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

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A months-long effort by Senate Republicans to pass health legislation collapsed early Friday after GOP Senator John McCain joined two of his colleagues to block a stripped-down Obamacare repeal bill.

Russia ordered the U.S. to slash hundreds of embassy and other personnel in the country in a dramatic and sweeping retaliation to the passage of a new sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress.

Pickups in consumer and business-equipment spending powered a U.S. economic rebound in the second quarter, signaling the eight-year expansion is on track to be sustained, Commerce Department figures showed Friday in Washington. Gross domestic product rose at a 2.6% annualized rate from prior quarter.

American households scaled back their pace of savings to the lowest level in nine years at the end of 2016 as the growth of their wages and salaries slowed, updated government figures show. The personal savings rate was 3.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, down from a previously published 4.9 percent.

The United States is ordering relatives of American diplomats to leave the Venezuelan capital ahead of a polarizing vote planned for Sunday to start rewriting the country’s constitution.

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Warning of “holy hell” to pay if the president fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a top Senate Republican is working to prevent the potential end result, the dismissal of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Venezuela’s chief prosecutor says a 30-year-old man has been killed in a protest in a western town, pushing the official toll to least 98 dead in nearly four months of unrest.

Nigeria’s upper house of parliament backed a series of constitutional amendments on Wednesday that could weaken the presidency and boost the legislature, the latest twist in a two-year power struggle between the two institutions.

More than ten villages in central Portugal have been evacuated as forest fires rage in the provinces of Castelo Branco and Santarem. Almost 5,000 firefighters supported by water-dropping aircraft are deployed across central and northern areas of Portugal as the country continues its annual summertime battle against wildfires.

Muslim leaders told the faithful to return to pray inside a major Jerusalem holy site on Thursday after Israel removed security devices it installed outside entrances to the shrine following a deadly Palestinian attack at the compound.

A federal judge sentenced a Phoenix man Wednesday to 68 years in prison for his role as a gunman in a standoff that stopped federal agents from rounding up cattle near the Nevada ranch of anti-government activist Cliven Bundy three years ago.

American Airlines has launched a new baggage alert system that will inform customers about the status of their luggage and save them from waiting around at baggage carrousel.

Iran on Thursday “successfully” tested a satellite-launch rocket, days after warning Washington of a response to new US sanctions over the Islamic republic’s ballistic missile programme, state television said.

Vietnam on Friday said other countries should respect its legitimate right to drill for oil in its waters amid growing tension with China over energy development in the South China Sea.

The United States on Thursday transferred to the Philippines two brand-new, single-engine surveillance planes, boosting the capability of its former colony to patrol sprawling maritime borders, including pirate-infested southern waters.

High-ranking Iraqi security officials say up to 7,000 Islamic State group affiliates remain in Iraq after the fall of Mosul, where the group’s leader declared the self-styled caliphate three years ago.

A ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels toward the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia was shot down late on Thursday, said the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

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North Korean hackers are increasingly trying to steal cash rather than secrets, a South Korean government-backed report suggests. Cyber-criminals are targeting financial institutions as Pyongyang faces tough nuclear sanctions, the Financial Security Institute (FSI) claims.

Transgender people will not be banned from serving in the US military until the president issues guidance to the Pentagon, military officials said.

Venezuela is banning protests that could “disturb or affect” Sunday’s controversial election for a new constituent assembly. Prison terms of between five and 10 years could be imposed on those contravening the ban, Interior Minister Néstor Reverol said.

South Africa could soon give sign language official status, one of a few countries in Africa to do so. Sign language would become South Africa’s 12th official language.

Google is planning to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills over the next five years in a bid to make them more employable.

Starbucks is to take full ownership of all its China outlets, after agreeing to buying out its joint venture partner for $1.3bn.

Police in China have detained 18 suspected members of a banned religious cult, state news agency Xinhua said. The Church of Almighty God cult was started in the 1990s and claims Jesus was resurrected as a woman in China.

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Shariah law. Female genital mutilation. Terror attacks. Minnesota was a cozy, quiet environment before the introduction of massive Third World immigration, but that has changed with the arrival Somali refugees, according to former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has been declared a terrorist organization by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).


Top News – 7/28/2017

Catholic Churches Using Replacement Theology to Deny Divinity of Temple Mount: Christian Leader
The Catholic Church’s response to recent turmoil over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem confirms that the Church is using Islamic replacement theology, in “direct violation of the Torah”, to “promote heresy” and deny the Jewish and Biblical connection to the Mount, said prominent Christian and Jewish voices in a harsh takedown of anti-Israel Christian vitriol.

Hypothetically speaking, US Admiral says ready for nuclear strike on China if Trump so ordered
The US Pacific Fleet commander, addressing a security conference in Australia, said in answer to a question on Thursday that he would be prepared to launch a nuclear strike on China if President Donald Trump so ordered. The fleet spokesman later said the question was asked as an “outrageous hypothetical”.

Who is the sovereign on Temple Mount?
This Tuesday, we will mark the 9th of Av, when the Temple was destroyed. The Temple represents our unity. When we restore our union, we will not need bricks to prove our place is here in Israel. From the perspective of the Wakf (the Islamic organization controlling and managing the Temple Mount), and the rest of the Arab world, the resistance to the detectors represents the resistance to Israel’s sovereignty on Temple Mount in particular, in the city of Jerusalem, and in all of Israel.

Temple Mount prayers conclude peacefully, clashes reported in West Bank
Amid high security in the Old City of Jerusalem, thousands of worshipers attended Friday prayers at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Crowds dispersed peacefully from the compound, where entrance to prayer-goers was limited to men aged 50 and older and all women.

Netanyahu discussed settlement exchange plan with US
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed with Washington in recent weeks the idea of redrawing the borders in any future agreement with the Palestinians, incorporating the major settlement blocs into Israel, while drawing out the heavily populated Israeli-Arab area of Wadi Ara and making it part of a future Palestinian state, a senior diplomatic official confirmed on Thursday.

Nearly 100 injured in clashes as Palestinians return to Temple Mount
Earlier on Thursday, the Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, announced that Muslims could return to pray at the holy place…Muslims rioted on the Temple Mount Thursday evening and hurled rocks at police and the Western Wall plaza, after returning to pray there for the first time in almost two weeks. Ninety-six people were wounded in clashes with police, according to the Red Crescent.

‘More than 40’ killed in battle with Boko Haram in Nigeria
More than 40 people have died in north-east Nigeria during an attempt to free people who had been ambushed in a convoy by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, sources have told the BBC. At least five members of an oil exploration team were killed and soldiers also died. Army chiefs have now been ordered to relocate to the affected area.

Russia orders US to cut embassy staff in retaliation for sanctions
Russia has retaliated for new US sanctions, telling the US to cut diplomatic staff to 455 and barring the use of some properties. The new US embassy staffing level would be the same as at Russia’s embassy in Washington. The Russian foreign ministry also said it was seizing holiday properties and a warehouse used by US diplomats.

Iran carries out ‘successful’ satellite launch
Iran says it has successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into orbit, days after the US imposed new economic sanctions on Tehran over its ballistic missile programme. The Phoenix rocket was launched from a new space centre in Semnan in northern Iran. The US criticised the launch and described it as a provocative action.

Obamacare Repeal Collapses as Senate GOP Blocks Health Bill
A months-long effort by Senate Republicans to pass health legislation collapsed early Friday after GOP Senator John McCain joined two of his colleagues to block a stripped-down Obamacare repeal bill. “I regret that our efforts were simply not enough, this time,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor after the vote. “This is clearly a disappointing moment.”

Davis imam sparks dismay with ‘filth of the Jews’ remark
A Davis, Calif., mosque that was targeted recently in a vandalism hate crime found itself at the center of controversy this week after an imam delivered a sermon with inflammatory remarks about Jews. “Oh Allah, liberate the Al Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews…” Imam Ammar Shahin said in Arabic in his July 21 sermon at the Islamic Center of Davis.

House of Representatives boosts military spending, gives Trump border wall money
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a $68 billion increase in military spending next year with legislation that also provides money to start construction of President Donald Trump’s Mexican border wall. The bill increased spending on the U.S. capability to defend itself from foreign missile attacks amid growing concerns about North Korea’s increasing capacity to hit the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile…

Pakistani elders order innocent girl be raped for her brother’s crime
Elders in a Pakistani village ordered a 17-year-old girl be raped, after her brother was accused of raping another young girl, CNN reported Thursday. Police of the town of Muzaffarabad arrested 20 after the two assaults took place, according to the department’s reports, which state that it all started with a mother complaining to a village elder that her 12-year-old daughter had been raped.

Muslim gang rampaged through Liverpool attacking strangers because they were white “non-Muslims”
A gang of Muslim men rampaged through Liverpool city centre attacking strangers because they were white “non-Muslims”. One witness feared Amin Mohmed, Mohammed Patel and Faruq Patel were ISIS terrorists.

Wells Fargo Forced Unwanted Auto Insurance On 800,000 Borrowers
Wells has just been busted yet again for another major scandal: the NYT’s Gretchen Morgenson writes that more than 800,000 people who took out car loans from Wells Fargo were also charged for auto insurance they did not need, and  some are still paying for it.

Iran successfully launches satellite-carrying rocket — report
Iran successfully launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space on Thursday, the country’s state media reported without elaborating.

Israeli forces gird for Friday protests as Temple Mount unrest persists
Israeli forces prepared for possible violent protests in Jerusalem and the West Bank Friday, as flaring tensions surrounding the Temple Mount persisted even as Muslim leaders ended their protest over Israeli security arrangements at the flashpoint holy site.

PA ambassador to UN justifies slaughter of Israeli family
Questioned on Halamish masscare, PA ambassador says world cannot ‘expect all Palestinians to be angels’ and that ‘resistance’ is natural.


16 Facts That Prove That America Is In Deep, Deep Trouble

Is this the generation that is going to witness the end of America? If our country stays on the path that it is currently on, it is very difficult to see how we are possibly going to make it. Throughout human history every great society has eventually entered a period of decline, and sadly that is happening to us as well. My hope is that we can wake the American people up while there is still time, and that we can return to the values and the principles that this nation was originally founded upon. Below are 16 facts that prove that America is in deep, deep trouble. Many of these numbers come from my new book, and many of them seem almost too crazy to believe… (Read More…)


If America Does Not Turn Back To God, There Isn’t Going To Be An America

I know that politicians aren’t supposed to talk like this, but I don’t care. I am not a politician and I never will be. And I am not running for Congress because I want a career in politics. We have enough career politicians right now, and so we definitely don’t need another one. So I am not going to carefully craft a message that I think that the voters want to hear. Instead, I am just going to tell the truth, and I believe that people all over America are going to stand with me. And the truth is that if America does not turn back to God, there isn’t going to be an America. (Read More…)


Total Government And Personal Debt In The U.S. Has Hit 41 Trillion Dollars ($329,961.34 Per Household)

We are living in the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world.  In 1980, total government and personal debt in the United States was just over the 3 trillion dollar mark, but today it has surpassed 41 trillion dollars.  That means that it has increased by almost 14 times since Ronald Reagan was first elected president.  I am searching for words to describe how completely and utterly insane this is, but I am coming up empty.  We are slowly but surely committing national suicide, and yet most Americans don’t even understand what is happening. (Read More…)


Microchipping Humans Is Straight Out of Revelation

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“I take microchipping as a form of the mark. There’s many pieces of the mark, and then again, all these pieces of the mark is designed to control,” he said.

Doyle is referring to the news story about a company called Three Square Market that is giving their employees the option to get a microchip implanted in their hand. Read more here.

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July 27, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — Cultural conservatives were pleased – – and Democrats, LGBT activists and even some Republicans were infuriated – – Wednesday when President Trump reinstated the ban on transgenders serving in the U.S. military…. (more)


July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The push for a “clean” repeal of Obamacare died Wednesday after Senate Republicans were unable to rally the votes, forcing leaders to turn to watered-down proposals that would repeal only some of the onerous parts of the troubled health care law…. (more)


July 27, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — We all knew what Watergate was. We knew what Iran-Contra was. And the Lewinsky scandal. And the purported outing of Valerie Plame. Up until now, each time a special prosecutor has been sicced on a presidential administration, we’ve known what the allegations were. Our views about whether the conduct involved warranted such debilitating scrutiny may have diverged sharply. But at least we knew what the investigations were about, what the presidents and/or their subordinates were accused of doing…. (more)

July 27, 2017
CNN — Matt Drudge has been in the White House an awful lot these days – – “all the time,” as one senior administration official puts it. He’s met with President Donald Trump, spent time with Ivanka Trump, and doled out advice to Jared Kushner…. (more)

July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was discharged from the hospital Tuesday after spending six weeks in the hospital following a shooting in Alexandria, Va., on June 14…. (more)


July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s top information technology guy, the Pakistani-born Imran Awan – – who was under investigation by the FBI for theft and cybersecurity-tied abuses – – was arrested at Dulles International Airport as he tried to flee the country…. (more)

July 27, 2017
DAILY MAIL — The breath-taking moment that an anti-ballistic missile was launched into the night sky has been caught on camera by a stunned pilot, who described it as a ‘once in a lifetime event’. Dutch Pilot Christiaan van Heijst, 34, cannot resist pulling his camera out whenever possible in the cockpit of a Boeing 747-8 Freighter…. (more)

July 26, 2017
Six Republicans who backed plan in 2015 balk
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Senate rejected a “clean” Obamacare repeal bill Wednesday, walking back a core campaign promise as Republicans barreled through a free-wheeling debate on the Democrats’ 2010 overhaul without a clear path to killing it…. (more)

July 26, 2017
BOB UNRUH — One of the most shocking and potentially destructive orders from former President Barack Obama – – opening up the U.S. military to transgender individuals – – Wednesday was reversed by President Donald Trump…. (more)


July 26, 2017
POLITICO — Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to open debate on repealing Obamacare, dramatically reviving an effort that many GOP lawmakers left for dead just a few days ago…. (more)


July 26, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to begin the debate on how to overhaul Obamacare, overcoming a series of false starts and setting up a weeklong showdown over options ranging from a full repeal to a complicated Republican replacement…. (more)

July 26, 2017
THE HILL — Republicans on Tuesday cleared a crucial hurdle to begin the Senate healthcare debate, but now face the danger of a circular firing squad if they are unable to unify around a single proposal…. (more)

July 26, 2017
TRUNEWS — Speaking on a panel to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer with former DNI chief James Clapper, John Brennan effectively called for a coup against the president if he should give the order to fire the DOJ appointed investigator…. (more)


July 26, 2017
THE HILL — The National Security Agency and FBI violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama administration by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies’ ability to obey their own rules…. (more)

July 26, 2017
NEWSMAX — Vice President Mike Pence is working to reverse the Pentagon’s transgender policy covering sexual reassignment surgery and hormone therapy for service members who are transitioning, sources have told Foreign Policy…. (more)

July 26, 2017
GARTH KANT — Federal agents arrested the top suspect in a major Democratic hacking scandal at Dulles Airport in Virginia as he tried to flee the U.S. Tuesday and fly to the Mideast…. (more)

July 26, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — A British hospital, after staging a months-long court fight against a plan by the parents of Charlie Gard to obtain him experimental treatment, continued on Tuesday to fight with the parents…. (more)


July 26, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A strict D.C. gun law that prevents most firearms owners from carrying concealed handguns in public in the nation’s capital is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday, saying the city government cannot demand citizens prove a “good reason” before being issued permits…. (more)


July 25, 2017
NEWSMAX — Steve Scalise, the House majority whip who was shot during a congressional baseball practice in June, called into the GOP whip meeting Monday and seemed to be in good spirits, according to sources who spoke with Politico…. (more)

July 25, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — In a lengthy and detailed rebuttal, White House aide and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner made a public and private declaration of his innocence and said the charges of Russian collusion with the Trump presidential campaign were intended solely to ridicule the president’s millions of supporters…. (more)

July 24, 2017
Health system should be based on ‘private, voluntary associations’
ALAN KEYES — The GOP’s purported effort to repeal and replace Obamacare appears to have reached an impasse. The maneuvering to deal with that impasse reveals (that is to say, unveils yet also hides) the fact that that effort is itself questionably sincere. The word “repeal” conveys the sense of calling back what was previously set forth, so that things return, insofar as possible, to what they once were…. (more)

July 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — The parents of Charlie Gard tearfully gave up their legal battle to keep their terminally ill baby alive on Monday, saying his condition had deteriorated too far for any possible recovery, in a case they said had touched the world…. (more)


July 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — Forbes’ opinion editor Avik Roy is shredding the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s evaluation of the Republican healthcare bill. His comments come in a column for Forbes analyzing the CBO reports on the GOP bill…. (more)


July 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said “single payer is on the table” regarding health care legislation as he announced Democrats would roll out a new economic agenda this week…. (more)


July 24, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — Senate Republicans appear unable to pass a straight repeal of Obamacare or a more comprehensive plan, and one of the most fiscally conservative members of Congress says the GOP either needs to do what it promised or prepare to watch the rest of the Trump agenda wither away…. (more)


Mid-Day Snapshot

July 28, 2017

Scaramucci Spouts Off About Leaks

The new White House communications director certainly has a rough way of communicating.

The Foundation

“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: July 28

  • ‘Skinny’ Repeal of Obamacare Fails (Read More)
  • Bad News If You Make $150,000 to $300,000: Higher Taxes for Many (Read More)
  • Senators Move to Block Trump From Ousting Sessions (Read More)
  • Amazon’s Expansion Takes Toll (Read More)
  • Japan Slaps 50% Tariff on Some U.S. Beef (Read More)
  • Tesla Model 3 Arrives as Elon Musk Tries to Manage Expectations (Read More)
  • Musk Risks Missing the Mainstream If Model 3 Strays From $35,000 (Read More)
  • UBS Shares Drop Most Since January as Capital Ratio Declines (Read More)
  • Wall Street braces for end of Snap share lockup (Read More)
  • Car Prices Are Still Falling But the Sky Isn’t as Lender Profits Rise (Read More)
  • Swiss Banks’ Focus on Wealth Pays (Read More)
  • Venezuela crisis tips into showdown (Read More)
  • U.S. orders Venezuela embassy families out, crisis deepens (Read More)
  • China will take measures to get more foreign investment, boost private investment (Read More)
  • Killing the Border Tax Solved One Problem. It May Create Several (Read More)
  • Cheap Eggs Flood U.S. Grocery Stores (Read More)
  • BNP Shows Europe Can Still Build Investment-Bank Champions (Read More)
  • Elliott Tries a Texas Charm Offensive to Outdo Berkshire’s Oncor Bid (Read More)

Top Headlines – 7/28/2017

Arab League: International guarantees needed so Israeli violations on Temple Mount won’t repeat

Arab League chief says Israel risks igniting ‘religious war’

Arab League: Escalation on Temple Mount threatens entire region

The return to Temple Mount: Stones, bottles and stun grenades, as worshippers warn ‘This is war’

Israeli security forces and Palestinian worshippers clash outside al-Aqsa mosque

Palestinians arrested after barricading selves in Al-Aqsa Mosque

113 reportedly injured as thousands return to pray at Temple Mount

Erdogan, Haniyeh and Abbas are praying for an intifada

Jerusalem police chief threatens casualties if protests continue

Israeli forces gird for Friday protests as Temple Mount unrest persists

Girding for clashes, police restrict Temple Mount prayers to women, men over 50

Rabbis call on Jews to visit Temple Mount ‘to strengthen our claim to this holy place’

Bayit Yehudi decries government’s ‘concessions’ on Temple Mount

Coalition chairman attacks the Shin Bet for removal of metal detectors

Islamic leader: ‘Al-Aqsa agreement betrays Allah’

Jordan king criticizes Israel’s ‘provocative’ action

US envoy to Middle East welcomes Temple Mount de-escalation

US praises Netanyahu’s handling of Temple Mount standoff

PM Netanyahu: ‘the time has come to sentence terrorists to death’

Military announces it will demolish Halamish terrorist’s home

Mother of Halamish terrorist charged with incitement

PA ambassador to UN justifies slaughter of Israeli family

Jordan said to charge Israeli embassy guard in absentia with murder

Jordan’s King Abdullah calls for Israel trial over embassy deaths

Jordan: Israeli amb. not welcome until embassy guard stands trial

Report: PM seeks US okay to annex settlements, cede Arab cities to Palestinians

Is Trump’s Mideast policy a paradigm shift?

Trump’s Mideast peace deal is fading away

Top Trump Middle East adviser fired for unknown reasons

Time to Stop Anti-Semitic Incitement in American Mosques

Items from Auschwitz death camp to tour Europe, America

French university may have remains of Holocaust victims, scholars say

Why Jews from Libya are worried about the fate of the country’s Jewish artifacts

EU migrant crisis: France plans asylum ‘hotspots’ in Libya

Egyptian tank pancakes suicide car bombers

Putin signs Syria base deal, cementing Russia’s presence there for half a century

Syria war: US says coalition partners must only fight IS

UN says over 200,000 have fled Syria’s Raqqa since April 1

Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Women Return in ‘Severe Shock’

Yazidi girl who escaped ISIS said she was raped every day, tried to kill herself

Animals, Abandoned and Starving, Are Evacuated From Zoo in Syria

Qatar says UN should play a role in resolving Gulf crisis

With Hajj weeks away, Yemeni rebels fire missile near Mecca

Senate overwhelmingly okays bill slapping sanctions on Iran, Russia

Iran carries out ‘successful’ satellite launch

US slams ‘provocative’ Iran satellite-launch rocket test

UN: Pakistan abducts own citizens, muzzles rights watchdog

Tribal Council Orders ‘Revenge Rape’ In Pakistan

Pakistan court disqualifies prime minister from office

Al Qaeda says it has group in Kashmir to fight Indian rule

UK wants to send ‘colossal’ warships to test Beijing’s claims in S. China Sea

‘If Trump Asked, We’d Nuke China Next Week,’ Says U.S. Navy Fleet Commander

China holds live-fire aircraft carrier drill, builds massive border force as North Korean missile test looms

On anniversary of war, young North Koreans talk of tensions

Death toll in Venezuela unrest soars past 100

U.S. orders Venezuela embassy families out, crisis deepens

Trump Hits Venezuela with New Sanctions as CIA Chief Plugs Intervention

Group of Republicans want separate special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton and James Comey

With Mueller investigation, FBI gets chance to physically inspect ‘hacked’ DNC computers

Anthony Scaramucci’s Uncensored Rant: Foul Words and Threats to Have Priebus Fired

Bezos knocks Gates off perch as richest person in the world – for a few hours

India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new ‘smart’ cities to be sustainable

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits in the North Atlantic Ocean

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Leksula, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Nikol’skoye, Russia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Chichi-shima, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bengkulu, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kirakira, Solomon Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Lakatoro, Vanuatu

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Floods kill 120 in India’s Gujarat, with industry, cotton hit

Dozens hospitalised in Indonesia as thick haze spreads

New DNA sunscreen could spell an end to constant re-application

Whooping Cough Cases Double in Indiana in a Year, Prompting a Call to Vaccinate

Trump foiled as Senate rejects bid to repeal ‘Obamacare’

Inside Trump-s snap decision to ban transgender troops – A congressional fight over sex reassignment surgery threatened funding for his border wall.

Military chief says transgender policy to remain

Meet Five Men Who All Think They’re the Messiah – These men say they’re the Second Coming of Jesus Christ

For The People Who Say, “But Jesus Didn’t Abolish The Law”

After you See ‘Dunkirk’ Watch This Film To See What Was Missing

Apocalypse When? Five times in recent memory the world was supposed to end

David Barton Completely Twists Jefferson’s Words to Support Muslim Ban

Pa. doctor: I perform abortions because I love my patients

Mike Ratliff – What are the roots of bitterness and cynicism?

US, Brazil investigate Word of Faith Fellowship accused of abuse, trafficking

‘Staying Alive’: Jim Bakker Promotes His New Survival Food Buckets With A Horrible Bee Gees Cover

God and metal: scenes from a hardcore Christian music festival

Is Justin Bieber Sabotaging His Career for Jesus?

Trump Picks Sam Brownback as Religious Freedom Ambassador

Most White Evangelicals Don’t Believe Muslims Belong in America

Jeff Maples – Gods Purpose Still Served With False Teachers?

Newspring Church Responds to Perry Noble’s Complaints Against Them

NAR Leaders set themselves OUTSIDE of the Christian faith

Catholicism – Michael Voris: Bucking the System

Creationists Sell Christian Theme Park To Themselves To Avoid $700,000 In Taxes

Religious leaders protest L.A. pastor’s detention during a routine ICE appointment

UK Street Preacher Cleared of False Accusation of Making Abusive Comments to Homosexuals

Pastor Forced to Move After Receiving Threats for Opposing Facebook’s Rainbow Flag Emoji

Evolutionist Professor Says Parents Should Be Allowed to Euthanize Severely Deformed Newborn Children

Patrick J Buchanan – Are America’s Wars Just and Moral?

Thomas S. Kidd – A Brief History of the Altar Call

Mike Bickle: Speaking Falsely on Behalf of God is Not a Big Deal

Don’t Be Confused by the Crab and the Bears… (or Charisma Magazine’s “Astrology”)

Does the NAR Have a New Prophet?

Todd Bentley Commissions The “Apostolic Puppet Lady!!”

NARpostle Brian Simmons – the ‘William Hung’ of Christianity

Died: Haddon Robinson, Champion of Biblical Preaching

Michelle Lesley – Persecution in the Pew

WOFF – Brazilians funneled as slaves by NC church, ex-members say

The ‘New Breed’ Among Us (Part 2): Matt Sorger

Hillsong, Bethel Music and The Great Seduction

GOD TV, Bethel, Lifestyle Christianity & IAHM endorsing demonic ‘grave-sucking’

The Bible That Oozes Oil- “It’s The Very Presence of God!”

Woodlands (Tx.) pastor resigns after arrest for prostitution

Episcopal panel recommends suspension for L.A. Bishop J. Jon Bruno, return of Newport Beach church to locked-out congregants

Southern Poverty Law Center Defends Attacks on Christians

As Leah Remini’s second season approaches, more Scientology survivors are opening up

After Texas Cut Planned Parenthood Funding, Teen Abortions Fell 28% and Teen Births 24%

Oregon Seizes Children From Parents Who Have Low IQ

Report: Chinese Provinces Seek to Eradicate Sunday Schools, Christian Summer Camps

Christian Student Killed in Spate of Boko Haram Attacks in Northeast Nigeria

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Brightest Meteor Shower In Recorded Human History Coming!

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 06:20 AM PDT

There is going to be a meteor shower on 12th of August, 2017. According to astronomers this will be the brightest shower in the recorded…

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The Reason for So Many False Conversions

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 06:14 AM PDT

(By Bert Farias) Many call Jesus Lord but don’t do what He says (Luke 6:46). They are deceived. Many believe in Jesus, but there’s no…

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Billy Graham Answers: Is the Antichrist Roaming the Earth as We Speak?

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 06:08 AM PDT

With Bible prophecies of the end times appearing to come to pass before our very eyes, there’s a big one many wonder about. Is the…

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What Does the New Testament Really Say About the Gift of Prophecy?

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 06:02 AM PDT

(By Eddie Hyatt) New Testament prophecy has its roots in Old Testament prophetic ministry. In the Old Testament, God raised up certain individuals to be…

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Japan Slaps 50% Tariff on Some U.S. Beef

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 05:54 AM PDT

Japan said Friday it would impose a temporary 50% tariff on frozen beef from the U.S. and several other countries, a move that could inflame…

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An End-Times Prayer for Jerusalem

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 05:49 AM PDT

(By Kelly Mcdonald Jr) “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you! Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!’ For my…

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Is Christianity in America Dying?

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 05:42 AM PDT

Is Christianity in America dying? That’s a question that has emerged in recent years amid numerous polls showing decreased proportions of Americans who say they’re…

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16 Facts That Prove That America Is In Deep, Deep Trouble

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 05:31 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Is this the generation that is going to witness the end of America? If our country stays on the path that it…

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Lance Wallnau Issues an Urgent Prayer Alert for the First Family

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 05:26 AM PDT

The last couple of weeks have been particularly difficult on President Donald Trump, but even more so for his family and those who work with…

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Walmart Cashier Flabbergasts Foster Mom When He Hears the Voice of God

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 05:22 AM 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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