April 18, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Apr. 18, 2017 |

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Vice President Mike Pence pressed South Korea and Japan for better trade terms even as he affirmed U.S. support for its Asian allies in dealing with North Korea.

Conservative activists and House Republican leaders want to eliminate a trillion-dollar tax break that mostly benefits wealthy filers in Democratic states, a push that could further imperil President Donald Trump’s hopes of winning bipartisan support for a tax overhaul.

French security authorities arrested two men in the southern city of Marseille for planning an attack during the presidential race, Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said.

Emirates has seen U.S. traffic slip following President Donald Trump’s efforts to ban travel from six Muslim-majority countries and restrict electronics on flights from Mideast airports.

Australia will tighten temporary skilled migration visas, scrapping the current 457 program used by almost 100,000 people, as the country’s labor market weakens and anti-immigration sentiment spreads among developed nations.

Ten minutes into his first argument as a justice, Justice Neil Gorsuch suggested that both sides in a case involving federal employees were misreading the key federal law. Gorsuch proved to be an aggressive questioner, one tightly focused on statutory wording and perhaps even willing to start what a fellow justice described as a “revolution” in a given area of law.

Oil dropped to the lowest in more than a week on signs U.S. output is rebounding, undermining OPEC’s efforts to clear a global glut.

Bank of America Corp. posted a 40 percent surge in first-quarter profit, fueled by stronger trading revenue, and added employees for the first time in more than five years as Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan expressed optimism about the U.S. economy.

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Russia warned Washington against launching a unilateral strike on North Korea, after US Vice President Mike Pence said the era of “strategic patience” with Pyongyang was over.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said the Trump administration’s timetable for tax reform is set to falter following setbacks in negotiations with Congress over healthcare. Mnuchin told the Financial Times that the target to get tax reforms through Congress and on President Donald Trump’s desk before August was “highly aggressive to not realistic at this point”.

The death toll from the collapse of a massive garbage mound near Sri Lanka’s capital rose to 26 on Sunday, and activists said 20 more people could still be buried underneath the debris.

Vice President Pence called N. Korea’s latest missile test a “provocation,” and Sen. John McCain noted even though it was a failure, the Pyongyang learns something new with every launch.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have now legalized medical marijuana. And eight states – including Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska – plus D.C. have passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana. West Virginia, which has passed a medical marijuana bill, is poised to legalize medical weed as early as this week. And with lawmakers in other states moving to put marijuana laws on the books, the legal weed movement is growing.

On his first trip as U.S defense secretary to parts of the Middle East and Africa, Jim Mattis will focus on the fight against Islamic State and articulating President Donald Trump’s policy toward Syria, officials and experts say.

Darknets – the often seamy counterparts of the internet that are accessible only through special programs that help to ensure privacy and anonymity – may be far more resilient to attack than the internet, a new study finds.

Violet Brown spent much of her life cutting sugarcane in the fields around her home in western Jamaica. She attended church regularly, avoids pork and chicken and celebrated her 117th birthday last month. On Saturday, she is believed to have become the world’s oldest living person following the death of Emma Morano of Italy, born Nov. 29, 1899.

Venezuela’s defense minister declared the army’s loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro, who ordered troops into the streets ahead of a major protest by opponents trying to oust him.

In a key moment for the Ukrainian crisis, the UN’s highest court will rule Wednesday on a bid by Kiev to stop Russia allegedly pumping money, arms and troops into the country’s war-torn east.

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Visitors to the Russian defense ministry website can now take a “virtual tour” of a new military base in a remote region of the Arctic. Such media openness contrasts markedly with Russia’s traditional military secrecy. However, the tour does not show any new military hardware.

The top court in Arkansas has halted two executions that were due to start a series of seven in 11 days. Their lawyers had argued they were mentally unfit to face execution and were denied proper assessment. But there was a victory for the state when a federal court lifted an order that blocked all seven executions.

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has criticized as “rude meddling” a joint communique by 11 Latin American countries calling on Venezuela’s government to “guarantee the right to peaceful protest”.

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The Internal Revenue Service, the much-feared federal agency, has been ordered by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to open its records to groups victimized by its obstruction of conservative political activist groups seeking tax-exempt status prior to the 2012 election.

A Muslim man entered a private gathering of Christians in a hotel ballroom in South Dakota, started cursing and livestreaming video on Facebook of the event and then, after he was ushered out, displayed multiple firearms and issued statements the speakers say were a direct threat to their safety.

A new Army Field Manual has been published that concedes the U.S. military dominance in cyberspace is “gradually eroding,” according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.


The Briefing 04-18-17

Glorifying abortion, Planned Parenthood to honor Hillary Clinton with “Champion of the Century” award

Will free speech survive on America’s college campuses? Latest trial at Wellesley and Pomona colleges

Don’t all jobs matter? The importance of work and dignity in the biblical worldview

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18 Apr 2017 – Top News

North Korea Is Refusing Communications With China.
This is an interesting development and not a good one. It seems North Korea will not accept China’s offer of a meeting. It sounds like Lil’ Kim is isolating his Country from his closest friend and supporter. China is becoming very troubled over this. I am very troubled over this, as it insinuates a turn for the worse in Kim’s mood and trust in his ally.

SPOTTED: Putin ‘moves military forces’ to North Korea border as world prepares for WAR
Russia has reportedly moved military vehicles towards the city, which is within striking distance of North Korea. The dramatic move, unconfirmed by the Russian government, was spotted by residents in the border city and posted on social media.

Earthquake ROCKS major cities across Pakistan
A HUGE earthquake struck cities across Pakistan in the early hours of Tuesday morning
Panicked residents came out of their homes and started reciting verses from the Quran, according to Dunya News, after the 5.5 magnitude quake struck just after 3am local time (22.03 GMT).

New CRISPR-based diagnostic platform unveiled
A team of scientists has adapted a CRISPR protein that targets RNA (rather than DNA) as a rapid, inexpensive, highly sensitive diagnostic tool with the potential for a transformative effect on research and global public health.

Trump to seek changes in visa program to encourage hiring Americans
Two senior Trump administration officials who briefed reporters at the White House said Trump will also use the “buy American and hire American” order to seek changes in government procurement practices to increase the purchase of American products in federal contracts. Trump is to sign the order when he visits the world headquarters of Snap-On Inc, a tool manufacturer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The Jewish pyramid of Adullam
Archeologist Dr. Orit Peleg-Barkat of Hebrew University is studying the pyramid and describes the structure’s size as rare and monumental. “The length of the base sides of the pyramid are 10 meters and the height is about 3 meters,” said Dr. Peleg-Barkat. “The pyramid was built near a Jewish settlement from the time of the Second Temple and there is a high probability that it is a Jewish cemetery.” While ancient peoples all over the world have built pyramids, what is the connection to Jews?

Fact Checking Obama’s Phony Legacy
These are not complicated lies, and not based in nuance. The Obama administration misled the American people, and Bashar Assad’s apparent recent sarin gas attack has made this impossible to ignore. Arguably, the Post is not willingly covering Obama’s tarnished legacy. Rather, it has been backed into a corner by world events.

US-led air strikes in Syria kill at least 20 civilians
A war monitor said air strikes, thought to be by planes from a US-led military coalition, killed at least 23 people in two parts of the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor on Monday. There was no immediate comment from the coalition which has said it tries to avoid civilian deaths in its bombing campaigns against Islamic State militants in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

Hamas blames Abbas for Gaza power plant shutdown
Hamas appealed to Ramallah on Monday to lift an onerous fuel tax which it said would force the Gaza power plant to shut down on Tuesday for the third day in a row. Lack of funds has left the Strip’s two million residents with only four to six hours of electricity per day, according to the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company.

North Korea ‘will test missiles weekly’, senior official tells BBC
North Korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the BBC in Pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the US. “We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol told the BBC’s John Sudworth. He said that an “all-out war” would result if the US took military action.

Australia to introduce stricter rules on working visas
Australia will introduce stricter visa requirements for skilled workers from overseas, the government said. The 457 visa programme is used mainly to hire foreign workers in the restaurant, IT and medical industries – the majority came from India, the UK and China. But PM Malcolm Turnbull said it will be abolished to prioritise the recruitment of Australian nationals.

May to seek snap election for 8 June
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June. She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum. Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.” There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday – she will need Parliament’s backing to hold a vote before 2020.

US Deploys Two More Aircraft Carriers Toward Korean Peninsula
According to a report by South Korea’s primary news outlet, Yonhap, the Pentagon has directed a total of three US aircraft carriers toward the Korean Peninsula, citing a South Korean government source. Yonhap reports that in addition to the CVN-70 Carl Vinson…the CVN-76 Ronald Reagan…and the CVN-68 Nimitz carrier group…will enter the Sea of Japan next week. According to the senior government official. the US and South Korea are discussing joint drills, which will include the three aircraft carriers and other ships.

Former FEC Chairwoman Calls for ‘Regulations’ of Political Speech on the Internet
The former Federal Election Commission chairwoman Ann M. Ravel says that political speech must be controlled on social media. She presented her remarks in a speech at UC Berkeley, calling for regulations against “fake news.” Speaking at an event called “Future of Democracy,” Ravel argued the proliferation of “fake news” and political advertising on platforms like Facebook influenced elections. She warned that the lack of disclosure by the creators of these campaigns was becoming a huge problem.

Pence reassures Japan of U.S. resolve on North Korea, to work with China
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reassured Japan of American commitment to reining in North Korea’s nuclear and missile ambitions on Tuesday, after warning that U.S. strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed the strength of its resolve. Pence arrived in Tokyo from South Korea, where he assured leaders of an “iron-clad” alliance with the United States in the face of the reclusive North, which has conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

Trump to seek changes in visa program to encourage hiring Americans
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs. Two senior Trump administration officials who briefed reporters at the White House said Trump will also use the “buy American and hire American” order to seek changes in government procurement practices to increase the purchase of American products in federal contracts.

Stockman: The Trump Reflation Fantasy Ends On Day 100
“In honor of the Donald’s “Mother of All Bomb” (MOAB) attack on the Hindu Kush mountains Thursday, let me introduce MOAD. I’m referring to the “Mother of All Debt” crises, of course… The opening round is coming when Washington goes into shutdown mode on April 28, which happens to be Day 100 of the Donald’s reign.”

North Korea will carry out ‘more missile tests’ on a weekly basis official tells BBC
A senior North Korean official has stated that his country will continue to test missiles in spite of worldwide condemnation. “We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told the BBC’s John Sudworth in Pyongyang.

Hawaii Lawmakers Push To Re-Open Fallout Shelters Amid Nuclear War Fears
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 reach the islands.

Despite What They Say, GM’s Inventory Build Is Anything But ‘Normal’
GM says its inventory glut isn’t a sign of the auto industry’s impending implosion but rather a modest build up ahead of planned factory shut downs and retooling efforts later this summer…these facts would seem to paint a slightly different picture.

North Korea accuses US of creating situation for nuclear war
North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador accused the United States on Monday of turning the Korean Peninsula into “the world’s biggest hotspot” and creating “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment.”

Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke slams modern screen violence
Dick Van Dyke, who is currently filming Mary Poppins Returns, which is scheduled for release next year, has warned of his fears over the effects of “scary” video games and films on young children.


Remember the Housing Bubble of 2008? Meet the Car Loan Bubble of 2017

04-17-2017 • https://www.lewrockwell.com

After nearly a decade of being able to borrow money for next to nothing, interest rates are finally beginning to creep higher. Even the relatively small increases seen so far have caused problems in the previously booming automobile industry. The size of the auto loan market has ballooned to a historic 1.1 trillion dollars, and subprime lending has once again become the norm. Teaser offers that allow people to get cars with zero money down and 84-month financing have fueled a wave of irresponsible spending. Americans’ tendency to associate success with having nice things has driven many people who can’t afford to buy a house to get the next best thing — a brand new car.

car loan bubbleCredit: WolfStreet.com

The data released so far in 2017, however, has started to raise questions about how much longer these spending habits can last. There has been a significant drop in new car sales and a sharp increase in the delinquency rates of subprime borrowers. Inventories across the country have started to build up, and if things don’t turn around soon, the excess cars sitting on lots will eventually force prices lower. According to analysts at Morgan Stanley, price declines will also impact the used car market, and some predictions are calling for up to a  50% decline by 2021.


April 18, 2017
WES VERNON — President Trump has let it be known that he’s willing to sit down and talk coalition-speak with some Democrats on the Hill – – presumably some “reasonable” ones…. (more)

April 18, 2017
ALAN KEYES — During the past week or so, President Trump repeatedly set himself at odds with candidate Trump, frankly acknowledging that his campaign rhetoric was out of touch with reality. In every instance, the reversal brought him more into line with the Democrat/RINO left-leaning political culture he made a “huge” show of adamantly opposing during his run for the presidency…. (more)

April 17, 2017
A special report from the Accuracy in Media Center for Investigative Journalism
CLIFF KINCAID — The British Guardian posted a report on April 13 claiming that its sources now admit that the British spy agency GCHQ was digitally wiretapping Trump associates, going back to late 2015. This was presumably when the December 2015 Moscow meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lt. General Michael Flynn took place…. (more)

April 17, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump has been sucked into the abyss of the Washington “establishment” since his inauguration, prominent Republicans and Democrats charged Sunday morning, and whether that’s a positive development depends entirely on one’s political point of view…. (more)

April 17, 2017
NEWSMAX — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday visited a military base near the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea a day after the North conducted a failed missile launch…. (more)

April 17, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Carter Page, the Trump campaign’s onetime volunteer adviser on Russia, views with amazement how much a Democratic opposition research dossier has been increasingly embraced by the liberal power structure in Washington…. (more)

April 17, 2017
BYRON YORK — By all accounts, Jared Kushner, the husband of President Trump’s favorite daughter, has become an extraordinarily powerful man in the White House. To formally appoint Kushner a senior adviser, with a top security clearance, the president sought and received a Justice Department opinion declaring the White House exempt from federal anti-nepotism laws…. (more)

April 17, 2017

NEWSMAX — United Airlines is changing a company policy and will no longer allow crew members to displace customers already onboard an airplane. The change comes after a passenger, Dr. David Dao, was dragged from a fully-booked United Express flight in Chicago because he refused to give up his seat to make room for crew members…. (more)


April 16, 2017
ALAN KEYES — Happy Easter. Christ is Risen! Alleluia! This Holy Week, I am brought in mind of my Easter reflection from a few years ago, in which I cited a prominent religious spokesman:… (more)

April 16, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Atheists and progressives will tell you America is a secular nation, built on secular principles, and that it’s the job of the rising generations to make sure politics and religion never do meet. They’re wrong. They say that because they don’t want to submit to a higher authority. But just because the Founding Fathers didn’t want the government to establish a church – – didn’t want the country to become guided by the same type of zealotry that steers nations of Islam, for instance – – doesn’t mean they wanted God separated from governance…. (more)

April 16, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump delivered his weekly address Friday, noting the celebrations of Passover and Easter. “America is a nation of believers,” he said. “As families gather in houses of worship across the nation, we are grateful for the tremendous blessings of this nation, our home. We have a beautiful country, an abundant countryside, and an amazing people with a truly bright and wonderful future.”… (more)

April 16, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — As millions of Americans prepare to attend church Easter morning to celebrate Christ’s resurrection and their children are busy counting the treasure left them by the Easter Bunny, it might occur to a few folks to wonder how the most important event in the Bible ever got hooked up with an egg-pushing rabbit…. (more)

April 16, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES — North Korea launched a ballistic missile Sunday morning from near its submarine base in Sinpo on its east coast, but the launch was the latest in a series of failures just after liftoff, according to American and South Korean military officials…. (more)


April 16, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” Ronald Reagan famously described these as “the nine most terrifying words in the English language.” It may be time to propose a two-word corollary. “Trust us.”… (more)

April 16, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — 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…. (more)

April 15, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — The Epoch Times newspaper is currently running an editorial series called “The Dead End of Communism” that includes a detailed discussion of the diabolical, even Satanic, roots of Karl Marx, the father of communism. Looking at his writings in detail, the authors document how his goal was “to enact a sort of vengeance against heaven.” Contrary to his “progressive” profile, Marx hated humanity and life on earth. His appeal was that he promised a heaven on earth. But it turned out to be hell for those living under it…. (more)

April 15, 2017

NEWSMAX — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would “willingly” take his poverty-stricken nation to the “brink of war” with the United States – – though he knows he can’t win – – because it’d be an “unimaginable humiliation” to back down, according to a British analyst…. (more)


April 15, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Abandoning his tough talk on China and reversing himself on several other campaign themes, President Trump’s 12th week in office could go down as the moment he showed himself to be another establishment Republican, not the unconventional crockery-smashing raging bull he played on the stump…. (more)

April 15, 2017
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER — The world is agog at Donald Trump’s head-snapping foreign-policy reversal. He runs on a platform of America First. He renounces the role of world policeman. He excoriates parasitic foreigners that (I paraphrase) suck dry our precious bodily fluids – – and these are allies! On April 4, Trump declared: “I don’t want to be the president of the world. I’m the president of the United States. And from now on, it’s going to be America First.”… (more)

April 15, 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Conservatives were perplexed to learn this week that President Trump had suddenly signaled his support for the Export-Import Bank, an obscure government agency that free-market groups have long cast as Exhibit A for corporate welfare and that candidate Trump had once targeted for extinction…. (more)


April 15, 2017
BOB UNRUH — The powerful public interest legal firm American Center for Law and Justice is declaring war on the “deep state,” comprised of entrenched bureaucrats who apparently are using their position and power to try to undermine the president…. (more)

April 15, 2017
GARTH KANT — A government watchdog group is turning the tables on two key Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee who appear to be trying to block a probe into whether the Obama administration spied on the Trump team…. (more)

April 15, 2017
LEO HOHMANN — A Detroit physician was arrested earlier this week for performing the grisly practice of female genital mutilation on young girls in a first-of-its-kind case prosecuted in America. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, a Muslim physician and native of western India, performed the procedure, described as “barbaric” by U.S. Justice Department prosecutors, on girls ages 6 to 8…. (more)

April 15, 2017
NATIONAL REVIEW — Abortion advocates around the world and particularly in the United States are increasingly abandoning their professed political and moral adherence to “choice,” and instead adopting an agenda of coercion. Nowhere is this dangerous and calculated shift more evident than in their utter disdain for the freedom and fundamental rights of citizens who disagree with them…. (more)

April 14, 2017
SIENA HOEFLING — “That attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me. Big impact. That was a horrible, horrible thing.” – President Donald Trump, April 6, 2017. When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly used chemical weapons against his own people, U.S. President Donald Trump answered with punitive missiles. Assad violated previous agreements, said Trump, and the United States had a security interest “to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”… (more)

MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

APR. 18, 2017

Income Redistribution Day

Tax returns are due today, reminding all Americans once again of the need for comprehensive tax reform.

THE FOUNDATION

“Excessive taxation … will carry reason and reflection to every man’s door, and particularly in the hour of election.” —Thomas Jefferson (1798)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: April 18

  • Britain’s May seeks snap election to boost Brexit hand (Read More)
  • Trump to seek changes in visa program to encourage hiring Americans (Read More)
  • Trump appointee Gorsuch energetic in first U.S. high court arguments (Read More)
  • Pence Reaffirms U.S.-Japan Alliance Amid North Korea Provocations (Read More)
  • Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Said to Have Advised Trump Team (Read More)
  • Young White America Is Haunted by a Crisis of Despair (Read More)
  • Oil Prices Fall on Saudi Minister’s View of Output Deal (Read More)
  • Facebook Gives Staff Green Light to Protest Trump on May 1 (Read More)
  • In Afghanistan, Battle With Islamic State Grinds On (Read More)
  • Democrats aim to ‘make Trump furious’ in Georgia election (Read More)
  • Opponents seek to annul Turkish vote as Erdogan’s new powers become reality (Read More)
  • Theranos Agrees to Two-Year Ban From Blood Testing (Read More)
  • Facebook murder suspect remains at large as police ask public for help (Read More)
  • Crude Oil Likely to Surge by $10, Citi Says (Read More)
  • Banned at sea: Venezuela’s crude-stained oil tankers (Read More)
  • How to Top the iPhone? For Foxconn, It’s With TVs (Read More)
  • GOP Goes After Trillion-Dollar Democratic State Tax Deduction (Read More)
  • Post Holdings Buys Weetabix in $1.76 Billion Deal (Read More)
  • Profits Parked in the Caribbean Jam U.S. Economic Data (Read More)
  • Arkansas Supreme Court Halts Two Executions Set for Monday Night (Read More)
  • Two held in France planned ‘violent’ attack ahead of elections (Read More)
  • Eleven Celebrities on How They Spend Their Money (Read More)

Top Headlines – 4/18/2017

US defense chief to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia to talk war aims

Abbas: ‘World must intervene to save lives of hunger strikers’

Hamas operative killed in tunnel collapse, Israel on guard

China urges correcting ‘historical injustice’ to allow Palestinian state

Russia says plans a meeting with U.S. and U.N. on Syria in Geneva: agencies

Assad said to be holding Syrian boy in heart-breaking photo under house arrest

Venezuela illegally issued 10,000 passports to Syrians, Iranians, report says

Thousands of migrants rescued in 3 days in Mediterranean

Turkey’s Erdogan declares referendum victory, opponents plan challenge

Turkish Referendum Was on ‘Unlevel Playing Field,’ Critics Say

Erdogan slams criticism of disputed Turkey poll

Turkey says Trump called Erdogan to congratulate on referendum win

Outcome of Turkey vote likely to further cool EU relations

European leaders say vote shows ‘deeply divided’ Turkey

Erdogan’s referendum victory spells the end of Turkey as we know it

Turkey cabinet agrees to extend emergency after referendum

Battling Turkish intimidation, Armenian genocide epic set for big screen

Iran says it will seek ‘no one’s permission’ to build up military

Photos of Iran’s new Qaher F-313 fighter jet prototype emerges

How North Korea’s Existence Depends on China’s Economic Support

US, North Korea tensions put China in a difficult position as peacemaker

Gen. Keane: China Has Taboo Option to Assassinate Kim Jong-un

North Korea ‘will test missiles weekly’, senior official tells BBC

North Korea: ‘Thermonuclear war may break out at any minute’

North Korea accuses US of creating situation for nuclear war

North Korean commandos ready to kidnap Americans, says defector

Pence: US era of strategic patience with North Korea over

White House warns North Korea not to test U.S. resolve, offering Syria and Afghanistan strikes as examples

Pence Talks Tough on North Korea, but US Stops Short of Drawing Red Line

Pentagon announces review of nuclear posture amid North Korea tensions

US Deploys Two More Aircraft Carriers Toward Korean Peninsula: Yonhap

China and Russia dispatch ships to shadow Donald Trump’s ‘armada’ as it approaches North Korean waters

Russia says hopes USA will not act unilaterally against North Korea

Putin calls for more investment given rouble fluctuations

Venezuela’s Maduro seeks to expand armed civilian militias

California judge questions Trump’s sanctuary city order

‘I will protect you from savage globalization!’ Le Pen tells voters ahead of presidential election

It’s France’s Turn to Worry About Election Meddling by Russia

Democrats throw millions, Hollywood punch into Georgia House race

Republicans dismiss ‘liberal activists’ behind angry town hall protests

President calls leading Democratic candidate for Georgia congressional seat ‘super Liberal’

Rumors about whereabouts of Facebook shooting suspect circulate online

10 serious crimes that were published on Facebook

Drones smuggling porn, drugs to inmates around the world

Fears Google Hire could allow employers to see your entire search history

If you think Atlanta traffic is terrible, it just got a whole heck of a lot worse – A section of another interstate buckled due to an underground gas leak

Get ready to watch the first-ever 360-degree livestream of a rocket launch

Asteroid to Fly Safely Past Earth on April 19

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Calama, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Jarm, Afghanistan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ozernovskiy, Russia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Turriabla volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

No relief in sight as heat wave continues to build across northern India

A new crack in one of Greenland’s largest glaciers has scientists’ attention

More Americans suffering from stress, anxiety and depression, study finds

Wearable sweat sensor could help diagnose disease

How Texas is beating the Supreme Court on abortion

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

An Atlanta Theater Faces Criticism for Gay Versions of Bible Stories

Supreme Court, including Gorsuch, to hear church-state case

Video – Interview with apologist Jackie Alnor as she relates the story of Hank Hanegraaff ‘s takeover of the Christian Research Institute

Worship or Worshiptainment?

Dear Christian Mason – A Resource for Addressing Masonry in Your Local Church

What is the historical evidence that Jesus Christ lived and died?

TBN Pulls Plug on “Shack” Author’s New Book—Sort of . . .

Book Exposes IRS 501c3 Church Scam

Alex Jones’ lawyer says right-wing conspiracy theorist’s bluster is all just an act

An Atlanta Theater Faces Criticism for Gay Versions of Bible Stories

Demon Possessed Hindus Storm Church With Police Help And Attack Christians During Services


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Heavily Armed Man Gives Chilling Warning To Church Members In South Dakota

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An alleged Muslim man entered a private gathering of Christians in a hotel ballroom in South Dakota, started cursing and live streaming video on Facebook…

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Why Millennials Aren’t Going to Church, and It’s Not Because They Hate Jesus

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 06:58 AM PDT

Millennials are leaving church at record numbers and they are described as America’s least religious generation. But while they may be highly skeptical of religion,…

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Pastor Unsure If Wife’s Miscarried Baby Is in Heaven, Claims Bible Is Silent

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 06:52 AM PDT

Pastor Mark Driscoll has said he’s not sure if babies and young children who’ve died are in Heaven, including his own child. Driscoll, pastor of…

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Isolated People Group Reacts to Hearing About Jesus for the First Time!

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 06:34 AM PDT

In a world in which technology and communication methods are ever-changing and evolving, there’s a fascinating story about a decades-old film that continues to change lives around…

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Children of Goodwin Sr. Give Stunning Testimony During Anderson Cooper Interview

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 06:30 AM PDT

Beloved father and grandfather Robert Godwin Sr. was senselessly murdered over the Easter weekend after a deranged man, who would later broadcast his actions to…

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117 Year Old Baptist Credits God’s Word for Long Life

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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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