April 28, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Apr. 28, 2017 |

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President Donald Trump said a “major conflict” with North Korea was possible if diplomatic solutions fail, although Senator John McCain said the U.S. leader understood that military action was a last resort.

The U.S. economy expanded at the slowest pace in three years as weak auto sales and lower home-heating bills dragged down consumer spending, offsetting a pickup in investment led by housing and oil drilling. Gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced, rose at a 0.7 percent annualized rate after advancing 2.1 percent in the prior quarter.

The State Department plans to cut 2,300 U.S. diplomats and civil servants — about 9 percent of the Americans in its workforce worldwide — as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson presses ahead with his task of slashing the agency’s budget, according to people familiar with the matter.

In an interview Thursday with Bloomberg Television, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said there are spots along the border where a wall can’t be built because of the terrain. Still, the administration is committed to building a “physical barrier” as much as possible, he said.

Severe power cuts in the Gaza Strip are forcing a showdown between the two main Palestinian political groups, as the World Bank warns of a looming “humanitarian crisis” in the territory.

India will overtake Germany in 2022 as the world’s fourth-largest economy and push Britain out of the top five, based on analysis of growth projections by the International Monetary Fund. But the challenges the South Asian nation must surmount to get there are many.

House GOP leaders aren’t ready to hold a vote this week on their stalled health-care bill, despite intense pressure from the White House to deliver on a long-promised repeal of Obamacare.

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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Thursday that she’s troubled by former President Barack Obama’s accepting a $400,000 speaking fee from a Wall Street firm.

The White House has assured Democrats it will continue to fund a key portion of Obamacare, clearing the way for negotiations on a series of spending bills to avoid a government shutdown, according to two sources familiar with the decision.

The American Civil Liberties Union is condemning the threats that forced Ann Coulter to cancel her speech at the University of California, Berkeley. “The unacceptable threats of violence that have led to the ‘hecklers’ veto’ of Ann Coulter’s speech at Berkeley are inconsistent with free speech principles that protect us all from government overreach,” David Cole said.

US personnel were killed overnight in the Nangarhar province, on the border with Pakistan. The soldiers were killed while fighting Isis-Khorosan, the local affiliate of the terror group. This is the “same general area” – southern Nangarhar province – where the massive ordnance air blast, dubbed the “mother of all bombs” (MOAB) was dropped earlier this month.

Southwest Airlines plans to stop overbooking flights – an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United’s reputation with the flying public.

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that critics say could lead to the removal of decades’ worth of federal land protections. The order directs Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review the lands previously designated as monuments, and suggest changes. Critics say this will allow the Trump administration to roll back protections that prevent drilling, mining and logging on the public land.

Turning to diplomacy after flexing military muscle, the United States will urge the U.N. Security Council on Friday to increase economic pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, leaning on China in particular to turn the screws on its wayward ally.

Liberian health authorities are taking rapid precautionary steps after eight people died of a mystery illness, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, 10 months after the end of a catastrophic two-year Ebola virus outbreak.

Google will begin marking HTTP pages where users can enter data as “not secure” in its Google Chrome browser come October.

A Mexican man who once sought sanctuary from deportation in a Colorado church was detained by federal immigration agents Wednesday morning as he went to a warehouse to get tile to install on a job, his wife said Wednesday.

A dozen people have been found stuffed inside a closet-sized cell hidden behind a book shelf in a Philippine police station, triggering further alarm about abuse under President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs.

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Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia have issued an unprecedented fatwa against child marriage. The fatwa, which is not legally binding but will be influential, was issued after a three-day congress of female clerics in the country. The clerics urged the government to raise the minimum legal age for women to marry to 18 from the current 16.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has sacked nearly 10,000 civil servants for having fake education certificates.

Brazilian cities went into partial shutdown on Friday as the country observed its first general strike in more than two decades.

Pope Francis is in Egypt on a visit aimed at improving Christian-Muslim dialogue, three weeks after bombings at two Coptic churches killed 45 people.

WND

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region are prohibiting parents from giving children some Islamic names in the latest effort to dilute the influence of religion on life in the ethnic Uighur minority heartland. “Muhammad,” “Jihad” and “Islam” are among at least 29 names now banned in the heavily Muslim region.

A state legislator from Manhattan has introduced a bill that would nullify gun rights from those convicted of hate crimes, even those involving nonviolent, and misdemeanor offenses. If successful, New York would become the seventh state to implement such a law.


The Briefing 04-28-17

Abortion, the central sacrament of the secular left, is challenging the unity of the Democratic Party

Religion and the necessary foundation of morality: Will Democrats seek to “reclaim religious ground”?

Human hatcheries and the end of pregnancy? Artificial womb raises huge ethical questions

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, and the cost of liberty

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Top News – 4/28/2017

Israel-Syria Border Heating Up Leads to Tensions With Iran And Russia
In the early hours of Thursday morning, missiles hit a weapons depot reported to hold missiles destined to be transferred to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah is a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

A False Sense of Security
Since the $40 billion program was prematurely declared operational in 2004, just three test intercepts have successfully killed a mock target in nine attempts, all highly scripted for success. If these tests were planned to fool U.S. defenses, as North Korea almost certainly would do, the success rate would be even lower.

World stocks pause near record highs
Concern about global trade and U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies kept appetite for risky assets in check on Friday, setting world stocks on the path to a sluggish end to what will still be their fifth straight month of gains.

President Trump’s Israel visit set for May 22
After much speculation surrounding the precise date, White House marks May 22 for President Trump’s first official visit to Israel, where he will stay for one night; Secretary of State Tillerson will accompany the president, along with UN Envoy Nikki Haley, a staunch Israel supporter, and Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

US warns of possible conflict with North Korea
President Donald Trump says a major conflict with North Korea is possible though he would prefer a diplomatic solution; China warns of situation escalating or slipping out of control.

US Senate unanimously warns UN to stop ‘targeting Israel’
In a letter bearing the signatures of all 100 senators, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told that UN bodies, including the Human Rights Council, ‘devote time to unwarranted attacks against Israel’; senators urge world body to comply with expectations for reforms to stamp out habitual Israel-bashing, reminding that the US is the UN’s main financial contributor.

Netanyahu slams German FM for insulting victims of Holocaust
In unusually strong language, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel for lacking sensitivity toward the victims of the Holocaust and endangering the security of the Jewish state with his support of an anti-Israel NGO…”My basic principle is simple,” Netanyahu said, “I don’t welcome diplomats from other countries who visit Israel and at the same time meet with organizations that call our soldiers war criminals.”

US Senate unanimously signs letter asking UN to address anti-Israel bias
It’s not often that all 100 US senators agree on something, but the US Senate unanimously signed a letter on Thursday calling on United Nations Secretary General António Guterres to address the anti-Israel bias permeating the UN. The letter, which was released by the Washington Post, accuses the UN of using its “privileged platform to advance an anti-Israel agenda” and that the organization “is exploited as a vehicle for targeting Israel.”

Syrian opposition leader hails alleged Israeli strike on Hezbollah hub
The leader of a Syrian opposition faction on Thursday praised that day’s air strikes on a Hezbollah arms supply hub on the edge of Damascus International Airport as a “blessed” blow to Hezbollah by Israel. Fahad al-Masri, Paris-based head of the National Salvation Front in Syria, also called for stepped-up Israeli involvement in Syria in order to “crush” the presence of Hezbollah and other militias.

Russia slams alleged Israeli strike on Syria
The Kremlin condemned an alleged Israeli strike against Damascus International Airport on Thursday, urging Israel and other countries to avoid carrying out any action that could heighten tensions in the region. “We continue to consider that all countries need to refrain from any kind of actions that lead to an increase in tension in this already restive region and call for respect of the sovereignty of Syria,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Macedonia parliament stormed by protesters in Skopje
Protesters stormed into Macedonia’s parliament on Thursday after an ethnic Albanian was elected as speaker. A brawl broke out injuring at least 10 people, including the Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, who was left with blood pouring down his face. The protesters, supporters of ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s VMRO party, are demanding new elections.

House delays Obamacare vote, denying Trump 100-day win
House Republican leaders on Thursday delayed a vote on their Obamacare repeal bill until next week at the earliest…Speaker Paul Ryan and his top lieutenants decided during a late-night huddle in the Capitol that they still do not have the votes to pass the stalled health-care legislation. At least 15 House Republicans remain solidly opposed to the bill, with another 20 leaning no or still undecided, according to GOP lawmakers and aides.

Pope Francis arrives in Cairo seeking to mend ties with Islam
Pope Francis arrives in Cairo on Friday hoping to mend ties with Islamic religious leaders just as Egypt’s ancient Christian community faces unprecedented pressure from Islamic State militants who have threatened to wipe it out. In an address to the Egyptian people this week, Francis spoke of his hope that his visit would help bring peace and encourage dialogue and reconciliation with the Islamic world.

Trump Calls Schumer’s Bluff: “If There’s A Shutdown, There’s A Shutdown… Democrats Would Be To Blame”
“We’ll see what happens. If there’s a shutdown, there’s a shutdown,”

Asylum Seekers Fleeing The U.S. For Canada May Find A Frigid Reception In Canadian Courts
“Abandoning a claim in the United States or coming to Canada after a negative decision in the United States, or failing to claim and remaining in the States for a long period of time – those are all big negatives. Big, big negatives.”

Sean Hannity Defends Fox News Co-President Bill Shine, Warns of ‘End of FNC as We Know It’
Sean Hannity took to Twitter Thursday to defend embattled Fox News co-president Bill Shine following a report that suggested Shine’s future with the network could be on unsteady ground.

Austrian Pres: All Women Must Wear Headscarves to Fight Islamophobia
Austria’s far-left president, Alexander Van der Bellen, has suggested that one day all women must wear headscarves to fight Islamophobia.

Obama administration dialed back counterproliferation efforts to secure Iran deal
The Obama administration prisoner exchange with Iran allegedly involved dropping prosecutions against more Iranian fugitives than previously known, including a top procurer of material with nuclear applications.

How Climate Evangelists Are Taking Over Your Local Weather Forecast
… that climate-focused scene, and hundreds of others like it playing out at local news stations across the country, marks a major shift in the way Americans hear about climate change. The safe and familiar on-air meteorologist, with little notice by viewers, has become a public diplomat for global warming.


Krauthammer on Coulter at Berkeley: ‘Reaching a Situation Where’ ‘Fascist Gangs Can Shut Down Free Speech’

Breitbart has the video:

On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” columnist Charles Krauthammer weighed in on the cancellation of Ann Coulter’s Berkeley speech by stating, “we’re reaching a situation where thugs are threatening violence. Basically, fascist gangs can shut down free speech.”

Krauthammer said, “[T]he danger here is, that we’re reaching a situation where thugs are threatening violence. Basically, fascist gangs can shut down free speech.”

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Feds Search Headquarters of Televangelist Benny Hinn

Researcher Barry Bowen informs us that the Federal Government is showing a new willingness to investigate religious fraud, starting with Word of Faith prosperity preacher Benny Hinn. Here’s Bowen’s report:

For two straight days IRS investigators and postal inspectors have been carting away boxes of possible evidence of fraud from televangelist Benny Hinn’s headquarters in Grapevine, Texas.

Local Dallas media have pounced on the news story with reporters tweeting the latest sparse details.

Dallas Morning News: IRS investigators search televangelist Benny Hinn’s offices in Grapevine WFAA: IRS raids televangelist Benny Hinn’s office in Grapevine

Here are five points worth thinking about regarding the Hinn story.

The IRS is showing a new willingness to investigate religious financial fraud.

The IRS and other federal agencies rarely investigated religious fraud during the Obama administration. In fact, the last time a televangelist was prosecuted by the IRS occurred during George W. Bush’s presidency. Mac Hammond’s case was  thrown out by the courts in November 2008 and the Obama administration failed to adopt new guidelines for church audits or to investigate numerous allegations of fraud uncovered by religious watchdog Trinity Foundation.

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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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Completely Alone And Utterly Depressed

Do you ever feel like you have been completely abandoned by the world?  Do you struggle with feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression?  If so, you are far from alone.  Thanks to technology Americans are more isolated than they have ever been before, and as you will see below, this is really starting to cause a major national crisis.  Humans were designed to be social creatures, and researchers have found that a lack of interaction with others can cause major mental, emotional and social problems.  Not only that, it can also lead to premature death.  We actually have a need to love others and to be loved by them, and if those needs are not met the consequences can be quite dramatic. (Read More…)


Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 28, 2017

Obama’s Lucrative Speech Fee Assailed by Leftists

The ex-president is being attacked by the likes of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, whose own reputations are tarnished.

The Foundation

“I should consider the speeches of Livy, Sallust, and Tacitus, as preeminent specimens of logic, taste and that sententious brevity which, using not a word to spare, leaves not a moment for inattention to the hearer. Amplification is the vice of modern oratory.” —Thomas Jefferson (1824)

April 27, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — The most glaring omission in Tucker Carlson’s interview of the human oddity known as Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner was the failure to seek comment on the transgender traitor by the name of Bradley/Chelsea Manning. This is the former U.S. Army analyst scheduled for release from prison next month because former President Barack Obama commuted his/her sentence for Russian-style espionage…. (more)

April 27, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The White House announced the outlines of an ambitious tax reform plan Wednesday that envisions deep cuts in the rates paid by American families and businesses – – and top aides warned naysayers against doubting President Trump’s ability to get it done…. (more)

April 27, 2017
ALICIA POWE — Just shy of President Trump’s 100th day in office, his administration unveiled tax reform Wednesday that is slated to be the “biggest tax cut” in American history, geared at job creation and putting more money in the pockets of middle-class Americans…. (more)

April 27, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The hard-line conservatives who helped sink Republicans’ first Obamacare repeal attempt reversed course Wednesday and officially endorsed the latest plan designed to slash costs for healthy Americans, giving congressional leaders a critical boost as they seek a do-over…. (more)

April 27, 2017
DAILY MAIL — Kim Jong-Un’s army readied for war as they fired rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships during North Korea’s ‘largest ever’ live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday. Hundreds of tanks were lined up along the eastern coastal town of Wonsan in a show of military strength to celebrate 85 years since the North Korean army was created…. (more)

April 27, 2017

BOB UNRUH — President Trump, whose attempts to crack down on foreigners entering the country illegally repeatedly have been derailed by activist federal judges favoring the lawbreakers, says he’s not dropping his latest attempt…. (more)


April 27, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump is “absolutely” looking at breaking up the “outrageous” 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which blocked his travel ban, he told the Washington Examiner Wednesday…. (more)

April 27, 2017

NEWSMAX — Science Guy Bill Nye and a panelist on his Netflix show discussed penalizing families for having “extra kids” because of their claimed effect on climate change…. (more)


April 27, 2017

WORLDNETDAILY — Bill Nye has built a lucrative career championing science. He’s cashing in on the nostalgia surrounding his old children’s show with a new show on Netflix, “Bill Nye Saves the World.” In theory, the show promotes a scientific worldview. But in practice, it’s promoting degenerate sexual behavior, claims gender exists along a “spectrum,” and spews out left-wing propaganda no Christian parent would ever let their child watch…. (more)


April 27, 2017
DAILY CALLER — 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. Garrow wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Martin Luther King Jr., and is a regular contributor to The New York Times and The Washington Post…. (more)

April 27, 2017
MARISA MARTIN — Jon McNaughton has been a “hidden man” in many respects. A conservative painter with extensive knowledge of his craft, he was far from being a household name – – until Sean Hannity introduced him to America in 2012…. (more)

April 27, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — While Hillary Clinton loyal aide Huma Abedin was reportedly sidelined in the final stretch of the 2016 presidential campaign as a result of Abedin’s husband’s child-porn scandal, she was potentially an even greater liability than known. It turns out Anthony Weiner wasn’t the only family member under investigation…. (more)

April 26, 2017
THE HILL — A majority of registered voters think it’s inappropriate that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are playing significant roles in the White House, according to a new survey…. (more)

April 26, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — Congressional negotiators closed in on a spending deal Tuesday after President Trump backed off his demand for border wall funding, saying he doesn’t need an immediate infusion of cash for the project, clearing the way for Capitol Hill to hash out a bill that avoids an end-of-week government shutdown…. (more)


April 26, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump has not only made historic cuts in regulations in his first 100 days, but the costs of his handful of new rules are tiny compared to former President Barack Obama’s, a difference of $3.9 billion, according to a new analysis…. (more)

April 26, 2017
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — Nearly 100 days into the Trump administration, the official position of the federal government is still that Uncle Sam can force private employers, against their conscience and their religious beliefs, to provide insurance coverage for all forms of contraception, including sterilization and morning-after drugs that can act as abortifacients…. (more)

April 26, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — The White House lashed out Tuesday night against the federal judge who blocked President Trump’s anti-sanctuary city executive order, and said sanctuaries like San Francisco have “the blood of dead Americans on their hands.” Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the ruling by Judge William H. Orrick misconstrued U.S. immigration laws and undercuts Americans’ faith in government…. (more)


April 26, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the infamous anti-Donald Trump dossier, acknowledges that a sensational charge his sources made about a tech company CEO and Democratic Party hacking is unverified…. (more)

April 26, 2017

FOX5 DC — Law enforcement officials, emergency managers and first responders will take part in a “full-scale exercise” Wednesday to help them prepare for possible terror attacks in the DC region. The planned drill will take place at six undisclosed locations around suburban Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District, though officials are not releasing specific details about where or exactly what will take place…. (more)


April 26, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — Despite U.S. government conclusions to the contrary, Iran is cheating on the 2015 nuclear deal and is actively weaponizing nukes, according to the group who uncovered Iran’s most recent nuclear ambitions in the first place…. (more)

April 26, 2017

ART MOORE — The Heritage Foundation vowed not to be “bullied or silenced” after an estimated 200 left-wing activists stormed the think tank’s Capitol Hill headquarters Tuesday morning, vowing to shut it down…. (more)


April 26, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The homicide rate may be rising in some U.S. cities, but slayings are still a localized phenomenon, with most U.S. counties not seeing a single homicide in 2014…. (more)

April 26, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump will travel to the Interior Department on Wednesday to sign an executive order to review the last two decades of presidential monument designations, with many of former President Barack Obama’s monuments expected to be scrutinized heavily…. (more)

April 26, 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Six-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon: $5.34. Copy of Hillbilly Elegy (hardcover): $15.67 Designer jeans caked in fake dirt and mud: $425. The appearance of escaping a liberal bubble: priceless … at least that seems like the inspiration for Nordstrom’s new and much-maligned “dirty jeans.” And that’s a good thing. Seriously…. (more)


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)


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  • Sounds like there was quite a show at Benny Hinn’s offices this week.
  • I hadn’t heard anything about this, but I simply cannot comprehend why anybody would think that producing such a horrific show would be a good idea.
  • Great thoughts on our weakness and God’s strength.
  • Well, Cedarville University is certainly blazing their own trail with this move.
  • Last week, I shared an article about abusive churches and noted that “spiritual abuse exists in all corners of Christianity, even those that are straight-laced.” I think this article is even more eye-opening than the one I shared last Friday.
  • I don’t know anything about this, but if I were in the area, I would want to attend.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable (or maybe it’s a weekly dose of fantastic). Thanks to reader Mike for this one!
  • I’m interested in reading this book. Looks like it’s another one to add to my wishlist!
  • This wolf got off too easy, but at least it’s something.
  • Sigh. Just because you call yourself a bishop doesn’t mean you are one.
  • Hmm. I’ll say this, science and scientific advancements are always fascinating, even if I’m not quite sure how I feel about them.
  • So…um…nobody is actually surprised by this, are they?
  • I’m always edified by Jerry Wragg’s teaching. Here he speaks about identifying your place in the Body:

Top Headlines – 4/28/2017

World Bank report: ‘Gaza faces financial crisis’

EU-Israel relations: Trojan horses, snakes, ladders and boycotts

UNESCO Draft Resolution Declaring Israeli Sovereignty Over Jerusalem ‘Illegal’ Draws Fire From Israel, Jewish Groups

Trump: Ask me in month about moving embassy to Jerusalem

Planning Said to Be Underway for Trump Visit to Israel in Late May as Jewish State Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Jerusalem Reunification

Israel, US eyeing Trump visit on May 22-23

Israel said pushing for massive East Jerusalem expansion as Trump visits

All 100 US senators to UN: End ‘unacceptable’ anti-Israel bias

Israel’s intelligence minister urges US to team up with Russia against Iran

Israeli defense minister warns of Iranian presence in Golan Heights

Iranian Cargo Planes Land in Damascus Hours Before ‘Israeli Strike’ on Airport

Israeli missile downs Syrian drone over Golan Heights

Assad in an interview before the attack in Damascus: ‘Israel is helping the rebels’

Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war

Russia condemns apparent Israeli strike on Syria

At UN, US calls for pressure on Russia to try to end Syria war

US envoy accuses Russia of allowing Syria to deny needed aid

How a protest over immigration policy stirred up memories of one grandmother’s journey to America, and a boatload of Jewish refugees who were turned away

Pope heads to Egypt to support Copts, heal Muslim rift

Balancing Act for Pope in Egypt: Outreach to Muslims, and Speaking Out for Christians

For the First Time, Russia Ranked Among Worst Violators of Religious Freedom

Russian intelligence ship sinks off Turkey’s Black Sea coast

US drone strike kills 7 in northwest Pakistan

Suspected Muslim insurgents in S. Thailand kill 4 soldiers

Trump complains Saudis not paying fair share for U.S. defense

A Saudi man has been sentenced to death after insulting the prophet Muhammad on Twitter

Far-Left Austrian President: All Women Must Wear Headscarves to Fight Islamophobia

UK anti-terror police foil knife attack near Parliament

Before North Korea had nuclear weapons, it had wild and often deadly plots

Putin Warns North Korea Situation Has ‘Seriously Deteriorated’

North Korean crisis ‘worst I’ve seen,’ top Navy officer warns

Poll: 53 percent favor military action to stop North Korea nukes program

Hawaii threatened by North Korea now, U.S. commander tells Congress

North Korea threat: Top admiral calls on more missile interceptors in Hawaii

Trump says ‘major, major’ conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

North Korea turns to Southeast Asian nations for support in battle with US to stop ‘nuclear holocaust’

Southeast Asian nations have expressed ‘grave concern’ over North Korea’s nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches

China warned N.Korea of sanctions after any nuclear test: Tillerson

China won’t confirm US claim of new pressure on North Korea

China to conduct live fire drills, test new weapons in response to THAAD

US Marines could deploy robots and ‘HyperSubs’ to storm future beaches

Trump agrees ‘not to terminate NAFTA at this time’

‘I was all set to terminate’: Inside Trump’s sudden shift on NAFTA

Trump’s NAFTA Reversal Confirms the Globalists Are in Charge – For Now

NYC to pay for lawyers for illegal immigrants

Trump eyes bid to split up 9th Circuit court amid sanctuary city, travel ban disputes

Trump Calls Schumer’s Bluff: “If There’s A Shutdown, There’s A Shutdown… Democrats Would Be To Blame”

Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life

Sean Hannity: Ann Coulter just the latest target of fascist media

Get ready for tech giants to start churning out fake news to ‘save’ net neutrality

UC Berkeley Gears Up For Violent Protests Over Coulter Speech Cancellation

Portland rose parade canceled after ‘antifascists’ threaten GOP marchers

Obama’s $400G Wall Street speech leaves liberal base stunned

Brexit: Chancellor Merkel warns of UK ‘illusions’ over talks with EU

U.S. drought reaches record low as rain reigns

Spacecraft survives unprecedented trip between Saturn, rings

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Little Sitkin Island, Alaska

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Little Sitkin Island, Alaska

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 14,000ft

Sinabung volcan on Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

How Climate Evangelists Are Taking Over Your Local Weather Forecast

How Team Trump plans to kill Obama’s Paris climate deal by declaring it a treaty

US probes unusual rise in humpback whale deaths

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

Elephant tranquilizer is the latest lethal addition to the heroin epidemic

Greg Bahnsen – Not All of Israel is Israel

Benny Hinn Ministries ‘Cooperating’ After Headquarters Search

Five points worth thinking about regarding the Hinn story

Leaving the NAR Church: Chrissy’s story

The Handmaid’s Tale and Its Flagrant Misrepresentation of the Christian Right

Photo of Seminary Professors Posing as Gangster Rappers Stirs Controversy

Porn star angers churchgoers by declaring she is an Evangelical Christian and God sees nothing wrong with her work

NOAA declares deaths of humpback whales along East Coast an ‘unusual mortality event’

Posted: 28 Apr 2017 06:34 AM PDT

NOAA Fisheries is declaring the recent deaths of 41 humpback whales from 2016 through present from Maine to North Carolina to be an unusual mortality…

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Google Launches “Project Owl” to Eliminate “Fake News” From Search Engine

Posted: 28 Apr 2017 06:19 AM PDT

On Tuesday morning, Google announced some major changes meant to fight the fake news and hate speech that keep polluting its search results. The Google…

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Intense Prophetic Dream Reveals Your Breakthrough Is at Hand

Posted: 28 Apr 2017 06:15 AM PDT

(By Joe Joe Dawson) Late on Easter night before I went to bed, I had a moment with the Lord. I just wasn’t praying, but…

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Wisconsin university approves Israel boycott

Posted: 28 Apr 2017 06:12 AM PDT

The student government of the University of Wisconsin-Madison unanimously passed a divestment resolution targeting companies operating in many countries that included an amendment specifically about…

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Meteor Seen Streaking Over South Florida

Posted: 28 Apr 2017 06:06 AM PDT

A fireball streaked across the sky overnight, according to multiple reports.  By 4 a.m. Wednesday, the American Meteor Society received nearly 50 reports about the…

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Last 2 Chapters of Revelation Reveal Important Intersection in End-Times Prophecy

Posted: 28 Apr 2017 05:57 AM PDT

(By Asher Intrater) Since John was the last writer of Scriptures, his writings contain a unique view of the whole spectrum of Scriptures from beginning…

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Why So Many People Fall Victim to the Deception of the Hyper-grace Movement

Posted: 28 Apr 2017 05:37 AM PDT

(By Bert Farias) What some people call the hyper-grace message began as a result of a sort of revolt against religion and man-made rules. A…

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Christian Convert Cast Out by Muslim Family for Turning to Christ

Posted: 28 Apr 2017 05:34 AM PDT

A Sudanese woman who became a Christian while working in Indonesia was forced out of her Muslim family’s home and told to never return after…

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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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