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November 17, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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House Republicans passed their version of legislation to overhaul the U.S. tax code by slashing the corporate tax rate, lowering tax burdens for most individuals and adding an estimated $1.4 trillion to the federal deficit over the next decade.

U.S. new-home construction rebounded in October to the fastest pace in a year, partly reflecting recovery efforts in the hurricane-stricken South, government figures showed Friday. A pickup in permit applications for one- family dwellings indicates building will remain firm in coming months. Residential starts rose 13.7% to a 1.29 m annualized rate (est. 1.19 m) after upwardly revised 1.14 m pace in prior month. Single-family home starts rose 5.3%; multifamily jumped 36.8%.

North Korea hasn’t secured the key technologies needed to build ballistic missile that can survive a return through the atmosphere, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

Zimbabwe entered a third day of political limbo as talks dragged on between President Robert Mugabe and military generals who took power and want him to end his 37-year rule.

Elon Musk pulled off a Steve Jobs-ian “one more thing” surprise at the unveiling of Tesla Inc.’s Semi model, rolling a new Roadster sports car out of the back of a big rig on stage. The Semi-truck going into production in 2019 will boast 500 miles of range, a battery and motors that will last 1 million miles and cheaper total operating costs than diesel models. The Roadster’s has a 1.9-second 0-60 miles per hour time and 620 miles of range.

The U.S. could lose its status as the top destination for international students in the not-so-distant future if new enrollments continue to recede – a change that will come at an economic cost. For the first time in 12 years, the Institute of International Education reported a decline in the number of new international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities for the 2016-2017 school year. The 10,000-person drop came amid growing global competition.

AP Top Stories

The Iraqi army retook the last town in the country still held by the Islamic State group on Friday as the jihadists’ self-proclaimed “caliphate” faced collapse on both sides of the border with Syria.

Thousands gathered in Texas on Wednesday to grieve with a family ripped apart by the Sutherland Springs church shooting. Three generations of the Holcombe family lost their lives in the mass shooting at First Baptist Church on Nov. 5. The eight family members ranged widely in age ― from an 18-month-old child to the church’s 60-year-old associate pastor. One of the victims was also pregnant.

Mass murderer Charles Manson (83) is alive in a California hospital, but new reports suggest he may be near to death after serving more than four decades behind bars for committing one of the most notorious crimes in modern history.

A Chicago law firm filed 14 civil complaints on Wednesday over the Oct. 1 shooting at a concert in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and more than 500 others wounded.

Philippine troops shelled positions held by a small group of pro-Islamic State militants in southern marshland on Friday, as the military pushed on with a new offensive after the country’s biggest urban battle in decades. The army estimated 2,000 villagers had been displaced by several days of operations in a region straddling two provinces on the island of Mindanao, as the army went after the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a small and splintered rebel group inspired by Islamic State.

The Chinese and Russian militaries will next month hold anti-missile drills in Beijing, China’s Defense Ministry said on Friday, amid concern in both countries about the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea.

A middle school in Connecticut was forced to cancel an event involving a Muslim speaker after threatening messages and complaints from parents.

Hillary Clinton responded to news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering whether to appoint a special counsel to investigate allegations leveled against her and other Democrats. Clinton on Wednesday called the accusations “personally offensive, this is such an abuse of power and it goes right at the rule of law.”

Egyptian security forces killed three suspected militants and arrested 74 others in raids targeting militant groups in North Sinai in recent days, the military said in a statement on Thursday. Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency led by the Islamic State group in the Sinai Peninsula, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since 2013.

Approximately 3,000 additional American troops have now deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump’s revised strategy for the war-torn country, the Pentagon said Thursday.

BBC

A North Korean soldier who was shot 5 times while fleeing across the border has an extremely high level of parasites in his intestines, his doctors say. Doctors say the patient is stable – but “an enormous number” of worms in his body are contaminating his wounds and making his situation worse.

Iraqi forces say they have recaptured Rawa, the last town in the country controlled by so-called Islamic State.

The Argentine navy is searching the South Atlantic for a submarine, with its crew of 44, that has not made contact for 48 hours.

WND

A group of prominent U.S. senators is coming to the defense of a highly decorated Air Force colonel who could be booted out of the military over his religious views on same-sex marriage.

Sinclair Broadcasting, which could soon own more U.S. television stations than any other company, has a plan to create a near-national network of local stations delivering the news with a conservative bent. And thanks to some help from federal officials, that plan is inching closer to reality.


The Briefing — Friday, November 17, 2017

1) One of the nation’s most influential journalists claims donations to Planned Parenthood didn’t affect her coverage of Supreme Court

2) How the mainstream media lost the monopoly

3) Is the NFL taking a political turn?

4) Why our fascination with superheroes reveals our hunger for a savior


News – 11/17/2017

Trump Team ‘Working Very Hard’ on Mideast Peace Plan: Ambassador David Friedman
Speaking exclusively with JNS.org, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Sunday night confirmed a report that a team from the Trump administration is drafting an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. “We’re working very hard on it,” Friedman said of the Mideast peace proposal, in an interview at the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) annual awards dinner in New York City. “It’s hard to comment on it while we’re in the middle, because it’s delicate.” He added that more information about the plan will be publicized in “a few months.”

Report: Saudi Crown Prince will ‘crush’ Hezbollah with Israel
British newspaper reports Saudi King Salman will step down next week and announce his son as his successor. “Unless something dramatic happens, King Salman will announce the appointment of MBS as King of Saudi Arabia next week. King Salman will play the role of the queen of England. He will only keep the title ‘Custodian of the Holy Shrines,’” said the source. The high level source further said that once crowned king, the prince will shift his focus to Iran, Saudi Arabia’s longtime regional rival.

At Museum of the Bible, DC Visitors Touch Biblical History in One-Ton Western Wall Fragment
On Saturday, the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC will open its doors to the public, exploring the greatest book ever written and featuring a hands-on exhibit intended to connect the visitors physically with the Holy Land. The museum partnered with the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) to bring approximately 800 artifacts from Israel to the U.S. This was the first time the IAA has created a permanent exhibit of archeological pieces outside of Israel.

Sanhedrin/Mount Zion Group Prepares Oil for Temple Menorah, Fulfilling Amos Prophecy on Jewish Land
In preparation for the Third Temple, the nascent Sanhedrin and the United Temple Movement (UTM) under the auspices of the Mount Zion Association annually prepares olive oil that is ritually pure and ready for use in the Temple, but this year, the olives were harvested from a special orchard, intended to send a special light into the world that adheres to a prophecy with current-day political ramifications.

Anti-Trump groups fund ‘trust indicators’ to combat ‘fake news’ on social media
Under pressure to stop the spread of false information, Facebook, Google and Twitter have turned to the Trust Project to inform users of the credibility of news sources. But the supposed nonpartisan effort is funded by deep-pocketed anti-Trump forces.

‘ISIS has lost 95% of its caliphate’
The Islamic State (ISIS) group has lost 95 percent of the cross-border “caliphate” it declared three years ago in Iraq and Syria, the U.S.-led coalition fighting the jihadist group says. “Since our coalition was formed in 2014, ISIS has lost 95 percent of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria,” Washington’s envoy to the coalition, Brett McGurk, said late Wednesday after a meeting in Jordan, according to AFP.

A Rare ‘Medicane’ Is Forming in Europe Right Now
Right now, off the coast of Italy, a tropical storm-like weather system is developing in the Mediterranean Sea. That’s not a typo: It’s nearly winter, but temperatures in the Mediterranean are warm enough to support a storm more commonly found in the Caribbean. Meteorologists call these storms “medicanes”—Mediterranean hurricanes—but there’s no official forecasting center dedicated to studying or predicting them. Earlier this month, another medicane caused damage in Malta and Crete.

Joint declaration calls on US to demand Palestinians recognize Jewish state
It’s a demand that has been made of the Palestinians by various Israeli leaders in the past, but an unprecedented Knesset-congressional joint declaration issued on Wednesday called on the US administration to demand that the Palestinians recognize the State of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people as a precondition to future talks.

Syria: Russia blocks extension of chemical attacks probe
Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria. It is the 10th time Moscow has used its veto powers at the UN in support of its ally since the conflict began. US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, accused Russia of undermining the organisation’s ability to deter future chemical attacks.

Saudi Arabia king to step down and hand over the crown to his 32-year-old son
The King of Saudi Arabia plans to step down and announce his son as his successor next week, a source close to the country’s royal family has exclusively told DailyMail.com. The move is seen as the final step in 32-year-old Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s power grab, which began earlier this month with the arrests of more than 40 princes and government ministers in a corruption probe.

Satellite images reveal North Korea is dangerously close to finishing new ballistic missile submarine
SATELLITE images taken this month of a North Korean naval shipyard indicate Pyongyang is pursuing an “aggressive schedule” to build its first ballistic missile submarine. Washington-based 38 North, a North Korea monitoring project, published images taken on November 5 showing activity at North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard.

FCC approves TV technology that gives better pictures but less privacy
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to allow broadcasters to voluntarily use the new technology, dubbed ATSC 3.0, which would allow for more precise geolocating of television signals, ultra-high definition picture quality and more interactive programming, like new educational content for children and multiple angles of live sporting events.

Vatican: Depopulation is the ‘Only Solution to Climate Change Crisis’
Vatican conference speakers push for global population reduction

BREAKING: House Republicans Pass Historic Tax Reform! — Stock Market JUMPS 215+ Points! – ZERO DEMOCRAT VOTES
The Republican House passed historic tax reform today. The final vote was 227 to 205 no votes.

Secret FBI Informant Breaks Silence on Uranium One Scandal — Says Proof of Wrongdoing ‘Exists’
…In a major win for the American people, the DOJ lifted the informant’s gag order which means he will be able to testify to Congress.

Alaskans Quietly Told to Prepare for a North Korean Attack
By now everyone is tired of threats from North Korea and the attention of the public has been diverted to other more “important” things, such as sexual harassment charges in Hollywood, against members of Congress, and against every man alive in the Continental U.S. The public is still focused on GQ’s “Man of the Year,” Colin Kaepernick, and the who the new “front man” is for the band Stone Temple Pilots.

Dozens of Christian, Conservative and Pro-Family Leaders Sign Letter in Support of Judge Roy Moore – Will Attend Rally Tomorrow
Christian, conservative and pro-family leaders release powerful statement in support of Alabama judge Roy Moore

City threatens grandfather for reading Bible without a permit
‘No one should need government permission to preach’

Obama Rarely Prosecuted Illegal Gun Buys
More than 100,000 convicted felons or other “prohibited persons” tried to buy guns each year during President Barack Obama’s administration by lying on their applications, but the Justice Department only considered prosecuting about 30 to 40 people each year, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.

Audio Recordings Show Russian Officials Suggested Bribing Bill and Hillary in Exchange for Favors (Video)
Peter Schweizer, author of “Clinton Cash,” appeared on Fox News program “Hannity,” and told Sean Hannity that audio recordings reportedly show Russian officials suggesting they would be open to bribing Bill and Hillary Clinton in exchange for favors.

LEAKED: Democrats, RINOs Helping N. Korea Prepare ‘Devastating’ Attack On U.S. … Pure TREASON
…According to Py, who has exclusive insider knowledge as a former nuclear strategist for the CIA and served as the Chief of Staff for the Congressional EMP Commission, confirmed our suspicions – even though Donald Trump won the presidency, Washington is still infested with liberal Democrats who are running the show.

UNREAL: Roy Moore Makes EPIC Statement, Finished Off The Swamp For Good
…“We believe in God, the Constitution, the Sanctity of Life and the Sanctity of Marriage. We are everything the Washington Elite hate,” Moore declared on Twitter. “They will do whatever it takes to stop us. We will not quit. #ALSen”

Another Reason To Drain The Swamp: Sexual Harassment Is Rampant In The Halls Of Congress

Did you know that the House of Representatives has paid out $15,000,000 to victims of sexual harassment in recent years?  I am going to share some things with you in this article that are deeply disturbing, but it is for a purpose.  The status quo is not acceptable in Washington, and once people truly understand how deep the corruption runs I believe that they will get motivated to finally drain the swamp once and for all.  So yes, I am going to share some things in this article that are truly disgusting, but the goal is to show you that it is time to take our government back from the corrupt career politicians that are completely and utterly out of control. (Read More…)

The Curtain Is Being Pulled Back In Washington D.C., And Al Franken Is Just The Beginning

For decades, Americans have known that very sick things happen behind the scenes in Washington D.C., but the mainstream media nearly really talks about any of it.  But now the curtain is starting to be pulled back, and the revelations about Al Franken are just the beginning.  Earlier this week, I wrote an article about how “sexual harassment is rampant in the halls of Congress”, and that was before a female radio anchor named LeeAnn Tweeden revealed that Al Franken had “forcibly kissed” and groped her during a USO tour in 2006.  The following comes from an article in which Tweeden shared her story(Read More…)

November 17, 2017
ALAN KEYES — Recently I read an unreasoning diatribe asserting that anyone who refuses to condemn Judge Roy Moore as a sexual predator is “disgusting” and “pretty gross.”… (more)

November 16, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump believes Alabama voters should determine for themselves whether allegations of sexual impropriety against Senate candidate Roy Moore are true and whether to elect him, his press secretary said Thursday…. (more)

November 16, 2017
NEWSMAX — The Alabama Republican Party said Thursday it stands behind Senate candidate Roy Moore as the candidate vowed to remain in the race and the White House said state voters should pick their congressional representative…. (more)


November 16, 2017
WESLEY PRUDEN — When I was a young reporter on a certain newspaper in the South, fresh on a new job, I took a fancy to a sweet and pretty young woman (that’s how we talked in those days) working on what newspapers quaintly called “the Society pages.”… (more)


November 16, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Radio host Rush Limbaugh says Sen. Al Franken’s groping scandal is “gumming up” a Democratic Party plan to oust Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and President Trump…. (more)


November 16, 2017
CNBC — House Republicans on Thursday passed a monumental bill to cut taxes on businesses and individuals, the biggest step yet in the GOP’s once-in-a-generation effort to overhaul the American tax system…. (more)


November 16, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The NFL has come out against House Republicans’ tax cut bill, putting the league out on a political limb even as it deals with the fallout from national anthem protests. Other big pro sports leagues are staying out of the fight, but a spokesman for the National Football League said teams don’t want to lose a special tax break that allows them to use tax-free bonds to build stadiums…. (more)

November 16, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Rep. Mark Meadows said Thursday that a special counsel is needed to look into Hillary Clinton’s role in the Trump dossier. “You know, this dossier that Fusion GPS did – – actually we know that Hillary Clinton and the DNC hired a firm – – Perkins Coie actually hired them to do the dossier,” Mr. Meadows, North Carolina Republican, said on Fox News. “But there’s other disturbing information that would suggest that the Obama campaign, the same month that she did that, paid another $900,000 to the same law firm.”… (more)

November 16, 2017
BLOOMBERG — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission next month is planning a vote to kill Obama-era rules demanding fair treatment of web traffic and may decide to vacate the regulations altogether, according to people familiar with the plans…. (more)

November 16, 2017
FOX NEWS — Pope Francis blasted global warming skeptics on Thursday as having “perverse attitudes.” The pontiff, during remarks made to negotiators at climate talks in Germany, called climate change “one of the most worrisome phenomena that humanity is facing.” He added efforts to combat climate change are held back by those who deny the science behind it, are indifferent or resigned to it, or think it can be solved by technical solutions…. (more)

November 15, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — The so-called Trump Dossier, financed by the Hillary campaign and provided by the KGB through a former British intelligence agent, has fizzled out. It has been supplanted by the Moore Dossier, concocted by Washington Post reporters working for their billionaire owner, P.T Barnum-like Jeff Bezos. This variation of the ploy, with a new target, seems to have legs. Many Republicans and conservatives are falling for it…. (more)

November 15, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A Republican congressman moved Wednesday to try to block disgraced former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from collecting back pay and retirement benefits tied to the time after he deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009. Rep. Steve Pearce’s bill would prohibit the military from compensating troops found guilty of desertion. The New Mexico Republican’s bill would instead give any backpay and other benefits due to a deserter to the families of anyone killed or wounded on search and rescue missions…. (more)

November 15, 2017
ART MOORE — When Donald Trump formally announced his candidacy for president in June 2015, he made combating illegal immigration a central theme, famously promising to “build a great wall.”… (more)


November 15, 2017
CAL THOMAS — Evidence that when Democrats rule, taxes are never high enough can be found at any gas station in this once politically competitive state. Last month, the California gas tax was raised 12 cents a gallon. Regular gas at some stations is again approaching, and in some cities exceeding, $4 a gallon, a level not seen since natural disasters temporarily curtailed refinery production, and Gulf states manipulated prices…. (more)

November 15, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Age is an underappreciated factor in the Democratic Party’s internal divisions. When fault lines emerged during the 2016 presidential primary, young people fell overwhelmingly on the side of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., over Hillary Clinton…. (more)


November 15, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A study shows that suicide rates among teenagers have risen along with their ownership of smartphones and use of social media, suggesting a disturbing link between technology and teen self-harm. Citing federal data and two nationally representative surveys of more than 500,000 adolescents, researchers found a strong correlation between the time teens began using smartphones a decade ago and a sharp rise in reports of serious mental health issues…. (more)

November 15, 2017
NATIONAL REVIEW — t is hard not to look upon the Roy Moore imbroglio as another well-timed hit-job from a familiar and well-practiced source – – the same people who thought they had destroyed the Trump campaign by releasing the Billy Bush tape from eleven years before, and, when that didn’t finish Trump off, tried the nuclear option very late in the campaign by shopping to the media the Steele dossier, which the Clinton campaign had commissioned, with its salacious and seditious elements…. (more)

November 15, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s campaign team is demanding access to Beverly Young Nelson’s yearbook that allegedly contains his signature, questioning whether it’s real or a forgery and saying an expert must decide…. (more)


November 15, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — About six or seven months ago, Sen. Luther Strange’s campaign heard that Roy Moore “liked to chase women around the courthouse,” according to two Alabama Republican sources. At the time, Moore faced a three-way Republican primary against Strange and Rep. Mo Brooks. In a tight race, it was clear the rumor could prove politically lethal…. (more)

November 14, 2017
GATEWAY PUNDIT — Darrel Nelson, the stepson of Judge Roy Moore accuser Beverly Young Nelson says the allegations are all lies. Nelson says he is baffled by the timing of the sexual advancement claims and voices his staunch support for the Alabama GOP Senate candidate…. (more)


November 14, 2017
CNN — “Eight hundred,” says the auctioneer. “900 … 1,000 … 1,100 …” Sold. For 1,200 Libyan dinars – – the equivalent of $800. Not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture. Not “merchandise” at all, but two human beings. One of the unidentified men being sold in the grainy cell phone video obtained by CNN is Nigerian. He appears to be in his twenties and is wearing a pale shirt and sweatpants…. (more)

November 14, 2017
Alan Keyes says many appointees fail to battle ‘the permanent bureaucracy’
ALAN KEYES — President Trump recently nominated Kirstjen Nielsen to be secretary of homeland security. As Richard Viguerie observes in a recent article (“Why does Trump keep hiring anti-Trumpers?”):… (more)

November 13, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — There’s a reason why President Trump says that the fate of Senate candidate Roy Moore will depend on whether the charges against him are proven to be true. Trump knows that if they get rid of Moore, using charges that obviously cannot be proven, he’s their next target. Sex-gate will follow Russia-gate…. (more)

November 13, 2017
THE HILL — Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday withdrew his support from Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, saying allegations of sexual misconduct should be looked at by prosecutors…. (more)


November 13, 2017
ABC — “Thank y’all for being here tonight,” Moore said. “I want to address what’s been brought out on television today by Gloria Allred and the client that she has about things I allegedly did. “I want to make it perfectly clear,” Moore continued. “The people of Alabama know me, they know my character, they know what I’ve stood for in the political world for over 40 years…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Nov. 17, 2017

Franken Hypocrisy and Objectification of Women

The Democrat senator was photographed groping a woman. What if we had known before he was elected?

Headlines – 11/17/2017

Joint declaration calls on US to demand Palestinians recognize Jewish state

Caroline Glick: Bannon and the anti-Israel establishment on Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan

US ambassador ‘confident’ Trump will move embassy to Jerusalem

Medics: Two injured in West Bank car ramming; terrorist shot

Israeli military chief wants closer Saudi ties as Iran tensions rise

In first-ever Saudi interview, IDF head says ready to share intel on Iran

Saudi foreign minister says message to Iran is: ‘enough is enough’

Saudi Arabia calls on Hezbollah to disarm, threatens its ouster from Lebanon

Report: Saudi Crown Prince will ‘crush’ Hezbollah with Israel

Report claims Saudi king, 81, to hand reins to son next week with Israel-backed war against Hezbollah in the works

Lebanon’s Political Crisis Keeps Getting Stranger

Saudis say Lebanon’s Hariri free to leave ‘when he pleases’

Lebanese president hopes Hariri visit to France will end crisis

Saudis must lift Yemen blockade or ‘untold’ thousands will die, UN agencies warn

China’s Xi offers support for Saudi Arabia amid regional uncertainty

Japan asks UN council to extend Syria gas attacks probe for 30 days

U.S.-Russia divisions doom Syria chemical weapons inspections

US, Russia trade blame as Syria gas attacks probe set to expire

Russia casts 10th UN veto on Syria action, blocking inquiry renewal

Putin ‘will host Iranian, Turkish leaders for Summit on Syria’

Iran factions use earthquake relief effort to pursue power struggle

Criticism of US sanctions returns in Iran after earthquake

ISIS has lost 95 percent of its ‘caliphate’: US-led coalition

Watchdogs: ‘Mounting evidence’ of genocide in Myanmar

Sudan cutting trade, military ties to North Korea, US says

Images suggest North Korea ‘aggressive’ work on ballistic missile submarine: institute

Mattis sees opportunity for talks if N. Korea halts missile tests, development

China says it hasn’t dropped its plan for Korean de-escalation, despite Trump

US warns of Christmas terror threat in Europe

Clinton calls Uranium One story a ‘distraction,’ warns of dictatorship

Dollar weakens on report Trump’s election campaign subpoenaed

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Hachijo-jima, Japan

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Kirakira, Solomon Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Drake Passage

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits South of Panama

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

White House to Submit $44 Billion Disaster Request Friday

NASA simulation of this year’s hurricane season

US chemical plants must prepare for more Harveys: official

Keystone oil pipeline leaks in South Dakota, as Nebraska weighs XL

15,000 scientists say threats to planet now ‘far worse’

FBI seeks Senate documents, signaling possible probe into sale of fetal tissue

Transgender Jews Find a Place in the Mikveh

Bill Clinton should have resigned after Lewinsky affair, New York Democrat says

New George H.W. Bush accuser says he groped her during 1992 re-election campaign

Despite 7 women’s statements, Bush unlikely to be prosecuted

Radio anchor says Al Franken groped, forcibly kissed her

Sen. Franken faces ethics probe after accused of groping woman

‘Unacceptable’: Democrats turn on Franken over groping allegations

Silent on Moore, Trump mocks ‘Al Frankenstien’ over sexual misconduct

Pentagon accidentally retweets call for Trump to resign

In anti-Semitic speech, Farrakhan says Trump must repent for America’s sins

Two hurt in accidental shooting at East Tenn. church during discussion on church shootings

Obama Rarely Prosecuted Criminals Who Sought To Buy Guns Illegally

Voters Elect Known Killer To School Board

New report shows how Mexican cartels are infiltrating Texas

Gary DeMar – Is Russia Mentioned in Bible Prophecy?

Kris Vallotton and Bethel — Sheep Beating and Poverty Shaming

Global Prophetic Summit takes prophetic movement to the ‘next level,’ Nov. 16-18

The Nashville “Megachurch” That Embraced Gay Marriage Two Years Ago Has Cratered

Oregon pastor charged with 9 counts sex abuse of minor

Mike Ratliff – Boldness is not insolence

Church Pastrix Says to Stop Calling God “He,” and Instead Use Gender-Neutral Pronouns

3 Ohio pastors indicted on child sex trafficking conspiracy

Word ofFaith Fellowship -Ex-members urge overturning of court agreement

Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 06:22 PM PST

TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators reported Thursday. Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning and activated emergency response procedures after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from the leak south of a pump station in Marshall County, TransCanada said in a statement. The cause was being investigated.

Officials don’t believe the leak affected any surface water bodies or threatened any drinking water systems from the spill onto agricultural land, said Brian Walsh, an environmental scientist manager at the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which has dispatched a staff member to the site. “Ultimately, the cleanup responsibility lies with TransCanada, and they’ll have to clean it up in compliance with our state regulations,” Walsh said. READ MORE

FCC Plans December Vote to Kill Net Neutrality Rules

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 06:11 PM PST

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission next month is planning a vote to kill Obama-era rules demanding fair treatment of web traffic and may decide to vacate the regulations altogether, according to people familiar with the plans. The move would reignite a years-long debate that has seen Republicans and broadband providers seeking to eliminate the rules, while Democrats and technology

companies support them. The regulations passed in 2015 bar broadband providers such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. from interfering with web traffic sent by Google, Facebook Inc. and others. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, chosen by President Donald Trump, in April proposed gutting the rules and asked for public reaction. The agency has taken in more than 22 million comments on the matter. READ MORE

Members Of Indian ‘Lost Tribe’ Finally Reunited With families

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 06:03 PM PST

62 members of India’s Bnei Menashe Jewish community immigrated to Israel this week, some of them reuniting with family members after years of separation.  The aliya was facilitated by Shavei Israel, a Jerusalem-based non-profit organization, which works to reconnect descendants of Jews around the world with their people and the State of Israel. The last group to arrive this week landed at Ben-Gurion

Airport on Thursday morning to a special welcoming ceremony, greeted by Interior Minister Arye Deri, Deputy Finance Minister Yitzhak Cohen and Shavei Israel Founder and Chairman Michael Freund. Some of the new immigrants hadn’t seen members of their families for over 10 years, as only portions of the family had been approved for aliya by the government and Chief Rabbinate. READ MORE

Bakery replaces baby Jesus with sausage roll in advent calendar, sparking outrage

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 04:55 PM PST

British bakery chain Greggs apologized on Wednesday after it recreated the nativity scene image for this year’s advent calendar — but replaced baby Jesus with a sausage roll.  Greggs released several photographs on its social media pages to promote its advent calendar set to be released next Monday, the Telegraph reported on Wednesday. But one image showing three men surrounding a sausage roll — instead of baby Jesus —

prompted outrage among consumers and Christian groups. Some people called for a boycott on the chain for its “sick anti-Christian advent calendar.” “Please boycott @GreggsOfficial to protest against its sick anti-Christian Advent Calendar. What cowards these people are: we all know that they would never dare insult other religions! They should donate every penny of their profits to @salvationarmyuk,” a Twitter user wrote.  READ MORE

School Forces boy to remove ‘Fake News’ T-shirt on field trip to CNN

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 04:47 PM PST

A Georgia family is under fire for allowing a seventh grader to wear a T-shirt that mocked liberal news network CNN on a school field trip to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters — but the boy’s parents think the school violated the First Amendment by making their son take it off.  Nancy and Stan Jester, of Dekalb, are both local elected officials, she a county commissioner and he is a member of the local school board. Their son, seventh-grader Jaxon, wore a shirt mocking the CNN logo as “FNN” with the caption, “Fake News Network.”

A teacher asked him to remove it before the tour, but the school has since apologized to the Jesters. However, the parents want an apology for Jaxon because, they say, the whole thing was his idea and he has the right to free speech.  “This year when the CNN tour was announced, my 7th grade son Jaxon asked me if he could purchase an FNN-Fake News Network shirt to wear for his field trip,” Stan Jester wrote in a blog post. “As an advocate for the First Amendment, I agreed to his request.” READ MORE

Man Who Lost Wife, 4 Kids, His Parents, Brother and Niece in Texas Church Shooting Delivers Powerful Eulogy

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 04:32 PM PST

The Texas family that lost nine of its members in a horrific mass shooting earlier this month at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, held a joint public funeral on Wednesday that attracted thousands of attendees.  A venue that held 3,000 people was reportedly filled to capacity, as mourners showed up to honor the lives of the nine victims who were killed when gunman Devin Kelley burst into the church and murdered 26 people innocents.

In addition to the 3,000 inside the emotional event, hundreds of others had to be turned away from Franklin Funeral home due to space issues, according to ABC News. The members of the Holcombe family who were memorialized during the event include: Crystal Holcombe, 36, her unborn baby, three of her kids, Greg, 13, Emily 11, and Megan, 9, Crystal’s in-laws, Bryan, 60, and Karla Holcombe, 58, and her brother-in-law Marc Colcombe, 36 and his 18-month-old daughter, Noah.  READ MORE

Former Google Exec Says Artificial Intelligence is ‘God,’ Creates New Religion

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 04:25 PM PST

Artificial intelligence is already disrupting employment, recreation, the economy–and now religion. A former Google executive is so inspired by artificial intelligence, that he’s creating its first church. Anthony Levandowski says AI should be seen as a God because it’s smarter than any human being.  “It’s not a god in the sense that it makes lightning or causes hurricanes. But if there is something

a billion times smarter than the smartest human, what else are you going to call it,” Levandowski told Wired. According to paperwork filed with the IRS, this new church, called “Way of the Future,” will focus on: “the realization, acceptance, and worship of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) developed through computer hardware and software.” READ MORE

City Threatens Grandfather For Reading Bible Without a Permit

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 04:17 PM PST

Paul Johnson, a grandfather, just wanted to share his religious faith with people in his town, Sweetwater, Tennessee, so he went downtown for the Solar Eclipse Festival in August and stood on the side of the road to greet people.  His lawyers explain he did not “enter the parking lot adjacent to him or the portion of the festival where booths were set up but stayed on a public way.” “He did not in any way obstruct traffic or cause any other problems.” Such actions, however, have been determined by city

officials to be a “demonstration” and, therefore, illegal without a permit. And no one’s handing out permits. That’s the basic outline of a demand letter from First Liberty and the Center for Religious Expression that was sent to Mayor Doyle Lowe, police chief Robert Byrum, city attorney John Cleveland and recorder Jessica Morgan. The letter demands that the city change its practices and allow Johnson to read the Bible “on a public sidewalk without a permit.” READ MORE

Oil Being Prepared for Temple Menorah, Fulfilling Amos Prophecy on Jewish Land

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 04:08 PM PST

In preparation for the Third Temple, the nascent Sanhedrin and the United Temple Movement (UTM) under the auspices of the Mount Zion Association annually prepares olive oil that is ritually pure and ready for use in the Temple, but this year, the olives were harvested from a special orchard, intended to send a special light into the world that adheres to a prophecy with current-day political ramifications.

The oil-making is part of an ongoing effort by the Mount Zion Association to recreate Temple rituals and become familiar with them in every detail, so they can be reinstated without delay, should the need arise in the near future. But making this olive oil is also an effort to bring about prophecy as written in the Bible. On Sunday, volunteers will harvest olives for Temple oil in the orchards of Amona, a Jewish community in the Biblical region assigned to the tribe of Benjamin.  READ MORE

Voters in Colorado Elect Known Killer To School Board

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 12:55 PM PST

An admitted murderer was elected to serve on the East Otero School Board in La Junta.  Thomas Seaba pleaded guilty to murdering a fellow Marine in the 90s. A detective on the case said Seaba shot the victim five times. Seaba moved back to Colorado after getting out of jail and got a job with La Junta’s Wastewater Department. His past was well known during the school board race.

“Although, it was obvious a set of horrific mistakes compounding on one another which led to me serving time in prison,” said Seaba. The East Otero School District’s superintendent, Rick Lovato, said “We researched to see what the criteria was. It is not outside of the rights of a person with a felony conviction to run for the office.” READ MORE

Middle School Quiz Asks 6th Graders to Identify Terms Like ‘Affair,’ ‘Trophy Wife,’ ‘Boy-Toy’

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 12:44 PM PST

Sixth graders at a school in Virginia were given an assignment that a concerned parent says contains inappropriate questions about extramarital and adulterous relationships.  A parent of an 11-year-old child at Carter G. Woodson Middle School in Hopewell, Virginia turned to social media and to the news media this week to voice her displeasure after her sixth-grade daughter and her classmates were given a family quiz.

The quiz seemed harmless at first but drew her ire in the final few questions. ABC8 reports that sixth grader Faith Sample received a quiz in her Family and Consumer Sciences class that asked students to name different familial relationships. While the first few questions asked things like “What do you call the father of your father?” and “What do you call the daughter of your sister?,” the quiz took a turn in the last four questions. READ MORE

Toxic algae becoming nationwide threat

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 12:40 PM PST

Competing in a bass fishing tournament two years ago, Todd Steele cast his rod from his 21-foot motorboat — unaware that he was being poisoned. A thick, green scum coated western Lake Erie. And Steele, a semipro angler, was sickened by it. Driving home to Port Huron, Michigan, he felt lightheaded, nauseous. By the next morning he was too dizzy to stand, his overheated body covered with painful hives. Hospital tests blamed toxic algae, a rising threat to U.S. waters. “It attacked my immune system

and shut down my body’s ability to sweat,” Steele said. “If I wasn’t a healthy 51-year-old and had some type of medical condition, it could have killed me.” He recovered, but Lake Erie hasn’t. Nor have other waterways choked with algae that’s sickening people, killing animals and hammering the economy. The scourge is escalating from occasional nuisance to severe, widespread hazard, overwhelming government efforts to curb a leading cause: fertilizer runoff from farms. READ MORE

China orders the US to stop carrying out military exercises off North Korea

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 11:21 AM PST

China has demanded the US military stops carrying out exercises on the Korean peninsula in a bid to cool off tensions between North Korea state and the Trump administration. Officials from Xi Jinping’s government have told their US and South Korean counterparts to stop carrying out joint drills in the region – exercises that are often used as a show of force in response to military tests carried out by Kim Jong-un’s nuclear cronies.

In return they believe they can negotiate a stop to the tyrant’s nuclear and missile provocations amid fears tensions could trigger the start of World War 3 on the Korean peninsula. Geng Shuang, China’s foreign ministry spokesman, claims freezing military drills in exchange for a freeze on North Korean missile testing was the best means of achieving peace in the region. He said: “China sees the freeze-for-freeze scheme is the most reasonable way.”  READ MORE

Scientist attempt to explain what happens when you die

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 11:16 AM PST

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A World renowned doctor has revealed to the world what it is like to die and says the process is “peaceful” and “pleasant”. Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, said dying is “very comfortable”. And the doctor said people who have had a near-death experience sometimes describe encounters with deceased relatives but insists the sensation is not evidence of the afterlife. Regarding the physical process, Dr Parnia told a

recent Oz Talk: “Death is a process, it is not a black and white moment. “The final result is we have a deduction of oxygen that gets inside the brain when we are about to die and that causes our brain circuits to shut down and we become unconscious to the outside world. “When the heart stops, all life processes go out because there is no blood getting to the brain, to the kidneys, and liver and we become lifeless and motionless and that is the time that doctors use to give us a time of death.”  READ MORE

Destructive floods sweep through Athens outskirts, 15 killed

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 11:09 AM PST

A severe overnight storm turned roads of towns on the outskirts of Greek capital Athens into raging rivers of mud and debris on November 15, 2017. At least 14 people have been killed and many injured. “Everything is lost, the disaster is biblical,” authorities said. Severe weather is expected to continue over most of the country and peak on Friday, November 17. Torrential rains hit Greek capital Athens overnight Wednesday, November 15, leaving at least 15 people dead and several missing in the town of Mandra, west of Athens.

Many of the dead were elderly people whose bodies were found inside their homes. At least two bodies were recovered from the sea by the Greek Coast Guard. According to the Greek Reporter, the industrial towns of Mandra, Nea Peramos, and Megara, 27 km (17 miles) west of Athens, were the worst hit by the severe storm that started after midnight (local time). Roads quickly turned into fast-flowing rivers of mud and debris, flooding homes and stranding drivers on roads. READ MORE

Georgia School District Bans Coaches from Praying with Team: Players Pray Anyway

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 11:05 AM PST

Fans noticed one difference last Friday night when the East Coweta High School football team in Georgia took off their helmets to pray before the game — no coaches were present. The Coweta County School System has banned the coaches from participating in the traditional pre-game prayer. So in a show of solidarity, the entire team took off their helmets and standing shoulder to shoulder, prayed right next to the bleachers with many parents and students in the stands clasping hands and praying with the team.

Last month, a group called the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), a Wisconsin-based non-profit, wrote a letter to the Coweta County School System, warning them it was illegal for public school employees to participate with students in prayer. It included a video showing Coach John Small bowing his head in prayer with his team. The video, the group said, was taken by a local concerned citizen. READ MORE

Strong Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes Japan

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 11:01 AM PST

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.2 hit Izu Islands region, Japan at 09:43 UTC (18:43 JST) on November 16, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). USGS is reporting M5.8 at a depth of 71 km (44 miles), EMSC M5.8 at a depth of 100 km (62 miles). According to the EMSC, the epicenter was located 357 km (221 miles) S of Yokohama-shi (population 3,575,000) and

297 km (184 miles) SE of Shimoda (population 26,000), Japan. There are about 100 people living within 100 km (62 miles). Some 22 905 000 people are estimated to have felt weak shaking, according to the USGS. This earthquake poses no tsunami risk, JMA said. READ MORE

Sonic boom heard and felt across North Alabama

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 10:57 AM PST

Shortly after 1:40 p.m., a loud ‘boom’ was heard across North Alabama in Blount, Jefferson, Walker, Cullman, Talladega, Calhoun, Clay, Winston, Randolph, Tuscaloosa, and St. Clair counties. It’s the sound everybody is talking about. So much so, Trey Cochran wrote a song about it: Alabamians flocked

to Twitter, with many reporting, the event shook their homes. Lincoln resident Dawn Stanton described it as “…a propane tank just exploding. I looked and I didn’t see nothin’ sailing through the air.” The National Weather Service in Birmingham hypothesized the sound originated from an aircraft sonic boom or a meteorite from the Leonid shower. READ MORE

Deadly plague in Madagascar escalates as doctors are now the latest victims

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 06:40 AM PST

Dozens of medics treating patients infected by the lethal Black Death plague ravaging Madagascar have been struck down by the deadly disease. Scientists have warned Madagascar’s health system is at risk of reaching breaking point if the disease continues to spread.   At least 165 people have been killed by the “medieval disease” to date with an estimated 2,000 thought to be infected, according to health officials.

Yesterday infection and immunity expert Dr Matthew Avison, of the University of Bristol, told Daily Star Online the health crisis is likely to “get worse before it gets better”.  Doctors have issued warnings about a new strain of the airborne disease which “can kill in three hours”, local reports say. Dr Derek Gatherer, from Lancaster University, revealed the plague could spiral out of control in the same way Ebola did back in 2014. READ MORE

F-15s Involved In Bizarre Encounter With Mystery Aircraft…

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 06:34 AM PST

Something quite out of the ordinary occurred in the skies over Oregon on October 25th, 2017. A mystery aircraft was flying in daylight hours among the steady stream of airliners that traverse from south to north, between locales in California and Nevada and cities like Portland and Seattle and beyond. The incident began, at least as best we can tell, around 4:30pm near the California-Oregon border and resulted in multiple pilot eyewitnesses, recorded air traffic control audio, and eventual confirmations

from both the FAA and North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) that it did indeed occur.  The first inklings of the story came to me shortly after the incident occurred from friends of mine in the aviation world. Sparse on details at the time, it sounded like it was probably just another one of the often misconstrued incidents that happen in the skies around the US everyday—ones where aircraft with inoperable radios or transponders stray into areas they shouldn’t. And sometimes these occurrences result in local fighter jets paying the wayward aircraft a visit at the direction of NORAD. FULL STORY

Nearly half of people 65 or over are on at least five drugs a day

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 06:25 AM PST

Almost half of over-65s in England are taking at least five different drugs a day, a Cambridge University study has found. The figure has risen from just 12 percent 20 years ago, while the proportion taking no pills at all dropped from around 20percentt in the late 1990s to just seven percent today. Researchers tracked more than 15,000 older people who took part in two long-term health studies which began in the 1990s.

Some of those who took part in the long-term investigation said they were on up to 23 tablets every day.  Researchers expressed concern at the increasing dependence on prescription and over-the-counter medicines – known as ‘polypharmacy’.  Studies show polypharmacy can increase the dangers of interactions between different drugs and the risk of frailty in older patients. It’s feared many patients are left on medications long-term without thorough or regular GP reviews. READ MORE

Jim Caviezel to Star in Upcoming Biblical Film ‘Paul, Apostle Of Christ’

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 06:06 AM PST

AFFIRM Films released an exclusive first-look teaser trailer for the upcoming Biblical epic film “Paul, Apostle Of Christ.” The movie is set to bring to life the thrilling story of Saul of Tarsus, the man that once persecuted Christians who went on to become one of the most powerful and important figures of the church. “Paul, Apostle Of Christ” stars Jim Caviezel as Luke, James Faulkner as Paul (“Game of Thrones”), Olivier Martinez (“S.W.A.T.”), Joanne Whalley (“A.D. The Bible Continues”) and John Lynch

(“The Secret Garden”). Caviezel won wide acclaim for his 2004 portrayal of Jesus in the most popular Christian film in blockbuster history, “The Passion Of The Christ.” “Our ‘first-look’ teaser shows both the dramatic heart and biblical authenticity of ‘Paul, Apostle Of Christ’” Director and Screenwriter Andrew Hyatt said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. “Each aspect of Paul’s life is based on what we know from the Bible, and we set that true story in the perilous world of Rome in the time of Nero’s persecution of Christians. It’s a captivating, emotional drama that brings the Bible to life.” READ MORE

Would You Get Chipped?

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 06:00 AM PST

The use of microchip implants has been a focal point for many science fiction movies and books over the past few decades. Whereas it used to be the stuff of science fiction and Hollywood, the technology has now become a reality for humans. Earlier this year, one Wisconsin-based company, Three Square Market, announced that it was planning surgically to implant up to 50 employee volunteers with a small microchip in each employee’s hand.

The implant would then give an employee the ability to work more efficiently by unlocking doors, logging into computers, and doing a number of other basic tasks by a simple wave of their hand. Three Square Market is a vending machine software company is hoping that this technology takes off and becomes mainstream. The company believes that it could soon provide a range of benefits to the consumer, including the ability to use the chip as a form of identification, a way to make purchases in a secure manner, and a simple way to access public transportation. MORE

Taxpayers Pay for Military Service Member’s Sex Reassignment Surgery

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 05:55 AM PST

The Department of Defense has announced that it will pay for an active-duty service member’s gender reassignment surgery, marking the first time since the Obama administration opened the door for transgender individuals to openly serve in the United States military that the Pentagon will pay for such a procedure.  As first reported by BuzzFeed News, the Pentagon released a statement Tuesday announcing that the service member in question received a sex reassignment procedure at a private hospital.

“This afternoon, an active-duty military member received a sex-reassignment surgery. Military hospitals do not have the surgical expertise to perform this type of surgery, therefore it was conducted in a private hospital,” a statement attributed to Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White, reads. “Because this service member had already begun a sex-reassignment course of treatment, and the treating doctor deemed this surgery medically necessary, a waiver was approved by the director of the Defense Health Agency.  READ MORE

DEVELOPING: At&t Customers Reporting Nationwide Outages

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 08:18 PM PST

AT&T Inc on Wednesday said that some U.S. customers were not able to make wireless calls but that restarting their cellphones would fix the issue.  DownDetector.com, which monitors outages, said customers across the country reported outages, including in Houston, New York and San Francisco. AT&T, which also owns satellite television service DirecTV, told customers on Twitter that it had no

estimate when service would be restored and technicians were working to fix the problem. According to DownDetector.com, customers reported more than 6,000 incidents by 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT), out of which 44 percent found problems with the internet service, while 31 percent faced issues with the phones. READ MORE

Democrats Take First Step to Impeach President Trump

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:52 PM PST

A handful of Democrats have introduced articles of impeachment in Congress against President Donald Trump accusing him of obstruction of justice and other offenses.  “We have taken this action because of great concerns for the country and our Constitution and our national security and our democracy,” Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee said at a news conference Wednesday.  The five articles accuse the president of obstruction of justice relating to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, which

the Democrats say was designed to impede an investigation, and undermining the independence of the federal judiciary. The action is likely to be stopped dead in its tracks in the Republican-led House of Representatives. Even a majority of Democrats don’t seem interested in supporting the route of impeachment, instead content to await the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether or not the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia in last year’s election. READ MORE

The Last Time These 3 Ominous Signals Appeared Simultaneously Was Just Before The Last Financial Crisis

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:42 PM PST

(Reported By Michael Snyder) We have not seen a “leadership reversal”, a “Hindenburg Omen” and a “Titanic Syndrome signal” all appear simultaneously since just before the last financial crisis.  Does this mean that a stock market crash is imminent?  Not necessarily, but as I have been writing about quite a bit recently, the markets are certainly primed for one.  On Wednesday, the Dow fell another 138 points, and that represented the largest single day decline that we have seen since September.  Much more importantly, the downward trend that has been developing over the past week appears to be accelerating.  Just take a look at this chart.

Could we be right on the precipice of a major move to the downside? John Hussman certainly seems to think so.  He is the one that pointed out that we have not seen this sort of a threefold sell signal since just before the last financial crisis.  The following comes from Business Insider… On Tuesday, the number of New York Stock Exchange companies setting new 52-week lows climbed above the number hitting new highs, representing a “leadership reversal” that Hussman says highlights the deterioration of market internals. Stocks also received confirmation of two bearish market-breadth readings known as the Hindenburg Omen and the Titanic Syndrome. MORE

New Planet Discovered That Could Sustain Life

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:23 PM PST

You may want to get used to the name Ross 128 b. The newly discovered exoplanet is the second-closest found to our solar system, only 11 light-years away. And it could support life. Announcements about exoplanets, those found outside our solar system, seem almost commonplace in this golden age of discovery for astronomers. So why is Ross 128 b unique — apart from its rather human-sounding name?

The planet is about the same size as Earth, and it may have a similar surface temperature, making it a temperate world that could support life. Every 9.9 days, it completes an orbit around its host star, Ross 128, which is what’s known as a red dwarf star: They’re the coolest, faintest and most common stars found in the universe. CONTINUE

Words Of Christ Coming To Pass With Global Wars and Conflicts Mounting

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:15 PM PST

One of the things that Jesus told us to pay attention to regarding the “End Times” was the increase in global conflicts prior to his second return. In the book of Matthew, he tells us: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” – Matthew 24:6-7

Now according to a new report from the Express, World War 3 fears are spreading around the globe as nations fall into political, diplomatic and financial crisis. I believe this new report once again shows us how truly close we are to the end of the age.  A comprehensive global conflict map shows where tourists would encounter danger and violence across the world, including North Korea and the Middle East. But the conflict zones are not constricted the Middle East, with Africa and Asia also being deemed as unsafe.North Korea is naturally included on the map as the country’s aggressive nuclear testing campaign threatens to spark World War 3.  Air raid sirens rang out across North Korea’s capital city, Pyongyang, over the weekend as the country forces its citizens to prepare for the possibility of conflict. While Kim Jong-un’s war of words with world leaders such as Donald Trump have made the global geopolitical climate increasingly volatile. CONTINUE
Israeli Soldiers Petition Chief to Restore Army Bible Studies

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:05 PM PST

Following the cancellation of a weekly Bible study class in October, over 800 Israel Defense Forces soldiers have signed a petition imploring IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot to reinstate the lessons. The popular class was canceled by General Aharon Haliva, commander of the IDF’s Technological and Logistics Directorate, without an explanation. General Haliva is known for his anti-religious sentiments. In 2010, several Knesset members even called for his dismissal following harsh rhetoric against

observant soldiers. “‘Sunday Sadness’ is a running phrase among Israel’s soldiers, which is used to describe their mood at having to return to base on Sundays after the Sabbath,” shared Dr. John A.I. Grossman, Chairman of LIBI USA, an organization which supports Israeli soldier welfare outside of the IDF budget, with Breaking Israel News. “This Bible class was called ‘Sunday Happiness’ to counteract that feeling. It brought a deeper purpose and understanding to our soldiers about the Holy Land and the importance of protecting it.” READ MORE

Fireballs seen over AZ, OH, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France in 10 hours

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:37 PM PST

Four giant fireballs have been spotted in the skies above Texas, A large part of Europe – Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and France within 10 Hours! It all started on Nov. 14th around 4:50 pm (UTC) with a fireball exploding over Germany and reported by over 1180 witnesses also from Switzerland,

Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, and Italy. Less than five hours later, at 9:30 pm (UTC), France also reported another significant fireball lighting up the sky. Two significant fireballs disintegrated over the United States at 01:40 am (UTC) over Arizona and 03:30 am (UTC) over Ohio on Nov. 15th. Here some videos now:  READ MORE

Radioactive Cloud Over Europe Targets Russia as Chief Suspect

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:30 PM PST

Scientists across Europe have been puzzling about a phenomenon that seemed laden with mystery and menace in somewhat uneven proportions — a concentration of radioactive pollution caused by a nuclide called ruthenium 106. Official monitors in France and Germany concluded that, based on weather patterns, the contamination detected since late September had emanated from southern Russia or from Kazakhstan. “The most plausible zone of release lies between the Volga and the Urals,” the French

Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety said on Nov. 9. Jean-Marc Peres, the institute’s director, told Reuters that the geographic area could indicate a spillage in Russia or in Kazakhstan. On Oct. 8, the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection said, “Russia must be assumed to be the region of origin of radioactive release” — a suggestion that was denied by Rosatom, the state company that runs Russia’s nuclear industry. READ MORE

Grade School Terminates “Illegal” Lunchtime Bible Study

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:26 PM PST

(Reported By Todd Starnes) Thou shall not study thy Bible — at least not during lunchtime.  That’s the new commandment at Hudsonville Elementary School in Michigan. The school district shut down a lunchtime Bible study for fifth graders that was led by a teacher. “The teacher (who thought the Bible discussion was appropriate because it was during lunch and voluntary) immediately put an end to these lunch meetings,”

Hudsonville Public Schools wrote in a statement to television station WOOD. “We will continue to communicate and educate staff at all levels on the District’s policies related to religion in schools.” The controversy started after the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists ratted out the young Bible scholars. And they wasted no time in gloating over their victory. “This illegal and unconstitutional activity was being conducted without parental notification or consent,”  READ MORE

Alaska urged to prepare for nuke attack, Residents told to have emergency food and water

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 02:16 PM PST

Alaska is being urged to prepare for a North Korean nuclear attack – amid fears that a warhead ‘could reach residents in 20 minutes’.  The country will NOT attempt evacuations if maniac despot Kim Jong-un fires a nuclear missile, emergency planners have warned. Jeremy Zidek, from the state’s disaster planning team, urged locals to shelter in place should an attack happen – rather than risk being caught in the open for the blast.

He also urged families to have an emergency stash of food and water, flashlights, and radios. And while he insisted that Alaska was an unlikely target for a nuclear strike, Mr Zidek admitted that the state’s defensive facilities could be picked for an attack. Alaska is home to Fort Greely, where the US has interceptor rockets designed to destroy incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). READ MORE

Family’s Home Burns to the Ground — One Item Left Totally Unscathed

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 02:01 PM PST

A family in Rockhouse, Kentucky, lost absolutely everything during a horrific fire this week — everything aside from one prized possession: a Bible.  The family went out for a doctor appointment and came back to their beloved house engulfed in flames, as oxygen tanks that were inside reportedly helped fuel the fire, according to WYMT-TV. “It just went,” Alisha Clevinger, daughter-in-law of home owner John Clevinger, told the outlet. “It was gone in no time.”But while the family’s belongings and memories were

gone from the home that John Clevinger had kept in his family for more than 100 years, spanning multiple generations, his Bible remained untouched by the flames.“Our entire living room was on fire except for a circle surrounding the table that the Bible was on,” the man’s grandson, John Clevinger III, told the outlet. “As soon as they grabbed it a piece of the ceiling came through and broke the table.” READ MORE

US scientists attempt “gene editing” in the body for the first time

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 01:57 PM PST

Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to cure a disease. The experiment was done Monday in California on 44-year-old Brian Madeux. Through an IV, he received billions of copies of a corrective gene and a genetic tool to cut his DNA in a precise spot. “It’s kind of humbling” to be the first to test this, said Madeux, who has a metabolic disease called Hunter syndrome. “I’m willing to take that risk. Hopefully, it will help me and other people.”

Signs of whether it’s working may come in a month; tests will show for sure in three months. If it’s successful, it could give a major boost to the fledgling field of gene therapy. Scientists have edited people’s genes before, altering cells in the lab that are then returned to patients. There also are gene therapies that don’t involve editing DNA. But these methods can only be used for a few types of diseases. Some give results that may not last. Some others supply a new gene like a spare part, but can’t control where it inserts in the DNA, possibly causing a new problem like cancer. READ MORE

North Korea mapping specific plan for ‘devastating’ EMP strike

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 10:00 AM PST

Only a few weeks after a team of experts warned Congress that the nation faces an “existential threat” from North Korea from a possible electromagnetic pulse attack, a new report says the rogue nation is mapping a specific plan.  Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner wrote in his “Washington Secrets” column that the White House “is being warned that North Korea is mapping plans for a ‘devastating’ attack on the United States with an atmospheric nuclear explosion that would disable the nation’s electric grid, potentially leading to the deaths of virtually all impacted.” He said President

Trump “is being urged to create a special commission to tackle the potential for an electromagnetic pulse attack, one similar to the iconic Manhattan Project.” Bedard cited Marine Corps veteran Tommy Waller, an advocate for an EMP commission, now the director of special projects at the Center for Security Policy. “The first and foremost thing he must write is an executive order establishing his own EMP commission in the White House – a task force that draws from the experience of the previous EMP Commission,” Waller wrote.  READ MORE

Egyptian and Hindu Gods Appear on Washington Mall

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 09:53 AM PST

A three-day weekend event on the Mall in Washington DC featured a massive seven-headed dragon as an exaggerated symbol of Satan in what one prominent rabbi sees as part of the reappearing battle against paganism, an ancient sin that is creeping back into the world. The third annual Catharsis on the Mall titled a Vigil for Healing, was held as a politically motivated incarnation of the desert Burning Man Festival from which it evolved. Catharsis, held from November 10-12, featured an array of art, music, lectures, interactive exhibits, meditation, healing, and workshops.

But unlike the Burning Man, held in an isolated desert location, the Washington gathering was politically oriented. “We sought a local experience that integrated the best of our … values with the immediate desire for political and cultural change that brings people to DC,” the organizers stated on their website. The event featured a 70-foot long seven-headed red metal dragon on wheels. The dragon, named after the ancient Egyptian god Abraxas, was clearly intended to reference Satan as described in the Christian Book of Revelations. MORE

Here is Map Of All the UFO Sightings in America

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 09:40 AM PST

Are we witnessing mass deception sweeping across America? Are we being conditioned for the coming Antichrist and his lying signs and wonders? A map of the US reveals all of the reported sightings of UFOs from 1995-2014. It shows a sharp spike in recent years of reported contact with alien life. It was first created by a team including Adam Crahen, for Kaggle UFO Sightings.  Crahan is one half of the ‘Data Duo’.  Click here for a full view of the map. The hot spots for alien visitors appear quite interesting. The numbers as crunched by Kaggle, also show that

the majority of sightings take place on a Saturday, and the most common time of day is 9-11pm. It also shows that July-January is UFO spotting season in the United States. The data also reveals that more and more have been reported since 2009 – perhaps suggesting a new interstellar bypass has been built that brings alien aircraft closer to Earth. On the other hand, this could mean nothing more than the rise of the Internet has made reporting sighting easier than it was in the 1990s.  READ MORE

Invasive New Education Technology Turns Students Into Lab Rats

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 09:32 AM PST

As education-technology lobbyists persuade policy-makers that “personalized learning” is the golden ticket to academic achievement, parents must understand exactly what this concept is and what it means for children. What they discover should trigger a rebellion. As we’ve explained (see herehere, and here, for example), personalized learning means using technology to deliver instruction based on the “needs” of the student. A child will be propped in front of a screen and directed to interact with a sophisticated

software program that records thousands of behavioral data points. His physiological data can be harvested via the “Internet of Things,” which refers to a connected network of devices, such as wristbands, that deliver physical data to a smartphone or computer.All this psychological and physiological data will be fed into an algorithm that not only analyzes how the child’s brain works but predicts what he’ll do in the future. None of this is explained to parents when they’re told “personalized learning” is the wave of the future. MORE

What I Learned from the Road to Damascus Encounter!

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 09:28 AM PST

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this powerful message, you will discover how the road to Damascus encounter that Saul had with the Lord reveals to us that God can and will raise up anyone for his Kingdom purpose, regardless of their past, present or future!

False prophets are back, claiming Nibiru is coming November 20th!

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:27 AM PST

Some sources in the international media recently claimed the cataclysmic arrival of Nibiru will take place next week but Yuval Ovadia, an expert on the subject, uses Jewish esoteric sources to reject these claims. While Ovadia insisted the arrival of the end-of-days star is indeed imminent, he believes its appearance may not be disastrous as secular sources fear. Ovadia is an Israeli director/actor known for his documentaries about Nibiru, also referred to as Planet X. As such, he has been quoted by media

outlets around the world, one of which claimed on Tuesday that Ovadia set the date for Nibiru’s arrival on Monday, November 20.   “I never announced a date for the arrival of Nibiru, and there are many reasons why I never will,” Ovadia told Breaking Israel News. “Citing a precise arrival is not part of the process and is used as disinformation by critics as a method for discrediting the entire theory. Every few months, a date is announced in the media for Nibiru, and then when Nibiru does not arrive, the cynics can claim it is proof that Nibiru doesn’t exist.”  READ MORE

Black Death plague can kill ‘in 3 hours’ as lethal disease goes ‘Airborne’

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:20 AM PST

Doctors are struggling to keep a new lethal outbreak of the “Black Death” – also known as pneumonic plague – under control as numbers of recorded cases soar. The disease has already killed more than 165 people in Madagascar alone, with thousands more confirmed cases across the east African country.  Malawi became the 10th neighboring nation to be placed on high alert following the deadly outbreak of the disease which wiped out a third of the medieval population. Madagascar’s health authorities have

installed medical checkpoints across the parts of the capital city of Antananarivo in an attempt to curb the spread of the plague.  A local news crew following one health worker in the stricken city heard doctors informing residents that the new strain of the disease “can kill in three hours”. Earlier this week, infection and immunity expert Dr Matthew Avison told Daily Star Online that the “extremely rare” disease has been “resilient” to antibiotics. READ MORE

Fears grip Madagascar as black death plague resistant to antibiotics

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:14 AM PST

At least 165 people have been killed by the devastating outbreak of an airborne disease spreading like wildfire in Madagascar.  Around another 2,000 people have been struck down by the – called pneumonic plague – by the lethal “medieval disease”. Infection and immunity expert Dr Matthew Avison, of the University of Bristol, has revealed the outbreak in East Africa is likely to become more serious

before the “crisis” ends. Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, Dr. Avison said because the disease is “extremely rare” it has been “resilient” to antibiotics. “Because this disease is extremely rare, it doesn’t get exposed to antibiotics that often,” he said. “That means it’s more resistant to antibiotics and the risk of death is higher.” However, he said if antibiotics are handed out quickly then the disease “can still be treated”. READ MORE

FDA approves first digital drug with tracking system

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 06:03 AM PST

Following the doctor’s orders might soon be unavoidable advice. The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first drug in the US with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite, an aripiprazole tablet embedded with an ingestible sensor, uses digital tracking to record whether the medication was taken. The tablet has been approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment

of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder, and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults, the FDA said. The pill’s sensor sends a message to a wearable patch that transmits the information to an app, allowing patients to track the medication’s ingestion on their phone. Patients can also let their doctor or carer view the information through a portal online. READ MORE

Woman who flipped off Trump rewarded with $100k and Job Opportunity

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:54 AM PST

Welcome to America! Where disrespecting the president of the United States rewards you with $100k dollars and a high paying job! Now, what is the lesson this teaches our children?  According to reports, The Northern Virginia woman who was fired for flipping off Pres. Trump’s motorcade is set to get about $100,000.

She also has a job offer. As of Tuesday evening, a GoFundMe set up for Juli Briskman had nearly reached its $100,000 goal. “I never imagined that my ‘one-finger salute’ to the Presidential motorcade and its occupant would cost me my job,” Briskman wrote in a note on the fundraising website’s page. The viral photo showed Briskman on her bicycle giving the middle finger as the president returned from golfing at his course in Loudoun County. READ MORE

Mystery booms increasing in intensity across the US in November

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:45 AM PST

Residents on both sides of the United States are currently reporting mystery booms and officials are only come up with general explanations or have no idea about the origin of these loud booms. Most probable sources are earthquakes, sky quakes, army training, and frost quakes… On the west coast, you can

certainly, talk about earthquakes being the culprit of these booms. In the Northeast, the current polar vortex – record cold temperature beaten in Boston – and thus frost quakes may be responsible for the loud noises. Other sources will be army training. But what about Idaho, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina and Florida? Read below to debunk the mystery:  CONTINUE

War between Iran & Saudi Arabia could send oil to $300 per barrel

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:38 AM PST

An armed conflict between Riyadh and Tehran would have a major impact on oil markets and the global economy. RT asked experts what a war between the two Middle East superpowers would mean for crude prices. If a conflict happens, oil prices could increase 500 percent. “Energy prices will seriously depend on the severity of the conflict. Let’s remember the unrecognized Iraqi Kurdistan, which in a state of

continuous war exported about 550,000 barrels per day through Turkey. In this connection, we can expect a panic rise in oil price to $150-$200 on the first day of the conflict… If Saudis and Iran attack each other’s oil facilities, crude prices can skyrocket to $300,” Mikhail Mashchenko, an analyst at the eToro social network for investors told RT. MORE

Phoenix residents report large fireball in the sky

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:26 AM PST

Residents in Phoenix observed what appeared to be a bright meteor flying across the night sky on Tuesday. City officials in Phoenix tweeted about the event at around 11:30 p.m., calling it “something brilliant,” after a security camera captured the sight. Witnesses reported seeing a bright fireball-like flash in the sky. Check out the video of the dazzling display below about 10 seconds in on the right side

of the screen. “Did anyone just see that the meteor or asteroid just now? I’m in Arizona and it turned night sky’s into daylight,” one Twitter user wrote late Tuesday. Separately, the American Meteor Society said it received more than 200 reports of a fireball meteor seen above New York on Saturday night, AMS said.  READ MORE

Huge fireball seen by over a thousand people over western Germany

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:20 AM PST

A huge fireball has been observed streaking across the sky over western Germany at 16:48 UTC (17:48 CET) on November 14, 2017. The event lasted between 7 and 20 seconds, according to eyewitness reports. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received 1 188 reports by 12:00 UTC on November 15.

The event was primarily seen from southwestern Germany but people from northern Switzerland, northeastern France and as far south as northern Italy also reported seeing the event. IMO has so far received 2 photos and 3 videos of the event and is asking people who observed, recorded or photographed the event to submit their reports. MORE

Rare 5.4 earthquake strikes South Korea: Heavy damage, several injured

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:10 AM PST

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake shook South Korea’s southeastern coast on Wednesday afternoon, but no casualties were immediately reported. People evacuated buildings near the epicenter and the shaking was felt in Seoul.

The quake was centered off the coast about 9.3km northwest of the port city of Pohang, according to the US Geological Survey. South Korea’s state-run Korea Meteorological Administration measured the quake at the same strength but said the epicenter was inside Pohang. CONTINUE

Strong 5.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Guam

Posted: 14 Nov 2017 06:56 PM PST

According to reports, The island of Guam was shaken by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake Wednesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake struck at 10:33 a.m. with a depth of

about 80 miles, about 66 miles southwest of Merizo. Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense has not yet received reports of damage. This is yet another strong quake in a series of earthquakes that have rattled the globe over the past 24 hours. MORE

UPDATE: California gunman tried to access classrooms to target children

Posted: 14 Nov 2017 06:38 PM PST

The gunman who killed four people and wounded at least 10 others, including two children, in Northern California Tuesday tried to access rooms at an elementary school to shoot more kids as part of a “bizarre and murderous rampage,” police said at a press conference Tuesday night. The shooter was killed by police after he opened fire at multiple “random” locations near Rancho Tehama Elementary School in

Corning early Tuesday. School officials heard shots being fired about a quarter-mile away and the school went into lockdown mode, Johnston said. He added the incident “could have been much worse if it wasn’t for the quick thinking” of the school’s staff, who put the school in immediate lockdown mode without instruction from police. READ MORE

Drag queens drafted into nursery schools to teach children about sexual diversity

Posted: 14 Nov 2017 06:24 PM PST

Drag queens are being brought into taxpayer-funded nursery schools so that children as young as two can learn about transgender issues. The cross-dressers are reading nursery rhymes and singing specially adapted songs ‘to teach children about LGBT tolerance’. Nursery bosses say the sessions are needed so that children can ‘see people who defy rigid gender restrictions’ and grow up to combat hate crime.

They want to target two and three-year-olds to influence them early, as they say at this age children have not yet developed any discriminatory ‘isms’. The ‘performances’ are the brainchild of Thomas Canham, a Bristol University law graduate and part-time cross-dresser who dismisses traditional notions of masculinity as ‘meaningless’. READ MORE

Australians Vote in Favor of Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ in Nationwide Postal Survey

Posted: 14 Nov 2017 06:16 PM PST

Australians have voted emphatically in support of same-sex marriage, paving the way for parliament to legalize homosexual unions before the end of the year. Some 61.6 percent of the more than 12 million people who took part in the government-run postal survey backed same-sex “marriage,” with 38.4 percent against, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced on Wednesday. While the voluntary survey doesn’t legally bind parliament, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the public “overwhelmingly” backed changing the law and urged lawmakers to respect the outcome.  “We must

respect the voice of the people,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra. “We asked them for their opinion and they have given it to us. It is unequivocal. It is overwhelming.” Turnbull’s call is supported by business, including Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd., which says homosexual “marriage” would add A$650 million ($496 million) to the economy in the first year alone. But the right-leaning coalition government remains divided on the issue, with lawmakers arguing whether to let celebrants and other service providers opt out of marrying gay couples on religious grounds. MORE

California Residents On Edge After A Swarm Of 10 Earthquakes Hits Near The San Andreas Fault

Posted: 14 Nov 2017 06:07 PM PST

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Is the San Andreas Fault starting to wake up?  On Monday, a “swarm” of 10 significant earthquakes struck Monterey County, California.  The largest was a magnitude 4.6 earthquake that could be felt all the way over in San Francisco.  Of course this comes at a time when other portions of “the Ring of Fire” are starting to awaken as well.  For example, just yesterday I wrote about the alarming eruption of Mt. Popocatepetlthat just took place down in Mexico.  For decades the west coast of North America has been relatively stable compared to the rest of the Ring of Fire, but now that is changing. So should those living along the west coast be on alert?  Without a doubt, the shaking that happened on Monday definitely got a lot of attention…

4.6-magnitude earthquake rattled Monterey County on Monday and was felt more than 90 miles away in San Francisco, officials said. The quake hit at 11:31 a.m. about 13 miles northeast of Gonzales, near Salinas, and was followed by nine smaller aftershocks, with the largest measuring magnitude 2.8, said Annemarie Baltay, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. Some experts are trying to assure us that we have nothing to be concerned about, but others are claiming that an earthquake swarm such as this “dramatically increases the likelihood of a major quake in California”READ MORE

Herbal supplement claims 36 lives

Posted: 14 Nov 2017 06:02 PM PST

Citing 36 deaths, the Food and Drug Administration chief warned consumers Tuesday not to use the herbal supplement kratom to ease opioid withdrawal and announce plans to step its regulatory oversight to combat the opioid epidemic. The FDA public health advisory on kratom follows the Drug Enforcement Administration’s reversal or at least delay of plans to classify kratom as a controlled substance on the same level as heroin and LSD. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the FDA plans to

work with the DEA to determine how kratom should be classified. Kratom, a plant grown naturally in countries including Thailand and Malaysia, is widely sold in smoke shops and other locations as a powder that can be used in tea to slow the effects of opioid withdrawal. But it has addictive properties of its own, FDA says. public health advisory related to the FDA’s mounting concerns regarding risks associated with the use of kratom. READ MORE

Science Proves Biblical Account of the Resurrection

Posted: 14 Nov 2017 05:55 PM PST

A new nine-part documentary from Revealed Films, Christ Revealed, explores the scientific evidence for the resurrection of Christ. Featuring top Christian apologists and historians and filmed on location in Israel and across America, the docu-series is an epic journey of revelation about the truth of one of the Bible’s most controversial claims. The resurrection of Christ has long fascinated the world, and it has been the focus of many movies and television series, including The DaVinci Code and History Channel’s

The Bible. However, over one-third of Americans are unconvinced of the resurrection’s veracity, according to Rasmussen Reports. “The resurrection of Christ is one of the most-discussed events in history, and it is the cornerstone of the world’s largest religion,” said Jeff Hays, director and executive producer of Christ Revealed. “While Christians believe in the resurrection in faith, we wanted to see what scientific evidence was out there to support whether this event occurred.” 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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November 15, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

The U.S. and its allies in Asia shouldn’t assume China will fully cooperate with the campaign to curtail North Korea’s nuclear arms program, a top priority of President Donald Trump, according to the annual report of a bipartisan congressional panel.

Zimbabwe’s military seized power and detained 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe in a struggle over the succession of the only leader the nation has ever known.

Russian lawmakers approved hastily drafted legislation that opens the way to a crackdown on foreign media in retaliation for U.S. actions against Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT.

The number of terrorism-related deaths fell for a second year in 2016, though more countries in the West were affected as tactics shifted to so-called lone-wolf attacks.

House leaders cleared the way for a Thursday vote on their tax-overhaul bill as Senate tax writers released a late-night draft that would make many individual breaks temporary and repeal a key part of the Obamacare law.

U.S. retail sales increased last month after a bigger September advance than previously estimated, indicating resilient demand heading into the holiday shopping season.

Russia signed an agreement to restructure $3.15 billion of debt owed by Venezuela, throwing a lifeline to a crisis-wracked ally that’s struggling to repay creditors.

U.S. inflation excluding food and fuel accelerated on an annual basis for the first time since January, a pickup that will be welcomed by Federal Reserve officials debating the pace of interest-rate increases.

A flawless 163-carat clear diamond fetched $34 million at Christie’s in Geneva — not enough to dispel concerns about the health of the market.

AP Top Stories

North Korea’s state media on Wednesday slammed Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-Un, saying the US president deserved the death penalty and calling him a coward for cancelling a visit to the inter-Korean border.

At least three people are dead and several injured after a shooting early Tuesday morning at an elementary school in Northern California, local authorities report.

The Pentagon will pay for an active-duty soldier’s gender confirmation surgery, which took place Tuesday afternoon, according to a statement sent to multiple news outlets.

Boeing on Wednesday announced an order from Gulf airline flydubai for 225 medium-haul 737 MAX aircraft with a list price of $27 billion, hailing it as the “largest-ever single-aisle jet order” from a Middle East carrier.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan took swipes at U.S. and Russian interventions in Syria on Monday and said if countries truly believed a military solution was impossible, they should withdraw their troops.

A retired Air Force general told the Senate on Tuesday that an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused by the top officer at U.S. Strategic Command if that order is determined to be illegal.

Tampa police blockaded a neighborhood and searched with a SWAT team and dogs for a possible serial killer Tuesday after a fourth person was shot dead for no apparent reason.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the U.S. is deeply concerned by “credible reports” of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian crisis in which hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh.

BBC

Three US college basketball players detained in China for alleged shoplifting have been released.

Floods caused by heavy rain have killed at least 10 people and caused destruction in three towns near the Greek capital, Athens, officials say. Many of the dead were elderly people whose bodies were found inside their homes, reports say.

A British tourist and her Canadian friend have been found dead at a backpackers’ hostel in Cambodia. Staff at the Monkey Republic Hostel said the pair had been to a pharmacy but were found dead on Monday.

As Australia decisively voted to support gay marriage, the historic poll was both a political victory for Senator Penny Wong and a deeply emotional personal moment. The country’s first openly gay woman in parliament and cabinet, Ms Wong was overwhelmed as the result came in. The non-binding vote showed 61.6% of people favor allowing same-sex couples to wed.

A 17-year-old girl in Nigeria has been murdered for body parts to be used in suspected rituals believed to bring wealth. Three people have been arrested, including a man who allegedly confessed to killing her and selling some body parts to a witch doctor for $25. He then threw the girl’s decapitated body into a well.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense has posted what it called “irrefutable proof” of the US aiding so-called Islamic State – but one of the images was actually taken from a video game.

WND

Only a few weeks after a team of experts warned Congress that the nation faces an “existential threat” from North Korea from a possible electromagnetic pulse attack, a new report says the rogue nation is mapping a specific plan. The White House “is being warned that North Korea is mapping plans for a ‘devastating’ attack on the United States with an atmospheric nuclear explosion that would disable the nation’s electric grid, potentially leading to the deaths of virtually all impacted.”

Tripoli, Libya – “Eight hundred,” says the auctioneer. “900 … 1,000 … 1,100 …” Sold, for 1,200 Libyan dinars – the equivalent of $800. Not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture. Not “merchandise” at all, but two human beings.


The Briefing — Wednesday, November 15, 2017

1) One story with three headlines: Religious liberty in crisis, and not only for crisis pregnancy centers in California

Wall Street Journal (Brent Kendall and Jess Bravin) –
Supreme Court to Review California Law on Disclosure of Abortion Availability

USA Today (Richard Wolf) –
Supreme Court to weigh anti-abortion speech restrictions

New York Times (Adam Liptak) –
Justices Take Cases on Free Speech at Pregnancy Centers and Polling Places

2) Canada’s Governor General mocks religious belief

CBC News (Robyn Urback) –
In what universe is it appropriate for a Governor General to deride people for their beliefs?

3) The new state religion of sexuality

CBC News (John Cotter) –
Edmonton Christian couple says adoption nixed over views on sexuality

4) Why the gossip column has disappeared

New York Times (Robert D. McFadden) –
Liz Smith, Longtime Queen of Tabloid Gossip Columns, Dies at 94


News – 11/15/2017

Russian long-range bombers strike Islamic State targets in Syria
Six Russian long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the town of Albu Kamal in Syria’s Deir al-Zor Province on Wednesday, the RIA news agency reported, citing Russia’s Defence Ministry. The TU-22m3 bombers flew from Russia across Iran and Iraq to launch the strike, RIA said.

Speier: U.S. House Paid $15 Million to Its Secret Sexual Harassment Victims
Pressed for details, Speier said she did not know how many members of Congress were involved. She also explained that victims had signed non-disclosure agreements. “If the taxpayers are involved, don’t we have the right to know?” Todd asked later in the segment. “I think you do have the right to know,” she said. “But right now, under the system, you don’t have a right to know.”

The Big List of 149 Trump accomplishments
Here, then, is an accounting of the truly significant achievements of the first eight months of the Trump presidency, compiled in conjunction with the Thank Trump Card Campaign, which has a dedicated website. The accomplishments are all the more noteworthy as they have been carried out in an environment of unrelenting negativity on the part of not only the Democrats and almost the entire news media, but the Beltway establishment itself, the entire donor class, the “Deep State,” and even many Republicans wedded to the D.C. “swamp.”

Paganism Returning, Warns Rabbi After Egyptian, Hindu Gods Appear on Washington Mall
A three-day weekend event on the Mall in Washington DC featured a massive seven-headed dragon as an exaggerated symbol of Satan in what one prominent rabbi sees as part of the reappearing battle against paganism, an ancient sin that is creeping back into the world. The third annual Catharsis on the Mall, titled a Vigil for Healing, was held as a politically motivated incarnation of the desert Burning Man Festival from which it evolved.

Iran & Saudi Arabia saber-rattling: Who would prevail in all-out war?
The regional confrontation between the two nations separated geographically by the narrow Persian Gulf is deeply rooted in sectarian, political, and economic competition. Saudi Arabia and Iran follow the two rival sects of Islam with a long history of violence. They compete in the currently troubled energy market, with Tehran holding a grudge over the share it has lost due to sanctions imposed by Riyadh’s American patrons. They fight proxy battles, often violently, in places like Bahrain, Yemen, and Lebanon.

Netanyahu to Washington, Moscow: Israel Will Operate in Syria Despite Ceasefire
The agreement, announced last Saturday, calls for “the reduction, and ultimate elimination” of foreign fighters from southern Syria. Yet an Israeli official who was briefed on the cease-fire said that the distances for Iran-backed forces in Syria from Israel’s border would range from as close as 3-4 miles to as far as 18 miles, Reuters reported. On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated that Israel will not be constrained by the deal.

Coup d’état in Zimbabwe
The Zimbabwean army is holding President Robert Mugabe, and Zimbabwe appears to be facing a military coup. Military forces took control of the state radio network ZBC this morning (Wednesday) and announced that Mugabe, 93, and his family were in a “safe place”. At this stage it is still unclear where Mugabe and his wife Grace were taken. Armored vehicles blocked roads leading to government offices, parliament, and courts in central Harare.

AG okays normalization, expansion of Jewish town in Samaria
The legal opinion permits expropriation of privately-owned Arab land for the purpose of regulating access to the 700+ meter high village, in a way that enables population of the village’s entire area. At the end of October, now-retired Judge Salim Jubran ruled in the High Court regarding the outline formulated by the government for temporary housing of Amona evacuees in absentee property adjacent to the site from which they were evicted.

‘Demon’ shark with snake’s head caught for the first time
The creature, measuring 4 feet, 9 inches, in length belongs to a species that dates back 80 million years, during the peak of the dinosaurs. It was captured at a depth of 2,300 feet below the surface. Previous encounters with the frilled shark have been around this depth, though not below 3,300 feet, due to its habitation near the outer continental shelf and upper to middle continental slopes.

Egyptologists Discover Pits Filled With Giant Severed Hands in “Joseph’s Palace”
The find was indeed gruesome but not entirely surprising for the egyptologists, as it confirmed their belief that soldiers would cut off the hands of defeated enemies and present them to noblemen in return for a gold bounty. Hieroglyphics have been discovered depicting this practice.

Netanyahu vows Israel will act alone against Iran if given no choice
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised…that Iran would not gain a foothold in Syria by which to attack Israel. The premier spoke…just hours after Russia clarified the it had no intention of pushing Tehran’s military forces out of the country. “Iran is scheming to entrench itself militarily in Syria. They want to create a permanent air, land and sea military presence, with the…intent of using Syria as a base from which to destroy Israel.

Syrian Kurdish party backs longer US role in Syria
The main Syrian Kurdish political party, the PYD, on Wednesday welcomed a longer-term role for US forces in Syria after the defeat of Islamic State, saying the Americans should continue to play a role until a political solution to the Syrian crisis. Syrian Kurdish groups have been the main partner on the ground for a US-led coalition fighting against Islamic State in northern and eastern Syria.

US security officials arrive in Israel to discuss Syria border deal
US National Security Council officials arrived in Israel for talks with their Israeli counterparts. Representatives of other security agencies are also participating Tuesday in the discussions, which are focused on the recent US-Russia cease-fire agreement for Syria as well as on Iran. The agreement, announced in a joint US-Russian statement Saturday, calls for “the reduction and ultimate elimination” of foreign fighters from southern Syria…

Zimbabwe crisis: Mugabe ‘under house arrest’ after army takeover
Zimbabwe’s military has placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest in the capital Harare, South African President Jacob Zuma says. Mr Mugabe told Mr Zuma in a phone call that he was fine, the South African leader’s office said. Troops are patrolling the capital, Harare, after they seized state TV and said they were targeting “criminals”.

Russia moves to target foreign media in RT registration row
Russia has moved closer to introducing a law that will allow the government to list any foreign media operating in the country as a foreign agent. The proposal, in retaliation for Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT being told to register as a foreign agent in the US, has been unanimously approved at the lower house of parliament. US-backed Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty could be hit.

US scientists try 1st gene editing in the body
Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to try to cure a disease. The experiment was done Monday in California on 44-year-old Brian Madeux. Through an IV, he received billions of copies of a corrective gene and a genetic tool to cut his DNA in a precise spot.

Household debt rises by $116 billion as credit-card delinquencies pile up
Household debt rose by $116 billion, or 0.9%, to $12.96 trillion in the third quarter, the New York Fed said Tuesday. That’s the highest level in nominal terms, though not when compared to the size of the economy. Credit-card debt rose by 3.1% while home equity lines of credit, or HELOC, balances fell by 0.9%. There were small gains in mortgage, student and auto debt.

Transgender service member gets gender reassignment surgery
An active-duty service member has received gender-reassignment surgery, the Pentagon said Tuesday, amid ongoing debate over whether transgender troops should be allowed to continue to serve in the military. Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White said the surgery was done Tuesday in a private hospital and was paid for by the military’s health coverage because the doctor deemed it was medically necessary.

San Andreas ‘Quake Swarm’ Has Cali Residents Fearing The ‘Big One’ Is Imminent
Yesterday morning a series of 10 earthquakes struck Monterey County, California along the San Andreas fault line and has Cali residents increasingly concerned that the “Big One” could be next.  The quakes, the biggest of which measured 4.6 on the Richter scale, hit near Salinas, California but were felt 90 miles away in San Francisco.

Canada Builds $300 Million Highway To Nowhere, But Is There A Hidden Agenda?
A new $300-million first of its kind ‘permanent’ highway will officially open in the Northwest Territories of Canada on Wednesday….We think there could be another reason why Canada would build a highway to nowhere. As explained by one citizen in the video below, the new route is called ‘road to resources’, it’s where major reserves of oil and gas reside, and at one time inaccessible due to poor infrastructure.

Senate tax bill yanks Obamacare mandate
The proposed Republican tax reform bill will include repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate requiring most Americans to have some form of health insurance or pay a tax penalty, GOP leaders said Tuesday. The decision means that Republicans, yet again in 2017, will attempt to gut a key element of the Affordable Care Act.

The Big List of 149 Trump accomplishments
…Here, then, is an accounting of the truly significant achievements of the first eight months of the Trump presidency, compiled in conjunction with the Thank Trump Card Campaign, which has a dedicated website. The accomplishments are all the more noteworthy as they have been carried out in an environment of unrelenting negativity on the part of not only the Democrats and almost the entire news media, but the Beltway establishment itself, the entire donor class, the “Deep State,” and even many Republicans wedded to the D.C. “swamp.”

Australian Postal Referendum Approves Gay Marraige
In a postal vote referendum, 61.6 percent of Australians cast their votes in favor of same-sex marriage. The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the results Wednesday.

US Scientists Made A Genetically Modified Human Embryo
This is the first confirmed case of the gene editing of human embryos in the US and it gets scientists one step closer to the ability to create genetically engineered humans. Researchers in Portland, Oregon have used a powerful gene editing tool called CRISPR to create genetically modified human embryos, MIT Technology Review reported in an exclusive.

Cal Thomas warns about mixing politics, religion
Are politically active Christians a critical force in changing putblic policy toward a more biblical perspective, or are they getting drawn into ugly political infighting that distracts them from sharing the gospel and ultimately damages their witness to unbelievers? America’s most widely syndicated columnist fears it’s the latter.

CHAOS IN AMERICA: 5 killed in California school shooting
Several children wounded, multiple fatalities in northern CA. shooting across 7 locations, including school. At least two students were wounded when a gunman opened fire at the Rancho Tehama School near the town of Corning in northern California Tuesday.

Did Mueller Help Saudis Who Funded Obama’s Harvard Education?
A controversial article published Monday by investigative historian Eric Zuesse forces to the forefront once again the historical record suggesting Robert Mueller played a major role cementing the Bush family ties to the Saudi ruling family that paid for Barack Hussein Obama’s education at Harvard Law School.

Postal Service: Red Ink for 11th Year in Row as Mail Slumps
The U.S. Postal Service reported a financial loss Tuesday for the 11th straight year, citing declining mail volume and costs of its pension and health care obligations even as it predicted another strong holiday season of package deliveries.

McCain and Hillary Are Proven ISIS Supporters: Have the Two Been Indicted?
Hillary Clinton and John McCain have a lot in common. Besides undermining the US Constitution and working against the interests of the United States, they share three similar variables: (1) They are undeniably supporters of ISIS and each had a hand in the creation of the most dangerous terrorist entity on the planet; (2) They both sustained supposed injuries to the same foot at the exact same time and we wearing the exact same orthodic boot; and (3) Both parties are the target of very vicious and persistent rumors that beneath their walking boots are GPS locators which are placed on the ankles of indcted suspects of serious crimes who may be a flight risk.

Visa Lottery Gave 28,783 to Those From State Sponsors of Terror, 2007-2016
…the number of visas from those countries increased substantially under the two Obama administrations. For instance, in 2008, the last full year of the George W. Bush administration, 841 lottery visas were granted to Iran; in 2016, the last full year of the Obama administration, 2,788 lottery visas were selected from Iran.


The Feds Are Investigating Allegations That Planned Parenthood Has Been Selling Baby Body Parts For Profit

Is Planned Parenthood finally going to be held accountable for their crimes against humanity?  Pro-life activists all over the nation are absolutely thrilled by reports about a potential FBI investigation of Planned Parenthood.  For the past several years, undercover video after undercover video has exposed what is going on deep inside Planned Parenthood clinics, but federal law enforcement authorities never took any action.  Of course we probably should not have expected any justice during the Obama years, but many were hoping that things would change under Trump, and that now appears to be happening. (Read More…)


California Residents On Edge After A Swarm Of 10 Earthquakes Hits Near The San Andreas Fault

Is the San Andreas Fault starting to wake up?  On Monday, a “swarm” of 10 significant earthquakes struck Monterey County, California.  The largest was a magnitude 4.6 earthquake that could be felt all the way over in San Francisco.  Of course this comes at a time when other portions of “the Ring of Fire” are starting to awaken as well.  For example, just yesterday I wrote about the alarming eruption of Mt. Popocatepetl that just took place down in Mexico.  For decades the west coast of North America has been relatively stable compared to the rest of the Ring of Fire, but now that is changing. (Read More…)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Nov. 15, 2017

Tax Reform Chess Moves in the Senate

The GOP floats the idea of ending ObamaCare’s mandate in order to comply with Senate rules.

The Foundation

“There is not a more important and fundamental principle in legislation, than that the ways and means ought always to face the public engagements; that our appropriations should ever go hand in hand with our promises.” —James Madison (1790)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: November 15

  • GOP Seeks to Derail Moore, Salvage Senate Seat (Read More)
  • Army takes control in Zimbabwe (Read More)
  • Senate Tax Plan Guts Obamacare, Sunsets Many Middle-Class Cuts (Read More)
  • Senate Republicans tie tax plan to repeal of key Obamacare mandate (Read More)
  • Trump’s Campaign Foreign Policy Team Under Mueller’s Microscope (Read More)
  • Ryan Says Future Congresses Will Preserve Tax Bill’s Temporary Measures (Read More)
  • Shareholders take aim at Murdochs with Fox voting rights push (Read More)
  • AT&T Engages Its Washington Firepower to Push Megadeal (Read More)
  • Time Inc. to Launch Sports Illustrated TV (Read More)
  • Boeing in 175 plane deal with budget carrier flydubai (Read More)
  • Airbus Tops Boeing in Dubai With Record $50 Billion A320 Deal (Read More)
  • North Korea’s Kim trades missiles for tractors during testing lull (Read More)
  • Amazon scraps bundled video service (Read More)
  • What Tesla’s Big Rig Must Do to Seduce Truckers (Read More)
  • Bayer hires new blood to stem ‘Amazon effect’ in consumer health (Read More)
  • How a Shirt Covered in Swastikas Ends Up in a Department Store (Read More)
  • With Two Price Tags From SoftBank, What Is Uber Really Worth? (Read More)
  • Moscow Exchange bets on growth in Russia-China investments (Read More)
  • Cheese and Bourbon Face Risk of Backlash From U.S. Solar Tariff (Read More)
  • Times Square Tenants That Replaced Porn Mark Their Own Retreat (Read More)
  • Target’s holiday-quarter profit forecast disappoints (Read More)
  • Steve Jurvetson Fires Back at DFJ After His Exit (Read More)

Headlines – 11/15/2017

Senior PA official denies Saudis gave Abbas ultimatum on US peace plan

Chilean presidential candidate calls Israel ‘a threat to world peace’

Threatened south to north, IDF seeks calm while steeling for worst

Senior Abbas Advisor: We Won’t Stop Fighting for Palestine Until It is ‘Purified of the Impious Existence of Jews’

Elkin: Start preparing for one million settlers in the West Bank

Gaza terrorists buying gear online, Defense Ministry says

Terror victim laments to Trump team her husband’s killer will be paid by PA

US bill would prevent funding jailing of Palestinian minors

Islamic Jihad Raises Combat Preparedness to Highest Level, Monitors Israelis

Netanyahu thanks Mexican president for not supporting ‘one-sided’ UN resolution

Netanyahu to be questioned for the sixth time next week

‘Peace and love’ as Miss Israel and Miss Iraq pose together on Instagram

Concern over Iraq’s Darbandikhan dam after earthquake

In Iraq, crashing boulders, collapsed homes and a town on edge after powerful earthquake

Israel offers quake help to Iran, Iraq, but immediately turned down

Iranian military force taking shape right under Israel’s nose

US delegation flies to Israel to discuss Syria border deal

Lavrov: Iranian presence in Syria ‘legitimate’

Russia: Moscow never promised withdrawal of Iranian troops from Syria

Russia and US at odds over keeping Syria chemical experts

Russia posts videogame image as ‘irrefutable proof’ US helps IS

Turkey ‘appalled’ by US stance on IS withdrawal from Raqqa

Hundreds of ISIS corpses in Libya await fate in containers

Abadi says Iraq to act soon over border areas in stand-off with Kurds

‘Catastrophic’ Iraq law could legalise marriage for children as young as nine

Suicide car bomber targets security forces in Yemen’s Aden

Saudi-led coalition bombs airport runway in Yemen’s capital

Saudi Arabia to reopen Yemen’s air and seaports within next 24 hours

Pro-Hezbollah paper alleges Saudis have made plans for ties with Israel

Art of the Deal: Behind Saudi-Lebanon Crisis Is Trump’s Middle East ‘Peace Project’

The Upstart Saudi Prince Who’s Throwing Caution to the Winds

What’s Behind Saudi Arabia’s Political Crisis?

Lebanese patriarch makes historic Saudi visit amid Hariri crisis

Resigned PM tells Lebanese to ‘chill,’ says he’ll be home in ‘a couple of days’

Lebanon’s Fall Would Be Iran’s Gain

EU’s policy of helping Libya intercept migrants is ‘inhuman’, says UN

Military on streets near Zimbabwe capital as treason claims fly

Zimbabwe: military takes control of state broadcaster in capital Harare, urges calm

The Holocaust Museum Says There Is ‘Mounting Evidence’ of Genocide in Myanmar

Senate panel debates US president’s nuclear authority

Terror in Northern California town as gunman goes on rampage, sprays school will bullets

Maniac dead in gunfight with police after terrorizing California town, killing 4 and trying to invade school

France Grapples With Terrorism Two Years After The Paris Attacks

Venezuela Goes Bust – Another lesson in the price of lending to a socialist regime

Richest 1% own half the world’s wealth, study finds

There’s something weird going on that’s worrying the markets

Americans’ debt level rises in third quarter

Household debt rises by $116 billion as credit-card delinquencies pile up

Killer robots must be banned but ‘window to act is closing fast’, AI expert warns

SpaceX will launch a secret government payload to orbit Wednesday

All the UFO sightings in America in one map

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Merizo Village, Guam

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Alofi, Niue

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.4 quake in southeast South Korea causes some minor damage

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near the Indian Ocean Triple Junction

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near the South Sandwich Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Iwo Jima, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

San Andreas ‘Quake Swarm’ Has California Residents Fearing The ‘Big One’ Is Imminent

Cold nights to endanger thousands left homeless following deadly earthquake in Iraq, Iran

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 26,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Global warming makes ‘biblical’ rain like that from Hurricane Harvey much more likely

Blasting aerosol into the sky to cool the planet might lead to drought and hurricanes

The firm that can 3D print human body parts

Half of over-65s take at least five drugs a day

FDA chief warns about kratom to treat opioid addiction; will seek more regulatory power

Australians back gay marriage in non-binding vote

Rainbow celebrations as Australians vote for same-sex marriage

Pentagon pays for service member’s gender reassignment surgery

Poll: 77% of Democrats with 4-Year Degrees Think Sex Not Determined at Birth

She led Trump to Christ: The rise of the televangelist who advises the White House

Founder of Florida’s biggest megachurch accused of molesting a 4-year-old girl

Perry Noble Hires Hollywood PR Guy to Rehab His Image

Who is Rodney Howard Brown? Meet the Holy Ghost Bartender

Ex-members say church uses power, lies to keep grip on kids

What is The ‘Vision of the Waves’?

“Womanist” Preachers are Making Their Mark in Dallas

‘Jihad Barbie’ – Mattel announces Ibtihaj Muhammad doll, the first Barbie to wear a hijab

Group Paid For 85 Women to Have Abortions After Hurricane Harvey

FBI Begins Possible Investigation of Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Baby Parts

Church of England defends ‘boys in tutus’ guidance as it says Christians have a duty to be welcoming

Australians decisively support same-sex marriage

Chinese Christians Told to Replace Pictures of Jesus With President Xi if They Want Government Assistance


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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November 14, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he’s hopeful that three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting will be allowed to return home soon.

Whether the underlying topic is abortion, elections, labor unions or wedding cakes, the First Amendment is starting to dominate the Supreme Court’s agenda. The court on Monday granted three new speech cases, including a challenge to a California law that requires licensed pregnancy-counseling clinics to tell patients they might be eligible for free or discounted abortions.

Symbols of Christianity are banned in Saudi Arabia and there are no churches, at least in the public sphere. So it was a remarkable sight: A Christian priest, openly wearing a cross, being greeted by one of the kingdom’s most influential ministers on Monday.

North Korea hasn’t fired a missile for 60 days, but that may have more to do with its own winter training cycle than with Pyongyang easing off on provocations. Since Kim Jong Un took power in late 2011, only five of the isolated nation’s 85 rocket launches have taken place in the October-December quarter.

In its latest fiscal year, Wall Street’s top regulator sought the least amount of penalties since 2013, a drop that took place as it went months without permanent leadership and could show a softer approach to policing wrongdoing.

Former presidents get lucrative book deals and high-paid speaking gigs. So there’s no need for taxpayers to support them to the degree that the federal government has done in the past. That’s the reasoning behind legislation that the House backed on Monday slightly reducing the government pension of former presidents and capping how much they can bill taxpayers for office expenses and staff. The measure passed by voice vote.

Puerto Rico is seeking $94 billion in federal aid to help it recovery from the hurricane that devastated the territory in September, leaving much of the island still without power and worsening a financial crisis that had already pushed the government into bankruptcy.

Apple is working on a rear-facing 3-D sensor system for the iPhone in 2019, another step toward turning the handset into a leading augmented-reality device.

U.S. wholesale prices advanced 0.4%, more than forecast in October, boosted by higher margins at fuel retailers, a Labor Department report showed Tuesday in Washington. Compared with a year earlier, producer prices rose the most in more than five years.

AP Top Stories

John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the UN, said North Korea could also sell nuclear weapons to aspiring nuclear powers unless the rogue nation was stopped.

Hate crimes rose for the second straight year in 2016, with increases in attacks motivated by bias against blacks, Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, according to FBI statistics.

Seoul says four North Korean soldiers fired 40 rounds at a comrade fleeing south and hit him five times in the first shootout at the jointly controlled area of the heavily fortified border since 1984.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called Venezuela “an increasingly violent narco-state” that threatens the world, speaking Monday at an informal Security Council meeting on the South American nation that was boycotted by Russia, China, Egypt and Bolivia.

The Pentagon said Monday that US forces had killed 40 Shabaab and Islamic State fighters in a series of strikes on Somalia that began late last week.

Embattled industrial giant General Electric on Monday announced a restructuring plan that includes thousands of job cuts and sales of some units to focus on aviation, healthcare and energy.

Two Navy SEALs reportedly being investigated over the death of an Army Green Beret in Mali are accused of killing him after he learned they had been allegedly stealing.

A U.S. appeals court in California on Monday let President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban go partially into effect, ruling the government can bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries with no connections to the United States.

For the first time in more than 40 years, lawmakers are holding a hearing to examine whether the president should have carte blanche to launch a nuclear strike.

BBC

Iranians living outdoors in bitterly cold temperatures after an earthquake are making desperate pleas for help. About 540 people were killed and close to 8,000 injured when the quake hit near the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday.

US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body. The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets – for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes – have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them that records that the medication has been taken. A patch worn by the patient transmits this information to their smartphone.

International credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has declared Venezuela to be in “selective default”.

Elections in 18 separate nations were influenced by online disinformation campaigns last year, suggests research. Independent watchdog Freedom House looked at how online discourse was influenced by governments, bots and paid opinion formers.

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Americans who deal with bipolar disorder, depression, self-mutilation or drug and alcohol abuse are now eligible to be recruited, although the Army insists it will screen such applicants vigorously to ensure they are fit for service.

A new survey shows that 69 percent of Americans would skip exchanging [holiday] gifts if their family and friends agreed to it. The survey, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of SunTrust Bank, also showed that 60 percent of those surveyed said they would spend more time with friends and family if they didn’t have to worry about buying or making gifts.


News – 11/14/2017

Was Deadly Earthquake Divine End-of-Days Judgment for Iran?
Rabbi Yosef Dayan, a former member of the Sanhedrin, emphasized that this recent catastrophe in Iran should be perceived as divine retribution, since one of the Hebrew names for God, ‘Elohim’, represents the aspect of judgement brought about through nature. He added that the punishment is harsh. “Any country that threatens others with total destruction, like Iran has done, it is forbidden to show mercy, even to the individuals that are not directly guilty,” the rabbi said. “They will require you to show mercy but they do not ever show mercy.”

Report: Mexico Will No Longer Vote for Palestinians at UN
Mexico has reportedly announced that it will change its voting strategy at the United Nations and other international bodies by stopping to vote in favor of the Palestinians.

Nigel Farage calls on EU to investigate George Soros funding, collusion
Speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Farage told fellow MEPs he believes that when it comes to international collusion, “we are looking in the wrong place.” He says Soros’ influence in Brussels is “truly extraordinary,” adding: “I fear we could be looking at the biggest level of international, political collusion in history.”Farage, the leader of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group, believes Soros has spent billions in the EU to undermine the nation state.

Rabid Anti-Trumper Arrested in Calif. after Threatening to Go on Killing Spree
Smith, 39, was arrested in Orange County, Calif., on Nov. 2 following an investigation involving the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was charged with one felony count of making criminal threats after threatening a university professor through emails and posting threatening YouTube videos — in one he talked about going on a “killing spree.”

IDF Deploys Iron Dome After Threat From Palestinian Islamic Jihad
The IDF said it deployed Iron Dome missile defense batteries throughout central Israel on Monday amid the Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist group’s threat that it will avenge Israel’s recent destruction of a cross-border attack tunnel.

Sessions considering second special counsel to investigate Republican concerns, letter shows
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns — including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia — and has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of the matters and report back to him and his top deputy….

Allahu Akbar is Why Muslims Kill
Special agent Scott Wickland said that he heard cries of “Allahu Akbar” before the Benghazi attack. And then the guards ran for their guns. In Nice, France, the Islamic terrorist who killed 86 people and wounded over 400 by running them over with a truck, shouted, “Allahu Akbar”. In New York, the Islamic terrorist who was trying to imitate him, also shouted, “Allahu Akbar.” The 9/11 hijackers had the same message, “Allahu Akbar”. “Allahu Akbar” has been present at virtually every major recent Islamic terror attack in the West. But according to the New York Times, “Allahu Akbar” is an “innocent” and “innocuous” expression.

Report: Islamic Jihad raises state of readiness to ‘highest level’
Amid increasing tensions between Israel and Islamic Jihad, the militant group has raised its state of readiness to its ‘highest level,’ according to a report in the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat. Senior sources in the Gaza-based militant group stated that, should Islamic Jihad choose to act against Israel, any action would be “for purposes of self-defense” and “deterrence.”

Iran ends quake rescue operations as hungry survivors battle the cold
Rescue operations have ended in areas of Iran hit by a powerful weekend earthquake that killed at least 450 people and injured thousands, state television reported…as many survivors, in need of food and water, battled the cold. Sunday’s 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck villages and towns in the mountainous area of Kermanshah province that borders Iraq while many people were at home asleep. At least 14 provinces in Iran were affected.

Report: Islamic Jihad raises state of readiness to ‘highest level’
Amid increasing tensions between Israel and Islamic Jihad, the militant group has raised its state of readiness to its ‘highest level,’ according to a report in the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat. Senior sources in the Gaza-based militant group stated that, should Islamic Jihad choose to act against Israel, any action would be “for purposes of self-defense” and “deterrence.”

Theresa May accuses Vladimir Putin of election meddling
Theresa May has launched her strongest attack on Russia yet, accusing Moscow of meddling in elections and carrying out cyber espionage. Addressing leading business figures at a banquet in London, the prime minister said Vladimir Putin’s government was trying to “undermine free societies”. Mrs May said it was “planting fake stories” to “sow discord in the West”.

Syria war: Air strikes on Atareb market ‘kill more than 50’
At least 53 people are reported to have been killed in air strikes on a rebel-held town in northern Syria. A market was hit, with video on social media showing widespread destruction. Rubble covers the streets and panicked civilians are seen carrying away the injured. Eyewitnesses say there were three separate strikes.

FDA approves ‘trackable’ pill
US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body. The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets – for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes – have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them that records that the medication has been taken. A patch worn by the patient transmits this information to their smartphone.

Earthquake swarm hits Monterey County; biggest felt in SF
A 4.6-magnitude earthquake rattled Monterey County on Monday and was felt more than 90 miles away in San Francisco, officials said. The quake hit at 11:31 a.m. about 13 miles northeast of Gonzales, near Salinas, and was followed by nine smaller aftershocks, with the largest measuring magnitude 2.8, said Annemarie Baltay, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park.

Video shows AI carry out mass murder WITHOUT human orders
Gruesome footage put together by AI experts shows small drones descending on a classroom and killing pupils by blowing up their heads. The film – to be show to United Nations (UN) today – stresses the danger of autonomous weapons that pick and destroy targets without instruction. It comes amid the advancement in AI weapons deployed by nations at war.

Alertness to preparation: Israel’s response to Palestinian threats
The security establishment is undergoing preparations for a possible escalation in the Gaza Strip following threats by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) made in the wake of the IDF exploding a terror tunnel late last month, which claimed the lives of 14 PIJ and Hamas terrorists. Such preparations include heightened defensive activities and rolling out Iron Dome batteries in the central and southern regions of Israel.

‘In Jesus’ name’ chaplain details how he battled U.S. Navy, won
Gordon Klingenschmitt shares lessons from 10 years of political victories.

FU UN: United Nations yet again proves how anti-semitic it is by condemning Israel NINE TIMES at one session
The United Nations General Assembly passed nine resolutions condemning Israel on Friday as compared a total of six condemnatory resolutions for the rest of the world combined — with one each on Syria, North Korea, Iran, Crimea, Myanmar, as well as one on the U.S. for its Cuba embargo.

Army lifting ban on bipolar, self-mutilating recruits ‘a red flag’
‘This was a decision made by people from the Obama admin, not Trump’

Evidence Mounts That PLAGUE Outbreak in Africa is an Engineered Depopulation Bioweapon (Video)
There is a deadly plague outbreak that’s threatening Africa where thousands of people have been infected and over 143 are now reported dead, “Health officials are unsure how this year’s outbreak began,” reports the paper. “Experts warn the disease spreads quicker in heavily populated areas,” reports the UK Daily Mail.

“Human error” wipes Israel off the map
Australia’s national news broadcaster (“ABC”) has belatedly admitted that “human error” wiped Israel off this map. This admission came during the investigation of a complaint lodged by me concerning a segment aired on Media Watch featuring the above map titled “Misplaced map outrage

Obamacare Users Finding Fewer Choices; 8 States Will Have Only One Insurer
A higher amount of current Obamacare enrollees will only have one insurance carrier to choose from, according to CNN Money.

Politico: US Examines Cold War Soviet Tech in Cuba Sonic Attacks
Still perplexed by the covert acoustic attacks on U.S. diplomats in Havana, Cuba, U.S. intelligence is investigating Soviet-based technology used during the Cold War. Politico reported.

‘I’m Proud to Be a Christian Zionist’: Steve Bannon Gets Standing O from Leading Jewish Organization
The Zionist Organization of America’s annual awards gala gave Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon three standing ovations Sunday after the former White House chief strategist delivered a fiery speech praising President Donald Trump’s leadership in the Middle East and calling on America’s Jewish community “to bind together and work as partners” in his war against the GOP establishment.

Pandemic Agents Spread by ISIS Drones Will Result In UN Controlled Medical Martial Law (FEMA Camps)
The United States government is under attack from the Deep State. A coup is underway and a new found strategy is about to be employed. The strategy is called medical martial law and it involves the use of thinly veiled FEMA Camps….the United Nations has been granted the authority to take over policing activities in the event of a national emergency.

Christians worldwide are outraged to learn that UK government discriminates against Christian refugees, while opening borders wide for Muslims
Barnabas Aid finally obtained figures proving that the UN has only recommended tiny token numbers of Syrian Christians, Yazidis and other minorities for resettlement in the UK. The overwhelming majority of refugees recommended by the UN have been Sunni Muslims

Royal Bombshell: Revealed 1986 Letter By Prince Charles Blames ‘Foreign Jews’ For Mideast Troubles
A 31-year-old letter penned by a young Prince Charles has stirred controversy for suggesting that “foreign Jews” were to blame, in part, for the troubles of the Middle East.

Judicial Watch Sues DOJ for Mueller Russian Special Counsel Budget
The government watchdog group Judicial Watch is suing the Department of Justice (DOJ) to release its information on the budget for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the 2016 Trump campaign.


Is America Becoming A Police State Where Churches Can’t Feed The Homeless And Kids Can’t Set Up Lemonade Stands?

What would you do if authorities ordered your church to stop feeding the homeless?  And what would you do if your 5-year-old daughter was ordered to get government permission before setting up a lemonade stand?  Well, these things are actually happening in America today.  With each passing day, America goes further down the road toward becoming a police state.  Just yesterday, I wrote about a young mother that was threatened with arrest in California for not properly vaccinating her children.  We have entered a time when government bureaucrats are micromanaging all of our lives, and it is time for us to say that enough is enough. (Read More…)


Popocatepetl Violently Erupts, And Authorities Warn A Bigger Eruption Could Threaten More Than 20 Million People In Mexico City

Mt. Popocatepetl is one of the most important volcanoes on the entire planet, and yet most Americans are not familiar with it.  In ancient Aztec, Popocatepetl means “smoking mountain”, but to the locals the 5,426-meter-high volcano is simply known as “Don Goyo”.  A catastrophic eruption of “Don Goyo” would be a nightmare scenario for the more than 20 million people living in the Mexico City metropolitan area, and that is why authorities are watching Mt. Popocatepetl very closely at the moment.  In fact, we are being warned that the eruption that just took place could be a precursor to an even larger eruption… (Read More…)


Why America’s Retail Apocalypse Could Accelerate Even More In 2018

Is the retail apocalypse in the United States about to go to a whole new level?  That is a frightening thing to consider, because the truth is that things are already quite bad.  We have already shattered the all-time record for store closings in a single year and we still have the rest of November and December to go.  Unfortunately, it truly does appear that things will get even worse in 2018, because a tremendous amount of high-yield retail debt is coming due next year.  In fact, Bloomberg is reporting that the amount of high-yield retail debt that will mature next year is approximately 19 times larger than the amount that matured this year… (Read More…)


November 14, 2017
Alan Keyes says many appointees fail to battle ‘the permanent bureaucracy’
ALAN KEYES — President Trump recently nominated Kirstjen Nielsen to be secretary of homeland security. As Richard Viguerie observes in a recent article (“Why does Trump keep hiring anti-Trumpers?”):… (more)

November 13, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — There’s a reason why President Trump says that the fate of Senate candidate Roy Moore will depend on whether the charges against him are proven to be true. Trump knows that if they get rid of Moore, using charges that obviously cannot be proven, he’s their next target. Sex-gate will follow Russia-gate…. (more)

November 13, 2017

ABC — “Thank y’all for being here tonight,” Moore said. “I want to address what’s been brought out on television today by Gloria Allred and the client that she has about things I allegedly did. “I want to make it perfectly clear,” Moore continued. “The people of Alabama know me, they know my character, they know what I’ve stood for in the political world for over 40 years…. (more)


November 13, 2017
NEWSMAX — Fifty-three Alabama pastors on Monday released a letter of support for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore despite multiple accusations of sexual misconduct on his part, AL.com reports…. (more)

November 13, 2017
THE HILL — Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday withdrew his support from Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, saying allegations of sexual misconduct should be looked at by prosecutors…. (more)

November 13, 2017

AL.COM — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns – including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia – and has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of the matters and report back to him and his top deputy, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Post…. (more)


November 13, 2017
NEWSMAX — The Air Force faces millions of dollars in potential liability for the mass shooting at a Texas church earlier this month by a former servicemember, Stars and Stripes reported Monday…. (more)

November 13, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a challenge to California’s law requiring pro-life pregnancy counseling centers to also tell women about options for abortion, in a move opponents said amounts to a violation of free speech rights…. (more)

November 13, 2017
Gordon Klingenschmitt shares lessons from 10 years of political victories
WORLDNETDAILY — Most people don’t go looking for punishment. But Gordon James Klingenschmitt is not most people. When he encountered a policy that went against his deepest religious beliefs, he boldly and publicly defied the policy and then demanded he be punished…. (more)

November 13, 2017
THE SACRAMENTO BEE — Nine days into his European trip, Jerry Brown might have been enjoying himself. The Democratic governor had just wrapped interviews with Japanese and German reporters late Saturday, after holding a climate coalition signing ceremony with Terry McAuliffe, or His Excellency, the honorific used for the governor of Virginia. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer were also at the photo op…. (more)

November 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Hundreds of mourners crowded into the tiny town of Sutherland Springs for the first Sunday service since a gunman stormed the First Baptist Church a week earlier, killing more than two dozen people in the worst mass shooting in Texas history…. (more)

November 12, 2017
CHARLES HURT — What kind of demonic soul walks into a church a murders 26 innocent people, including several children, at point-blank range? What kind of heartless monster instantly seizes on such senseless tragedy to advance a personal political agenda? Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, for one. Authorities identified the killer as a severely deranged and violent reject illegally in possession of guns, but Ms. Warren somehow accused the Republican Party of perpetrating the atrocity…. (more)

November 12, 2017
THE BLAZE — The actors of “Saturday Night Live” lampooned the Democratic National Committee in a skit over the weekend that depicted Democratic leaders as old and out-of-touch following widespread election victories last week. “We’re back, baby!” the Democratic leaders declared…. (more)

November 12, 2017
DEFENSE NEWS — U.S. and Israeli officers broke ground in Israel on Monday for a permanent U.S. Army base that will house dozens of U.S. soldiers, operating under the American flag, and charged with the mission of defending against rocket and missile attack…. (more)

November 12, 2017

ROBERT KNIGHT — I’m minding my own business in a bookstore near the University of Maine’s campus here when I hear two women talking. One of them is trashing Donald Trump as the other sagely nods. Then they start gushing about President Barack Obama’s “greatness” and what “a fine president” he was…. (more)


November 12, 2017

BREITBART — Two new polls demonstrate that GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore remains unaffected entirely by smears in the Washington Post against him, and his lead before the Post piece on Thursday afternoon remains intact…. (more)


November 11, 2017

CNN — No visit to China would be complete without seeing the Great Wall, which is exactly how first lady Melania Trump wrapped her first-ever trip to Asia. Stopping before she went to the top, Trump spoke exclusively with CNN about her six-day tour of the region, specifically how she felt seeing her first lady counterparts in Japan, South Korea and China…. (more)


November 11, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump marked Veterans Day in Vietnam Friday by spending time with seven U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War, calling them “great warriors” and a “national treasure.” “You are the heroes who fulfill your duty to our nation,” Mr. Trump told the veterans. “And each of you, under the most difficult conditions, did what you had to do, and you did it well.”… (more)


November 11, 2017
ANDREW MCCARTHY — In July 2016, the Obama administration announced its decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for felony mishandling of classified information and destruction of government files. In the aftermath, I observed that there is a very aggressive way that the Justice Department and the FBI go about their business when they are trying to make a case – – one profoundly different from the way they went about the Clinton emails investigation. There, they tried not to make the case…. (more)

November 10, 2017

THE OREGONIAN — A judge declined Thursday to release Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy days before trial, concerned he still doesn’t recognize federal authority and has a large incentive to flee with at least 80 years in prison hanging over his head if convicted of four of his 16 charges…. (more)


November 9, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — The public policy group America’s Survival, Inc. headed by veteran journalist and media critic Cliff Kincaid, is holding a conference on Russia-gate on Friday, November 10, at the National Press Club, with an emphasis on the role being played by former President Obama…. (more)

November 9, 2017

ARMY TIMES — When Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl came home in 2014, he was potentially entitled to hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay that accumulated over five years while he was in Taliban captivity in Afghanistan…. (more)


November 9, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES — The video makes clear that the masked man clad in black stormed into the church intent on shooting everyone there – – and he nearly did. For several minutes, he fired quickly, pausing only to reload, methodically shooting his terrified victims – – including small children – – in the head, execution-style…. (more)


November 9, 2017

ZDNET — A driverless shuttle bus crashed less than two hours after it was launched in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The city’s officials had been hosting an unveiling ceremony for the bus, described as the US’ first self-driving shuttle pilot project geared towards the public, before it crashed with a semi-truck…. (more)


November 9, 2017
NATIONAL REVIEW — President Trump is visiting five nations across Asia this month in a 13-day trip that includes stops in Japan, South, Korea, and China. Here’s a look at the images from his meetings with world leaders…. (more)

MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

NOV. 14, 2017

Hate Crimes Data: Similar Numbers, Different Percentages

FBI hate crime data shows little change in the number of crimes, but significant changes in race of offenders.

THE FOUNDATION

“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: November 14

  • Top central bankers vow to talk investors out of easy money (Read More)
  • Sessions Considers Probe to Evaluate Clinton-Russia Ties (Read More)
  • Trump Jr. Exchanged Messages With WikiLeaks (Read More)
  • German growth surprise lifts Europe as China subdues Asia (Read More)
  • Kremlin tells companies to deliver good news (Read More)
  • Venezuela’s Bondholder Meeting Is a Bust as S&P Declares Default (Read More)
  • GOP megadonor Adelson publicly breaks with Bannon (Read More)
  • Trump Kept One Eye on Re-Election With His Push for Deals in Asia (Read More)
  • Japan’s PM says North Korea still developing missiles despite launch pause (Read More)
  • Wall Street Fines Fall In Trump’s First Year, Research Shows (Read More)
  • Barred From the Bar: The Rough Road From Prisoner to Lawyer (Read More)
  • Millionaire Bankers Feel Sorry for Struggling Millennials (Read More)
  • Plaza Hotel’s Secret Backer Is a Qatari Royal With Big Ambitions (Read More)
  • Home Depot profit beats as hurricanes spur demand (Read More)
  • EgyptAir signs $1.1 billion preliminary deal for 12 Bombardier CSeries jets (Read More)
  • Bloomberg expects eight figures for new Twitter network (Read More)
  • Citigroup, UBS Are Among the Banks Most Exposed to Saudi Rich (Read More)
  • U.S. approves digital pill that tracks when patients take it (Read More)
  • Weinstein Co. Lender Sues to Recover $45 Million Loan (Read More)

Headlines – 11/14/2017

Greenblatt: no resumption of Israel-Palestinian talks in sight

Netanyahu: ‘We don’t miss diplomatic opportunities, we create them’

US envoy warns Islamic Jihad attack threat harming Gazans

IDF deploys Iron Dome, raises alert amid Gaza terror threat

Jewish Federations demand Israel reverse moves on Western Wall, conversion

Israel reportedly threatens to shelve Jordan water deal until embassy reopened

The digital war against Isis is being lost. What should be done?

Syria war: Air strikes on Atareb market ‘kill more than 50’

Russia’s Putin: our work with Turkey, Iran is producing results in Syria

US-Russia ceasefire could leave Iran forces 3 miles from Israel

PM: Despite Syria ceasefire, Israel will act ‘according to our needs’

Caroline Glick: Pining for fig leaves – the Saudis are going too far

Saudi Arabia and Iran blur the lines between Shi’ites and Sunnis

France: Iran non-interference in Lebanon is key for regional stability

UAE and Egypt discuss Lebanon crisis, aggression against Saudi Arabia

Fears for Lebanese economy if Saudis impose Qatar-style blockade

UAE minister: Iranian missiles fired at Saudi a ‘dangerous escalation’

Saudis walk back escalation in Yemen, Lebanon as dramatic moves backfire

Saudi UN ambassador denies Yemen embargo

Yemen war: Saudi-led coalition ‘to reopen some ports’

Barbie makes doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

North Korea says US carrier groups raise nuclear war threat

Appeals court allows partial enforcement of Trump travel ban

Nearly 30k Diversity Visas Have Been Given To Immigrants From Terror States

NYPD Deploying Heavily-Armed Anti-Terror Squads to Major Sports, Concert Venues

Biological weapons simulation test planned in Oklahoma

Pastor Preaches Forgiveness After Texas Church Shooting, Says Victims Are ‘Dancing With Jesus’

Rabid Anti-Trumper Arrested in Calif. after Threatening to Go on Killing Spree

Coming Soon to Washington: An Anti-Trump Hotel for Liberals

Donald Trump Jr. releases exchanges with WikiLeaks

Theresa May accuses Russia of fake news and interfering in elections

The US’s most secretive intelligence agency was embarrassingly robbed and mocked by hackers

Iran-Iraq border earthquake is deadliest of 2017

Iran-Iraq Earthquake Kills More Than 450

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Angoram, Papua New Guinea

Earthquake swarm hits Monterey County; biggest felt in SF

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,500ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 11,000ft

1 killed in Renton, 1 seriously injured in major storm that’s knocked out power to 150,000+ homes in Western Washington

Deadly Air Pollution Becomes a Common Enemy for Rivals India and Pakistan

A health emergency: Delhi smog reveals global failures to deal with climate change

An Astonishing Video Shows CRISPR Editing DNA in Real Time

FBI seeks Senate documents, signaling possible probe into sale of fetal tissue

Tutus and Tool Belts: Church of England Urges Children to Explore Gender Identity

Bush 41 apologizes for groping of 16-year-old girl

Christian School Teacher, Father of 2 Charged With 140 Counts of Sexual Abuse

Posted: 14 Nov 2017 05:54 AM PST

A fifth-grade teacher and father of two who was recently fired from the Sioux Center Christian School in Iowa has been charged with 140 counts of sexual abuse involving multiple children, all under the age of 14. The teacher, Curtis Van Dam, 35, was arrested last Wednesday, according to a KSFY report. His

crimes allegedly occurred between 2013 and last month when he was exposed. Now, the entire Sioux Center community is reeling in shock.  “The entire community is shocked and also very saddened,” Sioux Center Police Chief Paul Adkins said. “Emotions are very high in the community.” The police chief says in the 44 years he has been in the community, “we have never had anything like this at all happen.” MORE

Evangelical Church Sees Dramatic Decline After Pro-Gay Marriage Stance

Posted: 14 Nov 2017 05:50 AM PST

A once-large Nashville-area Evangelical congregation that made headlines after its pastor announced that the church would conduct same-sex marriages is selling its campus and relocating to rented space. After his announcement of LGBT support in 2015, Pastor Stan Mitchell of GracePointe Church in Franklin, Tennessee was profiled in Time magazine. But what was a much sought-after sign of Evangelical movement towards LGBT affirmation may have been wishful thinking on the part of cultural

progressives pouring money into programs that aim to shift Evangelical pastors’ views on sexuality. Time’s Elizabeth Dias identified GracePointe as “one of the first evangelical megachurches in the country to openly stand for full equality and inclusion of the LGBTQ community.” GracePointe, with 700-800 weekly attendees at its height, was not actually a megachurch, typically defined as a congregation with worship attendance greater than 2,000 persons. READ MORE

Why America’s Retail Apocalypse Could Accelerate Even More In 2018

Posted: 14 Nov 2017 05:42 AM PST

(By Michael Snyder) Is the retail apocalypse in the United States about to go to a whole new level?  That is a frightening thing to consider, because the truth is that things are already quite bad.  We have already shattered the all-time record for store closings in a single year and we still have the rest of November and December to go.  Unfortunately, it truly does appear that things will get even worse in 2018, because a tremendous amount of high-yield retail debt is coming due next year.  In fact, Bloomberg is reporting that the amount of high-yield retail debt that will mature next year is approximately 19 times larger than the

amount that matured this year… Just $100 million of high-yield retail borrowings were set to mature this year, but that will increase to $1.9 billion in 2018, according to Fitch Ratings Inc. And from 2019 to 2025, it will balloon to an annual average of almost $5 billion. The amount of retail debt considered risky is also rising. Over the past year, high-yield bonds outstanding gained 20 percent, to $35 billion, and the industry’s leveraged loans are up 15 percent, to $152 billion, according to Bloomberg data. Even worse, this will hit as a record $1 trillion in high-yield debt for all industries comes due over the next five years, according to Moody’s. READ MORE

 

Hijab Barbie makes debut

Posted: 14 Nov 2017 05:37 AM PST

For the first time ever, Barbie will wear a hijab. Mattel (MAT), which makes Barbie, announced Monday that the latest doll in its “Shero” collection will be modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. In 2016, Muhammad became the first American to compete in the games while wearing a hijab. “I’m proud

to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true,” Muhammad said in a tweet. The news was announced at Glamour’s Women of the Year summit. The doll will go on sale in 2018. Barbie has been working hard to make its collection of dolls more diverse in an effort to broaden the brand’s appeal. MORE

Was Deadly Earthquake Divine End-of-Days Judgment for Iran?

Posted: 14 Nov 2017 05:32 AM PST

ATTENTION: The following report does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of ETH

A 7.3 magnitude tremor, the largest earthquake in Iraq’s history, struck on Sunday just a few miles from the Iraq-Iran border, killing over 335 Iranians in what one prominent rabbi understood as divine judgment.  The earthquake, the largest to hit the Middle East in five years and the largest ever recorded in Iraq, struck at 9:18 PM local time on Sunday, followed soon after by over 100 aftershocks. Seven people were reported dead in Iraq, and over 350 wounded. The most disastrous results were felt in

neighboring Iran, where in addition to 335 killed, over 4,500 people were injured. The earthquake that was so devastating in Iran was felt as a gentle tremor in Israel, noticeable but not a cause for alarm. Rabbi Yosef Dayan, a former member of the Sanhedrin, emphasized that this recent catastrophe in Iran should be perceived as divine retribution, since one of the Hebrew names for God, ‘Elohim’, represents the aspect of judgment brought about through nature.  READ MORE

Iran building permanent military base in Syria

Posted: 14 Nov 2017 05:23 AM PST

Iran is establishing a permanent military base inside Syria, a Western intelligence source has told the BBC. The Iranian military is said to have established a compound at a site used by the Syrian army outside El-Kiswah, 14 km (8 miles) south of Damascus. The report comes amid growing tensions over Iranian influence in Syria and across the region. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu recently warned that Iran wanted to establish itself militarily in Syria. “Israel will not let that happen,” he said. Satellite

images commissioned by the BBC seem to show construction activity at the site referenced by the intelligence source between January and October this year. The images shows a series of two dozen large low-rise buildings – likely for housing soldiers and vehicles. In recent months, additional buildings have been added to the site. However, it is impossible to independently verify the purpose of the site and the presence of the Iranian military. READ MORE

Venezuela just defaulted, moving deeper into crisis…

Posted: 14 Nov 2017 05:17 AM PST

Venezuela, a nation spiraling into a humanitarian crisis, has missed a debt payment. It could soon face grim consequences. The South American country defaulted on its debt, according to a statement issued Monday night by S&P Global Ratings. The agency said the 30-day grace period had expired for a payment that was due in October. A debt default risks setting off a dangerous series of events that could

exacerbate Venezuela’s food and medical shortages. If enough holders of a particular bond demand full and immediate repayment, it can prompt investors across all Venezuelan bonds to demand the same thing. Since Venezuela doesn’t have the money to pay all its bondholders right now, investors would then be entitled to seize the country’s assets — primarily barrels of oil — outside its borders.  READ MORE

Plague Death toll continues to rise – officials admit risk of global outbreak

Posted: 14 Nov 2017 05:12 AM PST

The terrifying black death plague has strengthened its grip and sent the death toll soaring. After Daily Star Online reported the disease ravaging Madagascar has killed 143 people, the deadly plague has now claimed 165.  And with at least another 2,000 being infected, fears of a global outbreak has doubled after the World Health Organisation’s latest update. Officials at the world health body have now admitted there is a real risk the disease could spread to Europe, the US and across the globe. They are pinning

their hopes, however, on a range of emergency measures being put in place to stop this from happening. This disease – which can kill in just 24 hours – has sparked global panic especially as a similar outbreak of Black Death killed off one-third of medieval Europe – and that was a staggering 50 million people. The latest disease is a more virulent form that spreads through coughing, sneezing or spitting and is almost always fatal if untreated.  READ MORE

Keys to Revival from Josiah

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 07:43 PM PST

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, we will show powerful insights into the life of King Josiah and how many things he did in his reign are keys to personal revival in our lives today!

PROPHECY WATCH: Israel’s Bountiful Wine Harvest Fulfilling Bible Prophecy?

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 06:34 PM PST

While global wine production has fallen to historic lows, barrels in Israel’s wineries are overflowing with a blessed harvest that fulfills prophecy in the most undeniable way. Zachary Waller, Executive Director of HaYovel, first noticed this blessing of bounty when his organization brought Christian volunteers this summer to help with the grape harvest in Har Bracha, as it has done every season for the last twelve years.

It was time to harvest but the grapes weren’t yet ripe. Waller was concerned there wouldn’t be enough work for his 200 eager volunteers. “Before the harvest, it’s difficult to tell how many grapes there are and what condition they are in until you are actually out in the vineyards and have your hands on the vines,” Waller told Breaking Israel News. “It seemed like one week later, all the grapes ripened at once, and once we started picking, it quickly became clear there were a lot.”  READ MORE

 

Fears of ‘Big One’ imminent as powerful quake shakes California near San Andreas fault

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 06:23 PM PST

A powerful earthquake has rocked California sending shockwaves felt as far away as San Francisco, it has been reported. The 4.7 magnitude quake struck at 11.31am local time between the Salinas Valley and the San Joaquin Valley. The US Geological Survey calculated the perceived shaking close to the epicentre was strong. Shaking was reported in the region of Salinas, Monterey and Santa Cruz and all the way north to some parts of the Bay Area, including San Francisco. The San Andreas Fault forms the main

strand of the plate boundary, running from the Gulf of California to north the region of Cape Mendocino. And the origin of this quake was located along the San Andreas fault. Terrified residents who felt the shake have commented on Twitter. One person wrote: “You might be from California if you don’t remember your first earthquake.” Another said: “Am I an official resident of California now that I’ve experienced the phenomenon of my house shaking in a 4.7 magnitude earthquake?” READ MORE

Popocatepetl Violently Erupts, And Authorities Warn A Bigger Eruption Could Threaten More Than 20 Million People In Mexico City

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 06:18 PM PST

(Reported By Micahel Snyder) Mt. Popocatepetl is one of the most important volcanoes on the entire planet, and yet most Americans are not familiar with it.  In ancient Aztec, Popocatepetl means “smoking mountain”, but to the locals, the 5,426-meter-high volcano is simply known as “Don Goyo”.  A catastrophic eruption of “Don Goyo” would be a nightmare scenario for the more than 20 million people living in the Mexico City metropolitan area, and that is why authorities are watching Mt. Popocatepetl very closely at the moment.  In fact, we are being warned that the eruption that just took place could be a precursor to an even larger eruption

Chilling footage showing the violent eruption emerged online amid fears there could be more. A huge plume of smoke blasted three kilometers into the air from the summit of Popocatepetl after a series explosions over the course of 24 hours. Surrounding towns were blanketed with ash and debris and authorities are now warning a bigger eruption could threaten the 23.6million inhabitants in the Mexican capital, located just 35 miles (56km) away. This latest eruption actually resulted in what is known as a “volcano-tectonic earthquake”.  Such quakes are caused by the movement of magma, and scientists are very concerned about what that might mean. “Don Goyo” has been spewing ash regularly since early this month, and at this point, local residents are being told to remain indoorsREAD MORE

Is This the Beginning of the End for Target?

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 06:14 PM PST

Target Corp. announced last week that it will close a dozen stores in 2018, and the company’s stock remains at just over 60. The 12 stores, CNBC reported, are spread across Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Texas, and will close February 3. For the past year and a half, the American Family Association (AFA, afa.net) has been spreading the word about its highly successful and 1.5 million-signature strong #BoycottTarget initiative, which was a robust

response to Target’s dangerous and misguided policy that allows men in women’s fitting rooms and restrooms and puts families at risk. “Target is making many attempts to entice shoppers, but one move could welcome 1.5 million customers and their families back to stores—reversing the dangerous policy that puts women and girls in danger,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “Voyeurs and predators know that they can gain easy access to their next victims at Target, and that has been proven time and again. MORE

TLC dumps Jill Duggar’s husband after transphobic comments

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 06:03 PM PST

TLC has officially severed its ties with former “Counting On” star Derick Dillard after he repeatedly made negative comments about one of the network’s other stars, Jazz Jennings.  On Saturday, the network released a statement on Twitter explaining that it has severed ties with Dillard after another round of comments against Jennings, who stars on her own series, “I Am Jazz,” which chronicles her life following her decision at a young age to transition from a male to a female.

“We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in ‘Counting On’ for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future. We want to reiterate that Derick’s personal statements do not reflect the views of the network,” the statement reads. “TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so.” READ MORE

DAYS OF LOT: Drag Queens Teaching Children Becomes International Phenomenon

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 05:57 PM PST

It was only days ago when WND reported Xochi Mochi made an appearance at the Michelle Obama public library in Long Beach, California, hitting the pro-LGBTQ, transgender, drag-queen friendly, Satanist-approved political hot buttons all in one shot.  Mochi was there to read to young children, a fad that is spreading, with new reports that there now are drag queen story hours for children as young as two years old in the United Kingdom.  It was the Daily Mail that reported that drag queens were being

brought into taxpayer-funded nursery schools in the U.K., “so that children as young as two can learn about transgender issues” and be taught “LGBT tolerance.” Nursery managers reported in the Mail that children need to have the indoctrination so they can “see people who defy rigid gender restrictions.” The interactions “are the brainchild of Thomas Canham, a Bristol University law graduate and part-time cross-dresser who dismisses traditional notions of masculinity as ‘meaningless,’” the Mail said. READ MORE

 

Pastor of Texas Church Massacre Delivers Stirring Sermon

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 05:48 PM PST

Pastor Frank Pomeroy of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, delivered a message of hope as he bravely stood before attendees of a service on Sunday, held just one week after a gunman killed 26 members of his congregation.  Those who gathered with the survivors and their families in mourning and worship sang “Amazing Grace,” but it was Pomeroy’s stirring message in the midst of so much

uncertainty that truly resonated, The New York Times reported. The brave preacher, who lost his 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle, nearly broke down at moments during his sermon, though he carried on with a heartfelt message of hope in the wake of unimaginable grief.Pomeroy specifically encouraged the congregation to choose light in the midst of the darkness, and implored people to forge on in their faith despite the horrific, life-changing event, as CNN reported.  CONTINUE

Young Mother In California Threatened With Arrest At A Bus Stop For Not Vaccinating Her Children

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 05:43 PM PST

Could you imagine being threatened by law enforcement authorities over vaccine records as you are waiting with your children for the school bus? This is something that literally just happened to one young mother down in California. One morning she walked her kids to the bus stop and she was approached by an official from the Claremont school district and a police officer. In very intimidating fashion, they began questioning her about whether or not her children had been vaccinated. When she

refused to answer and started recording the interaction they walked away, but that wasn’t the end of it. Later she called the police department and explained what was going on, and she was told that she could be arrested for refusing to vaccinate her children. You can see the video for yourself on Facebook right here. It has already been watched more than 159,000 times, and we need to get this out to as many people as we possibly can. The following is the description that Porsha Rasheed posted along with the video… MORE

US carriers Closing In on Kim Jong-un as World War 3 fears continue to grow

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 01:14 PM PST

North Korea could soon be hit with Washington’s military might as US forces group in the Western Pacific to send a message to volatile leader Kim Jong-un.  North Korea’s aggressive rhetoric has pushed the United States to reinforce its presence in the Western Pacific region. Footage from the US Department of Defence shows three US aircraft carrier strike groups sailing through the Sea of Japan

and the East China Sea as a warning to the unpredictable nation’s leader Kim Jong-un. Three enormous aircraft carriers, the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz, are pictured alongside their strike forces and a range of fighter jets as the vessels patrol the seas off the North Korean coast. In a statement, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said: “The US Navy mobilised three aircraft carriers and 11 Aegis destroyers, while the Republic of Korea Navy mobilised seven warships including two Aegis destroyers.”  MORE

China implements creepy “Citizen Score” to monitor lifestyles

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 01:00 PM PST

China has already implemented its Citizen Score on a voluntary basis but this month government official released details about how the program will operate in 2020 when it becomes compulsory for all Chinese citizens. For those who may be curious, think of the Citizen Score, sometimes referred to as a trust score, as akin to a credit score but one that encompasses every conceivable aspect of one’s life. Buy video games and your score drops because the government assumes you are idle, buy diapers and it rises

because you seem more stable. Get a traffic ticket or speak out about the government, and your score drops, but earn a degree or support the Party and your score might rise. Miss paying your bills or don’t support your parents and your score will suffer. Read books that the party doesn’t deem ideologically sound or watch foreign movies, and your score will take a hit. China has spent years integrating its digital surveillance infrastructure so that it can connect every aspect of its citizen’s lives. READ MORE

Prophetic? These are the Bible Verses That Were About to be Read Just Before Gunman Stormed Texas Church Last Week

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 12:52 PM PST

Among the sobering elements included in the newfound memorial inside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, is a Bible that is open to Psalms chapters 149 and 150 as well as the first three chapters of Proverbs. And that’s not the only scriptural presence inside the house of worship after the community came together to transform it into a memorial to the 26 people who were killed inside on

Nov. 5. Text from Psalm 100 is also reportedly posted on the wall at the front of the church, as this was the scripture that was going to be read when the shooting started, Fox News reported.  The following text is presented before the biblical text in question: “This passage was to be read the morning of November 5, 2017, and was never heard. It will now be heard by all.” Psalm 100 reads:

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations. MORE

DEVELOPING: Israel Military Put On High Alert, Fearing Imminent Conflict

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 12:40 PM PST

The Israeli military raised its alert level on Monday, taking various measures in the wake of new assessments that the Islamic Jihad will attempt a revenge attack. The leadership of the Gaza-based group is threatening revenge over Israel’s bombing of a cross-border attack tunnel near Gaza two weeks ago, in which 12 members of Islamic Jihad and Hamas were killed. These measures, which are considered exceptional, included the deployment of anti-rocket Iron Dome batteries in central Israel,

but not the calling up of reservists. This is the first time such measures were taken since the 2014 Gaza war ended.  The assessments regarding Islamic Jihad involve a range of possibilities on the Gaza border and further beyond. The organization controls dozens of Grad-type Katyusha rockets with a range of over 40 kilometers, capable of hitting Ashdod and Be’er Sheva, and possibly even longer-range rockets. READ MORE

Thousands of scientists give ‘Warning to Humanity’ predicting imminent apocalypse

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 12:35 PM PST

More than 15,000 scientists from around the world have signed a terrifying letter warning of an imminent apocalypse. The message is called “Warning to Humanity” and is an ominous vision of the grim fate awaiting our planet. The message updates an original Warning from the Union of Concerned Scientists, which was made in 1992. Now the global scientific community’s view of the future is even bleaker.

Apart from the hole in the ozone layer, which has now been stabilized, every one of the major threats identified in 1992 has worsened. Runaway consumption of precious resources by an exploding population remains the biggest danger facing humankind, say the scientists. They urge “scientists, media influencers and lay citizens” to put pressure on governments to reverse the trend. READ MORE

New York subway scraps ‘ladies and gentleman’ to become gender neutral

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 12:26 PM PST

The New York City Subway system is planning on doing away with its recorded announcements addressing “ladies and gentlemen” in favor of messages that are gender-neutral. Instead, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will use phrases like “riders” and “everyone”. The transportation system will also get rid of pre-recorded messages to announce delays, favoring real-time explanations for passengers instead. “We’re fundamentally changing the way we talk with riders to give them better and

clearer information,” an MTA spokesperson told CBS News. Conductors will also now begin to greet passengers on certain holidays, and already have begun doing so on Tuesday, which was New York’s election day. They’ll also tell people to thank a veteran on Veterans Day, for example. The changes are a part of a 9-page memo that outlines ways to fundamentally change the way that the MTA interacts with its rider base. READ MORE

Strong 4.7 earthquake strikes near Salinas, felt in San Francisco

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 12:17 PM PST

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck Monday about 23 miles east of Salinas, sending shaking waves felt as far away as San Francisco. The epicenter of the earthquake, which struck at 11:31 a.m. at a depth of 3.7 miles, was centered in the sparsely populated mountains between the Salinas Valley and the San Joaquin Valley.

The U.S. Geological Survey calculated that the perceived shaking close to the epicenter was strong, or Intensity 6, on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale. Weak shaking was reported felt in Salinas, Monterey and Santa Cruz, and all the way north to some parts of the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Foster City and San Jose. READ MORE

‘Transracial’ man born white identifies as Filipino

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 11:21 AM PST

Riding in a flamboyant purple vehicle, Ja Du shows up to a coffee shop to open up about his new identity. Ja Du, born a white male named Adam, now considers himself a Filipino. Turns out the purple ride he drives around in is called a Tuk Tuk, an Asian-derived vehicle used for public transit in the Philippines he says. Ja Du is part of a small, but growing community of people who considers themselves transracial.

It refers to someone born one race, but identifies with another. Sound weird? Not to them. Ja Du says he grew up enjoying Filipino food, events and the overall culture. “Whenever I’m around the music, around the food, I feel like I’m in my own skin,” he said. “I’d watch the history channel sometimes for hours you know whenever it came to that and you know nothing else intrigued me more but things about Filipino culture.” MORE

Scientists claim ban on killer robots urgently needed!

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 11:17 AM PST

The movie portrays a brutal future. A military firm unveils a tiny drone that hunts and kills with ruthless efficiency. But when the technology falls into the wrong hands, no one is safe. Politicians are cut down in broad daylight. The machines descend on a lecture hall and spot activists, who are swiftly dispatched with an explosive to the head. The short, disturbing film is the latest attempt by campaigners and concerned scientists to highlight the dangers of developing autonomous weapons that can find, track

and fire on targets without human supervision. They warn that a preemptive ban on the technology is urgently needed to prevent terrible new weapons of mass destruction. Stuart Russell, a leading AI scientist at the University of California in Berkeley, and others will show the film on Monday during an event at the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons hosted by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. READ MORE

US Lawmaker Calling Homeschooling “Child Abuse”

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 06:17 AM PST

About five years ago, lawmakers in New Hampshire approved a series of changes to improve their citizens’ access to homeschooling, but they now appear to be preparing to roll back those improvements. And it’s generated considerable controversy since one legislator opposing homeschooling called it “child abuse.” Which wasn’t received well by another lawmaker whose children mostly have graduated from the family’s homeschool, and have gone to top-tier colleges. The Home School Legal Defense Association

is reporting on the situation, as it was involved in the improvements back in 2012. Besides “child abuse,” homeschooling there also has been condemned with comments like, “Half the kids are failing to learn,” and “it’s a floodgate for dropouts,” HSLDA reported.  “Recent comments like these reveal antagonism toward homeschool among certain factions in the New Hampshire legislature, explaining why we appear headed toward a legislative battle over homeschool freedoms,” the group revealed Friday.  READ MORE

Church of England Tells Anglican Schools in New Guidance “Let Little Boys Wear Tiaras”

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 06:10 AM PST

Boys as young as five should be able to wear tiaras at school without criticism, teachers in Church of England schools are to be told. Male pupils should also be free to dress up in a tutu or high heels without attracting any comment or observation, according to anti-bullying rules sent out by the Church yesterday. The instructions for the CofE’s 4,700 schools said they should not require children to wear uniforms that ‘create difficulty for trans pupils’. This appears to give official backing to schools that ban

skirts to avoid discrimination against transgender children. Schools are also told they cannot use the Christian faith or Bible teachings to justify behavior that is considered to amount to bullying – for example, identifying a transgender pupil by a sex other than the one they have chosen. The advice contains instructions on how to report bullying, including sample forms on which teachers are encouraged to name the alleged bully and their target, and use tick boxes to describe what happened.
Examples include name-calling, social media trolling, or insulting gestures. READ MORE

 

 

The Overlooked Spiritual Issue That’s ‘At Least as Dangerous as Pornography’

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 05:55 AM PST

(By Billy Hallowell) The co-founder of Christian website Desiring God believes that an obsession with “material prosperity” is “at least as dangerous as porn” in our modern era.  Jon Bloom wrote in an op-ed published last month that he believes materialism should “frighten” Christians to a degree, considering what the Bible says about it. Bloom appealed to Jesus’ claim that it is “easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” And, he noted that Paul also said, “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. He continued:

Think about the testimonies you’ve heard of people’s powerful encounters with God. Ask yourself how many of those stories of powerful, transformational, life-altering, love-producing, sanctifying encounters with God were the result of being lavished with worldly prosperity. If you’re like me, you come up empty. But if you know any, you can probably count them on one hand with fingers left over. On the other hand, how many of those stories involve people in some way being, as we say, brought to the end of themselves? Let that sink in for moment: we tend to encounter God more profoundly in our places of need than in our places of prosperity. READ MORE

Security expert warns North Korea will launch ‘destructive cyber attacks on the UK

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 05:48 AM PST

North Korea will launch a “greater scale of cyber attacks” on the UK next year, a British security expert has claimed.  Robert Hannigan, the ex-director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), has warned that the WannaCry ransomware attack on the NHS in May is just the start of despot leader Kim Jong-un’s cyberwar. He said: “WannaCry was really a reasonably sophisticated tool,

used rather ineptly. They will learn from that. People always do. “They will get better at using those tools, and there are far more sophisticated tools out there, and they will start to use them. “The technical sophistication of the threats is going to get worse, without question. “We’ll see more ransomware, we’ll see a greater scale of attacks.” MORE

‘Jews out of Poland’ chants heard at far-right Independence Day march

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 05:42 AM PST

Anti-Semitic chants calling for a “Jew-free” Poland were among the racist epithets shouted by tens of thousands of far-right nationalists who marched Saturday in Warsaw to mark 99 years of the country’s independence, while counter-protesters rallied against fascism. The annual march also attracted a considerable number of supporters of the governing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party to honor the reestablishment of Poland’s independence in 1918.

With this year’s slogan chosen as “We Want God,” participants chanted “God, honor, country” and “Glory to our heroes,” while some participants also shouted lines against the county’s tiny Jewish community like “Pure Poland, Jew-free Poland,” and “Jews out of Poland,” and “Refugees get out.” Some 90 percent of Polish Jewry was killed during the Holocaust. Today, the community is said to number under 10,000.  READ MORE

Ex-Witch Warns Satanists and Occultists Have Infiltrated the Christian Church

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 05:34 AM PST

Ex-witch Beth Eckert says satanists and occultists have overrun the Christian church, corrupting it on nearly every level. Believers in this day and age have turned a blind eye to sin, she says, and gone against Paul’s appeal in Romans 16. “Upon closer examination of these churches, I think anyone can find one

fault or another,” Eckert says. “There is no one church that is perfect for everyone. Church is an institution of man, and man is full of sin. There is no such thing as a perfect church, just a church that strives its best to follow Jesus Christ and spread the gospel message.” But some churches have strayed away from this central message. MORE

Are We Witnessing A Pre-Crash Market Pattern?

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 05:28 AM PST

(By Michael Snyder) The only other times in our history when stock prices have been this high relative to earnings, a horrifying stock market crash has always followed.  Will things be different for us this time?  We shall see, but without a doubt this is what a pre-crash market looks like.  This current bubble has been based on irrational euphoria that has been fueled by relentless central bank intervention, but now global central banks are removing the artificial life support in unison.  Meanwhile, the real economy continues to stumble along very unevenly.  This is the longest that the U.S. has ever gone without a year in which the economy grew by at least 3 percent, and many believe that the next recession is very close.  Stock prices cannot stay completely disconnected from economic reality forever, and once the bubble bursts the pain is going to be unlike anything that we have ever seen before. If you think that these ridiculously

absurd stock prices are sustainable, there is something that I would like for you to consider.  The only times in our history when the cyclically-adjusted return on stocks has been lower, a nightmarish stock market crash happened soon thereafter… The Nobel-Laureate, Robert Shiller, developed the cyclically-adjusted price/earnings ratio, the so-called CAPE, to assess whether stocks are likely to be over- or under-valued. It is possible to invert this measure to obtain a cyclically-adjusted earnings yield which allows one to measure prospective real returns. If one does this, the answer for the US is that the cyclically-adjusted return is now down to 3.4 percent. The only times it has been still lower were in 1929 and between 1997 and 2001, the two biggest stock market bubbles since 1880. We know now what happened then. Is it going to be different this time? CONTINUE

International Clothing Retailer Transforms Changing Rooms To ‘Gender Neutral’ Following ‘Transgender’ Complaint

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 05:23 AM PST

Concerns are being raised as an international clothing retailer has confirmed that its changing rooms are to be considered “gender neutral” following a controversial incident in one of its U.K. stores. Travis Alabanza, a man who identifies as a female and uses the pronoun “they” to describe himself, was recently shopping with friends at a Topshop store in Manchester when he attempted to enter a women’s

changing room. However, he was stopped by an attendant, who told him that he would have to use a men’s changing room. “She wasn’t rude, but she wasn’t sympathetic either,” Alabanza stated. When the store employee directed Alabanza to try on his clothes in a men’s changing room downstairs, he became upset and frustrated. READ MORE

Christian Teacher Suspended and Risk of Losing Job For ‘Misgendering’ Pupil

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 05:17 AM PST

A teacher has been suspended and could lose his job after allegations he referred to a pupil who was born female, but “self-identifies” as a boy, as a girl. A complaint was made against Joshua Sutcliffe, a Christian who teaches at a British state secondary school, after he said, “Well done girls” to the pupil and her friend in class when he saw the pair working hard. The maths teacher apologized when “corrected” by the pupil, and thought no more about the incident until six weeks later, according to The Mail on

Sunday, when he was called to the head’s office and told he was suspended from teaching while the Oxfordshire school investigates a “transgender complaint” made against him. Mr Sutcliffe is to appear at a formal disciplinary hearing this week to face misconduct charges, after a week-long investigation found him guilty of “misgendering” the teenager, “demonstrating discriminatory behaviors” and having “contravene[d] the school’s equality policy”. MORE

UPDATE: More than 340 dead from deadly earthquake on Iran-Iraq border

Posted: 13 Nov 2017 05:11 AM PST

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border region killed over 340 people across both countries, sent people fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far away as the Mediterranean coast, authorities reported on Monday. Iran’s western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor, with Iran’s state-run news agency reporting the quake killed 341 people in the

country and injured 5,953. The area is a rural, mountainous region where residents rely mainly on farming to make a living. In Iraq, the earthquake killed at least seven people and injured 535 there, all in the country’s northern, semiautonomous Kurdish region, according to Iraq’s Interior Ministry. The magnitude 7.3 quake was centered 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey. MORE


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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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November 13, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

A North Korean soldier defected across a sensitive area of the border dividing the Korean Peninsula despite being shot by his fellow troops, South Korea’s military said Monday.

The U.S. Supreme Court said it will consider the constitutionality of a California law that requires licensed pregnancy-counseling clinics to tell patients they might be eligible for free or discounted abortions.

General Electric Co.’s new boss is dramatically reshaping the company and slashing the dividend as he looks to pull the manufacturing icon out of one of the deepest slumps in its 125-year history.

Bitcoin is proving that investing in digital currencies isn’t for the faint of heart. After plunging as much as 29 percent from a record high following the cancellation of a technology upgrade on Nov. 8, the largest cryptocurrency came roaring back in early trading Monday before fluctuating between gains and losses.

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iraq-Iran border killed 407 people in the country and injured 6,700 people across both countries, sent residents fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far away as the Mediterranean coast, authorities said Monday.

Emirates, which operates the world’s biggest fleet of long-haul aircraft, threw its weight behind the future of first-class travel, pouring millions into an upgrade of the ultra-luxury category on its Boeing 777 aircraft even as other carriers dispense of the biggest berths.

AP Top Stories

An Alabama jury has decided that the Army veteran who broke his hip while picking out a watermelon at a Walmart store should receive $7.5 million.

Hundreds of demonstrators brought an online movement to life Sunday, marching across Hollywood to denounce sexual assault and harassment. Two demonstrations, the Take Back The Workplace March and the Me Too Survivors’ March, joined forces as protestors marched in a loop from the intersection of Hollywood and Highland to the CNN building about a mile away. The Los Angeles Times estimated “several hundred” people attended, and a march organizer estimated as many as 300 people showed up.

Israel signaled on Sunday that it would keep up military strikes across its frontier with Syria to prevent any encroachment by Iranian-allied forces, even as the United States and Russia try to build up a ceasefire in the area.

France and Germany edged toward achieving a 70-year-old ambition to integrate European defenses on Monday, signing a pact with 21 other EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces after Britain’s decision to quit the bloc.

At least eight militants were shot dead and two Pakistani soldiers died in a skirmish along the restive border with Afghanistan Monday, the military said, as Islamabad tries to tightens its grip on the frontier.

Iraqi security forces have found mass graves in an area recently retaken from the Islamic State group that could contain up to 400 bodies, an Iraqi official said Sunday.

After enjoying years of the Air Force dominating the skies in the fight against the Islamic militants in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, the Army is beefing up its short-range missile-defense capabilities to counter the rockets, missiles, and weaponized drones that are increasingly becoming staples of foreign arsenals.

The U.S. Navy’s Ultimate Weapon: Hypersonic Missiles Fired from a submarine. The U.S. Navy has conducted its first test of a new hypersonic missile.

Twenty eight bodies with bullet wounds and torture marks were discovered on Saturday in an area west of Libya’s capital that has recently seen clashes between rival armed factions, a local human rights group said.

On Sunday afternoon, Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased the time and date of the much-hyped reveal of Tesla’s newest vehicle, and all-electric semi-truck. “Tesla Semi Truck unveil to be webcast live on Thursday at 8 p.m.! This will blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension. Just need to find my portal gun,” Musk tweeted.

BBC

At least 16 people have drowned after their boat capsized in India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Police say 38 people were on board the vessel, many of them on their way to a religious festival.

Videos showing toddlers being mistreated at a Shanghai day-care center have sparked an outcry in China after being circulated widely online.

France is to consider a change to its laws around sexual consent, according to the minister for gender equality. It comes after two cases where men were acquitted of raping two 11 year old girls. In France the age of consent is 15, but prosecutors still have to prove sex was non-consensual to prove rape.

WND

A Palestinian activist has admitted that Palestinian children are performing acts of terrorism against Israel and are motivated by a desire for approval of their peers.

Police in the U.S. state of Delaware are poised to deploy “smart” cameras in cruisers to help authorities detect a vehicle carrying a fugitive, missing child or straying senior. The video feeds will be analyzed using artificial intelligence to identify vehicles by license plate or other features and “give an extra set of eyes” to officers on patrol.

About five years ago, lawmakers in New Hampshire approved a series of changes to improve their citizens’ access to homeschooling, but they now appear to be preparing to roll back those improvements. And its generated considerable controversy, since one legislator opposing homeschooling called it “child abuse.”


News – 11/13/2017

Mexico City volcano ERUPTS: Huge plume of smoke blasted into air amid fears of BIG ONE
A huge plume of smoke blasted three kilometres in to the air from the summit of Popocatepetl after a series explosions over the course of 24 hours. Surrounding towns were blanketed with ash and debris and authorities are now warning a bigger eruption could threaten the 23.6million inhabitants in the Mexican capital, located just 35 miles (56km) away.

Judge Roy Moore Announces Plans to Sue Washington Post: ‘We Expect the People of Alabama to See Through This Charade’
Judge Roy Moore, the GOP nominee for the United States Senate, announced Sunday evening at an event that he plans to sue the Washington Post for its series of hit pieces against him, his wife, his foundation, and his campaign.

Vatican in North Korea INTERVENTION: Pope Francis to TALK to Kim Jong to avert World War 3
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has faced opposition to his reckless nuclear programme in countries across the globe – now including the world’s smallest. The Vatican City is desperately attempting to open a dialogue between Pyongyang and the Holy See in order to avoid a nuclear war.

Pushing back against #MeToo, NGO seeks gag order on sexual harassment
Hearing ‘me too’ again and again, Sexual harassment: ‘No one cared then, but they care now’. “We need to set boundaries in our discourse. Not every woman is a victim and not all men are potential predators… The finger is very light on the trigger, we need to make some order in this jungle.

Justice minister hails progress in talks with US on waiving travel visas
An initial deal has been reached with the US, which will likely go into effect within a year or two, to drop visa requirements for Israelis, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked announced… “We are closing a deal to dispense with the visa requirement,” she tweeted. “Since I entered office, we have worked with the Americans to join the select group of states whose citizens are exempt from having to obtain a visa for entry to the US.”

US: Nine UN anti-Israel drafts harm peace efforts
Next month, the UN General Assembly is expected to affirm east Jerusalem’s status as “occupied territory,” call for international companies to boycott Israel and condemn Israel’s presence on the Golan Heights. Nine drafted texts, of what will likely be a slate of 20 anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian resolutions, were overwhelmingly affirmed Friday in New York at a meeting of the Fourth Committee…which is made up of the 193 UN member states.

Is it time for investors to leave the party after the latest bond market wobbles?
The credit markets have sharp antennae. They issued early warning alerts four to eight weeks before each episode of stress over the last 20 years, although with several false alarms along the way. The shake-out in the US junk bond market last week had an ominous feel for traders and may finally mark the top of the post-Lehman boom in corporate credit. The exuberant reach for yield is nearing its limits.

Bill Gates buys big chunk of land in Arizona to build ‘smart city’
One of Bill Gates’ investment firms has spent $80 million to kickstart the development of a brand-new community in the far West Valley. The large plot of land is about 45 minutes west of downtown Phoenix off I-10 near Tonopah. The proposed community, made up of close to 25,000 acres of land, is called Belmont. According to Belmont Partners, a real estate investment group based in Arizona, the goal is to turn the land into its own “smart city.”

Israel signals it will retain right to strike at Syria, despite US-Russia-brokered truce
The US, Russia and Jordan signed on an agreement on Saturday that includes a Russian commitment to remove Iranian forces, Hezbollah and Shi’ite militias in Syria from its border with Israel on the Golan Heights. Despite this, Israeli officials are wary of the agreement, and stress that Israel will retain its right to strike at Syria if necessary.

Official DAWN OF EU ARMY: Brussels signs off military plan & hails historic day without UK
Germany and France are leading the charge for a new defence union, which aims to cement EU unity after Brexit. The campaign for a European defence union stretches back to the 1950s, although the movement has stuttered in the decades since. But EU officials are now celebrating as progress accelerates with the support of Brussels chiefs Jean-Claude Juncker, Guy Verhofstadt and Michel Barnier.

‘Moving US embassy to Jerusalem matter of when, not if’
Ambassador David Friedman calls Obama administration the ‘dark days’ for Israel, says President Trump ‘treats Israel like an ally’. US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman lauded the Trump administration and its handling of the US-Israel relationship, while slamming President Obama over his administration’s tacit support for an anti-Israel resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council.

Costa Rica Hit by 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake
An 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Costa Rica on Sunday night, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake was centered 16 km west of Jaco, Costa Rica, at a depth of 10 km, according to the USGS. It gave the quake preliminary magnitude of 6.8, but later downgraded it. The observatory at the Universidad Nacional Costa Rica said the earthquake measured 6.9. Jaco lies southwest of Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, and is part of the region of Puntarenas, on the Pacific Coast. The President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, tweeted that no tsunami warning had been issued. Police called for calm.

Iran-Iraq earthquake kills hundreds, officials say
The death toll continued to climb early Monday after a powerful earthquake shook the Iran-Iraq border region. The 7.3-magnitude quake killed more than 330 people in both countries, sent people fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast, authorities said Monday.

Gates of Solomon’s Desert Fortress Discovered in Christian-Sponsored Dig
What are likely to be Solomon’s gates, as described in the Bible, have been uncovered at the Biblical Tamar Park in southern Israel. Paul Lagno, Bible student and participant in a five-day dig at the Biblical Tamar Park, said that the discovery gives evidence to the Biblical account of Judean control over Tamar.

Iran Establishes Military Base in Syria 35 Miles From Israeli Border
According to the BBC, citing a Western intelligence source, Iran has established a permanent military base outside El-Kiswah, 8 miles south of Damascus and some 35 miles north of Israel’s border with Syria. The BBC commissioned satellite images from McKenzie Intelligence Services, showing the progress of construction activity at the site from January to October 2017. There is no doubt that the base is burgeoning, with at least 25 buildings intended to house soldiers and equipment.

Damascus denounces US-led coalition for adding ‘new bloody massacres’ to their ‘war crimes record’
President Bashar Assad’s government has once again condemned the indiscriminate bombardment by the US-led coalition which continues to kill civilians and destroy the country’s infrastructure, while at the same time, hampering Damascus’ anti-terrorist efforts.

Deadly quake hits Iran & Iraq: 140+ killed, over 1,000 injured
Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds injured in Iran and Iraq, according to early estimates by local officials, after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the region Sunday.

In Florida, All Eyes on Puerto Rican Voters after Maria
The arrival of more than than 130,000 Puerto Ricans in Florida since Hurricane Maria has some officials anticipating a political shakeup in a battleground state dominated by the Republican party.

BOMBSHELL science paper documents the depopulation chemical covertly spiked into vaccines
…a bombshell science paper has emerged that confirms the use of covert sterilization chemicals in World Health Organization vaccines deployed in Africa. Entitled, “HCG Found in WHO Tentanus Vaccine in Kenya Raises Concern in the Developing World,” the paper documents the covert deployment of an infertility chemical in vaccines that are administered to young black women in Kenya:

Army Lowers Recruiting Standards To Allow Soldiers With History Of Self-Mutilation, Bipolar Disorder
Since the beginning of the year, much ink has been spilled about the Army’s increasingly desperate attempts to fill its lofty recruiting quota for fiscal year 2017-2018: That is, 80,000 new soldiers. To hit that number, the Army has repeatedly loosened its recruiting requirements. Last month, the military introduced a new policy that would forgive recruits with a history of marijuana use or certain marijuana related criminal violations…

This Sunday, Some Churchgoers May Choose to Pack Guns With Their Bibles
As he does every Sunday, the Rt. Rev. Council Nedd II, an Anglican rector, will put on his collar and robes to offer Mass at his central Pennsylvania church. Now, he is considering wearing something else with his religious vestments: his handgun.

Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S.
Company 42%-owned by the Chinese government sold devices that monitor U.S. Army base, Memphis streets, sparking concerns about cybersecurity.

Disneyland shuts down 2 cooling towers after Legionnaires’ disease sickens park visitors
Disneyland has shut down two bacteria-contaminated cooling towers after Orange County health officials discovered several cases of Legionnaires’ disease in people who had visited the Anaheim theme park, authorities said.

A TRUE FRIEND: Trump’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Drops Bomb: US Will Leave UN Council If They Don’t Stop ‘Bashing Israel’
Nikki Haley hasn’t been playing around at the United Nations and she hit the ground running ever since the first day Trump sent her over there as our ambassador. When Nikki arrived, she had a lot on her plate and a lot of work to do trying to pick up the disaster that Obama left behind.

Lawmakers thumb nose at Obamacare mandate
Merriam-Webster defines “newspeak” as “propagandistic language marked by euphemism, circumlocution and the inversion of customary meanings.” It’s a subject with which Olivier de Frouville, a French member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee must be familiar, as he recently proclaimed that legalizing abortion worldwide “is at the heart of the issue of the right to life.”

Traveler alert: Feds want to track your face
The frequent-flyer program “PreCheck,” which allows for quick transit through airport security, soon could be used to gather biometrics, such as face recognition and iris scans, according to a privacy-rights group.

Satanist Group and Pro-Life Org Battling
The Thomas More Society (TMS) filed an amicus brief on Friday, arguing that Missouri’s abortion waiting period law is not only constitutional but also that the law is rooted in science rather than religion.

ALERT: Mueller Linked To Major Obama Cover-Up, Americans Deserve To Know
It appears that the FBI, under former director Robert Mueller, may have had a hand in ensuring completion of the Russian purchase of Uranium One.

Liberal Adoption Agency Declares Christians Make ‘Unfit and Dangerous Parents’A liberal adoption agency has caused outrage after it has announced that it will no longer accept applications from Christian families as they make “unfit and dangerous parents.”

Nursery Schools Begin Rolling Out Transgender Lessons for 2-Year-Olds
Drag queens have been drafted in as teachers to read nursery rhymes, reworded with “trans themes,” to children in a bid “to teach youngsters LGBT tolerance.”

A NATION CONQUERED: Sweden Legalizes Child Marriages For Immigrants
Sweden has legalized child marriages for immigrant pedophiles who wish to stay married to their underaged wives.

Obama CIA Director: ‘Fear’ of Putin Driving Trump’s Decisions On Russia
‘Very clear that the Russians interfered in the election, and it’s still puzzling as to why Mr. Trump does not acknowledge that and embrace it,’ says Brennan.


This Is What A Pre-Crash Market Looks Like

The only other times in our history when stock prices have been this high relative to earnings, a horrifying stock market crash has always followed.  Will things be different for us this time?  We shall see, but without a doubt this is what a pre-crash market looks like.  This current bubble has been based on irrational euphoria that has been fueled by relentless central bank intervention, but now global central banks are removing the artificial life support in unison.  Meanwhile, the real economy continues to stumble along very unevenly.  This is the longest that the U.S. has ever gone without a year in which the economy grew by at least 3 percent, and many believe that the next recession is very close.  Stock prices cannot stay completely disconnected from economic reality forever, and once the bubble bursts the pain is going to be unlike anything that we have ever seen before. (Read More…)

MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

NOV. 13, 2017

Media Loses Interest in Clinton, Turns Back on Trump

MSM blasts Trump for “believing” Putin, while ignoring the connections between Clinton, Russia and Fusion.

THE FOUNDATION

“Nothing is so contagious as opinion, especially on questions which, being susceptible of very different glosses, beget in the mind a distrust of itself.” —James Madison (1790)

Headlines – 11/13/2017

Saudis told Abbas to accept Trump peace plan or resign

‘The US peace plan is still far in the future’

After listening, Kushner and Greenblatt form some ideas of their own

World Zionist Organization Gave Private Palestinian Land to West Bank Settlers

Netanyahu: Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks from Gaza

Hamas: Israel’s threats show ‘panic and confusion of Zionist entity’

Islamic Jihad: Israeli ‘threats’ against our leaders ‘declaration of war’

Islamic Jihad official threatens to ‘punish’ Israel

Netanyahu warns terror groups: Don’t even think about it

Palestinian children commit terror attacks to enhance their status in society

IDF chief makes secret trip to Brussels to meet NATO head

Nasrallah warns Israel not to exploit crisis in Lebanon but says war is ‘unlikely’

Syria UN envoy: UN vote shows Israel presence in Golan illegal

At least 50 dead in artillery fire, Russian strikes in Syria

US, Russia commit to expelling Iranian forces from Israeli-Syrian border

Israel signals free hand in Syria as U.S., Russia expand truce

Israel says US-Russia ceasefire deal in Syria does not meet demands

Israel signals it will retain right to strike at Syria, despite US-Russia-brokered truce

Syria at UN: There is no Jewish people

Assad regime’s ‘starve or surrender’ strategy is a war crime, says Amnesty

With Iraqi-Kurdish Talks Stalled, Phone Diplomacy Averts New Clashes

Christians in Egypt Pelted With Rocks in Attack on Town – Four Churches Forced to Shut

US carries out 3 drone strikes against extremists in Somalia

Yemen rebels deny US claim missile at Riyadh was Iranian

Houthis repeat threat to target international shipping lines, oil tankers

Iran denies involvement in Bahrain pipeline attack

Trump to Netanyahu: We will take on Iran together

Iran vs. Saudi Arabia: Dangerous war looms between Middle East powerhouses

As Saudi Arabia Reels, the Middle East Will Only Get Worse

Saudi Arabia requests urgent Arab League meeting over Iran

Why is Saudi Arabia so determined to destroy Hezbollah?

Lebanon’s Leader, Still in Saudi Arabia, Claims He’s Free to Go

Lebanon’s PM says resignation his own decision

Emerging after shock resignation, Lebanon’s Hariri says he will return ‘soon’

Hariri says will return to Lebanon ‘in days’, denies being detained

TV interview with Lebanon PM fuels rumors of Saudi coercion

Lebanese PM’s movement ‘restricted’ in Saudi Arabia, says president

Arab Media: Saudi Purge Promises Tighter Control

‘Only God can save us’: Yemen blockade may cause world’s largest famine in decades

Iran rejects Macron call for talks on Iranian missiles

Turkey has completed purchase of Russian missile defence

Former intelligence officials say Trump is being manipulated by Putin

Three US carriers lead naval drill aimed at North Korea

Trump Offers to Broker Peace in South China Sea as Trip Wraps Up

We’re probably entering a bond market bubble. Here’s what to do about it

Algorithms With Minds of Their Own – How do we ensure that artificial intelligence is accountable?

Privacy fears over artificial intelligence as crimestopper

Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S.

Iraq-Iran earthquake: ‘At least 129 dead and hundreds injured’ after powerful 7.2 magnitude tremors strike near border

Massive Iraqi earthquake rattles Tel Aviv

Costa Rica hit with magnitude 6.8 earthquake

5.8-magnitude quake strikes off Japan’s east coast

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Halabjah, Iraq

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Disruptive weather to hinder cleanup efforts across Caribbean this week

Hundreds join pride march in India, where gay sex is illegal

Hundreds in Hollywood march against sexual harassment

Anti-Trump Minnesota State Senator Dan Schoen Busted For Sexual Harassment

Before sex harassment accusations, Dan Schoen championed stronger sex crime laws and women’s rights

Michael Horton – The Disturbing Legacy of Charles Finney

Perry Noble Threatens Pulpit & Pen With Legal Action

23-year-old Brynne Larson battles Satan and claims to have cast out over 2,000 demons since she began her rituals at just 13

Kris Vallotton Inspired by Sylvester Stallone’s Survival by Doing a Porn Movie

Charismatic Prophet Lets Son’s Corpse Rot, While He Prays for Resurrection

Season of the Witch

Religious Leaders Bless Staff and Patients at Local Abortion Clinic, Sing “Hallelujah”

Seven shocking quotes from pro-abortion clergy

Catharsis brings Burning Man spirit to nation’s capital

At least three have been injured knife attack inside Mall of America.

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 06:54 PM PST

The incident reportedly occurred in the men’s department of Macy’s shortly after 6.45pm local time in Bloomington, Minnesota. According to local reports, one person was stabbed in the back, another was stabbed multiple times. Meanwhile, the suspect is also believed to have been wounded. One Twitter user

wrote: “Just lived through the scariest experience of my life. I heard someone screaming ‘He got me! He got me!’. I knew something was not right. Some other shoppers ran towards the screaming, and someone (who I believe was the victim’s brother) yelled ‘911!’ I called the police and hid.” MORE

 

Strong 5.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 06:50 PM PST

The quake struck 218 miles (351 km) east of Sendai, Honshu, at a depth of 5.9 miles (9.5 km). The USGS initially recorded the quake as having a 6.1 magnitude but this was later downgraded to a 5.8. It is unclear yet if there was any damage to villages and towns on the east coast. It is understood the

earthquake has not triggered a tsunami warning. The Japanese Meteorological Agency said it did not believe the quake’s intensity was strong enough to cause any damage to the land. Japan is located on the Ring of Fire, faults lines in the Earth’s crust around the Pacific Ocean, which is a hotspot for earthquake activity. Last month the nation was rocked by a 5.8 magnitude quake. MORE

 

Powerful 6.8 Earthquake has struck Off the Coast Of Costa Rica

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 06:43 PM PST

We are receiving reports that another powerful earthquake has just occurred. This quake has been reported off the coast of Costa Rica near the capital, San Jose. At this time we have not received any information on tsunami

warnings or alerts but will keep you up to date with the latest when we get more information. This large quake follows the deadly quake that struck Iraq earlier today resulting in the deaths of at least 100 people thus far and felt as far away as Israel.

 

 

Death Toll Rises To 100 In Deadly 7.3 Earthquake

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 06:03 PM PST

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake Sunday in the Iraqi city of Halabja, close to the Iraq-Iran border, killed at least 100 people in Iran, Iranian officials said. Citing the head of Iran’s emergency services, Iran’s semi-official news agency Fars News also said at least 1,000 people were injured in the quake.
Four people died in eastern Iraq and dozens were wounded in the town of Darbandikhan, Iraq, Omar

Ahmad, the governor of Sulaimaniya, told CNN. The temblor, centered about 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad, was felt throughout Iraq, according to the US Geological Survey. Iraq’s Meteorological Organization issued a warning on Iraqi State TV urging citizens to stay away from buildings and to refrain from using elevators.  READ MORE

Gates of Solomon’s Desert Fortress Discovered in Christian-Sponsored Dig

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 04:11 PM PST

What are likely to be Solomon’s gates, as described in the Bible, have been uncovered at the Biblical Tamar Park in southern Israel. Paul Lagno, Bible student and participant in a five-day dig at the Biblical Tamar Park, said that the discovery gives evidence to the Biblical account of Judean control over Tamar. “The Bible says that Solomon built a fortress in the desert. The archeologists are sure that they have found all the hallmarks of the gate of Solomon – all the hallmarks of the fortified city. They believe this

was a fortress built by Solomon,” Lagno told Breaking Israel News. “The archeological evidence is consistent with 1 Kings 9:19, where it says Solomon built Tamar in the wilderness,” he explained. “In addition, the pagan altars destroyed by King Josiah as described in 1 Kings 13:3 were also found, right outside of the gates.” The altar broke apart and its ashes were spilled—the very portent that the man of Hashem had announced at Hashem’s command. I Kings 13:3.  READ MORE

City in California asks church to stop feeding the homeless

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 03:55 PM PST

A Malibu church that has helped the homeless for years has been asked to stop feeding people who are down on their luck. CBS Los Angeles spoke to the people at the United Methodist Church about the request. Workers at the church say they are able to serve as many as 100 people. They’ve been serving meals on Wednesdays since 2014. But now, the food service will come to an end after Thanksgiving at

the city’s request. “It’s a safe place,” said Michah Johnson, who is homeless. “And everyone is welcome. And the food is really good. It’s home-cooked. And there’s TLC involved.” “The church is very helpful,” he added. “They keep my spirits up. They keep me accountable. When you’re homeless, it’s very easy to slip off and become jaded.” The church says the city sent an email asking members to attend a meeting on Monday, where they were asked to stop feeding the homeless. MORE

Texas church reports record attendance at first service since shooting

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 03:49 PM PST

The former pastor at the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church where a gunman opened fire a week ago says the first service since the worst mass shooting in Texas history is the most attended in the congregation’s 100-year history. Former Pastor Mark Collins said the First Baptist Church “is still alive” and is encouraging people to give themselves to Christ. He said those who died would want those supporting

them now to stand up and give themselves to Christ. Collins said there is hope, saying it’s only been seven days since the shooting and “already this community is back to worship, bound together by faith.”Organizers set up hundreds of folding chairs under a large white tent on a baseball field in Sutherland Springs for the first Sunday service since the shooting, which killed more than two-dozen people. Church officials had expected about 500 people to attend, but dozens of more chairs were added.  READ MORE

Special Prophetic Update

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 01:46 PM PST

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this special weekend prophetic update, we will discuss the recent powerful earthquake that has struck Iraq, The mounting tensions in the Middle East, A biological drill coming soon to Oklahoma, and the ongoing cultural changes happening in America and the World.

Religious Leaders Gather to Bless Texas Abortion Clinic

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 01:06 PM PST

During an hours-long Texas House debate this spring, far-right Representative Matt Schaefer pushed an amendment that would eliminate the fetal abnormality exception to the state ban on abortions after 20 weeks. “Why should a woman be forced to give birth to a baby that will die in birth?” asked Democratic Representative Rafael Anchia. “Because it’s a person created in the image of God,” Schaefer responded. That amendment proved a step too far for some anti-abortion lawmakers, and it was voted down. What

did pass is a sweeping anti-abortion law that includes a so-called dismemberment ban that prevents physicians from performing dilation and evacuation abortions — the most common second-trimester procedure — without first causing “fetal demise.” That provision was championed by anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life, which maintains that “Every life is a gift from God.” Also included in the new law is a requirement that fetal remains be buried after abortions, which is supported by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops. READ MORE

7.3 Quake In Iraq kills 6 in Iran, Shocks Felt in Central Israel

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 12:59 PM PST

A strong earthquake hit large parts of northern Iraq and the capital Baghdad on Sunday and caused damage in eight villages across the border in Iran, where state TV said at least six people had been killed.  In Iraq’s Kurdistan region, four people have been killed and 50 more have been wounded, Iraqi health and local officials report. The strong earthquake was also felt in central Israel. No damages or casualties were reported. According to an Iraqi meteorology official, the epicenter was in Penjwin, in

Sulaimaniyah province, which is in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region very close to the Iranian border. The US Geological Survey said the quake measured a magnitude of 7.3, while an Iraqi meteorology official put its magnitude at 6.5, according to preliminary information. Many residents in the Iraqi capital Baghdad rushed out of houses and tall buildings in panic. READ MORE

Powerful 7.2 Earthquake Strikes Iraq!

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 10:41 AM PST

According to breaking news reports from the USGS, A powerful earthquake measuring a magnitude 7.2 has struck Iraq, southeast of the town

of As-Sulaymaniyah. At this time we have no initial reports of damage or injuries but we will keep you posted as we receive more information on this disaster.

Homeland Security to simulate effects of biological weapons in Oklahoma

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 10:27 AM PST

Residents in Newkirk are concerned as the Department of Homeland Security plans to simulate the effects of biological weapons on buildings just outside of the city. In a statement, the agency said they will be releasing non-hazardous, non-toxic chemicals and biological materials at the Chilocco Indian School. The study is part of the department’s ongoing commitment to preparedness, officials say. Kyle Oestmenn lives less than half a mile away from the school.

He said he just found out about the tests Thursday on social media. “You would think you would let your neighbors know,” Kyle Oestmenn told KOCO. “Hopefully they stop by and let me know at least.” According to the agency, they will be testing the impact on buildings if a terrorist were to release a biological weapon. News of the testing spread fast after DHS paid for a legal notice in the local paper. READ MORE

 

Artificial intelligence as crime-stopper raises privacy concerns

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 10:18 AM PST

Police in the US state of Delaware are poised to deploy “smart” cameras in cruisers to help authorities detect a vehicle carrying a fugitive, missing child or straying senior. The video feeds will be analyzed using artificial intelligence to identify vehicles by license plate or other features and “give an extra set of eyes” to officers on patrol, says David Hinojosa of Coban Technologies, the company providing the equipment. “We are helping officers keep their focus on their jobs,” said Hinojosa, who touts the new

technology as a “dashcam on steroids.” The program is part of a growing trend to use vision-based AI to thwart crime and improve public safety, a trend which has stirred concerns among privacy and civil liberties activists who fear the technology could lead to secret “profiling” and misuse of data. US-based startup Deep Science is using the same technology to help retail stores detect in real time if an armed robbery is in progress, by identifying guns or masked assailants. MORE

Why the black death plague may put millions at risk ..

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 10:12 AM PST

The deadly plague outbreak could become untreatable if the virus mutates, it has been warned.  The death toll from Madagascar has reached 143 with a total of 2,000 infected as it rapidly spreads through the African nation.  Health officials have warned this is the “worst outbreak in 50 years”. And disease experts have said that if virus mutates, the epidemic will get much worse. Speaking to Daily Star Online,

disease outbreak expert Professor Paul Hunter said that the disease could be contained if it arrived in Europe but the worry would be if the plague became resistant to antibiotics. “As with any disease, it’s a real worry that it mutates and become untreatable,” he said. “If it reaches the UK, Europe or the US it would be similar to the Ebola outbreak. “We would probably have a few isolated cases but it shouldn’t spread like it has in Madagascar.”  READ MORE

Deadly plague in Madagascar could mutate and become untreatable

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 10:06 AM PST

A Medical expert has warned that a plague, which has already killed 140 people in Madagascar, could mutate and become untreatable.  Professor Paul Hunter also said it was possible for the disease to reach Europe and North America like the Ebola virus did in 2014 following an outbreak in West Africa. Hunter, who lectures in health protection at the University of East Anglia, said: “As with any disease, it’s

a real worry that it mutates and become untreatable.” He told the Daily Star: “If it reaches the UK, Europe or the US it would be similar to the Ebola outbreak. “We would probably have a few isolated cases but it shouldn’t spread like it has in Madagascar.” The island, located off the southeastern coast of Africa, has seen 143 of its citizens from over 2,000 people infected. READ MORE

RUMORS OF WAR: Saudi Arabia ‘scrambles fighter jets’ amid fears of war in Middle East

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 10:02 AM PST

Saudi Arabia has scrambled its air force for strikes in Lebanon amid fears of a new war in the Middle East, according to reports. The kingdom has mobilized its F-15 fighter jet fleet to launch a military operation against the Iranian-backed terrorist militia of Hezbollah in Lebanon, regional news website The Baghdad Post reports.  Saudi Arabia previously accused both Lebanon and Iran of committing an act of wars against it after rebels fired a missile at the King Khalid International Airport in the kingdom’s capital of Riyadh.

Yesterday, Saudi Arabia ordered its citizens to leave Lebanon escalating fears of war to new heights – which the US have dubbed grounds for a “proxy war”. Hezbollah is the most powerful military and political force in Lebanon and receives major support from Iran. Reports now state the Royal Saudi Air Force has placed its warplanes on alert to launch strikes as the region sits on a knife edge. 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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November 10, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

American and other securities firms scored what looks like a big win Friday when China announced new rules allowing them to own 51 percent stakes in joint ventures. It’s just the sort of market-opening move President Donald Trump was seeking on his first trip as president to Beijing.

Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a robust defense of globalization in a speech to Asian business leaders on Friday, calling on nations to keep their economies open for shared prosperity. Speaking moments after U.S. President Donald Trump told the same audience the U.S. would not seek multilateral trade deals and wanted to make the system fairer for Americans, Xi painted a picture of a global order that would bring collective benefits.

The government’s registration system for owners of civilian drones would be restored in a defense policy bill agreed to by House and Senate negotiators. The measure boosting aviation regulators’ ability to regulate the burgeoning world of small unmanned vehicles was contained in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, a bipartisan compromise that is likely to be passed by both chambers.

The National Archives on Thursday released more than 13,200 records – some hundreds of pages long – related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. It’s the fourth release so far this year.

Walt Disney Co. is making another trilogy of “Star Wars” movies, its second since it bought Lucasfilm and the fourth since the space drama debuted in 1977.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is prepping for Singles’ Day, an annual Nov. 11 online shopping fiesta that Citigroup Inc. estimates could generate a record 158 billion yuan ($24 billion) of sales this year. The bargains bonanza, which began in 2009 as an excuse to get lonely Chinese consumers to shop, now far outstrips sales during Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the U.S. This year, Alibaba is trying to connect real and virtual worlds by enlisting 600,000 convenience stores in China to hawk goods and get billions of parcels shipped to customers nationwide.

AP Top Stories

San Juan and at least six other cities in Puerto Rico were plunged into darkness again Thursday morning when a major transmission line failed, authorities reported. Puerto Rico’s federal emergency command center went dark when the power cut out.

By 2030, Russia’s three Delta IIIs, six Delta IV-class boomers and its one Typhoon class will all be at least 40 years old if they remain in service. Nevertheless, even if Russia scrapped these boats and only relied on its newer Boreys, no country can likely match them in numbers except for the United States, China and possibly India.

President Donald Trump broke with tradition during his Asia trip on Thursday as he refused to take reporter questions during or after his meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The decision makes him the first president since George H.W. Bush to not take questions during a visit to China in more than two decades.

Authorities have reviewed video from inside the small-town Texas church where a gunman killed more than two dozen people, including footage that shows the assailant shooting victims in the head during Sunday services, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The official’s account of the video is consistent with statements made by survivors of the attack.

Police say a Pennsylvania State Police trooper who was shot several times during a traffic stop likely saved his own life by applying a tourniquet to his leg before help arrived. Cpl. Seth Kelly, a 13-year veteran, remains hospitalized in critical condition after suffering gunshot wounds to his neck and shoulder area and to his leg in the close-quarters gunfight. He’s set to undergo another surgery to remove a bullet.

The Texas church where 26 people were killed in a mass shooting will not reopen its doors, its pastor has said. Pastor Frank Pomeroy of the First Baptist of Sutherland Springs told the Wall Street Journal that services would continue as usual in a community center down the road.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warmly thanked Russian leader Vladimir Putin for shipping weapons to his struggling military, adding that he will buy more Russian arms in the future.

Iran has provided the capability for ballistic missile attacks launched from Yemen, a senior U.S. Air Force official said on Friday.

A real-life Iron Man has just set a world record for fastest speed in a jet suit. Richard Browning managed to whiz around a park in the English city of Reading in a jet suit he built himself. His maximum speed during the record-setting flight was 32 mph.

Boeing made it official. The company has booked an order for two 747 jumbo jets that will become the aircraft for the President of the United States.

BBC

A low cost and non-invasive device that can detect skin cancer has won this year’s international James Dyson Award.

Twitter users in the smog-choked Indian capital Delhi have criticized the re-introduction of car rationing as a “tokenistic” effort to curb pollution. Under the “odd-even” scheme, private cars with even and odd number plates will only be allowed on the roads on alternate days from 13 to 17 November.

More than 100 UK millionaires have been identified as tax dodgers after hiding their wealth using offshore schemes.

WND

The Polish government is encouraging citizens to go forth and multiply like rabbits. The health ministry of Poland, which has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe, has put out a short video praising rabbits for producing many offspring.

It’s no longer up for debate. In the wake of the horrific massacre at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, it is clear Christianity is under attack in the United States of America. Believers are under threat even – maybe especially – in their places of worship. And one pastor argues it is time for congregations to start taking their security very seriously.


News  – 11/10/2017

Mystic Leader: God Soon to Reveal Messiah’s Identity in Dream Message to Rabbis Worldwide
Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi, a well-known Israeli mystic leader, made a remarkable statement last Sunday predicting that the identity of the Messiah would be revealed in the very near future, even giving specific details on how the revelation would occur. “Messiah is at work right now,” Rabbi Ben Artzi said in a sermon. “Jews, be happy! Very soon, the Messiah will be revealed to everyone!” The rabbi went into detail, explaining how this would come about.

Prelude to War? Saudi Arabia Orders Citizens to Leave Lebanon
Amid growing tensions in the region, Saudi Arabia and its allies, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, ordered their civilians to leave Lebanon in a move that may be a prelude to war. “Due to the current situation in Lebanon, the kingdom has asked its citizens, whether visiting or residents, to leave Lebanon as soon as possible.

James Comey in More (Email) Trouble Now
Former FBI Director James Comey may be trying to play off the editing done to his statement exonerating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but a new batch of released emails suggests the fix was in from the start.

Report: Putin and Erdogan to use meeting next week to discuss Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan will use a meeting in southern Russia next week to discuss the Syria situation and energy cooperation, Russian news agencies cited the Kremlin as saying on Friday.

U.S. Muslim stokes violence against Coptic Christians
Some of the most vicious incitement against Christians in Egypt originates from a petite Egyptian woman sitting at a computer in her home in a quiet suburb of New Jersey. It is not as though Egypt’s Muslim community needs any encouragement to go after Coptic Christians, but Arat Oraby does her part, calling the Copts a “gang” that needs to be boycotted and subjugated.

Venezuela to go BANKRUPT in 48 hours triggering $60BILLION global financial crisis
VENEZUELA is on the brink of an official default potentially sparking huge financial chaos across the world
The crisis came to light after it was revealed state owned firm PDVSA has not made a single debt payments to India’s top oil producer ONGC for six months.

Podesta Group CEO Unexpectedly Quits Just Days After Tony’s Departure
Less than two weeks after John Podesta’s brother, Tony, quit as head of the prominent Democratic lobbying group, the Podesta Group just days after it was revealed that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller was investigating Podesta for potentially violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act for his work involving Ukraine clients, Politico reported overnight that Podesta Group longtime CEO, Kimberley Fritts, is leaving the firm to start her own lobbying shop, according to three Podesta Group staffers.

SUPERHUMANS: Chips inserted in brains will give us MIND-BLOWING abilities within years
People will be able to buy new memories and delete unwanted ones in the near future as experts believe they are close to biohacking the body’s most powerful tool, according to a leading technology entrepreneur. Kernel’s first step is to design chips that can help fight disease, but then it hopes to evolve the brain to offer superhuman abilities.

China to make first contact with ALIEN Life using world’s largest dish
CHINA is confident it will be the first to make contact with Alien Life thanks to the world’s largest radio dish which can detect signals from even the deepest parts of space. The 500-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is almost twice as wide as the America’s Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, making it the largest in the world, if not the universe.

Hezbollah media: ISIS leader Baghdadi was reported in Syrian town
Syria’s army declared victory over Islamic State on Thursday, saying its capture of the jihadists’ last town in the country marked the collapse of their three-year, hard-line reign in the region. A Hezbollah-run media unit said on Friday Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported to have been in the Syrian town of Albu Kamal during the Syrian army and its allies’ operation to clear it.

Theresa May warns rebels as Brexit talks set to resume
Theresa May has outlined plans to set the UK’s departure date and time from the EU in law, warning she will not “tolerate” any attempt to block Brexit. She said the EU Withdrawal Bill would be amended to formally commit to Brexit at 23:00 GMT on Friday 29 March 2019. The bill will be scrutinised by MPs next week – but the PM warned against attempts to stop it or slow it down.

France’s Macron makes surprise Saudi visit amid Lebanon crisis
French President Emmanuel Macron has paid an unscheduled visit to Saudi Arabia amid an escalating crisis between the kingdom and Lebanon. His trip comes days after Lebanese PM Saad Hariri resigned while in Riyadh, saying he feared for his life. Foes Saudi Arabia and Iran have accused each other of fuelling instability in Lebanon and the wider region.

US expands Venezuela blacklist for ‘undermining democracy’
The US has imposed sanctions on 10 Venezuelan officials it accuses of undermining democracy, corruption and censoring the press. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the US “would not stand by while the administration of President Nicolas Maduro destroyed democratic order”. Mr Maduro’s chief of staff and two ministers are on the list.

SUPERHUMANS: Chips inserted in brains will give us MIND-BLOWING abilities within years
SUPER HUMANS could exist in just 15 years thanks to a computer chip inserted into the brain to unlock the mankind’s full potential. People will be able to buy new memories and delete unwanted ones in the near future as experts believe they are close to biohacking the body’s most powerful tool, according to a leading technology entrepreneur.

Saudi Arabia Orders Its Citizens Out of Lebanon, Raising Fears of War
Saudi Arabia ordered its citizens to leave Lebanon on Thursday, escalating a bewildering crisis between the two Arab nations and raising fears that it could lead to an economic crisis or even war. The order came after Saudi Arabia had stepped up its condemnations of Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Shiite militia that is the most powerful political and military force in Lebanon, and asserted that Lebanon had effectively declared war on Saudi Arabia.

Plague outbreak feared OUT OF CONTROL as police forced to SEIZE infected bodies
AN OUTBREAK of plague is feared to become out of control as families are refusing to hand over infectious bodies and victims are avoiding doctors. Madagascar remains ravaged by the pneumonic plague that is believed to have killed more than 143 people across the African island. Cases have risen by 8% in just one week and scientists frantically working to make sure the airborne infection doesn’t spread to mainland Africa.

Monsanto In Court Again As Powerful New Herbicide Accidently Kills 3.6 Million Acres Of Crops
Monsanto thought they had developed an amazing scheme to corner the Midwest farming market when they developed new genetically engineered seeds that were resistant to their new herbicide called dicamba….a small problem emerged when spray drifts from those liberal herbicide applications began to wipe out the crops of neighboring farmers who didn’t plant Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant seeds.

Blame Game Over Obamacare’s 2018 Premium Surge Reaches Feverish Pitch, Will It Matter In 2018?
As Americans head to the exchanges to purchase their Obamacare plans for 2018, many are experiencing a bit of sticker shock.  As the Wall Street Journal points out this morning, folks in Deaf Smith, Texas can expect their premiums to surge 87% next year while those in Clinton, Iowa are looking at a sickening increase of 171%, with monthly premiums surging from $288 to $781.

EPA Just Approved The Release Of ‘Weaponized’ Mosquitoes In 20 US States
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just cleared MosquitoMate, Inc., a Lexington, KY based biotechnology company, focused on mosquito control deficiencies, invasive mosquito species, and important vectors of human diseases, to release it’s bacteria-infected mosquitoes in 20 US states and Washington DC.

JUDICIAL WATCH PRESIDENT: Over 1 Million Illegals Voted For Hillary
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton says that around 1.1 million illegal aliens voted for Hillary Clinton in the last election and that voter fraud represents a “crisis” for the Republican Party going forward.

Facebook was built to exploit ‘psychological vulnerability’ – founding pres.
Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, says the company was designed to “consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible” and warns the platform could affect developing minds in negative ways.

‘Christmas’ Commercial By Grocery Chain Features Muslims, Sikh – But No Christians
Tesco, a UK-based supermarket chain, has launched their first ‘Christmas’ commercial of the holiday season, featuring a multicultural cast and multi-religion symbolism, but conspicuously omitted any overt references to Christianity in the ad.

20 Acre ‘Obamaland’ In Chicago Is Crazy As You Would Think
Former President Barack Obama is facing backlash from Chicago community organizers over his plan to build a sprawling 20-acre community center in the heart of the city featuring a sledding hill, recording studio and garden.

Muslim Imam: Saying Merry Christmas is Worse than Murder!
Think you can coexist with the Muslim community? Then you probably haven’t heard what this western Islamic religious leader has to say about the horror that is… saying “Merry Christmas.”

IT’S OFFICIAL: New York City Submits to Islam
…New York has adopted, in its entirety, the European response to Islamic terrorism: Appeasement and genuflection to Islam. Historically, such behavior was required by non-Muslim citizens of Islamic states, known as dhimmis, in exchange for “protection”. The question is why American citizens, who live in the United States and not in an Islamic state, feel obliged to submit to Islam?

Fox News Just Revealed Smoking Gun That Will Finally Bring Down Clinton Crime Machine
…Trump also lifted a gag order on a confidential FBI informant who blew the whistle on the shady Russian nuke deal under the Obama administration. As soon as the gag order was lifted the truth – shocking how that works out – started to emerge. And it has been devastating to the Clinton’s and Obama’s but nothing came close to what just happened on Fox News.


The Internet Crackdown Begins: U.S. Senator Al Franken Wants Google, Facebook And Twitter To Censor Political Speech

Are the days of the free and open Internet numbered?  The Internet is certainly used for all sorts of horrible things, but it has also allowed ordinary people to communicate on a mass scale that would have been unimaginable decades ago.  In the old days, if you wanted to reach large audiences of people with your information you always had to go through corporate gatekeepers.  But today, anyone with an Internet connection can literally broadcast whatever they want to say to the whole world.  Personally, my wife and I have always been amazed at how many people we are able to touch all over the planet from our little home in the mountains.  Over the past seven years our websites have been viewed more than 100 million times, and we receive emails about our work from people all over the globe. (Read More…)


Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos And Warren Buffett Have More Money Than The Poorest 50% Of The U.S. Population Combined

The problem is not that we have a few people that are rich – the problem is that we have so many that are poor.  As you will see below, three extremely wealthy individuals have as much money as the poorest half of the nation combined.  In a free market capitalist society, there are always going to be some that do better than others, and there is nothing wrong with that.  But in our society today, there are so few that are doing well.  At this point a majority of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, and “one in five households have zero or negative net worth”… (Read More…)


November 9, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — The public policy group America’s Survival, Inc. headed by veteran journalist and media critic Cliff Kincaid, is holding a conference on Russia-gate on Friday, November 10, at the National Press Club, with an emphasis on the role being played by former President Obama…. (more)

November 9, 2017

ARMY TIMES — When Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl came home in 2014, he was potentially entitled to hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay that accumulated over five years while he was in Taliban captivity in Afghanistan…. (more)


November 9, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES — The video makes clear that the masked man clad in black stormed into the church intent on shooting everyone there – – and he nearly did. For several minutes, he fired quickly, pausing only to reload, methodically shooting his terrified victims – – including small children – – in the head, execution-style…. (more)


November 9, 2017

ZDNET — A driverless shuttle bus crashed less than two hours after it was launched in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The city’s officials had been hosting an unveiling ceremony for the bus, described as the US’ first self-driving shuttle pilot project geared towards the public, before it crashed with a semi-truck…. (more)


November 9, 2017
NATIONAL REVIEW — President Trump is visiting five nations across Asia this month in a 13-day trip that includes stops in Japan, South, Korea, and China. Here’s a look at the images from his meetings with world leaders…. (more)

November 8, 2017
GRABIEN — The “arrogant” Clinton campaign was more like a “cult” than a political campaign. That startling accusation came … not front a Republican, but the former chairman of the DNC, Donna Brazile. “It was a cult,” Brazile said of the Clinton campaign. “I felt like it was a cult.” Brazile further said that the main reason Clinton lost was due to her “arrogance.” The comments came during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe…. (more)

November 8, 2017
NEWSMAX — Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Wednesday that if the Republican tax plan contains any increases for middle-class Americans, President Donald Trump “will not sign it.”… (more)

November 8, 2017
PUBLIUS HULDAH — In a case now pending before the US District Court for the District of Columbia,1 the trial judge recently granted a preliminary injunction which purports to temporarily stop the Trump Administration from banning so-called “transgender” persons from serving in the Military…. (more)

November 8, 2017

NEWSMAX — GOP Sen. Rand Paul says his injuries from an attack last Friday by a neighbor outside Paul’s Kentucky home are more extensive than initially reported. Paul’s neighbor, Rene Boucher, has been accused of assaulting the senator while he was mowing his lawn – – an incident that was initially reported to have resulted in Paul suffering from five cracked ribs and a bruised lung…. (more)


November 8, 2017
NEWSMAX — The Baptist church in a small Texas town where a gunman massacred 26 people in a shooting rampage will be razed to make way for a new house of worship, officials said…. (more)

November 8, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Masterpiece Cakeshop’s Jack Phillips may be an evangelical Christian, but he has a host of supporters from other faiths behind him as he takes his religious-freedom case next month to the Supreme Court. Leaders from the Catholic, Jewish and Mormon communities – – as well as other evangelical small-business owners – – came together Wednesday to offer their encouragement at a rally Wednesday at Colorado Christian University…. (more)

November 8, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Over the past 100 years, communism has blazed a trail of dead and broken bodies stretched around the globe in its relentless, benighted march toward the ash heap of history. From the frozen gulags of Siberia to the killing fields of Cambodia and the jungles of Nicaragua, communists have massacred more than 100 million people in service to an ideology that promised freedom and equality but delivered only tyranny and scarcity…. (more)

November 8, 2017
REUTERS — Democrat Ralph Northam won a bitter race for Virginia governor on Tuesday, dealing a setback to President Donald Trump with a decisive victory over a Republican who had adopted some of the president’s combative tactics and issues…. (more)

November 8, 2017
NY POST — New Jersey’s next governor was only elected Tuesday, and the state is already going to pot! Democrat Phil Murphy ran on a weed-legalization platform, and experts say he wasn’ t blowing smoke – – they expect quick legislation…. (more)

November 8, 2017
NBC WASHINGTON — Danica Roem, a journalist turned public works advocate, has won Virginia’s 13th District House of Delegates seat, making her the state’s first transgender legislator…. (more)

November 8, 2017

ABC-KSAT — Documents show Devin Kelley escaped from a behavioral center in New Mexico a little more than five years before Sunday’s deadly rampage in Sutherland Springs. Channel 2 broke the story, which includes the incident report, filed by the El Paso Police Department, that states Kelley was picked up at a bus terminal in downtown El Paso before midnight on the evening of June 7, 2012. The report states two officers were dispatched to the terminal to look into a missing person report…. (more)


November 7, 2017
NEW YORK POST — The Texas shooter issued one order to his victims as he prowled the tiny church: “Everybody die, motherf – -ker!” That was all Devin Kelley said as he methodically killed 26 people and injured 20 more inside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Sunday, survivor Rosanne Solis told ABC affiliate KSAT…. (more)

November 7, 2017

DAILY WIRE — On Monday, conservative commentator and comedian Steven Crowder interviewed Stephen Willeford, the heroic 55-year-old man who grabbed his gun and ran toward danger on Sunday as Devin Patrick Kelley, a man with a disturbing, violent past, was in the process of committing the most deadly mass shooting in the history of Texas…. (more)


November 7, 2017
WES VERNON — This column, in reviewing the enemy’s century-old (at least) effort to take over the United States, has tried to shine the light on those who would bring America down, whether from afar or from within. Their nefarious efforts could rid the globe once and for all of U.S. influence in the cause of freedom…. (more)

November 7, 2017
ALAN KEYES — It has now been a year since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. Though I long supported many of the policies he eventually claimed as his own during his campaign, I was not one of the Trumpeters, confidently proclaiming that he was the changed man, chosen of God to “make America great again.”… (more)

November 7, 2017
JOAN SWIRSKY — “…The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” Joseph Stalin, 1923 On Tuesday, American voters will once again go to the polls hoping that the candidate(s) they vote for will fulfill what should be their one and only mission, i.e., to serve the needs of We the People…. (more)

November 6, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — A former National Rifle Association instructor has come forward as the “good Samaritan” who shot and wounded the gunman who attacked the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Stephen Willeford, 55, has been hailed as a hero for confronting the shooter and forcing him to flee, but he insisted in an interview Monday that “I’m no hero.”… (more)


November 6, 2017
CNN — Devin Patrick Kelley, the gunman who killed 26 people at a Texas Baptist church, suffered three gunshot wounds, including a self-inflicted shot to the head, Texas authorities said Monday…. (more)

November 6, 2017

NEWSMAX — The gunman who slaughtered 26 people at a Texas church was able to buy weapons because the Air Force failed to report his domestic-violence conviction to the federal database that is used to conduct background checks on would-be gun purchasers, authorities said Monday…. (more)


November 6, 2017

DAILY MAIL — New details about the Texas church shooter paint the picture of a menacing bully, who was prone to violent outbursts and had a disturbing interest in teen girls. Public records detail Devin Patrick Kelley’s history of physical abuse – including arrests for animal cruelty and domestic violence…. (more)

MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

NOV. 10, 2017

One Moore Hit Piece

Republican Roy Moore is guilty until proven innocent because he’s been convicted by the media.

THE FOUNDATION

“We are, heart and soul, friends to the freedom of the press. It is however, the prostituted companion of liberty, and somehow or other, we know not how, its efficient auxiliary. It follows the substance like its shade; but while a man walks erect, he may observe that his shadow is almost always in the dirt. It corrupts, it deceives, it inflames. It strips virtue of her honors, and lends to faction its wildfire and its poisoned arms, and in the end is its own enemy and the usurper’s ally.” —Fisher Ames (1807)

This ‘n’ That

  • Yes, it definitely pays to ponder.
  • Aww, you can’t help but think this is sweet and a little heartbreaking.
  • We have direct access to God; there is no need to pray to Mary. And that, friends, is good news.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Sometimes it’s good to spend “unprogrammed” time fellowshipping and growing with our Christian brothers and sisters.
  • Let’s keep praying for the people of this Texas church.
  • Whether you are a man or a woman, you need to get this book and read it. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
  • “You can feel guilty and still love the sin you’re guilty of.”
  • Sinclair Ferguson preaches on the whole Christ:

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ZeroHedge Frontrunning: November 10

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Headlines – 11/10/2017

Trump’s mystery plan for Mideast peace

Egyptian envoy hails peace with Israel as top officials snub memorial invite

Thousands celebrate Arafat’s terror legacy across PA, Gaza

Ambassador Dore Gold: Moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem – Challenges and Opportunities

Hundreds pray for return of IDF soldiers’ bodies at Western Wall

Israeli Army Remains on High Alert Expecting Islamic Jihad Retaliation for Gaza Strike

Fight over new West Bank roads drives settler leaders further apart

Police question Netanyahu for fifth time in corruption case

Jewish woman, 70, injured in London anti-Semitic attack

Israel hosts its largest aerial exercise in history

Israel holds large air force drill with 8 other countries

Saudi Arabia has united with Israel against Iran – and a desert storm is brewing

Israel planning UN action against Iran, says intelligence minister

Arafat: Israel was ‘really stupid’ to withdraw from Lebanon

Saudi Arabia Orders Its Citizens Out of Lebanon, Raising Fears of War

Hezbollah calls on Saudis to stay out of Lebanese affairs

Lebanon president seeks diplomatic help on PM resignation

Lebanon ex-PM meets French, UK, EU, U.S. diplomats in Riyadh

France’s Macron makes surprise Saudi visit amid Lebanon crisis

Saudi Arabia and Iran Battle for Power in the Middle East

After IS collapse, Syria government faces US-backed Kurds

Egypt Fears Influx of Militants After Islamic State Defeat

Egypt’s el-Sissi says Iraq, Syria militants headed to Libya

Syria deal in the works ahead of likely Trump-Putin meeting

Millions In Yemen Will Die Unless Saudi Aid Blockade Is Lifted, UN Warns

US says drone strike in Somalia kills ‘several militants’

Pope seeks to defuse Korea tension, push nuclear disarmament

TSA fails most tests in latest undercover operation at US airports

Now Vladimir Putin Is Accusing U.S. Of Meddling In Russia’s Upcoming Presidential Election

Russian foreign ministry says retaliation against U.S. media could begin next week

12 Months of Trump: Year since election brings economic boom, deepening divisions, probe politics

US hits Venezuelans with sanctions in response to crackdown

Theresa May warns rebels as Brexit talks set to resume

Las Vegas’ self-driving bus crashes in first hour of service

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Hachijo-jima, Japan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Volcanic cone grows from Vanuatu’s Ambae volcano

More than 90 killed in Vietnam’s deadliest typhoon in years

Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricane

Radioactive cloud floating over Europe is nothing to worry about, experts say

Monsanto In Court Again As Powerful New Herbicide Accidently Kills 3.6 Million Acres Of Crops

Real-Life ‘Jurassic World’ Dinos May Be 10 Years Off, Scientist Says

EPA Just Approved The Release Of ‘Weaponized’ Mosquitoes In 20 US States

Human brains and bodies could be hacked to create life in hostile environments, experts argue

German nurse may have killed more than 100 patients, prosecutors say

Wall of 22,000 pills is memorial to opioid overdose victims

List: All of the Hollywood power players accused of sexual assault or harassment

Sex Allegations Against Senate nominee Roy Moore Send Republicans Reeling

Roy Moore at campaign rally: ‘We don’t need transgender bathrooms, transgender military’

Gay Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, acceptance

Egyptian lawmaker to propose anti-gay bill as part of crackdown

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How to avoid a mid-life faith crisis

Paula White Asks God What He’s Hungry For, How She Can Feed Him

Brown Lends Lentz A Spine?

Evangelical Couple in Canada Denied Application to Adopt Child Because They Disagree With Gay Marriage

Two Men Who Identify as Women Elected to Government Offices as Days Grow Darker

Christian Leaders in Nepal Demand Law Criminalizing Evangelism Be Struck Down

Texas Abortion Clinics: We Should be Able to Dismember Unborn Babies While Their Hearts are Still Beating

Israeli Shekel Emerges as World’s Second-Strongest Currency

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 07:16 PM PST

The Israeli shekel is currently the world’s second-strongest currency, according to a new report by the German global banking and financial services company Deutsche Bank. The report ranked China’s yen as the world’s strongest currency. Deutsche Bank’s strategic foreign currency analyst Dr. Gautam Kalani

reported that during the past 12 months, the shekel has appreciated 6.1 percent against the currencies of Israel’s main trading partners, such as the U.S. dollar, the British pound, the euro and the yen. Advising investors, the experts said that the shekel is nearing “historically high levels”. CONTINUE

 

 

 

 

New Research Reveals That Even Light Alcohol Consumption Increases Cancer Risk

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 07:09 PM PST

Numerous studies have suggested a link between alcohol consumption and certain kinds of cancers. Now, one of the nation’s largest and most prominent associations of cancer doctors says that moderate—and even light—drinking can increase your cancer risk. “Alcohol use—whether light, moderate, or heavy—is linked with increasing the risk of several leading cancers, including those of the breast, colon, esophagus, and head and neck,” said the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in a statement

Wednesday. Breast and colon cancers are among the biggest cancer-related killers in the country, claiming nearly 95,000 American lives each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).The ASCO report goes on to pinpoint just how many of these fatal cancers are linked to drinking  alcohol. And for many, it may be a surprising number—5-6% of new cancers and cancer deaths around the world are directly caused by alcohol consumption of any volume, according to the evidence gathered by ASCO. MORE

New Zealand Removes Jesus’ Name From Parliament Prayer

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 07:01 PM PST

The parliament of the increasingly secular nation of New Zealand has removed a reference to Jesus Christ in a new version of a prayer that is said before the start of every sitting session. Radio New Zealand reported on Thursday that Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard has already started using the new version despite the period of consultation not yet being over. The original version of the prayer read:

“Almighty God, humbly acknowledging our need for Thy guidance in all things, and laying aside all private and personal interests, we beseech Thee to grant that we may conduct the affairs of this House and of our country to the glory of Thy holy name, the maintenance of true religion and justice, the honor of the Queen, and the public welfare, peace, and tranquility of New Zealand, through Jesus Christ our Lord.” CONTINUE

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos And Warren Buffett Have More Money Than The Poorest 50% Of The U.S. Population Combined

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 06:56 PM PST

(By Michael Snyder) The problem is not that we have a few people that are rich – the problem is that we have so many that are poor.  As you will see below, three extremely wealthy individuals have as much money as the poorest half of the nation combined.  In a free market capitalist society, there are always going to be some that do better than others, and there is nothing wrong with that.  But in our society today, there are so few that are doing well.  At this point a majority of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, and “one in five households have zero or negative net worth”

In the United States, the 400 richest individuals now own more wealth than the bottom 64 percent of the population and the three richest own more wealth than the bottom 50 percent, while pervasive poverty means one in five households have zero or negative net worth. Those are just several of the striking findings of Billionaire Bonanza 2017, a new report (pdf) published Wednesday by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) that explores in detail the speed with which the U.S. is becoming “a hereditary aristocracy of wealth and power.” That means that if you have no debt and a single dime in your pockets, you have more wealth than one-fifth of the entire country. MORE

Retail Giant Target is Closing a Dozen Stores

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 06:53 PM PST

Target plans to close 12 stores, even as the retailer doubles down on the brick-and-mortar shopping experience. The stores are set to shutter on February 3, the Star Tribune reported. A spokeswoman told the news outlet that the 12 Target locations across the US experienced “several years of decreasing

profitability.” Target has opened 32 stores this year and plans to open 35 new locations in 2018, the Star Tribune reported. It’s also investing heavily in revamping the design of its stores, with plans to refurbish 1,000 of its 1,8000 stores by 2020. In the US, more than 6,300 store closures have been announced so far this year, including 1,430 RadioShacks and more than 800 Payless stores. MORE

NASA spots a 7,000 mph whirlpool of plasma on the surface of the sun

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 06:12 PM PST

A stunning new Nasa image shows an extremely rare pattern streaming from the sun at close to 7,000 miles per hour (11,200 km/h). A dark snake-like filament can be seen erupting from the star, but while the formations are normally stretched out like a strand, this one is circular like a whirlpool. This is because it is being yanked back by the star’s staggering gravitational pull – which is about 27.9 times that

of Earth. The rare sight, captured by Nasa’s orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), has only been seen a ‘handful of times’, the agency said. ‘Solar filaments are clouds of charged particles that float above the sun, tethered to it by magnetic forces,’ Nasa said in a statement. ‘They are usually elongated and uneven strands. Only a handful of times before have we seen one shaped like a circle. MORE

 

 

 

Possible meteor fragment strikes house in Chino, California

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 06:03 PM PST

A large chunk of ice fell through a roof of a house in Chino, San Bernardino County, California around 20:30 local time on November 4, 2017. A similar incident happened in 2006, just 3.2 km (2 miles) away. Brandon Blanchard, the owner of the damaged home, said he was hanging out with his friends in a garage when his wife came out and said there had been “an explosion or something.” The owners searched the house and found a hole in the ceiling of their upstairs bathroom and several large chunks of

ice in the bathtub. Blanchard said he filled an incident report with the Chino Police Department, adding that the FAA is investigating the incident as the house is in a flight path for Los Angeles International Airport. “The FAA has not yet concluded whether the ice came from an airliner,” FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said. “The ice was clear, not blue, meaning that it could have formed on the outside of an airliner from a leak in its galley. Blue ice would have come from an airliner’s lavatory,” he said. MORE

 

Psychologist Warns Listening To Christmas Music Too Early Can “Harm Your Mental Health”

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 03:46 PM PST

Are you one of those people that can’t stand hearing Christmas songs months before the holiday actually arrives? Does hearing festive carols weeks before Thanksgiving only make you upset that you haven’t eaten your turkey yet? A psychologist in Great Britain says your reactions don’t make you a Grinch because too much Christmas music is actually bad for your mental health.

Clinical psychologist Linda Blair claims the constant barrage of Christmas tunes too early in the season forces people to remember all the things they have to do before the holiday. Blair says the songs are a reminder to buy presents, cater parties, organize travel, and all the more stressful chores during Christmas. “You’re simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing,” Blair tells Sky News. MORE

Reinhard Bonnke’s Farewell Crusade Could Be One of the Largest Meetings in History of Christendom

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 03:40 PM PST

The much-anticipated Reinhard Bonnke Farewell Gospel Crusade started yesterday in the city of Lagos, Nigeria. This historic crusade could easily be one of the biggest Christian meetings in the history of Christendom and also one of the greatest, if not the greatest, evangelistic harvest of all times. Thousands of local churches and hundreds of thousands of Christians have been mobilized for the event. Peter Vandenberg, CfaN’s vice president, observes, “It’s the first day, and the vast field is filling with people as

they stream in from around the great city of Lagos. Tens of thousands of volunteer workers are already in place, and the huge choir of over 20,000 voices is ready to sing. The place is filled with a feeling of great expectation as multitudes gather to receive.” Cities never sleep, but Lagos, Africa’s largest city and economic hotbed, is shutting down for a time of refreshing, healing and hope with Evangelists Reinhard Bonnke and Daniel Kolenda. MORE

Carrie Underwood Lifts Up Name of Jesus in Powerful Las Vegas Memorial at the CMA Awards

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 03:35 PM PST

Country music stars came together for the prestigious CMA Awards Wednesday night, just one month after 58 people were killed at a country music festival in Las Vegas. Almost 500 others were also wounded in that massacre. The country music world sought to honor the victims throughout the evening, starting at the very top of the ceremony with a powerful performance of “Amazing Grace” by Eric Church. That was followed by plenty of awards and a rousing group performance of “Hold My Hand” by dozens of country stars.

But the most poignant moment of the evening came when Carrie Underwood performed the classic hymn, “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling,” in memory of all the victims of Las Vegas. Underwood was overcome by emotion at one point as photos of the victims appeared on the screen behind her. Her voice began to break up, and she became so emotional she couldn’t continue singing the words. READ MORE

LGBT Student Activists Demand Christian College Change Policy Banning Same-Sex Relationships

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 03:31 PM PST

LGBT activists at a Christian university in California are demanding that the school remove clauses from its student conduct policy that they believe discriminate against LGBT individuals. At a vigil held this week in support of former employee Mahesh Pradhan, who is suing the university for wrongful demotion and claims he was harassed and assaulted by colleagues who believed he was gay, a group of students delivered a letter to administrators at Azusa Pacific University that demanded four things, The

San Gabriel Valley Tribune has reported. The letter not only demanded a full investigation and action against the employees who allegedly harassed the former line chef but also demanded recognition of the LGBT student group Haven as an official university student group. The letter also demanded the “removal of clauses in the student handbook that discriminate against the LGBT students,” and that the school institute campuswide LGBT training for its staff and incoming students. MORE

Drexel professor blames ‘whiteness’ for Texas church shooting

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 03:27 PM PST

“Whiteness” caused Texas church shooter Devin Kelley to open fire on parishioners Sunday, killing 26 people, according to a controversial Drexel University professor. George Ciccariello-Maher, the liberal professor who was booted from campus for tweets blaming the Las Vegas massacre on “Trumpism” and “white victimization,” now claims white “entitlement” is the motivating factor behind mass-shootings.“Whiteness is never seen as a cause, in and of itself, of these kinds of massacres,” Ciccariello-

Maher said in an interview with Democracy Now!, adding, “despite the fact that whiteness is a structure of privilege and it’s a structure of power, and a structure that, when it feels threatened, you know, lashes out.” He promoted the interview on Twitter as a discussion about “white masculinity, militarism, and terror after Sutherland Springs.” Ciccariello-Maher, who now only teaches online classes, said the public needs to be asking questions such as: “What makes white men so prone to this kind of behavior?” MORE

Don’t Fret When the Wicked Prosper in their Ways!

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 02:02 PM PST

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, we will show you how David acknowledged what many of us have observed in our walk with God, and that is how and why does God allow the wicked to prosper in their ways and what will be their outcome. We will also show you what we are to do as believers. For the entire message watch the video below:

Evangelical Couple Denied Application to Adopt Child Because They Disagree With Gay Marriage

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 11:15 AM PST

An evangelical Christian couple from Alberta, Canada, said that their application to adopt a child was rejected by the government because they do not agree with gay marriage. The couple, who weren’t named in the legal documents, have filed a discrimination case against Alberta, claiming that their religious views on marriage being a union between a man and a woman were targeted, CBC News reported. “The casework supervisor explained that our religious beliefs regarding sexuality were

incompatible with the adoption process,” an affidavit calling for a judicial review of the government’s decision said. “The casework supervisor said this stance was the ‘official position of the Alberta government.’” The evangelical couple were asked how they would handle a child who reveals to them that he or she is questioning his or her sexuality, and they responded by saying that sexuality should not be “experienced or explored until a person is an adult and is married.” MORE

Landmark study reveals religious people are not ‘born believers’

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 11:07 AM PST

New research by the universities of Oxford and Coventry has quashed the idea that religious people are ‘born believers’.  Instead, it is now thought that factors including upbringing and socio-cultural processes are more likely to influence whether a person is a religious believer. The study, conducted by academics from Coventry University’s Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science and neuroscientists and philosophers at Oxford University, included tests on pilgrims taking part in the famous Camino de

Santiago pilgrimage and a brain stimulation experiment. It found no link between intuitive or analytical thinking and supernatural beliefs, despite previous studies suggesting that those who hold strong religious beliefs are more intuitive and less analytical. The study was published in Scientific Reports and is among the first to challenge a growing trend among cognitive psychologists that has attempted to show that believing in the supernatural is something that comes to us ‘naturally’ or intuitively. MORE

DEVELOPING: Fears of War as Saudi Arabia Pulls citizens from Lebanon

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 11:02 AM PST

Saudi Arabia has urged its citizens to leave Lebanon “as soon as possible”, sparking fears of war. The Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation while visiting Saudi Arabia but confusion surrounds his status in the kingdom, with some claiming he is being held under house arrest. In a televised statement, Mr Hariri blamed his resignation on Iran, Saudi Arabia’s fiercest rival, who he claimed was putting lives at state with its “grip” on Lebanon. Due to the uncertain situation in Lebanon, Riyadh has called on the Saudi population there to leave.

An unnamed foreign ministry source issued the warning in Saudi Arabia’s state-run news agency SPA. He said: “Due to the situation in the Republic of Lebanon, the kingdom asks its nationals visiting or living in Lebanon to leave as soon as possible, and advises its citizens not to travel there.” Kuwait has also ordered its citizens to leave the country. Bahrain, a close ally of Saudi Arabia, has also urged its citizens not to visit Lebanon. READ MORE

China Reveals Hypersonic Strike Aircraft…

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 10:50 AM PST

China has disclosed the first images of secret hypersonic strike aircraft that are being developed to deliver nuclear warheads through U.S. missile defenses. State-run CCTV on Oct. 8 broadcast images of four different vehicles or missiles that U.S. intelligence agencies believe are mockups of hypersonic strike vehicles, including one known as DF-ZF. It is the first time images of the hypersonic aircraft were made public. The Free Beacon first reported China’s initial flight test of the hypersonic glider in January

2014. Since then, six other flight tests have been carried out in what U.S. intelligence officials believe is a high-priority weapons program for the Chinese. China’s Defense Ministry confirmed the first flight test nearly four years ago but sought to play down the arms development. “Our planned scientific research tests conducted in our territory are normal,” the ministry said in the statement. “These tests are not targeted at any country and at any specific goals.” MORE

Country Singer Jimmy Wayne Speaks Out Against People Mocking Prayer

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 06:15 AM PST

Country singer Jimmy Wayne is speaking out against people who have been mocking prayer. The deadliest church shooting in U.S. history took place at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday where 26 people lost their lives and 20 more were injured. Many, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, called for prayer following the tragedy, which led to a number of people mocking the

line of communication with God. Wayne spoke out against the critics of prayer in a Facebook video, titled “Stop Mocking ‘Prayer.’” The country singer and best-selling author defended his belief in prayer by revealing a story about his stepfather attempting to shoot him in the head during his youth. While Wayne moved his head and the bullet missed, he admitted it was an experience that he’ll never forget. MORE

Congress considering weather manipulation to combat “climate change”

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 06:12 AM PST

Ever-higher temperatures are melting the ice sheets faster than projected. Sea level is rising. International efforts to reduce greenhouse gases are taking longer than expected. It’s a nightmare scenario that could soon demand an emergency response. What to do? One idea gaining traction is to seed marine clouds with salt water or other particles, increasing their potential to reflect solar rays,

cooling the earth. Its part of nascent and controversial branch of science known as “sunlight reflection methods,” or SRM. “We think SRN could buy time for other (carbon-reduction) measures to be put in place,” said Philip J. Rasch, chief climate scientist for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. “If the worst-case scenarios of global warming come to pass, these technologies could be used to help people, saving lives and economies from the worst effects of climate change,” added Joseph Majkut, director of climate policy at the Niskanen Center, a Washington D.C. think tank. READ MORE

Scientists attempting cloning procedure to make Jurassic Park a reality

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 06:00 AM PST

A Perfectly- preserved lion cub that died 50,000 years ago could be key to a real-life Jurassic Park-style theme park. It survived almost intact for tens of thousands of years, and its fur and facial features are clearly visible. It was found with its face resting on its paw. The cub is believed to have been between one and two months old when it died, but experts haven’t yet found out how it died. The body was spotted on

the bank of a river by villager Boris Berezhnov in the Abyisky district of Yakutia. Boris told The Siberian Times that he saw an “unrecognizable animal” in September after the river level dropped. The discovery has raised hopes that extinct animals could be brought back to life through cloning. Expert Dr Albert Protopopov added that the body was almost perfectly preserved. “All the limbs have survived,” he said. “There are no traces of external injuries on the skin.” MORE

First openly transgender black woman elected to public office in the U.S.

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 05:50 AM PST

The nation’s transgender community, after a year of tremendous opposition from state legislatures and the president, is rejoicing Tuesday over the election of Andrea Jenkins, who gender advocates say has made history as the first openly transgender black woman elected to public office in the United States. Jenkins, who has been elected to the Minneapolis City Council, became the second openly transgender candidate to win a race Tuesday night. Democrat Danica Roem is poised to be

the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature in the country, beating a 13-term Virginia incumbent who called himself the state’s “chief homophobe” and who introduced a “bathroom bill” earlier this year that would have restricted the bathrooms his opponent could use. Jenkins, 56, said she believes her and Roem’s victories are proof many of the nation’s communities won’t succumb to hatred, bigotry or transphobia — and are willing to fight for social justice and equality for all minority groups. READ MORE

Chips implanted in brains will give humanity Mind-Blowing abilities within years

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 05:46 AM PST

Super Humans could exist in just 15 years thanks to a computer chip inserted into the brain to unlock the mankind’s full potential.  People will be able to buy new memories and delete unwanted ones in the near future as experts believe they are close to biohacking the body’s most powerful tool, according to a leading technology entrepreneur. Speaking at Lisbon’s Web Summit, Bryan Johnson, the founder of Kernel – a start-up researching the possibilities of microchips being inserted on the brain – says

unlocking the true potential of the mind is the “single greatest thing” humanity can achieve. Kernel’s first step is to design chips that can help fight disease, but then it hopes to evolve the brain to offer superhuman abilities. The firm’s website reads: “To further explore our own human boundaries, a wave of new technologies needs to emerge that can access, read, and write from the most powerful tool we have — the human brain. CONTINUE

Scientists find way to make old human cells young again

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 05:42 AM PST

Scientists have discovered how to make old human cells young again through rejuvenation. It’s an exciting discovery that could change the way humans age. Researchers at the University of Exeter and University of Brighton found they could rejuvenate senescent cells, cells that had stopped their natural growth cycle, causing them to start to divide again. The experiment found they not only look younger, but also behave like younger cells. “When I saw some of the cells in the culture dish rejuvenating I

couldn’t believe it. These old cells were looking like young cells. It was like magic,” researcher Dr. Eva Latorre said. “I repeated the experiments several times and in each case the cells rejuvenated. I am very excited by the implications and potential for this research.” The research builds on earlier findings that showed ‘splicing factor’ genes switch off as humans age. Scientists found a way to restart the splicing through chemicals. READ MORE

Iran warns that Saudi Arabia is making a mistake by choosing Israel

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 05:36 AM PST

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia is making a “strategic mistake and miscalculation” by choosing ties with the US and Israel over ties with Iran, according to Iranian news outlets. “You are well aware of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s power and position, and powers bigger than you have not been able to do anything against the Iranian nation,” Rouhani warned Saudi Arabia. The US and its allies mobilized all their possibilities and power, but they could do nothing.”

The comments came amidst a recent escalation in tensions between the Middle East rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia. Over the weekend, a ballistic missile was fired from Yemen at Saudi Arabia’s international airport in Riyadh. The missile traveled over 500 miles before being shot down over Saudi Arabian territory. In an interview with CNN, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir said that Iran-backed Hezbollah was behind the attack, which he called “an act of war.” MORE

What happened when the author of ‘The Exorcist’ played with a Ouija board

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 05:32 AM PST

Often cited as “the scariest movie ever made,” The Exorcist, based on the 1973 novel by William Peter Blatty, brought the Catholic Rite of Exorcism to the big screen with its unforgettable tale of a possessed 12-year old girl, her mother’s desperate search for help and the priests that eventually come to her aid. What some may not recall from the film is the role a Ouija board plays in Regan’s possession. Early in the movie, Regan’s mother Chris asks her daughter if she knows how to use the family Ouija board, and Regan answers that she plays with “Captain Howdy.” “Who is Captain Howdy?” asks Chris. “You know. Captain Howdy. I ask the questions and he gives the answers!”

The Ouija board, far from a harmless parlor game, is then established as the way the devil, in the form of “Captain Howdy,” gained access to Regan’s soul. Blatty, who died earlier this year, acknowledged in a 1972 interview with British journalist Ray Connolly that while finishing his book The Exorcist, he had a personal experience with a Ouija board that convinced him that he was communicating with some kind of spirit. When asked if he ever frightened himself while writing the book, Blatty said: MORE

Teen boy dies and claims he saw and was brought back by Jesus Christ

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 05:27 AM PST

A Teenager who was clinically dead for 20 minutes believes he saw Jesus Christ before coming back to life.  Zack Clements, from Brownwood, Texas, collapsed in gym class while he was running and was immediately rushed to the hospital. Doctors worked to revive him from his cardiac arrest, which lasted for an astonishing 20 minutes, and just as they were about to give up and pronounce him dead, Mr

Clements’ pulse suddenly returned. The then 17-year old woke up in intensive care days later, and told his story of how he apparently met Jesus on the other side. Mr Clements told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth: “When I was out those 20 minutes, I saw a man who had long ruffled hair and kind of a thick beard, and it didn’t take me long to realize that was Jesus. “I went up to him and he put his hand on my shoulder and he told me everything would be alright and not to worry.” READ MORE

Trump to unveil Mideast peace proposal by early next year…

Posted: 09 Nov 2017 05:21 AM PST

Israeli and Palestinian officials expect President Trump to unveil a Mideast peace proposal by early next year. What nobody knows yet is the shape it will take or if the proposal will be based on creating a Palestinian state, which has been U.S. policy for the last 20 years. In the meantime, the two sides are on their best behavior to avoid being singled out by Trump as an obstructionist party.

 Sound smart: The U.S. “peace team” working on the issue is relatively small and very discreet — just five people, including senior adviser Jared Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt. The entire process is being run out of the White House, with the State Department and other agencies providing advice and support. According to U.S. officials, Trump is the driving force on this issue and is personally involved. Israeli officials say they hear Trump is pushing his team to have a proposal soon.
In the last nine months Trump has met Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas separately three times each to discuss his peace initiative. His special envoy Jason Greenblatt has been constantly shuttling between Jerusalem, Ramallah and Arab capitals. CONTINUE

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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November 9, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

President Donald Trump said China is taking advantage of American workers and American companies with unfair trade practices, but he blamed his predecessors in the White House rather than China for allowing the massive U.S. trade deficit to grow.

Hours after President Donald Trump launched into a stinging attack on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the U.S. Navy said it would carry out strike force drills in the Western Pacific using three aircraft carriers — the first such exercise in a decade.

The presidents of the Philippines and China are like “brothers,” the Philippine trade secretary said Thursday, brushing aside signs that Rodrigo Duterte would take a more confrontational approach when the two leaders meet in Vietnam.

President Donald Trump’s promised tax cut for the middle class comes with some extra baggage in the bill House Republicans are considering: a much larger tax cut for the top 1 percent.

Venezuela approved legislation to clamp down on media, promising to sanction or pull off the air any outlet that broadcasts messages promoting “hate and intolerance.”

Americans’ confidence was little changed last week from elevated levels, underpinned by optimism about the buying climate and the economy, Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index figures showed Thursday.

Rolling back Obamacare’s requirement that all Americans have health insurance would save the U.S. $338 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office, a smaller benefit than previously projected for a plan favored by the White House.

AP Top Stories

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said Iran’s supply of rockets to militias in Yemen is an act of “direct military aggression” that could be an act of war, state media reported on Tuesday.

Disturbing reports have emerged from North Korea stating that the country’s nuclear program has had a crippling effect on nationals who live near a major testing site. About 80 percent of trees planted in the city die and that all of their underground wells have run dry due to nuclear activity. “I heard from a relative in Kilju that deformed babies were born in hospitals there,” one defector said. Another defector who fled the country in 2010 said that North Korean authorities provided no warning before the nuclear tests and no protection afterward.

Turkish police detained 111 Islamic State suspects in a vast anti-terror operation in the capital Ankara on Thursday, the latest round-ups in a widening crackdown against the extremist group.

Las Vegas’ first driverless shuttle hit the streets on Wednesday and was promptly hit by a truck.

United flight 747 made history Tuesday morning. The flight from San Francisco to Honolulu was the final flight on the airline’s last Boeing 747 aircraft. It all came fill circle after the first commercial flight departed on the same route on June 23, 1970 – 47 years ago.

President Hassan Rouhani warned Saudi Arabia on Wednesday that it will achieve nothing by threatening the might of Iran, as a war of words between the regional heavyweights intensifies.

The US state of Texas on Wednesday executed a Mexican convicted of murdering his teen cousin, sparking condemnation from President Enrique Pena Nieto and adding to tensions between the two countries.

Get ready, Russia and China: the U.S. military is working on a new aircraft-killer missile. The U.S. military has been quietly working on a new long-range air-to-air missile since at least 2016, budget documents reveal.

The withdrawal of the Islamic State group from the last town under its control caps a series of major defeats in recent months that have virtually eliminated its self-styled caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

Pope Francis took snap-happy bishops, priests and pilgrims to task on Wednesday, telling them mass was a time for prayer, not an opportunity to whip out camera phones.

BBC

Toxicology tests suggest a German former nurse murdered at least 100 people at two hospitals where he worked, prosecutors said. Detectives believe Niels Hoegl, who is already serving a life sentence for two murders, systematically administered fatal doses of heart medication to people in his care. He wanted to impress colleagues by resuscitating them but many died.

The United States has lost 60% of its career ambassadors since January, according to the head of the labor union that represents US diplomats.

Colombian police have discovered 12 tons of cocaine in the largest single drug seizure in the country’s history.

Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican, beginning next year.

Saudi Arabia’s attorney general says at least $100bn has been misused through systemic corruption and embezzlement in recent decades. Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said 199 people were being held for questioning as part of a sweeping anti-corruption drive that began on Saturday night.

WND

The California NAACP is pushing to get rid of the national anthem that they’re calling racist and anti-black.

A string of protests by ultra-Orthodox Jewish activists against Israel’s compulsory military service has paralyzed Jerusalem in recent weeks in what their leaders had hoped would be a show of strength by the traditionally insular society.

THE deadly plague outbreak in Madagascar has claimed even more lives and the number of reported cases have now reached almost 2,000, according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) statistics.


News – 11/9/2017

Syrian army takes last Islamic State bastion in Syria
The Syrian army and its allies have taken Albu Kamal, Islamic State’s last major stronghold in Syria, representing the end of Islamic State’s project in the region, the army general command said on Thursday. The army said it is now fighting the last remaining IS pockets in the country’s eastern desert, an army statement said.

Egyptian lawmaker to propose anti-gay bill as part of crackdown
An Egyptian lawmaker is introducing a draft bill that would imprison those engaging in or promoting same-sex relations, a copy of the draft seen by Reuters on Thursday showed. It would introduce sentences of to up to 10 years in prison for people engaging in or promoting same-sex relations.

Mysterious ‘geomagnetic spike’ 3,000 years ago challenges our understanding of the Earth’s interior
So what are geomagnetic spikes and what are the prospects and implications of another one coming along? The geomagnetic spike of 1000BC was first identified from copper slag heaps located in Jordan and Israel. These were dated from organic material within the slag heaps using radiocarbon dating. The prospect that the iron core could flow faster and change more suddenly than previously thought, together with the possibility that even more extreme spike-like events occurred in the past, is challenging some conventional views on the dynamics of Earth’s core.

Sisi to Iran: Stop meddling in the region
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Wednesday called on Iran to stop “meddling” in the Middle East, but stressed that he does not want war and believes dialogue can resolve the region’s crises. With his comments, quoted by The Associated Press, Sisi threw his support behind Egypt’s Gulf ally Saudi Arabia amid the kingdom’s mounting tensions with Iran.

Saudi king appoints 30 judges, promotes 26 amid anti-graft purge
King Salman has appointed or promoted 56 judges, Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA reported on Thursday, a step coinciding with an anti-corruption crackdown in the kingdom. The king issued a royal order that promoted 26 judges and appointed 30 others at different levels of the judiciary, SPA said. Saudi authorities have arrested dozens of royal family members, officials and businessmen in the anti-graft purge that began on Saturday. They face allegations of money laundering, bribery, extortion and exploiting public office for personal gain.

Pope seeks to defuse Korea tension, push nuclear disarmament
Pope Francis is seeking to defuse rising nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula and to boost support for disarmament with a Vatican conference that will bring together 11 Nobel Peace Prize winners, United Nations and NATO officials, and representatives from a handful of countries with the bomb.

Deep State & DOJ Plot to Sell CNN to George Soros in AT&T Acquisition of Time Warner
In a stunning series of leaks late Tuesday, anti-Trump holdovers loyal to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama issued a demand that AT&T must sell Turner Broadcasting, which includes CNN, to get final approval for the $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner.

Scotland apologizes to gay men for historical convictions
Scotland’s devolved government issued an apology on Tuesday to men convicted in the past for same-sex activity and passed a new law which will allow them to clear their names. “It is only right that we address this historic wrong,” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish parliament.

Ynetnews Business – Israel’s water worries return after 4 years of drought
Following 4-year drought, Israel at precipice of another water crisis as Kinneret set to reach record low and underground aquifers nearly depleted; additional desalination plant considered to ameliorate crisis, as well as several new reservoirs; facing uncertainty, farmers still vexed at their prospects.

Danica Roem wins in Virginia, becoming first openly transgender state representative
Virginia’s most socially conservative state lawmaker was ousted from office Tuesday by Danica Roem , a Democrat who will be one of the nation’s first openly transgender elected officials and who embodies much of what Del. Robert G. Marchall fought against in Richmond.

School ‘Transitioned’ 11-Year-Old Girl to Transgender Boy Behind Parents Back
Parents of an 11-year-old child have filed a lawsuit against a school after teachers helped their daughter “transition” into a transgender boy without their permission or knowledge.

New FBI Director Wray Admits: “This Place Is Actually Worse Than I Thought”
Verifying what many of us have already surmised, the new FBI Director confirms that the FBI has morphed into a weaponized tool, full of deep state ‘fixers’ who are loyal to Clinton, Kerry and Obama. Known as the  7th Floor Cabal to some.

Black Death and incurable Marburg Virus now spreading across Africa’s cities… world’s medical system helpless to stop it
…Warnings have been issued in nine African counties, including Mauritius, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Comoros, Seychelles, Ethiopia, and Reunion. Schools and businesses are closed and public gatherings are canceled in Madagascar as the island nation tries to keep the death toll down.

Prince William argues for urgent depopulation efforts in Africa
… Prince William continued, “Urbanization, infrastructure development, cultivation – all good things in themselves, but they will have a terrible impact unless we begin to plan and to take measures now.” He added, “We are going to have to work much harder, and think much deeper, if we are to ensure that human beings and the other species of animal with which we share this planet can continue to co-exist.”

MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

NOV. 9, 2017

Feinstein’s Renewed Assault on the Second Amendment

The Left’s leading gun grabber aims to exploit Americans’ emotions after Texas church attack.

THE FOUNDATION

“Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it.” —Federal Farmer (1787)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: November 9

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Israel grants building permits for 240 homes in East Jerusalem

As deadline nears, US lawmakers hear case for moving embassy to Jerusalem

‘Israel will not give up Jerusalem’ – Dr. Dore Gold, former Israeli Ambassador to the UN, tells Congress members that moving the embassy would bring a diplomatic solution closer

Amb. John Bolton: America’s embassy in Israel should be moved to Jerusalem – NOW

Palestinian Authority resumes full security cooperation with Israel

PLO official urges UK’s May to act against minister for secret Israel talks

UK aid minister forced to quit over unauthorized meetings with Israeli officials

Two-Thirds of Israeli Arabs Believe the State Has No Right to Define Itself as Jewish

Gaza kids live in hell: A psychologist tells of rampant sexual abuse, drugs and despair

Hamas must disarm under unity deal: Palestinian police chief

Egypt’s Sisi: “Gulf security is a red line”

Turkey signs missile accord with Paris and Rome

US, UK and France urge UN to maintain Syria chemical experts

Russia opposes US draft of UN resolution on Syria chemical probe extension

Assad regime, Hezbollah capture last major ISIS-held town in Syria, commander says

The battle for control of Islamic State’s ‘virtual utopia’

Iraqi PM Abadi: We will continue to fight ISIS, even within Syrian territory

ISIS Group Issues Threat Before Paris Attack Anniversary, Vows to Kill Kids

Iranian Control of Strategic Kurdish Mountain Poses Serious Threat to Israel, Top Security Official Says

Who Wants a War in the Middle East? Seven Key Players and Their Interests

Commentary: The Mideast war risk Trump can’t ignore

Lebanon Speaker: Government still stands after PM quit

What the political turmoil in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon means for Israel

Lebanon’s plunge into political crisis raises specter of war with Israel

Iran’s Rouhani: Saudi meddling in Lebanon is ‘unprecedented’

Saudi Arabia calls on UN Security Council for action against Iran

Egypt’s Sisi against idea of strikes on Iran, Hezbollah

Egypt’s president backs Saudi purge, urges de-escalation with Iran

Egyptian president says regional crises can be resolved with dialogue but Iran must stop ‘meddling’

Arab League stands in solidarity with Saudi Arabia against any threats

Abbas says Palestinians ‘stand alongside’ Saudis in face of attacks

Yemen strikes kill 50 Houthi militiamen and several commanders

Iran’s President Defends Yemeni Rebel Attack on Saudi Capital

Iran calls Houthi missile attack targeting Riyadh ‘reaction’ to Saudi aggression

US says Iran is arming Yemeni rebels with ballistic missiles

Rouhani warns Saudi Arabia against befriending Israel, US

Iran’s president calls on Saudis to switch sides, abandon US & Israel

Yemen conflict: UN official warns of world’s biggest famine

Starvation, cholera and war: Millions in Yemen face ‘nightmare’ after Saudi Arabia shuts borders

Saudi FM Jubeir: Qatar dispute ‘should not occupy people’s attention’

US Navy to run rare 3-carrier military exercise in Pacific

Hawaii News: Attack warning siren tests will begin next month

Trump says he and Xi can solve ‘probably all’ world problems

Trump warns ‘rogue regime’ N.Korea of grave danger

North Korea warns of ‘abyss of doom’ if ‘lunatic’ Trump remains president

House Dem’s new demand: Impeach Trump by Christmas

Donna Brazile on campaign tell-all: ‘I wanted the American people to see what happened’

U.S. stocks close at record on anniversary of Trump’s election

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett are richer than poorest half of US

Israeli startup sues Apple for allegedly copying its patented smartphone camera technology

Deutsche Bank CEO suggests robots could replace half the company’s 97,000 employees

Venezuela teeters on brink of default

Pence: ‘Bureaucratic failures’ led to Texas church shooting, meets with victims’ relatives

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hachijo-jima, Japan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kotaagung, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Surup, Philippines

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 16,000ft

Tropical Storm Rina headed toward North Atlantic

Tropical Depression Salome crosses Albay, heads for Quezon

Arctic cold front to bring possible record-setting low temps to New York area

We can brighten clouds to reflect heat and reduce global warming. But should we?

Battle Over Monsanto’s Potent New Weedkiller Heads to Court

EPA Approves Killer Mosquitoes to Stop Harmful Diseases Like Zika

Scientists implant tiny human brains into rats, spark ethical debate

Genetically Altered Skin Saves A Boy Dying Of A Rare Disease

Born before 22 weeks, ‘most premature’ baby is now thriving

Palm Springs City Council now entirely queer after election of transgender, bisexual women

Germany Must Allow Third Gender Category, Court Rules

Jackie Alnor – CRI: Dueling Bible Answermen – Pt 1 The Walter Martin Era

Todd White and Kenneth Copeland: Prosperity Pimps (Like the Apostle Paul)

Fake Joel Osteen Fools Adoring Osteen Fans

TBN Sues Brittany Crouch Davidson 21 Times

Charismatic Prophet Prays Over Cell Phones, Money is Put Into their Accounts

Pastor Carl Lentz Clarifies ‘The View’ Abortion Comments: ‘I Do Believe Abortion Is Sinful’

Hillsong’s Carl Lentz stance on abortion

Southern Baptist Convention Offers to Cover Funeral Expenses for All 26 Church Shooting Victims

Ministry Launches Campaign to Win 150 Million Souls for Jesus Christ

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 06:36 PM PST

World-renowned evangelist Reinhard Bonnke is launching an ambitious effort to win 150 million souls for Jesus Christ in the next 10 years. Dubbed “Double Harvest Decade,” Bonnke, founder of Christ for All Nations (CfAN), announced the effort on the opening day of a five-day crusade in Lagos, Nigeria. “In 1987 we first began counting our individually signed, salvation-decision cards and, to date, we have reached over 76 million souls,” claimed a new Christ for All Nation’s website dedicated to the campaign.

“That’s three decades of ministry averaging 25 million souls per 10-year span and we’ve been praising the Lord and giving Him all the glory,” CfaN said. Now, at 77, Bonnke says God has given the ministry a new goal: “The Lord has now commissioned us to mark the next 10 years as the ‘double harvest decade’ and move forward to 150 million souls saved.” READ MORE

Missionaries Now Being Raised Up To Save Western Christianity

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 06:23 PM PST

Missionaries poured out of Western Europe and into Latin America, Africa, and Asia for hundreds of years to spread the Gospel, build churches and form congregations. Now the tide has shifted and missionaries from Africa, Latin America, and Asia, where 50% of the Christian population is predicted to reside by the year 2050, are flowing back into Europe to revitalize Christianity. The rise of secularism in

the United Kingdom has had a devastating effect on Christianity and the Church of England is in danger of disappearing completely, as current trends destine it for extinction as early as 2033. Nigerian and Korean missionaries, in particular, have dedicated their efforts to establishing churches, building relationships and breathing life back into the Church in Europe. One such man is Reuben Ekeme Inwe, a Nigerian from Lagos. READ MORE

 

Hawaii will begin “attack warning sirens” tests next month

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 06:18 PM PST

The North Korean nuclear threat will soon enter Hawaii living rooms a little more forcefully as the state adds an “attack warning” wavering-tone siren to its monthly “attention alert” tests for hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes. At 11:45 a.m. Dec. 1, during regular siren tests on the first business day of each month, 50 seconds of the steady-tone alert will be followed by a pause and then 50 seconds of the attack warning tone, said Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Executive Officer Toby Clairmont. Clairmont said the last time Hawaii residents heard the attack warning siren test was around 1980

during the Cold War. The siren, if used as an actual warning, would signal the need to immediately seek shelter. The Russian threat, now far more removed, has been replaced by the unpredictability of North Korea, which exploded a nuclear device Sept. 3 that may have had yielded 250 kilotons or more. By comparison, the Hiroshima blast was about 15 kilotons. For the foreseeable future, the additional monthly attack warning sirens will be the new norm statewide. Hawaii Emergency Management unveiled a sample of the wavering siren at a preparedness presentation Saturday and in a new public service announcement now running. MORE

Pediatricians blast new app giving 12-year-olds access to abortion-inducing drugs without parents

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 01:22 PM PST

The American College of Pediatricians is alerting parents to a dangerous new mobile phone app called Nurx. Dubbed the “Uber for birth control,” Nurx enables teens as young as age 12 to obtain contraceptive and abortive medications including the pill, vaginal ring, Plan B and Ella without parental knowledge or local physician oversight. Sexual activity in adolescence is associated with harmful emotional and physical consequences including depression, suicide, sexually transmitted infections

(STIs), and sexual exploitation at the hands of abusive boyfriends or sex traffickers. Easy access to contraceptives that bypasses parents and a physician visit, as Nurx does, increases the likelihood of teens experiencing these bad outcomes. Adolescents are cognitively and emotionally immature. They need parental wisdom and oversight to compensate for their emotional impulsivity and their limited capacity to assess risk.  All hormone-based contraception has serious potential side effects including stroke and cancer; some increase the chance of contracting an STI. MORE

Ouija Boards Making a Comeback This Christmas

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 01:15 PM PST

When Sr. Jean found out that I and a bunch of my grade school classmates had played with a Ouija Board, she flipped her cork, figuratively speaking. Her eyes flew open wide and her eyebrows shot up – a look of alarm sprang across her face. “You have no idea what you’ve done,” she said. “You must never do that again, and you must tell your friends never to do it again, either.” I thought Sr. Jean was over-reacting. “What’s so bad about Ouija Boards?” I asked. “It’s just a silly game.”

Sr. Jean explained to me that Ouija Boards are much more than a silly game – they’re a grave danger to the souls of anyone who messes with them. “You’re not calling upon the souls of departed relatives,” she said. “You’re opening yourselves to evil spirits. “ I trusted Sr. Jean’s wisdom and knew she wasn’t the superstitious type. If she said Ouija Boards can conjure up evil spirits, I believed her. That was the end of Ouija Boards for me. MORE

School helps 11-year-old girl ‘transition’ to boy, hides it from parents

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 01:04 PM PST

A legal group is speaking out after learning that a school facilitated an 11-year-old girl’s “gender transition” behind her family’s back, and only informed them when she had become suicidal. The girl told her teachers at age 11 she wanted to be a boy but didn’t want her parents to know. She became suicidal after a year of living a double life as a boy at school and a girl at home. Only when she told her guidance counselor she was depressed and wanted to kill herself did the school inform her parents, says

lawyer John Carpay, director of the Calgary-based Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF). The parents knew their daughter, who is moderately autistic, was struggling but had no idea the school was facilitating her “transition” to a “boy,” Carpay said. Carpay believes this is proof — if any were needed — that the Alberta NDP government’s radical bill forbidding schools from telling parents if their child joins a gay-straight alliance without the child’s consent will harm vulnerable children. CONTINUE

17 “Christian Groups” Defend Right to Boycott Israel

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 12:52 PM PST

A coalition of 17 Christian groups have sent a letter to Congress, urging them to reject a bill that would make it official U.S. policy to oppose boycotts of Israel.  The various Christian leaders, including many liberal mainline Protestants, sent the letter Monday, arguing that the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” that is going through both houses would unjustly suppress “nonviolent peaceful action meant to bring about social change.”

“We are concerned by any legislation that suppresses legitimate criticism of public policy, and that restricts freedom of expression and our ability to determine our own witness through investment and selective purchasing practices,” read the letter.  “While we may not be of one mind about which measures are most effective, we collectively affirm and defend the right of churches and organizations to use economic measures in the specific case of Israel-Palestine.” READ MORE

Stephen Hawkings Warns Earth Will Become a “Ball of Fire” Within 600 Years

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 12:45 PM PST

ATTENTION: The following report does not reflect the personal views or opinions of this Ministry

The end of the world will come within 600 years as overpopulation will cause Earth to become a blazing ball of fire, according to Stephen Hawking.  Professor Hawking sent a dire forecast for the future of humanity, telling the Tencent WE Summit Earth will be destroyed by 2600. The 75-year old said overpopulation will lead to an unsustainable amount of energy consumption which will ultimately finish

in the end of the world. The theoretical physicist said the world’s population has been growing exponentially for the last 40 years and it “cannot continue into the next millennium”. He said: “By the year 2600, the world’s population would be standing shoulder to shoulder, and the electricity consumption would make the Earth glow red-hot. READ MORE

Should You Welcome that Gay Couple Into Your Church?

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 12:38 PM PST

(Reported By The Christian Institute) Everyone should be welcomed into churches, but no sinful behavior should be affirmed, a prominent Christian blogger has said. Trevin Wax, writing for The Gospel Coalition, reminds Christians that we are all born sinful, rather than basically good, and that we all “fall short of the glory of God.” He said that some Christians believe it would be better to downplay human sinfulness to avoid causing unnecessary offense but said this “severs the root of what makes grace so powerful.”


‘Expressive Individualism’

Wax wrote: “In a culture that thrives on self-affirmation and self-determination, ‘showing grace’ now means accepting someone else’s definition of their own righteousness. “Our age of expressive individualism leads us to find meaning in the identities we’ve constructed for ourselves, and then to expect (no, demand!) that others affirm our self-construction and give us their blessing.” He said this new concept is often applied to sexuality, with churches judged on their ability to be ‘welcoming and affirming’. Wax notes that this tends to mean: “Do you welcome LGBTQ people and affirm their sexuality?”. MORE

800 school websites across the U.S. were hacked by ISIS

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 10:12 AM PST

Eight hundred school websites across the U.S. were hacked by ISIS on Monday, November 7. The hack lasted close to two hours, during which time visitors to the sites were redirected to a YouTube video with Arabic audio and pictures of Saddam Hussein. Text also appeared which read, “I love Islamic State (ISIS).” The websites are all hosted by a company called School Desk (schooldesk.net) and are all

connected to a server in Georgia. School Desk has given a copy of the server to the FBI. Some schools have also hired outside security firms to help track down the hackers. All the affected websites have been shut down to aid the FBI in its investigation. “You always think it happens somewhere else, and now it’s hitting home,” said Nicole Tierney, who is connected to a school in New Jersey whose site was hacked. “It’s upsetting to us,” said Rob Frierson, the owner of School Desk, speaking to CBS New York. MORE

Expert warns eruption of Icelandic volcano is imminent after 53 earthquakes

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 10:06 AM PST

Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano has been struck by 53 earthquakes in the last seven days, sparking fears that it could be about to blow. The largest of Iceland’s volcanos saw an eruption in August 2014, which lasted for six months, but experts worry another is about to happen. A series of relatively small quakes, with the largest registering at 2.1 on the Richter scale, have been hitting the 6,591ft tall Bardarbunga volcano which has been interpreted as a sign an eruption is on the horizon. Páll Einarsson, a volcanology

expert at the University of Iceland revealed the latest quakes were part of a series that have been “in progress for two years” as he warned Bardarbunga is “clearly preparing for its next eruption” within the next few years. He said: “The reason for the earthquakes in this place is that the volcano Bardarbunga is inflating, i.e. the pressure of magma in the magma chamber is increasing It has been doing this since the last eruption ended, in February 2015. CONTINUE

50 countries with the greatest persecution for Christians in 2017

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 09:58 AM PST

Millions of Christians across the world are facing punishments including imprisonment, torture, and death for practicing their faith, shocking new research has revealed. North Korea, Somalia and Afghanistan are the worst countries to openly follow the teachings of the Bible, according to the study by Open Doors. North Korea has been branded the most dangerous country in the world for Christians since 2002.

The Christian charity found the global level of Christian persecution has risen for the fourth year in a row, with Asian countries showing a particularly rapid rise. The study found Islamic extremism was responsible for increased hostility in 14 of the top 20 counties on its list. And the research discovered followers of Jesus living in India were faced with a “very high” level of persecution as “Hindu nationalists batter the churches”. READ MORE

Joel Osteen Imposter Crashes an Actual Osteen Event

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 09:49 AM PST

A comedian who looks strikingly similar to megachurch pastor Joel Osteen wanted to see what happened if he crashed one of Osteen’s events. Michael Klimkowski of the secular comedy group Dabs Den dressed to the nines and told people he was Osteen himself. Klimkowski got free parking, a special entrance, selfies and even made it to the stage before Osteen’s team realized what was happening at the

Forum in Inglewood, California. He had no identification, tickets or credentials other than his uncanny looks. Some onlookers were suspicious when Klimkowski asked for a beer, but most ignored the request and let him continue his journey. Yet still, multiple fans told him they appreciated him and loved his family while he said, “God bless” and shook the hands of those who approached. MORE

Iran-North Korea’s ‘axis of evil’ may be America’s greatest threat

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 09:38 AM PST

With sanctions and rhetoric, President Donald Trump may be pushing North Korea and Iran closer together. On Wednesday, while in Seoul on his Asia tour, three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups displayed military strength nearby, while Trump gave dire warnings to North Korea’s leader to abandon nuclear weapons. “Do not underestimate us, and do not try us,” Trump said while addressing the

National Assembly. It’s a dangerous game of brinkmanship. In refusing to certify Iranian compliance with the JCPOA — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal — the Trump administration hopes to keep Iran from becoming another nuclear-armed adversary state. But experts say that by walking away from the Iran accord while simultaneously trying to coax North Korea back to the negotiating table, the Trump administration doesn’t just risk undermining its own efforts to strike a deal with Kim Jong Un’s regime over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. MORE

Texas Pastor Presents Gun Proposal That Could ‘Save Lives’ After Church Massacre

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 07:29 AM PST

The horrific mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, has sparked a renewed conversation about whether houses of worship should allow or encourage parishioners to carry weapons inside American churches.  Pastor Ron Smith of the Church of the King in McAllen, Texas, is among those who have spoken out in the wake of the tragedy to encourage more people to carry guns — a recommendation he hopes will help thwart future attacks and mass shootings, if and when they unfold.

“If the public carried guns, there would be less people killed by the bad guys,” Smith told KGBT-TV, adding that he doesn’t mind if people bring guns into his church. The preacher said that he believes having more guns could actually help “save lives” and said he plans to work with his church’s leadership to try and craft a policy. “If someone comes in shooting up the crowd, and there are people here that have a license to carry, they can save lives,” he added. “Those who have a license to carry concealed, I personally encourage it, but it would depend on what our elders say and the written policy that we come up with.” READ MORE

Top court rules Germany must legally recognize ‘third gender’ from birth

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 07:18 AM PST

Germany’s top court has called on the country’s parliament to legally recognize a ‘third gender’ which allows intersex people to identify as neither male nor female. Germany could become the first European country to allow a third gender on birth certificates. The current law on civil status discriminates against intersex people as it rules out “the registration of a gender other than ‘male’ or ‘female,’” the Federal Constitutional Court said in a ruling on Wednesday. The German parliament should introduce new

provisions into current legislation by December 31, 2018, it said. The court made its ruling in favor of an appeal brought earlier this year by an intersex person whose name hasn’t been revealed in the German media. The person was registered as female but chromosome analysis showed that the plaintiff was neither male nor female. The person brought the appeal to the top court after several lower courts had ruled against the bid for gender change in the birth register. MORE

Danica Roem becomes becomes first transgender elected official in Virginia.

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 07:09 AM PST

Democrat Danica Roem, a former journalist, defeated incumbent Republican candidate Del. Bob Marshall Tuesday to become the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia. Roem, 33, is now also set to make history as the first openly transgender person to be elected and seated in a state legislature. Marshall, 73, is a staunch social conservative who has served in Virginia’s House of Delegates

since 1992. He once referred to himself as the state’s “chief homophobe” and introduced a “bathroom bill” earlier this year that would have required people to use the restroom that matches the gender listed on their birth certificate. The bill never made it out of a Republican-led committee. Marshall also authored Virginia’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, and sponsored a bill banning homosexuals from the Virginia National Guard.  CONTINUE

Plague “Worst outbreak” in 50 years, Continues to spread, Could go global.

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 06:56 AM PST

Cases have increased by 8% in just a week with nearly 2,000 people infected by the deadly airborne strain.  Some 143 people have now been killed by the “medieval disease” in Madagascar. There are now warnings the plague could stretch across the sea and reach mainland Africa. Such an outbreak would be catastrophic and there are fears the virus could go global. Nine countries are now on high alert and have

been told to brace for the plague. The airborne pneumonic plague can be spread by coughing, sneezing and spitting. It can kill in just 24 hours and is very different from the bubonic plague – which triggered the medieval outbreak known as the “black death”. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the current outbreak has lasted for six months. READ MORE

Scientists are implanting tiny Human brains into rats

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 06:49 AM PST

Tiny human brains injected into rats have sparked a major ethical debate among scientists worried it may give the rodents some type of human consciousness. Esteemed science ethicists claim the experiments might reach a point where the test lab rats will be “entitled to some kind of respect”. Advances in science have allowed experts to connect tiny human brains with that of a rat. To do this,

they created clumps of cells that behave similarly to human brains called organoids. Several labs have inserted those organoids into rat brains, connected them to blood vessels and successfully grown physical links. Medical mag Stat reported that when scientists shone a light into a rat’s eye or stimulated the brain regions involved in vision, that the neurons in the implanted organoid fired up. MORE

Trump warns North Korea’s Kim Jong-un: ‘Don’t try us’

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 06:41 AM PST

Donald Trump has delivered a stark personal message to Kim Jong-un, saying North Korea will face disaster unless he gives up his nuclear ambitions. Speaking in front of lawmakers at South Korea’s national assembly, the US president offered a “brighter path” if Pyongyang abandoned its weapons programme, leaving the door open to diplomacy, but also warned that the US was prepared to use military means if necessary.

“The weapons that you are acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger,” he said. “Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face.” Trump has spent two days in South Korea as part of his 12-day tour of east Asia. Addressing Kim directly, he said “despite every crime you have committed against God and man”, the US was prepared to resolve the crisis diplomatically. MORE

Christians Kicked Out by Australian Bar After Customers Complain That They Oppose Gay Marriage

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 06:30 AM PST

A Christian group holding monthly meetings at an Australian bar has been kicked out by the owners after several customers complained that the believers were speaking out against gay marriage. The Rose Hotel in Chippendale told organizers of the Theology on Tap meeting group that it can no longer gather at the pub’s beer garden, Australia’s The Daily Telegraph reported.

“We’ve experienced some backlash from customers, and within these complaints, they have threatened not to return if these events continue. … I was told by staff yesterday that worked the previous event that four different groups of people got up and left and, out of the two groups, we were told that they might not ever come back,” the letter sent to the Christians read. MORE

California NAACP seeks to remove ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ as national anthem

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 06:21 AM PST

California’s NAACP is pushing for state lawmakers to support a campaign to remove “The Star Spangled Banner” as the country’s national anthem. The group says the song, which has been a point of controversy in the NFL, is “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon,” The Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday. The NAACP’s California chapter last week reportedly

sent out two resolutions, which had been passed at the organization’s state conference last month. One of the resolutions was to support the removal of the anthem, while the other is an effort to get the NFL to fit former player Colin Kaepernick onto a team. Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem, which is typically played before games. READ MORE

18 Million could starve to death as Kim uses funds for nuclear regime

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 06:14 AM PST

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has been accused of diverting cash to fund nuclear missile development while 18 million people edge closer to death due to a devastating drought. United Nations chiefs will visit the country urgently before it is too late to “make the case very clearly that innocent children should not starve to death”. David Beasley, head of the UN World Food programme, revealed the plans as he

blamed the portly leader for plowing money into his growing nuclear programme instead of helping his 18 million citizens who are “food insecure”. Of those, 200,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition, according to UNICEF. Mr Beasley said: “I think the North Korean government understands, as I have made it clear, that Western donors don’t feel comfortable giving because money that they think should be helping children is being used to build a nuclear programme.”  MORE

North Korea demands US to remove Trump or face ‘abyss of doom’

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 06:07 AM PST

North Korea has demanded the USA removes “lunatic old man” Donald Trump from power or face World War 3. Despot leader Kim Jong-un used his state media mouthpiece to urge the removal of the US President, after he made stern threats today during a visit to South Korea. Using some of his strongest language against North Korea yet, Donald Trump told the hermit state he would “not allow

American cities to be threatened with destruction. We will not be intimidated”. He claimed people in North Korea were suffering human rights abuses in “gulags” and some bribed government officials to work as “slaves” overseas rather than live under Kim Jong-un’s rule. In a fiery response, North Korea’s state media agency KCNA said: “The world is undergoing unprecedented throes because of Trump, a notorious ‘political heretic’. READ MORE

Lab-grown insects to be released to kill off mosquitoes…

Posted: 08 Nov 2017 05:57 AM PST

No one likes the idea of being bitten by a mosquito, especially if that pesky pest also is carrying around viruses as deadly as yellow fever, dengue and Zika. But what if you could eradicate the diseased insects by releasing assassin versions of mosquitoes to kill them off? On Nov. 3, the Environmental Protection Agency approved a new approach from the biotech company MosquitoMate. The goal is to destroy populations of wild mosquitoes that could be carrying nasty viruses, according to a report from Nature

magazine. Instead of relying on genetic engineering, MosquitoMate infects lab-grown mosquitoes with the common bacterium Wolbachia pipientis, which affects mosquitoes but not animals or humans.  The Wolbachia-infected male mosquitoes (which don’t bite) mate with the wild populations of female Asian tiger mosquitoes (which do bite). The eggs fertilized by MosquitoMate’s male mosquitoes won’t hatch because the paternal chromosomes don’t form properly due to the effects of the bacterium.  MORE


What is The Gospel?


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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.

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