April 10, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Apr. 10, 2017 |

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Members of Congress are back home for a two-week recess after one of the most bitterly divided and least productive starts in recent history. A new, urgent challenge is waiting for them when they return: finding a way to set aside their anger and mistrust long enough to keep the federal government open.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. wasn’t interested in “regime change” in North Korea as American warships were diverted to waters near the country amid heightened tensions over its nuclear weapons program.

Toronto’s mayor won’t rule out selling some of the city’s prime downtown real estate as he looks to make better use of assets amid an unprecedented property boom.

For the March U.S. employment report, with its ugly headline payrolls number, it’s what’s inside that counts. While the gain of 98,000 jobs in a survey of businesses and government agencies was the weakest since May and below all analysts’ forecasts, many accompanying details showed a solid labor market. The jobless rate, derived from a separate survey of households, fell to the lowest in almost a decade even as workforce participation was unchanged, while a measure of underemployment reached a fresh post-recession low, boding well for further wage increases.

Hungarian anti-government organizers vowed to continue protests after one of the largest mass demonstrations against Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s rule as the deadline approaches for the country’s president to sign a law that may force a university founded by billionaire George Soros to shut down.

Neil Gorsuch took the first of two required oaths Monday to fill a 14-month-old vacancy and become the newest U.S. Supreme Court justice.Gorsuch will take the second oath later Monday at the White House from Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Gorsuch worked as a law clerk in the court’s 1993-94 term. All of the justices attended the ceremony at the court and are expected to go to the White House for the second swearing-in.

President Donald Trump took credit for Toyota investing $1.33 billion in an existing U.S. factory, championing spending by a Japanese automaker he’s blasted for building a plant in Mexico.

After all of President Donald Trump’s bluster about building more cars in the U.S., the one new plant he can count on will come from a once American-owned Swedish brand flourishing under a Chinese parent. Volvo Car Group opens its $500 million factory late next year and will employ 2,000 workers initially near Charleston, South Carolina.

AT&T agreed to buy embattled spectrum-license holder Straight Path Communications in an all-stock deal valued at $1.6 billion as the phone giant seeks to take the lead in the 5G race.

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A joint command center made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and militias supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base on Friday crossed “red lines” and it would respond to any new aggression and increase its support for its ally.

A 17-year-old asylum-seeker from Russia was arrested Sunday in connection with an explosive device found near a busy subway station in Norway’s capital and defused before it detonated, authorities said.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said on Saturday the Tibetan people should decide if they wanted to continue with his institution, adding that he wanted to convene a meeting of senior monks this year to start discussing his succession.

Indonesia’s police shot dead six suspected IS-linked militants in a gunfight on Java island over the weekend, a police spokesman said on Sunday.

The Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft carrying the three Expedition 50 astronauts from the International Space Station landed safely in Kazakhstan

Ford, which sells more police cars in the U.S. than any other automaker, says it will offer a police pursuit version of the hybrid Fusion midsize sedan, in response to requests from cities nationwide. The new car, with its 2-Liter four-cylinder engine and 1.4 kilowatt lithium-ion battery, is expected to get 38 miles per gallon of gas in combined city-highway driving. That’s 20 mpg more than Ford’s current police car, the Taurus police interceptor.

Twenty states already offer cheaper in-state college tuition to students who are in the United States illegally. Legislation making its way through the Tennessee Legislature would make that state the 21st.

BBC

Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has announced a three-month state of emergency after attacks on two Coptic churches that left at least 44 dead.

Unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys have shown. The bleaching – or loss of algae – affects a 900 mile stretch of the reef, according to scientists.

Spanish police have arrested a Russian programmer for alleged involvement in “hacking” the US election, Spanish press reports have said.

A hacker has been blamed for setting off more than 150 warning sirens in the US city of Dallas over the weekend. The sirens are usually used to warn of extreme weather events such as tornadoes.

WND

The Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging at Harvard will hold a contest inviting the entire Harvard community to revise the last line of their 181-year-old alma mater song, “Fair Harvard”, which reads, “Till the stock of the Puritans die,” because they think, “it’s time for a change.” The song was already revised in 1998 to make it “more gender-inclusive,” but the last line was left as-is.

The Texas state dish is chili, its tree is the pecan and its fish is the Guadalupe bass. And soon, Texas may have an explosive addition to its set of official symbols: plans are afoot for a state gun. But a resolution to make the cannon the official state gun passed through a senate committee hearing on Thursday, the first step to the plan becoming law.


The Briefing 04-10-17

Is the Cold War back? Considering the aftermath of the US strike in Syria

Suicide bombings in Coptic churches on Palm Sunday underscore threat to Christianity in Middle East

Judge Neil Gorsuch to be sworn in today after being confirmed by Senate in 54-45 vote

Great British controversy: Church of England outraged over removal of “Easter” from egg hunt on Easter

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Top News – 4/10/2017

California lawmakers approve fuel tax hike for $52 billion road plan
Jerry Brown and legislative leaders passed without a vote to spare and will raise gas taxes by 43 percent, or 12 cents a gallon, while also increasing diesel taxes. That Republicans felt obliged to step in ought to cause Californians to worry. They also complain that the state’s cap-and-trade system, created to battle climate change, will soon drive fuel prices up even further.

U.S. disasters in first 3 months of 2017 cost record $5B
The National Centers for Environmental Information said there were five weather disasters from January to March, which cost more than $5 billion, a record for the first quarter of the year.

Data in! Sanctuary cities have higher crime rates
An August 2016 study of the relationship between “sanctuary city” policies and crime rates shows that cities refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities consistently have significantly higher violent crimes rates than do non-sanctuary cities with similar populations and demographics…

ISIS Attacks US-Led Base In Southern Syria, As Assad Said To Use White Phosphorus
The Islamic State attack comes as the U.S. military is deepening its presence in Syria as part of an intensifying campaign to drive the extremist group from its de facto capital in Raqqa. For weeks, the U.S. military has been strengthening its presence along the Jordan-Syria border, according to U.S. and Jordanian officials.

RED LINE: Putin Says Russia And Iran Will Respond With ‘Real War’ To Any Further US Strikes In Syria
4 days after a US missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for Assad’s chemical attack on his own people, Putin has issued a statement and it’s quite the doozy. In short, he said that if President Trump strikes again anywhere in Syria for any reason, that both Russia and Iran would ‘respond with real war’. Wha…?? How did Iran just get in the picture?

Sweden will ‘NEVER GO BACK’ to mass immigration after Stockholm terror, says shocked PM
SWEDEN’S prime minister vowed his country would “never go back” to the days of mass immigration after it emerged the Stockholm attacker was a failed asylum seeker. It comes after migrant Rakhmat Akilov from Uzbekistan drove a stolen 30-tonne truck into pedestrians at a busy department store in Stockholm on Friday.

Web needs rethink to stop ‘nasty’ ideas spreading, says its creator
The World Wide Web needs a complete rethink to prevent spying and the spread of “nasty, mean ideas” on social media websites, its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, said on Monday.

Tillerson, G7 ministers look to pressure Russia to reconsider Assad support
Tillerson, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and the other ministers aim to pressure Russia to end its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after a tumultuous week, which included the nerve gas attack and the U.S.’ airstrikes on a Syrian air base.

Jewish Priests Offer Paschal Lamb Just Hundreds of Meters From Temple Mount
After a court battle to gain police permission, the Sanhedrin held a full reenactment of the Passover sacrifice and Temple service Thursday evening in a manner reminiscent of the glory that was once the Temple. This year, the ceremony was closer to the Temple Mount, where the service would take place if the Temple were standing, than ever before.

Rocket fired from Egypt’s Sinai strikes southern Israel
A rocket fired at Israel landed in a greenhouse in the southern Eshkol Regional Council on Monday, the IDF confirmed. According to the military, the projectile was launched from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. One person suffered from shock as the result of the strike, however no other injuries were reported.

Israel closes border with Egypt amid Sinai terror concerns
Israel on Monday decided to close its side of the Taba Border Crossing between Eilat and Egypt in light of concerns of terrorist attacks targeting tourists, including Israelis, in the volatile Sinai Peninsula. Following security assessments, as of Monday and at least until April 18, Israel will not allow its citizens to enter Egypt through the crossing, however Israeli citizens will be permitted to return to the country via the Taba crossing.

Egypt’s Sisi says three-month state of emergency to be declared
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said a three-month state of emergency would be imposed after two deadly bombings hit Coptic churches on Sunday, killing at least 44 people. “A series of steps will be taken, most importantly, the announcement of a state of emergency for three months after legal and constitution steps are taken,” Sisi said in a speech aired on state television.

U.S. Strike in Syria Raises Tensions With Iran
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 officials said on Friday the U.S. attack violated international law and accused President Donald Trump of siding with Islamic State and al Qaeda in Syria.

Russian naval activity in Europe exceeds Cold War levels: U.S. admiral
Recent Russian naval activity in Europe exceeds levels seen during the Cold War, a top U.S. and NATO military officer said, voicing concern that the distributed nature of the deployments could end up “splitting and distracting” the transatlantic alliance. Navy Admiral Michelle Howard…said Russia had clearly stepped up its naval actions in recent years although the size of its navy was smaller now than during the Cold War era.

China offers concessions to avert trade war with U.S.
China will offer the Trump administration better market access for financial sector investments and U.S. beef exports to help avert a trade war, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing officials familiar with the matter. China is prepared to raise the investment ceiling in the Bilateral Investment treaty and is also willing to end the ban on U.S. beef imports, the newspaper also reported.

Gorsuch’s impact on divided Supreme Court will begin immediately
Neil M. Gorsuch joins the Supreme Court just in time to cast potentially significant votes in cases that pit religious liberty against gay rights, test limits on funding for church schools and challenge California’s restrictions on carrying a concealed gun in public. Such issues arise either in appeals filed by conservative groups that have been pending before the justices for weeks or in cases to be heard later this month.

China, South Korea discuss more sanctions on North Korea amid talk of Trump action
China and South Korea agreed on Monday to slap tougher sanctions on North Korea if it carries out nuclear or long-range missile tests, a senior official in Seoul said, as a U.S. Navy strike group headed to the region in a show of force. North Korea marks several major anniversaries this month and often marks the occasions with major tests of military hardware.

Glum EU braces for Turkey vote on Erdogan’s powers
A referendum in Turkey on granting President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers is unlikely to ease strained relations with the EU and risks killing off Ankara’s stalled bid for membership of the bloc, officials in Brussels say. Even if voters do not give Erdogan the executive presidency he seeks on Sunday, Turkey’s democracy and judiciary will suffer damage and he is likely to put even more pressure on critics, they say.

Russia, Iran Warn U.S. They Will “Respond With Force” If Syria “Red Lines” Crossed Again
“What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.”

Palm Sunday bombings of Egyptian Coptic churches kill 44
At least 44 people were killed in Egypt in bomb attacks at the cathedral of the Coptic Pope and another church on Palm Sunday, prompting anger and fear among Christians and leading to troop deployments and the declaration of a three-month state of emergency.

Bizarro World: Some Republicans Now Defending “Failing” ObamaCare
Last month, former House Speaker John Boehnor warned that the idea of a quick repeal and replace of Obamacare was just “happy talk” because “Republicans never ever agree on health care”…it’s looking increasingly like he was absolutely right.

ISIS Attacks US-Led Base In Southern Syria, As Assad Said To Use White Phosphorus
Islamic State militants attacked a US-led coalition base in southern Syria on Saturday, “triggering a fierce fight that required coalition airstrikes to repel, U.S. military officials said Sunday.” Meanwhile,  on Sunday the Qatar-owned Al Jazeera reported that Syrian jets have bombed the town of Idlib using White Phosphorus.

Judge won’t protect doctors fighting assisted-suicide rule
A federal judge threw out a lawsuit by two alliances of doctors opposing state rules that require them to advise terminally ill patients to consider doctor-assisted suicide.

Why Are Chinese Troops In Mexico?(video)
It is well documented that the Chinese have a strong military presence in Mexico. Isn’t it interesting that when the producers of Red Dawn #2 needed an invading force, they chose the Chinese. However, the Obama administration had a fit and the movie producers chose North Korea instead.


The Debt Crisis Of 2017: Once Their Vacation Ends, Congress Will Have 4 Days To Avoid A Government Shutdown On April 29

April 2017 could turn out to be one of the most important months in U.S. history that we have seen in a very long time.  On April 6th, Donald Trump attacked Syria on the 100th anniversary of the day that the U.S. officially entered World War I, and now at the end of this month we could be facing an unprecedented political crisis in Washington.  On Friday, members of Congress left town for their two week “Easter vacation”, and they won’t resume work until April 25th.  What this means is that Congress will have precisely four days when they get back to pass a bill to fund government operations or there will be a government shutdown starting on April 29th. (Read More…)


Israel Closes Southern Border With Egypt After Warning Of Imminent Passover Terror Attack From ISIS

Israel closed its Taba border crossing to the Sinai peninsula on Monday following warnings by its anti-terrorism office of an “imminent” militant attack there and urged its citizens to leave Egypt hours before the start of the Passover holiday, when Sinai is a popular destination for many secular Israelis.

Soon after the announcement, sirens wailed in parts of southern Israel alerting residents to a rocket attack. The military said a rocket fired from Sinai exploded in southern Israel, hitting a greenhouse but causing no injuries. The Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Yisrael Katz, Israel’s transportation and intelligence minister, said in a statement Monday there was intel regarding a potential “terror attack” against tourists in the Sinai peninsula. The crossing remains open for those wanting to return from Egypt.

The border closure comes a day after militants in Egypt bombed two churches, killing dozens of Christian worshippers during Palm Sunday ceremonies. In the wake of those attacks, Israel’s anti-terrorism office called on all Israeli tourists in Sinai to return home immediately and asked Israelis planning trips to the Sinai to cancel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement Monday sending Israel’s “condolences to the families of those who were murdered in yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Egypt” and wishing a “quick and full recovery to the wounded.”

He said “the world must unite and fight terrorism everywhere.”

The Israeli government statement says that intelligence information shows “increased activity by Islamic State” militants in Sinai. It adds that with the Islamic State group losing ground in Iraq and Syria, there is renewed “motivation to carry out terror attacks in different arenas at this time.”

Israel called on its citizens to leave Egypt on the eve of the Passover holiday that commemorates the biblical Exodus story of the Israelites’ escape from slavery in Egypt.

The weeklong festival is widely celebrated in Israel even among otherwise nonreligious Jews. But southern Sinai, with its pristine beaches and Red Sea coral reefs, has traditionally been a popular Israeli tourist destination — especially for secular Israelis during the Passover holiday.

Israel mostly shuts down after sundown for the holiday, as families and friends gather for Seder, the ritual multi-course meal where the story of the exodus from Egypt is discussed in detail so that the tradition is preserved throughout the generations.

Leavened goods like bread and items made from yeast such as beer are banned during the holiday. Instead, Jews eat matzo — unleavened bread — to illustrate how the Israelites had no time to let their bread rise as they fled from bondage in the land of the Pharaohs.

Despite the relaxing draw of Sinai, tourism there has declined since 2013, when the Egyptian military overthrew an elected Islamist president and an Islamic insurgency based in northern Sinai intensified. Rocket attacks on Israel from Sinai are relatively rare but Islamic militants there have been behind a few attacks in recent years. Egypt has been battling the militants, many linked to the Islamic State group.

Israel issues travel recommendations from time to time based on intelligence reports. Monday’s travel warning was unusual in its urgency and it is rare for the Taba crossing to be shut down. Israel signed a peace treaty with neighboring Egypt in 1979 and the two countries maintain close security cooperation. source


The War on Christians in the Middle East

“In effect, the world is witnessing the rise of an entire new generation of Christian martyrs. The carnage is occurring on such a vast scale that it represents not only the most dramatic Christian story of our time, but arguably the premier human rights challenge of this era as well.” (See also Egypt’s Copts Don’t Have Any (Benedict) Options.)


Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 10, 2017

Syria: Conspiracy Theories and False Claims

The Leftmedia grabs the tin foil hats, while Obama’s claim to have removed Assad’s chemical weapons proves false.

The Foundation

“But if we are to be told by a foreign Power … what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.” —George Washington (1796)

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NC Church Bans Boy Scouts Due to Transgender Policy
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ZeroHedge Frontrunning: April 10

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Top Headlines – 4/10/2017

41 killed in onslaught on Egyptian Copts on Palm Sunday

Egypt decries church blasts as ‘failed attempt against our unity’

Reeling from bombs, Egypt deploys guards, declares 3 months ’emergency’

ISIS claims responsibility for Egypt churches blasts

After bombings, Israel again urges citizens to leave Sinai

In bid for survival, archaeologists point to ‘Egyptian’ finger from Temple Mount

IDF to impose week-long closure of West Bank, Gaza ahead of Passover holiday

Police arrest activists planning Temple Mount sacrifice

Le Pen says France not responsible for WWII round up of Jews

Fierce clashes rock Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon

Israel treating thousands of Syrians injured in war

Netanyahu doubles down on support for ‘moral’ US strike on Syria

Top Trump adviser: US seeks both to oust Assad and fight IS

No peace in Syria until Assad is ousted, says Nikki Haley

Trump aides differ over Assad’s future after Syria attack

Paul: Trump Must ‘Ask Permission’ Before Committing Acts of War

US Navy aircraft carrier reverses course, heads back toward Korean peninsula

North Korea vows to bolster its defenses, says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified

Abe praises Trump’s security commitment after call on Syria, North Korea

Assad allies say U.S. attack on Syria air base crosses ‘red lines’

Khamenei on the American attack in Syria: ‘a strategic mistake’

U.S. Strike in Syria Raises Tensions With Iran

Assad backers Iran, Russia threaten US after missile strike

Syria, Russia Would Be ‘Insane’ to Retaliate Over US Airstrikes, Former US Ambassador Says

Tillerson: Russia ‘failure allowed Syria chemical attack’

Trump officials tell Russia to drop its support for Syria’s Assad

Russian naval activity in Europe exceeds Cold War levels: U.S. admiral

Russia unveils Kazan nuclear sub, a powerful new weapon in its naval arsenal

ISIS massacres civilians fleeing Mosul

IS in Afghanistan: US special forces soldier is killed

Somalia’s New Army Chief Survives Car Bomb That Kills 13

Russian ‘Islamist’ asylum-seeker ID’d as Norway bomb suspect

‘Extreme Vetting’ Also Threatens Privacy of Americans

Hacker Group Releases Password To NSA’s “Top Secret Arsenal” In Protest Of Trump Betrayal

In a consequential week, Trump leans on the Washington establishment he vowed to disrupt

Battle over sanctuary cities escalating

Venezuela Protests As Maduro Blocks ‘Opposition’ For 15 Years

The number of reluctant part-time workers is still higher than before the Great Recession

How upgrading humans will become the next billion-dollar industry

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Punta de Burica, Panama

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,500ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Kambalny volcano in the Kuril Islands, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

New Caledonia to face direct hit from Tropical Cyclone Cook

Why one day of thunderstorms turned into a five-day Delta meltdown

Hawaii LGBT couples seek equal access to fertility treatment

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Anna LeBaron – How God Rescued Me from the ‘Mormon Charles Manson’

Sandy Simpson – An anatomy of a false prophecy

TD Jakes Conference Quietly Nixes Potter’s House Denver’s Chris Hill Amid Affair Allegations

Online Pastor in Iran Leads Drug Addict—And His Mother—to Jesus

Two pastors arrested for sex crimes against children

North Carolina Church Boots Boy Scouts as Allowing Girls Who Identify as Boys

Atheist Mocks Bible, Praises ‘Trinity of Science’ in Invocation Before Iowa Legislature

150 Christians Forced to Stop Church Prayers in India Amid Accusations of Conversions

Palm Sunday attacks: 44 dead, more than 100 injured in church bombings carried out by ISIS in Egypt

Hours before Passover, ISIS fires missile from Sinai into Israel

Posted: 10 Apr 2017 09:52 AM PDT

ISIS claims responsibility for rocket attack on Monday; Israel increases security, closes border crossing into Egypt. Just hours before Israelis begin celebrating Passover, ISIS fired…

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Giant Sinkhole Swallows Bus and Car in India

Posted: 10 Apr 2017 09:47 AM PDT

A giant sinkhole reportedly opened in the middle of a crowded road in Chennai, India swallowing a car and it’s passenger bus on April 9,…

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Graphic Artist Who Designed ‘Shack’ Novel Renounces Book

Posted: 10 Apr 2017 09:38 AM PDT

The graphic artist who helped design the controversial best-selling novel “The Shack” has come forward to express his regret for being a part of the…

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Israelis Being Warned to Leave Egyptian Sinai after Church Bombings

Posted: 10 Apr 2017 09:34 AM PDT

On the eve of the Passover, the Israeli government sent condolences to Egypt and called on Israelis visiting the Egyptian Sinai Desert to return home…

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Israel shuts border after terror warning Passover eve…

Posted: 10 Apr 2017 09:26 AM PDT

Israel closed its Taba border crossing to the Sinai peninsula on Monday following warnings by its anti-terrorism office of an “imminent” militant attack there and…

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Rabbi Jonathan Cahn Unlocks the Mystery of Nisan

Posted: 10 Apr 2017 09:24 AM PDT

(By Rabbi Jonathan Cahn) Editor’s Note: This mystery is taken from The Book of Mysteries, Jonathan Cahn’s national best-seller that takes you on a one-year journey…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Fears grow over mystery Russian compound in Nicaragua…

Posted: 10 Apr 2017 09:20 AM PDT

US officials are keeping a keen eye on a Russian complex nestled on the edge of a volcanic crater in Nicaragua. The center, which is…

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Oarfish washes ashore in Philippines 3 days before series of earthquakes hits Luzon

Posted: 09 Apr 2017 07:07 PM PDT

Another sign comes true! On April 4, 2017. a giant oarfish – 14.4-feet long – washed ashore in Southern Leyte, Philippines 4 days before a…

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New species of baseball-sized spider discovered in Baja California mine

Posted: 09 Apr 2017 06:50 PM PDT

While traipsing through the a mine in the hills of Baja California, Michael Wall and Jim Berrian struck gold. Skittering across the abandoned mine shaft…

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37 Percent of Men Don’t Think Using Dating Apps is Cheating

Posted: 09 Apr 2017 06:38 PM PDT

37 percent of men don’t think using dating apps while in a relationship is cheating, according to a new survey of over 3,500 college students…

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Christians Worldwide Celebrate Palm Sunday

Posted: 09 Apr 2017 06:33 PM PDT

Christians worldwide celebrate Palm Sunday, commemorating the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week, a week that would end…

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HHGregg to close all 220 stores and Layoff 5000 Across the United States

Posted: 09 Apr 2017 06:26 PM PDT

The going-out-of-business sales start this weekend at HHGregg. The bankrupt retailer is planning to begin liquidating its assets Saturday after failing to find a buyer…

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RETAIL APOCALYPSE: America’s Retailers Are Closing Stores Faster Than Ever

Posted: 09 Apr 2017 06:22 PM PDT

The battered American retail industry took a few more lumps this week, with stores at both ends of the price spectrum preparing to close their…

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The Power of the Cross Will Triumph Over Evil

Posted: 09 Apr 2017 06:11 PM PDT

(Reported By Stephen Little) The Palm Sunday attacks that killed at least 43 people at two churches in Egypt are expected to spur religious freedom…

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NC Church Severs Ties With Boy Scouts of America Over Transgender Policy

Posted: 09 Apr 2017 06:08 PM PDT

Another church is severing its relationship with the Boy Scouts of America over its controversial decision to allow transgender scouts.  Coddle Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian…

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Would Most Americans Be Absolutely Blindsided By Multiple Wars And A Simultaneous Economic Collapse?

Posted: 09 Apr 2017 06:00 PM PDT

(by Michael Snyder) According to CBS News, an astounding three-fourths of all Americans have to “scramble to cover their living costs” each month.  In other…

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Once Vacation Ends, Congress Will Have 4 Days To Avoid Government Shutdown On April 29

Posted: 09 Apr 2017 05:57 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) April 2017 could turn out to be one of the most important months in U.S. history that we have seen in…

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WAR DRUMS: Russia and Iran threaten US with War if “Red Lines Are Crossed”

Posted: 09 Apr 2017 05:49 PM PDT

Russia and Iran have said they will respond to further American military actions following the air strike in Syria last week. In a joint statement,…

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WAR DRUMS: Russian Naval activity in Europe Exceeds Cold War levels…

Posted: 09 Apr 2017 05:45 PM PDT

Recent Russian naval activity in Europe exceeds levels seen during the Cold War, a top U.S. and NATO military officer said, voicing concern that the…

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4 Powerful Insights for this Passover Season

Posted: 09 Apr 2017 03:23 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will discuss four powerful insights that were seen manifested in the lives of the children of Israel when…

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37 dead, over 100 injured in Palm Sunday Attacks at Packed Churches in Egypt

Posted: 09 Apr 2017 05:32 AM PDT

At least 37 people were killed and more than 100 injured in two separate Palm Sunday bombing attacks at Coptic Christian churches in Egypt. The…

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San Diego school district to create Muslim safe spaces, boost Islam lessons to combat bullying

Posted: 08 Apr 2017 08:47 PM PDT

Muslim safe spaces, increased lessons on Islam during social studies classes, and other measures will be adopted by San Diego Unified School District to combat…

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Japanese scientists to use giant undersea drill to reach Earth’s mantle

Posted: 08 Apr 2017 08:21 PM PDT

Earth’s elusive mantle is too much to resist for a team of Japanese scientists who plan to be the first to reach it. The team…

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U.S. Ambassador to UN Warns That Trump is Prepared to Take Further Action Against Syria

Posted: 08 Apr 2017 08:05 PM PDT

The day after the United States launched a missile attack against a Syrian air base, U.S. Ambasador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the…

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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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