May 4, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Seven years of Republican promises to replace Obamacare will be kept alive or dealt a potential death blow Thursday in a dramatic House vote on an embattled health bill, with big political risks for President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan.

Puerto Rico’s decision to use a U.S. court to escape from its debts cast few ripples in the state and local bond market, where prices rose Wednesday. But the action — once inconceivable for a territory that didn’t have authority to file for bankruptcy — sets a precedent that could resonate with struggling states in the decades ahead.

A Venezuelan National Guard armored vehicle careened into a crowd of anti-government demonstrators in Caracas on a day of furious protests that left more than 300 people injured.

Federal Reserve officials remained on track to gradually tighten monetary policy after leaving interest rates unchanged and signaling they were not alarmed by recent U.S. economic weakness.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai wants to gut Obama-era net neutrality rules, but even he says the matter is best left to someone else: the lawmakers in Congress.

If Apple Inc. were a bond fund, it would dwarf the competition. The iPhone-maker has $148 billion of its record $257 billion cash pile invested in corporate debt alone, according to a company filing from Wednesday. That’s enough to buy all the assets in the world’s largest fixed-income mutual fund, the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund, which has about $145 billion of assets including company, government and mortgage bonds.

Oil dropped below $50 a barrel in London for the first time since late March on growing signs that OPEC’s production cuts are failing to clear a surplus of crude.

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped more than forecast last week, consistent with a robust labor market, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. Jobless claims decreased by 19,000 to a three-week low of 238,000 (forecast was 248,000) in the week ended April 29.

U.S. worker productivity declined in the first quarter by the most in a year as growth in the world’s largest economy weakened, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. The measure of employee output per hour decreased at a 0.6 percent annual rate (forecast was a 0.1 percent decline) after a revised 1.8 percent gain in the prior three months. Expenses per worker rose at a 3 percent pace (forecast was 2.7 percent increase) after a revised 1.3 percent gain.

The U.S. trade deficit was narrower than forecast in March as record exports of services partly cushioned a drop in merchandise shipments, Commerce Department data showed Thursday. The gap was little changed at $43.7 billion (forecast was $44.5 billion) from a revised $43.8 billion in February.

AP Top Stories

Three people were killed and several others sustained life-threatening injuries after a vehicle plowed into a crowd and crashed through a wall at an auto auction in Massachusetts on Wednesday morning.

Authorities urged residents to evacuate a small Missouri River town and halted traffic along a busy section of the Mississippi River near St. Louis on Wednesday, as relentless rain and an ominous forecast hovered over parts of the flood-soaked Midwest.

A top aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted Wednesday that U.S. commandos in northern Syria could be targeted by Turkish rockets if they continue to work with Kurdish fighters along the border with Turkey.

China on Wednesday urged all parties in the Korean standoff to stay calm and “stop irritating each other,” a day after North Korea said the United States was pushing the region to the brink of nuclear war.

Morgan Stanley, the largest U.S. brokerage by salesforce, said on Wednesday it is dropping mutual funds from Vanguard Group, the largest U.S. mutual fund firm.

BBC

The Duke of Edinburgh is retiring from royal duties this autumn, Buckingham Palace has announced. Prince Philip, who turns 96 in June, made the decision himself and the Queen supported him, a spokesman said.

Somalia’s security forces have shot dead a 31-year-old government minister after mistaking him for a militant Islamist, officials have said.

Zimbabwe is the most highly developed country in Africa after South Africa, President Robert Mugabe has said. He denied that the country was a fragile state. “We have over 14 universities and our literacy rate is over 90 [%] – the highest in Africa,” he said.

An Egyptian school drop-out is hoping to make history after spending three years painstakingly creating what he believes to be the world’s largest Koran. Saad Mohammed’s intricately decorated, hand-drawn scroll is 2,296ft – which means, when it is unrolled, it is almost twice as tall as the Empire State Building.

Syria’s government is continuing to make chemical weapons in violation of a 2013 deal to eliminate them, a Western intelligence agency has told the BBC. A document says chemical and biological munitions are produced at three main sites near Damascus and Hama.

WND

College students shelling out a hefty $36,000 a year in tuition at a private university in Indiana will soon study “strategies for resistance” to President Donald Trump. The fall semester class, titled “Trumpism & U.S. Democracy,” is being offered by Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order further weakening already-sparse enforcement of an IRS rule threatening the loss of tax-exempt status for religious organizations that endorse political candidates.

San Francisco voters approved Proposition N last fall to allow illegal immigrants to vote in the city’s future school board elections, and some believe it’s a problem that could soon “metastasize” to other school districts.

The Briefing 05-04-17

Noetic effects of the Fall and the naturalistic worldview’s failure to explain the limits of reason

The death of expertise or panic of the experts? Intellectual authority in America

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Top News – 5/4/2017

Trump to relax rules on political activity for religious institutions
Trump will sign the order, which promises to “protect and vigorously promote religious liberty.” He will also direct federal agencies to exempt some religious organizations, such as churches, charities and universities, from mandates under former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act that require employers to provide employees with health coverage for contraception.

North Korea and USA: News updates as Trump and Kim Jong-un stand on brink of nuclear war
North Korea continues to ramp up tensions with the US, with Kim Jong-un threatening to conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test. Donald Trump has warned that military action is a possibility, and has agreed to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin to solve the “very dangerous” situation.

As Kabbalist Identifies Kim Jong-Un as Gog and Magog, Rabbi Cautions Against Prophetic Speculation
As the conflict surrounding North Korea heats up and all eyes turn towards the armies amassing in Asia, a prominent kabbalist identified Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator, as the leader of the prophesied War of Gog u’Magog. Another respected rabbi agreed, but noted that such claims, rooted in the esoteric, needed to be understood in depth when considering current events. “He based his opinion on a prophecy in Isaiah, which referred to the war of Gog u’Magog beginning in the east, which the kabbalist interpreted to be Asia.”

Netanyahu: I hope Trump-Abbas meeting will bring about a change
‘I’m always ready for genuine peace,’ prime minister says in meeting with Romanian counterpart Sorin Grindeanu a day after the US president met with the Palestinian leader; ‘I heard President Abbas say that Palestinians teach their children peace. That’s unfortunately not true,’ Netanyahu adds.

Judge Roy Moore on SPLC: ‘They Hate God and They Hate Anything About God and Christianity’
Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who is now running for U.S. Senate, said the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which protrays itself as an educational and legal advocacy group that fights “hate and bigotry,” is “probably the biggest hate group” in America and it particularly hates “God and Christianity.”

Greek Orthodox Bishop Calls on Turkey’s Erdogan to Convert or Face ‘Unending Hell’ With Muhammed
The Greek Orthodox bishop, Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus, sent a lengthy letter to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he detailed some of the differences between Christianity and Islam and called on Erdogan to convert to Orthodoxy or face “eternal and unending” suffering in Hell, along with Muhammed and his followers.

Netanyahu Slashes UN Funding: “Israel Will Not Sit By While UN Denies Our Sovereignty”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday morning told his weekly cabinet meeting that Israel has retaliated for the unjust and hostile UNESCO vote on the status of Jerusalem by cutting $1 million from its annual contribution to the UN.

North Korea turns its hostility on Beijing
Tensions on the Korean peninsula are reaching an unprecedented boiling point, as North Korea’s leader threatens war with China, its strongest and most important ally, over its “nuclear betrayal.” China’s People’s Liberation Army is on its second-highest alert level – indicating it thinks a direct military threat is imminent.

‘Clinton Cash’ Author Sounds The Alarm Over Jared Kushner’s Partnership With George Soros
“Clinton Cash” author and Breitbart News editor Peter Schweizer said in a radio interview that Kushner’s ties to Soros — who funds a network of left-wing activists — as well as his billion-dollar loans, both of which he failed to include in his financial disclosure forms, present a “massive, massive problem” for the White House.

WAITING FOR THE STORM CLOUD
A CME that left the sun on April 30th has still not reached Earth. Forecasters raised the possibility of a glancing blow on May 3rd, but so far there is no sign of the advancing solar storm cloud. Either the CME missed or it might make a late arrival on May the 4th, sparking minor geomagnetic activity.

Donald Trump’s arm-twisting means healthcare legislation ‘will be passed’
Donald Trump could secure a major victory on Thursday after House Republican leaders claimed to have enough votes to pass a bill to roll back Obamacare. A vote will be held on Thursday in the House of Representatives to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act – Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation.

UK parliament panel: Israel’s politics diminish possibilities of peace
A new report penned by the British Parliament’s International Relations Committee harshly criticized Israel’s policies, apparently portraying the country and its leadership as those to blame for the current grim state of the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. According to the Jewish Chronicle, the House of Lords report released Tuesday slammed certain Israeli actions, saying that the country’s settlements policy was illegal and that it made a two-state solution “increasingly impossible.”

Trump says he will launch new Middle East peace process
The US is launching a new diplomatic effort to reach a comprehensive peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday…Reminding Abbas that he signed the 1993 Oslo Accords in Washington – the first diplomatic framework for Israeli- Palestinian peace – Trump said he was impressed by the ability of Israeli and Palestinian security forces to work together, and that such cooperation gave him hope that he could finally broker the toughest deal of them all.

Dust storm chokes Beijing and northern China
A dust storm is choking a large swathe of northern China including the capital, Beijing, in yet another air quality crisis to affect the country. Official air quality readings have soared well above the recommended World Health Organization (WHO) limit. Authorities are advising residents to avoid outdoor activity and for children and elderly people to remain indoors.

Crucial House vote to be held on Obamacare repeal bill
The US House of Representatives will hold a vote on Thursday on a revised healthcare bill that Republicans hope will replace Obamacare. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the leadership in the party was confident it had secured enough votes for the bill to pass. It would then go to the Senate where it could face a more tricky passage.

President Obama’s team sought NSA intel on thousands of Americans during the 2016 election
During his final year in office, President Barack Obama’s team significantly expanded efforts to search National Security Agency intercepts for information about Americans, distributing thousands of intelligence reports…with the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the…2016 presidential election. The data, made available this week…provides the clearest evidence to date of how information accidentally collected by the NSA…was searched and disseminated after President Obama loosened privacy protections…

US opioid crisis at epidemic proportions
Many US communities are facing an epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse that is straining resources from police, to jails, to emergency medical personnel and treatment centers. West Virginia, a mountainous state of less than two million people, is among the hardest hit, given the economic hardship in an area once dominated by coal mining, but it shares much in common with other communities impacted by the crisis.

Israel officially in drought year
Israel Meteorological Service data indicate that the country has entered a drought year, showing that the annual rainfall stands at only about 71 percent of the cross-year average. Due to the worrying situation, the Water Authority is mulling over a plan to pump tens of millions of cubic meters of desalinated water into the Kinneret in order to prevent it from drying up.

Trump order to ease ban on political activity by churches
President Donald Trump will take executive action on Thursday to ease a ban on political activity by churches and other tax-exempt institutions as part of an order on religious liberties, a senior White House official said on Wednesday. Trump’s executive order to mark the National Day of Prayer will also mandate regulatory relief to religious employers that object to contraception, such as Little Sisters of the Poor, the official said in a briefing.

North Korea Threatens China With “Grave Consequences” Over “Betrayal”
“A string of absurd and reckless remarks are now heard from China every day only to render the present bad situation tenser… China had better ponder over the grave consequences…”

Is The World’s Largest Bitcoin Exchange Headed For A Mt. Gox-Style Collapse
Could Bitfinex, the Hong Kong-based second-largest in the world cryptocurrency exchange, be headed for a Mt. Gox-style collapse? It’s starting to look that way.

Chinese Commodities Crash Limit-Down As Wealth Management Product Issuance Collapses
It seems Kyle Bass’ warning was extremely timely. The deleveraging of China’s $4 trillion shadow banking system just accelerated massively as Bank Wealth Product Issuance crashes 15% month-over-month. With stocks and bonds already plunging, commodities joined the ugliness tonight with Dalian Iron Ore limit down (8%) at the open (not helped by tumbling auto demand).

US Commandos Set to Counter North Korean Nuclear Sites
U.S. special operations forces are set to conduct operations against North Korean nuclear, missile, and other weapons of mass destruction sites in any future conflict, the commander of Special Operations Command told Congress Tuesday.

Franklin Graham: Christians in America Are ‘Persecuted’ by LGBT Agenda
Evangelist Franklin Graham said Tuesday that Christians in America who oppose the LGBT agenda are being “persecuted” and singled out “over and over and over again” for acting in accordance with their biblical convictions on sexuality.

Trump Cabinet Members Attend Weekly Bible Study for ‘Maturity in Christ’
Capitol Ministries, a Washington D.C. based ministry seeking to “make disciples of Jesus Christ in the political arena throughout the world” seeks to help members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet and other politicians in the nation’s capital become more mature Christians through weekly Bible studies.


The ’51st U.S. State’ Declares Bankruptcy As Corporate Insiders Sell Stocks At The Fastest Rate Since The Last Financial Crisis

Puerto Rico has collapsed financially and has “filed for the equivalent of bankruptcy protection”.  When this was announced on Wednesday, it quickly made front page news all over the planet.  For decades, Puerto Rico has been considered to be the territory most likely to become “the 51st U.S. state”, and there have even been rumblings that we could soon see a renewed push for statehood.  But that is on the back burner for now, because at the moment Puerto Rico is dealing with a nightmarish financial crisis that is the result of an accelerating economic collapse.  Unfortunately, many Americans still don’t believe that what has happened to Puerto Rico could happen to us, even though signs of major economic trouble are emerging all around us. (Read More…)


The Hottest Thing at Church Today

According to a new study, what people want in a church is changing.  Blogger, author and book reviewer Tim Challies expresses his concern that pastors will give their congregants what they want but “they will do so not on the basis of biblical convictions, but on the basis of pragmatism.” In other words, pragmatism or “whatever works” to get people to come to church, will be what drives preachers to adopt what appears to be a hot new trend in the visible Church. Challies writes:

According to a new study by Gallup, the hottest thing at church today is not the worship and not the pastor. It’s not the smoke and lights and it’s not the hip and relevant youth programs. It’s not even the organic, fair trade coffee at the cafe. The hottest thing at church today is the preaching. Not only is it the preaching, but a very specific form of it—preaching based on the Bible. And just like that, decades of church growth bunkum is thrown under the bus. As Christianity Today says, “Despite a new wave of contemporary church buzzwords like relational, relevant, and intentional, people who show up on Sundays are looking for the same thing that has long anchored most services: preaching centered on the Bible.” Praise God.

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Energy Drinks Worse for Your Heart Than Caffeine Alone

NBC News reports:

Drinking 32 ounces of energy drink is associated with potentially harmful changes in blood pressure and heart function that are beyond those seen with caffeine alone, according to a new study.

There are more than 500 energy drink products on the market, and their increased popularity is matched by a significant rise in energy drink-associated emergency department visits and deaths.

Manufacturers and fans of these products claim they are as safe as caffeine, but there is little evidence to support that claim.

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Mid-Day Snapshot

May 4, 2017

Trump Seeks to Protect Religious Freedom

He will sign an executive order aimed at promoting religious liberty and undoing the damage Obama did.

The Foundation

“I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment or free exercise of religion, but from that also which reserves to the States the powers not delegated to the United States. Certainly, no power to prescribe any religious exercise or to assume authority in any religious discipline has been delegated to the General Government. It must then rest with the States.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 4

  • Trump faces major test as vote looms on healthcare (Read More)
  • Trump’s Threats to Break Up Banks Aren’t Scaring Wall Street Yet (Read More)
  • Trump to ease ban on political activity by churches (Read More)
  • Metals Extend Sell-Off on Mounting Concerns Over Demand in China (Read More)
  • Korean Stocks Hit Record Despite Scary Nuclear Rhetoric (Read More)
  • Why the Retail Crisis Could Be Coming to American Groceries (Read More)
  • UK’s Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband, to retire from royal duties (Read More)
  • After North Korea criticism, China says wants to be good neighbor (Read More)
  • In French Election, Youth Reject Establishment in Search for Jobs Cure (Read More)
  • Poll Says Macron Wins Brutal French Debate With Le Pen (Read More)
  • France’s Macron accuses presidential rival Le Pen of spreading lies (Read More)
  • Tesla plugs older Model S as new buyers turn to Model 3 (Read More)
  • German domestic spy agency expects further cyber attacks before election (Read More)
  • Can Wal-Mart’s Expensive New E-Commerce Operation Compete With Amazon? (Read More)
  • U.S. needs to balance foreign alliances: Tillerson (Read More)
  • Google and Facebook’s Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads (Read More)
  • Philippines’ Duterte says chat with Xi was at Trump’s request (Read More)
  • Google agrees to pay $334 million to settle Italy tax dispute (Read More)
  • In a Twist, Snow Is Keeping Natural Gas Prices Down in Texas (Read More)
  • Trump’s Plan to Isolate North Korea Faces Trouble—in the South (Read More)
  • United Air to face second congressional grilling at Senate hearing (Read More)
  • Shell Profit Soars as Oil Sector Bounces Back (Read More)
  • Viacom’s profit, revenue beat estimates (Read More)

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Top Headlines – 5/4/2017

Trump says he will launch new Middle East peace process

Saying deal not as hard as thought, Trump tells Abbas: We will get peace done

Trump, Bullish on Mideast Peace, Will Need More Than Confidence

Full text of Trump-Abbas joint White House statements – US president hails ongoing partnership with the Palestinians

Trump’s welcome for Abbas is so warm he might have been hosting an Israeli leader

In Trump Abbas-meet, hope springs eternal as peace prospects run dry

Abbas to Trump: ‘It’s about time for Israel to end its occupation’

Trump, Abbas link renewed peace talks to countering Islamic State

Hamas rejects Abbas peace proposal outline to Trump

After Trump meet, Israeli right says Abbas doesn’t truly want peace

‘Valuable progress’ already made toward Mideast peace, Pence says

‘Former Israeli defense minister advised Trump on avoiding Obama’s mistakes’

Did Bannon reveal plan to move US Embassy to Jerusalem?

PM orders Israel to cut payments to UN over UNESCO’s ‘demented’ Jerusalem vote

French-Israeli settlers outraged over ‘Palestinian territories’ classification

Netanyahu denies he allowed Palestinian payments to prisoners

White House: Trump told Abbas to ‘resolve’ issue of PA terrorist payments

Police: Palestinian attempts to stab officer in Hebron, is shot

Justin Welby: Christians must unite with Jews to halt rise of antisemitism

Israelis warned to avoid Tunisia due to danger of attacks

New Zealand Reaches Out To Restore Ties With Israel

Netanyahu: I told Putin we either coordinate or clash

FBI rogue employee marries ISIS terrorist she investigated

To Freeze Syria War, Russia Proposes Setting Up ‘De-escalation Zones’

Syria war: Putin says ‘safe zones’ have international support

Iran Using U.S. Cash to Fund Unprecedented, Massive Military Buildup

Iran missile test fails from sub in Strait of Hormuz

North Korea is building mysterious artificial islands that would be perfect for missile launches

US tests intercontinental ballistic missile from California

North Korea says U.S. bomber flights push peninsula to brink of nuclear war

US Commandos Set to Counter North Korean Nuclear Sites

North Korea Says Latest Detained American Tried to Overthrow Government

North Korea threat: WH official says Kim could use nuclear weapons as ‘blackmail’

North Korea defector hails Trump’s tough stance on hostile country

As U.S. and China find common ground on North Korea, is Russia the wild card?

North Korean media issues rare criticism of China over nuclear warnings

North Korea Threatens China With “Grave Consequences” Over “Betrayal”

China urges citizens in N. Korea to return home

China clamps down on online news with new security rules

Venezuela violence flares as foes decry Maduro’s power shakeup

Puerto Rico files for biggest ever U.S. local government bankruptcy

Brexit: UK and EU at odds over size of ‘divorce bill’

Macron, Le Pen clash on terror, EU in heated final French debate

Lawsuit blames Google, Facebook, Twitter for San Bernardino terror attack

Massive phishing attack targets millions of Gmail users

FBI chief ‘nauseous’ at thought he swayed US election

Susan Rice won’t testify before Senate on Russia hacking, ‘unmasking’

Susan Rice is a liar. Now even the liberal media is starting to admit it

New Huma Abedin Emails Reveal 29 Previously Undisclosed Clinton Emails With Classified Information

Obama’s $400,000 speech could prompt Congress to go after his pension

Earthquakes leave climber stranded on Canada’s highest peak

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Karakenja, Tajikistan

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

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Pucallpa, Peru

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kumukh, Russia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Camana, Peru

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tajikistan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Caribbean on Alert over Kick ’em Jenny Underwater Volcano

Volcano appears to be erupting into the Milky Way in this stunning photo

Antarctic Peninsula ice more stable than previously thought

DARPA Is Planning to Hack the Human Brain to Let Us “Upload” Skills

Zika fight: Bacteria-laden mosquitoes unleashed in Florida to combat virus

Experts warn of increases in tick-borne Powassan virus

Lyme disease experts say this could be a “particularly bad year”

US opioid crisis at epidemic proportions

Trump gains traction on healthcare bill, vote set for Thursday

Medica, the last insurer selling individual health policies in most of Iowa, likely to exit

Pence: Trump ‘Has Literally Filled This White House’ With Anti-Abortion Leaders

Franklin Graham: Christians in America Are ‘Persecuted’ by LGBT Agenda

Transspecies. It’s A Thing.

Exorcism preceded woman’s killing and decapitation, suspect says

Macon teen’s Facebook Live suicide attempt is stopped by deputies

Trump Cabinet Members Attend Weekly Bible Study for ‘Maturity in Christ’

White House aims for Thursday signing of religious liberty executive order

Did TBN ministers Paul, Jan Crouch cover up 13-year-old granddaughter’s rape allegation?

Tony Alamo, Apocalyptic Ministry Leader Convicted of Sex Abuse, Dies at 82

Bishop I.V. Hilliard Condemns ‘Appalling’ Arrest of Pastor’s Widow at Detroit World Outreach Church

Cult of Mary Going Pentecostal for Pentecost: Pope To Celebrate Catholic Charismania

Need Victory? Don’t Pray, Flaunt Your Riches – Prophet Anointed Andrew aka SEER1

Looking Back on the National Day of Prayer 2012

Exorcism preceded woman’s killing and decapitation, suspect says

Trump Cabinet Members Attend Weekly Bible Study for ‘Maturity in Christ’

Christian Student Told to Leave Class for Reading Bible Before Class Started

Unprecedented hailstorm hits northwestern Iranian city of Sanandaj

Posted: 04 May 2017 07:15 AM PDT

An unprecedented spring hailstorm has hit the northwestern Iranian city of Sanandaj, taking the residents by surprise. While hailstorms are common in Sanandaj in spring…

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John Piper Revels 5 Lessons for Children About Horrors of Hell and God’s Final Judgment

Posted: 04 May 2017 07:07 AM PDT

Evangelical theologian John Piper has told parents that they need to teach their children about the horrors of hell, as a way to show God’s…

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U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warns of Russian ‘Checkmate’ in Arctic

Posted: 04 May 2017 07:00 AM PDT

The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard issued a stark warning on Wednesday that Russia was leagues ahead of Washington in the Arctic. And while…

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Key Points of Prayer Today!

Posted: 04 May 2017 06:57 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) Today thousands of believers will unite in prayer and intercession for America in the Annual” National Day of Prayer” and I wanted…

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US Faces ‘Nationwide Drinking Water Crisis

Posted: 04 May 2017 06:03 AM PDT

Up to 77 million Americans were serviced in 2015 by unsafe drinking water systems, with 18 million people exposed to excessive levels of lead and…

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BREAKING NEWS Air Force intercepts Russian bombers, fighter jets off Alaska

Posted: 04 May 2017 05:57 AM PDT

Two Russian Bear bombers — escorted for the first time by a pair of Su-35 “Flanker” fighter jets — entered Alaska’s Air Defense Zone early Thursday…

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Seven reasons we’re at more risk than ever of a global pandemic

Posted: 04 May 2017 05:43 AM PDT

It could take just one cough, one kiss, one touch or even one bite to change not only your life, but the lives of everyone…

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Science Claims Time Travel is Possible

Posted: 04 May 2017 05:36 AM PDT

The past is the final frontier. Traveling back in time isn’t necessarily science fiction, according to a new paper published in Classical and Quantum Gravity….

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Nevada Senate Advances Bill to Allow Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ in State if Supreme Court Overturns Decision

Posted: 04 May 2017 05:26 AM PDT

The Nevada Senate has advanced a resolution that would place on the 2020 ballot the question of whether the state Constitution should be amended to remove…

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Indianapolis Diocese Installs First-Ever Black Female Bishop in Episcopal Church History

Posted: 04 May 2017 05:07 AM PDT

The Episcopal Church has officially consecrated the first African-American woman to head a diocese in the mainline denomination’s history. The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, who…

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Thousands Are Speaking the Word of God over the US Capitol

Posted: 04 May 2017 04:30 AM PDT

The 28th Annual US Capitol Bible Reading Marathon is well underway, with around 1600 people flocking to DC this week for an opportunity to read…

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Remembering the Right Hand of God!

Posted: 03 May 2017 06:20 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will discuss why the psalmists reminds us how important it is to bring to our remembrance the mighty…

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Corporate Insiders Sell Stocks At The Fastest Rate Since The Last Financial Crisis

Posted: 03 May 2017 05:51 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Puerto Rico has collapsed financially and has “filed for the equivalent of bankruptcy protection”.  When this was announced on Wednesday, it…

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Franklin Graham Claims Christians in America Are ‘Persecuted’ by LGBT Agenda

Posted: 03 May 2017 04:40 PM PDT

Evangelist Franklin Graham said Tuesday that Christians in America who oppose the LGBT agenda are being “persecuted” and singled out “over and over and over…

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US and South Korean Warships Team Up in Pacific For Possible Confrontation With Kim Jong-Un

Posted: 03 May 2017 04:35 PM PDT

This is the moment US Navy warships teamed up with their South Korean counterparts in the Pacific to steam towards a confrontation with Kim Jong-un….

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Museum of the Bible prepares for DC opening

Posted: 03 May 2017 04:30 PM PDT

The vast grove of museums stretching from the U.S. Capitol across the fringes of the National Mall is about to get a new addition, albeit…

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Taxpayers ‘must fund compression underwear for transgender inmates’

Posted: 03 May 2017 04:23 PM PDT

A California judge has ordered that state prison officials must provide transgender inmates with compression underwear and jewelry if the inmate cannot afford to purchase…

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Global Christians Unite for Luke 6:27 Mandate

Posted: 03 May 2017 04:18 PM PDT

How should Christians love their enemies and respond to the growing wave of genocide and persecution around the world? Over 600 Christian leaders from 130…

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Puerto Rico Declares Bankruptcy

Posted: 03 May 2017 02:43 PM PDT

Puerto Rico’s leadership moved on Wednesday to place the island’s debt crisis into federal bankruptcy court, making it the largest United States government entity to…

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China clamps down on online news with new security rules…America Next?

Posted: 03 May 2017 02:31 PM PDT

China is tightening rules for online news as censors try to control a flood of information spread through instant-messaging apps, blogs and other media sources…

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Purdue Professor Says Images of Aborted Babies Are ‘Child Pornography’

Posted: 03 May 2017 02:28 PM PDT

A professor at Purdue University argued that images of aborted babies constitute “child pornography” in a recent debate over abortion rights. Professor David Sanders, an…

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NYC Mandates Single-Stall Restrooms in All City Schools

Posted: 03 May 2017 11:47 AM PDT

Every New York City public school must install at least one single-stall restroom under a new policy announced by Chancellor Carmen Farina. Farina said Tuesday…

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Pastor Says Muslims in Middle East Have ‘Huge Thirst’ for Gospel

Posted: 03 May 2017 11:39 AM PDT

A pastor in the Middle East who daily risks his life to share the truth of Jesus Christ said he’s witnessed a “huge thirst” for…

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Denmark Bans Christian ‘Hate Preacher’ Terry Jones

Posted: 03 May 2017 11:33 AM PDT

Denmark on Tuesday banned five Islamic clerics and an American evangelical Christian pastor from entering the country, calling them “hate preachers” who posed threats to public order. The move…

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MYSTERY – North Korean ghost ships filled with the Dead wash ashore in Japan

Posted: 03 May 2017 11:25 AM PDT

Emerging out of the mist, the hulking mass of a decaying vessel, its tattered North Korean flag fluttering in the breeze, silently floats toward the…

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Children removed from Maryland home after parents’ YouTube pranks

Posted: 03 May 2017 11:17 AM PDT

The Frederick County, Maryland, “DaddyOFive” couple criticized for making YouTube videos in which they appeared to prank their five children now have only three children…

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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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