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

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In a few hours, the first total eclipse of its kind in 99 years will plunge broad swaths of the U.S. into darkness, sending solar supplies sliding and testing the resilience of the power grid for the first time since the rapid rise of renewable energy.

Ten sailors are missing and five were injured after the USS John S. McCain collided with a petroleum tanker near Singapore on Monday, the second crash in a matter of months.

Donald Trump will make a prime-time speech about Afghanistan and South Asia on Monday as he looks to get his presidency back on track following the departure of chief strategist Stephen Bannon and a week of tumult over his response to white-nationalist violence.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in warned North Korea not to use his nation’s latest round of annual military drills with the U.S. as an excuse for any further provocations.

Six Flags Entertainment Corp., a theme-park operator with 20 locations across North America, has taken down its Confederate flags.

The U.S. said its slashing visa services in Russia after the Kremlin ordered it to cut two-thirds of staff at its embassy and consulates as relations between the former Cold War rivals spiraled.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer officially started a probe into China’s intellectual-property practices, less than a week after President Trump asked him to consider the move.

President Vladimir Putin has appointed a former deputy defense minister as Russia’s new ambassador to the United States. Anatoly Antonov, a deputy foreign minister and former deputy defense minister, is seen as a hardliner regarding the U.S.

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven called for people to stand up against the growing threat of Nazism and white-power movements to protect democratic values.

Duke University removed a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee early Saturday after it was vandalized amid a national debate about monuments to the Confederacy.

One study, released two years ago, looked at consumer credit data over 15 years and found that the higher the year-end credit score, the likelier the person was to form a romantic relationship over the next year.

China unveiled guidelines for debt-to-equity swaps in October, part of measures to trim the world’s biggest corporate debt loads. The idea was that healthy firms would use the program to cut interest-bearing borrowings, while bloated companies would be shunned. But it hasn’t always worked out that way, even as the total value of swaps reached 776 billion yuan ($116.3 billion) in the second quarter when volumes jumped to a record.

AP Top Stories

Police put up scores of roadblocks across northeast Spain on Sunday in hopes of capturing a fugitive suspect from the 12-member Islamic extremist cell that staged two vehicle attacks and plotted much deadlier carnage using explosives favored by Islamic State militants.

Eight people were arrested at a “Free Speech Rally” in Boston that organizers said “fell apart” after it as dwarfed by a counter-protest against white nationalism. About 30 people attending the rally huddled on Boston Common’s bandstand, their words drowned out by more than 10,000 counter-protesters. The two sides were kept more than 50 meters apart by fencing and police.

A 25-year-old U.S. citizen has been charged with using a drone to smuggle more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine from Mexico, an unusually large seizure for what is still a novel technique to bring illegal drugs into the United States, authorities said Friday.

Elon Musk is leading demands for a global ban on killer robots, warning technological advances could revolutionize warfare and create new “weapons of terror” that target innocent people.

A Philippine Catholic leader said Sunday that church bells would be rung every night for three months across his northern district to raise alarm over a sharp spike in police killings of drug suspects, adding to a growing outcry over President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody crackdown.

The Lebanese army launched an offensive on Saturday against an Islamic State enclave on the northeastern border with Syria, as the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah announced an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the frontier.

Three Lebanese soldiers were killed and one was critically wounded on Sunday when their armored vehicle hit a landmine on the Lebanese-Syrian border, a security source said.

Border Patrol agents at a Texas checkpoint found 60 people hiding in a refrigerated tractor-trailer on Saturday.

The Trump administration’s decision to reverse a ban on the sale of plastic water bottles in some of America’s most famous national parks, such as the Grand Canyon shows “the corporate agenda is king and people and the environment are left behind”, campaigners have said.

BBC

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar began his three-day visit to Canada by taking part in the Montreal Pride Parade. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s first gay PM, attended Sunday’s event with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau.

The head of the Philippines Catholic Church has criticised the government’s bloody campaign against drugs.

Dozens of so-called Islamic State (IS) militants are reported to have been killed in a Russian air strike near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour.

WND

As the school year kicks off in many places across the country it coincides with a very real and explosive situation taking place in America’s streets that speaks directly to the decline of history in this country. Following the terrible events in Charlottesville, we are now facing the very real threat of our children not only losing history through lack of education, but through erasure.

Federal authorities are investigating whether sensitive data was stolen from congressional offices by several Pakistani-American tech staffers and sold to Pakistani or Russian intelligence.


The Briefing 08-21-17

Is the left winning? Why America seems to be moving in only one cultural direction

What does a divided America tell us about disappearing political and theological centers?

Partisan divide grows when it comes to abortion, but it’s much more than a partisan issue

The post The Briefing 08-21-17 appeared first on AlbertMohler.com.


Top News – 8/21/2017

“Democrats were the party of slavery”
Fox News contributor Jesse Watters wants the public to remember that most of the Confederate war heroes were in fact, members of the Democratic Party. Today, that same Party is demanding that statues of Confederate leaders be removed. “Let’s remember that all of these Confederate war heroes were Democrats,” said Waters, “Maybe the Democratic Party wants us to take down these statues so we can forget that it was the Democrats who supported enslaving black people.”

Largest US Islamic Charity, Designated as Terror Group by UAE, Posts Anti-Semitic Social Media
Khaled Lamada, chairman of Islamic Relief’s U.S. branch (IR-USA), has posted anti-Semitic content and publicly expressed support for the Muslim Brotherhood—the parent group of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas—on his social media accounts since 2013.

PA official says China could be ‘honest broker’ in Israel-Palestine talks
A senior Palestinian official told a Chinese newspaper that China could be an “honest broker” between Israel and Palestine, and that the country could have an important role in future peace agreements. China’s Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday that Tayeb Abdul Rahim, secretary-general of the Palestinian presidency and an aide to President Mahmoud Abbas, had told the outlet in a recent interview that China’s role in future peace negotiations could “help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the two-state solution.”

Israeli Police Stop Soccer Game on Temple Mount Only After Jews’ Request
Israeli Temple Mount policemen stopped on Sunday Arab kids from playing soccer on the Temple Mount only after they were requested to do it by one of the Jewish visitors to the holy site, the Temple Organizations Headquarters reported.

Palestinian Authority threatens to cut all funds to Gaza
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday threatened to gradually cut all funding to the Gaza Strip until Hamas agreed to reconcile with Fatah. He declared his intentions during a meeting in Ramallah with Meretz head Zehava Gal- On, whose office later reported his statement. “We transfer $1.5 billion a year [to Hamas in Gaza],” he said, adding that he had already cut 25% of that amount.

US Navy ship and oil tanker collide near Singapore
Ten US Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after a US destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore, the Navy says. The guided missile destroyer USS John S McCain was sailing east of Singapore and preparing to stop in the port when the collision with the Liberian-flagged vessel occurred. A wide-ranging search and rescue operation is under way.

US-South Korea set for divisive military drills
The US and South Korea are conducting annual military drills which consistently infuriate Pyongyang, despite appeals to halt the exercise. Last week North Korea appeared to back down from a threat to send missiles towards the US Pacific island of Guam, but said it would watch US actions. It has already condemned these drills as pouring “gasoline on fire”.

Syria war: Russian jets ‘destroy IS convoy near Deir al-Zour’
Dozens of so-called Islamic State (IS) militants are reported to have been killed in a Russian air strike near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour. Russia’s defence ministry said at least 200 jihadists had died after its air force targeted a convoy of about 20 4x4s, armoured vehicles and tanks. It did not say when the strike took place, but a monitoring group reported that a convoy had been hit last Friday.

Killer robots: Experts warn of ‘third revolution in warfare’
More than 100 leading robotics experts are urging the United Nations to take action in order to prevent the development of “killer robots”. In a letter to the organisation, artificial intelligence (AI) leaders, including billionaire Elon Musk, warn of “a third revolution in warfare”. The letter says “lethal autonomous” technology is a “Pandora’s box”, adding that time is of the essence.

Eclipse spectacle set to grip US public
Skywatchers in the United States are preparing for the spectacular sight of a total solar eclipse. The Moon is set to pass in front of the Sun, casting a deep shadow that will sweep over the nation from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east. It is the first such event since 1918 where the path of darkness crosses both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

Tech Censorship of White Supremacists Draws Criticism From Within Industry
The debate intensified over whether the…tech companies that blocked white supremacists and a neo-Nazi website on the internet have gone too far, as a prominent privacy group questioned the power a few corporations have to censor…“As [an] internet user, I think it’s pretty dangerous if my moral, political or economic whims play some role in deciding who can and cannot be online,” Matthew Prince, CEO and co-founder of Cloudflare, said…

U.S. scales back visa services in Russia after Putin cuts its staff
The United States said on Monday it was scaling back its visa services in Russia after Moscow ordered it to sharply cut its diplomatic staff… President Vladimir Putin, reacting to new sanctions imposed by the U.S. Congress which President Donald Trump reluctantly signed into law, last month ordered Washington to cut diplomatic and technical staff in Russia by 755 people, or by about 60 percent, by Sept. 1.

On Eve of Total Eclipse, Top Five Heavenly Bible Signs of 5777
On the eve of the highly-anticipated solar eclipse, Breaking Israel News took a look back at the biggest astronomical events of the year and what they mean for the Jewish people and the nations.

New Bill Would Require Donald Trump To Undergo Mental Health Evaluation
A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would require President Donald Trump to undergo a physical and mental health exam to determine if he is stable enough to stay in office.

ASA Unveils Plan To Stop Yellowstone “Supervolcano” Eruption, There’s Just One Catch
A NASA plan to stop the Yellowstone supervolcano from erupting, could actually cause it to blow… triggering a nuclear winter that would wipe out humanity.

Video Emerges Showing Clashes Between Indian, Chinese Soldiers
The video, which has been widely circulated on social media, shows many soldiers from the two countries punching and kicking each other and throwing stones.

Bannon: “No Administration In History Has Been So Divided”
“If the Republican Party on Capitol Hill gets behind the president on his plans and not theirs, it will all be sweetness and light, be one big happy family…”

Police uncover gas arsenal at bomb factory as Barcelona mourns
Spanish police said Sunday they had uncovered a cache of 120 gas canisters at a house believed to be the bomb-making factory of suspects in terror attacks that claimed 14 lives, as Barcelona mourned victims of the rampage.

Trump to ‘cut all military aid to Islamic Pakistan’, thinks US is being ‘ripped off’ by muslim nation
I had just about given up on Trump, and then he says this. We can only hope that he will follow through, and not be persuaded by McMaster that all Pakistan needs is a few more U.S. billions to turn it into a reliable ally.

This ‘Mother of Satan’ plot by Islamic terrorists would leave thousands dead
The Barcelona terrorists were plotting a far bigger atrocity – targeting hundreds of innocent victims – using a deadly homemade explosive known as the ‘Mother of Satan’, it emerged last night.

JUST IN: Gun Confiscation Bill Signed Into Law
…The law, SB 719A, allows law enforcement or anyone close to a person to file a gun-stripping petition if they believe the person poses a risk to themselves or others. The petition can be filed against any law-abiding US citizen. In other words, it completely disregards an American’s right to own a gun, or to a fair trial.


After Confederates, Leftists Eye These Targets

According to LifeZette, next on the list will be America’s Founding Fathers, great presidents, and Catholic priests. Edmund Kozak has the story:

In the wake of shocking violence that erupted after far-left and far-right protesters clashed at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia the Left has only increased its calls to remove all traces of the Confederacy from American public life.

Critics of these efforts, including President Trump, argue that it isn’t wise to “erase history.” They claim that if we take down Confederate monuments on the grounds that they represent slavery or might be considered “racist” by some people in the modern era, then we open the door to removing far more than just the statues honoring the Confederacy.

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Is Google Working with Liberal Groups to Snuff Out Conservative Websites?

On the surface, this looks rather innocuous. It’s presented by Google as an attempt to create a database of hate crimes — information that should be available with a quick Google search, it should be noted. But a quick glance at the list of partners for this project should raise some red flags:

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August 17, 2017
JUDI CALER — There may not be a question more difficult to answer for Mark Meckler, President of Citizens for Self-Governance and spokesman for its Convention of States Project (COS), than this: Since the federal government ignores the Constitution as now written, why would it obey an amended Constitution?(more)

August 17, 2017
DAVID HOROWITZ — The tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, could have been an occasion to stop and consider how the tolerance for politically correct violence and politically correct hatred is leading the nation toward civil war…. (more)


August 17, 2017
CHELSEA SCHILLING — The organizer of the violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was until recently a Barack Obama supporter and was also a member of the leftist radical Occupy Wall Street Movement, according to a report from a hard-left activist group…. (more)

August 17, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — While the debate rages on about the violence and ideology on display in Charlottesville last Saturday, a prominent black conservative is fuming over the lack of an appropriate police presence to prevent the clashes and says preventing a replay in other American cities likely depends upon the politics of the political leaders there…. (more)

August 17, 2017
BOB UNRUH — The Alliance Defending Freedom is calling out two news organizations in Arizona for making “defamatory” claims copied from the far-left and terror-linked Southern Poverty Law Center. “For the sake of its own integrity and the safety of Arizonans, 12 News and The Arizona Republic should issue an apology to ADF and retract their defamatory stories,” ADF said in a statement Wednesday…. (more)

August 17, 2017
GARTH KANT — Leftists claim they are fighting hate and violence, and they cite the deadly protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, as a prime example. But the evidence indicates the left is actually spreading hate and violence. Those are the conclusions of writers for two prominent left-leaning news outlets, the BBC and the Atlantic…. (more)


August 17, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Members of the national media are disputing President Trump’s decision to blame the “alt-left” for engaging in acts of violence, and many say there is no such thing even though the term has been used for months…. (more)

August 17, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump disbanded two of his economic advisory councils Wednesday, faced with the embarrassing resignations of numerous business leaders amid rising condemnation over his comments about violence at a white nationalist rally and a liberal pressure campaign…. (more)

August 17, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump’s question to reporters on Tuesday about the possibility of tearing down historical monuments has been answered by a Chicago pastor: “It’s time.”… (more)

August 17, 2017
LIAM CLANCY — President Donald Trump has said that “both sides” are to blame for violence at the Charlottesville, Virginia, “Unite the Right” rally last weekend, naming the “alt-left” as equally responsible for the violence as the “alt-right.”… (more)

August 17, 2017
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — Blaming “identity politics” for the bloodshed and chaos in Charlottesville misses the point. It’s like blaming “greed” for the recession or blaming gravity for a plane crash…. (more)

August 16, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A defiant President Trump doubled down Tuesday on his initial claim that activists on both the left and the right were responsible for violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and he warned that eradicating public monuments linked to slavery could diminish the legacies of Founders such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson…. (more)

August 16, 2017
NEWSMAX — Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that both the racist groups who participated in Saturday’s deadly Charlottesville rally, as well as the counter-protestors who clashed with them, must be investigated by the feds because “there are lunatics on both sides.”… (more)

August 16, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — Best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza says there were fascists on both sides of the violence in Virginia on Saturday and he posits that Democrats and their allies in the media are now focused on painting all Republicans and conservatives as responsible for the racism that still exists in the United States…. (more)

August 16, 2017
NEW YORK TIMES — Roy S. Moore, a former chief justice of the State Supreme Court, and Senator Luther Strange emerged from a crowded Republican field on Tuesday in a special Senate primary in Alabama, according to The Associated Press. They will face off for their party’s nomination next month in a runoff election, a contest that will test President Trump’s clout in a deeply conservative state…. (more)


August 16, 2017
NEW YORK TIMES — John Curtis, the mayor of Provo, Utah, won the Republican primary on Tuesday to fill the United States House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who resigned from Congress on June 30…. (more)

August 16, 2017
HERMAN CAIN — You want to denounce Nazis? Here you go, America. Don’t tell me again about the moral imperative to denounce Nazis if you’re going to let this slide. As Rob mentioned to me when we were discussing who would write this up, the essence of Hitler’s eugenics program was to filter out children who didn’t have the traits deemed optimal for the Aryan race. Horrifying? Obviously. You’d have a fit if they started aborting babies for having brown skin, or – if there was some way you could tell – for being gay. And you should have that fit…. (more)


August 16, 2017
LITE SITE NEWS — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed today a bill to restrict state funding for abortion insurance. The new law will keep Texans from having to pay for elective abortions through their insurance plans…. (more)

August 16, 2017
LEO HOHMANN — A 46-year-old man identified as Hussein Hassan attacked a police officer in Kennewick, Washington, over the weekend with a large sword, striking at the officer’s head before he was shot and killed…. (more)

August 15, 2017
INDEPENDENT JOURNAL REVIEW — President Donald Trump is reported to be “seriously considering” pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was recently found guilty of criminal contempt after refusing to follow a judge’s order to stop profiling suspected illegal immigrant drivers…. (more)

August 15, 2017
WES VERNON — That kid who rammed his car into a crowd that was protesting a racist rally in Charlottesville will likely get the chair. Assuming he first gets to state his case before the bar of justice, he will meet his just desserts in this world and the next. Never mind that a rally – – even a racist one – – is protected speech, however repugnant. Of course, then you run into the question of inciting to riot. I’ll let the lawyers fight that one out in court…. (more)

August 14, 2017
ALAN KEYES — The headline read “Trump-McConnell smackdown foreshadows fury in 2018 primaries.” But toward the end of the story comes a telling observation: A funny thing just happened on the way to this 2018 showdown, however. While pro-Trump Republicans Roy Moore and Mo Brooks are challenging appointed GOP Sen. Luther Strange in this month’s Republican primary in the special election in Alabama to complete the term of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Strange just won Trump’s enthusiastic endorsement…. (more)

August 14, 2017
Delivering on his promises, decimating the opposition
JOAN SWIRSKY — Hard to know which body is held in lower esteem, Congress or the media. But for a long time, the media thought they were invincible, based largely on their success after forming the JournOlist in 2007 – – a cabal of 400 leftists who vowed to destroy anyone who said a single bad word about the poseur “president” Barack Obama…. (more)

August 14, 2017
NEW YORK TIMES — Brittany Caine-Conley, a minister in training at Sojourners United Church of Christ, arrived in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday morning expecting that there might be violence. She did not expect things to get out of hand so quickly…. (more)


August 14, 2017
WASHINGTON POST — On Saturday afternoon, shortly before her camera captured a car plowing through left-wing activists in Charlottesville, killing one and injuring more than a dozen others, Faith Goldy warned that the left was spinning out of control…. (more)



ZeroHedge Frontrunning: August 21

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  • Cohn Solidifies Lead in Race to Replace Yellen, Economists Say (Read More)
  • Britain confident of moving onto second phase of Brexit talks (Read More)
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  • Ten Sailors Missing After U.S. Warship Crash Near Singapore (Read More)
  • ADP Rejects Board Nominees From Ackman’s Pershing Square (Read More)
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  • Sempra Energy Reaches Deal to Buy Oncor After Outbidding Berkshire (Read More)
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  • China Banks’ Interbank Lending Falls for First Time Since 2010 (Read More)
  • ‘America First’ protesters face off with opponents at California beach rally (Read More)
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  • Imam Emerges as Suspect in Barcelona Attack (Read More)
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  • Intel Says New PC Chip Is ‘Once-in-a-Decade’ Performance Boost (Read More)
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Top Headlines – 8/21/2017

Palestinian leader says White House peace efforts ‘in chaos’

Palestinians await ‘clear vision’ from US on peace talks

Israeli opposition says Abbas tried to resume security ties with Israel

Arab foreign ministers proclaim: No peace without two-state solution

Egypt, Palestine, Jordan call for peace talks

PA, Egyptian and Jordanian FMs meet in Cairo ahead of US Mideast visit

Palestinian Authority threatens to sever Gaza electricity

Gazan children get first glimpse of Jerusalem in UN-run tour

Errant gunfire from Sinai hits Israel; no injuries reported

Barcelona’s chief rabbi urges Jews to move to Israel because ‘Europe is lost’

Poll: 1 in 3 UK Jews considered emigrating over anti-Semitism

Michigan man sentenced to probation for threatening to kill children and Jews

Oregon highway overpasses eclipsed by anti-Semitic banners

Israel-Russia relations sour over Sobibór memorial exclusion

Israel, Hamas, Egypt indirectly cooperating against IS

‘Grave concern’ in Israel in light of US positions on Syria

PM Netanyahu to meet Putin over Iranian presence in Syria

Assad says Western plot to topple him foiled, praises Iran’s support to Syria

Syria’s Assad says war still not won but West’s plots foiled

Syria president rejects security cooperation with West

Syria war: Rocket ‘hits Damascus trade fair’

Russia steps up probe into attack claimed by Islamic State

Bomb planted by IS kills 3 Lebanese soldiers

Brits who risked their lives to fight ISIS say they return home only to be accused of terrorism

Spain sets up 800 checkpoints in Catalonia in manhunt for Barcelona suspect

‘Mother of Satan’ TATP found in Spain bomb factory

Spain hunts van driver as larger gas attack plot comes into focus

Barcelona terror: Manhunt for suspected van driver expands to France

Spanish town struggles to reconcile locals as jihadist cell

Spain attacks: The imam who ‘ate up the brains’ of youths

Trump to address nation on Afghanistan

Video Emerges Showing Clashes Between Indian, Chinese Soldiers

Trump wants to ‘cut all military aid to Pakistan’, thinks Washington is being ‘ripped off’ by Islamabad: Report

War Games to Begin as U.S., South Korea Brace for North’s Fury

North Korea warns of ‘adding fuel to fire’ ahead of US-South Korea military exercise

North Korea warns of ‘merciless strike’ ahead of US-South Korea drills

10 missing, 5 injured after USS John S. McCain collides with tanker in Pacific

Bannon: “No Administration In History Has Been So Divided”

Missouri Democratic state senator apologizes for hoping Trump is assassinated

New Bill Would Require Donald Trump To Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

Why Your Face Will Soon Be the Key to All Your Devices

Here’s how the solar eclipse could affect the US power grid

Are solar eclipses proof of God?

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near North Island of New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Pueblo Nuevo Tiquisate, Guatemala

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Subtanjalla, Peru

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 26,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

A NASA plan to stop the Yellowstone supervolcano from erupting, could actually cause it to blow… triggering a nuclear winter that would wipe out humanity

Nearly 600 dead in S. Asia floods; SLeone toll reaches 441

Hurricane Kenneth powers up in Pacific far off Mexico coast

What’s left of Tropical Storm Harvey has a ‘high’ chance to organize

Taiwan to issue sea warning for Tropical Storm Hato late Sunday

Planned Parenthood Court Fight over Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Could Go to Supreme Court

Pro-life Democrat: Abortion issue may cost seats in 2018

Reno Puts Out the Welcome Mat for Burning Man

Douglas Wilson – Commies, Confederates, or Christ

‘Racism Is Bad,’ Says White Woman Who Oversees Systematic Annihilation Of Minorities – The Babylon Bee uses satire to speak the truth

Jennifer LeClaire Borrows the “Creeper” from Scooby Doo!!

‘Hipster Pastor’ Launches Late-Night Comedy Show ‘Mocking Sin,’ ‘Making Christian Entertainment Not S*ck’

Baptist scholar says Mormonism becoming more Christian

Planned Parenthood is Likely Keeping Some Aborted Babies Alive “Until Their Hearts are Cut Out”

Organization That Murders 200,000 People Of Color Each Year Takes Stand Against RacismThe Babylon Bee uses satire to speak the truth

Sunday Down South: First Baptist Alpharetta, Football, and Fox News

Responding to Criticism Following the Joyce Meyer/Relationship-Religion Heresy Devotional

A Softer Prosperity Gospel: More Common Than You Think

David Daleiden Succeeds in Appeal Surrounding University of Washington’s Baby Body Parts Docs

Darrel B. Harrison – Is the Gospel No Longer Enough for Black Christians?

Mike Ratliff – The Wisdom of God

New Booklet by Warren B. Smith – Shack Theology: Universalism, TBN, Oprah, and the New Age

Pastor accused of sexually abusing girls he met at Fort Worth church

Leah Remini’s Scientology Docuseries Tells Harrowing Stories of Child Labor, Sexual Abuse Cover Up

Oregon becomes first state to offer free abortions for all, including illegal aliens

Texas permanently bans taxpayer funding of abortion

The Coming Eclipse and Last Days Madness

Joyce Meyer Teaching the “Relationship over Religion” Heresy

God’s indeed a good Father–how NAR leaders have twisted a biblical truth

Hillary’s Pastor Plagiarized For Clinton ‘Devotional’ Book

Two-Thirds of Americans Admit They Are Sinners

Down syndrome is disappearing in Iceland not by medicine but by abortion

Brandon Hines – The Dangerous Implications of Ad Populum Arguments

Hillsong tells youth and elderly to tithe or else they’re stealing?

Deeper Life Ministries – A $1 million bayfront house among Tampa bishop’s questionable deals

Iranian Youths Mass Converting to Christianity Despite Islamic Indoctrination, Government’s Efforts

Christians in Yemen Persevering in Midst of Persecution

New Mexico Public School Paints Over Scripture Mural Following Complaint

Posted: 21 Aug 2017 09:40 AM PDT

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…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Siberian ‘Cyber-Doctor’ Has 6 Chips Implanted to Open Doors and Store Data

Posted: 21 Aug 2017 07:50 AM PDT

A Siberian doctor has implanted six microchips under his skin to turn his body into a no-nonsense multi-functional gadget. This has opened quite a few doors for Aleksandr Volchek – including literally. Some of the chips function as swipe cards, letting him into his home and office. Volchek, a Novosibirsk-based…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Pastor Warns Eclipse History Reveals America Headed for Judgment

Posted: 21 Aug 2017 07:43 AM PDT

The day has finally come. Millions will look skyward as a path of darkness cuts across the entire United States for the first time in a century. Some wonder if the rare event has any significance beyond producing awe and wonder. Pastor Mark Biltz, the man who discovered the Blood…

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RUMORS OF WAR: North Korea Warns Of “Uncontrollable Phase of Nuclear War”

Posted: 21 Aug 2017 07:36 AM PDT

North Korea has warned the United States risks starting an “uncontrollable phase of nuclear war” by conducting a joint military exercise with South Korea this week.  Beginning Monday, The United States, South Korea and other nations are taking part in the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian military exercises. The exercises are an annual…

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Solar Eclipse Drawing Interest in End Times and The Rapture

Posted: 21 Aug 2017 07:29 AM PDT

Today’s total solar eclipse will be the first for 99 years to cross the US from coast to coast. Many fundamentalist Christians see this as a significant warning of the impending apocalypse, the second coming of Christ and the rapture. The “Great American Total Solar Eclipse” as it is called…

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Petition to label Antifa as terrorists hits 100k signatures required for White House response

Posted: 21 Aug 2017 06:04 AM PDT

A call on the Donald Trump administration to officially classify the Antifa movement as a terrorist organization has reached the 100,000-signature threshold for a mandatory response from the White House. The petition was launched on Thursday, August 17, and in just three days, by Sunday evening, topped the minimum of 100,000 signatures…

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SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Can God use the Heavens to Speak to Us?

Posted: 21 Aug 2017 05:56 AM PDT

(By Kelly Mcdonald JR) We do not think much about the heavenly bodies (the sun, moon, and stars) and their special place in God’s creation. I think we tend to overlook it for two main reasons. One, we are so far removed from the Heavenly realm, even though it affects…

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Romney Warns of Civil War Unless Trump Apologizes

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 07:34 PM PDT

(By Todd Starnes) Failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took a cheap shot at President Trump – warning that unless he apologizes – the nation could suffer a great unraveling. “Whether he intended to or not, what he communicated caused  racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America…

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War Games Begin as U.S., South Korea Brace for North’s Fury

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 07:26 PM PDT

A new cycle of escalation on the Korean Peninsula looks set to begin this week when the U.S. and South Korea kick off annual military exercises that have a history of enraging Pyongyang. The long-planned drills follow weeks of belligerent rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea that stoked fears…

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One-Third of British Jews Considering Leaving UK

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 07:14 PM PDT

The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) and YouGov say they have accumulated data showing that “one in three British Jews has become so fearful of mounting anti-Semitic crime and the failure to excise anti-Semites from politics that they have considered leaving Britain altogether.” This despite the fact that, as a Sunday CAA press release puts…

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DEVELOPING: 10 missing, 5 injured after USS John S. McCain collides with tanker in Pacific

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 07:04 PM PDT

Ten sailors are missing and five injured after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, the U.S. Navy said late Sunday. Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities, the Navy said. Initial reports indicate the warship…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Embedded Chips Are Paving The Way For Future “Buying & Selling”

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 07:00 PM PDT

Revelation 13:16-17 – He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the…

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Coming Solar Eclipse Spawns “Doomsday” Fears

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 06:52 PM PDT

On 21 August, more than seven million people from across the globe are predicted to converge on various cities across the US, as the first total solar eclipse since 1918 to cross the North American continent from ocean to ocean, takes place. Millions are expected to travel far and wide…

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UNRAVELING: College President Warns Of Coming Riots in America

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 06:47 PM PDT

As colleges and universities prepare for the return of students in the coming weeks, one of the few administrators willing to criticize the tidal wave of intellectual intolerance on campus is expecting “a mess” when the new semester dawns. Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Dr. Everett Piper gained tremendous notoriety in…

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One Group Is Secretly Smuggling Scripture Into North Korea in a Truly Ingenious Way

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 06:39 PM PDT

Christians in South Korea who are intent on bringing to gospel to residents in neighboring and reclusive North Korea have been working for more than two decades on an innovative plan to do just that.  Known as Operation Dandelion, the effort, which has been unfolding since 1991, involves specially crafted balloons…

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UNRAVELING: Far-Right Protests Leave U.S. Cities Scrambling to Balance Safety, Free Speech

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 06:35 PM PDT

Cities across the United States are seeking ways to head off the kind of violence seen in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend when white nationalists and neo-Nazis clashed with counter-protesters over the planned removal of a Civil War-era statue. As they step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces…

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Thousands Sign Petition to Replace Confederate Monument with Statue of Rapper Missy Elliott

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 06:30 PM PDT

The left-wing campaign to pull down Confederate monuments has gone pop, as more than 10,000 people have signed a petition to replace the Confederate monument in Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia, with a statue of rapper Missy Elliott. The author of the petition, Nathan Coflin, says Elliott “encapsulates the culture and…

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SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Millions of Americans gather for once-in-a-lifetime eclipse

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 12:49 PM PDT

Twilight will fall at midday on Monday, stars will glimmer and birds will roost in an eerie stillness as millions of Americans and visitors witness the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States from coast to coast in 99 years. The sight of the moon’s shadow passing directly…

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Powerful Promises In Psalm 103 – Live Prayer and Question and Answer

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 12:34 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this special segment, we join many of our supporters in live prayer as we decree many powerful promises found in the book of Psalms Chapter 103. We also take the time to thank many of our partners and supporters of End Time Headlines. At the end of…

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SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Top 5 Divine Signs From Heaven In Hebrew Year 5777

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 10:56 AM PDT

As a rare and portentous total solar eclipse approaches the North American continent on Monday, heaven-watchers the world over will hold their breath in anticipation of a divine event written in the skies and reflected in the world of men. The event signals the beginning of the month of Elul, the last…

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The ‘Real-Life’ Story Behind Creepy, Demon-Possessed Doll of ‘Annabelle: Creation’

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 10:48 AM PDT

“Annabelle: Creation,” the cinematic story of a creepy, demon-possessed doll absolutely possessed the box office over the weekend, bringing in an estimated $35,040,000 — an impressive figure that far surpasses some initial predictions. But while the film appears to be based on a pretty improbable story, there are some claims that the Hollywood…

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Are These Deceptions Pointing to the Rise of the Antichrist?

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 10:41 AM PDT

(By Dave Williams) When the disciples asked Jesus about His coming and signs of the end of the age, the first thing Jesus warned them about was the attack on truth that would prevail in the last days: “Take heed that no one deceives you” (Matt. 24:4b). Deception is a…

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NASA Attempt To Stop Yellowstone Super-Volcano Eruption Could Trigger Catastrophic Mistake

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 10:37 AM PDT

A NASA plan to stop the Yellowstone supervolcano from erupting could actually cause it to blow – triggering a nuclear winter that would wipe out humanity. Brian Wilcox, an ex-member of the NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defence, made the horrifying revelation while discussing a report by the space agency….

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Thousands at risk of pig virus from ‘Supermarket X’ sausages

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 10:31 AM PDT

A leading British supermarket may unwittingly have infected thousands of people with a pig virus that causes liver cirrhosis and neurological damage, say researchers at Public Health England. Hepatitis E (HEV) is transmitted by sausages and pork products from Europe, mainly Holland and Germany. UK pigs do not have the…

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Megachurch Pastor Quits Trump Advisory Board Over Charlottesville

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 10:27 AM PDT

President Trump’s business councils may be a casualty of his controversial comments following white supremacist violence in Charlottesville over the weekend—and now a member of his evangelical advisory board has followed suit. Pastor A.R. Bernard announced his official departure from the council Friday night, although he said he stepped away…

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Your Face Will Soon Be the Key to All Your Devices

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 10:17 AM PDT

It was a memorable moment in Pixar’s 2004 classic “The Incredibles,” one that seemed wildly futuristic at the time: Mr. Incredible picks up a wafer-thin tablet computer, and it scans his face to verify his identity before divulging his secret mission. Thirteen years later, many slim phones and tablets unlock with the…

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Mark Zuckerberg vows to remove all violent threats from Facebook

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 10:14 AM PDT

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took to his social network Wednesday to condemn white supremacists and pledged to remove violent threats and posts celebrating hate crimes. “The last few days have been hard to process,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday evening, days after a white supremacist rally in…

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RUMORS OF WAR: North Korea warns of ‘merciless strike’ ahead of US-S.Korea drills…

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 10:09 AM PDT

North Korea warned Sunday that the upcoming US-South Korea military exercises are “reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war.” Pyongyang also declared that its army can target the United States anytime, and neither Guam, Hawaii nor the US mainland can “dodge the merciless strike.”…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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August 7, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Top News – 8/7/2017

Has Rabbi Schneerson been resurrected?
Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, a leader in the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, died in 1994. But some of his followers claimed he was the Messiah and would eventually return from the dead. Now, Zev Porat, a Messianic Jewish Rabbi who preaches the Gospel, claims just such a movement is underway in his homeland of Israel.

Mexico preps for hurricane as Tropical Storm Franklin gathers strength
Mexico issued a hurricane watch as Tropical Storm Franklin organized near the Yucatan Peninsula and headed westward toward the mainland. On Monday morning, Franklin’s center was about 285 miles east-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico, and moving at about 10 to 15 mph.

As short sellers target Chinese companies in Hong Kong, hostility mounts
Short sellers are increasingly targeting Hong Kong-listed Chinese companies they allege have committed accounting tricks, market manipulation and fraud. And that’s despite mounting hostility faced by investors who bet against stocks. This year, there have been nine campaigns by short sellers against Hong Kong-listed companies as of mid-July, a record for the period, according to data from Activist Insight.

Aide turned state’s witness: ‘I did not rat out Netanyahu’
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s former chief of staff, Ari Harow, who turned state’s witness on Friday, told his associates that he did not turn his back on Netanyahu, and that he does not believe his actions were criminal…“It is not that I broke the law with Netanyahu and now I am looking for a way to blame it on him so I can get away with it.

China media stress limits to North Korea sanctions, slam U.S. ‘arrogance’
Chinese state media on Monday stressed the limits of new United Nations sanctions on North Korea, and also slammed the United States for its “arrogance”, saying Washington needed to understand it also has a role in lessening tensions. The United Nations Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday that could slash its $3 billion annual export revenue by a third.

Japanese people practising nuclear attack drills
So far this year North Korea has carried out 14 missile tests, all of them fired towards the coast of Japan. Now for the first time in more than 70 years villagers along the north-west coast of Japan are being ordered to take part in air raid drills.

Russia aims to cut dependence on U.S. payment systems – RIA
Russia will speed up work on reducing its dependence on U.S. payment systems and the dollar as a settling currency in response to U.S. sanctions, RIA new agency cited Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Monday. “We will of course intensify work related to import substitution, reduction of dependence on U.S. payment systems, on the dollar as a settling currency and so on. It is becoming a vital need,” Ryabkov was quoted as saying.

Hackers now target more than one bank every week with 89 being hit last year
Computer hackers carried out at least one cyber-attack against banks and other lenders every week last year. Figures from the Financial Conduct Authority, the City watchdog, showed there were 89 attacks against firms it regulates last year, compared with five in 2014. The massive surge came as the country’s biggest banks were accused of covering up the threat to customers in an attempt to protect their reputations.

Spurred by Trump, States Battle Sanctuary Cities
…A growing number of proposed state laws designed to crack down on sanctuary cities are putting local leaders in those municipalities on the defensive, forcing many to fight off measures they say could cripple their crime-fighting abilities and threaten economic growth.

Artificial Intelligence will lead to the human soul, not destroy it
Elon Musk famously equated Artifical Intelligence with “summoning the demon” and sounds the alarm that AI is advancing faster than anyone realizes, posing an existential threat to humanity…In fact, in a purely physical world, fully-realized AI should be recognized as the appropriate outcome of natural selection; we humans should benefit from it while we can. After all, sooner or later, humanity will cease to exist…

Australia, Japan, U.S. call for South China Sea code to be legally binding
Australia, Japan and the United States on Monday urged Southeast Asia and China to ensure that a South China Sea code of conduct they have committed to draw up will be legally binding and said they strongly opposed “coercive unilateral actions”. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China should establish a set of rules that were “legally binding, meaningful, effective, and consistent with international law,”…

To Ascend the Mount, or Not, That is the Question
Last week, a record number of Israelis visited the Temple Mount. According to some sources, more than 1,200 Jews entered the holy site to mark the fast of Tisha b’Av, which commemorates the destruction of the Temple. Hundreds more were not allowed in because, unlike Muslims, Jews can enter the Temple Mount for only four hours a day through a single gate equipped with metal detectors.

Stones thrown at Israeli Police near Temple Mount
Three Arab Israelis were arrested on Sunday evening for throwing stones at police officers near the Chain Gate of the Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Tillerson: US to respond to Russia’s ouster of diplomats
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday the U.S. will respond by Sept. 1 to Russia’s move to make a major cut in American diplomatic staff in response to former President Barack Obama’s decision to expel Russian diplomats for Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

North Korea vows ‘thousands-fold’ revenge in response to United Nations sanctions
North Korea vowed Monday to strike the U.S. with “thousands-fold” revenge after the United Nations imposed new sanctions in response to a recent intercontinental ballistic missile launch from the rogue regime. The dictatorship’s official KCNA news agency described the recent sanctions as “crimes” that were a “violent violation of our sovereignty” and a “heinous plot to isolate and stifle” the communist country.

PA Hysterical Over Possibility of Israeli Seat at UN Security Council
“Sanctions should be imposed on Israel and it should be prosecuted for its crimes, not chosen as member of the Security Council,” Majdalani said.

China Considering Military Action Against India: Report
Two combative articles published in China’s state-run Global Times newspaper have raised fears of military clashes in the disputed Doklam region that lies at the junction between China, Bhutan and India.

The Stock Market Keeps Breaking New Records While Mainstream Media Focuses on ‘Chaos’ Mainstream media news broadcasts have been mostly silent on the stock market’s historical milestones that have occurred during the first few months of the Trump presidency.

Pruitt: Obama EPA ‘Failed’ to ‘Protect the Environment’ Following Devastating Colorado Gold King Mine Spill
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt visited the site of the devastating Gold King Mine spill in Colorado that spilled 3 million gallons of contaminated mine water into the Cement Creek and Animas River, saying the Obama EPA “failed” at its mission to protect the environment.

McMaster Worked at Think Tank Backed by Soros-Funded Group that Helped Obama Sell Iran Nuclear Deal
White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster served at a UK-based think tank financed by a controversial, George Soros-funded group identified by the Obama White House as central in helping to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the public and news media.

Illinois Makes “Barack Obama Day” State Holiday
Former President Barack Obama got a special present for his birthday this year: his very own holiday. According to NBC Chicago, on Friday Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law a measure to designate Aug. 4 as “Barack Obama Day” across the state. The holiday will be celebrated each year on Obama’s birthday beginning in 2018.

Judge Jeanine Posts Epic Rant: “[Dems] Lie, Steal, Cheat And Continue To Get Away With It”
“Hillary Clinton’s case needs to be brought to a grand jury immediately.  She needs to be prosecuted for destroying and concealing subpoenaed property and the emails.” “I don’t wanna hear ‘Hillary’s a good woman,’ she’s not!  While we play by the rules they lie, steal, cheat and continue to get away with it.  Because we let them.”


The Briefing 08-07-17

Richard Dawkins event cancelled over criticism of Islam. Why the double standard?

Insecurity of atheism on full display as China bans religion for Communists

Searching for legitimacy in a secular age, couples turn to retired New York judges

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Male cosmetics counters could hit department stores in five years, L’Oreal boss says

According to The Telegraph:

Male make-up counters could become a reality within five years, the UK boss of L’Oreal has said, as it is no longer a taboo for the “selfie generation”.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Vismay Sharma, the cosmetics giant’s UK managing director, said that demand for make-up among men was growing fast.

Speaking about the industry as a whole, he said male-targeted counters in department stores and drug stores could be a reality in “five to seven years”.

According to Mr Sharma taboos are changing and make-up is becoming more accepted for men among what he describes as the “selfie generation”.

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The ‘Prophets’ and ‘Apostles’ Leading the Quiet Revolution in American Religion

NOTE: This ministry is not supportive of movements that are based on signs and wonders and that promote Postmillenialism. —OTM

A Christian movement characterized by multi-level marketing, Pentecostal signs and wonders, and post-millennial optimism.

Their movement, which Christerson and Flory called “Independent Network Charismatic” or “INC” Christianity, has become one of the fastest-growing faith groups in the United States. Apostles like Bill Johnson, Mike Bickle, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Pierce, and Ché Ahn claim millions of followers. They’re also aided by an army of fellow ministers who fall under their “spiritual covering.”

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Why Does The Left Hate Us So Much?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? Ever since I decided to run for Congress, I have spent quite a bit of time thinking about how divided our nation is.  Donald Trump has become the most hated person in America, earlier this year a gunman tried to kill as many Republican members of Congress as possible at a baseball field in Virginia, and the mainstream media is fueling more hatred for conservatives on a daily basis.  I think that I was more than a bit naive in thinking that I wouldn’t be caught up in all of this when I decided to run for public office.  It has only been about a month, and so far I have been slandered repeatedly, my wife and daughter have been called all sorts of names, and even our faith has been attacked.  I have never seen the left so energized in my entire lifetime, but meanwhile those of us that are trying to move the United States in a more conservative direction are facing an uphill battle when it comes to raising funds.  If you believe that people like me should be running for Congress, I hope that you will support my campaign financially.  Since there is no incumbent running in my district, the race is completely wide open, and if I raise enough money I will win because I have the strongest message by a very wide margin. (Read More…)


Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan Ominously Warns That The Biggest Bond Bubble In History Is About To Burst

Are we right on the verge of one of the greatest financial collapses in American history?  I have been repeatedly warning that our ridiculously over-inflated stock market bubble could burst at any time, but former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan believes that the bond bubble actually presents an even greater danger.  When you look at the long-term charts, you will see that an epic bond bubble has been growing since the early 1980s, and when it finally collapses the financial carnage is going to be unlike anything we have ever seen before. (Read More…)


August 3, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — In the time period of 2007-2008, two journalists – Trevor Loudon, a blogger from New Zealand, and America’s Survival President Cliff Kincaid – tried to interest the public and the media in what they considered the story of their lifetimes. It was how a first-term largely unknown Senator from Illinois was a covert communist with backing from Russia who was poised to win the presidency of the United States. But the “fake news media” were not interested in the facts about then-Senator Obama, or the security risk he posed that would polarize and destabilize a nation – – and they covered up the story of Obama’s communist mentor, suspected Soviet espionage agent Frank Marshall Davis. Here, for the first time in print, is how Loudon and Kincaid unraveled the story of America’s first Marxist President. Kincaid says, “The smoking gun evidence of Barack Hussein Obama’s deep personal relationship with suspected Soviet espionage agent and Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis is the real Russia-gate scandal.”… (more)

August 3, 2017
BRYAN FISCHER — The Founders frequently cited outside authorities in their public political writings to support, amplify, and confirm their positions. Of all these outside citations, 34% came from the Bible. The source cited next most frequently, Montesquieu, clocked in at a mere eight percent. There is simply no historical argument against the proposition that our new nation was founded on principles articulated in the word of God…. (more)


August 3, 2017
GARTH KANT — The entire Russia collusion story was a fiction made up by intelligence chiefs who lied about President Trump, and lied to President Obama and the media, according to a person on a just-released audio recording who is almost certainly legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh…. (more)

August 3, 2017
ALICIA POWE — Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh appears to have dropped a bombshell in audio released Tuesday – – pointing out that the DNC emails obtained by WikiLeaks stopped pouring in after the mysterious murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich in 2016…. (more)

August 3, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A heated behind-the-scenes debate is playing out among high-level Trump administration advisers over whether the president should declare Iran in violation of the nuclear accord reached under his predecessor, President Barack Obama…. (more)

August 3, 2017
LIAM CLANCY — Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake penned an opinion piece for Politico deriding President Trump and the new populist, nationalist movement that propelled the GOP into the White House. In Flake’s piece, titled “My Party Is in Denial About Donald Trump,” the senator lays out a list of grievances against the president…. (more)

August 3, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A federal judge Tuesday shot down the latest attempt to derail President Trump’s voter integrity commission, saying there wasn’t enough evidence that Americans’ rights are being violated by the request for voters’ information. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth even seemed to chide the lawyers for Common Cause, an activist group that sued the commission, when one of them claimed they fear Mr. Trump will find a way to get at voters’ data even if states refuse…. (more)

August 3, 2017
BILL FEDERER — “There are but 155 years left … at which time … the world will come to an end,” wrote Christopher Columbus in his book “Libro de Las Profecias,” composed in 1502 between his third and fourth voyages…. (more)

August 2, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — More than a dozen retired generals and admirals have signed a letter to President Trump thanking him for his announced policy to ban transgender people from the armed forces…. (more)

August 2, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Donald Trump’s son-in-law told a group of congressional interns that the Trump campaign couldn’t have colluded with Russia because the team was too dysfunctional and disorganized to coordinate with a foreign government…. (more)

August 2, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Senate overwhelmingly voted to approve Christopher Wray as the new FBI director Tuesday, with both Republicans and Democrats expressing confidence he will lead an independent bureau and shield his investigators from political interference…. (more)

August 2, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — God “absolutely” approves of everyone – – including homosexuals – – declared one of America’s most well-known evangelical pastors The Houston megapastor and best-selling author Joel Osteen, whose followers include the likes of Cher and Oprah Winfrey, is hitting the talk-show circuit to promote his new book, “Break Out! 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life.”… (more)

August 1, 2017
CBN — A spiritual awakening is underway at the White House. Some of the most powerful people in America have been gathering weekly to learn more about God’s Word, and this Trump Cabinet Bible study is making history…. (more)

August 1, 2017
REUTERS — U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he spoke to President Donald Trump by phone about healthcare reform on Monday and told the president he thought Trump had the authority to create associations that would allow organizations to offer group health insurance plans…. (more)

August 1, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Top conservatives challenged President Trump on Monday to revoke the special $12,000 Obamacare subsidy members of Congress receive each year courtesy of taxpayers, saying the best way to force lawmakers back to the bargaining table is to force them to fully obey the struggling law…. (more)


August 1, 2017
NEWSMAX — Anthony Scaramucci might have lost a plum job as White House communications director after only 11 days, but things are as bad for him as they look on paper: His alma mater has listed him as dead in its updated directory…. (more)

August 1, 2017
BOB UNRUH — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has had trouble pulling his GOP ranks together for almost any issue lately. True, the senators did approve Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, but on Obamacare and a number of other issues they’ve had difficulty reaching unanimity…. (more)

August 1, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A Republican congressman is calling on Special Counsel Robert Mueller to resign from his role leading the Russia investigation, citing the investigator’s friendship with former FBI Director James B. Comey. Rep. Trent Franks said Mr. Mueller’s relationship with Mr. Comey should make him ineligible to lead a probe of Russian interference in the presidential election and any possible coordination with the Trump campaign – – the investigation includes whether the president fired the FBI director in an effort to undermine the investigation…. (more)

August 1, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Sen. James Lankford, Oklahoma Republican, on Monday confronted ABC News for labeling the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom as an alleged “hate group,” saying that disagreeing on the issues “isn’t the same as hate.” The network stoked outrage on the right with its July 12 online article headlined, “Jeff Sessions addresses ‘anti-LGBT hate group,’ but DOJ won’t release his remarks,” which referred to the designation used by the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center on its “hate map.”… (more)

July 31, 2017
WES VERNON — America needs to get its priorities straight. Picture this nightmare: Ex-President Barack Obama did (and out-of-office continues to) do his best to bring down America. Unlike other ex-presidents who had the courtesy to go home after their time in office was at an end and get out of their successor’s way, Mr. Obama moved himself and his family into a mansion in a toney neighborhood in Washington, D.C. where he – – not satisfied with the damage he inflicted during the eight years the voters entrusted him the highest honor America can offer – – is now well-situated to undermine President Trump. He’s like the rude house guest who never goes home…. (more)

July 31, 2017
ALAN KEYES — Recently, I read a column at WND by Lindy Daniel that proclaimed, “Diversity is not a strength in this country. In fact, it is difficult to find diversity as a strength anywhere. Let’s get real. Diversity is a weakness.” The author goes on to claim that diversity is at the root of practically all conflict and divisiveness, the cause of all wars…. (more)

July 31, 2017
WALL STREET JOURNAL — Anthony Scaramucci has been removed from his position as White House communications director, just 10 days after his appointment to the post. Scaramucci, who is nicknamed “The Mooch,” was removed at the urging of former Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, who was sworn in as White House chief of staff Monday morning. Mr. Kelly is seeking to impose more discipline in the White House, two administration officials said…. (more)


July 31, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — After their health care bill collapsed in spectacular fashion last week, Republican congressional leaders insist they won’t make the same mistakes with tax reform, the other big-ticket promise they made to voters, and to which they will turn next…. (more)

July 31, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Dozens of U.S. counties might not have any plans to choose from on Obamacare’s insurance exchanges next year while consumers with options face double-digit rate increases in many places – – putting Congress to choose among bipartisan fixes to the program, doubling down on repeal or following President Trump’s advice to “let it implode.”… (more)

July 31, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump must show leadership by “washing out” Anthony Scaramucci’s mouth “with a bar of soap” and escorting him “personally off the White House grounds,” Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats said…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Aug. 7, 2017

An America First Immigration Policy

While leftists debate a poem about “huddled masses,” two senators introduce a very smart bill.

The Foundation

“If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send … lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, talk by the hour? That … lawyers should do business together ought not to be expected.” —Thomas Jefferson (1821)

Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 08/05/2017

Concerns Raised as Photos Resurface of Hillsong’s Hipster ‘Pastor’ Carl Lentz Slamming Shots With Justin Bieber   Jul 31, 2017 06:53 pm

Photo Credit: AKM-GSI/BackGrid Following word that Justin Bieber has cancelled the remainder of his “Purpose” tour, as well as unconfirmed reports that the pop star has “rededicated his life to Christ,” concerns are being raised as to what kind of spiritual influence Hillsong hipster Carl Lentz has been on the singer. Since earlier this year, photos…

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Russian Ringleader of ‘Blue Whale Suicide Game’ Sentenced to Three Years Behind Bars   Jul 30, 2017 06:00 am

MOSCOW — One of the ringleaders of the “Blue Whale Suicide Challenge” in Russia has been sentenced to three years behind bars after admitting his involvement in the suicide attempts of two teenage girls. Philipp Budeikin, 22, told police following his arrest that he thought he was ridding society of those he considered to be “biological waste.” “There are…

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Mayor Defies Atheist Group’s Demands, Vows to Keep Bible Verse on Courthouse Wall   Jul 31, 2017 10:27 am

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. – After receiving a complaint letter from a prominent atheist group, the mayor of a Tennessee county says he has no plans to remove a Bible verse inscription from his county’s courthouse and hopes instead to add an additional verse to the building’s walls. On June 30, attorney Rebecca Markert with the Wisconsin-based Freedom From…

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U.S. Department of Justice Files Legal Brief Declaring Title VII Does Not Include Homosexuality   Jul 29, 2017 12:00 pm

Photo Credit: Department of Justice WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief declaring that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not pertain to homosexuality. “The sole question here is whether, as a matter of law, Title VII reaches sexual orientation discrimination,” it wrote. “It does not, as has been settled for…

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Homosexual Advocates Protest Church After Woman’s Membership Revoked for ‘Marrying’ Lesbian Partner   Aug 02, 2017 10:55 am

CHICAGO — An estimated two dozen homosexual advocates who profess to be Christian protested outside of a Chicago church on Sunday after a woman’s membership was revoked because she “married” another woman. “Her grandmother was a member, her mother was a member, and she was a member for 30 years. All of this ended last week because she made the decision to…

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‘Let Your Baby Live’: Video of Nine-Year-Old Girl Pleading Outside Abortion Facility Goes Viral   Aug 02, 2017 12:41 pm

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A video of a nine-year-old girl pleading with expectant mothers as she positioned herself outside the window of the waiting room of an Indianapolis abortion facility has gone viral. “I’m a nine-year old and the voice of your baby right now: ‘Don’t kill me. Save me. Let me live. Let me see the world. Let me see what it can bring. Let me…

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School District Settles With Abortion Abolitionist Teens Told by Vice Principal to ‘Go to Hell’ With Aborted Babies   Jul 30, 2017 08:27 am

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. — A school district in Pennsylvania has agreed to an out-of-court settlement to ensure that free speech is protected on the public sidewalks surrounding its schools. The district had been asked to issue an educational memo to employees of Downingtown STEM Academy after the vice president of the school yelled and cursed at two teenage abortion…

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Residents Banned From ‘Commentary Regarding Islam or Muslims’ During Town’s Mosque Hearing   Aug 04, 2017 06:02 am

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A lawsuit has been filed challenging a settlement agreement that bans residents in a New Jersey town from making remarks about Islam or Muslims during an upcoming public hearing centering on the forthcoming construction of a mosque. The Thomas More Law Center has filed suit on behalf of a family that lives within 200 feet from where the…

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‘I Felt Like God Was Telling Me to’: Walmart Cashier Brings Foster Mom to Tears in Paying for Her Groceries   Aug 01, 2017 08:06 pm

NEWCASTLE, Okla. — A Walmart cashier is crediting the leading of the Lord after he paid for a foster mother’s groceries when some items wouldn’t go through on her new WIC card. Nicholas Tate, 22, a student at Austin Bible Institute, was working at the Newcastle Walmart recently when a woman came through his line with three children. “The two little girls were…

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UK Prison Worker Barred from Chapel Services for Quoting Bible on Homosexuality Loses Appeal   Aug 04, 2017 06:01 am

CAMBRIDGESHIRE, U.K. — A Christian prison worker in the U.K. who was barred from participating in chapel services after quoting a Scripture that references homosexuality has lost his appeal, as an Employment Appeals Tribunal was not convinced that he had suffered discrimination. The tribunal concluded that the policies at HMP Littlehey, a prison for sex…

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Top Headlines – 8/7/2017

Jordan’s King calls on U.S. to support ‘Palestinian issue’

Abbas: Jerusalem al-Quds is Palestine’s eternal capital

Report: Hamas accepts unity deal with Fatah

Palestinian Officials: Israel Peace Talks Are a Nonstarter While Netanyahu Under Criminal Investigation

Aide turned state’s witness: ‘I did not rat out Netanyahu’

With indictment in question, Likud members come out swinging for Netanyahu

66% of Israelis say Netanyahu should quit if indicted – poll

Netanyahu to speak at UN same day as Trump

US T-shirt company sells swastika design as ‘symbol of love and peace’

Some 1,000 Jewish visitors pray at Joseph’s Tomb in PA-controlled city under heavy IDF escort. Nine terrorists nabbed in Judea and Samaria.

In first, court revokes citizenship of Arab Israeli car-ramming attacker

Police car firebombed in East Jerusalem, no injuries

Averting a Third Lebanon War – Hezbollah’s missile buildup, facilitated by Lebanon and Iran, is forcing Israel’s hand

Despite Trump claim, Lebanon fighting alongside, not against, Hezbollah

US special forces on the ground in Lebanon

Why Israel Is Concerned About American-Russian Understandings on Syria

War-Crimes Prosecutor, Frustrated at U.N. Inaction, Quits Panel on Syria

Syrian army takes last IS-held town in Homs

Afghan official: Taliban kill 30 locals in northern province

Islamist Spies Infiltrating the West to Terrorize Christians

Church attacked in southern Nigeria; at least 11 killed

Dozens killed in ethnic violence in eastern Congo

France opens terrorism probe into knife-wielding man who shouted “Allahu Akbar” at Eiffel Tower

Minnesota mosque explosion ‘deeper and scarier’ than threats, director says

Minnesota governor denounces mosque bombing as ‘dastardly, cowardly’ hate crime

Report: Iranian soldier opens fire at air base, kills 3

Iran’s Space Program Emerges from Dormancy

Hassan Rouhani takes oath for second term with swipe at Trump

US, Russian envoys to discuss Ukraine soon – Lavrov

Tillerson: US to respond to Russia’s ouster of diplomats

Russia ready for more engagement with US, despite sanctions

‘This is a war’: Trump goes on offensive to spread distrust of Mueller investigation

U.S. Justice Department not looking to charge journalists for leaks: official

Russia Will Overshadow Trump’s Presidency Unless He Takes Action

Pence denies eyeing presidential bid amid distance with Trump over Russia

Trump talks to South Korean president, tweets he’s ‘impressed’ about UN’s North Korea sanctions vote

N. Korea slams UN sanctions, rejects nuclear negotiations

Trump administration ‘not playing around’ on North Korea

Tillerson doubles down as China takes new hard line on North Korea

North Korea must halt missile tests for talks with US to occur, Tillerson says

N. Korean missiles add urgency to Hiroshima A-bomb appeals

China media stress limits to North Korea sanctions, slam U.S. ‘arrogance’

China says sanctions needed on North Korea, but not final aim

China Considering Military Action Against India: Report

China’s web users fear losing tools to bypass ‘Great Firewall’

Military Base Attacked in Venezuela as Video Calls for Rebellion

‘Barack Obama Day’ Is Now an Illinois Holiday

Chicago to sue over ‘misguided’ sanctuary city warning

The Stock Market Keeps Breaking New Records While Mainstream Media Focuses on ‘Chaos’

Beneath the glow of stock-market records, darkly bearish trends are lurking

Saudi Arabia Builds Cities in the Sand to Take Economy Past Oil

‘Mark of the beast?’ Microchipping employees raises apocalyptic questions

Artificial Intelligence will lead to the human soul, not destroy it

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits the Southeast Indian Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Georgetown, Saint Helena

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano in Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 18,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Pacific Storm Tracker: Shifty typhoon Noru could drench Kanto Plain

Tropical Storm Franklin forms in Caribbean, heads for Mexico

Tulsa tornado injures nearly 30, knocks out power to thousands

Tulsa storms leave dozens injured as floods submerge parts of Kansas City and New Orleans

‘It was like a mini-Katrina’: Shaken New Orleanians overwhelmed by Saturday’s sudden flooding

New Orleans floods as downpour overwhelms city pump stations

Torrential storms dump up to 5 inches of rain in KC area, causing flash flooding

Global Ocean Circulation Appears To Be Collapsing Due To A Warming Planet

Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts

Bloodied Melbourne teen ‘eaten’ by mystery sea creatures

Australia’s ruling party meets to resolve gay marriage rift

Drag Queen Storytime comes to Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

One military that has no problem with transgender soldiers: Israel’s

Do transgender rights trump women’s rights? The Left needs to decide

Male cosmetics counters could hit department stores in five years, L’Oreal boss says

Psychologists say more and more young people are entitled

Chuck Baldwin – Christian War Fever

Sonny Hernandez – Christians Stop Elevating the Constitution Over The Bible

Anthony Wade – The Tithing Lie of Blessed and Cursed Money

This is Not That: An Analysis of John Crowder’s “The New Mystics”

92-year-old Jimmy Carter leads Bible study, says… Jesus was a failure

Man Banned From Releasing Undercover Videos From Abortion Convention Appeals to US Supreme Court

California Law Forces Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortions

Kris Vallotton Says Conviction is the Holy Spirit Reminding You How Awesome You Are

Mythbusters: “Slain in the Spirit” What does the Bible really say?

FCC Pays Billion Dollars to Religious Broadcasters

Robbing God, Literally: 1 in 10 Protestant Churches Experience Embezzlement

Atheists ‘appalled’ by White House Bible study

Scientists Finally Read The Oldest Biblical Text Ever Found

Wisconsin Can’t Force Christian Photographer to Work Gay Weddings, Court Announces

Residents Banned From ‘Commentary Regarding Islam or Muslims’ During Town’s Mosque Hearing

Ethiopian Christian Attacked With Machetes for Evangelizing

Is Juanita Bynum Lying? – ‘Prophetess’ claims degree from school that doesn’t exist

JD Hall Confronts False Prophet, Jim Bakker in Branson Missouri

Pastor Jamal Bryant Denies Stalking NYC Woman Who Filed Restraining Order, Rep Says

The ‘Prophets’ and ‘Apostles’ Leading the Quiet Revolution in American Religion – NAR attempt to re-brand itself as the INC

Morris Cerullo – Televangelist’s planned resort gets a major redesign but wailing wall still there

Joel Hunter to step down from Orlando megachurch

Daughter of CRI Founder Defends Hank Hanegraaff Amid ‘Fake News’ Charges That He Stole CRI Presidency

Lesbian Mom Loses Effort to Have Christian Judge Removed From Divorce Case

Was the Lost Home of the Apostles Just Found?

Posted: 07 Aug 2017 06:17 AM PDT

Archaeologists think they may have found the lost Roman city of Julias, the home of three apostles of Jesus: Peter, Andrew and Philip (John 1:44; 12:21). A multi-layered site discovered on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, in the Bethsaida Valley Nature Reserve, is the spot, the team…

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A Million Muslims Filled the Streets to Hear About Jesus in Heart of Radical Islam

Posted: 07 Aug 2017 06:11 AM PDT

In an era where terrorists often target Christians and radical Islam is tainting peace-loving Muslims, one brave Christian evangelist is building bridges in places so dangerous, most travelers have written them off. Well-known Bible teacher and evangelist Marilyn Hickey believes those dangerous places are fertile territory for planting seeds of…

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North Korea vows attack on America as Kim Jong-un demands ‘justice’ for Donald Trump

Posted: 07 Aug 2017 05:58 AM PDT

North Korea has threatened “thousands-fold” revenge against the United States for banning exports worth $1billion following its intercontinental ballistic launches. Crackpot leader Kim Jong-un is demanding “justice” over Donald Trump’s attempts to “isolate and stifle” his country with ban on exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood. The tough new U.N….

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Unconventional Ways God Supernaturally Provides for His People

Posted: 06 Aug 2017 05:01 PM PDT

(By Kyle Winkler) Perhaps you’ve heard the popular parable about the man stuck on his rooftop during a flood. After he prayed to God for help, a man in a rowboat came to offer to take him to safety. But the stranded man declined the offer by shouting back, “No…

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DEVELOPING: Fears Of Yellowstone Super-Volcano about to BLOW after 1400 Earthquakes

Posted: 06 Aug 2017 04:45 PM PDT

Yellowstone volcano has been struck by 1,400 earthquakes in recent weeks, leading to fears that the supervolcano is ready to blow and WIPE OUT life on Earth. Seismic activity around the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, US, is not uncommon, but the heaviest swarm in half a decade has people…

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North Korea threatens to ‘end the US’ as UK warns nuclear provocations could be ‘catastrophic’

Posted: 06 Aug 2017 04:28 PM PDT

North Korea has threatened to “end” the US in its latest war-mongering rant. State-controlled media slammed America’s recent decision to fly two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula.  The B-1 bombers were escorted by South Korean fighter jets as they performed a low-pass over an air base near the South…

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Mysterious craters blowing out of Russia could mean trouble for the whole planet

Posted: 06 Aug 2017 04:22 PM PDT

In northern Siberia, rising temperatures are causing mysterious giant craters — and even more dire consequences could be in store, say climate scientists. The Russian province’s long-frozen ground, called permafrost, is thawing, triggering massive changes to the region’s landscape and ecology. It could even threaten human lives. “The last time we saw…

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Did A Novelist From The 1800s Warn Us In Advance That Donald Trump Would Be ‘The Last President’?

Posted: 06 Aug 2017 04:15 PM PDT

ATTENTION: The following article does not reflect the personal views or opinions of End Time Headlines (By Michael Snyder) I am about to share with you one of the strangest things that I have come across in a very long time.  In the late 1800s, author Ingersoll Lockwood wrote a…

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What Happens When People Taste the Afterlife in Near-Death Experiences?

Posted: 06 Aug 2017 04:07 PM PDT

(By Ivan Rudolph) Have you ever had a near-death experience (NDE)? The sort where you physically died and found yourself “somewhere else,” no longer inhabiting your dead body? If you did, you may have had a taste of the afterlife—and may have been fortunate enough to recall this fact. You…

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Signs in Sky Reveal America as ‘Covenant’ Nation, says ‘Blood Moons’ Discoverer

Posted: 06 Aug 2017 01:01 PM PDT

The discoverer of the “Blood Moons” phenomenon says God is sending a message to the church – and all people need to do to see it is look skyward. The Boston Globe recently reported the path of the upcoming total solar eclipse which will cross the United States on August 21 will overwhelmingly…

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Bright fireball streaks over Seattle, Washington

Posted: 06 Aug 2017 12:57 PM PDT

A widely observed bright fireball streaked over the states of Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, US and British Columbia, Canada at around 04:53 UTC on July 30, 2017 (21:53 PDT on July 29). As of 14:39 UTC on August 4, there are 843 witness reports submitted to the International Meteor Organization…

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Planned Parenthood: Teach your preschoolers ‘their genitals don’t determine their gender’

Posted: 06 Aug 2017 12:48 PM PDT

Apparently, children as young as 4 are not too young to be told that gender and sex are different and that their genitals don’t indicate their gender, according to new Planned Parenthood guidelines for parents. On a page of its website titled “How do I talk with my preschooler about their body?”…

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DAYS OF LOT: Transgender Man Trystan Reese Gives Birth to Baby

Posted: 06 Aug 2017 12:44 PM PDT

A transgender man has given birth to a healthy baby boy called Leo. Trystan Reese, from Portland in Oregon, was born female but started taking hormones nearly 10 years ago. He and his husband Biff Chaplow have been providing online updates during the pregnancy. Leo, who was born after 30…

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Human Brains Grown in lab Could One Day be Used to Repair Alzheimer’s Damage

Posted: 06 Aug 2017 12:39 PM PDT

Tiny human brains are being grown in the laboratory by British scientists who say they could one day be used to repair damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease. The miniature organs are being made from human skin cells, which are transformed into neurons and 3D printed into clusters so that they…

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Outrage after Synagogue in Australia Banned over ‘Extremist Threat’

Posted: 06 Aug 2017 12:35 PM PDT

Australian authorities have banned the construction of a synagogue in the Sydney suburbs, citing a potential terrorist attack threat. The step has been labelled “anti-Semitic” and some said it means terrorists “have already won.” The appeal against the initial decision to refuse construction of the synagogue was rejected on Wednesday by the…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Technology Now in Place for Bible’s ‘Mark of the Beast’

Posted: 06 Aug 2017 12:23 PM PDT

Technology in place for Bible’s ‘mark of the beast’ A company in Wisconsin, Three Square Market, has introduced a “voluntary microchipping” program for employees, with just under half its workers participating. The company claims it is the first use of this technology in the United States and proponents assert it will allow…

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First Time in Millennia, Priests Trained to Enter Holy of Holies

Posted: 06 Aug 2017 12:16 PM PDT

For the first time in 2,000 years, a group of Kohanim (men of the Jewish priestly caste) living close to Jerusalem’s Old City are studying the relevant Jewish laws to be able to ascend the Temple Mount and enter the Holy of Holies, where God’s presence is said to dwell….

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Typhoon “Noru” leaves at least 2 dead and 9 missing, Japan

Posted: 06 Aug 2017 12:08 PM PDT

A slow-moving Typhoon “Noru” approached the Japanese mainland on Sunday, August 6, 2017, leaving on its way at least 2 people dead and forcing authorities to issue evacuation advisories for at least 210 000. By early August 6 (UTC), Noru has been a typhoon for 13 days, which made it…

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DISTRESS OF NATIONS: Military Base Attacked in Venezuela as Video Calls for Rebellion

Posted: 06 Aug 2017 12:05 PM PDT

Armed men in military uniforms and camouflage released a video early Sunday morning calling for Venezuelans to rebel against President Nicolás Maduro after his party established an all-powerful assembly meant to secure its grip over the country. Around the same time, a military base was attacked in the state of…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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August 2, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose past 22,000 for the first time as Apple Inc. pushed to a record, while renewed strength in the euro dragged down European equities. Oil fluctuated after retreating from its brief rise above $50 a barrel.

In as little as 24 hours, a clash of powers is set to unfold in the Venezuelan capital’s gold-domed Federal Legislative Palace, where a newly elected legislative super body will attempt to convene alongside the National Assembly, the only arm of government not controlled by President Nicolas Maduro or his allies.

Venezuela’s state-owned oil company and its partners have quietly started working on a Plan B to find markets for the country’s crude oil if the White House ratchets up sanctions and bans imports.

It may already be too late for sanctions to halt North Korea’s missile program. That’s the view of analysts who have watched Kim Jong Un accelerate progress on North Korea’s decades-long quest for a functioning intercontinental ballistic missile. Friday’s launch, the second in a matter of weeks, showed it’s just a matter of time before he has a full-fledged ICBM that could hit any part of the U.S. with a nuclear weapon.

Between Russian meddling in last year’s election, Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and the president’s public drubbing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the House Judiciary Committee has a lot it could be looking into. But its Republican chairman, Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, has a different priority: investigating Hillary Clinton.

President Donald Trump’s administration may be poised to strike a peculiar deal for the next Air Force One planes: buying jumbo jets abandoned by a defunct Russian airline.

The number of U.S. honeybees, a critical component in the agriculture industry, rose in 2017 from a year earlier, and deaths of the insects attributed to a mysterious malady that’s affected hives in North America and Europe declined.

Facebook’s Instagram is most popular for people younger than 25, who the company says spend an average of more than 32 minutes a day on the photo-sharing app.

Deutsche Bank AG envisions shifting almost half its U.K. positions to the European continent over coming years as the lender’s Brexit plans take shape, people briefed on the matter said. Most of the 4,000 positions will move to Frankfurt and Berlin.

Toyota stood out as the only major automaker to increase U.S. sales last month and Nissan and Honda both beat projections as demand at traditional U.S. automakers slumped.

AP Top Stories

Days after declaring that President Trump would sign legislation imposing tough new sanctions on Russia, the White House said Tuesday that his government lawyers needed to wrap up a “legal review” of the bill first. Congress approved the bill, which also imposes punitive economic measures on Iran and North Korea, on Friday, sending it to Trump by a veto-proof margin.

Indian forces killed a top militant commander in Kashmir on Tuesday, triggering clashes in which one protester was killed and dozens injured.

China has officially opened its first overseas naval base in Djibouti, state media said Tuesday, a major step for the country’s expansion of its military presence abroad.

The number of people with an immigrant background in Germany rose 8.5 percent to a record 18.6 million in 2016, largely due to an increase in refugees, the Federal Statistics Office said.

North Korea has been engaged in “highly unusual and unprecedented levels” of submarine activity in the wake of its second intercontinental ballistic missile launch this month.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have started using a new route across the Gulf to funnel covert arms shipments to their Houthi allies in Yemen’s civil war.

Trystan Reese, a 34-year-old transgender man, has given birth to a boy weighing in at 9 pounds, 6 ounces and bearing a great deal of joy.

Indonesia will deport 153 Chinese nationals arrested for alleged involvement in a multimillion-dollar cyber fraud ring targeting wealthy businessmen and politicians in China.

Endangered elephants and tigers are killing one person a day in India as humans put a growing squeeze on their habitat, according to new government figures.

A whole new student loan servicing and processing system will be up and running in 2019, the U.S. Education Department said on Tuesday, as it formally unveiled its plan to overhaul the current $1.3 trillion program.

Members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet are believed to attend a weekly session to study the bible.

BBC

A wide-ranging survey found that 67% of women and 59% of men want to see same-sex marriage made legal in Australia.

An explosion at a mosque in the Afghan city of Herat has killed about 30 people and injured dozens more.

The ruins of an ancient Roman neighborhood of luxury homes and vast public spaces have been found by archaeologists in south-eastern France.

WND

In a party desperate for victories, Democratic candidates are finding the most success in little-noticed state legislative races. They’ve already won four seats previously under Republican control, some of them in battleground districts that split evenly between President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Scientists at Oregon Health and Science University have done it. Huffington Post wants you to know, “The OHSU research is believed to have broken new ground both in the number of embryos experimented upon and by demonstrating it is possible to safely and efficiently correct defective genes that cause inherited diseases, according to Technology Review. Designer babies?


The Briefing 08-02-17

Who defines futility? Charlie Gard and the debate over parental rights

Lawyer appointed to represent Charlie Gard linked to pro-euthanasia group

Prominent British minister Steve Chalke denies Original Sin. Should we be surprised?

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Top News – 8/2/2017

Israelis March Demanding Access to Temple Mount and Building of Third Temple
Thousands of Israelis participated in an annual march around the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, with a special focus on the Temple Mount. Though it is Judaism’s holiest site, Jews are still not allowed to pray there due to threats of Muslim violence. Government officials participating in the march noted that the people of Israel are seeking much more than just the right to pray atop a Muslim-occupied Temple Mount. They want the Third Temple.

China pushing its four-point peace plan
China steps to the plate and offers a Chinese vision to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Vilna’i pointed out that “60% of Chinese energy comes from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Iran, and they are very sensitive to what is happening here.” The Chinese sensitivity to the region is further enhanced by the country’s mega infrastructure plan, called the One Belt One Road initiative, that runs through parts of the Middle East and which China hopes will revive the ancient Silk Road.

ICBM test carried out by US Air Force
An intercontinental ballistic missile flew 4,000 miles from an Air Force base in California into the Pacific early Wednesday morning in a test of the United States’ substantial arsenal. The Air Force ICBM test follows on the heels of B-1 bomber flights from Guam to South Korea during the weekend. The U.S. also said it conducted a successful test of a missile defense system located in Alaska.

Nuclear Weapon Detonating in Los Angeles Would Be Terrible’: Is N Korea War Coming?
In a candid interview at the National Press Club, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said North Korea is the biggest threat to America and we can no longer take a wait-and-see attitude. “War in the Korean Peninsula would be terrible. However, a nuclear weapon detonating in Los Angeles would be terrible,” Gen. Milley said. “But we are at a point in time where tough choices will have to be made,”

Pope Francis ‘paving way for Antichrist’
The influential but radical Jose Galat, director of the Great Colombia university and Teleamiga television network, almost spewed fire when interviewed by Blu Radio about an impending papal visit to Colombia. The Colombian Catholic Church had urged all clergies in the country to dissuade worshipers from watching the Teleamiga network after Galat had called the pope a false prophet in his talk show,

Bible Study Returns to White House as Trump Cabinet Members Attend Weekly Meetings
The Trump Cabinet’s weekly Bible study meetings, composed of the most influential lawmakers in the country, may be the first such gathering in 100 years, Ralph Drollinger, founder of Capitol Ministries and leader of the study sessions, told Breaking Christian News (BCN), bringing the Bible back to the White House in a way not seen in a century.

Netanyahu to attend Beitar Illit ceremony for 1,000 new settler homes
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans visit the Beit Illit settlement on Thursday morning to attend a corner stone laying ceremony for the construction of 1,000 new homes, according to the municipality’s spokesman. It’s the first time since taking office in 2009, that he has visited the Haredi city of close to 50,000 people located just outside of Jerusalem in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank.

China pushing its four-point peace plan
China’s expressed interest in getting more actively involved in trying to solve the Israeli-Palestinian issue stems from a concern that any explosion in the Middle East could jeopardize its oil and gas supply from the region…Vilna’i’s comments came a day after China’s UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi said at a press conference in New York that the international community should get behind a new four-point peace proposal put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

WATCH: Israel’s first environmental satellite soars
On Wednesday at 04:58 Israel time The Venus, the world’s smallest environmental satellite, soared from the launching pad in French Guiana. It was accompanied by an Italian satellite and launched from the Guiana Space Center which serves as the spaceport of France because it’s close to the equator, enabling launches to gain extra velocity from the Earth’s rotation.

North Korea: US not seeking regime change, says Rex Tillerson
The US government is not seeking a regime change in North Korea, the secretary of state says, amid tensions over Pyongyang’s weapons programme. “We’re not your enemy,” Rex Tillerson said, adding that the US wanted a dialogue at some point. But a Republican senator said President Donald Trump had told him there would be a war with North Korea if its missile programme continued.

Jordan MPs vote to scrap rape law loophole
Jordanian MPs have voted to scrap a law enabling rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their victim. The lower house backed the removal of a controversial clause known as Article 308. Rights activists have long campaigned to abolish the provision, whose proponents argued protected victims from the social stigma of rape.

Yemen conflict: Cholera risk for more than a million children
More than a million children in Yemen are at high risk of dying from cholera, says Save the Children. The charity warns that the children are severely malnourished, and living in some of the areas of the country worst hit by the disease. The number of people infected with the disease during the country’s civil war has already reached more than 430,000.

Pentagon investigators find ‘security risks’ in government’s immigrant recruitment program, ‘infiltration’ feared
Defense Department investigators have discovered “potential security risks” in a Pentagon program that has enrolled more than 10,000 foreign-born individuals into the U.S. armed forces since 2009, Fox News has learned exclusively, with sources on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon expressing alarm over “foreign infiltration” and enrollees now unaccounted for.

Heavy rain puts Miami under water.
…Miami Beach…As of 3:45 p.m., the city had already racked up about five inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service, which issued a flash flood warning for the region until 7:45 p.m. Meteorologists suggested drivers in eastern Miami-Dade County turn around when encountering flooded roads, which could put the vehicle, and its occupants, in danger.

Senior Hamas officials meet with Iranian official in Beirut
A Hezbollah-affiliated journalist published a photograph of senior Hamas official Saleh al-Arouri—who was recently forced to relocate from Qatar—meeting with an Iranian official in Beirut on Wednesday. Two years ago, al-Arouri was also forced to leave Turkey following joint US and Israeli pressure. The recent moves indicate a new Hamas policy of senior leadership not settling in one particular country for an extended period of time, but rather constantly moving.

Violent July Leaves Chicago Murders On Pace To Exceed 2016, The Bloodiest Year In Two Decades
One month ago, President Trump vowed to “send in the Feds” after Chicago’s murder rate continued to track roughly in-line with 2016, the most violent year for the city in nearly two decades.  But, with the month of July now over, the ‘Feds’ don’t seem to be having an impact so far.

Notorious Italian Abortionist Invited to Give Talk on Immigration at Catholic Parish
Emma Bonino, champion of the Italian pro-abortion movement, was invited to give a presentation on immigration last week at a parish church in northern Italy, where she defended the need for bringing more immigrants into Europe. According to her own boasts, Bonino performed over 10,000 illegal abortions during her career, devising an abortion machine from a bicycle pump and a pickle jar. Bonino founded the Center for Information on Sterilization and Abortion (CISA) and agitated for the legalization of abortion in Italy, which was achieved in 1975.

North Korean Submarines’ ‘Unusual Activity’ Alarms The US
The United States military has detected “highly unusual and unprecedented levels” of North Korean submarine activity.  They also claim there is evidence of a submarine “ejection test.”

Hungarian PM: ‘Soros Empire’ plans to de-Christianize Europe
George Soros and the European Union are behind a plan to create a “mixed, Islamized Europe” according to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who further iterated that the only way to halt this demographic replacement of Christian Europeans is through a return to pro-sovereignty, pro-family values and policies.

Many Christians unaware of crucial info about 9th of Av on Tuesday
…“This 9th of Av has the potential of being very prophetically significant,” Biltz told WND. “We have Jewish people for the first time openly praying on the Temple Mount even when facing being arrested. The attitude of the Jewish people is changing where they are gaining the courage to be like Phinehas and be zealous for God’s sake. They have had enough with Muslims killing Jews on the Temple Mount. This could be the year the prophecy is fulfilled!”

Dinesh D’Souza: Left’s ‘resistance’ a spiritual battle
“The political debate is the tip of the iceberg, and underneath the political debate is a moral debate that is about fundamental moral issues and the fundamental question of how we should live our life,” he told WND. “But underlying the moral debate the spiritual debate – or what evangelicals call spiritual warfare – which is to say a kind of deep struggle in which we get that sense that our own life and our own politics is a larger playground for spiritual forces that we don’t control.”


Health Care is a Mess… But Why? (VIDEO)

Simple supply and demand. Or not so simple for some.

Throw in a heavy dose of medical crony capitalism too.

All you folks out there who think you’re helping the “common person” by advocating for yet more government involvement in healthcare? You are actually hurting people. The state will always be corrupted by cronies of one sort or another and our Medicare/Medicaid/Obamacare healthcare complex is full of cronyism, from top to bottom.

But even still,

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Congressional Investigation Into Wasserman Schultz IT Scandal Moves Forward, “At best for her that is gross misapplication of public funds that could merit resignation alone,”

A quaint little story that some in the news don’t feel warrants much attention. We think it does.

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More than a third of US adults prescribed opioids in 2015

I don’t see 1/3 of the adult population wandering around in a opium haze, so there is some hope in that, I suppose. Even still 1/3 were prescribed opiates in 2015. That’s a lot of pretty hard drugs.

People need to be able to manage pain. And people who have become addicted need to be treated compassionately. But something is misfiring here (it appears to us) and we need to examine it.

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16 Facts That Prove That America Is In Deep Trouble

Is this the generation that is going to witness the end of America?

If our country stays on the path that it is currently on, it is very difficult to see how we are possibly going to make it.

Throughout human history every great society has eventually entered a period of decline, and sadly that is happening to us as well.

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For First Time in Millennia, Jewish Priests Will Undergo Training to Enter Temple’s Holy of Holies

The Tribulation Temple is on the way . . . .

For the first time in 2,000 years, a group of Kohanim (men of the Jewish priestly caste) living close to Jerusalem’s Old City are studying the relevant Jewish laws to be able to ascend the Temple Mount and enter the Holy of Holies, where God’s presence is said to dwell.

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The United States Has Become A Nation Of Sheeple

You can either follow the herd of you can decide to find your own path.  One of the things that greatly frustrates me is that so many Americans allow other people to do their thinking for them.  We have become a nation of sheeple, and the vast majority of the shepherds that we are relying on for guidance are frauds and imposters.  The blind are leading the blind, and we are slowly but surely committing national suicide.  If a lot more of us don’t start to learn to think for ourselves, I fear that the vast majority of the population will never wake up until it is far too late. (Read More…)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Aug. 2, 2017

Unpacking the Unmasking Scandal

James Clapper revised the unmasking rules in 2013, opening the door for Obama and company to take advantage.

The Foundation

“The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.” —Thomas Jefferson (1790)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: August 02

  • Trump close to decision on addressing Chinese trade practices (Read More); White House Weighs Trade Measures Against China (Read More)
  • Republicans Pivot to Tax Cuts Amid Frustration at Lack of Detail (Read More)
  • Russian losses in Syria jump in 2017, estimates show (RRead More)
  • Market Paradox: Firms Get Punished for Posting Earnings (Read More)
  • OPEC’s ‘Catch-22’: How to Unwind Its Deal to Cut Oil Output (Read More)
  • Trump’s CEO Brain Trust Hasn’t Done Much (Read More)
  • How the World’s Biggest Buyout Deal Crashed and Burned (Read More)
  • Some Insurers Seek ACA Premium Increases of 30% and Higher (Read More)
  • Investor Einhorn sees cash burn at Tesla, sticks with short bet (Read More)
  • Peltz and P&G Expect to Spend $60 Million on Record Proxy Fight (Read More)
  • Theranos Low on Cash After Settlement With Walgreens (Read More)
  • EU says mulling ‘whole range of actions’ on Venezuela (Read More)
  • Car Makers Report Steep Sales Fall (Read More)
  • Turkey opens trial of nearly 500 defendants over failed coup (Read More)
  • Renting in Toronto Is a Total Nightmare (Read More)
  • Switzerland’s First-World Problem: What to Do With $750 Billion (Read More)
  • Go West, U.S. VP Pence tells Western Balkans (Read More)
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Top Headlines – 8/2/2017

Israeli-Palestinian conflict may not be solvable, Kushner says on tape

Public opinion poll: ‘No Palestinian state in five years’

Abbas holds rare reconciliation talks with Hamas in Ramallah

Reported talks between Fatah and Hamas on ending PA sanctions in Gaza

Hezbollah, Nusra Front prisoner swap means large refugee transfer can start

Red Cross demands Israel reinstate family visits for Hamas terrorists

Iran’s role in Temple Mount clashes revealed

Tisha B’Av on Temple Mount: quarrels break out, 5 arrested

Jewish visitors to Temple Mount jump 15% this year

Temple advocacy groups: ‘Largest number of Jews at Temple Mount since 1967’

Jordan on Jewish Temple Mount pilgrimage: ‘New low in extremists’ Al-Aqsa offensive’

Jordan: ‘If Israel fails to address embassy affair appropriately, we have options’

At Least 29 Killed in Suicide Attack on a Shiite Mosque in Afghanistan, a Hospital Official Says

Kabul attack: Isis claim car bombing and gunmen assault on Iraqi embassy in the Afghanistan capital

8 Churches Close in Baghdad Amid Shrinking Iraqi Christian Population

Saudi Arabia seeks to end U.S. lawsuits over Sept. 11 attacks

In TV Spectacle, Man Convicted of Child Rape-Murder Is Executed in Yemen

Turkey opens trial of nearly 500 defendants over failed coup

Iran Says New U.S. Sanctions Violate Nuclear Deal

Iran complains to UN over new US sanctions

Here’s how Trump could break the Iran nuclear deal

Tillerson says he disagrees with Trump on Iran deal

Tillerson to North Korea: ‘We are not your enemy’

Tillerson says U.S. wants North Korea dialogue ‘at some point’

Analysts doubt North Korea’s ICBM re-entry capability

US prepares to test launch unarmed ICBM from California

Passenger jet passed within 10 minutes of where North Korean missile test landed, official says

Watch China debut an ICBM that can hit the US with multiple nuclear warheads

Top Senate Democrat urges Trump to block China deals over North Korea

Russia’s Military Drills Near NATO Border Raise Fears of Aggression

Pence pledges support for Georgia, condemns Russian moves

Tillerson concedes Russia ties are sour, but holds out hope

White House says Trump has yet to sign Russia sanctions bill

Fragile economy stays Putin’s hand in stand-off with U.S.

White House admits Trump ‘weighed in’ on son’s Russia statement

President Donald Trump says he won’t stay off social media

Pentagon investigators find ‘security risks’ in government’s immigrant recruitment program, ‘infiltration’ feared

Trump to Announce Legal Immigration Overhaul with Cotton, Perdue on Wednesday

‘Walls That Work’: Can Israeli Tech Be Trump’s Solution for Mexico Border Security?

U.S. eases environment laws for Mexico border wall near San Diego

Tourists hit by airport delays longer than their flights amid tougher EU border controls

UK PM’s office says free movement from EU will end in 2019

Trump seeks credit as stock market soars, economy strengthens

Trump touts Dow’s fast rise. But analysts say something else is responsible for Tuesday’s new high.

Four major US cities ring housing bubble alarm

Say goodbye to $2.30 gas if Trump goes hard after Venezuela

Wisconsin CEO Gets Microchip Implant

Wisconsin company holds party to implant microchips

Two Eclipses, and 6 More Can’t-Miss Sky Events in August

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Vinchina, Argentina

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the North Atlantic Ocean

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Adak, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Adak, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near the Western Indian-Antarctic Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kitaibaraki, Japan

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 30,000ft

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

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 12,500ft

Tropical Storm Emily causes mayhem in Florida

Historic Heat Arriving This Week in Pacific Northwest

Blistering Heat Wave Threatens Seattle, Where Only a Third Have Air-Conditioning

Coast Guard Commandant: Warming in the Arctic Leading to Territorial Disputes

Israel’s first environmental satellite soars

Verily releases millions of mosquitoes to help combat Zika in California

Florida confirms first sexually transmitted Zika case in 2017

More than a third of US adults prescribed opioids in 2015

Elon Musk says he may have depression, like just millions of overworked Americans in their 40s and 50s

Democrats Willing to Fund Pro-Life Candidates to Win Back Congress

Rosie O’Donnell urges women to form their own party if Dems support candidates against abortion rights

Transgender man gives birth to a boy

Coast Guard chief vows to support transgender personnel after Trump tweets ban

Jordan repeals law allowing rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their victims

Elizabeth Prata – A Quiet Life

Exodus from Rome, Vol I by Dr. Todd D. Baker

Brian Houston: Used Car Salesman Pushing the Hillsong Brand

City Harvest case: Kong Hee, with white hair and crew cut, in good spirits as criminal reference hearing begins

Wife of Toledo pastor charged with child sex trafficking placed on paid administrative leave

East Columbus pastor charged with sexually assaulting three young girls

Church of England Minister Raises Concerns for Hosting Homosexual Pride Service

Nasa offering six-figure salary for new ‘planetary protection officer’ to defend Earth from aliens

Posted: 02 Aug 2017 07:52 AM PDT

Nasa is hiring someone who can defend Earth from alien contamination.  The full-time role of “planetary protection officer” will involve ensuring that humans in space do not contaminate planets and moons, as well as ensuring that alien matter does not infect Earth. The pay is a six-figure salary: as much as $187,000 (£141,000) a year…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

‘Will There Come a Day Where People Who Prefer Not to Be Microchipped Won’t Get Certain Jobs?’

Posted: 02 Aug 2017 07:45 AM PDT

A Wisconsin company has carried through on its promise to chip its employees, hosting a “chip party” Tuesday to implant the microchips in its workers’ hands. The microchip allows them to open doors, log onto computers or even buy snacks in the break room by a simple wave of their…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

China Sends Strong Warning To America In Latest Missile Tests

Posted: 02 Aug 2017 07:36 AM PDT

In a brazen broadside to America, China performed a dramatic series of missile tests this weekend — targeting mock United States missile batteries and jets — as the superpower flexes its muscles amid global tensions with North Korea and the threat of U.S. intervention, U.S. officials told Fox News. U.S….

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3 Things the Church Must Do if America’s Going to Experience Another Great Awakening

Posted: 02 Aug 2017 07:26 AM PDT

(By Eddie Hyatt) In 2010, God dramatically restored my hope that America could see another great, national spiritual awakening that would alter the course of the nation. This was significant, for I had lost all hope for such a revival. My hope had been robbed after seeing so many superficial…

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China Carries Out Flight Test of Anti-Satellite Missile…

Posted: 02 Aug 2017 07:19 AM PDT

China recently carried out a flight test of a new anti-satellite missile that highlights the growing threat of Beijing’s space warfare capabilities. The flight test of the Dong Neng-3 direct ascent missile was tracked by U.S. intelligence agencies on July 23 from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Inner Mongolia,…

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Chinese Army vows to protect country’s sovereignty & integrity against ‘all invasions’

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 01:40 PM PDT

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) must be ready to defend China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, warning other nations to steer clear of Chinese interests, President Xi Jinping said Tuesday. Beijing will continue to invest in reforming and modernizing the capabilities of the armed forces, as the PLA is pivotal in…

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Mathew McConaughey Reveals the Biblical Truths Behind His Son’s Name

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 01:22 PM PDT

Actor Matthew McConaughey recently said the Bible was the inspiration behind the decision to name his son Levi.  “Levi’s another name for Matthew in the Bible,” McConaughey said in an interview on Good Morning America. “We had talked about possibly Matthew, Jr. if he was a boy. ” McConaughey also…

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AMC ‘Preacher’ Claims Jesus Fathered a Son, Lives in a Bunker

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 01:07 PM PDT

We’re past the point for me to say AMC’s Preacher has jumped the shark in terms of Christianity, but that certainly doesn’t stop the show from trying. This latest episode just introduced a background for Jesus Christ so crazy that Dan Brown’s asking questions. The July 31st episode, “Pig,” features a look into the…

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FALLING AWAY: Pastor Celebrates Pride With Festivities That Include a Trans Priest

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 01:01 PM PDT

A Church of England minister has come under fire for holding an “LGBT+ Service” to mark the city’s homosexual pride celebrations. Revd. Canon Dr. Neal Barnes, vicar of Hull Minster, held an evening service on July 21 to coincide with Pride in Hull and the 50th anniversary of the Sexual…

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HOUSE DIVIDED: Coast Guard To Defy Transgender Ban

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 12:52 PM PDT

As military services await guidance following President Donald Trump’s announcement last week via Twitter of a ban on transgender service members, the commandant of the Coast Guard is speaking out, saying he has no intention of leaving transgender Coast Guardsmen out in the cold. Speaking on the topic for the first time at…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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August 1, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Ohio has found insurers to offer Obamacare health plans in 19 of 20 counties that had been at risk of having no options for next year, convincing five health insurers to expand in the state even as uncertainty persists for the future of the health law.

China’s Communist Party is curbing the online activities of its 89 million members ahead of a leadership shake-up in a few months. The new rules made public on Tuesday said that all party cadres face punishment if they visit “illegal websites” or disclose party and state secrets online. Cadres need permission from the party before registering social media accounts or setting up a WeChat group that contains their job information, the party’s personnel, propaganda and cyber watchdog said.

The number of people in Germany with immigrant roots rose 8.5 percent last year to a record 18.6 million, powered by the influx of refugees and other migrants up to the spring of 2016, official statistics showed Tuesday.

Most Senate Democrats and independents said Tuesday that upcoming legislation to rewrite the tax code should make sure the middle class doesn’t pay more. They won’t support any upcoming GOP effort to overhaul the U.S. tax code that delivers tax cuts to “the top 1 percent” or adds to the government’s $20 trillion debt.

China’s U.N. ambassador urged the international community on Monday to support President Xi Jinping’s new four-point proposal to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict and establish an independent Palestinian state.

General Motors and Fiat Chrysler posted much steeper U.S. light vehicle sales declines than analysts estimated in July as industrywide demand continues to slide from last year’s record results. Deliveries plunged 15 percent for GM and 10 percent for Fiat Chrysler.

Consumer spending lost momentum in June and a drop in dividend payments caused incomes to stagnate, signaling the U.S. economy may get less help from households this quarter, Commerce Department figures showed Tuesday.

Venezuela’s most high-profile opposition figures were seized from their homes by security forces, according to people close to them, in what appeared to be a crackdown on officials challenging the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. “strongly” supports Georgia’s ambition of joining NATO, even as Russia remains hostile to the military alliance expanding its influence in Moscow’s former Soviet backyard.

AP Top Stories

A federal judge, sweeping aside objections from the Justice Department, has ordered the FBI to conduct a new search for decades-old documents about a U.S. government program to purge the federal workforce of gays and lesbians, including records on the role of a future chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in implementing the Cold War-era crackdown.

Islamist militants in the Philippines have beheaded seven local loggers they kidnapped last week in their stronghold in the strife-torn south, police said Monday.

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the launch of a massive tourism project that will turn 50 islands and a string of sites on the Red Sea coast into luxury resorts.

Security remained heightened in airports around Australia with more intense screening of luggage after law enforcement officials thwarted what a police chief described on Monday as a “credible attempt to attack an aircraft.”

Thousands of people gathered in the rebel-held Yemeni capital Monday to witness the public execution of a man convicted of raping and murdering a three-year-old girl.

Bitcoin Cash officially launched, a controversial fork inspiring hordes of bitcoin users to swap traditional bitcoins for this new cryptocurrency. Some Reddit users even deemed Tuesday “Bitcoin Independence Day.”

About 8,000 people have registered to leave the Lebanese border region near Arsal for a rebel-held area of Syria as part of a local ceasefire between Hezbollah and the Nusra Front, a security source in Lebanon said on Sunday.

The chief of staff of the U.S. Army discussed what he’d like to see in a future tank to replace the M1 Abrams. Chief of Staff Mark Milley mentioned railguns, a reduced crew or no crew at all, so-called active protection systems, and a super strong yet lightweight armor that could dramatically lower the weight of future tanks.

BBC

Almost 500 people arrested after last year’s failed coup in Turkey have appeared in court accused of taking part in the plot. Some of the handcuffed defendants were jeered as they were individually escorted into court by police and armed guards in front of TV cameras.

Lawmakers in Pakistan have elected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister, replacing Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted last week over corruption allegations.

Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, has been found guilty of criminal contempt – a federal offence.

WND

Australian scientists at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) ordered a review of temperature recording instruments after the government agency was caught tampering with temperature logs in several locations.

Maryland State’s Attorney Tony Covington announced Monday afternoon that Carlos Bell, a former Charles County Public School instructional assistant who is HIV positive, assaulted 24 students and has been indicted on 119 counts dating back from May 2015 to June 2017.

A candidate in the race for Minneapolis mayor has proposed disarming police officers in the wake of Justine Damond’s shooting. “Officers don’t need to carry a gun on their person all the time.”


The Briefing 08-01-17

Who has the authority to speak for children? Lessons from the life and death of Charlie Gard

Language and cultural warfare: Scurrilous charge of ‘hate group’ made against Alliance Defending Freedom

PETA to honor cows killed, not for eating, but in traffic accident

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Top News – 8/1/2017

For First Time in Millennia, Jewish Priests Will Undergo Training to Enter Temple’s Holy of Holies
This incredible development was initiated by Israel’s first responder organization ZAKA, based on a decision by the ZAKA Rabbinical Council following an an unprecedented event occurring during the three weeks of austerity leading up to the Ninth Day of Av: the July 14 Palestinian terror attack against Israeli police officers that left three dead corpses, the most powerful source of ritual impurity, on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. Horrific as the attack was, it served a divine purpose. “When the Jewish people are not moving ahead quickly enough, God does something to force it upon us,”

Many Christians unaware of crucial info about 9th of Av on Tuesday
Jews at sundown Monday marked the beginning of the fast of Tisha b’Av, or the 9th of Av, a day of suffering so intense throughout history that it has been set aside as a day of mourning. It was the date when the ancient Israelites doubted God and thought the land of Canaan would be impossible to conquer, and thus that generation of doubters would never enter the Promised Land. It was the date in 587 B.C. when the First Temple was destroyed. It was the date in 70 A.D. when the Second Temple was destroyed. It was the date when the Romans would crush later Jewish rebellions, inflicting a horrific price on the Jewish people. It is known as the saddest day of the entire year in the Jewish calendar.

Australia Weather Bureau Caught Tampering With Climate Numbers
Australian scientists at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) ordered a review of temperature recording instruments after the government agency was caught tampering with temperature logs in several locations. BOM has been put under the microscope before for similar manipulations. The agency was accused in 2014 of tampering with the country’s temperature record to make it appear as if temperatures had warmed over the decades…

Jewish visitors to Temple Mount jump 15% this year
According to the Yeraeh organization, which promotes Jewish visitation and prayer rights at the Mount and desires to rebuild the Jewish Temple there, at least 17,000 Jews have visited the site since the beginning of the Hebrew year 5777 last October. In the Hebrew year 5776, 14,908 Jews visited the site, while 5777 still has another six weeks to run, with at least a thousand Jewish visitors expected on the Temple Mount on Tisha Be’av alone.

PA, Morocco press African leaders to boycott Africa-Israel summit
The Palestinian Authority and Morocco are working to upend an Africa-Israel summit scheduled for Lomé, Togo, at the end of October, The Jerusalem Post has learned. According to African diplomatic officials, the PA is putting pressure on Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé to cancel the summit, and is also urging Muslim countries in Africa not to attend, saying that going to the conference will show support for Israel and be a setback for the Palestinian struggle.

Psychologists say more and more young people are entitled
Research has discovered that large amounts of young people are developing an entitlement complex. The psychological trend comes from the belief that you are superior to others and are more deserving of certain things. This form of narcissism has some significant consequences such as disappointment and a tendency to lash out.

China’s military confident, prepared to safeguard sovereignty – paper
China’s military is “confident, capable and fully prepared” to protect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the state-run China Daily on Tuesday quoted Defence Minister Chang Wanquan as saying in reference to Taiwan. Despite decades of growing trade across the Taiwan Strait, China has never renounced the use of force, if needed, to gain control of Taiwan, which it considers a breakaway province.

Russian 6th-generation fighter will employ powerful lasers to burn enemy missile
Air-to-ground or air-to-air missiles have one thing in common — they have a seeker head, or targeting system on the missile that uses radar or heat-seeking technology to find and lead the weapon to the target to destroy it. The Russian defense industry says it will deploy powerful lasers on its new sixth-generation fighter that will be able to “burn” enemy homing systems on projectiles fired in their direction, to make them unable to hit a target.

Powerful Pacific typhoon could threaten Japan by weekend
A powerful Pacific typhoon that intensified into the Northern Hemisphere’s strongest storm of the year but has since lost some of its punch could still threaten Japan by this weekend. Typhoon Noru on Tuesday was packing maximum sustained winds of 204 kilometers (127 miles) per hour with gusts of up to 250 kilometers (155 miles) per hour, according to the U.S. military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

U.S. to launch yet another test missile from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base
Days after North Korea fired a rocket into the Sea of Japan, the U.S. Air Force is planning to test launch an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The unarmed Minuteman III missile will be launched between 12:01 and 6:01 a.m. from the base, about 12 miles northwest of Lompoc, according to Vandenberg’s 30th Space Wing team.

US detects ‘highly unusual’ North Korean submarine activity
The US military has detected “highly unusual and unprecedented levels” of North Korean submarine activity and evidence of an “ejection test” in the days following Pyongyang’s second intercontinental ballistic missile launch this month, a defense official told CNN on Monday. An ejection test examines a missile’s “cold-launch system,” which uses high pressure steam to propel a missile out of the launch canister into the air before its engines ignite.

China urges support for new Israel-Palestinian peace plan
China’s UN ambassador urged the international community on Monday to support President Xi Jinping’s new four-point proposal to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict and establish an independent Palestinian state. Liu Jieyi said at a news conference that China’s future diplomatic efforts will focus on trying to move toward a negotiated solution based on the four proposals.

South Korea Is Preparing A “Surgical Strike” Against The North: Report
According to a report in South Korea’s Munhwa Ilbo newspaper, which cites an unidentified government official, South Korea’s military is preparing a “surgical strike” scenario that could wipe out North Korean command and missile and nuclear facilities following an order by SKorea’s President Moon Jae-in.

Ben Carson Finds $500 Billion (Billion!) In Errors During Audit Of Obama HUD
Ben Carson was the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins, so, he’s kind of a super hero. But apparently, he’s also not a bad accountant. President Trump picked Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, whose budget grew by leaps and bounds under Barack Obama. In one of his first acts as HUD Secretary, Carson ordered an audit of the agency. What he found was staggering: $520 billion in bookkeeping errors.

Man Kills Doctor For Refusing To Perscribe His Wife Opioids
An Indiana man has been accused of killing a doctor. The motive for the murder was the doctor’s refusal to prescribe the man’s wife opioids.

Wow.. Biden Called McCain and Urged Him to Vote Against Obamacare Repeal
John McCain surprised and disappointed lots of Republicans this past week when he voted against the “Skinny Bill” which would have allowed for a repeal of Obamacare. It turns out he got a phone call and some encouragement for his vote from former Vice President Joe Biden. Sadly, this just makes the whole situation even worse. The Hill reports:

New Docs Support Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Shareholders in Court
Two articles published Tuesday, July 25, by John Carney in Brietbart.com on Tuesday, here and here, argued a partisan, one-sided, pro-government position regarding the decision of the Obama Treasury Department to institute the “Net Worth Sweep” confiscating all earnings from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, while ignoring the information critical of his apologetic treatment that was revealed in the government documents released by the Department of Justice on July 19, to comply with a U.S. District court order.

Many Americans are too drugged-out to work
A slew of reports finds a fresh reason for the chronic inability of American companies to fill skilled jobs: not a lack of skills, and hence a training-and-education crisis, but a surfeit of drug abuse. Simply put, prime-working age Americans without a college diploma are often too drugged-out to get the best jobs. Opioids remain at high levels, but the surge in drug use is now heroin and the powerful contaminant fentanyl.

Bizarre ‘satanic cult’ accusations levelled at restaurant chain (PHOTO)
Outback Steakhouse is being accused of running a satanic cult after its chain of restaurants was found to be suspiciously located in several cities across the country. The restaurant chain’s controversial association was uncovered by one inquisitive Twitter user who, with the help of Google maps and Microsoft Paint, showed that the restaurants were geo-located in the shape of a pentagram in New York, Indianapolis, Phoenix and Atlanta.

Wikileaks Dumps 72,000 Hacked Macron Emails
Wikileaks has dumped more than 21,000 “verified” emails associated with the French presidential campaign of Emmanuel Macron. Julian Assange’s organisation claims the batch of  21,075 emails, dating from March 2009 to April 2017, have been uniquely verified through its DKIM system.


Goldman Sachs Says That There Is A 99 Percent Chance That Stock Prices Will Not Keep Going Up Like This

Analysts at Goldman Sachs are saying that it is next to impossible for stock prices to keep going up like they have been recently.  Ever since Donald Trump’s surprise election victory in November, stocks have been on a tremendous run, but this surge has not been matched by a turnaround in the real economy.  We have essentially had a “no growth” economy for most of the past decade, and ominous signs pointing to big trouble ahead are all around us.  The only reason why stocks have been able to perform so well is due to unprecedented intervention by global central banks, but they are not going to be able to keep inflating this bubble forever.  At some point this absolutely enormous bubble will burst and investors will lose trillions of dollars. (Read More…)


Total Government And Personal Debt In The U.S. Has Hit 41 Trillion Dollars ($329,961.34 Per Household)

We are living in the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world.  In 1980, total government and personal debt in the United States was just over the 3 trillion dollar mark, but today it has surpassed 41 trillion dollars.  That means that it has increased by almost 14 times since Ronald Reagan was first elected president.  I am searching for words to describe how completely and utterly insane this is, but I am coming up empty.  We are slowly but surely committing national suicide, and yet most Americans don’t even understand what is happening. (Read More…)


The United Nations Rolls Out ‘Advancements’ to Indoctrinate Every Student on the Planet – Agenda 2030

Quietly, the United Nations is rolling out advancements to its objective of undermining education as a whole, with the purpose of creating a single system for learning globally.

Sounds far fetched right? Well, meet the new Global Education Institute……

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What Next? – Hal Lindsey

Russia arrived in Syria ostensibly to fight ISIS. Will they leave when ISIS is defeated? I doubt it. Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s President, is no longer his own man. He sold his soul to Vladimir Putin, the mad mullahs running Iran, and the Hezbollah terror group.

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What You Need to Know About the Great American Solar Eclipse

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Would you get ‘microchipped’?

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Cabinet Members Launch White House Bible Study

Bible study regulars include Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Agriculture Secretary Sunny Perdue, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

“It’s the best Bible study that I’ve ever taught in my life,” Drollinger said. “They are so teachable; they’re so noble; they’re so learned.

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Mid-Day Snapshot

Aug. 1, 2017

Scaramucci in, Scaramucci Out — and Not a New York Minute Too Soon!

He wasn’t the guy to focus White House communications, and his ouster corrects a mistake.

The Foundation

“If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new Exertions and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times.” —George Washington (1777)

July 31, 2017
WES VERNON — America needs to get its priorities straight. Picture this nightmare: Ex-President Barack Obama did (and out-of-office continues to) do his best to bring down America. Unlike other ex-presidents who had the courtesy to go home after their time in office was at an end and get out of their successor’s way, Mr. Obama moved himself and his family into a mansion in a toney neighborhood in Washington, D.C. where he – – not satisfied with the damage he inflicted during the eight years the voters entrusted him the highest honor America can offer – – is now well-situated to undermine President Trump. He’s like the rude house guest who never goes home…. (more)

July 31, 2017
ALAN KEYES — Recently, I read a column at WND by Lindy Daniel that proclaimed, “Diversity is not a strength in this country. In fact, it is difficult to find diversity as a strength anywhere. Let’s get real. Diversity is a weakness.” The author goes on to claim that diversity is at the root of practically all conflict and divisiveness, the cause of all wars…. (more)

July 31, 2017
WALL STREET JOURNAL — Anthony Scaramucci has been removed from his position as White House communications director, just 10 days after his appointment to the post. Scaramucci, who is nicknamed “The Mooch,” was removed at the urging of former Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, who was sworn in as White House chief of staff Monday morning. Mr. Kelly is seeking to impose more discipline in the White House, two administration officials said…. (more)


July 31, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — After their health care bill collapsed in spectacular fashion last week, Republican congressional leaders insist they won’t make the same mistakes with tax reform, the other big-ticket promise they made to voters, and to which they will turn next…. (more)

July 31, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Dozens of U.S. counties might not have any plans to choose from on Obamacare’s insurance exchanges next year while consumers with options face double-digit rate increases in many places – – putting Congress to choose among bipartisan fixes to the program, doubling down on repeal or following President Trump’s advice to “let it implode.”… (more)

July 31, 2017
ROBERT KNIGHT — It took President Trump kicking a hornet’s nest to provide a moment’s distraction from the media’s obsession with all things Russian. His tweeted reversal of President Obama’s transgender military inclusion mandate didn’t knock the Russians off the front pages or CNN for long. But it refocused the public on Mr. Trump’s signature promise to “make America great again.” twitter… (more)

July 30, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump must show leadership by “washing out” Anthony Scaramucci’s mouth “with a bar of soap” and escorting him “personally off the White House grounds,” Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats said…. (more)

July 30, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump will sign the Russia sanctions bill, the White House said late Friday, saying that he managed to win important changes to the legislation and is now satisfied with it…. (more)


July 30, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said Friday that it’s time for new leadership in the Senate after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., failed to bring a healthcare reform bill over the finish line…. (more)

July 30, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Liberals are trying to mess with Texas. And they don’t plan on stopping there. Still reeling from nearly a decade of devastating losses in statehouses across the nation as well as in the 2016 presidential election, Democrats in Washington, D.C. are plotting to pour hundreds of millions of dollars in state and local elections across the country…. (more)

July 29, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — In another staff shakeup, President Trump late Friday named Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John F. Kelly as White House chief of staff, forcing out the beleaguered Reince Priebus after only six months on the job…. (more)


July 29, 2017
NEWSMAX — Anthony Scaramucci’s wife has filed for divorce after three years because of the new White House communications director’s “naked political ambition,” Page Six of The New York Post reported Friday. Citing “multiple sources” who have “exclusively” talked to Page Six, the report said that Deidre Ball, 38, worked as a vice president in investor relations for SkyBridge Capital, an investment banking firm…. (more)


July 29, 2017
PHILIP KLEIN — After Republicans failed to pass even a stripped down “skinny” Obamacare repeal bill to keep the legislative process alive, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declared, in the wee hours of Friday morning, “it’s time to move on.” For now, it means that Republicans’ seven-year promise to repeal and replace Obamacare has gone up in smoke. Though Obamacare was passed exclusively with Democratic support and amid fierce opposition from the GOP… (more)

July 29, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — There are video clips floating about devoted entirely to showing the dramatic few seconds on the Senate floor when Sen. John McCain cast his no-vote to Obamacare repeal. Pick one and watch it. They’re good visuals of what betrayal looks like. Title it: Traitor takes the stage…. (more)


July 29, 2017
NEWSMAX — Fusion GPS, the firm behind a scandalous anti-Trump dossier, was working for the Russian government and was on a Kremlin official’s payroll, Hermitage Capital Management CEO Bill Browder said Friday, while discussing his Thursday testimony before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee…. (more)

July 29, 2017
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE — Should he be confirmed, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s role as U.S. ambassador to Russia could be even further hamstrung by actions Moscow took Friday to seize two U.S. properties in the country and limit the State Department’s staff there…. (more)

July 29, 2017
NEWSMAX — Charlie Gard, a British baby who became the subject of a bitter dispute between his parents and doctors over whether he should be taken to the United States for experimental treatment, has died, the family announced Friday…. (more)


July 28, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Drained by self-inflicted wounds, shifting aims and unrelenting protests, Republicans’ push to kill off President Obama’s signature health law sputtered out of gas early Friday, as Senate leaders failed to rally the votes for a significantly pared-down repeal bill in a vote after midnight…. (more)


July 28, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Republican senators walked away from a narrow defeat of their effort to repeal Obamacare trying to figure out their next steps after a years-long effort collapsed early Friday morning…. (more)

July 28, 2017
NEWSMAX — Senate Republicans passed a measure on Thursday that would permanently repeal Obamacare’s so-called Cadillac tax on high-cost employer-provided insurance without a single Democratic vote amid a broader debate to repeal the healthcare law…. (more)

July 28, 2017
NEWSMAX — Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer condemned as “disgraceful” an expletive-loaded tirade by incoming communications director Anthony Scaramucci against White House rivals Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon…. (more)

July 28, 2017
NEWSMAX — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who was seriously wounded in a shooting at a Republican baseball practice last month, said five law enforcement officers who helped take down the shooter exhibited “selfless and brave actions.”… (more)


July 28, 2017
MERCEDES SCHLAPP — Try as they might, Democrats can’t even break through Trump fever. This week, top Democrats released their revamped agenda and it barely received any media coverage. It was the snoozer story of the week because the Democrats’ “Better Deal for American Workers” lacks the innovation and boldness needed to win over many working-class Democrats and independents who voted for President Trump because they were in search of real change in Washington…. (more)

July 28, 2017
BYRON YORK — There’s been a stark partisan divide over the Trump dossier – – the collection of “salacious and unverified” allegations about Donald Trump (the words are former FBI Director James Comey’s) that was reportedly gathered by Trump’s opponents, and later by the FBI itself, in both the Republican primaries and the general election…. (more)


July 28, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Nobody is more excited about Friday’s release of Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth” than climate skeptic Marc Morano, which comes as an ill wind for the movement to stop global warming, not to mention Mr. Gore…. (more)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: August 01

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  • Senate Democrats offer Republicans help on tax reform – with conditions (Read More)
  • Banks May Need $50 Billion New Capital After Brexit (Read More)
  • Goldman Sachs Finds Itself in Odd Spot: Last Place in Trading (Read More)
  • Trump dictated misleading statement on son’s meeting with Russian (Read More)
  • Struggling Stock Pickers Eye Quant Tools to Gain an Edge (Read More)
  • Trump’s Obsession With Leaks (Read More)
  • BP Turns a Corner, but 2010 Oil Spill Keeps Biting (Read More)
  • The immigrant success story that led police to a Chinese banking giant (Read More)
  • Greenspan Sees No Stock Excess, Warns of Bond Market Bubble (Read More)
  • Euro-Area Economy Steams Ahead as ECB Waits for Inflation (Read More)
  • The energy patch: where rights offerings are ‘sexy’ again (Read More)
  • Rowling Apologizes for Claiming Trump Ignored Disabled Boy (Read More)
  • President Xi says China loves peace but won’t compromise on sovereignty (Read More)
  • Greenspan Sees No Stock Excess, Warns of Bond Market Bubble (Read More)
  • Rolls-Royce Recovery Revs Up, But CEO Wary of Production Hurdles (Read More)
  • Snap, Blue Apron Shake Confidence in Startup Valuations (Read More)
  • Caterpillar CFO Brad Halverson to retire in early 2018 (Read More)
  • Under Armour to Cut About 280 Jobs (Read More)

Top Headlines – 8/1/2017

Israelis gather in Jerusalem’s Old City after weeks of tensions over Temple Mount to mark start of Tisha B’Av

Holiday Sensation, No Arabs, on Temple Mount on 9 B’Av Week

PA demands: Recognize Palestine – then we’ll consider land swaps

Australian Labor Party votes to recognize a Palestinian state

China urges support for new Israel-Palestinian peace plan

Iranian leader calls on Hajj pilgrims to support Palestine

Senior Fatah official says coordination with Israel won’t return to ‘what it was before’

Police arrest 33 suspected of instigating Temple Mount riots

PA payments to prisoners, ‘martyr’ families now equal half its foreign aid

Israel monitoring Abbas’ deteriorating health

The Israeli-American diaspora is real – Why more Israelis are moving to the US

Jewish camp apologizes for flying Palestinian flag

Iranian organization claims Israel attacked their shipment in Syria

ISIS targets Iraq Embassy in Kabul; all 4 attackers killed

Austria sentences Hamas man to life for terror plot in Israel

Amnesty International calls on Hamas to free Israeli hostages

Prosecutors: Hamburg attacker hoped to die as ‘martyr’

Kabul attack: Gun battle and suicide bombing in Afghan capital

Saudi Arabia reportedly using Canadian military trucks against its own civilians

China’s military confident, prepared to safeguard sovereignty

US detects ‘highly unusual’ North Korean submarine activity

North Korea ICBM test longest in history of regime, Pentagon says

North Korea threat: Japan’s Abe says he and Trump agree to take further action

U.S. to launch yet another test missile from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base

North Korea’s night lights show improving economy despite sanctions

Russian 6th-generation fighter will employ powerful lasers to burn enemy missile

Pence takes tough tone on Russia after Moscow retaliates against sanctions legislation

Kushner: Trump campaign too disorganized to collude with Russia

Trump reportedly dictated son’s statement on Russia meeting promising ‘dirt’ on Clinton

Trump insists there’s no chaos at White House

Kelly shows his clout: Scaramucci out as White House chief of staff moves in

John Kelly, Trump’s new chief of staff, ‘won’t suffer idiots and fools’

Most Voters Say ‘No’ To Border Wall

Homeland Security Inspector General says Trump administration can’t hire 5,000 new border agents

Dow closes at record high as Street cheers strong earnings season

‘Calexit’ backers confident about latest plan to leave the United States

Defiant Venezuela president mocks Trump after U.S. sanctions

Venezuela attorney general says won’t recognize new assembly

WikiLeaks Publishes Searchable Archive of Macron Campaign Emails

For Facebook, erasing hate speech proves a daunting challenge

Virgin America computer systems hacked

Power outage hits Outer Banks, may keep tourists out for two weeks

US Nuclear Comeback Stalls as Two Reactors Are Abandoned

2012 TC4: NASA’s Planetary Defense Systems Put to the Test Over Near Miss Asteroid

Watch Swarms of Earthquakes Sweep Across Oklahoma

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Palaiochora, Greece

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Curup, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Iceland Could Be About To Experience A Major Volcanic Eruption

Tropical Storm Emily forms in Gulf of Mexico, starts moving toward Florida

Florida gears up for drenching from Tropical Storm Emily

111 injured as typhoon grips Taiwan

Powerful Pacific typhoon could threaten Japan by weekend

Tropical Storm Emily triggers State of Emergency for 31 counties including Broward, Palm, Miami-Dade

Pilot lands plane ‘blind’ after hail destroys nose and windshield of aircraft

Australia Weather Bureau Caught Tampering With Climate Numbers

Only Six Nations Have Evaluated Readiness for Global Pandemic

Billowing, black sewer discharge at Niagara Falls alarms businesses, tourists

Trump studying executive action on healthcare, senator Rand Paul says

Trump targets Congress members’ own health plans after ObamaCare repeal falls flat

Psychologists say more and more young people are entitled

Police okays anti-gay protest during Jerusalem pride march

Mass Nigerian arrests for ‘homosexual acts’ in Lagos State

Cops say hands are tied in arresting unruly ‘desnudas’ naked female panhandlers ‘because most are illegal immigrants’

Portland’s sanctuary policies to blame for horrific rapes, says GOP leader

Many Americans are too drugged-out to work

Opioid panel calls for Trump to declare federal state of emergency

Bible Studies at the White House: Who’s Inside This Spiritual Awakening?

Chuck Baldwin – Zionism, Not Islam, Is America’s Biggest Threat

False Teacher of the Day – Becky Fischer

One to Watch: Torben Sondergaard

Video Series: “God’s Generals” by Roberts Liardon, an analysis by Jackie Alnor

Word of Faith Fellowship responds to AP reports of ‘enslaved’ members

Telegraph forced to revise article attacking the Bible

Anthony Wade – Diabetic Prophecy — So Sugary It Cannot be Good for You

“The Shack” and a Cat Named Judas

See Newport Beach ‘showpiece’ once owned by televangelist Paul Crouch, selling for $4.3 million

Who cares about Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz slamming shots with Justin Bieber?

Jennifer LeClaire takes authority over demonic ‘timewarps’?

Is The Bethel School of Ministry Supernatural?

Joel Osteen Justifies His Use of the Prosperity Gospel

Pastor, Wife Allowed Son to Start Identifying as Girl at Age 2 Because He Liked ‘All Things Girly’

Lesbian mom asks Christian judge to recuse himself from divorce case

Church pastor in India murdered after being ordered to STOP preaching the Bible

Muslims Converting to Christianity by the Hundreds in Finland

RUMORS OF WAR: US Deploying 12 Extra F-16 Jets and 200 Troops to South Korea

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 07:53 AM PDT

The US Air Force is to send 12 additional F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighters for a four-month deployment in South Korea. It comes amid heightened tensions in the region over North Korea’s latest missile tests. The aircraft and some 200 airmen will be withdrawn from the 176th Fighter Squadron of…

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Fewer Americans Are Getting Married as Many Millennials Postpone Nuptials Indefinitely

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 07:47 AM PDT

Not only are fewer Americans getting married, but many are delaying marriage, and those who are choosing to say, “I do,” are inviting fewer guests, according to a report in Bloomberg, which looked at the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and private research firms. The marriage rate, which…

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Nearly 100 Evangelical Leaders Hold Closed-Door Meetings With the White House

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 07:42 AM PDT

Just weeks after the now infamous photo of evangelical leaders praying over President Donald Trump went viral, well-known Christian preachers and leaders again returned to Washington, D.C., last week for a series of “listening sessions.” The meetings, which were held at the Eisenhower Executive Office and organized by the White House Office…

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Severe Floods Strike Gujarat 213 Dead, Number Expected to Rise

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 07:35 AM PDT

At least 213 people have been killed since July 21, 2017 in India’s state of Gujarat after extremely heavy monsoon rains hit the state causing severe flooding. Hundreds of cities and villages were devastated and more than 130 000 people evacuated.  Gujarat authorities said the state’s death toll, which jumped by 90…

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‘Slow Indoctrination’ of the Mark of the Beast is Happening Right Now

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 07:22 AM PDT

With technology as commonplace as a cell phone or a vacuum, many in cyberspace can already track users’ every move. Add these technological advancements to personal implanted RFID chips, and you have what Revelation in the News calls the “slow indoctrination” of the mark of the beast. A Wisconsin-based company is the…

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Machete-Wielding Attackers Hack Christian for Praising the Name of Jesus

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 07:14 AM PDT

An Ethiopian Christian suffered deep wounds to the back of his head when he was attacked while alone in his home by a group of local Muslims with machetes. The attack on July 16 left the 27-year-old man needing life-saving surgery. The man—who, for security reasons, cannot be named—was attacked…

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Human Ken Doll Receives Cat Eyes

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 07:10 AM PDT

A plastic surgery fan dubbed ‘the Human Ken Doll’ has commemorated his latest procedure by filming himself while doctors performed an operation to give him eyes like a cat. Brazil-born Rodrigo Alves, 34, has already spent £400,000 on more than 150 body-changing operations and procedures – including liposuction, six-pack implants,…

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New Research Reveals Devastating Health Effects of Fatherless Homes

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 08:11 PM PDT

New research shows boys who suffer the loss of a father, such as through death, incarceration or divorce, have worse health than boys whose fathers live in the same home. There are some exceptions, however, such as boys with a sufficient household income after his parents’ divorce. The research was published…

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Strong waves felt after initial noise and shake in Tennessee after M3.1 quake strikes New Madrid Fault

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 07:14 PM PDT

A Magnitude 3.1 earthquake hit Ridgely, Tennessee on July 31, 2017. Strong waves were felt after the initial noise and shake right in the New Madrid fault. This first tremor was followed by a Magnitude 2.0 earthquake a few hours later. A person in Ridgely reports: Strong waves felt after the initial noise…

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Goldman Sachs Says That There Is A 99 Percent Chance That Stock Prices Will Not Keep Going Up Like This

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 07:03 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Analysts at Goldman Sachs are saying that it is next to impossible for stock prices to keep going up like they have been recently.  Ever since Donald Trump’s surprise election victory in November, stocks have been on a tremendous run, but this surge has not been matched…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Could Iran’s Moves in Syria Be the Seeds of the Next War with Israel?

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 06:31 PM PDT

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin recently announced a ceasefire in parts of southern Syria.  A cease fire on the surface sounds like a great idea, but some Israeli leaders feel it presents a clear and present danger to the Jewish state. President Trump discussed the ceasefire in an…

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U.S. to launch yet another test missile from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 06:19 PM PDT

Days after North Korea fired a rocket into the Sea of Japan, the U.S. Air Force is planning to test launch an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The unarmed Minuteman III missile will be launched between 12:01 and 6:01 a.m. from the base, about 12…

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DEVELOPING: US detects ‘Highly Unusual’ North Korean submarine activity

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 06:13 PM PDT

The US military has detected “highly unusual and unprecedented levels” of North Korean submarine activity and evidence of an “ejection test” in the days following Pyongyang’s second intercontinental ballistic missile launch this month, a defense official told CNN on Monday. An ejection test examines a missile’s “cold-launch system,” which uses…

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Mayor Defies Atheist Group’s Demands, Vows to Keep Bible Verse on Courthouse Wall

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 01:58 PM PDT

After receiving a complaint letter from a prominent atheist group, the mayor of a Tennessee county says he has no plans to remove a Bible verse inscription from his county’s courthouse and hopes instead to add an additional verse to the building’s walls. On June 30, attorney Rebecca Markert with…

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North Korea likely to conduct 6th nuclear test

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 01:49 PM PDT

North Korea is likely to conduct its sixth nuclear test as well as an additional intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, the Ministry of National Defense said Monday. “There is a possibility North Korea will test its nuclear warhead and missile capabilities through a nuclear test with more explosive power,” the…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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

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A months-long effort by Senate Republicans to pass health legislation collapsed early Friday after GOP Senator John McCain joined two of his colleagues to block a stripped-down Obamacare repeal bill.

Russia ordered the U.S. to slash hundreds of embassy and other personnel in the country in a dramatic and sweeping retaliation to the passage of a new sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress.

Pickups in consumer and business-equipment spending powered a U.S. economic rebound in the second quarter, signaling the eight-year expansion is on track to be sustained, Commerce Department figures showed Friday in Washington. Gross domestic product rose at a 2.6% annualized rate from prior quarter.

American households scaled back their pace of savings to the lowest level in nine years at the end of 2016 as the growth of their wages and salaries slowed, updated government figures show. The personal savings rate was 3.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, down from a previously published 4.9 percent.

The United States is ordering relatives of American diplomats to leave the Venezuelan capital ahead of a polarizing vote planned for Sunday to start rewriting the country’s constitution.

AP Top Stories

Warning of “holy hell” to pay if the president fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a top Senate Republican is working to prevent the potential end result, the dismissal of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Venezuela’s chief prosecutor says a 30-year-old man has been killed in a protest in a western town, pushing the official toll to least 98 dead in nearly four months of unrest.

Nigeria’s upper house of parliament backed a series of constitutional amendments on Wednesday that could weaken the presidency and boost the legislature, the latest twist in a two-year power struggle between the two institutions.

More than ten villages in central Portugal have been evacuated as forest fires rage in the provinces of Castelo Branco and Santarem. Almost 5,000 firefighters supported by water-dropping aircraft are deployed across central and northern areas of Portugal as the country continues its annual summertime battle against wildfires.

Muslim leaders told the faithful to return to pray inside a major Jerusalem holy site on Thursday after Israel removed security devices it installed outside entrances to the shrine following a deadly Palestinian attack at the compound.

A federal judge sentenced a Phoenix man Wednesday to 68 years in prison for his role as a gunman in a standoff that stopped federal agents from rounding up cattle near the Nevada ranch of anti-government activist Cliven Bundy three years ago.

American Airlines has launched a new baggage alert system that will inform customers about the status of their luggage and save them from waiting around at baggage carrousel.

Iran on Thursday “successfully” tested a satellite-launch rocket, days after warning Washington of a response to new US sanctions over the Islamic republic’s ballistic missile programme, state television said.

Vietnam on Friday said other countries should respect its legitimate right to drill for oil in its waters amid growing tension with China over energy development in the South China Sea.

The United States on Thursday transferred to the Philippines two brand-new, single-engine surveillance planes, boosting the capability of its former colony to patrol sprawling maritime borders, including pirate-infested southern waters.

High-ranking Iraqi security officials say up to 7,000 Islamic State group affiliates remain in Iraq after the fall of Mosul, where the group’s leader declared the self-styled caliphate three years ago.

A ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels toward the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia was shot down late on Thursday, said the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

BBC

North Korean hackers are increasingly trying to steal cash rather than secrets, a South Korean government-backed report suggests. Cyber-criminals are targeting financial institutions as Pyongyang faces tough nuclear sanctions, the Financial Security Institute (FSI) claims.

Transgender people will not be banned from serving in the US military until the president issues guidance to the Pentagon, military officials said.

Venezuela is banning protests that could “disturb or affect” Sunday’s controversial election for a new constituent assembly. Prison terms of between five and 10 years could be imposed on those contravening the ban, Interior Minister Néstor Reverol said.

South Africa could soon give sign language official status, one of a few countries in Africa to do so. Sign language would become South Africa’s 12th official language.

Google is planning to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills over the next five years in a bid to make them more employable.

Starbucks is to take full ownership of all its China outlets, after agreeing to buying out its joint venture partner for $1.3bn.

Police in China have detained 18 suspected members of a banned religious cult, state news agency Xinhua said. The Church of Almighty God cult was started in the 1990s and claims Jesus was resurrected as a woman in China.

WND

Shariah law. Female genital mutilation. Terror attacks. Minnesota was a cozy, quiet environment before the introduction of massive Third World immigration, but that has changed with the arrival Somali refugees, according to former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has been declared a terrorist organization by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).


Top News – 7/28/2017

Catholic Churches Using Replacement Theology to Deny Divinity of Temple Mount: Christian Leader
The Catholic Church’s response to recent turmoil over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem confirms that the Church is using Islamic replacement theology, in “direct violation of the Torah”, to “promote heresy” and deny the Jewish and Biblical connection to the Mount, said prominent Christian and Jewish voices in a harsh takedown of anti-Israel Christian vitriol.

Hypothetically speaking, US Admiral says ready for nuclear strike on China if Trump so ordered
The US Pacific Fleet commander, addressing a security conference in Australia, said in answer to a question on Thursday that he would be prepared to launch a nuclear strike on China if President Donald Trump so ordered. The fleet spokesman later said the question was asked as an “outrageous hypothetical”.

Who is the sovereign on Temple Mount?
This Tuesday, we will mark the 9th of Av, when the Temple was destroyed. The Temple represents our unity. When we restore our union, we will not need bricks to prove our place is here in Israel. From the perspective of the Wakf (the Islamic organization controlling and managing the Temple Mount), and the rest of the Arab world, the resistance to the detectors represents the resistance to Israel’s sovereignty on Temple Mount in particular, in the city of Jerusalem, and in all of Israel.

Temple Mount prayers conclude peacefully, clashes reported in West Bank
Amid high security in the Old City of Jerusalem, thousands of worshipers attended Friday prayers at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Crowds dispersed peacefully from the compound, where entrance to prayer-goers was limited to men aged 50 and older and all women.

Netanyahu discussed settlement exchange plan with US
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed with Washington in recent weeks the idea of redrawing the borders in any future agreement with the Palestinians, incorporating the major settlement blocs into Israel, while drawing out the heavily populated Israeli-Arab area of Wadi Ara and making it part of a future Palestinian state, a senior diplomatic official confirmed on Thursday.

Nearly 100 injured in clashes as Palestinians return to Temple Mount
Earlier on Thursday, the Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, announced that Muslims could return to pray at the holy place…Muslims rioted on the Temple Mount Thursday evening and hurled rocks at police and the Western Wall plaza, after returning to pray there for the first time in almost two weeks. Ninety-six people were wounded in clashes with police, according to the Red Crescent.

‘More than 40’ killed in battle with Boko Haram in Nigeria
More than 40 people have died in north-east Nigeria during an attempt to free people who had been ambushed in a convoy by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, sources have told the BBC. At least five members of an oil exploration team were killed and soldiers also died. Army chiefs have now been ordered to relocate to the affected area.

Russia orders US to cut embassy staff in retaliation for sanctions
Russia has retaliated for new US sanctions, telling the US to cut diplomatic staff to 455 and barring the use of some properties. The new US embassy staffing level would be the same as at Russia’s embassy in Washington. The Russian foreign ministry also said it was seizing holiday properties and a warehouse used by US diplomats.

Iran carries out ‘successful’ satellite launch
Iran says it has successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into orbit, days after the US imposed new economic sanctions on Tehran over its ballistic missile programme. The Phoenix rocket was launched from a new space centre in Semnan in northern Iran. The US criticised the launch and described it as a provocative action.

Obamacare Repeal Collapses as Senate GOP Blocks Health Bill
A months-long effort by Senate Republicans to pass health legislation collapsed early Friday after GOP Senator John McCain joined two of his colleagues to block a stripped-down Obamacare repeal bill. “I regret that our efforts were simply not enough, this time,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor after the vote. “This is clearly a disappointing moment.”

Davis imam sparks dismay with ‘filth of the Jews’ remark
A Davis, Calif., mosque that was targeted recently in a vandalism hate crime found itself at the center of controversy this week after an imam delivered a sermon with inflammatory remarks about Jews. “Oh Allah, liberate the Al Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews…” Imam Ammar Shahin said in Arabic in his July 21 sermon at the Islamic Center of Davis.

House of Representatives boosts military spending, gives Trump border wall money
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a $68 billion increase in military spending next year with legislation that also provides money to start construction of President Donald Trump’s Mexican border wall. The bill increased spending on the U.S. capability to defend itself from foreign missile attacks amid growing concerns about North Korea’s increasing capacity to hit the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile…

Pakistani elders order innocent girl be raped for her brother’s crime
Elders in a Pakistani village ordered a 17-year-old girl be raped, after her brother was accused of raping another young girl, CNN reported Thursday. Police of the town of Muzaffarabad arrested 20 after the two assaults took place, according to the department’s reports, which state that it all started with a mother complaining to a village elder that her 12-year-old daughter had been raped.

Muslim gang rampaged through Liverpool attacking strangers because they were white “non-Muslims”
A gang of Muslim men rampaged through Liverpool city centre attacking strangers because they were white “non-Muslims”. One witness feared Amin Mohmed, Mohammed Patel and Faruq Patel were ISIS terrorists.

Wells Fargo Forced Unwanted Auto Insurance On 800,000 Borrowers
Wells has just been busted yet again for another major scandal: the NYT’s Gretchen Morgenson writes that more than 800,000 people who took out car loans from Wells Fargo were also charged for auto insurance they did not need, and  some are still paying for it.

Iran successfully launches satellite-carrying rocket — report
Iran successfully launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space on Thursday, the country’s state media reported without elaborating.

Israeli forces gird for Friday protests as Temple Mount unrest persists
Israeli forces prepared for possible violent protests in Jerusalem and the West Bank Friday, as flaring tensions surrounding the Temple Mount persisted even as Muslim leaders ended their protest over Israeli security arrangements at the flashpoint holy site.

PA ambassador to UN justifies slaughter of Israeli family
Questioned on Halamish masscare, PA ambassador says world cannot ‘expect all Palestinians to be angels’ and that ‘resistance’ is natural.


16 Facts That Prove That America Is In Deep, Deep Trouble

Is this the generation that is going to witness the end of America? If our country stays on the path that it is currently on, it is very difficult to see how we are possibly going to make it. Throughout human history every great society has eventually entered a period of decline, and sadly that is happening to us as well. My hope is that we can wake the American people up while there is still time, and that we can return to the values and the principles that this nation was originally founded upon. Below are 16 facts that prove that America is in deep, deep trouble. Many of these numbers come from my new book, and many of them seem almost too crazy to believe… (Read More…)


If America Does Not Turn Back To God, There Isn’t Going To Be An America

I know that politicians aren’t supposed to talk like this, but I don’t care. I am not a politician and I never will be. And I am not running for Congress because I want a career in politics. We have enough career politicians right now, and so we definitely don’t need another one. So I am not going to carefully craft a message that I think that the voters want to hear. Instead, I am just going to tell the truth, and I believe that people all over America are going to stand with me. And the truth is that if America does not turn back to God, there isn’t going to be an America. (Read More…)


Total Government And Personal Debt In The U.S. Has Hit 41 Trillion Dollars ($329,961.34 Per Household)

We are living in the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world.  In 1980, total government and personal debt in the United States was just over the 3 trillion dollar mark, but today it has surpassed 41 trillion dollars.  That means that it has increased by almost 14 times since Ronald Reagan was first elected president.  I am searching for words to describe how completely and utterly insane this is, but I am coming up empty.  We are slowly but surely committing national suicide, and yet most Americans don’t even understand what is happening. (Read More…)


Microchipping Humans Is Straight Out of Revelation

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“I take microchipping as a form of the mark. There’s many pieces of the mark, and then again, all these pieces of the mark is designed to control,” he said.

Doyle is referring to the news story about a company called Three Square Market that is giving their employees the option to get a microchip implanted in their hand. Read more here.

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July 27, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — Cultural conservatives were pleased – – and Democrats, LGBT activists and even some Republicans were infuriated – – Wednesday when President Trump reinstated the ban on transgenders serving in the U.S. military…. (more)


July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The push for a “clean” repeal of Obamacare died Wednesday after Senate Republicans were unable to rally the votes, forcing leaders to turn to watered-down proposals that would repeal only some of the onerous parts of the troubled health care law…. (more)


July 27, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — We all knew what Watergate was. We knew what Iran-Contra was. And the Lewinsky scandal. And the purported outing of Valerie Plame. Up until now, each time a special prosecutor has been sicced on a presidential administration, we’ve known what the allegations were. Our views about whether the conduct involved warranted such debilitating scrutiny may have diverged sharply. But at least we knew what the investigations were about, what the presidents and/or their subordinates were accused of doing…. (more)

July 27, 2017
CNN — Matt Drudge has been in the White House an awful lot these days – – “all the time,” as one senior administration official puts it. He’s met with President Donald Trump, spent time with Ivanka Trump, and doled out advice to Jared Kushner…. (more)

July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was discharged from the hospital Tuesday after spending six weeks in the hospital following a shooting in Alexandria, Va., on June 14…. (more)


July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s top information technology guy, the Pakistani-born Imran Awan – – who was under investigation by the FBI for theft and cybersecurity-tied abuses – – was arrested at Dulles International Airport as he tried to flee the country…. (more)

July 27, 2017
DAILY MAIL — The breath-taking moment that an anti-ballistic missile was launched into the night sky has been caught on camera by a stunned pilot, who described it as a ‘once in a lifetime event’. Dutch Pilot Christiaan van Heijst, 34, cannot resist pulling his camera out whenever possible in the cockpit of a Boeing 747-8 Freighter…. (more)

July 26, 2017
Six Republicans who backed plan in 2015 balk
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Senate rejected a “clean” Obamacare repeal bill Wednesday, walking back a core campaign promise as Republicans barreled through a free-wheeling debate on the Democrats’ 2010 overhaul without a clear path to killing it…. (more)

July 26, 2017
BOB UNRUH — One of the most shocking and potentially destructive orders from former President Barack Obama – – opening up the U.S. military to transgender individuals – – Wednesday was reversed by President Donald Trump…. (more)


July 26, 2017
POLITICO — Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to open debate on repealing Obamacare, dramatically reviving an effort that many GOP lawmakers left for dead just a few days ago…. (more)


July 26, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to begin the debate on how to overhaul Obamacare, overcoming a series of false starts and setting up a weeklong showdown over options ranging from a full repeal to a complicated Republican replacement…. (more)

July 26, 2017
THE HILL — Republicans on Tuesday cleared a crucial hurdle to begin the Senate healthcare debate, but now face the danger of a circular firing squad if they are unable to unify around a single proposal…. (more)

July 26, 2017
TRUNEWS — Speaking on a panel to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer with former DNI chief James Clapper, John Brennan effectively called for a coup against the president if he should give the order to fire the DOJ appointed investigator…. (more)


July 26, 2017
THE HILL — The National Security Agency and FBI violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama administration by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies’ ability to obey their own rules…. (more)

July 26, 2017
NEWSMAX — Vice President Mike Pence is working to reverse the Pentagon’s transgender policy covering sexual reassignment surgery and hormone therapy for service members who are transitioning, sources have told Foreign Policy…. (more)

July 26, 2017
GARTH KANT — Federal agents arrested the top suspect in a major Democratic hacking scandal at Dulles Airport in Virginia as he tried to flee the U.S. Tuesday and fly to the Mideast…. (more)

July 26, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — A British hospital, after staging a months-long court fight against a plan by the parents of Charlie Gard to obtain him experimental treatment, continued on Tuesday to fight with the parents…. (more)


July 26, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A strict D.C. gun law that prevents most firearms owners from carrying concealed handguns in public in the nation’s capital is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday, saying the city government cannot demand citizens prove a “good reason” before being issued permits…. (more)


July 25, 2017
NEWSMAX — Steve Scalise, the House majority whip who was shot during a congressional baseball practice in June, called into the GOP whip meeting Monday and seemed to be in good spirits, according to sources who spoke with Politico…. (more)

July 25, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — In a lengthy and detailed rebuttal, White House aide and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner made a public and private declaration of his innocence and said the charges of Russian collusion with the Trump presidential campaign were intended solely to ridicule the president’s millions of supporters…. (more)

July 24, 2017
Health system should be based on ‘private, voluntary associations’
ALAN KEYES — The GOP’s purported effort to repeal and replace Obamacare appears to have reached an impasse. The maneuvering to deal with that impasse reveals (that is to say, unveils yet also hides) the fact that that effort is itself questionably sincere. The word “repeal” conveys the sense of calling back what was previously set forth, so that things return, insofar as possible, to what they once were…. (more)

July 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — The parents of Charlie Gard tearfully gave up their legal battle to keep their terminally ill baby alive on Monday, saying his condition had deteriorated too far for any possible recovery, in a case they said had touched the world…. (more)


July 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — Forbes’ opinion editor Avik Roy is shredding the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s evaluation of the Republican healthcare bill. His comments come in a column for Forbes analyzing the CBO reports on the GOP bill…. (more)


July 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said “single payer is on the table” regarding health care legislation as he announced Democrats would roll out a new economic agenda this week…. (more)


July 24, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — Senate Republicans appear unable to pass a straight repeal of Obamacare or a more comprehensive plan, and one of the most fiscally conservative members of Congress says the GOP either needs to do what it promised or prepare to watch the rest of the Trump agenda wither away…. (more)


Mid-Day Snapshot

July 28, 2017

Scaramucci Spouts Off About Leaks

The new White House communications director certainly has a rough way of communicating.

The Foundation

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

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: July 28

  • ‘Skinny’ Repeal of Obamacare Fails (Read More)
  • Bad News If You Make $150,000 to $300,000: Higher Taxes for Many (Read More)
  • Senators Move to Block Trump From Ousting Sessions (Read More)
  • Amazon’s Expansion Takes Toll (Read More)
  • Japan Slaps 50% Tariff on Some U.S. Beef (Read More)
  • Tesla Model 3 Arrives as Elon Musk Tries to Manage Expectations (Read More)
  • Musk Risks Missing the Mainstream If Model 3 Strays From $35,000 (Read More)
  • UBS Shares Drop Most Since January as Capital Ratio Declines (Read More)
  • Wall Street braces for end of Snap share lockup (Read More)
  • Car Prices Are Still Falling But the Sky Isn’t as Lender Profits Rise (Read More)
  • Swiss Banks’ Focus on Wealth Pays (Read More)
  • Venezuela crisis tips into showdown (Read More)
  • U.S. orders Venezuela embassy families out, crisis deepens (Read More)
  • China will take measures to get more foreign investment, boost private investment (Read More)
  • Killing the Border Tax Solved One Problem. It May Create Several (Read More)
  • Cheap Eggs Flood U.S. Grocery Stores (Read More)
  • BNP Shows Europe Can Still Build Investment-Bank Champions (Read More)
  • Elliott Tries a Texas Charm Offensive to Outdo Berkshire’s Oncor Bid (Read More)

Top Headlines – 7/28/2017

Arab League: International guarantees needed so Israeli violations on Temple Mount won’t repeat

Arab League chief says Israel risks igniting ‘religious war’

Arab League: Escalation on Temple Mount threatens entire region

The return to Temple Mount: Stones, bottles and stun grenades, as worshippers warn ‘This is war’

Israeli security forces and Palestinian worshippers clash outside al-Aqsa mosque

Palestinians arrested after barricading selves in Al-Aqsa Mosque

113 reportedly injured as thousands return to pray at Temple Mount

Erdogan, Haniyeh and Abbas are praying for an intifada

Jerusalem police chief threatens casualties if protests continue

Israeli forces gird for Friday protests as Temple Mount unrest persists

Girding for clashes, police restrict Temple Mount prayers to women, men over 50

Rabbis call on Jews to visit Temple Mount ‘to strengthen our claim to this holy place’

Bayit Yehudi decries government’s ‘concessions’ on Temple Mount

Coalition chairman attacks the Shin Bet for removal of metal detectors

Islamic leader: ‘Al-Aqsa agreement betrays Allah’

Jordan king criticizes Israel’s ‘provocative’ action

US envoy to Middle East welcomes Temple Mount de-escalation

US praises Netanyahu’s handling of Temple Mount standoff

PM Netanyahu: ‘the time has come to sentence terrorists to death’

Military announces it will demolish Halamish terrorist’s home

Mother of Halamish terrorist charged with incitement

PA ambassador to UN justifies slaughter of Israeli family

Jordan said to charge Israeli embassy guard in absentia with murder

Jordan’s King Abdullah calls for Israel trial over embassy deaths

Jordan: Israeli amb. not welcome until embassy guard stands trial

Report: PM seeks US okay to annex settlements, cede Arab cities to Palestinians

Is Trump’s Mideast policy a paradigm shift?

Trump’s Mideast peace deal is fading away

Top Trump Middle East adviser fired for unknown reasons

Time to Stop Anti-Semitic Incitement in American Mosques

Items from Auschwitz death camp to tour Europe, America

French university may have remains of Holocaust victims, scholars say

Why Jews from Libya are worried about the fate of the country’s Jewish artifacts

EU migrant crisis: France plans asylum ‘hotspots’ in Libya

Egyptian tank pancakes suicide car bombers

Putin signs Syria base deal, cementing Russia’s presence there for half a century

Syria war: US says coalition partners must only fight IS

UN says over 200,000 have fled Syria’s Raqqa since April 1

Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Women Return in ‘Severe Shock’

Yazidi girl who escaped ISIS said she was raped every day, tried to kill herself

Animals, Abandoned and Starving, Are Evacuated From Zoo in Syria

Qatar says UN should play a role in resolving Gulf crisis

With Hajj weeks away, Yemeni rebels fire missile near Mecca

Senate overwhelmingly okays bill slapping sanctions on Iran, Russia

Iran carries out ‘successful’ satellite launch

US slams ‘provocative’ Iran satellite-launch rocket test

UN: Pakistan abducts own citizens, muzzles rights watchdog

Tribal Council Orders ‘Revenge Rape’ In Pakistan

Pakistan court disqualifies prime minister from office

Al Qaeda says it has group in Kashmir to fight Indian rule

UK wants to send ‘colossal’ warships to test Beijing’s claims in S. China Sea

‘If Trump Asked, We’d Nuke China Next Week,’ Says U.S. Navy Fleet Commander

China holds live-fire aircraft carrier drill, builds massive border force as North Korean missile test looms

On anniversary of war, young North Koreans talk of tensions

Death toll in Venezuela unrest soars past 100

U.S. orders Venezuela embassy families out, crisis deepens

Trump Hits Venezuela with New Sanctions as CIA Chief Plugs Intervention

Group of Republicans want separate special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton and James Comey

With Mueller investigation, FBI gets chance to physically inspect ‘hacked’ DNC computers

Anthony Scaramucci’s Uncensored Rant: Foul Words and Threats to Have Priebus Fired

Bezos knocks Gates off perch as richest person in the world – for a few hours

India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new ‘smart’ cities to be sustainable

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits in the North Atlantic Ocean

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Leksula, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Nikol’skoye, Russia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Chichi-shima, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bengkulu, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kirakira, Solomon Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Lakatoro, Vanuatu

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Floods kill 120 in India’s Gujarat, with industry, cotton hit

Dozens hospitalised in Indonesia as thick haze spreads

New DNA sunscreen could spell an end to constant re-application

Whooping Cough Cases Double in Indiana in a Year, Prompting a Call to Vaccinate

Trump foiled as Senate rejects bid to repeal ‘Obamacare’

Inside Trump-s snap decision to ban transgender troops – A congressional fight over sex reassignment surgery threatened funding for his border wall.

Military chief says transgender policy to remain

Meet Five Men Who All Think They’re the Messiah – These men say they’re the Second Coming of Jesus Christ

For The People Who Say, “But Jesus Didn’t Abolish The Law”

After you See ‘Dunkirk’ Watch This Film To See What Was Missing

Apocalypse When? Five times in recent memory the world was supposed to end

David Barton Completely Twists Jefferson’s Words to Support Muslim Ban

Pa. doctor: I perform abortions because I love my patients

Mike Ratliff – What are the roots of bitterness and cynicism?

US, Brazil investigate Word of Faith Fellowship accused of abuse, trafficking

‘Staying Alive’: Jim Bakker Promotes His New Survival Food Buckets With A Horrible Bee Gees Cover

God and metal: scenes from a hardcore Christian music festival

Is Justin Bieber Sabotaging His Career for Jesus?

Trump Picks Sam Brownback as Religious Freedom Ambassador

Most White Evangelicals Don’t Believe Muslims Belong in America

Jeff Maples – Gods Purpose Still Served With False Teachers?

Newspring Church Responds to Perry Noble’s Complaints Against Them

NAR Leaders set themselves OUTSIDE of the Christian faith

Catholicism – Michael Voris: Bucking the System

Creationists Sell Christian Theme Park To Themselves To Avoid $700,000 In Taxes

Religious leaders protest L.A. pastor’s detention during a routine ICE appointment

UK Street Preacher Cleared of False Accusation of Making Abusive Comments to Homosexuals

Pastor Forced to Move After Receiving Threats for Opposing Facebook’s Rainbow Flag Emoji

Evolutionist Professor Says Parents Should Be Allowed to Euthanize Severely Deformed Newborn Children

Patrick J Buchanan – Are America’s Wars Just and Moral?

Thomas S. Kidd – A Brief History of the Altar Call

Mike Bickle: Speaking Falsely on Behalf of God is Not a Big Deal

Don’t Be Confused by the Crab and the Bears… (or Charisma Magazine’s “Astrology”)

Does the NAR Have a New Prophet?

Todd Bentley Commissions The “Apostolic Puppet Lady!!”

NARpostle Brian Simmons – the ‘William Hung’ of Christianity

Died: Haddon Robinson, Champion of Biblical Preaching

Michelle Lesley – Persecution in the Pew

WOFF – Brazilians funneled as slaves by NC church, ex-members say

The ‘New Breed’ Among Us (Part 2): Matt Sorger

Hillsong, Bethel Music and The Great Seduction

GOD TV, Bethel, Lifestyle Christianity & IAHM endorsing demonic ‘grave-sucking’

The Bible That Oozes Oil- “It’s The Very Presence of God!”

Woodlands (Tx.) pastor resigns after arrest for prostitution

Episcopal panel recommends suspension for L.A. Bishop J. Jon Bruno, return of Newport Beach church to locked-out congregants

Southern Poverty Law Center Defends Attacks on Christians

As Leah Remini’s second season approaches, more Scientology survivors are opening up

After Texas Cut Planned Parenthood Funding, Teen Abortions Fell 28% and Teen Births 24%

Oregon Seizes Children From Parents Who Have Low IQ

Report: Chinese Provinces Seek to Eradicate Sunday Schools, Christian Summer Camps

Christian Student Killed in Spate of Boko Haram Attacks in Northeast Nigeria

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Brightest Meteor Shower In Recorded Human History Coming!

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 06:20 AM PDT

There is going to be a meteor shower on 12th of August, 2017. According to astronomers this will be the brightest shower in the recorded…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

The Reason for So Many False Conversions

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 06:14 AM PDT

(By Bert Farias) Many call Jesus Lord but don’t do what He says (Luke 6:46). They are deceived. Many believe in Jesus, but there’s no…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Billy Graham Answers: Is the Antichrist Roaming the Earth as We Speak?

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 06:08 AM PDT

With Bible prophecies of the end times appearing to come to pass before our very eyes, there’s a big one many wonder about. Is the…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

What Does the New Testament Really Say About the Gift of Prophecy?

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 06:02 AM PDT

(By Eddie Hyatt) New Testament prophecy has its roots in Old Testament prophetic ministry. In the Old Testament, God raised up certain individuals to be…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Japan Slaps 50% Tariff on Some U.S. Beef

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 05:54 AM PDT

Japan said Friday it would impose a temporary 50% tariff on frozen beef from the U.S. and several other countries, a move that could inflame…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

An End-Times Prayer for Jerusalem

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 05:49 AM PDT

(By Kelly Mcdonald Jr) “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you! Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!’ For my…

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Is Christianity in America Dying?

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 05:42 AM PDT

Is Christianity in America dying? That’s a question that has emerged in recent years amid numerous polls showing decreased proportions of Americans who say they’re…

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16 Facts That Prove That America Is In Deep, Deep Trouble

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 05:31 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Is this the generation that is going to witness the end of America? If our country stays on the path that it…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Lance Wallnau Issues an Urgent Prayer Alert for the First Family

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 05:26 AM PDT

The last couple of weeks have been particularly difficult on President Donald Trump, but even more so for his family and those who work with…

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Walmart Cashier Flabbergasts Foster Mom When He Hears the Voice of God

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 05:22 AM PDT

The Walmart shoppers were growing impatient. It was late on a Friday night in Newcastle, Oklahoma, and many of the customers were grumbling and complaining…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

LYING SIGNS AND WONDERS: UFOs Appear Over England and Mexico

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 05:19 AM PDT

(Reported By Jim Denison) An unidentified flying object made headlines recently when it appeared over southwest England, and a “flying saucer” was spotted last week over Mexico. Is your…

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U.S. says Iran rocket test breaches U.N. resolution

Posted: 28 Jul 2017 05:12 AM PDT

Iran successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into orbit, state television reported on Thursday, an action the United States said breaches a U.N….

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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July 25, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

Jul. 25, 2017 |

BLOOMBERG

Donald Trump ratcheted up his criticism of Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, and a top aide said the president likely wants his attorney general gone and has recently considered firing the head of the FBI’s Russia investigation.

House Republicans this week are increasing the possibility of a government shutdown in October by moving forward with a $788 billion spending bill that complies with President Donald Trump’s demands to boost the military, reduce clean-energy programs and fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Israel began removing metal detectors from a contested Jerusalem shrine in a bid to quell violent Palestinian opposition, in a deal that also helped to end a diplomatic standoff with Jordan.

At 26 percent, Indonesia has the largest ratio of female ministers among the 10 biggest countries based on population size, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union or IPU, a global organization of parliaments based in Geneva.

U.S. Senator John McCain, who underwent surgery last week for brain cancer, will return to Washington Tuesday as the Senate prepares to take up embattled healthcare legislation, a dramatic development that could boost Republican efforts to get enough votes to pass the measure.

Steady price gains in 20 U.S. cities in May indicate that a tight supply of properties paired with increased demand is boosting home values, according to figures from S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller on Tuesday.

AP Top Stories

Iran and Iraq on Sunday signed deals aimed at boosting military cooperation during a visit by Baghdad’s Defense Minister Irfan al-Hayali to Tehran.

Fake street signs warning of “easily startled” cops have popped up in Minnesota, sparked by the fatal police shooting of an area yoga teacher who called 911 to report a possible sex assault near her home.

Germany has no right to interfere in Turkey’s domestic affairs, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, his latest broadside in a blistering row sparked by the waves of arrests under the current state of emergency.

Hezbollah said on Monday its battle with Nusra Front jihadists at the Syria-Lebanon border was almost over and urged remaining insurgents in the area to give up, pressing its campaign to take their last foothold at the frontier.

World’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat, USS Constitution, made a comeback Sunday after a 26-month-long restoration project. The ship that turns 220 in October was undocked from the Charlestown Navy Yard Historical Park in Boston. It later entered the Boston Harbor. Launched in 1797, the wooden ship is one of the six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794.

Two former leaders of an isolated polygamous community in Canada were convicted Monday of practicing polygamy after a decades-long legal fight, setting up another potential court battle over the constitutionality of Canada’s polygamy laws. Winston Blackmore, 60, and James Oler, 53, were found guilty by British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Sheri Ann Donegan, who said the evidence was clear that Blackmore was married to 25 women at the same time and that Oler was married to five women in the tiny community of Bountiful.

Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend, with one jet coming within about 300 feet of the American aircraft.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday demanded Russia’s Vladimir Putin halt arms supplies to rebels as the leaders of France and Germany tried to revive a peace plan.

Germany is urging the European Union to add up to four more Russian nationals and companies to the bloc’s sanctions blacklist over Siemens gas turbines delivered to Moscow-annexed Crimea.

BBC

Some workers at a company in Wisconsin will soon be getting microchips in order to enter the office, log into computers and even buy a snack or two with just a swipe of the hand. Of the 80 employees at the Three Square Market’s River Falls headquarters, more than 50 had agreed to get implants. Participation was not required.

Protesters in a south-western French town have built a wall around the entrance to a former hotel to prevent it being used as a migrant shelter.

The Vatican has started shutting off its famous fountains amid a prolonged drought in many parts of Italy.

The UN’s refugee agency has accused Australia of reneging on an agreement to reunite some refugees with relatives already living in the nation. It said Australia had recently backed out of that understanding. Australia has said no such promise ever existed.

More than half the world’s children who are not being educated are in Nigeria, the country’s government has said. It was “sad to note” that Nigeria had 10.5 million children out of school. This is the first time senior officials have admitted the size of the problem.

The new US special representative for Ukraine says Washington is actively reviewing whether to send weapons to help those fighting against Russian-backed rebels.

WND

One college is now handing out punishment to students for disrupting free speech on campus, and while the speaker impacted says she is glad there are some consequences for those protesters, she still believes colleges may be hopelessly immersed in the movement of racial victimhood.

Following student accusations of “racism” and “homophobia,” and subsequently facing diminished teaching prospects, art professor Michael Bonesteel recently resigned from his position at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, claiming he was “unfairly vilified and demonized by [a] small cadre of militant LGBT students with an authoritarian agenda.”


Top News – 7/25/2017

DARPA invests $65 million in developing gene editing technologies
“The field of gene editing has been advancing at an astounding pace, opening the door to previously impossible genetic solutions but without much emphasis on how to mitigate potential downsides,” says Safe Genes program manager Renee Wegrzyn. “DARPA launched Safe Genes to begin to refine those capabilities by emphasizing safety first for the full range of potential applications, enabling responsible science to proceed by providing tools to prevent and mitigate misuse.”

US Navy Patrol Ship Fires Warning Shots At Iranian Vessel
One day after a US spy plane had to take “evasive action” over the East China Sea after a Chinese fighter jet showed off its Top Gun skills and appeared 90 meters in front of the interloper, a US Navy patrol ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian vessel near the northern Arabian Gulf on Tuesday after the vessel came within 150 yards

After spate of Chinese patrols, Taiwan says it’s prepared to defend itself
Taiwan is prepared to defend itself against China if necessary, the self-ruled island’s defence ministry said on Tuesday, in a strongly worded response to recent flybys by Chinese warplanes near the island China claims as a wayward province.

Temple Mount police concerned:’we’re sitting ducks’
The decision to remove metal detectors at the entrances to Temple Mount have alarmed the police situated at the site, who are wondering whether they are supposed to be what they termed ‘sitting ducks.’

Yemen cholera epidemic slowing after infecting 400,000
Yemen’s cholera outbreak is set to hit 400,000 cases on Tuesday but there are signs the three-month-old epidemic is slowing, according to World Health Organization data…

Muslims urged to stay away from Temple Mount
A senior cleric says Muslims should stay away from a major Jerusalem shrine, pending a review of the new Israeli security arrangements there. Ikrema Sabri, the head of the Supreme Islamic Committee in the city, said such a review might be completed later on Tuesday.

Netanyahu welcomes homes Jordan envoy and freed embassy guard
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in his Jerusalem office Tuesday morning with Israel’s Ambassador to Jordan, Einat Schlein, and Ziv, the Israeli guard stabbed in the embassy complex Sunday evening. The meeting came less than 12 hours after they…crossed over the Allenby Bridge after a hair-raising drama that began with the stabbing of Ziv, and his firing two shots in self-defense, killing the assailant and another man at the scene.

Israel removes Temple Mount metal detectors that enraged the Muslim world
Israeli authorities began Tuesday morning to dismantle metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, the placing of which earlier this month lead to widespread outrage in the Muslim world, claiming they violated the status quo in the site that is sacred to believers…In the meantime, Israel is also removing some of the security cameras it installed overlooking the entrance to the complex.

China set to launch an ‘unhackable’ internet communication
As malicious hackers mount ever more sophisticated attacks, China is about to launch a new, “unhackable” communications network – at least in the sense that any attack on it would be quickly detected. The technology it has turned to is quantum cryptography, a radical break from the traditional encryption methods around.

Japanese woman dies from tick disease after cat bite
A Japanese woman died last year of a tick-borne disease after being bitten by a stray cat, Japan’s health ministry says, in what could be the first such mammal-to-human transmission. The unnamed woman in her 50s had been helping the apparently sick cat. Ten days later she died of Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS), which is carried by ticks.

France tackles fierce forest fires on Riviera and in Corsica
Unusually hot, dry and windy weather in south-east France has contributed to the spread of forest fires across the region. The island of Corsica, the town of Carros, close to Nice, and Saint-Tropez were among the areas badly hit on Monday. Hundreds of homes were evacuated as a precaution.

Syria war: Russia sends police to southern ‘safe zones’
Russia says it has deployed forces to monitor so-called de-escalation zones in southern Syria. The defence ministry said military police had been sent to Eastern Ghouta on the edge of the capital Damascus, and to an area in the south-west. It is the first time foreign personnel have been despatched to help implement the “safe zones” agreed with Turkey and Iran earlier this year.

Egypt’s El-Sisi calls on Israel not to provoke Muslims
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addressed Israel in a speech Monday, calling on its residents and leaders to “stop what is happening in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and not to provoke the feelings of Arabs and Muslims.” El-Sisi…said, “The unfortunate events at Al-Aqsa are causing an unnecessary situation. I appeal to public opinion in Israel, the Israeli people and the Israeli leadership—please, this must stop.

Chinese jets intercept U.S. surveillance plane: U.S. officials
Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend, with one jet coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials said on Monday. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed one of the Chinese J-10 aircraft came close enough to the U.S. EP-3 plane on Sunday to cause the American aircraft to change direction.

North Korea identifies Hawaii and Alaska as possible targets for missile launch
The official government newspaper of North Korea boasted on Sunday that Hawaii and Alaska could be possible targets for the nuclear ballistic missile the North Korean government allegedly possesses. According to NK News, Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper run by the Workers’ Party of Korea stated that intercontinental ballistic missile has a range capability up to 6,400 kilometers, which means the missile could travel far enough to hit Hawaii or Alaska.

Former CIA Director Calls For A Coup If Trump Fires Mueller
“I think it’s the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry out some of these orders that again are inconsistent with what this country is all about…. If Mueller is fired, I hope our elected reps will stand up and say enough is enough.”

Proof Positive Obama Administration Stole Dividends from Fannie and Freddie Shareholders
Shareholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, after years of discouraging litigation, finally have the proof positive they need to demonstrate at court exactly how the Obama administration stole from them billions of dollars of profits earned by the Government Sponsored Entities (GSEs).

“Time Is Running Out” – China Is Planning For A Crisis Along North Korean Border
Despite Chinese officials reassurance that “military means shouldn’t be an option,” WSJ reports that China has been bolstering defenses along its 880-mile frontier with North Korea and realigning forces in surrounding regions to prepare for a potential crisis across their border, including the possibility of a U.S. military strike.

Trump throws wrench in U.N. plan to ‘replace’ U.S. population
In the last year of his presidency, Barack Obama and his administration worked tirelessly with the United Nations to expand the definition of “refugee” to include economic migrants and drastically increase the numbers being resettled in the United States.

Flow of asylum seekers crossing into Canada from U.S. rises …
The number of asylum seekers walking across the U.S. border into Canada rose in June after dropping in the previous two months, according to government figures released on Friday.

NYT Blames Obama Admin For Foiled Attack
The New York Times blamed former Obama administration officials for releasing information that a U.S. general says allowed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi to slip away from American forces.


This Pop Singer and American Witches Want to Hex the President

Last October a group called “Feminists Against Trump” organized a “witch-in” to “cast magical spells of love and feminism to destroy the Great Orange One and his alleged racism, xenophobia and sexism. Now there’s a new spell caster in town who plans to do a mass spell binding against the president. LifeZette has the story:

President Trump can count on many plagues in the six months he’s been in the office, such as the leaks, endless obstructionism, and a mainstream media determined to cast him from the White House. But pop artist Lana Del Rey would like to add to his troubles and has already begun to do so—by casting a spell on him.

“Yeah, I did it, why not?” Del Rey told NME.  “Look, I do a lot of [stuff].”

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A Mystery Investor Has Made A 262 Million Dollar Bet That The Stock Market Will Crash By October

One mystery trader has made an extremely large bet that the stock market is going to crash by October, and if he is right he could potentially make up to 262 million dollars on the deal.  Fortunes were made and lost during the great financial crisis of 2008, and the same thing will happen again the next time we see a major stock market crash.  But will that stock market crash take place before 2017 is over?  Without a doubt, we are in the midst of one of the largest stock market bubbles in U.S. history, and many prominent investors are loudly warning of an imminent stock market collapse.  It doesn’t take a genius to see that this stock market bubble is going to end very badly just like all of the other stock market bubbles throughout history have, but if you could know the precise timing that it will end you could set yourself up financially for the rest of your life. (Read More…)


If America Does Not Turn Back To God, There Isn’t Going To Be An America

I know that politicians aren’t supposed to talk like this, but I don’t care. I am not a politician and I never will be. And I am not running for Congress because I want a career in politics. We have enough career politicians right now, and so we definitely don’t need another one. So I am not going to carefully craft a message that I think that the voters want to hear. Instead, I am just going to tell the truth, and I believe that people all over America are going to stand with me. And the truth is that if America does not turn back to God, there isn’t going to be an America. (Read More…)


Washington D.C. Is Essentially Just A Gigantic Money Machine

If you have ever wondered why our leaders in Washington D.C. seem to act so strangely, the truth is that it almost always comes down to just one thing.  It has been said that “money makes the world go round”, and that is definitely true in Washington.  This year the federal government will spend more than 4 trillion dollars, and that represents well over one-fifth of our national GDP.  With so much money coming in and so much money going out, the stakes are incredibly high, and that is why so much money is poured into political campaigns on the national level. (Read More…)


July 24, 2017
Health system should be based on ‘private, voluntary associations’
ALAN KEYES — The GOP’s purported effort to repeal and replace Obamacare appears to have reached an impasse. The maneuvering to deal with that impasse reveals (that is to say, unveils yet also hides) the fact that that effort is itself questionably sincere. The word “repeal” conveys the sense of calling back what was previously set forth, so that things return, insofar as possible, to what they once were…. (more)

July 24, 2017

NEWSMAX — The parents of Charlie Gard tearfully gave up their legal battle to keep their terminally ill baby alive on Monday, saying his condition had deteriorated too far for any possible recovery, in a case they said had touched the world…. (more)


July 24, 2017

NEWSMAX — Forbes’ opinion editor Avik Roy is shredding the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s evaluation of the Republican healthcare bill. His comments come in a column for Forbes analyzing the CBO reports on the GOP bill…. (more)


July 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said “single payer is on the table” regarding health care legislation as he announced Democrats would roll out a new economic agenda this week…. (more)

July 24, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Democrats are in a tizzy about their latest and brightest prospect for the 2020 White House – – Kamala Harris, the senator from California who made a name for herself bullying Jeff Sessions during his attorney general confirmation hearings…. (more)

July 24, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — Senate Republicans appear unable to pass a straight repeal of Obamacare or a more comprehensive plan, and one of the most fiscally conservative members of Congress says the GOP either needs to do what it promised or prepare to watch the rest of the Trump agenda wither away…. (more)

July 24, 2017

NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump angrily sidelined the State Department and assigned trusted White House staffers with making the potential case for withholding certification at the next review of the Iran nuclear deal, Foreign Policy reported…. (more)


July 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — A Kansas makeup artist says she won a national contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty but was later disqualified because of an Instagram post supporting Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy…. (more)

July 24, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The Trump administration is in the beginning stages of forming an adversarial “red team” to play devil’s advocate in a plan to debate the facts behind global warming and take on what skeptics call climate alarmism…. (more)

July 23, 2017
NEWSMAX — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to schedule a vote Tuesday to bring legislation to repeal Obamacare outright to the floor for debate in hopes of forcing Republicans to own their positions…. (more)

July 23, 2017
BOB UNRUH — A team of property rights advocates, lawyers and state lawmakers has joined forces for a nationwide campaign to overrule the U.S. Supreme Court…. (more)

July 23, 2017
BOB UNRUH — There are some 90 million members of China’s Communist Party, and all of them now have been banned from having religious beliefs…. (more)

July 23, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — The police knew there was a problem in the Women’s Medical Society of Philadelphia, but they didn’t realize just what the problem was until they got there…. (more)

July 23, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — President Donald Trump’s rant against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in an interview with the New York Times, is a foolish bit of revisionist history. Sessions erred in the rashness and overbreadth of his recusal from the Russia investigation, but the president has himself to blame for the appointment of a special counsel…. (more)

July 23, 2017
BYRON YORK — The Republican president has a job approval rating around 40 percent. The GOP has an unfavorability rating around 56 percent. And Republicans trail Democrats by nine points in an average of “generic ballot” polls…. (more)

July 22, 2017
NEWSMAX — Hawaii has begun planning for a potential North Korean nuclear attack through educating the public and dusting off Cold War-era training manuals. Hawaii News Now reports that the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is urging residents of the island state in the middle of the Pacific Ocean to be prepared if the rogue nation decides to attack the U.S…. (more)

July 22, 2017
GARTH KANT — The new White House communications director’s very first challenge was to communicate that his own hiring had not put the West Wing into turmoil. New York financier Anthony Scaramucci appeared at the White House daily press briefing to try to put to rest widespread reports in the media that his appointment had been strenuously opposed by top presidential aides, especially Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who resigned Friday after just six months on the job…. (more)

July 22, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — In another White House staff shakeup, President Trump appointed friend and New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as his communications director Friday, a move that prompted press secretary Sean Spicer to resign…. (more)


July 22, 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump’s decision to put Anthony Scaramucci in charge of the White House communications shop has rocked the West Wing and raised questions about how the shake-up will shape Trump’s messaging machine…. (more)


July 22, 2017
WESLEY PRUDEN — A lot of snakes and scorpions live with the alligators in the swamp, and there are even more dangerous monsters there. No swamp creature is deadlier than a Washington lawyer…. (more)

July 22, 2017

THE INDEPENDENT — A High Court judge has asked people protesting about the Charlie Gard case not to upset other visitors to Great Ormond Street hospital, where the critically ill baby is on life support…. (more)


July 22, 2017
BOB UNRUH — An executive agency of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued a report recommending that seminaries include “queer theology” in their courses and that even Sunday schools teach “LGBTI beliefs.”… (more)

July 22, 2017
BOB UNRUH — The left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, which has been in the spotlight recently for its practice of designating conservative non-profits as “hate groups,” has gone on defense. For adhering to a biblical perspective on homosexuality, for one thing. The Family Research Council, wrote Cohen, has a “long track record of using dehumanizing language and outright lies to portray LGBT people as sick, evil, and a danger to children and society. As stated on its website, it opposes the acceptance of homosexuality ‘in the law, in the media, and in the schools.'”… (more)

July 22, 2017
BOB UNRUH — A federal judge who sent Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis to jail for refusing to violate her faith now has awarded nearly $223,000 in state taxpayer funds to American Civil Liberties Union lawyers who sued Davis…. (more)

July 22, 2017
THE LOCAL — An influential German institute has studied thousands of article published by daily newspapers during the refugee crisis. Their conclusion: journalists lost their objectivity and drove a wedge through society. As hundreds of thousands of refugees arrived in Germany in 2015 and early 2016, daily newspapers took on the role of “public educators” rather than objective critics of public policy, a team of researchers at the Otto Brenner Institute conclude, according to a report in Die Zeit this week…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

July 25, 2017

Kushner Denies Russian Collusion

Trump’s son-in-law and adviser records all of his meetings with Russians and calls out the media for their delusions.

The Foundation

“It is a happy circumstance in human affairs that evils which are not cured in one way will cure themselves in some other.” —Thomas Jefferson (1791)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: July 25

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  • Unrest bubbles among Trump’s key foreign policy aides (Read More)
  • Abe Overtaken by Rival as Top Choice for Japan Premier in Poll (Read More)
  • More U.S. Cars Are Made in Mexico (Read More)
  • The Chipotle Corporate Sabotage Theory Returns (Read More)
  • McCain to return for pivotal Senate vote on healthcare (Read More)
  • Kushner Faces Hostile Questioning by Dems on House Panel (Read More)
  • Chinese says interception of U.S. plane ‘necessary’ (Read More)
  • Record-Low ECB Rates Are a €1 Trillion Government Windfall (Read More)
  • Dead Bodies Start Piling Up as Fuel Theft Booms in Mexico (Read More)
  • Uber ties up with AXA for drivers’ accident cover in France (Read More)
  • Can John Cryan Save Deutsche Bank From Itself? (Read More)
  • Oil extends gains as Saudi pledges export curbs (Read More)
  • Australia to accept first Central American refugees under U.S. deal (Read More)
  • U.S. judge halts deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals (Read More)
  • Angry Lawmaker Singles Out ‘Female Senators’ Over Health Vote (Read More)
  • Israel removes Jerusalem metal detectors, Palestinians reject new measures (Read More)
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Top Headlines – 7/25/2017

Tension rises with Jordan after embassy guard shoots two

Jordan Holds Israeli Diplomat Hostage After Terrorist Attack

Israel and Jordan in diplomatic standoff after embassy deaths

Israel, Jordan said close to resolving crises over embassy deaths, Temple Mount

Netanyahu holds consultations with defense chiefs over Jordan crisis, Temple Mount

After meetings in Israel, Greenblatt heads to Amman in bid to resolve crisis

Amman embassy officer returns to Israel, in end to standoff

UN warns of escalation if no Jerusalem mosque solution by Friday

Israeli Sovereignty Over the Temple Mount Is Crucial for Peace

Turkey won’t let Israel ‘trample on’ holy site

Turkey says Israel violating human rights at al-Aqsa mosque

Jordan’s king asks Netanyahu to remove metal detectors from Temple Mount

Israel Agrees to Remove Metal Detectors at Entrances to Aqsa Mosque Compound

Ministers discuss smart cameras instead of metal detectors on Temple Mount

Terrorist stabs man in Petah Tikva, says he ‘did it for Al-Aqsa’

Defense minister: Arab MKs, PA to blame for terror attacks

MK: Build Synagogue on Temple Mount

Protesters burn Israeli flag in London Temple Mount demonstration

Amid Temple Mount Tensions, Anti-Israel Student Groups in US Celebrate Palestinian Violence Against Jewish State

World Council of Churches Endorses Palestinian Protests Over Temple Mount Security Measures

Macron attempts to broker Libyan peace with meeting of leaders

Hezbollah wages multi-pronged attack on militants at Syrian border

Lebanon’s Hezbollah says Syria border assault ‘nearing end’

Russia deploys military police at ‘safe zone’ in Syria

Trump defends cutting ‘dangerous and wasteful’ aid to Syrian rebels

Yazidi survivor of Islamic State in Knesset: Recognize our genocide

California man accused of trying to open ISIS social media accounts

U.S. judge halts deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals

Videos suggest Russian government may be arming Taliban

At least 8 dead after suicide bombers hit camps in Nigeria

Schaffhausen: Police launch manhunt after chainsaw attacker injures five in Swiss town

Duterte vows end to uprising, ‘jail or hell’ in drug war

For China’s Global Ambitions, ‘Iran Is at the Center of Everything’

John Bolton: Trump Wants to Kill Iran Deal

Ben Stein: Mueller Is ‘Out to Get’ Trump, Wants to ‘Kill’ His Political Career

Trump son-in-law Kushner at Capitol, denies Russia collusion

Jared Kushner’s meetings were both legal and beneficial

Trump speaks to advisers about firing Attorney General Sessions

Scaramucci: If White House Comms Staff Keeps Leaking ‘I’m Going to Fire Everybody’

Poll: Only 1 in 4 sure Trump will serve entire term

‘Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime,’ ICE acting director says

ICE Dir to Sanctuary Cities: ‘We’re Going to Enforce the Law Without Apology’

Father of teen driver who live-streamed fatal crash speaks out: ‘She killed her own sister’

Disney’s Next Movie Could Be Watching You, Too

“Perverse” malware infecting hundreds of Macs remained undetected for years

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Elon Musk’s doomsday AI predictions are ‘pretty irresponsible’

China and India Locked in ‘Eyeball-to-Eyeball’ Border Standoff

On a disputed South China Sea island, Beijing unveils a high-tech cinema

China Prepares for a Crisis Along North Korea Border

US preps next missile test, from Alaskan island

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Balleny Islands region

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 32,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 17,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

Homes swept away as floods ravage the Midwest

Hundreds battle wild fires across southern France

Vatican turns off fountains as Rome gasps in drought

Trump calls Obamacare ‘big fat ugly lie,’ demands Senate vote for repeal

Spike in calls to poison control centers over dietary supplements

New U.S. Navy aircraft carrier sets sail with “gender neutral” bathrooms, ditching urinals

Thai transgender boxer winning the fight for acceptance

Planned Parenthood to Toddlers: ‘Your Genitals Don’t Make You a Boy or a Girl’

Canadian polygamous leader found guilty of having 25 wives

Brazilians funneled as “slaves” by US church, ex-members say

Lana Del Rey admits she tried to hex Trump: ‘Why not?’

Patrick J Buchanan – Are America’s Wars Just and Moral?

Thomas S. Kidd – A Brief History of the Altar Call

Mike Bickle: Speaking Falsely on Behalf of God is Not a Big Deal

Don’t Be Confused by the Crab and the Bears… (or Charisma Magazine’s “Astrology”)

Does the NAR Have a New Prophet?

Todd Bentley Commissions The “Apostolic Puppet Lady!!”

NARpostle Brian Simmons – the ‘William Hung’ of Christianity

Died: Haddon Robinson, Champion of Biblical Preaching

Michelle Lesley – Persecution in the Pew

WOFF – Brazilians funneled as slaves by NC church, ex-members say

The ‘New Breed’ Among Us (Part 2): Matt Sorger

Hillsong, Bethel Music and The Great Seduction

GOD TV, Bethel, Lifestyle Christianity & IAHM endorsing demonic ‘grave-sucking’

The Bible That Oozes Oil- “It’s The Very Presence of God!”

Woodlands (Tx.) pastor resigns after arrest for prostitution

Episcopal panel recommends suspension for L.A. Bishop J. Jon Bruno, return of Newport Beach church to locked-out congregants

Southern Poverty Law Center Defends Attacks on Christians

As Leah Remini’s second season approaches, more Scientology survivors are opening up

After Texas Cut Planned Parenthood Funding, Teen Abortions Fell 28% and Teen Births 24%

Oregon Seizes Children From Parents Who Have Low IQ

Report: Chinese Provinces Seek to Eradicate Sunday Schools, Christian Summer Camps

Christian Student Killed in Spate of Boko Haram Attacks in Northeast Nigeria

The Church and Israel Deception: Two Distinct Peoples of God?

Investigation: Millions of Dollars in Assets Not Reported by IHOP Megachurch

Cindy Jacobs Reveals Powerful One-Word Prophecy: “BASTA!!”

Former church worship director arrested on several sex charges

Israeli Gun Range Offers Tourists a Chance to Shoot Targets Designed to Look Like Palestinians

Congressman In Chicago Church Preaches Trump a ‘Major Criminal’ Who Must Be ‘Eliminated’ From Office

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 06:30 AM PDT

In an indignant sermon before a Chicago church, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) blasted President Trump as “a major criminal” who wants to destroy families and…

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Baby Moved to Tears as Mom Worships to ‘Good, Good Father’

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 06:17 AM PDT

A heart-warming viral video has been sweeping the internet that shows the power of worship to touch a person’s soul, even a soul that can’t…

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‘I Was Afraid to Touch the Bible’ : One Woman’s Shocking Story of Faith

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 06:11 AM PDT

The little girl had no idea her parents were criminals until the day she found a Bible hidden in the family’s home. “When I was twelve,…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Wisconsin Company Becomes First in US to Begin Implanting Chips In Employees

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 06:04 AM PDT

A Wisconsin company is set to become the first in America to give its employees the opportunity to have microchip implants. Three Square Market is…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Hawaii seeks to prepare residents for threat of nuclear missile strike from North Korea

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 05:58 AM PDT

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is kicking off an educational campaign aimed at helping residents and visitors figure out what to do if the state is…

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DAYS OF NOAH: Ancient humans had intercourse with non-humans

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 05:51 AM PDT

Humanity has a filthy secret: our ancestors used to have sex with members of other species. That’s the finding in a new piece of research…

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California Imam calls on Allah to annihilate Jews…

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 05:43 AM PDT

In a July 21 lecture posted on the Davis Masjid YouTube channel Muslim preacher Ammar Shahin spoke in English and Arabic about how all Muslims,…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Exactly How Many Items Have Been Checked Off on Jesus’ End-Times List?

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 05:38 AM PDT

While prophets including Daniel, Ezekiel, Joel and John foretold of the end of the world, the Son of God Himself gave specific examples of what…

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Compromised Churches: It’s Time to Remove People and Clean House

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 05:34 AM PDT

(By John Burton) People are leading ministries and churches all while the Bible instructs us not to even eat with them. It’s time for a…

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Why The Coming Solar Eclipse Could Paralyze America

Posted: 24 Jul 2017 07:01 PM PDT

This summer’s largest gathering will make Woodstock look like a backyard barbecue and divide the nation into two parties: those who see it, and those…

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DAYS OF LOT: Minnesota Adopts ‘Transgender Toolkit’ for Teachers

Posted: 24 Jul 2017 06:45 PM PDT

The Minnesota Department of Education approved a transgender toolkit that lets male students who identify as girls use the girls bathroom. “A policy that requires an individual…

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Sweden to hold ‘biggest military exercise in decades’ with NATO amid fears over Russia

Posted: 24 Jul 2017 02:39 PM PDT

Sweden is preparing to hold what it calls the “first and largest” exercise of its kind in over 20 years involving all of its military…

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Satanic Temple Founder Says Over Half of Members Could Be LGBTQ

Posted: 24 Jul 2017 02:26 PM PDT

The co-founder of the Satanic Temple said that he would “not be surprised” if over half of the group’s members identify as LGBTQ because of…

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UK May Require Christian Schools to Admit Students of Other Faiths

Posted: 24 Jul 2017 02:21 PM PDT

Politicians in the U.K. are reportedly set to drop plans that would have allowed single-faith schools to remain as they are. Christian schools may soon…

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Lana Del Rey admits she used witchcraft against president Trump

Posted: 24 Jul 2017 02:15 PM PDT

Lana Del Rey revealed she tried to hex President Donald Trump earlier this year. “Yeah, I did it. Why not? Look, I do a lot…

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China warns India not to ‘push its luck’ amid border stand-off in Himalayas

Posted: 24 Jul 2017 02:11 PM PDT

China has warned India not to “cling to fantasies” amid a tense border stand-off, which also involves Bhutan, involving disputed territory in the Himalayas. Earlier,…

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Hurricane Hilary likely to become ‘major hurricane’ in Pacific

Posted: 24 Jul 2017 02:08 PM PDT

Hurricane Hilary is “likely to become a major hurricane” by Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Monday. The storm strengthened from a tropical storm…

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FALLING AWAY: U.K. Gov’t Demands”LGBT Theology” in Bible Seminaries

Posted: 24 Jul 2017 12:21 PM PDT

An executive agency of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued a report recommending that seminaries include “queer theology” in their courses and that even…

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Jennifer Lopez wins praise for using gender-neutral pronouns while praising her non-binary relative

Posted: 24 Jul 2017 12:13 PM PDT

Jennifer Lopez is receiving kudos from fans and members of the non-binary community after using gender-neutral pronouns describing her sister’s child Brendan in an Instagram…

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8 Year-Old girl ‘virtually cured’ of HIV after cocktail of virus-busting drugs as a baby

Posted: 24 Jul 2017 11:58 AM PDT

A little girl in South Africa has been “virtually cured” of HIV after being given a cocktail of drugs as a baby, doctors have revealed….

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Sex Change Surgeries Could Cost Military Billions

Posted: 24 Jul 2017 11:54 AM PDT

This Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on the Make America Secure Appropriations Act. There are billions of dollars in that…

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Mystery Investor Bets $262 Million Stock Market Will Crash in the Next 3 Months

Posted: 24 Jul 2017 11:49 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) One mystery trader has made an extremely large bet that the stock market is going to crash by October, and if he…

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16-Year-Old Under Fire for Sharing the Good News About Jesus

Posted: 24 Jul 2017 11:47 AM PDT

A 16-year-old Pakistani Christian boy has been charged with blasphemy for talking with a colleague about his belief in Jesus, the second such incident in…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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July 19, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The U.S. is poised to impose sanctions on Venezuela’s defense minister and several other top officials for human-rights violations, according to people with knowledge of the plan, who added that the action was one of several under consideration by the Trump administration against President Nicolas Maduro’s government.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is shutting down an office that coordinates cyber issues with other countries, according to two people familiar with the plan, in a move that critics said will diminish the U.S. voice in confronting hackers.

Despite efforts by Wall Street firms to regain trust since the 2008 financial crisis, fewer than a third of Americans view the industry positively — unchanged from 2009.

John Horgan’s first move as British Columbia’s new premier took a cue from Canada’s feminist leader, appointing women to half the posts in his cabinet including the job of finance minister. He immediately announced his 22-member cabinet — the province’s first ever gender-balanced one, according to a government statement. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named 15 women to his cabinet of 30 when he took office in November 2015.

The resignation of the head of France’s military has thrown the spotlight on President Emmanuel Macron’s lack of experience and may prove to be the first major test of his governing style.

Iran will respond to any new U.S. sanctions that violate the terms of the nuclear deal with countersteps, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday,

Retirement security in the U.S. took a significant hit in a global ranking, falling three notches to No. 17 among 43 developed countries.

Initial coin offerings, a means of crowdfunding for blockchain-technology companies, have caught so much attention that even the co-founder of the ethereum network, where many of these digital coins are built, says it’s time for things to cool down in a big way.

Bitcoin reversed steep losses as miners began using new software which aims to bridge an ideological gap that has threatened to divide the cryptocurrency.

The revolution in self-driving cars holds promise for a segment of the population that thought they’d never be able to operate a vehicle: the blind. Advocates for the estimated 1.3 million legally blind people in the U.S., and millions more with other disabilities, have joined automakers and technology companies in lobbying Congress to help spur the roll out of self-driving vehicles.

AP Top Stories

Vice President Mike Pence delivered an energetic endorsement Tuesday of the Senate Republicans’ new approach to the Affordable Care Act: Repeal it now and figure out a replacement later.

A 10-year-old boy who collapsed at his Florida home last month and later died had the lethal painkiller fentanyl in his system, making him one of the states – and perhaps the countries – youngest victims of the opioid crisis, officials said.

A Saudi woman has been arrested for defying the kingdom’s strict dress code by walking around in a miniskirt and crop top in a video that sparked public outrage.

The White House offered its support Tuesday to the proposal of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to do away with Obama-era net neutrality protections.

Tens of thousands of troops are on the move from the Baltic to the Black Sea, as NATO and Russia open up a series of massive military exercises the size of which the continent hasn’t seen since the Cold War.

The U.S. Navy successfully tested the world’s first laser gun system that has been designed to target drones. The Laser Weapons System (LaWS) gun was tested by the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport ship on a mock enemy drone, CNN reported Monday. Naval officers claim the laser moves at the speed of light, is “more precise than a bullet” and is expected to be used in combat by the year 2020, reports said.

The Royal Navy scrambled a warship to shadow a Chinese flotilla as it steamed through the English Channel en route to meet Russian vessels for maneuvers in the Baltic Sea.

A plan to privatize the nation’s air traffic control operations has hit turbulence in the House, raising questions about whether one of President Donald Trump’s infrastructure priorities can survive.

BBC

A Canadian town has voted to oppose a zoning change that would allow a Muslim cemetery to be built.

Senators in Chile have voted in favor of a proposal which would end the country’s total ban on abortions. The measure would allow abortion in cases of rape, if the mother’s life was at risk or if the fetus would not survive the pregnancy.

A court in Thailand has found a former general guilty of human trafficking at a landmark trial in Bangkok. Manas Kongpan is among more than 40 people convicted in the trafficking of Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims, a persecuted minority fleeing Myanmar.

The four Arab nations leading a boycott of Qatar are no longer insisting it comply with a list of 13 specific demands they tabled last month. Diplomats from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt told reporters at the UN they now wanted it to accept six broad principles.

WND

The head of the U.S. government’s lead immigration enforcement agency said Tuesday that he will send a wave of agents to arrest criminal aliens residing in sanctuary cities, focusing attention on interior operations as illegal crossings at the southern border continue falling.

In a stunning rebuke of U.S. conservative Christians, two close aides to Pope Francis have drawn comparisons between Islamic terrorists and American evangelicals, accusing the latter of advancing “a theocratic type of state.”

Doctors and pharmacies in the nation’s capital are now allowed to prescribe life-ending medications to terminally ill patients.


Top News – 7/19/2017

Seasonal storm forecast doubles number of hurricanes
A leading storm season forecast doubled the number of hurricanes expected this year as El Niño hibernates and a region typically quiet until August sees an early muster of tropical systems. Colorado State University is forecasting 15 named storms during the season that runs through November, including eight hurricanes. That’s four more named storms than its original April prediction and twice as many hurricanes.

Kamchatka Volcano Klyuchevskaya Erupted
This Wednesday morning local time the volcano blasted ash in to the atmosphere and it spread on more than 60km southwest of the volcano, writes the agency. Orange code alert for aviation danger is announced which means that local and international flights might suffer delays.

Iran’s Rouhani says new US sanctions violate nuclear accord
President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday new US economic sanctions imposed against Iran contravened the country’s nuclear accord with world powers and he vowed that Tehran would “resist” them, state television reported. The Trump administration slapped the new sanctions on Iran on Tuesday over its ballistic missile program and said Tehran’s “malign activities” in the Middle East undercut any “positive contributions” coming from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

Jerusalem police close Temple Mount to Jewish visitors
The Temple Mount compound was closed on Wednesday for visitors – Jews and tourists – by the police due to “breaching the rules of conduct that apply to the holy site.” According to a police statement, Jerusalem District Police Commander, Maj.-Gen. Yoram Halevy decided to close the Mughrabi gate, which is the only gate that Jews and tourist can use to enter the Temple Mount, after a group broke the rules of visit.

PA calls on world to force Israel to remove Temple Mount metal detectors
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Tuesday called on the international community to make Israel remove metal detectors from the entrances to the Temple Mount. “We call on the international community and the Arab and Islamic states to take responsibility for… stopping the occupation’s measures that are in contravention with all laws, agreements and international charters,” he said.

Hundreds of German choir boys abused over six decades – report
At least 547 young members of the Regensburger Domspatzen boys choir in Germany were subjected to physical and in some instances sexual abuse over a period of 60 years, a new report says. The report accuses 49 members of the Catholic Church of carrying out the abuse between 1945 and the early 1990s. The alleged perpetrators are unlikely to face criminal charges because of the amount of time that has elapsed.

Chile moves towards legalising abortion in limited cases
Senators in Chile have voted in favour of a proposal which would end the country’s total ban on abortions. The measure would allow abortion in cases of rape, if the mother’s life was at risk or if the foetus would not survive the pregnancy. Currently, women can be prosecuted if they have an abortion.

Qatar crisis: Saudi-led bloc drops list of 13 demands
The four Arab nations leading a boycott of Qatar are no longer insisting it comply with a list of 13 specific demands they tabled last month. Diplomats from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt told reporters at the UN they now wanted it to accept six broad principles. These include commitments to combat terrorism and extremism and to end acts of provocation and incitement.

ICE chief praises Trump, plans to send more agents to sanctuary cities
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan…said he plans to further crack down on undocumented immigrants by sending more resources and agents to sanctuary cities…”In the America I grew up in, cities didn’t shield people who violated the law,”…“What I want to get is a clear understanding from everybody, from the congressmen to the politicians to law enforcement to those who enter the country illegally, that ICE is open for business.”

‘Atypical’ form of mad cow disease confirmed in Alabama cow
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed an “atypical” case of bovine spongiform encephalopothy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, in an 11-year old beef cow in Alabama but emphasized that the animal never entered the slaughterhouse and “at no time presented a risk to food supply or to human health.”

US Army Seeks Internet-of-Battlefield-Things, Distributed Bot Swarms
The Army Research Lab is turning more of its attention to fighting land wars against far more technologically sophisticated adversaries than it has in the past several decades. In the coming months, the Lab will fund new programs related to highly (but not fully) autonomous drones and robots that can withstand adversary electronic warfare operations.

Thousands evacuated central California, wildfires burn across U.S. West
A 25,000-acre wildfire in central California, one of three dozen major blazes burning across the U.S. West, threatened hundreds of homes and businesses on Wednesday after forcing the evacuation of about 5,000 residents. There were 46 active large fires spread across 12 states, with 11 new blazes reported on Tuesday alone, according to National Interagency Fire Center website.

Pence Tells CUFI That Just as God Kept Promise to Israel, So Will Trump
In his address at the 12th Annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Summit in Washington on Monday, US Vice President Mike Pence reassured the 4,000 attendees that the President Donald Trump’s administration stands strongly behind Israel, and that despite the delay, Trump will most assuredly fulfill his campaign promise to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem Law passes initial vote
Law requiring 80-vote supermajority to divide Jerusalem in future negotiations passes first vote. A law which would limit the government’s ability to divide the capital in any future final status agreement with the Palestinian Authority was approved in its first vote Wednesday afternoon.

Minister: Israel Will Now Act to Reestablish Jewish Sovereignty Over Temple Mount
The Islamic Waqf’s jurisdiction over the Temple Mount is over and Israel will now work to reestablish Jewish sovereignty over the holy site, said Knesset Member Avi Dichter (Likud) on Tuesday. “The question of our policy [at the Temple Mount] may not be clear to the Palestinians, but it is very clear to us… The Mount will remain under the control of the Israel Police.”

Muslims Call to Ban Jews From Temple Mount
Despite refusing to ascend to the holy site themselves in protest of new metal detectors, Muslims are demanding that Jews be banned from the Temple Mount in the wake of events following Friday’s terror attack.

Druze Heroes Killed on Temple Mount Fulfilled Foretold End-of-Days Israel Alliance
The deadly attack last week on the Temple Mount pitted Israeli Druze against Muslims, tightening an prophesied alliance with Israel that has Biblical roots leading back to the Druze patriarch Jethro. The fulfillment of their role as brothers-in-arms with the Jews precipitates the end-of-days war against Amalek. Their sacrifice was a clear fulfillment of Balaam’s prophecy, which foretells that the Druze and Jews will fight together against their enemy, Amalek.

President Trump: Democrats Own This, We’re Going To Let Obamacare Collapse
Speaking from the White House Tuesday afternoon along side Vice President Mike Pence, President Donald Trump said he is “disappointed” in the failure of the healthcare bill in the Senate and said he intends to allow Obamacare to collapse while continuing to pursue the rest of his agenda. “Let Obamacare fail, it’ll be a lot easier,” he continued. “We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you Republicans are not going to own it.

3 California Counties File Multi-Billion Dollar Lawsuits Against “Big Oil” Over Rising Sea Levels
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the snowflake capital of the world finds new, creative and amazing ways to shock your system.

UK’s First State-Funded Muslim School Taken Over by Gov After Pro-Rape Books Found
England’s first state-funded Muslim secondary schools – that segregated boys and girls and had books promoting domestic violence and marital rape – is to be taken over by the Government.

Obama gave 1 million green cards migrants less than 2 Christian the rest were muslims
Former President Barack Obama chastised the American people in front of world leaders saying that “accepting only Christians who are seeking asylum from war-torn countries is un-American and not who we are.”

Garbage Men Being Trained to Spy on Customers
…It’s not enough, though, for the supervisors of the surveillance state to train trash collectors to watch their neighbors and report any “suspicious activity.” For a few years now, city waste management companies have been installing automatic license plate readers (ALPR) in their garbage trucks! How many thousands (maybe millions) of Americans are being secretly subjected to this new level of surveillance?

Cashless Society Alert: Visa Will Be Giving Up To $500,000 To Restaurants That Go ‘100% Cashless’ The push toward a cashless society is becoming more of a shove.  Before today I had never heard of “The Visa Cashless Challenge”, but after reading about it I have to say that I am quite alarmed.

As Senate Bill Dies, President Trump, Mitch McConnell Call for Clean Repeal of Obamacare
President Donald J. Trump is calling on congressional Republicans to drop their failed efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare in one fell swoop and instead pass a clean repeal of the failed health care overhaul from the previous administration now and push through a bipartisan replacement plan later.


July 17, 2017
ALAN KEYES — In the debate over homosexual marriage, much is made of the emotional bond established by mutual consent. But all human friendship involves such a bond. No institution is required to regulate emotionally formed human friendships…. (more)

July 17, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump told GOP Senators Monday night they should go ahead and simply vote to repeal Obamcare now, then work out a replacement…. (more)

July 17, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — Two Senate Republicans late Monday said they oppose the Republican health care bill, effectively stopping in its tracks the push to replace Obamacare and pushing GOP strategy toward an outright repeal without a replacement. Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas simultaneously announced their opposition, meaning four Republicans have declared that they will vote against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bill, forcing both President Trump and Mr. McConnell toward “Plan B.”… (more)


July 17, 2017

NEWSMAX — The U.S. Navy already has deployed lasers that can take out land- and air-based targets, and is developing second-generation weapons to hit missiles at the speed of light, CNN reported…. (more)


July 17, 2017
USA TODAY — The good news on America’s report cards: More high school teachers are handing out A’s. But the bad news is that students aren’t necessarily learning more…. (more)

July 17, 2017
NEW YORK TIMES — The condition for which Senator John McCain had surgery on Friday may be more serious than initial descriptions have implied, and it may delay his return to Washington by at least a week or two, medical experts said on Sunday…. (more)

July 17, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — Klaus Eberwein, a former Haitian government official who was expected to testify against alleged Clinton Foundation corruption and malpractice next week, has been found dead in Miami via gunshot wound to the head…. (more)

July 17, 2017
BYRON YORK — The public learned on March 10, 2015 that Hillary Clinton had more than 60,000 emails on her private email system, and that she had turned over “about half” of them to the State Department and destroyed the rest, which she said were “personal” and “not in any way related” to her work as Secretary of State…. (more)

July 17, 2017
ROBERT KNIGHT — If you don’t think the Left is terrified by the prospect of clean voter rolls, you might not have heard about the latest ploy by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU has sued President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, charging them with violating federal “transparency” laws…. (more)

July 17, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Democratic operative James Carville is not optimistic that his party will be able to take back the Senate in the 2018 midterm elections. “I would say we have a pretty good chance of taking the House back. The Senate is very, very difficult,” the Clinton loyalist told the John Catsimatidis radio show…. (more)

July 16, 2017

ASSOCIATED PRESS — Sen. John McCain’s absence from the Senate as he recovers from surgery for a blood clot has led the GOP leadership to postpone consideration of health care legislation already on the brink…. (more)


July 16, 2017
BRYAN FISCHER — An arrogant junior level judge in Hawaii has appointed himself dictator-for-life for America’s immigration policy. He should be ignored by the man with genuine, constitutional, and legal authority over immigration policy, the president of the United States…. (more)

July 16, 2017

PAUL BEDARD — A coalition of conservative groups whose advocacy has been labeled “hate” by the leftist media-darling Southern Poverty Law Center are launching a counteroffensive Monday, accusing it of fueling hate, killing free speech and even encouraging terrorist-style attacks on those it doesn’t agree with…. (more)


July 15, 2017
SELWYN DUKE — The obsession with Donald Trump Jr.’s “Russian” email chain is just the latest example of what the Media/Democrat Party/Establishment Axis does best: engage in misdirection to confuse people about who America’s real enemies are…. (more)

July 15, 2017
NEWSMAX — More Christian refugees have arrived in the United States under President Donald Trump than Muslims, a shift from the previous administration. The Pew Research Center looked at data from the Department of State and concluded that 9,598 Christians have emigrated to the U.S. from Jan. 21 to June 30. 7,250 Muslim refugees came to the U.S. during the same time frame…. (more)

July 15, 2017
LEO HOHMANN — Should taxpayers fund sex changes and hormone therapy for soldiers, sailors and marines who suffer from “gender dysphoria” and are in the process of “transitioning” from male to female or vice versa?… (more)

July 15, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — As Senate Republican leaders scramble to find the votes to pass a health-care bill, their fidelity to a warped understanding of the filibuster rules is deeply impacting the content of the legislation and the odds of passing anything in a deeply divided chamber…. (more)

July 15, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — Officials at Great Ormond Street Hospital in the United Kingdom, who have recommended that life support for 11-month-old Charlie Gard be withdrawn so that he dies, now have tried to exclude his parents from a meeting that could very well decide his future. Unsuccessfully…. (more)

July 14, 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Senate GOP leaders hope offering more money for reducing insurance premiums for poor people is enough to get centrists to support their healthcare bill after they were cool to the latest version. Republican leadership released a new version of the healthcare bill that adds $70 billion to a stability fund to stabilize the individual market and $45 billion for fighting opioid abuse. However, leadership faces a monumental task of winning support from several key centrists, especially after leaving in place more than $700 billion in Medicaid cuts…. (more)


July 13, 2017
NEWSMAX — Tuesday’s release of photos of a chance encounter between evangelicals and President Donald Trump in the White House, which shows leading evangelicals laying hands on and praying for the president of the United States in the Oval Office, has touched off an angry backlash on Twitter and in the mainstream media…. (more)

July 13, 2017
BOB UNRUH — So the media claim there are links between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. They make wild claims about a “set-up” that had Donald Trump Jr. meet last year with a woman claiming to have information from Russia about Hillary Clinton…. (more)

July 13, 2017
RALPH Z. HALLOW — President Trump is facing the double standard with which the left-wing press and Democrats have been soiling American politics for many years. Absurdity is now the norm in the left’s drive to undermine the public’s confidence in the institutions that have made this the go-to country for seekers of opportunity and freedom all over the world for more than two centuries…. (more)

July 13, 2017
MICHAEL BARONE — Overreach. President Trump seems to have an uncanny knack for provoking it in his opponents and critics. This often hurts him and the country. But it has the potential to hurt those doing the overreach as well…. (more)

July 13, 2017
ALICIA POWE — Members of the House Freedom Caucus are demanding GOP leaders cancel the annual August recess so they can tackle top-line policy issues, including the debt ceiling, repealing the Affordable Care Act, a tax overhaul and building a wall along the nation’s southern border…. (more)

July 13, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — Senate Republican leaders are still scrambling to craft a health-care bill capable of attracting 50 GOP votes, and while success appears elusive right now, a prominent House conservative still believes a good bill can get passed thanks to the pressure from voters and the resolve of President Trump…. (more)

10 Surprising Ways the Government is Spying on You (VIDEO)

Sigh.

Great video.

It does seem that our dystopian future is going to be (is) a mix of both 1984 and A Brave New World.

And don’t forget, there are many government contractors making a lot of (taxpayer) money developing the surveillance state. (To keep an eye on the taxpayers.)

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The New York Times Calls George Soros a “Holocaust survivor”

Proves insanity of left-wing media

Turned on his own Jewish people during the Holocaust:

During the Holocaust, George Soros (a Jew) collaborated with the Nazis to confiscate all material wealth from the Jews in Hungary, before he led them to the trains which took them to the death camps.

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Obamacare Survives Thanks to Republican Moral Narcissism

The Kansas and Utah senators announced they would vote no on their party’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, joining Susan Collins and Rand Paul in the nyet column, therefore tanking the bill.

Bravo to them. They maintained their ideological purity. But that’s the problem, because in so doing they have put our country on the royal road to single-payer healthcare. You can depend on it.

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Mid-Day Snapshot

July 19, 2017

On Health Care, Congress Needs to Do Its Job

Republicans aren’t playing like a team, and that’s undermining their responsibility to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

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: July 19

  • Republicans consider bipartisan healthcare talks (Read More)
  • Health Care Collapse Could Leave Trump Winless in His First Year (Read More)
  • Republicans to Push Ahead on Repeal of Affordable Care Act (Read More)
  • Obscure Coal CEO Rains Money on Trump While Outflanking Rivals (Read More)
  • GOP Tries to Regroup on Obamacare Repeal as Trump Lashes Out (Read More)
  • Insurers start to press on subsidies (Read More)
  • Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. says ready to testify to Congress (Read More)
  • Discovery, Scripps Networks in Cable-TV Merger Talks (Read More)
  • Robots Take Over Retail Jobs (Read More)
  • Saudi King’s Son Plotted Effort to Oust His Rival (Read More)
  • France’s armed forces chief resigns after clash with Macron over budget cuts (Read More)
  • The Manhattan of Venezuela Parties Amid Crisis (Read More)
  • Germany summons Turkish ambassador to protest arrests of activists (Read More)
  • Where’s the Volatility? Markets’ Steady Climb Defies Historic Odds (Read More)
  • Campaign urges U.S. public pension funds to divest from owner of Trump hotel (Read More)
  • Akzo Nobel Chief Quits Over Health (Read More)
  • The Man Who Got Americans to Eat Trash Fish Is Now a Billionaire (Read More)
  • Morgan Stanley’s profit boosted by underwriting, wealth management (Read More)
  • Wall Street Efforts to Improve Its Image Fail to Sway Americans (Read More)

Top Headlines – 7/19/2017

Police: Temple Mount closed off to Jews

Clashes break out in Old City as Temple Mount tensions heat up

Some Muslim worshipers throw stones, bottles at police after prayers outside Temple Mount

Arab MKs at Lions’ Gate to express support in protest against Temple Mount security

Jordan’s FM talks to Russian counterpart about Temple Mount in phone call

Report: Saudi King asked US to intervene in Temple Mount standoff

Saudi Mufti: ‘Al-Aqsa’s closure damage the sanctity of the Mosque’

Gaza factions warn Israel over Temple Mount ‘aggression’

Fatah calls for ‘day of rage’ on Wednesday

The campaign to exploit Jerusalem terror and fan new round of violence

‘The world should know: UNRWA perpetuates the conflict’

Israel, Hamas make prisoner swap counteroffers

Pence: Embassy move to Jerusalem is question of ‘when, not if’

Israel’s Netanyahu tells Macron of doubts about U.S. peace push

China reiterates commitment to Israel-PA peace

Christian Zionists still uncertain about Trump – but sure glad Obama is out

PM Orban tells Israel’s Netanyahu Hungary has zero tolerance of anti-Semitism

ACLU urges senators to oppose bill targeting Israel boycotts

PM meets Mexican diplomat fired for challenging UNESCO Jerusalem vote

UN agency continues accusing Israel of apartheid

With Bibles and shovels, a search for the biblical tabernacle gathers pace at Shiloh

Jordanian Parliament Speaker: ‘We are documenting Israel’s racist laws and will spread them around the world’

Gaza sewage water polluting Israeli groundwater

Car-ramming terror attack in Hebron leaves 2 soldiers wounded, terrorist shot

Trump administration will continue to consult with Israel on Syria ceasefire

Israel Stuck Between a Trump Rock and Putin Hard Place Over Syria Cease-fire

US, Russia tout Israel’s security needs amid concerns of Iran in Syria

Allen West: If Israel goes, Western civilization goes

IDF says videos prove Hezbollah hiding behind NGO at border

Lebanon preparing for military operation near Syria border

Suicide bomb attack kills four in Kurdish-held Syrian northeast

Turkey and the Kurds are on the brink of war – and the Pentagon is right in the middle of it

The troubling US post-prison experiment to ‘rehabilitate’ an ISIS supporter

Islamic State’s customised car bombs – in pictures

Egypt police trap and kill 3 top ‘terrorist group’ members

Egyptian security forces kill prominent Islamic State militant in North Sinai

Trump was talked out of declaring Iran in breach of nuke deal

US slaps Iranians with sanctions over ‘malign’ activity

US sanctions Iran for ballistic missile program

Iran condemns ‘worthless’ US sanctions, responds with its own

Arab nations urge Qatar to adopt six anti-terror principles

Saudi-led coalition blocks UN aid staff flight carrying journalists to Yemen

Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemen kills 11 civilians

Saudi King’s Son Plotted Effort to Oust His Rival