April 17, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Russian state television has no doubt who is unpredictable enough to bring the world to war in the North Korean crisis, and it’s not the reclusive communist dictator Kim Jong-Un. According to Dmitry Kiselyov, the Kremlin’s top TV mouthpiece, the riskiest is Donald Trump, the man Russian officials and propagandists hailed just a few weeks ago as just the kind of leader the world needed.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch didn’t have much time to get up to speed on his new job. Only a week after being sworn in, Gorsuch will take the bench for the first time Monday, filling the space next to Justice Sonia Sotomayor and hearing arguments in three cases, with another four scheduled to follow later in the week. They include a clash Tuesday over the power of the Securities and Exchange Commission to recoup illegal profits and arguments Wednesday in a closely watched church-state dispute.

President Donald Trump explained the decision to not label China a currency manipulator, which reversed a promise he made during the election campaign, as a function of receiving Beijing’s help in reining in North Korea.

The U.S. Homeland Security secretary defended plans to hire thousands of additional immigration and border-control agents, saying the Trump administration’s lower bar on criminal behavior by undocumented immigrants merits a larger force.

A U.S. airstrike with the military’s largest non-nuclear bomb killed at least 36 militants in an attack on Islamic State positions in Afghanistan while also triggering a rift among some of the country’s current and former officials.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused the U.S. of concocting reports of a gas attack on a rebel-held village last week to justify military strikes against his forces. In his first public comments on the April 6 U.S. missile attacks, Assad told the Agence France-Presse news agency in Damascus that neither his troops, nor his government’s “firepower” has been affected.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is ordering a study of the U.S. electric grid, with an eye to examining whether policies that favor wind and solar energy are accelerating the retirement of coal and nuclear plants critical to ensuring steady, reliable power supplies.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw an elaborate military parade in the center of Pyongyang as the world watched for any provocations that risk sparking a conflict with the U.S.

The White House will no longer disclose logs of visitors to the 18-acre complex where President Donald Trump lives and works, Trump administration officials said Friday.

Vice President Pence encouraged China to take action against N. Korea while he met with troops a day after Kim Jong Un’s regime defied the Trump administration with a ballistic missile test.

AP Top Stories

Dubbed the Small Business Tax Equity Act, Curbelo’s bill, Rep. Carlos Curbelo is a two-term Republican from a South Florida district, would let legal pot dealers take advantage of the same tax deductions and credits as any other business, a move that industry experts say would slash the effective tax rates for weed dispensaries in half.

Just as Vice President Mike Pence took off for South Korea late Saturday, Kim Jong Un’s regime in neighboring North Korea test-fired a new missile. The launch, however, was a failure and the missile “blew up almost immediately,” according to the U.S. military.

The Italian coastguard and other boats rescued some 3,000 migrants from unseaworthy boats off the Libyan coast on Saturday, as the good weather pushes the numbers up. In all 35 rescue operations were launched during the day, with 15 of them still underway as night fell.

A study on AI biases reveals that not only does training an artificial brain create biases, but those leanings reinforce many societal issues regarding race and gender that plague humanity today.

A stalled population transfer resumed Saturday after a deadly explosion killed at least 100, including children, government supporters and opposition fighters, at an evacuation point – adding new urgency to the widely criticized operation.

Lawyers for the state of Arkansas fought on multiple legal fronts Monday to begin a series of double executions before a key sedative used in lethal injections expires at the end of the month.

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser met Afghan officials in Kabul on Sunday and said the new administration was weighing diplomatic, military and economic responses to its Taliban and Islamic State enemies in Afghanistan.

A Guatemalan man and two of his former co-workers have filed a federal lawsuit against a Tennessee landscaping company, accusing the firm of trafficking immigrants for forced labor.

BBC

More than 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails have begun a mass hunger strike against detention conditions.

A huge range of security weaknesses, said to be worth more than $2m if sold on the black market, have been leaked online by a hacking group. The tools are said to have been created by the US National Security Agency.

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 sa.

The world’s oldest person has died in Italy at the age of 117, reports said. Emma Morano was born on 29 November 1899 in the Piedmont region of Italy. She was officially the last person born in the 1800s still living.

WND

A new report shows that the number of illegal immigrants caught crossing the border has dropped by a stunning 93 percent since December.

Stress at work is leading some teachers to become increasingly reliant on caffeine, alcohol and prescription drugs, while a number have seen relationships breakdown, it has been suggested.


The Briefing 04-17-17

The fragility of liberty: Turkey referendum centralizes autocratic rule of President Erdogan

Paranoia on parade: North Korea’s militaristic personality cult and the danger it poses to the world

In apparent moral surrender, Canada’s Trudeau proposes bill to legalize recreational marijuana

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Top News – 4/17/2017

EU rebellion as members create ALLIANCE OF FORCE to STOP Brussels punishing UK
The three nations are reportedly due to discuss how they can ensure the upcoming Brexit talks progress smoothly and how to avoid the EU divorce payment causing delays to any future trade deal between the bloc and the UK.

‘Our military is BUILDING’ Trump says he has ‘NO CHOICE’ but to build up army in WW3 hint
Following North Korea’s failed missile launch over the weekend Mr Trump took to Twitter and hinted that the US is readying themselves for a possible strike against Kim Jong-un. He tweeted: “Our military is building and is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before. Frankly we have no choice.”

Despite Assad Denial, Top Expert Claims Syria Retains “Hundreds of Tons of Chemical Weapons”
“They [the regime] admitted only to 1,300 tons, but we knew in reality they had nearly double that,” said former Syrian Brigadier General Zaher al-Sakat to The Telegraph on Friday. “They had at least 2,000 tons. At least.”

Chicago Rings In Easter With 34 People Shot
Twenty-three were shot during just a seven hour period between Saturday night and early Sunday morning, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

PA Politician: There Are Settlers in the White House
Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, said on Saturday night that the White House is now dominated by right-wing pro-Israelis. It should be noted that she intended this to be a negative comment on the new administration

North Korean missile launch possibly sabotaged
Missile launches have failed before – and not just in North Korea. But worth noting are the comments by US officials before and after the North Korean missile detonated: “We had good intelligence before the launch and good intelligence after the launch,” was one. The US Pacific Command said it had detected and tracked what it assessed to be a North Korean ballistic missile launch. Another US official remarked: “It’s a failed test. It followed another failed test. We don’t need to expend any resources against that.”

Unprecedented Verbal Attack between Palestinian Authority, Hamas
An unprecedented verbal attack has broken out between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas on the eve of a planned meeting between the two sides in Gaza in order to put an end to the Palestinian division.

Erdogan claims victory in vote on expanded presidential power
Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed to have won a major victory in the referendum to grant the presidency greater powers Sunday. With 98% of the ballots counted, 51.3% of voters voted “Yes” to the reform, compared to 48.7% who voted “no.”

Islamists, Neo-Nazis on videogame service discuss killing Jews
Steam videogame platform rife with anti-Semites discussing what it would be like to kill Jews, watchdog finds.

Migrant boats: Thousands saved off Libyan coast over Easter
Thousands of migrants have been saved from the sea near Libya during one of the busiest weekends of the year for rescue workers. More than 2,000 people were rescued on Friday and 3,000 on Saturday in dozens of separate rescues, the Italian Coast Guard said. But at least seven people drowned as aid workers struggled to rescue more than 1,500 migrants in one operation.

Pence: US era of strategic patience with North Korea over
US Vice-President Mike Pence has said his country’s “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over. Mr Pence first made the remarks at the demilitarised zone (DMZ), the area dividing the two Koreas, during a visit to South Korea to reaffirm ties. His visit comes amid escalated tensions on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both North Korea and the US.

Palestinians in Israeli jails hold mass hunger strike
Hundreds of Palestinians held in Israeli jails are beginning a mass hunger strike in protest against their conditions. The action is being led by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader jailed by Israel for life for five murders. Barghouti, a key figure in Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction, has been touted as a possible future successor to Mr Abbas.

Syria war: ‘At least 68 children among 126 killed’ in bus bombing
At least 68 children were among 126 people killed in Saturday’s bomb attack on buses carrying evacuees from besieged Syrian towns, activists say. A vehicle filled with explosives hit the convoy near Aleppo. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said at least 109 evacuees from government-held towns were killed, along with aid workers and rebel soldiers.

After U.S. Talks With Afghanistan, Hints at a Harder Line on Pakistan
Talks between the United States and Afghanistan wrapped up here on Sunday, as the Trump administration reviews its options in the 15-year American presence in Afghanistan in the face of a resurgent Taliban. Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security adviser, met with Afghan leaders, including President Ashraf Ghani, in talks that came days after the United States dropped a huge bomb on a honeycomb of Islamic State caves in eastern Afghanistan.

Google Hire could allow employers to see your entire search history
IN THIS day and age, every boss is going to quickly Google a prospective employee before asking them to come in for an interview. But now the technology giant is working on project called Google Hire, which The Sun reports will help employers learn perhaps a little bit too much about their new recruits. It will reportedly be a recruitment tool similar to LinkedIn — however, early reports suggest it will be available through your personal Google account.

Russia says plans a meeting with U.S. and U.N. on Syria in Geneva: agencies
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Monday that diplomats from Russia, the United States and the United Nations plan to discuss the Syrian crisis in Geneva next week, Russian news agencies quoted him as saying. Bogdanov also said Moscow was still waiting for confirmation from Washington that the meeting would take place.

Turkey Votes To Expand President’s Powers; Critics Cry Fraud
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a historic referendum Sunday that will greatly expand the powers of his office, although opposition parties questioned the outcome and said they would challenge the results.

French presidential hopefuls battle for votes with a week to go
A week before France’s presidential election, the four top candidates began a final push Sunday to woo undecided voters who will determine the outcome of a tight race between the hard left, centre, right and far right.

“Easter Day Slaughter”: Manhunt For Active Cleveland Shooter Who Killed Man Live On Facebook, Reportedly Murdered 15
The Cleveland Police is looking for an active shooter, identified as 37-year-old Steve Stephens, who has broadcast a murder live on Facebook. He has claimed to have killed other people and says he is looking for more victims.

Arkansas judge joined death-penalty protests on same day he blocked executions
An Arkansas judge attended two death-penalty protests on the same day that he issued an order blocking the state’s multiple executions, at one point allowing himself to be strapped to a cot in a simulation of an inmate slated to die by lethal injection.

Paul Craig Roberts: “It Has Become Embarrassing To Be An American”
“Washington is a collection of morons, people stupid below the meaning of stupid. People so far outside of reality that they imagine that their hubris and arrogance elevates them above reality. When the first Satan 2 hits Washington, the greatest collection of morons in the world will cease to exist.”

USDJPY, Yields Slide, Gold Spikes As Markets Finally Respond To Latest Set Of Economic, Geopolitical Shocks
It’s Sunday night, and traders – stuck until now in three-day holiday weekend purgatory – are desperate to catch up, or rather down to, the Dollar and 10Y yields, while sending gold and the Japanese yen shooting higher once again.

US successfully performs zero-yield nuclear test
Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories claim to have successfully tested an upgraded version of the B61-12 nuclear bomb. The US has been working on the B61-12 for several years, and government officials say the latest tests are vital to refurbishing efforts.


Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 17, 2017

Trump Removes the Handcuffs

The MOAB bomb drop in Afghanistan demonstrates his commitment to winning wars and proves to warn enemies.

The Foundation

“War, like most other things, is a science to be acquired and perfected by diligence, by perserverance, by time, and by practice.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787)


Entire Faculty Senate Resigns After LGBT Activist Professor Denied Promotion

Gordon College, a private evangelical Christian college in Massachusetts, made the news when the entire faculty senate resigned in a “show of solidarity” for a professor who says the administration denied her a promotion because of her criticisms about the school’s policy on homosexuality. Gordon’s student newspaper The Tartan has the story:

All seven faculty members of Gordon College’s Faculty Senate resigned from senatorship on Wednesday, citing ongoing disagreement with the administration over shared governance, specifically in the processes of approving faculty promotion.

Professor Ivy George, the Senate chair prior to the resignations, read a letter outlining the decision at an all-faculty meeting. Also resigning were fellow professors Tim Sherratt, Bruce Herman, Bryan Auday, Irv Levy, Steve Hunt and Jonathan Senning.

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Trump’s Drastically Increased References To God Has Politico Asking If The President Has ‘Found Religion’

President Donald Trump has increasingly infused references to God into his prepared remarks — calling on God to bless all the world after launching strikes in Syria, asking God to bless the newest Supreme Court justice, invoking the Lord to argue in favor of a war on opioids.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” Psalm 33:12 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: NTEB has maintained for over a year now that the hand of God was and is on Donald Trump, and is the force behind his amazing election victory win. So it comes to us as no surprise that as time ticks on, the president’s God awareness level seems to be rising. Please continue to pray for his salvation, and that of his entire family, as Bible prophecy continues unfold and long ago prophesied events look like they are about to take place. 

He’s also taken other steps to further cultivate a Christian right that helped elect him, granting new levels of access to Christian media and pushing socially conservative positions that don’t appear to come naturally to him.

One of the first interviews Trump sat for as president was with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody. “I’ve always felt the need to pray,” Trump said in that late-January interview. “The office is so powerful that you need God even more because your decisions are no longer, ‘Gee I’m going to build a building in New York.’ … These are questions of massive, life-and-death.”

“I’ve always felt the need to pray,” Trump said in that late-January interview. “The office is so powerful that you need God even more because your decisions are no longer, ‘Gee I’m going to build a building in New York.’ … These are questions of massive, life-and-death.”

President Trump Relying On God Now More Than Ever:

“There’s almost not a decision that you make when you’re sitting in this position that isn’t a really life-altering position,” Trump added. “So God comes into it even more so.”

Language like that has the Christian conservatives who helped lift Trump to the White House nodding their heads in approval.

“I believe the weight of the office that he now holds and the burden of responsibility that it carries is humbling him somewhat and causing him to acknowledge and admit his reliance on God,” said Darrell Scott, an Ohio pastor who has known Trump for six years and supported Trump’s campaign and served on his transition team. Scott was last at the White House in February for a meeting Trump held to mark Black History Month.

Melania and Donald Trump’s Biggest Prayer Request:

But others who have long followed Trump — a businessman who was known more as a playboy than a practitioner of faith — are skeptical that the president has found religion in the Oval Office.

“Donald has never been a spiritually or religiously serious person,” said Timothy O’Brien, author of the Trump biography “TrumpNation: The Art of Being Donald.”

Gwenda Blair, author of “The Trumps: Three Generations of Builders and a President,” said: “He’s a transactional guy with humans, and it’s no different with God — it’s all about whatever is to his advantage with regard to his supporters, and referencing God is exactly and only that.”

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There’s also the question of Trump’s church attendance as president. On the morning of his inauguration, Trump and his family attended a service at St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House and then participated in an interfaith prayer service that Saturday at the National Cathedral. He also appeared at the National Prayer Breakfast in early February.

On Sunday, Trump went to Easter services at the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church in Florida, where he and his wife, Melania, were married in 2015.

But there’s no public knowledge of any other church services Trump has attended, and if he has, it has been without the knowledge of White House pool reporters.

The White House did not respond to questions about whether Trump has been attending church as president.

Trump’s frequent invocations of God in his remarks as of late are a change from both his past life as a businessman and his time on the campaign trail. Generally, candidate Trump did not reference God during his rallies and mostly talked about religion only when asked during interviews and during a handful of speeches at faith-based events. source



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Top Headlines – 4/17/2017

Mass evacuation in Syria postponed after blast kills 80 kids

Iran is trying to provoke a Russia-US hot war in Syria

Pope decries ‘vile’ attack on Syrians in Easter address

Pope Francis goes off-script at Easter Mass, addressing world conflict

Egypt arrests 13 on suspicion of planning terror attacks

Russia appears to deploy forces in Egypt, eyes on Libya role

High Court upholds ban on Israeli tourists in Sinai

700 Palestinian security prisoners announce hunger strike

Azerbaijan wants pan-Arab summit with Israel, envoy says

‘Israel must be ready for confrontation with Hamas this summer’

Turkey referendum grants President Erdogan sweeping new powers

Turkey’s Erdogan hails ‘historic’ referendum win as opposition claims fraud

Turkish opposition questions legitimacy of vote after electoral board move

Istanbul residents bang pots and pans in protest at vote outcome

Erdogan Follows Slim Referendum Win With Warnings to Opponents

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Narrow Win Could End Up Undermining Him

Erdogan’s Referendum Victory Puts Turkey on Collision Course With Europe

EU urges Turkey to seek ‘national consensus’ after vote

Gay Porn Kingpin: Protect America From Muslim ‘Barbarians’

US successfully performs zero-yield nuclear test

Pence: North Korea’s latest ‘provocation’ shows the dangers US and South Korean armies face

Trump: China, US working on ‘North Korea problem’

Ex-British foreign minister thinks US hacked North Korea missile

McFarland ‘no comment’ on reports US sabotaged North Korea missile launch, calls launch a ‘fizzle’

China, Russia send ships after U.S. aircraft carrier

Hawaii panel asks state to prepare for North Korea attack

Border wall could leave some Americans on ‘Mexican side’

Sessions on Sanctuary City Leaders: ‘We’re Going to Battle Them Every Step of the Way’

Republicans and Democrats now see Trump as part of Washington ‘establishment’

Protests sweeping South America show rising antigovernment anger

Arkansas judge joined death-penalty protests on same day he blocked executions

‘Easter day slaughter’: Cleveland cops searching for alleged killer who broadcast murder on Facebook

Cleveland Murder Highlights Perils of Live Video for Facebook

Snapchat’s ratings plunge after its CEO allegedly says it’s ‘only for rich people’

Hacker documents show NSA tools for breaching global money transfer system

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits in the South Indian Ocean

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits South of the Fiji Islands

Ruiz volano in Colombia erupts to 23,000ft

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

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 17,500ft

Poas volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 11,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Ranking the 10 Most Dangerous Volcanoes, From Vesuvius to Santa Maria

India bakes as flooding rains target Myanmar

Top military commanders say they can’t keep up with the amount of drugs flowing into the US

Nevada Approved Syringe Vending Machines to Combat the Heroin Crisis

Stanford lab grows cornea cells for transplant

Sweden: Court Rules Nurse Must Assist with Abortions to Keep Her Job

Keith Giles – Four Reasons Why God Doesn’t Owe Any Land To Israel

Gary DeMar – Not Every Bad Thing Happening Today is Related to Bible Prophecy

Former Calvary Chapel Pastor Michael Newnham aka Phoenix Preacher Joins Anglican Church

Pope Says Our Hope Lies With Mary & Mother Church, Not Jesus

Ten Signs of a Cultic Church

Kong Hee still living in Sentosa Cove penthouse

Evangelical College’s Entire Faculty Senate Resigns After LGBT Activist Professor Denied Promotion

Virginia Woman Accused of Self-Aborting Baby, Burying Dead Infant in Back Yard

University of Wisconsin-Madison offers free tampons in men’s bathrooms

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 06:36 AM PDT

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is rolling out a new pilot program to provide free menstrual products in several of its campus bathrooms — including some…

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Trump Says ‘We have no choice’ -Justifies US strikes, Military buildup & posturing

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 06:28 AM PDT

The US has “no choice” but to continue boosting its military power, Donald Trump has said, after Washington’s war machine showcased its latest weapons over…

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North Korea Conflict Compared To “Cuban Missile Crisis”

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 06:22 AM PDT

All the elements of the North Korean nuclear crisis — the relentless drive by Kim Jong-un to assemble an arsenal, the propaganda and deception swirling…

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North Korea unveils elite troops trained to defend him if Trump attempts to ‘remove’ him from power

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 06:18 AM PDT

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un unveiled his deadly Special Forces unit for the first time this weekend in an apparent show of force against…

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Two Chicago Men Charged With Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 06:11 AM PDT

Two men from the Chicago area have been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to the barbaric Islamic group ISIS after they unknowingly assisted…

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Pence delivers strong warning to North Korea

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 06:06 AM PDT

Vice President Pence warned North Korea Monday the “era of strategic patience is over,” expressing impatience with the speed and willingness of the regime to…

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Manhunt For Facebook Shooter Intensifies

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 06:00 AM PDT

Cleveland police received hundreds of tips Sunday, speculating on the possible whereabouts of the suspect accused of shooting and killing 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. and…

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Japan strongly urges North Korea to refrain from further provocative actions

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:55 PM PDT

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday urged North Korea to refrain from taking further provocative actions, comply with U.N. resolutions and abandon its nuclear…

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DEVELOPING: Over 110 Fires Continue to Spread in Florida

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:43 PM PDT

Forest fires have continued to keep firefighters busy in Florida on Sunday. There are still 110 active fires covering 20,285 acres, according to the Florida…

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80,000 Gather at Western Wall to Receive Priestly Blessing During Passover

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:36 PM PDT

In a powerful display of the glory that once was the Jewish Temple, tens of thousands of worshipers gathered at the Kotel (Western Wall) in…

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Will Nuclear Deterrent Keep North Korea EMP Threat At Bay?

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:30 PM PDT

WND has been reporting on the threat to America from EMP, the electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear explosion high in the sky, since early in…

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South Korea and US Hold Joint Military Exercise

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:19 PM PDT

Around 1,000 U.S. airmen and fighter jets have teamed up with South Korea’s Air Force in a joint combat training to ensure their readiness against…

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Defected General claims Assad obtains hundreds of tons of chemical weapons

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:11 PM PDT

Syrian President Bashar Assad still possesses hundreds of tons of chemical agents which he hid from the international community, a former Syrian general who specialized…

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U.S. Army exploring ‘devastating’ new weapon

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:04 PM PDT

Were the United States to go to war with Russia, both sides could draw on deadly weapons that the world has never seen on a…

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Mysterious fish kill in Tennessee lake raises neighborhoods concern

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 05:49 PM PDT

A mysterious fish kill in one community lake is raising questions and leaving many residents concerned. Hundreds of dead fish swamped the shores of one…

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At Least 40 Dead After Deadly Flooding In Iran

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 05:43 PM PDT

At least 40 people were killed and at least 5 are missing as torrential rains caused intense flooding and landslides in northwestern Iran, according to…

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Army of self-charging robots sort 200,000 packages a Day in a Chinese warehouse

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 05:36 PM PDT

This army of tiny orange robots which can sort up to 200,000 packages every DAY in a Chinese warehouse are providing an alarming glimpse of…

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Has Trump found religion in the Oval Office?

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 05:30 PM PDT

President Donald Trump has increasingly infused references to God into his prepared remarks — calling on God to bless all the world after launching strikes…

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Thousands Gather on Lincoln Memorial to ‘Celebrate the Name of Jesus’

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 04:57 PM PDT

Thousands of believers gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday.  Captial Church in Leesburg, Va…

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Christians Celebrate Easter in Iraqi Church Damaged by ISIS

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 04:39 PM PDT

Hundreds of Iraqi Christians gathered on Sunday in a church damaged by Islamic State north of Mosul, celebrating Easter there for the first time since…

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Self-Driving Bus Capable of Speak Sign Language

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 04:28 PM PDT

It’s been 15 years since a degenerative eye disease forced Erich Manser to stop driving. Today, he commutes to his job as an accessibility consultant…

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Why Turkey May Be on Collision Course With Europe

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 04:18 PM PDT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in Sunday’s referendum could pave the way for pragmatic cooperation with the U.S. while setting him on a collision…

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DEVELOPING: Hawaii Preparing Plans for responding to North Korea Attack

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 04:11 PM PDT

Hawaii lawmakers want state officials to update plans for coping with a nuclear attack as North Korea develops nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that can…

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DEVELOPING: China and Russia send ships after U.S. aircraft carrier

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 04:07 PM PDT

China and Russia have dispatched intelligence-gathering vessels from their navies to chase the USS Carl Vinson nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which is heading toward waters near…

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Trump Warns North Korea Threats Cannot Continue!

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 01:14 PM PDT

The US and China are working on a response to the North Korean missile crisis, Donald Trump’s top security adviser has said. General HR McMaster…

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United States F-35 fighter jets arrive in Europe for the first time

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 12:48 PM PDT

A fleet of F-35 stealth fighter jets has arrived in Europe from the United States as part of a planned NATO exercise aimed at “deterring”…

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Major U.S. University Publishes ‘Communism for Kids’

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 12:44 PM PDT

“Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism. How could their dreams come true?” That’s how the promotion for a…

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FALLING AWAY: Denver Unveils “Church of Cannabis”

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 11:41 AM PDT

For 113 years, this corner church has been a pillar of its Denver neighborhood. But with new owners come new ideas: A group of Elevationists…

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Orthodox & Catholic Christians celebrate Easter on same day in “Rare Convergence”

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 11:25 AM PDT

Millions of Christians worldwide are celebrating the most important holiday of their faith, Easter Sunday, when they pay tribute to their belief in the resurrection…

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US army makes largest deployment of troops to Somalia since ‘Black Hawk Down’

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 11:20 AM PDT

The US army has deployed dozens of troops to Somalia to train forces fighting Al-Shabab Islamist militant group in the largest deployment of troops to…

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Muslim Man Seeking to Enforce Sharia Law in Minneapolis Neighborhood

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 11:15 AM PDT

Residents in a Minneapolis neighborhood are expressing concern about a Muslim man who is seeking to enforce the “civil part of sharia law” among Islamic residents. Abdullah…

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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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