President Donald Trump plans to promote the Republican tax overhaul he signed into law in his first State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, but fiscal headwinds mean he’s likely to have less legislative success in his second year in office.
North Korea canceled a joint cultural performance with South Korea at a mountain resort north of the border, blaming the media in Seoul for “defaming” its position on next month’s Winter Olympics.
Saudi authorities have reached agreements to recover more than $107 billion from people held under a controversial corruption investigation but refused to settle with 56 suspects who remain in custody.
Amnesty International accused the Nigerian military of killing 35 people last month in air raids carried out to stop an attack by herders on farming villages in the country’s northeast.
The U.S. is pushing for a breakthrough on its touchiest Nafta proposals within a month, underscoring the fragility of the new mood of optimism after Canada and Mexico came forward with fresh ideas.
Thousands of government workers will be moved from Manila to a new city that’s being built in a former U.S. military base, as President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration seeks to ease a traffic gridlock in the capital. The government and private companies are investing more than $1 billion to build an administrative center in New Clark City. Within five years, the area is expected to have at least eight mid-rise government towers, 8,000 housing units and a train connecting it to Manila, about 62 miles away.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s push to help businesses is handing the economy a chance to extend its strongest expansion in six years.
Home prices in 20 U.S. cities increased 6.4% y/y in November by the most in more than three years, underscoring a lingering scarcity of housing inventory, according to S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller data released Tuesday.
Buoyed by record debt-underwriting fees as corporations took advantage of cheap financing, bankers saw their bonuses for last year swell while colleagues in sales and trading braced for smaller payouts. That gap may only widen in 2018 as the U.S. tax overhaul sparked the hottest start for mergers in nearly two decades.
Prospective homebuyers under 50 account for most of those shopping for homes priced at $1 million or more, according to the report. Nearly a quarter of high-net-worth consumers between 25 and 49 said they would look for at least 20,000 square feet when they made their next home purchase; it was just 6 percent for respondents 50 or older.
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The U.S. State Department says 19 U.S. travelers to Cuba have reported health issues and symptoms similar to those U.S. diplomats said they experienced in Havana in 2016.
Taiwanese troops staged live-fire exercises simulating a response to an invasion, as China stepped up pressure on the island’s President Tsai Ing-wen and a row over airline routes escalated.
Delegates arrived in Russia for talks aimed at ending the Syrian conflict, but hopes of progress were dimmed after the main opposition group and the Kurds said they would boycott the event.
The leaders of the United Nations and the African Union urged stronger international cooperation at the opening Sunday of the African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Turkey has detained more than 300 people for social media posts criticizing its military offensive in Syria, the government said on Monday, a day after President Tayyip Erdogan accused doctors who opposed the campaign of betrayal.
Islamic State militants attacked Afghan soldiers guarding a military academy in the capital on Monday, killing at least 11 troops and wounding 16.
With the U.S. defense budget set to expand in the coming years as the great power competition between Russia, China and the United States heats up, Northrop Grumman-like other defense contractors-is starting to invest in the future after a prolonged slump.
The Pentagon’s new National Defense Strategy looks like a winner to defense giant Raytheon, which foresees a bright future in the years to come as defense spending grows. The rise of a new era of great power competition means that high-end weapons that Raytheon builds will be in high demand.
China must strengthen its nuclear deterrence and counter-strike capabilities to keep pace with the developing nuclear strategies of the United States and Russia, the official paper of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said on Tuesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says a list of officials and businessmen close to the Kremlin published by the US has in effect targeted all Russian people. The list names 210 top Russians as part of a sanctions law aimed at punishing Moscow for meddling in the US election. However, the US stressed those named were not subject to new sanctions.
Catholic bishops have raised concerns that new laws in Australia could force Church members to register as agents of a foreign power.
A Japanese woman who was forcibly sterilized in the 1970s at the age of 15 is suing the government in the first case of its kind. The unnamed woman is one of 25,000 people who underwent the procedure under a now-defunct eugenics law.
The desire among parents in India to have sons instead of daughters has created 21 million “unwanted” girls, a government report estimates.
The NHS has been struggling to cope with the added burden posed by this winter’s Australian flu outbreak, and other countries, including the United States, France and China are facing similar problems as WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said worse could be around the corner.
The Briefing — Tuesday, January 30, 2018
1) What’s at stake in historic vote in the United States Senate on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Washington Post (Ed O’Keefe) –
Abortion ban bill fails to advance in the Senate
2) How science is used in today’s contentious cultural debates
New York Times (Editors) –
The Gathering Threat to Abortion Rights
New York Times (Editors) –
The White House Puts the Bible Before the Hippocratic Oath
3) State of the Union preview: What to watch for as President Trump addresses joint session of Congress
Wall Street Journal (Louise Radnofsky and Peter Nicholas) –
Trump to Soften Tone in State of the Union, Pursuing Immigration Deal
New York Times (Michael Shear Mark Landler) –
State of the Union Preview: Will Trump Stick to the Script?
News – 1/30/2018
FBI Director Wray “Shocked To His Core” By FISA Memo, McCabe ‘Removed’ Next Day, More Heads To Roll: Report
What we know tonight is that FBI Director Christopher Wray went Sunday and reviewed the four-page FISA memo. The very next day, Andrew McCabe was asked to resign. Remember Sean, he was planning on resigning in March – that already came out in December. This time they asked him to go right away. You’re not coming into the office. I’ve heard reports he didn’t even come in for the morning meeting – that he didn’t show up.
DHS Announces New ‘Risk-Based’ Refugee Resettlement Procedures
DHS called the new measures “part of the administration’s ongoing efforts to intensify screening and vetting for all persons seeking to travel to the United States, and they are designed to keep nefarious and fraudulent actors from exploiting the refugee program to enter the United States.”
Lieberman’s explicit warning to Iran
The defense minister’s unusual statement that ‘Israel is familiar with the people involved in producing missiles’ was a clear message that the Iranians arming Lebanon are in Israel’s crosshairs. So how is Israel working to prevent Lebanon from becoming ‘one big factory for the production of precision-guided missiles’?
After 24 Years In Congress, Corrine Brown Starts New Life In Prison
Former Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown reported to federal prison Monday to start her five year sentence for multiple crimes, including tax fraud and corruption. Brown, 71, turned herself in to the Sumter Correctional Institution in Florida, one of the largest federal prisons in the country, which houses both violent and non-violent offenders. Brown will be serving her five-year sentence at a minimum-security satellite facility, which keeps roughly 391 other female inmates.
NJ Township Re-Opens Sexual Assault Investigation On Democrat Mega-Donor Tied To Hillary And John Podesta
Wyss has ties to Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and John Podesta, Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman. Although he is not as well known as other liberal mega-donor billionaires like George Soros and Tom Steyer, Wyss has given hundreds of millions of dollars to progressive activist groups through his private foundations.
‘We’ll stop Iran in Lebanon like we stopped it in Syria’
“We have stopped many Iranian attempts to arm Hezbollah from Syria, and now they’re trying to do the same in Lebanon,” Elkin said. “Just like we knew how to stop them when they worked from Syria, we know how to stop them when they operate out of Lebanon.”
Volcanoes Today, 30 Jan 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Mayon, Sinabung, Sabancaya
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Darwin (VAAC) issued the following report: ERUPTION OBS ON WEBCAM TO FL100 AT 29/2350Z.
Kabbalist: Rare Astronomical Confluence On Holiday Is Bad Omen For Arab Nations
This Wednesday evening, a rare confluence of astronomical events resulting in a “super blue blood moon” for parts of the world will accompany the beginning of an auspicious day of the Hebrew calendar, which is Tu B’Shvat (the 15th day of the month of Shvat), the arboreal New Year. This upcoming super blue moon will be the third and final one in a series of them that began on December 2. In contrast with regular blue moons that occur every two and a half years, a super-blue-blood moon is extremely rare. The last time such an incident took place was in 1866…
According to Rabbi Fish, this does not bode well for Israel’s neighboring Arab countries. “That is a bad omen for them since Islam relies entirely upon a lunar calendar,” he added.
UN envoy: Gaza on verge of ‘total systems collapse’
Gaza is beyond a “humanitarian crisis” and “on the verge of a total systems failure,” UN Mideast envoy Nickolay Mladenov said Tuesday. Speaking at the INSS annual conference in Tel Aviv, Mladenov defined a total systems failure as the “full collapse of the economy and social services,” with all the “political, humanitarian and security implications stemming from that.”
The IDF has a new plan to battle Palestinian terrorism in Jerusalem
The IDF has restructured its brigades and improved coordination with the police to battle terrorism in Jerusalem and the West Bank corridor surrounding it. IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot approved the plan, which was drafted in the last few months by General Staff officers, including Judea and Samaria Division former commander Brig. Gen. Lior Carmeli and Binyamin Regional Brigade commander Col. Yuval Guez.
CIA chief says China ‘as big a threat to US’ as Russia
Chinese efforts to exert covert influence over the West are just as concerning as Russian subversion, the director of the CIA has said. Mike Pompeo told the BBC that the Chinese “have a much bigger footprint” to do this than the Russians do. As examples he cited efforts to steal US commercial information and infiltration of schools and hospitals – and this extended to Europe and the UK.
Putin says US sanctions list targets all Russians
Russian President Vladimir Putin says a new list published by the US as part of a sanctions law has in effect targeted all of the Russian people. The list names 210 top Russians as part of a law aimed at punishing Moscow for meddling in the US election. However, the US stressed those named were not subject to new sanctions.
Scrutiny over wood and coal fires in UK homes
Burning wood and coal in people’s homes will come under scrutiny as part of a government drive to improve air pollution. Ministers are calling for evidence to help improve air quality in cities. They want people to ensure that wood is dry before burning, and that solid fuels are as clean as possible.
Shin Bet chief: Agency foiled cyber attacks from all over the world
Shin Bet Director Nadav Argaman said Tuesday the agency foiled cyber attacks against Israeli systems over the past year “from all over the world.” “Cyber warfare is a main tool for us in our daily work to thwart terror activities,” Argaman said during a visit to the Cybertech conference in Tel Aviv. To that end, he said the Shin Bet recruits “the best minds in Israel” to the agency.
Midnight Gaza rocket falls inside Israel
A Code Red sirens was sounded at midnight Monday evening in the Sdot Negev and Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Councils after a rocket was fired into Israeli territory. Explosions were heard in the area and after a rapid investigation, the IDF confirmed that a rocket had fallen inside open space in Israeli territory. No injuries or damages were reported in the incident.
U.S. to resume refugee admissions from 11 ‘high-risk’ countries
The United States will resume admissions for refugees from 11 countries identified as presenting a high security risk, but with extra vetting for these mostly Middle Eastern and African nations, senior U.S. officials said on Monday. The changes came after a 90-day review of refugee admissions from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen by the State Department, Department of Homeland Security and intelligence agencies.
Czech citizens are arming themselves over fears of massive Muslim refugee violence throughout Europe
In 2017, the number of firearms permits increased to 303,000. That is 2,700 more than in 2016 and an increase of 11,000 compared with 2015. Fears over terror attacks, immigration and personal assaults have caused the surge, Czech police say.
Israel is approaching a severe water crisis
Despite recent rains, Israel is headed for long-term shortage, Water Authority warns
Cape Town’s Jews weigh in on looming water crisis
Once “Day Zero” hits, Cape Town’s 3.7 million residents will have to travel to one of 200 water collection points to collect their daily water rations: 25 liters of water per person.
Fitness Tracking App Accidentally Exposes ‘Top Secret’ CIA Underground Bases
A new online fitness tracking app, which compiles routes of 27 million runners, have unwittingly revealed the locations and layouts of top-secret CIA underground military bases around the world.
Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Fails to Clear Senate
A bill that makes it illegal to abort a baby after 20 weeks of pregnancy failed to clear the U.S. Senate after Democrats blocked the bill from further consideration.
FBI Deputy Director McCabe ‘Removed’ Day After Bureau Reads Memo
Memo said to reveal corruption, collusion between Obama admin, Clintons and Justice Department
The Holiest Police in the World Paving the Way for the Third Jewish Temple
in an extremely unprecedented move, Amit Branchuk, the police officer in charge of the Temple Mount entrance, went around to the roadblocks and personally accompanied any Jew who wanted to ascend the Temple Mount at that time.
WW3 RED ALERT: China and Russia THREATEN Japan after ‘enforcing’ claim to South China Sea with military
MILITARY threats have been made by China and Russia towards Japan by sending aircraft and naval vessels into Japanese territory as the dispute over the South China Sea rages on.
Mind-blowing plot to sexually confuse America’s little ones
…Two years ago, CMS introduced the gender unicorn to push sexual confusion on our kids. It was soundly slapped back into place by concerned parents. Today, it’s taking the back-door approach by simply expanding the term “diversity” to an already existing policy. (Sounds like former President Obama’s redefinition of the word “sex” in Title 9).
’15:17 to Paris’ heroes who stopped bloody terror attack give credit to God
Armed with an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, 270 rounds of ammunition and a bottle of gasoline during a high-speed railway ride, Ayoub el-Khazzani’s mission was clear: Slaughter every passenger on the crowded train that was transporting more than 500 innocent lives.
Fitness Devices Can Provide Locations of Soldiers
An interactive map found online can show the locations and activities of people who use fitness devices such as Fitbit, raising security concerns about soldiers and other people who are at U.S. military bases in sensitive areas.
No-Go Zones: UK Govt Warns People Travelling to Sweden Beware ‘Gang Crime, Shootings, and Explosions
UK travel advice on Sweden has warned visitors to beware violence, gun crime, and “explosions” in the nation’s migrant-dominated ‘no-go zones’.
More young people being seriously afflicted with hallucinations and self-abuse after taking TAMIFLU … why won’t the FDA recall the dangerous drug?
Marketed as flu medicine, Tamiflu is actually a risky nervous system damaging, hallucinogenic drug that causes some children to go into seizures, wild delusions, and twitching fits.
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he is “looking forward” to speaking with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the coming weeks, and is willing to do it under oath. Mueller is investigating Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and whether there was any coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign and wants to speak to Trump regarding his decisions to fire former FBI director James Comey and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to The Washington Post…. (more)
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: January 30
- Immigrants to Be in Spotlight at State of Union (Read More)
- Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan Link Up to Form New Health-Care Company (Read More)
- Yellen Leaving Fed With Full Employment, Increased Focus on Labor Market (Read More)
- Market Euphoria May Turn to Despair If 10-Year Yield Jumps to 3% (Read More)
- U.S. Names Russian Oligarchs, But Says It’s Not a Sanctions List (Read More)
- World stocks sucked under by bond market breakout (Read More)
- House Panel Votes to Release GOP Memo on Russia Probe (Read More)
- Trump’s Push to Fire Mueller Heightens Political, Not Legal, Risk (Read More)
- CIA expects Russia to target U.S. mid-term elections (Read More
- Decade of Easy Cash Turns Bond Market Upside Down (Read More)
- HNA to Face $2.4 Billion Liquidity Crunch This Quarter (Read More)
- U.S., Mexico explore placing armed U.S. air marshals on flights (Read More)
- Iranian opposition cleric accuses Khamenei of abuse of power (Read More)
- Forget Self-Driving Cars, Robot Delivery Vans Are Here (Read More)
- Venezuelan Pirates Rule the Most Lawless Market on Earth (Read More)
- Trump administration holds off on new Russia sanctions, despite law (Read More)
- Trump’s Agenda Faces Tough Fiscal Reality After State of the Union (Read More)
- Pentagon Muzzles Afghanistan Watchdog as Situation Worsens (Read More)
- Banker Bonuses Jumping While Traders Brace for Smaller Payouts (Read More)
Headlines – 1/30/2018
|IT HAS BEGUN! Facebook flagging and removing ETH posts on people’s pages
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|UPDATE: Google Explains Why ‘Jesus’ Isn’t Recognized on Smart Devices
Posted: 29 Jan 2018 12:35 PM PST
Videos showing Google Home users asking “Who is Jesus?” went viral last week when the smart speaker couldn’t provide an answer but did have a response for Buddha, Muhammad, and even Satan. On Friday, Google issued a statement explaining why its smart devices would no longer be answering questions about any religious figure. “The reason the Google Assistant didn’t respond with information about ‘Who is Jesus’ or ‘Who is Jesus Christ’ wasn’t out of disrespect but instead to ensure respect,” a Google spokesperson said on Twitter.
“Some of the Assistant’s spoken responses come from the web, and for certain topics, this content can be more vulnerable to vandalism and spam. If our systems detect such circumstances, the Assistant might not reply,” the statement continued. Google says this would be the case for any other religious figure as well if vulnerabilities were detected with the answer. CONTINUE
|Iowa Students Could Soon be Studying Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament
Posted: 29 Jan 2018 12:32 PM PST
Iowa high school students could soon have the option of taking a Bible literacy course that focuses on the Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament. The bill, introduced by Rep. Skyler Wheeler, Rep. Dean Fisher, and 10 other Republicans, would direct the state’s Department of Education to prepare material and train teachers on how to teach the elective course.
“This bill allows school districts to offer students a course in Bible literacy as long as it is taught in an academic sense, rather than devotional,” Rep. Wheeler wrote in nwestiowa.com. “Basically, I want to give students the opportunity to study the Bible from the perspective of its impact on history and culture,” Rep. Dean Fisher told the Des Moines Register. Wheeler adds the bill has strong support in both the House and the Senate. READ MORE
|Smith Wigglesworth Great-Granddaughter Shares Outrageous Supernatural Miracles
Posted: 29 Jan 2018 12:16 PM PST
Smith Wigglesworth, often referred to as ‘the Apostle of Faith,’ was one of the pioneers of the Pentecostal revival that occurred a century ago. Without human refinement and education, he was able to tap into the infinite resources of God to bring divine grace to multitudes. Thousands came to Christian faith in
his meetings, hundreds were healed of serious illnesses and diseases as supernatural signs followed his ministry. A deep intimacy with his heavenly Father and an unquestioning faith in God’s Word brought spectacular results and provided an example for all true believers of the Gospel. MORE
|Russian jet flies within 5 feet of US Navy plane…
Posted: 29 Jan 2018 12:04 PM PST
A Russian Su-27 jet performed an unsafe intercept of a US Navy surveillance plane while it was flying in international airspace over the Black Sea Monday, three defense officials told CNN. The American pilots reported that the Russian jet came within 5 feet of the US plane, according to two of the officials.
The Russian jet’s action forced the US Navy aircraft to end its mission prematurely, one of the officials said.
US Naval Forces Europe, which oversees US operations in the region, later confirmed the incident in a statement. “This interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the SU-27 closing to within five feet and crossing directly through the EP-3’s flight path, causing the EP-3 to fly through the SU-27’s jet wash,” Capt. Pamela Kunze, a spokesperson for US Naval Forces Europe told CNN. READ MORE
|Paris flooding forces 1,500 to evacuate, Major tourist attractions to close
Posted: 29 Jan 2018 06:20 AM PST
Almost 1,500 people have been evacuated after the swollen River Seine rose further, raising fears of severe flooding in Paris. The overflowing waters have already swamped riverside paths and shut down a Louvre basement display of Islamic art. Tourist sightseeing boats have been halted, swans are swimming over pavements and rats have been forced up on to the streets.
The Seine’s waters were today expected to peak close to the level which led to widespread flooding in 2016. The world’s most visited museum, the Louvre, was on alert Sunday, with the lower level of its Islamic arts wing closed to visitors. Meanwhile, the iconic statue of an Algerian French soldier named Zouave, which has guarded the river at the Pont d’Alma bridge since 1910, was drenched up to the thighs. READ MORE
|Christian Researcher Claims Coming Super Blue Moon is Sign of the End
Posted: 29 Jan 2018 06:01 AM PST
The coming super blue blood moon is an “ominous” sign from God that will mark the beginning of the end, according to Christian researcher David Meade. The only problem with this theory is that this isn’t the first time this has taken place and likely won’t be the last. However, On January 31, the stunning sight will illuminate the night sky. And on the same day, the European Union, plus, Norway will gather in Brussels for an urgent meeting on the ongoing situation between Israel and Palestine.
Describing the summit, the EU said: “There is an urgent need to bring all parties together to discuss measures to speed up efforts that can underpin a negotiated two-state solution.” And conspiracy theorists are now linking the two. They believe the moon is an angry message from God who is showing his wrath over the interference on the Holy Land. Mr Meade said: “The European Union and Norway have announced an ‘extraordinary session’ to be convened at the end of this January. The purpose: an attempt to force a ‘two-state solution’ on Israel. READ MORE
|Saudi Arabia’s freak snow storm produces 15 inch drifts covering Sahara Desert
Posted: 29 Jan 2018 05:52 AM PST
A rare snowstorm has swept into the Saudi Arabian desert turning the sand white as the Middle East is hit by a freak Polar blast. Incredible photos show the Tabuk region in the north-west, known for its blazing heat, covered in a blanket of snow as temperatures plummeted below freezing. Hundreds of excited locals have been pictured playing in the snow, while many opted to go sledding down the sides of the hills, as they wasted no time in enjoying it before it melted away.
Other bizarre pictures even show camels with their humps covered in snow, while near-deserted landscapes have been left covered in flakes. The freak weather is totally unexpected with temperatures normally hitting around 20C – traditionally the cold season in the Arab country. In Tabuk, forecasters said temperatures had dipped to -2C. READ MORE
|Fire Captain Fired for Sending Christian Emails Victorious at State Supreme Court
Posted: 29 Jan 2018 05:46 AM PST
The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that a fire captain who was fired for using his work email account to send emails to his Christian firefighter’s fellowship group can file a lawsuit against his former employer. The state’s highest court decided last Thursday that the merits of former Spokane Valley Fire Department Captain Jon Sprague’s case were strong enough that a trial should decide if Sprague’s rights were violated. “Sprague has met his initial burden to show that the SVFD’s restrictions on his speech violated the First Amendment,” a court document states.
“On remand, the burden will shift to SVFD to show by preponderance of the evidence that it would have reached the same decision as to (Sprague’s) employment termination even in the absence of the protected conduct.” According to The Spokesman-Review, a trial will determine if Sprague is entitled to damages caused by his employment termination in 2012 for repeatedly using his work email to send emails to the Spokane Christian Firefighters Fellowship group when he was explicitly warned not to. READ MORE
|‘Police State’ National ID Card Tucked In Immigration Bill
Posted: 28 Jan 2018 06:48 PM PST
Inserted in a sweeping House bill introduced earlier this month called Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 is the establishment of a new biometric National ID card for all Americans that has privacy activists sounding alarms. Introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., H.R. 4760 encompasses issues such as education, Homeland Security and the military. Buried in the 400-page legislation is the new mandatory national identification system in which citizens would be required to carry a government-approved ID containing “biometric features.”
The bill states that anyone seeking employment in the country must have the card. The purpose of the measure, part of the legislative solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is to curb illegal immigration. It specifically addresses the shortcomings of the E-Verify system, which has failed to catch an estimated 54 percent of illegal immigrant workers. Ron Paul, the former Republican lawmaker and presidential candidate known for his libertarian views, has launched a campaign against the national ID through his non-profit Campaign for Liberty, including an online petition. READ MORE
|Turkey could widen Syria offensive after Erdogan vows to attack ‘wherever there are terrorists’
Posted: 28 Jan 2018 06:44 PM PST
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hinted yet again that the campaign against Kurdish militia in Syria could spread beyond the north-western enclave of Afrin. “Just as the terrorists in Jarabulus and Al-Bab weren’t able to escape elimination, the terrorists in Afrin and Manbij won’t be able to escape the bitter end awaiting them, either,” Erdogan said during a regional party congress speech in the heartland town of Corum.
“Our heroic soldiers made history yesterday in the area of Operation Euphrates Shield [a previous offensive in 2016-17]. They are making history today in Afrin. And they will make history tomorrow wherever there are terrorists along our borders,” the Turkish President told party loyalists hours later on Sunday, during an address in nearby Amasya. READ MORE
|Kentucky Governor Declares Day of Prayer in Aftermath of Deadly School Shooting
Posted: 28 Jan 2018 06:39 PM PST
Churches in Kentucky took time on Sunday to pray for those affected by Tuesday’s school shooting in Benton, which took the lives of two students and injured more than a dozen others, after Gov. Matt Bevin declared the day to be a statewide day of prayer. “We have seen evil and the face of evil as it has emerged, and the acts it has perpetrated on this community,” he said on Friday. “But I’ll tell you what’s stronger than evil: it’s good, and in the end, God wins. That’s a fact.”
Last Tuesday, 15-year-old sophomore Gabe Parker walked into Marshall County High School with a handgun and began firing, causing students to pour out of the building as they ran for their lives. “You could see students dropping their bags and just start running, pushing past each other,” student Taylor Droke told WZTV. “Everyone in cars started turning around and driving away. Kids were jumping the fence around the school and running through the woods.” READ MORE
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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