April 24, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Apr. 24, 2017 |

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Trump’s biggest demand is a Democratic deal-breaker: money for his long-promised border wall with Mexico. Democrats hope he’ll blink to avoid an embarrassing milestone for a new president trying to prove he can govern. A partial shutdown would start on Saturday, Trump’s 100th day in office.

Former President Obama is set to hold the first public event of his post-presidential life in the place where he started his political career. Obama will speak Monday at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned. College students from around the Chicago area are expected to attend. The invitation-only event is being billed as part of his post-presidency goal to “encourage and support the next generation of leaders.”

Afghanistan’s defense minister and the chief of army staff resigned on Monday, three days after more than 140 soldiers were killed in the Taliban’s deadliest assault in 16 years.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has hired President Obama’s former deputy chief of staff Jim Messina for her election campaign, reuniting the winning team behind David Cameron’s unexpected victory two years ago.

The richest people in the U.S. aren’t just getting several years of extra life, they’re also reaping a financial reward for their longevity – courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. These trends will be crucial as the new administration and Congress consider any changes to Social Security, Medicare, and other programs. Even tweaks to these programs, from the retirement age to benefit formulas, could affect the rich and poor very differently.

A health-care company founded by the world’s richest doctor is struggling to get paid for an $11,000 diagnostic test, the latest challenge to the billionaire’s quest to conquer cancer.

Gold futures fell to the lowest in almost two weeks and bullion mining stocks sank as investors favored riskier assets on expectations that Emmanuel Macron will become France’s next president.

Israeli airstrikes killed an unknown number of Syrian soldiers at a weapons depot in rural Quneitra province, Al Jazeera TV reported.

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Workers in New Orleans removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments Monday morning, making the city the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation of racism and white supremacy.

North Korea is trying to show strength at home by detaining another U.S. citizen, as overall Chinese pressure on the regime is “working,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said this morning.

Millions across Florida are under moderate or severe drought alert as fires rage across the state’s western coast.

Eight days after the U.S. military dropped its largest ever conventional bomb on suspected Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, Taliban militants breached an army base in the north of the country and killed scores of local soldiers.

North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a royal decree on Saturday restoring financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut under austerity measures.

The revered Icelandic language, seen by many as a source of identity and pride, is being undermined by the widespread use of English, both for mass tourism and in the voice-controlled artificial intelligence devices coming into vogue. Linguistics experts, studying the future of a language spoken by fewer than 400,000 people in an increasingly globalized world, wonder if this is the beginning of the end for the Icelandic tongue.

A federal lawsuit was filed recently against the Mercer County, West Virginia Board of Education, challenging a Bible program in the elementary schools. The plaintiffs are the Freedom From Religion Foundation and two parents and their children. The Bible class was listed as an elective, but almost all students enrolled. The complaint alleges that the few who opted out were harassed and discriminated against. One of the plaintiffs in the case had already suffered harassment.

Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centers, saying many had become “concentration camps”.

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The world’s first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries – Ghana, Kenya and Malawi – starting in 2018.

Ten people have been killed in Venezuelan pro- and anti-government demonstrations this month so far. Another 11 people died on Friday when a bakery was looted in Caracas.

The recent rise in piracy off the Somali coast has been partially fuelled by drought and famine, a top US army officer has said.

Suspected Maoists have killed 24 policemen in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, in one of the biggest attacks by the rebels in recent years.

A law which protected Jordan’s rapists from punishment if they married their victims looks set to be scrapped. The law had meant rapists could avoid a jail term in return for marrying their victim for at least three years.

WND

Federal agents arrested a second doctor and his wife Friday in a widening conspiracy involving female genital mutilation and members of a Muslim sect. The arrests are the latest development in the nation’s first female genital mutilation case, which is providing insight into a small, insular Muslim community in Metro Detroit and an illegal procedure performed on young girls.


The Briefing 04-24-17

How should evangelicals respond to Russia’s ban of Jehovah’s Witnesses as “extremist group”?

Why is the atheistic regime in communist China concerned about the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama?

Theology matters: TIME reports Mormon leader is urging more baptisms on behalf of the dead

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Top News – 4/24/2017

Trump discusses North Korea tensions with Asian leaders
President Trump talked to leaders of both China and Japan on Monday as tensions on the Korean Peninsula have boiled over and North Korea appears ready for an ICBM launch.

North Korea threatens to sink US aircraft carrier
The North Korean regime threatened a US supercarrier on Sunday, pledging to sink the 100,000 ton behemoth “with a single strike”. The USS Carl Vinson, a Nimitz-class nuclear powered carrier, was ordered to the Korean coast by President Trump after an attempted North Korean ballistic missile test.

‘EU is in trouble’ Diehard eurosceptics clinch HALF the vote in France despite Macron win
EUROPE was today facing a popularity crisis in France despite Emmanuel Macron’s first round election win, with figures showing that half of voters backed openly eurosceptic candidates.

Bill Nye Makes A False Claim About The US Constitution — Again
“So if you’re a politician looking to derail the progress of science, I think you’re not doing your job,” Nye said. And, like last time, he’s 100 percent incorrect.

Report: Anti-Semitic incidents in U.S. up 86 percent in 2017
The civil rights organization said its audit indicated that 541 incidents — including vandalism, harassment and assaults — occurred in the first quarter of the year, a 34 percent increase over 2015, which had a total of 1,266 incidents. Nearly 30 percent of 2016’s incidents occurred in November and December, and the audit included 161 bomb threats against Jewish community centers and other institutions.

In Surprising Shift, Lebanon Seeks Permanent Ceasefire With Israel
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri asked the United Nations Friday for help in forging a permanent cease-fire with Israel. “I urge the U.N. secretary-general to support efforts to secure, as soon as possible, a state of permanent ceasefire. This is long overdue and my government is committed to move this agenda forward,” Hariri said, Reuters reported.

Biden Used False Data to Smear Marine Corps Over Armored Vehicle Request from Iraq
The documents and emails show the Democrat-driven public accounts accusing the Marines of failing to protect their troops by delaying requests for armored vehicles between February 2005 until September 2006 were false and misleading.

Catholic scientists converge in Chicago to ask big questions
Barrow will discuss his views on the origin and evolution of universes, while Berwick will speak on the ideas he and Prof. Noam Chomsky have developed on the beginnings of human language…The Society of Catholic Scientists has several hundred members. These include top researchers in such astrobiology, evolutionary theory and super-string theory.

End the Income Tax
This weekend, President Trump tweeted that a: “Big TAX REFORM AND TAX REDUCTION will be announced [on] Wednesday.” This is great news. However, as we go through the process of improving the tax code, we must encourage our politicians to do two things:

Worldwide Volcano News and Updates:
Volcanoes Today, 24 Apr 2017: Shiveluch volcano, Sinabung, Sabancaya, Bagana, Langila, Manam, Nishino-shima, Kambalny

‘US antisemitic incidents jump 86% at start of 2017
Antisemitic incidents in the United States surged by 34 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, and have jumped 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017, new data released by the Anti-Defamation League on Monday showed. In its annual ‘Audit of Antisemitic Incidents’, the ADL reported that there has been a “massive increase” in the amount of harassment of American Jews, particularly since November, the month of the US presidential election.

Germany is a hotbed of Iranian spy activity that targets Israel
The German Interior Ministry notified a Left Party deputy last week that agents from Iran have been some of the most active spies in the Federal Republic between 2007 and 2017, including assassination attempts on Israel advocates. German authorities conducted criminal investigations into Iran for 22 cases of espionage, while Russia’s illicit spy activity led with 27 cases. China and Turkey both registered 15 spy cases. Syrian agents were involved in 8 espionage operations.

French election: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen to fight for presidency
Centrist Emmanuel Macron has gone through to the second round of the French election, where he will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Mr Macron, a former banker, is seen as a political newcomer – and ran without the backing of an established party. After topping Sunday’s vote, he is now favourite to win the run-off on 7 May.

Article 308: Jordan scraps marriage loophole for rapists
A law which protected rapists from punishment if they married their victims has been scrapped in Jordan. The Jordanian cabinet revoked Article 308 on Sunday, after years of campaigning by women’s activists, as well as Muslim and Christian scholars and others. The law had meant rapists could avoid a jail term in return for marrying their victim for at least three years.

North Korea ‘ready to sink’ US aircraft carrier Vinson
North Korea is “ready to sink” a US aircraft carrier heading for the peninsula, state media have said. A commentary in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper warned that the USS Carl Vinson could be sunk “with a single strike”. A battle group headed by the Vinson is expected off the peninsula this week.

Trump to set new executive orders on environment, energy this week
U.S. President Donald Trump this week will sign new executive orders before he completes his first 100 days in office, including two on energy and the environment, which would make it easier for the United States to develop energy on and offshore, a White House official said on Sunday. “This builds on previous executive actions that have cleared the way for job-creating pipelines, innovations in energy production, and reduced unnecessary burden on energy producers,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

Pope likens refugee centers to ‘concentration camps’
Pope Francis has drawn a rebuke from the American Jewish Committee after he likened European refugee centers to “concentration camps.”

North Korea is said to detain another US citizen
North Korea has detained a US citizen, the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang and a university chancellor said Sunday, raising the number of Americans thought to be held by the secretive nation to three.

Outrage After At Least 5 EU Nations Elect Saudi Arabia On UN Women’s Rights Council
“Saudi discrimination against women is gross and systematic in law and in practice. Every Saudi woman must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman’s life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia bans women from driving cars,” he continued. “Why did the UN choose the world’s leading promoter of gender inequality to sit on its gender equality commission?”

How Did NY Gov. Cuomo Make $783,000 From A Book That Sold Only 3,200 Copies?
The New York governor received a total of $783,000 from News Corp.-owned HarperCollins in book sales over the past three years; a number that would translate to royalty payments of nearly $244.69 per copy. On Wednesday, the book was selling on Amazon for $8.45.

Is It Time to Break Up Google?
In just 10 years, the world’s five largest companies by market capitalization have all changed, save for one: Microsoft. Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Citigroup and Shell Oil are out and Apple, Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon and Facebook have taken their place.

UC Berkeley students threaten to sue over Ann Coulter visit
Students at the University of California at Berkeley who invited conservative commentator Ann Coulter to speak on campus are threatening to sue the university if it does not find a proper time and venue for her to speak next week.


Official Harvard Guide: Gender Can ‘Change From Day to Day’

The bastion of liberalism, Harvard University, wants students to believe that a person’s gender is “fluid.”  Fox News Insider has the story:

The office of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard University has released a guide that says for some people, gender identity can “change from day to day.”

The school-sponsored flier, which was distributed to students on the elite Ivy League campus, said for some “gender is fluid and changing,” and it “can be affirmed and/or expressed in many ways.”

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11 Facts That Prove That The U.S. Economy In 2017 Is In Far Worse Shape Than It Was In 2016

There is much debate about where the U.S. economy is ultimately heading, but what everybody should be able to agree on is that economic conditions are significantly worse this year than they were last year.  It is being projected that U.S. economic growth for the first quarter will be close to zero, thousands of retail stores are closing, factory output is falling, and restaurants and automakers have both fallen on very hard times.  As economic activity has slowed down, commercial and consumer bankruptcies are both rising at rates that we have not seen since the last financial crisis.  Everywhere you look there are echoes of 2008, and yet most people still seem to be in denial about what is happening.  The following are 11 facts that prove that the U.S. economy in 2017 is in far worse shape than it was in 2016… (Read More…)


Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 24, 2017

Howard Dean Really Hates ‘Hate Speech’

He and other leftists want to set their own limits for the kind of speech the First Amendment protects.

The Foundation

“Speak seldom, but to important subjects, except such as particularly relate to your constituents, and, in the former case, make yourself perfectly master of the subject.” —George Washington (1787)


Today’s BIG NINE News Brief from Against Crony Capitalism (4-24-2017)

Macron vs. Le Pen — meet the next president of France (CNBC)

Congress returns as Trump pressures Democrats ahead of funding deadline (Reuters)

China Calls for Restraint on North Korea as USS Carl Vinson arrives  (NBC)

Pentagon chief arrives in Afghanistan (The Hill)

Risk Back On as French Vote Ripples Across Markets (Bloomberg)

U.S. Weighs More Aid for Saudis in Yemen to Move Nation Toward Political Solution (The Washington Free Beacon)

Rare copy of Declaration of Independence found in England (CBS)

Democrats, Don’t You Ever Change (Townhall)

Bill Cunningham To Stephanopoulos: “Disconnect Among Real People Who Live In America And Coastal Elites” (Real Clear Politics) “Elites” must always be put in quotes in this context.


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: April 24

  • French election relief sends Europe soaring (Read More)
  • Gloves off as Le Pen and Macron pitch for final battle (Read More)
  • French Runoff Creates Fresh Political Divisions (Read More)
  • U.S. Government Shutdown May Hinge on Trump’s Demand for Mexico Wall (Read More)
  • Congress returns as Trump pressures Democrats ahead of funding deadline (Read More)
  • The Rich Are Living Longer and Taking More From Taxpayers (Read More)
  • Mattis Pays Surprise Visit to Kabul (Read More)
  • Bomb attack hits U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan (Read More)
  • The Electric Car Revolution Now Faces Its Biggest Test (Read More)
  • States Seek to Blunt Insurers’ Costs in Bid to Shore Up Health Exchanges (Read More)
  • Top Iron Ore Forecaster Says Prices Will Sink Back Below $50 (Read More)
  • Billionaire Doctor’s $11,000 Cancer Test Has Few Takers So Far (Read More)
  • ‘Apartheid Without the Racism’: How China Keeps Rural Folks Down (Read More)
  • German Business Confidence Climbs to Highest Since July 2011 (Read More)
  • Goldman Got Burned by These Debts in Rare Trading Miss (Read More)
  • How a $1.4 Billion ETF Gold Rush Rattled Mining Stocks Around the World (Read More)
  • PPG Again Raises Bid For Akzo Nobel (Read More)
  • Akzo to Consider PPG’s Sweetened $29 Billion Takeover Offer (Read More)
  • IBM Says CEO Pay Is $33 Million. Others Say It Is Far Higher (Read More)
  • U.S., Philippines scale back next month’s military drills, no more ‘war games’ (Read More)
  • Samsung to Issue Galaxy S8 Software Updates After Complaints (Read More)
  • Local, global security firms in race along China’s ‘Silk Road’ (Read More)
  • China clamps down on excess steel as Japan decries Trump ‘protectionism’ (Read More)

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Top Headlines – 4/24/2017

Rivlin says world must maintain its humanity, as Israel marks Holocaust day

Israel PM issues Holocaust day warning threatening to destroy those who call for the destruction of Israel

Netanyahu: Allies could have saved 4 million Jews if they’d bombed death camps in 1942

The Holocaust: Who are the missing million?

Alone in life, some Holocaust survivors pass with no one to bury them

Germany is a hotbed of Iranian spy activity that targets Israel

Without naming Iran, Trump says threats by regime to destroy Israel musn’t be ignored

Iranian candidate says nuclear deal failed to lift sanctions

Fatah calls for Palestinian ‘Day of Rage’ against Israel

Palestinian officials head to US to prepare for Abbas visit

Israel-China construction deal reportedly bans settlements

UN chief vows to stand up against anti-Israel bias, anti-Semitism

Report: Global antisemitism drops 12%, but surges by 45% on US campuses

French Jews worried over Le Pen’s success in presidential vote’s 1st round

Russian chief rabbi: France’s Jews should leave if Le Pen wins election

Israeli soldier stabbed at Qalandiya checkpoint

Tel Aviv stabber was in Israel on one-day ‘peace’ pass, official says – Israel freezes some permits for Palestinians after 4 hurt in attack

Israel re-opens Sinai crossing, keeps travel warning in place

Pro-Assad militia base targeted in alleged Israel airstrike

Despite chemical attack, UN chief congratulates Assad on Syrian independence day

Civilian casualties from airstrikes grow in Iraq and Syria. But few are ever investigated

Al Qaeda chief urges jihadists to use guerrilla tactics in Syria

Taliban’s surprise attack forced 30 coalition troops to ‘shelter in place’

‘Not enough coffins’ after deadly Taliban attack on Afghanistan army base

Suspected US drone strike kills three al-Qaida operatives in Yemen

Incidents of Piracy on Upswing Off Somalia, Prompting Concern

Outrage After At Least 5 EU Nations Elect Saudi Arabia On UN Women’s Rights Council

American monitor killed in Ukraine when mine hits vehicle

Philippine president says he can be 50 times more brutal than terrorists

Minister: China wants nuclear weapons eliminated in Korea

North Korea detains US citizen as tensions rise

More Venezuelans struggle in US as their country implodes

At least 35 killed in drug violence across Mexico: officials

Sessions: Erroneous tax credits to ‘mostly Mexicans’ could pay for wall

Trump to Insist on Border Wall Funding as Budget Deadline Looms

Trump and his aides take hard line on border wall, as threat of government shutdown looms

Congress returns, aiming to avert government shutdown, pass ObamaCare overhaul

A new era of trust busting to target Google?

Space May Be Next Frontier for Earth’s Crude Oil Giants

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Valparaiso, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Cipatujah Selatan, Indonesia

Magnitude-3.6 earthquake rattles California coast near Santa Barbara

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

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

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Kambalny volcano in in Russia erupts to 10,000ft

Wildfires rage across Florida, destroying homes and displacing thousands

Dry pattern to worsen drought, brush fires across Florida into May

Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate

Harvard University LGBT Fact Sheet Claims Gender Can ‘Change Day to Day’

How Facebook is planning to eliminate the revenge porn problem

The Sufficiency of Scripture

Jackie Alnor – Heaven Hopping Televangelists

Phil Pringle – God’s Word confirms that you are a false prophet….

City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee and 4 leaders surrender at State Courts to start jail terms

Bethel church, city officials defend $500,000 donation

Chris Hill Officially Resigns As Pastor Of Potter’s House Denver And Has Legally Separated From His Wife

Damning Doctrines: The Orthodox Church’s Denial of Christ’s Imputed Righteousness

18 spectacularly wrong predictions from the original “Earth Day”

Muslim Man Who Threatened Christians in Facebook Video Arrested on Terrorism Charge

Muslim Extremists Destroy Pastor’s Farm, Church Building in Eastern Uganda

Christian Missionary Groups Complete 28-Year Project to Create Kurdish Language Bible

Renewed Zika outbreak feared on Texas border

Posted: 24 Apr 2017 06:43 AM PDT

As warmer weather approaches and mosquito seasons take flight, health professionals are warning that a Zika outbreak in the Rio Grande Valley at the southernmost…

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How the Turkish Referendum Fits Into End-Times Prophecies

Posted: 24 Apr 2017 06:35 AM PDT

Is the Turkish Referendum a deal with the devil and a major sign of the end times?  Perhaps, according to sources on the ground, as…

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Holocaust Survivor’s Stunning Message About the Power of Forgiveness

Posted: 24 Apr 2017 06:21 AM PDT

A Holocaust survivor who was awarded by the governor of Indiana for her advocacy work and her stunning willingness to forgive her Nazi captors delivered a passionate, must-read…

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UPDATE: Pastor Mentored by T.D. Jakes Resigns, Separates from Wife

Posted: 24 Apr 2017 06:17 AM PDT

A pastor formally mentored by Bishop T.D. Jakes has officially resigned, according to a statement released by The Potter’s House of Denver on Facebook. Pastor…

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Christians to Blame for ‘Virtually All of Our Cultural Problems

Posted: 24 Apr 2017 06:13 AM PDT

Popular conservative Christian columnist Matt Walsh, best known for his work published on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, says Christians are to blame for the rise…

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PLO leader says stability, security, and peace in Mideast dependent on ending Israeli ‘occupation.’

Posted: 24 Apr 2017 06:08 AM PDT

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said the “state of Palestine” bases its stance on international law and legitimacy, and sees the international community…

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PSALM 83 WATCH: Palestinian Jihadist Claims Islamic State Planning to Encircle Israel’s Borders

Posted: 24 Apr 2017 06:02 AM PDT

The Islamic State group is determined to move closer to Israel’s borders, Gaza-based Palestinian jihadist and IS supporter Abu Baker Almaqdesi told Breitbart Jerusalem in…

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31% of Americans view Russia as ‘greatest danger’ to US, highest rate in 3 decades

Posted: 24 Apr 2017 05:50 AM PDT

Answering an open-ended question, 31 percent of Americans said Russia currently represents the “greatest danger” to the US, according to a new poll. It is…

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New Orleans begins to take down prominent Confederate monuments

Posted: 24 Apr 2017 05:46 AM PDT

New Orleans began removing the first of four prominent Confederate monuments under the cover of darkness early Monday, the latest Southern institution to sever itself…

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US Warns North Korea to cease ‘destabilizing actions and rhetoric’

Posted: 24 Apr 2017 05:39 AM PDT

With tensions rising between the US and North Korea, the Pentagon on Sunday called for the isolated communist nation to avoid destabilizing the situation further….

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Japan Sees Spike In Nuclear Shelters and Purifiers as North Korea Tension Mounts

Posted: 24 Apr 2017 05:35 AM PDT

Sales of nuclear shelters and radiation-blocking air purifiers have surged in Japan in recent weeks as North Korea has pressed ahead with missile tests in…

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Earthquake shakes Up Lancaster County in Pennsylvania; no reports of damage

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 04:48 PM PDT

A 2.3 magnitude earthquake shook Lancaster County Sunday afternoon. Lancaster County-Wide Communications was flooded with calls from various parts of the county after the brief…

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Implants will unlock some hidden human potential – or do irreparable damage to our existence

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 04:35 PM PDT

Scifi writer Jon Wallace considers whether implants will unlock some hidden human potential – or do irreparable damage to our existence Last month, The Engineer reported on progress…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Conflict With North Korea Inevitable Warns British Admiral

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 04:28 PM PDT

Kim Jong-un’s campaign to develop a nuclear missile to strike the East Coast of the US is driving the two powers towards an inevitable conflict,…

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Man Who Identifies as Woman Sues State of Idaho Over Refusal to Change Birth Certificate

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 04:23 PM PDT

A man who identifies as a woman has filed a lawsuit against the state of Idaho over its refusal to change his birth certificate from…

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11 Facts That Prove That The U.S. Economy In 2017 Is In Far Worse Shape Than It Was In 2016

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 04:17 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) There is much debate about where the U.S. economy is ultimately heading, but what everybody should be able to agree on…

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Twin earthquakes shake western Turkey

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 04:13 PM PDT

Two mid-size earthquakes, 200 km away and 1 hour apart, shook western Turkey causing widespread anxiety. Some 100 km away from the closest shock, In…

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‘Socially Accepted But Immoral Lifestyles’ In The Church Will Be Exposed And ‘Judgment Starts Now’

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 04:08 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Judgment begins in the House of God, and those that are playing around with sin need to stop before it is…

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Americans Drowning in Trillion Dollars of Credit Card Debt

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 04:03 PM PDT

Rising credit card interest rates are pushing Americans deeper into a long-term debt trap. Americans now owe $1 trillion in credit card debt, with an…

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DEVELOPING: Significant earthquake swarm happening near the coast of Valparaiso, Chile

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 03:58 PM PDT

A series of moderate to strong earthquakes were registered near the coast of Valparaiso, Chile on April 22 and 23, 2017. EMSC is reporting at…

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3.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Colorado with tremors felt 200 miles away

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 03:55 PM PDT

A 3.7 magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Colorado late Saturday morning at 11:48 a.m. MDT. The rumbling sounded like an explosion. Everything was rattling even 200…

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Most First-Time Visitors Decide if They’ll Return to Your Church in the First 10 Minutes

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 03:49 PM PDT

(By Carey Nieuwhof) It’s hard to believe, but according to people who study these things, first-time guests to your church make up their minds whether…

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65 Test Positive for TB at Texas Border Senior Center

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 03:44 PM PDT

An uncomfortably high number of positive tests results for tuberculosis came back to a west Texas border senior day care center, putting city health officials…

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Harvard Guide Says Gender Can ‘Change From Day to Day’

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 10:38 AM PDT

The office of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard University has released a guide that says for some people, gender identity can “change from day to…

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UPDATE: Muslim Man Charged After Revealing Guns Outside Christian Conference

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 10:31 AM PDT

It now appears that charges have been made! On April 21 South Dakota State Attorney General Marty Jackley announced charges of terrorism threats against Ehab…

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France Begins Historic Presidential Vote In Test For Populism!

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 10:20 AM PDT

Amid heightened security, French voters began casting ballots for their next president Sunday in a first-round poll that’s being seen as a litmus test for…

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North Korea warns ‘GREAT WAR’ coming as US strike force just Days away

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 10:15 AM PDT

North Korea has promised a “great war” is coming as the US’s aircraft carrier-led strike force closes in on Kim Jong-un. The tyrant continues to…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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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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