News – 12/5/2017
Iran asks Muslims to disrupt Israeli ties in region
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged Muslims on Tuesday to disrupt what he called a plot by unnamed countries in the region to build ties with Israel. He gave no more details on the states. But an Israeli cabinet minister said last month that his government had had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia linked to their common concerns over Tehran.
Turkey’s Erdogan threatens cutting ties with Israel over Jerusalem issue
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey could go as far as breaking off diplomatic ties with Israel if the United States formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move he said would be a “red line” for Muslims. Erdogan is the latest in a string of regional leaders, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Hussein to warn of negative implications of the move.
US officials warn Trump not to call Jerusalem Israel’s capital
The possibility that US President Donald Trump may recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has stirred opposition from US and foreign officials who fear it could unleash violence. Such a decision, which US officials have said has not been finalized, would violate decades of US policy not to take a stance on the fate of Jerusalem on the grounds that this was an issue Israelis and Palestinians should negotiate and decide.
Saudi Arabia hopes US will not recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel
Saudi Arabia has expressed hope the United States would not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and warned such a decision would have serious implications, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. “The recognition will have very serious implications and will be provocative to all Muslims’ feelings,” SPA said, quoting an unnamed official source at the Saudi Foreign Ministry.
North Korea crisis: UN political chief in rare visit to Pyongyang
The United Nations political affairs chief begins a rare four-day visit to Pyongyang on Tuesday. The trip by Jeffrey Feltman is the first by a senior UN official in six years. North Korea had extended an invitation to the UN in September to visit for a “policy dialogue”.
After Push on Taxes, Republicans Line Up Welfare Revamp Next
As Republicans near the finish line on a long-sought tax overhaul, President Donald Trump has committed them to taking up a welfare-revamp fight next. Mr. Trump has repeatedly said he is interested in kick-starting a debate around means-tested social programs, with allies seeing significant political rewards from taking up the issue even without a clear-cut goal.
Trump dramatically SHRINKS Bears Ears National Monument and slashes another by half in the name of ‘states’ rights’ as he says ‘public lands will once again be for public use’
President Donald Trump unveiled a plan Monday in Utah to dramatically scale back two national monuments – calling it an important move for ‘states’ rights.’ ‘Some people think that the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington. And guess what? They’re wrong,’ he said in the cavernous Utah Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City.
UN warns of drug-resistant germ risk brewing in nature
The UN warned Tuesday of a ticking time bomb of drug-resistant germs brewing in the natural environment, aided by humans dumping antibiotics and chemicals into the water and soil. If this continues, people will be at an even higher risk of contracting diseases, incurable by existing antibiotics, from swimming in the sea or other seemingly innocuous activities, a report warned.
Explosive wildfire in Southern California forces thousands to evacuate
A wind-whipped wildfire exploded early Tuesday in Southern California, forcing more than 27,000 people to evacuate and causing at least one death. Ventura County Fire officials said “The Thomas Fire” broke out Monday evening east of Santa Paula, located about 60 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The fire has grown to 31,000 acres has destroyed 150 structures, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. “The prospects for containment are not good,” Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said at a news conference.
More Anti-Trump Messages Reportedly Sent By Members Of Mueller’s Team: “A Lot More Is Going To Come Out”
Days after it emerged that former Special Counsel investigator Peter Strzok was fired from Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe in August for sending anti-Trump text messages to his mistress while the two were working together on the Clinton email investigation, Sara Carter of Circa told a Fox News panel that there are more anti-Trump messages sent by Mueller’s team floating around. I think a lot more is going to come out. In fact, I know a lot more is going to come out based on the sources I’ve spoken to.
South Korea, U.S. kick off large-scale air exercise amid North Korean warnings
South Korea and the United States launched large-scale joint aerial drills on Monday, officials said, a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced missile as part of a weapons programme that has raised global tensions.
As Israel Faces Dangerous Drought, Chief Rabbi Calls on Jews and Christians to Pray for Rain
The month of Kislev has come and Israel hasn’t yet been blessed with rains, therefore I call upon the public, first to be compassionate with one another, and then to begin adding the special prayer for rain that is said when there’s a drought,” the rabbi said in an official statement.
‘Better to have a united Jerusalem than be loved by Turkey’
Chairman of Jewish Home party not impressed by Turkish president’s threat to cut diplomatic ties with Israel over US recognition of J’lem. Education Minister and Chairman of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett pushed back Tuesday against the statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whereby American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would lead to a severing of diplomatic ties between Turkey and the Jewish State.
Dermer: War on northern border could be just ‘weeks’ away
The chances of war on Israel’s northern border could be “weeks” away, according to Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer. In an interview on Monday with Politico touching on a wide range of issues, Dermer said that the chances of a military conflict taking place in the near future between Israel and the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group were “higher than people think because of Iran’s continued push through the region.”
Iran asks Muslims to disrupt Israeli ties in region
Hassan Rouhani urged Muslims on Tuesday to disrupt what he called a plot by unnamed countries in the region to build ties with Israel. He gave no more details on the states. But an Israeli cabinet minister said last month that his government had had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia linked to their common concerns over Tehran.
Ten Commandments Suit Dismissed
A federal district court entered a judgment in favor of Liberty Counsel’s client, Levy County, dismissing a lawsuit brought by a national atheist group claiming that the Ten Commandments monument next to the Levy County courthouse violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Report: ‘Paranoid’ White House Staff Worry They’re Being Recorded
“Paranoia is enveloping the White House” as staffers worry their colleagues are wearing wires for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s “Russia” investigation, according to a Monday report in Politico.
UNREAL: Organization Creates Suicide-Machine, Governments Will Use This For Genocide …
An organization called Exit International…has created a suicide-machine using 3D printing technology, reports Zero Hedge. “Sarco” is a capsule which the person can step into and, with the proper access code and push of a button, will lock and fill with euthanasia liquid, induce a minutes-long euphoric passage into death. The capsule detaches as a coffin – suicide has never been so casual or easy.
CHAOS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Video shows Iranian-backed Houthi rebels firing a MISSILE at Abu Dhabi NUCLEAR reactor
YEMEN’s Houthi rebels appear to have fired a missile toward a nuclear reactor in Abu Dhabi amid World War 3 fears.
Victory: Supreme Court Rules Trump Travel Ban to Go Into Full Effect
In a massive victory for President Trump, the Supreme Court has ruled that the White House’s travel ban on individuals from terror linked countries will go into full effect.
Obama Holdover Officially Under Investigation For Pay-To-Play Model
An Obama-era appointee within the Department of Defense is now under investigation after he allegedly helped rig government contracts for personal benefit… and one of the recipients of the “pay-to-play” scheme is apparently a close personal friend of the Clinton family.
Red Cross Enforcing PC Tyranny: Demands Branches Remove Crucifixes To Be More Secular
The once respected Red Cross is enforcing PC tyranny by demanding that branches remove crucifixes to be more secular. After receiving a communication telling them to remove crucifixes from the walls of their branches, volunteers were outraged and disappointed in the charity’s move to become more secular which they interpret as an attack on Christianity. Let’s be honest – they are doing this because they do not want to offend Muslims.
British Police Warn Bumping Into Someone ‘Under the Mistletoe’ Without Consent ‘Is Rape’
British police have been subjected to widespread derision after appearing to suggest that bumping into someone under the mistletoe without consent is rape.
Syria accuses Israel of strike on army base reportedly used by Iranians near Damascus
Arab media reports say Israel attacked a military facility south of Damascus • Base believed to have been earmarked for Iranian troops, local militias loyal to them • Reports of casualties inconsistent • Reports not corroborated by any Israeli source.
PROPHECY IN MOTION: Thousands of Chinese elite troops head to Syria to combat Muslim terrorists they view as a threat
…Beijing is deploying to Syria thousands of members of two elite People Liberation Army units to combat extremist Islamic Uighurs fighting in the northern Syrian province of Idlib, Those units are the Chinese Navy’s Night Tigers and the Shenyang Region’s Siberian Tigers.
3,108 Since Oct. 1: Refugee Admissions Drop 83%, As Trump Withdraws From UN Migration Compact
Fourteen months after the Obama administration backed a push at the U.N. for global responsibility-sharing for refugees and migrants, the Trump administration has pulled out of the initiative.
Soros Army in Alabama to Register Convicted Felons to Vote Against Roy Moore
An organization partnered with a George Soros-financed group and led by a radical leftist who is the half-brother of the infamous controversial Rev. Al Sharpton has been diligently working over the past few weeks to register convicted felons across Alabama.
December 5, 2017
Alan Keyes challenges believers inclined to trust ‘wisdom’ of the world
— “The word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God….we are proclaiming Christ crucified – – to the Jews a scandal, to the nations folly, but to the ones who are themselves called…Christ, the power and wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” (1 Corinthians 1:18, 23-24)… (more)
December 5, 2017
NEWSMAX — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by allowing his latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries to go into full effect even as legal challenges continue in lower courts…. (more)
December 5, 2017
— Peter Strzok, the FBI agent removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe for sending text messages critical of President Donald Trump and praising Hillary Clinton also had a role in the Clinton email probe…. (more)
December 5, 2017
— The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday will begin writing a resolution holding top FBI officials in contempt of Congress after the agency missed a Monday deadline to turn over key evidence the committee has been seeking for months…. (more)
December 5, 2017
— Republicans searching for their next major task after tax reform may have found their answer, and it’s not infrastructure. Over the past few weeks, President Trump has been talking up reform of anti-poverty programs, and House leaders have begun preliminary talks with his administration on what they could accomplish through a welfare overhaul, aides say. The White House, meanwhile, is preparing an administrative reordering of the welfare system regardless of whether congressional Republicans act…. (more)
December 4, 2017
— Alabama Republican candidate for the Senate Roy Moore leads his Democratic challenger Doug Jones 49 percent to 43 percent among likely voters who say they expect to vote in the Dec. 12 special election, according to a CBS News poll, CBS News reported Sunday…. (more)
December 4, 2017
— The GOP tax bill authorizes drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which has been closed to oil exploration since 1980 because of concerns of the impact on wildlife and the ecosystems, CNN reports…. (more)
December 4, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump has urged Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to run for re-election in Utah, causing some to speculate the president wants to block former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney from seeking election for the seat, Politico reported Sunday…. (more)
December 4, 2017
— One of the biggest challenges facing the president in draining the Washington Swamp is ferreting out the activists who continue to pursue a progressive agenda in federal agencies. Richard C. Pilger has headed the Election Crimes Branch in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Justice Department since 2010. Appointed by former Attorney General Eric Holder, Mr. Pilger is in charge of prosecuting public corruption cases, and specifically “voter fraud and campaign financing offenses.”… (more)
December 2, 2017
CNN — ABC News announced Saturday that it has suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay after Ross was forced to correct a bombshell on-air report about Michael Flynn…. (more)
December 2, 2017
— House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued an angry demand to the FBI and Department of Justice to explain why they kept the committee in the dark over the reason Special Counsel Robert Mueller kicked a key supervising FBI agent off the Trump-Russia investigation…. (more)
December 2, 2017
— President Trump said Saturday that he fired Michael Flynn for lying – – the same lies to which the former national security advisor pleaded guilty. “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”… (more)
December 2, 2017
— On the heels of comparing President Trump to cult murderer Charles Manson two weeks ago, the latest edition characterizes him in a headline as “basically a hate group all by himself under FBI definition.”… (more)
December 2, 2017
— Walmart is selling “Antifa” clothing that “will [allow you to] express yourself inside the opposition to the ideology, organizations, governments and people from the far right (fascism).” The mega-retailer is offering at least 13 different sweatshirts “made in Mexico of 100% COTTON for all-day comfort” promoting the group whose activities were “formally classified” by the Obama Administration “as domestic terrorist violence” as early as April 2016, according to Politico, despite the group’s efforts to downplay this determination…. (more)
December 2, 2017
— You can find conservative policy centers like the Family Research Council on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate map,” but not the violent left-wing extremist group antifa. Why not? Antifa’s radical activists are known for beating up those they view as “fascists,” but according to SPLC president Richard Cohen, antifa doesn’t actually espouse hate…. (more)
December 2, 2017
— The Trump administration is ending yet another of Michelle Obama’s hated, overly strict school lunch rules by bringing chocolate milk back to school lunch menus. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced a new rule set to take effect on July 1 after the period of public comment. The new rule relaxes sodium limits and Obama’s whole-grain requirements. The rule will also allow milk with one percent fat back on the menu, ABC News reported…. (more)
December 2, 2017
CHERYL K. CHUMLEY
— The egregious jury finding of innocence for Jose Ines Garcia Zarate in the killing of Kate Steinle is one of the biggest travesties of justice in recent memory. Garcia Zarate, at the very least, should’ve been found guilty of manslaughter. But he wasn’t. Jurors found him innocent of manslaughter, assault and murder, and guilty only of illegal gun possession…. (more)
December 2, 2017
NEWSMAX — US Senate Republicans passed landmark tax reform early Saturday, a critical step toward delivering a monumental legislative victory for President Donald Trump in his first year in office…. (more)
December 2, 2017
— The Republican’s tax overhaul package could lead to as much as $150 billion per year being cut from federal programs such as farm subsidies, student loans, and support for crime victims, according to Politico…. (more)
December 2, 2017
— The Trump administration moved Friday to claim custody of the illegal immigrant who killed Kate Steinle, saying he violated the terms of his probation and should be sent back to federal prison. The move is aimed at taking Jose Inez Garcia Zarate away from California officials, after a jury in that state acquitted him Thursday of murder and manslaughter charges stemming from the Steinle killing…. (more)
December 2, 2017
— Conservative author and lawyer Ben Shapiro says a San Francisco jury’s decision to acquit an illegal immigrant of murder for the 2015 death of Kate Steinle encapsulates why voters put President Trump in the White House. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was deported five times before the July 1, 2015, shooting death of Ms. Steinle on a San Francisco pier. Mr. Shapiro, a Harvard Law School graduate, told Fox News after Thursday verdict that it is inexplicable how Mr. Zarate escaped involuntary manslaughter charges after firing the weapon that killed Ms. Steinle…. (more)
December 2, 2017
NEWSMAX — Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday called on the Senate to pass “Kate’s law” after an illegal immigrant was acquitted Thursday for fatally shooting Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier with her father in 2015…. (more)
December 2, 2017
ART MOORE — It’s significant that Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty Friday to the “process crime” of lying to FBI agents rather than to a conspiracy of collusion, contends a former assistant U.S. attorney…. (more)
December 2, 2017
— Law enforcement’s failures in preparation, communication, and command-and-control created a perfect storm that contributed to the chaos surrounding the August 12 “Unite the Right” demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to the results of an independent investigation released Friday…. (more)
December 1, 2017
— The words “national reckoning” are appearing with some regularity in media reports about various sex scandal cases. It’s almost as if there is an unseen hand in the media orchestrating or coordinating in advance the presidential race in 2020, a year already being labeled “The Year of the Woman.” It’s designed to create an opportunity for California Democratic Party Senator and staunch feminist, Kamala Harris, to run as a presidential candidate. In this culmination of the “national reckoning,” she’s ready to take on the male power structure and break the glass ceiling. Where Hillary failed, Harris will succeed…. (more)
“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson (1798)
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: December 5
- Clash Over Young Immigrants Hangs Over Year-End Budget Talks (Read More)
- Businesses Lobby for Breaks After Last-Minute Tax Changes (Read More)
- Senate Bill ‘Bombshell’ Could Raise Taxes on Tech (Read More)
- Europe sucked into sell-off, sterling suffers Brexit blues (Read More)
- After Tax Overhaul, GOP Will Pivot to Revamping Welfare (Read More)
- Exiled son of slain Yemen ex-leader calls for revenge (Read More)
- How AI Will Invade Every Corner of Wall Street (Read More)
- Does Anything Back This $814 Million Cryptocurrency? (Read More)
- Want That House? You’d Better Pay in Cash (Read More)
- Can This 107-Year-Old Steelmaker Be Brought Back to Life? (Read More)
- iPhone market share slips in October-quarter: research firm (Read More)
- Nissan’s Self-Driving Taxis Will Hit the Road in March (Read More)
- Supporters free ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili from Ukrainian police amid chaotic scenes (Read More)
- GM puts an e-commerce marketplace in the dashboard (Read More)
- Ford Attempts a U-Turn in China (Read More)
- House Panel Questions Podesta on Trump Dossier Links (Read More)
- Cineworld Agrees to Buy Regal in $3.6 Billion Theater Deal (Read More)
- CVS Chief’s Path From Corner Pharmacy to Health-Care Giant (Read More)
Ravi Zacharias Responds to Sexting Allegations, Credentials Critique
Before we get to Christianity Today’s story, you should know that Ravi Zacharias does not hold a doctorate in anything (we reported on this here). He has honorary doctorates. An honorary doctorate is not the same thing as an earned Ph.D. Zacharias has not written a dissertation nor has he passed an oral defense. He has a […]
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What is Heresy? Is Arminianism Heresy, Part I
Pulpit & Pen News examines what the meaning of heresy is. Included in this piece is a list of specified, defined heresies. Some of the examples given are: Antinomianism, Arianism, Modalism, Montanism, Pelagianism, Sabellianism, and the Galatian Heresy (works righteousness). All are prominent heresies. Because the visible Church is infested with heresy, believers must do […]
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The Antidote to Anemic Worship
In far too many churches, the Bible is nearly silent, chides Albert Mohler, president of Baptist Theological Seminary. “The public reading of Scripture has been dropped from many services and the sermon has been sidelined, reduced to a brief devotional appended to the music.” We are in the age of entertainment, says Mohler. And there […]
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Who’s the founder and leader of the NAR cult?
In a piece over at Churchwatch Central titled “Why Wagner WAS the Leader of the NAR (Part 4): Generals International interview in 2000 reveals the truth” they examine the late C. Peter Wagner’s claim that the NAR has no leader. Back in 2011 I expressed my concern (here) over former governor of Texas Rick Perry’s […]
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3 Reasons Every Christian Needs to Use the Creeds
What is the best way to instruct ourselves and our children? According to Timothy W. Massaro the best way is to familiarize ourselves with the creeds (statement of faith) of the early church. “Worshipping God, and understanding what was necessary for our salvation, drove our church fathers to write down why salvation had to look […]
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Another Man’s Done Gone: David Platt and Beth Moore
There’s trouble brewing over David Platt retweeting a video of SBC “Godmother” Beth Moore’s endorsement of the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. Many consider David Platt a “great Bible teacher” and a truth teller while Moore. who is an idol to a large number of Christian women, is a really bad Bible teacher, even a false teacher who should […]
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Headlines – 12/5/2017
No decision on embassy move to Jerusalem before deadline – White House
Trump missing embassy waiver deadline by a few days is no big deal, experts say
US embassies said to gird for protests over Trump Jerusalem moves
Defense minister unmoved by threats of violence over Jerusalem recognition
Lieberman: Trump has ‘historic opportunity to rectify injustice’ with Jerusalem recognition
Jerusalem mayor, outside White House, pleads with Trump to move the embassy
Saudi Arabia warns of Jerusalem embassy impact as Trump delays announcement
Europe rattled Trump may recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
French president supposedly urges Trump not to act on Jerusalem. Trump heard something different.
Ex-Israeli ambassadors urge Trump’s envoy: U.S. must not unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as capital
Turkey says recognizing Jerusalem as capital would cause catastrophe
Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is ‘naked aggression,’ Islamic nations warn Trump
Muslim nations call for summit if Trump recognizes Jerusalem
‘Kiss of death’ to two-state solution if Jerusalem declared Israel capital: PLO envoy
Mum on peace plan, Kushner leaves everyone guessing, or scratching heads
Hamas Demands PA Prime Minister Resign, as Palestinian Unity Deal Crumbles
Israel-Europe Gas Pipeline Deal to Be Signed This Week
Israel And U.S. Hide Names Of Companies Supporting Israeli Settlements
Islamic Jihad still planning to avenge deaths of members killed in tunnel
Syrian media says Israel struck near Damascus for second time in days
Israel Strikes Assad Regime Military Target in Syria, Foreign Media Reports
Report: Israel attacks military research center in Syria
Satellite shows aftermath of alleged Israeli strike on Iranian base in Syria
5 rockets launched from Sinai, but siren may have malfunctioned – IDF
UK foreign aid money ‘diverted to extremists’ in Syria
Iraqi Kurds still love US despite its opposition to Kurdish independence, says Kurdish leader
Russia provides air cover for Kurdish militia in Syria
UN, France to hold international meeting to support Lebanon
Yemen’s Ex-President Killed as Mayhem Convulses Capital
US Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban
A bold new legal defense for Trump: Presidents cannot obstruct justice
Mueller’s Credibility Problem – The special counsel is stonewalling Congress and protecting the FBI
Mueller to invite criticism by revealing taxpayers’ tab for Russia investigation
Pelosi slammed by GOP for calling tax bill ‘Armageddon’
Dow hits record as investors bet on tax cuts
Could Israel Become a Hub for Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrency?
11th Hour Upset to Brexit Deal Complicates Life for Theresa May
UN political affairs chief to visit North Korea this week
‘We’re Getting Close to a Military Conflict’ With North Korea, Sen. Graham Says
5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Naisano Dua, Indonesia
Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 33,000ft
Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft
Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft
Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft
Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft
Albania sends in military rescue as heavy rains trigger huge floods
Flu-pocalypse? 2017 flu season could be worse, vaccine not as effective, expert warns
Health experts: This year’s flu vaccine only 10% effective
Same-Sex Couples Don’t Get the Same Marriage Benefits as Heterosexuals in Texas
In wake of Weinstein, men wonder if hugging women still OK
Red Cross Demands Branches Remove Crucifixes to Be More Secular
Design (But Not Design) Is the New Unifying Principle of Biology
Mike Ratliff – Godly Discernment is Rooted in Christian Maturity
On Discerning Ravi Zacharias: It’s time to say what needs to be said
This blogger raised questions about Zacharias over 1 year ago
Kent Hovinds adulterous 2nd marriage ends as wife as seeks divorce
Lou Engle obsessing over Franklin Hall and Latter Rain cult
Are Humans on the Verge of an Evolutionary Leap?
Catholics to Pray Rosary On the Border to Shield U.S. From Terrorism
Drowned city of the Caesars was Roman empire’s wine-soaked party town of luxury and wickedness
|Russia-China bond market advancing “dollarless” financial system
Posted: 04 Dec 2017 04:07 PM PST
The Moscow stock exchange will soon issue nearly $1 billion-worth of yuan-denominated bonds. It could become the start of a new financial system not based on the US dollar, analysts say. Russia will issue the 6 billion yuan (about $900 million) bonds with a five-year maturity in December or January. The Central Bank says it is testing the water for future investments. “Such steps will make it possible to remove the dollar from mutual settlements and use only yuan and rubles (mostly yuan for the moment)
in the mid-term, if more specialists from the Russian financial sector work in this direction,” Gleb Zadoya, Head of Analytics at Analitika Online told RT. Russian bonds in yuan could be interesting for the Chinese, as China has trillions of dollars of excessive liquidity, as well as hundreds of thousands of new investors who are interested in trying new markets, the analyst said. For Russia, facing a new round of US sanctions aimed at its bond market, it is a great opportunity to get closer to China, according to Zadoya. READ MORE
|DEVELOPING: Israel Strikes Near Damascus Again! Second Strike In Days
Posted: 04 Dec 2017 03:41 PM PST
Syrian state media on Monday said Israel had fired missiles at a Syrian military facility in the Damascus countryside, adding that Syrian air defense systems had intercepted three of the missiles. “Our air defenses are confronting an Israeli missile attack on one of our sites in the Damascus suburbs and three of the targets were downed,” state news agency SANA said, adding the attacks happened at 11:30 p.m. Monday.
A witness told Reuters late on Monday three strong explosions were heard from the direction of Jamraya, west of Damascus. Another witness said thick smoke could be seen rising over the area.
Jamraya contains a military research facility which was hit by what was believed to have been an Israeli attack in 2013. Israel in the past has targeted positions of Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah group inside Syria where the Iran-backed group is heavily involved in fighting alongside the Syrian army. READ MORE
|The Enemy’s Attempt to Render the Word of God Powerless!
Posted: 04 Dec 2017 02:06 PM PST
(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, we will show you how Satan is attempting to strip the Word of God of its power to save, deliver and transform the souls of the lost! For the entire message watch the video below:
|Supreme Court allows President Trump’s travel ban to go fully into effect
Posted: 04 Dec 2017 01:55 PM PST
The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries. The justices, with two dissenting votes, said Monday that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts. The action suggests the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced in September. The ban applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Lower courts
had said people from those nations with a claim of a “bona fide” relationship with someone in the United States could not be kept out of the country. Grandparents, cousins and other relatives were among those courts said could not be excluded. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor would have left the lower court orders in place. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, will be holding arguments on the legality of the ban this week. READ MORE
|Red Cross Demands Branches Remove Crucifixes to Be More Secular
Posted: 04 Dec 2017 01:44 PM PST
Volunteers have criticised the Red Cross charity after receiving a communication telling them to remove crucifixes from the walls of their branches as the organization looks to become more secular.
The Belgian branches of the international aid organization received an email from the Provincial Committee of the Red Cross in Liège to remove all crucifixes. André Rouffart, president of the Red Crossin Verviers, said: “We were asked to respect the principles of the Red Cross”, and not to distinguish between race or religious belief 7sur7 reports. Mr. Rouffart said there had been pushback from volunteers and other members on the issue but downplayed the issue, saying: “I think it’s a storm in a teacup.” Several volunteers spoke to Belgian broadcaster RTL and expressed hostility to the move, with one saying: READ MORE
|Drumbeats Of Ezekiel 38 – Israel Bombs Iranian Base In Syria
Posted: 04 Dec 2017 11:22 AM PST
Israel’s air force has bombed a military target thought to be an Iranian military base outside Damascus, Syria December 2. The hit was reported by Arab media outlets. An arms depot was destroyed in the strike, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Iran is a staunch ally of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and provided him with military and financial assistance during the long Syrian civil war.
Arabic media reported the target was an Iranian military base 9 miles south of Damascus and just 30 miles from the Israeli border that was revealed by the BBC three weeks ago. It is the first time reports have emerged of Iran establishing a permanent base in Syria. “At half past midnight [2230 GMT Friday], the Israeli enemy fired several surface-to-surface missiles at a military position in Damascus province,” Syria’s state SANA news agency reported, according to The Times of Israel. READ MORE
|Salvation Army Worker Shot Dead With Bible in Hand, Preaching the Gospel to His Killer in Ohio
Posted: 04 Dec 2017 11:09 AM PST
A 21-year-old Salvation Army worker in Cleveland, Ohio, was shot dead in the head Saturday morning with his Bible in hand, while preaching the Gospel. Those who knew Jared Plesec say that he was devoted to his faith, and lived to teach others about God. “Jared was an employee (youth worker) and church member of The Salvation Army Temple Corps Community Center in Collinwood. Jared died as he lived, sharing God’s love.
Jared passed away in full Salvation Army uniform with his Bible in hand leaving home on his day off to volunteer at The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle,” The Salvation Army said in a statement, as reported by WKYC.com. “In the past two days, hundreds of individuals, mostly youth, have flocked to The Salvation Army in Collinwood to pay tribute to Jared’s life. They all had one thing in common, Jared loved them, he cared for them and he changed their lives. READ MORE
|Human Ken Doll having 60th surgery even if it KILLS him…
Posted: 04 Dec 2017 10:47 AM PST
‘Human Ken Doll’ Rodrigo Alves has vowed to go ahead with his 60th operation, which will see him having his RIBS cut from his body, even if it kills him. The Brazilian-born star, 34, who has so far spent $400,000 on plastic surgery, will travel to LA to undergo his latest procedure which he claims will make him thinner. Rodrigo has opted for the controversial rib removal after being told he cannot have any more liposuction – after having the fat-sucking surgery on 20 different occasions. The larger-than-life
character has had 59 body modification procedures to alter his appearance, and over 100 aesthetic enhancements. And despite his family revealing to The Sun Online last month that they fear he could die on the operating table, Rodrigo remains defiant. He said: “I will keep going. There is no such thing as plastic surgery killing you. READ MORE
|Number of Kids in Foster Care in America Rises for Fourth Consecutive Year
Posted: 04 Dec 2017 06:11 AM PST
A new U.S. government report has found that the tragic rise of children in foster care has continued for a fourth consecutive year — and the likely reason for the uptick is heartbreaking. The Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, found that the number of kids in foster care in fiscal year 2016 was 437,500, up from 427,400 the previous year. Meanwhile, adoptions from foster care increased from 54,000 to 57,000 during the same timeframe.
So, the key question is “why?” The report found that the biggest increase when it came to the reasons why kids were removed from the home was in the drug abuse category. Overall, 92,000 kids were removed from their home due to drug use by at least one parent in fiscal year 2016; this proportion increased from 32 percent to 34 percent between 2015 and 2016. Steven Wagner, the acting assistant secretary for the ACF, expressed worries over this trend on Wednesday. READ MORE
|Venezuela to create digital currency amid financing crisis…
Posted: 04 Dec 2017 05:57 AM PST
Venezuela is creating a digital currency to combat a financial blockade by the United States, President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday. The Petro will be backed by Venezuela’s oil and gas reserves and its gold and diamond holdings, the president said in his weekly television program. “This is going to allow us to move toward new forms of international financing for the country’s economic and social development,” the president said. The government also announced the creation of a “blockchain
observatory” — a software platform for buying and selling virtual currency. Although the president did not offer many details, analysts such as Henkel Garcia see the possibility of success as limited. “You can build it, but trust, acceptance and use is what will determine the cryptocurrency’s success. For me, it will be quite limited. The bolivar is is also backed by reserves and has no strength,” Garcia, director of consultancy Econometrica. READ MORE
|World’s Longest-Lasting Rainbow Seen Over Taiwan for 9 Hours
Posted: 04 Dec 2017 05:44 AM PST
A rainbow appeared in the sky above Taiwan’s capital Taipei this week and lasted for nine hours to become the longest-lasting rainbow in history, two scientists have claimed. The rainbow appeared at 6:57 a.m. local time and was seen until 3:55 p.m. on Thursday, say Chou Kun-hsuan and Liu Ching-huang, both professors in the Department of Atmospheric Science of Chinese Culture University in Taipei city, according to Taiwan News.
The previous longest-lasting rainbow was seen for six hours in Wetherby in Yorkshire, U.K. on March 14, 1994. The scientists said the rainbow lasted for such a long time because a monsoon was effecting northern Taiwan, Brinkwire.com. “This was a gift from the sky,” professor Chou was quoted as saying. “I was shaking when I observed a six-hour rainbow, but this was a miracle [to me], being able to capture a rainbow with such long duration. READ MORE
|Children, Entire Evangelical Families Being Arrested in Eritrea Simply for Praying
Posted: 04 Dec 2017 05:39 AM PST
Entire evangelical Christian families, including children, are reportedly being arrested in new persecution tactics being used by Eritrean officials, human rights activists have said. “Since May of this year, nearly 200 Christians have been arrested. The interesting thing about this — they have shifted tactics … Instead of just raiding church services or Bible studies, now the government is going to the homes of Christians, and they’re arresting the whole family,” Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs USA told Mission Network News.
“Even children have been put under arrest if they’re part of a Christian family.” Nettleton explained that the children are taken into custody when their parents are arrested, and said that 16 students were taken by officials in November, simply for praying. “Even as bad as it was, this seems like even a step further in the persecution of Christians — to arrest even children who are involved in Christian activities,” Nettleton added. READ MORE
|UN Passes Six New Anti-Israel Resolutions
Posted: 03 Dec 2017 07:30 PM PST
The United Nations General Assembly passed six new Arab-sponsored resolutions condemning Israel on Thursday, including a resolution erasing all Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and another condemning Israel’s presence in the Golan Heights. By contrast, in this year’s session there will be a total of six condemnatory resolutions for the rest of the world combined — with one each on Syria, North Korea, Iran, Crimea, Myanmar, as well as one criticizing the U.S. embargo on Cuba.
The Jerusalem resolution, passed by a vote of 151 votes in favor to 6 against with 9 abstentions, “reiterated that any actions by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction, and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem were illegal and therefore null and void.” The resolution referred to Jerusalem and its holy sites exclusively in Arabic, noting the Muslim significance. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) passed almost identical resolutions in 2015 and 2016. READ MORE
|US families urged to evacuate military bases near Seoul amid fears of War
Posted: 03 Dec 2017 07:10 PM PST
Families of US military should leave South Korea because war between America and Pyongyang is “getting close”, according to a senior US Senator and ex-Air Force Colonel. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has warned that the rising tensions between the the US and Kim Jong-un’s corrupt regime means preparations for war need to be taken. The member of the Senate Armed Services Committee
warned the US was “running out of time” to prepare itself for war when speaking on CBS yesterday. He said: “I want the Pentagon to stop sending dependents and I think it’s now time to start moving American dependents out of South Korea. “We’re getting close to a military conflict because North Korea is marching toward marrying up the technology of an ICBM with a nuclear weapon on top that can not only get to America, but deliver the weapon. READ MORE
|Lester Sumrall’s 7 Troubling Prophecies Over America
Posted: 03 Dec 2017 06:56 PM PST
Lester Sumrall went home to be with the Lord in 1996, but his legacy continues—and his God-breathed prophetic words are still alive. In a 1987 video capture, Sumrall, whose spiritual father was Smith Wigglesworth, shares seven prophetic insights God revealed to his heart earlier in his walk with the Lord. I wish they weren’t accurate, but it seems he heard rightly. You can watch the video to see all the warnings. I’m going to focus on just one of them. “I said, ‘God, I don’t understand this at all.’ He said,
‘You’re going to see it and here are seven things to watch.’ And God gave me seven things to observe. Number one was, America will depart from its historic faith. Now at that time, the Supreme Court hadn’t done any of those strange things, such as permission to kill unborn babies and giving such rights to homosexuals. See, none of that happened.” None of those things had happened when the Lord first spoke to Sumrall but many things have happened since. The man of God received these revelations before Roe v. Wade, before the Supreme Court decision to sanction homosexual marriages and before the growing persecution of Christians in America. READ MORE