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February 16, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Mitt Romney announced Friday he’ll run for the U.S. Senate in Utah, potentially bringing to Washington a popular Republican who has been a scathing critic of President Donald Trump.

Acknowledging that ties with Turkey are at a “crisis point,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pledged cooperation with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government but also issued new warnings over the erosion of democratic norms and the country’s plan to sign a defense deal with Russia.

Brazil’s military will take control of public security in the state of Rio de Janeiro as a wave of violence rattles the population and dominates media coverage ahead of this year’s presidential election.

President Donald Trump “feels strongly” that the U.S. should permit collection of state and local sales taxes on purchases made over the internet, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday.

The field of teenage candidates running for Kansas governor has grown to seven, and the latest contender isn’t even from the state. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 18 -year-old Conner Shelton, a University of Delaware student from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was inspired to enter the race when a man launched a short-lived campaign for his dog, Angus. Elections officials put the brakes on the dog’s candidacy, but Kansas doesn’t have an age or residency requirement, which lawmakers are seeking to change.

Firearms companies face declining sales, falling stock prices and tremendous debt. Gunmaker American Outdoor Brands Corp., formerly known as Smith & Wesson, has seen its stock plummet by almost half, compared with 2017. On Monday, Remington Outdoor Co., an iconic, 200-year-old American firearms manufacturer, announced it’s planning to file for bankruptcy.

A helicopter’s crash landing in South Carolina this week may have been triggered by a civilian drone, which would make it the first drone-related crash of an aircraft in the U.S.

Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc says it will take 12 years to build its prototype small nuclear reactor in the U.K.

It’s been a long time since any country shipped out as much wheat as Russia. As estimates for the Black Sea nation’s harvest keep growing, so does the outlook for exports. The world’s top exporter is now expected to sell 36.6 million metric tons overseas. The U.S. was the last nation to ship out more, a quarter century ago.

AP Top Stories

About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Turkey and U.S. agreed to work together in Syria after weeks of tensions over Ankara’s latest cross-border operation that raised fears of a military confrontation between the two NATO allies.

Admiral Harry Harris, the top US admiral in the Pacific, said that if “the United States does not keep pace” with China’s investment in military technologies, the American military will eventually struggle to compete with Chinese armed forces. China is a rapidly growing regional military power and is seeking to expand its global influence.

This season’s flu shot was 36 percent effective overall, far less than the 2016-2017 vaccine but still worth getting because it can help ward off serious complications, US health officials said.

Egypt’s military and police forces have killed 53 Islamist militants and arrested 680 suspects in a week-long offensive to crush insurgents that is focused on the Sinai Peninsula, a military spokesman said on Thursday.

Even as the Pentagon hustles to ensure that its defenses keep pace with North Korea’s fast-growing rocket program, US officials increasingly are turning attention to a new generation of missile threat. These weapons under development by China and Russia — as well as by the United States — can fly at many times the speed of sound and are designed to beat regular anti-missile defense systems.

BBC

A Turkish court has sentenced six journalists to life in jail for alleged links to the July 2016 coup plotters.

New York police have arrested a former teacher and his twin brother after stockpiles of explosive materials were found at their home. Christian Toro, 27, is accused of paying students from his former school to take fireworks apart to get gunpowder, officials said on Thursday. His twin brother Tyler is also in custody. The FBI investigated a bomb threat against the school in December. Mayor Bill de Blasio also reassured citizens that there was “no imminent threat directed at New York City at this time”.

More than 100,000 Critically Endangered orangutans have been killed in Borneo since 1999. Scientists who carried out a 16-year survey on the island described the figure as “mind-boggling”.

Police in India have arrested a woman who allegedly posed as a man and duped two women into marriage for dowry.

A transgender woman has been able to breastfeed a baby in the first recorded case of its kind, researchers said. The 30-year-old wanted to breastfeed after her pregnant partner said she did not want to do it herself.

WND

UN staff have carried out thousands of rapes all around the world, a former official claimed on Tuesday. Andrew MacLeod, who was chief of operations at the UN’s Emergency Co-ordination Centre, warned that ‘predatory’ abusers used aid jobs to prey on vulnerable girls. He estimated 60,000 rapes had been carried out by UN staff in the past decade, with 3,300 pedophiles working in the organization and its agencies.

In fact, of the 18 “school shootings,” only five occurred during school hours, and only four – including the latest – are what most people would consider a school shooting; in which someone brings a gun to school with the intent of shooting students.


The Briefing — Friday, February 16, 2018

1) Atheists want to say what they’re for, but their very name leaves them forever frustrated

New York Times (Laurie Goodstein) –
University of Miami Establishes Chair for Study of Atheism

The Atlantic (Isabel Fattal) –
How Should Atheism Be Taught?

2) New Jersey church defies reality at ‘renaming service’

The Jersey Journal (Caitlin Mota) –
Transgender pastor celebrated at renaming service

3) A step into greater paranoia: Iran claims lizards are being used to spy on nuclear program

Newsweek (Cristina Maza) –
Iran Says Enemies Used Lizards to Spy on Nuclear Program


News – 2/16/2018

Sanhedrin Mints Silver Half Shekel With Images of Trump and Cyrus
In gratitude to US President Donald Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Jerusalem, the nascent Sanhedrin and the Mikdash (Temple) Educational Center are minting a replica of the silver half-shekel Biblically mandated to be donated by every Jewish male to the Temple. An image of President Trump will be engraved alongside an image of the ancient Persian King Cyrus, who facilitated the building of the Second Temple that ended the Babylonian Exile in 538 BCE. “Trump’s political agenda can only succeed if it is focused on building the Third Temple on the place that God chose: the Temple Mount. He must not advance any two-state solution or this will lead to his downfall.”

US and Israel Stand United Against Iranian Aggression: Ambassador Danon
“The US & Israel will always stand together in the face of Iran’s aggression and provocations as it attempts to destabilize the region,” Danon wrote on Twitter. “The international community mustn’t stand idly by as the Iranian threat grows rampant.” Danon made his statement shortly after his US counterpart, Nikki Haley addressed the UN Security Council regarding the developments in Syria. Haley slammed Iran while defending the Israeli downing of an Iranian drone that penetrated Israeli airspace.

Rabbi Levenstein: Eradicate homosexuality just like we did AIDS
The fiercely anti-liberal rabbi reiterated his objections to any acceptance of homosexuals as normative people.
In his latest incendiary lecture delivered in January, the fiercely anti-liberal rabbi reiterated his objections to any acceptance of homosexuals as normative people, decried the inability to refer gay men and women to conversion therapy, and generally described acceptance of homosexuality as madness. “They’ve taken a tragedy of men and a tragedy of women and turned it into an ideology,” railed Levenstein during one of several lessons on the issue of sexuality…Problems we eliminate, defects can be eliminated,” he averred.

US rejects ‘Communist Chinese’ takeover of Chicago Stock Exchange
The top US regulator of the financial markets has blocked the sale of the Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX) to a Chinese-led investor group due to concerns over the would-be buyers’ ability to supervise the bourse after the deal. The decision by the SEC has put an end to a two-year battle for an approval of the sale and emphasizes once again zero tolerance by Donald Trump’ s administration toward Chinese buyers. During the election campaign the 45th US president pointed to the CHX deal as an example of how American jobs and wealth were leaving the country.

Flu kills up to 4,000 Americans a week, causing 1 in 10 deaths
The amount of influenza ravaging the U.S. this year rivals levels normally seen when an altogether new virus emerges, decimating a vulnerable population that hasn’t had a chance to develop any defenses. It’s an unexpected phenomenon that public health experts are still trying to decode. “This is a difficult season, and we can’t predict how much longer the severe season will last,” she said. “I wish there was better news, but everything we are looking at is bad news.”

Attorney-General: I will indict Netanyahu without hesitation if necessary
If he must indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he will do it without hesitation, Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit said on Thursday night, two days after the country was turned upside down by the possibility of another prime minister on trial. Speaking at a conference at Tel Aviv University, he said it was unpleasant to probe or indict any minister, but he is bound to do what is right.

Sources: Russian toll in Syria battle was 300 killed and wounded
About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter. A Russian military doctor said around 100 had been killed, and a source who knows several of the fighters said the death toll was in excess of 80 men.

Syria conflict: US and Turkey agree to avert Manbij clash
The US and Turkey, whose forces are at loggerheads in northern Syria, have agreed to try to defuse the crisis. The Nato allies said joint teams would meet shortly to work through their diplomatic differences, including a dispute over the city of Manbij. Turkey has threatened to attack US-allied Kurdish forces in Manbij, whom they regard as terrorists.

White House: New bipartisan DACA plan “giant amnesty”
…The White House has been very clear on the terms it will accept for granting a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and normalization of the program. They want a border wall and an end to broad family-unification or “chain migration” practices in order to keep the problem from recurring. Donald Trump went so far as to issue a veto threat for anything that doesn’t fully resolve the issue.

SEC blocks Chicago Stock Exchange sale to China-based investors
U.S. regulators on Thursday killed the politically sensitive sale of the Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX) to a group led by China-based investors, saying a lack of information on the would-be buyers threatened the ability to properly monitor the exchange after the deal. The move…ends a two-year battle to gain approval for the sale and underscores the more hostile environment facing Chinese buyers…

Egypt halts deliveries of diesel into Gaza
Egypt stopped allowing diesel shipments to enter the Gaza Strip Wednesday, causing the strip’s power station to cease operations. As a result, residents have been limited to three hours of electricity a day. A meeting was thus called by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in light of the dire situation…

Muslims outraged as the Coliseum in Rome to be lit up in red February 24th, to draw attention to Islamic persecution of Christians around the world
How about lighting up the Vatican in red, to draw attention to the fact that Pope Francis keeps encouraging non-Muslim countries to take in even more Muslim invaders whose religion advocates the killing or enslavement of Christians who refuse to convert to Islam?

END OF TIMES: Did the Final War of Gog and Magog Just Begin in Syria?
Israel and Iran made direct military contact on Saturday for the first time, signaling a significant escalation in the multinational entanglement in Syria. This development contains unique elements that several end-of-days experts say presages the Messianic war of Gog and Magog.

Gen. Jerry Boykin: Obama ‘Weaponized’ US Intelligence
Gen. Jerry Boykin, a U.S. Delta Force commander who served as deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, tells Newsmax that the Obama administration “weaponized the intelligence community against our own people.”

Video: Second Shooter Reported in Florida Massacre
Eyewitness says she heard shots fired down hall while talking to suspect!

6th Graders Asked: How Comfortable Are You At A Gay Bar?
A teacher is under fire after giving a quiz to 6th-grade students asking how comfortable they are in situations such as meeting a “female-to-male transsexual.”

Alleged Shooter “On Meds”: Why SSRIs Are Suicide Murder Pills
Mainstream media will never talk about THIS aspect of virtually every shooting because Big Pharma is their sponsor. Buried in a local report on the background of the alleged Parkland shooter is a family member saying he was on meds for his emotional/mental issues.

Broward Sheriff: Give Police the Power to Involuntarily Commit People Who Raise ‘Red Flags’
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Thursday called for more first responders, more mental health treatment, and more power for police to involuntarily commit people who raise what he called “red flags.”

Strange: Responders Throw BODY BAG in Back of Truck Amid Florida Shooting
What’s in the bag? Footage shows possible violation of protocol

Why The Media Stopped Reporting The Russia Collusion Story
The media stopped reporting The Russia Collusion story because they helped create it. The press has played an active role in the Trump-Russia collusion story since its inception. It helped birth it.

IT’S COMING: Iran is on the march to Israel’s northern border
Iran has created a foothold in Syria that only stands to grow stronger, warns Orit Perlov, an analyst at the Institute for National Security Studies.

Florida mass shooting: Another deranged Democrat obsessed with guns, violence and “resistance”
…it’s important that you know the real facts about this shooter. In summary, the shooter (“Nicolas de Jesus Cruz”) is another deranged Democrat who is obsessed with guns, violence and “resistance.” Here are the facts you need to know:

Hijab Compulsory In Around 150 UK Schools, Government Too ‘Politically Correct’ to Step In 
Around 150 schools have made it compulsory for children to wear the hijab and the government is too politically correct to step in and do anything about it, according to the former head of Ofsted.

The Chinese Military Is Surpassing the American Forces
…Under Obama, US military spending decreased. China’s military spending increased by 120%. The importance of this spending gap cannot be overstated…Where have we seen this before? Building an economy based on military spending is how Hitler revived the post-World War I German economy which had descended into hyperinflation and utter chaos, and we know how this turned out.


February 16, 2018

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Mitt Romney on Friday was set to announce his campaign for Utah’s Senate seat that will almost certainly succeed, and will only be burdened by attributes that candidates normally kill for – – universal name recognition and the captivated attention of the national press corps…. (more)


February 15, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Mitt Romney’s ascension to Congress’s upper chamber may be a safe bet, but that doesn’t mean he’ll have an easy road. Just as the news broke indicating Romney will announce his candidacy for Orrin Hatch’s, R-Utah, Senate seat on Thursday, Utah’s Republican Party chairman slammed the former presidential candidate. “I think he’s keeping out candidates that I think would be a better fit for Utah because, let’s face it, Mitt Romney doesn’t live here, his kids weren’t born here, he doesn’t shop here,” Rob Anderson said in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, further accusing Romney of “using name recognition to win a seat.”… (more)

February 15, 2018
BYRON YORK — Observers are buzzing about a series of events in the last 60 days in the case of Michael Flynn, the Trump national security adviser who on Dec. 1 pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI in the Trump-Russia investigation. The new developments might add up to very little or they might be significant. In any event, they are raising eyebrows…. (more)

February 15, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Back in early December, Trump fans started throwing stuff at me for suggesting that we await more information about FBI agent Peter Strzok before demanding that he be drawn and quartered. Yes, it was clear that Strzok engaged in serious misconduct: The married G-man’s reported extramarital affair with his married FBI colleague Lisa Page was scandalous not only for the obvious reasons but as potential blackmail material against counterintelligence agents…. (more)

February 15, 2018
BOB UNRUH — Bruce Ohr, the demoted Department of Justice official who provided information to the FBI for the anti-Trump “dossier,” did not disclose to the bureau that the opposition-research firm that produced the dossier was paying his wife, according to newly obtained government documents…. (more)

February 15, 2018

NEWSMAX — Former CIA Director John Brennan is in a “world of trouble” over statements he has made concerning British spy Christopher Steele’s dossier linking President Donald Trump to Russia, former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino said Monday…. (more)


February 15, 2018
DAILY CALLER — White House problems with the Democrats’ “rebuttal memo” on the surveillance of Trump associates are genuine and the document could disclose “sources and methods,” California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence confirmed…. (more)

February 15, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — With dozens of Dreamers looking on from the viewing gallery, the Senate was unable to muster the votes to approve an amnesty for them and 1.8 million other illegal immigrants, leaving their fate in doubt with just weeks to go before many of them start to lose their DACA protections…. (more)

February 15, 2018
DAILY CALLER — Justice Clarence Thomas decried the contemporary culture of victimhood during remarks Thursday, telling an audience at the Library of Congress that constant aggrievement would exhaust the country…. (more)

February 15, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., spoke pessimistically Thursday about preventing mass shootings like the one that took place in his home state a day earlier. “I’m trying to be clear and honest here, if someone’s decided I’m going to commit this crime, they will find a way to get the gun to do it,” Rubio said in a Senate floor speech. “That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a law to make it harder; it just means understand, to be honest, it isn’t going to stop this from happening.”… (more)

February 15, 2018

CBS NEWS — The leader of a white nationalist militia Thursday night appeared to walk back his earlier statements that Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of his group. Law enforcement in Tallahassee, Florida, said they had no record of Cruz being part of the organization…. (more)


February 15, 2018
CBS NEWS — Seventeen people were killed and more than two dozen others were wounded when 19-year-old Nikolas Jacob Cruz allegedly opened fire on Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus in Florida. Pictured are 14 of the victims who were killed in Parkland, Florida…. (more)

February 15, 2018
NEWSMAX — The alleged shooter in Wednesday’s Florida high school massacre had gone through mental health treatment but had stopped attending the sessions at least a year ago, according to a new report. Broward County Mayor Beam Furr told CNN the shooter, identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, had a history of mental illness before he allegedly shot and killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida…. (more)

February 15, 2018
NEWSMAX — Educators should consider employing armed combat veterans to protect students against the kind of senseless violence that claimed the lives of 17 people at a Florida high school, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik tells Newsmax TV…. (more)

February 14, 2018
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE — The Utah Republican Party chairman blasted Mitt Romney’s anticipated Senate run, hitting him for “essentially doing what Hillary Clinton did in New York” – – campaigning in a state he hasn’t spent much time in. “I think he’s keeping out candidates that I think would be a better fit for Utah because let’s face it Mitt Romney doesn’t live here, his kids weren’t born here, he doesn’t shop here,” Rob Anderson told The Salt Lake Tribune in an interview…. (more)

February 14, 2018

NEWSMAX — Former FBI director James Comey told lawmakers last March that the FBI agents who interviewed retired Gen. Michael Flynn, who briefly served in the Trump White House, said Flynn did not lie to them – – which contradicts what the Russia probe has concluded…. (more)


February 14, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — The Schiff memo, principally authored by Democratic staff on the House Intelligence Committee under the direction of ranking member Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), is the response to the Nunes memo, which was composed by the committee’s Republican staff under the direction of Chairman Devin Nunes (R., Calif.)…. (more)

February 13, 2018

BOSTON HERALD — At the ceremony yesterday to unveil portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama, the former president joked that artist Kehinde Wiley cheerfully ignored almost all of his suggestions. “He listened very thoughtfully to what I had to say before doing exactly what he always intended to do,” Obama said. “I tried to negotiate less gray hair, but Kehinde’s artistic integrity would not allow it. I tried to negotiate smaller ears and struck out on that as well.”… (more)


February 13, 2018
ALAN KEYES — “Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils…. (more)

February 12, 2018
NEWSMAX — Sen. Rand Paul lashed out Sunday at his own party, calling members “hypocritical” for passing tax cuts – – and then turning around and voting for spending increases. In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” the Kentucky Republican said the support for both doesn’t make fiscal sense…. (more)

February 12, 2018

WASHINGTON TIMES — Rep. Jim Jordan says the swamp struck back with the passage of a massive budget deal that increases government spending by $300 billion. “I’m saying the swamp won and the American taxpayer lost,” Mr. Jordan, co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, said on “Fox News Sunday.”… (more)


February 12, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Few things produce bipartisanship more than spending other people’s money. This week’s deal to add $320 billion to the deficit over the next 20 months and set the stage for $1.8 trillion more in deficits over the next decade has won strong reviews from those who want to see Democrats and Republicans get along better…. (more)

February 12, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump’s second budget will cut $3 trillion in spending over the next 10 years, White House officials indicated Sunday night, but won’t be balanced. Instead of balancing the budget, the Trump administration will tout lowering the debt relative to the economy in its budget document, to be released Monday…. (more)

February 12, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney defended the fact that his fiscal year 2019 budget request does not balance, and said Monday that Congress’ rejection of his savings proposals has put a balanced budget out of reach. “It’s not hypocritical,” said Mulvaney, a self-professed deficit hawk who pushed hard for spending cuts as a member of Congress. “It’s simply adjusting to the Washington, D.C., we live in.”… (more)

February 12, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, was adamant Sunday he would not accept an immigration bill dealing with both increased border security and a pathway for citizenship for so-called Dreamers, or immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children…. (more)

MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

FEB. 16, 2018

Guns and Culture: Two Presidents Reveal the Divide

Obama blames guns, while Trump talks culture. Given the Left’s destruction of culture, Trump is right.

THE FOUNDATION

“If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it?” —Benjamin Franklin


This ‘n’ That

  • This is a great interview with John MacArthur. He is so faithful and so consistent, as demonstrated by his now 49 years of ministry at Grace Community Church.
  • “Complementarianism does not mean so emphasizing male leadership that the voice of women is never heard…”
  • I’m with Seinfeld, especially when it comes to the luge.
  • Diabetes runs strong on both sides of my family. It helps to know the symptoms.
  • The world likes to think that truth is relative.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • These two deserved to win.
  • This is big news in some circles.
  • You really ought to give up these things for Lent.
  • Please pray for the families of these victims.
  • The way I see it, if you want to eat something healthy, you don’t go to McDonald’s.
  • A look at figure skating costumes through the years.
One of the most serious problems facing the orthodox Christian church today is the problem of legalism. One of the most serious problems facing the church in Paul’s day was the problem of legalism. In every day it is the same. Legalism wrenches the joy of the Lord from the Christian believer, and with the joy of the Lord goes his power for vital worship and vibrant service. Nothing is left but cramped, somber, dull and listless profession. The truth is betrayed, and the glorious name of the Lord becomes a synonym for a gloomy kill-joy. The Christian under law is a miserable parody of the real thing. —S. Lewis Johnson, “The Paralysis of Legalism” (emphasis added)
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Headlines – 2/16/2018

Abbas refuses reconciliation until Hamas cedes control of Gaza – PA ex-minister

Intel report: W. Bank stabilized, Gaza on edge after Trump J’lem decision

Palestinians threaten protests over new Damascus Gate watchposts

Hamas decries US bill sanctioning ‘human shields’ practice

More Palestinians Are Dying Waiting to Get Medical Treatment Because Israel Won’t Give Them Travel Permits

Egypt halts deliveries of diesel into Gaza

As Gaza Strip deteriorates, Israel turns to world for help

Netanyahu to Attend Top German Security Conference Despite Crisis at Home

Ahead of Munich confab, Netanyahu says he won’t accept limits on Syria strikes

Tillerson rejects Israeli official’s claim that US is ‘not in the game’ in Syria

US and Iran call on each other to withdraw from Syria

Analysis: The Syrian War is now threatening world peace

The War in Syria Has Entered a Dangerous New Phase

U.S. Military Mission In Syria Endures As ISIS Nears Defeat

Lebanon tells US committed to calm at Israel border

Tillerson: Growing Hezbollah arsenal a threat to Lebanon

Egypt: 53 militants killed in massive security operation

Egypt army: Militants looking to Sinai for new home base

Tillerson meets Turkey’s Erdogan for ‘open’ talks after weeks of strain

Tillerson says US recognises Turkish right to secure borders, calls for restraint in Syria

Turkey to US: remove Kurdish fighters from anti-ISIS force

No ‘bloody nose’ plan for North Korea: U.S. official, senators

Mike Pence on Why He Ignored Kim Jong Un’s Sister: Leads Propaganda for ‘Evil We Have Witnessed Rarely’

Pentagon looks to counter rivals’ hypersonic missiles

U.S. court says Trump travel ban unlawfully discriminates against Muslims

Multiple immigration plans blocked in Senate, after Trump calls one proposal a ‘total catastrophe’

White House threatens veto for immigration plan DHS says would create ‘sanctuary nation’

Rick Gates is set to finalize a plea deal with Mueller and become the third cooperating witness in the Russia probe

US blames Russia for ‘largest cyber attack in history’

Thousands of FedEx Customer Records Exposed by Unsecured Server

Mortgage rates rise to nearly four-year high on inflation concerns

Dow Jumps 200 Points as Markets Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Inflation

Dow returns to 25,000 as stocks mount rally

Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand

Dubai space center is joining the race to Mars

Enriched Uranium Particle Appears Over Alaska – and No One Knows Why

Fukushima operator ordered to pay $10 million in new damages

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Amahai, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Adak, Alaska

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits North of Severnaya Zemlya

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Mayon volcano in the Philippines erupts to 10,000ft

Small earthquake in southeastern New Hampshire Thursday morning

Water use climbs in California enclaves as drought returns

Human/AI hybrids and gene editing are going to change mankind in a big way

Eli rabbi: homosexuality a ‘problem to be exterminated’

Florida school shooting suspect belonged to white supremacist group

Huckabee says US should follow Israel’s lead to prevent mass shootings

Trump avoids talk of gun curbs after Florida school shooting

Trump says school shooting a scene of ‘hatred and evil,’ shows need for mental-health services

Broward Sheriff: Give Police the Power to Involuntarily Commit People Who Raise ‘Red Flags’

Twin brothers arrested in NYC on explosives charges after authorities find bomb-making materials

Sandy Simpson – Real Revival

On the Adulterous Affair of Ravi Zacharias and the Cover-Up

Samuel Rodriguez: Illegal Immigration is Necessary to Grow the Church

A royal error: Brian Simmons’ (The Passion Version) knavish translation of Psalm 91

Heidi Baker Brings Her Demons to I.H.O.P. – International House of Prayer

Perry Noble Says 47 People Received Christ Through His Online Church

Apollo Quiboloy, Megachurch Pastor Who Claims to Be Appointed Son of God, Detained With Piles of Cash

Vice President Pence Blasts ABC’s ‘The View’: Christianity Is NOT a Mental Illness

Massachusetts Elementary School Principal Announces That He Identifies as a Woman – FYI – This Is Mental Illness

Chinese Unregistered Church Prevented from Holding Services as Authorities Impose Fine

Idols in the Temple of God

Purgatory – A Place of Torment for Dying Catholics to Anticipate

Kris Vallotton — Prostituting a False Gospel and His Imagined Poverty Mindset

Gloria “Flu, I Bind You” Copeland Is a Witch……

Sovereign Grace Leaders Say Sexual Abuse Allegations Have Damaged Innocent Pastors and Churches

Southern Baptists Fight to Continue Chain Migration

Open Doors Rebuilds Nearly 700 Christian Homes Destroyed by ISIS in Nineveh Plains

How Great is This Darkness – The Return of Indulgences

Scholarship, Dogs, and Sarcasm – Did an 11th Century Rabbi Plant the Seeds of Dispensationalisms Dual Covenant Theology?

Chris Rosebrough interviews Costi Hinn about his book ‘Defining Deception’

Gaggle of Lady Preachers Do Immigration Propaganda Video

Bad News for Gaither Followers – Gloria Gaither Praises New Age Teachers Sue Monk Kidd and Richard Rohr

Ralph Stair – Judge rules Colleton Co. cult preacher will stand trial

Pa. pastor caught by cops in car with bound naked man says he was counseling him

Bulldozer Tears Down Evangelical Church in Sudan Over ‘Public Disturbance,’ Authorities Take Bibles

 

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February 13, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

This year’s midterm elections are a “potential target” for Russian influence operations, with Moscow likely to exploit social media and other platforms to fuel divisions, according to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, the top U.S. spy.

U.S. forces killed More than 200 Russian mercenaries in Syria last week in what may be the deadliest clash between citizens of the former foes since the Cold War, according to one U.S. official and three Russians familiar with the matter.

The nation’s intelligence agencies are warning, in the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment, of global instability if climate change continues unabated, according to a report submitted for a hearing Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization will make the U.S. and Germany the locations for two new military headquarters that mark the first upgrade of the alliance’s command structure since the end of the Cold War, according to officials.

Kim Jong Un expressed satisfaction with South Korea’s treatment of his sister during a visit to mark the opening of the Winter Olympics, and called for more efforts to improve ties between the countries.

A Trump administration proposal to reduce food-stamp benefits is casting a cloud over U.S. dollar-store chains. Shares of Dollar Tree Inc. and Dollar General Corp. both dropped on Monday after President Donald Trump unveiled the plan, which would slash cash payments and substitute them with packages of food — potentially one of the biggest shake-ups in the history of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

In what would be one of the biggest shakeups of the U.S. food-stamp program in its five-decade history, President Donald Trump is proposing to slash cash payments and substitute them with “100 percent American grown food” given to recipients.

The U.S. budget deficit widened in the first four months of the fiscal year as growth in spending exceeded revenue. The U.S. fiscal gap increased by 11 percent to $175.7 billion between October and January from the same period a year earlier.

For two centuries, it has been a totem of America’s gun culture — a name emblazoned on frontier flintlocks and U.S. Army .45s. But on Monday Remington Outdoor Co., which traces its history back to 1816, said it would file for bankruptcy protection, succumbing to a slump in business worsened by, of all things, a president who has steadfastly supported Americans’ right to bear arms.

AP Top Stories

The Trump administration’s Education Department will no longer investigate complaints filed by transgender students who are kept from using the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity.

A top Kuwaiti official condemned on Tuesday a call by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to evacuate his country’s workers from Kuwait, suggesting Duterte could damage ties between the two countries. Duterte said last week that his government would ask private airlines to evacuate Filipino nationals from Kuwait within 72 hours, after the discovery of the dead body of a Filipino migrant worker in a freezer.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas visits Russia on Monday in a bid to secure Russian President Vladimir Putin’s support following Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

President Donald Trump has said he will expand and update the US nuclear arsenal in “far, far in excess of anybody else,” in a departure from nearly 50 years of US policy. “We’re going to have the strongest military we’ve ever had by far,” Mr. Trump told reporters.

In early January 2018, Boeing announced it’s developing a concept for a hypersonic reconnaissance and strike drone that could compete with Lockheed’s own SR-72. Both Boeing’s “Valkyrie II” concept and Lockheed’s “Son of Blackbird” could be capable of cruising at speeds exceeding Mach 5, potentially allowing them to evade all but the most sophisticated enemy defenses.

Amazon.com is cutting hundreds of jobs in its consumer business in Seattle, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday, as the company shifts resources into fast-growing areas like its work on voice assistant Alexa.

Price manipulation in the cryptocurrency space is “unavoidable” but will disappear once the market has matured, the head of cryptocurrency firm NEM said Tuesday. “Price manipulation is not something new.

BBC

A Nigerian court has jailed a Boko Haram militant involved in the 2014 kidnapping of the Chibok girls. Haruna Yahaya, 35, is the first member of the group to be sentenced for playing a part in the mass abduction.

The Australian Football League (AFL) has agreed for the first time to allow a transgender footballer to play women’s football at state level.

Police in Portugal have detained a man at Lisbon’s international airport accused of carrying 2.2lb of cocaine in fake buttocks. The drug seized would have been enough to make 5,000 individual doses of cocaine.

WND

This is where we are: A primary school in Philadelphia will give its students a crisp $100 bill at graduation if they go the whole year without getting into any physical scuffles.

Conservative Catholics are expressing shock at Pope Francis’ zeal in embracing the totalitarian government of China by first agreeing to replace underground church leaders with state-chosen hacks and now with a top Vatican official saying “those who best realize the social doctrine of the church are the Chinese.”

Single people are more likely to not only embrace solitude, but benefit from it, recent studies have suggested.


The Briefing — Tuesday, February 13, 2018

1) A perfect storm over religious liberty and the moral revolution

Religion Dispatches (Patrick Hornbeck) –
LGBTQ Equality Pendulum “Abruptly” Swinging Back as Religious Exemptions Gain Victories

2) Massachusetts legislators consider bill that would eliminate conscience clauses

AP (Steve LeBlanc) –
Massachusetts bill would bar companies from citing religious exemptions

3) What is required to coerce agents of life into being agents of death?

Daily Mail (Jenny Johnston) –
The midwife hounded out of her job after 30 years (and 5,000 babies) because she refused to supervise abortions

4) What American viewers aren’t noticing when they watch one British TV show

5) Who is really helping the poor and how?

Wall Street Journal (David Henderson) –
A War on the Rich Won’t Help the Poor


News – 2/13/2018


February 13, 2018
ALAN KEYES — “Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils…. (more)

February 12, 2018
NEWSMAX — Sen. Rand Paul lashed out Sunday at his own party, calling members “hypocritical” for passing tax cuts – – and then turning around and voting for spending increases. In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” the Kentucky Republican said the support for both doesn’t make fiscal sense…. (more)

February 12, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Rep. Jim Jordan says the swamp struck back with the passage of a massive budget deal that increases government spending by $300 billion. “I’m saying the swamp won and the American taxpayer lost,” Mr. Jordan, co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, said on “Fox News Sunday.”… (more)


February 12, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Few things produce bipartisanship more than spending other people’s money. This week’s deal to add $320 billion to the deficit over the next 20 months and set the stage for $1.8 trillion more in deficits over the next decade has won strong reviews from those who want to see Democrats and Republicans get along better…. (more)

February 12, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump’s second budget will cut $3 trillion in spending over the next 10 years, White House officials indicated Sunday night, but won’t be balanced. Instead of balancing the budget, the Trump administration will tout lowering the debt relative to the economy in its budget document, to be released Monday…. (more)

February 12, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney defended the fact that his fiscal year 2019 budget request does not balance, and said Monday that Congress’ rejection of his savings proposals has put a balanced budget out of reach. “It’s not hypocritical,” said Mulvaney, a self-professed deficit hawk who pushed hard for spending cuts as a member of Congress. “It’s simply adjusting to the Washington, D.C., we live in.”… (more)

February 12, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, was adamant Sunday he would not accept an immigration bill dealing with both increased border security and a pathway for citizenship for so-called Dreamers, or immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children…. (more)

February 12, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Washington’s liberal establishment suddenly is running from the Democratic Party’s Russia dossier, which for months was fodder for Democrats to hurl charges against President Trump and his campaign. A new liberal narrative has arisen since Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, launched a probe to find out who funded the salacious, unverified dossier and how the FBI used it against Trump people…. (more)

February 12, 2018
ART MOORE — A former Soviet-bloc spy chief who famously defected to the United States during the Cold War says the effort by the Democratic Party during the 2016 election to distribute a bogus anti-Trump “dossier” filled with Russian propaganda and use it to obtain a warrant to spy on the opposition campaign is reminiscent of disinformation operations he was asked to carry out for his boss, dictator Nicolae Ceausescu…. (more)

February 12, 2018
NEWSMAX — Prominent evangelist Franklin Graham said Sunday President Donald Trump may not be “the greatest” example of the Christian faith, but lauded him for doing his part “defending the faith and standing strong on that.”… (more)

February 12, 2018
WORLDNETDAILY — The difference between the Obama and Trump administrations in acknowledging God in America has been stark. Obama, in eight Thanksgiving Day proclamations, referenced God a total of only five times, outside of quotes, while Trump’s first proclamation alone cited God six times…. (more)

February 12, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Playing themselves as train passengers in The 15:17 to Paris, Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler – – the three young Americans who on August 21, 2015, spontaneously subdued and walloped an Islamic terrorist, thus preventing mass murder on board the Thalys No. 9364 train – – humbly reenact that legendary heroism…. (more)


February 12, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Sen. Ron Wyden, the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, is calling on the Treasury Department to disclose banking and real estate records associated with President Trump’s sale of a Palm Beach, Fla., mansion to a Russian billionaire…. (more)

February 12, 2018
NEW YORK POST — For law enforcement, Congress and even journalists, exposing misdeeds is like peeling an onion. Each layer you remove gets you closer to the truth. So it is with the scandalous behavior of the FBI during its probe into whether President Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia in 2016. One layer at a time, we’re learning how flawed and dirty that probe was…. (more)

February 10, 2018
FAMILIES BLOG — According to new statistics, autism rates in California have exploded since the introduction of the mandatory vaccine bill last year. Following the introduction of the controversial SB277 bill, signed by Governor Jerry Brown, autism rates have risen a staggering 17%. Althealthworks.com reports: The state of California passed its controversial mandatory vaccination law (SB 277), which removed personal and religious reasons from the list of being exempt from vaccinations, with the goal of increasing vaccination rates…. (more)


February 10, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump signed a bipartisan spending bill Friday morning, saying it will provide stable funding for the military and help the economy. “Our Military will now be stronger than ever before,” Mr. Trumptweeted. “We love and need our Military and gave them everything – – and more. First time this has happened in a long time.”… (more)

February 10, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The White House counsel said Friday night that President Trump cannot declassify a House Democratic memo on FBI surveillance abuses in the Russia probe because it “contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages.” White House counsel Don McGahn told House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes that although the president is “inclined” to release the memo, the Justice Department believes disclosing certain portions of it “would create especially significant concerns for the national security and law enforcement interests.”… (more)


February 10, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — In a word, the Grassley-Graham memo is shocking. Yet, the press barely notices. Rest assured: If a Republican administration had used unverifiable hearsay from a patently suspect agent of the Republican presidential candidate to gull the FISA court into granting a warrant to spy on an associate of the Democratic nominee’s campaign, it would be covered as the greatest political scandal in a half-century…. (more)

February 10, 2018
BYRON YORK — One of the most remarkable takeaways from the new documents released in the Trump-Russia investigation is the degree to which FBI officials were determined to believe dossier author Christopher Steele – – even after it became clear he had lied to them. In their drive to win a warrant to wiretap sometime Trump volunteer Carter Page – – along with Paul Manafort, one of only two Trump figures known to be wiretapped in the investigation – – the bureau rested most of its case on Steele’s information, and the officials who filed the warrant application seemed resolved to believe Steele even after his credibility came into question…. (more)

February 10, 2018
BOB UNRUH — The Obamacare individual mandate was dropped precipitously when the tax-reform package was signed into law just before Christmas. Now a second much-reviled Obamacare provision, its “death panel,” has been repealed in this week’s two-year spending plan adopted by Congress in the wee hours of Friday morning and signed by President Trump…. (more)

February 10, 2018
BOB UNRUH — A state commission in Colorado that punished Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips for refusing to use his artistry to promote same-sex marriage could be eliminated. Future funding for the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, where one member even likened Christians to Nazis, failed in a vote in the state’s Joint Budget Committee…. (more)

February 9, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The government careened Friday morning into its second partial shutdown in less than three weeks – – though this one appeared likely to be short-lived. Sen. Rand Paul forced the government to go beyond the midnight deadline when current funding expired, staging a protest against the potentially $2.1 trillion budget bill required to keep the cash spigot flowing…. (more)


February 9, 2018
GREG COROMBOS — Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., is slamming Republican congressional leaders for caving to spending demands by Democrats in a two-year budget bill that he anticipates will spark trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see while Republicans unilaterally surrender their greatest weapon for passing meaningful entitlement, welfare, or health care reforms…. (more)


February 9, 2018
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — The Watergate scandal of 1972 – -74 was uncovered largely because of outraged Democratic politicians and a bulldog media. They both claimed that they had saved American democracy from the Nixon administration’s attempt to warp the CIA and FBI to cover up an otherwise minor, though illegal, political break-in…. (more)

February 9, 2018
THE GATEWAY PUNDIT — On Tuesday, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) released a “much-less redacted,” version of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s criminal referral of dossier author Christopher Steele. Comey is in hot water. The unredacted memo reveals the FBI misled the FISA court about Christopher Steele’s contacts with media outlets…. (more)

Don’t Use Facebook’s Onavo VPN: It’s Designed to Spy On You
You may have seen a new button in Facebook’s mobile app lately: under the Settings menu, a “Protect” option leads you to download an app called Onavo Protect. Don’t do it.

Expert: Sweden Has Become a ‘Base’ for International Radical Islamic Extremist Networks
Swedish researcher Peder Hyllengren of the Swedish Defence College has claimed that Sweden has become a hub of international Islamic extremism and that hundreds of Swedish residents have built up a vast network of jihadi contacts.

UK unveils extremism blocking tool
The UK government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect jihadist content and block it from being viewed. Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the BBC she would not rule out forcing technology companies to use it by law. Ms Rudd is visiting the US to meet tech companies to discuss the idea, as well as other efforts to tackle extremism.

Iran Unveils New Homemade Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missiles Amid Massive War Celebrations
Iran unveiled a series of new homemade nuclear-capable ballistic missiles during military parades held over the weekend… On the heels of an encounter between an Iranian drone and Israeli forces, Iranian leaders showcased their ballistic missile capabilities, which includes a nuclear-capable medium-range missile that appears to share similarities with North Korean technology, according to experts.

A.I. will be ‘billions of times’ smarter than humans and man needs to merge with it
Artificial intelligence could be “billions of times smarter” than humans and people may need to merge with computers to survive… Speaking on a panel …at the World Government Summit in Dubai, Futurizon’s Ian Pearson’s comments mirrored ideas put forward by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “The fact is that AI can go further than humans, it could be billions of times smarter than humans at this point,” Pearson said. “So we really do need to make sure that we have some means of keeping up.

Trump not following through on threat to cut aid over Jerusalem vote
US President Donald Trump threatened in December to cut funding for countries voting at the UN against his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but…not a single country lost funding for that reason. According to Buzzfeed, countries such as Zimbabwe, Somalia, and Nigeria, which were among the 128 nations that voted in favor of a UN resolution cancelling the American recognition, are still set to receive aid as part of next year’s budget.

Either Former FBI Director Comey or Former NatSec Advisor Susan Rice is Lying Based on Yesterday’s Email Released by Senator Grassley
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley uncovered an unusual email former NatSec Advisor to Barack Obama, Susan Rice sent herself on January 20th 2017–Donald Trump’s inauguration day. The email clearly implicates either Susan Rice or shamed former FBI Director James Comey in a lie!

Dry, hot California winter closes ski resorts, stalls wildflower blooms and revives drought fears
In the Sierra Nevada, snowpack levels are running below even the darkest days of the drought, with cross-country ski resorts closed and mountain biking becoming the sport of choice until the snow returns. In the Bay Area, cities like San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Rosa are experiencing the hottest starts to a year on record. And Southern California remains in the grip of unprecedented dry and hot conditions, despite a weak storm that moved in Monday. February is historically a wet month, but not this year. And the long-term forecast offers little hope for relief.

California now suing to shut up Christian speech
The state of California’s lawsuit against a Christian who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on religious grounds is a frivolous case meant to chill the baker’s free-speech rights, contends a petition to dismiss the case.

Damascus warns Israel of ‘more surprises’ in Syria
Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed the F-16 as it returned from a retaliatory bombing raid on Iran-backed positions in Syria after the incursion of an Iranian drone into Israeli airspace early on Saturday. Both Iran and Russia are supporting President Bashar Assad in Syria’s near seven-year civil war.

Trump proposes cutting all federal funds for NPR, PBS
The 2019 federal budget that the White House unveiled Monday again proposes cutting all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funnels money to NPR and PBS.

‘The world must know: We will apply sovereignty’
According to Shaked, Israel must act in accordance with its own interests. “Begin did not hold talks with the White House about imposing sovereignty over the Golan. He simply did it. It’s clear that all the countries of the world, as well as the United States, will not accept the application of sovereignty easily.”

France: Migrant Crisis Spirals Out of Control
Hundreds of Africans and Asians armed with knives and iron rods fought running street battles in the northern port city of Calais on February 1, less than two weeks after French President Emmanuel Macron visited the area and pledged to crack down on illegal immigration. The clashes plunged Calais — emblematic of Europe’s failure to control mass migration — into a war zone and reinforced the perception that French authorities have lost control of the country’s security situation.

US Finally Admits “No Evidence” Assad Used Sarin Gas 
Secretary of Defense James Mattis stated on or about February 2nd, 2018 that the United States has “no evidence” that the Syrian government used the banned nerve agent Sarin against its own people in attacks in 2013 and 2017.

Social Media Giants Meet For Orwellian Control
Reps from Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube faced a British Parliamentary committee on U.S. soil at George Washington University. They were reminded of their own unchecked power to gather their users’ data. Oddly enough, after demonizing the social media giant’s reach, the Orwellian panel dove headfirst into the need to control free speech.

Top Uranium One Executive Killed in Russian Plane Crash
The passenger death list for the Russian AN-148 passenger plane carrying 71 people that crashed yesterday, has been released revealing Ivanov Vyacheslav, the top CFO of Rosatom/RuaniumOne, amongst the dead.  Vyacheslav was involved in Hillary Clinton’s Uranium One deal with Russia back in 2009 under Obama.

Islamic Republic of Iran has used $1,700,000,000 Obama gave it to finance jihad terrorists
Obama paid billions to a regime that requires its citizens to chant “Death to America.” That regime has used the money to finance jihad terrorists who want to see America’s destruction and are actively working against American interests. Treason is defined as giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Obama ought to be charged with treason.

Evidence Suggests Former FBI Head of Counter Intelligence, Bill Priestap, is Obamagate’s ‘Deep Throat’!
More and more evidence is beginning to suggest the Former FBI Head of Counter Intelligence, Bill Priestap, is Obamagate’s ‘deep throat’ – the insider providing information to government investigators about the Obama crime syndicate!

Obama policy helped create No. 1 African threat
…Newsweek asked whether the “role the Obama administration played in the North African country’s instability” could be blamed for the newly developing slave trade there. Now, a new report from the Congressional Research Service warns that it’s even worse

Feds to give all your health data to researchers
The federal government has just launched a 10-year, $1.5 billion project for which researchers want your information. All of it. Medical records, mental-health records, lifestyle details, personal habits, physical measurements, blood pressure, height, weight, blood and urine samples, details on health-care visits, procedures, medications, and electronic health records, among others. Oh, and DNA, too. It’s called All of Us and scientists say they want at least one million people to be under observation on an ongoing basis.

Trump orders US military to shoot down North Korean missiles
US President Donald Trump has ordered military to shoot down any missile launched from North Korea and heading toward Guam or the United States. Sources close to the White House national security team told the media on Thursday the order was issued to the US military in the wake of last month’s threat by North Korea to fire a ballistic missile toward Guam, a US territory.

Intel’s New “Smart Glasses” Shoot Laser Beam Directly Into Your Retina
For anyone who wanted a pair of Google glasses but didn’t want to look like a lazy Borg cosplay, Intel may have just what you need. Just one catch; you have to be OK with a laser firing photons directly into your retina.

Mid-Day Snapshot

Feb. 13, 2018

McConnell’s DACA Strategy: Let Demos Look Extreme

“Throwing Schumer as much rope as he’s willing to take and inviting the Democrats to go hang themselves with it.”

The Foundation

“On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” —Thomas Jefferson (1823)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: February 13

  • GOP’s Silence on Deficits Under Trump Marks Turnabout (Read More)
  • Investors start looking abroad (Read More)
  • Cold War Rivals Risk Direct Conflict in Syria (Read More)
  • Ex-Prosecutors Take Frustrations With Trump to the Campaign Trail (Read More)
  • Amazon’s Latest Ambition: To Be a Major Hospital Supplier (Read More)
  • In Shift, U.S. Signals Readiness to Talk With North Korea (Read More)
  • Volatile Markets Make Tomorrow’s CPI Report a Reason to Worry (Read More)
  • Shale Output Hasn’t Grown This Fast Since Oil Was at $100 (Read More)
  • Exxon Sues Its Antagonists in a Fierce Climate-Change Lawsuit (Read More)
  • PepsiCo beats sales estimates on snacks boost (Read More)
  • OPEC Revises Crude Supply Forecasts on Higher U.S. Production (Read More)
  • U.S. to push for ‘reciprocal tax’ on trade partners (Read More)
  • U.S. Tax Provision May Sting Foreign Firms (Read More)
  • Israel Says U.S. Not in Syria ‘Game’ (Read More)
  • The Biggest Political Spender at Trump Properties Is Trump (Read More)
  • Iraq says $4 billion needed for new downstream oil investments (Read More)
  • Harley CEO asks investors for patience as sales, stock slide (Read More)
  • Don’t take the president literally, aide says, after women deride ‘macho-fascist’ Duterte (Read More)
  • Icahn, Deason urge Xerox shareholders to oppose Fujifilm deal (Read More)

Headlines – 2/13/2018

Palestinian leader Abbas tells Putin he wants US peace role diluted

Abbas Tells Putin: ‘We Refuse to Cooperate With U.S. in Any Form’; Putin: Trump Sends Best Wishes

As Abbas asks Putin to sideline US, Trump urges new peace push

Trump told Putin before Abbas meeting: ‘Now is the time’ to forge a peace agreement

Secretary of State Tillerson using Mideast trip to advance U.S. peace plan

Tillerson: US committed to Israeli-Palestinian peace, despite Jerusalem move

Despite threat, Trump budget still funds countries that opposed Jerusalem move

PM says he’s in talks with Trump administration over settlement annexation

Palestinians blast Netanyahu claims of Israel-US talks on annexation

White House denies report it discussed West Bank annexation with Israel

Opposition MKs slam Netanyahu for ‘lying’ about annexation talks with the US

With annexation gaffe, Netanyahu blunders into first real crisis with Trump

Israel’s creeping annexation: Knesset votes to extend Israeli law to academic institutions in the West Bank

Diplomats back softened bill slashing PA funding over terror payouts

Shin Bet: Hamas funneling terror funds to West Bank, Gaza through Turkey

Hamas meets with Abbas rivals as detente with Fatah crumbles

Government approves immigration of 1,000 Ethiopian Jews for 2018

Lebanese PM warns of ‘new wars’ over multiple disputes with Israel

After years of covert proxy wars, Iran shifts to direct contact with Israel

US defense secretary: Iran is present everywhere we find trouble in Mideast

Steinitz: Assad in danger if he allows Iran to attack Israel from Syria

Iran: Nobody has the right to prevent our presence in Syria

Iran Unveils New Homemade Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missiles Amid Massive War Celebrations

UK backs Israeli actions in Syria, urges Russia to rein in Iran

Mattis: Israel has an absolute right to defend themselves

Kremlin says US diplomatic help on Syria insufficient

Russians killed in clash with US-led forces in Syria

Turkey: U.S. stalling battle against ISIS to justify backing Syrian Kurdish fighters

Islamic State calls on fighters to disrupt Egypt’s vote with attacks

In Cairo, Tillerson says US, Egypt committed to defeating Islamic State

Egypt continues Sinai crackdown as 28 militants killed, 126 arrested

ISIS’s Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is ‘alive but wounded’ in Syria hideout

Iraq says reconstruction after war on ISIS to cost $88 billion

Dubai’s Gevora, the new tallest hotel in the world, opens

Coalition: Houthis fired 95 missiles toward Saudi Arabia so far

Turkey: Relations with U.S. at make-or-break point

Trump touts infrastructure plan as alternative to ‘stupidly’ blowing money in the Middle East

A culprit for financial site glitches: you and your apps

Dow closes more than 400 points higher after its worst week in 2 years

George Soros hits back at ‘toxic, personal criticism’ and defends donation to anti-Brexit campaign

Iceland set to use more energy mining Bitcoin than powering homes

Senators flag ‘unusual’ Susan Rice email on Russia probe from Inauguration Day

Top Justice Department official Brand quit partly over fear she might be asked to oversee Russia probe

Bannon claims the #MeToo movement is poised to bring down Donald Trump

Wife of Donald Trump Jr. taken to hospital after opening envelope containing white powder

Harvard, Berkeley rank among 10 worst schools for free speech

Less-cool Facebook losing youth at fast pace: survey

Facebook is suggesting mobile users ‘Protect’ themselves…by downloading a Facebook-owned app that tracks their mobile usage

EU Enlists AI Startup in Fight Against Fake News

Equifax breach exposed more than previously thought

Trump tells Putin more steps needed to scrap North Korea nuclear program

94% of North Koreans think reunification is ‘necessary’ : US study

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Rota, Northern Mariana Islands

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Rota, Northern Mariana Islands

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Bamboo Flat, India

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Rota, Northern Mariana Islands

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 15,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Record snowfall amounts pile up around the globe

Tropical Cyclone Gita is a monster Category 4, and it’s hammering Tonga

Tropical Cyclone Gita leaves trail of destruction from American Samoa to Tonga

Heavy rain triggers dangerous flooding and landslides across parts of Southeast U.S.

Gale force winds wreak havoc on PyeongChang games

Robots take to the slopes on sidelines of Winter Games

194 cases of norovirus infection confirmed in PyeongChang

Oregon woman infected with rare “eye worm” seen only in cattle

‘We are being targeted’: Voodoo believers fear a backlash

Report: Christian Persecution is Worse Today Than Ever Before

Supposing That Gain is Godliness

“The time is short” for Jerusalem (Luke 12:54–13:9)

Enneagram: The Road Back to You, Or to Somewhere Else?

SYNERGIZE: The Ox and Eagle Anointings Collide! LeStrange and LeClaire Spoof Themselves

Liberty U. professor Karen Swallow Prior Promotes Illegal Immigration, along with gay rights, abortion, etc, etc

Flu Demon Rebuking Apostle Is Running for Swain County Commissioner in North Carolina

Pat Robertson returns to “700 Club” 10 days after stroke

California Pastor Claims Innocence After He Is Accused of Sexually Assaulting Underage Tourist

Outback Server Fired for Facebook Rant Over Not Being Tipped for Florida Megachurch’s $735 Order

Canadian Government Says Lighthouse Trails Transgender Booklet “Hate Propaganda” – Will Not Allow It In Their Country

Dutch Woman Allowed Assisted Suicide After Arguing Mental Illness Gave Her a ‘Rotten Life’

Are There Spiritual Roots to Illness and Disease?

Posted: 13 Feb 2018 06:33 AM PST

Are There Spiritual Roots to Illness and Disease?(By Mark Virkler) You sure wouldn’t think there are spiritual roots to illness when you look at the way Western medicine treats sickness. Their primary focus is to provide a drug to deal with the symptoms. 60 to 80 percent of primary care doctor visits are related to stress, yet only 3 percent of patients receive stress management help. According to Occupational Health and Safety news and the National Council on the compensation of insurance, up to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related complaints. There is an entire 50- page book, written by a Protestant minister, detailing the spiritual roots of diseases. It is A More Excellent Way to Be in Health by Henry W. Wright.

Could We Get More Healing if We Discerned the Spiritual Roots?
The possibility of spiritual roots to illness and disease is an interesting question, for if many diseases do have spiritual roots, and I am seeking healing, I sure want to ask the Lord what spiritual roots are nourishing this illness or disease, so I can repent of them and be delivered and set free. Jesus warned the lame man whom He healed, “See, you have become whole. Sin no more lest something worse happens to you” (John 5:14). So it seems clear that Jesus, to some level connected sin to infirmity. Acts 10:38 sums up Jesus’s ministry by connecting healing with oppression by the devil: “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” CONTINUE

Trump tells Putin now time for peace between Israelis and Palestinians

Posted: 13 Feb 2018 06:26 AM PST

Trump tells Putin now time for peace between Israelis and PalestiniansU.S. President Donald Trump on Monday told his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, that “now is the time” to work toward an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. The two leaders spoke on the phone shortly before Putin met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. According to statements released by both the White House and the Kremlin, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process was an important part of the conversation between the two leaders.

In the statement, the White House said that after Trump offered his condolences to Putin for the fatal plane crash that took place in Moscow over the weekend, the Russian President noted his meeting with Abbas later in the day, “and President Trump said that now is the time to work toward an enduring peace agreement.” During their meeting, Abbas told Putin he could no longer accept the role of the United States as a mediator in talks with Israel because of Washington’s behaviour, the Interfax news agency reported. READ MORE

Expert warns A.I. will be ‘billions of times’ smarter than humans and man needs to merge with i

Posted: 13 Feb 2018 06:17 AM PST

Expert warns A.I. will be ‘billions of times’ smarter than humans and man needs to merge with iArtificial intelligence could be “billions of times smarter” than humans and people may need to merge with computers to survive, a futurist told CNBC on Tuesday. Speaking on a panel hosted by CNBC at the World Government Summit in Dubai, Futurizon’s Ian Pearson’s comments mirrored ideas put forward by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “The fact is that AI can go further than humans, it could be billions of times smarter than humans at this point,” Pearson said. “So we really do need to make sure that we have some means of keeping up.

The way to protect against that is to link that AI to your brain so you have the same IQ… as the computer. I don’t actually think it’s safe, just like Elon Musk… to develop these superhuman computers until we have a direct link to the human brain… and then don’t get way ahead.” At the World Government Summit in 2017, Musk, who has warned about the power of AI in the future, said humans and machines must merge to still be relevant with the advent of more powerful technology. READ MORE

RUMORS OF WAR: Damascus warns Israel of ‘more surprises’ in Syria

Posted: 13 Feb 2018 06:10 AM PST

RUMORS OF WAR: Damascus warns Israel of ‘more surprises’ in SyriaIsrael will face “more surprises” should it again attack Syrian territory, Damascus said on Tuesday, after Syria’s air defenses shot down an advanced Israeli warplane during the fiercest flare-up between the old foes in 36 years.  The F-16 jet was hit over northern Israel on Saturday as it returned from a raid on a Syrian position blamed for launching an Iranian-made drone across the border. Iran is supporting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s near seven-year civil war.

“Have full confidence the aggressor will be greatly surprised, because it thought this war – this war of attrition Syria has been exposed to for years – had made it incapable of confronting attacks,” Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Sussan said. “God willing, they will see more surprises whenever they try to attack Syria,” Sussan said during a Damascus news conference. READ MORE

 

Scripture Signs Removed From High School Choir Room Following Complaint From Atheist Activist Group

Posted: 13 Feb 2018 06:00 AM PST

Scripture Signs Removed From High School Choir Room Following Complaint From Atheist Activist GroupSeveral displays featuring quotations from Scripture have been removed from a choir room at a public high school in Arkansas following a complaint from one of the nation’s most conspicuous professing atheist activist organizations. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter in November to the superintendent of the Searcy School District to assert that the signs, displayed by choir director Tina Niederbrach at Searcy High School, are violative of the U.S. Constitution.

According to reports, the signs included the verses, “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19); “Love binds us together in perfect harmony” (Colossians 3:14); and “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God” (Psalm 42:1).“The district violates the  Constitution when it allows schools to display religious symbols or messages. Public schools may not advance, prefer, or promote religion,” the FFRF claimed in its correspondence. READ MORE

Next wave of Facebook crackdown begins! “Toxic Content” to removed!

Posted: 13 Feb 2018 05:54 AM PST

Next wave of Facebook crackdown begins! “Toxic Content” to removed!Facebook executives have pledged to tackle fake news and online fraud after Unilever warned tech firms that it will pull lucrative advertising contracts if companies allow their platforms to “breed division”. Adam Mosseri, the social network’s head of news feed, told an audience in California that Unilever’s commitment to tackling issues such as online racism, sexism and terrorism is a “great thing”. “We think the commitment by such a large advertiser on these issues is great, it’s a great thing.

“It’s on us to make sure we deliver and meet whatever expectations that they have, but we commend the announcement,” Mr Mosseri said at the Code Media conference in Huntington Beach. His comments come after the consumer goods giant’s marketing chief Keith Weed raised serious concerns over the spread of illegal and extremist content online. He said on Monday: “We cannot continue to prop up a digital supply chain – one that delivers over a quarter of our advertising to our consumers – which at times is little better than a swamp in terms of its transparency. READ MORE

Worms pulled from Oregon woman’s eye in first known case of infection

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 06:31 PM PST

Worms pulled from Oregon woman’s eye in first known case of infectionAn Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies. Fourteen tiny worms were removed from the left eye of the 26-year-old woman over a 20-day period in August 2016 before her symptoms dissipated. The worms were translucent and each less than half an inch long. Scientists reported the case Monday. The woman was

diagnosed in August 2016 with Thelazia gulosa, a type of eye worm seen in the northern United States and southern Canada – but only in cattle. It is spread by flies that feed on eyeball lubrication. The woman had been horseback riding in Gold Beach, Oregon, in a cattle farming area. After a week of eye irritation, she pulled a worm from her eye. In a study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, researchers said North Americans may be more vulnerable than previously understood to such infections. READ MORE

Iran unveils new nuclear-capable ballistic missiles in the midst of tensions with Israel

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 06:21 PM PST

Iran unveils new nuclear-capable ballistic missiles in the midst of tensions with IsraelIran unveiled a series of new homemade nuclear-capable ballistic missiles during military parades held over the weekend, a move that experts view as a bid to bolster the hardline ruling regime as dissidents continue efforts to stir protest. On the heels of an encounter between an Iranian drone and Israeli forces, Iranian leaders showcased their ballistic missile capabilities, which includes a nuclear-capable medium-range missile that appears to share similarities with North Korean technology, according to experts.

The nuclear-capable missile can strike Israel even when fired from Iranian territory, raising concerns about an impending conflict between Tehran and the Jewish state that could further inflame the region. Iranian military leaders bragged the ballistic missile “can be launched from mobile platforms or silos in different positions and can escape missile defense shields due to their radar-evading capability,” according to reports in Iran’s state-controlled media. READ MORE

Mysterious wind blows down big trees at once in Olympic National Park Washington – Small quake recorded – Weather experts baffled

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 06:07 PM PST

Mysterious wind blows down big trees at once in Olympic National Park Washington – Small quake recorded – Weather experts baffledWhat in the world could possibly blow down more than 100 trees in the middle of a national park when no other major weather event was recorded in the area? A mysterious incident, believed to be meteorological in nature, knocked down over 100 trees in a Washington state national park and has left weather experts baffled. The head-scratching event occurred in the early morning hours of January 27th

at the Olympic National Park. Whatever the force was, it wound up knocking down dozens of fairly large trees in the forest which spawned a rumbling sound that drew concern from people living nearby. Although initially presumed to have been a microburst based on the appearance of the downed trees, a local weather watcher named Cliff Mass dug deeper into the story and realized that it was really more of a riddle than that. READ MORE

Category 4 cyclone Gita hammers Tonga before heading toward Fiji

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 06:01 PM PST

Category 4 cyclone Gita hammers Tonga before heading toward FijiTropical Cyclone Gita barreled through the Pacific island nation of Tonga, causing widespread flooding as it heads toward Fiji. The storm’s winds blew the roof off of Tonga’s meteorological service, damaging equipment. A powerful Category 4 cyclone tore through the Pacific island nation of Tonga early Tuesday, causing extensive flooding and downing power lines. Officials described Cyclone Gita as the most

powerful storm to ever hit Tonga’s capital Nuku’alofa after it passed through shortly after midnight (1100 GMT). The storm hit the island with destructive sustained winds of around 233 kilometers per hour (142 miles per hour), damaging about 40 percent of the buildings in the capital. “It was a particularly bad night,” Graham Kenna, from the National Emergency Office, told Radio New Zealand. “I’ve been  involved in disaster response for 30-plus years and it was the worst situation I’ve been in.” READ MORE

Mom of 2 Dies After Refusing Flu Medication

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 10:46 AM PST

Mom of 2 Dies After Refusing Flu MedicationA teacher and mother-of-two has died from complications related to the flu after deeming the antiviral medication she was prescribed as too expensive. Heather Holland, of Weatherford, Texas, fell sick last Monday and was diagnosed with the flu on Wednesday. Medics prescribed her Tamiflu, an antiviral medication that has been used widely during this year’s flu season. Holland thought the pills “cost too

much” according to her husband, Frank. “She wouldn’t go get medicine because she’s a mama. Mamas are tough,” said Willow Park Baptist Church pastor Clark Bosher. “She just kept going. She had a job; she had kids. Frank was going to be out of town for a day or two. I think any mom does that. I don’t think she is being irresponsible. I don’t think she thought she was that sick. It happened so quick.”  READ MORE

Violent thunderstorm hits Queensland with tennis ball-sized hail, 130,000 homes without power

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 10:39 AM PST

Violent thunderstorm hits Queensland with tennis ball-sized hail, 130,000 homes without power

A severe thunderstorm that hit the city of Brisbane, Queensland Sunday night (local time), February 11, 2018, left 130,000 homes without power, produced some 265,000 lightning strikes and dropped up to tennis ball-sized hail on the region. At least one person was injured after a lightning hit nearby home. Heavy rain and winds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) smashed Brisbane around 19:00 local time Sunday, accompanied by up to tennis ball-sized hail that caused extensive damage and blanketed fields. The temperature dropped by 10 °C (18 °F) as the storm hit, from up to 38 °C (100.4 °F) to 28 °C (82.4 °F).The storm downed numerous trees and more than 500 power lines at the height of the storm, leaving some 130 000 homes without power. On Monday morning, February 12, Logan City, south of Brisbane, still had more than 40,000 properties without electricity, Brisbane almost 7,000 and Redland City about 2,300. The extreme weather event also caused some schools to close on Monday and a disruption to Brisbane and Sunshine Coast trains services due to power outages and failing radio communications. READ MORE

3 Prophesied End-Times Outpourings You Can Expect

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 08:17 AM PST

3 Prophesied End-Times Outpourings You Can Expect(By Asher Intrater) Here are three significant prophecies of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the end times. Two have to do with revival, one with judgment. “I will pour out on the house of David and over those dwelling in Jerusalem a spirit of favor and supplication so that they look to Me, whom they have pierced through” (Zech. 12:10). In this astounding Messianic prophecy, the same One who says “I” will pour out the Spirit, also says, they will look upon “Me.” The One who pours out the Spirit is the same as the One who was pierced.

This prophecy refers to a spirit of revelation that will give the people of Israel understanding that the One we pierced (crucified) is indeed the divine savior, Yeshua the Messiah. The second is similar but more global: “‘In the last days it shall be,’ says God, ‘that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh … I will pour out My Spirit” (Acts 2:17a, 18b). Peter quotes the prophet Joe, as he explains the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire on Pentecost morning. He seems to be indicating that there will be a similar outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the end times, yet much wider in scope. READ MORE

Hundreds of ‘UFO and alien sightings’ in UK reported to police

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 08:06 AM PST

Hundreds of ‘UFO and alien sightings’ in UK reported to policeAlmost 400 sightings of aliens and UFOs have been reported to UK police forces in the past three years, according to shock figures seen by Express.co.uk. Officers across the country received 146 calls about apparent extra-terrestrial activity by concerned residents in 2015. A further 124 such calls were made to police forces in 2016, with the number of reported alien and UFO sightings falling to 112 last year. The total number of calls received by officers over the three-year period was 382.

But the true figure is likely to be much higher, as 16 of the UK’s 46 police forces did not respond to Express.co.uk’s Freedom of Information requests. Nick Pope, a former UFO investigator for the Ministry of Defence, said: “There’s massive under-reporting of UFOs, because witnesses fear being ridiculed or disbelieved. “Even if they do decide to come forward, many people don’t know who to contact. READ MORE

Why are people outside high-risk groups dying from flu?

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 07:50 AM PST

Why are people outside high-risk groups dying from flu?As far as flu seasons go, experts are saying the levels of visits to hospitals and emergency rooms for this one are comparable to the 2009 swine flu. As such, reports of otherwise healthy or young people dying from the infection are flying around. The stories have been shocking, especially because many of these people were outside the high-risk groups for flu-related death that include pregnant women, small children and the elderly. So far in the 2017-2018 season, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention has recorded 63 pediatric deaths. This compares to 110 deaths in 2016-2017, 93 in 2015-2016 and 148 in 2014-2015. The CDC does not know how many deaths are caused overall from the seasonal flu because, among other reasons, flu-related deaths happen a few weeks after someone is infected and are often caused by a secondary illness or a pre-existing condition. From the 2010-2011 to the 2013-2014 seasons, the CDC gives a range of 12,000 (during the 2011-2012 season) to 56,000 (2012-2013) deaths. READ MORE

Outback server fired over online rant slamming church for skipping tip

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 07:42 AM PST

Outback server fired over online rant slamming church for skipping tipA Florida Outback Steakhouse worker says she filled a local megachurch’s $735 takeout order and then was fired when she ranted on social media about not getting a tip. “We take the order over the phone, we put the order together, take payment and then take order to the car,” Tamlynn Yoder, 25, of Lake Park, told the Palm Beach Post. “It’s a lot of work just as much as serving.”

Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach Gardens was holding a conference and called in an order to the local Outback Wednesday for 25 steak dinners, 25 chicken dinners and 25 side orders of potatoes that Yoder said she had to prepare, costing her other tips. “I brought it out, put it in the car,” Yoder told Miami Fox affiliate WSVN-TV. “We received the payment. There was no gratuity. I got upset. I posted a post on Facebook about the church not leaving a gratuity tip.” A friend read her post and called the church to complain and was told that the person who picked up the food didn’t know to leave a tip. READ MORE

Parents boycott Peter the rabbit film over “allergy bullying”

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 07:37 AM PST

Parents boycott Peter the rabbit film over “allergy bullying”Sony Pictures Entertainment has issued an apology over a controversial scene in its new film “Peter Rabbit,” during which a character with an allergy to blackberries is attacked with the offending foodstuff. “Food allergies are a serious issue,” wrote representatives for Sony Pictures Entertainment, reports The New York Times. “Our film should not have made light of Peter Rabbit’s archnemesis, Mr. McGregor,

being allergic to blackberries, even in a cartoonish, slapstick way.” “We sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologize,” the statement concluded. The new film “Peter Rabbit,” based on Beatrix Potter’s children’s book of the same name, was released on Feb. 9, but soon began receiving backlash on social media over its treatment of the allergy-afflicted character. READ MORE


What is The Gospel?


Selected Scriptures

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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February 12, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

Israel and Iran moved closer to confrontation in Syria as rising tensions erupted into the most serious standoff between the sides since the Syrian civil war began seven years ago.

President Hassan Rouhani ordered a third of government managerial jobs to be filled by women within three years, in what would be a significant break with a so far disappointing record on attacking gender discrimination in Iran.

The U.S. is ready to engage in talks about North Korea’s nuclear program even as it maintains pressure on Kim Jong Un’s regime, Vice President Mike Pence said, signaling a shift in American policy.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made a dramatic gesture that may raise prospects for easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula by inviting South Korean President Moon Jae-in to meet in Pyongyang. The invitation was verbally delivered by Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, during a Saturday meeting at Moon’s presidential compound in Seoul a day after the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in South Korea. A Moon-Kim summit would mark the first time leaders of two countries have met in 11 years.

Investors actively abandoned the world’s biggest passive fund during the onset of market mayhem. The SPDR S&P 500 exchange-traded fund suffered a record $23.6 billion in outflows last week amid the worst momentum swing in history for the underlying U.S. equity benchmark.

The Morgan Stanley strategist who predicted volatility would ramp up in 2018 says the damage has been done and it’s time to buy stocks.

Walmart just named two female executives to top jobs even as women are becoming more scarce overall at the nation’s biggest private employer.

The latest surge in U.S. oil output will probably hasten the country’s rise to the top of the producer pile. More important, it’s starting to look as though at least half of OPEC’s nightmare scenario for 2018 — a surge in shale output and slowdown in demand growth — is coming true. Last week’s avalanche of releases from the U.S. Department of Energy showed daily oil production above 10 million barrels a day for the first time since 1970.

London City Airport, an important hub for business travelers, canceled all flights on Monday to allow for the removal of an unexploded World War II bomb discovered during a construction project.

Bitcoin extended a rebound on Monday as the regulatory concerns that have plagued digital currencies this year showed signs of subsiding. Bitcoin climbed 2.6 percent to $8,774 at 10:26 a.m. in London, bouncing back by almost 50 percent since dipping below $6,000 in intraday trading Feb. 6,

AP Top Stories

An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory’s efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest blackout in U.S. history.

The deputy chief of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a US drone strike, the militant group said in a statement Monday, as Washington continues to intensify attacks along the Afghan border region.

Disney raised entry prices for most tickets at Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida over the weekend. A single-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom at World Disney World on the most expensive days will now cost $129, up from $124, for anyone ages 10 and older.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says it’s too early to tell if any of the overtures between North and South Korea during the Olympic Games are creating a chance for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

A woman was killed and 12 other people injured after a man carried out a knife attack in a mall in a busy shopping district in the Chinese capital, Beijing, police said on Sunday.

The hopes for citizenship of 1.8 million illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children hung in the balance Monday as Congress started up debate on sweeping new immigration legislation.

BBC

Iceland is facing an “exponential” rise in Bitcoin mining that is gobbling up power resources, a spokesman for Icelandic energy firm HS Orka has said. This year, electricity use at Bitcoin mining data centers is likely to exceed that of all Iceland’s homes.

At least eight people in Bolivia have died when a gas canister used by a street vendor exploded during the city of Oruro’s famous carnival celebrations. More than 40 others were injured.

Thousands of Venezuelans have rushed to border crossings with Colombia after Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced a tightening of controls. Only those who have registered for a special border card or can produce a passport will be able to cross.

A suspected big cat poacher has been eaten by lions near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, police said.

The official Winter Olympics website was taken offline after being hit by a cyber-attack, officials have confirmed. The site was affected just before the beginning of the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

WND

The federal government has just launched a 10-year, $1.5 billion project for which researchers want your information. All of it. Medical records, mental-health records, lifestyle details, personal habits, physical measurements, blood pressure, height, weight, blood and urine samples, details on health-care visits, procedures, medications, and electronic health records, among others. Oh, and DNA, too. It’s called All of Us and scientists say they want at least one million people to be under observation on an ongoing basis.


The Briefing — Monday, February 12, 2018

1) The shape of theological disaster: A denomination speaks with two minds and two moralities

 

2) What a moral surrender to pornography looks like

New York Times Magazine (Maggie Jones) –
What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn

3) A morally-serious response in morally-unserious times

New York Times (Ross Douthat) –
Let’s Ban Porn

4) Why Kansas may be the state to watch in the upcoming election

New York Times (Jose A. Del Real) –
‘I’m Not a Career Politician’: 6 Teenagers Run for Kansas Governor

Mid-Day Snapshot

Feb. 12, 2018

Love Trumps Hate? Media Swoon Over Kim’s Murderous Sister

While the American Leftmedia slammed Mike Pence, they couldn’t get enough of Kim Yo-jong.

The Foundation

“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” —Thomas Jefferson (1800)


News – 2/12/2018

Earthquake 6.0, 10 km deep strikes off Northern Mariana islands, no tsunami warning
An earthquake magnitude 6.0 has struck 10 kilometres deep off the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Monday. The has been no immediate tsunami warning from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre as yet.

Tonga declares state of emergency ahead of Tropical Cyclone Gita
The storm was forecast to make landfall later on Monday and into Tuesday, with “very destructive hurricane force winds”, “very rough to high seas”, and “a heavy southeast damaging swell on coastal areas”. Gita was a lesser category 1 cyclone when it passed over Samoa on Saturday, causing widespread flooding and loss of electricity. Many models are predicting it would hit New Zealand, but not until the middle of next week.

The open war with Iran has begun
The “Shadow War” between Israel and Iran has been going on for years, bringing us closer and closer to today’s events and what is to come. What happened in northern Israel on Saturday is the beginning of the overt and direct war between Israel and Iran. The infiltration and interception of an Iranian drone over Israel, the downing of an Israeli F-16 and Israel’s retaliatory strikes against Syrian and Iranian targets that followed, are apparently just the opening scenes of a potentially wider conflict that could erupt if Iran continues trying to fortify its presence in the new Syria.

Trump: Obama was ‘absolutely terrible’ for Israel
“But I feel much better if we can actually make a deal in terms of peace. I mean you certainly weren’t very close with Obama, he gave you the Iran deal, which basically is a deal that says let’s ultimately do bad things to Israel. Obama was terrible. He was absolutely terrible for Israel. I think our relationships are very good. I think they are probably as good as they have ever been.”

Trump warns Israel that settlements ‘complicate’ peace hopes
US President Donald Trump has said Israeli settlements “complicate” the peace process with Palestinians and urged “care” over the issue. He also told an Israeli newspaper that he did not believe the Palestinians, and possibly Israel as well, were ready to make peace. President Trump angered Palestinians in December when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Hackers hijack government websites to mine crypto-cash
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) took down its website after a warning that hackers were taking control of visitors’ computers to mine cryptocurrency. Security researcher Scott Helme said more than 4,000 websites, including many government ones, were affected. He said the affected code had now been disabled and visitors were no longer at risk.

Explosion, fire at power plant cause blackout in northern Puerto Rico
An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory’s efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest blackout in U.S. history. The island’s Electric Power Authority said several municipalities were without power…but they were optimistic it could be restored within a day…

Is America having second thoughts about free speech?
The free speech wars are getting worse, but it seems that none of the warring factions quite grasp the character of the dispute — or precisely what’s at stake…On many college campuses, groups of left-leaning students insist that free speech should be conditional on speakers adhering to explicit standards of diversity and avoiding the infliction of emotional harm on the members of marginalized groups through the spreading of “hate.”

U.S. Secretary of State says Washington backs Egypt in fight against terrorism
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday the United States supports Egypt’s fight against Islamic State but reiterated that it advocated free and fair elections in the Arab country. Speaking at a joint news conference with his Egyptian counterpart, Tillerson also said that Washington remained committed to achieving a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, despite President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Putin to host Abbas to settle peace deal with Israel in new peacemaker role
Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to host Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday for talks on achieving a peace settlement with Israel, as Russia tries to promote itself increasingly as a peacemaker in international conflicts. Putin met Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu exactly two weeks ago in Moscow. Russia has managed to maintain robust relations with both Israel and the Palestinian Authority government, as well as Israeli rivals Syria and Iran.

Security Cabinet mulls action against Iran
The 12-member security cabinet met Sunday to discuss the volatile situation in the North, with some of the ministers already having advocated taking military action – not only against Iranian proxies for attacks on Israel, but against Iran itself. The ministers heard briefings from the security establishment, but no operative decisions were announced even as Israeli officials made clear throughout the day that Jerusalem was interested in de-escalating the situation.

Cruz: America stands with Israel in wake of Iran’s aggression
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday condemned Iran’s attack on Israel and urged the world “to take decisive action to stop Iran’s expanding terrorist activities.” “This weekend, Iran committed an unprecedented, blatant act of aggression against our close friend and ally, Israel. Previously, Iranian proxies like Hezbollah and Hamas have used Iranian-provided resources to target Israel, but this escalation was a direct operation by the Iranian military against Israeli territory. This is utterly unacceptable. America stands with Israel, and resolutely against Iran’s unprovoked act of war,” Cruz said in a statement.

Republicans moving forward with Trump’s immigration framework
a group of Republican senators on Sunday evening announced their intention to offer the president’s framework as legislation during the immigration debate. The proposal would offer a pathway to citizenship to 1.8 million young immigrants eligible for the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, in return for $25 billion in border security and wall money as well as cuts to family based-immigration.

Israel Dispatches Missile Defense Batteries in North After Operation in Syria
The Israel Defense Forces is reinforcing missile defense systems along the border with Syria following a major military confrontation between Israel, Syria and Iran which culminated in the first battle loss of an Israeli fighter jet in 35 years.

False Teacher Rob Bell Claims in New Documentary ‘The Heretic’: ‘Jesus Would Be Mortified Someone Started a Religion in His Name’
A new documentary called “The Heretic,” which centers on false teacher Rob Bell, is set to be released on March 1, and features a number of statements that are already raising concern, such as, “The Bible has caused so much damage” and “Jesus would be absolutely mortified that someone started a religion in His name.”

Hijabbed Muslim singer retools Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with Islamic proselytizing lyrics on THE VOICE
She seemed to be the embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of French multiculturalist Leftists: a hijab-wearing Muslima singing a song written by a famous Jewish poet. But, as seems always to be the case, there was a catch: she sang altered lyrics in Arabic that turned the song into one that proselytized for Islam:

Game Over – Judge Jeanine Interview With HPSCI Rep. Chris Stewart…
The game is over. The jig is up. Victory is certain… the trench was ignited… the enemy funneled themselves into the valley… all bait was taken… everything from here on out is simply mopping up the details.  All suspicions confirmed.

Preparing for war in the north, Israel boosts air defenses – Arab-Israeli Conflict
Some 20 Syrian air defense missiles were fired towards Israeli jets during missions over Syria.

Israeli Ambassador to UN: 82,000 Syrian Fighters Under Iranian Control
Israel on Sunday said 82,000 fighters are “directly under Iranian authority in Syria,” and warned of Iran’s potential to “terrorize the entire free world,” CNN reports.

Legislators unveil legislation to protect babies with Down syndrome
House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, and Rep. Judy Ward, R-Blair, this week introduced House Bill 2050, which would prohibit the abortion of a child due solely to a diagnosis of possible Down syndrome.

FINALLY: This State Considers Banning Schools From Teaching About Gender Identity
A South Dakota Republican lawmaker proposed a bill calling for a ban on teaching gender identity in public schools, drawing the ire of various gay and transgender organizations.

Jesus statue decapitated in church sword attack
Indonesian police shot and wounded a man wielding a one-meter-long sword who attacked a Catholic Church service Sunday, seriously injuring four, including a priest, and decapitating a statue of Jesus.

A WARDROBE TO DIE FOR: Macy’s to launch line geared toward Muslims, including hijabs
When is Macy’s launching its clothing line geared toward Jews? Christians? Hindus? Buddhists?

New York Times Accuses Jewish Billionaires of Dragging United States Into War With Iran
The New York Times op-ed page carries an article by Lawrence Wilkerson headlined “A Familiar Road to War.” It warns, with zero factual basis, that the Trump administration is about to invade Iran the same way the George W. Bush administration invaded Iraq.

Shock: CNN Literally Fawns Over Sister Of North Korean Dictator As Millions In Country Are Starving To Death, Tortured In Slave Labor Camps
CNN has sparked widespread backlash throughout the country after running what amounted to a direct propaganda piece for the North Korean dictatorship that literally fawned over the sister of dictator Kim Jong Un despite the fact that her and her family have been involved in the horrific abuse of their own people as well as directly threatening to destroy the United States.


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: February 12

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  • White House to Roll Out Trump Infrastructure Plan (Read More)
  • Trump to Urge Wall, Opioid Spending While Congress Sets Its Own Course (Read More)
  • Overseas Markets Rebound After Their Worst Week in Years (Read More)
  • Syrian frontline town divides NATO allies Turkey and U.S. (Read More)
  • The Tax Law Is About to Make Analyzing Earnings Trickier (Read More)
  • Record $23 Billion Flees World’s Largest ETF (Read More)
  • China’s HNA Group gets $3.2 billion credit from Citic Bank (Read More)
  • Glitch Exploited by High-Speed Traders is Back at CME (Read More)
  • Games organizers confirm cyber attack, won’t reveal source (Read More)
  • Bitcoin Closes in on $9,000 as Regulatory Fears Peter Out (Read More)
  • A culprit for financial site glitches: you and your apps (Read More)
  • China Is Winning Global Race to Control Batteries (Read More)
  • The Fall of a Chinese Tesla Killer Threatens a California Town’s Dream (Read More)
  • Comcast May Revive Pursuit of Fox (Read More)
  • Fox commits to Sky News independence to try to secure Sky deal (Read More)
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Headlines – 2/12/2018

Abbas heads to Moscow in bid to sideline US from peace process

Trump warns Israel that settlements ‘complicate’ peace hopes

Labor head: West Bank annexation would be a ‘diplomatic terror attack’

Lawmaker from Norway says nomination of BDS for Nobel Peace Prize is against Israel, not Jews

PM rebuffs ‘ridiculous’ report he paid purported crony to follow police

With Gaza in Financial Crisis, Fears That ‘an Explosion’s Coming’

By Light of a Blood Moon, Life Returns to a Bombed-Out Syrian Landscape

Caroline Glick: Syria – The War Everyone Must Fight and No One Can Win

Preparing for war in the north, Israel boosts air defenses

First public Israel-Iran clash was only a taste of the next war

Israeli official: We warned of Iran in Syria, but the situation escalated fast

Bennett: Israel must act systematically against Iranian ‘octopus’

Bennett: We’re in an all-out war against Iran’s presence in Syria

Defense officials: Next confrontation with Iran is inevitable

Israel Believes Syria Strikes Took Out Nearly Half of Assad’s Air Defenses

Former Qaeda leader in Syria ‘welcomes’ Israeli airstrikes

‘IDF performed 1000s of operations in Syria over past year’

Iranian UAV that entered Israeli airspace seems to be American stealth knock-off

Minister Katz: If Iran keeps attacking from Syria, we’ll teach it a lesson it won’t forget

Iranian officials say hacks on newspapers’ websites are from US, Britain

Iran’s Rohani: We prevented Israel and the U.S. from dividing Syria

Iranians show defiance of US, Israel in anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iran’s Rouhani declares US-Israeli ‘plots’ to divide region were defeated

Lebanon to begin offshore energy search in block disputed by Israel

Gas and oil diplomacy in Eastern Mediterranean prelude to regional war

Egypt jails 17 for life over deadly 2014 unrest

Drone strike kills 6 al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen

Russian passenger plane crashes near Moscow; 71 dead – Investigators said they were looking at all possible causes

Olympics officials confirm cyberattack during opening ceremony

Media outlet tries to link Olympic norovirus outbreak to North Korea bio-attack

Earthquake, wind and fire: extreme conditions hit Olympics

Media make Kim Jong Un’s sister a star at the Olympics

Investors brace for more swings as U.S. inflation specter rises

Bitcoin billionaires turn to millionaires as cryptocurrency world gets cold feet

Is America having second thoughts about free speech?

Puerto Rico hit with partial blackout after power plant explosion

World War II bomb discovered in London’s River Thames, airport shut down, reports say

The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a commercially run venture, NASA document shows

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Rota, Northern Mariana Islands

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

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

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Angaur State, Palau

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Tropical Cyclone Gita could be most powerful to ever hit Tonga

Tonga declares state of emergency ahead of Tropical Cyclone Gita

Newly-formed tropical storm to threaten up to 300 mm of rain in the Philippines

Why so many medicines are in short supply months after Hurricane Maria

Scores of monkeys killed in Rio yellow fever panic

Pope Francis chooses pro-LGBT priest to guide Lent retreat who holds Jesus didn’t ‘establish rules’

White House: Trump ‘shocked’ by domestic abuse claims against ex-aides

Five people killed in ‘horrific’ Kentucky shooting spree

Greg Koukl – How I pray, even when it’s hard

Torben Søndergaard Teaches Only Full Immersion Baptism in Water Sets Free From Sin

Patricia King Claims She Ascended into Heaven and Killed Flu Demons With Sword, and 2018 Flu Season Over

Megachurch Pastor William Curtis Draws Criticism Over $230K Bentley Bentayga

Does This String of Incredible Coincidences Connect Dr. Michael Brown to the NAR?

Papists to Pray the Rosary on British Border, Vainly Repeating Prayer on Coasts

Glendale pastor sought in sexual assault of girl at Covina motel turns himself in

Homeless man saves life of pastor who took him in

Homosexual Advocates Protest Church for Offering Help to Youth Struggling With Homosexuality

16,000 Christians Dead in Less Than 3 Years: Report Reveals Extent of Violence in Nigeria

Teacher Fired for Sharing Biblical Views; Loses Discrimination Lawsuit

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 05:56 AM PST

Teacher Fired for Sharing Biblical Views; Loses Discrimination LawsuitAn Employment Tribunal in the UK dismissed a discrimination lawsuit filed by a Christian teacher in Bristol. Svetlana Powell was fired from her job at the T2 Apprenticeship Academy when she answered a student’s question about her views on homosexuality in 2016. Powell reportedly stated homosexuality was “against God’s will” but that He loves everyone.

According to Christian Concern, a student knew about Powell’s Christian faith and started asking probing questions in an attempt to trap the teacher.  Other students joined the conversation which led to a question from a 17-year-old student about her views on homosexuality.  The students then accused Powell of “brainwashing.”  After an investigation, the school decided to let Powell go for “gross misconduct.” She filed a lawsuit for discrimination and loss of wages. READ MORE

PROPHECY WATCH: Russia, Turkey And Iran Discuss Meeting On Syria In Kazakhstan

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 05:44 AM PST

PROPHECY WATCH: Russia, Turkey And Iran Discuss Meeting On Syria In KazakhstanAccording to a new report from the Jerusalem Post, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Monday that Russia, Turkey and Iran had discussed a possible meeting of their foreign ministers

on Syria, which could be held in Kazakhstan’s Astana in March, the TASS news agency reported. Bogdanov also warned against escalation in the Middle East after Israeli strikes on Syria. READ MORE

Megachurch pastor under fire for $230K Bentley Bentayga

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 05:19 AM PST

Megachurch pastor under fire for $230K Bentley BentaygaLeader of the 10,000-member Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, William H. Curtis, has sparked a vigorous debate online after his $230,000 Bentley Bentayga, which costs nearly twice as much as the median home in the church’s Larimer neighborhood, was photographed outside the church. The photograph of the pastor’s Bentayga, which Bentley boasts is the fastest SUV in the world with a top speed of 187 mph, was posted to Facebook Monday by Jarrell Taylor who criticized the pastor’s opulent display.

“If ya pastor driving a Bentley truck … he’s sucking ur community dry with hope and tithes,” Taylor wrote. The Christian Post reached out to Curtis for comment about his choice of transportation Thursday and his assistant said she did not believe he would respond to questions about his car but promised to deliver our message to him. She also acknowledged that the church had been getting direct reactions to the vehicle as well but would not confirm the sources of the criticism. READ MORE

Persecution in Nigeria has resulted in 16,000 Christians dead in less than 3 years

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 05:13 AM PST

Persecution in Nigeria has resulted in 16,000 Christians dead in less than 3 yearsU.S. President Donald Trump and his counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, have been told that at least 16,000 Christians have been killed in Nigeria since June 2015, many of them victims of radical Islamic violence. The International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law submitted a petition to Buhari last week, where the civil society organization urged the president to “wake up from [his] slumber” and protect the millions of endangered Christians in Nigeria.

The “Christians at Crossroads in Nigeria” letter, shared online by Elombah.com, said that 16,000 people, mostly Christians, have been killed since Buhari took office in 2015, including the 5,800 victims of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen, based on Intersociety’s investigation. Intersociety, which sent a copy of the letter to Trump and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres, said that the 30 million or so Christians in Northern Nigeria have for decades suffered discrimination and violent attacks at the hands of radical terror groups. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Israel appears to be preparing for major war, Gives strong warning to Iran

Posted: 11 Feb 2018 11:36 AM PST

DEVELOPING: Israel appears to be preparing for major war, Gives strong warning to IranIsrael has boosted its air defense in the North following a significant confrontation between the Jewish State, Syria and Iran which led to the loss of an F-16 fighter jet.  While the army refused to comment on the reports, witnesses reported seeing a convoy of missile-defense batteries heading north near the Israeli-Arab city of Baka al-Gharbiya. Other witnesses posted photos of several trucks carrying the batteries on central highways in northern Israel.

Israel’s air defenses currently include the Iron Dome, designed to shoot down short-range rockets; the Arrow system, which intercepts ballistic missiles outside of the Earth’s atmosphere and the David’s Sling missile-defense system, which is designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles fired from ranges of between 40 km. to 300 km. Israel also has Patriot missile batteries stationed in the North and has used them to intercept drones infiltrating into Israeli airspace from Syria. READ MORE

MAKES STRONG THREAT TO IRAN: Israel issued stark warnings on Sunday over Iran’s presence in neighboring Syria after a confrontation threatened to open a new and unpredictable period in the country’s seven-year civil war. Israel carried out major air raids in Syria on Saturday, including against what it described as Iranian targets — the first time it had publicly acknowledged doing so since the war began. The raids came after an Israeli F16 fighter was shot down by Syrian air defences. The pilots survived, but it was Israel’s first loss of a warplane in battle since 1982. “We inflicted on Saturday a heavy blow to Iranian and Syrian forces,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s cabinet meeting. READ MORE

Hailstorm strikes Cordoba, Argentina producing 9 inch hail, Potentially breaking record

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 01:05 PM PST

Hailstorm strikes Cordoba, Argentina producing 9 inch hail, Potentially breaking recordUnofficial reports coming from Cordoba, Argentina mention a 23 cm (9 inches) large hailstone that fell on February 8, 2018. If confirmed, this will break the current world record for largest hailstone. A violent hailstorm hit Cordoba, Argentina on Thursday afternoon, February 8, 2018. The storm started around 16:30 local time with small hailstones that didn’t cause much damage. However, hailstones grew bigger over the next 20 minutes and eventually reached up to 20 cm (7 inches) and more. Although it’s still not

officially confirmed, the largest hailstone had a diameter of 23 cm (9 inches). Currently, the largest hailstone officially confirmed fell on Vivian, South Dakota, US on July 23, 2010. It measured 20.32 cm (8.0 inches) in diameter, 46.99 cm (18.5 inches) in circumference, and weighed in 0.878 kg (1.9375 pounds). Hail can reach this size only if thunderstorm updrafts are strong enough to keep it suspended in the air. That would require vertical winds exceeding 193 km/h (120 mph), Capital Weather Gang meteorologists explained. READ MORE

Trump at National Prayer Breakfast: America Needs Faith in God to Be a Great Nation

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 12:50 PM PST

Trump at National Prayer Breakfast: America Needs Faith in God to Be a Great NationPresident Donald Trump has declared that the United States of America will be a great nation provided its citizens remain open to the grace of God. Speaking Thursday at the 66th annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., President Trump spoke about the link between faith in God and national greatness.”As long as we open our eyes to God’s grace and open our hearts to God’s love, then America  will forever be the land of the free, the home of the brave, and a light to all nations,” said Trump.

“When Americans are able to live by their convictions to speak openly of their faith and to teach their children what is right, our families thrive, our communities flourish, and our nation can achieve anything at all.” Trump also touted the religious heritage of the United States, pointing to such things as the national motto “In God We Trust” on the money and “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, adding that “throughout our history, we see the story of God’s providence.” READ MORE

Churches ditching communion, Avoiding handshakes and other methods to combat the Flu

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 12:40 PM PST

Churches ditching communion, Avoiding handshakes and other methods to combat the FluThe United States is experiencing an increase in influenza infections this winter compared with recent years, leading many churches and dioceses to take extra precautions amid reports of hundreds of Americans dying of flu-related complications, including more than 50 children. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta has estimated that nearly 15,000 people have been hospitalized since October, which is double the number last flu season.

Congregations across the denominational spectrum are giving advice and warnings to their members and are even changing certain aspects of their rituals and ceremonies. Here are five examples of local congregations and regional bodies that are altering communion and church activities to help ease the worries of some and hopefully curb the infection rate. READ MORE

WAR DRUMS: Russia calls for restraint from Israel and Syria as war may be imminent

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 07:03 AM PST

WAR DRUMS: Russia calls for restraint from Israel and Syria as war may be imminentRussia’s foreign ministry is expressing concern over Israeli missile strikes in Syria and is urging the sides to avoid escalating the situation. In a statement Saturday, the ministry said “of particular concern is the danger of escalation of tension within and around de-escalation zones in Syria, the creation of which has become an important factor in reducing violence on Syrian soil.” “We urge all parties involved to exercise

restraint and to avoid any actions that could lead to an even greater complication of the situation. We consider it necessary to unconditionally respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and other countries of the region. It is absolutely unacceptable to create threats to the lives and security of Russian servicemen who are in Syria at the invitation of its legitimate government to assist in the fight against terrorists,” the ministry said. READ MORE

PROPHECY WATCH: Israel warns that Iran and Syria playing with fire!

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 06:57 AM PST

PROPHECY WATCH: Israel warns that Iran and Syria playing with fire!Israel warned Syria and Iran Saturday morning that their attempts to escalate the situation in the north will bring the full force of the IDF upon them. “Iran and Syria are playing with fire,” the army said in a statement.“The IDF acts with determination against the attempt of the Iranian-Syrian attack and the violation of Israeli sovereignty. The IDF is prepared for a variety of scenarios and will continue to act as necessary.” Syria’s involvement shows that it has chosen to interfere in the Israeli-Iranian incident, the

IDF statement said, “the Iranian mask has been removed. It is clear that they are using Syria as a launchpad for activity against Israel.” The statement added that Israel does not seek an escalation, but will exact a high price if the enemy does. Syrian state news agency SANA said on Saturday that Syrian air defenses were responding to a “new Israeli aggression” and a military source said the defenses had thwarted attacks on military positions in the south of the country. READ MORE

Billy Graham on Why Christians Should Avoid Today’s ‘Demonic’ Witchcraft

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 06:51 AM PST

Billy Graham on Why Christians Should Avoid Today’s ‘Demonic’ WitchcraftEvangelist Billy Graham has cautioned Christians against buying objects that claim to possess “spiritual healing” powers, as such items — no matter how innocent they seem — are “demonic” and “opposed to God.” The 99-year-old founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association answered a reader’s question on his website regarding whether or not “lucky charms” actually affect the wellbeing of users.

The reader wrote: “I have bad arthritis, and I saw an ad in one of those supermarket papers for a gold-plated charm that they say will heal me. The ad says it’s been prayed over by a spiritual healer, and has special magical healing powers. Should I send for it? It’s kind of expensive.” Graham began by urging the reader to refrain from wasting their money on such an item, or anything else that claims to have magical powers. “Nothing like this has any medical evidence to support its dubious claims, nor should you trust what the sellers say about it,” he said. READ MORE

Israel launches heavy Syria strikes after F-16 crashes

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 06:38 AM PST

Israel launches heavy Syria strikes after F-16 crashesIsrael launched heavy air strikes in Syria on Saturday, saying it hit air defenses and Iranian targets, and the Syrian army claimed to have brought down an Israeli F-16 that crashed in northern Israel in a major escalation of tension.  The Israeli military said early assessments indicated the jet had been shot down by Syrian fire, but this was still unconfirmed. It marked the most serious confrontation yet in Syria between Israel and Iranian and Iran-backed forces that have established a major foothold in the country while fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war.

Israel said the F-16 crashed during a mission to strike Iranian drone installations in Syria. It said it sent its jets into Syria after shooting down an Iranian drone over Israeli territory earlier on Saturday. The military alliance fighting in support of Assad denied any of its drones had entered Israeli air space. In a statement, it said Israel had targeted an air base in the Homs desert that is being used to fly drones in missions against Islamic State. READ MORE

Flu Is Causing 1 in 10 American Deaths and Climbing, May kill 4,000 a Week

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 06:29 AM PST

Flu Is Causing 1 in 10 American Deaths and Climbing, May kill 4,000 a WeekThe amount of influenza ravaging the U.S. this year rivals levels normally seen when an altogether new virus emerges, decimating a vulnerable population that hasn’t had a chance to develop any defenses. It’s an unexpected phenomenon that public health experts are still trying to decode. The levels of influenza-like illnesses being reported now are as high as the peak of the swine flu epidemic in 2009, and exceed the last severe seasonal flu outbreak in 2003 when a new strain started circulating, said Anne Schuchat,

the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s acting director. Swine flu, which swept the globe in 2009 and 2010, sickened 60.8 million Americans, hospitalized 274,304 and killed 12,469, according to CDC data. Deaths from the current outbreak will likely far outstrip those of the 2009-2010 season. “This is a difficult season, and we can’t predict how much longer the severe season will last,” she said. “I wish there was better news, but everything we are looking at is bad news.” READ MORE

Army conducts drills using ground robots that shoot…

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 06:22 AM PST

Army conducts drills using ground robots that shoot…In a historic first, the Army conducted a live fire exercise with a remote-controlled ground combat vehicle armed with a .50-caliber machine gun. It plans to conduct more exercises with more heavily armed ground robots within the next couple of years. The demonstration was part of the annual Northern Strike exercise, which took place last July and August at Michigan’s Camp Grayling. Primarily

geared toward reserve units, this year’s event debuted an unmanned, heavily armed M113 armored personnel carrier. The driver and the weapons operator followed behind in a slightly larger M577 command post vehicle. “The scenario here was a complex breach in a minefield,” Paul Rogers, director of the Army’s Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC, said at the AUVSI conference on Wednesday. READ MORE


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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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February 9, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

President Donald Trump signed a two-year budget agreement that will boost federal spending by almost $300 billion and suspend the debt ceiling for a year, ending a brief partial government shutdown that began at midnight when lawmakers missed a funding deadline.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced a tightening of immigration controls as thousands of Venezuelans continue to pour over the border to escape a dire economic crisis and an increasingly authoritarian government.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet for lunch on Saturday with Kim Jong Un’s sister after the pair enthusiastically cheered on a unified Korean team at the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics.

A Democratic group backed by former President Barack Obama said this week it plans to invest millions of dollars in state-level elections in 11 states this year, with its heaviest focus on Ohio.

Global economies and asset markets are more connected today than ever before. While stocks from Sydney to Hong Kong are selling off Friday, gold has barely budged and the yen is actually weaker. Treasuries, too, have moved relatively little over the past 24 hours.

The diamond industry has a size problem. Instead of splashing out on a ring or necklace featuring one big, bright diamond, shoppers are increasingly choosing pieces with several, smaller gems, which are often lower quality. And selling jewelry with smaller stones has been a good way for retailers to save money.

AP Top Stories

Mexican authorities have found a tiger cub in a plastic container, due to be express mailed to another address. The Office for Environmental Protection found the Bengal cub when a sniffer dog looking for contraband detected it in the plastic container, sedated.

After days of excavation, Toronto police on Thursday said they have recovered the remains of at least six different people on property that was landscaped by suspected serial killer Bruce McArthur, who has been charged with the murder of five men connected to the city’s gay village.

A renewed onslaught of bombing in Syria’s besieged Eastern Ghouta enclave has wreaked havoc in the region, killing nearly 200 people in a matter of days and shattering cease-fire negotiations.

Defense Secretary James Mattis assured military service members who had been brought to the U.S. illegally as children that they will not face deportation, even if legal protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program expire.

Eight North Koreans rescued from a boat adrift near an island in northern Japan last year were deported home via China on Friday, an immigration official told AFP.

Taiwan begins demolishing three dangerously damaged buildings as rescue workers continue their search for those missing after a deadly quake.

Winning an Olympic medal is a dream come true, and this year’s winners will have one extra perk their predecessors didn’t- they won’t have to pay the victory tax.

According to jobs site Hired.com’s latest State of Salaries report released Thursday, tech companies offer African American and Hispanic job candidates about $6,000 less on average than their white counterparts, $130,000 and $131,000, respectively, compared with $136,000.

Amazon.com said on Thursday it would start delivering Whole Foods groceries via its fast-shipping Prime Now service in select U.S. cities, and plans to expand it across the country this year. The online retailing behemoth will add Whole Foods to its one-hour and two-hour delivery service in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach, it said in a statement.

Amazon is preparing to launch a delivery service to compete directly with shipping stalwarts UPS and FedEx. The service will pick up packages from businesses and ship them to consumers, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

BBC

An asteroid up to 40m in size and only discovered five days ago, is due to skim past the Earth on Friday. Asteroid 2018 CB will pass by at just less than one-fifth the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

US Vice-President Mike Pence has skipped a dinner at which he was due to share a table with North Korea’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam. Mr. Pence briefly encountered Mr. Kim but they tried to avoid directly facing each other, Yonhap news agency reports. Meanwhile South Korean President Moon Jae-in has shaken hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

Russian security officers have arrested several scientists working at a top-secret Russian nuclear warhead facility for allegedly mining crypto-currencies. The suspects had tried to use one of Russia’s most powerful supercomputers to mine Bitcoins, media reports said.

Four Ugandan government officials have been suspended amid allegations of inflating refugee figures. Uganda is said to host some 1.4 million refugees – welcoming more than any other country in 2016 – mostly from South Sudan and DR Congo.

A woman has been killed while taking a selfie with a friend on a train track in Thailand. A friend said they had been drinking and decided “to take a photo with the train” but did not see an approaching train on the other track, police said. The woman, 24, had her leg severed and died later in hospital. Her male friend sustained severe injuries.

WND

The British territory of Bermuda has become the first jurisdiction to roll back same-sex marriage, less than one year after the unions were legalized by the socially conservative island’s Supreme Court. Governor John Rankin signed the Domestic Partnership Act into law Wednesday reversing the rights of same-sex partners to wed. The legislation allows any couple to enter into a domestic partnership and gives same-sex couples similar rights to those enjoyed by opposite-sex couples. But such partnerships will not be legally recognized as “marriage.”


The Briefing — Friday, February 9, 2018

1) As Pyeongchang Olympics begin, politics is never far from the front line

Wall Street Journal (Betsy McKay) –
Ice Dancing Has a Problem: Not Enough Men

New York Times (Choe Sang-Hun) –
South Korean Leader to Meet Kim Jong-un’s Sister in Highest-Level Contact in Years

2) Bermuda makes history becoming the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, then abolish it

Washington Post (Lindsey Bever) –
Bermuda legalized same-sex marriage a year ago. This week it abolished it.

3) International assessors are now coming for American kindergarteners

Wall Street Journal (Leslie Brody) –
A New Global Ranking for U.S. Parents to Obsess Over

4) Why the new Gerber baby is a cause for celebration and a reminder of the work we have to do

Washington Post (Allison Klein) –
Lucas was just named 2018 Gerber baby. He has Down syndrome.


The Dow Falls 1,032 Points! Has The Financial Crisis Of 2018 Officially Arrived?

We haven’t seen this kind of a bloodbath on Wall Street since the great financial crisis of 2008.  Prior to this week, the largest single day decline for the Dow Jones industrial average that we had ever seen was 777 points.  That record was absolutely shattered on Monday when the Dow fell 1,175 points, and on Thursday the Dow dropped another 1,032 points.  This was the third decline greater than 500 points within the last five trading days, and the Dow is poised to post its worst week since the dark days of October 2008.  So is this just a “correction”, or has the financial crisis of 2018 officially arrived? (Read More…)


February 9, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The government careened Friday morning into its second partial shutdown in less than three weeks – – though this one appeared likely to be short-lived. Sen. Rand Paul forced the government to go beyond the midnight deadline when current funding expired, staging a protest against the potentially $2.1 trillion budget bill required to keep the cash spigot flowing…. (more)


February 9, 2018
GREG COROMBOS — Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., is slamming Republican congressional leaders for caving to spending demands by Democrats in a two-year budget bill that he anticipates will spark trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see while Republicans unilaterally surrender their greatest weapon for passing meaningful entitlement, welfare, or health care reforms…. (more)


February 9, 2018
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — The Watergate scandal of 1972 – -74 was uncovered largely because of outraged Democratic politicians and a bulldog media. They both claimed that they had saved American democracy from the Nixon administration’s attempt to warp the CIA and FBI to cover up an otherwise minor, though illegal, political break-in…. (more)

February 9, 2018
THE GATEWAY PUNDIT — On Tuesday, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) released a “much-less redacted,” version of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s criminal referral of dossier author Christopher Steele. Comey is in hot water. The unredacted memo reveals the FBI misled the FISA court about Christopher Steele’s contacts with media outlets…. (more)

February 8, 2018
SHOWBIZ 411 — Don’t believe the mixed or bad reviews coming in early for Clint Eastwood’s “15:17 to Paris.” I saw it tonight, and like A.O. Scott in the New York Times, I found it fascinating and much more complicated than a snarky dismissal…. (more)


February 8, 2018
Wait . . . what?
DAILY WIRE — A group of DREAMers, young illegal immigrants fighting to stay in the country following the Trump Administration’s refusal to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, say they’ll leave the country if a deal isn’t reached . . . err . . . to keep them in the country…. (more)

February 8, 2018
THE GUARDIAN — Bermuda has become the first jurisdiction to legalise and then repeal same-sex marriage, in what critics have called an unprecedented rollback of civil rights by the British territory…. (more)

February 8, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, released Wednesday, raised serious questions about whether President Obama kept tabs on the bureau’s 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton, despite his assurances otherwise. In a Sept. 2, 2016, message to Mr. Strzok, a senior FBI agent, Ms. Page, a bureau lawyer, said they were preparing reports on the Clinton investigation for FBI Director James B. Comey because “potus wants to know everything we are doing.” “POTUS” is the common Washington acronym for President of the United States…. (more)


February 8, 2018
WORLDNETDAILY — Just when you thought the Democratic National Committee’s funding of the dossier used to spy on Trump’s campaign was scandalous, WikiLeaks has revealed another DNC connection to the FISA spying warrant…. (more)

February 8, 2018
FOX NEWS — Left-wing billionaire George Soros is pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into a campaign looking to sabotage British voters’ 2016 decision to leave the European Union. The U.K. Daily Telegraph first reported late Wednesday that Soros has delivered £400,000 ($560,000) to the anti-Brexit “Best for Britain” campaign via his Open Society Foundations. He also hosted big-money donors at his London home as part of the group’s goal to raise support to nix the implementation of the Brexit referendum…. (more)

February 8, 2018
NEWSMAX — A top White House aide is stepping down following allegations of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives. Staff secretary Rob Porter says in a statement the allegations are “outrageous” and “simply false.” He says photos published were taken nearly 15 years ago and the “reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described.” Porter adds that he has been transparent and truthful, but will leave the White House after a transition period…. (more)


February 8, 2018
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE — The LDS Church declared Thursday that it has “zero tolerance” for abuse of any kind but couldn’t speak directly to allegations by the ex-wives of a former White House official who reported they received no help from their Mormon clergy when they were being abused. Jennifer Willoughby and Colbie Holderness – – former wives of Rob Porter, who resigned as White House staff secretary this week – – said their LDS bishops either didn’t believe them or didn’t step in to help when they alleged Porter had physically abused them. Porter has denied the charges…. (more)

February 8, 2018
DAILY WIRE — The FBI’s informant in the Uranium One scandal involving the Obama administration gave written testimony to three congressional committees this week in which he accused the Obama administration of making decisions that directly benefited the Russian government and their goals of gaining geopolitical advantages over the United States…. (more)

February 6, 2018
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Some things still do not add up about the so-called Steele dossier, FISA warrants, the Nunes memo, and the hysterical Democratic reaction to it…. (more)

February 6, 2018
CONRAD BLACK — Donald Trump’s critics never imagined that more than a year into his presidency, his approval rating would be rising and just under 50 percent, the economy would be cranking up to a 4 percent growth rate, North Korea would have quieted down temporarily, U.S. oil production would be rising sharply and imports steadily declining, ISIS dispersed, over $6 trillion added to Dow-Jones Industrial stock values (despite Monday’s slide), and the Clintons as well as Trump’s official investigators facing far more serious legal questions than he is…. (more)


February 6, 2018
BYRON YORK — This time last week, there was growing tumult in Washington over the memo produced by House Intelligence Committee Republicans alleging “FISA abuse” in the Trump-Russia investigation. There were dire warnings that the release of the GOP memo would endanger national security, that doing so would be “extraordinarily reckless” without proper FBI and Justice Department review, and that the FBI had “grave concerns” about “material omissions of fact” that would “fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”… (more)

February 6, 2018
BOB UNRUH — The New York Stock Exchange has been leaving mouths agape and investors pinching themselves ever since Donald Trump was elected president. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has surged on a virtually vertical line, from about 18,000 points to a peak of 26,616.71 on Jan. 26, before dropping a couple of thousand points and then regaining 500 on Tuesday…. (more)


February 6, 2018
PAUL BEDARD — Attorney General Jeff Sessions celebrated President Reagan’s 107th birthday by demonstrating how President Trump has taken up Reagan’s campaign to restore the rule of law. In a Tuesday evening speech at the Heritage Foundation to the Reagan Alumni Association, Sessions, who was a Reagan-appointed federal prosecutor, said, “Under President Trump, we are determined to advance President Reagan’s work of restoring the rule of law.”… (more)

February 6, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — A California judge refused this week to order a baker to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, ruling that to do otherwise would be to trample on the baker’s free speech rights. Superior Court Judge David R. Lampe said in his Monday ruling that wedding cakes run to the core of the First Amendment…. (more)

February 6, 2018
ALAN KEYES — Last week, I wrote a column reflecting on the assertion that Christians who support Donald Trump have, in effect, surrendered to moral relativism. In that column, I noted that – – in the very same week President Trump addressed the Right to Life March, live and in person from the Rose Garden – -… (more)

February 5, 2018
JOAN SWIRSKY — Once upon a time, a seasoned political operative ran for President of the United States against a candidate who had virtually no political experience. She – Democrat Hillary Clinton – former First Lady of Arkansas, former First Lady of the United States, former U.S. Senator from New York, former Secretary of State under the faux “president” Barack Obama, was clearly the favorite…. (more)

February 5, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The House’s top investigator on Sunday said the FBI failed to notify a surveillance court that it was relying on material backed by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign when it asked to snoop on a former adviser to the Trump campaign…. (more)

February 5, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — A top Republican senator on Monday released an unpublished portion of the infamous Trump-Russia dossier that showed Hillary Clinton associates fed information to the author, former British spy Christopher Steele. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairmen Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, posted the heavily redacted referral he sent to the Justice Department asking for a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Steele lied to the FBI…. (more)


February 5, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump said Friday the leaders at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department have a political bias against Republicans. “The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!” Mr. Trumptweeted…. (more)

February 5, 2018
FOX NEWS — Now that we know what the declassified House memo says about government misconduct, we also know what it means: The Washington swamp – – the deep state – – is bigger, more vicious and more dangerous to American liberty than even a cynic could have imagined…. (more)

 


Mid-Day Snapshot

Feb. 9, 2018

Fiscal Hawks Go on Leave

Early this morning, the House and Senate managed to pass yet another spending spree.

The Foundation

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

 


News – 2/9/2018

Trump tells Israel peace means compromise; US envoy under fire
In an interview with an Israeli newspaper that was excerpted ahead of its full publication on Sunday, Trump described his Jerusalem move as a “high point” of his first year in office. The Palestinians were outraged by Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, a move overturning decades of US reticence on the city’s status, and say they are looking at additional world powers as potential mediators.

Army spokesperson: Egypt begins security operation against ‘terrorists’
Egypt on Friday launched a major security operation involving the army and police against “terrorist and criminal elements and organizations” across the country, the army spokesman said. The army spokesman said the operation covers areas in Sinai, the Delta and the Western Desert and it follows a three-month deadline set by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to crush a years-long Islamist insurgency.

Greenblatt criticizes Abbas’ statement on Jerusalem’s holy status
For the first time since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6, Jason Greenblatt, his chief envoy to the Middle East peace process, called out Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas by name on Wednesday night. “Pres. Abbas states about Jerusalem: ‘It is Arab, Muslim and Christian,’” Greenblatt wrote, “and makes no mention of any Jewish ties. Nothing peaceful or productive can come from statements like this.” “Lasting peace will not be achieved by denying Judaism’s thousands of years of ties to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews,”

German shipyard starts work on state-of-the-art warships for Israel
The first of four corvettes are scheduled to arrive next year. Construction of Israel’s four newest warships that will be used to defend the country’s natural gas fields and territorial waters has begun in Germany.

Government shutdown showdown over budget deal; Top Dem offered contact with dossier author
An overnight government shutdown has come to an end after the House approved a budget deal that funds the government through March 23 … The House vote was 240 to 186. The bill now goes to President Trump to sign.
Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee who has been leading a congressional investigation into President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, had extensive contact last year with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering Warner access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele,

As Kim Jong-un stages a purge within his ‘unruly’ military, could the North Korean leader face a coup threat?
As sanctions feed public disillusionment and Kim Jong-un battles a growing resentment within the military, cracks may be appearing in the North Korean leader’s footing. The head of the North Korean army’s politburo has been purged and three other senior officers have been either removed from office and are undergoing “re-revolutionisation education”, with analysts suggesting that such a wide-ranging clear-out of its top ranks could harden the army’s resistance to Kim’s leadership.

US Jewish leaders to visit United Arab Emirates
In yet another sign of rapprochement with the Persian Gulf states, a group of prominent US Jewish organizational leaders led by Malcolm Hoenlein will travel in the coming days to the United Arab Emirates. Members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which Hoenlein leads as its executive vice chairman, will travel to Abu Dhabi and Dubai as part of their annual leadership mission before coming to Israel.

Pence skips Olympic dinner with N Koreans in Pyeongchang
US Vice-President Mike Pence has skipped a dinner at which he was due to share a table with North Korea’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam. Mr Pence briefly encountered Mr Kim but they tried to avoid directly facing each other, Yonhap news agency reports. Meanwhile South Korean President Moon Jae-in has shaken hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

Asia stock markets drop sharply after US falls
Major Asian markets suffered sharp losses on Friday, following another day of steep falls on Wall Street. In a volatile week for global investors, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index slid 2.3%, while China’s Shanghai Composite slumped by 4.1%. Earlier, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by more than 1,000 points for the second time this week.

US Congress votes to end brief shutdown
US lawmakers have voted to pass a two-year budget, meaning the country’s second shutdown in three weeks could end before the working day begins. The measures have passed the Senate and the House but still need to be signed off by President Donald Trump. Federal funding for government services expired at midnight (05:00 GMT), after the Senate missed a voting deadline.

First human eggs grown in laboratory
Human eggs have been grown in the laboratory for the first time, say researchers at the University of Edinburgh. The team say the technique could lead to new ways of preserving the fertility of children having cancer treatment. It is also an opportunity to explore how human eggs develop, much of which remains a mystery to science.

Trump tells Israel peace means compromise; U.S. envoy under fire
U.S. President Donald Trump told Israel on Friday that it too would need to make “significant compromises” for peace with the Palestinians, even as they accused one of his Middle East envoys of bogging down diplomacy with what they see as pro-Israel bias…“I think that both sides will have to make significant compromises in order for achieving a peace deal to be possible,” Trump added, without elaborating.

Inside the Ring: Obama-era cash traced to Iran-backed terrorists
The U.S. government has traced some of the $1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred.

Egypt Warns of Muslim Brotherhood Organizations in U.S.
An Egyptian government website features a warning that the Muslim Brotherhood has a lobby in the U.S. disguised as civil society organizations. The United Arab Emirates has made similar statements and the U.S. Justice Department has confirmed the existence of a Muslim Brotherhood branch in America.

Uranium One Scandal: Moscow Routed $3 Million To Clinton Global Initiative
An informant has come forward with evidence that the Clinton Global Initiative received $3 million from Moscow in lobbying fees in exchange for nuclear support. But it gets worse for Democrats as more evidence that the media covered up this scandal surfaces as well.

Norovirus SPREAD Quickly At 2018 Winter Olympics
As we previously reported, the norovirus is spreading quickly among security guards at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Determined not to let the Olympics spiral into a widespread gastrointestinal nightmare, organizers of the Games seemed intent on carrying out a scorched-earth assault on every last germ in a 40-mile radius.

Melania Had White House Spiritually Cleansed Before Moving In, Pastor Claims
First Lady Melania Trump demanded the White House be spiritually cleansed prior to moving in, a pastor recently stated. In a February 2 interview on The Weekend Vigilante with Sheila Zilinsky, Pastor Paul Begley claimed Melania’s desire to “completely exorcise” the White House may have sparked Trump’s own religious fervor.

ACLU Sues Alabama to Force Sex Change on Driver’s Licenses of ‘Transgender’ Residents
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alabama has filed a lawsuit against a number of state officials in an effort to force the Licensing Bureau of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to allow residents with gender dysphoria to be able to change their driver’s license to the opposite sex without having a “sex-change” operation.

Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan travelers
Chinese railway police are using facial-recognition sunglasses to catch suspects at train stations in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province. The eyewear, which looks similar to the original Google Glass, was unveiled earlier this year and has already helped identify seven alleged criminals, according to the Communist Party’s official newspaper People’s Daily.

‘Consumer Reports’: Samsung, Roku Smart TVs may be vulnerable to hackers
Buyer beware. If you’ve snapped up a smart TV, with built-in Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and other Web connections, heads up on this warning — your smart TV could make you vulnerable to hackers and is probably monitoring more of your viewing than you realize.

400 Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Sign ‘Washington Declaration’ for Religious Tolerance
Over 400 Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders from all over the world affirmed on Wednesday a new declaration calling for the global protection of religious minorities and marginalized communities.

The Obama Administration is Directly Responsible for the Latest Gas Attacks on Syrian Civilians
A few days ago, Secretary of Defense James Mattis hinted that Syria might have used more Sarin nerve agent on civilian populations and warned them of the consequences should that be proven true:

Trans Pastor Celebrates Her New Gender
Pastor Rose Beeson, who is in transition from woman to man, will take on the name “Peter” Sunday in a public ceremony at St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoboken, N.J.

Trump Speech National Prayer Breakfast
…“Our currency declares ‘In god we trust,’ and we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the pledge of allegiance and proclaim we are one nation under God,” The president declared in a common refrain. He continued, “That is why the words ‘Praise be to god’ are etched atop the Washington monument, and those same words are etched into the hearts of our people. So today we praise God for how truly blessed we are to be American.”

Christian Teacher Fired, Reported to Counter-Terror Unit After Telling Lesbian ‘God Loves You’
A Christian teacher in Bristol was fired and reported as a “radicalisation threat” after she answered questions from pupils about her beliefs, an employment tribunal has heard.

Food Stamp Enrollment Drops by Four Million in One Month
Four million people dropped off the food stamp rolls in one month, according to the latest numbers on food stamp enrollment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Bermuda Governor Approves Bill Reversing Same-Sex Marriage
Bermuda’s governor on Wednesday approved a bill reversing the right of gay couples to marry in the British overseas territory, despite a Supreme Court ruling authorising same-sex marriage last year.


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: February 9

  • Global Stocks Set for Biggest Weekly Fall in Years (Read More)
  • What Just Happened? Six Views on the Correction (Read More)
  • Euro set for worst week since 2016 as dollar extends rally (Read More)
  • Congress votes to end brief government shutdown (Read More)
  • U.S. budget deal sets up wider fight over deficits, immigration (Read More)
  • Trump budget to include $3 billion for border wall (Read More)
  • Jim Rogers Says Next Bear Market Will Be Worst in His Life (Read More)
  • Trump Jr. Escalates Twitter War Against Probe and Father’s Foes (Read More)
  • Pence avoids encounter with North Korean official as Olympics begin (Read More)
  • Ex-Credit Suisse adviser sentenced to five years for “clever fraud” (Read More)
  • AT&T, Walmart Bolster Their Tax Savings in Paying Worker Bonuses (Read More)
  • Rising Costs for Wages and Ingredients Pose New Challenge (Read More)
  • The Corporate Giant Lurking Behind the Winter Olympics (Read More)
  • Gulfstream, Cessna, Other Business Jet Makers Are Finally Feeling Some Lift (Read More)
  • Mad Max violence stalks Venezuela’s lawless roads (Read More)
  • Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS (Read More)
  • Japan to let Coincheck resume yen withdrawals Tuesday (Read More)
  • Ten Years After the Crisis, Banks Win Big in Trump’s Washington (Read More)
  • Trump tells Israel peace means compromise; U.S. envoy under fire (Read More)
  • Trump administration may target immigrants who use food aid, other benefits (Read More)

Headlines – 2/9/2018

PM blocks settlement annexation bill from coming to vote

‘We will convince Netanyahu to convince the US’ – Minister Elkin undeterred by PM’s reported delay of Judea and Samaria sovereignty bill

IDF boosts Judea and Samaria deployment over spike in terrorism

Israel Seeks to Divert Palestinian Funds for Terrorists to Jewish Settlers

Qatar working closely with Israel to channel aid to Gaza, says Doha official

Qatari envoy urges world to aid Gaza

Modi to become first Indian PM to visit West Bank

India can play a role in Middle East peace process: Palestine President Abbas

Palestinian UN Envoy: Several Options to Kick-Start Peace Talks With Israel

Palestinian envoy: Collective approach required for peace process

Abbas spokesman blames US envoy for ‘crisis’ in US-Palestinian relations

Greenblatt criticizes Abbas’ statement on Jerusalem’s holy status

Trump thanks Guatemalan president for his support on Jerusalem embassy move

Israel reportedly halts medical cannabis export plan to avoid upsetting Trump

Time for Western aliyah

Coalition chairman: Israel Police attempting to overthrow Netanyahu

Police said mulling charges against billionaire in Netanyahu graft probe

Thousands of Palestinians jam Gaza border, temporarily opened by Egypt

5 reasons why Israel is ready for war with Hezbollah in Lebanon

US envoy relays Israeli de-escalation messages to Lebanon

Lebanon’s President: Talks Underway to ‘Prevent Israeli Greed’ in Building Border Wall

Iranian Ayatollah’s visit to Israel-Lebanon border with Hezbollah causes uproar

Syrian Soldiers Fire at Israeli Drone in Golan Heights; Building Hit

Analysts: Israel’s headed to a war in Syria, and only Russia can stop it

US dismisses fears of wider war after deadly Syria clashes

Syria war: Assad’s government accuses US of massacre

Syria calls rare US strike an effort ‘to support terrorism’

U.S. Attack on Assad Allies in Syria Was ‘Unprecedented Act of Aggression,’ Russia Senator Says

Russia slams ‘criminal’ US-led strikes in Syria, Pentagon calls it self-defense

Russian army says U.S. goal in Syria is to capture economic assets

Russia to raise US coalition airstrike at UN

UN official calls for 30-day Syria cease-fire

East Ghouta ‘drowning in blood’ after third day of bombing

Ghouta death toll soars above 220 as Syrian regime bombards rebel enclave

Putin, Erdogan discuss military coordination in Syria

Syria war: Last of British IS ‘Beatles’ gang captured by Kurds

Defying Turkey, Top U.S. General in Syria Vows to Continue Support for the Kurds

Iraqi Kurds accused of carrying out ‘mass executions’ of ISIS members

Tillerson plans Middle East swing to boost anti-IS fight

Egypt Launches Major Offensive Against ISIS ‘Terrorists’ in Sinai

Turkey Sentences 64 Military Academy Officers, Trainees to Life in Prison Over Failed Coup Attempt

Saudi Arabia Still Building World’s Tallest Tower Despite Complications From Corruption Crackdown

Obama-era cash traced to Iran-backed terrorists

Canceling Iran deal may lead to war in Israel’s north

Iran says its regional influence not linked to nuclear deal

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister says 2015 nuclear deal must succeed before other issues can be discussed

Britain says wants to save Iran deal, working to address US concerns

France pushing Iran business ties despite nuclear deal limbo

Iran furious as athletes miss out on Winter Olympics smartphones because of sanctions

Pence will use Olympics to push tougher stance on N. Korea

US, China reaffirm commitment to pressure North Korea

Kim Jong Un Hosts Lavish Military Parade in Snub of Donald Trump – Wife Makes Rare Appearance

Pence bashes North Korea’s military parade, endorses Trump’s parade

Uranium One informant says Moscow paid millions in bid to influence Clinton

George W. Bush says Russia meddled in 2016 US election

Google fined by India watchdog for ‘unfair search bias’

Scam hijacks Google Chrome browser, tries to get your personal data

Trudeau to Facebook: Fix your fake news problem or face stricter regulations

In Blow to Trump, U.S. Government Shutdown Begins, the Second of 2018

NYPD ignored more than 1,500 federal requests to detain immigrants last year, official says

Trump administration may target immigrants who use food aid, other benefits

Mattis vows ‘Dreamers’ serving in military will not be deported

Dow plunges 1,033 points and sinks into correction

Dow posts second biggest points fall as inflation fears spook investors

Global markets slide after Dow dips into correction territory

Jim Cramer blames a ‘group of complete morons’ for blowing up the market

Is Jim Rogers’ prediction of ‘biggest crash in our lifetimes’ finally coming true?

Oil falls for sixth day as supply fears mount

Texas flood: U.S. oil exports pour into markets worldwide

Venezuela’s capital Caracas hit by power cut during rush hour

Asteroid set to make rare close pass by Earth on Friday

Why the sun will soon get dimmer

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Lebu, Chile

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Semisopochnoi Island, Alaska

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Reuleuet, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Mayon volcano in the Philippines erupts to 11,000ft

Latest Chicago Snow Forecast: Total Of 20 Inches By Saturday Possible

Miami releases millions of modified mosquitoes to stop Zika outbreak

As Gonorrhea Approaches Superbug Status, Scientists Scramble to Find a Vaccine

Trifecta of opioids, alcohol and suicide are blamed for the drop in U.S. life expectancy

Clergy gather to bless one of the only U.S. clinics performing late-term abortions

Pelosi Invokes Catholic Faith to Defend Illegals, But Not to Protect Unborn, Nuns

#MeToo movement lawmaker investigated for sexual misconduct allegations

ACLU Sues Alabama to Force Sex Change on Driver’s Licenses of ‘Transgender’ Residents

Transgender Pastor Celebrates Transition With Religious Ceremony

First Openly Gay U.S. Olympians Reportedly Snub Mike Pence in South Korea

Book Review: Defining Deception by Costi Hinn and Anthony Wood

Sid’s Holy Ghost Hebrew Spell Promises Perfect Life for Donation of $39

Charismatic Makes Up “Gold Dust” (Glitter) Claim

Dr. Michael Brown Another Spiritual Snake Oil Pitchman for Sid Roth

Christian Apologist Larry Taunton Resigns After Inappropriate Extramarital Behavior

Meditation does not make you a better person, study finds

Who Brought the Gospel to Korea? Koreans Did.

Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian) footnote (Rev B)

February 8, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gave the longest House floor speech since at least 1909 on Wednesday, talking for more than eight hours to demand a vote on legislation to protect young immigrants from deportation.

The numbers: Initial U.S. jobless claims fell by 9,000 to 221,000 in the seven days ended Feb 3. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch forecast a 235,000 reading. The more stable monthly average of claims declined by 10,000 to 224,500, the government said Thursday. That’s the lowest level since March 1973.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a military parade Thursday ahead of the Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony in South Korea, but refrained from broadcasting live images of the event, South Korean media reported.

South Africa plans to declare the drought that’s gripping the western and southern parts of the country a national disaster. Cape Town, the South African city contending with the worst drought on record, has pushed out the estimated date on which it may have to turn off water supplies to residents by about four weeks to May 11, as use by farmers declines.

Syrian state-run media on Thursday confirmed a rare U.S. strike on government-backed troops in eastern Syria, citing reports of dozens killed and wounded from the attack.

More than 300 child soldiers have been released by armed groups in South Sudan, the second-largest such release since civil war began five years ago. Over 19,000 children are thought to have been recruited by all sides. The “laying down of the guns” ceremony for 87 girls and 224 boys on Wednesday was the first step in a process that should see at least 700 child soldiers freed in the coming weeks.

Senate leaders agreed on a bipartisan two-year plan to increase federal spending by nearly $300 billion over two years, a pact likely to avert a government shutdown on Friday.

The head of the World Bank compared cryptocurrencies to “Ponzi schemes,” the latest financial voice to raise questions about the legitimacy of digital currencies such as Bitcoin.

AP Top Stories

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said she is “committed” to urging American voters to participate in 2018 midterm elections to “get the sexism out of politics.” “I believe the only way to get sexism out of politics is to get more women into politics and that’s never been more at stake than right now.”

The Trump administration tasked a small, inexperienced contractor with delivering 30m meals to Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria, according to a new report. She delivered 50,000.

A $90 billion disaster aid package agreed on by U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday would include nearly $7 billion in aid to storm-battered Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to two Senate Democratic aides and Puerto Rico’s governor.

The Philippine military on Thursday denied it planned to use 16 Bell helicopters bought from Canada as attack aircraft against local insurgents, following reports Ottawa was reviewing the deal.

U.S. forces in Afghanistan have attacked networks of anti-China militants in action likely to please Beijing which had called for Western cooperation in its fight against the group it says wants to split off its Xinjiang region.

A U.S. envoy has assured Lebanon that Israel does not seek an escalation between the countries following a surge in hostile rhetoric, Lebanese and Israeli officials said on Thursday.

Most armed groups involved in human smuggling and trafficking in Libya have links to the country’s official security institutions, sanctions experts said in a confidential report to a U.N. Security Council committee seen by Reuters on Wednesday. People smugglers operating with impunity in Libya have sent hundreds of thousands of migrants to Europe, mainly Italy, by sea since 2014. Thousands have died during the voyages.

Following the pathfinder effort, in which the Air Force established 44 teams, the service will now begin to select bases and wings to start rolling out with the next phase. The Air Force created a concept that spells out what the cyber squadron is – discovering that they had to build a whole squadron structure to support the ultimate goal of protecting aircraft and key cyber terrain on bases to make missions go – and is looking to institute training and infrastructure

BBC

Lucas Warren from Georgia, an 18-month-old boy with Down’s syndrome, has been named as this year’s “spokesbaby” of the US baby food brand Gerber.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is to open a preliminary inquiry into alleged crimes committed during the Philippines government’s war on drugs, its chief prosecutor says.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will deliver a national apology to victims of child sexual abuse. Mr. Turnbull’s pledge follows the conclusion of a four-year inquiry that found tens of thousands of children had been abused in Australian institutions. The crimes, over decades, took place in institutions including churches, schools and sports clubs. The apology would be given later this year

Police in China have begun using sunglasses equipped with facial recognition technology to identify suspected criminals.

WND

Scientists say a simple and inexpensive new process can transform any type of wood into a material stronger than steel, and even some high-tech titanium alloys. Besides taking a star turn in buildings and vehicles, the substance could even be used to make bullet-resistant armor plates.

Life expectancy in the U.S. has fallen for the second year in a row, thanks to a combination of drug and alcohol use and suicides, according to a new report released Wednesday.

Retailing giant Macy’s will partner with clothing brand Verona Collection to feature a selection of modest, ready-to-wear pieces geared toward Muslim women.


The Briefing — Thursday, February 8, 2018

1) Drama in both the House and Senate as Congress considers budget deal and DACA fix

New York Times (Thomas Kaplan) –
Senate Leaders Reach Deal to Raise Spending Over Two Years

2) Lessons from Poland: Why trying to shut down an argument almost always intensifies an argument

Wall Street Journal (Drew Hinshaw) –
Poland’s Controversial Holocaust Bill Becomes Law

3) Gloria Copeland says you should not ‘receive’ the flu. Why that doesn’t mean you won’t get it

Washington Post (Marwa Eltagouri) –
A televangelist’s flu-season advice: ‘Inoculate yourself with the word of God’


Is Washington Nuts? Increasing Spending AND Cutting Taxes Will EXPLODE The Size Of The National Debt

Our national debt is rapidly approaching 21 trillion dollars, and yet Congress wants to follow up a large tax cut bill with a massive increase in federal spending.  This is absolute madness, and it is going to make our long-term financial problems as a nation far worse.  After passing the tax bill, the appropriate thing to do would have been to cut federal spending.  Yes, that would have not been a positive thing for the economy in the short-term, but we must start addressing our long-term priorities.  If we do not do something about this exploding national debt, it could potentially destroy our republic all by itself. (Read More…)


News – 2/8/2018

Erdogan, Pope Form Unholy, Anti-Trump Alliance to Control Jerusalem
A meeting on Monday between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Pope Francis may have grave implications for Jerusalem as both leaders appear to be building an agenda based upon their joint opposition to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital. Erdogan, who spoke by phone with the pope at the time expressing his concerns over Jerusalem, called upon the Vatican in Monday’s meeting to help Turkey and the Muslim world “preserve Jerusalem’s status.”

Viral Document Reports on Collaboration Between Abbas-Controlled PA and CIA
Two former Palestinian Authority (PA) officials are suing the PA after an anonymous whistleblower revealed that they and other influential Palestinians were targeted during a large-scale wiretapping operation supervised by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Tawfiq Tirawi, the PA intelligence chief from 1994 to 2008 and an outspoken opponent of PA president Mahmoud Abbas, and Jawad Obeidat, head of the PA bar association, are among thousands of Palestinians whose phone lines were tapped, according to a 37-page anonymous document being circulated virally amongst Palestinians on social media.

US-Led Coalition Bombs Syrian Forces Following Israeli Strike Near Damascus
A US-led coalition has conducted several “defensive” airstrikes against Syrian forces allied with President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday in Syria’s Deir al-Zor province, in retaliation for what the coalition said was an “unprovoked” attack on the US-backed left-wing Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) headquarters. Furthermore, CNN reported late Thursday that US forces are now investigating whether Russian contractors were involved in the initial attack against the SDF, after a US official told the news outlet that the possibility could not be ruled out.

FBI Informant Testifies: Moscow Routed Millions To Clinton Foundation In “Russian Uranium Dominance Strategy”
Campbell says that Russian nuclear officials told him of a scheme to route millions of dollars to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) through lobbying firm ARPCO, which was expected to funnel a portion of its annual $3 million lobbying fee to the charity. “The contract called for four payments of $750,000 over twelve months. APCO was expected to give assistance free of charge to the Clinton Global Initiative as part of their effort to create a favorable environment to ensure the Obama administration made affirmative decisions on everything from Uranium One to the U.S.-Russia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation agreement.“

Texas flood: U.S. oil exports pour into markets worldwide
The repeal has unleashed a flood of U.S. shale oil, undercutting global crude prices, eroding the clout of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and seizing market share from many of its member countries.

U.S. envoy relays Israeli de-escalation messages to Lebanon
A US envoy has assured Lebanon that Israel does not seek an escalation between the countries following a surge in hostile rhetoric, Lebanese and Israeli officials said on Thursday. The neighbors have exchanged threats and condemnation over a border wall being constructed by Israel, a tender issued by Beirut for oil and gas exploration in disputed waters and arms flows to Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group.

Venezuela’s capital Caracas hit by power cut during rush hour
A power cut during the evening rush hour in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, caused major disruption to parts of the city on Tuesday. Hundreds of commuters could be seen walking along the city’s central avenues as the metro was affected. Other caught lifts on lorries or hung on to the doors of overcrowded buses.

ISIS Video Depicts Jihadists Waiting West of Paris for Attack on France
The pro-ISIS group that last month depicted the invasion of Washington this week declared “Paris before Rome,” depicting a terrorist invasion that began with cells in the countryside outside Paris before attacking the city. Al-Abd al-Faqir Media released what they called “a cinematic film about the invasion of the Islamic State of the capital of degeneracy … in the near future, inshallah.”

Saudis deny providing authorization for Israeli flights to pass through airspace
Mere hours after Israeli officials claimed that Air India received authorization to fly over Saudi airspace in its New Delhi-Tel Aviv line, a spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation said Wednesday they provided no such permission. Previously, an Air India spokesman officially announced the airliner was awaiting authorization from Indian authorities to fly over Saudi Arabia.

River turns blood red in ‘biblical bombshell’
Russian media are calling last week’s sudden change of Siberia’s Molchanka River into a blood-red estuary a “biblical bombshell,” referencing the first of the Bible’s ten plagues visited on the Egytians in the book of Exodus.

Bombshell: DOD Admits $80 Million in M1 Abrams Tanks Ended Up With Iran-Backed Militias
…According to the bombshell audit, the Department of State (DoS) finally acknowledged that “U.S.-provided military equipment” made its way into the hands of “of non-authorized end-users.”  The audit specified as many as nine M1 Abrams main battle tanks worth just over $80 million in inflation-adjusted dollars provided to Iraq’s military for the fight against the Islamic State (IS) ended up in the hands of Iranian-backed terrorist groups.

US-Led Coalition Bombs Syrian Forces Following Israeli Strike Near Damascus
A US-led coalition has conducted several “defensive” airstrikes against Syrian forces allied with President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday in Syria’s Deir al-Zor province, in retaliation for what the coalition said was an “unprovoked” attack on the US-backed left-wing Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) headquarters.

New England Patriots Fans Turned To Porn After Stunning Super Bowl Loss
On Monday, Pornhub’s statisticians were busy computing the numbers behind the web site’s internet traffic after Super Bowl LII on Sunday, February 4th. The unexpected result: New England Patriot fans apparently turned to porn to ease the pain after their teams stunning loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

France hits out at Poland’s ‘ill advised’ Holocaust law
France criticized on Wednesday Poland’s new law that makes it illegal to attribute Nazi crimes to the Polish state, describing it as an “ill-advised” move.

In the West Bank, a violent storm is brewing
With Palestinians losing faith in their leaders and lionizing terrorists, the post-Abbas era is shaping up to be tumultuous

Germany Sees Record Increase of Weapons Permit Holders
More and more German citizens are choosing to arm themselves as the number of weapons permits for firearms saw a record increase in 2017 going up nationwide by 85 per cent.

Napolitano: Justice Scalia Thought Obama Spied on Supreme Court
Judge Andrew Napolitano said on Fox Business Monday that the late Justice Antonin Scalia told him “that he often thought that the court was being surveilled” roughly four or five years ago.

‘It’s Obama with the levers controlling all of this’
The corruption of the FBI, the Justice Department and intelligence agencies to help Hillary Clinton win the 2016 election was all about protecting Barack Obama, contends talk-radio superstar Rush Limbaugh.

The Artificial Synapse: A First Step Towards ‘Brain-on-a-Chip’?
Around 100 billion neurons contribute to the immense processing power of the human brain. At any given moment, a single neuron can relay instructions to thousands of other neurons via synapses — the spaces between neurons, across which neurotransmitters are exchanged. There are more than 100 trillion synapses that mediate neuron signaling in the brain, strengthening some connections while pruning others, in a process that enables the brain to recognize patterns, remember facts, and carry out other learning tasks, at lightning speeds.

A NEW LOW: Episcopal Church votes no masculine pronouns for G-d
Continuing its freefall to the theological left, the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Washington, D.C., voted last week to pass a resolution that puts an end to the use of masculine pronouns for God as it prepares to update its Book of Common Prayer.

The CDC is Developing a Nationwide “Medical Police State” Program to Track Vaccine Compliance
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has developed a new program, the Immunization Information Systems (IIS), which would allow the government to monitor and track the mandatory vaccine compliance of every citizen.

Deadly MS-13 Gang Invading US Suburbs
The FBI estimates MS-13 gangs now have over 10,000 members in the United States, and have migrated from America’s big cities into its leafy suburbs -where neighborhoods, school systems, and police departments are often ill-prepared to cope with its wanton brutality.

Mid-Day Snapshot

Feb. 8, 2018

Pelosi Sets Record While Advocating Illegal Aliens

Pelosi uses the House of Representatives as a forum to represent the interests of non-Americans.

The Foundation

“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” —Benjamin Franklin (1735)


Headlines – 2/8/2018

Abbas, Putin to discuss new peace talks mechanism sidelining US – report

US peace envoy blasts Abbas for failure to mention Jerusalem’s Jewish connection

PA mulling its own currency

Netanyahu proclaims innocence as police said ‘unanimous’ on proposing bribery charges

Netanyahu slams police chief’s ‘delusional, false insinuations’

Netanyahu Lashes Out at Israel’s Top Cop and Questions Police: ‘A Shadow Has Fallen Over Investigations Into PM’

Lapid: Netanyahu’s attack on police commissioner a desperate act

Zionist Union leader Gabbay says Netanyahu ‘acting like a common criminal’

Russia livid over Israeli bill to recognize Ukrainian genocide

Saudis reportedly okay airspace for direct India-Israel flights; Riyadh denies

“Throw terrorists’ bodies into the sea” – Stormy debate on the return of terrorists’ bodies takes place in Knesset

More troops sent to West Bank following uptick in attacks

Hamas: PA ‘lead’ helped IDF track terrorist behind rabbi’s killing

PA spokesman: Middle East conflicts are Israel’s fault

As war clouds gather, northern storm looks more foreboding

Russia, Lebanon to sign military cooperation treaty

Lebanon tells army to confront Israeli ‘aggression’ amid border tensions

IDF Acknowledges Serious Hezbollah Missile Threat to Israeli Natural Gas Rigs

3 possible reasons for Israel’s attack on Syria’s Jamraya facility

Alleged Israeli Strike on Syria Facility Targeted Hezbollah’s Efforts to Enhance Missile Capabilities

U.S. Airstrikes Target Pro-Syrian Forces After ‘Unprovoked Attack,’ Kill More Than 100 Fighters

Russian lawmaker says US strike in Syria an act of aggression

‘Man, She’s Pretty’: Behind Syrian Rebels’ Gruesome Murder of a Female Kurdish Fighter

UN to meet on humanitarian crisis in Syria

Indonesia to help Myanmar deal with terrorism

Myanmar army ‘continuing to force Rohingya out of the country’ through rape and starvation says Amnesty

The Tense Olympics: With Hints of War in the Air, the World Turns Its Eye to Korea

N. Korea set to hold military parade on eve of PyeongChang Olympics’ opening

S. Korea gets flexible with N. Korea sanctions for Olympics

Military parades are about ego and power. Of course Trump wants one.

U.N. chief plans major disarmament push but U.S. skeptical

Napolitano: Justice Scalia Thought Obama Spied on Supreme Court

Newly released texts raise questions about Obama’s role in Clinton probe

Biased FBI and DOJ Officials Broke The Law And Tried To Decide The Election – an Annotated Timeline

FBI put misplaced trust in Trump dossier author, misled judge

Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, top U.S. official says

IRS overpaid nearly $3.5 billion in Obamacare tax credits in 2017, can’t recoup money

Ignore the stock market rollercoaster, the sell-off in bonds is what matters

George Soros, the man who ‘broke the Bank of England’, backing secret plot to thwart Brexit

FEC commissioner who blocked regulation of Drudge, Internet, steps down

California says it will ban crude from Trump offshore drilling plan

Oil World Turns Upside Down as U.S. Sells Oil in Middle East

Space roadster overshoots Mars, now headed for asteroid belt

Two Small Asteroids Safely Pass Earth This Week

Chernobyl as you’ve never seen it before: Infrared images of the nuclear power plant exclusion zone make it appear more haunting than ever

Fukushima nuclear disaster: Lethal levels of radiation detected in leak seven years after plant meltdown in Japan

False tsunami alert sent to US coasts

Aftershocks rattle Taiwan as quake toll rises to 10, 58 missing

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Hualian, Taiwan

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits the Greenland Sea

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Hualian, Taiwan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Coquimbo, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hualian, Taiwan

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

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

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Mayon volcano in the Philippines erupts to 11,000ft

Rare snow brings Paris to scenic standstill

Eiffel Tower closed as heavy snowfall blankets Paris

Skiers take to Paris streets as snow prompts travel chaos

Houston still needs help five months after Hurricane Harvey. National Jewish groups team to assist.

Deadly landslides, flooding spark evacuations in Jakarta

River in Siberia turns alarming ‘blood red’ colour, but experts don’t know why

Israel finds case of severe H5N8 bird flu, sounds all-clear

The Artificial Synapse: A First Step Towards ‘Brain-on-a-Chip’?

Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan travelers

Your smart TV may be prey for hackers and collecting more info than you realize, ‘Consumer Reports’ warns

Bermuda Bans Same-Sex Marriage Less Than 1 Year After Legalizing It

Pence tweets support for gay US Olympian who trashed him: ‘We are FOR YOU’

Is the Vatican about to abandon Roman Catholics in China?

400 Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Sign ‘Washington Declaration’ for Religious Tolerance

Two False Prophecies and the Idolization of America

Sid Roth’s Contradicting Revelations on the Mark of the Beast – God Contradicts Himself?

Rachael Denhollander Stands by Statements Against Sovereign Grace, CJ Mahaney After Church Rejects Them as False

Pope Francis: Where Mary is, ‘the devil does not enter’
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Max Lucado, Russell Moore, Other Evangelical Leaders, Senators Demand DACA Bill for Dreamers Illegal Aliens

400 Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Sign ‘Washington Declaration’ for Religious Tolerance

Macy’s Launches Clothing Line For Muslims

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 04:53 PM PST

Macy’s Launches Clothing Line For MuslimsRetailing giant Macy’s will partner with clothing brand Verona Collection to feature a selection of modest, ready-to-wear pieces geared toward Muslim women. The collection’s dresses, tops, cardigans, pants and hijabs will be available beginning Feb. 15 on Macys.com. “Verona Collection is more than a clothing brand. It’s a platform for a community of women to express their personal identity and embrace fashion that makes them feel confident on the inside and outside,”

Lisa Vogl, founder of Verona Collection, said in a news release. Pieces will range from $12.95 to $84.95. The Verona Collection is a product of The Workshop at Macy’s, the retailer’s minority- and women-owned business development program. “Through The Workshop at Macy’s, Lisa shared her vision to create a collection that speaks to a community of women looking for a solution to their fashion needs,” said Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s Fashion. READ MORE

 

 

 

Muslim Bans Christian Prison Chaplain Without Warning, Citing ‘Extreme’ Views

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 04:41 PM PST

Muslim Bans Christian Prison Chaplain Without Warning, Citing ‘Extreme’ ViewsA highly-respected Christian volunteer chaplain at HMP Brixton has been removed from chaplaincy work, and an internationally-respected Christian course banned by a Muslim senior chaplain, in an attempt to wipe out “Christian domination” at Brixton prison. Pastor Paul Song moved to the U.K. from South Korea in 1992 and began working as a full-time minister at London Shepherd Church in 1996. In 1998, he started using his one day off each week to volunteer alongside 15 other Christians at HMP Brixton, and he was taken on as a chaplain at the prison on March 1, 1998.

Paul and others started running the internationally-respected Alpha course at HMP Brixton in 1998, and have been doing so for nearly 20 years. In recent times they also ran the “Just10” course created by Canon J. John—all with the blessing of the former senior chaplain, Reverend Phillip Chadder. The demand for the courses was considerable, with around 70 prisoners signing up for each course, and waiting lists having to be created. Over the 19 years, the volunteer chaplain developed strong relationships with the prisoners, the senior chaplain and other staff, and many prisoners became Christians and had their lives transformed. READ MORE

Woman Disfigured in Church Bombing Had Miraculous Vision of Jesus!

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 04:28 PM PST

Woman Disfigured in Church Bombing Had Miraculous Vision of Jesus!When Samiha Tawfiq Awad and her husband Qalini went to church Sunday morning December 11, 2016, they didn’t expect to come face to face with death. The couple did what they did every Sunday – go to St. Peter’s church in Cairo, Egypt and worship the Lord according to the Coptic traditions of their ancestors. All of that suddenly changed when a terrorist ran into the church just before 10 a.m. and blew himself up.

Qalini called out to his wife in the panic and destruction but didn’t find her until hours after she was taken to the hospital. “She won’t survive,” the doctors told him. The bomb blast killed 25 people and severely disfigured Samiha’s face, yet she defied the doctors who expected her to die and miraculously survived. Samiha has since fully recovered and is back home with her husband. “The doctors might’ve given up on Samiha, but God had another plan!” Qalini later told Open Doors. READ MORE

Rick Wiles of TruNews rebukes supporters of Israel!

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 11:00 AM PST

Rick Wiles of TruNews rebukes supporters of Israel!Genesis 12:1-3 –  Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

On a recent episode of TruNews with host and founder Rick Wiles, The topic of discussion was the scathing rebuke of “Christian Zionism”, which according to Rick Wiles is the support of the Nation of Israel. In the episode, he issues a challenge to those who prefer the reclaiming of the land of Israel over the Cross of Christ. Wiles goes on to say “As churches in Jerusalem are being forced out of places of worship by the Israeli government, where is the outcry of the American church to the persecution of Christians? Watch the video below for the entire segment. Do you agree with Rick Wiles or Disagree?

Ken Ham Event at Oklahoma University Canceled Due to LGBT Group Complaint

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 10:34 AM PST

Ken Ham Event at Oklahoma University Canceled Due to LGBT Group ComplaintAn event with Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham as the featured speaker has been dropped by the University of Central Oklahoma after an LGBT campus group complained about his beliefs. “So the name ‘Ken Ham’ seems to invoke fear in the hearts and minds of the increasingly intolerant LGBTQ movement,” Ham wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.

“Pressure from a professor leading the LGBTQ group at the University of Central Oklahoma has resulted in my invitation to give a presentation on campus being cancelled, even though the university signed a contract. So much for ‘toleration’ and ignoring the university’s promise for free inquiry and expression.” Paul Blair, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, who worked with a campus student group to arrange Ham’s speech at Constitution Hall, revealed that the university spends tax dollars on other events, such as drag queen shows and a “Safe Sex Carnival.” READ MORE

Computer virus cripples city in Dallas for second day in a row!

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 10:24 AM PST

Computer virus cripples city in Dallas for second day in a row!For the second day, a computer virus has disrupted or slowed systems at the City of Dallas. Users looking to access online library searches, or pay tickets online were greeted with a frustrating message: technical difficulties. “There is not a safe that hasn’t been cracked,” says Keith Barthold, CEO of DKB Innovative  with a wry laugh. Not exactly comforting words. But, the warning from the local cybersecurity expert is at least timely.

“There are a lot of bad guys out there trying to get data, disrupt and take down organizations,” says Barthold, often he says simply to “create chaos.” A city spokesperson tells CBS 11 no personal data has been compromised and that responses to 911 calls weren’t delayed. However, the police Computer Aided Dispatch system was disrupted for a time on Monday as city staffers worked on a fix. A spokesperson says the CAD system was back up and running by Monday evening. But, the problems for other departments continued into Tuesday. So what’s a city to do? READ MORE

 

Actor Stephen Baldwin Says ‘You Can’t Be Pro-Choice and Call Yourself a Follower of Jesus Christ’

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 05:44 AM PST

Actor Stephen Baldwin Says ‘You Can’t Be Pro-Choice and Call Yourself a Follower of Jesus Christ’Actor Stephen Baldwin came to the Faithwire headquarters on Thursday, where he delivered a powerful and convicting pro-life message, arguing that the Bible is clear and unchanging and that the scriptures take a firmly pro-life stance.  “The Bible’s very clear. The word never changes. … You can’t be pro-choice and call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ, doesn’t go together,” Baldwin said during a Facebook Live. “It’s a fact. It’s a simple common sense fact. So, anybody who hears me say that and goes, ‘Well, hey I’m

… this type of Christian or this denomination and in our church … it’s acceptable.’ I’m just going to say, ‘Well, whatever they’re teaching you according to God’s word that has allowed you to believe that is incorrect.’ It’s very simple.” And Baldwin, who also spoke about his new Russia Today show, titled, “The Great American Pilgrimage,” wasn’t done there, as he mentioned the recent failure of the U.S. Senate to pass a bill that would ban abortions at 20 weeks, arguing that there is “scientific evidence that shows an infant at 20 weeks feels pain.” READ MORE

Mystery Woman Risks Life to Convert North Koreans Trapped in Labor Camps

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 05:30 AM PST

Mystery Woman Risks Life to Convert North Koreans Trapped in Labor CampsA North Korean defector has recalled her harrowing experience of spending time in one of the communist nation’s notorious labor camps. Incredibly, despite her horrific ordeal, she ended up coming to Jesus during her period of incarceration.  Esther, who has had her name changed for security reasons, told religious freedom charity Open Doors that she and the other inmates were “treated like animals” and that there were 40 of them crammed into a two-by-two cell. Despite the dire situation, Esther said

she was profoundly impacted by a Christian woman who somehow held onto her faith through the horrific treatment they endured. “At one point, I gave her a little push and asked her ‘Hey, what’s going on with you? Why are you so calm?’” Esther explained. “She answered ‘When I was in China, God treated me like a princess.’” “I looked at her. She was a fragile, old lady. Why would anyone treat her like a princess? I mocked her, ‘Okay, I want to be a princess too.’” “‘Alright,’ she said. ‘Just pray like me’. I played along. So she went ‘Thank you, God, for everything. Do what you wish. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.’” READ MORE

Is virtual reality porn the next greatest threat to the Church?

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 05:25 AM PST

Is virtual reality porn the next greatest threat to the Church?Ready or not, the new frontier of pornography is here. A reporter who was invited to experience virtual reality pornography with a Samsung Gear VR headset chronicled the lifelike details of a sexual encounter. He noted “after trying out VR porn, I don’t think anyone who experiences it will be able to go back to 2D porn. It’s that realistic.” The New York Times has even taken notice about the business of VR porn.

“While virtual-reality pornography may feel like something out of a science fiction movie, it already has a formidable, if underground, presence,” the newspaper reported. “According to one porn site, views of VR porn are up 275 percent since it debuted in the summer of 2016. Now the site is averaging about 500,000 views.” “Is the church ready for this? No, because they are not aware of it,” Josh McDowell of the Josh McDowell Ministry said in a press release. READ MORE

12 dead, 80+ injured on snow- and ice-covered roads across Iowa and Missouri

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 05:09 AM PST

12 dead, 80+ injured on snow- and ice-covered roads across Iowa and MissouriAt least 12 people have died on snow- and ice-covered roads across Iowa and Missouri on February 4 and 5, 2018 and more than 80 were injured, at least 7 critically. A major pileup involving as many as 70 vehicles took place on I-35 near Ames, Iowa, while officials in Missouri reported more than 650 road crashes in two days and a massive 100-vehicle pileup on I-44 near Springfield. Another winter storm is brewing over the lower Mississippi Valley today. Multiple collisions took place in Iowa on Monday, February 5, 2018 after a dangerous winter storm covered roads in snow and ice. Reports received early February 6 mention at least 7 deaths and 5 critically injured.

A major pileup involving as many as 70 vehicles took place on Interstate 35 near Ames Monday afternoon, temporarily closing the roadway. The pileup left at least one person dead and 5 critically injured. Officials said it was one of the worst pileups they’ve seen in the area. According to Local5, a man who was involved in the pileup said he was driving along I-35 north near exit 113 when he was smashed into by another car. “It was a chain reaction after that… As soon as I saw there weren’t any more cars, I watched about 20 to 30 cars start piling up.” READ MORE


What is The Gospel?


Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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February 7, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

Kim Jong Un named his sister to represent North Korea at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, a historic visit that raises the drama as world leaders including U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gather for the event. Kim Yo Jong — promoted by her brother last year to the ruling party’s political wing — would be the Kim’s dynasty’s first official representative to set foot in the south.

In a trade that illustrates how the rise of the American shale industry is upending energy markets across the globe, the U.A.E. bought oil directly from the U.S. in December, according to data from the federal government. A tanker sailed from Houston and arrived in the Persian Gulf last month.

Elon Musk says his Tesla Roadster has survived its “grand tour” of the Van Allen radiation belts and is on its way to an orbit reaching past Mars into the asteroid belt.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is embarking on a four-day U.S. tour with the first stop in Chicago to discuss how public service can contribute to stronger economic and political ties between the two countries.

Microsoft Corp., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Apple Inc. have thrown their support behind proposals in Congress to deal with cross-border data requests from law enforcement — even as the issue heads for review before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kenyan authorities forced a key opposition backer to leave the country after his arrest triggered protests, as the state ordered other government opponents to surrender their passports.

Mike Novogratz, the former Wall Street macro trader, raised about $250 million for his cryptocurrency merchant bank during one of the biggest routs yet in Bitcoin

Most digital currencies are unlikely to survive in their current form, and investors should prepare for coins to lose all their value as they’re replaced by a small set of future competitors, Goldman’s Steve Strongin said in a report dated Feb. 5.

Coinbase Inc. said customers are now getting slapped with “cash advance” charges when using credit cards to buy Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. The announcement in a blog post Tuesday came just days after several big banks said they’re starting to block the transactions entirely.

AP Top Stories

At the direction of the president, Pentagon generals have begun planning a grand parade on the streets of the U.S. capital to showcase American military might.

Russian cyber spies pursuing the secrets of military drones and other sensitive U.S. defense technology tricked key contract workers into exposing their email to theft, an Associated Press investigation has found. What ultimately may have been stolen is uncertain, but the hackers clearly exploited a national vulnerability in cybersecurity: poorly protected email and barely any direct notification to victims.

An attorney for a same-sex couple who were denied a wedding cake by a California bakery says they’ll continue to fight after a judge issued a preliminary injunction ruling in the baker’s favor Monday.

A locked track switch was blamed for the collision of an Amtrak passenger train with a freight train that killed two people and injured more than 100 in South Carolina on Sunday, raising questions about the delayed rollout of a system to prevent such crashes.

Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Tuesday aired concerns over China’s activities in disputed areas of the South China Sea, noting that land reclamation continued even after talks began between their 10-member bloc and Beijing to agree a code of conduct.

Poland’s president signed into law on Tuesday a bill that imposes jail terms for suggesting the country was complicit in the Holocaust, prompting sharp criticism from Israel and the United States.

Syria said Wednesday it has responded to “a new Israeli aggression” after aircraft targeted a military outpost near Damascus, claiming its air defense system destroyed most of the missiles.

Iranians have political, economic and social demands which must be heard, President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday, one of his clearest statements of the right to air grievances since demonstrations were put down violently in December and January.

Syrian activists and first responders say airstrikes on a besieged rebel-held area near Damascus have killed at least 55 people, updating an earlier toll.

BBC

Aftershocks continue to rattle Taiwan after a strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake that killed at least six people and injured more than 200 others.

Brazilian police have arrested 13 members of a religious sect on suspicion of enslavement, human trafficking and money laundering.

A power cut during the evening rush hour in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, caused major disruption to parts of the city on Tuesday.

WND

On Tuesday, the House passed a bipartisan bill sponsored by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) that makes significant changes to the way that allegations of sexual harassment will be handled in Congress. The most significant reform in Speier’s bill (officially known as the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act) appears to be a provision that forces lawmakers to pay back the U.S. Treasury when settling sexual harassment claims, a change that has drawn widespread support across ideological boundaries. Other popular provisions in the bill prohibit senators and representatives from dipping into their congressional office funds to pay off settlements and remove requirements for accusers to receive mediation and therapy for months in advance of filing formal charges.

A “gay” activist group in the United Kingdom has released a plan to advance its agenda through every subject taught in government-sponsored schools.


The Briefing — Wednesday, February 7, 2018

1) An imaginary memo reveals a troubling reality about the politicization of abortion

New York Times (David Brooks) –
The Abortion Memo

2) A very dangerous debate about emotional health and abortion

Washington Post (Salvador Rizzo) –
Do Republicans want to ban abortion after 20 weeks with no exceptions?

3) Can we still make a distinction between those worthy of government and welfare and those who are not?

New York Times (Emily Badger and Margot Sanger-Katz) –
Who’s Able-Bodied Anyway?

4) A maelstrom over a motto at the Veterans Administration

Washington Post (Emily Wax-Thibodeaux) –
Is the VA motto outdated and sexist? The head of the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans group thinks so.


News – 2/7/2018

IG poised to reignite war over FBI’s Clinton case
Few people have heard of Michael Horowitz, but that’s about to change. Horowitz, the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general, is an increasingly critical player in the controversy surrounding the FBI, President Trump and the Russia investigation. With little fanfare, he has been conducting a sprawling probe of the FBI’s handling of the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. His full report, which could set off shockwaves, is expected by the early spring.

Trump calls for Pentagon to plan military parade
“President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great servicemembers who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe. He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation,” Sanders said. Trump’s desires for a parade were considered a presidential directive following a Jan. 18 meeting between Trump and the military’s highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the Washington Post reported.

Tucker Exposes Insanely Creepy Google Patents To Spy On You And Parent Your Kids
“In another patent application from September 2016, Google imagines how it could take control of your parenting, your relationship with your children,” Carlson explained. “Google’s smart home system could detect children near a liquor cabinet for example, or in their parents bedroom, infer that ‘mischief is occurring’ and deliver a verbal warning.” “In another example, Google imagines a hypothetical child called Benjamin. Google’s cameras would be watching Benjamin at all times, carefully. They could see if he’s playing outside or using electronics, presumably they’d also try to use that information to sell him things, at some point, because that’s the whole point of Google.”

U.N. chief plans major disarmament push but U.S. skeptical
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is to launch a major push for disarmament talks covering everything from nuclear and cyber war to small arms, braving certain U.S. resistance to such bold initiatives, officials and experts told Reuters. Chances of success are uncertain at best. But with nuclear tensions rising, Guterres may be uniquely placed to oil the wheels of negotiations given a 2009 U.N. Security Council pledge to “create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons”.

Trump Not Expected to Extend DACA Work Permit Deadline
Kelly said that he “doubt[s] very much” that Trump will extend the program, the Washington Post reported. He also said that he was “not so sure this president has the authority to extend” DACA work authorizations. Kelly’s doubt as to the president’s power comes from the opinion, generally propounded by the administration, that the original DACA executive order was an overextension of presidential power. As Attorney General Jeff Sessions put it, the White House considers DACA to be “an unconstitutional exercise of authority” by President Barack Obama’s administration.

France: Turkey and Iran are violating international law in Syria
France’s foreign minister on Wednesday demanded that all Iranian-backed militia, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, leave Syria and said that Turkey and Iran were violating international law through their actions in the country. Speaking on BFM television, Jean-Yves Le Drian also said there were indications Syrian government forces were using toxic gas against civilians although the UN would need to confirm that.

Germany coalition talks: Merkel’s conservatives and SPD clinch deal
Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have reached an agreement on a coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives (CDU/CSU). A deal on the division of the key ministries was seen as the last major hurdle towards forming a coalition. The agreement looks set to end more than four months of wrangling since inconclusive elections in September.

Syria: Israel attacks military post on outskirts of Damascus
Israel reportedly attacked a Syrian military post on the outskirts of Damascus early Wednesday, the Syrian army said, adding its air defense system destroyed most of the Israeli missiles. The Syrian army said Israeli fighter jets fired a number of rockets from Lebanese airspace at 3:42am, targeting an army position.

Pence says U.S. to announce new, tough sanctions on North Korea
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that Washington would soon announce new, tough sanctions to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, calling it the planet’s “most tyrannical and oppressive regime”. Speaking in Tokyo…Pence promised the United States and its allies, including Japan, would keep maximum pressure on Pyongyang until it took steps toward “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation”.

Bennett: We won’t use surgical precision, neighborhoods with rockets are fair game
Israel needs to face Iranian aggression head on: “Khamenei is willing to fight Israel until the last drop of Syrian, Lebanese and Gazan blood.” Amid reports that the Israeli air force struck an Iranian base in Syria overnight Tuesday, security cabinet member Naftali Bennett said he’s advancing a strategy in which Israel will confront Iran directly rather than just going after its proxies.

The West sleeps peacefully because of Israel
While Turkish President Erdogan and Pope Francis were in Rome complimenting each other on Jerusalem and the European Union was rolling out red carpets to Mahmoud Abbas, Israel was protecting the West This small state has hitherto prevented Iran from manufacturing the atomic bomb, it has ruined the nuclear plans of Saddam Hussein and Bashar el Assad thanks to two solitary bombings, it guards the security of Jordan that without Israel would collapse today like a cooked pear, it has foiled attacks by ISIS on European civilian flights and we now discover that Egypt’s el Sisi has recently asked Israel to bomb ISIS’ posts in Sinai.

FBI lovebirds’ newly revealed texts appear to show Obama involvement in Clinton email case
Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016 about prepping Comey because “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.” Senate investigators told Fox News this text raises questions about Obama’s personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation.

Dozens feared trapped in Taiwan after deadly earthquake topples buildings
Dozens of people are missing following a deadly earthquake in Taiwan, with more than 40 feared trapped in a multi-story building in the northeastern city of Hualien that is tilting perilously. The magnitude 6.4 quake struck 22 kilometers (13 miles) north of the city late Tuesday, killing at least four people and injuring 243 people. It also damaged bridges and buckled roads in the east of the island.

Trump Calls Out 5 Officials as ‘Liars and Leakers’
President Donald Trump slammed five high-level government officials as “liars and leakers” on Monday morning as part of a Twitter message aimed at House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) “Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper!” the president wrote. “Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!”

Mattis Defends Plan to Deploy Small Nuclear Arms
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress on Tuesday the United States will deploy small nuclear weapons on two new missiles to counter growing threats posed by Russia and China.

Russia calls in army after “snowfall of the century” in Moscow
Russian soldiers have been drafted in to help clear the streets of Moscow and the surrounding region after a record snowfall which delayed flights, felled hundreds of trees, and turned some roads and pavements into an obstacle course. More than a month’s worth of snow fell on Moscow within just 36 hours at the weekend as the temperature hovered below zero degrees Celsius, the biggest snowfall in the Russian capital since meteorological records began.

Cape Town braces for civil unrest as city’s water crisis continues to worsen
The picturesque port city of Cape Town, South Africa has long had the distinction of being one of the world’s top tourist destinations. But now, the city is on track to top another list it doesn’t want to be included in: The first major city in the modern era to have its water supply chain switched off.

How much did it snow? It snowed so much that Moscow called a snow day. That never happens
When Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin tweeted late Sunday that schoolchildren should stay home from classes Monday morning because of heavy snowfall in the Russian capital over the weekend, there was a collective gasp on the internet.

Disturbing: Child Flesh Used For Enhancement Pills
“Powdered human baby flesh” marketed as an aphrodisiac is still being smuggled from China to South Korea. The abominable contraband is reportedly in high demand in both countries; moreover, customs officials narrowed down the pills’ sources to four cities in China.

REVEALED: Britain’s Foreign Office Promotes ‘Liberation’ of Hijab in London, Avoids Commenting on ‘Staff Event’
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom (FCO) has promoted the wearing of the Islamic veil amongst its London staff, using the February 1st occasion of “World Hijab Day” to promote the head covering and even issue “free scarves” to those who chose to try it.

Judge issues key ruling on ‘same-sex wedding’ cakes
A California judge has refused to advance a social agenda in his state that targets Christians who refuse to endorse homosexuality through their work.

Four Months into FY 2018, Refugee Admissions Plunge to Lowest Level in 15 Years
Four months into FY 2018, refugee admissions into the United States have plunged to 6,708, the lowest level this far into a fiscal year in 15 years.

New “recycling” technology is actually CANNIBALISM: Dead people are liquefied, drained into city sewers, then dumped on food crops as “biosludge”
In a shocking true story that’s part The Matrix and part Soylent Green, a company based in Smith Falls, Ontario has devised a “bio-cremation” system that it calls an “eco-friendly alternative to flame-based cremation or casket burials,” reports Canada’s CBC News. The company is called Hilton’s Aquagreen Dispositions and touts its approach to dissolving dead bodies as “eco-friendly alkaline hydrolysis.”

People Not Having Kids B/c Global Warming
Some couples and individuals are trying to save the next generation from potential climate change disaster by forgoing reproduction altogether.

B-52 Breaks Bombing Record Against Taliban
…Shattering the previous record set in November, the American bomber dropped 24 precision guided munitions during a 96-hour air campaign against Taliban training and narcotics facilities in Afghanistan, Fox News reports. The conventional rotary configuration on board allows the B-52s to unleash hell on the terrorists.

Is the Market Crash More Related to Inflation Fears, Fed Sabotage or Deep State Players Caught and Not Brought to Justice?
Market Crashes as Memo Released Showing Crimes and Corruption in Obama’s FBI and DOJ – Maybe AG Sessions Should Do Something?!

Soros Targeted After White House Rolls Out Revamped Petitions Page
A petition called “Declare George Soros a terrorist and seize all of his related organizations’ assets under RICO and NDAA law” on whitehouse.gov has already gathered over 150,000 signatures. That’s well more than the 100,000 signatures needed to qualify for a response from the president.

Mid-Day Snapshot

Feb. 7, 2018

Another Government Shutdown Looming as Deadline Approaches

Democrats demand a deal on DACA, while Republicans are concerned about getting the military fully funded.

The Foundation

“The pyramid of government-and a republican government may well receive that beautiful and solid form-should be raised to a dignified altitude: but its foundations must, of consequence, be broad, and strong, and deep. The authority, the interests, and the affections of the people at large are the only foundation, on which a superstructure proposed to be at once durable and magnificent, can be rationally erected.” —James Wilson

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: February 7

  • Volatility Inc.: Inside Wall Street’s $8 Billion Bomb (Read More)
  • Wall Street set to fall again after Tuesday’s recovery (Read More)
  • Congress Seeking Bigger Budget Deal While Avoiding Shutdown (Read More)
  • Merkel’s conservatives make big concessions to SPD in coalition deal (Read More)
  • What were the chances? U.S. stock selloff sinks Probabilities Fund among others (Read More)
  • An Inventor of the VIX: ‘I Don’t Know Why These Products Exist’ (Read More)
  • Oil World Turned Upside Down as America Sells Oil in Middle East (Read More)
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Headlines – 2/7/2018

Putin and Palestinian leader Abbas to discuss new peace talks format

Abbas: We never said no to resuming peace talks

Palestinian leader says US cannot impose peace deal

The entire issue of “Palestinian national identity” is a giant hoax, intended to be no more than a temporary ruse, until the Jewish hold on sovereignty in the Holy Land – any part of the Holy Land – is prised loose

Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan: Intimidate the Palestinians Into Surrender

Draft Coalition Agreement in Germany Includes Clause Critical of West Bank Settlements – Israel’s settlement policy ‘contradicts international law, makes a two-state solution difficult’

In the West Bank, a violent storm is brewing – With Palestinians losing faith in their leaders and lionizing terrorists

France hits out at Poland’s ‘ill advised’ Holocaust law

Polish president: Enforcing Holocaust law may be ‘unrealistic’

Poland isn’t the only country trying to police speech about the Holocaust

Everything You Need to Know About Israel’s Mass Deportation of Asylum Seekers

Gaza health services face shutdown in 10 days, UN says

Palestinian killed in Nablus clashes as IDF hunts for Ariel terrorist

Israel working with Germany to combat ISIS terrorism in Europe

Police to present recommendations in PM Netanyahu corruption cases next week

In ongoing ‘Diamond week’, Israel to launch diamond backed cryptocurrency

The World Bank’s Red-Dead Sea gamble

Hezbollah threatens Israeli offshore gas rigs with missiles

Paratroopers prepare for full self-reliance in Lebanon war scenario

Bennett: We won’t use surgical precision, neighborhoods with rockets are fair game

Lebanese leaders say Israel threatens border stability

PM Netanyahu, Security Cabinet tour Lebanese border

Netanyahu visits Syria border, issues warning: Israel prepared for any scenario, don’t test us

Israel said to strike targets near Damascus

Syria Says Israel Struck Scientific Military Center for Second Time in 3 Months

Syria says intercepted Israel strikes near Damascus

‘Extreme’ Suffering in Syria as Government Steps Up Bombing

UN outrage at Syrian suffering: ‘We can no longer stay silent’

Syria war: UN calls for truce as government pounds rebel enclave

Newborn Babies Reportedly Evacuated From Syrian Hospital Amid Russian Airstrikes

French minister: All Iranian militia, including Hezbollah, must leave Syria

France: Turkey, Iran violating international Law, Syria using chlorine gas

Erdogan says U.S. Should leave Syria’s Manbij as Turkey aims to return it ‘to its true owners’

Turkey says will tell Tillerson it wants to mend trust with US

Egypt to Turkey: We will fight attempts seeking to undermine our sovereignty

Saudi Arabia spends almost a billion dollars in aid to Yemen

Iran Returns Ailing U.S. Citizen to Prison in New Sign of Tension

Iran will abide by nuclear deal even if US pulls out, assures Rouhani

US defends new nuclear stance, slams Russia, China, North Korea

Pence says US to unveil ‘toughest’ sanctions on N. Korea

Winter Olympics security workers hit with vomiting illness; military personnel called in for backup

Coldest Olympics in history? PyeongChang organizers break out the hats and blankets

Trump orders military ‘celebration’ in Washington, DC

Trump seeks military parade to showcase US might

‘Homeland’ in the Trump era tackles the ‘deep state’

Russians already meddling in US midterms, Tillerson says

Trump threatens government shutdown if Congress doesn’t fix immigration laws

Dow closes 567 points higher after crazy market swings

Carl Icahn Says Market Turn Is ‘Rumbling’ of Earthquake Ahead

Icahn: The market will one day ‘implode’ because of these wacky funds using so much leverage

Stock market roars back as White House affirms strength of U.S. economy

The country running out of space for its millionaires

Blackout hits parts of Venezuelan capital

With sports car on top, SpaceX launches world’s most powerful rocket toward Mars

Deadly 6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes Taiwan

Powerful quake hits Taiwan; aftershocks continue as buildings tilt dangerously

At least five killed, 60 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Hualian, Taiwan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Hualian, Taiwan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Hualian, Taiwan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hualian, Taiwan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Vanj, Tajikistan

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Record Heat Brings Mosquitoes Out In Sacramento

People Are Actually Considering Not Having Kids Because of Global Warming

Motherhood on ice: Sharp rise in women freezing eggs for the future

Chinese invent nano-Venus flytrap to supplant antibiotics by catching bacteria in our blood

Fort Worth father now an amputee after flu complications

At least 33 infected with HIV in Uttar Pradesh after “quack” uses tainted syringe: police

First openly transgender teen elected to board of Conservative youth group

Calif. Court Rules Christian Baker Cannot Be Forced to Make Cake for Same-Sex Wedding


What is The Gospel?


Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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

JESUS IS LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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

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

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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

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


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February 6, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

The House is scheduled to vote late Tuesday on Republicans’ proposed stopgap spending bill to keep the government open until March 23 and provide full-year funding for the Defense Department.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence declined to rule out talks with North Korean officials while attending Winter Olympics events in South Korea, even as he urged the isolated regime to abandon it nuclear program.

The sharp sell-off in stocks that started last week and gathered steam this week lacked a specific trigger — unlike the last time U.S. shares fell this much, which came in the wake of the U.S. losing its AAA sovereign rating at S&P Global Ratings in 2011.

While it’s impossible to say for sure what was at work when the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell as much as 1,597 points, the worst part of the downdraft felt to many like the machines run amok. For 15 harrowing minutes just after 3 p.m. in New York a deluge of sell orders came so fast that it seemed like nothing breathing could’ve been responsible.

The U.S. trade deficit widened to the biggest monthly and annual levels since the last recession, underscoring the inherent friction in President Donald Trump’s goal of narrowing the gap while enjoying faster economic growth. The deficit increased 5.3 percent in December to a larger-than- expected $53.1 billion, the widest since October 2008, as imports outpaced exports.

Russia’s billionaire oligarchs are beginning to face additional scrutiny on at least some financial transactions following U.S. publication of a list of wealthy Russians identified as allies of President Vladimir Putin.

South Korea’s spy agency has begun investigating the possibility that North Korean hackers orchestrated the theft of about $500 million worth of digital coins from Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc., said a lawmaker who attended a meeting with the head of the intelligence service.

The U.S. and Russia clashed Monday at the United Nations Security Council over allegations that the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad has once again used chemical weapons in attacks on rebel enclaves.

Candidates would be required to be at least 18 to run for statewide offices in Kansas under legislation drafted in response to six teenagers entering the race for governor.

The Pentagon intends to ask Congress to approve $10.7 billion to buy 77 Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 jets in the fiscal year set to begin Oct. 1, according to U.S. officials.

Venezuela’s bolivar plunged more than 80 percent as the central bank restarted currency auctions for the first time since August as part of its efforts to ease a severe shortage of dollars and clamp down on hyperinflation. One dollar bought about 25,000 bolivars at the auction, compared with 3,345 bolivars at the last so-called Dicom sale about six months ago.

AP Top Stories

Israel has started handing out notices to 20,000 male African migrants giving them two months to leave the country or risk being thrown in jail.

Boeing announced more than $900 million in orders on Tuesday at the Singapore Airshow from companies in the region and beyond.

Bulldozers and backhoes pounded more than two dozen seized luxury cars in the Philippines on Tuesday, including Porsches, Mercedes, Jaguars and Corvettes, in a dramatic demolition showcasing the no-nonsense leader’s crackdown on crime and corruption. President Rodrigo Duterte watched as the second-hand vehicles, some valued as high as $115,000, were reduced to piles of scrap in a little over three minutes.

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress dropped a record number of precision guided bombs on Taliban over the past 24 hours in Northern Afghanistan, the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said in a statement Tuesday. The bombing was part of a 96-hour air campaign that struck training facilities and sources of revenue like narcotics. The strikes also aimed at stolen Afghan National Army vehicles “being converted to vehicle-borne” improvised explosive devices.

BBC

Dozens of private security guards at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in S. Korea have been taken to hospital with norovirus, prompting organizers to call in soldiers as guards instead.

The value of Bitcoin has fallen to below $6,000 – its lowest price since November 2017.

Asian markets plunged on Tuesday as investors dumped stocks following the biggest US market fall for six years.

Industrial workers in south-western Germany have won the right to reduced working hours from 35 to 28 for up to two years to look after their families, as part of a deal that could benefit millions of employees across the country. The deal covers almost one million workers in Baden-Württemberg state and also gives them a pay rise.

WND

The picturesque port city of Cape Town, South Africa has long had the distinction of being one of the world’s top tourist destinations. But now, the first major city in the modern era to have its water supply chain switched off. The city is experiencing a record-low water drought and city officials say soon they may have to take extraordinary steps to restrict water usage. Experts say this kind of drought only comes once in 300 years. Dam water levels are dangerously low, at an average of 25 percent. In some areas, levels are dropping by as much as 1 percent a day. Residents and tourists can only use about 13 gallons of water a day, or face stiff fines.

Today, a rather unlikely-sounding candidate to become Michigan governor is looking to take back the state for the Democrats. Abdul El-Sayed, a 33-year-old doctor and son of an Egyptian immigrant, is running an economically populist campaign that would also make him the first Muslim governor in American history.

Employees at Newsweek have been told that Editor-in-chief Bob Roe and executive editor Ken Li have been fired, sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN. Staff in Newsweek’s New York offices were told they could stop working and go home for the day on Monday afternoon.


-1,175 Points! We Just Witnessed The Largest One Day Stock Market Crash Ever

The mainstream media seems so surprised that the stock market is crashing, but the truth is that it isn’t a surprise at all.  In fact, this crash is way, way overdue.  If the Dow Jones industrial average fell another 10,000 points, stock prices would still be overvalued.  I have been warning and warning and warning that this would happen, because stock valuations always return to their long-term averages eventually.  On Monday, the Dow was down a staggering 1,175 points, which was the largest single day decline that we have ever seen by a very wide margin.  In fact, it shattered the old record by nearly 400 points. (Read More…)


February 6, 2018
ALAN KEYES — Last week, I wrote a column reflecting on the assertion that Christians who support Donald Trump have, in effect, surrendered to moral relativism. In that column, I noted that – – in the very same week President Trump addressed the Right to Life March, live and in person from the Rose Garden – -… (more)

February 5, 2018
JOAN SWIRSKY — Once upon a time, a seasoned political operative ran for President of the United States against a candidate who had virtually no political experience. She – Democrat Hillary Clinton – former First Lady of Arkansas, former First Lady of the United States, former U.S. Senator from New York, former Secretary of State under the faux “president” Barack Obama, was clearly the favorite…. (more)

February 5, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The House’s top investigator on Sunday said the FBI failed to notify a surveillance court that it was relying on material backed by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign when it asked to snoop on a former adviser to the Trump campaign…. (more)

February 5, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — A top Republican senator on Monday released an unpublished portion of the infamous Trump-Russia dossier that showed Hillary Clinton associates fed information to the author, former British spy Christopher Steele. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairmen Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, posted the heavily redacted referral he sent to the Justice Department asking for a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Steele lied to the FBI…. (more)


February 5, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump said Friday the leaders at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department have a political bias against Republicans. “The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!” Mr. Trumptweeted…. (more)

February 5, 2018
FOX NEWS — Now that we know what the declassified House memo says about government misconduct, we also know what it means: The Washington swamp – – the deep state – – is bigger, more vicious and more dangerous to American liberty than even a cynic could have imagined…. (more)

February 5, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — Well, it’s not breaking news, but it’s worth noting as President Trump and Congress spar over spending that the national federal debt exceeds $20,000,000,000,000 – – and is rising by the minute. We’re using zeroes here instead of spelling out “trillion” to help get across the enormity of this liability that we are piling onto our children and grandchildren…. (more)

February 5, 2018
FAITH IT — The 2017 NFL season could easily be summed up in two words: Public Demonstration. Flip the channel to ESPN this season, and you’re bound to get one of two very different tales. On one hand, you may have seen headlines and reports of free agent Colin Kaepernick, and his public demonstration of taking a knee – -although it may have cost him his career…. (more)


February 4, 2018
JERRY NEWCOMBE — Another school shooting has taken place – – this one in Kentucky. Our prayers are with the families of the victims, including two dead 15-year olds and about 18 wounded. Governor Matt Bevin even declared a day of prayer in the wake of the tragedy…. (more)

February 4, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The Trump administration’s new, revised nuclear weapons policy squarely targets Russia’s growing stockpile of non-strategic nuclear weapons with a more forceful doctrine and new low-yield warheads designed to send Moscow a message…. (more)

February 4, 2018
NEWSMAX — Public hearings should be held about the allegations in House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ memo that the FBI abused surveillance practices during the 2016 presidential election, Rep. Pete King, a fellow committee member, said Friday…. (more)

February 4, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump said Saturday that a memo on FBI surveillance abuses released by House Republicans “totally vindicates” him in the investigation into Russian meddling and collusion in the 2016 election. “This memo totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe,” the president tweeted. “But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on.” The president said there was “no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead).”… (more)

February 4, 2018
BYRON YORK — It’s fair to say that much of the media reaction to the House Intelligence Committee “FISA abuse” memo has been a mixture of scorn and ridicule. Many commentators have called the memo wrong, worthless, or worse…. (more)


February 4, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Republicans released a long-awaited memo Friday detailing government surveillance abuses, showing that the FBI would not have obtained a surveillance warrant for the Trump campaign without using information from a dubious partisan dossier…. (more)

February 4, 2018
ARI FLEISCHER — I don’t know former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. I’ve never met him. But I was supposed to. I was in an FBI car last June on my way to meet him and other top law enforcement leaders at a counterterrorism communications training event at the 9/11 Museum in New York City when McCabe suddenly ordered me not to show up. The car pulled up outside the museum and I was told not to come inside. I took a taxi back to my hotel and went home…. (more)

February 4, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump’s rollback of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah become official Friday, allowing private citizens and companies to make new oil, natural gas, and drilling claims…. (more)

February 3, 2018
NEWSMAX — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said on Friday that the Republican memo alleging FBI surveillance abuses was justified because “I have an obligation to the American people when we see FISA abuse” – – denying that he coordinated its release with President Donald Trump or his private attorneys…. (more)

February 3, 2018
ART MOORE — In the wake of the release Friday of a controversial memo he spearheaded that alleges politically motivated abuse of the nation’s surveillance system by the FBI and the Justice Department, he’s being called a Russian agent and much worse, and there are demands that he be removed from the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee…. (more)


February 3, 2018
WORLDNETDAILY — The Nunes memo released Friday shows special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the wrong people “on purpose,” contends talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh. The declassified report by the Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee confirms that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid for a British spy to produce a salacious and discredited opposition report on Donald Trump that was submitted by the Justice Department to a top-secret surveillance court as evidence to obtain warrants to spy on a Trump campaign adviser…. (more)

February 3, 2018
GREG COROMBOS — President Trump declassified the highly anticipated memo from House Intelligence Committee Republicans on Friday, and the four-page summary of federal FISA abuses convinces former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that the government manipulated the system for partisan purposes and that the entire FISA system must be reformed…. (more)

February 3, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The release of a declassified memo on FBI surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign prompted calls Friday for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to explain his involvement to Congress, or even to resign. The memo from Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee shows that at least one of the questionable surveillance warrant applications was signed by Mr. Rosenstein, who already has had a difficult relationship with President Trump. The memo said information supporting the application was obtained from a partisan anti-Trump dossier funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign…. (more)


February 3, 2018
NEWSMAX — Former CIA Director John Brennan has signed on to be a talking head on NBC and MSNBC. He will serve as a senior national security and intelligence analyst for the networks and make his first official appearance on NBC News’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd on Sunday…. (more)

February 3, 2018
NEWSMAX — The Department of Defense has put a primary focus on a multibillion-dollar effort to update its nuclear deterrence against Russia, according to its recently released Nuclear Posture Review, CNN reported Friday. The report acknowledges publicly for the first time a “new intercontinental, nuclear-armed, nuclear-powered, undersea autonomous torpedo,” known as the “Status-6” system it said Russia was “developing.”… (more)


February 3, 2018
BBC NEWS — Researchers have found more than 60,000 hidden Maya ruins in Guatemala in a major archaeological breakthrough. Laser technology was used to survey digitally beneath the forest canopy, revealing houses, palaces, elevated highways, and defensive fortifications. The landscape, near already-known Maya cities, is thought to have been home to millions more people than other research had previously suggested…. (more)


February 3, 2018
BYRON YORK — The House Intelligence Committee has released its controversial memo outlining alleged abuses of secret surveillance by the FBI and Justice Department in the Trump-Russia investigation. Here are some key points: * The Steele dossier formed an essential part of the initial and all three renewal FISA applications against Carter Page…. (more)


News – 2/6/2018

The Federal Reserve May Secretly Want to Sink the Record-Breaking Stock Market
Despite its independence, the Federal Reserve may quietly want a bear market that takes down a president that loves tweeting about the stock market. Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, told TheStreet the “[Janet] Yellen put” in the markets could expire under President Trump. “I don’t know if the Fed has much love for Trump,” he said, adding that the Fed had the markets’ back during the Obama Administration. “Maybe the Fed would be happy to see a bear market that could be blamed on Trump.” Schiff thinks the markets could easily correct 20%. One black swan event Schiff sees is the notion of investors abandoning the euphoria over Trump’s presidency, which helped fuel the stock market rally this year.

Mark Levin on FISA Memo Revelations: ‘Hillary Clinton Paid for a Warrant — That’s the Easiest Way to Put It’
This is bad. Let me tell you a couple of things here. Now we know why [Adam] Schiff and the rest of them are fighting so hard. Now we know why the left-wing praetorian guard Democrat media are fighting so hard, trashing [Devin] Nunes, me, you, and others. Let’s walk through this quickly. Who are they trying to protect? Hillary Clinton. Sean, who else are they trying to protect? Barack Obama. His name never comes up.

Pentagon: Two top Guantanamo Bay officials fired
“Today, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis rescinded the designations of Harvey Rishikof as the Director of the Office of the Convening Authority for Military Commissions and as the Convening Authority for Military Commissions,” the Pentagon said. Mattis appointed Jim Coyne, who currently serves as the general counsel at the Defense Logistics Agency, as the acting convening authority, Pentagon spokesman Tom Crosson told CNN.

Satellite images reveal new North Korean bases for fleet of assault hovercraft
The rogue state is building two new bases and upgrading two existing facilities for the vehicles on its west coast, increasing the threat to South Korean-held islands in the West Sea. The additional bases are expected to be completed next year, with analysts pointing out that the new site at Yonbong-ni will house the furthest forward-deployed assault hovercraft in the North Korean fleet.

Nunes: Charges possible for officials who lied to court to spy on Trump
Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who spearheaded the controversial House Intelligence Committee memo released Friday, says Obama administration figures who used the dubious “dossier” funded by Democrats to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump campaign could be in serious trouble legally. “Where did the order come down from? Was this just a couple people, or did this come from above?” “Heading the cabal,” Buchanan said, was then-FBI Director James Comey, “who made the call to exonerate Hillary of criminal charges for imperiling national security secrets, even before his own FBI investigation was concluded.”

Nunes: ‘Clear evidence’ that Hillary Clinton campaign colluded with the Russians
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Monday that there was clear evidence that the Democratic party and the Hillary Clinton campaign colluded with the Russians. …we have an active investigation into the State Department, that has been ongoing for a while now, and as soon as we can get that information out, we will, as the investigation unfolds.

Paratroopers prepare for full self-reliance in Lebanon war scenario
Amid the rugged Mt. Carmel forests, troops learn to make use of food, fuel, medical supplies from Lebanese population, fix weapons mid-battle; Fact that Hezbollah is now a more professional, conventional, highly trained army, not militia, seen as advantage for IDF.

Dollar climbs as world stock markets slide further
Currency markets showed far less of the panic movements gripping equities on Tuesday, with the dollar gaining slightly and traditional safe haven currencies like the Swiss Franc and the Japanese yen struggling to hold on to earlier gains.

Air strikes pound Syria’s last rebel strongholds, gas chokes civilians
Warplanes launched heavy attacks on the two last major rebel-held areas in Syria, killing at least 29 people in the Ghouta suburb near the capital and choking people with gas in Idlib in the northwest, rescue workers and a war monitor said on Monday.

Erdogan says U.S. has ‘calculations’ against Turkey, Iran, Russia in Syria
The United States is working against the interests of Turkey, Iran and maybe Russia in northern Syria, where it is sending in military supplies to an area controlled by Kurdish-dominated forces, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Poland’s President Duda says he will sign Holocaust bill into law
Poland’s president said on Tuesday he will sign into law a bill imposing jail terms for suggesting the country was complicit in the Holocaust, defying criticism from Israel, the United States and activists. Andrzej Duda said in a televised address the legislation would ensure Poland’s “dignity and historical truth”.

Analysis: US sanctions on Hamas and Hezbollah indirectly target Iran
The Trump administration has laid out several new sanctions designations over the last month that target individuals and entities connected to Hamas and Hezbollah who have strong links to the Iranian government. The newly aggressive posture against Tehran’s proxy network are part of the administration’s broader strategy to push back against Iran’s activities in the region, which it views as hegemonic and destabilizing to the greater Middle East.

Hamas praises suspected killer of Havat Gilad Rabbi
Hamas praised the suspected killer of a rabbi in the Nablus area, who Israeli security forces shot dead on Tuesday morning in a village near Jenin. Ahmad Nasr Jarrar killed 32-year-old Rabbi Raziel Shevach, a resident of the Havat Gilad outpost, in a drive-by shooting in the West Bank on January 9, according to Israel and Hamas’s armed wing, the Izzadin Kassam Brigades.

Germany sold technology to Iran for use in Syrian chemical attacks
Germany’s Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control approved a license for a company to sell military applicable technology to Iranian companies that subsequently was used in Syrian regime chemical weapons attacks, reported the German publication Bild on Monday. The German company Krempel, located near the southern city of Stuttgart, sold electronic press boards to Iranian companies that were used in the production of rockets.

Asia markets join global stock plunge
Asian markets plunged on Tuesday as investors dumped stocks following the biggest US market fall for six years. At one point Japan’s Nikkei 225 index was down 7%, but recovered some of those losses to close 4.7% lower. London, Frankfurt and Paris all fell sharply when they opened on Tuesday with new losses of up to 3%. In the US overnight the Dow lost 4.6%.

German industrial workers win right to flexible hours
Industrial workers in south-western Germany have won the right to reduced working hours as part of a deal that could benefit millions of employees across the country. Workers will be able to reduce their weekly hours from 35 to 28 for up to two years to look after their families. The deal covers almost one million workers in Baden-Württemberg state and also gives them a pay rise.

Syria war: ‘Chlorine attack’ on rebel-held Idlib town
Nine people were treated for breathing difficulties after a bomb believed to be filled with chlorine was dropped on a rebel-held town in Syria, medics say. The Syria Civil Defence said three of its rescue workers were among the casualties from the attack on Saraqeb, in the north-western province of Idlib. The Syrian opposition said the bomb was dropped by a government helicopter.

Report: China Moves 300,000 Troops Closer to North Korean Border
China is reportedly moving missile defense batteries and troops closer to its border with North Korea, a potential sign that Beijing anticipates either a large refugee wave north or a military disturbance triggered by the belligerence of communist dictator Kim Jong-un…On Friday, China’s state-run People’s Daily newspaper reported that Beijing was also investing in establishing nuclear monitoring stations throughout the world, but especially near North Korea…

Lebanese leaders agree to act against ‘Israeli threats’
Lebanon’s three top leaders accused Israel on Tuesday of threatening the stability of the border region between the two countries, where calm has largely prevailed since a 2006 war, amid rising tension over territorial and maritime boundaries. President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri agreed to act to prevent Israel from building a wall on Lebanese land at the frontier, and threatening an offshore energy block in disputed waters.

Deep State Mobile: Google Helps Lead the Charge For Socialized 5G That Would Eliminate Internet Privacy
A recently leaked proposal authored by a senior National Security Council official hopes to create a nationalized 5G network where anonymity would be banned and the government would have an easier time going after those who “sow division” or pirate copyrighted material.

Michael Savage Rings The Alarm After Stock Market Tanks: ‘Deep State’ Trying To DESTROY TRUMP! (AUDIO)
On his nationally-syndicated radio program Monday, talk show legend and New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Michael Savage, accused the ‘Deep State,’ of tanking the stock market in an effort to ‘destroy’ President Trump.

AP Exclusive: 2015 letter belies pope’s claim of ignorance
Pope Francis received a victim’s letter in 2015 that graphically detailed how a priest sexually abused him and how other Chilean clergy ignored it, contradicting the pope’s recent insistence that no victims had come forward to denounce the cover-up, the letter’s author and members of Francis’ own sex- abuse commission have told The Associated Press.

Congress Calls For Criminal Charges Against Comey, McCabe, Rosenstein For Treason
Obama-era illegal spying is coming back to haunt the globalists

BPA Hormone Disruptor Found In 86% Of Teenagers’ Digestive Tracts
A recent University of Exeter study has discovered that nearly all teenagers tested are holding bisphenol-A (BPA) in their intestinal lining. The chemical that makes plastics stronger and more flexible was found in higher amounts in teenagers than in the general public, causing major concern since the hormone disrupting toxicant can affect the reproductive system.

May Govt Admits ‘Significant Portion’ of Returned Islamic State Jihadists Going Unpunished, Roaming Free
Theresa May’s government has admitted that “a significant portion” of the more than 400 Islamic State fighters who have returned to Britain are at large, unpunished, having been deemed “no longer of national security concern”.

Hollywood actress jokes about eating unborn babies
At a telethon to raise money for abortions, Hollywood actress and comedian Sarah Silverman declared that laws banning the use of aborted fetuses in food products “would make me want to eat an aborted fetus.”

Trump Attorneys Approve Second Special Counsel To Probe FBI & DOJ
The war between the White House and the FBI/DOJ complex may be turning nuclear.

Elementary Teachers Launch SJW Curriculum to Combat Belief in Two Genders
A teachers’ union has launched a “social justice” curriculum for young children which includes lesson plans on combating “heteronormativity,” the common belief that there’s two genders with natural roles in life.

Study Reveals Science Behind Soy Boys
The ‘soy boy’ epidemic – in which young men act effeminate without being gay – is likely caused by the “gender-bending” chemicals in food and water mentioned in a new study.

‘UNVEILING JERUSALEM’ DEBUNKS U.N. REJECTION OF JEWISH HERITAGE
It was only months ago that UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural organization, declared the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron — believed to be the site of the double tombs of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah — a “Palestinian heritage site.”

CDC: US Flu Outbreak Worsens; Hospitalizations Highest in Nearly a Decade
The U.S. flu outbreak worsened over the past week as more people headed to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms, with hospitalizations at the highest in nearly 10 years, U.S. health officials said on Friday.

Tourists spooked by Cape’s #WaterCrisis
..“One of the key concerns noted by potential tourists who are considering Cape Town, is that they would make the water situation worse if they visited our region. We believe that this is incorrect. During peak season, international tourists only add 1% to the population,” said Wesgro spokesperson Russel Brueton.

Are Virtual Reality Churches the Wave of the Future?
Virtual reality, which can easily allow churches to have global presence and foster diversity and inclusiveness, is far more enabling than live-streaming, which numerous megachurches are currently using to conduct multi-site worship services. So are we going to see a rise of VR churches in the near future as the technology becomes cheaper and more accessible?

Report: Hamas believes war with Israel will break out in the coming days
Hamas and other Palestinian organizations believe there is a “95 percent chance” that Israel will launch a war as part of an IDF exercise in Southern Israel in the coming days, according to a report published by Al-Hayat on Sunday, quoting sources from various factions in the Gaza Strip, including Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar.

‘Why is the IDF promoting transgenderism and LGBT issues?’
Minister blasts IDF Chief of Staff Eizenkot over what he calls excessive ‘glorification’ of IDF’s transgender and LGBT soldiers.

Thousands Of Jobs In Ohio Are Left Unfilled Because People Can’t ‘Pass A Drug Test’
The manufacturing industry in Ohio is expanding under the Trump administration, but growth is stunted because many potential employees are also addicted to drugs.

Philly Coach Doug Pederson Praises ‘Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’ During Post-Game Celebration
….“How do you explain this, that nine years ago you’re coaching in high school and here you are with this trophy?” Dan Patrick asked.  Pederson replied, “I can only give the praise to my lord and savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity and I’m going to tell you something: I’ve got the best players in the world.”

US Starts Iraq Drawdown After Declaration of Victory Over ISIS
American troops have started to draw down from Iraq following Baghdad’s declaration of victory over the Islamic State group last year, according to Western contractors at a U.S.-led coalition base in Iraq.

German Politicians ‘Alarmed’ at Scale of Anti-Christian Hate Attacks
Attacks on churches and Christian symbols accounted for a quarter of the 97 cases


Headlines – 2/6/2018

Two-state solution only way to peace: UN chief

UN chief warns consensus on two-state solution may be eroding

UN chiefs warns of ‘one-state reality’ in Middle East

Abbas sets conditions for fresh peace talks, with diminished US role

Palestinians blast Trump’s ‘Zionist American’ peace envoy

Islamic Movement leader slams Palestinian Authority for crying ‘crocodile tears,’ promises Jerusalem will be capital of Islamic Caliphate

Erdogan and Pope Discuss Jerusalem as Violence Breaks Out Near Vatican

Israeli killed in terror stabbing attack in West Bank

Hamas: Ariel attack a response to Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

Egyptian MP calls for scrapping ‘shameful’ peace deal with Israel

Lebanese military tells IDF border wall violates its sovereign territory

With high-tech warships, Navy readies to guard gas fields from Hezbollah, Hamas

Analysis: US sanctions on Hamas and Hezbollah indirectly target Iran

Situation in Gaza approaches critical point

Liberman: There’s no humanitarian crisis in Gaza, we won’t ‘spend a penny’

Poland cancels visit by Bennett, who vowed to ‘tell the truth’ about Holocaust

On Holocaust distortion, Poland is the ‘tip of the iceberg,’ Nazi hunter says

NY Assemblyman: Facebook is shamefully excluding Israel

83 killed in ‘war on children’ across Mideast in January, UN says

‘Bombs are still falling’: Syrian refugees at risk of forced return home

UN demands cessation of Syria hostilities, says situation ‘extreme’

US ‘gravely alarmed’ after fresh Syria chemical weapons attack

US urges world to ‘speak with one voice’ on Syria chemical attacks

Germany sold technology to Iran for use in Syrian chemical attacks

Experts warn of ‘escalation’ between Israel and Russia over Syria

Nikki Haley accuses Russia of shielding Syria over chemical attacks

Russian and regime jets bomb civilian areas in north-west Syria

Russian jet pilot ‘pulled grenade pin’ to avoid capture in Syria’s Idlib

Iranian-armed Yemen Rebels Now Threaten One of World’s Busiest Shipping Routes, Israeli Navy Says

Italy’s Berlusconi: 600,000 migrants ‘ready’ to commit crime

Canadian PM: Sharia law is compatible with democracy

Report: China Moves 300,000 Troops Closer to North Korean Border

Olympics 2018: Drills held in Pyeongchang prepare for threats of terrorism, war

North Korea Is Building a ‘Socialist Fairyland’ Despite U.S. Threats and Sanctions

Government shutdown deadline looms Thursday as lawmakers try for DACA deal

Dow plunges 1,175 points in worst day for stocks since 2011

Dow Jones futures fall by 600 points after massive Monday sell-off

FTSE and European stock markets fall after US and Asia ‘bloodbath’

Global Markets – Stocks crumble in vicious sell-off as “goldilocks” trade unravels

Oil prices fall more than 1 percent amid global market rout

Why global markets are in free-fall

Context Matters. The Stock Market Drop Is Less Scary Than It Seems.

Janet Yellen calls stock market, real estate valuations ‘high’ in last interview before exit as Fed chief

Central banks were behind the complacency in markets, now investors are spooked: Economist

‘Short-volatility Armageddon’ craters a pair of Wall Street’s most popular trades, could roil market

The Federal Reserve May Secretly Want to Sink the Record-Breaking Stock Market

White House moves to distance Trump from market plunge

White House Responds to Historic Dow Plunge: ‘Focus Is on Our Long-Term Economic Fundamentals’

The internet has fallen for a fake Trump tweet about Dow Jones

Bitcoin Breaks Below $6,000 as Cryptocurrency Exodus Accelerates

As Bitcoin Bubble Loses Air, Frauds and Flaws Rise to Surface

Machines Had Their Fingerprints All Over a Dow Rout for the Ages

Robots in Finance Bring New Risks to Stability, Regulators Warn

Pentagon’s Defense Logistics Agency loses track of $800m

Venezuela Ups Minimum Wage 50% in a Market Where Prices Double Every 17 Days

Rex Tillerson Considers Blocking Sales of Venezuelan Oil in Bid to Squeeze Maduro

Trump turns up heat on ‘un-American’ Dems silent during SOTU: ‘Can we call that treason?’

Panel votes to release Democrats’ FBI memo as Trump, lawmaker trade barbs

Poll: Most Republicans believe FBI, Justice Dept. trying to ‘delegitimize’ Trump

Trump’s lawyers want him to refuse Mueller interview request

UC Berkeley spent $4 million for free speech event security

Telecoms lash out at plan to nationalize 5G network

Drone-catching drones to bolster security at this week’s Winter Olympics

Super Bowl anti-terrorism documents left on plane

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Chichi-shima, Japan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near the North Island of New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Constitucion, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Reykjanes Ridge

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 25,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

Russia calls in army after “snowfall of the century” in Moscow

Moscow authorities struggle to clear record snowfall

How much did it snow? It snowed so much that Moscow called a snow day. That never happens

France Warns Travelers of Snow and Ice After Serious Floods

Winter storm sparks deadly car crashes in U.S. Midwest

Stunning drone footage shows massive 100-vehicle pileup on snow covered highway

Ames, Iowa, Interstate Reopens After Deadly 70-Car Pileup

No rain in sight for drought-ridden southwestern US

Venice canals dry up after super blue blood moon and low rainfall cause water levels to drop

Cape Town braces for civil unrest as city’s water crisis continues to worsen

Lethal Pneumonia Outbreak Caused By Low Chlorine In Flint Water

Planned Parenthood kept aborted babies alive to harvest organs, ex-technician says

“Comedian” Sarah Silverman Says Pro-Life Laws “Make Me Want to Eat an Aborted Fetus”

Not just boy and girl; more teens identify as transgender

The Power of De-Conversion Stories: How Jen Hatmaker is Trying to Change Minds About the Bible

‘The Bible Has Caused So Much Damage’: Rob Bell…Like You Never Seen Him Before

Kris Vallotton — Knowing Who You Are in the False God You Create

Who Is Your Father, God or the Pope?

Ronnie Gorton, Pastor of The Awakening Church Becomes Suicidal After Rape Allegations

Kentucky Congregation Votes Unanimously to Dismiss Pastor Accused of Financial Abuse 

Michelle Lesley – Amputating Discernment Ministry From The Body of Christ

Pat Robertson is recovering after suffering a stroke

Who is Tommy Hicks & what is the End-Times Vision of the ‘Sleeping Giant’?

The Prophet Bob Jones: “A Three Foot Tall Being Rang My Doorbell”

Are you easy prey for false prophets?

San Diego pastor accused in ‘sexual healing’ lawsuit

Customers Owed Thousands Months After Christian Tour’s Cancellation

Are Virtual Reality Churches the Wave of the Future?

Church members barred from U of M campus for ‘aggressively’ discussing religion

Pool Found at Ancient Christian Site May Be Where Ethiopian Eunuch Was Baptized in Book of Acts

Rio de Janeiro street party targets Christian mayor

DEVELOPING: Virus Outbreak At Olympics; Military Deployed

Posted: 06 Feb 2018 06:08 AM PST

DEVELOPING: Virus Outbreak At Olympics; Military DeployedThe organizing committee for the Pyeongchang Olympics has called in 900 military personnel after more than 1,200 private security workers were pulled off duty because of concerns about the spread of the Norovirus, Christophe Dubi, IOC executive director of the Olympic Games said Tuesday. In a statement, POCOG said that starting Sunday workers reported headaches, stomach pain and diarrhea. The Gangwon Province Health and Environment Research Center found 41 workers with symptoms that might be related to the virus. The others have been pulled from duty to prevent possible spreading of the illness.

The workers are largely responsible for checking credentials and screening baggage entering the venues. The military personnel were brought in from about 40 minutes away. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Norovirus is considered highly contagious and typically includes symptoms of diarrhea, stomach pain, vomiting and nausea. The organizing committee said groundwater used in food and beverages at the Horeb Youth Centre — a housing facility — are suspected, and the cause is being investigated. READ MORE

10-year-old says he saw angel or God in his hospital room

Posted: 06 Feb 2018 05:50 AM PST

10-year-old says he saw angel or God in his hospital roomA 10-year-old Gulf Coast boy lost 100 percent of his skin after a one-in-a-million reaction to a common antibiotic.  During his four-month stay at Shriner’s Hospital in Galveston, Texas, one day, changed the way he viewed his entire experience. Thelonious Ziegelschmid-Sylvester’s parents rushed him to the hospital and within hours they learned he had an extreme case of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome called Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis. His experience with an angel, Jesus or God is different because of the clarity he had and the way the experience seemed to signify the end of his hardest days.

“After a while, I saw this man standing in the corner of the room in a white robe with a beard,” Thelonious said. “White skin, brown beard, brown hair. He smiled at me and it was like I was back in my body. I thought it was really strange but after that, it was just… kept getting better and better after that point.” After asking if Thelonious believed he was visited by an angel or God, he answered, “That’s what I believe.” In his darkest day, he saw a light. Something appeared in his room, seemingly sent from heaven. READ MORE

Fake doctor infects 21 with HIV with tainted syringes…

Posted: 06 Feb 2018 05:37 AM PST

Fake doctor infects 21 with HIV with tainted syringes…A fake doctor treating poor villagers in northern India for colds, coughs and diarrhea has infected at least 21 of them with HIV by using contaminated syringes and needles, a health official said Tuesday. Sushil Choudhury, the official, said police were looking for Rajendra Yadav, who fled Bangarmau, a small town in Uttar Pradesh state, after the HIV infections were detected in December last year.  The villagers said they rarely saw Yadav changing the needles. Choudhury said that probably led to the spread of HIV.

With India’s healthcare system facing a massive shortage of doctors and hospitals, millions of poor people seek fake doctors for cheap treatment. India had 2.1 million people living with HIV at the end of 2016, according to a UNAIDS report. Of those, 9,100 were children under age 15. India has registered a 20 percent annual decline in new infections over the past few years, according to the report. READ MORE

New documentary centered on Rob Bell to raise many eyebrows!

Posted: 06 Feb 2018 05:28 AM PST

New documentary centered on Rob Bell to raise many eyebrows!Rob Bell has sparked no shortage of controversy with views and proclamations that some believe are anti-Christian in nature.  And now fans and critics, alike, will have the chance to hear more from Bell, as he’s the focus of a new documentary titled, “The Heretic.” The film releases on March 1 on Amazon and on iTunes, as RELEVANT noted.  The trailer for “The Heretic” quotes Bell saying a variety of things that are sure to attract attention. Here are just two bits:

“When I kept going into the Jesus teachings, it took me beyond a religion to what does it mean to be human. And I actually think Jesus would be absolutely mortified that somebody started a religion in his name.” “The Bible has caused so much damage…” Bell took to his Facebook page on Thursday to note that he was approached a few years back by a filmmaker named Andrew Morgan. Morgan wanted to make a documentary about Bell’s work and Bell obliged. “We have great respect for Andrew so we said yes and he began filming tours and RobCasts and events and interviews — I can’t imagine just how much footage he captured,” Bell said. “The result is a new film that he is preparing to release. It’s called The Heretic.” READ MORE

Banks Shutter 1,700 Branches in Fastest Decline on Record…

Posted: 06 Feb 2018 05:15 AM PST

Banks Shutter 1,700 Branches in Fastest Decline on Record…Banks are closing branches at the fastest pace in decades, as they leave less profitable regions and fewer customers use tellers for routine transactions. The number of branches in the U.S. shrank by more than 1,700 in the 12 months ended in June 2017, the biggest decline on record, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of federal data.Branch numbers fell again in the second half of 2017, according to related data submitted to bank regulators and reviewed by the Journal.

That would add to the thousands of locations closed following the financial crisis, and is the longest stretch of closures since the Great Depression. Many of the closings were in big cities and surrounding suburbs, where branches were consolidated largely because of falling foot traffic. Others were in rural areas, where some large regional lenders are leaving town altogether. READ MORE

Nikkei 225 Plunges nearly 1,000 points after mass Wall Street sell off

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 06:49 PM PST

Nikkei 225 Plunges nearly 1,000 points after mass Wall Street sell offAsian shares fell sharply on Tuesday after Wall Street suffered its biggest decline since 2011 as investors’ faith in markets began to crumble.  Japan’s Nikkei share average dived on Tuesday morning to a level not seen since late October after Wall Street plunged overnight on concerns about rising bond yields and potentially rising inflation. The Nikkei fell to as low as 21,698.52 and was down 4 per cent in the early morning. The broader Topix fell 4.3 percent to 1,745.79.  Australian shares dropped 2.7 per cent in early

trade to their lowest level since October while futures suggest Japan’s Nikkei is on course to fall more than 4 percent. US stocks plunged in highly volatile trading on Monday, with the Dow industrials falling nearly 1,600 points during the session, its biggest intraday decline in history, as investors grappled with rising bond yields and potentially firming inflation. Norihiro Fujito, a senior investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities, said: ”Since last autumn, investors had been betting on the Goldilocks economy – solid economic expansion, improving corporate earnings and stable inflation. But the tide seems to have changed.” READ MORE

Dow plunges more than 1,100, largest single-day point drop in history

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 06:43 PM PST

Dow plunges more than 1,100, largest single-day point drop in historyThe Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 1,175 points on Monday, its largest one-day point drop in history, to close at 24,345 — a decline of 4.6 percent.  At one point, the Dow was down more than 1,600 points before slightly rebounding at the closing bell. The previous record decline for the Dow came on Sept. 29, 2008, at the height of the global financial crisis, when it fell 778 points. The Dow is still up 21

percent compared to a year ago. Health care, energy and financial stocks posted the largest declines. All 11 sectors of the S&P 500 were down. The S&P 500 slumped 4.1 percent to 2,648. The Nasdaq dropped 3.78 percent to 6,967.Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab, told ABC News the fall had been expected after markets hit record highs. READ MORE

RUMORS OF WAR: Hamas believes War with Israel will break out in the coming days!

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 06:35 PM PST

RUMORS OF WAR: Hamas believes War with Israel will break out in the coming days!Hamas and other Palestinian organizations believe there is a “95 percent chance” that Israel will launch a war as part of an IDF exercise in Southern Israel in the coming days, according to a report published by Al-Hayat on Sunday, quoting sources from various factions in the Gaza Strip, including Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar. The terrorist organization, which controls the Gaza Strip, as well as other organizations, declared a shift to the highest level of alert and evacuated most of their command echelon from their

facilities in the Palestinian enclave. Hamas also placed police and security forces around the Gaza Strip, in fear of an escalation. The report claims a potential war would involve Israeli combat units across ground, naval and air forces. Sinwar was arrested in 1989 and sentenced to four life sentences for terrorist activities but freed in 2011 in a swap of 1,047 Palestinian security prisoners for abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. READ MORE

China Moves 300,000 Troops Closer to North Korean Border

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 06:27 PM PST

China Moves 300,000 Troops Closer to North Korean BorderChina is reportedly moving missile defense batteries and troops closer to its border with North Korea, a potential sign that Beijing anticipates either a large refugee wave north or a military disturbance triggered by the belligerence of communist dictator Kim Jong-un. The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo cited Radio Free Asia (RFA) in a report Monday, stating that RFA had compiled evidence that China had “late last year deployed another missile defense battery at an armored division in Helong, west of Longjing in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture.”

The “North Korean source in China” speaking to RFA also noted that Pyongyang had observed the movement of 300,000 troops closer to the North Korean border and “missile defense batteries near North Korean reservoirs by the Apnok and Duman rivers.” The batteries would prevent the violent outpouring of those reservoirs into China in the event of an airstrike. On Friday, China’s state-run People’s Daily newspaper reported that Beijing was also investing in establishing nuclear monitoring stations throughout the world, but especially near North Korea, to more rapidly gather information about a potential airstrike. READ MORE

Mysterious Half-shark half-dolphin creature baffles experts

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 01:42 PM PST

Mysterious Half-shark half-dolphin creature baffles expertsThe internet is divided over a picture of the ominous beast lurking beneath the waves on a beach in Queensland, Australia.  Many are convinced it is a shark, pointing to the tail as a “dead giveaway” – but others are adamant it is a dolphin, sparking a fierce social media frenzy. The picture was taken by Kellie Wilson at Duranbah Beach near Tweeds Head on Friday, who joked it could be half shark and half dolphin.

Instagram user zeal. FreeMind commented on Ms. Wilson’s picture: I am also a zoologist/ecologist and have almost finished a degree in Environmental Science and have spent most of my life studying and working with animals of all kinds. “The animal in your photos is a dolphin. “The distance of the pectoral fins is further away from the dorsal fin which clearly identifies it as a dolphin. “The tail looks as though there is something caught around it or it could just be a glitch in the photo due to the water distortion which is very common in photos of animals in water.” READ MORE

More teens are identifying as transgender

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 01:35 PM PST

More teens are identifying as transgenderFar more U.S. teens than previously thought are transgender or identify themselves using other non-traditional gender terms, with many rejecting the idea that girl and boy are the only options, new research suggests. The study looked at students in ninth and 11th grade and estimated that nearly 3 percent are transgender or gender nonconforming, meaning they don’t always self-identify as the sex they were assigned at birth. That includes kids who refer to themselves using neutral pronouns like “them” instead of “he” or “she.”

“Diverse gender identities are more prevalent than people would expect,” said lead author Nic Rider, a University of Minnesota postdoctoral fellow who studies transgender health. The study is an analysis of a 2016 statewide survey of almost 81,000 Minnesota teens. Nearly 2,200 identified as transgender or gender nonconforming. The study found that these kids reported worse mental and physical health than other kids, echoing results seen in previous research. Bullying and discrimination are among possible reasons for the differences, Rider said, although the survey didn’t ask. READ MORE

 

Why Would A Loving God Send Anyone To Hell?

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 01:26 PM PST

Why Would A Loving God Send Anyone To Hell?(By Lexie Elsey) Every Christian knows that God is good and loving and caring. We know this because we know Him. From a non-believer’s point of view, it may be difficult to understand that if God is as good as He is, why He would send people to hell. The first thing to understand is that God doesn’t want anyone to go to Hell. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. ” (2 Peter 3:9 NIV)

The second thing to understand is that God gave us free will. Since we have free will, we have the right to choose between God and Satan. God has made this pretty fair, actually. Essentially, He said, choose me and I will give you eternal life and everlasting love, but if you don’t choose me, you won’t get that. That’s pretty black and white: pick me or don’t pick me; here are the consequences for both of those choices.

Therefore, God doesn’t send us to Hell. That’s your decision. Ultimately when you don’t choose Jesus, you choose Satan, whether or not that’s something you publicly proclaim. Choosing Satan is not the same thing as worshiping him. You send yourself to hell by not accepting and having a relationship with Christ, God’s son and our savior. If you don’t choose God, you choose the enemy. READ MORE

Iran ‘Mass Producing’ Smart Bomb Strapped Drones…

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 01:13 PM PST

Iran ‘Mass Producing’ Smart Bomb Strapped Drones…Iran announced on Monday that it has begun mass-producing a new weaponized drone that carries smart bombs capable of precision strikes, according to the Islamic Republic’s military leaders. Iran, which has engaged in a massive military buildup since receiving billions of dollars in cash windfalls as a result of the landmark nuclear deal, says that these advanced new drones will be delivered to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, or IRGC, which has been coordinating war efforts across the Middle East, including most controversially in Syria, where Iranian-backed forces have attacked U.S. troops.

The new drones, dubbed the Mohajer 6, are “equipped with the smart Qa’em precision-striking bombs and different electro-optical explorers and different warheads, [and] can trace, intercept and destroy the target,” Iranian Defense Minister and Brigadier General Amir Hatami said on Monday during a speech celebrating the new weaponry. IRGC leaders also were present at the unveiling, according to Iran’s state-controlled media apparatus. READ MORE

Alarming Survey Finds Atheism Has Doubled Among Generation Z

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 12:58 PM PST

Alarming Survey Finds Atheism Has Doubled Among Generation ZFor Generation Z, those born between 1999 and 2015, atheism is no longer a dirty word, according to a new study from Barna research. This is truly the first “post-Christian” generation, the survey finds, and more than any other generation before it, Gen Z does not assert a religious identity. This is exactly the generation religion and culture expert, national radio host and author Dr. Alex McFarland is hoping to reach through the Truth for a New Generation (TNG) conference on March 23-24 at Life Community Church in the greater Greensboro area of North Carolina.

To illustrate, the Barna study found that the percentage of teens who identify as such is double that of the general population (13 percent vs. 6 percent of all adults). “It’s heart-breaking when we see young people choosing to turn away from God, especially at a time when they need Him most,” said McFarland, who is also director for Christian worldview and apologetics at the Christian Worldview Center of North Greenville University in Greenville, South Carolina. “Secularism is pervading the culture, and especially the younger generations, promising a carefree, flashy life if they emulate the celebrity set. But more and more teens and young adults are turning to drugs and committing suicide. READ MORE

Deadly ‘tick’ virus Outbreak leaves 19 dead amid desperate scramble to contain spreading

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 12:53 PM PST

Deadly ‘tick’ virus Outbreak leaves 19 dead amid desperate scramble to contain spreadingA deadly outbreak has sparked a warning to tourists after a dangerous infection known as Kyasanur Forest disease (KFD) spread to hundreds of people in India leaving 19 dead, a watchdog has warned. The virus, which is in the same family as yellow fever and dengue fever, is believed to be spreading from an outbreak that started in three villages in Sindhudurg.

The report from watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said: “Between January 2016 and January 2018, laboratory tests confirmed 332 cases of the disease in the district, and 19 cases of that number were lethal. “The Indian authorities did not specify the incidence of the KFD in January 2018.” The dangerous virus is spread to humans by tick bites or in milk from infected animals. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Oil plummets as Dow Jones falls 1,000 points in huge plunge

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 12:49 PM PST

DEVELOPING: Oil plummets as Dow Jones falls 1,000 points in huge plungeCrude oil prices have plummeted after the Dow Jones falls 1,000 points in a huge plunge as stocks on global markets extended their recent selloff led by declines in energy shares. As the Dow plummeted oil prices were lower, pressured by rising US output and other factors. US crude fell 2.38 percent to $63.89 per barrel and Brent was last at $67.49, down 1.59 percent on the day. Canadian crude dropped 3.57

percent to $34.27 per barrel. West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell to $63.63 a barrel during the American session and later climbed back $64.15 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. This is the lowest finish since January 22, according to FactSet data. Oil prices dropped as the US benchmark dropped to the lowest settlement in two weeks. READ MORE

Flu hospitalizations are ‘the highest we’ve seen,’ According to the CDC

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 06:34 AM PST

Flu hospitalizations are ‘the highest we’ve seen,’ According to the CDCHealth officials at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention rang the alarm about this year’s deadly flu Season at their weekly Friday briefing, saying “overall hospitalizations are now the highest we’ve seen, even higher than 2014-2015 high season.” Just as concerning, the number of pediatric deaths rose this week by 16, from 37 to 53.  Twenty percent of the children who died had been vaccinated, officials said.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, the new acting director at the CDC, said H3N2 continues to dominate this season, but other strains ─ like H1N1 and Influenza B ─ are also being reported around the country. Dr. Dan Jernigan reported at the briefing a rise in hospitalization rates from 41.9 per 100,000 last week to 51.4 this week. He said that number may ultimately exceed that of 2014-2015, when there were 710,000 by season’s end. READ MORE

The Demonic Festival Plaguing Christians Prepares to Rear Its Ugly Head Worldwide

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 06:25 AM PST

The Demonic Festival Plaguing Christians Prepares to Rear Its Ugly Head Worldwide(By Devin Vanderpool) “Haiti is 30 percent Christian, but 100 percent vodou (Haitian voodoo).”  This is a statement I’ve heard several times through my years of working in Haiti. I’ve come to realize just how close to true this actually is. Because Christians in Haiti might not practice Vodou, but they are certainly wary of the negative effects it can have on their communities. An example that comes to mind is a memory of my husband disposing of a snake as three (Christian) Haitian women screamed that he had killed a demon. The negative effects of Vodou are particularly visible as we near the Haitian celebration for Mardi Gras, called Kanaval. In Haiti, Kanaval goes for weeks preceding Lent. And while many Haitian Catholics and

Protestants do use this time to prepare for the Lenten season, Vodou practicers openly worship spirits during the Carnival parade, known as defile. They use it as a time to assert the dominance of Vodou priests and priestesses, known as houngans and mambos, on the communities. Many Vodou worshippers dress up as the spirits they are worshipping. Some dress as zombies, devils or the dead. The most dedicated Vodou worshippers use this time to thank the spirits that they believe helped them gain their independence from France in 1803. In this atmosphere one might see fights break out, curses cast, even lives lost. In 2015, Kanaval was canceled after a performer in a parade was shocked by a high-voltage wire, leading to a stampede. Eighteen were killed and 78 more injured in the resulting chaos. READ MORE

California city to experiment with ‘universal basic income’

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 06:11 AM PST

California city to experiment with ‘universal basic income’The mayor of Stockton, California, is leading an experiment with “universal basic income,” which is set to start by giving low-income residents $500 a month, no questions asked. Mayor Michael Tubbs calls his city “ground zero” for issues like wage stagnation, rising housing prices and loss of middle-class jobs that affect the nation. The Central Valley city went bankrupt in 2012, and for decades it has been trying to diversify its agriculture-based economy. “I feel that as mayor it’s my responsibility to do all I could to

begin figuring out what’s the best way to make sure that folks in our community have a real economic floor,” Tubbs said. Dorian Warren serves as co-chairman the Economic Security Project, which is contributing $1 million to the initiative. He said the goal is to gather data on the economic and social impacts of giving people a basic income. In addition to tracking what residents do with the money, Warren said they will be monitoring how a basic income affects things like self-esteem and identity. “What does it mean to say, ‘Here is unconditional guaranteed income just based on you being a human being?’” Warren asked. READ MORE

Are Virtual Reality Churches the Wave of the Future?

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 06:01 AM PST

Are Virtual Reality Churches the Wave of the Future?Virtual reality, which can easily allow churches to have global presence and foster diversity and inclusiveness, is far more enabling than live-streaming, which numerous megachurches are currently using to conduct multi-site worship services. So are we going to see a rise of VR churches in the near future as the technology becomes cheaper and more accessible?  “Attend a real church in virtual reality,” says the website of a VR church established by Los Angeles, California-based Pastor D.J. Soto and whose mission is “to explore and communicate God through virtual reality, augmented reality, and next-generation technologies.”

Soto, the owner of Sonata 7 Studios, LLC. which is a film production and virtual reality company, quit his job as a pastor at a branch of his local megachurch in Reading, Pennsylvania, a few years ago with a burden to reach out to people in unusual places. He and his wife even sold their home and most of their belongings and moved with their five young children into a 30-foot trailer. His journey soon took him to virtual reality as the vehicle of his dream. However, as Pastor Soto spoke about his vision with pastors and church planters, he realized that Christian ministers are not quite ready to try out this new technology, he tells Wired. READ MORE

This Doctrine of Demons Is Rapidly Infecting the Church

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 05:56 AM PST

This Doctrine of Demons Is Rapidly Infecting the Church(By Loren. Sandford) A doctrine of demons has been circulating in the church in recent years that has been gaining increasing traction. Cloaked in robes of false righteousness and even claims of prophetic inspiration, but born in rebellion, it appeals to something in our culture that undermines and despises the leadership God has anointed and appointed. Wherever it goes, it weakens, divides and destroys. It’s the idea that because we are all equal, there should be no “hierarchy” of leaders in the body of Christ. Somehow, people have gotten the idea that the churches and ministries should be governed by a team of “co-equal” elders. Let

me begin by saying that everywhere I’ve seen this unbalanced and unbiblical philosophy applied, it has ultimately resulted in ministry failures, wounds and broken relationships. I realize that this doctrine of governance grew out of reactions to leaders who have led with domination and control or for self-exaltation, but the existence of abuses by leaders who missed the heart of God can never justify rejection of the kind of order Scripture actually mandates. Today, tragically, this unbiblical idea of church governance has gone beyond a reaction to abuses and has become an infection spreading into places where leadership has not been abusive or controlling. Good leaders are being diminished and dishonored. The body of Christ is being weakened. READ MORE

Clergy Gather to ‘Bless’ Late-Term Abortion Facility, Claim Abortion Staff Work for God’s ‘Glory’

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 05:48 AM PST

Clergy Gather to ‘Bless’ Late-Term Abortion Facility, Claim Abortion Staff Work for God’s ‘Glory’Four clergy members who profess to be Christians and one rabbi gathered outside of a late-term abortion facility in Maryland on Monday to “bless” the location, which is run by notorious abortionist Leroy Carhart. “God of grace and God of glory, in whom we move and live,” prayed Carlton Veazey, president of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.,“… keep them safe and keep them strong. And may they always know that all that they do is for Thy glory.”

Cari Jackson, who is ordained in the United Church of Christ and also works with the Coalition, was likewise present at Wildwood Medical Center for the occasion. According to the Washington Post, which first broke the story, the clergy members sprinkled water in each room of the abortion facility, as well as in the parking lot. “We give honor to all of these women who choose to come to this space,” Jackson said. “We sanctify this space, and we honor this as holy.” READ MORE

Who Built the Ancient Pyramids?

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 05:40 AM PST

Who Built the Ancient Pyramids?

(By Jeff Roberts) When it comes to the ancient pyramids of Giza or pyramids all over the globe for that matter many speculate as how the pyramids were built, who built them and what were they built for. I am going to keep the focus this article on the facts and not conjecture. Some people believe that the Egyptians built them others believe that an advanced civilization that no longer exists created them. Ideally, when I teach I prefer to allow others to come to their own conclusions rather than provide answers. As with any topic of this nature, I like to leave people with more questions than answers. I always use the original text in its original language as my go-to source. 

The answer to our question today is found in what is known as the Gap Theory. Most biblical scholars talk about it in detail but unfortunately, most pastors don’t. So that Gap Theory goes something like this. In Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was (H1961) without form (H8414) and void (H922) and darkness (H2822) was on the face (H6440) of the deep (H8415) and God moved upon the face of the waters (H4325).” At first glance, there is nothing wrong with this verse right? Well, let’s take a look at what verse 2 says in Hebrew. The original scripture does not say the earth “was” without form and void. The Hebrew word verb used is “hayah” meaning became, to fall out, to come to pass to be done, finished or gone.

The term used without form is “tohuw” meaning vain, vanity, unreality, confusion, a place of chaos or unreal of idols. The word void is “bohuw” meaning superficial void waste or emptiness. Darkness is “choshek” which means the dark; hence (literally) darkness; figuratively, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness. The word for face is paniym which means presence or persons (as in plural) and the faces are those of man animal seraphim and cherubim. In addition for those that believe that this was clean fresh water that YHWH was hovering over the word for waters is “mayim”which means waters of danger or violence. It also means semen and urine. Getting that out of the way we can obviously see room for another civilization that could have existed before man was created.

So who built the Pyramids of Giza? It was not the Egyptians as they didn’t even have running water. Even today’s top engineers can’t even replicate this same at 1/5th of the scale. After thorough research, they were not used to bury their Kings, pharaohs or anyone else. They were buried close by. So they more or less maintained them. Mysteriously pyramids all across the world, are perfectly aligned with the stars light years away without a telescope. This would have required the help of the pre-flood “Watchers Class Angelic Beings/Gods Divine Counsel”. So what purpose did they serve? The pyramids were originally all gold plated and they were used for energy produced by scalar waves. Nicola Tesla rediscovered this about 150 years ago. These ancient pyramids yielded much more power than that of today’s nuclear power plants and the gold has since been removed by thieves. To be continued

NYC School Cancels Father-Daughter Dance to Comply With New Gender Guidelines

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 05:32 AM PST

NYC School Cancels Father-Daughter Dance to Comply With New Gender GuidelinesA Staten Island elementary school canceled its traditional father-daughter dance because of the Department of Education’s (DOE) new gender guidelines. PS 65 had the event scheduled for Friday, February 9, until the school’s parent-teacher association realized it would not comply with the Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Student Guidelines, which went into effect in March 2017.

The school’s PTA will reschedule a dance for kids and caregivers of any gender on March 2, according to the DOE. “Father-daughter dances inherently leave people out. Not just because of transgender status, just life in general,” said Jared Fox, the DOE’s LGBT community liaison. “These can be really uncomfortable and triggering events.” READ MORE


What is The Gospel?


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

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

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS HOLY

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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

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

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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SALT LAKE TRIBUNE — Mitt Romney has always been an adopted Utahn. Although a graduate of Brigham Young University, a Mormon and, to some, the revered savior of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Romney wasn’t born in the state and spent most of his life living elsewhere. But he now resides in Holladay where he built his dream house. And he could be Utah’s next senator…. (more)


February 1, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — Will the investigation of anti-Trump bias in the FBI turn into something even more ominous? Consider the well-established fact that President Barack Hussein Obama, using a pseudonym, knowingly exchanged emails with Hillary on her private unsecure server. He then lied about it. That’s why Hillary was spared. The FBI spared her to protect him…. (more)

February 1, 2018

NEWSMAX — Two snap polls show that President Donald Trump graded out favorably with Americans who watched his first State of the Union address. Seventy-five percent of Americans who watched Trump’s SOTU approved of the speech, while 25 percent disapproved, according to a CBS News poll…. (more)


February 1, 2018

NBC NEWS (YOUTUBE) — Watch President Donald Trump’s 2018 State of the Union’s speech. Trump addressed a joint session of congress from the United States Capitol…. (more)


February 1, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — As White House lawyers pored over a memo on Wednesday that contains allegations of government surveillance abuse, they may well have been preparing to do battle with the agency investigating President Trump over alleged Russian collusion…. (more)

February 1, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — A rare public challenge by the FBI to Republican lawmakers has intensified the battle over a contentious House intelligence committee memo that accuses the bureau and the Justice Department of political bias against Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election…. (more)

February 1, 2018
NEWSMAX — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Wednesday ripped the FBI’s “spurious” objection to releasing his memo alleging agency abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, calling it “no surprise.”… (more)

February 1, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Through targeted subpoenas and threatening letters, Rep. Devin Nunes has forced into the open a fuller story of how the Obama administration investigated suspected Russian ties to the Trump campaign and monitored people connected to the presidential candidate…. (more)

February 1, 2018
ART MOORE — The Washington watchdog Judicial Watch released 42 pages of State Department documents Wednesday, asserting they provide evidence that the Obama administration was trying to undermine Donald Trump’s upcoming administration…. (more)

February 1, 2018