April 20, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Apr. 20, 2017 |

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In an interview with the Wall Street Journal last week, Trump said Xi told him during a recent summit that “Korea actually used to be a part of China.” The comments sparked outrage in Seoul and became an issue in South Korea’s presidential race, prompting the foreign ministry to seek to verify what Xi actually said.

U.S. Steel will ask a trade agency Thursday to investigate its claims that rival Chinese manufacturers colluded to fix prices to undercut competitors in the American market on the same day President Donald Trump will order a separate Commerce Department probe of steel imports.

Canada’s push to legalize recreational marijuana is rippling beyond its borders as companies move to boost exports of medicinal pot.

Eight countries control land in the Arctic Circle, five have coastlines to defend, the temperature is rising, the ice is melting, the race for newly accessible resources is beginning. And Russia is gaining ground.

GM shut operations in Venezuela after authorities seized the automaker’s plant and took vehicles in the first nationalization of a major company’s facilities in the country in more than two years.

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week while total benefit rolls dropped to the lowest in 17 years, indicating the job market remains tight, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. Jobless claims increased by 10,000 to 244,000 (forecast was 240,000) in the week ended April 15.

Wall Street pros have dived headlong into dark pools, exclusive private exchanges where they can trade stocks with each other in secret. Now comes an entrepreneur with a new twist: a dark pool for the masses, especially young investors. Call it a kiddie pool. Ustocktrade provides a bit of adventure — and operates primarily as a philanthropy. All that appeals to one of his target audiences, college students, who make up a fifth of customers. The CEO views inexpensive investing as a way to help clients pay off school loans.

Laurence D. Fink, chief executive officer of BlackRock Inc., said the lackluster growth of the U.S. economy and uncertainty around the Trump administration’s ability to quickly pass key reforms pose a risk to markets. “There are some warning signs that are getting darker.”

American Airlines pilots will be surveyed about reactions to the carrier’s new uniforms after about 100 reported rashes, itching and other symptoms similar to those experienced by hundreds of flight attendants.

Student accommodation offers better returns than offices and residential housing, making it an attractive asset for pension and sovereign wealth funds looking for stable income and higher yields in a low-return world.

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The calendar may take no notice of April 20, but for marijuana users around the world, it’s an annual day of pot celebration closer to, say, Stoner’s Christmas.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered an investigation into corruption allegations against a senior civil servant related to the use of funds intended for handling a humanitarian crisis in the northeast of the country.

Over the course of just a few days last spring, a river fed by a melting glacier in Canada’s Yukon region completely changed course – an unprecedented event that scientists say is the first case of “river piracy” observed over such short period of time. The culprit? Greenhouse gas-driven climate change.

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed the tomb of a nobleman from more than 3,000 years ago, the latest in a series of major discoveries of ancient relics that Egypt hopes will revive a tourist business that has been hit by political instability.

North Korean state media warned the United States of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear program.

With the simple submission of a technical sanctions waiver, oil giant Exxon Mobil created a potential PR headache for the White House. Exxon is seeking a greenlight from the U.S. government to bypass sanctions on Russia and resume doing business with the country’s state-owned oil giant Rosneft.

The United States will counter any North Korean attack with an “overwhelming and effective” response, Vice President Mike Pence vowed Wednesday.

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Prosecutors in the northern Nigeria state of Kaduna have charged a group of 53 people with conspiring to celebrate a gay wedding.

Two court rulings dealt a blow to the US state of Arkansas in its attempt to put to death seven inmates within days.

A Saskatchewan woman has been charged with human smuggling following a months-long cross-border investigation.

At least three people have been killed in Venezuela in protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

WND

The U.S. Green Party has put out a briefing paper for party activists instructing them to work with the Council on American-Islamic Relations and other Islamists in fighting “Islamophobia” and “oppression in all its forms.”

In nations such as Pakistan, the penalty for “blasphemy” against Islam or its prophet is death. While the sentence has not been imposed in recent years, some people who have been accused of blasphemy have been murdered by Muslim vigilantes before they can get to court. An estimated 65 defendants, lawyers or judges involved in blasphemy cases have been murdered since 1990.

Russia has claimed it can disable the entire US Navy in one fell swoop using powerful electronic signal jamming.


The Briefing 04-20-17

In oral arguments on church-state relations, SCOTUS Justices appear to side with Trinity Lutheran

Parental rights and the role of government: Homeschooling in America and abroad

Are our kids’ toys spying on us? Germany isn’t taking any chances

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Top News – 4/20/2017

Lois Lerner: Public Can Never Know What I Did
Embattled ex-IRS executive Lois Lerner was in federal court last week, asking a judge to seal her forthcoming deposition due to the inflammatory nature of her testimony.  Lerner told the judge that if her actions at the IRS were to become public knowledge, she could face death threats from angry Americans – particularly those on the conservative side of the spectrum.

Has Trump found religion in the Oval Office?
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.

Trump to Host Abbas May 3 at White House, Seeks ‘Conflict-Ending’ Deal
“They will use the visit to reaffirm the commitment of both the United States and Palestinian leadership to pursuing and ultimately concluding a conflict-ending settlement between the Palestinians and Israel,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday

Vice President Mike Pence Warns North Korea By Telling Them ‘The Sword Stands Ready’
Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the US military on Wednesday, promising it would give an ‘overwhelming and effective’ response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.

U.S. Green Party goes all in for Islam
The U.S. Green Party has put out a briefing paper for party activists instructing them to work with the Council on American-Islamic Relations and other Islamists in fighting “Islamophobia” and “oppression in all its forms.” The fact that Islam is a religion/political ideology and not a race seems not to stand in the way of the Green Party’s burgeoning alliance with Islam, says Robert Spencer, author of the Jihad Watch blog and several best-selling books about Islam.

May to make election pledge to end EU free movement of people into UK
Prime Minister Theresa May will make a formal pledge ahead of the June 8 election to end European Union free movement of people into Britain, the Daily Mail newspaper reported, citing unidentified party sources. May will also include pledges in her election manifesto to pull out of both the EU single market and European Court of Justice, the newspaper said.

Egypt army says kills 19 Islamic extremists in north Sinai
The Egyptian military says its air force has killed 19 Islamic extremists in the volatile Sinai Peninsula. It says in a statement Thursday that the strikes in northern and central Sinai on “terrorist strongholds” of the local ISIS affiliate also destroyed four vehicles.

Tillerson: An ‘unchecked Iran’ could follow same path as North Korea
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday accused Iran of “alarming ongoing provocations” to destabilize countries in the Middle East and of undermining US interests in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. “An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea and to take the world along with it,” Tillerson told reporters a day after announcing a review of US policy towards Iran, including sanctions against Tehran.

Abbas: I am ready to meet Netanyahu any time under patronage of Trump
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday made several significant statements in favor of a dialogue with Israel and a hastening of the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in an official interview with Japanese newspaper Ashai Shimbun. “I am ready to meet the prime minister of Israel any time in Washington under the patronage of President Trump,” Abbas declared.

‘With Syria in pieces, it’s time to recognize Israel’s annexation of the Golan’
Michael Oren says it is time for the world to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel. In contrast to negotiations with the Palestinians, there is no Syria to negotiate with, Deputy Minister for Diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s Office Oren said on Tuesday. “Without Israel there [in the Golan], the region would be jeopardized. ISIS would be on the Kinneret,” he said, adding that other states in the region are glad Israel is on the Golan.

Australia unveils major changes to citizenship process
Australia will make it more difficult to gain citizenship in a major overhaul of its migration process. Aspiring citizens will undergo tougher tests on their English language skills and ability to demonstrate “Australian values”, PM Malcolm Turnbull said. Applicants must also have completed four years as a permanent resident – three years longer than at present.

Venezuela crisis: Three killed at anti-government protests
At least three people have been killed in Venezuela in protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. A teenager in the capital Caracas and a woman in San Cristobal, near the Colombian border, were shot dead. A national guardsman was killed south of the capital. Tens of thousands of people rallied to demand new presidential elections and the release of jailed opposition politicians.

Credit card with a fingerprint sensor revealed by Mastercard
A payment card featuring a fingerprint sensor has been unveiled by credit card provider Mastercard. The rollout follows two successful trials in South Africa. The technology works in the same way as it does with mobile phone payments: users must have their finger over the sensor when making a purchase. Security experts have said that while using fingerprints is not foolproof, it is a “sensible” use of biometric technology.

Facebook team working on brain-powered technology
Facebook says it is working on technology to allow us to control computers directly with our brains. It is developing “silent speech” software to allow people to type at a rate of 100 words per minute, it says. The project, in its early stages, will require new technology to detect brainwaves without needing invasive surgery.

CIA, FBI launch manhunt for leaker who gave top-secret documents to WikiLeaks
CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst security breaches in CIA history, which exposed thousands of top-secret documents that described CIA tools used to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems.

Russian bombers again fly near Alaska
For the second consecutive night, Russia flew two long-range bombers off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, this time coming within 36 miles of the mainland while flying north of the Aleutian Islands, two U.S. officials told Fox News. The two nuclear-capable Tu-95 bombers were spotted by U.S. military radar at 5 p.m. local time. Unlike a similar incident Monday night, this time the U.S. Air Force did not scramble any fighter jets.

Gaza sisters smuggled explosives labeled medicine
Explosive materials used to manufacture explosive devices were found in the belongings of two sisters who entered Israel from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday for the purpose of receiving cancer treatment. According to the Shin Bet, the materials were concealed inside medical supply tubes and identified by the security guards of the Crossings Authority at the Erez Crossing.

North Korea warns of ‘super-mighty preemptive strike’ as U.S. plans next move
North Korean state media warned the United States of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear programme. U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from sole major ally China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

May to make election pledge to end EU free movement of people into UK
Prime Minister Theresa May will make a formal pledge ahead of the June 8 election to end European Union free movement of people into Britain, the Daily Mail newspaper reported, citing unidentified party sources. May will also include pledges in her election manifesto to pull out of both the EU single market and European Court of Justice, the newspaper said.

DHS: Almost as Many Americans Died of Drug Overdoses in 2015 as in ’12 Years in Vietnam’
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly has largely blamed Latin American drug cartels for the unprecedented 52,000-plus drug overdose deaths in America during 2015 alone, the latest year for which data is available.

Miracle? This time, the lions save the Christians
The chief of a Christian ministry that works underground because of its outreach into Muslim-dominant communities in the Middle East is reporting a startling claim – his rescue from Islamic “militants” by a pride of lions.

Census: More Americans 18-to-34 Now Live With Parents Than With Spouse
Four decades ago, in the mid-1970s, young American adults–in the 18-to-34 age bracket–were far more likely to be married and living with a spouse than living in their parents’ home.

Europe Opens First Concentration Camp Since Hitler, Guess Who This One is for
Chechnya, a region which is located under Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rule but controlled by Muslims, has opened up the very first concentration camp since Adolf Hitler. The detention center is for housing homosexuals.

School-issued computers spy on children in US without parental consent
School-issued computer devices – provided to one-third of school children across the US – collect excessive amounts of highly sensitive personal data on the students without parental consent or even prior notice, a new study finds.

What A War With North Korea Would Probably Look Like
So, if war with North Korea is inevitable given the circumstances, what would such a war look like? Here are some elements I think are most important; elements that make the war almost unwinnable, if winning is even the purpose…


Jimmy Carter Says He Can’t ‘Judge’ Whether or Not Man Is Christian Despite Doubts About Resurrection

Christian News reports:

Former President Jimmy Carter, a professing Christian who teaches Sunday School at a Baptist Church in Georgia, told liberal op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof that he can’t judge whether or not someone is a Christian despite their doubts about Christ’s virgin birth and resurrection.

In his April 15th piece in the New York Times entitled “President Carter, Am I a Christian?” Kristoff inquired of Carter whether he could be considered a Christian despite his skepticism over some of the biblical account of Christ’s life, including that Jesus physically rose from the grave.

“What about someone like me whose faith is in the Sermon on the Mount, who aspires to follow Jesus’ teachings, but is skeptical that he was born of a virgin, walked on water, multiplied loaves and fishes or had a physical resurrection? Am I a Christian, President Carter?” Kristof asked.

“I do not judge whether someone else is a Christian. Jesus said, ‘Judge not,’” Carter replied. “I try to apply the teachings of Jesus in my own life, often without success.”

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Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 20, 2017

No Spin: Killing Bill O’Reilly

This episode publicly exposes the power and influence that advertisers have in regard to who is delivering the news.

The Foundation

“[A] good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.” —George Washington (1790)



ZeroHedge Frontrunning: April 20

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  • French Industrial Decline Fuels Le Pen’s Rise (Read More)
  • China’s Stocks Refuse to Drop More Than 1% (Read More)
  • China Shakes Up Regulators in Scramble for Stability (Read More)
  • China sees higher risk of mass unemployment, pledges more support (Read More)
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  • Man Group’s Assets Rise to Record on Largest Inflows Since 2011 (Read More)
  • Putin Quietly Detaches Ukraine’s Rebel Zones as U.S. Waffles (Read More)
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Top Headlines – 4/20/2017

Hosting Abbas on May 3, Trump seeks ‘conflict-ending’ deal

Abbas: I am ready to meet Netanyahu any time under patronage of President Trump

Rehashing Gaza war, leaders do little thinking outside pillbox to avoid next one

Bucking criticism, Netanyahu says 2014 Gaza war was ‘inevitable’

Bereaved parents lash over Gaza war at charged Knesset meeting

Gazan cancer patient caught smuggling explosives into Israel: Shin Bet

Shin Bet: Two sisters from the Gaza Strip arrested after smuggling explosives into Israel

Israeli man lightly hurt in West Bank car-ramming attack

Palestinian anger at Israeli refusal to talk to hunger striking inmates

Palestinian threaten ‘new intifada’ if hunger strikers die

UN envoy: Palestinian leadership must resolve Gaza Strip energy crisis

In landmark ruling, High Court says Tel Aviv mini-markets can open on the Sabbath

NY: Jewish families won’t identify circumcisers who gave babies herpes

UN to recruit Israeli doctors for peacekeeping missions

Commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – Poland marks the 74th anniversary of the Jewish revolt against the Nazis

Israeli defense officials: Assad still has chemical weapons

Senior IDF official: US gave Israel 2 hour warning before Syria strikes

US officials: Syria moves planes to Russian base for protection

Syria war: Evacuations resume after deadly bombing

Latest ISIS recruit video shows young school-aged boy participating in execution

Franklin Graham: About 7 Christian Families Remain in Iraq’s Largest Christian Town

Senior IDF officer: US attack on Syria was no turning point

IDF: Russia has overtaken Iran’s dominant position in Syria

Trump orders Iran nuclear deal review despite compliance

Tillerson: Iran complying with nuclear deal but causing trouble elsewhere

Tillerson: Iran’s nuclear quest a ‘grave risk’ to global security

US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’

Erdogan to meet Trump in May, says Turkish minister

Turkey’s Erdogan, once greeted jubilantly, now rejected by nearly half of Turks

Turkey rejects appeals against referendum

UN court rejects Ukraine request to block rebel funding

Russian bombers again fly near Alaska

Russia claims it can wipe out US Navy with single ‘electronic bomb’

UK ‘gave millions in foreign aid’ to North Korean regime now threatening nuclear war

North Korea propaganda video shows missile attack destroying US city

North Korea says ‘don’t mess with us’ as U.S. plans next move

Trump’s threatened ‘armada’ heads away from North Korea

U.S. defense officials may have spoken too soon, but Trump’s missing ‘armada’ finally heading to Korea

Trump Mulls U.S. Military Options for North Korea, All Grim

Pence says to North Korea: ‘The sword stands ready’

Pence: The United States is not seeking negotiations with North Korea

China’s Xi restructures military, consolidates control

Army tests drone-killing lasers as threat grows on the battlefield

National security issues multiply for Trump

Sessions: MS-13 gang could be designated as terrorist organization

U.S. intelligence agencies fear rogue insiders as much as spies these days

Emirates Airlines trims US flights in wake of Trump visa ban

Afghan official: Taliban governor among 14 killed in clashes

UN discovers 17 new mass graves in central Congo

Why should Somalia’s children starve to pay for a debt crisis they didn’t create?

Venezuela slams nations for ‘meddling’ over protest call

Venezuelans flood streets in big demonstration against Maduro government

Venezuelan protester shot in head during violent ‘mother of all marches’

Venezuelan protests against government leave three dead

A youth revolt in France boosts the far right

Le Pen’s FN party calls EU flag ‘oligarchic rag’

French police find bombs, make arrests over ‘planned presidential election attack’

Berkeley cancels conservative firebrand Ann Coulter’s speech over fears of more violent protests

Obama considered Clinton’s mishandled email scandal ‘political malpractice,’ says new book

White House sends guidance to agencies, readies for government shutdown

She wanted her ex-husband to die with a happy thought; she told him Trump had been impeached

His murder was put on Facebook. But his family’s message of forgiveness could be his legacy.

Facebook wants to read your mind

Facebook Envisions Using Brain Waves to Type Words

Facebook plans ethics board to monitor its brain-computer interface work

Report: School-Issued Computers ‘Spy’ on Children Without Parental Consent

CIA, FBI launch manhunt for leaker who gave top-secret documents to WikiLeaks

America’s insomnia problem is even worse than before the Great Recession

Stocks close lower, Dow posts 2-day drop of more than 200 points

A satellite built by Israeli students launched into space

An asteroid will not destroy Earth today. But let’s consider that for a moment.

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Naze, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Namie, Japan

Magnitude 4.3 earthquake on the Reykjanes ridge

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

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

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuadoer erupts to 17,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

California again leads list with 6 of the top 10 most polluted U.S. cities

Death by overwork: Japan’s 100-hour overtime cap sparks anger

DHS: Almost as Many Americans Died of Drug Overdoses in 2015 as in ’12 Years in Vietnam’

On Eve of 4/20 Holiday, Congressman Says ‘Marijuana Has Gone Mainstream’

‘Microdosing’ trend has Americans tuning in with psychedelics

First evidence found that LSD produces ‘higher’ level of consciousness, scientists claim

Bill Gates: Terrorists could wipe out 30 million people by weaponising a disease like smallpox

Researchers create red-eyed mutant wasps

Groundbreaking Hunt for Jesus’ Descendants Announced; Experts Analyze Shroud of Turin for DNA

Bill O’Reilly Is Reportedly Being Dumped From Fox News Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Census: More Americans 18-to-34 Now Live With Parents Than With Spouse

For-profit meditation centers are the new yoga studios

Supreme Court justices show support for church, in Gorsuch’s 1st high-profile case

Anne Graham Lotz: ‘America Is Disintegrating Into Anarchy; Political Correctness Is Rejecting God’

Fred Sanders – How the Real Word Really Became Real Flesh

Free Masonry and the God-Shaped Hole: A Personal Testimony

Kong Hee apologises for ‘unwise decisions’, to begin jail term on Apr 21

Over 150 ‘Queer’ United Methodist Clergy Sign Letter Demanding LGBT Ordination

Only three in ten Germans believe in life after death

Christian Pastor Detained in China for Singing ‘Jesus Loves You’

Authorities Seize General Motors Plant in Venezuela.

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 07:30 AM PDT

General Motors said it has ceased all operations in Venezuela after authorities unexpectedly seized its plant in the city of Valencia. A court in the…

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‘Bible Answer Man’ Booted From Radio Network After Joining Orthodox Church

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 07:19 AM PDT

The “Bible Answer Man” radio show program with Hank Hanegraaff has been booted from Bott Radio Network over concerns regarding biblical accuracy, following Hanegraaff’s conversion…

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FALLING AWAY – Over 150 Gay UMC Clergy Sign Letter Demanding LGBT Ordination

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 07:12 AM PDT

Nearly 150 United Methodist clergy and clergy candidates have signed onto a letter demanding that the Mainline Protestant denomination recognize LGBT ordination. A group known…

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This 15-Ton Weapon Could Destroy Kim Jong Un’s Underground Nuke Sites

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 07:06 AM PDT

Donald Trump may use a non-nuclear bomb which is BIGGER than the MOAB unleashed on ISIS to destroy Kim Jung-un’s underground nuclear sites. The Massive…

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Russia Holds the “Father of All Bombs” in it’s Arsenal.

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 07:02 AM PDT

Born in Russia in 2007, the “father of all bombs” may be holding a title surpassed by no other. The Russian military says it’s the…

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Katy Perry Denounces Her Devoutly Christian Upbringing

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:54 AM PDT

Katy Perry, one of the most successful and iconic modern celebrities, recalls with disdain being raised in a strict, evangelical Christian household.  Perry, whose birth…

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President Trump Will Be in Meeting with Pope Francis in May

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:42 AM PDT

Contrary to earlier reports, President Donald Trump will meet with Pope Francis when he travels to Italy next month for meetings with the G7 leaders,…

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Israel Warns Assad’s Forces Still Have Chemical Weapons

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:39 AM PDT

Israel’s military said on Wednesday it believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces still possess several tonnes of chemical weapons, issuing the assessment two weeks after…

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Trump’s ‘armada’ turns toward North Korea as White House defends misleading remarks

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:34 AM PDT

The White House stood by President Donald Trump’s recent talk of a Navy strike force on its way to the Korean peninsula after the USS…

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Scientists Looking to use umbilical cord blood from babies to bring restore memory for dementia patients

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:29 AM PDT

Dementia patients have been offered hope that their memory could be repaired after scientists showed that injecting blood from the umbilical cords of human babies…

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Should the West Coast Be Concerned With the North Korean Crisis?

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:22 AM PDT

In test blasts, military parades and propaganda videos that show San Francisco and Washington DC in ruins, North Korea has broadcast its intention to be…

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Russia mobilizing troops, helicopters and armoured vehicles to border with N.K as Putin braces for war

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:17 AM PDT

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin is reinforcing his border with North Korea by relocating troops and equipment, according to reports. The move comes as Donald Trump’s…

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RUMORS OF WAR: North Korea threatens to turn US to ashes with preemptive strike

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:13 AM PDT

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has warned the US he is ready to launch a “super-mighty preemptive strike”. State media launched the broadside as the…

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Henry Gruver’s Incredible Vision Of Russian Submarines Launching Nuclear Missiles At The United States

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:05 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) A little more than 30 years ago, God showed Henry Gruver that someday Russian submarines lurking very close to our coastlines would…

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Syria moves planes to Russian base for protection

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:43 PM PDT

The Syrian government has relocated the majority of its combat planes to protect them from potential US strikes, two US defense officials told CNN Wednesday….

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Bill Gates warns of bioterrorist attack that could wipe out 30 million!

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:35 PM PDT

A bioterrorist attack which could wipe out 30 million people is becoming increasingly likely because it is easier than ever to create and spread deadly pathogens,…

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SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: What You Need to Know About the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:28 PM PDT

(Reported By Anthony Yanez) In a few months, millions across the country will experience an astronomical event that no American has ever seen before. NBC4 meteorologist…

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Anne Graham Lotz Warns Of America Disintegrating Into Anarchy

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:17 PM PDT

Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz has warned that the United States is “unraveling” and “disintegrating” into anger and anarchy, due in part to its “rejection of…

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Christian Pastor Detained in China for Singing ‘Jesus Loves You’

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:13 PM PDT

A Taiwanese Christian pastor was detained for singing the worship song “Jesus Love You” in Zhengzhou, Henan, in China, which officials there have branded as…

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Alabama Supreme Court Affirms Suspension of Chief Justice Roy Moore Over ‘Gay Marriage’ Memo

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:08 PM PDT

A special panel of the Alabama Supreme Court comprised of randomly-selected retired judges has unanimously affirmed the term-long suspension of Chief Justice Roy Moore, who…

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CIA and FBI launch manhunt for leaker who gave top-secret documents to Wikileaks

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 04:58 PM PDT

CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint…

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Erdogan’s Enhanced Powers “Terrible News” for Turkish Christians

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 04:53 PM PDT

By weakening Turkey’s democracy, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ensured the continued erosion of conditions for Christians, Jews and other religious minorities in the…

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Tillerson warns ‘unchecked Iran’ could follow path of North Korea

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 04:48 PM PDT

The Trump administration is reviewing US policy towards Iran, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced, accusing Tehran of sponsoring terrorism and violence and destabilizing numerous…

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Will You Turn Away Family, Friends And Neighbors At Your Door When Disaster Arrives?

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 04:45 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) How will you handle all of the people that will show up at your door when a major crisis strikes because they…

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RUMORS OF WAR: China concerned North Korea will spark nuclear war

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 04:39 PM PDT

China has revealed it is becoming increasingly concerned about North Korea’s nuclear bragging as military tensions continue to mount in the region. North Korea’s vice-foreign…

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SPIN OUT – O’Reilly Gone From Fox News Channel!

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 04:35 PM PDT

Fox News on Wednesday ended its association with Bill O’Reilly, the combative TV host and commentator who has ruled cable-news ratings for nearly two decades…

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If North Korea Launches a Nuclear Missile, There Is a Plan

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 12:53 PM PDT

President Donald Trump has vowed that North Korea will never acquire the ability to launch a nuclear missile. But, if the Hermit Kingdom is somehow…

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Future Of Factory Cyborg Workers Coming Sooner Than Thought

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 12:47 PM PDT

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived.  The first was the steam engine-driven Industrial Revolution; the second involved the innovations from Henry Ford’s assembly line.  Third,…

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Asteroid to Buzz Earth Today

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 12:42 PM PDT

A relatively large near-Earth asteroid discovered nearly three years ago will fly safely past Earth on April 19 at a distance of about 1.1 million…

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North Korean Defector Warns Kim Jong-Un will stop at nothing to nuke US as a Last Stand’

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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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