which it has already produced several dozen, Army Radio reported on Tuesday. According to the report, the rocket is short-range and can carry a relatively heavy explosive load. In the event of a future conflict between Israel and Hamas, the new rocket would have the most effect on the Israeli communities bordering the Gaza Strip.

Iran: Russia can use military bases ‘on case by case basis’
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters on Tuesday that Russia could use Iranian military bases to fight terrorists in Syria on a “case by case basis.” Zarif said that regional issues, including Syria, would be discussed at a meeting in the Kremlin later on Tuesday. An Iranian delegation, including President Hassan Rouhani, arrived in Moscow on Monday.

Israel Air Force partakes in drill with Arab forces, among others
The Israel Air Force along with pilots from the United Arab Emirates and a number of other countries began a joint drill in Greece Monday, marking the second time crews from the two countries have flown side by side. According to a statement released by the Hellenic Air Force, the “complex exercise” named Iniohos 2017, which will run from March 27 to April 6, will involve the airforces of Israel, the United States, the UAE, and Italy.

Cyclone Debbie: ‘Monster’ storm batters Australia
A powerful cyclone has pummelled the north-east Australian coast, causing major damage, torrential rain and power cuts to tens of thousands of homes. Cyclone Debbie made landfall between Bowen and Airlie Beach in Queensland as a category four storm, whipping gusts of up to 263km/h (163 mph). It is moving inland as a category two but could cause damage for hours yet. One serious injury has been reported.

Trump to sweep away Obama climate change policies
US President Donald Trump is due to sign an executive order to overturn key parts of the Obama administration’s plan to tackle global warming. The move will undo the Clean Power Plan which required states to slash carbon emissions. The executive order also cuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. Regulations on oil, gas and coal production are to be reviewed.

Rep. Mo Brooks files bill to repeal Obamacare
In a simple two-page document, an Alabama congressman has filed a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare…U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, introduced the bill Friday. “This Act may be cited as the ‘Obamacare Repeal Act,’” the bill states. And the bill uses just one sentence to do it. “Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted,” the bill states.

Elon Musk Launches Neuralink to Connect Brains With Computers
Building a mass-market electric vehicle and colonizing Mars aren’t ambitious enough for Elon Musk. The billionaire entrepreneur now wants to merge computers with human brains to help people keep up with machines…Neuralink is pursuing what Mr. Musk calls “neural lace” technology, implanting tiny brain electrodes that may one day upload and download thoughts.

Russia Joins US in Race to Field Gun-Launched Swarmbots
Russian arms makers have announced efforts to shoot multiple small drones in rapid succession from small arms and cannons, hastening a day when Russian and U.S. drone swarms may meet each other over the skies of distant battlefield. On Thursday, Russian news site Tass revealed a reconnaissance drone that a soldier would shoot from “a hand-held grenade launcher.”

Sessions says he’ll punish sanctuaries, cities could lose billions of dollars
The Trump administration officially put sanctuary cities on notice Monday that they are violating federal laws and could lose access to billions of dollars in Justice Department grants if they continue to thwart efforts to deport illegal immigrants. And counties and cities that have taken money in the past…could have that money clawed back…That would mean Chicago, Philadelphia and other prominent sanctuaries would not only lose money going forward, but might have to pay back tens of millions of dollars from their treasuries.

North Korea conducts another missile engine test, US officials say
Two US defense officials told CNN Monday that North Korea conducted another ballistic missile engine test Friday. The officials said the latest engine trial is the third such test in recent weeks using similar technology. One official said that the initial assessment indicates that the engine technology could possibly be used in an eventual intercontinental ballistic missile.

China able to deploy warplanes on artificial islands any time: U.S. think tank
China appears to have largely completed major construction of military infrastructure on artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea and can now deploy combat planes and other military hardware there at any time, a U.S. think tank said on Monday. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), part of Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the work on Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs in the Spratly Islands included naval, air, radar and defensive facilities.

Israel’s airstrike on Syria spooks Middle East
Israeli warplanes carrying out airstrikes on a shipment of Iranian arms to Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas in Syria managed to evade Syrian air-defense missiles but the incident is a graphic demonstration of how the war has the potential to further inflame the region.

School Budget Cuts Due To High White Student Percentage Sparks Outrage
Outrage has grown at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, as the school faces layoffs and increased class sizes due to a law limiting funds for schools with a higher white student body.

Coming To An Inner-City Uprising Near You: The “Ultimate Riot Control Truck” Of The Future
One upon a time, the benevolent future was supposed to bemuse with hoverboards, flying cars and interplantary travel. Instead, according to the folks at Slovakia’s Bozena Riot Security Systems, the dystopian future has arrived, and it is made of armored plates and riot gear.

NBC News Signs Former Obama Press Secretary To Provide “Unbiased” Political Commentary
“Now you have to wear your analyst hat, not your Democrats hat….”

Is Twitter Now Censoring Drudge Report?
In an extraordinary development, Westmonster has found that the world famous Drudge Report has been marked as “sensitive material” by Twitter, with some users now having to OPT IN in order to see tweets. Hardly any tweets from Drudge were visible today when we first logged in.

U.S. leads nations in boycott of U.N. talks to ban nuclear weapons
The United States joined about three dozen other nations in boycotting a conference at the United Nations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.

Mid-Day Snapshot

Mar. 28, 2017

Sanctuary City Crackdown Begins

AG Sessions promises to withhold DOJ funding from offending jurisdictions.

Top Opinion
Rich Lowry: On ObamaCare, a Partywide Failure
Cal Thomas: Personality and Policy
Stephen Moore: The False Compassion of Liberalism
More Opinion →
The Foundation

“If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws.” —Alexander Hamilton (1794)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: March 28

  • U.S. stock futures up as investors look beyond failed healthcare bill (Read More)
  • Ryan’s Tax Plan May Get Familiar Foes: GOP’s Conservative Caucus (Read More)
  • Congress to Battle Over Spending After Failed Health Bill (Read More)
  • Trump to End Obama Policies for Paris Climate Accord (Read More)
  • Trump to sign order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies (Read More)
  • If Stocks Wobble, Will Bonds Be There To Absorb the Blow? (Read More)
  • Nunes Meeting Prompts Call for Him to Step Aside From Probe (Read More)
  • As Democratic attorneys general target Trump, Republican AGs target them (Read More)
  • U.S. Says Gambler Made Clorox Trades After Calls With Icahn (Read More)
  • Despite Trump’s Move on Climate Change, Firms to Still Shift Away From Coal (Read More)
  • Manhattan Retail Landlords Offer Unprecedented Giveaways (Read More)
  • Ford plans ‘significant’ investments in 3 plants (Read More)
  • America’s Housing Inventory Problem, Explained in Four Charts (Read More)
  • SoftBank Considers $6 Billion Investment in China’s Didi (Read More)
  • More Democrats oppose Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court pick (Read More)
  • Rich Venezuelans Are Seeking Haven in Madrid (Read More)
  • Police erect new security barriers around Queen’s Windsor castle after London attack (Read More)
  • Riots in Paris after Chinese man shot dead (Read More)
  • With Help From France’s Elite, Le Pen Tries to Steer Far-Right Party to Mainstream (Read More)
  • China’s HNA in talks to buy controlling stake in Forbes – sources (Read More)
  • China able to deploy warplanes on artificial islands any time: U.S. think tank (Read More)

Top Headlines – 3/28/2017

EU: Israeli-Palestinian peace deal a ‘top priority’

Trump’s peace envoy meets Bennett, Livni in Washington

PM at AIPAC: Israel ‘committed’ to working with Trump on peace process

Full text of Netanyahu’s AIPAC 2017 address

At AIPAC, Paul Ryan talks tough on Iran, says US will no longer tolerate UN’s anti-Israel bias

At the UN, ‘there’s a new sheriff in town,’ Nikki Haley tells AIPAC

Netanyahu: Trump has already turned words of support for Israel into actions

White House: Trump ‘was right’ to hedge on JCC bomb threats

Friedman likely won’t become ambassador to Israel until June

Settler population leaped by 80,000 since 2012, leader says

22 ultra-Orthodox men arrested for sex assaults on women, minors

US bipartisan bill would boost penalties for anti-Semitic bomb threats

Pakistani convicted in Germany for staking out Israeli targets for Iran

Israel cyber consortium lands multi-million dollar Latin America deal

‘Birthright for moms’ brings nearly 1,000 Jewish dads to Israel

Netanyahu: If quiet is maintained until after Ramadan, MKs will be allowed on the Temple Mount

After top operative’s death, Hamas threatens ‘assassination equation’

Mashal on assassination: ‘We are at open war’ against Israel

Israeli Air Force Holds Joint Exercise With United Arab Emirates, U.S. and Italy

Israel issues travel warning for Turkey, Jordan and Egypt

Galant to Hezbollah: ‘We will push Lebanon back 100 years’

The Arab League will seek to ‘separate terrorism from resistance to the Israeli occupation’

Israel’s airstrike on Syria spooks Middle East

Israelis warned of increased ISIS threat abroad ahead of Passover holiday

Spanish court to investigate Syrian ‘state terrorism’ by Assad regime

Mosul residents were told not to flee city before airstrikes that killed civilians

US-backed fighters pause operations amid fears over Syria dam

Iran says Russia can use military bases ‘on case by case basis’

Iran’s president to meet with Putin; economic ties on agenda

At least 11 dead in suicide bombing and gun attack in southern Yemen

Child marriage soars in Yemen as famine looms

Nigeria: Christians Denied Aid in Refugee Camps

Suspect arrested, accused of throwing ‘biblical text’ into Colorado mosque

UK: ‘No evidence’ London attacker linked to IS, al-Qaeda

France’s Le Pen says the EU ‘will die’, globalists to be defeated

France’s Hollande says fight against populism is final mission

Merkel celebrates German election win, challenger deflated

Jared Kushner to be grilled by Senate on talks with Russians

‘Religious left’ emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era

More Democrats oppose Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court pick

Democrats Delay Vote on Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

Bitter GOP finger-pointing clouds path for Trump agenda

13 states urge appeals court to OK Trump travel ban

AG Sessions says he’ll punish sanctuaries, cities could lose billions of dollars

Stock-market fear threatens a return, as Dow stares at longest losing streak in 6 years

Dow futures slide 150 points as global markets fall on Trump’s health-care failure

Chile pensions protest draws tens of thousands

Emaciated Venezuelan elephant becomes latest symbol of food crisis

School budget cuts due to high white student percentage sparks outrage

Amazon retail stores could use augmented reality to sell furniture, appliances

Silicon Valley’s Quest to Live Forever – Can billions of dollars’ worth of high-tech research succeed in making death optional?

Elon Musk Launches Neuralink to Connect Brains With Computers

Uber’s self-driving cars back on the road after Friday crash in Tempe

Drone Without Human Pilot Given Permission To Hit Skies Of Israel In World First

A Startup’s Plan To Cut Air Freight Costs In Half With 777-Size Drones

Italian Company Designs Passenger Drone Resembling UFO

Russia and US race to develop ‘swarmbot’ drones

North Korea conducts another missile engine test, US officials say

US leads boycott of UN talks to ban nuclear weapons

World nuclear ban ‘not realistic’, says US ambassador to UN

Coming To An Inner-City Uprising Near You: The “Ultimate Riot Control Truck” Of The Future

Green groups promise guerrilla warfare tactics to stop Keystone pipeline

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Attu Station, Alaska

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Kamiiso, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Padangsidempuan, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Kambalny volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

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

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Cyclone Debbie: ‘Monster’ storm batters Australia

Cyclone Debbie: Thousands evacuate in Queensland, Australia

Peru: Torrential Rains Causing Devastating Floods; 78 People Dead

India: Dangerous heat to intensify this week after arriving unusually early

Trump set to undo Obama’s action against global warming

Environmentalists Vow To Fight Donald Trump’s ‘Dangerous,’ ‘Embarrassing’ Climate Rollback

‘Bathroom bill’ to cost North Carolina $3.76B, report says

Italy could be first Western country to offer paid menstrual leave

Students Confess Their Sins At ‘Masculinity Confession Booth’

Maryland high school girl planned ‘shooting event,’ had bomb-making materials, police say

Mike Oppenheimer – Why can’t all believers do signs and wonders today just like the apostles did in the early church?

False Teacher of the Day #1: Tamara Lowe

Christians Leaving the New Apostolic Reformation (UPDATE March 27/2017)

Baptist pastor told police he kept child porn to research lessons on Cupid, love

Paul Washer Still Hospitalized: May be Released Today

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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:


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!


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.”


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).


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.


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.


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.”


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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Are You Actually a Christian?

How many people do you know who identify as Christian, yet lack any real sense of living for Christ? We all know, and pray we are not, the type. They call themselves Christians if asked what their religious preference is, but when you examine their lives, there’s little evidence of this.

An ABC News poll says that 83% of Americans identify themselves as Christian.[1] That is a staggering number. When you consider the issues of our nation such as poverty, racial strife, political division, divorce rates, unwed pregnancies, and the list could continue, it is head-scratching to consider that over 8 out of 10 Americans would say they are Christian. How can this be the case?

We live in a culture that’s guilty for knowing things about God without any real love for God. Many people can recite things they have heard about God, or learned growing up. People can speak about God being powerful, all-knowing, loving, forgiving, or any number of other qualities. But how many of those people actually love God? How many of the 83% of Americans who claim to be Christian have any affections for the Christ of Christianity? How many love Jesus?

Evidence of Fellowship and Love

In Matthew 7, Jesus makes it clear this issue is a real problem. In verses 15-20, Jesus is coming near the end of the Sermon on the Mount; he warns those claiming to be something, but not bearing the fruit of what they claim to be.

Healthy trees bear good fruit. Diseased trees bear bad fruit. You will recognize who is real by their fruits. This emphasis is also covered in Luke 6. There (vv. 43-45), Jesus highlights that a tree is always known by the kind of fruit it produces. Figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor grapes from a bramble bush. Whatever the tree is will determine the kind of fruit it bears.

Genuine Christians will bear corresponding fruit. There will be evidence that we are in Christ.
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In the same way, genuine Christians will bear corresponding fruit. There will be evidence that we are in Christ.

One of the greatest is our desire for fellowship with God; we want to draw close to him. Another fruit is radical, life-giving joy. As we walk in fellowship with him, we experience the highest and most satisfying joy available to our hearts (Psalm 16:11; John 15:11). Another fruit we exhibit is love for Christ, genuine affection for him. We see him as the treasure above all treasures, worth losing and leaving everything to attain (Matthew 13:44; Philippians 3:7-9).

When you look at America, do you see 83% of the people overflowing with those fruits? Do you see love for Christ, abundant joy, or eagerness for fellowship with God? No, you don’t. That is because we have made Christianity less about loving God and more about knowledge of God.

Evidence of the Gospel

Again, in Matthew 7:21-23, following the tree and fruit teaching, Jesus continues by explaining how many on the Last Day will appeal to their beliefs (“Lord, Lord”) and behaviors (“Did we not…”), only to hear the key was knowing him.

Knowing Christ and being known by him is how we inherit the kingdom of God.

Beliefs and behaviors alone (“alone” is the key word here) cannot save. Unfortunately, we often promote these two things as “the gospel” in our churches:“Believe the right beliefs, and you’ll be saved. Behave and get your life together, and you will be saved.”

But these are false. Beliefs and behaviors matter, but in their right context. Beliefs matter because we are not free to make up views of God and dictate our versions of morality. Behaviors matter because they are evidence of what kind of tree we are. They are the fruit of salvation, not the root.

What is the root of the gospel? Jesus came into the world to pay the debt we could never pay. He died on the cross as our substitute and resurrected three days later. Our sins were atoned for through his shed blood. He drank dry the righteous wrath of God at Calvary’s hill. We become recipients of this amazing love and grace when, upon hearing this good news, the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to see it, and in seeing it, we put our faith in Christ alone.

This not only gives us union with God (legal status change), but communion with God (relationship status change). The fruit of being a Christian is not that you have believed the right facts of the Bible—for even the demons do that (James 2:19). But true Christians exhibit the fruit of loving the God who saved us and show the joy that is found only in walking with him.

The Fruit Tells the Truth

Thomas Watson, the puritan preacher of old, once wrote, “Knowledge which is not applied will only light a man to hell.” There are too many in our country today who profess to be Christians, but their lives do not show fruit, for a tree is known by its fruit.

Are you and I exhibiting the fruit of a true Christian?

  • Let the absence of these fruits send you to Christ. Beseech him to show you mercy for the lack of fruit, and plead for his grace to do this work in your heart.
  • If you are in Christ, make fellowship with God your highest priority. Seek him daily. As we abide in him, we will bear much fruit (John 15:4-5).
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Hillsong’s Brian Houston faces sex abuse cover-up inquiry

Amy Spreeman of Berean Research has the latest on the sex abuse cover-up inquiry involving Hillsong Church’s celebrity pastor Brian Houston.  According to Spreeman, Houston once blamed a victim of Frank Houston’s sexual assault saying, “It’s your fault this happened, you tempted my father.”  She writes:

Brian Houston’s hearings before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse are underway, as Houston faces questions about the safety of his Hillsong empire after the original charge: that Houston failed to tell police his father was a child sex abuser.

“Frank Houston had abused up to nine boys in Australia and New Zealand, and in its final report on the case released on Monday, the commission found multiple failings within the church executive – at the time led by Frank Houston’s son Brian – in responding.   Source

Many of you remember this from 2014:

“After the allegations became public within the church during 1999, Frank Houston met his victim offering him $10,000 and saying: “I want your forgiveness for this. I don’t want to die and have to face God with this on my head,” the commission heard.

Months later, when the money had not arrived, his victim called Frank Houston’s son Brian, who was then the national president of the Assemblies of God in Australia Pentecostal movement.

The victim said Brian told him: “You know, it’s your fault all this happened. You tempted my father”.

“Brian got very angry after that. He slammed the phone down after saying words to the effect of ‘You’ll be getting your money’,” the victim told the commission. He received a cheque for $10,000 about two weeks later. 

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Hindu nationalists, led by Narendra Modi, crack down on religious liberty


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This was reported by the Daily Signal.


In a sad development, the government of India is clamping down on religious liberty, and impoverished children stand to lose the most.

Compassion International, a Christian organization that partners with local churches around the world to improve the lives of children in poverty, began shutting down its operations in India due to financial restrictions imposed on them by the Indian government. This will leave an estimated 145,000 children worse off.

The shutdown comes after months of attempts to convince the Indian government to reverse its decision, and the clampdown on Compassion International comes amid other government actions against nearly 11,000 faith-based and secular organizations operating in India.

Compassion International is a faith-based aid organization that provides humanitarian assistance for underprivileged children around the world, and has operated in India since 1968. The group is the largest single foreign…

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The true nature of unbelief

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

17 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; Ephesians 4:17-18 (NASB) 

Genuine Christianity is that which is within the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Christians are commanded to work out their salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12) within that Lordship. We are to obey our Lord as branches abiding in the True Vine (John 15). How do we practically do this? We must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling presuppositionally, that is, with every thought, intent, and action taken captive to the will of God. We do this by approaching and living life with God at the center…

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