April 27, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Apr. 27, 2017 |

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President Donald Trump won’t immediately terminate U.S. participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement, the White House said, after he spoke with the leaders of Mexico and Canada about ways to renegotiate the accord.

The tax plan released Wednesday by top economic adviser Gary Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin provided much for multinational corporations to rejoice over — it calls for slashing the corporate income tax rate to 15 percent from 35 percent and applying a one-time, low rate to an estimated $2.6 trillion in offshore profits that have so far avoided U.S. taxes. The plan also calls for shifting to a territorial system for corporate taxes in which, going forward, most foreign profits would be exempt from U.S. levies. Currently, the U.S. taxes corporate income no matter where it’s earned.

Explosions hit a warehouse and fuel tanks near Damascus airport, the latest in a series of suspected Israeli attacks on Hezbollah positions in Syria, where the Iranian-backed militant group is supporting President Bashar al-Assad in the six-year civil war.

Ivanka Trump is in discussions with the World Bank about setting up a fund that would pool resources from G-20 countries to support female entrepreneurs.

United Continental Holdings Inc. will pay as much as $10,000 to passengers who voluntarily give up their seats on oversold flights, one of 10 changes the airline is adopting after setting off worldwide outrage when a customer was dragged off a plane by security officers.

International banks are getting serious about moving staff to Frankfurt after last year’s Brexit vote spurred competition among European cities to lure jobs away from London.

Orders for durable goods rose 0.7 percent, less than forecast in March, as demand for automobiles, fabricated-metal products and machinery all declined, Commerce Department data showed Thursday.

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose to a four-week high last week, interrupting a run of subdued firings, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. Jobless claims increased by 14,000 to 257,000 (forecast was 245,000) in the week ended April 22.

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U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts took issue on Wednesday with the Trump administration’s stance in an immigration case, saying it could make it too easy for the government to strip people of citizenship for lying about minor infractions.

The US Supreme Court took a narrow view Tuesday on the immunity from lawsuits enjoyed by Native American tribes, which are treated in some respects like sovereign states that cannot be sued in American courts.

Venezuela said on Wednesday it was withdrawing from the Organization of American States, deepening the diplomatic isolation of the socialist-run nation that is already out of step with Latin America’s steady shift to the right.

French intelligence services have scientific proof that the Syrian regime was responsible for a suspected chemical attack that killed 88 people, France’s foreign minister said Wednesday.

Arkansas plans to end its series of April executions by putting to death on Thursday an inmate convicted of murdering a cheerleader and who escaped from prison and killed two other people before being captured again.

The death of an American member of an international monitoring team in eastern Ukraine in a landmine blast, which also injured a Czech colleague, is the latest act of lethal violence putting enormous stress on the country’s fragile ceasefire.

An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from California early Wednesday in a test of the weapon system that is part of the U.S. nuclear force.

Donald Trump is reportedly considering disbanding the US ninth circuit of appeals after court judges blocked two of his executive orders. Mr. Trump said he was “absolutely” considering proposals to break up the “outrageous” court.

Chicago hit a grim milestone Tuesday, with more than a thousand people shot in the Midwestern US city since the beginning of the year.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been delivering fantastic views of Saturn and its moons for many years now, and this year it will meet its ultimate fate: incineration in Saturn’s atmosphere.

President Trump is stepping up diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea, and military preparations are “underway” in the event that such action is necessary, a senior administration official told reporters on Wednesday.

BBC

A Russian spy ship has sunk off the Turkish coast after being breached in a collision with a freighter, with all its crew rescued, the Turkish coastal authority said.

An Illinois couple married for 69 years have died within an hour of each other.

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Responding to a demand by the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Pentagon will formally review the content of a counter-terrorism training program taught to Special Forces by a private contractor.

President Barack Obama considered being homosexual as a young man, according to a forthcoming biography of the president. The biography by David Garrow, “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama,” is set to come out on May 9.

Texas Republicans were poised Wednesday to take a big step toward banning “sanctuary cities” in their state, debating a bill through which police chiefs and sheriffs could even be jailed for not cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities.

Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has confessed it is dealing with a “four-digit number” of migrants with declared links to the Taliban, potentially endangering neighboring countries such as France.


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Top Headlines – 4/27/2017

Report: ISIS Militants Killed by Wild Boars in Northern Iraq
The group was planning to attack a band of local tribesmen who had fled from the ISIS-controlled town of Hawija, which the jihadists seized in mid-2014. Three militants were reportedly killed and five more were injured. Al-Assi said the group of eight likely disturbed a herd of wild pigs, which inhabit the area and apparently mauled the fighters. According to Al-Assi, the militants had summarily executed 25 people fleeing the Islamic State’s territory in the three days before the boar attack.

Trump ‘absolutely’ looking at breaking up 9th Circuit
“Absolutely, I have,” Trump said of considering 9th circuit breakup proposals during a far-ranging interview with the Washington Examiner at the White House on Wednesday. “There are many people that want to break up the 9th Circuit. It’s outrageous.”

UK Refuses to Apologize to Palestinians for 1917 Balfour Declaration
The United Kingdom has rejected a request by the Palestinians to apologize for the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which helped pave the way for the founding of the state of Israel.

Amalek Fought Israel on Biblical Battlefield of Rephidim. Today, New Generation of Ancient Enemy Appears on Same Site
The violent, ongoing conflict between Egypt and the Islamic State currently raging in the Sinai is a reenactment of the Biblical confrontation between Israel and Amalek, even taking place on the same battlefield, pointed out a military analyst who has turned to the Bible to make sense of current events.

North Korea threat: Top admiral calls on more missile interceptors in Hawaii
Adm. Harry Harris told the House Armed Services Committee that Hawaii’s defenses were sufficient for now, but could one day be overwhelmed in an onslaught. “I don’t share your confidence that North Korea is not going to attack either South Korea, or Japan, or the United States … once they have the capability,” Harris said.

Mysterious spike in humpback whale deaths on Atlantic Coast
On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Fisheries issued a press release, declaring an “unusual mortality event” when an abnormally high number of marine mammals were found dead for unknown reasons. There have been 62 such events designated since 1991, when the program was established.

Syria says Israeli missile strike near Damascus airport confirmed
Several Israeli missiles hit a Syrian military position southwest of Damascus airport at dawn on Thursday, Syrian state media said. The “Israeli aggression” resulted in explosions at the site and some material losses, it said, citing a military source. Earlier in the day, Syrian rebel and regional sources said the alleged Israeli strike hit an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport where regular supplies of weapons from Tehran are sent by commercial and military cargo planes.

IDF strikes Hamas target in Gaza in response to cross-border fire
IDF tank fire struck and destroyed a Hamas terror target in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday shortly after shots from the Palestinian enclave were fired at Israeli forces stationed near the border, the military said. “The IDF will continue to act with determination at all times to maintain the security of the State of Israel,” the IDF said in a statement on the cross-border exchange.

Palestinian Authority says it’s halting Gaza power payments to Israel
The Palestinian Authority informed Israel that it is stopping all payments for electricity that enters Gaza through 10 electrical lines, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said on Thursday. PA President Mahmoud Abbas has warned over the past two weeks that he will take “unprecedented measures,” if Hamas does not concede some of its control over Gaza to the PA.

Israeli defense minister warns of Iranian presence in Golan Heights
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman reiterated Israel’s position that it will “not allow the concentration of Iranian and Hezbollah forces on the Golan Heights” while in Moscow on Wednesday. Speaking with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov while in the Russian capital for the International Moscow Security Conference, Liberman expressed Israel’s concern over Iranian activity in Syria, stating that Tehran is using Syrian soil as a base to smuggle arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

South Africa’s nuclear deals unlawful, court rules
A South African court has annulled initial agreements the government reached with three countries to help it build nuclear power stations. The deals with Russia, the US and South Korea were unlawful, the court ruled. The government failed to hold public hearings and a parliamentary debate over its plans, it added.

North Korea: US vows sanctions and will activate Thaad system ‘within days’
The US says it plans to activate a missile defence system in South Korea “within days” and tighten economic sanctions against North Korea. The announcements from the Trump administration come amid rising fears about the North’s military advances. The Thaad system was originally not expected to be in use until late 2017. Many South Koreans oppose it, fearing they will become a target.

Brexit: Chancellor Merkel warns UK on scope of talks with EU
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says some British people have “illusions” about discussing the UK’s future ties with the EU at the same time as nailing down the UK’s Brexit terms. The future relationship can only be discussed once the exit issues – such as UK payments to the EU budget – are resolved, she told German MPs. On the sequence of the Brexit talks, she said “some people in the UK still have some illusions on that score”.

Trump ‘considering draft order to scrap Nafta’
The Trump administration has drafted an executive order that would withdraw the US from the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), US media say. It is unclear whether President Donald Trump will follow through and strike down the deal, which eliminated tariffs between the US, Mexico and Canada. In the election he vowed to withdraw from the 23-year-old pact, calling it a US job killer.

Hawaii threatened by North Korea now, U.S. commander tells Congress
The Pentagon needs to consider deploying new anti-ballistic missile systems and a defensive radar to Hawaii to protect against a growing threat from North Korea… “Kim Jong-Un is clearly in a position to threaten Hawaii today, in my opinion,” Adm. Harry Harris, the chief of U.S. Pacific Command, told the House Armed Services Committee. “I have suggested that we consider putting interceptors in Hawaii that…defend (it) directly, and that we look at a defensive Hawaii radar.”

Trump’s promised tax plan is here, including lower tax rates and fewer deductionsPresident Donald Trump’s long-anticipated tax proposal was released today. U.S. National Economic Director Gary Cohn…said the President has focused on three things since he took office: job creation, economic growth, and “helping the low and middle income families…The White House proposal eliminates four tax brackets, leaving only three: 10%, 25%, and 35%. The administration has yet to disclose the earning parameters for the remaining brackets.

Chelsea Clinton Gets Another Award For Doing Nothing Special
Like her mother before her, Chelsea Clinton appears to be creating a cottage industry for herself in receiving random awards for her unparalleled contributions to society, scintillating takes on current events, and incredibly generous heart. Not content with just her Variety-sponsored “achievement award,” Chelsea on Tuesday night accepted the annual City Harvest Award for Commitment in fighting hunger in New York City.

Cashless society getting closer, survey finds
More than a third of Europeans and Americans would be happy to go without cash and rely on electronic forms of payment if they could, and at least 20 percent already pretty much do so, a study showed on Wednesday.

Senators Told North Korea Nuclear Threat Is Urgent
The Senate took part in a rare White House briefing on Wednesday to hear what senior leaders described as “an urgent national security threat” posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

Why We Have A 2nd Amendment: Venezuela Plans To Give Firearms To Loyalists To Purge Growing Resistance
After enduring shortages of food and medicine for years, as well as a total collapse of their currency, the people of Venezuela have had enough. In the lead-up to last week’s massive protests, President Maduro issued an alarming proclamation that didn’t receive nearly enough press… He promised to expand the nation’s armed militia, and hand out firearms to as many as 400,000 loyalists.

Tillerson, Mattis, Coats Call North Korea “Urgent National Security Threat”, Prepared To Act
“North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is an urgent national security threat… The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. We remain open to negotiations towards that goal. However, we remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies.”

Macron Booed, Jeered By Factory Workers In His Hometown After Le Pen “Ambush”
Chaotic scenes broke out during a visit by French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron to striking factory workers in his hometown of Amiens. Macron was greeted Wednesday with jeers, boos and chants in favour of his far-right rival Marine Le Pen as he made a chaotic visit to the factory in northern France.


Is God Going To ‘Bless’ A Government That Gives $500 Million A Year To Fund Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Holocaust?

More video has just been released which proves that Planned Parenthood has been selling off aborted baby parts to the highest bidder.  The crimes against humanity that Planned Parenthood is committing are off the charts, and yet nobody ever goes to jail, and the federal government keeps on giving them about half a billion dollars a year.  If the federal government did not give Planned Parenthood giant mountains of money every year, there are real doubts about whether it would be able to survive or not.  Planned Parenthood is the number one abortion provider in the United States, and the U.S. government is their number one financial supporter by a very, very wide margin.  So no matter how you want to look at the issue, the truth is that America’s abortion holocaust is being bankrolled by the U.S. government. (Read More…)


Have We Just Reached Peak Stock Market Absurdity?

Have you ever wondered how tech companies that have been losing hundreds of millions of dollars year after year can somehow be worth billions of dollars according to the stock market?  Because I run a website called “The Economic Collapse“, there are naysayers out there that take glee in mocking me by pointing out how well the stock market has been doing.  This week, the Dow is flirting with 21,000 and the Nasdaq crossed the 6,000 threshold for the first time ever.  But a lot of the “soaring stocks” that have been fueling this rally have been losing giant mountains of money every single year, and just like the first tech bubble this madness will eventually come to an end in a spectacular fiery crash in which investors will lose trillions of dollars. (Read More…)


The Deception Of Bruce Jenner And The Olympic Committee

According to Steve McConkey, president of 4 Winds Christian Athletics, Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner neglected to tell  Fox News host Tucker Carlson during an interview that hormones do not reverse the size of bone and muscles which gives male athletes a clear advantage over female athletes. “So a retired 6-10 NBA male player can play women’s basketball at the Olympics without a reduction in size, only a year of hormone therapy,” says McConkey.  Following is an excerpt of the interview from a piece he penned for Canada Free Press:

Carlson: “A transgender woman just won a major weightlifting title. Some people said, well, this is someone who has a massive physical advantage over the other entrants in that contest. It seemed like a real thing to me.”

Jenner: “The Olympic Committee is way ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to dealing with identifying transgender issues in competing. Back when I was competing in the 70s, all the women had saliva tests to make sure their in their DNA they were female. We had the East German women and the Soviet women and all that kind of stuff. Well, since then, there has been a lot of gender non-conforming. We don’t quite know where they fit into the athletic world. And the Olympic Committee has done 20 years of studies on issues of hormone levels of whether you need gender confirmation surgery, what can you do as a trans person to be able to compete as your authentic self. And they’ve come up with guidelines. If you meet those guidelines, you can compete. And obviously this woman did.”

Carlson: “Do you think it’s fair?”

Jenner: “Yes, I think it’s totally fair. If the Olympic Committee thinks it’s fair, I’m fine with it. Yes, because there’s no big advantage.”

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Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 27, 2017

Who’s Up for Paying Lower Taxes?

How about just three brackets, and a higher standard deduction coupled with eliminating other deductions?

The Foundation

“[U]nequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species.” —James Madison (1792)

Prominent Trump Cabinet Members Meet for Weekly Prayer
Prominent Trump Cabinet Members Meet for Weekly Prayer
by Veronica Neffinger
Several prominent members of President Trump’s cabinet reportedly meet for prayer sessions every week.
Planned Parenthood Abortionist Caught Selling Fetal Tissue Again
Planned Parenthood Abortionist Caught Selling Fetal Tissue Again
by Amanda Casanova
The Planned Parenthood senior executive who was caught on video saying, “I want a Lamborghini” while discussing the sale of the body parts of aborted babies has been caught on video discussing the potential sale of aborted baby parts again.

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: April 27

  • Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near Damascus airport (Read More)
  • ECB Keeps Policy Settings Unchanged Awaiting Political Clarity (Read More)
  • Lawmakers push one-week stopgap funding bill (Read More)
  • Key Moments From Trump’s First 100 Days (Read More)
  • Trump Makes Huge U-Turn on Pulling Out of Nafta (Read More)
  • Trump’s tax cut proposal shines light on MLPs (Read More)
  • United Says Litany of Failures Led to Flight Fiasco (Read More)
  • Trump’s plan to slash business taxes seen as ‘guidepost’ by congressional Republicans (Read More)
  • Trump’s Corporate Tax Rewrite Faces Major Obstacle: Its Cost (Read More)
  • Obamacare Customers Left Without Options as Insurers Bolt (Read More)
  • Venture-Capital Quandary: Too Much Money Chasing Too Few Ideas (Read More)
  • And Then There Was Hannity (Read More)
  • Deutsche Bank’s Return to Growth Delayed as Trading Trails (Read More)
  • Ford’s Profit Falls 35% (Read More)
  • Thai Prosecutors to Seek Arrest Warrant for Red Bull Heir (Read More)
  • Oil Shortage Feared by 2020 as Discoveries Fall to Low (Read More)
  • EU Determined to Limit Brexit Damage as Bloc Finalizes Position (Read More)
  • Fannie and Freddie, Back in the Black (Read More)
  • Ex-Congresswoman Accused of Living Large on Charity Funds (Read More)

Top Headlines – 4/27/2017

Trump to recognize entire Jerusalem as Israel’s capital during trip – report

Netanyahu: I won’t meet diplomats who engage with groups that slander Israel

Hamas Interior Ministry arrests Gazans for ‘spreading rumors’

World Bank: Gaza power cuts causing ‘humanitarian crisis’

PA tells Israel it will no longer pay for Gaza’s electricity

IDF troops come under fire near Gaza, respond with tank fire

Cyber attack aimed at over 120 Israeli targets thwarted

‘Huge’ blasts near Damascus airport blamed on Israeli strike

Intelligence minister appears to confirm Israeli strike on Syria

Report: Israel attacked Iranian arms depot near Damascus airport

Ivanka Trump Parts Ways With Her Father on Syrian Refugees

Trump gives Pentagon power to reset Iraq, Syria troop limits

Isis faces exodus of foreign fighters as its ‘caliphate’ crumbles

IS conflict: Iraqi force ‘retakes ancient city of Hatra’

ACLJ Urges New UN Secretary-General to Declare ISIS’ Atrocities on Christians a Genocide

‘It’s a war on Christians’: Egypt’s beleaguered Copts in sombre mood before papal visit

Over 1,000 People Are Detained in Raids in Turkey

US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

UAE jails Iranian for 10 years for aiding nuclear program

Hard-line Iranian candidate says US should fear Iran

Ukraine, Belarus leaders mark Chernobyl anniversary

Rumors rife as gas restrictions in N. Korean capital drag on

Senators: Little learned during rare all-hands North Korea briefing

Senators Told North Korea Nuclear Threat Is Urgent

Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on N. Korea

North Korea’s weapons progress a top concern as US senators have rare briefing

North Korea’s Special Operations forces are numerous, mysterious and formidable

North Korea threat: Experts paint dark picture of what fallout of pre-emptive strike may look like

U.S. may need stronger defense against North Korea missiles – admiral

Pentagon Ramps Up Space Warfare Effort

Why We Have A 2nd Amendment: Venezuela Plans To Give Firearms To Loyalists To Purge Growing Resistance

Venezuela snubs regional powers as more die in unrest

Venezuela says it will split from OAS as unrest continues

White House readies order on withdrawing from NAFTA

Nafta Report Sends Peso Reeling

Trump administration launches effort to help crime victims whose assailants are here illegally

Trump slams sanctuary city ruling, says opponents are ‘judge shopping!’

Border wall talk leads top Mexican official to float American entry fee

Will GOP Fund Planned Parenthood But Not Border Wall?

Moderates balk at conservative-backed, revised health bill

UN warned Trump that ObamaCare repeal could violate international law

Cashless society getting closer, survey finds

Judges, mayors, actors: 100 days of Trump resistance

Trump and the media: a win-win reality show?

Trump faces conundrum with conservative media

Ann Coulter says she will not speak at Berkeley: ‘It’s a sad day for free speech’

FCC Chief Sets Up Clash With Call to Repeal Net Neutrality

China tried to hack group linked to controversial missile defense system, US cybersecurity firm says

New computers could delete thoughts without your knowledge, experts warn

Swedish Startup Uses AI to Figure Out What Dolphins Talk About

Amazon’s new AI gadget will watch you in your home – and also rate your clothes

Crime Fighting Robots May Be Coming to a Mall Near You

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Iquique, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Lambasa, Fiji

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Valparaiso, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

Scottish earthquake tally hits 4,000

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Mt Etna volcano in Italy erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Sakurajima volcano in Japan erupts to 10,000ft

US may stay in Paris climate accord, with caveats

Humans alter Earth’s chemistry from beyond the grave

Video: Planned Parenthood exec who ‘wanted a Lamborghini’ caught haggling over baby body parts

“Basic Instinct” director Verhoeven to make film about lesbian nuns

UMC Announces ‘Special Session’ to Determine Church’s Homosexuality Stance

IRS raids televangelist Benny Hinn’s office in Grapevine

Gavin Finley – Pilgrims and Puritans

Feds raid televangelist Benny Hinn’s offices

Chris Rosebrough reviews Jurgen Matthesius’ ad hominem attack against ChurchWatch

Pastor Saeed Abedini Says He Doesn’t Want $200K at Center of Church Lawsuit, Blames Ex-Wife

A man tried to argue in federal court that dealing heroin is his religious right

Website aims to help women self-induce abortions using drugs

DEVELOPING: IRS and Postal Inspectors Raid Benny Hinn Ministries

Posted: 27 Apr 2017 06:40 AM PDT

Federal agents descended on the North Texas headquarters of television evangelist Benny Hinn and took boxes out of the offices. The search began about 9…

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Arrest Made After Attempted Arson Attack at Trump International

Posted: 27 Apr 2017 06:36 AM PDT

A man was taken into custody Wednesday night after arson investigators found devices set to start two separate fires to Trump International. The suspected arsonist…

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“Evangelical” Porn Star Claims She Is Doing “God’s Work”

Posted: 27 Apr 2017 06:31 AM PDT

A Porn star has outraged churchgoers by declaring she is an Evangelical Christian who believes there’s nothing wrong with her work in the eyes of…

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Cryogenically frozen brains will be ‘woken up’ and transplanted in donor bodies within three years

Posted: 27 Apr 2017 06:26 AM PDT

People who have had their brains cryogenically frozen could be ‘woken up’ within three years, a pioneering Italian surgeon has claimed. Professor Sergio Canavero, Director…

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300 Year-Old River In Canada Vanishes In Just Four Days

Posted: 27 Apr 2017 06:19 AM PDT

The Earth is melting. The ice is melting. The glaciers are melting. But the stubborn human heart refuses to melt. In an unsettling illustration of…

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Mexico and Canada leaders agree to renegotiate NAFTA…

Posted: 27 Apr 2017 06:10 AM PDT

Despite indications earlier Wednesday to the contrary, President Donald Trump agreed not to terminate the NAFTA treaty “at this time” in afternoon phone calls with…

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North Korea Releases New Video Simulating Strike on White House

Posted: 27 Apr 2017 06:04 AM PDT

A North Korean propaganda outlet Thursday released an inflammatory video clip showing a simulated attack on the White House, declaring “the enemy to be destroyed…

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China attempted to hack group linked to controversial missile defense system

Posted: 27 Apr 2017 05:59 AM PDT

A cybersecurity firm in the United States believes state-sponsored Chinese hackers were trying to infiltrate an organization with connections to a US-built missile system in…

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China to conduct drills and weapons tests in response to THAAD deployment

Posted: 27 Apr 2017 05:52 AM PDT

China will continue to stage live-fire drills and test new weapons to protect its national security, the Defense Ministry says. It comes after the deployment…

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BREAKING NEWS: Israeli Airstrike Strikes Damascus Airport

Posted: 27 Apr 2017 05:49 AM PDT

An Israeli strike on Thursday hit an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport where regular supplies of weapons from…

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US War Fleet Now Within ‘Strike Range’ of North Korea

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 07:15 PM PDT

An “armada” of American warships – led by the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson – is now within range of the Hermit Kingdom. Donald…

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New Bill Would Force Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers in Hawaii to Advertise Abortion

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 07:07 PM PDT

Earlier this month, Hawaii’s house of representatives voted 41-10 in favor of a bill that would require the state’s pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortion…

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Why the Enemy Appears as an Angel of Light

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 06:56 PM PDT

(By Michael Youssef) The very name Lucifer is taken from the word light or luciferous, which means “bringing light” or “illumination.” In Satan’s case, it is a false…

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Scientists grow a working human brain in the lab

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 06:46 PM PDT

Tiny human brains have been grown in a dish in what could herald a breakthrough in conditions like Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia. The brain cells have formed…

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‘Figure of Jesus’ appears above Colombian city wiped out by giant landslide

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 06:38 PM PDT

This is the amazing moment the ‘Figure of Jesus’ appeared in front of a crowd gathered to film the sunset over the city of Manizales…

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US missile shield aims to cover sudden nuclear strike against Russia

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 06:29 PM PDT

The United States is pursuing global strategic domination through developing anti-ballistic missile systems capable of a sudden disarming strike against Russia and China, according to…

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BREAKING NEWS: Military preparations ‘underway’ on North Korea

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 02:15 PM PDT

President Trump is stepping up diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea, and military preparations are “underway,” in the event such action is necessary, a…

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Only 20% Of Americans Read Entire Bible, Most Call It ‘Good Source of Morals’

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 12:59 PM PDT

Only 20 percent of Americans have read the Bible in its entirety, according to a new survey which also found that most Americans have positive…

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North Korea Claims 5 million youth “combat ready” and will “annihilate” US with nuclear bombs

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 12:42 PM PDT

North Korea‘s Youth League has vowed to use 5million children “equipped with nuclear bombs” to “mercilessly wipe out” the USA. A terrifying statement from the…

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FALLING AWAY: Famine of the Word of God in America Opening Floodgates of Immorality

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 12:36 PM PDT

(By Bob Smietana) Americans have a positive view of the Bible. And many say the Christian Scriptures are filled with moral lessons for today. However,…

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U.S. Commander warns America may need need stronger defense against North Korea missiles

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 12:28 PM PDT

The United States may need to strengthen its missile defenses, particularly in Hawaii, given the advancing threat from North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs,…

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Concerns grow regarding North Korean’s miniaturized nuclear weapons and submarine-launched ballistic missiles

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 12:24 PM PDT

With all 100 U.S. senators invited to a rare briefing on White House grounds Wednesday on North Korea, it’s hard to overstate how concerned officials…

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DEVELOPING: White House weighs order on withdrawing from NAFTA…

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 11:58 AM PDT

The Trump administration is considering an executive order on withdrawing the U.S. from NAFTA, according to two White House officials. A draft order has been…

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DEVELOPING: US Preparing to ‘EVACUATE 230,000 Americans from South Korea’

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 11:52 AM PDT

Donald Trump has demanded the evacuation of US citizens from South Korea as part of a drill named Courageous Channel, military sources have revealed. The operation,…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

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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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