Daily Archives: August 1, 2017

August 1, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Ohio has found insurers to offer Obamacare health plans in 19 of 20 counties that had been at risk of having no options for next year, convincing five health insurers to expand in the state even as uncertainty persists for the future of the health law.

China’s Communist Party is curbing the online activities of its 89 million members ahead of a leadership shake-up in a few months. The new rules made public on Tuesday said that all party cadres face punishment if they visit “illegal websites” or disclose party and state secrets online. Cadres need permission from the party before registering social media accounts or setting up a WeChat group that contains their job information, the party’s personnel, propaganda and cyber watchdog said.

The number of people in Germany with immigrant roots rose 8.5 percent last year to a record 18.6 million, powered by the influx of refugees and other migrants up to the spring of 2016, official statistics showed Tuesday.

Most Senate Democrats and independents said Tuesday that upcoming legislation to rewrite the tax code should make sure the middle class doesn’t pay more. They won’t support any upcoming GOP effort to overhaul the U.S. tax code that delivers tax cuts to “the top 1 percent” or adds to the government’s $20 trillion debt.

China’s U.N. ambassador urged the international community on Monday to support President Xi Jinping’s new four-point proposal to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict and establish an independent Palestinian state.

General Motors and Fiat Chrysler posted much steeper U.S. light vehicle sales declines than analysts estimated in July as industrywide demand continues to slide from last year’s record results. Deliveries plunged 15 percent for GM and 10 percent for Fiat Chrysler.

Consumer spending lost momentum in June and a drop in dividend payments caused incomes to stagnate, signaling the U.S. economy may get less help from households this quarter, Commerce Department figures showed Tuesday.

Venezuela’s most high-profile opposition figures were seized from their homes by security forces, according to people close to them, in what appeared to be a crackdown on officials challenging the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. “strongly” supports Georgia’s ambition of joining NATO, even as Russia remains hostile to the military alliance expanding its influence in Moscow’s former Soviet backyard.

AP Top Stories

A federal judge, sweeping aside objections from the Justice Department, has ordered the FBI to conduct a new search for decades-old documents about a U.S. government program to purge the federal workforce of gays and lesbians, including records on the role of a future chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in implementing the Cold War-era crackdown.

Islamist militants in the Philippines have beheaded seven local loggers they kidnapped last week in their stronghold in the strife-torn south, police said Monday.

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the launch of a massive tourism project that will turn 50 islands and a string of sites on the Red Sea coast into luxury resorts.

Security remained heightened in airports around Australia with more intense screening of luggage after law enforcement officials thwarted what a police chief described on Monday as a “credible attempt to attack an aircraft.”

Thousands of people gathered in the rebel-held Yemeni capital Monday to witness the public execution of a man convicted of raping and murdering a three-year-old girl.

Bitcoin Cash officially launched, a controversial fork inspiring hordes of bitcoin users to swap traditional bitcoins for this new cryptocurrency. Some Reddit users even deemed Tuesday “Bitcoin Independence Day.”

About 8,000 people have registered to leave the Lebanese border region near Arsal for a rebel-held area of Syria as part of a local ceasefire between Hezbollah and the Nusra Front, a security source in Lebanon said on Sunday.

The chief of staff of the U.S. Army discussed what he’d like to see in a future tank to replace the M1 Abrams. Chief of Staff Mark Milley mentioned railguns, a reduced crew or no crew at all, so-called active protection systems, and a super strong yet lightweight armor that could dramatically lower the weight of future tanks.

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Almost 500 people arrested after last year’s failed coup in Turkey have appeared in court accused of taking part in the plot. Some of the handcuffed defendants were jeered as they were individually escorted into court by police and armed guards in front of TV cameras.

Lawmakers in Pakistan have elected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister, replacing Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted last week over corruption allegations.

Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, has been found guilty of criminal contempt – a federal offence.

WND

Australian scientists at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) ordered a review of temperature recording instruments after the government agency was caught tampering with temperature logs in several locations.

Maryland State’s Attorney Tony Covington announced Monday afternoon that Carlos Bell, a former Charles County Public School instructional assistant who is HIV positive, assaulted 24 students and has been indicted on 119 counts dating back from May 2015 to June 2017.

A candidate in the race for Minneapolis mayor has proposed disarming police officers in the wake of Justine Damond’s shooting. “Officers don’t need to carry a gun on their person all the time.”


The Briefing 08-01-17

Who has the authority to speak for children? Lessons from the life and death of Charlie Gard

Language and cultural warfare: Scurrilous charge of ‘hate group’ made against Alliance Defending Freedom

PETA to honor cows killed, not for eating, but in traffic accident

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Top News – 8/1/2017

For First Time in Millennia, Jewish Priests Will Undergo Training to Enter Temple’s Holy of Holies
This incredible development was initiated by Israel’s first responder organization ZAKA, based on a decision by the ZAKA Rabbinical Council following an an unprecedented event occurring during the three weeks of austerity leading up to the Ninth Day of Av: the July 14 Palestinian terror attack against Israeli police officers that left three dead corpses, the most powerful source of ritual impurity, on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. Horrific as the attack was, it served a divine purpose. “When the Jewish people are not moving ahead quickly enough, God does something to force it upon us,”

Many Christians unaware of crucial info about 9th of Av on Tuesday
Jews at sundown Monday marked the beginning of the fast of Tisha b’Av, or the 9th of Av, a day of suffering so intense throughout history that it has been set aside as a day of mourning. It was the date when the ancient Israelites doubted God and thought the land of Canaan would be impossible to conquer, and thus that generation of doubters would never enter the Promised Land. It was the date in 587 B.C. when the First Temple was destroyed. It was the date in 70 A.D. when the Second Temple was destroyed. It was the date when the Romans would crush later Jewish rebellions, inflicting a horrific price on the Jewish people. It is known as the saddest day of the entire year in the Jewish calendar.

Australia Weather Bureau Caught Tampering With Climate Numbers
Australian scientists at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) ordered a review of temperature recording instruments after the government agency was caught tampering with temperature logs in several locations. BOM has been put under the microscope before for similar manipulations. The agency was accused in 2014 of tampering with the country’s temperature record to make it appear as if temperatures had warmed over the decades…

Jewish visitors to Temple Mount jump 15% this year
According to the Yeraeh organization, which promotes Jewish visitation and prayer rights at the Mount and desires to rebuild the Jewish Temple there, at least 17,000 Jews have visited the site since the beginning of the Hebrew year 5777 last October. In the Hebrew year 5776, 14,908 Jews visited the site, while 5777 still has another six weeks to run, with at least a thousand Jewish visitors expected on the Temple Mount on Tisha Be’av alone.

PA, Morocco press African leaders to boycott Africa-Israel summit
The Palestinian Authority and Morocco are working to upend an Africa-Israel summit scheduled for Lomé, Togo, at the end of October, The Jerusalem Post has learned. According to African diplomatic officials, the PA is putting pressure on Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé to cancel the summit, and is also urging Muslim countries in Africa not to attend, saying that going to the conference will show support for Israel and be a setback for the Palestinian struggle.

Psychologists say more and more young people are entitled
Research has discovered that large amounts of young people are developing an entitlement complex. The psychological trend comes from the belief that you are superior to others and are more deserving of certain things. This form of narcissism has some significant consequences such as disappointment and a tendency to lash out.

China’s military confident, prepared to safeguard sovereignty – paper
China’s military is “confident, capable and fully prepared” to protect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the state-run China Daily on Tuesday quoted Defence Minister Chang Wanquan as saying in reference to Taiwan. Despite decades of growing trade across the Taiwan Strait, China has never renounced the use of force, if needed, to gain control of Taiwan, which it considers a breakaway province.

Russian 6th-generation fighter will employ powerful lasers to burn enemy missile
Air-to-ground or air-to-air missiles have one thing in common — they have a seeker head, or targeting system on the missile that uses radar or heat-seeking technology to find and lead the weapon to the target to destroy it. The Russian defense industry says it will deploy powerful lasers on its new sixth-generation fighter that will be able to “burn” enemy homing systems on projectiles fired in their direction, to make them unable to hit a target.

Powerful Pacific typhoon could threaten Japan by weekend
A powerful Pacific typhoon that intensified into the Northern Hemisphere’s strongest storm of the year but has since lost some of its punch could still threaten Japan by this weekend. Typhoon Noru on Tuesday was packing maximum sustained winds of 204 kilometers (127 miles) per hour with gusts of up to 250 kilometers (155 miles) per hour, according to the U.S. military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

U.S. to launch yet another test missile from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base
Days after North Korea fired a rocket into the Sea of Japan, the U.S. Air Force is planning to test launch an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The unarmed Minuteman III missile will be launched between 12:01 and 6:01 a.m. from the base, about 12 miles northwest of Lompoc, according to Vandenberg’s 30th Space Wing team.

US detects ‘highly unusual’ North Korean submarine activity
The US military has detected “highly unusual and unprecedented levels” of North Korean submarine activity and evidence of an “ejection test” in the days following Pyongyang’s second intercontinental ballistic missile launch this month, a defense official told CNN on Monday. An ejection test examines a missile’s “cold-launch system,” which uses high pressure steam to propel a missile out of the launch canister into the air before its engines ignite.

China urges support for new Israel-Palestinian peace plan
China’s UN ambassador urged the international community on Monday to support President Xi Jinping’s new four-point proposal to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict and establish an independent Palestinian state. Liu Jieyi said at a news conference that China’s future diplomatic efforts will focus on trying to move toward a negotiated solution based on the four proposals.

South Korea Is Preparing A “Surgical Strike” Against The North: Report
According to a report in South Korea’s Munhwa Ilbo newspaper, which cites an unidentified government official, South Korea’s military is preparing a “surgical strike” scenario that could wipe out North Korean command and missile and nuclear facilities following an order by SKorea’s President Moon Jae-in.

Ben Carson Finds $500 Billion (Billion!) In Errors During Audit Of Obama HUD
Ben Carson was the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins, so, he’s kind of a super hero. But apparently, he’s also not a bad accountant. President Trump picked Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, whose budget grew by leaps and bounds under Barack Obama. In one of his first acts as HUD Secretary, Carson ordered an audit of the agency. What he found was staggering: $520 billion in bookkeeping errors.

Man Kills Doctor For Refusing To Perscribe His Wife Opioids
An Indiana man has been accused of killing a doctor. The motive for the murder was the doctor’s refusal to prescribe the man’s wife opioids.

Wow.. Biden Called McCain and Urged Him to Vote Against Obamacare Repeal
John McCain surprised and disappointed lots of Republicans this past week when he voted against the “Skinny Bill” which would have allowed for a repeal of Obamacare. It turns out he got a phone call and some encouragement for his vote from former Vice President Joe Biden. Sadly, this just makes the whole situation even worse. The Hill reports:

New Docs Support Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Shareholders in Court
Two articles published Tuesday, July 25, by John Carney in Brietbart.com on Tuesday, here and here, argued a partisan, one-sided, pro-government position regarding the decision of the Obama Treasury Department to institute the “Net Worth Sweep” confiscating all earnings from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, while ignoring the information critical of his apologetic treatment that was revealed in the government documents released by the Department of Justice on July 19, to comply with a U.S. District court order.

Many Americans are too drugged-out to work
A slew of reports finds a fresh reason for the chronic inability of American companies to fill skilled jobs: not a lack of skills, and hence a training-and-education crisis, but a surfeit of drug abuse. Simply put, prime-working age Americans without a college diploma are often too drugged-out to get the best jobs. Opioids remain at high levels, but the surge in drug use is now heroin and the powerful contaminant fentanyl.

Bizarre ‘satanic cult’ accusations levelled at restaurant chain (PHOTO)
Outback Steakhouse is being accused of running a satanic cult after its chain of restaurants was found to be suspiciously located in several cities across the country. The restaurant chain’s controversial association was uncovered by one inquisitive Twitter user who, with the help of Google maps and Microsoft Paint, showed that the restaurants were geo-located in the shape of a pentagram in New York, Indianapolis, Phoenix and Atlanta.

Wikileaks Dumps 72,000 Hacked Macron Emails
Wikileaks has dumped more than 21,000 “verified” emails associated with the French presidential campaign of Emmanuel Macron. Julian Assange’s organisation claims the batch of  21,075 emails, dating from March 2009 to April 2017, have been uniquely verified through its DKIM system.


Goldman Sachs Says That There Is A 99 Percent Chance That Stock Prices Will Not Keep Going Up Like This

Analysts at Goldman Sachs are saying that it is next to impossible for stock prices to keep going up like they have been recently.  Ever since Donald Trump’s surprise election victory in November, stocks have been on a tremendous run, but this surge has not been matched by a turnaround in the real economy.  We have essentially had a “no growth” economy for most of the past decade, and ominous signs pointing to big trouble ahead are all around us.  The only reason why stocks have been able to perform so well is due to unprecedented intervention by global central banks, but they are not going to be able to keep inflating this bubble forever.  At some point this absolutely enormous bubble will burst and investors will lose trillions of dollars. (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…)


The United Nations Rolls Out ‘Advancements’ to Indoctrinate Every Student on the Planet – Agenda 2030

Quietly, the United Nations is rolling out advancements to its objective of undermining education as a whole, with the purpose of creating a single system for learning globally.

Sounds far fetched right? Well, meet the new Global Education Institute……

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What Next? – Hal Lindsey

Russia arrived in Syria ostensibly to fight ISIS. Will they leave when ISIS is defeated? I doubt it. Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s President, is no longer his own man. He sold his soul to Vladimir Putin, the mad mullahs running Iran, and the Hezbollah terror group.

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What You Need to Know About the Great American Solar Eclipse

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Would you get ‘microchipped’?

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Cabinet Members Launch White House Bible Study

Bible study regulars include Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Agriculture Secretary Sunny Perdue, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

“It’s the best Bible study that I’ve ever taught in my life,” Drollinger said. “They are so teachable; they’re so noble; they’re so learned.

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Mid-Day Snapshot

Aug. 1, 2017

Scaramucci in, Scaramucci Out — and Not a New York Minute Too Soon!

He wasn’t the guy to focus White House communications, and his ouster corrects a mistake.

The Foundation

“If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new Exertions and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times.” —George Washington (1777)

July 31, 2017
WES VERNON — America needs to get its priorities straight. Picture this nightmare: Ex-President Barack Obama did (and out-of-office continues to) do his best to bring down America. Unlike other ex-presidents who had the courtesy to go home after their time in office was at an end and get out of their successor’s way, Mr. Obama moved himself and his family into a mansion in a toney neighborhood in Washington, D.C. where he – – not satisfied with the damage he inflicted during the eight years the voters entrusted him the highest honor America can offer – – is now well-situated to undermine President Trump. He’s like the rude house guest who never goes home…. (more)

July 31, 2017
ALAN KEYES — Recently, I read a column at WND by Lindy Daniel that proclaimed, “Diversity is not a strength in this country. In fact, it is difficult to find diversity as a strength anywhere. Let’s get real. Diversity is a weakness.” The author goes on to claim that diversity is at the root of practically all conflict and divisiveness, the cause of all wars…. (more)

July 31, 2017
WALL STREET JOURNAL — Anthony Scaramucci has been removed from his position as White House communications director, just 10 days after his appointment to the post. Scaramucci, who is nicknamed “The Mooch,” was removed at the urging of former Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, who was sworn in as White House chief of staff Monday morning. Mr. Kelly is seeking to impose more discipline in the White House, two administration officials said…. (more)


July 31, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — After their health care bill collapsed in spectacular fashion last week, Republican congressional leaders insist they won’t make the same mistakes with tax reform, the other big-ticket promise they made to voters, and to which they will turn next…. (more)

July 31, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Dozens of U.S. counties might not have any plans to choose from on Obamacare’s insurance exchanges next year while consumers with options face double-digit rate increases in many places – – putting Congress to choose among bipartisan fixes to the program, doubling down on repeal or following President Trump’s advice to “let it implode.”… (more)

July 31, 2017
ROBERT KNIGHT — It took President Trump kicking a hornet’s nest to provide a moment’s distraction from the media’s obsession with all things Russian. His tweeted reversal of President Obama’s transgender military inclusion mandate didn’t knock the Russians off the front pages or CNN for long. But it refocused the public on Mr. Trump’s signature promise to “make America great again.” twitter… (more)

July 30, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump must show leadership by “washing out” Anthony Scaramucci’s mouth “with a bar of soap” and escorting him “personally off the White House grounds,” Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats said…. (more)

July 30, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump will sign the Russia sanctions bill, the White House said late Friday, saying that he managed to win important changes to the legislation and is now satisfied with it…. (more)


July 30, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said Friday that it’s time for new leadership in the Senate after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., failed to bring a healthcare reform bill over the finish line…. (more)

July 30, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Liberals are trying to mess with Texas. And they don’t plan on stopping there. Still reeling from nearly a decade of devastating losses in statehouses across the nation as well as in the 2016 presidential election, Democrats in Washington, D.C. are plotting to pour hundreds of millions of dollars in state and local elections across the country…. (more)

July 29, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — In another staff shakeup, President Trump late Friday named Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John F. Kelly as White House chief of staff, forcing out the beleaguered Reince Priebus after only six months on the job…. (more)


July 29, 2017
NEWSMAX — Anthony Scaramucci’s wife has filed for divorce after three years because of the new White House communications director’s “naked political ambition,” Page Six of The New York Post reported Friday. Citing “multiple sources” who have “exclusively” talked to Page Six, the report said that Deidre Ball, 38, worked as a vice president in investor relations for SkyBridge Capital, an investment banking firm…. (more)


July 29, 2017
PHILIP KLEIN — After Republicans failed to pass even a stripped down “skinny” Obamacare repeal bill to keep the legislative process alive, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declared, in the wee hours of Friday morning, “it’s time to move on.” For now, it means that Republicans’ seven-year promise to repeal and replace Obamacare has gone up in smoke. Though Obamacare was passed exclusively with Democratic support and amid fierce opposition from the GOP… (more)

July 29, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — There are video clips floating about devoted entirely to showing the dramatic few seconds on the Senate floor when Sen. John McCain cast his no-vote to Obamacare repeal. Pick one and watch it. They’re good visuals of what betrayal looks like. Title it: Traitor takes the stage…. (more)


July 29, 2017
NEWSMAX — Fusion GPS, the firm behind a scandalous anti-Trump dossier, was working for the Russian government and was on a Kremlin official’s payroll, Hermitage Capital Management CEO Bill Browder said Friday, while discussing his Thursday testimony before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee…. (more)

July 29, 2017
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE — Should he be confirmed, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s role as U.S. ambassador to Russia could be even further hamstrung by actions Moscow took Friday to seize two U.S. properties in the country and limit the State Department’s staff there…. (more)

July 29, 2017
NEWSMAX — Charlie Gard, a British baby who became the subject of a bitter dispute between his parents and doctors over whether he should be taken to the United States for experimental treatment, has died, the family announced Friday…. (more)


July 28, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Drained by self-inflicted wounds, shifting aims and unrelenting protests, Republicans’ push to kill off President Obama’s signature health law sputtered out of gas early Friday, as Senate leaders failed to rally the votes for a significantly pared-down repeal bill in a vote after midnight…. (more)


July 28, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Republican senators walked away from a narrow defeat of their effort to repeal Obamacare trying to figure out their next steps after a years-long effort collapsed early Friday morning…. (more)

July 28, 2017
NEWSMAX — Senate Republicans passed a measure on Thursday that would permanently repeal Obamacare’s so-called Cadillac tax on high-cost employer-provided insurance without a single Democratic vote amid a broader debate to repeal the healthcare law…. (more)

July 28, 2017
NEWSMAX — Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer condemned as “disgraceful” an expletive-loaded tirade by incoming communications director Anthony Scaramucci against White House rivals Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon…. (more)

July 28, 2017
NEWSMAX — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who was seriously wounded in a shooting at a Republican baseball practice last month, said five law enforcement officers who helped take down the shooter exhibited “selfless and brave actions.”… (more)


July 28, 2017
MERCEDES SCHLAPP — Try as they might, Democrats can’t even break through Trump fever. This week, top Democrats released their revamped agenda and it barely received any media coverage. It was the snoozer story of the week because the Democrats’ “Better Deal for American Workers” lacks the innovation and boldness needed to win over many working-class Democrats and independents who voted for President Trump because they were in search of real change in Washington…. (more)

July 28, 2017
BYRON YORK — There’s been a stark partisan divide over the Trump dossier – – the collection of “salacious and unverified” allegations about Donald Trump (the words are former FBI Director James Comey’s) that was reportedly gathered by Trump’s opponents, and later by the FBI itself, in both the Republican primaries and the general election…. (more)


July 28, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Nobody is more excited about Friday’s release of Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth” than climate skeptic Marc Morano, which comes as an ill wind for the movement to stop global warming, not to mention Mr. Gore…. (more)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: August 01

  • Futures higher on strong earnings season; Apple in focus (Read More)
  • Kelly Sends Off Scaramucci, But Real Test Will Be Taming Trump (Read More)
  • Senate Democrats offer Republicans help on tax reform – with conditions (Read More)
  • Banks May Need $50 Billion New Capital After Brexit (Read More)
  • Goldman Sachs Finds Itself in Odd Spot: Last Place in Trading (Read More)
  • Trump dictated misleading statement on son’s meeting with Russian (Read More)
  • Struggling Stock Pickers Eye Quant Tools to Gain an Edge (Read More)
  • Trump’s Obsession With Leaks (Read More)
  • BP Turns a Corner, but 2010 Oil Spill Keeps Biting (Read More)
  • The immigrant success story that led police to a Chinese banking giant (Read More)
  • Greenspan Sees No Stock Excess, Warns of Bond Market Bubble (Read More)
  • Euro-Area Economy Steams Ahead as ECB Waits for Inflation (Read More)
  • The energy patch: where rights offerings are ‘sexy’ again (Read More)
  • Rowling Apologizes for Claiming Trump Ignored Disabled Boy (Read More)
  • President Xi says China loves peace but won’t compromise on sovereignty (Read More)
  • Greenspan Sees No Stock Excess, Warns of Bond Market Bubble (Read More)
  • Rolls-Royce Recovery Revs Up, But CEO Wary of Production Hurdles (Read More)
  • Snap, Blue Apron Shake Confidence in Startup Valuations (Read More)
  • Caterpillar CFO Brad Halverson to retire in early 2018 (Read More)
  • Under Armour to Cut About 280 Jobs (Read More)

Top Headlines – 8/1/2017

Israelis gather in Jerusalem’s Old City after weeks of tensions over Temple Mount to mark start of Tisha B’Av

Holiday Sensation, No Arabs, on Temple Mount on 9 B’Av Week

PA demands: Recognize Palestine – then we’ll consider land swaps

Australian Labor Party votes to recognize a Palestinian state

China urges support for new Israel-Palestinian peace plan

Iranian leader calls on Hajj pilgrims to support Palestine

Senior Fatah official says coordination with Israel won’t return to ‘what it was before’

Police arrest 33 suspected of instigating Temple Mount riots

PA payments to prisoners, ‘martyr’ families now equal half its foreign aid

Israel monitoring Abbas’ deteriorating health

The Israeli-American diaspora is real – Why more Israelis are moving to the US

Jewish camp apologizes for flying Palestinian flag

Iranian organization claims Israel attacked their shipment in Syria

ISIS targets Iraq Embassy in Kabul; all 4 attackers killed

Austria sentences Hamas man to life for terror plot in Israel

Amnesty International calls on Hamas to free Israeli hostages

Prosecutors: Hamburg attacker hoped to die as ‘martyr’

Kabul attack: Gun battle and suicide bombing in Afghan capital

Saudi Arabia reportedly using Canadian military trucks against its own civilians

China’s military confident, prepared to safeguard sovereignty

US detects ‘highly unusual’ North Korean submarine activity

North Korea ICBM test longest in history of regime, Pentagon says

North Korea threat: Japan’s Abe says he and Trump agree to take further action

U.S. to launch yet another test missile from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base

North Korea’s night lights show improving economy despite sanctions

Russian 6th-generation fighter will employ powerful lasers to burn enemy missile

Pence takes tough tone on Russia after Moscow retaliates against sanctions legislation

Kushner: Trump campaign too disorganized to collude with Russia

Trump reportedly dictated son’s statement on Russia meeting promising ‘dirt’ on Clinton

Trump insists there’s no chaos at White House

Kelly shows his clout: Scaramucci out as White House chief of staff moves in

John Kelly, Trump’s new chief of staff, ‘won’t suffer idiots and fools’

Most Voters Say ‘No’ To Border Wall

Homeland Security Inspector General says Trump administration can’t hire 5,000 new border agents

Dow closes at record high as Street cheers strong earnings season

‘Calexit’ backers confident about latest plan to leave the United States

Defiant Venezuela president mocks Trump after U.S. sanctions

Venezuela attorney general says won’t recognize new assembly

WikiLeaks Publishes Searchable Archive of Macron Campaign Emails

For Facebook, erasing hate speech proves a daunting challenge

Virgin America computer systems hacked

Power outage hits Outer Banks, may keep tourists out for two weeks

US Nuclear Comeback Stalls as Two Reactors Are Abandoned

2012 TC4: NASA’s Planetary Defense Systems Put to the Test Over Near Miss Asteroid

Watch Swarms of Earthquakes Sweep Across Oklahoma

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Palaiochora, Greece

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

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Curup, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Iceland Could Be About To Experience A Major Volcanic Eruption

Tropical Storm Emily forms in Gulf of Mexico, starts moving toward Florida

Florida gears up for drenching from Tropical Storm Emily

111 injured as typhoon grips Taiwan

Powerful Pacific typhoon could threaten Japan by weekend

Tropical Storm Emily triggers State of Emergency for 31 counties including Broward, Palm, Miami-Dade

Pilot lands plane ‘blind’ after hail destroys nose and windshield of aircraft

Australia Weather Bureau Caught Tampering With Climate Numbers

Only Six Nations Have Evaluated Readiness for Global Pandemic

Billowing, black sewer discharge at Niagara Falls alarms businesses, tourists

Trump studying executive action on healthcare, senator Rand Paul says

Trump targets Congress members’ own health plans after ObamaCare repeal falls flat

Psychologists say more and more young people are entitled

Police okays anti-gay protest during Jerusalem pride march

Mass Nigerian arrests for ‘homosexual acts’ in Lagos State

Cops say hands are tied in arresting unruly ‘desnudas’ naked female panhandlers ‘because most are illegal immigrants’

Portland’s sanctuary policies to blame for horrific rapes, says GOP leader

Many Americans are too drugged-out to work

Opioid panel calls for Trump to declare federal state of emergency

Bible Studies at the White House: Who’s Inside This Spiritual Awakening?

Chuck Baldwin – Zionism, Not Islam, Is America’s Biggest Threat

False Teacher of the Day – Becky Fischer

One to Watch: Torben Sondergaard

Video Series: “God’s Generals” by Roberts Liardon, an analysis by Jackie Alnor

Word of Faith Fellowship responds to AP reports of ‘enslaved’ members

Telegraph forced to revise article attacking the Bible

Anthony Wade – Diabetic Prophecy — So Sugary It Cannot be Good for You

“The Shack” and a Cat Named Judas

See Newport Beach ‘showpiece’ once owned by televangelist Paul Crouch, selling for $4.3 million

Who cares about Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz slamming shots with Justin Bieber?

Jennifer LeClaire takes authority over demonic ‘timewarps’?

Is The Bethel School of Ministry Supernatural?

Joel Osteen Justifies His Use of the Prosperity Gospel

Pastor, Wife Allowed Son to Start Identifying as Girl at Age 2 Because He Liked ‘All Things Girly’

Lesbian mom asks Christian judge to recuse himself from divorce case

Church pastor in India murdered after being ordered to STOP preaching the Bible

Muslims Converting to Christianity by the Hundreds in Finland

RUMORS OF WAR: US Deploying 12 Extra F-16 Jets and 200 Troops to South Korea

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 07:53 AM PDT

The US Air Force is to send 12 additional F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighters for a four-month deployment in South Korea. It comes amid heightened tensions in the region over North Korea’s latest missile tests. The aircraft and some 200 airmen will be withdrawn from the 176th Fighter Squadron of…

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Fewer Americans Are Getting Married as Many Millennials Postpone Nuptials Indefinitely

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 07:47 AM PDT

Not only are fewer Americans getting married, but many are delaying marriage, and those who are choosing to say, “I do,” are inviting fewer guests, according to a report in Bloomberg, which looked at the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and private research firms. The marriage rate, which…

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Nearly 100 Evangelical Leaders Hold Closed-Door Meetings With the White House

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 07:42 AM PDT

Just weeks after the now infamous photo of evangelical leaders praying over President Donald Trump went viral, well-known Christian preachers and leaders again returned to Washington, D.C., last week for a series of “listening sessions.” The meetings, which were held at the Eisenhower Executive Office and organized by the White House Office…

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Severe Floods Strike Gujarat 213 Dead, Number Expected to Rise

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 07:35 AM PDT

At least 213 people have been killed since July 21, 2017 in India’s state of Gujarat after extremely heavy monsoon rains hit the state causing severe flooding. Hundreds of cities and villages were devastated and more than 130 000 people evacuated.  Gujarat authorities said the state’s death toll, which jumped by 90…

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‘Slow Indoctrination’ of the Mark of the Beast is Happening Right Now

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 07:22 AM PDT

With technology as commonplace as a cell phone or a vacuum, many in cyberspace can already track users’ every move. Add these technological advancements to personal implanted RFID chips, and you have what Revelation in the News calls the “slow indoctrination” of the mark of the beast. A Wisconsin-based company is the…

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Machete-Wielding Attackers Hack Christian for Praising the Name of Jesus

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 07:14 AM PDT

An Ethiopian Christian suffered deep wounds to the back of his head when he was attacked while alone in his home by a group of local Muslims with machetes. The attack on July 16 left the 27-year-old man needing life-saving surgery. The man—who, for security reasons, cannot be named—was attacked…

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Human Ken Doll Receives Cat Eyes

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 07:10 AM PDT

A plastic surgery fan dubbed ‘the Human Ken Doll’ has commemorated his latest procedure by filming himself while doctors performed an operation to give him eyes like a cat. Brazil-born Rodrigo Alves, 34, has already spent £400,000 on more than 150 body-changing operations and procedures – including liposuction, six-pack implants,…

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New Research Reveals Devastating Health Effects of Fatherless Homes

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 08:11 PM PDT

New research shows boys who suffer the loss of a father, such as through death, incarceration or divorce, have worse health than boys whose fathers live in the same home. There are some exceptions, however, such as boys with a sufficient household income after his parents’ divorce. The research was published…

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Strong waves felt after initial noise and shake in Tennessee after M3.1 quake strikes New Madrid Fault

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 07:14 PM PDT

A Magnitude 3.1 earthquake hit Ridgely, Tennessee on July 31, 2017. Strong waves were felt after the initial noise and shake right in the New Madrid fault. This first tremor was followed by a Magnitude 2.0 earthquake a few hours later. A person in Ridgely reports: Strong waves felt after the initial noise…

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Goldman Sachs Says That There Is A 99 Percent Chance That Stock Prices Will Not Keep Going Up Like This

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 07:03 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Analysts at Goldman Sachs are saying that it is next to impossible for stock prices to keep going up like they have been recently.  Ever since Donald Trump’s surprise election victory in November, stocks have been on a tremendous run, but this surge has not been matched…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Could Iran’s Moves in Syria Be the Seeds of the Next War with Israel?

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 06:31 PM PDT

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin recently announced a ceasefire in parts of southern Syria.  A cease fire on the surface sounds like a great idea, but some Israeli leaders feel it presents a clear and present danger to the Jewish state. President Trump discussed the ceasefire in an…

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U.S. to launch yet another test missile from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 06:19 PM PDT

Days after North Korea fired a rocket into the Sea of Japan, the U.S. Air Force is planning to test launch an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The unarmed Minuteman III missile will be launched between 12:01 and 6:01 a.m. from the base, about 12…

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DEVELOPING: US detects ‘Highly Unusual’ North Korean submarine activity

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 06:13 PM PDT

The US military has detected “highly unusual and unprecedented levels” of North Korean submarine activity and evidence of an “ejection test” in the days following Pyongyang’s second intercontinental ballistic missile launch this month, a defense official told CNN on Monday. An ejection test examines a missile’s “cold-launch system,” which uses…

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Mayor Defies Atheist Group’s Demands, Vows to Keep Bible Verse on Courthouse Wall

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 01:58 PM PDT

After receiving a complaint letter from a prominent atheist group, the mayor of a Tennessee county says he has no plans to remove a Bible verse inscription from his county’s courthouse and hopes instead to add an additional verse to the building’s walls. On June 30, attorney Rebecca Markert with…

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North Korea likely to conduct 6th nuclear test

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 01:49 PM PDT

North Korea is likely to conduct its sixth nuclear test as well as an additional intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, the Ministry of National Defense said Monday. “There is a possibility North Korea will test its nuclear warhead and missile capabilities through a nuclear test with more explosive power,” the…

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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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August 1, 2017: Verse of the day

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10 The psalmist goes on to encourage the godly to “know” that the Lord is God. Though it was tempting to ally themselves with foreign powers, to rely on military strength, or to give themselves over to idolatry and pagan ways, the godly must learn to persevere to the end. The exhortation “be still” calls on them to stop doing one thing in favor of something else. What their temptation was may be implied from v. 2: “Therefore we will not fear.” Throughout the history of Israel and Judah, severe national distress brought the temptation to abandon true religion for the ephemeral security of political alliances, military strength, and worldly paganism. Instead of choosing a negative option, the people of God distinguish themselves by the pursuit of godliness: “Know that I am God.” The knowledge of God includes factual knowledge about him, his past acts, and his promises. But in this context, the psalmist calls on them to commit themselves to the Lord and to seek his “refuge,” “strength,” and “fortress” (vv. 1, 7, 11). The life of faith is lived continually in commitment to God’s sovereignty, rule, and ultimate exaltation over all the nations (cf. Hab 2:13–14). So Levenson, 154, writes, “In Jerusalem, there is peace and bliss” (see Reflections, p. 733, Yahweh Is the Divine Warrior).[1]


46:10 The voice of God rings out to all the inhabitants of the earth in accents of assurance and supremacy. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Every fear is stilled, every anxiety quieted. His people can relax. He is God. His cause is victorious. He is supreme among the nations, supreme over all the earth.

It is from verse 10 that Katharina von Schlegel, the author of the hymn “Be Still, My Soul” drew inspiration.

Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake

To guide the future as He has the past.

Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul: the winds and waves still know

His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.[2]


46:10 Cease striving and know that I am God. These twin commands to not panic and to recognize His sovereignty are probably directed to both His nation for comfort and all other nations for warning.[3]


46:10 Be still The term raphah means “to release” or “let go” (37:8; Job 27:6). God commands the forces of chaos (Ps 46:2–3) and the nations (v. 6) to stop their raging and recognize Him as God (2:10–12).[4]


46:10 Be still. In the true knowledge of God and His deliverance there is peace, in contrast with the troubled “nations” (v. 6).[5]


[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 407). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 622). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ps 46:10). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 46:10). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 777). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.