April 7, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump’s decision to strike Syria sent a powerful message around the world — one that could be read very differently in Moscow, Pyongyang and Beijing. For Russia, it may finally put to rest expectations from the 2016 campaign that Trump will pursue closer ties with President Vladimir Putin, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. For North Korea, it was a warning the U.S. is willing to act unilaterally. And for China, whose leader Xi Jinping was dining with Trump right before the missiles took flight, the attack was a potent sign of the new American president’s unpredictability.

Nonfarm payrolls grew by just 98,000 in March though the unemployment rate fell to a 10-year low of 4.5 percent, according to a closely watched report Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Payrolls had been expected to increase by 180,000 in March.

The number of employed Americans increased 472,000 to 153,000,000 in March, setting a second straight monthly record; and the number of unemployed persons dropped by 326,000 to 7.2 million.

President Donald Trump is preparing to issue an executive order with the goal of giving oil companies more opportunities to drill offshore, reversing Obama-era policies that restricted the activity.

The French foreign affairs ministry Friday said the country is sending humanitarian relief to the victims of the chemical attack in the Syrian area of Khan Sheikhoun.

The rapid descent of so many retailers has left shopping malls with hundreds of slots to fill, and the pain could be just beginning. More than 10 percent of U.S. retail space, or nearly 1 billion square feet, may need to be closed, converted to other uses or renegotiated for lower rent in coming years.

With both bad loans and interest rates on the rise, financial institutions are becoming more selective in doling out credit for new-car purchases, adding to the pressure for automakers already up against the wall with sliding sales, swelling inventories and a used-car glut.

Three tankers holding about 1.35 million barrels of gasoline and alkylate, an octane-boosting component blended with motor fuels, are drifting with no instructions for delivery. The cargoes came from India with intent to land in the U.S., but now they’re in limbo as traders from Trafigura Group and Mercuria Energy Group shop around for the bestselling value in the region.

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Customers can now order a $200 test from the company 23andMe, send in a saliva sample, and find out if they have a genetic risk for diseases, such as late-onset Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Aviation startup Zunum Aero, backed by JetBlue Technology Ventures and Boeing, revealed Wednesday it’s developing a hybrid-electric aircraft for regional trips by the early 2020s.

Seven people were killed and up to 19 wounded in a Taliban suicide blast that targeted a census team in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore Wednesday, officials said.

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos said on Wednesday he is selling about $1 billion worth of the internet retailer’s stock annually to fund his Blue Origin rocket company, which aims to launch paying passengers on 11-minute space rides starting next year.

Charges are pending against a juvenile after a Michigan mother said a social media prank in which her 11-year-old son’s girlfriend faked her own suicide led the boy to take his own life.

Gay rights advocates Wednesday hailed a first-of-its-kind federal appeals court ruling that employers cannot discriminate based on sexual orientation.

As it continues its rapid growth, Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) said it would add 30,000 jobs in the United States over the next year. These will be part-time jobs, and 5,000 of the new employees will be able to work from home.

17 large retailers besides J.C. Penney are closing waves of stores.

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A Tunisian court has sentenced a British DJ to a year in jail after he played a dance remix of the Muslim call to prayer.

Uruguay will begin selling cannabis in pharmacies from July, the final stage in the country’s pioneering regularization of the drug. The South American country will be the first in the world to legally sell the drug over the counter for recreational use.

A nun in Chile is suing the religious order she belonged to after its members pressured her to leave her convent over her pregnancy. The nun became pregnant after she was raped by a man carrying out repairs at the convent.

A television reporter in Australia has been arrested on suspicion of sending images of child sexual abuse and having explicit conversations about children.

The US race activist Rachel Dolezal, who identifies as black despite being born white, is to visit South Africa to talk about her experience. Ms Dolezal will be the special guest at an event intended to promote a dialogue for a “non-racial” South Africa.

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Arguing the Quran calls for the death of non-Muslims, a Delaware state lawmaker chastised his colleagues from the floor of the state Senate for allowing two Muslims to give the invocation to their session. “We just heard from the Quran, which calls for our very demise.”

An ISIS-linked group of hackers has released a “kill list” of 8,786 names and addresses in the U.S. and U.K., calling for lone wolf attacks on the targets in a chilling video posted online. The hackers, known as the United Cyber Caliphate (UCC), orders those watching to: “Kill them wherever you find them.”

More than 42 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 59 are infected with genital human papillomavirus, according to the first survey to look at the prevalence of the virus in the adult population.


Top Headlines – 4/7/2017

Russia Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital – With A Catch
The announcement appeared on the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. It began as a generic statement concerning their position on the stalled negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis, but concluded with the startling statement that they view West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
The newly minted Trump administration – as well as the American people – are being subjected to an ongoing, evolving disinformation campaign to discredit, disable and destroy Donald Trump’s presidency in its infancy.

Trump’s Sudden Strike On Syria Sends A Chilling Message To Kim Jong-un
North Korea almost certainly felt the geopolitical impact of President Donald Trump’s strike on Syria Thursday. In response to a brutal chemical weapons attack, the Trump administration is calling for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The U.S. military carried out a missile strike Thursday evening on a Syrian airbase housing the aircraft that dropped the chemical weapons on innocent civilians in violation of international restrictions. “Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically,” Trump stated Thursday evening, suggesting that a new approach is needed.

‘Assad bears full responsibility’: how the world reacted to Donald Trump’s missile strike on Syria
Donald Trump’s targeted military intervention in Syria has been welcomed in western-friendly capitals as a “just” and “proportionate” response to the use of chemical weapons. France and Germany issued a joint statement saying that Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president “bears full responsibility” for the precision strike which used sea-launched cruise missiles to destroy a Syrian airbase. Meanwhile Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council welcomed the move and said the EU will “work with the US to end brutality in Syria”.

Russia calls for emergency UN meeting after US strikes on Syria
Russia wants an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss US missile strikes on Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday, describing the action as “thoughtless.” The ministry said in a statement that Russia was also suspending a Syrian air safety agreement with the United States,

Commander in Chief Trump makes it clear: The Americans are back
At 4:40 in the morning, two US warships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles against the Syrian regime’s Al Shayrat Airbase, where warplanes that carried out Tuesday’s deadly Khan Sheikhoun chemical gas attack were based. It was a calculated strike, carried out just hours after Defense Secretary James Mattis presented military options on Syria to US President Donald Trump, and was praised by Western and Arab leaders as well by Israel.

Amidror: US attack in Syria shows Iran that military option is indeed ‘on the table’
Iran, more than any other country in the world, is carefully taking note of the US missile attack in Syria overnight, former National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror said Friday. “More than any place in the world, the decision makers in Iran are learning the reaction of the Americans, taking into account that if they don’t behave, the military option is on the table, unlike the previous administration,” Amidror said during a conference call organized by The Israel Project.

Russia, Iran condemn US strike in Syria as Britain, Turkey give support
Russia and Iran condemned a US strike on a Syrian airbase on Friday as Australia, Britain and Turkey gave their support, with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling it a “proportionate” response to the use of chemical weapons. US President Donald Trump ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airfield from which a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched, declaring he acted in America’s “vital national security interest”.

Heavy security measures to be taken in Jerusalem for Passover, Easter
More than 3,500 policemen will patrol Jerusalem during Passover and Easter with an emphasis on the Old City, where some 150,000 visitors from around the globe are expected to gather at the Western Wall and in the Christian Quarter. Following two recent stabbing attacks in the Muslim Quarter, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said security will be at its highest level to ensure the public’s safety.

Anti-Zuma protests across South Africa
Protesters are gathering in major South African cities calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down after the sacking of a respected finance minister. Crowds are building ahead of demonstrations in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and the capital, Pretoria. Mr Zuma’s sacking of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan led to the country’s credit rating being cut to junk status.

Trump welcomes ‘friend’ China’s Xi for talks
US President Donald Trump has welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping to his Florida resort for their first summit. Mr Trump said the two men had “developed a friendship” as they sat for dinner at his Mar-a-Lago retreat. The American leader is expected to press his counterpart for action on North Korea, and Mr Xi to seek assurances on Taiwan.

Uruguay to sell cannabis in pharmacies from July
Uruguay will begin selling cannabis in pharmacies from July, the final stage in the country’s pioneering regularisation of the drug. The South American country will be the first in the world to legally sell the drug over the counter for recreational use. The move was set in motion in 2013 with a law that fully legalised the cannabis trade.

Close to Half of American Adults Infected With HPV
More than 42 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 59 are infected with genital human papillomavirus, according to the first survey to look at the prevalence of the virus in the adult population. The report, published on Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics, found that certain high-risk strains of the virus infected 25.1 percent of men and 20.4 percent of women.

FCC Chief Ajit Pai Develops Plans to Roll Back Net Neutrality Rules
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai laid out preliminary plans to roll back the agency’s net neutrality rules in a meeting this week with trade associations, according to several people familiar with the matter. The conversation shows that the FCC chairman is inching closer to making his plans public…The plans appear aimed at preserving the basic principles of net neutrality but shifting enforcement to the Federal Trade Commission, while undoing…the regulatory overreach of the FCC’s rules.

North Korea vows ‘most ruthless blow’ on United States after Donald Trump pledges to build up defences against Pyongyang
“Our army has already said that if there will be even the smallest provocation from the United States during exercises, we are ready to deliver the most ruthless blow,” Interfax news agency quoted ambassador Kim Hyong-Jun as saying. “We have the readiness and ability to counter any challenge from the US,” he was quoted as saying.

Cedar Hill At Center Of Mumps Outbreak
Dallas County Health and Human Services report 76 mumps cases in the county, 56 of them coming from students and teachers in Cedar Hill ISD. A letter went out to Cedar Valley College students and staff alerting them about a high school student from Cedar Hill Collegiate Academy taking classes there might have exposed others.

Israel ‘studying’ Russian statement on Jerusalem recognition
Israel says it is looking into a Russian statement that recognizes its claim to Jerusalem while also recognizing the Palestinian claim. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday it reaffirms “the status of east Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state…we regard west Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.” Hitherto, recognizing Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel has always been a cornerstone of the Kremlin’s Middle East policy…

U.S. Launches Missiles at Syrian Base After Chemical Weapons Attack
The United States launched dozens of cruise missiles Thursday night at a Syrian airfield in response to what it believes was Syria’s use of banned chemical weapons that killed at least 100 people, the U.S. military said.

Now That Trump’s ‘Red Line’ Has Been Crossed, Will He Turn Damascus Into A ‘Ruinous Heap’?
Will a false flag chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province be the trigger that causes World War 3 to erupt in the Middle East? In Part I of this series, I discussed how previous chemical attacks that were blamed on the Assad regime actually turned out to be false flag attacks conducted by Syrian rebels that were absolutely desperate to draw the United States into the Syrian civil war on their side. And considering the fact that the Syrian rebels have been consistently losing territory in recent months, they are now more desperate than ever

Ben Carson Uncovered Half a Trillion dollars in ‘Bookkeeping Errors’ in Obama’
Ben Carson has revealed massive incompetence and possibly corruption in Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, with over half a trillion dollars improperly accounted for. The inspector general (IG) for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) revealed this week that for three straight years, Obama’s HUD staff cooked the books, according to. These morons wouldn’t know a balance sheet from a fitted sheet, reports Blacksphere.

Syria Denies, Condemns Use Of Chemical Weapons
With global sentiment turning against Syria again, and even president Trump yesterday saying his opinion on Syrian policy has changed (it was not immediately clear just how), on Thursday Syria’s foreign minister dismissed allegations that the Syrian Army deployed chemical weapons in the city of Idlib, saying the military will never use such weapons against its own people or even terrorists.

Ron Paul: Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria Likely a False Flag
According to former Congressman Ron Paul, the chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun that killed 30 children and has led to calls for the Trump administration to intervene in Syria could have been a false flag attack…“It doesn’t make any sense for Assad under these conditions to all of a sudden use poison gases – I think there’s zero chance he would have done this deliberately,” said Paul.

Mother Shocked After Daughter Comes Home From School With Birth Control Implant In Her Arm Miracle Foster, a mother from Tulsa, Oklahoma, had no idea what her daughter was in for when she took part in a sex-education presentation at her school. After the presentation the 16-year-old girl wanted more information, so the school decided to send her and several other girls to a local clinic. The school’s principle informed the mom, and she gave them permission, thinking that her daughter was going on an innocent field trip.


Appeals Court Rules ‘Sexual Orientation’ Applies as Sex Discrimination Under Civil Rights Act

Christian News reports:

A federal appeals court has ruled that “sexual orientation” can fall under the interpretation of sex discrimination in the federal Civil Rights Act, a decision that the dissenting judges found to be a stretch.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals concluded 8-3 on Tuesday that while Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1967—which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex or national origin”—does not include the term “sexual orientation,” the existing inclusion of “sex” can apply because the discrimination surrounds a person’s actions not being normative for their sex.

“The logic of the Supreme Court’s decisions, as well as the common-sense reality that it is actually impossible to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation without discriminating on the basis of sex, persuade us that the time has come to overrule our previous cases,” the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals wrote.

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The Briefing 04-07-17

America sends a clear signal to Syria: You cannot use chemical weapons against your own citizens

Triggering nuclear option, Senate Republicans set up confirmation vote for Judge Neil Gorsuch

Remembering the Great War: 100 years ago this week, America entered World War I

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April 6, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Republicans triggered the “nuclear option” Thursday, changing the filibuster rules and paving the way for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s first Supreme Court pick, to be approved later this week…. (more)


April 6, 2017
NEW YORK TIMES — For the first 10 weeks of President Trump’s administration, no adviser loomed larger in the public imagination than Stephen K. Bannon, the raw and rumpled former chairman of Breitbart News who considers himself a “virulently anti-establishment” revolutionary out to destroy the “administrative state.”… (more)


April 6, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — On Tuesday, in a National Review Online column, I contended that the reported involvement of former national-security adviser Susan Rice in the unmasking of Trump officials appears to be a major scandal – – it suggests that the Obama White House, of which she was a high-ranking staffer, abused the power to collect intelligence on foreign targets, by using it to spy on the opposition party and its presidential candidate…. (more)

April 6, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Congress’s top tax expert led Republicans Wednesday in demanding President Trump fire IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, saying the tax agency cannot be repaired as long as he’s at the helm. “Trust in the IRS is hitting rock-bottom,” the Republicans, led by Rep. Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said in a letter calling on Mr. Trump to take action…. (more)

April 6, 2017
KATHERINE TIMPF — On Tuesday, the Boston Globe published an article examining Melania Trump’s official White House photo, and promoted it with a tweet asking: “So what’s with the crossed arms?”… (more)

April 6, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The world’s Muslim population grew much faster than Christians over the past five years, and their births will outnumber those of Christian moms for the first time in 2030, signaling a tremendous global religious shift, according to a new survey…. (more)


April 5, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — A very disturbing report has come out from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Fox News that Hillary Clinton and six top staffers kept their Top Secret and/or Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearances after she left her Secretary of State position in 2013. And they also kept their physical access to TS/SCI facilities and databases, which required those TS/SCI clearances, possibly up through the 2016 election and beyond…. (more)

April 5, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — The thing to bear in mind is that the White House does not do investigations. Not criminal investigations, not intelligence investigations. Remember that…. (more)


April 5, 2017
GARTH KANT — At the very least, Susan Rice lied about what she did, what she knew and when she knew it. That is by her own admission. The question is, how big a lie was it?… (more)

April 5, 2017
NEWSMAX — Seeing former national security adviser Susan Rice’s name in headlines is nothing new, said Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who dubbed her “the Typhoid Mary of the Obama administration foreign policy,” for her central role in several scandals…. (more)


April 5, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — When Fox News revealed that it was Susan Rice who “unmasked” the identity of incoming Trump officials in surveillance data gathered by U.S. intelligence agents, it surprised no one…. (more)


April 5, 2017
CHARLES HURT — Well, that explains the deafening silence from President Obama. All these months, it turns out, it was his right-hand hatchet gal and exposed serial prevaricator Susan Rice who was behind the scenes in his administration working all the levers of the most powerful espionage machine on planet Earth to spy on Mr. Obama’s political enemies…. (more)

April 5, 2017
ART MOORE — The reactions in Washington to the revelation that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice sought to unmask the identities of Americans connected with President Trump’s campaign and transition who were mentioned in foreign surveillance intelligence reports predictably has fallen largely along partisan lines…. (more)

April 5, 2017
NEWSMAX — If former President Barack Obama ordered or knew about names of incoming President Donald Trump’s transition staff being unmasked after they were gathered during surveillance activities, that is a “big deal,” Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday…. (more)

April 5, 2017
BYRON YORK — Tuesday brought a much-anticipated chance to hear Susan Rice address reports she requested the “unmasking” of what might be called Trump persons caught in U.S. intelligence intercepts. The only problem was, Rice did not address reports she requested the unmasking of Trump persons caught in U.S. intelligence intercepts…. (more)

April 5, 2017
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — After the healthcare repeal bill failed, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was proud of the bill and of the “long, inclusive, member-driven process that we had.” Freedom Caucus members chafed at this characterization…. (more)

April 5, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Illegal immigration across the southwest border is down more than 60 percent so far under President Trump, officials revealed Tuesday, even before the first new agent is hired or the first mile of his promised border wall is constructed. Mr. Trump took a victory lap over the “record reductions” in illegal crossers, saying he is already saving Americans’ jobs by preventing them from having to compete with unauthorized workers…. (more)

April 5, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Three prominent House liberals have called for what amounts to a mass burning of books and DVDs that question global warming and sent to 200,000 K-12 teachers, a ban rejected as an “April Fool’s joke” by the science institute that provided the materials for free…. (more)


April 4, 2017

April 3, 2017
FOX NEWS — Multiple sources tell Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance…. (more)


April 3, 2017
NEWSBUSTERS — A massive revelation in the alleged surveillance of President Trump’s aides broke Monday morning when Bloomberg reported that “[f]ormer National Security Adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign.”… (more)

April 3, 2017
DAILY CALLER — GOP Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he believes former National Security Advisor Susan Rice should testify before Congress on her request to unmask the names of Trump transition officials collected during routine intelligence-gathering operations…. (more)

April 3, 2017
BYRON YORK — Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has been sharply critical of the panel’s Republican chairman, Devin Nunes, for visiting the White House to view classified documents that Nunes says show the Obama administration intercepted the communications of Donald Trump associates before the president took office in January…. (more)

April 3, 2017
WESLEY PRUDEN — Kim Jong-un may be “a crazy fat kid” with a goofy haircut, but he is doing what his father and his grandfather never could. With nuclear weapons to play with, he frightens the West enough to make it start thinking about doing something about the most dangerous crazy fat kid on earth…. (more)

April 3, 2017
ALAN KEYES — To say the least, the Obama administration was not notable for respecting the “special relationship” that is supposed to exist between the United States and Great Britain since the two countries led the Allies to victory in World War II…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 7, 2017

McConnell Kills the Filibuster

One way or another, Judge Gorsuch will be joining his colleagues on the Supreme Court.

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Norwegian Evangelicals Withdraw from Franklin Graham Event Due to His Support for Trump
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ZeroHedge Frontrunning: April 07

  • U.S. fires missiles at Assad airbase; Russia denounces ‘aggression’ (Read More)
  • Congress Supports the Airstrikes, Debates What Happens Next (Read More)
  • Trump’s Syria Strike Sends Not-So-Subtle Warning to U.S. Rivals (Read More)
  • Russia Halts Cooperation With U.S. on Syrian Air Operations (Read More)
  • Syria Says Strike Kills Five, Damages Air Base (Read More)
  • Oil hits one-month high after U.S. missile strike in Syria (Read More)
  • China fighter plane spotted on South China Sea island: think tank (Read More)
  • Senate Expected to Confirm Gorsuch as High Court Justice (Read More)
  • Traders Are Worried About Chinese Local Government Debt Again (Read More)
  • Jobs Report to Take Pulse of Wage Growth, Participation Rate (Read More)
  • Nobody Is Saying Anything About How U.S. Earnings Season Will Go (Read More)
  • Libor Convictions at Risk as SFO Expert Witness Challenged (Read More)
  • Wall Street Is Making It Harder to Buy a Car (Read More)
  • U.S. stock funds’ weekly outflow largest in 2017: Lipper (Read More)
  • Greece, Creditors Move Closer to Deal (Read More)
  • Norway Wealth Fund Turns ‘Cautious’ on Stocks After Trump Rally (Read More)
  • Are Traders Creating a Bizarre New Feedback Loop… Feedback Loop… Feedback Loop? (Read More)
  • Tech’s High-Stakes Arms Race: Costly Data Centers (Read More)
  • Top investors help Deutsche Bank wrap up $8.5 billion capital hike (Read More)
  • Oil Trader Gunvor Approached Rivals Over Possible Sale (Read More)
  • Bank of England’s Carney calls for UK-EU bank rules pact after Brexit (Read More)

Top Headlines – 4/7/2017

Egypt’s Sissi, meeting Jewish leaders, is optimistic on Israeli-Arab peace

In curious first, Russia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Israeli killed and another wounded in West Bank car-ramming attack

Israeli troops raid alleged car-rammer’s West Bank home

Hamas executes three ‘Israel collaborators’ in Gaza

Arabs firebomb Rachel’s Tomb

Israel appoints its first female Muslim diplomat

JCC bomb hoaxer made millions selling forged docs online

Kansas legislation seeks to combat anti-Israel boycotts

With healthcare faltering in Gaza, care in Israel is sought after

‘Historic’ plan unveiled to link Arab states to Israeli ports

IDF Naval fighters train with Navy SEALs

US State Dept. designates Hamas commander a global terrorist

Assad: ‘Israel is aiding terrorists’

Syria: Israel ‘main beneficiary’ of gas attack allegations

Senior Israeli rabbi sees ‘Holocaust’ in Syria

Yad Vashem head calls for end to Syrian war and its ‘atrocities’

Netanyahu to Putin: ‘We must complete the effort to cleanse Syria of chemical weapons’

Russia’s Putin, in phone talk with Israel’s Netanyahu, says “groundless accusations” on Syria chemical attack are unacceptable before full investigation

Syria’s FM denies country used chemical weapons

Banned Nerve Agent Sarin Used in Syria Chemical Attack, Turkey Says

Key Points on Sarin: The ‘Most Volatile’ of Nerve Agents

Tillerson says time for Russia to rethink support for Syria’s Assad

Trump says Assad may have to step down after chemical attack

Syria chemical ‘attack’: Damascus attaches conditions to UN inquiry

UN council weighs compromise on Syria nerve gas probe

US will take action on Syrian chemical attacks if UN doesn’t

Tillerson says coalition forming to target Assad, Trump hearing military options

Turkey’s Erdogan would support U.S. military action in Syria

ISIS Executes 33 in Syria, Its Largest Mass Killing of 2017

Civilian Deaths In Mosul Lead U.S. And Iraqi Forces To Change Tactics Against ISIS

Egypt pledges to supply gas to Jordan

Australia warns of Anzac Day terror threat in Turkey

St Petersburg metro attack: ‘Bomb’ found in city raid

Hungary, Iran to cooperate in joint mini nuclear plant project

US cyber attacks may be bringing North Korean missiles down

UN strongly condemns North Korea’s latest missile launch

Japan PM Abe says he, Trump agree North Korea missile launch a ‘serious threat’

North Korea vows ‘most ruthless blow’ on United States after Donald Trump pledges to build up defences against Pyongyang

US commander: ‘Little progress reining in North Korea’

Republicans go ‘nuclear,’ bust through Democratic filibuster on Gorsuch

Senators agree damage over Gorsuch fight could be ‘irreparable’

Nunes steps down from Russia-Trump investigation

Sean Hannity: Media’s blindness to Obama spy scandal shameful

Sean Hannity: Connecting the dots in Obama spy scandal

Number of Democrats ‘proud’ to be American dives under Trump, poll finds

Bannon said to call Kushner a ‘cuck’ and ‘globalist’ as tensions between them escalate

Sir Michael Caine: Brexit ‘was about freedom’

Goldman Sachs chief economist says Fed’s move ‘makes sense’ ahead of likely Yellen exit

Federal Reserve wants to start unwinding the $4.5 trillion in bonds on its balance sheet this year

Amazon will create 30,000 part-time jobs, but millions of Americans are desperate to work full-time

In a new space age, Goldman suggests investors make it big in asteroids

A Car-Size Asteroid Just Whipped by Earth

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Mollendo, Peru

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits South of Tonga

Earthquake shakes Georgians amidst Wednesday storms

Nearly 3 Dozen Tornadoes Sweep South Causing Damage in 11 States

Rockhampton: Homes in Australian city flooded as river peaks

Satellite images of Peru floods show devastation

First study finds neonic pesticides in US drinking water

Where Trump, Xi differ: U.S. boosts coal as China takes the lead on climate change

Oh Great. Climate Change Will Make Flying Worse, Too

French inventor flies real-life hoverboard over the Atlantic Ocean

Rwanda hopes high-tech can replace genocide as its defining feature

How artificial life spawned a billion-dollar industry

Ultra-Orthodox group backs up NY law banning assisted suicide

HBO Abortion Documentary Shows ‘Gut-Wrenching’ Killing of Unborn Baby

Nearly half of American adults carry HPV, a virus linked to cancer

Toronto health officials to target adults in midst of major mumps outbreak

73-year-old woman says Fitbit detected life-threatening heart issue

3 In 4 Americans Want Trump To Make Obamacare ‘Great’ Again

More Americans 50 years and over are cohabiting, research shows

Norway Evangelicals Withdrawing From Franklin Graham Festival Because of Trump Support?

US Senate passes resolution condemning ethnic, religious hate crimes

Jewish groups urge Congress to resist Trump on church politicking

Islam set to become world’s largest religion by 2075, study suggests

The Trinity: Easy As 1-2-3?

Holly Pivec – The Feminization of the Church

Rick Warren: Thinking Like A Pagan & A Theology-dissing Jesus

City Harvest Appeal: Kong Hee’s Sentence Reduced to 3.5 years

City Harvest appeal: Recap of the long-running criminal case

Mother Outraged After Daughter’s Injected With Birth Control Implant on School Trip

Germany approves bill curbing online hate crime, fake news

BREAKING NEWS: Truck Plows into people on Stockholm street, police say several injured

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 06:34 AM PDT

A truck has driven into people on a street in central Stockholm, according to witnesses cited by Aftonbladet newspaper. Injuries have been reported, according to…

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Is It Right for a Minister to Drink Wine or Liquor?

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 06:30 AM PDT

(By Bert Farias) The Bible is saturated with wholesome and positive statements about sex, food and wine. But the Bible also contains warnings about all…

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DEVELOPING: Mumps Outbreak Spreads In Dallas…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!

JESUS IS HOLY

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

JESUS IS LORD

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


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