April 15-16, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 04/15/2017

‘I Have Deep Regrets’: Graphic Artist Who Designed ‘Shack’ Novel Renounces Book   Apr 10, 2017 10:52 am

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 project out of his concern that it contains false doctrine. “ver 10 years ago, I was captivated by the story and felt honored to be part of the graphic creation of the book. I was so drawn into it, wanting to know the…

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Profane ‘Pastor’ Welcomes Open Homosexuals, Admits He ‘Doesn’t Care’ What Bible Says   Apr 12, 2017 07:06 pm

BOTHELL, Wa. — A profanity-speaking preacher who has lost hundreds in his congregation over his decision to allow open homosexuals to serve in leadership positions, and who says he “doesn’t care” what the Bible has to say on the issue, is featured in a new online video that has received over a million views in less than a week. Ryan Meeks is the founder of…

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‘Bible Answer Man’ Hank Hanegraaff Chrismated Into Eastern Orthodoxy   Apr 11, 2017 05:32 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hank Hanegraaff, also known as the “Bible Answer Man,” was chrismated into the Orthodox Church on Sunday, the well-known radio host and author has confirmed. A photo had been circulating since Sunday of the 67-year-old Hanegraaff being received into Eastern Orthodoxy at Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, along with his wife and…

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Ohio ‘Ministers’ Arrested on Sex Trafficking Charges   Apr 10, 2017 06:01 am

TOLEDO, Ohio — Two ministers from Ohio have been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) on alleged sex trafficking charges. Cordell Jenkins, 46, who leads Abundant Life Ministries in Toledo, was taken into custody on Friday, along with Anthony Haynes, 37, who oversees Greater Life Christian Center, also in Toledo. “Jenkins and Haynes are…

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Atheist Mocks Bible, Praises ‘Trinity of Science’ in Invocation Before Iowa Legislature   Apr 10, 2017 06:01 am

DES MOINES – A professing atheist recently delivered an opening invocation before the Iowa House of Representatives, in which he promoted atheistic ideals and converted a well-known Old Testament passage into a secular “prayer.” The Iowa House has a longstanding tradition of opening its meetings with prayers, which are typically offered by local pastors….

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North Carolina Church Boots Boy Scouts as Allowing Girls Who Identify as Boys Last Straw   Apr 09, 2017 06:01 am

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — A church is North Carolina has decided to no longer allow a local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America to meet at its house of worship as the organization’s recent decision to allow the membership of girls who identify as boys seemed to be the last straw following its admittance of open homosexuals in 2013 and 2015. “For more than 10 years,…

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Planned Parenthood Acknowledges Meeting With Ivanka Trump   Apr 09, 2017 06:01 am

Photo Credit: Michael Vadon WASHINGTON — The Planned Parenthood Federation of America has acknowledged that its president, Cecile Richards, met with Ivanka Trump in January to discuss why the organization shouldn’t be defunded. “Planned Parenthood welcomes the opportunity to meet with anyone to talk about the important role Planned Parenthood plays in…

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Florida Middle School Teacher Fired for ‘Comfort’ Survey on Gender, Sexuality, Religion   Apr 12, 2017 06:01 am

SPRING HILL, Fla. — A middle school teacher in Florida has been fired for issuing a survey/exercise to students that asked them about their comfort level in situations surrounding matters of gender, sexuality, religion and race. Daryl Cox had left her students at Fox Chapel Middle School in Spring Hill a photocopied assignment from the book “Exploring White…

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European Court of Human Rights to Hear Case of German Family Forced to Send Children to Public School   Apr 08, 2017 05:17 pm

STRASBOURG, France — The European Court of Human Rights is set to hear the case of a German family that was forced to send their children to public school after they were seized by the government because they were homeschooled. “I sincerely hope the European Court of Human Rights will reaffirm that the state has no right to abduct children from their family…

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Atheist Group Takes Issue With Faith-Based Group’s Sex Ed Curriculum in Public Schools   Apr 12, 2017 06:02 am

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — A prominent professing atheist group is expressing its objection after discovering that a number of school districts in Missouri are allowing a faith-based organization to teach sexual education classes, urging students to remain abstinent until marriage. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) states that a member…

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Weekend Snapshot

Apr. 15, 2017
Top Stories This Week
Quote of the Week

“The reason that the Russians are in [Syria] is not an affection for Assad … but because, as a result of their involvement, they now have a naval base in the warm water Mediterranean, they have an active, very powerful airbase in Syria. They have a presence in the Middle East. They are the power. They have displaced the United States. And their entire foreign policy under Putin is to restore the glory and the territory and the influence of old Soviet Union, one piece at a time. And it does that by taking away from the United States. It’s a zero sum game.” —Charles Krauthammer


TRUMPED: North Korea Missile Blown Up On Launch Pad In Humiliating Defeat For Kim Jong-Un

North Korea has attempted to fire a missile it introduced just hours ago at a military parade – but the launch was an embarrassing failure after the weapon blew up almost immediately.

EDITOR’S NOTE: North Korea made good on their threat to launch a “game changer” missile this weekend, but a funny thing happened on the way to the launch. Seconds after the missile was fired, it blew up. Was that because the United States sabotaged the launch, or because of failure on the part of the North Korean military? We may never know, but either way Kim Jong-Un has egg foo young all over his face. 

It is thought to be one of the country’s new ‘game-changer’ intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) which was revealed to the world in a display of military might yesterday.

The South Korean defence ministry said it had detected a failed launch from Sinpo – where North Korea’s biggest submarine base is located.

According to a military official the weapon is ‘presumed to be a new ICBM’ as it is longer than the existing KN-08 or KN-14 missiles.

The South Korean defence ministry said in a statement: ‘North Korea attempted to test an unidentified type of missile from Sinpo area in the South Hamkyong Province this morning, but we suspect the launch has failed.’

In a statement, the US military said: ‘U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 11:21 a.m. Hawaii time April 15.

‘The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo.

‘The missile blew up almost immediately. The type of missile is still being assessed. ‘U.S. Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our allies in the Republic of Korea and in Japan to maintain security.’

It comes just hours after North Korea unveiled new weapons during a display of the country’s military might as Kim Jong-Un warned of an ‘annihilating strike’ if the US attacks.

President Donald Trump had previously pledged to ‘take care’ of the issue following his surprise cruise missile attack on Syria over its use of chemical weapons.

Meanwhile Pyongyang threatened ‘catastrophic consequences’ when Trump sent an armada of warships to the Korean Peninsula.

At the same time, China has moved 150,000 troops to its border to deal with a possible influx of North Korean refugees amid fears Trump may strike Kim following the surprise US missile attack on Syria last week. source


Top News – April 15-16, 2017

Death toll in Syrian blast targeting evacuation bus hits 112
The death toll from a bomb blast on a crowded Syrian bus convoy outside Aleppo reached at least 112 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Sunday. Syrian rescue workers, the Civil Defense said, had carted away at least 100 bodies from the site of Saturday’s blast, which hit buses carrying Shi’ite residents as they waited to cross from rebel into government territory in an evacuation deal between warring sides.

Abbas to meet with Trump in May, Palestinian official says
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet US President Donald Trump on May 3rd in Washington, D.C., top Palestinian official Ahmad Majdalani said on Sunday. “This is a very important visit in which we hope to agree on the fundamentals to revive the peace process and discuss bilateral relations,” Majdalani told The Jerusalem Post in a phone call.

Turks vote in historic referendum on expanding Erdogan’s power
Turks began voting in a hotly contested referendum on Sunday that could place sweeping new powers in the hands of President Tayyip Erdogan and herald the most radical change to the country’s political system in its modern history. Opinion polls have given a narrow lead for a “Yes” vote, which would replace Turkey’s parliamentary democracy with an all-powerful presidency and may see Erdogan in office until at least 2029.

Azerbaijan wants pan-Arab summit with Israel, envoy says
A US-led summit gathering Israel’s prime minister and the Palestinian Authority president on one stage with Levant and Gulf leaders would greatly benefit the region, and likely advance a stalled peace process, Azerbaijan’s envoy said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post. Israeli officials told the Post last month that the Trump administration is exploring the feasibility of such a summit, which would bring Israel and Sunni leaders from Saudi Arabia and neighboring nations together for the first time.

Iran floods kill at least 30
Floods have killed at least 30 people in north-west Iran, state media reported on Saturday. Others are said to be missing after torrential rains hit four provinces. Video footage shows streets inundated with water, and cars being swept away. The Tehran Times news site reported that the flood had also triggered a landslide.

North Korean Missile “Blows Up” During Launch; President Trump Aware, Has “No Further Comment”
North Korea’s attempted missile launch on Sunday ended in failure, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.  The communist state attempted to launch an unidentifed missile from the port city of Sinpo on its east coast in the morning, and the launch is presumed to have failed, the JCS said. Secretary of Defense Mattis says President Trump is aware of the situation and has “no further comment” on failed North Korean missile test.

Doomsday Bunker Sales Soar After Trump’s Military Strikes
“Doomsday crazy person, ‘prepper’ that’s all kind of nutty that people make them out to be…they don’t have $3.5 million to by a 5,500 square-foot bunker. Right?” questioned Scott.

The “Grinch” Is Trying to Steal Easter Eggs
As Christians around the world celebrate Easter, there are believers who are targeted by terrorists for their faith during this holy season. It is shameful these companies are so insensitive or hostile to Christianity by censoring the reason for the season on their candy wrappers.

SCORE For Religious FREEDOM!! Trump Makes Another STRONG Appointment!
Well if you are a person of faith, and have been worried about the direction the government has been heading in the persecution of your first amendment freedoms like religion, fear not! President Trump has just appointed a strong defender of religious liberty, Roger Severino to head the Office for Civil Rights at HHS. What’s even better, is that he is a believer in FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE!

Dove Debuts Bizarre Advertisement Featuring Transgender ‘Mom’ 
Dove rolled out a new advertisement for their baby skincare line ‘Baby Dove’ featuring moms from all walks of life caring for their babies–and of course included a man who identifies as a ‘mom’.

Mumps outbreak in Texas reaches 23-year high
Texas health authorities are trying to combat a record-breaking outbreak of mumps that has swept through the state. The Texas Department of State Health Services reported there have been 221 cases of mumps in the state this year, the highest number since 1994 when 234 cases were reported. College students in particular have been among the hardest hit by the virus, which spreads through close personal contact and can result in swollen glands, fever and headache.

Palestinian campaign demands UK apologize for Balfour Declaration
More than 11,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the British government to formally apologize for the Balfour Declaration, a letter written by British Foreign Secretary Lord Balfour in 1917 expressing Britain’s support for the establishment of a Jewish state in historic Palestine. The petition was recently launched by the Balfour Apology Campaign (BAC) and calls for the British government “to openly apologize to the Palestinian people for issuing the Balfour Declaration.”

US troops to help Somalia fight al-Shabab
The US says it is sending dozens of troops to Somalia to train forces fighting Islamist group al-Shabab. This is the first time regular US troops have been deployed in Somalia since 1994, although some counter-terrorism advisers are already there. President Donald Trump last month approved a directive allowing tougher action against al-Shabab.

North Korea ‘ready for nuclear attack’ amid show of force
North Korea has warned the US not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is “ready to hit back with nuclear attacks”. The comments came as North Korea marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding president, Kim Il-sung. A huge parade in Pyongyang was held amid speculation current leader Kim Jong-un could order a new nuclear test.

MOAB strike: 90 IS fighters killed in Afghanistan
At least 90 militants from the Islamic State (IS) group were killed by a huge bomb dropped by the US in Afghanistan, a regional governor says. The most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever used by the US in combat was dropped on an IS base in Nangarhar province. A network of tunnels and caves was destroyed on Thursday evening local time, US officials said.

US government ‘hacked global bank system’
A huge range of security weaknesses, said to be worth over $2m if sold on the black market, have been leaked online. The tools are said to have been created by the US National Security Agency (NSA), and accompanying documents appear to indicate a possible breach of the Swift global banking system. Such a hack could have enabled the US to covertly monitor financial transactions, researchers said.

North Korea makes menacing boast it will take on Donald Trump with ‘merciless’ strikes on South Korea and US bases
North Korea upped its warmongering with Donald Trump today in a series of menacing boasts threatening to ‘ravage’ US troops amid fears the two countries are heading for war. The secretive state vowed to ‘pulverize’ US bases and South Korean capital Seoul if it was threatened by the US military, which is carrying out drills on the Korean peninsula. A US aircraft carrier group is steaming towards the region. It claimed it would ‘ruthlessly ravage’ the US if Washington attacked. China warned the region could go to war ‘at any moment’.

Chinese foreign minister: No winners if Korea war breaks out
There can be no winners in a war between the U.S. and North Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, while pledging support for dialogue between the sides.

French presidential race tightens further as vote looms
France’s presidential race looked tighter than it has all year on Friday, nine days before voting begins, as two polls put the four frontrunners within reach of a two-person run-off vote.

US Conducts Successful Field Test Of New Nuclear Bomb
The US National Nuclear Security Administration and the U.S Air Force announced the first successful field test of the modernized B61-12 gravity thermonuclear bomb at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.

U.S. Insurers Sue Saudis For $4.2 Billion Over 9/11
Last year’s Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a bill which allowed Americans to sue Saudi Arabia in US court over their involvement in 9/11, has yielded another major lawsuit yesterday, a $4.2 billion suit filed by over two dozen US insurers related to losses sustained because of the 2001 attack.

Homeless Man Allegedly Robbed Queens Churches to ‘Get Back at God,’ Prosecutors Say
A homeless man faces burglary and hate crime charges after he allegedly robbed four churches, one of which he stole from three times, in Queens, New York, because of his hatred of God, according to prosecutors.

Obama to Return to Limelight Next Month, Alongside Candidate Merkel in Germany
President Obama looks set to return to global headlines in late May, four months after leaving the White House, when he takes part in a discussion on democracy alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a religious festival in Berlin.

Biographer Claims Barack Obama Called America ‘Racist Society’ in Unpublished Manuscript
A biographer who is writing a book about former President Barack Obama claims that Obama once called America “a racist society” in an unpublished manuscript from his law school days.


Why is the Dept. of Education Promoting Islam to School Kids?

By Clarion Project

The U.S. Department of Education has proselytized in our public schools on behalf Islam for many years through its “Access Islam” program. Federally funded, it is directed at children in grades 5 through 12. The Christian Action Network recently demanded that President Trump’s recently confirmed Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, terminate the program.

According to an article at Breitbart, a predecessor program began during the Bush administration in 2005. It “simply taught students about the traditions, culture, and holidays of Islam. Then, it became greatly expanded under the Obama administration. It has continued to develop, and now has had a greater, broader outreach.”

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Why We Celebrate This Weekend

The Insanity of the Left’s Child Gender-Confusion Agenda

“This is science with an agenda,” reminds Ben Shapiro in a piece over at CNSNews:

On Sunday, The New York Times ran a piece by Jack Turban, a research fellow at the Yale School of Medicine. Turban says that doctors should begin applying puberty blockers to children who identify as transgender as early as possible. That’s because, according to him, “it has become clear that if we support these children in their transgender identities instead of trying to change them, they thrive instead of struggling with anxiety and depression.”

Turban uses as his example one 14-year-old girl named Hannah who was born a boy named Jonah. Turban glows: “Hannah is using a puberty-blocking implant and getting ready to embark on the path of developing a female body by starting estrogen. Ten years ago most doctors would have called this malpractice. New data has now made it the protocol for thousands of American children.”

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10 Signs of a Cultic Church

Cross Examined has a piece by Brian Chilton who asks: “How does one know that a church has the characteristics of a cultic church?” Good question. According to Chilton, there is a difference between a cult and a cultic church and he gives some signs of cultic churches. So we want you to know what […]

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Top Headlines – April 15-16, 2017

Pope presides over solemn Easter Vigil amid security fears

‘I forgive you’: Widow of guard who died protecting Coptic Pope in Egypt’s Palm Sunday bombings addresses his killer

Worshippers spread ‘Holy Fire’ in Church of Holy Sepulchre

Trump-Abbas White House summit said set for May 3 preceded by a preparatory PA delegation on April 23

PLO official: Settlers now inhabit the White House

Hamas leader hints prisoner exchange deal in the works

IDF Special Forces arrested by Palestinian police in Nablus

Syria’s Assad is an ‘arch-terrorist,’ British FM says

Car bomb kills scores of Syrians evacuating town after two years of siege

Iraq: ISIS launches chlorine gas attacks in western Mosul

3,000 migrants said rescued off Libya coast Saturday

Some Turks fear the rise of a dictatorship as a referendum nears to greatly expand Erdogan’s powers

What changes under Turkey’s new constitution plan?

Turkey detains five IS suspects ‘planning polling day attack’

AP Interview: Iran’s Ahmadinejad sees no threat from US

Rouhani: Iran does not need ‘permission to build missiles’

Afghan official: Massive US bomb death toll rises to 94

North Korea’s display of new missiles is worrying, analysts say

North Korea ‘ready for nuclear attack’ amid show of force

N. Korea didn’t test a nuclear weapon, but it did try to launch another missile

North Korea ‘makes unsuccessful missile launch’ day after massive show of strength

North Korea missile test: Latest launch ‘blew up almost immediately’

Chinese Media Almost Sets Off Military Action With Erroneous North Korea Headline

US said preparing strike to ‘utterly destroy’ N. Korean nuclear program

Military Strikes Cause Boom In Underground Bunker Business

New protests set in troubled Venezuela

Hungarians Press on With Protests as Orban Takes Aim at Soros

Obama to Return to Limelight Next Month, Alongside Candidate Merkel in Germany

Biographer Claims Barack Obama Called America ‘Racist Society’ in Unpublished Manuscript

21 arrested as hundreds of Trump supporters and counter-protesters clash at Berkeley rally

Maxine Waters rallies Tax March crowd for Trump’s impeachment

NASA releases new satellite images of the Earth at night – Israel lives up to its moniker as a ‘light unto the nations’

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimanuit, Philippines

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

Sri Lanka rubbish dump landslide death toll rises to 19

Tropical Cyclone Maarutha Expected to Strengthen and Threaten Myanmar Into Early Week

Iran floods kill at least 30

Lettuce Prices On The Rise As California’s Wet Winter Prevents Planting

Italian Emma Morano, last known survivor of 19th century, dies at 117

Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke slams modern screen violence

Dove includes transgender mom in ad about #RealMoms

Survivor Contestant Who Outed Tribemate Zeke Smith as Transgender Fired From Job

Balfour declaration still creating division

US defense secretary expected in Israel next week to ‘re-affirm military alliances’

EU adopts anti-BDS stance in official commercial policy

Record-breaking number of tourists enter Israel in Q1 2017

Egypt’s shaken Copts mark Good Friday after double bombing

Haaretz columnist stands by claim religious Zionists worse than Hezbollah

Report: Hezbollah evacuating positions near Israel’s Golan Heights

Defected Syrian general: Assad retains hundreds of tons of chemical weapons

Punish Syrian regime harder for chemical attack, say Boris Johnson

Islamic State mufti killed in Mosul air strike, Iraqi forces say

Syrian deal to evacuate tens of thousands of people begins

In Syria, residents board buses in tears as starvation siege comes to an end

Russia Says Evidence Growing Syria Chemical Attack Was Staged

Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US

Ex-Obama officials say hesitation to use force in Syria, elsewhere, emboldened adversaries

While the U.S. wasn’t looking, Russia and Iran began carving out a bigger role in Afghanistan

The bombing of Afghanistan shows the US is led by a one-man wild card

Turkey’s Erdogan says emergency rule could be extended upon expiry

UN chief warns that Libya risks a return to wide conflict

US Conducts Successful Field Test Of New Nuclear Bomb

Rogue states like Iran face tougher action as US says nuclear attack by North Korea ‘closer than ever’

North Korea puts on a show for Day of the Sun

North Korea shows off new missiles in huge military parade, but doesn’t test nuke

North Korean Official: Situation in a ‘Vicious Cycle’

NKorea ‘will go to war’ if US provokes

Panetta: Trump Is Risking Nuclear War With North Korea

Vice President Pence heads to Seoul as North Korea tensions flare

Japan says it must remain on alert over N. Korea

Air China cancels some Beijing-Pyongyang flights

China says North Korea tension has to be stopped from reaching “irreversible” stage

Chinese foreign minister: No winners if Korea war breaks out

U.S. Oil Assets Could Fall Into Russian Hands If Venezuela Defaults

5 dead in Venezuela protests as movement gains steam

Texas getting first immigrant center built under Trump

Berkeley fears repeat of violence at planned pro-Trump rally

Battle intensifies between Trump’s CIA, WikiLeaks

Tucker Carlson: MS-13 Street Gang ‘Is a Far Greater Threat to Your Life Than ISIS’

U.S. Insurers Sue Saudis For $4.2 Billion Over 9/11

Soros Sued by Fellow Billionaire in $10 Billion Mine Brawl

Feds Collect Record Income and Payroll Taxes Through March – Still Run $526,855,000,000 Deficit

Tax Day protests: Anti-Trump marches planned nationwide to demand tax returns

Children as young as 13 being treated for addiction to mobile phones

Touchscreen use by toddlers linked to poor sleep patterns

Apple Secures Permit to Test Autonomous Vehicles in California

Facebook knocks down massive spammer network

NSA’s powerful Windows hacking tools leaked online

Getting ready: Pentagon to protect electric grid from massive attack

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Calama, Chile

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 28,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

The Great Japan Potato-Chip Crisis: Panic Buying, $12 Bags

10 infants in California neonatal intensive care unit test positive for antibiotic resistant superbug

Justice Department drops North Carolina LGBT rights lawsuit

1,100 strangers showed up at his home for sex. He blames Grindr revenge scheme.

Alleged ‘sadistic hazing rituals’ lead to 13 arrests of male student athletes in small Texas town

Homeless Man Allegedly Robbed Queens Churches to ‘Get Back at God,’ Prosecutors Say

Catholic college in Kansas wipes ‘yoga’ from names of classes – it’s a Hindu thing

Extreme religious acts mark Good Friday in the Philippines – Tourists watch crucifixions, worshipers whipping themselves to a bloody state

Christians most persecuted group in the world as vicious attacks grow

America Concerned That North Korea Missiles Could Soon Strike Inland

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:48 AM PDT

North Korea made an unsuccessful attempt to launch a missile the day after displaying a massive show of strength, South Korean and US military sources…

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North Korea Missile Launch May Have Been Thwarted By US Cyber‑Attack

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:44 AM PDT

A missile test by North Korea that failed seconds after launch may have been sabotaged by a US cyber-attack, a former foreign secretary has said….

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When your darkest hour becomes your finest hour!

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:40 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) Discover how many times in our walk with God the Lord allows us to walk through Dark times to Prepare us for…

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University students vote to make American flag optional

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 05:52 PM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) Students at the University of California, Davis proved you don’t need a Bic lighter to desecrate Old Glory — you just…

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Unrest Breaks Out Resulting In 13 Arrested at Pro-Trump / Anti-Trump Demonstrations

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 05:46 PM PDT

Police say 13 people have been arrested as pro and anti-Trump demonstrators clashed in Berkeley Saturday. Two simultaneous demonstrations were planned for Civic Center Park….

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North Korean Ballistic Missile Launch Fails ….. Now What?

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 05:38 PM PDT

North Korea has attempted to fire a missile it introduced just hours ago at a military parade – but the launch was an embarrassing failure…

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Copies of the Quran found in toilet at University of Texas at Dallas

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 12:31 PM PDT

Police are searching for the person responsible for dumping copies of the Quran in campus toilets at the University of Texas at Dallas. A student…

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Trump’s Approval Wasn’t Needed To Drop MOAB!

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 12:24 PM PDT

The decision to drop the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat was made by the top U.S. commander on the ground, officials told Fox…

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Australian Christians Warned Not to Wear Christian Symbols in Sydney or Risk Being Attacked.

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 12:18 PM PDT

Australian Christians have been warned not to wear overtly Christian symbols through Muslim areas in Sydney or risk being attacked. Last week, a 30-year-old Greek…

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Top Candy Makers Scrub ‘Easter’ From Packaging

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 12:12 PM PDT

Grocery store aisles are lined with chocolate candy bunnies, jelly beans, and marshmallow Peeps, but one thing is missing–the word “Easter.” Hershey’s, M&M’s, Lindor, Russell…

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Was Herod’s Palace Discovered? – Site of Jesus’ Sentencing

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 12:05 PM PDT

These are busy days in Jerusalem, as the city marks both Pesach (Passover) and Holy Week, leading up to Easter. Inside the Old City walls,…

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Houston City Council Bans Homeless Encampments on Public Property and Panhandling

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 11:55 AM PDT

City council members in Houston, Texas have passed an ordinance that bans homeless people from erecting temporary shelters and tents on public property or panhandling…

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Drop of your blood may predict how long you’ll live

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 11:44 AM PDT

Blood has many roles in the metaphorical life of the human body. It’s the organ of kinship (“blood ties”), the seat of emotion (“blood lust”)…

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World’s oldest person dies at 117… Last known survivor of 19th century…

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 11:38 AM PDT

Emma Morano, an Italian woman believed to have been the oldest person alive and the last survivor of the 19th century, died Saturday at the…

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad Fears No Threat from US – Says Iran Cannot Be Harmed

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 11:34 AM PDT

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday he does not view recent U.S. missile strikes on ally Syria as a message for Iran, which he…

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Underground Bunker Business Exploding From Fears of War

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 11:28 AM PDT

The Trump administration’s increased military strikes might cause fear for some people. But for one North Texas man, it means big bucks. Nora Holloway of…

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Christian Couple Who Refused to Teach Easter Bunny Is Real Loses Foster Children

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 11:24 AM PDT

A Christian couple in Canada has filed a lawsuit against Hamilton Children’s Aid Society for removing two foster children from their home because they refused…

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North Korea Reveals New Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 11:14 AM PDT

North Korea put its adversaries on notice Saturday, when it showed off a bevy of new missiles and launchers at its annual military parade. Pyongyang…

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Rogue states like Iran face tougher action as US says nuclear attack by North Korea ‘closer than ever’

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 11:08 AM PDT

Rogue states such as Iran face tougher military action from America under Donald Trump, the director of the CIA has warned, as he said the…

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Why Kim Jong Un Is Not Backing Down!

Posted: 15 Apr 2017 11:04 AM PDT

As millions of North Koreans celebrate the Day of the Sun today, marking the birth of their cruel dynasty’s founding dictator, Kim Il-sung, his grandson’s…

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Trump Admin Preparing to Strike North Korea if Nuclear Test Occurs

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 07:23 PM PDT

An NBC News report citing “military sources” claims Donald Trump and senior military officials are prepared to launch a preemptive conventional strike against North Korea…

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This 9-Year-Old Boy’s Vision Will Send Chills Up Your Spine!

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 06:52 PM PDT

Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall…

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The Return Of Ahmadinejad Could Trigger Deeper Middle East Conflict

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 05:50 PM PDT

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is looking to regain power in the May 2017 election and should he win, bring the Muslim nation into even…

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Is the U.S. On The Verge Of Making An Extremely Costly Mistake?

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 05:38 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) All day long I have just felt sick.  Right at this moment, we are closer to war with North Korea than…

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North Carolina Lawmakers Seek to Ban Gay Marriage

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 05:26 PM PDT

Three Republican lawmakers in North Carolina are now looking to ban same-sex marriage in the state with a bill called the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act,”…

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USS Stethem conducting operations in S. China Sea

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 05:20 PM PDT

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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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