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April 22-23, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 04/22/2017

Cleveland Man Randomly Shoots Elderly Man Dead in Video Posted to Facebook, Says He Is on Killing Spree   Apr 16, 2017 06:58 pm

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect that Stephens uploaded the video of the shooting to Facebook after-the-fact, and did not broadcast it live as the Cleveland Police Department originally reported. Facebook later released a statement clarifying that the video was uploaded as opposed to live.  CLEVELAND, Ohio — A major manhunt is underway…

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Entire Faculty Senate at Christian College Resigns After Pro-Homosexual Professor Denied Promotion   Apr 17, 2017 05:56 pm

Photo Credit: John Phelan WENHAM, Mass. — All seven members of the faculty Senate at a Christian college in Massachusetts have resigned after a professor who has advocated for changes in the evangelical school’s policies on homosexual behavior was recently denied a promotion. According to reports, Margaret DeWeese-Boyd, an assistant professor of sociology…

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Jimmy Carter Says He Can’t ‘Judge’ Whether or Not Man Is Christian Despite Doubts About Resurrection   Apr 19, 2017 11:35 am

Former President Jimmy Carter, a professing Christian who teaches Sunday School at a Baptist Church in Georgia, told liberal op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof that he can’t judge whether or not someone is a Christian despite their doubts about Christ’s virgin birth and resurrection. In his April 15th piece in the New York Times entitled “President Carter, Am I a…

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Muslim Man Seeking to Enforce Sharia Law in Minneapolis Neighborhood   Apr 15, 2017 04:41 pm

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Residents in a Minneapolis neighborhood are expressing concern about a Muslim man who is seeking to enforce the “civil part of sharia law” among Islamic residents. Abdullah Rashid, 22, who just moved to the Cedar-Riverside section of the city last year, told the Star Tribune that it is his desire to turn the neighborhood into…

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North Carolina Lawmakers Present Bill Declaring Supreme Court ‘Gay Marriage’ Ruling ‘Null and Void’   Apr 18, 2017 04:49 pm

Pittman RALEIGH, N.C. — Four Republican lawmakers in North Carolina recently presented a bill that would declare the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling on “gay marriage” to be “null and void,” but the House speaker has considered it dead and won’t bring it up for a hearing. Reps. Larry Pittman of Concord, Michael Speciale of New Bern, Carl Ford of Rowan County…

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Abortionist Confronts Christians With Remains of Young Unborn Child to Assert It’s ‘Not a Baby’   Apr 21, 2017 11:08 am

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A video recorded outside of a Las Vegas abortion facility captures a Jewish abortionist confronting a group of Christians with a container holding the remains of an early gestated child in an attempt to assert that he was not killing babies. Approximately 10 sidewalk counselors stood outside of A-Z Women’s Center on Saturday to urge parents…

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Virginia Woman Accused of Self-Aborting Baby, Burying Dead Infant in Back Yard   Apr 16, 2017 09:40 am

NORTH CHESTERFIELD, Va. — A Virginia woman is facing criminal charges after allegedly self-aborting her unborn baby and then burying the dead infant in her back yard. Michelle Roberts, 43, was recently indicted by a grand jury on a felony charge of procuring an abortion “with intent to destroy her unborn child.” According to reports, police had received a…

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College Football Coach Unfazed After Atheist Group Takes Issue With Social Media Posts   Apr 18, 2017 06:01 am

OXFORD, Miss. – The head football coach at the largest university in Mississippi continues to publish Bible verses and Christian messages on his personal Twitter account, even after a prominent professing atheist organization took issue with his posts and demanded that he stop promoting religion on social media. Hugh Freeze is the head coach of the football team…

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Ex-Alabama Governor’s Former Church Refutes Claim Bentley Was Expelled Over Affair   Apr 20, 2017 03:29 pm

Photo Credit: Sutherland Boswell MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The former pastor to now-ex Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is refuting reports fueled by testimony from a former aide to Dianne Bentley that Gov. Bentley was expelled from the church over his inappropriate relations with his senior advisor. Gil McKee, the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa,…

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Alabama Supreme Court Affirms Suspension of Chief Justice Roy Moore Over ‘Gay Marriage’ Memo   Apr 19, 2017 05:21 pm

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A special panel of the Alabama Supreme Court comprised of randomly-selected retired judges has unanimously affirmed the term-long suspension of Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was found guilty of ethics violations by the state Court of the Judiciary (COJ) over his 2016 memo surrounding the issue of same-sex “marriage.” “Because we have previously…

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WEEKEND SNAPSHOT

APR. 22, 2017
TOP STORIES THIS WEEK
QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“You know a Republican’s in the White House when he fires missiles into Syria, drops a MOAB on ISIS, and Sunday’s big story is his tax returns.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor


CAIR To Help Teach Your Kids Sharia Law

A school board in the United States that refuses to allow any symbols or images regarding Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ, voted to allow an outside group of Muslim activists to begin the process of indoctrination of young American children…..

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Barack Che Guevara Obama Back to Kick Off the Revolution

The curse of Marxist Revolution is upon us with the return to the pubic spotlight of Private Citizen FORMER President Barack Obama at the University of Chicago where he will fill the ranks of the Revolution by luring university students into lifelong Community Organizer duty.

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ACC VIDEO: Obama’s back and he’ll be talking “community organizing” at The University of Chicago on Monday. Like it’s a legit thing.

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LGBT movement’s other goal: Lower age of consent to 10 years old for psychiatric therapy – without parents’ knowledge or consent!

MassResistance reports:

Fresh from the recent victory stopping the LGBT movement’s “anti-therapy” bill in the Colorado Legislature, pro-family people are up against an equally frightening bill that has been filed and just passed its first hurdle toward becoming law. It’s the latest among similar laws that are being quietly passed across the country.

The LGBT lobby is quietly but forcefully pushing for laws to allow children as young as 10 years old to “decide” they need psychiatric therapy – without their parents’ knowledge or consent. LGBT-allied “therapists” could push vulnerable children to affirm and accept homosexual and transgender “identity” and behaviors as “normal.”

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Top News – 4/22-23/2017

Fatah Calls for Day of Rage
The West Bank’s ruling party Fatah called on Palestinians to participate in a day of rage this Friday in support of the hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners. Maan, a Palestinian news agency, reported on Saturday that Fatah is urging Palestinians “to clash with the occupier at all friction points.” More than a thousand Palestinian prisoners, led by Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who was convicted of five counts of murder, are carrying out a mass hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

Report: Pro-Assad militia base targeted in alleged Israel airstrike
The IDF struck a base belonging to a pro-Syrian militia near Quneitra early Sunday morning, al-Jazeera reported. In a statement released by The National Defense Forces (NDF), a pro-regime militia, the alleged Israeli strike targeted the Naba Fawar base, killing three fighters and wounding two others. The unconfirmed airstrike comes after the army confirmed that the IDF struck several positions in Syria following projectiles which landed in Israel’s Golan Heights on Friday…

Report: Global antisemitism drops 12%, but surges by 45% on US campuses
While violent incidents of antisemitism dropped 12% worldwide in 2016, US campuses saw a surge of 45% in antisemitism, according to data released Sunday…One of the most startling findings is a 45% increase in antisemitism on US campuses, which the report stated have become a hot-bed for antisemitism, often under the guise of anti-Zionism and due to increased pro-Palestinian movements, such as BDS on campuses.

Russian chief rabbi: France’s Jews should leave if Le Pen wins election
Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar called on French Jews to leave their country if the far right politician Marine Le Pen is elected president next month…Le Pen recently called for banning the wearing of the kippah in public and for making it illegal for French nationals to also have an Israeli passport — steps she said were necessary because of the principle of equality in order to facilitate similar limitations on Muslims.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has reinstated bonuses and special allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut last September as part of austerity measures when oil revenues were low. The king fired his civil service minister and put him under investigation for abuse of office. He also named his son Prince Khalid as new ambassador to the US.

“Total Chaos” – Cyber Attack Feared As Multiple Cities Hit With Simultaneous Power Grid Failures
The U.S. power grid appears to have been hit with multiple power outages affecting San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. Officials report that business, traffic and day-to-day life has come to a standstill in San Francisco, reportedly the worst hit of the three major cities currently experiencing outages…The cause of the outage has not yet been made clear, though given the current geo-political climate it is not out of the question to suggest a cyber attack could be to blame.

North Koreans Go Back to Work at Nuclear Site, Analysts Say
North Korea appears to have resumed work at its nuclear test site after a perplexing series of volleyball matches were held there, according to analysts who studied satellite images of the site, renewing concerns that a major weapons test could be imminent…From the commercial imagery dating from Wednesday, they noted what looked like trailers near the portal of a tunnel where they said North Korea appeared to have been preparing for a nuclear test, which would be its sixth.

North Korea says ready to strike U.S. aircraft carrier
North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific. U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension over the North’s nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.

Germany AfD: Right-wingers set to move further right
The populist, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) has rejected a bid by its co-leader to move the party closer to the mainstream. Frauke Petry had wanted the AfD to seek coalition with other parties and reject extremist views but delegates in Cologne rejected her approach.

“The Retail Bubble Has Now Burst”: A Record 8,640 Stores Are Closing In 2017
“Thousands of new doors opened and rents soared. This created a bubble, and like housing, that bubble has now burst.” – Richard Hayne, Urban Outfitters CEO, March 2017

Central Banks Give “All Clear” To BTFD If French Election Upsets Market
“The central bank is ready for any shocks that should materialize [after the French election]… Intervening very quickly is really very easy now given the instruments we have… But as we have seen in similar cases, no need has really been observed. And the reason is that all market participants know that these instruments are there to be used.”

Did Russia Shoot Down US Missiles In Syria
“The missing [missiles] were either brought down by S-300 battery or were taken over by Russian electronic jamming and were plunged into the sea,” explains Dr. Karasik. “Now, this alternative theory means that the US and Russia have already clashed if you will—technically—with the use of the TLAMs (Tomahawk missiles) and then being intercepted or taken over by Russian control.”

Opposition: Missiles knock out hospital in Syria’s north
Missiles struck a medical center in Syria’s northern rebel-held province, putting the facility built underground for protection out of service and killing a number of its staff, opposition activists said Saturday.

Venezuelans march in memory of those killed in unrest
Thousands of Venezuelans dressed in white marched in the capital Saturday to pay homage to the at least 20 people killed in anti-government unrest in recent weeks.

Netanyahu: If Palestinians want peace, ‘prove it’ by halting payments to terrorists
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday that if the Palestinians truly desire peace with Israel, they must first “come clean” and put an end to “rewarding terrorism.” During a interview with Fox News television host Sean Hannity, Netanyahu claimed that the Palestinian Authority, lead by Mahmoud Abbas, has spent much of the financial aid they receive on paying terrorist and their families at the expense of the American tax-payer.

Russia complains to US over exclusion from Syria chemical probe
Russia has told the United States it regrets Washington’s opposition to letting its inspectors take part in an investigation into a chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this month, the foreign ministry said on Friday. It said Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by phone to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the two sides agreed to consider one more time an “objective investigation into the incident” under the aegis of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

IDF strikes targets in Syria after projectile fire lands in Israel’s Golan
The IDF struck sources in Syria from where errant fire emanated and hit open areas on the northern Golan Heights on Friday afternoon, the military confirmed. Two rockets landed in open territory on the Golan Heights Friday afternoon. No damage or injuries were reported. According to initial estimates, the projectiles were thought to have been errant fire from fighting in the civil war across the border in Syria.

Afghan casualties in Taliban Mazar-e Sharif attack pass 100
More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed or wounded in a Taliban attack on an army base on Friday, the defence ministry has confirmed. Fighting lasted for several hours near the city of Mazar-e Sharif in northern Balkh province. Insurgents targeted those leaving Friday prayers at the base’s mosque and others in a canteen, the army said.

US to honour ‘dumb’ Australia migrant deal
The United States has confirmed it will be going through with a migrant resettlement plan made with Australia. US President Donald Trump once called the deal, which was agreed under his predecessor, “dumb”. The agreement allows for up to 1,250 asylum seekers to Australia to resettle in the US.

German riot police deployed for AfD Cologne conference
Thousands of police officers are being deployed in Cologne, Germany, in case of violence at left-wing protests against an Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party conference there. The AfD, a populist right-wing and anti-Islam party, will seek to choose a new co-leader to take it up to a general election later this year. Demonstrators on Saturday carried banners saying “Block the Nazis”.

Communist Party membership numbers climbing in the Trump era
The Communist Party USA (CPUSA) has been receiving membership requests ever since Donald Trump was elected President…Since its establishment, the CPUSA has lived through the inter-war period and Cold War repression, which practically forced the organization underground. Of the country’s 300 million inhabitants, the organization currently has some 5,000 members nationwide.

US naval armada to be in Sea of Japan in days
The US supercarrier Carl Vinson will arrive in the Sea of Japan in days, Vice President Mike Pence said in Australia Saturday amid high tensions with North Korea. The Trump administration has been trying to clear the waters after sending out confusing messages concerning the whereabouts of the Vinson carrier group that supposedly was steaming toward North Korea last week.

Netanyahu: Palestinians need to stop paying terrorists
In an interview with Fox News, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed peace prospects with the Palestinians, saying, “I think the first test of peace is to say to them, ‘Hey, you want peace? Prove it. Confront terrorism, stop rewarding terrorism, stop paying terrorists.” The interview with Netanyahu was conducted by host Sean Hannity, who accompanied US Secretary of Defense James Mattis on his visit to Israel.

Trump orders review of financial rules to prevent future crises
U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the Treasury Department on Friday to examine two powers given to regulators to police large financial companies following the 2008 financial crisis, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. In his first visit to the Treasury building, Trump signed two memos that analysts view as largely affirming existing priorities he has outlined.

Dutch ‘abortion boat’ arrives off Mexico
A Dutch sailing boat offering abortions, often in defiance of some country’s laws, arrived in international waters off Mexico, the organization crewing it said. The “Women on Waves” vessel was expelled from near Guatemala in February without carrying out a single pregnancy termination.

Russian Planes Buzz Alaska Four Nights in a Row
American and Canadian fighter planes scrambled to intercept two Russian TU-95 “Bear” bombers Thursday night, marking the fourth consecutive night of Russian probes near the Alaskan coast, U.S. defense officials said Friday.

US forces kill ISIS leader’s crony
A crony of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who was tied to the deadly New Year’s nightclub bombing in Turkey was killed by US forces in Syria, the US Central Command announced Friday.

Trump Administration Begins Quiet Preparations For Government Shutdown
“Until this week, shutdown threat seemed very low as Congressional GOP leadership, appropriators hammered out spending agreements, were on same page as Democrats. That went sideways when White House pushed more confrontational approach on ObamaCare, immigration.”

Satellite Images Suggest North Korea May Have Resumed Nuclear Test Preparations
Satellite images of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from April 19 indicate that North Korea may have resumed preparations for a possible imm

Marine Le Pen gets poll boost after Paris attack as Donald Trump says her chances of victory have improved
Donald Trump has said the Paris terrorist attack would boost Marine Le Pen’s presidential chances after a last-minute poll gave her a modest increase in support.

Iran Wants to Import Tons of Uranium. Opponents of the Nuclear Deal Want the Trump Administration to Say No.
The Trump administration is facing pressure to definitively rule out a longstanding request by Iran to import 950 tons of natural uranium, according to government sources and proliferation experts who spoke to THE WEEKLY STANDARD. Tehran has signaled it will petition again for the yellowcake next week at a quarterly meeting in Vienna regarding implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal.

The enigma of Assad: How a painfully shy eye doctor turned into a murderous tyrant
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad never seemed cut out to be a dictator. As a young man, Assad—the second son of strongman president Hafez al-Assad—was so painfully shy that in conversation, “he wouldn’t look in your eye…he covered his mouth with his hands when he talked, and spoke in a low voice,” says Ayman Abdel Nour, a university friend.


Top Headlines – 4/22-23/2017

Netanyahu issues stern warning on Iran in exclusive interview with Fox News

Netanyahu: If Palestinians want peace, ‘prove it’ by halting payments to terrorists

‘There will be no Palestinian state without Gaza’

Number of Palestinian prisoners quitting hunger strike hits 186

Why Are Christian Organizations Supporting Anti-Israel Hate?

Chinese jihadis’ rise in Syria raises concerns at home

Opposition: Missiles knock out hospital in Syria’s north

Pope says some refugee centres ‘concentration camps’

Thousands of ex-Taliban fighters may have entered Germany

North Korea threatens to strike US aircraft carrier to show ‘military’s force’

Kim Jong Un party paradise: North Korean dictator’s resort revealed as his people starve

French consulate in New York evacuated after bomb threat

Presidential election could lead to rioting in French cities, intelligence agencies warn

Security tight as France goes to the polls in presidential vote

Russian chief rabbi: France’s Jews should leave if Le Pen wins

In or out? EU is hot-button issue in French vote

Global Finance Leaders Grapple With Globalization Fears

Venezuela’s socialist hell

Venezuelans march in memory of those killed in unrest

Brick-and-Mortar Stores Are Shuttering at a Record Pace

“Total Chaos” – Cyber Attack Feared As Multiple Cities Hit With Simultaneous Power Grid Failures

Driverless cars are learning from Grand Theft Auto

March for (Political) Science: Earth Day rally doubles as latest anti-Trump protest

Trump on Earth Day: ‘Rigorous science is critical to my administration’

Earth Day Co-Founder Killed, Composted His Girlfriend

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Valparaiso, Chile

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Burgos, Philippines

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 19,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Paos volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 10,000ft

State Dept. Workers Called Religious Freedom Specialists ‘Whack Jobs,’ Former Official Says

Netanyahu: Palestinians must make ‘real change’ for peace

US Secretary of Defense to Netanyahu: ‘Committed to next generation living in peace’

State Democrats roiled by resolution opposing Israeli settlements

Israeli soldiers escort Palestinian children to school in order to avoid possible violence from nearby settlements

Cynically led, and out of electricity, Gaza is close to breaking point again

Palestinians ask Red Cross to intervene in hunger strike

Holocaust denial leaflets strewn at 2 Australian universities

US files charges against teen accused of JCC bomb threats

Israel-Sinai border crossing re-opens, terror threat remains in place

Lebanese PM asks UN to help seek permanent truce with Israel

As Syria continues to disintegrate, the chances increase that a new conflict with Hezbollah will erupt

IDF attacks Syria in response to mortar hits in Golan

Syria: Israeli retaliation proof it supports rebels

Jordan rejects Assad claim it plans to send troops to Syria

Syria chemical weapons: ‘No doubt’ Damascus retains stocks

Russia complains to US over exclusion from Syria chemical probe

Syrians babies called ‘Putin’ in honour of Russian president

The enigma of Assad: How a painfully shy eye doctor turned into a murderous tyrant

ISIS moves its capital in Syria

Isis leader behind Turkey nightclub attack is killed by US forces in secretive raid

Greater power, less restraint: Turkey’s new constitution lets Erdogan call the shots

Saudi Arabia, a kingdom built on oil, plans a future beyond it

Over 100 killed, wounded in Taliban attack on Afghan military base: govt

Paris gunman named as small-time criminal apparently inspired by Islamic State

France investigates Champs-Elysees attacker as presidential vote looms

Following Paris shooting, French presidential hopefuls go on attack

French Jewish leader: Our democracy is in ‘real danger’

Trump: Paris killing will ‘probably help’ Le Pen in France

Rep. King on Growing Terror Threat: ‘This Is a Multi-Pronged War’

Iran: Group claims regime is ‘in full gear’ on covert work on nuclear weapons

Iran Wants to Import Tons of Uranium. Opponents of the Nuclear Deal Want the Trump Administration to Say No.

Liberman: Crucial to place more pressure and sanctions on Iran

Pence: Peaceful outcome for Korean peninsula still possible

South Korea on heightened alert as North Korea readies for army anniversary

Russia: North Korea border troop movements ‘our business’

US supercarrier to arrive in Sea of Japan in days: Pence

Gas stations in North Korea’s main city restrict services, speculation that China is reducing supply

US Treasury rejects Exxon Mobil request to drill in Russia

Russian Planes Buzz Alaska Four Nights in a Row

FBI suspects Russia tried to infiltrate Trump campaign through advisers

WikiLeaks releases more top-secret CIA docs as U.S. considers charges

As US prioritises Julian Assange arrest, UK hints Sweden comes first

Trump Administration Begins Quiet Preparations For Government Shutdown

The White House Seems Excited to Shut Down the Government

U.S. states realign in legal battle over Trump’s travel ban

Trump tells young immigrants in US illegally to ‘rest easy’ – ‘dreamers’ will not be targets for deportation: ‘We are after the criminals’

DOJ puts nine sanctuary cities on notice; New York, Chicago, Philadelphia make name-and-shame list

“Enough is enough”: Sessions slams sanctuary cities during border trip

Trump admin aims to start border wall by ‘the end of the summer’

Berkeley Is Being Tested on 2 Fronts: Free Speech and Safety

Power outage cripples San Francisco for seven hours

Drones used for first time in major search at Grand Canyon

Elon Musk on mission to link human brains with computers in four years

Thousands of tiny satellites are about to go into space and possibly ruin it forever

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Ecuador

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Selendi, Turkey

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Poas volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 10,000ft

At least 16 killed in Colombia floods: government

India: New Delhi to face more dangerous heat after enduring hottest April day since 2010

Could more than 600,000 California jobs be lost due to water restrictions?

Dutch ‘abortion boat’ arrives off Mexico

In 7 US states, rape victims can be legally forced to share custody of their children with their rapist fathers – The realities of such laws make rape victims who conceive more likely to consider abortion

Hillary Clinton blasts Trump on LGBT rights

Caitlyn Jenner Warns Trump: You ‘Mess’ with LGBT Community, ‘I’m Coming After You’

‘They Starve You. They Shock You’: Inside the Anti-Gay Pogrom in Chechnya

Another doctor, and his wife, arrested in genital mutilation case

Muslims to March on Amazon Over Prayer Breaks

Blasphemy Blocks Re-Election of Indonesia’s Only Christian Governor


Cyber Attack Feared As Multiple U.S. Cities Hit With Simultaneous Power Grid Failures Over Last 24 Hours

The U.S. power grid appears to have been hit with multiple power outages affecting San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles in what some are now calling a cyber attack

Officials report that business, traffic and day-to-day life has come to a standstill in San Francisco, reportedly the worst hit of the three major cities currently experiencing outages. Power companies in all three regions have yet to elaborate on the cause, though a fire at a substation was the original reason given by San Francisco officials.

A series of subsequent power outages in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City left commuters stranded and traffic backed up on Friday morning. Although the outages occurred around the same time, there is as of yet no evidence that they were connected by anything more than coincidence.

The first outage occurred at around 7:20 a.m. in New York, when the power went down at the 7th Avenue and 53rd Street subway station, which sent a shockwave of significant delays out from the hub and into the rest of the subway system. By 11:30 a.m. the city’s MTA confirmed that generators were running again in the station, although the New York subways were set to run delayed into the afternoon.

Later in the morning, power outages were reported in Los Angeles International Airport, as well as in several other areas around the city.

Via : Inverse

The San Francisco Fire Department was responding to more than 100 calls for service in the Financial District and beyond, including 20 elevators with people stuck inside, but reported no immediate injuries. Everywhere, sirens blared as engines maneuvered along streets jammed with traffic.

Traffic lights were out at scores of intersections, and cars were backing up on downtown streets as drivers grew frustrated and honked at each other.

Via: SF Gate

The cause of the outage has not yet been made clear, though given the current geo-political climate it is not out of the question to suggest a cyber attack could be to blame. It has also been suggested that the current outages could be the result of a secretive nuclear/EMP drill by the federal government.

As we have previously reported, the entire national power grid has been mapped by adversaries of the United States and it is believed that sleep trojans or malware may exist within the computer systems that maintain the grid.

In a 2016 report it was noted that our entire way of life has been left vulnerable to saboteurs who could cause cascading blackouts across the United States for days or weeks at a time:

It isn’t just EMPs and natural disaster that poses a threat to the grid, but there is also the potential for attacks on individual power substations in the vast network of decentralized and largely unguarded power grid chain. A U.S. government study established that there would be “major, extended blackouts if more than three key substations were destroyed.”

Whether by criminals, looters, terrorists, gangs or pranksters, it would take very little to bring down the present system, and there is currently very little the system can do to protect against this wide open threat.

Whether the current outages are the result of a targeted infrastructure cyber attack or simply a coincidence, most Americans think the impossible can’t happen, as The Prepper’s Blueprint author Tess Pennington highlights, a grid-down scenario won’t just be a minor inconvenience if it goes on for more than a day or two:

Consider, for a moment, how drastically your life would change without the continuous flow of energy the grid delivers. While manageable during a short-term disaster, losing access to the following critical elements of our just-in-time society would wreak havoc on the system.

  • Challenges or shut downs of business commerce
  • Breakdown of our basic infrastructure: communications, mass transportation, supply chains
  • Inability to access money via atm machines
  • Payroll service interruptions
  • Interruptions in public facilities – schools, workplaces may close, and public gatherings.
  • Inability to have access to clean drinking water

It is for this reason that we have long encouraged Americans to prepare for this potentially devastating scenario by considering emergency food reserves, clean water reserves and even home defense strategies in the event of a widespread outage. The majority of Americans have about 3 days worth of food in their pantry. Imagine for a moment what Day 4 might look like in any major city that goes dark. source


March For Science And Earth Day Combine To Promote End Times Gaia Worship And Pagan Idoloatry

“science in universal, science points out the best in us., with an informed, optimistic view of the the future we can – dare I say it – save the world!”

“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:20,21 (KJV)

On April 22, 2017, liberal, atheists, agnostics, pagans and liberals of all stripes from around the globe participated in an event called March For Science. In a “rolling my eyes” coincidence, it just happened to land on Earth Day as well. Rounding out the mix were various anti-Trump protests sprinkled in for added flavor.

One of the main speakers at an event in Washington was world-renowned agnostic Bill Nye “The Science Guy“, who proudly preached the gospel of lost people everywhere when he said “science in universal, science points out the best in us., with an informed, optimistic view of the the future we can – dare I say it – save the world!” Umm, no Bill, science is not going to save the world.

March For Science events around the world:

The world still hasn’t caught up to the ‘breaking news’ found in the King James Bible

The millions of people who participated in these events around the world yesterday probably thought that they were on the cutting-edge of modern day 2017 “happening now” events, but they are about 2,000 years behind the times. Why? Because my King James Bible, in the first chapter of Romans, saw this day coming from a long way off.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.” Romans 1:18-23 (KJV)

What are those verses talking about? Romans 1 is telling you that the day will come when lost people would worship the creation that God made instead of the One who made it in the first place. That “day” was on full view yesterday with the March For Science and Earth Day. Bill Nye absolutely echoed the hopes and dreams of those many pagan millions when he said that “science will save us”. Sorry, Bill, science will not and cannot save you. Only Jesus can save your soul.

March For Science Earth Day Compilation  2017 Washington DC:

Lost people have a religion, they have a congregation, the gospel of Climate Change, and they have preachers and evangelists. Watch the video below to see what I’m talking about. This is how pagans “do church”. Enjoy!

In these days now before the Rapture of the Church, lost people are preaching the gospel of science and Gaia worship. In the time of Jacob’s trouble, they again will call out to nature but for a very different reason. They will cry out to the Earth to hide them from the wrath of God, take a look at this:

“And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Revelation 6:15-17 (KJV)

As it turns out, the vast majority of pagan Liberals, after they miss the Rapture, don’t get saved in the Tribulation either. They stick with science and Earth worship right to the bitter end. In a highly-ironic twist, their final resting place is in the “heart of the earth” they loved so much.

In a place called Hell.

“But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” Luke 12:5 (KJV)

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DEVELOPING: North Korea has arrested and detained 3rd US citizen.

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 07:32 AM PDT

A third US citizen has been arrested and remains in custody in North Korea, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.  A Korean-American professor in…

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North Korea threatens to sink US aircraft carrier with a ‘single strike’ 

Posted: 23 Apr 2017 07:25 AM PDT

North Korea has vowed to sink the USS Carl Vinson, which is scheduled to arrive in the waters around the Korean peninsula “within days.” Meanwhile,…

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North Korea Threatens Australia With Nuclear Strike For Siding With America

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 02:37 PM PDT

North Korea has warned Australia of a possible nuclear strike if it continues to “blindly and zealously toe the US line.” It comes after Australian…

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North Korea Warns China of “Catastrophic Consequences” If They Stand With America

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 02:33 PM PDT

North Korea has apparently asked China not to step up anti-North sanctions, warning of “catastrophic consequences” in their bilateral relations. Pyongyang issued the warning through…

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From corn to cattle, gene editing is about to “supercharge” agriculture

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 01:55 PM PDT

Corn isn’t the sexiest crop but it’s one of the most important. It’s the most abundant grain on Earth, used as food and biofuel around…

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Scientists Baffled By Huge Object Lurking At Edge Of The Solar System

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 01:47 PM PDT

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Ever since enthusiasm started growing over the possibility that there could be a ninth major…

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Researchers developing self-destructing bacteria probiotic

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 01:42 PM PDT

As resistance to antibiotics grows in the U.S., researchers are looking for new ways to fight germs like Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that can cause…

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School-Issued Computers ‘Spy’ on Children Without Parental Consent

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 01:36 PM PDT

A new report finds that, under the guise of “personalized learning,” school-issued computer devices — now distributed to one-third of K-12 students in schools across…

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Sharia Law Advocate to Give Commencement Speech at Taxpayer-Funded University

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 01:23 PM PDT

There’s been some controversy after the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health announced a pro-Palestinian Sharia Law advocate will serve…

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Netanyahu Issues Stern Warning to Iran – Cannot Allow Development Of Nuclear Weapon

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 01:17 PM PDT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday in an exclusive Fox News interview that the world cannot allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. Netanyahu theorized…

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French Presidential Candidate: Islamic ‘Preachers of Hate Should Be Expelled, Their Mosques Closed’

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 01:11 PM PDT

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told reporters on Friday that the country should ban Islamic hate preachers and close their mosques in light of…

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North Korea Warns Arsenal of Nuke Missiles May Reach California

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 01:06 PM PDT

North Korea has threatened the US with ‘full out war’ as it’s claimed Kim Jong-un may have the technology to hit California with a nuclear…

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DEVELOPING: North Korea May Perform Next Nuclear Test This Week!

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 12:58 PM PDT

North Korea appears to have resumed work at its nuclear test site after a perplexing series of volleyball matches were held there, according to analysts…

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1 In 5 Adults Don’t Know How To Change Light Bulb and Boil and Egg

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 12:50 PM PDT

Are you handy enough that if a lightbulb went out in your home you’d be able to change it? Believe it or not, one in…

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Vending machine at the UC Davis campus dispenses Plan B pills

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 12:43 PM PDT

Students at UC Davis can now press A4 for Plan B. A new vending machine in a University of California Davis study room traded the…

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NK warns of wiping America off face of the Earth – Accuses US of plotting chemical weapons attack

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 12:40 PM PDT

North Korea has warned it will wipe America “off the face of the Earth” after accusing the US of planning a chemical weapons attack. In…

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UPDATE: Multiple Cities Hit With Simultaneous Power Grid Failures…

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 06:55 AM PDT

The U.S. power grid appears to have been hit with multiple power outages affecting San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. Officials report that business,…

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Is It Ok for Christians to Listen to Secular Music?

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 06:49 AM PDT

It may not rise to the level of justification by works versus justification by faith alone, but the debate over whether or not Christians should…

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Over a million people are descending in Africa for massive prayer gathering

Posted: 22 Apr 2017 06:46 AM PDT

In the biggest recorded prayer gathering in Africa, with over 1,7 million tickets given away already, South Africans are taking to their knees this weekend…

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Thousands Of Dead Fish Washing Up On Shores Of McKinley Park Lagoon

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 07:58 PM PDT

Possibly thousands of dead fish — and countless others that are gasping for their last breaths — have piled up on the shores of McKinley…

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Popocatepetl volcano explodes three times in the last 24 hours

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 07:45 PM PDT

The Popocatépetl volcano exhaled 77 times in the last 24 hours sending low amounts of water vapor, gas and ash in the sky. Moreover, 3…

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Russian military aircraft fly off US coast for the 4th Time in Past 4 Days

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 07:33 PM PDT

Russian military aircraft were spotted flying off the coast of Alaska for the fourth time in as many days, a spokesperson for the North American…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Turkey’s President Dreams of “New Ottoman Empire”

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 04:52 PM PDT

As Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, continues to consolidate power in the formerly secular nation, one of the foremost experts on Middle East geopolitics is…

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Feds to Deploy Facial Recognition Tech at Border Checkpoints

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 04:45 PM PDT

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is planning to unveil a facial recognition program that will track visa holders at U.S. airports while using the same…

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Are You Calling the Works of God the Work of the Devil?

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 04:42 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will discuss the dangers of attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to the Devil and how many…

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Transgender Teen Suing Virginia School District Named One of Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People’

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 04:28 PM PDT

A transgender student born female who is suing a Virginia school district over not being allowed to use boys’ restrooms was named one of Time…

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US nuclear submarine seen crossing the Panama Canal

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 11:00 AM PDT

A US nuclear submarine transited the Panama Canal in the early hours of Monday, April 17, according to the Panama Canal Authority. The ship was…

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Discerning the Devil’s Customized Plan Against You

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 10:55 AM PDT

(By Kyle Winkler) Since the Garden of Eden, the devil has honed his skills on presenting his bait. And Peter gives us a glimpse into…

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Coronal Hole From Sun Could Put Power Grids In Danger – Produce Mass-Blackouts

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 10:50 AM PDT

A Giant fissure has opened across the Sun and is spewing rapid solar winds toward our planet. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory got wind of the…

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Pro-Weed ‘Nuns’ Embark On Perverted Healing Mission

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 10:43 AM PDT

The Sisters of the Valley, California’s self-ordained “weed nuns,” are on a mission to heal and empower women with their cannabis products. Based near the…

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Massive Power Outage Strikes San Francisco – 90,000 Without Power

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 10:40 AM PDT

A massive power outage in San Francisco on Friday morning caused a blackout in neighborhoods across the city, from the Financial District to the Presidio,…

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WAR DRUMS: Japanese destroyers join US strike group amid tensions on Korean Peninsula

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 10:36 AM PDT

Two Japanese Navy destroyers have joined the carrier strike group ‘USS Carl Vinson’ heading towards the Korean Peninsula for a massive show of force as…

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

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President Donald Trump has proposed ending dozens of Environmental Protection Agency programs in his drive to slash its budget, but that’s not stopping his administration from taking credit for those operations in the meantime.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni promised to contribute more toward NATO’s defense, responding to a pet peeve of President Donald Trump. Only not quickly.

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, best known for his bellicose rhetoric against Israel, was disqualified from running in next month’s presidential election, giving a boost to President Hassan Rouhani’s re-election chances.

Pharmaceutical and biotech acquisitions totaled $44 billion last quarter, down 13 percent from a year earlier, and 35 percent below the first quarter of 2015.

Justice Neil Gorsuch took his first major action on the U.S. Supreme Court by casting the deciding vote to let Arkansas begin executing a group of death-row inmates.

With customer traffic sagging, U.S. retail landlords are using their sprawling concrete lots to host events such as carnivals, concerts and food-truck festivals. They’re aiming to lure visitors with experiences that can’t be replicated online — and then get them inside the properties to spend some money.

Subway Restaurants closed hundreds of domestic locations last year, marking the biggest retrenchment in the history of a chain that spent decades saturating America with restaurants.

Two studies by the same group of researchers gave soda drinkers—both diet and regular—a whole new reason to drop the habit entirely. The first, published in the medical journal Stroke, found that consumption of artificially sweetened beverages was associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The second, published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia, found that higher consumption of sugary beverages was associated with markers for pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease.

Deutsche Bank AG was hit with the Federal Reserve’s first major fine for failing to ensure traders abide by the Volcker Rule’s ban on risky market bets — and will also pay even more for letting currency desks chat online with competitors, allegedly revealing positions.

AP Top Stories

Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel on Friday, warning against the banned munitions being used again.

A new ocean debris drift analysis shows missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 is most likely within a proposed expanded search area rejected by Australia and Malaysia in January, the Australian government’s scientific agency said on Friday.

Ann Coulter is rejecting the University of California, Berkeley’s request for her to change the date of a planned speaking appearance at the school to an alternate date in May. The conservative author tweeted Thursday: “I’m speaking at Berkeley on April 27th, as I was invited to do.” Coulter’s comment came hours after university officials reversed an earlier decision to call off the event citing concerns of violence. Officials offered Coulter the alternate date of May 2.

From Capitol Hill to Hippie Hill, marijuana enthusiasts observed their 4/20 holiday Thursday with public smoke-outs, parties and, yes, great deals on weed. Before the clock even hit 4:20 p.m., there were arrests in the nation’s capital, as police took seven people into custody at a demonstration that involved handing out joints to congressional staff members.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday accused Iran of ‘alarming ongoing provocations’ to destabilize countries in the Middle East as the Trump administration launched a review of its policy toward Tehran.

Hundreds of Israelis gathered on a grassy hill overlooking parliament on Thursday to smoke marijuana in an act of communal defiance of current laws. Sitting in small groups on mats shaded by trees in the Rose Garden just across from the Knesset, participants lit up as the clock struck 4:20 pm for the local version of the traditional worldwide April 20 pro-marijuana events, known as “420” rallies.

Australia plans to tighten its citizenship rules to require higher English language skills, longer residency and evidence of integration such as a job, officials said Thursday.

Exxon Mobil and a Saudi partner plan to build a multi-billion dollar petrochemical plant near the Texas coast, Texas’ governor said Wednesday.

The days of tapping in your PIN at the checkout could be numbered after credit card provider MasterCard unveiled a payment card in South Africa featuring a biometric fingerprint scanner.

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Twenty children have been killed in a minibus crash near the South African capital Pretoria, emergency services have said.

Residents of a village outside Hanoi are holding policemen and officials hostage in a week-long stand-off over a land dispute. Local authorities have fled and residents now control the village. They have built barricades to keep police out and the situation is very tense.

A South Korean man has died from poisoning after eating toads he had mistaken for edible bullfrogs.

A group of Qatari hunters – possibly including members of the ruling family – have been freed 16 months after being kidnapped in Iraq, officials said. The Iraqi interior ministry said “all 26” were in Baghdad and would be handed over to a Qatari envoy.

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Facebook says it is working on technology to allow us to control computers directly with our brains. It is developing “silent speech” software to allow people to type at a rate of 100 words per minute.

Officials at Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida are being asked to stop the bullying by a math teacher who is an open advocate for the LGBT lifestyle and has, among other things, banned students from wearing cross necklaces in her classroom.


The Briefing 04-21-17

Money, morality, and the media: Bill O’Reilly out at Fox News amidst accusations of sexual harassment

New York Governor Cuomo mandates insurers cover infertility treatment for singles, same-sex couples

New York’s latest offer of tuition-free college at state schools: A government takeover of higher ed?

Is the Bible’s position on women in ministry sexist? Complementarianism in the New York Times

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Top News – 4/21/2017

Greater power, less restraint: Turkey’s new constitution lets Erdoğan call the shots
Among other changes, the referendum approved by Turkish citizens on Sunday grants President Erdoğan the power to elect senior members in his administration and the Supreme Court, do away with the prime ministership and allow him to remain in power until 2029.

Elon Musk on mission to link human brains with computers in four years: report
“If I were to communicate a concept to you, you would essentially engage in consensual telepathy,” Musk said in the interview published on Thursday. bit.ly/2oWJcMw

Trump to order U.S. Treasury to delve into taxes, post-crisis reforms
Mnuchin said earlier on Thursday that Treasury is working on tax reform “day and night” and will soon create a sweeping overhaul.

EU executive to meet Soros amid spat with Hungary over university
The head of the European Union’s executive arm will meet US financier George Soros next Thursday, a spokeswoman said, as part of consultations on a new Hungarian law that has threatened to force the closure of a university he funds. Frans Timmermans and two other commissioners will also meet Soros next week, after Brussels already threatened Hungary with legal action over rights issues and the Soros school.

What is Hezbollah planning for the Third Lebanon War?
In Military Intelligence they call it “Fire-by-Six,” a reference to the dramatic transformation of Hezbollah’s rocket and missile arsenal in the 10 years that have passed since the Second Lebanon War.

POTENT CORONAL HOLE TURNS TOWARD EARTH
A large hole in the sun’s atmosphere is turning toward Earth, and it is spewing a stream of fast-moving solar wind toward our planet.

Liberman: Crucial to place more pressure and sanctions on Iran
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warmly welcomed his US Counterpart James Mattis on Friday as the first Cabinet Secretary of the Trump administration to visit Israel saying that he hopes to see more sanctions placed on Iran. “There is no doubt that main problem for us and around the world is the axis of evil from North Korea to Tehran to Damascus to Hezbollah in Beirut. No doubt that the main link in this chain is Iran which is trying to undermine stability in all the Middle East, in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and of course against Israel through their proxies.”

PM Netanyahu to warn US Defense Secretary Mattis against Iran base in Syria
Israel’s concern about Iran establishing a permanent base in Syria the day after the civil war there ends will feature prominently when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday, senior diplomatic officials said on Thursday. Netanyahu is expected to meet with Mattis, who arrived in Israel on Thursday for his first visit as defense secretary, at his Jerusalem office following the latter’s meeting earlier in the day with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in Tel Aviv.

Gen. Allen: Syria gassing Israel would be ‘virtually a regime suicide’
The US response to a scenario in which the Syrian regime was “gassing Israelis would result in a situation that he [Bashar Assad] could not even imagine,” and be “virtually regime suicide,” Marine Corps Gen. (ret.) John R. Allen told The Jerusalem Post. Allen, one of the US’s leading voices on security issues, spoke to the Post last week and on Thursday, and discussed whether recent events made a Syrian chemical weapons strike on Israel more or less likely.

Israel-Sinai border crossing re-opens, terror threat remains in place
The Taba border crossing between Israel and Egypt’s Sinai will re-open to Israelis that would like to travel to Egypt’s Sinai, Ofir Gendelman, the Prime Minister’s Arab media spokesman, announced Friday morning. Gendelman also stated that the terror threat remains and Israelis currently vacationing in the area should return.

Colombia landslide kills at least 17 in Manizales
Landslides caused by heavy rain have killed at least 17 people in the city of Manizales, in central Colombia, officials say. The search continues for at least seven others who are missing, they add. Mud and rocks have destroyed several precarious houses built on steep hills. Running water, electricity and gas services have been suspended.

Iran election: Ahmadinejad barred from running
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been barred from standing in next month’s election by a government-controlled vetting body, state media report. Mr Ahmadinejad, a vocal critic of the West, served two terms as president between 2005 and 2013. President Hassan Rouhani and leading hardliner Ebrahim Raisi have both been approved by the Guardian Council.

Elon Musk Lays Out Plans to Meld Brains and Computers
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday confirmed plans for his newest company, called Neuralink Corp., revealing he will be the chief executive of a startup that aims to merge computers with brains so humans could one day engage in “consensual telepathy.”…Mr. Musk confirmed…that Neuralink aims to implant tiny brain electrodes that first would be used to fight brain conditions but later help humanity avoid subjugation at the hands of intelligent machines.

U.S. Preparing Charges To Arrest Julian Assange
In a stunning new report, CNN has just revealed that, according to anonymous sources at least, that US authorities have prepared charges and will seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for intelligence leaks dating all the way back to 2010.

PARIS SHOOTING Paris shooting leaves one policeman dead and ‘two seriously injured’ as ‘ISIS terrorists armed with AK47s’ open fire on the Champs-Élysée in Paris
A POLICEMAN has died and two are seriously injured after at least one gunman opened fire “with an AK47” in central Paris this evening.

California Issues $1.25BN In Bonds For ‘Bullet Train’ Despite Trump Threat To Withhold Federal Funds
“California can well afford it, and it will make our state a much better place.  I know we’re going up against a very red tide here of opposition. This thing is a long-term project, and one way or another we’re going to get it.”

Nursing Home Owner Pleads Guilty To Spending Medicaid Funds On Strippers, Casinos, Pet Care
Johnnie Mac Sells, 52, the owner of a suburban St. Louis nursing home where 60 residents had to be rescued after food ran out and trash piled up, has pleaded guilty to federal charges for stealing $667,000 from Medicaid and spending it on strippers, gambling and other things.

Missing Tenn. student Elizabeth Thomas found, former teacher Tad Cummins arrested in California
Former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins, who is accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student, was arrested in northern California Thursday after more than a month on the run, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

MSNBC terrorism analyst nominates Trump property for ‘ISIS suicide bombing’
MSNBC terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance has deleted a tweet that appeared to call for a terrorist attack against Trump Towers in Istanbul. “This is my nominee for the first ISIS suicide bombing of a Trump property,” the former intelligence officer tweeted Tuesday afternoon, according to a screenshot circulated online and highlighted by the Washington Free Beacon.

Caracas on Knife-Edge as Maduro Protesters Erect Barricades
Caracas faced another tense day after massive protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, with barricades of trash and debris in the streets, shuttered businesses and sporadic blossoms of tear gas.


The Real Reason For America’s Looming Retirement Crisis

Did you know that approximately 40 percent of all American workers have absolutely nothing saved for retirement? And did you know that pension funds in the United States are currently underfunded by about six trillion dollars? Social Security is supposed to be the underlying safety net for our entire retirement system, but it is essentially just a massive Ponzi scheme that everyone agrees is heading for a major disaster. Now that the Baby Boomers have started to retire, it is becoming clear that our society simply does not have the resources necessary to keep all of the promises that we have made to them. We are facing a retirement crisis of epic proportions, and by the end of this article you will understand the real reason why we have gotten into this mess. (Read More…)


Why Are So Many Millennials Living With Their Parents Instead Of Getting Married And Starting Their Own Families?

Did you know that the percentage of 18 to 34-year-old Americans that are married and living with a spouse has dropped by more than half since 1975?  Back then, 57 percent of everyone in that age group “lived with a spouse”, but today that number has dropped to just 27 percent.  These numbers come from “the Changing Economics and Demographics of Young Adulthood” report that was just released by the U.S. Census Bureau.  Some are postulating that the reason for this dramatic cultural shift is a phenomenon known as “extended adolescence”, while others fear that large numbers of young men and/or young women are giving up on the concept of marriage altogether. (Read More…)


Facebook team working on ways to read users’ thoughts

And you thought social media was bad now? Just you wait. Who’s ready for the 2024 election?

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Today’s BIG NINE News Brief from Against Crony Capitalism (4-21-2017)

Paris shooting: France enlists elite soldiers to guard election booths in wake of fatal attack on police (ABC – Australia)

Trump to sign ‘financial-related’ executive actions on Friday: Sources (CNBC)

South Korea on heightened alert as North readies for army celebration (From Reuters)

Sources: US prepares charges to seek arrest of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange (CNN)

Ann Coulter’s Berkeley Speech: Lawyers Blast College for Rescheduling During Finals (Hollywood Reporter)

Diet soda study looks at dementia, heart risks (CBS)

Can mobile phones give you a brain tumor? An Italian court just ruled yes. (Venture Beat)

Confessions of an Analog Music Fan on Record Store Day (From Next Avenue)


FOX IS DEAD: Hardcore Liberal James Murdoch To Turn Fox News Into A ‘Global Brand’ Promoting ‘Progressive Values’

With the ouster of Roger Ailes and now Bill O’Reilly, Rupert Murdoch’s son has overthrown his own network as he moves to reinvent the family company’s profit machine at great risk.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I am not defending Bill O’Reilly’s alleged interactions with his co-workers, but ask yourself this question. Why on earth would Fox News dump O’Reilly, a man who had the most popular cable news show for the past 16 years and made Fox untold hundreds of millions each year? The answer, as we are now finding out, is a simple one. James Murdoch, son of Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch, is a hardcore Liberal whose mission in life is to remove all traces of conservatism from the network. His wife, Kathryn, worked for the Clinton Foundation. Fox News will now become CNN 2.0. Any questions?

After The New York Times wrote about the sexual harassment claims leveled at Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly and the settlements made by the company and O’Reilly himself, James Murdoch, according to 21st Century Fox sources, kept repeating with horror to his friends and executives: “This is on the front page of The New York Times!”

These sources say James Murdoch’s long-time annoyance if not disgust with Fox News became cold fury after the Times‘ April 1 story — even though several of the O’Reilly settlements had happened when James was CEO of the parent company. This was a similar reaction to what had followed the harassment suit by former anchor Gretchen Carlson against Fox News chief Roger Ailes in July. Every time Fox controversies spilled over into the wider world, James took it personally. “It was somehow against him,” says one person close to the Murdochs.

Fox News is a business he should not be in, he had told people before, despite its major contribution to 21st Century Fox’s bottom line —20 percent of its profits came from Fox News last year, the biggest-earning division in the company. Presumably, he meant the in-your-face world of conservative cable news with its mega personalities. Indeed, James regarded many of the people at Fox News as thuggish Neanderthals and said he was embarrassed to be in the same company with them.

Murdoch Brothers Assure Investors of Fox News’ Future:

Last summer, the Murdoch brothers “assured shareholders” that they were not going to radically change the phenomenally successful business model known as Fox News that their father created, but guess what? They lied. A lot. 

But, likewise, it would be hard to imagine how James could have been regarded with more contempt by many of the people at Fox News. James was rather exhibit No. 1 of the liberal elite entitlement that Fox had so profitably programmed against. “Fox [News] is an important brand, but it needs to develop, and, to some extent, be reformed,” James said when I interviewed him ten years ago in his office as the chief executive of the Murdoch-controlled Sky TV in Britain, whose significantly less-partisan news operation he extolled as a ratings and journalistic model.

He seized his first opportunity for reform in July when, over his father Rupert’s protests and his brother and co-executive Lachlan’s ambivalence, he pushed for the ouster of Ailes, the network’s founder and almost all-powerful executive. When the O’Reilly story hit the Times, he overrode his father and brother again — and, by the same method he had used with Ailes, hiring a Democratic-associated law firm, Paul Weiss, to perform a rubber-stamp investigation. (In neither the Ailes nor O’Reilly investigations were the targets of the investigation interviewed.)

It was, he proudly told friends, a right decision rather than a business decision. The billionaire scion was aligning himself, profits be damned, with a new generation of corporate responsibility. That put him quite directly at odds with his father. It would be quite inconceivable to imagine Rupert sacrificing sure profits for greater good or a better image; indeed, his company had always been a pirate company.

But that really is the larger point — in which Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes were in the end just collateral damage — it isn’t his father’s company anymore.

If the expulsion of Ailes, and, even more dramatically, O’Reilly, mean anything, it means most of all that James is in charge. And, most immediately, this means that Fox News, that constant irritant in James’ view of himself as a progressive and visionary television executive, will begin to change. Virtually overnight.

Kathryn Murdoch Speaks at the first annual EAT Stockholm Food Forum:

James Murdoch’s wife Kathryn is a Far-Left liberal who worked for the Clinton Foundation’s Climate Change program. 

But, likewise, it would be hard to imagine how James could have been regarded with more contempt by many of the people at Fox News.

James was rather exhibit No. 1 of the liberal elite entitlement that Fox had so profitably programmed against.

“Fox News is an important brand, but it needs to develop, and, to some extent, be reformed,” James said when I interviewed him ten years ago in his office as the chief executive of the Murdoch-controlled Sky TV in Britain, whose significantly less-partisan news operation he extolled as a ratings and journalistic model.

He seized his first opportunity for reform in July when, over his father Rupert’s protests and his brother and co-executive Lachlan’s ambivalence, he pushed for the ouster of Ailes, the network’s founder and almost all-powerful executive. When the O’Reilly story hit the Times, he overrode his father and brother again — and, by the same method he had used with Ailes, hiring a Democratic-associated law firm, Paul Weiss, to perform a rubber-stamp investigation. (In neither the Ailes nor O’Reilly investigations were the targets of the investigation interviewed.)

It was, he proudly told friends, a right decision rather than a business decision. The billionaire scion was aligning himself, profits be damned, with a new generation of corporate responsibility. That put him quite directly at odds with his father. It would be quite inconceivable to imagine Rupert sacrificing sure profits for greater good or a better image; indeed, his company had always been a pirate company.

But that really is the larger point — in which Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes were in the end just collateral damage — it isn’t his father’s company anymore.

If the expulsion of Ailes, and, even more dramatically, O’Reilly, mean anything, it means most of all that James is in charge.
And, most immediately, this means that Fox News, that constant irritant in James’ view of himself as a progressive and visionary television executive, will begin to change. Virtually overnight. source


April 20, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — As my colleague Roger Aronoff reports, the media are livid that President Donald Trump is dismantling former President Barack Obama’s “climate change” legacy of deindustrialization and federal government control of energy resources. Meanwhile, factions of the U.S. Catholic Church and some Protestants are brainwashing church members into accepting the non-Christian idea that religious faith involves a belief in an Earth Spirit…. (more)

April 20, 2017
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Shortly after the 2008 election, President Obama’s soon-to-be chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, infamously declared, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.” He elaborated: “What I mean by that [is] it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”… (more)

April 20, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — It would be hard for biased, negative news coverage of President Trump to get any worse. “As President Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, he has received by far the most hostile press treatment of any incoming American president, with the broadcast networks punishing him with coverage that has been 89 percent negative,” wrote Rich Noyes and Mike Ciandella, both analysts for Newsbusters.org, a conservative press watchdog…. (more)

April 20, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Arguments in a high-profile religious liberty case caused tempers to flare on both sides of the Supreme Court’s ideological divide Wednesday. The high court waited for several months to hear Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, and did so with a full nine-justice court bolstered by the addition of Justice Neil Gorsuch, who joined the court this month…. (more)

April 20, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The Hillary Clinton campaign was worse than you – – or I – – thought. That’s the message of Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’ Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign. Doomed in retrospect, mind you; not many of us – – including me – – thought it was doomed at the time…. (more)

April 20, 2017
GEORGE WILL — Three months ago, State Trooper Jonathan Otto, 33, of the Arizona Department of Public Safety pulled over a car that had caught his attention by traveling 104 miles per hour long after midnight, just south of Kingman. He smelled marijuana in the car. It was driven by a man with an adult female wearing only lingerie. Their passenger was a female juvenile whose fake document showed her to be 18. She was, Otto says, “not wearing a whole lot of clothing.”… (more)

April 20, 2017
YAHOO — Bose Corp. spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged…. (more)

April 19, 2017

THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR — An article in the Guardian last week provides more confirmation that John Brennan was the American progenitor of political espionage aimed at defeating Donald Trump. One side did collude with foreign powers to tip the election – – Hillary’s…. (more)


April 19, 2017

NEWSMAX — An upstart Democrat in a special election in a conservative Georgia congressional district failed to stave off a runoff election early Wednesday morning. With 95 percent of the vote counted, Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former congressional staffer, had 48.6 percent of the vote, according to CNN. That fell below the 50 percent plus one he would have needed to prevent a runoff…. (more)


April 19, 2017
ERICK ERICKSON — Speaking in Texas tonight, Senator Ted Cruz came out swinging for the House Freedom Caucus, noting that the critics of the conservatives who are in the White House are “profoundly damaging our prospects of success.” He also noted, “If we screw all this up, you better believe the American people could elect President Warren.”… (more)

April 19, 2017

THE GUARDIAN — The US military is considering shooting down North Korean missile tests as a show of strength to Pyongyang, two sources briefed on the planning have told the Guardian…. (more)


April 19, 2017
DAVID FRENCH — The first and only time I’ve been jolted awake by air-raid sirens came in Seoul, South Korea, in 2010. I had of course heard tornado-warning sirens before; I grew up in the South, after all. But I’d never heard anything like this. I was sleeping in a tent in the middle of the Yongsan Garrison, taking a break from my night shift during a military exercise called Operation Key Resolve, which was designed to simulate the resumption of hostilities on the Korean peninsula…. (more)

April 18, 2017

NEWSMAX — A man who shot and killed three people at random on the streets of downtown Fresno shouted “Allahu akbar” during his arrest Tuesday and had posted on social media that he disliked white people, authorities said…. (more)


April 18, 2017
NEWSMAX — A new report claims multiple media outlets omitted details in stories about an ongoing lawsuit against President Donald Trump, legal action that is spearheaded by David Brock, an anti-Republican ally of Hillary Clinton…. (more)

April 18, 2017

BRUCE DEITRICK PRICE — The Reading Wars were always chaotic and confusing. Here’s the gist: On the one side, you had earnest, sincere people warning the country about the dangers of non-phonetic approaches (these were usually called Look-Say, Whole Word, sight-words, and other jargon). The warning was always the same. Nobody can learn to read that way. It’s a hoax! Don’t do it! You’re being punked…. (more)


April 18, 2017
WES VERNON — President Trump has let it be known that he’s willing to sit down and talk coalition-speak with some Democrats on the Hill – – presumably some “reasonable” ones…. (more)

April 18, 2017
ALAN KEYES — During the past week or so, President Trump repeatedly set himself at odds with candidate Trump, frankly acknowledging that his campaign rhetoric was out of touch with reality. In every instance, the reversal brought him more into line with the Democrat/RINO left-leaning political culture he made a “huge” show of adamantly opposing during his run for the presidency…. (more)

April 17, 2017
A special report from the Accuracy in Media Center for Investigative Journalism
CLIFF KINCAID — The British Guardian posted a report on April 13 claiming that its sources now admit that the British spy agency GCHQ was digitally wiretapping Trump associates, going back to late 2015. This was presumably when the December 2015 Moscow meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lt. General Michael Flynn took place…. (more)

April 17, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump has been sucked into the abyss of the Washington “establishment” since his inauguration, prominent Republicans and Democrats charged Sunday morning, and whether that’s a positive development depends entirely on one’s political point of view…. (more)

April 17, 2017
NEWSMAX — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday visited a military base near the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea a day after the North conducted a failed missile launch…. (more)

April 17, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Carter Page, the Trump campaign’s onetime volunteer adviser on Russia, views with amazement how much a Democratic opposition research dossier has been increasingly embraced by the liberal power structure in Washington…. (more)

April 17, 2017
BYRON YORK — By all accounts, Jared Kushner, the husband of President Trump’s favorite daughter, has become an extraordinarily powerful man in the White House. To formally appoint Kushner a senior adviser, with a top security clearance, the president sought and received a Justice Department opinion declaring the White House exempt from federal anti-nepotism laws…. (more)

April 17, 2017

NEWSMAX — United Airlines is changing a company policy and will no longer allow crew members to displace customers already onboard an airplane. The change comes after a passenger, Dr. David Dao, was dragged from a fully-booked United Express flight in Chicago because he refused to give up his seat to make room for crew members…. (more)


April 16, 2017
ALAN KEYES — Happy Easter. Christ is Risen! Alleluia! This Holy Week, I am brought in mind of my Easter reflection from a few years ago, in which I cited a prominent religious spokesman:… (more)

April 16, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Atheists and progressives will tell you America is a secular nation, built on secular principles, and that it’s the job of the rising generations to make sure politics and religion never do meet. They’re wrong. They say that because they don’t want to submit to a higher authority. But just because the Founding Fathers didn’t want the government to establish a church – – didn’t want the country to become guided by the same type of zealotry that steers nations of Islam, for instance – – doesn’t mean they wanted God separated from governance…. (more)

 


Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 21, 2017

Hillary’s Shattered Campaign

A new book reveals the inner workings of Clinton’s campaign, and shows the truth — she was a poor leader.

The Foundation

“The fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms and false reasonings is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you once to become acquainted with these, you could never entertain a thought, that all men are not, by nature, entitled to a parity of privileges.” —Alexander Hamilton (1775)

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ZeroHedge Frontrunning: April 21

  • Attack overshadows last campaign day in France (Read More)
  • Paris Gunman Was Questioned by Police in February (Read More)
  • French PM knocks Le Pen, Fillon stance on security after Paris shooting (Read More)
  • Battle zone scenes at Paris Champs Elysees (Read More)
  • In ‘Buy American’ Push, Trump Is Starting in a Hole (Read More)
  • Trump Steel Probe Adds Tinge of Economic Nationalism (Read More)
  • Mnuchin’s Talk of Tax Plan ‘Soon’ Stirs Markets and Skeptics (Read More)
  • Trump, GOP Race to Revive Health Bill, Avoid Government Shutdown (Read More)
  • Farmers Have a Beef With Trump and Big Meat (Read More)
  • Stock futures little changed as French election in focus (Read More)
  • Euro-Area Recovery Broadens With Strongest Growth in Six Years (Read More)
  • Markets Send a Worrying Message About the Economy (Read More)
  • OPEC cut doubts put oil on track for biggest weekly drop in a month (Read More)
  • Trump’s Trade War Will Make Your Dentist Visits Even Costlier (Read More)
  • Gorsuch’s First Big High Court Vote Allows Arkansas Execution (Read More)
  • Exxon Faces Limited Options for Deal With Russian Firm (Read More)
  • Exxon probe is unconstitutional, Republican prosecutors say (Read More)
  • Caracas on Knife-Edge as Maduro Protesters Erect Barricades (Read More)
  • Desperate Malls Turn to Concerts and Food Trucks (Read More)
  • Ann Coulter rejects Berkeley’s bid to reschedule speech (Read More)
  • Publishers Weigh Potential Google Ad-Blocking Feature (Read More)
  • GE revenue falls 1 percent (Read More)
  • Reckitt Benckiser Fails to Grow for First Time Since 1999 (Read More)

Top Headlines – 4/21/2017

Iran chides US over ‘worn out’ accusations about nuclear deal

Trump raps Iran for violating ‘spirit’ of nuclear deal

Tillerson: An ‘unchecked Iran’ could follow same path as North Korea

Ahmadinejad barred from Iran elections as council picks candidates

US defense secretary: ‘Iran continues to threaten Israel’

Nikki Haley urges UN to shift its criticism from Israel to Iran

Netanyahu spokesman: Mideast peace requires ‘acceptance’ of Israel

UN Security Council debates the ‘Palestinian question’

With stories as varied as their accents, survivors ready for Holocaust memorial ceremony

PM to Holocaust survivors: Your story ‘is our story of rebirth’

Ultra-Orthodox MKs seek to bypass Shabbat ruling

Ultra-Orthodox man holds up plane over TV screens

Far-right Israeli activists hold BBQ to taunt hunger striking Palestinians

100 Palestinian Fatah prisoners end hunger strike

Hamas terrorists ‘crawling through the tunnels’

Hezbollah gives reporters grand tour of new Israeli defenses

US defense secretary arrives in Israel for two-day visit to discuss Iran, Lebanon and Syria, as well other regional issues

‘With Syria in pieces, it’s time to recognize Israel’s annexation of the Golan’

Gen. Allen: Syria gassing Israel would be ‘virtually a regime suicide’

Syrian photographer puts down camera to rescue child injured in a car bomb

Mattis ‘Confident’ in Advancing US-Egypt Military Relationship

Egypt army says kills 19 Islamic extremists in north Sinai

Saudi ‘should be blacklisted’ over Yemen hospital attacks

Watchdog says Yemen rebel land mines killed, maimed hundreds

Israeli President Calls Persecution of Mideast Christians ‘Stain on Humanity’

Christians Facing Uncertainty After Major Conservative Islamic Victory in Jakarta Elections

North Korea: ‘Super-mighty pre-emptive strike’ will reduce US to ashes

US official: With eye on North Korea, China puts bombers on ‘high alert’

US officials see signs Chinese bombers’ alert status changed, but downplay concern

China turns the screw on North Korea to prevent another nuclear test – Beijing may cut crude oil to Pyongyang, says Chinese expert

US sends nuclear sniffer plane to Korea

North Korea nuclear threat: should California start panicking? Experts say the answer is tricky

Risk of ‘Accidental’ Nuclear War Growing, UN Research Group Says

Sessions ‘amazed’ judge ‘on an island in the Pacific’ halted Trump travel order

MSNBC terrorism analyst nominates Trump property for ‘ISIS suicide bombing’

Policeman and suspected gunman shot dead in Paris ‘terror attack’

Islamic State claims Paris attack that killed policeman

Trump: Paris looks like ‘another’ terror attack

Trump on Paris shooting: ‘It just never ends’

Pence says US will not relent in effort to end terrorism

Paris shooting: Election campaign halts as investigation gathers pace

IMF’s Lagarde: Far-right win in France would cause ‘major disorder’

France concerned over Russian interference in elections amid reports of hacking, fake news

US prosecutors said weighing charges against WikiLeaks, Julian Assange

Deportation overload: Probe says DHS can’t keep up, leaves risky illegals out on the streets

Kelly: Border wall will move forward ‘by the end of the summer’

Caracas on Knife-Edge as Maduro Protesters Erect Barricades

Many Poor Venezuelans Are Too Hungry to Join Antigovernment Protests

Children discovered on brink of starvation in Belarusian orphanages

How Amazon will become the first $1 trillion stock

George Soros Accused Of “Puppeteering” Government In New Lawsuit

Dow jumps 200 points after Mnuchin says tax plan is close

Trump has eliminated $86B in regs

White House pressures GOP leaders on Obamacare showdown next week

Italian court finds link between cell phone use and tumor

Most Millennials Are Finding It Hard to Transition Into Adulthood: Report

SGA passes resolution supporting reparations for black students

Students At Pomona College: Truth Is A “White Supremacist Concept,” “Free Speech” A Tool Of “Bigotry”

Credit card with a fingerprint sensor revealed by Mastercard

New “Brickerbot” malware attacks insecure Wi-Fi networks and smart home gadgets

Tesla Sued Over ‘Dangerously Defective’ Autopilot Software

Flying cars take off on French Riviera

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Kuril’sk, Russia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Pangai, Tonga

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Muara Siberut, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near La Puerta de San Jose, Argentina

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits Southeast of Easter Island

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Drones armed with sensors fly through erupting volcano’s ash clouds

Rare April storm forms – Tropical Storm Arlene becomes first named storm of season

‘We’ve never seen this drought, this disease’: Somali families bury their dead

A tale of two droughts: one killed 260,000 people, the other none. Why?

4/20 explained: Why this is marijuana’s big day

Facing death for being gay, men flee Russia’s Chechnya

Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses, Calling It an Extremist Group

Persecution of Christians is a human rights issue, says Pakistani archbishop

Has Trump found religion in the Oval Office? The president is mentioning God more than ever during his public appearances.

Seth Dunn – Jesus The Legend

Is God About to do Something New?

Marijuana on Religious Grounds? A Cannabis Church Opens in Denver

Hundreds of religious groups call on Congress to keep Johnson Amendment

Ex-Alabama Governor’s Former Church Refutes Claim Bentley Was Expelled Over Affair

San Diego School Board: CAIR To Help Teach Your Kids Sharia Law

Christian Mother Asia Bibi Sentenced to Hang for ‘Insulting Islam’ May Get Final Hearing in June

Russian Supreme Court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses

‘Hunger Games’ Star Claims Gender Can Be ‘Whatever You Want It to Be’

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 07:26 AM PDT

Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg says she rejects the traditional concept of gender, claiming instead that it is a construct that can be “pretty much…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

College Argues that Gospel Message incites “hostility” and “fighting words.”

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 06:58 AM PDT

A Georgia college has filed a motion to dismiss a First Amendment lawsuit by claiming it removed a Christian student from campus because his discussion…

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UPDATE: Muslim Who Threatened Christians in Facebook Live Video Won’t Be Charged

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 06:46 AM PDT

The Muslim man who went live on his Facebook page with disturbing threats towards attendees of a Christian conference will not face criminal charges. “He…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Hell Is the Default Destination – Not Heaven

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 06:38 AM PDT

(By J.D Greear) Most people assume that as long as they don’t mess things up in their time here on earth, they’ll go to heaven…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Times Up! Feds to seek arrest of Wikileaks Assange…

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 06:34 AM PDT

US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN. The Justice Department…

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Scientists Claim Discovery Of Tiny Non-Human Species in Indonesia

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 06:28 AM PDT

ATTENTION: The Views and Expressions claimed in this article does note reflect the beliefs or opinions of End Time Headlines. A tiny human race which…

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How to Discern a False Gospel

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 06:22 AM PDT

(By Michael Youssef) We hear counterfeit gospels preached across our land every day—in the media, in schools and even in churches. There is a desperate…

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South Korea on heightened alert as North readies for army celebration

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 06:18 AM PDT

South Korea said on Friday it was on heightened alert ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Israel May Need to Prepare for Another War With Hamas This Summer

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 06:14 AM PDT

Israel Construction and Housing Minister Yoav Gallant on Sunday morning, April 16, 2017, said there will be no choice other than to enter another war…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Ancient stone carvings confirm comet struck Earth in 10,950 BC…

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 06:10 AM PDT

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out wooly mammoths and sparked the rise of…

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DEVELOPING: Tropical Storm Arlene forms in Atlantic…

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 06:04 AM PDT

Hurricane season doesn’t start until June, but a rare April tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic. A weather system morphed into Tropical Storm Arlene…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Feds To Perform Nuke Drill In Manhattan, NY From April 18th thru May 5th

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 05:59 AM PDT

On April 18th thru May 5th, 2017, state, local, and federal organizations alike are planning for Operation Gotham Shield 2017 — a major nuclear detonation…

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Russia flexes muscle From Alaska to Japan…

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 05:54 AM PDT

US defense officials are calling recent sightings of Russian bombers off the Alaskan coast “nothing out of the ordinary” — itself an indication that both…

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Is Sunday School Dying a Slow Death?

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 07:09 PM PDT

(By Dale Hudson) Sunday School. Some churches still use this term for their Bible study hour at church. But a large percentage of church leaders…

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Florida Teacher Bans Cross Necklaces in Class, Promotes LGBT Day of Silence

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:51 PM PDT

A national religious liberty law firm is threatening to sue a Florida public school district over allegations that a high school math teacher forced Christian…

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Why Are So Many Millennials Living With Their Parents Instead Of Getting Married And Starting Their Own Families?

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:17 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Did you know that the percentage of 18 to 34-year-old Americans that are married and living with a spouse has dropped by…

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Kentucky Governor Signs Bill Authorizing Elective Social Studies Courses on the Bible

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:13 PM PDT

The Republican governor of Kentucky has signed a bill that authorizes the creation of elective social studies courses on the Bible in public schools. House Bill 128…

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Why Satan Will Do Everything He Can to Keep You From This Daily Habit

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:01 PM PDT

(By Brandon D. Smith) Blockbuster superhero movies and the latest iteration of the Star Wars movie franchise show the power of a good story. Grown…

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Scientists discover footprint of unknown ancient reptile…

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 05:20 PM PDT

The footprints of a mysterious reptile that lived about 250 million years ago have been identified in fossils from the Pyrenees mountains. Scientists say the…

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Daily Diet Soda TRIPLES Stroke Risk…

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 05:17 PM PDT

Just one diet drink a day can triple the risk of a deadly stroke, a study suggests. The researchers also found links to dementia described…

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North Korea Advances Submarine Missile Program

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 05:14 PM PDT

North Korea is making rapid progress on developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles and missile-firing submarines, according to a report by a United Nations panel of experts….

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DEVELOPING: Paris shooting leaves two policemen dead

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 01:44 PM PDT

At least one police officer has been killed and another one injured in a shooting incident in central Paris, French police say. The suspected attacker…

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Only 7 Christian Families Remain in Iraq’s Largest Christian Town

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 01:25 PM PDT

Evangelist Franklin Graham spent his Easter weekend touring churches and towns left desecrated and destroyed by the Islamic State terrorist organization in Northern Iraq and…

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State of Texas Ordered to Pay $600,000 to Gay Couples

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 01:21 PM PDT

A federal appeals court ordered Texas on Wednesday to pay about $600,000 to cover the legal fees for two same-sex couples who defeated the state’s…

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Francis Chan: If You Think a Loving God Wouldn’t Judge, Have You Read the Bible?

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 01:17 PM PDT

As morality becomes more and more subjective, the concept of judgment becomes increasingly offensive. This means that the determination of what is right or wrong…

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Teacher Insists Children Must Be Taught Transgenderism, Homosexuality Starting in Nursery School

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 01:10 PM PDT

An organization of teachers in the U.K. has argued that homosexuality and transgenderism should be taught to young children starting in nursery school. Members of…

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DAYS OF LOT – Government Now Backs Explicit LGBT Teaching in Schools

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 01:02 PM PDT

A controversial campaign calling for pro-LGBT education throughout Scottish schools has received official backing at Holyrood. The Scottish government has pledged to support the Time…

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House to Unveil New Health Care Bill Over the Weekend

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 12:53 PM PDT

According to reports, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are “close” to having a deal on a new bill to begin the process of…

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China may cut crude oil to North Korea to Prevent Further Nuclear Tests

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 12:44 PM PDT

China likely will halt crude oil exports to North Korea should Pyongyang conduct its sixth nuclear test, a prominent Chinese expert told The Nikkei, signaling…

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Risk of ‘Accidental’ Nuclear War Growing

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 12:38 PM PDT

The warning comes as the Pentagon begins an extensive review of its nuclear arsenal. On Sept., 26, 1983, shortly after midnight, the Soviet Oko nuclear…

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China Places Bombers on ‘High Alert’

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 12:34 PM PDT

The US is seeing evidence that the Chinese military is preparing for a potential North Korea contingency, a US defense official told CNN Thursday. Chinese…

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Nuclear Sniffer Plane From America Lands in Japan

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 12:30 PM PDT

The U.S. Air Force dispatched a nuclear sniffer aircraft Thursday to the east of the Korean Peninsula amid the possibility of North Korea’s imminent nuclear…

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

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In an interview with the Wall Street Journal last week, Trump said Xi told him during a recent summit that “Korea actually used to be a part of China.” The comments sparked outrage in Seoul and became an issue in South Korea’s presidential race, prompting the foreign ministry to seek to verify what Xi actually said.

U.S. Steel will ask a trade agency Thursday to investigate its claims that rival Chinese manufacturers colluded to fix prices to undercut competitors in the American market on the same day President Donald Trump will order a separate Commerce Department probe of steel imports.

Canada’s push to legalize recreational marijuana is rippling beyond its borders as companies move to boost exports of medicinal pot.

Eight countries control land in the Arctic Circle, five have coastlines to defend, the temperature is rising, the ice is melting, the race for newly accessible resources is beginning. And Russia is gaining ground.

GM shut operations in Venezuela after authorities seized the automaker’s plant and took vehicles in the first nationalization of a major company’s facilities in the country in more than two years.

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week while total benefit rolls dropped to the lowest in 17 years, indicating the job market remains tight, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. Jobless claims increased by 10,000 to 244,000 (forecast was 240,000) in the week ended April 15.

Wall Street pros have dived headlong into dark pools, exclusive private exchanges where they can trade stocks with each other in secret. Now comes an entrepreneur with a new twist: a dark pool for the masses, especially young investors. Call it a kiddie pool. Ustocktrade provides a bit of adventure — and operates primarily as a philanthropy. All that appeals to one of his target audiences, college students, who make up a fifth of customers. The CEO views inexpensive investing as a way to help clients pay off school loans.

Laurence D. Fink, chief executive officer of BlackRock Inc., said the lackluster growth of the U.S. economy and uncertainty around the Trump administration’s ability to quickly pass key reforms pose a risk to markets. “There are some warning signs that are getting darker.”

American Airlines pilots will be surveyed about reactions to the carrier’s new uniforms after about 100 reported rashes, itching and other symptoms similar to those experienced by hundreds of flight attendants.

Student accommodation offers better returns than offices and residential housing, making it an attractive asset for pension and sovereign wealth funds looking for stable income and higher yields in a low-return world.

AP Top Stories

The calendar may take no notice of April 20, but for marijuana users around the world, it’s an annual day of pot celebration closer to, say, Stoner’s Christmas.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered an investigation into corruption allegations against a senior civil servant related to the use of funds intended for handling a humanitarian crisis in the northeast of the country.

Over the course of just a few days last spring, a river fed by a melting glacier in Canada’s Yukon region completely changed course – an unprecedented event that scientists say is the first case of “river piracy” observed over such short period of time. The culprit? Greenhouse gas-driven climate change.

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed the tomb of a nobleman from more than 3,000 years ago, the latest in a series of major discoveries of ancient relics that Egypt hopes will revive a tourist business that has been hit by political instability.

North Korean state media warned the United States of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear program.

With the simple submission of a technical sanctions waiver, oil giant Exxon Mobil created a potential PR headache for the White House. Exxon is seeking a greenlight from the U.S. government to bypass sanctions on Russia and resume doing business with the country’s state-owned oil giant Rosneft.

The United States will counter any North Korean attack with an “overwhelming and effective” response, Vice President Mike Pence vowed Wednesday.

BBC

Prosecutors in the northern Nigeria state of Kaduna have charged a group of 53 people with conspiring to celebrate a gay wedding.

Two court rulings dealt a blow to the US state of Arkansas in its attempt to put to death seven inmates within days.

A Saskatchewan woman has been charged with human smuggling following a months-long cross-border investigation.

At least three people have been killed in Venezuela in protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

WND

The U.S. Green Party has put out a briefing paper for party activists instructing them to work with the Council on American-Islamic Relations and other Islamists in fighting “Islamophobia” and “oppression in all its forms.”

In nations such as Pakistan, the penalty for “blasphemy” against Islam or its prophet is death. While the sentence has not been imposed in recent years, some people who have been accused of blasphemy have been murdered by Muslim vigilantes before they can get to court. An estimated 65 defendants, lawyers or judges involved in blasphemy cases have been murdered since 1990.

Russia has claimed it can disable the entire US Navy in one fell swoop using powerful electronic signal jamming.


The Briefing 04-20-17

In oral arguments on church-state relations, SCOTUS Justices appear to side with Trinity Lutheran

Parental rights and the role of government: Homeschooling in America and abroad

Are our kids’ toys spying on us? Germany isn’t taking any chances

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Top News – 4/20/2017

Lois Lerner: Public Can Never Know What I Did
Embattled ex-IRS executive Lois Lerner was in federal court last week, asking a judge to seal her forthcoming deposition due to the inflammatory nature of her testimony.  Lerner told the judge that if her actions at the IRS were to become public knowledge, she could face death threats from angry Americans – particularly those on the conservative side of the spectrum.

Has Trump found religion in the Oval Office?
He’s also taken other steps to further cultivate a Christian right that helped elect him, granting new levels of access to Christian media and pushing socially conservative positions that don’t appear to come naturally to him.

Trump to Host Abbas May 3 at White House, Seeks ‘Conflict-Ending’ Deal
“They will use the visit to reaffirm the commitment of both the United States and Palestinian leadership to pursuing and ultimately concluding a conflict-ending settlement between the Palestinians and Israel,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday

Vice President Mike Pence Warns North Korea By Telling Them ‘The Sword Stands Ready’
Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the US military on Wednesday, promising it would give an ‘overwhelming and effective’ response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.

U.S. Green Party goes all in for Islam
The U.S. Green Party has put out a briefing paper for party activists instructing them to work with the Council on American-Islamic Relations and other Islamists in fighting “Islamophobia” and “oppression in all its forms.” The fact that Islam is a religion/political ideology and not a race seems not to stand in the way of the Green Party’s burgeoning alliance with Islam, says Robert Spencer, author of the Jihad Watch blog and several best-selling books about Islam.

May to make election pledge to end EU free movement of people into UK
Prime Minister Theresa May will make a formal pledge ahead of the June 8 election to end European Union free movement of people into Britain, the Daily Mail newspaper reported, citing unidentified party sources. May will also include pledges in her election manifesto to pull out of both the EU single market and European Court of Justice, the newspaper said.

Egypt army says kills 19 Islamic extremists in north Sinai
The Egyptian military says its air force has killed 19 Islamic extremists in the volatile Sinai Peninsula. It says in a statement Thursday that the strikes in northern and central Sinai on “terrorist strongholds” of the local ISIS affiliate also destroyed four vehicles.

Tillerson: An ‘unchecked Iran’ could follow same path as North Korea
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday accused Iran of “alarming ongoing provocations” to destabilize countries in the Middle East and of undermining US interests in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. “An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea and to take the world along with it,” Tillerson told reporters a day after announcing a review of US policy towards Iran, including sanctions against Tehran.

Abbas: I am ready to meet Netanyahu any time under patronage of Trump
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday made several significant statements in favor of a dialogue with Israel and a hastening of the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in an official interview with Japanese newspaper Ashai Shimbun. “I am ready to meet the prime minister of Israel any time in Washington under the patronage of President Trump,” Abbas declared.

‘With Syria in pieces, it’s time to recognize Israel’s annexation of the Golan’
Michael Oren says it is time for the world to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel. In contrast to negotiations with the Palestinians, there is no Syria to negotiate with, Deputy Minister for Diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s Office Oren said on Tuesday. “Without Israel there [in the Golan], the region would be jeopardized. ISIS would be on the Kinneret,” he said, adding that other states in the region are glad Israel is on the Golan.

Australia unveils major changes to citizenship process
Australia will make it more difficult to gain citizenship in a major overhaul of its migration process. Aspiring citizens will undergo tougher tests on their English language skills and ability to demonstrate “Australian values”, PM Malcolm Turnbull said. Applicants must also have completed four years as a permanent resident – three years longer than at present.

Venezuela crisis: Three killed at anti-government protests
At least three people have been killed in Venezuela in protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. A teenager in the capital Caracas and a woman in San Cristobal, near the Colombian border, were shot dead. A national guardsman was killed south of the capital. Tens of thousands of people rallied to demand new presidential elections and the release of jailed opposition politicians.

Credit card with a fingerprint sensor revealed by Mastercard
A payment card featuring a fingerprint sensor has been unveiled by credit card provider Mastercard. The rollout follows two successful trials in South Africa. The technology works in the same way as it does with mobile phone payments: users must have their finger over the sensor when making a purchase. Security experts have said that while using fingerprints is not foolproof, it is a “sensible” use of biometric technology.

Facebook team working on brain-powered technology
Facebook says it is working on technology to allow us to control computers directly with our brains. It is developing “silent speech” software to allow people to type at a rate of 100 words per minute, it says. The project, in its early stages, will require new technology to detect brainwaves without needing invasive surgery.

CIA, FBI launch manhunt for leaker who gave top-secret documents to WikiLeaks
CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst security breaches in CIA history, which exposed thousands of top-secret documents that described CIA tools used to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems.

Russian bombers again fly near Alaska
For the second consecutive night, Russia flew two long-range bombers off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, this time coming within 36 miles of the mainland while flying north of the Aleutian Islands, two U.S. officials told Fox News. The two nuclear-capable Tu-95 bombers were spotted by U.S. military radar at 5 p.m. local time. Unlike a similar incident Monday night, this time the U.S. Air Force did not scramble any fighter jets.

Gaza sisters smuggled explosives labeled medicine
Explosive materials used to manufacture explosive devices were found in the belongings of two sisters who entered Israel from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday for the purpose of receiving cancer treatment. According to the Shin Bet, the materials were concealed inside medical supply tubes and identified by the security guards of the Crossings Authority at the Erez Crossing.

North Korea warns of ‘super-mighty preemptive strike’ as U.S. plans next move
North Korean state media warned the United States of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear programme. U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from sole major ally China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

May to make election pledge to end EU free movement of people into UK
Prime Minister Theresa May will make a formal pledge ahead of the June 8 election to end European Union free movement of people into Britain, the Daily Mail newspaper reported, citing unidentified party sources. May will also include pledges in her election manifesto to pull out of both the EU single market and European Court of Justice, the newspaper said.

DHS: Almost as Many Americans Died of Drug Overdoses in 2015 as in ’12 Years in Vietnam’
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly has largely blamed Latin American drug cartels for the unprecedented 52,000-plus drug overdose deaths in America during 2015 alone, the latest year for which data is available.

Miracle? This time, the lions save the Christians
The chief of a Christian ministry that works underground because of its outreach into Muslim-dominant communities in the Middle East is reporting a startling claim – his rescue from Islamic “militants” by a pride of lions.

Census: More Americans 18-to-34 Now Live With Parents Than With Spouse
Four decades ago, in the mid-1970s, young American adults–in the 18-to-34 age bracket–were far more likely to be married and living with a spouse than living in their parents’ home.

Europe Opens First Concentration Camp Since Hitler, Guess Who This One is for
Chechnya, a region which is located under Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rule but controlled by Muslims, has opened up the very first concentration camp since Adolf Hitler. The detention center is for housing homosexuals.

School-issued computers spy on children in US without parental consent
School-issued computer devices – provided to one-third of school children across the US – collect excessive amounts of highly sensitive personal data on the students without parental consent or even prior notice, a new study finds.

What A War With North Korea Would Probably Look Like
So, if war with North Korea is inevitable given the circumstances, what would such a war look like? Here are some elements I think are most important; elements that make the war almost unwinnable, if winning is even the purpose…


Jimmy Carter Says He Can’t ‘Judge’ Whether or Not Man Is Christian Despite Doubts About Resurrection

Christian News reports:

Former President Jimmy Carter, a professing Christian who teaches Sunday School at a Baptist Church in Georgia, told liberal op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof that he can’t judge whether or not someone is a Christian despite their doubts about Christ’s virgin birth and resurrection.

In his April 15th piece in the New York Times entitled “President Carter, Am I a Christian?” Kristoff inquired of Carter whether he could be considered a Christian despite his skepticism over some of the biblical account of Christ’s life, including that Jesus physically rose from the grave.

“What about someone like me whose faith is in the Sermon on the Mount, who aspires to follow Jesus’ teachings, but is skeptical that he was born of a virgin, walked on water, multiplied loaves and fishes or had a physical resurrection? Am I a Christian, President Carter?” Kristof asked.

“I do not judge whether someone else is a Christian. Jesus said, ‘Judge not,’” Carter replied. “I try to apply the teachings of Jesus in my own life, often without success.”

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Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 20, 2017

No Spin: Killing Bill O’Reilly

This episode publicly exposes the power and influence that advertisers have in regard to who is delivering the news.

The Foundation

“[A] good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.” —George Washington (1790)



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Top Headlines – 4/20/2017

Hosting Abbas on May 3, Trump seeks ‘conflict-ending’ deal

Abbas: I am ready to meet Netanyahu any time under patronage of President Trump

Rehashing Gaza war, leaders do little thinking outside pillbox to avoid next one

Bucking criticism, Netanyahu says 2014 Gaza war was ‘inevitable’

Bereaved parents lash over Gaza war at charged Knesset meeting

Gazan cancer patient caught smuggling explosives into Israel: Shin Bet

Shin Bet: Two sisters from the Gaza Strip arrested after smuggling explosives into Israel

Israeli man lightly hurt in West Bank car-ramming attack

Palestinian anger at Israeli refusal to talk to hunger striking inmates

Palestinian threaten ‘new intifada’ if hunger strikers die

UN envoy: Palestinian leadership must resolve Gaza Strip energy crisis

In landmark ruling, High Court says Tel Aviv mini-markets can open on the Sabbath

NY: Jewish families won’t identify circumcisers who gave babies herpes

UN to recruit Israeli doctors for peacekeeping missions

Commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – Poland marks the 74th anniversary of the Jewish revolt against the Nazis

Israeli defense officials: Assad still has chemical weapons

Senior IDF official: US gave Israel 2 hour warning before Syria strikes

US officials: Syria moves planes to Russian base for protection

Syria war: Evacuations resume after deadly bombing

Latest ISIS recruit video shows young school-aged boy participating in execution

Franklin Graham: About 7 Christian Families Remain in Iraq’s Largest Christian Town

Senior IDF officer: US attack on Syria was no turning point

IDF: Russia has overtaken Iran’s dominant position in Syria

Trump orders Iran nuclear deal review despite compliance

Tillerson: Iran complying with nuclear deal but causing trouble elsewhere

Tillerson: Iran’s nuclear quest a ‘grave risk’ to global security

US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’

Erdogan to meet Trump in May, says Turkish minister

Turkey’s Erdogan, once greeted jubilantly, now rejected by nearly half of Turks

Turkey rejects appeals against referendum

UN court rejects Ukraine request to block rebel funding

Russian bombers again fly near Alaska

Russia claims it can wipe out US Navy with single ‘electronic bomb’

UK ‘gave millions in foreign aid’ to North Korean regime now threatening nuclear war

North Korea propaganda video shows missile attack destroying US city

North Korea says ‘don’t mess with us’ as U.S. plans next move

Trump’s threatened ‘armada’ heads away from North Korea

U.S. defense officials may have spoken too soon, but Trump’s missing ‘armada’ finally heading to Korea

Trump Mulls U.S. Military Options for North Korea, All Grim

Pence says to North Korea: ‘The sword stands ready’

Pence: The United States is not seeking negotiations with North Korea

China’s Xi restructures military, consolidates control

Army tests drone-killing lasers as threat grows on the battlefield

National security issues multiply for Trump

Sessions: MS-13 gang could be designated as terrorist organization

U.S. intelligence agencies fear rogue insiders as much as spies these days

Emirates Airlines trims US flights in wake of Trump visa ban

Afghan official: Taliban governor among 14 killed in clashes

UN discovers 17 new mass graves in central Congo

Why should Somalia’s children starve to pay for a debt crisis they didn’t create?

Venezuela slams nations for ‘meddling’ over protest call

Venezuelans flood streets in big demonstration against Maduro government

Venezuelan protester shot in head during violent ‘mother of all marches’

Venezuelan protests against government leave three dead

A youth revolt in France boosts the far right

Le Pen’s FN party calls EU flag ‘oligarchic rag’

French police find bombs, make arrests over ‘planned presidential election attack’

Berkeley cancels conservative firebrand Ann Coulter’s speech over fears of more violent protests

Obama considered Clinton’s mishandled email scandal ‘political malpractice,’ says new book

White House sends guidance to agencies, readies for government shutdown

She wanted her ex-husband to die with a happy thought; she told him Trump had been impeached

His murder was put on Facebook. But his family’s message of forgiveness could be his legacy.

Facebook wants to read your mind

Facebook Envisions Using Brain Waves to Type Words

Facebook plans ethics board to monitor its brain-computer interface work

Report: School-Issued Computers ‘Spy’ on Children Without Parental Consent

CIA, FBI launch manhunt for leaker who gave top-secret documents to WikiLeaks

America’s insomnia problem is even worse than before the Great Recession

Stocks close lower, Dow posts 2-day drop of more than 200 points

A satellite built by Israeli students launched into space

An asteroid will not destroy Earth today. But let’s consider that for a moment.

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Naze, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Namie, Japan

Magnitude 4.3 earthquake on the Reykjanes ridge

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

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

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuadoer erupts to 17,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

California again leads list with 6 of the top 10 most polluted U.S. cities

Death by overwork: Japan’s 100-hour overtime cap sparks anger

DHS: Almost as Many Americans Died of Drug Overdoses in 2015 as in ’12 Years in Vietnam’

On Eve of 4/20 Holiday, Congressman Says ‘Marijuana Has Gone Mainstream’

‘Microdosing’ trend has Americans tuning in with psychedelics

First evidence found that LSD produces ‘higher’ level of consciousness, scientists claim

Bill Gates: Terrorists could wipe out 30 million people by weaponising a disease like smallpox

Researchers create red-eyed mutant wasps

Groundbreaking Hunt for Jesus’ Descendants Announced; Experts Analyze Shroud of Turin for DNA

Bill O’Reilly Is Reportedly Being Dumped From Fox News Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Census: More Americans 18-to-34 Now Live With Parents Than With Spouse

For-profit meditation centers are the new yoga studios

Supreme Court justices show support for church, in Gorsuch’s 1st high-profile case

Anne Graham Lotz: ‘America Is Disintegrating Into Anarchy; Political Correctness Is Rejecting God’

Fred Sanders – How the Real Word Really Became Real Flesh

Free Masonry and the God-Shaped Hole: A Personal Testimony

Kong Hee apologises for ‘unwise decisions’, to begin jail term on Apr 21

Over 150 ‘Queer’ United Methodist Clergy Sign Letter Demanding LGBT Ordination

Only three in ten Germans believe in life after death

Christian Pastor Detained in China for Singing ‘Jesus Loves You’

Authorities Seize General Motors Plant in Venezuela.

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 07:30 AM PDT

General Motors said it has ceased all operations in Venezuela after authorities unexpectedly seized its plant in the city of Valencia. A court in the…

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‘Bible Answer Man’ Booted From Radio Network After Joining Orthodox Church

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 07:19 AM PDT

The “Bible Answer Man” radio show program with Hank Hanegraaff has been booted from Bott Radio Network over concerns regarding biblical accuracy, following Hanegraaff’s conversion…

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FALLING AWAY – Over 150 Gay UMC Clergy Sign Letter Demanding LGBT Ordination

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 07:12 AM PDT

Nearly 150 United Methodist clergy and clergy candidates have signed onto a letter demanding that the Mainline Protestant denomination recognize LGBT ordination. A group known…

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This 15-Ton Weapon Could Destroy Kim Jong Un’s Underground Nuke Sites

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 07:06 AM PDT

Donald Trump may use a non-nuclear bomb which is BIGGER than the MOAB unleashed on ISIS to destroy Kim Jung-un’s underground nuclear sites. The Massive…

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Russia Holds the “Father of All Bombs” in it’s Arsenal.

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 07:02 AM PDT

Born in Russia in 2007, the “father of all bombs” may be holding a title surpassed by no other. The Russian military says it’s the…

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Katy Perry Denounces Her Devoutly Christian Upbringing

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:54 AM PDT

Katy Perry, one of the most successful and iconic modern celebrities, recalls with disdain being raised in a strict, evangelical Christian household.  Perry, whose birth…

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President Trump Will Be in Meeting with Pope Francis in May

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:42 AM PDT

Contrary to earlier reports, President Donald Trump will meet with Pope Francis when he travels to Italy next month for meetings with the G7 leaders,…

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Israel Warns Assad’s Forces Still Have Chemical Weapons

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:39 AM PDT

Israel’s military said on Wednesday it believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces still possess several tonnes of chemical weapons, issuing the assessment two weeks after…

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Trump’s ‘armada’ turns toward North Korea as White House defends misleading remarks

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:34 AM PDT

The White House stood by President Donald Trump’s recent talk of a Navy strike force on its way to the Korean peninsula after the USS…

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Scientists Looking to use umbilical cord blood from babies to bring restore memory for dementia patients

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:29 AM PDT

Dementia patients have been offered hope that their memory could be repaired after scientists showed that injecting blood from the umbilical cords of human babies…

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Should the West Coast Be Concerned With the North Korean Crisis?

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:22 AM PDT

In test blasts, military parades and propaganda videos that show San Francisco and Washington DC in ruins, North Korea has broadcast its intention to be…

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Russia mobilizing troops, helicopters and armoured vehicles to border with N.K as Putin braces for war

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:17 AM PDT

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin is reinforcing his border with North Korea by relocating troops and equipment, according to reports. The move comes as Donald Trump’s…

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RUMORS OF WAR: North Korea threatens to turn US to ashes with preemptive strike

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:13 AM PDT

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has warned the US he is ready to launch a “super-mighty preemptive strike”. State media launched the broadside as the…

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Henry Gruver’s Incredible Vision Of Russian Submarines Launching Nuclear Missiles At The United States

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 06:05 AM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) A little more than 30 years ago, God showed Henry Gruver that someday Russian submarines lurking very close to our coastlines would…

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Syria moves planes to Russian base for protection

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:43 PM PDT

The Syrian government has relocated the majority of its combat planes to protect them from potential US strikes, two US defense officials told CNN Wednesday….

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Bill Gates warns of bioterrorist attack that could wipe out 30 million!

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:35 PM PDT

A bioterrorist attack which could wipe out 30 million people is becoming increasingly likely because it is easier than ever to create and spread deadly pathogens,…

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SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: What You Need to Know About the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:28 PM PDT

(Reported By Anthony Yanez) In a few months, millions across the country will experience an astronomical event that no American has ever seen before. NBC4 meteorologist…

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Anne Graham Lotz Warns Of America Disintegrating Into Anarchy

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:17 PM PDT

Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz has warned that the United States is “unraveling” and “disintegrating” into anger and anarchy, due in part to its “rejection of…

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Christian Pastor Detained in China for Singing ‘Jesus Loves You’

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:13 PM PDT

A Taiwanese Christian pastor was detained for singing the worship song “Jesus Love You” in Zhengzhou, Henan, in China, which officials there have branded as…

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Alabama Supreme Court Affirms Suspension of Chief Justice Roy Moore Over ‘Gay Marriage’ Memo

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:08 PM PDT

A special panel of the Alabama Supreme Court comprised of randomly-selected retired judges has unanimously affirmed the term-long suspension of Chief Justice Roy Moore, who…

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CIA and FBI launch manhunt for leaker who gave top-secret documents to Wikileaks

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 04:58 PM PDT

CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint…

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Erdogan’s Enhanced Powers “Terrible News” for Turkish Christians

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 04:53 PM PDT

By weakening Turkey’s democracy, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ensured the continued erosion of conditions for Christians, Jews and other religious minorities in the…

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Tillerson warns ‘unchecked Iran’ could follow path of North Korea

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 04:48 PM PDT

The Trump administration is reviewing US policy towards Iran, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced, accusing Tehran of sponsoring terrorism and violence and destabilizing numerous…

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Will You Turn Away Family, Friends And Neighbors At Your Door When Disaster Arrives?

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 04:45 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) How will you handle all of the people that will show up at your door when a major crisis strikes because they…

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RUMORS OF WAR: China concerned North Korea will spark nuclear war

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 04:39 PM PDT

China has revealed it is becoming increasingly concerned about North Korea’s nuclear bragging as military tensions continue to mount in the region. North Korea’s vice-foreign…

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SPIN OUT – O’Reilly Gone From Fox News Channel!

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 04:35 PM PDT

Fox News on Wednesday ended its association with Bill O’Reilly, the combative TV host and commentator who has ruled cable-news ratings for nearly two decades…

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If North Korea Launches a Nuclear Missile, There Is a Plan

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 12:53 PM PDT

President Donald Trump has vowed that North Korea will never acquire the ability to launch a nuclear missile. But, if the Hermit Kingdom is somehow…

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Future Of Factory Cyborg Workers Coming Sooner Than Thought

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 12:47 PM PDT

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived.  The first was the steam engine-driven Industrial Revolution; the second involved the innovations from Henry Ford’s assembly line.  Third,…

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Asteroid to Buzz Earth Today

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 12:42 PM PDT

A relatively large near-Earth asteroid discovered nearly three years ago will fly safely past Earth on April 19 at a distance of about 1.1 million…

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North Korean Defector Warns Kim Jong-Un will stop at nothing to nuke US as a Last Stand’

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 12:34 PM PDT

A North Korean defector who witnessed her first public execution aged just seven is convinced despot Kim Jong-Un would launch nuclear weapons against its enemies…

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China tests missiles near North Korea, Warns it’s getting troops ‘Battle Ready’

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 12:23 PM PDT

Chinese military leaders have revealed they are testing their latest missile-laden destroyer in waters close to North Korea. Footage released by state media shows navy…

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BREAKING NEWS: Russian bombers fly near Alaska for the second time

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 10:30 AM PDT

For the second consecutive night, Russia flew two long-range bombers off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, this time coming within 36 miles of 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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April 19, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Analysts estimate North Korea may now possess between 10 and 25 nuclear weapons, with launch vehicles, air force jets, troops and artillery scattered across the country, hidden in caves and massed along the border with South Korea. That’s on top of what the U.S. estimates to be one of the world’s largest chemical weapons stockpiles, a biological weapons research program and an active cyberwarfare capability. And with Seoul and its 10 million residents just 35 miles south of the border — well within North Korea’s artillery range — any eruption of hostilities could have devastating human and economic costs.

The absence of a U.S. Trade Representative is delaying the start of NAFTA negotiations with Mexico, a top official from the Latin American nation said. Without the lead U.S. trade negotiator in place, Mexico doesn’t expect the White House to give Congress the 90 days of notice it needs to open formal talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

A long-simmering trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada over lumber is heating up, increasing the cost of building houses and causing American businesses to hunt for supplies in other countries.

Morgan Stanley posted Wall Street’s biggest increase in bond-trading revenue as a turnaround in that business accelerated, pushing return on equity to the highest in two years. Fixed-income revenue almost doubled to $1.71 billion.

AP Top Stories

Prosecutors in seven Massachusetts districts agreed to throw out an estimated 95% of drug convictions that came from drug tests that were falsified by chemist Annie Dookhan.

President Trump is refusing to say whether the U.S. sabotaged North Korea’s launch of ballistic missile that blew up shortly after liftoff Sunday morning. “I don’t want to comment on it,” Trump told “Fox & Friends”.

A New Jersey woman has sued Wells Fargo Bank, saying she was fired for refusing to participate in a scheme to manipulate accounts and sell products that weren’t in customers’ best interest.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday afternoon that President Trump does not plan to release his 2016 tax returns.

Want the world’s best, up-close view of a rocket launch without being right there at the pad? For the first time, cameras will provide live 360-degree video of a rocket heading toward space. NASA will provide the 360 stream Tuesday as an unmanned Atlas rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with a capsule full of space station supplies

Amid growing tensions in the Korean Peninsula, Japan is contemplating the deployment of its Self-Defense Forces in case North Korea’s missiles land in its territorial waters, according to local reports Tuesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to compel U.S. companies to hire more American workers, but the proposed changes will require congressional action to have any significant impact.

Britain’s delegation to the chemical weapons watchdog says its director has told a meeting that tests indicate that sarin or a similar toxin was used in an April 4 attack in Syria that killed nearly 90 people.

Leaders of 28 countries are set to attend a Chinese summit next month showcasing President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy initiative, but few will hail from major Western countries.

Google on Tuesday launched a re-imagined version of its free Earth mapping service, weaving in storytelling and artificial intelligence and freeing it from apps.

In the scorching heat of the Caribbean Sea, workers in scuba suits scrub crude oil by hand from the hull of the Caspian Galaxy, a tanker so filthy it can’t set sail in international waters. The vessel is among many that are constantly contaminated at two major export terminals where they load crude from Venezuela’s state-run oil company, PDVSA. The water here has an oily sheen from leaks in the rusty pipelines under the surface. That means the tankers have to be cleaned before traveling to many foreign ports, which won’t admit crude-stained ships for fear of environmental damage to their harbors, port facilities or other vessels.

BBC

China says it is seriously concerned about North Korean nuclear development, in the wake of a BBC interview with a top official from the North. North Korea’s vice-foreign minister told the BBC Pyongyang would continue to test missiles and would launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike if it thought the US was planning an attack.

Physicists have created a fluid with “negative mass”, which accelerates backwards when pushed.

Evacuations from two government-held areas of Syria have resumed, monitors and reports say, days after an attack on a convoy carrying evacuees killed 126 people, many of them children. Some 3,000 people have left the north-western villages of Foah and Kefraya, which have been surrounded by rebels.

The owner of the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotel brands has disclosed that payment card-stealing malware has struck about 1,200 of its franchisees’ properties. All but one of the locations affected were in the US, with the other being in Puerto Rico. Guests have been warned they could have had money stolen as a consequence. One expert said there might be further hotels affected.

South Korea is starting a trial which could result in banishing its largely worthless coins from the country’s economy. Instead of accepting small change from purchases, customers at selected stores can instead opt to deposit it onto prepaid cards such as transportation cards.

WND

Federal authorities have open investigations into radical Islamic terrorists in all 50 states, according to the Department of Homeland Security, which is warning that the threat of terrorism in the United States has reached an all-time high with radicalized individuals in the country plotting to strike “each and every single day.”

Las Vegas is preparing to be the first city in the nation with vending machines dispensing clean needles in an effort to help combat the spread of hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, while also possibly leading some drug users into treatment.


The Briefing 04-19-17

Scraped knees, the Blaine amendment, and separation of church and state today at the US Supreme Court

NYT columnist asks President Carter the most important question: “Am I a Christian?”

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North Carolina Lawmakers Present Bill Declaring Supreme Court ‘Gay Marriage’ Ruling ‘Null and Void’

Christian News reports:

Four Republican lawmakers in North Carolina recently presented a bill that would declare the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling on “gay marriage” to be “null and void,” but the House speaker has considered it dead and won’t bring it up for a hearing.

Reps. Larry Pittman of Concord, Michael Speciale of New Bern, Carl Ford of Rowan County and Mike Clampitt of Bryson City filed House Bill 780, also known as the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act,” on April 11th.

It notes that the U.S. Constitution does not give power to the federal government to create laws surrounding the institution of marriage, and that the issue is rather reserved to the states. The bill also outlines that the courts have no right to overrule the laws of God.

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Almost as Many Americans Died of Drug Overdoses in 2015 as in ’12 Years in Vietnam’

Breitbart reports:

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly has largely blamed Latin American drug cartels for the unprecedented 52,000-plus drug overdose deaths in America during 2015 alone, the latest year for which data is available.

During a discussion that George Washington University (GWU) hosted about the threats facing the United States, retired Gen. Kelly noted in his prepared remarks:

It’s the highest number of drug-related deaths our country has ever seen. It’s more deaths than the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1995. In a single year, we’ve lost nearly as many Americans to drug overdose as we lost in battle in World War I. Almost as many as was lost in 12 years in Vietnam.

And that’s just overdose deaths. That number—as high as it is—says nothing about the long-term health damage to our citizens who survive, to say nothing about the human misery, the families ripped apart, and the extremes of crime and violence inherent in the illegal-drug enterprise.

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Fox News Has Decided Bill O’Reilly Has to Go

The Murdochs have decided Bill O’Reilly’s 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end. According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O’Reilly’s departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him.

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7 Revelations from ‘Shattered’: New Book Detailing Hillary Clinton’s Failed Campaign

Obama reportedly urged a reluctant Clinton to concede – As Trump piled up wins in key battleground states, Clinton reportedly remained reluctant to concede the election. However, the book claims that Obama urged Clinton to declare defeat and not to “drag it out.” He allegedly reiterated this position to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, adding the importance of Clinton conceding with “dignity.”

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We Have Entered A Time When Islamic Terrorists Will Be Specifically Targeting Christians And Churches In America

One Sunday morning you may be sitting there peacefully with your family during what seems like a perfectly normal church service when a team of men dressed in camo comes storming in and starts shooting at people indiscriminately with automatic weapons.  Once upon a time, such a thing would have been absolutely unimaginable in America, but now things have completely changed.  In fact, as you will see below, something like this almost happened a little over a week ago at a hotel in South Dakota where approximately 500 people had gathered for a Christian conference.  This is a time when ministries are going to have to start paying extra attention to security, because Islamic terrorists are going to be specifically targeting Christians and churches. (Read More…)


By 2020 Two-Thirds Of Wild Animals Will Have Been Wiped Out Over A 50 Year Period As Mass Die-Offs Accelerate All Over The Planet

It has been called “the long extinction”.  Our planet is in the process of dying, and as you will see below, this process of death and destruction appears to be accelerating.  According to a report that was put out by the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London, the number of wild animals around the globe appears to be decreasing at a rate of about 2 percent a year.  2 percent may not sound like a lot to you, but over 10 years that would mean that 20 percent of all wild animals in the world would be gone.  And according to that same report, it is being projected that the total loss of wildlife during the 50 year period from 1970 to 2020 will be a staggering 67 percent(Read More…)


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Federal authorities have open investigations into radical Islamic terrorists in all 50 states, according to the Department of Homeland Security, which is warning that the threat of terrorism in the United States has reached an all time high with radicalized individuals in the country plotting to strike “each and every single day.”

The FBI has “open terrorist investigations in all 50 states,” according to DHS Secretary John Kelly, who disclosed on Tuesday that there have been at least 37 “ISIS-linked plots to attack our country” since 2013, a number that shows no signs of diminishing.

Kelly, in his first wide-ranging public address on the threat of terrorism in America since taking office, warned that America’s borders remain wide-open and that there is evidence terror-linked individuals are exploiting these national security weaknesses and entering the United States.

“We don’t know their intentions,” Kelly said during an address at George Washington University. “We don’t know why they’re here or why they’re coming. We are completely blind to what they’re capable of.”


UK National Union Of Teachers Says LGBTQ Lifestyle Be Promoted To Children Starting At Age 2

Transgender lifestyles and same-sex relationships should be ‘promoted’ to children as young as two to reduce hate crime, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has said.

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:26,27 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: For starters, it is very appropriate that the acronym for the National Union of Teachers is NUT, these people are out of their mind. But it reveals the global agenda of recruiting children to bolster the ranks of the LGBTQ seeing as recruitment is their only avenue for growth. 

Delegates at the union’s national conference in Cardiff on Monday voted for its members to teach about ‘LGBT+’ issues and lifestyles to toddlers starting from nursery school. Teachers bemoaned a “lack of policies which promote LGBT+ within schools”, which they allege has a “significant negative impact” on the well-being of students and teachers who are homosexual or transgender.

It was revealed last month that primary schools will likely be legally obliged to teach pupils about same-sex couples as part of the mandatory relationships curriculum that is due to begin from 2019.

But the NUT says the amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill doesn’t go far enough, calling for “age-appropriate content” on the subject at an even younger age, and for secondary school pupils to be taught more about safe sex in gay relationships.

Kevin Courtney, NUT General Secretary. Speech to Annual Conference. Cardiff 2017

NUT executive committee member Annette Pryce slammed a “right wing, religious lobby”, which she blamed for having prevented ministers from proposing a more “inclusive” agenda for sex education.

“Generations of young LGBTQ people who have been failed by the system are still not told explicitly in the law that their lives are important too,” Pryce said.

They urged ministers to make proposed sex and relationship education (SRE) “inclusive” to so that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students “are told explicitly in the law that their lives are important too”.

“It is high time that PSHE and SRE – including LGBT+ education – is recognised as an essential part of the school curriculum,” NUT general secretary Kevin Courtney told the conference.

“It is important for a modern forward-thinking society to understand and embrace differences within our communities.

“The alternative is many pupils being isolated, bullied or misinformed and, for many, there is an impact on health and well-being that can last well beyond school years,” he warned.

While teaching sex and relationships is not compulsory for nurseries, it is thought that NUT members working in daycare facilities for two to four-year-olds could introduce it voluntarily.

The Church of England announced that they support the introduction of statutory sex education in schools, and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has previously said that children should be taught to “revere” and “honour” LGBT people despite the Church’s centuries-old teaching that homosexual acts are a sin.

Chief executive at Christian Concern Andrea Williams, however, argued that teaching sex and relationships education (SRE) to four-year-olds would be “devastating” and risks “robbing them of their innocence”. source


Today’s BIG NINE News Brief from Against Crony Capitalism (4-19-2017)

1. Republicans avoid big loss by forcing runoff in Ga. House race (Washington Post)

2. Key GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz will not seek re-election (CNBC)

3. GOP divide over Obamacare bill deepens over Easter recess (Washington Examiner)

4. Fox News won’t confirm O’Reilly’s return (Politico)

5. Mnuchin Says Trump Is “Absolutely Not” Trying To Talk Down The Dollar (Reuters)

6. Snap election approved by MPs  (BBC)

7. AG Sessions: 10,000 MS-13 Gang Members in USA; ‘We’re Going After Them’ (CNS News)

8. Tom Brady to miss White House ceremony honoring Patriots (USA Today)

9.The best cell phone in the world, right now. And it’s not an iPhone. (The Verge)


Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 19, 2017

The Democrat Went Down in Georgia

They were looking for a House seat to steal. They were in a bind and way behind, and willing to make a deal.

The Foundation

“In reality there is perhaps no one of our natural Passions so hard to subdue as Pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will now and then peek out and show itself.” —Benjamin Franklin (1771)


Top News – 4/19/2017

MUTANT WASPS: New strain of RED-EYED insects created by scientists
Enter the relatively new CRISPR technology, which allows scientists to inject components such as RNA and proteins into an organism with instructions to find, cut and mutate a specific piece of DNA. Then researchers can see how disrupting that DNA affects the organism.

Media vs. reality on Trump’s first 100 days
The president isn’t the only one who disagrees with the major media’s assessment of his administration’s performance to date. A dissenting opinion was offered by author, screenwriter and political analyst Michael Walsh in a Saturday commentary he penned in the New York Post headlined “Trump’s first 100 days have been better than you think.” The article listed areas where Walsh maintained the Trump administration has already made a number of accomplishments or significant progress.

Philippine leader may launch ‘invasion’ of Abu Sayyaf’s island lair
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Wednesday he might “invade” an island stronghold of the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf to “finish the game” following a thwarted attempt by the group to kidnap tourists on a resort island last week. “All army, navy, will go there. It will be a fight. That’s what they want, I will give it.”

New York State to establish hate crimes task force
The task force, which will identify and investigate hate crimes and discriminatory practices, will be established using $1 million set aside in the new state budget passed earlier this month, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. It will be made up of members of the New York State Police, who will work with the state Division of Human Rights, prosecutors and local school and law enforcement officials

ASTEROID FLYBY TODAY
Approaching from the direction of the sun, mountain-sized asteroid 2015 JO25 is flying past Earth today, April 19th, approximately 1.8 million km away. NASA says there is no danger of a collision. This unusually bright space rock is about twice as reflective as the Moon. Amateur astronomers may be able to see it in backyard telescopes as a magnitude 11 speck of light during and after the flyby.

Russian envoy, Foreign Ministry to discuss recognition of J’lem as capital
Russia’s Ambassador to Israel Alexander Shein is expected to meet in the coming days with senior Foreign Ministry officials to discuss the significance of its surprise announcement earlier this month to recognize west Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state. Shein is expected to tell his interlocutors that Moscow now recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and that it expects that east Jerusalem will be the capital of a Palestinian state in any future agreement.

Venezuela slams nations for ‘meddling’ over protest call
Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has criticised as “rude meddling” a joint communique by 11 Latin American countries calling on Venezuela’s government to “guarantee the right to peaceful protest”. The 11 countries also condemned the death of six people in anti-government marches this month. The opposition is planning a mass protest for Wednesday.

Syria war: Evacuations resume after deadly bombing
Evacuations from two government-held areas of Syria have resumed, monitors and reports say, days after an attack on a convoy carrying evacuees killed 126 people, many of them children. Some 3,000 people have left the north-western villages of Foah and Kefraya, which have been surrounded by rebels.

FBI Investigating Radical Terrorists in All 50 States as Threats Hit Peak
Federal authorities have open investigations into radical Islamic terrorists in all 50 states, according to the Department of Homeland Security, which is warning that the threat of terrorism in the United States has reached an all time high with radicalized individuals in the country plotting to strike “each and every single day.” The FBI has “open terrorist investigations in all 50 states,” according to DHS Secretary John Kelly…

Russia claims it can wipe out entire US Navy with a single ‘electronic bomb’
RUSSIA has claimed it can disable the entire US Navy in one fell swoop using powerful electronic signal jamming. A news report from the country – where the media is essentially controlled by the state – said the technology could render planes, ships and missiles useless. The newsreader says: “Today, our Russian Electronic Warfare (REW) troops can detect and neutralise any target from a ship’s system and a radar, to a satellite.”

French police find bombs, make arrests over ‘planned presidential election attack’
French police say they have foiled an imminent attack leading up to the presidential election, with the arrest of two men in Marseille on Tuesday. Explosives and multiple weapons were found at the suspects’ flat in the southern port city. The two Frenchmen, one born in 1987 and the other in 1993, had met while sharing a prison cell and were known to police as having converted to radical Islam, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said at a press conference.

U.S. top court to hear key religious rights case involving Missouri church
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear a closely watched dispute over supplying taxpayer money to religious entities in which a church accuses Missouri of violating its religious rights by denying it state funds for a playground project. The case, which examines the limits of religious freedom under the U.S. Constitution, is one of the most important before the court in its current term.

China’s Xi restructures military, consolidates control
Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced a military restructure of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to transform it into a leaner fighting force with improved joint operations capability, state media said. Centered around a new, condensed structure of 84 military units, the reshuffle builds on Xi’s years-long efforts to modernize the PLA with greater emphasis on new capabilities including cyberspace, electronic and information warfare.

Latest ISIS recruit video shows young school-aged boy participating in execution
Islamic State has released a new graphic and disturbing propaganda video, featuring a boy who appears to be about 6 or 7 years old and participating in a double beheading, believed to take place in Raqqa, Syria. In the video, the young boy can be seen wearing camouflaged clothing and a black headscarf as he speaks directly to the camera while he holds two large knives, which he eventually hands off to two Islamic State executioners who each go on to behead a prisoner.

Three People Killed In Fresno Shooting Spree; Shooter Screamed “Allahu Akbar”, Hated “White People”
Three people were killed after a man went on a shooting spree Tuesday in central Fresno, randomly shooting at four white men, killing three, before he was arrested. The 39-year-old suspect, identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, shouted “Allahu Akbar” as police tackled him to the ground after the shootings which were spread over four locations.

Las Vegas, hoping to stem HIV and hepatitis, to get needle vending machines
Las Vegas is preparing to be the first city in the nation with vending machines dispensing clean needles in an effort to help combat the spread of hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, while also possibly leading some drug users into treatment.

Pentagon Considers Shooting Down North Korea Missile Tests
Just when a few hours had passed without any escalation around the Korean Peninsula, The Guardian reports that the US military is considering shooting down North Korean missile tests as a show of strength to Pyongyang according to two sources briefed on the plans.

US Fighter Jets Intercept Two Russian Tactical Bombers 100 Miles Away From Alaska
The U.S. Air Force scrambled two F-22 stealth fighters on Monday night to intercept a pair of Russian nuclear-capable bombers which came as close as 100 miles from Alaska’s Kodiak Island, Fox reports. This was the first time since President Trump took office that Moscow has sent bombers so close to the U.S.

6 times the world was on the edge of nuclear war
As tensions between North Korean and the US heighten fears of a nuclear war, here are the times the world has come perilously close to annihilation only to be saved by smart diplomacy, incompetence or good luck.

New Bill O’Reilly Accuser Says He Called Her “Hot Chocolate” and Leered
Another woman is telling Fox News her story of harassment at the hands of O’Reilly, according to attorney Lisa Bloom.

Conservative Conference Threatened By Heavily-Armed Muslim Man
A conference held on April 9 on Christian and conservative issues in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was threatened by a Muslim man carrying multiple firearms. He attended the conference and posted numerous videos on his Facebook page, including a display of the multiple assault-style rifles, pistols and ammunition he was carrying on his person and in his van.


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UK PM Theresa May Champions Role of Christianity in British Society
UK PM Theresa May Champions Role of Christianity in British Society
by Veronica Neffinger
The UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, stressed in her Easter address the importance of the role Christianity plays in British society.
Family of Man Killed in Facebook Live Video Extends Forgiveness to Murderer
Family of Man Killed in Facebook Live Video Extends Forgiveness to Murderer
by Veronica Neffinger
The family of a man killed in a video live-streamed to Facebook has asked the murderer to turn himself in, but also extended forgiveness to him.

President Trump Addresses Persecution and Religious Freedom in Weekend Message
President Trump Addresses Persecution and Religious Freedom in Weekend Message
by Scott Slayton
President Donald Trump focused on the celebrations of Easter and Passover in his weekly address.

Assad Regime Reportedly Holding Syrian Boy in Viral Video under House Arrest
Assad Regime Reportedly Holding Syrian Boy in Viral Video under House Arrest
by Amanda Casanova
Omran Daqneesh, the Syrian boy who became a symbol for civilian suffering after the photograph of him sitting covered in airstrike debris went viral, is reportedly being held under house arrest by the Bashar Assad regime.

Planned Parenthood to Give Hillary Clinton 'Champion of the Century' Award
Planned Parenthood to Give Hillary Clinton ‘Champion of the Century’ Award
by Veronica Neffinger
Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be given an award from Planned Parenthood at the organization’s centennial gala on May 2, 2017.

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: April 19

  • As Trump warned N. Korea, ‘armada’ headed to Australia (Read More)
  • Threat of Carrier Heading to Koreas Wasn’t All It Seemed (Read More)
  • Markets Start to Ponder the $13 Trillion Asset Gorilla in the Room (Read More)
  • Investors’ Nightmare Scenario Takes Shape in French Election (Read More)
  • Venezuelan opposition to hold ‘mother of all marches’ against Maduro (Read More)
  • U.S. says Iran complies with nuke deal but orders review on lifting sanctions (Read More)
  • Ryan’s Best Hope to Avoid a Shutdown: Making Friends With Pelosi (Read More)
  • Pence says working with allies to put pressure on North Korea (Read More)
  • Fox News Is Preparing to Cut Ties With Bill O’Reilly (Read More)
  • China gathers state-led consortium for Aramco IPO (Read More)
  • Le Pen Tries to Steer Far-Right Party Into Mainstream (Read More)
  • Ferrari Roars Back in China as Rich Snub Xi’s Austerity Push (Read More)
  • U.S. states considering alternative execution methods face legal hurdles (Read More)
  • Homebuilders Could Be Losers in Early Test of Trump Trade Policy (Read More)
  • Missing Billionaire Has Ties to China’s Military (Read More)
  • China sees higher risk of mass unemployment, pledges more support (Read More)
  • The Life of an Apple Supplier Is Getting Even Tougher (Read More)
  • Barkindo says OPEC, non-OPEC committed to restore market stability (Read More)
  • Insurance Customers Will Have to Get Used to Talking to Machines (Read More)

Top Headlines – 4/19/2017

Russian envoy, Foreign Ministry to discuss recognition of J’lem as capital

Opening of UN files on Holocaust will ‘rewrite chapters of history’

New book says Hitler was an indicted war criminal at death

Israeli economy ranked 3rd most stable in the world for 2016

Hamas blames Abbas for Gaza power plant shutdown

Terrorist arrested after attempting to stab a police officer in Damascus Gate in Jerusalem

Iran shows off new air defense systems, declares ‘Death to Israel’

Rouhani: Iran does not need ‘permission to build missiles’

Trump administration says Iran complying with nuclear deal

How Iran enables Syria’s chemical warfare against civilians

Shooting at Mt. Sinai Egyptian monastery kills policeman

Islamic State claims attack on Egypt police checkpoint

Double threat? ISIS and Al Qaeda are in talks to join forces, Iraq’s VP says

US-led air strikes in Syria kill at least 20 civilians

Asma al-Assad is a cheerleader for evil. Her UK citizenship should be revoked

Meet Asma al-Assad, the ‘First Lady of Hell’ and glamorous wife of Syria’s murderous dictator Bashar

As Iraqi Forces Encircle Mosul, ISIS Unleashes New Level Of Brutality On Civilians

UN: Civilians trapped in Mosul could face worst catastrophe in Iraq conflict

Will death penalty be the death knell for EU-Turkey talks? Talk by Erdogan of reinstating capital punishment after his referendum victory has Europeans reeling

UN rights chief alarmed over Burundi militia ‘rape’ song

French authorities arrest two radicals for ‘imminent attack’

Man kills 3 people in shootings in downtown Fresno; officials probe any terror links

Fresno gunman who randomly killed 3 men screamed ‘Allahu Akbar,’ police say

Police Chief: Fresno killings are a hate crime

Fresno shooting rampage: Suspect who shot dead 3 wanted to kill as many people as possible, police say

Getty Center evacuated after bomb threat; LAPD investigating

FBI Investigating Radical Terrorists in All 50 States as Threats Hit Peak

Hawaii Lawmakers Push To Re-Open Fallout Shelters Amid Nuclear War Fears

US Deploys Two More Aircraft Carriers Toward Korean Peninsula: Yonhap

US military considers shooting down North Korea missile tests, sources say

North Korea accuses US of creating situation for nuclear war

How has North Korea managed to build a massive military stockpile?

US, Japan agree China should play larger role on North Korea

Pence reassures Japan of U.S. resolve on North Korea, to work with China

Russian bombers fly near Alaska; Air Force scrambles jets

US to hold UN human rights meeting – after deal with Russia

Germany, Russia, Ukraine, France discuss Ukraine peace deal

Theresa May announces snap general election on June 8 to ‘make a success of Brexit’

New details emerge in theft of Ga. voting machines

Asylum applications in Mexico surge after Trump election win

Trump orders review of visa program to encourage hiring Americans

New Zealand tightens immigration rules in ‘Kiwi-first’ crackdown

White House Pushes Link Between Immigrants and Crime

Teens allegedly plotted to ‘kill everyone’ at their middle school, court documents say

Man accused of Facebook video killing said he ‘just snapped’

US Facebook video killer commits suicide during police chase

Zuckerberg vows work to prevent next ‘Facebook killer’

Facebook Gives Staff Green Light to Join May 1 Political Protests

Malaysia Air Is First Airline to Track Fleet With Satellites

Space debris problem getting worse, say scientists

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Iquitos, Peru

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Calama, Chile

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

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Poas volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Potentially violent storms, tornadoes to eye southern US Friday to Sunday

Digital Addiction: The addiction that’s ‘worse than alcohol or drug abuse’

Digital Spring Cleaning: Digital Detoxing

Frog snot gives hope for flu cure

Las Vegas, hoping to stem HIV and hepatitis, to get needle vending machines

Why Such Silence in Our Churches? 90% of pastors do not preach or teach about the return of our King, the Lord Jesus

Mike Ratliff – Godly Transformation

Why Did Bondslaves Have Their Ear Pierced?

Smoldering Man Bun Preacher Cody Bobay

‘Bible Answer Man’ Booted From Bott Radio Network After Hank Hanegraaff Joins Orthodox Church

Pastor Preached on Holiness Then Dismissed Ex-Gov. Robert Bentley From First Baptist Church

Abortionist Identifies as a Christian, Believes He’s Promoting ‘Justice’ and ‘Human Dignity’

Former FEC Chairwoman Calls for ‘Regulations’ of Political Speech on the Internet

North Korea may now possess between 10 and 25 nuclear weapons

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 08:19 AM PDT

Three weeks before becoming president, Donald Trump weighed in on the threat of North Korea developing a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the U.S.: “It…

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75-Year-Old Vet Acquitted for Illegally Handing Out Napkin-Sized Flags at VA…

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 08:16 AM PDT

A 75-year-old military veteran was acquitted Tuesday of illegally hanging an American flag on the fence of a Veterans Affairs facility in West Los Angeles…

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Horrific Plot Revealed By Teens Regarding Classmates at their middle school

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 08:10 AM PDT

A trio of teens was charged with a violent plot to “kill everyone and anyone” at their Michigan middle school, according to court records. Lapeer…

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Leah Remini Warns Of Church of Scientology Destroying People’s Lives

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 07:59 AM PDT

Actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini says the Church of Scientology is out to “destroy people’s lives” if they criticize the controversial religious sect. Remini…

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When God Diverts Your Path!

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 07:51 AM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will show you how many times in our walk with God the Lord will deliberately allow us to…

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DAYS OF LOT: Controversial ‘three-parent baby’ fertility technique takes off in Mexico City

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 07:46 AM PDT

Sitting in his spotless office in the New Hope Fertility Clinic in Mexico City, soft music playing in the hallway in the background, Doctor Alejandro…

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Rue 21 Announces It Will Be Closing 400 Stores Nationwide

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 07:40 AM PDT

The retail apocalypse just continues as Teen fashion retailer Rue21 is making it hard to figure out which of its stores are closing. So we’ve…

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Pence Vows ‘Overwhelming & Effective’ Response to Any North Korean Attack!

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 06:30 AM PDT

US Vice President Mike Pence has issued a fresh warning to North Korea, saying that Washington will counter any potential attack with an “overwhelming and…

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Las Vegas’ HIV prevention initiatives include installing syringe vending machines

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 06:22 AM PDT

Las Vegas is probably not the first place one thinks of when asked to name a U.S. city that is fast becoming a leader in…

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Bright Meteor Over Queensland, Australia Shakes Houses, Sounds Like Crack of Thunder

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 06:19 AM PDT

Ther have been reports of a house-shaking thud in Killarney after the meteorite was spotted in our skies last night.  Our sister paper, the Warwick…

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Loud and Mysterious Bang Leaves Residents In New South Wales Looking to the Heavens

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 06:13 AM PDT

Lower Clarence residents were looking to the heavens last night after a loud, mysterious bang was heard in Maclean, Townsend, Gulmarrad, Wooli and Ashby shortly…

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Wisconsin Police Station Removes ‘Officer’s Prayer’ Amid Pressure From Atheist Group

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 06:07 AM PDT

A police station in Wisconsin has removed a “Police Officer’s Prayer” display after the nation’s largest secular legal organization filed a complaint that argued the…

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Stephen Baldwin Performs First ‘Spirit-Filled’ Performance as Thief on the Cross

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 06:02 AM PDT

Actor and popular Baldwin brother Stephen Baldwin says that after many years in acting he finally performed his first spirit-filled performance in the new film,…

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North Korea Releases Video Displaying Missiles Striking the United States

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:53 AM PDT

North Korea put on a musical show to mark the birthday of founding father Kim Il Sung, which ended with a mock-up video of missiles…

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French police discover bombs, make arrests over ‘planned presidential election attack’

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:50 AM PDT

French police say they have foiled an imminent attack leading up to the presidential election, with the arrest of two men in Marseille on Tuesday….

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Does the Book of Daniel Predict Assad’s Downfall?

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:46 AM PDT

“And Hashem said unto her: Two nations are in thy womb, and two peoples shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall…

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Scientists discover strange and worrying crack in one of Greenland’s largest glaciers

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:43 AM PDT

Scientists examining satellite images of one of Greenland’s largest glaciers believe they have found an unexpected new crack in its floating ice shelf that could…

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Christians remain world’s largest religious group, but they are declining in Europe

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 05:38 AM PDT

Christians remained the largest religious group in the world in 2015, making up nearly a third (31%) of Earth’s 7.3 billion people, according to a…

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Beware of This False Gospel Infiltrating the Church

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 08:12 PM PDT

(By F. Dean Hackett) Have you ever been driving and come upon a road sign that said, “Danger Ahead: No access”? Did you look down…

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Strong 6.0 Earthquake Strikes Northern Peru, Felt Throughout Region

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 08:04 PM PDT

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake has struck an Amazonian region of northern Peru. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, though the quake could…

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Strange Trumpet Sounds Heard In Skies Of Roswell, New Mexico

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 07:59 PM PDT

Strange sounds have been recorded from around the world since around 2011 and now the latest has been recorded in New Mexico. What are these…

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Dinosaur Eggs with Embryos Inside Discovered in Argentina

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 07:51 PM PDT

Archaeologists in Argentina have announced the discovery of several dinosaur eggs – believed to be nearly 70 million years old and with the remainders of…

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Legendary giant shipworm discovered in the Philippines for the first time

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 07:48 PM PDT

The centuries-old legend of the giant shipworm has finally been debunked by scientists. The international team of researchers investigated the first living giant shipworm –…

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‘Dangerous’ new trend: Angry mobs of U.S. students shut down speech

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 07:41 PM PDT

Liberal groupthink is nothing new on college campuses, but resorting to violence and intimidation to stifle views contrary to the progressive orthodoxy is a dangerous…

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Reports Of Modern Day Miracle as Pack Of Lions Reportedly Saved Christians

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 07:34 PM PDT

The chief of a Christian ministry that works underground because of its outreach into Muslim-dominant communities in the Middle East is reporting a startling claim…

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Digital Addictions Now Surpass Alcohol and Drugs

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 07:25 PM PDT

If you can’t seem to resist a scroll through your Facebook or Instagram feed during working hours, or if you feel anxious when you can’t…

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By 2020 Two-Thirds Of Wild Animals Will Have Been Wiped Out Over A 50 Year Period As Mass Die-Offs Accelerate All Over The Planet

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 05:58 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) It has been called “the long extinction”.  Our planet is in the process of dying, and as you will see below,…

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Russia claims ‘electronic bomb’ can wipe out entire US Navy…

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 05:51 PM PDT

Russia has claimed it can disable the entire US Navy in one fell swoop using powerful electronic signal jamming. A news report from the country…

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North Korea has managed to build a massive military stockpile

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 05:48 PM PDT

From the outside North Korea looks like an impoverished state cut off from the rest of the world. But during its weekend procession, the isolated…

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FBI Investigating Radical Terrorists in All 50 States as Threats Hit Peak

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 05:43 PM PDT

Federal authorities have open investigations into radical Islamic terrorists in all 50 states, according to the Department of Homeland Security, which is warning that the…

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US military considers shooting down North Korea missile tests

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 01:43 PM PDT

The US military is considering shooting down North Korean missile tests as a show of strength to Pyongyang, two sources briefed on the planning have…

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Pastor and Scientist Now Searching For Jesus’ Descendants

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 01:32 PM PDT

A pastor and scientist have teamed up to find Jesus’ living relatives. Joel Basile, lead pastor of Encounter Road Church in California, and Oxford University…

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DEVELOPING: At Least 3 people Gunned Down in Downtown Fresno, California

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 01:20 PM PDT

A man has gunned down three people in downtown Fresno on Tuesday before surrendering to authorities, the Fresno Police Department said. The suspect was identified…

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Young Professionals Quietly Transforming Muslim-Majority Central Asia for Christ

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 01:15 PM PDT

The growth of Islamic extremism helped make 2016 the worst year ever for Christian persecution. For example, Christians in a predominantly Muslim region of Central…

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DAYS OF NOAH: Will Editing Your Baby’s Genes Be Mandatory?

Posted: 18 Apr 2017 01:11 PM PDT

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

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Apr. 18, 2017 |

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Vice President Mike Pence pressed South Korea and Japan for better trade terms even as he affirmed U.S. support for its Asian allies in dealing with North Korea.

Conservative activists and House Republican leaders want to eliminate a trillion-dollar tax break that mostly benefits wealthy filers in Democratic states, a push that could further imperil President Donald Trump’s hopes of winning bipartisan support for a tax overhaul.

French security authorities arrested two men in the southern city of Marseille for planning an attack during the presidential race, Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said.

Emirates has seen U.S. traffic slip following President Donald Trump’s efforts to ban travel from six Muslim-majority countries and restrict electronics on flights from Mideast airports.

Australia will tighten temporary skilled migration visas, scrapping the current 457 program used by almost 100,000 people, as the country’s labor market weakens and anti-immigration sentiment spreads among developed nations.

Ten minutes into his first argument as a justice, Justice Neil Gorsuch suggested that both sides in a case involving federal employees were misreading the key federal law. Gorsuch proved to be an aggressive questioner, one tightly focused on statutory wording and perhaps even willing to start what a fellow justice described as a “revolution” in a given area of law.

Oil dropped to the lowest in more than a week on signs U.S. output is rebounding, undermining OPEC’s efforts to clear a global glut.

Bank of America Corp. posted a 40 percent surge in first-quarter profit, fueled by stronger trading revenue, and added employees for the first time in more than five years as Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan expressed optimism about the U.S. economy.

AP Top Stories

Russia warned Washington against launching a unilateral strike on North Korea, after US Vice President Mike Pence said the era of “strategic patience” with Pyongyang was over.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said the Trump administration’s timetable for tax reform is set to falter following setbacks in negotiations with Congress over healthcare. Mnuchin told the Financial Times that the target to get tax reforms through Congress and on President Donald Trump’s desk before August was “highly aggressive to not realistic at this point”.

The death toll from the collapse of a massive garbage mound near Sri Lanka’s capital rose to 26 on Sunday, and activists said 20 more people could still be buried underneath the debris.

Vice President Pence called N. Korea’s latest missile test a “provocation,” and Sen. John McCain noted even though it was a failure, the Pyongyang learns something new with every launch.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have now legalized medical marijuana. And eight states – including Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska – plus D.C. have passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana. West Virginia, which has passed a medical marijuana bill, is poised to legalize medical weed as early as this week. And with lawmakers in other states moving to put marijuana laws on the books, the legal weed movement is growing.

On his first trip as U.S defense secretary to parts of the Middle East and Africa, Jim Mattis will focus on the fight against Islamic State and articulating President Donald Trump’s policy toward Syria, officials and experts say.

Darknets – the often seamy counterparts of the internet that are accessible only through special programs that help to ensure privacy and anonymity – may be far more resilient to attack than the internet, a new study finds.

Violet Brown spent much of her life cutting sugarcane in the fields around her home in western Jamaica. She attended church regularly, avoids pork and chicken and celebrated her 117th birthday last month. On Saturday, she is believed to have become the world’s oldest living person following the death of Emma Morano of Italy, born Nov. 29, 1899.

Venezuela’s defense minister declared the army’s loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro, who ordered troops into the streets ahead of a major protest by opponents trying to oust him.

In a key moment for the Ukrainian crisis, the UN’s highest court will rule Wednesday on a bid by Kiev to stop Russia allegedly pumping money, arms and troops into the country’s war-torn east.

BBC

Visitors to the Russian defense ministry website can now take a “virtual tour” of a new military base in a remote region of the Arctic. Such media openness contrasts markedly with Russia’s traditional military secrecy. However, the tour does not show any new military hardware.

The top court in Arkansas has halted two executions that were due to start a series of seven in 11 days. Their lawyers had argued they were mentally unfit to face execution and were denied proper assessment. But there was a victory for the state when a federal court lifted an order that blocked all seven executions.

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has criticized as “rude meddling” a joint communique by 11 Latin American countries calling on Venezuela’s government to “guarantee the right to peaceful protest”.

WND

The Internal Revenue Service, the much-feared federal agency, has been ordered by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to open its records to groups victimized by its obstruction of conservative political activist groups seeking tax-exempt status prior to the 2012 election.

A Muslim man entered a private gathering of Christians in a hotel ballroom in South Dakota, started cursing and livestreaming video on Facebook of the event and then, after he was ushered out, displayed multiple firearms and issued statements the speakers say were a direct threat to their safety.

A new Army Field Manual has been published that concedes the U.S. military dominance in cyberspace is “gradually eroding,” according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.


The Briefing 04-18-17

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18 Apr 2017 – Top News

North Korea Is Refusing Communications With China.
This is an interesting development and not a good one. It seems North Korea will not accept China’s offer of a meeting. It sounds like Lil’ Kim is isolating his Country from his closest friend and supporter. China is becoming very troubled over this. I am very troubled over this, as it insinuates a turn for the worse in Kim’s mood and trust in his ally.

SPOTTED: Putin ‘moves military forces’ to North Korea border as world prepares for WAR
Russia has reportedly moved military vehicles towards the city, which is within striking distance of North Korea. The dramatic move, unconfirmed by the Russian government, was spotted by residents in the border city and posted on social media.

Earthquake ROCKS major cities across Pakistan
A HUGE earthquake struck cities across Pakistan in the early hours of Tuesday morning
Panicked residents came out of their homes and started reciting verses from the Quran, according to Dunya News, after the 5.5 magnitude quake struck just after 3am local time (22.03 GMT).

New CRISPR-based diagnostic platform unveiled
A team of scientists has adapted a CRISPR protein that targets RNA (rather than DNA) as a rapid, inexpensive, highly sensitive diagnostic tool with the potential for a transformative effect on research and global public health.

Trump to seek changes in visa program to encourage hiring Americans
Two senior Trump administration officials who briefed reporters at the White House said Trump will also use the “buy American and hire American” order to seek changes in government procurement practices to increase the purchase of American products in federal contracts. Trump is to sign the order when he visits the world headquarters of Snap-On Inc, a tool manufacturer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The Jewish pyramid of Adullam
Archeologist Dr. Orit Peleg-Barkat of Hebrew University is studying the pyramid and describes the structure’s size as rare and monumental. “The length of the base sides of the pyramid are 10 meters and the height is about 3 meters,” said Dr. Peleg-Barkat. “The pyramid was built near a Jewish settlement from the time of the Second Temple and there is a high probability that it is a Jewish cemetery.” While ancient peoples all over the world have built pyramids, what is the connection to Jews?

Fact Checking Obama’s Phony Legacy
These are not complicated lies, and not based in nuance. The Obama administration misled the American people, and Bashar Assad’s apparent recent sarin gas attack has made this impossible to ignore. Arguably, the Post is not willingly covering Obama’s tarnished legacy. Rather, it has been backed into a corner by world events.

US-led air strikes in Syria kill at least 20 civilians
A war monitor said air strikes, thought to be by planes from a US-led military coalition, killed at least 23 people in two parts of the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor on Monday. There was no immediate comment from the coalition which has said it tries to avoid civilian deaths in its bombing campaigns against Islamic State militants in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

Hamas blames Abbas for Gaza power plant shutdown
Hamas appealed to Ramallah on Monday to lift an onerous fuel tax which it said would force the Gaza power plant to shut down on Tuesday for the third day in a row. Lack of funds has left the Strip’s two million residents with only four to six hours of electricity per day, according to the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company.

North Korea ‘will test missiles weekly’, senior official tells BBC
North Korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the BBC in Pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the US. “We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol told the BBC’s John Sudworth. He said that an “all-out war” would result if the US took military action.

Australia to introduce stricter rules on working visas
Australia will introduce stricter visa requirements for skilled workers from overseas, the government said. The 457 visa programme is used mainly to hire foreign workers in the restaurant, IT and medical industries – the majority came from India, the UK and China. But PM Malcolm Turnbull said it will be abolished to prioritise the recruitment of Australian nationals.

May to seek snap election for 8 June
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June. She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum. Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.” There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday – she will need Parliament’s backing to hold a vote before 2020.

US Deploys Two More Aircraft Carriers Toward Korean Peninsula
According to a report by South Korea’s primary news outlet, Yonhap, the Pentagon has directed a total of three US aircraft carriers toward the Korean Peninsula, citing a South Korean government source. Yonhap reports that in addition to the CVN-70 Carl Vinson…the CVN-76 Ronald Reagan…and the CVN-68 Nimitz carrier group…will enter the Sea of Japan next week. According to the senior government official. the US and South Korea are discussing joint drills, which will include the three aircraft carriers and other ships.

Former FEC Chairwoman Calls for ‘Regulations’ of Political Speech on the Internet
The former Federal Election Commission chairwoman Ann M. Ravel says that political speech must be controlled on social media. She presented her remarks in a speech at UC Berkeley, calling for regulations against “fake news.” Speaking at an event called “Future of Democracy,” Ravel argued the proliferation of “fake news” and political advertising on platforms like Facebook influenced elections. She warned that the lack of disclosure by the creators of these campaigns was becoming a huge problem.

Pence reassures Japan of U.S. resolve on North Korea, to work with China
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reassured Japan of American commitment to reining in North Korea’s nuclear and missile ambitions on Tuesday, after warning that U.S. strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed the strength of its resolve. Pence arrived in Tokyo from South Korea, where he assured leaders of an “iron-clad” alliance with the United States in the face of the reclusive North, which has conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

Trump to seek changes in visa program to encourage hiring Americans
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs. Two senior Trump administration officials who briefed reporters at the White House said Trump will also use the “buy American and hire American” order to seek changes in government procurement practices to increase the purchase of American products in federal contracts.

Stockman: The Trump Reflation Fantasy Ends On Day 100
“In honor of the Donald’s “Mother of All Bomb” (MOAB) attack on the Hindu Kush mountains Thursday, let me introduce MOAD. I’m referring to the “Mother of All Debt” crises, of course… The opening round is coming when Washington goes into shutdown mode on April 28, which happens to be Day 100 of the Donald’s reign.”

North Korea will carry out ‘more missile tests’ on a weekly basis official tells BBC
A senior North Korean official has stated that his country will continue to test missiles in spite of worldwide condemnation. “We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told the BBC’s John Sudworth in Pyongyang.

Hawaii Lawmakers Push To Re-Open Fallout Shelters Amid Nuclear War Fears
Hawaii lawmakers want state officials to update plans for coping with a nuclear attack as North Korea develops nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that can reach the islands.

Despite What They Say, GM’s Inventory Build Is Anything But ‘Normal’
GM says its inventory glut isn’t a sign of the auto industry’s impending implosion but rather a modest build up ahead of planned factory shut downs and retooling efforts later this summer…these facts would seem to paint a slightly different picture.

North Korea accuses US of creating situation for nuclear war
North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador accused the United States on Monday of turning the Korean Peninsula into “the world’s biggest hotspot” and creating “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment.”

Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke slams modern screen violence
Dick Van Dyke, who is currently filming Mary Poppins Returns, which is scheduled for release next year, has warned of his fears over the effects of “scary” video games and films on young children.


Remember the Housing Bubble of 2008? Meet the Car Loan Bubble of 2017

04-17-2017 • https://www.lewrockwell.com

After nearly a decade of being able to borrow money for next to nothing, interest rates are finally beginning to creep higher. Even the relatively small increases seen so far have caused problems in the previously booming automobile industry. The size of the auto loan market has ballooned to a historic 1.1 trillion dollars, and subprime lending has once again become the norm. Teaser offers that allow people to get cars with zero money down and 84-month financing have fueled a wave of irresponsible spending. Americans’ tendency to associate success with having nice things has driven many people who can’t afford to buy a house to get the next best thing — a brand new car.

car loan bubbleCredit: WolfStreet.com

The data released so far in 2017, however, has started to raise questions about how much longer these spending habits can last. There has been a significant drop in new car sales and a sharp increase in the delinquency rates of subprime borrowers. Inventories across the country have started to build up, and if things don’t turn around soon, the excess cars sitting on lots will eventually force prices lower. According to analysts at Morgan Stanley, price declines will also impact the used car market, and some predictions are calling for up to a  50% decline by 2021.


April 18, 2017
WES VERNON — President Trump has let it be known that he’s willing to sit down and talk coalition-speak with some Democrats on the Hill – – presumably some “reasonable” ones…. (more)

April 18, 2017
ALAN KEYES — During the past week or so, President Trump repeatedly set himself at odds with candidate Trump, frankly acknowledging that his campaign rhetoric was out of touch with reality. In every instance, the reversal brought him more into line with the Democrat/RINO left-leaning political culture he made a “huge” show of adamantly opposing during his run for the presidency…. (more)

April 17, 2017
A special report from the Accuracy in Media Center for Investigative Journalism
CLIFF KINCAID — The British Guardian posted a report on April 13 claiming that its sources now admit that the British spy agency GCHQ was digitally wiretapping Trump associates, going back to late 2015. This was presumably when the December 2015 Moscow meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lt. General Michael Flynn took place…. (more)

April 17, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump has been sucked into the abyss of the Washington “establishment” since his inauguration, prominent Republicans and Democrats charged Sunday morning, and whether that’s a positive development depends entirely on one’s political point of view…. (more)

April 17, 2017
NEWSMAX — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday visited a military base near the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea a day after the North conducted a failed missile launch…. (more)

April 17, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Carter Page, the Trump campaign’s onetime volunteer adviser on Russia, views with amazement how much a Democratic opposition research dossier has been increasingly embraced by the liberal power structure in Washington…. (more)

April 17, 2017
BYRON YORK — By all accounts, Jared Kushner, the husband of President Trump’s favorite daughter, has become an extraordinarily powerful man in the White House. To formally appoint Kushner a senior adviser, with a top security clearance, the president sought and received a Justice Department opinion declaring the White House exempt from federal anti-nepotism laws…. (more)

April 17, 2017

NEWSMAX — United Airlines is changing a company policy and will no longer allow crew members to displace customers already onboard an airplane. The change comes after a passenger, Dr. David Dao, was dragged from a fully-booked United Express flight in Chicago because he refused to give up his seat to make room for crew members…. (more)


April 16, 2017
ALAN KEYES — Happy Easter. Christ is Risen! Alleluia! This Holy Week, I am brought in mind of my Easter reflection from a few years ago, in which I cited a prominent religious spokesman:… (more)

April 16, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Atheists and progressives will tell you America is a secular nation, built on secular principles, and that it’s the job of the rising generations to make sure politics and religion never do meet. They’re wrong. They say that because they don’t want to submit to a higher authority. But just because the Founding Fathers didn’t want the government to establish a church – – didn’t want the country to become guided by the same type of zealotry that steers nations of Islam, for instance – – doesn’t mean they wanted God separated from governance…. (more)

April 16, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump delivered his weekly address Friday, noting the celebrations of Passover and Easter. “America is a nation of believers,” he said. “As families gather in houses of worship across the nation, we are grateful for the tremendous blessings of this nation, our home. We have a beautiful country, an abundant countryside, and an amazing people with a truly bright and wonderful future.”… (more)

April 16, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — As millions of Americans prepare to attend church Easter morning to celebrate Christ’s resurrection and their children are busy counting the treasure left them by the Easter Bunny, it might occur to a few folks to wonder how the most important event in the Bible ever got hooked up with an egg-pushing rabbit…. (more)

April 16, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES — North Korea launched a ballistic missile Sunday morning from near its submarine base in Sinpo on its east coast, but the launch was the latest in a series of failures just after liftoff, according to American and South Korean military officials…. (more)


April 16, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” Ronald Reagan famously described these as “the nine most terrifying words in the English language.” It may be time to propose a two-word corollary. “Trust us.”… (more)

April 16, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — An Arkansas judge attended two death-penalty protests on the same day that he issued an order blocking the state’s multiple executions, at one point allowing himself to be strapped to a cot in a simulation of an inmate slated to die by lethal injection…. (more)

April 15, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — The Epoch Times newspaper is currently running an editorial series called “The Dead End of Communism” that includes a detailed discussion of the diabolical, even Satanic, roots of Karl Marx, the father of communism. Looking at his writings in detail, the authors document how his goal was “to enact a sort of vengeance against heaven.” Contrary to his “progressive” profile, Marx hated humanity and life on earth. His appeal was that he promised a heaven on earth. But it turned out to be hell for those living under it…. (more)

April 15, 2017

NEWSMAX — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would “willingly” take his poverty-stricken nation to the “brink of war” with the United States – – though he knows he can’t win – – because it’d be an “unimaginable humiliation” to back down, according to a British analyst…. (more)


April 15, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Abandoning his tough talk on China and reversing himself on several other campaign themes, President Trump’s 12th week in office could go down as the moment he showed himself to be another establishment Republican, not the unconventional crockery-smashing raging bull he played on the stump…. (more)

April 15, 2017
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER — The world is agog at Donald Trump’s head-snapping foreign-policy reversal. He runs on a platform of America First. He renounces the role of world policeman. He excoriates parasitic foreigners that (I paraphrase) suck dry our precious bodily fluids – – and these are allies! On April 4, Trump declared: “I don’t want to be the president of the world. I’m the president of the United States. And from now on, it’s going to be America First.”… (more)

April 15, 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Conservatives were perplexed to learn this week that President Trump had suddenly signaled his support for the Export-Import Bank, an obscure government agency that free-market groups have long cast as Exhibit A for corporate welfare and that candidate Trump had once targeted for extinction…. (more)


April 15, 2017
BOB UNRUH — The powerful public interest legal firm American Center for Law and Justice is declaring war on the “deep state,” comprised of entrenched bureaucrats who apparently are using their position and power to try to undermine the president…. (more)

April 15, 2017
GARTH KANT — A government watchdog group is turning the tables on two key Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee who appear to be trying to block a probe into whether the Obama administration spied on the Trump team…. (more)

April 15, 2017
LEO HOHMANN — A Detroit physician was arrested earlier this week for performing the grisly practice of female genital mutilation on young girls in a first-of-its-kind case prosecuted in America. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, a Muslim physician and native of western India, performed the procedure, described as “barbaric” by U.S. Justice Department prosecutors, on girls ages 6 to 8…. (more)

April 15, 2017
NATIONAL REVIEW — Abortion advocates around the world and particularly in the United States are increasingly abandoning their professed political and moral adherence to “choice,” and instead adopting an agenda of coercion. Nowhere is this dangerous and calculated shift more evident than in their utter disdain for the freedom and fundamental rights of citizens who disagree with them…. (more)

April 14, 2017
SIENA HOEFLING — “That attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me. Big impact. That was a horrible, horrible thing.” – President Donald Trump, April 6, 2017. When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly used chemical weapons against his own people, U.S. President Donald Trump answered with punitive missiles. Assad violated previous agreements, said Trump, and the United States had a security interest “to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”… (more)

MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

APR. 18, 2017

Income Redistribution Day

Tax returns are due today, reminding all Americans once again of the need for comprehensive tax reform.

THE FOUNDATION

“Excessive taxation … will carry reason and reflection to every man’s door, and particularly in the hour of election.” —Thomas Jefferson (1798)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: April 18

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  • Trump appointee Gorsuch energetic in first U.S. high court arguments (Read More)
  • Pence Reaffirms U.S.-Japan Alliance Amid North Korea Provocations (Read More)
  • Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Said to Have Advised Trump Team (Read More)
  • Young White America Is Haunted by a Crisis of Despair (Read More)
  • Oil Prices Fall on Saudi Minister’s View of Output Deal (Read More)
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  • Democrats aim to ‘make Trump furious’ in Georgia election (Read More)
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  • Theranos Agrees to Two-Year Ban From Blood Testing (Read More)
  • Facebook murder suspect remains at large as police ask public for help (Read More)
  • Crude Oil Likely to Surge by $10, Citi Says (Read More)
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  • How to Top the iPhone? For Foxconn, It’s With TVs (Read More)
  • GOP Goes After Trillion-Dollar Democratic State Tax Deduction (Read More)
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  • Profits Parked in the Caribbean Jam U.S. Economic Data (Read More)
  • Arkansas Supreme Court Halts Two Executions Set for Monday Night (Read More)
  • Two held in France planned ‘violent’ attack ahead of elections (Read More)
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Top Headlines – 4/18/2017

US defense chief to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia to talk war aims

Abbas: ‘World must intervene to save lives of hunger strikers’

Hamas operative killed in tunnel collapse, Israel on guard

China urges correcting ‘historical injustice’ to allow Palestinian state

Russia says plans a meeting with U.S. and U.N. on Syria in Geneva: agencies

Assad said to be holding Syrian boy in heart-breaking photo under house arrest

Venezuela illegally issued 10,000 passports to Syrians, Iranians, report says

Thousands of migrants rescued in 3 days in Mediterranean

Turkey’s Erdogan declares referendum victory, opponents plan challenge

Turkish Referendum Was on ‘Unlevel Playing Field,’ Critics Say

Erdogan slams criticism of disputed Turkey poll

Turkey says Trump called Erdogan to congratulate on referendum win

Outcome of Turkey vote likely to further cool EU relations

European leaders say vote shows ‘deeply divided’ Turkey

Erdogan’s referendum victory spells the end of Turkey as we know it

Turkey cabinet agrees to extend emergency after referendum

Battling Turkish intimidation, Armenian genocide epic set for big screen

Iran says it will seek ‘no one’s permission’ to build up military

Photos of Iran’s new Qaher F-313 fighter jet prototype emerges

How North Korea’s Existence Depends on China’s Economic Support

US, North Korea tensions put China in a difficult position as peacemaker

Gen. Keane: China Has Taboo Option to Assassinate Kim Jong-un

North Korea ‘will test missiles weekly’, senior official tells BBC

North Korea: ‘Thermonuclear war may break out at any minute’

North Korea accuses US of creating situation for nuclear war

North Korean commandos ready to kidnap Americans, says defector

Pence: US era of strategic patience with North Korea over

White House warns North Korea not to test U.S. resolve, offering Syria and Afghanistan strikes as examples

Pence Talks Tough on North Korea, but US Stops Short of Drawing Red Line

Pentagon announces review of nuclear posture amid North Korea tensions

US Deploys Two More Aircraft Carriers Toward Korean Peninsula: Yonhap

China and Russia dispatch ships to shadow Donald Trump’s ‘armada’ as it approaches North Korean waters

Russia says hopes USA will not act unilaterally against North Korea

Putin calls for more investment given rouble fluctuations

Venezuela’s Maduro seeks to expand armed civilian militias

California judge questions Trump’s sanctuary city order

‘I will protect you from savage globalization!’ Le Pen tells voters ahead of presidential election

It’s France’s Turn to Worry About Election Meddling by Russia

Democrats throw millions, Hollywood punch into Georgia House race

Republicans dismiss ‘liberal activists’ behind angry town hall protests

President calls leading Democratic candidate for Georgia congressional seat ‘super Liberal’

Rumors about whereabouts of Facebook shooting suspect circulate online

10 serious crimes that were published on Facebook

Drones smuggling porn, drugs to inmates around the world

Fears Google Hire could allow employers to see your entire search history

If you think Atlanta traffic is terrible, it just got a whole heck of a lot worse – A section of another interstate buckled due to an underground gas leak

Get ready to watch the first-ever 360-degree livestream of a rocket launch

Asteroid to Fly Safely Past Earth on April 19

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Calama, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Jarm, Afghanistan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ozernovskiy, Russia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Turriabla volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

No relief in sight as heat wave continues to build across northern India

A new crack in one of Greenland’s largest glaciers has scientists’ attention

More Americans suffering from stress, anxiety and depression, study finds

Wearable sweat sensor could help diagnose disease

How Texas is beating the Supreme Court on abortion

Virginia Woman Accused of Self-Aborting Baby, Burying Dead Infant in Back Yard

An Atlanta Theater Faces Criticism for Gay Versions of Bible Stories

Supreme Court, including Gorsuch, to hear church-state case

Video – Interview with apologist Jackie Alnor as she relates the story of Hank Hanegraaff ‘s takeover of the Christian Research Institute

Worship or Worshiptainment?

Dear Christian Mason – A Resource for Addressing Masonry in Your Local Church

What is the historical evidence that Jesus Christ lived and died?

TBN Pulls Plug on “Shack” Author’s New Book—Sort of . . .

Book Exposes IRS 501c3 Church Scam

Alex Jones’ lawyer says right-wing conspiracy theorist’s bluster is all just an act

An Atlanta Theater Faces Criticism for Gay Versions of Bible Stories

Demon Possessed Hindus Storm Church With Police Help And Attack Christians During Services


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

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Russian state television has no doubt who is unpredictable enough to bring the world to war in the North Korean crisis, and it’s not the reclusive communist dictator Kim Jong-Un. According to Dmitry Kiselyov, the Kremlin’s top TV mouthpiece, the riskiest is Donald Trump, the man Russian officials and propagandists hailed just a few weeks ago as just the kind of leader the world needed.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch didn’t have much time to get up to speed on his new job. Only a week after being sworn in, Gorsuch will take the bench for the first time Monday, filling the space next to Justice Sonia Sotomayor and hearing arguments in three cases, with another four scheduled to follow later in the week. They include a clash Tuesday over the power of the Securities and Exchange Commission to recoup illegal profits and arguments Wednesday in a closely watched church-state dispute.

President Donald Trump explained the decision to not label China a currency manipulator, which reversed a promise he made during the election campaign, as a function of receiving Beijing’s help in reining in North Korea.

The U.S. Homeland Security secretary defended plans to hire thousands of additional immigration and border-control agents, saying the Trump administration’s lower bar on criminal behavior by undocumented immigrants merits a larger force.

A U.S. airstrike with the military’s largest non-nuclear bomb killed at least 36 militants in an attack on Islamic State positions in Afghanistan while also triggering a rift among some of the country’s current and former officials.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused the U.S. of concocting reports of a gas attack on a rebel-held village last week to justify military strikes against his forces. In his first public comments on the April 6 U.S. missile attacks, Assad told the Agence France-Presse news agency in Damascus that neither his troops, nor his government’s “firepower” has been affected.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is ordering a study of the U.S. electric grid, with an eye to examining whether policies that favor wind and solar energy are accelerating the retirement of coal and nuclear plants critical to ensuring steady, reliable power supplies.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw an elaborate military parade in the center of Pyongyang as the world watched for any provocations that risk sparking a conflict with the U.S.

The White House will no longer disclose logs of visitors to the 18-acre complex where President Donald Trump lives and works, Trump administration officials said Friday.

Vice President Pence encouraged China to take action against N. Korea while he met with troops a day after Kim Jong Un’s regime defied the Trump administration with a ballistic missile test.

AP Top Stories

Dubbed the Small Business Tax Equity Act, Curbelo’s bill, Rep. Carlos Curbelo is a two-term Republican from a South Florida district, would let legal pot dealers take advantage of the same tax deductions and credits as any other business, a move that industry experts say would slash the effective tax rates for weed dispensaries in half.

Just as Vice President Mike Pence took off for South Korea late Saturday, Kim Jong Un’s regime in neighboring North Korea test-fired a new missile. The launch, however, was a failure and the missile “blew up almost immediately,” according to the U.S. military.

The Italian coastguard and other boats rescued some 3,000 migrants from unseaworthy boats off the Libyan coast on Saturday, as the good weather pushes the numbers up. In all 35 rescue operations were launched during the day, with 15 of them still underway as night fell.

A study on AI biases reveals that not only does training an artificial brain create biases, but those leanings reinforce many societal issues regarding race and gender that plague humanity today.

A stalled population transfer resumed Saturday after a deadly explosion killed at least 100, including children, government supporters and opposition fighters, at an evacuation point – adding new urgency to the widely criticized operation.

Lawyers for the state of Arkansas fought on multiple legal fronts Monday to begin a series of double executions before a key sedative used in lethal injections expires at the end of the month.

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser met Afghan officials in Kabul on Sunday and said the new administration was weighing diplomatic, military and economic responses to its Taliban and Islamic State enemies in Afghanistan.

A Guatemalan man and two of his former co-workers have filed a federal lawsuit against a Tennessee landscaping company, accusing the firm of trafficking immigrants for forced labor.

BBC

More than 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails have begun a mass hunger strike against detention conditions.

A huge range of security weaknesses, said to be worth more than $2m if sold on the black market, have been leaked online by a hacking group. The tools are said to have been created by the US National Security Agency.

At least 90 militants from the Islamic State (IS) group were killed by a huge bomb dropped by the US in Afghanistan, a regional governor sa.

The world’s oldest person has died in Italy at the age of 117, reports said. Emma Morano was born on 29 November 1899 in the Piedmont region of Italy. She was officially the last person born in the 1800s still living.

WND

A new report shows that the number of illegal immigrants caught crossing the border has dropped by a stunning 93 percent since December.

Stress at work is leading some teachers to become increasingly reliant on caffeine, alcohol and prescription drugs, while a number have seen relationships breakdown, it has been suggested.


The Briefing 04-17-17

The fragility of liberty: Turkey referendum centralizes autocratic rule of President Erdogan

Paranoia on parade: North Korea’s militaristic personality cult and the danger it poses to the world

In apparent moral surrender, Canada’s Trudeau proposes bill to legalize recreational marijuana

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Top News – 4/17/2017

EU rebellion as members create ALLIANCE OF FORCE to STOP Brussels punishing UK
The three nations are reportedly due to discuss how they can ensure the upcoming Brexit talks progress smoothly and how to avoid the EU divorce payment causing delays to any future trade deal between the bloc and the UK.

‘Our military is BUILDING’ Trump says he has ‘NO CHOICE’ but to build up army in WW3 hint
Following North Korea’s failed missile launch over the weekend Mr Trump took to Twitter and hinted that the US is readying themselves for a possible strike against Kim Jong-un. He tweeted: “Our military is building and is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before. Frankly we have no choice.”

Despite Assad Denial, Top Expert Claims Syria Retains “Hundreds of Tons of Chemical Weapons”
“They [the regime] admitted only to 1,300 tons, but we knew in reality they had nearly double that,” said former Syrian Brigadier General Zaher al-Sakat to The Telegraph on Friday. “They had at least 2,000 tons. At least.”

Chicago Rings In Easter With 34 People Shot
Twenty-three were shot during just a seven hour period between Saturday night and early Sunday morning, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

PA Politician: There Are Settlers in the White House
Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, said on Saturday night that the White House is now dominated by right-wing pro-Israelis. It should be noted that she intended this to be a negative comment on the new administration

North Korean missile launch possibly sabotaged
Missile launches have failed before – and not just in North Korea. But worth noting are the comments by US officials before and after the North Korean missile detonated: “We had good intelligence before the launch and good intelligence after the launch,” was one. The US Pacific Command said it had detected and tracked what it assessed to be a North Korean ballistic missile launch. Another US official remarked: “It’s a failed test. It followed another failed test. We don’t need to expend any resources against that.”

Unprecedented Verbal Attack between Palestinian Authority, Hamas
An unprecedented verbal attack has broken out between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas on the eve of a planned meeting between the two sides in Gaza in order to put an end to the Palestinian division.

Erdogan claims victory in vote on expanded presidential power
Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed to have won a major victory in the referendum to grant the presidency greater powers Sunday. With 98% of the ballots counted, 51.3% of voters voted “Yes” to the reform, compared to 48.7% who voted “no.”

Islamists, Neo-Nazis on videogame service discuss killing Jews
Steam videogame platform rife with anti-Semites discussing what it would be like to kill Jews, watchdog finds.

Migrant boats: Thousands saved off Libyan coast over Easter
Thousands of migrants have been saved from the sea near Libya during one of the busiest weekends of the year for rescue workers. More than 2,000 people were rescued on Friday and 3,000 on Saturday in dozens of separate rescues, the Italian Coast Guard said. But at least seven people drowned as aid workers struggled to rescue more than 1,500 migrants in one operation.

Pence: US era of strategic patience with North Korea over
US Vice-President Mike Pence has said his country’s “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over. Mr Pence first made the remarks at the demilitarised zone (DMZ), the area dividing the two Koreas, during a visit to South Korea to reaffirm ties. His visit comes amid escalated tensions on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both North Korea and the US.

Palestinians in Israeli jails hold mass hunger strike
Hundreds of Palestinians held in Israeli jails are beginning a mass hunger strike in protest against their conditions. The action is being led by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader jailed by Israel for life for five murders. Barghouti, a key figure in Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction, has been touted as a possible future successor to Mr Abbas.

Syria war: ‘At least 68 children among 126 killed’ in bus bombing
At least 68 children were among 126 people killed in Saturday’s bomb attack on buses carrying evacuees from besieged Syrian towns, activists say. A vehicle filled with explosives hit the convoy near Aleppo. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said at least 109 evacuees from government-held towns were killed, along with aid workers and rebel soldiers.

After U.S. Talks With Afghanistan, Hints at a Harder Line on Pakistan
Talks between the United States and Afghanistan wrapped up here on Sunday, as the Trump administration reviews its options in the 15-year American presence in Afghanistan in the face of a resurgent Taliban. Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security adviser, met with Afghan leaders, including President Ashraf Ghani, in talks that came days after the United States dropped a huge bomb on a honeycomb of Islamic State caves in eastern Afghanistan.

Google Hire could allow employers to see your entire search history
IN THIS day and age, every boss is going to quickly Google a prospective employee before asking them to come in for an interview. But now the technology giant is working on project called Google Hire, which The Sun reports will help employers learn perhaps a little bit too much about their new recruits. It will reportedly be a recruitment tool similar to LinkedIn — however, early reports suggest it will be available through your personal Google account.

Russia says plans a meeting with U.S. and U.N. on Syria in Geneva: agencies
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Monday that diplomats from Russia, the United States and the United Nations plan to discuss the Syrian crisis in Geneva next week, Russian news agencies quoted him as saying. Bogdanov also said Moscow was still waiting for confirmation from Washington that the meeting would take place.

Turkey Votes To Expand President’s Powers; Critics Cry Fraud
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a historic referendum Sunday that will greatly expand the powers of his office, although opposition parties questioned the outcome and said they would challenge the results.

French presidential hopefuls battle for votes with a week to go
A week before France’s presidential election, the four top candidates began a final push Sunday to woo undecided voters who will determine the outcome of a tight race between the hard left, centre, right and far right.

“Easter Day Slaughter”: Manhunt For Active Cleveland Shooter Who Killed Man Live On Facebook, Reportedly Murdered 15
The Cleveland Police is looking for an active shooter, identified as 37-year-old Steve Stephens, who has broadcast a murder live on Facebook. He has claimed to have killed other people and says he is looking for more victims.

Arkansas judge joined death-penalty protests on same day he blocked executions
An Arkansas judge attended two death-penalty protests on the same day that he issued an order blocking the state’s multiple executions, at one point allowing himself to be strapped to a cot in a simulation of an inmate slated to die by lethal injection.

Paul Craig Roberts: “It Has Become Embarrassing To Be An American”
“Washington is a collection of morons, people stupid below the meaning of stupid. People so far outside of reality that they imagine that their hubris and arrogance elevates them above reality. When the first Satan 2 hits Washington, the greatest collection of morons in the world will cease to exist.”

USDJPY, Yields Slide, Gold Spikes As Markets Finally Respond To Latest Set Of Economic, Geopolitical Shocks
It’s Sunday night, and traders – stuck until now in three-day holiday weekend purgatory – are desperate to catch up, or rather down to, the Dollar and 10Y yields, while sending gold and the Japanese yen shooting higher once again.

US successfully performs zero-yield nuclear test
Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories claim to have successfully tested an upgraded version of the B61-12 nuclear bomb. The US has been working on the B61-12 for several years, and government officials say the latest tests are vital to refurbishing efforts.


Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 17, 2017

Trump Removes the Handcuffs

The MOAB bomb drop in Afghanistan demonstrates his commitment to winning wars and proves to warn enemies.

The Foundation

“War, like most other things, is a science to be acquired and perfected by diligence, by perserverance, by time, and by practice.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787)


Entire Faculty Senate Resigns After LGBT Activist Professor Denied Promotion

Gordon College, a private evangelical Christian college in Massachusetts, made the news when the entire faculty senate resigned in a “show of solidarity” for a professor who says the administration denied her a promotion because of her criticisms about the school’s policy on homosexuality. Gordon’s student newspaper The Tartan has the story:

All seven faculty members of Gordon College’s Faculty Senate resigned from senatorship on Wednesday, citing ongoing disagreement with the administration over shared governance, specifically in the processes of approving faculty promotion.

Professor Ivy George, the Senate chair prior to the resignations, read a letter outlining the decision at an all-faculty meeting. Also resigning were fellow professors Tim Sherratt, Bruce Herman, Bryan Auday, Irv Levy, Steve Hunt and Jonathan Senning.

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Trump’s Drastically Increased References To God Has Politico Asking If The President Has ‘Found Religion’

President Donald Trump has increasingly infused references to God into his prepared remarks — calling on God to bless all the world after launching strikes in Syria, asking God to bless the newest Supreme Court justice, invoking the Lord to argue in favor of a war on opioids.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” Psalm 33:12 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: NTEB has maintained for over a year now that the hand of God was and is on Donald Trump, and is the force behind his amazing election victory win. So it comes to us as no surprise that as time ticks on, the president’s God awareness level seems to be rising. Please continue to pray for his salvation, and that of his entire family, as Bible prophecy continues unfold and long ago prophesied events look like they are about to take place. 

He’s also taken other steps to further cultivate a Christian right that helped elect him, granting new levels of access to Christian media and pushing socially conservative positions that don’t appear to come naturally to him.

One of the first interviews Trump sat for as president was with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody. “I’ve always felt the need to pray,” Trump said in that late-January interview. “The office is so powerful that you need God even more because your decisions are no longer, ‘Gee I’m going to build a building in New York.’ … These are questions of massive, life-and-death.”

“I’ve always felt the need to pray,” Trump said in that late-January interview. “The office is so powerful that you need God even more because your decisions are no longer, ‘Gee I’m going to build a building in New York.’ … These are questions of massive, life-and-death.”

President Trump Relying On God Now More Than Ever:

“There’s almost not a decision that you make when you’re sitting in this position that isn’t a really life-altering position,” Trump added. “So God comes into it even more so.”

Language like that has the Christian conservatives who helped lift Trump to the White House nodding their heads in approval.

“I believe the weight of the office that he now holds and the burden of responsibility that it carries is humbling him somewhat and causing him to acknowledge and admit his reliance on God,” said Darrell Scott, an Ohio pastor who has known Trump for six years and supported Trump’s campaign and served on his transition team. Scott was last at the White House in February for a meeting Trump held to mark Black History Month.

Melania and Donald Trump’s Biggest Prayer Request:

But others who have long followed Trump — a businessman who was known more as a playboy than a practitioner of faith — are skeptical that the president has found religion in the Oval Office.

“Donald has never been a spiritually or religiously serious person,” said Timothy O’Brien, author of the Trump biography “TrumpNation: The Art of Being Donald.”

Gwenda Blair, author of “The Trumps: Three Generations of Builders and a President,” said: “He’s a transactional guy with humans, and it’s no different with God — it’s all about whatever is to his advantage with regard to his supporters, and referencing God is exactly and only that.”

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There’s also the question of Trump’s church attendance as president. On the morning of his inauguration, Trump and his family attended a service at St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House and then participated in an interfaith prayer service that Saturday at the National Cathedral. He also appeared at the National Prayer Breakfast in early February.

On Sunday, Trump went to Easter services at the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church in Florida, where he and his wife, Melania, were married in 2015.

But there’s no public knowledge of any other church services Trump has attended, and if he has, it has been without the knowledge of White House pool reporters.

The White House did not respond to questions about whether Trump has been attending church as president.

Trump’s frequent invocations of God in his remarks as of late are a change from both his past life as a businessman and his time on the campaign trail. Generally, candidate Trump did not reference God during his rallies and mostly talked about religion only when asked during interviews and during a handful of speeches at faith-based events. source



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Top Headlines – 4/17/2017

Mass evacuation in Syria postponed after blast kills 80 kids

Iran is trying to provoke a Russia-US hot war in Syria

Pope decries ‘vile’ attack on Syrians in Easter address

Pope Francis goes off-script at Easter Mass, addressing world conflict

Egypt arrests 13 on suspicion of planning terror attacks

Russia appears to deploy forces in Egypt, eyes on Libya role

High Court upholds ban on Israeli tourists in Sinai

700 Palestinian security prisoners announce hunger strike

Azerbaijan wants pan-Arab summit with Israel, envoy says

‘Israel must be ready for confrontation with Hamas this summer’

Turkey referendum grants President Erdogan sweeping new powers

Turkey’s Erdogan hails ‘historic’ referendum win as opposition claims fraud

Turkish opposition questions legitimacy of vote after electoral board move

Istanbul residents bang pots and pans in protest at vote outcome

Erdogan Follows Slim Referendum Win With Warnings to Opponents

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Narrow Win Could End Up Undermining Him

Erdogan’s Referendum Victory Puts Turkey on Collision Course With Europe

EU urges Turkey to seek ‘national consensus’ after vote

Gay Porn Kingpin: Protect America From Muslim ‘Barbarians’

US successfully performs zero-yield nuclear test

Pence: North Korea’s latest ‘provocation’ shows the dangers US and South Korean armies face

Trump: China, US working on ‘North Korea problem’

Ex-British foreign minister thinks US hacked North Korea missile

McFarland ‘no comment’ on reports US sabotaged North Korea missile launch, calls launch a ‘fizzle’

China, Russia send ships after U.S. aircraft carrier

Hawaii panel asks state to prepare for North Korea attack

Border wall could leave some Americans on ‘Mexican side’

Sessions on Sanctuary City Leaders: ‘We’re Going to Battle Them Every Step of the Way’

Republicans and Democrats now see Trump as part of Washington ‘establishment’

Protests sweeping South America show rising antigovernment anger

Arkansas judge joined death-penalty protests on same day he blocked executions

‘Easter day slaughter’: Cleveland cops searching for alleged killer who broadcast murder on Facebook

Cleveland Murder Highlights Perils of Live Video for Facebook

Snapchat’s ratings plunge after its CEO allegedly says it’s ‘only for rich people’

Hacker documents show NSA tools for breaching global money transfer system

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits in the South Indian Ocean

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits South of the Fiji Islands

Ruiz volano in Colombia erupts to 23,000ft

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

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 17,500ft

Poas volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 11,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Ranking the 10 Most Dangerous Volcanoes, From Vesuvius to Santa Maria

India bakes as flooding rains target Myanmar

Top military commanders say they can’t keep up with the amount of drugs flowing into the US

Nevada Approved Syringe Vending Machines to Combat the Heroin Crisis

Stanford lab grows cornea cells for transplant

Sweden: Court Rules Nurse Must Assist with Abortions to Keep Her Job

Keith Giles – Four Reasons Why God Doesn’t Owe Any Land To Israel

Gary DeMar – Not Every Bad Thing Happening Today is Related to Bible Prophecy

Former Calvary Chapel Pastor Michael Newnham aka Phoenix Preacher Joins Anglican Church

Pope Says Our Hope Lies With Mary & Mother Church, Not Jesus

Ten Signs of a Cultic Church

Kong Hee still living in Sentosa Cove penthouse

Evangelical College’s Entire Faculty Senate Resigns After LGBT Activist Professor Denied Promotion

Virginia Woman Accused of Self-Aborting Baby, Burying Dead Infant in Back Yard

University of Wisconsin-Madison offers free tampons in men’s bathrooms

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 06:36 AM PDT

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is rolling out a new pilot program to provide free menstrual products in several of its campus bathrooms — including some…

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Trump Says ‘We have no choice’ -Justifies US strikes, Military buildup & posturing

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 06:28 AM PDT

The US has “no choice” but to continue boosting its military power, Donald Trump has said, after Washington’s war machine showcased its latest weapons over…

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North Korea Conflict Compared To “Cuban Missile Crisis”

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 06:22 AM PDT

All the elements of the North Korean nuclear crisis — the relentless drive by Kim Jong-un to assemble an arsenal, the propaganda and deception swirling…

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North Korea unveils elite troops trained to defend him if Trump attempts to ‘remove’ him from power

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 06:18 AM PDT

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un unveiled his deadly Special Forces unit for the first time this weekend in an apparent show of force against…

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Two Chicago Men Charged With Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 06:11 AM PDT

Two men from the Chicago area have been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to the barbaric Islamic group ISIS after they unknowingly assisted…

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Pence delivers strong warning to North Korea

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 06:06 AM PDT

Vice President Pence warned North Korea Monday the “era of strategic patience is over,” expressing impatience with the speed and willingness of the regime to…

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Manhunt For Facebook Shooter Intensifies

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 06:00 AM PDT

Cleveland police received hundreds of tips Sunday, speculating on the possible whereabouts of the suspect accused of shooting and killing 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. and…

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Japan strongly urges North Korea to refrain from further provocative actions

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:55 PM PDT

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday urged North Korea to refrain from taking further provocative actions, comply with U.N. resolutions and abandon its nuclear…

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DEVELOPING: Over 110 Fires Continue to Spread in Florida

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:43 PM PDT

Forest fires have continued to keep firefighters busy in Florida on Sunday. There are still 110 active fires covering 20,285 acres, according to the Florida…

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80,000 Gather at Western Wall to Receive Priestly Blessing During Passover

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:36 PM PDT

In a powerful display of the glory that once was the Jewish Temple, tens of thousands of worshipers gathered at the Kotel (Western Wall) in…

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Will Nuclear Deterrent Keep North Korea EMP Threat At Bay?

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:30 PM PDT

WND has been reporting on the threat to America from EMP, the electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear explosion high in the sky, since early in…

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South Korea and US Hold Joint Military Exercise

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:19 PM PDT

Around 1,000 U.S. airmen and fighter jets have teamed up with South Korea’s Air Force in a joint combat training to ensure their readiness against…

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Defected General claims Assad obtains hundreds of tons of chemical weapons

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:11 PM PDT

Syrian President Bashar Assad still possesses hundreds of tons of chemical agents which he hid from the international community, a former Syrian general who specialized…

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U.S. Army exploring ‘devastating’ new weapon

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 07:04 PM PDT

Were the United States to go to war with Russia, both sides could draw on deadly weapons that the world has never seen on a…

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Mysterious fish kill in Tennessee lake raises neighborhoods concern

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 05:49 PM PDT

A mysterious fish kill in one community lake is raising questions and leaving many residents concerned. Hundreds of dead fish swamped the shores of one…

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At Least 40 Dead After Deadly Flooding In Iran

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 05:43 PM PDT

At least 40 people were killed and at least 5 are missing as torrential rains caused intense flooding and landslides in northwestern Iran, according to…

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Army of self-charging robots sort 200,000 packages a Day in a Chinese warehouse

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 05:36 PM PDT

This army of tiny orange robots which can sort up to 200,000 packages every DAY in a Chinese warehouse are providing an alarming glimpse of…

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Has Trump found religion in the Oval Office?

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 05:30 PM PDT

President Donald Trump has increasingly infused references to God into his prepared remarks — calling on God to bless all the world after launching strikes…

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Thousands Gather on Lincoln Memorial to ‘Celebrate the Name of Jesus’

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 04:57 PM PDT

Thousands of believers gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday.  Captial Church in Leesburg, Va…

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Christians Celebrate Easter in Iraqi Church Damaged by ISIS

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 04:39 PM PDT

Hundreds of Iraqi Christians gathered on Sunday in a church damaged by Islamic State north of Mosul, celebrating Easter there for the first time since…

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Self-Driving Bus Capable of Speak Sign Language

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 04:28 PM PDT

It’s been 15 years since a degenerative eye disease forced Erich Manser to stop driving. Today, he commutes to his job as an accessibility consultant…

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Why Turkey May Be on Collision Course With Europe

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 04:18 PM PDT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in Sunday’s referendum could pave the way for pragmatic cooperation with the U.S. while setting him on a collision…

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DEVELOPING: Hawaii Preparing Plans for responding to North Korea Attack

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 04:11 PM PDT

Hawaii lawmakers want state officials to update plans for coping with a nuclear attack as North Korea develops nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that can…

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DEVELOPING: China and Russia send ships after U.S. aircraft carrier

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 04:07 PM PDT

China and Russia have dispatched intelligence-gathering vessels from their navies to chase the USS Carl Vinson nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which is heading toward waters near…

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Trump Warns North Korea Threats Cannot Continue!

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 01:14 PM PDT

The US and China are working on a response to the North Korean missile crisis, Donald Trump’s top security adviser has said. General HR McMaster…

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United States F-35 fighter jets arrive in Europe for the first time

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 12:48 PM PDT

A fleet of F-35 stealth fighter jets has arrived in Europe from the United States as part of a planned NATO exercise aimed at “deterring”…

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Major U.S. University Publishes ‘Communism for Kids’

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 12:44 PM PDT

“Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism. How could their dreams come true?” That’s how the promotion for a…

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FALLING AWAY: Denver Unveils “Church of Cannabis”

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 11:41 AM PDT

For 113 years, this corner church has been a pillar of its Denver neighborhood. But with new owners come new ideas: A group of Elevationists…

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Orthodox & Catholic Christians celebrate Easter on same day in “Rare Convergence”

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 11:25 AM PDT

Millions of Christians worldwide are celebrating the most important holiday of their faith, Easter Sunday, when they pay tribute to their belief in the resurrection…

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US army makes largest deployment of troops to Somalia since ‘Black Hawk Down’

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 11:20 AM PDT

The US army has deployed dozens of troops to Somalia to train forces fighting Al-Shabab Islamist militant group in the largest deployment of troops to…

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Muslim Man Seeking to Enforce Sharia Law in Minneapolis Neighborhood

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 11:15 AM PDT

Residents in a Minneapolis neighborhood are expressing concern about a Muslim man who is seeking to enforce the “civil part of sharia law” among Islamic residents. Abdullah…

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Turks vote in historic referendum on expanding Erdogan’s power

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 11:05 AM PDT

Turks vote in a hotly contested referendum on Sunday that could place sweeping new powers in the hands of President Tayyip Erdogan and herald the…

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DEVELOPING: U.S and Allies Weigh Options After North Korea’s Missile Test

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 11:03 AM PDT

The United States, its allies and China are working together on a range of responses to North Korea’s latest attempted ballistic missile test, U.S. President…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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The graphic artist who helped design the controversial best-selling novel “The Shack” has come forward to express his regret for being a part of the project out of his concern that it contains false doctrine. “ver 10 years ago, I was captivated by the story and felt honored to be part of the graphic creation of the book. I was so drawn into it, wanting to know the…

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Profane ‘Pastor’ Welcomes Open Homosexuals, Admits He ‘Doesn’t Care’ What Bible Says   Apr 12, 2017 07:06 pm

BOTHELL, Wa. — A profanity-speaking preacher who has lost hundreds in his congregation over his decision to allow open homosexuals to serve in leadership positions, and who says he “doesn’t care” what the Bible has to say on the issue, is featured in a new online video that has received over a million views in less than a week. Ryan Meeks is the founder of…

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‘Bible Answer Man’ Hank Hanegraaff Chrismated Into Eastern Orthodoxy   Apr 11, 2017 05:32 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hank Hanegraaff, also known as the “Bible Answer Man,” was chrismated into the Orthodox Church on Sunday, the well-known radio host and author has confirmed. A photo had been circulating since Sunday of the 67-year-old Hanegraaff being received into Eastern Orthodoxy at Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, along with his wife and…

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Ohio ‘Ministers’ Arrested on Sex Trafficking Charges   Apr 10, 2017 06:01 am

TOLEDO, Ohio — Two ministers from Ohio have been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) on alleged sex trafficking charges. Cordell Jenkins, 46, who leads Abundant Life Ministries in Toledo, was taken into custody on Friday, along with Anthony Haynes, 37, who oversees Greater Life Christian Center, also in Toledo. “Jenkins and Haynes are…

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Atheist Mocks Bible, Praises ‘Trinity of Science’ in Invocation Before Iowa Legislature   Apr 10, 2017 06:01 am

DES MOINES – A professing atheist recently delivered an opening invocation before the Iowa House of Representatives, in which he promoted atheistic ideals and converted a well-known Old Testament passage into a secular “prayer.” The Iowa House has a longstanding tradition of opening its meetings with prayers, which are typically offered by local pastors….

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North Carolina Church Boots Boy Scouts as Allowing Girls Who Identify as Boys Last Straw   Apr 09, 2017 06:01 am

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — A church is North Carolina has decided to no longer allow a local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America to meet at its house of worship as the organization’s recent decision to allow the membership of girls who identify as boys seemed to be the last straw following its admittance of open homosexuals in 2013 and 2015. “For more than 10 years,…

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Planned Parenthood Acknowledges Meeting With Ivanka Trump   Apr 09, 2017 06:01 am

Photo Credit: Michael Vadon WASHINGTON — The Planned Parenthood Federation of America has acknowledged that its president, Cecile Richards, met with Ivanka Trump in January to discuss why the organization shouldn’t be defunded. “Planned Parenthood welcomes the opportunity to meet with anyone to talk about the important role Planned Parenthood plays in…

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Florida Middle School Teacher Fired for ‘Comfort’ Survey on Gender, Sexuality, Religion   Apr 12, 2017 06:01 am

SPRING HILL, Fla. — A middle school teacher in Florida has been fired for issuing a survey/exercise to students that asked them about their comfort level in situations surrounding matters of gender, sexuality, religion and race. Daryl Cox had left her students at Fox Chapel Middle School in Spring Hill a photocopied assignment from the book “Exploring White…

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European Court of Human Rights to Hear Case of German Family Forced to Send Children to Public School   Apr 08, 2017 05:17 pm

STRASBOURG, France — The European Court of Human Rights is set to hear the case of a German family that was forced to send their children to public school after they were seized by the government because they were homeschooled. “I sincerely hope the European Court of Human Rights will reaffirm that the state has no right to abduct children from their family…

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Atheist Group Takes Issue With Faith-Based Group’s Sex Ed Curriculum in Public Schools   Apr 12, 2017 06:02 am

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — A prominent professing atheist group is expressing its objection after discovering that a number of school districts in Missouri are allowing a faith-based organization to teach sexual education classes, urging students to remain abstinent until marriage. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) states that a member…

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Weekend Snapshot

Apr. 15, 2017
Top Stories This Week
Quote of the Week

“The reason that the Russians are in [Syria] is not an affection for Assad … but because, as a result of their involvement, they now have a naval base in the warm water Mediterranean, they have an active, very powerful airbase in Syria. They have a presence in the Middle East. They are the power. They have displaced the United States. And their entire foreign policy under Putin is to restore the glory and the territory and the influence of old Soviet Union, one piece at a time. And it does that by taking away from the United States. It’s a zero sum game.” —Charles Krauthammer


TRUMPED: North Korea Missile Blown Up On Launch Pad In Humiliating Defeat For Kim Jong-Un

North Korea has attempted to fire a missile it introduced just hours ago at a military parade – but the launch was an embarrassing failure after the weapon blew up almost immediately.

EDITOR’S NOTE: North Korea made good on their threat to launch a “game changer” missile this weekend, but a funny thing happened on the way to the launch. Seconds after the missile was fired, it blew up. Was that because the United States sabotaged the launch, or because of failure on the part of the North Korean military? We may never know, but either way Kim Jong-Un has egg foo young all over his face. 

It is thought to be one of the country’s new ‘game-changer’ intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) which was revealed to the world in a display of military might yesterday.

The South Korean defence ministry said it had detected a failed launch from Sinpo – where North Korea’s biggest submarine base is located.

According to a military official the weapon is ‘presumed to be a new ICBM’ as it is longer than the existing KN-08 or KN-14 missiles.

The South Korean defence ministry said in a statement: ‘North Korea attempted to test an unidentified type of missile from Sinpo area in the South Hamkyong Province this morning, but we suspect the launch has failed.’

In a statement, the US military said: ‘U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 11:21 a.m. Hawaii time April 15.

‘The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo.

‘The missile blew up almost immediately. The type of missile is still being assessed. ‘U.S. Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our allies in the Republic of Korea and in Japan to maintain security.’

It comes just hours after North Korea unveiled new weapons during a display of the country’s military might as Kim Jong-Un warned of an ‘annihilating strike’ if the US attacks.

President Donald Trump had previously pledged to ‘take care’ of the issue following his surprise cruise missile attack on Syria over its use of chemical weapons.

Meanwhile Pyongyang threatened ‘catastrophic consequences’ when Trump sent an armada of warships to the Korean Peninsula.

At the same time, China has moved 150,000 troops to its border to deal with a possible influx of North Korean refugees amid fears Trump may strike Kim following the surprise US missile attack on Syria last week. source


Top News – April 15-16, 2017

Death toll in Syrian blast targeting evacuation bus hits 112
The death toll from a bomb blast on a crowded Syrian bus convoy outside Aleppo reached at least 112 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Sunday. Syrian rescue workers, the Civil Defense said, had carted away at least 100 bodies from the site of Saturday’s blast, which hit buses carrying Shi’ite residents as they waited to cross from rebel into government territory in an evacuation deal between warring sides.

Abbas to meet with Trump in May, Palestinian official says
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet US President Donald Trump on May 3rd in Washington, D.C., top Palestinian official Ahmad Majdalani said on Sunday. “This is a very important visit in which we hope to agree on the fundamentals to revive the peace process and discuss bilateral relations,” Majdalani told The Jerusalem Post in a phone call.

Turks vote in historic referendum on expanding Erdogan’s power
Turks began voting in a hotly contested referendum on Sunday that could place sweeping new powers in the hands of President Tayyip Erdogan and herald the most radical change to the country’s political system in its modern history. Opinion polls have given a narrow lead for a “Yes” vote, which would replace Turkey’s parliamentary democracy with an all-powerful presidency and may see Erdogan in office until at least 2029.

Azerbaijan wants pan-Arab summit with Israel, envoy says
A US-led summit gathering Israel’s prime minister and the Palestinian Authority president on one stage with Levant and Gulf leaders would greatly benefit the region, and likely advance a stalled peace process, Azerbaijan’s envoy said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post. Israeli officials told the Post last month that the Trump administration is exploring the feasibility of such a summit, which would bring Israel and Sunni leaders from Saudi Arabia and neighboring nations together for the first time.

Iran floods kill at least 30
Floods have killed at least 30 people in north-west Iran, state media reported on Saturday. Others are said to be missing after torrential rains hit four provinces. Video footage shows streets inundated with water, and cars being swept away. The Tehran Times news site reported that the flood had also triggered a landslide.

North Korean Missile “Blows Up” During Launch; President Trump Aware, Has “No Further Comment”
North Korea’s attempted missile launch on Sunday ended in failure, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.  The communist state attempted to launch an unidentifed missile from the port city of Sinpo on its east coast in the morning, and the launch is presumed to have failed, the JCS said. Secretary of Defense Mattis says President Trump is aware of the situation and has “no further comment” on failed North Korean missile test.

Doomsday Bunker Sales Soar After Trump’s Military Strikes
“Doomsday crazy person, ‘prepper’ that’s all kind of nutty that people make them out to be…they don’t have $3.5 million to by a 5,500 square-foot bunker. Right?” questioned Scott.

The “Grinch” Is Trying to Steal Easter Eggs
As Christians around the world celebrate Easter, there are believers who are targeted by terrorists for their faith during this holy season. It is shameful these companies are so insensitive or hostile to Christianity by censoring the reason for the season on their candy wrappers.

SCORE For Religious FREEDOM!! Trump Makes Another STRONG Appointment!
Well if you are a person of faith, and have been worried about the direction the government has been heading in the persecution of your first amendment freedoms like religion, fear not! President Trump has just appointed a strong defender of religious liberty, Roger Severino to head the Office for Civil Rights at HHS. What’s even better, is that he is a believer in FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE!

Dove Debuts Bizarre Advertisement Featuring Transgender ‘Mom’ 
Dove rolled out a new advertisement for their baby skincare line ‘Baby Dove’ featuring moms from all walks of life caring for their babies–and of course included a man who identifies as a ‘mom’.

Mumps outbreak in Texas reaches 23-year high
Texas health authorities are trying to combat a record-breaking outbreak of mumps that has swept through the state. The Texas Department of State Health Services reported there have been 221 cases of mumps in the state this year, the highest number since 1994 when 234 cases were reported. College students in particular have been among the hardest hit by the virus, which spreads through close personal contact and can result in swollen glands, fever and headache.

Palestinian campaign demands UK apologize for Balfour Declaration
More than 11,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the British government to formally apologize for the Balfour Declaration, a letter written by British Foreign Secretary Lord Balfour in 1917 expressing Britain’s support for the establishment of a Jewish state in historic Palestine. The petition was recently launched by the Balfour Apology Campaign (BAC) and calls for the British government “to openly apologize to the Palestinian people for issuing the Balfour Declaration.”

US troops to help Somalia fight al-Shabab
The US says it is sending dozens of troops to Somalia to train forces fighting Islamist group al-Shabab. This is the first time regular US troops have been deployed in Somalia since 1994, although some counter-terrorism advisers are already there. President Donald Trump last month approved a directive allowing tougher action against al-Shabab.

North Korea ‘ready for nuclear attack’ amid show of force
North Korea has warned the US not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is “ready to hit back with nuclear attacks”. The comments came as North Korea marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding president, Kim Il-sung. A huge parade in Pyongyang was held amid speculation current leader Kim Jong-un could order a new nuclear test.

MOAB strike: 90 IS fighters killed in Afghanistan
At least 90 militants from the Islamic State (IS) group were killed by a huge bomb dropped by the US in Afghanistan, a regional governor says. The most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever used by the US in combat was dropped on an IS base in Nangarhar province. A network of tunnels and caves was destroyed on Thursday evening local time, US officials said.

US government ‘hacked global bank system’
A huge range of security weaknesses, said to be worth over $2m if sold on the black market, have been leaked online. The tools are said to have been created by the US National Security Agency (NSA), and accompanying documents appear to indicate a possible breach of the Swift global banking system. Such a hack could have enabled the US to covertly monitor financial transactions, researchers said.

North Korea makes menacing boast it will take on Donald Trump with ‘merciless’ strikes on South Korea and US bases
North Korea upped its warmongering with Donald Trump today in a series of menacing boasts threatening to ‘ravage’ US troops amid fears the two countries are heading for war. The secretive state vowed to ‘pulverize’ US bases and South Korean capital Seoul if it was threatened by the US military, which is carrying out drills on the Korean peninsula. A US aircraft carrier group is steaming towards the region. It claimed it would ‘ruthlessly ravage’ the US if Washington attacked. China warned the region could go to war ‘at any moment’.

Chinese foreign minister: No winners if Korea war breaks out
There can be no winners in a war between the U.S. and North Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, while pledging support for dialogue between the sides.

French presidential race tightens further as vote looms
France’s presidential race looked tighter than it has all year on Friday, nine days before voting begins, as two polls put the four frontrunners within reach of a two-person run-off vote.

US Conducts Successful Field Test Of New Nuclear Bomb
The US National Nuclear Security Administration and the U.S Air Force announced the first successful field test of the modernized B61-12 gravity thermonuclear bomb at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.

U.S. Insurers Sue Saudis For $4.2 Billion Over 9/11
Last year’s Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a bill which allowed Americans to sue Saudi Arabia in US court over their involvement in 9/11, has yielded another major lawsuit yesterday, a $4.2 billion suit filed by over two dozen US insurers related to losses sustained because of the 2001 attack.

Homeless Man Allegedly Robbed Queens Churches to ‘Get Back at God,’ Prosecutors Say
A homeless man faces burglary and hate crime charges after he allegedly robbed four churches, one of which he stole from three times, in Queens, New York, because of his hatred of God, according to prosecutors.

Obama to Return to Limelight Next Month, Alongside Candidate Merkel in Germany
President Obama looks set to return to global headlines in late May, four months after leaving the White House, when he takes part in a discussion on democracy alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a religious festival in Berlin.

Biographer Claims Barack Obama Called America ‘Racist Society’ in Unpublished Manuscript
A biographer who is writing a book about former President Barack Obama claims that Obama once called America “a racist society” in an unpublished manuscript from his law school days.


Why is the Dept. of Education Promoting Islam to School Kids?

By Clarion Project

The U.S. Department of Education has proselytized in our public schools on behalf Islam for many years through its “Access Islam” program. Federally funded, it is directed at children in grades 5 through 12. The Christian Action Network recently demanded that President Trump’s recently confirmed Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, terminate the program.

According to an article at Breitbart, a predecessor program began during the Bush administration in 2005. It “simply taught students about the traditions, culture, and holidays of Islam. Then, it became greatly expanded under the Obama administration. It has continued to develop, and now has had a greater, broader outreach.”

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Why We Celebrate This Weekend

The Insanity of the Left’s Child Gender-Confusion Agenda

“This is science with an agenda,” reminds Ben Shapiro in a piece over at CNSNews:

On Sunday, The New York Times ran a piece by Jack Turban, a research fellow at the Yale School of Medicine. Turban says that doctors should begin applying puberty blockers to children who identify as transgender as early as possible. That’s because, according to him, “it has become clear that if we support these children in their transgender identities instead of trying to change them, they thrive instead of struggling with anxiety and depression.”

Turban uses as his example one 14-year-old girl named Hannah who was born a boy named Jonah. Turban glows: “Hannah is using a puberty-blocking implant and getting ready to embark on the path of developing a female body by starting estrogen. Ten years ago most doctors would have called this malpractice. New data has now made it the protocol for thousands of American children.”

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10 Signs of a Cultic Church

Cross Examined has a piece by Brian Chilton who asks: “How does one know that a church has the characteristics of a cultic church?” Good question. According to Chilton, there is a difference between a cult and a cultic church and he gives some signs of cultic churches. So we want you to know what […]

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Top Headlines – April 15-16, 2017

Pope presides over solemn Easter Vigil amid security fears

‘I forgive you’: Widow of guard who died protecting Coptic Pope in Egypt’s Palm Sunday bombings addresses his killer

Worshippers spread ‘Holy Fire’ in Church of Holy Sepulchre

Trump-Abbas White House summit said set for May 3 preceded by a preparatory PA delegation on April 23

PLO official: Settlers now inhabit the White House

Hamas leader hints prisoner exchange deal in the works

IDF Special Forces arrested by Palestinian police in Nablus

Syria’s Assad is an ‘arch-terrorist,’ British FM says

Car bomb kills scores of Syrians evacuating town after two years of siege

Iraq: ISIS launches chlorine gas attacks in western Mosul

3,000 migrants said rescued off Libya coast Saturday

Some Turks fear the rise of a dictatorship as a referendum nears to greatly expand Erdogan’s powers

What changes under Turkey’s new constitution plan?

Turkey detains five IS suspects ‘planning polling day attack’

AP Interview: Iran’s Ahmadinejad sees no threat from US

Rouhani: Iran does not need ‘permission to build missiles’

Afghan official: Massive US bomb death toll rises to 94

North Korea’s display of new missiles is worrying, analysts say

North Korea ‘ready for nuclear attack’ amid show of force

N. Korea didn’t test a nuclear weapon, but it did try to launch another missile

North Korea ‘makes unsuccessful missile launch’ day after massive show of strength

North Korea missile test: Latest launch ‘blew up almost immediately’

Chinese Media Almost Sets Off Military Action With Erroneous North Korea Headline

US said preparing strike to ‘utterly destroy’ N. Korean nuclear program

Military Strikes Cause Boom In Underground Bunker Business

New protests set in troubled Venezuela

Hungarians Press on With Protests as Orban Takes Aim at Soros

Obama to Return to Limelight Next Month, Alongside Candidate Merkel in Germany

Biographer Claims Barack Obama Called America ‘Racist Society’ in Unpublished Manuscript

21 arrested as hundreds of Trump supporters and counter-protesters clash at Berkeley rally

Maxine Waters rallies Tax March crowd for Trump’s impeachment

NASA releases new satellite images of the Earth at night – Israel lives up to its moniker as a ‘light unto the nations’

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimanuit, Philippines

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

Sri Lanka rubbish dump landslide death toll rises to 19

Tropical Cyclone Maarutha Expected to Strengthen and Threaten Myanmar Into Early Week

Iran floods kill at least 30

Lettuce Prices On The Rise As California’s Wet Winter Prevents Planting

Italian Emma Morano, last known survivor of 19th century, dies at 117

Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke slams modern screen violence

Dove includes transgender mom in ad about #RealMoms

Survivor Contestant Who Outed Tribemate Zeke Smith as Transgender Fired From Job

Balfour declaration still creating division

US defense secretary expected in Israel next week to ‘re-affirm military alliances’

EU adopts anti-BDS stance in official commercial policy

Record-breaking number of tourists enter Israel in Q1 2017

Egypt’s shaken Copts mark Good Friday after double bombing