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January 16, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Palestinian leaders called on President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw recognition of Israel and break off security cooperation, in a move that follows the Trump administration naming Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Japanese national broadcaster NHK issued a false alert about a N. Korean missile launch, adding to questions about the reliability of early-warning systems after a similar incident in Hawaii.

The new U.S. Embassy in London, criticized last week by President Donald Trump as too expensive and poorly located, opened its doors to the public Tuesday for the first time.

Ethiopia said it’s preparing to release 528 detainees including the chairman of an opposition party, state-affiliated media reported, in what would be the first round of pardons announced by the government this month.

January’s cryptocurrency selloff got fresh impetus on Tuesday when bitcoin slumped as much as 20 percent, as the prospect of regulatory crackdowns appeared to spread.

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Wall Street’s main indexes rose sharply on Tuesday, with the Dow hitting the 26,000 mark for the first time, as the fourth-quarter earnings season kicked into high gear.

Thirteen malnourished siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were rescued by police in California from a house where some of them had been chained to beds, and their parents have been charged with torture, officials said on Monday.

American citizens who wish to visit North Korea should write a will, make funeral arrangements and designate carers for their children and pets, a chilling travel advisory from the US State Department has warned.

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a busy street market in central Baghdad on Monday, in back-to-back explosions that killed at least 38 people, Iraqi health and police officials said.

Israel’s justice ministry said Monday it had fined pharmaceutical giant Teva $22 million for bribing foreign officials in a settlement that spares the company a potential criminal trial.

Pope Francis flew in to Chile’s capital Monday night for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church.

The top U.S. military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said on Monday he was committed to the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, which has been strained in recent weeks as Washington piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants.

Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to repatriate hundreds of thousands of displaced Rohingya within a two-year period, Dhaka said Tuesday, the first concrete timeline given for the refugees’ return despite many refusing to go back to their homeland.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines’ Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday, despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty.

Turkey’s president said Sunday the country will launch a military assault on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria “in the coming days” and urged the U.S. to support its efforts.

Four mobile cranes purchased by the United States arrived Monday at a rebel-held port in Yemen, the United Nations said, after months of delays imposed by the Saudi-led coalition. The cranes will boost the capacity of the Huthi-controlled Hodeida port to receive food, fuel and medical supplies as Yemen remains on the brink of famine after nearly three years of war.

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group said on Sunday it was working to create a 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria, drawing sharp condemnation from Turkey.

Pope Francis said on Monday he was really afraid about the danger of nuclear war and that the world now stood at “the very limit”.

Tunisian police arrested 41 more protesters after fresh violent protests against austerity measures in the North African country, the interior ministry said on Monday, bringing the number of arrested to around 850.

The United Arab Emirates accused neighboring Qatar of “intercepting” two Emirati passenger planes en route to Bahrain on Monday in the latest incident between the Gulf rivals.

Transgender Americans are openly enlisting in the U.S. military for the first time, saying they feel confident that court rulings blocking Republican President Donald Trump’s ban on their service will stand.

Raytheon Company’s RTN Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business segment recently secured a contract worth $641.6 million to perform Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) test related activities for multiple radar platforms. Work related to this will be carried out in Huntsville, AL and Colorado Springs, CO.

BBC

Nine people in California have been charged after they handed out food to the homeless, violating a rule about sharing food in public places.

Nigeria’s military says it has released 244 “repentant” Boko Haram suspects who have undergone rehabilitation. The authorities say they have been de-radicalized and can re-enter society, but critics are skeptical about whether they have repented.

December set the record for the least amount of sunshine seen in Moscow, Russian weather experts said. “The sun didn’t come out even once for the entire month.”

WND

Three levels of selfie addiction: borderline, acute, and chronic. Those who take three selfies in a day but don’t post them on social media fall into the borderline category. Those who post at least three per day are considered acute, and those who have an “uncontrollable urge” to take selfies all the time and post at least six on social media per day are considered chronic.


The Briefing — Tuesday, January 16, 2018

1) In the name of eliminating all discrimination, University of Iowa discriminates against Christian student group

AP (David Pitt) –
Iowa lawsuit pits gay rights against religious freedom

Des Moines Register (Jacob Estell) –
Why did University of Iowa single out Christian campus group?

2) Religious liberty threatened even more explosively as Chinese authorities dynamite major church

New York Times (Russell Goldman) –
Chinese Police Dynamite Christian Megachurch

3) Hard lessons learned in the state of California on the issues of work and welfare and the distinction between political intentions and political reality

LA Times (Kerry Jackson) –
Why is liberal California the poverty capital of America?

4) A false warning that was heeded in Hawaii vs. a real warning that is being ignored to eternal peril

Washington Post (Amy Wang) –
Hawaii missile alert: How one employee ‘pushed the wrong button’ and caused a wave of panic


News – 1/16/2018

Israeli security forces find cell phone bomb in Joseph’s Tomb
Israeli security forces removed a bomb on Monday from Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus in the West Bank, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. The bomb, found in a cell phone during a security scan to secure the tomb for about 1,000 worshipers, was removed from the tomb and detonated by security forces. Protestors threw stones at security forces upon their entry to and departure from the site, damaging their bus but resulting in no casualties.

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh and Myanmar agree repatriation timeframe
Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed a timeframe for repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled crackdowns from the military. Myanmar has agreed to accept 1,500 Rohingya each week, Bangladesh says, adding that it aims to return all of them to Myanmar within two years. More than 740,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh amid violence in Rakhine state in 2016 and 2017.

China rights lawyer Yu Wensheng loses licence
A Chinese human rights lawyer says his licence has been revoked three months after he wrote an open letter criticising the ruling Communist Party. Yu Wensheng, 50, received the news in a letter from Beijing’s Bureau of Justice on 15 January, a photo of which he has since tweeted (in Chinese). Mr Yu has long been a frequent and vocal critic of the government.

Brexit: EU ‘tightens transition guidelines’ on immigration, trade and fishing
The UK’s freedom to determine its own rules on immigration, trade and fishing in a transition period after Brexit may be further restricted, according to revised EU guidelines on a transition. Draft EU documents would see full freedom of movement extended until the start of 2021. The UK would also need “authorisation” to stick with existing EU trade deals.

Iowa lawsuit pits gay rights against religious freedom
The University of Iowa is caught up in a legal fight with a conservative Christian student group that denied a leadership position to a student who is gay. The case pits a university policy barring discrimination based on sexual orientation against the religious beliefs of a 10-member group called Business Leaders in Christ. The group sued after the state’s flagship university in Iowa City revoked its campus registration in November.

U.S. and China Prepare for Trade Clash of the Titans
The last time Washington mobilized for a trade war, Ronald Reagan was president and Japan the adversary. Today, the White House is readying the same big guns—a mix of tariffs and quotas—aimed mainly at Chinese imports. It has in its sights everything from steel to solar panels and washing machines. A record Chinese annual trade surplus with the U.S., announced last week, is the potential catalyst for hostilities after a year of bluster from President Donald Trump.

America’s Fastest Spy Plane May Be Back—and Hypersonic
For years, Lockheed Martin Corp. has been developing a successor to one of the fastest aircraft the world has ever seen, the SR-71 Blackbird, the Cold War reconnaissance craft that the U.S. Air Force retired almost three decades ago. Lockheed officials have said the hypersonic SR-72—dubbed the “Son of Blackbird” by one trade journal—could fly by 2030.

Nafta Trio to Gather in Davos as Negotiations Resume in Canada
The three ministers leading negotiations to revamp Nafta will get two chances for face-to-face talks this month… U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland are due to attend the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, which begins on Jan. 23, the same day the sixth round of North American Free Trade Agreement talks get underway across the Atlantic in Montreal.

Think Flu Season is Bad? It Might Get Even Worse
The influenza virus that’s sickened millions of Americans is already the most widespread outbreak since public health authorities began keeping track… Now, with the threat of more strains emerging, it might get even worse. “Flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now,” said Dan Jernigan…of the …Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “This is the first year we have had…widespread activity in all of the continental U.S. at this point.”

‘Eye-bleeding fever’ outbreak CONFIRMED: Fears of PANDEMIC as disease hits SECOND country
Uganda’s health ministry has today finally admitted it is facing the risk of a large-scale explosion of the viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF). VHF causes victims to suffer a burning fever before beginning to bleed from orifices including their eyes, anuses and mouths. It comes after a girl, nine, was reportedly killed by the infection Uganda, and three people died in neighbouring South Sudan of similar symptoms.

Israel Gearing up for 70th Independence Day Celebrations
The government is already preparing for a massive celebration on April 18th, the 70th anniversary of the modern miracle that is the State of Israel. (video)

A Strong Israeli Army is the Answer to International Holocaust Remembrance Day
International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is observed on January 27, is a day set aside by the UN to memorialize victims of the Holocaust, encourage educational programs about one of the darkest times in history, and prevent future acts of genocide. To that end, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) runs a meaningful program called, “Witnesses in Uniform”. The program, funded by Yahad-United for Israel’s Soldiers and IFCJ, sends hundreds of IDF officers and reservists to Germany and Poland to visit concentration and death camps, the ghettos and the old communities of destroyed European Jewry.

Putin Pals Panic Over US “Corrupt Oligarchs” List, Begin Liquidating Assets
Russian oligarchs are growing increasingly nervous over the U.S. Treasury’s upcoming “Official Oligarch” list, which is being created pursuant to an Aug. 2, 2017 law requiring that the Treasury and State Departments identify officials and oligarchs as determined by “their closeness to the Russian regime and their net worth” an Executive Order signed quietly in Late December which freezes the U.S. housed assets of foreign government officials or executives of foreign corporations deemed to be corrupt.

Netanyahu: Abbas’ speech exposed his true colors
Using particularly jarring language, Abbas said, “Trump, ‘ikhrab beitak’” – an Arabic curse meaning “may your house be destroyed.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on a state visit to India, said, “Abbas has shown his true colors. He has torn off his mask and made clear the simple truth that I have been trying to expose for many years: The root of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict lies with the Palestinians’ fundamental and constant refusal to recognize a Jewish state in any borders.”

Abbas: Israel a colonial project that has nothing to do with Jews
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said during a conference of the PLO’s Central Committee that “Israel is a colonial project that has nothing to do with Jews.” “Europeans wanted to bring the Jews here to preserve their interests in the region,” Abbas added.

Trump Designates $55 Million to Help Christians, Religious Minorities Rebuild in Iraq
In the wake of Vice President Mike Pence’s announcement last October that the United States government would provide direct aid to persecuted Iraqi Christians struggling to rebuild following the liberation of the Nineveh Plains, the Trump administration has taken concrete steps to follow through on its promises.

U.S. Deploys Electronic Warfare Aircraft To Korean Peninsula
The United States Air Force has deployed an aircraft designed for electronic warfare to the Korean Peninsula. As reported by The Aviationist Monday, an EC-130H Compass Call aircraft recently left Japan’s Yokota Air Base and arrived at Osan Air Base in South Korea.

Now global warming blamed for refugee madness
Rising oceans. Flooded shorelines. Horrific storms. Cold winters. Hot summers. An Arctic without ice or snow. Water flooding into the 9/11 memorial in New York. You’ve heard all the dire warnings about what global warming is doing.  But there’s a new one: It’s causing immigration.

Pray to Allah, Soap Opera Tells German Kids
Native German kids must learn to pray to Allah, a soap opera recommended. A segment from Lindenstraße, a state-funded TV show, shows a young German woman telling a boy that there’s “another name for God,” and that name is Allah.

WATCH: Cops Raid Park, Arrest a Dozen People, Including a Child—For Helping the Homeless
In spite of the myriad of stories over the years, in which police and governments across the United States have been exposed as tyrants, cities and their armed agents continue to persecute good people who help those less fortunate than them. The latest case of police oppressing those who’d dare to help the homeless comes out of El Cajon, California this week in which more than a dozen good Samaritans were arrested.

Obama Lied and Argued Against Executive Amnesty, Then Lied and Said DACA Only Temporary, Now Lies and Calls Trump Racist for Scrapping DACA!
….But Obama lied.  He didn’t really believe what he was saying, he only hoped  Americans believed him. A short time later, in June 2012,  Obama went on to push through his Executive Amnesty plan referred to as DACA.  During his announcement at the White House, Obama claimed that the law would be temporary –

Mass Surveillance: The Government’s Secret Tool To Convict By Violating Rights
A devious process, known as “parallel reconstruction,” lurks behind many cases being brought to trial in America, these days.  It’s actually a mass surveillance tool for the government and it violates the rights of every single person in the United States.

ENEMY OF THE JEWS: Obama and his deep hatred of Israel on full display
It’s outlandish how friends become enemies and enemies become friends on this in-depth video about Obama’s relationship (or lack thereof) with Israel. Once you see it all together, the puzzle pieces begin to fall into place.

Damning Oprah Video Surfaces; Anti-Christianity Rant Goes Viral
That Oprah 2020 presidential run just ended after this vintage yet damning video surfaced.

More Than 100 Are Dead As The Worst Flu Epidemic In Years Sweeps Across The United States
This flu season is already off to a record-setting beginning, and many believe that it could ultimately be the worst that we have seen in decades.  In fact, it has been reported that if we stay on this current pace that this could truly be the worst flu season in more than 50 years.  As you will see below, the CDC is reporting widespread flu activity from coast to coast, and the death toll has already crossed 100.  Here in the United States, flu season usually begins in October and ends in May, and so we still have a long way to go before it is over.

Abbas Furious: Trump Wants Palestinian Capital in Abu Dis
“What would you want if Jerusalem were to be lost? Would you want to make a state with Abu Dis as its capital?” Abbas asked rhetorically. “That’s what they are offering us now. I call on the Central Council to revise all the agreements signed between the PLO and Israel because Israel has brought these agreements to a dead end,” said Abbas. “Israel has ended the Oslo agreement, so the PLO Central Council must decide where should we go from here?”

Prince Alwaleed Moved To Highest Security Saudi Prison After Refusing To Pay $6 Billion For Freedom: Report
Goodbye Ritz Carlton. Saudi Arabia’s billionaire prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, has been carted off to Al Ha’ir prison, south of Riyadh, after refusing to pay a reported $6 billion to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to secure his freedom, following a massive consolidation of power on November 4, 2017 in which over 300 princes, ministers and other elites were rounded up in an “anti-corruption” purge. Bin Salman came to power last summer after King Salman changed the order of succession and made Bin Salman crown prince. In addition to his “anti-corruption” puge to consolidate power and wealth, the country has embarked on an ambitious plan called “Vision 2030”- which aims to modernize Saudi Arabia and break its dependence on oil production, as well as combat human rights violations.

New U.S.-backed ‘border force’ in Syria infuriates Ankara, Damascus
Syria, Turkey and Russia responded vehemently on Monday to new U.S.-backed plans to set up a 30,000-strong “border force” inside Syria to protect territory held by Washington’s mainly Kurdish allies.

PA President Abbas Damns U.S. Aid Money, Says ‘Israel a Colonial Project … Nothing to Do with Jews’
Mahmoud Abbas lashed out at Jews, Israel, Europe’s leaders and U.S. President Donald Trump in a two-hour speech full of bile and embittered regret. Addressing a conference of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)’s Central Council on Sunday, Mr. Abbas declared that “Europeans wanted to bring the Jews here to preserve their interests in the region. They asked Holland, which had the world’s largest fleet, to move the Jews.”

New U.S.-backed ‘border force’ in Syria infuriates Ankara, Damascus
Syria, Turkey and Russia responded vehemently on Monday to new US-backed plans to set up a 30,000-strong “border force” inside Syria to protect territory held by Washington’s mainly Kurdish allies. The Syrian government vowed to drive the US presence from the country. Turkey, an increasingly estranged US ally within NATO, accused Washington of setting up a “terror army” on the Turkish border, and said it would take steps to protect itself.

Russia says no to Trump fixing or nixing Iran nuclear deal
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to modify the Iran nuclear deal, arguing such a move could also complicate diplomacy over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Lavrov spoke days after US President Donald Trump said he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the “terrible flaws” of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Chile complains of World Bank unfair treatment
Chilean officials have accused the World Bank of treating the country unfairly for several years. Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz, tweeted “fake news was becoming fake statistics”. He was responding to an interview given by the bank’s chief economist, Paul Romer, who said indicators for Chile may have been manipulated for political reasons to show a decline in Chile’s business conditions.

Baghdad double suicide attack kills many
At least 35 people have been killed in a double suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, medical sources say, the second attack in three days. More than 90 were injured in the attack in Tayaran Square, in the city centre. Baghdad has repeatedly been the target of bombings and armed attacks since the Islamic State (IS) group overran large areas of the country in 2014.

Non-believers call on God when faced with a crisis – despite insisting they’re not religious
A new survey has revealed that one in four non-believers pray when confronted by tough times – despite insisting they are not religious. For atheists and agnostics, personal crisis or tragedy is the most common reason for them to resort to prayer, with a quarter admitting they pray for comfort or to feel less lonely.

Criminal charges against street preachers dismissed
A group of five Washington state Christian street preachers who received prior approval of their public evangelism efforts but were nevertheless charged criminally under the guise of violating a noise ordinance won dismissals with the assistance of a nonprofit First Amendment legal defense group. Police in Washougal, Washington, cited the five for disturbing the peace outside a high school in November.

Britain scrambles two Typhoon jets to intercept Russian planes
Britain scrambled two Royal Air Force Typhoon jets on Monday from Scotland to intercept Russian planes near the United Kingdom’s airspace, a defense ministry spokesman said. The Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland.

Pope Francis Claims It’s A Sin To Reject Migrants and Refugees
Pope Francis has defined hostility and rejection of refugees and migrants as sin, encouraging people to overcome their “fully comprehensible” fears that these new arrivals might “disturb the established order” of local communities.

US Set to Cut UN Money for Palestinian Refugees
The Trump administration is preparing to withhold tens of millions of dollars from the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, cutting the year’s first contribution by more than half or perhaps entirely, and making additional donations contingent on major changes to the organization, according to U.S. officials.

Australia’s Hard Choice Between China And US
Canberra has always deftly balanced between Beijing and Washington but it may soon need to choose one over the other…

Conservative Message Continues To Disappear From Social Media
Twitter has become so adept at keeping Conservative masses from finding the truth that it even gets away with hiding the Tweets of the President of the United States of America from public view.

Attorney: Google Has ‘Re-Education’ Camps For Its Conservative Employees
Those who don’t toe the party line on any politically sensitive topic tend not to last very long – they’re either removed or forced to change their way of thinking to match the prevailing power until diversity of thought is a thing of the past.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau: Pro-Life Groups Are ‘Not In Line’ With Canadian Government Or Society
On Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a town hall at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. During the event, a first-year student asked the PM about free speech as it relates to the pro-life movement.

Trump To Dems: ‘DACA Is Probably Dead’
Democrats may use failure to compromise on DACA as opportunity to shut down government on Jan. 19

Belgium Euthanizing People Sans Consent
Medical professionals and leaders of the Belgian Catholic Church claimed Belgian officials are abusing euthanasia laws to kill people without reasonable consent.

Famous Christ Statue Set Ablaze
A fire of dubious origin damaged the famous Christ of the Pacific statue in Lima, Peru, charring it days before Pope Francis’ visit to South America.


More Than 100 Are Dead As The Worst Flu Epidemic In Years Sweeps Across The United States

This flu season is already off to a record-setting beginning, and many believe that it could ultimately be the worst that we have seen in decades.  In fact, it has been reported that if we stay on this current pace that this could truly be the worst flu season in more than 50 years.  As you will see below, the CDC is reporting widespread flu activity from coast to coast, and the death toll has already crossed 100.  Here in the United States, flu season usually begins in October and ends in May, and so we still have a long way to go before it is over. (Read More…)


January 16, 2018
ALAN KEYES — I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with,” Trump said. “If they come to me with things I’m not in love with, I’m going to do it. Because I respect them.” Conservatives who were prominent in the effort to elect Donald Trump to the presidency reacted with foreboding to the impression of impending compromise created by last Tuesday’s meeting between President Trump and key Democratic and Republican leaders focused on immigration…. (more)

January 15, 2018
JOAN SWIRSKY — I started watching Miss America and Miss Universe competitions when I was a little girl, mostly because I loved the gowns. To this day, I still tune in, especially toward the end, when all the gowns are on display. A couple of years ago, I saw my all-time favorite! As the expression goes: TDF – – to die for!… (more)

January 15, 2018
NEWSMAX — Sixty-one percent of Republicans say they are satisfied with the direction of the U.S., according to a new Gallup poll. It marks the highest level of Republican satisfaction since February 2007, according to Gallup…. (more)

January 15, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Radio host Rush Limbaugh came out swinging on Monday against “phony” media outrage over President Trump’s language behind closed doors. The man behind “the golden EIB microphone” says last week’s “sh – -hole” remarks attributed to the president during policy negotiations have spotlighted media bias yet again. Mr. Limbaugh told millions of listeners that racism claims and concerns over presidential rhetoric are all part of an act…. (more)


January 15, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The White House called out CNN after anchor Chris Cuomo referred to White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah as “Raj whatever-his-name-is.”… (more)


January 15, 2018
FOX NEWS INSIDER — An early member of the “Saturday Night Live” cast returned Saturday to join in the lampooning of “Joe & Mika,” Steve Bannon and author Michael Wolff. The show opened with Alex Moffat and Kate McKinnon playing engaged MSNBC couple Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski…. (more)

January 15, 2018
THE GUARDIAN — For many non-believers, it is an instinctive response to a crisis: “Please, God.” So perhaps it should not be surprising that a new survey has found that one in five adults pray despite saying they are not religious…. (more)

January 15, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — After Roe v. Wade plaintiff Norma McCorvey became a Christian and revealed that she had not been gang raped as her legal team had claimed, many Americans came to understand that this landmark ruling that legalized abortion was based on a lie…. (more)


January 15, 2018
FOX NEWS — A former U.S. Army Green Beret commander expressed his disbelief at the claim by Hawaii officials that one person’s error caused Saturday’s statewide alert about an incoming missile…. (more)


January 15, 2018
NEWSMAX — The U.S. military has conducted training exercises in North Carolina and Nevada in case a war with North Korea breaks out, and next month will train more than 1,000 reserve soldiers on how to set up so-called mobilization centers that move military forces overseas in a hurry, according to a report in the New York Times…. (more)

January 15, 2018
NEWSMAX — North Korea has the satellite capability to strike the United States, but “it shuts down the infrastructure,” Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue told Newsmax TV on Friday…. (more)

January 14, 2018
TOWNHALL — Today, as you read this, my website Right Wing News is shutting down operations. It has been around since 2001, but became massive a few years ago because of Facebook. Remember the mainstream media liberals going out of their minds because the Russians reached almost 150 million people with their $100,000 Facebook ad buy?… (more)

January 14, 2018
WARNER TODD HUSTON — Can liberals tell the difference between the Communist Manifesto and the Democratic Party platform? In his latest man-on-the-street video, Ami Horowitz proved that voters have a difficult time with that very question…. (more)

January 13, 2018
SELWYN DUKE — t’s a shocking claim made by a political insider: The Deep State is so opposed to draining the swamp that it will, if necessary, kill President Trump to prevent it. Roger Stone, a longtime Trump advisor and confidante, certainly knows his way around Washington, having worked as a senior campaign aide to Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Senator Bob Dole, as well as having held many other political positions…. (more)

January 13, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Glenn Simpson, the Fusion GPS founder who sponsored the unverified anti-Trump dossier, claimed in August and again Jan. 2 that the FBI has a source inside the Trump camp who lent credence to the document. When a transcript of his secret August testimony was released on Tuesday, news headlines immediately latched onto the disclosure as a boon to a dossier whose core charges of Donald Trump-Russia collusion have been denied and not confirmed publicly…. (more)

January 13, 2018
ART MOORE — A crowdfunding site for a theatrical drama in production that promises to tell the “true story” of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established a “right” to abortion has been blocked by Facebook…. (more)

January 13, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter, informed authorities she occasionally helped Stephen Paddock load ammunition into magazines and, as a result, her fingerprints were probably on some bullets, according to unsealed court documents…. (more)


January 13, 2018
BOB UNRUH — If President Trump wants to be known as a president seeking the restoration of the U.S. Constitution, one of his goals should be to turn federal lands – – the millions of acres run by the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and National Park Service – – over to the states…. (more)

January 13, 2018
BLM’s 2014 effort ended in armed standoff
WASHINGTON TIMES — It’s hard to imagine how the 2014 federal effort to impound Cliven Bundy’s cattle could have gone any worse, but environmentalists are demanding that the Bureau of Land Management go back and try it again. Days after a federal judge threw out the case against Mr. Bundy and two of his sons, environmental groups urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to remove the family’s cattle from the property near Bunkerville, Nevada…. (more)


January 13, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — An emergency alert warning Hawaii of a ballistic missile threat Saturday was issued by mistake, authorities said afterwards. “EMERGENCY ALERT,” read an alarm sent to cellphones across Hawaii shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday morning. “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”… (more)

January 13, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Women’s March organizers are moving away from the iconic “pussyhat” because it may be offensive to trans women who don’t have female genitalia. “I personally won’t wear one because if it hurts even a few people’s feelings, then I don’t feel like it’s unifying,” Phoebe Hopps, founder and president of Women’s March Michigan, told the Detroit Free Press…. (more)

January 13, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says anyone who disagrees that there is a right to abortion is “not in line” with “where we are as a society.” The remark was prompted at a town hall in Hamilton, Ontario, on Wednesday by an audience member who asked where the government draws the line on free speech…. (more)

January 12, 2018
WES VERNON — It says here, in an article by Washington Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz, that China has secretly been supplying missiles to North Korea, and has been bolstering its war-making ability provided that North Korea “halts further nuclear tests.” So this means “Rocket Man,” who rules North Korea by starving his own people, gets to play with his toys as long as he doesn’t use them?… (more)

January 11, 2018
Devin Nunes wants to know what the FBI knew about the document and when they knew it
WASHINGTON TIMES — One year ago, BuzzFeed took the momentous step of posting an unsubstantiated, 35-page scandal sheet against then-President-elect Trump – – and Washington hasn’t been the same since. The news website’s post, which oddly came with a disclaimer, immediately took on the name “dossier.” Sometimes it was the “Trump dossier” or the “Russia-Trump dossier” or the “Steele dossier,” after its author, former British spy Christopher Steele…. (more)


January 11, 2018
CONRAD BLACK — Having encountered Michael Wolff and having had an acidulous public exchange with him, I attest that he is an utterly odious man. He can’t write properly, has no professional integrity, and is a sociophobic mud-slinger and myth-maker…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Jan. 16, 2018

Leftists Make MLK Whatever They Need Him to Be

King’s true legacy was not socialism or “environmental justice,” but legitimate and needed racial reconciliation.

The Foundation

“The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all citizens.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: January 16

  • GE to Take Massive Charge to Shore Up Insurance Reserves (Read More)
  • GOP Leaders Struggle to Avert Shutdown After Immigration Blow-Up (Read More)
  • DACA Squabbling Imperils Ability to Avert a Shutdown (Read More)
  • Bitcoin Plunges 20% (Read More)
  • China Escalates Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Trading (Read More)
  • Wall St. Braces for a Different Year of U.S. Inflation (Read More)
  • Days after Hawaii alert gaffe, Japan issues false alarm about a missile launch (Read More)
  • Under Trump, the Business World Notches a Net Success (Read More)
  • Lawmakers urge AT&T to cut ties with Huawei (Read More)
  • Not just Florida: Tourism big in other states opposing coastal drilling (Read More)
  • U.S. Warned Jared Kushner on Wendi Deng Murdoch (Read More)
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Headlines – 1/16/2018

Palestinian leaders vote to urge PLO to suspend recognition of Israel

Abbas denies Jewish connection to Israel in speech to Palestinian leadership

Palestinian Central Council calls for struggle against Israel “in all forms”

Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cuts

Russian FM: Moscow ‘understands’ Palestinian anger at Trump

Israeli envoy: UN must condemn Abbas’s ‘vile fabrications’

Rivlin slams Abbas for peddling ‘terrible’ anti-Jewish ‘conspiracies’

Lieberman: “Abbas trying to destroy everyone’s home’

Israel to ban all humanitarian visits by Hamas members

Israel seizes largest ever shipment of military clothes headed to Gaza

Netanyahu: Abbas tore off mask, without change in position there will be no peace

Indian official: UN vote against Trump Jerusalem move won’t affect Israel ties

Netanyahu and Modi praise ‘new era’ in India – Israel ties

Seven years later: The Arab Spring’s messy endings

Sisi vows to protect Egypt’s water supply

ISIS in Sinai: Battered, weakened but still dangerous

Egypt’s leader seeks to defuse tension with Sudan, Ethiopia

‘People were screaming’: troops destroy $200,000 aid camps in Somalia

At least nine killed in clashes near airport in Libyan capital – official

Tunisia arrests 41 more after fresh anti-austerity protests

Al-Qaeda terrorist stabs French prison guards to avoid extradition to US

Syria vows to end US presence; Russia, Turkey warn over ‘border force’ plan

Erdogan accuses US of planning to form ‘terror army’ in Syria

Erdogan: we will ‘strangle’ U.S.-backed force in Syria “before it’s even born”

Baghdad suicide bombers kill dozens in attack on labourers

Pakistan briefs senior US envoy on counterterrorism efforts

Trump thanks Qatar for efforts to combat terrorism

Saudi Arabia condemns Qatari fighter jets’ interception of two UAE planes

Iran frees 440 people arrested during protests

Lavrov: Russia will not support US bid to change Iran nuclear deal

Britain scrambles two Typhoon jets to intercept Russian planes

Visiting North Korea? Draft a will and make funeral plans, State Department says

Missile-alert error reveals uncertainty about how to react

Pope warns world is one step away from nuclear war

Canada, Mexico vow to fight Trump if he pulls US from NAFTA

CNN Tweets Martin Luther King Was a Socialist ‘Before It Was Cool,’ Internet Freaks

NAACP Says MLK’s Vision Can’t Be Achieved Without Fighting Global Warming

Boeing’s ‘Son of Blackbird’ hypersonic strike aircraft could go five times the speed of sound

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Nishinoomote, Japan

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Nearly 15,000 evacuate as Philippine volcano erupts

What Is Dog Flu? Contagious Disease Spreads Across the United States

Chicago O’Hare travelers possibly exposed to measles

Transgender US military recruits enlist amid uncertainty

Iowa lawsuit pits gay rights against religious freedom

Non-believers turn to prayer in a crisis, poll finds

Teen’s Escape Leads to Discovery of 13 Malnourished Victims Held Captive in Perris Home, Including Kids Chained to Beds: Sheriff

Torture investigation launched after 13 believed held captive in California home

Palestinian leader attacks Trump, calling his peace deal the ‘slap of the century’

Abbas Calls Oslo Accords Dead and Blasts US: ‘Damn Your Money!’

Peace efforts can only resume under international mediation: Abbas

Abbas: ‘Israel a colonial project that has nothing to do with Jews’

Abbas confirms Palestinians being offered Abu Dis as capital of future state

Latest tunnel strike puts Hamas leaders in a tough spot with Cairo

Hamas tunnel was built to blow up main humanitarian crossing to Gaza

General says ‘Jewish brains’ have found solution to eliminate all Hamas tunnels

Liberman vows Israel will find and destroy all Gaza tunnels by end of 2018

Netanyahu in India warns Islamic Jihad, Hamas amid strike on terror tunnel

Trump to cut millions from UN agency for Palestinian refugees – officials

In compromise, US set to cut only some aid for UN Palestinian refugee agency

Hamas official in Lebanon wounded in car bomb, organization fingers Israel

Arab Israeli man accused of plotting Islamic State-inspired attack

Jewish actress Gal Gadot causes furor by sporting Lebanese designer’s dress

Thousands attend Tel Aviv anti-corruption protest against Netanyahu

In Iran, Protester ‘Suicides’ Stir Anger and Calls for Accountability

Violence flares after Tunisians rally to mark revolution’s anniversary

Police use tear gas on protesters in Tunisia, reports say

US urges caution, warns of possible terror attacks in Kosovo

Trump Designates $55 Million to Help Christians, Religious Minorities Rebuild in Iraq

North Korea is Worst Place for Christian Persecution, Group Says

Two Koreas in fresh talks on Winter Olympics

China absence looms over Canada meeting on how to pressure North Korea

North Korea slams South Korean president for Trump credit remark, praises Kim Jong Un’s policy for ‘reunification’

Military Quietly Prepares for a Last Resort: War With North Korea

Trump says newspaper misquoted him on Kim Jong Un, points to audio tape

France vs. fake news offers test case for democratic dilemma

G.O.P. Senator Says Trump Didn’t Use Vulgarity for Haiti and African Nations

Trump quiets his critics by floating immigration deal, but infuriates his base

Blaming Democrats, Trump says immigration deal ‘probably dead’

Pope: It’s a sin if fear makes us hostile to migrants

Anti-Trump demonstrators march in Swiss capital

US to ‘carefully’ review GM request on autonomous car: Chao

1 dead, 57 hurt in Peruvian quake

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Madang, Papua New Guinea

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Luganville, Vanuatu

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Paluan, Philippines

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 17,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Mayon volcano in the Philippines erupts to 12,000ft

Strengthening Tropical Storm Berguitta threatens La Reunion, Mauritius with damaging wind, flooding rain

Heat wave breaks records in Southland; Lake Forest is hottest place in U.S.

Control for street drug trade pushes Tijuana to grisly new record: 1,744 homicides

Sperm ‘obstacle course’ created by scientists to select healthiest ones for IVF

Women taking their right to go topless to state’s high court

Condoleezza Rice on #MeToo: ‘Let’s not turn women into snowflakes’

Sale of controversial ‘miracle’ tonic results in dozens of charges

California Man Who Says He Was ‘Blind’ Without Christ Turns Himself in for Murder Committed 25 Years Ago

7 Ethiopian Christians Arrested, Denied Bail After Praying on Mountain

‘Destiny Readings’? ‘Expert Seers’?: Australian Group ‘Christalignment’ Drawing Concerns Over New Age Practices in the Name of God

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 07:21 PM PST

‘Destiny Readings’? ‘Expert Seers’?: Australian Group ‘Christalignment’ Drawing Concerns Over New Age Practices in the Name of GodAn Australian group that identifies itself as “Christalignment” is drawing concerns over practices that have been deemed New Age and occultic, including its use of “expert seers,” who provide “destiny readings,” dream interpretations and “energy impartation”—all in the name of God and evangelism. Christalignment is run by Ken and Jen Hodge, who are the parents of Ben Fitzgerald, a listed missionary with Bethel Church of Redding, California. According to the Christalignment website, Jen Hodge is characterized as a “seer [who] specializes in healing from negative energies/cleansing.”

“The Christalignment team, based in Melbourne, Australia, are trained spiritual consultants, gifted in various modalities. We practice a form of supernatural healing that flows from the universal presence of the Christ,” the site reads. “We draw from the same divine energy of the Christ spirit, as ancient followers did and operate only out of the third heaven realm to gain insight and revelation.” It outlines that its team members are trained in “destiny reading, Presence therapy, trauma recovery, entity cleansing, relationship alignment and physical healing using divine energy,” and also offer dream interpretations and “encounters coming from the third heaven realm.” READ MORE

The Original Sin

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 06:19 PM PST

The Original SinATTENTION: The following does not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of ETH

(By Jeff Roberts) The difference between looking at a subject in Hebrew or modern day English should be the same as most Christians will say that the Bible will not be changed. Where do Christians get that idea from? Well the answer is a misquote from Matthew 5:18 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. This is quite interesting considering the Greek word used for law is “nomos”. What law is Matthew discussing? The Mosaic Law.

If you ask a Christian why do we live in such a fallen state? They will tell you because Adam and Eve sinned. When asked what the sin was these people will claim that they disobeyed YHWH. Is that really all that happened? If you asked a Jew they will tell you what happened in the Garden, what happened in Genesis 6 and what really occurred at the Tower of Babel.

Genesis 3:1 starts off telling us that “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. א  וְהַנָּחָשׁ, הָיָה עָרוּם, מִכֹּל חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה, אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים; וַיֹּאמֶר, אֶל-הָאִשָּׁה, אַף כִּי-אָמַר אֱלֹהִים, לֹא תֹאכְלוּ מִכֹּל עֵץ הַגָּן.  The serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field. Let’s look at the word for subtle. It’s H6175 which can mean subtle or shrew but the root of the word is arom which means very cunning or crafty. The term beast is not referring to wildlife or animals. It’s referring to anything living as its root word means life. Here is the most important part. What was Eve deceived by? A serpent? Serpents do not talk. That being said every Hebrew verse has four meanings.

When someone tricks us or deceives us what do we call them? A Snake. This term was never meant to be taken literally. The word for serpent is H5175 “Nachash” but has other meanings as well. Genesis 3, Isaiah 14, and Ezekiel 28 seemingly involve Satan, a Nachash, or some type of angelic or spiritual entity. The Hebrew root is the basis for noun, verb and adjective. The verb form means to practice divination, deceive or sorcery. The noun form means the diviner, deceiver or sorcerer. The adjective means bronze or brazen or bright shine. In the noun for it would mean the shining one or illuminated one. This is normal in Hebrew to address divine being in scripture.

So when the “Serpent” speaks to Eve he is obviously in close proximity and also apart of YHWH’s Divine Counsel and living with YHWH in Eden. It is a divine being associated with the Divine Council who freely chose to oppose God’s plan for humanity by prompting the humans to disobey God so they would either be killed or removed from God’s council and family.  Genesis 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent: ‘because thou hast done this, cursed art thou from among all cattle, and from among all beasts of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life. Now YHWH could be referring to Sheol but Satan is not in Sheol as he is the Prince of the Power of the Air. Nor does the serpent need to eat dust to sustain life. YHWH is simply saying that he is the lowest of the low and eventually spend eternity in the bottomless pit.

So what really happened? Eve was commanded by God to not to eat or touch the fruit that was in the midst of the garden. The Serpent’s response is paramount to understanding the story. He said that you will not surely die BUT that God knows that if you eat of the tree then your eyes will be open and you will know all good and evil and be as gods. The Hebrew word eyes is “Ayin”. This is referring to spiritual sight. The same symbol of the all-seeing-eye is about obtaining spiritual knowledge. The Hebrew word for know is “Yada”. It might be worth noting that word means to know someone intimately as well. So not only did Adam and Eve disobey Gods commandments they wanted to be just like God or be equal to him. When the Messiah died on the cross he said “it is finished”. What was he referring to? The name for Jesus in Hebrew also means “The Hand That Destroys The Establishment of The Eye. TO BE CONTINUED

HOUSE DIVIDED: President Donald Trump’s Evangelical Council Divided Over ‘S***hole’ Comments

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 12:18 PM PST

HOUSE DIVIDED: President Donald Trump’s Evangelical Council Divided Over ‘S***hole’ CommentsMegachurch pastor Jentezen Franklin who leads the Free Chapel Church and serves as a member of President Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory council condemned on Sunday recent comments allegedly made by the president and branded as racist in which he called Haiti, El Salvador and nations in Africa “s***hole countries.” “I don’t agree with what the president said this week. It was wrong what he said. I say that respectfully.

There are no nations that are trash and I’m putting it kind what he said. There are no people in those nations that are worthless and trash,” Franklin said as his congregation applauded near the end of his sermon. Sources first reported by The Washington Post alleged that at a meeting in the Oval Office discussing protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa last Thursday, Trump asked: “Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?” READ MORE

How prayer and fasting can reult in Mercy triumphing Judgment!

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 12:07 PM PST

How prayer and fasting can reult in Mercy triumphing Judgment!(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, we will continue our series on Prayer and Fasting and will reveal to you how a season of Prayer and Fasting can actually release the Mercy of God to cancel Judgement and cause the Lord to relent from bringing destruction to a Nation or an individual. For the entire message, watch the video below:

Chinese Christians Must Choose To Worship The State Or Jesus

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 12:04 PM PST

Chinese Christians Must Choose To Worship The State Or JesusMany Christians in the United States and around the world feel free to put up Christian symbols, such as crosses, scripture passages, and pictures of Jesus, inside and outside their homes. Christians in Southeastern China, however, were recently told by state officials to take down these images and symbols. Instead, they were given posters of President Xi Jinping to display. Most of them complied since, in impoverished rural areas, they feared the loss of government support.

In another incident in 2015, over 1,200 crosses were torn down from church buildings in Zhejiang Province and hundreds of house church leaders were arrested. “Many rural people are ignorant,” said one official. “They think God is their Savior.” The Communist Party prefers that people look to the state for help. It appears that the Communist Party in China is gearing up to crack down on Christians who are independent of the state-sanctioned church. Since the majority of Chinese Christians operate in underground “house churches” outside of government control, officials are concerned that these groups could create negative views of the Party. READ MORE

 

When Your Holy Fire Grows Dim

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 11:54 AM PST

When Your Holy Fire Grows Dim(By Becky Dvorak) Has your flame for God gone out? Are you a Christian in name only? Do you say one thing about your walk with God, but do another? Will your example lead others to a living relationship with Jesus? What will it take for you to get right with God again? These are some tough questions, but we must examine our own hearts and repent from a lukewarm attitude towards our Savior. Let’s ask ourselves the first question, “Has my flame for God gone out?” If so, why has it gone out? Usually it is because of sin issues, and sin issues come in all shapes and sizes. But no matter the shape and size of the sin, without repentance it just produces more sin, and sin separates us from God.

“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He will not hear” (Isa. 59:2). Are you a Christian in name only? Unfortunately, many people are. I remember years ago, we were hosting a particular team from a church in the States. And I had asked the team members to share how they came to Christ. We were listening to these wonderful God-encounters that led to the salvation of these people until we came to one of the co-leaders of the team. And this person shared in front of everyone that her salvation was a private matter. We all knew immediately what that meant. This person who was asked to be an assistant team leader was not a true believer, but in name only. READ MORE

More Than 100 Dead as Flu Rapidly Approaches the Worst It’s Been in a Half-Century

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 11:48 AM PST

More Than 100 Dead as Flu Rapidly Approaches the Worst It’s Been in a Half-Century(By Michael Snyder) This flu season is already off to a record-setting beginning, and many believe that it could ultimately be the worst that we have seen in decades. In fact, it has been reported that if we stay on this current pace that this could truly be the worst flu season in more than 50 years. As you will see below, the CDC is reporting widespread flu activity from coast to coast, and the death toll has already crossed 100. Here in the United States, flu season usually begins in October and ends in May, and so we still have a long way to go before it is over. Normally the mainstream media tries very hard to keep the public calm about these things, but even The Washington Post admits that we are having “a terrible, horrible, no good,

very bad flu season”… The nation is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad flu season. Flu is widespread in 46 states, according to reports to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationally, as of mid-December, at least 106 people had died of the infectious disease. Usually, a flu outbreak is centered in one portion of the country, but this one is different. According to the CDC, this outbreak is affecting the entire nation, and the number of cases climbed another 5.8 percent within the past week… “Flu is everywhere in the US right now,” said Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the CDC’s influenza branch. “This is the first year we’ve had the entire continental U.S. at the same level (of flu activity) at the same time.” READ MORE

Pope Warns That We’re At the “Very Limit of Nuclear War”

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 11:44 AM PST

Pope Warns That We’re At the “Very Limit of Nuclear War”Pope Francis said on Monday he was really afraid about the danger of nuclear war and that the world now stood at “the very limit.” His comment, made as he flew off for a visit to Chile and Peru, came after Hawaii issued a false missile alert that provoked panic in the U.S. state and highlighted the risk of possible unintended nuclear war with North Korea.

Asked if he was worried about the possibility of nuclear war, Pope Francis said: “I think we are at the very limit. I am really afraid of this. One accident is enough to precipitate things.” He did not mention Hawaii or North Korea. Pope Francis has often flagged the danger of nuclear warfare and in November he appeared to harden the Catholic Church’s teaching against nuclear weapons, saying countries should not stockpile them even for the purpose of deterrence. READ MORE

Your Soul and Not All The Glittering Goods in the World Are What Matter to God in the End

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 10:49 AM PST

Your Soul and Not All The Glittering Goods in the World Are What Matter to God in the End(By Irenie How) Today is Monday. Today I am in Singapore. Today I didn’t know what to do with myself, so I took the train to Orchard Road after a steamed bun breakfast on the 14th floor of an HDB apartment block. I only got lost a couple of times. The sights that greeted me once there were rather unfamiliar to my small-town eyes. Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Rolex, Michael Kors and more—branded

labels galore. Outside, high-rise lined footpaths seemed to flow like water with the people streaming down them. Inside was not much different, pavement giving way to tiles and lights and endless escalators. The glittering shop fronts promised delights and rewards, fulfillment for those game enough to venture inside and spend their money: a fair exchange of cash for goods on the surface. It got me wondering if that was really it, if we shop just because we need stuff. READ MORE

Alabama Declares State Of Emergency Over Flu Epidemic As Death Toll Rises

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 07:08 AM PST

Alabama Declares State Of Emergency Over Flu Epidemic As Death Toll RisesCiting a strain on “overwhelmed” health resources, Governor Kay Ivey declared an official State of Emergency in Alabama on Thursday due to the rapidly spreading flu epidemic. WHEREAS the State Health Officer has reported that an outbreak of the influenza virus has occurred in the State of Alabama; and WHEREAS this outbreak poses a high probability of widespread exposure to an infectious agent that poses significant risk of substantial harm to a large number of people in the affected population; and WHEREAS the health care facilities and personnel of the State are overwhelmed by the number of ill

patients and taxed to such an extent that care of patients may now no longer be provided in the traditional, normal, and customary manner nor is the utilization of traditional, normal, and customary standards of care possible. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of the State of Alabama, pursuant to relevant provisions of the Alabama Emergency Management Act of 1955, section 31-9-1 et seq., Code of Alabama (1975), on the recommendation of the State Health Officer, do hereby declare that a State Public Health Emergency exists in the State of Alabama. I direct the appropriate state agencies to exercise their statutory and regulatory authority to assist the communities and entities affected. READ MORE

Two Quakes (M4.0, M4.3) strike northern Vancouver Island within 10 minutes along the Cascadia subduction zone

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 06:59 AM PST

Two Quakes (M4.0, M4.3) strike northern Vancouver Island within 10 minutes along the Cascadia subduction zoneTwo shallow earthquakes have struck off the northern coast of Vancouver Island within 10 minutes on January 14, 2017. The first tremor (M4.0) occurred at 10:54 a.m. About 10 minutes later, a 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck in the same area. The epicenter for both quakes was 159 kilometers west of Port Hardy, at a depth of 10 kilometers. Seismologists do not expect it to have been felt on the Island.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a very active region. It’s a part of the plate margin, the region between the Pacific plate and North American plate where we see hundreds of earthquakes each year. The earthquake waves tend to lose quite a bit of energy as they travel from the oceanic plates onto the continental plate, onto Vancouver Island. READ MORE

Are Thousands of People Really Converting to ‘Jediisim?’

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 06:54 AM PST

Are Thousands of People Really Converting to ‘Jediisim?’Star Wars is a work of intergalactic science fiction – and a brilliant one at that. So, it will come as no surprise to you that “Jedi’s” do not actually exist. But that isn’t stopping thousands of people from entering into a religion based on some of the central characters of the movie franchise. “Jediism” came to the public’s attention back in 2001 when a number of people recorded their religion as “Jedi” on national censuses.

Now, these Jedi fanatics have established their own “temple” that seeks to disciple followers and, by all accounts, appears to take itself seriously as a world religion. Interestingly, Temple of the Jedi Order states on its website that it is distinctly different to the Jediism featured in the Star Wars movies: “We are a Jedi church and international ministry of the religion Jediism and the Jedi way of life. Jedi at this site are not the same as those portrayed within the Star Wars franchise. Star Wars Jedi are fictional characters that exist within a literary and cinematic universe.” READ MORE

Media Continues To Ignore Worldwide Christian Persecution

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 06:45 AM PST

Media Continues To Ignore Worldwide Christian PersecutionWhile Christianity traces its birthplace to the Middle East, that region has been arguably the most hostile area for the religion in recent years. A new report by the Christian charity group Open Doors has found that most of Israel’s neighbors, including Egypt, Jordan, Syria and the Palestinian territories, are among the world’s most dangerous places for Christians.  Susan Michael, U.S. director for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), told JNS that “Islamic extremism originated in the Middle East

and is the main cause of persecution of Christians in the world today. It is a dangerous and violent ideology that must be stopped.” Egypt’s embattled Christian minority, which comprises roughly 10 percent of the country’s population and stands as the largest Christian community in the region, has been the frequent target of Islamic terrorism. Coptic churches in Alexandria and Tanta were struck by suicide bombers last April, killing 45 people on Palm Sunday. Last December, at least eight Christians were killed in a terror attack on a Coptic church south of Cairo. CONTINUE

15 injured in knife rampage at Russian school

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 06:42 AM PST

15 injured in knife rampage at Russian schoolAt least 14 students and a teacher were injured in a knife rampage at a school in the Russian city of Perm. The teenagers who started the assault may have been inspired by the Columbine High School massacre, according to reports. It all started Monday morning when a knife fight broke out between an 11th grader and a former student “on the grounds of personal enmity,” local investigators told RT. The brawl then spilled into a classroom of fourth-grade students.

The teacher and children tried to separate the two, sustaining injuries as a result. That account is challenged by the students, however, who say there was no fight. They say the two teenagers entered a classroom and went directly to the teacher to stab her before attacking other children in the classroom. This echoes an initial report by the mayor’s office, which said the school had been attacked by masked assailants. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: 12,000 flee as lava oozes from Philippine volcano

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 06:36 AM PST

DEVELOPING: 12,000 flee as lava oozes from Philippine volcanoThousands fled from their homes as lava oozed out of a rumbling Philippine volcano on Monday in what volcanologists described as a “quiet eruption”, warning it could lead to a hazardous explosion within days.  Lava was slowly flowing out of the Mayon volcano’s crater along with a spectacular 1,000-metre (3,280-foot) ash plume rising into the sky, the nation’s volcanology institute said.  More than 12,000 people have been ordered to leave a seven-kilometer (four-mile) danger zone around the crater, as officials warned them of potentially destructive mudflows and toxic clouds.

“Technically, the volcano is erupting but the eruption is fairly quiet. It may escalate into a hazardous eruption,” Paul Alanis, science research specialist at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), told AFP. A hazardous or explosive eruption means a lava fountain or a spray of hot rocks and gases that could move as fast as 60 kilometers per hour, Alanis added. READ MORE

Newly Released FBI Documents Reveal Never-Before-Seen Clues in Las Vegas Massacre

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 06:31 AM PST

Newly Released FBI Documents Reveal Never-Before-Seen Clues in Las Vegas MassacreA federal judge in Nevada unsealed hundreds of pages of FBI documents about the Las Vegas massacre Friday, giving new insight into the gunman and the months leading up to the deadly mass shooting. The documents, which were released in response to several media lawsuits, include more than a dozen search warrant affidavits. They reveal that gunman Stephen Paddock exchanged emails about buying rifles and bump stocks months before he killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 others when he opened fire on a crowd from a hotel room in October.

The documents show Paddock received an email from a Gmail account in July encouraging him to try an AR-style rifle before buying one. “We have a huge selection in the las vegas area,” the message read. Paddock replied saying that he wanted to test several scopes and different types of ammunition. An email in response suggested trying a bump stock on a 100-round magazine rifle, saying it would be “a thrill.” Paddock’s personal email address and the Gmail address had similar names, leading investigators to suspect he may have been emailing himself, but don’t understand why. READ MORE

Convicted Army Private Bradley Manning, Who Now Presents Himself as a Woman, Announces Run for U.S. Senate

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 06:27 AM PST

Convicted Army Private Bradley Manning, Who Now Presents Himself as a Woman, Announces Run for U.S. SenateConvicted Army Private Bradley Manning, who declared “I am a female” and changed his name to Chelsea in 2013 after being sentenced to prison for leaking classified information to Wikileaks, has announced his run for the U.S. Senate.  “Yup, we’re running for Senate,” Manning tweeted on Sunday, receiving 9,000 likes as of press time. He also shared a campaign video that likewise announced his candidacy and criticized the status quo in Washington.

“We need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves. We need to actually take the reins of power from them. We need to challenge them at every level,” it states. “We need to fix this. We don’t need them anymore. We can do better. You’re [expletive] right, we got this.” USA Today reports that Manning filed the paperwork on Thursday, and will be running as a Democrat. The seat is currently held by Sen. Ben Cardin, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. READ MORE

How and Why the Media Is Deliberately Deceiving You

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 06:18 AM PST

How and Why the Media Is Deliberately Deceiving You(By Larry Tomczak) Tens of thousands of dedicated Christians recently gathered in Kansas City for the “One Thing” annual conference. Mike Bickle, the pioneer of the International House of Prayer (IHOP) hosting the event, opened the gathering with a challenge from Mathew 24 and exhorted us to be extremely discerning in these turbulent times. Do you know the primary sign that Jesus gave in this chapter concerning the time prior to His return? He made reference to it four times.

Deception

If ever there was a time when we needed to sharpen our skills of discernment it’s now. Accurate information and biblically informed analysis is desperately needed today. God’s end-time revelation is for the “mature, for those who through practice have powers of discernment that are trained to distinguish good from evil” (Heb.5:14). With demonic activity intensifying alongside blatant dishonesty in the media, we must learn to discern as well as prepare our children and local churches in this critical task. It is precisely why the Bullseye Challenge initiative was launched and commended by national leaders as a video/book resource.

Propagandizing the People

In his book, How Do You Kill 11 Million People? Andy Andrews urged readers to be careful students who seek accurate facts to avoid dangerous deceptions like those perpetrated under Nazism. Even the majority of churches in Germany were horribly misled because of their failure to discern what was happening. A current example in our culture is the blind acceptance of recreational marijuana. The push for marijuana legalization is accelerating similar to the push for gay marriage only a few years ago. READ MORE

 

One in four non-believers pray when crisis strikes…

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 06:08 AM PST

One in four non-believers pray when crisis strikes…A new survey has revealed that one in four non-believers pray when confronted by tough times – despite insisting they are not religious. For atheists and agnostics, personal crisis or tragedy is the most common reason for them to resort to prayer, with a quarter admitting they pray for comfort or to feel less lonely. Church attendance in Great Britain dropped from 6.5 million to just over 3 million between 1980 and 2015, according to the website Faith Survey.

However, more than half of all adults in the UK pray regularly despite only one in three praying in a place of worship, according to a poll carried out by ComRes on behalf of the Christian aid agency, Tearfund. A third of people pray in the morning or before they go to sleep. People are also increasingly likely to solicit support from God while cooking or exercising. And one in five pray while doing household chores while 15 percent pray while they commute. READ MORE

 

ALIBABA AI Outguns Humans in Reading Test…

Posted: 15 Jan 2018 06:03 AM PST

ALIBABA AI Outguns Humans in Reading Test…Alibaba has developed an artificial intelligence model that scored better than humans in a Stanford University reading and comprehension test. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. put its deep neural network model through its paces last week, asking the AI to provide exact answers to more than 100,000 questions comprising a quiz that’s considered one of the world’s most authoritative machine-reading gauges.

The model developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science of Technologies scored 82.44, edging past the 82.304 that rival humans achieved. Alibaba said it’s the first time a machine has out-done a real person in such a contest. Microsoft achieved a similar feat, scoring 82.650 on the same test, but those results were finalized a day after Alibaba’s, the company said. The Chinese e-commerce titan has joined the likes of Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Baidu Inc. in a race to develop AI that can enrich social media feeds, target ads and services or even aid in autonomous driving. READ MORE


What is The Gospel?


Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!

JESUS IS HOLY

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

JESUS IS LORD

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


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January 12, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

President Donald Trump plans to bring a big delegation with him to the small Swiss ski town of Davos in two weeks, including eight Cabinet members and some of the White House’s senior staff.

President Donald Trump has ditched plans to visit London next month to open a new U.S. embassy, in a decision that’s put fresh strain on the so-called “special relationship” with the U.K.

South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba told the ruling party’s top leadership the government will need $970 million to fund President Jacob Zuma’s plan to scrap tuition fees for students from poor homes, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

China is stepping up its policing of international companies such as Inditex SA-owned Zara and Delta Air Lines Inc. and demanding they respect the government’s position on long-standing territorial disputes from Taiwan to Tibet.

China’s trade with North Korea shrank by more than half last month, as Beijing implements United Nations sanctions against Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons program.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry warned citizens to avoid travel to the U.S., citing the growing risk of terrorist attacks and other violence — a day after the State Department said the same about Turkey.

Arizona Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally called on the national GOP to “grow a pair of ovaries” as she launched her bid for the U.S. Senate on Friday, joining the race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake by embracing President Donald Trump and his outsider playbook in one of the nation’s premier Senate contests.

The U.S. budget deficit is widening on increased spending, just as tax cuts look set to knock the other side of the government’s ledger: revenue. The U.S. budget gap rose 7 percent to $225 billion in the first quarter of the government’s fiscal year from a year earlier.

Retirements and departures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have shrunk its workforce to levels not seen since the Reagan administration.

The two-year Treasury yield jumped above 2 percent, marking a rebound to a key psychological level last seen just as the U.S. sank into the depths of the financial crisis in September 2008.

Next year, General Motors Co. will no longer need an engineer in the front seat babysitting the robot brain that controls its self-driving Chevrolet Bolt. The steering wheel and pedals will be gone, giving total control to the machine.

AP Top Stories

Protests broke out across Pakistan on Thursday after the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in a district south of Lahore, due to public anger at what is seen as the authorities’ failure to investigate such cases.

A particularly deadly flu virus has reportedly become widespread in 46 states across the country. The CDC reported the severe flu season has already resulted in the deaths of at least 13 children since it began in October.

The United States unveiled a way to warn its citizens about the dangers of foreign travel Wednesday, with a four-point safety ranking system for countries and an interactive world map.

In India this week the country’s only openly gay prince, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, announced that he would be opening an LGBTQ center on the grounds of his ancestral palace.

Prosecutors in Vietnam were seeking long jail terms on Thursday for a former member of the country’s ruling politburo and a high-profile former official over losses of hundreds of millions of dollars at a state oil firm, domestic media said.

A professor’s first week teaching a new class titled “White Racism” was dominated by backlash from critics outside his classroom at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), so much so that two campus police officers were stationed near the building as a precaution when his class met for the first time on Tuesday.

Vermont has become the ninth state to legalize recreational use of pot, defying attempts by the US attorney-general Jeff Sessions to crack down on cannabis.

When Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff, announced his Senate candidacy on Tuesday, he became the fourth viable Republican 2018 congressional candidate who’s been convicted of a crime. And like two of the other GOP cons running for office, he has cited his criminal record as a partial justification for his candidacy.

Authorities in northern China’s coal country have demolished a well-known Christian mega-church, underscoring long-standing tensions between religious groups and the officially atheistic Communist Party.

BBC

The Ecuadorean government has confirmed that Julian Assange was granted Ecuadorean citizenship on 12 December.

US President Donald Trump will continue to suspend key sanctions on Iran, and so avoiding jeopardizing the 2015 nuclear agreement, US officials say.

A court in Ethiopia sentenced more than 30 people to long prison terms for belonging to Ginbot 7, a group committed to overthrowing the government.

WND

North Korean children are being trained to fire automatic weapons and launch grenades in Kim Jong-un’s tyrannical regime as the rogue state bids to weaponize the population in preparation for war, a leading South Korean general has claimed.

A homework assignment asked fourth-graders at a private school in Wauwatosa to argue why slavery was a good thing. It prompted an apology from the principal of Our Redeemer Lutheran School, who said the question wasn’t supposed to have an answer because there are no good reasons for slavery.


The Briefing — Friday, January 12, 2018

1) Changing American religious landscape reveals changing American mission field as Muslim population grows significantly

Pew Research Center (Besheer Mohamed) –
New estimates show U.S. Muslim population continues to grow

2) How the rise of social media has led to an increase in perfectionism amongst young people

USA Today (Sean Rossman) –
Millennials strive for perfectionism more than past generations, study says

3) Americans turn to astrology apps in search of happiness and meaning

New York Times (Amanda Hess) –
How Astrology Took Over the Internet


News – 1/12/2018

6.0-magnitude earthquake hits Myanmar’s southern region
An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude hit Myanmar’s Bago region in the early hours of Friday, said the Meteorology and Hydrology Department. The earthquake struck at 00:56 a.m. local time. The epicenter was 27.3 km west-southwest of Phyu city in Bago region. It was also followed by two shallow 5.3-magnitude aftershocks within a few minutes, a statement from the Myanmar Earthquake Committee said.

Giza Pyramid: Scientist Suggests There is an ‘Iron Throne’ in Unexplored Cavity
The newly discovered cavity in the Giza Pyramid has left scientists around the world wondering what lies inside the mysterious chamber. Italian mathematician Giulio Magli may have some answers. Magli believes that the answer can be found in the burial religion of the ancient Egypt. There is a possible interpretation, which is in good agreement with what we know about the Egyptian funerary religion as witnessed in the Pyramids Texts. In these texts it is said that the pharaoh, before reaching the stars of the north, will have to pass the “gates of the sky” and sit on his “throne of iron,” Magli was reported as saying by Eurekalert.

After Trump’s J’lem declaration, PA turns to UN to lead talks
The Palestinian Authority’s ruling faction will plan its response to President Donald Trump’s December recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital during an upcoming meeting next week, and will weigh proposals including a plan to rescind its recognition of Israel, AFP reported Friday.

Trump to tap pro-Israel Rumsfeld adviser to State Dep.
According to the report, President Trump is poised to announce the selection of David Schenker to serve as the State Department’s Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. The move would make Schenker America’s top diplomat to the Middle East. If chosen, Schenker would be the first non-career diplomat to fill the position in some two decades. If chosen, Schenker would replace Anne Patterson, a career State Department employee who once defended the Palestinian Authority policy of providing stipends to jailed terrorists and the families of terrorists killed during attacks on Israelis.

President Trump is a real life James Bond
Normally, spy-masters have to use a “honey-trap” to ensnare an intelligence asset in order to blackmail him into giving up his government’s secrets. Another spy-craft called the “money-trap” uses money to entice the asset only to blackmail him once he’s taken the money. Uniquely, President Trump successfully executed the first “tweet-trap” in the history of intelligence. In essence, while the deep state chattered, President Trump’s PsyOp single-handedly exposed North Korea’s deepest military secrets,

Trump cancels London trip over ‘bad’ Embassy deal
“Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts,’ only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!” Trump wrote Thursday night.

Iran nuclear deal: Trump to extend sanctions waiver – reports
US President Donald Trump will continue to suspend key sanctions on Iran, and so avoiding jeopardising the 2015 nuclear agreement, US officials say. But Mr Trump is expected to set a deadline for Congress and European allies to improve the deal or the US will abandon it, the officials say. He is also likely to impose a new set of sanctions targeting Iranian firms and individuals, a top aide has said.

Cyclone Joyce: Australian residents warned to take shelter
Communities in Australia’s north-west are bracing for a tropical cyclone, the second to hit the region in two weeks. Cyclone Joyce, currently a category one system, is due to make landfall near Broome in Western Australia on Friday. Authorities have told local residents to secure their homes and take shelter.

WikiLeaks’s Julian Assange becomes Ecuadorean citizen
The Ecuadorean government has confirmed that Julian Assange was granted Ecuadorean citizenship on 12 December. Ecuador subsequently asked the UK to recognise Mr Assange as a diplomatic agent – a move that could have given him immunity. The UK has refused, saying Mr Assange – who has been at the embassy since 2012 – should now leave and “face justice”.

Twitter…Algorithms to Censor Opposing Political Opinions
In…undercover Project Veritas video investigation, current and former Twitter employees are…explaining steps…to censor political content that they don’t like…“One strategy is to shadow ban so you have ultimate control. The idea of a shadow ban is that you ban someone but they don’t know they’ve been banned, because they keep posting and no one sees their content. So they just think that no one is engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it.”

Army Rips Out Chinese-Made Surveillance Cameras Overlooking U.S. Base
The U.S. Army said it removed surveillance cameras made by a Chinese state-backed manufacturer from a domestic military base, while a congressional committee plans to hold a hearing this month into whether small businesses face cybersecurity risks from using the equipment. Fort Leonard Wood, an Army base in Missouri’s Ozarks, replaced five cameras on the base branded and made by Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. , said Col. Christopher Beck…

US Navy bolting LASER WEAPON onto lead warship for futuristic warfare
Top Navy officials said the device is slated to be installed on the USS Portland by this autumn. Crucially, the prototype will not be used in combat, but may pave the way for high-tech lasers that will be used during warfare. Captain Brian Metcalfe said: “They’ve got what I call ‘power modules’ that control the laser that will just fit in those open and reserve weight spaces and then the laser itself gets bolted onto the deck.

Does the gender “spectrum” also include pedophilia? Canadian group announces “naked swim day” at public pool, encourages children to attend 
Local Calgarians are expressing deep concern about an upcoming event at a public recreation center in Calgary, Canada, where individuals both young and old will be swimming in the nude together at a “naked swim day” that many feel has overtones of encouraging pedophilia.

Trump Administration Moves to Halt Abortion of Fourth Illegal Immigrant Teen
The Trump administration has again moved to block a fourth illegal immigrant minor from obtaining an abortion in the United States, stating the federal government is not required to facilitate abortions for these individuals.

US Teachers Replace American Flags With LGBT Rainbows In Classroom
Teachers at Banks High School in Oregon have caused outage amongst parents after they replaced the American flags with LGBT flags in their classrooms.

Trump’s National Security Adviser Rushes To Save Obama Era Iran Nuclear Deal
A new report suggests that President Donald Trump’s national security advisor H.R. McMaster is rushing to save the deeply flawed nuclear Iran deal, which was seen as a hallmark of former President Obama’s legacy, ahead of Friday’s deadline for recertification.

Paula White Reps. Scrub Web Page of Language Urging ‘First Fruits’ Offering of Day, Week, Month’s Wages, ‘Consequences’ for Not Giving
Following media reports and public backlash over the matter, representatives for false teacher Paula White, who also serves as the chair of President Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board, have scrubbed a page on White’s website of any mention that she had urged followers to give a “first fruits” offering of a day, week, or month’s wages—and that there are “consequences” for those who don’t give God their first fruits out of “ignorance or direct disobedience.”

As Media Obsesses On Oprah 2020, FISA Pushed To Let FBI Spy On You Without A Warrant 
While Americans were distracted by the possibility of Oprah’s 2020 presidential campaign following her speech at the Golden Globes, the United States government has ramped up its campaign to let the FBI legally spy on Americans without a warrant.

Monsanto Trying To Hide GMO Foods Under The Term “Biofortified”
Do genetically engineered crops and their pesticides make you think of the term “biofortified”? Chances are, the term biofortified makes you think of vitamins in kids’ cereals.

BREAKING: Obama’s Deep State FBI and DOJ Caught Synchronizing Anti-Trump Classified Leaks to Liberal Media
Obama’s Deep State DOJ and FBI were not only leaking classified intelligence to the mainstream media (MSM) but they were synchronizing their leaks to various outlets to achieve the most impact. These criminal acts are beyond any imagination and show how criminal and corrupt the Obama justice team was by the end of his eight years in office.

The Hillary scandal everyone’s ignoring
The Federal Election Commission is examining a complaint that the Hillary Victory Fund — a $500 million joint fundraising committee between the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and Democratic state parties — engaged in a scheme to illegal direct some $84 million directly to Clinton’s campaign.

Rep. Harris: End Obama-Era Policy of Funding ‘Opposition Media’ in Hungary
Representative Andy Harris (R-MD) has asked colleagues to sign a letter urging the U.S. State Department to improve relations with Hungary and end the Obama-era policy of funding media to “interfere in Hungarian elections”.

Jon Voight Part of Team on Roe v Wade Film About ‘Real Story’
A film project examining Roe v. Wade from a pro-life prospective has Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight, actor/producer Nick Loeb, and Alveda King involved.

Switzerland Rejects Citizenship Bids of Residents Who Have Been on Welfare
A new civil rights act has come into force in Switzerland that prevents residents who have been on welfare in the past three years from becoming citizens unless they pay back the money they received to the state.


January 12, 2018
WES VERNON — It says here, in an article by Washington Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz, that China has secretly been supplying missiles to North Korea, and has been bolstering its war-making ability provided that North Korea “halts further nuclear tests.” So this means “Rocket Man,” who rules North Korea by starving his own people, gets to play with his toys as long as he doesn’t use them?… (more)

January 11, 2018
Devin Nunes wants to know what the FBI knew about the document and when they knew it
WASHINGTON TIMES — One year ago, BuzzFeed took the momentous step of posting an unsubstantiated, 35-page scandal sheet against then-President-elect Trump – – and Washington hasn’t been the same since. The news website’s post, which oddly came with a disclaimer, immediately took on the name “dossier.” Sometimes it was the “Trump dossier” or the “Russia-Trump dossier” or the “Steele dossier,” after its author, former British spy Christopher Steele…. (more)

January 11, 2018
Used senator to pass document to Obama-era intel agencies
WORLDNETDAILY — The founders of the controversial opposition research firm Fusion GPS admitted that they helped the researcher hired to compile the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier on President Donald Trump to share the document with Sen. John McCain…. (more)

January 11, 2018
BYRON YORK — One of the most contentious issues surrounding the Trump dossier is the question of whether the FBI used unverified material from the dossier – – a Clinton campaign opposition research product – – to apply for permission to spy on Americans. Investigators from both House and Senate have long wanted to see any FISA applications (that is, spying requests filed with the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court) that dealt with the Trump-Russia affair…. (more)

January 11, 2018

CONRAD BLACK — Having encountered Michael Wolff and having had an acidulous public exchange with him, I attest that he is an utterly odious man. He can’t write properly, has no professional integrity, and is a sociophobic mud-slinger and myth-maker…. (more)


January 11, 2018
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — George H. W. Bush gave up power quietly and turned to charity work and occasional ceremonial speaking after his reelection defeat in 1992. George W. Bush – – like Jerry Ford in 1977 and Ronald Reagan in 1989 – – did the same when Barack Obama assumed power in 2009. R… (more)

January 11, 2018
Nevada rancher walks free after judge finds ‘outrageous’ prosecutorial misconduct
VALERIE RICHARDSON — Rancher Cliven Bundy no longer faces federal charges in the 2014 Nevada standoff, but that doesn’t mean his legal fight with the Justice Department is over. Attorney Larry Klayman said Mr. Bundy is considering filing lawsuits for malicious prosecution and civil-rights violations stemming from the court battle that ended Monday with a federal judge dismissing all charges against him over “flagrant prosecutorial misconduct.”… (more)

January 11, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — On January 20, 2017, the executive power peacefully transitioned from President Obama to President Trump. At least one judge in San Francisco didn’t get the memo. Yesterday, Judge William Alsup ordered the Trump administration to keep its predecessor’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in place. This remarkable 49-page order has all the aesthetics of a judicial decision but is, at heart, an amateur act of punditry. Judge Alsup paints the picture of a divided White House, wherein “the Chief Executive publicly favors the very program [his Administration] has ended.”… (more)

January 11, 2018
Affirms that Trump has power to pick acting director
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump had the power to name his own acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a judge ruled Wednesday, delivering a legal victory to the administration in its battle to control one of the government’s most powerful independent agencies…. (more)

January 11, 2018
NEWSMAX — A film project examining Roe v. Wade from a pro-life prospective has Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight, actor/producer Nick Loeb, and Alveda King involved. According to the crowdfunding site, Indiegogo, the feature-length film, “Roe v Wade: The Untold Story” will reprise “the most corrupt court case in history.”… (more)

January 11, 2018

NEWSMAX — Former lawman and now-Senate candidate Joe Arpaio declared Wednesday he is “not gonna back down” on the discredited claim President Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fake. In an interview with WABC radio hosts Rita Cosby and Curtis Sliwa, the ex-Arizona sheriff said he considers the issue a mission whether or not he wins the Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz…. (more)


January 11, 2018
BOB UNRUH — He set up work camps for jail inmates and clothed them in pink during his decades as sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. He also fought on the front lines of the war against illegal aliens entering the United States and sued Barack Obama over the issue…. (more)

January 9, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — President Trump will make some important decisions this month that could not only end the controversial 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran but also convey America’s support for Iranian protesters and hasten the overthrow of Iran’s ruling mullahs…. (more)

January 9, 2018

ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — When you look at it hard, two conclusions are impossible to escape: First, at the height of the 2016 campaign, Obama intelligence officials anxiously adopted Christopher Steele’s allegations of traitorous conduct by then-candidate Donald Trump rather than first subject his “dossier” to rigorous investigation – – even though Steele himself admits that his “raw,” “unverified” reports might not be true…. (more)


January 9, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Senators confirmed President Trump’s 20th federal judge Tuesday, approving William L. Campbell Jr. to a seat on a federal court in Tennessee by a 97-0 vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said the Senate will have three more district court nominees on its agenda this week as well, but he complained it will consume the chamber’s entire floor time as they overcome Democrats’ procedural hurdles…. (more)

January 9, 2018
NEWSMAX — More than 163,000 people have signed a grassroots petition insisting The New York Times apologize for and rewrite its obituary of Thomas S. Monson, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Prophet who died last week…. (more)

January 9, 2018
ART MOORE — A third Muslim imam in the United States has been recorded citing an Islamic text that prophesies the killing of Jews by Muslims…. (more)

January 9, 2018
ALAN KEYES — In a Politico article published last month, Jason Schwartz asserts: “Authoritarian rulers across the globe are adopting President Donald Trump’s favorite phrase to limit free speech, with prominent leaders or state media in at least 15 countries using his “fake news” line to denounce their critics, according to a Politico review.”… (more)

January 8, 2018

JOAN SWIRSKY — When my husband Steve was almost 13, his grandfather died. Just a few months before, the old man he loved and respected had tutored him for his Bar Mitzvah. To this day, Steve remembers the burial ceremony vividly. When the rabbi had finished the prayers at the outdoor burial site and his grandfather’s son and daughters and grandchildren were wiping the tears from their eyes, Steve told me that “my grandmother let out a blood-curdling scream and jumped into the grave – – literally – – right on top of the wooden coffin! And I remember three or four men had to reach in and jump in after her to lift her out.”… (more)


January 8, 2018

USA TODAY — LAS VEGAS – – Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons and a militia member will not face a retrial on charges that they led an armed rebellion against federal agents in 2014. A federal judge Monday said the federal prosecutors’ conduct was “outrageous” and “violated due process rights” of the defendants…. (more)


January 8, 2018
BYRON YORK — There’s been a lot of confusion about the decision by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley and crime subcommittee chairman Lindsey Graham to refer Christopher Steele, author of the Trump dossier, to the Justice Department for a possible criminal investigation…. (more)

January 7, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Supreme Court announced Monday it would not hear cases challenging a Mississippi law that allows religious organizations to refuse to hire persons or provide services in situations that run afoul of their sincerely held religious beliefs. Gay-rights groups had challenged Mississippi’s 2016 law, HB 1523, which was aimed at affirming rights of those who believe marriage is between a man and a woman, an individual’s gender is determined at birth and sexual relations are reserved for married couples…. (more)

January 7, 2018
ART MOORE — The failure to repeal and replace Obamacare is regarded as perhaps the biggest legislative failure of President Trump’s first year in office. Yet, Trump managed to eliminate the linchpin of Obama’s signature law, the individual mandate, through the tax-reform bill passed in December…. (more)

January 7, 2018
GREG COROMBOS — The Trump administration is advancing plans to open up the vast majority of the Outer Continental Shelf to energy exploration and development, a move that a leading national security voice in Congress says will be another major boost to the economy and protect American interests by ending any dependence on rogue states that sit on a lot of oil…. (more)

January 7, 2018

TIMES OF ISRAEL — Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been arrested by authorities for allegedly inciting unrest against the government, the London-based daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday, citing “reliable sources in Tehran.”… (more)


MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

JAN. 12, 2018

The Uncensored President

Democrats and their Leftmedia allies strategically paint Trump as a racist to prevent real immigration reform.

THE FOUNDATION

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” —George Washington (1796)


Headlines – 1/12/2018

Abbas to meet Putin in February to discuss Trump’s Jerusalem moves

Abbas looking to fill US-sized hole with more support from EU

Egypt orders ‘urgent’ probe into report it backed Trump on Jerusalem

Trump’s Mideast ‘achievement’: A growing rift with the Palestinians

PA preparing for diplomatic confrontation with Israel

COGAT: ‘Cutting economic aid to Palestinians will increase dependency on Israel’

Palestinians say two protesters killed in clashes with IDF

Terror victim’s wife to PM: ‘We don’t want to feel like land thieves’

Peace Now: Israel OKs more construction in West Bank settlements

US Attorney General sets up Hezbollah investigation team

Trump to extend Iran sanctions relief, keeping nuclear deal intact

Saudi Arabia intercepts a ballistic missile launched by Houthis at Najran

EU presidency calls for better relations with Turkey

‘A mad scramble’: How Trump tweet on Pakistan blindsided U.S. officials

Hard-won victories of Arab spring appear more fragile than ever

Tunisia deploys army, makes 300 arrests as violent unrest continues

Tunisia protests: authorities accused of indiscriminate crackdown

Possible joint Koreas parade at Pyeongchang Olympics under discussion

Putin calls Kim Jong Un ‘competent and mature’ leader

Trump Boasts of ‘Very Good Relationship’ With North Korean Leader

Trump’s ‘madman’ rhetoric may have scared North Korea to talks

Trump denounces immigration from ‘sh*thole countries,’ is accused of racism

Time cover depicts Trump’s hair on fire to sum up his first year

Trump says messages between FBI employees were treasonous

Bannon to testify before Congress on Russian interference in 2016 election

Kremlin: US report accusing Russia of election meddling harms relations

Ecuador gives Assange citizenship, seeks end to embassy stay

Trump ‘cancels’ London visit to dedicate new U.S. Embassy, citing ‘bad deal’ to sell and relocate building

Donald Trump calls off visit to London amid fears of mass protests

Canada increasingly convinced Trump will pull out of NAFTA

Commentary: The dawn of American socialism

Dow spikes 205 points to record close, led by Boeing

Cryptocurrency mining puts electrical grid of small Washington state county ‘to the test’

If Pentagon Knows More About Missing Satellite, It’s Not Saying

It’s coming: The ‘super blue blood moon eclipse’

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pyu, Burma

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits South of the Fiji Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Pyu, Burma

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Pyu, Burma

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tilaran, Costa Rica

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Nevados De Chillan in Chile erupts to 14,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 11,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

US cold snap was a freak of nature, quick analysis finds

199-MPH Sierra wind gust sets California record

3-D printing creates super soft structures that replicate brain and lungs

Trump Administration Moves to Halt Abortion of Fourth Illegal Immigrant Teen

High Praise: Pot Churches Proliferate As States Ease Access To Marijuana

1 in 12 Christians worldwide persecuted, report shows


What is The Gospel?


Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!

JESUS IS HOLY

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

JESUS IS LORD

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


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January 11, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

President Donald Trump on Wednesday reiterated his stance that he would not sign a deal to protect young immigrants from deportation if it doesn’t include funding for a border wall.

California Republican Darrell Issa said Wednesday he won’t seek re-election this year, bringing the number of House GOP members who have left or are leaving in this election cycle to 38. That’s more than double the number of House Democrats — 16 — who are leaving this year, underscoring the difficult political conditions Republicans face ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

The Trump Administration moved Thursday to allow states to impose work requirements on their Medicaid programs for the first time, the latest alteration of the nation’s health-care system through administrative action after Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare failed last year.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is boosting its starting hourly wage to $11 and delivering bonuses to employees, capitalizing on the U.S. tax overhaul to stay competitive in a tightening labor market.

U.S. wholesale prices fell in December for the first time in more than a year on declining costs for services, a potential sign that inflation pressures are easing in the economy. Producer-price index fell 0.1% m/m (est. 0.2% rise) after 0.4% gain the previous month; first decline since Aug. 2016.

MoneyGram International Inc. climbed the most in 10 months after saying it was working with blockchain startup Ripple to test the use of its digital currency to move funds.

The world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange keeps getting bigger. Hong Kong-based Binance.com is adding “a couple of million” registered users every week, with 240,000 people signing up in just an hour on Wednesday. Demand is so high that the company is limiting new customers, though Binance may fully reopen in the coming weeks.

Canadian government officials said there’s an increasing likelihood U.S. President Donald Trump will give six months’ notice to withdraw from NAFTA, dragging down the loonie, yields on government bonds and Mexico’s peso.

U.S. filings for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose to a three-month high last week during a holiday period when claims tend to be volatile, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. Jobless claims increased by 11k to 261k (est. 245k), highest since week ended Sept. 23, when filings were elevated due to hurricanes

AP Top Stories

The suicide of a 14-year-old girl who was once the face of iconic Australian outback hat maker Akubra has left the nation shocked. Her grieving family has launch a campaign to raise awareness of cyberbullying.

In a dramatic crackdown, immigration agents arrived unannounced at nearly 100 7-Eleven stores across the country before dawn Wednesday, interviewing employees and managers, serving audit notices and arresting 21 workers.

Cambodia and China signed 19 aid and investment pacts on Thursday in the latest sign of their strengthening relationship as Cambodia turns further away from Western donors.

Israeli intelligence has helped stop terrorists from using civilian aeroplanes in Europe to carry out major attacks “of the worst kind”, Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday.

The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning advising Americans to avoid five states in Mexico, putting the regions at the same level of danger as war-torn Syria, Yemen, and Somalia.

Saudi-led coalition air strikes on a marketplace and house in rebel-held northern Yemen have left at least 14 people dead, witnesses and a rebel-run news agency said Thursday.

Boeing on Wednesday unveiled a prototype for an unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing cargo air vehicle (CAV) that the plane maker said will be used to test it’s autonomous technology.

New York announced plans Wednesday to sell off $5 billion in fossil fuel investments from city pension funds after suing for billions of dollars in damages from oil companies to help fund protection against climate change.

BBC

Japan has summoned the Chinese ambassador in Tokyo, after a Chinese frigate sailed near disputed islands in the East China Sea.

A senior adviser to the European Union’s top court has backed a Romanian gay man’s right to have his US husband live with him in Romania. EU countries should recognize the right of all spouses to residency even if they do not allow gay marriage, according to the advocate general for the European Court of Justice.

Hundreds of rescuers are combing wreckage in Southern California for those missing after mudslides that have killed 17. Another 28 injuries have been reported in Santa Barbara County following the deluge that overwhelmed an area scorched by wildfires last month. More than 100 homes were destroyed, and another 300 have been damaged.

One of America’s largest retirement villages will have a fleet of self-driving taxis introduced next year. US firm Voyage said it will start rolling out the service at The Villages, Florida which is home to 125,000 senior residents.

A mass burial of more than 70 people is under way in Nigeria’s central Benue State. Dozens have been killed in conflicts between nomadic herdsmen and farming communities in three states – Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba – in recent weeks.

WND

A local church in Christian predominant state of Mizoram India, has announced cash incentives for couples who have four or more babies. The Lunglei Bazar Veng Baptist Church has recently announced Rs 4,000 for the fourth baby, Rs 5000 for the fifth and so on.

The military veterans playing cards in the Albany County jail wear the same orange uniforms as everyone else, with “INMATE” printed down the legs. But their service offers one distinct privilege: a special cellblock where they can work through problems they often share, such as substance use and post-traumatic stress disorder.


The Briefing — Thursday, January 11, 2018

1) New questions in the brave new world: Who gets to decide if human embryos are preserved or destroyed?

Washington Post (Ariana Eunjung Cha) –
Court to weigh if one parent has the right to use frozen embryos if the other objects

2) Does what you drive indicate how you vote? Political scientists say “yes” according to an analysis 50 million Google Images

New York Times (Steve Lohr) –
How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue

3) Looking at the moral revolution from the other side—a side fearful of the “re-moralization of sex”

New York Times (Daphne Merkin) –
Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings.


News – 1/11/2018

Warning to Christians: Don’t board the Oprah bandwagon
The Christian attorney also offers the following advice to believers who might find a Winfrey 2020 presidential bid appealing, pointing out “her denial of the divinity of Jesus Christ, rejection of biblical Christianity, and her being one of the primary purveyors of pagan spirituality in American society.” “I would encourage you to really reconsider whether or not she is the type of person you should be clamoring for,” Hamilton states.

The Madness of the Anti-Trump Shrinks
The ‘Duty to Warn’ march had begun at New York Law School where the experts demanded that Trump be removed from office based on their inability to understand the 25th Amendment. And then the mental health experts marched to the beat of Fraenkel’s drum ….

Seal calls out Oprah Winfrey for hypocrisy, calls her ‘part of the problem’
Seal slams Oprah as a hypocrite after Golden Globes speech. In a fiery Instagram post Wednesday, Seal republished a pair of photos of Winfrey with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, including one in which she appears to be kissing the producer’s cheek. Overlayed on the photos, in all-caps, is the text: “When you have been part of the problem for decades, but suddenly they all think you are the solution.” “Oh I forgot, that’s right…..you’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad,” Seal wrote.

Exclusive: Canada increasingly convinced Trump will pull out of NAFTA
Canada is increasingly convinced that President Donald Trump will soon announce the United States intends to pull out of NAFTA, two government sources said on Wednesday, sending the Canadian and Mexican currencies lower and hurting stocks. The comments cast further doubt on prospects for talks to modernize the trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which Trump has repeatedly threatened to abandon unless major changes are made.

Rabbi identifies ‘Gog,’ enemy of God’s people
“Gog” is defined as the name of the enemies of God’s people, “apparently a ruler from the land of Magog,” or even a “nation under the dominion of Satan.” Many people would understand the description as very uncomplimentary. But that’s what one prominent rabbi has labeled the United Nations, according to Breaking Israel News. BIN’s Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz reports Rabbi Mendal Kessin, who “interprets modern events from a Torah perspective, lectured that U.S. President Donald Trump is bringing the world close to the Messiah, and the United Nations is Gog.”

Feinstein Makes Startling Admission: “I Got Pressured” To Release Fusion Transcripts
“I meant to tell him, and I didn’t have a chance to tell him, and that concerns me,” Feinstein told CNN Congressional correspondent Manu Raju, adding “I just got pressured, and I didn’t do it.” When asked to elaborate, Feinstein walked back her statement, saying “I wasn’t pressured,” without any further comment. Her office later said she misspoke and that she wasn’t pressured to release the transcript.

Defense, finance ministries agree on NIS 150 million to boost northern defenses
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon have agreed to allocate NIS 150 million to strengthen and fortify buildings in the north and to create a team to examine the defense establishment’s demand for an increase in the state’s budget. The team will present its recommendations to the Security Cabinet.

Abbas to meet Putin in February to discuss Trump’s Jerusalem moves
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia in the first half of February to discuss US President Donald Trump’s changes to American policy on Jerusalem, a Palestinian diplomat said on Thursday…Abbas last visited the Russian president in Moscow in May, where he said “it is impossible to solve the Palestinian issue without Russia’s meaningful participation in the peace process.”

Tunisia hit by new anti-austerity protests
More than 300 people have been arrested in Tunisia overnight, as anger over the government’s austerity measures spilled into the streets once more. Police used tear gas against large crowds demonstrating against price rises affecting basic goods. The army was deployed into towns across the country to protect government buildings, which have become targets.

By 2040, Islam could be the second-largest religion in the US
The Muslim population is growing, and in the next two decades Muslims could become the second-largest religious group in the United States, according to a Pew Research study…According to their data, the Muslim population is growing at an accelerated rate, and will more than double from an estimated 3.45 million in 2017 to an estimated 8.1 million in 2050.

Trump administration will allow states to test Medicaid work requirements
The Trump administration said on Thursday it would allow states to test requiring some Medicaid recipients to work or participate in community activities such as volunteering or jobs training as a condition of eligibility for the government health insurance program for the poor…Certain Medicaid populations would be exempt from the rules, including those with disabilities, the elderly, children and pregnant women.

Rev. Graham: Washington State Grants 3 Sexes, M,F, or X, But God’s Word, Male, Female, Never Changes
In reference to Washington State now allowing three choices for sex on a birth certificate — “Male, Female, or X” — evangelical leader Franklin Graham said that society may change but God’s Word does not change and, as Jesus Christ instructed us, from the beginning God made them “make and female.”

Trump’s Airstrikes Destroy Acres of Poppy Fields, Ends Afghanistan’s Opium Trade
The Trump administration’s relentless airstrikes on the vast opium fields in southern Afghanistan has destroyed Taliban’s a top funding source of heroin and opium.

BOMBSHELL REPORT: Hillary-Funded Russia Dossier Used to Obtain Trump FISA Warrant – More Systemic “FISA Abuse” to be Revealed Soon
…Of course the Russia dossier was used to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trump’s camp. Hillary Clinton didn’t pay over $10 million for mere gossip about Trump and Russian hookers. Hillary paid for a document that could pass as ‘intelligence’ in order to spy on her political opponent. This is precisely why fake news New York Times and other Deep State operatives are desperate to shift focus from the dossier to George Papadopoulos. Hint: It’s not working.

Our World: The Palestinians’ race to the bottom
The problem for the PLO/PA is that the world has changed fundamentally while they were busy embracing terrorists and getting away with it.

BREAKING: Activist Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump From Ending Obama’s DACA Program
A judge granted a pretrial injunction barring the Trump administration from rescinding Obama’s DACA program Tuesday.

SODOM AND GEMORRAH: Grammar school bans teachers calling pupils ‘girls’ to not offend transgender children
TEACHERS at a leading all-female school have been ordered not to refer to its pupils as girls. The ban is said to be to avoid upsetting youngsters who are questioning their gender. And it comes despite the word featuring in the single-sex school’s name: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. The school, in Trafford, Greater Manchester, confirmed that the term will no longer be encouraged when staff address the pupils.

TARGET INFIDEL: ‘Terrorist dream come true’ ISIS using Bitcoin to fund deadly attacks and buy weapons
Terrorists are using anonymous cryptocurrencies to fund their operations and evade detection as they move huge sums of money across international borders, former US Treasury advisor Elizabeth Rosenberg and Centre for a New American Security researcher Edoardo Saravalle have warned.

A Planned Genocide In the Making: The Final Solution for White Males
From Hollywood to college campuses, the war on whites continues unabated. The rhetoric against white, conservative males grows stronger by the day. This article contains word-for-word proof that a war against white males is under way.

CBP Offers Daily Tally of Drug Seizures: 14-Year-old Meth Smuggler; Heroin, Cocaine, Pot Pouring In
Here’s a sample of those CBP news releases — just for this past Monday and Tuesday — documenting recent drug seizures and arrests:

Dems Admit They Need Illegals For Their Votes
…Democrats at the Left’s premier think tank have finally admitted in a leaked memo that illegal immigration is key to their party’s future electoral success. Republicans may not be angels but they have never wielded compassion as a cudgel the way Democrats do. But this memo ought to end Democrats’ phony compassion shtick for all time. Power is the only thing that matters to them. They don’t care about America or Americans. They care only about winning. Honest observers have known this for years.

“It Looks Like A Battlefield” -Photos Show California Mudslides’ Devastating Aftermath
…The storm may be over, but the hunt for survivors isn’t. So far, 13 people have been confirmed dead, while 25 more were injured and another 50 had to be rescued. But those numbers could rise as the search is deepened and expanded Wednesday, with a major search-and-rescue team arriving from nearby Los Angeles County and help from the Coast Guard and National Guard along with law enforcement, according to the Associated Press

Anger as ‘Underage’ Migrant in Controversial ‘Teen Love’ Children’s Documentary Revealed as Adult
An “underage” migrant, who was presented as being in a romantic relationship with an underage girl in a controversial German children’s channel television programme, has admitted he is actually an adult.

Mid-Day Snapshot

Jan. 11, 2018

Republicans Flirting With Earmarks Again

Several GOP lawmakers and even Trump have floated the idea of a return to the corrupting practice.

The Foundation

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

Headlines – 1/11/2018

Norway, EU call meeting in bid to ‘speed up’ efforts for 2-state solution

Arab League to hold meeting on Jerusalem next month

Netanyahu: I Will Meet With Trump in D.C. in March, Possibly Before

Why a Big Wave of European Countries Recognizing Palestine Is Fast Approaching

Texas imam apologizes after ‘Muslims will kill the Jews’ sermon in response to Trump’s Jerusalem speech

Terror attacks tripled after Trump Jerusalem recognition, Shin Bet stats show

After shooting, Liberman tells ministry to look into recognizing Havat Gilad as legal settlement

After terror attack, US ambassador accuses Palestinians of preventing peace

Netanyahu praises US envoy for blaming lack of peace on Palestinians

PM calls on Abbas to condemn West Bank shooting, end terrorist stipends

Palestinians reject US envoy’s blame accusation after deadly attack

Hamas blesses shooting attack against rabbi, calls it ‘heroic’

Support for Israel among young evangelicals dips, says new survey

Germany’s migrants may have to visit Nazi concentration camps

Hamas official denies being appointed new West Bank military commander

Iran-Hamas reconciliation in the works, Amit Center says

Iran threatens to ramp up enrichment beyond nuke deal pace

Europe, Iran to meet on backing nuclear deal as Trump decision looms

Germany urges US to separate Iran nuclear deal from other issues

Despite threats, Trump to extend sanctions relief for Iran

Congressmen introduce bill to sanction Iran for taking hostages

Iran arrests dozens for ‘terrorist’ acts linked to protests

Iran protests: US urges release of ‘peaceful’ demonstrators

Iran lashes US lawmakers’ support for anti-regime protests

Lapid: No regional stability as long as Iranian forces in Syria

Syria war: Assault on rebel stronghold of Idlib ‘displaces 100,000’

UN says Syrian forces killed 85 civilians in besieged zone

Several killed in blast at Syrian weapons depot

Saudi prince who criticized arrest of relatives is sacked

Tunisia Protests Spread for Third Straight Day, Despite Threats of Government Clampdown

200 arrested, dozens hurt in fresh Tunisia unrest

U.S. travel warning puts five Mexican states on par with war-torn nations

Project Veritas Twitter Video: Company Responds To Allegations It Can Share Trump’s Deleted, Direct Messages

Ohio man charged for remotely controlling devices, spying on people for 13 years

Trump has Canada worried he’ll pull US from NAFTA: report

Over $100 billion wiped off global cryptocurrency market following talk of South Korea trading ban

Whispers of $80 Oil Are Growing Louder – Rising demand for oil and OPEC production cuts could send prices higher in 2018

Big Apple Sues Big Oil Over Climate Change

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Mandali, Iraq

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Mehran, Iran

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Mandali, Iraq

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Mandali, Iraq

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hirara, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern East Pacific Rise

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchakta, Russia erupts to 36,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,500ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Death toll in California mudslides reaches 17, more than a dozen missing

Many Ignored Evacuation Orders Before Mudslides

Hurricane-hit Puerto Rico launches new drive for US statehood

Florida monkeys excreting rare disease that can kill humans, scientists warn

Utah hepatitis A outbreak spread from San Diego

Zambia to vaccinate 1 million against cholera amid outbreak

Christians in Egypt face unprecedented persecution, report says

Top 50 Worst Countries for Christians: 3,066 Killed, 6 Women Sexually Attacked Every Day

In France, Some Say #MeToo Has Gone Too Far

Mike Ratliff – Arrogance, unbelief, and Sola Scriptura

Phil Johnson – Regarding the James White-Michael Brown Connection

Branding Faith? Churches in Dallas, Frisco in Legal Battle Over Naming Rights

If You Can’t Heal ‘Em, Beat ‘Em? – The Dark Side of Smith Wigglesworth’s Ministry

Whistleblowing Moody Radio Host Julie Roys Fired After Disclosures about Moody Bible Institute (UPDATED)

Moody Bible Institute President, COO Resign Amid Board’s ‘Unanimous Decision’ for ‘New Season of Leadership’

Hundreds of ‘Boiled’ Bats Fall from Sky in Australian Heat Wave

Posted: 11 Jan 2018 06:14 AM PST

Hundreds of ‘Boiled’ Bats Fall from Sky in Australian Heat WaveMore than 200 bats have lost their lives to southern Australia’s ongoing heat wave. As temperatures rose to 111.5 degrees Fahrenheit (44.2 degrees Celsius) in Campbelltown in the Australian state of New South Wales, a colony of flying fox bats that lives near the town’s train station felt the effects. Volunteers struggled to rescue the heat-stricken bats, according to the Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser, but at least 204 individual animals, mostly babies, died. “They basically boil,” Kate Ryan, the colony manager for the Campbelltown bats, told the newspaper.

“It affects their brain — their brain just fries and they become incoherent.” Rescuers with Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown posted on their Facebook page details of the dire situation: “As the dead bodies were recovered and placed in a pile for a head count the numbers had reached 200 not including the many hundreds that were still left in trees being unreachable, sadly a few adults were also included in the body count. It was a long and heartbreaking afternoon…” READ MORE

Russell Brand Declares He’s Changed His Ways, Never Been Closer to Jesus

Posted: 11 Jan 2018 06:07 AM PST

Russell Brand Declares He’s Changed His Ways, Never Been Closer to JesusControversial comedian Russell Brand, who’s best known for his vulgarity, insults, and wild behavior, says he’s discovered that Jesus Christ is the solution to the world’s problems. “My personal feeling is the teachings of Christ are more relevant now than they’ve ever been,” Brand said in an interview with Relevant magazine.

“There’s a famous quote: ‘Every man who knocks on a brothel door, he’s looking for God,’” he added. “Crack houses and these dens of suffering and illicit activity, they’re all people trying to feel good, trying to feel connected. People are trying to escape. People are trying to get out of their own heads. To me, this is a spiritual impetus.” MORE

Chinese Authorities Detonate Bombs to Destroy Christian Church

Posted: 11 Jan 2018 05:56 AM PST

Chinese Authorities Detonate Bombs to Destroy Christian ChurchChinese officials reportedly demolished a Christian church on Tuesday, detonating bombs to bring down the house of worship.  ChinaAid, an organization that monitors Christian persecution, reported that the Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, China, is “serially persecuted” and noted that the unregistered church was privately paid for by its members for just over $2.6 million. The organization is speculating that the order to destroy the church came from China’s top officials,

seeing as military police have been under the government’s command since last year. Officials placed bombs beneath the structure to bring it down. And it’s not the first time that the Golden Lampstand Church has attracted negative attention from the government, as ChinaAid reported that some of its leaders have been jailed for up to seven years for simply serving at the house of worship. Radio Free Asia reported that witnesses said church members had tried to halt the demolition but to no avail — READ MORE

US deploys B-2 stealth bombers, 200 airmen to Guam in face of North Korea…

Posted: 11 Jan 2018 05:47 AM PST

US deploys B-2 stealth bombers, 200 airmen to Guam in face of North Korea…The U.S. Air Force announced it has deployed three nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers and 200 air personnel to Guam — sending a strong signal to North Korea just a few days after its talks with South Korea. The B-2s join a number of B-1 conventional bombers already deployed on the Pacific island. It is unclear how long the B-2s will stay at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

The Air Force last sent a lone B-2 bomber to Guam in October, but only for a few hours as part of a long-range training mission from its home base in Missouri. The last time the U.S. sent three of the stealth bombers to Guam was in 2016. READ MORE

Tropical Cyclone “Ava” causes floods and landslides, leaves 29 dead

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 06:45 PM PST

Tropical Cyclone “Ava” causes floods and landslides, leaves 29 deadTropical Cyclone “Ava” reached a peak intensity of 167 km/h (103 mph), an equivalent to Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, just hours before it made landfall over Toamasina, Madagascar on January 5, 2018. Heavy rain was falling across northern Madagascar since January 3 and increased with the landfall, producing deadly floods and landslides. “On a national scale, the provisional toll is 29

dead, 22 missing, 17 170 displaced and 83 023 affected,” the National Bureau for Risk and Catastrophe Management (BNGRC) said in a statement. There are no less than 20 000 extensive damage claims. Among the worst hit areas are the capital Antananarivo, where more than 3 200 people were evacuated from their homes. The center of the cyclone has now left the island nation and there are no more alerts in effect. READ MORE

Bangladesh struck by coldest temperatures ever recorded

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 06:41 PM PST

Bangladesh struck by coldest temperatures ever recordedSevere cold wave engulfed Bangladesh this week with record-breaking low temperatures, the coldest the country has seen since record-keeping started in 1948. At least 12 people, including 6 children, died of cold-related ailments in just 4 days. Temperatures in parts of Bangladesh dropped to 2.6 °C (36.7 °F) on Monday, January 8, 2018, well below average for the country used to mild winters. “It is the lowest temperature since authorities started keeping records in 1948,” Shamsuddin Ahmed, head of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), told AFP.

The previous record low of 2.8 °C (37 °F) was recorded in 1968, he added. The worst affected were country’s northern regions, where at least 12 people died of cold-related ailments, including 6 children in just 4 days in Rajshahi, Kurigram and Thakurgaon districts. However, unusually low temperatures also affected its southern regions. Capital Dhaka recorded 9.5 °C (49.1 °F) on Monday, the lowest temperature this season, BMD said. The city’s lowest temperature ever was 5.6 °C (42 °F) recorded in 1964. READ MORE

‘God Had a Plan for Me’: Teen’s Miracle Recovery Stuns Doctors after a Car Landed on His Head

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 06:37 PM PST

‘God Had a Plan for Me’: Teen’s Miracle Recovery Stuns Doctors after a Car Landed on His HeadJuan Spence is the definition of a walking miracle. On May 22, 2017, the Williamsburg teen was involved in a near-fatal car accident near his Warhill High school. Juan was a passenger in his friend’s car that rainy Spring day. “My friend is speeding away down the road,” Juan told CBN News in a recent interview at his home. “Due to all the rainwater, he loses control of the car. He hits a post, the car starts tumbling down the road and me not having my seatbelt was terrible,” he recalled.

“I couldn’t believe it. I crashed through the sunroof head first, landed onto the roadway and the car still tumbling, rests on me and crushes my body and my skull.” Juan had been ejected from the car, which landed on his head. He was rushed to MCV Hospital in Richmond Virginia. Doctors said the pressure and swelling in his brain was so bad that a piece of his skull had to be removed. Meanwhile his mother, Elizabeth Butler began to pray as soon as she heard about the crash. READ MORE

3 Crucial Points All Prayer Warriors Need to Remember

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 06:32 PM PST

3 Crucial Points All Prayer Warriors Need to Remember(By Michael Youssef) There are three things to remember when praying for our world, our neighbors, our friends and our family members. We must employ penitent, persistent and persuasive prayer. The Bible gives us an example of an effective intercessor in Abraham’s intercession for Sodom (see Gen. 18:16-33).

Penitent Prayer: Abraham did not come to God demanding. He didn’t say, “God, please do this. It’s very important for You to do this.” He did not come to God enumerating all his righteous deeds, all his righteous acts. In fact, he said, “I am nothing but dust and ashes” (Gen. 18:27b. NIV).

Persistent Prayer: When Abraham interceded for Sodom, he persisted in his prayer. He didn’t pray flippantly once or twice then give up. He continually petitioned for Sodom and his family. Six times Abraham would make his request of the Lord. Each time he saw the grace of God extended, and he became emboldened to ask for more.

Persuasive Prayer: How should our prayers be persuasive? By twisting God’s arm? No. Persuasive prayer is pleading the character of God. When we plead with God on the basis of who He is and what He promises, we are praying a persuasive prayer. MORE

California flooding death toll rises to 17, 100 homes destroyed

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 06:26 PM PST

California flooding death toll rises to 17, 100 homes destroyedThe death toll in weather-related incidents in Santa Barbara County has risen to 17 by Wednesday, after a storm led to dangerous mudflows that destroyed 100 homes and damaged at least 300 others in wildfire burn areas. Santa Barbara County Fire Department officials confirmed the number of fatalities rose from 13 to 15 overnight. Then another two deaths were added to the toll in an afternoon press conference. The fatality figure could increase as at least 17 people were considered still missing as

search-and-rescue efforts continued “While we hope it will not, we expect that this number will increase as we continue to look for people who are still missing and unaccounted for,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said. More than 500 first responders and 10 search dogs were involved in the search-and-rescue efforts. Three people were rescued on Wednesday. Searchers believe they have looked through about 75 percent of the debris field. READ MORE

How Some Christians Become the Devil’s Minions

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 10:48 AM PST

How Some Christians Become the Devil’s Minions(By J. Lee Gray) A friend of mine who pastors a growing church recently got a visit from a worried church member who said she had an important message from the Lord for him. When they met, the woman began to warn him about another woman in the church who, she claimed, was going to tear the church apart. The pastor listened carefully and then asked a few questions. Had the woman in question said something derogatory to reveal her alleged evil intentions? What was she doing to tear the church apart? Was there proof? After all, the woman being accused was a supportive volunteer who seemed to get along with everyone.

The woman with the “word from the Lord” got defensive and said she knew she was right because she had “a gift of discernment.” She didn’t need to corroborate her story or provide concrete evidence. She just “knew.” When the woman bringing this accusation was told she was out of bounds, she left the meeting in a huff—and then left the church because her super-spiritual insight was not received. In this case, the woman who claimed to have a hotline to God did not have “discernment”—she was exhibiting a spirit of accusation. She had what I jokingly refer to as “the gift of suspicion.” Ironically, she is the one who is guilty of tearing the church apart. READ MORE

Markets Jittered By China Threat To Halt US Treasuries

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 10:39 AM PST

Markets Jittered By China Threat To Halt US TreasuriesChina, the biggest buyer of U.S. sovereign bonds, could be slowing down or even halting its purchases, according to a report. Bloomberg News reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter, that officials in Beijing have recommended the Chinese government lower — or even stop — its buying of U.S. sovereign debt. The report also notes that Chinese officials think U.S. debt is becoming less attractive compared with other assets, adding that trade tensions between the two countries could provide a reason to slow down or halt the purchases.

“If China stops buying Treasuries, the market could suffer,” strategists at Jefferies said. “Treasury financing needs are going to rise significantly in 2018 and beyond relative to recent history, so Treasury is going to be looking for as many sources of demand as they can find.” The news is worrying markets. Treasury prices fell, boosting yields. The dollar also dropped against most currencies and gold rose. U.S. equities declined. READ MORE

 

Former Teacher Has Certificates Suspended for Speaking Against Homosexuality on Facebook

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 06:20 AM PST

Former Teacher Has Certificates Suspended for Speaking Against Homosexuality on FacebookThe New Jersey Department of Education has suspended the teaching certificates of a former high school teacher who came under fire seven years ago for speaking against the sin of homosexuality on Facebook. As previously reported, Jenye “Viki” Knox, 56, first came under fire in June 2011 after she posted comments on Facebook decrying the promotion of the homosexual lifestyle Union High School. The

school had reportedly erected a display in acknowledgment of “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Month,” which featured popular homosexual celebrities. “It’s still there,” she vented on her personal Facebook page. “I’m pitching a fit.” The status then began to spark discussion, which turned into a controversy when others were offended by her comments. Knox, a born-again Christian who also had served as the adviser for the school’s Bible study group, defended the Bible’s position on homosexuality when others challenged her status. READ MORE

PROPHECY WATCH: Earth’s Volcanoes Are Waking Up: Dormant Papua New Guinea Volcano Erupts For First Time

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 06:11 AM PST

PROPHECY WATCH: Earth’s Volcanoes Are Waking Up: Dormant Papua New Guinea Volcano Erupts For First TimeHundreds of people are fleeing the island of Kadovar after a violent volcano has erupted for the first time in history.  There have also been warnings that tsunamis could strike the island after the alarming eruption.  Mount Tavurvur, in the town of Rabaul in East New Britain province, erupted at 3 a.m. Friday morning, local time. The volcano, located in Papua New Guinea, was thought to be dormant.  It has now erupted for the first time in known history, spewing ash thousands of feet into the air and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents. But the worst could be forthcoming, as experts now fear this surprising eruption could lead to landslides and tsunamis in the area.

“Due to the steepness of the island, landslides are possible and together with the explosive nature of magma, tsunamis may be generated,” the Rabual Volcanological Observatory said in a statement.  “It appears from satellite imagery and aerial photographs that it started with mild Vulcanian activity from a vent at the southeast base. It appears a fissure may be opening just inside of the western wall of the net’s breach descending down to at least sea level,” the statement continued. CONTINUE

The New Normal For Church Security

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 06:06 AM PST

The New Normal For Church SecurityWe recently experienced a new tipping point for church security. A tipping point is the critical juncture in evolving developments that leads to a new and, often, irreversible state. We call that new state “the new normal.” In church security we have witnessed two major tipping points. Though child sex abuse in churches was not new, it reached a new level of awareness and response when Pope John Paul II called an emergency meeting with the U. S. cardinals in 2002. We knew then the issue was serious and pervasive.

We reached a second major tipping point in November 2017 with the church shootings at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Among the 26 people killed were nine members of one family. Church leaders and members across the nation began to realize that if it can happen in Sutherland Springs, it can happen anywhere. I recently conducted a social media survey to ask church leaders and members to share what their churches were doing for church security. MORE

Worst country to be Christian revealed and 50 danger zones named

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 05:59 AM PST

Worst country to be Christian revealed and 50 danger zones namedChristians are facing the threat of murder, rape and torture around the world, with new areas around the world emerging as the next “hotbed” for persecution. North Korea has been named as the worst place to be a Christian in the world, with Kim Jong-un’s hermit state topping Open Doors’ 2018 watchlist.  While the torturous totalitarian regime regularly features at the top of the terrifying list, Open Doors gave a

new stark warning for Christians in South East Asia, which they named the “next emerging perception hotbed”.  North Korea has topped Open Doors’ yearly list of worst states for the 16th year running with Saudi Arabia and Somalia the only two other states to have been ranked first during the 26 years Open Doors has been creating the list. The Open Doors report said: “North Korea remains the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian. Believers are forced to worship in secret – if they are discovered they are taken to labour camps. READ MORE

Psalms To Remember When Your Life is Full of Worry and Fear

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 05:49 AM PST

Psalms To Remember When Your Life is Full of Worry and FearSometimes, it is very easy to slip into a state in which you find your mind consumed with anxious thoughts that leave you worried. If you find yourself struggling with worry, or are feeling anxious inside, the Psalms given below can help you find peace. Remember, the Bible is a great resource to help bring you back to enjoying a healthy perspective on life. It reminds you that when you are weak, He is strong! So in moments of worry, fear and anxiety, cast your cares upon the Lord to find strength and comfort.

The Psalms were written for all kinds of people, including those fighting despair and anxiety, so they are perfect for trying to break free if you are feeling this way. If you are looking for hope and encouragement, turn to the Psalms. They are a reminder of God’s consistent love for us and the fact that, in our darkest moments when we may be lost or struggling with anxiety, He is there with us. CONTINUE

21-year-old healthy bodybuilder dies of flu complications

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 05:38 AM PST

21-year-old healthy bodybuilder dies of flu complicationsKyler Baughman was a seemingly fit 21-year-old who was working and going to school like any normal 21-year-old.  “He was into physical fitness,” said his mother, Beverly Baughman. “He was going to school to be a personal trainer.” But when he came to visit for the holidays, he wasn’t looking like he was in peak condition. “We saw him the 23rd for our family Christmas get-together and we noticed he wasn’t feeling well,” Beverly Baughman said.

“He looked rundown and had a bit of a snotty nose.”  He celebrated with family again Christmas night, and returned to work Tuesday, but he came home early, because he wasn’t feeling well. “He kinda just laid down and went about his day and that was the day he was coughing and said his chest hurt, he had a mild cough,” said his fiancée Olivia Marcanio. READ MORE

Trump’s new nuke ‘posture’: Draft allows nuclear response to conventional attack and new warheads

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 05:23 AM PST

Trump’s new nuke ‘posture’: Draft allows nuclear response to conventional attack and new warheadsThe Trump administration is expected to reveal a new, hawkish nuclear doctrine, which reportedly incorporates more cases in which it would use nuclear weapons, and also mandates the development of smaller-yield, simpler warheads. The new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) is expected to be revealed

sometime after President Donald Trump’s state-of-the-union address in late January and will be the first update of the key strategy document in eight years. According to Jon Wolfsthal, a former special assistant to Barack Obama on arms control and non-proliferation, the final draft that he reviewed is pretty hawkish, but some of the more aggressive suggestions from the initial variant have been dropped. Wolfsthal described the document to The Guardian. READ MORE

China May Halt Purchases of U.S. Treasuries…

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 05:09 AM PST

China May Halt Purchases of U.S. Treasuries…China added to bond investors’ jitters on Wednesday as traders braced for what they feared could be the end of a three-decade bull market. Officials in Beijing reviewing the nation’s foreign-exchange holdings have recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S. Treasuries, according to people familiar with the matter. Benchmark bonds reversed earlier gains on the news, with the yield on 10-year Treasuries climbing for a fifth day.

China’s foreign-exchange reserves of $3.1 trillion are the world’s largest, though it wasn’t clear whether the recommendations have been adopted. The market for U.S. government bonds is becoming less attractive relative to other assets, and trade tensions with the U.S. may provide a reason to slow or stop buying American debt, the thinking of these officials goes, according to the people, who asked not to be named as they aren’t allowed to discuss the matter publicly. READ MORE

UPDATE: Massive 7.6 Quake strikes in the Caribbean, One of most powerful Quakes ever in region

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 05:05 AM PST

UPDATE: Massive 7.6 Quake strikes in the Caribbean, One of most powerful Quakes ever in regionA massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake has struck the Caribbean Sea, prompting a tsunami warning for nearby islands including the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. The tremor, one of the largest to hit the Caribbean in recorded history, struck on Tuesday night at about 9.51pm just over 25 miles from the coast of Great Swan Island, belonging to Honduras. The earthquake had a depth of 6.2 miles and rocked several Central American nations.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami advisory was put in place for hurricane-hit Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands and warned of possible waves up to three feet above tide level. There were also fears waves could potentially impact the coasts of Central American nations, including Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands. However, the warnings were later canceled and in the end, no tsunami materialized. Warnings were issued after what was one of the strongest earthquakes to hit the Caribbean in modern times. The 2010 quake that devastated Haiti killing more than 200,000 people was magnitude 7.0. READ MORE


What is The Gospel?


Selected Scriptures

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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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January 10, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Vice President Mike Pence will lead the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month in an attempt to send a signal to the North Korean regime, according to a senior administration official.

The White House announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump plans to attend the World Economic Forum later this month.

China added to bond investors’ jitters on Wednesday as traders braced for what they feared could be the end of a three-decade bull market. Senior government officials in Beijing reviewing the nation’s foreign-exchange holdings have recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S. Treasuries, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Trump administration is ruling out plans to sell new drilling rights off the coast of Florida, including eastern Gulf of Mexico waters coveted by oil companies, amid pressure from Republican Governor Rick Scott.

The U.S. House passed a pair of bills seeking greater diplomatic support for Taiwan, a move that could test China ties already strained over trade disputes and North Korea.

President Donald Trump ordered the Director of National Intelligence to develop new procedures to handle requests from government officials who ask for the identities of U.S. citizens swept up in foreign intelligence surveillance.

The new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands clashed Wednesday with Dutch reporters on his first official day in the job over controversial comments he made in 2015 in which he said that the “Islamic movement” was creating chaos in Europe and suggested that extremists were burning politicians and cars in the Netherlands.

One of the strongest earthquakes, a preliminary magnitude of 7.6, to hit the Caribbean in modern times struck off the coast of Honduras on Tuesday night, shaking the mainland and setting off tsunami warnings that were canceled about an hour later.

This year may be anything but staid for the oil market as Citigroup Inc. predicts wildcards including war, Middle East tensions, Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un driving crude toward $80 a barrel.

The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield climbed to the highest level in about 10 months, leading Bill Gross at Janus Henderson Group to declare a bond bear market just as a deluge of debt sales began.

The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will resume after the government agreed to pay a U.S. exploration company as much as $70 million if it solves modern aviation’s biggest mystery.

AP Top Stories

The founder of the Miss Trans America pageant is believed to be 2018′s first known victim of deadly violence against the transgender community.

Tunisia’s prime minister promised Tuesday to crack down on rioters after violent protests over price hikes left one person dead and raised fears of broader unrest in the country that was the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

The Israeli army carried out air strikes and fired rockets at targets in Syria overnight, causing damage near a military position, the Syrian army said Tuesday.

Drones that attacked Russian bases in Syria last week were sent from Idlib, a “de-escalation” zone controlled by anti-Damascus fighters, the Russian defense ministry’s official newspaper said.

Authorities in Santa Barbara County were still trying to reach new areas and dig into the destruction to find dead, injured or trapped people after a powerful mud flow swept away dozens of homes.

Myanmar’s military acknowledged Wednesday that its security forces and Buddhist villagers killed 10 Rohingya Muslims whose bodies were found in a mass grave in a village in troubled Rakhine state.

BBC

Ethiopia has banned the adoption of children by foreigners amid concerns children face abuse and neglect abroad.

Thousands of Iranians who have been sentenced to death for drug crimes could be spared following a softening in the country’s law. Capital punishment has been abolished for some drug offences, and the head of the judiciary has said all cases on death row can be reviewed.

The German edition of Playboy magazine will feature a transgender model on its cover for the first time.

A US judge has blocked attempts by the White House to end a program barring the deportation of children brought illegally to the US by parents.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ruled that same-sex marriages should be recognized. The court’s rulings apply to countries which have signed the American Convention on Human Rights. But others, such as Bolivia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay and Peru do not recognize either and will be expected to change their laws.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has ordered a new inquiry into health problems suffered by diplomats serving at the US embassy in the Cuban capital Havana.

Two protesters have died in rioting over the latest in a series of child murders in the Pakistani city of Kasur. The body of seven-year-old Zainab was found in a rubbish dump on Tuesday, several days after she went missing. She had been raped and strangled.

Sri Lanka is to allow women over the age of 18 to buy alcohol legally for the first time in more than 60 years.

WND

Google, the most powerful search engine in the world, is now displaying fact checks for conservative publications in its results. No prominent liberal site receives the same treatment.


The Briefing — Wednesday, January 10, 2018

1) The Oprahfication of politics updated: Will Oprah run for president?

Washington Post (Robert Costa) –
Talk of Oprah running for president captivates Democrats

New York Times (Alexander Burns and Amy Chozick) –
Oprah 2020? Democrats Swing From Giddy to Skeptical at the Prospect

USA Today (Nicole Guadiano) –
If she runs, Oprah could dominate the Democratic field in 2020

Wall Street Journal (Editors) –
Could Oprah Out-Trump Donald?

New York Times (Thomas Chatterton Williams) –
Oprah, Don’t Do It

2) Shareholders express concerns about the addictive power of social media and new technology. Should we be alarmed?

New York Times (David Gelles) –
Tech Backlash Grows as Investors Press Apple to Act on Children’s Use

USA Today (Kim Hjelmgaard) –
Investors want Apple to do more to fight kids’ smartphone addiction

3) Landslides, tsunamis, and hurricanes have all taken place: The power of metaphors to explain our moral moment

New York Times (Jessica Bennett) –
The ‘Click’ Moment: How the Weinstein Scandal Unleashed a Tsunami


News – 1/10/2018

Pope Prepares Counterattack?
A new report claims Pope Francis is preparing a “campaign of denigration” against five bishops who have publicly rejected his stance on marriage and the sacraments. The source told me that [the pope] was furious. He went on a rampage — because he cannot stand any opposition. They heard him scream: “They will regret it! They will regret it bitterly!”

US OKs selling Japan missiles to shoot down North Korean missiles
The Trump administration has approved a $133.3 million missile defense sale to Japan to meet the escalating threat from North Korea — by shooting down the rogue nation’s own ballistic missiles. (video)

A new generation of L.A. Satanists finds community in blasphemous times
“On this altar we consecrate swords to direct the fire of our unholy will,” she said. “A human skull, symbol of death. The great mother Lilith created us all, and will destroy us all.” “Hail Satan! Hail Satan! Hail Satan!” The group chanted back.

Snow falls in Sahara desert for third time in 40 years
Snow has fallen in the Sahara, covering desert dunes in a layer up to 40cm deep. Snow started falling on the Algerian town of Ain Sefra in the early hours of Sunday morning, giving children an opportunity to race each other down the slopes. Rising temperatures meant it began to melt later in the day. It is the third time in nearly 40 years the town, known as “The Gateway to the Desert”, has seen snowfall.

Carles Puigdemont set to be named Catalonia president in exile as deal is reached by separatist parties
Carles Puigdemont is set be re-installed as Catalonia’s president of government after a deal was reached between the region’s two major separatist parties.

485 Scientific Papers Published in 2017 Undermine Supposed ‘Consensus’ on Climate Change
A broad survey of climate change literature for 2017 reveals that the alleged “consensus” behind the dangers of anthropogenic global warming is not nearly as settled among climate scientists as people imagine. Author Kenneth Richard found that during the course of the year 2017, at least 485 scientific papers were published that in some way questioned the supposed consensus regarding the perils of human CO2 emissions or the efficacy of climate models to predict the future.

US ambassador: Palestinian endorsement of terror is why there’s no peace
US Ambassador David Friedman said in a tweet Wednesday that those wondering why there is no peace should look no further than Tuesday nights murder of Raziel Shevach and the Palestinian reaction to it. “An Israeli father of six was killed last night in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists. Hamas praises the killers and PA laws will provide them financial rewards,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

After settler murder, IDF beefs up West Bank presence
The Israeli military increased presence in the Samaria region of the West Bank Wednesday following a deadly terror attack near the Havat Gilad outpost Tuesday evening. Overnight, the army, together with special forces, conducted searches and set up closures of villages in the Nablus region in an effort to locate the killer or killers of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, the father of six who was murdered in the drive-by shooting on Route 60.

Judge blocks Trump’s move to end Daca Dreamers scheme
A US judge has blocked attempts by the White House to end a programme barring the deportation of children brought illegally to the US by parents. In September, President Donald Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme. But San Francisco’s Judge William Alsup ruled it must stay in place while litigation against the move continues.

Massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes in the Caribbean
A massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake has struck the Caribbean Sea, prompting a tsunami warning for nearby islands including the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. The tremor, one of the largest to hit the Caribbean in recorded history, struck on Tuesday night at about 9.51pm just over 25 miles from the coast of Great Swan Island, belonging to Honduras.

Another imam in U.S. calls for killing Jews
A third Muslim imam in the United States has been recorded citing an Islamic text that prophesies the killing of Jews by Muslims. As with the other two imams, Abdullah Khadra, speaking at a mosque Dec. 8 in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area, was responding to President Trump’s Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

FBI chief calls unbreakable encryption ‘urgent public safety issue’
The inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an “urgent public safety issue,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday…The FBI has been unable to access data in more than half of the devices that it tried to unlock due to encryption, Wray added. “This is an urgent public safety issue,” Wray added, while saying that a solution is “not so clear cut.”

Google’s New Fact-Check Feature Almost Exclusively Targets Conservative Sites

Google, the most powerful search engine in the world, is now displaying fact checks for conservative publications in its results.
No prominent liberal site receives the same treatment. And not only is Google’s fact-checking highly partisan — perhaps reflecting the sentiments of its leaders — it is also blatantly wrong, asserting sites made “claims” they demonstrably never made.

Exclusive: Trump’s EPA aims to replace Obama-era climate, water regulations in 2018
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will replace Obama-era carbon and clean water regulations and open up a national debate on climate change in 2018, part of a list of priorities for the year that also includes fighting lead contamination in public drinking water.

Microsoft says security patches slowing down PCs, servers
Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said on Tuesday that software patches released to guard against microchip security threats slowed down some personal computers and servers, with systems running on older Intel Corp (INTC.O) processors seeing a noticeable decrease in performance. The comments in a blog post were the clearest signal from Microsoft that fixes for flaws in microchips from Intel and rivals described last week could meaningfully degrade performance.

Was 2017 Record Year of Disasters a Famed Mystic’s Final Pre-Messiah Warning?
The past year was declared by the US government to be the worst on record for natural disasters, an alarming fact in itself, but a closer look shows that the data conform to a prophecy made 12 years ago by Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri, in which he predicted an age of natural disasters intended to drive American Jews back to Israel in time for the Messiah. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported on Monday that 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for natural disasters.

Christian Tourist Uses Loophole to Recite ‘Shema’ on Temple Mount
A Christian tourist from Germany visited the Temple Mount and under the very noses of the Muslim Waqf guards managed to sidestep the ban on non-Muslim prayer and recite the ‘Shema’, the powerful recognition of God’s kingship, by using sign language. (video)

Everyone evacuated from volcano island
Dormant for decades, the volcano began erupting last week. Kadovar, which is part of the Schouten islands group, is about 21km off the mouth of the Sepik River. East Sepik governor’s spokesman Chris Bais told The National newspaper the volcano became active on Friday and almost 60% of the island has been covered with lava.

Russia ‘simulated a full-scale WAR against NATO’, warns military commander
Riho Terras, the commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, said Vladimir Putin’s forces “simulated a large-scale military attack” against the alliance last September. He claims the war games were so the superpower could prepare to move a large number of troops at extremely short notice if it were to go to war with the US-led organisation. The drills were held across Belarus, the Baltic Sea and western Russia for six days last year and saw the Russian military engage in fictional enemy combat scenarios.

Hungary’s PM: “We Don’t See Them As Refugees, We See Them As Muslim Invaders”
according to Orban what Europe has seen was not a wave of refugees, but an invasion. He mentioned that he never understood how in a country like Germany the chaos and the illegal crossing of borders could be celebrated as something good. When asked by Bild whether it was fair for Germany to accept hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants while Hungary accepted none, Orban responded: “The difference is, you wanted the migrants, and we didn’t.” Migration, he said, threatens the “sovereignty and cultural identity” of Hungary. “Multiculturalism is only an illusion.”

‘We Can Build The Wall in One Year:’ Trump Tells DHS Never to ‘Mention 7 Years Again’ for Border Wall Timeframe
During a meeting at the White House on immigration, President Trump told Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen never to “mention seven years again” in reference to the timeframe that DHS claimed it would take to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “I can build it for less,” Trump said in regard to the recent DHS report which stated that it would cost them $18 billion to build the border wall.

Flooding Kills 13 In California
A winter storm that triggered flooding and mudslides in California’s Santa Barbara County has taken more than a dozen lives, authorities announced Tuesday.

The Palestinian Authority Paid Terrorists $350 Million In 2017 To Plot Attacks Against Israel
Tthe Palestinian Authority paid terrorists and their families over $347 million last year, according to its own records, the defense ministry reported to the foreign affairs and defense committee Tuesday.

The Church Of Satan Experiencing Huge Swell In Membership As Satanism Goes Mainstream In America
EDITOR’S NOTE: What’s fueling the nascent popularity of Satanism is the presidency of Donald Trump, the satanists can’t stand him. Funny thing, 8 years of Barack Obama and the satanists didn’t really have much to say, one year of Trump and it’s an explosion. Looks like the Devil is not a fan of Trump for some reason. Could it be he opposes him because God is the one that placed Trump in office to bring about end times events? It is no coincidence that satanism is rising rapidly. As the Rapture of the Church draws ever closer, the Antichrist is getting ready to take the stage.

Trump Vows to Crush Globalist Agenda by Attending Secret Elite Meeting in Davos
The White House has confirmed that President Trump will attend the annual secretive meeting in Davos, Switzerland this year with a promise to crush globalist policies.

NYPD outraged over the demand of the NYC mayor to forcibly expand the number of Muslim recruits in their ranks
The NYPD. And they have the largest recipient of Muslim campaign contributions, Mayor Bill DeBlasio, to thank for forcing the NYC police department to hire some 1,000 Muslim recruits, ten times more than there were on 9/11.

Non-urgent health care services being put on hold across the UK as state-run health care nightmare edges toward collapse
The National Health Service in England has put a hold on non-urgent health care services, as the state-run healthcare system edges toward collapse. State officials have instructed hospitals across the country to delay non-emergency procedures and only deal with emergency patients first. About 55,000 operations are to be put on hold in January as England’s health system goes into full rationing mode.  There aren’t enough hospital beds or staff to accommodate the mounting pressure of a sick and dying population.

Google’s Fact-Checking Is Liberal Bias
Google, the most powerful search engine in the world, is now displaying fact checks for conservative publications in its results. No prominent liberal site receives the same treatment.

Supremes allow law exempting Christians from homosexual promotion
Ever since five liberal justices on the U.S. Supreme Court created same-sex “marriage” – with two arguably having breached ethics rules by advocating for same-sex “marriage” while the case was pending – homosexual activists have been using the legal system to punish defenders of traditional marriage.

Guess what’s not in Obama’s super posh library
…Unlike other presidential libraries, there’s one thing the Obamas didn’t want the presidential center to include: hard copies of Obama’s letters, manuscripts or other documents. According to the plans, the center will feature only a digital archive of Obama’s records.

Elizabeth Warren’s CFPB Faces New Scandal Amid Out Of Control Spending On D.C. Headquarters
Another day, another scandal for Elizabeth Warren’s brainchild — the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. According to Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller, renovation costs for the agency’s headquarters may place it on the list of top ten most expensive office buildings in Washington, D.C.

California just mandated LGBT indoctrination of all children in public schools, and parents have no choice to opt out 
Several hundred new laws have come into effect in California as of the first of the year, and one of them shamelessly strips parents of elementary-age children of their right to opt out of brand new LGBT-promoting curriculum that’s now being taught throughout the state’s public schools.

MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

JAN. 10, 2018

The Art of the Immigration Deal

Just as only Nixon could go to China, perhaps only Trump can work with Democrats on immigration.

THE FOUNDATION

“It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf.” —Thomas Paine (1776)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: January 10

  • China May Halt Purchases of U.S. Treasuries (Read More)
  • Berkshire Hathaway Expands Board Size (Read More)
  • Gundlach Says S&P 500 Will Have Negative Return for 2018 (Read More)
  • Judge blocks Trump move to end DACA (Read More)
  • Bitcoin Powers Big Returns for a Pair of ETFs (Read More)
  • U.S. oil hits highest since 2014, worries grow of overheated market (Read More)
  • With U.S. Aid Cut, Pakistan Drifts Closer to China (Read More)
  • Taxes, Trading and Bitcoin: What to Watch For in Wall Street’s 2017 Numbers (Read More)
  • Iran could greatly increase uranium enrichment, says spokesman (Read More)
  • What the Tax Law Will Do to Bank Earnings (Read More)
  • Breitbart-Bannon Rift Gives Conservative Rivals an Opening (Read More)
  • Catalan parties propose self-exiled former leader as president (Read More)
  • ‘Bad Brexit’ Would Hurt the U.K. Economy for More Than a Decade (Read More)
  • Marijuana taxes and a surplus expected to boost California budget (Read More)
  • Michael R. Bloomberg: A Seven-Step Plan for Ending the Opioid Crisis (Read More)
  • Saudi Aramco working to raise cheap loans before IPO – banking sources (Read More)
  • Traders Aren’t Falling for Crypto Name Changes But Love Them Anyway (Read More)
  • Explosion on Iranian oil tanker forces rescue team to retreat (Read More)
  • Mohammed bin Salman’s Next Saudi Challenge: Curtailing Ultraconservative Islam (Read More)

Headlines – 1/10/2018

Erekat: No peace talks until US revokes Jerusalem recognition

Saudi Arabia reaffirms position on Jerusalem and support for the Palestinians in call between King Salman, Abbas

King Abdullah to al-Sisi: ramp up efforts to protect Palestinians’ right

Herzog offers Saudis ‘special role’ on Temple Mount

Arab connection to Jerusalem: Fake News

Seemingly inflating numbers, Liberman says 1,285 settlement homes to be approved

Fatah Official Reportedly Meets With Hezbollah Leader in Bid to Spark Anti-Israel Violence

Israeli father of 6 killed in West Bank drive-by shooting

Widow vows to bury slain rabbi Raziel Shevach at illegal outpost

Widow of terror victim requests that nation attend funeral

UN ambassador to Mideast: ‘Terrorist should be brought to justice’

PM Netanyahu on West Bank shooting attack: ‘Heinous killer will face justice’

Hamas military wing on West Bank shooting attack: ‘What you feared has come’

Hailing West Bank shooting, Hamas warns of more attacks to come

Several instances of settler violence reported after deadly terror attack

Defense Ministry drafts bill to cut PA funds over terrorist stipends

Sweden warns against cutting US aid to Palestinian refugee agency

Netanyahu son’s drunken brag outside strip club adds to family woes

In the Middle East the enemy of my enemy is my friend

Report: Saudi Arabia sought to buy Israel’s Iron Dome system

Report: Saudi Arabia working with Israel against Iran

Germany reprimands Iran for anti-Israel spying on its territory

Mossad Chief: Israel Has Eyes, Ears and ‘Even More’ in Iran

Netanyahu said to tell NATO: ‘Real possibility’ Trump will nullify Iran deal

Iran’s Leader Calls Trump ‘Psychotic’ and Warns of Revenge

Mossad chief: Protests unlikely to topple Iran regime

US House backs Iran protesters, slams ‘oppressive regime’

Iran’s easing of drug laws could halt execution of 5,000 prisoners

Exiled Iranian royal sees chance to end the Islamic Republic

Turkey, US relations may deteriorate if Washington ‘does’nt fix mistakes’

Turkey says Russia, Iran must stop Syrian government violations

70,000 Syrians flee as regime advances on last rebel-held province

Syria to UN: Israeli ‘aggression will cause a conflagration’

Russia implies US involvement in drone strikes on Syria military bases

Mosul’s old heart in ruins six months after IS ousted

Molotov cocktail tossed at Djerba Synagogue during Tunisia anti-government protest

Yemen’s Houthis threaten to block Red Sea shipping lane

Scores feared dead and up to 100 missing after boat sinks off Libya’s coast

Greece makes Sharia Law optional for Muslim minority

S. Korean leader willing to meet with North’s Kim to resolve nuclear standoff

South Korea’s Moon credits Trump with ‘huge’ contribution to North Korea talks

U.S. hails Korea talks, despite North’s rejection of denuclearization

Egypt’s Troubling Nuclear Deal with Russia

Russian historian who exposed Stalin’s crimes faces enforced psychiatric testing

Trump’s attorney files defamation suits over Russian collusion dossier

Report: Trump could be interviewed within weeks in Russia probe

Julian Assange May Be Forced to Leave Ecuador Embassy After Upsetting President

WikiLeaks tweets link to text of controversial Trump book

Dozens more ‘resistance’ books scheduled for 2018

Google’s New Fact-Check Feature Almost Exclusively Targets Conservative Sites

Stocks finish at record highs, S&P 500 has best start to a year since 1987

Snowden Joins Outcry Against World’s Biggest Biometric Database

FBI chief calls unbreakable encryption ‘urgent public safety issue’

Intel unveils 40% faster Wi-Fi chip developed in Israel

Silicon Valley Reconsiders the iPhone Era It Created

Area 51 flights? Top-secret government airline seeks flight attendant

U.S. spy satellite believed destroyed after failing to reach orbit: officials

China’s plummeting space station is just a taste of the world’s space junk problem

Stunning bright light turned night to day over vast swathe of Russia – Flash seen over thousands of kilometres but scientists disagree over the cause

Tsunami advisory in effect for Puerto Rico after magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes Caribbean

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Hasaki, Japan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Putre, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Farallon de Pajaros, Northern Mariana Islands

California: Thirteen dead in Montecito rains and mudslides

Alps hit by ‘once-in-a-generation’ snow storms

13,000 tourists stranded in Zermatt, village cut off as avalanche risk raised to max

Australia swelters through one of hottest years on record

IV bag shortage has hospitals scrambling to treat flu

Saudi Arabia police arrest men over ‘gay wedding’ video

‘Me Too’: Groin searches at Gitmo are sexual harassment, 9/11 plotters say

Republican lawmaker from Idaho commits suicide amid sexual abuse investigation

The Bible is ‘coming to life,’ prominent Christian author says

Dear Saint, Don’t believe what they say!

Charismatic Writes Book About Michael Jackson Visiting Him from Heaven (not satire)

Bethel’s cover-up in media statement (Part 1): “This practice is not what the Hodges do in church”

Paula White Blathers on for Almost Seven Minutes; Basically Wants More Money

Former Fayetteville pastor faces 142 charges in child sex crimes

The Surprising Spiritual Benefits that Follow Abortion

Powerful 7.8 Earthquake Strikes Honduras

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 07:08 PM PST

Powerful 7.8 Earthquake Strikes HondurasWe are receiving reports of a large and powerful earthquake that has struck the Great Swan Island in Honduras. At this time we have no further information on tsunami alerts, injuries or damages. Check back as we will update you more as this story develops.

DEVELOPING: Hospitals scrambling to treat flu as IV bag shortages reported

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 07:01 PM PST

DEVELOPING: Hospitals scrambling to treat flu as IV bag shortages reportedAn ongoing shortage of fluids used to deliver medicine and treat dehydrated patients has hospital workers scrambling in the midst of a nasty flu season and supplies from factories in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico have been slow to rebound. Supplies of saline and nutrient solutions were already tight before hurricanes pounded Puerto Rico and cut power to manufacturing plants that make much of the U.S. supply of fluid-filled bags used to deliver sterile solutions to patients.

Flu season has turned out to be a bad one and it came early, bringing patients in need of fluids into hospitals already running low. Hospital officials, pharmacists and other staff have been devising alternatives and workarounds, training doctors and nurses on new procedures and options, and hitting the phones to try to secure fluids from secondary suppliers. READ MORE

Woman Says Witches Snatched Her Out of Bethel Church to Perform Ritual Satanic Abuse

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 06:53 PM PST

Woman Says Witches Snatched Her Out of Bethel Church to Perform Ritual Satanic AbuseOne woman tells Sid Roth witches snatched her out of a church service to perform ritual satanic abuse. In a video posted recently the It’s Supernatural host revisits his time at Bethel nearly 20 years ago, where he interviewed person after person with nearly unreal stories about how God was moving. In the

report, Roth says the area surrounding Bethel once played host to 26 cults. “Although the devil has power, inside this church, Bethel church, is an explosion of God’s power,” Roth says. God’s power radically set one woman free from Satanism. Watch the video to see her story. FULL STORY

The Key Arguments That There IS Life After Death

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 06:33 PM PST

The Key Arguments That There IS Life After DeathCommentator and radio host Dennis Prager believes wholeheartedly that there’s an afterlife — and he recently broke down all of the key arguments for heaven’s existence.  “If there is a God, there is an afterlife,” Prager said in a recent episode of Prager U. “It’s that simple”: He argued that a good and just

God would create an afterlife to compensate for the unjust suffering that rages in our world. In fact, Prager concluded that God would be “cruel” if he didn’t create such a respite. “The physical world is not the only reality,” Prager continued. “There is also a non-physical reality. … My belief in God and the afterlife keeps me sane.” Watch Prager’s full argument below: MORE

Over 100 Christians March to Protest Red ‘Lucifer’ Statue in Greece

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 06:24 PM PST

Over 100 Christians March to Protest Red ‘Lucifer’ Statue in GreeceOver 100 Christian residents led by their priest in Athens marched to the site of a controversial sculpture, which many thinks depicts Lucifer, and demanded its removal. The protesters held Greek flags, icons and sang hymns where the sculpture Phylax stands, according to Greek Reporter. The sculpture, an image of a red naked man with wings, made by artist Kostis Georgiou, was installed near the Palaio

Faliro marina in Trokadero, south of Athens, last month, according to Neos Kosmos. The priest sprinkled “holy water” on the statue to “exorcise its demons.” The statue has suffered two vandalism attacks since its installation on Dec. 5. What may have caused concerns among the Christians is that the Palaio Faliro Municipality named the statue “guardian-angel” of the South Athens suburb. READ MORE

5 Breakthroughs Fasting Can Unleash in Your Life

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 06:16 PM PST

5 Breakthroughs Fasting Can Unleash in Your Life(By Keith Nix) Why fast? Is it required? Is it beneficial? Is it an antiquated practice that is no longer valid for Christians? Many today believe that fasting is a religious work of the flesh that only speaks of bondage since Jesus finished the work at Calvary. Some do indeed approach fasting with legalistic religious vigor and place their confidence in their discipline rather than in the power of God. Others view fasting as a valuable tool in weight reduction but of no significant spiritual value. What does the Bible say?

The Preacher in Ecclesiastes wrote, “A threefold cord is not quickly broken” (4:12c). Jesus gave His disciples (I hope that includes you) the formula of a threefold cord for our lives. Matthew records where Jesus said, “When you give … when you pray … when you fast …” Matt. 6:2,5,12 NLT). Notice that Jesus didn’t make these three acts optional for a believer. His instruction wasn’t if, but when. So, giving, praying and fasting for the believer is not optional. Neither does God treat them like extra credit. They are core elements of the Christian life. There is an assumption that disciples will have periods of fasting in their journey of following Christ. In fact, when you look at the New Testament believers, it is easy to see that fasting is a standard practice. MORE

Three Reasons the US is Not Mystery Babylon

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 06:10 PM PST

Three Reasons the US is Not Mystery Babylon

(By Kelly Mcdonald Jr) In recent years, I have seen an increase in the number of online articles claiming that the United States of America (henceforth US) is the woman of Revelation 17, named “Mystery Babylon”. Are these claims warranted? Is there proof?  We must remember that Scripture is our final authority for Biblical interpretation. Let’s look at three reasons why it is not possible for the US to be Mystery Babylon.

#1 – Mystery Babylon is described as a city.

“And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth” (Rev 17:18, KJV).

The woman of Revelation 17 is called a great city that reigns over the kings of the earth. The US is a country, not a city. Additionally, it does not reign over the kings of the earth. Sovereign nations around the world make decisions on a daily basis without consulting the US. Just recently, 128 countries voted against the US measure to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

#2 – Mystery Babylon is responsible for killing God’s people.

“And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth” (Rev 18:24).

The US has historically been a haven for those fleeing religious persecution. Among the first settlers of this country were the pilgrims, who were fleeing persecution in Europe. There has never been a top-down government persecution of Christians. The US has been a haven for Christians and a launching pad for the gospel into the rest of the world.

#3 – The United States does not have kings.

“And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space” (Rev 17:10).

The woman of Revelation 17 is clearly described as riding on a beast with seven heads. These seven heads represent seven hills (or mountains). They are also seven kings. The US has never had any kings. We have not had a monarchy for our head of state since we separated from the King of England during the Revolutionary War. The US has a divided government between three branches of government that (ideally) hold each other accountable.

The US is certainly not a perfect country (and I remind you that no country is). At the same time, it is certainly not a country void of doing tremendous works for God in the world. The US has commissioned more missionaries and resources (such as money) to preach the gospel than any other country in history. In 2010, the US sent out 127,000 of the world’s 400,000 missionaries. Brazil was second at 34,000. The US is also among the most charitable countries in the world.  The Bible and even current events point to the fact that the US is not Mystery Babylon. 

DEVELOPING: Deadly Floods Strike California Leaving At Least 13 Dead

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 06:04 PM PST

DEVELOPING: Deadly Floods Strike California Leaving At Least 13 DeadAt least 13 people have died in weather-related incidents in Santa Barbara County, authorities said Tuesday, as the Southland’s first major winter storm triggered flooding and mudflows that forced the closure of the 101 Freeway in the Thomas Fire burn area. The fatality figure could increase as at least two dozen people were considered still missing as search-and-rescue efforts continued.

“While we hope it will not, we expect that this number will increase as we continue to look for people who are still missing and unaccounted for,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said. Details of the circumstances were not immediately disclosed. In addition to the fatalities, 25 people were reported to be injured. Powerful mudslides destroyed homes in the area as rescue crews rushed to search the rubble. The mud was reported to be 5 feet deep in places. FULL REPORT

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa spoke in tongues to keep calm during National Championship Game

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 06:00 PM PST

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa spoke in tongues to keep calm during National Championship GameTua Tagovailoa burst onto the national stage with an incredible second-half performance during Alabama’s overtime victory against Georgia on Monday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The quarterback completed 14 of 24 passes for 166 yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception to lead the Crimson Tide back from two 13-point deficits during Alabama’s 26-23 win. To cap off his performance,

Tagovailoa threw a game-winning 41-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith to silence the pro-Georgia crowd in Atlanta. Not surprisingly, the freshman received lots of attention after the Crimson Tide claimed another national title. Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde spoke to Tagovailoa and unearthed this fascinating nugget: the player spoke in tongues to keep calm during a high-pressure second half against the Bulldogs. FULL STORY

Erotic Clothing Store’s New ‘Covergirl’ Is a Nine-Year-Old Boy Dressed as Drag Queen

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 11:15 AM PST

Erotic Clothing Store’s New ‘Covergirl’ Is a Nine-Year-Old Boy Dressed as Drag QueenHouse of Mann, an erotic gay BDSM clothing store, has been accused of sexualizing children after they used a nine-year-old boy dressed as a drag queen to model for them. The nine-year-old drag queen who goes by the name “Queen Lactatia,” stands sexualized in the photos, wearing a sequin onesie. After users on Facebook and Twitter complained about the company sexualizing children for an erotic brand,

House of Mann owner Brandon Hilton declared, “[I] woke up to countless tweets telling me ‘kill yourself’ and calling me a ‘pedo’ after we announced 9-year-old drag superstar Lactatia as our new HOUSE OF MANN covergirl… If you can’t handle a kid in a sequin onesie, maybe the future isn’t for you!” READ MORE

How Prayer and Fasting can accelerate your physical healing!

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 11:01 AM PST

How Prayer and Fasting can accelerate your physical healing!(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message we will show you how entering a season of prayer and fasting can bring divine health and healing in your physical bodies! Watch the video below for more:

Facebook Removes ‘Warriors for Christ’ Page (AGAIN) for Citing Policy on Bullying, Hate Speech

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 09:58 AM PST

Facebook Removes ‘Warriors for Christ’ Page (AGAIN) for Citing Policy on Bullying, Hate SpeechFacebook has unpublished the Facebook page associated with the pre-denominational Christian ministry “Warriors for Christ,” an organization that opposes homosexuality and abortion, on grounds that it violated its community standards on bullying and hate speech. Warriors for Christ, a West Virginia-based ministry that stands unapologetically opposed to all sinful behavior, no longer has access to its main Facebook page that had over 225,000 followers.

The main Warriors for Christ Facebook page, which is often used to post memes that lash out against society’s embrace of things like LGBT rights and abortion, and is used to facilitate the organization’s video ministry led by Pastor Rich Penkoski, was initially removed by the social media giant on Dec. 29. Although the Facebook page was reinstated on Jan. 2 after an online petition was launched calling for Facebook to republish the page, Facebook administrators again took the Warriors for Christ page down last Friday.  READ MORE

Jennifer Hudson Says the Bible Changed Her Life

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 09:38 AM PST

Jennifer Hudson Says the Bible Changed Her LifeJennifer Hudson says the Bible has changed her life. The 36-year-old Oscar-winning singer and actress is gearing up to be a coach on “The Voice U.K.,” on ITV this month. While doing her promotional rounds, Hudson spoke to The Guardian about the impact of Bible has made on her life. “Which book changed your life,” The Guardian asked Hudson in a rapid-fire Q&A style interview, to which the entertainer responded, “The Bible. I’ve been reading it since I was little and it hasn’t failed me yet.” The

singer has been vocal about her faith has helped her to overcome tragic event in her life, such as the murder of her mother, older brother and 7-year-old nephew in 2008. “It (faith) was the ultimate help to me. We always said: ‘If He brings you to it, He will bring you through it,’” Hudson said in a previous interview with The Guardian in 2014. “There would be no point in faith if it wasn’t tested. My mother always told me no matter how negative your life seems to be, you must always look for a positive. That is what I believe a woman of faith should do.” READ MORE

Heavy snowfall affects 2.3 million people, kills 21 and destroys 700 homes in China

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 07:21 AM PST

Heavy snowfall affects 2.3 million people, kills 21 and destroys 700 homes in ChinaTwo rounds of very heavy snowfall hit China’s eastern and central regions since January 2, 2018, with freezing rain in Guizhou, Hunan and Jiangxi. 21 people were killed and millions affected, as of January 8, 2018. Heavy snowfall affecting the provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Shanxi, and Chongqing Municipality destroyed over 700 houses and damaged nearly 2 800, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said.

In total, 2.3 million people were affected, 21 died, 3 700 were evacuated and relocated and 14 000 needed emergency life assistance, the ministry said. Severe weather affected 233 100 ha (576 000 acres) of crops, of which it destroyed 81 000 ha (200 155 acres). The direct economic loss, since January 2, is US $854 million (5.5 billion yuan). The worst affected is Anhui province, where heavy snowfall affected 1.5 million people and killed 18. 300 houses in the province collapsed and 1 100 were damaged. READ MORE

6 Bible Verses That Should Make Us Think Twice About Everything That Comes Out of Our Mouths

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 07:15 AM PST

6 Bible Verses That Should Make Us Think Twice About Everything That Comes Out of Our MouthsWords matter. The power of the tongue is often underestimated, though modern culture — not to mention human history — is littered with examples that show just how much havoc careless words can wreak.  The old “sticks and stones will break by bones, but words will never hurt me” adage is nice in theory, but the reality is that many people face deep wounds due to the hurtful proclamations that come from those around them, including friends and loved ones.

Furthermore, negative, nasty and unrestrained language does serious damage to the person uttering it as well. Mistakes and errors can happen amid anger, but the Bible makes it pretty clear how we should manage and contain our rhetoric. In fact, the scriptures are filled with scores of verses that should make us all pause and think a little deeper about what we’re spewing: Here are some of those scriptures, presented via the New International Version of the Bible: CONTINUE

Discovery of Ancient DNA Said to Support Biblical ‘Tower of Babel’ Narrative

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 07:07 AM PST

Discovery of Ancient DNA Said to Support Biblical ‘Tower of Babel’ NarrativeAn incredible discovery of human DNA in Alaska has given scientists reason to believe the validity of the Biblical narrative of the mass spreading of people from the Tower of Babel. Genesis 11:1-9 tells us that the entire world once had “one language and a common speech,” and that people eventually came up with what they believed to be a fantastic idea: build a city with a tower that stretched all the way up to the heavens.

But once God saw what they were doing, He took action and confused their speech so that they could not understand each another. “The Lord said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other,’” verses 6 and 7 reads. MORE

Mysterious bright flash and ‘ground shaking explosion’ over Russia…

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 06:53 AM PST

Mysterious bright flash and ‘ground shaking explosion’ over Russia…A mysterious bright flash turned night into day over a huge area of Russia – sparking fears the US had launched a strike on North Korea.  The explosion of light accompanied by the ‘ground shaking’ was also blamed on a UFO visitation or a meteor exploding in the atmosphere. The phenomenon was seen and felt over thousands of miles in Russia, but was especially evident in three regions Bashkortostan, Udmurtia, and Tatarstan.

Russian officials and scientists immediately denied that there had been a Russian missile test or any reported space rock crashing to earth. Videos show how for a few moments the dark night sky – just after midnight in the Urals – was lit up, turning a vivid blue as if on a bright summer’s day. ‘It lit the night sky from side to side, making it look brighter than daylight,’ said one account. READ MORE

 

 

Ibuprofen linked to male infertility

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 06:39 AM PST

Ibuprofen linked to male infertilityIbuprofen has a negative impact on the testicles of young men, a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found. When taking ibuprofen in doses commonly used by athletes, a small sample of young men developed a hormonal condition that typically begins, if at all, during middle age. This condition is linked to reduced fertility. Advil and Motrin are two brand names for ibuprofen, an over-the-counter pain reliever. CNN has contacted Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, the makers of both brands, for comment.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, a trade group that represents manufacturers of over-the-counter medications and supplements, “supports and encourages continued research and promotes ongoing consumer education to help ensure safe use of OTC medicines,” said Mike Tringale, a spokesman for the association. “The safety and efficacy of active ingredients in these products has been well documented and supported by decades of scientific study and real-world use.” READ MORE

New Push For EU Superstate Army

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 06:36 AM PST

New Push For EU Superstate ArmyIt’s called PESCO. It stands for the Permanent Structured Co-Operation and is a treaty among EU nations providing a framework for a mutual defense that many EU superstate proponents have been pushing for a long time. Technically, it is not a European army, per se, but many consider it a necessary first step as it requires each country to strengthen its military assets and defense capabilities and cooperate if needed. There are plans for enhanced joint training, streamlining of cross-border military

operations, and medical operations. It establishes a defense fund for procurement of weapons and the development of “rapid reaction forces,” armed with tanks and drones. The initial funding will include a 5 billion-euro ($5.83 billion dollar) defense fund. PESCO allows for integrated armed forces, a combined pool of Defense spending, and the creation of a joint command headquarters. European Union Foreign Affairs Chief Federica Mogherini said the pact will focus not just on military cooperation, but also on cyber-security. READ MORE

 

Working muscles grown in lab in world first…

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 06:31 AM PST

Working muscles grown in lab in world first…The breakthrough holds promise for understanding and treating rare muscular diseases. Muscles were grown using skin cells that had been “reprogrammed” to an original state, in which they are referred to as pluripotent stem cells. These cells can then be encouraged to grow into muscle cells by flooding them with a substance called Pax7.  The new research was published in the journal Nature Communications.

“It’s taken years of trial and error, making educated guesses and taking baby steps to finally produce functioning human muscle from pluripotent stem cells,” said Dr Lingjun Rao, a biomedical engineer at Duke University who co-authored the study. Having produced muscle cells in this way, the scientists provided them with structural support and nourishment that allowed them to become functioning muscle. Not only did this muscle respond to chemical and electrical signals just like living muscle, the scientists were able to implant it into mice, with some success. READ MORE

Credit card debt hits new record, raising warning sign…

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 06:25 AM PST

Credit card debt hits new record, raising warning sign…Americans’ outstanding credit card debt hit a new record in November, highlighting a more confident U.S. consumer but also flashing a warning signal of potential trouble down the road. Revolving credit, mostly credit cards, increased by $11.2 billion to $1.023 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Monday. That nudged the figure past the $1.021 trillion highwater mark reached in April 2008, just before the housing and credit bubbles burst.

Over the past year, revolving credit has surged by $55.1 billion, or 5.7%, according to the Fed and Contingent Macro Research. Non-revolving credit, such as auto and student loans, rose by $16.8 billion to $2.8 trillion in November. The new all-time-high for credit card debt doesn’t pose the risks to the economy that existed in 2008 because incomes are higher, says UBS Credit Strategist Stephen Caprio. The ratio of credit card debt to U.S. gross domestic product is about 5%, compared with 6.5% in 2008, he says. READ MORE

Wall St Rising Euphoria May Spell Trouble for Stock Market…

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 06:21 AM PST

Wall St Rising Euphoria May Spell Trouble for Stock Market…Euphoria on Wall Street that stocks can just keep on building on record highs is getting so stratospheric that it’s reaching levels that previously signaled a slump. Analysts are ratcheting up their forecasts for U.S. corporate profits at the fastest pace in more than 10 years, according to the research firm Bespoke Investment Group. And that’s happening, unusually, right in the run-up to an earnings-season kick-off. While the upgrades could be taken as a positive reflection on the economy’s outlook,

in the past such bullish analyst sentiment has served as a precursor to a market decline. The last time the gap between analysts lifting forecasts and those lowering estimates was this wide was in May 2010. The divergence at the time widened after the U.S. S&P 500 Index had climbed more than 10 percent over the previous three months. Just before analyst sentiment peaked, stock prices also topped out, and the index slid more than 15 percent. READ MORE


What is The Gospel?


Selected Scriptures

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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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January 9, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

After about 11 hours of talks Tuesday, the two Koreas agreed in a joint statement to hold military talks and further high-level dialogue.

A military satellite launched by Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. appears to have crashed into the sea following a malfunction in the latter stages of its ascent, a potential setback for the billionaire’s rocket program.

The U.S. Senate will hold a vote on net neutrality – albeit a symbolic one. Less than a month after the Federal Communications Commission reversed Obama-era rules that prohibited internet providers from blocking or slowing down certain websites, or accepting payment for faster service, Democratic senators have collected enough support to force a vote to block the changes from taking effect.

Former U.S. intelligence-contractor-turned whistleblower Edward Snowden joined critics of India’s digital ID program as the nation’s top court is due to decide on its legality.

Israel’s Knesset authorized an ultra-Orthodox cabinet minister to close stores on the Jewish Sabbath, narrowly averting a crisis that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned could bring down his government.

The New Year isn’t even two weeks old, and already $2.1 trillion has been added to the market capitalization of global equities. The market is verging on such overbought levels that not even reliably bullish analysts can keep up with the new highs.

Two groups focused on boosting House Speaker Paul Ryan’s agenda and the prospects of Republicans maintaining control of Congress said Tuesday they raised a combined $66 million in 2017, the best non-election-year fundraising total in their history.

Software patches put in place to protect computers against a recently uncovered chip vulnerability will slow down machines, but have so far headed off any illicit efforts to obtain data, Krzanich said at the CES consumer electronics conference in Las Vegas on Monday.

Jeff Bezos’s net worth reached $105.1 billion Monday on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index as Amazon.com Inc. shares added to a 12-month surge that’s lifted the online shopping giant’s market value by almost 57 percent.

Oil steadied near $62 a barrel on estimates that U.S. crude stockpiles declined for an eighth week as the rebalancing of global markets continues.

AP Top Stories

The National Weather Service has warned that flash flooding, debris flow and mudslides are possible in the communities already devastated by California’s Thomas and La Tuna fires.

Germany said on Tuesday it had summoned Iran’s ambassador to reprimand Tehran against spying on individuals and groups with close ties to Israel, calling such acts a completely unacceptable breach of German law.

About 3,700 people were arrested across cities in Iran as a rare wave of anti-government protests and unrest gripped the country, according to a parliament member.

The Trump administration, which has repeatedly warned of the threat of gang violence and specifically of the MS-13 gang, just announced the end of immigration protections for thousands of Salvadorans living in the U.S, which will force many to return to a country where MS-13 is a serious problem.

A federal judge on Monday threw out a criminal case against a Nevada rancher and three other men over a 2014 militia standoff with federal agents, saying prosecutors had repeatedly withheld evidence from the defense.

Israel on Sunday identified 20 activist groups from around the world whose members will be banned from entering the country over their calls to boycott the Jewish state, stepping up its fight against a movement it views as a serious threat.

The United Nations on Tuesday called on Israel to scrap a new program forcing thousands of African migrants out of the country, condemning it as incoherent and unsafe. The program is targeting an estimated 38,000 people, mainly from Eritrea and Sudan.

The World Health Organization has announced a new “hyper-invasive” strain of meningitis at a time when there is an acute shortage of vaccines. The new strain of meningitis, meningococcal meningitis serogroup C, has already begun spreading across Africa, causing at least 2,500 deaths and with a possible contagion to some 34 million people in 26 African countries in the next two years.

The study by the National Institute on Retirement Security, using data from the U.S. Federal Reserve, shows that retirement savings “are dangerously low” and that the U.S. retirement savings deficit is between $6.8 and $14 trillion. Worse, the median retirement account balance is $3,000 for all working-age households and $12,000 for near-retirement households.

BBC

The US experienced a record year of losses from fires, hurricanes and other weather related disasters in 2017, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Total losses amounted to $306bn the agency said, over $90bn more than the previous record set in 2005.

Same-sex couples in Australia have tied the knot on the first official day of ceremonies following the passage of a historic law.

WND

The plans for Obama’s Presidential Center in Chicago are getting so extravagant, the proposed structures now include a basketball court, a yoga room, even a test kitchen, “a children’s play garden, sledding hill, green spaces for picnics and outdoor gatherings … and even a recording studio.” In February 2017, the architects even said they may need as much as $1.5 billion to pay for the project, which includes a library and a museum. Unlike other presidential libraries, there’s one thing the Obamas didn’t want the presidential center to include: hard copies of Obama’s letters, manuscripts or other documents.


The Briefing — Tuesday, January 9, 2018

1) The persistence of truth in an age of untruth: Is truth more important than ever before?

 

2) California learns to sing the anthem of states rights as the rift grows between California and Washington D.C.

New York Times (Tim Arango) –
In Clash Between California and Trump, It’s One America Versus Another

3) The costly battle for our eyeballs intensifies in modern television programming

New York Times (John Koblin) –
487 Original Programs Aired in 2017. Bet You Didn’t Watch Them All.

4) What can we learn—about ourselves and advertisers—from those constant drug ads?

New York Times (Joanne Kaufman) –
Think You’re Seeing More Drug Ads on TV? You Are, and Here’s Why


News – 1/9/2018

51st Anniversary of First Scientific Attempt at Resurrecting the Dead
Since the process of thawing the body has yet to be developed and the cure for clinical death does not currently exist, cryonics is performed with the hope that resuscitation and restoration to full health may be possible sometime in the future. Implicit in this process is the belief that will only consider a person properly preserved if they can be revived with all of their memories intact with the understanding that long-term memory is stored in cell structures and molecules within the brain. Rabbi Doniel Katz, a Torah educator who lectures on consciousness, is skeptical of the attempts at cryonics and the reasoning behind it.

Herzog offers Saudis ‘special role’ on Temple Mount
“We need to implement an interim solution for the next ten years, and then talk about Jerusalem,” he said. “Here, Saudi Arabia has a big job. When we start talking about Jerusalem and holy places such as Al-Aqsa mosque, I think Saudi Arabia has an important job and responsibility…we need to give them a central role in this issue.”

Report: Saudi Arabia working with Israel against Iran
The Swiss newspaper Basler Zeitung on Monday morning reported that Israel and Saudi Arabia are working together to fight Iran’s expanding presence in the Middle East. According to the report, the two countries are cooperating significantly in the areas of military issues and security on strategic issues, despite the fact that they have no open diplomatic ties.

Hamas official shot in the head in Gaza
Senior Hamas official Imad al-Alami was shot to head and seriously injured in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. The circumstances behind the injury are still unclear. It is possible he tried to take his own life after being diagnosed with cancer a year ago, or that he was hurt in an assassination attempt. A third option is that his handgun accidentally discharged, hitting him.

North Korea urges guarantee of peace on Korean peninsula: South Korea
South Korea on Tuesday asked North Korea to halt hostile acts that raise tension on the Korean peninsula, in the first talks between the neighbors in two years, Seoul said in a statement.

Thank God we’re LEAVING! Macron and Merkel plot massive EU power-grab in latest revelation
France and Germany have long shared a strong partnership on European Union issues, with Chancellor Angela Merkel putting fellow leader Emmanuel Macron’s plans for EU reform at the centre of her coalition talks. French MEP Jean Arthuis claimed Ms Merkel could push for an even stronger alliance should she succeed in forming a majority government after leaving Germany without formal leadership for months.

CIA Director Seeks Stronger Counterintelligence Against Spies and Leakers
CIA counterintelligence efforts, however, remain limited by a lack of both qualified personnel and strategic vision needed to deal with a growing spy threat that today includes both cyber operations and influence activities, in addition to traditional spying by nations such as China and Russia. The foreign spying threat is increasing in both scale and sophistication, according to intelligence experts. As part of the reform, Pompeo is stepping up internal security at CIA in a bid to better identify leakers—employees who may be politically motivated to conduct more non-traditional digital-age crimes—such as exposing secrets in a bid to undermine American intelligence, or overall U.S. national security.

A Curious Thing Happened When Ontario Hiked Minimum Wages By Over 20%
Faced with a 21% hike in minimum wages starting January 1st, with hourly rates going to $14 from $11.60, owners of the two restaurants said they had no choice but to cut employee benefits and eliminate paid breaks to offset their higher costs. Per the Financial Post:

Mossad chief: We have eyes and ears in Iran
Mossad chief Yossi Cohen spoke out at a Ministry of Finance conference Tuesday morning regarding the recent protests in Iran, according to Kan Radio. He stated that “Israel has eyes and ears there, too,” and added that he would be “happy to see a social revolution in Iran.” Cohen then warned that “the Iranians are coasting into the Middle East undisturbed and with very large forces…in order to actualize the Iranian vision.”

Syrian army claims Israel struck targets near Damascus in overnight raids
The Israeli Air Force struck Syrian military positions east of Damascus in a series of overnight raids, the Syrian army said Tuesday. In a statement by Syrian state news agency SANA, Israel jets flying inside Lebanese airspace fired several missiles towards the al-Qutaifa area at around 2:40 in the morning on Tuesday causing damage near the military site.

Credit card debt hits new record, raising warning sign
Americans’ outstanding credit card debt hit a new record in November, highlighting a more confident U.S. consumer but also flashing a warning signal of potential trouble down the road. Revolving credit, mostly credit cards, increased by $11.2 billion to $1.023 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Monday. That nudged the figure past the $1.021 trillion highwater mark reached in April 2008, just before the housing and credit bubbles burst.

U.S. spy satellite believed destroyed after failing to reach orbit: officials
A U.S. spy satellite that was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday failed to reach orbit and is assumed to be a total loss, two U.S. officials briefed on the mission said on Monday. The classified intelligence satellite, built by Northrop Grumman Corp, failed to separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket and is assumed to have broken up or plunged into the sea, said the two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Philippines to protest to China over apparent airbase on manmade island
The Philippines will make a diplomatic protest to China, which the southeast Asian nation’s defense minister described as having reneged on a promise not to militarize artificial islands in the busy South China Sea waterway. The United States has criticized China’s build-up of military facilities on the artificial islands and is concerned they could be used to restrict free movement along the key trade route.

US Virgin Islands Gov. Renews Gun Order
U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp renewed a highly controversial executive order in January that allows the National Guard to seize arms from everyday civilians.

Guardian Writer: Clinton Made Satan Cool
A Guardian writer said that the Church of Satan “got cool” thanks to Chelsea Clinton and others’ media attention, proposing the religion as the “spiritual antidote to the Trump era.”

FOOTSTEPS OF WAR: Israeli government meets to discuss the growing Iranian presence on its northern border – how will this threat be dealt with?
Recent Cabinet meetings have dealt with the threat of Iran’s presence near the Syrian border.

Scandal: Oprah’s World Depopulation Scheme Dashes Presidential Hopes
Oprah Winfrey met in secret with George Soros and other billionaires to discuss a plan to depopulate the world. The 2009 meeting in Manhattan, organized by Bill Gates, was so discreet that the billionaires’ aides were told to treat it as a “security briefing,” and attendees also included the late David Rockefeller, Warren Buffett, Ted Turner and Michael Bloomberg, in addition to Oprah and Soros.

A North Korean BOMBSHELL: Kim Jong-un’s secret plot to TAKE OVER South Korea REVEALED
A POLITICAL expert on North Korea has revealed Kim Jong-un’s motive in accepting talks with South Korea is ultimately to invade and take over the bordering country.

BLACKLISTED: Israel publishes the FULL list of groups and organizations that will be refused entry into the Jewish State
Full list of organizations to be prevented entry into Israel published. Interior Minister: ‘These people slander the Land.’ The Israeli government has compiled a list anti-israel organizations backing the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement whose activists will not be allowed to enter Israel.

Arab Muslim states lead effort to recognize Jerusalem as ‘Palestinian Capital’
Arab states will push for international recognition of east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital in response to President Donald Trump Dec. 6 decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said on Saturday.

Internet users in UK Parliament access porn 160 times a day
Around 160 requests a day were made in late 2017 to access pornography websites from computers within the Houses of Parliament, Britain’s Press Association reported Monday.

Earth’s Volcanoes Are Waking Up: DORMANT Papua New Guinea Volcano Erupts For First Time
Hundreds of people are fleeing the island of Kadovar after a violent volcano has erupted for the first time in history.  There have also been warnings that tsunamis could strike the island after the alarming eruption.

PM NETANYAHU DECLARES: The UNRWA agency for ‘Palestinian refugees’ exists only to destroy Israel – it must be eliminated 
Netanyahu added, “UNRWA is an organization that perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem and also perpetuates the narrative of the so-called right of return in order to destroy the State of Israel.” “UNRWA needs to pass from the world,” Netanyahu said, “there is a UN commission for the treatment of the other refugees in the world. This absurdity must be stopped.”

Spanish Catholics Outraged After Gay-Themed Float Appears In Three Kings Parade
Madrid’s 2018 Three Kings Parade featured a gay themed float to encourage LGBT normalization on the eve of Epiphany, stirring outrage among the country’s Catholic faithful. The controversial float in Friday’s parade featured a female stripper, a female hip-hop artist, and a drag queen, according to Crux Now. The archdiocese of Madrid responded indirectly to the float, reminding Catholics that celebrations of Christmas and the Magi should center around praise of Jesus, not the promotion of personal ideologies.


Study Finds That 22 Percent Of Bitcoin Investors Are Using Debt To Fund Their Investments

Investing in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum and Litecoin is extremely risky, and experts all over the country are warning that people should only invest what they are willing to lose.  Unfortunately, many are getting swept up in the current euphoria surrounding cryptocurrencies and are not listening to that very sound advice.  A disturbing new survey that was just released found that 22 percent of all Bitcoin investors are either directly or indirectly investing in Bitcoin with borrowed money… (Read More…)


 

January 9, 2018
ALAN KEYES — In a Politico article published last month, Jason Schwartz asserts: “Authoritarian rulers across the globe are adopting President Donald Trump’s favorite phrase to limit free speech, with prominent leaders or state media in at least 15 countries using his “fake news” line to denounce their critics, according to a Politico review.”… (more)

January 8, 2018
JOAN SWIRSKY — When my husband Steve was almost 13, his grandfather died. Just a few months before, the old man he loved and respected had tutored him for his Bar Mitzvah. To this day, Steve remembers the burial ceremony vividly. When the rabbi had finished the prayers at the outdoor burial site and his grandfather’s son and daughters and grandchildren were wiping the tears from their eyes, Steve told me that “my grandmother let out a blood-curdling scream and jumped into the grave – – literally – – right on top of the wooden coffin! And I remember three or four men had to reach in and jump in after her to lift her out.”… (more)

January 8, 2018
USA TODAY — LAS VEGAS – – Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons and a militia member will not face a retrial on charges that they led an armed rebellion against federal agents in 2014. A federal judge Monday said the federal prosecutors’ conduct was “outrageous” and “violated due process rights” of the defendants…. (more)


January 8, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Supreme Court announced Monday it would not hear cases challenging a Mississippi law that allows religious organizations to refuse to hire persons or provide services in situations that run afoul of their sincerely held religious beliefs. Gay-rights groups had challenged Mississippi’s 2016 law, HB 1523, which was aimed at affirming rights of those who believe marriage is between a man and a woman, an individual’s gender is determined at birth and sexual relations are reserved for married couples…. (more)

January 7, 2018
BYRON YORK — There’s been a lot of confusion about the decision by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley and crime subcommittee chairman Lindsey Graham to refer Christopher Steele, author of the Trump dossier, to the Justice Department for a possible criminal investigation…. (more)

January 7, 2018
ART MOORE — The failure to repeal and replace Obamacare is regarded as perhaps the biggest legislative failure of President Trump’s first year in office. Yet, Trump managed to eliminate the linchpin of Obama’s signature law, the individual mandate, through the tax-reform bill passed in December…. (more)

January 7, 2018
GREG COROMBOS — The Trump administration is advancing plans to open up the vast majority of the Outer Continental Shelf to energy exploration and development, a move that a leading national security voice in Congress says will be another major boost to the economy and protect American interests by ending any dependence on rogue states that sit on a lot of oil…. (more)

January 7, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Meteorologist Joe Bastardi had a decidedly unscientific term for the effort to link Thursday’s frigid winter storm to human-caused climate change: “witchcraft.” “This is flat out insanity and deception now,” Mr. Bastardi said Thursday in a tweet. “To tell the public that events that have occurred countless times before with no climate change attribution, is now just that, is not science, [it’s] witchcraft.”… (more)

January 7, 2018
TIMES OF ISRAEL — Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been arrested by authorities for allegedly inciting unrest against the government, the London-based daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday, citing “reliable sources in Tehran.”… (more)

January 7, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Two top House Republicans have introduced a resolution supporting the Iranian people and condemning the regime in Tehran after a week of street protests that have resulted in more than 20 deaths across the country. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce said Friday the House will vote Tuesday on the measure, which comes as the Trump White House is trying to increase international pressure on Tehran over its handling of the demonstrations…. (more)

January 7, 2018
BOB UNRUH — Wisconsin lawmakers, left aghast at a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed the government to limit a family’s use of their private land, have adopted a new law that effectively overturns the court decision…. (more)


January 7, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — The Justice Department is reviving investigations involving Hillary Clinton’s emails and the degree to which the State Department during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as secretary was put in the service of the Clinton Foundation. Good. Indeed, it is long overdue…. (more)

January 7, 2018
REVIEW JOURNAL — Mandalay Bay hotel staff had more than 10 interactions with Stephen Paddock in the days leading up to his Oct. 1 massacre of 58 people on the Strip, including two on the day of the shooting, MGM Resorts International said Friday…. (more)

January 6, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump’s team is engaged in a serious but discrete internal discussion about whether to renew the key sanctions waived under the terms of the Iran nuclear agreement, administration allies said following a meeting this week at the White House…. (more)

January 6, 2018
NEWSMAX — Voters believe President Donald Trump has moved to the right since taking office, according to the website FiveThirtyEight. Before entering the Oval Office, Trump took a combination of liberal and conservative positions, FiveThirtyEight said. It noted he was steadfastly against illegally immigration, but supported infrastructure spending. He was against gun control but supported LGBT rights…. (more)


January 6, 2018
ALICIA POWE — The Justice Department finally has decided to cooperate with the House Intelligence Committee, agreeing to provide records that could reveal whether the salacious Trump-Russia “dossier” was used to justify FBI surveillance of Trump campaign officials…. (more)


January 6, 2018
NEWSMAX — A research firm that compiled a dossier of sometimes salacious information about U.S. President Donald Trump’s contacts with Russians failed to block a congressional bid to see its banking records. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington agreed on Thursday that information sought by the House Intelligence Committee is pertinent to its probe of Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. The judge rejected Fusion GPS’s argument that disclosure of the data could reveal secrets about the firm’s clients and devastate its business…. (more)

January 6, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Former FBI Director James Comey’s decision to leak memos of his interactions with President Trump could come back to haunt him in a challenge to his New York bar membership. Ty Clevenger, a lawyer who filed a grievance against Mr. Comey, said in a letter Friday to the New York lawyers’ disciplinary committee that if the fired director ended up leaking classified information it should bolster the case against him…. (more)

January 6, 2018
BOB UNRUH — After several years of various courts forcing Christian pregnancy centers and counseling groups to promote abortion – – even though it violates their faith – – it appears the tide is turning…. (more)

January 6, 2018
BOB UNRUH — An expert on military readiness is warning that the Department of Justice’s decision not to go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court in the dispute over transgenders in the ranks “allowed judges to run the military,” which violated the U.S. Constitution…. (more)

January 6, 2018
WORLDNETDAILY — After issuing an executive order late Wednesday closing his commission to investigate voter fraud, President Donald Trump now stresses the need for more voter identification and has tasked the Department of Homeland Security with ensuring the integrity of elections…. (more)

January 6, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — I have no problem with President Trump’s tweet on nuclear weapons. Of course, many others reacted with pathetic uproar. The perpetually enraged liberal think-tanker Neera Tanden led the way in attempting to persuade U.S. enemies that we are psychologically weak…. (more)


January 4, 2018
MICHAEL OBERNDORF — A whole lot of us Deplorables, who had the unmitigated temerity to vote for the interloper, Donald Trump, have served in capacities which required us to take an oath to uphold the Constitution and protect it not only from foreign enemies, but domestic ones as well. Over the 229 years that have elapsed since the Constitution was ratified in June of 1788, we have endured and overcome numerous attempts by foreign nations to defeat us militarily, and some economically. However, domestic threats have been rare. Other than the occasional traitor, we have had no serious, well organized threats internally, the Civil War being the obvious exception, until the communists. However, the Soviet Union collapsed, and the “mainstream” media declared the Cold War over and communism defeated, and thus, all the communists in the U.S.A., aka, Stalin’s Useful Idiots, magically disappeared. Poof…. (more)

January 4, 2018
PETER LEMISKA — On December 25th, the New York Times published an editorial by liberal columnist Paul Krugman. It was entitled “America Is Not Yet Lost,” and it was a message wrapped in hope, but filled with hate. Still fuming about the 2016 election and its aftermath, Krugman ranted that Donald Trump has proven himself unfit for office – – morally and intellectually, and that the Republican Party is composed of “cynical apparatchiks, willing to sell out every principle – – and every shred of dignity – – as long as donors get big tax cuts.”… (more)

January 3, 2018
TWINCITIES.COM — Tina Smith raised her right hand and swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution this morning, replacing Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken after a series of allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct. The former Minnesota lieutenant governor took her oath at 11:04 a.m. Central time to be followed by a reenactment in the historic former Senate chamber. Smith becomes the 22nd female senator, a record number of women serving at the same time in the 100-member body…. (more)

MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

JAN. 9, 2018

Oprah Could Win

Her mystique with female voters and the empty Democrat bench leave quite an opening.

THE FOUNDATION

“Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing, however slightly so it may appear to you.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: January 9

  • North Korea, South Korea agree to hold military talks (Read More), resolve issues through dialogue (Read More)
  • North Korea Strikes Deal to Join Winter Olympics, Commits to Military Talks (Read More)
  • Oil hits highest since May 2015 above $68 on tighter market (Read More)
  • As Economy Strengthens, Fed Ponders New Approach (Read More)
  • Intel CEO Comments Indicate Chip Issue May Cause Bigger Slowdown (Read More)
  • Wall Street’s Euphoria May Spell Trouble for Stocks (Read More)
  • Hedge Funds’ Best Year Since 2013 Not as Great as It Sounds (Read More)
  • Microsoft halts some AMD chip Meltdown patches after PCs freeze (Read More)
  • Silicon Valley Reconsiders the iPhone Era It Created (Read More)
  • Bitcoin’s 43% Arbitrage Trade Is a Lot Tougher Than It Looks (Read More)
  • East China Sea oil tanker burns for third day as winds, high waves lash rescuers (Read More)
  • France Probes Apple on Claim iPhones Are Designed to Die (Read More)
  • Target’s holiday sales rise 3.4 percent, boosts profit forecast (Read More)
  • Wall Street’s Rising Euphoria May Spell Trouble for Stock Market (Read More)
  • How Allergan Continues to Make Drug Prices Insane (Read More)
  • Talks with rebels in no-man’s land as Russia eyes post-war role in Syria (Read More)
  • Huawei, Seen as Possible Spy Threat, Boomed Despite U.S. Warnings (Read More)
  • SpaceX-Launched U.S. Military Satellite Appears Lost (Read More)
  • Trump Power Plan Rejected by Federal Energy Regulators (Read More)

Headlines – 1/9/2018

Syria claims Israel targeted an army base outside Damascus

Syrian army says IAF fired at Syria with jets, missiles

Defense Ministry drafts bill to cut PA funds over terrorist stipends

Kahlon: It’s time to annex West Bank settlement blocs

Herzog: ‘Saudi Arabia needs to play a central role on Jerusalem issue’

Jerusalem should be shared capital, UK’s Johnson tells Palestinian foreign minister

Pence to visit Israel January 22-23 following reschedule, White House says

Israel Passes Bill That Bans Most Stores From Operating on Shabbat

‘Crazy numbers’: civilian deaths from airstrikes almost double in a year

Jordanian intelligence stops terrorist plot targeting public security

One person killed in anti-government protest in Tunisian town

High school student killed in protests as price of bread doubles in Sudan

Belgian government at risk of collapse over Sudan migrants scandal

Kremlin says Russia has enough troops in Syria to address attacks

Assad believed to be preventing Iran military entrenchment in Syria

Qatar, Iran officials discuss tourism cooperation in Kish island

Iran protests fade, but economic woes that sparked them persist

Iran protests: deaths in custody spark human rights concerns

Iran Hints at Rift With Atomic Agency if U.S. Quits Nuclear Deal

Iran warns world to prepare for US nuke deal withdrawal

Trump faces deadlines this week that could decide fate of Iran deal

Oil tanker still ablaze three days after collision off Shanghai coast

Trump administration mulling strikes in North Korea

After rare talks at the border, deal is struck for Pyongyang to send athletes and officials to Winter Olympics in February

200,000 Salvadorans may be forced to leave the U.S. as Trump ends immigration protection

Jeff Bezos Is Now Worth More Than Bill Gates Ever Was

A Crypto Website Changes Its Data, and $100 Billion in Market Value Vanishes

Indian banks are choking bitcoin exchanges by blocking payments and withdrawals

Google, Twitter face new lawsuits alleging discrimination against conservative voices

Beijing bets on facial recognition in a big drive for total surveillance

US shatters record for disaster costs in 2017

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Aratoca, Colombia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Vanj, Tajikistan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

29 killed, 80,000 affected by Madagascar cyclone

Rare Snowstorm Just Blanketed Parts Of The Sahara Desert In Up To 16 Inches Of Snow

Syracuse’s snow streak finally ends, 66 hours and 19.3 inches later

Mudslide and flood threat prompts evacuations in burnt Southern California as major storm looms

DR Congo mourns flood victims as cholera fears mount

Bats Fall Dead From Sky Amid Record-Breaking Heatwave In Australia

Macedonia takes emergency measures against air pollution

Appeals Court Strikes Maryland City’s Law Forcing Pro-Life Centers to Promote Abortion

U.S. top court turns away challenge to Mississippi LGBT law

India’s highest court to revisit 16th-century ban on gay sex

Midnight marriages usher in Australia’s same-sex wedding laws

Buff Scott Jr. – Examining the Cancer Within

Peter Popoff: Miracles or manipulation?

Jory Micah Wants Oprah to Be Her Pastor

Greg Locke Puts Away Wife, Finds New Girlfriend

Church Standing Behind Pastor Accused of Past Sexual Assault

Facebook Takes Down ‘Warriors for Christ’ Page Citing Policy on Bullying, Hate Speech

Isaiah 11:11 – The Regathering of Israel

Heresy Hunters Guide (Part 1): Why God has called Christians to be ‘Heresy Hunters’

“Prophetess” Vonda Brewer claimed Trump would resign 12-25-17

Paula White Urges Followers to Sow ‘First Fruits’ Offering of Up to 1 Month’s Pay or Suffer The Consequences

The hidden pitfall of Bill Johnson’s ‘Red Letter Revival’

Two-thirds of Christians in new survey say they have been spiritually abused

Ohio’s Largest Abortion Facility Launches Billboard Campaign to Claim: ‘Abortion Is a Blessing’

 


What is The Gospel?


Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!

JESUS IS HOLY

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

JESUS IS LORD

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


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January 5, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

U.S. payroll gains slowed by more than forecast in December, wages picked up slightly and the jobless rate held at the lowest level since 2000, adding to signs of a full-employment economy. Employers added 148,000 workers, compared with the 190,000 median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

Congressional leaders will seek to lift the U.S. debt limit in February by attaching a measure to a government funding bill, a House Republican familiar with the talks said Thursday.

Across the cobbled square in the city of Weimar where Germany’s national assembly met in 1919, plans to mark that first, stumbling attempt at a democratic government have taken on greater significance in recent weeks. The new center for events dedicated to the short-lived Weimar Republic is due to open in 2020, but it’s already a timely reminder of the past as the country struggles with political gridlock and the rise of the far right.

The U.S. is suspending security assistance to Pakistan as the Trump administration escalates pressure on the government in Islamabad to prevent terrorist groups from finding safe harbor in the country.

The Justice Department’s decision to free federal prosecutors to enforce marijuana laws in states that have legalized the drug adds to the political burdens of congressional Republicans trying to hold their House and Senate majorities in an already challenging election year.

Apple Inc. said all Mac computers and iOS devices, like iPhones and iPads, are affected by chip security flaws unearthed this week, but the company stressed there are no known exploits impacting users.

AP Top Stories

The Trump administration is considering prosecuting state and local officials for not fully cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency’s acting director said Tuesday in an escalation of his threats against so-called “sanctuary cities” and the undocumented immigrants who live in them.

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday reversed official policy that had tolerated the growing state-based movement to legalize marijuana sales, just three days after California formally permitted recreational use of the drug.

The feared “bomb cyclone” surged up the Eastern coast Thursday and slammed into Boston, unleashing treacherous, recording-setting flooding that swamped downtown, leaving office workers trapped and drivers marooned in freezing waters chock-full of ice floes. Rescuers used boats to pluck people from hi-rises and floating cars as snow and driving winds brought more misery.

America’s Muslim population is growing at a steady rate ― so much so that Muslims are projected to one day outpace Jews as the country’s second-largest religious group.

Russia has warned the United States not to interfere in what Moscow calls Iran’s “domestic affairs”.

The nation’s overall cancer death rate declined 1.7 percent in 2015, the latest indication of steady, long-term progress against the disease, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society.

The persecution and genocide of Christians across the world is worse today “than at any time in history” and Western governments are failing to stop it, a report from a Catholic organization said.

Republican David Yancey on Thursday won a tied election for a Virginia House of Delegates seat when state officials picked his name out of a bowl.

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International took out full-page ads in several British newspapers this week proclaiming the company’s 2018 New Year’s resolution as “trying to give up cigarettes.” “Our ambition is to stop selling cigarettes in the UK,” the ad says.

French President Emmanuel Macron plans to introduce legislation that will crack down on so-called “fake news” during French election campaigns, calling the spread of such misinformation a threat to democracy.

New orders for U.S.-made goods increased in November for a fourth straight month, but business spending on equipment appeared to be cooling after robust growth in 2017.

The U.S. trade deficit in November reached the highest level in almost six years as an increase in imports exceeded a gain in shipments overseas, Commerce Department data showed Friday. Gap grew 3.2% to $50.5b (est. $49.9b deficit) from a revised $48.9b in the prior month (prev. $48.7b)

BBC

The Australian government has said it aspires to be the world’s leading exporter of medicinal cannabis.

North Korea has accepted an offer to attend high-level talks next week, South Korean officials have said.

China is issuing long-term visas to lure highly skilled people from abroad to work in the country.

WND

The extremist ISIL group’s branch in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula has taken a simmering dispute with the Palestinian Hamas group based in nearby Gaza to new levels in a 22-minute video calling on its followers to attack the group and executing what it said was a collaborator.

The blood moon or blue supermoon is coming in a rare lunar event which happens only every 150 years. Three separate celestial events – a supermoon, a blue moon and a full lunar eclipse – will occur simultaneously on January 31. Just weeks after 2018’s first supermoon of January 1 and 2, this astronomical rarity of events is being called a super blue blood moon eclipse.

As dozens of its clinics closed amid a dwindling U.S. abortion rate, Planned Parenthood has moved to diversify its business model by getting into transgender hormone therapy.

Desmond Napoles from Brooklyn in New York City is launching Haus of Amazing, the ‘first and only drag club for kids,’ where no adults are allowed.


The Briefing — Friday, January 5, 2018

1) 2018 is going to be a pivotal year on the question of marijuana

USA Today (Colin Atagi) –
Pot sales now legal in California, but you can’t find it everywhere yet

2) If something is legal, is it now moral?

New York Times (Thomas Fuller) –
Recreational Pot Is Officially Legal in California

USA Today (Trevor Hughes) –
What California’s legalization of marijuana means for you

Washington Post (Matt Zapotosky, Sari Horwitz and Joel Achenbach) –
Use of legalized marijuana threatened as Sessions rescinds Obama-era directive that eased federal enforcement

3) The moral crisis over a baby in Texas and the vexing question of surrogate parenting

WFAA (Kevin Reece and Jobin Panicker) –
Surrogate-born baby’s very life at center of legal fight

The Atlantic (Katie O’Reilly) –
When Parents and Surrogates Disagree on Abortion

4) The lessons of history from Iran

New York Times (Thomas Erdbrink) –
As Iran Erupts in Protest, Tehran Is Notably Quiet


Apple: All iPhones, Macs, and iPads Are Affected by Meltdown and Spectre CPU Bugs

(Breitbart) In a recent statement, Apple has revealed that nearly all Apple computers, tablets, and phones have been affected by the recently discovered Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs. Following the publishing of a report on the CPU bugs by Google, hardware manufacturers and software developers scrambled to detect and fix system vulnerabilities. Many tech firms have now released patches to bolster system security and mitigate the CPU bugs. For many years it was believed that Apple’s computer systems were much less vulnerable to hacking in comparison to Windows and Android systems, but it seems that Meltdown and Spectre have left every device running a modern computer processor vulnerable.View article →


January 4, 2018
MICHAEL OBERNDORF — A whole lot of us Deplorables, who had the unmitigated temerity to vote for the interloper, Donald Trump, have served in capacities which required us to take an oath to uphold the Constitution and protect it not only from foreign enemies, but domestic ones as well. Over the 229 years that have elapsed since the Constitution was ratified in June of 1788, we have endured and overcome numerous attempts by foreign nations to defeat us militarily, and some economically. However, domestic threats have been rare. Other than the occasional traitor, we have had no serious, well organized threats internally, the Civil War being the obvious exception, until the communists. However, the Soviet Union collapsed, and the “mainstream” media declared the Cold War over and communism defeated, and thus, all the communists in the U.S.A., aka, Stalin’s Useful Idiots, magically disappeared. Poof…. (more)

January 4, 2018
PETER LEMISKA — On December 25th, the New York Times published an editorial by liberal columnist Paul Krugman. It was entitled “America Is Not Yet Lost,” and it was a message wrapped in hope, but filled with hate. Still fuming about the 2016 election and its aftermath, Krugman ranted that Donald Trump has proven himself unfit for office – – morally and intellectually, and that the Republican Party is composed of “cynical apparatchiks, willing to sell out every principle – – and every shred of dignity – – as long as donors get big tax cuts.”… (more)

January 3, 2018

TWINCITIES.COM — Tina Smith raised her right hand and swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution this morning, replacing Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken after a series of allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct. The former Minnesota lieutenant governor took her oath at 11:04 a.m. Central time to be followed by a reenactment in the historic former Senate chamber. Smith becomes the 22nd female senator, a record number of women serving at the same time in the 100-member body…. (more)


January 3, 2018
HAARETZ.COM — In the summer of 2009, as the forces of the Iranian government brutally repressed mass demonstrations protesting a stolen election, the United States sent the people of Iran an unmistakable message. The man regarded as an international beacon of hope offered them no encouragement…. (more)

January 3, 2018

ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — The New York Times’ Russian Reset continues. My weekend column argued that the Democrats and the media are scrambling to pull together a new origination account of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. The original origination account has become a political liability because it centered on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser who featured prominently in the so-called Steele dossier…. (more)


January 3, 2018

LEO HOHMANN — Pictures and videos coming out of Iran are starting to look more like a full-on revolution than a protest movement, but American news agencies continue to be slow to react, describing the historic protests as mostly about the country’s weak economy and chastising President Trump for cheering them on. That’s woefully under-reporting the depth of what is really going on in Iran, say experts on the country’s history and current political environment…. (more)


January 3, 2018
BEN SHAPIRO — Last week, former Obama national security advisor Susan Rice – – she of the infamously shifting Benghazi explanations – – published an op-ed in the New York Times dedicated to the proposition that Trump’s “America first” foreign policy has “relinquish[ed] the nation’s moral authority in these difficult times.” According to Rice, Trump has shifted away from seizing “opportunities to expand prosperity, freedom and security” around the globe…. (more)

January 3, 2018
THE HILL — Republicans on key congressional committees say they have uncovered new irregularities and contradictions inside the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server. For the first time, investigators say they have secured written evidence that the FBI believed there was evidence that some laws were broken when the former secretary of State and her top aides transmitted classified information through her insecure private email server, lawmakers and investigators told The Hill…. (more)

January 3, 2018
PAGE SIX — The federal grand jury handing down indictments for special counsel Robert Mueller doesn’t appear to include any supporters of President Donald Trump, according to one witness who recently testified before the panel…. (more)

January 3, 2018
PATRICK BUCHANAN — What caused the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016, which evolved into the criminal investigation that is said today to imperil the Trump presidency? As James Comey’s FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller have, for 18 months, failed to prove Donald Trump’s “collusion” with the Kremlin, what was it, in mid-2016, that justified starting this investigation?… (more)

January 3, 2018
ALICIA POWE — Leftists are demanding Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes, R-Calif., be put in prison for probing how federal law enforcement conspired to stop Donald Trump from becoming president…. (more)

January 3, 2018
DAILY CALLER — Huma Abedin forwarded sensitive State Department emails, including passwords to government systems, to her personal Yahoo email account before every single Yahoo account was hacked, a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of emails released as part of a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch shows…. (more)

January 3, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump called on Huma Abedin, a former Clinton aide, Tuesday to be jailed for allegedly giving out classified information. “Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aid, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others,” Mr. Trump tweeted…. (more)

January 3, 2018
NEWSMAX — The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says politicians who run sanctuary cities should be charged with crimes. Thomas Homan said in an interview Tuesday with Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto that the Department of Justice needs to file charges against municipalities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities and deny them funding…. (more)

January 2, 2018

NEWSMAX — Sen. Orrin Hatch’s retirement announcement Tuesday triggered an outpouring on Twitter from both critics and admirers of the Utah Republican. The Washington Post’s conservative columnist, Jennifer Rubin, tweeted she was glad to see the veteran and “apologist” for President Donald Trump retire…. (more)


January 2, 2018
NEWSMAX — Former Texas congressman and House Majority leader Tom Delay said Tuesday the race for retiring Utah GOP Sen. Orin Hatch’s seat might end up being a contest about President Donald Trump. In an interview on Newsmax TV’s “Newsmax Now,” DeLay said both 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Utah congressman Jason Chafetz could be interested in the veteran’s Senate spot…. (more)

January 2, 2018
JOE KOVACS — In the wake of Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch’s announcement that he would retire early next year at the end of his term, there have been numerous reports suggesting former Massachusetts Gov. and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was considering running for that seat…. (more)

January 2, 2018
NEWSMAX — Six senators, including both Democrats and Republicans, have introduced a bill in the Senate that would eliminate paperless voting machines from U.S. elections, while also calling for audits to reduce dangers of foreign government interference…. (more)

January 2, 2018

NEWSMAX — North Korea announced Wednesday that it will reopen a cross-border communication channel with South Korea, officials in Seoul said, another sign of easing animosity between the rivals after a year that saw the North conduct nuclear bomb and missile tests and both the Koreas and Washington issue threats of war…. (more)


January 2, 2018
ALAN KEYES — A few days before Christmas, I went to Union Station in Washington, D.C., to sing Christmas carols with a group of folks organized by my friend, Jack Ames, a co-founder of the Defend Life organization. I arrived a little late, to find the group singing in a spot outside the entrance on the west side of the station, near stairs leading down to the Metro. They were gathered ’round a nativity scene, regaling passersby with infectious enthusiasm. I quickly caught their good spirit and joined in…. (more)

January 2, 2018

JOAN SWIRSKY — We’re still weeks away from the day in January last year when Donald J. Trump ascended to the presidency and took his oath of office as the 45th President of the United States of America. Yet, in less than twelve months, he has already had an extraordinary presidency – – more bold, courageous, and revolutionary in many ways than any American president since the Founding Fathers almost two-and-a-half centuries ago…. (more)


January 1, 2018

TIMES OF ISRAEL — U.S. intelligence agencies have given Israel the green light to assassinate the senior Iranian responsible for coordinating military activity on behalf of the Islamic Republic in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida…. (more)


January 1, 2018

WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump tweeted his condolences to the victims of the shooting in Colorado, which took place early Sunday morning and resulted in one officer being killed. The incident took place near an apartment complex south of Denver, according to several news reports. Five officers and two civilians were wounded. One police officer has been confirmed dead…. (more)


January 1, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Which one of the following is true? 1. Massachusetts has passed a law requiring Alcoholics Anonymous to hang posters at their meetings to advertise where to get alcohol…… (more)

January 1, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz says he’s feeling the heat from family and friends over his defense of President Trump amid special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. “It’s caused me to lose seven pounds,” Dershowitz told Politico. “My liberal friends don’t invite me to dinner anymore.”… (more)

News – 1/5/2018

5 Biblical Prophecies Fulfilled in 2017 and 5 More Expected in 2018
A retrospective of Breaking Israel News reveals that so many remarkable and unprecedented events occurred in 2017, conforming to prophecy and bringing the world closer to the Messianic era. Other articles presented hints of prophecies that are still waiting to be revealed in their entirety.

Israeli Lawmakers Approve Preliminary Bill on Death Penalty for Terrorists
Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday approved a preliminary piece of legislation easing the threshold for military courts to carry out executions of convicted terrorists. The bill was approved in a 52-49 vote in its preliminary reading by the Knesset. Currently, military courts have the power to carry out executions only if a panel of three military judges passes a sentence unanimously. The new bill would lower that requirement to a majority verdict.

Russia: US demand for UN meeting on Iran is ‘destructive’
The United Nations Security Council on Friday afternoon will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the recent protests in Iran. The uprising, the largest since a series of mass protests in 2009, began in the city of Mashhad, when demonstrators denounced Iranian President Rouhani over the failure to reduce the country’s high unemployment rates. Efforts to contain the protests have led to the deaths of at least 21 people. However, Russia considers the US-initiated meeting to be “harmful and destructive,” RIA reported

Justice Department investigating Clinton Foundation over ‘pay to play’ allegations
The Justice Department has launched a new investigation into allegations the Clinton Foundation used “pay to play” politics while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state, Fox News has confirmed. A source familiar with the investigation told Fox News late Thursday the investigation is being led by the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI in Little Rock, Ark.

‘World is doomed’: Erdogan denounces U.S. justice after Turkish banker trial
In his first public comments on Wednesday’s verdict, the Turkish president cast the case as American plot to undermine Turkey’s government and economy – an argument likely to resonate with nationalist supporters. A U.S. jury convicted an executive of Turkey’s majority state-owned Halkbank (HALKB.IS) of evading Iran sanctions, at the close of the trial which has strained relations between the NATO allies. Some of the court testimony implicated senior Turkish officials, including Erdogan.

ISIS declares war on Hamas with new video execution
The extremist ISIL group’s branch in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula has taken a simmering dispute with the Palestinian Hamas group based in nearby Gaza to new levels in a 22-minute video calling on its followers to attack the group and executing what it said was a collaborator. It’s an escalation that analysts say has the potential to destabilize an already fragile security situation in Gaza, the Palestinian enclave that Hamas has controlled for the past decade.

Pot bad, offshore drilling good: Trump rolls back two signature Obama-era policies
On the judicial front, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country. The Obama policy was to discourage federal prosecutors from charging people in states that had legalized pot. Sessions said that undermined the rule of law and he will now allow federal prosecutors in those states to decide how aggressively to enforce cannabis laws. On the energy front, the Trump administration moved to vastly expand offshore drilling in Atlantic waters near Maine, California’s Pacific Ocean and the eastern Gulf of Mexico — areas where drilling had been banned by Obama.

Egyptian academic under fire for lecture at Israeli university
One of Egypt’s most distinguished academics is facing a torrent of condemnation for traveling to Israel and giving a lecture at Tel Aviv University in violation of a taboo on “normalization” of relations. Sociologist Saad Eddin Ibrahim, 79, attended an international conference about Egyptian society at the university on Tuesday and lectured to a packed auditorium on “Lessons from 100 Years of Changes in Egypt.

Israel privately urging Trump to back down from UNRWA funding threat
There were cries of joy in Israel Tuesday when the United States threatened to cease funding for the Palestinian refugee aid organization UNRWA as long as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refuses to return to the negotiating table. But the Israeli Foreign Ministry, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has privately urged President Donald Trump’s administration to back down from its threat, according to an Israeli TV report Thursday.

U.S. issues new sanctions on Iran over missiles
The Treasury Department on Thursday sanctioned five Iran-based entities involved in Tehran’s ballistic missile program and announced its intent to add more sanctions on Iran over its treatment of anti-government protesters this past week, just as critical deadlines approach for US President Donald Trump on sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear work.

Syria war: ‘Russian strikes’ kill 25 in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta
Twenty-five civilians are reported to have been killed in air strikes on two towns in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Syria’s capital, Damascus. The Syria Civil Defence said one of its rescue workers was among 18 people who died when what witnesses identified as Russian jets bombed Misraba. Another six people died in suspected Russian strikes on Arbin, it added.

Major chip flaws affect billions of devices
Two major flaws in computer chips could leave a huge number of computers and smartphones vulnerable to security concerns, researchers revealed Wednesday. And a U.S. government-backed body warned that the chips themselves need to be replaced to completely fix the problems. The flaws could allow an attacker to read sensitive data stored in the memory, like passwords, or look at what tabs someone has open on their computer, researchers found.

Genetically-modified animals could be sold in UK after Brexit, says Michael Gove
Genetically-modified animals could be sold in the UK after Brexit, Michael Gove has said. The Environment Secretary said that “bio-tech changes” are coming which will “challenge us to think about the future” as he suggested gene editing could be used to create “more valuable livestock”. But he admitted that the science was still “in its infancy” and that its use would raise “political and moral questions”.

Heavy rains, ferocious winds whip Israel from north to south
Israelis awoke to a morning of harsh weather conditions Friday as heavy rains and furious storms lashed the country from north to south, inflicting floods on various areas and causing trees to come crashing down on parked cars in Tel Aviv. Police officers and municipal crews were forced to nip the first signs of danger in the bud by the early morning after two drivers found themselves ensnared in a puddle 60cm deep at the HaSira Interchange in…Herzliya.

Strong Earthquakes Hit San Francisco And Mount St. Helens And Experts Warn They May Be Foreshocks For ‘Something Larger’
Just when it seemed like things may be settling down, two very unusual earthquakes have hit the west coast within the past couple of days.  A 4.4 magnitude quake struck Berkeley, California just prior to 3 AM on Thursday morning, and a 3.9 magnitude earthquake hit Mount St. Helens in Washington state on Wednesday.  Overall, there have been 68 earthquakes in the vicinity of Mount St. Helens since New Year’s Day, and there have been a total of 629 earthquakes in the state of California within the last 30 days.  Could it be possible that all of this activity is leading up to a historic seismic disaster on the west coast?

FBI Launches New Investigation Into The Clinton Foundation
The probe will focus on pay-for-play schemes and tax code violations.

Israel recently performed one of the greatest medical miracles in history
When we think of modern medicine, we think of pills and advanced scans. But we’d be overlooking a modern marvel: how advanced focused ultrasound technology has been used by Israelis to treat tremors.

Trump Announces Massive Expansion In Offshore Drilling; Environmentalists Outraged
In December 2017, during the twilight days of the previous administration, as one of Barack Obama’s last executive actions the former president formally blocked offshore oil and gas drilling in most of the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean, responding to a call from environmentalists who say the government needs to do more to prevent drilling in environmentally sensitive areas of U.S.-controlled oceans.

PM ‘concerned’ about Yemen crisis
Despite being almost eradicated worldwide, diphtheria is returning to Yemen as a result of the country’s civil war.

Lab Develops DNA Vaccine That Could Lead to One-Dose Flu Vaccination
…a professor in the university’s Department of Microbiology, explained the DNA vaccine in a news release, saying, “The current flu vaccine is an inactivated virus. The whole virus is first grown in eggs, then it’s inactivated and injected. DNA vaccines are different. Instead of producing the vaccines in eggs, we instead inject a genetic code for proteins from the virus into our own cells.

College Kid Makes Case For Infanticide
A University of Knoxville, Tenn., student claims it is okay to kill young children, because they cannot communicate like adults do, the pro-choice college male said in a video released Thursday.

Earthquake Alert: Swarms Reported Near Mt. Saint Helens Volcano
A magnitude 3.9 earthquake that hit near Mount St. Helens early Wednesday was followed by a swarm of aftershocks. This earthquake swarm is sparking fears that the volcano could be awakening once again.

John Kerry wanted Israel to abandon the strategically important Golan Heights – to ISIS
MK Motti Yogev to Arutz Sheva: We are in an amazing and wonderful time period. We are finished with the eight years of Obama’s freeze.

Are You OK With a Muslim Judge Being Sworn In With A Koran?
Patriots, are you comfortable having a Muslim Judge sworn in with her hand on the Koran? Is this even compatible with the U.S. Constitution?

North Korea Missile Hits Own City
A North Korea missile reportedly hit one of its own cities and destroyed several buildings after a failed launch during a test, The Diplomat reported citing a U.S. government source. News of the failure sharply escalates concerns that such an errant missile could lead to war if it lands in a country like Japan or South Korea.

Trump pushes to scale back welfare programs has Republicans on edge
Emboldened by his victory in the passage of the biggest U.S. tax overhaul in decades, President Donald Trump now wants to rein in social welfare programs even though some Republicans are wary of tackling the volatile issue in a congressional election year.

DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison Endorses Antifa (A Terrorist Group) 
DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison has stoked controversy by appearing to endorse Antifa, a group that is formally classified by the federal government as a domestic terror organization.


Strong Earthquakes Hit San Francisco And Mount St. Helens And Experts Warn They May Be Foreshocks For ‘Something Larger’

Just when it seemed like things may be settling down, two very unusual earthquakes have hit the west coast within the past couple of days.  A 4.4 magnitude quake struck Berkeley, California just prior to 3 AM on Thursday morning, and a 3.9 magnitude earthquake hit Mount St. Helens in Washington state on Wednesday.  Overall, there have been 68 earthquakes in the vicinity of Mount St. Helens since New Year’s Day, and there have been a total of 629 earthquakes in the state of California within the last 30 days.  Could it be possible that all of this activity is leading up to a historic seismic disaster on the west coast? (Read More…)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Jan. 5, 2018

Trump Drills Another Obama Regulation

He reverses the moratorium against developing new energy-extracting sites in the nation’s coastal waters.

The Foundation

“It is very imprudent to deprive America of any of her privileges. If her commerce and friendship are of any importance to you, they are to be had on no other terms than leaving her in the full enjoyment of her rights.” —Benjamin Franklin

This ‘n’ That

  • Five terrible reasons to become a pastor. Don’t take that call too lightly, brother; only God truly calls men into ministry.
  • Oh, Spurgeon, you say everything so well!
  • It’s that time of year. Out with the old, in with the new.
  • Jesus Christ is the Author of salvation. Do not miss this great article by Amy Mantravadi.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • This looks like it will be a good read (HT to Paula!).
  • So do these. My Amazon Wishlist is growing!
  • These look delicious, but I’d have to eliminate the cheese.
  • Great stuff from Michelle Lesley to start the new year.
  • Note to self: eating ketchup packets is bad.
  • Florida friends, get some blankets and keep the iguanas warm!
  • The president of the Mormon church has died. This is sobering to consider friends, for unless he repented and trusted in Christ before his death, he has entered into eternal condemnation.
  • You only get one life on this earth.
  • Although, for some limbs, “life” goes on.
If God has given you his Son, it is more than if he had given you a whole world! Be settled in the belief of this great truth, that all things in the world are nothing without Christ. Man, in the midst of worldly riches, is poor without Christ. —William Whitaker

Weekly Watchman for 01/05/2018

Coming Out of the Darkness of Liberal Thought

On today’s show we answer your questions and read your comments from this week. Several listeners have written in about how liberal, anti-biblical thought and dialogue seems to be taking over everywhere. Other subjects we will discuss include:

Islam being called an “Abrahamic Faith” by some pastors.

How can Christians support Donald Trump given his caustic personality?

Pastors and churches sitting on the sidelines instead of fighting secular culture and trends.

A husband and new Christian convert who is sending a lot of money to Word Faith organizations, and his wife’s concern that they are spiraling into financial ruin because of it.

And an email from a recovering liberal who is now seeking God’s truth in His Word with great vigor.

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Opposing Perspectives on Iran, Government

While most of the international intrigue has been over North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear capabilities to attack America, something very interesting is happening in Iran. The radical Muslim nation under the grips of the powerful Ayatollahs has imprisoned and killed Christians, homosexuals and anyone opposing them. But now the people of Iran are rising up in opposition and this isn’t the first time. Under President Obama the U.S. said nothing against the brutal regime in Iran because the president wanted his precious “nuclear treaty” with Iran – a treaty that has proven to be another example of naive thinking and failed foreign policy.

But now President Trump is supporting the uprising to overthrow a brutal Islamic regime and the liberal press is blasting him. We look at a couple of articles and perspectives on this simmering world-stage issue.

In our first segment we check in with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council to look at the difference between state and federal government process, as well as pending legislation that would address “non-discrimination” ordinances being passed in Wisconsin that threaten religious conscience and liberty.

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Public Education Undermining Parents, and Other ‘New Year’ Challenges

It’s bad enough that public education teaches evolution as fact, ignoring God’s Word and the option to teach another view of creation. It’s also sad today’s children are encouraged to “explore their sexuality and gender” without talking with their parents; but now comes a story from West Bend, Wisconsin where Middle School students are being tested to see if they are “privileged,” seemingly concluding they should feel guilty if they come from a religious, white, heterosexual family with a stable environment.

We cover an article written by Todd Starnes exposing the apparent agenda to plant seeds of immorality and indoctrinate middle school children into the radical liberal agenda. This survey given to kids might surprise you. We also discuss an article by our own David Fiorazo sharing insight on eight major topics Christians should watch and discern as we go through 2018.

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Eight Areas of Interest to Christians in 2018

Israel, America, Trump, ISIS, media bias, Planned Parenthood, Hollywood, technology, transgenderism, “tolerance,” and a lukewarm Christian church. Overall, 2017 was a faith-testing year for many of us. Good will continue being called evil and truth will continue to be attacked and redefined. If America stays on its current course down this destructive road where there is no longer objective truth or fixed standards of morality, we’re in big trouble. BUT GOD…

We don’t need to be news junkies, but we should be informed and knowledgeable so we can watch, pray, and be ready for whatever the Lord will bring in 2018. In no particular order, here are some key subjects to consider…

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Headlines – 1/5/2018

‘Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem threatens global peace’

Why do US evangelicals support Trump’s Jerusalem policy?

Guatemala offers to help countries move their embassies to Jerusalem

White House ‘reviewing’ aid to Palestinians after threats to slash funds

Netanyahu urging Americans not to cut funding for UNRWA

Top minister backs US threat to cut UNRWA aid, contradicting Foreign Ministry

Caroline Glick: Trump kicks America’s Palestinian habit

Gazans irked by early-morning calls to prayer – It’s against Islam’s instructions to ‘annoy’ people, says one resident

Hamas members in East Jerusalem could lose residency under new bill

Thousands in Gaza protest against worsening living conditions

As economy crumbles and with ‘nothing to lose,’ war in Gaza grows likely

Hamas leader: Only force will work against Israel

IDF appears to have hit Gaza tunnel in response to mortar attacks

Islamic State in Sinai declares war on Hamas in gruesome execution video

Stranded in Iraq, some Jews say Israel abandoned them

German man sentenced to prison for making fun of Holocaust

Iran blames Israel-backed CIA plot for week of protests

Iran complaint to UN: Trump’s ‘absurd’ tweets incite more protests

UN Security Council to meet on Iran protests, at US request

Russia: US call for UN emergency session on Iran is ‘destructive’

Macron: Change in Iran must come at home, not from abroad

Iran unrest: it’s the economy, stupid, not a cry for freedom or foreign plotters

Iranian army commander offers to help police with protests

Yara Shahidi Compares Iran Protests With Black Lives Matter: We’re All Interconnected

How Iran Became the Dominant Power in the Middle East

Analysis: How Iran is working to destroy Israel from within

Iranian Hackers: Sophisticated, Frustrated and a Rising Global Threat

White House, senators seek Iran measure ahead of nuclear deadline

With nuke deal tottering, Iran protests could be death blow or saving grace

US penalises companies linked to Iran missile programme

Egypt arrests 75, including officials, with corruption

Saudi Arabia: No evidence shows it had a hand in 9/11 attack

America’s longest war: US remains in Afghanistan

U.S. suspends at least $900 million in security aid to Pakistan

After Trump tweet, Pakistan talks of ‘response’ to US action

China says it welcomes efforts to improve ties on Korean peninsula

US agrees to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after Olympics

Trump, South Korean president agree to keep up ‘maximum pressure’ on North Korea

North Korea Threat ‘Severest Since WWII’, Says Japan’s Shinzo Abe

Mexican psychic predicts no US-North Korea nuclear war

Cash-Strapped Venezuela Offers to Pay for Medicines With Diamonds

Trump push to scale back welfare programs has Republicans on edge

The Dow Jones industrial average tops 25,000 for first time, continuing its history-making rise

Trump-Bannon feud drives wedge through their populist movement

Bannon calls Trump a ‘great man’ and brushes off uproar over tell-all book

Meltdown and Spectre: ‘worst ever’ CPU bugs affect virtually all computers

Tech giant is rolling out new robots to replace workers in hotels, airports and supermarkets

India’s national ID database is reportedly accessible for less than $10

Scientists weigh in on 6 volcanoes that are heating up in 2018

4.4 Earthquake rocks San Francisco Bay Area

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Heavy rains, floods and even hail batter Israel’s north in worst storm of season

Israel’s New year rain follows driest December in 18 years

Record-setting blizzard buries New England in over a foot of snow, brings travel to a halt

‘Bomb cyclone’ forces world’s largest passenger jet to land at small New York airport

It’s so cold in Florida, iguanas are falling from trees

Genetically-modified animals could be sold in UK after Brexit, says Michael Gove

Republicans to Jeff Sessions: Get Your Hands Off Our Weed

Overwhelmed By Swelling Flu Cases, Some ERs Having To Turn Ambulances Away

Planned Parenthood Annual Report: 82 Abortions for Every Adoption Referral

Christian Persecution and Genocide Is Worse Now Than “Any Time in History,” Report Says

Russell Moore – Does Jeremiah 29:11 Apply to You?

Sandy Simpson – A Commentary on the Museum of the Bible

Topless Dancing at Christalignment “Workshop”-Does Kris Vallotton Approve?

Bethel: Stretching the truth with… Destiny Pants?

Ed Stetzer Promotes False Prophetess, Christine Caine

Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report: 321,384 Abortions Performed by Organization in 2016-2017

Facebook Temporarily Removed ‘Warriors for Christ’ Facebook Page

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 01:13 PM PST

Facebook Temporarily Removed ‘Warriors for Christ’ Facebook PageFacebook temporarily shut down the page “Warriors for Christ.” Why? The official corporate line is that the page violated the social media giant’s community standards. But the Christ fighters have a few other thoughts — namely, that Facebook is simply showing its pro-LGBT, anti-Christian bias. This, from the page administrator, Nellchy Kentley, in a letter to Pamela Geller: “On 29th December 2017, Facebook shut down our page because of our biblical stance on marriage.

Facebook has been after our page for many years and often censored our posts simply because they contained truth articles on statistics, Bible verses and memes that exposed the hypocrisy of the left.” Following a petition drive, and pressure from the public — including the page’s 225,000 or so followers — Facebook reinstated the page. But what’s up with a prayer page that makes it so hated by Facebook censors? FULL STORY

 

Progressive Christianity Is As Much Of A Threat To Your Kids’ Faith As Atheism

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 01:06 PM PST

Progressive Christianity Is As Much Of A Threat To Your Kids’ Faith As Atheism(By PNW) In our backyard we used to have a beautiful lime tree. One day I noticed that a thorny vine of some kind had started growing around it. It looked enough like the rest of the tree that I figured it was just another stage of growth. A quick Google search told me thorns often grow around citrus trees, so I didn’t think much more about it. Then, within a couple of months, the thorns took over the tree and it began to die. A gardener looked at it and said these particular thorns weren’t part of the tree at all. It turns out they were a foreign invader.

Had the foreign invader looked more foreign, I would have realized the need to uproot it immediately. But because it shared surface-level similarities with the tree, I was fooled into thinking it was all the same thing. I often write here about the threat hostile atheists pose to kids’ faith today. But atheism is not the only threat. In fact, there’s a particular threat that can be even more dangerous because it less obviously requires attention. It’s like the thorny plant that gradually killed my lime tree because I didn’t even realize it was foreign. READ MORE

 

PROPHECY WATCH: Visits by religious Jews to Temple Mount increased by 75% in 2017

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 01:02 PM PST

PROPHECY WATCH: Visits by religious Jews to Temple Mount increased by 75% in 2017The number of visits by religious Jews to the Temple Mount has increased by 75% in 2017, compared to 2016, according to the Yera’eh organization, which encourages Jewish ascent to the Temple Mount. In the past year, there have been 25,628 religious Jews’ visits to the Temple Mount, compared with 14,626 last year, 11,001 visits in 2015, 11,754 in 2014, and only 5,658 visits by religious Jews in 2009.

Religious Jews are counted separately from the other visitors and are not allowed to enter the Temple Mount compound without a police escort. Assaf Fried, spokesman for the Temple Organizations Headquarters, who promote Jewish ascent to the Temple Mount, attributes the increase in visits to the fact that, other than one attack on the Temple Mount in July, 2017, in which two Border Police officers were killed by Israeli Arabs, security in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount is perceived by the Israeli public as being relatively calm. READ MORE

Pakistan promises ‘cold-blooded’ response to Trump’s abrupt aid cut

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 10:59 AM PST

Pakistan promises ‘cold-blooded’ response to Trump’s abrupt aid cutIslamabad has warned Donald Trump against endangering US-Pakistani cooperation in Afghanistan, promising a “cold-blooded” response to Washington’s aid cut. The US carried out some 60,000 attacks from Pakistani soil, it said.  In a seething series of tweets, Pakistan’s foreign minister ripped into Trump’s accusation that Islamabad has double-crossed the US in Afghanistan, noting that Pakistan

“went through a bloodbath” after “blindly” trusting Washington.  “You ask what we’ve done? From our bases you carried out 57,800 attacks on Afghanistan… thousands of our civilians and soldiers became victims of the war initiated by you,” Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif wrote. Citing Pakistan’s “unending saga of sacrifices” in the fight against terrorism, Asif wrote that “history teaches us not to blindly trust the US… [we] will not compromise our dignity anymore.”  READ MORE

Couple Told They Should Abort Child With Fatal Condition Returns to Same Hospital 3 Years Later With Their Healthy Little Girl

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 10:49 AM PST

Couple Told They Should Abort Child With Fatal Condition Returns to Same Hospital 3 Years Later With Their Healthy Little GirlA young couple who were once encouraged by doctors to abort their little baby girl due to her “fatal” heart condition has returned to the same hospital with their bouncing, healthy child. Back when their unborn daughter, Amnesty, was developing in the womb, married couple Dusty and Krystal Marshall were told she required urgent surgery to repair her spine. But, when they made it to the medical center for the operation, they were further informed that their baby girl did not qualify for the surgery on

account of a heart defect that she had developed. “Because she had a heart issue, spinal bifida and a clubbed foot, it was possible that she had a chromosomal defect. That really brought up the concern for maybe having an abortion,” Krystal explained in a new video. But the couple decided to reject the medical advice, accept the risks, grab hold of their faith and choose life for their baby. They were so impressed by the staff at Children’s Hospital Colorado that they chose to move their entire family out there to go ahead with the pregnancy. READ MORE

Paula White on White House Faith Agenda: If You Thought Last Year Was Big, Wait Until This Year

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 10:43 AM PST

Paula White on White House Faith Agenda: If You Thought Last Year Was Big, Wait Until This YearPastor Paula White, a key faith advisor to President Donald Trump, says Christians have a lot to look forward to in 2018 as it relates to the White House and its faith agenda.  Appearing on CBN’s Faith Nation, White told hosts David Brody and Jenna Browder about some of the specific initiatives Trump’s Faith Advisory Council is planning to unveil soon.

“We’ll have about six initiatives – exciting, exciting things that, if we thought we did some things last year, boy, wait until this year,” White said. “We’ll be touching on everything from humanitarian, working of course on criminal justice reform, religious liberties, so many different aspects, mental healthcare, substance abuse.”  CONTINUE

DEVELOPING: Massive Flooding Wreaking Havoc Along Massachusetts Coast

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 10:38 AM PST

DEVELOPING: Massive Flooding Wreaking Havoc Along Massachusetts CoastReports of major flooding are pouring in from coastal Massachusetts communities on Thursday afternoon. Multiple cars were reportedly stuck in flood waters along Newport Avenue Extension in Quincy ahead of high tide. Rescues are now in progress. Flooding was also reported in the Squantum neighborhood, with water into houses. A shelter is being set up at Quincy High School. On Dyke Street in Marshfield, a mother and two children had to be rescued while firefighters made three other single

vehicle rescues on other nearby roads. Newburyport police said a few people are being evacuated on Plum Island due to flooding. Several streets in the city are also closed due to high water. Parts of Causeway Street, Morrissey Boulevard and Seaport Boulevard in Boston were underwater too, and the harborside entrance at the MBTA’s Aquarium Station is temporarily closed due to flooding. READ MORE

Kim Jong-un could launch nuclear strike on US in less than Six Months

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 06:16 AM PST

Kim Jong-un could launch nuclear strike on US in less than Six MonthsNorth Korea could be able to launch a nuclear attack on the United States in less than six months despite sanctions starting to have a large effect on the population, East Asia expert Gordon Chang warned. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un warned he was ready to press the “nuclear button” on his desk to hit the United States, possibly kickstarting World War 3.

But Mr Chang said the international community has between three to six months before North Korea reaches nuclear capability to defuse tensions. He said: “Kim Jong-un actually doesn’t have a button he can push right now. Maybe three months, six months from now, he can pick up the phone and launch a nuke at the United States. “The one thing Kim can do is launch an electromagnetic pulse device: he doesn’t need heat shielding, he doesn’t need guidance. He could do a lot of damage to the United States.” READ MORE

Alaska Town Forgoes Funding Church Renovation After Atheist Group Complains

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 06:11 AM PST

Alaska Town Forgoes Funding Church Renovation After Atheist Group ComplainsAn Alaskan city council has reneged on a plan to give a historic local church funding to repair the outside of the building after the nation’s leading secularist group voiced a complaint. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has claimed victory after the city assembly of Sitka voted 4 to 3 against a motion to give St. Michael’s Cathedral $5,000 from the municipality’s visitor’s enhancement fund to repair exterior damages to the church building.

“It’s a fundamental American principle that citizens may not be taxed to support a church,” FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor said in a statement after the vote. “We’re pleased that the majority of Sitka City Assembly members nixed this very bad idea.” Local radio station KCAW reports that the idea to donate $5,000 to the church, which is a key focal point in the town and is suffering from structural problems and a leaking roof, was proposed to the city assembly on Nov. 7 and spurred much debate surrounding the issue of separation of church and state. READ MORE

Catastrophic Hailstorm buries cars in ice in Biblian, Ecuador

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 06:02 AM PST

Catastrophic Hailstorm buries cars in ice in Biblian, EcuadorAn apocalyptic hailstorm accompanied by heavy rains surprised the inhabitants of Biblián, in the province of Cañar, Ecuador on January 2, 2018 afternoon, at around 4:00 p.m. The most intense rainfall

that has been recorded in the last 15 years in the city lasted a little more than an hour, but with such a fury that it completely buried cars in a hell lot of hail! Here some pictures and videos reporting the unbelievable hail accumulation: MORE

RUMORS OF WAR: Chinese President orders army to prepare for War…

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 05:53 AM PST

RUMORS OF WAR: Chinese President orders army to prepare for War…In the clip, filmed in Central Theatre Command on Wednesday, more than 7,000 Chinese servicemen await Xi’s New Year orders.  As the camera pans through the crowd, it gives an insight into how regimented the world’s largest army is. Speaking in front of thousands of troops and over 300 perfectly organized military vehicles, Xi – the Communist Party’s General Secretary – ordered his forces to prepare for the event of war.

“Here I give my orders: the military at all levels should strengthen military training and war preparedness. “The military should continue to implement actual and joint training under combat conditions, and continue to conduct strict training in accordance with the Outline for Military Training and Evaluation. “The military should hold training and competition with mass participation, strengthen tailored and adversarial training, enhance real combat capabilities, and master the skills to fight and win.” READ MORE

Popular sugar additive fueling spread of superbugs…

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 05:50 AM PST

Popular sugar additive fueling spread of superbugs…Two bacterial strains that have plagued hospitals around the country may have been at least partly fueled by a sugar additive in our food products, scientists say. Trehalose, a sugar that is added to a wide range of food products, could have allowed certain strains of Clostridium difficile to become far more virulent than they were before, a new study finds.  The results, described in the journal Nature, highlight

the unintended consequences of introducing otherwise harmless additives to the food supply.  C. difficile is a nasty bacterium — infection can result in severe diarrhea and death — and numbers among the most prevalent hospital-acquired infections in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half a million people were sickened by the bug in 2011. Some 29,000 of those patients died within 30 days of being diagnosed with C. difficile, and about 15,000 of those deaths were directly linked to the infection. READ MORE

Nissan unveils technology that can interpret signals from drivers’ brains

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 05:44 AM PST

Nissan unveils technology that can interpret signals from drivers’ brainsNissan claims to have developed a car that can read its driver’s mind. Software adapted from the medical profession is translating a driver’s thoughts into action to improve vehicle responsiveness. The technology will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. The software monitors brain wave activity to anticipate intended movement, be that turning the steering wheel or

hitting the brakes. Nissan says the system can react between 0.2-0.5 second faster than the driver without being considered intrusive. The B2V technology is meant to make driving more enjoyable in a semi-autonomous world by speeding up reaction times and having vehicles that constantly adapt to their owner’s driving style. Nissan vice-president Daniele Schillaci says the software takes connectivity to the next level. READ MORE

 

City threatens to condemn man’s home — for sheltering homeless during cold!

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 05:36 AM PST

City threatens to condemn man’s home — for sheltering homeless during cold!A suburban Chicago resident who was offering up “slumber parties” in his basement for homeless people in his neighborhood during dangerously cold weather says city officials have given him an ultimatum. Stop the “slumber parties” or the house will be condemned. Greg Schiller, of Elgin, said he began letting a group of homeless people sleep in his unfinished basement last month during brutally cold nights,

offering them food, warm beverages and a cot to sleep on while watching movies. “I would stay up all night with them and give them coffee and stuff and feed them,” he said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were allowed inside his residence during the evening events. Last winter, Schiller offered up his garage to area homeless, but said he was told he could no longer do so after EMTs were called to help a man with a heart condition. That’s when he had the idea to move them to his basement – READ MORE

4.4 Earthquake rattles most dangerous fault in California

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 05:29 AM PST

4.4 Earthquake rattles most dangerous fault in CaliforniaCalifornia has been struck by a powerful earthquake on a dangerous fault line experts believe could unleash a dreaded “big one” as soon as tomorrow.  California has today been rocked by a 4.4 magnitude earthquake in the Bay Area of Berkley shortly after 3am local time (11am GMT). The “terrifying” tremor has left millions across the state fearing an imminent “Big One” earthquake measuring magnitude 7 or greater on the Richter Scale.

The US state has not been struck by a magnitude 7 or greater earthquake since a colossal rupture in the San Andreas Fault laid waste to San Francisco in 1906. The massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake reduced buildings to rubble in less than a minute, killing around 7,500 people and destroying 80% of the city. Experts believe there is a 70% chance a tremor on a similar scale will strike the Bay Area of San Francisco within the next 30 years. READ MORE

 

Israel Busts Hamas Terror Cell in Judea and Samaria

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 05:21 AM PST

Israel Busts Hamas Terror Cell in Judea and SamariaIsrael’s combined security services nabbed a 17-man Palestinian terror cell in November that was working to execute terror attacks in Judea and Samaria, with guidance from Hamas in Gaza. The Shin Bet (Israel’s Security Agency) revealed Monday that the main figure behind the elaborate terror plot is Abdallah Arar, a terrorist who was involved in the kidnapping and murder of Sasson Nureil in 2005.

Arar was captured by Israel and was subsequently released in the 2011 prisoner exchange with Hamas, during which Israel released some 1,000 Palestinian terrorists in exchange for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. Arar has since returned to terrorism. Arar is suspected of ordering Ala Salim, a resident of Jabba in the Binyamin region, to establish a terror cell and acquire an M16 assault rifle for the purpose of carrying out terror attacks. Arar gave Salim funds for this purpose. READ MORE

 

UK Council Responds to Petition to Ban Franklin Graham for ‘Hateful’ LGBT, Islam Views

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 06:30 PM PST

UK Council Responds to Petition to Ban Franklin Graham for ‘Hateful’ LGBT, Islam ViewsThe city council of Blackpool in the U.K. has said that it’s up to the country’s authorities to determine whether evangelist Franklin Graham’s conservative views on homosexuality and Islam amount to hate speech that would bar him from entering the country. Graham is scheduled to speak at the Lancashire Festival of Hope in September, though almost 7,500 people have signed an online petition seeking to bar him from the U.K.

Councillor Maria Kirkland, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for Third Sector Engagement and Leisure Services, responded to the controversy in a statement to anti-Muslim attack monitoring group TellMAMA Tuesday, saying, “The council has been made aware of a number of alleged comments and opinions on topics including gender, sexuality, race and immigration by Franklin Graham, the main speaker at this event.” READ MORE

PCUSA Updates Book of Common Worship to Have ‘Inclusive Language’ for Same-Sex Marriage

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 06:27 PM PST

PCUSA Updates Book of Common Worship to Have ‘Inclusive Language’ for Same-Sex MarriagePresbyterian Church (USA) will soon have a new Book of Common Worship, which will include a new marriage service text that will feature “inclusive language.” Scheduled to be released in May, the latest edition of the BCW is the first revision of the voluntary worship resource since 1993. Among the changes made, the new edition will feature what the PCUSA publication Presbyterians Today described as “inclusive language” for its marriage rite.

“A revised marriage service features inclusive language and a flexible format, making the service useful for all sorts of couples and family configurations,” Presbyterians Today reported on Tuesday. “Those who want to renew their vows will find a service that is adaptable for a variety of people and places. Also included is a brief service of prayer for those who seek a way to ritually mark the end of a marriage.” READ MORE

East Coast under state of emergency as ‘Bomb Cyclone colder than Mars’ advances

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 06:20 PM PST

East Coast under state of emergency as ‘Bomb Cyclone colder than Mars’ advancesApproaching Storm Grayson has thrust the US East Coast into a state of emergency as a “bomb cyclone” colder than Mars advances, it has been announced. Residents have been warned about Storm Grayson in the states of Florida, Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina as the blizzard sweeps across the region. The city of Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania, has also declared a snow emergency that will begin at midnight. A “bomb cyclone”, otherwise known as the “bombogenesis” effect, occurs when the barometric pressure of

a storm drops by 24 millibars in 24 hours. Barometric pressure is an instrument used to measure atmospheric pressure. The shockingly cold temperatures will plague the US with figures lower than Mars – the red planet’s highest temperature sat at minus 18.8 Celsius. New Hampshire is expected to see temperatures as frighteningly low as minus 37.2 Celsius. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster warned residents against the powerful storm and declared that pets should be kept indoors. READ MORE

Why So Many Believers Don’t Pray for Revival

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 06:11 PM PST

Why So Many Believers Don’t Pray for Revival(By Brad Tuttle) As I have been praying for a heaven-sent visitation of God and for people to have a heart to pray for one, the Lord spoke to me four reasons why we do not pray for revival. But first, a short description of what revival means to me: Revival is God, in His love and mercy, invading earth with His glorious manifest presence, intervening in lives in a tangible, life-changing way that influences and impacts all spheres of society. Revival is Father’s outrageous, unstoppable love transforming lives,

giving us a heart that burns with passion for the least, the last and the lost. Revival is God’s glorious, majestic, powerful, awe-inspiring, kingdom here on earth as it is heaven. We do not pray for revival because we do not realize just how much our Father loves us or recognize His passionate heart for the world (I John 4:16, John 3:16) We do not pray for revival because we do not understand or believe in the effectiveness of our prayers to move the mighty hand of God. Learn about effectual, fervent prayer in James 5:16. CONTINUE

Woman receives bionic hand with sense of touch

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 06:05 PM PST

Woman receives bionic hand with sense of touchScientists in Rome have unveiled the first bionic hand with a sense of touch that can be worn outside a laboratory. The recipient, Almerina Mascarello, who lost her left hand in an accident nearly a quarter of a century ago, said “it’s almost like it’s back again”. In 2014 the same international team produced the world’s first feeling bionic hand. But the sensory and computer equipment it was linked to was too large

to leave the laboratory. Now the technology is small enough to fit in a rucksack, making it portable. The development team included engineers, neuroscientists, surgeons, electronics and robotics specialists from Italy, Switzerland and Germany. The prosthetic hand has sensors that detect information about whether an object is soft or hard. READ MORE

Rare Winter storm strikes Florida

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 05:59 PM PST

Rare Winter storm strikes FloridaInterstate 10 in North Florida has reopened, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The interstate from Tallahassee to Madison was closed earlier today because of the winter storm. FHP officials say they are not aware of any serious crashes because of the weather.  Interstate 10 west from Mahan Drive has been opened after most of the state highway was closed Wednesday morning during a winter ice storm.

Closures remain to the east to Live Oak, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Leon County Emergency Management Director Kevin Peters, said the Thomasville Road flyover was reopenned at about 1 p.m. “We have sunny skies and temperatures above freezing so I’m not expecting any more closures,” Peters said. Peters said the unusual storm, which dropped a light sprinkling of snow, sleet and freezing rain across the Big Bend, kept emergency officials busy. READ MORE

3.9 earthquake strikes near Mount St. Helens, 2nd strongest since 1981

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 05:54 PM PST

3.9 earthquake strikes near Mount St. Helens, 2nd strongest since 1981Several small earthquakes shook an area east of Mount. St. Helens late Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning. According to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, the largest quake, a magnitude 3.9, hit east of Spirit Lake near Mount Saint Helens just after 12:30 a.m. A series of smaller quakes, ranging from magnitude 1.6 to magnitude 2.7 stuck shortly after. A total of 15 quakes were reported in the area as of 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Wes Thelen, a seismologist for the Cascades Volcano Observatory said the earthquake hit about seven miles northeast of the mountain and about three miles east of Spirit Lake.Thelen said more than 100 people reported feeling the quake. Some of those reports were from as far away as Portland up to the  Puget Sound near Seattle, he said. While a series of quakes are common around the mountain, the Wednesday episode stands out. READ MORE

Mount St. Helens Is Rumbling Again With 40 Earthquakes Since New Years Day

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 05:51 PM PST

Mount St. Helens Is Rumbling Again With 40 Earthquakes Since New Years DaySince New Years Day Mount St. Helens has experienced 40 earthquakes within its vicinity as tremors continue every few hours. The most powerful earthquake was a magnitude 3.9 that occurred around midnight west coast time about 5 miles from Mount St. Helens and 23 miles from the town of Morton. The 3.9 magnitude earthquake was felt in Portland but there were no reported injuries or damage. Since that earthquake there have been 16 more earthquakes, averaging about every half hour with magnitudes from 0.6 to 2.6.

It is common to experience swarms of earthquakes at Mount St. Helens. While it is certainly not a sign of an impending eruption, the earthquakes are a result of an active volcanic system. Mount St. Helens is most commonly known for its major eruption in 1980, the deadliest and most economically damaging volcanic event in the history of the United States. The stratovolcano is situated just 96 miles from Seattle and 50 miles from Portland, making an eruption especially dangerous. FULL REPORT


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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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January 4, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

The Trump administration is pushing back against China’s efforts to boost its economic ties with Latin America, as the rivalry intensifies between the world’s two largest economies.

The Trump administration is poised to open the door to selling new offshore drilling rights from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arctic Sea, igniting a fight with coastal residents worried about oil spills befouling beaches and jeopardizing tourism dollars.

The White House is banning its employees from using personal mobile phones while at work in the West Wing, despite concerns among some staffers that they’ll be cut off from children and other relatives trying to reach them.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Sessions will instead let federal prosecutors where pot is legal decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law, the people said.

A suicide bomber killed 14 worshipers at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, a day after Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in a rare video.

A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Manhattan could get as much as 9 inches of snow late Thursday and Boston could see 14 inches.

Payrolls at U.S. companies increased in December by the most in nine months, consistent with further progress in the labor market, according to data released Thursday from the ADP Research Institute in Roseland, New Jersey. Private payrolls rose by 250k, exceeding all estimates in a Bloomberg survey, after a revised 185k increase in Nov.

The world’s biggest chipmakers and software companies, including Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp., are coming to grips with a vulnerability that leaves vast numbers of computers and smartphones susceptible to hacking and performance slowdowns.

On Tuesday, the technology website The Register said a bug lets some software gain access to parts of a computer’s memory that are set aside to protect things like passwords. All computers with Intel chips from the past 10 years appear to be affected, the report said.

U.S. manufacturing expanded in December at the fastest pace in three months, as gains in orders and production capped the strongest year for factories since 2004.

AP Top Stories

President Donald Trump appeared to threaten millions of dollars in U.S. aid to the Palestinians in a series of tweets Tuesday after a decision to also withhold funds from Pakistan earlier in the day.

Comparing the ongoing anti-government protests in Iran to demonstrations in the U.S. like Black Lives Matter, actress and activistYara Shahidi is urging Americans to consider just how interconnected the situation in Iran is to the U.S. experience.

Iran’s most fervent regional foes, Saudi Arabia and Israel, are both eagerly looking for signs of vulnerability and imminent change in their nemesis amid the past week of protests across the country. But they’ve taken vastly different approaches of how to engage with the upheaval.

Pakistan is shrugging off proposed U.S. aid cuts but frets that Washington could take more drastic measures to deter what it sees as the South Asian nation’s support for Taliban militants causing chaos in neighboring Afghanistan.

The recent influx of mostly young, male migrants into Germany has led to an increase in violent crime in the country, according to a government-funded study published Wednesday.

The U.N. human rights chief called on Iran on Wednesday to rein in security forces to avoid further violence and respect the right of protesters to freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly.

Tax reform could move the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates faster than it anticipates, minutes of the Fed’s December meeting showed.

BBC

Lawyers for US President Donald Trump are seeking to stop the release of a book containing explosive insights into his presidency, US media report.

A passenger train has caught fire in South Africa after colliding with a truck, killing at least 12 people and injuring 268, officials have said.

Winter storms have been sweeping across Western Europe, causing three deaths and widespread disruption. Tens of thousands of people have been affected by power cuts, and air travel has been disrupted.

The 11,500-year-old remains of an infant girl from Alaska have shed new light on the peopling of the Americas. Genetic analysis of the child, allied to other data, indicates she belonged to a previously unknown, ancient group.

Patients undergoing surgery in Africa are more than twice as likely to die following an operation as the global average, researchers said.

Twenty-five civilians are reported to have been killed in air strikes on two towns in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Syria’s capital, Damascus.

WND

Security researchers on Wednesday disclosed a set of security flaws that they said could let hackers steal sensitive information from nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and ARM Holdings.

Iceland on Monday became the first country in the world to force employers to pay workers the same rate – regardless of gender, sexuality or ethnicity.


The Briefing — Thursday, January 4, 2018

1) Mormon President’s death highlights differences between historic Christianity and Mormonism

Mormon Newsroom –
President Thomas S. Monson Dies at Age 90

2) Should the Mormon church be considered a Christian denomination?

AP (Brady McCombs) –
Mormon baptisms of Holocaust victims draw ire

3) In spite of “official” doctrine, Mennonite church continues leftward trend

Religion News Service (Kimberly Winston) –
Largest group of Mennonite churches leaves denomination

4) Another strange milestone in the sexual and moral revolution

Wall Street Journal (Lukas I. Alpert) –
Playboy Might Kill Magazine to Focus on ‘World of Playboy’


News – 1/4/2018

Trump to announce ‘most dishonest’ and ‘corrupt media awards’ next week
“I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock.” Trump tweeted on Tuesday, adding: “Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!”

‘In 2017, Jews Won War for Temple Mount’ – Activist
In the past year, an unprecedented number of Jews ascended to their holiest site, laying claim in a manner that some Temple Mount Activists consider even more significant than the IDF victory in 1967 that unified Jerusalem. The next step for the Jews, prayer on the Temple Mount, may be even closer than most realize, waiting on a court case set to be decided in just a few weeks. “The war for the Temple Mount is finally over,” Fried told Breaking Israel News. “Now, we need more Jews to go up to the Temple Mount, and we all need to do much more spiritual work because the next step is the Temple.”

Burning Man Announces Newest Centerpiece: Temple to Greek Goddess
The Burning Man Festival, held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada in August, has chosen its centerpiece structure, a massive wood temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Gaia, that is just one of the many pagan symbols featured at the popular desert gathering.

Neo-Nazi behind the Daily Stormer website has Jewish ancestry
Prominent American neo-Nazi comes from ‘mixed-race family’, says his mother, and has Jewish ancestors on both sides.  Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer’s mother, Alyse, confirmed to Newsweek magazine in an article published Wednesday that her son comes from a “large, mixed race family” with Native American heritage, and that he has Jewish lineage “on both sides of his family.” His Jewish heritage was first reported by Gawker in 2012 when he volunteered the information to a reporter, but this is the first time a family member has confirmed his background.

Israel strikes Gaza terror infrastructure following rocket fire
The Israel Air Force struck terror infrastructure in the southern Gaza Strip early Thursday morning following three mortar shells which were fired towards Israel on Wednesday. A statement released by the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit stated that the airstrikes targeted a “central terror infrastructure” and while Israel holds Hamas responsible…the statement did not mention the group, which rules the enclave.

Haley hosts reception for diplomats who voted ‘no’ on Jerusalem UN vote
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley hosted her counterparts from 64 nations on Wednesday night who abstained, voted ‘no’ or remained absent last month on a General Assembly resolution condemning the Trump administration for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital…”It’s easy for friends to be with you in the good times, but it’s the friends who are with you during the challenging times that will never be forgotten,” Haley said.

Deadly storm blasts across Europe, killing three
Winter storms are sweeping across western Europe, causing three deaths and widespread disruption. Tens of thousands of people have been affected by power cuts, and air travel has been disrupted. Two people drowned on Spain’s northern Basque coast after being swept away by a huge wave and a skier was killed by a falling tree in the French Alps.

Iran protests: US accused of ‘grotesque’ interference
Iran has accused the US of “grotesque” interference in its internal affairs in a letter to the UN. It said the US leadership, in “numerous absurd tweets, [had] incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts” which violated international law. Twenty-one people died in six days of protests sparked by Iran’s economic problems, which spanned several cities.

Tech giant is rolling out new robots to replace workers in hotels, airports and supermarkets
A Korean tech giant on Thursday announced new robots that take aim squarely at the jobs of many services industry workers around the globe. There have long been predictions that advances in artificial intelligence and automation could end up eliminating millions of jobs over time, and tech companies have been testing robots to carry out a variety of tasks — from working in a pizza parlor to making deliveries…

There Have Been More Than 30,000 Documented Terror Attacks Worldwide Since September 2001
When are we going to say that enough is enough?  According to Act For America,  more than 30,000 documented terror attacks have taken place around the world since September 11th, 2001.  And in case you were wondering, almost all of those terror attacks were committed by radical Islamic terrorists.

Vicious Winter Storm Brings Snow to Florida as It Winds Northward
For the first time in 28 years, it is snowing in Florida — and the storm is far from over.

Exclusive-Kris Kobach: Voter Fraud Commission ‘Being Handed Off’ to DHS, Will No Longer Be ‘Stonewalled’ by Dems
Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach says the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity will be “handed off” to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to “more effectively” investigate voter fraud without being “stonewalled” by Democrats.

Bombshell Study: Migrants Caused 92% Violent Crime Increase In Germany
Migrants are responsible for a 92% increase in reported violent crimes in Germany during 2015 and 2016, according to a university criminologist study.

A WORLD OF SHAME: Allied forces knew about Holocaust two years before discovery of concentration camps, secret documents reveal
Newly accessed material from the United Nations – not seen for around 70 years – shows that as early as December 1942, the US, UK and Soviet governments were aware that at least two million Jews had been murdered and a further five million were at risk of being killed, and were preparing charges. Despite this, the Allied Powers did very little to try and rescue or provide sanctuary to those in mortal danger.

Company Harvesting Human Body Heat to Mine Cryptocurrencies
A Dutch startup has been using the body heat of volunteers to mine cryptocurrencies in a project reminiscent of “The Matrix.”

Tech Firms: Spying On Iranian Activists
…Since 2009, Iran’s mullahs have mastered the surveillance capabilities of the internet and smart phones, in large part due to critical help they’ve received from western telecom companies, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.

Homosexuality Splits Mennonite Church
The largest conference of Mennonite churches in the U.S. split from the Mennonite community Monday in a dispute over the denomination’s stance on homosexuality.

Even The Penguins Are Panicking: North America Is Entering A Record-Setting Deep Freeze
North America is in the grip of a record-setting cold spell that’s set to culminate with the arrival of a “bomb cyclone” along the eastern seaboard late Thursday. The cold front has delivered temperatures that haven’t been seen in decades.

President Donald Trump Recognized as ‘Pro-Life Person of the Year’ for 2017
One of the most prominent pro-life groups in America has given its annual award to President Donald Trump, declaring him the 2017 “Pro-Life Person of the Year.”

Chelsea Clinton Sends Happy New Year Tweet to The Church of Satan 
Chelsea Clinton wished The Church of Satan a Happy New Year Tuesday during an exchange on social media.

Mid-Day Snapshot

Jan. 4, 2018

More Evidence the FBI Fixated on Trump, Fixed for Clinton

This is how banana republics operate, not republics defined by constitutional Rule of Law.

The Foundation

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” —John Adams (1775)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: January 4

  • Stocks records tumble, oil at highest since 2015 (Read More)
  • Massive Winter Storm Threatens East Coast With Snow and Floods (Read More)
  • Boston, New York Bear Brunt of Canceled Flights Before Storm (Read More)
  • Bitcoin Is a Hit in Countries Where Locals Face Currency Troubles (Read More)
  • Trump’s welfare plans have Republicans on edge (Read More)
  • Russia urges U.S. not to interfere in Iran’s ‘domestic affairs’ (Read More)
  • Commodities Are on Their Longest Winning Streak in History (Read More)
  • Cash-Strapped Venezuela Offers Diamonds for Medicines (Read More)
  • U.S. military warns against getting hopes up over North Korean overture (Read More)
  • The Rise of Untraceable ‘Ghost Guns’ (Read More)
  • German tax office targets Chinese online retailers: Handelsblatt (Read More)
  • Why Trump Ended His Hunt for Fake Votes (Read More
  • JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs come top of banker pay league in Britain (Read More)
  • Oil Rises From 3-Year High After Best Start to Year Since 2012 (Read More)
  • Iranian army commander offers to help police with protests (Read More)
  • How a Secretive Conclave Decides When U.S. Recessions Happen (Read More)

Headlines – 1/4/2018

Israelis voice warnings, Palestinians talk of ‘blackmail’ in wake of tweets by Trump

PA attacks on Trump triggered angry Twitter response threatening US aid

White House: Trump won’t subsidize Palestinians if they spread lies about the US

Nikki Haley says US may also cut funding to UN’s Palestinian relief agency

Top PLO official says Trump threatened to ‘starve Palestinian children’

Why Trump’s funding threat to Palestinians is even more dangerous than Jerusalem move

Rebuffing Trump aid threat, Palestinians say Jerusalem ‘not for sale’

Trump’s Mideast policy: Diplomatic Darwinism in the quest for the ultimate deal

Israeli Seen as Heir to Netanyahu Says Two-State Idea Is Over

Haley hosts reception for diplomats who voted ‘no’ on Jerusalem UN vote

The status of Jerusalem: A matter of logic

French Jews protest reprint of Holocaust-era anti-Semitic essays

Knesset Gives Preliminary Backing to Death Penalty for Terrorists

As economy crumbles and with ‘nothing to lose,’ war in Gaza grows likely

Israel strikes Gaza terror infrastructure following rocket fire

Despite rocket attacks, Israel to increase Gaza power supply

Israel to Resume Sale of Electricity to Gaza After 6-month Hiatus

Israel says Iran recruited Palestinian militants via South Africa

Iranian intelligence network exposed in Judea and Samaria

Iranian Intelligence Operating in West Bank, Israel’s Shin Bet Says

Turkish banker found guilty in Iran sanctions case allegedly tied to Erdogan

Europe Resists Trump’s Call for Tougher Measures on Iran

France: Israeli, US rhetoric on Iran ‘would lead us to war’

Ex-Mossad official: Iran protests mean nuke deal did not fix economy

Los Angeles’ large Iranian community cheers anti-regime protests

Iran accuses US of ‘grotesque’ meddling, ‘inciting’ protesters

Hezbollah chief: Iran protests will leave Trump disappointed

Iran’s regional enemies watch unrest, searching for leverage

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claim protests over

UN chief urges Iranians to avoid violence as protests continue

Putin’s Titanic has hit a fatal Middle East iceberg

Report says 23 civilians killed near Damascus, mainly from Russian air strikes

Syrian groups urge UN boycott of Putin-hosted conference

Nasrallah sees end of Syrian war, says Israel did not block weapons transfers

White House to announce cuts in ‘security assistance’ for Pakistan

Hindu Radicals Launch at Least 23 Attacks during 2017 Christmas Season in India

Startling maps show every terrorist attack worldwide over the last 20 years

North Korea accidentally hit one of its own cities with a missile, report says

Trump Watches From the Sidelines as the Koreas Begin to Talk

White House: Americans should worry about Kim’s mental fitness, not Trump’s

Trump Says Bannon ‘Lost His Mind’ After Ex-aide Calls Meeting With Russians ‘Treasonous’