April 25, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Apr. 25, 2017 |

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U.S. President Donald Trump intensified a trade dispute with Canada, slapping tariffs of up to 24 percent on imported softwood lumber in a move that drew swift criticism from the Canadian government, which vowed to sue if needed.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat seeking re-election this year, plans to expand the city’s free all-day pre-kindergarten program to include 3-year-old children.

North Sea oil is flooding into Asia like never before thanks to the most competitive crude prices in seven years. OPEC’s own output cuts are partly to blame.

The U.S. and North Korea both showed off their military prowess on Tuesday as nations in the region stepped up diplomatic talks to defuse a brewing crisis over Kim Jong Un’s nuclear program. The nuclear-powered USS Michigan, one of four Ohio-class guided-missile submarines capable of launching cruise missiles, arrived at the South Korean port of Busan. South Korea’s navy said it had no plans for a joint military drill with the submarine.

Flight testing of Lockheed Martin’, F-35, the Pentagon’s costliest program, will take about a year to complete and require at least $1 billion more than planned, Congress’s watchdog agency said.

President Donald Trump may be willing to wait until September or possibly next year to secure federal funding for his controversial border wall, a shift that could make it possible for Congress to finish work on spending legislation in time to avoid a government shutdown.

Home prices in 20 U.S. cities accelerated in the year through February for a fifth month, while nationwide property values also picked up, according to S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller data reported Tuesday. 20-city property values index climbed 5.9 percent from February 2016 (forecast was 5.8 percent), the fastest since July 2014, after increasing 5.7 percent in the year through January.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Chairman Jack Ma said society should prepare for decades of pain as the internet disrupts the economy. The world must change education systems and establish how to work with robots to help soften the blow caused by automation and the internet economy.

Retailers are filing for bankruptcy at a record rate as they try to cope with the rapid acceleration of online shopping. In a little over three months, 14 chains have announced they will seek court protection, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence, almost surpassing all of 2016.

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A jury in Las Vegas has deadlocked on federal charges against four men in an armed standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up cattle near Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch in 2014. The judge declared a mistrial Monday after jurors couldn’t reach verdicts on charges against Richard Lovelien, Scott Drexler, Eric Parker and Steven Stewart. Earlier, the same jury convicted two others in the standoff.

More than three months after the Senate Intelligence Committee launched its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election – including allegations of collusion by associates of President Trump – the panel has made little progress and is increasingly stymied by partisan divisions that are jeopardizing the future of the inquiry, according to multiple sources involved in the probe.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis landed in Kabul on Monday, becoming the sixth Pentagon chief to land in the capital to check in on America’s longest war. He arrives as the Trump administration weighs its next move in the seemingly endless conflict that continues to claim American lives and cost billions of dollars a year, with no clear end in sight.

Barack Obama has reportedly agreed to speak at a Wall Street conference for almost half a million dollars. Mr. Obama’s reported speech fee is nearly twice as much as Hillary Clinton has charged private companies for similar style events.

The public prosecutor’s office in the New York borough of Brooklyn will change the way it deals with minor infractions by undocumented immigrants to lessen their risk of expulsion under the Trump administration, it said Monday.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received a royal welcome from King Salman as he landed Sunday in Saudi Arabia for a visit to boost ties after months of tension.

Several mummies and more than 1,000 figurines have been discovered at an ancient cemetery located at Luxor in Egypt, archaeologists reported.

Israel indicted an 18-year-old American-Israeli Jew on Monday for a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States that stoked fears of a rising wave of anti-Semitism and threatening a Delaware state senator.

Militants in Iraq ambushed a convoy of off-duty soldiers near a town in the country’s sprawling western desert, killing at least 10 and wounding 20, officials said on Monday.

An American monitor with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe died after a mission patrol vehicle hit a landmine in the Russian-backed separatist east, eliciting sharp words towards Moscow from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday.

Huge swaths of Antarctica are awash in draining meltwater during the summer months, the first-ever continent-wide survey of meltwater shows.

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A US submarine has arrived in South Korea, amid worries of another North Korean missile or nuclear test.

The state of Arkansas has executed two prisoners on death row after the US Supreme Court rejected their last-minute appeals.

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North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military as a U.S. submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North’s nuclear and missile programs.

Fox News host Sean Hannity late Monday blasted “liberal fascists” who he said are attempting to “silence” conservative voices.


The Briefing 04-25-17

Siege warfare and the Syrian civil war: Why the Christian understanding of Just War Theory matters

Shouldn’t we just ban the bomb? Nuclear weapons and the problem of sin and knowledge

Canadian military tackles the soul-destroying question of when to shoot a child soldier

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Top News – 4/25/2017

German Weapons Giant Plans to Arm Ankara With New Turkish Panzer Factory
Germany’s largest supplier of military technology, Rheinmetall, is in talks with the Turkish authorities about building an arms factory in Turkey that will produce Panzers and other equipment for the Turkish army, the German newspaper Die Zeit reports.

Chile earthquake: 7.1 tremor strikes off coast near capital Santiago
A major earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck off the west coast of Chile on Monday, rocking the capital Santiago and briefly causing alarm along the Pacific Coast but not producing any serious damage.

With eyes on Washington, Cairo and Riyadh warm up ties, looks to cooperate
Both Egypt and Saudi Arabia share a sense of satisfaction with the advent of the Trump administration, which they see as reversing Obama policies that harmed them.

Entire U.S. Senate to go to White House for North Korea briefing
Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea. All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday.

Shocking Bible Code Matrix Contains The Exact Day And Year That David Rockefeller Would Die
“Some even believe we (the Rockefeller family) are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure—one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.” For Rockefeller, death caught up with him before he ever got to see the fulfillment of his New World Order dream.

Is Israel planning to strike more Lebanese sites in next Hezbollah war?
The IDF Military Advocate General Brig.-Gen. Sharon Afek hinted strongly on Tuesday that he will approve a wider range of Lebanese targets than were approved in the 2006 Lebanon War in the event of a new war with Hezbollah. Speaking at a Ramat Gan conference of military Judge Advocate General (JAG) officers from as many as 20 countries around the world, Afek said that “Hezbollah’s integration into state institutions raises questions of state responsibility.”

German foreign minister calls Netanyahu ultimatum ‘regrettable’
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Tuesday it would be “regrettable” if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off a meeting between the two, as he threatened to do if the foreign minister met groups that have testified against Israel abroad. Gabriel, who has described Israel as an apartheid state, said it would be a “remarkable event, to put it mildly,” if Netanyahu canceled their planned talks, arguing it was normal to talk to civil society representatives.

Israeli Sharia court system appoints first-ever female judge
Israel’s Sharia Courts appointed on Tuesday Ana Hatib as their first-ever female judge. The historic decision was made by the judges selection committee headed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who hailed Hatib’s appointment as “great news for the Arab woman and Arab society.” The Sharia Courts in Israel handle personal status law issues like marriage and divorce for Muslim-Israelis and have functioned on an uninterrupted basis since Ottoman times, including when Israel was established in 1948.

Princeton campus plastered with antisemitic, racist fliers
Fliers with anti-Semitic, racist and anti-immigrant messages were posted on the campus of Princeton University. The fliers were discovered in at least four areas of the campus on Thursday, the Daily Princetonian student newspaper reported, including on the door to the main entrance of the campus Center for Jewish Life.

North Korea tensions: US submarine arrives in South Korea
A US submarine has arrived in South Korea, amid worries of another North Korean missile or nuclear test. The missile-armed USS Michigan is set to join an incoming group of warships led by aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. North Korea is celebrating its army’s 85th founding anniversary on Tuesday. It marked the event with a large-scale firing drill, South Korea said.

US imposes ‘sweeping’ Syria sanctions over ‘chemical’ attack
The US has imposed “sweeping” sanctions on officials in a Syrian government agency in response to a suspected chemical attack earlier this month. The treasury department ordered a freeze on all assets in the US of 271 employees of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC). The US believes it made the nerve agent that killed more than 80 people in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Potential government shutdown looms for Trump’s 100th day
President Donald Trump and lawmakers have begun negotiations on a spending bill. If no deal is reached, the government would shut down this Saturday, which is also the President’s 100th day in office. Reason Magazine’s Matt Welch joined Dana Loesch on “Dana” Monday to discuss the implications. Welch believed any shut down would end in a matter of hours, stating “This is how Congress functions now.”

DOJ Has Sent a Letter to 10 ‘Sanctuary Cities’ in Possible Violation of Immigration Law
…Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed he sent a letter to 10 cities functioning as so-called “sanctuary cities,” which may be in violation of federal law. Sessions warned a failure to respond to those letters could result in those cities losing their federal funding.

DNC Chair Calls for Abortion Rights Litmus Test for Democrats
The little tent of the Democratic Party just got smaller, as DNC chairman Tom Perez has called for all Democrats to walk in lockstep with Planned Parenthood on the question of abortion rights, effectively ruling out the possibility of “pro-life Democrats.” “Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said in a statement. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.”

Chile rocked by 7.1-magnitude quake; no major damage reported
A major earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck off the west coast of Chile on Monday, rocking the capital Santiago and briefly causing alarm along the Pacific Coast but not producing any serious damage.

Obama To Receive $400,000 Speaking Fee At Cantor Fitzgerald Conference
Shortly after Barack Obama delivered his first (free) speech today since leaving the White House in Chicago before an audience of community organizers and other fans, Fox News’ Charlie Gasparino reports that in what may be his first paid speaking arrangement, Obama will be paid $400,000 to speak at Cantor Fitzgerald’s healthcare conference this September, setting the benchmark for how much an hour of the former president’s time will cost going forward.

Trump To Order Corporate Tax Rate Cut To 15%, Loading Up To $2 Trillion In Extra Debt
Trump has ordered his White House aides to accelerate his tax plan, the WSJ writes, “slashing the corporate rate to 15% and prioritizing cuts in tax rates over an attempt to not increase the deficit” which means that without an offsetting source of revenue, Trump is about to unleash up to $2 trillion in extra debt, a proposal which will face fierce pushback from conservatives as it appears to be a continuation of the status quo under the Obama administration, and may well be DOA.

Washington D.C. To Hold Massive “Complex Coordinated Terror Attack” Drill
On April 26, we’ll go one step further and stage a very realistic emergency event involving multiple sites and actors posing as the casualties.  However, there is no reason for residents to be alarmed because the exercise will occur in a controlled environment.

After First Hundred Days Media Ignores Trump Decreased US Debt by $100B Since Inauguration  
USA Today is reporting that the government may shut down by this coming Friday if Congress does not provide President Trump with a bill to keep it going….Under President Obama, the US debt grew by more than $560 billion which was an increase of more than 5% in his first 3 months in office…

OBAMA’S DEAD POOL LIST: Are These Deaths “Coincidental” Or Death By Association
Obama’s ‘Dead Pool’ list … These findings are based on fact, you decide if it’s coincidence, or death by association.

Flashback: Obama’s CIA Ordered to Hack Marine Le Pen and Other French Presidential Candidates
Wikileaks released documents in February that show Obama’s CIA sent out orders to hack Marine Le Pen and other presidential candidates in France.


April 25, 2017
SIENA HOEFLING — 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)


April 24, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — An anti-Donald Trump “dossier” created by a former British spy and financed by Democratic-linked money has significant detractors: the people accused of crimes in a supposed Trump-Russia conspiracy. Three men – – Mr. Trump’s attorney, a campaign volunteer and a tech company CEO – – have publicly said that the parts about them in the dossier are fiction…. (more)

April 24, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A new Washington Post poll that declares President Trump as “the least popular president in modern times,” waits until the second to last paragraph to reveal another tidbit: He’d still beat Hillary Rodham Clinton if the election were held today and in the popular vote, not just Electoral College…. (more)


April 24, 2017
CHELSEA SCHILLING — Americans of all political stripes have a new daytime TV obsession, and their favorite, “wildly entertaining” show stars none other than White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Spicer, known for his scrappy encounters with members of the mainstream media, regularly calls out the press for what he sees as their inaccurate and biased reporting…. (more)

April 24, 2017
PAUL BREMMER — Border fences may keep the enemy out, but what do you do when the enemy is already inside your gates? That is the situation America faces…. (more)

April 24, 2017
DETROIT FREE PRESS — It was the summer of 1990. Mariya Taher was 7 years old, vacationing in India with her family, when one day her mother took her to a run-down apartment building without explaining why. She remembers climbing some stairs, opening a door and seeing older women in a room. There was laughter, and the place seemed cheerful…. (more)

April 24, 2017
PAUL BREMMER — House Speaker Paul Ryan’s approval rating has sunk to a low of 29 percent, lower than President Trump’s and lower than those of John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich at the same point during their first full terms as speaker…. (more)

April 23, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump used Earth Day on Saturday as a platform to deliver a message that wove a commitment to protecting the environment with support for American workers, The Hill reported Saturday… (more)


April 23, 2017
NEWSMAX — Bill Nye Saturday slammed President Donald Trump’s Twitter post on Earth Day, saying that “he’s being strongly influenced by the fossil-fuel industry – – and he’s not seeing the big picture.”… (more)

April 23, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Take the Women’s March on Washington, slash its attendance, throw in Bill Nye “the science guy,” and you have the formula for Saturday’s March for Science, the latest in this year’s series of anti-Trump protests…. (more)


April 23, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — Angry student mobs shutting down free speech on U.S. college campuses are behaving like “terrorists,” charges war hero Lt. Col. Allen West…. (more)

April 23, 2017
GEORGE WILL — In his first annual message to Congress, John Quincy Adams, among the most experienced and intellectually formidable presidents, warned leaders against giving the impression that “we are palsied by the will of our constituents.” In this regard, if in no other, the 45th president resembles the sixth…. (more)

April 23, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — We had to tell the judge. It was the middle of our terrorism trial in 1995, and the Blind Sheikh’s lawyer was trying to elicit hearsay from a witness – – some innocent-sounding remark the witness had heard the “emir of jihad” make. I bolted out of my seat to object. At the sidebar, I made the Evidence 101 point that if the Blind Sheikh wanted his words placed before the jury, he would need to take the stand and testify…. (more)


April 23, 2017
DETROIT NEWS — Federal agents arrested a second doctor and his wife Friday in a widening conspiracy involving female genital mutilation and members of a Muslim sect…. (more)

April 23, 2017
SELF.COM — In the nearly two years since Caitlyn Jenner first went public with her gender identity, she’s been upfront with her struggles as a transgender role model and advocated for transgender students. In her new book, The Secrets of My New Life (out April 25), she opens up about undergoing gender-affirming surgery, Radar Online reports. However, experts say it’s important to remember that what transgender individuals – or any individuals – do or don’t do with their bodies isn’t anyone else’s business but their own…. (more)


April 23, 2017
NEW YORK TIMES — They looked like Afghan Army soldiers returning from the front lines, carrying the bodies of wounded comrades as part of the ruse. Dressed in military uniforms, a squad of 10 Taliban militants drove in two army Ford Ranger trucks past seven checkpoints. They arrived inside northern Afghanistan’s largest military installation just as hundreds, perhaps thousands, of unarmed soldiers were emerging from Friday Prayers and preparing for lunch…. (more)

April 22, 2017
CLIF KINCAID — Since MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is still preoccupied with the supposed influence of Russia on President Donald Trump and the American political process, we suggest that the publication of a new book called Communism for Kids by MIT Press is worthy of her attention. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian revolution, this book offers a glimpse into an uprising that was global in scope and which has not only destroyed the moral fiber of Russia, but has also done enormous damage to America…. (more)

April 22, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stole a line from congressional Republicans in his call for America to “repeal or replace” the Iran Deal…. (more)


April 22, 2017
NEWSMAX — Justice Neil Gorsuch took his first major action on the U.S. Supreme Court by casting the deciding vote to let Arkansas begin executing a group of death-row inmates…. (more)

April 22, 2017
RICH LOWRY — Donald Trump’s saber rattling may or may not deter Kim Jong-un, but it’s had an effect south of the border. In the first few months of this year, illegal border crossings have dropped precipitously. It is an early proof of concept that yes, it is possible to secure the border, and a victory, even if a provisional and incomplete one, for President Trump’s enforcement agenda…. (more)

April 22, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump met at the White House Friday with an Egyptian-American woman whose freedom he had personally worked to secure after she had been imprisoned in Egypt for nearly three years. Mr. Trump greeted Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian who holds U.S. citizenship, in the Oval Office shortly after her return to the U.S. on a military flight from Cairo…. (more)

April 22, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The March for Science has landed under the microscope amid mounting criticism over its left-of-center political agenda, prompting fears that the event could do more harm to the image of scientific research than good. Organizers of the Saturday protest, which is being held in Washington, D.C., along with 600 satellite marches across the nation and worldwide, insist the march is political but nonpartisan. Not everyone is buying it…. (more)


April 20, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — As my colleague Roger Aronoff reports, the media are livid that President Donald Trump is dismantling former President Barack Obama’s “climate change” legacy of deindustrialization and federal government control of energy resources. Meanwhile, factions of the U.S. Catholic Church and some Protestants are brainwashing church members into accepting the non-Christian idea that religious faith involves a belief in an Earth Spirit…. (more)

April 20, 2017
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Shortly after the 2008 election, President Obama’s soon-to-be chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, infamously declared, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.” He elaborated: “What I mean by that [is] it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”… (more)

April 20, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — It would be hard for biased, negative news coverage of President Trump to get any worse. “As President Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, he has received by far the most hostile press treatment of any incoming American president, with the broadcast networks punishing him with coverage that has been 89 percent negative,” wrote Rich Noyes and Mike Ciandella, both analysts for Newsbusters.org, a conservative press watchdog…. (more)

Mark Levin: Bombshell Report on Iran Deal is Infuriating

Mark Levin highlights the treasonous acts of Barack Hussein Obama

In Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway,” Josh Meyer reports that when President Obama released Iranian-born prisoners to secure Iranian support for his administration’s infamous nuclear deal, he portrayed the released prisoners as simple “civilians.” “In reality,” Meyer writes, “some of them were accused by Obama’s own Justice Department of posing threats to national security.”

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Here’s What Can Hurt Us Even More Than Smoking

According to LifeZette:

It is no secret that Americans have an obesity problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than one third of U.S. adults — or 36.5 percent of us — are classified as obese.

Now a new study has found that obesity is responsible for shortening the lifespan of humans more than smoking.

A team of researchers from Cleveland Clinic and New York University School of Medicine found that obesity led to “as much as 47 percent more life-years lost than tobacco,” noted Science Daily — “and tobacco caused similar life-years lost as high blood pressure.”

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Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 25, 2017

Nine ‘Sanctuary’ Jurisdictions Face Defunding

Trump and Sessions are serious about the Rule of Law when it comes to immigration. These cities should take note.

The Foundation

“Government implies the power of making laws. It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787)


Todays’s BIG NINE News Brief from Against Crony Capitalism (4-25-2017)

World stock markets hit record highs as Macron relief rally continues (The Guardian)

Trump’s ‘big, beautiful wall’ collides with Congress (Yahoo News)

White House ‘confident’ of averting shutdown as Trump shows flexibility on wall (Washington Post)

100 days of Democratic rage (Politico)

Big Mac Makeover Helps McDonald’s Overcome Restaurant Slump (Bloomberg)

Washington worries Trump tax plan will be light on details (The Washington Examiner)

Venezuela Shuts Down with National Sit-In Protest (PanAm Post)

Asia Times: UN Report Reveals How North Korea Sources Missile Technology (Washington Free Beacon)

Found: ‘Extraneous Golf Ball Materials’ in Frozen Hash Browns (Atlas Obscura)


Top Headlines – 4/25/2017

IDF chief at Auschwitz vows to fight enemies ‘bent on Israel’s destruction’

Blasting Le Pen, Rivlin calls for ‘war’ on new kind of Holocaust denial

Israeli president: Le Pen’s Holocaust denial ‘disturbing’

European Jewish leaders call Le Pen ‘dangerous’

Trump Pledges ‘Never Again’ On Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day

European nations not returning Jewish properties taken during Holocaust era

‘US antisemitic incidents jump 86% at start of 2017’

German Jews fear growing Muslim anti-Semitism

Netanyahu threatens to boycott German minister if he meets rights groups

PM’s ultimatum to Germany causes ‘serious harm’ to ties, Herzog warns

White House ‘plans to boost aid to PA – while cutting it everywhere else’

Why Is the US Still Funding Palestinian Terrorism?

Saudi official calls settlements ‘illegal’ and ‘obstacle to peace’

Ashkelon hacker officially charged: 2,000 threats to Jewish centers around the world

Trump said bidding to defeat new anti-Israel UNESCO resolution

UNESCO head calls Temple Mount ‘holiest place in Judaism’

‘Ancient civilizations’ team up to protect heritage from terrorism

Mattis in Afghanistan to discuss war needs

Bomb attack hits US base in eastern Afghanistan

Yemen aid summit seeks to pull nation from brink

US imposes ‘sweeping’ Syria sanctions over ‘chemical’ attack

Al-Qaida leader tells fighters to prepare for long Syria war

Sources in the Syrian army: ‘Russia and Iran are ready to deploy ground forces into Syria’

Iranians freed in Obama’s nuclear deal posed national security threat, says report

Trump says it’s ‘possible’ US will quit Iran deal

UN Security Council must ready new sanctions on North Korea

Trump discusses North Korea tensions with Asian leaders

Entire Senate being called to White House for North Korea briefing

Haley won’t rule out strike vs North Korea for nuke testing

N.Korea conducts large-scale artillery drills on anniversary

Chinese media warn N. Korea against nuke test

In call to Trump, Chinese leader urges restraint over NKorea

North Korea warns of all-out war over US provocations

North Korea threatens to sink US aircraft carrier

Japanese Ships Join US Carrier En Route to Korean Peninsula

Japanese demand for nuclear shelters, purifiers surges as North Korea tension mounts

International Criminal Court filing accuses Philippines’ Duterte of carrying out ‘national bloodbath’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he would eat a terrorist’s liver

Radioactive material stolen in Mexico, search on – officials

Twenty Signs the Third World War has Already Begun

Washington D.C. To Hold Massive “Complex Coordinated Terror Attack” Drill

Jewish, Muslim & EU leaders urge the French not to vote Le Pen

French Presidential Runoff Heralds New Political Era

France Braces for Runoff Between Nationalism and Globalism

Russia-linked hackers reportedly targeted Macron campaign

Wikileaks Exposes CIA Involvement In French 2012 Presidential Election

Trump team turns on WikiLeaks, but Julian Assange remains out of reach

Trump’s push to fund wall may be delayed as government shutdown looms

Illegal immigrants coached on how to avoid deportation

Amid Venezuela unrest, experts worry that criminals will acquire military’s weapons

BART takeover robbery: 40 to 60 teens swarm train, rob weekend riders

The Shadowy Extremist Group Behind the Anti-Trump Riots

Trump To Order Corporate Tax Rate Cut To 15%, Loading Up To $2 Trillion In Extra Debt

Wikipedia founder to fight fake news with new Wikitribune site

Will the high-tech cities of the future be utterly lonely?

Broadband, Wi-Fi More Important Than Clean Underwear for Apartment Dwellers, Survey Finds

Eerie tech promises to copy anyone’s voice from just 1 minute of audio

John McAfee: What if Artificial Intelligence Hacks Itself?

Amazon Forms Team to Focus on Driverless Technology

Scientists Can Blind A Self-Driving Car From Seeing Pedestrians

‘Get to Mars during my first term’: Donald Trump talks to Nasa astronauts in livestream

Chile rocked by 7.1-magnitude quake; no major damage reported

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Valparaiso, Chile

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Modayag, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Valparaiso, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Valparaiso, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Merizo Village, Guam

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kaliandak, Indonesia

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

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 18,500ft

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Record-breaking climate events all over the world are being shaped by global warming, scientists find

China Doubts U.S. Climate Pledge as Trump Mulls Paris Withdrawal

Amid global donor fatigue, UN asks new billions for famine relief

Mass starvation looms on the horizon, but robots may come to the rescue

Minnesota measles outbreak grows to 20 cases

New York Times scraps ‘female genital mutilation’ for being ‘culturally loaded’ term

Tom Perez draws rebuke from Pelosi after declaring Dems can’t be pro-life

Swedish midwife to take abortion beliefs fight to higher European Court

Men removing condoms during sex in disturbing online trend ‘stealthing’

Lesbian Methodist bishop faces challenge to her election

Trevaris Tutt – Christian censorship won’t sanctify

Robert Morris’ Gateway Church confirms it will cut staff by 10-15 percent

TBN to Receive $304M From Sale of Chicago Station WWTO in FCC Auction

Uganda – Pastor burns thousands of Bibles at church for ‘misleading’ his congregation

Lesbian Teacher in Tampa Forces Students to Remove Cross Necklaces

Woman Who Identifies as Man Sues Catholic Hospital for Disallowing Uterus Removal at Facility

5 Reasons Why Trust in Fox News Has Eroded Over the Past Year

Posted: 25 Apr 2017 08:13 AM PDT

(Reported By Josh. M. Shepherd) “How the mighty have fallen!” The biblical lament has particular relevance this week, as Bill O’Reilly—trusted by millions of Americans…

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Russian Senator Warns UK risks being ‘wiped off the map with nuclear counterstrike’

Posted: 25 Apr 2017 08:07 AM PDT

The UK, which recently said it could launch a preemptive nuclear strike “in the most extreme circumstances,” runs the risk of being “wiped off the…

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Mysterious Noise Heard Across the Globe for Nearly a Decade – Still No Explanation

Posted: 25 Apr 2017 06:46 AM PDT

A mysterious and unexplainable noise has been heard and reported across the globe for nearly a decade now and to this day no one can…

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China bans certain Islamic names in Muslim-dominated region of Xinjiang

Posted: 25 Apr 2017 06:31 AM PDT

Chinese authorities have released a list of some common Muslim names used in Xinjiang region that are forbidden to use for newborns from now on,…

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Nordstrom Charging $425 for Fake-Mud Jeans and people are buying them!

Posted: 25 Apr 2017 06:27 AM PDT

Fashion retailer Nordstrom is selling a pair of $425 jeans that allegedly show “you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.” The “Barracuda Straight Leg…

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Government Preparing to Block Churches With Fewer Than 6000 Members

Posted: 25 Apr 2017 06:11 AM PDT

Ethiopia’s northern Tigray State is considering adopting a new law that would restrict Christian activities to within official church compounds, rendering illegal the activities of…

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False ‘Gospel’ Claims Judas Was Crucified, Not Jesus

Posted: 25 Apr 2017 06:07 AM PDT

The emergence of a new “Gospel” has some questioning the authenticity of Christianity. The account, allegedly written by the apostle Barnabas, claims that Judas was crucified…

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San Diego schools criticized for effort against Islamophobia

Posted: 25 Apr 2017 05:56 AM PDT

One of the nation’s largest school districts has launched a campaign against Islamophobia, drawing praise and criticism. The San Diego Unified School District’s multiyear plan…

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Reports Indicating President Trump Will Increase Aid to Palestinian Authority

Posted: 25 Apr 2017 05:51 AM PDT

The Trump administration is preparing major cuts in U.S. foreign aid across the world, but plans to increase aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA), Haaretz…

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Germany’s Speech Police Target Truth, Spawning Cold War Flashbacks

Posted: 25 Apr 2017 05:45 AM PDT

The Stasi Museum in Berlin is a monument to the ultimate surveillance society. It is housed in the old Stasi headquarters. The Stasi were the…

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America Is Unraveling And We Must Return to ‘In God We Trust’

Posted: 25 Apr 2017 05:39 AM PDT

Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz has warned that the United States is “disintegrating into anger, anarchy, division” because of its “rejection of God.” The daughter of…

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Iran Violating Nuclear Deal with Secret Development Near ‘Off-Limits’ Parchin Site

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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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