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March 28, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Mar. 28, 2017 |

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Texas and a dozen other mostly Republican-led states are throwing their support behind the Trump administration’s temporary ban on new visas for people from six mostly Muslim nations.

Asia is a key part of Moscow-based Rostec State Corp.’s plan to become one of the world’s top five defense companies within a decade, according to a senior executive. Rostec, whose units account for about 70 percent of Russia’s defense industrial base and include AK-47 assault rifles and MiG fighter jets, will focus on selling more to countries including India, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Ford will announce investments in three Michigan plants, Donald Trump said in a Twitter post, two weeks after the president urged car companies to follow his pledge for eased regulations with more hiring.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to revive a $5.7 billion settlement of retailer claims that Visa and MasterCard improperly fixed credit-card swipe fees, in a rebuff that could mean years of additional litigation.

President Trump is set to sign an executive order that will in part reverse two main planks of federal efforts under President Obama to adapt to climate change, according to details of the order shared with Bloomberg News. The White House is expected to rescind Obama’s order to federal agencies to plan for climate change and another to have the military plan for the national security implications.

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The leaders of Britain and Scotland met for talks, but failed to resolve their differences over a new push for Scottish independence as the U.K. prepares to leave the EU.

Pakistan has begun building a fence along its border with Afghanistan to curtail the movement of militants, its army said, in a move criticised by its eastern neighbour for dividing communities.

Fire inspectors visited a Northern California building three days before a blaze ripped through it, killing at least three people. Documents released by the city of Oakland late Monday show inspectors found multiple violations Friday when they visited the building where recovering drug addicts and squatters lived in squalid conditions. A fire on Monday gutted the building and killed three people and injured four.

Bahrain said on Sunday it had broken an Iranian-linked “terrorist cell” suspected of involvement in a bomb attack on a police bus in February and plotting to assassinate senior officials, state news agency BNA reported.

Hundreds of rebels left their last bastion in Syria’s Homs city on Monday, resuming an evacuation expected to be among the largest of its kind under a Russian-backed deal with the government.

A report from a U.S. think tank says China has nearly completed construction work on three man-made islands in the South China Sea, giving it the ability to deploy combat aircraft and other military assets to the disputed region.

An “unprecedented” 21 different types of dinosaur tracks have been found on a stretch of Australia’s remote coastline, scientists said Monday, dubbing it the nation’s Jurassic Park. Paleontologists from the University of Queensland and James Cook University said it was the most diverse such discovery in the world, unearthed in rocks up to 140 million years old in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Boko Haram Islamists raided a village in northeast Nigeria, in the latest rampage to steal food and medical supplies, as fears grew of more attacks, locals and security personnel said on Sunday.

Michigan and the city of Flint agreed to replace thousands of home water lines under a sweeping deal to settle a lawsuit by residents over lead-contaminated water in the struggling community. Flint will replace at least 18,000 lead or galvanized-steel water lines by 2020, and the state will pick up the bill with state and federal money, according to the settlement filed in federal court.

The U.S. military is developing a fairy-tale-inspired “Gremlin” program that aims to launch and retrieve drones in midair. “Gremlins” are a swarm of drones deployed from a manned aircraft.

US consumer confidence spiked to a 16-year high in March, according to the Conference Board’s monthly survey. The headline index jumped to 125.6, the highest since December 2000. Economists had forecast that the index dipped in March to 114.0 from a 15-year high of 114.8.

BBC

The globally popular statue of a young girl staring down Wall Street’s iconic bull will stay in place until next March, New York’s mayor has said.

Carlos the Jackal, a notorious Venezuelan militant serving two life sentences, has been handed a third by a French court.

A Tennessee couple has been accused of trying to sell a five-month-old baby for $3,000 on Craigslist.

An outbreak of meningitis in several states of Nigeria has killed at least 140 people, officials said.

WND

Hamas has recently developed a new high-powered rocket of which it has already produced several dozen, Army Radio reported on Tuesday. According to the report, the rocket is short-range and can carry a relatively heavy explosive load. In the event of a future conflict between Israel and Hamas, the new rocket would have the most effect on the Israeli communities bordering the Gaza Strip.

According to the watchdog organization Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights (IOHR), IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) recently captured 197 children in western Mosul. The militants intend to use the abducted children as human shields to stand in the way of the advancing coalition troops.

University of Regina will be hosting a “Masculinity Confession Booth” along with a number of other workshops and screenings to combat “hypermasculinity.” “Come and share your sins so we can begin to discuss how to identify and change our ways !!!”


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The Briefing 03-28-17

Does the secular European project have a future?

On terrorism — can you read the mind of a dead man? Police in London try.

The ultrasound of unborn baby said to “upset” mothers considering abortion. Why?

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March 27, 2017
ALAN KEYES — These days, the logic of statements made by our politicians and government officials often defies reason. Take this statement, made by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, justifying the cuts the Trump administration wants Congress to make in the U.S. State Department’s budget:… (more)

March 27, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — BuzzFeed, described by Wikipedia as “a liberal American internet media company based in New York City,” is in the “donor spotlight” at the national news museum in Washington, D.C., known as the Newseum. The “honor” demonstrates how the media have changed and how low they have sunk…. (more)

March 27, 2017
THE RESURGENT — Representative Mo Brooks, a Republican from the 5th Congressional District in Alabama, has filed a one-sentence bill to completely repeal Obamacare…. (more)


March 27, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — It was a careful choice of words, Bernard Lewis being nothing if not careful. In 2004, the West audibly gasped when its preeminent scholar of Islam famously told the German newspaper Die Welt,”Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century,” if not sooner…. (more)

March 27, 2017
ROBERT KNIGHT — It’s been a long while since I perused Time magazine, either online or in print. Years ago, the weekly ceased being an interesting news magazine and evolved into a caricature of fashionable left-wing thought. It is no longer required reading. However, Time managed to work its way back into national consciousness this week with its colorful cover asking, “Is Truth Dead?” The irony of Time’s editors raising that question probably never dawned on them…. (more)

March 27, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump will issue an executive order on Tuesday to begin undoing former President Obama’s rule on carbon emissions, Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt said Sunday…. (more)

March 27, 2017
JOSEPH FARAH — Headlines in the popular press and science journals have been screaming the claim since January: “Planet Earth makes its own water from scratch deep in the mantle.”… (more)


March 26, 2017
PHILIP KLEIN — Broken promises are as old as politics itself, and there are many famous examples of them in modern history. President George H.W. Bush’s “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge comes immediately to mind, as does President Bill Clinton reneging on his middle-class tax cut, and President Barack Obama never closing Guantanamo Bay. But in each of those cases, those were promises that were made in a given campaign by a given politician. The promise of Obamacare repeal is much different…. (more)


March 26, 2017
MCCLATCHY DC — Donald Trump ran for president as a businessman who could make a deal. But on Friday, he failed to close the biggest deal of his young presidency. And then, like a businessman, he moved on…. (more)

March 26, 2017
NEWSMAX — White House chief of staff Reince Priebus is mostly to blame for the implosion of the GOP healthcare replacement bill, the New York Times reported. But other groups and individuals factored into the bill’s doom as well…. (more)

March 24, 2017
WASHINGTON POST — House Republican leaders abruptly pulled a rewrite of the nation’s health-care system from consideration on Friday, a dramatic acknowledgment that they are so far unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “We just pulled it,” President Trump told The Washington Post in a telephone interview…. (more)


March 24, 2017
THE RESURGENT — In an interview with CNN, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) scorched the House Leadership’s proposed Obamacare replacement bill for perpetuating the status quo. Citing a comment from Speaker Paul Ryan, Wolf Blister prefaced his question to Senator Lee by saying conservatives will get roughly 85 percent of what they want from the American Health Care Act. Lee respectfully but strongly disagreed with Speaker Ryan’s assertion that this bill provides 85 percent of what conservatives want in healthcare reform…. (more)

March 24, 2017
NEW YORK TIMES — President Trump, the author of “The Art of the Deal,” has been projecting his usual bravado in public this week about the prospects of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Privately he is grappling with rare bouts of self-doubt…. (more)

March 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — House Republican leaders expect to vote Friday on their embattled health-care bill, moving on the legislation under pressure by Trump administration officials who voiced urgency during a closed-door meeting on the Capitol with conservative holdouts…. (more)

March 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Mo Brooks said Thursday he was still against the American Health Care Act – – “a massive Republican welfare plan” – – even after meeting with such heavy hitters as House Speaker Paul Ryan, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus…. (more)

March 24, 2017
RALPH Z. HALLOW — House Speaker Paul Ryan didn’t just step in it again, big time, on the Ryancare bill this week. The Wisconsin Republican unmasked himself as the man most capable of demolishing his own party and the Trump presidency. The Ryan American Healthcare Bill is a piece of moderate GOP trash that Mr. Ryan owns and has been trying and failing miserably to sell as the long-promised Republican repeal and replacement of Obamacare…. (more)

March 24, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — On the same day that the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal warned that President Donald Trump was going to go down in history as a “fake president,” in part because of his “false tweet” about the “wiretapping” of Trump Tower, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee disclosed evidence of the wiretapping, also known as surveillance…. (more)

March 24, 2017
FOX NEWS — Republican congressional investigators expect a potential “smoking gun” establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee this week, a source told Fox News…. (more)


March 24, 2017
DAILY MAIL — The British-born jihadi who killed four and injured 29 in Westminster was last night revealed to be a middle-aged criminal career who MI5 had investigated in the past and had a previous conviction for stabbing a man in the nose. English teacher Khalid Masood, 52, a ‘lone wolf’ attacker, who was living in the Birmingham area, had a series of convictions for assault and other crimes…. (more)


March 24, 2017
ART MOORE — In a refrain that has become remarkably familiar in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, a neighbor of Khalid Masood – – the 52-year-old Muslim who ran over pedestrians on Westminster Bridge then killed a police officer at the Parliament building Wednesday – – described him as a “normal calm and kind family man, always with a smile on his face.”… (more)

March 24, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — One of the Senate’s most conservative members says Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch showed lawmakers and the nation this week why he is a tremendous choice for the high court, while also rejecting the attempts of Democrats to discredit Gorsuch and promising President Trump’s choice will be confirmed…. (more)

March 24, 2017
WESLEY PRUDEN — Neil Gorsuch took the best shots, such as they were, of disheartened, dismayed and despondent Democrats this week, and nobody laid a glove on him. He was as fresh when it was over as when the slugging, such as it was, began. “So what have we learned?” asked The New York Times, which presumes to be the leader of the insurrection against the new presidency. “He’s probably going to be confirmed.”… (more)


March 23, 2017
PETER LEMISKA — Considering America’s 240-year history, 16 years is not a long time. But for some, it’s long enough to forget the outrage and fear all Americans felt after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001…. (more)

March 22, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — President Donald Trump is usually a fan of Fox News, but his opinion may now be changing. Fox News has been caught misrepresenting its own interview with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on the subject of alleged wiretapping of President Trump, in order to make Trump look bad. The cable channel also threw one of its own commentators, Judge Andrew Napolitano, under the bus for highlighting a possible British role in gathering intelligence on Trump and his associates…. (more)

March 22, 2017
BOSTON HERALD — President Trump’s transition team may have had its communications picked up and distributed throughout the intelligence community, according to a leading Republican on the House Intelligence Committee – – news that had conservatives claiming vindication as shock waves spread across Washington…. (more)


After Dramatic Obamacare Failure, Trump Now Faces A Looming Government Shutdown He May Not Be Able To Prevent

If you thought that the Obamacare debacle was bad, just wait until you see what happens next.  The continuing resolution that is currently funding the government expires on April 28th, and if a new funding agreement is not reached prior to that time, there will be a government shutdown like we witnessed in 2013 starting on April 29th.  Unfortunately, as I will explain below, if a government shutdown happens it may go for a lot longer than just a couple of weeks this time around. (Read More…)


The Religious Left Becomes a Political Force in Trump Era

Financial support is also picking up. Donations to Jim Wallis’ Christian activist group Sojourners have picked up by 30 percent since Trump’s election, the group said.

But some observers were skeptical that the religious left could equal the religious right politically any time soon.

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The False Compassion Of ‘Liberalism’*

Don’t worry. It’s for a good cause.

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The Two Faces of Denial

Another reason so many Americans live in denial of where we are headed is because of the non-stop culture of mindless entertainment and distractions we live in – think Internet, video games, television, social media (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, etc.), sports and spectator sports, smart phone apps and texting, etc. In the Roman Empire, non-stop entertainment and distractions were called “bread and circuses.” Part of the reason those people lived in apathy and denial of the rapid decline in their day and the rise of freedom-destroying evil was that they were entertained and distracted non-stop by their government.

This “bread and circuses” phenomenon is 100 times greater in our day in America and other Western nations – and not just for the young, but for people of all ages. Deep thought, discernment, and recognition of rising evil comes from thinking people who read good books, who have studied history and the Bible, and who understand and apply the principles of what works and doesn’t work in life. It comes from people who have not been completely dumbed down by television propaganda, mindless/shallow distractions, by non-stop government disinformation/brainwashing, or by a socialist controlled educational system.

But sadly, even among those who do understand the times and who do see America’s decline into a socialist dictatorship, like their counterparts in Russia (in 1916/17) or in Germany (1932-37), most are doing little to nothing to prepare for the coming train wreck or to get out of harm’s way. Not only are they doing little or nothing to fight back against the emerging dictatorship, but they are doing little to nothing to prepare personally, physically, financially, or even spiritually. Even though they do understand the times, they are doing very little to prepare for those times – for what is coming (perhaps very shortly). In this respect, they too are in denial – hoping and wanting to believe that somehow we will return to the “good ol’ days”; everything will continue to go on like it always has – everything will be fine, because it has to….”

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, October 2016)


Top News – 3/28/2017

Former PM Tony Blair: We Need a New Kind of Peace for Israel
Speaking at the annual AIPAC conference, former British prime minister and Middle East expert Tony Blair discusses why the old ideas about peace between Israel and the Palestinians won’t work anymore. (video)

Tony Podesta Made $500K Lobbying For Chinese Firm Convicted Of Illegal Sales To Iran
The seriousness of the illegal sales to Iran were so extreme and continued for so long — from 2010 to last year — the Department of Justice (DOJ) imposed a record $1.19 billion fine on the ZTE Telecommunications company, making it the largest penalty ever imposed in a U.S. sanctions case.

‘We had him booted out’: Palestinian won’t get top UN post, US envoy Haley tells AIPAC
The US won’t allow a Palestinian to secure “one of the highest positions” at the UN, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said, explaining why the US had blocked a former Palestinian prime minister’s appointment to lead the UN’s Libya mission.

DNA-repairing drug could fight aging and radiation damage
the scientists used the compound to fight aging by fixing the chemical communication going on inside cells. Now the team has shed more light on the role that NAD plays in regulating the interactions between certain proteins that keep the body running like a well-oiled machine.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces Coming Crackdown on Sanctuary City Funding
It also made clear that failure to remedy violations could result in withholding of grants, termination of grants, and disbarment or ineligibility for future grants.” “The Department of Justice will also take all lawful steps to claw-back any funds awarded to a jurisdiction that willfully violates Section 1373.

Vimeo Declares War on Gospel Transformation
If Jesus has changed your life and set you free from homosexual practice, your testimony is not welcome on Vimeo – not now, not ever. And if you see homosexuality as another aspect of sexual brokenness, something for which Jesus died and something from which you can be healed, your opinion is not welcome on Vimeo. Case closed, door shut, end of subject. In the words of Dr. David Kyle Foster, director of Pure Passion Ministries and himself a former homosexual, “This is pure religious bigotry and censorship.”

Report: Hamas develops new ‘high-powered’ rocket akin to Hezbollah projectiles
Hamas has recently developed a new high-powered rocket of which it has already produced several dozen, Army Radio reported on Tuesday. According to the report, the rocket is short-range and can carry a relatively heavy explosive load. In the event of a future conflict between Israel and Hamas, the new rocket would have the most effect on the Israeli communities bordering the Gaza Strip.

Iran: Russia can use military bases ‘on case by case basis’
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters on Tuesday that Russia could use Iranian military bases to fight terrorists in Syria on a “case by case basis.” Zarif said that regional issues, including Syria, would be discussed at a meeting in the Kremlin later on Tuesday. An Iranian delegation, including President Hassan Rouhani, arrived in Moscow on Monday.

Israel Air Force partakes in drill with Arab forces, among others
The Israel Air Force along with pilots from the United Arab Emirates and a number of other countries began a joint drill in Greece Monday, marking the second time crews from the two countries have flown side by side. According to a statement released by the Hellenic Air Force, the “complex exercise” named Iniohos 2017, which will run from March 27 to April 6, will involve the airforces of Israel, the United States, the UAE, and Italy.

Cyclone Debbie: ‘Monster’ storm batters Australia
A powerful cyclone has pummelled the north-east Australian coast, causing major damage, torrential rain and power cuts to tens of thousands of homes. Cyclone Debbie made landfall between Bowen and Airlie Beach in Queensland as a category four storm, whipping gusts of up to 263km/h (163 mph). It is moving inland as a category two but could cause damage for hours yet. One serious injury has been reported.

Trump to sweep away Obama climate change policies
US President Donald Trump is due to sign an executive order to overturn key parts of the Obama administration’s plan to tackle global warming. The move will undo the Clean Power Plan which required states to slash carbon emissions. The executive order also cuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. Regulations on oil, gas and coal production are to be reviewed.

Rep. Mo Brooks files bill to repeal Obamacare
In a simple two-page document, an Alabama congressman has filed a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare…U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, introduced the bill Friday. “This Act may be cited as the ‘Obamacare Repeal Act,’” the bill states. And the bill uses just one sentence to do it. “Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted,” the bill states.

Elon Musk Launches Neuralink to Connect Brains With Computers
Building a mass-market electric vehicle and colonizing Mars aren’t ambitious enough for Elon Musk. The billionaire entrepreneur now wants to merge computers with human brains to help people keep up with machines…Neuralink is pursuing what Mr. Musk calls “neural lace” technology, implanting tiny brain electrodes that may one day upload and download thoughts.

Russia Joins US in Race to Field Gun-Launched Swarmbots
Russian arms makers have announced efforts to shoot multiple small drones in rapid succession from small arms and cannons, hastening a day when Russian and U.S. drone swarms may meet each other over the skies of distant battlefield. On Thursday, Russian news site Tass revealed a reconnaissance drone that a soldier would shoot from “a hand-held grenade launcher.”

Sessions says he’ll punish sanctuaries, cities could lose billions of dollars
The Trump administration officially put sanctuary cities on notice Monday that they are violating federal laws and could lose access to billions of dollars in Justice Department grants if they continue to thwart efforts to deport illegal immigrants. And counties and cities that have taken money in the past…could have that money clawed back…That would mean Chicago, Philadelphia and other prominent sanctuaries would not only lose money going forward, but might have to pay back tens of millions of dollars from their treasuries.

North Korea conducts another missile engine test, US officials say
Two US defense officials told CNN Monday that North Korea conducted another ballistic missile engine test Friday. The officials said the latest engine trial is the third such test in recent weeks using similar technology. One official said that the initial assessment indicates that the engine technology could possibly be used in an eventual intercontinental ballistic missile.

China able to deploy warplanes on artificial islands any time: U.S. think tank
China appears to have largely completed major construction of military infrastructure on artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea and can now deploy combat planes and other military hardware there at any time, a U.S. think tank said on Monday. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), part of Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the work on Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs in the Spratly Islands included naval, air, radar and defensive facilities.

Israel’s airstrike on Syria spooks Middle East
Israeli warplanes carrying out airstrikes on a shipment of Iranian arms to Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas in Syria managed to evade Syrian air-defense missiles but the incident is a graphic demonstration of how the war has the potential to further inflame the region.

School Budget Cuts Due To High White Student Percentage Sparks Outrage
Outrage has grown at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, as the school faces layoffs and increased class sizes due to a law limiting funds for schools with a higher white student body.

Coming To An Inner-City Uprising Near You: The “Ultimate Riot Control Truck” Of The Future
One upon a time, the benevolent future was supposed to bemuse with hoverboards, flying cars and interplantary travel. Instead, according to the folks at Slovakia’s Bozena Riot Security Systems, the dystopian future has arrived, and it is made of armored plates and riot gear.

NBC News Signs Former Obama Press Secretary To Provide “Unbiased” Political Commentary
“Now you have to wear your analyst hat, not your Democrats hat….”

Is Twitter Now Censoring Drudge Report?
In an extraordinary development, Westmonster has found that the world famous Drudge Report has been marked as “sensitive material” by Twitter, with some users now having to OPT IN in order to see tweets. Hardly any tweets from Drudge were visible today when we first logged in.

U.S. leads nations in boycott of U.N. talks to ban nuclear weapons
The United States joined about three dozen other nations in boycotting a conference at the United Nations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.


Mid-Day Snapshot

Mar. 28, 2017

Sanctuary City Crackdown Begins

AG Sessions promises to withhold DOJ funding from offending jurisdictions.

Top Opinion
Rich Lowry: On ObamaCare, a Partywide Failure
Cal Thomas: Personality and Policy
Stephen Moore: The False Compassion of Liberalism
More Opinion →
The Foundation

“If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws.” —Alexander Hamilton (1794)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: March 28

  • U.S. stock futures up as investors look beyond failed healthcare bill (Read More)
  • Ryan’s Tax Plan May Get Familiar Foes: GOP’s Conservative Caucus (Read More)
  • Congress to Battle Over Spending After Failed Health Bill (Read More)
  • Trump to End Obama Policies for Paris Climate Accord (Read More)
  • Trump to sign order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies (Read More)
  • If Stocks Wobble, Will Bonds Be There To Absorb the Blow? (Read More)
  • Nunes Meeting Prompts Call for Him to Step Aside From Probe (Read More)
  • As Democratic attorneys general target Trump, Republican AGs target them (Read More)
  • U.S. Says Gambler Made Clorox Trades After Calls With Icahn (Read More)
  • Despite Trump’s Move on Climate Change, Firms to Still Shift Away From Coal (Read More)
  • Manhattan Retail Landlords Offer Unprecedented Giveaways (Read More)
  • Ford plans ‘significant’ investments in 3 plants (Read More)
  • America’s Housing Inventory Problem, Explained in Four Charts (Read More)
  • SoftBank Considers $6 Billion Investment in China’s Didi (Read More)
  • More Democrats oppose Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court pick (Read More)
  • Rich Venezuelans Are Seeking Haven in Madrid (Read More)
  • Police erect new security barriers around Queen’s Windsor castle after London attack (Read More)
  • Riots in Paris after Chinese man shot dead (Read More)
  • With Help From France’s Elite, Le Pen Tries to Steer Far-Right Party to Mainstream (Read More)
  • China’s HNA in talks to buy controlling stake in Forbes – sources (Read More)
  • China able to deploy warplanes on artificial islands any time: U.S. think tank (Read More)

Top Headlines – 3/28/2017

EU: Israeli-Palestinian peace deal a ‘top priority’

Trump’s peace envoy meets Bennett, Livni in Washington

PM at AIPAC: Israel ‘committed’ to working with Trump on peace process

Full text of Netanyahu’s AIPAC 2017 address

At AIPAC, Paul Ryan talks tough on Iran, says US will no longer tolerate UN’s anti-Israel bias

At the UN, ‘there’s a new sheriff in town,’ Nikki Haley tells AIPAC

Netanyahu: Trump has already turned words of support for Israel into actions

White House: Trump ‘was right’ to hedge on JCC bomb threats

Friedman likely won’t become ambassador to Israel until June

Settler population leaped by 80,000 since 2012, leader says

22 ultra-Orthodox men arrested for sex assaults on women, minors

US bipartisan bill would boost penalties for anti-Semitic bomb threats

Pakistani convicted in Germany for staking out Israeli targets for Iran

Israel cyber consortium lands multi-million dollar Latin America deal

‘Birthright for moms’ brings nearly 1,000 Jewish dads to Israel

Netanyahu: If quiet is maintained until after Ramadan, MKs will be allowed on the Temple Mount

After top operative’s death, Hamas threatens ‘assassination equation’

Mashal on assassination: ‘We are at open war’ against Israel

Israeli Air Force Holds Joint Exercise With United Arab Emirates, U.S. and Italy

Israel issues travel warning for Turkey, Jordan and Egypt

Galant to Hezbollah: ‘We will push Lebanon back 100 years’

The Arab League will seek to ‘separate terrorism from resistance to the Israeli occupation’

Israel’s airstrike on Syria spooks Middle East

Israelis warned of increased ISIS threat abroad ahead of Passover holiday

Spanish court to investigate Syrian ‘state terrorism’ by Assad regime

Mosul residents were told not to flee city before airstrikes that killed civilians

US-backed fighters pause operations amid fears over Syria dam

Iran says Russia can use military bases ‘on case by case basis’

Iran’s president to meet with Putin; economic ties on agenda

At least 11 dead in suicide bombing and gun attack in southern Yemen

Child marriage soars in Yemen as famine looms

Nigeria: Christians Denied Aid in Refugee Camps

Suspect arrested, accused of throwing ‘biblical text’ into Colorado mosque

UK: ‘No evidence’ London attacker linked to IS, al-Qaeda

France’s Le Pen says the EU ‘will die’, globalists to be defeated

France’s Hollande says fight against populism is final mission

Merkel celebrates German election win, challenger deflated

Jared Kushner to be grilled by Senate on talks with Russians

‘Religious left’ emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era

More Democrats oppose Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court pick

Democrats Delay Vote on Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

Bitter GOP finger-pointing clouds path for Trump agenda

13 states urge appeals court to OK Trump travel ban

AG Sessions says he’ll punish sanctuaries, cities could lose billions of dollars

Stock-market fear threatens a return, as Dow stares at longest losing streak in 6 years

Dow futures slide 150 points as global markets fall on Trump’s health-care failure

Chile pensions protest draws tens of thousands

Emaciated Venezuelan elephant becomes latest symbol of food crisis

School budget cuts due to high white student percentage sparks outrage

Amazon retail stores could use augmented reality to sell furniture, appliances

Silicon Valley’s Quest to Live Forever – Can billions of dollars’ worth of high-tech research succeed in making death optional?

Elon Musk Launches Neuralink to Connect Brains With Computers

Uber’s self-driving cars back on the road after Friday crash in Tempe

Drone Without Human Pilot Given Permission To Hit Skies Of Israel In World First

A Startup’s Plan To Cut Air Freight Costs In Half With 777-Size Drones

Italian Company Designs Passenger Drone Resembling UFO

Russia and US race to develop ‘swarmbot’ drones

North Korea conducts another missile engine test, US officials say

US leads boycott of UN talks to ban nuclear weapons

World nuclear ban ‘not realistic’, says US ambassador to UN

Coming To An Inner-City Uprising Near You: The “Ultimate Riot Control Truck” Of The Future

Green groups promise guerrilla warfare tactics to stop Keystone pipeline

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Attu Station, Alaska

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Kamiiso, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Padangsidempuan, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Kambalny volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Cyclone Debbie: ‘Monster’ storm batters Australia

Cyclone Debbie: Thousands evacuate in Queensland, Australia

Peru: Torrential Rains Causing Devastating Floods; 78 People Dead

India: Dangerous heat to intensify this week after arriving unusually early

Trump set to undo Obama’s action against global warming

Environmentalists Vow To Fight Donald Trump’s ‘Dangerous,’ ‘Embarrassing’ Climate Rollback

‘Bathroom bill’ to cost North Carolina $3.76B, report says

Italy could be first Western country to offer paid menstrual leave

Students Confess Their Sins At ‘Masculinity Confession Booth’

Maryland high school girl planned ‘shooting event,’ had bomb-making materials, police say

Mike Oppenheimer – Why can’t all believers do signs and wonders today just like the apostles did in the early church?

False Teacher of the Day #1: Tamara Lowe

Christians Leaving the New Apostolic Reformation (UPDATE March 27/2017)

Baptist pastor told police he kept child porn to research lessons on Cupid, love

Paul Washer Still Hospitalized: May be Released Today

Florida College Suspends Christian Student Who Challenged Muslim Prof.’s Jesus Assertion

Canada Reportedly Harvesting Organs of Euthanasia Patients

Christian Suspended From University For Challenging Muslim Hate Speech

Posted: 27 Mar 2017 05:53 PM PDT

Apparently, one University in Florida doesn’t tolerate any opposing views to Islam. According to a report coming out of the state, One Christian found this…

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Are We Ready To Connect Brains With Computers?

Posted: 27 Mar 2017 05:42 PM PDT

Technology is advancing at break-neck speed and one billionaire entrepreneur is now desiring to merge computers with human brains to help people keep up with machines….

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Islamic Militant Saved By Jesus now leads Prayer meetings in Turkey!

Posted: 27 Mar 2017 12:27 PM PDT

How does a Muslim go from the front lines of a Syrian civil war and fighting for an Islamic militant group to leading a Christian prayer…

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One Mother’s Chilling Close Encounter With a Team of Child Abductors That People Can’t Stop Talking About

Posted: 27 Mar 2017 12:08 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) After reading this article, you will never be careless with your child in a public place ever again. There really are…

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Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Strikes Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Posted: 27 Mar 2017 11:56 AM PDT

Reports indicate that overnight a strong and shallow magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands at according to the USGS. Reports indicated that the quake…

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Unexplainable Sound From Sky Baffles Residents in Nottingham, UK

Posted: 27 Mar 2017 11:47 AM PDT

Residents in the Nottingham, UK area are left with questions after experiencing a loud and unexplainable series of sounds coming from the skies that reportedly…

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Powerful Tropical Cyclone “Debbie” Set To Strike Queensland, Australia

Posted: 27 Mar 2017 11:30 AM PDT

Powerful Tropical Cyclone Debbie is reportedly closing in on Australia’s Queensland Province. Reports are indicating that the current conditions are now quickly deteriorating. This deadly…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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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March 27, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Trump is set to sign a sweeping executive order aimed at promoting domestic oil, coal and natural gas by reversing much of his predecessor’s efforts to address climate change — prompting warnings the action will undermine U.S. leadership on the issue.

The Pentagon is poised to review — and probably approve — a new helicopter from Lockheed Martin to transport heavy cargo for the Marine Corps in a program valued at $29 billion.

Belarusian authorities plan to set up a nationwide surveillance system to get a better grip on their own population as the largest protests in two decades sweep the country.

Libya’s biggest oil terminal loads its first tanker since fighting between armed groups earlier this month halted shipments from two ports in the country with Africa’s largest crude reserves.

South Korean prosecutors sought to arrest former President Park Geun-hye over allegations that she abused her powers and colluded with her longtime friend and former aides to get bribes from the nation’s top businesses. It’s reasonable and lawful to detain her because there’s a risk that she will destroy evidence since she continues to deny wrongdoing, they said.

The Pakistan government has taken its fight against blasphemy to social media, with authorities now claiming Facebook officials will be arriving in the country to help security agencies trace those who are guilty of the offence online. Many in the blogger community insist they will stop criticizing the state or writing on religion.

Thousands of people gathered in Moscow and other major Russian cities on Sunday, heeding a call by opposition leader Alexei Navalny to protest against official corruption in what appeared to be some of the largest anti-government demonstrations in the last five years.

America’s biggest foreign creditor is unloading U.S. debt. And in a warning sign for the $13.9 trillion Treasuries market, Japan’s famously risk-averse money managers are giving little sense that an about-face is imminent.

Uber is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Arizona.

As members of Congress in Washington debate raising the minimum required to obtain a U.S. immigrant investor visa from $500,000 to $1.35 million, concern about the hike has set off a scramble among wealthy would-be participants in China.

Iran sanctioned what it described as 15 American companies, alleging they support terrorism, repression and Israel’s occupation of land Palestinians want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier announced by the U.S.

AP Top Stories

Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” isn’t hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis.

Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” isn’t hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis.

The Philippines military said Monday they have rescued three more Malaysian tugboat crewmen held hostage by Muslim militants for eight months in the south of the country.

China’s premier has arrived in New Zealand for high-level talks at a time that both countries are pushing to expand free trade.

As tensions escalate in East Asia, North Korea may be closing in to conducting its sixth underground nuclear test, a report citing intelligence gathered by the United States said Friday.

Brazil won a major victory Saturday in the fight to restore credibility amid a tainted meat scandal, with key markets China, Egypt and Chile lifting their bans on its products.

BBC

President Donald Trump is expected to unveil a new unit aimed at overhauling the US federal bureaucracy, and headed by his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

US-backed Syrian fighters have paused their offensive near the Tabqa dam so engineers can do any work necessary to ensure it continues to function.

Militia fighters in DR Congo have decapitated about 40 police officers in an ambush in the central province of Kasai, local officials said.

An Egyptian court has sentenced 56 people to prison over the capsizing of a migrant boat that killed more than 200 people in September.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Yemen’s capital on Sunday to call for an end to war in the country.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has asked for help from the United Nations to boost supplies of medicine.

WND

Biological males are joining women’s teams, smashing records and dominating in sports such as weightlifting, softball, cycling, track, wrestling, football, volleyball, dodgeball, handball, cricket, golf, basketball and mixed martial arts. The movement for “equality” has apparently inspired transgender athletes to join teams of their preferred gender.

Astronomers have discovered a supermassive black hole that got kicked off its throne. Now it’s rocketing through space at a speed of almost 5 million miles an hour.

Australian Federal Police have been called in after an Islamic group called for Muslims to be executed if they leave the religion.

A Portland student has become the first American to gain legal designation as “genderless”, following a ruling by a Multnomah County judge. The 27-year-old, now legally designated agender, also got legal approval to change names, now going only by “Patch,” no surname.


Top News – 3/27/2017

Scientists Discover Portal Into Parallel Universe. Will it Reveal God’s Hiding Place?
Scientists at the Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe believe they have discovered one of these portals via a newly discovered subatomic particle called a heavy quark. It is believed that heavy quarks have a “dark charge” which allows them to act as a bridge between the two universes, but as scientists are unable to observe dark particles or dark energy, no more is known about the parallel universe other than the fact of its existence.

UN Leader’s Support for Jewish Temple a ‘Breath of Fresh Air’
“It is completely clear the Temple that the Romans destroyed in Jerusalem was a Jewish temple,” Guterres said…..so it is particularly outrageous that the UN has been hijacked by Israel’s enemies to delegitimize the Jewish state.”

Polish PM joins European Union heads to sign Rome declaration
The Rome Declaration that the leaders will sign proclaims that “Europe is our common future”, according to a copy obtained by AFP. It went on to pledge to bring the suddenly diminished European Union – the result of Brexit – more tightly together: “Europe is our common future.We are determined to make the European Union stronger and more resilient, through even greater unity”. “And in that sense, I’m glad that the wording of the Declaration of Rome includes the language about listening to people, about working with national governments and about striving for peace and prosperity, and opportunity in the time ahead”.

Kushner to lead new WH office focused on using business ideas to fix gov’t bureaucracy
Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will be tapped to lead a new White House office that will effort to use business solutions to fix “government stagnation”, a senior White House official told Fox News Sunday. “We can confirm we are making an announcement tomorrow to establish the White House office of American Innovation and look forward to sharing additional details,” the official said.

More Syrian Rebels, Families Evacuate Homs under Regime Deal
Hundreds of rebels and their families left their last bastion in Syria’s Homs city on Monday,as part of an ongoing evacuation expected to be among the largest of its kind under a Russian-backed deal with the regime, state media and a monitor said.

‘She’s as frosty as a storm’ Trump puts screws on Angela Merkel with ‘£300BN Nato bill’
With member countries pledging to contribute two per cent of their GDP to defence in 2014, something only a handful do, Mr Trump has been critical of those who he deems are not paying their fair share. The bill is said to take into account how much Germany underspent by since 2002, when Chancellor Merkel’s predecessor, Gerhard Schröder, pledged to spend more on defence. It is said to have come to £250n, with £50n interest added on.

‘Religious left’ emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era
“The election of Trump has been a clarion call to progressives in the Protestant and Catholic churches in America to move out of a place of primarily professing progressive policies to really taking action,”

PEGIDA marks anniversary with Nuremberg march against Islamization, EU & Erdogan
Another called on the Germans to “wake up” unless they want to see the rule of the Sharia law as the country’s near future. “Sharia law will become the supreme law. The constitution will land on the garbage heap of history. Do you want this? Then finally wake up!” the sign read.

For First Time in Decades, “No Daylight” Between Israel and US, Ambassador Tells AIPAC
The governments of Israel and the United States are experiencing a nearly unprecedented level of intimacy, Ron Dermer said, in what was clearly an implicit criticism of relations with previous US administrations. “For the first time in many years, perhaps even many decades, there is no daylight between our two governments,” Dermer declared to the thousands-strong crowd of pro-Israel participants.

UK Joins Trump Administration in Putting UNHRC ‘On Notice’ for Anti-Israel Bias
“Today we are putting the Human Rights Council on notice,” U.K. Ambassador Julian Braithwaite told the UNHRC during the closing moments of its latest session. The group approved four resolutions that condemned Israeli policy on the Palestinians, and called on the Jewish state to return control of the Golan Heights to Syria. “If things do not change, in the future we will adopt a policy of voting against all resolutions concerning Israel’s conduct in the occupied Syrian and Palestinian territories,” Braithwaite said.

Pence: Trump is defender of Israel and Jewish people
“For the first time in a long time America has a president who will stand with our allies and stand up to our enemies.” Regarding his campaign pledge to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, Pence said only this was under serious consideration.

IDF launches military exercises on two fronts, high alert on third
Israel embarked Sunday on two week-long military exercises – one across the Golan to drill the forces’ preparedness for attack, and the other in Judea and Samaria. Residents were warned the drills will be accompanied by explosions.

Anti-Putin Opposition Energized by Biggest Protests in Years
Energized by the largest anti-government demonstrations in Russia for at least five years, opponents of President Vladimir Putin are preparing for a new wave of protests as the next presidential elections loom.

Israelis warned of increased ISIS threat abroad ahead of Passover holiday
Leading into the Passover and summer travel seasons, Israel has raised travel warnings to the highest level, cautioning Israelis against traveling to Egypt’s Sinai region, Prime Minister’s Office Counter-Terrorism Bureau Chief Eitan Ben David said at a special media briefing on Monday. Ben David said that “the threat has grown, including to Israelis in the coming period and is the gravest level of threat.”

‘Mossad attempted to turn French spies into double agents’
The Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency, attempted to infiltrate French espionage services and turn some of its employees into double agents who would provide Israel with secret intelligence…Le Monde supported its claims by including in its report excerpts it had obtained from an internal report written by French intelligence. According to the report, the Mossad had tried to develop relationships with French spies “to the point of crossing the line of turning them into double agents.”

Eight school children feared dead in Japanese avalanche
Eight Japanese high school students are feared dead, after they were caught in an avalanche at a ski resort. The avalanche occurred early on Monday near Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, 120km (75 miles) north of Tokyo. Eight students were found with no vital signs while more than 30 people were injured, Japan’s Kyodo news agency said.

Cyclone Debbie: Thousands evacuate in Queensland, Australia
About 25,000 people have been told to evacuate as a cyclone carrying winds up to 240km/h (150 mph) moves towards the Queensland coast. Cyclone Debbie is expected to intensify into a Category 4 system before it arrives early on Tuesday local time. Some people have refused to leave despite warnings the destructive core could be as wide as 100km (62 miles).

Chile pensions protest draws tens of thousands
Tens of thousands of people in Chile have taken part in demonstrations against the country’s controversial privatised pension system. Demonstrators called on the socialist government of Michelle Bachelet to scrap the the system, which is managed by private funds. Critics say the system benefits the rich but leaves poorer Chileans with a pension below the minimum wage.

Syria fighters ‘take control’ of IS-held airbase near Raqqa
A US-backed force of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters say they have taken full control of a key airbase held by the Islamic State group (IS) near Raqqa. Its capture is seen as a significant step in the fight to drive the jihadists out of the city, which has become their de facto capital. Talal Sello, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said they had seized Tabqa airport from militants.

After Terrorist Attack, a British City Linked to Jihadis Winces and Asks Why
Outside the Maasha’Allah internet cafe, Mohammed Hussain raised his voice over the recorded Quranic verses blaring from the abaya shop two doors down. He was furious that Britain’s latest terrorist attacker had amplified his city’s stigma. “Why do all the jihadis come to Birmingham?” he half-shouted, prompting a passing group of teenage girls in bright-colored head scarves to frown, then giggle.

Female Athletes Crushed By ‘Women Who Were Once Men’
You’ve heard the expression, “Boys will be boys.” But what happens when a brawny boy wants to be one of the girls – fiercely competing with females in weightlifting, brutally tackling girls on the football field or even dealing powerful knockout punches to ladies in a mixed martial-arts cage?

Get ready for Calexit! Now Nigel Farage and the ‘Bad Boys of Brexit’ set their sights on splitting California in two
The ‘Bad Boys of Brexit’ who led the campaign to break Britain away from the European Union have taken on a new exit challenge: splitting California into two states. Former UKip leader Nigel Farage and Leave backer Arron Banks have just returned from the United States, where they helped raise $1million (£800,000) for a ‘Calexit’ campaign, which would split California into two eastern and western regions.

Stunner! U.N. plan to ‘mark’ world population
If you believe the Bible is true, then you know it’s going to happen. The “Mark of the Beast” is a staple of prophecy, a development many evangelical Christians would take as a sign the end times have truly begun. And Pastor Carl Gallups believes there are real, concrete indications the United Nations has already started making preparations to develop the very technology that could be used to register every single person on Earth.

Judge OK’s Petition for America’s First ‘Genderless’ Person
A Portland student has become the first American to gain legal designation as “genderless”, following a ruling by a Multnomah County judge. The March 10 decision, reported for the first time on Thursday, involved a 27-year-old who was born male but claimed to identify with no gender whatsoever. Judge Amy Holmes, who approved the petition, also last year approved a “non-binary” gender designation for another Portland resident.

This Is The Nightmare Scenario For The GOP: A $2 Trillion Funding “Hole”
When one strips away the partisan rhetoric and posturing, the practical impact of Friday’s GOP failure to repeal Obamacare has a specific monetary impact: a funding hole that is at least $1 trillion bigger, and perhaps as large as $2.2 trillion.

Cook County Illinois Suffers Largest Population Drop In Entire US
Illinois voters are voting with their feet. Not only are people scrambling to get out of Cook County, but the entire state is suffering.

The Evidence That Russia Hacked The DNC Is Collapsing
The allegation – now accepted as incontrovertible fact by the “mainstream” media – that the Russian intelligence services hacked the Democratic National Committee (and John Podesta’s emails) in an effort to help Donald Trump get elected recently suffered a blow from which it may not recover.


The Briefing 03-27-17

Should it be illegal to be a stay-at-home mom? Why feminists want to take this choice away from women

Studies show most women with young children don’t want to try to “lean in” and “have it all”

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Mid-Day Snapshot

Mar. 27, 2017

Who’s to Blame for the GOP’s Health Care Debacle?

Ryan, Trump and others failed Friday, but that cannot be the end of the effort.

Top Opinion
Peggy Noonan: High Anxiety Over Health-Care Reform
Edwin J. Feulner: The Strategic Defense Initiative at 34
Jeff Jacoby: Deliver Us From Scripture-Citers
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The Foundation

“Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.” —Benjamin Franklin (1771)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: March 27

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The Civil War is Here

The left doesn’t want to secede. It wants to rule.

A civil war has begun.

This civil war is very different than the last one. There are no cannons or cavalry charges. The left doesn’t want to secede. It wants to rule. Political conflicts become civil wars when one side refuses to accept the existing authority. The left has rejected all forms of authority that it doesn’t control.

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Romancing the World: The Compromised Church

A growing number of evangelical pastors and leaders in our day are diluting the message of the gospel. Preaching the gospel and witnessing has morphed into pep talks on relationship building and developing friendships. Many churches are concerned with what the surrounding community thinks about them and many Christians are equally concerned with what people think about them rather than what God thinks.

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Top Headlines – 3/27/2017

Pence at AIPAC: Trump still seriously considering moving embassy to Jerusalem

Dermer: For first time in years, ‘no daylight’ between US and Israel – Implying criticism of Obama

Anti-Israel protesters block entrance at AIPAC conference

In Amman, Arab League set to reaffirm Saudi Peace Initiative

Settler leader: Population growth is end of 2-state solution

Hamas reopens Gaza crossing shut over assassination of terror leader

Israel arrests senior Hamas operative in West Bank raid

Early Elections in the Air as Netanyahu-Kahlon Crisis Reaches Impasse

Anti-Semitism expressed by a quarter of the German population

Egypt’s last Jews aim to keep alive heritage

Israel-Lebanon maritime dispute heats up

The Syrian refugees selling sex to survive in Lebanon

Mossad reportedly tried to recruit French agents during joint Syria operation

Syria fighters ‘take control’ of IS-held airbase near Raqqa

Isis tells Raqqa residents to evacuate over fears nearby dam will collapse

US-backed forces capture ISIS-held airport near Euphrates dam

US sending around 200 more troops to Middle East, official says

‘Two dead’ in Mosul market attack in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister al Abadi says ISIS military defeated ‘within weeks’

Iraq suspends Mosul offensive after coalition airstrike atrocity

Mosul offensive: Iraq denies air strike caused civilian deaths

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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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Canada’s Largest School System Cancels Trips to US, Fearful of Travel Ban

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 08:41 PM PDT

The recent travel orders implemented by the current president Donald Trump has prompted the largest school district in Canada to cancel all future trips to…

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Prophetic Voices: ‘Exposure’ and ‘Dividing’ Are Coming due to ‘Perversion’ in the Church

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 07:17 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) When prophetic voices all over the nation start saying the exact same thing, you might want to start listening. In the Scriptures,…

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Robots Could Replace Third of U.S. Jobs Within 15 years

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 07:00 PM PDT

As if no one didn’t see this coming soon. Did you know that you may be one of 38% of Americans who could soon see…

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DEVELOPING: North Korea Appears Ready For Nuke Test

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 06:50 PM PDT

South Korean Defence officials are now warning that North Korea now seems to have finished preparing for another nuclear test and is now simply waiting for…

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Canada Passes Motion to Condemn “Islamophobia”

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 06:33 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) On Thursday, the Canadian House of Commons passed a bill to condemn Islamophobia, which they define as criticism of Islam. The…

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UN Secretary General Acknowledges Jewish Connection to Temple Mount

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 06:29 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) In a recent interview, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres affirmed to World Jewish Congress President Ron Lauder that the Romans destroyed…

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Breaking News: Shooting in Northern France – Multiple Injured

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 03:44 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) BREAKING NEWS…DEVELOPING STORY… There has been a shooting in northern France in the city of Lille. The event happened at the…

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Why God Forbids Speaking to the Dead!

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 03:02 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will discuss the dangers of seeking out Witches, Mediums, Sorcerors, Card Readers, and messing with Quija Boards to…

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Blue Lives Matter flag deemed ‘racist,’ ordered to come down in Florida

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 12:59 PM PDT

Another day, Another person offended. This next story comes out of Florida where a woman is being told to take down her Blue Lives Matter…

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Tomb of Christ at Risk of ‘Catastrophic’ Collapse

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 12:46 PM PDT

Could the Tomb of Christ collapse? A new shocking report from Scientists has just revealed that the holiest site in Christianity may collapse at any moment…

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New Blood test detects cancer and pinpoints location…before symptoms appear

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 12:34 PM PDT

Imagine going for a doctor visit and getting a blood test that was able to detect and in target cancer in your body before any…

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Top News – 3/26/2017

Iran sanctions 15 US firms, citing Israel ties and ‘human rights’
Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 US companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday. The agency quoted Iran’s foreign ministry as saying the companies had “flagrantly violated human rights” and cooperated with Israel against the Palestinians. It was not immediately clear if any of the companies, which included defense technology firm Raytheon, had any dealings with Iran or whether they would be affected in any way by Tehran’s action…

Israel’s coalition heads aim to end crisis
The heads of the parties in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition will meet on Sunday in an effort to resolve a crisis over the fate of public broadcasting. Netanyahu has threatened to initiate elections over the issue…But the other party heads in the coalition oppose taking that step…“It is Kahlon who is forcing elections, and if he does not agree, yes, we will go to elections,” Bitan said. “He is leading us to a situation we don’t want. We expect Kahlon to go toward us.”

Hamas closes Erez crossing between Gaza and Israel
The Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry closed the Erez crossing until further notice on Sunday, a ministry spokesman said, a day after Hamas accused Israel of assassinating a senior member of its military wing, the Izzadin Kassam Brigades. “The closure of the Beit Hanoun crossing [Erez] comes as a part of the steps being taken by the security apparatus following the crime of assassinating Mazen Fuqaha,” Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry Spokesman Iyad Bazm said in a statement published on the ministry’s website.

Militia fighters decapitate 40 police officers in DR Congo
Militia fighters in DR Congo have decapitated about 40 police officers in an ambush in the central province of Kasai, local officials say. Fighters from the Kamwina Nsapu group attacked a police convoy. Six policemen who spoke the local Tshiluba were freed, but the rest were killed, Kasai Assembly President Francois Kalamba said.

Sylhet blasts kill four amid Bangladesh militant raid
Six people – two police officers and four civilians – have been killed in twin bombings in north-eastern Bangladesh, officials say. The blasts in Sylhet occurred near an apartment building where commandoes have been trying to flush out a group of suspected Islamist militants. Earlier many civilians were evacuated from the block of flats. The suspects have refused to surrender.

Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader, arrested in Moscow
Russia’s main opposition leader, Alexei Navanly, has been arrested at an anti-corruption protest he organised in the capital, Moscow, witnesses say. Protesters tried to prevent a police van from taking him away. Navalny is known for his anti-corruption campaign, which targeted senior officials close to the Kremlin.

Cincinnati nightclub shooting: One dead, 14 injured, police say
One person has been killed and 14 injured in a shooting at a nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio. At least two gunmen were involved in the incident at the Cameo Night Club, according to the Cincinnati Police Department. There was no indication the shooting was terror-related, Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate said on Twitter.

Witches to cast spell on Trump … again!
Among the angry liberals who refuse to accept the 2016 presidential election results that put Donald Trump in the Oval Office are witches who will be gathering at midnight on Sunday to cast spells. Again. They already tried last month to conjure up magic to remove him from office. Witches, exorcists and occultists say they again will cast a “binding spell” designed to “bind Donald Trump and all who abet him.”

China Vice Premier Sees `Unstoppable Momentum’ of Globalization
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli told a gathering of Asian leaders that the world must commit to multilateral free trade under the World Trade Organization and needs to reform global economic governance…“The river of globalization and free trade will always move forward with unstoppable momentum to the vast ocean of the global economy,” Zhang said. China will remain a strong force in the world economy and for peace and stability…

Anti-Semitism expressed by a quarter of the German population
“20-25% of the German population expresses anti-Semitism when it comes to criticism of Israel,” says Dr. Andreas Zick of Bielefeld University. Dr. Zick has been conducting surveys on xenophobia for years…”There is a rise in anti-Semitism, especially in the right-wing, populist movement,” said Dr. Zick to Ynet. “However, we are also seeing the differences between traditional anti-Semitism, which is quite low, and modern anti-Semitism, especially with regard to criticism of Israel, which is on a big rise.”

Israel-Lebanon maritime dispute heats up
Nabih Berri, Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, called Israel’s proposed legislation to annex a section of disputed maritime territory a “declaration of war.” In an interview with Lebanese media, Berri said, “This will be the Shebaa Farms conflict at sea, which will open a situation with many dangerous possibilities.”…Yedioth Ahronoth learned that the Israeli government is planning to pass the Maritime Areas Bill, which will define Israel’s economic waters and include the disputed maritime territory between Lebanon and Israel.

OPEC, non-OPEC committee recommends extending oil output cut by six months
A joint committee of ministers from OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers recommended extending by six months a global deal to reduce oil output, it said in a statement on Sunday. OPEC and rival oil-producing countries were meeting in Kuwait to review progress with their global pact to cut supplies. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and 11 other leading oil producers including Russia agreed in December to cut their combined output by almost 1.8 million barrels per day in the first half of the year.

Iran denies harassing U.S. warships in Gulf, warns of clashes
Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were “harassing” warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route. U.S. Navy commanders earlier accused Iran of jeopardizing international navigation by “harassing” warships passing through the Strait of Hormuz and said future incidents could result in miscalculation and lead to an armed clash.

Erdogan says Turkey may hold referendum on EU accession bid
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey may hold a second referendum on whether to continue with European Union accession talks, following a planned vote on April 16 that could give him sweeping new powers.

“They’re Like The Praetorian Guard” – Whistleblower Confirms NSA Targeted Congress, The Supreme Court, & Trump
“Inside NSA there are a set of people who are… are targeting and looking at all the members of the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Congress, both House and Senate, as well as the White House”

McCain: “The New World Order Is Under Enormous Strain”
In a “new world order under enormous strain” and in “the titanic struggle with forces of radicalism … we can’t stand by and lament, we’ve got to be involved,” said John McCain who quoted by the EU Observer. “I trust the EU,” he said, defending an opposite view from that of US president Donald Trump, who said in January that the UK “was so smart in getting out” of the EU and that Nato was “obsolete.”

Iraq suspends Mosul offensive after coalition airstrike atrocity
Iraqi military leaders have halted their push to recapture west Mosul from Islamic State as international outrage grew over the civilian toll from airstrikes that killed at least 150 people in a single district of the city.

There Will Be Those Who Perish In The Next Crisis, And Those “Who Survive In Underground Luxury”
The Oppidum is billed as “the largest billionaire bunker in the world.” This top-secret facility, once a joint project between the former Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia), was built over 10 years beginning in 1984. The premiere apocalypse dwelling is a place that billionaires can live out the horrors of the apocalypse- be it zombie or other- in luxury with every amenity you could ever hope for.

Air Force’s Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Breaks Orbital Record
The ongoing mission of the U.S. Air Force’s robotic X-37B space plane is now the longest in the clandestine program’s history. As of today (March 25), the X-37B has spent 675 days on its latest Earth-circling mission, which is known as Orbital Test Vehicle-4 (OTV-4). The previous record was 674 days, set during OTV-3, which lasted from December 2012 to October 2014.


Top Headlines – 3/26/2017

AIPAC to push for Iran legislation, two-state solution at annual conference

TV report says Israel may agree to settlement limits in exchange for new Amona

Netanyahu denies deal to limit West Bank settlement construction

Netanyahu’s honeymoon with Trump ends abruptly

Trump to send envoy to Arab Summit

Breakthrough in JCC bomb threat case said to come after Trump sent FBI to Israel

The generation of parents see their children losing connection to Israel and Judaism

Under the Dead Sea, warnings of dire drought

In war-scarred Gaza, water pollution behind health woes

As Israeli forces go on high alert after Faqha killing, Hamas may be looking to avoid a war

Hamas shuts Gaza crossing, blames Israel for official’s killing

Hezbollah blames Israel for assassination of Hamas terrorist

Thousands attend funeral of slain terrorist as Hamas vows revenge

Iran sanctions 15 US companies for supporting Israel

Report: US, Russia agree to help Israel ‘expel’ Iran from Syria

Medical relief group: Syria hospitals need ‘fortification’

Iraq suspends Mosul offensive after coalition airstrike atrocity

US command: Mosul airstrike occured at the request of Iraq forces

Erdogan says Turkey may hold referendum on EU accession bid

US and UK laptop bans on some Middle East flights come into effect

London Terror Attack Lasted 82 Seconds Before Suspect Shot Dead, Police Say

Major nations responsible for keeping world peace: China vice premier

China Vice Premier Sees ‘Unstoppable Momentum’ of Globalization

McCain: “The New World Order Is Under Enormous Strain”

EU summit: Leaders stress unity on Rome anniversary

EU leaders mark bloc’s 60th anniversary as turning point

E.U. Leaders Sign Rome Declaration and Proclaim a ‘Common Future’ (Minus Britain)

Anti-Brexit protesters hit London streets

Police in Belarus have arrested hundreds of people during protests against a so-called “social parasites” tax on the under-employed

Cincinnati nightclub shooting: One dead, 14 injured, police say

Violence breaks out at pro-Trump rally in Huntington Beach

Trump supporter thought president would only deport ‘bad hombres.’ Instead, her husband is being deported.

Intelligence Committee Democrats hell bent on destroying Trump presidency

Trump signals new hope for ObamaCare overhaul, says ‘Do not worry!’

Pence vows Trump will continue ObamaCare fight, calls out Democrats and Republicans

Trump blames Democrats for GOP health care bill failure, says ObamaCare is ‘imploding’

Divided GOP makes dismantling ObamaCare little more than campaign promise

Can Republicans govern if they can’t keep a promise they’ve made for 7 years?

Venezuela asks UN for help as medicine shortages grow severe

Uber Suspends Self-Driving Vehicle Program After Accident

NASA Says Claims Of UFOs Near Space Station Are A Bunch Of Space Garbage

Lowest bidders threaten Nepal’s quake-hit heritage

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Enarotali, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Madang, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Enarotali, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Siglufjordur, Iceland

Shevluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Kambalny volcano in southern Kamchatka, Russia: first historic eruption surprises scientists

Northeastern Australia to face direct hit from strengthening Tropical Cyclone Debbie

Rare March tropical system may brew in the Atlantic early next week

Flooding kills 11 in Angola

2017 already marked by climate extremes: UN

Monuments, Countries Douse Lights for ‘Earth Hour’

Thousands of monkeys are dying from yellow fever in Brazil

Scientists turn spinach leaf into working heart tissue

Israeli MK gives birth to baby girl conceived with gay friend

Should it be illegal to be a stay-at-home mom? Why feminists are so frustrated

Virginia police arrest sword-wielding man dressed as the Joker

A Night Among the Witches Fighting the Trump Administration

Student Groups at Christian-Identified University Seeking Softer Policies on Homosexuality

Posted: 26 Mar 2017 06:50 AM PDT

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DEVELOPING: NATO troops head for Poland ‘to deter Russian offensive actions’

Posted: 26 Mar 2017 05:40 AM PDT

It seems like military movement is happening everywhere we look in this hour. From the South China Sea to the Mideast and now according to new…

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BREAKING NEWS: Syria Threatens to Fire Scud Missiles at Israel

Posted: 25 Mar 2017 05:10 PM PDT

Sources are indicating that the Syrian leadership has sent messages to Israel warning that any further strikes on targets within Syria’s borders will be returned…

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BREAKING NEWS: Volcano Erupts In Russia After 248 Years Of Being Dormant

Posted: 25 Mar 2017 12:36 PM PDT

According to reports coming out of Russia, An eruption has just occurred for the first time in 248 years or since 1769, and tourist organizations are…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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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March 24, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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After more than 8 years of political haggling over both its future and its benefits, the Keystone XL oil pipeline running from Canada to America’s heartland has been approved by President Donald Trump. The battle, though, is not over yet. Environmental foes have vowed to press legal challenges against the $8 billion project and to vocalize their opposition in congressional town meetings. At the same time, TransCanada Corp., the pipeline’s builder, still needs state approvals to begin work.

Brazil and the U.S. signed a military agreement that paves the way for the joint development and sale of defense products, the Brazilian defense ministry said. The accord does not require congressional approval.

Indian students think twice about attending U.S. universities. They worry about anti-Indian violence and getting a U.S. job after graduating.

Ending the U.S. free-trade deal with Mexico, as Donald Trump threatened during his presidential campaign, would hand a significant victory to China, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said.

Former President Obama marked the seventh anniversary Thursday of his signing of the Affordable Care Act with a defense of the law’s accomplishments as House Republicans prepare to vote on their own health-care bill rolling back key pieces of the 2010 measure.

Orders for U.S. durable goods increased more than forecast in February, a sign companies are confident about the outlook for the economy. Bookings for goods meant to last at least three years rose 1.7 percent after a 2.3 percent advance the prior month that was larger than previously estimated.

Venezuela’s state oil company was rushing to replenish gasoline supplies in various neighborhoods of Caracas on Thursday as drivers lined up at filling stations amid a worsening shortage of fuel. While Petroleos de Venezuela SA says the situation is normalizing and blamed the lines on transport delays, the opposition says the company has had to reduce costly fuel imports as it tries to preserve cash to pay its foreign debt.

British Airways is rolling out technology that will allow passengers to go through boarding gates at its main London Heathrow Airport hub using facial recognition.

China’s Zhonghong Zhuoye Group Co. agreed to acquire a 21 percent equity stake in SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. from Blackstone Group LP, becoming the embattled U.S. theme-park operator’s largest shareholder.

AP Top Stories

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its revised estimate for the Republican healthcare bill on Thursday, and it could put House GOP leaders on even worse footing than the office’s original assessment.

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, the man in charge of America’s supply of nuclear weapons, took the time Wednesday to criticize Texas A&M’s election for student body president. Perry’s complaint was about the process by which Bobby Brooks, who would become the first openly gay student president in the university’s history, won the election last month. Brooks finished 750 votes behind Robert McIntosh, the son of a prominent GOP fundraiser, but McIntosh was disqualified after he was found to violate a campaign finance rule over some glow sticks used in a campaign video.

Contrary to the common belief that corruption is on the rise within the U.S. government. Prosecutions of corrupt officials fell markedly in the first five months of fiscal year 2017, accelerating a general two-decade decline, according to a report released Wednesday.

Turkey fired into Kurdish-controlled Syria on Wednesday after saying one of its soldiers was killed by a sniper from across the border, risking deeper conflict with a Kurdish militia backed by the United States and building ties to Russia.

One girl’s Sweet 16 cost her dad a sweet $6 million! Texas Attorney Thomas Jay Henry hired celebrity performers, makeup artists, and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s own photographer to celebrate daughter Maya’s birthday. 600 guests awaited the birthday girl’s arrival in a fleet of Rolls Royce’s, complete with police escort.

The U.S. Secret Service has asked for $60 million in additional funding for the fiscal 2018 budget, a request, which has resulted from the increasing lifestyle costs of the Trump family in the White House.

BBC

More than 200 migrants are feared dead after five bodies were discovered off the Libyan coast, a Spanish aid organization said. Proactiva said the bodies were found floating near two capsized boats which could each hold more than 100 people.

A panel of judges at Taiwan’s top court are hearing a case that could make the island the first place in Asia to introduce gay marriage.

A judge in Argentina has ruled that the former president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, should stand trial on charges of financial mismanagement.

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been freed from detention, six years after being overthrown.

A man who drove at a crowd in Antwerp has been charged with attempted terrorism. No-one was injured but shoppers were forced to dive out of the way in Thursday’s incident.

WND

New documents from WikiLeaks point to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple’s iPhones and Mac computers using techniques that users couldn’t disable by resetting their devices.

Immigration arrests and border-related cases have swamped the federal government, the Justice Department said Thursday, pointing to new statistics that show half of all arrests made by federal authorities in 2014 were for immigration offenses.


Top News – 3/24/2017

Philippines leader scolds EU for ‘idiotic’ drug rehab solution
Duterte castigated the EU for urging him to focus his campaign on drugs rehabilitation and stood by his security-centered approach to a crackdown that has left thousands of people dead since he took office nine months ago.

Republican senator: Not time for ‘splashy’ peace talks
Cotton, who will be speaking at the annual Jerusalem Post Conference in New York on May 7, told the Post this week that neither Israelis nor Palestinians are interested in a peace process along the lines of what former secretary of state John Kerry tried to orchestrate in 2013 and 2014, when he spent much of his time shuttling between sides in the hope of getting both to the same table.

UN boosts inquiry into North Korea crimes against humanity
United Nations human rights body agreed on Friday to boost its investigation into widespread violations in North Korea with a view to documenting alleged crimes against humanity for future prosecution.

CIA’s NightSkies tool can hack, remotely control iPhones without user knowing
WikiLeaks has revealed the CIA’s alleged ability to infiltrate and control iPhones through a tool called NightSkies, which is physically installed onto factory fresh iPhones and allows the CIA to monitor and download files from targets’ phones undetected. The revelation is part of WikiLeaks’ latest Vault 7 release named ‘Dark Matter.’

Source: NSA has ‘smoking gun’ evidence Obama spied on Trump
A source told Fox News the NSA will provide the House Intelligence Committee with potential “smoking gun” documentation proving the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and maybe even the president-elect.

US stresses ‘concern’ with Israeli settlements after intensive talks
The Trump administration is encouraging the Israeli government to adapt some of its policies toward the Palestinians in preparation for a new round of peace talks. Senior administration officials conducted four days of intensive talks with their Israeli counterparts focused on “concrete near-term measures to improve the overall climate in order to advance the prospects for a genuine and lasting peace,” both governments said in a joint statement.

House and Senate introduce bipartisan bills combating Israel boycotts
Republican and Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress introduced legislation on Thursday that would penalize international governmental organizations and foreign countries seeking to boycott, divest and sanction the state of Israel… The bill…would amend the Export Administration Act of 1979 to include in its prohibitions on boycotts against “allies of the United States” those fostered by NGOs against Israel. The bill also directs the US Export-Import Bank to combat boycotts against the Jewish state.

Taiwan top court hears landmark gay marriage case
A panel of judges at Taiwan’s top court are hearing a case that could make the island the first place in Asia to introduce gay marriage. The case has been brought by a gay activist as well as municipal authorities from the capital, Taipei. Taiwan’s parliament has also been debating whether to pass laws that would allow same-sex marriage.

Chechnya: Russian soldiers killed in clash with insurgents
Six Russian soldiers have been killed and several wounded in a clash with armed militants in Russia’s region of Chechnya, security forces say. The Russian National Guard says militants took advantage of heavy fog to try to storm one of its bases overnight on Thursday. Six attackers are also said to have been killed in the gun battle. Russian forces have fought two wars against Islamist separatists in Chechnya since 1994.

Pro-settlement hardliner Friedman confirmed as US envoy to Israel
The US Senate has confirmed right-winger David Friedman as America’s next ambassador to Israel. He was approved in a 52-46 vote in the Republican-run chamber, despite opposition from the Democrats. Mr Friedman, who was once Donald Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer, is critical of the US goal of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also supports Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, and has backed moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.

US healthcare bill: Trump issues Friday vote ultimatum
US President Donald Trump has demanded a make-or-break vote in the House of Representatives on Friday on his troubled healthcare bill. The American Healthcare Act is intended to replace parts of President Barack Obama’s signature “Obamacare” law. A vote on Thursday was delayed because of opposition from some Republicans. Mr Trump reportedly warned fellow Republicans that they had a choice between voting for his bill on Friday or being stuck with Obamacare for good.

Row over US ISP customer data sales
US politicians have voted to remove rules that demanded ISPs got permission from customers before selling their browsing histories. The US Senate voted by a narrow majority to repeal the rules that were first approved in October 2016. Politicians who called for the rules to be dropped said they were “harmful”. The decision was called a “crushing loss” for privacy by digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

Man in Antwerp, Belgium, Tries to Drive Into Crowd
A French resident tried to drive over pedestrians on a crowded shopping street in the Belgian port city of Antwerp on Thursday, and a rifle and several knives were found in the vehicle, prosecutors said.

Schumer says Dems will filibuster Gorsuch
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Thursday that Democrats will attempt to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination, saying he would tilt the Supreme Court too far away from what Democrats want to see. “After careful deliberation I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” Mr. Schumer said, announcing his filibuster on the Senate floor.

Was Trump right about false flag anti-Semitism? Jewish teen arrested for bomb threats against Jewish institutions
Police in Israel have arrested a 19-year US-Israeli Jewish man in connection with a series of bomb threats made against Jewish community centre. On 28 February US President Donald Trump hinted that the wave of hoax bomb threats made against Jewish organisations in the US could have been false flags (covert operations that are designed to deceive) . He was roundly criticised for telling a group of lawmakers: “Sometimes it’s the reverse, to make people — or to make others — look bad”.

Wikileaks Releases “NightSkies 1.2”: Proof CIA Bugs “Factory Fresh” iPhones
Meet the CIA’s “NightSkies 1.2” project, a “beacon/loader/implant tool” for the Apple iPhone “expressly designed to be physically installed onto factory fresh iPhones. i.e the CIA has been infecting the iPhone supply chain of its targets since at least 2008.”

People Are Ditching Chicago In Record Numbers As Windy City Leads U.S. In Population Loss
“Data also suggest that African-Americans are now leaving the region at a significantly faster rate than whites.  That suggests that rising crime rates and the loss of jobs on Chicago’s South and West Sides are continuing to encourage residents to look elsewhere for a better life.”


The Briefing 03-24-17

How the secularization of America has led to more partisanship and deeper cultural divide

“Prophetic opposition”? The history and theology behind Princeton’s decision not to honor Tim Keller

51 years after asking, “Is God Dead?” TIME Magazine now asks, “Is Truth Dead?”

Despite clean hearing, Senate Democrats vow to filibuster Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination

How Anne Hathaway became a U.N. ambassador for paid parental leave

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A smoking gun from the NSA? : “Said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump”

We’ll see how this pans out but this does not surprise me given the whispers that have floated through the ether over the last 6 months. Obama, again, could be in real trouble.

But there is another question we have. What the heck is going on in the intel community these days?

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March 23, 2017
PETER LEMISKA — Considering America’s 240-year history, 16 years is not a long time. But for some, it’s long enough to forget the outrage and fear all Americans felt after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001…. (more)

March 22, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — President Donald Trump is usually a fan of Fox News, but his opinion may now be changing. Fox News has been caught misrepresenting its own interview with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on the subject of alleged wiretapping of President Trump, in order to make Trump look bad. The cable channel also threw one of its own commentators, Judge Andrew Napolitano, under the bus for highlighting a possible British role in gathering intelligence on Trump and his associates…. (more)

March 22, 2017
BOSTON HERALD — President Trump’s transition team may have had its communications picked up and distributed throughout the intelligence community, according to a leading Republican on the House Intelligence Committee – – news that had conservatives claiming vindication as shock waves spread across Washington…. (more)


March 22, 2017
BOB UNRUH — President Trump’s tweet claiming the Obama administration “wiretapped” Trump Tower was met with derision and doubt by establishment media, which then spent several weeks repeatedly describing his claim as “unsubstantiated” and “without proof.”… (more)

March 22, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Trump presidential transition officials had their communications monitored and “unmasked” by the intelligence community, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday, offering the first major piece of evidence of possible illegal activity by Obama officials against Donald Trump as president-elect…. (more)

March 22, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward warned on Wednesday that there are people from the Obama administration who could be facing criminal charges for unmasking the names of Trump transition team members from surveillance of foreign officials…. (more)

March 22, 2017
PHILIP KLEIN, ROBERT KING — In a last-minute bid to woo conservatives ahead of a high-stakes vote on Thursday on repealing and replacing Obamacare, House leaders are considering gutting more Obamacare regulations…. (more)

March 22, 2017
PHILIP KLEIN — Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said on Wednesday that the Senate parliamentarian has told him that it may be possible for Republicans to push harder on repealing Obamacare’s regulations than the current House bill, which contradicts the assertion by House leadership that the legislation goes after Obamacare as aggressively as possible under Senate rules…. (more)


March 22, 2017
NEWSMAX — The conservative Koch network is promising to spend millions of dollars to defeat the health care overhaul backed by President Donald Trump and top House Republicans…. (more)

March 22, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A lone attacker mowed down pedestrians and then stabbed a policeman in the shadow of the British Parliament Wednesday, in what police described as a terrorist strike that left the attacker and at least four others dead and some 40 people injured on nearby Westminster Bridge…. (more)


March 22, 2017
BOB UNRUH — A Pennsylvania school district that was sued for deliberately allowing a girl into a boys’ locker room, causing embarrassment and humiliation for a boy already changing his clothes there, on Wednesday doubled down on its advocacy for transgenderism…. (more)

March 22, 2017
NEWSMAX — The conservative House Freedom Caucus is threatening to formally oppose the American Health Care Act unless dramatic changes are made to the Republican proposal by Wednesday night, a source said Tuesday. The plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, in its current form, is “going down as of now,” the source told CNBC…. (more)


March 22, 2017
NEWSMAX — Negotiations between conservative holdouts and President Donald Trump over the GOP healthcare bill were fruitless, and the legislation will not pass, House Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said. Any hopes of passing the Obamacare repeal plan are “over,” Meadows said Monday, according to The Hill…. (more)

March 22, 2017
GARTH KANT — A highly placed source in the House Freedom Caucus told WND that lawmakers in the conservative group have absolutely no fear that President Trump will retaliate against them if they vote against the health-care bill backed by the White House…. (more)

March 22, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The national spotlight is trained on House Republicans’ furious efforts to pass a healthcare bill this week, but the measure faces an even more difficult path in the Senate, where just three GOP senators could sink it…. (more)

March 22, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Senate Democrats got into several testy exchanges with Judge Neil Gorsuch during Tuesday’s 11-hour hearing, which could end up being their opening move in a strategy that calls for doing anything it takes to keep him off the Supreme Court…. (more)

March 22, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Judge Neil Gorsuch repeatedly defended an “undocumented immigrant” against the massive crush of the administrative state during his confirmation hearing Tuesday, picking a fascinating fight with his potential future colleagues on the Supreme Court…. (more)

March 22, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A moment of levity snuck into Tuesday’s confirmation hearing for Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, when a Republican senator brought up a beloved science fiction comedy “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”… (more)

March 22, 2017
NEWSMAX — Israel will continue air strikes in Syria if it deems it necessary, despite reports indicating otherwise, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday at a press briefing, Haaretz reported…. (more)

March 22, 2017
NEWSMAX — Former Trump aide Paul Manafort received illegal payments from the party of Ukraine’s toppled president, a Ukranian lawmaker and journalist said during a press conference in Kiev Tuesday morning, the Washington Post reports…. (more)

March 22, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The fence-jumper who wandered around the White House complex for 17 minutes was able to elude the Secret Service in part because the agency has taken down alarm sensors along an area of one fence that he scaled, according to two sources familiar with details of the incident…. (more)

March 22, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Family members of more than 800 people who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have filed a lawsuit against the government of Saudi Arabia, alleging its support of al Qaeda and its complicity in the attacks. The lawsuit, filed in the federal court that covers lower Manhattan, is one of several brought in recent months after Congress last year passed a law allowing countries to be sued in terrorism cases. Lawmakers overrode a veto by former President Barack Obama to enact the law…. (more)

March 22, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — In a 6-2 ruling Tuesday, the Supreme Court limited the appointment power of the president, deciding that President Obama improperly filled the position of general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, the main federal labor law enforcement agency…. (more)

March 20, 2017
ALAN KEYES — The spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” has reportedly become an anthem popular among British rugby fans. Recently I read an article about this noting the “solemn origins” of the song as a “slave spiritual.” The article mentions that “Josephine Wright, a professor of music and black studies at the College of Wooster in Ohio” says that the spiritual’s lyrics “allude to feelings of despair and a desire for release from suffering.”… (more)

March 20, 2017
LARRY KLAYMAN — Thanks to yet another runaway hack federal judge, now all of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims have a constitutional right to enter the United States – – unrestricted at any time. That is the shocking but preposterous ruling of Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii v. Trump, issuing a temporary restraining order (TRO) against President Trump’s rewritten executive order temporarily suspending travel from the world’s most dangerous terrorist countries, to allow time to devise a strict means to vet potential terrorists… (more)

Frontrunning: March 24

  • Trump Says If Vote on Health Bill Fails, Obamacare Stays (Read More)
  • Risky House healthcare vote to test Trump’s negotiating skills (Read More)
  • Trump Dares GOP in High-Stakes Vote on Troubled Health Bill (Read More)
  • All drill, no frack: U.S. shale leaves thousands of wells unfinished (Read More)
  • Twitter explores subscription-based option for first time (Read More)
  • EU’s Juncker Says U.K. Brexit Bill Will Be About $62 Billion (Read More)
  • House Intelligence Committee Clash Over Nunes Clouds Future of Probe (Read More)
  • Washington talks end without agreement on Israeli settlements (Read More)
  • Britain to fire starting gun on Brexit talks (Read More)
  • Credit Suisse Increases Bonus Pool 6%, CEO Thiam Gets $12 Million (Read More)
  • Blackstone sells 21 percent stake in SeaWorld to China’s Zhonghong Zhuoye (Read More)
  • PwC settles with MF Global over Corzine brokerage’s collapse (Read More)
  • Too much misconduct goes undetected: ex-CFTC chief (Read More)
  • Microsoft-Probe Blunder Said to Haunt EU as Google Risks Fines (Read More)
  • Putin meets France’s Le Pen in Moscow, says won’t interfere in election (Read More)
  • Theranos Offers Shares for Promise Not to Sue Company (Read More)
  • The Controversial Chinese Economist Uncovering Tough Truths (Read More)
  • Greece to support Rome EU declaration, but wants backing on labor reforms (Read More)
  • Egypt’s former leader Mubarak freed, six years after overthrow: lawyer (Read More)
  • BOJ chief Kuroda says ‘no reason’ to withdraw stimulus now (Read More)

Weekly Watchman for 03/24/2017

Deception is Rampant, but What is Truth?

In John 18:38, Pontius Pilate asks Jesus one of the single greatest questions of the entire Bible: “What is truth?” That question is just as important today.  It might seem like a very simple question, but when we see how the definition of truth has been twisted and redefined these days, it is vital to […]

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Sliding into Humanism, Moral Relativism

I wrote my latest book, The Death of Christian Thought, to warn Christians how the dangerous lies of Humanism were infiltrating the hearts and minds of an increasing number of professing Christians, leading many away from God and toward eternal damnation. This morning in our second segment we cover a recent study that shows just how bad things are getting as the spiritual beliefs of younger people stray further and further away from the truth of God and His Word.

In our first segment we talk with Pastor Randy White about a very interesting book by Dave Breese titled Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave. We’ll look at seven men whose anti-Christian beliefs and philosophies continue to strongly influence people and society long after their deaths.

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Who’s in Charge of the ‘Kingdom Now’?

A crucial doctrine of Christianity is the eventual return of Jesus Christ to judge all men and establish His everlasting Kingdom. Sadly, Bible prophecy is ignored in many churches so Christians are left to their own to try to understand that glorious day when our Lord returns to vanquish evil.

One question I love to ask professing Christians is this: When Jesus returns what does the world look like and what does He do? If their answer involves us, human beings establishing universal justice or cleaning up the world of poverty and pollution, then I know I am dealing with someone who embraces what is called “Dominion theology.” This is the idea that when men clean up the earth Jesus returns and we simply “hand over the keys” to Him so to speak. This is a dangerous form of Humanism, elevating man and discounting God.

One arm of Dominion Theology is called “Kingdom Now” theology and this morning we are joined by Pastor Andy Woods who has written several books discussing this movement.

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What is the Problem in the Church?

In Matthew 16:18, the “church” is first mentioned in God’s Word as Jesus tells Peter that his revelation ‘Jesus is the Christ’ is the rock upon which Jesus will build His church. And “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Jesus established His church to spread the gospel and equip Christians to walk as His disciples, living as he lived in obedience to the Father. The Christian Church should starkly contrast secular culture and be light in an increasingly dark world. But is this happening in America? A strong argument can be made that the church is increasingly ineffective in transforming lives and the culture we live in.

Who is to blame for this problem? Is it church leadership failing to equip the believers? Or is it the people they lead? People who want enough Jesus to be saved, but not enough to be transformed into living a life holy and pleasing to God?

We explore these questions this morning with Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute.

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So Many Questions… Only One Source for Truth

Every week we receive hundreds of emails, phone calls and texts from you, Stand Up for the Truth listeners, asking questions or making comments about the biblical issues we address on the program. I wish we had the time to respond to each one personally, but it is near impossible.

Today, we start a brand new regular segment where we share as many of your comments and questions as we can to hopefully help encourage and inform others with similar questions or concerns.

Our standard but important disclaimer: We will give the best advice and answers we can based on our understanding of God’s Word. But you must always rely on the Bible first, as the only source of eternal, inerrant, sufficient truth.

Thanks to listener questions, the subjects covered on today’s program are: church discipline, Andy Stanley’s series ‘Who Needs God,’ The Shack, apathy in the Christian church, United Church of God theology, IF Gathering led by Jennie Allen, Is Calvinism heresy, fundamental Christian truth vs liberal ‘feeling’ theology, moral relativism, examining the evidence proving the reliability of Scripture.

One of the things addressed on today’s program was Sozo prayer.

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Top Headlines – 3/24/2017

Arab League chief says Palestinians to present peace plan

Israeli official denies US demanding freeze in isolated settlements

After US-Israeli talks, White House expresses ‘concerns’ with settlement building

Senate confirms David Friedman as U.S. ambassador to Israel, with little Democratic support

3 IDF soldiers charged with beating Palestinian man in Hebron

One terrorist killed, 3 wounded during attack on Israeli town

Israeli teenager arrested over bomb threats to US Jewish targets

Online slip-up led police to JCC bomb threat suspect

Bomb threat suspect’s arrest brings relief, but US Jews vow to stay vigilant

Was Trump right about false flag anti-Semitism? Jewish teen arrested for bomb threats against Jewish institutions

BDS founder Omar Barghouti arrested for tax evasion

Kuwait trying to oust Knesset from Inter-Parliamentary Union

Venezuela expresses ‘desire’ to reestablish relations with Israel

Israel to host seven overseas air forces for largest ever drill

How worried are Israel’s leaders about Putin’s Syrian warning?

Al Qaeda quietly gaining territory in Syria amid ISIS fight

US combat airlift marks deepening involvement in Syria

UN: ‘Worst is yet to come’ with 400,000 trapped in west Mosul

Satellite images show Palmyra temple destruction

Egypt says Sinai fighting kills 12 security forces

Corruption probe against Mubarak renewed

More than 200 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean

Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents, US general says

Afghan Taliban capture crucial town of Sangin

‘Vicar of Baghdad’ Says Christianity is Gone from Middle East: ‘It is Over’

Bahrain sentences three to death for “terrorism”, bomb attacks

Senators bring new Iran sanctions bill over missile tests, terrorism

Turkey’s Referendum Could Backfire on Erdogan

Erdogan demands removal of laptop ban

Laptop ban creates turbulence for airline profits

State Department tells embassies to ramp up visa screening

Vehicles Becoming Favored Terrorist Attack Weapon

Belgian Security Forces Foil Possible Car Attack in Antwerp

London counter-terror chief says two more ‘significant’ arrests made in regard to terror attack in London

ISIS claims responsibility for London terror attack

London attacker Khalid Masood said to be convert to Islam

Khalid Masood, the violent extremist jailed for knife attacks and who ‘travelled to Saudi Arabia’ before bringing terror to Westminster

London attack: British-born attacker ‘known to MI5’

Erdogan tells May: Turkey, UK partners in fight against terrorism

France shudders after London attack, Le Pen demands border controls

Ukraine munitions blasts prompt mass evacuations

Russian ex-lawmaker and Putin critic killed in Ukraine; Poroshenko calls it ‘state terrorism’

Days before his death, Putin critic said in interview he knew he was in danger

N.Korea has maintained readiness for nuclear test any time

John Bolton: We’re running out of time on North Korea

Soros-funded charities targeted by Trump-inspired crackdown in East Europe

Renters Now Rule Half of U.S. Cities – The American Dream increasingly involves a lease, not a mortgage

Maduro’s awkward TV shows raise hackles amid Venezuela crisis

Senate Republicans voted today to kill federal privacy rules

Potential ‘smoking gun’ showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says

Krauthammer: ‘Pretty Big Violation’ If Trump Team Was Improperly Surveilled

Rep. Nunes: ‘I had a duty and obligation’ to tell Trump of surveillance intel

Republican Nunes apologizes over handling of Trump surveillance claim

Wikileaks Releases “NightSkies 1.2”: Proof CIA Bugs “Factory Fresh” iPhones

4-year-old boy uses Siri to call ambulance, saves mom’s life

FBI Grilled On Extent Of Its Facial Recognition Program

Senate leader demands to know why accused rapist was allowed to enter US illegally

Mayors of sanctuary cities should be thrown in jail

Companies Are Now Bidding for Contracts to Build Trump’s Border Wall

‘Longest building in the world’: U-shaped skyscraper could transform New York

As Condo Towers Get Taller, Elevators Rise to the Challenge

Singapore may be trying out ‘flying taxis’ in the near future

Aircraft Startup Boom Raises $33 Million To Bring Back Supersonic Flights At Business Class Prices

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Elevated wildfire risk to grip central US into April as winds howl, drought worsens

Smog-hit Beijing plans ‘green necklace’ to block pollution

Let there be light: German scientists test ‘artificial sun’

‘Veggie burger that bleeds’ set to take on US market

‘Flu-Like’ Illnesses Spread Misery Nationwide

Africa health: Rotavirus vaccine could save 500,000 children a year

Two thirds of cancers are unavoidable even if you live a healthy life, study finds

DNA repair discovery could lead to drugs to reverse ageing, fight cancer and help space travel

Purging the body of ‘retired’ cells could reverse ageing, study shows

Scientists use graphene to power ‘electronic skin’ that can feel

GOP leaders delay ObamaCare replacement vote, amid opposition

Trump demands Friday vote on health care plan

Trump Ultimatum: Vote on Health Care Friday or Obamacare Stays

Republicans rebelling against health care risk Trump’s wrath

Koch Brothers’ group vows millions to Republicans who vote against health care bill

Health-care overhaul faces an even bigger challenge in the Senate

Schumer says Dems will filibuster Gorsuch

White House decries Senate Democrats’ filibuster threat on Judge Gorsuch

Senate Democrats may seek deal with GOP to confirm Gorsuch, stave off ‘nuclear’ option

Fort Collins fights to keep topless ban

Church & Culture – Equivocation on “the church” and the church it’s destroyed

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold

Do you need “Momentum for your breakthrough?

Newspaper ‘Church Calendar’  Illustrates Major Paradigm Shift in Church in America

Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch: A Fetus Is Not a Person Under the Law

Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch: Gay marriage is absolutely settled law

Christians Victimized by Boko Haram Denied Food, Aid in Nigerian Displacement Camps

Mike Ratliff – Discernment is vital but it only comes to those who are mature in Christ

Is Aglow affiliated with the New Apostolic Reformation?

Customized Blasphemy – “Apostle” Kelly’s Customized Holy Ghost White Cadillac

Preemptive Discernment Alert! New Heretic-Authored Book Forthcoming

Attempts to Blend Christianity with Other Religions

HeartCry Missionary Paul Washer Expected to Be Released From Hospital by Weekend

Paul Washer did NOT visit the Third Heaven!

NC School District Removes First Grade Book About Dress-Wearing Boy Following Complaints

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 08:44 AM PDT

How would you like to know that your first-grade boys were going to be reading a book depicting a little boy who liked wearing dresses?…

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Is a Muslim Takeover of Britain Already Underway?

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 08:34 AM PDT

By now one has to ask themselves if Britain has been officially taken over by Muslims. After the latest terror attack there, there are many…

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Will We See the Fulfillment of Prophetic Third Temple in Our Lifetime?

Posted: 24 Mar 2017 08:18 AM PDT

(By Kelly Mcdonald Jr) The end of it shall come with a flood. And until the end of the war desolations are determined. And he…

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Member Of Congress Warns Of A 1,000 Point Stock Market Crash If Obamacare Lite Does Not Pass

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 06:52 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Are we going to see a dramatic stock market plunge if the effort to get “Obamacare Lite” through the U.S. House…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Palestinians To Present “Peace Plan” Next Week!

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 06:40 PM PDT

1 Thessalonians 5:3 – For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And…

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RUMORS OF WAR: America May Have to Prepare For War With North Korea

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 06:21 PM PDT

The US Secretary of State has just reportedly drawn some red lines regarding the current tensions that have risen with North Korea. According to sources, Secretary of…

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PROPHECY WATCH: 300,000 Civilians at Risk in Damascus Battle

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 05:52 PM PDT

Once again we are witnessing “Prophetic Headlines” right before our eyes! This latest one regards Damascus, Syria which is directly mentioned in Isaiah Chapter 17. The…

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DEVELOPING: “Smoking Gun” Evidence Coming Proving Obama Spied on Trump Team

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 04:56 PM PDT

Are we about to see concrete evidence proving Trump’s credibility of claiming that the Obama Administration spied on him and his team? This new claim…

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Sanhedrin Calls on Israel’s Greatest Enemy to Follow Tradition and Build Third Temple

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 04:38 PM PDT

Revelation 11:1-2 Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the…

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The Man who Died Preaching on the Titanic

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 12:59 PM PDT

(By Will Graham) God’s servants are everywhere. Absolutely everywhere! One such man went by the name of John Harper. As the renowned steam-liner Titanic hit…

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1400-year-old coins discovered from Christians fleeing persecution in Jerusalem

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 12:54 PM PDT

An amazing discovery has been made in Jerusalem by Archeologists as reports indicate that a hidden collection of ancient bronze coins that may have belonged…

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DEVELOPING: North Korea Set to launch Another Nuclear Test In Days

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 12:40 PM PDT

The defiance of North Korea continues as new reports are now indicating that the communist Nation is in the final stages of preparing for yet…

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Israel Along with 7 Countries To hold Largest Drill In Israel’s History

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 12:19 PM PDT

With war clouds in the air, Israel is now set to hold the largest air drill in the Nation’s history. Reports indicate that Israel will join…

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German Scientists Attempting To Create “Artificial Sun”

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 12:11 PM PDT

It looks like Scientists are now trying to create what is being called an “Artificial Sun” in Germany. According to reports, this pursuit will hopefully…

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7000 Mysterious Underground Gas Bubbles Ready to Explode in Yamal and Gydan Peninsulas

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 12:03 PM PDT

A recent discovery in Siberia’s remote Bely Island has raised concerns for the regions of Yamal and Gydan peninsulas. According to reports, a recent discovery…

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Transgender Man Wins Women’s Weightlifting Competition

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 11:54 AM PDT

How would you feel if you were a woman in a weightlifting competition and found out that you were competing with a man who had…

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Scientists Creating Prosthetics with Sense of Touch

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 11:50 AM PDT

Scientists are in the process of creating an electronic skin using solar energy advancing the development of prosthetic limbs or robots with a sense of…

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The Need of Authenticity in this Hour

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 11:43 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will discuss how we are in dire need of true authenticity in this hour and not more replications….

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Power Rangers to Feature First Lesbian Character

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 07:21 AM PDT

After we just went through all the controversy over Disney’s first “gay character”, LeFou, in Beauty and the Beast. Now, superhero fans are celebrating a…

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Reports Of Revival in Europe Spurred by Muslim Refugee Conversions

Posted: 23 Mar 2017 07:10 AM PDT

According to a Fuller Theological Seminary professor, Christianity could be on the rise again in Europe as reports are indicating that Muslim refugees are converting…

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Scientists Warn That The Coming California Megaquake Could Plunge Large Portions Of The State Into The Ocean

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 08:20 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Over the years, many people have been shown that someday a giant earthquake will cause significant portions of California to fall…

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These Dangerous Prophets Are Peddling the Latest ‘Snake Oil’ in the Body of Christ

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 08:06 PM PDT

(By Dawn Hill) I love the prophetic ministry. It is a great asset to the body of Christ and like anything else, when accessed with…

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United Methodist Congregation’s Satellite Campus Splits From Church Over Homosexuality Debate

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 08:02 PM PDT

A recent debate regarding Homosexuality has resulted in the split of the satellite campus of a United Methodist congregation in Kansas and is causing many…

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US military Tests New ‘Game-Changer’ Electromagnetic Weapon

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 07:44 PM PDT

The US military is about to test a new electromagnetic gun that can fire ammo at 4,500mph! This will be the “Game-Changer” in warfare!  According…

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China Warns US Over Bomber Flying in East China Sea

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 07:06 PM PDT

Move over North Korea! Now The Chinese military is picking a fight with America as reports indicate that they have just issued a warning to…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Over One Million Americans at Risk of North Korea Nuke Attack

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 06:33 PM PDT

Sources are indicating that North Korea is working to develop a “pre-emptive first strike capability” and an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) to be used against its…

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Worst Retail Cataclysm Ever: Sears Warns It Is On The Verge Of Collapse As Payless Prepares To File For Bankruptcy

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 06:17 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) More than 3,500 retail stores are going to close all across America over the next few months as the worst retail…

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SMOKING GUN? Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 06:14 PM PDT

Has the FBI just discovered the “Smoking Gun” that so many that oppose the newly elected president of the United States of America has been hoping for?…

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Atheists Sues Texas Judge for Opening Court With Chaplain-Presented Prayer

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 04:07 PM PDT

Another day, Another professing atheist group that is set out to file a lawsuit! This latest event is coming out of Texas where a group…

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Baseball Sized Hail Reported in Extreme Storm System

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 03:57 PM PDT

If you live in the Carolinas, you may have experienced a severe storm system that moved through your area last night producing what is being reported…

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Prophetic Update Regarding Israel and the Coming Prophetic Wars

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 03:28 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will discuss recent events regarding rising tensions with Israel and Syria. We will also discuss how Russia is…

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High School with Muslim Prayer Room

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 01:43 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas is under heavy scrutiny for allowing a Muslim prayer in a classroom. For the last…

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Shock Case: Woman Forced to Stop Praying in Her Home

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 01:38 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) What if someone asked you to stop praying in your home? In Louisberg, Kansas, a current court case will have huge implications. Mary Sause…

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33 Percent of Americans Have Less Than $2,000 in Savings

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 01:28 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) A troubling report was recently released about emergency savings in the United States. One-third of US consumers would not be able…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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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March 22, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump will travel to Brussels in May to attend a meeting of NATO, his first scheduled trip overseas that comes as European leaders remain anxious about whether the U.S. will continue its level of support for the 28-nation alliance.

A familiar group of conservative rebels stands between House Speaker Paul Ryan and his goal of passing an Obamacare repeal measure on Thursday: the House Freedom Caucus.

A group of wealthy progressive donors that wants to restore the Democratic Party’s clout plans to meet this week with groups that helped kick off protest marches and town-hall confrontations to oppose President Donald Trump’s agenda. The Democracy Alliance,a group of 112 prolific political contributors that includes George Soros, Tom Steyer and Donald Sussman, is expected to draw more than 400 donors in all from 32 states to discuss how to turn the demonstrators’ enthusiasm into electoral success.

Calif. lawmakers introduce bill to require state’s retirement systems to divest pension fund holdings from cos. that win contracts to build President Trump’s proposed border wall.

Sears Holdings Corp. suffered its worst stock decline in six weeks after acknowledging “substantial doubt” about its future; raising fresh concerns about whether a company that was once the world’s largest retailer can survive.

Payless Inc., the struggling discount shoe chain, is preparing to file for bankruptcy as soon as next week, according to people familiar with the matter.

AP Top Stories

More than 2,600 Nigerians who fled into northern Cameroon to escape Boko Haram jihadists have been forced to go home since the start of the year, the UN said Tuesday.

While Donald Trump’s political fortunes were rising, his net worth was dropping to a mere $3.5 billion, or roughly a third of what he claimed during his successful campaign for the U.S. presidency, according to the latest Forbes list of the world’s billionaires. Trump tumbled more than 100 spots to No. 544 on the magazine’s 31st annual list.

China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday denied reports that China will begin preparatory work this year for an environmental monitoring station on disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.

Mexico’s government on Tuesday warned Mexican companies that it would not be in their best “interests” to participate in the construction of U.S. President Donald Trump’s border wall, though there will be no legal restrictions or sanctions to stop them if they tried.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has governed on a platform that has garnered international praise by refugee advocates for its welcoming stance. But a number of Canadians aren’t a fan of the country’s border policies, and actually support ramping up deportation efforts of undocumented immigrants, a new poll shows.

The company building the Dakota Access pipeline said Monday that the project remains on track to start moving oil this week despite recent “coordinated physical attacks” along the line.

The number of unmanned aircraft, or drones, in the United States will jump dramatically over the next five years, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The increase comes after the Obama administration in 2016 implemented new rules that opened the skies to low-level small drones for education, research and routine commercial use. Policy makers are still debating whether to allow a sweeping expansion in drone use for activities like deliveries where aircraft would fly beyond the sight of an operator.

A Czech zoo is taking no chances after the recent killing of a rhinoceros at a wildlife park near Paris by assailants who stole the animal’s horn – the zoo has started to remove the horns from its 21 rhinos as a precaution.

U.S. mortgage application activity fell from a nearly four-month peak as borrowing costs on 30-year home loans held at their highest level almost three years, Mortgage Bankers Association data released on Wednesday showed.

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An aircraft cabin ban on large electronic devices was prompted by intelligence suggesting a terror threat to US-bound flights, say US media. The so-called Islamic State group (IS) has been working on ways to smuggle explosives on to planes by hiding them in electronics, US sources tell ABC. The tip-off was judged by the US to be “substantiated” and “credible”.

Germany’s cabinet has backed a bill to clear men handed sentences for homosexuality after World War Two under a Nazi-era law. The notorious Paragraph 175 of the penal code was eventually relaxed in 1969, but not before 50,000 men were convicted. Many were sent to jail and some took their own lives because of the stigma.

Two in five North Koreans are undernourished and more than 70% of the population relies on food aid, the United Nations said.

Australia’s Northern Territory has decriminalized abortion as part of wide-ranging reforms on the medical termination of pregnancy.

A new start-up says that it intends to offer an electric-powered commercial flight from London to Paris in 10 years. Wright Electric said by removing the need for jet fuel, the price of travel could drop dramatically.

WND

The fence-jumper who wandered around the White House complex for 17 minutes was able to elude the Secret Service in part because the agency has taken down alarm sensors along an area of one fence that he scaled, according to two sources.

Some of the wealthiest New Yorkers are asking the state to raise their taxes. Eighty people including George Soros, Steven Rockefeller and Abigail Disney wrote to lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying they and other top earners should pay more to support schools, roads, bridges and programs to help poor and homeless residents of the state.


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Top News – 3/22/2017

Was Top FBI Official Financially Compromised During Clinton Investigation?
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was the subject of scrutiny last year when it was revealed that his wife received campaign money from one of Hillary Clinton’s close political allies, but a new Freedom of Information Act request reveals that he wasn’t just hiding those contributions from the public – he was hiding them from the FBI.

NSA: Nation State Cyber Attack Included Virtual ‘Hand-to-Hand Combat’
Foreign government hackers caught secretly breaking into a U.S. national security network waged a 24-hour battle with cyber security officials trying to counter the cyber attack, the deputy director of the National Security Agency said Tuesday. “It was a nation state actor who had gotten in and what we saw for the very first time, the adversary, once we detected them, instead of disappearing they fought back,” “So it was basically hand-to-hand combat in a network where we would take an action [and] they would then counter that,”

Terrifying EARTHQUAKE fears as cities at risk of being ‘dropped into sea’
California is at risk of falling by at least three feet as a result of a devastating earthquake, the study warned. The findings showed the Orange County coast is prone to a dramatic and sudden “sinking” after discovering evidence of ancient tsunami activity that dropped land in the region. Robert Leeper, who carried out the study with the help of the US Geological Survey, said: “It is not just a gradual sinking. This is boom — it would drop.

Strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes off Bali
A powerful earthquake has just struck off the coast of Bali. The quake, measuring in as a magnitude 6.4 on the richter scale, struck 35 km South East of Badung around 7.10am local time, according to Geoscience Australia. It hit at a depth of 124km and could have been felt by people up to 278km away.

Latest Iranian threat: Drones in Yemen
Iran is increasing its support for Houthi forces in Yemen through the transfer of new technology and advanced weaponry. That is the conclusion of a new report by Conflict Armament Research, a UK-based organization that identifies and tracks conventional weapons. In their March 2017 report, “Iranian technology transfers to Yemen,” the findings indicate that drones are “used by Houthi forces to attack coalition missile-defense systems.”

Kuwait trying to oust Knesset from Inter-Parliamentary Union
Kuwait has decided to forge ahead with a move that would attempt to expel Israel from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The Arab country…officially decided to pursue this step during a gathering of the Arab Parliamentary Union…in Morocco…Marzouq Al-Ghanim, said that his country was inspired to lead the effort to oust Israel from the IPU after the Kuwaiti parliament was tasked with preparing a list of clauses that would determine the sanctions that should be imposed on parliaments that breach the basic principles of the IPU.

‘If antisemitic parties rise to power, we will call on European Jews to flee’
A European Jewish leader said Monday that the rise of extremist parties in Europe could ultimately lead to an exodus of Jews from countries where antisemitism is becoming increasingly visible. Speaking at the annual conference of the Rabbinical Center of Europe in Pomezia, Italy, the organization’s director, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, warned that it will not be long before extremist parties which now have a great deal of power become the ruling parties in Europe.

Boko Haram crisis: Cameroon ‘forcing Nigeria refugees home’
The UN refugee agency has criticised Cameroon for the forced return of hundreds of refugees to north-east Nigeria after they had fled from the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency. The UNHCR said forced returns had “continued unabated” despite an agreement earlier this month. Under the deal, any returns would be voluntary and only “when conditions were conducive”.

Pakistan reinstates secret military courts despite criticism
Pakistan’s lower house has passed a bill to reinstate secret military courts, despite criticism from human rights activists. Military courts were first set up as a response to the 2015 attack on a military-run school by the Pakistani Taliban that killed 134 children. The courts, which try civilians charged with terrorism offences, had a two-year mandate that expired on 7 January.

IS conflict: Air strike ‘kills dozens in village near Raqqa’
At least 33 people have been killed in an air strike on a school in a village west of the Islamic State-held Syrian city of Raqqa, a monitoring group says. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the building in al-Mansoura was being used as a shelter for displaced people when it was hit on Monday night. The activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently said the fate of 50 families who were there was unknown.

Israel plans mass evacuation if war erupts again
If Islamic militants in Gaza or Lebanon go to war with Israel, they could find their usual targets empty. Israel is drawing up contingency plans to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from border communities to protect them from attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah or other Islamic militant groups. The mass evacuations would be the biggest in Israel’s history, part of a bigger plan where the army works with municipalities to keep civilians safe.

Exclusive: North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms – envoy
North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue “acceleration” of its nuclear and missile programs, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday.

The Mainstream Media Is Using “Trolling” As An Excuse To Censor The Right
“…a ‘review team’ is subjectively deciding which content it will censor. What happened to the programmers and objectively censoring ‘trolls’ and abuse? The whole thing is much more similar to McCarthyism, except instead of targeting ‘communists’ during the Cold War, they are targeting ‘right-wing’ websites and individuals. Truly a threat to ‘national security’ in the same vein as ISIS, isn’t it?”

Top Hezbollah Commander Mustafa Badreddine Assassinated By Own Group: Israeli Military
Israel’s military chief said Tuesday that a top Hezbollah commander who died last year was assassinated by members of his own group, the Iran-backed Lebanese Shiite militia.Mustafa Badreddine died near the Syrian capital, Damascus, in May 2016, and Hezbollah said that Syrian rebel shelling caused his death.

They Thought She Was Crazy: Doctor Extracts RFID Chip From Sex Trafficking Victim
If someone walks into a hospital and claims that they’re being tracked, and that they need to have a tracking device removed, there’s a pretty good chance that they’re going to be sent to a mental institution instead. However, according to a doctor who wished to remain anonymous to protect his patient, that very situation occurred last October and it didn’t end how you might expect.

Banks Slash Loan Books While Equities Hover Near All-Time Highs; Someone Is Massively Wrong
Loan issuance to businesses and consumers is plunging while metrics like auto delinquencies and credit card charge offs are soaring to ‘great recession’ levels.  Of course, all this loan data continues to deteriorate as equities surge to all new highs with each passing day.  So, who’s right?

Police: Chicago Teen Apparently Gang-Raped On Facebook Live
A 15-year-old Chicago girl was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to police, authorities said Tuesday.


Have We Reached A Turning Point For Stocks? Tuesday Was The Worst Day For The Stock Market In 6 Months

New York Stock Exchange Trading Floor - Public DomainThe post-election stock market rally is officially over.  After hovering near record highs for the past couple of weeks, U.S. stocks had their worst day in six months on Tuesday.  For quite some time it has been clear that the momentum of the post-election rally had been exhausted, and a pullback of this nature was widely anticipated.  But even though stocks fell by more than 1 percent during a single trading session for the first time since last September, it is going to take a whole lot more than that to bring stock prices back into balance.  In fact, stocks are so overvalued at this point that it would take a total decline of about 40 to 50 percent before key stock valuation measures return to their long-term averages. (Read More…)


Franklin Graham: Pray for Gorsuch — ‘Atheist Progressives’ Want to ‘Marginalize Christians,’ Strip God From Society

….adding that “atheist progressives” are working furiously to “strip God and all references to Him” from the public square and are pushing Christians “into the shadows.”

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Note to parents: Remember the saga of Katy Perry

Pop singer Katy Perry – a preacher’s kid raised in a Christian home – received an award over the weekend from the Human Rights Campaign, the largest pro-homosexual lobby in the U.S. In her acceptance speech, she stated:

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Hillary’s New Look—And What It Means – Ed Klein

Experience tells us that when Hillary experiments with her hair style, she’s up to something. I reported on that “something” a month ago when I revealed that, as fanciful as it might seem, Hillary has plans to run again for president.

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Top Headlines – 3/22/2017

Lack of 2 state solution is existential threat to Israel – ex-Mossad chief

Netanyahu: Building in East Jerusalem is non-negotiable

Tel Aviv to get Israel’s first 100-floor skyscraper

‘A third of secular Israeli Jews want to move abroad’

Israel plans mass evacuations if war erupts again

Hamas tried to get more accurate maps to aim rockets

Shin Bet: Hamas stealing Gaza aid from Turkish charities

Hamas aims to improve its image with new ideological document, but won’t revoke charter

Gazan teen said killed by IDF while attempting to cross border

Eisenkot: IDF will keep thwarting arms transfers to terror groups

Amid border tensions, IDF chief alludes to strikes on Hezbollah convoys

IDF chief: Hezbollah commander killed by his own men last year

Iran Reportedly Built Weapons Factories in Lebanon for Hezbollah

Iran says it’s ‘completely ready’ to restart nuclear program

Mossad chief: Iran is main threat to Israel with or without nuclear deal

Intelligence official says Russia must contain Iran in Syria

Syrian rebels report fresh Israeli airstrikes near Damascus

Netanyahu: The Russian policy regarding Israel’s attacks in Syria has not changed

‘Please don’t forget us’: the hellish search for Syria’s lost prisoners

Five years after ouster, Egypt’s Mubarak walks free

Attack in central Nigeria kills at least 17, official says

US drone kills militant blamed for attack on Sri Lanka cricket team in

Turkey’s Erdogan says may review ties with Europe after referendum

EU official: Turkey putting membership bid at risk

The Media’s Cheery Ignorance about Islam’s Hostile Ideology

No electronics ban on flights to US from Israel

Britain will ban electronic devices on flights from six Middle Eastern nations amid terror threat

AQAP trying to hide explosives in laptop batteries, official says

US, UK officials: No specific terror threat behind laptop ban

Fallout from electronics ban worries travel advocates

Bid to strip terrorist’s citizenship may mark new Trump way

North Korea to Tillerson: We Are Ready for ‘Any War the U.S. Would Like’

Trump administration weighing broad sanctions on North Korea

North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms – envoy

US expects next North Korean missile launch soon

North Korea fails in new missile test, Seoul says

China says number of “terror attacks” is down, but threat remains high

FBI head confirms Russia election probe, says Moscow backed Trump

Kremlin says US intelligence committee is “confused”

EU official: we can make members accept refugees

Rape focuses critical attention on ‘sanctuary’ states

U.S.-Mexico border wall fight: California considers divesting from companies involved in the project

San Francisco supervisors move to bar border wall contractors from doing business with the city

Mexico violence: Skulls found in new Veracruz mass grave

Mexico threatens to ditch US corn imports

Saudi Arabia’s Oil Supremacy Falters

Billionaire bunkers: How the 1% are preparing for the apocalypse

One-third of Americans say they’d have trouble coming up with an emergency $2,000

$20 trillion debt deserves as much attention as Dow hitting 20,000

Stock market falls 1.2%, ending longest streak of calm since 1995

Dow and S&P post first 1% fall in 5 months as banks tumble, health care reform worries remain

EU to threaten Britain with court action if Theresa May refuses to pay 50bn Euro Brexit divorce bill

Goldman Sachs Does The Obvious – Moves Staff From London To EU Over Brexit

Goldman building robo-adviser to give investment advice to the masses

Drone-catchers emerge on a new aerial frontier

Walmart wants to deploy in-store drones

Twitter software helps find, ban users advocating violence

Google Steps Up Effort to Keep Ads Away From Controversial Content

Pope tells young to resist ‘false’ reality of social media

Hyperloop tech company offers first look at futuristic travel pods

Trump signs NASA bill aimed at sending people to Mars

Travel Tips From a Real Space Tourist: Get Ready to Feel Awful

Rosetta comet orbiter films deep-space landslide

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Banjar Pasekan, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kotaagung, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Mutis, Colombia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Calama, Chile

Chirinkotan volcano on the Kuril Islands erupts to 20,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Mudslides in Peru create water crisis, treatment systems severely clogged

The unnamed phenomenon behind Peru’s extraordinary flooding

Israel issues Peru travel warning amid heavy rains, flooding

First endangered bee in the United States named

20 million at risk of starvation in world’s largest crisis since 1945, UN says

13 killed in Kenya in drought-related violence

Israeli-American partnership to launch cannabis sleep aid

Trump to Republicans: Vote for Obamacare repeal or lose your seat

Conservatives rebuff Trump, say they have votes to derail health bill

Gorsuch to Feinstein: Abortion ruling is ‘precedent’ and acknowledged the ruling had been reaffirmed ‘many times’

Transgender rapist moved to women’s prison after sex change

Power Rangers Introduces First Openly Gay Cinematic Superhero

Sandy Simpson – Screwtape Legacy

Furtick, Elevation Church activate N.A.R. Apostles

More Hillsong victims appearing at Royal Commission: Brian Houston summoned again?

Jane Whaley/WOFF – Trial date requested in Word of Faith abuse case

6 Signs of a Toxic ‘Apostle’

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 09:05 AM PDT

(By J.Lee Grady) I’ve just spent two weeks in South America, where the Holy Spirit is moving in unprecedented ways. Churches are growing and average…

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What the Bible Actually Says About Profanity

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 09:02 AM PDT

(By Kerby Anderson) While profanity is exploding in culture and society, it should never be excused by people of faith. Your children are facing an…

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BREAKING NEWS: Shots fired at UK Parliament; officer stabbed and assailant shot

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 08:51 AM PDT

DEVELOPING – A police officer has been stabbed and an alleged assailant was reportedly shot after gunfire broke out at the UK Parliament in London…

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Should High School’s Islamic Prayer Room Be Open To ALL Religions?

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 07:33 AM PDT

It appears a new debate is heating up in Texas and this one is regarding a public High School that recently opened up a prayer…

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The Wilderness Will Make Or Break You!

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 07:23 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, I will discuss four things that inevitably always happen during a prolonged time in the Wilderness with a lack…

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Have We Reached A Turning Point For Stocks? Tuesday Was The Worst Day For The Stock Market In 6 Months

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 07:10 AM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) The post-election stock market rally is officially over. After hovering near record highs for the past couple of weeks, U.S. stocks…

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Texas A&M’s first openly gay student body president to take office

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 07:07 AM PDT

Texas A&M just made history with it’s first “openly gay” president to take office. The report indicates that Bobby Brooks the 21-year-old junior has been…

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Mexico Threatens to End US Corn Imports

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 06:55 AM PDT

This next story is far from being corny! According to reports, Mexico is now pulling out all the stops to use as weapons in its…

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Retired NBA Star Shaquille O’Neal Joins “Flat Earth” Hysteria

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 06:45 AM PDT

Look who just joined the “Flat Earth”, “Round Earth” hysteria that has been taking theological circles by storm. According to reports, Retired basketball superstar Shaquille…

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NY School Pushes ‘Total Indoctrination,’ Comparing Trump to Hitler and Mussolini

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 06:35 AM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) A group of moms in Saratoga Springs, New York has decided to fight back against what they call the radical left-wing…

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Israel Preps Mass Evacuation Plans For War, Netanyahu Warns Putin More Strikes Will Come

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 06:28 AM PDT

Are we about to see a major war take place in the Middle East that will thrust us into the fulfillment of Psalm Chapter 83…

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Shocking Bible Code Matrix Contains The Exact Day And Year That David Rockefeller Would Die

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 08:03 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Did someone know in advance that David Rockefeller would die on March 20th, 2017? What I am about to share with…

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Jerusalem to Host This Year’s “Gay Parade”

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 07:46 PM PDT

Revelation 11:8– And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our…

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Britain Bans Electronic Devices On Flights from 6 Mideast Nations Amid Terror Threat

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 07:29 PM PDT

British passengers have been banned from bringing laptops, tablets and other electronic devices on board of flights from the Middle East and North Africa after…

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PAYLESS Filing for Bankruptcy as Soon as Next Week…

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 07:14 PM PDT

Payless Shoe store looks to be the next company to bite the dust in the ongoing economic purge of retail stores across the Nation. According…

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BREAKING NEWS: Bali Struck by Strong 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 06:52 PM PDT

We are receiving reports of a strong earthquake measuring 6.4 that has struck Bali. Sources indicate that Quake shook up the resort island but did not…

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Three Right-Now Presidential Prayer Strategies

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 05:08 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) Our country is at a tremendous crossroads. We have internal strife between conservatives and liberals. There is strife within the Christian…

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Pastor Alarid Prophesies Over New Mexico Governor

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 04:26 PM PDT

(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) Charisma News recently released a report about a pastor who put his faith into practice. Brian Alarid is the lead pastor…

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Samuel Alito Issues Warning About Eroding Religious Freedoms

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 04:23 PM PDT

(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) In 2015, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito spoke prophetically when he stated that the acceptance of gay-marriage in America would lead…

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Twitter Ends more than 636,000 accounts since 2015 to tackle extremism

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 01:43 PM PDT

Twitter along with Facebook and Google are making unprecedented efforts in purging their sites from what they consider as “Extremism”. Twitter alone has just reported that…

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North Korea Poses No Fear of Sanctions! Plans to Accelerate Nuclear Pursuit

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 01:34 PM PDT

It appears that we are moving full steam ahead towards a future military conflict with North Korea as reports are now indicating that the communist…

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School Orders Boy to “Tolerate” Undressing with Girl and Make it “Natural”

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 01:26 PM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) A teenage boy was told by his principal that he had to “tolerate” undressing in front of a female student and…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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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March 21, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Republican leaders trying to gain party support for their bill to replace Obamacare made changes to limit Medicaid enrollment and phase out some taxes earlier, as President Donald Trump visits Capitol Hill to try to woo reluctant Republicans.

Travelers flying to the U.S. from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa will have to store most larger electronic devices in checked baggage under a new rule issued by the Trump administration.

President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan had no choice but to build its own submarine fleet as she promoted a deal to deploy the first vessel in less than a decade.

Global elites gathered at a three-day forum in Beijing pushed back against the protectionist rhetoric of U.S. President Donald Trump, while warning China it must curb what some see as its own mercantilism if globalization is to retain legitimacy.

Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Chevron Corp., are jumping into American shale with gusto, planning to spend a combined $10 billion this year, up from next to nothing only a few years ago.

Only 41 percent of workers have even tried to figure out how much they need in savings to retire comfortably. And those who have? When asked to guess how much they needed, 37 percent of workers say $1 million or more, according to the latest (and 27th) Retirement Confidence Survey.

AP Top Stories

Fox News Channel has pulled legal analyst Andrew Napolitano from the air after disavowing his on-air claim that British intelligence officials had helped former President Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in April and later in the month travel to Russia for meetings and to a G7 summit in Italy, the U.S. State Dept. has confirmed.

All passengers and crew survived a plane crash in South Sudan on Monday in which the jet hit a fire truck on the runway before bursting into flames. 37 people had been treated for injuries in hospital but, miraculously, no one was killed

The tomb of Jesus has been resurrected to its former glory. Just in time for Easter, a Greek restoration team has completed a historic renovation of the Edicule, the shrine that tradition says houses the cave where Jesus was buried and rose to heaven.

Russia and the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia have signed a bilateral agreement establishing a Russian military base in northwestern Syria, a YPG spokesman said Monday. The Russian Defense Ministry issued a statement, saying it had no plans for additional bases in Syria but that it had set up a “reconciliation center” in the area.

Pope Francis asked for forgiveness on Monday for the “sins and failings of the Church” during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, saying he hoped his apology would help heal the African state’s wounds.

An Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan has been ordered to be deported to Mexico by an immigration judge. Miguel Perez was a permanent legal resident of the United States, where’s he’s lived since his family moved to Chicago when he was 8. Despite his longstanding residence and service in the armed forces, he is being deported because of a non-violent drug offense, for which he served seven years in prison, authorities said.

The fallout from Brazil’s rotten meat scandal accelerated on Monday when China, a huge client, suspended imports and the European Union demanded a partial ban. Another ban on Brazilian meat imposed by Chile sparked fears of a trade spat between the two South American partners.

Typically finding a prom date can be stressful. At tan Illinois High School, students are randomly assigned to another prom date so no one is left out.

Syrian government forces clashed with rebels and hammered opposition-held areas of east Damascus on Monday, before calm returned to the capital after a surprise assault.

China’s economy may be 35 times larger than Israel’s, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hoping to use that to advantage during a three-day visit to Beijing as he looks to reorient Israel’s economy towards Asia over Europe and the United States.

A SpaceX reusable cargo ship splashed down in the Pacific Ocean safely on Sunday, ending a mission to supply astronauts on the International Space Station, the company said. The Dragon capsule — the only such vessel capable of returning research samples and other material to Earth — remained docked with the ISS for nearly a month after delivering more than two tons of food, water and scientific equipment for NASA on February 23.

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President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump is to have an office in the White House. But she will not have an official title or salary when she works in the West Wing – the hub of US executive power. Her lawyer said the 35-year-old would have security clearance and access to classified information.

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Over the weekend, we reviewed the state of the solar data for March 2017. Now, there’s a two week straight lack of sunspots, the longest stretch since 2010.

North Carolina may have lost out on the NCAA championships, the NBA All-Star Game and Bruce Springsteen thanks to its hotly contested transgender bathroom law, but the state’s economy didn’t miss a beat. Economic indicators released for 2016 show that the boycott has failed to derail North Carolina as a regional and national powerhouse.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr restored a California man’s faith in humanity when he pulled over on the side of the road last week to pray with the distressed motorist after his car had run out of gas in an Oakland suburb.


The Briefing 03-21-17

In ongoing confirmation hearing of Neil Gorsuch, opening statements illustrate just what’s at stake

Money, budgets, and morality: Trump budget faces hurdles on both sides of the political aisle

Is it government’s job to make us happy? International Day of Happiness had some asking the question


Top News – 3/21/2017

Song Of Solomon Contains An Amazing Reference To The Pretribulation Rapture As Being In Springtime
Song of Solomon chapter 2 contains an amazing Springtime picture of the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ “My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”

The Media’s Cheery Ignorance about Islam’s Hostile Ideology
It is not the president who is spreading the idea that “Islam is an inherently hostile ideology,” that “Muslims are enemies of Christians and Jews” and that “Muslims have always had a comprehensive, actionable, and jihadist plan to take over” — but rather the Quran itself. US President Donald Trump repeatedly rebukes the media for “dishonest” coverage and “fake news.” Despite its fury over the accusations, however, the press continues to prove him right — albeit inadvertently.

North Korea to Tillerson: We Are Ready for ‘Any War the U.S. Would Like’
The DPRK has the will and capability to fully respond to any war the U.S. would like to ignite,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying, according to the South Korean newswire service Yonhap.

New ‘Safe Space’ Guidelines at University of Arizona Treat Students Like Preschoolers
The University of Arizona is encouraging college students to cry “ouch!” when they hear something offensive, make artwork about race relations, have story time, play four corners, and take a “time out” if they feel uncomfortable.

Michael Savage was target of NSA spying
Talk-radio host Michael Savage is among the public figures who were under surveillance by the National Security Agency as part of its “Project Dragnet,” according to a database revealed by an agency whistleblower. It shows Donald J. Trump and Infowars founder Alex Jones also were under illegal, unauthorized government monitoring during those years.

‘A third of secular Israeli Jews want to move abroad
“The fact that so many people say they would leave the country if they could indicates that many Israeli citizens do not feel a sense of belonging to the state.”

Amid border tensions, IDF chief alludes to strikes on Hezbollah convoys
Amid rising tensions on the Syrian border, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said Tuesday that the army would continue to work to prevent advanced weaponry from getting into the hands of the wrong people. Eisenkot, speaking at a security and strategy conference named in honor of the late former Mossad chief Meir Dagan in Netanya, made the comments days after Syrian government forces fired an anti-aircraft missile at Israel Air Force jets during an air-strike last Friday to halt the flow of advanced weapons to Hezbollah near Palmyra.

Mexico violence: Skulls found in new Veracruz mass grave
Dozens of skulls have been found at a site in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz. The find comes just days after Veracruz state Attorney General Jorge Winckler announced that more than 250 skulls had been discovered at another mass grave. On Sunday, Mr Winckler said 47 skulls had been unearthed at the new site near the town of Alvarado.

Syria war: Russia denies aiding Kurds to set up a military base
Russia is helping Syrian Kurdish YPG forces to establish a military base in northern Syria that will be used to train its fighters, the militia says. But Russian officials have insisted there are no plans to open new bases in Syria and the one near Afrin serves as a “reconciliation centre”. Russia says the role of the base is to negotiate local truces between the various warring sides in Syria.

LHC: Five new particles hold clues to sub-atomic glue
The Large Hadron Collider has discovered new sub-atomic particles that could help to explain how the centres of atoms are held together. The particles are all different forms of the so-called Omega-c baryon, whose existence was confirmed in 1994. Physicists had always believed the various types existed but had not been able to detect them – until now.

GOP leadership sets up ‘spin room’ ahead of health care vote
House Republicans announced they’ll have a space set up on Capitol Hill for lawmakers to spin their Affordable Care Act repeal and replacement bill to the media before it comes up for a vote on the House floor Thursday…Such a space, often nicknamed a “spin room,” is normal for big events like presidential debates…But it is highly unusual to do so for a piece of legislation ahead of a congressional vote.

David’s Sling officially enters service
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) officially inaugurated the David’s Sling missile defense system on Monday….It is officially operational and functions as a part of Israel’s multi-layered missile defense program. In this capacity, David’s Sling operates in the layer above the Iron Dome and below the Arrow system. Meaning, it is designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles and medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles fired from distances of 40-300km.

Syrian rebels launch offensive on Damascus gateway, retake ground
Syrian rebels stormed a major road junction leading into the heart of Damascus on Tuesday as they launched an offensive to regain ground lost to the army over the weekend…State media said rebels had re-entered parts of the city’s northeastern Jobar district and the army was bombing their positions. “At 5.00 a.m. (0300 GMT) we launched the new offensive and we restored all the points we withdrew from on Monday.

Assad to Israel: We have a right to defend our borders
Syrian President Bashar Assad warned Israel on Monday that his country has a right to defend its borders. “Defending our borders is our right, and it’s our duty, not only our right,” he told Russian reporters in Damascus according Russian news site Sputnik. Assad also told Russian parliament members, who paid an official visit to the capital on Monday, that he was counting on Moscow to prevent Israel from attacking his country in the future.

Assad sees key Russia role after Syria-Israel strikes
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday said Russia can play an important role in the crisis following Syria’s firing missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes in the conflict-torn country.

Car bomb kills at least 23 in Baghdad
A car bomb exploded in the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing at least 23 people and wounding 45 others in a mainly Shia district in southwestern Baghdad.

NY Attorney General Hires Public-Corruption Prosecutor To Target Trump Administration; WSJ Reports
“Mr. Master ‘will be working on a wide range of civil and criminal investigations and enforcement matters, including public corruption, complex civil litigation’ and potentially litigation against the Trump administration.”

The Global Famine Begins: UN Announces That The Worst Food Crisis Since World War 11 Is Happening Right Now
We always knew that this would start happening.  Earlier this month, I wrote about the severe economic problems that are plaguing South America, but up to this point I have neglected to discuss the horrific famines that are breaking out all over Africa.  Right now there is a desperate need for food in South Sudan, Somalia, northeast Nigeria, Eritrea and Kenya.  And Yemen, even though it is not technically part of Africa, is being affected by many of the same factors that are crippling nations all over eastern Africa.  The United Nations says that more than 20 million people could die from starvation and disease if nothing is done.

Top General Just Exposed Exactly What Obama Has Done To Our Military Over the Past 8 Years
Obama did everything humanly possible to destroy our country while in office. He weakened us on every front imaginable, as he made enemies out of our allies, and emboldened our enemies. One of his tactics destroy America as the world’s number 1 superpower was to completely gut our military, as Obama successfully took us back to pre-World War II capabilities. While most of us were aware of Obama’s antics while he was in office, now we’re learning something even more horrifying that’s taking place, as Obama’s leftover officials at the White House are doing everything they can to destroy our military, with an alarming report coming out of Washington from one of President Trump’s top military Generals.

BRIBES: King of Saudi Arabia Gave Obamas MILLIONS in GIFTS
It’s good America now has a president who can’t be bribed. Because Trump won’t be bought. We’ve learned through WikiLeaks and common sense that Obama was for sale to the highest Muslim bidder. And boy did the King of Saudi Arabia know it.

Trump’s Job Approval Rating Drops To Record Low, Breaking Key Correlation
In a new poll from Gallup, President Trump’s job approval rating dropped to 37%, while 58% of Americans disapprove of his performance so far as president. The slide is notable because one month ago Credit Suisse noted that Trump favorability was the only variable across the entire risk spectrum.


March 20, 2017
ALAN KEYES — The spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” has reportedly become an anthem popular among British rugby fans. Recently I read an article about this noting the “solemn origins” of the song as a “slave spiritual.” The article mentions that “Josephine Wright, a professor of music and black studies at the College of Wooster in Ohio” says that the spiritual’s lyrics “allude to feelings of despair and a desire for release from suffering.”… (more)

March 20, 2017
LARRY KLAYMAN — Thanks to yet another runaway hack federal judge, now all of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims have a constitutional right to enter the United States – – unrestricted at any time. That is the shocking but preposterous ruling of Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii v. Trump, issuing a temporary restraining order (TRO) against President Trump’s rewritten executive order temporarily suspending travel from the world’s most dangerous terrorist countries, to allow time to devise a strict means to vet potential terrorists… (more)

March 20, 2017
NEWSMAX — The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia. The reductions are nearing completion despite President Donald Trump’s argument that the treaty gives Moscow an unfair advantage in nuclear firepower…. (more)

March 20, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday said a House plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is fatally flawed because it relies on a three-pronged plan for totally gutting the 2010 law instead of killing it outright. GOP leaders have urged their troops to rally around a bill that repeals Obamacare’s mandate requiring people to hold insurance or pay a tax, replaces its subsidies with refundable age-based tax credits and reels in and caps funding for Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poor…. (more)


March 20, 2017
NEWSMAX — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., vowed to keep up the fight against the Republican healthcare bill – – which he said Sunday will not pass Congress because conservatives are “not for a gift for the insurance companies.”… (more)

March 20, 2017
NEWSMAX — The Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump is not sitting well with voters, as a majority believe Democrats in Congress are “stubborn” (64 percent), “weak” (58 percent), and neither cooperative (74 percent) nor effective (72 percent), according to the latest CBS News NationTracker poll…. (more)

March 20, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — President Trump is right to use his first federal budget to gut the Environmental Protection Agency and eradicate the cornerstones of Obama’s climate change strategy, says U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., because the EPA is being used as a tool by the left to kill free enterprise and destroy capitalism…. (more)

March 20, 2017
PAUL BEDARD — With the coverage of President Trump putting media bias on display as never before, an influential House chairman and longtime press critic has opened a campaign to call out the “mainstream media” for what he thinks it is…. (more)

March 20, 2017
ROBERT KNIGHT — On Feb. 2, at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump said, “My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty.” Right now, he has a golden opportunity. He can sign an executive order that has been on his desk since early February that would halt some of the ongoing attacks on religious conscience all over the country…. (more)


March 19, 2017
A special report from the Accuracy in Media Center for Investigative Journalism
CLIFF KINCAID — Senate Intelligence Committee leaders from both parties – – Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) – – have issued a disingenuous statement that “no element of the United States government” surveilled “Trump Tower.” They dishonestly evade the fact that media reporting two days earlier had said that British intelligence operating at U.S. behest had likely been implicated in wiretapping Trump and Trump associates, all at the instigation of the U.S. government…. (more)

March 19, 2017
DAILY WIRE — During a 2012 interview with Passport Magazine, Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon said that he wishes he could “rip pages out of the Bible” as soon as he arrives in a hotel room, though, to Condon’s disappointment, there are usually none available. “What is first thing you do when you get into a hotel room?” asked Passport Magazine, in a now-archived interview…. (more)

March 19, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A California man arrested on the White House grounds last week was on the property for a quarter-hour before being caught, the Secret Service acknowledged Friday. Jonathan Tuan Tran, 26, spent more than 16 minutes on the grounds of the executive mansion prior to being apprehended outside the White House on the evening of March 10, the Secret Service said in a statement, all the while President Trump was inside…. (more)


March 19, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — A leading critic of the Environmental Protection Agency who served on President Trump’s transition team is very encouraged by the administration approach to the agency in policy and budget, but he says Trump must make good on his promise to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate change agreement…. (more)

March 18, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump’s new border wall is supposed to be 30 feet high and should look imposing to potential illegal immigrants, Homeland Security officials said in documents Friday that officially requested the first bids to begin building the barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border…. (more)


March 18, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — It is not about the executive orders. When it comes to protecting the United States from the threats posed by radical Islam, it has never been about President Donald Trump’s executive orders: the first one that was torpedoed by the radical judiciary in January, and the new and improved version that was suspended this week – – the Lawyer Left having conveniently managed to shop its challenge to Barack Obama’s fellow Hawaiian and Harvard Law School classmate Judge Derrick Watson…. (more)

March 18, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — The chief of America’s Coast Guard says his force is invaluable to the United States, and its personnel, equipment and funding should be rebuilt and restored, just like the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin…. (more)

March 18, 2017
BYRON YORK — A key talking point in the theory that Donald Trump and the Russians conspired in the 2016 election is the allegation that last summer, during the Republican convention, the Trump campaign changed the GOP platform to weaken its stance on Russia’s aggression in Ukraine…. (more)

March 17, 2017
CONSERVATIVE TRIBUNE — Ever since a federal judge in Hawaii issued a sweeping freeze of President Donald Trump’s new immigration moratorium Wednesday, conspiracy theories have abounded across social media. The leading theory suggested that former President Barack Obama played a role in the ruling. As noted by Hawaii News Now, the former president arrived in the islands Monday for an unexpected visit…. (more)


March 17, 2017
LEO HOHMANN — The main plaintiff in the Hawaii case blocking President Trump’s revised temporary travel ban is an imam with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The irony is hard to miss: Trump has talked about declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, and now it is a Brotherhood-backed imam who is playing a key role in blocking his executive order on immigration…. (more)

March 17, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — This week’s rulings against President Trump’s revised executive order on travel and refugees have sparked heated pushback from Republicans on Capitol Hill, who say judges have crossed the line to become adversaries of this White House – – and suggested retribution could be coming…. (more)

March 17, 2017
BREITBART — Documents obtained by Judicial Watch show the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) fast-tracked tax-exempt status for an “After School Satan Club” in Tacoma, Washington, while the federal agency was discovered to be either denying conservative and Christian groups the same status or making them wait for years…. (more)

March 17, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — The House Republican health-care bill cleared another hurdle Thursday, but one of the most fiscally conservative GOP lawmakers says the bill will never pass unless it acts to immediately reduce the cost of coverage and includes repeal of Obamacare’s burdensome regulations…. (more)

March 17, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Republicans cleared a path Thursday for their Obamacare replacement to reach the House floor, pushing a bill through the Budget Committee on a tight vote that saw the first GOP defections. The committee was stitching together plans from two other panels, and now has produced a unified bill – – though Republican leaders say they’re still pondering changes designed to win over conservatives who fear the replacement bill is too expensive and too much like Obamacare…. (more)

March 16, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — With massive leaks of classified information, some of them stemming from undiscovered moles in the intelligence community, the media continue treating former officials of the CIA and NSA who have presided over this debacle with honor and respect…. (more)

March 16, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — Whereas, generations of children have been raised on wholesome Disney movies that, whether animated or live-action, were stories of character and virtue, from “Old Yeller” to “Cinderella” – – even including explicitly Christian allegories like Pinocchio (“Prove yourself brave, truthful, and unselfish, and someday, you will be a real boy”);… (more)

Why Does The Beast In ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Look Eerily Similar To Baphomet?

Beauty And The Beast Baphomet - FacebookDoes it upset anyone else that the “beast” in Disney’s new remake of “Beauty and the Beast” is a goat-man with very long horns that bears quite a resemblance to Baphomet? In Disney’s 1991 animated version of “Beauty and the Beast”, the “beast” looked very much like a gentle lion. There were a couple of small horns poking out of his head, but those could have easily been mistaken as tufts of hair. But this time around, the “beast” has been depicted as a hybrid goat-man that has enormous goat horns sticking out of his head. And of course anyone that is familiar with the occult knows that the most famous goat-man in the entire world is Baphomet – the official symbol of the Church of Satan. Could it be possible that the similarity between this “beast” and Baphomet is more than just a coincidence? (Read More…)


The Upcoming Trade War Between The U.S. And China Will Be The Biggest In The History Of The Planet

Globe At Night - Public DomainThe United States and China are the two largest economies in the world by far, and the upcoming trade war that is about to erupt will be cataclysmic for both sides.  The Trump administration and the Chinese government are both gearing up for a prolonged trade war, and this is going to have very severe implications for the entire global economy.  During the campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly stated that we “can’t continue to allow China to rape our country”, and he was quite correct about that.  Over the past ten years, the U.S. has run a trade deficit of over $2 trillion with China, and as a result of imbalanced trade we have lost tens of thousands of manufacturing businesses, millions of good paying jobs, and hundreds of billions of dollars of tax revenue. (Read More…)


Top Headlines – 3/21/2017

  • Gorsuch Strives to Present Himself as Above Political Fray (Read More)
  • Investigation Could Hurt Trump’s Clout in Congress (Read More)
  • U.S. to Ban Laptops and Tablets in Cabins of Some Mideast Flights (Read More)
  • Tillerson no-show at NATO renews European disquiet about Trump (Read More)
  • Don’t Blame Your Social Media Feed for the Growing Political Divide (Read More)
  • High-Frequency Traders Fall on Hard Times (Read More)
  • Senate GOP Holdouts Split Into Rival Camps on Health Revamp  (Read More)
  • California’s Wet Winter Points to Some Sorry-Looking Salads (Read More)
  • Exclusive: Trump administration weighing broad sanctions on North Korea (Read More)
  • U.K. Inflation Gains More Than Forecast, Breaching BOE Goal (Read More)
  • French presidential debate lifts euro to six-week highs (Read More)
  • Shell’s Titanic Bet: Can Deep-Water Drilling Be Done on the Cheap? (Read More)
  • Meet the 13 Million Nerds That Apple’s Counting On  (Read More)
  • Macron on Top After First Debate of French Presidential Election  (Read More)
  • Rookie Currency Traders Are Causing Trouble at Crucial Moments (Read More)
  • Two in Five Americans Say They’ll Need $1 Million to Retire (Read More)
  • Porsche SE has no information about Piech’s stake sale talksa (Read More)
  • What the Biggest Banks Are Planning Once Brexit Starts (Read More)
  • Merkel ally says Turkey’s Erdogan ‘not welcome’ in Germany (Read More)

Trump support for two states is ‘encouraging’ – Palestinian official

Trump administration boycotts UN council session over anti-Israel ‘bias’

Egyptian, Palestinian leaders meet for reconciliation talks

Israel facilitates transfer of NIS 300 million cash to Gaza

Shin Bet chief: Terrorists planning attacks ahead of Passover

IDF Chief of Staff warns Shiite Hezbollah is violating UN resolutions and is arming itself in preparation for war against Israel

Israel’s multi-layer defense system nearing completion

Israel to deploy David’s Sling, final piece of missile defense shield

Air Force defends use of Arrow system against Syrian missile

Israel threatens to ‘destroy’ Syrian air defence systems

Israeli drone shot down by Syria forces

Assad to Israel: We have a right to defend our borders

Assad: Russia has ‘important role’ in preventing Israel-Syria clash

Syrian UN Envoy: Putin Sent Message to Israel That Its Freedom to Act in Syria Is Over

Putin Is the Middle East’s New Boss

Syria war: Russia denies aiding Kurds to set up a military base

Russian ambassador to Syria says Damascus clashes damaged embassy building

Turkey won’t accept ‘region of terror’ in northern Syria, deputy PM says

Clashes in Damascus after rebels tunnel into government-held areas

Saving Syria’s heritage: Archaeologists discover invisible solution

ISIS recruit may have used welfare cash to fund family’s terror journey

Iraqi prime minister joins Trump for meeting focusing on ISIS

Mosul battle: 180,000 civilians flee as Iraqi troops advance

Iraq car bomb kills 20 in south-west Baghdad

Europe’s attitude toward Turkey anti-democratic, deputy PM says

Al-Qaida calls on members to ‘kill Americans’

Iran accused of planning attack on head of French-Israel business group

Shock tactics: how the arms industry trades on our fear of terrorism

Iowa mosque gets note calling Muslims ‘vile,’ threatening genocide

US Muslims and Jews strengthen bonds amid acts of bigotry

US forbids any device larger than cellphone on airlines from 13 countries

Hawaii judge declines to narrow travel ban injunction

Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims

Comey says leaks could constitute ‘espionage’

White House: ‘No evidence’ of Trump-Russia collusion

FBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at far-right news sites

Anti-Trump media: 91% coverage negative, 96% of donations to Hillary

David Rockefeller, World’s Oldest Billionaire, Dies At 101

NYSE Arca Suffers Glitch During Closing Auction

U.K. to Trigger Brexit March 29, Starting Two Years of Talks

Trump pressures ‘sanctuary cities’ that won’t hold undocumented immigrants

Almost half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported

Tattoo Removal Business Booming As Fears Of Deportation Mount

30 Countries Are Refusing To Take Back Illegal Immigrants Convicted Of Serious Crimes

Real-life Robocops will soon replace human police

North Korean propaganda video threatens destruction of US aircraft carriers, bombers

U.N. Nuclear Inspector: North Korea’s Capability Has Entered A ‘New Phase’

Chernobyl-scale chemical disaster looms in Eastern Ukraine war, experts warn

Oil Drops as U.S. Drilling Growth Threatens to Counter OPEC Cuts

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Wabag, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Republican green groups seek to temper Trump on climate change

Winter 2016-17 goes down as 6th warmest on record in US; Storm parade nearly erases California drought

Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’

‘She has every right to compete with women’: Transgender weightlifter sparks criticism after competition win

YouTube reverses some restrictions on LGBT-themed content following uproar

‘Beauty And The Beast’ Director: ‘I Wish I Could…Rip Pages Out Of The Bible’

IRS granted Satanic cult tax-exempt status in 10 days, report says

Matt Walsh: Pro-lifers aren’t the ones being hypocrites, Tomi

T.D. Jakes and Joyce Meyer Teaching Word of Faith “Little Gods” Doctrine

Hillsong submits to NAR Apostle Cindy Jacob’s Prophetic Word

Rachel Held Evans Twists Scripture to Advance Social Justice

Bethel Attempts to Make “Same Old” Teachings Sound More “Mainstream”

Creflo Dollar’s ‘Uncharted’ Film Promises to Show How Donations to His Church Fulfill ‘Mandate From God’

BREAKING NEWS: Paul Washer Suffers Heart Attack, Is In ‘Critical’ Condition

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 07:36 AM PDT

We are receiving reports that Preacher, Author and Missionary Paul Washer has reportedly suffered a heart attack and is currently in the hospital in critical…

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What are you doing with your talent?

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 06:46 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In the parable of Matthew Chapter 25 many were given talents and some invested and one squandered it. How are you using your…

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We Won’t See Signs and Wonders in the Church Until We Cultivate This Daily Habit

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 06:33 AM PDT

(By Adam Wittenberg) Do you want more spiritual power? Do you desire to walk in signs and wonders? To see revival? To advance the gospel…

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Crucifixion Nails And Other Evidence of Jesus’ Life Discovered by Israeli Archaeologists

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 06:27 AM PDT

For many who walk by faith and not by sight, physical evidence isn’t necessary to affirm their faith in Jesus. However, for those who enjoy…

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When Kindergarten Begins Assigning Your Child’s “Gender Identity”

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 06:15 AM PDT

(By Dan Delzell) What will be the next step in the evolution of the gender revolution? Well, try to imagine a day when parents wait…

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Apple CEO Says “Globalization is Great for the World”

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 05:58 AM PDT

Would you be shocked to discover that the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook is declaring that globalization is “great for the world,”? Well according to…

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Secret Gay Club Created By Idaho School Hidden From Parents

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 05:47 AM PDT

Would you be upset if you discovered your child was a member of a hidden “Gay Club” that was created by your child’s high school?…

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Why Does The Beast In ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Look Eerily Similar To Baphomet?

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 05:37 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Does it upset anyone else that the “beast” in Disney’s new remake of “Beauty and the Beast” is a goat-man with very…

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Police to Use Drones to Pursue Criminals and Missing Persons

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 08:37 PM PDT

(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) In the United Kingdom, a revolutionary approach to law enforcement is being tested. Instead of using helicopters and more expensive equipment…

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Myanmar Christians Flee Persecution By Thousands

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 08:34 PM PDT

(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) Myanmar (once called Burma) has been a country marred in turmoil and civil war since 1948. Rebel groups are battling government…

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Katy Perry Says She Sought God To Overcome Homosexuality

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 08:32 PM PDT

(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) Katy Perry grew up in a Bible-believing home. Her parents were actually pastors. She was taught the Biblical stance about marriage:…

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New Video Simulates North Korea Blowing up US Aircraft Carrier and Shooting Down Bomber

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 07:07 PM PDT

A new video being released from Kim Jong-un reveals a US aircraft carrier being blown up and a bomber being shot down. Along with this…

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Sun Experiences Longest Period of Inactivity in 7 Years

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 06:54 PM PDT

According to reports, the Sun has gone on a two-week drought of sunspots which is the longest stretch since 2010.  The report reveals that the…

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Upcoming Trade War Between U.S. And China Will Be Largest In History Of The Planet

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 06:39 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) The United States and China are the two largest economies in the world by far, and the upcoming trade war that…

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“Far-Right News” Sites Under the Microscope From FBI

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 06:33 PM PDT

It appears that “Far-Right” News Outlets will be placed even further under the microscope as reports indicate that Federal investigators are examining whether these type of news…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Syria Looking For Alliance With Russia Against Future Conflict With Israel

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 06:22 PM PDT

An interesting report is coming out of the Mideast regarding two Nations that will play a future role in Bibe Prophecy. According to sources, Syrian…

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Don’t Put Your Light Under a Basket!

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 01:27 PM PDT

(By Dr. Micahel Brown) Whenever I hear Christian leaders talk about the inevitable collapse of the church of America (or elsewhere) I ask myself, “But hasn’t…

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WAR DRUMS: China Positions 1,500 Missiles Aimed at US military Bases

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 01:22 PM PDT

Tensions are increasing and War Drums are pounding louder as now reports are indicating that China has positioned an arsenal of missiles within strike range…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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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March 20, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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FBI Director James Comey is about to testify on the continuing U.S. investigation into Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential election, but President Donald Trump on Monday accused Democrats of making up claims and pushed the agency and Congress to focus instead on media leaks.

Prime Minister Theresa May will file divorce papers to leave the European Union on March 29, launching two years of complex negotiations that will pit the U.K.’s need for a trade deal against the bloc’s view that Britain shouldn’t benefit from Brexit.

The high-heeled boot surrounded by five seas is ranked the healthiest country on Earth in the Bloomberg Global Health Index of 163 countries. A baby born in Italy can expect to live to be an octogenarian. But 2,800 miles south in Sierra Leone, the average newborn will die by 52.

Fierce clashes broke out in the Syrian capital on Sunday after insurgents infiltrated government-held parts of the city through tunnels overnight, a rare if brief advance after months of steady losses at the hands of government forces elsewhere in the country.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a concerted effort to defend free trade, saying global markets can be both open and fair.

AP Top Stories

President Trump’s approval rating has fallen to 37 percent — the lowest of his fledgling presidency, according to Gallup. His disapproval rating rose correspondingly, hitting 58 percent.

As the number of Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war climbs well into the millions, there are new warnings from top U.S. counterterrorism experts that the exodus is posing a national security threat far more serious than any the United States and Europe have seen in decades. The failure of the West to address the conditions of refugees flooding into neighboring countries creates a situation like the one that gave rise to the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan 25 years ago — with consequences that could potentially be more disastrous.

A man shot dead by French soldiers at Paris Orly airport on Saturday shouted he was there to “die for Allah” and tried to seize a soldier’s assault rifle, apparently intending to open fire on passengers, a prosecutor said.

Peruvians struggled on Sunday to cope with avalanches, mudslides and extensive flash flooding caused by torrential downpours, and forecasters predicted still more rain ahead, prolonging the country’s woes.

President Donald Trump said Saturday that Germany owes “vast sums of money” to NATO and the U.S. “must be paid more” for providing defense, reiterating his stance that European allies need to meet their end of the bargain if they are to continue benefiting from the military alliance.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has described European lawmakers as “crazies” in a salty-tongued rebuttal of criticism of his deadly drug war, while vowing again that all traffickers will be killed.

Patients who received Abbott Laboratories’ novel dissolving vascular stent had a significantly higher rate of serious adverse heart events than those treated with the company’s widely used Xience drug-coated metal stent two years after implantation, according to data presented on Saturday.

China welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday just days after hosting Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and the signing of deals worth as much as $65 billion with Riyadh, as China steps up its tentative engagement with the Middle East.

Now, a group of scientists says Pluto should definitely be added back to the planet list — oh, and that there are over 100 other objects in our solar system that should also be called planets.

A Texas high school’s on-site prayer room — which serves as a spot where Muslim students can pray — is stirring controversy. Liberty High School in Frisco established the room in 2009, but Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is concerned that the room may be off-limits to students of other religious denominations. He said in a letter Friday to the school district that any exclusion would be inconsistent with the First Amendment’s protection of religious liberty. A school district spokesman responded that the classroom is available to “students of all walks of life” in the afternoon when it is vacant.

If you’re looking for a new job right now, think “health care” and “transportation,” and stay away from mining, real estate and media.

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered the country’s two main border crossings with Afghanistan to reopen immediately.

Now the children’s TV show Sesame Street is introducing a new Muppet character with a simpler name, and a tougher brief. Julia, a little girl, has orange hair, a toy rabbit – and autism.

Dozens of skulls have been found at a site in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz. The find comes just days after Veracruz state Attorney General Jorge Winckler announced that more than 250 skulls had been discovered at another mass grave.

South Korea has appealed to the World Trade Organization to determine if the Chinese government is treating South Korean companies unfairly.

More than 180,000 civilians have fled the west of the Iraqi city of Mosul in the past month, as government forces battle Islamic State (IS) militants.

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“The media and Democrats are so close in association and so close in their philosophical views that we might as well use one word to describe both, and that’s ‘Mediacrats,’” said Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, founder of the House Media Fairness Caucus.

A group of female clergy from Iowa wrote a letter this week to publicly state their support of the abortion chain Planned Parenthood.

Yale University may soon formally replace the term “freshman” with “first-year student” in an effort to “reflect the values” of the institution.


Top News – 3/20/2017

Anti-Trump media: 91% coverage negative, 96% of donations to Hillary
“The media and Democrats are so close in association and so close in their philosophical views that we might as well use one word to describe both, and that’s ‘Mediacrats,’” said Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, founder of the House Media Fairness Caucus.

“Blasphemous,” “Disgusting,” & “Demonic”: Archbishop Paglia’s Homoerotic Mural
Critics are saying the work commissioned by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia is “blasphemous,” “disgusting,” and even “demonic.” “There is a need for reparation for this blasphemous work. And it is blasphemy because of the effeminate depiction of Christ in a context that the artist himself said was meant to be ‘erotic,’” said Dr. Thomas Ward, president of the National Association of Catholic Families and former corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Trump could ‘do an Andrew Jackson’ to save travel ban
…the Constitution and federal law give the president the authority to restrict entry to the country, said Trump could “always do a true Andrew Jackson,” the last president to challenge a court “usurping authority they did not have.”

6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off Solomon Islands
The quake struck at 02:43 am local time (1543 GMT Sunday) at a depth of 4.0 kilometres (2.5 miles), some 170 kilometres north-northeast of the capital city Honiara, the USGS said. No tsunami warning was issued.

Trump Admin To Boycott U.N. Council Over Anti-Israel Agenda
The UNHRC, which includes member countries cited for mass human rights abuses, is poised on Monday to adopt at least five anti-Israel resolutions, prompting outrage in the Trump administration over what officials described as the council’s unjust bias against the Jewish state. The boycott comes on the heels of the resignation of a Jordanian U.N. official who had sought to advance an anti-Israel agenda opposed by the U.S. and other nations.

Dome of the Rock Deliberately Placed Over Ancient Temple Site to Enforce Islamic ‘Replacement Theology’
The conflict over the Temple Mount is a clear manifestation of Islamic replacement theology, a noted archaeologist told the Knesset on Wednesday. It is the site’s holy status in Judaism that is the basis of Islam’s interest, and this phenomenon has been seen throughout history, with Islam appropriating major Christian sites as well.


SUNSPOT COUNTS REACH 7-YEAR LOW
The face of the sun has been blank (no sunspots) for 14 consecutive days. The last time this happened was April of 2010, near the end of a deep Solar Minimum. The current stretch of blank suns heralds a new Solar Minimum expected to arrive in 2019-2020.

‘Don’t f*** with us!’ Philippine President RAGES at European Union in FURIOUS tirade
The extraordinary rant came as EU bigwigs passed a resolution criticising the leader’s tough stance on drug convicts last week. European lawmakers said they were “deeply alarmed” by the reintroduction of the death penalty – adding capital punishment is considered “cruel and inhuman”. Responding to the remarks, Mr Duterte, who previously referred to Barack Obama as a “son of a whore”, once again used colourful language to berate the European Parliament

Unproven stem cell ‘therapy’ blinds three patients at Florida clinic
Three people with macular degeneration were blinded after undergoing an unproven stem cell treatment that was touted as a clinical trial in 2015 at a clinic in Florida. Within a week following the treatment, the patients experienced a variety of complications, including vision loss, detached retinas and hemorrhage. They are now blind.

Shin Bet chief warns of Hamas attack attempts ahead of Passover
The head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Nadav Argaman warned on Monday morning that despite the current relative calm, Hamas and other terrorists entities may attempt to carry out attacks ahead of the upcoming Passover holiday. “The relative calm that we are experiencing at this time is quite deceiving, it’s misleading and deluding because Hamas and global jihadi infrastructure are working every day in attempt to conduct terror attacks in Israeli territory,” he stated at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Syria war: Damascus sees fierce clashes after rebel attack
Syrian security forces have engaged in fierce clashes with rebels on the eastern outskirts of Damascus. Artillery shells and rockets landed in the heart of the capital as part of a surprise rebel attack launched in the Jobar district. The assault began early on Sunday with car bombs and suicide attacks, activists said. State media said secret tunnels were also used.

NSA Documents Prove Surveillance of Donald Trump & His Family
Infowars.com have obtained credible information from law enforcement sources regarding individual records of U.S. citizens under National Security Agency (NSA) electronic surveillance in the years 2004 through 2010 – a database that suggests…Donald J. Trump…were under illegal, unauthorized government monitoring during those years.

North Korea issues SHOCK war warning: ‘If a single bullet is fired, we WILL nuke the US’
Kim Jong-un’s rogue state issued the stunning warning as Washington and South Korea carry out war games in the region…North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said: “The Korean People’s Army will reduce the bases of aggression and provocation to ashes with its invincible Hwasong rockets tipped with nuclear warheads and reliably defend the security of the country and its people’s happiness in case the US and the South Korean puppet forces fire even a single bullet at the territory of the DPRK.”

30 Countries Are Refusing To Take Back Illegal Immigrants Convicted Of Serious Crimes
Approximately 30 countries are refusing to accept the deportations of illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes in the U.S., according to Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar. While these countries are refusing to accept the deportations of these criminals, the U.S. government is still issuing visas…to citizens of those countries…There is already a law on the books which allows the U.S. to hold visas from a country that is not taking back its criminals, but…the U.S. is not enforcing it.

Israel threatens to ‘destroy’ Syrian air defence systems
Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday threatened to destroy Syrian air defence systems after they fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes.

Top GOP senator spills beans on real goal of EPA
President Trump is right to use his first federal budget to gut the Environmental Protection Agency and eradicate the cornerstones of Obama’s climate change strategy, says U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., because the EPA is being used as a tool by the left to kill free enterprise and destroy capitalism.

In First 2 Months in Office: Trump Reduced Debt by $100 Billion – Obama Increased Dept By $400 Billion
On January 20th, the day of President Trump’s Inauguration, the US Debt stood at $19,947 billion. As of March 16th, the most recent date for US debt reporting, the US Debt stands at $19,846 billion. President Trump has cut the US Debt burden by over $100 billion and 0.5% in the first two months since his inauguration!

Trump Looks Repeal Major Obama Fracking Rule
Lawyers with the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed to change the federal government’s position on environmental regulations, which the Obama administration had legally defended against challenges from the oil and natural gas industry and several state governments.

China Plans To Trample Obama’s Red Line In The South China Sea
Beijing has plans to start construction on the disputed Scarborough Shoal this year. China has reclaimed land in both the Spratly and Paracel Islands and constructed military outposts, but it has been hesitant to start construction on the Scarborough Shoal. Xiao Jie, the mayor of Sansha — an administrative base for China’s South China Sea activities masquerading as a city — said this week that China intends to construct environmental monitoring stations on a number of territories in the South China Sea, including the Scarborough Shoal.

Russian Anti-Smoking Campaign: “Smoking Kills More People Than Obama, Although He Kills A lot
Russian authorities included Barack Obama in their latest an anti-smoking campaign. The former US president is pictured smoking in the Russian ads seen in bus stops.


The Briefing 03-20-17

An “ideological food fight”? Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch begin today

When feminism and abortion collide, feminism loses: British doctor pushes for sex-selective abortion

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Op-Ed: The Fed’s stealthy QE — $267 billion of fresh liquidity injected since mid-January

The Fed has been expanding its balance sheet – big time – by buying a huge amount of assets in exchange for cash to reassure equity and bond traders.

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The Global Famine Begins: UN Announces That The Worst Food Crisis Since World War II Is Happening Right Now

Horse Famine - Public DomainWe always knew that this would start happening.  Earlier this month, I wrote about the severe economic problems that are plaguing South America, but up to this point I have neglected to discuss the horrific famines that are breaking out all over Africa.  Right now there is a desperate need for food in South Sudan, Somalia, northeast Nigeria, Eritrea and Kenya.  And Yemen, even though it is not technically part of Africa, is being affected by many of the same factors that are crippling nations all over eastern Africa.  The United Nations says that more than 20 million people could die from starvation and disease if nothing is done.  When I write about economic collapse, this is the kind of thing that I am talking about, and we are starting to see alarming conditions spread across the globe.  Many believe that we could never possibly face this kind of food crisis in the western world, but unfortunately wishful thinking will only get you so far. (Read More…)


Top Headlines – 3/20/2017

  • Stock futures lower after G20 drops free-trade pledge (Read More)
  • U.K. to Trigger Brexit on March 29, May’s Spokesman Says (Read More)
  • Comey to Testify on Hill About Russia, Wiretap Allegation (Read More)
  • Germany, Japan Push Trade Deal as Merkel Seeks Anti-Trump Allies (Read More)
  • North Korea engine test may be prelude to partial ICBM flight (Read More)
  • Regulators Said to Weigh Appraisal Change That May Spur Lending (Read More)
  • Gorsuch to restore conservative tilt to US court (Read More)
  • White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears (Read More)
  • Canada Committed to Lower Debt Ratio, Morneau Says Before Budget (Read More)
  • Deputy to Uber CEO Abruptly Exits, Adding to Management Turmoil (Read More)
  • Almost half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported (Read More)
  • Deutsche Bank Says Revenue to Stay ‘Broadly Flat’ This Year (Read More)
  • What’s Attacking the Web? A Security Camera in a Colorado Laundroma (Read More)
  • French financial prosecutor’s office evacuateda (Read More)
  • A Six-Figure Income May Not Shield You From a Shock (Read More)
  • It’s Good to Be a CEO, Again: Stocks Rise, and So Does Pay (Read More)
  • Norway unseats Denmark as world’s happiest country (Read More)
  • Rent or Buy in New York? Compare the Costs (Read More)
  • No plans for early election, says UK PM May’s spokesman (Read More)
  • Visco Says ECB Could Shorten Break Between QE Exit And Rate Hike (Read More)
  • China says preparatory work for Xi-Trump meeting has begun (Read More)
  • Polls in Austria show erosion of far-right Freedom Party’s lead (Read More)

Palestinians give award to UN official who condemned Israel

Netanyahu chief of staff heads to US to sort out settlements

Netanyahu’s rift with finance minister fuels talk of early Israeli election

Argentina, Israelis mark 25 years since attack on Buenos Aires embassy

Arabs agree to escalate terror war ‘in all ways possible’

IDF calls up reservists for surprise exercise in south

IDF chief says Lebanon responsible for next conflict with Hezbollah

How Russia Is Turning Syria into a Major Naval Base for Nuclear Warships (and Israel Is Worried)

Israel-Syria Clash: With Missile Fire, Assad Is Trying to Change the Rules of the Game

Israel said to strike Syria for second time in 24 hours, amid threats from Damascus

Israeli air force kills Syrian citizen near Damascus

Israeli airstrike in Syrian Golan said to kill pro-Assad fighter

Syria’s ambassador to the UN: Syria’s response to Israel’s attack changes the rules of the game

Israel threatens to destroy Syria’s air defence systems ‘without the slightest hesitation’

Lieberman: If Syria targets our aircraft again, we’ll destroy its air defense

Syria war: Damascus sees fierce clashes after rebel attack

Syria conflict: Rebels begin evacuating Homs enclave of al-Wair

Three US soldiers wounded in Afghan ‘insider attack’

Germany Turkey: 30,000 Kurds in Frankfurt anti-Erdogan protest

Orly airport: Attacker phoned father to say ‘I screwed up’

Tests find drugs, alcohol in blood of Paris airport attacker

North Korea ‘conducts high-thrust engine test’

Trump says North Korea dictator ‘is acting very, very badly’

White House Releases Border Wall Requirements

Judge denies request to limit order halting Trump’s travel ban

Comey set to testify on Capitol Hill on Russia, hacking, wiretapping

House intel committee chairman: ‘There never was’ Trump tower wiretap

German cybersecurity watchdog raises attack alert level

European rocket scientists pledge to make first private Moon landing in 2018

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Auki, Solomon Islands

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

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Floods and mudslides kill dozens in Peru

Trump may move GOP health care bill to the right, dooming it in the Senate

Trump budget threatens nutrition services for poor women and children

U.S. Supreme Court’s ideological balance at stake in confirmation fight

Jerusalem to host Israel’s main gay pride parade

First Amendment controversy brews over Texas high school’s Muslim prayer room

C.H. Fisher – They Love Error More than Truth

Bob DeWaay – Two-Domain Theology: How We Escape Satan’s Dominion

Visual Proof That Modern Churches are (Much) Better

Jane Whaley/WOFF – Social worker accused of hiding religious sect abuse resigns

Pastor that rejects doctors and drugs charged in the death of his own granddaughter

President of Christian Ecclesia College Indicted for Mail, Wire Fraud

Female Clergy Members From Iowa Publicly Support Planned Parenthood

Principal Recruits Students for Secret ‘Gay’ Club

ABC’s ’20/20′ Contacted Me for ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ Story, But Ignored What I Told Them

The Rise and Struggle of South Korean Missionaries

Is Ezekiel 36:8 Prophecy Coming True In The Galilee?

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 07:38 AM PDT

(Reported By PNW) One of the benefits of living in modern Israel is physically experiencing Biblical prophecy coming to life.  Two families who moved to…

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DEVELOPING: Over 250 Quakes strike Iceland Volcano, Major Eruption May Be Imminent

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 07:26 AM PDT

Iceland may very well be about to see a major eruption soon as reports indicate the last 24 hours has seen a large seismic swarm of…

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Have You Been Bitten?

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 06:19 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will discuss how many believers have been bitten by a venomous enemy known as “Offense” and how once…

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City of David Sees Fulfillment of Isaiah 52:2 Prophecy in Our Day

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 06:11 AM PDT

(Reported By Charisma News) When people visit Jerusalem’s Old City, they may believe it’s the same place King David set up as his capital more…

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Pastor Discovers 706-Carat Diamond

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 06:04 AM PDT

A Christian pastor has reportedly discovered one of the world’s largest uncut diamonds — weighing 706 carats — in Sierra Leone’s eastern Kono region.  This…

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Yale Pushing to Replace ‘Freshman’ with More ‘Inclusive’ Term

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 05:55 AM PDT

Here we go again with the changing of history and terms to accommodate the culture and prevent anyone and everyone from being “offended”!Now Yale University…

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1961 Prophecy From Evangelist Tommy Hicks Described The Army Of The Last Days That Is Rising Now

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 05:44 AM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) More than 50 years ago, God showed evangelist Tommy Hicks what the mighty army of the last days would look like….

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Google Director Aims to Implant Computers Inside Human Brain

Posted: 19 Mar 2017 10:34 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) Recently, the director of engineering for Google announced that he was in favor of implanting computers inside the human brain. By…

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Solar Eclipse Will Cross the US for the First Time in 99 Years

Posted: 19 Mar 2017 10:30 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) An extremely rare solar event will appear in the sky this summer. On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will cross…

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Strange Weather: 30-Year Snowfall Hits Remote Chinese Region

Posted: 19 Mar 2017 10:27 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) In the northwest section of the Xinjang Uygur Autonomous region, a rare snowfall recently fell that has not been seen in…

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BREAKING NEWS: Israel Strikes Hezbollah Convoy In Syria

Posted: 19 Mar 2017 06:43 PM PDT

Breaking News reports coming out of the Mideast are reporting that early Monday morning Israel struck what appears to be, Hezbollah targets on the Syrian-Lebanese…

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Ohio Town Sees 82 Overdoses in 2 weeks

Posted: 19 Mar 2017 06:19 PM PDT

One Ohio town is reeling from what is being reported of record drug overdoses leaving nearly a dozen dead. The report from a local affiliate…

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Controversial Trump Billboard In Arizona Drawing Outrage!

Posted: 19 Mar 2017 06:04 PM PDT

A large billboard in Phoneix, Arizona depicting the US President Donald Trump between nuclear mushroom clouds and dollar sign Nazi swastikas has sparked outrage among…

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UN Announces That The Worst Food Crisis Since World War II Is Happening Right Now

Posted: 19 Mar 2017 05:50 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) We always knew that this would start happening. Earlier this month, I wrote about the severe economic problems that are plaguing…

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Days of Lot: Homosexuality Sharply Increasing Among Youth

Posted: 19 Mar 2017 11:16 AM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) A recent study was released concerning the acceptance of homosexuality among youth in the United States. Their research show an 85%…

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Christian College Says Bible Is Not Inclusive Enough

Posted: 19 Mar 2017 11:14 AM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) Bethel University, a Christian university in Minnesota, has instructed its teachers to stop using terms such as “man” and “mankind” because…

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New Military Laser Shoots Down Drones

Posted: 19 Mar 2017 11:11 AM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) The US Military has recently received a new laser system to shoot down drones. The laser, developed by Lockheed Martin, combines…

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BREAKING NEWS: North Korea Warns It Will Nuke US ‘If a Single Bullet is Fired

Posted: 19 Mar 2017 10:40 AM PDT

The persistent “War Rhetoric” continues from North Korea as the latest threat comes as the communists Nation has vowed to launch a nuclear strike on…

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The Power Of Agreement

Posted: 19 Mar 2017 10:27 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will be discussing how the power of agreement brings breakthrough, deliverances, and miracles! Watch the video below for…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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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Top News – 3/19/2017

Egypt’s Sisi expected to meet with Trump in DC ahead of Abbas visit
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will make his first state visit to Washington during the first week of April at the invitation of US President Donald Trump, Egyptian state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Sunday. The trip will be Sisi’s first US state visit since being elected president in 2014 as former US president Barack Obama had never extended an invitation.

North Korea ‘conducts high-thrust engine test’
North Korea’s state media says its military has tested a new high-performance rocket engine. Leader Kim Jong-un declared the test “a new birth” for the North’s rocket industry, state news agency KCNA said. He said the engine would help North Korea achieve world-class satellite launch capability, it added. The development, not confirmed elsewhere, comes as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits China – Pyongyang’s main ally.

Germany Turkey: 30,000 Kurds in Frankfurt anti-Erdogan protest
Some 30,000 Turkish Kurds have held a demonstration in the German city of Frankfurt against the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Protesters came from all over Germany ahead of Kurdish new year celebrations. They called for democracy and a No vote in next month’s Turkish referendum on increasing presidential powers. Many carried symbols of the banned PKK.

Floods and mudslides kill dozens in Peru
At least 72 people have died in several days of floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rains in Peru, officials say. The floods – the worst in almost 30 years – have affected over half the country. More than 800 towns and cities have declared a state of emergency. The capital, Lima, has been without water since Monday and services are only now being restored.

Syria conflict: Rebels begin evacuating Homs enclave of al-Wair
Syrian rebels and their families are leaving their last remaining enclave in Homs, a city once dubbed “the capital of the revolution”. Buses have begun transporting people out of al-Wair district, under a Russian-backed evacuation deal. Al-Wair is home to an estimated 75,000 people and has been under siege by government forces since late 2013.

China Pushes Back on U.S. Talk of ‘All Options’ Over North Korea
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pushed back against the tougher U.S. line on North Korea, reiterating his country’s view that the only way to rein in its reclusive neighbor is through talks. Wang spoke at a briefing in Beijing with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who in Seoul on Friday refused to rule out a preemptive strike against Pyongyang if the threat from its weapons program was deemed severe enough.

With friends like these: Trump struggles to win GOP
Congressional Republicans have a lot to say about their new president. Donald Trump’s proposed budget is “draconian, careless and counterproductive.” The health care plan is a bailout that won’t pass. And his administration’s suggestion that former President Barack Obama used London’s spy agency for surveillance is simply “inexplicable.” With friends like these, who needs Democrats?

Mini-nukes and mosquito-like robot weapons being primed for future warfare
Several countries are developing nanoweapons that could unleash attacks using mini-nuclear bombs and insect-like lethal robots. While it may be the stuff of science fiction today, the advancement of nanotechnology in the coming years will make it a bigger threat to humanity than conventional nuclear weapons, according to an expert. The U.S., Russia and China are believed to be investing billions on nanoweapons research.

IDF calls up reservists for surprise exercise in south
The IDF’s Southern Command called up its reserve forces for a surprise exercise on Sunday amid a recent increase in rockets fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel. As part of the exercise, reserve forces will drill a variety of operational scenarios, with an emphasis put on threats on the southern front.

U.S. Supreme Court’s ideological balance at stake in confirmation fight
When…U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is sworn in for his Senate confirmation hearing on Monday, Democrats will make the case that he is a pro-business, social conservative insufficiently independent of the president. In a bid to place hurdles in the way of Gorsuch’s expected confirmation…Democrats on the judiciary committee have said they will probe him on several fronts based mainly on his record as a federal appeals court judge and a Justice Department appointee under former President George W. Bush.

Netanyahu’s rift with finance minister fuels talk of early Israeli election
A dispute between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his finance minister over broadcast regulation sparked speculation on Sunday that Netanyahu could seek an election two years ahead of schedule. A national vote could delay any U.S. peace moves under new President Donald Trump and also put off Netanyahu’s possible indictment over suspected corruption.

Paris airport terrorist shot dead; ‘Here to die for Allah’…
A convicted criminal with links to radical Islam shouted ‘I am here to die for Allah, there will be deaths’ seconds before he was shot dead during an attack at Paris Orly airport. The 39-year-old, named locally as career criminal Ziyed Ben Belgacem, was killed after wrestling a soldier’s gun from her and fleeing into a McDonald’s.

German Foreign Minister: Turkey ‘further away from EU membership than ever’
Turkey has never been less likely to join the European Union than now and the bloc should seek a special relationship with Britain, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said as relations between Ankara and Berlin hit a low point.

An anti-Islam Dutch leader is barred from power. His supporters say: Just wait.
If the Dutch anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders were any other politician, his robust election showing this week would warrant a shot at joining a political coalition. But the bleached-blond agitator says Moroccans are “scum,” mosques are havens of terrorism and the Koran is a blueprint for destruction, positions no mainstream Dutch leader will endorse.

Beijing Goes Global: China Expands Marine Force 400%; First Overseas Military Base Almost Complete
For most of its recent history, China has largely been a land power with no significant naval capabilities. But that is changing rapidly as Chinese media is reporting the People’s Liberation Army’s ambitious new plans to boost China’s marine corps to “protect arterial maritime trade routes and enforce its growing overseas interests.”

Is Denmark On The Brink?
“The Danes look at Sweden with absolute horror…Denmark is on the brink. And Europe is on the brink. We completely lost our culture, our values and our moral compass. What used to be good is now evil and vice-versa.”

Police get search warrant for everyone who Googled Edina resident’s name
Internet giant Google is vowing to fight a search warrant demanding that Edina police be able to collect information on any resident who used certain search terms as authorities try to locate a thief who swindled a resident out of $28,500.


Greenwald: Key Democratic Officials Now Warning Base Not to Expect Evidence of Trump/Russia Collusion

Sorry Dems. Probably time to start coming to terms with reality.

But who knows? Maybe the boogeyman connection exists. There’s always hope right? And reality is such a pain. Better to live in the fever dream.

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The Democrats’ Trump-Russia Conspiracy Campaign Collapses

Is sanity finally returning? After weeks of ranting and raving about Russian “interference” and Putin-Trump conspiracies, so-called ‘intelligence’ agencies and high-ranking Democrats are quietly walking back their rhetoric and managing their base’s expectations – simply put: there’s no ‘there’, there.

‘Moon of Alabama’ reminds us that a while ago Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone warned: Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media:

If we engage in Times-style gilding of every lily the leakers throw our way, and in doing so build up a fever of expectations for a bombshell reveal, but there turns out to be no conspiracy – Trump will be pre-inoculated against all criticism for the foreseeable future.

And now, as The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald writes, key Democratic officials are now warning their base not to expect

From MSNBC politics shows to town hall meetings across the country, the overarching issue for the Democratic Party’s base since Trump’s victory has been Russia, often suffocating attention for other issues. This fixation has persisted even though it has no chance to sink the Trump presidency unless it is proven that high levels of the Trump campaign actively colluded with the Kremlin to manipulate the outcome of the U.S. election — a claim for which absolutely no evidence has thus far been presented.

The principal problem for Democrats is that so many media figures and online charlatans are personally benefiting from feeding the base increasingly unhinged, fact-free conspiracies — just as right-wing media polemicists did after both Bill Clinton and Obama were elected — that there are now millions of partisan soldiers absolutely convinced of a Trump/Russia conspiracy for which, at least as of now, there is no evidence. And they are all waiting for the day, which they regard as inevitable and imminent, when this theory will be proven and Trump will be removed.

Key Democratic officials are clearly worried about the expectations that have been purposely stoked and are now trying to tamp them down. Many of them have tried to signal that the beliefs the base has been led to adopt have no basis in reason or evidence.

The latest official to throw cold water on the MSNBC-led circus is President Obama’s former acting CIA chief Michael Morell. What makes him particularly notable in this context is that Morell was one of Clinton’s most vocal CIA surrogates. In August, he not only endorsed Clinton in the pages of the New York Times but also became the first high official to explicitly accuse Trump of disloyalty, claiming, “In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”

But on Wednesday night, Morell appeared at an intelligence community forum to “cast doubt” on “allegations that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.” “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians here, there is smoke, but there is no fire at all,” he said, adding, “There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no spark. And there’s a lot of people looking for it.”

Obama’s former CIA chief also cast serious doubt on the credibility of the infamous, explosive “dossier” originally published by BuzzFeed, saying that its author, Christopher Steele, paid intermediaries to talk to the sources for it. The dossier, he said, “doesn’t take you anywhere, I don’t think.”

Morell’s comments echo the categorical remarks by Obama’s top national security official, James Clapper, who told Meet the Press last week that during the time he was Obama’s DNI, he saw no evidence to support claims of a Trump/Russia conspiracy. “We had no evidence of such collusion,” Clapper stated unequivocally. Unlike Morell, who left his official CIA position in 2013 but remains very integrated into the intelligence community, Clapper was Obama’s DNI until just seven weeks ago, leaving on January 20.

Perhaps most revealing of all are the Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee — charged with investigating these matters — who recently told BuzzFeed how petrified they are of what the Democratic base will do if they do not find evidence of collusion, as they now suspect will likely be the case. “There’s a tangible frustration over what one official called ‘wildly inflated’ expectations surrounding the panel’s fledgling investigation,” BuzzFeed’s Ali Watkins wrote.

Moreover, “several committee sources grudgingly say, it feels as though the investigation will be seen as a sham if the Senate doesn’t find a silver bullet connecting Trump and Russian intelligence operatives.” One member told Watkins: “I don’t think the conclusions are going to meet people’s expectations.”

What makes all of this most significant is that officials like Clapper and Morell are trained disinformation agents; Clapper in particular has proven he will lie to advance his interests. Yet even with all the incentive to do so, they are refusing to claim there is evidence of such collusion; in fact, they are expressly urging people to stop thinking it exists. As even the law recognizes, statements that otherwise lack credibility become more believable when they are ones made “against interest.”

Media figures have similarly begun trying to tamp down expectations. Ben Smith, the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, which published the Steele dossier, published an article yesterday warning that the Democratic base’s expectation of a smoking gun “is so strong that Twitter and cable news are full of the theories of what my colleague Charlie Warzel calls the Blue Detectives — the left’s new version of Glenn Beck, digital blackboards full of lines and arrows.” Smith added: “It is also a simple fact that while news of Russian actions on Trump’s behalf is clear, hard details of coordination between his aides and Putin’s haven’t emerged.” And Smith’s core warning is this:

Trump’s critics last year were horrified at the rise of “fake news” and the specter of a politics shaped by alternative facts, predominantly on the right. They need to be careful now not to succumb to the same delusional temptations as their political adversaries, and not to sink into a filter bubble which, after all, draws its strength not from conservative or progressive politics but from human nature.

And those of us covering the story and the stew of real information, fantasy, and — now — forgery around it need to continue to report and think clearly about what we know and what we don’t, and to resist the sugar high that comes with telling people exactly what they want to hear.

For so long, Democrats demonized and smeared anyone trying to inject basic reason, rationality, and skepticism into this Trump/Russia discourse by labeling them all Kremlin agents and Putin lovers. Just this week, the Center for American Progress released a report using the language of treason to announce the existence of a “Fifth Column” in the U.S. that serves Russia (similar to Andrew Sullivan’s notorious 2001 decree that anyone opposing the war on terror composed an anti-American “Fifth Column”), while John McCain listened to Rand Paul express doubts about the wisdom of NATO further expanding to include Montenegro and then promptly announced: “Paul is working for Vladimir Putin.”

But with serious doubts — and fears — now emerging about what the Democratic base has been led to believe by self-interested carnival barkers and partisan hacks, there is a sudden, concerted effort to rein in the excesses of this story. With so many people now doing this, it will be increasingly difficult to smear them all as traitors and Russian loyalists, but it may be far too little, too late, given the pitched hysteria that has been deliberately cultivated around these issues for months. Many Democrats have reached the classic stage of deranged conspiracists where evidence that disproves the theory is viewed as further proof of its existence, and those pointing to it are instantly deemed suspect.

A formal, credible investigation into all these questions, where the evidence is publicly disclosed, is still urgently needed. That’s true primarily so that conspiracies no longer linger and these questions are resolved by facts rather than agenda-driven anonymous leaks from the CIA and cable news hosts required to feed a partisan mob.

It’s certainly possible to envision an indictment of a low-level operative like Carter Page, or the prosecution of someone like Paul Manafort on matters unrelated to hacking, but the silver bullet that Democrats have been led to expect will sink Trump appears further away than ever.

But given the way these Russia conspiracies have drowned out other critical issues being virtually ignored under the Trump presidency, it’s vital that everything be done now to make clear what is based in evidence and what is based in partisan delusions. And most of what the Democratic base has been fed for the last six months by their unhinged stable of media, online, and party leaders has decisively fallen into the latter category, as even their own officials are now desperately trying to warn.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Director: I Wish I Was Like ‘Lord of the Rings’ Star Who Rips Leviticus 18:22 Out of Hotel Bibles

The openly homosexual director of Disney’s live action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” once stated during an interview that he wished he could say he was like “Lord of the Rings” star Ian McKellen, who has admitted to ripping Leviticus 18:22 out of hotel Bibles because of its prohibition of homosexual sex acts. “What is first thing you do when you get into a…


Top Headlines – 3/19/2017

Palestinian leaders pan UN for scrapping Israel ‘apartheid’ report

Abbas said invited to White House mid-April

In 2nd meeting, Netanyahu and Trump envoy fail to reach agreement on settlements

Arabs agree to escalate terror war ‘in all ways possible’

Islamic State claims Israel bombed its members in Sinai

Pope Francis to Visit Egypt to Mend Ties With Muslims

Pope Francis to visit Egypt in April in interfaith effort

Iran: Israel’s ‘aggression’ in Syria proves it’s aligned with ‘terrorists’

Islamic State’s wane sets the stage for regional superpower Iran

After Syria airstrike, Hezbollah says Israel fears Islamic State defeat

Erdogan calls on Turkish families in Europe to have five children to protect against ‘injustices’

German Foreign Minister: Turkey ‘further away from EU membership than ever’

Germany to use voice recognition to identify migrant origins

German cybersecurity watchdog raises attack alert level: paper

Paris airport attacker said he was ‘ready to die for Allah’

Attacker killed at Paris airport linked to earlier shooting of police officer, prosecutor says

Beijing Goes Global: China Expands Marine Force 400%; First Overseas Military Base Almost Complete

China Pushes Back on U.S. Talk of ‘All Options’ Over North Korea

U.S., China soften tone, say to work together on North Korea

Rex Tillerson urged to be ‘cool-headed’ over North Korea

North Korea tests newly developed high-thrust rocket engine

UK troops in Estonia to deter ‘Russian aggression’

Gatherings mark anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea

Donald Trump says Germany owes ‘vast sums of money’ to Nato and the US

New rifts emerge as Trump administration rejects free trade statement at G-20 meeting

Top economies yield to US, drop no-protectionism pledge

Trump wants to build 30-foot-high wall at Mexican border

Canadian border authorities detaining record number of Mexicans

Gorsuch Not a Sure Vote for Trump in Immigration Crackdown

Bernie Sanders lectures America for ‘worshipping wealth’ – promptly gets annihilated for hypocrisy

Russian parliament backs investigation into U.S. media

Police get search warrant for everyone who Googled Edina resident’s name

Car and bomb claim at White House sets off security alert

Mini-nukes and mosquito-like robot weapons being primed for future warfare

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Palomares, Mexico

Earthquake swarm in Tungnafellsjokull volcano

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 18,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 12,500ft

Death toll rises to 72 in Peru rains, flooding, mudslides

Small Brazil city on edge after man dies from yellow fever

Senate Republicans: From ‘hell no’ to ‘not so sure’ on Obamacare

BREAKING NEWS: Israel threatens to destroy Syrian air defenses

Posted: 19 Mar 2017 07:44 AM PDT

We are receiving reports that the Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman is coming out warning Syria that Israel will destroy its aerial defense system if they…

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Facebook Investigating After Christian Mom Claims Page Continues To Be Censored

Posted: 19 Mar 2017 06:14 AM PDT

Despite the recent apology made by Facebook for temporarily shutting down a Christian blogger’s page after a discussion on biblical views on homosexuality, Elizabeth Johnston still…

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Director makes shocking statement

Posted: 19 Mar 2017 05:55 AM PDT

According to reports, the openly homosexual director of Disney’s new controversial remake of “Beauty and the Beast” reportedly stated during an interview that he wished…

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Mini-Nukes and Mosquito Robot Weapons Primed for Future Warfare

Posted: 19 Mar 2017 05:46 AM PDT

The face of future warfare is changing rapidly and now several countries are developing nano weapons that could potentially unleash attacks using mini-nuclear bombs and…

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Deadly Rains, Flooding and Mudslides Leave 72 Dead in Peru

Posted: 18 Mar 2017 05:54 PM PDT

A deadly culmination of weather events in Peru has left at least 72 reportedly dead. According to reports, The intense rains, overflowing rivers, mudslides and…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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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Top News – 3/18/2017

‘Known radical Muslim’ dead after seizing soldier’s gun at Paris airport
Security forces shot dead a man who seized a soldier’s gun at Paris Orly airport in France on Saturday soon after the same man shot and wounded a police officer during a routine police check, the interior minister said. The man was known to police and intelligence services, Interior Minister Bruno le Roux told reporters. A police source described him as a radicalized Muslim but did not identify him by name.

Rocket explodes in open area near Gaza border, no injuries
A rocket exploded in an open area Saturday morning in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. Rocket alert sirens were heard in the southern Gaza border communities. No one was injured in the incident. Additional reports indicate that a second rocket was also launched but landed within the Gaza Strip.

Russia demands explanation for Israel’s Syria strikes
Israel’s ambassador to Russia was summoned by Russia’s Foreign Minister on Friday to give an explanation for Israel’s Thursday night air strikes in Syria, Israeli media reported…An IDF source told The Jerusalem Post that Israel has no plans to escalate or intensify tension with the Syrian army; however, Israel will continue to operate according it’s red lines, working to stop transfer of weapons, mainly accurate long-range missiles being transferred from Iran, through Syria, to Hezbollah.

Netanyahu: Syria strikes were to block transfer of weapons to Hezbollah
In a rare statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday acknowledged Israeli airstrikes in Syria, saying that they were conducted to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons to Hezbollah. “Our policy is very consistent,” Netanyahu said. “When we detect attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, and we have the intelligence and feasibility to carry out an operation, we will work to prevent it.”

Rex Tillerson urged to be ‘cool-headed’ over North Korea
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged the US to remain “cool-headed” over North Korean tensions. The situation was at a “crossroads”, but must not be allowed to develop into a conflict, he said after hosting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Mr Tillerson spoke of “dangerous levels” of tension, a day after suggesting the US might launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea.

UK troops in Estonia to deter ‘Russian aggression’
The first of 800 UK troops being sent to bolster Nato defences in the Baltic have arrived in Estonia. The 120 soldiers from the 5th Battalion The Rifles will set up a UK headquarters in the country before the remaining troops arrive in April. The defence secretary said they would deter “Russian aggression”.

Germany to use voice recognition to identify migrant origins
Germany is to begin testing new voice recognition software that can tell which country migrants without documentation come from, officials say. The Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees said the automated new system would begin within two weeks. But it will not be ready for routine use for at least a year and there are doubts over its effectiveness.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Globalization in China Speech
Apple Inc.’s Chief Executive Tim Cook defended globalization in a rare public speech in China, as his company faces political pressure in the U.S. to bring back factories. Mr. Cook also said data privacy was one of the company’s values, although he stopped short Saturday of criticizing decryption demands from governments as Apple has previously in the U.S. It was his first time speaking at the China Development Forum, an annual conference sponsored by China’s central government.

New Republican bill seeks to keep traveling gun owners safe from states with anti-gun laws
On Tuesday, Senate Republicans introduced a bill that would protect the rights of gun owners traveling over state lines from falling into the complicated laws that differ in each state. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) introduced S.618 , which would amend the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 to clarify key provisions in the law…the bill will prevent anyone with a gun, ammunition, or magazines from falling outside of the law simply by passing through.

Trump Responds To Obama Wiretap Question: “At Least Merkel And I Have Something In Common”
Donald Trump: “on wiretapping by this past administration, at least we have something in common.”

Trump’s Budget Revives Yucca Mountain After Obama Killed It
President Donald Trump’s budget revives plans to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The budget “provides $120 million to restart licensing activities for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste, repository and initiate a robust interim storage program,” according to a budget summary. “These investments would accelerate progress on fulfilling the Federal Government’s obligations to address nuclear waste, enhance national security, and reduce future taxpayer burden.”

Reagan intel analyst: Obama made world more dangerous
The man who successfully predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union says the world is increasingly dangerous because the U.S. takes less of a leadership role, but he is hopeful President Trump will reverse that trend.

Rush Limbaugh on Obamacare 2.0: ‘Why Do the Republicans Want to Hurt Trump’s Base?’
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh questioned why Congressional Republicans seem determined to inflict pain on Trump’s economically-struggling base with their healthcare bill on Friday: 

IRS Director Needs to Take the Perp Walk
Nearly two months into the Trump administration, the IRS commissioner remains on the job. IRS Director, John Koskinen, has harassed Tea Party members and audited the political enemies of former President Obama. He doesn’t need to just be fired, he needs to be prosecuted for abuse of power. Here is the complete story.

Obama’s Final Year: US Spent $36 Million in Records Lawsuits
The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.


Homosexual Attorney Objects to Disney’s ‘Gay’ Content, Says It Steals Innocence From Children   Mar 11, 2017 11:07 am

Photo Credit: Beauty and the Beast Facebook page RIPLEY, Miss. — An attorney in Mississippi who identifies as a homosexual is objecting to the “gay” content in recent Disney productions, opining that children should not be exposed to such topics as it steals their innocence. “Prime-time network television is geared for an adult audience; one that understands…

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California Pastor Murdered While Meeting With Member for Prayer   Mar 17, 2017 06:02 am

SALINAS, Calif. — A pastor in California who was known for working with the addicted and those involved in street life was stabbed to death on Tuesday evening after going outside to counsel with and pray for one of his members. Herbert Valero, 68, of Victory Outreach Church in Salinas thought he was just stepping out of the house to pray with Servando Silva, 37,…

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Teen Forced to Have Sex With 1,000 Men Sues Motel Where Human Trafficking Took Place   Mar 15, 2017 06:04 am

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia teenager who says she was forced to have sex with an estimated 1,000 men over a period of two years has sued the motel where the abuse took place, alleging that they knew she was being held against her will. “She is devastated by what happened to her. She’s just trying to piece her life back together,” attorney Nadeem Bezar…

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Female Minister Who Identifies as Male Asserts: ‘God Is Transgender’   Mar 12, 2017 03:37 pm

Photo Credit: Twitter AUSTIN, Texas — A female minister in Texas who identifies as male recently declared at the state capitol that “God is transgender” in expressing her opposition to a proposed bill that requires those using restrooms and locker rooms in government buildings and public schools to use the facility that corresponds with the gender on their…

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Mother, Son on Quest to ‘Transition’ to Father, Daughter   Mar 17, 2017 01:14 pm

Photo Credit: Instagram DETROIT, Mich. — A mother and son from Michigan are going public regarding their quest to “transition” into father and daughter. Erica Maison and her 15-year-old son Corey recently appeared on Australia’s “60 Minutes” to talk about the matter. The younger Maison said that he came to his parents four years ago and disclosed that he felt…

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‘Viral Response’ to Plea to Find Adoptive Family for Five Children Who Want to Stay Together   Mar 14, 2017 06:02 am

TOPEKA, Kan. — Officials with an adoption agency in Kansas state that they have received a “viral response” to their plea to find an adoptive family for five children who are currently separated in foster homes, but would like to stay together. “This is a viral response … and it’s pretty insane,” Corey Lada of the Kansas Children’s Service League told…

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‘Our Mom Died’: Woman Finds Boy Who Left Heartbreaking Apology Note After Sister Stole Wind Chime   Mar 14, 2017 12:02 pm

LAKEWOOD, Wash. — A woman in Washington has located an 11-year-old boy who left an apology note on her doorstep and $5 after his sister took her wind chime because it reminded the children of their late mother. Christina Reitz said she heard a knock on her door a little over a week ago, and when she went to answer it, all she found was a note. “I am sorry…

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Former Planned Parenthood Nurse: Abortionist Sorted Through Babies’ Remains to Ensure All Parts Removed   Mar 15, 2017 06:03 am

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A former nurse at a Planned Parenthood location in Indiana says that during her time at the facility, she observed the abortionist sifting through the body parts of unborn babies after killing them to ensure he got all the pieces out. Marianne Anderson worked at the Indianapolis facility for over two years, and once handed a note off to a…

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Students Stumped Over Whether Christian Photographers Have Right to Decline ‘Gay Weddings’   Mar 14, 2017 06:01 am

MADISON, Wisc. — Students who were recently interviewed at the University of Wisconsin (UW) in Madison appeared to be stumped when faced with the question as to whether or not Christian photographers have a right to decline to shoot events that conflict with their beliefs. The religious liberties organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) recently visited UW…

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Judge Awards Tri-Custody of Child to Former Couple and Their ‘Polyamorous’ Lover   Mar 13, 2017 05:34 pm

NEW YORK — A New York judge has awarded tri-custody to a former couple and their neighbor, who they entered into a “polyamorous” relationship with over a decade ago. “Tri-custody is the logical evolution of the Court of Appeals decision in Brooke S.B., and the passage of the Marriage Equality Act and DRL §10-a which permits same-sex couples to marry in New…

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‘Beauty And The Beast’ Director Wants To ‘Rip Pages Out Of The Bible’ As He Defends Gay Character In Remake

During a 2012 interview with Passport Magazine, Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon said that he wishes he could “rip pages out of the Bible” as soon as he arrives in a hotel room, though, to Condon’s disappointment, there are usually none available.

“And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:27 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Usually when we report on these types of things, we will receive emails from people berating us for saying that Hollywood has a very definite anti-Christian bias and agenda. But as you can see, Hollywood hates Christians, hates the Bible, and will do anything they can to promote the LGBTQP lifestyle as they are now doing in the latest Beauty And The Beast remake. The movie’s director wants to “rip the pages out of the Bible” whenever he checks into a hotel room as he travels. What does that tell you about the agenda of this movie?

“What is first thing you do when you get into a hotel room?” asked Passport Magazine, in a now-archived interview.

“I wish I could say I’m like Ian McKellen and immediately go rip pages out of the Bible, but there don’t seem to be bibles in the hotel rooms I stay in these days,” answered Condon. “So it’s figuring out how to get online.”

Condon’s latest resurfaced remarks are sure to not sit well with already disillusioned potential movie-goers, particularly of the religious strain. The openly gay director generated controversy last month when he announced that his adaptation of the 1991 classic would feature Disney’s first “exclusively gay moment.”

Beauty And The Beast Has A “Gay Moment”

As previously reported by The Daily Wire, LeFou, who is Gaston’s sidekick in the flick, will reportedly “explore his sexuality and feelings” for Gaston.

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon told Attitude magazine“He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings,” added the director.

In the remake, LeFou is played by actor Josh Gad, who Condon says “makes something really subtle and delicious” out of the character’s sexuality. In the end, there is a “nice, exclusively gay moment,” he said.

Displeased with the gay messaging, conservative groups have already moved to boycott the film.

LifeSiteNews, for instance, has already garnered nearly 130,000 signatures on their petition calling for a boycott of the film and it’s “LGBT agenda.”

Colorado Christian University has also called for pro-traditional family Americans to abstain from the film. “We will not allow you to bully us into going against our Biblically-based beliefs in natural marriage, and we will certainly not let you circumvent us as leaders of our families to force these beliefs on the impressionable young minds of our children,” says the CCU petition, addressed to Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Allen Iger. source


Top Headlines – 3/18/2017

AJC urges Congress to back letter to Trump calling for two-states

Donald Trump stuns the Middle East by sending an honest broker

The Costa Rica case: A demilitarized Palestinian state is a win-win for all

Is Dahlan Planning a Coup Against Abbas?

UN’s Rima Khalaf quits over report accusing Israel of apartheid

Guatemala government joins with Jewish community to teach the Holocaust

3 Israelis reportedly stoned atfter accidentally entering Palestinian refugee camp, rescued by Israel security forces

Palestinian teen said killed by IDF when hurling firebombs at cars

Sirens blare in south as rockets are launched from Gaza

No offense to the ‘Arrow,’ but greater threats loom from the north

Israeli missile defense systems now protect fighter jets

Syria confirms IDF jet attack, claims to have shot down Israeli jet, which Israel denies

Netanyahu: Syria raids targeted ‘advanced’ Hezbollah arms

Syria to UN: Israel violated our territory

Russia summons Israeli envoy, demands clarifications on Syria strike

US admits Syria airstrike that killed 46 but denies targeting mosque

More than 40 Somali refugees killed in helicopter attack off Yemen coast

UN experts: 100,000 starve while South Sudan buys weapons

Former Muslim Introducing Kenyans to ‘the Real Jesus,’ Converting Many to Christianity

China, Russia block UN council concern about Myanmar violence

Philippines tells EU lawmakers to butt out after criticism of drugs war

Tehran rejects comments from US-Saudi meeting as “nonsense”

Iranian pilgrims ‘to attend Hajj again’ after Saudi rift

Iran challenges need to ship out excess material under nuclear deal

Turkish ambassador: Iran’s regional ambitions must be contained

Turkish daily depicts Merkel as ‘Frau Hitler’ on front page

Turkey threatens to send Europe ‘15,000 refugees a month’

Hungary to build new line of border fences to keep out migrants

Suicide bomber attacks Bangladesh police special forces base

Immigration judges headed to 12 U.S. cities to speed deportations

Justice Department Appeals Maryland Judge’s Decision to Block Trump Travel Ban

Radicalized Muslim man killed after trying to seize soldier’s weapon at Paris airport

‘Allahu Akbar’ Attacker Arrested After Father and Brother’s Throats Slit in Paris

Six out of 10 People in France ‘Don’t Feel Safe Anywhere’

Teacher quits after primary school students threaten to behead her

Left-Wing Activists Prepare for ‘Resistance’ with Breathing Exercises

Despite outrage over cuts, federal funds are fraction of Meals on Wheels budget

Meals on Wheels’ donations, volunteer sign-ups soar after Trump eyes cuts

Laptop with Trump Tower Floor Plans, National Security Info Stolen from Secret Service Agent

President Trump no longer safe in White House: Former Secret Service agent

Trump stands by wiretap claim, jokes he has ‘something in common’ with Merkel

UK raps White House over ‘ridiculous’ Trump spy claims

House Democrat says Trump may have leaked government secrets

Clinton private email probe hindered by State Department, Chaffetz says

Brazile admits she forwarded town hall questions to Clinton camp

Brazile: Sending Clinton town hall topics ‘mistake I will forever regret’

Obama’s Final Year: US spent $36 million in record lawsuits defending its refusal to turn over federal records

Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Globalization in China Speech

New York Assemblyman Unveils Bill To Suppress Non-Government-Approved Free Speech

Google lets antisemitic videos stay on YouTube

UK to question Google after advertisements appear alongside extremist videos

EU authorities demand changes from Facebook, Google, Twitter

E-tattoos turn knuckles and freckles into smartphone controls

Has the tech bubble peaked? Signs that the startup boom may be fizzling

Army to get laser that can zap drones

US says ‘strategic patience’ on NK is over

Rex Tillerson: Pre-emptive military action against North Korea is an option

Sirens blare as Japan, fearing North Korea, holds first missile drill

War in space is becoming a real threat

Titanic tours to take trippers to ocean floor to see doomed liner

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Auki, Solomon Islands

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Mt Etna volcano in Italy erupts to 16,000ft

Bagana volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indoneia erupts to 10,000ft

Lake Tahoe expected to fill up with largest physical rise in recorded history

Rush Limbaugh on Obamacare 2.0: ‘Why Do the Republicans Want to Hurt Trump’s Base?’

Angola considers up to 10 years in prison for abortions

Court blocks law that threatened to close Mississippi’s only abortion clinic

Faith-Based ‘Clinics’ Want To Replace Planned Parenthood And That’s Dangerous As Hell

Military nude photo investigation expands into gay porn websites

Pope tells priests to call in exorcists when needed

Southern Baptist leaders tout unity amid rift that could cost church millions

MormonLeaks attorney threatens legal action against LDS Church

Obama Provided Special Treat For ‘After School Satan Clubs’

Posted: 18 Mar 2017 06:59 AM PDT

This next report may leave you angry or speechless but a new report is indicating that The IRS has reportedly given fast-track approval for “After…

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Millions of Shellfish Wash Ashore Waihi Beach in New Zealand

Posted: 18 Mar 2017 06:49 AM PDT

Another day, Another strange occurrence. Now reports are coming in that “Millions” of dead shellfish have reportedly washed ashore at Waihi Beach in New Zealand…

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Is Google Profiting From “Anti Semitic Videos” on YouTube

Posted: 18 Mar 2017 06:38 AM PDT

Google is reportedly under fire for what appears to be failing to remove virulent antisemitic content from its YouTube video platform in what many are…

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Pakistan Urges Facebook and Twitter to Identify Blasphemous Posts

Posted: 18 Mar 2017 06:29 AM PDT

As we all know now Facebook as well as other Social Media platforms are cracking down on what is deemed as “Hate Speech” or “Offensive”…

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Trump’s First War? ‘All Options Are On The Table’ As The U.S. And North Korea Prepare For The Second Korean War

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 06:56 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) This may be the closest that we have been to war with North Korea since the original Korean War ended in…

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4 Warning Indicators of Your Fire Going Out

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 06:37 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will show you 4 warnings that indicate your fire is beginning to go out! Watch the video below…

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War Drums: Secretary of State Warns That Military Action is an Option Against North Korea

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 03:55 PM PDT

(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) In the continuing standoff with North Korea, the United States is not backing down. Today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said…

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University of Arizona Distributes 20 Page Booklet On How to Respond to “Micro-Aggression”

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 01:24 PM PDT

The University of Arizona has reportedly distributed a 20-page booklet suggesting to its faculty that when a student is victimized by a “microaggression” that the…

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The Debt Ceiling Deadline Has Passed, And Now The Biggest Test Of Donald Trump’s Presidency Begins…

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 01:17 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) On Wednesday, the temporary suspension of the debt ceiling ended, and so now the federal government is not going to be…

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Humpback whales behaving strangely leaving scientists baffled

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 01:02 PM PDT

It’s not often that something happens in the animal Kingdom that leaves scientists and leading experts baffled, but a new report coming out regarding humpback…

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DEVELOPING: Laptop with Trump Tower floor plans stolen from Secret Service agent…

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 12:53 PM PDT

A disturbing report indicates that a laptop containing the floor plans for Trump Tower, The information regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation and other national…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is considering “all options” to counter North Korea’s nuclear threat while criticizing China over moves to block a missile-defense system on the peninsula.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday it may be necessary to take pre-emptive military action against North Korea if the threat from their weapons program reaches a level “that we believe requires action.”

Brazil ended a 22-month streak of formal job losses in February in a sign that the economy may be emerging from the worst recession in a century. The country added 35,612 jobs in February in the first monthly increase since March 2015.

Cape Town, the crown jewel of South Africa’s tourism industry, has 100 days before it runs out of water. After two years of the least rainfall on record, the average level of the six main dams that supply the city of 3.7 million people has dropped below 30 percent, one of the lowest levels on record.

Output at U.S. manufacturers rose in February for a sixth consecutive month, underscoring a sustained rebound in the industry. The 0.5 percent gain at factories, which make up 75 percent of overall industrial output, matched the prior month’s advance, marking the best back-to-back performance in three years.

The low birth rate and slowly recovering economy are keeping Japan’s job-to-applicant ratio at a 25-year high, with the figure at 1.43 for January. In Tokyo, there are more than two jobs for every applicant.

AP Top Stories

Sicily’s Mount Etna volcano unleashed an explosion Thursday, hurling molten rocks and steam that rained down on tourists, journalists and a scientist who scrambled to escape the barrage. Ten people were reported injured.

Somali pirates on Thursday handed over an oil tanker and eight Sri Lankan hostages captured just days ago, the Oceans Beyond Piracy NGO told AFP, bringing to a close the first such attack since 2012. “The Puntland maritime police force freed the ship. They made (the pirates) an offer they couldn’t refuse and the pirates have left.”

A Philippine lawmaker filed an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday because of the thousands of deaths in his anti-drug crackdown and alleged corruption, although the bid faces an uphill battle with Duterte’s allies holding an overwhelming majority in Congress.

The United States reiterated its condemnation of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, vowing to maintain related sanctions until Moscow returns the strategic Black Sea peninsula to Ukraine.

Florida Governor Rick Scott on Thursday replaced a local prosecutor who declared she would not seek the death penalty in a case against a man accused of killing an Orlando police officer and refused to recuse herself.

The GOP health care bill narrowly passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee on Thursday, after three Republicans joined all the committee’s Democrats in voting against it. The committee’s Republicans also unanimously passed several motions urging big changes to the bill that some members said needed to be made for it to pass in the House.

Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria early Friday, prompting retaliatory missile launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.

Huge groups of humpback whales have been seen gathering in the Southern Hemisphere, and it’s leaving scientists and people on the internet a little confused.

In the wake of a disappointing holiday season, J.C. Penney said recently that it will close 130 to 140 stores by the second quarter. The store closures represent 13% to 14% of the company’s current store base and less than 5% of annual sales.

BBC

Israel has shot down a Syrian missile using its most advanced anti-missile system for the first time, Israeli media said.

Pakistan says it has asked Facebook to help investigate “blasphemous content” posted on the social network by Pakistanis. Facebook has agreed to send a team to Pakistan to address reservations about content on the social media site, according to the interior ministry. Blasphemy is a highly sensitive and incendiary issue in Pakistan.

More than 1,100 complaints of child sexual abuse have been made against the Anglican Church of Australia, a royal commission inquiry has heard. The allegations, dating from 1980 to 2015, have been made against 569 church figures, including 247 ordained clergy.

At least 31 people, including women and children, have been killed after a boat carrying Somali refugees was targeted in a helicopter attack off the coast of Yemen, the International Organization for Migration said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet President Donald Trump in Washington, with transatlantic trade and NATO ties high on the agenda.

WND

Acid attacks in Britain’s capital are soaring to new heights, new data reveals. A Freedom of Information request submitted by the Mirror shows that between 2011 and 2016, London had nearly 1,500 cases of the devastating crime, which burns the skin and leaves victims cowering from their injuries.

President Donald Trump asked Congress for $999 million to start building the wall along the border with Mexico this year, and wants $2.6 billion for the project in next year’s budget.

Teachers at a primary school in Sydney, Australia have been threatened with beheading and other violence from young Islamic students, prompting one of them to quit her job.

Russia’s justice ministry has filed a lawsuit with its supreme court to declare the national headquarters of the country’s Jehovah’s Witnesses an extremist organization.


Top News – 3/17/2017

Clinton private email probe hindered by State Department, Chaffetz says
The head of the congressional committee investigating Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information on her private email server blasted the State Department on Wednesday for hindering its probe by not providing requested documents. “We need to understand the gravity of this. There is a reason the State Department, years after, is still holding off on giving us documents,” Chaffetz told Fox News. “The more they want to hold them, the more curious we are on what’s in them.”

It Appears that Rockets were Launched at Israel, Multiple Intercepts
3:52 AM Update: It is now believed that 3 rockets were launched at Israel from Syria at 2:43 AM. The unconfirmed reports say that two rockets landed in Israel. One rocket landed in Jordan.As a result of the rocket intercept, there are fires reported in Almog, Kibbutz Harel, Argeman, Mitzpe Yericho, Vered Yericho.

Hungary to build new line of border fences to keep out migrants
Hungary’s second line of fences on its border with Serbia will be built by the end of May and will be able to prevent any new wave of migrants coming from Turkey, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told state radio on Friday.

U.S. policy of ‘strategic patience’ with North Korea over: Tillerson
A U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea has ended, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in South Korea on Friday, adding that military action would be “on the table” if North Korea elevated the threat level.

Christian Media Giant Produces Major Series Promoting God’s Land
An unusual new television series, a cooperative effort of three Christian organizations, explores the modern miracle that is Israel, and its role as an incarnation of God’s Biblical promise – from a Christian point of view. Providing an intimate look at Israel’s history, culture and modern-day life, it allows Christians an insider’s view of the unique Jewish journey.

Israeli missile defense systems now protect fighter jets
When the Arrow missile system was delivered to the Israel Air Force in 2000, Israel became the first country in the world with the ability to protect itself against ballistic missile threats…There is no room for mistakes and missiles need to be intercepted as far way as possible…If the reports are right from Friday morning’s predawn IAF raid in Syria, the Arrow missile has undergone another revolution – it can now be used to protect Israeli aircraft operating behind enemy lines from hostile surface-to-air missiles (SAMs).

AJC urges Congress to back letter to Trump calling for two-states
The American Jewish Committee is rallying support for a congressional letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reaffirm support for a two-state solution…On Wednesday, the AJC sent a letter to members of the US House of Representatives asking them to sign on and support the letter authored by Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and David Price, D-N.C., and other measures that preserve peacemaking options even though “current conditions do not provide grounds for optimism.”

Tillerson: Military action against North Korea ‘an option’
The US has said its policy of “strategic patience” with North Korea is over, and suggested it may decide to take pre-emptive military action. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the option was “on the table” if the threat from the North’s weapons programme reached a level requiring it. During a visit to South Korea, he also said the US was exploring a range of new diplomatic and economic measures.

Merkel and Trump to discuss trade and defence in US talks
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet President Donald Trump in Washington, with transatlantic trade and Nato ties high on the agenda. Mr Trump has ruffled feathers in Germany by threatening its carmakers with tariffs and calling on Berlin to boost defence spending. Mrs Merkel will be accompanied by top executives from German companies Siemens, Schaeffler and car giant BMW.

Israel’s Arrow anti-missile system ‘in first hit’
Israel has shot down a Syrian missile using its most advanced anti-missile system for the first time, Israeli media say. A surface-to-air missile (SAM) was intercepted using the Arrow system, designed to stop long-range ballistic missiles, reports say. And in a rare admission, Israel said it had targeted several sites in Syria.

Republican health bill still alive despite renegade conservative votes
The much-criticized Obamacare replacement bill passed the House Budget Committee on Thursday with one vote to spare, as three conservative Republicans broke ranks to vote against Paul Ryan’s health care proposal. Reps. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, Dave Brat of Virginia and Gary Palmer of Alabama voted against the legislation. Combined with unified Democratic opposition, the bill was reported favorably by a vote of 19-17.

‘After School Satan Club’ Received Fast-Tracked Tax-Exempt Status from IRS
Documents…show the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) fast-tracked tax-exempt status for an “After School Satan Club” in Tacoma, Washington, while the federal agency was discovered to be either denying conservative and Christian groups…or making them wait for years. According to the watchdog group…the After School Satan Club at Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma applied for its tax-exempt status designation on October 21, 2014 and received it only 10 days later on October 31, 2014.

Exorcist fails to drive out ‘evil spirits,’ forcing Brazilian president to leave ‘haunted’ presidential palace
It seemed like a scene from the sci-fi movie “Ghostbusters.” The only difference was that the “ghosts” that apparently showed up at the official residence of Brazilian President Michel Temer seemed scary enough to force the president and his family to leave the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia.

New York Assemblyman Unveils Bill To Suppress Non-Government-Approved Free Speech
“…the deeper problem with the bill is simply that it aims to censor what people say, under a broad, vague test based on what the government thinks the public should or shouldn’t be discussing…”

Senators Demand State Department Probe Into Soros Organizations
“Over the past few years, the U.S. Mission there has actively intervened in the party politics of Macedonia, as well as in the shaping of its media environment and civil society, often favoring left-leaning political group over others.  We find these reports discouraging and, if true, highly problematic.  Much of the concerning activity in Macedonia has been perpetuated through USAID funds awarded to implementing entities such as George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.”

U.S. Military Power in Syria May Increase by 1000 Troops as Russia Bombs ISIS
The Pentagon has considered increasing the U.S. military presence in Syria by up to 1,000 troops as the international battle to oust the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, from their de facto capital of Raqqa heats up.

BBC team among injured in Etna volcano drama
Ten people were injured by flying rock and lava after Mount Etna, Europe’s biggest active volcano, burst into life on Thursday, according to a BBC journalist and others caught up in a terrifying drama on the upper slopes. The 10 suffered minor burns, cuts and bruises and six were hospitalised.

Southern Baptist leaders tout unity amid rift that could cost church millions
A show of unity this week by leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) puts a happy, but perhaps temporary, face on a struggle over the direction of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. The head of the 15-million-member evangelical denomination’s public policy arm, Russell Moore, has criticized President Trump and – most provocatively – SBC leaders who openly support him.


The Briefing 03-17-17

What does it mean to be male and female? New push for Equal Rights Amendment would have courts decide

Justice Samuel Alito: “A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs.”

1 child, 3 parents: The biological and legal revolutions that are redefining parenthood and the family

Reflecting on the 100th anniversary of the fall of the Romanovs and the rise of Communist Russia

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12 Reasons Why The Federal Reserve May Have Just Made The Biggest Economic Mistake Since The Last Financial Crisis

Wrong Way Signs - Public DomainHas the Federal Reserve gone completely insane?  On Wednesday, the Fed raised interest rates for the second time in three months, and it signaled that more rate hikes are coming in the months ahead.  When the Federal Reserve lowers interest rates, it becomes less expensive to borrow money and that tends to stimulate more economic activity.  But when the Federal Reserve raises rates , that makes it more expensive to borrow money and that tends to slow down economic activity.  So why in the world is the Fed raising rates when the U.S. economy is already showing signs of slowing down dramatically?  The following are 12 reasons why the Federal Reserve may have just made the biggest economic mistake since the last financial crisis… (Read More…)


The Debt Ceiling Deadline Has Passed, And Now The Biggest Test Of Donald Trump’s Presidency Begins…

Trump First Weekly Address - Public DomainOn Wednesday, the temporary suspension of the debt ceiling ended, and so now the federal government is not going to be able to go into any more debt until the debt ceiling is raised.  For the moment, the Trump administration can implement “emergency measures” to stay under the debt limit, but it won’t be too long before we get to a major crisis point because the federal government is quickly running out of cash.  Already, the U.S. Treasury has less cash on hand than Apple or Google, and that cash balance is going to keep on dropping until the debt ceiling is finally lifted. (Read More…)


March 16, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — With massive leaks of classified information, some of them stemming from undiscovered moles in the intelligence community, the media continue treating former officials of the CIA and NSA who have presided over this debacle with honor and respect…. (more)

March 16, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — Whereas, generations of children have been raised on wholesome Disney movies that, whether animated or live-action, were stories of character and virtue, from “Old Yeller” to “Cinderella” – – even including explicitly Christian allegories like Pinocchio (“Prove yourself brave, truthful, and unselfish, and someday, you will be a real boy”);… (more)

March 16, 2017