April 8-9, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 04/08/2017

Elderly Ohio Pastor Found Murdered in His Home   Apr 02, 2017 06:02 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Members of Southard Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio are grieving after learning that their pastor had been found dead in his home on Tuesday. “It was definitely a homicide,” Columbus Police Detective David Sicilian told the Columbus Dispatch. “He was killed at the hands of someone else.” Joseph McDowell, 81, was found after…

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US Ends Funding for UN Population Fund Over Complicity in Chinese Forced Abortions   Apr 05, 2017 10:15 am

Feng Jianmei looks at her baby girl after Chinese officials forcibly aborted the child. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has ended government funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) over concerns about its complicity in China’s one-child/two-child policy—an accusation that the organization denies. According to reports, U.S. Senate…

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‘Junk Science’? Biblical Creation Group Included on List of Disreputable Websites   Apr 03, 2017 09:24 am

A prominent Creation science group is pushing back after their website was included on a widely-shared list of allegedly untrustworthy sources and described as “junk science.” After “fake news” became a subject of national discussion during the 2016 presidential election, Melissa Zimdars, an assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College,…

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Target Stock Continues to Tumble Year After Company Went Public With Restroom Policy   Apr 07, 2017 05:19 pm

Photo Credit: Mike Kalasnik The national retail chain Target continues to watch its stock prices tumble a year after the company went public with its restroom and changing room policy, which allows customers to use the facility that corresponds with their “gender identity.” As of press time, the stock price is $53.24 a share, compared to $81.57 a share a…

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California AG Who Charged Man Behind Undercover Videos Received Campaign Donations From Planned Parenthood   Apr 01, 2017 12:10 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California attorney general who charged the pro-life investigator behind the 2014-2015 undercover Planned Parenthood videos with 15 felonies this week had previously been praised by the abortion and contraception giant and received campaign donations from the organization for many of his House re-election bids. Democratic Congressman…

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Princeton Ethics Professor Defends Woman Convicted of Raping Man With Cerebral Palsy   Apr 07, 2017 01:30 pm

PRINCETON, N.J. — An ethics professor at Princeton University has penned a controversial op-ed in defense of a Rutgers professor who was convicted of sexually assaulting a man with severe cerebral palsy, asserting that the two were in love and the man might have actually consented. The New York Times published Peter Singer’s article on April 3, which centered on…

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South Carolina Lawmakers Considering Bill Declaring Unborn as Protected Persons   Apr 04, 2017 06:47 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Lawmakers in South Carolina are currently considering a bill that would declare that the unborn have protection as persons. Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant recently introduced S. 217, also known as the Personhood Act of South Carolina. It simply recognizes that both the federal and state Constitutions acknowledge God as being the Creator of life and the…

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‘Please Help Me’: American Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey Pleads for Trump’s Intervention   Apr 03, 2017 12:21 pm

An American pastor who has been imprisoned in Turkey since last October is pleading for President Trump and his administration to work more fervently for his release. “I plead with my government—with the Trump administration—to fight for me. I ask the State Department to impose sanctions. I appeal to President Trump: Please help me. Let the Turkish government…

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Indiana Senate Passes Bill Protecting Religious Expression in Public Schools   Apr 03, 2017 09:08 am

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indiana Senate has passed a bill meant to protect religious expression in public schools. H.B. 1024 passed 44-5 on Thursday despite opposition from groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “House Bill 1024 only puts prayer back into schools. It does not mandate or force students to participate in it,” said sponsor Rep….

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Appeals Court Rules ‘Sexual Orientation’ Applies as Sex Discrimination Under Civil Rights Act   Apr 06, 2017 03:11 pm

Photo Credit: George Hodan CHICAGO — 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…

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Top News – 4/8/2017

Is an increasingly powerful Iran trying to make northern Iraq part of its ‘Shi’a crescent’?
The entrance to a refugee camp in Hamam al-Alil in northern Iraq is…festooned with checkpoints manned by members of the Popular Mobilization Units, Shi’a militias that are often called Hashd al-Shaabi. Most of the men checking cars are young, some of them sport ski masks emblazoned with white skulls… Flags for their various Shi’a units flap in the wind alongside other flags that announce devotion to the imam Hussein, a central figure in Shi’a Islam.

Haley tells UNSC the US is ‘prepared to do more’ in Syria
The days of letting Bashar Assad use chemical weapons in Syria without any consequences are over, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council on Friday morning, a few hours after the US military struck a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians earlier this week. “The United States took a very measured step last night,” she added. “We are prepared to do more but we hope that will not be necessary.”.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah calls US strike on Syria ‘idiotic step’
Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah said on Friday a US cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase was an “idiotic step” which would lead to “great and dangerous tensions” in the Middle East. Hezbollah, which supports Syrian President Bashar Assad in the six-year-old conflict, said in a statement the strike would not demoralize the Syrian army or negatively affect its allies.

‘Muslims—Clear the Temple Mount’
A video that will be published…by the Temple Mount Movement…is asking Muslims to evacuate the compound this coming Monday to allow the performance of the Passover sacrifice. “On Monday, April 10, we, the Jewish people, are commanded to perform a special sacrifice on the Temple Mount…please, evacuate the Temple Mount compound on this day to allow the Jewish people to perform the Passover sacrifice in its rightful time and place,” said Rafael Morris in Arabic.

In big win for Trump, Senate approves his conservative court pick
The Republican-led Senate on Friday gave Donald Trump the biggest triumph of his young presidency, confirming his Supreme Court nominee over stout Democratic opposition and restoring a conservative majority on the highest U.S. judicial body. The Senate…voted 54-45 to approve Republican Trump’s pick, Colorado-based federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, to the lifetime job. Three Democrats joined the Republicans in voting for Gorsuch.

The personal info of 100k taxpayers may be compromised says IRS chief
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, and revealed that somewhere around 100,000 taxpayers may have had their personal information stolen due to an online security breach at the IRS. According to Koskinen, identity thieves took advantage of a bug in one of its web-based data tools that allowed it to file false tax returns that could have potentially cost the federal government millions had it not been caught.

Stockholm Truck Attack Kills 4; Terrorism Is Suspected
A man drove a stolen beer truck into a crowd of people in a popular shopping district in Stockholm on Friday afternoon and then rammed it into a department store, killing four people and injuring 15 others in an attack that unleashed bloodshed and panic on the streets of another European capital.

Trump’s North Korea Options: Place Nukes In South Korea Or Kill Kim Jong-Un
The National Security Council has presented the suddenly ragingly bellicose President Trump with several options to respond to North Korea’s nuclear program: put American nukes in South Korea or kill dictator Kim Jong-un.

Google to display fact-checking labels to show if news is true or false
Google is to start displaying fact-checking labels in its search results to highlight news and information that has been vetted and show whether it is considered to be true or false, as part of its efforts to help combat the spread of misinformation and fake news.

Russian Warship Steaming Toward U.S Destroyers Off Syria Coast
The Russian frigate, Admiral Grigorovich RFS-494, crossed through the Bosphorus Strait “a few hours ago” from the Black Sea, according to a U.S. defense official. he Russian warship is now in the eastern Mediterranean steaming in the direction of the U.S. warships.

ISIS used US missile strike to launch new offensive near Palmyra
Taking advantage of the US missile strike on a Syrian airbase, Islamic State forces launched a major offensive to gain control of strategic oil areas near Palmyra, but failed, a local governor told RT.

Syrian Strike Has Trump On The Side Of His Political Foes
The Trump administration conducted airstrikes in Syria Thursday in response to a recent chemical attack which left dozens of civilians dead. This has President Trump on the side of political rivals, as supporters urged him not to engage with the Assad regime.

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi Trump’s Missile Strike On Syria
Senate and House minority leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have moved away from their Democratic colleagues by endorsing President Donald Trump’s missile strike on Syria.

Chemical Weapons 2017: What Just Happened In Syria?
Yet again, on cue, the Western corporate press is on fire with stories of “Assad’s brutality,” and “chemical weapons” attacks against civilians. Obviously, the United States, NATO, and their media mouthpieces are united in condemnation of the Assad government and the Syrian military despite there being no evidence that it committed the attacks. Indeed, the Western powers may blame Assad all they want but all the available credible evidence suggests that the deployment of chemical weapons this time around, like all the others before it, was the work of terrorists and their supporters.


WEEKEND SNAPSHOT

APR. 8, 2017
TOP STORIES THIS WEEK
TOP OPINION
Charles Krauthammer: Karma, Precedent and the Nuclear Option
David Harsanyi: These Are the Questions Susan Rice Needs to Answer
Scott Powell: It’s the Democrats Who Collude With the Russians
More Opinion →
QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“What does the Left’s newfound enthusiasm for the Bible tell us? It tells us that the Left doesn’t actually believe in the Bible — the Left believes in government. Every time the Left cites the Bible, it does so as an excuse to let government take from some and redistribute to others, or compel work from some on behalf of others.” —Ben Shapiro


Ex-Atheist Lee Strobel on ‘The Case for Christ’ Film: Nonbelievers Will See Real Evidence for God, Jesus

Author Lee Strobel, a former atheist and journalist who attempted to prove that Jesus did not resurrect from the dead, said that nonbelievers who see the upcoming “The Case for Christ” film will witness real evidence for God.

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GOP Calls on Trump to Honor Promise to Defend Religious Liberty

In a piece over at Townhall, Todd Starnes says he has “exclusively obtained a letter signed by more than 52 House Republicans urging the president to sign an executive order on religious liberty.”

In February President Trump made a promise to people of faith across the fruited plain.

“My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land,” the president said at the National Prayer Breakfast.

When he campaigned for the White House he stated that the “first priority of my administration will be to preserve and protect our religiously liberty.”

“The First Amendment guarantees our right to practice our faith as we see fit…all the time, always, wherever,” he went on to say.

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Target Stock Continues to Tumble Year After Company Went Public With Restroom Policy

Christian News reports:

The national retail chain Target continues to watch its stock prices tumble a year after the company went public with its restroom and changing room policy, which allows customers to use the facility that corresponds with their “gender identity.”

As of press time, the stock price is $53.24 a share, compared to $81.57 a share a year ago on this day. While the company saw an uptick in November and December, by mid-January, stock prices began falling again. Just a month ago, the price was $63.57 and has now sunk another $10. View Target’s stock chart here.

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This ‘n’ That

  • Can we trust the New Testament canon?
  • According to Luther, prayers should be often, short, and strong.
  • Parents, have you ever been faced with a child questioning whether their lost pet has gone to heaven? I thought this article addressed the question well.
  • Challies offers us a helpful quiz on the atonement.
  • “Rich store of every good kind abounds in [Christ].”
  • Good grief. This is lame.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • This looks like it will be a nice Bible once its released.
  • What does it mean to teach by allegorizing the Scriptures, and is that the right way to teach them?
  • Noah was a preacher of the faith:

After Success In Syria, President Trump Sets His Sights On Neutralizing Threat Posed By North Korea

The U.S. bombardment of a Syrian airbase just outside of Homs Friday was likely seen by North Korea as a clear warning that President Trump will use his military if United States interests are at risk.

EDITOR’S NOTE: After 8 years of taking as little action as possible and letting nearly nation on Earth walk all over us, it’s quite startling to see America be America once again. This is the America I remember. Strong, unafraid, and willing to take the steps necessary to combat evil in the world. And at some point, sooner rather than later, Russia and Iran are going to try Trump on for size and really see how much resolve he has. That’s when things will really get interesting. 

The immediate focus after the strikes was on Russia’s Vladimir Putin’s reaction. Russia was not happy with the U.S., it spoke in defense of Syria and moved warships. But now the attention is on the next move by another world leader: Kim Jong-Un.

Gordon Chang, a Daily Beast columnist and author of “Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On The World,” said in an emailed statement to Fox News Friday that the U.S. strike on the Syrian airfield “tells North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un that he must now heed American military power, something that he probably dismissed before.”

“Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, disappeared from public view for about six weeks in 2003 at the time of the Iraq war. Kim Jong-Un loves the public spotlight, and it will be telling if he similarly goes into hiding,” the author said.

President Trump is pleased with the Syria strike outcome:

The airstrikes are “a warning to China’s People’s Liberation Army, which had grown dismissive of the U.S. Navy and Air Force.  Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader visiting Mar-a-Lago, almost certainly interpreted the strike as a sign of disrespect to him,” Chang said.

Retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane told Fox News on Wednesday that the U.S. is “rapidly and dangerously heading towards the reality that the military option is the only one left when it comes to getting North Korea to denuclearize and not weaponized [intercontinental ballistic missiles].”

Trump made it a point to address the media about the Syria strike at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida just moments after dining with his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping.

The strike was a culmination of a rapid, three-day transformation for Trump, who has long opposed deeper U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil war. Advisers said he was outraged by heartbreaking images of young children who were among the dozens killed in the chemical attack and ordered his national security team to swiftly prepare military options. The Los Angeles Times reported up to 15 dead in the strikes. A Syrian official said six were killed at the base and nine others in surrounding areas. The death toll could not be independently confirmed.

“This is Trump saying, ‘No, I am a man of my words,’” Reva Goujon, the vice president of Stratfor, told CNBC. “’When I make a threat, I will follow through.’ That’s certainly something the Chinese and North Koreans will be thinking about.”

Trump has said that if China doesn’t exert more pressure on North Korea, the U.S. will act alone. The missile strikes on Syria bring more weight to that statement. source


Top Headlines – 4/8/2017

U.S. Launches Missiles at Syrian Base Over Chemical Weapons Attack

Syria missile strikes: US launches first direct military action against Assad

Syria: base hit in US airstrike was home to jets allegedly used in chemical attacks

With 59 cruise missiles, US sends message to the world: We’re back

Intel, not just heart-wrenching pictures, convinced US to act on Syria

Haley forces Bolivia to defend Assad ‘atrocities’ in ‘public view’ at UN session

Nikki Haley: US prepared to do more in Syria, but hopes it won’t be necessary

Some Trump supporters turn on president over US strike on Syria

Lawmakers slam Trump for bypassing Congress on Syria strike

Sen. Rand Paul: Syria, Trump and another unconstitutional rush to war

Gregg Jarrett: President Trump’s military strike against Syria is perfectly legal

Russia says US strike violates international law

Susan Rice, Obama colleagues take heat for past claims on Syria chemical weapons purge

Hillary Clinton: Trump can’t ‘speak of protecting Syrian babies’ while pushing a ban of refugees

Syria nerve agent attack: why it made sense to Assad

ISIS sympathizers question motives behind Syria air strike

Syria official says US missile strikes were ‘at terrorists’ request’

US strike on Syria widely hailed as ‘appropriate,’ but angers Russia

Russian warship steams toward US destroyers that launched Syria strikes

Russia calls for emergency UN meeting after US strikes on Syria

US probes whether Russia took part in Syria chemical attack

Tensions rise as Russia reinforces Syrian air defences and warns of ‘considerable damage’ to ties with US after missile strike

Russia suspends deal with US to prevent mid-air incidents over Syria

Russia-US communication channel to remain open following Syria strikes

Russia, Iran condemn US strike in Syria as Britain, Turkey give support

Lebanon’s Hezbollah says US strike in Syria a ‘foolish’ move that will lead to serious regional tensions

Egypt calls on US and Russia to contain the conflict in Syria

Trump’s Sudden Strike On Syria Sends A Chilling Message To Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong Un congratulated Syria’s Assad before U.S. strike

Trump’s Options for North Korea Include Placing Nukes in South Korea

Amidror: US attack in Syria shows Iran that military option is indeed ‘on the table’

Pence tells Netanyahu: US appreciates Israel’s support for Syria strike

Putin slams Netanyahu over ‘unfounded accusations’ on Syria

Israel ‘studying’ Russian statement on Jerusalem recognition

Israel warns Hamas: Fuel supply will halt if bills go unpaid

Heavy security measures to be taken in Jerusalem for Passover, Easter

Stockholm attack: Suspect arrested after four killed in truck attack, Sweden police say

Swedish leader: ‘Nation in a state of shock’

Sweden torn over how to handle incoming terrorists

Police in Norway to carry weapons after Stockholm attack

Wave of attacks across southern Thailand after new constitution signed

Nunes steps aside in Russian meddling probe, says Rice ‘unmasking’ revelation was worth it

Top White House adviser Gary Cohn offers support for move that could break up big banks

After fierce battle, Gorsuch confirmed to US Supreme Court

‘Pinkwashing’ populism: Gay voters embrace French far-right

Target CEO admits restroom policy announcement was huge mistake

America’s Retailers Are Closing Stores Faster Than Ever

Google to display fact-checking labels to show if news is true or false

Google discovers ‘Israeli’ spy app designed to hack smartphones

Israel braces for Anonymous attack on computer grid

FCC Chief Ajit Pai Develops Plans to Roll Back Net Neutrality Rules

Workplace Surveillance Is The New Office ‘Perk’

Robots Take Over Tedious Chore: Mowing Lawns

High-speed Hyperloop track ready for first trial run

Next Job for US Air Force: Space Cop?

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits North of Severnaya Zemlya

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Chirinkotan volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 12,000ft

California governor declares end to drought emergency

Experts warn of heightened lyme disease threat this spring, summer

The big one is coming, and it’s going to be a flu pandemic

Shock over Vice President Pence’s marriage shows Washington, media out of touch

LGBT crowds, Christian festival collide at beach on Memorial Day

MTV dumps gender-specific categories for Movie & TV Awards

Uruguay will be the first in the world to legally sell the drug over the counter for recreational use

Mom: 11-year-old killed himself following twisted social media prank


Neil Gorsuch Confirmed to US Supreme Court After Senate Uses ‘Nuclear Option’

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 06:23 PM PDT

The Senate confirmed judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court Friday in a mostly party-line 54-45 vote that reflected weeks of bruising political fighting which…

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Powerful Passover Lessons From Jesus’ Last Sermon on Earth

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 06:15 PM PDT

(By Ron Allen) As Jesus hung on the cross, struggling painfully for each breath, He uttered seven short, powerful statements showing who He was and…

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Apocalyptic Hail Storm Strikes China

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 06:06 PM PDT

A deadly hailstorm and heavy rain battered the city of Guiyang, causing scenes of chaos across the city on Wednesday night. The dramatic hailstorm brought…

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Islamic Extremists Turning to Christianity After Visions of Jesus

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 06:02 PM PDT

Muslim conversion journeys to Christianity can involve a dream or a vision of Jesus as part of the testimony of faith, as was true in…

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FCC Chair Outlines Plan to Undo Obama-Era net Neutrality Regulations

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 05:53 PM PDT

According to multiple reports, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai outlined his plans to undo the Obama-era regulations during a meeting this week with a group of…

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WAR DRUMS: Tensions Rise With Iran After U.S. Strike in Syria

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 05:47 PM PDT

The U.S. airstrikes on Syria stoked new tensions with Iran and generated calls in Tehran for increased military support for President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Iranian…

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WAR DRUMS: United States May Be On Brink Of War With Russia Over Syria Conflict

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 05:43 PM PDT

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump were last night urged to hold emergency talks as growing tensions in the Middle East ­threatened to explode into war….

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WAR DRUMS: Trump’s Options for North Korea Include Placing Nukes in South Korea

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 05:39 PM PDT

The National Security Council has presented President Trump with options to respond to North Korea’s nuclear program — including putting American nukes in South Korea…

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PROPHETIC UPDATE: 5777, Passover and the 100 Year War Cycle

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 01:01 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will discuss recent events regarding the recent military strikes against Syria by the United States and reveal to…

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FLASHBACK: Absolutely Shocking Syria War Bible Code

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 12:55 PM PDT

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN IN 2013 (By Michael Snyder) Did you know that there is a Bible code matrix that contains the words “Armageddon”,…

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DEVELOPING: Russia May Have Directly Participated in Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 12:45 PM PDT

A stunning update on Friday afternoon from the Associated Press said the Pentagon is investigating possible Russian participation in the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons attack….

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Google Rolling Out fact-checking labels to prove if news is “true or false”

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 12:42 PM PDT

Google is to start displaying fact-checking labels in its search results to highlight news and information that has been vetted and show whether it is…

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Russian Deputy US Envoy Claims US afraid of real investigation into Syria chemical attack

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 12:36 PM PDT

The US missile strike in Syria “only facilitated the strengthening of terrorism,” Russia’s representative at the UN Security Council has said, adding that it shows…

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Russian warship steams toward US destroyers that launched Syria strikes

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 09:36 AM PDT

A Russian warship entered the eastern Mediterranean Friday and was heading toward the area where two U.S. Navy destroyers launched missile strikes into Syria, Fox…

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Jupiter Will Make Its Closest Approach to Earth for This Year

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 08:13 AM PDT

Look to the sky around midnight tonight and you might just be able to see a big, red spot. That’s because Jupiter, with its famous…

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Top News – 4/9/2017

Suicide bombing feared in second Egyptian church blast on Palm Sunday
At least 36 people were killed and more than 100 injured in bomb attacks on two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday, in the latest assault on a religious minority increasingly targeted by Islamist militants. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, which come a week before Coptic Easter and in the same month that Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt.

IDF to impose week-long closure of West Bank, Gaza ahead of Passover holiday
A week-long closure of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip will begin Monday ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover, the army has announced. All crossings to the West Bank and Gaza will be closed to Palestinians beginning Monday at midnight until Monday April 17, “with the exception of humanitarian, medical and exceptional cases” made with the approval of the IDF’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the IDF said.

Swedish police say truck attack suspect showed ISIS sympathies
Swedish police said on Sunday that the suspect in the Stockholm truck attack was known to have expressed sympathies with extremist organizations, including Islamic state. Police also said that the suspect had sought and been denied permanent residency in the Nordic country and was wanted for deportation…The attack occurred in central Stockholm when a hijacked beer delivery truck plowed into a crow, killing four people and wounding 15 on Friday.

North Korea missiles: US warships deployed to Korean peninsula
The US military has ordered a navy strike group to move towards the Korean peninsula, amid growing concerns about North Korea’s missile programme. The Carl Vinson Strike Group comprises an aircraft carrier and other warships. US Pacific Command described the deployment – now heading towards the western Pacific – as a prudent measure to maintain readiness in the region.

Trump’s Syria strike celebrated by ‘terrorists’, Iran says
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said “terrorists are celebrating” US strikes on a Syrian airbase. His comments echo the response from Russia, which like Iran is allied to Syria, and from Syria itself. At least six people are reported to have been killed in the missile strikes in the early hours of Friday.

Second Opinion From Doctor Nets Different Diagnosis 88% Of Time
When it comes to treating a serious illness, two brains are better than one. A new study finds that nearly 9 in 10 people who go for a second opinion after seeing a doctor are likely to leave with a refined or new diagnosis from what they were first told…Considering how health insurance companies often limit the ability of patients to visit multiple specialists, this figure could be seen as troubling.

Fierce clashes rock Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon
Security forces have clashed with Islamic extremists for the third consecutive day in a Palestinian camp in Lebanon. Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency said Sunday that at least two people have been killed since the clashes began…On Saturday, local Palestinian commander Subhi Abu Arab vowed to crush the followers of radical preacher Bilal Badr.

Syrian President Assad’s allies say U.S. attack crosses ‘red lines’
A joint command center made up of the forces of Russian, Iran and allied militia alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad said the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base crossed “red lines” and it would now respond to any new aggression and increase their level of support to their ally.

Hacker Group Releases Password To NSA’s “Top Secret Arsenal” In Protest Of Trump Betrayal
“TheShadowBrokers wishes we could be doing more, but revolutions/civil wars taking money, time, and people. Be considering this our form of protest. The password for the EQGRP-Auction-Files is CrDj”(;Va.*NdlnzB9M?@K2)#>deB7mN”

Venezuela Protests As Maduro Blocks ‘Opposition’ For 15 Years
Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are calling on demonstrators to flood the streets of Caracas on Saturday as part of a weeklong protest movement that shows little sign of losing steam, after Venezuela’s embattled socialist government stepped up its campaign against the opposition by banning Henrique Capriles from holding public office… for 15 years.

Warplanes strike Syrian town hit by chemical attack
Warplanes on Saturday struck the Syrian town where a chemical attack had killed scores of people earlier this week, as Turkey warned that a retaliatory U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base would only be “cosmetic” if greater efforts are not made to remove President Bashar Assad from power.

Gary Cohn, the not-so-secret Democrat in Trump’s White House, is gaining influence — and critics
After weeks of infighting in the Trump White House, one adviser whose stock is clearly rising is the relatively little-known director of the National Economic Council, Gary Cohn — a registered Democrat who is widely regarded as one of the most liberal voices in the White House. A Trump ally told Yahoo News that Cohn has even earned a nickname among some administration officials and Capitol Hill Republicans: Globalist Gary.

Trump Tells Congress: “US Will Take Additional Action” To Further National Interest In Syria
“I acted in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive. The United States will take additional action, as necessary and appropriate, to further its important national interests.”

IS in Afghanistan: US special forces solider is killed
An American special forces soldier has been killed while carrying out operations against the group known as Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, the US military has said. It says the soldier was killed while fighting IS in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan.

2 inmates charged with killing 4 in South Carolina prison
Two convicts each serving a life sentence for killing a mother and her child have been charged with murder in the strangulation deaths of four inmates inside a South Carolina prison.


ISIS Slaughters 43 Coptic Catholics In Egypt As Palm Sunday Services Were Going On

This is the moment an ISIS suicide bomber detonated outside an Egyptian church after being turned away by three hero policemen in the second of two attacks that killed 43 Catholics and wounded 100.

CCTV shows the Muslim terrorist, dressed in a blue pullover, approaching the gate at St Mark’s in Alexandria but being told to go through the metal detector first by the officers. He then passes a female police officer chatting to another woman, and enters a metal detector before an explosion engulfs the area.

The atrocity, which followed another attack in Tanta, was thought to have been aimed at Pope Tawadros II, leader of the ancient Coptic church, who was worshipping in St Mark’s at the time but escaped unharmed.

The blasts, claimed by Islamic State, came at the start of Holy Week leading up to Easter, and just weeks before Pope Francis is due to visit the Arab world’s most populous country.

ISIS claims responsibility for church bombings in Egypt

In the first attack, a bomb went off inside St. George’s Church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, killing at least 27 people and wounding 78, officials said.

The attack on St. Mark’s Cathedral, in the coastal city of Alexandria, the historic seat of Christendom in Egypt, happened a few hours later and killed at least 16 people and wounding 41, the Interior Ministry said.

ISIS claimed the attacks via its Aamaq news agency, after having recently warned that it would step up violence against Egypt’s Coptic Catholics.

CBC TV showed footage from inside the church in Tanta, where people gathered around what appeared to be lifeless, bloody bodies covered with papers.

‘After the explosion, everything became dark from the smoke,’ said Edmond Edward, attending services with his brother, Emil, who was wounded and leaned on him for support at a nearby hospital.

‘There was a clear lapse in security, which must be tightened from now on to save lives,’ he said. He added that the blast appeared to be centered near the altar and that the priest leading the service, Father Daniel, was wounded.

Susan Mikhail, whose apartment balcony across the street has a clear view of the church and its front yard, said the explosion violently shook her building.

‘Deacons were the first to run out of the church. Many of them had blood on their white robes,’ she said.

Later, the more seriously wounded were carried out by other survivors and taken to hospitals in private cars, she said. Hundreds of residents gathered in the area, and church members blocked people – including journalists – from entering the church as police cordoned off the area. source


Top Headlines – 4/9/2017

UN Coordinator for the Middle East: ‘no efforts should be spared to bring peace for Gaza’

UN Mideast envoy urges Palestinian unity amid Gaza pay cut protests

Palestinian TV issues Quranic guidelines for wife-beating

Protesting US airstrikes, Syrians chant ‘Death to Israel’

Is an increasingly powerful Iran trying to make northern Iraq part of its ‘Shi’a crescent’?

U.S. Strike in Syria Raises Tensions With Iran

Iran’s Rouhani wants chemical attack in Syria investigated

In Israeli eyes, Trump’s Tomahawks correct the course of history

Syria: US warns Assad over using chemical weapons again

US vows to keep up pressure on Syria after missile strikes

Trump tells Congress Syria strikes were ‘vital’

Obama aides push back against criticism of inaction on Syria

Despite U.S. missile barrage, Syria continues airstrikes against rebels

Continued bombing by Assad shows limits of single U.S. attack

Arab League calls for ‘de-escalation’ in Syria

Iraq’s Shiite cleric Sadr urges Assad to step down

Turkey says US strikes ‘cosmetic’ if Assad stays in power

As warplanes return to scene of sarin attack, Trump defends missile launch

N.Korea calls US strikes on Syria ‘unforgivable’

Expert: Watch to see if Kim Jong-Un goes into hiding after Syria strike

Could Britain have sold sarin chemicals to Assad’s regime?

U.S.-Led Force Reduces Attacks on ISIS in Syria After Airstrike

Russia to blame for Syria deaths – Sir Michael Fallon

MSNBC host’s conspiracy theory: What if Putin planned the Syrian chemical attack to help Trump?

Islamic State brutally killing civilians who try to flee Mosul

Stockholm attack driver ‘deliberately targeted young children’ as he drove hijacked lorry into crowd

Norway police neutralize bomb outside Oslo subway station

Venezuelans pour into Caracas streets in anti-Maduro protest

Arrests of illegal criminals jumps 250% in one week

Texas community fears it will end up ‘on the wrong side’ of border wall

Xi, Trump agree on trade, military talks but appear at odds over North Korea

NSC said to offer Trump options for North Korea including killing Kim Jung Un

US aircraft carrier-led strike group headed toward Korean Peninsula

Laser weapons edge toward use in US military

Hacking blamed for emergency sirens blaring across Dallas early Saturday

Big Asteroid Is Heading Close to Earth

Panic, damage as three strong quakes hit Philippines

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Talaga, Philippines

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Bagalangit, Philippines

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits West of Macquarie Island

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Rreshen, Albania

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Taysan, Philippines

Sabancaya volcano in Peru eurpts to 26,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Iceland on high alert with volcano due to erupt

Typically Harmless Virus May Trigger Celiac Disease

With lethal injection drugs expiring, Arkansas plans unprecedented seven executions in 11 days

Immediate impact: Gorsuch could begin playing pivotal role on Supreme Court starting next week

He lobbied for gay rights and opposed Trump – now Seattle’s mayor is accused of sexually assaulting minors

Lady Gaga, 20,000 lesbians party during Dinah Shore Weekend

Embracing figures at Pompeii ‘could have been gay lovers’, after scan reveals they are both men

1 dead, 2 wounded after shooting at fitness center in South Florida mall


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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