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

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A wave of fake bomb threats across Russia has entered its second week in what a senior lawmaker called a “full-scale cyberwar” against the country that authorities are ill-equipped to fight.

Russia issued an unusually blunt warning to the U.S. that it will retaliate against American-backed fighters in Syria, accusing them of firing on government troops battling for territory in a strategic region bordering Iraq.

Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency are attending mandatory training sessions this week to reinforce their compliance with laws and rules against leaking classified or sensitive government information.

North Korea struck back at U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to destroy it, with Kim Jong Un warning of the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” and his foreign minister suggesting that could include testing a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in made a plea at the United Nations to scale back tensions with North Korea, warning of accidental war from the same podium where President Donald Trump threatened two days before to “totally destroy” Kim Jong Un’s country.

The thirty-two states that increased their Medicaid coverage for low-income people would lose $180 billion, but states that didn’t would gain $73 billion from 2020 to 2026.

Hewlett Packard is planning to cut about 10 percent of its staff, or at least 5,000 workers, part of a broader effort to pare expenses as competition mounts.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission hails its database of company filings as an innovation that’s dramatically boosted corporate transparency. But a hack that led to the theft of market-moving secrets is the latest sign that technology also brings dangers the SEC is struggling to combat. The breach adds to a growing list of SEC embarrassments over Edgar, a massive online system where companies are required to disclose everything from stock sales by top executives to regulatory investigations.

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President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday that Iran would boost its missile capabilities despite warnings from Washington that it is ready to ditch a landmark nuclear deal over the issue.

Russia on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire.

A New Jersey man who won nearly a $340 million jackpot in the Powerball lottery four years ago has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor over the course of three years, prosecutors said.

Russia’s military has accused U.S. intelligence of ordering militants affliated with Al-Qeada to attack government forces in order to divert their attention from a battle they are fighting against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). Bashar al-Assad’s regime is battling ISIS in Deir Ezzor, once a stronghold of Islamist extremists.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday declared the time for dialogue with North Korea is over and rallied behind a US warning that “all options” are on the table.

Pope Francis, in some of his most candid and personal comments on the sexual abuse of children by priests, said on Thursday that the Catholic Church had “arrived late” in dealing with the problem.

The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously decided to set up an investigation team to collect evidence on the massacres of Iraq’s Yazidi minority and other atrocities committed by the Islamic State group in Iraq.

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The rapid spread of “super malaria” in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning. This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs.

The death toll from Mexico’s powerful earthquake has risen to 273, officials say, as rescuers race against the clock to reach trapped survivors.

Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates.

Donations to an Australian school’s “wear a dress day” charity drive have skyrocketed after the event was criticized by a Conservative senator. Cory Bernadi criticized the event as “absurd” and “gender morphing”.

At least 50 migrants are feared drowned after their boat ran out of fuel and capsized off the Libyan coast.

Emmanuel Macron has formally signed an overhaul of France’s labour laws, a key platform of his presidency. Thousands of protesters have condemned the reforms, which make it easier for companies to hire and cheaper to fire staff.

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A Kansas prison inmate filed suit Wednesday alleging that prison officials are violating her constitutional rights by “imposing Christian beliefs” on inmates.

A teacher took down a gunman inside an Illinois high school after he opened fire in the school’s cafeteria on Wednesday. Police say Angela McQueen’s quick response saved lives. A 16-year-old student was shot and later released from the hospital, and the suspect, who the police said was a student, is in custody.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, really stepped in it when he compared illegal immigrants living in the U.S. to Jews who suffered in Nazi Germany.


The Briefing 09-22-17

Is work a prerequisite for food? For able-bodied people, state of TN says yes, so does the Bible

ACLU targets religious exemptions for adoptions, and in turn the children of Michigan

As U.S. debates monuments, monument to Russian general behind AK-47 comes under fire

Worldview book recommendation — Worth Dying for: The Power and Politics of Flag

The post The Briefing 09-22-17 appeared first on AlbertMohler.com.


News – 9/22/2017

A North Korea nuclear test over the Pacific? Logical, terrifying
Detonating a nuclear-tipped missile over the Pacific Ocean would be a logical final step by North Korea to prove the success of its weapons program but would be extremely provocative and carry huge risks, arms control experts said on Friday. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho suggested leader Kim Jong Un was considering testing “an unprecedented scale hydrogen bomb” over the Pacific in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat at the United Nations to “totally destroy” the country.

Russian sub fires cruises missiles at militants in Syria
Russia’s defense ministry says its submarine in the Mediterranean Sea has fired cruise missiles at militant positions in northwestern Syria. The Russia military said the missiles strikes from the Veliky Novgorod submarine earlier on Friday targeted militants, ammunition depots and fortifications in Syria’s Idlib province, which is dominated by the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee.

Turks and Caicos brace for Hurricane Maria after devastating Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic
Widespread damage and power outages have been reported in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as Hurricane Maria lashes the northern Caribbean islands.

The Iraqi militia helping Iran carve a road to Damascus
In late May, an Iraqi cleric called Akram Kaabi visited militia fighters in a desolate Iraqi town near the Syrian border. Kaabi, who heads a Shi’ite Muslim militia named Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba, was decked out in a camouflage uniform and led the fighters in prayer on mats laid on the dusty ground. A video of the session showed heavily armed militiamen standing guard.

Arab media reports Israeli airstrike on Damascus Airport
Arab media reports on Thursday night claimed that Israel attacked a weapons depot next to Damascus International Airport. A report…said that a series of explosions shook the airport. Al Masdar News, a Lebanese outlet, also reported that an Israeli drone attack the airport, citing a report from the Syrian military that the attack did not seriously damage the airport or its surroundings, and that there were no casualties.

Kim says ‘deranged’ Trump shows need for nuclear programme
Kim Jong-un has said remarks by “deranged” US President Donald Trump have convinced him he is right to develop weapons for North Korea. In an unprecedented personal statement, via state media, Mr Kim said Mr Trump would “pay dearly” for his recent speech to the UN. The US president said on Tuesday that if America was forced to defend itself it would “totally destroy” North Korea.

In defiance to US, Iran unveils latest missile during parade
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Friday unveiled its latest ballistic missile capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel, while the country’s president vowed that Tehran would press ahead with its missile program in defiance of U.S. demands to the contrary. The unveiling came during a military parade in Tehran that commemorated the 1980s Iraq-Iran war.

Turkish president’s bodyguards pummel protesters again
The Turkish leader…was attempting to address the Turkish American National Steering Committee…in Times Square… As soon as Erdogan enters the stage a protester can be heard on a Periscope video shouting “You’re a terrorist! Get out of my country!” The assembly soon turned into a battle royale…as security guards hurried them out of the room. The demonstrators can be seen being pummeled by punches as they attempt to leave.

The Worst Mistake In US History
“The worst mistake in U.S. history was the conversion after World War II of the U.S. government from a constitutional, limited-government republic to a national-security state. Nothing has done more to warp and distort the conscience, principles, and values of the American people, including those who serve in the U.S. military.”

Active Volcano Mt. Rainer Shaken By ‘Swarm’ Of 23 Earthquakes
Some two dozen earthquakes have shaken Washington State’s Mt. Rainer over the past two weeks – but seismologists say people who live nearby shouldn’t panic.

End-of-world prediction interrupts TV broadcasts in Orange County
Some Orange County residents were stunned Thursday, Sept. 21, when television programming was suddenly interrupted for about a minute with an ominous message predicting the end of the world. Stacy Laflamme of Lake Forest said she was watching the HGTV channel via Cox Communications about 11:05 a.m. when suddenly an emergency alert flashed across her screen followed by a voice.

Ex-CIA agent tweets article blaming Jews for US wars, then apologizes
Valerie Plame Wilson, a former CIA agent and author, came under fire on Thursday after she tweeted a link to a piece titled “America’s Jews are driving America’s wars.”

Pope Francis Welcomes Leader of Muslim World League to Vatican

Pope Francis met with the secretary general of the Muslim World League (MWL) in the Vatican Wednesday, a group that has been tied to Saudi financing of jihadist terrorism and the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

D.C. court rules tracking phones without a warrant is unconstitutional
Law enforcement use of one tracking tool, the cell-site simulator, to track a suspect’s phone without a warrant violates the Constitution, the D.C. Court of Appeals said Thursday in a landmark ruling for privacy and Fourth Amendment rights as they pertain to policing tactics.

BREAKING: Ben Carson Makes Horrifying Discovery
According to Judicial Watch, many employees working for HUD have been embezzling and wasting thousands of dollars. Lorena Loren, executive director of HUD in Michigan was caught stealing $336,000 from low-income families.

Palestinian President Abbas says peace closer with Trump engaged
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed optimism on Wednesday about reaching a peace agreement with Israel this year and said U.S. President Donald Trump’s commitment to the issue would help create the “deal of the century” in the region.

Smart billboards size up drivers, and target ads to them
Here is what’s around the corner: Smart digital billboards will detect the make, model and year of oncoming vehicles and project ads tailored to the motorist.

Levin: Our Media Is Really No Different from Media in Any Dictatorship or Communist Regime

“You see, ladies and gentlemen, our media, for the most part, it’s really no different from the media in any dictatorship or any communist regime,” stated Mark Levin. “It’s groupthink. It’s a gang attack. It’s a propaganda enterprise.”

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September 22, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — President Trump in his U.N. speech failed to mention that Russia and China are responsible for North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. What’s worse, Trump actually thanked Russia and China for helping to somehow restrain North Korea through the ineffective United Nations…. (more)

September 22, 2017
ALICIA POWE — The Republican Party has swept all of the special elections to replace members of Congress tapped by President Trump for posts in his administration. But there’s another one coming up: next week’s GOP runoff in Alabama between seated temporary Sen. Luther Strange, the state’s former attorney general, and Judge Roy Moore, the state’s former Supreme Court chief justice…. (more)

September 22, 2017

BREITBART — Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King announced his endorsement of Judge Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate. “Judge Roy Moore has shown time and time again that he will stand strong against the prevailing winds to champion causes that are important to conservatives,” King said Thursday about the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice…. (more)


September 21, 2017
WESLEY PRUDEN — We’ve heard the words and music of this song before. The hoariest cliche in American politics, presented as accomplished fact by every wise head in academe and media after every wipe-out election, is that the losing party is finished. Kaput. Destroyed. Done for. Dead, as in the graveyard…. (more)

September 21, 2017

PHILIP KLEIN — Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., on Tuesday said that President Trump must first decertify the Iran deal before Congress makes any changes to the legislation governing the agreement…. (more)


September 21, 2017

BOB UNRUH — It was only a few months ago that James Clapper, President Obama’s director of national intelligence, issued a flat denial when asked if he knew of a FISA court order to wiretap the Trump campaign in 2016…. (more)


September 21, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson says media outlets are “diving deeply into minutiae” to avoid a stark development: President Trump’s previously ridiculed “wiretapping” claims appear to be true. Ms. Attkisson has warned of the weaponization of intelligence agencies since her laptop for CBS News stories was hacked on multiple occasions in 2013. An op-ed she wrote for The Hill on Wednesday presented an extensive case that U.S. intelligence agencies under former President Barack Obama were manipulated for political purposes – – and that pundits are willfully ignoring it…. (more)

September 21, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Sparring with celebrities and Al Gore over global warming may not be what Roy Spencer had in mind when he earned his Ph.D., but it’s certainly become a bustling sideline for the University of Alabama in Huntsville climatologist. A month after rebutting Mr. Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel,” Mr. Spencer has published another short e-book, this one challenging statements by Jennifer Lawrence, Bill Nye, Stevie Wonder and others linking global warming to this year’s active hurricane season…. (more)

September 21, 2017

CAL THOMAS — While campaigning for the presidency, Donald Trump more than once referred to the United Nations as a “useless” organization and “not a friend of democracy.” In his speech Tuesday to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, he apparently has discovered the often dysfunctional body can be useful, if it adopts the reforms he is proposing and accepts an agenda that includes uniting to stop North Korea from obtaining nuclear weapons and missiles to strike at U.S and other targets…. (more)


September 20, 2017
NEWSMAX — Evangelist Franklin Graham called on his followers to pray for President Donald Trump, applauding him for his speech before the United Nations General Assembly…. (more)

September 20, 2017
ART MOORE — President Trump’s tough talk regarding the North Korean nuclear threat in his U.N. speech – – including referring to dictator Kim Jong Un as “rocket man” and threatening to “totally destroy” the communist nation – – has rattled Trump’s critics in establishment media and the Democratic Party, but some in the international community appreciated his “blunt, honest approach,” according to U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley…. (more)

September 20, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, normally no fan of Donald Trump’s – – to put it mildly – – nonetheless came out in defense of the president’s speech before the United Nations. In short, Scarborough actually liked it…. (more)

September 20, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Vice President Mike Pence called on the United Nations to end its “forum for anti-Semitism” against Israel and to boot repressive countries off the U.N. Human Rights Council. In a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, Mr. Pence noted that former President John F. Kennedy had warned the world body 50 years ago not to become a “forum for invective.”… (more)

September 20, 2017
NEWSMAX — Rex Tillerson and Nikki Haley are squaring off over the Iranian nuclear deal, with the secretary of state pushing President Donald Trump to remain in the accord while the U.N. ambassador fights for the president’s agenda, The Washington Free Beacon reported…. (more)

September 20, 2017

RARE — A professor at a John Jay college in Manhattan has been placed on administrative leave after he tweeted that he’s glad to teach “future dead cops.” Economics professor Michael Isaacson, 29, caught his moment in the spot light last week when he appeared on Fox News to discuss his remarks and his status as an Antifa activist. The tweet, which read in full, “Some of y’all might think it sucks being an anti-fascist teaching at John Jay College, but I think it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops,” was roundly condemned. On Friday, the school announced that Isaacson is being placed on leave, the New York Daily News reports…. (more)


September 20, 2017
NEWSMAX — Freedom of expression is in jeopardy at U.S. colleges and universities, according to a survey of students conducted by John Villasenor at Brookings. Villasenor noted that the survey was vital because students are “de facto arbiters of free expression on campus … if a significant percentage of students believe that views they find offensive should be silenced, those views will in fact be silenced.”… (more)

September 20, 2017
LEO HOHMANN — The St. Louis Young Democrats are working hand-in-hand with Black Lives Matter to organize protests in the city, now entering their sixth night, and the mayor says she is “listening.” The Young Democrats tweeted Wednesday at about 12:20 p.m. that the next “protest” in response to the not-guilty verdict in the Jason Stockley trial was planned for Wednesday evening, instructing rioters where to show up and at what time, hashtagging #Black Lives Matter on the tweet…. (more)

September 20, 2017

WIONEWS.COM — Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico on Wednesday and left the entire island without power as 150 mile-an-hour winds whipped the capital and sent thousands scurrying to shelters.After killing at least nine people in the Caribbean, Maria slammed into Puerto Rico’s southeast coast at daybreak before churning across the US territory which is home to 3.4 million people… (more)


September 20, 2017
NEWSMAX — Samantha Power, a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under former President Barack Obama, put in more than 260 unmasking requests regarding intelligence reports last year – – and submitted others just days before President Donald Trump was inaugurated…. (more)

September 20, 2017
BOB UNRUH — A Utah cop has expressed remorse after he handcuffed a hospital nurse who refused to draw blood from an unconscious patient, according to the officer’s lawyer. And the cop, who was suspended after the incident, says he would do things differently if presented with the same situation…. (more)

September 20, 2017
MCCLATCHY DC — A federal appeals court will hear a case brought by Judicial Watch on Friday to make public draft indictments of Hillary Clinton from the Whitewater scandal in the 1990s. Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that files Freedom of Information Act requests, wants copies of the documents that the National Archives and Records Administration has declined to release. It filed a FOIA request for the documents in March 2015 and in October 2015 the group sued for the 238 pages of responsive records…. (more)

September 18, 2017
ALAN KEYES — Has the United States ever been short on demagogues? I just typed the word into the Google search box. The first definition listed is reasonably complete and accurate: demagogue; plural noun: demagogues… (more)

September 18, 2017

CLIFF KINCAID — The comical publication the Onion ran a special volume, Homeland Insecurity, with the headline, “Run for Your Lives.” I thought of that in the wake of the decision by hard-liners Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka to voluntarily leave the White House rather than continue to fight for rational pro-American policies in the Trump Administration against what has been called the Deep State…. (more)


September 18, 2017
PUBLIUS HULDAH — The danger of an Article V convention (which made James Madison “tremble,” caused Alexander Hamilton “dread,” and Chief Justice John Jay to say that another convention would impose an “extravagant risque”) is this: the delegates to the convention can run away: instead of proposing amendments to our existing Constitution, they can write a completely new Constitution with a new – – and easier – – mode of ratification…. (more)

September 18, 2017
ALICIA POWE — Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is holding a hefty lead in Alabama’s special election GOP runoff against interim Sen. Luther Strange in a race that analysts claim embodies a war inside the GOP between establishment and anti-establishment forces…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 22, 2017

Obama Weaponized Gov’t Agencies Against Opponents

Ambassador Samantha Power made 260 requests to unmask American citizens in 2016 alone.

The Foundation

“No compact among men … can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.” —George Washington (1789)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 22

  • North Korea Ramps Up International Rancor With H-Bomb Threat (Read More)
  • A nuclear test over the Pacific? Logical, terrifying (Read More)
  • What’s a ‘dotard’? Kim’s insult to Trump (Read More)
  • From Rubble and Ruin, a Mexican Town Wonders How to Rebuild After the Earthquake (Read More)
  • Bonuses Are Shrinking. Blame Hurricanes and Trump (Read More)
  • OPEC’s ‘Problem Children’ Are Holding Down Oil Prices (Read More)
  • Trump Backers Cheer Economic Agenda, Blame GOP for Setbacks (Read More)
  • Turkey to deploy troops inside Syria’s Idlib – Erdogan (Read More)
  • Uber Loses Its License to Operate in London (Read More)
  • Alabama Senate race tests Trump’s ability to deliver his voters (Read More)
  • Puerto Rico: No Power, No Phones and Lots of Damage (Read More)
  • Mnuchin’s Incomplete Treasury Staff Could Be a Risk in Crisis (Read More)
  • Why Wages Aren’t Growing (Read More)
  • Trump’s Travel Ban Decision Could Set Off New Wave of Turmoil (Read More)
  • Corporate America Has Amassed a Record Amount of Cash (Read More)
  • Hurricane Maria churns toward Turks and Caicos and leaves 32 dead (Read More)
  • The ‘Wife of the Future’ Designed for Japan’s Lonely Men (Read More)
  • Australia Has a Taxing Problem When It Comes to Ghost Homes (Read More)
  • Mortgages Back in Fashion for London’s Priciest Homes (Read More)
  • Electric Cars Can Create the Biggest Disruption Since iPhone (Read More)
  • Defying Trump, Iran says will boost missile capabilities (Read More)
  • The Trump-Loving Lawyer Who Won’t Stop Suing Fox News (Read More)
  • U.S. Tariffs on Solar Imports May Hinge on Free-Trade Deals (Read More)

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Headlines – 9/22/2017

UN dedicates annual Peace Day to safety, respect for refugees and migrants

Israel on UN list of states punishing human rights activism

Ex-CIA agent tweets article blaming Jews for US wars, then apologizes

Contradicting IDF, US says it didn’t establish military base in Israel

Two U.S. Rabbis Say Bahrain’s King Wants Arab Boycott of Israel to End

Relations between Israel and US Jewry must be mended

Syrian Media Report Israeli Strike on Weapons Depot Near Damascus Airport

With sharp words and stealth strikes, Israel sends a message to Hezbollah and U.S.

Israel Simulates War With Hezbollah, but Iran Will Orchestrate Next Conflict in Lebanon and Syria

Russia says will target US-backed fighters in Syria if provoked

American, Russian generals talk face-to-face on Syria

UN sets up probe of IS atrocities in Iraq

Erdogan: Turkey to deploy troops inside Syria’s Idlib

Trump: Turkey’s Erdogan Has Become a Friend of Mine, He Gets High Marks for His Leadership

Fighting Breaks Out at Turkish President’s Speech in New York

Protesters violently ejected from Erdogan speech in NYC

Turkey, Iran and Iraq warn of ‘counter-measures’ against Kurd vote

Kurds to Vote for Statehood. Neighbors Say No Way

UN Security Council warns Iraqi Kurd vote ‘potentially destabilizing’

Kexit? Iraqi Kurdistan referendum explained

Aoun: Sectarian division of states will increases wars

US-made bomb killed civilians in Yemen residential building, says Amnesty

India calls Pakistan ‘Terroristan’ in UN speech row

Trump’s war strategy hailed by Afghan president: ‘A difference of day and night’

More than 100 migrants missing after shipwreck off Libya

At UN, Bangladesh PM urges ‘safe zones’ for Myanmar’s Rohingya

Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya

British police make sixth arrest in Tube bomb investigation

Defiant Rouhani says Iran will press on with missile program

In defiance to US, Iran unveils new missile during parade

Report: Faulty devices help keep Iran in nuclear deal limits

World powers rally to defend value of Iran nuke accord

German minister: Ending Iran deal would be setback for curbing nuclear arms

Rouhani: Iran nuclear deal cannot be renegotiated

Iranian president says 2015 nuclear deal will ‘collapse’ if Trump pulls the U.S. out

Iran’s Rouhani takes the stage at UN to lambast ‘ignorant’ Trump

Iran’s top leader dismisses Trump’s ‘ugly, foolish’ remarks

Iran Foreign Minister: If U.S. Wants New Nuclear Concessions, We Do, Too

China says N.Korea situation shows importance of Iran nuclear deal

EU officials reach draft deal on more North Korea sanctions

Trump says will be putting more sanctions on North Korea

Trump signs order aiming to cut off funding for North Korean missile program

Trump’s financial strategy persuades China to put screws to North Korea

North Korea says sanctions threaten survival of its children

Trump imposes new sanctions on North Korea; Kim says he will ‘tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire’

North Korea’s Kim: ‘Mentally Deranged’ Trump Proves Nukes Were ‘Correct Path’

Kim vows to make Trump ‘pay dearly’ for threatening N Korea

Kim Jong Un to consider ‘highest level of hard-line measure’ against US

N.Korea official says North may consider hydrogen bomb on Pacific Ocean

A North Korea nuclear test over the Pacific? Logical, terrifying

South Korean President Calls For Eased Tensions Over Nuclear Crisis

In South Korea, daily stresses outweigh North Korea missile worries

China banks reportedly to halt business with North Korea as South Korea sends $8 million

World shares fall on North Korea concerns, China rate cut

US urges all nations to stop the spread of nuclear weapons

Poland, NATO troops hold drills amid security concerns

Bomb kills 4 soldiers, wounds 6 in southern Thailand

Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte ‘dictatorship’

Rodrigo Duterte tells Philippines police to kill his son if drug allegations are true

Catalan leader presses on with banned vote on split from Spain

Catalonia referendum: Spain PM calls for ‘escalation’ to stop

Spain Hires Cruise Liner to House Police in Rebel Catalonia

Britain’s Theresa May is trying to keep E.U. ‘divorce’ from going totally off the rails

Sanders: Diplomacy, human rights must drive US world affairs

Zuckerberg: I Don’t Want Facebook Used to Undermine Democracy

Mark Zuckerberg’s Fake News Problem Isn’t Going Away

Hackers use security utility to lock Macs in blackmail scheme

Elon Musk facing growing chorus of critics on ‘evil’ artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence pioneer calls for the breakup of Big Tech

Could Russia (or Mexico) bribe the feds to regulate conservative news websites?

D.C. court rules tracking phones without a warrant is unconstitutional

U.S. Monitored Manafort After He Left Trump Campaign as part of a counterintelligence probe into Russian interference with presidential election

Senator asks FBI if it warned Trump campaign about Russian meddling

Rep. Maxine Waters: ‘Impeachment Is About Whatever the Congress Says It Is’

U.S. Household Wealth Rises $1.7 Trillion to Another Record

Home Prices Soar in Disaster-Prone Areas

TV programs in California interrupted with end-of-world prediction

Hubble spots a strange new type of celestial object

Is the U.S. Overdue for a Catastrophic Earthquake? These Cities Are Most at Risk

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 21,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Puerto Rico’s GOP congresswoman: ‘This is not the same island’ after Hurricane Maria

‘Total destruction’ in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and more rain is on the way

Maria to threaten lives, property in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos

After Harvey and Irma, states grapple with millions of tons of garbage

After Hurricane Harvey, what will happen to the hundreds of thousands of flooded cars?

Climate scientist rebuts Hollywood hurricane hype: ‘This is what weather looks like’

On last day of summer, California is hit by unusual snow and hail storms

Soon it will be just the U.S. and Syria rejecting the Paris accord

Malfunction halts Israel’s natural gas production

Flint’s lead-poisoned water had a ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths, study finds

Monsanto’s Weed Killer, Dicamba, Divides Farmers

Mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases could invade 75% of America, warns US government

Australia’s tough flu season may be bad news for U.S.

Australian schoolgirl raises alarm over flesh-eating disease

7-year-old fitted with 3-D printed hand to throw first pitch at World Series

Patriotic parent balks at teacher’s gender-neutral Declaration of Independence

Trump judicial pick’s remarks on transgender children draw Dems’ ire

Alarmed by Islam, Europe’s Gays Are Moving to the Right

Whisper It, but Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Community Is Starting to Talk About Homosexuality

Pope admits Catholic Church waited too long to respond to clergy abuse crisis

Pope Francis Welcomes Leader of Muslim World League to Vatican

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and porn are inspiring sexual violence in Iran. Women are saying enough

Murderer sues Kansas prison for ‘imposing Christian beliefs’

‘Stupidly politically correct society is the death of comedy’, warns veteran comedian Mel Brooks

Being Able to Discern False Teaching

Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, but Prosperity Preaching Isn’t for Me

If You Believe The End of The World Will Happen Sept. 23, Sign Over All Your Assets to Me Effective Sept. 24

End-of-world prediction interrupts TV broadcasts in Orange County

Will the world end on Saturday?

5 Marks of a False Gospel

The Shadowy Origins of C.I. Scofield: Godfather of Christian Zionism

Dr Brown Burnt By Authentic Fire

Joel Osteen Opens Lakewood Church to Jewish Congregation After Hurricane Damages Synagogue

New Mexico ‘Church’ Becomes First in Mennonite Church USA to Appoint Openly Lesbian ‘Lead Pastor’

Christians are the world’s most-persecuted religion — here’s how they react under fire

Christian Woman Fired After Revealing She’ll Vote ‘No’ in Australia’s Gay Marriage Referendum

No, God Did Not Prescribe the Use of Cannabis in the Bible

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 07:08 AM PDT

(By Dr. Michael Brown) Just when you think you’ve heard it all, a pastor calls your radio show asking how to respond to a congregant who claims that cannabis was sanctioned by God in the Torah. That’s right, sanctioned by the Lord Himself, not to be smoked but to be burned in large quantities by the priests of Israel. Far out! To be sure, there was a time in my life when I would have readily believed something like this, since I spent 1969-1971 as a heavy drug-using, hippie rock drummer, consuming everything from pot to LSD and from

speed to heroin. Not surprisingly, when my two best friends starting reading the Bible, telling me about the more esoteric passages in the Scriptures—all kinds of visions and dreams and revelations—I asked them in jest, “What were they smoking?” That, in fact, is what I asked the pastor (again, in jest) who called the show: What is this congregant smoking? It turns out that there is an alleged scholarly basis for this bogus belief, namely, that the Hebrew words qaneh-bosem in Exodus 30:23 refer to marijuana, or, more specifically, hemp. READ MORE

Chain of quakes rattling regions in the Pacific sparks fears California could be next

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 06:59 AM PDT

A series of powerful quakes struck countries in a tremor danger zone known as the Ring of Fire this week. A magnitude 7.1 earthquake devastated Mexico, killing at least 273, on Tuesday followed by ruptures in New Zealand on Wednesday and Japan, Vanuatu and Indonesia on Thursday. Up to 81% of

the world’s worst earthquakes occur in the Ring of Fire, United States Geological Survey figures show. But baffled scientists have been left stunned by the “unusual” frequency of the quakes – leading to concerns California could be in danger. The series of recent earthquakes were triggered by seismic waves travelling along the fault lines that are in constant motion, according to experts. READ MORE

Hurricanes, Terrorist Attacks and Violent Unrest—How Are Christians Responding to This ‘Message?’

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:55 AM PDT

A rare eclipse across the U.S., two major hurricanes in Texas and Florida, a pair of deadly earthquakes in Mexico, a terrorist attack in London, wildfires in the West, and violence and unrest in St. Louis. What kind of message is being sent to the world—and how are Christians responding? The daily radio ministry of American Pastors Network (APN, www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net ) “Stand in the Gap Today,”

which airs on 425 stations nationwide, recently addressed these world events and asked if God is trying to get the world’s attention. “America and the world have seen much tragedy and turmoil over the past several weeks,” said APN President Sam Rohrer, “and while it would be easy to become downtrodden and defeatist, we know that, ultimately God is in control and He will work through His people for good. Jesus never promised that the life of the believer would be easy or without strife. READ MORE

Water mysteriously disappears from beaches in Guaratuba, Brazil

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:46 AM PDT

Scientists say the ocean receding phenomenon is due to a huge storm sucking up the waters, building up the storm surge. This is, however, the fourth time that such an anomalous tidal effect is recorded along the Atlantic coast of Brazil and prior of Uruguay. And I doubt that each time a giant hurricane the power of

Irma was the cause. I haven’t heard of any. So what’s going on along the Atlantic’s South American coast? The Atlantic water receding phenomenon started in August 2017 in Uruguay, than in Brazil.Beginning of Sept. 2017, the sea water disappeared in the Bahamas. The building up of Irma’s storm surge was most probably responsible for the water receding in the Bahamas: READ MORE

DEVELOPING: North Korea Could Soon Test Powerful Hydrogen Bomb In Pacific

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:38 AM PDT

Pyongyang may consider conducting its second hydrogen bomb test, which would be the “most powerful detonation” in the Pacific Ocean, the North Korean foreign minister told the media, commenting on Kim Jong-un’s latest response to Donald Trump. The latest round of war of words between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership risks escalating into yet another show of force by Pyongyang, as it allegedly weighs the option of testing an H-bomb, according to a suggestion made by

Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday. It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific,” Ri said, as quoted by South Korean agency Yonhap. However, the official then added he is not aware of what exactly Kim intends to do in response to Trump’s saber-rattling, as the governmental decision is solely the leader’s responsibility. READ MORE

Man Who ‘Hated’ Christianity Goes to a Bible Study to ‘Attack’ Believers – Then God Took Over

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:34 AM PDT

Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach knows the debate over traditional Christian teaching and LGBTQ issues quite well, as both his mom and dad came out as gay and divorced when he was a toddler — and he was subsequently raised going to gay pride parades. At first, he loathed Christianity. But something changed for Kaltenbach when he decided to attend a Bible study at his high school in an effort to try and debunk scriptural arguments, as he told “The Church Boys” podcast.

“I grew up in high school hating Christians, and so I decided that I wanted to attack Christianity,” he said. “Here [was] my plan, and it didn’t work out too well. I got invited to this Bible study by a friend … so I thought, ‘Okay, I’m going to go pretend to be a Christian, I’m going to learn about the Bible and I’m going to dismantle their arguments because no one should follow somebody like Jesus who hates people.” READ MORE

LA School District Teaching LGBT-Inclusive Sex Ed Course to Kids as Young as 9

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:28 AM PDT

California’s largest school district will test out an LGBT-inclusive sex education course that will be taught at selected schools for children in the fourth through sixth grades this year. The Los Angeles Daily News reports that the Los Angeles Unified School District will begin offering sex education lessons for students as young as 9 years old that will include lessons from a course titled “Puberty: The Wonder

Years,” which is authored by Michigan-based health educator Wendy Sellers. Sellers told Los Angeles’ second-largest daily newspaper that her course is inclusive of LGBT identities. The Los Angeles Daily News reports that the course “doesn’t assume traditional gender roles in describing relationships.” Sellers explained that while the course doesn’t have lessons that define same-sex relationships, it integrates examples of same-sex couples into lessons. READ MORE

 

School Bans Student-Led Prayers at Football Games

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:21 AM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) Faith and football go hand in hand across the fruited plain – especially in the great state of Alabama. It’s not all that unusual for high school football games to start with a moment of prayer – an invocation. The game announcer will ask folks to stand to their feet and remove their hats as the marching band belts out the Star-Spangled Banner. Then, he’ll hand the press box microphone to a student who will thank God

and ask for His blessings upon the evening’s game. It’s a longtime tradition – a beloved tradition where folks of all colors and backgrounds unite as one people – in public – before all you-know-what breaks loose on the field. But that tradition has come to an abrupt end in Lee County, Alabama. The school district recently announced that student-led prayers will no longer be permitted before high school football games. READ MORE

Half-a-Million Gather in Streets of Ukraine to Praise the Name of Jesus

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:14 AM PDT

The streets of Kiev filled with songs of praise and thanks as 500,000 evangelical, Ukrainian Christians gathered to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. “Many traveled from all four provinces there just to be a part of that celebration, to thank God for the freedom to worship, to thank God for the freedom to preach the Gospel in their country, and to celebrate God’s faithfulness,”

Sergey Rakhuba with Mission Eurasia told Mission Network News. The gathering came after Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko signed an order recognizing the anniversary of the Reformation. “It was so exciting to see on the screen of my computer where I was watching young people with so much joy. They glorify God in the midst of their capital. READ MORE

8 Dooms-Day Predictions in the Past that Flopped

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 05:09 AM PDT

Saturday is the end of the world. OK, it’s probably not, but David Meade, a Christian and self-published author of end-of-the-world survival guides says so. Meade makes the claim using “astronomical, scientific, the Book of Revelation and geopolitics” ideology, laid out in his book Planet X — The 2017 Arrival. His is the latest in a very long line of self-proclaimed prophets who claim they know when — sometimes to the hour — the biblically predicted “end times” will arrive. While we wait for Sept. 23, here are some noteworthy Doomsday predictions:

July 29, 2016 – The group End Times Prophecies once announced the world would end on July 29, 2016, because of something called a “polar flip.” It was predicted the stars would race across the sky and the atmosphere would be pulled along the ground. It turns out such a reversal is a common phenomenon occurring when iron shifts in the Earth’s core. This prediction turned out to be a bust, as did the group’s prognosis that former President Barack Obama would reveal himself to be the Antichrist. CONTINUE 

Economics expert warns stock market meltdown looming and No one is prepared

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 10:22 AM PDT

Devastating economic chaos could be looming, sparked by a stock market crash, according to an expert known as ‘Dr Doom’. Share prices in the US have posted fresh record highs in recent days as fears over North Korea fade. But a sharp downturn is coming and will be as bad as the 2008 shock, according to Marc Faber, who has warned investors are too complacent. He told CNBC: “You don’t see, and I don’t

see. And, nobody sees. That’s why people keep buying stocks. “And yet, something will happen one day.” He previously said billions of pounds worth of holdings will be lost when stocks fall a huge 40 percent.And said the crash is likely to happen when Wall Street least expects it.  There are several scenarios that could trigger market carnage, according to Mr Faber. READ MORE

Parents outraged at explicit homework brought home from kids

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 10:13 AM PDT

Parents of a Dekalb County School District middle school were shocked and outraged when their kids brought home worksheets that included explicit lyrics for their music class. What was the lesson they were learning from explicit music lyrics? An outraged mother went to Carl Willis of WSBTV to get the full story about the explicit homework. He posted the lesson with the questionable lyrics blurred out.The

lyrics are from a song called “Drowning” from rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie featuring Kodak Black. Apparently, the sixth graders were told to rewrite the lyrics with a positive spin. The mother was shocked that her children were exposed to the language she had tried to keep them from listening to. READ MORE

Scientists Warn Of Apocalyptic Mass Extinction Coming in 2100

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 09:48 AM PDT

A mass extinction that wipes out humanity will be under way by the year 2100, scientists have claimed. By the end of the century, it’s feared that so much carbon will have been added to the oceans that the planet will have passed a “threshold of catastrophe” which leads to the destruction of our species. In the

past 540 million years, the planet has endured five such wipeouts — including the extinction of the dinosaurs. The worst took place 252 million years ago and is known as the Great Dying. This disaster killed off more than 95 percent of marine life when the seas suddenly became more acidic. READ MORE

Meteorologist warns Carolinas, Virginia and NJ ‘may have to deal with Maria’

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 09:38 AM PDT

Hurricane Maria is the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than eight decades. It leveled hundreds of homes and knocked out power for the entire island. It also caused intense flooding. “This is the strongest storm to have hit Puerto Rico that I’ve ever seen,” Joe Bastardi, the chief forecaster for

WeatherBELL Analytics, told CBN News. “And looking at it, for instance, Harvey, was not the strongest storm to hit where it hit in Texas. There have been several hurricanes stronger.” “And the Florida Keys, hit directly by Irma – first 1935 and Hurricane Donna back in 1960 – were stronger than that,” he continued. “But this looks like the worst storm I’ve ever seen to hit Puerto Rico.” READ MORE

Will the Esthers and Deborahs Please Rise Up?

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 09:29 AM PDT

(By Jennifer Leclaire) Jehovah Nissi deployed both Esther and Deborah to demolish the enemy’s plans to kill, steal and destroy His people at strategic times in the nation’s history. Esther stood in prayer and fasting that I believe unleased the heavenly host to execute God’s will in the earth. Deborah ran to the battle line with a natural army that saw enemy plots quashed. Both women displayed faith and works and saw life spring

forth where the enemy planned to bring death and destruction. Now, once again the Lord is calling women to the frontlines to combat the wicked forces working to push Jesus out of the public square, take the next generation captive to deception and otherwise stall a third Great Awakening. As the 30-day fast leading to the culmination of the historic Rise Up prayer gathering in Washington, D.C., in October, the enemy is raging against the land. READ MORE

UPDATE: 230 Dead, Hundreds Missing in Mexico City Days After Earthquake…

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 09:24 AM PDT

Rescue workers, hampered by heavy rains, continued to search for survivors early Thursday from this week’s deadly earthquake that killed at least 230 people, a toll that seemed sure to rise amid reports of nearly as many people missing. Overnight, the body of a 58-year-old teacher was removed from the collapsed remains of the Enrique Rebsamen primary school in southern Mexico City. The school, which

accounted for the greatest loss of life during the quake, was the focus on an intense recovery effort aimed at rescuing what appeared to be one or more girls trapped inside. By early Thursday, the attempts had not been successful. An estimated 1,800 people in central Mexico were injured, federal officials said. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Quake Swarm Happening Under Mt. Rainier in Washington

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 09:16 AM PDT

Nearly two dozen small earthquakes have rattled Mount Rainier over the past week, but seismologists say there’s no cause for worry. “In the past, these swarms last a couple of days to a week or so and then die out,” said Paul Bodin, of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington. The

first of the 23 quakes struck on Sept. 11 near the volcano’s summit. The largest of the quakes registered magnitude 1.6. Earthquake swarms are common at volcanos, and usually don’t signify any threat of eruption, Bodin said in an email. “So I’m treating this as a single eyebrow raised halfway,” he wrote. “Yeah, I see you and will be watching, but I don’t think you’re going to attack.” READ MORE

New Mexico ‘Church’ Becomes First in Mennonite Church USA to Appoint Openly Lesbian ‘Lead Pastor’

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 08:04 PM PDT

A “church” in New Mexico has become the first in the Mennonite Church USA to appoint an open lesbian as “lead pastor.” Albuquerque Mennonite Church, which affirmed homosexual relationships a decade ago, made the announcement on Monday that it had chosen Erica Lea as its new leader. It remarked that Lea has a “strong call to connect with and serve people affected by current immigration policies and

racial, social and economic discrimination—as well as a call to provide a beacon and safe haven for the LGBTQ community.” “We look forward to finding more ways of articulating and sharing an Anabaptist faith that can flourish in locally derived expressions of Jesus’s call to discipleship, peacemaking and justice,” said search committee member Andrew Clouse. “We think Erica is well-equipped to help us do this.” READ MORE

What we need to learn about the Nicolaitans

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 07:43 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this second part of our message regarding the Church of Ephesus mentioned in the Book of Revelation, We will discuss why the Lord hated the “Doctrine of the Nicolaitans” and their deeds. We will show you why he commended the Church of Ephesus for also hating their doctrine and deeds. We will show you what this doctrine was and why it is still around today and why it is so dangerous! For the entire message watch the video below:

 

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Powerful 6.4 earthquake strikes Vanuatu

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 07:31 PM PDT

A large earthquake has struck Vanuatu, a small Pacific island nation to the east of Australia. The 6.4 magnitude quake sparked fears of tsunamis in the Pacific, including Hawaii. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) sent the US state a tsunami bulletin in the wake of the quake, which occurred at

a considerable depth of 124 miles. The report to Hawaii said there were no fears of an imminent tsunami, despite the earthquake. The PTWC said: “Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.” Vanuatu has a population of more than 250,000 people. READ MORE

What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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

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Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, will join a meeting of foreign ministers responsible for the Iran nuclear deal that President Donald Trump has called an “embarrassment to the United States” and “the worst deal ever.”

Mexican search and rescue teams worked through the night after an earthquake rocked one of the world’s largest urban centers, killing hundreds and reducing buildings to rubble. The 7.2 magnitude quake ravaged the area of more than 20 million people, killing at least 217 people and leaving an unknown number of others still unaccounted for.

Hurricane Maria slammed into southeastern Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm with the potential to inflict $30 billion in damages just two weeks after Irma ravaged the cash-strapped island.

Venezuela says it’s prepared to defend itself against aggression from U.S. and its allies as they ratchet up pressure on the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Swiss voters want to make sure they don’t run out of food ever again. They’re going to the polls on Sunday to decide on a constitutional amendment to guarantee food supply.

France’s Socialists – who are reeling from this year’s damaging electoral defeat – are so broke they are putting their famed Paris headquarters up for sale.

As the Jewish High Holiday season moves in, Israel is getting set to welcome a throng of religious visitors — evangelical Christians. Thousands will pour in from more than 80 countries to the streets of Jerusalem in early October for an annual march celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles, or the Jewish festival of Sukkot.

Bitcoin is looking increasingly likely to splinter off again in November, creating a third version of the world’s largest cryptocurrency as miners and developers pursue separate visions to scale its rapidly growing marketplace.

Hotel workers in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York have been gathering for training sessions recently on how to handle visits from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, emphasizing employees’ right to refuse to answer questions or show identification.

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, which devastated parts of Florida, Texas and the Gulf Coast, also hit some of the nation’s least-insured crops.

AP Top Stories

French police encircled a makeshift migrant camp in a wooded area near Dunkirk on Tuesday, evacuating 557 people, the prefecture of the Nord region said. It was the second such operation in two days in northern France, where asylum-seekers and migrants gather in hopes of making it across the English Channel to Britain.

A Czech zoo on Tuesday burnt 72 pounds of rare rhino horns, including some it sawed off its own animals in the wake of a brutal attack on a French zoo. Poachers broke into the Thoiry zoo near Paris in March and killed a critically endangered white rhino, hacking off its horns and putting zoos across the world on high alert.

Turkey escalated its opposition to a Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq on Tuesday, training tank guns and rocket launchers across the southern border and saying the break-up of its neighbors could lead to global conflict.

U.S. Senator John McCain called on Tuesday for an immediate stop to U.S. sailors working over 100 hours a week as top Navy leaders struggled to explain a series of fatal naval collisions in the past few months.

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin and a senior Vatican official were on Tuesday ordered to stand trial for allegedly covering up for a pedophile priest accused of abusing several boy scouts in Lyon in the 1980s.

Two Russian military jets entered NATO ally Lithuania’s airspace over the weekend, a violation which prompted the Lithuanian government to demand an “immediate explanation” from the Russian ambassador.

The United States on Tuesday urged Ethiopia to investigate deadly clashes between two of the country’s major ethnic groups that have caused tens of thousands to flee.

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About 100,000 Canadians may have been caught up in the Equifax data breach, the company said on Tuesday. Personal data on up to 143 million Americans and about 400,000 Britons was also stolen from the credit-report giant between mid-May and July.

Brazilian activists and celebrities have condemned a court ruling that approves a “cure” for gay people. Waldemar de Carvalho, a federal judge in the capital Brasilia, backed a psychologist who had her license revoked for offering so-called “conversion therapy”.

A group of refugees from Australia’s offshore detention centers have become the first to be accepted by the US under a resettlement deal. About 50 people from the Papua New Guinea and Nauru centers will be taken to the US

An Australian school discriminated against a five-year-old Sikh boy when it prevented his enrolment because he wore a turban, a tribunal has found. The uniform policy of Melton Christian School in Melbourne prohibits non-Christian head coverings for boys.

A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters says it has driven Islamic State (IS) militants out of 80% of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.

Saudi Arabia is lifting a ban on voice and video calling apps such as WhatsApp and Skype, in a move aimed at boosting productivity and economic growth.

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Every player on the Cahokia Quarterback Club football team (8 years old and under) took a knee during the national anthem ahead of Sunday’s game in Belleville.

Instances of hostility to religion across America surged 133 percent during the last five years of the Obama administration, according to a new report that documents more than 1,400 incidents ranging from the Obamacare attacks on faithful Christians to various prison restrictions on Muslims and Sikhs.


News – 9/20/2017

Judge Roy Moore: We Removed God from Schools, Shootings and Death Filled the Void
“You wonder why we’re having shootings, and killings here in 2017? Because we’ve asked for it,” Moore said. “We’ve taken God out of everything. We’ve taken prayer out of school, we’ve taken prayer out of council meetings.” In a video of Moore’s speech to Citizen Impact USA, he can be heard saying, “There’s no truth, no mercy, no knowledge of God in the land.”

‘We’re basically in World War Three’
“We’re basically in World War Three,” he said. “Iran has promised to kill everyone in America: Death to America, genocide against America, [and] now genocide against Israel, too. But as President of the United States, he has a responsibility to protect us.” “It’s one thing to speak about Iran, it’s another thing to do something about Iran. The administration hasn’t yet realized that there’s no non-military solution for Iran and North Korea. When you’re dealing with professional terror organizations like that, you can’t negotiate your differences.

Tillerson: The Iran deal has to change
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Fox News on Tuesday that the Iran nuclear agreement must be changed in order for the United States to be able to remain part of it. “I think we’re all well familiar with the flaws of the Iranian nuclear deal, and the most glaring flaw is the sunset provision. We all know that this is a merely a ‘kick the can down the road’ agreement,” said Tillerson.

Mexico earthquake death toll surpasses 200
Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico was becoming a greater tragedy with each passing hour. Early Wednesday, the death toll stood at 217, after being revised downward from 248, the Associated Press reported, as rescue teams continued to search for survivors in the rubble of collapsed buildings in Mexico City and surrounding states.

Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico after lashing Virgin Islands – latest news
Hurricane Maria has made landfall in Puerto Rico, bringing “catastrophic” 155mph winds and dangerous storm surges, after battering the Virgin Islands. The “monster” storm began lashing the US Virgin Island of St Croix early on Wednesday, as it continued to cut a deadly north-westerly path through the Caribbean.

Citing Bible, Netanyahu Reminds UN Israel Has Divine Ally Against Enemies
“As the prophet Isaiah said, ‘I have made you a light unto the nations, bringing salvation to the ends of the earth,’” Netanyahu quoted. He concluded that Israel is amidst a “great revolution in Israel’s standing among the nations.” Over and over, the Israeli premiere emphasized the divine origin of Israel’s great contributions to the world.

Israel intercepts Iranian drone on Syrian border
Israel intercepted an Iranian- built unmanned aerial vehicle that breached the “Bravo line,” which marks the Syrian demilitarized zone, by firing a Patriot anti-ballistic missile stationed near Safed on Tuesday. IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis said Hezbollah operated drone took off from Damascus International Airport and was followed in real-time by the army before it crossed into the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria…

Palestinian activist admits: Flotillas are for propaganda, not humanitarian goals
Hamas-affiliated flotilla leader Zaher Birawi has admitted that the goal of flotillas sailing toward Gaza is not really humanitarian, but propaganda, the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center reported on Tuesday. The British-Palestinian activist has also predicted that the next flotilla designed to break Israel’s naval blockade of Hamas in Gaza will take place in summer 2018.

First Australia refugees approved for US resettlement
A group of refugees from Australia’s offshore detention centres have become the first to be accepted by the US under a resettlement deal. About 50 people from the Papua New Guinea and Nauru centres will be taken to the US, the Australian government confirmed on Tuesday. Under a resettlement deal struck with the Obama administration in 2016, the US agreed to take up to 1,250 refugees.

Mexico: Huge earthquake topples buildings, killing more than 200
A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 200 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City. President Enrique Peña Nieto said more than 20 children had died and 30 were missing after a school collapsed. The 7.1 magnitude quake also caused major damage in neighbouring states.

Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria, the devastating storm pushing north-west through the Caribbean has landed in Puerto Rico. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said it arrived in Yabucoa in the east of the US territory, producing winds of 150 mph (250 km/h). The hurricane earlier hit St Croix in the US Virgin Islands.

Iraqi forces ‘attack last IS bastion on Syria border’
Iraqi forces are reported to have launched an operation to recapture the last stronghold of so-called Islamic State in the country’s western desert. A military source told the BBC that soldiers, Anbar provincial police and Sunni Arab tribal fighters began moving on the town of Ana on Tuesday morning. Their progress was slowed initially by dozens of booby-traps, the source said.

Trump administration prepares to ease export rules for U.S. guns
The Trump administration is preparing to make it easier for American gun makers to sell small arms, including assault rifles and ammunition, to foreign buyers, according to senior U.S. officials. Aides to President Donald Trump are completing a plan to shift oversight of international non-military firearms sales from the State Department to the Commerce Department, four officials told Reuters.

Illinois Unpaid Vendor Backlog Hits A New Record At Over $16 Billion
“We need to come up with roughly half a billion (dollars) of cuts just to be able to service a bond offering…”

Manafort Calls On DOJ To Release His Intercepted Phone Calls; Demands Investigation Of Leaks
“Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any interceptsinvolving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ — there is nothing there.”

Israel and US Open First American Military Base in Israel
Israel and the U.S. inaugurated the first American military base on Israeli soil on Monday, which will serve dozens of soldiers operating a missile defense system.

Bolton: ‘This Was the Best Speech of the Trump Presidency’
John Bolton says President Donald Trump’s address to the United Nations General Assembly was the “best speech of the Trump presidency.” Bolton, a former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, said the centerpiece of Trump’s speech was his criticism of the behavior of North Korea and Iran.

5-Star’s young, popular Di Maio charts course to be Italy PM
Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement looks poised to name Luigi Di Maio as its candidate for prime minister in elections early next year and, if opinion polls are to be believed, the earnest 31-year-old has a good chance of winning.

6.1 Earthquake Off New Zealand Follows 7.1 Quake near Mexico City — 119 Dead
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck off of New Zealand on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning local time). This was the second quake today on the “Ring of Fire” zone in the Pacific Ocean.

Obama’s UN Global Expansion of Community Organizing
It should surprise no one that former President Barack Obama will host an upcoming gathering of civic leaders from around the world on the 31st of October, the day the United Nations celebrates ‘World Cities Day’. Obama and the UN are on the same obsessive mission to take over the world country by country by first globalizing the West, city by city.

Netanyahu on Trump UN Speech: In More than 30 Years at UN, Have Not Heard a Speech So Bold And Courageous
The US president delivered a fearless speech to the international body. President Trump slammed the terrorists of Hezbollah, the dangers of socialism, the murderous Iranian regime, Obama’s embarrassing Iranian nuclear deal, and North Korean ‘rocket man’ Kim Jong Un.

First time in years, a U.S. President manages to address the UN—without trashing The United States I won’t bother listing examples, because there are so many that it would take all day.  Suffice it to say that, if you spent any part of the last 8 years watching President Obama address the United Nations, you saw a U.S. President belittle his own county.  Obama’s speeches were, almost without exception, apologetic affairs designed to acknowledge the left-wing “truth” that America is the source of all the world’s ills.


Top Financial Expert Warns Stocks Need To Drop ‘Between 30 And 40 Percent’ As Bankruptcy Looms For Toys R Us

Will there be a major stock market crash before the end of 2017?  To many of us, it seems like we have been waiting for this ridiculous stock market bubble to burst for a very long time.  The experts have been warning us over and over again that stocks cannot keep going up like this indefinitely, and yet this market has seemed absolutely determined to defy the laws of economics.  But most people don’t remember that we went through a similar thing before the financial crisis of 2008 as well.  I recently spoke to an investor that shorted the market three years ahead of that crash.  In the end his long-term analysis was right on the money, but his timing was just a bit off, and the same thing will be true with many of the experts this time around. (Read More…)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 20, 2017

Trump’s Reaganesque UN Speech

He didn’t shy away from challenging the UN to stand with the U.S. in fighting against tyranny.

The Foundation

“I am persuaded that a firm union is as necessary to perpetuate our liberties as it is to make us respectable.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 20

  • Fed Poised to Set Portfolio Reduction Plan in Motion (Read More)
  • Dollar close to 2015 lows as conflicted Fed prepares policy update (Read More)
  • The Risk of a New Economic Non-Order (Read More)
  • A last, last chance: Republicans strain for Obamacare repeal (Read More)
  • McConnell Won’t Promise Obamacare Repeal Vote as Foes Mobilize (Read More)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Rips Into GOP Health Bill for Failing ‘Kimmel Test’ (Read More)
  • Stress at UN Not Shared on Wall Street as Stocks Set Records (Read More)
  • Trump’s North Korea threat leaves Asia struggling to explain (Read More)
  • China offers support for strife-torn Venezuela at United Nations (Read More)
  • States Need $645 Billion to Pay Full Health-Care Costs (Read More)
  • Trump Aides Caught in Russia Probe Face Legal Bills and Paranoia (Read More)
  • Police arrest high-ranking Catalan officials in raids (Read More)
  • Opioids on the Job Are Overwhelming American Employers (Read More)
  • Russia’s B&N Bank seeks bailout: central bank (Read More)
  • Toys ‘R’ Us Will Live Because Mattel and Hasbro Can’t Let It Die (Read More)
  • From Russia with fuel – North Korean ships may be undermining sanctions (Read More)
  • Two Big Words Show Why U.S. Oil May Finally Be Turning a Corner (Read More)
  • How $5 billion of debt caught up with Toys ‘R’ Us (Read More)
  • Why This Hurricane Season Is So Intense (Read More)
  • Buffett calls pessimists about United States ‘out of their mind’ (Read More)
  • Uber reviews Asia business amid U.S. bribery probe (Read More)
  • Amazon Is a Lifeline for Retail Workers. (If They Live in the Right City.) (Read More)

Headlines – 9/20/2017

UN chief: Two-state solution remains the ‘only way forward’

Egypt’s Sissi makes impromptu plea at UN for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Egypt’s Sisi urges Palestinians to unite, co-exist with Israelis

Al-Sisi urges Israelis to ‘support your leadership’

Egyptian leader Sissi is showing his mettle by posing with Netanyahu

Report: Netanyahu and al-Sisi agree to hold winter summit with PA and Jordan

From applause to denial, Middle East media react to Sisi-Netanyahu meeting

Hamas invites Abbas to resume control of Gaza

Hamas concessions don’t guarantee Palestinian reconciliation

The Doomed Palestinian Reconciliation Plan

Hamas Offer Reflects Pressure From Egypt and Fatah

Omitting Mideast peace from speech, Trump opts again for the unorthodox

S. African twins put on terror list for plot to bomb Jewish targets, US embassy

Rivlin urges world Jewry to fight terror, racism together

Israel’s Southern Wall Proves 100 Percent Effective in Preventing Infiltrations

Hamas operative killed in Gaza tunnel collapse

Quietly, Israeli high-tech companies contract Gaza engineers

In first, US establishes permanent military base in Israel

IDF fires Patriot to intercept Hezbollah drone in Golan Heights

Israel: ‘We have shot down Iranian-supplied Hezbollah drone’

Galant warns Iran against ‘adventures’ with Israel

Rivlin says Iranian presence on northern border intolerable

Urging end to Iran deal, Netanyahu envisions march of the sanctions

Netanyahu to UN: Change Iran deal or cancel it, fix it or nix it

‘Flawed’ Iran nuke deal must be reworked, Tillerson says

Tillerson: Iran nuclear deal must be changed for US to remain in pact

Iran Threatens to Destroy Israel’s Tel Aviv, But Gulf Arab States Appear Closer to Former Foe

Israel Atomic Energy Commission head warns of Iran’s nuclear threat

Iran nuclear deal drives wedge between US and France

Trump slams ‘murderous regime’ of Iran at United Nations

Korean peninsula draws range of military drills in show of force against North Korea

In UN speech, Trump calls Kim Jong Un ‘Rocket Man’ and threatens to ‘totally destroy North Korea’

Democratic Senate leader calls Trump’s ‘Rocket Man’ remark at UN ‘risky’

S.Korea says Trump’s warning to N.Korea “firm and specific”

China says N.Korea issue should be resolved peacefully

Trump’s UN Speech Receives Immediate Support From Netanyahu

Iran’s Zarif blasts Trump’s ‘ignorant hate speech’ at UN

World leaders skip out on Trump to avoid the embarrassment

French President slams Syria’s President Assad, calls him ‘a criminal’

Iraqi forces ‘attack last IS bastion on Syria border’

US-backed force takes 90 percent of Syria’s Raqqa from ISIS

Clashes erupt in Iraqi city of Kirkuk over Kurdish vote

Turkish tanks trained on northern Iraq in show of force ahead of vote

Curfew imposed in Iraqi city before Kurdish independence vote

Iran: Kurdish independence to ‘create another Israel’ – Ayatollah Jannati

Arab quartet meet in New York to discuss new approach to Qatar crisis

Egypt’s Sisi on Qatar: It’s time to confront supporters of terrorism

Trump denies warning Saudi Arabia over military action against Qatar

Saudi forces carry out operations near Yemen border, killing 70 Houthis

UN calls on Congo to protect refugees after deadly shooting

UN chief urges Myanmar to halt military campaign against Rohingya

The satellite images that prove Myanmar horrors

Putin displays massive firepower in Russian war games on border with Europe

NATO leader: Russian military exercises appear to be preparation for ‘big war’

Russian army helicopter accidentally fires at spectators

Trump’s lawyer denies collusion with Russia in 2016 election

Trump’s lawyer trashes Russia dossier, says document ‘riddled with total falsehoods’

Mueller v. Trump is about to blow up

Trump vindicated? Manafort wiretapping report lends credence to claim

James Comey Tried to Discredit Trump’s Wiretapping Assertions That Proved True

Did Obama Know about Comey’s Surveillance? The media is less interested in Obama Administration wiretapping than in how Trump described it.

Before the massive Equifax breach, there was another one

Tech Firms Face Fines Unless Terrorist Material Removed in Hours

Google launches UK ‘anti-terror fund’

Suspicious object detected in luggage triggers bomb scare at Mangalore Airport

UK police arrest two more people in London subway bombing, bringing total to five

Trump slams Venezuela at UN; Maduro calls him ‘Hitler’

Trump: ‘The Problem in Venezuela Is Not that Socialism Has Been Poorly Implemented’ but ‘Faithfully Implemented’

Illinois’ unpaid bill backlog hits a record $16 billion

The World’s Biggest Wealth Fund Hits $1 Trillion

Dow posts record close as Fed meeting starts, Trump talks to the UN

Retail Apocalypse: 20 big retailers closing stores in 2017

Rare Celestial ‘Occultation’ Event Sees New Moon Blocking Out Three Planets and Bright Star

Hours after an earthquake drill in Mexico City, the real thing struck

Mexico City hit by deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake on anniversary of 1985 disaster

Central Mexico earthquake kills more than 240, topples buildings

New Zealand hit by strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake just hours after Mexico City disaster

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Arequipa, Peru

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Namie, Japan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gerash, Iran

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Blenheim, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kerman, Iran

San Andreas Fault: 3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Los Angeles

The Really Big One – An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

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

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Category 5 Maria closing in on Puerto Rico, a hurricane disaster unavoidable

Maria ‘potentially most catastrophic hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in a century’: Governor

Puerto Rico Faces Hurricane Maria After Irma’s $1 Billion Damage

Trump Approves Puerto Rico Emergency Declaration As Maria Strengthens Into “Potentially Catastrophic” Cat-5 Hurricane

Hurricane Jose, Expected to Stay Offshore From East Coast, Still Churning in Atlantic

Hurricane Irma leaves behind foul stink across Central Florida

Senators push for churches to get disaster relief grants

Democrats urge full review before Senate vote on Obamacare attack

Israeli Kibbutz to Become Worldwide Medical Marijuana Hub

WHO warns the world is running out of antibiotics

Israeli court awards cancer-stricken nuclear reactor workers with $22 million

AI can detect Alzheimer’s a decade before symptoms show

Hepatitis A outbreak declared in Los Angeles County

Brazilian Judge Sparks Outrage By Approving Gay Conversion Therapy

Mike Oppenheimer – Witnessing to Someone in a Cult

Are Bill Johnson and the New Apostolic Reformation Really Doing Miracles?

The Cautionary Tale of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker

False Teacher of the Day: Kyle Martin, Time to Revive Ministry

Two (Female) Pastors in Love (with each other), and Only God Knows

Houston Church Blocks Jewish Lesbian From Volunteering to Help Hurricane Victims

Studies Suggest There Is No Long-Term Harm on Minors Who Have Sex With Adults; Christian Sociologist Responds

Anti-Population Growth Group Expresses Support for Planned Parenthood as Means to Combat ‘Overpopulation’

A Jewish Council Decided That Jesus Christ Must Die Because Many Would Believe In Him!

Jim Bakker Claims “Every Prophecy I’ve Made Has Come True.” Also, Donald Trump Watches His Show

Spiritual Disciplines and the Appearance of Wisdom

Oregon governor celebrates law making abortions free for all, including illegal immigrants

Chinese Christian Academy Banned for ‘Brainwashing’ Children

The Invisible Christians of North Korea – Surviving by God’s Grace Alone

Maria Slams Puerto Rico, One Million Without Power, Could Be Months Without Power

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 07:32 AM PDT

Metal roofs were flying off buildings and windows were breaking in San Juan, Puerto Rico even before Hurricane Maria made landfall as a Category 4 storm on the island’s southeastern coast early Wednesday morning. According to the Associated Press, nearly 900,000 people were already without power as the storm approached. Those who sought shelter at a coliseum in San Juan were moved to the building’s second and third floors.

Puerto Rico’s weather radar stopped operating as the storm came ashore, transmitting its last image around 5:50 a.m, the Washington Post reports. There are reports of widesrpead damage on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands as a result of Hurricane Maria, the VI Consotrium reports, and many are pleading for help in compromised buildings. READ MORE

 

The World Is Running Out of Antibiotics!

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 07:03 AM PDT

Concern about growing global antibiotic resistance has come to a head: The World Health Organization is now warning that the world is running out of antibiotics. There aren’t enough truly new antibiotics being developed, especially for the most concerning antibiotic-resistant infections, according to a WHO report released Tuesday. The United Nations health agency has aired its concerns about antibiotic

resistance, which makes it more difficult to treat infections, for some time. Some of the group’s latest moves included updating guidelines for treating sexually transmitted infections and cautioning that just three antibiotics are being developed to treat gonorrhea, a “fairly grim” situation. But the latest WHO report takes a broad and prospective look at antibiotic development, and what it describes is not a pretty picture. READ MORE

 

National Geographic Attempts To Reveal the Face of Mary Magdalene

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 06:51 AM PDT

National Geographic reports you can now see the face of Mary Magdalene, following the forensic and artistic reconstruction of the face of a woman whose skull remains behind a glass barrier in France. That is, if you are convinced that the woman who is recorded in the New Testament as a follower of Jesus somehow made her way from what now is Israel to France before she died. And if you believe that the

skull, in a crypt behind a basilica in a medieval town in the south of France, is hers. The report identified Mary Magdalene as “one of the Catholic Church’s most infamous women” and says some have described her as a prostitute. Lest anyone jump to conclusions, Philippe Charlier, a biological anthropologist from the University of Versailles, told National Geographic: READ MORE

 

100-Year-Old Woman Continues Using Gift The Lord Gave Her

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 06:36 AM PDT

Living to 100 is one of the ultimate life goals for many people, but most don’t think they’ll be doing much work if they are lucky enough to get there. Not Eva Bossenberger. The centurion works hard everyday, waking up before dawn to sew dresses for little girls for the Operation Christmas Child endeavor. The ministry packs shoeboxes full of items for children and they come with the message of Jesus’ love as well.

She started out wanting to help and it quickly became her life’s work, literally. Eva says at first it took her over a day to make one dress — but not she can sew three in one day, making her a huge blessing to the ministry and the girls they serve. “I love it. The Lord gave me hands with no arthritis. I’m doing what the Lord has asked me to do,” she said. READ MORE

SPREADING: Hepatitis A Outbreak Reaches Los Angeles

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 06:30 AM PDT

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has declared a local outbreak of hepatitis A. The health agency said the declaration was issued after the most recent new cases of the disease appear to have been locally acquired. So far, 10 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed among the high-risk homeless population in Los Angeles County, according to a press release from the department.

Four of the confirmed cases were in individuals who had been in San Diego and Santa Cruz. Three other cases were identified in a health facility in Los Angeles County. Two of those cases appear to have been acquired locally, according to the health department. READ MORE

PROPHECY WATCH: Supermarket offers ‘finger vein’ payment in worldwide first…

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 06:27 AM PDT

UK supermarket has become the first in the world to let shoppers pay for groceries using just the veins in their fingertips. Customers at the Costcutter store, at Brunel University in London, can now pay using their unique vein pattern to identify themselves. The firm behind the technology, Sthaler, has said it is in “serious talks” with other major UK supermarkets to adopt hi-tech finger vein scanners at pay points

across thousands of stores. It works by using infrared to scan people’s finger veins and then links this unique biometric map to their bank cards. Customers’ bank details are then stored with payment provider Worldpay, in the same way you can store your card details when shopping online. Shoppers can then turn up to the supermarket with nothing on them but their own hands and use it to make payments in just three seconds. READ MORE

Maria most catastrophic hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in 100 Years

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 06:23 AM PDT

As residents of Puerto Rico brace for Hurricane Maria — which slammed into the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm Monday night — Puerto Rico’s governor is calling the storm “the biggest and potentially most catastrophic hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in a century.” Maria, which has left at least two dead in the Caribbean, is forecast to “remain an extremely dangerous Category 4 or 5 hurricane” as it approaches Puerto Rico early Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Maria could bring life-threatening flooding and mudslides, as well as a 6- to 9-foot storm surge, to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Dangerous flash flooding and mudslides are also possible, especially in mountainous regions in Puerto Rico. As of 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Maria’s maximum sustained winds had decreased to 160 mph, but it remained a Category 5 storm. Maria’s maximum sustained winds had been as high as 175 mph during the day Tuesday. READ MORE

Is North Korea a Smokescreen for a Potential Armageddon in the Middle East?

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 06:19 AM PDT

The threats of the North Korean dictator are frightening indeed and could well ignite a nuclear war, but they are part of a bigger picture of a worldwide rebellion against the God of creation. On a more specific front, they’re a smokescreen for a potential Armageddon in the Middle East as Russian-backed Iran and its allies move dangerously close to Israel’s borders. Only last week (Sept. 7) Israel carried out a daring

air strike against an Iranian-run weapons factory in the heart of Syria, severely damaging (if not destroying) the facility where chemical and biological munitions, as well as medium-range missiles, are being developed. Syria has, in turn, warned about “dangerous repercussions”.  The strike took place exactly 10 years after Israel—the only country in recent years that has stood up to North Korea until now—destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor being built with the help of the rogue regime. READ MORE

When Sin Goes From Shocking to Amusing

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 06:14 AM PDT

(By Shane Idleman) “Remember ever, and always, that your country was founded by the stern old Puritans whose first act on touching the soil of the new world was to offer on bended knees thanksgiving to Almighty God” (paraphrase of Henry Wilson; 18TH U.S. Vice President). Unlike today, many early political leaders were not ashamed to admit the true source of America’s strength—they were biblically correct, rather than politically correct. They were statesmen, not politicians. A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation.

You may say, “Times change.” And you are correct, but God’s standards do not. The sin that once amazed us now amuses us; just look at what is considered “entertainment” today. When sin begins to amuse us, we are dangerously close to the edge—”Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil” (Isa. 5:20). Darwin is praised and curriculum that removes God is applauded. Boys can be girls, and girls boys. Men can marry men—women marry women. Chaplains can no longer look to the true source of truth and comfort. Up is down and down is up. America, wake up—we are a nation void of understanding … void of truth. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Ring Of Fire Awakening as Powerful Quakes Continue

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 06:11 AM PDT

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck off of New Zealand on Tuesday night, just hours after the deadly M7.1 earthquake killed at least 119 people in Mexico. A M6.1 earthquake hit 256km W of Auckland Island, New Zealand on September 20, 2017. This was the second powerful quake within 7 hours on the “Ring of Fire” zone in the Pacific Ocean after that M7.1 near Mexico City.

The underwater earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 magnitude struck in the remote Southern Ocean south of New Zealand on Wednesday. The quake, at a shallow depth of 10km, was recorded 211km west of the sub-Antarctic Auckland Island, off New Zealand’s South Island. READ MORE


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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September 18, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump, who derided the United Nations as a “club for people to get together, talk and have a good time” after his election, is surprising veterans of the global body by leaning on it to help carry out his foreign policy agenda.

Four American college students were attacked with acid Sunday at a train station in France, but French authorities so far do not think extremist views motivated the 41 -year-old woman who was arrested as the alleged assailant, the local prosecutor’s office and the students’ school said.

Obama is coming to Wall Street less than a year after leaving the White House, following a path that’s well-trod and well paid. While he can’t run for president, he continues to be an influential voice in a party torn between celebrating and vilifying corporate power. His new work with banks might suggest which side of the debate he’ll be on and disappoint anyone expecting him to avoid a trap that snared Clinton.

The Trump administration is considering closing down the recently reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana following a string of unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday.

France is “vigilant” about Iran’s compliance with its nuclear accord but “all signs are that it’s respecting its commitments,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

The U.S. seeks a peaceful resolution but is prepared to use military force if diplomatic efforts fail to end the nuclear standoff with North Korea, said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that six of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be reduced in size, with changes to several others proposed.

India is poised to emerge as an economic superpower, driven in part by its young population, while China and the Asian Tigers age rapidly, according to Deloitte LLP.

Saudi Arabia is considering a plan to phase out subsidies for gasoline and jet fuel in November at the latest, as the world’s biggest oil exporter pushes a program to curtail spending after a global slump in prices. At current levels, this could result in a hike of about 80 percent.

AP Top Stories

Hurricane Maria strengthened into a Category 2 storm on Monday and pushed toward the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean, as forecasters warned it was expected to become a major hurricane by early Tuesday.

Thousands of Florida residents are being urged to evacuate a week after Hurricane Irma’s rains are overflowing the Withlacoochee River.

As the devastated Florida Keys began reopening to residents who fled Hurricane Irma, officials warned the returning islanders to bring enough supplies to sustain them for a while, because no one yet knows when water and power will be fully restored.

Texas Representative Joe Barton, a Republican politician who opposed funding for Hurricane Harvey relief is now in charge of Congressional efforts to help Texas recover from the storm.

Repeal of the Affordable Care Act is back on the agenda, with Republicans suddenly talking about a bill that, until recently, few people in either party had taken all that seriously.

Hamas has agreed to dissolve the administration that runs Gaza, it said on Sunday, a major step towards handing control of the enclave to a Palestinian unity government after a decade of bitter rivalry with President Mahmoud Abbas.

British police made progress Sunday in their frantic pursuit of suspects and evidence connected to the bomb that partially exploded on a packed London subway, leading counter-terrorism officials to lower the country’s threat level because they no longer considered a fresh attack to be imminent.

A Catholic priest kidnapped by Islamic State supporters when they occupied parts of a southern Philippine city nearly four months ago smiled and called for prayers Monday after escaping.

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In a strongly-worded statement, North Korea has warned that more sanctions and pressure will only make it accelerate its nuclear program.

US credit report giant Equifax has replaced two senior staff after revealing last week it had suffered a massive data breach.

A Chinese company offering sex dolls for rent has withdrawn its services just days after launching.

China and India may have defused a potential border conflict but the stand-off seems to have led to dispute over another contentious issue: water.

The prime minister of Serbia has become the first head of government in a Balkan country to take part in a gay pride march. Ana Brnabic is the first gay person, as well as the first woman, to lead Serbia.

WND

ISIS has involved children in war like no other movement in recent years. It has been known to sell Iraqi children as sex slaves and routinely conducts mass executions of children. Now the Jerusalem Post reports that the Islamic supremacist movement’s practices mean any children it deploys for war could be considered targets by opposing forces. “If children are holding a gun then direct participation in hostilities rules apply to children … children might be targets and not just victims.”

One of the biggest critics of the after-school Satanist clubs that have been promoted to schools around the country says a club in Tacoma, Washington, was a dismal flop, attracting the interest of only one person, and has been shut down.

The revelation of a massive data breach at credit giant Equifax is a a textbook example of poor protection and even worse public relations, but a leading cybersecurity expert says it leaves tens of millions of people vulnerable to fraud and identity theft for the rest of their lives.


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News – 9/18/2017

‘Be Ready’: Famed Evangelist Warns of ‘Biblical Signs Before Christ’s Return’ Amid Wildfires, Violent Hurricanes and Earthquakes
With natural disasters raging across America, Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, is warning Christians to “be ready” for Jesus’ return, as the CEO of Samaritan’s Purse shared a plethora of Bible verses about the biblical end times.

Hurricane Maria nearing already battered Caribbean islands
A strengthening Hurricane Maria churned toward the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean on Monday as forecasters warned it was expected to become a major hurricane by early Tuesday. Maria swiftly grew into a hurricane Sunday, and forecasters said it was expected to become much stronger over the coming hours following a path that would take it near many of the islands wrecked by Hurricane Irma and then on toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Egyptian court sentences ex-President Morsi to 25 years for spy case
An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood to 25 years in prison in a final ruling over a case accusing him of spying for Qatar, judicial sources said.

Poll: Public Overwhelmingly Supports Free Speech, Opposes SPLC, Antifa, Soros Efforts to Restrict It
By a margin of 85 percent to 8 percent, respondents said that, in the aftermath of the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month, “all Americans are entitled to free speech,” not “just some of us.”

Peace talks take back seat on Trump’s UN agenda
The Trump administration’s push for peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians will not feature prominently this week at the UN General Assembly, where the president, on his first trip there, will prioritize more pressing national security concerns, officials told The Jerusalem Post…President Donald Trump is expected to focus more on his showdown with North Korea, Iran’s nuclear program and the broad threat of violent religious extremism.

Israel to amend adoption law, give same-sex couples equal rights
The Israeli government said it would amend adoption law in the country to give same-sex couples equal rights. The state made the announcement Sunday during a hearing at the Supreme Court in response to a petition regarding adoption by same-sex and common-law couples filed by the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers, with the Israel Religious Action Center of the Reform movement, against the Social Affairs Ministry and the attorney general.

US says it is considering closing its embassy in Cuba
The US is considering closing its embassy in Cuba after diplomatic staff reported health problems which Washington blames on a “sonic attack”. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said a decision whether to shut to the mission in Havana was “under evaluation”. More than 20 staff suffered conditions ranging from mild brain trauma and hearing loss to dizziness and nausea.

Paris climate deal: Trump open to staying in, Tillerson says
Donald Trump is open to staying in the Paris accord on climate change, his secretary of state has said, just hours after the White House insisted there would be “no change” to US policy. Rex Tillerson said the US would stay in the agreement “if we can construct a set of terms that we believe is fair”. His comments come despite the White House earlier denying reports it was softening its stance on the accord.

Why Obamacare’s Much-Criticized Individual Mandate Is Likely to Endure (for Now)
The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that Americans either carry health insurance or pay a fine remains the law’s most unpopular feature. Nevertheless, a bipartisan group of governors is insisting that the so-called individual mandate remain in place — at least for now. In a letter sent late last month, the governors urged federal lawmakers to retain the mandate to help stabilize insurance markets.

Battered St. Martin residents fight to survive, struggle to decide whether to remain
Ten days after Hurricane Irma turned St. Martin into a jigsaw of ripped metal and shattered wood, residents were still struggling with an existential question: Should they cling to an island that can barely support life or start over elsewhere? Irma hit the shared Dutch and French Caribbean island as a Category 5 hurricane with winds in excess of 200 miles an hour, turning the picturesque tourist haven into a sweltering trash heap without power, water or communications.

Can the US Military Re-Invent the Microchip for the AI Era?
As conventional microchip design reaches its limits, DARPA is pouring money into the specialty chips that might power tomorrow’s autonomous machines. The coming AI revolution faces a big hurdle: today’s microchips…That poses a big problem for the Defense Department. In 2014, Defense One asked DARPA director Arati Prabhakar about it…

Strange lights spotted in sky above Salt Lake City
Fox 13 News received several calls and messages about a series of strange lights in the sky above Salt Lake City Saturday night, and it appears the lights were likely part of the pregame festivities for Utah’s game vs San Jose State at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Several videos shot just before 8 p.m. near Salt Lake City show the lights in the sky, with one video appearing to show a single point of light breaking up into smaller objects.

Top 5 Revealed Biblical Prophecies of 5777
As Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, approaches this week, it is customary to look back and reflect on the previous year. Between Sunday and Wednesday, Breaking Israel News will present a series of Top Lists recalling some of the most significant Biblical and Israel stories of 5777.

2,000-Year-Old Murder Mystery of 1st tury Jews Solved With Secret Burial Ceremony
“I have no doubt that these people were murdered in the first revolt in 69 CE at the hands of the Romans,” Dr. Stripling told Breaking Israel News. “It was a 2,000-year-old mass-murder mystery that was solved, and we now can tell their story.” “Many of the bones were disarticulated and jumbled, perhaps by animals, but we were able to determine that one of the women was arthritic and elderly, and one was a six-year-old child. Most of the skeletons belonged to young women.”

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shakes Alaska, British Columbia
A Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shook Alaska about 135 miles (217 kilometers) northwest of the state’s capital city Juneau. Coincidentally, the City and Borough of Juneau’s Disaster Preparedness Expo was winding down as the earthquake hit Saturday afternoon. No damage was immediately reported.

‘Don’t ever compare settlements to terror – terrorism is murder’
US Ambassador slams Obama admin for comparing Israeli housing projects to terror, says Obama ‘showed his true face’ to Israel with UN vote.

Bahrain king denounces Arab boycott of Israel, says countrymen may visit
The king of the island nation has plans to establish a Museum of Religious Tolerance in the capital city by the end of the year. At the event, Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, who head the Wiesenthal Center, revealed the king’s pronouncements made to them during their visit to Manama, Bahrain’s capital city…

 Hurricane Maria to become major storm as it nears Caribbean
Maria is expected to become a dangerous major hurricane as it nears the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. The category one hurricane will rapidly strengthen over the next 48 hours and will hit the islands late on Monday, the US National Hurricane Center says.

Pension Storm Coming: “This Will Become One Of The Most Heated Battles Of My Lifetime”
This issue is going to set neighbor against neighbor and retirees against taxpayers. It will become one of the most heated battles of my lifetime. It will make the Trump-Clinton campaigns look like a school kids’ tiddlywinks smackdown.

THE FOURTH REICH: U.N. to Publish ‘Blacklist’ of Jewish Companies in latest slap in the face to Israel and the Jews
The U.N. Human Rights Council, despite international outrage and pressures, will go forward with a publication of a list of companies that do business outside of the borders established in 1967 — a “blacklist” of sorts, aimed at squashing Israel’s economy.

Jim Rogers Warns “If Trump Starts A Trade War With China, It Will End US Hegemony”
“…In his mind, he wants to do it, he is ready to do it. Some of his advisors are very much in favor of a trade war. It may very well happen. If it happens, it is going to be very bad for the world and it is going to be worse for America than for other people.”

Box Office Poison: Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Mother!’ Crashes to Career Low $8M
This is a catastrophe for Lawrence, one of Hollywood’s most stridently bigoted (former) stars. The Oscar-winner’s hateful attacks on Christians, conservatives, President Trump and his supporters have chipped away at her popularity going back to 2014, but no one expected this, expected anything close to $8 million, to single digits. At worst, Mother! was projected to squeak in at $12 million.

United Nations has ‘exhausted’ options on North Korea, says top US diplomat
The UN has run out of options for confronting an increasingly belligerent North Korea, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said, presenting a unified front with Trump administration officials who continue to float a military option ahead of this week’s summit in New York.


Rick Warren, Calif. Bishop Hail Unity as Model for Evangelicals and Catholics to Follow

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and California Roman Catholic Bishop Kevin Vann recently opened up about their years-long friendship and cooperation as a model for evangelicals and Catholics around the world to follow.

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Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 18, 2017

Constitution Day 2017

Celebrate the enduring legacy of Liberty enshrined in our Constitution.

The Foundation

“In the formation of our constitution the wisdom of all ages is collected — the legislators of antiquity are consulted, as well as the opinions and interests of the millions who are concerned. It short, it is an empire of reason.” —Noah Webster (1787)

September 14, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Despite the election of President Trump, which seemed to momentarily disrupt Democratic Party plans for total control, conservatives are losing politically. Trump’s basic failure was the inability to seize control of the Pentagon and intelligence agencies away from Obama and his holdovers. Conservatives that Trump tried to put in were systematically purged. He’s the ultimate target. It’s unclear whether he can save himself…. (more)


September 14, 2017
THE HILL — Anti-fascist activists, or “antifa,” increasingly mobilized in the wake of President Trump’s election, are unapologetic about what they describe as the necessary use of violence to combat authoritarianism…. (more)

September 14, 2017
NEWSMAX — South Korea is assembling a “decapitation unit” in its military in a thinly veiled threat to North Korean leader Kim Jung Un and his top aides as they escalate a nuclear missile program, The New York Times reported…. (more)

September 14, 2017
DAILY CALLER — Democrats are “fearful” that the Trump dossier is “a piece of fiction,” one that the FBI used to form the basis of its investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government. That’s one theory that South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy is proposing for why Democrats are pushing back so hard against a GOP effort to get answers about the dossier from the FBI and Justice Department…. (more)

September 12, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Faith-based groups – – Christian nonprofits, specifically – – have been busy bees of late, providing more aid to hurricane victims than even FEMA, the federal agency that’s supposed to swoop to the scenes of natural disasters, assess the situation and speed the recovery and rebuilding process…. (more)


September 12, 2017
BOB UNRUH — Three Texas churches that sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency when they were banned from participating in federal hurricane recovery programs because of their faith now are getting support from President Trump as well as at least one member of Congress…. (more)

September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is floating the idea of putting the entire National Security Council staff through a lie detector test to ferret out leakers, Axios reported…. (more)

September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The administration imposed visa sanctions Tuesday on four countries that have refused to cooperate in taking back their immigrants whom the U.S. wants to deport, making good on one of President Trump’s campaign promises…. (more)

September 12, 2017
BYRON YORK — President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA was only hours old when the Democratic attorneys general of 15 states filed a lawsuit to stop him. The president’s move is “cruel, short-sighted, inhumane, and potentially devastating to hundreds of thousands of immigrants and millions of people who work with, study with, love, and care for them,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told a campaign-style rally at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice…. (more)


September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said Tuesday he endorsed Judge Roy Moore over Sen. Luther Strange in this month’s Alabama Senate runoff election in part because of the way the Republican establishment worked against fellow HFC member Rep. Mo Brooks during the August primary…. (more)

September 12, 2017
BOB UNRUH — The international wire service Associated Press has been called out for “pushing the Democratic Party’s line” in a story about Republican Congress members planning to retire. John Hinderaker, at the popular Powerline blog, noted the AP “gleefully” headlined its story “Republicans jumping ship amid dissatisfaction in Trump era.”… (more)

September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The country’s voting machines are susceptible to hacking, which could be done in a way so that it leaves no fingerprints, making it impossible to know whether the outcome was changed, computer experts told President Trump’s voter integrity commission Tuesday…. (more)

September 12, 2017
ART MOORE — When the FBI was asked to release files related to Hillary Clinton’s famous 33,000 deleted emails, the bureau insisted the former secretary of state and presidential candidate’s privacy outweighed the “public interest” in disclosing the information…. (more)


September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — According to local media in Charlottesville, about 100 students, faculty and local residents shrouded the statue in black and hung a banner on it saying “Black Lives Matter” and that “White Supremacy” should commit a sexual act. Others in the small rainy-night crowd carried signs reading “Thomas Jefferson is a racist and a rapist” and chanted “No Trump, No KKK, no racist UVa.”… (more)

September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Ken Burns had promised himself there would be no more war films. After documentaries on the Civil War and World War II, the filmmaker famous for his exhaustive, multipart deep dives into history was looking forward to more films along the lines of his “Jazz” and “Baseball” works…. (more)

September 12, 2017
ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE — Even knowing that there are radicals in all movements doesn’t lessen the startling admission recently by lesbian journalist Masha Gessen. On a radio show she actually admits that homosexual activists are lying about their radical political agenda. She says that they don’t want to access the institution of marriage; they want to radically redefine and eventually eliminate it…. (more)

September 12, 2017
MEDICAL KIDNAP — A law professor at the oldest law school in the nation believes that there is no inherent right to parent one’s own children. In an interview for CRTV about homeschooling, Professor James G. Dwyer told syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin that: The reason that parent-child relationship exists is because the state confers legal parenthood on people through its paternity and maternity laws…. (more)


September 12, 2017
LLOYD MARCUS — Moving to a tiny town in the hills of West Virginia took me out of the loop for about a month – – no TV or internet with horrible cell phone service and too much static on the radio to listen to Rush. Upon finally getting back on line, I learned that the airways have been dominated by a bunch of scumbag haters calling themselves Antifa…. (more)

September 12, 2017
JIM TERRY — Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, a Democrat, recently said that Confederate monuments are propaganda. If that is the case, they are propaganda of the supporters of slavery, the supporters of the KKK, the supporters of Jim Crow laws, the supporters of anarchy. In other words, they are the propaganda of the Democrat Party. Those, and many more dubious qualities, are what the Democrat party has stood for historically and stands for today…. (more)

September 12, 2017
MICHAEL BRESCIANI — This year makes an even fifty years that I have been studying the subject of Biblical prophecy. I have watched as some of the best biblical expositors on this subject have arisen to help guide the believers and some of the worst as well…. (more)

September 12, 2017
ALAN KEYES — “From the beginning of our nation, Americans have joined together in prayer during times of great need, to ask for God’s blessings and guidance. As response and recovery efforts continue, and as Americans provide much needed relief to the people of Texas and Louisiana, we are reminded of Scripture’s promise that ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.'” (President Trump’s National Day of Prayer Proclamation)… (more)

September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — The war against Islamic terrorism has not “really” changed in the 16 years since the 9/11 attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Monday, but he’s not “particularly surprised” by that…. (more)


September 12, 2017
BLOOMBERG — Twenty miles may have made a $150 billion difference. Estimates for the damage Hurricane Irma would inflict on Florida kept mounting as it made its devastating sweep across the Caribbean. It was poised to be the costliest U.S. storm on record. Then something called the Bermuda High intervened and tripped it up…. (more)


September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — Hurricane Irma knocked out power to about 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida, even as the storm weakened as it crept up the state’s west coast, according to state officials and local electric utilities…. (more)

September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — The national debt has exceeded $20 trillion for the first time ever – – rising the same day President Donald Trump signed a bill into law suspending the debt ceiling and allowing unlimited federal borrowing. The debt ceiling had been frozen at about $19.84 trillion since mid-March, and the Treasury Department was forced to use “extraordinary measures” to prevent borrowing from exceeding that level, the Washington Examiner reported…. (more)

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Headlines – 9/18/2017

Khamenei says Tehran won’t bow to US ‘bullying’ on nuclear deal

Iran supreme leader warns US against any ‘wrong moves’

Israel claims UN ignored intel on secret Iran nuke sites

Mossad chief said pushing to ‘act now’ to prevent Iranian nuclear bomb

Using an extended hand of ‘peace’, Hamas backs Abbas into a corner

In shadow of Israel-Diaspora Western Wall crisis, PM meets US Jewish leaders

Ultra-Orthodox protesters arrested in violent clash in Jerusalem

Bahrain king denounces Arab boycott of Israel, says countrymen may visit

In the Ukrainian city of Uman, businesses and mobsters follow Jewish pilgrims

Russia rejects allegation it bombed US-backed fighters in Syria

PM to urge UN to prepare for day after ISIS defeat

UN chief: Northern Iraq vote would detract from ISIS fight

Aid officials ‘gravely concerned’ over fate of relocated IS families in Iraq

Iran warns Iraq Kurds independence means end to border deals

UN chief comes out against Kurdish independence referendum

‘We will kill you all’ – Rohingya villagers in Myanmar beg for safe passage

Ethiopia: 55,000 people displaced amid ethnic clashes

Bomb scare forces BA flight evacuation in Paris

UK lowers official terrorist threat level after 2nd arrest

France: Acid attack on 4 US students not seen as terror act

Kuwait orders North Korea’s ambassador to leave within a month

Mystery Shocks at North Korea’s Sacred Volcano Trigger Eruption Fears After Nuclear Test

North Korea secretly building nuclear submarine to deploy within 3 years: report

Haley says UN has exhausted options on North Korea

Trump, in new dig, mocks North Korea leader as ‘Rocket Man’

Trump to Address World Leaders at U.N. as North Korea Threat Looms

As Trump visits U.N., New York prepares for ‘Super Bowl’ of security

Russian warship enters the Mediterranean

Cyprus ‘selling’ EU citizenship to super rich of Russia and Ukraine

Trump’s eldest son set to testify publicly on Russia

Emmys Go Political in First Minute: Colbert’s Opener Has Trump Treason, ‘Confederate’ Jokes – and Male Handmaids

McMaster: Trump better without Bannon, others who pushed their ‘own narrow agendas’

US may close Cuba embassy after ‘attacks’ on diplomats

Key Equifax executives departing after huge data breach

Strange lights spotted in sky above Salt Lake City

NASA’s Doomsday Warning That ‘Planet X’ Is Headed On Straight Trajectory For Earth Is Fake News

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Kandrian, Papua New Guinea

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

Two strong earthquakes in Bardarbunga volcano

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Tropical Storm Jose upgrades to hurricane; potential tropical storm watches in US

Tropical Storm Maria strengthens into hurricane

Irma-battered Caribbean islands brace for Hurricane Maria’s flooding, damaging winds

Irma evacuation nightmare: Next time some may not leave

Texas Cities Struggle to House Thousands Displaced by Hurricane Harvey

Climate Change Hype Doesn’t Help – The bigger issue than global warming is that more people are choosing to live in coastal areas

Swine flu cases in Gujarat cross 7,000-mark; 415 deaths

Pharmacist in deadly meningitis outbreak heading to trial

Infant dies after routine shots, hosp blames kin

Mega Church Uses ACDC in Worship to Promote Financial Sheep Beating

Rick Warren Affirms Roman Catholic Idolaters as Recipients of God’s Grace

The Jim Jones ‘Judge-Not’ Jingle?

Nabeel Qureshi Passes into Glory

NAR Apostle Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Says Latino Church Will Save American Christianity

Christians Outpace FEMA in Aid to Hurricane Victims

UK Speaker: Same-Sex Marriage Won’t Be ‘Proper’ Until Churches Can’t Opt Out

After-School Satanists Club Flops, Closes Down

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 06:55 AM PDT

One of the biggest critics of the after-school Satanist clubs that have been promoted to schools around the country says a club in Tacoma, Washington, was a dismal flop, attracting the interest of only one person, and has been shut down. “Atheists masquerading as a so-called Satanist Temple group” ended an after-school program at Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma,” according to Liberty Counsel.

“The After-School Satan Club ceased meeting soon after teachers from the Seattle Satanic Temple offered their first meeting in December 2016. Apparently, only one child joined the club.” Satanist clubs have been offered in some of the schools where Christian Good News Clubs already were meeting. The Christian groups are sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship, which won a landmark 2001 case in the U.S. Supreme Court for equal access to school facilities. READ MORE

FALLING AWAY: Death Spiral For The Anglican Church As Massive Numbers Leave The Church

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 06:31 AM PDT

The Church of England’s membership is now declining so swiftly and steadily that it can hardly be considered anything less than a death spiral as millions drop out of the ranks of the faithful.  Instead of relying solely on the official figures provided by the Church, which still claims to have over 85 million members, many are now taking a closer look at the British Social Attitudes Survey, conducted every year since 1983.
In 2016, the survey was given to 2,942 adults between July and October and respondents replied, not with an official church affiliation that may be found on a certificate or registry, but instead, they described their actual beliefs, religious identities, and behavior.  The results could hardly be worse for the Church of England and Christianity in general. READ MORE

 

Pastor Running for Governor of Oklahoma says ‘It Is Time to Abolish Human Abortion’

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 06:26 AM PDT

A pastor and former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives who is currently running for the governor of Oklahoma declared in a video posted online this week that if elected, he would abolish abortion in the state. “Tragically, some 250,000 preborn Oklahomans have been deprived of their right to life since the U.S. Supreme legitimized the slaughter in 1973,” lamented Dan Fisher, pastor of Liberty Church in Yukon. “And that’s not even counting those killed by various abortifacient drugs and devices.”

He said that while pro-life bills have been passed in the state with regularity, they only seek to regulate killing unborn children, and do not attempt to end abortion altogether. “For example, pro-lifers have passed laws requiring that a mother must wait 72 hours before she has her baby killed,” Fisher outlined. “Pro-life legislators have passed laws requiring the abortionist to perform an ultrasound, which the mother may look at—or not.” READ MORE

Russia cannot allow military conflict with N. Korea near its borders

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 06:16 AM PDT

Moscow can’t allow the US or other countries to provoke North Korea into a military conflict as that could mean the use of weapons of mass destruction near Russian borders, the head of the upper house Committee for International Relations says. “The United States is in a more convenient position because its territory is on a significant distance [from North Korea] and they can afford, excuse me for using this expression, the luxury of experiments. And we, as a country that has a common border with North Korea,

are not into jokes. “We cannot allow the United States or any other nation to hold this sort of experiments with North Korea,” Senator Konstantin Kosachev said in comments with Izvestia daily. He also noted that North Korean leadership will do anything to protect itself from external threats and because of that, work on the nuclear program would not stop while the United States and its allies allow the scenario of foreign intervention and forceful displacement on Pyongyang regime. READ MORE

Kim Jong-Un threatens to turn US into ‘sea of flames’ with surprise attack

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 06:01 AM PDT

Tyrant dictator Kim Jong-un has taunted Donald Trump boasting “America’s fate is in hands of North Korea” by vowing to turn US into a “sea of flames”. The threat came just a day after the North carried out yet another successful ballistic missile over Japan claiming America is now in “mortal fear” after proving it has the military power to strike US territory. A spokesman for NK’s ruling party said: “Through the two

successful ICBM test-launches the DPRK has put the whole U.S. mainland in its striking range and clearly showed that it can turn the American empire into a sea in flames through sudden surprise attack from any region and area. “Whatever means and methods the U.S. may employ, they will never work on the DPRK. The U.S. fate is in the hands of the DPRK. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Hurricane Maria Likely to Strengthen to Category 4

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 05:54 AM PDT

Hurricane Maria is forecast to rapidly strengthen over the next two days as it takes aim at Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma just days ago. “Significant strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Maria is expected to become a dangerous major hurricane before it moves through the Leeward Islands,” according to the National Hurricane Center’s latest update. In its 5 a.m. update, the

hurricane center placed Maria about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Martinique and about 130 miles (215 east-southeast) of Dominica. The storm is currently a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph, and is forecast to continue moving toward the eastern Caribbean at 13 mph. “Maria is likely to be at category 3 or 4 intensity by the time it moves into the extreme northeastern Caribbean Sea,” the center said in its forecast. READ MORE

6 Times the Devil Loves to Attack You

Posted: 17 Sep 2017 04:00 PM PDT

(By Ben Godwin) When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River, the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended as a dove upon Him. Then God the Father spoke audibly, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17). What a divine endorsement and spectacular display of the supernatural! Notice what happened next: The snake showed up. Jesus was led into the wilderness to endure 40 days of intense temptation by the devil.

 

When God moves, you can count on it, the devil moves too. He tries to undermine what God is doing and steal our spiritual momentum. Remember, it is not a sin to be tempted. It just means you’re human (welcome to the club). Shakespeare said, “This one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.” Martin Luther observed, “You can’t keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” READ MORE

Hackers Now Have Credit Information Of 143 Million Americans

Posted: 17 Sep 2017 03:47 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Talk about a nightmare.  It is being reported that criminals were able to hack into Equifax and make off with the credit information of 143 million Americans.  We are talking about names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, home addresses and even driver’s license numbers.  If this data breach was an earthquake, we would be talking about a magnitude-10.0 on the identity theft scale.  We have never seen

anything like this before, and to say that this will be “disastrous” for the credit industry would be a massive understatement. What really disturbed me about this story is that this hack reportedly occurred between “mid-May and July of this year”… Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen. READ MORE

 

Passion of the Christ actor will star in new film based on Paul the Apostle

Posted: 17 Sep 2017 03:40 PM PDT

Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, will play St. Luke in a new movie about the apostle St. Paul. Paul, Apostle of Christ is slated to be released from AFFIRM Films, a division of Sony, and ODB Films, in 2018. It began shooting in Malta recently, Variety reported. The “inspirational drama” will tell the story of St. Paul, who went “from the most infamous persecutor[s] of

Christians to Christ’s most influential apostle,” according to the producers’ description. It will take place primarily during Paul’s last days, when he was imprisoned and about to be executed. James Faulkner of Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones will play Paul.  “Paul changed from murdering Christians to becoming their unlikely leader. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Maria strengthens to category 1 Hurricane, Following same path as Irma

Posted: 17 Sep 2017 03:33 PM PDT

Hurricane Maria was upgraded from a tropical storm Sunday afternoon as it takes aim at Caribbean islands devastated less than two weeks ago by Hurricane Irma. As of Sunday afternoon, Maria was about 140 miles (225 kilometers) east-northeast of Barbados, according to the National Hurricane Center. It had strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane, hurling winds of 75 mph, and is forecast to continue

moving toward the eastern Caribbean at 15 mph. “Maria has strengthened to a hurricane and could be near major hurricane intensity which it affects portions of the Leeward Islands over the next few days, bringing dangerous wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards,” the hurricane center said. Maria is one of three storms churning in the Atlantic Ocean, but it poses the most danger to the hurricane-battered Caribbean. READ MORE


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

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The U.S. government banned all use of Kaspersky Lab Inc. software in federal information systems, citing concerns about the Moscow-based security firm’s links to the Russian government and espionage efforts.

The last time Vladimir Putin sent thousands of troops into Belarus to defend against an imaginary invasion from the west, a real war erupted on Russia’s periphery within months — in Ukraine in 2014. So the latest iteration of the week-long Zapad, or West, bilateral war game, which kicked off Thursday, is alarming officials across Europe, particularly now that Russia is in the middle of a historic arms buildup and its relations with the U.S.-led NATO military alliance are the tensest since the height of the Cold War.

Russian security services believe Islamic State is behind a wave of hoax bomb threats that have forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from government buildings, shopping malls and airports across the country.

Nearly 100,000 people have been evacuated from airports, schools and government buildings across Russia, including an iconic department store on Red Square, amid a wave of fake bomb threats that officials called unprecedented. “There’s never been anything like this before, it’s 100 percent organized telephone terrorism.”

The U.S. is investigating lenders for allegedly pressuring veterans and members of the military into unneeded mortgage refinances — unsavory conduct that not only leads to higher consumer costs but has consequences for one of the world’s largest bond markets.

Ten months after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari declared a victory over Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group is stepping up attacks in the far northeast of the country. Boko Haram militants deployed at least 80 children as “human bombs” this year.

Halimah Yacob, 63, will become Singapore’s first female president when she is sworn in Thursday as the city’s eighth head of state. She was named president-elect as the only eligible candidate this week, after two others were disqualified in an election reserved for minority ethnic Malay candidates.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds his 10th summit with India’s leader Narendra Modi on Thursday, underscoring the importance of strategic ties between the countries as the two face an increasingly assertive China. Supplying submarine technology would lock Japan and India into an even tighter defense relationship for years to come.

Japan’s effort to rein in soaring health-care costs threatens to become a source of tension in economic relations with the U.S. after running into opposition from the American pharmaceutical industry.

North Korea threatened to use a nuclear weapon against Japan and turn the U.S. into “ashes and darkness” for agreeing on fresh United Nations sanctions this week — rhetoric that is likely to exacerbate tensions in North Asia.

AP Top Stories

The death toll from Hurricane Irma in the United States continued to climb Thursday, with at least 31 dead across three states.

The United Nations appealed on Thursday for massive help for nearly 400,000 Muslims from Myanmar who have fled to Bangladesh, with concern growing that the number could keep rising, unless Myanmar ends what critics denounce as “ethnic cleansing”.

The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday awarded Boeing a contract worth just less than $600 million to begin the preliminary design of the next Air Force One planes.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R.-Calif., called Wednesday for tough new sanctions on Chinese banks that do business with North Korea. Royce also said the Stalinist regime in Pyongyang has been losing its totalitarian grip on a population increasingly getting information from short-wave radio and contraband South Korean movies.

One student is dead and three others are injured after a shooting at Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington, on Wednesday morning.

Former President Obama announced in a video Wednesday morning that civic leaders from around the world will meet next month in Chicago for the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit.

NASA scientists are preparing to kill off the Cassini space probe with a spectacular 70,000mph suicidal dive into Saturn’s atmosphere on Friday.

BBC

At least 50 people have been killed in two attacks in southern Iraq, health officials say.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has devised a “rabbit plan” to counter the economic war he says is being waged against his government by “imperialist forces”. The president urged crisis-hit Venezuelans to breed rabbits and eat them as a source of animal protein.

Lucia Topolansky, senator and wife of ex-President Jose Mujica, has become Uruguay’s first female vice-president. A former left-wing guerrilla like her husband, she escaped prison, spent 13 years in jail, and survived torture.

At least 23 students and teachers have died in a fire at a religious school in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.

The trial of two teachers on terror-related charges has opened in Turkey – marked by the absence of the accused. They have been on hunger strike for six months in protest at their dismissal from their jobs. Authorities prevented them from appearing in court, saying they could attempt to escape. But supporters said the government did not want them to be seen in their emaciated state.

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An independent investigation of a mosque in New Hampshire’s capital city that found evidence of “extremist” teaching has prompted counter-charges of bigotry and “Islamophobia” from the police chief and city council members.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un has apparently been using old Google earth photos to “pinpoint” his targets.


The Briefing 09-14-17

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The influence of pragmatism in the culture and its understanding of truth

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News – 9/14/2017

North Korea: We will reduce America to ‘ashes and darkness’
A North Korean state agency on Thursday afternoon published a statement threatening to use nuclear weapons on the United States and Japan. The statement comes after the UN Security Council on Monday unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea.

Under Trump, future of U.S. nuclear arsenal slowly taking shape
Mattis’ tour of America’s doomsday weaponry comes as President Donald Trump uses bellicose rhetoric about the “fire and fury” that could await North Korea, should it choose to attack the United States.

While Christianity dies in Germany, Islam springs up in its place
All across Germany, churches now sit mostly empty on Sunday mornings, and it’s a problem for Catholics and Protestants alike. While Christianity is dying in Germany, Islam is on the rise. Historian Walter Laqueur wrote that Germany had about 700 “little mosques and prayer rooms” in the 1980s but “more than 2,500 at the present time” – and that was in 2009.

Jewish People Are in Second Stage of Redemption: Rabbi
The Jewish people are living in the second stage of redemption, the period of the ingathering of the exiles, believes Jewish historian Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf. “Kibbutz galuyot (ingathering of exiles) is a stage in the life of the Jewish people and we are deeply immersed in that stage,” he told Breaking Israel News.

Trump: “No Deal Was Made Last Night On DACA… The Wall Will Be Built”
“While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to”, while White House legal affairs director Marc Short said the Dems’ DACA statement was “misleading,” and said no deal on DACA or border wall $$ was reached tonight.Unable to reconcile this glaring confusion, we said “Or, in other words, deal but no deal at the same time. Hopefully by tomorrow morning someone will know what really happened.” Well, tomorrow has arrived and that someone appears to be president Trump himself, who moments ago tweeted that “No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote.

Iranian nuclear smuggling ring sent to top German court
The German Federal Court of Justice will rule on whether three businessmen can face criminal penalties for selling nuclear technology to Iran, allegedly to be used to develop weapons, prior to the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers…The businessmen – Bernd Gehrad L., René L. and Ralf C. – delivered 51 highly specialized valves to Iran between 2010 and 2011.

Australia Day: Council scraps ‘grossly insensitive’ celebration
A third council in Melbourne has voted to scrap Australia Day celebrations out of respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Australia’s national day on 26 January marks the anniversary of the arrival of Britain’s First Fleet in 1788. Moreland City councillor Sue Bolton said the commemoration was “like celebrating the Nazi Holocaust”, the Australian Associated Press reported.

Russia launches Zapad war games in Belarus
Russia and Belarus have launched a large-scale joint military exercise, called Zapad-2017, which has made nearby Nato countries nervous. It is one of Russia’s biggest military exercises since its 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula. Russia’s defence ministry says about 12,700 troops are participating, but Nato expects the numbers to be higher.

Saudi Arabia ‘arrests clerics in crackdown on dissent’
The authorities in Saudi Arabia have arrested more than 20 clerics and intellectuals in an apparent crackdown on dissent, activists say. Prominent Islamist clerics Salman al-Odah and Awad al-Qarni are among those reportedly detained since the weekend. There has so far been no confirmation from the authorities.

Duke recruits men for program to fight ‘toxic’ masculinity
Duke University is recruiting male students for a nine-week program that pledges to “destabilize masculine privilege” and “interrogate masculinity.” The program, known as the Duke University Men’s Project, seeks to help men examine how their masculinities exist “often in toxic ways” while beginning “the work of unlearning violence.”

North Korea threatens to ‘reduce the US to ashes’ and ‘sink Japan into the sea’
North Korea has threatened to nuke Japan and reduce the US ‘to ashes and darkness’ in response to the latest sanctions imposed by the UN. The threat was issued via the North’s state news agency as US defense officials said the regime has spent the last 48 hours moving mobile missile launchers and preparing fixed sites for launch.

Antifa activists say violence is necessary
Anti-fascist activists, or “antifa,” increasingly mobilized in the wake of President Trump’s election, are unapologetic about what they describe as the necessary use of violence to combat authoritarianism. While…activists within it emphasize that not everyone who participates in anti-fascist activism engages in violence, they say the use of force is intrinsic to their political philosophy.

Nevada could be first state to set up marijuana lounges
Nevada could become the first state to allow users of recreational marijuana to light up in clubs and lounges, a state legal body said this week, opening a new front in what is already a booming pot business.

Kaspersky Lab Antivirus Software Is Ordered Off U.S. Government Computers
The federal government moved on Wednesday to wipe from its computer systems any software made by a prominent Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, that is being investigated by the F.B.I. for possible links to Russian security services.

Amazon deletes one-star reviews of Hillary Clinton’s new book
Amazon has been monitoring and deleting reviews after Hillary Clinton’s new book was greeted with a torrent of criticism on the day it was released. What Happened, which covers the former Secretary of State’s unsuccessful election campaign against Donald Trump, was published on Tuesday. Clinton and her publisher Simon & Schuster claimed the book would offer a candid account of her failure and her own reflection on it.

De-Dollarization Spikes – Venezuela Stops Accepting Dollars For Oil Payments
Did the doomsday clock on the petrodollar (and implicitly US hegemony) just tick one more minute closer to midnight? Apparently confirming what President Maduro had warned, following the recent US sanctions, The Wall Street Journal reports that Venezuela has officially stopped accepting US Dollars as payment for its crude oil exports.

US Military Observes North Korean Missile Launchers Being Prepared
On the heels of the release of satellite imagery showing notable instability around the site of North Korea’s nuclear bomb testing facility, NBC reports that three US military officials have observed North korea moving mobile missile launchers and preapreing hard sites in the last 48 hours.

Japan and India Discuss Defense as China Gets Bolder
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds his 10th summit with India’s leader Narendra Modi on Thursday, underscoring the importance of strategic ties between the countries as the two face an increasingly assertive China. Supplying submarine technology would lock Japan and India into an even tighter defense relationship for years to come.


The Debt Threat

Walter Williams

Who is really putting our nation in peril?

The largest threat to our prosperity is government spending that far exceeds the authority enumerated in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. Federal spending in 2017 will top $4 trillion. Social Security, at $1 trillion, will take up most of it. Medicare ($582 billion) and Medicaid ($404 billion) are the next-largest expenditures.

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Hillary’s New Book Now Has A Rating Of 4.9 Out Of 5 Stars (After Hundreds Of 1 Star Reviews Were Deleted)

Hillary Clinton’s new book entitled “What Happened” is the hottest selling book in America at this moment, and thanks to the deletion of approximately 800 one star reviews, the remaining reviews make it sound like it is a masterpiece. As I write this article, “What Happened” currently has an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Of course just like Clinton’s campaign, that rating is completely fraudulent, but if this really is Hillary’s “final chapter” I think that it is somehow appropriate that she goes out this way. The Clintons were frauds from the very beginning, and so a fake rating for a book full of lies about a campaign run by con artists is just par for the course. (Read More…)


Amazon deletes one-star reviews of Hillary Clinton’s new book

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Don’t worry. I’m sure Amazon does this for everyone.

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The Middle Class Is Being Destroyed: Now Only 25 Percent Of All Americans Have $10,000 Or More In Savings

We just got more evidence that the middle class is being systematically eviscerated.  According to a GOBankingRates survey that was just released, more than half the country has less than $1,000 in savings.  So in the event of a major economic disaster of some kind, over 50 percent of the nation is going to be completely out of cash almost immediately.  For years I have been writing about the steady decline of the middle class in the United States, but I still get astounded by numbers such as these.  According to this new survey, only 25 percent of all Americans have $10,000 or more in savings at this point… (Read More…)


Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 14, 2017

Mixed Messages on the Demo/Trump DACA Deal

Trump and Dems agree to a deal to work toward coming up with a deal for so-called “Dreamers.”

The Foundation

“The policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the Language, habits and principles (good or bad) which they bring with them. Whereas by an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures and laws: in a word, soon become one people.” —George Washington (1794)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 14

  • Trump Says No Deal Reached on DACA (Read More); Trump Denies Democrats’ Claim That They Made a Deal on ‘Dreamers’ (Read More)
  • Weak China data knocks global stocks off record highs (Read More)
  • GOP to Release Tax Overhaul as Trump Says Rich Won’t Benefit (Read More)
  • North Korea threatens to ‘sink’ Japan, reduce U.S. to ‘ashes and darkness’ (Read More)
  • Saudi Arabia Clamps Down as Prince Consolidates Power (Read More)
  • Thank You for Calling Equifax. Your Business Is Not Important to Us (Read More)
  • BOE Says Interest Rates Could Rise Within Months (Read More)
  • U.S.’s Mnuchin Sought Government Plane for Honeymoon in Europe (Read More)
  • New York’s Plaza Hotel Is in the Sights of This Shy Billionaire (Read More)
  • Russian submarines fire cruise missiles at Islamic state in Syria (Read More)
  • United Tech-Rockwell Deal Faces Potential Antitrust Obstacle (Read More)
  • Shortage of Insurance Adjusters Could Stall Florida’s Recovery (Read More)
  • Campaigners unveil banner linking racism and baseball at Red Sox game (Read More)
  • This Is the Crazy Tax Math Trump Must Master, Fast (Read More)
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Headlines – 9/14/2017

Rights group slams Israeli banks for supporting settlements

World Bank calls for steps to bolster Palestinian economy

New app to crack down on illegal Palestinian West Bank construction

World Tourism Organization postpones Palestinian membership application for 2 years

Israeli envoy to preside over UN General Assembly as Netanyahu delivers speech

Iran’s president to address UN amid debate over nuclear deal

Netanyahu arrives in Colombia, looks to help post-conflict efforts

Colombian president thanks Netanyahu for Israeli help clearing landmines

Group calls for Jewish Day of Unity to pray for peace and stability

Neo-Nazis plan to march near Swedish synagogue on Yom Kippur

President calls for more high-tech to realize Shimon Peres’s dreams

Is Israeli tech behind iPhone X’s new facial recognition feature?

Haredi MK Who Attended His Nephew’s Same-Sex Wedding Forced to Resign

Israel’s Military Exemption for Ultra-Orthodox Is Ruled Unconstitutional

Lieberman: ‘Anyone over 18 must enlist’

Israel is courting Syrian ‘hearts and minds’ to keep Hezbollah away

Israeli Ambassador To U.S.: We Will ‘Act To Enforce’ Syria Red Lines

Iran inks deals to repair Syria’s war-hit power grid

Access To Military Sites Debated As White House Reconsiders Iran Nuclear Deal

Russia Seeks Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation in Order to Save Assad, Weaken Iran

Firebomb hurled at Russian Jewish group’s Moscow offices

Rohingya crisis: Humanitarian situation catastrophic, UN says

Girl strapped with bomb kills 5 in Cameroon mosque

Suicide bomb near cricket stadium in Afghan capital kills at least 2

Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar,’ unarmed man attacks 7 in Toulouse

Japan and India Discuss Defense as China Gets Bolder

North Korea nuclear test may have been twice as strong as first thought

North Korea threatens to “sink” Japan, reduce U.S. to “ashes and darkness”

North Korea vows to accelerate weapons program following new US sanctions

North Korea’s secretive small arms exports under spotlight in global survey

Jimmy Carter brands US ‘oligarchy’ & urges Trump to sign N. Korea peace treaty

Fearing Russia, Sweden holds biggest war games in 20 years

Erdogan: Turkey will take its own security measures after Russia S-400 deal

15,000 evacuated in Moscow after bomb threats

Trump punishes sanctuary countries, halts visas for nations that refuse to cooperate on deportations

Schumer, Pelosi say they have deal with Trump to protect ‘Dreamers’

Clinton: It’s time to abolish the Electoral College

Stunning testimony: Voting machines can be hacked without a trace of evidence

Is Your Refrigerator A National Security Risk?

Failure to patch two-month-old bug led to massive Equifax breach

De-Dollarization Spikes – Venezuela Stops Accepting Dollars For Oil Payments

Next year, scientists will send messages to search for aliens

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Paredon, Mexico

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

South China province braces for Typhoon Doksuri

Typhoon Talim sideswipes eastern China, aims for Japan with damaging winds and flooding

Record rain as typhoon batters southern Japanese islands

Tropical Storm Max expected to bring ‘dangerous flooding’ to Mexico

Eight Dead From Sweltering Nursing Home as Florida Struggles After Irma

Christians beat FEMA, and in so doing, tame Big Government

EU pledges to ‘make our planet great again’

‘Owning a pug is not cool’ Lords warn, as health concerns about genetically modified dogs increase

DR Congo cholera outbreak claims 500 lives

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

Edie Windsor, Whose Lawsuit Made Same Sex Marriage the Law of the Land, Dies at 88

At Least 11 Mayors Accused Of Child Sex-Related Crimes Since 2016

Planned Parenthood Teams up with Satanists to Promote Abortion in Missouri

McDonald’s employee gives birth and tries to flush infant down toilet, D.A. says

1 Dead, 3 Injured After Student Opens Fire At Washington State High School

‘Attacks on Religious Liberty’ in US Increased 133 Percent in Last 5 Years: Report

Mike Ratliff – Sanctification is the triumph of grace over the power of sin

Marsha West – Liberals created the culture of evil and death

Charisma Media Editor LeClaire attacks news groups – asks for “responsibility in journalism”?

Idolatry of the Roman Catholic Eucharist

Planned Parenthood teams up With Satanists to Promote Abortion in Missouri

Seattle Homosexual Mayor Ed Murray resigns after latest child sex-abuse allegation – Five Victims Allege Abuse Including His Foster Son

60 Percent of Pastors’ Spouses Say Church Salary Not Enough to Meet Needs: LifeWay

Do 40,000 Lightning Strikes Over Southern Cali Point To A Mega Quake On The Horizon?

Posted: 14 Sep 2017 06:44 AM PDT

A volatile storm has ignited a slew of 40,000 lightning strike in southwestern California. The strikes have hit Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties – all between September 10-11. The electric storm was most active on Sunday with an amazing 5,000 lightning bolts in the area over a three-hour period. NWS Los Angeles took to Twitter to report the tremendous display. The intense storm

brought plenty of lightning to the Golden state’s southern region, but almost no rain.  The greatest rain total of .44 inches at Sudden Peak on Sunday. By Monday morning, heavy showers, thunderstorms, and 35-mph winds were reported in eastern Los Angeles County.But now conspiracy is swirling around this fascinating and unique electric storm.  Strange lights and electrons acting oddly seem to have been appearing either before or during major earthquakes – like the recent 8.2 magnitude quake in Mexico. Could these lightning strikes be a sign that California’s mega quake is on the horizon?  READ MORE

These Alarming Faith Stats Should Rock Every Pastor, Church and Christian to Their Core

Posted: 14 Sep 2017 06:41 AM PDT

Much has been said about the rise of the religiously unaffiliated here in America, but over in England it seems the situation is much more dire than it is here in the states. In fact, more than half — 53 percent — of Brits now report that they are not at all religious, up five percentage points since 2015, the Independent reported. And, perhaps more stunningly, this year’s proportion is up 19 percentage points

when compared to 1983 when just 32 percent of the public said the same, according to statistics collected by the National Centre for Social Research, a social research group.Overall, just over four-in-10 British citizens said that they are Christian, with the declines coming in hardest among Church of England members, with just 15 percent of the population claiming allegiance to the Anglican church. READ MORE

Giant sinkhole opens up in Apopka, Florida forming like giant crack in the earth

Posted: 14 Sep 2017 06:31 AM PDT

A gigantic sinkhole opened up in Apopka, Florida on September 13, 2017, literally opening a crack in the Earth. Another consequence of Hurricane Irma big time flooding. Irma was so powerful that it drained shorelines in Florida and the Bahamas. And as some already asked me on Facebook and in the

comments, the resulting flooding also caused apocalyptical sceneries like this giant sinkhole literally scaring the Earth in Apopka: This sinkhole is so large, it can almost be qualified as a huge crack in the ground. It appears to be about 25 yards wide in some places. READ MORE

Small Churches That Evangelize, Share the Gospel With Non-Believers and Retain Most Converts

Posted: 14 Sep 2017 06:20 AM PDT

A study published by LifeWay Research has found that small evangelical churches that make a strong effort to evangelize and share the message of Jesus Christ with non-believers retain the most Christian converts. Eleven denominations sponsored the major study, which was conducted in partnership with the Billy Graham Center of Wheaton College, LifeWay Research and the Caskey Center for Church

Excellence of New Orleans Baptist Theological Center. “The phone survey of 1,500 pastors of small churches — evangelical and black Protestant congregations of 250 or fewer — asked how many converts each church had in the last 12 months and whether those converts stayed with the church after they came to faith,” the study explained. READ MORE

Jewish, Muslim and Christian Leaders call for Greater Religious Tolerance in U.S., World

Posted: 14 Sep 2017 06:16 AM PDT

Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders gathered in Los Angeles at the Museum of Tolerance Wednesday to discuss progress on religious freedom in the Arab world. They also called for more religious tolerance in the world and in the U.S. The gathering included a morning news conference and also an evening ceremony at which the leaders will release publicly for the first time a document known as the “Bahrain

Declaration for Religious Tolerance.” King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the king of Bahrain wrote the document. According to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a global human rights organization co-sponsoring the event, the declaration is the first of its kind written by an Arab Head of State. It “calls for people of all faiths to show respect for, and protection of, the rights of everyone to practice their religious affiliations in dignity and peace,” the Simon Wiesenthal Center shared on Facebook. READ MORE

Sweden launches largest war games in 23 years

Posted: 14 Sep 2017 06:10 AM PDT

Sweden is hosting its largest military games so far this century to prepare for a possible Russian attack. The number of troops involved exceeds by several thousand those participating in the concurrent Russia-Belarus Zapad 2017 drills. Sweden’s Aurora 17 military exercise, the largest in over two decades, involves a total of 19,000 Swedish troops, as well as 1,435 soldiers from the US. Non-NATO member Sweden will

also host personnel from around 40 government agencies from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Lithuania, Norway and the United States, to practice active deterrence against a foreign enemy.“It is the greatest, the biggest, military exercise we have conducted for 23 years. We are exercising in a context where we are at home protecting our country, where we have the situation occurs when there is a military aggression towards a country,” Swedish Chief of Defense Micael Byden said Wednesday.

N. Korea vows to sink Japan for ‘dancing to US tune’ & reduce US to ‘ashes and darkness’

Posted: 14 Sep 2017 06:04 AM PDT

Pyongyang says it is the time to “annihilate” the US and turn it into “ashes” for initiating the latest round of sanctions. The North has also threatened Washington’s allies in the region, vowing to “sink” Japan and “wipe out” South Korea. North Korea made yet another threat to the US and its allies in the region, Japan and South Korea, on Wednesday, KCNA reported. The North accused the US of “cooking up” the latest restrictive measures against it and demanded that the US be beaten “to death as a stick is fit for a

rabid dog.” The 15-member United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously approved a new round of sanctions on Monday, targeting North Korea’s textile exports and oil imports following Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test. “There’s limit to patience,” the North’s state-run KCNA state news agency cited the spokesperson of the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee as saying on Thursday. He accused the whole UN body of being a “tool of evil” serving Washington interests. READ MORE

NFL QB Warns of the Most Common ‘Lie the Devil Wants You To Believe’

Posted: 14 Sep 2017 05:59 AM PDT

Time to Rebuild or Repent? Benham Brothers Point to America’s ‘Storm Surge of Moral Corruption’

Posted: 14 Sep 2017 05:55 AM PDT

The Benham Brothers are speaking out on social media about the recent hurricanes in the country, calling them signs that America needs to repent. Jason and David Benham posted a video on Facebook saying as Americans paused to remember the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, the
nation’s spiritual condition has declined dramatically since then. “One of the things that we heard a lotwas rebuild, rebuild, rebuild. But the word we didn’t hear was repent,” David said. He points to the 2015 Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage in America, and growing racial unrest. “As a nation, if you would have told us back then in 2001 that in 2017 we would be completely redefining what gender means, what marriage means, what sexuality means,” he began. READ MORE

Middle Class Being Destroyed: Only 25% Of All Americans Have $10k Or More In Savings

Posted: 14 Sep 2017 05:51 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) We just got more evidence that the middle class is being systematically eviscerated.  According to a GOBankingRates survey that was just released, more than half the country has less than $1,000 in savings.  So in the event of a major economic disaster of some kind, over 50 percent of the nation is going to be completely out of cash almost immediately.  For years I have been writing about the steady decline of the middle class in the United States, but I still get astounded by numbers such as these.  According to this new survey, only 25 percent of all Americans have $10,000 or more in savings at this point…

$0 saved: 39 percent
Less than $1,000 saved: 18 percent
$1,000 to $4,999 saved: 12 percent
$5,000 to $9,999 saved: 6 percent
$10,000 or more saved: 25 percent

Other surveys have come up with similar results.  One discovered that about two-thirds of the country is living paycheck to paycheck, and another which was conducted by the Federal Reserve found that 44 percent of all U.S. adults do not even have enough money “to cover an unexpected $400 expense”. READ MORE


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

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is consulting U.S. allies in Europe as he seeks a way to toughen restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program a month before President Donald Trump faces a deadline to decide whether to walk away from what he’s called “the worst deal ever.”

North Korea rejected the latest round of United Nations sanctions on the isolated state, and vowed to accelerate its plans to acquire a nuclear weapon that can strike the U.S. homeland.

More than a dozen Senate Democrats are flirting with a single-payer health-care system, marking a shift within the party on what was once viewed as a politically treacherous issue that attracted little support from lawmakers.

Hurricane Harvey took aim at one of the nation’s most industrial regions, releasing a stream of toxic pollutants from chemical plants, refineries and Superfund sites in Texas. But when its bigger sister Irma slammed into Florida, environmental alarms rang over a different kind of discharge: raw sewage.

From Afghanistan in the west to Bangladesh in the east, floods could cost South Asia — home to a fourth of the world’s people — as much as $215 billion each year by 2030, according to the World Resources Institute’s global flood analyzer.

Vikram Pandit, who ran Citigroup Inc. during the financial crisis, said developments in technology could see some 30 percent of banking jobs disappearing in the next five years. Artificial intelligence and robotics reduce the need for staff in roles such as back-office functions

Hawaii said Tuesday that it aims to be the first state to have marijuana sales handled without cash, saying it wanted to avoid robberies and other crimes targeting dispensaries.

AP Top Stories

Mexico isn’t going to help Texas after all. The country that initially promised to help victims of Hurricane Harvey north of the border now says “conditions of both countries have changed,” referring to Hurricane Katia, which made landfall on Mexico’s Gulf coast on Saturday, and a powerful earthquake that killed 95 people in southern Mexico last week.

The Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah has declared victory in the Syrian war while Russia said government forces had driven militants from much of the country where President Bashar al-Assad’s rule seemed in danger two years ago.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that 39 people contracted a bacterial infection from contagious puppies at the pet store chain Petland. Of the 39 people who have sought treatment for Campylobacteriosis, 12 are Petland employees, while the other 27 people either visited the store, purchased a dog from the chain or simply come into contact with a Petland puppy. Nine people have been hospitalized so far.

France will not be turned into “liberal England’, Emmanuel Macron has been warned, as clashes broke out in protests against loosening labour regulations seen as a key public test of the president’s reformist resolve.

The National Park Service plans to thin a herd of bison in the Grand Canyon through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun to kill the animals that increasingly are damaging park resources. Some bison would be shipped out of the area and others legally hunted on the adjacent forest.

Three men, including two British soldiers, have been charged with terror offences as part of an investigation into the banned neo-Nazi group National Action. Five men, including four soldiers, were held on suspicion of terror offences last week and two have since been released without charge.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad welcomed Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to Damascus on Tuesday as Syrian forces supported by the Russian army prepare to make a final push into parts of the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

Eastern European Union states must drop their resistance and accept their share of refugees who arrived in the bloc, officials and diplomats said on Tuesday after a court ruled they must abide by the quota.

Iraq has sentenced to death by hanging a Russian who fought for Islamic State in Mosul, in the first such ruling on a foreign fighter and one which could set a precedent.

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Russian diplomats at its closed consulate in San Francisco were formally accused of violating state laws following a fire early this month. They might have to pay a fine .

Two sailors are confirmed dead and three are still missing after two ships collided in the waters off Singapore, port authorities have said. The collision was between an Indonesian-registered tanker and a Dominican-registered dredger. The accident comes less than a month after a US destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore, leaving 10 US crewmen dead.

Australia has introduced laws aimed at preventing hate speech during a national debate on legalizing same-sex marriage. The country is holding a two-month poll on whether to amend its Marriage Act to include same-sex couples.

For four days running, towns and cities across Russia have been hit by a wave of bomb alerts. Dozens of schools, shopping centers, railway stations and public buildings have been evacuated. Tens of thousands of people have been affected. So far, all of the alerts have proved to be hoaxes and the public has been urged to remain calm.

Dozens of civilians have been killed since Sunday in suspected Russian air strikes along the River Euphrates in eastern Syria, activists said. Jets are reported to have hit camps for displaced people on the western bank of the river and passenger ferries outside the city of Deir al-Zour.

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The Department of Homeland Security has issued a waiver to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers in the vicinity of the international border near Calexico, California.

Missouri has reportedly doubled its abortion capacity this year “thanks to the Satanic Temple and Planned Parenthood,” who have worked in tandem to fight the state’s restrictions on abortion.


The Briefing 09-13-17

Research finding that sexual orientation can be revealed by a computer highlights dangers of Artificial Intelligence

Is a Utah judge preventing two men from having a biological child, or is it biology itself?

The Wall Street Journal asks if we are we richer than we think we are

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News – 9/13/2017

EXCLUSIVE: DWS IT Guy Was Banned From House After Trying To Hide Secret Server
Now-indicted former congressional IT aide Imran Awan allegedly routed data from numerous House Democrats to a secret server. Police grew suspicious and requested a copy of the server early this year, but they were provided with an elaborate falsified image designed to hide the massive violations. The falsified image is what ultimately triggered their ban from the House network Feb. 2, according to a senior House official with direct knowledge of the investigation. The secret server was connected to the House Democratic Caucus, an organization chaired by then-Rep. Xavier Becerra. Police informed Becerra that the server was the subject of an investigation and requested a copy of it. Authorities considered the false image they received to be interference in a criminal investigation, the senior official said.

EU pledges to ‘make our planet great again’
The EU president said in an annual address Wednesday that, with the United States stepping away, Europe will lead the global fight against climate change. “I want Europe to be the leader when it comes to the fight against climate change,” European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker said in the annual State of the Union address.

Judge orders probe of ‘destruction’ of Hillary emails
the lawyer who made the Freedom of Information Act request has filed a complaint in a Maryland court seeking to have Clinton and her lawyers disbarred, and a judge has ordered the state bar to investigate allegations of destroying evidence, the Washington Times reported. An Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. said Monday the complaints against David E. Kendall, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were egregious and the state bar couldn’t dismiss them as frivolous.

Trump: North Korea sanctions just a very small step
Trump says latest UN sanctions on North Korea are nothing compared to what would have to happen to deal with the country’s nuclear program.

Neo-Nazis plan to march near Swedish synagogue on Yom Kippur
Jews in the Swedish city of Gothenburg were bracing for a neo-Nazi march scheduled to pass near the city’s main synagogue on Yom Kippur. Community leaders said they will appeal a police decision last week that would allow the Nordic Resistance Movement to march during the Gothenburg Book Fair, when some 100,000 people will gather in the city for the largest literary festival in Scandinavia.

Syria war: ‘Russian air strikes’ kill dozens in Deir al-Zour
Dozens of civilians have been killed since Sunday in suspected Russian air strikes along the River Euphrates in eastern Syria, activists say. Jets are reported to have hit camps for displaced people on the western bank of the river and passenger ferries outside the city of Deir al-Zour. It was not possible to verify the reports, and Russia has not commented.

Hurricane Irma: Quarter of Florida Keys homes ‘destroyed’
Hurricane Irma evacuees are returning to scenes of devastation in the Florida Keys with reports of a quarter of homes destroyed on the low-lying islands. The latest images show homes torn apart after the storm pummelled the region with winds of up to 120mph (192km/h). Search and rescue teams are moving through the worst affected areas with emergency supplies of food and water.

College Park to allow non-US citizens the right to vote in local elections
The College Park City Council has voted in favor of a measure that would allow city residents who are not U.S. citizens to vote in local elections. College Park joins six other towns in allowing legal permanent residents and undocumented immigrants to vote in municipal elections.

Planned Parenthood Teams up with Satanists to Promote Abortion in Missouri
Missouri has reportedly doubled its abortion capacity this year “thanks to the Satanic Temple and Planned Parenthood,” who have worked in tandem to fight the state’s restrictions on abortion…Missouri had managed to lower the number of abortion facilities to a single clinic, but a second Missouri clinic opened its doors recently and two others plan on following soon.

Storms, love and nonsense of biblical proportions
Our Smart Phones have no chance when the big rains pour and our computers have no life when the big winds blow. We are human after all. What’s it all about? We don’t know. Maybe it is so — God is coming. Sure sounds like it all right. Must be tough being an atheist when all you have left is prayer. The most powerful nation on earth, and we tremble at the word…the word LANDFALL. God is coming.

Rep. Franks Predicts Awans Will Get Immunity For “Significant, Disturbing Story” About Wasserman Schultz
according to Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) who appeared on Fox News recently, there may be more to Alvi’s return than meets the eye as he predicts that the Awans could be working on a broader immunity deal with prosecutors in return for a “significant” and “pretty disturbing” story about Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “I don’t want to talk out of school here but I think you’re going to see some revelations that are going to be pretty profound.

Hamas, Palestinian Authority to Form Dangerous Unity Government
Ismail Haniyeh, the top leader of Gaza-ruling terror group Hamas, announced Monday that his organization is prepared to form a unity government with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, without preconditions.

Are We Seeing the Return of the Eighth Plague?
In addition to the recent hurricanes and earthquakes, at least one of the plagues of Egypt has returned as swarms of locusts descended en masse on two separate parts of the globe in recent weeks. Huge swarms of locusts devastated farms throughout large areas of Southern Russia last month as well.

Fifteen no-cost abortions scheduled through Harvey relief effort
Fifteen patients have scheduled no-cost abortions as part of an effort launched by Whole Woman’s Health Clinic to pay for procedures for women affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Calls To Imprison “Climate Change Deniers” Grow In The Wake Of Hurricane Irma
“In the wake of Harvey, it’s time to treat science denial as gross negligence — and hold those who do the denying accountable.  Climate denialism is literally killing us.  Murder is murder…we should punish it as such.”

What Fiduciary Duty? San Fran Politicians Try To Force Pension To Dump $470MM Of “Fossil Fuel” Stocks
As if avoiding the next pension-induced global financial crisis weren’t hard enough, the San
Francisco Board of Supervisors seems hell bent on forcing their public pension board to completely ignore their fiduciary duty to retirees (and all taxpayers, frankly, as we’ll all be left holding the bag when these ponzi schemes implode) and immediately dump all “fossil fuel” investments.

Half of Protestants Agree With Catholics That Good Deeds and Faith Are Needed for Salvation: Pew
About half of Protestants in the U.S. now agree with the “historically Catholic belief” that both faith and good deeds are needed for salvation, rather than faith alone, a Pew Research Center survey shows.

Seattle’s mayor resigns after 5th sex abuse claim emerges
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his resignation Tuesday after a fifth man — one of his cousins — came forward and accused him of sexual abuse decades ago. Murray, who had already announced that he would not seek a second term even as he denied wrongdoing, said he would step down effective 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Trashing Trump: Broadcast coverage of the president now 91% negative, say analysts
The trash talk, criticism and negative narratives continue. Much of the news media continues to offer coverage which is both hostile and biased against President Trump and his administration. Case in point: a wide-reaching new study from the Media Research Center finds that 91 percent of the recent coverage which aired on ABC, CBS and NBC has been negative.

Russia: Moscow does not want to escalate situation around U.S. diplomats
Moscow does not want to escalate the situation around U.S. diplomats in Russia, Russian news agencies cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Tuesday after talks with U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon in Helsinki.

Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 13, 2017

ESPN — The Entertainment Sports Political Network?

After firing a conservative for political speech, the network gives a mild reprimand to a leftist race ranter.

The Foundation

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction.” —John Witherspoon (1776)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 13

  • Apple takes shine off global stocks rally (Read More)
  • Apple’s New iPhones Gamble on Allure of Premium Pricing (Read More)
  • North Korea defiant over U.N. sanctions as Trump says tougher steps needed (Read More)
  • Crews Face Herculean Task Restoring Power in Florida (Read More)
  • Supreme Court Reinstates Travel Ban’s Refugee Restrictions (Read More)
  • Seadrill Files for Bankruptcy in Effort to Shrink Debt Burden (Read More)
  • There’s a Speeding Mass of Space Junk Orbiting Earth, Smashing Into Things (Read More)
  • Act or Wait? Fed Debate Heats Up After Inflation Misses Target (Read More)
  • Congress votes to call on Trump to denounce hate groups (Read More)
  • Uber’s Legal Chief Salle Yoo Is Resigning (Read More)
  • Greece to beat budget target, plans more bonds: finance ministry official (Read More)
  • Inequality Persists Despite U.S. Progress on Incomes and Poverty (Read More)
  • Cities Swimming in Raw Sewage as Hurricanes Overwhelm Systems (Read More)
  • 30% of Bank Jobs May Disappear in Next Five Years: Ex-Citi CEO Pandit (Read More)
  • After the Equifax Hack, LifeLock Sign-ups Jump Tenfold (Read More)
  • Emails Show How the Food Industry Uses ‘Science’ to Push Soda (Read More)
  • IEA Sees Strongest Global Oil-Demand Growth in Two Years (Read More)
  • Saudi Arabia Pushes OPEC on New Tack to Curb Oil Supplies (Read More)
  • J.C. Penney Missed Out on 3300% Rally as Dumped Asset Skyrockets (Read More)
  • No federal charges for Baltimore cops in Freddie Gray’s death (Read More)
  • China Prepares Sale of $2 Billion in U.S.-Dollar Bonds (Read More)


Headlines – 9/13/2017

UN Assembly’s new leader wants ‘compromise over conflict’

Trump and Netanyahu to meet on sidelines of UN confab, US confirms

Jimmy Carter says almost no hope of Trump progress on Mideast peace

Netanyahu: Either change Iran deal or cancel it

Intelligence minister urges PM to lobby Trump for Iran deal do-over

Netanyahu in Buenos Aires: Iran remains source of world terror

Trump considering more hawkish approach to Iran

Syria signs Aleppo power plant contract with Iran

Russia reassures Israel over Iranian presence in Syria

Russia says Syria’s government controls 85 percent of the country

Hezbollah chief claims Syrian regime has won the civil war

Simulating war with Hezbollah, IDF looks to avoid past mistakes

Liberman warns Hezbollah next war will end with ‘decisive’ Israeli victory

Hamas commemorates 12 years since Gaza Disengagement: ‘resistance is our solution’

Israel could get something from Arab states for fighting terror, PM hints

Argentina hands Israel thousands of WWII files to probe aid to Nazis

Rights group blasts Israeli banks for settlement expansion

Coca-Cola, Teva on UN blacklist of settlement-friendly firms

Devastating UK survey finds half of Britons agree with anti-Israel statements

Rabbis urge removal of Shas MK who attended nephew’s gay wedding – letter slams MK’s ‘public desecration of Heaven’

ADL alarmed by author speaking to Congress who links gun control, Holocaust

Israel warns of Europe terror threat in holiday travel advisory

Netanyahu chides Turkey for not recognizing Hamas as a terror group in kind, expresses support for Kurdish independence

For Iraq’s Long-Suffering Kurds, Independence Beckons

Iraqi parliament rejects ‘unconstitutional’ Kurdish referendum

Turkey signs deal to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems

Germany’s Merkel rejects total ban on arms exports to Turkey

Child soldier recruits double in one year in Middle East and North Africa

Egypt cuts ties with North Korea

South Korea confirms traces of radioactive gas from North Korea’s nuclear test

S. Korea conducts cruise missile drill amid N. Korea threats

North Korea rejects UN sanctions resolution, warns US

North Korea says will make US suffer over ‘vicious’ UN sanctions

North Korea vows to step up weapons program in sanctions blowback

US warns China, Russia to comply on N. Korea sanctions

Stocks set new highs as Irma, North Korea fears ebb

Russia: Moscow does not want to escalate situation around U.S. diplomats – agencies

Supreme Court lifts restrictions on Trump travel ban

Hands On with the TSA’s New ‘Enhanced’ Pat-Down Procedure

Congress sends condemnation of white supremacists to Trump for signature

Waiver issued so construction of border wall can begin

U.S. Warns Border Wall Construction Could Spark Large-Scale Protests

Trashing Trump: Broadcast coverage of the president now 91% negative, say analysts

$2 trillion man? Market value added since Trump’s election win passes milestone

Tiger Management’s Robertson says ‘we are creating a bubble’ in stocks

Brexit: EU repeal bill wins first Commons vote

Venezuela Supreme Court has staged effective coup: jurists’ group

Face-reading AI will be able to detect your politics and IQ, professor says

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Paredon, Mexico

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tres Picos, Mexico

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 28,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

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

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Sakurajima volcano in Japan erupts to 10,000ft

South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school

Typhoon Talim to strike Taiwan, eastern China with damaging winds and flooding

Hurricane Jose’s strange path may bring it back toward the Bahamas and US

Celebrities Turn Hurricane Benefit Concert into Left-Wing Sermon

A $150 Billion Misfire: How Disaster Models Got Irma Wrong

Heat, humidity and ongoing flooding to add to misery as Floridians recover from Irma’s wrath

25 percent of Florida Keys homes are gone after Irma, FEMA estimates

After Irma, Florida prepares for days – and maybe weeks – without power

More than 7 million customers without power in Southeast

Chainsaw-wielding nun cleans up Hurricane Irma debris in viral video

Hurricane Irma Survivors in Caribbean Fear They Will Be Forgotten After ‘Apocalyptic’ Storm

Flooding, landslides kill four in Philippines as tropical depression unleashes on Manila and nearby towns

Series of potent hurricanes stokes scientific debate over what role global warming is playing in this phenomenon

Calls to punish skeptics rise with links to climate change, hurricanes

Septembergeddon? 27 Major Disasters Have Already Happened So Far This Month

Bay Area sees 1,200 lightning strikes in rare September thunderstorms

UN slams UK government over ‘plague’ of air pollution

Fifteen no-cost abortions scheduled through Harvey relief effort

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns after fifth child sex-abuse allegation

Israel’s High Court won’t hear man claiming to be ‘Messiah’

Michelle Lesley – Basic Training: Homosexuality, Gender Identity, and Other Sexual Immorality

Jackie Alnor – Thomas Merton: The Contemplative Dark Thread

Delusion on Parade: Word of Faith “Weather Warriors” Ignore Reality

2017 Rick Warren Update on Purpose Driven Life Sales Claim

‘Fight Church’ pastor charged with forcible touching

Russell Moore to Speak at Conference Promoting Wealth Redistribution

Bones attributed to St Peter found by chance in 1,000-year-old church in Rome

20 Christians, Including 9 Children, Massacred in Nigerian Village

DEVELOPING: Over 10,000 evacuated across Moscow over various bomb threats

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 07:04 AM PDT

More than 10,000 people were evacuated from shopping centers, railway stations and universities in Moscow, following “almost simultaneous” warnings that they had been rigged with explosives. “Twenty sites are currently being evacuated, and more than 10,000 people have been escorted out, though the specific number is still being confirmed,” an emergency services source told news agency Tass. “This

appears to be a case of telephone terrorism, but we have to check the credibility of these messages,” said the source, who noted that the calls began at the same time, and continued after the evacuations had begun. Emergency services said that specialist units and officers with sniffer dogs are examining the buildings. READ MORE

Chinese Pastor Detained for Traveling to Christian Conference

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 06:45 AM PDT

Chinese authorities barred a pastor from traveling to Hong Kong to attend a Christian training conference today, echoing a growing trend that keeps church leaders from participating in overseas religious meetings. At 6:00 a.m. on Sept. 12, Wang Yi, a pastor of Autumn Rain Blessing Church, and Jiang Rong, a pastor’s wife, set out from Chengdu, Sichuan, to attend the Three-Fold Vision Training

Conference, a Christian training session in Hong Kong. Police followed them, and, at 7:00 a.m., numerous government personnel intercepted Wang at customs. Agents from a governmental sub-bureau in Qingyang District took him to the Dongpo Police Station, where he was detained for one hour and returned home. READ MORE

Eurozone May Be On Verge Of Crashing

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 06:36 AM PDT

The European Central Bank fears that the Euro might Crash after its value has been rapidly increasing against the dollar, a top economist has revealed. The exchange rate between the Euro and the US dollar has been tightening throughout the summer. Writing in the Financial Times, Italian economist Lorenzo

Bini Smagh said: “The European Central Bank seems to be increasingly concerned about the exchange rate of the euro, which has been rapidly appreciating against the US dollar over the summer. “Rightly so, considering past experience.” Currency tends to rise and fall in cycles lasting a period of years, but a fast appreciation could suggest a sudden downturn. READ MORE

DAYS OF LOT: Washington birth certificates could roll out Gender ‘X’ option

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 06:29 AM PDT

The Washington state Department of Health filed a proposal that would allow people to change the gender on their birth certificates to neither male nor female. The clinical term for this is non-binary, but is better known as gender X. According to the Department of Health, people born in Washington can

currently request a new birth certificate with a different gender than the one on their original. The state is taking the first steps of proposing a non-binary option for people who don’t identify as male or female. The Health Department filed the to put the process in motion August 22. The state of Oregon became the first state to offer the third gender option on driver’s licenses in July. READ MORE

Pensacola Bay Left Looking Like a Giant Sandbox After Irma

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 06:23 AM PDT

Florida’s Pensacola Bay was turned into a “giant sandbox” by Hurricane Irma over the weekend. Irma sucked the water out of the bay, turning it into a morass of mud and puddles. One news outlet, the Pensacola News Journal, remarked that it looked like a “giant sandbox.” A woman captured a video of the phenomenon. “The water is gone,” the woman says in the clip. “There are people out … people have

metal detectors. People are walking in the mud,” she said. It was nowhere near where Irma came into Florida. The storm hit the Florida Keys on Sunday morning, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Pensacola Bay is located on the far western end of the Florida Panhandle in the north—near the Alabama border. READ MORE

Top New Age Guru Renounces the Occult to Embrace Jesus

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 06:14 AM PDT

She’s isn’t a nobody. Doreen Virtue was one of the leading voices in the New Age movement and appeared on Oprah, CNN, the BBC, The View and Good Morning America. Yet in Feb. 2017, Virtue renounced the occult to embrace Jesus. Her salvation, though, was not met with ringing cheers of enthusiasm in her community. “Since I announced my baptism in February 2017, there’s been a lot of speculation and

confusion and even people who are upset at my baptism,” Virtue says in a video. “Even people saying things like I’d given up my life work because of Jesus.” Virtue says she always loved Jesus growing up, but didn’t understand He was the Savior of the world. She was raised in the New Thought churches of unity and Christian Science. Virtue says these religions focused only on the positive aspects of the Bible. READ MORE

‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Actor Defends Letting Son Wear Dresses

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 06:09 AM PDT

Actor Brian Austin Green, the former star of the “Beverly Hills, 90210” series, says in a media interview that he doesn’t care what people say or think about him allowing his 4-year-old son to wear dresses. “My son, you know, he’s 4, and I’ve heard from some people that they don’t agree … with him wearing dresses. To them I say, ‘I don’t care,’” Green said in an interview with former TMZ staffer Dax Holt.

“He’s 4, and if he wants to wear it, then he wears it. And it’s dresses or goggles or, you know, slippers, whatever,” he continued. “I feel like, you know, at 4, at 5, that’s a time when he should be having fun. He’s not harming anyone, wearing a dress. So if he wants to wear a dress, awesome; good on him, you know?” READ MORE

Why the Church Doesn’t Need Any More Starbucks

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 06:00 AM PDT

(By Kimberli Lira) More and more on my social media feeds I have been seeing a lot of churches boast of the cool, trendy new initiatives that they have begun. I have seen pictures of coffee bars that resemble Starbucks. I have seen lighting that resembles one seen on Broadway. I have read catchy sermon titles and have seen how people have brought the movies into their sermons. In so many of these posts, I see all that churches are doing to attract new members, but I don’t hear them talking about the power of Jesus. My husband

passed away February 14th, 2017 after a two-year battle with cancer. To say he battled cancer is an understatement. He was hospitalized two weeks out of every month during the first year of treatment. He was hospitalized a total of 18 times. He was rushed to the emergency room 8 times. He spent close to 500 days separated from his two children over the course of two years. And eventually, the chemo, designed to get rid of the cancer, caused him to be paralyzed. And for the last four months of his life, he was paralyzed and confined to a bed. READ MORE

Irma leaves her destructive impression in Florida Keys

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 05:56 AM PDT

After Hurricane Irma ravaged the string of islands known as the Florida Keys, officials are now warning tourists and residents to stay away until further notice, noting: “The Keys are not open for business.” Houses and mobile homes were uprooted and other infrastructure was destroyed, while an innumerable amount of boats in the Keys also suffered damage from Irma’s powerful winds.

In a tweet Monday morning, a WFOR reporter said “it’s hard to describe” the lower Florida Keys, but it could be best described as a “war zone.” “For most of the Florida Keys, there is no fuel, electricity, running water, or cell service,” Monroe County officials said in a news release. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Congo cholera epidemic spreading, Over 500 Dead

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 05:51 AM PDT

More than 500 people have died so far in a cholera epidemic that is sweeping the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Outbreaks of the water-borne disease occur regularly in Congo, mainly due to poor sanitation and a lack of access to clean drinking water.But this

year’s epidemic, which has already hit at least 10 urban areas including the capital Kinshasa, is particularly worrying as it comes as about 1.4 million people have been displaced by violence in the central Kasai region. The WHO said at least 528 people had died and the epidemic had spread to 20 of Congo’s 26 provinces. READ MORE


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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September 12, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump plans an aggressive travel schedule, taking him to as many as 13 states over the next seven weeks, to sell the idea of a tax overhaul as the administration tries to avoid repeating the communications failures of its attempt to repeal Obamacare.

President Donald Trump will visit China in November, a person familiar with his plans said, as tensions flare on the Korean peninsula due to Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests.

The United Nations Security Council approved new sanctions aimed at punishing North Korea for its latest missile and nuclear tests after the U.S. dropped demands such as an oil embargo to win support from Russia and China.

In supporting a watered-down version of North Korea sanctions, China and Russia had a stern warning for the U.S.: Don’t try to overthrow Kim Jong Un’s regime.

North Korea appears to be stepping up efforts to secure bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, which could be used to avoid trade restrictions including new sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council.

Less than a year after being driven out of its Libyan stronghold, Islamic State is re-emerging in the North African oil producer.

Philippine financial markets were closed on Tuesday along with government offices and schools as heavy overnight rains flooded parts of the capital Manila and nearby provinces.

A U.S. Supreme Court justice on Monday issued a short-term order restoring President Donald Trump’s ban on thousands of refugees seeking entry to the country.

On Tuesday, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook will take the stage for the first time in the Steve Jobs Theater at its new campus. Apple plans to unveil three phones-another first-including a premium model that could cast a halo over the rest of the line, and perhaps even the rest of the smartphone industry.

Chinese regulators aren’t the only ones getting nervous about the astronomical rally in bitcoin. Bullish bets on the cryptocurrency are now considered the most crowded trade in financial markets, according to fund managers surveyed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

AP Top Stories

Climate change denials amid catastrophic hurricanes are a reminder that humans are not a particularly smart species, Pope Francis said Sunday while flying over areas in the Caribbean decimated by Hurricane Irma.

Russians shunned the polls Sunday for local elections which are the last vote before the presidential elections in March next year, with very low turnout rates as the opposition cried foul.

Russia’s military said Tuesday that Syrian troops have liberated about 85 percent of the war-torn country’s territory from militants, a major turn-around two years after Moscow intervened to lend a hand to its embattled long-time ally.

Egypt’s defense minister, on a visit to Seoul, announced that his country has cut military ties with North Korea, according to a report by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

China is facing heightened threats from foreign infiltration via religion and from the spread of extremism, a top official for religious affairs said on Tuesday, after strict new rules were passed to manage religious practice in the country. China’s five officially sanctioned religions – Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Christianity – vowed to fight “desensitization” at a forum on the topic held in Beijing last week, according state media.

BBC

Turkey has signed a controversial deal with Russia to arm its forces with Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles.

Australia has begun sending out ballots for a non-binding vote on support for legalising same-sex marriage. The survey does not have the power to change the law but could lead to a vote in parliament.

At least 18 policemen have been killed in an attack on a convoy in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula claimed by so-called Islamic State, security sources said.

Bangladesh’s prime minister has urged Myanmar to take back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Rakhine state. Some 370,000 Rohingyas have crossed the border since violence began last month.

A new program of free secondary school education started in Ghana. This was a key campaign promise of President Nana Akufo-Addo who was elected last year. The 400,000 students entering secondary school this year will also receive free textbooks, meals and other benefits.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is reportedly considering a Senate run in Utah if longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch retires.

The federal debt officially surpassed $20 trillion for the first time on Friday, as the debt subject to the legal limit set by Congress jumped $317,645,000,000 in one day-following President Donald Trump’s signing of a spending-and-debt-limit deal that will fund the government through Dec. 8.

A generous legal loophole in U.S. immigration laws is allowing thousands of illegal “students” to receive special visas to enter America, according to a new report on the scam. The report found that 42 of the country’s worst colleges and universities, some that aren’t even accredited, are providing the needed “student” documentation to immigrants to clear immigration requirements of the Department of Homeland Security. In the process, the mostly for-profit schools fill their classes and weak students get to come to the U.S.

Pope Francis has sharply criticized climate change doubters, saying history will judge those who failed to take the necessary decisions to curb heat-trapping emissions blamed for the warming of the Earth.


The Briefing 09-12-17

Government is never neutral: A lesson in how bureaucracy really works

Search-and-destroy mission in Iceland as babies with Down syndrome are nearly eliminated

Kate Millett’s legacy: A worldview that sees family as a problem cannot but end in sadness

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News – 9/12/2017

North Korea rejects UN sanctions resolution, warns US
North Korea on Tuesday rejected a UN Security Council resolution imposing tougher sanctions and said the United States would soon face the “greatest pain” it had ever experienced.

World stocks build on record highs as Irma weakens
World stocks climbed to record highs on Tuesday as an easing in tensions over North Korea and signs that Hurricane Irma was causing less damage than feared in the United States boosted risk appetite.

Hurricane Irma: Florida residents warned to beware alligators, snakes
Florida’s Department of Health has warned residents to beware of alligators and snakes displaced by Hurricane Irma. “After storms, be alert to wildlife-snakes, alligators, etc. may have been displaced as a result of strong winds or rain,” the Department tweeted Monday.

9/11 now a time to repent
September 11 is no longer just a day for remembrance. It’s a day for repentance. President Donald Trump, responding to a petition from the Christian group “In God We Trust,” recently declared Friday, September 8, through Sunday, September 10, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance.

On 9/11, US ‘Became’ State of Israel, Says Friedman
“On September 11th, 2001, the United States, in a very real and profound way, became the state of Israel. It was attacked by a hateful and barbaric enemy, obsessed by a culture of death and destruction. “It is so right and appropriate that apart from the United States, the only nation in the world to build a 9/11 memorial containing the names of each and every life that was stolen in this tragic act is the state of Israel.”

‘Israel to occupy parts of south Lebanon in next conflict with Hezbollah’
In the event of another war with Hezbollah the IDF’s objective would be to occupy parts of southern Lebanon where the group has support and infrastructure, in order to force a UN resolution favorable to improving the security situation on Israel’s northern border, a senior IDF officer said on Monday.

Israel warns of Europe terror threat in holiday travel advisory
Ahead of the mass exodus of Israelis looking to exploit remaining days of annual leave during the upcoming High Holidays, the Israeli National Security Council’s Counterterrorism Bureau has issued a number of travel warnings for Israelis seeking to travel abroad. The travel warnings are based on the real likelihood of threats against Israeli and Jewish targets across the world…Most of the travel warnings relate to Arab and “enemy” countries.

IS attack on Sinai convoy ‘kills 18 Egyptian police’
At least 18 policemen have been killed in an attack on a convoy in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula claimed by so-called Islamic State, security sources say. Militants detonated a roadside bomb near the town of el-Arish, reportedly destroying three armoured vehicles and a fourth with signal-jamming equipment. They then opened fire with machine guns at survivors of the blast.

North Korea slapped with UN sanctions after nuclear test
The United Nations has imposed a fresh round of sanctions on North Korea after its sixth and largest nuclear test. The measures restrict oil imports and ban textile exports – an attempt to starve the North of fuel and income for its weapons programmes. The US had originally proposed harsher sanctions including a total ban on oil imports.

Turkey signs deal to get Russian S-400 air defence missiles
Turkey has signed a controversial deal with Russia to arm its forces with Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara had already paid the deposit on the deal, estimated to be worth $2.5bn (£1.9bn). Turkey has the second-largest army in Nato. Alliance members are urged to buy compatible weapons systems.

Brexit: EU repeal bill wins first Commons vote
The government’s bid to extract the UK from EU law in time for Brexit has passed its first parliamentary test. MPs backed the EU Withdrawal Bill by 326 votes to 290 despite critics warning that it represented a “power grab” by ministers. The bill, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, now moves onto its next parliamentary stage.

Iraq holds 1,300 foreign wives and children of IS suspects
The Iraqi authorities are holding more than 1,300 foreign family members of suspected Islamic State militants at a displaced people’s camp south of Mosul, officials and aid workers say. The women and children, from at least 13 countries, mostly fled Tal Afar as troops recaptured the city last month. The Norwegian Refugee Council, which is providing assistance at the camp, said they were in “de-facto detention”.

Hurricane Irma: Florida to re-open storm-ravaged Keys
Parts of the Florida Keys, the low-lying islands which bore the brunt of Hurricane Irma when the category-four storm struck on Sunday, are to re-open. Entry is being restricted to residents and business owners as work continues to clear roads and check the state of bridges linking the islands. Some 60% of homes in the state are still without power.

Anarchy In the Caribbean
Escaped prisoners and hundreds of looters armed with guns and knives are terrorising hurricane-hit islands amid anarchy in the Caribbean, it has emerged. Britain and France have both sent extra police resources and the Netherlands have dispatched troops to the region amid reports of lawlessness in the wake of the devastating 185mph storm.

Hamas ready to reconcile with Fatah with no conditions
Ismail Haniyeh, political chief of Hamas, said the organization is ready to talk reconciliation with the rival government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas without preconditions. Hamas had previously demanded that Abbas halt a series of measures taken against the Islamic militant group before sitting down to discuss a reconciliation deal.

Venezuela Supreme Court has staged effective coup: jurists’ group
Venezuela’s Supreme Court has progressively dismantled the rule of law, becoming an instrument of President Nicolas Maduro’s government in what amounts to a coup against the constitutional order, an international human rights group charged on Tuesday. The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said the top court had undermined human rights and infringed the Constitution through a series of rulings since December 2015.

Inside The Opioid Crisis: What The Mainstream Media Won’t Let You See
“…the trend exemplifies the cry of the bottom 90% of Americans who have turned to opioids to escape the physical and or figurative pain of not being able to achieve the American Dream…”

BREAKING: Immigration Official Comes Forward, Drops Truth Bomb about DACA According to a former immigration official, the Obama administration never acted to prevent widespread DACA abuse. Matt O’Brien, the former manager of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) investigation unit, recently told reporters that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is rife with fraud. As reported by Breitbart, O’Brien stated, “Based on what I had seen and what I discussed with my colleagues, the fraud rate is 40 to 50 percent. It’s possible that it was higher.”

Tesla’s Wireless Power Invention Finally Comes to Market After 118 Years
Once the darling of the elite Industrialists of the late 19th and early 20th century, fell into disfavor when Nikola Tesla invented wireless energy. The elite did not want anything that they could’nt put a meter on. After 118 years, Tesla’s invention is coming to market.

Just As Hurricane Hits Florida, Trump Bows His Head & Does Something Incredible
Hurricane Irma already looks to be one of the most destructive natural disasters in American history. As President Trump and his administration prepared for this hurricane, the president did something unexpected. While meeting with his cabinet at Camp David on Wednesday, President Trump bowed his head in prayer, according to a Tweet from Donald Trump. The prayer itself was led by Vice President Mike Pence.

Apocalyptic September? Here Is A List Of 27 Major Disasters That Have Already Happened So Far This Month 
Two major hurricanes, unprecedented earthquake swarms and wildfires roaring out of control all over the northwest United States – what else will go wrong next?  When I originally pointed to the month of September as a critical time, I had no idea that we would see so many catastrophic natural disasters during this time frame as well;

NASA: “Sun Erupts With Significant Flare”
The sun emitted a significant solar flare on Sept. 10, 2017. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured an image of the event. The full halo coronal mass ejection was so powerful and widespread, there actually appears to be an Earth directed component. If so, an impact to the earth’s geomagnetic field may be possible as soon as tomorrow.


Debt Nightmare: Does Anyone Actually Care That Our Exploding National Debt Is Destroying Our Future?

When will America finally wake up?  The borrower is the servant of the lender, and we now have a colossal 20 trillion dollar chain around our collective ankles.  We have willingly enslaved ourselves, our children and our grandchildren, and yet our addiction is so insatiable that we continue to add more than 100 million dollars to our debt load every single hour of every single day.  The national debt is sitting at a grand total of $20,162,176,797,904.13 at this moment, but now that the debt ceiling has been lifted that number is expected to shoot up very rapidly toward 21 trillion dollars by the end of the year.  The national debt had been held down by accounting tricks to keep it under the debt limit for many months, but every time this has happened before we have seen the national debt absolutely explode back to projected levels once the debt ceiling was raised. (Read More…)


September 12, 2017
ALAN KEYES — “From the beginning of our nation, Americans have joined together in prayer during times of great need, to ask for God’s blessings and guidance. As response and recovery efforts continue, and as Americans provide much needed relief to the people of Texas and Louisiana, we are reminded of Scripture’s promise that ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.'” (President Trump’s National Day of Prayer Proclamation)… (more)

September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — The war against Islamic terrorism has not “really” changed in the 16 years since the 9/11 attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Monday, but he’s not “particularly surprised” by that…. (more)


September 12, 2017
BLOOMBERG — Twenty miles may have made a $150 billion difference. Estimates for the damage Hurricane Irma would inflict on Florida kept mounting as it made its devastating sweep across the Caribbean. It was poised to be the costliest U.S. storm on record. Then something called the Bermuda High intervened and tripped it up…. (more)


September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — Hurricane Irma knocked out power to about 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida, even as the storm weakened as it crept up the state’s west coast, according to state officials and local electric utilities…. (more)

September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — The national debt has exceeded $20 trillion for the first time ever – – rising the same day President Donald Trump signed a bill into law suspending the debt ceiling and allowing unlimited federal borrowing. The debt ceiling had been frozen at about $19.84 trillion since mid-March, and the Treasury Department was forced to use “extraordinary measures” to prevent borrowing from exceeding that level, the Washington Examiner reported…. (more)

September 12, 2017
CNS NEWS — The federal debt officially surpassed $20 trillion for the first time on Friday, as the debt subject to the legal limit set by Congress jumped $317,645,000,000 in one day – -following President Donald Trump’s signing of a spending-and-debt-limit deal that will fund the government through Dec. 8…. (more)

September 12, 2017
ALICIA POWE — Democrats have been probing for more than a year allegations that the Trump administration colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election but have not presented any evidence…. (more)

September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Supreme Court on Monday temporarily restored part of President Trump’s travel ban, potentially blocking up to 24,000 refugees from being able to enter the U.S…. (more)

September 12, 2017
PAUL BEDARD — An FEC bid to regulate politicking on the internet, possibly including news outlets like the Drudge Report, is being expanded to the biggest providers – – Google, Facebook and Twitter…. (more)

September 10, 2017
TAMPA BAY TIMES — Streets throughout downtown had been empty for hours and people were returning to their homes to ride out Hurricane Irma ahead of the city’s 6 p.m. curfew. But what they spotted on the way was too much to pass up for some people, including 10-year-old Felix Carrillo and his mom, Hilda Carillo…. (more)


September 10, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump and members of his Cabinet bowed their heads in prayer as they met at Camp David in Maryland before the president offered words of support for those impacted and still threatened by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma…. (more)

September 10, 2017
NEWSMAX — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asked President Donald Trump in one of their first meetings to stop his talk of “draining the swamp,” according to former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon…. (more)

September 10, 2017
THE TELEGRAPH — North Korea’s sudden advancement in developing nuclear weapons may be due to secret support from Iran, British officials fear. The Foreign Office is investigating whether “current and former nuclear states” helped Kim Jong-Un in his drive to mount nuclear warheads on missiles…. (more)

September 10, 2017
FOX NEWS — Fresh evidence submitted in a major 9/11 lawsuit moving forward against the Saudi Arabian government reveals its embassy in Washington may have funded a “dry run” for the hijackings carried out by two Saudi employees, further reinforcing the claim employees and agents of the kingdom directed and aided the 9/11 hijackers and plotters…. (more)

September 9, 2017

September 9, 2017
AP NEWS — Hurricane Irma’s leading edges whipped palm trees and kicked up the surf as it spun toward Florida with 125 mph winds Saturday on a projected new track that could subject Tampa – – not Miami – – to the storm’s worst fury. Tampa has not taken a direct hit from a major hurricane in nearly a century. The westward swing away from Miami in the overnight forecast caught many people off guard along Florida’s Gulf coast and triggered an abrupt shift in storm preparations. A major round of evacuations was ordered in the Tampa area, and shelters there soon began filling up…. (more)


September 9, 2017
DAILY MAIL — The largest evacuation in US history is under way with more than 5.6million people being told to leave their Florida homes before Hurricane Irma strikes. The state’s governor, Rick Scott, urged people who had not left yet to leave as soon as possible. He warned those who plan to stay that they may have to ride out the dangerous storm at their own risk…. (more)

September 9, 2017
TIME — Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, has a constitution that recognizes other major religions, and practices a syncretic form of Islam that draws on not just the faith’s tenets but local spiritual and cultural traditions. As a result, the nation has long been a voice of, and for, moderation in the Islamic world…. (more)

September 9, 2017
NEWSMAX — Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence seemed to suggest that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are due to Mother Nature showing her “rage” at President Donald Trump and others who do not believe that humans are causing climate change. Lawrence spoke with the UK’s Channel 4 about her new movie “Mother!” Near the end of the interview, the subject of American politics was broached…. (more)


September 9, 2017
BYRON YORK — Commentary on the DACA controversy frequently notes that the nation’s nearly 700,000 so-called Dreamers are a law-abiding group. But a new bill to give DACA recipients full legal status, sponsored by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake and Democratic Sens. Richard Durbin and Chuck Schumer, would allow newly legalized Dreamers to have many run-ins with the law – – arrests, charges, convictions – – and still receive benefits. Schumer, the Democratic leader, is demanding quick passage…. (more)

September 9, 2017
BOB UNRUH — The list of defenders of Colorado baker Jack Phillips in his case against Colorado’s order that he promote same-sex marriage in violation of his faith reads like a who’s who of America’s leaders. First, the Department of Justice has come down on Phillips’ side in his dispute with the state over his decision to not create a wedding cake for a couple…. (more)

September 9, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Trump Justice Department has once again cleared former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner of criminal liability stemming from the tea party targeting. In a letter to top Republicans, Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd said they re-reviewed the case and concluded there isn’t enough evidence to charge Ms. Lerner, who was at the center of the targeting…. (more)

September 9, 2017
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — Former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton waged an illegal war in Libya that created a vacuum into which all sorts of terrorists flooded, thus helping Islamic State destabilizing the region. It has always struck me as odd that Clinton was never asked about this in the presidential debates, and that Obama seems to have made this war – – on which he was campaigning right up until Benghazi – – not stick to him…. (more)

September 8, 2017
THE NEW YORKER — he United States has no diplomatic relations with North Korea, so there is no embassy in Washington, but for years the two countries have relied on the “New York channel,” an office inside North Korea’s mission to the United Nations, to handle the unavoidable parts of our nonexistent relationship. The office has, among other things, negotiated the release of prisoners and held informal talks about nuclear tensions. In April, I contacted the New York channel and requested permission to visit Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea…. (more)

September 7, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump has given military orders for U.S. forces to shoot down and destroy any missile launched from North Korea and moving toward the continental United States, Hawaii, and Guam. Sources close to the president’s national security team tell Newsmax the order was given to Pentagon brass in the wake of last month’s threat by North Korea to fire a ballistic missile aimed at Guam, a U.S. territory…. (more)


Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 12, 2017

Construction Worker Shortage Acute After Hurricanes

An industry already short on workers will need creative solutions in order to quickly rebuild TX and FL.

The Foundation

“When Men are employ’d they are best contented.” —Benjamin Franklin (1771)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 12

  • Trump Plans Aggressive Road Show to Sell Tax Overhaul (Read More)
  • Trump to weigh more aggressive U.S. strategy on Iran (Read More)
  • Florida Turns to Recovery as Irma Moves North (Read More)
  • What to Expect at Apple’s Biggest Event in Years (Read More)
  • A $150 Billion Misfire: How Forecasters Got Irma Damage So Wrong (Read More)
  • North Korea warns U.S. of ‘greatest pain’, rejects sanctions (Read More)
  • DowDuPont to Change Breakup Plan (Read More)
  • U.K. Inflation Jumps More Than Forecast to Match 4-Year High (Read More)
  • States to Trump: Leave Retirement Rule Intact or We’ll Act (Read More)
  • Why American Workers Pay Twice as Much in Taxes as Wealthy Investors (Read More)
  • Equifax Breach Tests Trump Pledge to Dismantle Rules (Read More)
  • Corruption Battle Roils Ukraine (Read More)
  • Less spark, slimmer profits for electric carmakers (Read More)
  • Fintech Firm SoFi Says CEO Mike Cagney Will Step Down (Read More)
  • Rich People From These Nations Hide the Most Offshore Wealth (Read More)
  • Google Plots to Conquer Self-Driving Cars—by Making Peace With Detroit (Read More)
  • Ferrari’s Entry-Level Portofino Confronts $2.5 Million Mercedes (Read More)
  • How Two Years of Crisis Has Tested Volkswagen’s CEO (Read More)
  • Move Over, Millennials: ‘Generation Z’ Has Arrived (Read More)
  • BP files for IPO of U.S. Midwest, Gulf Coast pipeline assets (Read More)
  • Fixing the Stock Market’s ‘Clogged Toilet’ Starts in Delaware (Read More)

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Headlines – 9/12/2017

UN rights head accuses Israel of ‘serious violations’ of international law

Fatah Official: Abbas to Ask UN General Assembly to Determine Borders of Palestinian State

Hamas says ready to reconcile with Fatah with no conditions

Will Abbas be forced to choose war against Israel?

The situation in the West Bank is ‘fragile,’ says Israeli security chief

In partial victory for settlers, state backs bid to save 6 of 15 outpost homes

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz says that he intends to extend Jerusalem train line to go all the way to Temple Mount

New Hamas leadership cosying up to Tehran

With reforms, Palestinian economy could grow 7% each year

Trump supports $75m. additional aid to Israel beyond Obama-era MOU – earlier report to retun aid was incorrect

At sites of bombings, PM vows Israel will relentlessly confront Iranian terror

Netanyahu to receive huge archive documenting Argentina’s Nazi ties

Netanyahu to discuss Hezbollah threat with Latin American leaders

Lebanese parliament speaker: ‘IDF flyovers a direct threat to Lebanon’

Hezbollah 2nd in command: ‘IDF maneuvers near Lebanese border not a sign of impending war’

600 Conservative rabbis, leaders demand Netanyahu honor Western Wall deal

High Court dismisses petition seeking public buses on Shabbat

Israeli company to build US-Mexico border wall prototype

16 years on, US and Israel mourn 9/11 attacks, laud anti-terror alliance

Remembering September 11, facing new hate

George Soros And The Politics Of Hope And Hate

ISIS attacks convoy in Egypt’s Sinai, kill 18 policemen

After alleged Israeli airstrike, Liberman warns Syria: ‘Don’t test us’

Lieberman warns Syrians any confrontation will ‘end badly for them’

Saudi Arabia, Jordan back Syria safe zones after talks with Russian FM

Russia, Jordan agree to speed de-escalation zone in south Syria

Saudi Arabia says it breaks up IS attack plot, spy ring

Suicide bomber wounds three in attack on NATO convoy in Afghanistan

Multiple Libya peace plans are a hindrance, UN envoy to say

Al Shabaab storms Somali border town, kills 24 Somali soldiers

Apparent ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ Is Now Unfolding In Myanmar, U.N. Says

UN says 313,000 people have fled to Bangladesh

Sweden, Britain seek U.N. meeting on situation in Myanmar

Intelligence Minister: Netanyahu must push Trump to end Iran deal

Yisrael Katz: ‘Iran is new North Korea’

UN to vote on watered-down new sanctions against North Korea

UN approves new sanctions on North Korea

North Korea warns ‘thirsty beast’ US of harsh response to any new sanctions

North Korea ‘ready and willing’ to respond to ‘US gangster’-led sanctions vote

North Korea threatens ‘pain and suffering’ if new UN sanctions approved

South Koreans fear being caught in nuclear crossfire

Who Will Protect the Next Olympics From North Korea?

North Korean Defector Claims Kim Jong-Un’s Days Are Numbered

Merkel compares annexation of the Crimea with the division of Germany

Top Russian Diplomat Urges US to Stop Destroying Russia-US Relations

Moscow considering deeper cuts to U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia

Bomb threat prompts closure of Santa Monica Pier

Robert E. Lee statue removal crane involved in deadly Dallas crash

Fox News host asks if 9/11 memorials will come down next

U.S. Supreme Court Temporarily Restores Trump’s Refugee Travel Ban

Illegal immigration in Southwest doubled over past four months

Key US surveillance law faces Congress fight

US national debt tops $20T for first time in history

Americans headed towards $1 trillion in credit card debt, study says

Monster Solar Flare Marks 7th Powerful Sun Storm in 7 Days

204 earthquakes since Sept. 2: Over 30 quakes have struck Southeast Idaho so far today as temblor swarm surpasses 200

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Iwo Jima, Japan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Pijijiapan, Mexico

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Tanaga Volcano, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Paredon, Mexico

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Neochorion, Greece

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Paredon, Mexico

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Amatignak Island, Alaska

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 33,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 23,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

British billionaire Branson calls for ‘Marshall Plan’ after Irma ravages Caribbean

Hurricane expert Klotzbach: #Irma at landfall comes in 7th behind 1935 Labor Day storm

Irma unleashes record flooding in Jacksonville, ‘incredible’ floods in Charleston

Irma’s flooding rainfall, tornado threat to expand from Florida to Georgia, Tennessee

Irma’s trail of destruction in Florida Keys revealed

Power out for nearly 6 million people across Florida, governor asks citizens to stay in place

Delta cancels 900 flights, power outages continue to spike in Georgia

Hurricane Irma gas shortages could worsen as drivers return to Florida homes

Elon Musk Magically Extends Battery Life Of Teslas Fleeing Irma

Aircraft carrier is rushed to the hurricane-battered Keys

Harvey, Irma deliver one-two punch to battered flood insurance program

Why Hurricane Irma wasn’t far worse, and how close it came to catastrophe

After an earthquake and a hurricane – and Trump’s failure to send condolences – Mexico rescinds offer of aid to U.S.

Meteorologists baffled by bizarre isolated winds that whip San Francisco Bay Area

This is how much of the world is currently on fire

Pope blasts climate skeptics, cites ‘moral’ duty to act

WHO: Over 500 dead as Congo cholera epidemic spreads

After 15 die in hepatitis outbreak, San Diego begins sanitary street washing

Less Than Half of U.S. Teens Complete HPV Vaccinations

Changing a flower’s color with the CRISPR gene-editing tool

Pope Francis questions whether Trump is really ‘pro-life’

Mother Stabs 8-Day-Old Baby, Tells Police It Was ‘The Devil’s Baby’

12-Y-O Boy Starts Gender Transition to Become a Girl, Then Changes His Mind Years Later

Christian Parents Pull Son From Church of England School After It Allows Boys to Dress as Girls

China’s underground churches head for cover as crackdown closes in

Charismatic Prophets Claim Hurricanes are “Latter Rain” Predicted in Joel 2

Charisma Magazine suffering MBDS: How Bickle fails his own cult criteria.

Jory Micah Denies Inerrancy, Doubles Down by Denying the Trinity

Kong Hee’s Sentosa penthouse back on the market at $11.5m

ELCA Presiding ‘Bishop’ Claims: ‘There May Be a Hell, But I Think It’s Empty’

Four members of paramilitary religious sect in New Mexico – including two leaders – plead not guilty to child abuse charges

Pilgrims flock to Bavarian village for ‘second apparition of Virgin Mary’

Bodies of 400 Children at Catholic Care Home Found Buried in Mass Grave; Abuse Suspected

61 Percent of Roman Catholics Now Support Abortion

Eat, pray, live: the Lagos megachurches building their very own cities

North Korea warns US to prepare for ‘Greatest Pain’ ever in latest threat

Posted: 12 Sep 2017 06:01 AM PDT

North Korea has warned the United States to prepare for the “greatest pain” the nation has ever suffered as Kim Jong-un rejects UN sanctions. Pyongyang rejected a UN Security Council resolution to slap sanctions on North Korea following its sixth nuclear test and ramped up tensions with its latest threat sparking fears World War 3 could break out.

A defiant North Korea “categorically rejected” the resolution, saying the United States was “fired up” for confrontation and would soon face the “greatest pain” it had ever experienced. North Korea’s ambassador, Han Tae Song, told the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday the US was “fired up for political, economic, and military confrontation”. READ MORE

 

US debt surpasses historical $20 trillion

Posted: 12 Sep 2017 05:57 AM PDT

The United States has now officially accumulated a $20 trillion debt. The ceiling was broken after the White House allowed the Treasury to borrow more money. As of Tuesday, the American national debt stood at $20.16 trillion, according to the US Debt Clock website. This is almost $62,000 per person and over $167,000 per tax payer.

The debt number had been stagnant since March due to the debt ceiling, as the US Treasury faced a temporary ban on further borrowing. On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a law to suspend the debt ceiling until December 8. The Treasury can now borrow freely till that date. Since Trump’s inauguration, the debt has increased about $215 billion from around $19.94 trillion. READ MORE

Gnats Mysteriously Swarm Philadelphia; People Fleeing, Seeking Shelter…

Posted: 12 Sep 2017 05:45 AM PDT

A large swarm of insects are creating a lot of buzz in Philadelphia. Residents across the city took to Reddit to share their concerns. “Probably an exodus from the hurricane,” one person said. “People are running all over Old City and fleeing seeking shelter,” another said. Others on Twitter were just as

mystified. But police say they don’t know where the gnats, or what some are calling flying ants came from. “Hmm. No, We don’t know where all of these gnats came from, either. However, we, for one, welcome our new insect overlords,” said police in a Tweet. READ MORE

20 Nigerian Christians Massacred In Nigeria

Posted: 11 Sep 2017 07:29 PM PDT

Muslim Fulani herdsmen in central Nigeria’s Plateau state massacred 20 Christians, including children, as they slept in the hours after midnight on Friday (Sept. 8) in an apparent reprisal attack that mystified villagers, sources said. Police reportedly said the attack was an act of vengeance after the discovery last week of a slain and beheaded Fulani boy who was a resident of Ancha village, Miango District in the

Bassa Local Government Area. But a village Christian told Morning Star News that the area’s terrified residents were at a loss to explain why they were targeted, as the murder of the Fulani took place at another village. “The village where they claim one of them was killed over a year ago is not part of our village, and we have never had any misunderstanding with them in the past,” READ MORE

Franklin Graham Warns World Needs to Prepare for Jesus Christ’s Return

Posted: 11 Sep 2017 07:21 PM PDT

The numerous hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and other natural phenomena affecting the world today should serve as a reminder that people need to be prepared for the return of Jesus Christ, said evangelist Franklin Graham. “Wildfires raging on the West Coast. Violent hurricanes, one after the other, ravaging everything in their paths, with one of the worst — Irma—bearing down on Florida. A magnitude 8.1 earthquake shook the southern parts of Mexico this week, and we even recently experienced a rare

solar eclipse,” Graham said in a Facebook post on Sunday. “The Bible says in Luke 21:25, ‘…there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves.’ In Matthew 24:7 it says, ‘For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.’ These are some of the Biblical signs before Christ’s return.” READ MORE

Is YouTube Targeting Christians and Conservatives With Its Advertising Policy?

Posted: 11 Sep 2017 07:17 PM PDT

Since YouTube enacted a new advertiser-friendly strategy in March that gives more control to brands over where their ads show up on the online video sharing platform, alarms have been sounded that YouTube may be unfairly demonetizing videos posted by Trump supporters, conservatives and

Christians. As reports have surfaced in the last few months showing that conservatives of many stripes have had their videos marked as “unsuitable for all advertisers” by the Google-owned platform — thus making them ineligible to receive advertising revenue — READ MORE

How Unified Prayer Brings Deliverance and Breakthroughs!

Posted: 11 Sep 2017 06:59 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, you will discover how the power of agreement in prayer will always bring powerful breakthroughs and deliverances in our lives. Discover how when we release our prayers on Earth it ultimately opens the hands of the Lord to bring the answers from Heaven! For the entire message watch the video below:

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Earthquake Swarm Continues In Idaho, Over 200 Plus Since Sept 2nd

Posted: 11 Sep 2017 03:25 PM PDT

The earthquake swarm in Southeast Idaho looked like it might be ending or at least slowing down on Thursday and Friday. But then Saturday arrived and by day’s end 19 quakes had struck. There have been 34 more temblors so far Sunday, bringing the earthquake total since the swarm began on Sept. 2 to 204 quakes. All of the quakes have occurred in the Caribou County area east, southeast and northeast of Soda

Springs. They have been felt throughout Southeast Idaho and as far away as Logan, Ogden and Salt Lake City in northern Utah. Earthquake experts say the worst-case scenario is that the swarm ends with a destructive 7.0 magnitude quake that will destroy buildings and kill people, but the chances of that are slim. READ MORE

 

Parents Face Backlash for Opposing Church of England School’s Transgender Policy

Posted: 11 Sep 2017 12:30 PM PDT

A Christian couple who pulled their young children out of school because of the school’s transgender policy is unwavering in their stance, despite increased persecution. The parents are now suing the school, which calls the parents “transphobic.”  Lawyers for the couple will argue that the school is discriminating

against them by implying that their Christian faith makes them transphobic. They also say England’s Equality Act, which protects transgender rights, should not apply to people under age 18. Nigel and Sally Rowe of Isle of Wight, England, removed their two young sons, ages six and eight, from the unidentified Church of England school because the school allows boys to wear dresses to school and otherwise dress as girls.  READ MORE

Bizarre winds leave Meteorologists baffled in San Francisco…

Posted: 11 Sep 2017 12:26 PM PDT

Meteorologists are baffled by strong wind gusts that ripped through concentrated pockets of the Bay Area early Monday morning, while other areas remained completely still.  The National Weather Service reports that a gust of 54 mph roared through Pebble Beach at 2:30 a.m., while only 10 minutes away in Monterey conditions remained completely calm. “We had a very unusual event happen overnight,” says

Charles Bell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Bay Area. “We had isolated strong periods of winds. It’s really remarkable. Usually wind storms are more widespread, while this wind occurred in concentrated pockets.” The first gusts roared through Pebble Beach and the southwesterly winds traveled north reaching up to 40 mph in Santa Cruz, up to 37 mph in Los Gatos and at the San Jose Airport. READ MORE


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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September 11, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The White House said President Donald Trump cut a short-term debt ceiling and government spending deal with Democrats to clear the deck for a major tax bill. But the agreement could be complicating tax efforts by eroding trust within his own party.

The U.S. has watered down a proposal to punish North Korea for its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, omitting an oil embargo and a freeze of Kim Jong Un’s assets, according to a European diplomat.

Juchitan on Sunday was littered with rubble from Thursday night’s magnitude 8.1 earthquake, which killed at least 90 people across southern Mexico – at least three dozen of them in Juchitan itself.

Poland took a step forward in its push for reparations from Germany, with a parliamentary body saying there’s a legal basis to pursue claims for damages sustained in World War II.

A meeting today of the United Nations Security Council to discuss further sanctions on North Korea will put the differences between the U.S. and China on handling the regime on stark display.

On Tuesday, Apple Inc. will introduce its latest top-of-the-line iPhone, and even the cheapest model is expected to cost about $1,000. A few days later, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 goes on sale for a comparable amount.

North Korea warned of retaliation if the United Nations Security Council approves a U.S. proposal for harsher sanctions after Pyongyang conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

China plans to ban trading of bitcoin and other virtual currencies on domestic exchanges, dealing another blow to the $150 billion cryptocurrency market after the country outlawed initial coin offerings last week. The ban will only apply to trading of cryptocurrencies on exchanges. Authorities don’t have plans to stop over-the-counter transactions.

If your data had been stolen, Equifax offered a free year of credit monitoring known as “TrustedID Premier.” But some fine print may also mean that consumers who agree would be giving up the right to sue over many types of damages related to the massive penetration.

AP Top Stories

The U.S. is marking the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000. Four hijacked planes hit the trade center towers and the Pentagon, and crashed in a Pennsylvania field.

Russian police detained people from a crowd of about 200 protesters Sunday in Saint Petersburg who had gathered over the crackdown on the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Leslie Van Houten, who is now 68, the youngest member of the Manson cult has been approved for parole, 48 years after the notorious group carried out its killing spree.

China is gearing up to ban petrol and diesel cars, a move that would boost electric vehicles and shake up the world’s biggest car market in a country that is plagued by pollution.

U.S.-backed militias and the Syrian army advanced in separate offensives against Islamic State in eastern Syria on Saturday, piling pressure on shrinking territory the group still holds in oil-rich areas near the Iraqi border.

Hillary Clinton on Sunday declared the end of her career as “an active politician,” but she will remain involved in the political fray through other means. “I am done with being a candidate,” she told CBS’ Jane Pauley.

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad appears to be winning the war against those who sought his overthrow, but he will preside over a ruined country with an economy in tatters.

At least 18 Egyptian policemen were killed and three injured on Monday in an attack claimed by Islamic State on a security convoy in the Sinai Peninsula, which is gripped by an insurgency.

Canada has deported hundreds of people to countries designated too dangerous for civilians, with more than half of those people being sent back to Iraq, according to government data obtained by Reuters.

BBC

The security operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar “seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, the UN human rights chief said. More than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted there late last month.

The Iraqi authorities are holding more than 1,300 foreign family members of suspected Islamic State militants at a displaced people’s camp south of Mosul, officials and aid workers said. The women and children, from at least 13 countries, mostly fled Tal Afar as troops recaptured the city last month.

The international Cassini probe at Saturn will execute the course correction on Monday that will put it on a path to destruction. The spacecraft is set to fly close to the giant moon Titan – an encounter that will bend its trajectory just enough to send it into the atmosphere of the ringed planet on Friday.

Landholders and ecologists in Australia are warning wild kangaroo levels have become unsustainable, urging Australians to eat more kangaroo meat. Government figures show there were almost 45 million kangaroos in 2016, which is almost double the human population of Australia.

WND

President Donald Trump observed the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks Monday, his first presidential remembrance of the attack that killed nearly 3,000 Americans. The president, joined by the First Lady, called the occasion “extraordinary.”

A Stanford University study showing that artificial intelligence (AI) can accurately guess whether people are gay or straight based on their faces has sparked a swift backlash from LGBT rights activists who fear this kind of technology could be used to harm queer people.


News – 9/11/2017

Changing a flower’s color with the CRISPR gene-editing tool
It often takes years of careful cross-breeding for horticulturalists to turn flowers certain colors, but scientists can dig right in and change them at a genetic level much faster. Using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool, scientists have changed the flowers of the Japanese morning glory from its usual violet color to a pure white, by disrupting a single gene.

Can AI detect homosexuality from a facial image? And should it?
A study published late last week from two Stanford researchers has caused shockwaves around the world. The duo reportedly developed a neural network that could detect the sexual orientation of a person just by studying a single facial image. The startling degree of accuracy achieved by the algorithm has been questioned by some and accused as dangerous by others.

Report: Syrian army controls entire Damascus-Deir al-Zor highway
Syrian government forces seized a final stretch of highway linking the eastern city of Deir al-Zor to the capital Damascus on Sunday in further advances against Islamic State, a Hezbollah-run media unit reported. The rapid government advances, accompanied by Russian air strikes, are squeezing Islamic State in its last major Syria stronghold, as US-backed forces separately oust the jihadists from areas they hold to the east, on the other side of the Euphrates river.

Did the Saudi Crown Prince make a covert visit to Israel?
Rumors about the momentous visit, which was not confirmed by Israel, started swirling when Israel Radio’s diplomatic correspondent covering Arab affairs, Simon Aran, took to Twitter to announce the visit. Aran tweeted that a senior Arab figure from the Gulf region paid a visit to Tel Aviv last week, stirring immense interest in the Arab media.

Who: Over 500 dead as Congo cholera epidemic spreads
Outbreaks of the water-borne disease occur regularly in Congo, mainly due to poor sanitation and a lack of access to clean drinking water. But this year’s epidemic, which has already hit at least 10 urban areas including the capital Kinshasa, is particularly worrying as it comes as about 1.4 million people have been displaced by violence in the central Kasai region.

MAJOR SOLAR FLARE AND RADIATION STORM
Departing sunspot AR2673 erupted again on Sept.10th (1606 UT), producing a major X8-class solar flare. Protons accelerated toward Earth by the explosion are swarming around our planet now, causing a moderately strong solar radiation storm.

North Korean Defector Claims Kim Jong-Un’s Days Are Numbered
“Kim Jong Un is mistaken that he can control his people and maintain his regime by executing his enemies. There’s fear among high officials that at any time, they can be targets. The general public will continue to lose their trust in him as a leader by witnessing him being willing to kill his own uncle.”

Fatah Official: Abbas to Ask UN General Assembly to Determine Borders of Palestinian State
Fatah chief and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to call on the UN General Assembly to determine Palestinian state borders when it convenes in two weeks, according to Dalal Salama, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee.

Hillary gone wild! Whole world becomes her scapegoat
Twice-failed presidential hopeful trots out long list of people to blame for big failure. And when she lost, someone – anyone – had to be blamed. Anyone but Hillary Clinton, of course.

5.6M without power as Hurricane Irma batters Florida
The number of people left without power in Florida increased to 5.6 million overnight as Hurricane Irma downed trees and flooded streets throughout the entirety of the peninsula, state officials said Monday.

Israel’s south Lebanon flyover ‘a direct threat,’ says Lebanese official
The Israeli Air Force flyover near the city of Sidon was a “direct threat” aimed at Lebanon, speaker of parliament Nabih Berri said on Monday, according to Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Akhbar. On Sunday Israeli jets flew low over the city of Saida, near Sidon and the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in south Lebanon, causing sonic booms and damage to buildings.

Italy flooding kills six people in Livorno
At least six people have been killed after heavy rainstorms and flooding in the Italian city of Livorno. Four members of a family were killed when their basement apartment flooded. Italian newspaper Il Tirreno reports that two parents and their son died. One girl was rescued by her grandfather, but he died when he returned to attempt for his other family members, the newspaper said.

Iraqi Kurds ‘prepared to draw own borders’, Barzani warns Baghdad
The president of Iraqi Kurdistan has signalled it will draw the borders of a future Kurdish state if Baghdad does not accept a vote for independence in a referendum due later this month. Massoud Barzani told the BBC he wanted to reach an agreement with the central government if Kurds opted to secede. Iraq’s prime minister has rejected the referendum as unconstitutional.

China’s underground churches head for cover as crackdown closes in
The church he attends every week, housed in a flat in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, used to have a door plate bearing its name, a cross on the front wall and rows of chairs in the living room. But in November last year, worshippers decided to remove the door plate and the cross, and replaced the chairs with a couch. “We are trying to look more like a family that are here to chat and drink tea so no one will report us to the police,” Enoch said.

Hurricane Irma pounds Florida; extent of damage not yet clear
Hurricane Irma pounded heavily populated areas of central Florida on Monday as it carved through the state with high winds, storm surges and torrential rains that left millions without power, ripped roofs off homes and flooded city streets. Irma, once ranked as one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic, came ashore in Florida on Sunday and battered towns as it worked its way up the state.

Israel and China sign $300 million ‘clean-tech’ trade agreement
Israel and China have signed a $300 million trade agreement meant to boost the export of Israeli environmental-friendly energy and agricultural technologies to China, Israel’s Finance Ministry said on Monday. Foreign Minister Moshe Kahlon was in Beijing to sign the “clean-tech” deal which builds on past agreements, the ministry said in a statement.

The Biggest Story In America That No One Is Talking About – Its Devastation Has Been Horrifying Update: It’s being reported that all the fires in Montana have burned a combined 1,000,000 acres.

Yes, This Is A Real CNBC Article On “Economics”
This trash is clearly being sold so that idiots can cite a study that says a universal basic income is a good thing. The chorus grows in the media, training the sheep how to sing their song of ignorance. Baaa if you support a universal basic income!

George Soros And The Politics Of Hope And Hate
“Once again, useful idiots are being manipulated within a much larger global geopolitical/geo-personal context. “

Australians face coldest night in 45 years…
IF you thought winter was over, you might want to think again because spring isn’t quite ready to officially take over just yet. Temperatures across NSW plummeted yesterday with residents in the inland town of Goulburn shivering through the coldest September night in 45 years, with a chilly -5C

BOOM: Passage of Taylor Force Act will cut American aid to the ‘Palestinians’ until they stop paying Muslim terrorists salaries for killing Jews in Israel
Taylor Force Act, which cuts U.S. aid to PA until it stops paying terrorists, attached to the 2018 Foreign Operations budget in the Senate.

WATCH: Lou Dobbs Exposes Obama’s Treason On National Television
…Dobbs has found himself talking more and more about the way Obama and his merry men will do anything to disrupt President Trump. He really brought the point home on his show when he said, “Barack Obama, who many claim will be creating a shadow government to frustrate the policy goals of this administration, we’re looking at something that’s coming very close to, it seems to me, sedition.”

WATCH: CIA Agent Breaks Silence and Blows the Whistle to Reveal Obama’s Real
…Donald Trump’s presidency so far has shone a light on the White House’s war with the deep state. One former member of the intelligence community has spilled the beans about the Obama administration’s cooperation with the deep state.  Former CIA analyst, and retired U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, Tony Shaffer, told Fox News back in February that the Obama administration was behind the public leaks of Lt. General Mike Flynn’s phone calls with Russian officials.


Apocalyptic September? Here Is A List Of 27 Major Disasters That Have Already Happened So Far This Month

Two major hurricanes, unprecedented earthquake swarms and wildfires roaring out of control all over the northwest United States – what else will go wrong next?  When I originally pointed to the month of September as a critical time, I had no idea that we would see so many catastrophic natural disasters during this time frame as well.  Hurricane Harvey just broke the all-time record for rainfall in the continental United States, Hurricane Irma is so immensely powerful that it has been called “a lawnmower from the sky”, vast stretches of our country out west are literally being consumed by fire, and the magnitude-8.2 earthquake that just hit Mexico was completely unexpected.  As I have stated so many times before, our planet is becoming increasingly unstable, but most people simply do not understand what is happening. (Read More…)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 11, 2017

The Cleveland Browns — Getting It Right?

After controversial national anthem shenanigans, the team showed class before yesterday’s game.

The Foundation

“We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it.” —George Washington (1785)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 11

  • U.S. Index Futures Rise as Irma Weakens, Korea Tensions Ease (Read More)
  • Irma Weakens as It Heads Past Tampa, Cutting Damage Forecast (Read More)
  • As Hurricane Irma heads toward Florida, U.S. military launches amphibious relief efforts in the Caribbean (Read More)
  • Oil weakens on fears Irma could dent U.S. demand (Read More)
  • ‘People are roaming like zombies.’ Virgin Islands stagger after storm passes (Read More)
  • Republicans could lose U.S. House in 2018 over immigration fight: Bannon (Read More)
  • Inside the Government Program That Pays to Rebuild Neighborhoods After a Storm (Read More)
  • Equifax Customer Complaints Keep Piling Up (Read More)
  • Hyundai Motor, Kia to temporarily shut down U.S. plants due to Irma (Read More)
  • Trump Debt Limit Deal Undermines GOP Trust on Tax Overhaul (Read More)
  • China Pulls Back on Measures Aimed at Bolstering Currency (Read More)
  • U.S. Waters Down North Korea Sanctions Draft Before Vote (Read More)
  • Brazil police raid billionaire’s home amid scandal (Read More)
  • Goldman Sees Spent Harvey Hurting Oil Use More Than Raging Irma (Read More)
  • The New Corporate Recruitment Pool: Workers in Dead-End Jobs (Read More)
  • General Atlantic hires ex-AXA boss Henri de Castries (Read More)
  • China court releases video of Taiwanese activist confessing to subversion (Read More)
  • Haley’s UN Brinkmanship Comes With Advice by Long-Time Pollster (Read More)
  • China’s big money trumps U.S. influence in Cambodia (Read More)
  • Your Next Phone Will Probably Cost You $1,000 (Read More)
  • London Retains Its Crown as World’s Top Financial Center (Read More)
  • The Smell of Diesel Will Linger in Frankfurt This Week (Read More)

Headlines – 9/11/2017

Arab League forms committee to foil Israeli bid for UNSC membership

‘Dimona reactor helped ensure Israel would never be destroyed’

‘Anti-Semitic’ robbers target Jewish family near Paris

Netanyahu Flies to Latin America on Historic First Visit by Serving Israeli PM

Russia urges dialogue to solve Gulf crisis

Iraq holding 1,400 foreign wives, children of suspected ISIS fighters

Iraqi Kurds ‘prepared to draw own borders’, Barzani warns Baghdad

Migrant death toll rises after clampdown on east European borders

Tony Blair defends call for EU migration curbs

British trade union conference evacuated over bomb threat

Top IDF brass tells US Israel can’t handle Iran alone

U.S. denies Iran report of confrontation with U.S. vessel

Bannon: Don’t bet on Trump to certify Iran nuke deal in October

North Korea nukes came with help from Iran or Russia

John McCain: Redeploying nuclear weapons in South Korea should be ‘seriously considered’

Merkel reiterates Iran deal should be model for solving North Korea crisis

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un fetes nuclear scientists, holds celebration bash

Trump readies for first Sept. 11 commemoration as president

NFL opening weekend sees more Star-Spangled Banner protests

Mueller’s criminal investigators focus on Trump’s tangled financial ties with Russians

Congress struggles to explain to voters combo vote to spend billions more, raise debt ceiling

Slightly injured pope ends Colombia tour with unity appeal

Post-Brexit customs checks could cost 4 billion pounds a year, study says

China looks at plans to ban petrol and diesel cars

Is the flying car ready for takeoff?

For this company, online surveillance leads to profit in Washington’s suburbs

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits the Reykjanes Ridge

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Trump approves emergency federal aid for Florida as Irma weakens

Irma’s powerful eyewall batters Lower Keys as Cat 4 hurricane

Irma inundates Naples area with storm surge after second Florida landfall

How Hurricane Irma Is Sucking Florida’s Beaches Dry

2 huge cranes atop Miami high-rises collapse in Irma’s winds; 3rd crane falls in Fort Lauderdale

Georgia declares state of emergency in all counties ahead of Irma

Twitter Freaks Out At Atlanta’s First Tropical Storm Warning

Violence Erupts on Desperate Caribbean Islands: ‘All the Food Is Gone’

‘People are roaming like zombies.’ Virgin Islands stagger after storm passes.

Houston residents confront officials over decision to flood neighborhoods

Gay people to blame for Hurricane Harvey, says US Pastor

At least six people killed as torrential rain causes flooding in Italy

Australia’s worst flu season on record creates a new problem

Princeton Economist: Nearly Half of U.S. Men Who Dropped Out of Workforce on Opioid Painkillers

GP probed for giving child, 12, gender-change hormones

Australia gay marriage rally draws record crowd ahead of postal vote

Worshippers stabbed after knifeman bursts into Birmingham church

Dalai Lama calls for century of peace during Northern Ireland visit

Gary DeMar – Are These Hurricanes and Earthquakes God’s End Time Judgment?

Kat Kerr Moves Goalposts not Hurricanes

The Passion Translation: The New Apostate Reformation Version

God Speaks Through AC/DC’s Money Talks? – The Pointe Church Fort Wayne, Indiana

Discovery of Ancient Human-Like Footprints Challenges Evolutionary Narrative

China Tightens Regulation of Religion to ‘Block Extremism’


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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August 30, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump’s plan to boost the economy with millions of jobs rebuilding roads, bridges and ports has a snag, the construction industry says: There aren’t nearly enough skilled workers to fill them.

China’s foreign minister said Wednesday he hopes India can “learn lessons” from a recently resolved border standoff and avoid such occurrences in the future, as the leaders of the two Asian giants prepare to meet next week for a summit in southeastern China.

Aviation regulators imposed a prohibition on hobbyist drones and other civilian aircraft flying in the area affected by Tropical Storm Harvey after concerns were raised about potential interference of rescue efforts.

A Washington state paper maker is asking the U.S. government to impose duties on Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper, used in everything from newsprint to book publishing. North Pacific Paper Co., or Norpac, alleges Canadian imports are subsidized and are increasingly taking market share from domestic producers

The University of Tampa has fired a visiting assistant professor who suggested in a tweet that Hurricane Harvey’s destruction is “instant karma” for Texas because it voted Republican.

U.S. second-quarter growth was revised upward to the fastest pace in two years on stronger household spending and a bigger gain in business investment, putting the economy on a stronger track. Gross domestic product rose at a 3% annualized rate from prior quarter (est. 2.7%); revised from initial estimate of 2.6%.

Southwest Airlines Co. quietly took delivery of its first Boeing Co. 737 Max jetliner, canceling an employee celebration in Dallas to mark the milestone because of the devastation in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey.

AP Top Stories The Trump administration has not decided whether it will accept aid from Mexico to help victims of the hurricane that has devastated swaths of Texas and overwhelmed emergency responders.

Rogue alligators have been cropping up in backyards and driveways around Texas due to the rising flood waters brought by Hurricane Harvey. But a greater gator problem may soon face the city of Beaumont if water levels continue to rise. A popular alligator theme park says that flood waters are dangerously close to exceeding the height of fences that are keeping hundreds of the reptiles inside their enclosures.

A multi-racial coalition of faith, student and community activists began a planned march on Monday from Charlottesville, Virginia, to the nation’s capital in response to what they called President Donald Trump’s failure to confront the white supremacy on display at a violent rally in the Virginia city earlier this month.

A vital dam in suburban Houston that protects the central city began overspilling on Tuesday, and officials said the rainfall from Harvey is so unprecedented they do not know what the impact on surrounding communities will be.

The U.S.-led coalition said Wednesday it is monitoring a convoy of IS militants that evacuated the Lebanon border headed toward eastern Syria under a controversial agreement brokered by Hezbollah and may strike at them.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says his country will “fully and completely” abide by U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions on North Korea. Wang told reporters Wednesday China would work with other members of the council on how best to react to North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday. He says, “We will make a necessary response.”

North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan could increase pressure on Washington to consider shooting down future test launches, although there is no guarantee of success and U.S. officials are wary of a dangerous escalation with Pyongyang.

A suicide bombing in a busy commercial area in Kabul near a string of banks and not far from the U.S. Embassy killed at least five people on Tuesday, Afghan officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

A fast-moving wildfire destroyed several homes and forced the evacuation of residents in Northern California on Tuesday, local media and fire officials said. The fire burned 1,000 acres in Butte County.

More than 100 members of Muslim Youth USA, and 40 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, passed out food, water, and other supplies in Houston, according to organizers.

BBC

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said that transgender people already in the military will continue to be allowed to serve pending a study on President Donald Trump’s proposed ban.

At least 60 children, including 31 infants, have died in the last three days at a hospital in northern India. It is the same hospital where more than 100 children died earlier in August amid allegations that the oxygen supply had been cut over unpaid bills. Officials said the latest deaths were due to diseases and not because of a shortage of oxygen.

Iraqi forces are facing fierce resistance in a small town where Islamic State militants who fled the city of Tal Afar have taken refuge.

WND

A statue of celebrated explorer Christopher Columbus was found beheaded in a Yonkers park.

Longtime televangelist Jim Bakker has created a furor by predicting a “civil war” in the United States if President Trump were to be impeached. Some Democrats are pursuing that goal, even though impeachment and conviction likely would require the party retaking the House and the Senate.


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Top News – 8/30/2017

Time for Trump to Follow Footsteps of Cyrus the Great
Indeed, twice in the opening verses, Cyrus is quoted as referring to “Jerusalem, which is in Judah,” as if to stress that the most powerful man in the world at the time was recognizing to whom the city truly belonged. Even now, thousands of years later, the Persian king is still held in high regard in the annals of the Jewish people. With a stroke of his pen, Trump can add his name to the pantheon of Jewish heroes by conferring US recognition upon Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state and moving its embassy accordingly.

Tropical Storm Harvey takes aim at New Orleans 12 years after Hurricane Katrina
Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall again early Wednesday, this time hitting Louisiana — and potentially putting New Orleans in the path of yet another devastating storm, just 12 years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city.

Minister Ariel: “All Israelis Should Visit Temple Mount”
All Israelis should visit the Temple Mount, Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, who served as the first head of the Beit El Regional Council during the 1980s, said Tuesday evening, following a “trial” earlier in the day during which police allowed sitting MKs to visit the holy site for the first time since 2015.

Berkeley Mayor Says Antifa Should Be Classified as a Gang
A day after far-left Antifa extremists violently attacked Trump supporters and conservatives in Berkeley, the mayor called for designating the group as a gang.

Abbas Tells Trump He Won’t Stop Giving American Money to Terrorists
The Arabic-language newspaper Al-Quds reported that Abbas’ response was to “inform Kushner that he would never stop paying these salaries until his dying day, even if this cost him the presidency.”

Juncker’s mysterious sixth scenario for future of Europe after Brexit: ‘It will save EU’
In an apparent act of brinkmanship, he refused to disclose precisely what this sixth option was – seemingly in retaliation to David Davis and the UK Brexit team’s reluctance to “show its hand” in previous Brexit talks.

Guterres in Ramallah: We’ll do everything to realize two-state solution
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on his first visit to the Palestinian territories since taking office in January, embraced a two-state solution on Tuesday… “I want to express very strongly the total commitment of the United Nations [and] my personal total commitment to do everything for a two-state solution to materialize,” Guterres told a joint press conference in Ramallah, alongside Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

North Korea: ‘Japan missile was first step in Pacific operation’
North Korea says its firing of a missile over Japan was “the first step” of military operations in the Pacific, signalling plans for more launches. State media also repeated threats to the US Pacific island of Guam, which it called “an advanced base of invasion”. The missile launched on Tuesday crossed Japan’s northern Hokkaido island, triggering public alerts to take cover, before landing in the sea.

India floods: Toddlers killed in Mumbai rains
Monsoon rains have killed at least five people, including two toddlers, in Mumbai as India’s financial capital ground to a halt under flooding. Roads were hit by waist-deep flooding, flights cancelled and train services suspended, stranding tens of thousands. More rain is expected but the situation has improved for now, the BBC’s Suranjana Tewari says. The rains in Mumbai follow devastating floods across a swathe of South Asia, which have killed more than 1,200.

Houston floods: Night curfew bid to stop robbery and looting
The US city of Houston is under a night-time curfew as it battles the impact of Hurricane Harvey. The storm has dumped record rainfall, leaving large parts of the Texas city underwater, homes destroyed and more than 20 people reported dead. Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said the curfew was needed to head off looting.

US tests ‘most dangerous nuclear weapon ever produced’ amid North Korea row
THE United States has carried out a second test of a bomb, described as the most dangerous nuclear weapon ever produced, as tensions with North Korea escalate. US authorities confirmed the test was successful and the B61-12 gravity bomb is expected to go into production within three years. The B61-12 gravity bombs were ‘inert’ but they were dropped from F-15E fighter jets at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada on August 8, the National Nuclear Security Administration said.

Earthquake strikes Guam hours after Kim Jong-un promises to target a US military base on the island
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck Guam just a day after Kim Jong-un promised to target a US military base on the island. The US Geological Survey says the earthquake hit at 8am on Wednesday and that the epicenter was 51.7 miles (83.4km) southeast of Inarajan Village, a community of about 2,300 people. The earthquake had a depth of 6 miles (10km) and comes amid a period of intense hostility on the Korean peninsula.

Nearly 3-mile wide asteroid to pass close by Earth Sept. 1
A large rock will fly past Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of 4.4 million miles (7 million kilometers). Asteroid 3122 Florence, named after modern nursing founder Florence Nightingale, is the largest object to make a close-encounter since NASA began tracking near-Earth objects (NEO) in the 1990s.

Israel’s ambassador returns to Egypt after 8 months away
Israel’s ambassador to Egypt has returned to his post, eight months after he and his small staff returned home because of unspecified security threats. Cairo airport officials say the ambassador, David Govrin, flew back to Cairo on Tuesday with eight staff members. The ambassador and his staff are expected to resume work from the envoy’s suburban Cairo home.

Harvey makes landfall again, Texas death toll mounts from record floods
Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall again on Wednesday near the Texas-Louisiana border, adding more rain after a record downpour that has caused catastrophic flooding and paralyzed the city of Houston. The storm that first came ashore on Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years has killed at least 17 people and forced tens of thousands to leave their deluged homes.

Why Google Made The NSA
“The origins trace back to a secret Pentagon-sponsored group, that for the last two decades has functioned as a bridge between the US government and elites…The results have been catastrophic: NSA mass surveillance, a permanent state of global war, and a new initiative to transform the US military into Skynet.”

Hurricane Harvey Likely To Destroy More Cars Than Katrina: “This Is Bad; Real Bad”
Hurricane Harvey’s historic flooding in Texas is set to wreak havoc on the auto industry and its insurers with analysts now predicting the storm could damage more vehicles than Hurricane Katrina.

Calfornia closer to allowing third gender on state IDs
California could become the U.S. state with the most fluid definition of gender on its official state IDs if a bill making its way through the legislature becomes law. The California Senate has already passed SB179, which would introduce a third gender option for state identification. Currently, driver’s licenses and other forms of official identification only contain options for male or female. The bill would allow a third option, which would likely be ‘X,’ according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

DNC Forced In Court To Admit that they Purposely Rigged the 2016 Primary Elect
Bernie Sanders supporters worst nightmare came true when the DNC had to admit in a court of law that they did rig the election and were shocked to find out they felt they had the right!

ACORN Sues California To Allow More Illegals To Vote
An ACORN offshoot and other left-wing pressure groups are suing California in federal court because the state hasn’t made it easy enough for Democrats to flood voter rolls with illegal aliens and foreign nationals who aren’t legally eligible to vote. Throughout the years Mickey Mouse, Mary Poppins, and celebrities living and dead were registered to vote because now-defunct ACORN and its allied groups were allowed to pollute the voter rolls.

Joel Osteen’s Houston Megachurch To House Displaced When ‘Shelters Reach Capacity’
After receiving heavy criticism for keeping its doors closed while thousands remained without shelter, Pastor Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch will open its doors on Tuesday to residents who have been displaced by the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Mid-Day Snapshot

Aug. 30, 2017

Ivy League Profs to Students: ‘Think for Yourself’

An open letter from 15 professors encourages students to refrain from “the vice of conformism.”

The Foundation

“For I agree with you that there is a natural aristocracy among men.” —Thomas Jefferson (1813)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: August 30

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Top Headlines – 8/30/2017

UN Secretary-General Guterres reaffirms ‘total commitment’ to two-state solution – There is no plan B

Obama’s Israel Ambassador: The Two-State Solution Remains the Best Option, But We Need to Plan in Case It Fails

Palestinian Authority: US asked for 3-4 months to prepare its peace plan

French president plans Mideast trip to push peace process next spring

PM Netanyahu Tells UN’s Guterres to Stop Illegal UN Construction in Jerusalem

UN Chief Wrangles With Netanyahu Over Demolishing Settlements

Abbas spokesman says Netanyahu’s comments ‘hinder peace efforts’

White House unfazed by Netanyahu pledge not to evacuate settlements

Arab League chief condemns PM’s pledge to not evacuate settlements

Palestinians, NGOs file objection that could delay new settlement

Liberman slams illegal outposts as ‘sabotaging settlement movement’

‘The vision – one million residents in Judea and Samaria’

After Inciting Over Temple Mount, Erdogan Says Rising Tensions No Good for Israel, Palestinians

Jewish MKs make first Temple Mount visit since 2015

Jordan blasts MKs for visiting Temple Mount

UN chief said to meet families of Palestinian terrorists in Ramallah

Why Palestinian Payments to Convicted Militants Are Likely to Continue, No Matter What Congress Does

At Yad Vashem, UN Chief Vows to Fight Antisemitism ‘in All Its Expressions’

Hungarian monument to Jewish Holocaust victims smashed

Netanyahu ally denies Putin rejected request to shackle Iran

Iran dismisses US ‘dream’ of military site inspections

Head of Military Intelligence: Hezbollah is tightening grip on Lebanon

“Gates of Hell”: Iraqi army says fighting near Tal Afar worse than Mosul

Europe begins to appreciate the reality of Islamic terrorism

Kim Jong Un called missile launch ‘meaningful prelude’ to containing Guam, North Korea says

Trump: ‘All options on the table’ after North Korea missile launch

North Korean leader urges more missile launches targeting Pacific

North Korea’s antique airplane could be its most dangerous weapon yet

Dollar rebounds, Asia stocks gain as North Korea missile test fears recede

Gold Spike: When bad news is good news

Russia seeks to reassure over war games, denies invasion plans

Russia Says War Games Are ‘Purely Defensive’

How America Helped Make Vladimir Putin Dictator for Life

FBI shuts down request for files on Hillary Clinton by citing lack of public interest

A really big asteroid is about to pass Earth

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Namuac, Philippines

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Poas volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 11,000ft

Harvey may be one of the costliest storms in U.S. history

“Unprecedented” Hurricane Harvey Is “One Of The Worst Disasters In US History”

Texas flood disaster: Harvey has unloaded 9 trillion gallons of water

As Harvey breaks rainfall record, Houston imposes a curfew and death toll climbs to 18

Catastrophic levee failure may occur in Texas amid Harvey’s relentless rain

Houston says bridges, roads starting to fail under stress of flooding

Crippled Houston watches dams, levees; forecast offers hope

‘We never thought this area would flood’: Neighbors race to evacuate as Houston reservoirs spill over

Pentagon says up to 30,000 National Guard troops prepared to assist in response to Harvey

Reporter slammed on social media for alerting the police to ‘looters’

Texas deploys entire National Guard ahead of Harvey’s third US landfall

Epic Floods – Not Just In Texas – Are A Challenge For Aid Groups

Chris Christie: Harvey aid should ‘not be held political hostage like Sandy aid’

Most of Houston Jewish community hard-hit by Harvey flooding

Bennett urges Israelis to help Jews in flood-hit Houston

Hurricane Harvey Likely To Destroy More Cars Than Katrina: “This Is Bad; Real Bad”

Harvey’s Effects on Fuel Network Hit U.S. Motorists as Gas Prices Rise

Harvey blamed on climate change despite drought from hurricane strikes

Ann Coulter: “I don’t believe Hurricane Harvey is God’s punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than ‘climate change.'”

Storm that almost became Irma soaks NYC; Harvey remnants arrive by Sunday

Six die in rains lashing India’s business hub, more downpours forecast

Italy drought: Rome forced to cut water pressure at night

Chile leader sends gay marriage bill to congress

Israel reverses opposition to same-sex couples adopting children

Australian Psychologists Push Teaching Gay Marriage Support, Gender Transition for Young Kids

People are outraged over this new Australian anti-marriage equality ad

Canada Minister Hussen announces major step forward in gender equality by making changes to passports and immigration documents

Mattis freezes transgender policy; allows troops to continue serving, pending study

Anthony Wade – The Banal, Platitudinal Storm Known as Hurricane Osteen

Joel McDurmon – Franklin Graham, school prayer, and godless socialism

False Teacher Christian Harfouche – An Apostles Empire

Joel Osteen’s words versus Hurricane Harvey’s winds…

A Lesson From Korea About Gospel Power

University of Tampa professor fired for saying Texans deserve hurricane for voting Trump

Small Churches That Evangelize, Share the Gospel With Non-Believers Retain Most Converts: LifeWay

Jordanian Believers Providing Safe Haven for Refugees

Mike Ratliff – Scripture Twisting

Joel Osteen’s Houston Megachurch Blasted For Closing As Thousands Are Displaced

Former 700 Club producer: “I knew where the line was. But that didn’t stop us.”

Destiny Church co-leader Hannah Tamaki has once again splashed out on a new Mercedes-Benz – this time it’s a 577-horsepower twin-turbo V8 beast

Paramilitary Christian Sect Quietly Operated in New Mexico

The Vatican Still Upholds Over 100 Curses Against Those Who Fight Against Their False Teachings

Widow of Late Kentucky Pastor Found Murdered in Church’s Fellowship Hall

Egypt Closes Church Over Muslim Extremist Opposition, Blocks Worship at Another

“My church practices the ‘Sinner’s Prayer’”

Jen Hatmaker’s Revision of the Truth

Taizé Worship – Growing in Popularity, But Roots Are in Mystical Monasticism

Ex Members of Military Style Christian Sect Recall Beatings, Abuse

‘Churches’ Nationwide Host Viewing Parties for Mayweather v. McGregor Fight

California Could Start Jailing People Who Don’t Use Transgender Pronouns

US Pastor Andrew Brunson Faces New Charges of Attempting to Overthrow Turkish Gov’t

Iranian refugees turn to Christianity in the Netherlands

 


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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August 26-27, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Abbas to meet Erdogan in Ankara Tuesday
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet in Ankara on Tuesday to discuss Palestinian reconciliation, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced. Fatah, Abbas’s party, and Hamas have been at loggerheads since 2007 when Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in a coup d’etat and ousted the Fatah-dominated PA from the territory.

UN gives Gaza $2.5m. in humanitarian aid for water and fuel crisis
The United Nations has provided the Gaza Strip with $2.5 million in humanitarian aid to help with its water, electricity and fuel crisis. The funds come as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas threatens to gradually cut funding to Gaza if Hamas does not allow Fatah to return to the Strip.

Top US congressman: Time to think beyond two-state solution
Some basic assumptions that have governed Middle East diplomacy over the last quarter century — such as the need for a Palestinian state in the West Bank — are being questioned by more and more people in Congress…“My view is that some of the assumptions that we have all operated under for a long time – that there has to be a two-state solution…those assumptions are now being questioned,” said [Rep. Mac] Thornberry [(R-Texas)].

King of Spain joins Barcelona march of defiance against terrorism
Hundreds of thousands of people in Barcelona have marched against militant Islamists who left 15 people dead in and around the city last week. King Felipe VI joined the demonstrators, alongside Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The king is the first Spanish sovereign to join a march since the monarchy was re-established in the 1970s.

Ceasefire with ‘Islamic State’ on Syria-Lebanon border
A ceasefire has been declared in offensives against so-called Islamic State on the Syria-Lebanon border. The militants have been fighting the Lebanese army on one front, and Hezbollah with the Syrian army on the other. Lebanon’s army said the pause in operations would enable talks over the fate of kidnapped soldiers.

Harvey: Fears grow over severe flooding risk
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has warned that severe flooding is his main worry as the rains from Tropical Storm Harvey continue to lash the state. Mr Abbott said the cities of Houston and Corpus Christi had already received as much as 20in (50cm) of rain. He said another 40in of rain could be due before the storm subsides midweek.

Venezuela to stage war games in warning to Trump
Venezuela kicks off two days of military drills on Saturday in response to US President Donald Trump’s threat of military action and newly announced sanctions on the crisis-stricken nation. Trump warned on August 11 that the United States was mulling a range of options against Venezuela, “including a possible military option if necessary.”

As Britain cracks down on weapons, criminals turn to acid attacks
Jabed Hussain said he was really lucky. The delivery driver was one of the latest victims in an alarming surge of acid attacks in Britain. He was still trembling when he said, “But they didn’t get my face. They didn’t ruin me.” Attacks by people throwing acid at their victims has tripled in the past three years in Britain, stoking fears that almost anyone can be the victim…

Purchase finalized for 17 more F-35 stealth fighter jets
This past weekend saw the completion of a deal to purchase 17 more F-35 (“Adir”) jets for the Israeli Air Force, bringing Israel’s total to 50 F-35s set to enter into service in two squadrons. The Ministry of Defense’s acquisition team signed the agreement in the United States with director of the US government’s JSF program, making use of the option to purchase 17 more jets…

Storm Pakhar hits Hong Kong and Macau days after deadly Hato
Tropical storm Pakhar brought strong winds and heavy rain to Hong Kong and Macau on Sunday, just four days after one of the strongest typhoons on record, Hato, caused serious flooding and damage in the territories and killed at least 10 people in the gaming hub. The two cities lowered their typhoon signal to No.3 in the early afternoon, after Pakhar brushed passed and landed in the southern Chinese city of Taishan in the morning.

Hundreds of Russians protest tighter internet controls
About 1,000 Russians braved pouring rain in Moscow on Saturday to demonstrate against the government’s moves to tighten controls on internet use, with police arresting about a dozen protesters.

Buckingham Palace knifeman had 4ft sword and shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’, police reveal
The man arrested outside Buckingham Palace drove at police before lunging for a 4ft sword and repeatedly shouting “Allahu Akbar”. The 26-year-old man from Luton was wrestled to the ground by unarmed police who had to use CS gas to incapacitate him.

Congress Quietly Passed A Bill Allowing Warrantless Searches of Homes – Only 1% Opposed It
One of the most important things to remember about this legislation is that it was ignored by the media, and while it may only affect the Washington D.C. metro area now, it could be laying the blueprint for future legislation across the country.

Catholic school removes Jesus statues to be ‘more inclusive’
Parents of students at a Catholic school in the San Francisco Bay area are protesting the board’s decision to remove and relocate more than 160 statues of Jesus, Mary and historic church figures from the campus in an effort to make the school more “inclusive.”

Germany Bans ‘Extremist AntiFa’ Website For “Legitimizing Violence Against Cops”
“…the site tried to legitimize violence against police officers …in an expression of an attitude that tramples human dignity…. This is absolutelyunacceptable and incompatible with our liberal democratic order…”

IT’S ON: Christian Group Sues SPLC and Amazon Over ‘Hate Group’ Designation
On Tuesday, D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM) filed a lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the charity navigation organization GuideStar, and Amazon, for defamation, religious discrimination, and trafficking in falsehood. The SPLC listed DJKM as a “hate group,” while GuideStar also categorized it in those terms, and Amazon kept the ministry off of its charity donation program, Amazon Smile.

IDF maintains readiness as soldiers drill for urban combat in Gaza
As Israel’s enemies continue to build up their arsenals, hundreds of Golani soldiers participated in a large scale exercise on Wednesday simulating urban combat in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Soldiers from Golani’s 12th battalion began the two-day drill with an overnight march from the northern city of Meitav to their destination of Harish some 30 kilometers away late Tuesday night.

Haley demands UNIFIL changes, levels harsh criticism against commander
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley leveled harsh criticism on Friday at Irish Major General Michael Beary, the commander of United Nations forces in Lebanon, accusing him of turning a blind eye to Iran’s covert arming of the Hezbollah militant group. “General Beary says there are no Hezbollah weapons,” she said. “That’s an embarrassing lack of understanding on what’s going on around him.”

North Korea fires three missiles into sea
North Korea has fired three short-range ballistic missiles, the US military says. They were launched from a site in the North Korean province of Gangwon and flew for about 250km (150 miles), officials in South Korea said. Since firing an intercontinental ballistic weapon last month, Pyongyang has threatened to aim missiles at the US Pacific territory of Guam.

Brussels attack: Man shot after stabbing soldier
A man has been shot dead after attacking soldiers with a machete in Brussels, in what prosecutors are treating as a terror attack. The Somali attacker, aged 30, died in hospital. One of the soldiers suffered a hand injury. Photographs show the street cordoned off with police and troops in the area.

Venezuela says US sanctions will lead to halt in oil exports
Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has said that a preliminary analysis shows that new financial sanctions imposed by the United States will lead to a halt in oil exports to the US. President Trump’s order bans trade in Venezuelan debt and blocks its state oil firm from selling bonds in the US. Mr Maduro went on national television to denounce the US sanctions as an illegal act of aggression.

Hurricane Harvey’s high winds make landfall in Texas
Hurricane Harvey has slammed into Texas with winds of up to 130mph (215 km/h) battering coastal areas. The storm, which has even stronger gusts, is the most powerful to hit the US mainland for 12 years. Up to 40in (1m) of rain is expected to fall. President Donald Trump has signed a disaster proclamation for the state, which will free up federal aid for the worst-affected areas.

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster issues executive order cutting off state, local money from abortion clinics
Triggering praise, criticism and some confusion, Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Friday cutting off all public funding to health care providers affiliated with abortion clinics in South Carolina. In the order, he also directed the South Carolina Medicaid agency to seek permission from the federal government to exclude abortion clinics from the state’s Medicaid provider network.

Elon Musk’s Neuralink Gets $27 Million to Build Brain Computers
Neuralink Corp., the startup co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has taken steps to sell as much as $100 million in stock to fund the development of technology that connects human brains with computers. The San Francisco-based company has already gotten $27 million in funding…Musk said via Twitter on Friday that Neuralink isn’t seeking outside investors. A spokesman didn’t respond to questions about the source of the funds.

Iran’s new army chief says Israel won’t exist in 25 Years
Iranian news agenct Tasnim reported on Friday that new Iranian Army Chief, Maj. Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi said that State of Israel will no longer exist in 25 years’ time, and that if a military offensive breaks out against Iran, Iran will be the one to decide how it will end.

Israeli envoy to Egypt visits Cairo for first time in months
Israel’s Ambassador to Egypt David Govrin paid a visit to Cairo Wednesday, along with eight other members of the Israeli delegation, for the first time since the end of 2016 when he was forced to leave the country amid security warnings, according to Egyptian media reports. The reports claim that Govrin’s rapid visit lasted just one day, after which he returned to Israel.

In Furious Attack, Poland Slams “Arrogant” Macron, Says “You Won’t Rule Europe”
Even as recent European outcast Poland is demanding World War II reparations from Germany, causing a rift between Warsaw and Berlin, it has engaged in another diplomatic feud, this time with French president Macron, who as we learned overnight spends $10,000 each month on make up.

North Korea Is So Worried About Kim Jong Un Being Assassinated That It’s Asking KGB Agents for Help
Kim Jong Un has taken his personal protection to a new level. Japanese media reported Friday that the North Korean dictator, who already only travels at night out of fear of attack, has linked up with 10 former KGB agents to avoid assassination.

Trump Pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio confirmed his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.

Donald Trump Formally Erases Obama’s Pro-Transgender Military Rules 
President Donald Trump has erased former President Barack Obama’s late-term imposition of the transgender ideology on the U.S. military.

WELL, WELL, WELL: Look What Happened As Soon As Colorado Gave Trump Vote Fraud Info
…A particularly suspicious event happened in July after Trump’s team requested personal information on voters from all states to verify their ability to legally vote, according to The Washington Examiner. Colorado agreed to turn over the information only to have hundreds of people in each district withdraw their registrations.

Mugabe Says Zimbabwe “Will Not Prosecute Killers Of White Farmers”
“Yes, we have those who were killed when they resisted. We will never prosecute those who killed them. I ask, why should we arrest them?”

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Abortionist Who Declared ‘Love’ for Killing Babies While Wielding Surgical Scissors Surrenders Medical License   Aug 23, 2017 12:37 pm

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — A California abortionist who was the subject of a viral video last year in which he was captured wielding surgical scissors while declaring his love for killing babies has agreed to surrender his medical license after being formally accused by the state medical board of unprofessional conduct, as well as other violations surrounding the medical…

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Parents Feel ‘Betrayed’ After Teacher Reads Transgender-Themed Books to Kindergarten Class   Aug 22, 2017 05:23 pm

ROCKLIN, Calif. — A number of parents in Rocklin, California say that they feel betrayed after a kindergarten teacher recently read two transgender-themed books to students without their prior knowledge. “My daughter came home crying and shaking, so afraid she could turn into a boy,” one parent stated during a packed board meeting for Rocklin Academy on…

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University Professor Carries Out Plot to Murder Boyfriend, Makes Donation to ‘LGBT Health Center’ While on Run   Aug 23, 2017 06:59 pm

CHICAGO — A university professor and his accomplice are facing first degree murder charges after carrying out a plot to kill the “distinguished microbiologist’s” boyfriend, and then making a charitable donation to an “LGBT health center” in the murdered man’s name while on the run. Wyndham Lathem, 43, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at…

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Pregnant Mother With Aggressive Brain Cancer Refuses Abortion, Forgoes Treatment Instead to Save Baby   Aug 21, 2017 03:27 pm

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A pregnant mother with an aggressive form of brain cancer has refused recommendations that she abort her unborn child and has instead decided to forgo treatment in order to save her baby. Carrie DeKlyen, a mother of five, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme in April and and was accepted for a clinic trial at the University of…

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Atheist Group Calls Bible a ‘Violent, Racist Book’ in Scolding Gov. for Lamenting Bible’s Removal From Schools   Aug 24, 2017 03:38 pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A prominent professing atheist organization characterized the Bible as a “violent, racist book” in scolding the governor of Kentucky over his recent remarks lamenting the ramifications of removing the Bible from public schools. Gov. Matt Bevin appeared on the Tom Roten Morning Show on Aug. 15, where he discussed the public unrest in…

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New Mexico Public School Paints Over Scripture Mural Following Complaint   Aug 21, 2017 12:21 pm

CLOVIS, N.M. — Officials with a public school in New Mexico quickly agreed to paint over a mural featuring a Scripture citation after receiving a letter from a prominent atheist-led church-state separation group last week. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to the Clovis Municipal School District after receiving a…

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Hubei Christians Attacked With Fireworks, Mud   Aug 20, 2017 12:45 am

EZHOU, Hubei (China Aid) — After a raid chased a house church from its building out into the open on Jan. 10, authorities in China’s central Hubei province have been weekly attacking church services, firing fireworks at the Christians and drenching them with mud. For the past eight months, officials have arrived weekly at the outdoor services of a church and…

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Michigan Man Who Preaches Outside Abortion Facilities Sues to Stop Threats of Arrest   Aug 20, 2017 06:07 pm

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Michigan man who preaches outside of abortion facilities and other locations on a regular basis has filed a federal lawsuit as he says that he has been threatened numerous times with arrest by police. Stephen Nylen of New City Fellowship is challenging Grand Rapids’ noise ordinance, which prohibits “any noise of any kind,” but does not…

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Appeals Court Rules Against High School Football Coach Who Lost Job for Praying on Field   Aug 24, 2017 11:13 am

BREMERTON, Wash. — The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a Washington football coach who was put out of a job in 2015 as school district officials decided not to renew his contract in the midst of a battle over his desire to pray at the 50-yard line. “While we ‘recognize the important role that public worship plays in many communities, as well as…

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23 States, 24 Members of Congress Join Supreme Court Briefs in Support of Ten Commandments Monument   Aug 22, 2017 11:55 am

WASHINGTON — Attorneys general and governors from 23 states, as well as 24 members of Congress, have filed briefs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case involving a Ten Commandments monument in New Mexico that is the subject of a lawsuit filed by two Wiccan women who took offense at the display. “ertiorari is warranted here to clarify the Establishment…

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Atheist Group Calls Bible a ‘Violent, Racist Book’ in Scolding Gov. for Lamenting Bible’s Removal From Schools

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A prominent professing atheist organization characterized the Bible as a “violent, racist book” in scolding the governor of Kentucky over his recent remarks lamenting the ramifications of removing the Bible from public schools.

Gov. Matt Bevin appeared on the Tom Roten Morning Show on Aug. 15, where he discussed the public unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as a recent bill he signed dubbed as the “Bible Literacy Bill.”

“When you go back a couple of hundred years, in most instances the only textbooks that were in our public schools were the Bible,” he said. “And so to that end to pretend, again, to scrub history and pretend that that wasn’t reality, I think is a dangerous precedent.”

“And it’s interesting, the more we’ve removed any sense of spiritual obligation or moral higher authority or absolute right and wrong, the more we’ve removed things that are biblically taught from society, the more we’ve seen the kind of mayhem that we were just discussing,” Bevin stated.

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Sebastian Gorka Compares Battle Against Globalist Cabal

The “West Wing Democrats,” as they are colloquially known, include people like the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, his wife the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump, National Security Adviser three-star Army Gen. H.R. McMaster, National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, new White House chief of staff retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Habib Powell.

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Wall Street Banks Warn Downturn Is Coming

HSBC Holdings Plc, Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley see mounting evidence that global markets are in the last stage of their rallies before a downturn in the business cycle.

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The latest week of outflows marks the 10th straight week of withdrawals, the longest in more than a decade, and internal positioning changes also indicate investors are becoming more defensive, the report says.

The outflows occurred despite the S&P 500’s nearly 1 percent gain this quarter and a record high on Aug. 8.

Investors are fleeing U.S. stocks in a way they haven’t since 2004.

For 10 straight weeks a total of $30 billion has left U.S. stocks, marking the longest streak of outflows since 2004, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a Thursday report, citing EPFR Global data.

Investors turned instead to emerging markets and European and Japanese stocks, which saw $36 billion in inflows over the last 10 weeks, the report said.


August 24, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — Judge Roy Moore appears to be steamrolling his way to the U.S. Senate, having finished No. 1 among several candidates for the Republican nomination, beating President Trump’s endorsed candidate Luther Strange who he will face in a Sept. 26 runoff…. (more)

August 24, 2017
BREITBART — Palin’s endorsement of Moore – -the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court – -ahead of the Sept. 26 runoff is a huge momentum booster for the conservative candidate as he extends his commanding lead in the polls over Strange…. (more)

August 24, 2017
THE HILL — Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore has taken a commanding 18-point lead in Alabama’s Republican Senate primary runoff, according to a poll released Wednesday…. (more)

August 24, 2017
WESLEY PRUDEN — The daily newspaper was not so long ago the king of the mountain, only to become in many places a pale, wrinkled princeling with tired blood, run over by not-so-great entertainers and pipsqueak purveyors of the shallow and the silly – – and sometimes the fake – – on the internet. As the president might say, “sad.”… (more)

August 24, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — An elite charter school in California has been rocked by scandal since the end of the last school year, when a kindergarten teacher read her class a pair of books advocating transgender ideology, and a male kindergartener was reintroduced to the class as a girl…. (more)

August 24, 2017

THE HILL — Former Obama advisor David Axelrod on Wednesday cautioned against talk that President Trump is unfit for office, saying it opens the door to a potentially “dangerous road.” “The inference was that somehow there should be some effort to remove him, or at least that’s how some people would have heard it,” Axelrod told CNN’s “The Situation Room.”… (more)


August 24, 2017

CNN — By trying to avoid an embarrassing ordeal, ESPN has embarrassed itself. On Tuesday night, the network confirmed that its management moved an Asian-American announcer, Robert Lee, off the University of Virginia’s home opener football game “simply because of the coincidence of his name.”… (more)


August 24, 2017

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Much of the country has demanded the elimination of references to, and images of, people of the past – – from Christopher Columbus to Robert E. Lee – – who do not meet our evolving standards of probity…. (more)


August 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — Newt Gingrich, who was a history professor before he entered politics, does not have encouraging words for people hoping America’s fractured society can kiss and make up. Appearing Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the former House speaker compared the current divide to the Civil War era…. (more)

August 24, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump has pinned the blame for his stalled agenda on Congress, chastising lawmakers of both parties who stand in his way and urging the Republican-run Senate to abolish filibuster rules in order to ram though bills for a border wall, tax cuts and a replacement of Obamacare…. (more)

August 24, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A conservative Christian media group has slapped the Southern Poverty Law Center with a defamation lawsuit after being listed alongside neo-Nazis and white supremacists on its “hate map.”… (more)

August 24, 2017
GARTH KANT — The venerated journalistic institution the Washington Post, which recently adopted the slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” published a column Wednesday by a spokesman for the “Prince of Darkness” who blamed Christianity for slavery and white supremacism…. (more)

August 24, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — “Anti-fascism” is all the rage (literally) in America today. Some media outlets excused the violent actions of the “Antifa,” or “anti-fascists” in Charlottesville, Virginia, because they opposed white supremacists and neo-Nazis…. (more)

August 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — The White House is expected to send guidance to the Pentagon in coming days on how to implement a new administration ban on transgender people in the military, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Under the policy, Defense Secretary James Mattis can consider a service member’s ability to deploy as the primary legal test for deciding whether to discharge them from the military…. (more)

August 24, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump’s willingness to brave a government shutdown in order to get funding for his border wall roiled Capitol Hill, where Democrats on Wednesday called him reckless and redoubled their promise to resist anymore money for the president’s immigration crackdown plans…. (more)

August 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump – – who has already hinted he is ready to pardon controversial ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio – – will do so “at the appropriate time,” according to his press secretary…. (more)

August 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, complimented President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his speech in Arizona Tuesday night, saying it shows the qualities that got him elected…. (more)

August 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — The Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker early Wednesday sent out emails criticizing his staff over “commentary dressed up as news reporting” over the coverage of President Donald Trump’s rally in Phoenix, according to emails reviewed by The New York Times…. (more)

August 24, 2017

WORLDNETDAILY — A Muslim who was born and raised in the Middle East is comparing the Associated Press Stylebook, a guide for American journalists on spelling and word usage, to the Quran, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin…. (more)


August 24, 2017
LIAM CLANCY — The United States is under threat from shadowy jihadi groups, and the government is turning a blind eye. That’s the belief of Chris Gaubatz, a man who went undercover as a Muslim convert to gather intelligence on Muslim organizations in the United States…. (more)

August 23, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Bill Clinton’s decision in 1996 to create the sprawling Grand Staircase-Escalante National Mo