A wave of fake bomb threats across Russia has entered its second week in what a senior lawmaker called a “full-scale cyberwar” against the country that authorities are ill-equipped to fight.
Russia issued an unusually blunt warning to the U.S. that it will retaliate against American-backed fighters in Syria, accusing them of firing on government troops battling for territory in a strategic region bordering Iraq.
Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency are attending mandatory training sessions this week to reinforce their compliance with laws and rules against leaking classified or sensitive government information.
North Korea struck back at U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to destroy it, with Kim Jong Un warning of the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” and his foreign minister suggesting that could include testing a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in made a plea at the United Nations to scale back tensions with North Korea, warning of accidental war from the same podium where President Donald Trump threatened two days before to “totally destroy” Kim Jong Un’s country.
The thirty-two states that increased their Medicaid coverage for low-income people would lose $180 billion, but states that didn’t would gain $73 billion from 2020 to 2026.
Hewlett Packard is planning to cut about 10 percent of its staff, or at least 5,000 workers, part of a broader effort to pare expenses as competition mounts.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission hails its database of company filings as an innovation that’s dramatically boosted corporate transparency. But a hack that led to the theft of market-moving secrets is the latest sign that technology also brings dangers the SEC is struggling to combat. The breach adds to a growing list of SEC embarrassments over Edgar, a massive online system where companies are required to disclose everything from stock sales by top executives to regulatory investigations.
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President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday that Iran would boost its missile capabilities despite warnings from Washington that it is ready to ditch a landmark nuclear deal over the issue.
Russia on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire.
A New Jersey man who won nearly a $340 million jackpot in the Powerball lottery four years ago has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor over the course of three years, prosecutors said.
Russia’s military has accused U.S. intelligence of ordering militants affliated with Al-Qeada to attack government forces in order to divert their attention from a battle they are fighting against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). Bashar al-Assad’s regime is battling ISIS in Deir Ezzor, once a stronghold of Islamist extremists.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday declared the time for dialogue with North Korea is over and rallied behind a US warning that “all options” are on the table.
Pope Francis, in some of his most candid and personal comments on the sexual abuse of children by priests, said on Thursday that the Catholic Church had “arrived late” in dealing with the problem.
The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously decided to set up an investigation team to collect evidence on the massacres of Iraq’s Yazidi minority and other atrocities committed by the Islamic State group in Iraq.
The rapid spread of “super malaria” in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning. This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs.
The death toll from Mexico’s powerful earthquake has risen to 273, officials say, as rescuers race against the clock to reach trapped survivors.
Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates.
Donations to an Australian school’s “wear a dress day” charity drive have skyrocketed after the event was criticized by a Conservative senator. Cory Bernadi criticized the event as “absurd” and “gender morphing”.
At least 50 migrants are feared drowned after their boat ran out of fuel and capsized off the Libyan coast.
Emmanuel Macron has formally signed an overhaul of France’s labour laws, a key platform of his presidency. Thousands of protesters have condemned the reforms, which make it easier for companies to hire and cheaper to fire staff.
A Kansas prison inmate filed suit Wednesday alleging that prison officials are violating her constitutional rights by “imposing Christian beliefs” on inmates.
A teacher took down a gunman inside an Illinois high school after he opened fire in the school’s cafeteria on Wednesday. Police say Angela McQueen’s quick response saved lives. A 16-year-old student was shot and later released from the hospital, and the suspect, who the police said was a student, is in custody.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, really stepped in it when he compared illegal immigrants living in the U.S. to Jews who suffered in Nazi Germany.
The Briefing 09-22-17
Is work a prerequisite for food? For able-bodied people, state of TN says yes, so does the Bible
- Tennessean (Anita Wadhwani) — Tennessee to reinstate work requirements for able-bodied food stamp recipients
ACLU targets religious exemptions for adoptions, and in turn the children of Michigan
As U.S. debates monuments, monument to Russian general behind AK-47 comes under fire
Worldview book recommendation — Worth Dying for: The Power and Politics of Flag
News – 9/22/2017
A North Korea nuclear test over the Pacific? Logical, terrifying
Detonating a nuclear-tipped missile over the Pacific Ocean would be a logical final step by North Korea to prove the success of its weapons program but would be extremely provocative and carry huge risks, arms control experts said on Friday. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho suggested leader Kim Jong Un was considering testing “an unprecedented scale hydrogen bomb” over the Pacific in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat at the United Nations to “totally destroy” the country.
Russian sub fires cruises missiles at militants in Syria
Russia’s defense ministry says its submarine in the Mediterranean Sea has fired cruise missiles at militant positions in northwestern Syria. The Russia military said the missiles strikes from the Veliky Novgorod submarine earlier on Friday targeted militants, ammunition depots and fortifications in Syria’s Idlib province, which is dominated by the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee.
Turks and Caicos brace for Hurricane Maria after devastating Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic
Widespread damage and power outages have been reported in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as Hurricane Maria lashes the northern Caribbean islands.
The Iraqi militia helping Iran carve a road to Damascus
In late May, an Iraqi cleric called Akram Kaabi visited militia fighters in a desolate Iraqi town near the Syrian border. Kaabi, who heads a Shi’ite Muslim militia named Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba, was decked out in a camouflage uniform and led the fighters in prayer on mats laid on the dusty ground. A video of the session showed heavily armed militiamen standing guard.
Arab media reports Israeli airstrike on Damascus Airport
Arab media reports on Thursday night claimed that Israel attacked a weapons depot next to Damascus International Airport. A report…said that a series of explosions shook the airport. Al Masdar News, a Lebanese outlet, also reported that an Israeli drone attack the airport, citing a report from the Syrian military that the attack did not seriously damage the airport or its surroundings, and that there were no casualties.
Kim says ‘deranged’ Trump shows need for nuclear programme
Kim Jong-un has said remarks by “deranged” US President Donald Trump have convinced him he is right to develop weapons for North Korea. In an unprecedented personal statement, via state media, Mr Kim said Mr Trump would “pay dearly” for his recent speech to the UN. The US president said on Tuesday that if America was forced to defend itself it would “totally destroy” North Korea.
In defiance to US, Iran unveils latest missile during parade
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Friday unveiled its latest ballistic missile capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel, while the country’s president vowed that Tehran would press ahead with its missile program in defiance of U.S. demands to the contrary. The unveiling came during a military parade in Tehran that commemorated the 1980s Iraq-Iran war.
Turkish president’s bodyguards pummel protesters again
The Turkish leader…was attempting to address the Turkish American National Steering Committee…in Times Square… As soon as Erdogan enters the stage a protester can be heard on a Periscope video shouting “You’re a terrorist! Get out of my country!” The assembly soon turned into a battle royale…as security guards hurried them out of the room. The demonstrators can be seen being pummeled by punches as they attempt to leave.
The Worst Mistake In US History
“The worst mistake in U.S. history was the conversion after World War II of the U.S. government from a constitutional, limited-government republic to a national-security state. Nothing has done more to warp and distort the conscience, principles, and values of the American people, including those who serve in the U.S. military.”
Active Volcano Mt. Rainer Shaken By ‘Swarm’ Of 23 Earthquakes
Some two dozen earthquakes have shaken Washington State’s Mt. Rainer over the past two weeks – but seismologists say people who live nearby shouldn’t panic.
End-of-world prediction interrupts TV broadcasts in Orange County
Some Orange County residents were stunned Thursday, Sept. 21, when television programming was suddenly interrupted for about a minute with an ominous message predicting the end of the world. Stacy Laflamme of Lake Forest said she was watching the HGTV channel via Cox Communications about 11:05 a.m. when suddenly an emergency alert flashed across her screen followed by a voice.
Ex-CIA agent tweets article blaming Jews for US wars, then apologizes
Valerie Plame Wilson, a former CIA agent and author, came under fire on Thursday after she tweeted a link to a piece titled “America’s Jews are driving America’s wars.”
Pope Francis met with the secretary general of the Muslim World League (MWL) in the Vatican Wednesday, a group that has been tied to Saudi financing of jihadist terrorism and the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
D.C. court rules tracking phones without a warrant is unconstitutional
Law enforcement use of one tracking tool, the cell-site simulator, to track a suspect’s phone without a warrant violates the Constitution, the D.C. Court of Appeals said Thursday in a landmark ruling for privacy and Fourth Amendment rights as they pertain to policing tactics.
BREAKING: Ben Carson Makes Horrifying Discovery
According to Judicial Watch, many employees working for HUD have been embezzling and wasting thousands of dollars. Lorena Loren, executive director of HUD in Michigan was caught stealing $336,000 from low-income families.
Palestinian President Abbas says peace closer with Trump engaged
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed optimism on Wednesday about reaching a peace agreement with Israel this year and said U.S. President Donald Trump’s commitment to the issue would help create the “deal of the century” in the region.
Smart billboards size up drivers, and target ads to them
Here is what’s around the corner: Smart digital billboards will detect the make, model and year of oncoming vehicles and project ads tailored to the motorist.
Levin: Our Media Is Really No Different from Media in Any Dictatorship or Communist Regime
“You see, ladies and gentlemen, our media, for the most part, it’s really no different from the media in any dictatorship or any communist regime,” stated Mark Levin. “It’s groupthink. It’s a gang attack. It’s a propaganda enterprise.”
BREITBART — Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King announced his endorsement of Judge Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate. “Judge Roy Moore has shown time and time again that he will stand strong against the prevailing winds to champion causes that are important to conservatives,” King said Thursday about the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice…. (more)
PHILIP KLEIN — Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., on Tuesday said that President Trump must first decertify the Iran deal before Congress makes any changes to the legislation governing the agreement…. (more)
BOB UNRUH — It was only a few months ago that James Clapper, President Obama’s director of national intelligence, issued a flat denial when asked if he knew of a FISA court order to wiretap the Trump campaign in 2016…. (more)
CAL THOMAS — While campaigning for the presidency, Donald Trump more than once referred to the United Nations as a “useless” organization and “not a friend of democracy.” In his speech Tuesday to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, he apparently has discovered the often dysfunctional body can be useful, if it adopts the reforms he is proposing and accepts an agenda that includes uniting to stop North Korea from obtaining nuclear weapons and missiles to strike at U.S and other targets…. (more)
RARE — A professor at a John Jay college in Manhattan has been placed on administrative leave after he tweeted that he’s glad to teach “future dead cops.” Economics professor Michael Isaacson, 29, caught his moment in the spot light last week when he appeared on Fox News to discuss his remarks and his status as an Antifa activist. The tweet, which read in full, “Some of y’all might think it sucks being an anti-fascist teaching at John Jay College, but I think it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops,” was roundly condemned. On Friday, the school announced that Isaacson is being placed on leave, the New York Daily News reports…. (more)
WIONEWS.COM — Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico on Wednesday and left the entire island without power as 150 mile-an-hour winds whipped the capital and sent thousands scurrying to shelters.After killing at least nine people in the Caribbean, Maria slammed into Puerto Rico’s southeast coast at daybreak before churning across the US territory which is home to 3.4 million people… (more)
CLIFF KINCAID — The comical publication the Onion ran a special volume, Homeland Insecurity, with the headline, “Run for Your Lives.” I thought of that in the wake of the decision by hard-liners Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka to voluntarily leave the White House rather than continue to fight for rational pro-American policies in the Trump Administration against what has been called the Deep State…. (more)
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 22
- North Korea Ramps Up International Rancor With H-Bomb Threat (Read More)
- A nuclear test over the Pacific? Logical, terrifying (Read More)
- What’s a ‘dotard’? Kim’s insult to Trump (Read More)
- From Rubble and Ruin, a Mexican Town Wonders How to Rebuild After the Earthquake (Read More)
- Bonuses Are Shrinking. Blame Hurricanes and Trump (Read More)
- OPEC’s ‘Problem Children’ Are Holding Down Oil Prices (Read More)
- Trump Backers Cheer Economic Agenda, Blame GOP for Setbacks (Read More)
- Turkey to deploy troops inside Syria’s Idlib – Erdogan (Read More)
- Uber Loses Its License to Operate in London (Read More)
- Alabama Senate race tests Trump’s ability to deliver his voters (Read More)
- Puerto Rico: No Power, No Phones and Lots of Damage (Read More)
- Mnuchin’s Incomplete Treasury Staff Could Be a Risk in Crisis (Read More)
- Why Wages Aren’t Growing (Read More)
- Trump’s Travel Ban Decision Could Set Off New Wave of Turmoil (Read More)
- Corporate America Has Amassed a Record Amount of Cash (Read More)
- Hurricane Maria churns toward Turks and Caicos and leaves 32 dead (Read More)
- The ‘Wife of the Future’ Designed for Japan’s Lonely Men (Read More)
- Australia Has a Taxing Problem When It Comes to Ghost Homes (Read More)
- Mortgages Back in Fashion for London’s Priciest Homes (Read More)
- Electric Cars Can Create the Biggest Disruption Since iPhone (Read More)
- Defying Trump, Iran says will boost missile capabilities (Read More)
- The Trump-Loving Lawyer Who Won’t Stop Suing Fox News (Read More)
- U.S. Tariffs on Solar Imports May Hinge on Free-Trade Deals (Read More)
Headlines – 9/22/2017
|No, God Did Not Prescribe the Use of Cannabis in the Bible
Posted: 22 Sep 2017 07:08 AM PDT
(By Dr. Michael Brown) Just when you think you’ve heard it all, a pastor calls your radio show asking how to respond to a congregant who claims that cannabis was sanctioned by God in the Torah. That’s right, sanctioned by the Lord Himself, not to be smoked but to be burned in large quantities by the priests of Israel. Far out! To be sure, there was a time in my life when I would have readily believed something like this, since I spent 1969-1971 as a heavy drug-using, hippie rock drummer, consuming everything from pot to LSD and from
speed to heroin. Not surprisingly, when my two best friends starting reading the Bible, telling me about the more esoteric passages in the Scriptures—all kinds of visions and dreams and revelations—I asked them in jest, “What were they smoking?” That, in fact, is what I asked the pastor (again, in jest) who called the show: What is this congregant smoking? It turns out that there is an alleged scholarly basis for this bogus belief, namely, that the Hebrew words qaneh-bosem in Exodus 30:23 refer to marijuana, or, more specifically, hemp. READ MORE
|Chain of quakes rattling regions in the Pacific sparks fears California could be next
Posted: 22 Sep 2017 06:59 AM PDT
A series of powerful quakes struck countries in a tremor danger zone known as the Ring of Fire this week. A magnitude 7.1 earthquake devastated Mexico, killing at least 273, on Tuesday followed by ruptures in New Zealand on Wednesday and Japan, Vanuatu and Indonesia on Thursday. Up to 81% of
the world’s worst earthquakes occur in the Ring of Fire, United States Geological Survey figures show. But baffled scientists have been left stunned by the “unusual” frequency of the quakes – leading to concerns California could be in danger. The series of recent earthquakes were triggered by seismic waves travelling along the fault lines that are in constant motion, according to experts. READ MORE
|Hurricanes, Terrorist Attacks and Violent Unrest—How Are Christians Responding to This ‘Message?’
Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:55 AM PDT
A rare eclipse across the U.S., two major hurricanes in Texas and Florida, a pair of deadly earthquakes in Mexico, a terrorist attack in London, wildfires in the West, and violence and unrest in St. Louis. What kind of message is being sent to the world—and how are Christians responding? The daily radio ministry of American Pastors Network (APN, www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net ) “Stand in the Gap Today,”
which airs on 425 stations nationwide, recently addressed these world events and asked if God is trying to get the world’s attention. “America and the world have seen much tragedy and turmoil over the past several weeks,” said APN President Sam Rohrer, “and while it would be easy to become downtrodden and defeatist, we know that, ultimately God is in control and He will work through His people for good. Jesus never promised that the life of the believer would be easy or without strife. READ MORE
|Water mysteriously disappears from beaches in Guaratuba, Brazil
Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:46 AM PDT
Scientists say the ocean receding phenomenon is due to a huge storm sucking up the waters, building up the storm surge. This is, however, the fourth time that such an anomalous tidal effect is recorded along the Atlantic coast of Brazil and prior of Uruguay. And I doubt that each time a giant hurricane the power of
Irma was the cause. I haven’t heard of any. So what’s going on along the Atlantic’s South American coast? The Atlantic water receding phenomenon started in August 2017 in Uruguay, than in Brazil.Beginning of Sept. 2017, the sea water disappeared in the Bahamas. The building up of Irma’s storm surge was most probably responsible for the water receding in the Bahamas: READ MORE
|DEVELOPING: North Korea Could Soon Test Powerful Hydrogen Bomb In Pacific
Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:38 AM PDT
Pyongyang may consider conducting its second hydrogen bomb test, which would be the “most powerful detonation” in the Pacific Ocean, the North Korean foreign minister told the media, commenting on Kim Jong-un’s latest response to Donald Trump. The latest round of war of words between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership risks escalating into yet another show of force by Pyongyang, as it allegedly weighs the option of testing an H-bomb, according to a suggestion made by
Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday. It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific,” Ri said, as quoted by South Korean agency Yonhap. However, the official then added he is not aware of what exactly Kim intends to do in response to Trump’s saber-rattling, as the governmental decision is solely the leader’s responsibility. READ MORE
|Man Who ‘Hated’ Christianity Goes to a Bible Study to ‘Attack’ Believers – Then God Took Over
Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:34 AM PDT
Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach knows the debate over traditional Christian teaching and LGBTQ issues quite well, as both his mom and dad came out as gay and divorced when he was a toddler — and he was subsequently raised going to gay pride parades. At first, he loathed Christianity. But something changed for Kaltenbach when he decided to attend a Bible study at his high school in an effort to try and debunk scriptural arguments, as he told “The Church Boys” podcast.
“I grew up in high school hating Christians, and so I decided that I wanted to attack Christianity,” he said. “Here [was] my plan, and it didn’t work out too well. I got invited to this Bible study by a friend … so I thought, ‘Okay, I’m going to go pretend to be a Christian, I’m going to learn about the Bible and I’m going to dismantle their arguments because no one should follow somebody like Jesus who hates people.” READ MORE
|LA School District Teaching LGBT-Inclusive Sex Ed Course to Kids as Young as 9
Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:28 AM PDT
California’s largest school district will test out an LGBT-inclusive sex education course that will be taught at selected schools for children in the fourth through sixth grades this year. The Los Angeles Daily News reports that the Los Angeles Unified School District will begin offering sex education lessons for students as young as 9 years old that will include lessons from a course titled “Puberty: The Wonder
Years,” which is authored by Michigan-based health educator Wendy Sellers. Sellers told Los Angeles’ second-largest daily newspaper that her course is inclusive of LGBT identities. The Los Angeles Daily News reports that the course “doesn’t assume traditional gender roles in describing relationships.” Sellers explained that while the course doesn’t have lessons that define same-sex relationships, it integrates examples of same-sex couples into lessons. READ MORE
|School Bans Student-Led Prayers at Football Games
Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:21 AM PDT
(Reported By Todd Starnes) Faith and football go hand in hand across the fruited plain – especially in the great state of Alabama. It’s not all that unusual for high school football games to start with a moment of prayer – an invocation. The game announcer will ask folks to stand to their feet and remove their hats as the marching band belts out the Star-Spangled Banner. Then, he’ll hand the press box microphone to a student who will thank God
and ask for His blessings upon the evening’s game. It’s a longtime tradition – a beloved tradition where folks of all colors and backgrounds unite as one people – in public – before all you-know-what breaks loose on the field. But that tradition has come to an abrupt end in Lee County, Alabama. The school district recently announced that student-led prayers will no longer be permitted before high school football games. READ MORE
|Half-a-Million Gather in Streets of Ukraine to Praise the Name of Jesus
Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:14 AM PDT
The streets of Kiev filled with songs of praise and thanks as 500,000 evangelical, Ukrainian Christians gathered to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. “Many traveled from all four provinces there just to be a part of that celebration, to thank God for the freedom to worship, to thank God for the freedom to preach the Gospel in their country, and to celebrate God’s faithfulness,”
Sergey Rakhuba with Mission Eurasia told Mission Network News. The gathering came after Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko signed an order recognizing the anniversary of the Reformation. “It was so exciting to see on the screen of my computer where I was watching young people with so much joy. They glorify God in the midst of their capital. READ MORE
|8 Dooms-Day Predictions in the Past that Flopped
Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:09 AM PDT
Saturday is the end of the world. OK, it’s probably not, but David Meade, a Christian and self-published author of end-of-the-world survival guides says so. Meade makes the claim using “astronomical, scientific, the Book of Revelation and geopolitics” ideology, laid out in his book Planet X — The 2017 Arrival. His is the latest in a very long line of self-proclaimed prophets who claim they know when — sometimes to the hour — the biblically predicted “end times” will arrive. While we wait for Sept. 23, here are some noteworthy Doomsday predictions:
July 29, 2016 – The group End Times Prophecies once announced the world would end on July 29, 2016, because of something called a “polar flip.” It was predicted the stars would race across the sky and the atmosphere would be pulled along the ground. It turns out such a reversal is a common phenomenon occurring when iron shifts in the Earth’s core. This prediction turned out to be a bust, as did the group’s prognosis that former President Barack Obama would reveal himself to be the Antichrist. CONTINUE
|Economics expert warns stock market meltdown looming and No one is prepared
Posted: 21 Sep 2017 10:22 AM PDT
Devastating economic chaos could be looming, sparked by a stock market crash, according to an expert known as ‘Dr Doom’. Share prices in the US have posted fresh record highs in recent days as fears over North Korea fade. But a sharp downturn is coming and will be as bad as the 2008 shock, according to Marc Faber, who has warned investors are too complacent. He told CNBC: “You don’t see, and I don’t
see. And, nobody sees. That’s why people keep buying stocks. “And yet, something will happen one day.” He previously said billions of pounds worth of holdings will be lost when stocks fall a huge 40 percent.And said the crash is likely to happen when Wall Street least expects it. There are several scenarios that could trigger market carnage, according to Mr Faber. READ MORE
|Parents outraged at explicit homework brought home from kids
Posted: 21 Sep 2017 10:13 AM PDT
Parents of a Dekalb County School District middle school were shocked and outraged when their kids brought home worksheets that included explicit lyrics for their music class. What was the lesson they were learning from explicit music lyrics? An outraged mother went to Carl Willis of WSBTV to get the full story about the explicit homework. He posted the lesson with the questionable lyrics blurred out.The
lyrics are from a song called “Drowning” from rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie featuring Kodak Black. Apparently, the sixth graders were told to rewrite the lyrics with a positive spin. The mother was shocked that her children were exposed to the language she had tried to keep them from listening to. READ MORE
|Scientists Warn Of Apocalyptic Mass Extinction Coming in 2100
Posted: 21 Sep 2017 09:48 AM PDT
A mass extinction that wipes out humanity will be under way by the year 2100, scientists have claimed. By the end of the century, it’s feared that so much carbon will have been added to the oceans that the planet will have passed a “threshold of catastrophe” which leads to the destruction of our species. In the
past 540 million years, the planet has endured five such wipeouts — including the extinction of the dinosaurs. The worst took place 252 million years ago and is known as the Great Dying. This disaster killed off more than 95 percent of marine life when the seas suddenly became more acidic. READ MORE
|Meteorologist warns Carolinas, Virginia and NJ ‘may have to deal with Maria’
Posted: 21 Sep 2017 09:38 AM PDT
Hurricane Maria is the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than eight decades. It leveled hundreds of homes and knocked out power for the entire island. It also caused intense flooding. “This is the strongest storm to have hit Puerto Rico that I’ve ever seen,” Joe Bastardi, the chief forecaster for
WeatherBELL Analytics, told CBN News. “And looking at it, for instance, Harvey, was not the strongest storm to hit where it hit in Texas. There have been several hurricanes stronger.” “And the Florida Keys, hit directly by Irma – first 1935 and Hurricane Donna back in 1960 – were stronger than that,” he continued. “But this looks like the worst storm I’ve ever seen to hit Puerto Rico.” READ MORE
|Will the Esthers and Deborahs Please Rise Up?
Posted: 21 Sep 2017 09:29 AM PDT
(By Jennifer Leclaire) Jehovah Nissi deployed both Esther and Deborah to demolish the enemy’s plans to kill, steal and destroy His people at strategic times in the nation’s history. Esther stood in prayer and fasting that I believe unleased the heavenly host to execute God’s will in the earth. Deborah ran to the battle line with a natural army that saw enemy plots quashed. Both women displayed faith and works and saw life spring
forth where the enemy planned to bring death and destruction. Now, once again the Lord is calling women to the frontlines to combat the wicked forces working to push Jesus out of the public square, take the next generation captive to deception and otherwise stall a third Great Awakening. As the 30-day fast leading to the culmination of the historic Rise Up prayer gathering in Washington, D.C., in October, the enemy is raging against the land. READ MORE
|UPDATE: 230 Dead, Hundreds Missing in Mexico City Days After Earthquake…
Posted: 21 Sep 2017 09:24 AM PDT
Rescue workers, hampered by heavy rains, continued to search for survivors early Thursday from this week’s deadly earthquake that killed at least 230 people, a toll that seemed sure to rise amid reports of nearly as many people missing. Overnight, the body of a 58-year-old teacher was removed from the collapsed remains of the Enrique Rebsamen primary school in southern Mexico City. The school, which
accounted for the greatest loss of life during the quake, was the focus on an intense recovery effort aimed at rescuing what appeared to be one or more girls trapped inside. By early Thursday, the attempts had not been successful. An estimated 1,800 people in central Mexico were injured, federal officials said. READ MORE
|DEVELOPING: Quake Swarm Happening Under Mt. Rainier in Washington
Posted: 21 Sep 2017 09:16 AM PDT
Nearly two dozen small earthquakes have rattled Mount Rainier over the past week, but seismologists say there’s no cause for worry. “In the past, these swarms last a couple of days to a week or so and then die out,” said Paul Bodin, of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington. The
first of the 23 quakes struck on Sept. 11 near the volcano’s summit. The largest of the quakes registered magnitude 1.6. Earthquake swarms are common at volcanos, and usually don’t signify any threat of eruption, Bodin said in an email. “So I’m treating this as a single eyebrow raised halfway,” he wrote. “Yeah, I see you and will be watching, but I don’t think you’re going to attack.” READ MORE
|New Mexico ‘Church’ Becomes First in Mennonite Church USA to Appoint Openly Lesbian ‘Lead Pastor’
Posted: 20 Sep 2017 08:04 PM PDT
A “church” in New Mexico has become the first in the Mennonite Church USA to appoint an open lesbian as “lead pastor.” Albuquerque Mennonite Church, which affirmed homosexual relationships a decade ago, made the announcement on Monday that it had chosen Erica Lea as its new leader. It remarked that Lea has a “strong call to connect with and serve people affected by current immigration policies and
racial, social and economic discrimination—as well as a call to provide a beacon and safe haven for the LGBTQ community.” “We look forward to finding more ways of articulating and sharing an Anabaptist faith that can flourish in locally derived expressions of Jesus’s call to discipleship, peacemaking and justice,” said search committee member Andrew Clouse. “We think Erica is well-equipped to help us do this.” READ MORE
|What we need to learn about the Nicolaitans
Posted: 20 Sep 2017 07:43 PM PDT
(By Ricky Scaparo) In this second part of our message regarding the Church of Ephesus mentioned in the Book of Revelation, We will discuss why the Lord hated the “Doctrine of the Nicolaitans” and their deeds. We will show you why he commended the Church of Ephesus for also hating their doctrine and deeds. We will show you what this doctrine was and why it is still around today and why it is so dangerous! For the entire message watch the video below:
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|Powerful 6.4 earthquake strikes Vanuatu
Posted: 20 Sep 2017 07:31 PM PDT
A large earthquake has struck Vanuatu, a small Pacific island nation to the east of Australia. The 6.4 magnitude quake sparked fears of tsunamis in the Pacific, including Hawaii. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) sent the US state a tsunami bulletin in the wake of the quake, which occurred at
a considerable depth of 124 miles. The report to Hawaii said there were no fears of an imminent tsunami, despite the earthquake. The PTWC said: “Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.” Vanuatu has a population of more than 250,000 people. 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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