May 8, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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May 8, 2017 |

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North Korea has detained another American citizen accused of committing unspecified hostile acts against the country.

Emmanuel Macron pledged to heal France’s rifts after his victory over Marine Le Pen in the presidential election, saying that he’ll work to address the concerns that were exposed during one of the most divisive campaigns of recent history.

Prime Minister Theresa May said that the victory in the French presidential election of a staunch defender of the European Union is why she needs an “equally strong mandate” to be able to fight Britain’s corner in Brexit talks.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the leader of timber-rich British Columbia that he would consider her request to ban thermal coal shipments in retaliation for new U.S. tariffs on softwood slumber.

As China’s economy matures, its migrant worker force is also aging, staying closer to home, and increasingly working in stores and restaurants rather than on assembly lines.

AP Top Stories

German police on Sunday evacuated 50,000 people from the northern city of Hanover in one of the country’s largest post-war operations to defuse World War II era bombs.

At least 29 final year primary school pupils were killed in a bus crash in northern Tanzania on Saturday, along with two teachers and the driver, the school’s director said.

Dressed in white and chanting “Liberty!”, tens of thousands of women opposed to Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro marched on Saturday, proffering roses to security forces who blocked their way.

Iran sees $55 per barrel as a suitable price for crude oil, and believes that OPEC and non-OPEC producers are likely to extend output curbs to support prices, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh was quoted as saying on Saturday.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Chairman Warren Buffett took on the Republican Obamacare repeal bill that was passed by the House this week and called it “a huge tax cut” for the rich.

Activity at a volcano near Guatemala’s capital went back to normal on Saturday, officials said, a day after 300 people were evacuated as it spat hot ash high into the air.

Archaeologists and conservation experts met in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the safe transportation of King Tutankhamun’s throne, chests and bed from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo to a new one being built on the other side of the Egyptian capital.

A 47-year-old woman was caught Tuesday trying to smuggle heroin strapped to her butt into the United States from Mexico. According to the agents, the three pounds of heroin she was carrying were worth more than $45,000.

Israeli ministers approved a controversial bill on Sunday that would define the country as the “national home of the Jewish people” while downgrading Arabic as an official language, officials and reports said.

Boko Haram militants have released 82 schoolgirls out of a group of more than 200 whom they kidnapped from the northeastern town of Chibok three years ago in exchange for prisoners. Around 270 girls were kidnapped in April 2014 by the Islamist militant group, which has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than two million during a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic caliphate in northeastern Nigeria.

China will further tighten its internet regulations with a pledge on Sunday to strengthen controls over search engines and online news portals, the latest step in President Xi Jinping’s push to maintain strict Communist Party control over content.

Ismail Haniyeh, the new leader of Hamas, made his first public appearance in the new role on Monday, visiting a solidarity tent in his native Gaza for hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

An 85-year-old ex-Gurkha who was attempting to reclaim his title as the world’s oldest person to summit Mount Everest died of altitude sickness, the expedition organizer said Sunday.

A Southwest Airlines captain rewarded his one millionth passenger this month on a flight from Denver to Pittsburgh. Captain John Ritchie, who has been working for the airline for 21 years, told InsideEdition.com that he has been counting the number of passengers on his aircrafts since he first started working for the airline.

BBC

More than one million children have fled South Sudan because of escalating conflict, the United Nations said.

Rebel fighters and their families have begun leaving a besieged area of the Syrian capital Damascus, under a new evacuation deal with the government. Up to 1,500 people were expected to leave the Barzeh district

One in five Australians has suffered image-based abuse, according to the nation’s most comprehensive study on “revenge porn”. The national survey of more than 4,200 people found that men and women were equally likely to be targeted.

WND

A program to be rolled out at Emory University this fall pledges to pay “100% of demonstrated financial need for undergraduate Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) who are admitted as first-year, first-degree-seeking students,” campus officials state online.

Despite the drastic financial blowback Target Corporation has been weathering since announcing its plan last year to allow men to enter women’s bathroom facilities, the retail giant is continuing full-speed ahead in its pursuit of LGBT social activism, all in the name of “inclusivity.”

The wastelands around Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear power plant are about to begin their transformation into a large-scale solar power farm, capable of generating half the energy that Chernobyl did.


The Briefing 05-08-17

France’s new President-elect, Emmanuel Macron, and the role of religion in politics

When we read the news, are we aware of who or what is presented with sympathy?

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Top News – 5/8/2017

Ancient Tablet Proving Existence of Tower of Babel Deciphered After 100 Years
An ancient tablet believed to depict the Biblical Tower of Babel has been deciphered 100 years after its discovery and may represent the first-ever image of the real Tower when it stood in Babylon during Biblical times. The amazing tale of the tablet is told in a series produced by the Smithsonian. For scholars, the tablet offers proof that the Tower of Babel wasn’t just a work of fiction, the series argues, but “an actual building from antiquity.”

Wi-Fi holography can be used to “spy” on entire rooms and buildings
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have come up with a process that creates a holographic image of a space from the microwave radiation of a Wi-Fi signal bouncing off people and objects. The scientists say their method could be used in automated industrial settings, to track objects moving through a facility, for example.

Emmanuel Macron’s unlikely path to the French presidency
But in a once-unimaginable scenario, Emmanuel Macron — at 39, the boy wonder of an aging political establishment — won the French presidency Sunday with a tidal wave of popular support. He will soon be France’s youngest head of state since ­Napoleon Bonaparte….

ISIS’ Afghanistan Chief Eliminated by Special Forces
Abdul Hasib, leader of the Islamic State in Afghanistan, responsible for bold attacks that spooked the local security establishment, was killed by US special forces in April, according to a statement by President Ashraf Ghani Sunday.

CME IMPACT POSSIBLE THIS WEEK
On May the 4th (Star Wars Day), unstable magnetic fields in the sun’s atmosphere shifted and hurled a CME into space. The cloud’s velocity was relatively low, and it might take 6 whole days to cross the sun-Earth divide. NOAA forecasters expect the “Star Wars Day CME” to arrive on May 10th…

Russia puts Europe on alert as Putin’s warships enter waters after US destroyer swoops
THREE Russian warships have challenged Nato by entering Latvia’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea, according to armed forces officials in Riga.

We’ve Just Witnessed What Can Happen When the Globalists Work Together
Emmanuel Macron has won the second round of the French presidential Elections and secured his position as the new leader of France. But this was not a victory solely for him, this was a concerted effort of the world’s Globalist leaders to further their agenda at the expense of the voting public.

Jewish Trump confidant: US president has convinced Abbas to make concessions
US President Donald Trump has succeeded in persuading Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas to make the kind of concessions that will enable the diplomatic process to move forward…

Putin and Abbas to meet next Thursday
two men will discuss the results of the Arab League summit in Amman, with special attention paid to the Palestinian issue and the struggle against terrorism, as well as Abbas’s meeting this past week with U.S. President Donald Trump. Russia has expressed an interest in mediating Israel-PA peace talks which have been frozen since 2014.

Belgian Region Outlaws Kosher Slaughter
The Parliament of the Wallonia Region of Belgium outlawed kosher slaughter on Friday, passing a law banning all slaughter without stunning, for animals and fowl. Kosher slaughtering forbids stunning before slaughtering. This is also a requirement for Halal Muslim slaughtering.

Netanyahu Declares Support for Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts
Ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel this month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu affirmed his support for the American leader’s push for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Netanyahu tosses Hamas policy paper on Israel into waste bin
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday symbolically tossed into a bin a Hamas policy paper published last week that set out an apparent softening of the Palestinian Islamist group’s stance toward Israel. In a document issued last Monday, Hamas said it was dropping its longstanding call for Israel’s destruction, but said it still rejected the Jewish state’s right to exist and continued to back “armed struggle” against it.

Top US general to arrive in Israel
US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Army General Joseph Dunford is set to arrive in Israel on Monday evening as a guest of IDF Chief of Staff Lt.Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, a source in the Defense Ministry confirmed on Sunday. It will be Dunford’s third visit to Israel as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and fourth meeting with Eisenkot, who he awarded the Legion of Merit for “exceptionally meritorious service” in August 2016.

Emmanuel Macron: French president-elect to fight ‘forces of division’
Emmanuel Macron has vowed to fight “the forces of division that undermine France” after easily winning the run-off election for the French presidency. The centrist candidate, 39, defeated the far right’s Marine Le Pen, winning 66.1% of the vote to her 33.9%. Acknowledging his victory, Mr Macron told supporters he wanted to ensure Le Pen voters “no longer have a reason to vote for an extremist position”.

Canada floods: Montreal declares state of emergency
A state of emergency has been declared in the Canadian city of Montreal due to flooding caused by torrential rains and melting snow. The measure was declared on Sunday afternoon and will remain in place for 48 hours, city officials said. Across the province of Quebec, in Canada’s east, nearly 1,900 homes have already been flooded across 126 towns and cities, authorities say.

Religious liberty order disappoints some conservatives
Some conservatives are frustrated by President Trump’s new religious liberty order, saying it is dramatically scaled back from what they were expecting and doesn’t enact the protections he promised during the campaign…eligious conservatives hoped the order would resolve a number of issues they say conflict with their faiths, including LGBT anti-discrimination protections and ObamaCare regulations on contraception in employer-provided insurance.

Chinese-North Korean Venture Shows How Much Sanctions Can Miss
For most of the past decade, a Chinese state-owned company had a joint venture with a North Korean company under sanctions for involvement in Pyongyang’s atomic-weapons program, Chinese corporate and government records show. China’s Limac Corp. and North Korea’s Ryonbong General Corp. set up a joint venture in 2008 to mine tantalum, niobium and zirconium, minerals that are useful in making phones and computers but also nuclear reactors and missiles.

Remedial ISIS Tutorial Steers Jihadists Toward Heavier, Deadlier Truck Attacks
The Islamic State just published a remedial step-by-step pictorial for lone jihadists on how to use a heavy vehicle to kill, walking would-be terrorists through how to acquire a vehicle and which targets to strike. ISIS’ monthly Rumiyah magazine, which publishes online in 10 languages including English, last covered vehicle attacks in their November issue “Just Terror Tactics”…

Iran minister warns Saudi Arabia after ‘battle’ comments
Iran will hit back at most of Saudi Arabia with the exception of Islam’s holiest places if the kingdom does anything “ignorant”, Tehran’s defense minister was quoted as saying on Sunday after a Saudi prince threatened to move the “battle” to Iran. “If the Saudis do anything ignorant, we will leave no area untouched except Mecca and Medina,” Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan was quoted by the semi-official Tasnim news agency as saying.

Iran warns will hit militant ‘safe havens’ inside Pakistan
The head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad on Monday that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront Sunni militants who carry out cross-border attacks. Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants last month. Iran said Jaish al Adl, a Sunni militant group, had shot the guards with long-range guns, fired from inside Pakistan.

Texas governor signs into law bill to punish ‘sanctuary cities’
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott signed into law on Sunday a measure to punish “sanctuary cities,” despite a plea from police chiefs of the state’s biggest cities to halt the bill they said would hinder their ability to fight crime. The Texas measure comes as Republican U.S. President Donald Trump has made combating illegal immigration a priority.

Outrage After Dartmouth Appoints Israel Boycotter as Head of Faculty
The pro-Israel community at Dartmouth College is reeling following a decision by school leadership to appoint as their new head of faculty a leading supporter of the movement to boycott Israel and Jewish academics.

As China-North Korea ties cool, Russia looks to benefit
Moscow may be looking to take advantage of the nuclear standoff between Pyongyang and the international community. As cracks deepen in the decades-old friendship between China and North Korea amid increasing U.S. pressure, Russian President Vladimir Putin stands ready to fill Beijing’s shoes.

House to Probe Whether Obama Undermined U.S. National Security to Finalize Iran Deal
13 Republican senators have demanded answers about whether the Obama administration jeopardized U.S. national security.

Trump Should Pull Out of Obama’s Unilaterally Created Paris Climate Change Treaty
On April 22, 2016, the United States and 170 other countries signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which seeks “to combat climate change and adapt to its effects.”

Exposing The Renewable Fuels Con
You can’t just sell gas anymore. Most people don’t realize it, but what they’re pumping into their car’s tank isn’t actually gasoline, properly speaking. It’s gasoline mixed with ethanol alcohol – the ratio currently set at 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gas (E10). “Diesel” often isn’t exactly diesel, either…

Columnist who defended NRA quits after being suspended
A conservative columnist who was suspended by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after she defended the National Rifle Association from comparisons to ISIS fired back with her resignation and a series of targeted tweets.

North Korea detains second US professor working at Pyongyang university
North Korea has detained a US citizen on suspicion of “hostile acts” against the regime, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday.


Humanism Recognized as a Religion by US Government

It is no secret that humanists are aggressively pushing their secular humanist religion on children. Supposedly humanists are “fighting for kids not to be taught religious beliefs,” says Ken Ham. “In reality, they have brainwashed the nation’s leaders into passing legislation to protect the teaching of the secular humanist religion to America’s children.” Ham reports what atheists are up to in a piece over at Answers in Genesis. He writes:

The Department of Defense recently updated its list of recognized religions from just over 100 to 221—including a formal recognition of humanism as religion. This move reportedly

means servicemen and women who are adherents of small faith groups are now guaranteed the same rights, privileges and protections granted to their peers who are members of larger faith groups.

Apparently the new designation “was lauded by humanist organizations, which have been pushing for full recognition, including their own chaplains, for 10 years.” The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers is “ready with ‘chaplain outreach’ to help train military chaplains in humanist beliefs and needs.” Of course, a humanist cannot offer any real hope to anyone. They really have no message except that this life is all there is and that the only hope is in humanity (which the Bible describes as desperately wicked and full of sin [Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23], a fact that is easily seen now and throughout history).

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Robert Jeffress: Trump ‘Most Faith-Friendly President’ Ever, Ended 60-Year War on Religious Liberty

Dallas megachurch pastor and one of Donald Trump’s most loyal evangelical supporters Robert Jeffress believes that the executive order signed by the president last Thursday marks the end of the United States government’s “war on religious liberty.”

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Apocalypse Soon: Scientific And Religious Leaders Both Agree That Cataclysmic Disasters And Mass Death Are In Humanity’s Future

Are we on the verge of the worst times in all of human history? We live at a moment when prominent leaders in the scientific world and in the religious world are both urgently warning that humanity could soon be facing a nightmarish apocalyptic future. Weather patterns are rapidly changing, the crust of our planet is becoming increasing unstable, “superbugs” that are resistant to antibiotics threaten to completely render our best medical treatments obsolete, the number of global terror attacks continues to rise year after year, and thanks to weapons of mass destruction humanity now has the capability of completely destroying itself several times over. They often disagree about why it will happen, but an increasing number of scientific and religious leaders have come to the exact same conclusion that the future of humanity is very bleak. (Read More…)


Former Reagan Administration Official Is Warning Of A Financial Collapse Some Time ‘Between August And November’

If a former Reagan administration official is correct, we are likely to see the next major financial collapse by the end of 2017.  According to Wikipedia, David Stockman “is an author, former businessman and U.S. politician who served as a Republican U.S. Representative from the state of Michigan (1977–1981) and as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1981–1985) under President Ronald Reagan.”  He has been frequently interviewed by mainstream news outlets such as CNBC, Bloomberg and PBS, and he is a highly respected voice in the financial community.  Like other analysts, Stockman believes that the U.S. economy is in dire shape, and he told Greg Hunter during a recent interview that he is convinced that the S&P 500 could soon crash “by 40% or even more”… (Read More…)


Mid-Day Snapshot

May 8, 2017

ObamaCare’s Failure Is Trump’s Fault?

The architect of ObamaCare blames its failure on Trump, while Obama boasts of how courageous Democrats were.

The Foundation

“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)



ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 8

  • A kinder, gentler Trump for third healthcare try (Read More)
  • Senate Moves Obamacare Repeal to Slow Lane After House Squeaker (Read More)
  • 14 Players to Watch in Senate Health-Care Overhaul (Read More)
  • Futures flat ahead of jobs report; IBM drops (Read More)
  • Oil Stems Losses in Volatile Trading (Read More)
  • Uber faces criminal probe over software used to evade authorities (Read More)
  • Saudi Arabia says Trump visit to enhance cooperation in fighting extremism (Read More)
  • Merkel’s Party Rebound Faces First Test in German State Vote (Read More)
  • Macron stretches lead as French presidential campaign enters final day (Read More)
  • U.S. Jet Fighters Flex Muscle Amid Russia Tensions (Read More)
  • OPEC Runs Out of Options to Boost Oil Price (Read More)
  • Influence of English is fading, says EU chief (Read More)
  • With maiden jet flight, China enters dog-fight with Boeing, Airbus (Read More)
  • One of Venezuela’s Biggest Investors Would Welcome Regime Change (Read More)
  • Clashes erupt on Pakistan-Afghan frontier killing ‘several’: Pakistan (Read More)
  • These Owners Have Won Big—and Often—at the Kentucky Derby (Read More)
  • New York City Cafe Says Starbucks Stole Its Unicorn Drink (Read More)
  • Iraqi forces gain foothold in northwest Mosul after surprise new push (Read More)
  • Turkish court rejects Wikipedia’s appeal over website’s blocking (Read More)

Top Headlines – 5/8/2017

Trump should just stay home: Expecting an unstable person like the US president to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement is like expecting a compulsive gambler to serve as a guide for level-headed behavior

Israeli ministers approve controversial Jewish State bill

Israel moves to downgrade status of Arabic language

Netanyahu tosses Hamas policy paper on Israel into waste bin

‘The UN is no longer the Palestinians’ playground’

Israel Releases Footage of Palestinian Hunger Strike Leader Barghouti Eating in His Prison Cell

Palestinians say video of hunger-strike leader Barghouti eating is fake

Attempted stabbing attack at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. Terrorist neutralized.

Jordan, US launch major military exercises

‘US must recognize Israeli sovereignty on the Golan’

Syria safe zones hit by clashes on first day

Islamic State mounts fierce resistance on new Mosul front

The U.S. military is targeting Islamic State’s virtual caliphate by hunting & killing its online operatives one-by-one

Remedial ISIS Tutorial Steers Jihadists Toward Heavier, Deadlier Truck Attacks

Pentagon says IS in Afghanistan leader killed in April raid

Iran minister warns Saudi Arabia after ‘battle’ comments: Tasnim

Macron wins French presidency, to sighs of relief in Europe

Asian shares show relief over French moderate Macron’s win

Macron to Take Time Reforming Economy in Divided France

Paris main mosque says Macron election gives hope to French Muslims

Saying ‘anti-Semitism defeated,’ Israelis fete Macron victory

Pro-EU Emmanuel Macron becomes France’s youngest president

50,000 evacuated in Germany over unexploded WWII bombs

North Korea’s ‘Hostage Diplomacy’: Kim Uses Detained Americans as Leverage

North Korea detains another American over alleged hostile acts

China to further tighten its internet controls

Trump travel ban back in U.S. courts next week as battles stretch on

Trump’s Wall Faces a Barrier in Texas: Landowner Lawsuits

Gov. Greg Abbott signs ‘sanctuary cities’ ban into law on Facebook Live

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

UK super-rich got richer despite Brexit: rich list

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Meulaboh, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Sangeang Api volcano in Indonesia erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Trail of damage as Cyclone Donna skirts Vanuatu

This week may bring earliest tropical depression on record in the eastern Pacific Ocean

Major river flooding to persist in central US this week

City of Montreal declares state of emergency from flooding

Another Arctic ice panic over as world temperatures plummet

Fire continues to scorch Georgia wildlife refuge; residents evacuated

Ticks spreading rare virus much worse than Lyme Disease

ObamaCare cost spike is Trump’s fault, ACA architect Gruber says

‘Newsweek’ Writer: I Hope GOP Sees Family Members Die After ObamaCare Repeal

Communist-ruled Cuba hosts first transgender Mass

Catholic school hit for canceling LGBT play for 5-year-olds

Religious liberty order disappoints some conservatives

Prophecy mongers hail “Great Sign” and “End of Days” for sure . . . Again?!?

Todd White’s enthusiasm – a little truth and a lot of error

How much should “associations” factor into my assessment of whether a teacher is false or not?

The strange life and demise of Tony Alamo

Former followers react to Alamo’s death

Word of Faith Fellowship – Allegations of kidnapping, abuse at area church

Smithsonian Channel Spotlights Stone Tablet Believed to Confirm Biblical Tower of Babel

Elderly Ex-Vicar ‘Marries’ Male Model 54 Years Younger, Wants Church of England to ‘Move On’ With the Times

Suspected IS Radicals Shoot to Death Christian Barber, as Slaughter in Egypt Continues

Public Prayer in America Facing Serious Threats

Posted: 08 May 2017 06:59 AM PDT

(By Rachel Alexander) “Maybe,” says Liberty Council’s Jeremy Dys, “we will get through this year without receiving reports of city leaders going to their national…

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North Korea Warns of ‘Invincible Army’ and will turn America into a “Sea of Fire”

Posted: 08 May 2017 06:47 AM PDT

North Korea has claimed it has an invincible army and has warned it is waiting for an order to wage what it calls a final…

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Ominous Iran-North Korea Report Emerges Just Days After Pastor’s Warning

Posted: 08 May 2017 06:36 AM PDT

A concerning news report emerged just days after Pastor Greg Laurie, founder of the popular Harvest Crusades and senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Irvine,…

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1,500-Year-Old Torah Discovered—Proves Matthew 5:18

Posted: 08 May 2017 06:31 AM PDT

In addition to the Torah, many other historical artifacts belonging to the Hellenistic and Seljuq periods, including statues, stone rubbings, jewelry, and coins were recovered….

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How False Prophets Deceive the Masses

Posted: 08 May 2017 06:28 AM PDT

(By Michael Youssef) There is an underhanded way to sell products called the bait-and-switch method. Here is how it works: A retailer entices a person…

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Russia puts Europe on alert as Putin’s warships enter waters after US destroyer swoops

Posted: 08 May 2017 06:16 AM PDT

Three Russian warships have challenged Nato by entering Latvia’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea, according to armed forces officials in Riga. The corvettes…

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Expert Warns North Korea Prepping EMP Weapon Aimed At U.S. Homefront

Posted: 08 May 2017 06:12 AM PDT

While the international community and news media focus on North Korean missile tests and the country’s nuclear program, one expert warned on Sunday that North…

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Canadian Forces dispatch 400 troops to help with Quebec floods

Posted: 07 May 2017 07:56 PM PDT

More than 400 soldiers headed to various regions of Quebec on Saturday to help cope with the heavy flooding caused by unrelenting rain in Central…

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LIVE Prayer Session

Posted: 07 May 2017 07:51 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we take the time to pray for many of our Church Family LIVE from our Facebook Page. We hope…

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RUMORS OF WAR: China Must Be Prepared to Topple Kim Jong-Un or America Will!

Posted: 07 May 2017 07:46 PM PDT

China must be prepared to destabilize North Korea and unseat Kim Jong-un – or face the consequences of American intervention, a former US foreign policy…

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50 Lawmakers Push for ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ Birthplace Designation on US Passports

Posted: 07 May 2017 07:37 PM PDT

Dozens of members of Congress signed a letter urging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to reverse the longstanding U.S. policy of not allowing Americans to…

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ISIS leader in Afghanistan killed as 50 US special forces and 40 Afghan commandos storm compound

Posted: 07 May 2017 07:26 PM PDT

The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan has been killed – according to an Afghan government statement. Abdul Hasib was killed in a raid in…

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HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ Explores the Fallout of a “Godless Rapture”

Posted: 07 May 2017 06:39 PM PDT

A few years ago, a close friend of mine—a youth minister on his way home from a mission trip—died in a tragic car accident. His…

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Many Leading Scientists Now Warning Of Coming Apocalypse

Posted: 07 May 2017 06:35 PM PDT

While apocalyptic beliefs about the end of the world have, historically, been the subject of religious speculation, they are increasingly common among some of the…

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Former Reagan Administration Official Is Warning Of A Financial Collapse Some Time ‘Between August And November’

Posted: 07 May 2017 06:29 PM PDT

ATTENTION: The following report does not reflect the views or opinions of End Time Headlines (Reported By Michael Snyder) If a former Reagan administration official…

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Texas governor signs bill targeting sanctuary cities

Posted: 07 May 2017 06:24 PM PDT

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill Sunday prohibiting the state’s cities and counties from enacting so-called “sanctuary” laws that prevent local law enforcement officers…

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ABC, CBS, NBC join CNN in censoring Trump Ad

Posted: 07 May 2017 03:00 PM PDT

The Donald Trump campaign Friday announced that ABC, CBS and NBC has joined CNN in a campaign to censor its 100-day ad, “setting a chilling…

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Emmanuel Macron, 39, Becomes France’s Youngest President Ever Elected

Posted: 07 May 2017 02:52 PM PDT

The pro-EU politician Emmanuel Macron was tonight elected as France’s youngest ever president with a projected landslide of 65.5 per cent. Macron, 39, beat far-right…

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LGBT Canadians are Furious After Catholic School Cancels LGBT Play for 5-Year-Olds

Posted: 07 May 2017 02:49 PM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) LGBT Canadians are furious after a Catholic school district canceled performances of a play about gender identity – meant for children…

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Actor Who Played Jesus in ‘Passion of the Christ’ Reveals He Was ‘Struck By Lightning’ During Sermon on the Mount Filming

Posted: 07 May 2017 01:06 PM PDT

Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” has revealed that he was struck by lightning while filming…

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Smithsonian Channel Spotlights Stone Tablet Believed to Confirm Biblical Tower of Babel

Posted: 07 May 2017 01:01 PM PDT

The first episode of the new season of the Smithsonian Channel’s “Secrets” series spotlights a stone tablet discovered in Babylon more than 100 years ago…

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Sonic boom rocks Florida as secret Air Force X-37B spaceship lands after 2-year mission…

Posted: 07 May 2017 12:58 PM PDT

The landing of an unmanned military space plane at Kennedy Space Center Sunday morning concluded an almost two-year mission in orbit, according to the U.S….

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FALLING AWAY: Cuba Hosts First “Transgender Mass”

Posted: 07 May 2017 12:52 PM PDT

For decades belonging to a religion and being anything but heterosexual was stigmatized in Communist-ruled, macho Cuba, making the Mass held by three transgender pastors…

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North Korea threatens to Nuke the White House (Again)

Posted: 07 May 2017 12:49 PM PDT

North Korea has threatened to nuke the White House and reduce it to ashes as Kim Jong-un’s regime bragged the days of the US are now “over”….

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Another US citizen detained in North Korea

Posted: 07 May 2017 12:37 PM PDT

North Korea has detained a US citizen on suspicion of acts against the Pyongyang regime, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday. A State…

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Texas students may be required to pass citizenship test to graduate

Posted: 07 May 2017 12:33 PM PDT

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require high school students to pass a civics test in order to graduate. House Bill 1776 would replace…

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Ellen DeGeneres Says Trump “Not Welcome On My Show”

Posted: 07 May 2017 12:30 PM PDT

Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres says President Donald Trump is not welcome on her show. In an interview with Today host Matt Lauer Thursday,…

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‘Blue Whale’ Suicide Game Becomes Latest Teen Craze

Posted: 07 May 2017 12:26 PM PDT

Authorities in the U.K. are warning parents to be extra watchful of their teens following the release of the online game craze “Blue Whale Challenge,”…

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ALL IN YOUR HEAD – Scientists Now Claiming “Religious Beliefs” Linked to Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted: 07 May 2017 12:22 PM PDT

A traumatic brain injury could end up making people more extreme in their religious beliefs, according to new research. Scientists from Northwestern University in Illinois…

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Speculations on Biblical End Times Rise Amid Nuclear War Fears and Natural Disasters

Posted: 07 May 2017 12:18 PM PDT

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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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