March 30, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The U.S. State Department told Congress it backs the sale of 19 Lockheed Martin Corp. F-16 fighters to Bahrain without preconditions on improved human rights previously demanded by the Obama administration, according to two people familiar with the proposal.

With President Donald Trump trying to find his footing after his failed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a group of wealthy backers is launching a 10-state media blitz to pressure Democratic senators to support him — or at least think twice about piling on.

Ivanka Trump said she will become an official unpaid federal employee after Democratic lawmakers said her previously unspecified role advising her father, President Donald Trump, raised questions about how she’d avoid conflicts of interest.

President Vladimir Putin says he is ready to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump if Finland hosts an Arctic summit.

President Donald Trump’s administration denied a petition by environmental groups that sought to ban a common pesticide used on citrus fruits, apples, cherries and other crops, reversing a push by the Obama administration to revoke all uses of the pesticide on food after a government review concluded it could harm children’s brains.

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits declined last week by less than forecast, while remaining at levels consistent with a solid labor market, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. Jobless claims decreased by 3,000 to 258,000 (forecast was 247,000) in the week ended March 25.

Signs of growing U.S. fuel demand are propping up oil above $49 a barrel, with more refinery purchases seen helping ease a glut in American stockpiles.

The oil market is risking a supply crunch as producers cut spending on major projects to focus on short-term low-cost shale output in the U.S.

Jeff Bezos has leapt past Amancio Ortega and Warren Buffett to become the world’s second-richest person. Bezos has a net worth of $75.6 billion on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, $700 million more than Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Buffett and $1.3 billion above Ortega, the founder of Inditex S.A. and Europe’s richest person.

AP Top Stories

Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year – the highest total in more than two decades. But researchers say they think the biggest factor may be more drivers and walkers distracted by cellphones and other electronic devices, although that’s hard to confirm.

President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday afternoon, following through on his campaign promise to roll back Obama-era environmental protections intended to combat climate change. The Trump administration’s “Energy Independence” order essentially begins the process of dismantling the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which limits greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants.

On some college campuses, students and outsiders are allowed to protest and distribute flyers only in free-speech zones. Supporters say it’s a way to protect against disruptions to school operations, but opponents call it censorship.

The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that it mistakenly proposed counting LGBTQ Americans and has since “corrected” the proposal to remove the gender and sexuality category. Gay rights groups quickly declared that it was another sign that President Donald Trump was reneging on a campaign promise to protect them.

BBC

The organizers of two privacy campaigns say they plan to buy, and then sell, the internet browsing histories of some of America’s best-known politicians. But experts said the schemes were doomed to fail. The campaigners are protesting against a congress vote to repeal a key internet privacy law earlier this week.

A late-night deal has been reached in North Carolina to repeal a controversial law that limits protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

A US footwear company has sparked outrage among consumers and campaign groups over a range of high heeled shoes for babies.

Thirteen people have been killed in a head-on crash between a church minibus and and a pick-up truck in Texas, officials in the US state said.

WND

With the newest makeover planned for old St. Nick, 2017 may be the year to tell the kids there’s no such person as Santa Claus. He’s no longer “jolly.” He’s “gay.” And he’s in an interracial marriage. Santa is the black one. The book’s story line has black Santa Claus and his white husband living at the North Pole. The white husband frequently covers for Santa at shopping malls, which is why most people think Santa is white.

A previously defeated proposal to amend the state constitution to say that God is the source of Tennesseans’ liberties has been resurrected in the House.

A radical Drexel University professor who once wished for “White Genocide” for Christmas and hoped to “Abolish the White Race” is under fire again. This time, he said he wants to “vomit or yell about Mosul” after someone gave their seat to a uniformed soldier.

Fox News Channel legal analyst Andrew Napolitano returned to the air Wednesday, saying he stood by his claim about spying on President Donald Trump that got him benched by the network for more than a week.

A kidney patient in Maine has been taken off a transplant wait list for using medical marijuana. State lawmakers are now considering a bill that would prohibit Maine hospitals from doing that, even though one local hospital says there are medical reasons to disqualify patients who use pot.


Top News – 3/30/2017

EU could BREAK UP the US: Juncker in jaw-dropping threat to Trump over support for Brexit
EUROPEAN Union boss Jean-Claude Juncker this afternoon issued a jaw-dropping threat to the United States, saying he could campaign to break up the country in revenge for Donald Trump’s supportive comments about Brexit.

Bible, Not Google, Gives Jews Right to the Land: Secular Israeli Minister
The shift towards Biblical language among the heads of Israel’s government was visible this week at a Washington event held at the annual AIPAC conference, with one politician proclaiming that the land of Israel was given to the Jews “not by Google and Wikipedia, but by the Bible.”

‘Very ominous warning’ from Turkish strongman just ‘a preview’
it’s an ominous sign for Europe that Turkish ministers felt the need to go into European countries to campaign for a Turkish referendum in front of Europe’s large Turkish population.“It tells me they view Europe as an extension of their territory, of their sovereignty, of their influence,” Haney told WND. “This is a preview of what we can expect in the time ahead: an inordinate amount of malevolent influence exerted by rulers of countries, in this case in the Middle East, interfering with the sovereign authority of countries in Europe directly, no pretense.”

Mike Huckabee HEAVILY IMPLIES That Lindsey Graham Is Gay
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee heavily implied that Sen. Lindsey Graham is gay during a Wednesday morning interview with Laura Ingraham. “I sometimes wonder what uniform he puts on each morning when goes out to the field to play, and I’m not just talking about the partisan uniform.”

Arab states remove Jerusalem sites from UNESCO resolution
Despite removing sensitive Jerusalem-related holy sites from an upcoming UNESCO Executive Board meeting, Arab states are keeping other contentious items on the agenda including the Cave of the Patriarchs and the Tomb of Rachel as Palestinian sites.

McCain, North Korea in war of words over ‘crazy fat kid’ crack
Sen. John McCain went nuclear against North Korea, in a manner of speaking. The Arizona Republican’s verbal put-down of dictator Kim Jong Un earlier this month – “this crazy fat kid” – was met with a stiff, angry response from the communist regime, which warned McCain of dire consequences to follow.

Arab leaders at summit endorse two-state solution
The 28th Arab League Summit endorsed the two-state solution in its closing statement on Wednesday, saying the Arab world would be ready to reconcile with Israel if it withdrew from the land it conquered in the 1967 war.

UK won’t have to pay 50 billion pound Brexit fee
Brexit minister David Davis said he did not expect Britain to have to pay 50 billion pounds ($62 billion) to the European Union as part of the Brexit process and said the era of huge sums being paid to Brussels was coming to an end.

Arab states to UNESCO: Reject Israeli sovereignty over all of Jerusalem
Arab states plan to contest Israeli sovereignty over all of Jerusalem at the upcoming UNESCO Executive Board meeting in Paris, according to a draft text obtained by Israeli officials. The resolution, due for a vote on May 1, states: “any action taken by Israel, the Occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction, and administration on the City of Jerusalem, are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever.”

Watch: Hamas threatens top Israeli officials over Gaza assassination
Hamas released a video on Wednesday evening threatening to kill senior Israeli defense officials as revenge for the unresolved assassination of senior Hamas operative Mazen Fuqaha last week. The video, released by the Gaza-based Shehab News Agency, shows seven officials through the crosshairs of a sniper rifle with a short message in Hebrew and Arabic stating: “the type of retribution will be based on the act.

Greenblatt meets Saudi, UAE ministers amid talk of Mideast summit
The security cabinet is scheduled to meet on Thursday to be briefed on talks with the US administration regarding the formulation of new guidelines for settlement construction, as the long-dormant diplomatic process with the Palestinians is showing signs of revival. Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump’s special representative for international negotiations, is leading the US team in talks with Israel about the guidelines. Greenblatt has spent the last few days as an observer at the Arab League meeting in Jordan.

Arab leaders at summit endorse two-state solution
The 28th Arab League Summit endorsed the two-state solution in its closing statement on Wednesday, saying the Arab world would be ready to reconcile with Israel if it withdrew from the land it conquered in the 1967 war. “We affirm that we will continue to work to relaunch serious Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations… that take place within a set period of time based on the two-state solution,” the closing statement said…

Brexit: UK to set out plans to replace all EU laws
Thousands of EU laws on everything from workers’ rights to the environment are to be scrapped or replaced with UK equivalents in a new plan. Details of the planned Great Repeal Bill are to be published shortly – the day after the UK officially began the two year process of leaving the EU. Ministers need to “copy and paste” EU laws into UK law to avoid a legal “black hole” when Brexit happens.

Turkey: Euphrates Shield campaign in Syria ‘ended’
Turkey says it has “successfully” ended its seven-month Euphrates Shield military campaign in northern Syria. But Prime Minister Binali Yildirim did not rule out new military operations and did not say whether Turkish troops would now leave Syria. Turkey launched the offensive last August to push Islamic State militants away from its border and also to stop the advance of local Kurdish fighters.

North Carolina ‘bathroom’ law: Deal reached on repeal
A late-night deal has been reached in North Carolina to repeal a controversial law that limits protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. A key element banned transgender people from using restrooms in accordance with their chosen gender, earning the measure the “bathroom law” tag. The deal came hours before the state was to lose key basketball fixtures.

Border Patrol Agents Assaulted by Increasingly Aggressive Illegal Immigrants
Several illegal immigrants attacked Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector during a 24-hour period…“Apprehension levels began to decrease as law, policy, and strategy aligned. Unfortunately, we are now seeing an increase in assaults against our agents,” Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. said in a written statement. “Attacks against agents will not be tolerated and we will work to pursue prosecution against violators.”

Israel slashes dues to UN following anti-Israel votes
Israel announced Wednesday it is reducing its required payment to the United Nations by $2 million following recent “anti-Israel” votes. Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the decision to reduce the annual payment was taken following votes critical of Israel at the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.

Japan ruling party urges strike capability amid N. Korea threat
Japan’s ruling party said Wednesday the government should consider developing the capability to strike enemy bases if the country is attacked, citing North Korea’s missile and nuclear threats.

Trudeau airport secure despite concerns about radicalized workers, officials say
Officials are trying to reassure the public that Montreal’s Trudeau airport is secure and there are strict screening procedures in place to vet employees, following a report about potentially radicalized workers.

Country With The World’s Largest Oil Reserves Runs Out Of Gasoline
While fuel supplies in the country with the world’s largest proven oil reserves had continued flowing despite monetary collapse and hyperinflation, a domestic oil industry in turmoil and a deepening economic collapse under President Nicolas Maduro, that changed last Wednesday when Venezuelans found themselves waiting in lines for gasoline.

Jim Rogers Warns, The Fed “Has No Clue… Will Ruin Us All”
“this is all going to end very, very, very badly…propping up zombie banks and dead companies is not the way the world is supposed to work.”

Mexican news editor shot as attacks against journalists soar
A Mexican journalist was shot and injured early on Wednesday in the eastern state of Veracruz, the state attorney general’s office said, the latest in a spate of attacks against reporters in Mexico.


The Briefing 03-30-17

Pro-life journalists charged with 15 felonies for exposing Planned Parenthood’s abortion business

Dominion, stewardship, and creation: How worldview shapes the climate change debate

Ethics, truth, and the importance of public trust in Congress’s ongoing Russia investigation

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12 Signs That America Has Become A Politically-Correct Madhouse

What in the world has happened to the United States? We are rapidly getting to the point where political correctness is in danger of becoming our national religion. Of course most people would not even call it a “religion”, but for most Americans this unwritten set of rules shapes everything that they think, do and say. Many had been hoping that the spell of political correctness would be broken by the election of Donald Trump, but that obviously has not happened. The forces of political correctness still have a stranglehold on our education system, on all forms of entertainment, on our legal system, and on most of the politicians in both political parties. (Read More…)


Broken America

Is this the beginning of the end for the United States of America?  It has been said that a house divided against itself will surely fall, and today we live in a shattered union.  In all my years, I have never seen so much strife, discord, bitterness and resentment in this country.  Everyone can see what is happening, but nobody can seem to stop it.  Politically, you have got tens of millions of people trying to pull America one way, and you have got tens of millions of people trying to pull it the exact opposite way.  As I discussed in a previous article, the term “civil war” is now being thrown around by some pundits even though nobody has started shooting yet.  We are a deeply divided and broken nation, and if we don’t find a way to fix things America will not survive. (Read More…)


Mid-Day Snapshot

Mar. 30, 2017

Democrats’ Convenient Memory Loss

They contradict themselves on the practice of obstructing judicial nominees.

Top Opinion
Tony Perkins: Planned Parenthood’s Killer Workout
Larry Elder: ObamaCare Was Designed to Explode — Dems Want Single-Payer
Hans von Spakovsky: The Left’s Sanctuary Cities Hurt Americans’ Safety
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The Foundation

“The truth is, that, even with the most secure tenure of office, during good behavior, the danger is not, that the judges will be too firm in resisting public opinion, and in defence of private rights or public liberties; but, that they will be ready to yield themselves to the passions, and politics, and prejudices of the day.” —Joseph Story (1833)

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Today on ChristianHeadlines
California Files Felony Charges against Journalists Who Exposed Planned Parenthood
California Files Felony Charges against Journalists Who Exposed Planned Parenthood
by Veronica Neffinger
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Mexico: Another Priest Killed in Increasing Violence
Mexico: Another Priest Killed in Increasing Violence
by Veronica Neffinger
Another Catholic priest has been killed in Mexico, continuing the alarming trend of violence in the country particularly against clergy members.
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Christian Actor Jason David Frank to be Part of New ‘Power Rangers’ Film
Christian Actor Jason David Frank to be Part of New ‘Power Rangers’ Film
by Veronica Neffinger
Outspoken Christian celebrity Jason David Frank will reportedly have a role in the new Power Rangers movie.
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Republicans Reworking Healthcare after American Health Care Act is Pulled from Consideration
Republicans Reworking Healthcare after American Health Care Act is Pulled from Consideration
by Amanda Casanova
While Republicans initially said there was no “plan B” for their proposal to replace Obamacare, they may actually have a second plan in mind.
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The Russian Issue on Which We Should be Focusing: Putin’s War on Christianity
The Russian Issue on Which We Should be Focusing: Putin’s War on Christianity
by Veronica Neffinger
Christian persecution is increasing in Russia under a set of laws Putin signed last year known as the Yarovaya laws.
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ZeroHedge Frontrunning: March 30

  • Trump’s Border Wall: A Tall Order (Read More)
  • Trump’s Hope for Rapid Reset With Russia Fades (Read More)
  • China’s Xi to meet Trump in Florida next week (Read More)
  • U.S. Softens Call for Shift on Nafta (Read More)
  • ESPN Has Seen the Future of TV and They’re Not Really Into It (Read More)
  • Inside the Leadership Shakeup at Merrill Lynch (Read More)
  • States’ Next Target on Sales Taxes: Sellers on Amazon (Read More)
  • South Africa’s Zuma considers stepping down early in deal to oust Gordhan (Read More)
  • Zuma to Face Mass Cabinet Walkout If He Fires Gordhan (Read More)
  • U.S., Turkey Set on a Collision Course (Read More)
  • Ackman Is ‘Profoundly’ Sorry for $4 Billion Valeant ‘Mistake’ (Read More)
  • ‘You Are All Liars’: Toshiba Shareholders Vent After Westinghouse Bankruptcy (Read More)
  • Malaysia mistook slain Kim Jong Nam for South Korean (Read More)
  • JPMorgan in Talks for Dublin Office That Holds 1,000 People (Read More)
  • North Carolina lawmakers reach deal to repeal transgender bathroom law (Read More)
  • Chinese women golfers may shun LPGA event amid South Korea tensions (Read More)
  • This Chinese Stock Soared 4,500% on the Nasdaq and No One Knows Why (Read More)
  • Amazon Wants Cheerios, Oreos and Other Brands to Bypass Wal-Mart (Read More)
  • Spain’s Mom and Pops Are Hurting (Read More)

Top Headlines – 3/30/2017

Arab leaders endorse two-state solution, say ready for reconciliation with Israel

Jordan’s King: Two-state solution the only way

Azerbaijani US Ambassador: Israel Is a Pragmatic Partner and Good Friend, We Want it to Be Normal for Muslims and Jews to Be Allies

Arab states remove Jerusalem sites from UNESCO resolution

Arab states to UNESCO: Reject Israeli sovereignty over all of Jerusalem

Israel cuts UN payment by $2 million over ‘anti-Israel’ bias

Israeli Mission to the UN holds anti-BDS summit

Israel second to US for cyber-defender firms

Hamas threatens top Israeli officials over Gaza assassination

Anti-Semitic troll calls his online tactics ‘a national sport’

Pro-Trump radio host: George Soros is head of ‘Jewish mafia’

Students unearth a 2000-year-old Jewish settlement

Israel’s National Emergency Authority head warns of severe damage possible from earthquake

Dead Sea evidence of unprecedented drought is warning for future

To stop treading water, minister floats Gaza island plan

Palestinian woman shot dead trying to stab Israeli police, officials say

Hamas Acquired Heavy Short-Range Rockets, Israelis Fear Passover Massacre

Israeli military exports rise to $6.5 billion

Turkey announces end to operation in Syria

US envoy to UN: Syria’s Assad ‘hindrance to moving forward’

Syrian refugee numbers in the region surpasses 5 million – UNHCR

UN Secretary General starts official visit to Iraq

ISIS claims responsibility for Baghdad Wednesday attack

‘They’re going to kill me next’: Yemen family fears drone strikes under Trump

Will Iran’s Rouhani survive the bleak economy?

Ethiopia extends state of emergency by 4 months

Boy found clinging to debris sole survivor as dozens feared dead in Mediterranean

Struggle for control of Libya’s oil threatens to deepen conflicts

Venezuela: Country With The World’s Largest Oil Reserves Runs Out Of Gasoline

John McCain sparks war of words with North Korea after calling Kim Jong-un ‘crazy fat kid’

Japan ruling party urges strike ability amid NKorea threat

Fears Grow of Terror in U.S. With Weaponized Civilian Drones

EU vows unity as Britain braces for Brexit

Brexit: UK to set out plans to replace all EU laws

‘No turning back’ on Brexit as Article 50 triggered

Mexican president says seeking ‘new relationship’ with US

These Hispanic contractors offered to build Trump’s border wall. Then the death threats began

Border Patrol Agents Assaulted by Increasingly Aggressive Illegal Immigrants

Seattle Files Lawsuit Over ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Funding Threat

Fed Officials Say They May Need to Pick Up Pace of Rate Increases

Jim Rogers Warns, The Fed “Has No Clue… Will Ruin Us All”

The new face of suburbia: Economic woes and early death

Comey reportedly tried to expose possible Russia tampering before election

Former Obama official discloses rush to get intelligence on Trump team

Hannity: Ex-Obama official ‘could vindicate’ Trump’s surveillance claims

Uber Self-Driving Car Crash Detailed in Police Report

Robots bringing meals to DC

California is the top state with most UFO sightings, say UFO experts

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Higuera de Zaragoza, Mexico

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Mocimboa, Mozambique

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Carlos Fonseca Amador, Nicaragua

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 25,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

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

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Ex-Cyclone Debbie: Australia floods force more evacuations

Invest 90-L Could Develop Into a Subtropical Storm This Week; Would Be Second Time In March Since Records Began

Record snowfall buries Anchorage

House approves bill to force public release of EPA science

J Scott Armstrong: Fewer Than 1 Percent Of Papers in Scientific Journals Follow Scientific Method

Stem-cell therapy: The medicine of the future

Report: China Aborted 336 Million Babies Since 1971

Christian Flight Surgeon Says Air Force Punished Him Over Biblical Beliefs on Sexuality

North Carolina lawmakers set to vote on ‘bathroom bill’ repeal, gay rights advocates slam deal

‘Stunning’ Drug Lab Scandal Could Overturn 23,000 Convictions

Trump, Christie pledge to combat nation’s opioid addiction

More older women are binge drinking

Suspected killer says ‘God told him’ to behead his ex-wife

‘Stick gun’ gets 5-year-old suspended from North Carolina school

“Hope Renewed” in what, exactly?

Heaven, Hillsong, and Heresy

Hot off the press: ‘Study Guide for God’s Super-Apostles’

Cult expert: World Mission Society Church of God has cult markers

Paul Washer Develops ‘Severe Skin Reaction’ to Heart Medication; Hospital Release Delayed

American Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey Calls on Trump to Fight for His Release

Laughing Planned Parenthood Abortionist: It ‘Takes More Force’ to Dismember Some Babies

Felony Charges Against Pro-Lifers Who Exposed Planned Parenthood Is ’21st Century Totalitarianism’

Tennessee Couple Arrested After Allegedly Seeking to Sell Baby on Craigslist

Childrens Book Gives New Meaning to the Term ‘Fairy’ Tale

An Inside Look at China’s Remarkable Religious Resurgence

RUMORS OF WAR: Israel Making Preparations For Next War With Hezbollah

Posted: 30 Mar 2017 07:35 AM PDT

It appears that Israel is gearing up for their next major war in the Mideast. Between a collection of concrete buildings with Arabic graffiti that…

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New Male Birth Control To Hit The Market Soon

Posted: 30 Mar 2017 07:28 AM PDT

Doctors are on the cusp of launching the first new male contraceptive in more than a century. But rather than a Big Pharma lab, the…

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College Student Banned From Passing Out Copies Of Constitution.

Posted: 30 Mar 2017 07:22 AM PDT

Apparently handing out copies of the constitution at a University in California doesn’t go over very well! According to reports, A Los Angeles college student is…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Fatah Urges Tens of Thousands to Rise Up Against Israel

Posted: 30 Mar 2017 07:11 AM PDT

Psalm 83:2-4 For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; And those who hate You have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against…

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Why False Teachers Are Absolutely Terrible for Your Health

Posted: 30 Mar 2017 07:05 AM PDT

(By Michael Brown) Headlines like these, which can easily be found everywhere online and which reflect thousands of articles and studies, offer a small sampling…

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UPDATE: North Carolina lawmakers reach deal to repeal “transgender bathroom law”

Posted: 30 Mar 2017 07:02 AM PDT

North Carolina Republican lawmakers said late on Wednesday they had reached a deal to repeal the state’s controversial law prohibiting transgender people from using restrooms…

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Telecom Giants Looking to Track All Internet Activity You Use!

Posted: 30 Mar 2017 06:58 AM PDT

What if your telecom company tracked the websites you visit, the apps you use, the TV shows you watch, the stores you shop at and…

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Seattle Files Lawsuit Over ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Funding Threat

Posted: 30 Mar 2017 06:53 AM PDT

The city of Seattle on Wednesday announced a federal lawsuit over the Trump administration’s threat to withhold federal grants to so-called “sanctuary cities,” citing the…

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5-year-old suspended from North Carolina school for bringing “Stick-Gun”

Posted: 30 Mar 2017 06:45 AM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) Apparently, someone forgot to tell this 5-year old Caitlin Miller and several of her classmates that this North Carolina School was…

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China Capable Of Deploying Warplanes To Artificial Islands Any Time

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 08:09 PM PDT

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…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Russia and Iran sign bilateral agreements

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 08:05 PM PDT

Russia and Iran signed a string of bilateral agreements on Tuesday, as President Vladimir Putin hosted his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani for his first official…

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‘Fake news’ focus of Senate probe into ‘Russian meddling’ in 2016 US election

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 08:01 PM PDT

Gearing up to start hearings in the probe of alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election, the Senate Intelligence Committee leaders said they would…

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California Just Criminalized Undercover Reporting — if Recorded by Conservative Media

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 07:37 PM PDT

California law long criminalized recording a person without their consent. This law has never before been applied to a journalist engaged in undercover reporting. It…

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Man Reveals Heavenly Visitation After Near-Death Experience

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 06:55 PM PDT

(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) Several years ago, Steven Musick had a heavenly visitation after a near-death experience. He was in the Navy at that time….

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Left-Wing Religious Groups Begin to Mobilize

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 06:50 PM PDT

(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) Left-Wing religious groups claim that their numbers and support have skyrocketed since the election of Donald Trump. One of the primary…

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Twitter Now Censoring Search Terms, Offers No Transparency and Mixed Results

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 06:15 PM PDT

Move over Facebook and it’s now Twitter’s turn to begin censorship! Twitter has upped its censorship game and is now blocking certain terms from showing up…

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Tennessee Couple Arrested After Allegedly Seeking to Sell Baby on Craigslist

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 06:12 PM PDT

A Tennessee couple has been arrested after allegedly seeking to sell their infant son for $3,000 on Craigslist. John David Cain, 26 and Deanna Greer,…

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Category 4 Cyclone “Debbie” Strikes Queensland, Australia

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 06:09 PM PDT

Tropical Cyclone “Debbie” made landfall around 00:40 UTC on March 28, 2017 between small towns of Bowen and Airlie Beach in Queensland as Category 4…

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12 Signs That America Has Become A Politically-Correct Madhouse

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 06:05 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) What in the world has happened to the United States? We are rapidly getting to the point where political correctness is in…

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Fears Are Raised After Radicalization of Canadian Airport Worker

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 06:01 PM PDT

Officials are trying to reassure the public that Montreal’s Trudeau airport is secure and there are strict screening procedures in place to vet employees, following…

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DEVELOPING: Texas church bus crash: 12 killed, 3 injured in collision with pickup truck

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 05:51 PM PDT

Please keep the victims and their families in much prayer at this hour as reports are indicating that at least 12 people were killed and…

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Quadriplegic man’s arm and hand brought back to life by thought-control tech

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 01:38 PM PDT

Another report is coming in this week of a breakthrough in technology as a quadriplegic man has had his right arm and hand brought back…

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Winning Your Battle for a Lust-Free Mind

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 01:28 PM PDT

(By Doug Weiss) Lust can present itself as a plaything, but as you may have learned, it is vicious. Lust is not just about lying;…

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Ancient Coin Found With Face of Jesus?

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 01:17 PM PDT

Has a rare discovery just been discovered that gives us a glimpse of the face of Christ? According to reports, An ancient coin depicting a…

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Are You Afraid to Die?

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 01:01 PM PDT

A new study has found that religious individuals and atheists might actually share a shocking similarity: both are among the least afraid of dying, according to at…

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Undercover Journalists Now Face Felony Charges for Exposing Planned Parenthood

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 12:52 PM PDT

Two men today are paying a high price for exposing a large organization that has been operating for years and is still standing today. The…

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Mass Immigration May Signal ‘the End of Britain’

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 12:44 PM PDT

(Reported By Dale Hurd) The Britain we once knew may be coming to an end! Last week’s terror attack by a British-born Muslim proves again that…

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Even the Government Admits it: Cuban Churches are Experiencing a Revival

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 12:32 PM PDT

(Reported By Heather Sells) Cuba’s churches may still be restricted, but that’s not stopping a spiritual revival in the communist nation, one church leader says….

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Student Loses Credit for Using ‘Mankind’ in English Paper

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 12:27 PM PDT

Did you ever believe we would see a day this ridiculous in America? A Northern Arizona University student has reportedly lost credit on his English…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

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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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