President Donald Trump’s administration took its most drastic step yet to roll back the Affordable Care Act, cutting off a subsidy to insurers hours after issuing an executive order designed to draw people away from the health law’s markets.
President Donald Trump is expected on Friday to refuse to certify that the multinational accord to curb Iran’s nuclear program sufficiently serves U.S. interests, though he will stop short of abandoning it, according to two senior administration officials.
The average private renter in the U.K. capital spent 40 percent of their income on housing between 2013 and 2015, compared with 28 percent in the rest of Britain, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
Iraq’s Kurdish administration deployed an extra 6,000 fighters to near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, responding to what it says are “threats” of an attack by government forces, the Kurdish news agency reported.
China’s trade with North Korea slumped in September, amid United Nations sanctions aimed at deterring Kim Jong Un from pursuing his missile and nuclear-weapons program.
Top U.S. national security officials on Friday called on Congress to quickly renew a counterterrorism program that lets intelligence agencies intercept the communications of tens of thousands of suspected foreign terrorists living abroad.
The House passed a $36.5 billion hurricane and wildfire relief bill Thursday that would give Puerto Rico access to $4.9 billion in low-interest Treasury loans and allow the troubled National Flood Insurance Program to keep paying claims.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday the North Korean nuclear and missile threat is “manageable” for now but the isolated nation can’t be allowed to develop the ability to strike the U.S. homeland.
Former President George W. Bush will be honored with the Thayer Award at West Point. The award is given to citizens whose service in the national interest reflects the academy’s motto of “Duty, Honor, Country.” Past recipients include Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bob Hope and Tom Brokaw. Bush’s father, former President George H.W. Bush, received the award in 1994.
Facebook has announced a new feature that will let users buy meals on its website through third-party delivery services like DoorDash or directly from a group of restaurants such as Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. and Five Guys.
AP Top Stories
Massive wildfires sweeping through California have killed at least 31 people and damaged more than 190,000 acres of land, damaged or destroyed at least 3,500 structures and forced more than 20,000 residents to evacuate, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire.
Air raids by U.S. coalition warplanes have intensified in recent days as Kurdish and Arab militias seek to drive surrounded Islamic State militants from their last strongholds in Syria’s Raqqa — but the toll on civilians has been severe.
The head of the Philippines’ anti-narcotics agency on Friday warned of a reduced intensity in the country’s war on drugs after a removal of police from the campaign, which he hoped would only be temporary as his unit lacked manpower.
Water is rationed. Scabies is spreading. Grocery stores are lined with empty shelves, if they’re open at all. People are fainting as they wait in lines for hours in sweltering heat, because they have to check into a FEMA hub to get small amounts of food and supplies being guarded by armed officers. That’s if they can even make it to FEMA.
Pope Francis said the death penalty is “inadmissible” and called for changes to church doctrine to prohibit it, the church’s strongest comments yet on the controversial issue.
At least 54 people died and 39 went missing as destructive floods battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday.
South Korea said it detected an earthquake Friday near North Korea’s main nuclear test site, the fourth since the country’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test explosion last month. Some experts suggested the area is now too unstable to conduct more bomb tests.
The leading white supremacist, Richard Spencer, has urged Charlottesville to prepare for more white supremacist “flash mobs” after leading a march by torchlight on Saturday in Charlottesville.
The U.S. Justice Department singled out four cities (New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, and Cook County in Illinois) and a county on Thursday for allegedly having so-called “sanctuary policies” that may violate a federal law that says local governments cannot limit information sharing with U.S. immigration officials.
Pope Francis will push for peace during his visit to mainly-Buddhist Myanmar, a church official said Thursday, a trip that plunges the pontiff into the center of a simmering religious conflict which has sparked an exodus of Muslim Rohingya.
Norway said on Friday it planned to send an armored battalion near its arctic border with Russia and buy more tanks and artillery to respond to growing threats.
A rescue ship has docked in Sicily with 606 migrants picked up in less than two days off the Libyan coast.
Israel has said it will join the US in pulling out of the UN’s cultural organisation Unesco, after US officials cited “anti-Israel bias”.
The Department of Health and Human Services has published a draft of a new strategic plan that states in its introduction that life begins at conception.
The Briefing 10-13-17
Who is responsible for the secularization of America’s young people?
Whose priorities are fueling the secularization of America’s youth: parents, professors, or both?
What are marketers telling us about millennials?
- Wall Street Journal (Ellen Byron) — America’s Retailers Have a New Target Customer: The 26-Year-Old Millennial
Worldview Book Recommendation: The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance
- St. Martin’s Press (Ben Sasse) — The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance
- Thinking in Public (Albert Mohler) — Vanishing Adulthood and the American Moment: A Conversation with Senator Ben Sasse
News – 10/13/2017
Trump administration: ‘Life begins at conception’
The Department of Health and Human Services has published a draft of a new strategic plan that states in its introduction that life begins at conception. The personhood of the unborn child is central to the abortion debate — as even the justice who wrote the landmark Roe v. Wade opinion has acknowledged — because, if established in law, it would nullify a “right” to abortion. The largely overlooked HHS strategic plan for 2018-22 states the agency “accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.”
US pulls out of UNESCO, citing ‘anti-Israel’ bias
The United States said Thursday that it was pulling out of the UN’s culture and education body, accusing it of “anti-Israel bias” in a move that underlines Washington’s drift away from international institutions. Following years of tension at UNESCO, which is in the process of electing a new director-general, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert announced that Washington planned to withdraw.
Jordan: Jews on Temple Mount are a ‘provocation’ to Muslims
Jordanian minister claims Jews visiting Temple Mount ‘harm’ Al-Aqsa mosque, ‘provoke’ Muslims around the world.
Germany to work to maintain global unity if US de-certifies Iran deal
The German government on Friday vowed to work for continued global unity if US President Donald Trump announces that he will not certify Iran’s compliance with a 2015 nuclear accord negotiated by world powers, as expected. “We have a great interest in the continuation of this international unity. If … an important country like the United States comes to a different conclusion as appears to be the case, we will work even harder with other partners to maintain this cohesion,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters.
Hillary Clinton vows to give Harvey Weinstein money to charity – but suffers huge backlash
HILLARY Clinton has given campaign donations from disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to charity – but all may not be as it appears…questions were raised over whether she should contribute the money on top of her usual 10 per cent. If not, the cash would appear to be replacing dollars she was already handing over. It is also not known if the money will end up going to her own charity, the Clinton Foundation. The lack of clarity sparked a furious online backlash against Mrs Clinton.
La Palma volcano ‘seismic swarm MAPPED: Video captures La Palma volcano’s flurry of quakes
LA PALMA volcano’s “seismic swarm” has been mapped in a video which reveals when the Canary Islands was rocked by 50 earthquakes in just three days.
Hurricane Ophelia to Brush the Azores This Weekend; May Affect Ireland Next Week as a Powerful Post-Tropical Storm
Hurricane Ophelia remains a Category 2 hurricane and remains no threat to the United States, but could potentially brush parts of the Azores this weekend. Ophelia will likely bring a blast of strong winds early next week to Ireland and perhaps the United Kingdom as a powerful post-tropical low-pressure system.
California wildfires: Death toll climbs to 29
The number of people confirmed dead in wildfires sweeping northern California has climbed to 29, as officials warned that conditions would worsen. Hundreds of people remain missing as at least 22 fires rampaged across the state’s famous wine country.
Obama AG Loretta Lynch faces a Capitol Hill date to discuss Russia vote meddling
President Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch has been called to testify before congressional Russian election meddling probes next week.
Baltimore Surpasses New York, Chicago as Murder Capital With 278 Homicides
The Baltimore Police Department has announced the deaths of three men shot in two separate incidents, pushing the city’s homicide count to 278 so far this year ‒ ahead of New York in terms of total murders, and Chicago in murders per capita.
REPORT: Trump SLASHES Ties With Anti-Israel U.N. … Conservatives Are Cheering!
President Trump has officially declared that the United States is withdrawing from UNESCO — the Education, Scientific, and Cultural branch of the United Nations, in response to its continued anti-America, anti-Israel behavior, reports WND.
Trump administration: ‘Life begins at conception’
Bold new strategic plan declares personhood of unborn.
THANK G-D: Trump administration reverses Obama policy – ‘gender identity’ not
In a reversal of federal policy that pleased marriage advocates and angered LGBTQI groups, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a memo interpreting the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as not intended to apply to transgenders.
ALERT: D.C. Strikes Vengeance, Issues Unbelievable Gun Law… Patriots Will Not Have It
The Washington Times reports that officials in Washington, D.C., are seeking major expansions to the district’s draconian gun laws. Ever since the federal appeals court struckdown their attempts to constrain the issuing of concealed-carry permits, the Democrats have been thirsting for revenge.
Pelosi Uses Facebook Failure to Push Plan to Spend $40 Billion of Taxpayer Money
With Facebook users incapacitated and seeking answers, Pelosi quickly took to Twitter to promote Democrats’ plan to spend at least $40 billion of taxpayer money to provide access to affordable, high-speed internet to every home in America via their “A Better Deal on Universal High-Speed Internet” initiative:
Mozilla gave $100,000 to secure email platform harnessed by Antifa groups
Firefox creators proud to aid international terrorists.
ABC NEWS — Massive wildfires sweeping through California have killed at least 31 people and damaged thousands of homes, businesses and other buildings, authorities said. More than half of the deaths occurred in Sonoma County alone, officials said. Taken together, the death toll from this week’s fires exceeds the number of fatalities in the 1933 Griffith Park Fire in Los Angeles, the deadliest wildfire in California history…. (more)
WASHINGTON TIMES — A jury Thursday recommended the death penalty for an Oklahoma man convicted of beheading a co-worker in 2014. Jurors convicted Alton Nolen, 33, on Sept. 29 of killing 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and trying to kill another co-worker at a food processing plant in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City…. (more)
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The Boy Scouts announced Wednesday they will let girls into the Cub Scouts in a bid to “evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children.” As benign as this may seem – after all, it’s just camping and knife skills, right? – few things demonstrate societal goals more than the choices we make regarding our youngest generation: from education and child care to parenting and community, what we show and teach our young people reflect societal values at large…. (more)
CBS NEWS — A maintenance worker said Wednesday he told hotel dispatchers to call police and report a gunman had opened fire with a rifle inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino hotel before the shooter began firing from his high-rise suite into a crowd at a nearby musical performance…. (more)
CHICAGO TRIBUNE — Fueled by the return of strong winds, the wildfires tearing through California wine country exploded in size and number Wednesday as authorities ordered new evacuations and the death toll climbed to 23 – – a figure expected to rise. Three days after the fires began, firefighters were still unable to gain control of the blazes that had turned entire Northern California neighborhoods to ash and destroyed at least 3,500 homes and businesses…. (more)
CLIFF KINCAID — Why is there no motive for the Vegas massacre? Why did Stephen Paddock have a secret life? It is terrible to contemplate, but the possibility that Stephen Paddock was an undercover federal operative or informant cannot be ruled out. He may have been set up or used by ISIS and/or a federal agency in a scheme that backfired…. (more)
Headlines – 10/13/2017
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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