May 2, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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May 2, 2017 |

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Canada is hosting a round of exploratory negotiations on the future of the Trans Pacific Partnership after the U.S. bowed out. Senior trade officials from every remaining signatory country will convene the so-called TPP-minus-one talks in Toronto on Tuesday and Wednesday. While ministers won’t attend, the event is expected to set the stage for an upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit of trade ministers in Vietnam.

New York City is getting paid back for protecting its most powerful resident. The congressional budget deal announced early Monday will reimburse more than $24 million that the city’s police department spent protecting President Donald Trump’s midtown Manhattan residence and business headquarters between Election Day and Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

A U.S. missile shield deployed in South Korea against China’s objections is now technically ready for operations as tensions grow over North Korea’s nuclear program.

President Donald Trump said he’s willing to raise the U.S. gas tax to fund infrastructure development and called the tax-overhaul plan he released last week the beginning of negotiations.

India’s Infosys Ltd. said it plans to hire 10,000 Americans in the next two years, following criticism from the Trump administration that the company and other outsourcing firms are unfairly taking jobs away from U.S. workers.

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North Korea warned Monday that it will carry out a nuclear test “at any time and at any location” set by its leadership, in the latest rhetoric to fuel jitters in the region.

Congress extended protections to 44 states that have legalized medical marijuana in its proposed $1 trillion spending bill that funds the government through September.

A major earthquake, magnitude 6.2, in northwest British Columbia shook up communities in nearby Alaska and Yukon Territory but caused no apparent damage.

At least one person has been killed and three more possibly seriously injured following a mass stabbing and assault on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

A U.S. soldier killed in Iraq over the weekend has been identified by the Pentagon as 1st Lt. Weston C. Lee, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. Lee died after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated during a patrol near Mosul, according to the division.

The head of an Iranian satellite television network who last year was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison by a Tehran court was shot dead in Istanbul together with a business partner.

Two Muslim men were beaten to death by stick-weilding Indian villagers who suspected them of stealing cows, police said Monday, the latest such attack over the animal Hindus consider sacred.

One French police officer was seriously burnt and two others injured in clashes at a May Day demonstration in Paris in which protesters threw Molotov cocktails and other missiles.

A former FBI interpreter reportedly ran away to marry an Isis terror leader before realizing her mistake and coming back to the US to turn herself in.

The Wade quadruplets, who were all accepted into the country’s best colleges, have all decided to attend Yale. The four Ohio brothers became media darlings last month after receiving acceptance letters from Harvard, Yale and a long list of revered institutions, including the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford.

At least 14 people have been killed by tornadoes or flooding in the South and Midwest by a storm that also dumped a rare late-season blizzard in western Kansas on Sunday.

Passengers on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Thailand were slammed into the ceiling after their aircraft hit a patch of severe turbulence injuring 27 people, some of them suffering fractured bones, witnesses and officials said Monday.

Afghan security forces were killed at a “shockingly high” rate during what historically has been a winter lull in fighting against the Taliban, a US watchdog said in a report Monday.

Pakistani troops killed two Indian soldiers in disputed Kashmir on Monday and mutilated their bodies, India’s army said, calling it a “despicable act”.

Israelis stood silent for two minutes while sirens wailed across the country on Monday marking an annual day of remembrance for fallen troops and slain civilians.

Credit Suisse has deployed 20 robots within the bank, some of which are helping employees answer basic compliance questions, the Swiss bank’s global markets chief executive said.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to help protect gay rights in Chechnya.

Amid continuing anti-government protests, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has called for a new constitution. Speaking at a May Day rally, Mr. Maduro said a new constitution was needed “to restore peace” and stop the opposition from carrying out a “coup d’état”.

An “extremely lucky” surfer has been found by a Belfast Coastguard helicopter after 32 hours in the sea.

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Historians know the biggest cause of crime. J. Edgar Hoover stated: “The criminal is the product of spiritual starvation. Someone failed miserably to bring him to know God, love Him and serve Him.”

Sweden used to be a peaceful country, home to beautiful tall blonde-haired blue-eyed women. Now, because of the massive invasion of 3rd world Muslim migrants, it has turned into the rape capital of the world. Women in Islamic clothing wander around Sweden and violent Muslim men beat and rape the Swedish natives. McDonald’s is also doing their part to make sure that Sweden loses their language and identity by catering to their new demographic, Arabs.


Rogue journalist stuns White House reporters with surprise grilling
documentary filmmaker Mike Cernovich addressed reporters and loudly asked, “Why will nobody here cover the violence against Trump supporters?” A confused hush fell over the room as reporters, unaccustomed to being on the receiving end of shouted questions, tried to figure out what was going on. But Cernocivh immediately continued, “And why won’t you demand that leaders of the Democrats disavow the violence by Antifa the way you demanded Trump disavow violence from his supporters?” He then answered his own question by telling the room: “This has been completely covered up. You have no answer.”

New Hamas Policy Lays Claim to Holy Places in Jerusalem, “The Muslim Birthplace of Jesus”
Hamas’ new policy paper, perceived by the world as softening of their position, calls for ethnically cleansing the region by force in order to create a Muslim state. Israel claims it is an attempt to fool the world, and fix Hamas’ image as a terror organization. The paper also lay claim to Jerusalem as a Muslim city, rewriting history by referring to Israel’s capital as the “birthplace of Jesus”. While making these exclusive Muslim claims to all of Israel, Hamas makes other claims that most people would disagree with.

Islamic State seeks to impose religious rules in Egypt’s North Sinai
As the militant group steps up attacks on Coptic Christians, it is also trying to assert hardline religious authority in the remote area near Egypt’s border with Gaza

7 Photos of Snowy and Flooded Fields From Texas to Illinois
Winter Storm Ursa swept across the High Plains this past weekend, dumping snow from Texas to Nebraska in one of the strongest snowstorms to hit the region this late in the spring, according to the Weather Channel. This weekend’s storm has also caused flooding in eastern Oklahoma, northern Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, according to the National Weather Service, which is slowing down planting progress in certain states and may require replanting in others.

‘We Lost the Western Kansas Wheat Crop This Weekend’
Blizzard conditions and heavy snow swept western Kansas, including 14 to 20 inches in Colby in the northwestern quadrant of the No. 1 winter wheat state in the nation, said the Weather Channel. “We lost the western Kansas wheat crop this weekend. Just terrible,” tweeted Justin Gilpin, chief executive of the grower-funded Kansas Wheat Commission.

Quake near Canada border jolts Yukon, southeast Alaska
A major earthquake in northwest British Columbia shook up communities in nearby Alaska and Yukon Territory but caused no apparent damage….a teacher in the Alaska village of Klukwan about 40 miles (64 kilometers) from the epicenter, said the magnitude 6.2 quake shook her awake at 4:30 a.m. A series of aftershocks, including a magnitude 6.3 quake at 6:18 a.m., kept Carl from getting a restful night’s sleep.

Italy first EU country to publicly reject UNESCO’s anti-Israel resolution
Italy on Tuesday became the first European state to publicly state that it planned to reject a Palestinian backed resolution disavowing Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem. Late this afternoon, while Israelis celebrate Independence Day, UNESCO’s 58-member Executive Board is set to approve the text.

Swiss govt says threat of extremist attacks ‘remains at heightened level’
The risk of extremist attacks in Switzerland remains elevated, the Swiss spy agency said on Tuesday, and more attacks by the Islamic State militant group and its sympathizers were expected across Europe.

OPEC deal backfires: Saudis lose market share to Iran, Iraq
Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s biggest producer and de facto leader, is losing market share, while Iran and Iraq have so far emerged as winners of the cuts with in the cartel in a battle for market share, according to Christof Ruehl, former chief economist at BP who is currently Global Head of Research at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).

Netanyahu wants to stop PA funding for terrorists, but how is another matter
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office would not say whether the premier supports Israeli legislation in the Knesset to block funding to the Palestinian Authority that goes to paying terrorists and their families, just hours after he condemned the payments on Monday. “How can you speak about peace with Israel and at the same time pay murderers who spill the blood of innocent Israelis?” Netanyahu asked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his speech at a Memorial Day ceremony…“Fund peace, not murder.”

As Israel marks Independence Day, Hamas issues new and threatening charter
The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Monday dropped its longstanding call for Israel’s destruction, but said it still rejected the country’s right to exist and backs “armed struggle” against it. Hamas supports the establishment of a transitional Palestinian state along the borders from 1967, its leader Khaled Meshaal said on Monday in Doha while announcing the group’s new policy document.

Israel to UNESCO: Reject fake history on Jerusalem
Israel urged UNESCO’s 58-member Executive Board not to promote “fake” history by approving on Tuesday a Palestinian-backed resolution that rejects Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem. “Tomorrow, even as we celebrate, UNESCO will be voting against Israel’s right to sovereignty in its capital city, Jerusalem,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovel…”This is absurd. We have become used to the concept of ‘fake news’. Well, welcome to ‘fake history,” Hotovely said.

US anti-missile system operational in South Korea
The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is now operational in South Korea. The system can intercept North Korean missiles although full operational capability is still some months away. Tensions have been rising around the Korean peninsula, with repeated threats from North Korea and the presence of a group of US warships and a submarine.

Indian anger over soldiers’ bodies ‘mutilated by Pakistan’
Indians have taken to social media to demand revenge after the army accused Pakistani troops of killing two Indian security personnel in disputed Kashmir. The army accused Pakistan of mutilating the bodies in Monday’s clash on the Line of Control – claims the Pakistani army denied. But Indians, including the mourning families of the soldiers, feel Pakistan “should be taught a lesson”.

Merkel to meet Putin to discuss crises in Syria and Ukraine
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet Vladimir Putin in Russia for the first time since 2015. The meeting, at Mr Putin’s summer residence in Sochi, comes with bilateral relations in a trough over the war in Syria and Russia’s annexation of Crimea. They are expected to discuss both issues during their meeting, but no breakthroughs are expected.

U.S. issues travel alert for Europe, citing threat of terrorist attacks
The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for Europe on Monday, saying U.S. citizens should be aware of a continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout the continent. In the alert, the State Department cited recent incidents in France, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom and said Islamic State and al Qaeda “have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.”

No money for Trump’s wall, plus 6 other GOP issues missing from $1T spending bill
Congressional negotiators have come up with a $1.07 trillion plan to keep the government running through the end of September – but there’s a lot missing from the 1,665-page bill. And much of it involves items that President Donald Trump promised during his campaign and the early days of his presidency.

Budget deal may map U.S. Congress road ahead, via Trump bypass
The U.S. Congress…may be mapping a bipartisan path forward that skirts around President Donald Trump…Democrats and some lobbyists said on Monday. The path was discernible in a nearly $1.2 trillion federal spending deal carved out over the weekend to avert a government shutdown. It had Democratic fingerprints all over it, even though Republicans control Congress and the White House.

Islamic State seeks to impose religious rules in Egypt’s North Sinai
…Interviews with residents of North Sinai and reviews of Islamic State videos suggest the group…is seeking to impose its hardline interpretation of Islam on the local populace…the group has created a morality police force…to enforce strict rules against such behaviour…Coupled with a sharp increase in attacks on Christians inside and outside its predominant area of operations in North Sinai, the developments mark a significant change of tactics for Egypt’s Islamic State affiliate.

Student penalized for using word ‘man’ on his essay
At the University of Florida, a student was recently penalized for writing “man” instead of “humankind” in a class paper. History major Martin Poirier wrote “Water is a thing prior to man” on a paper for a history class called “History of Water.”

“That’s Enough” – Angry Trump Kicks CBS Reporter Out Of Oval Office
Having been pestered by CBS reporter John Dickerson over what great advice President Obama had given him (and his wiretapping accusations); President Trump’s frustration briefly boiled over as he turned his back and remarked “ok, that’s enough, thank you, goodbye,” gesturing for the reporter to leave The Oval Office…

51% Of Murders In The U.S. Come From Just 2% Of The Counties
In 2014, 54% of the counties in the U.S. had no murders whatsoever while the worst 1% of counties had 37% of the murders and the worst 5% of counties accounted for 68% of murders.

Trump Destroys Michelle O’s Legacy; Makes School Lunches Great Again
“If kids aren’t eating the food, and it’s ending up in the trash, they aren’t getting any nutrition – thus undermining the intent of the program.”

Ethiopia drought creates food crisis for 7.7 million
The number of people in need of food aid in Ethiopia’s drought-hit regions has surged to 7.7 million, over two million more than an estimate earlier this year, state media reported Friday.

The Mark of the Beast
…The world is a blink of an eye from being under total domination to Satan’s best representatives on the planet. A total in-your-face economic dictatorship is within the grasp of the New World Order crowd.


ALAN KEYES — Last week the Vermont socialist, Democrat Bernie Sanders, endorsed a reputedly pro-life Democrat running for mayor of Omaha, Nebraska. The president of NARAL ProChoice America called the endorsement a betrayal of women…. (more)

May 1, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Sexual harassment and now racial discrimination complaints are providing the excuses James Murdoch may need to purge the conservative news personalities who have made the Fox News Channel a success…. (more)

May 1, 2017
BYRON YORK — In the hour before the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner began at what used to be called the “Hinckley Hilton” in Washington, I asked attendees – – journalists, politicians, opinion-makers, advertising & PR types – – what they expected of an evening without the president…. (more)

May 1, 2017
CBS NEWS — On his 100th day in office Saturday, President Trump spoke to CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent and host of “Face the Nation,” John Dickerson, about his accomplishments at the traditional milestone and beyond, before flying to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to give a speech at a rally…. (more)

May 1, 2017
WALL STREET JOURNAL — Congressional leaders reached a bipartisan deal late Sunday to fund the government until October, while Republicans scrambled to pull off an even more significant legislative achievement that has eluded them this year: an overhaul of the health-care system…. (more)

May 1, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — The theory of human-caused global warming is straightforward. The level of the so-called “pollutant” carbon dioxide, or CO2, is rising in the atmosphere, causing a worldwide increase in temperatures that ultimately will have a catastrophic effect on the planet…. (more)

May 1, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — “Disliking Trump is getting very boring,” writes Kathleen Parker, a Washington Post columnist. “Disliking Trump, even for all the right reasons, is exhausting and unsustainable. It’s also boring.” Funny she should mention that. Weary Democratic voters may agree as they witness a strident new culture within their party which calls upon them to “resist” President Trump and his administration – – and includes strong language, ramped-up drama and a new “war room” mentality. The strategy may be losing its charm, however…. (more)

May 1, 2017
ROBERT KNIGHT — Many years ago, I witnessed what happens when people who prevent others from speaking are not dealt with promptly. During a “Firing Line” taping with William F. Buckley at Bard College in New York state on the topic of “Resolved: The ACLU is full of baloney” (the short answer is “yes”), two female activists stood up and started chanting “women of color have no voice.”… (more)

April 30, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Headlines rocked in recent days about the latest Berkeley episode of snowflake teardropping, the one where conservative bigwig Ann Coulter was supposed to come to campus to speak, but threats of violence from offended students waylaid her plans…. (more)

April 30, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — As President Trump’s top advisers prepare to hash out a final policy on the Paris climate agreement dumped onto their laps by President Obama, another option has hit the table: Declare the deal a treaty and send it to the Senate to be killed…. (more)

April 30, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Jeff Mason, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, said Saturday that press access under President Trump had “been very good” before delving into tensions that exist between the media and the administration…. (more)

April 30, 2017
POLITICO — The nation’s conspiracy-theorist-in-chief is facing a momentous decision. Will President Donald Trump allow the public to see a trove of thousands of long-secret government files about the event that, more than any other in modern American history, has fueled conspiracy theories – – the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy?… (more)

April 29, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump has signed a short-term, stopgap spending bill keeping the government functioning and avoiding a shutdown on his 100th day in office. Trump signed the bill in private Friday night after he returned to the White House from a daytrip to Atlanta…. (more)

April 29, 2017

NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump promised the National Rifle Association on Friday that “the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.”… (more)


April 29, 2017

WORLDNETDAILY — The Heritage Foundation, which, under the leadership of former Sen. Jim DeMint, became a strongly conservative think tank that embraced the Trump revolution and anti-establishment Republicanism, just threw it in reverse. DeMint is out. Former president Ed Fuelner, 75, who earlier retired, is back…. (more)


April 29, 2017
BYRON YORK — “We’re going to go when we have the votes,” Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday when asked when the House will pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Lawmakers will not be constrained by any “artificial deadline,” Ryan declared…. (more)

April 29, 2017
BOB UNRUH — There’s been a growing movement urging the United States to leave the United Nations – – including a petition drive – – ever since the global body passed a resolution condemning Israel for building housing in areas it reclaimed in a defensive war…. (more)

April 29, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Reversing yet another of his predecessor’s actions on energy and the environment, President Trump on Friday signed an executive order that paves the way for a massive increase in offshore oil-and-gas drilling…. (more)

April 29, 2017
NEWSMAX — First lady Melania Trump has dedicated a new garden for patients at one of America’s leading children’s hospitals. Patients will be able to feel the sun, breathe fresh air and see the Washington Monument from the new rooftop garden at Children’s National Medical Center…. (more)

April 29, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to start pulling the federal government out of K-12 education, following through on a campaign promise to return school control to state and local officials…. (more)

April 29, 2017

NEWSMAX — An organization funded in part by liberal billionaire George Soros plans to mark the 100th day of President Donald Trump’s time in office with a march in Washington, The Washington Times reported Friday…. (more)


April 29, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Let the marching begin. On the heels of the March for Science – – which really ought to have been called the March Against Science – – now come the People’s Climate March people. And boy, are they ready to engage. Their motto, according to a video posted on their Facebook event page? “People’s Climate March: We resist. We build. We rise.”… (more)

April 29, 2017
THE FEDERALIST — Bill Nye, who has been recently spending time yelling at people that gender is fluid and has nothing to do with DNA, used to tell everyone that science says chromosomes determine if a person is a boy or a girl…. (more)

April 29, 2017

EMILY ZANOTTI — I have a confession: I never liked Bill Nye the Science Guy. I like science and consider it a creative pursuit, but Nye always seemed cloying and condescending, as if, somehow, his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering were enough to give anyone an expanded view of the scientific universe. I was a cynical child, what can I say?… (more)


April 28, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — Brightly colored baby socks flooded the halls of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, representing the hundreds of thousands of lives lost annually to Planned Parenthood, and sending the unmistakable message to Congress to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider…. (more)


Mid-Day Snapshot

May 2, 2017

Trump’s Message to Kim

He offers North Korea a conditional olive branch, while the U.S. military announces the missile shield is now operational.

The Foundation

“We are firmly convinced, and we act on that conviction, that with nations as with individuals our interests soundly calculated will ever be found inseparable from our moral duties, and history bears witness to the fact that a just nation is trusted on its word when recourse is had to armaments and wars to bridle others.” —Thomas Jefferson (1805)


Why There Will NEVER Be A Political Solution To America’s Problems

Why do things never seem to change no matter who we send to Washington?  It seems like for decades many of us have been trying to change the direction of this country by engaging in the political process.  But no matter how hard we try, the downward spiral of our nation just continues to accelerate.  Just look at this latest spending deal.  Even though the American people gave the Republicans control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives, this deal very closely resembles “an Obama administration-era budget”.  It increases spending even though we have already been adding more than a trillion dollars a year to the national debt, it specifically forbids the building of a border wall, it fully funds Planned Parenthood, and there are dozens of other concessions to the Democrats in it.  As I previously warned, these “negotiations” were a political rout of epic proportions. (Read More…)


Leaving the NAR Church: Candice’s story

“How lonely and devastating it is to find out that something you believe in so strongly can be so wrong, and that cognitive dissonance disorder is very real to all of us who share this journey.” Candice is one of many Christians who has watched helplessly as the New Apostolic Reformation infected the church and […]


The Heart of the Hanegraaff Hubbub: Dethroning the God of Your Personal Experiences

Bible study author, speaker and blogger Michelle Lesley weighs in on the recent controversy that arose when the announcement came that the president of evangelical apologetics ministry Christian Research Institute (CRI), founded by the late Dr. Walter Martin, had been chrismated into the apostate Greek Orthodox Church.  Lesley writes: Hank Hanegraaff, the Bible Answer Man. […]


Leaving the NAR Church: Chrissy’s story

“I would always look up to these people getting “words from God” and wished that I could have this special relationship with Him as they did. I desired it – so why wasn’t God speaking to me the way He spoke to them?” Chrissy has allowed me to include her story in this series about […]


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Top Headlines – 5/2/2017

UK warned it needs new Middle East policy that does not rely on Trump

Palestinians see Abbas’s weakness ahead of Trump meeting

Support for two-state solution slipping – among Arabs?

Trump to continue talking to Netanyahu about settlements – W.House

White House refrains from commenting on new E. Jerusalem homes

Netanyahu criticizes Abu Mazen: ‘How can you talk about peace when you finance murderers?’

Mashaal: No negotiations with the ‘occupation’

Sources: Hamas document to support ’67 borders and reject Israel’s existence

Hamas remains bent on ‘liberating Palestine’ in new document

Hamas to soften stance on Israel, Muslim Brotherhood in policy document

Israel says Hamas trying to fool the world with new policy paper

‘Hamas invests all its resources in destroying Israel’

Palestinian infighting is exacerbating Gaza crisis – UN report

870 Palestinians remain on hunger strike

Palestinian man stabbed outside Jerusalem

Danon: US likely to support Israel’s seat on UN Security Council

Israel, Palestinians battle for votes over Jerusalem resolution at UNESCO

Italy says it will vote against UNESCO Jerusalem resolution

A UN birthday slap at Israel

UNESCO to fire another volley at Israel – on Independence Day

Israelis move from mourning to feting 69 years of independence

50 years of reunification: Western Wall exhibition on Six-Day War opens

April Nerve Gas Attack in Syria Appears to Be One in a Series

Exclusive drone footage captures west Mosul in the throes of war

Al-Qaida leader says group fought alongside US-backed forces

Ever-closer ties between US and Kurds stoke Turkish border tensions

UN rights chief warns against Saudi-led attack on Yemen port

Indonesians Seek to Export a Modernized Vision of Islam

U.S. issues travel alert for Europe, citing threat of terrorist attacks

CIA chief visits South Korea amid heightened tension

THAAD missile defense system initially capable in S.Korea – sources

Japan destroyer leaves port reportedly to escort US warships

North Korea Threatens To Sink “Doomed” US Nuclear Submarine

North Korea threatens to strengthen nuclear force ‘to the maximum’

N. Korea warns of nuclear test ‘at any time’

Trump mum on North Korea red line, says: ‘I act if I have to act’

Trump floats Kim Jong Un sit-down: ‘Absolutely’ would meet with North Korean leader

Democrats confident they can block Trump’s agenda after spending-bill win

1,665 Pages: GOP Spending Bill Longer Than Obama’s Stimulus

No money for Trump’s wall, plus 6 other GOP issues missing from $1T spending bill

Trump’s ‘big beautiful wall’ is not in the spending plan. Will it ever get built?

Spicer: ‘Make No Mistake,’ the Border Wall Will Be Built

As Trump budget plans fade, Republicans brace for war – with each other

GOP on verge of losing health care vote

Conservatives prepare for Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement

New Mexico’s REAL ID rules have forced court caseloads ‘to go off the charts’

Puerto Ricans protest on May Day as debt deadline nears

Maduro Calls for New Venezuelan Constitution Amid Street Battles

Several hundred neo-Nazis march in Swedish town

Leaked document reveals Facebook conducted research to target emotionally vulnerable and insecure youth

SpaceX launches top-secret spy satellite for US government

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Skagway, Alaska

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Skagway, Alaska

5.2 mangitude earthquake hits near Skagway, Alaska

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 25,000ft

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

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 16,000ft

Monster snowstorm in Colorado forces postponement of climate change & global warming rally

Lab-Grown Meat Coming to Supermarket Shelves Soon?

Fox News Co-President Bill Shine resigns amid criticism of his handling of sexual harassment claims

Baltimore Mayor Begs For FBI Help As 2017 Murders Soar To 20-Year High

Mike Ratliff – Regeneration is the New Birth

Jury Trial for Carra Crouch vs TBN Begins May 1st

Larry DeBruyn – Truths We Believe about God: A Biblical & Theological Refutation of Wm. Paul Young’s book, “Lies We Believe About God

Beth Moore’s strangely disappearing tweet: a discernment lesson

Letter to the Editor: AWANA Now Teaching Children to Hear the Voice of God

Fired Pennsylvania Youth Leader Pleads Guilty to Impregnating Teenager

Adventist Pastor Comes Out as Bisexual, Resigns Over Church’s Biblical Teachings on Homosexuality

Christian University Students Call School’s Biblical Views on Sex, Gender Identity ‘UnChrist-Like’

Miami Mayor: Scientology Is “Legitimate Religion,” Just Like Catholicism

Donald Trump Says America needs a good ‘shutdown,’

Posted: 02 May 2017 08:33 AM PDT

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that the country needs a “good ‘shutdown,’” as well advocated for changing Senate rules, in a pair of tweets where…

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‘Passion of the Christ’ Actor Jim Caviezel Wants to Work With Mel Gibson for Sequel on the Gospels

Posted: 02 May 2017 08:30 AM PDT

Actor Jim Caviezel, best known for playing Jesus in Mel Gibson’s 2004 epic “The Passion of the Christ,” has said that only atheists believe in…

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Pastor Greg Laurie Praying America Isn’t Destroyed By North Korea, Potentially Fulfilling Bible Prophecy

Posted: 02 May 2017 08:26 AM PDT

Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, has spoken out about the threat of nuclear war between the United States and North…

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Mobile and Wearable Biometric Authentication to Reach 3.3 Billion Users by 2022

Posted: 02 May 2017 08:22 AM PDT

The mobile and wearable biometric authentication markets will reach a combined value exceeding $6.2 billion by the year 2022, according to a new report from…

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COMING DECEPTION: Will Discovery of Alien Life Shake Religions to their Core?

Posted: 02 May 2017 08:13 AM PDT

About two decades ago, it was quite uncertain whether stars other than our own sun even hosted their own planets. However, according to Nasa, the…

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UPDATE: Texas Parents Meet Hero Who Risked His Life to Save Their Children From Raging Flood

Posted: 02 May 2017 08:07 AM PDT

Yesterday Faithwire reported the miraculous rescue that took place over the weekend as floodwaters and tornadoes ravaged Texas. A father traveling with his wife and…

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Ohio Man Arrested for Attempting to Join ISIS

Posted: 02 May 2017 08:02 AM PDT

An Ohio man has been arrested for attempting to travel to Syria to provide material support to the barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself…

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Is the UK about to recognize a Palestinian Statehood?

Posted: 02 May 2017 07:59 AM PDT

A new report by the British Parliament’s upper chamber declared President Donald Trump unfit to lead the West’s foreign policy in the Middle East, and…

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T.D. Jakes Claims Churches Have Become ‘Prostitutes to Politics’

Posted: 02 May 2017 07:55 AM PDT

The invisible wall separating church and state came crumbling down at an international gathering of pastors and ministry leaders. It was the underlying theme of…

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Huffington Post Humanist Urges the Church to Stop Using the Bible as a Moral Guide

Posted: 02 May 2017 07:48 AM PDT

(By Dr. Michael Brown) It’s one thing when a humanist attacks the Bible. That’s expected. It’s another thing when a humanist attacks a Christian denomination…

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‘The Church Doesn’t Need Any More Coffee Bars’

Posted: 02 May 2017 06:34 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Have we lost sight of who we are supposed to be? In December 2014, Kimberli Lira’s husband was diagnosed with cancer. Melchor…

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North Korea claims Japan trying to Invade, Threatens Obliteration in World War 3

Posted: 02 May 2017 06:25 AM PDT

North Korea has blamed Japan for rising tensions in the Korean peninsula – as the hermit kingdom threatened the Land of the Rising Sun would…

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Firestorm brewing as scientists work to create Synthetic Human DNA…

Posted: 02 May 2017 06:18 AM PDT

Last May a seemingly commonplace meeting kicked off a firestorm of controversy. More than 100 experts in genetics and bioengineering convened at Harvard Medical School…

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Satellite images reveal North Korea poised to test submarine missiles capable of striking US

Posted: 02 May 2017 06:14 AM PDT

Satellite images show that North Korea is preparing to trial a deadly new arsenal of submarines which could be capable of launching nuclear missiles towards…

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North Korea threatens the ‘final doom of the US’ after Trump sends supersonic nuclear bombers over the Korean peninsula

Posted: 02 May 2017 06:11 AM PDT

North Korea has said it is ready for a “total war” threatening the “final doom of the US” as Donald Trump continues to stage military drills with…

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One Day, a Machine Will Smell Whether You’re Sick

Posted: 02 May 2017 06:04 AM PDT

Blindfolded, would you know the smell of your mom, a lover or a co-worker? Not the smells of their colognes or perfumes, not of the…

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Scientists carry out full head transplant on rats

Posted: 02 May 2017 06:00 AM PDT

Scientists have carried out a successful head transplant on rats ahead of plans to attempt a similar operation on a human later this year.  During…

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Lightning kills 32 cows in Missouri leaving them ‘piled on top of each other’

Posted: 02 May 2017 05:54 AM PDT

As he does every morning, Texas County dairy farmer Jared Blackwelder started milking his cows around 4 a.m. Saturday. He finished up just before daylight…

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RUMORS OF WAR: North Korea Warns US drills “Push Koreas Closer to Brink Of Nuclear War”

Posted: 02 May 2017 05:43 AM PDT

The US activities in the vicinity of the Korean Peninsula – namely, US strategic bomber joint flights with South Korean and Japanese forces – may…

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China demands ‘immediate’ halt to THAAD deployment in South Korea

Posted: 02 May 2017 05:40 AM PDT

Beijing has called for an immediate stop to the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to South Korea and…

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Adventist Pastor Comes Out as Bisexual, Resigns Over Church’s Biblical Teachings on Homosexuality

Posted: 02 May 2017 05:30 AM PDT

A female pastor at a Seventh-day Adventist church in Arizona has come out as bisexual and resigned from her position, saying that she has “come…

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16-Y-O Daughter of Nigerian Church Leader Forced Into Islamic Marriage by Sharia Court

Posted: 02 May 2017 05:24 AM PDT

The 16-year-old daughter of a Nigerian church leader was forcibly converted to Islam and married off to her Muslim boss by a Sharia court in…

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Purging Continues at Fox News

Posted: 02 May 2017 05:20 AM PDT

Fox News on Monday announced the resignation of co-President Bill Shine, who had been the right-hand man to founding chairman Roger Ailes until Ailes’ departure…

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Texans cry out to God in miraculous rescue of 2 babies

Posted: 02 May 2017 05:15 AM PDT

“In the name of Jesus, let him breathe, Lord! Give that baby breath, Lord! Dear Jesus, please let this baby breathe,” a woman desperately prayed…

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Over 2,000 Report Earthquake Near Santa Monica, CA

Posted: 02 May 2017 05:12 AM PDT

A 3.0-magnitude earthquake shook the Santa Monica area Monday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor hit near the Santa Monica fault at…

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Ongoing Earthquake Swarm Continues In Skagway, Alaska

Posted: 01 May 2017 01:47 PM PDT

An ongoing swarm of earthquakes, with the largest quakes measuring M6.3, M6.2 and M5.2, is currently rattling near Skagway, Alaska. The two earthquake >M6.0 are…

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US Air Force to Conduct 2nd Missile Test amid Rising North Korea Tensions

Posted: 01 May 2017 01:41 PM PDT

As tensions continue to rise with North Korea, the U.S. Air Force is set to conduct another long-range missile test on Wednesday. The new launch,…

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Knife-Wielding Attacker Kills One, Injures 3 at University of Texas

Posted: 01 May 2017 01:37 PM PDT

At least one person was killed and three people were transported to hospitals with potentially serious injuries after a stabbing incident near a gym at…

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State Dept issues Travel Alert amid terrorism threats ‘throughout Europe’

Posted: 01 May 2017 01:33 PM PDT

The US State Department is warning Americans that traveling to Europe risks being caught in a terrorist attack. The ‘Travel Alert’ is set to remain…

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DEVELOPING: Trump Could Soon Have Meeting With Kim Jong-Un

Posted: 01 May 2017 01:27 PM PDT

President Trump said in an interview Monday that he “absolutely” would meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances. “If it would…

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Russia reportedly planting deep-sea ‘mole nukes’ near US capable of causing Tsunami

Posted: 01 May 2017 01:16 PM PDT

A former Russian colonel and defense ministry spokesman claims Putin is burying ‘sleeper’ nukes off the coast of America. Viktor Baranetz said that in the…

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Student penalized for using word ‘Man’ on his essay

Posted: 01 May 2017 11:33 AM PDT

At the University of Florida, a student was recently penalized for writing “man” instead of “humankind” in a class paper. History major Martin Poirier wrote…

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Tornado Rips Apart Texas Church — 45 People Inside Left Totally Unscathed

Posted: 01 May 2017 11:27 AM PDT

A deadly series of tornadoes swept through Texas, Arkansas and Missouri over the weekend, killing more than a dozen people and leaving destruction in their paths,…

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Are you ready for “Lab-Grown Meat” Coming to Supermarket Shelves Soon?

Posted: 01 May 2017 11:22 AM PDT

If this Silicon Valley food-tech startup has its way, its lab-grown meat—which includes chicken, duck and beef—will be on a supermarket shelf near you within…

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THAAD Missile Defense System in South Korea Ready For Potential Conflict.

Posted: 01 May 2017 11:17 AM PDT

The U.S. military’s THAAD missile defense system in South Korea has reached an initial operating capability to defend against North Korean missiles, U.S. officials said…

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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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